Video of Spirit 100 sailing yacht GAIA underway

April 10, 2015

Spirit 100 sailing yacht GAIA is a majestic 30-metre vessel, designed and constructed by Spirit Yachts. Superyacht GAIA mixes up classic beauty, laminar wood construction, underwater foil profiles and a highly efficient modern rig. She provides astonishing acceleration and the potential for speeds in excess of 25 knots. Below is a video showing this beauty under sail, released by Spirit Yachts in 2010.

140m Sailing Yacht WHITE PEARL unveiled by NOBISKRUG

April 10, 2015

NOBISKRUG is delighted to announce the launch of its new build No 787 sailing yacht WHITE PEARL project at its sister shipyard in Kiel, Germany. Measuring more than 140 meters in length, mega yacht WHITE PEARL will touch the water for the first time to complete the commissioning phase, before the last fitting-out stage and first sea trials start.

Launch of the 140m superyacht WHITE PEARL project officially announced by NOBISKRUG

Launch of the 140m superyacht WHITE PEARL project officially announced by NOBISKRUG

“The launching is the most symbolic milestone of any superyacht’s construction”, says Holger Kahl, Managing Director of NOBISKRUG. “We are just a step away from welcoming White Pearl, the next “gem”, to our fleet of superyachts for the 22nd century”, adds Kahl.

Having delivered numerous award-winning custom superyachts in the last ten years, NOBISKRUG is proud to present superyacht WHITE PEARL project – the largest yacht built at its German shipyard.

Sunreef 74 sailing yacht WildBerry among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists

April 10, 2015

Sunreef Yachts is excited to announce that Sunreef 74 sailing yacht WildBerry has been nominated for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015. Luxury yacht WildBerry will compete in the “Sailing Yacht up to 30 metres” category.

Sunreef 74 catamaran WildBerry

Sunreef 74 catamaran WildBerry

WildBerry yacht has already been delivered to its Owners in Florida after her maiden Atlantic Crossing. Launched in December 2014 the first unit from the Sunreef 74 line is characterized by her elegant and dynamic design, which has been achieved thanks to a sleek superstructure with vertical bows and limited freeboards.

Luxury yacht WildBerry has an impressive living space and a fully open 35m2 saloon, which is located on the main deck, and offers spectacular panoramic view. The unit is designed to accommodate up to 6 guests in a very comfortable conditions. Thanks to the fully automatic rigging system the catamaran can easily be maneuvered by only 2 crew members.

The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are hosted by design et al, a leading UK interior design magazine. At design et al, aim is to commend design, recognize talent, create opportunities and quite simply to offer inspiration. On the nominee list are included most recognizable, international brands from the superyachts and aviation industry.

The prestigious gala ceremony will be held on Friday, May 15th at Hotel Cipriani, Venice.

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

100m motor yacht MAXIMUS concept by Facheris Design

April 10, 2015

The striking 100m (318’) motor yacht Maximus concept has been superbly penned by the Florida-based design studio Facheris Design, founded by Patrizio Facheris in 2014, following 13 years of service as chief designer at Michael Peters Yacht Design. Luxury mega yacht Maximus concept represents minimalism and extravagance in one package that seeks to evolve yachting.

100m mega yacht Maximus concept by Facheris Design

100m mega yacht Maximus concept by Facheris Design

Superyacht Maximus design was born while revisiting a previous sketch of a 150′ yacht with the goal of reinventing it by marrying admired style of the past with materials and innovation of the future. The lower profile allows for an elongated line, maintaining the basic, clean feel of the original idea but creates an open deck. The ability to walk from the stern to the bow in open air allows for unobstructed, limitless views from every angle and area of the deck.

The intent was to create a craft that is distinctive yet feasible. Such an ambitious project demands a set of impactful design decisions, including keeping the profile low, staying away from the typical “wedding cake” super structure, and using a very narrow beam with a plumb bow for piercing the waves. Everything in this concept is meant to be efficient.

Maximus yacht concept

Maximus yacht concept

Environmentally conscious, the Maximus yacht concept is powered by a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system, which also minimizes sound. A solar energy panel integrated into the superstructure and an artificial deck sole establish this craft’s position in the green future of the industry.

Maximus superyacht concept is part of a new generation of super yachts, incorporating light weight composites, and bringing us back to the essence of yachting. Simplicity and functionality define it, diverging from the trend of countless moving parts on today’s Super Yachts.

Luxury motor yacht Maximus concept

Luxury motor yacht Maximus concept

Designed to accommodate up to 10 guests, the five private residences are furnished with all the amenities of home. Scenery is of the utmost importance behind the design which maximizes comfort and views. Apartments range from four hundred to eight hundred square feet and are designed with an open loft feel. Each individual residence has a galley, salon and personal gym. Residents have access to the main deck which features an infinity pool and outdoor theater.

The main salon and lounge at deck level provide guests the benefit of a 5 star full service restaurant and can accommodate individual guests or large groups. There is an ample meeting room for pressing business. There are no walls to hinder vision, from the main salon, private residences, or on deck from the pool or outdoor theater. Embedded in to the glass of all individual living quarters as well as the main deck areas is a state of the art invisible audio system by Revolution Accoustics. Glass can be controlled for opacity to give guests privacy as desired. From the bridge there is a 360 degree range of vision.

Superyacht Maximus concept

Superyacht Maximus concept

At port or anchor, the luxury yacht Maximus concept provides guests with two custom matching tenders as well as all the toys needed to enjoy recreational time while at sea. A helicopter pad is available to receive or transport guests.

Specifications of Maximum yacht concept:

LOA 318′ / 100m

Beam 44.5′ / 13.5m

Maximus superyacht profile - Deck Plan and Profile

Maximus superyacht profile – Deck Plan and Profile

About Facheris Design

Facheris Design specializes in production and custom yacht and boat design as well as product design. All elements of the design process are delivered under one roof in order to achieve true artistry and harmony. Patrizio, born in Italy and raised in Belgium, is an international designer, with over 30 years of experience in all types of industrial design and an extensive background in the marine industry. He has contributed to the creation of numerous icons in the marine world through freelance and direct work with companies such as Donzi Marine, Yamaha, and Monterey among many others. Recent collaborations with Cruisers Yachts, have resulted in Boating Magazine’s 2013 Boat of the Year, as well as the new Cantius 59′ flagship coming July 2015, and a Cantius 52′ sports coupe currently under development.

Facheris Design services range from initial market research to final design specification.

Holland Jachtbouw’s J8 Yacht to Feature Running Rigging by RSB Rigging Solutions

April 10, 2015

RSB Rigging Solutions have been contracted to supply the running rigging package on one of the most spectacular sailing yacht projects of this year, the all-new super J Class J8 yacht. Sailing yacht J8 is a 1935 Frank C Paine design, currently in build at Holland Jachtbouw. Hoek Design and Naval Architects are responsible for the complete optimisation of the yacht as well as her interior design.

Luxury sailing yacht J8 by Holland Jachtbouw

Luxury sailing yacht J8 by Holland Jachtbouw

Luxury yacht J8 is the next in a line of one of the most prestigious new build projects within the last year to add to RSB’s impressive client list. RSB also worked with the two most recent launches from Baltic Yachts, the 108 superyacht WinWin and the 116 sailing yacht Doryan, launched at the end of 2014.

Allan Wester heads up the RSB Rigging Solutions splicing department, he states:During a new build project it is essential to have a rigger with the experience to not only carry out the building and splicing of all the lines, but to ensure that all the hardware is compatible with the lines being used. At RSB we act as the middle man between mast manufacturer / client / line manufacturer and hard ware suppliers.

When we undertake a new build running rigging package it does not just involve the running rigging department but also pulls all it’s resources together and uses the practical sailing experience of all skill sets within RSB to ensure the final product works on the new build.

At RSB Rigging we have our designated experts in each of the fields of rigging and we keep ourselves at the forefront of our game by re-educating ourselves in new developments and maintaining good contact with our suppliers to stay one step ahead.

Our dedication and skill sets as a team is what has won us the J8 contract and we are delighted to be a part of the build.

As the industry awaits the launch of super yacht J8 with baited breath, the riggers at RSB Rigging Solutions are amongst the elite list that have the opportunity to work on this iconic project.

Video of 125m Lurssen motor yacht GOLDEN ODYSSEY

April 10, 2015

The leading German manufacturer, Lurssen, is currently working on the outstanding and mighty 125m (410’) Project TATIANA, reportedly to be named motor yacht GOLDEN ODYSSEY, due to be delivered later this year. Luxury mega yacht GOLDEN ODYSSEY is believed  be designed by Martin Francis, with interior design by the late Alberto Pinto. Below is a video showing the striking GOLDEN ODYSSEY at Lurssen’s Lemwerder shipyard, made by ‘DrDuu’.

Video: First day at The London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2015

April 09, 2015

The very first London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show opened its doors yesterday, on April 8, 2015, and enthusiasts gathered to view over 120 world leading luxury exhibitors. Bringing together buyers, owners and tourists, visitors to this exclusive event are treated to displays of ultimate luxury assets from the world’s leading companies. Below is a video showing the first day of the Show at Old Billingsgate and St Katharine Docks in London.

Singapore Yacht Show 2015 to host Sensational Superyachts

April 09, 2015

Those with a taste for space and opulence will not be disappointed with the Singapore Yacht Show’s line-up of 24m-plus yachts. This month’s event will welcome its largest ever entry to date, the 75,5m charter yacht Anastasia, available for sale and also for mega yacht charter. Built by the prestigious Dutch manufacturer Oceanco, superyacht Anastasia has received a number of prominent prizes, comprising the World Yacht Trophy for Best of the Best Custom Motor Yacht over 40m.

75M ANASTASIA YACHT BY OCEANCO.png

75M ANASTASIA YACHT BY OCEANCO.png

The impressive 69m charter yacht Saluzi, the biggest luxury charter yacht permanently based in Asia, will be also showcased during the event. The former mini-cruise ship has recently completed an extensive refit that has transformed her into a unique and highly stylish floating beach house with very low fuel consumption. Her 32 crew take care of up to 32 guests, accommodated in two masters, seven VIPs and seven deluxe cabins, spread over 1,650sqm of guest space across five decks.

1 Saluzi Superyacht

1 Saluzi Superyacht

The striking 51.8m superyacht Jade 959 will also join the line-up of 24m-plus yachts at the Singapore Yacht Show. Accommodating up to 12 guests, her outdoor cinema with karaoke system and abundance of watersports options make her the perfect family charter yacht for the adventurous at heart. Two beautiful sailing yachts, the 28m Sparkman & Stephens ketch charter yacht Letizia and 34m custom-built yacht Ocean Runner, will be also on display during the event.

Sail Yacht LETIZIA -  Main

Sail Yacht LETIZIA - Main

Two exciting yachts: 51.0m motor yacht Aldabra and 34.0m motor yacht Azul A will be also showcased at the Singapore Yacht Show. The striking M/Y Aldabra features a sophisticated and sporty exterior design with a beautiful, light interior. Six guest cabins sleep up to 12 guests and the full-width owner’s suite features a dropdown balcony. Combining relaxed luxury with ocean-going capabilities, M/Y Azul A has recently undergone a major refit, and she now accommodates up to eight guests in four cabins in real styl, with a crew of six to provide for guests’ every possible need. The ideal cruising yacht, her 2.3m draft enables her to reach those beautiful shallow spots inaccessible for some yachts of this size, and her modern stabilisation system means that guests can cruise in ultimate comfort.

Luxury yacht ALDABRA by Codecasa

Luxury yacht ALDABRA by Codecasa

As one of the first worldwide yachting brands to invest in the Asian market, Gulf Craft continues to use Singapore as its platform of choice to present its ever-expanding range of yachts to the region. This year, Gulf Craft will showcase a number of larger yachts, the highlight of which will be the regional debut of the luxury yacht Majesty 105.

New renderings of Gulf Craft’s Majesty 155 Yacht

April 09, 2015

The premier Middle Eastern shipyard, Gulf Craft, has kindly provided us with the latest renderings of the new Majesty 155 yacht. Once completed, the 47-metre motor yacht Majesty 155 will be the new flagship of the Gulf Craft’s Majesty Yachts brand. She represents both, the degree of engineering, design and technological sophistication already achieved, as well as the company’s ambitions to embark on larger, more complex projects in line with the demands of the market.

Gulf Craft superyacht Majesty 155

Gulf Craft superyacht Majesty 155

Majesty 155 Yacht - Aft Beach Club

Majesty 155 Yacht – Aft Beach Club

Luxury yacht Majesty 155 - Aft Upper Deck

Luxury yacht Majesty 155 – Aft Upper Deck

Super yacht Majesty 155 - Main Saloon

Super yacht Majesty 155 – Main Saloon

Majesty 155 Yacht - Upper Saloon Bar

Majesty 155 Yacht – Upper Saloon Bar

Super yacht Majesty 155 - Upper Deck Lobby

Super yacht Majesty 155 – Upper Deck Lobby

Majesty 155 superyacht - Owners Stateroom

Majesty 155 superyacht – Owners Stateroom

Video of 73m motor yacht DRAGONFLY helping Vanuatu

April 09, 2015

The outstanding 73m motor yacht Dragonfly was deployed to Vanuatu to provide disaster relief, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam on March 14, 2015. Captain Mike Gregory of mega yacht Dragonfly has released the video below, showing the work that the striking Dragonfly and her crew performed, highlighting the possible use of resources onboard yachts in such disaster zones. The video was filmed on location by the Dragonfly Team and produced by Film Maker and Engineer Shaun O’Callaghan.

Whilst onboard in the week leading up to the 14th March, the crew and I were watching a storm develop in the South Pacific with trepidation. Having spent the past few years cruising these beautiful areas we have made many friends and developed relationships with the local communities in these island groups. Unfortunately our fears were realized when the storm became a Cat 5 Cyclone and on the 14th March it ran straight over the top of the remote island chain of Vanuatu, 1,000 Miles East of Australia.

It was a horrible feeling knowing that the people of Vanuatu were suffering and we felt compelled to assist in whatever way we could. After a discussion the Owners fully supported the decision to head south and assist those same people that had been so hospitable to us in recent years’ – Captain Mike Gregory – Dragonfly

‘The team that we have on Dragonfly are exceptional, we have over recent years developed our medical training program and all crew are highly trained with 5 EMT’s & a Dr onboard we were well positioned to act as first response on the many islands that we visited.

Superyacht Dragonfly was tasked with the remote islands North of Efate (The Capital of Port Vila) in the Shefa Province and on arrival the Dragonfly Team was shocked by the level of damage. Their tasking included Medical Response, Delivery of Food and Water, Delivery and construction of Shelter and providing Intel back to the Disaster Management team on the ground in Port Vila.

The Dragonfly Team worked closely with Sam & Jess Bell from Kaleva Yachting Services who have an agency based in Vanuatu and were an invaluable local resource.

After seven days on the ground working in the more remote areas of Vanuatu, the Dragonfly Team was shocked daily by the level of damage and destruction that Cyclone Pam had caused. They found villages that were still waiting for aid nearly two weeks after the storm and are down to their last days of food stocks. Many of these villages have no fresh water source.

The Dragonfly Team mission statistics are:

■ Discharged and staged over 62,000 litres of fresh water in 21 villages (9 Islands)

■ Attended to over 250 casualties/patients and assessed many more.

■ Facilitated 3 medical evacuations

■ Cleared numerous helicopter Landing Zones for ongoing support

■ Cleared access roads and removed fallen trees from buildings

■ Delivered and/or erected shelter in multiple villages

The Dragonfly Team was very sad to leave Vanuatu and hopes that the international and yachting community continue to support them as they rebuild this beautiful country.

Captain Mike Gregory and the Dragonfly Team encourages all who can to donate to one of the many charities aiding the relief efforts, and they would like to note the great work that is being done by Yacht Aid Global.