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Princess Yachts celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year

January 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

One of the world’s leading motor yacht builders, Princess Yachts International, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The company is expected to make 2015 a memorable year, with the launch of two new M class vessels: motor yacht Princess 30M and superyacht Princess 35M.

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Founded in 1965 as Marine Projects (Plymouth), David King and two friends started the business with a Senior 31 hull and deck moulding to fit out in their rented shed based at Newport Street, Plymouth. Project 31 sold for £3,400 and marked the beginning of a successful Plymouth shipyard.

Over the years Princess Yachts has produced some world-beating craft from the company’s first sports boat; the 286 Riviera which firmly cemented Marine Projects’ place in the high speed sports cruiser market, to the Princess 65 which became the company’s flagship in 1990.

On 1st August 2001 Marine Projects became Princess Yachts International plc now occupying sites in Devonport, Plympton and Lee Mill.

New M Class superyacht Princess 30M by Princess Yachts

New M Class superyacht Princess 30M - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International Plc

In 2008 the company was purchased by L Capital and the following year South Yard, a 15 acre waterside site (formally part of the Royal Naval Dockyard) was acquired with plans put in place to take the brand over the 100 foot mark.

Now with over 2,400 employees across six sites, Princess Yachts International is one of the biggest employers in the South West. Along with a complex distributor network covering more than 65 countries around the world and a product range consisting of 23 models; Princess has become a leading motor yacht manufacturer at the forefront of the industry.

Princess Yachts is set to make 2015 a memorable year with the launch of two new M Class superyachts. The Princess 30M will mark the entry point into M Class with the 35M reaffirming Princess’ ability to produce world-class superyachts. As with all M Class yachts the 30M and 35M will combine elegant lines with sophisticated and contemporary interior styling.

Luxury motor yacht PRINCESS 35M - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International Plc

Luxury motor yacht PRINCESS 35M - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International Plc

2015 will also see further announcements to Princess’ Flybridge, V Class and S Class ranges.

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Princess.

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Sanlorenzo Americas partners with Wajer Americas

January 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

Sanlorenzo Americas has recently teamed up with Wajer Americas as the exclusive distributor of the luxury yacht tenders for the Americas. The flagship launch of Wajer & Wajer Yachts, the striking Wajer Osprey 38 superyacht tender will make its premiere at the Yacht & Brokerage Show, running in the lovely Florida yacht holiday location – Miami next month.

Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender underway

Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender underway

Wajer & Wajer Yachts was established in 1992 in the village of Heeg in the northern Dutch province of Friesland. Each yacht commissioned at the yard’s facilities in Heeg is designed according to a single overarching principle: Wajer & Wajer Yachts makes no compromises in terms of materials or quality. This philosophy is paramount to our company and is the quality that attracts the most praise from Wajer & Wajer’s clientele.

Aboard Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender

Aboard Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender

The flagship launch is the Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender. A spacious walk-in aft and a large three- person sundeck forward are two of the many unique features of this striking design. And behind the elegant, streamlined windscreen and striking wooden frame is a contemporary and exceptionally stylish interior.

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Florida Yacht Charter aboard LSX92 motor yacht ALGORYTHM

January 29, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Experience an unforgettable Florida yacht charter vacation aboard the striking and luxurious LSX92 motor yacht ALGORYTHM, cruising some of the most beautiful destination of Florida. Superyacht ALGORYTHM is available with K23 Yacht Charters in such popular America yacht vacation destinations as the Bahamas, Saint Petersburg, Destin, Useppa Island, Key West or the Cabbage Key.

Luxury yacht ALGORYTHM

Luxury yacht ALGORYTHM

Luxury charter yacht Algorythm belongs to the LSX 92 series by Lazzara and accommodates up to eight charter guests overnight in four spacious staterooms. The professional and friendly crew of four will make sure your stay aboard exceeds all of your expectations.

Lazzara motor yacht ALGORYTHM

Lazzara motor yacht ALGORYTHM

Powered by four super-efficient Volvo IPS engines, her fuel economy is unsurpassed in the industry.  Algorythm superyacht is a custom-built vessel, specifically designed with luxury in mind. Her special features include the extended sundeck that creates a shaded welcome area on the aft deck; while the flybridge has been extended by 300%, creating an atmosphere of living on all levels of the yacht and features a hot tub for 2!

Weddings aboard M/Y ALGORYTHM

Weddings aboard M/Y ALGORYTHM

Weeding aboard ALGORYTHM yacht

Weeding aboard ALGORYTHM yacht

The spacious outdoor deck aboard luxury yacht ALGORYTHM offers a fantastic area for sunbathing. In addition, the helm was removed from the main deck which extended the main salon for more living area. Based on the Manatee River in Bradenton, Florida,  Algorythm is the only 92′ luxury yacht available Gulf Coast yacht vacations.

Interior of luxury charter yacht ALGORYTHM

Interior of luxury charter yacht ALGORYTHM

With a cruising speed of 25 kts the 900 horsepower Volvo engine she glides over the water for a smooth ride. The state of the art design features a hand-laid, “Vacuum bagged ‘unidirectional fibreglass with balsa cored hull and a hand laid, “vacuum bagged” E-glass and graphite balsa cored deck – one mould piece. She also features the best in electronics including a 64-channel ISIS 500 vessel monitoring system. Five LED flatscreen televisions including a 60” with surround sound.

Yacht Algorythm - Master Suite

Yacht Algorythm - Master Suite

Four luxurious staterooms include a master suite with a king sized bed. Three spacious bathrooms with double sinks and all the amenities of home are located throughout the Algorythm yacht. A full kitchen, dining space, relaxing leather furniture offers seating areas with expansive views. There are laundry facilities and completely separate quarters for crew members.

Algorythm yacht at night

Algorythm yacht at night

FLORIDA YACHT CHARTER

A gateway to Florida Keys and the Bahamas, Florida yacht holidays are represented by a vast wonderland of cruising destinations, secluded beaches, lovely sea-side towns, exceptional marina facilities as well as dream-like anchorages. St. Petersburg, Destin, Useppa Island, Key West and the Cabbage Key are some fo the most popular and beautiful places to charter this yacht, offering both quiet cruising by day and exciting night-life by night.

Algorythm, available through K23 Yacht Charter, is a great choice when it comes to family vacations, or holidays with friends, as well as corporate events, weddings and special celebrations.

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Sanlorenzo Americas to attend Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show 2015

January 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

The 27th annual Yacht and Brokerage Show will return to the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Miami from February 12 to 16, 2015. Sanlorenzo Americas will once again be in the center of the action on Indian Creek Waterway with a selection of yachts, including motor yacht SL94, luxury yacht SL96 and superyacht SL106. In addition, Sanlorenzo will announce the details of the new 76 and 86 yacht models during the event.

Sanlorenzo SL106 Superyacht

Sanlorenzo SL106 Superyacht

Covering over 1.2 million square feet of space along Collins Avenue, the show draws thousands of people from around the world and features over 500 new and brokerage yachts, as well as marine technology.

Super yacht SL94 by Sanlorenzo has been recently listed for sale.

Technical Specifications of Sanlorenzo SL94 Yacht

Length: 93′ 07″  (28.60m)

Staterooms: 4

Cabin Configuration: Owner, VIP & Two twin staterooms with pullman

Built: 2012

Beam: 22′  (6.75m)

Draft: 6′ 03″ (1.93m)

Cruising Speed: 25 knots

Max Speed: 28 knots

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Latest Sanlorenzo motor yacht SD126

January 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

The highly innovative 38-metre motor yacht SD126 represents the latest addition to the Sanlorenzo fleet of luxury vessels. Marty A. Lowe‘s signature design, “Celebrating the Sea” as well as “Being One with the Sea”, are once again in evidence in the overall design of the all-new superyacht SD126.

Sanlorenzo SD126 superyacht

Sanlorenzo SD126 superyacht

Light filled interior spaces achieved by opening terraces, folding, stacking bulkheads, gull wing opening windows and oversized glass, provide fresh sea breezes and incredible views. The new luxury yacht SD126 has taken innovation to a whole new level. Particular attention has been paid to every exterior space to optimize the tranquility and serenity of the cruising lifestyle. Distinctive exterior styling updates offer a range of new elements to include bow and flybridge spa pools, dining /grilling areas, TV viewing and bar tops which all provide for immeasurable Al Fresco fun.

Superyacht SD126 - Exterior

Superyacht SD126 - Exterior

Super yacht SD126 - Exterior

Super yacht SD126 - Exterior

The sleek, sexy lines of the new SD126 yacht by Sanlorenzo have been complemented by the sophisticated interior décor featuring a balanced mixture of contemporary styling and naturally luxurious materials. Light grey stained fiddleback maple cabinetry is deliberately simple and precise, yet classic in detail. This exquisite woodwork is showcased with subtle lacquers, top stitched leathers and classic marble that work against matte stainless steel accents.

Luxury yacht SD126 - Dining

Luxury yacht SD126 - Dining

SD126 Yacht by Sanlorenzo - Interior

SD126 Yacht by Sanlorenzo - Saloon

Inspired by the colors of the horizon at a lovely sunset meal in Forte dei Marmi the interior color palette is rendered in the soft shades of grey and cream with accents of the lavender hued sky of this particular sunset.

Luxury yacht SD126 - Cabin

Luxury yacht SD126 - Master Cabin

Sanlorenzo SD126 Yacht - Twin Cabin

Sanlorenzo SD126 Yacht - Twin Cabin

Innovations aboard Sanlorenzo SD126 Yacht:

• Salon terrace

• Larger UD window profile

• Bow seating, entertainment area and Jacuzzi

• Flybridge pool

• Gull wings windows in master cabin

• Bulwark doors in front of the dining area

• UD aft six shuters doorway

• Extended lateral winglets for swim platform

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by Sanlorenzo.

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New 27m motor sailer yacht SVETLANA nearing completion at AvA Yachts

January 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

Boasting a classic style with modern lines, the all-new 27-metre motor sailer yacht Svetlana is currently nearing completion at the Turkish shipyard, AvA Yachts. Due to be launched in May 2015, superyacht Svetlana is a beautiful ice-class explorer, designed for long range cruises.

27m motor sailer yacht Svetlana by AvA Yachts

27m motor sailer yacht Svetlana by AvA Yachts

Powered by twin 750HP engines and carrying 30,000 liters of fuel, luxury yacht Svetlana has been designed to provide a pleasant sailing experience, cruising with silence without the noise and vibration of the engines.

Luxury yacht Svetlana underway

Luxury yacht Svetlana underway

Super yacht Svetlana is a true sailing explorer, designed to cruise in the icy waters like Antarctica, thanks to her hull structure supported for the ice pressure. At the same time, an efficient heating and cooling conditioner system, as well as a 15 cm insulation thickness with double panelled windows will ensure maximum comfort aboard this beautiful vessel, while exploring remote parts of the world.

Svetlana Yacht - Saloon

Svetlana Yacht - Saloon

Super yacht Svetlana - Master Cabin

Super yacht Svetlana - Master Cabin

Svetlana yacht’s interiors feature wide volumes with rectangular windows, hidden lights and the details not leaping to the eye. Rectangular windows of the deckhouse give the vessel a classic look and provide the main salon with plenty of natural light.

Svetlana superyacht under construction

Svetlana superyacht under construction

Motor sailer yacht Svetlana in build

Motor sailer yacht Svetlana in build

The beauty of super yacht Svetlana’s interior is simple and functional. Innovative interior volumes provide the owners with the feeling of freedom and comfort. Every single detail has been carefully designed to have its function.

Svetlana Yacht at AvA Yachts

Svetlana Yacht at AvA Yachts

Aboard Svetlana Yacht under construction at AvA Yachts

Aboard Svetlana Yacht under construction at AvA Yachts

Svetlana is not a life style. She is the Life in Style.

Technical Specifications of super yacht Svetlana:

Builder: Ava Yachts Co. Ltd Freezone Antalya Turkey

Exterior Design: Ava Yachts Co. Ltd.

Naval Architect: Ava Yachts Co. Ltd.

Interior Design: Ava Yachts Co. Ltd.

Construction: High Tensile Steel Hull, Grp Superstructure

Classification: Turkish Lloyd + 1 A5 M. Sailer ICE B1 (+)M

LOA: 27.20m (89’10’’)

Beam: 7.20m (23’25’’)

Draught: 1.80m (5’36’’)

Engines: 2xSCANIA DI13M 750HP (560KW)

Max. Speed: 14 knots

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Launch of Heesen motor yacht ASYA (YN 16947)

January 29, 2015

Written by zuzana

The leading Dutch shipyard, Heesen, is excited to announce the launch of the brand new 47-metre displacement motor yacht Asya (YN 16947), which took place at their facility in Oss on December 12, 2014. Luxury superyacht Asya was christened by her new Owners during a private ceremony.

New 47m superyacht ASYA (YN 16947) by Heesen - Image by Dick Holthuis

New 47m superyacht ASYA (YN 16947) by Heesen - Image by Dick Holthuis

Luxury yacht Asya’s exterior design combines beautiful traditional lines with a contemporary flair emphasised by the continuous glued glass windows and matching black paintwork on the main deck and upper decks all from the board of the highly talented Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

Her sophisticated interior from the London-based and multi-award winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell has a distinctly Far Eastern, restful feel, inspired by the designs of Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd-Wright and Tadao Ando. Simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication is the guiding principle of Asya yacht’s interior design.

It combines silver-grey oiled oak, mid-gloss lacquer, silk and bronze with contrasting dark Makassar ebony and polished stainless steel detailing and accents.

Luxury yacht ASYA - Interior - Image credit to Bannenberg and Rowell Design

Luxury yacht ASYA - Interior - Image credit to Bannenberg and Rowell Design

Thanks to her well-engineered steel hull with bulbous bow, super yacht Asya will ensure a smooth path through water, and will be the perfect home away from home in all sea conditions. Two MTU diesel engines 8V 4000 M63, will allow her to reach a maximum speed of 15 knots, and at 12 knots will allow her to have a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

After the launch, Asya superyacht will remain at the Oss harbour for final construction and for the commissioning of all her systems. Shortly after New Year she will undergo extensive sea trails in the North Sea, to be then delivered to her owners in February 2015.

Technical Specifications of motor yacht Asya (Project Hé, YN 16947):

GENERAL

HULL TYPE: STEEL ROUND BILGE, DISPLACEMENT

NAVAL ARCHITECT: HEESEN YACHTS

INTERIOR DESIGN: BANNENBERG & ROWELL DESIGN

EXTERIOR DESIGN: OMEGA ARCHITECTS

CLASSIFICATION: LLOYDS  100A1 SSC YACHT []  LMC UMS

LARGE COMMERCIAL YACHT CODE LY2 / MCA

HULL: STEEL

SUPERSTRUCTURE: ALUMINIUM

DIMENSIONS

LENGTH OVER ALL: 46.70 METRES / 153 FEET 2 INCHES

BEAM OVER ALL: 8.83 METRES / 29 FEET 0 INCH

DRAFT EXTREME: 3.07 METRES / 10 FEET 1 INCH

DISPLACEMENT (50% LOAD): 400 TONS

ACCOMMODATION

CREW: 10

GUESTS: 12

CABINS: FULL-BEAM MASTER SUITE , TWO DOUBLE CABINS , TWO TWIN CABINS EACH WITH ONE PULLMAN BED

TECHNICAL DETAILS

MAXIMUM SPEED(50% LOAD): 15 KNOTS

RANGE AT 12 KNOTS: 4,000 NAUTICAL MILES

FUEL CAPACITY: 60,000 LITRES / 15,850 US GALLONS

FRESH WATER: 20,000 LITRES / 5,280 US GALLONS

PROPULSION DETAILS

MAIN ENGINES: 2 X MTU 8V 4000 M63

MAXIMUM POWER: 2 X 1,000 KILOWATT

GEARBOX: 2 X ZF 4661

ENGINE CONTROL: MTU BLUE VISION, THREE CONTROL STANDS

PROPELLERS: SCHAFFRAN FIVE BLADE FIXED PITCH Ø 1,600 MILLIMETRES

GENERATORS: 2 X KILO-PAK, EACH 99 KILOWATT

BOWTHRUSTER: ZF MARINE 90KW, HYDRAULICALLY DRIVEN

STABILISERS: NAIAD DYNAMICS, TYPE 621 WITH 2 FINS OF APPROX. 3.00 SQUARE METRES, ZERO SPEED

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Heesen.

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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2015 to host entries from 20 different countries

January 28, 2015

Written by zuzana

Entries from 20 different nations have already signed up for the 35th edition of the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta. The popular Caribbean regatta will run in the lovely St. Maarten yacht charter location from March 5 to 8, 2015.

The elegant Brazilian Schooner, Atrevida is likely to be the oldest yacht competing at the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and at 95ft one of the largest. Image by Claudio Cambria

The elegant Brazilian Schooner Atrevida is likely to be the oldest yacht competing at the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and at 95ft one of the largest. Image by Claudio Cambria

20 nations to head for the 2015 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta include Antigua, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, St.Maarten, Uruguay, USA and the US Virgin Islands.

The hallmarks of the regatta are sensational racing in a multitude of different classes and serious fun after racing, with top-line International and Caribbean acts, performing live every evening. In 2014, 215 teams participated, making it the largest regatta by participation in the Caribbean region. Thousands of people, from all over the world, come to the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta.

The regatta suits a huge variety of boats and sailors, this year the early entries include a myriad of different sailing boats from classic schooners to carbon fibre sportsboats. The regatta provides numerous classes including; Bareboat, Multihull, One-Design and a multitude of classes for performance keel boats, using the CSA Rating Rule.

Gunboat Posse

The new generation Gunboat 55s will be making a Caribbean debut at the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta. The brand new Rainmaker and Toccata are amongst the early entries. Lightweight and super fast, Gunboats are ideal for Caribbean conditions and a fleet of at least six catamarans is expected to be ripping it up in St.Maarten, with the potential for more.

The new 55s and 60s will line up against regatta veterans including Elvis, CoCo de Mer and a recently turbo-charged Tribe and several other Gunboats may be available for charter. Capable of speeds of over 25 knots, the Gunboat posse will be an incredible sight at this year’s St.Maarten Heineken Regatta

“For Gunboat the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is all about fun and the racing is diverse and challenging. The camaraderie and competition among the class is outstanding. It’s our biggest class event of the year, and everyone brings their best.” Peter Johnstone, CEO & Founder of Gunboat.

Melges Line-up

Last year’s Melges 24 Class winner, Andrea Scarabelli’s Budget Marine/Gill, will be returning to defend their title and Andrea expects a bigger and more competitive class.

“For sure the competition will be closer this year. The Melges 24 class is definitely growing both in boat number and in crew level. Last November we went down to Guadeloupe to race against the Melges 24 from the French islands and most of them will come here for the Heineken. We could have 11 boats this year and that would be really great racing!”

Red-hot one-design racing is on the increase at the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta. For the first time, there will be a Melges 32 Class. Puerto Rico’s Jaime Torres, skipper of Melges 32 Smile and Wave, has been coming to the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta for years and is bursting with excitement about the prospect.

“I am a huge fan of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. I speak highly of every event in the Caribbean because they are all great but this event provides reliable, super racing conditions and the regatta feels like an event where the whole island gets involved, if not on the race course, then definitely at the parties. The way that the organisers manage to mix the shoreside activities and the unbelievable racing is so incredible. The only thing that I thought was lacking was one design racing and as a champion of the Melges 32 Class, I felt compelled to make these two passions happen together. We will have mostly windward leeward racing, which is what a Melges 32 is made for. For me, this year will be the perfect mix and I can’t wait to get the party started.”

Beauty from Brazil

The elegant Brazilian Schooner, sailing yacht Atrevida is likely to be the oldest yacht competing at the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and at 95ft one of the largest. The Herreshoff schooner, Wildfire was launched in Bristol Rhode Island in 1923 and became known as Atrevida, after she was sailed to Rio de Janeiro in 1946.

“This will be our first St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and we hope to find a friendly relaxed atmosphere along with fellow sailors who appreciate performance racing and skilled crew work.” commented Atrevida’s skipper, Atila Bohm.  “Atrevida is 92 years old and to sail between the Caribbean Islands and enjoy some of the races that take place here is going to be wonderful; the trade winds and the beautiful Caribbean scenery, make it a very special place.

For the past six years, I have been the skipper of Atrevida with a crew made up of friends who enjoy sailing on a classic schooner. Even before we come to St.Maarten, it is really nice to have received such a warm welcome from the regatta organizers. Schooners are not common at the regatta but we have been provided with the opportunity of being part of such an important sailing event and it will be an absolute pleasure for us to take part.”

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is considered to be the biggest regatta in the Caribbean and offers a great combination of challenging races and fantastic parties: “Serious Fun”!

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boot Dusseldorf 2015: All expectations fulfilled

January 28, 2015

Written by zuzana

boot Düsseldorf remains a safe haven for the international boating as well as water sports business: the world’s biggest boat and water sports trade fair came to an end after nine days on Sunday,  January 25. The event has fulfilled its exhibitors’ expectations for the large majority of ranges on show. 240,200 boating and water sports enthusiasts from around 60 nations reached Düsseldorf to view the boat premieres, new water sports gear, equipment and maritime services from 1,741 exhibitors from 57 countries spread over 17 exhibition halls. For comparison, the year 2014 saw 248,600 visitors attend boot.

boot Dusseldorf 2015

boot Dusseldorf 2015

Concept “Experience 360° Water Sports” has produced long-term impact

Commenting on the results, Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO of Messe Düsseldorf said: “We are satisfied with the course of trade fair business although we were not able to follow on from last year’s record results. The winter weather on the second Saturday, which traditionally attracts most visitors, prevented many guests from visiting the show. Add to this minor attendance losses on several weekdays. But this does not affect the overall assessment of the trade fair and its position on the exhibition scene: with its traditionally well over 200,000 high-calibre visitors in Europe’s region with the highest buying power, boot Düsseldorf remains a guarantor for good contacts and business and a reliable marketplace for the boating and water sports industries.” He added: “The concept “Experience 360° Water Sports” has produced a long-term impact. The 20 experience and themed worlds were very well attended. Nearly 25% of visitors, especially families and young water-sports enthusiasts, capitalised on the opportunities to experience water sports inside the halls and find out about the various disciplines. With this we are making a major contribution to the future of this sector.”

High number of boat premieres incentivised visitors

Jürgen Tracht, General Manager of the German Water Sports Industry Association (BVWW) in Cologne, also rated boot 2015 positively: “The high number of boat premieres and innovations has made its mark. Both national and international boat and yacht buyers appreciated the innovative boat concepts in all sizes and classes. On all days of the trade show exhibitors rejoiced at well attended stands frequented by both buyers and potential buyers who came with targeted enquiries.”

Sailing boats and yachts high on the list

Sailing boats or yachts continue to be boot visitors’ favourite objects of desire: almost half of them took an interest in boating “under sails”. Just under one in three visitors sought information on powerboats. This also applies to boat equipment and accessories. Over one in four visitors had diving tours and diving equipment on their shopping lists. One in five visitors were lured into the travel worlds in Halls 13 and 14.

Internationality is the hallmark of boot

International attendance saw a very positive development. Well over 50,000 international guests travelled to boot on the Rhine this year. Every third came from Southern, Eastern and Northern Germany.

New boat sales at good previous year’s level

According to BVWW‘s General Manager Jürgen Tracht, new boat sales are at the good previous year’s level. This holds true for both powerboats and sailing yachts and boats, he said. Some segments even posted growth. “The demand for big yachts is picking up again. The industry succeeded in making promising, international contacts at the trade fair and making good sales. There is also a lot of movement at the other end of the spectrum: the interest in small boats is clearly fuelled by the new regulation allowing boats up to 15 PS to be driven without a boat driver’s licence.”

Refit trend spurs equipment market

The suppliers of high-end marine equipment and accessories are benefitting from demographic developments. Their sales have markedly exceeded previous years’ levels. Many boat owners in the second half of their lives prefer upgrading their boat to buying a new one. They invest sizeable amounts in high-quality convenience equipment such as marine and consumer electronics, cooking utensils as well as refrigeration and air-conditioning technology for their “home away from home”.

Diving sector respires after difficult years

boot 2015 also provided the producers of diving gear with a respite. Good sales for retail and an excellently attended diving sports hall were evidence of the continued great interest in diving sports. This has encouraged the industry, which has suffered painful downturns in sales for years now due to the difficult political situation in Egypt, the most important diving site for beginners.

German water sports destinations popular

The charter market posted good reservations for the 2015 water sports season. After the sun-spoilt summer of 2014 on the Northern German coast Germany‘s “licence-free” inland waterway districts and the Baltic Sea are in particularly high demand. Ranking high on the international agenda is the Mediterranean, especially the popular charter regions Croatia and Greece that can both score with value for money.

Successful debut for Cruise Pavilion

Successful from the outset: the new themed cruise area. In the Cruise Pavilion in Hall 14 some 14,000 visitors gathered information on the options for spending their holidays on board international cruise ships, according to the representative visitor survey. The expectations of the participating cruise lines were clearly exceeded.

The hands-on concept of boot struck visitors’ nerve

Boasting audience participation activities, guests and information, the 20 experience worlds of 2015 struck a chord with the visitors. This year’s hits were the Sailing Center presenting globetrotters and performance sports stars as well as the Diving Sports Center with the scuba-diving tank. Also proving very popular as a meeting point for young water sports enthusiasts was the Powerboat Centre, the Holiday World and the Beach World.

In the overall rankings boot 2015 again received top score: according to the initial surveys, 98% of the visitors polled felt their expectations had been fulfilled.

The next boot Düsseldorf will be held from 23 to 31 January 2016.

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The Yacht Concierge launches world’s first specialist historic Riva yacht insurance cover

January 28, 2015

Written by zuzana

January 9, 2015, at the London Boat Show, saw The Yacht Concierge, in partnership with Ventura and AFL Insurance Brokers, announce the launch of a global first in the leisure marine sector – a specialist historic Riva yacht insurance policy. This has been designed to protect owners’ beloved Italian masterpieces.

Riva Junior yacht tender

Riva Junior yacht tender

Designed by The Yacht Concierge team in collaboration with specialist insurance brokers AFL and global insurer AIG, this bespoke insurance comes with exclusive policy features designed to exceed the expectations of Riva owners.

Key benefits for Riva owners include:

Riva document care providing insurance towards the cost of rebuilding vessel documentation following loss.

Liability cover for guardiannage / caretaking staff for when your Riva is kept in storage or maintenance facilities.

Enhanced gloss finishing and painting cover to ensure repair meets the standards of excellence expected for these classics.

Cover to meet the increased costs of sourcing vintage parts or recreating historically accurate equivalents.

Continuity discounts to reward long standing clients.

Plus all of the standard features and benefits of the AIG Private Client Group yacht policy wording.

The Yacht Concierge CEO, Michael Newton-Woof commented: “For the first time, classic and historic Riva owners will be able to insure their treasured boats being safe in the knowledge that they have the correct Riva-specific insurance cover, no matter where they are in the world.

At The Yacht Concierge, we are extremely passionate about first class customer service and are confident that this bespoke product can protect these treasured Italian masterpieces, in a way that exceeds expectations and provides our members with an easier life.”

Launching a global first in the marine industry at the London Boat Show this year is the icing on the cake for our company.  We look forward to meeting historic Riva owners on our Ventura and The Yacht Concierge stand, and answering any questions potential customers may have.”

Javier Llamas, Director at AFL Insurance Brokers commented, “AFL understands the significance of these exceptional assets and the importance of ensuring they have the correct protection in place. In designing this innovative coverage for Riva owners we have delivered an outstanding product which fully responds to their insurance needs. AFL’s specialist marine insurance division is committed to providing modern day cover like this for high net worth individuals.”

Ben Lind, Senior Yacht Underwriter at AIG Private Client Group commented, “We are delighted to be working with such an iconic brand as Riva and to be involved with these classic boats. Our global reach allows us to support owners wherever they might sail and with our bespoke Riva insurance product, owners’ have the protection and peace of mind so that they can enjoy the serenity of the water and the beauty of these timeless classics.”

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