Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) recognized by Global Marina Institute (GMI)

July 03, 2014

Five inspirational Certified Marina Managers (CMMs) have been recognized by the Global Marina Institute (GMI) at the recently concluded ICOMIA World Marinas Conference, which was held in Turkey’s Istanbul earlier this month. During the prominent industry Conference, GMI also awarded the highly desired recognition of Honorary Certified Marina Professional (CMP) to Dan Natchez, founder of DSN&A, a leading international environmental waterfront design as well as consulting organization.

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GMI was formed in 2011 as a partnership between British Marine Federation (BMF) and Marina Industries Association (MIA).  Through its partners it delivers global marina training and certification with the aim of maintaining and increasing standards in marinas across the world.

The five CMMs, all with highly impressive skills, qualifications and experience in the management of high-profile marinas & quays were: Akbulut Kahraman, Director, Marinturk Marina (Turkey); Selcuk Balci, Marina Manager, D Marin Didim Marina (Turkey); Tiago Marcelino, Marina Manager, Marina de Troia (Portugal); Onur Ugan, Marina Manager, D Marin Goek Marina (Turkey); and Claudio Schettino, Marina Operations Manager, Al Hamra Marina Royal Yacht Club (UAE). With over 70 year’s expertise between them, all absolutely deserve the industry certifications that they have achieved.

The globally recognized Certified Marina Manager (CMM) from the GMI is an international accreditation as a marina manager who has distinguished themself as an outstanding professional. Candidates looking to gain the qualification must have at least five years Marina Manager experience, should have managed a marina with an annual turnover of at least US $100 0000 and at least 100 berth/moorings and/or drystack, be an active member of a trade association, and have completed the Advanced Marina Managers School.

Mick Bettesworth, GMI Chairman, commented: “GMI offer a number of pathways for certification which are designed to recognize outstanding professionals in the Marina industry. All of the certification pathways are awarded after a rigorous process where candidates are asked to demonstrate knowledge, skills and experience in their chosen field. The GMI certifications are recognized across the world and increasingly in the developing Marina world as a sign that staff have reached a consistently high standard. We are delighted that we have been able to recognize such a widely geographical spread group of candidates.”

At the Conference, Dan Natchez was also granted the Honorary Certified Marina Professional (CMP) by the GMI. He is an avid sailor, boater and water-skier, and is both a frequent competitor and judge at American Water Ski Association competitions as well as on many Olympic class sailboats. Dan turned his passion for the water into a vocation when he founded DSN&A over 32 years ago. Through DSN&A, he has had the opportunity to participate in the design, development and master planning of marinas, marina resorts and waterfront properties across the globe.

Some of the largest marinas in the world are DSN&A’s clients and the company is proud to have undertaken work for some very large organizations. DSN&A has had extensive experience with marina and waterfront facility design throughout the US, as well as in the Caribbean, Portugal, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

ShellShock Designs for Stirling & Co Designs shortlisted for IY&A Award 2015 with motor yacht GALAXY

July 03, 2014

ShellShock Designs for Stirling & Co Designs have been successfully selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015 with luxury charter yacht GALAXY. Designed by Stirling & Co Designs, with feature marble by ShellShock Designs, motor yacht GALAXY will compete in the ‘Power Yacht Refit over 30 metres’ category.

Luxury motor yacht Galaxy - Photo by Jeff Brown

Luxury motor yacht Galaxy - Photo by Jeff Brown

This project is a comprehensive refit of the interior accommodation with modifications to the exterior to give a 5 star luxury yacht charter experience. The new owner of superyacht GALAXY wanted to build on her successful charter reputation by injecting a bright, fresh, youthful and contemporary spirit into her original high gloss timber interior.

Superyacht Galaxy - Dining - Photo by Jeff Brown

Superyacht Galaxy - Dining - Photo by Jeff Brown

The new design was conceived to give luxury yacht GALAXY a new identity with a less formal interior suited to a younger and more relaxed lifestyle for groups of friends but doubling as a chic party vessel for high profile events. As well as providing a neutral backdrop for his 20th Century art collection, the owner felt the calm sophisticated atmosphere needed dramatic focal features to offset the rich monochromatic textured surfaces.

Galaxy Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galaxy Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Jeff Brown

The design concept adopted the approach of inserting new features into the existing interior of GALAXY yacht to add both interest and functionality. New white marmorino window surrounds in all areas complemented the existing maple and walnut while reflecting natural light into the interior. New inbuilt window seats maximise connection with the water giving panoramic views out. A new internally lit onyx bar on the main deck provides a new meeting point for guests (as well as a discrete host station for crew during parties) offset by an astonishing eye-catching backlit black agate wall behind the new dining table. The observation lounge was re-orientated to look out – not in – and provide a haven of tranquility that can be transformed into a private cinema at the touch of a button.

Galaxy superyacht - Cabin - Photo by Jeff Brown

Galaxy superyacht - Cabin - Photo by Jeff Brown

The use of new materials and products such as the feature marble by ShellShock Designs in the new modern interior creates bright, comfortable, flexible spaces allowing effortless change in use and mood from family to party mode by day or night supported by hugely improved service provision by the crew of luxury charter yacht GALAXY.

Croatia Yacht Charter Fam-Trip aboard Luxury Yacht SEAGULL II

July 03, 2014

One of the perks of being a yacht charter broker is the occasional possibility of embarking on a FAM trip (familiarisation trip) aboard a luxury yacht. This time around CharterWorld’s brokers were invited to take part in a four-day FAM trip aboard the beautiful and elegant 1952 classic motor yacht SEAGULL II around some of the most beautiful Croatia yacht vacation destinations, including Dubrovnik, Mljet or the island of Lokrum as well as Montenegro’s Porto Montenegro. Below is their fantastic encounter of the entire trip, confirming that Croatia charter yacht SEAGULL II is a truly fantastic vessel and a great choice when it comes to a relaxed and unique Croatia yacht charter with family and friends.

SEAGULL II - Main

SEAGULL II - Main

SEAGULL II is a classic and elegant motor yacht with an intriguing history. Dating back to 1952, she was ‘born’ as a coastal passenger ship, carrying amazing 700 people on board between Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Kotor and Split – now renowned for their enchanting scenic beauty and as fabulous Croatia superyacht charter destinations.

SEAGUL II - Sun terrace on upper deck

SEAGUL II - Sun terrace on upper deck

In 2004/2005, SEAGULL II yacht was entirely restored and was reborn as a stunning luxury charter yacht, with elegant lines and an appearance of a miniature 1930s ocean liner. Her interior design and decoration features Art Nouveau details with the first signs of the coming Modernism. Numerous art pieces from the same era embellish the interior spaces and all floors in the saloons and dining areas are covered with unique, high quality carpets.

SEAGULL II - Sun loungers on upper deck

SEAGULL II - Sun loungers on upper deck

UPPER DECK AND SOCIALISING AREAS

SEAGULL II’s main socialising place is the upper deck which comprises four distinct areas: the dining salon, the main salon with a cocktail bar, an open deck and an open terrace. It is definitely worth experiencing a formal dinner in the atmosphere of the formal dining room, designed for modern tastes with an appreciation of a classic style. The dining room is connected to the elegant main salon with a cocktail bar – a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine before dinner. Large deck spaces are ideal for casual lounging or pleasant al fresco dining, and provide fantastic panoramic views of the sea and the yacht’s surroundings.

SEAGULL II - Cocktail bar on Upper Deck

SEAGULL II - Cocktail bar on Upper Deck

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation on board Seagull II is provided in 7 elegant cabins with first class amenities.

“I had a pleasure to stay in a double cabin that is part of VIP apartment situated on the main deck, which includes two rooms; one with a queen-sized bed and one twin room. The VIP apartment has a common saloon, also situated on the main deck, and both rooms boast bathrooms with shower. The bathroom belonging to twin cabin is very spacious. I would say that the VIP apartment would be ideal for a family with children.” one of our brokers describes her recent stay aboard Seagull II.

SEAGULL II - VIP Lounge on upper deck

SEAGULL II - VIP Lounge on upper deck

The Owner’s Suites consist of a spacious deck lounge with a card table, day head and entertainment centre that is located on the main deck, and there are two identical bedrooms on the lower deck. Each cabin boasts a Queen-sized bed and both rooms are linked by a full width en suite bathroom with twin basins, Spa Pool and a shower room.

SEAGULL II - Owner Cabin on lower deck (to Starboard)

SEAGULL II - Owner Cabin on lower deck (to Starboard)

The four remaining guest cabins (2 twin and 2 doubles) all have a private lounge on the main deck with stairs leading down to each en suite bedroom.

SEAGULL II - Guest room on Lower deck 2

SEAGULL II - Guest room on Lower deck 2

“I’ve found it very nice that each of the cabins have individual access from the deck, which allows guests more privacy.”

Our brokers were also very impressed on how quiet Seagull II yacht was on the way. They could hear no noise of the engine nor that of the generator running. They departed Dubrovnik at 5:45 and cruised to Mljet. On the way all of the guests on board slept, waking up to the gorgeous scenery surrounded by  the beautiful islands and the Island of Mljet.

“Seagull II is one of the most comfortable yachts I ever cruised on and even during a 30-minute storm that came very unexpectedly, Seagull II was holding up very well and we could feel it is a solid, stable & well build yacht.”

CREW

“The crew are excellent, very service orientated, attentive, professional, well trained and friendly, but not overwhelming in that respect. Captain Branko has a vast experience in managing and taking care of the passengers on large passenger ships and for him the safety and comfort of the guests is the most important.

SEAGULL II Superyacht Cew

SEAGULL II Superyacht Cew

In the beginning I got the impression that Captain Branko was gauging the amount interaction our charter group wanted and seem to judge this well,  becoming relaxed and more chatty and friendly as the charter went on, sharing with us his extensive knowledge about the Croatian coast.”

“Jenice and Jake who worked the bar area and had the most interaction with the guests were always smiling & sweet, and always ready to assist and serve us delicious coffee, cocktail or a soft drink.”

Open bar and crew aboard Seagull II

Crew aboard Seagull II

Jenice is also a professional masseur and the massages are available for charter guests upon request. Clayd was very polite and kind, taking great care of the cabins while paying attention to every detail. All the interior crew made our brokers and guests feel at home and comfortable.

“Jenice remembered all of our favourite morning drinks so next morning my coffee was ready the minute I walked in the saloon.”

Welcome drink aboard SEAGULL II yacht

Welcome drink aboard SEAGULL II yacht

The guests may also call the crew at the bar directly from their cabin and take their coffee or a snack in the comfort of their own cabin.

“Crew was very attentive and with the first step on board you could feel the relaxing atmosphere full of smiling faces and happy attitude. “

Deliscious cuisine prepared by Chef Filip aboard charter yacht Seagull II

Deliscious cuisine prepared by Chef Filip aboard charter yacht Seagull II

According to our satisfied brokers, Chef Filip deserves the whole paragraph in Seagull II’s summary as he has exceeded everyone’s expectations. He has been working for the same Owner for 10 years. He gained all his knowledge in Croatia, working not only aboard Seagull II but also  in various 5-star restaurants, to acquire additional expertise. He loves to experiment and surprise his guests. He uses fresh produce only and many of the ingredients were homemade or bought from locals. He has endless imagination listening to the guests and trying to implement new ideas and tastes based on their wishes.

Deliscious cuisine prepared by Chef Filip aboard Seagull II Super Yacht

Deliscious cuisine prepared by Chef Filip aboard Seagull II Super Yacht

It is apparent that the Owner takes great pride in the Croatia charter yacht SEAGULL II and he makes sure that the yacht is well maintained. The same crew has been with the Owner for the last six years and each of them knows their duty by heart.  All the crew is very hard-working and proud of being a member of such unique and one of a kind vessel.

FUN ON BOARD

Seagull II has a vast selection of water toys on board.

These include: one 5.8m Avon RIB, 4.5m Williams RIB, one sea kayak – with additional one on request, one Seadoo RXP215 Waverunner, one windsurfer for beginners and intermediates, one solid floating swim platform, waterskis for children and adults, wakeboard, various inflatable toys as well as snorkelling equipment.

SEAGULL II - Jet Ski

SEAGULL II - Jet Ski

However, having toys on board is one thing, but to have eager and energetic deck crew is what matters and makes your charter unforgettable!

“The crew was encouraging us to use the toys and they were very patient with all of us trying different water equipment. I felt very safe and comfortable and it was one of the most enjoyable afternoons. Despite a bit cold weather, we all had lots of fun.”

Water toys - Charter Yacht Seagull II

Water toys - Charter Yacht Seagull II

All cabins are equipped with TV but none of our brokers had even the time to turn the TV on during their stay on board.

FAM TRIP CROATIA YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY IN THE ADRIATIC

Day One – Arrival

Captain Branko and the crew were awaiting for our brokers’ arrival at Porto Montenegro, Tivat at the main Pier.

The new marina is very impressive and a convenient, elegant and overall great place to embark on a Croatia luxury yacht charter holiday. From chandleries to fashion boutiques, waterfront cafés, bars and restaurants, the village is designed to appeal to a wide clientele all year round. During the summer season it will also feature a selection of international temporary or ‘pop-up’ shops such as swimwear brand Heidi Klein and London concept store Wolf & Badger.

Lido Mar, Porto Montenegro, Tivat

Lido Mar, Porto Montenegro, Tivat

The main attraction is the Lido Mar Pool. This 64-metre infinity edge pool and lounge bar cantilevered over the sea was designed by Richard Hywel Evans and features a 3m-high Jaume Plensa sculpture entitled ‘8 Possibilities’.

“At 18:30 we went to view the 97ft Horizon charter yacht ANNABEL II that was hosting a small open house for us. She was located on the next dock around 10 minutes’ walk. Captain Andrew and the crew gave us a warm welcome and the reception exceed our expectations. Hors d’oeuvres were excellent, paired with fine champagne and Andrew was sharing with us his local knowledge. This afternoon and early evening will be greatly remembered.”

Horizon 97 charter yacht Annabell II

Horizon 97' charter yacht Annabell II

After warm reception on Annabel II yacht our brokers strolled back to Seagull II where chef Filip patiently and calmly awaited them with a light dinner. Dinner was superb and paired with one of the best Croatian Chardonnays, Bartlovic.

Mljet - Croatia

Mljet - Croatia

DAY TWO

Following a lovely breakfast the yacht departed from Dubrovnik to Mljet (30NM around 2.5-3 hours cruise). Guests on board were sunbathing, chatting and admiring the fantastic Croatian views on the way, while Jenice served some delicious cocktails and snacks to enjoy.

“We were taken by the tender to Mljet Island. Despite the rain and bad weather we still enjoyed visiting the National Park.  After renting two cars called Mini Brum  in a small village Polace we were on our way to Mljet National Park that covers the entire north-west part of Mljet Island.”

Croatia yacht charter

Croatia yacht charter

Mljet National Park is a large area that borders two salt water lakes – Veliko and Malo Jezero (Large and Small Lake). The Lakes stretch for about 4 kilometres. Right in the middle of the Large Lake there is a small island / islet Melita (Sveta Marija) with large building which is a former Benedictine Monastery, erected there in the 12th century. The Monastery’s building is now a café/restaurant. The small island is connected by boats that sail there from both sides of the Lake.

After a nice walk our brokers enjoyed a wonderful snack in one of the local restaurants in Polace, called Sponga. Since the weather was cold and rainy they all enjoyed a warm fish soup and local fish called skusa. Very simple dishes, yet the soup and fish were superb, accompanied by a homemade bread and nice Croatian beer Karlovic. The locals were very nice, friendly, helpful and talkative.

Relax aboard Seagull II

Relax aboard Seagull II

In the afternoon they enjoyed a delightful late lunch / early dinner. Chef Filip prepared a fantastic dish of local lobster followed by a delicious chocolate – mint cake.

“After taking a short rest we all enjoyed fun time with water toys & some of us enjoyed a massage.”

“Luxury charter yacht Seagull II was anchored in the most idyllic place we could wish for; calm, relaxing quiet and protected by the surrounding islands. The sea was as serene as a lake.”

Kayaking

Kayaking

Our brokers also enjoyed a small kayak excursion where they could admire crystal clear water with breathtaking views of  the underwater scenery. They had the chance to try the jetski, water skis, mono-ski and inflatable “donut” – a ride that they will never forget!

“We all had such a good time and the crew was so attentive and encouraging for us to use the toys. I think  the crew had as much fun as we did. “

After all the fun with water sports they all enjoyed refreshing cocktails and a hot Spa Pool, followed by an on board cocktail party.

“I think, it was one of the most relaxing evenings as Seagull II was the only yacht anchored out in between the islands giving us this magical & calm atmosphere of the dusk/ twilight in one of the shortest nights of the year; at 22:00 the sky on the horizon was still ‘lit up’.“

Dubrovnik in Croatia

Dubrovnik in Croatia

DAY 3

Superyacht SEAGULL II left Mljet very early in the morning while guests on board enjoyed a lovely breakfast with the view of Dubrovnik and its famous series of defensive stone walls. (Mljet is located about 30 nm from Dubrovnik, a  2.5-3 hour cruise)

After breakfast our brokers were taken by a tender to do a Lokrum Island tour. Following the tour Captain Branko advised everyone that the weather forecast predicted rain and strong winds approaching, and that he would move Seagull II away from the open sea area to a more protected anchor close to a small island. This island is renowned for its history of being one of two islands used in medieval times as a quarantine island. The crew was very nice and thoughtful, and provided everyone with a rainy and wind-proof jacket that helped keep everyone warm and dry.

The tender took our brokers to the eastern side of the island, which is protected from the open sea, with a small natural harbour. The island covers an area of 0.8 square kilometres (0.31 square miles).

Lokrum Island - Botanical Gradens

Lokrum Island - Botanical Gradens

“We have visited the Botanical Gardens that were founded in 1959, boasting native and imported, tropical and subtropical plants, and other vegetation originating from Australia and South America. The island is also inhabited by families of peacocks brought over by Maximilian from the Canary Islands.”

Another attraction worth a visit is a salt lake, which is about 10 metres deep and is known as “The Dead Sea” (Mrtvo More). Here you can enjoy a refreshing swim or visit the nearby deserted Benedictine Monastery, founded in 1023.

Croatia luxury yacht charter visitors can also take a nice hike all the way to the top of the old Fort Royal Castle where they can admire a beautiful panoramic view of the Croatian coast and Dubrovnik.

Botanical Gradens - Lokrum Island

Botanical Gradens - Lokrum Island

Following a light lunch our brokers were taken back to Dubrovnik with Seagull’s tender where Ana, a local guide, was awaiting them.

“The tour was very informative and I wish we had more time to listen to Ana and stroll the Old Town. We  also had the opportunity to do a small wine tasting in one of the local wine stores, called Di Vino.”

Dubrovnik, Croatia - Eastern Mediterranean

Dubrovnik, Croatia - Eastern Mediterranean

“I think the last dinner on board Seagull II yacht was spectacular!”

“Earlier that day we had a conversation about fish prepared in salt and surprisingly enough after an excellent appetiser, we saw Chef Filip entering the main dining room with a fish covered in salt and flames. Never have I eaten a fish so soft and tender! It was a black sea bass in salt.”

“Dinner was ideally paired with a divine Serbian wine, Trijumf Gold 2012 Alexandrovic. The dessert that followed was melting in my mouth and again it was one of Filip’s own creations: homemade pastry with figs and cream, infused with rose aroma.”

Croatia - Dubrovnik

Croatia - Dubrovnik

DAY FOUR – DEPARTURE

Unfortunately, after a late breakfast our brokers had to pack and prepare for their departure. Captain Branko organised a transfer to a hotel and the airport in Dubrovnik.

“At noon we had a glass of champagne and said  ‘goodbyes’ to the crew. I will truly miss them and I know they will do a fantastic job taking care of our charter guests during their dream Croatia yacht charter, including the most discerning of a clientele.”

“Some of us who had the flights a bit later had a chance to enjoy last walk thru Old town in Dubrovnik and had a quick bite to eat in one of the restaurants.”

“We could not resist the home made French fries and fresh burrata!”

Seagull II superyacht in Croatia

Seagull II superyacht in Croatia

SEAGULL II SUPERYACHT CHARTER LOCATIONS

SEAGULL II is available for Eastern Mediterranean yacht vacations in Croatia, as well as Montenegro and Greece’s Aegean Islands. She is also willing to cruise to the Western Mediterranean including Italy and the French Riviera, upon request.

Estern MediterraneanMontenegro and Croatia Yacht Charter

Many yacht charterers and luxury yachts choose the Eastern Mediterranean as their preferred summer destination for numerous reasons: the enchanting natural beauty of the coastline and the surrounding islands, plenty of beautiful beaches, islets and cays, as well as the fantastic history these countries have on offer. Local people are well known for their kindness and hospitality, with local food and fresh produce being of excellent quality and taste. Croatia is a fantastic destination for families and friends, or even corporate yacht charter; be it aboard a sailing yacht, catamaran or a motor yacht. Montenegro, located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, south of Croatia, is a great place to start or end any Croatia yacht vacation, offering beautiful scenery and excellent services.

Croatia yacht holiday

Croatia yacht holiday

Western MediterraneanFrench Riviera and Italy yacht holidays

Perhaps the most popular yachting destination during the European summer months is the Western Mediterranean. The French Riviera and Italy’s western coast vibrate with passion, glamour, style, cultural heritage and natural beauty. French and Italian destinations usually include the islands of Sardinia, Sicily, Panarea, Corsica and Capri, as well as the glamorous cities of St Tropez, Nice, Monaco, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Cannes or the Italian Portofino, Costa Smeralda, Salerno, Amalfi Coast or Naples. Each and one of the destinations of the Western Mediterranean offer plenty of adventure and excitement, as well as possibilities for relaxation; and there is no doubt that the best way to discover these unique place is aboard a luxury motor yacht or a sailing yacht.

Cannes le Suquet - Photo courtesy of CRT Cote D'Azur - photo by Robert Palomba

Cannes le Suquet - Photo courtesy of CRT Cote D'Azur - photo by Robert Palomba

Aegean IslandsGreece Yacht Charter

The enchanting and beautiful Greece yacht charter location, the Aegean Islands is one of the most popular and sought after sailing and motor yacht destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean. Warm, predictable winds and visual navigation make it an outstanding area for an unforgettable Mediterranean superyacht vacation. The remnants of early Greek civilisation, the timeless quality of customs unchanged for centuries, and nature’s unique display of beauty in the sea, sky and land combine to make cruising in the Aegean waters an unforgettable experience. The Aegean Islands are  traditionally subdivided into seven groups from north to south and include: the Northeastern Aegean Islands, Sporades, Euboea, Argo-Saronic Islands, Cyclades, Dodecanese and Crete.

Santorini

Santorini - Greece

For more information about charter yacht SEAGULL II and to help you to choose the best destination for your next Mediterranean yacht vacation, creating a personalised itinerary based on your desires and expectations, contact our experienced charter brokers here.

World premiere for hull #1 of Oceanic Yachts 90′ STS motor yacht DOLCE VITA at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

July 03, 2014

Oceanic Yachts, the exciting new line of yachts built at Cantiere Navale di Ostia (Canados), is thrilled to announce that hull #1 of Oceanic Yachts 90′ STS motor yacht Dolce Vita will make her world premiere at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival. The event will take place in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes, running from September 9 to 14, 2014.

First Oceanic Yachts 90 STS motor yacht DOLCE VITA

First Oceanic Yachts 90 STS motor yacht DOLCE VITA

Oceanic 90’ STS – Hull # 1

The very first Oceanic 90′ superyacht Dolce Vita in its straight shaft version (sold last January 2014) – is about to be delivered first week of August 2014 before making its first official public appearance in Cote D’Azur.

Superyacht Dolce Vita - aft view

Superyacht Dolce Vita - aft view

Amongst the amenities offered by this first yacht is an upper deck owner’s suite with private terrace, while a VIP plus two guest cabins are located on the lower deck.

Luxury yacht Dolce Vita from above

Luxury yacht Dolce Vita from above

The interior decoration of luxury yacht Dolce Vita is a result of a study undertaken by the Canados in-house design studio in conjunction with the Owner. The primary timbers used throughout will consist of limed Grey Oak, Macassar Ebony, Wengé, lacquered wood and wood floors.

Dolce Vita Yacht - Dining

Dolce Vita Yacht - Dining

The convertible aft deck, with modular bridge, will stow a 6.50m diesel powered SACS tender while two personal water-crafts will be stored in the transom garage.

Dolce Vita superyacht - Saloon

Dolce Vita superyacht - Saloon

The engine room will be buffered from the lower deck guest cabins by the vast crew quarters and Boffi manufactured galley.

Super yacht Dolce Vita - Owners Cabin

Super yacht Dolce Vita - Owners Cabin

As the entire Oceanic Yachts production – OY 90 #1 Dolce Vita yacht maintains the brand-new philosophy whose main features are: extended outdoor and indoor living volumes, ability to carry large toys and tenders, high performance and ability to navigate at economic speed with low fuel consumption, resulting in reduced overall operating costs.

Dolce Vita yacht under construction

Dolce Vita yacht under construction

“DiElec”mode. The option offered on the 90′ (and the 140′ as well) is the “DiElec” version – which stands for Diesel-Electric propulsion – is a true innovation of the Oceanic range. In this version, the 90′ can run either on its two Caterpillar C32 Acert engines for speeds up to 28 knots or, alternately, on its two electric motors powered by Kohler generators.

Technical Specifications of first Oceanic 90’ STS Yacht Dolce Vita

Length: 91’2” (27.8 m)

Beam: 23’ (7 m)

Top Speed: 27.5 knots

Power Package: Twin Caterpillar C32 Acert @1,925 hp (Also available in DiElec with Pods)

Top Speed: 27.5 knots under diesel – 9 Knots under Diesel Electric

Power Package: Twin Caterpillar C32 Acert @1,925 hp + twin Auxilia 80 kW engines

Inaugural Ibiza Rendezvous Superyacht Regatta, Marina Ibiza, October 8 – 11, 2014

July 03, 2014

Marina Ibiza, a beautiful Ibiza yacht charter destination, nestled in the Mediterranean, will play a host to the first edition of the Ibiza Rendezvous. This inaugural superyacht regatta will run from October 8 to 11, 2014.

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Awarded the highest Blue Star Certification, Marina Ibiza is the “latest-generation marina that combines exclusivity with leisure and relaxation, elegance in design and functionality in its facilities and moorings”.

Marina Ibiza

Marina Ibiza

Amenities include a wide array of exclusive boutiques and shops available to browse at the end of the day, as well as a supermarket providing the necessary provisions. A cool chill out experience is provided by famous names including Blue Marlin, Lío Restaurant Club Cabaret from the Pachá group offering a fantastic must-see live show, Cappuccino and Bistró Calma – great spots for a café latte or a glass of champagne whilst watching the spectacular sunset and listening to Ibiza chillout vibes.

Priding itself in its care for the environment and risk prevention, Marina Ibiza is the perfect setting for the Ibiza Rendezvous regatta – the organizers of the event are looking forward to working together to create an exciting new event in the annual sailing calendar.

New personal watercraft for mega yachts ‘V8 Wet Rod’ unveiled by Strand Craft

July 03, 2014

Strand Craft has proudly unveiled their latest innovation, the new luxury personal watercraft for superyachts and mega yachts, called ‘V8 Wet Rod’. The vessel has been created by the bespoke designer and visionary, Kurt Strand.

New personal watercraft for superyachts and mega yachts ‘V8 Wet Rod’ unveiled by Strand Craft

New personal watercraft for superyachts and mega yachts ‘V8 Wet Rod’ unveiled by Strand Craft

Virtuality becomes soon reality when dream yacht builder and designer Strand Craft will soon launch their V8 Wet Rod.

The first V8 Wet Rod will hit the water later this year. Strand Craft has teamed up with professional water craft riders to develop this amazing machine.

New personal watercrafts for luxury yachts ‘V8 Wet Rod’ by Strand Craft

New personal watercrafts for luxury yachts ‘V8 Wet Rod’ by Strand Craft

Strand Craft Wet Rods feature a 300 horsepower 5,7 liter V8 engine. Construction is Carbon fibre – epoxy and they come with standard  custom metallic paint.

Options include custom trailer, Engine dress up kit, Wood or Carbon trim kit, GPS navigator, Advanced Sound system, Special custom paint or wrapping.

‘V8 Wet Rod’ unveiled by Strand Craft

‘V8 Wet Rod’ unveiled by Strand Craft

Below is a video presenting the new personal watercraft for mega yachts ‘V8 Wet Rod’, unveiled by Strand Craft:

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014, August 31 – September 6

July 03, 2014

Representing the world’s number one rendezvous for Maxi yachts, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will return in a little under two months time, running from 31 August – 6 September. The competition is always one of the international yachting calendar’s standout occasions, sponsored by Rolex since 1985. Organized by the International Maxi Association (IMA) and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), this unmissable event for yacht designers, sailors and Maxi owners alike will be hosted by the fabulous Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo.

Superyachts Y3K and HAMILTON during the windward-leeward races in Porto Cervo - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyachts Y3K and HAMILTON during the windward-leeward races in Porto Cervo - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

One of the competition’s most contested divisions is the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, where the quality increases year after year. Sailing yacht Rán 2, Niklas Zennström’s outstanding 72-ft Mini Maxi, has won three of the four championships to date, although 2013’s dramatic victory in the final race was to be her last in the hands of Zennström who launched a new Rán earlier this year. Despite the new boat’s impressive start, Rán’s crew are fully aware that competing on the Costa Smeralda’s myriad of challenging racecourses will provide its sternest test to date.

Luxury yacht Alegre was 2013’s new launch and performed impressively. Expectations are that the crew will be more familiar with boat’s potential and once again she will be among the frontrunners alongside Hap Fauth’s yacht Bella Mente from the United States, winner in 2012. The fleet is likely to be bolstered by the presence of other quality Mini Maxis including George Sakellaris’ yacht Shockwave (USA), Sir Peter Ogden’s new 72-ft luxury yacht Jethou (GBR), the former Stig, Swiss Alexander Schaerer’s yacht Caol Ila R and sailing yacht Robertissima III (ITA), formerly Ran 2.

Mini Maxis at the race start - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxis at the race start - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Rivalries are abound throughout the competition. Last year’s Wally competition witnessed the Porto Cervo debut of Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s new Wally Cento 100 superyacht Magic Carpet 3 although it was Jean Charles Decaux’s luxury yacht J-One which claimed its first title since 2007. Both crews are expected to return this year. 2013 witnessed the return to the Maddalena archipelago of the J-Class, where restorations compete with replica builds of original 1930s designs, adding both grace and class to the spectacle.

The Maxi class welcomes yachts from 80-100ft, usually the fastest boats on show. Recent participants have included Igor Simčič’s all conquering 100-ft Reichel/Pugh superyacht Esimit Europa 2 as well as Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s 82-ft hybrid yacht Highland Fling. In terms of sheer scale and power, the Supermaxi class, open to yachts over 100-ft, catch many admiring glances. Comprising boats dually designed to cruise and race, Filip Balcaen’s superyacht Nilaya has won the last three editions although it was mega yacht Hetairos’s appearance in 2012 that made the most memorable headlines. At 216-ft (66.7m) she became the largest yacht ever to appear at the event. Proof that the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is always pushing boundaries, forever evolving.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week welcomes CNBC as Official Business Media Partner

July 03, 2014

Cowes Week Limited (CWL), the organisation behind the world-renowned regatta, Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, is excited to announce CNBC, the world’s leading business and financial news network, as the Official Business Media Partner to the event.

CNBC

CNBC

This new agreement will assist the already internationally-acclaimed regatta in reaching a wider European audience with a commercial advertising campaign designed to promote Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week. CNBC will receive hospitality and branding at the event, enabling it to increase its profile with those both following the event online and in attendance in Cowes.

Commenting on the announcement Finola McDonnell, Vice President of International Marketing and Communications at CNBC said: “Cowes Week is one of Britain’s oldest summer sporting events and it’s clear that our audiences complement each other well.  We look forward to working with CWL and to raising awareness of the event to our international influential and affluent audience.”

Michelle Warner, Sales and Marketing Director at CWL, added: “This is the first time that our regatta has established a relationship of this nature and we’re delighted to be working with CNBC to increase the international reach of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week with a huge European audience. We’re always looking at ways in which we can engage with more people from home and further afield; this new relationship provides us with a perfect vehicle to do this.”

This year’s regatta takes place from 2 – 9 August and will be supported by an advertising campaign on CNBC in July.

Luxury yachts by Sunreef to be displayed at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

July 03, 2014

Sunreef Yachts shipyard is delighted to announce its presence at the next edition of the prominent Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, which will be hosted by the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14. During this principal event of the yachting industry, the company will showcase 4 beautiful units. Visitors will have the opportunity to see recently launched power yachts, in addition to sailing catamarans from 60 to 102 feet in length.

Newly launched 70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

Newly launched 70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life to be dislayed at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

The first yacht on display will be the newly launched 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life with IPS system and innovative interior solutions and an open saloon which provides more living space for the owners. The yacht is equipped with a gym on the flybridge and a special aft platform from Tenderlift that enables rapid deployment inflatable boats and skis. The platform powered by hydraulic system is very light, simple and quiet in use. This yacht is attractive to many motor yacht enthusiasts thanks to its stability and subsequently comfort in cruising, an extended living and storage space thanks to its large beam, superior exterior space and oceanic range combined with very low fuel consumption and all that in keeping with Sunreef`s customized design.

60 Sunreef Power Yacht Blue Belly

60 Sunreef Power Yacht Blue Belly

On the power yacht side, Sunreef will also showcase 60 Sunreef Power yacht Blue Belly with stunning azure hulls. Especially upon the client`s request, Sunreef`s interior design team prepared a “tailor made” project of this power model with a semi-open salon combined with lounge area and bar instead of interior navigation station. The concept of 60 Sunreef Power was introduced in response to the growing demand for compact yet highly impressive powerboats. This yacht has all the features of the popular 70 Sunreef Power, except its slightly smaller 27.8 ft / 8.5 m beam that makes it more convenient for crowded marinas.

IPHARRA -  From Above

IPHARRA - From Above

With no doubts, one of the most popular yacht at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 will be Sunreef 102 charter yacht IPHARRA launched in 2010 by Sunreef Yachts. She is one of the largest cruising catamarans in the world, the first sailing catamaran from a Double Deck line, and the third biggest sloop rigged catamaran in the world.

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht

The fourth yacht on display will be a Sunreef 60 LOFT model introduced in 2013. The yacht has all the trademark features of Sunreef catamarans – impeccable quality of construction, customized luxury finish and high seaworthiness – converted into a compact and light vessel. The Sunreef 60 LOFT is a luxury and performance-oriented yacht with comfortable accommodation for 6 guests in 3 spacious cabins and 2 crew in the port aft cabin, accessible through the galley located within this hull for easy crew circulation.

Sunreef Yachts is a leader in custom-made sailing and power catamarans and superyachts from 60 to 200 feet. All units are interesting alternatives to traditional yachts with much lower fuel consumption, natural stability, as well as customized interior design and superb living space offering comfort and intimacy for the owner and his guests.

Sunreef Yachts invites you to visit them on stand CAT 001 in CATAMARAN`S section during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 to discover more about these exquisite yachts.

FM – Architettura d’Interni refits 172ft Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht AMORE MIO 2 (ex Sea Jewel)

July 03, 2014

FM- Architettura d’Interni, the Italian Atelier specializing in the complete service of a project, going beyond the limits of traditional architecture and design, has beautifully refitted motor yacht Amore Mio 2, previously known as Sea Jewel. Made of steel and aluminium, the  172-foot superyacht Amore Mio 2 was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1997.

Abeking and Rasmussen superyacht Amore Mio 2 (ex Sea Jewel) refitted by FM - Architettura d'Interni

Abeking and Rasmussen superyacht Amore Mio 2 (ex Sea Jewel) refitted by FM - Architettura d'Interni

For Francesca Muzio and Maria Silvia Orlandini, founders of FM- Architettura d’Interni, it was a real challenge since the project started in January 2014 and was delivered on May 24, 2014. The new Owner of luxury yacht Amore Mio 2 has decided to cooperate with the Firm from Ancona after understanding FM organizational efficiency and especially the expertise and passion of the two young founders of this design atelier.

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Dining

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Dining

Thanks to the high sophistication level achieved by the Firm in displaying projects through dexterity of sketches, technical plans, mood-boards, CGI software and 3D modelling, the Owner of Amore Mio 2 yacht could see in the tiniest details the finished product, even before it was started. This new approach made it possible to complete the project on time and fully meeting the Owner and FM’s expectations.

Luxury yacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

Luxury yacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

Super yacht Amore Mio 2 has been refitted in partnership with CPN Shipyard Ancona relying on an established network of top level artisans, selected by FM-Interior Architecture among those ranking at the highest level of professional excellence in the Marche region (which boasts a centuries-old tradition, especially in the manufacturing of leather and wood), and able to meet any requirement from the Owner.

Despite being built more than 15 years ago, Amore Mio 2 superyacht can be considered a contemporary jewel of the present, with very specific characteristics. First of all, we are on a 52 mt long boat, whose volumes can definitely be compared to a 60 mt since it has a maximum width of 10.30 mt and 5 decks.

Superyacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

Superyacht Amore Mio 2 - Saloon

All the interiors of Amore Mio 2 yacht have been refitted, night and day areas, starting from the verification and re-fix of insulation and air conditioning system, up to the choice of furniture items and décor. This has significantly increased comfort on board in terms of acoustics and living spaces.

Attention to the finishing was extraordinary and unique since characterized by manufacturing techniques, which combine the use of the metal, even melted, with woven leather tailored locally. We can define this refit intervention as Haute Couture, where the combination of unusual materials and peculiar processing techniques, have made the atmosphere warm and contemporary, sensual and posh at the same time.

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Interior

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Interior

The main deck has been completely re-made. In the forepart of luxury yacht Amore Mio 2, those which were 2 king bed cabins, have been transformed into one large space for exclusive use of the Owner. FM – Architettura d’Interni has designed and subcontracted to skilled craftsmen each piece, which makes up this new area. Promemoria items, Armani Casa fabrics and Dedar wallpaper give the place a touch of elegance and comfort. The former VIP salon, entering the Owner Cabin, has been transformed into an elegant office with relaxing armchairs.

Amore Mio 2 Yacht - Cabin

Amore Mio 2 Yacht - Cabin

Great elegance and light mood surprise the guest who enters the main salon. The use of metal, combined with peculiar value finishing, makes the area rich in extraordinary details. The extendable round table to accommodate up to 12 people, designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni, is made of light grey mahogany wood, with brushed silver and metal details, while the base is covered with woven leather. The Promemoria sofas and chairs, upholstered with Dedar fabrics, surround as the perfect frame three unique items custom-designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni: a coffee table with wood finishing “fusione contraria” (inverted casting) in liquid bronze; 2 small tables in brushed mahogany combine the functionality of the side table to the table/tray combo; East inspired is the central TV cabinet, with leather-wrapped handles with brushed silver and equipped for dinnerware storage. On one side, a football table in steel and glass completes the furnishing.

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Cabin

Amore Mio 2 superyacht - Cabin

The new concept expressed in the upper deck is colonially inspired, with cognac colours of the structures contrasting the ivory nuance of fabrics. Great attention is paid to conviviality, thanks to the large C-shaped sofa, equipped with side tables and a coffee table designed by FM – Architettura d’Interni, featuring a top made of leather and linen.

Also the curtains matches the colonial mood, handmade tailored and one of a kind decoration item with linen slats and metal details, which design an elegant pattern of grommets.

At the two opposite corners of the sofa, there are two tables with leather carvings, which hide two game tables for backgammon and checkers. To complete the furnishing, there is a central freestanding TV cabinet covered in leather and linen, matching the colours and mood of the curtains.

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Cabin

Luxury motor yacht Amore Mio 2 - Cabin

The lower deck, in the central part, has 3 double cabins, 3 bathrooms and a very large playroom. Liveliness and relaxation are the dominant leitmotif being the area dedicated to the youngest members of the family. Blue, aqua and red leather enliven the area together with Cantori lamps and Loro Piana fabrics. In the aft area, whose access is through private staircase winding down from the main deck, there are two more large VIP cabins, one with twin beds and the other with two queen beds, each with private bathroom and walk in closet.

Super yacht Amore Mio 2 (ex Sea Jewel) is fitted with two C1400 KW CAT engines, reaching a maximum speed of 16 knots. She can accommodate up to 12 guests and has a crew of 21 people for a totally comfortable journey.