New corporate video of Wim van der Valk Continental Yachts

February 13, 2015

Wim van der Valk is a custom-built Dutch shipyard, known for its outstanding quality for very competitive prices. The company offers a staggering list of “extras”, all included as standard and mixed up with full customisation. Below is a new corporate video of Wim van der Valk Continental Yachts, starring the Continental II 2300 Flybridge Hardtop motor yacht Versailles, the Continental II 2300 Flybridge luxury yacht Maria Teresa, as well as the Continental III 2600 Raised Pilothouse superyacht The Next Episode. The video has been released by ‘WimvanderValkTV’.

Launch of Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht LIFE SERENITY

February 13, 2015

Legendary Australian yacht manufacturer, Riviera, has proudly introduced a majestic new flagship for its amazing fleet of premium recreational yachts –  the 77 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Life Serenity. Luxury yacht Life Serenity represents a progressive step forward for the luxury brand with a legendary passion for perfection.

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Life Serenity in the travelift

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Life Serenity in the travelift

The new and deluxe 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Life Serenity – the largest, most luxurious and most technologically advanced Riviera ever – is the result of a long and successful commitment to constant refinement and continual evolution, which has positioned Riviera amongst the leaders of its field.

The 77 Enclosed Flybridge Life Serenity yacht is a serious long-range offshore vessel offering the perfect mix of cruising and fishing capabilities with ultra-modern marine technology, plush and palatial appointments … and, indeed, boasts all the comforts of a world-class luxury resort.

The first model in the 77 series was launched in a special ceremony at Riviera’s world-class facility at Coomera ahead of her World Premiere at the Dubai International Boat Show in 3-7 March 2015 – and it was a significant milestone in the marque’s rich 35-year history.

A proud Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the 77 Enclosed Flybridge defines a new era for a company already respected on an international scale for its exceptional build quality, superior sea-keeping abilities and exacting eye for detail, all the way from lamination and engineering and right through to final fit and finish.

Luxury yacht Life Serenity underway

Luxury yacht Life Serenity underway

“I believe this is the best Riviera ever built,” Mr Longhurst declared to the owners of this beautiful new boat who joined the team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen based at Riviera’s state-of-the-art facility at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast. “This has not happened by chance but by collaboration between the owners, the fantastic team here at Riviera and the team from our exclusive Middle East and North Africa dealership, SF Yachts.

“The owner challenged us to create a yacht that would meet his very specific requirements and the 77 Enclosed Flybridge is proof of what we can do – it is proof that Riviera is able to meet the high expectations of the most fastidious of owners.

“The word ‘excellence’ is sometimes overused but it forms a key part of the ethos that runs right through every part of Riviera – and I am very excited that we have again proven ourselves up to the task.”

The first 77 Enclosed Flybridge luxury yacht Life Serenity has a full range of premium options to complement her distinctive design concepts.

This is perhaps most evident even before you step aboard the new 77 series – massive forward windows offer panoramic 360-degree views from the luxurious saloon deck while shapely, symmetrical and sweeping 10m x 0.5m safety glass feature panels are bonded to each side of her colossal hull, providing an impeccable surface finish yet maintaining the strong structural integrity for which Riviera is globally renowned.

Life Serenity Yacht - aft view

Life Serenity Yacht - aft view

Stepping aboard, the new 77 Enclosed Flybridge from Riviera also offers an expansive cockpit, elegant mezzanine, palatial appointments throughout her saloon, four staterooms including full­beam master, four bathrooms and clever alfresco lifestyle concepts, including a large aft platform on the state­of­the­art flybridge and, in the case of Life Serenity, a massive and lavish sun pad and casual dining/sitting area on the foredeck.

The owner of Life Serenity also requested double transom doors leading from her one-tonne capacity hydraulic swim platform, and wide marlin board, in order to enhance her versatility.

The designated length of this exciting new model is based on the official hull length of 77 feet however, the stylish and sophisticated Life Serenity measures over 81 feet from bow sprit to board platform.

“The owner could have chosen any manufacturer anywhere in the world to build his semi-custom yacht and we are immensely proud that he chose Riviera,” said Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications, Stephen Milne.

“We appreciate the faith he has put into Riviera and we are committed to delivering on our promise of creating the ultimate boating experience – it’s not something we take lightly at all,” he said.

“We knew early in the design phase that this is a revolutionary new yacht – the most significant Riviera has built in 35 years – so it was clear we had to launch her as our fleet flagship, one which defines the Riviera hallmarks of innovation and technology that underpin our stature on the international stage.”

The Middle East-based owner, who personally attended the launch at Coomera with his daughter and Riviera dealer Franceso Pitea from SF Yachts, owns several other large luxury yachts yet wanted one he could use for all purposes – for long-range fishing and extended cruising … as well as for luxury entertaining of large groups He said that although Life Serenity would be manned with a crew – with fully-equipped custom crew quarters forward – he had sea-trialled Riviera’s 75 Enclosed Flybridge in waters off Brisbane and was very impressed by her supreme sea-keeping capabilities.

“Immediately I liked what I saw,” he said. “It was very rough weather that day but the boat was very stable – she turned very sharply without any major effort and I knew then that I would like to work with Riviera to build a boat that would suit both my personal and family requirements.”

One of these requirements is for upgraded airconditioning to cater to the extremely high temperatures in the Middle East, where the mercury can rise above 50 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit), and is regularly above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Life Serenity includes 32,000 BTU’s of air-conditioning to Life Serenity includes 32,000 BTU’s of air-conditioning to the fully-cleared mezzanine deck, 60,000 BTU’s to the main saloon and another 60,000 BTU’s to the flybridge, in addition to increases across all accommodation deck cooling systems, including the fully-equipped two-berth crew quarters.

Exposed structural areas – including the new sportsstyled targa that has been colour-matched to the hull and air-intakes in Bentley Silverlake blue – have also undergone additional heat-curing treatments so they can withstand the Middle East’s harsh climactic conditions Africa dealer, SF Yachts, will host the world premiere of the 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Life Serenity at the Dubai International Boat Show from 3­7 March 2015.

SF Yachts dealer principal Franceso Pitea said Life Serenity would take centre stage at their extensive Dubai display, adding she will be the ‘main attraction’ amid a sea of luxury yachts.

“We also plan to take her for a tour of the Middle East to show our customers the world-class standards of Riviera,” said Mr Pitea. “We are very excited with the future direction of Riviera and their constant drive to creating the ultimate boat.

Princess 40M motor yacht SOLARIS shortlisted for World Superyacht Award 2015

February 13, 2015

Princess Yachts International is thrilled to announce that the flagship 40M charter yacht Solaris has been nominated for the 2015 World Superyacht Award. Luxury motor yacht Solaris joins the prominent list of finalists within the ‘Semi-displacement or Planing Three Deck Motor Yacht – above 40m’ category.

Super Yacht SOLARIS - Princess 40.png

Super Yacht SOLARIS - Princess 40.png

Built at Princess Yachts International’s historic South Yard facility, home to the M Class superyacht range, superyacht Solaris features six beautifully appointed cabins across three decks as well as a fully Technogym-equipped gymnasium and cinema.

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SuperYacht SOLARIS - Princess 40.png

Luxury yacht Solaris’ unique layout features a dedicated owner’s area across the upper deck with stateroom, separate office and en suite master cabin all surrounded by large sections of glass allowing natural light to pour in and the most breath-taking views out. The Princess Design Studio worked with Mark Berryman Design to create a custom interior concept which has been finished with a hand-picked oak timber.

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Luxury Yacht SOLARIS - Princess 40.png

The 10th annual World Superyacht Awards combines a glittering prize giving ceremony with a gala dinner and dance. The evening will once again be held on Saturday 9th May in Amsterdam with a guest list comprising of elite superyacht owners from around the globe and the most influential players in the superyacht industry.

Dragana Maznic among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists with motor yacht ENTOURAGE

February 13, 2015

design et al is proud to announce that Dragana Maznic has been shortlisted to participate in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015, with luxury charter yacht Entourage. Motor yacht Entourage will compete in the ‘Interior Design Award – Power Yacht’ category.

Luxury motor yacht Entourage with interior design by Dragana Maznic

Luxury motor yacht Entourage with interior design by Dragana Maznic

Interior design on Yacht Entourage was dictated by absolute passion, tenacity and unquenchable enthusiasm of the entire Design Team. Developed and designed by Dragana Maznic in collaboration with The Italian Sea Group and Alder & Associates, its interior concept was born from numerous years of study and an effort to respond to a complex and challenging demand to design a temple that welcomes, embraces and transports to another dimension.

Luxury yacht Entourage - Saloon

Luxury yacht Entourage - Saloon

With an intimate and welcoming aura, luxury yacht Entourage features open interior spaces that are imposing in their proportions. By blurring the transition between interior and exterior spaces, the interiors are showered with an abundance of natural light and create unobstructed views.

Entourage superyacht - Cabin

Entourage superyacht - Cabin

Throughout the interior, a constant dialogue between light and dark, gloss and matte, cool and warm, hard and soft create visual interest and awaken the senses. Rare indulgence in highly reflective materials offers intricate reflections that entertain the eye.

Super yacht Entourage - Cabin

Super yacht Entourage - Cabin

Quiet shades at times become inflamed with rich tones of reds, such as in VIP and Guest Cabins for which world renown artist Vinicio Momoli finds inspiration in secret spots of Mediterranean sea, sun and music, creating Artwork that provokes fantasy, happiness and celebrates beautiful facets of life.

Entourage Yacht - Bathroom

Entourage Yacht - Bathroom

There are endless options for indulgence in lounging and entertaining, on four decks. Sun Deck takes one to a sort of oblivion where you rediscover convivial solar moments. Spa plunge pool and custom Paola Lenti sun pads, lush Paola Lenti sectionals, oversized Patricia Urquiola B&B day beds, create a place of complete retreat and relaxation where recover divine beauty. Luxury charter yacht Entourage embraces and manifests opulence in every detail, object and accessory. The result is remarkable masterpiece that exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Video: The upcoming London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2015

February 12, 2015

From April 8 to 10, London will host the inaugural London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show 2015. This prestigious luxury event will feature the world’s finest yachts, including private yachts, charter yachts, superyachts, motor yachts, sailing yachts and luxury catamarans, in addition to other luxury goods, cars and services. Below is a video providing a sample of what will be on show at the first London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show in April.

Latest project of Cardboardyachts inspired by Feadship motor yacht VENUS

February 12, 2015

The latest project from the Cardboardyachts shipyard takes inspiration from the 78-metre motor yacht Venus (Project Aqua, hull 684), built by the prominent Dutch shipyard Feadship to a design by Philippe Starck in 2012. The model was made out of an Apple Imac box with Microsoft windows.

Latest project of Cardboardyachts inspired by Feadship motor yacht VENUS

Latest project of Cardboardyachts inspired by Feadship motor yacht VENUS

About Cardboardyachts

Cardboardyachts has been founded by Marcel Brok from the Netherlands. Cruising with their little Tupperware yacht on the Kagerplassen (near Leiden in the Netherlands) Marcel and his wife have seen some floating palaces at the Royal Van Lent Shipyard. Ready for transportation to the customer. For some 5 years they spent their holidays at the fabulous Côte d’Azure yacht charter destination near St Tropez. Not only for the nice climate and sun warranty but also to look at the many superyachts passing by.

At home there was still an old iMac computerbox in Marcel’s study and he started to fantasize of building a yacht out of it. A few years ago he got a brochure of Feadship Archimedes with some very usable pictures and a deckplan. So he started cutting and gluing and the first model was born. His demands increased and for the next models he chose some yachts with special design features which were very difficult to make out of cardboard.

The models are built on a 1:100 scale and Marcel uses the Internet to get some pictures of different angles to get an idea of the dimensions and design.

Building a model of a superyacht takes him about 40-60 hours.

His expenses are 3 euro hot-melt gluesticks. The carboard he gets for free from old boxes. That’s the reason he names them his 3 euro superyachts. Accessible for everyone.

The collection will expand as long as superyacht builders keeps on building challenging superyachts and Marcel has already spotted some interesting projects. Some of his models are exposed at Neko Yacht Supplies in Hoogvliet Netherlands.

At the moment the Cardboardyacht fleet consists of the models of:

•             Archimedes

•             J’Ade

•             charter yacht Alfa Nero

•             charter yacht Solandge

•             Ace

•             Madame Gu

•             Tango

•             Venus

Royal Huisman – New member of ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group

February 12, 2015

Royal Huisman has joined the International Council of Marine Industry Association (ICOMIA) Superyacht Refit Group. The Dutch company is principally known as a manufacturer of fine custom yachts, but the same standards of expertise and craftsmanship are equally accessible for superyacht refits through the Huisfit programme. Whether modern or classic, sail or motor, all the company’s refits benefit from their  passion for perfection and are backed by almost 130 years of experience.

HUISFIT by Royal Huisman

HUISFIT by Royal Huisman

The work can be undertaken at the Royal Huisman yard in Vollenhove or at nearby deep water locations to suit the owner’s or captain’s preference and the requirements of the project.

A Huisfit is no ordinary refit. It assures a high level of enhancement, taking presentation, functionality, comfort and operation to leading-edge industry standards. A true investment in the pleasure of ownership and in the long term value of the yacht, a Huisfit is underpinned by Royal Huisman’s global reputation for quality and endorsed by appreciative owners and captains.

Huisfit provides a high level of reassurance as to the safety of owners, guests and crew, and the reliability of operations. As captains and owners are all too aware, “downtime” due to unexpected problems and repairs can be frustrating, disruptive and expensive. The safety and security of the yacht, its personnel and its contents, whether at Vollenhove or another refit location, is always a high priority for the Huisfit team.

Huisfit clients benefit from the exceptional infrastructure, service, and support for project managers and crew at its Vollenhove yard, which has the capacity to accommodate the majority of superyachts. Modern buildings, spacious external areas, thorough organization, tight financial controls and attractive working conditions all contribute to high quality outcomes. The Huisfit team also operates at strategic deep water locations nearby.

The ICOMIA Superyacht refit group is looking forward to working together with the Huisfit team to improve refit standards for the future and to share experience and knowledge going forward.

ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group members conform to a unique Code of Practice, which brings certainty to refit and eases the owner’s concerns on how their yacht’s refit will be managed and the quality that will be achieved. In addition, Refit Group members offer their clients a standard framework contract developed by prominent international marine lawyers.

ICOMIA Superyacht Refit Group members consist of Amico & CoAstilleros de MallorcaBlohm + Voss Repair,CompositeworksMarina Barcelona 92Monaco MarineNobiskrug GmbH, Palumbo Marseille Superyacht ITMPinmar,RybovichNCP-Repair Shipyard Šibenik Ltd. and Huisfit (Royal Huisman).

Video: 115m expedition motor yacht LUNA

February 12, 2015

The impressive and outstanding 115-metre motor yacht LUNA was launched as the world’s largest expedition yacht by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Germany in 2009. Luxury mega yacht LUNA has been superbly penned by Newcruise Design, with interior design by Donald Starkey. Below is a video showing this jewel of the sea in the beautiful Caribbean yacht charter location – Grand Cayman, released by ‘alvinski100’ in 2012.

Video: 86m Feadship motor yacht ECSTASEA in 2004

February 12, 2015

Former superyacht of Roman Abramovich, luxury motor yacht ECSTASEA is an outstanding 86m (282’) vessel, launched by the premier Dutch shipyard Feadship in 2004. Mega yacht ECSTASEA boasts stylish and elegant interiors by Terence Disdale Design, comfortably sleeping up to 14 guests. Below is a video showing ECSTASEA in 2004, released by Wim Goddijn.

Video from launch of 43m Christensen motor yacht MISSING LINK

February 12, 2015

The all-new 43m Custom Series motor yacht Missing Link has been recently launched by Christensen Shipyards. Scheduled for delivery later this month, the 142-foot superyacht Missing Link features stylish interior design by Carol Williamson & Associates. Below is a video showing this beauty while being moved from the fabrication site to the launch site, loaded on a dry dock, lowered 9 feet down and launched in the waters of the Columbia River. The video has been released by Northwest Structural Moving, having worked hard to get the vessel in the water in a short timeframe.