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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.

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.

Powerful and agile Sunseeker 88 Motor Yacht NEVER 2 NAUTI in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

December 22, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The powerful and agile Sunseeker 88 motor yacht NEVER 2 NAUTI is a superb 88-foot vessel, styled to perfection and built by the leading UK shipyard, Sunseeker. She has been recently spotted underway by ‘ZipZapPower’ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

More charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Luxury Charter Yacht USHER leaving Fort Lauderdale in Florida

December 22, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The beautiful and outstanding USHER, previously known as MR. TERRIBLE, is a well sized 47m (154′ ) charter yacht, built by the prestigious US shipyard Delta Marine in 2007, with last refit in 2014. Providing unforgettable vacations in the Bahamas and New England during the summer and in the Caribbean during the winter, she has been recently captured by ‘ZipZapPower’ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Boasting a breath-taking Polynesian styling invoking a sense of leisure, relaxation and adventure, the open, airy and light interiors of the striking USHER can sleep up to 12 guests across 5 elegant and comfortable suites. These include a lavishly looking master suite, with rich textured tropical woodwork.

The exterior features several amazing entertaining areas. The fly bridge is fitted with a hot tub, wet bar and one of two onboard margarita machines, in addition to a convenient retractable 50-inch plasma screen television and floating wireless remote. There is also a gorgeous aft deck with a large bubinga and wenge table with wicker chairs, the perfect setting for al-fresco dining.

Motor yacht USHER (ex MR. TERRIBLE)

Year:2007 (Refit 2014)  L.O.A.:46.94m (154' )  Beam:8.74m (28' 8") 
Max Speed:23 knots  Cruise Speed:20 knots  Engines:Engines: 2 MTU 16V4000 36 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:12 

More charter yachts built by Delta Marine.

Eye-catching Bilgin Classic 160 CLARITY leaving Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

December 21, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

ZipZapPower’ has spotted the majestic Bilgin Classic 160 CLARITY, while leaving this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). This luxurious gentleman’s yacht was successfully launched by the Turkish shipyard Bilgin Yachts in May 2015.

A total number of 10 guests can be comfortably accommodated in five magnificently appointed cabins, boasting an elegant and tasteful decor. All feature en suite bathrooms and luxury amenities.

More charter yachts built by Bilgin Yachts.

Beautiful 53m Super Yacht KISSES by FEADSHIP in Fort Lauderdale

December 18, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Feadship Fanclub has shared the photos of the beautiful 53m super yacht KISSES (#659) by Feadship, spotted by Rob Murray in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 2000-launched vessel boasts a modern look by De Voogt, with art-deco inspired interiors by George Larson.

53m KISSES by Feadship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Photo by Rob Murray and Feadship Fanclub

53m KISSES by Feadship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Photo by Rob Murray and Feadship Fanclub

The well sized 53-metre KISSES offers elegant and superb accommodation to up to 10 guests across 5 comfortable cabins, plus accommodation for a crew of 12. One of the many remarkable features aboard this outstanding vessel, last refitted in 2008, represents the sloped windows on the main- and upper salon, providing fantastic 180-degree views.

Luxury Yacht KISSES - Photo by Rob Murray and Feadship Fanclub

Luxury Yacht KISSES – Photo by Rob Murray and Feadship Fanclub

Built to Lloyds Register 100 A1, SSC, Yacht, G6 classification society rules, the steel and aluminium KISSES by Feadship can achieve a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. She is run by twin Caterpillar 3512E diesel engines.

KISSES - Photo by Rob Murray and Feadship Fanclub

KISSES – Photo by Rob Murray and Feadship Fanclub

There are more charter yachts built by Feadship here.

Striking Superyacht LOGICA 147 cruising between Miami and the Caribbean

December 11, 2015

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Following her very successful debut at this year’s 56th edition of the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, the striking superyacht LOGICA 147 by LOGICA Yachts is currently in the USA, where she is cruising between Miami and the Caribbean. She will be showcased at the upcoming Miami Yacht Show 2016, running in February.

LOGICA 147 by LOGICA Yachts - Photo by G.Sargentini

LOGICA 147 by LOGICA Yachts – Photo by G.Sargentini

LOGICA 147 offers seaworthy performance and exceptional amenities, and boasts high quality construction, and cutting-edge technology. She features a classic style and grace mixed up with a modern twist, resulting in a pure, elegant, sophisticated and yet subtle design, combined with the top-level security criteria and devices.

LOGICA 147 - Saloon

LOGICA 147 – Saloon

LOGICA 147 - Dining

LOGICA 147 – Dining

Accommodation is offered to 12 guests across six luxuriously appointed staterooms configured as a master suite, three VIP staterooms and two twin guest cabins. The interiors are huge and very bright, and are fitted with exquisite pieces of furniture, panels, lighting, sculptures and eye-catching details. The foredeck represents the most extensive owner’s private deck in its category enriched by an amazingly large swimming pool that can be covered making of the forward deck a big party area.

LOGICA 147 - Cabin

LOGICA 147 – Cabin

LOGICA 147 - Twin Cabin

LOGICA 147 – Twin Cabin

In terms of performance, luxury yacht LOGICA 147 is run by twin MAN engines of 1,400 hp each, delivering a maximum speed of 17,4 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of 6.500 nautical miles at 10 knots.