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Video from launch party of 72ft Claasen sailing yacht LOUISE (ex Bougainville)

March 03, 2014

The prominent Dutch builder, Claasen Shipyards, has recently released a video from the launch party of their new 72-foot sailing yacht LOUISE (ex Bougainville). Representing an example of a typical Claasen quality, luxury yacht Luoise is a beautiful racer/cruiser, with exterior design by Berret Racoupeau and interior design by Rhoades Young. She has recently completed her maiden voyage to Rio de Janeiro.

Louise yacht measures 22.07 metres overall and has a beam of 5.63 metres. This extraordinary yacht incorporates the latest technology and most advanced construction methods. Her keel is equipped with a hydraulic lifting system which allows the draught to be adjusted from 2.30 to 3.90 metres. Louise is built under MCA for yachts up to 24 metres and has CE-A certification.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Claasen.

New website launched by Mourjan Marinas-operated Almouj Marina

March 03, 2014

Mourjan Marinas-operated Almouj Marina, Oman’s premier superyacht marina facility and flagship yachting destination, is proud to announce the launch of their new website. It provides visitors with a more convenient and efficient online service.

New website launched by Mourjan Marinas-operated Almouj Marina

New website launched by Mourjan Marinas-operated Almouj Marina

The newly redesigned website will enhance the experience that the stunning Mourjan Marinas-operated destination is renowned for, offering live weather forecasts, full facility details and an online berthing enquiry platform.

Visitors to the new site can find detailed information on Almouj Marina’s facilities and services, berthing options and news. The website also features a comprehensive image gallery and links to The Wave Muscat and Destination Oman.

Boaters attending this week’s Dubai International Boat Show will receive an exclusive 30 per cent discount on transient berthing at Almouj Marina in celebration of the new website launch.

Additionally, boaters who choose to berth at Almouj Marina will also receive a 30 per cent discount on a round of golf on Almouj Golf’s 18 hole Championship Course.

Located within the prestigious The Wave, Muscat development, Almouj Marina is the ideal destination for sailing enthusiasts and the local community, accommodating yachts from 10 to 40 metres, home to Oman Sail, and complemented by a range of waterfront restaurants and cafes.

The marina also features a resident concierge service, fuelling station, and is supported by state-of-the-art eco-friendly facilities including extra wide walkways and on-water lounge areas with contemporary shade structures set to open later this year. A resident concierge service and 24-hour dock master assistance complements the waterfront facilities.

New SANJUAN32 yacht tender introduced by San Juan Composites LLC

March 03, 2014

San Juan Composites LLC is proud to present the new SANJUAN32 yacht tender. The lovely SJ32 represents the company’s first offering in a new series of rigid inflatable boats (RIB). Built to ABS and DNV for ultimate SuperYacht compatibility, the boat is also the first RIB featuring a glass, curved forward windscreen for outstanding visibility, developed by Glasshape.

New SANJUAN32 RIB superyacht tender introduced by San Juan Composites LLC

New SANJUAN32 superyacht tender introduced by San Juan Composites LLC

The growing demand for safe, high performance, rough water capable RIBs in the 30 to 40 foot range has prompted San Juan Composites to design and build their SJ32 RIB.  The SJ32 RIB superyacht tender combines high speed rough water capability with state of the art design, engineering and composite construction to handle the rugged, no-nonsense environment of any ocean or waterway. Working with their SANJUANYACHTS design team, San Juan Composites have designed a hull, which provides comfort and sea keeping in extremely difficult sea conditions yet allows for higher speed cruising in calm to moderate sea conditions.

At 32’-3” L.O.A. x 10’- 3” beam inflated, the SJ32 RIB luxury yacht tender offers a premium level of interior space in a highly functional interior / exterior pilothouse layout. The pilothouse offers both an open aft pilothouse with canvas enclosure or a removable composite aft bulkhead with windows and a door.  The SJ32 RIB comes complete with an extensive list of standard equipment as well as offering many optional items that enable the owner to personalize the boat to match their intended use.  The boat may be personalized and customized for a wide variety of ocean adventures including all weather commuting, fishing, snorkeling, diving, cruising and coastal exploration. Accommodations have been made to carry both kayaks and paddle boards.  At just 8’ – 4” beam with tubes deflated, and just 7000 lbs., the SJ32 RIB is easily moved over the road by trailer to your favorite destination or for economical dry storage.

SJ32 yacht tender - bow shot

SJ32 yacht tender - bow shot

Performance for the SJ32 RIB yacht tender includes a cruise speed of 30 knots with a top speed of over 55 knots with optional twin 300 HP Mercury Verado outboards. Both experienced boaters and novices will appreciate that the SJ32 RIB has been designed to be extremely maneuverable with outboard engines mounted apart for better balance, stability and most importantly maneuverability. Maneuvering is further simplified with the installation of the Mercury Verado Joystick system that provides joystick docking with one handed finger tip control. This system allows the SJ32 RIB to maneuver sideways and spin 360 degrees in its own length making docking simple. The Mercury Skyhook Virtual Anchor feature will hold the boat in one place in wind or current. The combination of exceptional maneuverability and rugged inflatable Hypalon tubes makes docking or coming along side another vessel a simple, stress free procedure with little possibility of incident.

Most importantly, the SJ32 RIB mega yacht tender is American made and proudly built in Washington State using the American Bureau of Shipping, DNV and ISO 12215 rules as guidelines. Machinery and equipment are installed using the rules and regulations of the United States Coast Guard and the American Boat and Yacht Council as guidelines.

SJ32 luxury yacht tender - Pilothouse

SJ32 luxury yacht tender - Pilothouse

The result is a handsome, safe, high performance, rough water ready RIB for the boat owner looking for quality, attention to detail, diversity of use and value.

Technical Specifications of SJ32 superyacht tender:

LENGTH OVERALL 32’-3” 9.83 m
BEAM INFLATED 10’-3” 3.12 m
BEAM DEFLATED 8’-4” 2.54 m
DRAFT 2’-8” 0.81 m
DRAFT MOTORS UP 1’-11” 0.58 m
DISPLACEMENT 7,000 lbs.    3,175 kg
FUEL CAPACITY 162 US Gallons 612 l
WATER CAPACITY 35 US Gallons 132 l
PROPULSION Twin Mercury Verado 250 HP Outboard Engines

*Specifications may be subject to change

Princess Yachts South China – One of the main sponsors of the GREAT Nations’ Cup 2014

March 03, 2014

Princess Yachts South China has been announced as one of the main sponsors of the GREAT Nations’ Cup 2014 at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The striking Princess 32M Class yacht will be moored in Victoria Harbour, as part of a Black Tie Gala Dinner, set to take place on Friday, March 7.

Princess 32M superyacht

Princess 32M superyacht

Often referred as sailing’s version of the (Hong Kong) Rugby Sevens, with sailors dressing up in outrageous fancy dress, the GREAT Nations’ Cup will feature boats representing more than 18 nations in a pursuit race in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and Eastern Approaches on Saturday 8 March.

Sailors will race for the Vic Locke Memorial Trophy and the right to display their national flag in the Club’s Main Bar.

“Princess Yachts are honoured to be one of the main sponsors of the Great Nations’ Cup 2014 and we wish all entrants in the race the very best of luck!” said Sean Stratton, General Manager, Asia Pacific Region, Princess Yachts International.

Torrey Dorsey, Corporate & International Partnerships Manager at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club said, “Princess Yachts is a very welcome addition to the list of sponsors and supporters of the GREAT Nations’ Cup 2014. Not only does Princess represent quality British craftsmanship and design, but their commitment to excellence is also consistent with our Club ambitions. This partnership is sure to be a success for Princess Yachts, the Club and all of the invited guests that get the opportunity to view this magnificent boat on display during the Gala Dinner.”

Video: 56m Perini Navi sailing yacht FIDELIS

March 03, 2014

Launched by the leading Italian shipyard Perini Navi in 2011, the majestic 56-metre sailing yacht Fidelis is a striking and elegant vessel, designed by Perini Navi Group’s Technical and Design Department, in partnership with acclaimed Ron Holland. Boasting contemporary, refined and clean lines, the beautiful interiors of superyacht Fidelis can comfortably sleep 10 guests in 5 deluxe cabins. Below is an amazing video presenting Fidelis, released by Perini Navi Group.

International expansion of luxury yacht builder Sunreef Yachts

March 03, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is continuing its international expansion and promotion by participation in the most important boat shows and events all over the world. In early February, the company attended the Kuwait Yacht Show 2014, which took place at the Marina Crescent. It was the second time when Sunreef Yachts representatives participated in this important 6-day event in the Middle East.

210 Power Trimaran superyacht by Sunreef

210 Power Trimaran superyacht by Sunreef

Subsequently on the special invitation of the Embassy of Poland in Sydney, Sunreef Yachts had the honour to participate in the first Polish – Australian maritime conference and business forum which took place in Sydney February 7th 2014. Sunreef’s Sales Director, Rafal Lenartowski participated in the forum and had a speech about the company`s development and further plans in terms of Australian and New Zealand markets.

The Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show held from the 13th to 17th of February being one of the most important boat shows in North America turned out to be a great success for the company. The Shipyard displayed its most popular model from the power range – the 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht CLOUDS. The company was represented by: Sunreef`s President – Mr. Francis Lapp, Sales Director – Rafal Lenartowski, Michal Michalczewski – Sales Coordinator for Americas with special support of Sunreef Yachts Charter Director – Konrad Lewandowski.

Power Cat CLOUDS -  Main

Power Cat CLOUDS - Main

Sunreef Yachts is delighted to announce its presence at the Dubai International Boat Show 2014. During this most anticipated event in the Middle Eastern maritime calendar held in Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi from 4th to 8th March, the shipyard will promote its power catamaran range as well as unveil further details of its new, revolutionary superyacht project that has already gained worldwide recognition – the 210 Power Trimaran superyacht.

Sunreef Yachts to attend Moscow Boat Show for first time

March 03, 2014

Sunreef Yachts, world-renowned builder of catamarans and superyachts, is actively expanding its business in Eastern Europe. The shipyard will attend the upcoming Moscow Boat Show 2014 for the first time. During the most prominent boat event in Russia, set to take place from March 6 to 11, the company will promote its power catamaran range as well as superyacht projects.

90 Sunreef Power yacht honored with the Golden Crown in the category Discovery of the year on the Russian market

90 Sunreef Power yacht honored with the Golden Crown in the category Discovery of the year on the Russian market

Undoubtedly, Sunreef Yachts power catamarans are interesting alternative to traditional motoryachts with much lower fuel consumption, long range, natural stability, as well as customized interior design and superb living space offering comfort and intimacy for the owner and his guests. The shipyard is convinced that all catamaran power range offer will meet with expectations Moscow Boat Show visitors.

Last year Sunreef Yachts 90 Sunreef Power yacht was honored with the Golden Crown, in the category “Discovery of the year” on the Russian market. The prize was presented during the prominent Luxury Lifestyle Awards gala event.

The Moscow Boat Show 2014 is another opportunity to meet with Sunreef Yachts representatives, who will explain the prospects associated with the development of new models of catamarans, as well as present the advantages of the catamaran yachts.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Luxury yacht CHE by Sunreef returns to Oceania Marine Shipyard

March 03, 2014

Luxury charter yacht CHE represents the second largest sloop-rigged catamaran and the third largest sailing multihull in the world. At just under 35 metres in length, luxury yacht CHE is the largest yacht built by Sunreef Yachts. She has recently returned to Oceania Marine, as part of her major technical stop in New Zealand.

Charter yacht CHE at Oceania Marine Shipyard

Charter yacht CHE at Oceania Marine Shipyard - Image courtesy of Oceania Marine

Taking advantage of Oceania Marine’s unique ability to handle very large catamarans, superyacht ‘Che’ is once again being hosted by the NZ shipyard. The work includes scheduled maintenance and repairs. The programme involved removal of the rig.

‘Che’ yacht is a busy charter vessel which offers a high end service to clients in exotic South Pacific locations. She will be back in service from April onwards.

ShowBoats Design Award 2014 for 80m CRN Flagship Yacht CHOPI CHOPI

March 03, 2014

CRN, brand of the Ferretti Group, specialising in the building of fully-customized displacement superyachts, made of steel and aluminium and varying in size from 40 and 90 metres, has received the ShowBoats Design Award 2014, with its flagship yacht Chopi Chopi. The impressive 80m mega yacht Chopi Chopi has been honoured with this prestigious award,  organized by the editorial group Boat International Media, in the ‘Interior Design Award’ category.

Chopi Chopi Yacht by CRN - front view

80m mega yacht CHOPI CHOPI by CRN

Against the splendid backdrop of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds by Kiztbuel in Austria, on the evening of the 24th February, during an exclusive two day event dedicated to world excellence in international nautical design, motor yacht Chopi Chopi was awarded a prize in the category “Interior Design Award” for the over 60 metres megayacht sector.  The award was received by Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman and CEO of CRN, and the architect Laura Sessa, the interior designer of Chopi Chopi, in front of an international audience of Owners, designers and experts from the boating industry.

The careful and select award jury, consisting of 14 members, amongst which were Owners of superyachts, prominent personalities from the world of design and experts in the boating industry, recognized superyacht Chopi Chopi as an exemplary model of a family house and a perfect combination of the classic and the contemporary, the elegant and the refined. These elements combine with a clever fusion of precious materials (wood, marble, leather, metals) and a surprising chromatic scale, that ranges from the subtle colours used for exteriors to the bright and lively tones for interiors, which harmoniously combine with the natural and artificial lighting of the spaces. The large internal and external volumes of Chopi Chopi have inspired the interior designer, Laura Sessa, to create a style and design the internal spaces with maximum functionality, in mind not only for the Owner but also for the crew members.

Mega yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Wheelhouse - Maurizio Paradisi

Superyacht CHOPI CHOPI - Wheelhouse - Photo credit to Maurizio Paradisi

Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman and CEO of CRN, comments on the award received: “We share this award with the Owner, who was present and participated in all the manufacturing phases of the megayacht, and is a true ambassador of CRN, and with the architect, Laura Sessa, who was an extraordinary interpreter of the Owner’s needs, creating interiors that correspond exactly with the expectations of the Owner and his family.  We must also thank Gianni and Paola Zuccon and the designers of studio Zuccon International Projects who designed the exterior profile. Naturally, we must not forget our shareholder Weichai Group and all the employees of CRN, who have put their skills, commitment and passion, which for the last 50 years have characterized the shipyard of Ancona.”

The 60m superyacht J’Ade was also in the finals of the category “Interior Design Award” for the megayacht segment between 30 and 60 metres. It was chosen for its highly innovative technical content, which perfectly integrated with the design elements. The garage, for the first time onboard a CRN megayacht, is floodable and the tender can be handled without using a crane. An innovative solution much appreciated by the guests, who will also be able to board and get off the tender with extreme ease. In the absence of the tender, the garage transforms into a large natural pool, an open space, a way to live “freely” onboard.  The result:  a technical space transformed into a living area, with a great atmosphere.

Luxury yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Dining room - Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Dining room - Photo credit to Maurizio Paradisi


Hull number 129 built by the shipyard, at a staggering 80 metres, is the largest megayacht ever built by CRN and one of the biggest ever produced in Italy. Luxury yacht Chopi Chopi is a grand showcase of Italian quality, having been fully constructed in Ancona and designed by two Italian architectural firms: Studio Zuccon International Project, which created the exterior profile and interior layout together with CRN Engineering, and architect Laura Sessa, who was responsible for the stylistic concepts and interior design. Chopi Chopi yacht is a steel and aluminium displacement hull megayacht with 6 decks that can host up to 12 guests in six suites, 30 crew members and nine staff.

Conceived as a family house, Chopi Chopi superyacht represents a synthesis and at the same time an evolution with characteristic features, with the soul and the innovations of a ship branded CRN, which stands out for its spectacular volumes, the airiness of its spaces, its slender structures and its soft lines, the attention given to detail and well-being onboard, the play of lights and, above all, the more direct contact with the sea.

Mega yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Main Salon - Maurizio Paradisi

Mega yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Main Salon - Photo credit to Maurizio Paradisi

As with every vessel produced by the shipyard, the new flagship fully embodies CRN’s strengths: the balconies and open terraces in the VIP cabins on the main deck, the beach club on the lower deck with the stern hatch that turns into a 100sq metre beach overlooking the water and the wide windows, which allow light to flood into the interiors, thus granting constant eye-contact with the sea.

Moreover, the Chopi Chopi yacht features some particular innovative solutions, such as the avant-garde pilot house – sporting the characteristic round shape – and an exclusive space for the Owner, with a deck entirely devoted to him, located between the upper and sun deck, where he can enjoy cruising in maximum privacy and which can also be reached thanks to an helipad located at the stern.

Motor yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Owners cabin Maurizio Paradisi

Motor yacht CHOPI CHOPI - Owners cabin - Photo credit to Maurizio Paradisi

Below is a selection of the oustanding charter yachts built by CRN.

Superyacht Captains’ Choice – Indonesia’s Raja Ampat

February 28, 2014

The breath-taking Indonesia yacht charter destination – Raja Ampat has attracted a record number of Superyacht Captains in the last six months, as reported by Richard Lofthouse and Captain Jimmy Blee from Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia.

The fabulous Indonesia yacht charter location - Raja Ampat from above

The fabulous Indonesia yacht charter location - Raja Ampat from above - Image courtesy of Asia Pacifis Superyachts

“The Captains’ choice! Just ask the record number of Superyacht Captains that have cruised the Raja Ampat area in the last six months”, enthused Richard Lofthouse and Captain Jimmy Blee of Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia. Captain Rick, from a well-known 50 metre superyacht, told the APS agents: “This place is truly amazing – the diversity of activities we can offer our guests combined with the natural beauty and friendly people make Raja Ampat the perfect cruising location for us. We love the place.”

Raja Ampat translated means ‘The Four Kings’, a name derived from the four major islands in the group nestled on the tip of Papua’s Birds Head peninsula. A Raja Ampat cruising journey takes you through one of the world’s most exceptional marine areas and stunning sea and land scenes. Renowned for its biodiversity, Raja Ampat encompasses over 40,000 square kilometres in the northeast seas of the Indonesian Archipelago where the Pacific becomes the Indian Ocean.

The resulting currents stir up nutrient-rich water in the tropical climate, nurturing magnificent coral reefs and unparalleled marine life. A main attraction of Raja Ampat is the seascape, with incredible diving that reveals the most bio diverse coral reefs in the world. Diving the many dive sites of Raja Ampat is an otherworldly experience where you can view over 1,300 species of fish, 603 species of hard coral, which includes 75% of all known coral species in the world), 57 species of mantis shrimp and 15 mammal species.


WAGAG ISLAND RAJA AMPAT - Image courtesy of Asia Pacifis Superyachts

Above water is fantastic as well, with islands cloaked in tropical jungle filled with unique flora and fauna, karst forests of rare orchids, sea eagles, tree kangaroos and beautiful birds of paradise. Being located right on the equator, the Raja Ampat islands boasts amazing natural rainforest and thousands of species of birds, highlighted by the much sought after ‘Bird of Paradise’.

In the vicinity of the four mountainous main islands are hundreds of small islands to explore. In addition, the Karst area is a beautiful and original natural phenomenon, with unique flora and fauna as its attractions and offering opportunities to trek around the islands and find hidden beauties like waterfalls and ancient caves.

Exotic locations, like the Ayau islands comprised of small islands on a very large atoll, wait to be seen and explored. Many of the islands in this archipelago offer white sands with a large seabed connecting one island to another. There are also islands with special sands that the local community calls “Zandplaat”, a unique habitat for local vegetation. On these islands one can also watch mothers and children of local tribes as they continue a long tradition of catching sea-worms (Insonem).

Raja Ampat's famed 'Komodo Dragon'

Raja Ampat's famed 'Komodo Dragon' - Image courtesy of Asia Pacifis Superyachts

To get a sense of Raja Ampat history, other land attractions include a visit to North and West Waigeo where you can see a traditional bamboo flute (suling tambur) performance. These performances usually take place during a religious festival, on Independence Day (August 17), and during visits from important officials or leaders. World War II caves, where the Dutch and the Japanese army built bunkers and a place where locals will sometimes perform a war dance, are on North Waigeo. Nearby the ever-flowing waterfall of Salawati is another sight not to be missed before departing the area.

An interesting natural phenomenon can be seen every year-end in front of the Urbinasopen and Yesner villages when visiting East Waigeo. A light comes out from the ocean and wanders around on its surface for about 10–18 minutes, then disappearing and only to be seen again at the following year-end. Local inhabitants in both villages call this phenomenon, the “Sea Ghost”.

Another ancient attraction can be found on Tomolol, home of caves in the area with paintings of huge human palms and animals, painted by ancient cave dwellers and still in existence today.

Lofthouse notes, “The feedback we at APS Indonesia get from the diving in Raja Ampat starts at ‘breathtaking’ and ends when ours clients run out of superlatives! All of our clients both owners and Captains rave about their Raja Ampat experience.”  He reports Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia handles 90% of all superyachts coming to Indonesia and has a 100% market share of all superyachts over 50 metres visiting Indonesia.

A Captain in the area for 17 years, Jimmy Blee adds: “After having the privilege of guiding recent boats, such as Octopus, through Raja Ampat I can honestly say it is my favourite destination in Indonesia to cruise. The jungle, the people, and of course the seaways are magnificent. It is a challenge to service boats in this remote part of the world but through persistence we have all the logistics and systems in place to provide everything our clients need.”

Captain Jimmy and Richard noted, “We are far and away recognized by all current Captains as the best logistic and service provider for not only superyachts in Indonesia, but luxury boats in general, currently managing three vessels out of Bali.”