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The impressive 87m Lurssen megayacht ACE designed by Andrew Winch on display at MYS

October 12, 2012

This year’s Monaco Yacht Show featured the 87m motor yacht ACE (ex Project Rocky), constructed by the prestigious German builder, Lurssen. Positioned at anchor, the sophisticated exterior lines of ACE superyacht designed by renowned Andrew Winch were visible from the harbour by day and were amazingly illuminated at night.

Andrew Winch designed 87m Lurssen luxury motor yacht ACE (ex project Rocky) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Andrew Winch designed 87m Lurssen luxury motor yacht ACE (ex project Rocky) - Photo by Klaus Jordan

At Andrew Winch Designs, it is the profound understanding of their clients’ passions and lifestyles that feeds the studio’s uniquely tailored yacht designs.

All ideas start with a sketch – often on a restaurant napkin! – and the Andrew Winch Designs creativity and design flair is then allied with the technical knowledge of their in-house Naval Architects and dedicated Exterior Yacht Design team.

This sharing of ideas has created a natural synergy between exterior and interior for each of the studio’s yacht projects. From smooth classic lines to fast flowing exterior profiles, Andrew Winch Designs have designed an individual signature for every one of their Clients. The studio boasts over 20 complete (exterior and interior) yacht projects designed and launched so far!

Below is a choice of the spectacular charter yachts designed by Andrew Winch Designs.

Sea Axe FYS Vessel GARCON 4 ACE – support vessel to 87m Lurssen ACE Yacht

September 24, 2012

Being present at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, CharterWorld was invited aboard the unique and very impressive Sea Axe FYS Vessel Garcon 4 Ace, the support vessel to the magnificent 87m luxury yacht Ace by Lurssen. Garcon support vessel is designed to accompany the ‘mother ship’, carrying all the superyacht toys, tenders, fuel and a range of other equipment, which could not be stored aboard a superyacht. Garcon comfortably accommodates up to 21 crew and staff, and is ideal for accommodating a relief crew for a large superyacht, featuring a large captain’s cabin and comfortable additional crew accommodation. One of the most impressive features is her deck, which has been equipped with a helipad able of supporting a large helicopter with maximum take-off weight of 5000kg. Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support Vessel Garcon 4 Ace was built by Damen with marketing and sales by Amels.

Garcon for Ace FYS vessel - A support vessel to the Lurssen yacht ACE

Garcon for Ace FYS vessel - A support vessel to the Lurssen yacht ACE

Sea Axe Yacht Support Vessels

Imagine never again being distracted or inconvenienced by crew handling a 40-foot tender or small sailboat; disposing of tons of wastewater or trash; taking on fuel, lubes, or stores; deploying water toys; preparing to land the helicopter; or even scouting for an anchorage in a remote bay. The SEA AXE FYS, just like Garcon, stows all the things you need for a long cruise, but which you don’t want cluttering your very private space. With a powerful double-knuckle crane, it’s a practical ticket to total freedom and enjoyment of the yachting experience. The SEA AXE can be configured to a maximum boat speed of 28 knots, with transatlantic range. This means you get all the comforts you expect, every time, everywhere.

Garcon 4 Ace - Luxury support vessel to motor yacht Ace

Garcon 4 Ace - Luxury support vessel to motor yacht Ace

DAMEN has designed, delivered, and continues building a series of Fast Crew Suppliers and Patrol Boats to meet demand among a variety of clients around the globe, including many national Coast Guards. The FYS is the only yacht-oriented craft with the same SEA AXE hull form and capabilities as these working boats. The essence of the SEA AXE performance is that it is not required to significantly slow down in heavy weather and large seas. Therefore, it can carry its load of vehicles, fuels, supplies, and other amenities and, with its reliable speed, reach a prescribed destination in advance, to prepare for the arrival of the mother ship and her guests, by deploying tenders and toys as needed.

Damen FYS vessel Garcon 4 Ace

Damen FYS vessel Garcon 4 Ace

Efficiency

In the early 1990s DAMEN and Technical University of Delft studied effects of lengthening hulls without changing shapes. They found that efficiency, operability, and running costs all improved, with little added building cost. They refined the bow, confirming in tank tests that this reduces vertical acceleration and slamming, which cause seasickness and force a crew to slow down. They then developed a new hull form, superior to the “Wave Piercer”. They called it “AXE BOW” because the forefoot is deeper than the keel, resembling an axe. The SEA AXE is very efficient in smooth water. It has up to 15% less resistance, better seakeeping in large waves, up to 75% less vertical acceleration than other fast ships, and resists broaching in following seas.

Arrival Garcon - a Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support Vessel to the motor yacht ACE by Lurssen

Arrival Garcon - a Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support Vessel to the motor yacht ACE by Lurssen

Practicality

The FYS was conceived to enhance each owner’s chosen lifestyle, and equally to assist every crew’s logistic and operating needs. Set on a standard SEA AXE hull, the FYS can easily be configured to the requirements of any superyacht, with open or partially covered main deck, auxiliary cabins, and variable General Arrangement. This is a vessel of great practicality. The FYS delivers improved economical performance, with an already proven reduction in fuel consumption of as much as 18% over “standard” fast supply vessels. It is also practical in the way it “delivers the goods,” unburdening the mother ship in countless ways. Its performance is reliable and sustainable. After experiencing a four-hour endurance test aboard a SEA AXE supply vessel, in Force 7 winds and rough sea conditions, an experienced captain was quoted as saying: “I don’t believe that any other ship of this limited size and weight can come close to this sustained speed for such a long time in these conditions.”

Garcon a 67m fast yacht support vessel to the luxury superyacht ACE

Garcon a 67m fast yacht support vessel to the luxury superyacht ACE

Quality of the interior finish

One important aspect that will clearly distinguish the SEA AXE FAST YACHT SUPPORT vessel from lesser support boats, and set it apart from commercial service vessels, is the quality of the interior finish of the permanent accommodations. This is not the usual inexpensive industrial finish. It has been elevated to match the style and feeling of the crew areas of the current LIMITED EDITIONS AMELS 177s now in production. This means that high-quality, practical material will be used to create pleasant surroundings to support the crew’s morale, just as on the mother ship. It is the maintaining of such high standards that will make the FYS even more attractive to crews – as well as owners.

Security

Because SEA AXE supply and patrol vessels are designed and built to endure constant duty at sea, have long range, and maintain predictable speeds regardless of weather conditions, they are outfitted with reliable multi-engine power trains and their bridges are equipped with top professional control, monitoring and communications components. The FYS will meet these strict standards in every way and have optional Dynamic Positioning, a great convenience when manoeuvring near the mother ship. In addition to these important specifications, wheelhouse windows are canted forward to eliminate glare, as on most commercial ships. With such close attention to detail and the typical DAMEN drive for design excellence, the result is a vessel in which captain and crew will feel the highest level of confidence and security in being able to perform their duties for the mother ship.

Sea Axe Garcon in dock

Sea Axe Garcon in dock

The sea axe Fast Yacht Support vessel could not have been developed by a single entity alone. It required cooperative technical efforts and the market experience of three renowned Dutch organisations – DAMEN, Technical University of Delft, and the towing-tank MARIN – each with a specialty that harmonised with the others. The initial thrust came from DAMEN’s headquarters in Holland. There, more than 20 years ago, top management saw the need to develop a fast offshore commercial supply vessel that could withstand heavy weather, as routine storms are no excuse for halting offshore work.

HULL MATERIAL: STEEL

SUPERSTRUCTURE: Aluminium + STEEL

LENGTH OVERALL: 67.15 METERS (220.3 FEET)

LENGTH WATERLINE: 66.91 MetreS (219.5 FEET)

BEAM MOULDED: 11.20 MetreS (36.7 FEET

DEPTH AT SIDES: 5.40 MetreS (17.7 FEET)

DRAUGHT FULL LOAD: 4.00 MetreS (13.1 FEET)

DISPLACEMENT: 1150 METRIC TONS

GROSS TONNAGE: 1128 GT

SPEED, MAX AT 100% MCR: 18–25 KNOTS

RANGE AT 18 KNOTS: 4500 NAUTICAL MILES

CREW / STAFF (other layouts possible ): 21 PERSONS

FUEL CAPACITY (fys + cargo): 300 CUBIC MetreS

FRESH WATER CAPACITY: 42 CUBIC MetreS

DECK SPACE (excluding helicopter landing area ): 235 SQUARE Metres

Interior deck storage (excluding crew accommodation ): 140 SQUARE Metres

VIDEO OF GARCON – Sea Axe Fast Yacht Support Vessel

GARCON

The SEA AXE 6711 – GARCON is driven by four Caterpillar diesel engines. The vessel has four inside decks serving a total of 21 crew, with galley and mess. Enormous deck space of 235 square metres offers plenty of room for carrying water toys and a large helicopter with take-off weight of up to 5000kg. An optional hangar covers all vehicles and an optional on-deck “cabin” accommodates added crew or a workshop.

HELICOPTER MAX TAKE-OFF WEIGHT: 5000 KG

STABILISERS: FOUR QUANTUM XD ZERO-SPEED STABILISERS, PARTLY RETRACTABLE

CLASSIFICATION: Bureau Veritas (other class on request)

FIRE FIGHTING: Fixed system for engine room and aft tank room

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION: Three generator sets CATERPILLAR C9, 50Hz or 60Hz, 175 ekW each

PROPULSION: Four Caterpillar 3512C B rating, 1425 kW @ 1600 rpm each / Reintjes gearboxes / Fixed-pitch 5-bladed propellers Alternative propulsion layouts available

BOW THRUSTER: Two tunnel type bow thrusters, 150 kW each

NAUTICAL, SURVEILLANCE AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT: Searchlights / GPS and magnetic compass / autopilot / echo sounder /radar / GPS / chart plotter display / VHF / MF/HF / Navtex / wind measurement equipment / AIS

No agreement between Lürssen and Drydocks World

September 13, 2012

The respected German luxury yacht builder, Lürssen Werft, has announced that no agreement has been made with Drydocks World in Dubai in any way. The shipyard is surprised and really disappointed by this misunderstanding.

Contrary to the announcement of Drydocks World in Dubai, Lürssen wishes to clarify that there has only been a friendly conversation, at the request of Drydocks World, of a very general nature during the recent SMM exhibition in Hamburg last week.

Lürssen has no plans to cooperate in general with Drydocks World in Dubai for the repair and maintenance of navy ships or yachts and no agreement relating to such work has been reached or agreed. Lürssen has no intention to form a joint setup with Drydocks World in the Dubai Maritime City facility.

In the conversation held, it was only stated that in the event that a client expresses the special wish to have his yacht repaired at Drydocks World, then the parties would discuss this specific project at the appropriate time.

Drydocks World in constructive talks with superyacht builder Lürssen

September 11, 2012

Important and constructive talks were held on the sidelines of SMM in Hamburg, by Drydocks World’s high level delegation, led by Mr Khamis Juma Buamin, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World, and senior personnel of Lurssen Werft, a German luxury custom superyacht, naval ship and special vessels builder. Drydocks World is the most prolific ship builder in operation in the Middle East.

60m luxury charter yacht Arkley by Lurssen

60m luxury charter yacht Arkley by Lurssen

The two companies aim to work together on implementation of navy projects not limited to UAE’s naval fleet, by sharing scope of work and knowledge sharing on technical and project management aspects. The plan is to form a joint set up at the Dubai Maritime City (DMC) facility to cooperate in the yacht repair business. DMC is already an established centre for yacht repair repairing over 60 yachts annually.

“We are delighted about the atmosphere and progress of the discussion with Lürssen, a world leading player in the yacht and specialized business. Our facility in DMC is well placed to become a key destination outside Europe for yacht owners for service and maintenance. This co-operation will further strengthen and provide definite direction to our aspiration to become the preferred choice for maintenance of yachts,” said Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World.

Amels SEA AXE 6711 superyacht support vessel GARCON delivered

September 06, 2012

Measuring impressive 67 meters in LOA, the Amels SEA AXE 6711 superyacht support vessel Garcon has been successfully delivered. On display at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show, it is a support vessel to the 87m motor yacht ACE by Lurssen. Garcon 4 Ace is a real fast support ship, achieving speeds between 18-25 knots. The second SEA AXE 6711 superyacht support vessel FYS is currently in build.

SEA AXE 6711 superyacht support vessel Garcon by Amels

SEA AXE 6711 superyacht support vessel Garcon by Amels

Constructed at Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, the Amels superyacht support vessel Garcon 4 Ace provides 235 m² deck space for toys such as tenders, jet skis as well as sailing dinghies. There is also a fully SOLAS certified helipad with 5000 kg take-off weight for commercial use.

Lurssen superyacht ACE - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Lurssen superyacht ACE - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Moreover, Garcon boasts the lovely bridge interior finished to superyacht standards. Its exterior is also painted to the same quality as a superyacht.

147m TOPAZ Yacht photographed on the French Riviera

September 05, 2012

The magnificent 147-metre luxury yacht Topaz was captured by another one of our readers on the 21st August. Ian Bugby has sent us a a number of night shot showing Topaz superyacht and her impressive lighting as well as cruising during the day time. She was photographed in Nice, French Riviera, in the Mediterranean.

147m Mega Yacht Topaz in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

147m Mega Yacht Topaz in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Luxury superyacht topaz in Nice - Photo credit Ian Bugby

Luxury superyacht topaz in Nice - Photo credit Ian Bugby

Topaz was designed by renowned Tim Heywood and built at Lurssen in Germany. She is at number four amongst the largest superyachts in the world and the second largest mega yacht constructed by Lurssen, following the 155-metre Al Said yacht, to date. This is to change soon however, as Lurssen is currently building their largest vessel ever, the 180m mega yacht AZZAM project, which will become the largest luxury yacht in the world once launched, taking over from Eclipse superyacht.

Luxury Yacht TOPAZ - Photo Ian Bugby

Luxury Yacht TOPAZ - Photo Ian Bugby

Mega Yacht TOPAZ on the French Riviera - Photo Ian Bugby

Mega Yacht TOPAZ on the French Riviera - Photo Ian Bugby

TOPAZ yacht features a full displacement steel hull coupled with a lighter aluminium superstructure. In addition, she has a helicopter landing platform, tender garages and swimming pools. She can presumably accommodated up to 12 guests in 6 luxurious cabins, although this is not confirmed as yet.

Lurssen mega yacht Topaz in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Lurssen mega yacht Topaz in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Lurssen superyacht Topaz - Photo by Ian Bugby

Lurssen superyacht Topaz - Photo by Ian Bugby

Lurssen superyacht Topaz in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Lurssen superyacht Topaz in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Enjoying the view of Topaz yacht in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Enjoying the view of Topaz yacht in Nice - Photo Ian Bugby

Lurssen to exhibit the 68m motor yacht KISMET at MYS

August 31, 2012

The prominent German shipyard Lurssen will attend this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, with its magnificent 68m superyacht Kismet (Project Falcon) on display. Designed by well known Espen Oeino, motor yacht Kismet was launched in 2006 and features beautiful interior designed by renowned Reymond Langton.

68m Lurssen megayacht KISMET - Image by YachtMati

68m Lurssen megayacht KISMET (Project Falcon) - Image by YachtMati

Managed by an impressive 22 professional crew, the 68m megayacht Kismet provides lovely and comfortable accommodation to up to 12 guests in 6 splendid cabins. These include a master cabin, a VIP cabin as well as 4 double cabins.

Superyacht Kismet - Exterior

Exterior of Superyacht Kismet - Image courtesy of Lurssen

Boasting a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the Lurssen luxury yacht Kismet (Project Falcon) can reach a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots, thanks to her twin Caterpillar diesels. She is also equipped with Quantum Zero Speed 4 Fin to provide the maximum comfort while aboard.

68m luxury yacht Kismet - Interior

Interior of the 68m luxury yacht Kismet - Image courtesy of Lurssen

Below is a choice of the exceptional charter yachts constructed by Lurssen.

Newly delivered 147m Lurssen megayacht TOPAZ visits the Mediterranean

August 24, 2012

Successfully delivered to her new Owner earlier this month, the impressive 147m motor yacht Topaz was captured by a Yachts & Supercars Photographer Julien Rubicondo, based in the Mediterranean superyacht hot spot – the French Riviera. Launched in May, Topaz superyacht is built by the prestigious German shipyard Lurssen and designed by renowned Tim Heywood.

147m megayacht Topaz by Lurssen

147m megayacht Topaz by Lurssen - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Measuring 147m in LOA, megayacht Topaz is the fourth largest superyacht in the world and the second largest luxury vessel, completed by Lurssen after the 155m Al Said megayacht. The shipyard is currently building the 180m superyacht Azzam, which is to be the largest Lurssen to date once completed.

Luxury megayacht Topaz

Luxury megayacht Topaz - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Lurssen superyacht Topaz

Lurssen superyacht Topaz - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Luxury yacht Topaz by Lurssen and Tim Heywood

Luxury yacht Topaz by Lurssen and Tim Heywood - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

147m megayacht Topaz - rear view

147m megayacht Topaz - rear view Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Heywood design Topaz superyacht

Heywood design Topaz superyacht - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Lurssen megayacht Topaz

Lurssen megayacht Topaz - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Heywood designed superyacht Topaz by Lurssen

Heywood designed superyacht Topaz by Lurssen - Photo credit: Julien Rubicondo

Lurssen’s 85m motor yacht QUATTROELLE (Project Bellissimo) launched

August 23, 2012

Previously known as Project Bellissimo, the 85 m motor yacht Quattroelle has been successfully launched by the respected German builder Lurssen at its facility in Rendsburg. Similar to the Oceanco Y706 luxury yacht Seven Seas, Quattroelle superyacht is a magnificent, full-displacement vessel,with elegant and sleek exterior and fresh modern interior designed by renowned Nuvolari & Lenard.

Lurssen Luxury Yacht QUATTROELLE

Lurssen Luxury Yacht QUATTROELLE

88m luxury motor yacht Quatroelle (Project Bellissimo) by Lurssen and Nuvolari Lenard

88m luxury motor yacht Quatroelle (Project Bellissimo) by Lurssen and Nuvolari & Lenard

Lurssen luxury yacht Quattroelle was ordered by a repeat client in 2010, and subsequently her construction started at the end of 2010.

The spectacular, five-deck megayacht Quattroelle (Project Bellissimo) provides 12 guests with 6 beautiful and comfortable cabins.

Lurssen delivers the 147m luxury yacht TOPAZ

August 16, 2012

On August 14, the 147m motor yacht Topaz left the Aumund facility of the respected German builder Lurssen. Presumed to stop at the UK’s Falmouth this morning, Topaz superyacht is the second largest luxury vessel, completed by Lurssen after the 155m megayacht Al Said. At the moment, the yard is working on Azzam superyacht, which is to be the largest Lurssen to date after her completion, measuring 180 meters in length.

The Largest Lurssen Superyacht completed to date megayacht AL SAID Photo Credit Qatarperegrine

The Largest Lurssen Superyacht completed to date - megayacht AL SAID Photo Credit: Qatarperegrine

Launched in May 2012, the 147m luxury yacht Topaz is currently the fourth largest superyacht in the world. Boasting a helicopter landing facility, tender garages as well as swimming pools, Topaz is presumed to comfortably sleep up to 12 guests in 6 or more staterooms.