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First SuperyachtDESIGN Week to start in two weeks

June 05, 2013

Set to take place from June 18 to 20, the first ever SuperyachtDESIGN Week will start at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, in a couple of weeks. The venue will be transformed into a creative port of perfection, an island of architecture as well as a destination of design for the world’s artists of the next generation of superyachts.

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SuperyachtDESIGN Week will open its doors to many of the industry’s design luminaries for three days of interaction, social networking and creative conversations.

If you are able to visit London on the 18th – 20th June, you will witness and participate in a think tank, a brain storm and knowledge exchange that is likely to shape the future of superyachts.

SuperyachtDESIGN Week is sponsored by Awlgrip, Clyde & Co, Boldit Esthec and Greenline Yacht Interiors.

62m Feadship SEA OWL yacht leaves shed for sea trials

June 04, 2013

The 62m Feadship SEA OWL yacht left her shed for the first time to begin her sea trials. With the official launch due to take place in July, superyacht SEA OWL‘s technical launch provides the first daylight glimpse of Sea Owl’s signature jade mist green and oyster white colour scheme. Also unleashed are her remarkable lines designed by Andrew Winch, representing a modern classic superyacht that arguably boasts the most customised interior ever seen on a Feadship yacht.

Feadship  mega yacht Sea Owl leaving the shed

Feadship mega yacht Sea Owl leaving the shed

This sophisticated bespoke motor yacht has been built for experienced owners who are exceptionally private. Anthony Sands (Edge Yachts) has represented them on this project from the early design phase. Speaking on behalf of his pleased clients, Sands said Sea Owl has been both a challenging and rewarding project. “We believe she is quite possibly the most customized 62-metre yacht ever built.”

In every respect, Sands said, M/Y Sea Owl is, “a true work of art.” Besides its breathtakingly beautiful interior, the owners’ vision for Sea Owl called for highly modern and complex technical specifications, including an extraordinarily sophisticated security system that both yard and owner’s team regard as possibly the most elaborate ever built into a yacht.

Feadship superyacht Sea Owl leaving the shed

Feadship superyacht Sea Owl leaving the shed

On a personal note, Sands said, “It gives me tremendous personal satisfaction to see such a large, talented and diverse group of people working together to make sure our client’s expectations were met, and then exceeded. I believe this is an example of the superyacht industry working at its very best.”

Captain John Watson has spent the last year at the yard and describes the build at Feadship as “an enlightening and extraordinarily professional experience. There is a wonderful family atmosphere and it’s been fabulous to work in a yard with craftsmen who have applied their skills to Feadship for decades. More importantly, perhaps, I believe that the owners have also very much enjoyed the design and construction process. It takes very special skills to transform such a vision into a solid structure, and Feadship have succeeded in doing so with flying colours.”

Feadship luxury yacht Sea Owl leaving the shed

Feadship luxury yacht Sea Owl leaving the shed

The combination of a jade-mist-green hull and an oyster-white superstructure is a theme that has been seen on the owners’ previous yachts, although never quite to this degree of intricacy. A wealth of varnished wood has also been used on the exterior, the tones of which are exquisitely brought to life by these colours.

While few details are being released about the interior, we can reveal that Sea Owl superyacht contains an extraordinarily detailed selection of hand carved pieces, sculptures, petrified wood items and marbles.

The owners are very family-oriented and this is reflected in the facilities on board for the younger generation, which range from a magical array of toys and games to a thematic decorative scheme. There are two dedicated children’s cabins on board luxury yacht Sea Owl as well as the owners’ stateroom and three guest suites.

Feadship Sea Owl yacht leaving the shed

Feadship Sea Owl yacht leaving the shed

In the end, Sands said, the owners are so pleased they have agreed to a limited release of information about Sea Owl in order that the many achievements in her design and construction receive the recognition they deserve.

Mega yacht Sea Owl is currently undergoing an extensive sea trial regime that will ensure the technical side of this phenomenal Feadship is equally as impressive as her visual appearance.

Technical specifications of the 62m Feadship luxury yacht SEA OWL

Type: Twin screw motor yacht, steel hull and aluminium superstructure

Length overall: 62.00 m 203’5”

Beam overall: 12.20 m 40’0”

Draught (loaded): 3.70 m 12’2”

Fuel capacity: 150,000 litres 39,626 US Gallons

Fresh water capacity: 35,000 litres 9,246 US Gallons

Design:

Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects

Exterior styling: Andrew Winch Designs

Interior design: Andrew Winch Designs

Propulsion

Main engines: 2x MTU 16V4000 M53R, 1520 kW @1600 rpm

Generators: 3x MTU 8V2000M50A, 310 ekW @ 1500 rpm

Stabilizers: Quantum QC 2200 XT Two-fin Zero Speed

Accommodation

Owner: Owners’ stateroom, two kids cabins sleeps four children

Guests: Six guests in three guest staterooms

Staff: Nanny cabin and one in one cabin

Crew: Eighteen crew accommodated within eight twin cabins plus a captain’s cabin and chief engineer’s cabin. Storage rooms, galley and crew mess on lower deck, laundry and storage on tank deck Water sports: 1x 8.40-metre sports tender, 1x 8.40-metre limo tender, etc.

Andrew Winch on newly launched 62m Feadship mega yacht SEA OWL

June 03, 2013

In order to undergo sea trials, the beautifully designed motor yacht Sea Owl emerged from her shed at Feadship on May 31. With exterior, interior as well as decoration designed by London-based Andrew Winch Designs, the newly launched 62m mega yacht Sea Owl represents the culmination of an amazing five year collaboration between Designer, Owner and Shipyard. Incorporating the truly unique vision of her Owner, Sea Owl is “a true work of art” and “the most customised 62-metre yacht ever built!”

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl designed by Andrew Winch

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl designed by Andrew Winch

Andrew Winch Designs had been working with this Client since 2005. Whilst working on their previous boat, the Client commissioned them to design a new yacht tailored to their family’s growing needs. The build project was put out to tender to seven other European shipyards and Feadship were chosen by the family to build their new yacht, making it the 6th Winch/Feadship project to be delivered to date.

Sea Owl yacht’s Owners are an experienced Yachting family whose previous 43-metre yacht (also Sea Owl) was designed by the team at AWD. Andrew Winch commented “Having already had the pleasure of working on several magnificent projects for this outstanding family, we have established a tremendous rapport and were able to understand their vision and translate their dream into a wonderful reality. A fantastic family home – at sea”. With artistic flair and engineering excellence, Andrew Winch Designs and Feadship have delivered a family focused yacht that is designed for exploring the world’s oceans in unrivalled style and comfort.

The latest chapter in the “Sea Owl Story”, she evolves and extends the spirit inherent in the family’s first Andrew Winch designed yacht to new heights of elegance and entertainment. Reflected in the facilities on board, the yacht is an extension of the Client’s home, providing both relaxing and spacious accommodation. “Sea Owl’s magical interior, is a treasure trove of beautiful detailing surprises that are sure to entertain all generations” says Andrew Winch. “A wealth of toys and games provide fun distractions for the younger guests whilst adults will appreciate the tailored general arrangement and extraordinarily detailed selection of hand carved pieces, sculptures, petrified wood items and marbles. Sea Owl has been a fantastically creative project to work on and one of which our studio is immensely proud”.

In keeping with the signature of the Client’s previous yacht, superyacht Sea Owl’s magnificent profile features classical smooth lines, traditional green hull and stainless steel finishes, with teak wood joinery to compliment her elegant exterior decks.

Anthony Sands (Edge Yachts) has represented the Owner on this project from the early design phase. Speaking on behalf of his delighted Owner, Sands confirmed that luxury yacht Sea Owl has been a challenging but highly rewarding project. “We believe she is quite possibly the most customized 62-metre yacht ever built and is a true work of art in every respect”.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts with design by Andrew Winch.

St Katharine Docks starts refurbishments

May 29, 2013

Positioned in Central London, the historic 160-berth superyacht marina, St Katharine Docks, has started a raft of refurbishments and improvements to the three docks: Central Basin, East Dock, as well as West Dock. Due to be completed by the end of Autumn 2013, the improvements will strenghten berth holder and visitor security, improve dock-side services and make the site more environmentally responsible.

St Katharine Docks in Central London

St Katharine Docks superyacht marina in Central London

Marina Director, William Bowman welcomed the start of improvements to the Docks. ‘It is good to see these much-needed refurbishments underway. The end result will be a safer, cleaner and more service-orientated marina for all. The marina is at the heart of St Katharine Docks’ bustling 25-acre estate that is home to boats, residents, businesses and retail operations. We also welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists and Londoners throughout the year.’

A central, unisex shower and laundry block has been created adjacent to the existing marina office. The new facilities will feature modern, eco-friendly installations and equipment and should result in more efficient fuel and water consumption. These six individual shower and toilet units replace the two floating facilities previously located in East and West Docks. Enhanced berthing options on improved Walcon pontooning will be created once the old floating facilities have been removed. Other pontoons are also being replaced as part of an on-going maintenance plan.

To bring the marina in line with environmentally sound initiatives, improvements are being made to the pump-out facilities offered. William Bowman continued, ‘We encourage a No Discharge policy so need to offer as much assistance to our boat owners as possible. We are introducing a mobile pump-out service to boost the facilities offered by the existing static unit in the West Dock.’

The electrically operated vehicle has a 500 litre capacity tank that will pump-out holding tanks and safely release black water into the sewage system. Boat owners simply call the marina to arrange the service which is facilitated without vessels needing to leave their moorings.

The existing self-service token-operated pump-out unit situated in the West Dock will also be upgraded and operated by the marina team. Boat owners requiring pump-out contact the marina office who will arrange personal dockside assistance when the vessel arrives at the pump-out.

A mobile collection service for re-cycling of oil and batteries is also being introduced. Vessel owners simply contact the marina who will arrange collection and safe disposal.

Enhanced security will be the second phase of the refurbishment plan. New gates featuring CCTV units will be fitted to individual pontoon gangways around Central Basin and images will be monitored 24/7 at the estate’s on-site control centre. Berth-holders will access pontoons using personalised proximity tags rather than the traditional numerical keypads. As well as providing holders access to pontoons, the tags will also activate entry to the landside shower blocks. Tags will be programmed in the same way as hotel keys so access to facilities will be aligned with berthing dates and fully monitored to ensure optimum security.

William Bowman continues, ‘We have fully modernised our security to offer the best level of safety for our berth-holders and visitors. Our CCTV operation in excess of 60 cameras is supported by the physical presence of a permanent patrolling team of security staff who continue to operate around the estate. During the busy summer period or while we are hosting high profile events we enhance our dockside team with summer marina assistants and extra staff as required.’

SuperyachtDESIGN Week, June 18 – 20, 2013

May 23, 2013

Set to run at Design Centre, London’s Chelsea Harbour, from June 18 to 20, 2013, the inaugural SuperyachtDESIGN Week will bring together the influential and innovative design minds as well as suppliers, having worked on such floating palaces as the 78m superyacht Venus or the recently launched 180m mega yacht Project Azzam.

SuperyachtDesign Week

The calendar is already saturated with superyacht conferences, boat shows, awards ceremonies and symposiums, so this will be none of the above. Nor will it be an egotistical display of wealth and excess. SuperyachtDESIGN Week will instead be a celebration of yacht design. Spread over three days, the event will feature discussions, scheduled meetings, workshops and demonstrations on all aspects of superyacht design, with some of the industry’s top names.

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

180m luxury motor yacht Project Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Confirmed speakers include Terence Disdale, Ed Dubois, Jonny Horsfield, Richard Liebowitz, Espen Oeino, John Leonida, Martin Francis, Marnix Hoekstra, Mariacristina Rapisardi, Elena Cristofori and Rob Doyle.

A keynote speech entitled ‘Rough Luxe’ will come from internationally acclaimed architect and designer Rabih Hage, the award-winning mind behind some of the most exciting residential and hotel designs around the world as well as exclusive interiors and unique furniture design. A second keynote address will ask ‘what needs to change?’ Led by Vripack’s Marnix Hoekstra, it will be a fluid debate on the main areas that need to change in the serious world of design, architecture and creativity.

Superyacht VENUS Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Superyacht VENUS - Photo Courtesy of OneMoreThing.nl

Exploring everything from space planning, glass, interior construction, crew space, AV and more, SuperyachtDESIGN Week will be the perfect opportunity for designers to not only explore what the future holds, but to exchange ideas and innovations that can advance the lifestyle of the world’s most discerning clients.

Reymond Langton designed 40m Hakvoort luxury yacht APOSTROPHE (YN247)

April 26, 2013

The prominent Dutch builder, Hakvoort Shipyard, launched its all-new 40-metre luxury yacht Apostrophe (YN247) on April 13th, 2013. It was a proud moment for the bespoke UK design studio of Reymond Langton, which is not only responsible for the elegant exterior profile of motor yacht Apostrophe, but also for her contemporary art deco interior.

Hakvoort YN247 motor yacht Apostrophe at launch

Hakvoort YN247 motor yacht Apostrophe at launch

Reymond Langton designed superyacht Apostrophe features coloured tones, black windows and a striking grey hull, with contrast being offered by the gleaming white superstructure. A wealth of complex shapes in the profile combine with long-running lines from bow to stern to create a unique look. The curved windows in the owner’s area on the main deck are very special and mirrored in the sky lounge above.

Hakvoort YN247 luxury motor yacht Apostrophe on the water

Hakvoort YN247 luxury motor yacht Apostrophe on the water

Taken as a whole, all these aspects make APOSTROPHE yacht look significantly longer than 40 metres.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts with design by Reymond Langton.

Green Marine accepts IY&A award for Hamilton yacht

April 25, 2013

Last Friday saw Marcel Müller, the managing director of top composite boat builder Green Marine, accept the prestigious award for the ‘Best Sailing Yacht 25-40m’ on behalf of the 100ft WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton at the 2013 International Yacht & Aviation Awards in London, at the  exclusive Connaught Hotel.

Sailing Yacht Hamilton - Photo Gianfranco Forza

Sailing Yacht Hamilton - Photo Gianfranco Forza

Sailing yacht Hamilton currently represents the pinnacle in the design and engineering of supersailing yachts, delivering an outstanding Grand Prix racing experience together with a luxurious interior featuring all the amenities necessary for comfortable family cruising.

As he accepted the award on behalf of all those involved with the design and build of the boat, Marcel Müller paid tribute to Luca Bassani of Wally Yachts, whose inspiration opened the way for this new class, and to the owner of Hamilton yacht who took this vision and assembled a project group capable of delivering a design that is practical and elegant together with the technological solutions that enable it to fulfil its enormous potential.

Hamilton yacht - saloon

Hamilton yacht - saloon

“This was an immensely challenging project that required all those involved to continuously develop new processes and techniques in order to meet the high performance, low weight targets set by the client,” added Marcel afterwards.  “We were fortunate to work with leaders in their respective fields, including naval architect judel/vrolijk, interior designer and exterior stylist Design Unlimited, and Adriana Monk of Monk Design.”

The result is a stunning yacht above deck and below, with powerful yet graceful lines and a spacious, welcoming interior.  Shown to the general public for the first time at last September’s Monaco Yacht Show, she stood out for both her looks and technological accomplishment.

Green Marine is based on the Solent on the south coast of England, and has built more winning composite racing yachts this decade than any other yard.  Its state-of-the-art facility is currently working on a range of new projects including the next generation of Volvo Ocean Race contenders.

ICON Yachts ready to construct a new award-winning design: ICON-ER175 yacht concept

April 25, 2013

Created by IVAN ERDEVICKI Yacht Design in tight collaboration with ICON YACHTS luxury builder in the Netherlands, the new ICON-ER175 yacht concept has won the prestigious International Yacht & Aviation award in the ‘Best Concept Design over 40 m and above’ category.  The award was received during a ceremony at the Connaught Hotel in London, on 19th April, 2013.

ICON ER175 yacht concept

ICON ER175 yacht concept

The breath-taking Superyacht ICON ER175 design is a 53,4m High Speed Superyacht, which was presented for the first time at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 at the exhibition stand of ICON YACHTS.

Jen Wartena, director ICON YACHTS says: “Besides the big projects, we also reach out to clients looking for a yacht under 500 GT. For those, looking for something out of the ordinary this concept is the real thing. An exceptional hull and superstructure are one harmonious, dynamic, integrated structure with the design directed towards the boat’s efficiency, sea worthiness and overall reliability of the yacht, both for high speed dynamic stability and comfort at sea. We immediately recognized Ivan’s talent for design and looking forward to actually build the yacht”.

Stephan Vitus, Ivan Erdevicki and Iliya Kovacevic at Ceremony

Stephan Vitus, Ivan Erdevicki and Iliya Kovacevic at Ceremony

The ER175 yacht styling is a futuristic looking vessel with sleek lines, stunning looks, a powerful image with comfortable luxurious interior and ample deck space for leisure and entertaining. The yacht features three full decks plus fly bridge all elegantly incorporated within an aerodynamic superstructure.

The exceptional 53,4-metre hull and superstructure of luxury yacht ER175 concept is one harmonious integrated structure with the design focused towards the boat’s efficiency, sea worthiness and overall reliability. The yacht is under 500 GT, a semi-displacement hull with maximum speed of 31 plus knots and transatlantic range at cruising speed.

The long waterline hull of ER175 yacht concept is designed for fuel efficiency whilst the powerful bullet shaped bow defined by natural sheer lines will carve through the waves and provide reserve buoyancy for a smoother ride.

The designer Ivan Erdevicki said about superyacht ER175 design: “The design was influenced by the market requirement, which is moving toward implementing the newest technology and ‘green solutions, packaged in a minimalistic styling with clean lines but with sculptured shaped surfaces. It was driven by a strong tendency for innovation in the design, external styling, interior ergonomics and performance. In general, clients seem to be more open to new solutions for custom-built yachts and this was our answer.”

Stephan Vitus, Head of development ICON YACHTS says; “Ivan created the totally unique 53m design and arrangement . ICON YACHTS took care of the technical aspects of the arrangement and so the original styling intention was hardly intervened. We are extremely proud of that this unique and exclusive design is now honored with this prestige award.

About ICON: ICON YACHTS is the Dutch yacht builder in the top luxury segment. Tailor-made yachts with proven technology in 40 to 150 meters. Icon Yachts offers yachts with a short building time at a competitive price. ICON Yachts also offers refits and repair facilities.

IVAN ERDEVICKI designed ICON ER175 Yacht Concept wins IY&A Award 2013

April 23, 2013

Developed by IVAN ERDEVICKI Naval Architecture & Yacht Design in close collaboration with ICON Yachts BV of The Netherlands, Inc., the new ICON-ER175 yacht concept has been honoured with the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2013 in the category of the ‘Best Concept Design of 50 meters and above’, received at the Connaught Hotel in London, on April 19, 2013. The breath-taking motor yacht ICON ER175 design is a 53,4m High Speed Superyacht, featured for the first time at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012.

ICON ER175 Yacht Concept by IVAN ERDEVICKI

ICON ER175 Yacht Concept by IVAN ERDEVICKI Naval Architecture & Yacht Design

The ER175 yacht styling is a futuristic looking vessel with sleek lines, stunning looks, a powerful image with comfortable luxurious interior and ample deck space for leisure and entertaining. The yacht features three full decks plus fly bridge all elegantly incorporated within an aerodynamic superstructure.

The exceptional 53,4-metre hull and superstructure of luxury yacht ER175 concept is one harmonious integrated structure with the design focused towards the boat’s efficiency, sea worthiness and overall reliability. The yacht is under 500 GRT, a semi-displacement hull with maximum speed of 31 plus knots and transatlantic range at cruising speed.

The long waterline hull of ER175 yacht concept is designed for fuel efficiency whilst the powerful bullet shaped bow defined by natural sheer lines will carve through the waves and provide reserve buoyancy for a smoother ride.

 Stephan Vitus, Ivan Erdevicki and Iliya Kovacevic at Ceremony

Stephan Vitus, Ivan Erdevicki and Iliya Kovacevic at Ceremony

The designer Ivan Erdevicki said about superyacht ER175 design: “The design was influenced by the market requirement, which is moving toward implementing the newest technology and ‘green solutions, packaged in a minimalistic styling with clean lines but with sculptured shaped surfaces. It was driven by a strong tendency for innovation in the design, external styling, interior ergonomics and performance. In general, clients seem to be more open to new solutions for custom-built yachts and this was our answer.”

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 Winners

April 22, 2013

The winners of the 3rd edition of International Yacht & Aviation Awards were presented at the Dorchester hotel in London, on Friday, April 19, 2013. Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al, The International Yacht & Aviation Awards reward the best in design from across the globe.

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013

International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 Winners:

YACHTS

MOTOR YACHT OVER 60 METRES AWARD
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, BENETTI

61m mega yacht Diamonds are Forever by Benetti Yachts

61m mega yacht Diamonds are Forever by Benetti Yachts

MOTOR YACHT OVER 30 METRES AWARD
ORIENT STAR, CMB YACHTS

47m motor yacht Orient Star (project Mina) by CMB Yachts

47m motor yacht Orient Star (project Mina) by CMB Yachts

ASIA PACIFIC YACHT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
SMERALDA, ESPEN OEINO INTERNATIONAL

77m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda designed by Espen Oeino with interior design by Vain Interiors

77m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda designed by Espen Oeino with interior design by Vain Interiors

SAILING YACHT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
VERTIGO, CLARITY ASSET

67m sailing yacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

67m sailing yacht Vertigo by Alloy Yachts

SAILING YACHT 25-40 METRES AWARD
HAMILTON, GREEN MARINE

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton - Image by RolexCarlo Borlenghi

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

POWER BOAT UNDER 25 METRES AWARD
PEARL 75, KELLY HOPPEN AND PEARL MOTOR YACHTS

Pearl 75 Yacht at full speed

Pearl 75 Yacht at full speed

YACHT INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD
VICKY, H2 YACHT DESIGN

Luxury yacht Vicky

Luxury yacht Vicky

CONCEPT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
ICON ER175, IVAN ERDEVICKI NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND YACHT DESIGN

53m superyacht ER175 concept by Ivan Erdevicki

53m superyacht ER175 concept by Ivan Erdevicki

ASIA PACIFIC CONCEPT OVER 40 METRES AWARD
EXPEDITION, SAM SORGIOVANNI DESIGNS

98m Expedition Yacht Concept by Sam Sorgiovanni

98m Expedition Yacht Concept by Sam Sorgiovanni

CONCEPT UP TO 30 METRES AWARD
FUSION, RED DESIGN

Fusion yacht tender concept by Red Design

Fusion yacht tender concept by Red Design

AVIATION

PRIVATE JET DESIGN AWARD

2A ACJ 219, COMLUX CREATIVES

PRIVATE JET CONCEPT AWARD
DOLCE VITA BBJ, AIRJET DESIGNS

ASIA PACIFIC PRIVATE JET CONCEPT AWARD

DOLCE VITA BBJ, AIRJET DESIGNS

ASIA PACIFIC PRIVATE JET DESIGN AWARD
BOUTSEN 1, BOUTSEN AVIATION

CABIN INTERIOR AWARD

TAM AIRLINES FIRST CLASS CABIN, PRIESTMANGOODE

AIRPORT LOUNGE AWARD
DOHA VIP LOUNGE, RIZON JET