84m Echo mega yacht to feature luxury guest elevator by Lift Emotion

December 04, 2014

This year’s METS saw Lift Emotion sign a contract for a luxurious guest elevator that will feature an impressive 84m mega yacht by Echo Yachts. The 84m Echo superyacht is currently under construction in Western Australia’s Henderson Marine Precinct.


To be completed by September 2015, the luxury guest elevator for the 84m Echo yacht will be a four stop elevator, which will be merged in with the whole vessel’s interior, beautifully designed by bespoke Fremantle-based superyacht designer, Sam Sorgiovanni.

The 84m Echo aluminium yacht will represent the largest tri-hulled super yacht ever constructed anywhere. Her tri-hull configuration will allow for an amazing 20-metre beam, which in turn will accommodate a generous deck expanse and palatial interior spaces. The vessel’s construction will take 3 years from start to finish.

Sale of sailing yacht SWAN 95 S announced by Nautor’s Swan

December 04, 2014

Following on from her premiere at the Rolex Swan Cup as well as the Monaco Yacht Show earlier this year in September, the first superyacht Swan 95 by Nautor’s Swan has been successfully sold. A semi-raised saloon version, sailing yacht Swan 95 S is already under construction and will leave Nautor’s yard in Pietarsaari in June 2017.

First super yacht Swan 95 by Nautor's Swan

First super yacht Swan 95 by Nautor's Swan

The sleek super yacht Swan 95, with its new hull lines, twin rudders and contemporary interior is the perfect yacht for those looking for the ideal combination of performance and style.

“It’s been a very positive year for Nautor’s Swan with the launch of several new models and a full order book.  The Swan 95 has been very well received and the first sale confirms this.  I am confident the momentum will continue throughout 2015, in conjunction with our international calendar of events organised by ClubSwan, including the second edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean in March,” said Commercial Director, Luca Lucheschi.

Luxury yacht Swan 95 - Interior

Luxury yacht Swan 95 - Interior

The Finnish yacht builder Nautor’s Swan will celebrate half a century of heritage in 2016, is recognised as the market leader in sailing and recently announced the sale of four Swan 115 yachts, the new flagship of the SwanLine which ranges from 53 to 115 feet.

Below is a selection of the majestic charter yachts built by Nautor’s Swan.

15th anniversary of Lord’s Media Centre celebrated by Pendennis

December 03, 2014

It is little known that the year 1999 saw the prestigious British luxury yacht builder, Pendennis, create the J.P.Morgan Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, commissioned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to be constructed in time for the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup. Designed by Future Systems Architects, the building was styled to be like an aluminium boat hull turned upon its side. At the time, it was a futuristic structure which was innovative and unique, but fast became the standard that other grounds aimed for when developing new media centres, but that few have achieved as successfully.

Lords Media Centre created by Pendennis in 1999 - Clare Skinner

Lords Media Centre created by Pendennis in 1999 - Clare Skinner

Both the design and construction of the Media Centre were unconventional: the main structure is supported by a semi-monocoque system, which is a stressed shell structure more commonly used for airplane fuselages. This technology enabled the structure to be significantly lighter without the need for interior walls or pillars to hold up the roof. It maximised interior space, housing 120 journalists on the first level, with a second level encompassing radio and television broadcasting facilities. The impressive glass wall facing the grounds was built at a 25 degree angle, which was effective at minimizing any distracting external reflection.

Pendennis at Lord's

Pendennis at Lord's

The fabrication of curved aluminium structures is one that is synonymous within the yacht building industry and as such Pendennis was recruited for the build process due to their expertise in this area, as demonstrated in the custom-build of superyachts such as motor yacht Ilonka (ex Ilona) which was launched that same year. The giant pod that sits above the stands was built at Pendennis and then dismantled and reassembled in London. Once delivered to Lord’s it took a team of 25 Pendennis staff 6 months to complete the build onsite. So impressive and unique was the building that the project was awarded the 1999 Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Pendennis Lord's Superyacht Cricket

Pendennis Lord's Superyacht Cricket

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the completion of this ground-breaking project Pendennis organised a ‘superyacht cricket’ match at Lord’s Cricket Ground, inviting British superyacht media, lawyers, designers, suppliers and brokerage companies to play in the MCC Cricket Academy at the hallowed ground. Pendennis’ guests were delighted that former English cricketer Gladstone Small presented trophies for Best Batsman to Bryn Darbyshire (Winterbothams), with Best Bowler awarded to Charlie Baker (Redman Whiteley Dixon). The winning tournament Captain was Matt Pinckney (Burgess) and the Winning Plate Captain Michael Beattie of Yachting World.

Superyacht cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Superyacht cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Mike Carr, Joint MD of Pendennis, stated “It was a privilege to be involved in such a prestigious and unusual project 15 years ago. The finish achieved was to a much higher quality than could have been achieved by more conventional construction companies. To this day the J.P. Morgan Media Centre epitomises the engineering expertise and finesse of craftsmanship that Pendennis achieves in all our custom superyacht projects.”

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: Day 4

December 03, 2014

The early hours of today, Wednesday, December 3, 2014, saw the Finot-Conq 100 superyacht Nomad IV, sailed by Jean-Paul Riviere at the currently running RORC Transatlantic Race, reach Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. The assessment of the broken boom is that it cannot be repaired well enough to rejoin the race and, sadly, sailing yacht Nomad IV has officially retired.

Superyacht Windfall, Southern Wind 94 - next stop Grenada © Puerto Calero James Mitchell

Superyacht Windfall, Southern Wind 94 - next stop Grenada © Puerto Calero/James Mitchell

500 miles offshore into the Atlantic, the battle is raging for Line Honours. Russian Southern Wind 94 luxury yacht  Windfall, skippered by Fabrizio Oddone, is just ahead of Jeremy Pilkington’s British RP78 charter yacht Lupa of London. Since the start on Sunday, both yachts have recorded the same VMG, a mathematical indication of the intensity of the race between the two Maxis vying for the IMA Trophy, and this morning the two yachts gybed less than a mile apart with Windfall just retaining the lead on the water.

Lupa’s crew are starting to settle into the routine and Fred Pilkington reported: “The sea state has settled down and we are now cruising along nicely with the kite. The team is being fuelled by Chef, Sofia Winghamre McCarter’s premium grub and there was nearly calamari on the menu following an incident at midnight when an airborne squid struck Captain Dan Stump on the head. Once we overcame our puzzlement as to what it was, we decided to return it to whence it came!”

Aref Lahham’s Swan 68 sailing yacht Yacana, is still estimated to be leading IRC One, although big gains have been made during the last 24 hours by Marc Lepesqueux’s Class40, Sensation Class 40. The wind has veered to the east and this downwind angle with rolling waves is much more suited to Sensation than Yacana. Class40 Oakcliff Racing, skippered by Hobie Ponting, is also revelling in the downwind surf but two big gybes out to the north didn’t look like they paid off.

Aref Lahham and crew of Swan 68 Yacht Yacana  © Puerto Calero James Mitchell

Aref Lahham and crew of Swan 68 Yacht Yacana © Puerto Calero/James Mitchell

In IRC Two Nigel Passmore’s British J/133, Apollo 7, has taken up a southerly position compared to their rivals Frank Lang’s French X 40, Optim’X. Apollo 7 may well have taken up this position to avoid an area of high pressure to the north and it looks to be paying off, as Apollo 7 was 26 miles ahead of Optim’X on the water and also estimated to be leading the class after time correction under IRC.

The RORC Transatlantic fleet have now spent three nights at sea and any vestiges of daily-life on dry land will have vanished. The watch system on board the yachts has become the rhythm of life. Day or night, the sailors will take it in turn to drive, trim and manoeuvre their yachts, putting faith in the others when it is time to rest below.

Swan Yacana has the luxury of a full galley and refrigeration and the mainly Greek crew sent a message from the boat, which gives a flavour of life on board: “The rule is no dry food on this boat. Our breakfast is a choice of jams, toast, honey, yoghurt, fruits, juices, coffee or tea and a variety of cereal. Main meal: A beef ragout (Kokkinisto Mosharaki) with spaghetti or rice (for the more sensitive stomachs), a salad with plenty of fresh scallions and dill, plenty of lemon and of course, Virgin Greek olive oil. Dinner was Linguini Bolognaise and fruits. I know your next question: Are these guys sailing or eating? Bon appétit!” – S/Y Yacana.

Denis Villotte’s JNP 12, Sérénade, has just three crew on board. The French team will have two on deck, driving and trimming for 3 hours, while the third crew member sleeps; a real challenge to resilience, stamina and seamanship. Denis Villotte spoke to the RORC media team before departure. “I would like to make a faster crossing than the previous one (16 days 4 hrs) which won’t be easy as the distance is a bit longer and winds might be weaker. Crossing the Atlantic with the trade winds is not so easy when you are racing. You may get sudden strong squalls, especially before dawn and you have to be swift and reactive, requiring everyone to be on deck for the manoeuvre. We are a small crew and the automatic pilot won’t be allowed, so the race is going to be a real challenge. I hope we’ll be able to make a good result in the race. Whatever happens, it’s always a great moment to steer a yacht running downwind in the trades with her spinnaker flying.”

The inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race, in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), started on Saturday 30th November 1000 UTC from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands bound for Grenada, West Indies, 2,995 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

Bermuda to host the 2017 America’s Cup

December 03, 2014

The next America’s Cup will be hosted by Bermuda in June 2017. The host venue was confirmed by Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner for the America’s Cup, at a press conference in New York on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

35th America's Cup - Venue Announcement Press Conference - New York (NY), 02.12.2014, Harfvey Schiller (Commercial Commissioner) The Premier of Bermuda, Mr. Michael Dunkey, JP, MP. Photo by ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

35th America's Cup - Venue Announcement Press Conference - New York (NY), 02.12.2014, Harfvey Schiller (Commercial Commissioner) The Premier of Bermuda, Mr. Michael Dunkey, JP, MP. Photo by ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

“In Bermuda we have a perfect international venue to demonstrate the excitement America’s Cup boats and teams can generate,” Schiller said. “The sailing conditions are near perfect. The race course on The Great Sound is a natural amphitheater with room for racing and spectators, amid a spectacular backdrop of islands and beaches. And the proposed America’s Cup Village at the Royal Naval Dockyard will be the heart of the event for the teams and fans alike.

“The 2017 America’s Cup will build on the successful elements that now define the event – close racing in fast, foiling catamarans crewed by the very best sailors in the world and delivered to an international audience by award-winning broadcasters.”

Michael Dunkley, the Premier of Bermuda, said hosting the America’s Cup would showcase the island’s strengths.

Areal view of Bermuda. Photo by Roland Skinner/picturesquebermuda.bm

Aerial view of Bermuda. Photo by Roland Skinner/picturesquebermuda.bm

“We are honored that Bermuda was selected to host the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. Being the home of the America’s Cup is an extraordinary opportunity that aligns perfectly with the heritage, profile, spirit and future of our island,” Premier Dunkley said.

“We thank the America’s Cup Event Authority for their confidence in us – and for their vision to evolve the experience for spectators and participants alike. There is no more vivid and hospitable setting than Bermuda to stage an event of this nature and for the next evolution of the sport. This announcement today marks an exciting new chapter for Bermuda too. That our futures are linked in such a meaningful way will make for a great partnership.

“From the very start, Bermuda’s bid was designed around our many strengths, including our near perfect sailing conditions, our temperate year-round climate for team training, our optimal location and time zone for visitors and television viewers alike, the intimate and unmatched setting offered by Bermuda’s Great Sound, our maritime legacy and innovation, and the spirit and hospitality of our people.

35th America's Cup - Venue Announcement Press Conference - New York (NY), 02.12.2014 - Photo by ACEA Gilles Martin-Raget

35th America's Cup - Venue Announcement Press Conference - New York (NY), 02.12.2014 - Photo by ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

“Our vision for the Americas Cup in Bermuda is to deliver an unforgettable experience that will be nothing short of spectacular for the teams, sponsors and spectators alike – whether they be with us on-island or watching from around the world.”

Six teams have so far taken up the challenge of racing for the next America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. The defending champion is ORACLE TEAM USA, which won the last event with a spectacular comeback over Emirates Team New Zealand, who return as a challenger, along with Artemis Racing (SWE), Ben Ainslie Racing (GBR), Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA) and Team France.

“Racing in Bermuda will be an incredible experience for the spectators, both on-site and for those watching the broadcast, and for the sailors, it’s going to be very challenging,” said ORACLE TEAM USA skipper, Jimmy Spithill. “I’ve raced there several times and the variety of conditions means you can never let your guard down. We’ll all need to be at the top of our game to have success and that’s how it should be.”

Photo by ACEA

Photo by ACEA

Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

The second edition of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup was also confirmed in New York. In the inaugural edition, over 40 national youth teams (aged 19-23) applied to enter the qualifying phase. The top ten teams raced on the America’s Cup course in the same AC45 catamarans the pros had used in the America’s Cup World Series.

The purpose of the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup is to provide a pathway towards a career as a professional sailor in the America’s Cup. In that, it has already proved successful, after just one edition.

“Sailors on the winning team in the first event, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, are now valued members of Emirates Team New Zealand,” said Schiller. “That’s an impressive proof of concept.”

Photo credit to ACEA

Photo credit to ACEA

America’s Cup World Series

All teams have been given an opportunity to host events in their home countries. At least four events are expected in 2015, including:

Season opener – To be announced – June 5-7, 2015

Portsmouth, Great Britain – July 23-26, 2015

Gothenburg, Sweden – August 28-30, 2015

Hamilton, Bermuda – October 16-18, 2015

Four to six events are expected in 2016, including a summer regatta in the USA in Chicago. A stop in Portsmouth, UK has already been confirmed for July 2016.

2017 – the year of the America’s Cup

In 2017, all teams will compete in their new AC62 catamarans, powered by highly-efficient wingsails and designed to fly above the water on foils at speeds near 50 mph. Racing begins for all teams with the America’s Cup Qualifiers where the teams are seeded – with bonus points – according to their results in the AC World Series. The top challengers then go on to compete for the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and the right to race ORACLE TEAM USA in the America’s Cup Finals in June 2017.

Following the press conference in New York, the America’s Cup trophy was booked to fly to Bermuda for a ceremony on Wednesday.

Amphibious technology kit for superyacht tender builders launched by Sealegs

December 03, 2014

This year’s METS saw the New Zealand creator of amphibious technology, Sealegs, launch the all-new turnkey kit to allow luxury yacht tender builders to give their craft amphibious technology. This has already had strong interest from superyacht tender builders and the boats which employ the technology have been snapped up by such outstanding vessels as the 119m Blohm + Voss mega yacht ‘A’.

Amphibious technology kit for superyacht tender builders by Sealegs

Amphibious technology kit for superyacht tender builders by Sealegs

The Auckland-based company presented its amphibious technology kit at METS for the first time. The kit enables European boat manufacturers to create their own amphibious craft and extend their product range without compromising the performance, comfort and character of their own tenders.

Sealegs has over 900 amphibious craft in more than 35 countries, and there has been a strong uptake already among reputable Middle Eastern and Australasian boatbuilders who are making use of Sealegs amphibious technology kits on their own craft. The new kit caters to boats up to seven metres, with a ten metre kit in development.

Amphibious technology kit for luxury yacht tender builders

Amphibious technology kit for luxury yacht tender builders

The package is bolted on to the tender, and is raised completely clear of the water while the tender is underway. Controlled by crew, it’s lowered as the vessel approaches land, and a powerful four-wheel drive system drives it over sand, rocks, and other rough terrain to deliver owners and guests to land, without getting their feet wet.

The system is set to prove particularly popular with explorer vessels as it presents an answer to landing in remote and challenging spots.

The turnkey kit is available now, and Sealegs provides full support to builders in the supply and build process.

70th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to be the most memorable in years

December 03, 2014

The upcoming 70th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is expected to be the most memorable in years. The race will be marked by the largest fleet of yachts in over a decade, a strong international challenge, an enthralling contest for line honours, as well as plenty of anniversary celebrations.

70 years of winners at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image credit to Rolex KPMS

70 years of winners at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image credit to Rolex/KPMS

Special edition

2014 marks the 70th edition of the race, a fitting occasion to pay tribute to an event that is an international yachting icon. Inspired by Corinthian origins, the Rolex Sydney Hobart was first held in 1945 and has run every year since. Its appeal was immediate, its popularity and reputation grew rapidly. Over the course of its history, the race has paid homage to feats of bravery, extraordinary seamanship, speed and endeavour.

Flight of the fastest

Five 100-ft Maxis will contest the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, all harbouring ambitions of being the fastest boat to Hobart and grabbing the international headlines afforded to the line honours winner. The most talked about entry is American Jim Clark’s superyacht Comanche, the latest in Maxi yacht design, newly launched, sea-trialed, and shipped to Sydney, having selected one of the world’s greatest ocean races for its competitive debut. “Working out how we unleash the potential without breaking anything is going to be a steep learning curve for us all, and that transfers to the race itself as well. We need to be going at full throttle but we also need to work out her limits,” admits skipper Ken Read. “The other Maxis are all tried and tested in this race so we have a lot of catching up to do. But it is going to be a great first outing.”

Superyacht Wild Oats XI at the start line - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht Wild Oats XI at the start line - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Defending line honours winner sailing yacht Wild Oats XI is seeking to make history by finishing as the fastest boat for a record eighth time. “Its pretty rare a boat of this age can still be competitive at this level of racing,” explains skipper Mark Richards. “A wonderful owner like Bob Oatley continues to support us in the changes we want to make.” This includes continual improvements to the boat’s design and structure. Wild Oats XI currently holds the race record: 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. “The (race) record is an elusive thing, it can stand for 20 years as we have seen in the past.  (Breaking) it comes down to conditions,” admits Richards. Wild Oats XI are fully aware of the threat a new contender like Comanche can pose. Back in 2005 Wild Oats XI won the race’s triple crown within weeks of being launched.

Syd Fischer’s super yacht Ragamuffin 100 has undergone so many structural changes that she’s arguably a new boat; the skipper’s expertise could prove a decisive factor in her assault for line honours. Anthony Bell on Perpetual Loyal yacht, a former line honours winner (Investec Loyal, 2011) ran Wild Oats XI close last year and will seek to better last year’s performance as second fastest finisher. Perpetual Loyal has also been modified and upgraded. Manouch Moshayedi’s recently lengthened superyacht Rio 100 (USA), formerly Lahana, completes the line-up of 100-ft Maxis.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Course Map - Photo by Rolex KPMS

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Course Map - Photo by Rolex/KPMS

Personal challenges

118 yachts from ten countries and from all Australian states are entered for the start of the 2014 race. This includes the defending champion Victoire that leads the charge of former race winners comprising Love & War, one of only two boats to win the race three times, and Balance (formerly Quest, winner in 2008). While the true target of all competitors is to lift the Tattersall’s Cup and receive the coveted Rolex timepiece awarded to the race’s overall winner, the event has always valued the personal achievements of its participants. Adding lustre to the occasion are some of the race’s rich array of characters seeking to extend their proud and impressive records: Duende skipper Tony Cable sails south to Hobart for a record 49th time; Martin Power’s Bacardi extends her lead as the boat to compete in the most Rolex Sydney Hobarts: 29; while Fischer becomes the race’s oldest skipper, 87 years of age and sailing the race for a 46th time.

Spectator start

Ahead of this year’s start around 30 yachts from the race’s past will participate in a Parade of Sail, part of the celebration to mark the 70th edition. A fitting Boxing Day appetiser for one of sailing’s great occasions as Australia comes to a standstill for the 13:00 race start. Over one hundred yachts will embark on the 628-nm journey south to Hobart, all seeking to add their entry into the race’s illustrious record books.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) and has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002.

New motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge

December 03, 2014

Following on from the amazing success and global rave reviews of the recently launched Numarine 70 Hardtop motor yacht Magneto, Numarine is proud to announce the completed production of their latest model, the brand new motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge.

New motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge

New motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge

The 70 Flybridge yacht has been eagerly anticipated since the original concepts were launched thanks to her striking and futuristic lines, creating a truly fresh aesthetic in the current range of flybridge motor yachts.

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - side view

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - side view

Numarine’s mission statement behind the luxury yacht 70 Flybridge – “a world without compromise” has been successfully achieved, every aspect of time on-board has been tirelessly thought through and every possible need catered for.

Luxury yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge from above

Luxury yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge from above

Extensive use of intricate glazing creates a truly radical design that serves both as an aesthetic marvel whilst bathing the interior with natural light, reaffirming the exquisite sensory experience of space and a connection with the yacht’s surroundings.

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - upview

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - upview

With entertaining at the very heart of time on-board, the saloon features a highly sociable configuration with a half open galley/bar, separate dining area and a luxurious lounging arrangement all combining to make every moment effortless.

Motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge - Exterior

Motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge - Exterior

Accommodation comprises three fully en-suite guest cabins which include “split berths” whereby the twin cabin’s berths are easily joined or separated allowing for ultimate flexibility when accommodating guests.

Aboard Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht

Aboard Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht

The full beam master cabin delivers an abundance of space only found on much larger models, lavishly appointed with walk in wardrobes, dressing table, sofa, large bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower and twin basins.

Luxury yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge by night

Luxury yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge by night

Outside, abundant fore & aft seating and dining space further accentuate the “bigger boat feel”,  all designed in a highly sociable configuration throughout.

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - Wheelhouse

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - Wheelhouse

The appreciable flybridge offers further expansive seating and lounging areas, a full wet-bar and ample space for sun loungers, whilst still allowing for a crane and stowage of a tender or jet-ski.

Motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge - Galley

Motor yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge - Galley

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - Saloon

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - Saloon

Numarine 70 Flybridge yacht has been designed to be agile and therefore extremely manageable without the need for a crew. Her owners will fully appreciate each and every detail that have been incorporated to make extended time aboard an absolute pleasure.

Luxury yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge - Cabin

Luxury yacht Numarine 70 Flybridge - Cabin

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - Bathroom

Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht - Bathroom

Technical Specifications of Numarine 70 Flybridge Yacht:

Length overall inc. platform 70’ 10” 21.60 m

Length of hull 64’10” 19.78 m

Beam 17’ 10” 5.45 m

FL draft inc propellers 5’3” 1.6 m

Displacement light ship 79,366 lbs 36 tonnes

Displacement full load 92,594 lbs 42 tonnes

Fuel capacity 989 gal 4500 l

Freshwater capacity 219 gal 1000 l

Black water capacity 131 gal 600 l

Engines Twin MAN 1000 HP @ 2300 rpm

Engine option Twin MAN 1200 HP @ 2300 rpm

Gearbox ZF 500-1 IV

Maximum Speed up to 34 knots

Cruising Speed up to 28 knots

Cruising Range up to 425 nautical miles

Generators 19 Kw 230 Volt 50 Hz/9.5 Kw 230 Volt 50Hz

Luxury yacht crew professional development company The Crew Coach introduces Buy One Give One (B1G1)

December 03, 2014

Luxury yacht crew professional development company, The Crew Coach, has presented an innovative new way to support worthy causes around the world via the unique charitable business giving platform, called ‘Buy One Give One’. Known as B1G1: Business for Good, this simple online system allows business members to facilitate micro-giving impacts across a wide range of different projects worldwide, quickly, as well as easily.


Businesses and their employees can select which projects to support, and clients benefit from knowing that their investments in The Crew Coach services also have a positive impact for people and causes who really need help.

Since joining B1G1 in October 2014, The Crew Coach has already made 581 donations to projects worldwide on behalf of their clients and the yachting industry.

In only 8 weeks, as a result of career development services they have invested in, The Crew Coach’s clients have ensured:

• A struggling village has 20 extra livestock for income and nutrition.

• 3 square metres of rainforest are now protected, and 7 trees planted.

• 100 people have been given income-generating materials- such as sewing machines, farm materials and irons.

• A disadvantaged child has received 6 hours of computer training, and internet access has been provided for 100 days.

• 10 days of teacher support in a classroom and 3 children will enjoy a better education for a year.

• 23 days of social worker’s wages have been paid.

And many more!

For Alison Rentoul, founder of The Crew Coach, this is an extremely exciting project and one very close to her heart: “Every time you invest in one of our products or services we give to great causes around the world. This means you are not only helping yourself when you invest in yourself with The Crew Coach, you are helping to make the world a better place. We love the work B1G1 does to help give our work a higher purpose and a greater meaning and hope you will too.”

These donations are called ‘micro-impacts’, but their effects are anything but small: since B1G1 launched in 2007 there have been over 54 million micro-impacts made by businesses, big and small. Harnessing the power of caring businesspeople and their clients all over the world, B1G1 has become a global phenomenon while proving their principle: ‘The Power of Small.’

The beauty of The Crew Coach’s involvement in this scheme is that it puts yachting dollars to work to help others, without requiring anything extra from the consumer. Simply by purchasing a CV optimisation service, having a career consultation with The Crew Coach or investing in their online leadership training program, yacht crew can pay it forward, without paying any more for the service.

The Crew Coach’s membership of B1G1 gives crew the opportunity to improve the lives of others by just doing what they normally do. A generous portion of The Crew Coach’s proceeds goes towards nominated projects, selected from more than 600 in 30 countries. Crucially, business membership fees pay for B1G1’s operating costs, meaning all projects receive the full 100% of donations made.

This wonderful initiative allows crew who care about improving the world and the environment to really make a difference. Any type of business can join B1G1 and The Crew Coach would like to see more yachting businesses get on board to show what an impact is possible.

New KITEALIKE hybrid motion superyacht tender concepts

December 03, 2014

The all-new groundbreaking KITEALIKE hybrid motion range has been proudly unveiled by a group of environmentally conscious marine professionals, with a common affection for the unique waterways of Europe, from its lakes, rivers, canals and open seas. Having minimal impact on the surroundings, the KITEALIKE hybrid motion range is available in two multifunctional models: the Limousine 30’ superyacht tender and the Tender 30’ model.

KITEALIKE Limousine 30' superyacht tender

KITEALIKE Limousine 30' superyacht tender

It is now well known that today’s technologies offer electric propulsion systems with little or no environmental impact. However, to date, these motors have typically been installed in traditional displacement or fast planning hulls, both of which require significant levels of power for normal operation. Subsequently, a large amount of this power is in turn lost, due to wave generation from inefficient hull forms.

Limousine 30' yacht tender - Silent Mode

Limousine 30' yacht tender - Silent Mode

KITEALIKE hybrid motion is an all new concept in boat design which represents a breakthrough both in external style and in technical hull design. The striking modern lines harmonize with this new efficient hull form. This allows the boat to ‘slip’ through the water with absolute minimal resistance.

Limousine 30' mega yacht tender - Performance Mode

Limousine 30' mega yacht tender - Performance Mode

The Limousine 30’ yacht tender , the first model in the all new KITEALIKE hybrid motion range, is a boat ideally designed for urban waterways, specifically for use as a water taxi, private limousine or as a sport boat. In addition, this and the Tender 30’ model, are also ideally suited for use as luxury super yacht tenders.

Limousine 30' luxury yacht tender

Limousine 30' luxury yacht tender

Furthermore KITEALIKE hybrid motion is a most attractive option for public authorities such as the police, security, emergency services, and other units with on water service responsibilities.

KITEALIKE hybrid motion is available in two multifunctional models: the Limousine 30’ and the Tender 30’.

Limousine 30' yacht tender - Interior

Limousine 30' yacht tender - Interior

Both, with a length of 8.90m and beam of 2.35m, can carry up to 12 passengers. Setting this boat apart from anything else are the two propulsion systems aboard driving a common traditional shaft drive. One, a 20 kW electric motor which provides up to 2 hours use at a speed of 5 knots.

This also features a quick-charge battery system. The second system aboard the KITEALIKE hybrid motion is a conventional high performance diesel engine. To meet strict regulations which may be imposed on some waterways, this may be de-tuned to local authorities requirements. This engine provides a great turn of speed as required, yet, due to the innovative hull form, with minimal wave generation.

KITEALIKE Tender 30' yacht tender

KITEALIKE Tender 30' yacht tender concept

The KITEALIKE hybrid motion Limousine 30’ luxury yacht tender is now available for inspection and sea trial.

Technical Specifications of Limousine 30’ super yacht tender

• Material: GRP

• LOA: 8.90m

• Beam: 2.35m

• Draft: 0.75m

• Displacement (dry weight) 2.6 t

• Diesel engine – 180 hp FTP Common Rail Turbo-Diesel

• Electric motor – TRANSFLUID kW20 hybrid System

• CE compliance – Cat. C