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Photos of Pendennis-refitted 78m superyacht M5 afloat released by Ron Holland

November 12, 2013

World-renowned designer, Ron Holland, has released the images of superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) afloat, following her extensive refit at Pendennis in Falmouth, England. The majestic 78-metre luxury yacht M5 remains the largest single mast sailing yacht in existence, boasting the highest mast in the world. Next year, she will be enjoying the azure waters of the breath-taking yacht charter destination – the South Pacific, and beyond.

Pendennis-refitted superyacht M5 originally designed by Ron Holland afloat

Pendennis-refitted superyacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) originally designed by Ron Holland afloat - Image courtesy of Ron Holland

Luxury sailing yacht M5 afloat

Luxury sailing yacht M5 afloat - Image courtesy of Ron Holland

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.

British Embassy Beirut’s British Business Award 2013 for Princess Yachts Distributor for Lebanon

November 12, 2013

The prestigious UK luxury yacht builder, Princess Yachts, is proud to announce that the UK Trade and Investment and the British Embassy’s first ever ‘British Business Award’ in Lebanon went to Chehab Marine, sole distributor of Princess yachts in Lebanon.

The winners of BBA 2013

The winners of BBA 2013

The awards honoured excellence in innovation, success and commitment to trade between Great Britain and Lebanon and was awarded to Chehab Marine in recognition of their 100th Princess yacht sale in the Middle East earlier this year.

The awards ceremony was held at the official residence of the British Ambassador to Lebanon, Tom Fletcher, and was attended by VIP guests including the Lebanese Minister of Trade, His Excellency Nicolas Nahas, as well as leading business and media figures.

Ambassador Tom Fletcher said:
“Britain and Lebanon are two of history’s greatest trading nations. We are honouring the individuals and companies who are helping us to double trade between our two countries, and we are showcasing Lebanon’s talent and resilience.”

Following great success in Lebanon Chehab Marine, under the banner of Princess Yachts Middle East, now operate a distribution network across the region.  Today the company have a network of sales and service offices in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, where Princess will be exhibiting at the first ever Qatar International Boat Show, 12 – 16 November 2013.

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

Timeline for salvage operation of KAHU Yacht announced by Cowes Harbour Commission

November 12, 2013

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) has announced the proposed salvage operation timeline for the recovery as well as disposal of the Nordhavn 76 yacht Kahu from the seabed at East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight.

Image courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Image courtesy of Cowes Harbour Commission

Activity at the scene continues around the clock with response teams from Adler and Allan, leaders in oil and environmental services, deploying additional oil booms, whilst teams from MMC Diving Services and RS Divers have started to rig air lift bags around the sunken Kahu’s hull. The salvage barge is also now on station on the western side of the Kahu and within an oil containment boom.

Capt. Stuart McIntosh, Cowes Harbour Master said: “I’m pleased to report that salvage of the Kahu and pollution control are proceeding well, according to our detailed plans and revised timeline. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the CHC staff and contractors who are working tirelessly to complete this operation in a safe and timely manner.

“This has necessitated teams working around the clock and CHC has received much valuable support from locals. We are making every effort to minimise disruption to river and harbour users and local residents, and I would like to apologise for any temporary disturbances that there may be over the next few days.”

Following a salvage co-ordination meeting in Cowes yesterday, it has been confirmed that the air bag lift to raise the Kahu yacht to just below the water surface is due to take place between approximately 2200 on Monday, 11 November and 0700 on Tuesday, 12 November.

A floating crane barge is expected to arrive in Cowes at 0645 on Tuesday morning and once on station will raise the luxury yacht Kahu’s hull top clear of the water level at around 0800. This will enable the pumping ahore of the vessel’s fuel and water tanks into a waste road tanker. The hull will then be drained of sea water before being craned onto the bunded flat top barge. Once this stage has been reached, the crane barge will depart Cowes whilst the flat top barge and motor yacht will remain overnight in the controlled, oil boom protected salvage zone.

Wednesday should see the divers undertake a clearance of the seabed where the Kahu yacht’s hull had rested, and a decontamination programme by Adler and Allan of the salvage containment area and barge. The flat top barge, with Kahu onboard, will then be towed to Camber Docks in Portsmouth, subject to agreement by Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth and Portsmouth International Port Harbour Master.

Please note that precise timings are subject to changes in conditions or for operational reasons.

CHC has issued a second Emergency Temporary General Direction 10.2, and Local Notice to Mariners No. 31(T) of 2013, concerning the salvage and counter pollution operations, fairway restrictions and complete closure of the fairway on 12 November. Both documents are available to view on the Harbour Commission’s website.

A further update and report on the environmental clean-up operation will follow later this week.

Top yacht brands from Ferretti Group at Qatar International Boat Show 2013

November 12, 2013

Well known as some of the most spectacular motor yachts in the world, the top brands from Italy‘s Ferretti Group will be represented at the Qatar International Boat Show by leading European dealer Ventura, in collaboration with its Qatari partner, Gulf Yachts. The event will open its doors today, on November 12, and will last until Saturday, November 16.

Ferretti 960 yacht by Ferretti Yachts to be displayed at QIBS 2013

Ferretti 960 yacht by Ferretti Yachts to be displayed at QIBS 2013

Amongst these iconic brands from the world-famous Italian group there is a boat to suit all tastes: from the 45-knot high-performance GT sports cruisers of Pershing, and the luxurious fast cruising yachts from Ferretti Yachts, Ferretti Custom Line, and Mochi Craft, to the serenely smooth and quiet Ferretti Navettas, plus the legendary blue water sport-fishers from Bertram, now combining American specialist expertise with Italian style.

In size, they range from around 50ft – with the Ferretti 530, Pershing 50.1, Mochi Dolphin 44 and Bertram 54 – to 100ft or more with the motor yacht Ferretti 960, superyacht Pershing 108 and Pershing 115 yacht, Ferretti Custom Line 97 (example is charter yacht Lady Chatterley), Custom Line 100, 112 Next and Custom Line 124 yacht, and the Ferretti Navetta 33 Crescendo yacht.

Until now, Qataris have not had the opportunity to experience boats of the style and quality of these top European brands from the Ferretti Group. The team at Ventura brings with them many years experience of selling and servicing Ferretti Group yachts in other parts of the world.

The introduction of these Ferretti Group brands to Qatar by Ventura, in association with Gulf Yachts, brings Qataris the opportunity to own some of the world’s finest motor yachts with the confidence of knowing that they have expert support right on their doorstep.

Re-power yacht projects at Derecktor – Florida

November 12, 2013

Plenty of people say that repair work goes in cycles, that undoubtedly seems to be case for re-power projects this year. Following a two year break, DerecktorFlorida witnessed a number of re-powerings this summer. The 130′ Westship charter yacht Northern Lights is blocked ashore for the replacement of her two main engines, removed through a hole cut in the fiberglass hull. The 122′ Delta luxury yacht SOC has just completed a similar change-out, with the engines being lifted vertically through holes cut in the main and upper fiberglass decks.



The 106′ Burger superyacht Ingot is in the midst of a complete re-power to different engines – in this case a special lifting beam was fabricated to permit the engines to be lifted vertically through a hole cut in the aluminum aft deck, and then transferred aft beneath the boat deck overhang to minimize impact to the vessel.

Burger motor yacht Ingot - Photo Credit Burger Yachts

Burger motor yacht Ingot - Photo Credit Burger Yachts

The 135′ Hakvoort motor yacht Hilarium has just arrived in the yard to begin preparations for the replacement of her main engines, this time effected through a hole cut in the aluminum hull.

Derecktor is the “go-to” center for innovative solutions to challenging problems. Its engineering and technical staff excels at finding ways to simplify complex tasks, developing methodology to minimize down-time in the best interests of the vessel.

CMC Marine to debut new SE Integrated System for superyachts at METS 2013

November 12, 2013

CMC Marine will participate in the METS for the third consecutive year. The company will be exhibiting in the SuperYacht Pavillion, in order to once again reaffirm its strong presence as well as attention towards the market of superyachts.

CMC Marine Integrated System

CMC Marine Integrated System

The Company will attend the Mets 2013 with a preview of its very last product dedicated to vessels over 20 meters long: the new SE Integrated System that reunites under a unique package all the performances of the most innovative company’s products.

The 49m Rossinavi superyacht Prince Shark, Benetti Classic Supreme 132’ yacht, Columbus Sport Hybrid 40 superyacht: those are just some of the recent superyachts that have been equipped with CMC Marine’s stabilising system, a clear sign from a market that is growing not only for what it concerns the market shares and the amount of delivered system, but also in the vessels size.

Columbus Sport Hybrid 40m Yacht equipped with CMC Marine's stabilizing system

Columbus Sport Hybrid 40m Yacht equipped with CMC Marine's stabilising system

A year after the launch of the new electric fins range SE Stabilis Electra, CMC Marine is focusing even more on superyachts, and on the occasion of the next Mets 2013 (Amsterdam, November 19-21, 2013) the company will further elaborate its offer: the new and innovative SE Integrated system, a unique package that reunites in a network all the CMC Marine’s electric products, controlled by a single refined electronic regulator, so to present the client a unique item that will make it possible for both shipyards and owners to fully exploit the single component’s performance.

Totally flexible and open to further future innovation, the SE Integrated System  is the perfect answer to a market constantly developing, where vessels are getting increasingly bigger and even more technological. Always updated on the new market’s tendency, CMC Marine has widen its product range, developing a state of the art system that can easily be installed on smaller yacht as well as superyacht over 24 meters. The great flexibility of the system make it suitable for yachts from 20 to over 60 meters long.

The new SE Integrated System is thus originated from the integration between three CMC Marine’s top products, two of them covered by patent: the SE Stabilis Electra (European patent n. 2172394) – electrical fin stabilizer – with the DE Dualis Electra range of electrical thruster, together with the DIA-LOG (patent n. TO2012A000472), the advanced control system.

One of the main features of the system is the possibility to modulate it, thus enabling a greater flexibility in the elaboration of a ‘custom’ offer, tailored on the client’s demand. For every one of the single Integrated System’s component it is then possible to spot, within the whole product range, the best solution that can ensure at best the required performance,  with no need to compromise, neither regarding the size, nor the power.

The new electronic configuration make it possible to integrate the thruster’s and the stabilizing fin’s control stations in a unique touch screen control panel, resulting in a strong reduction of the hardware onboard, which consequently allows a better displacement of the equipment: a considerable advantage for vessels less than 100’ long.

The DIALOG control system, moreover, enables the crew to monitor straightaway both system’s functioning, and to run an immediate diagnosis for possible problems, while the GPS transmissions system make it possible for CMC Marine’s technicians to remotely check data and  performances.

For its modular and integration properties, the choice of an SE Integrated System results in several advantages for the shipyards: optimization of the timing for installation and internal tests, easier installing operations, less training required for the onboard crew , possibility to schedule a more rational spare part’s supply chain, as well as the after sales operations.

CMC Marine’s system has already been chosen by the most important Italian shipyards, Azimut Yachts and Benetti, SanLorenzo, Rossinavi, ISA, Admiral-Technomar among the others, as well as International ones, such as Sunseeker and Moonen, and the Company is now willing to reinforce its presence on the foreign markets by closing several partnership with assistance center already active in the Mediterranean area, Turkey, UK and USA.

CMC Marine will be at the Mets 2013, booth 10.420, SuperYacht Pavillion.

Two new Brand Representatives for Sanlorenzo in Europe

November 12, 2013

Sanlorenzo, the Italian manufacturer that has been constructing made to measure motoryachts for more than 50 years, reinforces its presence in Europe by inaugurating two new Brand Representative offices: Sanlorenzo Spain as well as Sanlorenzo UK.

A.Gulliver, M.Perotti and F.J.Holbourne

A.Gulliver, M.Perotti and F.J.Holbourne

The new reference points for the Spanish and English owners will be based in two lively locations of the international yachting: the Costa del Sol region and the City area in London.

Sanlorenzo Spain will open in Puerto Banus, one of the most luxurious tourist destination of the Costa del Sol coastline, and it will be managed by Francis J. Holbourne: “We are happy for the opportunity to represent Sanlorenzo in the Spanish market. Sanlorenzo yachts are truly high quality products and the whole industry is focused on them. We are proud to promote on the Spanish territory these prestigious boats”.

Sanlorenzo UK will be located in London, in the central City area, the core of global finance. It will be managed by Alan Gulliver: “We are privileged to have the opportunity to fully establish the prestigious Sanlorenzo marque in the UK boating fraternity. Offering a strong model line up, with yet more to come, and all truly bespoke builds, we are hopeful to satisfy the most demanding English owners.”

The Sanlorenzo sales network keeps on growing in the European territory as well, thanks to the establishment of direct offices, embassies of the brand that has become more and more an icon of the made-to-measure yachting scene.

This strategy, together with a limited production of only a few unique pieces per year, has allowed Sanlorenzo to maintain its turnover, its number of units and the overall lengths of its products even through the difficult years of recession, succeeding in keeping the third position in the world top 20 builders ranking for over 24-meter motoryachts builders. (Global Order Book 2013).

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

The sale of the Leopard 32 motor yacht ADDICTION signed by WHYKO

November 12, 2013

Whyko Company, one of the most innovative Italian yacht companies specializing in the yacht sale and management, is proud to announce the signing of a contract related to the sale of the Leopard 32 charter yacht Addiction. Superyacht Addiction is a fast and striking vessel, constructed by Cantiere Navale Arno, based in the city of Pisa, Italy.

Leopard ADDICTION -  Main

Leopard ADDICTION - Main

The contract has been signed by the Istanbul branch of Whyko – General manager Onur Erardag. “Thanks to this contract” – says Nico Laude, partner and co-founder of Whyko – “our company proves that it can interpret the needs of the growing Turkish market, beginning to become a landmark in the yacht brokerage and in the field of customer service”.

Leopard ADDICTION -  Cruising

Leopard ADDICTION - Cruising

Identified and proposed by the staff of Whyko to an aspiring owner who was looking for a fast and sporty boat, with good volumes, the Leopard 32 is a typical yacht of the Whyko listing, which includes yachts 20 to 45 meters long. In 2014 the yacht Addiction will be used by its owner in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and moved afterwards to Turkey during the autumn season.

Leopard ADDICTION -  Aft View

Leopard ADDICTION - Aft View

With a length of 32.20 meters and a beam of 7.35, the Leopard 32 boasts four comfortable cabins that can accommodate up to eight people. The yacht is powered by three MTU 16V2000M92 engines, generating 2,186 hp each. Maximum and cruising speed are, respectively, 36 and 31 knots.

Leopard ADDICTION -  Salon 2

Leopard ADDICTION - Salon 2

Technical Specifications of the Leopard 32 luxury charter yacht Addiction

Builder: Cantiere Navale Arno
Model: Leopard 32
Year: 2008
Price: EUR 4,600,000
Tax Status: Tax Not Paid
Location: Turkey

Number of Engines: 3
Engine Make: MTU
Engine Model: 16V2000M92
Fuel Type: Diesel

Length: 32.2 m
Beam: 7.35 m
Draft: 1.2 m
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013 to kick off in six weeks

November 11, 2013

This year’s 69th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will play a host to an impressive, international and competitive fleet, expected to offer a spectacle befitting of the event’s colossal reputation. A little over six weeks remain before the Boxing Day start of the annual 628-nm ocean classic running from Sydney to Hobart, often referred to as a ‘nautical rite of passage’, and sponsored by Rolex since 2002.

Wild Oats XI Yacht leads fleet out of harbour after start at 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Wild Oats XI Yacht leads fleet out of harbour after start at 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Event organizers Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) have confirmed that 97 yachts are registered for the race including 22 international entrants, which when calculated as a proportion of the entire fleet, represents a race record. The tally of competitors should comfortably surpass 2012’s 76 race starters.

Rarely has the front end of the fleet appeared so competitive. Six-time line honours winner and current race record holder sailing yacht Wild Oats XI, the 100-ft Maxi owned by Bob Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, again starts as the boat to beat for line honours.

As identified in the accompanying infographic, Wild Oats XI currently holds the race record – setting a fastest time of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds in 2012 – a feat which not only secured line honours but outright victory and the coveted Tattersall’s Cup. Never one to rest on their laurels, over the past twelve months, the Wild Oats XI team has continued its longstanding quest to maximize the yacht’s speed potential.

Sailing yacht Loki encounters big sea approaching Tasman Island - Photo by Rolex Daniel Forster

Sailing yacht Loki encounters big sea approaching Tasman Island - Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster

The revamped Wild Oats XI faces competition from three fellow 100-ft Australian Maxis. Anthony Bell skippers superyacht Loyal, formerly Rambler 100. Making its long awaited Rolex Sydney Hobart debut, the yacht arrives with an unfilled reputation as the most potent racing Maxi in the world. Loyal’s crew is impressive, featuring the vastly experienced Michael Coxon and Stan Honey, while welcoming an event debutant – 2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and America’s Cup winner Tom Slingsby.

Ragamuffin, expertly skippered by Australian sailing legend Syd Fischer, 86 years young and with 44 Rolex Sydney Hobart races to his name, narrowly won line honours in 2011 under its guise as Bell’s sailing yacht Investec Loyal. The outside bet, Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing has recently undergone structural changes designed to improve performance. She claimed line honours back in 2003.

Sailing yacht Ragamuffin Loyal passes beneteah cliffs of Tasman Island - Photo by Rolex Daniel Forster

Sailing yacht Ragamuffin Loyal passes beneteah cliffs of Tasman Island - Photo by Rolex/Daniel Forster

A fifth 100-ft yacht, the Farr 100 superyacht Zefiro, arrives all the way from Cyprus, one of a rich array of international entrants which includes Karl Kwok’s new 80-ft Beau Geste from Hong Kong. Kwok won the competition in 1997 with his Farr 49 of the same name.

Yachts from Germany, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom complete the international line-up, an impressive haul when considering the logistical commitment required in delivering a boat to Australia.

The fleet comprises 15 new boats as well as five yachts to have won the race, the most recent returning winner being Secret Men’s Business 3.5 (2010), fresh from appearing at the Rolex Fastnet and now sailing under new ownership as Primitive Cool.

Record Evolution Rolex Sydney Hobart - Photo by Rolex/KPMS

Record Evolution Rolex Sydney Hobart - Photo by Rolex/KPMS


Tuesday, 24 December
Race Briefing(s)

Thursday, 26 December
Weather Briefing
13:00 Race start (AEDT)

From Saturday, 28 December
Arrival of the first boats in Hobart

Wednesday, 1 January
Final prizegiving, Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT)

v-type delivers first HYST chase tender to a highly successful charter yacht in Monaco

November 11, 2013

v-type has recently delivered its first HYST chase tender to a highly successful charter yacht in Monaco. The ever increasing popularity of having a chase tender to accompany the main yacht prompted v-type to designing and building a new range like no other to date, using their wide body hull. The HYST chase tender is available from 9,5 to 15m.

HYST chase tender delivered by v-type to a popular charter yacht in Monaco

HYST chase tender delivered by v-type to a popular charter yacht in Monaco

Built with yacht charters in mind the HYST chase tender is a perfect addition that enhances the charter experience by the guests when onboard a luxury charter yacht.

HYST chase tender - side view

HYST chase tender - side view

Chase tenders new to be tough and robust whilst towing and guest carrying, with a constant on demand role there is little room for down time, with the first of this range v-type decided to put their new HYST chase tender to the ultimate test.

Aboard HYST chase tender

Aboard HYST chase tender

From Malta to Monte Carlo the first HYST chase tender was delivered by sea in a 7 day duration trip that covered some nearly 850 miles in challenging conditions that would leave some yachts still in harbor, read the thrilling account of the test by contacting v-type for a copy of the diaries and images.

HYST chase tender - Dashboard

HYST chase tender - Dashboard

An aggressive look with performance to match cumulated in the overall finished product that can be operated as a stand-alone tender or to match the main yachts livery, delivered alongside in Monaco for a highly successful charter yacht the HYST chase tender has certainly assisted in increasing the exposure for the yachts past and future charters.

Custom and bespoke options are fully available to suit all requests as needed.