New Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht GATSBY

November 07, 2014

Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht Gatsby represents the second model in the green series Navetta. The first fully customised version of the Navetta 30, the 30-metre superyacht Gatsby is born in a customized version, to meet the needs as well as requirements of the Owner.

Filippetti Navetta 30 superyacht GATSBY

Filippetti Navetta 30 superyacht GATSBY

Launched in June 2014, and premiered at the Cannes Boat Show, luxury yacht Gatsby meets all the owner’s requests and wishes. The last boat possessed by the Owner was a fly boat but he was not fully satisfied, because he thought it was quite uncomfortable and consumed a lot of fuel.

Luxury motor yacht GATSBY

Luxury motor yacht GATSBY

Filippetti Navetta 30 has been designed in an eco-sustainable manner, complying with rigorous principles of environmental, safety and quality regulations, without ever losing sight of the style of the Owner. With 27,000 liters of fuel, 3,700 nautical miles range, Navetta 30 yacht Gatsby guarantees fifteen days of continuous navigation: long and relaxing cruises in harmony with the sea and with the minimal environmental impact.

Aboard GATSBY Yacht

Aboard GATSBY Yacht

Super yacht GATSBY - Exterior

Super yacht GATSBY - Exterior

Aboard luxury yacht GATSBY

Aboard luxury yacht GATSBY

Regarding the internal layout, the owner had some very specific requests. First of all, he asked for more privacy and more space for him. Filippetti Yacht has modified the interior layout of the boat, to create what the owner wanted. The Owner of Gatsby has decided to customize the entire upper deck, creating a real “Owner deck”, in a location that ensures the utmost privacy. The master cabin becomes a “big suite” and it features with every type of comfort. This area, plenty by natural light which filters through the wide glazing windows that run 180 degree toward the bow, is divided into a bedroom, a working zone and a large wardrobe. The head of the bead is turned toward the stern, so that from a reclined position, one may enjoy the voyage and the view. From bedroom access is gained to a private terrace which overlooks the sea towards the bow. This is an exclusive solarium area that is accessed only by the Owner.

Luxury yacht GATSBY - Dining

Luxury yacht GATSBY - Dining

GATSBY superyacht - Saloon

GATSBY superyacht - Saloon

The second important request of the owner is to accommodate a larger number of guest, in particular adding a second cabin above the main deck. The boat is available for charter so for him is very important to have many cabins at disposal. To meet this request, Filippetti Yacht adds a large VIP cabin adminship on the main deck.

Motor yacht GATSBY - Cabin

Motor yacht GATSBY - Cabin

Super yacht Gatsby has a total of 6 cabins, that is very unusual for boat of this size.

GATSBY Yacht - Twin Cabin

GATSBY Yacht - Twin Cabin

Here is a reference of the Owner of Gatsby superyacht: “I wanted a custom boat to fit in my 30 m berth. Filippetti’s Navetta 30 gave me the ability to design the boat I want and not choose the boat available. The master with its own permanent terrace and VIP on the main deck make this a unique boat for up to 12 people in six cabins. There is not other boat giving you so much space, comfort, style and economy on the market today. Thank you Filippetti!”

Official opening of Horizon City Marina

November 07, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014, saw the official opening of the Horizon City Marina, representing the first specialized private superyacht marina in Taiwan. The marina was opened in a ceremony to celebrate the continued dedication to the growth of the yachting lifestyle in Taiwan. The Horizon Group invested millions of NT dollars to the development of the marina as a further example of the Group’s commitment to the Taiwanese yachting industry. The marina presently provides 40 berths, which can accommodate yachts from 12-40 meters in length.

Horizon City Marina

Horizon City Marina

November 1st 2014 was also the opening ceremony of the Argo Yacht Club, a business and leisure partner of the Horizon Group. The ceremony was initiated by Li Yong De, the vice mayor of Kaohsiung City who expressed his appreciation of the venture and his wishes for the continued growth of leisure yachting in Taiwan. Invited guests were treated to spectacular weather with a gentle breeze flowing through the Marina and served gourmet food while visiting the yachts in the marina. With the stars bright and the marina lights dancing on the water, Kaohsiung Harbor looked radiant and tranquil.

Grand opening of Horizon City Marina

Grand opening of Horizon City Marina

Due to the incentives provided by the Kaohsiung government to the growth of the marine leisure industry, there were 15 manufactures on hand during the day to meet and greet prospective employees at a specialized job fair. Being interviewed on the yachts in the marina the candidates were in awe of their surroundings and kept saying that this opportunity might only happen once in a life time!

Horizon City Marina by night

Horizon City Marina by night

Horizon Group has been promoting and assisting the growth of the leisure yacht industry in Taiwan for many years. Future plans at the marina are for a waterfront cafeteria and entertainment facilities to further enhance the appeal of the yacht club, this will create the first full service base for the marine leisure industry in Taiwan.

Two challenging yacht interior projects for Guido de Groot Design

November 07, 2014

The well known Dutch luxury yacht design studio, Guido de Groot Design, has recently had the opportunity to work on two challenging yacht interior projects. Both of these are based on two interior styles from the beginning of the 20th century – Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Guido de Groot Art Deco yacht interior

Guido de Groot Art Deco yacht interior

A little research into Art Nouveau shows that it manifested itself mainly in Europe at the turn of the last century (1890-1910). It was known by different names in different parts of the continent; le style moderne originally in France, modernisme (in Catalonia, Spain), Jugendstil in Germany (young style), Secession in Austria, Stile Liberty in Italy and Nieuwe kunst (“new art”) in the Netherlands. It came to an end just before World War I, and was replaced by the more rectilinear Modernist style, which was perceived as easier to produce and this in turn, with its machine aesthetic, led onto Art Deco.

Guido de Groot Art Deco superyacht interior design

Guido de Groot Art Deco superyacht interior design

Art Deco is regularly the source of inspiration to designers, for reasons that are easy to be understood. Spectacular buildings such as the iconic Chrysler building in New York, beautiful cars such as the Cord 812, interiors of ocean liners such as the Normandie, and the designs of Raymond Loewy all still stimulate designers and the owners of many yachts, by their glamour.

For both projects the Guido de Groot design team went to great lengths to translate the best of each style into a modern yacht. They ensured to retain a very clear design signature for each project; “Art Nouveau” with elaborate ornamentation and complexity, and “Art Deco” with the repetition of geometric shapes and motifs. Both projects were challenging but were carried out with great dedication.

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts with design by Guido de Groot.

Video showing 100ft Hodgdon superyacht COMANCHE under sail

November 07, 2014

Last week saw Jim Clark’s 100-foot Hodgdon-built carbon superyacht Comanche set sail for Charleston in South Carolina. Sailing yacht Comanche was on her way to Charleston to meet the ship that will take her to the popular Australia yacht charter destination – Sydney for the 2014 Sydney to Hobart Race, set to run in December. Below is a video showing Comanche under sail, while reaching an impressive speed of 30 knots. The video has been produced by Onne van der Wal.

Three new superyacht projects signed by Sunrise Yachts at FLIBS 2014

November 07, 2014

For the first time this year, Sunrise Yachts had the opportunity to display a yacht at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Luxury motor yacht Atomic (Project Sunset, hull 182) was received with enthusiasm by more than 300 visitors, comprising 17 super yacht owners. North and South American visitors alike were greatly intrigued by the full-displacement, steel and aluminium luxury superyacht Atomic, boasting genuine sea-worthy qualities, outstanding volumes, as well as remarkable fuel efficiency.

Luxury motor yacht Atomic (Project Sunset) by Sunrise Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Atomic (Project Sunset) by Sunrise Yachts

Guillaume Roché, Sunrise Yachts co-founder and CEO, stated: “We are very proud of the quality achieved with M/Y “Atomic”, which is bringing us one great step closer to our objectives in term of engineering and construction standards. We intend to continue improving with every project we are currently building and we look forward to exhibiting our new yachts at FLIBS in 2015 and beyond.”

The owner of luxury yacht “Atomic” attended the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and his contagious excitement about the yacht helped convince new clients to build their yacht projects with Sunrise Yachts: a 45m (sister ship to “Atomic”), a 50m and a 60m (Design by A. Vallicelli & Co), with 2017 and 2018 delivery, as well as another 50m (Design by Espen Øino) in discussion.

Further details will be released on the projects at the beginning of 2015.

IY&A Awards 2015: Further Shortlist Success for Hydro Tec by Sergio Cutolo S.r.l with Columbus 40 Sport Hybrid Yacht

November 06, 2014

Hydro Tec by Sergio Cutolo S.r.l have achieved further shortlist success in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015, with their Columbus 40 Sport Hybrid yacht, constructed by Columbus Yachts, part of Palumbo S.p.a.. Luxury motor yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M will compete for the ‘Power Yacht 25-40 metres’ category.

Luxury motor yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M designed by Hydro Tec

Luxury motor yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M designed by Hydro Tec

The first Hybrid boat of her kind the all-aluminium superyacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M combines new lines and high technology whilst respecting the environment.

Superyacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M from above

Superyacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M from above

The aim of the 40m sport hybrid yacht is to provide owners with a fast and sporty yacht without renouncing the comfort, elegance and style of a mega yacht. The sleek aggressive lines are designed to merge seamlessly with the environment and work harmoniously with the interior. Sport indicates the high performance of the vessel, being equipped with two MTU engines and incredibly efficient hull lines she reaches 23 knots and easily cruises at 18-20 knots.

Super yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - Exterior

Super yacht Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M - Exterior

The revolutionary hybrid propulsion system offers a new quiet and efficient way of yachting. With this green approach the owner can cruise slowly with the main engines switched off, transforming this high performance yacht into an incredibly quiet, fuel efficient and graceful superyacht. The addition of the folding balconies and beach club offers owners direct contact with the surrounding environment.

Aboard Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M superyacht

Aboard Columbus Sport Hybrid 40M superyacht

Hydro Tec feel the design works well because she bring two different yachting approaches into one experience with a combination of high speeds and long range. The addition of aggressive styling and technological advances really makes this yacht a success in all categories.

International Marina Scholarship Winner attends Advanced Marina Management (AMM) course

November 06, 2014

The recipient of the MIA Bellingham International Scholarship is coming back to Australia after attending the Advanced Marina Management (AMM) course, conducted by the British Marine Federation (BMF) on the South Coast of England. David Osmond, Marina Manager at d’Albora Marinas Pier 35 and Victoria Harbour was presented as the Bellingham international scholarship winner at the World Marina Conference earlier this year.

David Osmond, Marina Manager dÁbora Marinas Pier 35 and Victoria Harbour

David Osmond, Marina Manager d'Abora Marinas Pier 35 and Victoria Harbour

The internationally recognised AMM course involves five days of lectures, site visits and group work with participants in this instance coming from eight countries. David commented: “that despite some obvious differences in operations; like 12 metre tides, locks, salt bins at the top of ramps, drying marinas (where the tide goes out and boats are left “dry”) and hawk men (a man with a trained falcon used to deter smaller birds!); the trends and challenges faced by our industry are similar.

Boats are getting bigger, environmental compliance and regulations are becoming more stringent; there is a strong focus on business development in an attempt to keep our marinas occupied through difficult trading times and the never ending attempt to keep on top of technological changes to keep our businesses at the forefront of service delivery, operational and process efficiencies. There are also very positive indicators around the globe that we have been through the worst of the global recession and things are on the up” he said.

John Spragg, General Manager, Bellingham Marine Australia commented that it was pleasing to see that David had gained a lot from the experience. “Bellingham understands the importance of industry education and the development of global networks to strengthen our industry. David has clearly been an excellent ambassador for this region.”

The AMM course is acknowledged as the most valuable training course within the career pathway for marina managers. The course is one of the prerequisites to acquiring marina industry certification that is endorsed by the Global Marina Institute and delivered by the Marina Industries Association.

Southport Yacht Club awarded ‘Fish Friendly’ status by the Marina Industries Association

November 06, 2014

Yesterday, November 5, 2014, saw Queensland’s Southport Yacht Club, a lovely Australia yacht charter destination, receive the ‘Fish Friendly’ accreditation from the Marina Industries Association.

Southport Yacht Club accredited with 'Fish Friendly' status by MIA

Southport Yacht Club accredited with 'Fish Friendly' status by MIA

‘Fish Friendly Marina’ accreditation is an information campaign and accreditation system focusing on marina fish habits and was developed initially by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the NSW Boating Industry Association (BIA) in collaboration and consultation with government and EPA authorities.

The initiative is attached to MIA’s International Clean Marinas Program and is available to marinas across the Asia Pacific region. Additional fish friendly criteria and an audit are requirements to achieve ‘Fish Friendly Marina’ accreditation.

Southport Yacht Club was recently awarded Level 3 International Clean Marina Accreditation and is an award-winning world-class facility. The Club is the second marina to be accredited ‘Fish Friendly’ in south east Queensland. There are now 13 marinas recognised or in the process of being accredited as ‘Fish Friendly’ throughout Australia. The initiative has received positive support from numerous government departments and authorities across Australia.

“Marinas can provide important habitat for fish. The Fish Friendly Marinas program has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise benefits for fish, and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitat,” said MIA Director, Mike Harvey CMM in presenting the award to Brett James, General Manager and Mark Riddell, Waterfront Manager at Southport Yacht Club.

“I congratulate Southport Yacht Club today on its significant commitment to protecting and preserving the marina’s valuable marine habitat and communicating its efforts to customers and visitors.”

Brett James said, “the initiative is an important development for the industry and it is essential marinas continue to set the highest environmental standards. Marinas are the ideal location for many community members to see and learn about native fish and the aquatic environment. Clean Marinas and the Fish Friendly accreditation add-on demonstrate that industry, with support from government, is best able to set the standards that meet and exceed community and government expectations.”

“We are proud to be accredited with this exciting new environmental initiative and are committed to ensuring our marina is of the highest environmental standard through participation in programs such as Clean Marinas. We have all fully embraced the opportunity to meet the Fish Friendly criteria,” said Mark Riddell.

“We will continue to support the MIA in these very important programs which demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainable practices.  The MIA leads the industry in developing consistent best practice management of the waterways in which marinas operate and Southport Yacht Club is very proud to uphold such standards.”

Foil application of 120 windows for 90m motor yacht LAUREN L completed by Wild Group International

November 06, 2014

Wild Group International, the company providing exterior and interior vinyl finishes and transformations for superyachts worldwide, is delighted to announce that they have recently completed a foil application for privacy and heat control  to 120 windows on the outstanding 90m charter yacht Lauren L.

Luxury charter yacht Lauren L underway

Luxury charter yacht Lauren L underway

Originally launched in 2002 and refitted in 2008, luxury motor yacht Lauren L had been having some issues with the air-conditioning onboard struggling to keep up. Titan Fleet Management called in WGI Vinyl Finishing Services and asked the team to apply a mirror effect to the inside of the windows to alleviate the problem.  The mirror effect was to fit in with the paint scheme and to allow for owners privacy whist on-board their yacht. The project took place in Sardinia, taking six days to complete. The job was done between charters maximising time on the water with minimal disruption.

Lauren L

Luxury motor yacht Lauren L

The Titan Fleet Management were impressed with the results: “The windows look great and the interior temperature has lowered.  We are now seriously considering substantial work to the exterior and other yachts within our fleet.”

Lauren L Windows

Lauren L Yacht Windows

The technology that WGI employ to create this effect is based on research originally related to US aerospace and military use. The films used by the specialist team are world’s first wavelength selective window coating that provides a virtually transparent protective barrier against the sun’s heat and radiation.

Seattle Boat Show 2015 to feature 35 new FREE seminars

November 06, 2014

The organizers of the Seattle Boat Show have announced that the 2015 event will feature 35 new free seminars, bringing the total to 235 and prompting the addition of a fourth stage on weekends.

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One of the most popular features year in and year out at the Seattle Boat Show is the extensive line-up of free boating and fishing seminars and the advanced training classes for a fee through Boat Show University. Indeed many out-of-town attendees plan their travel arrangements around the seminar schedule. Others buy a 5-day pass in order to fit in all the seminars they want to attend. And it’s with good reason. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and number of seminars offered.

Many of the new topics center on the latest technologies and apps. There are also new topics for women and a cooking demonstration. There’s something for everyone and all skill levels.

The show, with two locations — indoors at CenturyLink Field Event Center and afloat at South Lake Union — opens Jan. 23 and runs through Feb. 1, 2015. The complete schedule of seminars can be viewed online  beginning Nov. 18, 2015.

Boating Seminars

The information ranges from enlightening to entertaining. Some of the seminars can even save your life. They run the gamut from beginner topics to advanced topics to the esoteric.

Technology: Keeping up with technology is hard to do. Not just what’s new with the latest in marine electronics but what about all those apps? And how do you integrate them with your onboard legacy systems? Many of the new seminars will help boaters sort through these issues, including:

•             NMEA 2000 – Critical systems monitoring made easy. How multiple systems can be easily managed on any size vessel

•             Using Smartphone Apps and Tablets Underway

•             Staying connected while you’re getting unplugged – Wi-Fi, 4G cellular, and satellite tips and tricks

•             Your multifunction display is listening, but is anything talking? A basic understanding of NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 and how and where they connect

•             Do I Really Need a Satellite Phone on my Boat?

•             An Update on AIS Solutions for Boaters

Cruising: There’s no shortage of advice and seminars to choose from for those planning a cruise, whether in our local waters, to Alaska or as far afield as Europe or Tahiti. New for 2015 include:

•             Nuts and Bolts of Cruising to SE Alaska

•             Blue Water Sailing in the Modern World –Myths, Misconceptions and what Technology Can Do For You

•             Waggoner Cruising Guide’s 2015 Favorite Destinations

•             Cool Products No One Knows About

•             Cruising on a Budget

Women’s Day: Not only are the seminars free, but women get in for free on Women’s Day, Monday Jan. 26. One of the most popular sessions is always the Northwest Women in Boating Panel and it will be back in 2015. “Can I manage coastal kayaking?” “Being physically challenged, can I handle a long passage through multiple locks?” “Should I attempt power boating the Inside Passage solo?” “Is tent boating in challenging waters or cruising the Pacific really for me?” These women have done it; their accomplishments are impressive and will inspire all attendees – men and women alike – to greater boating adventures.

New seminars for Women’s Day include:

•             Outfitting and Provisioning Your Gourmet Galley

•             Effortless Onboard Entertaining – a cooking demonstration with tasty samples

•             Diesel Engines Aren’t Just For Men – A Woman’s Guide to the Basics

•             Captains Vs. Mates: Tips, Systems and Procedures So You Both Look Like Rock Stars

•             Singlehanded Sailing

Just plain fun and informative

•             Repairs at Sea: Items for your boat you never knew you needed. Learn how panty hose, duct tape, dental floss and more could all come in handy.

•             Marine Refrigeration: How to keep your beer cold without draining your batteries.

•             Always dreamed of your own drone and beautiful aerial photos of you boat? ‘Drones and Aerial Photography on Boats’ will get you started with general equipment recommendations and tips on how to photograph boats from the sky.

•             The Race to Alaska is a new engineless boat race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan. It’s the first race up the Inside Passage and the only race where any boat of any size can enter—kayaks are racing against trimarans and dugout canoes. First prize is $10,000, second prize is a set of steak knives.

Fishing seminars

On the fishing stage there will be 60 free fishing seminars with the best experts in their field of fishing.  Mark Gavin joins this year’s premier fishing team offering seminars on how to catch trout, perch, bass, and salmon in Lake Washington and Lake Sammamish. As in recent years, Clyde McBrayer will share with attendees everything they need to know to be more successful in capturing Puget Sound Dungeness crab along with Tom Nelson’s presentation on shrimping. For the tuna fishermen, Tommy Donlin’s presentation on albacore tuna fishing off the Washington coast is a must.  And Gary Krein, along with Nick Kester, will share tips on salmon and lingcod fishing in Puget Sound. KIRO Radio’s Outdoor Line host TJ Nelson will be offering first class seminars on how to fish the San Juan Island and Puget Sound.

Boat Show University – celebrating a decade of expert, in-depth instruction

Now in its 10th year, the Seattle Boat Show University will be offering extended in-depth three-hour nautical training seminars and full-day seminar programs. With courses on weather, cruising to Alaska, and new technologies, the popular Boat Show U. program features well known nautical experts such as Lee Chesneau, Mike Beemer, Kevin Monahan, Sam Landsman, Mark Bunzel and others. Returning after a hiatus of four years is the ever popular Niger Calder. Calder will be presenting a seminar on Trouble Shooting Your Boat as well as several other topics.

The three hour programs are priced at $39 each with a special package including four courses and boat show admission for $149. All day expert training sessions during the week cover topics such as Women’s Cruising, Boating Maintenance and Marine Weather and Cruising. All courses are available for advanced registration on the Seattle Boat Show website.

Know Before You Go

When: Friday, January 23 – Sunday, February 1, 2015

Where:

CenturyLink Field Event Center: 800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

South Lake Union: 901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle

Free shuttle running continuously between both locations

Hours:  CenturyLink Field Event Center

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 pm

Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm

Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm

Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm*

South Lake Union

Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 5 pm

Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm*

* The show will close at 3pm on Sunday, February 1st

Tickets:

Adults: $12; Youth (11-17): $5

5-Day BIG Pass $24

Monday – Thursday after 5pm: $8 (And $5 parking after 5pm)

Kids 10 & under: Free