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Heesen Yachts announces sale of YN 16847 superyacht Project MARGARITA

June 17, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that YN 16847 superyacht Project Margarita was sold on May 19, 2014 to a seafaring enthusiast, who is looking forward to cruising with his family in maximum comfort and style. Luxury motor yacht Project Margarita represents the first of the newly styled vessels in the award-winning 47-metre class, a breed of Heesens that are icons of classic contemporary yacht design.

YN 16847 superyacht Project MARGARITA by Heesen Yachts

YN 16847 superyacht Project MARGARITA by Heesen Yachts - Photo credit to Dick Holthuis Photography

Frank Laupman has created the timeless design of the YN 16847 luxury yacht Project Margarita, a vessel that exudes luxury and elegance in every detail. Contrasting fabrics of silk, wool and linen complement the subtle patterning and rich textures featured in the main saloon, while the walnut floor, oak walls and gloss lacquered ceiling bring an element of gravitas to the interior.

In the sky lounge, large windows stretch luxuriously across the entire length of the saloon creating a light and airy place for relaxation, and yet the bar and home cinema system make this area equally suited for cosy evenings as guests move inside from the terrace. Heesen craftsmanship abounds, right down to the walnut flooring where the grain has been cut to radiate outwards echoing the circular theme.

The master suite, classic in contemporary style, is a true masterpiece with its sumptuous en-suite bathroom with central bathtub and a myriad of marble vanity units, oak panelling, an Art Nouveau custom-created mosaic as the centre panel and a pale travertine marble floor. A large private study and walk-in wardrobe complete the Owner’s private suite.

On the lower deck, Project Margarita superyacht has two double and two twin suites decorated with walnut panels, deep ultra-soft wool carpets and silk textured wallpapers. All en-suite bathrooms have marble walls, limestone floors and contemporary polished steel fittings.

The exterior deck spaces offer the 12 guests many options for enjoying life at sea: an impressive 180 square meters – 85 of which is just on the sundeck! – will be ideal for al fresco dining in four different areas, lounging around the Spa Pool, and sunbathing on the large sun-pads in front of the bridge in peace and quiet, even when docked in harbour stern to.

Zero speed stabilisers will ensure maximum comfort at anchor and the wellengineered round bilge hull with bulbous bow, powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63, will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4.000nm at 12 knots.

Project Margarita yacht will be delivered to her Owners on June 30 2014 after intensive sea trials in the North Sea for summer cruising in the Mediterranean and will be available for inspection at the Monaco Yacht Show next September.

Technical Specifications of YN 16847 super yacht Project Margarita:

Hull type: Displacement
Naval Architect: Heesen Yachts
Interior Designer: Omega Architects
Exterior Styling: Omega Architects
Classification: Lloyds  100A1 SSC YACHT [] LMC
Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 / MCA
Hull: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium

Length over all: 46,70m / 153ft 2in
Beam over all: 8,83m / 29ft
Draft: 3,07m / 10ft 4in
Displacement (50% load): 400 tons

Guests: 12
Cabins: Full-beam Owner’s stateroom, two double cabins, two twin cabins


Maximum speed(50% load): 15 knots
Range at 12 knots: 4.000Nm
Fuel capacity: 60.000 litres / 15.850 US Gallons
Fresh water: 20.000 litres / 5.280 US Gallons

Main engines: 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63
Maximum power: 2 x 1.000kW
Gearbox: 2 x ZF 4661
Engine control: MTU Blue Vision, three control stands
Propellers: Schaffran five blade fixed pitch Ø 1.600mm
Generators: 2 x Kilo-Pak
Bowthruster: ZF Marine 90kW, hydraulically driven
Steering system: Sperry Marine Systems
Stabilizers: Naiad Dynamics, type 621 with 2 fins of approx. 3m², zero speed

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

Launch of Admiral Regale 45 superyacht FLYING DRAGON at The Italian Sea Group Shipyard

June 17, 2014

Last Saturday saw the all-new Admiral Regale 45 superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri) hit the water at The Italian Sea Group shipyard in Italy‘s Marina di Carrara. Set to be displayed at the next Monaco Yacht Show, luxury motor yacht Flying Dragon represents the fourth of the seven launches scheduled for 2014.

Admiral Regale 45 Yacht Flying Dragon

Launch of Admiral Regale 45 Yacht Flying Dragon at The Italian Sea Group Shipyard in Marina di Carrara, Italy

The first three to touch the water had been an extra large floating barge able to launch yachts up to 90m long, the M/Y “FOAM”, a 35m Full Custom yacht by Admiral, and M/Y “LOW PROFILE”, a 40m from the Tecnomar Nadara series, which were launched  in the past few weeks.

Christened under the name “FLYING DRAGON”, the motoryacht Admiral Regale 45 features a fast planing hull entirely built in aluminum and able to reach a top speed of  about 27 knots.

Luxury yacht Flying Dragon is a raised pilot house design yacht, with an elegant light blue hull enriched by a blue dragon graphic on both sides, which has been designed by Dobroserdov Design.

The main deck of Flying Dragon yacht features huge and comfortable spaces with full headroom opening sliding doors on the starboard side of the main salon.

The main salon is a mixture of dark wood furniture and joinery, combined with precious upholstery and beige colored lackered ceilings.

The floor is made of Tabu lati chololate parquet.

Super yacht Flying Dragon on the water

Super yacht Flying Dragon on the water

A little bit forward the dining area finds place, with a large table for up to 12 people placed on centerline; behind this, a large decorative wooden panel of 4m x 2m enriches the area.

Forward on the main deck is all about master cabin, taking the full beam of the yacht and featuring large side windows which give natural light to the whole environment.

An opening 2m x 2m balcony is also available on the right side, delivering a nice corner for delightful breaks.

On the floor a precious light color carpet is boarded by black St Laurent marble.

A 4m x 2m mirror hides a 55” TV.

The Owner bathroom has black marble washbasins, white onyx tub and shower which also features a light blue onyx wall.

Forward of the owner cabin the steam bath is set between his and her dressing rooms, featuring white onyx floor and glass walls.

Both the main deck cockpit and the sun deck feature a big bar corner with white onyx backlit top and front.

The sun deck of Flying Dragon superyacht is actually a terrace overlooking the sea with a large sunbathing area, Spa Pool and a large table for up to 12 guests made of  teak.

The hard top covering part of the sun deck features a teak ceiling with the graphic of a TAO.

Every external area can be covered with arab tents tied on removable poles.

The 4 guest cabins are located on the lower deck and include two twin bed cabins and two double Vips, all with ensuite bathrooms.

All cabins features dark wood furniture, in contrast with the light color carpets, which are further enhanced by red onyx borders and leather headboards.

The crew area is located forward on the lower deck, featuring three double cabins and a large captain cabin.

The main galley is also located on the lower deck and the crew can also benefit by a huge crew mess and by a separate laundry area.

The new construction project is managed by Nakhimov, which after completion of the Flying Dragon yacht, will also take care of her management and it will act as central agency for luxury yacht charter purpose.

Nauta Yachts the best-represented yacht designer at Loro Piana SuperYacht Regatta

June 16, 2014

Nauta Yachts was the best-represented yacht designer at this year’s 7th edition of the Loro Piana SuperYacht Regatta. The prominent Italian design studio has beautifully designed seven luxury yachts from the impressive fleet of a total of eighteen yachts, which participated in the regatta. These included six Southern Wind Shipyard yachts and the evergreen 84-foot sailing yacht My Song.

SW 82 FD superyacht Grande Orazio by Southern Wind and Nauta Design

SW 82 FD superyacht Grande Orazio by Southern Wind and Nauta Design

Superyacht Grande Orazio, a SW 82 FD, was the event’s biggest winner taking first place in Class C and also winning the Southern Wind Trophy. My Song placed third in Class C after a fabulous last day race. Helmsman Francesco de Angelis took the boat through a long series of tacks showing that My Song, at   years of age and with a long series of wins to her name, is still fully capable of keeping up with newer yacht’s pace. The SW 100 RS superyacht Cape Arrow, with America’s Cup tactician Peter Holmberg aboard, also placed third in Class B.

Grande Orazio yacht was having her debut on the regatta circuit at this event. While one of the smallest currently built Southern Wind yachts, she couldn’t have cut a finer figure: with a streak of three first place and one second place finishes she was without a doubt the Class C champion and also took home the Southern Wind Trophy.

Luxury sailing yacht Grande Orazio

Luxury sailing yacht Grande Orazio

Grande Orazio superyacht is the SWS’s latest launch and the first 82 built with the Flush Deck option. “We are very happy with this debut,” said her owner Massimo Florio, a member of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “The boat was just launched in January and was transferred from South Africa in March. She is newly arrived and already making a splash.”

The SW 82 FD has an elegant, low-slung coachroof that gives her a very sporty look. Her high modulus carbon fibre mast and boom are by Southern Spars and her rigging and sail plan were created with racing in mind.  Her rudder blade was custom designed and her draft is 4.2 mt as compared with a standard 4.0.

Grande Orazio yacht’s interior layout was personalized to offer maximum space and flexibility of use whether cruising or racing. Crew quarters and galley are aft, while the owner’s cabin is fore. Two ulterior cabins midships can be used by guests when cruising or by crew during regattas.

Nauta Design would like to take advantage of this occasion to congratulate all of the Nauta Yacht boats that participated in the Loro Piana Regatta and look forward to see them soon on the water.

Absolute Boat Care preparing Yachts for The Superyacht Cup

June 16, 2014

This winter saw the Palma de Mallorca-based company Absolute Boat Care work to capacity in the yard, and nothing has changed as the summer heats up. During the last two weeks, the yard has been focused on making sure all the yachts are looking pristine, and back in the water for their luxury yacht charter, as well as The Superyacht Cup.

Absolute Boat Care Team at work

Absolute Boat Care Team at work

The J Class Yachts have once again joined ABC in Palma for The Superyacht Cup and ABC have been nose to the grindstone varnishing, polishing and preening these beautiful classic yachts in the lead up to the regatta.

ABC has a long standing relationship with the J’s, having worked on sailing yacht Velsheda for the last ten years, including major varnish work, stripping it back to the wood, staining and applying the varnish.

Duncan Sykes, founder of Absolute Boat Care states: ‘Its been great to work with the J’s over the years. Velsheda and charter yacht Ranger have both been long standing clients. Over the last ten years we have redone all the interior and exterior varnish on board. We want the yachts to maintain their beauty and elegance for the most time possible and have a team of varnish experts to ensure that happens. For example, we applied at least twenty coats of varnish to Velsheda, with all the final coats being sprayed on, which leaves unbeatable lustre.
We have been working on her this year before The Superyacht Cup, varnishing and re-coating the rail.’

Busy period for Absolute Boat Care

Busy period for Absolute Boat Care

The varnishing team have also been on board Danish Yachts built J Class Yacht, Ranger for their exterior and interior repairs. Superyacht Hanuman has undergone paint repairs to her black hull and metallic boom, whilst luxury yacht Lionheart has had her rail varnished and clear coat repairs on the rig and hull.

As well as the J Classes Absolute Boat Care have been busy with other super yacht competitors in the Cup. Last week charter yacht Atalante went back in the water after her annual anti-foul.

The Superyacht Cup Kicks off on Wednesday the 18th June with the J class and the Superyachts start the following day. With 26 boats in the race including five J’s, it is going to be an outstanding regatta.

59m Benetti motor yacht MEAMINA introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

June 16, 2014

The outstanding 59-metre Benetti motor yacht Meamina is using Yacht Carbon Offset’s service to counteract the greenhouse gas impact of all fuel delivered to the yacht. Superyacht Meamina is exploring ways to improve environmental performance in all areas of operation.

59m Benetti motor yacht MEAMINA introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

59m Benetti motor yacht MEAMINA introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

Meamina yacht has completed another busy luxury yacht charter season in the Caribbean and is back chartering in the Mediterranean for the summer. Meanwhile, Yacht Carbon Offset is matching the greenhouse gas emissions from her engines & generators, tonne for tonne, with equivalent emissions reductions from verified green energy projects.

Steve Barker, Meamina’s Captain commented: “Motor Yacht Meamina is evolving this year, operating in a more environmentally responsible way. Without compromising our very high chartering standards, we will re-evaluate many areas of daily operations, both behind the scenes and in providing greener choices to guests on-board. Though we already do seek to be fuel efficient, the fuel demands of a powerful, luxurious Yacht like Meamina are vast. So it is great we can respond effectively and economically to her greenhouse gas impact with Yacht Carbon Offset.”

Yacht Carbon Offset’s Mark Robinson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Meamina as the latest superyacht to counteract her carbon footprint. This is increasingly important to many owners & charterers, especially those that are high profile or who are concerned about the impact that their lifestyle may have on the climate. Meamina will be using a Gold Standard renewable energy project in Turkey for her initial carbon offset programme. This project is dependent on carbon funding, so Meamina’s action makes a real difference. It is lovely to work with this elegant yacht and we thank all on board for their decision to proceed.”

Yacht Carbon Offset provides a fully-documented service for those that own and enjoy the world’s leading superyachts and has Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification.

Claasen sailing yacht FIREFLY wins Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and is listed for sale

June 16, 2014

Claasen Shipyards is thrilled to announce more race success for the company as sailing yacht Firefly wins the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, which took place in the fabulous Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo from June 3 to 7, 2014. The victory of superyacht Firefly follows Lionheart yacht’s recent victory at the inaugural Menorca Maxi Regatta.

Claasen super yacht Firefly under sail - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards - Ingrid Abery

Claasen super yacht Firefly under sail - Photo courtesy of Claasen Shipyards - Ingrid Abery

Luxury yacht Firefly, which has just been listed for sale, performed consistently throughout the regatta and proved unbeatable, winning all four of her races. This impressive result earned her the Boat International Media Silver Jubilee Cup as the overall winner of the event.

The Firefly yacht set the standard to beat through the event, with enviable teamwork from her crew. Firefly’s owner was extremely proud of the win, and of the team that raced her to victory. “We’ve been practicing for three seasons now and we stick together really well,” he said. “We were very much aiming for our achievements, and I’m delighted not so much for myself but for the team who made it all happen.”

The first of the new F-Class of yachts, Firefly superyacht was designed by Hoek Design and launched in 2011 and has become known not just for her classic lines and modern lines but also for her speed. Her asking price is € 3.850.000 (VAT paid).

Below is a video showing the F-Class super yacht Firefly at full speed, published by Claasen Shipyards:

Busy period for Viking Yachts

June 16, 2014

Activity throughout the Viking plant is never ending, and with three new luxury yacht models presently added to the production lines, the Viking shipwrights are busier than ever.

Rendering of luxury motor yacht Viking 75 - Image courtesy of Viking Yachts

Rendering of luxury motor yacht Viking 75 currently under construction - Image credit to Viking Yachts

One new model gaining a lot of buzz on the docks and throughout the industry is the long anticipated 75 Motor Yacht, which launches late summer and will premiere at the fall boat shows. At the present time with the deckhouse in place, work is progressing on the interior, which features four staterooms, plus a fifth crew stateroom with private access from the stern.

West Coast Connection

Another of the new Viking models for 2015 is the incredible Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible yacht well on its way to completion in mid August. The Viking West Coast dealer, Stan Miller Yachts with offices in Newport Beach, Long Beach and San Diego, California, and Seattle, Washington, is building hull number two for the Offield family of California. Pausing in the galley of hull number one, John Buettner from Stan Miller Yachts, Chase Offield and Viking president Patrick Healey pore over plans for the next hull.

Works on Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Covertible Yacht

Works on Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Covertible Yacht - Image credit to Viking Yachts

Quit Wishin’ and Get Fishin’

One of the most popular summer fishing tournaments is the Viking Ocean Showdown, scheduled for July 9-12, 2014. How popular, you ask? Now in its 25th year, this crowd pleasing event is all about family fun, with two days of fishing, a great cookout and pool party, and an awards dinner capped with a frenzy of super prizes and delectable eats at the luxurious Canyon Club Marina in Cape May, New Jersey.

Launch of first Nauta Air 86′ motor yacht YOLO at Cantiere delle Marche

June 16, 2014

The very first Nauta Air 86motor yacht Yolo successfully hit the water at Cantiere delle Marche shipyard in Italy over the weekend. The beautiful 86-foot superyacht Yolo is a robust explorer, superbly penned by Nauta Yacht Design.

Rendering of Nauta Air 86 superyacht

Rendering of Nauta Air 86 superyacht

Nauta Air 86′ expedition yacht Yolo mixes up durable substance, seaworthy performance and low fuel consumption with airy, contemporary design, wide exterior space and surprising volumes.

The Yolo yacht is expected to reach a maximum speed of 17 knots, a cruising speed of 13,5 knots and a maximum range of 3900 nautical miles at 9 knots.

ISA Yachts announces launch of 43,63M motor yacht SILVER WIND

June 16, 2014

Ancona-based shipyard, ISA Yachts, has proudly announced the launch of their all-new 43,63M motor yacht SILVER WIND (hull 140.1). Scheduled for delivery in July 2014, the ISA 140 series superyacht SILVER WIND is a beautiful tri-deck planing composite vessel that uses innovative design to influence the owner as well as guest experience on board.

Launch of ISA 140 superyacht SILVER WIND

Launch of ISA 140 superyacht SILVER WIND (hull 140.1) - Image credit to ISA Yachts

Focused on elegant yet relaxed lifestyle, the stunning 43m luxury yacht SILVER WIND balances light indoor areas with generous outdoor deck spaces, creating an open environment that emphasizes panoramic sea views while ensuring privacy.

The exterior design of SILVER WIND superyacht is the work of Andrea Vallicelli which carries a bold and dramatic feel from the exterior through into the interior spaces. Strong diagonal lines run from the sundeck to the stern, mirroring the flair of the distinctive sweeping staircases. With her 5 cabins, SILVER WIND can accommodate 10 guests, who can enjoy navigation and at-anchor relaxing moments on the yacht extensive outdoor spaces, a huge sundeck and a cosy beach area with a generous swimming platform. Comfort at anchor is guaranteed by fixed fin stabilizers with electric actuators.

Interior design of SILVER WIND yacht will be signed by the renowned Nuvolari & Lenard.

Thanks her unique hybrid propulsion system developed by Siemens and ISA Yachts, SILVER WIND yacht can both run at the maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots with a “traditional” propulsion system consisting of two marine diesel engines driving two Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets through reduction gear-boxes, and navigate at low speed of 8 knots with two main engines OFF; the two waterjets are powered by the two electric motors connected to the gearbox.

The two diesel generators also supply power to the electric users. At electric mode, the total fuel consumption is 90 l/h for a range of 2600 nm, so extremely important for yacht transfer without guests onboard, as consumption goes from 55 l/nm at max yacht speed to 11 l/nm with electric mode on.

The advantages of hybrid propulsion are countless. The large flexibility of operation modes in the first place. Then, depending on the operation mode of the vessel, the main engines and generators run less hours per years and, when in operation, at higher loads. Both lead to less required maintenance cost. What is more, the main and auxiliary diesel engines can always operate at its peak efficiency, thus reducing the specific fuel consumption and gas emission. This shall also result in a drastically lower noise level in overall yacht ambient.

It is expected that at 8 knots people on board should have a feeling as to stay on a sailing yacht. Last but not least, there is a drastically improvement of the redundancy. If the generators set fails, two shaft generators will operate the electric users; if the main engines fail, the two generators can power the propellers.

A further exceptional element is her fully custom-made bridge. ISA in-house electronic department coordinates a panel of important names in the field of electronic navigation systems, such as Transas, which made the bridge concept, Team Italia, which designed the bridge console and Rolls-Royce, which provides the custom-made waterjets control system. The result is a highly technological pioneering bridge, second to no other in terms of customisation and integration, always in full compliance with safety regulation.

The ISA 140 series produces the company’s largest semi-custom superyachts of composite construction with hull and superstructure built from Fibre Reinforced Plastic (FRP). The composite parts of ISA 140, such as the hull, the deck, the superstructure and the accessories, have been built with vacuum assisted resin infusion (VARTM).

In particular, the hull is one of the biggest one ever made on a single mould and at one go. The result is a product with superior features in terms of lightness and stiffness, compared to the boats of the same category made with traditional techniques.

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by ISA:

Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts introduces 135m motor yacht ASSINA concept

June 16, 2014

Germany-based designer Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts is proud to present the latest motor yacht Assina concept. Superyacht Assina concept is a breath-taking 135m trimaran, boasting an impressive beam of 28 meters.

New 135m superyacht Assina concept by Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts

New 135m superyacht Assina concept by Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts

Externally, luxury yacht Assina concept features a beautiful Sundeck with Wheelhouse and Gym, and a 84-sqm round pool. There is also a large front deck with heliport, which can be fitted with 2 tennis courts, while the private sun deck for the owners offers two popular Jaccuzzis.

Luxury mega yacht Assina concept

Luxury mega yacht Assina concept

Trimaran Assina concept

Trimaran Assina concept

The lower deck of Assina superyacht concept is dedicated to crew and garages, the wellness spa and the diving club. The generous floating tender garage can also provide space for a swim island or a submarine.

Luxury yacht Assina concept

Luxury yacht Assina concept

Assina Yacht Design

Assina Yacht Design

Internally, super yacht Assina concept features a beautiful and generous 650-700 sqm panorama Salon, providing a 270-degree view from the center point. The Salon can be also used for live bands or as a theater, and can comfortably accommodate for dinner an impressive number of 300 guests.

Super yacht Assina concept - aft view

Super yacht Assina concept - aft view

Assina yacht concept - Tender Garage

Assina yacht concept - Tender Garage

The main deck of Assina yacht concept is dedicated to up to 36 Guests and the large galley. All cabins boast an impressive size. The owner’s cabin is of 250 sqm, the VIP cabin of 60 sqm and the guest cabins of 40 sqm each.

Aboard Assina superyacht concept

Aboard Assina superyacht concept

Assina superyacht concept - Exterior

Assina superyacht concept - Exterior

Among a large number of benefits of Assina yacht concept as a multihull vessel is her stability. She is able to provide comfortable and excellent performance even in rough seas.