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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

Montenegrin company wins tender for construction of Porto Montenegro superyacht marina’s second phase

February 21, 2013

Montenegrin company Yu Briv has won the tender for the construction of Porto Montenegro superyacht marina’s second phase, comprising both the expansion of existing jetties as well as the construction of further jetties, following the designs of Marina Projects from the UK, top experts in the field of superyacht marina design. The completion of works is planned for spring 2014.

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 next two years Porto Montenegro will complete “Phase II” of its development. The 50% of this phase II berth places will be for yachts up to 20 meters and 145 berths will be for yachts over 25 metres. Upon completion Porto Montenegro will not only be one of the largest yachts port on the Med but – with more than 50 of the new berths over 45 metres – it will also have one of the biggest superyacht capacities in the world. The second phase includes in particular the expansion of jetties 1, 2 and 3; the construction of a jetty parallel to jetty 4, and a new bunkering jetty.

“We are very pleased to award our marina expansion contract to one of the leading Montenegrin construction companies, Yu Briv. We have had excellent cooperation with them in the past and know they will deliver a world class quality marina reinforcing Porto Montenegro as one the leading marinas on the Mediterranean”, said Porto Montenegro’s Managing Director Oliver Corlette, adding that the marina would have 470 berths upon completion of the second phase.

“It is a great pleasure to be part of this project and participate in the construction of the most important high-end nautical destination of nowadays on the Mediterranean. This is a prestigious acknowledgement not only for our company, but also for our business partners involved in design and construction. We are certain to prove that Montenegrin construction companies can successfully implement the most complex of construction projects”, Yu Briv Director Jovan Bujkovic stated.

Tony Browne, Marina Director refers: “the expansion of the marina is not only a testament of success of Porto Montenegro, it’s also confirms the Adriatic has cemented itself as an exciting destination for yachts of all size and class. The new berths mix will appeal to all ends markets especially for super and mega-yachts soon supported from a state-of-the-art maintenance&refitting new facility.”

2013 01 Jetty at Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina

2013 01 Jetty at Porto Montenegro Superyacht Marina

Porto Montenegro – a surprising value for money location
Modern Montenegro is a stable democracy with an investor-friendly economy, Euro currency and maximum of 9% income, company and capital gains tax. Porto Montenegro offers surprising value for money both in terms of pricing and tax benefits.

The Montenegrin tax strategy is geared towards a national, uniform system that treats everyone equally. Yacht-friendly laws have been implemented, illustrative of the government’s desire to promote the growth of nautical tourism in the country. With the rate of tax applied to basic goods and marina services already capped at just 7%, the plan for the future is to create an incentivised flat tax regime across all taxable areas.

Key tax rates:
- Tax applied to basic goods and marina and tourist services capped at 7%
- VAT currently stands at 17%
- Legal and Administration Fees are between 500-1000 €
- Income Tax is 9%
- Corporate Income Tax is 9%
- Rental Income Tax is 9%, subject to automatic deduction of 30% based on costs
- Property transfer tax is 3%
- No capital gains tax on resale or transfer of property
- Competitive customs duty

Lucky 2013 Berthing Package announced by Karpaz Gate Marina

February 15, 2013

As part of a unique berthing package for this year, the 13th month is free for lucky yacht owners staying at Karpaz Gate Marina. The package provides 13 reasons to berth at the Northern Cyprus resort.

Karpaz Gate Marina

Karpaz Gate Marina

The highlight of the package is a free lift and launch, free hull wash with one month of free hard standing and two coats of free, professionally-applied antifouling, which will benefit yacht owners berthing at Karpaz Gate Marina for more than six months.

The lucky 2013 offer continues for owners who book for 12 months, with Karpaz Gate adding an extra month’s stay for free.

With superyacht marina prices already fixed at 2012 rates and Karpaz enjoying a tax-free environment, there are already six cost-cutting reasons for boat owners to enjoy a long-term stay in this beautiful area of the Eastern Mediterranean.

The package also includes membership to Karpaz Gate Marina’s newly opened International Beach Club, adjacent to the marina.

With crystal clear water and an unspoilt landscape, Northern Cyprus has a reputation as one of the top new sailing destinations, with the region known for its exceptional climate all year round. Visitors can experience the beautiful coastline, with miles of sandy beaches, coves and bays along the North East of the country.

Karpaz Gate Marina is the only luxury superyacht marina in the Eastern Mediterranean and boasts an experienced marina team with multi-lingual and helpful staff to assist visitors. It is also the most modern and well-equipped marina in the area with an ability to accommodate 300 yachts up to 55 metres.

Should owners leave their boats and return home during the winter months, they can rest assured that their yacht is well cared for. Karpaz Gate Marina has one of the most sophisticated security systems in the Mediterranean region with computerised, selective pontoon access and CCTV cameras located throughout the marina manned by security staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As another incentive for yachts sailing to Northern Cyprus for the first time, Karpaz Gate Marina is a recognised port of entry.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this deal for boat owners staying over the summer months and beyond in 2013,” said Harbour Master Deniz Akaltan. “The benefits on offer mean we can make berthing in Northern Cyprus very appealing.”

The marina and yard facilities at Karpaz Gate Marina are operated by a single management company, enabling all facilities on water and ashore to be linked cost-effectively for the boat owner. Plus, the duty-free status at the marina provides savings on fuel, technical service and supplies.

The engineering and boat maintenance services include an 18,000 sq m dry dock for refit and repairs. A substantial 300-ton travel lift, one of the largest in the region, is capable of lifting vessels up to 45 metres and with a beam of up to 10 metres. These vessels can be accommodated ashore or antifouled in the slings.

Karpaz Gate Marina also features a restaurant running special nights throughout the year, shopping facilities, gym, shower and laundry facilities.

Pendennis celebrating 25-year history of superyacht custom build and refit

February 15, 2013

It is a very special year for the prominent UK shipyard Pendennis as it is celebrating the company’s 25-year history of superyacht custom build as well as refit.

Pendennis celebrating its 25th anniversary

Pendennis celebrating its 25th anniversary

Pendennis Shipyard Ltd was born out of a local yacht building company which was acquired by Peter de Savary and then relocated to Falmouth Docks in 1988. Pendennis’ first contract in 1988 was to build the 125′ sailing yacht La Cattiva (ex Taramber), followed by a major refit of the 228′ three-masted superyacht Adix. A management buy-out in 1993 by the current Managing Directors, Mike Carr and Henk Wiekens, was followed by their first project, a major rebuild of the 1903 classic 170’ luxury yacht Adela. Since that time Adela has been one of the company’s most regular visitors with four refits undertaken by either the Falmouth or Palma teams, including a 5m midship extension in 1996.

When Mike and Henk took over the yard 70-80 staff were on site, whereas Pendennis now employs over 320 permanent employees covering the full range of trades from engineers to painters. The company continues to grow with plans to upgrade and develop the facility in Falmouth due to commence later this year. In 2011 the refit business expanded to Palma which provides a valuable Mediterranean base for the Pendennis fleet requiring shorter programmes of work. The facility in Palma is currently undergoing refits on superyacht Va Bene and motor yacht Fair Lady with a full order book confirmed during the second year of trading.

Pendennis celebrating 25-year history of superyacht custom build and refit

Pendennis celebrating 25-year history of superyacht custom build and refit

Throughout its history Pendennis has delivered over 30 Custom New Builds including some of the world’s most recognizable superyachts such as motor yacht Steel, catamaran yacht Hemisphere, charter yacht Nostromo, sailing yacht Christopher and superyacht Rebecca. The refit side of the business has remained strong and continues to grow annually. To date Pendennis has completed over 200 refit projects, most recently completing the substantial rebuild of motor yacht A2 (ex. Masquerade of Sole). Alongside a number of other refit projects in Falmouth, Pendennis is currently undertaking a major rebuild of the world’s largest sloop, sailing yacht m5 (ex. Mirabella V), due to be completed this summer.

Pendennis has been privileged to work on many local and unique non-industry projects over the years, including building the current King Harry Ferry, one of the UK’s most picturesque chain ferry crossings which traverses the Fal Estuary. Its expertise in working aluminium in to curved, non linear forms led Pendennis to be commissioned to create the revolutionary NatWest Media Centre at Lord’s cricket ground in London in 1999. Winner of numerous awards, the media centre attracted enormous interest in both the national and architectural press.

Major refit of the 228' three-masted sailing yacht Adix at Pendennis

Major refit of the 228' three-masted sailing yacht Adix at Pendennis

Throughout 2013 Pendennis will be organising numerous local and industry events to celebrate its anniversary. The company will also be posting historic photos and video footage to our Facebook and YouTube pages which will provide a fascinating insight into the changes in the yard and within the superyacht industry since 1988. In conjunction with this Pendennis has also initiated a ‘Crew Alumni’ scheme which encourages current and previous visiting crews to exchange information via its online social networks, provides Pendennis-specific offers with local businesses and industry contacts, as well as organising regular social events for Falmouth-based crews.

Mike Carr, Managing Director, is looking forward to the year ahead: “The past 25 years have seen an enormous change to our facility in Falmouth as well as to the superyacht industry globally. We are extremely proud of Pendennis’ heritage and feel privileged to have worked on some of the world’s most iconic vessels. The longevity of the business is testament to the quality of service that we offer and we are proud to have formed strong long-term relationships with many of our clients. Naturally the workforce at Pendennis is also key to our business – the level of pride in the quality of work that is produced by all our in-house trades has always been exceptional. The team is backed up by our award winning apprenticeship scheme which continues to provide a new generation of young, enthusiastic tradespeople. Henk and I are looking forward to seeing the business grow over the next few years and to celebrating the company’s achievements over the past 25 years with our clients, staff and industry friends.”

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

Top 10 Yachts for GREECE Yacht Charter in the Mediterranean

February 12, 2013

Greece is considered as one of Eastern Mediterranean‘s top yacht charter destinations and one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Mediterranean. With the 2013 European summer charter season approaching, this is the perfect time to start thinking about your next holiday aboard a luxury charter yacht. If you long for lovely warm summer days, ancient history, humbling architecture and beautiful little waterfront villages than Greece is the ideal place to visit with The Ionian Islands, The Aegean & Sporades, The Cyclades and The Dodecanese as the main areas to charter your yacht. This time of the year there are still many options available, meaning you can really choose the best vessel to suit your needs. We have selected 10 fabulous yachts to get you started, but feel free to contact us anytime for the full list and additional information.

Mykonos - Image credit to Visit Greece - the Greek National Tourism Board

Mykonos - Image credit to visitgreece.com - the Greek National Tourism Board

LUXURY SUPERYACHT AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER IN GREECE

83m Motor Yacht O’MEGA

As her name would suggest, O’MEGA is an outstanding charter yacht able to accommodate and entertain a large group of charterers, be it a private holiday cruise or a special corporate event. There are 15 well appointed cabins  providing comfortable and luxurious accommodation to 30 guests in total. Her spacious conference room is accessible from the main salon and offers privacy when required. To relax, you and your guests will surely enjoy spending time in the massage parlour, gymnasium/yoga studio or the indoor or outdoor Spa Pool.

OMega Main

OMega Main

Aboard charter yacht O’Mega you can experience life as a king in your personal floating palace surrounded by gracious and elegant mahogany interior, beautiful built in furniture, custom-made linens and carpets and fabrics. To entertain and be entertained there is a dedicated piano bar in the upper saloon with oversized sofas. The dining room, found adjacent to the main saloon, seats 32 guests and offers an ideal opportunity for you to arrange a seated dinner party in an elegant environment. For more details about O’Mega Yacht …

OMega Sun deck

OMega Sun deck

55m Classic Sailing Yacht ELENA

For a more traditional charter, we have chosen the beautiful Herreshoff classic schooner ELENA, a conscientious replica of the original 1928 vessel of the same name. This spectacular boat combines performance, elegance and beauty, offering accommodation to 10 guests in 5 cabins. All guest cabins are exquisitely finished with mahogany paneling, while all interior ornamental details follow the original Herreshoff designs. The en-suite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets, and are finished with elegant period fittings.

ELENA in action

ELENA in action

With her expansive decks, luxurious interior and state-of-the-art facilities, this sailing yacht will leave you with a thrilling experience and an unforgettable holiday. She is absolutely one of the most remarkable charter yachts available today. More about ELENA yacht here…

ELENA Salons

ELENA Salons

49.90 m MARIU superyacht

This unique charter yacht offers clean, minimalist yet luxurious interior and exterior spaces with the ability to accommodate up to 12 guests. Mariu yacht is also one of the best vessels available for charter in her class, serviced by a friendly and professional crew.

Motor Yacht MARIU

Motor Yacht MARIU

Guests will find comfort in a fantastic main owner suite located on the main deck, with a ‘his and her’ en-suite bathroom each, shower and a central Spa Pool. Furthermore, there is another double cabin on the main deck, two queens convertible to twins, both with a spa pool. In addition, there are two twin cabins with en-suite showers each. Charter yacht Mariu …

Interior of the lovely motor yacht MARIU

Interior of the lovely motor yacht MARIU

52.7m Charter Yacht O’NEIRO

Available for Eastern Mediterranean charters in Greece and Turkey, O’Neiro yacht is a Golden Yachts built vessel, able to accommodate up to 14 guests in absolute luxury. This yacht offers spacious tastefully decorated interior as well as exterior areas. All of her staterooms are fitted with Plasma Monitors and Home Theatre systems. There is also a great selection of water-toys for charter guests to enjoy.

ONEIRO - Profile

ONEIRO - Profile

Her extravagant salon instantly captivates you with her firm oak and maple floors and elegant rug, coupled with the unique furniture surrounded by zebrano wood and wonderful large windows. O’Neiro’s dining area accommodates up to twelve charter guests who will most certainly enjoy the delicious gourmet dishes prepared by her talented Chef and elite crew. Read more about O’Neiro yacht …

ONEIRO - Spa Pool Evening

ONEIRO - Spa Pool Evening

50 m Sailing Yacht BARACUDA

Constructed by Perini Navi with naval architecture by Ron Holland, Baracuda yacht is a wonderful choice for keen sailors, featuring many innovations. These include a canting keel that changes from a 4m draft with her keel up to a 9.7 m draft with her keel down. Her transom door can be conveniently opened, becoming a large platform for both tender launching and swim access. The hydraulically operated swimming platform can be submerge 8 inches below the water’s surface and is accessible via a staircase on the aft deck.

Perini Navi Sailing Yacht Baracuda

Perini Navi Sailing Yacht Baracuda

Ten guests will find elegant and minimalist accommodation in five cabins on the lower deck, comprising a full-beam owner’s suite, two VIP cabins and two twin cabins. All of the cabins are equipped with en-suite bathrooms. To summ-up the overall style of the yacht, her project philosophy is an extreme simplicity with clear lines, concepts of light, space and proportion. More about Baracuda yacht ….

Interior of the Perini Navi charter yacht Baracuda

Interior of the Perini Navi charter yacht Baracuda

45m Motor Yacht Ouranos

Delivered in 2012 by Tecnomar, charter yacht OURANOS is a fast and spacious tri-deck planning yacht, offering accommodation to up to 14 charter guests in 6 cabins. Her interior offers superior comfort with modern decor, providing a perfect setting for a memorable and relaxing charter experience. Conveniently, there are three dining areas to enjoy the wonderful dishes prepared by her Chef and served by the experience crew. There is also a possibility to enjoy a private massage therapy, which is also available on board.

OURANOS - Profile

OURANOS - Profile

The Nadara 45 yacht Ouranos is an elegant yacht that boasts high performance, comfort, stability and state-of-the-art technology, as well as an extensive selection of toys onboard, including a 3 seat wave runner and sea-bobs. More about OURANOS yacht …

OURANOS - Salon

OURANOS - Salon

40m Superyacht O’Pati

Launched in 2011, O’Pati is an excellent modern superyacht, bound to turn heads in any Mediterranean port. She is a perfect solution for those wanting a fast, sporty and reliable vessel, able to take them from port to port in no time. With her tripple MTU 16V 2000 M91 engines, she is able to reach an impressive top speed of 31 knots.

Yacht OPATI -  Foredeck Dining at Night

Yacht OPATI - Foredeck Dining at Night

Ten to twelve guests are provided with accommodation in a five stateroom layout, including one owner cabin, one VIP cabin, a double cabin and two twin cabins, both featuring pullman berth each. All cabins can be found on the lower deck and boast en-suite facilities. Find out more about O’Pati yacht…

Yacht OPATI -  Flybridge

Yacht OPATI - Flybridge

40m MELINA C motoryacht

Boasting the attractive sleek lines of a 38 DP Maiora, motor yacht Melina C is a fabulous Greek charter yacht with modern and stylish interior. She also offers accommodation to 12 charter guests in one master cabin, two double cabins and two twin cabins (both with Pullman berths). There is also an additional playroom that can be converted into a double cabin if needed.

Charter Yacht MELINA C

Charter Yacht MELINA C

Fabulous outdoor entertainment areas include the aft deck and sundeck, both featuring beautiful dining areas for al fresco meals. The sundeck has a bar along with a comfortable couch for lounging. The yacht also boasts a generous swim platform and a selection of the latest toys ensuring excitement to lovers of water sports. More about charter yacht MELINA C …

Melina C superyacht

Melina C superyacht

36,88m Charter Yacht DRAGON

Another fast and sporty vessel is the Couach Yachts built motor yacht DRAGON, with accommodation to 10 charter guests in 5 lovely cabins and one convertible office. With a top speed of around 30 knots, this stylish vessel will take you around the spectacular Greek Islands in no time at all. She has a modern open-plan main saloon and a dining area, with plenty of natural light penetrating through her windows.

DRAGON Profile

DRAGON Profile

Her exterior areas are also very spacious with possibilities for al-fresco dining both on the aft deck as well as on the fly bridge. The fly bridge also tends to be the favourite area to relax during the day or night and enjoy a cocktail from the bar while lounging on the sun beds or relaxing in the Spa Pool. She also features a generous swim platform to the aft. More about Dragon yacht …

DRAGON Aft Dining

DRAGON Aft Dining

35,5 m Motor Yacht HELIOS

HELIOS is a spacious and luxurious Falcon 115 superyacht launched in 2010. Twelve guests will find comfortable accommodation aboard this excellent charter yacht in five cabins, including 3 doubles and two twin cabins (both with Pullman berths).

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Main

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Main

The vessel displays all the careful craftsmanship of Falcon Yachts as well as the love for fine finishing and detail refined over the years. Her main saloon was created as a large ‘open-space’ area and divided into living and dining spaces, connected to a well equipped galley on the main deck. All of the cabins can be described as prestigious and extremely comfortable. Privacy of her charter guests is guaranteed thanks to the separate crew area with a dinette on the fore lower deck. Find out more about HELIOS yacht here …

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Double Cabin

Falcon 115 Yacht Helios - Double Cabin

CRUISING GREEK ISLANDS ABOARD A LUXURY CHARTER YACHT

Chartering a yacht you are given the freedom of movement coupled with the luxury of a five-star hotel. Undoubtedly, there is no better way to discover the world than sailing its waters and soaking up its wonders from that unique, unparalleled  point of view… and Greece is no exception.

Kos in Greece

Experience the endless Greek coastlines and its aquamarine waters, the distinctive white houses of the Cycladic Islands, fresh olive oil, feta or the traditional ouzo. You will be greeted by passionate locals, the melancholic throb of rembetika and the numerous ancient sites.

Greece - Image credit to Greek National Tourism Board - Visit Greece

Greece - Image credit to Greek National Tourism Board - Visit Greece

Yacht charter in Greece covers a very large territory, with four main areas to explore: The Ionian Islands, the Aegean & Sporades, The Cyclades and The Dodecanese. Whatever your destination you are sure to find white-sand beaches and palm-fringed beaches with endless amount of activities. No surprise that so many myths of gods and giants have originated in this large and diverse landscape.

Greece

Greece

As with any other yachting destination, there is a large selection of lovely sailing yachts, motor yachts, luxury mega yachts, catamarans or even traditional gullets available for rent. In addition, there is a possibility to include Turkey or Croatia in your Eastern Mediterranean itinerary. There are truly endless possibilities and we will make sure your holiday is personalised to suite your needs. For professional and free no obligation advise and information, please contact our charter brokers here.