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Exclusive Interview: Luxury Superyachts, Water Sport Stunts, Entertainment and much more at DIBS 2017

February 21, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Dubai International Boat Show 2017: Speaking to Trixie LohMirmand Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC

Dubai International Boat Show

Dubai International Boat Show

The annual Dubai International Boat Show is fast approaching. The event, first held in 2008 is steadily gaining in popularity, year after year. As organisers, what are your expectations from the 2017 show in terms of attendance and business opportunities for the exhibitors?

“The Dubai International Boat Show is a key date for many of our local and international exhibitors as it gives them a unique opportunity to not only target new business leads and generated sales but to also have face to face time with their current clientele.

As an international hub, Dubai serves as a melting pot for a range of different nationalities and cultures. This gives international exhibitors exclusive access to potential clients from all over the world, something they may not experience at other shows.

While we have a big focus on audiences that are yacht and superyacht buyers and aficionados, we also host a range of activities and have a number of exhibitors in different areas of the industry. We want to provide a range of experiences for our visitors to enjoy no matter what their interests are.”

Trixie LohMirmand

Trixie LohMirmand

How many yachts can we expect to see at this year’s show? Can you name a few of the most impressive ones?

“Some of the most impressive launches from the yacht manufacturers will take place on the first day of the show, and while local and international companies plan their launches for this year’s edition, they like to keep everything under tight wraps until then to ensure the ‘wow’ factor for their reveals.

With the running total at 40 confirmed launches already, 2017’s edition is shaping up to be another successful year.

We’ve seen some amazing superyachts launches in the previous editions and we are very excited to see what everyone has planned this year, and visitors can expect to see a full marina of boats moored in the marina and showcased on the show floor.

With that in mind, we’ve had confirmation from BehneMar that they will be bringing the Silver Fast superyacht to show, measuring up at a staggering 77m.”

Superyacht SILVER FAST

Superyacht SILVER FAST

What about the exhibitors. How many exhibitors will be displaying and what type of products can we expect?

“845 companies and brands from 60 different countries will be represented on the show floor and, on top of the superyachts manufacturers displaying their latest luxury vessels; we aim to provide a holistic experience at the show. Regardless of visitor’s budgets, the experiences at the show are designed to appeal to a wide variety of people.

There will be a range of exhibitors displaying a variety of products that encompass every aspect of the marine industry. From sailing, scuba diving and water sports organisations to the more niche products, such as personal submarines and ‘aquabatic’ submersibles; the show really will have something for everybody.”

Dubai Marina. Photo credit Mattharvey1

Dubai Marina. Photo credit Mattharvey1


Can you name a few of the most important industry players showcasing their goods at the show?

“UAE based companies Gulf Craft and ART Marine have been long-standing supporters and exhibitors of the show, and it’s been great to see them grow over the years into successful international brands.

The show also has continuing support from the Superyachts Builders Association (SYBAss) with their international members Amels, Baglietto, Benetti, CRN, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen, Lürssen, Mondomarine and Oceanco joining us on the show floor this year.

Big players in the marine equipment industry such as Brook Marine, Exalto Emirates, Raymarine, Unichem, Dual Docker and Amro will be out in full force, showcasing the latest technology for in and outboard engines, water filtration systems and marina services.

Outdoor displays will have some incredible pieces of machinery on display, and a big feature will be the Kormaran K7, a uniquely designed boat capable of transitioning between different configurations thanks to its world-first patented transformation technology.”

Dubai Marina photo by Rita Willaert

Dubai Marina. Photo credit Rita Willaert

What can first-time visitors expect from the show and are there any novelties for those returning?

“The show will have water sports stunts put on by hydro watersports; an entertainment hub on the club’s private beach which will provide food, beverages and live music amid a serene beach setting; a supercar promenade featuring some of the most luxurious cars from around the globe; and a retail village showcasing the latest in marine fashion.

Another prominent feature of the show will be the various watersports sessions visitors can participate in and gain valuable knowledge on the best and safest ways to get on the water. Activities such as stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking are all on offer, and each session will be accompanied by a team of trained professionals.

Dubai International Boat Show has witnessed an amazing growth in consumer demand for the latest small to medium sized boats, and the show has expanded to cater for this increase, offering a wealth of products from 60 different countries.

The event will also house some of the latest in underwater tech with Ortega’s three-man submarine, Powervision’s fishing drone; PowerRay and Kormaran’s transforming boat, the K7.

For those with a desire to get into sailing, the show’s hands-on boating experiences will educate visitors on the basics of operating a boat, from the safety equipment to rope work and basic knots.

Visitors can also experience luxury on different levels with our new exclusive art gallery which will be featured in the VIP lounge. On display will be marine-themed paintings, sculptures and one-off pieces from international artists such as Igor Lobanov, Jaroslav Proek and Naiel Mulla.

As well as the art gallery, the show will once again host the supercar promenade which will highlight some of the world’s fastest and most luxurious cars.”

In terms of luxury yachting in Dubai and the Middle East, how would you describe the current situation and what is your vision for the upcoming 5-10 years?

“Sentiments for luxury yachting both in the Middle East and abroad are looking positive, with Boat International listing a total of 362 superyachts sold worldwide in 2016 and 30 already sold in 2017.

Of course, with the completion of the Dubai Canal Extension and the recent announcement of the marine mega-project Dubai Harbour, we’re expecting a surge of interest from individuals and business looking to capitalise on what will become the region’s largest marina.

With the Dubai International Marine Club playing an integral part in the Dubai Harbour project, the show will develop alongside, attracting and educating visitors on the maritime industry.”

Dubai Marina photo credit Roberto Piesio

Dubai Marina. photo credit Roberto Piesio

In addition to attending the Dubai boat show, which other nearby destinations to explore would you recommend to visitors arriving on luxury yachts and staying in the area for a few more days?

The Dubai International Boat Show is strategically positioned in the heart of new Dubai, surrounded on all sides by world-class hotels, restaurants and other amenities that cater to international visitors.

Dubai also offers a host of beachside and water-orientated activities for residents and holiday makers to enjoy which include waterparks, SCUBA diving, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding, and flyboarding.

For those seeking a more luxurious experience, hotels and private beach clubs offer their guests five-star treatments providing spa treatments and lavish food.

Even those out for a thrill won’t be disappointed. The nearby Skydive Dubai allows adrenaline junkies the unique opportunity to see the Marina and Palm Jumeirah while jumping out of a plane.



This fantastic event returns to the Dubai International Marine Club from 28 February to 4 March 2017. To buy your ticket online and save 15% click here: DUBAI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Heesen yachts announces interior stylist for Project Nova

February 16, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Heesen Yachts has announced Cristiano Gatto as the interior designer for PROJECT NOVA (YN 17850), the world’s first fast displacement yacht with hybrid propulsion.

PROJECT NOVA rendering

PROJECT NOVA rendering

Cristiano Gatto has previously worked on the interiors for luxury yachts to produce a range of bespoke interiors for clients, including the interior for motor yachts LISA IV (ex.Z, ARES, AUSPICIOUS), MIDNIGHT SUN and SAMAURAI ONE, and sailing yacht VICTORIA (ex.OHANA).

SAMURAI ONE - Skylounge by Cristiano Gatto

SAMURAI ONE – Skylounge by Cristiano Gatto

Sailing yacht VICTORIA - Main Salon by Cristiano Gatto

Sailing yacht VICTORIA – Main Salon by Cristiano Gatto

Cristiano Gatto worked closely with the owner and his team to create interior spaces that fit the owner’s lifestyle and personality.

“The owner asked us to modify colour scheme, design details and overall decoration to give the interior a contemporary, almost minimalist design,” comments Cristiano Gatto. “A two-tone palette has been chosen to give the interiors a bright and relaxing feel. The contrast between the pure white of fabrics, leather and lacquered surfaces and the warm hues of woods, create a sophisticated ambience in all the rooms, bathrooms included. Hints of colour brighten the scheme with deep red or burgundy decorative items, cushions and throws in both the exterior and interior areas to catch the eye and juice things up. The linearity of design is enriched by geometrical patterns, precious materials and meticulously designed details.”

Heesen 17850 Project Nova - Interior concept by Cristiano Gatto

Heesen 17850 Project Nova – Interior concept by Cristiano Gatto

PROJECT NOVA sold in June 2016 after she impressed her now-owner through her innovative technology to enhance her performance and reduced sound emissions. PROJECT NOVA is expected to launch from Heesen’s shipyard in Oss, the Netherlands, on the 14th of April, 2017.

In Pictures: The Winners of the Boat International Media’s ShowBoats Design Awards 2017

February 07, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The Boat International MediaShowBoats Design Awards aims to honour the best-of-the-best design ideas in the super yachting industry. A large number of world-renowned designers and shipbuilders, along with young and inspiring yacht designers participate in the event each year to join in the glamour and celebration. This year the winners of the Boat International Medias ShowBoats Design Awards brought home the Gold Neptune Trophies, with some of them winning multiple awards in various categories. Here are the designers who have made a great impression on the yachting industry:

1. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht above 48m

Superyacht Joy 70m was launched in 2016 and built by Feadship. Her exterior design is by Bannenberg & Rowell and CharterWorld was the first ever to organise a yacht charter holiday on the yacht.

Yacht JOY Aft View - Copyright Feadship

Yacht JOY Aft View – Copyright Feadship

2. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Motor Yacht below 48m

Wider 150 motor yacht Genesi 47m was built be Wider Yachts. She boasts an extremely elegant design by Fulvio De Simoni.



 3. Best Exterior Design & Styling Award – Sailing Yacht

My Song 39.6m is a 130 Custom high-performance sailing yacht built by Baltic Yachts. Her award-winning exterior styling is by Nauta Design.

My Song - Nauta Yacht

My Song – Nauta Yacht

4.  Best Interior Layout & Design – Motor Yacht above 500GT

Luxury superyacht Cloudbreak 72.3m is a magnificent vessel in the yacht fleet of Abeking & Rasmussen. Thanks to her interior designer Christian Liaigre, Cloudbreak has won the best interior layout and design award.

Cloudbreak. photo by Christopher Scholey

Cloudbreak. photo by Christopher Scholey

 5. Best Interior Layout & Design – Motor Yacht below 500GT

The 39-metre motor yacht Sexy Fish is a beautiful vessel, constructed by the Turkish shipyard, Tansu Yachts. Interior Design: Tansu

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu Yachts. Photo credit Ercan Koca

Yacht Sexy Fish by Tansu Yachts. Photo credit Ercan Koca

6.  Best Interior Layout & Design – Sailing Yacht

Sybaris 70m is a stunning performance-orientated ketch by Perini Navi. Best interior layout and design in sailing yacht category went to her interior designer PH Design.

Sybaris Perini Navi

Sybaris Perini Navi

7. Best Naval Architecture – Displacement Motor Yacht

Galactica Super Nova 70m by Heesen Yachts. Naval architect: Van Oossanen & Heesen Yachts.

Galactica Super Nova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Galactica Super Nova. Photo by Guillaume Plisson

 8. Best Naval Architecture – Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yacht

With the launch in 2016, the first SD35 motor yacht GIPSY is a beautiful 35-metre all-aluminum semi-custom vessel, built by the Genoa-based shipyard, Otam Yachts. Naval architect: Umberto Tagliavini

GIPSY - Otam Yachts

GIPSY – Otam Yachts


 9. Best Naval Architecture – Sailing Yacht

The breath-taking 85-metre sailing yacht AQUIJO (Hull Y711/Hull 3069, Project 85) by Oceanco and Vitters is a massive all-aluminium ketch-rigged vessel, with the launch in 2015.  Naval architect: Bill Tripp

AQuiJo yacht Photo by Stuart Pearce

AQuiJo yacht Photo by Stuart Pearce

10. Most Innovative Motor Yacht

Genesi 47m by Wider received the highest possible score from RINA for her class leading low levels of noise and vibration. The fantastic group of professionals and designers worked on the construction of Genesis: her Naval architecture is by Fulvio de Simoni / Wider Engineering & Sydac, interior design is by Ideaeitalia and exterior styling is a work of Fulvio de Simoni.



 11. Most Innovative Sailing Yacht

One of her innovative features includes an all-carbon versatile rig that can set a pin head main for cruising or a square-top offering more sail area for racing. My Song 39.6m by Baltic Yachts was designed by Nauta design, who also took care of her interior. Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design was responsible for the yacht’s naval architecture.

My Song by Baltic Yachts

My Song by Baltic Yachts

 12. Best Lighting Design

Lighting Specialist of Perini Navi 70m Sybaris, PH Design in collaboration with Lindsey Edelman, received the Gold Neptune Trophies for the best lighting design. More photos here.
Mega yacht SYBARIS - Master Cabin - Photo by PH Design

Mega yacht SYBARIS – Master Cabin – Photo by PH Design

13. Best Recreational Lifestyle Design Feature – Wellness Centre

 Watch the video of PLVS VLTRA 74m by Amels. Her interior designer is bespoke Winch Design.

14. Tender & Support Vessel Design

9.5 Limousine by Cockwells. Interior design: Cockwells & Exterior styling: Andrew Wolstenholme
Limousine Tender by Cockwells

Limousine Tender by Cockwells

 15. Newcomer of the Year

PH Design received the “Newcomer of the year” award for designing yacht Sybaris by Perini Navi. This is the third trophy awarded to Sybaris at the Boat International Media’s ShowBoats Design Awards 2017. 

 Luxury yacht SYBARIS - Main Saloon - Photo by PH Design

Luxury yacht SYBARIS – Main Saloon – Photo by PH Design


Heesen YN 18556 Keel Laying

January 31, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The reputable shipbuilder Heesen announced the birth of the new 56m Fast Displacement motor yacht YN 18556. The shipyard has laid the keel of this steel-hulled yacht earlier in January 2017. She is scheduled for delivery to her owner  in 2019. 

HY18556-Keel laying

HY18556-Keel laying

Heesen Yachts Board of Directors comments: “We are truly honoured that the Owner chose our shipyard to build his full custom yacht. This will be another splendid addition to our fast-growing fleet and we are very excited that today this incredible project started taking shape!”

Although a lot of details on the project have not been revealed yet, it is knows that Van Oossanen Naval Architects developed the fast displacement hull and aluminium superstructure.

Currently Heesen Yachts has another two great projects under construction – project Alida 55m and project Nova 49.8m.

10 Incredible Pictures of Superyachts From Around the World

January 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Superyachts are someone’s dream, someone’s hobby, a lifestyle or passion. There are more than 10,000 superyachts in different locations, from the South Pole to the tropical islands and warm waters of the Mediterranean. They all look so different, each of them has her own style, charm and a beautiful name. Here are 10 superyachts spotted by photographers and travellers around the world.

1. Here Comes the Sun in Guernsey, UK

Here Comes The Sun has recently undergone her sea trials and has been delivered to her owner. She is now making her way to her first vacation. She is the largest yacht ever built by Amels.

Here comes the Sun

Here comes the Sun. Photo by Ian Toms

2. Serene in Malta

Serene is an impressive mega yacht. Measuring 134 metres she is designed to take her owner anywhere in the world in absolute comfort and safety. She is the 14th largest yacht in the world.

Serene in Malta

Serene in Malta. Photo by K B

3. Ilona at West India Dock, UK

This 74-metres yacht was built by Amels in 2004, while her interior and exterior is a fantastic work of Redman Whiteley Dixon. Ilona is able to accommodate 16 guests assisted by 28 crew members.

A Christy ILONA at West India Dock

ILONA at West India Dock. Photo by A Christy

4.Yas at Abu Dhabi port Mina Zayed

Mega yacht Yas in the 10th largest yacht. This 144-metre vessel was launched in 2011 by Abu Dhabi’s ADM Shipyards. Her strikingly graceful exterior features fluid curves and volumes, as well as an excellent structural covering of glass.

Luis Pérez Contreras Yas, puerto de Abu Dabi, Mina Zayed

Superyacht Yas. Photo by Luis Pérez Contreras

5. Superyacht Topaz in Tarragona, Spain

Motor yacht Topaz measures 147 metres, which secures her a position on the list of the top 10 longest yachts. Her superb exterior design is by bespoke Tim Heywood. Another famous designer Terrence Disdale developed her interior design.

Topaz. Photo by Luis Perez Contreras

Topaz. Photo by Luis Perez Contreras

6. Maltese Falcon in Chania, Crete

One of the best sailing yachts in the world, Maltese Falcon definitely deserve the of “the best sailing yacht for charter“. Exterior design of this yacht is a work of the world-renowned shipbuilder Perini Navi. Maltese Falcon’s interior is luxurious with a rich contemporary décor, delightful to the eye and soothing to the soul.

Maltese Falcon in Chania, Crete photo by Giannis X

Maltese Falcon in Chania, Crete. Photo by Giannis X

7. Quattroelle in Dubai

Lurssen superyacht Quattroelle was launched in 2012. Among special features of the 88m megayacht (also known as Project Bellissimo) belong a hell pad, large gymnasium, spa/salon, cinema, art gallery, an eight-person Spa Pool as well as a direct positioning system.

Quatroelle in Dubai by Ade Ownes

Quatroelle in Dubai. Photo by Ade Ownes

8. Skat in Fort Lauderdale

Another beautiful yacht by Lurssen, Skat is a 70.70-metre vessel. This project was developed by  a team of experts in the yachting industry: her exterior is by Espen Oeino and interior is a work of the Italian designer Marco Zanini.

Skat Yacht Fort Lauderdale by Ron Rafferty

Skat Yacht in Fort Lauderdale. Photo by Ron Rafferty

9. Elysian off Norman Island in the BVI

Motor yacht Elysian (ex. Elandess) is a 60-metre vessel built by Abeking and Rasmussen in 2009. She was refitted in 2012, and features contemporary interior design, spacious outdoor living areas. Elysian offers plenty of room for relaxation and entertainment.

Superyacht Elysian off Norman Island. Photo by Anoldent

Superyacht Elysian off Norman Island. Photo by Anoldent

10. Lady L in Nassau, Bahamas

Heesen superyacht Lady L is a 44 metre yacht from the popular Heesen 4400 aluminium series. She features an elegant exterior design, with soft lines and stunning black hull. Her interior is truly luxurious, and was developed by Omega Architects.

Lady L Luxury Yacht in Nassau. Photo by Alex Galiano

Lady L Luxury Yacht in Nassau. Photo by Alex Galiano

Special offer: 30% discount Caribbean charter aboard M/Y Inception

January 23, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

For a limited time only, 50m/164ft superyacht INCEPTION (ex.MAN OF STEEL) from Heesen is offering a 30% discount to her winter charter rate to destinations such as the British Virgin Islands and the Grenadines.

Heesen Inception and water toys

Heesen’s superyacht INCEPTION and water toys

Built in 2008, this luxury yacht was a finalist in the 2009 World Superyacht Awards for Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299GT (approximately 50m – 59m). At the Antigua Charter Show in 2015, Chef Scott Dickson won first place for Yachts 160ft and Over, so if you’re searching for an exceptional dining experience to match the luxurious facilities and surroundings of your next superyacht charter, motor yacht INCEPTION can match your expectations.



The yacht was designed for an active family with younger generations and this is incorporated seamlessly into the interiors and design: the Main salon, dining area and wet bar on the main deck create a single large space comprised of rich Macassar wood and pale silvery furnishings. Large flatscreen TVs throughout the yacht have entertainment through Kaleidescape, offering a library of over 3,000 films. Also on the main deck is an office which can be converted into a massage room for that added extra pampering during your holiday.

INCEPTION -  Main Salon

INCEPTION - Main Salon

The formal dining area provides intimate dining for up to 12 guests, who will savour the meals on offer every night from award-winning chef Scott Dickson. After dinner, there is plenty of choice at the wet bar to satisfy the whole family before heading out onto the aft deck to watch the sunset.

INCEPTION -  Formal Dining area

INCEPTION - Formal Dining area

Up on the sundeck, sheltered alfresco dining offers an alternative venue for those perfect days when you don’t want to spend a moment inside. The massive 12 person Jacuzzi will entice all family members while luxury yacht INCEPTION cruises to her next destination, passing by the bustling towns and untouched islands of the Caribbean.

INCEPTION -  Sundeck Dining

INCEPTION - Sundeck Dining

Discover the azure waters of the Grenadines through the array of water sports on offer. Motor yacht INCEPTION has a toy chest that contains:

  • 4 x 3-seater jet-skis
  • 2 x Seabobs
  • 1 x paddleboard
  • 1 x kiteboard
  • water skis
  • windsurfer
  • 8 x diving equipment
  • 8 x snorkelling equipment, as well as;
  • 3 x tenders

The layout accommodates 10 guests across 6 cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 3 double cabins, and 1 twin cabin with 2 pullman berths.

The upper deck hosts the Master suite, office and private deck. Unique for a superyacht, the king-sized bed rotates to face the widescreen TV or the decking area. Either side, floor-to-ceiling windows present the lucky couple with panoramic views of the surrounding Caribbean islands. The private deck to the aft has a spa pool, sun loungers and outdoor seating area so that two guests can escape from the maddening crowd and enjoy time alone together.

INCEPTION -  Master Cabin

INCEPTION - Master Cabin

Guests in the full-beam VIP stateroom will have their own special view from the retractable wall which can become a platform for private alfresco dining morning and night.



A yacht loaded with extra features, the fore bow can be converted into a touch-and-go helipad. A dancing pole is optional on the sundeck and two hammocks are available on the private upper deck.

Luxury yacht INCEPTION is available in the Caribbean with immediate availability. Take advantage of her 30% discount and charter her from $175,000 USD per week plus expenses. To find out more about this deal and similar upcoming offers, contact CharterWorld today.

January only special offer: 40% off Caribbean charters aboard SEVEN SINS

January 05, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to charter 44m/144ft superyacht SEVEN SINS with a 40% reduction to her winter charter price. Built by Heesen yachts in 2005 and last refitted in 2015, she has plenty of facilities for rest and relaxation and making the most of the splendid locations throughout the Caribbean.

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS

Omega Architects created her interior and exterior styling, implementing cherrywood, Makassar furnishings and colour accents to enhance or mute the ambient temperature of each area. The main saloon is bright and airy with the plush seating arranged so that all 10 guests have an informal place where everyone can gather together, daytime or evening.

SEVEN SEAS -  Main Salon

SEVEN SEAS - Main Salon

As the night wears on, the skylounge will become a more tempting venue for guests interested in breaking away from the main event or for watching a film on the large flat screen TV. Windows spanning the length of the skylounge will allow for plenty of natural light, so the group can take in the volcanic backdrop of the Windward Islands even as the sun disappears over the horizon.

SEVEN SEAS -  Skylounge

SEVEN SEAS - Skylounge

With plenty of outdoor seating across all three decks, luxury yacht SEVEN SINS is ideal for spectating the upcoming Round the Island Race at Antigua on the 21st of January, or the St Barths Bucket in March.

SEVEN SEAS -  Upper Deck

SEVEN SEAS - Upper Deck

The sundeck has a generous number of sunpads, circular seating for alfresco dining and a nearby bar. Cool off in the spa pool while you travel to your next destination or make use of the sauna after using the gym to help unknot tired muscles.

SEVEN SEAS -  Sundeck Sunpads

SEVEN SEAS - Sundeck Sunpads

SEVEN SEAS -  Sun deck Al fresco Dining

SEVEN SEAS - Sun deck Al fresco Dining

As an approved RYA Water Sports Centre, every charter guest has the opportunity to learn a new skill while using the water toys selection, which includes:

  • 2 x water skis
  • 1 x Seabob
  • 1 x Wakeboard
  • Beach games
  • Inflatables

Luxury yacht SEVEN SINS accommodates up to 10 guests through 5 cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms and 2 twin cabins. A maximum of 8 crewmen can live aboard to ensure that you receive the very best experience of the Caribbean.

SEVEN SEAS -  Master Cabin

SEVEN SEAS - Master Cabin

SEVEN SEAS -  Twin Cabin

SEVEN SEAS - Twin Cabin

With 40% off her usual winter charter rate of 137,500 USD (€125,000 approx.), there has never been a better time to charter luxury yacht SEVEN SINS. This limited offer is only valid from the 5th-28th of January: Contact CharterWorld now to book ahead and avoid disappointment.

10 of the Most Popular New Superyachts from 2016

December 28, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The super-yachting industry is diverse, inspiring and competitive. Every year superyacht builders and designers strive to deliver “the best of the best”. Some superyachts gain popularity while still being under construction. The audience watches them closely and awaits for breathtaking yacht launches. We applaud the top 10 most popular new superyachts of 2016. 


She is a superstar and is definitely known by every yachting professional, enthusiast and whose who appreciate immaculate design and luxury. The winner of the Best Exterior Design and Finest New Superyacht awards, GALACTICA SUPER NOVA is a perfect example of modern design, combined with efficiency and functionality. One of the best exterior designers in the world Espen Oeino was responsible for her design, while naval architecture is a work of Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Heesen galactica super nova yacht underway

Heesen Galactica Super Nova yacht underway


2. SYBARIS by Perini Navi

SYBARIS is one of the largest sailing yachts in the world, with an overall length of 70 metres. This incredible performance-orientated ketch was constructed by the leading Italian builder Perini Navi. Philippe Briand in collaboration with the yard’s in-house team designed her exterior, while PH Design created stunning interior.

Sybaris. Photo credit Perini Navi

Sybaris. Photo credit Perini Navi


3. AQUARIUS by Feadship

Noise reduction and innovative stabilisers make this amazing 92-metre superyacht one of the quietest in the world. In this case, using AQUARIUS as a floating home for the owner’s fine arts collection sounds like an unusual but brilliant idea. Striking exterior and sophisticated interiors were designed by Sinot Yacht Design, while De Voogt was the naval architect.

Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design - Superyacht Aquarius or Project Touchdown renderings - profile 2

Superyacht Aquarius


4. DILBAR by Lurssen

DILBAR is currently ranked as the 4th largest superyacht in the world. Launched by Lurssen shipyard this 156-metre mega yacht has gained an enormous amount of popularity. There is no wonder, as although she is not the largest superyacht in the world by lengths, she is an absolute leader among the largest yachts by gross tonnage, with an impressive 18.000 GT. Not only that makes Dilbar so popular. She features the largest swimming pool compared to any other yacht.

Mega yacht DILBAR - Photo by DiFooll

Mega yacht DILBAR – Photo by DiFooll


5. IPANEMA by Mondomarine

This amazingly looking superyacht deserves much admiration. Launched in 2016, IPANEMA boasts striking red hull and sporty lines. Futuristic exterior and astonishing interior is a work of the Milan based design studio Hot Lab. Ipanema’s uniqueness, innovative look and design solutions, along with traditional styling and yacht’s performance attribute to an outstanding work by Mondomarine and the owner’s exquisite taste.

Mondomarine Ipanema. Exterior

Mondomarine Ipanema. Exterior


6. LIONHEART by Benetti

Built by the Italian shipyard Benetti in 2016, LIONHEART is a real head-turner. Her naval architecture and exterior design is by the yard’s in house team, and her incredible interior is by Stefano Natucci.

Superyacht Lionheart by Bentti. Photo Credit Roberto Malfatti

Superyacht Lionheart by Bentti. Photo Credit Roberto Malfatti



The largest Amels built so far, HERE COMES THE SUN is a 83-metre superyacht, which has received much attention in 2016. A team of bespoke designers worked closely with Amels to create this stunning flagship of the Amels Limited Editions range: Tim Heywood developed her exterior design, while Andrew Winch was responsible for her interior.




8. JETSETTER by Dynamiq

JETSETTER is another superyacht that created a buzz in the super yachting industry in 2016. Incorporating a number of great features, such as a draft of 1.75 metres, minimised fuel consumption, high performance and luxury amenities on board, Jetsetter sets a higher standard in the luxury yachting, appealing for potential buyers. Beautiful photos of this 39-metre incredible yacht were recently featured in Family Office Elite Magazine.

Superyacht Jetsetter by Dynamiq. Photo credit Blueiprod

Superyacht Jetsetter by Dynamiq. Photo credit Blueiprod


9. U116 EXPLORER by Kleven

EXPEDITION YACHT SUPPORT VESSEL U116 launched earlier in 2016, is the latest addition to Kleven’s fleet. This five-deck superyacht is currently undergoing sea trials in Norway. Norwegian design house Marin Teknikk and New Zealand-based Oscar Mike Naval Architects worked together in the creating of this stunning yacht. Huge success of her sister-ship Ulysses has certainly added to a great reputation of U116.

U116 Kleven Explorer Yacht

U116 Kleven Explorer Yacht. Photo credit DrDuu


10. CLOUDBREAK by Abeking & Rasmussen

Built by Abeking & Rasmussen and designed by Espen Oeino and Christian Liaigre, CLOUDBREAK is an innovative expedition vessel. At 72.5 metres she features at anchor speed stabilisers providing additional comfort for those aboard. Luxury amenities, such as Jacuzzi spa, gymnasium, spacious interior and exterior living areas make her a very popular yacht also in the charter world.

Superyacht Cloudbreak. Photo credit Anoldent

Superyacht Cloudbreak. Photo credit Anoldent


5 Reasons Why You Will Love project Cayman by Heesen yachts

November 15, 2016

Written by Maria Korotaeva

A bespoke superyachts builder Heesen loves innovative ideas and stunning superyacht projects. Since we do too, here are the 5 reasons why Heesen’s latest project Cayman, recently introduced to the superyacht community, is another high-performance yacht you will adore.

Project Cayman. Exterior

Project Cayman. Exterior


1. She is exactly what you want.

Based on a recent research on the superyacht market, Heesen recognised an opportunity to build a vessel that would suit consumers demand, in fact – crusing in shallow waters. The American market has been expanding, with a few prediction recently made on its further prosperity. This makes it certainly the right time for the Heesen’s new superyacht. Cayman features a draft of approximately 2.15m (7′), perfect for cruising in the Bahamas or elsewhere.

Project Cayman. Exterior

Project Cayman. Beach Fun


 2. She is very stylish.

Omega Architects have developed exterior design with adding some sleek lines, trendy cutaways in the side bulwark and Heesen’s “pelican” bow, making the superyacht look elegant and classic, while still featuring contemporary exterior solutions. Full-height windows provide a luxury of having plenty of day light and panoramic views.

Project Cayman. Exterior

Project Cayman. Exterior


3. She is light and fast.

Cayman is a three-deck fast displacement full aluminium yacht measuring at 42m (138′) and 400GT. Due to these specifications plus two powerful MTU engines, Cayman will be able to reach a maximum speed of 22.5 knots.

Project Cayman. Exterior

Project Cayman. Exterior


4. She offers a truly luxury experience on board.

Spacious beach club and a sky lounge are some of the great characteristics of her spacious relaxation areas. Roomy sundeck features shaded doing, Jacuzzi and loungers to provide the best time on your luxury cruise. The dinning room for 10 guests is designed to ensure a first-class service by the crew, given the size and layout of the area.

Aft Deck

Aft Deck

Beach Club

Beach Club




5. Her interior design is “Exotic Modern”.

Hot Lab design studio based in Milan, have developed an outstanding design concept especially for the project Cayman. It is described as “Exotic Modern” and based on light and natural tones and textures for a relaxed atmosphere on board. Accommodation is offered in a full-beam owner’s star room, two double cabins and two twin guest cabins for a total of 10 guests. Cayman will also be able to accommodate a crew of 7.


Galactica Super Nova wins awards at Monaco Yacht Show 2016

October 14, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Galactica Super Nova has proven her pedigree at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show by winning awards in the Best Exterior Design category and Finest New Superyacht category. Heesen‘s largest yacht to date at 70m, Galactica Super Nova is a paragon of the values behind modern design; combining brightly lit and wide open spaces with striking dark accents, and simplicity and efficiency within functionality.

As the winner of the Best Exterior Design category, Heesen had to design above and beyond its competitors. Naval architect Van Dossanen and exterior designers Espen Øino International have joined natural elements into the structure both inside and out to create a liveable, natural space no matter where guests are aboard.


‘It is no coincidence that many of the best shipyards in the world are found in Holland. Our passion for yacht building and commitment to quality is unrivalled. Heesen yachts are renowned for their innovative engineering and exceptional speed, range, stability and comfort. We build them entirely in-house out of the hardest steel and the strongest aluminium. And that is what makes us the world’s leading builder of high-performance yachts.’

From the beach club up to the sky deck, not a single metre of outdoor space is wasted and this rule is exemplified in the bridge deck’s generous foredeck, which can serve as a touch-and-go helipad, a sun bathing area during the day or an outdoor cinema come nightfall. The 4 x 2.25 metre portable screen is easily mounted onto removable carbon pillars for cutting-edge definition. Coupled with the impressive CAT Marine speakers, guests are treated to an immersive experience surrounded by the luscious backdrop of destinations such as the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.

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The 6 metre glass bottom panelled infinity pool acts as the centrepiece on the main deck: The waterfall cascades down from the deck above, catching the light as it falls and turning the main aft deck terrace into the perfect spot for meditation and relaxation day or night.


As the sun sets, special occasions are brought to life through the water-proof sound system and creative LED lighting hidden along the deck and studding the ceiling like stars. Both audio-visula elements can be synchronised with the beach club on the deck below to keep the atmosphere flowing in both spaces.

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When superyacht Galactica Super Nova is stationary, the beach club is one of the most desirable locations aboard the whole vessel: body-moulding outdoor seating makes for a comfortable relaxation spot and the glass panels of the swimming pool overhead dapples the area with light to create a charming environment for drinks and conversation. The bridge deck aft terrace has everything a party of 12 would want for alfresco dining.

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Reminiscent to a lighthouse, the glass surrounds of the interior sundeck lead out onto the fore and aft decks without any interruption in internal/external flow. The sliding glass doors are little more than a barrier between the elements while enjoying the view of distant islands and cities, and guests will revel in the patter of rainfall during less clement weather as well as nights of open, starry skies.


The interior is just as finely considered: The Main saloon is partitioned into three sections to meet the owners’ utilisation: a conversation zone perfect for morning coffee with friends, a library with inset sofas opposite a built-in fireplace, and a formal dining area. Lacewood and contrasting wengé complete the elegant dining room set for 12 guests.

Galactica Super Nova’s interior layout has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests overnight in 6 cabins, comprising a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, and 4 double cabins. To ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience, a crew of 16 can be accommodated onboard over 8 cabins.

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Luxury yacht Galactica Super Nova is as powerful as she is graceful – a factor which was most certainly taken into account when she won the Finest New Superyacht award. Capable of reaching a top speed of 30 knots, this aluminium displacement yacht is one of the fastest of her class anywhere in the world. Exceptional engineering has resulted in speed, distance of 4,000 miles and economical fuel consumption, adding the benefit of greater environmental friendliness.

Her displacement hull reduces resistance up to 20% and her fixed pitch propellers combined with a Rolls Royce central booster jet make her highly manoeuvrable in all sea conditions. Overall, another award-winning Heesen masterpiece that her owners can take pride in.