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Grand Harbour Marina providing number of events throughout the year

March 08, 2013

Positioned in the fabulous yacht charter destination – Malta, Grand Harbour Marina provides the discerning owner and crew with a perfectly central location to berth their yacht in the Mediterranean. Situated just south of Sicily and only 150 nautical miles from Africa, Malta features a sunny and hot climate, with a cooling breeze. It also boasts plenty of cultural attractions, from rich maritime history to Arabic influenced architecture.

Grand Harbour Marina situated in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter location - Malta

Grand Harbour Marina situated in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter location - Malta

Throughout the year there are a number of events of note, from the Malta International Fireworks Festival at Grand Harbour Marina, from 26 – 30 April to the Malta Summer Arts Festival from 30 June – 14 July.

The island also plays host to a plethora of nautical events, including the Trophée Bailli de Suffren. Considered by many to be the Mediterranean’s most beautiful yacht race, it features an extraordinary collection of classic yachts. As the main sponsors of the event Camper & Nicholsons’ Grand Harbour Marina will welcome yachts on their completion of the race (between 22 June – 3 July).

Trophee Bailli de Suffren

Trophee Bailli de Suffren

The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts from Grand Harbour Marina on 19 October. This offshore classic follows a 606 nautical mile course around Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, Pantelleria and Lampedusa, and back to the finish line in Malta’s Marsamxett Harbour.

It may not be a nautical event, but one that should not be missed is the Medina Grand Prix from 10 – 13 October. Throughout the weekend spectators are invited to view collections of historic and classic cars including Static Car Exhibitions.

Rolex Middle Sea Race with historic Malta as the backdrop

Rolex Middle Sea Race with historic Malta as the backdrop

Away from the English-style seaside resorts, this small island packs a lot of charm, from its elegant harbours and sophisticated dining, to vibrant events and attractions.

New dealer network for Monte Fino Europe

March 08, 2013

After a very successful Boot Düsseldorf 2013, which saw the world premiere of the long-range eco-friendly motor yacht ecHo 85, Monte Fino Europe has now presented its new line-up of distributors, covering the entire length of the Mediterranean. Palma de Mallorca remains the centre for the European sales and service organisation, but to that have now been added dealerships in mainland Spain, South of France, Italy as well as Turkey.

Monte Fino ecHo 85 superyacht

Monte Fino ecHo 85 superyacht

“Existing Monte Fino owners can now enjoy local support in all the major cruising areas of the Mediterranean,” said Monte Fino Europe’s Nigel Stevens, “while prospective buyers in those regions will be able to meet with our knowledgeable representatives to discover the advantages of the new model line-up and discuss purchasing opportunities.”

The new distributors are: East Marine SL on Spain’s Costa Brava, MS Yachts on France’s Cote d’Azur, Top Yachts srl in Italy and Aquavizyon in Turkey.

The Monte Fino 76 Flybridge yacht and the ecHo 85 superyacht that were on show at Düsseldorf are now on the move to Palma and from Easter will be available for customers to experience for themselves by appointment.

Monte Fino 76 yacht

Monte Fino 76 yacht

2013 was the first year that Monte Fino Europe has attended Boot Düsseldorf, and with two of the largest yachts there, the brand attracted a good deal of attention. “The reception was exceptional,” continued Nigel Stevens, “with a continuous stream of visitors from the first day to the last. We are now following up on the many expressions of interest that we received and feel very positive about our prospects for the year ahead.”

Monte Fino built its first yacht nearly 30 years ago and since then has continuously updated its designs to meet the needs of its international client base. 2013 sees it developing additional new models for both its flybridge and ecHo ranges, and it has recently introduced 32m and 35m luxury, tri-deck motoryachts by Mulder Yacht Design.

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Monte Fino.

The role of Marina Projects in the expansion of Porto Montenegro

March 07, 2013

Marina Projects is thrilled to continue their on-going partnership with Adriatic Marinas as construction work starts on their Phase 2 designs, which will see Porto Montenegro superyacht marina almost double in size.

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina situated in a beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina situated in a beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

Over the past 18 months, Marina Project’s has worked with Porto Montenegro to assess the market in detail and develop designs that will see the marina expand through the construction of new jetties and pontoons, increasing berth numbers from 250 to 470. Once Phase 2 is complete, the marina will have the capacity to berth a significant number of the world’s largest superyachts, with 136 berths over 30m on modern, purpose built jetties.

Porto Montenegro will also incorporate one of the most advanced fuel berths in the world, capable of fuelling vessels over 100m alongside and dispensing fuel at a rate of 1000 litres per minute. These combined features will further cement Porto Montenegro’s enviable position in the market.

Tony Browne CMM, Marina Director, commented, “Marina Projects continue to play a vital role in the development of Porto Montenegro.  They enable us to push the boundaries and take advantage of the technologies available. We strive to be the marina of choice for yachts of all sizes and classes and therefore need to be a leading force in our industry. Marina Projects help us achieve that objective.”

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina by night

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina by night

Working alongside engineers and architects, Marina Projects has worked with Adriatic Marinas since inception in 2007, advising on all aspects from initial concept and design through to the year-long Phase 2 tender process. This period was concluded in January 2013 with the appointment of Montenegrin construction firm Yu Briv d.o.o. and Marina Projects’ David Holifield, has since been engaged by Adriatic Marinas to project manage the build. His presence will enable a seamless transition through Phase 2 as he draws on his detailed knowledge of the earlier tender stages and design process.  The completion of works is planned for spring 2014.

Marina Projects’ Director Geoff Phillips, commented, “Porto Montenegro is an exciting development for all involved and we are very pleased to have a successful long-standing relationship with Adriatic Marinas and the Porto Montenegro team. This project has provided the perfect opportunity for our team of experts to combine their experience and knowledge in order to produce one of the best marinas in the world.”

C&N Marinas offering two superyacht berths for the price of one

February 28, 2013

With luxury superyacht marinas across the world, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas are providing yachts owners with the opportunity to save thousands by owning a berth in fabulous yacht charter destinations – the Mediterranean as well as the Caribbean, at one attractive price. The package is applicable for berths from 30m to 60m at Port Louis Marina, Grenada and Porto San Rocco, Italy.

Porto San Rocco Marina situated in a popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Italy

Porto San Rocco Marina situated in a popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Italy

Camper & Nicholsons luxury marinas are the destinations of choice for the discerning yacht owner, operator and captain. Now, thanks to these special berth prices, there is the opportunity to own sister-berths in key central Mediterranean and southern Caribbean homeports.

Porto San Rocco in Italy is an ideal base for those cruising the Adriatic, Croatian and Slovenian coasts as well as Northern Italy. Set in a picturesque and fully pedestrianized village designed by acclaimed architect Luigi Vietti, the marina offers world class yachting facilities and 546 fully serviced berths. With a warm climate throughout the year and within easy reach of four international airports, Porto San Rocco is an attractive choice for many owners.

In Grenada, Port Louis Marina is fast becoming the yachting capital of the Caribbean and with unspoilt cruising grounds, secluded coves and beaches safely below the hurricane belt and a host of sporting activities it’s no surprise. Grenada also has direct flight access to key cities around the world, such as London, Miami, New York and Toronto, making it an ideal base for owners to berth their yachts. At Port Louis, owners will experience world-class amenities and services of the highest standard in an authentic Caribbean atmosphere.

Port Louis Marina situated in a fabulous Caribbean yacht charter location - Grenada

Port Louis Marina situated in a fabulous Caribbean yacht charter location - Grenada

Throughout the year both the Caribbean and Mediterranean are popular cruising grounds for yachtsmen and women, and with this incredibly attractive offering from Camper & Nicholsons Marinas owners can save thousands.

Ferretti Custom Line 124′ Hull N°4 Yacht launched

February 26, 2013

The prestigious Italian luxury yacht builder, Ferretti, has launched the flagship yacht of the Ferretti Group’s brand line – the Ferretti Custom Line 124′ #4 yacht. The launch has taken place in Ancona, Italy, on the 19th February, with the vessel representing the largest yacht ever constructed by Ferretti Custom Line. Once onboard furnishings and all necessary technical operations have been completed, the Custom Line 124′ hull n°4 superyacht will head off to Turkey. The delivery is scheduled for the end of March, marking an absolute debut of Ferretti Custom Line on this important Mediterranean market.

Ferretti Custom Line 124' superyacht - Hull 4

Ferretti Custom Line 124' superyacht - Hull 4

Ferretti Custom Line 124’#4 yacht – once again the outcome of the close cooperation between Studio Zuccon International Project, AYTD – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design (Ferretti Group’s research and naval design centre) – can boast an entirely white hull and onboard spaces fully customised to the tastes of the Owner, who wanted to add an original touch to the interiors and, together with the AYTD designers, has chosen a series of decor solutions selecting some of the leading Italian brands. Such extraordinary customisation possibilities are one of the distinguishing features of Ferretti Custom Line, a brand that has always set the Owner’s wishes as its main priority, aiming to offer its Customers a “truly tailored sea experience”.

“We are particularly satisfied with the launch and the forthcoming delivery of this model in Turkey - explains Karin Paggi, Ferretti Custom Line’s EMEA Sales Manager – because they confirm this country’s interest for our products. Turkey is indeed one of the leading markets for the Ferretti Group in the whole Mediterranean basin, where we have been present for over 15 years with many Ferretti Custom Line models that have always been widely appreciated”.

The exterior of the yacht features racy, slender, elegant lines – distinctive signs of all maxi yachts of the Ferretti Group brand – further enhanced by a wide glazed surface along the main deck and by another functional-aesthetic innovative solution at the height of the salon: a system of glass surfaces that can be converted into sliding doors and a collapsible gunwale on both broadsides allowing to obtain exclusive private terraces overlooking the sea. A unique, unmistakable feature of this Ferretti Custom Line 124′ superyacht’s fourth hull is the colour chosen by the Owner for the hull: pure white, like the sea foam.

The interiors of the Ferretti Custom Line 124’#4 yacht stand out for their contemporary, completely restyled design, in which fine materials play a crucial role: precious Canaletto walnut wood, polished lacquered panels in shades of ecru, and ivory-shade leather for the walls and the furniture; bleached oak parquet flooring on the main deck, in the lobby of the lower deck and on the upper deck, alternating with soft fitted FloorToHeaven carpeting in the master cabin and the cabins on the lower deck. Not to mention the fine marble found in the bathrooms.

Ferretti Custom Line 124 hull 4 Yacht

Ferretti Custom Line 124 hull 4 Yacht launch

MAIN DECK

Ferretti Custom Line motor yacht 124’#4 features particularly generous spaces starting in the cockpit, where the Owner decided to customise the lounge area with the Zendo model of the Manutti line: two sand coloured armchairs and sofa plus a matching square-shaped, modern-style pouf.

The spacious salon is free of any obstacles and allows the eye to sweep freely across it. Large windows and the wide side glazed surfaces ensure incredible brightness and increase the sense of spaciousness and continuity between the interiors and the exteriors. The side glazing, on both sides, opens onto the sidedecks, where the electric-hydraulic collapsible platforms can be converted into terraces offering a unique, exclusive view over the sea.

The living area is furnished with two large L-shaped sofas with lacquered frame and fabric linings and two coffee tables built in the same wood as the boat with a sanded, extra-light-shade glass base. To the right is a lacquered solid-wood and leather unit which contains a 52” TV with pop-up system. This layout leaves a wide central passage free, leading to the opening glazed doors. Moreover, the Owner has chosen to complete this area with a brandy-shade carpet, FloorToHeaven – Kover Buro “Orbit” model.

Continuing towards the bow, the lunch area can be found, fitted with a custom-made large (2m x 2m) square table in Macassar ebony wood and glass in the central part, specially designed by AYTD. The table can seat up to 10-12 people and is completed by black-frame/white seat Flip model chairs by Poliform.

The Owner of the Ferretti Custom Line 124’#4 has decided to customise the central part of the boat by extending the area used for the galley, which is furnished with kitchen units by Ernestomeda in light grey satinized glass with quartz worktops and Bosch professional appliances.

The spacious Owner area can be found at the bow, where great brightness is ensured by the large glazing along both broadsides. This area is divided into a working zone and the bedroom, featuring a sepia-colour leather and gun barrel-colour frame Archibald armchair and footrest by Poltrona Frau. The Owner, from Turkey, decided to have the night area customised with a leather-lined wall by Foglizzo, on which a “wall of leaves” has been outlined using the laser drawing technique to obtain a more natural setting.

The cabin is completed by the bathroom with large shower, characterised by the exclusive materials selected by the Owner and, particularly, by the Silk Georgette Dark single marble block used for the washbasin, further enriched by Fir taps and Dornbracht accessories.

LOWER DECK

The lower deck is divided into the guest area, to which access is gained through the passage room beside the galley, and the crew quarters – completely separated from the other private areas –, that can be reached from the staircase coming from the galley on the main deck.

The four guest cabins can benefit from plenty of light thanks to the large upright-free hull glazing. The two VIP double cabins are located astern, while the two cabins with twin beds and Pullman beds can be found towards the bow. All cabins are ensuite with separate shower box.

Functional solutions have also been implemented for the crew area layout: besides the galley with dinette, the crew quarters also feature a large storage-laundry room and a cabin with desk area for the Captain. There is also a hostess cabin and, at the extreme bow, two twin cabins with bunk beds. Each cabin is fitted with a private head with shower.

UPPER DECK

On the upper deck the 124’ can show its unique style to the fullest thanks to a new concept of lounge area, whereby the latter becomes an area entirely devoted to relaxation featuring a painstaking care for both the interiors and the outdoor spaces. The panoramic salon has been fitted with bleached oak parquet flooring and offers all guests the opportunity to enjoy a really unique view over the sea from a privileged position thanks to the spherical glazing extending along the entire width of the yacht. To further enhance the elegance and refinement of this area, the Owner has chosen a cream-shade FloorToHeaven – Kover Buro “Orbit” cover featuring a cocoa-colour braided decoration.

The spacious conversation and entertainment area is characterised by a U-shaped sofa in ecru shades with a coffee table in the centre and a unit with pop-up TV system. The glass door provides access to the cockpit, furnished with a custom-made, natural teak lunch table with white Corian inserts seating up to 10-12 guests, seats with fabric cushions and a fully-equipped grill area protected from the sun by the flying bridge structure. Towards the stern, a Spa Pool tub is surrounded by perimeter seating and a large sunbathing area. A tender can be stored at far stern, using a davit complete with protective casing, while towards the bow the lounge has made room for the helm station, featuring a sofa and a charting area. Outdoor, on both flying bridge deck, there are two control stations making manoeuvres far easier.

SUN DECK AND BOW

A second steering station can be found on the sun deck. Behind it is the sunbathing area with a large, comfortable sun pad. Besides this area, this yacht can boast many other areas specifically devoted to relaxation in the open air: a wide sunbathing area can indeed be found on the deckhouse, and another one covers a peak at the bow, while on the main deck, at the extreme bow, guests will be free to sunbathe enjoying the utmost privacy even when the yacht is moored in marinas. Underneath this area there is a garage where a small service tender can be stored.

TECHNOLOGY AND PROPULSION SYSTEM

The motor yacht 124’#4 is equipped with an excellent onboard propulsion system, ensuring outstanding performances thanks to two MTU 3184mhp or 3510mhp engines. The more powerful engines allow to reach a cruising speed of 23.5 knots and a maximum speed of 27 knots. Last-generation solutions have also been implemented for the instrumentation ensuring on-board safety and comfort, such as the Furla.Net monitoring and control system and the four Mitsubishi ARG (Anti Rolling Gyro) stabilisers, installed exclusively on many Ferretti Group yachts, which reduce rolling by over 50%.

ONBOARD HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

Upon request by the Owner, XTR Sonance loudspeakers have been installed in all Ferretti Custom Line 124’ #04′s outdoor areas. In order to ensure easy connection from the Mac Mini installed in the salon or from iPhone/iPad, the Seamphony Area audio device has been selected, a system that, together with the Airport Express wi-fi base, allows, for instance, to choose one’s favourite music tracks and play them in several areas, easily adjust the volume, or even display a plotter view of the yacht on the various onboard TV screens or on the touchscreen devices available. Moreover, an efficient RTI home automation system has been installed on the yacht, allowing to control all onboard sophisticated technological systems by means of a dedicated remote control or from an i-Pad: from lights and curtains to the audio&video system all the way to air conditioning and the crew call function.

Online “home port” for Mercedes Benz-styled and Silver Arrows Granturismo yacht goes live

February 26, 2013

Yesterday, February 25, saw a new website for a new standard of luxury motor yacht go live. This represents the new online “home port” for the highly anticipated Mercedes Benz-styled Granturismo yacht tender by Silver Arrows Marine.

New website for Mercedez Benz-styled Granturismo yacht tender by Silver Arrows Marine

New website for Mercedez Benz-styled Granturismo yacht tender by Silver Arrows Marine

Dubbed the Granturismo of the seas for its automotive design cues and advanced technologies, work on the first Silver Arrows Marine 14m Granturismo superyacht tender is progressing well – just how well can be seen from the website’s array of videos, articles and drawings.

As well as regular updates on progress, the site contains information on the new company and on the illustrious designers, engineers and boat builders who are bringing the yacht to life. As work proceeds, special features will be added detailing the many innovations of the 14m Granturismo yacht tender, a fusion of innovation and elegance that will banish traditional compromises of this class of boat and usher in a whole new luxury lifestyle experience.

Areas of the site are dedicated to Mercedes-Benz Style and detail its involvement with the project, and also to Porto Montenegro – Silver Arrows Marine’s home port and one of the best cruising grounds in the Mediterranean basin. There is a press room section with all the latest media reports and a link providing easy access to key Silver Arrows Marine personnel.

The design of the website echoes that of the 14m Granturismo superyacht tender itself: stylish, powerful, easy to handle and very easy to navigate…

“We wanted a website that accurately captured who we are and what we are trying to achieve, and we have got exactly that,” said Ron Gibbs, Silver Arrows Marie Chairman. “The site is as enticing as the boat itself and clearly shows the passion everyone has for this exciting project.”

Endeavour Languages’ Innovative Russian Courses for Superyacht Crew

February 25, 2013

Recent years have been marked by a surge in Russian-speaking superyacht owners as well as charterers, bringing with it a range of new requests for captains and crew. One is communicating with them, as on the whole Russians tend to speak little English and feel more comfortable when addressed in their own language. So, Endeavour Languages, a communications company concentrating on the superyacht industry, has decided to tackle this situation by providing superyacht crew with basic Russian training.

First “Russian for Yachties” courses to be hosted by a popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Palma

First “Russian for Yachties” courses to be hosted by a popular Spanish yacht charter destination - Palma

The first “Russian for Yachties” courses are taking place in Palma next month at Aigua Sea School, a highly-renowned RYA training centre with schools in Mallorca and Malta, and will show crew the basics of Russian language, such as meeting and greeting, nautical terminology and the different levels of formality required.

Russians are renowned for being loyal clients, so if a crew member can say “Good morning, how are you?” or “Welcome aboard” in Russian to a Russian-speaking guest, then it will make them feel at home and boost the chances of repeat charters, for example. And to learn more about how Russians tick, the training involves an introduction to culture and mentality, so that crew can also understand the guests better.

Kevin Connor, Director of Endeavour Languages, stresses that “English is the lingua franca of the yachting industry and all crew speak excellent English. However, with the evolving market and surge in wealth from Russia, and other “new” economies” as well, languages will play a stronger role in the future”.

He adds, “Imagine if a deckhand or stew can state on their CV that they speak several languages, including Russian, then this will increase their chances of being recruited if a captain knows that the charters planned for the season are going to involve guests from Russia. Having a Russian-speaking crew will boost the yacht’s image and secure repeat charters”.

The first course in Palma, lasting ten hours and taught by a qualified Russian teacher, will take place during the week commencing 11th March, and more are scheduled for following weeks. “It is imperative that yacht crew should keep up with the needs of the evolving superyacht owner”, adds Kevin, as “training is vital for crew and any extra skills are a plus. If there are going to be more owners and charters from Russia, which is highly likely, crew should adapt to this market trend and add more plus points to their CVs”. Talking about why Endeavour Languages has teamed up with Aigua Sea School, Kevin says that “the school is an RYA Training Centre that works hard to develop further training opportunities for the yacht community, especially those in Palma, where the school HQ is based”.

The courses will be hosted by Aigua Sea School at their new technical training centre, very centrally located in the popular crew neighbourhood of Santa Catalina in Palma. Endeavour Languages also plans to offer Russian training across the Med in the coming months.

Six years of success for Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina

February 25, 2013

In the period of six years, the luxury superyacht marina, Porto Montenegro, has gone from a bold vision to a tangible reality. A fast growth was possible thanks to a large dedicated team of professionals of Adriatic Marinas Company, which now employs 226 full-time employees (117 from Tivat base of marina; 53 from other Montenegro parts) as well as approximately 1,000 new jobs, created within the 300+ businesses directly/indirectly involved in the development.

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina

Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina

Since 2006, a total of 250 million Euros has been invested in the Montenegrin economy as a result of this project (2 millions provided in donations-sponsorships-scolarships). With more than 850,000 visitors during the summer months (June to September) reporting a +50% in one year and +75% from 2006 to 2012), Porto Montenegro village is set to become the Mediterranean‘s most glittering playground attracting some of the international most high-profile buyers and yachtsmen.

Marina’s numbers are impressive. Porto Montenegro so far welcomed a total of 3,000 yachts – half of them only in the 2012. Yacht arrivals were respectively 900 in the 2011 and 775 in the 2010. Even during winter months, the marina’s occupancy level is 87% – ensuring a year-round community who enjoy the benefits of “outside-EU” regulations.

Along with the above mentioned facts&figures Porto Montenegro world-class yachting  destination was awarded “5 gold anchors” by the prestigious British Harbor Association for the provision of high quality services.

Porto Montenegro achievements are just a segment of the commitments to improve the region and future projects in Montenegro. With the support of the Government of Montenegro and its citizens, Porto Montenegro is becoming a luxury marina with the most comprehensive offering on the Adriatic, and the Municipality of Tivat has one of the most stable budgets in Montenegro with low unemployment rate.

Other numbers at a glance
23 million euro is the purchase price paid for Arsenal, with the highest severance payments in the former Yugoslavia of 30,000 euro average; 4.7 million euro of direct taxes paid to the Government of Montenegro;46 retail units at Porto Montenegro village.

Montenegro – the fastest-growing yachting Mediterranean hotspot
Montenegro – according to a World Travel & Tourism Council and Oxford Economics report (2011), Montenegro is likely to be the fastest-growing travel and tourism economy in the world over the next decade.

Porto Montenegro is located on a former Austro-Hungarian naval base within the coastal town of Tivat in the sheltered Boka Bay, also known as The Bay of Kotor, Europe’s most southerly fjord and a UNESCO protected bay.

Porto Montenegro is within a three-hour flight of most European capitals and served by three international airports – the nearest, just 7 kilometres away. This ease of access extends waterside, with the marina just a day’s sail from some of the Mediterranean’s best cruising grounds, including the Croatian islands, making it the ideal starting point for yacht charters. Back at home port, skippers have the dual advantage of berthing close to shore or seeking anchorage in the privacy of the bay.

Boka Bay, also known as The Bay of Kotor, is one of the Mediterranean’s most distinctive and striking landscapes. Boka Bay, located on the south side of the Adriatic Sea, actually consists of 4 small bays, all surrounded by mountains of 1000-1700 m rising directly from the water. The area is known to have one of the most romantic landscapes to see in all of Montenegro. The Bay is composed of several smaller broad bays, united by narrower channels, forming one of the finest natural harbours in Europe.

Boka Bay has some of the most amazing natural landscapes in Europe, with its natural fiord – the only one in the Mediterranean famous for its beautiful beaches, resorts and historical sites. Originally settled by Illyrian tribes, the area became part of the Roman Empire in 168 BC. Since then, the French, Ottomans, Austro-Hungarians and Venetians have each left a distinctive cultural legacy. For many centuries, the ‘Boka’ Bay, as it is known locally, was a bustling harbour servicing Venetian merchant ships on their way east to the Orient. There’s written evidence of a port established here as far back as 1361, but it was towards the end of the 19th century that the Austro-Hungarian Admiral Maximilan Daublebsky von Sterneck set up a naval base in Tivat, launching a century of maritime activity in the process.

Marina Benefits, Facilities and Accessibility

The marina is situated within southern Europe’s deepest fjord of Boka Bay. Berths depths range from 4.5 to 16 meters and are afforded excellent protection by the bay’s mountainous surround and the inclusion of bespoke breakwaters. As a result, tide variation is low and currents are dissipated.

The marina offers mooring facilities to homeport vessels as well as those navigating Montenegro’s waters on a temporary vignette. On-site duty-free fuelling and 24-hour Yacht Assist and security is one of the most interesting and exclusive service that no other Mediterranean marinas can offer. Other onsite facilities include yacht brokers’ offices, Freedom Maritime chandlery with comprehensive logistics assistance for any chandlery, safety and engineering needs and Porto Montenegro Yacht Club that hosts a variety of social events, regattas, sailing competitions and sailing schools.

Porto Montenegro became an official port of entry, in summer 2010, allowing customers to do customs clearance in a hassle-free and speedy manner. Vessels must purchase a vignette (permit) to use Montenegro’s navigable waters. Vignettes allow unlimited access for periods from one week to one year. Unlimited vignettes may be issued in any single year, each allowing the captain to successively alter the passenger list to four times the total compliment that the yacht is allowed to carry.

In addition to all the facilities necessary for the yachts to be cleaned, fuelled, repaired and refurbished, Porto Montenegro offers owners, crew and guests an entire lifestyle: accommodation and provisions, shops and entertainment, culture and history, mountain amenities plus sizable tax benefits – right on the doorstep of one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful aquatic playgrounds.

Waterfront is featuring promenade and residences, bars and restaurants, art gallery, day spa and beauty centre, fashion boutiques plus leisure facilities including extensive Sports Club, Yacht Club, Naval Heritage Collection and the Lido Mar – a 64 meters long pool & lounge bar designed by renowned British architect, Richard Hywel Evans. The vibrant village community being created in the heart of Tivat will encompass all the facilities necessary for 21st century life. Retail and commercial elements will combine with public facilities. The waterfront will feature wide promenades, a five star hotel, restaurants and cafes.

Only two months to go to the 2013 Antibes Yacht Show

February 22, 2013

This year’s Antibes Yacht Show is to open in just two months, displaying luxury superyachts of 20 meters up. The event represents the only pre-season Brokerage and Charter show in a popular summer yacht charter destination – the Mediterranean.

Aerial view of Antibes Yacht Show 2012

Aerial view of Antibes Yacht Show 2012 - Credit: Vertige Photo

Taking place each year in April on the Port Vauban in Antibes, the show opens the season and attracts buyers and professionals from 65 countries.

Antibes Yacht Show 2012

Antibes Yacht Show 2012 - Credit: Vertige Photo

The Antibes Yacht Show’s primary mission is to create optimal conditions for a pre-season market for yachts and super-yachts, giving buyers a unique opportunity to purchase or book their dream yacht for the upcoming summer season.

Antibes Yacht Show 2012 at night

Antibes Yacht Show 2012 at night - Credit: Vertige Photo

New in 2013

- Antibes Yacht Show focusing on yachts of 20m and up
- Entrance of the show now at Bastion Saint Jaume (where the 20m+ start)
- Increased space for the Seminars tent
- Dedicated space for Refit and for Services (including a separate Crew area)
- Re-modeling of Crew area to optimize networking conditions and develop new activities
- Creation of ‘Premium spaces’ for yachts at the entrance of the show
- Improved quality and equipment of the stands

Sailing Yacht ‘MY LOTTY’ (ex Serena) getting ready for her first Mediterranean charter season

February 21, 2013

Following her purchase by a new Owner, the lovely 1983 Benetti Sail Division built and Laurent Giles designed 27-metre sailing yacht My Lotty (ex SERENA) is currently undergoing a refit at BR1 Ltd Yacht Management & Refitting, with Doyle Sailmakers Italia assisting with sail plan and rigging maintenance.  Recently renamed to sailing yacht ‘My Lotty’, the vessel is due to be completed by mid April, just in time for the Mediterranean charter season.

Charter Yacht MY LOTTY - with interior by Giovanna Locatelli and refitted by BR1 Ltd

Charter Yacht MY LOTTY - with interior by Giovanna Locatelli and refitted by BR1 Ltd

My Lotty yacht interior design proposal by Giovanna Locatelli

My Lotty yacht interior design proposal by Giovanna Locatelli

In the past, ‘My Lotty’ yacht (then Serena) was privately owned and was not available for luxury charters. Now, that the new Owner has taken over, the yacht looks forward to a busy and successful charter season with, what promises to be a beautifully refurbished new interior designed by Giovanna Locatelli.

Luxury sailing yacht My Lotty (ex Serena) - Interior by Giovanna Locatelli

Luxury sailing yacht My Lotty (ex Serena) - Interior by Giovanna Locatelli

My Lotty yacht - Onwer's bathroom

My Lotty yacht - Onwer's bathroom

The photos published in this article show My Lotty’s preliminary design created by her interior designer that will be further developed to satisfy the Owner’s wishes. Particulars that can be seen in bordeaux in her saloon will be realised in lovely brown colour. The floor coverings of all of the common areas, such as the saloon, corridor etc., will be upgraded to solid wood and replace the current moquettes. Moquettes will be used inside the guest cabins only.

Twin guest cabin aboard My Lotty yacht

Twin guest cabin aboard My Lotty yacht

My Lotty yacht (ex Serena)

My Lotty yacht (ex Serena) - Guest bathroom

Luxury yacht My Lotty’s refit will also entail the upgrade of all technical plants and the yacht will also receive new technology to provide her guests with even better service.

Charter yacht My Lotty - twin cabin

Charter yacht My Lotty - twin cabin

Motor Sailer My Lotty (ex Serena) - Guest Cabin

Motor Sailer My Lotty (ex Serena) - Guest Cabin

BR1 Ltd will polish all the hull and will repaint all of her superstructure. Her deck will also be updated, creating a new sunbathing area. There will be many other additional new features and upgrades to this fabulous new charter yacht – My Lotty, and we will endeavour to keep  you updated with the latest information regarding her refit and re-launch; as well as additional information about her charter rates and availability. MY LOTTY will be available for charter in such spectacular destinations as Sicily, Sardinia, the Neapolitan Archipelago (Campano Archipelago), the Pontine Islands and the Ionian Greece.

My Lotty (ex Serena) Yacht

My Lotty (ex Serena) Yacht