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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.

67m Amels GARÇON to be support vessel to the 87m luxury yacht ACE by Lurssen

August 13, 2012

At the moment undergoing sea trials, the 67m Amels support vessel Garçon is the largest as well as latest vessel belonging to the Sea Axe range. To be launched by Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, yacht Garçon is to become the support vessel to the 87m motor yacht ACE, built by the prestigious German shipyard Lurssen. Both vessels will be exhibited at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.

SEA AXE 6711 GARÇON by Amels to be support vessel to the 87m Lurssen megayacht ACE

SEA AXE 6711 GARÇON by Amels to be support vessel to the 87m Lurssen megayacht ACE

The Garçon 4 Ace yacht features 235 m² deck space for toys such as tenders, jet skis as well as sailing dinghies. Futhermore, the vast deck space makes room for 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

Comfortably sleeping 21 crew, M/Y Garçon also boasts the bridge interior which is finished to superyacht standards, while its exterior is painted to the same quality as a superyacht.

The SEA AXE 6711 vessel GARÇON 4 ACE can achieve speeds between 18-25 knots in whatever weather conditions, thanks to its four Caterpillar 1425 kW engines.

The second SEA AXE 6711 support vessel FYS is currently in build.

Andrew Weir Yacht Management’s services for the 87m luxury yacht ACE by Lurssen

August 10, 2012

Andrew Weir Yacht Management was selected to provide various services for the 87m motor yacht ACE (Project Rocky), designed by renowned Andrew Winch. Launched by the prestigious German shipyard Lurssen in January 2012, ACE superyacht visited Portland Harbour the other week.

87m Lurssen megayacht ACE in Portland Harbour

87m Lurssen megayacht ACE in Portland Harbour

A call to the London offices of AWYM saw all hands on deck for the imminent arrival of megayacht ACE on the Dorset coast. With the owners arrival already planned AWYM had to make sure that all was in place for the hand over.

“Getting everything ready and with limited time we had quite a number of challenges to accomplish” commented Daniel Taylor from Andrew Weir.

With military precision and working in conjunction with Portland Port AWYM made sure that the ACE superyacht was received and the berthing and mooring arrangements were in place.

“Once moored up on the quayside we organised delivery of final stores and certain items the owner wanted on board” further commented Taylor.

With regard to the crew AWYM went out of their way to organise crew transport and car hire and finally a limousine for the owner.

“With everything in place we received the new owner without any hiccups, this is a credit to the staff at Andrew Weir Yacht Management” added Daniel Taylor.

Andrew Weir Yacht Management

Andrew Weir Yacht Management is part of Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd, a family owned company based in London with over 120 years of experience in the maritime industry. This includes the management of many types of vessels from yachts to boutique cruise ships including the on-going management of the luxury charter yacht Christina O, a classic motor yacht with a famous history of having celebrities on board such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Andrew Weir Yacht Management is a member of Superyacht UK and the British Marine Federation.

126m Lurssen motor yacht OCTOPUS to assist with recovery of H.M.S. Hood’s Bell

August 07, 2012

Launched by the prestigious German builder Lurssen Yachts in 2003, the 126m motor yacht Octopus, owned by Paul Allen, will assist with recovery of H.M.S. Hood’s Bell. Taking place in late August, this amazing expedition, approved by the Secretary of State for Defence, is sponsored by the HMS HOOD Association as well as the National Museum of the Royal Navy. It will be led by David Mearns from Blue Water Recoveries.

126m superyacht Octopus - Photo Credit Lurssen Yachts

126m superyacht Octopus - Photo Credit: Lurssen Yachts

The main focus of this expedition is to return the bell to the Royal Navy, to be conserved and then gifted to the Museum in Portsmouth to commemorate the 1,415 members of HOOD’s ship’s company lost in action against the Bismarck on 24 May 1941.

The other important sponsor of the project is Vulcan Incorporated, which represents the business and philanthropic interests of Paul G. Allen. As he did with the filming of the wreck of HMS ARK ROYAL in 2002 for a BBC documentary, Paul Allen is prepared to donate the use of his private yacht Octopus for this project at no cost to HM Government.

Lurssen’s luxury yacht Octopus will be crossing the Atlantic in late August after the Olympics so this is a rare opportunity to take advantage of having such a well-equipped expedition ship available in the region for this project.

Lürssen to acquire its 6th facility located in Hamburg

July 04, 2012

The prestigious German luxury yacht builder Lürssen is currently working on the acquisition of the Norderwerft yard located in Hamburg. The final negotiations are presumed to conclude within the next month.

Lurssen superyacht ACE - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Lurssen superyacht ACE - Photo by Klaus Jordan

If the negotiations conclude successfully, Lurssen is planning on starting the operation at its ‘new’ facility in autumn, focusing on repair and refit of vessels, further developing this already established part of its business. Currently, there are no plans to upgrade the Norderwerft facilities that include two floating docks, one of which measures 164m x 28m (lifting capacity of 12,500 tonnes) and the other 118m x 24 m (lifting capacity of 5,600 tonnes).

Lurssen is currently working on one of the most exciting projects in the yachting industry and the largest to be luxury yacht in the world – the 180m superyacht Project Azzam – an impressive vessel designed by Nauta Yacht Design, with a presumed delivery date in late 2013 or  in 2014. Further important and beautiful yachts by Lurssen include the recently delivered 87m luxury yacht ACE and the soon to be delivered 147m motor yacht TOPAZ.

Sea trials for 147m Lurssen megayacht TOPAZ

June 27, 2012

June 26 saw the impressive 147m motor yacht TOPAZ, built by the respected German shipyard Lurssen, undergo sea trials. Boasting a full displacement steel hull and lighter aluminium superstructure, the Topaz superyacht is the second largest vessel completed by Lurssen, following the 155m megayacht AL SAID – the third largest vessel in the world. Soon the order will change, as the prestigious shipyard is currently working on the ‘largest yacht in the world’ to be – the 180m Nauta Yachts designed mega yacht Project Azzam.

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

Lurssen superyacht Topaz is presumed to accommodate a total number of 12 guests in 6 or more staterooms, providing her guests with a helicopter landing facility, tender garages and swimming pools, as it is normally expected from a luxury vessel of this size.

The exclusive iPad controlled mega yacht SOLEMATES for charter on the French Riviera

June 25, 2012

Available for luxury charter vacations around the popular superyacht destination, Southern France, the exceptional and highly technological motor yacht SOLEMATES was built by the prestigious Lurssen shipyard in Germany and launched in 2010. She was designed by Espen Oeino and features sophisticated and tasteful interior by Glade Johnson. One of the most luxurious and advanced superyachts for charter, SOLEMATES measures 60 metres and in length and accommodates 12 charter guests in ultimate luxury and style. An opportunity not to be missed to rent this outstanding charter yacht for €520,000 per week plus expenses and experience the Mediterranean summer in comfort and style.

Solemates II - Profile

Solemates II - Profile

Charter Yacht Solemates

Charter Yacht Solemates

Luxury Charter Yacht SOLEMATES

Luxury Charter Yacht SOLEMATES

One of the main highlights of this Lurssen Yacht are her impressive 14 iPads that allow her guests to fully control her interior, the lighting, AV systems and blinds with a touch of a screen. For the latests news to be read while you sip on your cappuccino and enjoy your freshly baked breakfast, there is an onboard newspaper print of global daily publications.  If however, you are planning to entertain your friends and family there are full disco laser lights, a DJ mixing station, DJ TV Station and a smoke machine. Luxury yacht SOLEMATES is simply THE best choice when it comes to entertainment and accommodation in the most comfortable of ways.

Luxury superyacht Solemates - Spa Pool

Luxury superyacht Solemates - Spa Pool

Aboard luxury charter yacht Solemates

Aboard luxury charter yacht Solemates

As mentioned above, superyacht SOLEMATES accommodates 12 guests in an exquisite luxury, including 6 king-sized staterooms. The yacht’s dedicated and friendly crew of 14 and the Captain will cater to your every wish, ensuring your charter holiday is as relaxing as it is fun.

Alfresco dining aboard luxury superyacht Solemates

Alfresco dining aboard luxury superyacht Solemates

Stay fit aboard charter yacht SOLEMATE

Stay fit aboard charter yacht SOLEMATE

The Glade Johnson created interior is very generous and warm, combining elegant classical details with a range of contemporary elements. The main and upper deck of Solemates are filled with natural light offering her charter guests immense spaces for formal dining inside or a more casual al fresco dining. There are also excellent spaces for relaxation, TV watching or playing games.

Solemate superyacht - Bridge

Solemate superyacht - Bridge

Solemates yacht - bridge

Solemates yacht - bridge

Equipped with two custom Vikal tenders, SOLEMATES offers her guests an opportunity to explore the charming towns, beaches and bays of the Mediterranean in comfort. For those looking for some water fun and adventure, there are two waverunners and a dive gear. While enjoying the flavoursome meals cooked by Solemates’ talented and experienced chef, one can stay in shape thanks to the exercise equipment on the sun deck, taking in the breathtaking 360° views of the surroundings.

iPad controlled superyacht Solemates - Interior

iPad controlled superyacht Solemates - Interior

Superyacht Solemates - Bathroom

Superyacht Solemates - Bathroom

In addition to an inflatable floating trampoline, jet-powered surfboards or under-water sea bobs, SOLEMATES boasts a yacht-board aromatherapy shower, with four different scents, including eucalyptus, pine needle, citrus and peppermint.

Dining in style aboard SOLEMATES yacht

Dining in style aboard SOLEMATES yacht

The friendly and professional crew of SOLEMATES

The friendly and professional crew of SOLEMATES

Yacht Solemates II

Year:2010   L.O.A.:60.00m (196' 10")  Beam:11.43m (37' 6") 
Max Speed:15.5 knots  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2x Caterpillar engines 35 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:15 

French Riviera Yacht Charter

The 60m Lurssen mega yacht Solemates is available for charter around the French RivieraCote D’Azur, including Antibes, Monaco, Cannes, Nice, St Tropez or Iles d’Hyeres.

Number of beautiful islands are waiting to be discovered just off Cannes, sailing out of Iles de Lerins. There are good sheltered anchorages and beautiful pristine waters for snorkelling and water fun. Antibes is perfect for some shopping theraphy or just exploring the charming cobbled streets and enjoy the fresh seafood in the seaside restaurants that this popular French town has on offer. From here your preferred charter yacht could take you to Nice, one of the most famous French cities, in particular for arts, culture and tourism.

French Riviera

French Riviera

St Tropez is another famous place to visit while on your charter holiday in France. The village, well known for the 1956 movie ‘And God Created a Woman’, is a charming destination with timeless back streets to explore, plenty of boutique shops, delis and patisseries.

Sailing your motor or sailing yacht to the little archipelago of Iles d’Hyeres will open up an incredible beauty right before your eyes. Enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches, warm mediterranean weather and the wonders of nature.

Saint-Tropez Harbour – Photo credit Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Saint-Tropez Harbour – Photo credit Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

For some day and night time entertainment, Monaco is the perfect place to be. Not only you can visit some of the most popular clubs, bars and restaurants and the casino, there is also the beautiful old medieval town, home to the Prince’s Palace and the Oceanographic Museum. You can also take walk through the exotic botanical gardens, swim in the heated saltwater pools or simply enjoy a good day’s workout in the sporting complex adjacent to the harbour filled with the most beautiful yachts.

Whether you are interested in chartering the outstanding SOLEMATES superyacht or you require information about any other luxury charter yacht or destination, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team for free and professional advise and consultation.

The Rendezvous in Monaco 2012

June 22, 2012

A well-known annual event for superyacht owners as well as their personal guests running these days (June 21-24), The Rendezvous in Monaco 2012, hosts the world’s most spectacular superyachts lined up along the Quai des États-Unis.

The Rendezvous in Monaco 2012

The Rendezvous in Monaco 2012

Yachts including the Feadship-built 63m charter yacht Lady Britt, the 39m charter yacht Go, the 40m charter yacht Seaflower, the 50m Trinity superyacht Norwegian Queen, the 72m Lurssen charter yacht Titania (ex Apoise) and the 45m Benetti charter yacht Told U So are in the Mediterranean for the twenty-second edition of this exclusive event, which has become an unmissable fixture on the social calendars of yacht owners around the world.

An exciting programme of events began yesterday afternoon with a private luncheon for the superyacht owners in attendance at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Tony Harris, CEO of Boat International Media welcomed owners to The Rendezvous and Bernard D’Alessandri presented memberships to the yacht club for the duration of the event, allowing owners to enjoy the fantastic facilities at one of the world’s most prestigious yachting establishments.

In the evening, all Rendezvous guests were welcomed to the Principality with a Welcome Cocktail on the Quai des États-Unis, sponsored by Monaco Tourism and Bellavista. Following welcome speeches, yachts opened house for the Rendezvous Yacht Hop, inviting guests on board for canapés and hospitality.

Luxurious yachts lined up along the Quai des États-Unis

Luxurious yachts lined up along the Quai des États-Unis

Celebrity chefs from the Relais & Chateux Group joined in the fun and prepared some of their signature dishes on board participating yachts. The Gypsy Queens created a wonderful party atmosphere along the Quai as guests strolled from one yacht to the next, reconnecting with old acquaintances and making new friends.

Today, guests are preparing for a day of sailing, sunshine and fun a à la plage at Paloma Beach in St Jean Cap Ferrat. The yachts will cruise in company to this beautiful private beach, where there are plenty of activities available to suit all tastes, including water sports and massage.

In the evening, guests look forward to the ShowBoats Design Awards prize giving ceremony at the Monaco Opera House; a highly anticipated occasion for many of the attending owners who could be leaving Monaco with some extra luggage in the shape of a golden Neptune trophy!

180m mega yacht PROJECT AZZAM by Lurssen – the new Largest Luxury Yacht in the World

June 22, 2012

Unsurprisingly, mega yacht Project Azzam is drawing attention of the yachting enthusiasts and professionals all over the globe. The extremely confidential Project Azzam is a spectacular 180m motor yacht currently under construction at the prestigious shipyard Lurssen in Germany. Once launched, motor yacht Project Azzam will be the largest luxury yacht around the world, replacing the equally magnificent 162.5 metre Eclipse, a yacht built by Blohm + Voss in Germany.

Luxury Mega Yacht Eclipse - soon to be replaced by Mega Yacht Project Azzam as the largest luxury yacht in the world

Luxury Mega Yacht Eclipse - soon to be replaced by Mega Yacht Project Azzam as the largest luxury yacht in the world

Azzam has been photographed a few weeks ago, leaving her 170 m (558′) shed  located in Bremen without her bow and moved to her new 220m shed, where her bow has been attached to the rest of her hull.  There has been information released, that the massive 180m luxury yacht AZZAM project is due for completion towards the end of 2013, suggesting a fast construction process for such a large and important vessel.

Luxury motor yacht DUBAI - 162m - Currently the second largest mega yacht

Luxury motor yacht DUBAI - 162m - Currently the second largest mega yacht

Due to extreme confidentiality agreements, no official news have been releases regarding this important project, however some information was obtained by the media. One of the latest news is that Nauta Yachts are the company responsible for the exterior design of the 180m Project Azzam superyacht.

Mega Yacht Project Azzam is presumed to be designed to provide great performance, thanks to the large tunnels located at stern, which could well be associated with water-jets or gas turbines. Some believe that she is designed to achieve an impressive speed of 30 knots.

155m Yacht Al Said - At the moment the third largest superyacht in the world - Photo Credit Qatarperegrine

155m Yacht Al Said - At the moment the third largest superyacht in the world - Photo Credit Qatarperegrine

Additional information is that the 180m Azzam project will house a crew of about 50.

Poject Azzam superyacht will be the largest privately owned luxury yacht when launched, followed by the 162.5 metre mega yacht ECLIPSE, the 162 motor yacht DUBAI and  Al Said yacht at 155 metres.