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First images of 50m sailing yacht TROY unveiled by Esenyacht

November 26, 2013

Esenyacht, the Bodrum-based manufacturer of specialist custom superyachts, is proud to unveil the first four images of the 50-metre sailing yacht Troy. Superyacht Troy is currently under construction at the yard, scheduled for completion in late 2014.

50m superyacht TROY by Esenyacht - Image credit to Esenyacht - Tim Saunders Yacht Design

50m superyacht TROY by Esenyacht - Image credit to Esenyacht - Tim Saunders Yacht Design

With exterior styling and interior design by Tim Saunders working in conjunction with Esenyacht’s own design team, luxury yacht Troy will have accommodation for 12 guests and nine crew members. The spaces below decks will feature long flowing lines that reflect her role as a performance sailing yacht designed for competitive regatta racing as well as luxury cruising.

Materials used will include marble from Esenyacht’s own quarry in central Anatolia and fine leathers sourced from suppliers to some of the top Italian luxury brands. This is in keeping with the Esenyacht ethos of uncompromising attention to detail and, as with the marble, the use of its own expertise and resources wherever possible.

Luxury yacht TROY under sail - Image credit to Esenyacht : Tim Saunders Yacht Design

Luxury yacht TROY under sail - Image credit to Esenyacht : Tim Saunders Yacht Design

Special attention has also been paid to the design and layout of the galley, which will include technology not previously used in the yachting sector. More information on this will be released in the coming months. Work meanwhile is now focused on the initial fitting out of the steel hull, with the composite superstructure due to go on in early 2014.

TROY superyacht - aft view - Image credit to Esenyacht : Tim Saunders Yacht Design

TROY superyacht - aft view - Image credit to Esenyacht : Tim Saunders Yacht Design

Troy yacht follows on from Esenyacht’s inaugural sailing yacht project Glorious, a spacious 36m yacht launched in 2011 that is currently chartering in the Mediterranean. Also available for sale, she was the first iteration of the Esenyacht philosophy that sets out to combine northern European quality with a commitment to building yachts that are genuinely handcrafted down to the finest details. This represents a deliberate departure from the standard superyacht model of complex supply chains and assembly-orientated production techniques.

“We prefer the sense of personalisation that comes with our approach to building one-off yachts,” says General Manager Deniz Can. “The consistency that comes with high quality craftsmanship from one’s own workshops never goes out of fashion.”

TROY Yacht from above - Image credit to Esenyacht - Tim Saunders Yacht Design

TROY Yacht from above - Image credit to Esenyacht - Tim Saunders Yacht Design

New Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

November 26, 2013

Azimut Yachts is proud to present the all-new Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht, boasting a new hull, new design, as well as innovative solutions. A beautiful vessel with plenty of surprises in store, luxury motor yacht 95RPH belongs to the Grande collection, representing the line of 95’-120′ luxury yachts from the Italian builder.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht

The first brand new Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht is coming out in spring 2014; however, thanks to renderings, it is possible to preview some of the boatyard’s interesting solutions that improve functionality without altering the style.

Superyacht 95RPH by Azimut - aft view

Superyacht 95RPH by Azimut - aft view

Foremost among the new features introduced by concept and exterior designer Stefano Righini is the raised wheelhouse. The boat’s name – RPH – actually stands for Raised Pilot House, giving some indication of the importance of the decision to separate the wheelhouse from the main deck. This is accomplished by creating a half deck which gives the boatowner and guests more space and maximises privacy from the crew. The designer has also managed to integrate the raised wheelhouse with the vessel’s hallmark exterior lines, retaining that special Azimut Grande family look.

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - Fly

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - Fly

Thanks to the raised wheelhouse, the Azimut Grande 95RPH yacht has five cabins, four guest cabins on the lower deck and the boatowner’s cabin on the main deck towards the bow. The exceptional view and large bathroom make the boatowner cabin a veritable suite with an unparalleled sea view. There is also a liberating sense of space in the 95RPH saloon; here, Righini has created a real sense of continuity between inside and outside, thanks in part to the double, floor-to-ceiling picture windows.

Luxury yacht 95RPH - Wheelhouse

Luxury yacht 95RPH - Wheelhouse

Another Azimut Grande trump card is without doubt the exceedingly spacious flybridge (+60 m2) – awarded Best in Class; it includes a cushy exterior dinette that seats 10, a mini bar, Spa Pool, and comfortable sunbathing area.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Galley

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Galley

The layout sleeps 10 with the boatowner’s suite and four VIP cabins, each with a private bath; there is also a day head. The four-member crew has three cabins and two baths to the bow, with separate access to the kitchen located on the main deck.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Dinette

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Dinette

The luxurious and elegant interiors are by Studio Salvagni Architetti for Azimut Yachts, a proven collaboration that has led to such successful models as superyacht Azimut 80, Azimut 84, and Azimut 88.

Motor yacht 95RPH - Saloon

Motor yacht 95RPH - Saloon

To the stern, there is a garage with pivoting platform for a + 4-metre tender jet; the engine room has two MTU 16V2000 M84 motors which, when combined with the planing hull with skeg, provides for significantly improved directional stability, enabling maximum speeds of 26.5 knots and cruising speeds of 20 knots. The 12,000-litre fuel tank and 2,000-litre water tank ensure great range, even for long crossings.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Owners Cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH Yacht - Owners Cabin

Superyacht 95RPH - Owners Head

Superyacht 95RPH - Owners Head

Despite being a vessel with an overall length of nearly 29 metres, the Grande 95RPH falls within the 24-metre cut-off and therefore can be registered as a pleasure craft. In many countries around the world this is a distinction which offers the boatowner serious advantages both in terms of crew management and administration, with significant savings in time and money. This is because pleasure crafts do not require a professional captain or engineer and have reduced crew requirements. In addition, the registration procedures are definitely simplified, with the corollary benefits for charter use: regulations are in conformance with MGN280 guidelines, MCA equivalent for under 24 metres.

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - VIP cabin

Azimut Grande 95RPH superyacht - VIP cabin

Superyacht 95RPH - Guest Cabin

Superyacht 95RPH - Guest Cabin

The Grande 95RPH yacht is the Grande collection’s first model since it was incorporated into the Azimut Yachts family, now with five collections: Atlantis, Magellano, Flybridge, S and – of course – Grande.

AZIMUT GRANDE 95RPH YACHT – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Length overall 28.62 m (93’11’’)
Beam overall 6.94 m (22’9’)
Draft (at full load) 2.05 m (6’9’’)
Displacement (at full load) 110 t
Engines 2 x 2.200 mHP (1630 kW) MTU 16V2000 M84
Maximum speed (at half load) 26.5 knots*
Cruising speed (at half load) 20 knots*
Fuel capacity 12.000 lt- (3.170 Us gls)
Water capacity 2.000 lt (528 Us gls)
Cabins 5+3 crew
Berths 10+4 crew
Head compartments 6+2 crew
Building material VTR/GRP
Keel deadrise 7.6° AFT
Builder Azimut Yachts
Exterior design and concept Stefano Righini
Interior design and concept Studio Salvagni Architetti

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Azimut.

Photos of 63,5m mega yacht MIKHAIL S. VORONTSOV by Dream Ship Victory

November 26, 2013

Measuring impressive 63,5 meters in length over all, sailing yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory is a breath-taking three-masted classic schooner, with a concept design by Valeriy G. Stepanenko and exterior styling by Ken Freivokh as well as Dykstra & Partners. Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov features an amazing 53-metre hull, built in laminated wood by Dream Ship Victory in Turkey. Balk Shipyard has been responsible for the outfitting and finishing of this majestic schooner to the highest possible superyacht standards. Below are some beautiful photos of Mikhail S. Vorontsov under sail, published by Dream Ship Victory on their Facebook page.

63.5m superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory

63.5m superyacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view

Mega yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - side view - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht from above

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht from above - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht from above

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht from above - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht

Mikhail S. Vorontsov superyacht - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov by Dream Ship Victory - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht - aft view

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht - aft view - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht

Mikhail S. Vorontsov Yacht - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov

Luxury yacht Mikhail S. Vorontsov - Image courtesy of Dream Ship Victory

Stylish 21m Sailor Gulet Concept by Fifth Ocean Yachts

November 26, 2013

The Ukrainian shipyard, Fifth Ocean Yachts, has developed a lovely 21-metre luxury yacht concept. The 21m Fifth Ocean yacht concept is a striking sailor gulet, providing the comfort of motor sailor for long cruising, mixed up with good sailing performance.

21m Fifth Ocean Sailor Gulet Concept

21m Fifth Ocean Sailor Gulet Concept

21m Fifth Ocean luxury yacht concept - side view

21m Fifth Ocean luxury yacht concept - side view

21m Fifth Ocean Sailor Gulet Concept from above

21m Fifth Ocean Sailor Gulet Concept from above

21m Fifth Ocean Sailor Gulet Concept - aft view

21m Fifth Ocean Sailor Gulet Concept - aft view

Technical Specifications of the 21m Fifth Ocean yacht concept:

LOA 21,18 m
LWL 16,85 m
Beam 5,84 m
Draft hull 1,26 m
Draft keel 2,50 m
Displacement app. 45,68 tonnes
Engine 2×180 hp
Main Sail 153,84 m2
Genoa (110%) 105,84 m2
Jib Sail 50,50 m2

21m Sailor Gulet Concept by Fifth Ocean Yachts - General arrangement

21m Sailor Gulet Concept by Fifth Ocean Yachts - General arrangement

Sunreef Yachts officially presents its latest 70 Sunreef Power Yacht BOUNTY

November 26, 2013

Sunreef Yachts’ latest launch, luxury motor yacht BOUNTY represents the eleventh unit of the successful power catamaran model 70 Sunreef Power. BOUNTY yacht was officially presented to her owners and guests at the Hilton Hotel in Gdansk last Saturday, on November 23, 2013. Commissioned by European owner, BOUNTY will cruise to the popular yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean within a few days.

70 Sunreef Power Yacht BOUNTY

70 Sunreef Power Yacht BOUNTY

The hulls where extended according to the owner’s special requirements and therefore, the aft platforms are longer and have additional storage. Extended water line means that water resistance is reduced, stability is even higher and the yacht will enjoy additional gain of speed.

Luxury yacht BOUNTY - front view

Luxury yacht BOUNTY - front view

Luxury yacht BOUNTY was designed for the round-the-world expeditions, and that is why she features two extended fuel tanks of 10 000 L each and two 500 HP John Deer engines. This means that with an average cruising speed of 11.5 knots the yachts’ range is 4 000 nautical miles. The engine rooms are additionally isolated so the owners with their guests can enjoy peaceful time once cruising.

BOUNTY Yacht from above

BOUNTY Yacht from above

Furthermore, the yacht is equipped with a high quality sound and video system, including two 60’TV located in the saloon and in the master cabin. For the first time on a Sunreef power catamaran flybridge features quad with its custom built platform and crane to launch it.

Christening of BOUNTY Yacht

Christening of BOUNTY Yacht

The combination of bright upholstery, oak Chamboard flooring with precious gray oak veneer furniture creates an exclusive ambience. Decorated in strong colours highlight the interior’s modern character. BOUNTY comprises four comfortable double guest cabins and double crew cabin, accessible directly from the cockpit.

BOUNTY Yacht - aft view

BOUNTY Yacht - aft view

The 70 Sunreef Power’s elegant topside, extended interior and exterior space along with its stability, safety, long cruising range with low fuel consumption maintained makes the vessel one of the most popular models among the Sunreef range.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Sunreef Yachts.

New 34m Mulder Yacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen NA

November 26, 2013

Van Oossanen Naval Architects are pleased to announce that the Dutch builder Mulder Shipyard has selected them for the naval architecture work for their new 34-metre motoryacht. The 34m Mulder yacht represents the largest Mulder build to date.

34m Mulder superyacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen NA

34m Mulder superyacht with naval architecture by Van Oossanen NA

British design agency Claydon Reeves will be responsible for both interior and exterior design of the 34-metre Mulder custom built, steel displacement yacht. Obviously the Mulder 34 metre will be built to superyacht standards. The Mulder has a GT from 315 tons and will be built under RINA LY3, MCA classification and transatlantic range. She will enjoy many features that are usually only associated with far larger yachts, in both operations and design, and will surpass the highest expectations.

The new 34m Mulder superyacht has a contemporary style with classic details. The plumb bow runs aft with a gently stepped shear. The aluminium superstructure blends subtle lines with flush glass, rising gently towards the stern. The 34 metres long and 8 metres wide yacht accommodates eight guests in two VIP staterooms and a further two double cabins that can convert to twins – all with en-suite facilities. The VIPs offer two distinct environments, one being full beam on the lower deck with large portholes and an outlook close to the water’s surface. The other VIP cabin forward on the main deck features a large window directly above the bed to give you a wonderful view of the stars at night. The yacht can accommodate up to seven crew members.

The interior welcomes you on the main deck aft with the main saloon enclosed by full height opening glass panels so you never feel completely separated from the water. On both sides of the dining room there is full height glass to maximize natural light in this area. In order to add a further 50% of external space to the dining room, the glass windows on the starboard side can open leading to a balcony folding down from the bulwark. This ensures a spectacular view during dining.

Officers and Executive Committee for 2014 announced by ISS

November 26, 2013

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is delighted to present its 2014 Officers and Executive Committee. Officers comprise the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, who are distinguished superyacht industry leaders, elected by the organization’s Board of Directors. They will serve a one-year term, at which time they may be re-elected to the same post for not more than three consecutive years.

ISS

The ISS Executive Committee is comprised of the Officers, a Board Representative—who is appointed by the incoming President—and the Past President.The Board of Directors election is held annually in January. The new Board is seated on 1 February with eight directors elected to serve three-year terms. Nominations to the ISS Board of Directors are currently open to ISS members. Nominations may be made until 20 December 2013 by sending name, title, biographies and photos to info@superyachtsociety.org.2014

ISS Officers and Executive Committee

ISS President—Ken Hickling; Akzo Nobel—Global Business Development Manager

Ken is entering his third year as ISS’s President, after serving as Vice President and Treasurer following several years as an active board member. In 2014 the ISS will continue under Ken’s leadership to pursue the mandates set by the membership: recognising excellence, providing networking opportunities, promoting education and representing its membership on industry issues.

Ken Hickling

Ken Hickling

Ken comments, “In addition to improving organizational structures and ISS’s outreach programs, in the past several years, ISS has successfully organized the Superyacht Association Alliance (SAA), meeting at major global events to discuss the most critical issues affecting our industry and devising strategies with the aid of the regional associations to implement strategies and solutions. We have also collaborated, created and implemented the Ethics/Professional Initiative.” Ken continues to work with ISO and ICOMIA on technical matters as part of the ISS Technical Committee.

ISS Vice President—Dieter Jaenicke; Viking Recruitment—Chairman
Dieter Jaenicke, Chairman and Founder of Viking Recruitment, since its humble beginnings in 1988, has steered the company from strength to strength, year-on-year. Responsible for the overall day-to-day operation, he provides a valuable contribution to the maritime industry with his involvement in many initiatives to improve maritime awareness in careers and training. In 2013, Viking is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Dieter’s maritime career, spanning 40 years, started when he joined Bank Line as a deck apprentice in 1968.

Dieter Jaenicke

Dieter Jaenicke

Dieter received The Merchant Navy Medal in 2010 for services to Merchant Shipping, especially in the expansion of British officer cadet opportunities.

In total, his leadership skills and membership commitments include:
- of the Institute of Directors
- Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals
- Member of the British Chamber of Shipping
- Member of the British Marine Federation
- Board Member of Super Yacht UK
- Member of the Passenger Ship Association
- Channel Chamber of Commerce
- Dover Chamber of Commerce

ISS Treasurer—Bransom Bean; Fine Focus—Founder

Elected to the ISS Board in 2011, Bransom Bean was the founding Executive Director of the United States Superyacht Association, Vice Chair of the Isle of Man Yacht Forum and helped establish the India Marine trade association, the FICCI Boating Forum.

Bransom Bean

Bransom Bean

He is a freelance writer writing about technical and business topics in the marine industry, both commercial vessels and superyachts.

As a Business Coach specialising in Marine Business, he helps organisations and individuals define and achieve their goals. He is also Director of Moore Stephens Crew Benefits.

Bransom qualified in Submarines as a Regular Officer in the US Navy.

In 1996/97 he raced 33,000 miles around the world, west-about, south of Cape Horn and Cape Agulhas in the BT Global Challenge aboard the 67 foot COMMERCIAL UNION ASSURANCE.

He is a member of the US Navy League, Royal Ocean Racing Club, the International Association of Cape Horners, Professional Yachtsmen’s Association, International Sailing Federation, the Submarine League and the British Chamber of Shipping.

Now 61 and a dual US/UK citizen from Laconia, New Hampshire, USA, he has lived beside the Irish Sea in the Isle of Man for the past 26 years with his Argentine wife, Myriam.

ISS Secretary—Rob Carron; Willis Marine—Account Executive

Rob Carron is an Account Executive with Willis Marine, one of the oldest and largest international marine insurance brokers. As a key team member of the Superyacht Practice, he is responsible for business development, client advocacy and implementation of practice strategies. Rob is based in Fort Lauderdale.

Rob Carron

Rob Carron

Prior to joining Willis in 2012, Rob spent seven years with Marsh Yacht Specialty Practice as Vice President, Senior Sales and Risk Consultant. There, he played a key role in overseeing and assuring quality service to yacht clients as well as developing business for the practice. Rob’s background also includes commercial claims adjusting with St. Paul Travelers.

As a recognized expert in both the yacht and high net worth services community, Rob is a frequent contributor to various yacht industry events. He is an active Executive Board member for the International Superyacht Society. Rob is also a member of Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY), Florida Yacht Brokers Association Inc., Marine Industries Association of South Florida and United States Superyacht Association.

Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M University.

ISS Board Representative—Norma Trease; Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division
Norma Trease, currently a member of the ISS Executive Board of Directors, has been a central leader in organizing ISS activities for many years, helping launch crew education programs, as administrator of the ISS Awards of Distinction, and also helping organize international Members Mixers held at boats shows worldwide. Beginning her long yachting career as a crewmember, Norma was a pioneer in the crew placement business; is well-known as an editor and contributor to leading yachting and financial publications; she now works as Director of Salamanca Group’s Marine Division.

Norma Trease

Norma Trease

ISS Past President—Bob Saxon; International Yacht Collection—President
Bob Saxon served his second term as ISS President from 2010 to 2012. He is also ISS’s Founding President (1990-1993) and worked for many years as Co-Chair of the Gala Committee. Bob Saxon has been an avid supporter, member and officer of ISS from the start. He is a well known steward of industry ethics and is considered by most as the “father” of effective yacht management. Bob now holds the position of CEO at International Yacht Collection and formally held such positions at FYBA, Camper and Nicholsons and Bob Saxon and Associates.

Bob Saxon

Bob Saxon

Video with update on yacht refit projects at Front Street Shipyard

November 26, 2013

Based in Belfast, Maine, USA, Front Street Shipyard has released a video with an update on its latest refit projects. It features charter yacht MAGIC, as well as charter yacht AURORE, which came back for a second season, and the Gunboat yacht SLIM.

Front Street Shipyard has got a new hardtop under construction for MAGIC yacht’s flybridge. In addition to this undertaking, the yard has also got a new hot tub and outdoor theater system in the works, a bar and head, and a jet ski addition. On the transom they are installing a new “Transformer,” which is a hydraulic swim platform system. Front Street Shipyard teams of composites and systems technicians are working long days to maintain steady progress on the 130-foot motoryacht, which will be heading south this winter.

First sea trials for Wim van der Valk Continental III 26.00 Yacht

November 26, 2013

Wim van der Valk from the Netherlands has released the photos of its newly launched motor yacht Continental III 26.00, undergoing her first sea trials. Entirely designed by renowned Guido de Groot, Wim van der Valk Continental III 26.00 yacht has achieved the estimated maximum speed of 25 knots, thanks to her triple 900-hp Volvo IPS-1200 D13 diesels.

Wim van der Valk Continental III 26.00 Yacht undergoing sea trials

Wim van der Valk Continental III 26.00 Yacht undergoing sea trials - Image courtesy of Wim van der Valk

Measuring 27,2 meters in length, the all-aluminium superyacht Continental III 26.00 can comfortably sleep up to 10 guests in 5 lovely cabins. These include a main deck master cabin, as well as four en suite staterooms, all positioned on the lower deck. There are also two crew cabins, sleeping a crew of 3 members.

Continental III 26.00 superyacht

Continental III 26.00 superyacht - Image courtesy of Wim van der Valk

180m Mega Yacht AZZAM by Lurssen Delivered

November 25, 2013

The prestigious luxury yacht builder LURSSEN is pleased to announce the delivery of the World’s largest luxury mega yacht AZZAM, on the 22nd October, 2013. In addition to being the largest yacht in the world with her length of more than 180 metres and an impressive top speed of over 30 knots, she adds another record in terms of construction time: less than three years from steel cutting, following one year of engineering.

Mega Yacht Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Mega Yacht Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

This enormous achievement was possible thanks to the guidance and leadership of Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi who is the principal designer and the man who defined the original creative idea based on his in-depth knowledge of the environment.

180m Azzam Yacht - Photo Thomas Joswig

180m Azzam Yacht - Photo Thomas Joswig

Motor yacht Azzam’s innovative and timeless design has been developed by Mario Pedol from Nauta Yachts. The interior design was created by the renowned French designer Christophe Leoni who is excited to have been able to realise a sophisticated and luxurious interior in a turn of the century Empire style.