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HEESEN announced delivery of HOME – First FDHF Yacht with Hybrid Propulsion

July 04, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts have announced the delivery of the world’s first Fast Displacement Hull Form motor yacht with hybrid propulsion to her owner. Previously known as Project NOVA, the 50-metre vessel HOME, constructed in aluminium and below 500GT with a shallow draft, has returned from her comprehensive sea trials and has been handed over to her owner on the 1st of June.

Superyacht HOME profile by Heesen - Photo Dick Holthuis

Superyacht HOME profile by Heesen – Photo Dick Holthuis

The results of the sea trials, which has taken place in the North Sea in calm sea conditions and waves of up to 0.5 metres with a light breeze, went very well, where HOME has overcome her contractual top speed of 16.3 knots in the traditional Diesel engine mode, but also in her hybrid silent cruising mode. HOME is also very quiet thanks to her two 127kW water-cooled DC electric shaft motors and exceeded the predicted 9knots with noise and vibration levels well below expected.

HOME by Heesen - aerial view - Photo Dick Holthuis

HOME by Heesen – aerial view – Photo Dick Holthuis

In addition, she is also fuel efficient, consuming 98 litres per hour (excluding generators) at 12knots, which is further reduced at 10knots in hybrid mode to amazing 45 litres per hour.

“Heesen is renowned for its meticulous attention to weight reduction and HOME is an effortless embodiment of this; being lighter than predicted, she is the perfect demonstration of Heesen’s signature capabilities.”

HOME by Heesen - Photo Dick Holthuis

HOME by Heesen – Photo Dick Holthuis

HOME is fitted with two MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines of 600kW each; smaller than usually found on the yachts of these measurements, demonstrating the fact that the FDHF designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, engineered by Heesen’s in-house specialists and immaculately constructed by Heesen’s welders, is notably efficient. The yacht’s range has also been exceeded by 500 nautical miles, reaching impressive 4200 nautical miles at 12 knots, with only 45,000 litres of fuel.

HOME by Heesen Yachts - Photo Dick Holthuis

HOME by Heesen Yachts – Photo Dick Holthuis

Not only does she impress with her efficiency and performance, she is also a beauty, inside and out! Her striking profile has been created by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, incorporating a vertical bow, an impressive large fixed swim platform, wide sweeping stairs and huge windows. HOME’s interior is equally impressive and was designed by Cristiano Gatto in close collaboration with the owner. It is characterised by contemporary design based on a two-tone colour palette.

Luxury yacht HOME by Heesen - Photo Dick Holthuis

Luxury yacht HOME by Heesen – Photo Dick Holthuis

A sister ship to the M/Y HOME is currently under construction at the Heesen shipyard and is available to purchase.

HOME will see her premiere at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show in September (27-30 September 2017).

Cantiere Delle Marche deliver 102’ Explorer Yacht GALEGO

July 03, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

One more exciting news from Italy today, as Cantiere Delle Marche announce the delivery of the Explorer Yacht Darwin Class 102’ GALEGO, which will be officially presented at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival.

GALEGO yacht running

GALEGO yacht running

GALEGO Running aerial shoot

GALEGO Running aerial shoot

GALEGO is the latest explorer yacht constructed in steel and aluminium by the CDM shipyard, measuring 31 metres (102 feet) and has a GRT of 244. Boasting naval architecture by Hydro Tec, she represents the third vessel in the 102-foot Explorer series, following in the footsteps of ACALA and BABBO. The recent delivery underlines the success of these series, which was launched only six years ago.

GALEGO main saloon view from dining

GALEGO main saloon view from dining

The yacht will now cruise the Adriatic coast, exploring various destinations, culminating in Greece and Turkey, accommodating her owner and his large family, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean following the Cannes yacht show.

GALEGO main saloon details

GALEGO main saloon details

GALEO features some notable customisation including those in her design as well as in the functionality. One of the features is the extended height now measuring 2.18 metres, which included the extortion of the height of all doors and windows. The technical aspects of the yacht, however, have been left unchanged and include a 12mm steel hull cupronickel piping, independent rudders, automatic generator parallel (3 generators), electric fins stabilizers, as well as wastewater treatment systems for black, gray, and bilge waters that have been adapted from the world of work ships and designed to be used 24/365.

GALEGO accommodation owner suite

GALEGO accommodation owner suite

GALEGO owner stateroom

GALEGO owner stateroom

The layout of the garage has been customised to accommodate a great range of water toys, tenders as well as a diving centre.

GALEGO owner suite cabin and bathroom view

GALEGO owner suite cabin and bathroom view

GALEGO twin cabin

GALEGO twin cabin

The sun deck boasts a spacious lounge area with a large sofa and up/down tables, a fully-equipped bar and a comprehensive open-air gymnasium with a pool.

The interior designed by Arch. Pierluigi Floris is inviting and warm, featuring walkout wood tones combined with Poltrona Frau leathers, that cover 90% of the walls around the yacht. Classical style with modern touches is the main theme aboard, with such particularities as free standing furniture pieces by Minotti and Baxter.

GALEGO garage

GALEGO garage

The galley is also very spacious and light, with white furniture and stainless steel appliances, that include a blast chiller freezer, a water dispenser and a double wash area.

GALEGO engine room

GALEGO engine room

The wheelhouse of GALEO has been created with a full-leather customised cockpit.

Accommodation is spread over four guest cabins: one master, one VIP and two guests, while three additional cabins are for the crew and one more of the Captain, which is located next to the cockpit. The design of the accommodation beautifully merges Hermes wallpaper, handcrafted leather, refined fabrics and stunning art pieces.

40m superyacht SAGE hits water at ADMIRAL in Italy

July 03, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The fourth in the successful ‘Impero’ series, M/Y SAGE hit the water in Italy and was christened SAGE. The 40-metre was launched following her sister ships: CACOS V, now GIRAUD (2013), NONO (2014) and TREMENDA (2016).

MY SAGE hits water in Italy

MY SAGE hits water in Italy

The exterior lines are sporty and masculine, with sharp contours and large volumes, both on the inside as well as around her exterior decks. The exterior design was created by renowned Luca Dini Design, while the interiors are the work of GMC Design – Architect Gian Marco Campanino working together with the design team at the Admiral shipyard.

SAGE is all aluminium constructed and reaches a maximum speed of 20 knots. Her draft allows her to cruise in shallow waters, making her perfect for a range of locations and charter destinations.

The master suite is situated on the main deck, in the bow section and offers fantastic panoramic views. Additional guest cabins (four) are located on the lower deck.

Motor yacht SAGE launched by Admiral

Motor yacht SAGE launched by Admiral

Thanks to the large panoramic windows, the main saloon provides a huge amount of natural light as well as great views of the yacht’s surroundings. Same applies to the adjacent formal dining area, which has been fitted with huge panoramic windows as well.

SAGE superyacht gets launched by Admiral

SAGE superyacht gets launched by Admiral

One of the main features and a popular area for guests is the spacious sun deck, and ideal space for relaxation and sunbathing.

SAGE during her launch

SAGE during her launch

SAGE’s beam-wide garage is accessible through the beach club and is equipped with a lateral hull full-size door and a special crane to launch the main tender. The garage also provides access to the machinery area through a control room, which normally is not found on a yacht of this size.

SAGE being launched in Italy

SAGE being launched in Italy

Attention as also been paid to the way the crew quarters were designed, where the pantry offers a large kitchen with natural light, a laundry room, a cabin for the yacht’s owner and two cabins for the crew; all located at the bow.

From the galley, situated on the main deck, both the crew and the guests have access to the bridge deck providing great visibility for the captain allowing for easy manoeuvrability in navigation or during mooring operations.

TANKOA To Present Charter Yacht VERTIGE at 2017 MYS

June 29, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Tankoa Yachts has announced the appearance of its S501 motor yacht VERTIGE at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show, which will take place from 27th to 30th September. Launched in February 2017, VERTIGE features exterior design and concept by Francesco Paszkowski, who also designed her interiors in collaboration with Margherita Casprini.

TANKOA YACHTS VERTIGE - running shot

TANKOA YACHTS VERTIGE – running shot

VERTIGE - aft deck

VERTIGE – aft deck

VERTIGE main aft dek at sunset

VERTIGE main aft dek at sunset

She is the second unit built by Tankoa Yachts and since her delivery in May, she has been enjoying a busy charter season in the Mediterranean. VERTIGE is a well-balanced vessel, with contemporary design to stand the test of time, offering great indoor/outdoor flow throughout her decks, creating an ideal environment not only for her owners but also charter guests. The spaces have been designed in such way, that the crew can easily carry on with their daily duties without compromising on guests’ privacy.

VERTIGE - Bridge deck

VERTIGE – Bridge deck

Al fresco dining at sunset aboard VERTIGE yacht

Al fresco dining at sunset aboard VERTIGE yacht

“VERTIGE is available for charter in Italy and Croatia for €260,000.00 per week plus expenses in high season and €240,000.00 per week plus expenses in the low season.” 

Sunbathing and sunpads on VERTIGE yacht

Sunbathing and sunpads on VERTIGE yacht

VERTIGE on bridge deck

VERTIGE on bridge deck

Six cabins offer accommodation and comprise one full-beam master suite and a VIP suite on the main deck, and two further VIP suites and two guest staterooms on the lower deck. The upper deck has a gymnasium and home cinema, while additional ‘entertainment’ includes a seven-metre tender and two jet skis stored forward in the tender garage. The yacht’s rescue tender is also located forward.

VERTIGE main saloon and tv

VERTIGE main saloon and tv

VERTIGE main saloon dining area

VERTIGE main saloon dining area

The huge aft deck and the welcoming flybridge are both fabulous areas to enjoy some relaxing time with fellow guests, either lounging on the oversized sun pads, enjoying an al fresco meal or having fun on the lateral three-metre foldout terrace with easy access to the sea.

VERTIGE master suite

VERTIGE master suite

VERTIGE - Master Cabin

VERTIGE – Master Cabin

VERTIGE - master bathroom

VERTIGE – master bathroom

Edoardo Ratto, General Manager of Tankoa Yachts, commented: “Since the very first sea trials, which lasted about eight hours, were simply incredible. Vertige reached a top speed of 16.5 knots at 60% load (about 33,000 litres of fuel and more than 20,000 litres of water). S501 has a range of over 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, which really makes a difference when going for Atlantic crossings. There was no vibration at all and the decibel readings were inferior to contracted levels – in the owner’s suite and Vip cabin, levels were below 50 decibels”.

VERTIGE double guest cabin

VERTIGE double guest cabin

VERTIGE twin guest cabin

VERTIGE twin guest cabin

VERTIGE twin guest cabin bathroom

VERTIGE twin guest cabin bathroom

Visit VERTIGE and other beautiful yachts at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show from September 27th until September 30th or contact CharterWorld for more information on her availability for a vacation.

TANKOA motor yacht VERTIGE aerial view

TANKOA motor yacht VERTIGE aerial view

VERTIGE by Tankoa at sunset aft view

VERTIGE by Tankoa at sunset aft view

Dominator presents 28M Ilumen motor yacht KALLIENTE

June 26, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Official images and details of the striking 28-metre luxury motor yacht KALLIENTE have been unveiled by the vessel’s builder, Dominator. Although on the smaller side, when it comes to the superyacht market, KALLIENTE stand out with her appealing design, state-of-the-art engineering solutions, advanced technologies and materials, as well as practical features to accommodate up to 10 guests in luxury and comfort.

Dominator yacht KALLIENTE - photo Jeff Brown

Dominator yacht KALLIENTE – photo Jeff Brown

With naval architecture by NavalHEAD and exterior profile by Alberto Mancini, KALLIENTE is sure to turn heads wherever she appears and in addition offers her owners great performance and easy cruising. She is able to offer many of the mega yacht features in a relatively small package.

Luxury lifestyle aboard MY Kalliente - Photo Jeff Brown

Luxury lifestyle aboard MY Kalliente – Photo Jeff Brown

“Design is more important than ever, and today owners want a yacht that offers the ultimate blend of performance, style, luxury amenities and comfort. In satisfying the demand for an elegant motor yacht that harmonises classic yachting tradition with modern technology and design, we designed the Dominator Ilumen to far exceed our clients’ expectations.” Alberto Mancini, Designer

One of the notable features of this vessel is the addition of huge gyro stabilisers from Seakeeper able to reduce up to 80 percent of uncontrolled roll angle up to 14 degrees.

For additional comfort underway at speed, the yacht relies on an advanced motion damping system able of roll and pitch motion reduction calledHumphree Active Ride Control. It also allows for better manoeuvrability and speed, while reducing resistance and due consumption. At the same time, this also provides for optimal stability in all conditions.

Superyacht lifestyle on aft deck - Dominator Kalliente - Photo Jeff Brown

Superyacht lifestyle on aft deck – Dominator Kalliente – Photo Jeff Brown

Refreshing nibbles and cocktails at the bar - Kalliente - Photo Jeff Brown

Refreshing nibbles and cocktails at the bar – Kalliente – Photo Jeff Brown

The new Ilumen 28M also includes one-of-a-kind touches, such as the handcrafted Purismo Aurelia lightweight carbon e-bike, the rotating beach platform or the impressive fly deck. Custom made furniture and bulkheads have been created from some of the most luxurious materials such as backlit white onyx, ebony, white oak, silk, Zimmer and Rhode fabrics, satin-like nubuck leather, highlighting the exclusivity of this compact superyacht.

Entertainment is guaranteed thanks to the high-tech ‘zero impact’ invisible speakers located in VIP and guest cabins, as well as master cabins and main saloon, where it incorporates a sound-masking system offering advanced audio-visual experience, including a private cinema projector on the sun deck. She is powered by MAN V8 1200 Diesel engines reaching a top speed of 21 knots.

Skylight in the cabin - Kalliente - Photo Jeff Brown

Skylight in the cabin – Kalliente – Photo Jeff Brown

Kalliente - Owner cabin - Jeff Brown

Kalliente – Owner cabin – Jeff Brown

Twin guest cabin - Kalliente - Jeff Brown

Twin guest cabin – Kalliente – Jeff Brown

Kalliente will be berthed in the South of France throughout the summer, including the Cannes Boat Show, following which she will be available for private viewings and events along the French Riviera.

KALLIENTE - beach platform - Photo Jeff Brown

KALLIENTE – beach platform – Photo Jeff Brown

Enjoy the superyacht lifestyle on beach platform - Kalliente - Photo Jeff Brown

Enjoy the superyacht lifestyle on beach platform – Kalliente – Photo Jeff Brown

Dominator Ilumen 28M Kalliente - Photo Jeff Brown

Dominator Ilumen 28M Kalliente – Photo Jeff Brown

47M Heesen yacht BOOK ENDS delivered 

June 16, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Built as YN 17947 by Heesen Yachts, luxury yacht BOOK ENDS was delivered to her proud Owner on 13th June 2017. Measuring 47 metres with a displacement below 500GT, she was constructed for an experienced yachtsman from America who will now enjoy cruising aboard his new vessel exploring the Mediterranean this summer, followed by Atlantic crossing to participate in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

BOOK ENDS photographed by night - credit Heesen Yachts

BOOK ENDS photographed by night – credit Heesen Yachts

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects was in charge of her beautiful classic contemporary exterior design, while Banneberg & Rowell were responsible for her luscious interior inspired by kinetic energy.

BOOK ENDS main saloon - credit Heesen Yachts

BOOK ENDS main saloon – credit Heesen Yachts

On the way to Gibraltar at the moment, BOOK ENDS’ Captain comments on the brand-new vessel: “It feels very safe as Book Ends’ structure is solid – Dutch solid! The vessel is very responsive and accepts steering commands immediately. The use of the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit makes for a very quick reaction when the steering tiller is moved, even the slightest amount. We can’t wait to welcome the Owners on board their new home away from home!”

BOOK ENDS is powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 Diesel engines reaching a top speed of 15.6 knots at sea trials and a transatlantic range of 4000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Rossinavi launch 49m superyacht Aurora

April 02, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

It was a very exciting day for the owner of the new 49-metre motor yacht Aurora (FR034), which was launched at Rossi Navi shipyard, on Saturday, 1st April. Aurora is a displacement aluminium yacht, characterised by innovative architectural solutions and large living spaces, and is promising to be a real head turner once delivered.

Rossi Navi Launches motor yacht Aurora

Rossi Navi Launches motor yacht Aurora

Designed by Fulvio De Simoni,  Aurora features sleek lines in her exterior, while sporty features and sharp traits add to her unique personality. Arrabiato Naval Architects worked on her naval architecture.

Official launch of motor yacht Rossi Navi 49m Aurora

Official launch of motor yacht Rossi Navi 49m Aurora

This yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests overnight in 6 well-appointed cabins, which include a panoramic owners cabin, two main deck VIP, and further three double/twin cabins.

Motor yacht Aurora launched by Rossinavi

Motor yacht Aurora launched by Rossinavi

Spacious and open spaces of Aurora’s layout allow for three large social areas and a beach saloon with an alfresco dinig area. Aurora is capable of carrying two tenders, jet skies and scuba diving equipment.

47m motor yacht AURORA by Rossinavi and Fulvio de Simoni - rendering

47m motor yacht AURORA by Rossinavi and Fulvio de Simoni – rendering

With a pair of MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, Aurora reaches an impressive top speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots.

Sanlorenzo launch two superyachts: 27m M/Y STAE and 29m M/Y B&B

March 29, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Sanlorenzo was very busy this past weekend, launching not one, but two yachts on the same day: the SL 86 M/Y STAE and the SL96 M/Y B&B. The first one was launched at the Ameglia yard, while the latter at the historic Viareggio location. Both yachts hit the water at the presence of their owner’s, with STAE belonging to an American client and B&B to a Turkish owner.

SL86 motor yacht Stae

SL86 motor yacht Stae

Both yachts were custom made, reflecting their owners’ wishes and styles, as it happens with each Sanlorenzo-built vessel since 1958. The third location belonging to the shipyard is La Spezia, which is scheduled to deliver its first 52Steel superyacht SEVEN SINS, launched earlier this year. Numerous other yachts are currently under construction including the four explorer vessels (460Exp), the 11th iconic 40m planing yacht 40Alloy, two 52Steel yachts and one 64Steel.

SL96 superyacht B&B

SL96 superyacht B&B

Tansu Yachts launch 38m motor yacht project LTS now named HIGHLIGHT

March 01, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Tansu Yachts has launched the 38,4-metre motor yacht HIGHLIGHT, which has been referred to as project LTS. The yacht will now undergo sea trials in the Marmara Sea and is scheduled for delivery at the end of this month.

Motor Yacht HIGHLIGHT launched by Tansu Yachts - Photo credit Tansu Yachts

Motor Yacht HIGHLIGHT launched by Tansu Yachts – Photo credit Tansu Yachts

HIGHLIGHT features interior and exterior styling by the yard’s founder Riza Tansu, while boasting naval architecture by the renowned studio Diana Yacht Design.

With accommodation to eight guests, the vessel’s cabins have been divided into one main owner’s suite, one VIP suite and two double guest cabins. The yacht and guests on board will be serviced by a crew of five.

Tansu Yachts celebrate the launch motor yacht HIGHLIGHT - Photo credit Tansu Yachts

Tansu Yachts celebrate the launch motor yacht HIGHLIGHT – Photo credit Tansu Yachts

Powered by two Caterpillar C18 ACERT Diesel engines, HIGHLIGHT is expected to reach a top speed of 15 knots and comfortably cruise at 13 knots. There is very little information currently available about the vessel, however, it has been reported that she has a beam of 7,6 metres and a draft of 2,2 metres.

Tansu Yachts is currently working on numerous other superyachts including:
39,3 m CUTLASS #2
37,9m CASPER A
39m THUNDERBOLT
44m ORCA (due for launch by end of 2017)
43,7m CYCLONE (due for launch by end of 2017)
39,1m ECHO-R (due for launch by end of 2017)
In August 2016 they have launched the 39,3m SEXY FISH, representing the sixth hull of the ‘Mothership’ series that included the award-winning 36,4m NOMADE now called BARTENDER.

Carbon hulls prove popular for Baltic Yachts

January 24, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

With the approaching launch of PINK GIN VI, Baltic Yachts announces that it has received orders for three new carbon composite sailing yachts, measuring between 85ft and 142ft.

Baltic Yachts facility - Jakobstad, Finland

Baltic Yachts facility – Jakobstad, Finland (Photo credit to Baltic Yachts)

The new projects will involve the talents of world-leading naval architects and designers, including Malcolm McKeon, Mark Whiteley and Lucio Micheletti to create the ultimate combination of performance, luxury and beauty.

What are the advantages of carbon composite hulls?

Composite materials have long been used in the marine industry to increase speed, maintenance, efficiency and stability. As fabrication methods improve, carbon fibre as a composite is increasing in popularity and in turn, reducing the costs to manufacture it.

Composite materials – and in particular carbon composites – have a high strength to weight ratio, making them light and durable, enhancing performance and reducing the impact of the roll when conditions on the water are less than ideal.

Baltic Yachts carbon composite sloop - (Photo credit to Baltic Yachts)

Baltic Yachts carbon composite sloop – (Photo credit to Baltic Yachts)

Baltic yachts in 2017

PINK GIN VI will become the world’s largest carbon fibre sloop at 175ft and her launch later in 2017 is expected to be one of the most impressive superyacht launches of the year.

CEO Henry Hawkins said: “Baltic Yachts is enjoying fair winds right now with a healthy and diverse order book. The Baltic team has a busy year ahead with existing projects and is looking forward to starting work on these new orders.”

The three new carbon composite sailing yachts will commence later in 2017.