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110m HEMY: Innovative Superyacht Concept by Laurent Giles

June 13, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Another incredible superyacht concept designed by Laurent Giles has been presented to the yachting industry. This time this is a highly innovative 110-metre mega yacht HEMY, which stands for High-Efficiency Motor Yacht.

110m Hemy - superyacht concept by Laurent Giles

110m HEMY – superyacht concept by Laurent Giles

HEMY will have a total interior volume of under 3,000 GT and will be built under the L3 classification. This will provide no restrictions on outfitting materials and will eliminate the need of having lifeboats. At 110 metres HEMY has a beam of 12.5 metres and a draft of 3.8 metres.

Lega yacht HEMY can reach a top speed of 20 knots, thanks to her modern hull design. Comfortable cruising will be offered at a speed of 17.5 knots with a range of 6,500 nm.

The managing director of Laurent Giles, David Lewis, comments: “The concept was to start with a typical 70-75 metre yacht and lengthen the hull to offer increased interior volume, while remaining within a 3,000GT limit. Not only does HEMY offer increased accommodation volume, but with its more efficient length/beam ratio and lighter displacement/length it offers significant improvements in performance and seakeeping.”

There will be a dedicated owner deck with lavish facilities and comfortable accommodation. Four guest cabins are located on the main deck, which allows accommodating 14 guests in total. A professional crew of 32 members will also have plenty of room in the crew quarters.

Laurent Giles superyacht concept Hemy 110m

Laurent Giles Superyacht concept HEMY 110m

The main deck hosts a large open plan salon with formal dining and seating for 14 guests. HEMY boasts two beach clubs: one at the stern and the other amidships.

HEMY is equipped with a helicopter pad and has a large number of great amenities. There is a large cinema theatre, tender garage and an infinity pool locate on the transom.

ERA 80 Superyacht: A unique Superyacht charter opportunity identified by Ricky Smith Designs

April 19, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Superyacht charter business in the South Pacific remains a largely untouched potential market. Asian, Indian and Arabic investment in Australia has increased dynamically to a point where corporate headquarters and large regional facilities are not being located in the eastern and southern states. The Queensland State Government, as well as the Prime Minister, have both visited India in the past month with large government and corporate delegations courting massive industrial companies to invest in the mineral industry.

80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs

80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs

Available Superyacht charters located in the South Pacific in relative proximity of the ring of untouched paradises like Solomon IslandsVanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, American Samoa, Bora Bora and even Tahiti which are capable of servicing 20 plus guests are few by comparison with the heavily populated Mediterranean and Caribbean charter markets.

Tourism is the second largest industry in Australia with natural, deep water harbours which are positioned along the east coast and are accessible by superyachts.

The Queensland government are processing amendments to their customs regulations to allow local customs clearance rather than purely at state capital locations. This is an important hurdle which has caused problems for visitors who have wanted to visit the ultimate east coast tourist spots of The Gold Coast, Whitsundays, and Townsville which are all regionally located.

Ultra-luxurious interior spaces aboard the 80m ERA by Ricky Smith Designs - Panorama Lounge Main deck aft

Ultra-luxurious interior spaces aboard the 80m ERA by Ricky Smith Designs – Panorama Lounge Main deck aft

In preparation for the change in the laws Gold Coast City Marina with its massive infrastructure has invested in extensive deep water dredging and added new docks with powering options suitable to accommodate Superyachts.

ERA is an eighty-meter superyacht which combines the level of sophistication and tailored luxury the owner’s desire for extended cruising, with integrated design flexibility to allow the interiors to transform to suit commercial charters or become a corporate workhorse at any time.

“Superyacht ERA design breaks new ground for owners and their corporate and charter market opportunities.”

Much of the design development of ERA was driven by an emerging market for larger and faster charter vessels. Much of the early design development was driven to create not just another expedition yacht with a luxurious interior, but to offer a design which incorporates innovations which bring commercial advantage to the operation and design aspects of the yacht.

Beautiful Owners Suite with luxurious materials and furnishings - ERA superyacht by Ricky Smith Designs

Beautiful Owners Suite in Penthouse with luxurious materials and furnishings – ERA superyacht by Ricky Smith Designs

ERA incorporated the innovative hull form Stuart Friezer Marine Naval Architects (Denmark) which independent tank testing has proven to dramatically reduce in- water resistance and offer “dual speed” cruising where the vessel can cruise economically at higher than standard speeds, while also able to reach sprint speeds when, and if desired or needed. Fuel saving hull design plus integrated solar panels all make operating more sustainable and profitable.

While the hull and superstructure are fabricated in aluminium, the interior structure incorporates carbon fibre truss structure, beams, angles, and channels for structural reinforcement and honeycomb carbon fibre sandwich panels for strength and weight control. Technology is moving forward and improving methods of weight control for superyacht interiors. Exotic marble granite and onyx are cut down to 10 mm ultra-thin slabs without losing strength. Floor to ceiling art- deco lights house the structural compression posts. The coffered veneered bulkheads house service ducts, cable trays, media infrastructure and lighting.

“The end results are light-filled uncluttered spaces with an improved vision both internally as well as outwardly.”

Transformable space design

The SFM hull form is purposefully designed to have no tumblehome up to the bulwark on the main deck over the main sections of the hull. The fabrication timeframe is dramatically reduced for a vessel of this size while allowing the interior spaces to be fabricated accurately offsite at the same time. This method was incorporated in the interior design construction method of the interior of Ulysses (Trinity Yachts) where the interior was pre-built, shipped and installed in 10 months.

The Main deck social areas comprise 7 separate spaces; Foyer vestibule, Dining room, Mid Reception lounge, port and starboard entry vestibules, Formal Panorama Reception and the aft deck areas.

Slide the aft facing glass doors away and the Formal Panorama Reception opens onto the aft deck and pool terrace for private cocktail parties at sunset, alternatively, push away the forward-facing curved glass walls and space increases massively into the Mid Reception lounge. Open the black chrome framed doors to the dining room, Foyer vestibule and the reception lounge is complete. With the interior and exteriors partitions opened, ERA offers an unprecedented 225 square metres of available space.

Building ERA

ERA can be fabricated in Australia, Asia, or Europe.

Construction is in Aluminium with the unique integrated Sky-roof bimini shaped in GRP.

Length 80 metres

Beam 13 metres

20 guests 10 staterooms

24 crew 12 cabins

Hull and superstructure Aluminium

Propulsion Azipods with bow thruster

Max speed 25 knots

 

Article supplied by Ricky Smith Designs

Western Mediterranean Charter Yacht DESTINY showcases new interiors by Laura Pomponi

March 24, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 37m/123ft motor yacht DESTINY (ex ILONA) is now available for Western Mediterranean charter throughout the summer season after a comprehensive refit with new interiors by Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects – a long established name in the yacht building industry. Built by Heesen in 2007 and last refitted in 2016, she represents an excellent opportunity to charter a finely crafted superyacht with plenty of fantastic amenities on board.

M/Y DESTINY from Heesen Yachts

M/Y DESTINY from Heesen Yachts

The owner requested an ‘all white’ yacht with a modern minimalist aesthetic to display his artwork, where functionality was foremost. Given a time frame of just over three months, Laura Pomponi took the design from concept to realisation, contacting suppliers and contractors to complete the interiors within the scheduled window.

Formal dining aboard superyacht DESTINY

Formal dining aboard superyacht DESTINY 

The result is a brilliantly bright interior that takes full advantage of the natural light using reflective metallic and glass surfaces. This effect is particularly distinct in the main salon and dining area, where the vibrant artwork and the warm tones of the wooden flooring integrate perfectly into the design. Laura Pomponi adds to the gallery ambience through the ‘waving’ dining table and ‘glowing’ coffee table in three pieces to catch the eye of charter guests.

MY DESTINY - Salon

MY DESTINY – Salon

The salon towards the main deck aft benefits from the floor to ceiling silver foil finish panels and sliding doors, with views stretching far beyond the alfresco dining area on the port, aft and starboard sides. While the children are watching a film on the widescreen TV, which can be hidden away seamlessly when not in use, adult family members can enjoy relaxing in the afternoon sun.

Alfresco dining on the main deck aft of superyacht DESTINY

Alfresco dining on the main deck aft of superyacht DESTINY

There are plenty of dining options throughout luxury yacht DESTINY, and visitors to the sundeck will discover an immaculate environment for alfresco dining. The sun pads and shaded Jacuzzi will see use throughout the day, yet it’s in the evening when the sundeck becomes the most atmospheric: Underfloor lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere and the glow from the Jacuzzi will tempt more than one charter guest on a hot summer night.

Sundeck in the evening aboard luxury yacht DESTINY

Sundeck in the evening aboard luxury yacht DESTINY

The choice selection of water toys will entertain guests of all ages and fitness levels and consists of a jet-ski, a windsurfer, a Waverunner and 2 inflatable kayaks.

MY DESTINY - Master suite

MY DESTINY – Master suite

Design details across the accommodation include bespoke wall lights, handmade foil recesses on the ceiling and wallpaper on all of the headboards in each cabin. The accommodation layout will sleep up to 10 guests in 5 cabins: 3 double cabins, 1 twin cabin and 1 children’s cabin. An experienced crew of 5 will ensure that every guest is well taken care of throughout the journey.

Superyacht DESTINY is available for Western Mediterranean destinations from €105,000-€119,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to book your summer dates and avoid disappointment.

9 Female Luxury Yacht Interior Designers for International Women’s Day

March 08, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the gains made towards women’s equality in workplaces and societies across the world, and to draw attention to current women’s issues and push for greater social change. The yachting industry is filled with female talent, with architects and designers from both sides of the Atlantic creating innovative, bespoke and award-winning designs. The list below is by no means comprehensive but showcases some of the amazing talents of recent years.

Pascale Reymond:

Since opening Reymond Langton Design in 2001, Pascale Reymond and co-founder Andrew Langton have created the impressive interiors of many luxury yachts including  TITAN and SERENE from Abeking & Rasmussen and Fincantieri amongst others.

Superyacht SERENE with interiors by Pascale Raymond

Superyacht SERENE with interiors by Pascale Raymond

Laura Sessa Romboli:

This Italian designer has an established name in the industry, working on turning some of the world’s largest and most expensive yachts from bare hulls into lavish interiors. Amongst these are superyachts MADAME KATE (61m/199ft) and CHOPI CHOPI, the former winning multiple accolades at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015.

 

MADAME KATE - Main salon by Laura Sessa Ramboli

MADAME KATE – Main salon by Laura Sessa Romboli

Fiona Diamond:

After great success with her first design company specialising in commercial and residential interiors, Fiona Diamond joined the design team at Terence Disdale Design and worked on more than 30 superyacht interiors before establishing Seymour Diamond in 2010. Past projects include prestigious names ECLIPSE, PELORUS, and Feadship‘s ROYAL ROMANCE.

Superyacht ROYAL ROMANCE. Photo credit Jan Ramaker

Superyacht ROYAL ROMANCE. Photo credit Jan Ramaker

Margherita Casprini:

A designer with a few notable launches this year, Margherita Casprini worked on the interior of luxury yachts ALBA and 2016 awards finalist SUERTE, as well as the upcoming Baglietto 55m and the Tankoa S501 in conjunction with Francesco Paszkowski.

Mega yacht SUERTE - Saloon by Margherita Casprini

Mega yacht SUERTE – Saloon by Margherita Casprini

Francesca Muzio:

Interior designer of the Shangri-La Hotel in London’s The Shard and part of the team behind FM- Architettura di Interni Design, Francesca Muzio produced interiors for long established industry names including Amels, Abeking & Rasmussen, Lürssen and Benetti. 65m/213ft POLAR STAR, 50m/164ft EILEEN and 52m/170ft AMORE MIO 2 are some of the luxury charter yachts available on the market that have Francesca Muzio’s effortless style and atmospheric surroundings.

Superyacht POLAR STAR - Main salon by Francesca Muzio

Superyacht POLAR STAR – Main salon by Francesca Muzio

Sandrine Melot:

Beginning her career in the hotel industry, Sandrine Melot soon expanded her portfolio into restaurants, office spaces, residential properties and superyachts. She debuted in the yachting industry with 34m/1112ft BLUE PRINCESS STAR and took first place in the ‘Semi-Custom M/Y – Open/Sport Cruiser Division’ category, furthering her stellar portfolio with projects including award-winning sailing yacht NIRVANA and awards finalist motor yacht PHILMI.

M/Y PHILMI - Wet bar by Sandrine Melot

M/Y PHILMI – Wet bar by Sandrine Melot

Adriana Monk:

Known for working on ‘interiors in motion’, Adriana Monk has designed for Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Land Rover. Her focus on forming an environment that is both stylish and functional led to her appointment as interior designer for the 30m/98ft WallyCento Hamilton and her work continues to focus on sailing yachts, particularly those designed for racing.

30m luxury yacht Hamilton - Salon by Adriana Monk

30m luxury yacht Hamilton – Salon by Adriana Monk

Daniela Zulli:

Heading her own design company before joining Terence Disdale Design, Daniela Zulli has been involved in a number of yachting interiors with the company, including M/Y KIBO from 2014 and 147m/482ft TOPAZ from Lürssen.

Abeking & Rasmussen luxury yacht KIBO

Abeking & Rasmussen luxury yacht KIBO

Cristina Gherardi:

From updating high-end retail and residential spaces, Cristina Gherardi has also worked on luxury interiors for jets and yachts, with well-known names such as ODESSA and SAVANNAH amongst others.

84m/274ft superyacht SAVANNAH was one of the most anticipated yachts of 2015 – being launched as the world’s first hybrid propulsion yacht – and won accolades for her engineering and design.

M/Y Savannah - Interior by Cristina Gherardi. Photo credit: Jeff Brown

M/Y Savannah – Interior by Cristina Gherardi. Photo credit: Jeff Brown

 

Sarp Yachts & Hot Lab Design present concept AOUDA

February 28, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The new 63-metre superyacht concept AOUDA had been revealed by the Italian design studio Hot Lab. This design studio gained a great reputation for working on luxury superyachts, such as Ipanema, Eleonora III and RL Noor. This time they developed a concept of contemporary displacement yacht specifically for Turkish shipbuilder Sarp Yachts.

AOUDA - Exterior Design by Hot Lab. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

AOUDA – Exterior Design by Hot Lab. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

With a beam of 11 metres, Aouda boasts spacious interior and exterior living spaces, all designed by Hot Lab. She will be available in a classic and axe bow versions.

Gouda Hot Lab_Interior-Design. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

Aouda Hot Lab Interio Design. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

Auoda can accommodate 12 guests overnight in six opulent staterooms. These include a full-beam owner suite on the upper deck, two full-beam VIP cabins and three guest cabins. Guests onboard will be looked after by a professional crew of 14. Some opulent materials will be used in the interior: Sahara Noir marble, white walnut wood, chrome steel and leather.

Sarp Yachts concept Aouda, interior design. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

Sarp Yachts concep Aouda, interior design. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

An unusual for a yacht design addition is featured on board Auoda: the owner’s suite benefits from a private deck area with a 5m pool with a waterfall, which flows from a luminous glass column.

Aouda Sarp yacht and Hot Lab

Concept Aouda. Sarp Yachst and Hot Lab. Beach Club. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

One of the great design features onboard is the bridge deck spa, which guarantees total privacy and offers breathtaking panoramic views – an ideal place for total relaxation indulgence. Another excellent characteristic is the beach club. It is positioned at the aft and includes a bar, lounge and sunbathing area. Superyacht helipad is located on the upper deck.

Sarp Yachts. Concept Aouda by Hot Lab. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

Sarp Yachts. Concep Aouda by Hot Lab. Photo courtesy of Sarp Yachts

Aouda is designed with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. With a pair of 1,500hp CAT fiesel engines she can reach a maximum speed of 16.5 kn. 110,000 fuel capacity will provide a range of 4,000 nm at 12 knots.

Heesen yachts announces interior stylist for Project Nova

February 16, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Heesen Yachts has announced Cristiano Gatto as the interior designer for PROJECT NOVA (YN 17850), the world’s first fast displacement yacht with hybrid propulsion.

PROJECT NOVA rendering

PROJECT NOVA rendering

Cristiano Gatto has previously worked on the interiors for luxury yachts to produce a range of bespoke interiors for clients, including the interior for motor yachts LISA IV (ex.Z, ARES, AUSPICIOUS), MIDNIGHT SUN and SAMAURAI ONE, and sailing yacht VICTORIA (ex.OHANA).

SAMURAI ONE - Skylounge by Cristiano Gatto

SAMURAI ONE – Skylounge by Cristiano Gatto

Sailing yacht VICTORIA - Main Salon by Cristiano Gatto

Sailing yacht VICTORIA – Main Salon by Cristiano Gatto

Cristiano Gatto worked closely with the owner and his team to create interior spaces that fit the owner’s lifestyle and personality.

“The owner asked us to modify colour scheme, design details and overall decoration to give the interior a contemporary, almost minimalist design,” comments Cristiano Gatto. “A two-tone palette has been chosen to give the interiors a bright and relaxing feel. The contrast between the pure white of fabrics, leather and lacquered surfaces and the warm hues of woods, create a sophisticated ambience in all the rooms, bathrooms included. Hints of colour brighten the scheme with deep red or burgundy decorative items, cushions and throws in both the exterior and interior areas to catch the eye and juice things up. The linearity of design is enriched by geometrical patterns, precious materials and meticulously designed details.”

Heesen 17850 Project Nova - Interior concept by Cristiano Gatto

Heesen 17850 Project Nova – Interior concept by Cristiano Gatto

PROJECT NOVA sold in June 2016 after she impressed her now-owner through her innovative technology to enhance her performance and reduced sound emissions. PROJECT NOVA is expected to launch from Heesen’s shipyard in Oss, the Netherlands, on the 14th of April, 2017.

In Pictures: The Winners of the Boat International Media’s ShowBoats Design Awards 2017

February 07, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The Boat International MediaShowBoats Design Awards aims to honour the best-of-the-best design ideas in the super yachting industry. A large number of world-renowned designers and shipbuilders, along with young and inspiring yacht designers participate in the event each year to join in the glamour and celebration. This year the winners of the Boat International Medias ShowBoats Design Awards brought home the Gold Neptune Trophies, with some of them winning multiple awards in various categories. Here are the designers who have made a great impression on the yachting industry:

1. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht above 48m

Superyacht Joy 70m was launched in 2016 and built by Feadship. Her exterior design is by Bannenberg & Rowell and CharterWorld was the first ever to organise a yacht charter holiday on the yacht.

Yacht JOY Aft View - Copyright Feadship

Yacht JOY Aft View – Copyright Feadship

2. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht below 48m

Wider 150 motor yacht Genesi 47m was built be Wider Yachts. She boasts an extremely elegant design by Fulvio De Simoni.

GENESI-by-Wider

GENESI-by-Wider

 3. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Sailing Yacht

My Song 39.6m is a 130 Custom high-performance sailing yacht built by Baltic Yachts. Her award-winning exterior styling is by Nauta Design.

My Song - Nauta Yacht

My Song – Nauta Yacht

4.  Best Interior Layout & Design – Motor Yacht above 500GT

Luxury superyacht Cloudbreak 72.3m is a magnificent vessel in the yacht fleet of Abeking & Rasmussen. Thanks to her interior designer Christian Liaigre, Cloudbreak has won the best interior layout and design award.

Cloudbreak. photo by Christopher Scholey

Cloudbreak. photo by Christopher Scholey

 5. Best Interior Layout & Design – Motor Yacht below 500GT

The 39-metre motor yacht Sexy Fish is a beautiful vessel, constructed by the Turkish shipyard, Tansu Yachts. Interior Design: Tansu

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu Yachts. Photo credit Ercan Koca

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu Yachts. Photo credit Ercan Koca

6.  Best Interior Layout & Design – Sailing Yacht

Sybaris 70m is a stunning performance-orientated ketch by Perini Navi. Best interior layout and design in sailing yacht category went to her interior designer PH Design.

Sybaris Perini Navi

Sybaris Perini Navi

7. Best Naval Architecture – Displacement Motor Yacht

Galactica Super Nova 70m by Heesen Yachts. Naval architect: Van Oossanen & Heesen Yachts.

Galactica Super Nova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Galactica Super Nova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

 8. Best Naval Architecture – Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht

With the launch in 2016, the first SD35 motor yacht GIPSY is a beautiful 35-metre all-aluminum semi-custom vessel, built by the Genoa-based shipyard, Otam Yachts. Naval architect: Umberto Tagliavini

GIPSY - Otam Yachts

GIPSY – Otam Yachts

 

 9. Best Naval Architecture – Sailing Yacht

The breath-taking 85-metre sailing yacht AQUIJO (Hull Y711/Hull 3069, Project 85) by Oceanco and Vitters is a massive all-aluminium ketch-rigged vessel, with the launch in 2015.  Naval architect: Bill Tripp

AQuiJo yacht Photo by Stuart Pearce

AQuiJo yacht Photo by Stuart Pearce

10. Most Innovative Motor Yacht

Genesi 47m by Wider received the highest possible score from RINA for her class leading low levels of noise and vibration. The fantastic group of professionals and designers worked on the construction of Genesis: her Naval architecture is by Fulvio de Simoni / Wider Engineering & Sydac, interior design is by Ideaeitalia and exterior styling is a work of Fulvio de Simoni.

GENESI-aft-view

GENESI-aft-view

 11. Most Innovative Sailing Yacht

One of her innovative features includes an all-carbon versatile rig that can set a pin head main for cruising or a square-top offering more sail area for racing. My Song 39.6m by Baltic Yachts was designed by Nauta design, who also took care of her interior. Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design was responsible for the yacht’s naval architecture.

My Song by Baltic Yachts

My Song by Baltic Yachts

 12. Best Lighting Design

Lighting Specialist of Perini Navi 70m Sybaris, PH Design in collaboration with Lindsey Edelman, received the Gold Neptune Trophies for the best lighting design. More photos here.
Mega yacht SYBARIS - Master Cabin - Photo by PH Design

Mega yacht SYBARIS – Master Cabin – Photo by PH Design

13. Best Recreational Lifestyle Design Feature – Wellness Centre

 Watch the video of PLVS VLTRA 74m by Amels. Her interior designer is bespoke Winch Design.

14. Tender & Support Vessel Design

9.5 Limousine by Cockwells. Interior design: Cockwells & Exterior styling: Andrew Wolstenholme
Limousine Tender by Cockwells

Limousine Tender by Cockwells

 15. Newcomer of the Year

PH Design received the “Newcomer of the year” award for designing yacht Sybaris by Perini Navi. This is the third trophy awarded to Sybaris at the Boat International Media’s ShowBoats Design Awards 2017. 

 Luxury yacht SYBARIS - Main Saloon - Photo by PH Design


Luxury yacht SYBARIS – Main Saloon – Photo by PH Design

 

Savannah: Breaking with convention for breath-taking results

February 02, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Winner of 6 awards in relation to her innovative architecture and holistic design,  Feadship superyacht SAVANNAH breaks with tradition and the result is a refreshingly distinct take on the luxury yacht interiors formula: Gone are the doors that separate rooms within the internal space – undulating corridors and curved walls create unique areas that are never cut off from the world outside or within. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows create the ideal setting for uninterrupted views out onto the decks, the swimming pools, and the ocean beyond.

Motor Yacht Savannah by Feadship - Helicopter View - Photo by Jeff Brown

Motor Yacht Savannah by Feadship – Helicopter View – Photo by Jeff Brown

Savannah by Feadship with image by Jeff Brown

Savannah by Feadship with image by Jeff Brown

Yacht Video by Feadship Yachts:

Yacht Savannah by Feadship - Main Deck Lounge on location in the Seychelles - Photography by Jeff Brown

Yacht Savannah by Feadship – Main Deck Lounge on location in the Seychelles – Photography by Jeff Brown

Yacht Savannah by Feadship - Outdoor Bar on location in the Turkey - Photography by Jeff Brown

Yacht Savannah by Feadship – Outdoor Bar on location in the Turkey – Photography by Jeff Brown

Yacht Savannah by Feadship - Owners Dining Detail on location in the Turkey - Photography by Jeff Brown

Yacht Savannah by Feadship – Owners Dining Detail on location in the Turkey – Photography by Jeff Brown

Savannah by Feadship - - Photo Jeff Brown

Paris-based Cristina Gherardi Design was given the task of making a concept that connects with nature, and together with architect Marcello Bozzarelli they have succeeded in creating the owner’s desire of a ‘visually floating’ superstructure where each deck appears to hover above her metallic pale green hull. To add to this effect, SAVANNAH’s matt black windows curve seamlessly from bow to aft and add tonal contrast against her paintwork.

The sliding doors hidden within these black bands open up each of the communal spaces – even the gym on the skydeck has the same ability to let guests move out beyond its four walls. The effect is a blurring between indoor and outdoor spaces and nowhere is this more pronounced than with the main salon. “We have used mostly sliding doors, which are hidden,” Gherardi says. “Another factor that lends connectivity are the skylights, the opening in between decks and the mirrored ceilings that reflect the sea and increase the overall volume.”

Image Gallery of Yacht Savannah:

Superyacht Savannah from above - Photo by Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards

Superyacht Savannah from above – Photo by Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards

The founder of Cristina Gherardi Designs, Cristina Gherardi Benardeau, has a long and impressive portfolio of designing and updating high end retail and residential spaces spanning from Paris to New York. Using elements from her past commissions and her experience away from the yacht industry, she has avoided many of the tired expectations to create invigorating and artistic environments.

Throughout SAVANNAH’s interior, guests will discover playful use of colour and texture with each material having a pragmatic purpose as well as being visually pleasing to look at.  “Even the fabrics on the sofas [which look like silk, but are not] all have practical, removable slipcovers that can withstand abuse. These days, people do not want to be in the sun, do not want to be in the heat and do not want to be susceptible to mosquitoes.”

Dedicated dining space aboard M/Y SAVANNAH from Feadship

Dedicated dining space aboard M/Y SAVANNAH from Feadship

Abstract art is a prominent feature in the design, from the mosaic in the 9m/30ft swimming pool to the ink-like swirls playing on the video screens on either side of the connecting catwalk between salons. The looped video artwork was used in Gherardi’s retail spaces for Christian Dior.

The guest accommodation uses curved hallways and winding staircases to create a sense of natural fluidity. By taking visual queues from the surroundings and following the red hallway guests will find themselves in the entrance to the Master suite, where a study leads through to the forward-facing bedroom. Similar to the design of the communal spaces, the curving windows provide all-encompassing views and integrated doors open up onto the deck.

Superyacht SAVANNAH - Semi-submerged lounge

Superyacht SAVANNAH – Nemo lounge

 

The underwater Nemo Lounge is a compelling room that allows guests to view sea life from under the waves without getting a toe wet. Comprised of tiered seating and low lighting, this original design also has the added function of becoming a home cinema with a retractable screen.

Superyacht SAVANNAH also won awards based on her engineering, which combines several current technologies to create a hybrid configuration between diesel engines and hybrid motors. With the addition of two Li-ion battery banks to account for a surge in usage and to act as a precaution against blackouts, there are five operational modes for transit and while stationary.

As the world’s first hybrid superyacht in 2015, SAVANNAH still remains one of the world’s most innovative vessels.

Further info in an article by Jill Bobrow, here.

Photography by Jeff Brown, Cristina Gherardi Designs and Feadship

Unveiled: M/Y Vigor, the 110m concept plus tenders from Virgin Concept Yachts

January 30, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco has unveiled its latest 110m superyacht concept from designer Edwin Vandermark: explorer yacht VIGOR.

110m explorer yacht concept from Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

110m explorer yacht concept from Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

With extensive knowledge in explorer yacht design, Edwin Vandermark has combined spacious interiors and facilities usually associated with luxury yachts on Mediterranean cruises and combined it with the self-sustaining requirements of yachts that charter through more isolated, open waters.

This modern design features sleek, powerful lines running seamlessly from her bow to her aft and 5 decks dedicated to both indoor and outdoor entertainment. The bow features a helicopter pad while the stern can be converted into a beach club for recreational activities. There is a spa pool located on her top-most deck and plenty of outdoor seating for socialising and dining.

110m explorer yacht VIGOR concept from above. Image credit: Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

110m explorer yacht VIGOR concept from above. Image credit: Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

With over 2300m² for guests,  The upper deck is entirely devoted to the owner and has a private aft deck that can be fully customised. On the main deck there are 2 large VIP staterooms and 6 guest cabins on the lower deck, ensuring that each guest has comfortable sleeping arrangements throughout the charter.

To compliment explorer yacht VIGOR, Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco will also be launching two luxury limo tenders of 9.5m/31ft and 12m/40ft designed for sociability, sports, and above all entertainment and fun.

12m/40ft tender. Image credit: Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

12m/40ft tender. Image credit: Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

9.5m/31ft tender. Image credit: Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

9.5m/31ft tender. Image credit: Virgin Concept Yachts Monaco

Using both traditional and modern methods of construction such as vacuum infusion, the lightweight tenders will be made of carbon and a Kevlar-like material for incomparable performance, strength and reduced fuel consumption – the perfect match for 110m superyacht VIGOR.

90m Explorer Superyacht TABOO: Unlimited Adventure and Adrenaline

January 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Gill Schmid Design in collaboration with Tim Dempers Studio have just announced the new 90-metre Ice-class explorer superyacht project TABOO.  The new explorer does not only stand out from the crowd with her futuristic design but she is also an ideal option for those who seek some adventure. This expedition yacht is capable of cruising in extreme environmental conditions of both Poles, while providing just as comfortable cruising in the tropical climates of the Caribbean.

90mExplorer Taboo

90mExplorer Taboo

Her exterior design is characterised as modernistic, with sophisticated lines and white glazing. Explorer yacht TABOO is perfect for travelling to various locations around the globe with both family and friends. She features a large number of some stunning amenities for extra fun, comfort and relaxation.

90m Explorer Taboo and water toys

90m Explorer Taboo and water toys

Water toys and tender storage on board is enormous: there is a double height tender bay with an A-frame lift arrangement, and a helipad with a helicopter garage. This superyacht can carry a tender of any size.

Explorer superyacht Taboo exterior

Explorer superyacht Taboo exterior

Her interior certainly differs from other explorer superyachts. The most outstanding feature is the full height pool located on the main and upper deck surrounded with exotic aquariums.

90m Explorer Taboo - interior

90m Explorer Taboo – interior

Measuring 90metres, TABOO offers a huge amount of living spaces on board. Entertainment facilities include but not limited to the beach club, which can be transformed into a night club; alfresco dining areas, guests gym and spa, cocktail lounge. The layout also includes an aft summer house, which can be used as a lounge space, a VIP guest area or casino.

TABOO can accommodate more than 26 guests and over 40 crew members. With so many options of spaces and facilities, she is perfect for any occasions and would suit any large group of people, whether they look for an adrenaline adventure, a party vacation or a luxury private charter.