Hatteras to launch the new 100′ RPH motor yacht Hull #2 soon

August 01, 2014

Today, August 1, 2014, saw the well known US builder, Hatteras Yachts, release the photos of their brand new 100′ RPH (raised pilothouse) motor yacht Hull #2. A sister ship to the 2013 luxury yacht Mr. Loui, the second Hatteras 100 RPH superyacht is expected to be launched soon.

100 RPH superyacht Hull no. 2 at Hatteras Yachts

100 RPH superyacht Hull no. 2 at Hatteras Yachts - Image credit to Hatteras Yachts

Beautifully penned in collaboration with Enrico Gobbi from Team For Design (T4Design), Hatteras 100 RPH superyacht represents the finest yacht ever presented by Hatteras Yachts. She features exquisite craftsmanship, as well as fine furnishings. In addition, her exterior entertaining spaces are as abundant as the fantastic views surrounding them.

Second 100 RPH superyacht by Hatteras

Second 100 RPH superyacht by Hatteras - Image credit to Hatteras Yachts

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Hatteras.

Lurssen announce launch of Motor Yacht QUANTUM BLUE

August 01, 2014

The prestigious German shipyard, Lurssen has proudly announced the important  and successful launch of the 104m (336’6’’) motor yacht QUANTUM BLUE. The launching and unveiling of the project QUANTUM BLUE superyacht has taken place on the 25th of July, 2014, after she had been rolled out the previous day. This impressive and striking luxury yacht is due to be delivered at the end of this year.

Launching of motor yacht Quantum Blue - © Marcus Meyer

Launching of motor yacht Quantum Blue - © Marcus Meyer

Tim Heywood has given Quantum Blue yacht a most elegant and graceful exterior design and has ensured that despite her massive volume she maintains her looks. He confirms: “Quantum Blue’ has emerged from the Lürssen shipyard and will take her place, confidently, amongst the most beautiful yachts afloat. My gratitude to the Owners for allowing Tim Heywood Designs to help create this wonderful floating work of art, which we are extremely proud of. Once again, I have had the great pleasure of working with the Lürssen team to create a truly wonderful yacht with many new and unique features. I am so pleased with the elegant proportions, the demanding details achieved by the yard and the superb finish to her hull and superstructure.”

Her interior design was created at the Alberto Pinto Design office and can be expected to be spectacular. A unique mix of rare and striking materials will give luxury yacht Quantum Blue an exceptional look and feel as well as a feeling of luxury.

Name: Quantum Blue

Loa: 104 m / 336’6’’

Beam: 16.80 m / 55’1’’

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Exterior Designer: Tim Heywood

Interior Designer: Alberto Pinto

“La Grande Bellezza” event hosted by The Italian Sea Group

August 01, 2014

July 25, 2014, in the fabulous Italy yacht holiday destination – Marina di Carrara, saw The Italian Sea Group host “La Grande Bellezza”. This magic event took place at the Group’s headquarters.

La Grande Bellezza event hosted by The Italian Sea Group

La Grande Bellezza event hosted by The Italian Sea Group

“La Grande Bellezza” has already become one of the most glamorous events for the international jet set.

Organized in cooperation with the Group Russian Dealer Nakhimov, “La Grande Bellezza” hosted over 300 international guests including yacht owners, bankers, designers, artists, local authorities, press etc.

La Grande Bellezza event - Concert

La Grande Bellezza event - Concert

Chairman of The Italian Sea Group Giovanni Costantino welcomed all guests.

After a cocktail in the external lounge area, all Guests were invited to enter the newly built 150m long shed where the Genoa Carlo Felice Theater Orchestra performed ten of the best known opera songs in a unique scenario surrounded by some of the Admiral mega-yachts under construction.

La Grande Bellezza event - Gala Dinner

La Grande Bellezza event - Gala Dinner

140 musicians directed by Gianluca Martinenghi and accompanied by the opera singers Dimitra Theodossiou, Vladimir Reutov and Sergio Bologna got all guests excited.

Entourage at the event

47m Admiral Maxima superyacht Entourage at the event

The concert was followed by a gala dinner and a stunning yacht parade of the six new launches accompanied by a musical firework show.

Flying Dragon at the event

45m Admiral Regale motor yacht Flying Dragon at the event

The superyachts, all launched in 2014, include the 47m Admiral Maxima superyacht Entourage; the 37m Admiral Impero motor yacht Nono; the 40m Tecnomar Nadara luxury yacht Low Profile; the 45m Admiral Regale yacht Flying Dragon; the 35m Admiral yacht Foam; the 76’ Gigreca, the Group’s first sailboat featuring a glass hard-top over the cockpit.

New website launched by WService Shipyard

August 01, 2014

WService Shipyard, the superyacht refit facility based in Italy’s Savona, is delighted to announce the launch of their all-new website.

WService Shipyard in Savona, Italy

WService Shipyard in Savona, Italy

On the website it will be possible to book online: berths at the company’s private marina, Antifouling’s and Quotations to repaint vessels, “Afloat” or  in a “Paint Shed”, with possible savings up to 35%.

Luxury motor yacht under refit at WService Shipyard

Luxury motor yacht under refit at WService Shipyard

WService Shipyard

WService Shipyard

WS was originally established in 1997 to execute after sale services amidst the Wally Yachts fleet and soon became the main independent refitting player in the northern Tyrrhenian Sea.

Luxury yacht under refit at WService Shipyard

Luxury yacht under refit at WService Shipyard

Nowadays, with more than 700 refits completed, WS is a leading player in the market.

WService Shipyard in Savona

WService Shipyard in Savona

WS offers a wide variety of yacht refit services including Painting, Refinishing, Composite, Carpentry, Joinery, Rigging, Engineering and Machining.

Hull and superstructure of Mulder 34m superyacht BN 100 joined together

August 01, 2014

The hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m superyacht BN 100 were successfully joined together at the facility of Mulder Shipyard in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk, the Netherlands, on July 24, 2014. Once completed, the 34m motor yacht BN 100 will represent the largest yacht ever built by Mulder Shipyard, and also their first yacht over 300 GT. The construction progress of BN100 is on schedule, and she is expected to be handed over to her owner in the Summer of 2015.

Hull and superstructure of  Mulder 34m super yacht BN100 being joined together

Hull and superstructure of Mulder 34m super yacht BN100 being joined together

The hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN100 are both built in the Netherlands and were shipped to the Mulder Shipyard in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk last week.  After the engines and generators were placed in the hull, the hull and superstructure were joined together and BN 100 was placed in the 58 metre long dry dock. The marriage was celebrated with a barbeque for all Mulder employees. This week there has been started with the piping and technical installations. A part of the  interior is already prefabricated at the in-house interior department of Mulder Shipyard.

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 from above

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 from above

Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN 100

Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN 100

British design agency Claydon Reeves is responsible for both interior and exterior design of the 34 metre custom built, steel displacement yacht and the naval architecture is the work of the Dutch Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Obviously the Mulder 34-metre yacht BN 100 will be built to superyacht standards. The Mulder has a GT from 315 tons and will be built under RINA LY3, MCA classification and Unlimited 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.

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 - side view

Mulder 34m motor yacht BN100 - side view

The Mulder 34m motoryacht BN100 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.

Mulder 34m super yacht BN100

Mulder 34m super yacht BN100

Mulder 34m Yacht BN100 - aft view

Mulder 34m Yacht BN100 - aft view

The interior of Mulder 34m yacht BN100 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.

Below is a video showing the joining of hull and superstructure of the Mulder 34m luxury yacht BN 100:

Technical Specifications of Mulder 34m superyacht BN100:

Length over all 34.00 metres

Beam over all 8.00 metres

Draft 2.15 metres

GT 315 tons

Hull Steel

Superstructure Aluminium

Classification RINA LY3, Unrestricted range, MCA

Range Transatlantic

Exterior design Claydon Reeves

Interior design Claydon Reeves

Naval architect Van Oossanen Naval Architects

Engines Caterpillar C18 500kW @ 2.100RPM

Maximum speed  13 knots

Accommodation Sleeping 8 guests in 4 state rooms

Crew 7 members

Sea lounge 60 sq/m

Dining room 24 sq/m

Sun deck + Jacuzzi  75 sq/m

Master Stateroom 1  32 sq/m

Master Stateroom 2 28 sq/m

Guest cabin 2 x 11 sq/m

Crew area 42 sq/m

Lazarette (toys & tenders) 32 sq/m

Videos: Exterior and interior of Fifth Ocean 24 motor yacht DESTINY

August 01, 2014

Fifth Ocean Yachts has recently released two videos showing the exterior and interior of the Fifth Ocean 24 motor yacht Destiny. Superbly designed by Ginton Naval Architects, the all-new 24-metre superyacht Destiny is a robust steel displacement ocean-going explorer, boasting lovely interior design by Erik van Dongen.

First folding mast construction for Superyachts created by Sunreef Yachts

August 01, 2014

Sunreef Yachts, the world-renowned company specializing in custom design, took another big step forward and created a folding mast on one of its superyacht-catamarans above 80ft, exclusively upon the request of one of the company’s clients. This represents the very first folding mast construction for superyachts in the domain of yacht customization.

Sunreef 80 Carbon Line luxury yacht LEVANTE

Luxury yacht LEVANTE from the 80ft series Carbon Line built by Sunreef Yachts

The idea of a sailing catamaran with a folding mast came up in order to lower the airdraft from 38.5 m to 24 m. Such a feature had never been fitted on a yacht of this size, let alone on a catamaran measuring over 80ft. The carbon fibre mast folds forward in its middle section at a 90 degree angle. The mast’s base features a set of two automatic cylinders, absorbing the rotation of the mast in the folded position. It folds just above the staysail chainplate, so the bottom part of the mast can still be supported by the rig when the mast is folded. Another innovation here is the flexible, custom designed, individually manufactured forestay furler. It can be bent in a circle of a 3 meter diameter.

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by Sunreef.

New 58m (190’) sailing yacht by Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman

August 01, 2014

Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman are thrilled to announce that they have been appointed to design and construct a new 58m (190ft) sailing yacht. The all-new 58m Dubois and Royal Huisman superyacht is an edgy and innovative high performance sloop, new in every sense of the word. To be officially unveiled at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show in September, it will embody the past experience of both designer and yard, whilst encouraging advances in all the disciplines required to design and build a yacht of such stature.

58m superyacht by Dubois and Royal Huisman - A preview image by Dubois Naval Architects

New 58m (190') superyacht by Dubois and Royal Huisman - A preview image by Dubois Naval Architects

In an innovative move for Dubois the 58m Dubois and Royal Huisman luxury yacht will feature a dramatic sheer line and sculpted bow that beside its ‘edgy’ look returns added strength and seaworthiness. The molded glass superstructure and crisp stern shape add further to the look of this inherently progressive design.

A slender easily driven hull form will be refined with extensive tank testing to include studying the shape of a high-span lifting keel and the configuration of the carbon fiber rudder arrangement. With mast and deck hatches by Rondal a high aspect sail plan and large square top mainsail will add the final measure of horsepower that will be tamed by twin steering stations noted for Royal Huisman’s ability to engineer these without power assistance.

On deck, wide teak planking with off white seams will downplay a hidden crane, tender garage and large swim spa forward, whilst aft a sun bed connects to a beach deck with articulated swim platform.

Described as an Innovator, Francis Sultana will style relaxing accommodations comprising a master ‘apartment’ that includes a gym, sauna and library as well two guest staterooms and large open expanse of main deck salon with attached outdoor seating. Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London based Rick Baker LTD and having been involved in some of the most high profile projects on the planet The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.

Keel laying, scheduled for January 2015 offers a delivery in the Spring of 2017.

Ed Dubois comments: “This is a thought provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. We are so very thrilled that this yacht will be built by one of the world’s most experienced and famous builders of sailing yachts, Royal Huisman. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for a designer.”

Below are the galleries for the stylish charter yachts by Royal Huisman and Dubois.

Nominations for IBEX Innovation Awards 2014 now open and Panel of Judges announced

August 01, 2014

Nominations for this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards are now open. The awards acknowledge the importance of technological advancement in the marine industry. All IBEX 2014 exhibitors are welcome to enter their new products in the competition. These will be judged by a panel of industry experts from Boating Writers International and presented during the Annual Industry Breakfast, which will take place at the Tampa Convention Center  on Tuesday, September 30th from 7:30 – 9:30 am.


The awards honor achievement in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry, including boatbuilding methods and materials, inboard and outboard engines, hardware, interior parts and furnishings, OEM electronics, boatyard and dealer hardware and software, and safety equipment. Judges may also present an award to any entry that provides an environmental benefit to the marine industry. Deadline to enter is August 29, 2014.

“The Innovation Awards are one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, and we are thrilled to be working with Boating Writers International and this highly regarded panel of judges to give our exhibitors an opportunity to present their new products for the consideration for an Innovation Award,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We encourage all IBEX exhibitors with new products to submit an entry as winners will be recognized at the Industry Breakfast, displayed on Innovation Way on the show floor, and also promoted all year long.”

The panel of BWI judges for the 2014 IBEX Innovation Awards includes:

•             Bill Bishop, writer for numerous publications including the popular The Marine Installers Rant online blog and formerly had a pre-boating career in industrial automation.

•             Ben Ellison, editor of Panbo, the marine electronics hub on the web, his works can also be found in Power and Motoryacht magazine and Sail, along with Soundings, Passagemaker, and Yachts International.

•             Brady Kay, editor for Pontoon & Deckboat magazine, as well as the editor for Houseboat magazine.

•             Beth Leonard, Director of Technical Services for BoatU.S. and the editor of Seaworthy, the only marine publication dedicated exclusively to vessel seaworthiness and boating safety.

•             Mark Masciarotte, principal of DSG Associates, a consultancy specializing in the construction of custom yachts and small commercial vessels.

•             Awards Chair – Zuzana Prochazka, writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites including BoatU.S., SAIL, Sea, Yachtworld, Boats and others.

•             Judy Waldman, President of JW Yachts, is a lifelong cruiser specializing in trawlers, long-range cruisers, and unique yachts. She writes of her journeys and reviews these boats in Yacht Forums and online blogs.

“BWI has put together a panel with exceptional technical expertise and the judges are excited to review the cutting-edge technologies and unique solutions that always rise to the surface at IBEX,” said writer and photographer Zuzana Prochazka, IBEX Innovation Awards Chair.

In addition to the IBEX Innovation Awards presentation at the Industry Breakfast, legendary basketball coach Bob Knight will present a motivational speech on “Winning” and Thom Dammrich, NMMA President will deliver the State of the Industry address. There will also be the presentation of the NMMA Hall of Fame Award, the Exhibitor Video Awards, and the Boating Industry Movers & Shakers Award.

Isle of Man Superyacht Forum to host networking breakfast at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

August 01, 2014

To be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show will see the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum host an informal networking breakfast. This will take place at Zest Bar and Restaurant on September 25, 2014.


The breakfast will open with a short introduction from Andrew Roy (Chairman of the Forum) and Dick Welsh (Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry).

The event, entitled “The Isle of Man – A Centre of Excellence” will promote many services available on the Island and the Isle of Man’s considerable experience in vessel registration, management, company formation taxation and other corporate services.

The sponsors of the event will have representatives attending to answer any questions you may have. The sponsors are Abacus, Affinity, Appleby, Baker Tilly, Boston, IBOS, Knox House, and MHG Ocean Benefits.