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Sunseeker Portofino 40 yacht and 28 Metre Yacht among finalists for Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2013

January 03, 2013

The prestigious UK luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker, is delighted to report that the brand-new Portofino 40 yacht as well as the spectacular 28 Metre Yacht have been shortlisted for ‘The Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2013.’

Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

The newly launched motor yacht Portofino 40 has been nominated in the Best Sports Cruiser under 45ft category, while the 28 Metre Yacht has been shortlisted in the Custom Yacht category.

The Portofino 40 yacht has been nominated after stealing the show at Cannes and Southampton last September when she was unveiled to the world. The all-new luxury sports cruiser has a spacious four berth layout which boasts two exquisitely designed cabins, a luxurious central saloon, galley and twin access head and shower room.

Sunseeker Portofino 40 yacht

Sunseeker Portofino 40 yacht

The 28 Metre Yacht, which launched in January 2012, uses ultra-modern materials to reach new heights in design and engineering excellence.  Her revolutionary use of space incorporates full height and wrap-around glazing to create a stunning effect both inside and out.

The awards celebrate the best boats in the world today, as tested by the world-renowned editorial team at Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat & Yachting magazines.

The winners will be announced at a gala evening in London on 14th January 2013.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Sunseeker to unveil new yachts at the London Boat Show

December 21, 2012

Sunseeker International exhibit their new Predator 68 yacht and San Remo ad the forthcoming London Boat Show, alongside with the largest and the most expensive boat on the show, the luxury motor yacht Sunseeker 115 Sport and the Sunseeker 28m (example of the 28m is yacht Zozo), Predator 80 yacht as well as the Portofino 40, amongst others. The event will take place from 12th to 20th January, 2013.

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

The main attraction is sure to be the brand new boats though, with the all-new motor yacht Predator 68 set to steal the show.  This stunning new Predator takes its design cues from the recently launched Predator 80 superyacht, but takes it even further with yet more aggressive styling.

The new addition still embodies all that is chic and sleek about the Predator range, while offering limitless options from top-end sports performance through to long distance cruising. This is a yacht developed to cut a dash whether at speed or at rest.

Sunseeker 68 yacht

Sunseeker 68 yacht

John Braithwaite, Technical Director at Sunseeker said: “The new Predator 68 is a magnificent machine from bow to stern.  The Design Team has been working tirelessly to update the layout to get the very best performance without compromising its heritage or the spacious feel of the yacht.  The result is stunning.

Joining the Predator 68 in London is the all new San Remo which resurrects the popular marque from Sunseeker’s long and rich history. With stunning looks, agile handling and a spacious interior, this new performance cruiser epitomizes everything the San Remo was adored for in the 1980s, whilst bringing it right up to date for 2013.

San Remo Yacht by Sunseeker

San Remo Yacht by Sunseeker

Every detail of the San Remo has been planned to perfection, but this new boat’s hidden treasure is the feeling of space and style throughout, from the exquisite owner’s stateroom right through to the galley and onto the upper deck. While its lighter interior, combined with roof skylights and hull-side windows, transform the living space with floods of natural light.

John Braithwaite, Technical Director at Sunseeker said: “The San Remo is impeccably finished throughout with breathtaking looks, outstanding performance and luxurious living space. By leading the way with a new hull design, the accommodation is optimized without unduly affecting performance. We may have brought the San Remo name back from the 80s but everything about this new cruiser shouts contemporary, design, feel and performance.

Amongst the other Sunseeker yachts on display will be the stunning Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht (an example of the Sunseeker 115 is the M/Y Stella) which can accommodate a guest party of up to 10 people while still delivering high-speed performance.

Sunseeker will also be exhibiting the new Portofino 40 which stole the show at Cannes and Southampton last September. The all-new luxury sports cruiser has a spacious four berth layout which boasts two exquisitely designed cabins, a luxurious central saloon, galley and twin access head and shower room.  The surprising headroom and impressive panoramic hull-side windows create a real ‘wow factor’ giving an impression of space not found in any of its competitors in the same class.

You can find all Sunseeker yachts on display at London Boat Show on 12th to 20th January 2013 Stand B200 and Berth M126.

7th Mangusta 165 superyacht shortlisted in the IY&A Awards 2013

December 19, 2012

The 7th Mangusta 165 superyacht is the latest luxury vessel nominated for the International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013. Completed at the Viareggio yard, the 7th motor yacht Mangusta 165 features a beautiful interior by Overmarine Group’s design department that was also responsible for the exterior styling, in partnership with Stefano Righini.

7th Mangusta 165 superyacht by Overmarine Group

7th Mangusta 165 superyacht by Overmarine Group

At 49.9 metres, luxury yacht Mangusta 165 takes the penultimate place in the popular MY over 40 metres category. She is the fastest composite Maxi Open yacht ever built and features a perfect balance of shape; pure lines and a sporty profile enclosed in an elegant, white hull.

The 4 cabin layout in hull no. 7 is luxurious and contemporary, without being too minimal or stark. This is achieved as a result of the decorative wealth of the beautiful bleached teak cladding and furnishings.

The exteriors of the 7th Mangusta 165 yacht are designed to cater for the ultimate in relaxation. The stern cockpit is furnished with a Spa Pool, a large table (which sits up to 14 guests), and a corner bar with up&down TV.

7th Mangusta 165 yacht - Saloon

7th Mangusta 165 yacht - Saloon

At bow, there is another lunch area. The flybridge houses a second wheelhouse, a barbecue unit and a large sunbathing area. As well as allowing for relaxation, the Mangusta 165 yacht also offers her owner and his guests the chance to have some fun.

Indeed, besides the tender, the stern garage also houses jet skis, equipment for diving and other water toys. Moreover, the right hand bulkhead features a removable diving board and an inflatable slide on the flybridge, reaching directly to the water.

The International Yacht and Aviation Awards will be celebrated at the Dorchester hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013.

London Boat Show 2013 to feature the World Cruising Club Forum Sessions

December 13, 2012

The next year’s London Boat Show will provide its visitors with a unique opportunity to discover life on board a bluewater cruiser. As the winter weather sweeps across Europe, plenty of passionate sailors desire to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean, or island-hopping across the Pacific. At the 2013 Tullet Prebon London Boat Show, the World Cruising Club, organisers of ocean sailing events all over the world, will be demonstrating what it takes to make this dream come true through interactive displays as well as informative ‘meet the experts’ forums focused around ocean sailing and bluewater cruising.


This will be a great opportunity for cruisers contemplating ocean voyages to learn the practicalities of offshore sailing and begin to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Created in partnership with National Boat Shows, a dedicated World Cruising feature stand will give show visitors the chance to climb aboard two yachts that have previously sailed in the ARC and discover the practicalities of long-distance sailing. Former ARC skippers will be on hand to offer advice on boat preparations and explain what it is really like to be an ocean cruiser. Alongside these ocean-proven boats will be displays of essential equipment, top-tips for boat-owners and images showing what life is like for offshore sailors.

Supporting the World Cruising feature, the popular Bluewater Cruisers’ Question Time forum returns to the London Boat Show. Taking place on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th January at 14:00, these FREE interactive panel discussions will provide a focused one-hour introduction to life at sea and will answer key questions for those preparing for bluewater cruising. The panel of experienced cruisers and industry experts will share their knowledge on topics including great boat gear, cruising essentials, sailing with family, and choosing a boat.

Forum Sessions are free but spaces are strictly limited so those wishing to attend are advised to book in advance via the World Cruising Club website.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender among finalists for Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013

December 13, 2012

The splendid Ribbon 45SC yacht tender has been selected as one of the finalists for the Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013, in the category ‘Powerboat below 25 meters’. The all-new Ribbon 45SC is a beautiful high speed tender, built by Ribbon Yachts and designed by Vripack.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender by Ribbon Yachts and Vripack

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender by Ribbon Yachts and Vripack

The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are hosted by design et al, a leading UK interior design magazine. At design et al, their aim is to comment design, recognize talent, create opportunities and quite simply, offer inspiration.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender - Interior

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender - Interior

The International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013 will be held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013.

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013 to start in 5 weeks

December 05, 2012

Set to start in just 5 weeks, the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th January. Europe’s First Boat Show will provide its visitors with a unique opportunity to get involved and find everything they need from thousands of brands, boats, products as well as suppliers.


Plenty of NEW Exhibitors will be at the Show for the first time including Boat Mouldings, Smartboat, Moonraker, Bosuns Locker, Multihull Solutions, Saare Yachts, Simpson Marine, ABC, Macgregor Yachts, Arbor Yachts, Crewsaver, Hurricane Mouldings, Repower Marine, Ocean LED and Perfect Sailing.

Visitors can find everything they need from engines to upholstery and adhesives to safety equipment, including SEE RIBs like Williams Performance Tenders, Scorpian RIBs, XS RIBs and Ribeye alongside a variety of dinghies including Reid Marine, Hobie Cat, Hartley, Intramore and Topper.

Power brands bringing boats large and small such as Sunseeker, Princess, Fairline, Sealine, Sessa and Bayliner will be also on display, along with great British sailing names like Southerly, Oyster, Gunfleet Marine, Flexisail, Haines Marine and Sheerline.

They’ll be Clothing from a range of companies including Henri Lloyd, Gill, Musto, Tavy Togs (Lazy Jacks) as well as equipment from the likes of Fischer Panda, R & D Marine and Webasto.

Chandlers will be well represented with companies such as Jimmy Green Marine, Marine Superstore and TCS Chandlery. Electronics from Raymarine, Mantsbrite Marine, Garmin, and Navionics will be also on show.

Two new Princess yacht models on display at the next London Boat Show

November 29, 2012

The upcoming Tullet Prebon London Boat Show will feature two new exciting yacht models by Princess Yachts, making their international premieres at the show. These will include the spectacular superyacht Princess 82, as well as the splendid Princess 52 yacht.

The latest Princess 82 superyacht by Princess Yachts

The latest Princess 82 superyacht by Princess Yachts

Princess 82 Motor Yacht

Elegant, powerful and incredibly spacious the new motor yacht Princess 82 epitomises everything that is Princess from her sleek, dynamic exterior to her impeccably finished interior. As with all new Princess models, she has been developed and constructed using some of the most advanced technology available in the marine industry today and her uniquely designed deep-V hull is resin infused to ensure a highly capable and efficient performance that is both assured and rewarding.

Princess 82 yacht - Interior

Princess 82 yacht - Interior

Princess 52

The new luxury yacht Princess 52 is one of a long line of successful Princess flybridge models, benefitting from five decades of experience and expertise in building some of the worlds finest motor yachts. Created by some of the most passionate designers, engineers and artisans Princess yachts don’t meet standards, they set new ones and the new Princess 52 is no exception. With her contemporary design, exceptional quality and exhilarating performance she is sure to continue this tradition and keep Princess leading the way.

Princess 52 yacht

Princess 52 yacht

As one would expect from a Princess, the attention to detail and quality of finish throughout the interior of the 52 yacht is of the highest standard. The galley is situated aft of the saloon creating a highly sociable atmosphere and the extra space below deck allows for three very spacious and beautifully appointed cabins below.

The Princess 82 Motor Yacht and the Princess 52 yacht will be the central focus of a 10 boat display inside London’s ExCel which includes show debuts for the Princess 56 and the new V62-S and a return for the ever popular V39 which stole the show at London last year. Also on display will be the Princess 60 and 64 flybridge models, Princess 72 Motor Yachts and Princess V57 and V72 V Class sports yachts.

Princess Yachts invites everybody to visit them at Stand E250, ExCeL London between the 12th – 20th January 2013.

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Princess.

Erdevicki designed 53m ICON luxury yacht ER175 concept nominated for IY&A Award 2013

November 27, 2012

The prominent design studio of Ivan Erdevicki is delighted to report that its 53-metre motor yacht ER175 concept is among finalists for the prestigious International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013. The elegant ER175 superyacht concept is a highly innovative High Speed Yacht, representing the result of an excellent partnership between Erdevicki and ICON Yachts.

53m superyacht ER175 concept by Erdevicki and ICON shortlisted for IYA Awards 2013

53m superyacht ER175 concept by Erdevicki and ICON shortlisted for IY&A Awards 2013

Luxury yacht ER175 concept is able to sleep 10 to 12 guests in maximum comfort and style. There is a full beam, extra large owners stateroom on the main deck, while four or five full size guest suites can be found on the lower deck. The vessel’s 10 crew sleep in 5 crew cabins.

Twin Caterpillar C32ACERT marine diesels can propel the 53m superyacht ER175 to the top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Luxury yacht ER175 concept - rear view

Luxury yacht ER175 concept - rear view

The International Yacht & Aviation Awards will be held and announced in the London Dorchester Hotel on 19th April 2013.

The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013, January 12 – 20

November 26, 2012

ExCeL London will once again host the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show that will take place from 12-20 January, 2013. The event is expected to light up the capital with a beautiful showcase of all things marine.


The annual Show, this year situated within ExCeL’s South hall, is widely renowned for being the first place to see the latest marine innovations, design and technology. The 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will host the latest launches, products and marine brands, as well as offer a wide range of activities that will entertain the whole family – there will be something to suit every taste and budget!

2013 Show Attractions Include:

The Knowledge Box

The Knowledge Box is the place to head for those keen to learn from leading experts on a wide range of subjects. This year’s Knowledge Box programme will consist of a variety of talks such as how to successfully maintain an engine, which lifejacket to select to compelling tales of journeys across the oceans. The Show’s line up includes marine experts, nautical adventurers, experienced sailors and technical specialists daily whether one is looking for a new hobby or is a seasoned sailor, this is the place to glean tips from the forerunners of the marine world.

Multi-Activity Pools

The On The Water multi-activity pools are at the centre of the Show’s action and offer the perfect opportunity to test one’s skills at a variety of activities. One can either try canoeing or kayaking, or if he prefers not to get wet, he can head down to the Micro Magic attraction to watch and take part in the model yacht racing. Mini match racing and regattas of the radio controlled yachts will be taking place throughout the full nine days of the Show.

The Marina and Dock Edge

Scaling from model boats right through to the largest vessels on display at the Show, the marina is an essential spectacle, as is the 500m of dock edge which will boast some impressive craft and on-water displays from 4 times British Jet Ski Freestyle Champion Jack Moule. The marina will be home to boats testifying to world class workmanship and the stunning feature boats that will be dropping anchor in London this January.

Used Boats Marina
Amongst the action outside, the Used Boats Marina is perfect for perusing a variety of used boats for sale, catering for all budgets and needs. Whether you are in the market for a previously loved boat or simply intrigued about the price of your current vessel, make sure to visit this additional sector in boat retail to see just how far your money can go, and of course with no build time, these boats are ready to sail away straight after the Show.

Back inside the South Hall the boardwalks are designed to look exactly like a marina; just without the water. For the 2013 Show there will be several boardwalks dotted around the Show permitting to step onto a selection of the world’s best power and sail boats.

The Luxury Brand Show

The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show continues the element of enjoying the very best that the marine lifestyle has to offer. The visitors can enjoy even more luxury and glamour at the 2013 Show, with the complementary Luxury Brand Show, situated within the South hall.

This show proved to be very popular in 2012, serving as an ideal accompaniment to the luxury yachts at the Show. It is set in a stunning open-plan gallery showcasing some of the most premium, luxury brands available – the visitors can admire opulent luxury products from interiors, leisure and health to jewellery, watches and eyewear.

The London Bike, Outdoors and Active Travel Shows

From Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 January 2013, the North Hall, opposite the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, will play host to the London Bike, Outdoors and Active Travel Shows. Access to all these shows, including The Luxury Brand Show is granted with just one ticket, offering excellent value for money with entrance to five Shows for the cost of just one.

Located at ExCeL, it could not be easier to visit the Show – with the new cable car spanning the river from Greenwich to the Royal Docks; one can take in views of London on the way! It is also accessible by DLR, rail and car parking tickets can be purchased in advance for a daily price of £12 with an adult or concession advance Show ticket. Tullett Prebon London  Boat Show tickets will also allow visitors to access The London Bike, Outdoors and Active Travel Shows and The Luxury Brand Show for free.

JFA expedition yacht Axantha II nominated for IY&A Award 2013

November 22, 2012

The prominent French luxury yacht builder, JFA Yachts, is proud to report that its 43-metre motor yacht Axantha II has been nominated for the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 in the ‘Power Yacht over 40 Metres’ category.

43m JFA superyacht Axantha II - Photo credit: B. Stichelbaut/JFA

43m JFA superyacht Axantha II - Photo credit: B. Stichelbaut/JFA

The winners will be announced in London during a gala evening at the Dorchester Ballroom on 19th April 2013.

Luxury yacht Axantha II - view from above

Luxury yacht Axantha II - view from above Photo credit: B. Stichelbaut/JFA

Designed by the Naval Architect Vripack, Axantha II superyacht is by her shape and her profile thought for faraway destination. Her aluminium hull and superstructures, give her a moderate displacement which, combined with reasonably sized engine, allow her to reach a speed of 14.8 knots. A consumption of only 110 litres at 11.5 knots, offers 6795 miles autonomy, ideal for ocean voyage.

43m expedition yacht Axantha II - front view

43m expedition yacht Axantha II - front view Photo credit: B. Stichelbaut/JFA

The interior layout and passengers flow intend to offer guests the enjoyment of all outdoor aft areas, i.e. the lounges and access to the sea. As for the forward part, it is dedicated for the crew and has direct access to the forward deck. This large and clear forward deck (or tender deck) enables the storage of two 5.6 meter ribs, perfectly equipped for one day expeditions.

Tenders aboard Axantha II superyacht

Tenders aboard Axantha II superyacht Photo credit: B. Stichelbaut/JFA

Luxury yacht Axantha II, with no less than 340 square meters of interior arrangements, can comfortably accommodate eleven guests and eight crew members. The interior layouts are made in stained cherry wood, the floors, in either teak or douka, are accented by a wenge edge. Great care was paid to sound and vibration insulation, the sound levels measured in various zones attest to an extremely quiet boat.

Superyacht Axantha II - Main Saloon

Superyacht Axantha II - Main Saloon

JFA superyacht Axantha II will also be present at Antibes Yacht show (12 – 15 April) and MYBA charter show in Genoa (30 April – 4 May).

43m motor yacht Axantha II - Master Cabin

43m motor yacht Axantha II - Master Cabin

Technical Specifications of the 43m expedition yacht Axantha II

L.O.A.: 43 m
LWL : 38.8 m
B.O.A. 8.75 m
Draft : 2.5m
Displacement: 305 t half load
Engines : 2x 750 Hp
Gensets : 2x 80 kW + 1x 50 kW
Cruise speed : 12.5 knts
Range : 6795 nm à 11.5 knts
Capacity : 11 guests – 8 crew members

Below is a selection of the splendid charter yachts built by JFA Yachts.