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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.

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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.

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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.

Boardwalks
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.

Princess Yachts to launch superyacht Princess 82 and Princess 52 yacht at the 2013 London Boat Show

November 13, 2012

The prestigious UK builder, Princess Yachts, has launched five new models this year, comprising both the smallest vessel it has built for over a decade as well as the largest the company has ever constructed. 2013 is also expected to be busy for the Plymouth-based manufacturer and the London boat show represents the beginning of this with an additional two new models making their international premieres at the event. Motor yacht Princess 82 and the Princess 52 yacht will be the central focus of a 10 boat display inside London’s ExCel which comprises show premieres for the Princess 56 and the new V62-S as well as a return for the ever popular V39 which was a star of the show at London last year.

Superyacht Princess 82 running

Superyacht Princess 82 running - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess 82 Motor Yacht
Elegant, powerful and incredibly spacious the new superyacht 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 - side view

Princess 82 yacht - side view Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Extended window lines enhance her contemporary exterior styling to provide a profile that is sporting and sophisticated and provide exceptional views from the main deck saloon. The exterior space on board is plentiful with a large cockpit complete with teak table for alfresco dining, an intimate foredeck seating and sunbathing area for a more private escape and an incredible flybridge with additional dining, seating and sunbathing areas all serviced from a dedicated wet bar.

Luxury yacht Princess 82 - view from above

Luxury yacht Princess 82 - view from above Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

The interior of the luxury yacht Princess 82 is light, sophisticated and beautifully detailed with an intelligent use of space throughout. The main deck saloon is laid out in a style more commonly seen on much larger motor yachts with the ability to create a highly spacious yet extremely private entertaining space for the owners and their guests. Sumptuous low level furnishings provide an elegant yet relaxed saloon and a formal dining area is positioned forward, separated from the wheelhouse and highly specified galley to ensure guest privacy – especially important for those with the charter market in mind.

Princess 82 yacht - Saloon

Princess 82 yacht - Saloon Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

The lower deck space is especially large for this size of yacht and guest accommodation comprises of four beautifully appointed en-suite cabins. A full beam owner’s suite and forward VIP are complemented by a twin cabin to port and a further double stateroom to starboard. Crew are accommodated in a twin en-suite cabin aft of the machinery space together with a utility area which can be specified as a second twin crew cabin if required.

The new 82 yacht will be another exceptional addition to the Princess range and promises to further strengthen the company as the builder of choice for the discerning motor yacht owner.

Princess 82 superyacht - Owner's Stateroom

Princess 82 superyacht - Owner's Stateroom Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess 52
Princess broke new ground when they launched the Princess 50 which has long been the benchmark for her class. Impeccable handling, blistering performance and exceptional space and comfort the model quickly became something of an iconic product for the Plymouth boat builder. So to replace this model is no small feat but the new Princess 52 yacht promises to be a craft that is definitely up to the challenge.

The new motor yacht Princess 52 has been designed and engineered by one of the largest and most experienced in-house development teams in the industry and created using some of the most advanced technology available in the marine industry today. Her unique hull is the latest design of the legendary Princess deep-V hull, with a variable geometry deadrise aft of the point of entry to provide a smoother transition to plane and widen the range of planing speeds to improve efficiency, particularly when cruising. The hull is also resin-infused to reduce weight and increase torsional stiffness, significantly improving performance with less power making her one of the most efficient yachts of her class.

Out on deck the spacious cockpit is fitted with a large teak dining table and generous seating providing the perfect place to relax in the shade offered by the extended flybridge above. A second alfresco dining table is situated on the flybridge which, with extensive seating, convertible sunbed and optional wetbar, is ideal for entertaining. Wide side decks and teak-laid steps ensure safe movement around the boat and an optional hydraulic raise/lower mechanism transforms the bathing platform into a submersible beach or operates as a simple and effective launch and recovery system for a tender.

Princess 52 yacht

Princess 52 yacht - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

As one would expect from a Princess, the attention to detail and quality of finish throughout her interior is of the highest standard. Large windows fill the main deck with natural light and ensure wonderful views and excellent visibility for the lower helm. The galley is situated aft of the saloon creating a highly sociable atmosphere whether entertaining guests in the cockpit or around the large dining table inside.

The extra space created by positioning the galley on the main deck allows for three very spacious and beautifully appointed cabins below. The master stateroom is situated aft to make use of the full beam and features large hull windows either side to create an exceptionally light space and provide wonderful views. Both the master and the spacious forward guest cabin have generous en-suites and ample storage throughout. The optional aft cabin, with its own WC, incorporates a single bed for crew or occasional guests.

The new lxuury yacht Princess 52 is one of a long line of successful Princess flybridge models that have benefitted 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.

Boats displayed at London:
Stand E250 – Princess 52, 56, 60 and 64 flybridge models, motor yacht Princess 72, superyacht Princess 82 and V Class models – V39, V52, V57 and V72.

Stefano Pastrovich, Espen Oeino and Marnix Hoekstra to attend SuperyachtDesign Summit

August 31, 2012

Taking place at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour in London, the first SuperyachtDesign debate of 2012 was attended by three British respected designers, comprising Andrew Winch, Terence Disdale as well as Tim Heywood. The next chapter – in what is expected to be another sell-out event – will host another amazing trio, this time, three of Europe‘s most modern and influential superyacht designers. They are Genoa’s Stefano Pastrovich, Norway’s Espen Oeino and Holland’s Marnix Hoekstra.

The first Superyacht Design Summit of 2012:  The Bannenberg Reunion

The first Superyacht Design Summit of 2012: The Bannenberg Reunion

The debate, hosted by SuperyachtDesign magazine, during Focus/12 as part of the Conversation in Design programme at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour will be held on Tuesday 25 September from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. It will follow the successful format of the first event in which the British panel were questioned by Martin Redmayne, The Superyacht Group’s chairman. As a daring and sharp interviewer, Redmayne always invites his subjects to reveal the psychology behind their designs and their inspirations, as well as humorous anecdotes.

99m luxury yacht Xvintage by Fincantieri and Pastrovich

99m luxury yacht Xvintage by Fincantieri and Pastrovich

If a new paradigm in superyacht design is emerging, these three are likely to be shaping it. Designs such as Pastrovich’s 99m dual-fuel superyacht Xvintage in collaboration with Fincantieri — presented at the 2011 Global Superyacht Forum — saw the first plausible realisation of an LNG powered superyacht.

Stefano Pastrovich

Stefano Pastrovich

Arguably needing no introduction, the biographies of all three designers nonetheless make for exciting reading. Italian naval architect Stefano Pastrovich has been working in the industry since 1997. His first big breakcame in collaboration with Martin Francis on the 57m motor yacht SenseS. He went on to become the chief designer at the Wally style office for five years where he developed the styling of the 118 superyacht Wallypower. Pastrovich is a self styled flexible and highly open minded designer, quoted as saying, “design any kind of boat, no holds barred, so long as it’s the best of its kind.” This has resulted in a massive range of concepts including a conversion of a 77-metre ocean-going tug, topped only by his latest 92-metre ‘supertug’ project Nikki Beach, for Lürssen Yachts.

Espen Oeino

Espen Oeino

Norwegian born Espen Oeino has certainly not limited himself to this corner of the globe. His 14-strong team has a client base stretching from Asia and the Far East to the US. Collaborations with the finest yards are endless including the recently announced design for Sunrise’s 63m yacht Project 601 as well as Hull 632 superyacht, and 72m superyacht Stella Maris from Viareggio Yachts launched in August and premiering at Monaco Yacht Show. Like Pastrovich, he also began his career with Martin Francis, where he became project manager of the legendary Eco project, now known as Engima. Espen Oeino International (EOI), is behind such headline grabbers as 126.2m megayacht Octopus, 71m luxury yacht Skat and 78m Madsummer superyacht.

Marnix Hoekstra

Marnix Hoekstra

Completing the line-up, Marnix Hoekstra, as a graduate in naval architecture and marine engineering, is one of the third generation owners of Vripack. The Dutch naval architecture, design, engineering and brokers firm was founded in 1961 by Dick Boon. Under the maxim “the quality of work is the sum of experience and enthusiasm”, Vripack has designed and refitted many stunning superyachts including the refit of Amels’ 74m superyacht Ilona, and design and engineering of 42m luxury yacht Star. These are just some examples that demonstrate why Vripack is one of the world’s leading design companies.

74m Amels megayacht ILONA after refit

74m Amels megayacht ILONA after refit

To book tickets please call Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour on 020 7352 1900. Tickets are £35, which includes access to the conference, networking as well as Champagne and canapés in the Design Club.

Early booking is advised, as tickets sell quickly.

London welcomes 10 spectacular superyachts for the start of the 2012 Olympics

July 24, 2012

Ten of the world’s biggest privately-owned superyachts are now anchored in the river Thames in London to experience the start of the 2012 Olympics. These include the 45m luxury yacht Harle by Feadship, as well as the 65m Seanna superyacht by Benetti.

Superyachts berthed in the Thames

Superyachts berthed in the Thames

Dwarfing the usual array of maritime craft normally seen on the River Thames, some of the world’s biggest and most expensive superyachts never before seen in London have dropped anchor in the Capital’s prime Olympic locations. London’s Canary Wharf has been transformed into a playground for the superyachts’ glamorous owners. VIPs and celebrities will be stepping onboard next week to enjoy the ultimate Olympic experience.

45m luxury yacht Harle by Feadship in London

45m luxury yacht Harle by Feadship in London

The Australian co-founder of the Westfield Group, Frank Lowy, owns the 74-metre superyacht IIona, which arrived at Canary Wharf today. Ilona can accommodate up to 16 guests and has a crew of 28. She also boasts a cinema, a massage room, gymnasium and even a helipad.

Octopus megayacht – currently the world’s eighth largest superyacht and owned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft – also arrived this weekend. Octopus has a pool on board and two submarines including one operated by remote control for studying the ocean floor. She also has side hatches at the water line open to form a dock for jet skis.

65m Benetti luxury superyacht Seanna in London

65m Benetti luxury superyacht Seanna in London

Superyacht advisory company MGMT has been preparing for the arrival of the vessels in London for over a year and will be offering the best positioned berths in London, a 24 hour concierge service and access to the all the major Olympic events.

Benjamin Sutton, Director of Communications of London-based MGMT, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see so many of the world’s most glamorous superyachts dropping anchor in the heart of London. With the Olympics starting this week, these magnificent yachts will be another visual spectacular for Londoners this summer.”

Superyachts anchored in the Thames by night

Superyachts anchored in the Thames by night

Royal Victoria Docks – a New Superyacht Marina in London

June 20, 2012

Royal Docks 2012 are now providing superyacht berths in a brand new destination: London’s Victoria Docks. Located in the center of the Olympic East End, some of the world’s most spectacular superyachts will soon be coming to the Royal Victoria Docks for the very first time.

A Superyacht anchored in London

A Superyacht anchored in London

With a remarkable setting provided by the new £60m Emirates cable car, Excel centre and historic docklands architecture, the Royal Victoria Docks, promises to offer a incredible backdrop for superyachts visiting the capital in just five weeks time.

As well as the sporting action at the nearby Olympic park, yacht owners and their guests will also be within minutes of London’s latest arts and entertainment destination, The London Pleasure Gardens.

The Royal Docks is set to be transformed into an incredible luxury destination with a stunning 65 metre sandy beach, VIP lounge areas and an exclusive pop-up restaurant and bar.

Working in partnership with Royal Docks 2012, London based superyacht concierge company, MGMT, will provide a complete range of services for yacht owners and their guests throughout their time in London.

Benjamin Sutton, Director of Communications at MGMT, said “This is a really incredible and unique location for superyachts. Not only is the Royal Victoria Docks within close proximity to the Olympic park, but it is also perfectly positioned for those looking to experience world-class music, arts and fine dining.”

The Riva Aquariva yacht tender by Mark Newson to be exhibited at Masterpiece London 2012

June 15, 2012

The splendid limited edition Riva Aquariva yacht tender by Marc Newson will be exhibited at Masterpiece London 2012, the exclusive art, design as well as antiques fair which is held from 27th June to 4th July on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. This special edition Aquariva yacht is constructed by the legendary Italian builder Riva, and styled by one of the most celebrated designers, Marc Newson.

The Riva Aquariva yacht tender by Marc Newson Photo: Riva7Ventura

The Riva Aquariva yacht tender by Marc Newson Photo: Riva7Ventura

The work of Australian Marc Newson will be well known to connoisseurs of fine design, from his exclusive furniture and watches, to large scale commercial projects such as his aircraft seats and departure lounge for Qantas.

A common theme in Newson’s more sculptural work is the style known as ‘biomorphism’, characterised by contours, forms and patterns inspired by the organic, ‘living’ shapes found in the natural world. There are few straight lines, plenty of undulating curves and curved surfaces, a look that is typified by the work of two legendary exponents of the style, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Not surprisingly, Newson was instantly attracted by the wonderfully flowing and curvaceous lines of the Riva Aquariva, and inspired to create the ‘Riva Aquariva by Marc Newson’ which is only available in a limited edition of 22. Working alongside Riva’s designers, Officina Italiana Design, Newson employed all of his skills in form, function and materials to create this very special version of the Aquariva yacht. Its simplicity and functionality are what make the boat so exceptional.

The Riva Aquariva yacht by Marc Newson - view from above Photo: Riva/Ventura

The Riva Aquariva yacht by Marc Newson - view from above Photo: Riva/Ventura

Newson’s reinterpretation of the Aquariva draws on both the current model and its forebear from the 1960s, the legendary Riva Aquarama. Newson has infused the Aquariva yacht tender with his streamlined and forward-looking style, using ideas from his work in automotive and aerospace design – epitomised by his novel treatment for the boat’s transom. For the foredeck and instrument panel, in place of the traditional wood, Newson has used a phenolic composite, a wood-like, textile-based laminate that made its first appearance in his furniture designs in 2007.

A precursor to fibreglass, this material was developed in the first half of the 20th century. While having an ostensibly organic feel and aesthetic, it is significantly more durable than wood. The wrap-around tinted windscreen is made from a single piece of laminated glass. Cleats and other deck fittings are in anodised aluminium. There are separate driver and passenger seats, and the interior can be upholstered in a choice of punchy colours that are typically Newson, including a vivid turquoise that recalls the colour scheme of the original classic Aquarama.

Mechanically, the Riva Aquariva yacht by Marc Newson is virtually identical to the current Aquariva Super from which it is derived. Twin 380hp Yanmar diesel engines drive conventional shafts through two-speed automatic gearboxes, giving the boat a top speed of 41 knots (47mph). The only addition is a bow thruster to aid slow speed manoeuvrability.

The Riva Aquariva yacht by Marc Newson - front view Photo RivaVentura

The Riva Aquariva yacht by Marc Newson - front view Photo: Riva/Ventura

Marc Newson

Marc Newson’s talent, originality, taste and skill have brought him international fame. His creations range from sculptural work, furniture, interiors and watches to the transport industry, where he concentrates on aviation and aerospace design. He has also designed vehicles, including a concept car, bicycles, a concept jet and a sub-orbital aircraft. Newson’s work has been exhibited at major museums and galleries around the world. His works feature in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the V&A in London and the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris.

When Newson’s chop top tables were exhibited at Design Miami 2007, all twelve examples sold in 20 minutes at $120,000 each. In 2007 one of Newson’s Lockheed loungers set a record for the highest price ever paid for a piece of furniture at $968,000. Another sold in 2009 for £1,100,000. 10 years earlier one example had failed to sell with an estimate of £50,000, such are the vagaries of the collector’s world.

Marc Newson Photo: Riva/Ventura

Marc Newson Photo: Riva/Ventura

In 2005, Time magazine included Newson in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the UK, Newson has received a number of design awards and academic acknowledgements. In 2006 he was awarded the title “Royal Designer for Industry” and in 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in The Design Awards.

RIVA AQUARIVA YACHT BY MARC NEWSON

Length overall 33 ft 0 in

Max beam 9 ft 2 in

Displacement (unladen) 4.7 ton

Engines 2 X Yanmar 6 LY3/UTP

Engine power 2 x 380hp

Drive system shafts & 2-speed automatic gearboxes

Max speed 41 knots

Cruising speed 36 knots

Range (cruising speed) 150 nm

Unladen displacement 5.26 ton

Bow thruster Std

Cabins 1

Heads 1

Fuel 105 gal

Water 28.6 gal