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Video: Newly launched 46m superyacht KISS (hull #689) by Feadship

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The latest Feadship launch, superyacht KISS (hull #689) successfully hit the water on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The 46-metre motor yacht KISS boasts powerful and purposeful exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects, while her stylish and elegant interiors are by Redman Whiteley Dixon, and offer superior accommodation to 8 guests in four suites. Below is a video showing the newly launched KISS, released by Feadship Fanclub.

Video: 40m J Class sailing yacht RAINBOW by Holland Jachtbouw

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Measuring 40 meters in length over all, the multi-winning J Class sailing yacht Rainbow was launched at the Holland Jachtbouw shipyard in 2012. Based on William Starling Burgess’ lines of the original 1934 America’s Cup winner, the majestic superyacht Rainbow has been beautifully designed by Dykstra Naval Architects. Below is a video showing this beauty, released by Holland Jachtbouw.

This spectacular J boasts a classic interior true to the 1930s and a modern hybrid propulsion and power system specifically designed and engineered for luxury yacht Rainbow. Her luxury accommodation has not in any way compromised her performance, illustrated by her proven track record on the race course.

Super yacht Rainbow is true to her original lines plans and built in aluminium to Lloyds Register and MCA Classification at the same time complying with the rules of the J Class Association. She carries carbon spars and EC6 rigging.

Her stunning finish is down to the Holland Jachtbouw craftsmen who worked tirelessly to provide exactly the correct finish both above and below decks, giving her a unique appeal. Unlike the original Rainbow, her interior is fully fitted out for elegant comfort and Dykstra partnered with deVosdeVries on the design, which features beautifully detailed profiles and panelling giving a 1930s Art Deco impression.

Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Photos: 47m Heesen motor yacht ASYA (YN 16947)

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Luxury motor yacht ASYA (Project HE, YN 16947) is a striking 47-metre displacement vessel, launched by the premier Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts in December 2014. Mixing up beautiful traditional lines with a contemporary flair, superyacht ASYA features exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, with interior design by Bannenberg & Rowell. Below are the photos of ASYA moored in Hellevoetsluis, the Netherlands, following her sea trials. The photos were taken by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

47m Heesen superyacht ASYA

47m Heesen superyacht ASYA (Project HE, YN 16947)

ASYA superyacht - front view

ASYA superyacht - front view

Luxury yacht ASYA - aft view

Luxury yacht ASYA - aft view

Motor yacht ASYA - side view

Motor yacht ASYA - side view

Heesen Yacht ASYA

Heesen Yacht ASYA

Video: 40m motor yacht GALATEA by Heesen Yachts

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Heesen Yachts has proudly released the all-new video presenting their 40-metre motor yacht GALATEA (Project GALATEA, YN 15640), one of the finalists for the World Superyachts Awards 2015. All-aluminium superyacht GALATEA is faster and more efficient than any of her nearest competitors, thanks to her ground-breaking hull technology and the latest MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines.

An 8m beam results in exceptional interior volume with up to five cabins including a full-beam master suite with study area. The exterior space of luxury yacht GALATEA is equally impressive with three distinct outdoor entertaining or sunbathing areas, including an 85 square metre sundeck (which can be open or hard top), an enormous foredeck sun pad and an aft deck dining terrace.

AT A GLANCE

Latest MTU engines – 28 knots top speed

Flexible layout with 5 cabins, including full-beam master

8m beam – 85 square metre sundeck

Active interceptor stabilizers and zero speed option

Choice of classification: private cruising or MCA

Option for hard top sundeck with roof and glass side doors

Heesen track launch system in the tender garage

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

New 46m motor yacht KISS (hull #689) launched by Feadship on Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Feadship has proudly announced the launch of the brand new 46,40m (152’3”) motor yacht Kiss (hull #689), which took place on Saturday 14 February, in a ceremony that made the most of the Valentine’s Day spirit. Having recently revealed two of the largest superyachts in the global fleet – the 101,50-metre mega yacht Hull 808 and 83,50-metre luxury yacht Savannah – the latest Feadship launch demonstrates  how the company can also embrace its roots size-wise within the highest standards of 21st-century custom yachtbuilding. Superyacht Kiss also showcases Feadship’s ability to optimise the efficiency of the engineering processes involved in creating a bespoke superyacht.

46m motor yacht KISS (hull 689) launched by Feadship

46m motor yacht KISS (hull 689) launched by Feadship

The story behind luxury yacht Kiss is linked in a number of ways to the 46,22-metre Feadship superyacht Como, which was launched in 2014. Como stole the Monaco Yacht Show last year, proving beyond doubt that biggest isn’t always best. The validity of this statement has been proven by the unprecendented number of awards won by Como… And Feadship director Henk de Vries is convinced that Kiss will follow in her path.

“With yachts like Como and Kiss, we are effectively building a sporty type boat around our average size of over 15 years ago, but now with all the know-how and intelligence Feadship has developed,” De Vries explains. “This facilitates a clever approach to high-end production, one which remains entirely custom while keeping the costs of a Feadship of this size within the bounds of reason.”

Superyacht Kiss

Superyacht Kiss

Half a year after signing the contract for Como, architect and designer Ed Dubois came to Feadship with another client. “Ed was highly appreciative of the way that the Feadship yards work with outside designers as well as the in-house naval architects at Feadship De Voogt,” De Vries continues. “Even though Como and Kiss have similar looks they are very different yachts. Most if not all yards would have taken a platform approach based on Como’s hull, offering the client a discount for the reduced amount of engineering. That’s not how Feadship does things.

“The owner of Kiss required a more conventional speed of 16 knots (Como is 19), so she has a different power plant. And while Como is a sports boat with an open top deck, Kiss has a complete master penthouse on the upper deck. This obviously added both volume and weight to the yacht, hence requiring a revised lines plan. Make no mistake, these are two different Feadships.”

Luxury yacht Kiss

Luxury yacht Kiss

Where super yacht Kiss did benefit from the Como project was Feadship’s enhanced ability to standardise not the product but the process. Successfully incorporating the production methods and the majority of engineering phases used on Como made Kiss cost-effective in production while still resulting in an entirely bespoke superyacht.

Kiss superyacht is also the most complex object ever to have been metallically painted, featuring a stunning metallic black hull with a red stripe on the waterline. This was another specific request by the client and required Feadship to develop special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns in order that all the metallic flakes would be in perfect order.

Kiss superyacht

Kiss superyacht

The interior of Kiss yacht is from the boards of Redman Whiteley Dixon and features a stark, crisp look. Mark Whiteley and Toby Ecuyer started together, Toby and Douglas Hynd completed the design work. “They did a fantastic job on Kiss,” adds De Vries. “It is never easy to take over an interior design project once underway and, on behalf of Feadship, I would like to say how impressed we are again with RWD’s work.”

The powerful and purposeful exterior Dubois profile, with its large bulwark window measuring some 6.5 metres in width, generates a sporty ambience. A sense of openness is enhanced by the giant doors adjacent to the main entrance, which slide out three metres either side. All this combines to bathe the restfully austere interior in natural light, making for a genuinely soothing experience.

Super yacht Kiss

Super yacht Kiss

The complete owner’s deck – an unusual feature for a yacht under 50 metres – makes the most of both the volume and interior space. An aluminium-plated sun roof opens up to add to the light interior vibe. More al fresco-like pleasures include a sun deck with Jacuzzi and a transom swim platform with swim ladder and underwater platform.

Motor yacht Kiss also features superior accommodation for eight guests in four suites as well as four crew cabins, a staff room and a captain’s cabin positioned near the raised pilothouse.

Kiss Yacht

Kiss Yacht

Technical specifications of superyacht Kiss (hull #689)

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, aluminium hull and superstructure

Length overall: 46.40m 152’3”

Beam overall: 9.00m 29’6”

Draught (loaded): 2.28m 7’6”

Fuel capacity: 51,000 litres 13,473 US Gallons

Fresh water capacity: 16,000 litres 4,227 US Gallons

Design

Naval Architect: Dubois Naval Architects

Exterior styling: Dubois Naval Architects

Interior design: Redman Whiteley Dixon

Propulsion

Main engines: 2x Caterpillar C32 / 895 kW @ 1800 rpm

Generators: 2x Caterpillar 6.6 – 2x 125 kW – 1500 rpm

Stabilizers: Quantum zero-speed stabilizers

Accommodation

Owner: The upper deck is devoted to the owner, stateroom situated here with prominent views around the whole yacht.

Guests: VIP stateroom on the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck. All of the guest accommodation is ensuite.

Crew: Four crew in two crew cabins; two in captain’s cabin, two in engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, laundry, galley and crew mess on lower deck, twin staff

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Feadship.

Superyacht Cup Palma 2015, June 17 – 20

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Entry applications continue to come in for the Superyacht Cup Palma 2015, set to run in the beautiful Mallorca yacht charter location from June 17 to 20. So far, nineteen yachts have registered for this popular Mediterranean regatta.

Luxury yacht Tulip racing at the Superyacht Cup 2013

Luxury yacht Tulip racing at the Superyacht Cup 2013

Sailing yacht Tulip, the striking German Frers designed 26m sloop built by KM Yacht Builders in Holland has registered this week. Tulip´s classic look above the waterline may be deceiving as her modern underwater shape, lifting keel and light displacement give her impressive performance and maneuverability. Tulip last competed at SYC in 2013 and since then has been enjoying extensive cruising, they are looking forward to coming back to Palma to take part in the regatta in June.

Charter yacht Hyperion competing at the 2009 Superyacht Cup

Charter yacht Hyperion competing at the 2009 Superyacht Cup

Y.CO continue to support the Superyacht Cup, as always the familiar giant yellow buoys (shown in the photo above) will be prominent around the bay this year. The start and finish lines for each race are marked by the buoys in signature Y.CO yellow. Y.CO is the challenger brand of the global superyacht industry pioneering innovation and bringing a new dynamic, modern approach to superyacht sales, purchase, charter, management, new construction and refit.

Another yacht the organizers are excited to see returning to participate this year is the Royal Huisman built 47m charter yacht Hyperion. Designed by Frers and built in 1998 she has recently had an extensive refit at Huisfit in Holland. Royal Huisman have confirmed their on-going sponsorship and will join with other platinum level sponsors as co-hosts of the Superyacht Cup Owner’s Dinner at the St Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort.

Langkawi – Perfect Duty-Free Port for Superyachts

February 13, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

News is spreading of the great savings for Superyachts upon arrival at the Duty Free and modern port of Langkawi, home of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. Langkawi is positioned just south of Thailand’s border and only 98 NM from the fantastic Phuket yacht charter destination.

Langkawi harbor at sunset - Photo credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

Langkawi harbor at sunset - Photo credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

“Word is spreading amongst the global Superyacht community that Langkawi, with its unrivaled facilities and natural beauty, is also the place ‘to get things done”, reports Captain Charlie Dwyer, heading up Asia Pacific Superyachts Langkawi with Andrew Middleton.

The duty free port includes a yard with a 500 Ton Travel lift and duty free spare parts. The island is a great hub destination with fuel less expensive than anywhere in Asia and, as well, wine and liquor are all duty free.

The centerpiece of Malaysia‘s tourist industry and the premier yachting destination for the region, the duty free Island of Langkawi offers plenty of 5-Star hotels, spas, cultural attractions, internationally renowned golf courses and a town center with all the modern facilities of a small city to enjoy as your vessel is being attended to.

Andiamo Squall and EOS in Langkawi Malaysia

Superyachts Andiamo, Squall and EOS in Langkawi - a beautiful Malaysia yacht charter destination - Image credit to Asia Pacific Superyachts

Offers a wealth of cruising opportunities from the surrounding ninety-nine islands, visiting yachts will find many white sand beaches, river systems, pristine rain forests, abundant wildlife and caves and hilltops to explore. The island is also within a day’s cruise of the islands of Penang, Pangkor Laut, Butang Group, Phuket or the Similans (depending on your cruising speed).

With its natural protection from the elements year round, Captain Charlie says, “…the best time for cruising is the Easterly Monsoon season, stretching from October through April, when conditions provide a gentle 10-15 knot North Easterly breeze providing calm seas and blue skies. And, South East Asia is a breath of fresh air to Captains and Owners, with the Caribbean marinas filling up so quickly.

The abundant cruising grounds, modern marinas (3 main marinas), cruise terminal and refit dock for berthing vessels up to 200M L.O.A., fresh duty free supplies and repair facilities for any yacht (whether sail or motor, mono or multi hull), all make Langkawi a wonderful home during the cold winters in Europe.

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.