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Charter superyacht Spirit in Australia and the South Pacific

July 25, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Discover the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef or the islands scattered throughout the South Pacific on a charter in Australia and the South Pacific aboard motor yacht SPIRIT, currently cruising in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Luxury catamaran SPIRIT - Built by New Zealand Yachts

Luxury catamaran SPIRIT – Built by New Zealand Yachts

Built by New Zealand Yachts in 2004 and last refitted in 2016, Ken Freivokh was responsible for her beautiful exterior and interior appearance, creating a cohesive look throughout.

Superyacht SPIRIT - Salon and formal dining area

Superyacht SPIRIT – Salon and formal dining area

As a catamaran, 35m/115ft luxury yacht SPIRIT has a wide beam the spacious interior layouts designed for everyday living for hosting lavish soirees. The open plan main salon is divided into a lounging area and a formal dining area, both of which benefit from large windows and a variety of wood to create an interesting and welcoming environment.

Motor yacht SPIRIT - Main deck aft

Motor yacht SPIRIT – Main deck aft

On the main deck aft, the shaded seating offers guests a place to rest while outside in the fresh air, and steps lead down to the transom which becomes the swim platform.

Superyacht SPIRIT - Foredeck seating

Superyacht SPIRIT – Foredeck seating

The upper deck is the location of the Master suite, which has an attached study and lounge. This entire deck could be put to private use, or shared with the other guests for its large aft deck with plenty of sun loungers, and the foredeck seating area that makes a perfect place to start or end the day with loved ones.

Take in the spectacular views of the Whitsundays UNESCO World Heritage Site from the large sundeck and spend a lazy afternoon on the sunpads and refreshments mere metres away at the bar.

Superyacht SPIRIT comes with a greater range of water toys, including:

  • 1 x kitesurf
  • 1 x wakeboard
  • 1 x kneeboard
  • Scuba diving equipment
  • Snorkelling equipment, and
  • fishing equipment
Luxury yacht SPIRIT - Master suite

Luxury yacht SPIRIT – Master suite

The on board accommodation clean are guests: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. A professional crew of 7 will ensure that everyone on board as a fantastic charter experience.

Luxury yacht SPIRIT is ready to charter in Australia and South Pacific from $90,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to make your booking today.

38.7m Motor Yacht Hull 1015 Nearing Completion at Yachting Developments

April 20, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

New Zealand yard Yachting Developments is nearing completion of the 38.7m sportsfisher Hull 1015. Earlier this month (April 8) the hull and superstructure of the vessel were joined together, and the new sportsfishes is now in the final stage of construction.

Yachting Developments New Zealand - motor yacht Hull1015

Yachting Developments New Zealand – motor yacht Hull1015

Upon delivery, the new motor yacht will become the largest all-carbon sportsfisher in the world. She is currently being built for her very experienced yacht owner and a passionate fisherman. Her exterior design and naval architecture were developed by Michael Peters Yacht Design. Yachting Development’s in-house team is taking care of the interior, as well as structural engineering.

The Managing Director of Yachting Developments commented on the project: “It is always gratifying to see a project start coming together in its finished form and this transformational stage of the build of Hull 1015 is a tangible reminder of what a unique and exciting project this is. We are looking forward to her launch later this year.”

Motor yacht Hull 1015 is scheduled for delivery in Q3 of 2017.

While this project underway, there are two stunning sailing yachts built by Yachting Developments that are available for private charters. Charter sailing yachts BLISS and Silvertip in the South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Contact CharterWorld now for more information.

ERA 80 Superyacht: A unique Superyacht charter opportunity identified by Ricky Smith Designs

April 19, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Superyacht charter business in the South Pacific remains a largely untouched potential market. Asian, Indian and Arabic investment in Australia has increased dynamically to a point where corporate headquarters and large regional facilities are not being located in the eastern and southern states. The Queensland State Government, as well as the Prime Minister, have both visited India in the past month with large government and corporate delegations courting massive industrial companies to invest in the mineral industry.

80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs

80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs

Available Superyacht charters located in the South Pacific in relative proximity of the ring of untouched paradises like Solomon IslandsVanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, American Samoa, Bora Bora and even Tahiti which are capable of servicing 20 plus guests are few by comparison with the heavily populated Mediterranean and Caribbean charter markets.

Tourism is the second largest industry in Australia with natural, deep water harbours which are positioned along the east coast and are accessible by superyachts.

The Queensland government are processing amendments to their customs regulations to allow local customs clearance rather than purely at state capital locations. This is an important hurdle which has caused problems for visitors who have wanted to visit the ultimate east coast tourist spots of The Gold Coast, Whitsundays, and Townsville which are all regionally located.

Ultra-luxurious interior spaces aboard the 80m ERA by Ricky Smith Designs - Panorama Lounge Main deck aft

Ultra-luxurious interior spaces aboard the 80m ERA by Ricky Smith Designs – Panorama Lounge Main deck aft

In preparation for the change in the laws Gold Coast City Marina with its massive infrastructure has invested in extensive deep water dredging and added new docks with powering options suitable to accommodate Superyachts.

ERA is an eighty-meter superyacht which combines the level of sophistication and tailored luxury the owner’s desire for extended cruising, with integrated design flexibility to allow the interiors to transform to suit commercial charters or become a corporate workhorse at any time.

“Superyacht ERA design breaks new ground for owners and their corporate and charter market opportunities.”

Much of the design development of ERA was driven by an emerging market for larger and faster charter vessels. Much of the early design development was driven to create not just another expedition yacht with a luxurious interior, but to offer a design which incorporates innovations which bring commercial advantage to the operation and design aspects of the yacht.

Beautiful Owners Suite with luxurious materials and furnishings - ERA superyacht by Ricky Smith Designs

Beautiful Owners Suite in Penthouse with luxurious materials and furnishings – ERA superyacht by Ricky Smith Designs

ERA incorporated the innovative hull form Stuart Friezer Marine Naval Architects (Denmark) which independent tank testing has proven to dramatically reduce in- water resistance and offer “dual speed” cruising where the vessel can cruise economically at higher than standard speeds, while also able to reach sprint speeds when, and if desired or needed. Fuel saving hull design plus integrated solar panels all make operating more sustainable and profitable.

While the hull and superstructure are fabricated in aluminium, the interior structure incorporates carbon fibre truss structure, beams, angles, and channels for structural reinforcement and honeycomb carbon fibre sandwich panels for strength and weight control. Technology is moving forward and improving methods of weight control for superyacht interiors. Exotic marble granite and onyx are cut down to 10 mm ultra-thin slabs without losing strength. Floor to ceiling art- deco lights house the structural compression posts. The coffered veneered bulkheads house service ducts, cable trays, media infrastructure and lighting.

“The end results are light-filled uncluttered spaces with an improved vision both internally as well as outwardly.”

Transformable space design

The SFM hull form is purposefully designed to have no tumblehome up to the bulwark on the main deck over the main sections of the hull. The fabrication timeframe is dramatically reduced for a vessel of this size while allowing the interior spaces to be fabricated accurately offsite at the same time. This method was incorporated in the interior design construction method of the interior of Ulysses (Trinity Yachts) where the interior was pre-built, shipped and installed in 10 months.

The Main deck social areas comprise 7 separate spaces; Foyer vestibule, Dining room, Mid Reception lounge, port and starboard entry vestibules, Formal Panorama Reception and the aft deck areas.

Slide the aft facing glass doors away and the Formal Panorama Reception opens onto the aft deck and pool terrace for private cocktail parties at sunset, alternatively, push away the forward-facing curved glass walls and space increases massively into the Mid Reception lounge. Open the black chrome framed doors to the dining room, Foyer vestibule and the reception lounge is complete. With the interior and exteriors partitions opened, ERA offers an unprecedented 225 square metres of available space.

Building ERA

ERA can be fabricated in Australia, Asia, or Europe.

Construction is in Aluminium with the unique integrated Sky-roof bimini shaped in GRP.

Length 80 metres

Beam 13 metres

20 guests 10 staterooms

24 crew 12 cabins

Hull and superstructure Aluminium

Propulsion Azipods with bow thruster

Max speed 25 knots


Article supplied by Ricky Smith Designs

Charter superyacht Akiko from the Coral Coast to the Kimberleys in Western Australia

March 31, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 32,40m (106’4’’) motor yacht AKIKO (ex.VvS1) is now available in Western Australia throughout 2017 to provide charters to some of Australia‘s most iconic sites away from the usual destinations surrounding Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, in 2018, she will be also available in Fiji in the South Pacific as well as South East Asia. Please, contact us for more information about her itinerary and precise destinations. 

AKIKO - running profile

AKIKO – running profile

Discover the wonders on the other side of Australia aboard this beautifully styled luxury yacht, constructed by New Zealand builders Alloy Yachts in 2007 and refitted in 2016 to include all new interiors and the exterior styling by Gregory Marshall. M/Y AKIKO won an award for the Best Displacement Motor Yacht of below 500GT (30m to approximately 49.9m) at the World Superyacht Awards 2008, and her on board facilities have been upgraded to keep up to date and future proof.

AKIKO - artwork

AKIKO – artwork

The main salon and dining area comprise a single large space towards the centre and aft of the main deck, brightly illuminated during the day by the large window panels that allow natural light to flood inside. Pale American oak, bamboo flooring and wenge inlays form a bright and natural contemporary environment for guests to gather for coffee mornings, films and relaxation.

AKIKO - Main Salon Lounge

AKIKO – Main Salon Lounge

The central staircase is enclosed on three sides by oak-covered walls which form the main salon bookcases and separate the dining area for a more personal dining experience between a maximum of 8 guests.

“Motor yacht AKIKO is available for charter in Western Australia from $115,000 USD per week plus expenses. Find out more about this amazing charter yacht and contact CharterWorld, or find more superyachts available for charter in Australia.”

AKIKO - Main Salon dining

AKIKO – Main Salon dining

On the main deck aft, a wet bar will serve guests dining alfresco at the shaded lounge-style seating, which makes an excellent space for laptops and reading material outside of meal times.

AKIKO - Main Salon Lounge Library

AKIKO – Main Salon Lounge Library

Towards the bow of the bridge deck guests will find space to stretch out in the sun, while towards the aft there is a gym to help guests maintain their fitness regimes while they cruise from one destination to the next.

Be entertained while you and your group dine alfresco on the sundeck: the teppanyaki grill is situated right in front of you, so guests can watch their meal being prepared. Sun loungers located on the sundeck aft will give guests a place to sleep off their meal, or to enjoy the fantastic scenery of the Kimberleys along the Australian coast.

AKIKO - Master Cabin on Bridge Deck

AKIKO – Master Cabin on Bridge Deck

AKIKO - Master ensuite

AKIKO – Master ensuite

Luxury yacht AKIKO has an excellent selection of water toys, including:

  • 2 x Waverunners
  • kayaks
  • a surfboard
  • a paddleboard
  • scuba diving equipment
  • snorkelling equipment, and
  • fishing gear

Theon board accommodation sleeps up to 10 guests over 5 cabins which all have en-suite facilities: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, and 1 double cabin and 2 twin cabins plus a Pullman berth. A crew of 9 will ensure that every guest has an entertaining and memorable charter experience in one of the world’s unique and lesstraveled holiday destinations.

AKIKO - VIP cabin forward

AKIKO – VIP cabin forward

AKIKO - Open Galley

AKIKO – Open Galley

Motor yacht AKIKO is available for charter in Western Australia from $115,000 USD per week plus expenses. Find out more about this amazing charter yacht and contact CharterWorld, or find more superyachts available for charter in Australia.

Charter Spirit, Australia’s newest superyacht, at the Whitsundays and behold the Great Barrier Reef

March 22, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

35m/115ft luxury yacht SPIRIT from New Zealand Yachts is now available for charter to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays and the Soloman Islands. Built in 2005 and refitted in 2016, her beam of almost 11m/35ft creates additional space normally associated with yachts of 45m in length.

Catamaran SPIRIT

Catamaran SPIRIT

Her styling was completed by Ken Freivokh, whom has a prestigious reputation designing interiors for superyachts MALTESE FALCON, LEOPARD III and QUITE ESSENTIAL amongst others. Capable of a cruising speed of 18 knots and a maximum speed of 24 knots, she is a perfect vessel for visiting more than one location and for spending less time in transit.

Luxury yacht SPIRIT - Main salon and formal dining area

Luxury yacht SPIRIT – Main salon and formal dining area

The sophisticated main salon and dining room interior uses warm wooden tones to create vibrant surroundings that are balanced by silver and grey tones with a hint of cool blues. The formal dining table is located beside the port-side windows and tall island credenza fitted with a widescreen TV adds a sense of separation from the rest of the main salon without reducing the sense of space. On the starboard side, plush sofas surround a bespoke coffee table that adds contemporary detailing to the section with its polished surface and textural finish.

Aft deck view of catamaran SPIRIT

Aft deck view of catamaran SPIRIT

Sliding doors open out onto the main deck aft, where sheltered seating runs down each side of the yacht for guests to gather together and mingle. Guests may choose to dine alfresco on this deck, or head down the transom which lowers to become a beach area and swim platform.

Superyacht SPIRIT - Foredeck

Superyacht SPIRIT – Foredeck

The pilothouse is located forward of the upper deck, with the full beam Master suite to the centre and a private lounge and study attached. The upper deck aft is generous with its seating and there are sunpads and an outdoor table on the foredeck to treat whichever guests take this floor as their own.

Afternoons and evenings filled with entertainment will be spent on the sundeck, which has views of the Australian landscape unrivalled anywhere else on board. Watch for passing sea turtles and vibrant jellyfish in the crystalline waters of the Whitsundays, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or watch the clouds drift by on the sunpads whilst you sip on a cocktail from the sundeck bar.

Superyacht SPIRIT has an excellent selection of water toys, and her toy chest contains a kitesurfer, a wakeboard, a kneeboard, scuba diving equipment, snorkelling equipment and fishing equipment.

M/Y SPIRIT - Master suite

M/Y SPIRIT – Master suite

The on board accommodation will provide for a maximum of 10 guests over 5 comfortable cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. A crew of 7 will provide everything your guests need for an enjoyable and relaxing charter aboard this spacious yacht, and a dive master and kiteboarding instructor as part of the crew will give guests the opportunity to do even more on their charter.

Wavepiercing yacht SPIRIT is available for charter in Australian waters from $90,000 USD per week plus expenses. For more information on her summer availability, contact CharterWorld, or explore other yachts available in Australia.

Motor Yacht Oscar II available for charters in Australia

February 16, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

LUXURY MOTOR YACHT OSCAR II is located all year round in Australia. She cruises the waters of Queensland from June to November. Right now she is available in Sydney until May. The rate for this incredible charter vacation is from AUD 80,000 per week plus expenses.

OSCAR II - Cruising


Motor yacht Oscar II was first launched in 1990. This very family friendly yacht has undergone some refits, with the last one being in 2014.

Oscar II is stylishly furnished, with her elegant interior design and warm atmosphere. There is a spacious saloon with luxurious seating and informal space for a get-together and relaxation, where the guests can also enjoy stunning panoramic views and a formal dining.

OSCAR II - Dining

OSCAR II – Dining

Accommodation is provided for a total of 8 guests in 4 staterooms. The full-beam master suite is located on the main deck forward of the dining room. The VIP cabin and 2 deluxe twin cabins are on the lower deck.  All cabins have en-suite facilities and air conditioning.

OSCAR II - Foredeck

OSCAR II – Foredeck

Outdoor living spaces onboard Oscar II are very spacious and designed to maximise entertainment experience. The aft deck is ideal for having an al-fresco dining or enjoying a refreshment watch the sunset. Those who love sunbathing, relaxation or even fishing, there is a transom accessible from the aft deck. The top deck features a BBQ area, sun loungers and dining space. The Spa pool is at the peak of the foredeck. Relax in style!

OSCAR II - Master Cabin

OSCAR II – Master Cabin

There is a wide array of toys and tenders, which includes a 5.4m tender, a Jet ski, towing donut ring, paddle skis, snorkelling and finishing gear to mention but a few.

To secure Oscar II for charter in Australia, please contact one of our friendly brokers today. Alternatively, you can view a selection of yachts available for charter in Australia here.

Shadow Vessel CHARLEY Delivered by Echo Yachts

February 15, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The Western Australia-based shipbuilder Echo Yachts has delivered the largest composite resin infused shadow vessel ever built in Australia. The 46-metre catamaran CHARLEY  has been constructed to serve as a support vessel for the 84-metre superyacht White Rabbit Golf, which is currently under construction at the shipyard.

Charley - main

Charley – main

Naval architecture, exterior and interior styling are a work of the New Zealand company LOMOcean. Charley is believed to have excellent sea-keeping and fuel capacity, along with providing a significant amount of space for transporting and storing tenders and water toys. The 12-metre custom built catamaran tender Vicky with its specially engineered launch and retrieval platform positioned at the stern of the vessel.

Charley and tender Vicky

Charley and tender Vicky

In total, Charley can carry five tenders, four Jet skies and a hovercraft. There is also a large touch-and-go helipad, dive store, decompression chamber and specialist sonar equipment.

Charley - toys

Charley – toys

Although Charley is a shadow vessel, there is plenty of room and excellent facilities on board. The guests can appreciate some great views from the covered observation deck, get together for a meal in a tastefully furnished dining area with a flat-screen TV and a piano.

Charley accommodates up to 5 guests in 3 lovely cabins. There is a professional crew of 13 people on board the vessel.

Powered by two 2,700hp Cummins QSK60 engines and with a fuel capacity of 60,000 litres, Charley has a maximum range of 2,500 nm at the speed of 16 knots.

Once the mother ship of Charley – White Rabbit Golf – is built, she will become the largest trimaran superyacht in the world. Designed by bespoke Sam Sorgiovanni, this superyacht is scheduled for completion in 2018. Not only White Rabbit Golf will become the largest yacht ever built in Australia, but she will also hold the title of the largest aluminium superyacht in the world.

For more information on yachts by Echo Yachts, please contact your preferred broker at CharterWorld. Alternatively, while the superyacht project White Rabbit Golf is underway you can view a selection of charter yachts available in various locations in the world.


102m Trimaran Superyacht by Echo Yachts & Sorgiovanni Desing

October 12, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

One of the world’s largest trimaran concept has been revealed by the Australia-based trio of Echo Yachts, designer Sam Sorgiovanni and One2Three Naval Architects. Featuring striking and progressive contemporary style, innovative interior layout, multihull platform and outstanding performance, the 120-metre project is believed to be a real breakthrough among trimaran concepts. 

Sorgiovanni, the luxury yacht designer is known for attention to detail in designing truly bespoke luxury design concepts, and this new project, indeed, adds to it. Incorporating sleek lines, commanding heavy form and much elegance, the new trimaran is designed to make a statement.

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

The design layout represents spacious rotating master stateroom selection, a large cinema and separate outdoor area for the owner with private swimming pool, gym, spa and an outdoor dining area for up to 26 guests.

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

A touch-and-go landing pad on the foredeck and an additional sundeck helipad are one of the significant exterior design features. There will be a vast amount of space provided for the owner’s toys and tenders in a large garage.

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

The trimaran superyacht will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system, which will allow a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 5,000 nm. A significant reduction of the amount of roll and movement on board will be achieved due to at-speed ride control and at-anchor gyro stabilisers, providing a smooth ride. Her multihull platform will provide ocean going capabilities.

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts

Echo Yachts is now working on a construction of its 84-metre trimaran White Rabbit, which is due to be launched in 2018.

THE AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week Mid-Week Weekend

August 24, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

News from Hamilton Island, Australia:

Sailing - Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2016

Sailing – Audi Hamilton Island Race week 2016

Layday came early for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week fleet despite best efforts by the race committee to get some divisions racing out on the Eastern course area, in the Turtle Bay vicinity.

That fleet of cruisers and cruising multihulls waited patiently offshore for close to four hours, filling in time swimming, sunbaking, barbequing and following three humpback whales which obligingly glided close enough for photo opportunities.

“It was a frustrating day, we did what we could,” said principal race officer Denis Thompson. “There wasn’t stable breeze to send the championship boats out, we got away with it yesterday, but didn’t want to risk it today given the forecast. The rest of the fleet was moved around all over the place and even went into a starting sequence, and then the breeze collapsed. Everyone tried their hardest; Huey didn’t play the game today.”

The Australian Yachting Championship fleet never made it off the dock, an early postponement signalling the long islands race from Dent Passage was cancelled. Hours later those crews were officially released to enjoy the afternoon at Hamilton Island.

Day three’s forecast was always going to be challenging for the race committee with very light winds under 8kts predicted to oscillate between north and east.

Despite a brave effort to lay a windward/leeward course for the Eastern fleet, when a light north-easter finally set in, the cow bell was rung on the water early afternoon and all racing was abandoned for the day.

Wednesday’s layday means the record Race Week fleet effectively now has a mid-week weekend breaking up two halves of the annual series that wraps up on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

PR By Crosbie Lorimer & Lisa Ratcliff

Motor yachts welcome to tour the Great Barrier Reef after coral bleaching

June 10, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed at their annual conference that chartered yachts are not responsible for coral bleaching. Chartered tours to the UNESCO world heritage site are welcome and activities in the various zones have not been affected.


Studies on the process of coral bleaching have found that coral exposed to high temperatures over a period of weeks undergoes stress. The ongoing stress to the organism may lead to initially vivid pink, blue and yellow hues in the coral, followed by bleaching and possibly death. 2016 has produced high temperatures in the oceans, with little cooling from monsoon rains.

Various sites across the Great Barrier Reef are undergoing monitoring and further tests to improve recovery, and observations have uncovered that the most damaged parts of the reef are in areas that yachts rarely visit, putting to rest fears that boating activities and water sports are the direct cause.

Great-Barrier-Reef-4 (2)

The conference also discussed increasing the available marine services at the popular tourist destination, in order to make the reef more accessible and environmentally friendly to visitors wishing to take a luxury yacht charter. The Cayman Islands have undertaken similar developments, including increasing moorings, in efforts to prevent coral damage which may occur when chartered vessels drop anchor.

Visit the Great Barrier Reef in comfort and style aboard one of the many chartered superyachts available in the Australia and New Zealand region. Contact CharterWorld today, or search for charters to find out more.