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Damen launch second Sea Axe 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel

November 12, 2013

Following a great success of the first Sea Axe 6711 Garçon, a support vessel to the breath-taking 87m Lurssen mega yacht ACE, Damen has now launched the second 67-metre Sea Axe 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel, sold by Dutch superyacht builder, Amels. It bears plenty of similarities to Garçon, although there are also some striking differences.

Rendering of the second SEA AXE 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel launched by Damen

Rendering of the second SEA AXE 6711 Fast Yacht Support vessel launched by Damen

The second Sea Axe 6711 boasts an extensive dive area, designed specifically for scuba diving expeditions. The platform is also equipped with a LY2 certified helipad, with a maximum take-off load of 5,000kg and a D value (diameter) of 14. This makes the helipad sufficient to accommodate a Eurocopter Dauphin or Agusta Grand, for example.

The working deck of the latest Sea Axe 6711 is equipped with a crane with a maximum working load of 6,6 tons at a reach of 16,6 metres. Put simply, the crane is strong enough to safely manoeuvre a large tender such as a 12 metre J Craft Torpedo weighing 11 tons.

Aside from its striking and purposeful appearance, the Axe Bow is what really sets the Sea Axe apart from others in the world of superyacht support vessels. The unique bow and underwater body shape enable the Sea Axe to achieve speeds between 18-25 knots in all sea states, making this a fast and dependable support ship – whatever the weather.

Impressive 85m Lurssen mega yacht SOLANDGE (Project NIKI) delivered

November 11, 2013

Last Thursday, November 7, 2013, saw the impressive 85,1-metre mega yacht Solandge (Project Niki) leave Lurssen‘s Rendsburg yard to be delivered to Stavanger in the breath-taking yacht charter destination – Norway. Featuring sweeping forms, curves and lines, luxury motor yacht Solandge boasts a timeless exterior design by Espen Oeino, while her contemporary interior design is by Aileen Rodriguez.

85m Lurssen motor yacht Solandge (Project Niki)

85m Lurssen motor yacht Solandge (Project Niki) - Image credit to Klaus Jordan

A total number of 12 guests can be comfortably accommodated aboard superyacht Solandge, providing 8 beautifully appointed cabins. There is also a generous individualised owners’ deck and suite, together with accommodation for a numerous crew of 29 in 15 crew cabins.

With her efficient and inviting layout, luxury yacht Solandge will be an exciting addition to the global charter fleet, representing the very latest in high-end luxury cruising. With her highly trained charter crew, she will undoubtedly offer the ultimate experience to remember, cruising her first season in the Caribbean.

Recently launched 91m mega yacht Project ORCHID designed by Reymond Langton

October 28, 2013

Designed by the prominent London-based design studio Reymond Langton, the impressive 91-metre mega yacht Project ORCHID has recently hit the water at Lürssen in Germany. Luxury motor yacht ORCHID is due to be handed over to her new Owner in 2015.

Superyacht Orchid designed by Reymond Langton at launch

Superyacht Orchid designed by Reymond Langton at launch

Project ORCHID yacht’s harmonious design holds a beam of 14.45m, which boasts extraordinary space on board, accommodating all of the owner’s requirements whilst still maintaining sleek and elegant lines. Her contemporary interior includes a huge beach club and spa area on the lower deck and two guest cabins with sea terraces.

Luxury mega yacht Project Orchid

Luxury mega yacht Project Orchid

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

SYBAss board unanimously re-elected by General Assembly in Monaco

September 25, 2013

Taken place in Monaco on September 24, the General Assembly of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) hosted all but one of the member yards. They unanimously re-elected the current SYBAss board for a new three-year term, as well as discussed a range of exciting plans to extend the joint business-to-consumer approach being taken by SYBAss.


The General Assembly was welcomed to Monaco by Audrey Lorenzi on behalf of the Monaco Yacht Show. She outlined some of the ambitious plans for growth at the show over the coming years and stressed how much the event organisers valued the input and support of SYBAss members who will then be able to display even more of their yachts in Monaco.

Expansion of activities was also very much on the agenda as the General Assembly agreed to significantly increase its business-to consumer focus. An in-depth study commissioned by SYBAss over the past year has looked at how the top yards can engage the significant proportion of high wealth individuals around the world who have yet to consider purchasing a superyacht. London-based agency Jago Partners explained the consumer-oriented identity it has been developing for SYBAss in relation to external communications. The General Assembly agreed to the agency’s recommendations to significantly increase both the profile of and the budget for this approach. This SYBAss B2C strategy, which was first initiated a year ago, will now be further fine-tuned and expanded via an impressive range of activities.

One of the reasons why the SYBAss members are prepared to invest is the desire to leverage on the improving economic situation by introducing the superyacht lifestyle to a new generation of owners. There are more people capable of buying a superyacht than ever before and many of those who are capable of investing in their own pleasure have greater purchasing power than was the case prior to the current recession. This point was emphasised by Rutger Mohr of The Boston Consulting Group, who elucidated on the latest edition of the SYBAss Economic Report in a presentation aptly entitled ‘Bright spells on the horizon.’ Combining statistical data with information on the impact of the economy on the wealth of the SYBAss members’ target audience enabled Mohr to give a well-founded estimate of future demand in the superyacht industry.

Other speakers addressed the General Assembly on equally interesting topics. Jay Tooker of Holman Fenwick Willan LLP elaborated on business principles within the superyacht industry. Sofia Zyrianova, who has replaced Robert van Tol as Operational Director at SYBAss, provided an overview of the latest superyacht data collected by SYBAss. Last but not least, Jim Lee of Boat International Media provided superyacht market statistics related to non-members as part of the SYBAss Statistics Report.

The general air of positivity was further reinforced by the unanimous re-election of the SYBAss board – Michael Breman (Lürssen), Fabrizio Sgariglia (Perini Navi), Vincenzo Poerio (Benetti), Billy Smith (Trinity), Koos Zitman (Feadship) and secretary general Theo Hooning. “I see this very much as a tribute to the members of the board who have served SYBAss so well over the past three years,” concludes Hooning. “Despite having an incredibly busy schedule at their own yards, the board members have shown an exceptional willingness to travel the world and put the professional interests of the overall superyacht industry first. The fruits of their efforts are clear for all to see.”

Andrew Winch Designs to attend Monaco Yacht Show 2013

September 23, 2013

The Andrew Winch Designs (AWD) Yacht team is pleased to announce their participation in the 23rd edition of the prominent Monaco Yacht Show, to be held from September 25 to 28, 2013. The AWD yacht crew will be in full attendance with Directors, Project Managers, Designers, as well as Decorators, all supporting this outstanding event.

99m Feadship motor yacht Madame Gu with interior design by Andrew Winch

99m Feadship motor yacht Madame Gu with interior design by Andrew Winch

2013 has been a very exciting year for the AWD Yachting team who have already delivered three exquisite projects – the 99m mega yacht MADAME GU, the 62m motor yacht SEA OWL, and the 33m sailing yacht INOUI – along with four bespoke Super Tenders. They also collaborated closely with their Aviation team to deliver a wonderful Helicopter Tender for a Motor Yacht client. In the coming months, the fleet of “AWD” designed yachts will further increase with the addition of a 92m Oceanco project and a 53m MY Explorer – each one designed to fulfil the individual dreams of its Owner and built to the very highest of standards.

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl designed by Andrew Winch - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl designed by Andrew Winch - Photo credit to Kees Torn

AWD’s designs will be well represented at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Ranging from 70m to 100m+, some of the AWD new and exciting projects are being displayed by Luerssen, Oceanco, Proteksan Turquoise, Abeking & Rasmussen and Nobiskrug shipyards. Royal Huisman will be launching the new “AWD Dart” range on their stand at midday on Wednesday 25th September. Finally, the AWD award-winning 60m charter yacht Cloud9 will be on display at the show.

CLOUD 9 - Profile

CLOUD 9 - Profile

With so many exciting projects underway, the AWD are always keen to share the latest news and happenings from their studio with their friends in the Industry. They are therefore excited to announce that the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show will see the launch of AWD’s “Social Media” campaign. The new AWD LinkedIn pages will provide thought-provoking articles on the industry as well as the latest news from the studio; and the AWD Twitter feed will share informal updates on their projects and their people.

Lurssen launch luxury yacht Project ORCHID

September 17, 2013

German luxury yacht builder Lurssen has announce the launch of the luxury yacht Project ORCHID, which has taken place on the 11th of September, 2013. Lurssen superyacht Orchid was launched in the traditional way: down the slipway and she is due to be delivered in 2015.

Superyacht Orchid (project name)

Reymond Langton Design has given motor yacht Orchid very harmonious proportions and with a length of 91 m and a beam of 14.45 m she boasts extraordinary volumes, accommodating all of the owner’s requirements whilst still maintaining sleek and very elegant lines.

Luxury mega yacht Project Orchid

Luxury mega yacht Project Orchid

The interior can best be described as contemporary modern. Among the special features of the Orchid superyacht project are a huge beach club and spa area on the lower deck and two guest cabins with sea terraces.

Name:                                             Orchid

Loa:                                                 91 m / 298’5’’

Beam:                                             14.35 m / 47’1’’

Builder:                                           Lürssen Yachts

Exterior Designer:                        Reymond Langton Design

Interior Designer:                         Reymond Langton Design

Photos of Lurssen Yacht AZZAM successfully completing her sea trials

September 09, 2013

The leading German shipyard, Lurssen, has recently released the photos of the 180-metre mega yacht Azzam, which has now completed her sea trials in the North Sea with a great success. The world’s largest superyacht, Lurssen yacht Azzam has exceeded the predicted maximum speed of 30 knots.

Impressive 180m mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen

Impressive 180m mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo courtesy of Lurssen

The breath-taking 180m Lurssen motor yacht Azzam is run by a  combination of 2 gas turbines and 2 diesel engines, with a total of 94000 horse powers.

Lurssen Yacht AZZAM - upview

Lurssen Yacht AZZAM - upview - Photo courtesy of Lurssen

Superyacht Azzam by Lurssen features sophisticated and elegant exterior lines and styling by Nauta Yachts, while her deluxe interiors, taking inspiration from the early 19th Century French Empire design, have been designed by Christophe Leoni.

Superyacht AZZAM by Lurssen - side view

Superyacht AZZAM by Lurssen - side view - Photo courtesy of Lurssen

Below is a gallery for the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Monaco Yacht Show 2013 to unveil over 100 superyachts

September 03, 2013

The upcoming 23rd edition of the annual Monaco Yacht Show undoubtedly represents the most important event in the world of superyachts, displaying the most spectacular new yachts from this ever-evolving industry, in a prestigious four-day event, taking place in the fabulous setting of Port Hercule in Monaco. The event is a key opportunity to bring together superyacht owners, brokers, yacht builders, as well as designers from all over the world.

Monaco Yacht Show 2012

Monaco Yacht Show 2012

From 25-28 September, the event by the Informa Group will unveil over 100 superyachts float side by side in the shadow of the Monaco hills, buffed and polished to perfection by immaculate, ever-professional crews, ready to welcome on board brokers and potential buyers.

The yachts at the show this year demonstrate the trend among superyacht owners to constantly thrive to do what’s new and different. While ultra high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) purchase superyachts for many different reasons, including the ultimate privacy that only a yacht can provide, one of the beauties of commissioning a superyacht is that, as long as your idea is within safety regulations, you can create anything you want.

The 42-metre motor yacht Sofia, built by Dutch yard Moonen, is fitted with a bathing platform built to take a three-man submarine that can be easily deployed. On the largest yacht at the show, the 88-metre superyacht Quattroelle, the owner wanted an entire half deck dedicated as a self-contained private space for himself and his family. The area includes the owner’s suite, his ‘n’ hers bathrooms and office, plus two children’s cabins, taking to a new level the concept of having privacy on board closed off from the other guests and the crew. It sees a move away from the previous trend of building yachts that were more neutrally designed, so as not to deter potential charter guests.

42m Moonen Yacht Sofia

42m Moonen Yacht Sofia

Bringing the outside inside is also a growing trend, as today’s guests want to be connected to the ocean in as many places on board as possible. The ‘beach club’ areas of modern yachts (a deck area at the aft end of a boat that’s only a few feet up from the ocean) have always been popular places to spend time on board, but now they are becoming larger and more developed, featuring saunas, massage rooms and bars.

On many newly built yachts, for example the Benetti-built superyacht Ocean Paradise or the Amels-built luxury yacht Engelberg, there are terraces and balconies that fold down on each side from the main salon or owner’s area – these make ideal spots for breakfasting in privacy and fresh air, looking over the ocean. The 65-metre mega yacht Lady M (built by Palmer Johnson) is one of the fastest yachts at the show, reaching speeds up to 28 knots, and its design is that of a sportscruiser, a fast boat made to speed at full power through the water, made for an owner wanting to feel the wind in his hair rather than sit serenely on deck sipping cocktails.

88m Lurssen mega yacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

88m Lurssen mega yacht Quattroelle - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Must-see yachts

Every year at the Monaco Yacht Show, there are a few yachts that every journalist is clamouring to get on board, whether it’s because of their jaw-droppingly innovative design, sheer size or even an intriguing celebrity owner, and this year’s must-see yachts could be even more extraordinary than last year’s. As mentioned, superyacht Quattroelle, built by the highly respected Lurssen yard, is the largest yacht in the show and one of the most spectacular. Huge volumes, a sumptuous self-contained owner’s deck, an extraordinary range of bespoke glassworks and different woods, an onboard art gallery and an enclosable outdoor seating area are highlights on board this extraordinary vessel.

Italian yard CRN, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, brings its own flagship yacht at 80 metres in Chopi Chopi superyacht. Each guest cabin on board has its own outdoor area, the owner’s area has its own private hot-tub, and there is room for 33 crew members. The beach club covers 100 square metres, sure to be one of the biggest in the show. This yard also brings motor yacht J’Ade to the show, which features a floodable tender garage with a side-opening hatch so guests can easily hop on board the tender for exploring or watersports.

Luxury motor yacht JAde by CRN

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

Dutch yard Amels will bring the 60-metre charter yacht Event, from the yard’s 199 series, designed by UK designer Tim Heywood. Its innovate exterior shape, with a vertical bow, will ensure it stands out at the show. The Moonen 42-metre superyacht Sofia with its three-man submarine perched on the huge bathing platform will also turn heads. Mega yacht Seahawk, the first 60-metre from Perini Navi, is a sailing yacht that can perform as a racer or be used as a cruiser depending on the owner’s wishes.

State of the industry

While the superyacht industry is far from returning to the heyday of 2007, the situation in 2013 is a new reality, to which the industry is slowly adapting.

Brokers are working harder to convince owners that the prices yachts could once command are no longer viable, and expectations need to be adjusted accordingly.

Where there is an increased amount of realism among sellers, more deals are done – but with prices lowered, this doesn’t necessarily translate to greater profit. In times of uncertainty where owners are less willing to take risks, the northern European yards, well-established and long respected, continue to thrive, with Lurssen’s largest, Amels’ extraordinary semi-custom yacht Event, and Heesen’s technologically groundbreaking superyacht Galactica Star (with a hydrodynamic hull form that increases efficiency by upto 30%) demonstrating the continuing success of these yards at the show.

In other parts of Europe, business is generally tougher, but quality will always shine through – CRN, as well as the two new ones here, have seven yachts in build. Like the businesses of yacht owners, the yacht industry is positioned all over the world, and while this means it is as affected as any industry by economic ebb and flow, it is also a strength. The superyacht industry creates jobs globally through its demand for quality workmanship – your yacht can be designed in England and built with German engineering and Italian styling.

You can view the list of luxury superyachts attending the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show here.

Second round of sea trials for 180m Lurssen mega yacht AZZAM

August 26, 2013

Measuring impressive 180 meters in length over all, the all-new Lurssen mega yacht Azzam is currently undergoing her second round of sea trials in the North Sea. The world’s largest superyacht, the 180-metre luxury motor yacht Azzam has reached a maximum speed of 26,2 knots so far. She is expected to achieve up to 30 knots.

180m Azzam yacht by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

180m Azzam yacht by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Boasting sophisticated and elegant exterior lines as well as styling by Nauta Yachts and beautiful and luxurious interiors by Christophe Leoni, the 180m Lurssen superyacht Azzam is powered by a a combination of 2 gas turbines and 2 diesel engines, with a total of 94000 horse powers.

Mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Below is a choice of the outstanding charter yachts built by Lurssen.

Luxury yacht Ronin left Lurssen after an extensive refit

August 19, 2013

Refit, Repair, as well as Conversion has become a core business for the prominent German luxury yacht builder, Lürssen. During the last 12 months, the Lürssen facilities have hosted 8 yachts between 46 and 110 meters for modifications. Amongst them are some of the world’s most spectacular yachts, such as mega yacht Coral Island, superyacht Radiant or luxury yacht Mayan Queen.

Superyacht Ronin refitted by Lurssen - Photo by Carl Groll

Superyacht Ronin refitted by Lurssen - Photo by Carl Groll

One of the bigger refits was motor yacht “Ronin” – an iconic Lürssen yacht, built in 1993. She left the shipyard in August 2013 to the complete satisfaction of her owner.

During her 11 month stay at the yard she has undergone a complete face-lift from the technical side up to the repainting of the hull and superstructure to make her as good as new.

Work included:
•    removal old teak deck, installation of cork underlay (noise reduction) and installation of new teak decking
•    dismantling of abt 50% of the interior to remove old AV cables, installation of new state of the art AV, telephone and camera system incl. new cabling
•    complete overhaul of generators (Cat) and main engines (MTU)
•    10 year ABS survey
•    complete overhaul of pumps and valves in technical areas
•    Installation of a new provision cooling plant
•    composite work on foredeck storage boxes, wing consoles, tender cradles
•    new sun awning system for sun-/bridge deck (carbon poles)
•    new shaft bearings, complete alignment propulsion
•    hull paint, underwater paint and paint repairs in the superstructure,

Luxury yacht Ronin has a length of 58,50 m and her radical exterior is designed by Sir Norman Foster. She is a high performance yacht with a top speed of 34 knots.