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CNC and Green Yachts collaborate on Naucrates 85 project

September 19, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Design studio Green Yachts has announced Chantier Naval Chioggia (CNC) as the collaboration partner for the NAUCRATES 85, a 26.6 metre support vessel which can transform into a motor yacht with the capacity to sleep 8 guests and 4 crew members. By using a ‘special deck lock and plug system’, the superstructure can be added to for increased guest space on board.

The NAUCRATES 85 concept from design studio Green Yachts

The NAUCRATES 85 concept from design studio Green Yachts

As a support vessel, NAUCRATES 85 offers an expansive deck area that can be used for storing water toys and tenders, for transporting land-based vehicles, as a helicopter landing pad, or as an additional sunbathing platform.

The NAUCRATES 85 support vessel designed by Green Yachts

The NAUCRATES 85 support vessel designed by Green Yachts

The gunwhales fold down to provide panoramic views of the surrounding seascapes for guests to experience a greater connection with the surroundings.

An additional superstructure can be added to the NAUCRATES 85

An additional superstructure can be added to the NAUCRATES 85

The interior follows contemporary Italian design trends, using floor to ceiling windows for greater guest comfort and to truly present the natural furnishings in wood, lacquer and leather at their best.

NAUCRATES 85 - Master suite interior

NAUCRATES 85 – Master suite interior

The NAUCRATES 85 support vessel/motor yacht is a light displacement vessel at 100 GT designed with a 6.4m beam. 2 x 800 CAT engines achieve a maximum speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Icon Yachts reveals newest conversion: ‘Project Ragnar’

September 15, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Icon Yachts has announced that it will undertake the conversion of M/Y SANABORG, a 2012-built support supply vessel with ice-braking capabilities that will become a luxury expedition yacht under the codename of PROJECT RAGNAR.

The conversion will take place at the facilities in Harlingen in the Netherlands and will result in a 68m/223ft luxury explorer yacht capable of a range of 6,000 nautical miles.

The conversion from SANABORG to PROJECT RAGNAR

The conversion from SANABORG to PROJECT RAGNAR

Redman Whiteley Dixon has created several concepts for the exterior styling and PROJECT RAGNAR will feature a Certified ICE Class A1 hull, plus ICE Class PC5 rated electric driven ice pods and will be LY3 class compliant.

The space currently occupied by tanks will be converted into living spaces, with room for a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool while still leaving room for storage of tenders and toys. She is currently planned to have a helicopter, a Sea Explorer submarine and even a luxury Ripsaw EV2 on board.

Once completed, PROJECT RAGNAR’s luxury facilities will include a massage room, sauna, gym, an ice pool and a snow room along with a spacious main salon and extensive outdoor living spaces.

The luxury Ripsaw EV2 tank

The luxury Ripsaw EV2 tank

Following the rebuild of the 1974 superyacht LEGEND (ex.GIANT), Icon Yachts has received countless enquiries for conversion projects. More information on the conversion of SANABORG into PROJECT RAGNAR will emerge at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Amels and Damen to display four superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show

September 06, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Amels has announced that it will be showcasing 74m/243ft superyacht NEW SECRET at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Motor yacht NEW SECRET from Amels will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show

Motor yacht NEW SECRET from Amels will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show

Few details have been released about the interior layout and amenities of the luxury yacht, which will be one of the largest on display at the event. Exterior designer Tim Heywood was responsible for the outer living spaces aboard NEW SECRET, while the interior is the work of the owner’s requested designer, Winch Design.

Amels superyacht LILI - Photo credit Jeff Brown for Imperial

Amels superyacht LILI – Photo credit Jeff Brown for Imperial

55m/180ft M/Y LILI will also be on show, having recently entered the charter market in the Mediterranean in time for the peak summer season.

Luxury yacht NEW FRONTIERS from Damen

Luxury yacht NEW FRONTIERS from Damen

Damen will also be in attendance with support vessels 55m/180ft NEW FRONTIERS and 70m/277ft GAME CHANGER, which were launched earlier in the year.

Damen support vessel luxury yacht GAME CHANGER

Damen support vessel luxury yacht GAME CHANGER

The Monaco Yacht Show will take place from the 27th-30th of September and marks the end of the summer yachting season.

DAMEN Launches 55m Yacht Support Vessel NEW FRONTIERS

July 16, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Last week the Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN launched the 55m Yachts Support Vessel named ‘NEW FRONTIERS.’ The new model of the successful yacht support vessel range by DAMEN features lavish accommodation for her owner and guests, as well comfortable cruising experience. NEW FRONTIERS is scheduled for delivery in September and will make her first appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show, which will be held from 27 to 30 September.

DAMEN launched NEW FRONTIERS

DAMEN launched NEW FRONTIERS

“NEW FRONTIERS is ripping up the rule book. It’s still a Yacht Support vessel, but you can’t put this vessel into one category or another – and that reflects exactly the wishes of our clients. They want their holiday to be about freedom and spontaneity – NEW FRONTIERS makes that possible. Whether it’s a weekend dive adventure trip away from their superyacht or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, it’s all about unforgettable experiences and freedom. We’re very excited to introduce NEW FRONTIERS in Monaco,” comments Commercial Director Rose Damen.

DAMEN launched NEW FRONTIERS

DAMEN launched NEW FRONTIERS

NEW FRONTIERS represents the fast-growing superyacht support vessel niche, with a total of 11 vessels being built or have been delivered. High demand for the yacht support vessels has been justified by their flexibility and capability and easy maintenance when it comes to luxury yachting. Thus, NEW FRONTIERS PROVIDES opulent accommodation, which consists of the owner’s suite on the main deck, and three guest staterooms. Among superbly designed living spaces there is a large lounge, a dining area, a 50 sq m sundeck. There is also enough room for a crew of 4, pilots, security and guides. Low noise and vibration in guest areas provide comfortable cruising experience. What is more, this yacht support vessel has a reduced draft, which allows cruising in the shallow waters.

Launch of NEW FRONTIERS – DAMEN Yacht Support from Amels on Vimeo.

DAMEN shipyard launches NEW FRONTIERS

DAMEN shipyard launches NEW FRONTIERS

Afte Adventure Centre offers a helipad, ample storage facilities and a Performance knuckle-boom deck crane with a capacity of 12 tonnes. NEW FRONTIERS has a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 5,000 nm.

Watch: Yacht Support Vessel GAME CHANGER in London

May 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Launched earlier in 2017, Game Changer is a stunning 70m/227ft Yacht Support vessel with helipad hangar. Built by DAMEN, the leader in the yacht support vessel construction, Game Changer features a full-certified helicopter deck, which provides so much freedom travelling to remote yacht charter destinations or mother yachts. The Yacht Support Vessel has made the first appearance in London last week.

Game Changer in London. Photo credit Jeff Brown - Breed Media

Game Changer in London. Photo credit Jeff Brown – Breed Media

Game Changer in London. Photo credit @rulecrewing

Game Changer in London. Photo credit @rulecrewing

70m Damen Game Changer. photo credit @zaz_g

70m Damen Game Changer. photo credit @zaz_g

Find out more about DAMEN Game Changer here.

DAMEN Yacht Support Game Changer Launched

February 23, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN launched its latest 70m/227ft Yacht Support vessel with helipad hangar – GAME CHANGER.

DAMEN YS6911 GAME CHANGER 2

DAMEN YS6911 GAME CHANGER 2

GAME CHANGER is the fourth Yacht Support vessel in the 70-metre segment. With much success from the previous launches, DAMEN is now the leader in the yacht support vessels construction, with a total of 11 vessels have been delivered or are in build.

DAMEN Support vessel Game Changer

DAMEN Support vessel Game Changer

“Our clients want to go to exciting new destinations with less established superyacht infrastructure, and they want to have more fun with larger tenders, larger helicopters and submersibles,” comments DAMEN Product Director Mark Vermeulen. “They also want to take more staff, guides, pilots and security personnel with them. GAME CHANGER is the massive leap forward in capability that they need, but at a much lower cost than a larger yacht. Plus, they get all the benefits of flexible operations and privacy. That’s why we call it the Smart Stretch.”

DAMEN GAME CHANGER

DAMEN GAME CHANGER

GAME CHANGER is a perfect option for owners who want to explore more remote destinations. The vessel features a fully certified helideck, allowing longer flights to the mother yachts or various locations. The great benefit of the helicopter hangar is the protection from the elements, so it is refuelled and available for take-off without causing disruption and noise on the mother yacht.

Support Vessel Game Changer

Support Vessel Game Changer

There is plenty of space on the 250sq m open deck, which carries tenders and toys. To large crane is meant to keep logistics and handling simple, fast and safe. A further 100sq m storage space/dive center is below deck, bearing in mind that GAME CHANGER can carry plenty of provisions, fuel, luggage and spare parts. Accommodation, offices and facilities are provided for 22 crew and staff.

 

DAMEN Sold Yacht Support Vessel Fast & Furious

December 21, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

DAMEN is proud to announce the sale of 55m/181ft FAST & FURIOUS. This amazing support vessel was presented earlier this year at various yachting events, and gained of a lot popularity. The success of the Yacht Support range adds to the shipbuilder’s leadership the support vessel market. 

Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious

DAMEN Product Director Yacht Support, Mark Vermeulen, mentioned that DAMEN found a great opportunity in the market by providing clients with a solution of carrying larger toys and helicopters without a need for having a larger yacht, but instead owning a yacht support vessel.

Fast & Furious is characterised by high performance, speed and reliability. Fast delivery is another key point in purchasing decisions of the clients, which DAMEN successfully delivers.

There are two projects, which are currently under construction at DAMEN shipyard, the 69-metre YS6911, available from Spring 2017, and the 55-metre YS 5009, which is available from Autumn 2017.

Below is a video of the magnificent Fast & Furious.

 

FAST & FURIOUS to star at FLIBS

October 03, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

After having its first debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2016, Fast & Furious, the brand new DAMEN Yacht Support showcase vessel is on its way to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which will be held from 3 to 7 November. Below is the press release by DAMEN Yacht Support.

Press Release

FAST & FURIOUS to star at FLIBS

The brand new DAMEN Yacht Support showcase vessel FAST & FURIOUS is on its way to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from 3 to 7 November. FAST & FURIOUS is the first newly updated 181 ft YS 5009 (55 meters) from the DAMEN Yacht Support range and has just had its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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For owners looking to boost their superyacht’s capability, partnering with a Yacht Support vessel has become the beautiful solution – fast delivery in as little as a few months, great benefits and value for money that no other solution can match.

“In Monaco the interest in FAST & FURIOUS really exceeded our expectations,” reports Mark Vermeulen, DAMEN Product Director Yacht Support. “We had a lot of very interesting discussions with clients. Although they had heard of GARÇON and the other Yacht Support vessels that we have delivered, coming on board a new, purpose-built YS 5009 at the show really opened their eyes to the benefits of the Yacht Support concept.”

The Yacht Support ‘smart stretch’ to boost the mother yacht’s capability is particularly interesting for the Caribbean. The Yacht Support vessel carries bigger tenders, lots of toys, dive equipment and submersibles and enables safe helicopter operations while the mother yacht can still reach the thousands of secluded, shallow draft anchorages that are off limits to larger yachts.

In Fort Lauderdale DAMEN will be presenting scale models from the updated 142 to 295 ft Yacht Support range (43 to 90 meters) in the dedicated presentation lounge on board FAST & FURIOUS. The showcase vessel is open for all show visitors at Superyacht Life 13.

Since DAMEN and AMELS launched the Yacht Support range in 2009, 9 vessels have been delivered or are in build.

Although FAST & FURIOUS is not available for charter, there is a large variety of luxury yachts for charter that you can find on our website at CharterWorld.com.

20m YXT Superyacht Support Vessel Under Construction

May 19, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yacht X Tender, a division of Lynx Yachts, is proud to announce that the building of the first 20-metre superyacht support vessel YXT is progressing well and according to the schedule. The yacht is under construction in Holland just as all YXT vessels and is in the painting stage at the moment. She has already completed all the system and power plant installations.

YXT 20 yacht support vessel

YXT 20 yacht support vessel

As opposed to the 24m YXT boasting a grey livery and delivered in 2014, the new 20-metre will have a white livery, providing her with ah fresher and more marine-like appearance. This colour choice also emphasises the gamma’s production philosophy: created for carrying extra toys and gadgets, the yacht’s use is closer to the fun and leisure aspects of seagoing.

YXT 20 Superyacht Support Vessel Under Construction

YXT 20 Superyacht Support Vessel Under Construction

The new yacht will also feature a stern mounted gangway crane, allowing the transom mounted beach area to the utilised to host tenders and jet skis. The stairs and the initial four metres of the deck are completed in teak, emphasising the yachting style of the YXT 20.

The launch is scheduled for the middle of June, followed by routine sea trials. Once delivered, the yacht will cruise the Mediterranean, mainly the South of France. her public premiere will take place at this year’s Monaco yacht Show, which will be held from 28th September to 1st October.

YXT 20 under build

YXT 20 under build

YXT 20 boasts a large 45-square metre deck and will feature additional toys, as requested by the owner of her mothership. She has a more traditional bow and the stern beach club is fixed. She will boast inviting interiors designed by Franck Darnet Design.

Representing the most compact vessel of the YXT shadow boat fleet, the boat has crew quarters for four members with two twin cabins with baths, galley, storage and laundry rooms, as well as one large storage box with hatches that give onto the main deck that can also be used for refrigerators, wine cellars, or when necessary, as extra berths.

The primary characteristic of every support vessel: the YXT 20 features two davits – the primary situated on the main deck, the secondary, which also serves as the gangway, at the stern. The davits have a lifting capacity of 1.7 tons with a 5-meter reach and 360° slewing.

The guest interiors of the vessel feature bulkheads and overheads in natural wood veneer marine grade plywood, parquet flooring in guest areas and lounge. Furnishings are in natural wood veneer marine grade plywood.
The crew quarters feature bulkheads in natural wood veneer marine grade plywood, parquet flooring. Furnishings are in white laminate veneer marine grade plywood with wood trim.

YXT 20 storage dimensions and volume Hold: 5m x 5m, 25m2 Available volume: apx. 30m3 with standing headroom Length: 5m Width at deck level: apx. 5.5m Centerline headroom: 1.8m/1.95m Lateral headroom (for storage only): 1.25m Available storage volume: 30cbm

2016 ShowBoats Design Awards Winners Announced

February 23, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yesterday, the 22nd of February, saw the winners of the prestigious 2016 ShowBoats Design Awards announced at the K3 KitzKongress in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Double Olympic gold medalist, Shirley Robertson OBE presented the winners with the coveted Golden Neptune awards at the presence of the sell-out audience of superyacht owners, designers and icons of the superyacht industry from around the world.

ShowBoats Design Awards 2016

ShowBoats Design Awards 2016

Baltic Yachts’s sailing yacht NIKATA took home four Neptunes, whole Feadship’s motor yacht SAVANNAH received equally impressive three awards. Below is the full list of the winning superyachts:

Tender Design Award Winner:
Hodgdon Yachts’ 11,4-metre Limo Tender for M/Y INFINITY, with naval architecture by Michael Peters, exterior styling and interior design by Michael Peters and Hodgdon Yachts.

Hodgdon Yachts - Limo Tender for Motor Yacht INFINITY

Hodgdon Yachts – Limo Tender for Motor Yacht INFINITY

Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht Below 500GT Winner:
49,9-metre motor yacht SIBELLE with exterior styling by AB StudioOmega Architects, constructed by Heesen Yachts.

Superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts - Photo by Richards Vision and Heesen Yachts

Superyacht Sibelle by Heesen Yachts – Photo by Richards Vision and Heesen Yachts

Exterior Design & Styling – Motor Yacht Above 500GT Winner:

Superyacht SAVANNAH with exterior styling by CG Design and built by Feadship, De Vries shipyard.

SAVANNAH by Feadship

SAVANNAH by Feadship

Exterior Design & Styling – Styling Award Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts. Naval architects Judel/Vrolijk.

Baltic 115 NIKATA under sail - Photo by Guido Cantini

Baltic 115 NIKATA under sail – Photo by Guido Cantini

Interior Layout & Design Award – Motor Yacht Below 500 GT Winner:
RUYA with interior by Sorgiovanni Designs and constructed by Alia Yachts.

47m Heesen RUYA

47m Heesen RUYA

Interior Layout & Design Award – Motor Yacht Above 500 GT Winner:
SAVANNAH, boasting exterior styling by SG Design and constructed by Feadship.

Interior Layout & Design Award Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design, built by Baltic Yachts

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Below 500GT Winner:
RUYA with interior by Sorgiovanni Design and constructed by Alia Yachts.

Naval Architecture Award – Displacement Motor Yacht Above 500GT Winner:
MADAME KATE constructed by Amels with naval architecture by Amels and Damen Group

AMELS Superyacht MADAME KATE

AMELS Superyacht MADAME KATE

Naval Architecture Award – Semi-displacement Motor Yacht Winner:
IRON MAN with naval architecture by Azimut Benetti Spa and constructed by Benetti Shipyard

Fast Displacement IRON MAN - Photo credit Quin BISSET

Fast Displacement IRON MAN – Photo credit Quin BISSET

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht joint Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts

Naval Architecture Award – Sailing Yacht joint Winner:
TOPAZ with naval architecture by Andre Hoek to original lines by Frank Paine, constructed by Holland Jachtbouw

TOPAZ

TOPAZ

Holistic Design Award – Motor Yacht Winner:
SAVANNAH with exterior styling by SG Design built by Feadship

Holistic Design Award – Sailing Yacht Winner:
NIKATA with exterior styling by Nauta Design and built by Baltic Yachts

Young Designer of the Year Award Winner:
CERCHIO by  – a student from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. 45-metre motor yacht, designed to entertain the guests of a female Italian fashion designer.

Baoxi Xiao - CERCHIO concept

Baoxi Xiao – CERCHIO concept

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Frederik “Frits” De Voogt of Feadship