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147m Lurssen motor yacht TOPAZ in Brazil for the Football FIFA World Cup 2014

June 13, 2014

The glamorous South America yacht holiday destination – Brazil is currently playing a host to the football FIFA World Cup 2014, which represents a great temptation for the world’s richest superyacht owners and their luxury yachts. One of these is the impressive 147m (482′) Lurssen motor yacht TOPAZ.

147m mega yacht Topaz by Lurssen

147m mega yacht Topaz by Lurssen - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Launched in 2012, the breath-taking superyacht TOPAZ has been superbly penned by acclaimed Tim Heywood. She is at number five amongst the largest superyachts in the world and the third largest mega yacht constructed by Lurssen, following the 180m luxury yacht AZZAM and the 155m AL SAID yacht.

Luxury yacht TOPAZ can presumably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 deluxe cabins. In addition, she boasts a helicopter landing platform, tender garages, swimming pools, as well as fitness hall, cinema and large conference room, to name but a few.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Launch of 66m motor yacht ESTER III (Project GREEN, hull 13685) at Lurssen

May 28, 2014

Scheduled for delivery this summer, the impressive 66-metre motor yacht ESTER III, previously known under her project name ‘Green’ and as ‘hull 13685′, has successfully hit the water at Lurssen shipyard in Rendsburg, Germany. The official information and images of superyacht ESTER III are still expected to be released by the yard. Below is an image of one of the latest Lurssen launches – the outstanding 180-metre mega yacht Azzam, currently representing the world’s largest private superyacht.

Impressive 180m mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen

Impressive 180m mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen

The newly launched 66m Lurssen mega yacht ESTER III has been superbly penned by acclaimed Espen Oeino, with interior design by multi-award winning Reymond Langton Design.

Featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the 66-metre Lurssen super yacht ESTER III represents a fully custom design.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Additional photos and videos of 180m Lurssen superyacht AZZAM

May 19, 2014

Launched by the leading German builder Lurssen last year, the striking 180-metre superyacht AZZAM is currently the largest luxury yacht in the world. With the original concept developed by Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, the 180m motor yacht AZZAM boasts innovative and timeless exterior lines as well as styling by Nauta Yachts, while her elegant and stylish interiors have been designed by Christophe Leoni. Below are the photos and videos showing AZZAM cruising in the North Sea and returning to Lurssen, published on YouTube and created by DiFooll, in addition to the videos featured on CharterWorld on May 7, 2014.

180m Lurssen mega yacht AZZAM - Image credit to DiFoo

180m Lurssen mega yacht AZZAM - Image credit to DiFoo

Luxury yacht AZZAM - Image credit to DiFoo

Luxury yacht AZZAM - Image credit to DiFoo

Videos showing 180m Lurssen mega yacht AZZAM underway

May 07, 2014

Currently representing the largest luxury yacht in the world, the outstanding 180-metre mega yacht AZZAM was launched by the premier German shipyard Lurssen in April 2013. With the original concept developed by Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi, the 180m motor yacht AZZAM features innovative and timeless exterior lines as well as styling by Nauta Yachts, while her sophisticated and luxurious interiors have been penned by Christophe Leoni. Below are the videos showing AZZAM cruising on the river Weser near Berne-Farge in Germany, published on YouTube and created by DiFooll.

Nominees for 2014 Asia Boating Awards

May 01, 2014

The complete list of nominees for this year’s Asia Boating Awards has now been released, with some new and exciting entries, as well as some industry stalwarts. Asian yacht builders have been growing in global market share and are now starting to get worldwide media recognition. Representing Asia’s eagerly awaited event in the yachting industry, the 10th annual Asia Boating Awards will be held at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong on May 9, the same day that the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show opens at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club.

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In recognising the China market and environmental issues, the awards this year feature three new categories: Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year, Best Brand Presence in China and Green Maritime Company of the Year.

This year sees awards in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. The pioneering Asia Boating Awards is the first event to recognise the efforts and successes of Asian yacht builders.

The list of nominees comes from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with final winners being determined by a panel of judges selected for their expertise as well as their ability to make informed, impartial decisions.

Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer are the sponsors this year, along with Baccarat, which is providing the trophies.

This year, Asia Pacific Boating is inviting readers, yachting enthusiasts, yacht owners, yacht builders, marina operators, regatta organisers, yacht charter companies, brokers, and designers to submit their choices in each of the categories online. You may nominate in as many or as few categories as you wish. Or even just one. The top five nominees in each category, based on a plurality of nominations, will be sent to a panel of judges for their final consideration.

Nominations of Asia Boating Awards 2014 are now closed.

The complete list of nominees for the upcoming Asia Boating Awards 2014:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (25m and above)

Gulf Craft, UAE
Horizon Yachts, Taiwan/China
IAG Yachts, China
Kingship, Hong Kong/China
McConaghy, China
NISI Yachts, China
Numarine, Turkey
Sunbird Yacht, China
Sunrise Yachts, Turkey

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)

Bestway Yachts, China
Grand Banks, Malaysia
Gulf Craft, UAE
Horizon Yachts, Taiwan/China
McConaghy, China
Sunbird Yacht, China

Best Asian Built Yacht

Bestway Yachts, Venere 70S, China

Venere 70S yacht at full speed

Venere 70S yacht at full speed

Allegro Yacht, Allegro Flybridge 75, China
Grand Banks, 76 Aleutian RP, Malaysia

76 Aleutian RP Yacht by Grand Banks Yachts

76 Aleutian RP Yacht by Grand Banks Yachts

Heysea Yachts, Asteria108, China
Horizon, RP110 Andrea VI, Taiwan/China

Horizon RP110 superyacht Andrea VI

Horizon RP110 superyacht Andrea VI

IAG Yachts, IAG Electra 104, China
Kha Shing, Belize 54, Taiwan/China
NISI Yachts, NISI 1700 Vantage, China

Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht

AMELS, Event, The Netherlands

Motor yacht EVENT -  Main

Motor yacht EVENT - Main

Benetti Yachts, Lady Candy, Italy

Superyacht Lady Candy by Benetti

Superyacht Lady Candy by Benetti

Codecasa, 50s Framura 3, Italy

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards

Codecasa 50s superyacht Framura 3 (hull C 120) by Codecasa Shipyards

CRN, Chopi Chopi, Italy

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Feadship, Sea Owl, The Netherlands

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

Heesen Yachts, Galactica Star, The Netherlands

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Lürssen, Azzam, Germany

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Moonen Yachts, Sofia, The Netherlands

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

42m Moonen superyacht Sofia

Perini Navi, Seahawk, Italy

Luxury sailing yacht Seahawk

Luxury sailing yacht Seahawk

Royal Huisman, Pumula, The Netherlands

Royal Huisman Pumula superyacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula superyacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Best Worldwide Semi Custom Built Yacht (25m and above)

AMELS, Engelberg, The Netherlands

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Amels LE180 superyacht Engelberg

Azimut Yachts, Azimut Grande 120SL, Italy

Azimut Grande SL120 superyacht Hull no. 3

Azimut Grande SL120 superyacht Hull no. 3

Benetti Yachts, VELOCE 140, Italy

Luxury superyacht Veloce 140 by Benetti

Luxury superyacht Veloce 140 by Benetti

Codecasa, 42 Vintage Series Hull F75, Italy

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Codecasa 42 Vintage superyacht Hull F 75 by Codecasa Shipyards

Ferretti Custom Line 124, Italy
Heesen Yachts, Ventura, The Netherlands

Heesen superyacht Ventura (YN16050) - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Heesen superyacht Ventura (YN16050) - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Princess Yachts, Princess 32M, United Kingdom

Princess 32M Yacht by Princess Yachts

Princess 32M Yacht by Princess Yachts

Sunreef Yachts, 90 Sunreef Power, Poland

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

Sunseeker, 155 Yacht, United Kingdom

Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush

Sunseeker 155 superyacht Blush

Sanlorenzo, SL96, Italy

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (25m and above)

Delta Powerboats, Delta Yacht, Sweden
Ferretti Yachts 960, Italy

Ferretti 960 yacht

Ferretti 960 yacht

Horizon Yachts, E88, Taiwan/China
Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy

Luxury motor yacht MCY 86 by Monte Carlo Yachts

Luxury motor yacht MCY 86 by Monte Carlo Yachts

Pershing 82, Italy
Princess Yachts, Princess 88, United Kingdom

Luxury motor yacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Princess 88 by Princess Yachts

Sunseeker, 28 Metre Yacht, United Kingdom

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Astondoa, 63 Top Deck, Spain
Azimut Yachts, Azimut Magellano 53, Italy
Fairline, Squadron 78 Custom, United Kingdom
Ferretti Yachts 750, Italy

Ferretti 750 Yacht

Ferretti 750 Yacht

Jeanneau, Prestige 750, France
Marquis, 720 Fly, United States
Princess Yachts, Princess S72, United Kingdom

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

Sea Ray, L650 Fly, United States
Sunreef Yachts, 70 Sunreef Power, Poland
Sunseeker, Predator 80, United Kingdom

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht

Best Worldwide Production Motor Yacht (up to 15m)

Beneteau, Gran Turismo 44, Italy
Fairline, Targa 48 Open, United Kingdom
Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts, Summerland 40 Long Range, France
Jeanneau, Prestige 450, France
Marquis, 500 SC, United States
Meridian Yachts, 391 Sedan, United States
Monte Carlo Yachts, Monte Carlo 5, Italy
Princess Yachts, Princess V39, United Kingdom
Riva, Iseo, Italy
Sea Ray, 470 Sundancer, United States

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (15m and above)

Beneteau, Oceanis 55, France
Foutaine Pajot Catamarans, Victoria 67, France
HanseYachts, 575, Germany
Jeanneau, Jeanneau 64, France
Lagoon, Lagoon 560 S2, France
Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 58, South Africa
Nautor’s Swan, Swan 90S, Finland
Oyster Yachts, Oyster 575, United Kingdom
Sunreef Yachts, Sunreef 70, Poland

Best Worldwide Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

Bavaria Yachtbau, Cruiser 56, Germany
Beneteau, Sense 50, France
HanseYachts, 385, Germany
Jeanneau, Sun Fast 3600, France
Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 48, South Africa
Solaris Yachts, ONE 48, Italy

Best China Yacht Club / Marina of the Year

ClearWater Bay Marina
Nansha Marina
Serenity Sanya Marina
Shenzhen Bay Marina Club
Visun Royal Yacht Club
Wuxi Taihu Shanshui Club & Marina
Yalong Bay Yacht Club

Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year

Aberdeen Boat Club, Hong Kong
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Thailand
ONEº15 Marina Club, Singapore
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong
Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia

Best Asian Marina of the Year

Ao Po Grand Marina, Thailand
Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Hong Kong
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Thailand
ONEº15 Marina Club, Singapore
Yacht Haven Marina Phuket, Thailand

Asian Regatta of the Year

Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race, Hong Kong / Vietnam
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Thailand
China Cup International Regatta, China
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, Thailand
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta, Malaysia
Rolex China Sea Race, Hong Kong / Philippines
Royal Langkawi International Regatta, Malaysia
Samui Regatta, Thailand
Sinan Regatta, China
Top of the Gulf Regatta, Thailand

Personality of the Year

Andy Treadwell
Arthur Tay
Enrico Zanella
Guo Chuan
James Li
Julian Chang
Roger Eastham
Simon James
Wang Jianlin

Best Yacht Design of the Year

AMELS, Event, The Netherlands
Benetti Yachts, Ocean Paradise, Italy

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise

Beneteau, Oceanis 38, France
Codecasa, 42 Vintage Series Hull F75, Italy
Ferretti Yachts 960, Italy
Heesen, Galactica Star, The Netherlands
Jeanneau, Prestige 750, France
Lürssen, MY Solandge, Germany

85m mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Monte Carlo Yachts, MCY 86, Italy
Moonen Yachts, Sofia, The Netherlands
Perini Navi, Picchiotti 73M Grace E, Italy

73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E sold by Perini Navi Group

73m Vitruvius mega yacht Grace E sold by Perini Navi Group

Rossinavi, Ketos, Italy

Best Asia-based Charter Company of the Year

Asia Marine, Thailand
Boat Lagoon Yachting, Thailand
Elite Yachting Phuket, Thailand
Northrop and Johnson Asia, Asia
Riviera Orientale-Yachting Society, Hong Kong
Simpson Yacht Charter, Asia
Sunsail, Asia

Best Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, Poland

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

Cloud 9, France

CLOUD 9 - Profile

CLOUD 9 - Profile

Dunia Baru, Indonesia

DUNIA BARU - Underway

DUNIA BARU - Underway

Exuma, Italy

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Super Yacht Exuma photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Silolona, Indonesia

Silolona yacht at Sunset

Silolona yacht at Sunset

Vertigo, New Zealand

Green Maritime Company of the Year

Benetti Yachts, Italy
Marina at Keppel Bay, Singapore
Marlow Yachts, China
Princess Yachts, United Kingdom
Sunbird Yacht, China

Best Brand Presence in China

Azimut Yachts
Beneteau
Benetti Yachts
Ferretti Yachts
Jeanneau
Princess Yachts
Sunbird Yacht
Sunreef Yachts
Sunseeker

Best Brand Presence in Asia

Azimut Yachts
Beneteau Yachts
Benetti Yachts
Fairline
Ferretti Yachts
Horizon Yachts
Jeanneau
Princess Yachts
Sunreef Yachts
Sunseeker

A highly successful Singapore Yacht Show 2014

April 17, 2014

The last day of this year’s Singapore Yacht Show saw an amazingly successful event, attended by satisfied exhibitors, celebrating more high-quality visitors as well as more leads than ever before, with plenty of reported sales.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 @Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 @Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Around 14,000 public and trade visitors from all over Asia attended the event, which featured a total of 96 watercraft, from jet skis and tenders to luxury motorboats and elegant super yachts, covering a total area some 50% bigger than last year’s show.

Managing director of organisers Singapore Yacht Events, Andy Treadwell, said, “These numbers clearly demonstrate that people in this region are increasingly enthusiastic about boating. The feedback we have had from our exhibitors and sponsors shows that everybody now sees the Singapore Yacht Show as Asia’s number one event for the global yachting industry.”

Brokers, builders, marine industry brands and lifestyle exhibitors alike all reported having a truly excellent show with impressive numbers of highly qualified visitors expressing serious interest.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 from above

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 from above@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Charlie Birkett, CEO of first-time exhibitors Y.CO, which jointly represented the 67m S/Y Vertigo, told SuperyachtNews he was very pleased with the interest they had received over the event. “This show is fantastic and we are very happy to be here. We’ve seen a lot of people who have shown interest in S/Y Vertigo, the star of the show, which we are presenting here for charter. We take this region really seriously.” Birkett said.

Mike Simpson, CEO of Simpson Marine, Asia’s largest and longest-established yacht broker and dealer, agreed: “The sun has been shining on a fantastic show that is packed with boats. It’s very interesting to see how the show has developed over the last few years since it was started. We see this as the key show for the region.”

Last day of SYS 2014

Last day of SYS 2014@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Many of the biggest and best-known yacht builders in the world were in attendance. Michael Breman, Sales Director of Lürssen Yachts, builder of M/Y Azzam, at 180m the world’s biggest yacht, commented: “Singapore is the hub for a larger region so it is a good backdrop to have an event like this where you can show your brand to the affluent. For Lürssen, the Singapore Yacht Show is the cornerstone in the building of [our] brand awareness in Asia”.

Other world-leading shipyards echoed Breman’s views. Burak Akgül, managing director of Perini Navi Group, was also enthusiastic about the potential for the big yards in Asia: “This first occasion that we’re at the Singapore Yacht Show is a great opportunity. We’ve had some interesting appointments made, with some very recognisable names, [for] introducing the Picchiotti and Perini Navi products.”

Majesty Yachts at SYS

Majesty Yachts at SYS@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

While the superyachts draw much of the attention, being highly visible and inspirational, and therefore a seriously important part of the “educational” aspect of developing the industry in Asia, it is in the smaller production boat sector that the builders can expect to see most rapid growth and uptake. Leading players in this arena were also highly impressed with SYS 2014. “I have been to many boat shows all around the world, and this particular show has grown tremendously in size and there is huge potential here. We have been very happy with the clients that we have been talking to”, commented Alister Brunksill, Princess South East Asia.

The show organisers also ran the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC), a yachting industry forum, as part of the event, as well as a ‘Captains Lounge’, where business to business networking was the order of the day. Chief Executive of Superyacht Australia MaryAnne Edwards, which sponsored both of the aforementioned, was impressed: “Over four years, the Singapore Yacht Show will have quadrupled and I think that now, it is really becoming the superyacht show in Asia.”

Sunseeker at SYS

Sunseeker at SYS@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

Alexander Tesch, MD of MTU Asia, which co-sponsored the APYC and Captains Lounge with Superyacht Australia and Sevenstar Yacht transport, added: “For MTU, the Singapore Yacht Show is a very good showcase for what we can offer here in this region. The event has grown every year and we believe it is the strongest show here in Asia. We are very happy to be part of it and we hope to see it continue to expand over the coming years.”

Complementary lifestyle and industry services exhibitors also commended the quality of visitors at the show. Andreas Arnold, head of key account management at Luxaviation Group, one of the show’s main sponsors this year, said: “We have had great feedback, especially in charter, but also in aircraft management solutions from the whole of South East Asia.” His CEO, Barth Foucart, Luxaviation, added: “The reason we partner with the Singapore Yacht Show is that the public looking for this type of boats, is the same market we are targeting for private jet flights”.

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 by night

Singapore Yacht Show 2014 by night@Michael Denker @YachtsXL

While yachting and boating was naturally the main focus for the show, it would be impossible to ignore the enormous enthusiasm for supercars and fashion in Singapore and the wider region. Making special appearances over the weekend, local car owner clubs for Ferrari and Lamborghini put on crowd-drawing convoys of over 30 and 20 vehicles respectively. And the complementary luxury lifestyle elements continued with fashion shows from Camilla by Wattletree, JOG Swimwear and White Moon. To ensure VIPs arrived and departed in style befitting the show, BMW provided a courtesy car service, taking guests practically from doorstep to passarelle.

Karl Hamann, Singapore CEO of insurance provider QBE said he had thoroughly enjoyed his first year of partnering the Singapore Yacht Show: “The show has completely surpassed expectations and is a true testament to the growth potential in the industry.”

Asia Pacific Yachting Conference

Asia Pacific Yachting Conference - Image credit to Singapore Yacht Show

The event’s organisers have already been inundated with enquiries from potential exhibitors and sponsors hoping to get involved in next year’s show.

Southern Wind 94 Yacht KIBOKO nominated for ADI Compasso D’Oro Design Award

March 31, 2014

Southern Wind 94 yacht Kiboko has been announced as one of the finalists for the XXIII Edition of the ADI Compasso D’Oro Design Awards. Luxury sailing yacht Kiboko has been superbly penned by Nauta Design as well as Reichel Pugh Yacht Design.

SW 94 superyacht Kiboko by Southern Wind - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

SW 94 superyacht Kiboko by Southern Wind - Photo by Carlo Baroncini

Southern Wind Shipyard and Nauta Design are glad to announce that SW 94 superyacht Kiboko has been selected as a finalist in the ADI Compasso D’ Oro Awards the most prestigious awards in Italian design today. The yacht is competing in the ‘Design for Environments’ category.

The ADI Compasso D’Oro Awards have taken place 22 times in its 60 year history and has established itself as the most sought-after award in the design industry. Since its inception, it has recognised 293 products and selected almost 2,000 for an Honourable Mention. Those products that win an award, or are mentioned, make up part of the Historic Collection established by ADI in 2001, and are recognised as being of exceptional artistic and historic interest. All the finalists will take part in the XXIII Mostra Compasso D’Oro exhibition in Milan, with the patronage of Lombardy Region and Comune di Milano.

SW 94 Yacht Kiboko - Interior - Photo by Carlo Baronicini

SW 94 Yacht Kiboko - Interior - Photo by Carlo Baronicini

Southern Wind Shipyard, founded in 1991 by Italian entrepreneur and current Managing Director, Willy Persico, specialises in the production of semi-custom, composite sailing yachts, ranging from 24 to 35 metres. It is the leader in the 30m+ category, with 15 yachts produced in the last 15 years. The yard has commissioned the semi-custom project, SW 94, from Nauta Design, for general concept, exterior and interior design, and American Reichel/Pugh for naval architecture.

Built and launched in 2010, luxury yacht Kiboko the first unit of this extraordinary miniseries is a racing cruiser which guarantees high performance and comfort, along with typical Italian elegance and functionality.

Since 1985, Nauta Yachts, whose design division name is Nauta Design, has designed projects tailored to meet the specific, personal needs of the owner – blending elegance with ease of handling, style with performance, and comfort with seaworthiness. From the first sketch they move on to specific aesthetic and functional aspects of the project, drawing the general plans, shaping the hull and the superstructure and planning the interior and deck layouts.

By working with the naval architect that best suits the client’s preferences, Nauta Design combines its unique blend of style and functionality with performance technology hailing from the top racing boats. Working either on sailing or power yachts, Nauta Design successfully meets aesthetic, functional and performance goals. Its wide design versatility spans from oceangoing sailing racer-cruisers to elegant and performer large tenders, from explorer vessels to the 180 metre mega yacht ‘AZZAM’ – the largest of its kind in the world.

Below are the galleries for the luxurious charter yachts by Southern Wind and Nauta Design.

SYBAss Pavilion at Dubai Boat Show 2014 to reinforce UAE’s status as a hub for superyachts

February 18, 2014

As stated by the leading trade organisation Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), the Middle East represents one of the most significant superyacht markets, with the highest growth as owners of luxury superyachts in the region continue to increase swiftly. The SYBAss Pavilion at the upcoming Dubai International Boat Show 2014 is expected to reinforce the UAE’s status as a hub for superyachts as yacht enthusiasts conduct business with the world’s best superyacht manufacturers.

SYBAss Pavilion at the Dubai International Boat Show

SYBAss Pavilion at the Dubai International Boat Show

The 22nd edition of Dubai International Boat Show organised by Dubai World Trade Centre, runs from 4-8 March 2014 at Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, and will capitalise on the Middle East’s position as one of the world’s leading luxury superyacht destinations with superyacht ownership continuing to rise.

Robert van Tol, Operational Director, Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), said: “While traditionally, Western Europe and North America are the major markets for superyachts of 40 metres and above in numbers, due to the many ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWI) in these regions, the penetration percentage of each area – the number of UHNWIs versus number of superyacht owners – provides a much more interesting insight into the markets.”

“The 2013 SYBAss Economic Report, developed in cooperation with Boston Consulting Group, reveals that the Middle East has the highest ‘propensity to buy’ a superyacht, at 48%. This means that nearly half of the UHNWIs in the Middle East are likely to own or buy a superyacht – higher than anywhere else in the world,” he added.

SYBAss Pavilion at the Dubai Boat Show

SYBAss Pavilion at the Dubai Boat Show

The largest yacht in the world mega yacht Azzam and around a third of the other 200 largest yachts globally are owned by the residents and nationals of the Middle East, according to a 2013 market analysis conducted by Boat International.

These figures are further validated as the superyacht industry plows full speed ahead, with 2014 slated to be the first year for an increase in superyacht builds since 2009, according to the 2014 ShowBoats International Global Order Book.

The Dubai International Boat Show will host 19 superyachts on water this year, including the largest boat to be displayed in the history of the show, which is built by Oceanco.

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

Key buyers and visitors will have the chance to network with some of the world’s most celebrated superyacht builders at the SYBAss Pavilion including Azimut-Benetti, CRN, Fincantieri, Heesen, Mondo Marine, San Lorenzo and Trinity.

With the Dubai International Boat Show slated to attract more than 26,000 visitors, including 5,000 High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), SYBAss Pavilion exhibitors are eager to tap into the market. Luxury yachts were recently named the most popular luxury acquisition for billionaires, according to research organisation Wealth-X, which provides intelligence on ultra-high net worth individuals.

The recent World Ultra Wealth Report, based on findings in the  Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2013, states that the Middle East’s billionaires – with a combined net worth of USD354 billion – hold a higher percentage of total wealth than in any other region in the world. Forty percent of the Middle East’s Ultra High Net Worth wealth is held by the region’s 157 billionaires, compared to 28% in Europe, 22% in North America and 18% in Asia, according to the report.

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

Property consultant Knight Frank predicts that the number of US dollar billionaires in the Middle East will grow by 45% over the next decade with the HNWI population (individuals having net assets over USD30 million) in the region growing by 58% in 2022. The report also forecasts that the UAE HNWI population will grow by 53% in 2022.

“The Dubai International Boat Show has anchored the UAE as the key market for companies to showcase their dynamic superyacht products and services to leisure marine enthusiasts and HNWIs in the Middle East who value high standards of craftsmanship in their luxury purchases. Featuring the most advanced yachting design and technology from exhibitors and companies around the world, the SYBAss Pavilion is set to achieve new standards and inspire yacht enthusiasts of all backgrounds,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President of Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of Dubai International Boat Show.

Luxury superyachts on display at Dubai Boat Show

Luxury superyachts on display at Dubai Boat Show

Demonstrating the far-reaching demand for superyachts as well as leisure marine craft and services, the Dubai International Boat Show is expected to draw visitors from more than 70 countries, and will host 840 exhibitors and brands from 50 countries, with an expected 35% growth in US companies confirming floor space this year.

World-renowned superyacht manufacturer Lurssen returns to the show for the 10th year and is among the makers of the world’s largest yachts, including the 180-metre mega yacht Azzam, which was delivered in October 2013.

In addition to being the largest yacht in the world, with a length of 180 metres, and with a top speed of 30 knots, motor yacht Azzam adds another record in terms of building time: less than three years from steel cutting following one year of engineering.

Luxury superyacht AZZAM - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury superyacht AZZAM - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“Dubai International Boat Show is among the best platforms to showcase our latest models and inform visitors about the recent developments and innovations in shipbuilding. We have a strong track record of delivering yachts to our customers in the Middle East, where we will deliver three yachts between 66 and 104 metres long in 2014. The exhibition allows us to meet the demand for our luxury superyachts within the Middle East region, with a key focus on the rapidly-growing GCC market,” said Michael Breman, Sales Director, Lurssen.

Rob Luijendijk, CEO of AMELS is pleased with the ‘superyacht life culture’ of HNWIs in the region and beyond and revealed plans for the Dutch master shipbuilders at the show: “The Middle East has always been very important for us – some of the largest superyachts are owned by ultra-high net worth individuals from this region. We’ve experienced a significant increase in enquiries this year, and at the moment our yard is busier than ever with nine new construction projects and two refits.”

“The Dubai International Boat Show is the ideal platform to reveal our scale model of the new AMELS 272 yacht to the region, the largest Amels ever with an impressive exterior design from Tim Heywood,” Luijendijk added.

Beyond the SYBAss Pavilion, Dubai International Boat Show visitors can attend this year’s show sectors: Marina Display, Outdoor Display, Luxury Supplies and Services, Equipment Supplies and Services, Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX), and the Supercar Promenade.

Key returning partners include Italian luxury watch brand Officine Panerai as Supporting Partner, Mercedes-Benz as Official Car Partner, and ART MARINE as Marina Display Partner. Bombardier, the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains, is the exclusive sponsor of the LSS indoor pavilion.

The 22nd Dubai International Boat Show at Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi is open to trade visitors and the general public from 2pm – 9.30pm daily from 4-8 March 2014.

Newly delivered 180m Lurssen Yacht AZZAM designed by Nauta Yachts

December 09, 2013

October 22, 2013, was marked by delivery of the breath-taking 180-metre motor yacht AZZAM to her proud Owner. Besides being the largest yacht in the world, AZZAM yacht, beautifully designed by Nauta Yachts, is also holder of other impressive records, such as a power of 94,000 HP, a maximum speed of over 30 knots, as well as an impressively short building time of less than four years at Lürssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany.

180m Lurssen superyacht Azzam designed by Nauta Yachts - Photo by Klaus Jordan

180m Lurssen superyacht Azzam designed by Nauta Yachts - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Nauta Yachts signed the styling and exterior design of this leviathan, inspired by previous projects, such as Light 80 and Light 90, defined by elegance through simplicity, balance in design, always modern but not extreme. This philosophy has become in the time the trademark of the company, attracting clients with the same values.

Luxury megayacht AZZAM - aft view

Luxury megayacht AZZAM - aft view - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“All our efforts were concentrated to achieve a design defined by a strong character, but dressed by a timeless elegance, with the elements of a contemporary, modern architecture, able to represent a milestone in the superyacht fleet for decades,” says Mario Pedol, C.E.O. of Nauta Yachts.

Luxury superyacht AZZAM by night

Luxury superyacht AZZAM by night - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Technical Specifications of superyacht AZZAM

Loa: 180 m / 590’4’’
Beam: 20,8 m / 68’22’’
Draft: 4,3 m / 15’8”
Power: 94.000 HP
Speed: 30 knots

Builder: Lürssen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Nauta Yachts
Interior Designer: Christophe Leoni
Technical Project Manager: Burgess

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts with design by Nauta Yachts.

180m Mega Yacht AZZAM by Lurssen Delivered

November 25, 2013

The prestigious luxury yacht builder LURSSEN is pleased to announce the delivery of the World’s largest luxury mega yacht AZZAM, on the 22nd October, 2013. In addition to being the largest yacht in the world with her length of more than 180 metres and an impressive top speed of over 30 knots, she adds another record in terms of construction time: less than three years from steel cutting, following one year of engineering.

Mega Yacht Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Mega Yacht Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

This enormous achievement was possible thanks to the guidance and leadership of Eng. Mubarak Saad al Ahbabi who is the principal designer and the man who defined the original creative idea based on his in-depth knowledge of the environment.

180m Azzam Yacht - Photo Thomas Joswig

180m Azzam Yacht - Photo Thomas Joswig

Motor yacht Azzam’s innovative and timeless design has been developed by Mario Pedol from Nauta Yachts. The interior design was created by the renowned French designer Christophe Leoni who is excited to have been able to realise a sophisticated and luxurious interior in a turn of the century Empire style.