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Partnership of SO! Hainan and IBSF

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Founded by Delphine Lignieres in 2009, China Rendez-Vous is pleased to announce partnership with the Organizer of IBSF, the International Boat Show and Festival, held annually in Haikou, Hainan in December. The two companies will team up to create forums, private functions, as well as a boat show, in order to generate more interest around the world of yachting in China.

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In order to boost the yachting environment in China and reach a wider range of potential buyers, China Rendez-Vous is creating more added values for brands joining SO! HAINAN (Dec 3rd to 6th in Yalong Bay, Sanya), by announcing today a close partnership with IBSF (Haikou). This not to be missed conference and business forum in China in the yachting sector will be held December 1st to 3rd in Haikou. This well-established forum is organized by Hainan New Century Cultural Industry Investment & Development Co., Ltd, and received a strong support by the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).

Key speakers will be invited for a 3-day meeting with officials and industry leaders. As an official partner, China Rendez-Vous will support the organization of the conference where Delphine Lignieres is invited to present as a keynote speaker about her insight into this developing industry that she has been supporting in China for over 10 years now . “We are very enthusiasts with the idea of working jointly with IBSF. The program we are creating together will cater to entrepreneurs, industry leaders, investors and HNWI,” explains Lignieres, Founder & CEO of China Rendez-Vous.

After 3 days of conferences held in Haikou, Northern Hainan, from December 3rd to 6th delegates from IBSF will integrate the program of SO! HAINAN in Sanya to foster networking opportunities and create more boating lifestyle activities. “SO! HAINAN is the ideal partner; we needed to create more resonance around the annual conference. By joining this program, we offer to our attendees a valuable extension during a truly quality-oriented event,” Jin Chao, Founder & Chairman of IBSF.

By working together, SO! HAINAN and IBSF aim to create the major yachting event of the year in China by offering a dense calendar of activities for business people as well as guests. “There are too many boat shows in China, with not enough content. In a tough economy, brands have to prioritize their participation into such shows. It is our duty to offer the strongest platform to our exhibitors and team up with solid and reputed organizations and partners to offer a coherent platform introducing the best of the marine lifestyle”, ensures Mrs Lignieres.

Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona announces successful Crew Ski Weekend

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona, a fabulous Spain yacht charter destination, is delighted to announce a very successful ski weekend for superyacht captains and crews in Baqueira Beret. The event was organized in partnership with BWA Yachting.

A very successful ski weekend for superyacht captains and crew in Baqueira Beret

A very successful ski weekend for superyacht captains and crew in Baqueira Beret

After many days of illusion and effort to organize this winter event, it was a success meeting shared with more than 30 people from different superyachts moored in the west Mediterranean coast.

During the Crew Ski Weekend all the guests had the opportunity to enjoy a great ski days and lots of activities as a dinner in a typical house of Vall d’Aran in Casa Perú (Bagergue) where we celebrate the raffle price, a great dinner in Era Bruisha restaurant (Vielha) with typical gastronomy of the area including excellent meat and fish, Montarto Hotel Bar ambience with live music, Bar 1500 with free beers after ski (courtesy of Baqueira Beret), Moët & Chandon Winter Lounge in the middle of the slopes to enjoy the best anecdotes of the day… and of course the spectacular dancing night in Tiffany’s discotheque.

2015 Crew Ski Weekend organized by Villanova Grand Marina - Barcelona and BWA Yachting

2015 Crew Ski Weekend organized by Vilanova Grand Marina - Barcelona and BWA Yachting

Different sponsors like Baqueira Beret and Ecran Solar Protection supported the event with fantastic gadgets for all the attendants that were included in an attractive welcome pack.

In words of PR team of Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona: “We thanks to all who contributed to this Crew Ski Weekend 2015, highlight to all superyacht captains and crew members to believing in our projects to communicate the values of the marina”.

Facilities at OneOcean’s Marina Port Vell in Barcelona now completed

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Following its four-year transformation, Marina Port Vell (MPV), a lovely Spain yacht charter destination, has revealed its newly built state-of-the-art building on site in Barcelona. Guests, captains, as well as crew will enjoy a host of first-class complementary facilities, recognised for their exceptional quality, encapsulated in The Gallery.

Facilities at OneOcean's Marina Port Vell in Barcelona now completed

Facilities at OneOcean's Marina Port Vell in Barcelona now completed

The Gallery’s facilities include a dedicated business centre with private meeting rooms, peaceful spa treatment rooms at OneOcean Wellness, alongside a state-of-the-art gym and sundeck complete with daybeds. The spa uses products by Alqvimia, which launched in 1984 as the first natural cosmetics and aromatherapy company in Spain. Captains and crew who visit The Gallery are especially well catered for with their own lounge including a modern, vibrantly designed relaxation area and games room, perfect for unwinding after a long day at sea.

Captain Jamie Whitehead of 50-metre superyacht Septimus says berthing the yacht at Marina Port Vell is akin to having “A big house in what is without a doubt the best city on the Mediterranean coast”. “Apart from the outstanding features, it’s the little details that you notice straight away, like when you come in to berth and hand your power cable over there’s someone there to plug it in for you. I’ve never seen that anywhere else, and it’s just a really nice touch. Like the whole of Barcelona, there is a cultural essence where enthusiasm and creativity prevail.”

Facilities at OneOcean's Marina Port Vell in Barcelona

Facilities at OneOcean's Marina Port Vell in Barcelona

OneOcean has developed a full range of concierge services designed and tailored to each individual client, available directly from The Gallery reception. Services include VIP travel, assistance with restaurant bookings and entertainment, personal care and all other lifestyle, business and technical arrangements.

Exclusively designed for Marina Port Vell to complement its marine location by architects Sergi Carulla and Oscar Blasco (SCOB) with the concrete cladding by Catalonian company Escofet, The Gallery, as with OneOcean Club, is designed to reflect the rounded geometry of the hull of a yacht, blending seamlessly into its surroundings.

Occupants of the business centre include bespoke manufacturer of yacht linen, Linen Lintea, cconcierge and marine agency services specialist, BWA Yachting, Crew Placement Services specialist, Elite Crew International and expert insurance brokers, The Pantaenius Group, as well as MIT Bcn, Rivera Lifestyle Management and Y.E.S. Marine Supply.

Crew Lounge

Crew Lounge

Florida-based crew recruitment agency Elite Crew International chose the MPV development for its initial move across the pond. “After much research and careful consideration, MPV was selected as our Mediterranean base,” reveals owner and founder Karina Befeld. “As we have seen, Barcelona has become a very desirable and popular yachting destination, so it was an easy decision.”

A location that is brand-new for some, moreover, is old for others. Superyacht agency BWA Yachting is already located in MPV and has been for the past 10 years – not to mention its office further down the road at refit facility MB’92. And what better way to celebrate 10 years in Barcelona and the first-hand experience of the city’s maritime evolution than with a rejuvenation that matches that of the marina itself. “It’s an investment and a statement that we’re going to make the office our headquarters for the country,” says Antonella Della Petra, managing partner at BWA Yachting Spain.

Marina Port Vell will continue its celebrations this year with the anticipated completion of Fisherman’s Quay providing a further seven berths for yachts ranging from 30 metres to 80 metres.

Superyacht marina at Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts now open

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Nestled in the fantastic St. Kitts yacht charter location, The Marina at Christophe Harbour, the Eastern Caribbean’s highly anticipated superyacht marina, is now open. Led by superyacht owner and real estate developer Buddy Darby, this new homeport is a $100 million infrastructure investment that immediately establishes St. Kitts as part of the popular yacht cruising circuit that comprises Antigua, St. Maarten, as well as St. Barths.

The Marina at Christophe Harbour - a lovely St. Kitts yacht holiday destination

The Marina at Christophe Harbour - a lovely St. Kitts yacht holiday destination

This first phase of the marina includes 24 alongside 150 to 220-foot berths that offer rare freehold berth ownership opportunities and are open for 85 to 300-foot transient vessels. At full build-out, a shore-side village with restaurants, boutiques, and hotels will compliment the marina.

“The arrival of The Marina at Christophe Harbour comes at a time when the yachting industry is stronger than it has been in years,” said Darby. “New yacht builds are up, charter business is booming, and there is a real appetite for new destinations like St. Kitts and Nevis that provide unique experiences. The Federation clearly understands the impact of the yachting industry and has positioned itself to maximize that potential.”

The marina features a professionally engineered entry and turning basin, and is a designated point of entry with onsite-expedited clearance. Homeporting yachts will benefit from a port with ample marina facilities and safe harbour.  As a superyacht owner, Darby and his team designed the marina knowing the needs and desires of yacht owners and crews. That includes offering significantly reduced bunkering costs due to no duties on the import or sale of fuel, 24/7 security, provisioning services, state-of-the-art pedestals, and a dock engineered to set the standard for future marinas.

“Proximity to so many Eastern Caribbean islands, a skilled team on the ground, and SALT Plage seaside bar within walking distance to the marina really makes Christophe Harbour an ideal place to homeport,” said former superyacht captain Aeneas Hollins who is now Christophe Harbour’s Director of Yachting. “A modern airport that can accommodate large aircraft and a private jet terminal both just 15 minutes away means ease of access for beginning and ending a charter.”

During this inaugural season, three nights of complimentary dockage will be available for vessels measuring 85’-300’.

The Marina at Christophe Harbour is part of the larger resort community that features luxury single-family real estate properties and a members-only club. The Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt hotel and future Tom Fazio golf course are under construction.

Benetti superyacht Veloce 140’ to be displayed at The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2015

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The well known Italian builder, Benetti Yachts, will be attending the upcoming London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2015, displaying the first vessel from their fast displacement seriessuperyacht Veloce 140’. Luxury motor yacht Veloce 140’ boasts a distinctive design and several technological innovations in regards to both the hull as well as propulsion systems.

Benetti Luxury Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Luxury Yacht Veloce 140

The Displacement to Planing (D2P) hull itself is particularly notable for its energy saving and comfort enhancing properties, and was designed by Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio in conjunction with the Azimut|Benetti Research and Development Center. Luxury yacht Veloce 140’ features exterior design by Stefano Righini whilst RWD-Redman Whiteley Dixon was responsible for her luxurious interiors in cooperation with the owner’s personal designer.

Inside, her living areas are highly customised, with the shipyard offering new owners the opportunity to alter the layout of the standard design according to their own personal requirements. Throughout, a range of high quality materials are used, including light gray Tay wood, and slate gray Tabu for the flooring. The decorative elements are in a silver lacquer finish, with the ceilings in alcantara and a white lacquer finish. In addition, all stainless steel features come with a satin finish, contributing to the collective ambiance of sophistication, elegance and luxury. The interior furnishings are by Minotti, the lamps by Flos and the taps and fittings by Gessi.

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 flybridge

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 flybridge

Amongst her many features and amenities is a luxurious cockpit in which comes with a daybed that quickly and efficiently converts into an area for relaxation. Furthermore is a large gym containing all of the latest equipment from the Technogym Personal line, which dominates the bridge area on the main deck. Designed at the owner’s request and placed in the bow of the vessel, the area includes a massage area and exploits the full width of the hull, creating a spacious environment to work out.

A particularly exciting feature of the gym is a side terrace, providing excellent views as well as a perfect place to rewind and cool down. In addition, the terrace also provides the gym with an abundance of natural light and ventilation.

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Saloon

Elsewhere on the main deck the salon and dining area can be found. The impressively commodious space also extends into the yacht’s outdoor areas, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor environment for guests to fully take advantage of. The whole space is elegantly decorated, and surrounded by large windows, once again heightening the amount of natural light in the room and creating a welcoming, warm environment.

The dining table seats up to 12 guests, whilst the two plush sofas in addition to the two white, leather armchairs in the salon provide ample seating even for company.

In terms of her accommodation, guests are welcomed into one of five ample, opulent cabins, each located on the lower deck. The dedicated owner’s suite includes a spacious, en suite bathroom as well as plenty of storage space. The remaining guests cabins include two doubles and two twin room, as well as additional Pullman Berths. All are consistently decorated in the same neutral and sophisticated colour scheme, creating an ideal environment to relax and unwind. A crew of up to eight are also accommodated on the lower deck over four crew cabins at the far end of the bow.

Benetti motor yacht Veloce 140 Cabin

Benetti motor yacht Veloce 140 Cabin

The lower deck also features an extensive beach club area, which is accessed by a double flight of steps and equipped with a central bar counter running the length of the bulkhead. The garage is placed transversely to the beam, and can comfortably accommodate up to two tenders.

Moving on to her outside areas, one of the most impressive spaces is the extensive sun deck, covering more than 77 square metres in total. Dominating the space is a centrally placed swimming pool, the first of two large swimming pools found on the yacht. The sun deck pool faces an extended living section on the right of the yacht which is served by a long linear bar on the left.

Her upper deck has not been designed with the traditional fixed furniture found elsewhere on the yacht, and in fact, everything has the ability to be moved or removed with relative ease. This ensures the owner is able to obtain a large circular area that extends outdoors and indoors, offering the perfect environment for entertainment and socialising. Astern, there is another large, luxurious dining table seating sixteen guests in total. Here there is also a relaxation area leading to an internal sky-lounge through electric concertina doors. This provides is a large open plan area that is partly air-conditioned.

At the bow stands the yacht’s second spectacular swimming pool, featuring an exceptional depth as well as a whirlpool. Opposite, there are two large sunbeds and a living area with a sofa and coffee table, offering total privacy and an area to enjoy life on board to the fullest. On this bridge where the captain’s cabin would usually be located in the original design, the owner has requested a conversion into an additional luxury bedroom.

Powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 M93L 3500 mhp engines, super yacht Veloce 140’ has a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 1,250 nm at a cruising speed of 12 knots and is also equipped with a system of CMC Marine electrical fin stabilisers. The size of the engines are somewhat of a landmark for the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio, marking the largest engines that have ever been mounted at the facility.

BENETTI YACHTS are exhibiting at The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show on Space D12.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Benetti.

Hargrave attending Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015 with 10 yachts on display

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Hargrave Custom Yachts is delighted to announce that they are currently attending the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015, with an amazing line-up of 10 new and pre-owned yachts on display, including the lovely 125′ RPH charter yacht Gigi II. Running in the fantastic Florida yacht charter location – Miami until February 16, this prestigious event is hosting the world’s finest yachts, including private yachts, charter yachts, superyachts, motor yachts, sailing yachts and luxury catamarans. Hargrave is on Collins Ave, Ramp 20, across from the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami Beach.

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Hargrave’s line-up at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2015:

125′ 2013 HARGRAVE – Raised Pilothouse – GIGI II

Luxury charter yacht Gigi II has been created for those who like to entertain on a grand scale; every room and every design detail has a larger than expected feel to it. The combined effect ensures this luxury yacht will have that “wow” factor which knowledgeable upscale owners demand.

With her European styling incorporating full “wrap-around” windows luxury yacht Gigi II has luxurious accommodation for eight guests. As with all Hargrave yachts, the vessel is built to the highest quality and safety standards.

Hargrave 125 RPH superyacht Gigi II

Hargrave 125 RPH superyacht Gigi II

101′ 2014 HARGRAVE – Raised Pilothouse – SASSY

Luxury motor yacht SASSY is a beautiful vessel, boasting stylish exterior design by Black Design and stylish urban interiors, created by Shelley DiCondina of Yacht Interiors by Shelley.

Shelley DiCondina, Yacht Interiors by Shelley: “The interior of superyacht Sassy is different from any other Hargrave to date. The first item you see when you approach the vessel is the beautiful curved transom, swim platform and settee. This fluid curved transom, both vertically and horizontal lines was the inspiration for the interior décor.  We took the intersecting curved lines of the transom and created several design features on the interior. They are the ceiling design in the Main Salon, the marble and stainless inlay in the Day Head floor and the ceiling and floor details in the Foyer.“

Hargrave's RPH motor yacht SASSY

Hargrave's RPH motor yacht SASSY

76′ 2015 Hargrave – Flush Deck – QUIET SUN

Motor yacht Quiet Sun represents the all-new widebody design that can be handled easily by a couple. Combining the speed and stability that only comes with a Jack Sarin performance hull platform, she has more room in all the right places, plus state of the art entertainment and electronics.

Quiet Sun Yacht underway

Quiet Sun Yacht underway

101′ 2010 HARGRAVE – Sky Lounge – SEAVENTURE

Beautiful Sky Lounge motor yacht Seaventure was built for experienced boaters with features and equipment you would expect on Mega Yacht. There are four large staterooms which can easily accommodate 9 guests.

The stateroom layout for guests is not the usual four cabins down a hall design. Seaventure yacht spent the extra money to have a very generous VIP forward with King Bed entered by private staircase from the galley. The Master and two guests are down a separate stairway with a large 58.73 square foot foyer. Located aft, there are two crew cabins. The staterooms and cabins are equipped with en suite heads.

Luxury yacht SeaVenture

Luxury yacht SeaVenture

80′ 2015 MONTE FINO – Flush Deck – PERFECT SENSE – WORLD PREMIER

Combining world class quality with a great price point, the superb Perfect Sense yacht is a design masterpiece with a four stateroom layout, large open galley, a full complement of electronics and options, and an eye pleasing interior. She offers the ideal combination of European styling and a functional American style floorplan and storage galore.

Perfect Sense Yacht

Perfect Sense Yacht

82′ 2007 HARGRAVE – Flush Deck – AUTO SEA

2007 luxury yacht Auto Sea is a flush deck motoryacht designed for an experienced owner who wants a family-friendly layout. The layout includes an extremely spacious galley with forward facing seating area backed to the galley counter giving it a view forward across an impressive helm console.

Below the main deck, four luxurious staterooms can be found including; the amidship master with large walk-in closet and ensuite head, two guest staterooms with twin berths and a spacious VIP forward. All staterooms have their own ensuite heads.

Motor yacht Auto Sea

Motor yacht Auto Sea

81′ 2003 HARGRAVE – Sky Lounge – AUTO SEA

2003 superyacht Auto Sea provides lovely and comfortable accommodation in 4 staterooms. All decks are connected by an elevator and the vessel is run by powerful Cat 3212 diesel engines.

Luxury motor yacht Friendship

Luxury motor yacht Friendship

75′ 2004 PRINCESS – FLYBRIDGE CRUISER – FRIENDSHIP

Luxury motor yacht Friendship is an exceptional vessel for the demanding owner operator that requires smooth high speed cruising onboard a very well build yacht. She accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins plus crew with separate entry from the stern.

Sea Life Yacht

Sea Life Yacht

68′ 2003 HARGRAVE – FLUSH DECK – SEA LIFE

Sea Life yacht is a lovely 68-foot vessel, with an impressive 3-stateroom layout, which accommodates up to six guests. Each owner and guest stateroom features a private en suite head. Aft, crew quarters are comprised of over/under bunks and a private head.

Jeminy Yacht

Jemminy Yacht

68′ 2006 SYMBOL – FLYBRIDGE CRUISER – JEMMINY

Jemminy yacht is a beautiful 68-foot vessel, providing comfortable accommodation in three staterooms. The interior features satin-finished cherry wood paneling. All upolstery was updated in the Autumn of 2012. The galley counter top is beige granite with black flecks. All heads have tan marble counter tops, teak & holly flooring and Grohe fixtures. Carpeting throughout is a beige low-cut, luxurious pile.

Superyacht Management Meeting (SMM): Fiscal 2015, April 28

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The 2015 edition of Superyacht Management Meeting (SMM): Fiscal has been confirmed. Set to be held in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location – Monaco on April 28, the event will provide a platform for attendees to devise a strategy for the effective lobbying of the European Commission, on the subject of fiscal harmonization, as well as superyacht-specific legislation. This project is groundbreaking in its ambition, and in a new era of prudent management, is something that top industry professionals should be a part of.

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The agenda of 2015’s Management Meeting is rooted in the hugely successful Fiscal workshop at the Global Superyacht Forum in 2014. The workshop, led by Stephen Coleclough, culminated in a standing ovation after his declaration that fiscal harmonisation for Europe is a realistic goal, and one that the superyacht community should work together to attain.

“There is currently a tax conundrum where owners want to reduce their running costs, whilst their captains struggle to cope with these new complexities; European fiscal harmonisation can fix that.” Steven Coleclough, Consultant at Mishcon de Reya and Secretary General at Confederation Fiscale Européene, speaking at the Global Superyacht Forum 2014.

This Fiscal Management Meeting is an opportunity to become a stakeholder in an initiative that could transform the future of the superyacht industry. The one-day meeting will provide 100 industry professionals, as well as representatives from Brussels, a forum to affect real change by creating a white paper for the European Commission. The content of the Management Meeting’s workshops and keynote sessions will shape the fiscal landscape of the superyacht market.

Delegates of the Fiscal Management Meeting are invited to close the day with a networking dinner. This promises a relaxed environment to discuss the event and connect with other superyacht professionals, to further determine the future of the fiscal market.

Video: Lazzara 76 Skylounge motor yacht DRIVEN

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Luxury motor yacht Driven is a lovely Lazzara 76 Skylounge vessel, built by Lazzara Yachts in 1999. Below is a video showing luxury yacht Driven, while rolling into the lovely Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from the Atlantic Ocean. The video has been released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

New corporate video of Wim van der Valk Continental Yachts

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Wim van der Valk is a custom-built Dutch shipyard, known for its outstanding quality for very competitive prices. The company offers a staggering list of “extras”, all included as standard and mixed up with full customisation. Below is a new corporate video of Wim van der Valk Continental Yachts, starring the Continental II 2300 Flybridge Hardtop motor yacht Versailles, the Continental II 2300 Flybridge luxury yacht Maria Teresa, as well as the Continental III 2600 Raised Pilothouse superyacht The Next Episode. The video has been released by ‘WimvanderValkTV’.

Launch of Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht LIFE SERENITY

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Legendary Australian yacht manufacturer, Riviera, has proudly introduced a majestic new flagship for its amazing fleet of premium recreational yachts –  the 77 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Life Serenity. Luxury yacht Life Serenity represents a progressive step forward for the luxury brand with a legendary passion for perfection.

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Life Serenity in the travelift

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Life Serenity in the travelift

The new and deluxe 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Life Serenity – the largest, most luxurious and most technologically advanced Riviera ever – is the result of a long and successful commitment to constant refinement and continual evolution, which has positioned Riviera amongst the leaders of its field.

The 77 Enclosed Flybridge Life Serenity yacht is a serious long-range offshore vessel offering the perfect mix of cruising and fishing capabilities with ultra-modern marine technology, plush and palatial appointments … and, indeed, boasts all the comforts of a world-class luxury resort.

The first model in the 77 series was launched in a special ceremony at Riviera’s world-class facility at Coomera ahead of her World Premiere at the Dubai International Boat Show in 3-7 March 2015 – and it was a significant milestone in the marque’s rich 35-year history.

A proud Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the 77 Enclosed Flybridge defines a new era for a company already respected on an international scale for its exceptional build quality, superior sea-keeping abilities and exacting eye for detail, all the way from lamination and engineering and right through to final fit and finish.

Luxury yacht Life Serenity underway

Luxury yacht Life Serenity underway

“I believe this is the best Riviera ever built,” Mr Longhurst declared to the owners of this beautiful new boat who joined the team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen based at Riviera’s state-of-the-art facility at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast. “This has not happened by chance but by collaboration between the owners, the fantastic team here at Riviera and the team from our exclusive Middle East and North Africa dealership, SF Yachts.

“The owner challenged us to create a yacht that would meet his very specific requirements and the 77 Enclosed Flybridge is proof of what we can do – it is proof that Riviera is able to meet the high expectations of the most fastidious of owners.

“The word ‘excellence’ is sometimes overused but it forms a key part of the ethos that runs right through every part of Riviera – and I am very excited that we have again proven ourselves up to the task.”

The first 77 Enclosed Flybridge luxury yacht Life Serenity has a full range of premium options to complement her distinctive design concepts.

This is perhaps most evident even before you step aboard the new 77 series – massive forward windows offer panoramic 360-degree views from the luxurious saloon deck while shapely, symmetrical and sweeping 10m x 0.5m safety glass feature panels are bonded to each side of her colossal hull, providing an impeccable surface finish yet maintaining the strong structural integrity for which Riviera is globally renowned.

Life Serenity Yacht - aft view

Life Serenity Yacht - aft view

Stepping aboard, the new 77 Enclosed Flybridge from Riviera also offers an expansive cockpit, elegant mezzanine, palatial appointments throughout her saloon, four staterooms including full­beam master, four bathrooms and clever alfresco lifestyle concepts, including a large aft platform on the state­of­the­art flybridge and, in the case of Life Serenity, a massive and lavish sun pad and casual dining/sitting area on the foredeck.

The owner of Life Serenity also requested double transom doors leading from her one-tonne capacity hydraulic swim platform, and wide marlin board, in order to enhance her versatility.

The designated length of this exciting new model is based on the official hull length of 77 feet however, the stylish and sophisticated Life Serenity measures over 81 feet from bow sprit to board platform.

“The owner could have chosen any manufacturer anywhere in the world to build his semi-custom yacht and we are immensely proud that he chose Riviera,” said Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications, Stephen Milne.

“We appreciate the faith he has put into Riviera and we are committed to delivering on our promise of creating the ultimate boating experience – it’s not something we take lightly at all,” he said.

“We knew early in the design phase that this is a revolutionary new yacht – the most significant Riviera has built in 35 years – so it was clear we had to launch her as our fleet flagship, one which defines the Riviera hallmarks of innovation and technology that underpin our stature on the international stage.”

The Middle East-based owner, who personally attended the launch at Coomera with his daughter and Riviera dealer Franceso Pitea from SF Yachts, owns several other large luxury yachts yet wanted one he could use for all purposes – for long-range fishing and extended cruising … as well as for luxury entertaining of large groups He said that although Life Serenity would be manned with a crew – with fully-equipped custom crew quarters forward – he had sea-trialled Riviera’s 75 Enclosed Flybridge in waters off Brisbane and was very impressed by her supreme sea-keeping capabilities.

“Immediately I liked what I saw,” he said. “It was very rough weather that day but the boat was very stable – she turned very sharply without any major effort and I knew then that I would like to work with Riviera to build a boat that would suit both my personal and family requirements.”

One of these requirements is for upgraded airconditioning to cater to the extremely high temperatures in the Middle East, where the mercury can rise above 50 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit), and is regularly above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Life Serenity includes 32,000 BTU’s of air-conditioning to Life Serenity includes 32,000 BTU’s of air-conditioning to the fully-cleared mezzanine deck, 60,000 BTU’s to the main saloon and another 60,000 BTU’s to the flybridge, in addition to increases across all accommodation deck cooling systems, including the fully-equipped two-berth crew quarters.

Exposed structural areas – including the new sportsstyled targa that has been colour-matched to the hull and air-intakes in Bentley Silverlake blue – have also undergone additional heat-curing treatments so they can withstand the Middle East’s harsh climactic conditions Africa dealer, SF Yachts, will host the world premiere of the 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Life Serenity at the Dubai International Boat Show from 3­7 March 2015.

SF Yachts dealer principal Franceso Pitea said Life Serenity would take centre stage at their extensive Dubai display, adding she will be the ‘main attraction’ amid a sea of luxury yachts.

“We also plan to take her for a tour of the Middle East to show our customers the world-class standards of Riviera,” said Mr Pitea. “We are very excited with the future direction of Riviera and their constant drive to creating the ultimate boat.