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Middle East Premiere of Dominator Virtual Reality at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

February 24, 2015

In addition to a new dealership in the Middle East, the Dominator Group is delighted to announce the Middle East Premiere of the Dominator Virtual Reality during the Dubai International Boat Show 2015. The event will be hosted by the fantastic Dubai yacht charter destination from March 4 to 8. 

Dominator super yacht ILUMEN brought to life by virtual reality at the 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show

Dominator super yacht ILUMEN brought to life by virtual reality at the 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show

With the Ilumen yacht, Dominator is breaking the waves not only with a truly unique offering in the market but also by allowing customers to experience it through the latest virtual reality technology.

Development in Dubai is moving at an incredible pace. Being at the forefront of innovation in design and construction, Dubai already demonstrates to the rest of the world what the future looks like today. The same is true with Dominator and their latest yacht the Ilumen. The yacht which is currently in construction is the future of yachting. To enable customers to experience it before it will be launched in 2016, Dominator has developed a Virtual Reality experience like no other. After a successful premiere at the Düsseldorf Boatshow and an exciting presentation at the Miami Boatshow, the Dominator Group takes the Dubai Boatshow as opportunity for the Middle East Premiere of this Dominator Virtual Reality before the experience will continue its worldtour.

Virtual reality can recreate sensory experiences, which include virtual sight, sound and touch. Dominator’s Design & Development department has applied virtual reality technology to allow clients and interested parties to best experience the Ilumen superyacht. This unique experience by Dominator Design & Development is known as usence®- your personal experience of presence. anytime. anywhere.

So how does it work? Dominator met with one of the most prestigious global carbon fibre suppliers to develop a pod which encases the user. The pod is made from the same materials that the Ilumen will be built from. Carbon fibre is the predominant component, but also elements of the highest-grade stainless steel and leather are used to allow the customer to ‘feel the quality’ of the same materials used through the build of the yacht. You step into the pod and immediately notice that this is different from anything else that has been developed in the virtual reality world. The base of the pod contains a touch sensitive pad which detects the movement of your feet. By placing the virtual reality headset on, and moving your feet, you are literally walking through the yacht and can move your head and feet in any direction, taking you through all aspects of the interior and exterior of the yacht.

A joystick is incorporated into the experience, not for the purpose of movement but for the opportunity to select and change certain features on the yacht. To enjoy this ‘encapsulating experience’ to the fullest, an operator from the Dominator team outside the experience will change colours, materials and textures instantly for the user. If the client walks through the main saloon and wishes to have light grey oak flooring instead of the dark brown oak parquet, this can be realised within seconds. Exchanging the Striato Olimpico marble in the owner’s bathroom on the main deck with Calacatta Oro marble or marvelling at the changes from Zebrano wood to Teak wood in the owner’s suite has never been easier before. Other interactive features of Dominator’s industry-first virtual reality experience include watching the opening and closing of the moon roof in the Ilumen owner’s suite or viewing the mechanism of the retractable roof of the carbon hard top on the flybridge. This virtual reality experience allows the clients to immerse themselves immediately in their own Dominator yacht where they cannot only focus on the design elements that matter to them most, but already feel the sense of space before the yacht is being built.

Certain features on Dominator’s latest offering, the Ilumen are also being rolled out across other Dominator yachts in the range such as the innovative carbon fibre hard top, containing a retractable roof. Therefore anyone interested in any of the Dominator yachts are encouraged to undertake the experience.

“We are currently in the build process for the first Ilumen and those customers who have met with us at the shipyard and placed orders have been blown away with the presentations we have given them on the design and technical details”, states Alex Langhein, newly appointed CEO (previously with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars). “Now we want to widen the audience and provide potential customers who traditionally ‘wait to see a completed yacht’ with a unique experience where they truly can. Buying a Dominator is more akin with buying a megayacht. We offer our customers the same experience. Not only with the product (e.g. the owner’s cabin of the Ilumen is what you would expect on a much larger yacht) but with the overall experience. Dominator customers know this and this is why they always come back. The usence® experience allows us to broaden this fact to a wider audience of customers who are not always able to visit the shipyard in the first instance”.

Dubai raised the bar in terms of expectations of luxury, 5 star hotels became the norm. Therefore they brought us the world’s first 7 star hotel. Dominator also raises the bar when it comes to luxury. Each of the yachts in the range either from 20m-40m offers unparalleled levels of customisation and luxurious detailing to meet the demands of their customers. They welcome customer ideas, bringing these together with Dominators in-house design departments to build truly bespoke yachts.

Dominator has demonstrated that the Ilumen is not just a design project, the virtual reality experience was fed from all of the technical data surrounding the yacht. This has provided the outcome of simulating the physical presence of the yacht. The complex carbon design and production process which has gone into this unique experience is mirrored through the attention to detail that Dominator takes.  Every Dominator is built to order, offering customers the ability to not only choose their materials but also a layout to suit their needs.

Angela and Christoph Pernsteiner, members of the Dominator owner family, are truly satisfied with the implementation of their idea: “We combined virtual reality technology, a team of special software engineers, the best suppliers for exclusive materials and our spirit of entrepreneurship. It was the passion, the grit and the firm belief in our idea that brought the Ilumen to life by virtual reality. With usence® Dominator Design & Development is not only pioneering the way in a bespoke customer experience but it is also taking the tailor-made philosophy of Dominator yachts to the next level and enters into an unprecedented era of instant realisation of ideas and wishes.”

The Dominator Ilumen is shaped and designed by natural elements, created by visionaries and engineers and brought to life by usence® – your personal experience of presence. anytime. anywhere.

New Dealer for Dominator Yachts in the Middle East

February 24, 2015

The Dominator Group is delighted to present the new exclusive representative of the Dominator brand in the Middle East – a very successful team headed up by Mr. Toufic Khoueiri, a bespoke Lebanese entrepreneur and Dominator owner.

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As Rome wasn’t built in a day, Dominator was undergoing a long process for finding an adequate partner in the Middle East who is not only acquainted with the local customs and cultural backgrounds but also understands and lives the Dominator philosophy to the fullest. Angela Pernsteiner, who heads Dominator Design & Development AG and is responsible for the Dominator brand: “With Mr. Khoueiri who is a cosmopolite and at the same time deeply embedded in the Arabic culture, Dominator has found what we were looking for quite some time. As enthusiast, connoisseur and part of the Dominator family, Mr. Khoueiri recognizes the Dominator brand values and spreads them in the Middle East in a way that we could not do better.”

Dominator will shortly be delivering a Dominator 800 S yacht to the region. Not only the stunning design but also the innovative propulsion system or the carbon hardtop amongst others will exceed all expectations. Dominator is delighted that the team of partners around Mr. Khoueiri will be available to show this masterpiece to clients. Alex Langhein, who heads up Dominator International GmbH: “The Dominator 800 S which will shortly be delivered to the region, is the second 800 we have built, the first of which had its world premiere at the Miami Boat Show. Hull #2 of the 800 is even more technically advanced based on the discerning customer’s specification wishes. The propulsion system is a first for the private yachting world. It reduces noise, vibration and provides fuel efficiency. This feature alone is worth investigating let alone the outstandingly beautiful exterior and open plan interior of the yacht”.

Mr. Toufic Khoueiri states: “Dominator yachts are directed by Austrian leadership using advanced German technology, and combined in the beauty of Italian design, producing state of the art masterpieces that are second to none.”

Video: MY LOGICA Yacht by LOGICA Yachts

February 24, 2015

MY LOGICA yacht is a striking 45-metre LOGICA 147/01 vessel, launched by the Italian shipyard LOGICA Yachts last year. Beautifully penned by Luca Brenta, luxury motor yacht MY LOGICA boasts airy interiors with plenty of natural light, enhanced by the interior decor by Martin Kemp Design. She can sleep up to 12 guests in maximum comfort. Below is an amazing video presenting MY LOGICA. The video is property of Logica Yachts, released by Luigi Bugliani.

ShowBoats Design Awards 2015 Winners

February 24, 2015

The winners of the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards were unveiled at the five-star Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt in Kitzbühel, Austria, yesterday afternoon, on February 23, 2015. Sixteen coveted golden Neptune trophies were presented by double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson OBE, in front of a sell-out audience of superyacht owners, designers, as well as icons of the superyacht industry from all over the world.

Picchiotti - Perini Navi 74m Grace E received four Awards at the Prize Giving

Picchiotti – Perini Navi’s 74m motor yacht Grace E received four Awards at the Prize Giving

The evening’s big winners included mega yacht Grace E, receiving awards for her environmental efforts which were commended by sponsor RINA, for her Philippe Briand designed naval architecture and visually striking exterior styling, as well as her “suave” interior design by Rémi Tessier.

Neville Crichton’s superyacht Como also picked up three Neptune trophies for her Dubois-designed naval architecture and exterior styling, lauded by the judges for her shapes, colour scheme and design innovation, as well as her interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon which the judges felt matched the brief for a masculine yacht that supports entertaining on a grand scale.

In the Exterior Design category for sailing yachts, the field was so diverse in classic versus contemporary design and also in size, an executive decision was made by the jury to divide the category into yachts over and under 40 metres. In the larger category, Andre Hoek took the plaudits for sailing yacht Wisp – described by the judges as “a real looker”, whilst Javier Jaudenes was also victorious for his exterior design for superyacht WinWin which cleverly balanced the owners needs for racing and cruising.

Royal Huisman's 48m sailing yacht Wisp was a popular choice for the judges. Photo credit to Cory Silken

Royal Huisman’s 48m sailing yacht Wisp was a popular choice for the judges. Photo credit to Cory Silken

Pascoe International were commended for their work on their 9.6m custom tender, SL Limousine. The tender can be boarded at two entry points with full standing headroom at each, twin engines for 40-knot speed, and an impressive list of safety and security features.

The Young Designer of the Year Award, sponsored by Oceanco, once again produced a record number of finalist entries from aspiring yacht designers all over the globe. With 34 individuals or teams submitting designs, the standard was extremely high. The winner, chosen by a panel of the industry’s leading yacht designers, was judged to be Timur Bozca for his project Cauta. In the judges’ opinion, his design was unique in its Dynarig sail plan, which, in combination with what was considered to be a very proficient, forward-looking exterior design, created an accomplished yacht of striking appearance.

A render from Timur Bozca's winning superyacht Project Cauta

A render from Timur Bozca’s winning superyacht Project Cauta

The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Blohm+Voss and presented by the recipient’s close friend and colleague Lorenzo Argento, honoured iconic yacht designer Luca Brenta; renowned for his designs of innovative, contemporary and competitive yachts including superyacht Nariida (ex Wallygator), charter yacht Wally B, sailing yacht Kenora, super yacht Ghost, Chrisco yacht, the “B” Yacht series and the motor yacht Logica.

Boat International Media takes this opportunity to acknowledge all of the sponsors and partners of the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards who have helped to make the event a resounding success. Special thanks are extended to our gold sponsor, Swarovski, and to silver sponsor Blohm+Voss. Thank you to Oceanco, who continue to support the Young Designer of the Year Award. Our gratitude also goes to our event associates: RINA, Front Street Shipyard, JFA Yachts, Videoworks, Clyde & Co, Esenyacht, Foglizzo, Boutsen Design and MTN and event partner, Foil.

SHOWBOATS DESIGN AWARDS 2015 WINNERS 

Environmental Protection Award

Winner: Grace E

Length: 73m  |  Builder: Picchiotti – Perini Navi Group |  Naval Architect : Philippe Brand – Vitruvius Yachts

Tender Design Award

Winner: SL Limousine

Length: 9.6m |  Builder: Pascoe International |  Designer: Ken Freivokh Design

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht

Winner: Elfje

6m super yacht ELFJE (hull 392) by Royal Huisman and Hoek Design

6m super yacht ELFJE (hull 392) by Royal Huisman and Hoek Design

Length: 46m |  Builder:  Royal Huisman |  Naval Architect:  Hoek Design Naval Architects

Naval Architecture Award – Semi-Displacement Motor Yacht

Winner: Como

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

Length: 46.2m |  Builder: Feadship |  Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht

Winner: Grace E

Length: 73m  |  Builder: Picchiotti – Perini Navi Group |  Naval Architect : Philippe Brand – Vitruvius Yachts

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Sailing Yacht 30m to 39.99m

Winner: WinWin

WinWin superyacht - Photo by Jesus Renedo

WinWin superyacht – Photo by Jesus Renedo

Length: 33m  |  Builder: Baltic Yachts |  Exterior Designer: Javier Jaudenes

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Sailing Yacht 40m and above

Winner: Wisp

Length: 48m  |  Builder: Royal Huisman  |  Interior Designer: Hoek Design Naval Architects

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht below 500GT

Winner: Como

Length: 46.2m |  Builder: Feadship   |  Exterior Designer: Dubois Naval Architects

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht above 500GT

Winner: Grace E

Length: 73m  |  Builder: Picchiotti – Perini Navi Group |  Exterior Stylist: Philippe Briand – Vitruvius Yachts

Interior Design  Award – Sailing Yacht 30m to 39.99m

Winner: WinWin

Length: 33m |  Builder: Baltic Yachts |  Interior Designer: Design Unlimited

Interior Design  Award – Sailing Yacht 40m and above

Winner: Wisp

Length: 48m |  Builder: Royal Huisman |  Interior Designer: Rhoades Young Design

Interior Design Award – Motor Yacht below 500GT

Winner: Como

Length: 46.2m |  Builder: Feadship | Interior Designer: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Interior Design Award – Motor Yacht above 500GT

Winner: Grace E

Length: 73m |  Builder: Picchiotti – Perini Navi Group | Interior Designer: Rémi Tessier Design

Holistic Design Award

Winner: Kibo

Abeking Rasmussen superyacht KIBO (Project 6497)

Abeking Rasmussen superyacht KIBO (Project 6497)

Length: 81.8m | Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen | Exterior & Interior Design: Terence Disdale Design

Young Designer of the Year Award

Winner: Timur Bozca

Project: Cauta

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Luca Brenta

Judges’ Commendation for an Outstanding Feature

Winner: Graceful – Indoor Swimming Pool

82m Blohm and Voss superyacht GRACEFUL under sea trials - Repair Lille Belt Denmark

82m Blohm and Voss superyacht GRACEFUL under sea trials – Repair Lille Belt Denmark

Length: 82m | Builder: Blohm + Voss | Interior Designer: H2 Yacht Design | Outstanding Feature: Indoor Swimming Pool

Vitruvius-designed motor yacht GRACE E receives four Neptunes at ShowBoats Design Awards 2015

February 24, 2015

Vitruvius Yachts Ltd is thrilled to announce that the breath-taking Vitruvius-designed motor yacht Grace E has won four Neptune trophies at the Showboats Design Awards 2015. Since her launch in September 2014, the striking 73-metre superyacht Grace E has been noted throughout the industry for her good looks, innovative cutting edge design, as well as her glorious interiors. Her owners wished a true holistic approach to the design: Silence is indeed golden.

Vitruvius-designed mega yacht GRACE E underway

Vitruvius-designed mega yacht GRACE E underway

As well as her beauty, mega yacht Grace E is recognised for her efficiency.  The Vitruvius hull is designed to be robust and streamlined giving her a long range with minimal impact on the environment.

The 6th edition of the Showboats Design Awards took place tonight, Monday 23rd of January in Kitzbuhl, Austria in front of nearly 300 superyacht industry experts and VIPS.  The ShowBoats Design Awards bring the specialist design skills of the superyacht industry’s most talented teams into the spotlight.  The coveted golden Neptune awards are the Oscars of the superyacht design professionals.

Luxury yacht Grace E is designed by Vitruvius Yachts Ltd, London. The naval architecture is done by Philippe Briand, she was built at the Picchiotti shipyard, Perini Navi Group in La Spezia.

Last night in Austria the team behind Grace E yacht won four highly sought after Neptunes  including:

  • Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht, by Philippe Briand
  • Exterior Design & Styling Motor Yacht above 500 GT, by Vitruvius Yachts LTD
  • Environmental Protection Award by Vitruvius Yachts LTD
  • Interior Design Award – Motor Yacht above 500 GT, by Remi Tessier Design

Vitruvius Yachts Ltd will shortly be making further announcements on new constructions with new partners and shipyards.

The team at Vitruvius Yachts thanks the panel of judges for the recognition of their work.

Motor yacht Grace E is currently available on the luxury yacht charter market.

AB Yachts – FIPA Group working on construction of five luxury Superyachts

February 23, 2015

The prestigious Tuscany-based shipyard, AB Yachts – FIPA Group, has confirmed that they are currently working on the construction of five luxury vessels. These include the all-new motor yacht AB116, with an amazing top speed of 53 knots, as well as superyacht AB140, AB92 yacht, AB100 and AB145 superyacht.

Luxury motor yacht AB116 underway

Luxury motor yacht AB116 underway

 

AB116

Luxury yacht AB116 (example is Ecrider yacht) boasts aggressive yet elegant and timeless lines, ample and generous space on board to enjoy exciting cruises at high speed, with maximum comfort in navigation due to the total absence of vibration and noise even in rough sea conditions.

Superyacht AB116 - aft view

Superyacht AB116 – aft view

The stylish interiors of the striking AB116 superyacht feature light yet warm colors. The owner’s area consists of a private office and the owner’s suite, which extends across the full width of the vessel. The master suite consists of a lounge area and a king-size bed and is separated from its private bathroom with decorative translucent panels that further enhance the impression of space. Located aft from the lower saloon, there is a spacious guest accommodation area whose layout can be completely customized.

AB116 Yacht - Interior

AB116 Yacht – Interior

The 36,2-metre superyacht AB116 also boasts plenty of unique features, including an expansive flybridge, as well as two garages positioned on the stern and the bow, which accommodate a 5,4-metre and 4,5-metre tender, as well as two jet skis. Run by triple MTU 2,600 HP diesels, she can reach an impressive top speed of 53 knots and a cruising speed of 48 knots.

Luxury superyacht AB140 underway

Luxury superyacht AB140 underway

AB140

Motor yacht AB140 (example can be Seafire yacht) provides exceptional levels of performance with relatively moderate power, and guarantees outstanding levels of comfort in navigation even in heavy seas.

Motor yacht AB140

Motor yacht AB140

The interior design of superyacht AB140 is bright, sophisticated and precious, with no compromises as regards comfort aboard. The lower deck guests the Owner Suite, in addition to two VIP cabins on the bow: one double bed cabin and another with two sliding single beds, that slide and become a double bed plus one Pullman bed. There is also one guest cabin with Pullman that includes an equipped Gym with Sauna and private shower.

AB140 Yacht - Interior

AB140 Yacht – Interior

The 42-metre super yacht AB140 is a custom yacht, run by triple 2,600 HP diesels, reaching an amazing top speed of 46 knots and a cruising speed of 43 knots. With only two engines, she can cruise at 32 knots and has a range of 950nm, offering a 60% consumption reduction in comparison to yachts of a similar size.

New images of Tony Castro-designed 68m Explorer Superyacht concept

February 23, 2015

Tony Castro Design has proudly released the new images of their Explorer Superyacht concept, based on an established platform at Sunrise Yachts, Turkey. Measuring 68 metres with a beam of 13 metres, the 68m Tony Castro motor yacht concept can comfortably sleep 12 guests and 15 crew.

68m Tony Castro Explorer Superyacht Concept

68m Tony Castro Explorer Superyacht Concept

Designed from the outset as a serious world cruising and personal exploration vessel, the 68m Tony Casto capable yacht is for adventurers who want to circle the globe- a real Range Rover of the seas. Her sturdy and heavily outfitted design can withstand any weather conditions whilst providing spacious and luxurious accommodation.

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept - aft view

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept – aft view

You will see by its purposeful looking profile, the heritage of the offshore supply vessels and long range fishing ships – designs borne out of the worst weather that nature can throw at them.  She is a robust ship of proven seakeeping ability combined with a super-efficient hull, created using Tony Castro’s well established Naval Architecture credentials coupled with the latest CFD techniques. The result?  Greater efficiency and vaster cruising range to explore further than typical yachts of this size.

68m Tony Castro Motor Yacht Concept by night

68m Tony Castro Motor Yacht Concept by night

The 68m Tony Castro luxury yacht concept is intended as a very modern ship altogether, yet with rugged utilitarian looking aesthetics, but closer inspection will reveal a modern elegance.  With the geometric clean lines and architectural glazing, she will present a commanding presence whenever entering port.  With a large carrying capacity for toys and tenders, she is capable of carrying a helicopter in a climate controlled garage, twin limo tenders, car, submarine, jet skis, paddleboards and a variety of inflatables water toys.

68m Tony Castro Superyacht Concept - Exterior

68m Tony Castro Superyacht Concept – Exterior

Offering amazing levels of comfort and a chic interior in a style to suit the owner, her unique layout holds a full beam enclosed observation deck with opening roof, cinema, beach club, sauna, scuba diving pool, gymnasium, pool, wine cellar and ample space to accommodate a total of 12 guests.

68m Tony Castro Luxury Yacht Concept - Beach Club

68m Tony Castro Luxury Yacht Concept – Beach Club

Many of her design features are intended to make exploring a real pleasure, able to see and observe the environment you travel through with large windows providing great visibility to the outside, making you feel at one with the environment.

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept - HeliDeck

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept – HeliDeck

Technical Specifications of the 68m Tony Castro Explorer Yacht Concept 

LOA : 68.4m

LWL : 60M

BEAM (MAX) : 12.9M

DRAFT : 3.5M

Accommodation:

1 Master Cabin

1 VIP Suite

4 Guest Cabins

Crew Accommodation:

1 Captain’s Cabin

1 First Officers Cabin

1 Engineers Cabin

6 Double Crew Cabins

 

 

Exclusive official video of 88m Oceanco motor yacht NIRVANA

February 23, 2015

Currently available for sale, luxury motor yacht NIRVANA is an outstanding 88,50-metre vessel, launched by the respected Dutch shipyard Oceanco in 2012. Boasting beautiful sleek lines, mega yacht NIRVANA has been superbly designed by bespoke Sam Sorgiovanni. Spanning over six impressive decks, she can sleep up to 12 guests in utmost in luxury. Below is an amazing video showing this jewel of the sea, released by Luxury life HD.

First renderings of 84m Echo Trimaran Motor Yacht and her 46m Shadow Vessel

February 23, 2015

Australian superyacht manufacturer, Echo Yachts, is delighted to announce that work on their two new build projects – the 84m Echo trimaran motor yacht and her 46m shadow vessel – is on schedule and progressing well. For the first time, the shipyard is able to release official renderings of both projects.

84m Echo Trimaran Motor Yacht

84m Echo Trimaran Motor Yacht

Under construction at the company’s Henderson facility is an 84m Trimaran superyacht, due in 2017, and a 46m catamaran support vessel, due in the first quarter of 2016. Both projects are under construction for the same owner, with many years of ownership experience.

The 46m shadow vessel is a catamaran design that will be used as a support vessel for the 84m superyacht on its completion. Built in fibreglass with cutting edge vacuum infusion processes and high tech laminates, the vessel has been designed by LOMOcean in New Zealand to house a fleet of 11 watercraft including a 12m catamaran. An impressive strength to weight ratio will see the yacht able to efficiently cruise in a wide range of environments.

84m Echo Mega Yacht

84m Echo Mega Yacht

A large amount of design and engineering work was invested into the project prior to build work commencing to ensure a construction process that is extremely efficient without any compromise on quality. Focusing on R&D and harnessing innovation is a core goal of the yard, and the 46m project is a clear demonstration of the beneficial effects of this programme.

The 84m Echo Trimaran superyacht will be the latest in a long line of superyachts built for her owner and is the culmination of his many years of experience. Designed by Sam Sorgiovanni, the yacht will not only be the biggest superyacht ever built in Australia, but also the largest tri-hulled superyacht ever built. Huge interior volumes will ensure ample living space on board for her 12 guests to take advantage of.

46m shadow vessel to 84m Echo Superyacht

46m shadow vessel to the 84m Echo Superyacht

These two new projects mark the start of a long-term market presence and strategy for the yard, which particularly specialises in large, custom projects. On completion of the 46m in the first quarter of 2016, Echo Yachts will have an 80m+ build slot available and are seeking inquiries for new build projects.

Yard management are confident that this opportunity represents an attractive prospect for owners looking to take advantage of both an attractive exchange rate on the Australian dollar and Echo Yacht’s offering of a high-quality, no fuss build.

Senior management and shareholders of Echo Yachts. (left to right) Mark Stothard, Jurien van Rongen and Nick Gardiner

Senior management and shareholders of Echo Yachts. (left to right) Mark Stothard, Jurien van Rongen and Nick Gardiner

Although a young operation, the combined expertise of its staff and their many decades of experience within the superyacht industry means that Echo Yachts is set to be a serious player in large yacht construction. Bringing together the team from Australia and around the world was a key consideration for company senior management Mark Stothard, Jurien van Rongen and Nick Gardiner. Their investment into selecting the right team is already paying dividends in the quality and on-schedule and on-budget builds of the two new projects.

With the yard able to build any hull form in aluminium, steel, composite, or a combination of these materials, it is more than qualified to meet the demands of any custom project. In addition to the strength and skillsets of the yard team, the Australian reputation for innovative high-quality construction makes Echo Yachts a particularly appealing option, especially for those based in the nearby Asia-Pacific where yacht ownership continues to rise in popularity.

Echo Yachts facility

Echo Yachts facility

The yard welcomes all enquiries, and looks forward to continuing to build its market presence in 2015.

Video: 49m Codecasa motor yacht CYAN (ex Renalo) underway

February 23, 2015

Measuring 49 meters in length over all, luxury charter yacht CYAN (ex Renalo) is a beautiful and elegant vessel, built by the prestigious Italian shipyard Codecasa in 1997. Motor yacht CYAN boasts a contemporary look and luxurious functionality, thanks to her timeless shape and deeply angled bow. Providing deluxe accommodation to up to 12 guests, the striking CYAN is available for rent in the popular Caribbean and Mediterranean yacht charter destinations. Below is a video showing this beauty underway, released by ‘ZipZapPower’.