Phoenix Marine Solutions – Sole supplier of hydraulic systems to Sunseeker yachts

November 05, 2014

Phoenix Marine Solutions has been selected by Sunseeker International as the sole supplier of auxiliary hydraulic systems for all yachts varying in size from 48ft to 155ft. The company is presently teaming up with the prominent UK builder to develop the hydraulically actuated mechanical systems for slot two of its flagship ‘155 Yacht’ superyachts. The first of these, luxury motor yacht BLUSH, was handed over earlier this year.

Luxury motor yacht BLUSH by Sunseeker

Luxury motor yacht BLUSH by Sunseeker

Phoenix had revealed that they are supplying complete boat solutions to include:

Bathing platforms

Balconies

Trim tabs

Garage door solutions

Winches

Centralised power packs

Centralised electronic control systems

Master state room hydraulic window

Beach club door systems

They have already been supplying mechanical and hydraulic systems to some of the boat lines at Sunseeker yachts for over 10 years.

Phoenix has been recognised for their quality and for their exemplary after sales service, therefore earlier this year Sunseeker International took the decision to work in close partnership with Phoenix to extend the supply across all boats from 48ft up to 155ft.

Elizabeth Noles, director of Phoenix Marine Solutions commented, “Phoenix is proud to support such an outstanding British yacht builder and to supply purely British engineered and manufactured excellence to this iconic brand.  We are currently working with Sunseeker International to design and manufacture the hydraulically actuated mechanical systems for slot two of its flagship 155ft yacht, the first of which was delivered earlier this year.”

Global Superyacht Forum 2014: Focus Groups and Workshops

November 05, 2014

Last year saw the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF) present its new feature: breakout rooms. Attendees participated in smaller, closed-door sessions with top industry executives, debating and analysing the industry from a diverse range of viewpoints.This new addition to the programme invigorated the level of debate at the forum, encouraging all delegates to engage with one another, as well as current issues. The focus groups and workshops at this year’s Global Superyacht Forum 2014 will build on the success of last year’s breakout rooms, tweaking the original formula to ensure dynamic discussion and effective debate.

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This year each workshop poses a question to its attendees, highlighting an industry trend, problem or area for improvement. Chaired by an expert on the topic, the workshops’ objectives are to affect positive change in the superyacht world by utilising the skills and opinions of real decision-makers. Focus groups centre on specific areas and roles in the industry, this year’s ‘Ask the Experts’ series provide attendees with an intimate space to debate with and learn from key players.

As the two-week countdown to the 20th Anniversary edition of the Global Superyacht Forum begins, the organizers highlight a selection of the focus groups and workshops attendees can look forward to this year.

Day one:

Manning

“Building the right workforce at the same time as building the right yacht – are we mentoring and training enough?”

Chair: Joey Meen, Training and Certification Director, PYA

Scrap Market

“How can we get rid of the depreciating ageing fleet – refreshing or retiring?”

Chair: Henk de Vries, CEO Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw

Materials

“Bleeding edge technologies and materials or just bleeding owners dry?”

Chair: Greg Marshall, President and CEO, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect, Ltd.

Day two:

Commissions and Fees

“How much is too much – are we adding value?”

Chair: Laurent Perignon, COO, Camper & Nicholsons

Ask the Experts: Insurance

A panel of underwriters and brokers will be available to have a focused discussion on policies, decision processes, claims and interpreting quotes.

Chairs:

Simon Ballard, Managing Director, CRS Yachts

Michelle van der Merwe, Team Leader, Pantaenius GmBh

Paul Miller, Director of Underwriting, R&Q Marine Services Ltd (Yachtsure24)

Ask the Experts: Legal

A panel of leading maritime lawyers will be available to have a focused discussion on contracts, litigations and other new build aspects of the law.

Chairs:

Edward Harley, Foster Pepper PLLC

Tim Schommer, Partner, Ince & Co

Day three:

Design

“Can we integrate the whole process – from ideas to engineering to operation?

Chairs:

Marnix Hoekstra, Owner, Vripack

James Roy, Yacht Design Director, BMT Nigel Gee

Ask the Experts: Captains

A panel of experienced operators will discuss what they want to change and provide a candid exchange with the industry.

Chairs:

Glen Allen, Senior Captain, MY Harle

Andrew Schofield, President, PYA, Master MV White Rose of Drachs

The Global Superyacht Forum will be held from 17 – 19 November 2014 in Amsterdam.

Awlgrip, Caterpillar, Cathelco, Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, Clyde & Co, MTN Communications, MTU Friedrichshafen, Palladium Technologies, R & Q Marine Services(Yachtsure24) and Struik & Hamerslag proudly sponsor this year’s Global Superyacht Forum.

The Global Superyacht Forum is held in collaboration with METS and The SuperYacht Pavilion.

Sea Tecnologies unveils new KITE 7.2 yacht tender concept

November 05, 2014

Sea Tecnologies is proud to introduce the all-new KITE 7.2 yacht tender concept, representing a compact version of the innovative KITEALIKE 30’ LIMO. One of the unique features of this luxury yacht tender is that it is both a luxury limo as well as fast runabout in one.

New KITE 7.2 yacht tender by Sea Tecnologies

New KITE 7.2 yacht tender by Sea Tecnologies

KITE 7.2 boasts contemporary classic design with avant guard finish in every detail. With its ultra lightweight fiberglass roof, KITE 7.2 superyacht tender is a comfortable limo to transfer guest’s or equally to cruise along a scenic coast, always securely protected from wind and water spray.

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender

The roof can be quickly and easily removed or lowered, as required.

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender from above

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender from above

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - upview

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - upview

Lounges aboard allow for comfortable seating for up to 8 guests plus the captain.

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender is powered by a Volvo190 hp (option 220 hp). It has a top speed of 35 knots.

Technical data of KITE 7.2 yacht tender

LOA: 7.20 m

BEAM: 2.50 m

WEIGHT: 2.000 kg

HEIGHT: 1.45 m

DRAFT: 0.65 m

PAX: 8+1

ENGINE: Volvo 190/220 hp sterndrive

SPEED cruise: 25 knots

SPEED top: 33/35 knots

FUEL: 150 l

WATER: 40 l

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender - Layout

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender - Layout

Riviera flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht SEABREEZE the star of Today as well as tomorrow

November 05, 2014

Well-travelled Today Show weatherman, Steve Jacobs, is no stranger to some of the most fabulous destinations on earth, but even he admits it is hard to match a week aboard a lovely Riviera yacht in the beautiful Australia yacht charter location – Whitsundays.

Riviera Flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Seabreeze has a confident poise

Riviera Flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Seabreeze has a confident poise

The loveable larrikin and his crew were the guests of Riviera and two generous Riviera owners as he crossed live to a national audience from the turquoise waters surrounding the world-famous famous islands off Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, openly sharing his new-found love of the Riviera-inspired lifestyle.

A great backdrop for the Today Show morning weather report

A great backdrop for the Today Show morning weather report

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” he declared as the sun rose and started to shine into the cockpit of the Riviera flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Seabreeze. “There are 74 islands in the Whitsundays and now there’s one more – this big and beautiful 75-foot Riviera.”

TV celebrity Steve Jacobs and Riviera's Stephen Milne explore the pristine beach

TV celebrity Steve Jacobs and Riviera's Stephen Milne explore the pristine beach

Riviera 70 Enclosed Flybridge owner Peter Teakle provided Steve and his crew with the services of the magnificent Born to Battle as mother ship for the live crosses from a number of well-known destinations, including Whitehaven Beach, Manta Ray Bay, Stonehaven, Anchorage and South Molle Island, where a satellite dish was set up to beam images 42km into space, and back to the Today Show studio in Sydney.

Riviera 70 Enclosed Yacht Born to Battle certainly has a commanding presence

Riviera 70 Enclosed Yacht Born to Battle certainly has a commanding presence

After filming was finished each day, the cast and crew then set about enjoying the experience, swimming, snorkeling and playing with the water toys, as well as being treated to some very fine dining.

Does it get any better than this - beautiful waters of Whitsundays yacht holiday destination

Does it get any better than this - beautiful waters of Whitsundays yacht holiday destination

Steve, on his final morning cross for the adventure, said: “This is one of the best trips we have ever done!”

Hydro Tec by Sergio Cutolo S.r.l nominated for IY&A Award 2015 with 56m motor yacht Explorer G2

November 05, 2014

Hydro Tec by Sergio Cutolo S.r.l have been shortlisted for the fifth annual International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015, with their 56m motor yacht Explorer G2. The striking superyacht Explorer G2 will compete in the ‘Yacht Concept over 40 metres’ category.

56m superyacht Explorer G2 by Hydro Tec

56m superyacht Explorer G2 by Hydro Tec

This truly graceful explorer yacht offers modern lines whist keeping the elegance of a classic motor yacht. The design brief given by the client was to produce a modern yet classic explorer with elegance and grace. She had to travel the world in complete comfort and be able to handle whatever the sea throws at her.

Luxury motor yacht Explorer G2 from above

Luxury motor yacht Explorer G2 from above

Adding the huge rounded aft doors to enter the saloons opens the interior to the exterior seamlessly and still offers incredible views when closed. The folding aft hatch / beach club when open offers the owner and guests a vast outdoor entertaining space.

56m Explorer G2 Yacht - aft view

56m Explorer G2 Yacht - aft view

The design is particularly successful as the team managed to merge the clients requests with new ideas such as the opening aft hatch for easy access and embarkation to tenders. They managed to keep the classic feel of an explorer vessel, but with adding the large strip windows and folding balconies for a modern touch.

Explorer G2 superyacht - Exterior

Explorer G2 superyacht - Exterior

Younique Yachts – A builder of custom aluminium superyacht tenders, chase-boats and RIB’s of the very best quality

November 04, 2014

The Netherlands-based Younique Yachts produces custom aluminium superyacht tenders, chase-boats, as well as RIB’s of the very best quality. Earlier this year, the company delivered a stylish tender to the impressive 73m CRN mega yacht YALLA (CRN 132).

Tender to the 73m CRN mega yacht YALLA (CRN 132)

Tender to the 73m CRN mega yacht YALLA (CRN 132)

Younique Yachts listen to what the owner wants, but they believe it is just as important to listen to what the captain, the crew and even the builders of super yachts want.

What the owner wants is what Younique Yachts want to deliver, and because that is so important to them they talk to the captain and the crew before they do anything else. Usability, handling, comfort, performance… They know exactly what the owner’s preferences are. Also, their engineering, building and services are aimed at making the crew’s work as light and comfortable as we can.

Tender to superyacht YALLA from above

Tender to superyacht YALLA from above

But Younique Yachts take it a step further! “’We know the yards that build super yachts. We know about the tenderstore, the cranes and riggings, the facilities, and we make sure our custom work fits the circumstances. During the building process the yard can fit the casco we are working on in the tenderstore, so that the riggings can be adjusted and the cranes can be tested,” explains Egbert Wattel, owner of Younique Yachts.

Younique Yachts talked to the builders of super yachts and found that tenders built in serial production often do not suit their philosophy or the way they build. Many of them prefer to deliver the yacht without the tender. The result: problems with measurements, tight delivery periods and quality issues.

Tender to luxury yacht YALLA at full speed

Tender to luxury yacht YALLA at full speed

Younique Yachts gets involved even before the first drawings are made. The information they have gathered forms the framework for the design. The architect works within this framework and – taking the owners wishes into consideration – designs a unique boat. The result: a series of life-like 3D visuals that give the owner a clear and precise idea of what will be built.

With this approach and the company’s dedication the final result will be exactly what it needs to be. A perfect fit with the mother yacht, delivered at the agreed time; a tender that sails beautifully, is easy to maintain and – that goes without saying – has a perfect finishing.

Additional images of new Benetti VELOCE 140’ Yacht

November 04, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Veloce 140’ by Benetti represents the latest addition to the Benetti Class Fast Displacement range. Featuring the exterior styling & concept by Stefano Righini and the interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon, the striking Veloce 140’ yacht made her premiere at the recently concluded Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Below are the additional images of this jewel, released by Benetti.

Benetti super yacht Veloce 140

Benetti super yacht Veloce 140

Benetti luxury yacht Veloce 140’ provides comfort and fun, ranging from the huge sun deck overlooking the sea to the central swimming pool and the upper deck, where transformability reigns supreme. On the main deck, the owner’s large gym is located at the bow, making full use of the yacht’s wide beam. Apart from the owner’s suite, the beautiful Veloce 140’ can accommodate up to ten guests in four cabins. There is also accommodation for eight crew members.

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 flybridge

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 flybridge

Super yacht Veloce 140′ by Benetti boasts significant technological innovations in the hull and propulsion system. The key to this model is the new D2P hull, designed by the Azimut|Benetti Group Research & Development department. This hull gives the choice of a cruising speed of 12 knots, with low fuel consumption, or the faster speed of over 20 knots, while travelling in complete comfort.

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining al fresco

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining al fresco

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140-Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140-Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Beach area

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Beach area

Benetti Super Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Super Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motoryacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motoryacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Twin room

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Twin room

Benetti Superyacht Veloce 140

Benetti Superyacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Gym

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Gym

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Galley

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Galley

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - helm

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - helm

Benetti Luxury Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Luxury Yacht Veloce 140


Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Benetti.

New 105m DYNARIG Yacht by Oceanco and Dykstra

November 04, 2014

Dykstra Naval Architects is thrilled to continue to shape the next generation of Dynarigs and green superyachts with the all-new 105m Dynarig yacht. Currently under construction at Oceanco, the breath-taking 105m Dynarig superyacht mixes up the studio’s experience in the design of large yachts such as the award-winning three-masted 87m charter yacht Maltese Falcon Dynarig, the 90m mega yacht Athena, as well as the 56m custom campaining vessel Rainbow Warrior III.

105m mega yacht Dynarig by Oceanco and Dykstra NA

105m Dynarig superyacht by Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects - Image credit to Dykstra NA

Slated for delivery in Spring 2016, Oceanco’s 105m Dynarig megayacht embraces the movement towards environmentally conscious yachts using less fuel and more power from the wind and sun. With a Dykstra-designed Dynarig and full naval architecture, this yacht will boast a steel hull, aluminium superstructure, Nuvolari Lenard‘s Interior and Magma Composite Spars.

Video: 45m Sunrise motor yacht ATOMIC (Project Sunset, hull 182)

November 04, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Atomic (Project Sunset, hull 182) is a striking 45-metre vessel, recently delivered to her new Owner by the Turkish shipyard, Sunrise Yachts. Representing the second vessel in the Sunrise 45m series, superyacht Atomic made her debut at the recently concluded Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Below is an amazing video showing this beauty, released by Sunrise Yachts.

Scotland’s Marine Tourism Strategy

November 04, 2014

The marine tourism in the enchanting Scotland yacht charter location is an important contributor to the Scottish Economy, but with little previous strategic input it is still one of Scotland’s sleeping giants, producing £101m from sailing tourism alone. Therefore BMF Scotland, a group association of the British Marine Federation (BMF), has recently met with the other industry experts, user groups, public agencies, as well as enterprise bodies to develop the Marine Tourism Strategy.

The beautiful Scotland yacht rental location

The beautiful Scotland yacht rental location

By 2020 they want Scotland to be distinguished “A marine tourism destination of first choice for high quality, value for money and memorable customer experience delivered by skilled and passionate people.”

The Scottish Marine Tourism Development Group (including industry groups, BMF Scotland, RYA Scotland and Sail Scotland as well as VisitScotland, The Crown Estate, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Scottish Canals, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Firth of Clyde Forum) has produced this draft strategy. Focusing on the sustainable growth of Scotland’s marine leisure sector, it is the first of its kind to identify a clear path forward with achievable step by step actions.

Steven Dott, Highlands & Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) Senior Development Manager comments: “Given the massive growth potential of sailing tourism and the potential impacts on communities right across our region, one of our most important areas of work is to grow this sector. Having a more coordinated approach across the sector will help build on recent investments in projects such as Portavadie, Stornoway, and across the Highlands and Islands. BMF Scotland, RYA Scotland and Sail Scotland have played key roles in contributing to the growth and reputation of Scotland’s marine tourism businesses. As a world class sailing destination, we at HIE on behalf of the enterprise agencies are delighted to provide financial assistance to continue this work at a critical time of the sector’s development.”

Scotland’s marine environment is one of its crown jewels and encompasses some of the world’s most beautiful and varied boating waters. With the whole industry behind this strategy, the Development Group firmly believe marine tourism in Scotland can achieve its full potential. Whilst they believe this draft strategy to be substantial they are very keen to hear other’s views.

As Martin Latimer, Vice Chairman of BMF Scotland and Non-executive Director of Scottish Canals explains: “Although the Scottish marine industry has been a major contributor to the tourism economy, only recently has the government and agencies grasped its real potential for growth. This strategy will inform, develop and raise the profile of our industry further.

To be fully representative, we are asking all those in the leisure marine industry or closely related to it to provide relevant input to the consultation. Thereby ensuring the strategy is the most accurate and powerful tool it can be in moving the industry forward in 2015 and beyond.”

The draft strategy was launched at Scotland’s Boat Show in October and the consultation process will run until January 2015.