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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

Holland Jachtbouw Yacht RAINBOW Winner of Classic Boat Award 2013

April 19, 2013

Holland Jachtbouw yacht Rainbow has become the runaway winner in the European Spirit of Tradition class at the inaugural 2013 Classic Boat awards. Comedian, writer as well as classic boat owner, Griff Rhys Jones, handed over the award for sailing yacht Rainbow to HJB’s Commercial Director, Tako van Ineveld, at an awards ceremony that took place at the Bremont watch boutique in Mayfair, London.

J-Class sailing yacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

J-Class sailing yacht Rainbow by Holland Jachtbouw

Redesigned by Dykstra Naval Architects, the majestic 40-metre J-Class yacht Rainbow is based on the original sailboat by William Starling Burgess from 1934. She was launched by Holland Jachtbouw in 2012.

40 m sailing yacht Rainbow - Cabin

40m sailing yacht Rainbow - Cabin

Superyacht Rainbow boasts beautiful and elegant interiors, overseen by the Owner, with developments from Dykstra & Partners. She can comfortably sleep from eight to ten guests and is managed by a professional crew of seven.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Green Marine Yacht HAMILTON named as finalist in ShowBoats Design Awards and IY&A Awards

March 25, 2013

Following her success in the Nautical Design Awards earlier this year, the WallyCento yacht Hamilton by Wally Yachts has been shortlisted in two further awards competitions: the ShowBoats Design Awards as well as the International Yacht & Aviation Awards. Luxury sailing yacht Hamilton was constructed by Green Marine and displayed at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton by Wally Yachts and Green Marine - Image by RolexCarlo Borlenghi

WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton by Wally Yachts and Green Marine - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In the Showboats Design Awards, the WallyCento luxury yacht Hamilton has made it through to the final round in both the interior design and exterior styling categories. The design work was undertaken by Design Unlimited and made reality by Green Marine’s skilled workforce in association with its specialist suppliers. The awards will be made at a ceremony being held fittingly in Monaco on June 21.

Superyacht Hamilton has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the Sailing Yacht 25-40 metres category of the International Yacht and Aviation Awards. These are awarded via an open voting process, and votes can be cast online. The voting closes on 12 April and the awards will be presented at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 19 April.

30m superyacht Hamilton - Master Stateroom

30m superyacht Hamilton - Master Stateroom Photo credit: Justin Ratcliffe

The Green Marine’s thanks go to naval architects judel/vrolijk, interior and exterior stylists Design Unlimited, and Monk Design for together designing the innovative and graceful yacht Hamilton.

Reymond Langton designed yachts MOGAMBO and EXCELLENCE V among finalists for 2013 World Superyacht Awards

March 08, 2013

The acclaimed UK design studio, Reymond Langton Design, is thrilled to announce that the 74m Nobiskrug motor yacht MOGAMBO as well as the 60m Abeking & Rasmussen charter yacht EXCELLENCE V have been nominated as finalists in the eagerly awaited World Superyacht Awards 2013 in the ‘Displacement Motor Yacht GT and above’ category. Both yachts boast sophisticated exterior styling as well as beautiful interior design by Reymond Langton Design.

The impressive 74m Nobiskrug mega yacht Mogambo designed by Reymond Langton

The impressive 74m Nobiskrug mega yacht Mogambo designed by Reymond Langton

EXCELLENCE V - Main

EXCELLENCE V - Main

This follows on from last year’s success for sailing yacht DESTINATION as winner of Best Refitted Yacht and the interior design aspect of motor yacht SERENE as the winner of Best Displacement Motor Yacht of 3 000 GT and above.

Below is a gallery for other outstanding charter yachts with design by Reymond Langton.


MDL’s Freedom Berthing network grows to 70 marinas across Europe

February 26, 2013

Europe’s top marina operator, MDL Marinas, is thrilled to announce that it has joined forces with French marina operator Sagemor to provide its annual berth holders with special cruising opportunities from 1st April 2013. This completely unique package sees MDL’s annual berth holders join “Passeport Escales” to gain access to free visitor nights at a further 54 marinas on the North-West coast of France – all within their annual berthing fee.

Signing of the contract - Jon Eads (left) and Arnauld Devys

(from left) Glidas Mottais, Mike Gates, Arnauld Devys, Jon Eads, Nicolas Gonzales and Xavier Labouret

This deal, which was signed at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, sees MDL’s Freedom Berthing network grow to 70 marinas in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, opening up the largest cruising network offered by any European marina operator – reaffirming MDL’s clear market leader position.

All of MDL’s annual berth holders will be able to take advantage of the scheme which is an easy-to-use, fully automated online system. It works as a reciprocal programme where berth holders check out of their marinas and choose another marina to stay at from the network. The only condition of the scheme is boaters must check out on leaving.

Signing of the contract - Jon Eads (left) and Arnauld Devys

Signing of the contract - Jon Eads (left) and Arnauld Devys

Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “We have been working hard to expand our European marina portfolio and we are delighted to have signed a deal with Sagemor. The private marina operator has a collection of wonderful marinas to explore in some beautiful and interesting areas of France, from Granville on the Normandy Coast right round to Port Médoc in the Gironde.

“This is fantastic news for our customers, with our annual berthing package just getting bigger and better every year. It also immediately opens up brilliant cruising opportunities for our annual berth holders to carry out their boating freely and effortlessly without any additional bills to worry about.”

The established scheme will be backed by MDL’s proven experience, knowledge and professionalism, and will not only give MDL customers a very simple solution to cruising, but will also give owners access to discounts and offers at local tourist destinations and places of interest during their stay.

Photo and filming opportunities for Sunseeker Manhattan 73 Yacht ahead of the 2013 Brit Awards

February 19, 2013

After a great success marked by record sales at this year’s London Boat Show at Excel in January, Sunseeker were happy to keep one of their beautiful new vessels, motor yacht Manhattan 73, in central London for a number of photo as well as filming opportunities.

Sunseeker Manahattan 73 Yacht captured by Sam Pelly

Sunseeker Manahattan 73 Yacht captured by Sam Pelly

The magnificent Sunseeker luxury yacht Manhattan 73, boasting 73 feet in length, includes 3 luxury double cabins and a £2.5m price tag along with a string of millionaire necessities including drinks bar, BBQ/grill, steam showers and jet tender.

The Sunseeker Manhattan 73 yacht has been centre stage on the VIP pontoon at St. Katharine’s Dock since mid-January but is set to leave at the end of this week for the Mediterranean after being the jewel of the river during the Brit Awards which takes place on Wednesday night at London’s O2 arena.

Luxury yacht Manhattan 73 in central London

Luxury yacht Manhattan 73 in central London - photographer Sam Pelly

Last week saw society favourite photographer Sam Pelly in a chase boat capturing the Sunseeker motor yachts majestic lines against the back drop of London’s iconic sites with the company’s ‘Sunseeker Girls’ on board dressed in theatrical ‘Brit Award styling’.

Stewart McIntyre, Managing Director of Sunseeker International commented, “It is rare that a brand new Sunseeker boat of this size is kept in central London for such a long period of time. It has been wonderful to see so many people enjoy her presence on the river and of course be involved with the truly British ‘Brit Awards’.

'Sunseeker Girls' aboard Manhattan 73 Yacht

'Sunseeker Girls' aboard Manhattan 73 Yacht - photographer Sam Pelly

Sunseeker is an iconic British brand, famed for its appearance in many 007 Bond films and high profile clientele from Jenson Button to Chris Evans, both of whom supported Sunseeker at recent Boat Shows in Southampton and London.

Sunseeker International employ 2,300 skilled craftsman at its factory and headquarters in Poole, Dorset and a dealership network in over 70 countries, Sunseeker are flying the flag for the British manufacturing Industry.

Luxury motor yacht Manhattan 73 and 'Sunseeker Girls'

Luxury motor yacht Manhattan 73 and 'Sunseeker Girls' - photographer Sam Pelly

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

Vain Interiors’ interior scheme on board 77 m Hanseatic Yacht SMERALDA to compete for IY&A Award 2013

February 15, 2013

Vain Interiors‘ interior scheme on board 77 m Hanseatic motor yacht Smeralda has reached the shortlist for the Yacht Interior Design Award at the upcoming International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013. Designed by Espen Oeino, the breathtaking Smeralda yacht herself has also been nominated within the Asia Pacific Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013.

77 m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda with interior design by Vain Interiors

77 m Hanseatic Yacht Smeralda with interior design by Vain Interiors

The interior design scheme on board superyacht Smeralda was led by Vain Interiors’ Andreas Holnburger, who shares his thoughts on the project here: “When I started this project the guideline was very clear regarding the general arrangement of Smeralda. The Owner wanted to take advantage of the already developed design that was used on Silver and Silver Zwei, in order to utilize the “blueprint” as a series. As the Owner had used the first 2 boats extensively, it was quite easy to incorporate all the improvements he wanted to make into the interior design from a technical side.

Luxury yacht Smeralda - Interior

Luxury yacht Smeralda - Interior

“While creating the design concept for the interior I paid close attention to the owner’s identity and lifestyle and developed an interior that is luxurious, sophisticated and modern, without being formal. I knew that the interior of the yacht had to reflect this kind of lifestyle in order to be in synch with the Owner.

Mega yacht Smeralda providing maximum comfort

Mega yacht Smeralda providing maximum comfort

“Beyond this, I wanted to create a very individual interior with a harmonious but distinctive range of colours and gentle contrast. This was brought forth through the careful selection of materials which reveal their beauty upon touch, through the tactile nature of their textures. Over time these materials will develop a rich patina, bringing out the depth of their natural beauty even more. The unexpected combination of the highest quality materials on subtle surfaces, combined with the smooth and sophisticated lines of Smeralda, has resulted in the ultimate expression of a lifestyle instilled with timeless beauty.”

Luxurious cabins aboard Smeralda superyacht

Luxurious cabins aboard Smeralda superyacht

The 3rd annual International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 will close for applications on Friday 1st March.

The awards will be celebrated at the Dorchester hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013.

Exclusive reception for ClubSwan members in London

February 12, 2013

February 6 saw Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan, along with ClubSwan partners Gazprom as well as the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg (SPBYC), Russia host an exclusive reception for ClubSwan members in London.

Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan (right) and Captain Richard Woodman, Elder Brother of Trinity House (left) at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan (right) and Captain Richard Woodman, Elder Brother of Trinity House (left) at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Held at the iconic British maritime venue of Trinity House, close to 200 guests were introduced to 200 years of nautical history. The VIP event was an opportunity for Mr Ferragamo to celebrate the successes of winning yachts during high profile regattas. Awarded bespoke Asprey designed trophies the following worldwide owners were congratulated by the elegant audience:

Swan Maxi Class Trophy – Vladimir Liubomirov, Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec
Swan Mediterranean Challenge Trophy – Mr Torres, Swan 80 superyacht Plis Play
Swan Transatlantic Challenge Trophy – Gideon Messink, Swan 45 sailing yacht Satori
Swan 45 Mediterranean Circuit Award – Hendrik Brandis / Christian Nagel, Swan 45 luxury yacht Earlybird
Swan Mediterranean Circuit Award – Hendrik Brandis / Christian Nagel, Swan 45, Earlybird

David Aisher, Rear Commodore Yachting at the Royal Yacht Squadron welcomed the involvement of Gazprom as title sponsor to the regatta which will also include the Swan 45 World Championships and the inaugural Gazprom Swan 60 World Championships.

Hendrik Brandis, co-owner of Swan 45 Earlybird (GER) and guests at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Hendrik Brandis, co-owner of Swan 45 Earlybird (GER) and guests at ClubSwan Reception© onEdition/Nautor’s Swan 2013

Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore of the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg, Russia addressed the ClubSwan members and shared his vision for the partnership with Gazprom and Nautor’s Swan, “We embarked upon an incredibly ambitious project and 2012 was a wonderful year in which we saw the launch of the partnership along with the build of five new Swan 60s that form the core of the Gazprom Swan 60. Looking now to the future, 2013 is set up to surpass last year with the first World Championship for the Class and we already have a full calendar of racing for 2014 and 2015.”

The reception gave both cruising and racing sailors the opportunity to showcase their work from the past year and to introduce the Swan family to plans for the year ahead.