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International SeaKeepers Society honours Wendy Schmidt at SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017

July 12, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

On the 22nd of June the International SeaKeepers Society hosted SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 to celebrate recent achievements, acknowledge the dedication of its members and highlight the importance of recent and ongoing marine conservation projects undertaken by the organisation.

Award for Seakeepers Bermuda 2017 by Xavier Cortada

Award for SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017 by Xavier Cortada

The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) and at the Harbourfront Restaurant in Hamilton, Bermuda, were the venues for the program, which took place during the America’s Cup.

Michael T. Moore, Wendy Schmidt, and Richard Snow at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Michael T. Moore, Wendy Schmidt, and Richard Snow at SeaKeepers Bermuda 2017

During the event, Wendy Schmidt was honored as 2017 Seakeeper of the Year for her outstanding efforts in leading ocean and environmental conservation. Local conservationists Philippe Max Rouja, Judie Clee, Chris Flook, and John Paul Skinner were also honoured as part of the SeaKeepers of the World Program, which recognises the commitment of individual SeaKeepers and the value they bring to local conservation and their community.

Local Seakeepers Chris Flook, Judie Clee, JP Skinner, Michael T. Moore were also recognised at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Local Seakeepers Chris Flook, Judie Clee, JP Skinner, Michael T. Moore were also recognised at Seakeepers Bermuda 2017

Among the talks were the highlights of the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, in which the SeaKeepers Society works in conjunction with the yachting community by using vessels for scientific research, deployment of equipment and education.

The next SeaKeepers Event will be Founders 2017, which will take place at Fort Lauderdale on the 2nd of November, 2017.

Watch: Superyacht TATOOSH with a Sailboat Tender

March 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Superyacht Tatoosh was spotted at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This imposing luxury yacht measures 92 metres and was constructed by Nobiskrug in 2000.

M/Y Tatoosh - Fort Lauderdale - Port Everglades. Photo courtesy of RON RAFFETY

M/Y Tatoosh – Fort Lauderdale – Port Everglades. Photo courtesy of RON RAFFETY

Tatoosh is a beautiful yacht that can accommodate a total of 20 people on board and has around 30 crew members. Her exterior styling was created by Kusch Yachts, Studio Yacht.  Completed in 2000 her internal styling reflects the design by Terence Disdale Design.

M/Y Tatoosh. Photo via @superyacht_styles

M/Y Tatoosh. Photo via @superyacht_styles

Originally built for mobile phone magnate Craig McCaw, Tatoosh was later on purchased by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, in 2001 at a reported cost of $100 million who also owns 127m superyacht Octopus.

This one of the world’s largest luxury yachts, Tatoosh, features a helicopter landing pad and a sailing boat tender. Below is the video of Tatoosh arriving in Fort Lauderdale, provided by ZipZap Power:

Luxury M/Y Renaissance for Charter in America

November 30, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Where would you travel given an opportunity to charter a luxury superyacht? If your answer is America then the amazing motor yacht Renaissance will be your best companion. With a party of up to 10 guests in total you are able to secure Renaissance in New England, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Bahamas and other destinations for an ultimate luxury vacation.

MY RENAISSANCE - Main

MY RENAISSANCE - Main

Motor yacht Renaissance was launched in 2015 by Hargrave Custom Yachts. At 116-foot LOA she has a beam of 24′ with luxury living spaces over 2 decks. Powered by two Cat C32 1900 hp engines Renaissance can reach a maximum speed of 25 kn. Her cruising speed is 20 kn, and she boasts zero speed stabilisers for optimal comfort. Hargrove Yacht Design developed Renaissance’s exterior design, while Yacht Interiors by Shelley was responsible for her interior. Exterior design features a popular Jack Sarin hull, and sleek shape with gracious lines give an elegant and sophisticated look to this lady. Interior is designed in contemporary style, with dark wood and soft tones of fabric, light colour marble and other materials.

MY RENAISSANCE - Yacht

MY RENAISSANCE - Yacht

MY RENAISSANCE - Underway

MY RENAISSANCE - Underway

M/Y Renaissance comfortably sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 cabins. Master en suite cabin on the main deck has a very spacious bathroom, including his and her facilities and marble shower. On the deck below there are 4 double VIP cabins with king size beds.

MY RENAISSANCE - Master stateroom

MY RENAISSANCE - Master stateroom

MY RENAISSANCE - Master ensuite

MY RENAISSANCE - Master ensuite

MY RENAISSANCE - Guest VIP 2

MY RENAISSANCE - Guest VIP 2

MY RENAISSANCE - Guest twin convertible

MY RENAISSANCE - Guest twin convertible

The main deck saloon includes a roomy lounge area, a sofa, some chairs and a coffee table to enjoy relaxing time with a cup of coffee or some amusement provided by the entertainment system. Guests on board will enjoy the dining area, which can be used for very special occasions and just casual dinner gatherings. A crew of 5 will ensure that the luxury experience on board is provided at all times.

MY RENAISSANCE - Salon view forward

MY RENAISSANCE - Salon view forward

MY RENAISSANCE - Formal dining

MY RENAISSANCE - Formal dining

Exterior spaces feature an alfresco dining area, a bar, seating and a TV on the aft deck of the vessel. An extended swim platform provides an easy access to the water, especially for those who love water toys, which are, by the way, also featured on board. There is a dedicated relaxation and cocktail area with seating at the bow of the superyacht. The sun deck adds to an amazing experience offered on board. There you can find a large wet bar with deluxe Jacuzzi, sunpads, and an alfresco dining area.

MY RENAISSANCE - Sundeck dining and bar

MY RENAISSANCE - Sundeck dining and bar

MY RENAISSANCE - Aft deck

MY RENAISSANCE - Aft deck

MY RENAISSANCE - Sundeck

MY RENAISSANCE - Sundeck

MY RENAISSANCE - Sundeck view

MY RENAISSANCE - Sundeck view

If you inquire any further details or would like to secure this charter your for your next vacation, please contact your preferred broker. You can view a large selection of yachts available in various destination here.

 

Upcoming Event: Founders’ 2016 by International SeaKeepers Society at Fort Lauderdale

October 31, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The International SeaKeepers Society is to host its annual Founders’ 2016, kicking off the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show on the 3rd of November. The event will recognise the work of DISCOVERY Yacht Members and showcase a selection of research projects that SeaKeepers has undertaken this year.

Shark Tagging with University of Miamis Shark Research and Conservation aboard Fleet Miamis D/Y Shredder- Photo Credit Frank Gibson

Shark Tagging with University of Miami’s Shark Research and Conservation aboard Fleet Miami’s D/Y Shredder- Photo Credit Frank Gibson

In conjunction with the international yachting community, The International SeaKeepers Society has developed and implemented key research and conservation programmes throughout 2016 as well as providing educational trips for children and teenagers across the world. As of March 2016, SeaKeepers has extended its educational programme to the Asia region, giving participants in Singapore the chance to take part in real-life research expeditions and ‘floating classroom experiences’ outside the traditional teaching environment.

Educational Outreach Program aboard D/Y Lady Jo with the National University of Singapore

Educational Outreach Program aboard D/Y Lady Jo with the National University of Singapore

About SeaKeepers

The International SeaKeepers Society was established in 1998 to promote oceanographic research, conservation and education. Now in its 18th year, the society has evolved thanks to the support it has received from individuals and organisations across the world and currently activates a fleet of discovery yachts which it uses to carry out its key programming.

In recent months, a number of projects have been successfully carried out providing valuable research and insight into the changing oceanic conditions:

September 2016

  • DISCOVERY yacht Final Final and her crew collected water samples from two sites in the Intracostal waterway around Delray Beach in Florida. The samples will be used as part of a research for the ASC Global Microplastics Project into the environmental and human health risk they pose.
  • A DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks was used by both SeaKeepers and University of Miami researchers from The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE). Together, they deployed biodegradable drifter cards with attached GPS devices across multiple locations within Biscayne Bay. The drifter cards will be tracked to study the flow of currents within the bay, which affects how oil and other pollutants migrate and accumulate in the marine environment.
  • DISCOVERY Yacht Silver Cloud deployed two SeaKeeper Drifters while en route to Iceland. Drifters are data collection devices. The collection of consistent and accurate data is extremely important for oil spills and marine debris accumulation analyses; weather and hurricane prediction models; quality control tests on satellites; and an overall better understanding of the marine environment. It is vital that the global instrument arrays are well distributed; private vessels achieve this along routes which are not typically traveled.

    eDNA Research with UCLA aboard the D/Y Valkyrie in the Channel Islands, California

    eDNA Research with UCLA aboard the D/Y Valkyrie in the Channel Islands, California

August 2016

  • DISCOVERY Yacht Valkyrie took scientists from  the Barber Lab of UCLA to study eDNA (environmental DNA) along the coasts of Anacapa and Santa Cruz in California. Water samples were collected and analyzed to determine which marine species had recently passed through the area, providing valuable data on the region’s biodiversity.

The International SeaKeepers Society is a not-for-profit organisation.

Drifter deployment aboard D/Y Forget About It into the Gulf Stream near Miami FL

Drifter deployment aboard D/Y Forget About It into the Gulf Stream near Miami FL

Founders’ 2016

WHEN
Thursday, November 3rd
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

WHERE
Private Residence, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

FOR EVENT INFORMATION AND TICKETS
Gill@seakeepers.org | 305.448.7089

seakeepers.org

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Winning yacht refits at 2016 Refit Excellence Awards

February 02, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The first day of the 2016 Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale was marked by the first annual Refit Excellence Awards. Winners were the yacht teams behind STARFLITE, ENIGMA XK, AXIA and QUITEÑA.

Beautifully refitted Enigma XK - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Beautifully refitted Enigma XK – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Nominated by Jarrett Bay Boatworks, STARLITE received the award in the “Best Poweryacht Refit between 50 and 100 Feet” category. This 54-foot custom sportfisherman was originally built in 1999. Owned by Jarrett Bay Boatworks’ company president, Randy Ramsey, and captained by Joey Johnson, STARFLITE underwent a two-year refit between April 2013 and May 2015.

Nominated by Atlantic Refit Center, ENIGMA XK won the award for “Best Poweryacht Refit Over 100 Feet“. The yard converted the military patrol vessel NORNA into the explorer yacht ENIGMA XK. Designed by Philippe Briand and Veerel Battiau of Vitruvius Yachts, the refit included superstructure modifications and an interior transformation that resulted in a luxury vessel for 12 guests and 23 crew. There was a complete overhaul of the two main 3000-kW Ruston engines, new 500-kW generators, a new air-conditioning system, new sprinkler system and new bridge.

Re-launch of Axia at Front Street Shipyard

Re-launch of Axia at Front Street Shipyard

The award for “Best Sailing Yacht Refit” went to charter yacht AXIA, nominated by Front Street Shipyard. This Sparkman & Stephens-designed 123-foot aluminum vessel was originally built in 1990 by Palmer Johnson. Her owner worked with Langan Design Partners to enhance the boat’s performance in hopes that AXIA would win the St. Bart’s Bucket in 2015. Langan Design Partners developed plans for a new fin keel and high-aspect spade rudder, and the work was carried out by Front Street Shipyard. With a new keel poured by Mars Metal, the crew at Front Street Shipyard removed the old shallow-draft keel and refit AXIA with a high-performance deep keel in a very tight time frame. Following her refit, AXIA went on to win her class in the 2015 St. Bart’s Bucket. Last autumn saw AXIA undergo a follow-up refit at Front Street Shipyard to receive new engines and generators.

The award for “Best Accomplishment for a Yacht Refit” was presented to QUITEÑA, submitted by Saunders Yachtworks. In 2014, the 62-foot Viking Convertible QUITEÑA was the perfect boat for sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a major refit at Saunders Yachtworks, QUITEÑA became the perfect boat for fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

“Today’s complex yacht refits are multi-faceted and require a cohesive team to be successful. The Refit Excellence Awards give the industry the opportunity to honor those teams,” commented Jim Miller, show manager of Refit International Exhibition & Conference and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “All of the winners demonstrated both exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork.”

Nominations for the 2017 Refit Excellence Awards will open late this summer. There is no entry fee, nor limit to the number of entries. Next year’s winners will be once again presented during the Refit International Exhibition & Conference, running from January 26 to 27, 2017.

Beautifully refitted 1999 Trinity Superyacht THEMIS leaving Fort Lauderdale

January 15, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Beautifully refitted in 2015, the outstanding 1999 Trinity superyacht THEMIS was captured by ‘ZipZapPower’, while leaving Fort Lauderdale in Florida, following her participation in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).

Offering fairly large internal space, the well sized 156-foot THEMIS bears striking interiors by Dee Robinson/Victory Lane Enterprises. Accommodation aboard this beautiful vessel is offered to up to 12 guests and a crew of 9.

More charter yachts built by Trinity Yachts.

NEW Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht

January 12, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The all-new Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht is a beautiful and well sized vessel, offering an unparalleled level of space and capability, while ensuring the maximum comfort and functionality aboard. She made her world premiere at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), attracting plenty of attention.

Outer Reef 820 CPMY underway

Outer Reef 820 CPMY underway

With a slightly altered accommodation layout to her predecessor – the 800 Long Range Motoryacht, the latest 820 CPMY offers the utmost in cruising pleasure and comfort, with highly livable exterior spaces and well-thought-out furnishings.

Outer Reef 820 CPMY from above

Outer Reef 820 CPMY from above

Outer Reef 820 CPMY - Exterior

Outer Reef 820 CPMY – Exterior

The all-new vessel boasts an updated styling, including a reconfigured crew area and staircase from salon to crew. This results in an increase in space, efficiency, as well as convenience.

Outer Reef 820 CPMY - Interior

Outer Reef 820 CPMY – Interior

Outer Reef 820 CPMY - Saloon

Outer Reef 820 CPMY – Saloon

Outer Reef 820 CPMY - Cabin

Outer Reef 820 CPMY – Cabin

There are more charter yachts built by Outer Reef Yachts here.

Cheoy Lee Custom 125’ Luxury Yacht NAMOH in Fort Lauderdale

January 08, 2016

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The video below, made by ‘ZipZapPower’, captures the Cheoy Lee Custom 125’ luxury yacht NAMOH (ex Janet) in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale after the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. The beautiful NAMOH was built in 2003 to a naval architecture by Mulder Design.

NAMOH is an outstanding charter yacht, offering deluxe accommodation to up to 10 guests across 5 lovely cabins. Moreover, she hosts an amazing outdoor Spa Pool, plenty of al-fresco dining options, a bar, formal dining, as well as great sunning areas.

More charter yachts built by Cheoy Lee.

Striking 155’ Swiftships Motor Yacht CHEROSA with unique paintwork

December 31, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The striking 155’ Swiftships motor yacht CHEROSA can be seen in the video below, made by ‘ZipZapPower’. The vessel’s hull boasts a unique paintwork, which showed up as CHEROSA cruised out of Fort Lauderdale.

Originally launched in 1999, the eye-catching CHEROSA underwent a major refit and update in 2004. She can sleep up to 10 guests in maximum comfort and luxury, and is managed by a crew of 7 members.

Eye-catching 162’ Christensen Super Yacht REMEMBER WHEN in Florida

December 31, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

ZipZapPower’ has recently spotted the eye-catching 162’ REMEMBER WHEN by Christensen as rolling into Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Providing unforgettable superyacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean and worldwide, the beautiful 2010 vessel boasts superb, contemporary interiors by Carol Williams & Associates.

Offering deluxe accommodation to up to 12 guests in four double and two twin staterooms, REMEMBER WHEN bears such remarkable features as the breath-taking walnut walls and cabinetry, some of the world’s finest marble inlay and stone work, the under-floor heating in each of the marble bathrooms, plus air conditioning on the outside of all three levels.

The safe and efficient operation of this magnificent vessel is ensured by an integrated dynamic positioning system (DP). This allows the luxurious yacht to maintain a fixed position regardless of forces such as current and wind.

Motor Yacht REMEMBER WHEN

Year:2010   L.O.A.:49.38m (162' )  Beam:8.97m (29' 5") 
Max Speed:17 knots  Cruise Speed:14 knots  Engines:(2) DDC 12V4000 diesels @ 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:10 

More charter yachts built by Christensen.