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Sale of 88,8m ILLUSION yacht announced by Pride Mega Yachts

August 04, 2014

Pride Mega Yachts (under CIMC Group) is thrilled to announce the sale of the 88.8-meter Illusion yacht. The sale of the sophisticated six-deck motor yacht Illusion proves the shipyard’s unique position as an established, competitive and accomplished player in the world’s mega yacht market.

88,8m mega yacht Illusion by Pride Mega Yachts

88,8m mega yacht Illusion by Pride Mega Yachts

According to Pride Mega Yachts spokesman, “the success of such a significant sale is proof that the superyacht industry is buoyant and that sales of large yachts are flourishing once again. I believe the sale is another sign that the market as a whole is doing very well. The interest from potential buyers is on the rise, particularly for large mega yachts, evident by the increased number of inquiries”

“We are delighted that the buyer of Illusion is so experienced and passionate about yachting, allowing him to appreciate Illusion’s unique qualities even before her launch. I would also like to thank the people at Blue Water Yachting and Jan Jaap Minnema of Fraser Yachts for their help throughout the course of this transaction.”

The largest yacht ever built in China, superyacht Illusion showcases the ambitious shipyard’s focus on innovation and outstanding craftsmanship. With an impressive interior volume of 3,603 gross tons and a 15.8-meter beam, Illusion’s spacious design has been further enhanced by the use of fine woods, rare natural stone and metals. The yacht was designed by the esteemed Azure Naval Architects, with exterior styling by Rainsford Saunders Design and the interior design developed by the well-respected Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Driven by state-of-the-art Rolls Royce diesel-electric-propulsion, motion and system control, Illusion will be ready for delivery in October 2015.

The spokesman continued, “Illusion demonstrates that Pride Mega Yachts can create superior-quality yachts of the highest standards. This showpiece, one-of-a-kind yacht represents our dedication and continued ambition in pursuing and discovering new ideas in the development of high-end superyachts. The sale of Illusion demonstrates that Pride Mega Yachts is able to build the largest and highest quality superyachts, meeting the high standards of this demanding market.”

Asian premiere for motor yacht Prestige 750 in Hong Kong

July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014, saw the brand new motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts make her Asian debut in the legendary Victoria Harbor, which provided the fantastic views of the Hong Kong skyline. The launch of luxury yacht Prestige 750 was hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, one of the oldest and most prominent clubs in Hong Kong.

Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Prestige 750 by Prestige Yachts

More than 100 owners, potential clients and media came from China and Hong Kong to discover the new 75ft Prestige flagship. After an introductory speech from Jean-Paul Chapeleau, the Executive Director of Prestige, and Camillo Garroni, the Designer of Prestige, the guests were invited onboard to visit the Prestige 750 yacht. Sea trials also took place during this major event.

Sensational on the exterior and unique on the interior, the new luxury yacht PRESTIGE 750 has already made a noteworthy entry into the very exclusive market of motor yachts measuring over 70 feet.  Her original interior layout holds new surprises, and her exterior design reveals a unique personality.

First edition of the Ferretti Group’s Service University

July 10, 2014

The first edition of the Service University, representing the Ferretti Group‘s professional training and refresher courses school, has recently come to its end. It was held in the Asian Pacific region, and targeted at all the Group’s official service network operators in this region.

Ferretti Group’s Service University

Ferretti Group’s Service University

For over 25 years Ferretti Group has been organizing training meetings for its Dealers and Service Points, so as to guarantee top-notch services to its Customers all over the world. Besides the traditional sessions normally held in Europe and the editions held in Italy specifically for operators from the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and the AMERICAS, since 2010 on-site activities have been intensified in these two important areas too.

This year, for the first time ever, the Service University was held in Asia, gathering in Hong Kong more than 30 participants from all over the Asia Pacific region (China, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, India, etc.).

This is a very significant event, one year after the new office in Hong Kong was opened, because it once more bears witness to Ferretti Group’s strategy to increasingly meet the needs of individual markets, focusing on their specific features and requirements. “This edition of the Service University, held in Asia, is part of a wider project, launched several years ago and constantly evolving, aimed at always moving closer and closer to the markets where we are present, and to our Customers. I was delighted to see so many professionals from the yachting sector participate in the event – both historical ones and others that have only recently joined the large Ferretti Group family” - commented Ferretti Group’s CEO, Mr Alberto Galassi.

The training, organised by the Group’s After Sales & Service team, took place over five days and included both theoretical and practical sessions. Several on board system specialists, including representatives from MAN Engines, NAVIOP, TWIN DISC, IDROMAR, and CONDARIA, held outstanding lessons. In some cases bench tests were also performed in the classrooms, allowing the participants to take part in practical troubleshooting activities.

During the training week, specific boat usage and maintenance issues were dealt with – also thanks to the cooperation of Antonio Campagnuolo, Ferretti Group Product Management Officer -, providing details on the various systems, the new features, and the usage requirements of the most recent models built by the Group, particularly Ferretti Yachts 960, Ferretti Yachts 690, Ferretti Yachts 750, Pershing 62, Riva 86′ superyacht Domino, and Riva 122′ Mythos yacht SOL.

All participants expressed their great appreciation for the courses, at the end of which they received an attendance certificate.

As usual, this annual training will be joined by already-scheduled visits to the various dealers and service points, so as to perform on-the-job training activities on board the yachts.

Gulf Craft receives Asia Boating Award 2014

June 02, 2014

The premier Middle Eastern luxury yacht builder, Gulf Craft, was awarded as the ‘Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 24m)’ at this year’s 10th edition of the Asia Boating Awards. Organised by Asia-Pacific Boating as well as China Boating magazines, the awards ceremony was held at Hotel ICON in Hong Kong on May 9, 2014.

Gulf Craft at the Asia Boating Awards 2014 – Winner Group Photo

Gulf Craft at the Asia Boating Awards 2014 – Winner Group Photo

Honouring the yachting industry’s best in Asia and internationally, the awards presentation was held on the first night of the annual Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, one of the region’s premier yachting exhibitions.

Bringing together industry leaders from Asia and around the world – as well as VIPs such as Dr. Cecil Chao, and Mr. Brandon and Mrs. Jenny Chau – the theme of the evening was The Great Gatsby, beginning with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails such as Grey Goose martinis and Dewar’s whisky, followed by a gourmet dinner, the awards presentations and performances by jazz dancers.

The prestigious Asia Boating Awards were presented in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas and marinas.

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

This year Parmigiani, K. Wah International Holdings, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jebsen Fine Wines, Grey Goose, Dornbracht and Embraer were the event sponsors along with Baccarat, which provided the crystal trophies.

Below is a gallery for the beautiful charter yachts built by Gulf Craft.

Sunseeker Predator 80 Yacht receives Asia Boating Award 2014

May 23, 2014

British luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker International, got off to an amazing start at this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show as it received a top prize for its Predator 80 yacht at the prominent 2014 Asia Boating Awards.

Asia Boating Award 2014 for Sunseeker superyacht Predator 80

Asia Boating Award 2014 for Sunseeker superyacht Predator 80

The Sunseeker motor yacht Predator 80 was named the Best Worldwide Production Motoryacht (15m to 24m). Held on the first night of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the awards ceremony highlights the best that the Asian and International yachting industries have to offer.

Organised by Asia-Pacific Boating magazine and China Boating magazine, the Asian Boating Awards is the most iconic of yacht awards and has served as a benchmark for the marine industry in the Asia-Pacific region since 2005. The awards are particularly special as they bring recognition not only from industry insiders but also from yacht lovers themselves, as readers of Asia-Pacific Boating selected the nominees.  This is clearly testament to the stunning design and engineering excellence of the superyacht Predator 80.

“We are extremely proud to receive the Best Worldwide Production Motoryacht Award for the Predator 80,” commented Sunseeker International Sales Director Sean Robertson. “We continue to strive towards excellence in yacht design, manufacturing, and quality, to provide superior luxury yachts and customer service to our yacht owners from around the world.”

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Eletek Technology Limited appointed as Sole Distributor for Arcadia Yachts in China

May 23, 2014

During this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the Italian luxury yacht manufacturer, Arcadia Yachts, appointed Eletek Technology Limited as its sole distributor for China, comprising Hong Kong as well as Macau. Eletek thus represents the first authorized agent for Arcadia Yachts in the Asia market, with the very first motor yacht Arcadia 85 set to be delivered to Hong Kong in early August 2014.

Arcadia 85 Yacht underway

Arcadia 85 Yacht underway

Arcadia Yachts, focused on green solutions and innovative design, are at the fore front of environmentally friendly innovative yacht design and construction. The Italian Shipyard situated on the shores of the Mediterranean sea is a relative new company. A facility over 36,000 meter square where craftsmanship, modern technologies, attention to detail and the surrounding environment are perfectly blended together, and a team of consolidated professional experience acquired whilst working for some of the most prestigious Italian Shipyards, Arcadia Yachts is one of the most innovative shipyards in the sector was born and rapidly established itself worldwide.

Arcadia yachts are constructed using an assembling system, as seen in the automotive industry. This results in lower building time and costs, and also in a lower purchasing price for the client. Their ecological approach has brought them great success in their 85 feet series and 115 feet series and is sure to bring more success in the future.

Arcadia Yachts currently have a series of fiberglass yachts ranging from 85 to 155 feet with new plans to increase the size to 180 feet. A true fleet able to satisfy the most demanding owners, in terms of both style and substance. Quiet, functional and easy to manage boats for a simply unique yachting experience.  These are the perfect yachts for owners who want to go yachting and be eco friendly.

Successful Singapore Yacht Show and Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show for IAG Yachts

May 22, 2014

Chinese builder, IAG Yachts, has always actively participated in boat shows, in order to unveil the striking design as well as excellent craftsmanship of their yachts. This year, the company attended both the Singapore Yacht Show as well as the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, which took place from 10 to 13 April, 2014 and from May 9 to 11, 2014 respectively.

Successful Singapore Yacht Show and Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show for IAG Yachts

Successful Singapore Yacht Show and Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show for IAG Yachts

These two boat shows have been rapidly growing, bringing together thousands of exhibitors and buyers. The Singapore Yacht Show 2014, which was held at ONE° 15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove, was indisputably bigger and better than ever before.

IAG did not miss a chance like this and also exhibited their yachts information with different sizes of 100′, 127′ and 140′. Although the yard did not have one completed yacht there, there were still a lot of visitors coming to the booth and showing great interest in the yachts, especially the IAG140′ series yacht Noble Star.

With a top speed of 18 knots and a cruise range of 3,000 nautical miles, IAG superyacht “Noble Star” will enjoy cozy and smooth long-range cruising. She can accommodate nearly 10 people with five spacious cabins, and her interior and exterior were both designed by Evan K. Marshall.

Second Electra 100 Yacht Freedom by IAG Yachts

Second Electra 100 Yacht Freedom by IAG Yachts

Combining with the selected American walnut and unique marble package, IAG cannot wait to unveil its beauty and elegance to the world. In addition to the 140′ yacht, the yard has enthusiastically introduced other yachts to the visitors, such as a 100′ yacht in Electra series and a 127′ yacht in Primadonna series.

IAG Yachts has received great applause and recognition for its fine craftsmanship and advanced technology from the visitors who even plan to pay a visit to the yard for further discussion in the near future.

The 14th Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show has also presented another yachts feast at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club. The show is about affordable luxury and features the latest luxury power boats, yachts, water sports craft and marine-related equipment. Although there was a heavy rain during the show, 74 exhibitors with their creative yachts still welcomed numerous visitors to step aboard. The heavy rain has not stifled visitors’ passion about the show, and they were barefoot with umbrella on the dock and had close and pleasant communication with the exhibitors.

Different as that at the Singapore Yacht Show, IAG’s models and promotional materials were displayed on a barge at dock A, without renting any booth. The 100′ yacht Electra model was so inviting that received wide attention from visitors. She is a very spacious yacht with five cabins and two additional crew cabins. The passenger’s comfort and security was the main issue when she was designed and built. The beautiful interior design and extraordinary spaciousness make this yacht particularly pleasurable for private cruising or when used for luxury yacht charter.

These two boat shows have both achieved profound success and brought IAG Yachts positive results. IAG will still attend their next shows to seize more opportunities to display their top level yachts to the public.

Heesen superyacht GALACTICA STAR awarded ‘Best Design of the Year’ at Asia Boating Awards 2014

May 21, 2014

Heesen Yachts is excited to announce that on Friday, May 9, 2014, their revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Hull Form superyacht Galactica Star was awarded as the ‘Best Yacht Design of the Year’ in the 10th edition of the Asia Boating Awards.

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

Ms. ZZ Phang, Pen Marine – Heesen Yachts Agent South East Asia, Ms. Wei Shan, Managing Director – Asia Pacific of Parmigiani, Mr. Glen Watson, Editor-in-Chief of Asia-Pacific Boating Photo courtesy of Asia-Pacific Boating

The ceremony took place in Hong Kong at the spectacular Icon Hotel where Ms ZZ Phang from Pen Marine, Heesen Agent for Southeast Asia, received the award on behalf of the Owners of the yacht and Heesen shipyard.

Ms Phang comments: “Asia Boating Awards is the region’s most established and respected event of its kind. This year sees awards in 21 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. Galactica Star won the most prestigious award of all the 21 categories! I am truly honoured to have had the chance to receive this accolade on behalf of the Owners and the shipyard that built this magnificent vessel. It is now the seventh prize that Galactica Star has won and I am so proud to be part of this incredible success!”

Galactica Star yacht’s revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form that is 30 per cent more efficient than any other ever tested, has been devised by van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen in-house naval architects. Her distinctive exterior lines are by the ingenious pencil of Frank Laupman from Omega Architects while the striking, dramatic interior is by famous Bannenberg and Rowell design studio. A top speed of over 28 knots but using 20 per cent less fuel than conventional yachts, a range of 4.200 nautical miles at 14 knots are just some of the impressive figures that make this vessel an award-winning yacht!

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Heesen.

Video: Nordhavn 86 super yacht KOONOONA departing Hong Kong

May 20, 2014

Nordhavn Yachts has released a video showing the all-new Nordhavn 86 super yacht Koonoona departing Hong Kong, as part of her delivery. Representing the 10th Nordhavn 86 vessel, motor yacht Koonoona is a beautiful offshore passagemaker, boasting powerful lines.

70 Sunreef Power Yacht DAMRAK II wins at Asia Boating Awards 2014

May 20, 2014

The superb 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II was awarded as the ‘Best Asia-Based Charter Yacht of the Year’ at the recent Asia Boating Awards 2014. Built by the prestigious Polish shipyard Sunreef, luxury motor yacht DAMRAK II operates in the popular Asia yacht charter destinations – Thailand and Malaysia.

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

The annual award ceremony, organized by Asia-Pacific Boating Magazine, took place on May 9th in Hong Kong. All the yachting industry operating in Asia/Pacific gathers during the prestigious awards gala dinner where the best brands and products are selected and awarded by the judges.

Asia Boating Award 2014 for luxury charter yacht DAMRAK II

Asia Boating Award 2014 for luxury charter yacht DAMRAK II

The prize for luxury charter yacht DAMRAK II was accepted by Ewa Stachurska, the Managing Director for China. The whole ceremony was inspired by The Great Gatsby movie.