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Baglietto launch 44m motor yacht MONOKINI

May 06, 2013

The Italian yacht builder Baglietto has announced the launch of the motor yacht Monokini, a 44m-long planing mega-yacht, the latest vessel born in Baglietto’s family. Monokini superyacht was launched during a private ceremony on Saturday May 4th; she was designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interior by Alberto Mancini.

Baglietto 44m Motor Yacht MONOKINI

Baglietto 44m Motor Yacht MONOKINI

“Monokini” yacht is the third hull in Baglietto’s FAST 44m line, which marks a true rebirth for the Seagull brand and was launched last Saturday. The ceremony, which was held privately as required by the Owner, was attended by the representatives of the Owner, by Baglietto’s employees, who were present with their families, the Company’s Suppliers, and the Top Management of Baglietto and the Gavio Group, which controls the La Spezia-based shipyard. Some local and regional authorities also took part in the event privately, so as to celebrate Baglietto’s recent comeback in business together with the Company and its staff.

“Today’s launch – commented CEO Diego Michele Deprati – is a milestone for our shipyard and makes us all extremely proud as it is a tangible sign of the rebirth of this glorious brand. This 44m yacht is really magnificent, the true embodiment of Made-in-Italy quality and style”.

Superyacht Monokini is the natural evolution of the 44 FAST line, whose first two models were Motor Yacht Tatiana per Sempre and her sistership Apache II superyacht. Featuring an aggressive silver hull, this yacht is characterised by streamlined, sleek outer lines reflecting the unmistakable style of designer Francesco Paszkowski Design, who keeps interpreting the Seagull’s philosophy at best. Her soft, stylish interiors have been created by designer Alberto Mancini, while Baglietto took care of naval architecture and engineering aspects.

44m-long, 8.30m-wide and featuring an aluminium hull and superstructure, this yacht can host 10 passengers in 5 cabins, all located on the lower deck, as well as 8 crew members. Thanks to 2 MTU 3600hp engines she can reach an impressive maximum speed of 30 knots in the utmost comfort, while the 4 at-anchor stabilisers grant flawless stability even when the yacht is far out at sea.

The interiors draw inspiration from the rational and yet sophisticated world of aviation. Wood, steel and leather – the materials used all over the yacht – combine harmoniously into a skilful blend of cream, beige and grey shades that create a stylish, refined atmosphere.

The wood used for the bulwarks – bleached sycamore – can also be found in all ceiling panels and, together with the ash & Wengé parquet and the dove-colour silk inserts, conveys a sense of calm and refinement. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing, similar to that found on large private jets, and is further enhanced by a skilful use of lighting, aimed at ‘softening’ the wood curves even more.

Almost all interior and outdoor furniture is custom-made: sofas, tables, lamps and handles have indeed been customised to fulfil the Owner’s wishes and requirements.

A distinguishing feature of the MONOKINI yacht are the two collapsible side balconies: two wonderful terraces allowing guests to enjoy incredibly relaxing moments just over the sea.

The yacht will be classified RINA and MCA for commercial purposes.

After the launch Monokini superyacht will remain at the shipyard until June for the completion of on-board fitting-out operations. She will then be on display at Cannes Boat Show and the Monaco Yacht Show later on this year.

Sevenstar expands to the Asian region

May 03, 2013

Providing an extensive transportation network with a large number of route possibilities, Sevenstar Yacht Transport is an important player in opening up Asia to the yachting world. Sevenstar’s network expands across the Caribbean, South America, the Mediterranean and through to Singapore, Phuket and Hong Kong.

Benetti-Classic motor yacht

Benetti-Classic motor yacht

Sevenstar is not a newcomer to Asia but the company’s presence is certainly growing, with two new agencies in Singapore and Phuket and an increasing number of Mediterranean and USA-based yachts travelling to the exotic waters of the east,” said Jan Maarten Boissevain, Middle East and Far East line manager for Sevenstar.

In Singapore and Indonesia Sevenstar Yacht Transport is being represented by Jean Jacques Lavigne, who says, “Sevenstar Yacht Transport has been working very hard in developing the region since the moment we started talking about developing a Superyacht Conference five years ago. Between 2005 and 2008 most of the yachts were going to Singapore because of the new marinas and in the last couple of years we have also seen growth coming from Indonesia, Philippines Malaysia.

Speaking about the show Jean Jacques comments, “It has been a very good show. The first show a few years ago was very promising and last year’s show was a bit of a letdown, but this year’s show has been fantastic! Now we are on the right path and the partnership with Arthur Tay of the One 15 Marina Club is also working out very good.”

The Future of Superyachts Conference 2013 – Palma de Mallorca

April 30, 2013

An international audience of senior level delegates will once again have the possibility to hear leading superyacht industry speakers discussing top issues in the industry at the two-day Future of Superyachts conference, to be held in Palma, capital of the popular yacht charter destination in Spain, Mallorca. The conference will be held on the 18th and 19th of June, 2013 at Nixe Palace Hotel.

The Future of Superyachts 8th Annual Conference Palma, Mallorca, Spain

The Future of Superyachts 8th Annual Conference Palma, Mallorca, Spain

With a keen emphasis on networking and debate, this year`s Future of Superyachts will look at how to attract the next generation of owners, the superyacht business in BRIC countries, advocacy and the need to promote the industry to government policy-makers, and an update on regulatory and tax issues.

Nikki Beach Ibiza Summer 2013 Grand Opening

April 30, 2013

Nikki Beach Worldwide, the world-wide luxury lifestyle & hospitality brand, is happy to announce the summer 2013 Grand Opening of its newest location: Nikki Beach Ibiza. Situated on the East coast of the island in the Santa Eulalia area and on a spectacular beachfront property overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Nikki Beach Ibiza will include the brand’s signature beach club, restaurant and lifestyle boutique. The brand’s other Spain locations include Nikki Beach Marbella, which is celebrating its 10th season this summer and Nikki Beach Mallorca, which made its debut during the 2012 season.

Nikki Beach Ibiza 2013

Nikki Beach Ibiza 2013

Modelled after the same stylish and contemporary look and feel as Nikki Beach locations around the world, Nikki Beach Ibiza will be adorned in plush, all-white sun beds, chic drapery and the brand’s trademark signature teepees. Guests will be able to spend their days and nights indulging in refreshing cocktails and endless champagne while enjoying the music played by both the resident and guest DJ’s. The extensive menu will be comprised of delectable dishes featuring signature tastes and spices representative of all the countries Nikki Beach is located including delicious salads, creative sushi rolls, original seafood entrees and slow-roasted free-range rotisserie chicken.

“Ever since we opened our very first Nikki Beach in 1998, one of the most frequently asked questions has been: “When are you going to open a Nikki Beach in Ibiza?” said Jack Penrod, Founder & Owner of Nikki Beach Worldwide. “Today, I finally have an answer to everyone’s question: “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our loyal customers (from all around the world) as well as locals & visitors of the beautiful Spanish island to Nikki Beach Ibiza in Summer 2013!”

The Nikki Beach brand is known for introducing the world to the ultimate beach club concept that combines the elements of entertainment, dining, music, fashion, film and art into one – a combination that is experienced through the innovative events that take place at each location. The events at Nikki Beach Ibiza will include top-class entertainment and signature Nikki Beach themed parties including the popular Grand Opening White Party to mark Nikki Beach Ibiza’s debut, The Champagne World Tour, the Miami Vibes party, Brazilian Party and Welcome to St. Tropez party, among many others. The attentive and friendly service, lavish themed-events and exceptional dining, music, entertainment and all-around ambiance, make Nikki Beach Ibiza the most luxurious haven of choice for the world’s jet-set, VIP and celebrity clientele.

CMC Marine relocates to new premises in Cascina, Tuscany

April 29, 2013

Another step forward for the industrial manufacturer of stabilisation systems and stern and bow thrusters for yachts over 20 metres, CMC Marine, is marked by its relocation to the new headquarters in Cascina in Tuscany, also one of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destinations in Italy. The new location is larger, modern and, most of all, it is positioned strategically with the biggest shipyard only a few kilometres away.

CMC Marine's new facility in Cascina

CMC Marine's new facility in Cascina

CMC Marine stays true to its strategy of innovation and development and, at the beginning of 2013,  decides to carry on a radical and decisive transformation.

The new 1000 sqm location in Cascina, only few kilometers away from Pisa and Viareggio, has been designed according to the highest productive and distribution standards, while, at the same time, improving  the after sales services for customers.

The aim is to enforce the process’ optimization, thus allowing the company to complete the product industrializing process that has begun few months back with the launch of the renewed series Stabilis Electra SE, Stabilis Mechanica SM and Dualis Thruster DE e DH.

The relocation is the perfect answer to the need to strengthen the relationship with the clients, the main Italian shipyards, thus being able to guarantee them an even faster and complete assistance.

CMC Marine comes from a 2012 rich in achievements, there has surely been an increase in the historical customer’s loyalty (San Lorenzo and Azimut-Benetti among the others) and, at the same time, the company has been able to conquer new clients (such as Rossinavi, Isa, Canados e Palumbo) also on the international markets: this result in a notable reference list, a great distinction in a market area that still has to recover from a very complex crisis. Another demonstration of the appreciation and the trust the market puts in the company’s products and technologies.

It is clear that the highly innovative contents that characterize CMC Marine’s products ( the company owns an European patent for the Stabilis Electra system) along with the high reliability and assistance services, are absolutely well recognized among the major Italian shipyards, leading actors on the international markets.

Having already consolidated its national presence, CMC Marine’s industrial projects are now directed at increasing the brand’s presence on the international markets. The fist achievements in this fields arrives with the fist positive feedbacks from foreign ship owners and clients.

In the meanwhile CMC Marine is implementing a wider and stronger Service & Customer Care.

Today the service net is already active in the Mediterranean area (set in Italy, Riviera, Croatia, Greece and Turkey, UK and China), all the technicians received an internal training,  so to guarantee a prompt, full and immediate assistance..

Successful 2013 VLC Boat Show

April 29, 2013

The 2013 VLC Boat Show, held in the popular Mediterranean superyacht charter destination Valencia in Spain, ended on Monday 22nd April having received more than 35,000 visitors over the five days. The highest attendance was registered during the weekend, accompanied by good weather. Saturday noted nearly 13,000 visitors and Sunday was marked by an outstanding attendance of more than 17,000 people.

Valencia Boat Show 2013

Valencia Boat Show 2013

VLC BOAT SHOW has taken place at Marina Real Juan Carlos I, the Valencian threefold marina complex that staged the 32nd and 33rd editions of the America’s Cup between 2003 and 2010. Since then, the Marina caters for smaller craft up to superyachts and serves as host to world class sports events.

With a final toll of 60 exhibitors and close to 100 boats on the water, the show has exceeded the targets initially set by the organisers in order to stage this first edition; likewise, the size and diversity of the fair went beyond the expectations of most visitors.

VLC Boat Show 2013

VLC Boat Show 2013

Exhibitors included boat builders and distributors, equipment manufacturers and distributors, yacht charter and boating holiday agencies, marinas, marine associations and government bodies for tourism and the environment. Exhibits covered a wide product and service range, from water toys and dinghies to motor and sail yachts, from high tech rigging and sails to water makers and cutting edge marine electronics.

The City of Arts and Science, Valencia’s modern museum and leisure flagship complex, staged a range of workshops and play areas for children. A replica of 16th century Nao Victoria, first to complete a circumnavigation, and a training ship and two rescue boats, all of them open to visitors, have also featured at the event.

VLC Boat Show in Valencia, Spain

VLC Boat Show in Valencia, Spain

VLC BOAT SHOW has also served as a gathering point for many marine leisure stakeholders. Sailing schools, yacht clubs, equipment distributors and marine life research teams have taken the opportunity at the show to hold a diversity of conferences.

The large dimensions of the marina and good weather have proved an ideal scenario for visitors to enjoy all kind of on-water demonstrations, boat tests and a rescue exercise that involved a life boat and helicopter. The exercise coincided with the departure of a marine life research team boat on a mission to release recovered turtles at sea, followed by a larger vessel packed with children and other spectators.

Just a few days after the show, it has been made public that the waterfront area and Marina Real will now fall exclusively under the responsibility of Valencia city council. VLC BOAT SHOW 2013 has been organised by the Valencian marine trade association with the support of the city council and Marina Real itself. All three parties have now scheduled a list of meetings in order to secure and plan for the 2014 edition.

Port Adriano Superyacht Days 2013 in Mallorca: 3-5 May, 2013

April 29, 2013

To be held in the spectacular Spanish charter location Mallorca and organised by Port Adriano, the 2013 Port Adriano Superyacht Days will take place from 3rd to 5th May and will feature different nautical companies presenting their current line-up, inviting their clients and visitors to have a closer look at the stunning superyachts with a minimum length o 24m / 80ft.

Beautiful Port Adriano in Mallorca

Beautiful Port Adriano in Mallorca

As in the past Port Adriano will work together with important brands, such as Sunseeker Mallorca, Princess, First Mallorca, Yachting Partners International, Fipa Group, Frauscher, Yacht Moments and BMW.

Port Adriano Superyacht Days

Port Adriano Superyacht Days

It is expected to tie up to the success of last year’s edition and make the Superyacht Days 2013 an unforgettable event for everyone.

Palmer Johnson Motor Yacht Natalia

Palmer Johnson Motor Yacht Natalia

Yachts participating at the 2013 Port Adriano Superyacht Days include:

Motor Yachts:

Sunseeker 28



Miss Kate


Princess P60

Princess V78

Sunseeker 62


Bikini Queen


Sunseeker San Remo 2013

Riva Aquariva

Monte Carlo 65

Carlos Primero

Swan 80S superyacht I AMSTERDAM Sailing Upwind  Photo Credit Per Heegaard

Swan 80S superyacht IAMSTERDAM Sailing Upwind Photo Credit Per Heegaard

Sailing Yachts:


Ocean’s Seven2




Margaret Ann

First Amels 199 charter yacht EVENT christened

April 26, 2013

The respected Dutch shipyard Amels in the Netherlands saw the first Amels 199 christened to luxury yacht EVENT. In a few week the avant-garde 60m charter superyacht EVENT will commence her maiden voyage: cruising the fabulous fjords of Norway.

Christening motor yacht EVENT

Christening motor yacht EVENT

The successful, on-time delivery of EVENT yacht represents another successful collaboration between Amels and Imperial. Imperial’s CEO Evgeniy Kochman commented: “Of the many projects we have done with Amels, EVENT is one of the most exciting. Such a thrilling concept, brilliantly executed.”

The christening was an emotional occasion, the owner sending his thanks to the Amels workforce who were there to enjoy the moment after many months of dedication and hard work. The honour of christening the yacht was given to Laura Sessa, the designer who worked closely with the owner in creating an interior that perfectly complements the bold theme of Tim Heywood’s lines for the AMELS 199.

For Mr.Heywood himself, seeing luxury yacht EVENT in all her glory was a special moment. “I’m so pleased that Amels and the owner of EVENT shared my passion for such a thrilling looking design as the AMELS 199,” said the British designer. “On paper and in concept form the scimitar bow and reverse tumblehome features of the design looked very exciting, and now to see the reality is a dream come true.”

After her maiden voyage to Norway, EVENT yacht will sail south for the Mediterranean where she will become available for charter and then go on to star at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

“Her dramatic looks will really turn heads in Monaco,” predicted Rob Luijendijk, managing director of Amels. “EVENT looks stunning, so avant garde, yet unmistakably a Tim Heywood design. The AMELS 199 remains true to the Limited Editions concept that we have been promoting for the past six years: a superior yacht of the highest quality and technical specification, delivered in much less time, whilst avoiding the risks of a full custom design. The continuing success of Limited Editions proves that we have found a 21st century concept that really appeals to the modern superyacht owner.”

Limited Editions Amels 199 specifications:

  1. LOA: 60.00 metres
  2. Beam: 10.30 metres
  3. Gross Tonnage: 1119
  4. Owners & guests: 12 + 2 spare
  5. Crew: 14 plus captain
  6. Speed: 16.5 knots
  7. Range 5,000 nm @ 13 knots

Porto Montenegro to host 31st Adriatic Fair Nautic Show

April 26, 2013

Porto Montenegro, the Mediterranean’s top luxury yacht homeport and marina village, is delighted to announce the 31st Nautic Show, to take place at Porto Montenegro for the second time from 1st – 5th May, 2013. To host the best in nautical, camping as well as recreational equipment, the event will move to a new location this year, right at the centre of the 245-berth superyacht marina.

Porto Montenegro Marina situated in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

Porto Montenegro Marina situated in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

The 2013 fair will host display vessels and those on sale to the general public, as well as jet skis, buoys, pontoons and outboard motors.

This is the only such fair of its kind in Montenegro and Adriatic Fair, the organizers behind this event, are engaging a wide range of local and international exhibitors.

Aside from manufacturers and distributors of yachts, sailboats, powerboats, charter agencies, finance companies and insurance companies, there will also be a range of sports, camping and recreation equipment brands in attendance this year.

Last year’s fair welcomed exhibitors from Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Sweden and Austria.

The show will be accompanied by various parallel programs around Porto Montenegro village such as water sport competitions, regattas, cocktail parties and shopping promotions.

Attendee registration is already open and the venue will operate every day from 10am to 7pm.

Classic charter yacht Elena enters Throphée Bailli de Suffren

April 25, 2013

The 2013 Camper & Nicholsons Throphée Bailli de Suffren‘s entry list continues to grow, as the 55m (180ft) charter yacht Elena picked up the gauntlet thrown down by the 185-foot sailing yacht Atlantic. These two classic schooner yachts are expected to sail head-to-head in the three-leg offshore race from Saint-Tropez to Malta.

The 56m charter yacht - schooner Elena

The 56m charter yacht - schooner Elena

Built In 2009, Elena yacht is a reincarnation of the 1910 Nathanial Herreschoff schooner. Carrying 1,800 metres of sail downwind, she is regularly seen competing in the Voiles de Saint-Tropez and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful sailing yachts afloat today.

Also announcing their entries were the two William Fife gaff cutters Mariska (27m/90ft) and charter yacht Moonbeam IV (32m/105ft). Dating from 1908 and 1914 respectively, these two historic yachts should be evenly matched on the water and are expected to provide their own match racing excitement as well as vying for overall honours.

According to Sean Purdy, C&N Marinas’ Marketing Director, 2013 looks set to be a vintage year for the Bailli de Suffren. “The names of Herreschoff and Fife are legendary,” he said. “And these yachts possess a grandeur and elegance that is truly unique. It will be fantastic to see them competing on the kind of offshore course that they were originally built for.”

The event is open to classic yachts of 11m or longer, and was won last year by the 20m (66ft) White Dolphin. The race starts from Saint-Tropez on Saturday 22 June, and entries close on 15 June.