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Pendennis-refitted luxury yacht A2 receives 2013 ISS Award

October 31, 2013

Written by zuzana

The annual International Superyacht Society Awards are voted for by peers from within the superyacht industry, and as such it is always an honour to be recognized. Taken place at the Design Center of the Americas, this year’s ceremony saw the substantial remodelling project of the 1983-built Feadship luxury yacht A2, completed by Pendennis last year, win in the ‘Best Refit Yacht’ category. This is the second win of motor yacht A2, after taking the honours in the World Superyacht Awards earlier this year.

Pendennis-refitted superyacht A2 on Maiden Voyage

Pendennis-refitted superyacht A2 on Maiden Voyage

This project is one of the industry’s most impressive transformations, with just 16 months taken to create the equivalent of a custom built yacht. The brief was extensive: to modernise her shape creating larger outdoor spaces, replace her dated systems and technology improving efficiency and performance, and reconfigure the interior layout to combine practical family use with impressive spaces for entertaining.

Luxury yacht A2 - Interior

Luxury yacht A2 - Interior

Motor yacht A2’s transformation began swiftly upon her arrival in Falmouth as Masquerade of Sole in February 2011. The yacht was stripped back to bare steel and aluminium throughout, with her stern and top deck remodelled and then extended across three levels, increasing her LOA by 5m. Not only did this improve her external social areas, but enabled Pendennis to add a new full-width Owner’s lounge and study. John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT Nigel Gee, structural engineers on superyacht A2, explained “We have worked with Pendennis on numerous occasions, and this project was one of the most challenging and rewarding yet. The vision of the Owner and collaboration of BMT Nigel Gee with the Pendennis project team has produced a truly amazing yacht, completely unrecognisable from her former self.”

Motor yacht A2 - Saloon

Motor yacht A2 - Saloon

During the remodelling project all equipment and technology was replaced throughout, including new deck equipment, a complete rebuild of the engine room, installation of modern bridge technology and state-of-the-art AV equipment. The engineering team at Pendennis applied their decades of knowledge to advise on the most efficient and effective systems available. This created a more effective power management system which saw the yacht leave the yard with her cruising speed increased from 12 to 14.5 knots and her fuel consumption improved.

A2 Yacht - Dining

A2 Yacht - Dining

The interiors were given a contemporary look to complement the upgrades. New York based Peter Marino Architect was commissioned to design the luxurious Owner and Guest areas, creating an architecturally-influenced interior space integrating dramatic statement pieces. Peter Marino created a visually exciting design throughout: bleached oak bulkheads were juxtaposed by dark palmwood interiors, whilst textured leather walls were balanced by clean-lined furniture, with contemporary upholstery complemented by stylish high-art pieces.

A2 Yacht - Engine Room

A2 Yacht - Engine Room

Mike Carr, Managing Director of Pendennis, is delighted with the recognition the yacht has received “Although we have performed extensive yacht restorations over the years, A2 was a milestone for the yard in terms of our remodelling projects, and really showcased all elements of our in-house skills and experience from Naval Architecture through to exterior finishing. Since her launch the yacht has generated enormous interest as to the possibilities of upgrading and improving existing yachts. This type of project demonstrates a fresh approach for discerning Owners who want to rejuvenate their superyacht experience without the time and financial implications of a custom new build project.”

A2 yacht’s long-term relationship with Pendennis continues as its Yacht Support team provide advice, engineering skills and parts supply during her current cruise down the East Coast of the United States.

DIMENSIONS & SPECIFICATIONS    ORIGINAL (Masquerade of Sole)    AFTER REFIT (A2)

LOA    42.35m    47m
LWL    38.03m    42.90m
Beam (max)    8.08m    8.08m
Draught (loaded)    2.65m    2.65m
Gross Tonnage    379 tonnes    458 tonnes
Builder    Feadship (H.W. De Voogt & Zoon C.V)    Pendennis
Naval Architect    De Voogt Naval Architects    BMT Nigel Gee with Pendennis
Exterior Stylist    De Voogt Naval Architects    Peter Marino Architect with Pendennis
Original Interior designer    Puleo Inc / International Yacht Design    Peter Marino Architect
Class and LY2 compliance    Lloyds MCA    Cayman Islands & Lloyd’s 100A1 Yacht MCH
Main engines    2 x Caterpillar, D6379TA 625 HP    2 off MTU 16V2000M61 800kW (1080hp) @ 1800rpm
Speed (maximum/cruise)    Cruising Speed: 12 knots/Max: 13 knots    Cruising Speed: 14 knots/Maximum: 15.8 Knots
Range at cruising speed    3,500 nm at 12 kts    4,200  nm at 14 kts
Stabilisers (state if zero-speed)    Vospers    Quantum Zero Speed stabilisers
Bow/Stern thruster/s    Schottel 26 KW    OYS E-0500-T 110kw tunnel Bow thruster
Sewage system        None!    Hamann HL cont plus Sewage treatment plant
Electricity generation    Two 90kW Caterpillar 3304    2 x Northern Lights M1066A2 115kW 50Hz 1500rpm & load bank system
Control and monitoring systems    Trimble Galaxy INMARSAT C system
Furuno 250 watt SSB with DSC controller    Alewijnse Almacs
Air conditioning manufacturer    Condaria    Dometic Marine air system
Galley equipment    Gaggenau & Miele    MKN custom integrated Induction range, Hans Dampf steam oven, Miele dishwashers, Fosters Refrigeration
Number of owner/guest cabins    1 Owner, 1 Double, 4 Twin    4 x Guest Cabins, 1 x Full Beam width Master Cabin to accommodate 12 (+4 x guest Pullmans)
Tenders    21′ Pursuit Pursuit fishing boat 20′ Cobalt 200    2 x Cougar Custom made tenders & Rescue Boat

ISS’s Annual UK Regatta Raises £5550 for Sail 4 Cancer

June 12, 2013

Written by zuzana

The ISS (International Superyacht Society) is proud to announce an unparalleled level of charitable contributions for Sail 4 Cancer, the recipient of ISS’s Annual U.K. Regatta, which took place this past weekend, June 7-9, 2013. With support from the ISS racing fleet, MTN Satellite Communications (through Pinmar Charities) as well as Airship, Sail 4 Cancer will receive a total of £5550 in donations.

2013 ISS Regatta winners IconConnect crew with Paul Rose

2013 ISS Regatta winners IconConnect crew with Paul Rose

“Kerry Pettitt at MTN said they couldn’t find a prize for the raffle, but instead donated £4,000 from their Pinmar Charities fund. The race itself generated £1050 through the generous contributions of sailors and Alan Bernardi of Airship added a further £500,” says Ken Hickling, ISS President and organizer of the annual event. “We have a fabulous event, now in its second year and quickly becoming a fixture in the calendar, and as an industry we come together for a noble cause. It’s the best of all worlds,” he continues.

The winner of the 2013 ISS U.K. Regatta is IconConnect, who also won the Ladies Race. Strong showings by BMT Nigel Gee, Laurent Giles and H2 Design added excitement. A total of 11 one-design boats raced, convening on Friday, June 7 in Hamble and racing Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9.

2013 ISS Regatta Kerry Pettitt with Lizette van Niekerk being recognised for MTN's generosity and drawing the first Raffle ticket

2013 ISS Regatta Kerry Pettitt with Lizette van Niekerk being recognised for MTN's generosity and drawing the first Raffle ticket

The Annual ISS U.K. Regatta is a unique way that we offer members, their clients and vendors a memorable event on the water. “We should all get on the water from time to time if for no other reason than to remind us of why we love this business as we do,” says Hickling.

BMT expanding into Asia Pacific region’s yacht market

June 03, 2013

Written by zuzana

After a series of successful commercial vessel projects in the Asia Pacific region, BMT is reinforcing its presence, in order to expand into the region’s yacht market.

BMT Brings Superyacht Expertise to Asia Pacific

BMT Brings Superyacht Expertise to Asia Pacific

BMT Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and Hong Kong, is geographically well positioned to help deliver naval architecture and engineering services into the regions yacht builders. Richard Colwill, Managing Director of the Hong Kong office commented, “Having a physical presence in the region is key to providing focused customer service and leveraging the skills and experience of the company’s established team in the UK.”

In order to show its commitment to the region BMT has joined the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association whose aim is to promote the Asia-Pacific region to the global superyacht community both as an exciting cruising destination and as a superyacht construction, refit and services location.

Speaking at the recent Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference in Singapore, James Roy, Yacht Design Director of BMT Nigel Gee presented a paper on Northern European Quality. James Roy commented, “There are many established brands in the Asia Pacific region which deliver quality yachts to rival anything produced in Europe or elsewhere in the world. However all of these are below 60m and scaling these skills to yachts of upwards of 80 or 100m will be a key challenge for the region if it wishes to enter this market”.

British Excellence recognized at World Superyacht Awards 2013

May 10, 2013

Written by zuzana

Three British Marine Federation (BMF) as well as Superyacht UK (SYUK) members have been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the superyacht sector at the 8th annual World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul. These members have been recognized for their expertise and excellence in superyacht design and construction.

Motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) after refit at Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol

WSA 2013 for motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) refitted by Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol

The Rebuilt Motor Yacht award went to the 47m motor yacht A2 which was refitted and exterior styling by Pendennis while the naval architecture was a combination of Pendennis and BMT Nigel Gee.

Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis said of the win: “A2 was a substantial project for Pendennis, with the vessel stripped back to her bare hull and rebuilt completely over her 16 month period in the Falmouth yard. Being awarded the World Superyacht Award for Best Rebuild is testament to the high level of excellence that is achieved by all our in-house trades and confirms our status as one of the leaders in the worldwide superyacht rebuilds market.”

The Judge’s Special Award for Performance was awarded to the 30m sailing yacht Hamilton, built by Green Marine. Marcel Muller, Managing Director at Green Marine said “We are very happy to have been awarded with this prestigious award. Hamilton is the first racing yacht that could convince the judges to have the qualities of a Superyacht.

WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit YCO

WallyCento Yacht Hamilton launched by Green Marine - Image credit to YCO

“We were lucky to execute this project with a great team of designers, engineers, project managers and builders for an owner who had a clear vision in mind. Only to mention a few of the key players: James Stagg as owners project manager kept the project on a very tight time line and Struik & Hammerslag did a fantastic job on the light weight interior.”

The dedicated award for Three Deck Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht went to superyacht Imperial Princess, Princess Yachts International’s first Princess 40M from their M Class range of 100ft yachts.

Imperial Princess superyacht by Princess Yachts

Imperial Princess superyacht by Princess Yachts

Chris Gates, Managing Director at Princess Yachts International, said: “We are extremely honoured that Imperial Princess has been awarded in her category at the 2013 World Superyacht Awards.  The standard of yachts within her class were exemplary and we are delighted to receive this internationally recognised accolade for our Princess 40M.  This is a tremendous achievement for all involved.”

Albert Levy, SYUK Chairman commented: “The consistent recognition of quality in design, construction, refit and engineering consultancy evidences a depth of experience and knowledge at the highest level. This enhances the attraction of the UK’s Superyacht Industry to all who work in it and more especially the owners who have entrusted their projects to, in particular the winners of the Awards, whose teams are to be congratulated for their singular efforts.”

Along with the success of the BMF and SYUK members further British accomplishments were recognised with Overall Motor Yacht of the Year and winner of the Raised Pilothouse Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht awards going to luxury yacht Loretta Anne, designed by Dubois Naval Architects Ltd and with interior design completed by Donald Starkey Designs.

47m Alloy motor yacht Loretta Anne designed by Dubois

47m Alloy motor yacht Loretta Anne designed by Dubois

Charter yacht Endeavour won Refitted Sailing Yacht with its interior design created by John Munford and Adam Lay while superyacht Mogambo took Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300GT and Above with its exterior and interior design by Reymond Langton Design.

The World Superyacht Awards, in its eighth year, took place at the stunning Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May, celebrated the finest new superyacht builds delivered to their owners in the last 12 months. News broadcaster, Natasha Kaplinsky presented the coveted silver Neptune awards and five Judge’s Commendation prizes to the superyacht owners and industry professionals.

Classic Charter Yacht Endeavour

Classic Charter Yacht Endeavour

The UK superyacht industry is a significant contributor in the global arena, delivering revenue over £440million and employing around 3,550, according to the latest Superyacht UK statistics. The diverse nature of the UK’s offering to the superyacht sector has allowed the industry to continue providing excellent services thanks to its refit, broking, design, insurance and legal offerings. British excellence within the industry was highly recognised on the international stage at the spectacular awards event where eight British companies were acknowledged for their expertise and success in the industry.

World Superyacht Award 2013 for motor yacht A2 refitted by Pendennis

May 10, 2013

Written by zuzana

The annual World Superyacht Awards recognizes the best superyacht projects delivered each year. Pendennis is delighted to confirm that the 47m motor yacht A2, previously known as Masquerade of Sole, has become the Winner of the ‘Rebuilt Motor Yacht’ category at the prestigious awards ceremony, taking place in the magnificent Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul on the 4th May.

Motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) after refit at Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol

Motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) after refit at Pendennis - Photo by Paul Warchol

Masquerade of Sole Yacht before her refit at Pendennis

Masquerade of Sole Yacht before her refit at Pendennis

Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director, commented “This recognition is testament to the level of quality and excellence that the Pendennis team strived for during A2’s 16-month visit to the yard in Falmouth. The refit objective on A2 was to completely transform the 1983-built yacht into one reflective of modern design and technology, both externally and internally. The results are impressive as the yacht is now completely unrecognizable from her former self.”

The extent of the work is apparent when comparing photographs of her before and after the rebuild. The initial phase of the project was to strip the superyacht A2 down to her bare steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Following this, structural engineers at BMT Nigel Gee worked alongside the technical team at Pendennis to design a five metre extension across three levels, increasing her LOA from 42.5m to 47m, thereby substantially enhancing the inboard social areas, including an additional impressive full width Owner’s lounge area.

A2 Superyacht - Dining Room Photo credit to Paul Warchol

A2 Superyacht - Dining Room Photo credit to Paul Warchol

John Bonafoux, Managing Director at BMT Nigel Gee, explained “Our experience of working with Pendennis on a number of projects has been hugely positive. Their professionalism and approach to yacht building delivers vessels of the highest quality, as well as a highly enjoyable experience for both the owner and project partners such as BMT Nigel Gee.”

The owner appointed New York based Peter Marino Architect to design the contemporary and luxurious Owner and Guest areas, creating an architecturally-influenced, dramatic interior space. Peter Marino has created a visually exciting design throughout: bleached oak bulkheads balanced with dark palmwood interiors, whilst textured leather walls are balanced by clean-lined furniture, and contemporary patterned upholstery complemented by stylish high-art pieces.

Luxury yacht A2 - main salon Photo credit to Paul Warchol

Luxury yacht A2 - main salon Photo credit to Paul Warchol

The experienced engineering team at Pendennis was given a unique opportunity on this project, as the rebuild required re-engineering of all systems. This involved installation of new deck equipment, a complete rebuild of the engine room, installation of modern bridge technology and new state-of-the-art AV equipment. Pendennis completely redesigned and rewired the vessel’s electrical system, creating a highly efficient and effective power management system. This challenge allowed the team to use their impressive experience to recommend and plan the most appropriate design and performance-led systems for this type of yacht.

Launched in 2012, during the 3rd Pendennis Cup, luxury yacht A2 is testament to the company’s 25 years’ experience, with many members of the project team having worked at Pendennis since it was founded in 1988. It is projects such as A2 that showcase Pendennis’ in-house expertise across all trade areas from paint to engineering, interior finishing to fabrication, highlighting the world class craftsmanship that exists locally in Cornwall.

A2 Yacht - top deck lounge Photo credit to Paul Warchol

A2 Yacht - top deck lounge Photo credit to Paul Warchol

Motor yacht A2 is currently on her way to an exploration of Alaska. The Captain, Peter Pexton, said: “We left Pendennis on the 4th July 2012 and now, 10 months and 16,000 miles later, we are in Vancouver, Canada. A2 has been very busy since her rebuild and I can proudly say that she has performed beautifully. Pendennis did an excellent job on rebuilding the vessel. It was an enormous job, involving a very large work force from all departments.  The quality of the work carried out by Pendennis is excellent and their follow up after leaving the yard is very thorough and helpful even though the yacht is now on the far side of the world. The summer plans for A2 are to cruise British Columbia and Alaska before heading to San Francisco for the America’s Cup.”

Superyacht A2 - owners cabin Photo credit to Paul Warchol

Superyacht A2 - owners cabin Photo credit to Paul Warchol

Technical Specifications

Masquerade of Sole (pre rebuild):

LOA 42.35m
LWL 38.03m
Gross Tonnage 379 tonnes
Builder H.W. De Voogt & Zoon C.V
Speed Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Max: 13 knots
Number of owner/guest cabins 1 Owner, 1 Double, 4 Twin

A2 (after rebuild):

LOA 47m
LWL 42.90m
Gross Tonnage 458 tonnes
Builder Pendennis
Naval Architect Pendennis with Structural Engineers BMT Nigel Gee
Exterior Stylist Peter Marino Architect with Pendennis
Interior designer Peter Marino Architect
Speed Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Maximum: 15.8 Knots
Number of owner/guest cabins 4 x Guest Cabins, 1 x Full Beam width Master Cabin to accommodate 12 (+4 x guest Pullmans)

Pendennis refitted A2 Yacht wins World Superyacht Award 2013

May 10, 2013

Written by zuzana

Luxury motor yacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) was honoured with the 2013 World Superyacht Award, in the ‘Best Rebuilt Yacht’ category. Refitted by Pendennis in 2012, A2 yacht went through an extensive refit, with her interior and hull taken back to bare steel at the beginning of the project.

Newly refitted A2 superyacht on her maiden voyage

Pendennis refitted superyacht A2 (ex Masquerade of Sole) on her maiden voyage

Over 22 months superyacht A2 was lengthened by 4.5m, before installing a new interior, systems and machinery. Today, bearing her new name of A2, she is effectively a new yacht.

Luxury motor yacht A2 - Exterior

Luxury motor yacht A2 - Exterior

Luxury yacht A2 ((ex Masquerade of Sole) owes her new naval architecture to Pendennis along with BMT Nigel Gee and interior design by Peter Marino Architect.

Superyacht A2 - Main Saloon

Superyacht A2 - Main Saloon

Annual ISS UK-based Regatta, June 7 – 9, 2013

April 23, 2013

Written by zuzana

The ISS (International Superyacht Society) is thrilled to announce plans for its Annual UK-based ISS Regatta. This year’s event will run in the popular UK yacht charter destination – Solent, from June 7 to 9. Last year’s winner, BMT Nigel Gee will be once again present to defend their title. With eight boats already confirmed, 12 to 15 are expected.

2012 ISS Regatta

2012 ISS Regatta

Racers convene in Hamble on the evening of June 7th, spend the night on June 8th in Cowes and conclude racing on June 9th. Participating companies will rent one-design boats from Fairview and crew them with staff, vendors and clients.

The ISS Regatta has quickly grown into a great event for just-plain fun, networking and socializing. To further enhance participation, the Regatta also promotes a philanthropic directive: for 2013, Sail 4 Cancer has been named the Event Charity.

“We are delighted to be the official charity of the ISS Regatta. The superyacht industry has been very supportive of us as these companies understand how sailing can help people going through a very difficult time. All the money raised from the event will be used to arrange sailing days for the families we help. Cancer is a very cruel disease and has a devastating effect on everybody in the family. When the families are out on the Solent in a beautiful boat they enjoy just being a family doing something adventurous together and can leave the stress of cancer on land for a while” says Lizette van Niekerk, Fundraising Manager for Sail 4 Cancer.

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2013 a Huge Success

April 20, 2013

Written by zuzana

This year’s 5th edition of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference (APSC) has been successfully concluded, bringing two days of insightful presentations as well as discussion. Taken place at ONE 15°Marina Club on April 16 and 17, the eagerly awaited event was a huge success and the best to date. Having hosted over 100 delegates, and with an exciting programme from more than 20 expert speakers, the conference promised unprecendented insight into the Asian market, and it more than delivered.

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2013

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2013

Expert insight provides tools for growth

The overall mood theme of the conference was that Asia is a culturally diverse region hence increasing the need for different companies and countries need to work together to promote it.

The conference opened with a paper from Colin Dawson, who spoke on creating a cohesive market within Asia. Initiatives such as the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association, which launched in 2011, are a good conduit for this kind of teamwork.

As such an important growing market, understanding the Asian market is crucial for businesses looking to establish themselves and grow their presence in the Asia Pacific. The APSC provided delegates with a wide range of topics that addressed the emergence and growth of superyachting within the region, and how to best cater to the client base and attract more yachts to the area. A range of speakers examined the main and emerging hubs, including Indonesia, Japan, China and Hong Kong.

Speakers included world-renowned naval architect Ed Dubois of Dubois Naval Architects, who spoke of his career in the world of design and related his experiences of owner requests to the Asian market. Simon Turner, Director at Northrop & Johnson, spoke on chartering in Asia, and how it is a popular cruising hub in the making.

Other speakers in cluded MaryAnne Edwards, Chief Executive of the Australian International Marine Export Group and Superyacht Australia, who spoke on the growth of the Australian superyacht market, and James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee, who talked about Northern European quality and offered insight to Asian companies looking to match, or even better, this high work standard. Experts from every field, including shipyards, brokers, associations, and captains of the superyachts, provided balanced insight and information for all delegates.

Increasing owner pool highlights potential for market growth

A particular highlight of the conference was the presentation on day one by Mykolas Rambus, CEO of Wealth-X, who discussed where prospective superyacht owner’s are likely to come from.

Rambus highlighted the huge potential owner pool and their assets: there are 187,380 UHNWI (ultra high net worth individuals – those with USD30 million and above), and 12 per cent of all the worlds’ wealth lies with these individuals.

With 42,895 of these UHNWI in Asia, the potential for growth is huge. According to Rambus, by 2025 Asia will have the highest number of UHNWI and by 2010 they will already be the wealthiest and mostly self-made. According to Wealth-X data, the average superyacht owner is 63, male, with a net worth of 680 million and a liquidity of 117 million. 1332 Asians currently fit this profile, and this number will jump to 2557 by 2022. This data is hugely indicative of why so many companies in the superyacht industry are investing in this all-important market.

Reaching out to this growing client base is, of course, critical. Other papers of note included a panel discussion led by Jules Kay from Ensign Media who talked about how to create successful client relationships in multi-cultural Asia.

Singapore Yacht Show continues this weekend

The Singapore Yacht Show continues this weekend at ONE15°Marina Club at Sentosa Cove, showcasing an unparalleled line-up of yachts, and some of the world’s leading luxury and lifestyle brands. Anybody wishing to attend the Show is asked to go along to the Registration Counter will they will be asked to present a soft-copy of the invitation or pay S$50 for entry.

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference 2013 to feature exciting speaker line-up

March 20, 2013

Written by zuzana

Organisers of the upcoming Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference (APSC) are thrilled to present some exciting new members of the expert speaker line up. To take place just prior to the Singapore Yacht Show at the fabulous ONE°15 Marina Club on April 16-17, the APSC will feature over 200 delegates, discussing issues and key topics concentrated on the Asia Pacific region. The event is timed perfectly to permit those already visiting the boat show to capitalise on their trip by being present at the conference for crucial regional insight as well as important networking time.

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference

Asia Pacific Superyacht Conference

Ed Dubois is well known throughout the superyacht industry as a prominent sail and motoryacht naval architect. Dubois will be discussing ‘Iconic Superyacht Design Elements’ and what owners want from design and how they are influenced. Most crucially Dubois will look at the impact on design of future trends and discuss Asia’s contemporary designs and their application to the superyacht industry.

Quality versus cost reduction
Experts on superyacht construction, Johnny Chueh, President of Ocean Alexander, and Julian Chang, Executive Director, Raffles Class Consultant and Board Director, International Seakeepers Society, will be presenting Building Superyachts in Asia – establishing the business case.

Examining the improving quality of manufacturing versus the cost reduction possibilities, the paper will be of interest to anyone considering production in Asia. In a complementary paper James Roy, Yacht Design Director of BMT Nigel Gee, will be discussing ‘Northern European Quality’ and how this is defined, and how Asian companies can equal or better the European reputations for a high standard of work.

Moving with the times
Founder and Managing Director of SuperYacht Company, Merijn de Waard, is a specialist on the world of superyachts. Drawing on his experience gained from running the website of SuperyachtTimes, de Waard will present a paper on ‘The Use of Social Media in the Yachting Industry,’ giving valuable insight into the world of social media and how companies can harness it to their benefit and engage their customer base.

And Mykolas Rambus, CEO of Wealth-X, the global UHNWI intelligence experts, will present a paper on identifying new potential clients in Asia and catering to their requirements.

Expert Asian market insights
These new speakers join a panel of regional experts that includes Colin Dawson, Managing Director of the George Group and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Superyacht Association; MaryAnne Edwards, Chief Executive of the Australian International Marine Export Group; and Conference Chairman Simon Turner, Director of Northrop & Johnson Asia.

Other discussion topics will include: Asia as a growing charter destination; Building successful client relationships in Asia; Brand perception and targeted marketing.

With this unrivalled speaker line up, and with discussion topics offering such important insight into the rapidly developing Asia Pacific market, attendance at the conference is a must. The cost to register as a delegate is just SGD $899 for two days of seminars, coffee breaks, lunch and evening functions.

RUEA 60 Yacht Concept reaches shortlist for the ‘Yacht Concept Award’ at IY&A Awards 2013

February 12, 2013

Written by zuzana

Presented by the Thailand-based Ruea Yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2010, the breathtaking Ruea 60 yacht concept has been nominated for the ‘Yacht Concept Award’ at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013. The 60-metre luxury motor yacht Ruea 60 concept features naval architecture by BMT Nigel Gee, while her exterior styling as well as interior design are by Design Unlimited.

60 m mega yacht Ruea 60 concept by Ruea Yachts

60 m mega yacht Ruea 60 concept by Ruea Yachts

Superyacht Ruea 60 concept boasts a beautiful private owner’s deck, in addition to five lovely guest staterooms for up to 10 guests, that are all situated on the main and lower decks, including one with a balcony. The forward part of the lower deck provides accommodation for 14 crew in seven cabins, along with crew mess and galley. The Captain’s cabin and office are positioned on the wheel house deck, between the main and upper decks. There are also spacious shaded decks, ideal for entertaining and sailing in maximum comfort.

Superyacht Ruea 60 concept - Side Tender Garage

Superyacht Ruea 60 concept - Side Tender Garage

Based on a 60m displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, luxury mega yacht Ruea 60 concept can reach a top speed in excess of 16 knots and a cruising range of 4,900 nautical miles. The vessel is Lloyd’s certified as well as MCA classed.

Luxury motor yacht Ruea 60 concept - Main Saloon

Luxury motor yacht Ruea 60 concept - Main Saloon

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts with design by Design Unlimited.