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New superyacht projects for Rondal

October 21, 2014

Rondal’s status as a leading producer of high performance custom superyacht rigs is already well established, but prominent new orders for breath-taking superyacht projects emphasize the growth not only in business, but in recognition of the company’s outstanding technical capabilities.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hand Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman to feature the complete rig package by Rondal - Photo by Hand Westerink

Powering ‘The Beast’…

The latest order is the complete rig package for a radical 58m sloop from Dubois Naval Architects – described at its Monaco Yacht Show unveiling as “The Beast” due to its unswerving commitment to exceptional performance.

The rig features a 71m/233ft five-spreader carbon fibre mast and performance boom to store a flat head mainsail. In addition, Rondal will supply captive winches, feeders, deck hatches and entrances.

The build is being undertaken by Royal Huisman.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

…as well as an illustrious fleet of in-build projects

The Dubois 58m superyacht project is the latest addition to a very high quality fleet of superyacht projects that have chosen Rondal to supply them with high performance spars and rigs. Setting aside ”The Beast” order, they total some 300m in combined rig height:

–          37m/123ft classic Dykstra Sloop at Royal Huisman

–          70m Contemporary Ketch C2227 at Perini Navi: the complete package includes

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

–          73m/ 240ft main mast, 59m/ 194ft mizzen mast, booms, spreaders, standing and  running rigging, and load monitoring system

–          43m/142ft Frers Performance Sloop at Royal Huisman. The rig features a 58m, four-spreader carbon fibre mast and a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom.

–          47m/156ft Tripp Design Performance Sloop at Holland Jachtbouw. The rig features a four-spreader ‘Panamax’ carbon fibre mast, a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom and composite standing rigging.

Tripp 212 Yacht

Tripp 212 Yacht

The industry increasingly seems to agree that Rondal rigs are a sailing force to be reckoned with – as are the people who make them!

Exclusive ‘House of Feadship’ for yacht owners and guests during upcoming FLIBS

October 21, 2014

As innovative as ever, the world’s leading motoryacht manufacturer, Feadship, has announced that it is to open a The House of Feadship close to the next Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). From October 30 to November 3, this specially hired mansion will form an oasis of tranquility as well as hospitality away from the traditional hustle & bustle of FLIBS.

Exclusive 'House of Feadship' for yacht owners and guests during the upcoming FLIBS

Exclusive 'House of Feadship' for yacht owners and guests during the upcoming FLIBS

Following its success at the Monaco Yacht Show with a spectacular LED stand that lit up the marina day and night, Feadship is set to break the mould again during this year’s FLIBS. In addition to having a booth at the show itself, the Dutch masters of motoryacht construction have rented a villa at which to welcome owners and potential clients.

The 55th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is due to cover seven locations and more than three million square feet of space. But the most exclusive venue of all during the event is not on the exhibition map. Located very close to the show, The House of Feadship will be accessible strictly by invitation only. It will play host to private parties, lunches and dinners for special guests, who will be brought to and from the house by an elite Zeelander tender.

“This response to requests from very private individuals who prefer not to meet at the Fort Lauderdale show itself is a fine example of the custom approach Feadship calls Uniquity,” explains Farouk Nefzi, Director Branding & Marketing. “The House of Feadship will allow for get-togethers away from the public eye, as well as offering a superb location for convivial lunches and dinners with friends of Feadship. Directors and senior management will, of course, be attending the Feadship stand at the show itself, ready to share the very latest developments. There will also be at least eight Feadships on display at FLIBS. Our aim, as always, is to ensure every possible requirement of our clients is met, wherever that may be.”

Below is a choice of the outstanding charter yachts built by Feadship.

Video: 88,5m Oceanco motor yacht Y710 under sea trials

October 20, 2014

The outstanding 88,5m Oceanco motor yacht Y710 has recently undergone her first sea trials. Beautifully designed by Espen Oeino, luxury mega yacht Y710 provides deluxe accommodation in 7 elegant cabins, including a master suite with private exterior deck and whirlpool, two VIP suites, as well as four guest cabins. Below is a video showing this jewel of the sea under sea trials, released by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

Luxury yacht Y710 represents Oceanco’s 10th superyacht of the Y series. She is fitted with twin 4,828hp / 3,600kW MTU engines, reaching speeds of 18,5 knots.

Below is a selection of the breath-taking charter yachts built by Oceanco.

Shipwrights Lectures 2014 hosted over 200 marine apprentices

October 20, 2014

This year’s 4th Annual Shipwrights Lectures took place in Southampton on Wednesday 15th October 2014. The event hosted more than 200 apprentices, shipwrights and students, together with their employers, lecturers, as well as guests.


It was one of the most thought-provoking events to date, with an array of hugely inspirational speakers from within the marine sector presenting to the eager young audience. The apprentices were kept engaged throughout the afternoon by the informative, amusing and absorbing presentations which concluded with a lively exchange of insightful questions from audience.

Once again the Turner Sims theatre at the University of Southampton was host to the large gathering of apprentices some of whom had travelled from as far away as Falmouth, Plymouth and Poole as well as Solent based marine companies and local Universities and colleges.

The year’s lectures were opened by Professor Ajit R Shenoi, FRINA, FIMechEG, Director of the usedly opened Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute who welcomed the apprentices, gave a brief background to the forming of the used relationship with Lloyd’s Register on the University campus and its benefit to the area together with the aims of the lectures and the work of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. This was followed by an expert panel session chaired by Matt Sheahan, the well-known yachting journalist and broadcaster and Technical Editor of Yachting World. The highly informative session, punctuated with some excellent film footage and illustrative photos, discussed past, present and future electronics, as well as taking a look at electronics for racing yachts, superyachts, mass production boats and single handed sailing yachts. The panel consisted of Dr Alex Reid from Cosworth, Dr William Collier from G L Watson, Rachel Oliver from Osprey Technical Consulting and Nigel Craine from Garmin.

Joiner and former apprentice Alice Le Good, gave a lively and passionate presentation on her apprenticeship and career path at Oyster Yachts. This was followed by Richard Acland, CEO of Green Marine who gave a very thought provoking presentation detailing his personal observations on his own career in the marine industry, key elements he had learned and his predictions on the future of the sector. To finish off this year’s Annual Shipwrights Lectures the audience were treated to a highly inspirational and amusing presentation from Dr Gerrard Hughes, Solo Circumnavigator, who is the first and only profoundly deaf yachtsman to solo circumnavigate the world via the Five Great Capes.

Commenting on the lectures, Corey Nesbitt, a 2nd year carpentry apprentice from Princess Yachts in Plymouth noted, “It was really useful to hear about other aspects of the boatbuilding sector that I don’t normally get involved with such as electronics, and to hear another apprentice speak about her experience and subsequent career path. Although it’s an eight hour round trip for us to attend we all learnt much more than we anticipated from the lectures and we are now much more aware of the important part we play in the overall industry.”

Mike Carr, Joint Managing Director of Pendennis Shipyard commented, “These Annual Shipwrights Lectures are a hugely inspirational opportunity for our young apprentices to take time out of their work to hear about other aspects of the industry and to meet and see other young apprentices. The organisers should be congratulated on the excellent choice of speakers at this year’s event and the welcoming and informal atmosphere with which the lectures are run. Our apprentices really look forward to this event each year and treat it as an inspirational and informative part of their learning process.”

The inaugural Shipwrights’ Lectures were first held in 2011 and attracted apprentices from highly successful companies in the marine industry located from Falmouth to Chichester. The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights’ Annual Lectures are free for apprentices, shipwrights and graduates and each receives a certificate of attendance.

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights was formed in 1387 as a Trade Guild to safeguard the quality of shipbuilding in London. Many of its current members work and employ young people in the marine leisure sector today. The Shipwrights have a long standing commitment to support education and charity in the maritime sector, with initiatives such as their annual Queen’s Silver Medal Award for marine apprentices. This closely fought competition takes 20 finalists on a five day outward bound course at Kielder each year, choosing winners from those who have demonstrated excellence in their written submissions, and allows many more to benefit from the charitable work of the Shipwrights.

Anode Replacement Service added to superyacht finishing services of Absolute Boat Care

October 20, 2014

Absolute Boat Care, a well established super yacht finishing service provider with their headquarters in STP ShipyardPalma de Mallorca, has added Anode Replacement Service to their superyacht finishing services, due to customer demand. The company has recently replaced the Anodes of the 38m Sunseeker motor yacht Serendipity.

38m Sunseeker superyacht Serendipity

38m Sunseeker superyacht Serendipity with Anode replacement by Absolute Boat Care

ABC are entering their 14th year of business and boast the most prestigious superyachts on the water in their client portfolio. With their an international team for their varnish, paint, anti foul and polishing services, they have built a strong reputation within the superyacht industry, and are now delighted to announce this brand new service offering to their new and standing clients.

Simon Aston, sales manager at Absolute Boat Care, states: ‘It has become apparent in the last few years that captains more and more like to have a one stop finishing service for all their requirements. Anode replacement is an obvious addition to our services due to the fact that we have many long standing clients for anti-foul and are very much a go-to finishing service in yachting, therefore it is a service we are regularly asked for, and it makes perfect sense when we are already working on the hull of the yacht.’

45m FLYING DRAGON Yacht shortlisted for IY&A Award 2015

October 20, 2014

Measuring 45 meters in length over all, luxury motor yacht Flying Dragon has been nominated for the fifth annual International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015. Flying Dragon yacht will compete in the ‘Power Yacht over 40 Metres’ category.

45m Admiral superyacht Flying Dragon

45m Admiral superyacht Flying Dragon - Photo credit to AB Photodesign

Managed by Nakhimov Yachts, luxury yacht Flying Dragon is a semi-displacement aluminium 45-meter superyacht. With interior design by Michela Reverberi and Admiral Centro Stile, exterior design by Luca Dini and Admiral Centro Stile, and exterior styling by Dobroserdov Design, the yacht was built at the Admiral Shipyard in Italy.

Motor yacht Flying Dragon from above

Motor yacht Flying Dragon from above - Photo credit to AB Photodesign

The Owner’s brief was to create a fast modern yacht for world cruising. A big saloon on the main deck, a huge sundeck and a balcony in the Owner’s stateroom were among the mandatory requests.

Luxury yacht Flying Dragon - Saloon

Luxury yacht Flying Dragon - Saloon - Photo credit to AB Photodesign

The Owner’s cabin also features 3 walk-in wardrobes, Technogym in-wall equipment and a gorgeous steam room with aroma and light therapy, finished in precious onyxes. All four guest cabins are incredibly big for this size with bathrooms finished in Carrara marbles.

There are mirror TVs and a modern entertainment system with iPad and iPhone control throughout the Flying Dragon superyacht. The sundeck features a teak ceiling with yin yang logo including a very special light design with disco lights and a DJ booth.

Super yacht Flying Dragon - Cabin

Super yacht Flying Dragon - Cabin - Photo credit to AB Photodesign

A key aspect of the project is its big interior volumes, modern Asian-style design and interesting exterior colour scheme complete with a dragon. Super yachtFlying Dragon is a great mixture of Italian & Asian style with modern technologies.

A very successful 2nd ‘Captain’s Day’ organized by ItalianYachtMasters

October 20, 2014

The Yacht Club Marina di Loano, a lovely Italy yacht charter destination, hosted the second ‘Captain’s Day’ on Monday, October 13, 2014. The event was organised by the ITALIANYACHMASTERS, the association of Italian Superyacht Captains, promoting the Italian sailing excellence in the world.



Over 50 Captains participated in the event, in addition to numerous specialised workers from the nautical sector, journalists and the event’s sponsors, with the total number of participants exceeding 130. The day was managed and coordinated by Captain Dario Savino.

Following the opening speeches by Giorgio Benussi, General Director of the YCML, and Marco Cornacchia, Marina di Loano Harbourmaster, Captain Gino Battaglia took the floor, representing the board of ITALIANYACHTMASTERS. Battaglia underscored the results obtained by the Association over the course of its first year of activities, both in terms of relationships and in its capacity to represent the nautical sector in various institutional and other settings. Battaglia was also specific in highlighting how the ITALIANYACHTMASTERS has made important contributions towards the employment of Italian Captains, informing the event’s attendees about the various successes obtained.

2014 Captain's Day organized by ItalianYachtMasters

2014 Captain's Day organized by ItalianYachtMasters

Next on stage was Engineer Poerio from Benetti Yachts, offering his views about an ‘organisational model of nautical economics’. Using a series of data relative to the economic values and employment figures for the various segments of the nautical economy, Poerio stressed the importance of a series of common objectives that need to be met, such as the organisation of an international event to provide an Italian bench mark in the global market, and the establishment of an internal  institution that involves all the market’s players. Other short-term objectives were identified as: the simplification of the administrative system, the valorisation of the regional contexts, the creation of a single and shared statistical data system, the creation of combined innovation strategies, and integrated competence training.

Dr. Torri (from San Giorgio Shipping) tackled the topic of taxation in relation to short-term rental contracts, bringing the audience up to date about the most recent regulatory developments, in particular in relation to the problems related to the circular issued last July by the Agenzia delle Entrate (the Italian Inland Revenue Service) on the topic of bunkerage and excise duties.

Presentations were delivered throughout the day, with analyses and in depth considerations of a wide variety of themes, some of which were specific to the world of Italian Captains, such as the comparison of Italian professionalism to Anglo-Saxon standards, a topic that was addressed by Captain Barletta. Captain Sulmonti, on the other hand, referred to the important experience obtained by the students of the Tuscan Nautical Institutes, who, for the first time this year, had the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience on-board recreational crafts. He went on to highlight the many activities carried out over the course of 2014, involving numerous technical workshops with the specifically goal at keeping Italian Captains continually up to date.

Dr. Roberto Neglia, manager of institutional relations at UCINA – Confindustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Industry Association that is part of the Confederation of Italian Industry) informed the audience about the most recent regulations and the successes obtained in this field thanks to a team effort intervention that involved collaborations with ITALIANYACHTMASTERS and the Yachting section of ‘Federagenti’ (National Federation of the shipowner’s agents and ship brokers. Topics included the reform of the Recreational Craft Code, simplification of the administrative regime and of activities relative to recreational navigation (including those with commercial ends), the revision of professional titles within the recreational craft sector, simplification of the “arrival and departure” procedures, the approval and national legislation action taken regarding the recognition of Marina Resorts with the consequent reduction of VAT to 10% for ‘mooring and the overnight stay in docking units within harbour facilites appropriately equipped’.

The Captain’s day was brought to a close by Captain Trigiani, who presented the 2015 programme of training activities directed at ITALIANYACHTMASTERS members and their professional development.

Video of Princess 88 Motor Yacht AURORA

October 20, 2014

Princess Yachts has just released an amazing video showing the Princess 80 Motor Yacht AURORA. Luxury superyacht AURORA provides her guests with deluxe accommodation in four en suite cabins. There is also accommodation for a crew of four, with a separate crew access to all technical areas and galley.

The 88 Motor Yacht AURORA is built on the latest Princess hybrid hull capable of long distance passage-making or fast port-to-port cruising. In both cases, her comfort levels are sublime.

Across the vast one-level deck saloon and dining area light and seascape pour in. At the touch of a button, a balcony unfolds over the sea, opening up the saloon to the world beyond and creating the perfect vantage point for drinks before dinner.

Exquisite detailing and the finest fabrics and materials combine in the 88 Motor Yacht AURORA, in a sanctuary of relaxation and luxury.

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Princess.

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker displayed at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 20, 2014

Sunseeker International was delighted to attend the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, which ran in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location – Monaco from September 24 to 27. During the event, the prominent British shipyard displayed its ’40 Metre Yacht’ motor yacht THUMPER, ‘115 Sport Yacht’ luxury yacht ZOZO, as well as ‘155 Yacht’ superyacht BLUSH.

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

With the breathtaking Riviera acting as the backdrop for this fantastic boat show, Sunseeker’s elite selection of yachts were certainly at home in Monaco. What’s more, the yachts on display have been carefully chosen to highlight the ‘Bespoke’ design service offered by Sunseeker.

Luxury yacht Blush, the 155 Yacht on display at the show, was commissioned by a long-standing client.  It is of particular significance to Sunseeker as it is not only is the biggest project the British manufacturer has ever undertaken, but it also takes the concept of a series build with personal customisation even further.  The modular build methodology allowed the client to have a direct input on the interior design and layout of the yacht, as well as on the actual superstructure.

Motor yacht Blush boasts spacious and stylish private accommodation, which is one of the most appealing features of Sunseeker’s flagship yacht.  The yacht also offers an expanse of entertaining space with the upper deck alone featuring a stunning sky lounge which can be dedicated to private entertainment.  The interior of Blush exudes style and sophistication and this is further enhanced by its unique design palette which blends grey, blue and green tones to create an overall chic ‘aqua’ feel.

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Thumper superyacht, the most recent 40 Metre created by Sunseeker, beautifully showcases the level of personalisation a yacht can undergo.  The owner of this stunning yacht wanted to push the boundaries of what had previously been created and the end result is a fabulous yacht like no other in the world.

While bespoke design is certainly common on the interior of many yachts, the 40 Metre Yacht takes personalisation one step further thanks to a fully customised exterior. Its streamlined exterior has been further refined courtesy of its customised decks and upgraded railings.  The yacht’s grand exterior entertaining spaces exude luxury and the bespoke furniture amplifies this by offering unprecedented comfort and style. The in-house Sunseeker designers, working alongside an independent interior design team, created a tranquil haven for the owner and their guests to enjoy. The colour scheme is made up of neutral tones with hints of colour to create a light and airy feeling, enhancing the spacious yet luxurious feel of the yacht.

Blush and Thumper yachts appeared alongside the 115 Sport Yacht, which boasts a powerful presence which can be felt from all angles. It effortlessly combines high-speed cruising with spacious accommodation.

The full-beam master stateroom is an impressive feature usually only found on larger yachts but thanks to its clever layout the 115 Sport Yacht delivers maximum space and dramatic impact. Four further guest cabins are located on the lower deck.  Both the two double cabins and the two twin cabins feature the large Sunseeker trademark port lights, which add to the spacious feel thanks to the natural light they provide.

Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International commented: “Monaco not only provided a beautiful setting, but also a truly engaged audience.  So it was the perfect place to showcase the breadth of the Sunseeker range and the many possibilities available from our dedicated ‘Bespoke’ team. Blush and Thumper highlight just how much is possible when it comes to truly bespoke design and how hard our team works to create the perfect yacht for each individual customer.”

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Video: Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750

October 20, 2014

Launched by Prestige Yachts last year, luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 is a lovely 23-metre vessel, beautifully penned by Garroni Design and J&J Design. Prestige 750 yacht has been conceptualised for full enjoyment of life at sea, boasting exceptional exterior living spaces, from the extra-large swim platform to the spacious cockpit and generously sized fly bridge.  Below is a video showing the Prestige 750 while heading out on an afternoon cruise in the Atlantic off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, a popular Florida yacht charter destination. The video has been published by ‘ZipZapPower’.