Lurssen Yacht APOISE Sold for $46 million at Caymans Superyacht Auction Sale

March 31, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

Superyacht APOISE a luxury 67m Lürssen motor yacht has been sold by the owner and bought by a UK bidder at the Ritchie’s Superyacht Auction in Grand Cayman. The yacht sold for a price of $46.6 million dollars at the unreserved yacht auction.

Lurssen yacht APOISE Sold Superyacht Auction

Individuals took part in the superyacht auction from all over the world bidding on yacht APOISE. Bidders were either present in person or bided through a yacht sales broker or representative at the Ritz-Carlton Caymans. Some also participated by logging on online to the Ritchie Bros website.

Superyacht APOISE is a striking yacht that is able to accommodate as many as 14 passengers on board and has approximately 18 crew. She was designed by naval architects Lurssen and Espen Oeino and Zuretti Interior Design produced the interior design and styling. Yacht APOISE is This 67 metre (220 ft) LOA, was built by Lurssen of Germany in 2006 and received a refit in 2009.

The winning bid price to sell superyacht APOISE came in below the estimated worth of APOISE, which is around $87,000,000. There is some comment that a yacht broker could have achieved a higher price for the seller. However, Stephen Branch from Ritchie Bros. auction house is reported to have said that the superyacht auction was a full success:

“It was very good for us, the owner is extremely happy with the outcome”.

Dave Ritchie, the former Canadian owner of luxury yacht Apoise, and co-founder of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers previously commented: “I really believe in the auction system.”

Nobiskrug launches 74 m Superyacht Mogambo

March 31, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

On Tuesday the 30th of March 2010 Nobiskrug launched the newly finished hull of their 74m motor yacht Mogambo – hull number 782 from the shipyard. The finished hull of the yacht ran smoothly from the slipway into the River Eider within a few seconds.

Nobiskrug launches 74 m superyacht Mogambo

Nobiskrug launches 74 m superyacht Mogambo

Presently, the 74 m superyacht Mogambo is to be moored at Nobiskrug’s pier in Germany. She will then be moved into the 160 m superyacht hall for her full interior outfitting, as well as the filling and final top-coating of the hull and superstructure. Delivery of the motor yacht Mogambo to her owner is planned for later in 2011, after sea trials.

Nobiskrug of Germany is currently building five significant mega yachts. A couple of the company’s more recent success are motor yachts Triple Seven and SIREN.

During yacht Mogambo’s launching ceremony an old tradition was followed. This consisted of the serving up of a good hearty soup in the shipbuilding hall for all the employees and subcontractors involved in the new build. Nobiskrug’s Managing Directors and the Project Manager, Mr Mark Velthaus, as well as the Owner’s Representative expressed their thanks for the trustful and successful cooperation in the building of the yacht.

Nobiskrug Yachts

Superyacht LUCIA M 39m is Launched – the First Motor Yacht by Jongert Yachts

March 31, 2010

Written by Mike Smith

The famous Dutch sailing yacht builder, Jongert Shipyards, has launched superyacht Lucia-M, a 39 metre motor yacht (type 3900MY) – their first major motor yacht.

This Photo of yacht LUCIA M is from Jongert Yachts and is by E.J. Bruinekool Fotografie

The Jongert motor yacht line – Lucia M being the first – was developed by the Jongert at the specific request of several of their yachting customers. It seems that many yachtsmen appreciate the design of the Jongert sailing yachts but prefer the size and interior space of a motor yacht.

Superyacht LUCIA M 39m is a fast semi-displacement aluminium yacht. The yacht’s new owner is a German hotel developer. Folkert Brongers, the general manager of Jongert Shipyards, is proud that two years ago the happy new yacht owner specifically chose Jongert to build his motor yacht.

Folkert Brongers states:

‘Superyacht Lucia-M is his third motor yacht and he is an experienced motor yacht owner. He knew Jongert for many years and when he wanted to have a new motor yacht built, he chose Jongert. In my opinion that’s a huge compliment.’

Yacht LUCIA M can be seen as a typical Jongert Yacht, whith all the Jongert attributes. In the past 57 years Jongert has built 325 sailing yachts, some of them of impressive size. The 3900 MY, superyacht LUCIA M (build number 429 overall), has been a success as the first large Jongert motor yacht.

‘This yacht is also a typical Jongert’, says Brongers. ‘The Lucia-M combines the well known Jongert quality with excellent qualities and technical innovations like the glass-bridge and a monitoring system. And just like the 5200M, our latest design in the sailing yacht line, the emphasis is on privacy, luxury, comfort and space. This motor yacht can be seen as the best in its class.’

 Jongert yachts available for charter here.

Jongert Shipyard presents MY Lucia-M a 39 m motor yacht (type 3900MY). Follow this link for all other yachts built by Jongert.

Specifications of Motor Yacht Lucia M

LOA 39,00 m
LWL 33,68 m
Beam 7,80 m
Draught (half loaded) 2,04 m
Displacement (half loaded) 316 GT
Maximum speed 28 kn
Cruising speed 24 kn
Range at 12 kn one generator running – 2.400 nm

CharterWorld has a full range of large new motor yachts and Jongert yachts for charter, so please contact us for more.

Megayacht Bel Abri launched by Amels.

March 31, 2010

Written by Chelsea Smith

Luxury motor yacht BEL ABRI is a 52m (171ft) Superyacht built by Amels recently launched and currently undergoing her first sea-trials.

Superyacht BEL ABRI - Photo by

The Amels 171 tri-deck megayacht features strong exterior lines and holds a professional and powerful presence on the water. With a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, motor yacht BEL ABRI weighs approximately 638 tonnes giving her added stability. M/Y BEL ABRI can accommodate 12 guests in five luxurious suites and can house a crew of 13.

The luxury yacht BEL ABRI was designed by the renowned Tim Heywood, with interior styling designed by Laura Sessa, who has used space to her advantage. Motor yacht BEL ABRI is expected to attain maximum speeds of 15.5 knots whilst achieving a range of 4,500nm at 13 knots.

Upon delivery this Spring the superyacht BEL ABRI will be available for charter. Contact the CharterWorld team for further information.

The Shipyard Cup 27-29 August 2010.

March 31, 2010

Written by Chelsea Smith

The 2010 Shipyard Cup will be held from the 27th to the 29th of August 2010 in Maine.  The founding sponsors The Hodgdon Group and Boothbay Region Boatyard have announced that “Big Boat Racing” is back in Maine.

The Shipyard Cup started in 2002 and ran for 7 consecutive years until 2009 when the event was cancelled due to the inability to attract sponsorship participation. This year the Shipyard Cup is back and will once again be open to sailing vessels 21 m  (70 ft) and above from around the world with most entries averaging 100 feet and over. The event will begin mid-day Friday the 27th of August and include Saturday and Sunday racing. There will be a Maine “lobsterbake” as well as lots of other festivities with award ceremonies in the afternoon of Sunday the 29th of August.

In addition to attracting hundreds of spectators, the event has the promise of being the highlight of the season for both owners and crew. Few events celebrate the authentic majesty of yachting’s heritage and future like the Shipyard Cup.

2008 Shipyard Cup - Photo by Billy Black

Contact the CharterWorld team to charter  a yacht in Maine during the Shipyard Cup.

AM Shipyard presented the new 56m Modern Dhow design at this year’s Abu Dhabi Yacht Show

March 30, 2010

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The new design Modern Dhow has been designed for the owner of Al Masaood group, which is also the owner of AM Shipyard. The vessel was designed specifically for the challenging conditions and environment for maintaining the conditions of superyachts in mind, this proved that the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show was the perfect place to showcase this unique yacht.

The Modern Dhow yacht caters for the owner who wishes to keep her in the same area, rather than moving around extensively. The yacht is designed on more traditional basis and will be conforming to exact spec of use of the yacht.  An example is the seating area, that accommodates up to 24 special seating arrangements that reflects the owners manner of hosting.

The 56 metre Modern Dhow design by Sharp Design with Abdullah Al Masaood

From the technical point of view, the water capacity will also be huge, to allow for the need for increased water allowance in a region, where drinking water is not always easily available. There is no teak decking or stainless steel on board due to adverse effect from sand in the region and the yacht will not feature many toys or tenders as it will mainly remain static and will not charter out.

Woessner was quick to acknowledge that the Dhow has been designed specifically for her owner and in local style, and is not  just meant as your average yacht for anybody. They have many other models for clients that might have other requirements and indeed have different varieties of the Dhow model, both larger and smaller. The Abu Dhabi Yacht SHow was meant to showcase their work however, with such understanding on the demands of the region reflected in the yacht design there might well be much interest from locals who wish to invest in such a yacht.

If you would like to charter a similar yacht, please contact us at CharterWorld.

SuperYacht ‘GO’ launched by Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouwyacht shipyard

March 30, 2010

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The luxury motor yacht GO, built by the Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouwyacht builder, was built under the project name SL39 mk3. She left the shipyard for the final fit-out and sea trial yesterday and is due to be delivered in April.

Luxury Motor Yacht GO built by the Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouwyacht builder .

The 39 metre  GO is being powered by 1,055 hp MTU 12V 2000 M70 Diesel engines, that provide her with a maximum speed of 14 knots and a transatlantic range.

GO is a beautiful motor yacht that accommodates up to ten guest in five staterooms.
After the delivery the vessel will be  in the Mediterranean where she will be available for charter for the summer months and in Caribbean during the winter months.

If you would like to obtain more information about this yacht, please contact us at CharterWorld.

New floating Jetty at Port Denarau Marina, Fiji.

March 30, 2010

Written by Chelsea Smith

In February, Port Denarau Marina, on Fiji’s West Coast completed a NZD $2 million floating jetty comprising of 46 berths. The project was a joint effort between Bellingham Marine New Zealand and the Skeggs Group of New Zealand. 

Located in the tropical South Pacific surrounded by pristine oceans and white sandy beaches, the new Marina is positioned at the center of yachting activity in Fiji and is expected to produce a significant increase in bookings for the upcoming charter and yachting season.

The new jetty was designed to cater to mega yachts visiting the South_Pacific  to meet the growing demand for slips in the Fijian Islands. The berths range from 12 meters to 65 meters, ten of which were built to accommodate super yachts and are capable of taking 65 meter yachts with 5 meter drafts. The marina also offers a range of services including repair and commercial barge services.

The new berths are fully serviced with power and water and feature Bellingham’s Unifloat system which is the first of its kind for Fiji which is designed to withstand tough cyclones while not compromising on aesthetics.  

Within walking distance of the new Port Denarau Marina is a supermarket, pharmacy, bakery, bank, restaurants, bars and hotels. An 18-hole golf course is just a few minutes’ drive away and there are nearby towns of Nadi and Namaka with further restaurants, shopping, night life, hotels and spas.

Bellingham Marine designed, manufactured and supplied the docks for the Denarau project.  Denarau Marina Ltd, oversaw piling, utilities and installation.  Steel Pile and dried Fijian hardwood for the dock system’s walers were sourced locally.

Contact the team at CharterWorld for information on luxury motor and sailing yachts that are available for charter in Fiji.

Sailing yacht RANGER – the “overall” winner of the Saint Barths Bucket Regatta 2010.

March 30, 2010

Written by Chelsea Smith

The Saint Barths Bucket Regatta 2010 which ran from the 25th to the 28th of March was a great success. With 39 entries, this year’s St-Barts Bucket was the largest group of large luxury sailing yacht entries ever assembled at a Bucket regatta. Please see below for a list of the awards and winners of this year’s regatta.  

Sailing yacht Ranger at the 2010 St barth's bucket Regatta - Photo by Oskar Kihlborg

 The “overall” winner of the Saint Barths Bucket Regatta 2010 was luxury J Class sailing yacht RANGER. The overall winner represents the best performance overall for combined results, all classes, all races. Second and third places went to Perini Navi sailing yachts Andromeda le dea and P2 respectively.

Overall winners:

1st: Ranger

2nd: Andromeda_le_dea

3rd: P2

 In 2005 the yachts sailing in the regatta were split into 2 classes which were a “Cruising Division” and “Racing Division”.  Theses classes were named “Les Gazelles des Mers” for the Racing Division and “Les Grandes Dammes des Mers” for the Cruising Division.

Each Division has trophies presented for best performance overall, and saw J Class Ranger win the Racing class, with Perini Navi Andromeda winning the Cruising class.

 “Les Gazelles des Mers” – Racing Class

 1st:  Ranger

2nd: P2

3rd: Unfurled

 Les Grandes Dammes des Mers” for the Cruising Class

1st: Andromeda_le_dea

2nd: Axia

3rd: Hetairos

 Sailing yacht Georgia won the Alloy Cup – which is the Best Performance by an Alloy Yacht.

The winner of the All Star Crew Award was sailing yacht Antara.

At each Bucket Event, every yacht is asked to cast a ballot for the yacht crew among the fleet that demonstrates the most professional service in all tasks, while maintaining the best voie de vivre, camaraderie, teamwork and respect among the crew.  This is the crew that displays the pinnacle of the profession and has the most fun at it – the yacht that everyone wants to work aboard.   Because the award is earned by peer recognition, it has earned serious stature within the marine industry.

 The Spirit of the Bucket Trophy was awarded to luxury yacht Gloria.

 This award is presented each year by Alice Huisman, to the yacht that best exemplifies the spirit of the Bucket Regattas.  The selection is absolutely subjective, but considers sportsmanship, safe seamanship, best hospitality and overall contribution to the event. 

The Perini Navi Cup which is awarded to the Perini-Navi Yacht with the best combined result went to sailing yacht Andromeda_le_dea.

 The Vitters Seamanship Trophy was won by sailing yacht Baracuda.

The Vitters Seamanship Trophy is awarded to the yacht that demonstrates the best seamanship and sportsmanship in the interest of promoting safety on the race course.  All participants in the Bucket acknowledge that superyachts have serious limitations operating safely in close quarters and therefore, the RC has always valued safety well above performance.  This award will recognize the yacht that best demonstrates that understanding.  It also goes to prove that nice guys don’t always finish last…

The Skullduggery Cravat was awarded to sailing yacht Axia.

The Skullduggery Cravat is a perfectly tied Admiralty Noose, framed, with instructions in elegant calligraphy on how to tie a proper, 13 turn noose.  This was originally awarded to the owner of SARIYAH in 2002, so his captain, Timothy Laughridge (Bucket Committee) could be hung at the pleasure of the Fleet.

The award was renamed and put forward by the Committee to reinforce the Bucket premise that we are NOT here to promulgate adult behaviour. The Cravat will be awarded to the yacht and crew who display the best bucket humour.  As a guideline, one year the crew of  SARIYAH spent the evening prior to the last race, slaughtering a down feathered mattress, then they packed the feathers in with their spinnaker so when they set their ‘Chute with the Hawk logo the following day, they not only dusted the horizon with feathers, but left a rubber chicken hanging from their spinnaker pole!!!

 And last but not least, the Escargot Cup went to the luxury sailing yacht TOTO.

Contact us for more information on chartering a luxury sailing yacht.

The Blohm + Voss SuperYacht ORCA was launched last Friday

March 29, 2010

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 96 metre Michael Leach designed  and Blohm + Voss made superyacht Orca was launched last Friday from the shipyard in Hamburg in Germany.

SuperYacht ORCA by Blohm + Voss

This futuristic superyacht named Orca has been designed by the British design studio Michael Leach Design Ltd.

The Orca features a futuristic exoskeletal curving superstructure, aggressive lines and innovative glazing. Its large entertaining and private spaces will feature  furniture from the well known British firm Silverlining,  each piece being handmade by a single craftsman and stamped with their signature silver hallmark. Metrica is in charge of the interior execution, and Cougar Marine will provide two custom limousine tenders stored on the yacht’s sports deck.

Orca has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure and said to be powered by 2 x MTU 575 L70 Diesel engines.

This impressive Super Yacht is due to be launched just in time for the Mediterranean summer season 2010.