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CdM announces sale of Darwin Class 102’ yacht and Nauta Air 108’ superyacht

December 18, 2014

The well known Ancona-based builder, Cantiere delle Marche, has proudly announced the sale of Darwin Class 102’ yacht and Nauta Air 108’ superyacht. The shipyard thus closes 2014 with two more sales, making a total of five yachts sold in less than twelve months.

Luxury motor yacht Darwin Class 102’ by Cantiere delle Marche

Luxury motor yacht Darwin Class 102’ by Cantiere delle Marche

Of this year’s five sales, three took place in South America, a market that CdM had decided to target in 2014 through specific marketing and sales activities made possible thanks to an important relational network. Its territorial activity will be notably intensified in 2015, with the appointment of a local dealer/area manager. The other two sales this year were concluded in Europe, with an English and with an Italian clients.

In particular, the last two yachts sold were:

CdM Nauta Air 108’ yacht: a displacement yacht in steel and aluminum, conceived in all its particulars for the Americas, with an especially reduced draft. In addition to the usual features of an Explorer yacht (over-engineering, redundancies, great seaworthiness, transpacific autonomy, etc.), this yacht designed by Nauta Design boasts ample outside spaces that culminate in a 70-square meter sun deck and, on the main deck, a real beach club that is in direct contact with the water. This is a particularly innovative alternative to having a beach club in the place that is usually dedicated to garage space. To CdM, another important feature of this boat is the 7.5-meter beam platform built to accommodate a layout that includes a master cabin on the main deck. On the technical side, besides the usual features also found in the Darwin Class, this boat will be fitted with a latest generation Dynamic Positioning System, along with a highly sophisticated navigation system, a ship-owner’s toy garage with side access door (the two tenders will be positioned externally, like on the Explorer yacht), and a Bulb (a CdM first-time feature). The interiors will be appointed by Italian designers and will include tactile and luxury surfaces.

CdM Air 108 Yacht - Profile

CdM Air 108 Yacht - Profile

Darwin Class 102’ yacht: the sister ship to the Darwin Class 102’ sold in February and designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydrotec, this Explorer distinguishes itself thanks to an important modification brought to the stern, its particularly convivial layout, and special attention to the toys that are housed in its enormous garage. The very spacious stern platform can accommodate a five-meter tender, whereas the upper deck can hold a 6.20-meter one. During long voyages, the first one can also be put on the upper deck. At the Client request, a management team was involved in the ship-building process and was tasked with configuring the yacht for extended navigation, especially in the Caribbean and in the waters of South America, and for getting the most out of the Charter market. In answer to the many requests received by the shipyard in recent years, there will finally be a Darwin Class available for the Charter market.

CdM highlights some interesting information on the commercial success of its products:

•             The sales average has gone from one contract every 90 days to one contract every 75 days;

•             The size of yachts sold has increased and consequently, so has the valued of the single contracts: 4 of the last 5 boats have been over 100 feet long;

•             The shipyard’s backlog of orders is enough to keep production running at saturation capacity until 2017;

•             The launch of the Darwin 2.0 line and the immediate success of those sales has confirmed CdM’s ability to listen to and heed the yacht market voices, and has shown its capacity to respond quickly to the input received so as to satisfy demand;

•             The success of the Nauta Air line, which amounts to about 25% of the shipyard’s total production, bears witness to the fact that the market has fully responded to the innovative principle implicit in Explorer Yacht that is to be found in the form but in the content;

•             Virtually all of its buyers come from a world of serial-production shipyards with brands that have been solidly anchored in the market for decades or, in two cases, they are owners of yachts built in northern European shipyards with just as aristocratic a lineage. CdM’s commercial success shows how the market is evolving towards serving a type of clientele that demonstrates a greater maturity in its heightened attention to content, to quality, and to reliability above all else, just as was predicted in 2010 when the shipyard began its adventure.

Cantiere delle Marche, which distinguished itself from the start, thanks to the typology and quality of the boats produced in its Ancona facility, has earned its place among the best performers of the sector. As of now, three more yachts are planned for delivery in 2015 (Darwin Class 107’, 102’ and 86’) and there are additional orders on the books and in production for delivery between 2016 and 2017.

New 68m carbon fibre catamaran SV223’ concept by Sea Voyager

December 18, 2014

The Latvian-based design firm, Sea Voyager, is proud to introduce their new 68m carbon fibre catamaran SV223’ concept.  Sea Voyager 223’ superyacht is a new ultra-luxury catamaran, boasting a platform with unusual dimensions,  a fabulous owner’s cabin of over 100m², a dance floor worthy of  the name, a lounge bar for warm nights full of stars, as well as the beach bar next to the second deck.

New 68m mega yacht SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

New 68m mega yacht SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

Sea Voyager takes inspiration from the thought ‘Born To Be a Wave’, a concept that brings together men, the sea and a ship.

Sea Voyager 223’ yacht concept is the evolution of the studio’s original concept and represents the ‘ultimate boat size’.

The studio’s thinking was to develop a new approach to the use of the technology, with a desire to create a very large catamaran, which would be able to navigate under sail with performance of 18/20 knots, while providing the maximum comfort, permitted by the size of luxury yacht Sea-Voyager 223’ concept.

New 68m catamaran SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

New 68m catamaran SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

Born To Be a Wave’ is the pleasure of living at the sea, without fear and with a worry-free spirit. The possibility of organising receptions, invite friends for a long crossing is what the studio wanted to offer with Sea-Voyager 223’ yacht concept. The lines are stretched but do not restrict the extraordinary capabilities of comfort, resulting in an amazing freedom of expression for the layout, consisting of two levels.

Level 1 is dedicated to places of common life aboard with a Lounge/Night bar of 120m2 and a reception room of 240m2.

Level 2 is exceptional, there is nothing that can compare to a Double deck, offering 2 distinct platforms: a ‘Master Cabin’ which represents a suite of 100m2 accessible by a private elevator, overlooking the bedroom area to starboard, with a king size bed and a desk. There is also a fully-equipped bathroom and the dressing room, in addition to a private 50m2 terrace and an outdoor walkway.

SV223' Yacht Concept from above

SV223' Yacht Concept from above

The front platform meets the helm area and ‘Beach deck’. Sea-Voyager 223 yacht is expected to reach the speeds of 18/20 knots.

-          The ‘beach deck’ is a space of 230m2, with ‘long cocktail bar’, with a dozen long-chairs. It also provides an exceptional  view of the sea.

-          The helm station of 90m2 is well visible and accessible to guests and ensures secure maneuvers. There is also a small seating area with a sofa.

The hulls host 4-6 generous guest cabins. There are also well-equipped galleys, which are able to serve dinner for receptions.

SV223' superyacht concept - aft view

SV223' superyacht concept - aft view

The storage capacity of Sea-Voyager 223’ superyacht concept, whatever the latitude, permits to travel around the world in maximum comfort, under sail or motor. The crew, needed for such a yacht, can be comfortably accommodated in a captain’s cabin and crew cabins. Access to engine rooms, galleys and crew cabins is separated from guest accommodation.

On the back side of the hulls, there is access to garages dedicated to water sports equipment. A side door on port side allows to launch a small tender of 7m. In addition, the two beach decks on the back of the hulls are fitted to host a small helicopter.

Sea Voyager luxury yacht SV223' concept

Sea Voyager luxury yacht SV223' concept

General Specifications of luxury yacht Sea Voyager 223’ concept:

LOA 68m (223’)

Waterline length 66m (220’)

Beam 28.50m (93’5’’)

Water draught 5.90m (2’20’’)

Air draught 64m (210’)

Main mast 60m (196’8’’)

Displacement (Lightship) approx. 620 tons

Speed range 18 to 25 knots

Engines:

Power 2×1200/1500 kW

Fuel capacity 2x74000L

Water capacity 2x14000L

Conception

Designer Sea-Voyager

Naval Architecture Duchatelet Design

Construction (Standard version)

Hull Aluminium

Deck Composite

Mast Aluminium

Construction (Hight-tech)

Hull Carbon Fiber

Deck Carbon Fiber

Mast Carbon Fiber

Andrea Francolini – The photographer who has been with sailing yacht Wild Oats XI for a decade

December 18, 2014

Andrea Francolini is the photographer who has been with the famous 30-metre Supermaxi sailing yacht Wild Oats XI since the time of her conception. Today, he stands tall in the world of yachting photographers. He has more than 140 cover shots to his credit in Australia, and for the past three years he has been a finalist in the international Mirabaud Yachting Photographer of the Year awards.

Andrea Francolini

Andrea Francolini

43-year-old Andrea Francolini is of Italian descent.  He was born in Milan, but after 14 years of being in Australia he now considers himself to be as much an Aussie as he is an Italian.

Andrea revealed an aptitude for artistic creativity during his school years, and this led to him pursuing a career as a graphic designer. There was a problem however: his talents didn’t extend to being able to draw, so he soon turned to photography to illustrate his thoughts and theories.

About the same time a cousin who was an avid sailor asked Andrea to join him aboard his small sailboat at the picturesque Lake Como, 40 kilometres to the north of Milan, for a day’s outing, and Andrea agreed. He took his camera with him to get some nice shots of the magnificent scenery around the lake, but fate intervened and the life of a yachting photographer emerged … literally, with a splash.

Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI at the start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image by Andrea Francolini

Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI at the start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image by Andrea Francolini

As Andrea was preparing to step from the dock onto the boat a gust of wind suddenly filled the sails. Equally suddenly, the boat took off, so Andrea decided to make a leap for it. Unfortunately though, by the time he was in mid-air, the gap between dock and the deck had expanded far too fast, and his pier-head leap failed in spectacular fashion. Instead of being “on” Lake Como, young Andrea was then “in” it.

For some unknown reason the cousin kept sailing away, so a sodden and somewhat embarrassed Andrea clambered back onto the dock so he could drip-dry in the warmth of the summer sun. It was while he was standing there that he became captivated by the symmetry and motion of the boats sailing on the lake, so he took out his camera – which he’d somehow managed to keep dry – and began photographing them. Before long people were coming to him on the dock asking if they could buy copies of the images he was taking, and from that moment the life of a commercial yachting photographer was born.

Andrea’s work soon came to the attention of one of the greats of international yachting photography, Carlo Borlenghi, and this led to the multi-lingual Andrea was working with him as an assistant. He could not have wanted for a better tutor.

After two years with Carlo, Andrea decided it was time to go solo, and for reasons he can’t explain, he found himself heading for Australia in late 2000 to look for work. He arrived in Sydney on December 12, and 14 days later he was on the harbour photographing the start of the Sydney Hobart race.

Solas Big Challenge 2014

Solas Big Boat Challenge 2014

On Boxing Day this year – 14 years after he arrived in Australia – Andrea will be at the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race as official photographer for Bob Oatley’s supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI, as well as one of the yacht’s principal sponsors, Audi. He has been the official photographer for Wild Oats XI from the time prior to construction starting in 2005, and has held the same role for the Oatley’s, and for Audi at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, for the past decade.

Today seventy-five per cent of his business is marine related – everything from dinghies and skiffs to supermaxis and superyachts. The remainder of his photographic work is commercial, social and scenic.

Inevitably, his work as a yachting photographer has had some hair-raising moments, none more so than the time when the photo boat he was aboard at the Swan Cup in Sardinia ran out of fuel just as the fleet was charging towards it from metres away. The driver panicked and jumped overboard, but miraculously, disaster was averted.

Beyond photography Andrea has established a charity, My First School, to help children in remote regions of Pakistan get a better education. The money he raises goes primarily towards providing facilities, including furniture and small buildings, but this year he has also been able to provide enough funding to guarantee the education of three youngsters for the next five years.

Oceania Marine working on refit of 31,5m motor yacht BLACK PEARL

December 18, 2014

Following the recent refit of the Damen Sea Axe shadow support yacht Umbra, the New Zealand-based shipyard, Oceania Marine, is currently working on the refit of the 31,5m motor yacht Black Pearl. The current refit of superyacht Black Pearl is rounding out a very successful 2014 and kicking off what is looking like being a very good summer season for Oceania Marine.

31,5m super yacht Black Pearl under refit at Oceania Marine - Image credit to Oceania Marine

31,5m super yacht Black Pearl under refit at Oceania Marine - Image credit to Oceania Marine

Luxury yacht Black Pearl was originally built at Oceania Marine yard in 2011. Following a busy few years during which time she has been to Europe, she is now having a hull repaint in her lovely metallic grey and minor coating repairs on the superstructure as well as general maintenance works.

Super yacht Black Pearl has been designed by LOMOcean Design (ex Craig Loomes Design Group) and her interiors are by Chris Connell. She provides elegant and comfortable accommodation in four suites, including one master suite, one VIP suite and two double cabins. There is also a separate crew accommodation for a crew of 5 members.

Luxury motor yacht Black Pearl before refit at Oceania Marine

Luxury motor yacht Black Pearl before refit at Oceania Marine

In 2013, Black Pearl yacht received a new Deck Crane System, with enhanced load capacity and performance, installed by Nautical Structures.

Two New Directors for Horizon Motor Yachts Australia

December 18, 2014

Horizon Yachts is proud to announce the appointment of Matt Yapp and Gary Wahlstedt as new directors of Horizon Motor Yachts Australia (HMYA). Matt and Gary are both current Horizon yacht owners, who share a passion for the Horizon brand and product.

Two New Directors for Horizon Motor Yachts Australia

Two New Directors for Horizon Motor Yachts Australia

Current HMYA Director Russell Wright and his wife Denise are retiring at the end of 2014 after eight years with the company and over 40 years in the industry.  “I’m satisfied with the direction we’ve taken the company and the Horizon brand over the years,” said Russell, “But it’s time for a new injection of ideas and energy…and time for me to enjoy the time off!”

The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show has proven fruitful for HMYA in more ways than one – it was where Matt and Gary first met when they each purchased their Horizon Yachts a few years ago; Matt owns the Horizon E88 motor yacht White Caviar and Gary owns the Horizon E73 motor yacht Swell Time. They became fast friends, even taking their families cruising together; however it was Russell’s plans for retirement and a chance conversation that led to the new business partnership between Matt and Gary, who will officially take over operations of HMYA on January 6th, 2015.

A special ceremony held at the HMYA office in Sanctuary Cove on November 27, 2014

A special ceremony held at the HMYA office in Sanctuary Cove on November 27, 2014

Matt, who owns the largest heavy haulage and crane business in Queensland, brings with him extensive engineering skills, while Gary’s background in manufacturing and residential construction allows him to be the source of new and innovative ideas for the company.  Having spent much time at the Horizon Yachts factory in Taiwan, the partners believe firmly in Horizon’s quality as well as the technology and R&D that goes into manufacturing all Horizon hulls; they plan to continue building the well-established Horizon Yachts brand in Australia and will focus on enhancing the Horizon experience for current owners as well as future clients.

During a special ceremony held November 27th at the HMYA office in Sanctuary Cove, Horizon Group CEO John Lu officially announced Russell’s retirement introduced Matt and Gary as the new HMYA Directors.  With marina full of Horizon yachts and over 80 guests in attendance, John commended Russell for his hard work in building Horizon Yachts within the Australian market and selling over 46 Horizon yachts during his tenure.  He also welcomed Matt and Gary to the Horizon Yachts family and expressed his enthusiasm for their new endeavor with HMYA.  “Matt and Gary have great confidence in the Horizon brand, in our quality and design; they also have experience as Horizon Yacht owners which is of great benefit to the improvement of our yachts,” said John. “We are looking forward to working together to meet the demands of the Australian market and continue to provide excellent sales and service to our valued clients,” said Lu.

Horizon Yachts wants to extend their best wishes to Russell and Denise – Horizon hope they enjoy a wonderful retirement! The yard is also very excited with the new leadership for Horizon Motor Yachts Australia under Matt and Gary and is confident their expertise will continue to pave the way for Horizon Yachts in Australia.

Dominator Design & Development AG shortlisted for IY&A Award 2015 with D26m motor yacht ILUMEN

December 18, 2014

Dominator Design & Development AG have been successfully nominated for the ‘Yacht Concept up to 40 metres‘ award in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015, with the Dominator 26m motor yacht Ilumen. Luxury superyacht Ilumen represents a joint concept between Dr Wolfgang Pernsteiner and designer Alberto Mancini, with the shipyard Dominator Yachts and Naval Architect Andrea Agrusta.

Dominator 26m superyacht Ilumen

Dominator 26m superyacht Ilumen

Dominator Yachts is unique in offering a truly bespoke service in the 20m-40m yachting segment. The key aspects of this project are light and space. The design brief was to bring the space and the feeling of a mega-yacht into a 26 metre raised Pilot House.

Luxury yacht Ilumen - aft view

Luxury yacht Ilumen - aft view

The D26m luxury yacht Ilumen is not just unique in design such as merging interior and exterior spaces, but also in the experience it offers its owner. The owner and their family have the feeling of being in a luxurious villa with modern architecture but on the sea. The owner’s suite provides 180 degree panoramic views. A retractable ceiling makes it possible to sleep under the stars to the sound of the sea, an experience previously reserved for mega-yacht owners. The owner can literally breathe with freedom, being surrounded by nature without having unnecessary obstacles. Floor to ceiling windows are complemented by glazed side passages to ensure the ocean is always in sight. Exceptionally luxurious detailing and the most opulent materials are used such as backlit white onyx, ebony, zebrano, matt oak, silk, and soft nubuck leather.

Motor yacht Ilumen - Exterior

Motor yacht Ilumen - Exterior

The propulsion system is revolutionary: 4 different modes propel from pure electric to electric mode + diesel engine for the maximum ‘Sport’ mode. A high perfomance Hull made of carbon-kevlar-fibreglass provides weight reduction of 25%, and outstanding manoeuvrability and wave reduction, and is 8x stronger than steel. A double floor provides the ultimate in safety.

Ilumen Yacht - Master Cabin

Ilumen Yacht - Master Cabin

A truly bespoke experience even with the hull, customers can choose if they want a displacement, semi-displacement or a planing hull. Other features will be a stern beach are directly on the sea, a fully equipped flybridge with jacuzzi pool and bar station and the finest interiors customised to an owner’s needs. Is it time to see the light?

Hoek-designed ELFJE Yacht and sailing yacht WISP shortlisted for ShowBoats Design Awards 2015

December 17, 2014

Boat International Media have presented the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards Finalists. Both superbly penned by Hoek Design, the 151ft Pilot Classic ELFJE yacht and the 157ft sailing yacht WISP have been nominated in three sailing yacht award categories: Exterior Design & Styling Award, Interior Design Award, as well as Naval Architecture Award.

46m super yacht ELFJE (hull 392) by Royal Huisman and Hoek Design

46m super yacht ELFJE (hull 392) by Royal Huisman and Hoek Design

ELFJE

Measuring 46 meters in length over all, luxury sailing yacht ELFJE (hull 392) is a beautiful, plumb-bowed classic pilot ketch, launched by the prestigious Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman in 2014. She boasts fine exterior lines and proven sea-keeping characteristics, combined with elegant and stylish interiors, designed by bespoke Redman Whiteley Dixon.

48m luxury yacht WISP (hull 393) by Royal Huisman and Hoek Design

48m luxury yacht WISP (hull 393) by Royal Huisman and Hoek Design

WISP

Launched in 2014, the 48m superyacht WISP (hull 393) is a majestic, classic sloop, also built by Royal Huisman. Her beautiful interiors by Rhoades Young Design can comfortably sleep up to 8 guests in a light, airy and calming ambience, reflecting the classic grace of this beautiful sloop. There is a full-beam owner’s suite and three en-suite cabins, while the crew accommodation consists of 3 crew cabins.

Below is a gallery for the beautiful charter yachts with design by Hoek.

Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht GATSBY among ShowBoats Design Awards 2015 Finalists

December 17, 2014

Italian shipyard, Filippetti Yacht, has proudly announced that their Navetta 30 motor yacht Gatsby has been announced as one of the finalists for the ShowBoats Design Awards 2015 in the ‘Environmental Protection‘ category.

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht Gatsby

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht Gatsby

Navetta 30 superyacht Gatsby, like the other vessels of the line, has been designed in an eco-sustainable manner, complying with rigorous environmental principles, safety and quality regulations, without ever losing sight of the livability and the well-being on board.

GATSBY superyacht - Interior

GATSBY superyacht - Interior

With 35.000 litres of fuel and 4.500 miles range, Navetta 30 yacht Gatsby guarantees more than fifteen days of continuous navigation: long and relaxing cruises in harmony with the sea and with the minimal environmental impact.

Luxury Superyachts visiting Maldives

December 17, 2014

The fabulous Indian Ocean yacht charter destination – the Maldives has attracted a large number of luxury superyachts in 2013 and 2014, as stated by Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives GM Mohamed Hameed.

Maldives yacht charter destination, positioned in the Indian Ocean

Maldives yacht charter destination, positioned in the Indian Ocean

APS Maldives GM Mohamed Hameed commented on some stunning yachts visiting the Maldives in 2013-14, all using the services of APS Maldives as their local agent: “These wonderful yachts cruising in the Maldives (in the atolls) had private and charter guests onboard with a few exceptions. Guests reported they enjoyed the Maldives and expressed they’ll be returning in the near future for another holiday.”

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Mohamed reports the following amazing yachts that visited the Republic of Maldives during 2013 & 2014: motor yacht Anna; luxury yacht Aquamarina; charter yacht Archimedes; charter yacht Cloud 9; charter yacht Damrak II; M/y Pacific; M/y Talisman C; mega yacht Vava; M/y Aldabra; M/y Ecstasea; M/y Pelorus; M/y Samax; M/y Diamonds Are Forever; charter yacht Delma; charter yacht Keri Lee; and M/y Mayan Queen.

Second Horizon motor yacht V72 suited to Taiwan Owner’s modern style

December 17, 2014

The well known Taiwan-based builder, Horizon Yachts, has proudly announced that they have received the order from Taiwan for the second motor yacht V72. Since its introduction to Horizon’s luxury yacht collection, the Horizon V series, including the V72 yacht and superyacht V80 models, has attracted much attention around the world, especially in Singapore, Australia, the U.S., and now Taiwan.

Horizon motor yacht V72

Horizon motor yacht V72

The models are popular for their customizable features such as three or four stateroom layouts, interior décor to suit an owner’s requirements, equipment options and more.  Additionally the exterior has been designed so the style lines are continuous with both the luxury yacht V72 and the motor yacht V80 cockpit versions, and the interior accommodations have been designed to be spacious and comfortable for owners and guests alike.

Rendering of the second Horizon V72 Yacht

Rendering of the second Horizon V72 Yacht

Horizon received this second order from Taiwan for the new motor yacht V72 from a client who owns one of the few Pagani luxury supercars on the island; he is a fan of sport cars and when it came to purchasing a yacht, he knew he was not going to settle.  He spent time researching yachts and shipyards, before deciding Horizon Yachts was his manufacturer of choice and then that the V72 yacht was his dream yacht.

Horizon V72 Yacht - Interior

Horizon V72 Yacht - Interior

V72 Yacht - Interior

V72 Yacht - Interior

Horizon’s high level of quality, design and craftsmanship were determining factors for the owner in selecting Horizon Yachts, and he plans to utilize Horizon’s in-house design team to customize the interior with a black-and-white theme and contemporary furniture that align with his modern style.  This Horizon V72 yacht is scheduled for completion in Spring 2015.

Luxury yacht V72 - Master Cabin

Luxury yacht V72 - Master Cabin

V72 Yacht - Bathroom

V72 Yacht - Bathroom

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Horizon.