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60m CRN superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA’s exclusive noise cancelling system.

September 20, 2012

Motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA, a 60m superyacht built by the CRN Shipyard – a Ferretti Group brand, has premiered at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 (Montecarlo, 19th – 22nd September).  The CRN shipyard which has always been synonymous to technological innovation – makes it possible for its megayachts to have hi-tech devices on board, and the new DARLINGS DANAMA superyacht is no exception. M/Y DARLINGS DANAMA is the first yacht made of steel and aluminium that has an exclusive system in the master suite. A system that allows noise reduction in the pillow area of the bed.

60m CRN motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA has an exclusive noise cancelling system in the Master Suite.

60m CRN motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA has an exclusive noise cancelling system in the Master Suite.

The Active Noise Cancelling system (ANC), installed onboard the 60m CRN motor yacht Darlings Danama, makes part of a wider research and development programme, which started in 2008 funded by the European Union and led by the CRN Shipyard of Ancona together with some partner companies from the Marche territory (Videoworks SpA of Ancona, Team Italia Srl of Fano, Isel Srl of Senigallia), Tecnomarche – a scientific-technological park in the Marche and the Polytechnic University of the Marche in Ancona.

“The main objective was to understand the state of art of some innovative technologies which will be applied in the nautical sector” explained Luca Boldrini, CRN’s megayacht sales director  “Noise control is already present in other fields, from the aero-spatial sector to that of public works. In boating, the use of this system is completely different: yachts have cabins with very low levels of noise and noise cancelling systems are obviously not necessary, but they can be that something extra that would allow the Owner to be more comfortable. In the case of M/Y Darlings Danama, the challenge was to concentrate on resting and try to create a noise isolating cushion in the bed area of the master suite”.

CRN 130 superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA

CRN 130 superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA

The ANC system, designed and realized after more than 20 months of research, is highly innovative: if in the traditional application these technologies are found in a passive form (for example, through insulation), onboard the Darlings Danama motor yacht one will find a complex device with an active control.

ANC acts by emitting an acoustic wave that is identical to that emitted by the noise but an exact opposite frequency and this operation is carried out by a microphone that reads the acoustic frequency, a software that rapidly elaborates and emits identical waves that are in counter-phase, and a speaker.

In addition, the system can be activated and deactivated directly by the Owner or centralized by the captain guaranteeing:

•           maximum efficiency for a wide range of frequencies;

•           independent installation (it can be assembled first and then placed in the area of interest)

•           intrinsic adaptability (the operative system keeps working in case of changes in the physical and environmental parameters, for example, the temperature of the cabin and the speed of the yacht);

•           reliability and robustness of the various elements that it is made of;

•           speakers and compact electronics, ideal to be installed on yachts of 24 metres and above.

“The ANC project is a good example of cooperation between the industry and the academic world, also thanks to the group of the Polytechnic Univerity of the Marche that adapted so well to the nautical world and aimed at industrial results in a very practical manner.” declared Maurizio Minossi, technical manager of Videoworks SpA.

“Our work group” added Prof. Francesco Piazza of the Polytechnic University of the Marche “saw the ANC project as an opportunity for technological transfer with high added value in a sector in which the Marche Region has undeniable international excellence, resulting from craftsmanship quality, but also an opening for innovative technology and collaborations with research bodies”.

M/Y CRN 130 60mt motor yacht Darlings Danama

Outdoor areas, minimal fittings and Art Déco style: “Darlings Danama” is a 60 metres fully custom megayacht made of steel and aluminium, manufactured by CRN – a Ferretti Group brand.

With its 5 decks, the superyacht Darlings Danama can accommodate up to 12 people – in 5 Vip cabins, besides the master suite – and 14 crew members. The external lines and the internal layout were designed by Studio Zuccon International Project, in collaboration with the CRN technical office that was responsible for the naval design. The interior décor was designed by the Owner’s architects, Cristina and Alexandre Negoescu, together with the CRN Centro Stile. Externally it has the distinctive features of the CRN mega-yachts: a stern that can be opened and transformed into a large beach club, a terrace in the master suite and a large sun deck.

CRN 130 motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA premiers at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012

September 20, 2012

The new 60 metre CRN superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA has premiered at the 2012 Monaco yacht Show (Montecarlo, 19th – 22nd September).  The CRN Shipyard, a Ferretti Group brand built the new CRN 130 60 metre motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA, which was privately launched in Ancona in 2011. The DARLINGS DANAMA charter yacht is characterised by large open areas, circular lines, minimal fittings and art deco spirit.

CRN 130 motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA premiers at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012

CRN 130 motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA premiers at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012

The luxury yacht DARLINGS DANAMA, hull number 130 of the shipyard, is made of steel and aluminium and was commissioned to CRN by a European ship owner. She is the sixth 60 metre ship built from 2005 till today, a particularly significant result within this market segment. Yacht Darlings Danama was built on a 10.20 metres naval platform, the same one used for other important 60m mega yachts manufactured by the shipyard of Ancona, such as the CRN 126 Superyacht BLUE EYES 60 m and CRN 128 motor yacht MIMTEE 60m.

The mega yacht DARLINGS DANAMA can comfortably accommodate 12 people in 5 guest cabins and the master suite, plus 14 crew members. The boat is equipped with two Caterpillar 3512 B-Chp 1’455 kW@1835 rpm engines, which allow it to navigate at a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Some of its brand features, also found in other CRN ships, are the technological innovations and the open spaces which create a new way of life at sea, such as the master cabin balcony and the beach club at the stern: the stern hatch turns into a large swim platform by the sea.

The slim and sleek bow and the imposing volumes, with wide spaces overlooking the sea, characterize the DARLINGS DANAMA motor yacht, whose external lines and internal subdivisions bear the distinguishing mark of Studio Zuccon International Project, that worked in association with CRN technical office, which designed the ship.

The mega yacht has been designed focusing the attention on space and details, making it discreet, with elegant lines and timeless shapes, which add value both to the ship owner and the shipyard.

As regards to the interior design, which was taken care of by the ship owner’s architects, Cristina and Alexandre Negoescu together with the CRN Centro Stile, there is a dominance of circular lines which represent the new image of onboard comfort, with fluid spaces that ‘expand’ and extend to all the areas. The minimal style and the art deco spirit blend together with elegance and sophistication and are represented in a modern style.

CRN Superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA  - Sun Deck

CRN Superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA - Sun Deck

CRN motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA  - Upper Deck Dining

CRN motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA - Upper Deck Dining

The interiors of DARLINGS DANAMA, which feature lots of open spaces, are mainly monochromatic and dominated by white sheer oak creating a new, extremely enjoyable, contemporary habitat which enhances the volumes.

On the main deck, the space of the hall was reduced to widen the outdoor space obtaining a larger cockpit. The large main hall, furnished with light coloured armchairs and sofas, covered with Fendi Club House Outdoor line fabrics, welcomes guests at the deck entrance of the stern.

Designed as a single wide space, the main hall has great lighting given by the wide windows and is enhanced by the brightness of the wood flooring and the furniture: white oak staves, the leitmotif in the guest areas and the white sheer oak of the furnishings. The big hall is split into a bar area on the left, beyond the entrance leading into a living room, and a dining room. The bar area in the main hall is custom made, clad in Portoro marble, a precious quality of black marble characterized by golden veins. The bar structure was completely hand made with Marquetterie de Paille, hand-cut strips of straw glued one by one by the Parisian company Atelier Lison De Caunes. The cladding of the bar unit is made of bronze coloured mosaic branded Sicis. Two large wall bookcases, with white lacquered structures and doors clad in genuine natural white Galuchat by Foglizzo, are placed right outside the living area which is furnished with a low upright unit made of white sheer oak with doors clad in Galuschat.

Main Salon of motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA

Main Salon of motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA

The ceiling is unique and reproduces the shape of the sun, featuring irregular steel rays which hold together the panels.

The custom made round white leather sofa and the oval velvety silver armchairs onboard superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA were manufactured by the French artisan Phelippeau Tapissier of Paris following architects Negoescu’s design. Between the sofas there is also a low coffee table with an elliptical shape made of Marquette de Paille and a steel base. To complete the flooring inlays of the fine wool carpeting, especially below the big sofa on the left and the sofa in the upstairs living room and in the master suite, the architects’ project included a custom made flooring in fine wool carpet tile with a wavy pattern, branded Tai Ping.

The hall is virtually separate from the living room with a “verré gravé” decorative glass screen, featuring geometrical patterns designed by the architects and custom made by French craftsmen.

The oval dining table is also custom made and can seat 14 people; it has an S-shaped base made of polished steel with a white polished lacquered top.

Oval Dining table onboard the superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA

Oval Dining table onboard the superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA

In addition, the interiors and the exteriors décor is enhanced by the ship owner’s selection of pieces from the artist Hervé Van der Straeten, to furnish various environments: walls, floors, table lamps, floor lamps and coffee tables.

All lobbies feature big glass panels handmade decorated by the French Artisan Atelier Meriguet-Carrere which also made the bas-relief decorative panels placed in the main hall and in the dining room.

From the upper deck of the luxury yacht DARLINGS DANAMA one can access the main lateral stairs directly from the lobby where the main staircase begins as well as the lift to all decks. A beautiful wavy patterned carpeting furnishes the area outside the lift.  In the lobby, the ship logo, two overlapping D’s, was drawn on the decorative glass panel.

Passing from the bow to starboard, one reaches the owner’s suite which has a study furnished with a custom made black lacquered desk with a leather top, made upon the architect’s drawings. A bookcase, a TV and an built-in fridge, which door is clad in Galuchat, are also found in this area.

The master cabin, was also conceived as an open space. In fact, it features a mother-of-pearl clad screen which separates the bedroom from the bathroom area. The headboard, clad in white leather with steel wire, is similar to a theatre screen. The dominant colours of the suite are gold and silver. The units are made of white sheer oak. The main entrance to the master cabin and the wardrobe doors that surround the screen, are clad with Galluchat leather and silver leaf. Here we also find an Hervé Van der Straeten’s masterpiece decorating the centre of the room and adding more light: a beautiful custom made leather clad bench with a bronze base and lacquered polished wood.

Superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA - Owner's Suite

Superyacht DARLINGS DANAMA - Owner's Suite

It is worth noting the uniqueness of this area which has a new system especially designed by CRN in association with Videoworks and the Polytechnic University of the Marche to remove all sounds in the bed area. This system has been projected and defined during the initial phase, to cancel “active noise” in a limited space. All noises coming from the entire bed area are totally cancelled through a system of microphones that register environmental background noise and generate noise with opposing frequency to kill the sound waves.

In the full beam bathroom towards the bow there is a dressing area, with toilets and a big square Spa Pool Aura tub which is built in the mother of pearl walls. A unique characteristic of the owner’s suite are the customized decorative glass doors, also designed by the architect.

CRN motor yacht DARLINGS DANAMA has one of the hallmarks which characterize all CRN mega yachts: the master cabin balcony that can be opened even during navigation and set up with a coffee table and armchairs for breakfast, everything here is branded Fendi.

On this boat, CRN’s love for open spaces and outdoor areas on board its mega yachts, is also expressed through the “beach club”.

The stern hatch turns into a large swim platform overlooking the sea, furnished with comfortable sun beds. It can also be used as a solarium. Behind it there is a wide indoor space which is designed for the complete relaxation of the guests, who can enjoy the proximity of the sea while relaxing in this area furnished as a lounge. In the bulkhead at the bow, the diving equipment is stored in a large white lacquered four-door built-in wardrobe, with horizontal polished steel bands. The beach area is equipped with a big elegant removable shower made of polished steel.

The lower deck is dedicated to guest cabins and it is mainly decorated with white sheer oak, white oak flooring and wool carpeting with soft colours: all fabrics are branded Armani Casa and Rubelli, all the cladding of the custom made baths and basins are made of Duralight, a new bath material branded Teuco. Every cabin has a relaxation/socialisation corner with a sofa and a bench, as requested by the ship owner.  All cabin portholes have a backlit silver leaf mirror frame.

The material used to furnish the guest cabins on the left towards the stern, is hand-made Marquetterie de Paille, made in France: the headboard, the bedside tables and the bench at the bottom of the bed are made of straw while the sofa on the side is clad with white leather. The fabrics of the bed cover have gold and beige shades.

Another open space guest cabin is located on the starboard aft of the ship. The headboard is covered with white leather and the fabrics have gold and sandy shades. The cabin is furnished with a rotating TV and a leather corner sofa. This cabin is the only one that has a shower and a Spa Pool, and the wall is clad with silver Sicis mosaics.

The guest cabin on the left at the stern, which is also open space, features white oak furnishings and has a small relaxation sofa which is decorated with light coloured fabrics. The headboard is curved and has white leather clad pillows.

The fourth cabin on the right towards the bow has two twin beds and a pullout bed. The main colours are green and there is a green and silver checked pattern. The wood used in all the cabins is white sheer oak.

The upper deck cockpit, is furnished aft with a structural circular sofa clad with Perennials Plushy fabrics and an ‘up and down’ circular table made of natural teak that can seat up to 14 people. It is interesting to note the flight of stairs on the left, which is incorporated in the circular structure of the bar with a Corian top and steel finishing, also equipped with a fridge and an ice-maker, which can be used on the deck.

Upper deck Dining on CRN yacht DARLINGS DANAMA

Upper deck Dining on CRN yacht DARLINGS DANAMA

Finally, curved lines are also found in the panoramic main hall, furnished with custom made white leather sofas, armchairs branded Armani Casa, three circular coffee tables by Fendi Club House and a bar with wavy panels made of gold leaf and Portoro marble. In order to allow the guests to enjoy the panoramic view also through the windows, low furniture was used and mirror windows were installed.

Upper Salon of the DARLINGS DANAMA motor yacht

Upper Salon of the DARLINGS DANAMA motor yacht

The upper deck lobby, which is covered with a carpet, has a day toilet.

The fifth VIP guest cabin is situated on the upper deck towards the bow to the left. It has a great impact and maintains the open space style. It has a wardrobe that is completely covered with Marquetterie de Paille that partially divides the cabin from the bathroom.

Towards the bow of the upper deck on M/Y DARLINGS DANAMA there is the circular bridge that is based on an integrated Sperry deck that has three total watch engines with two radars of different capacity, a medium-range such as radar X and a long-range such as the S-band and the full Ecdis electronic chart. For the first time a fibre optic compass, six 27 inch Sperry monitors and a GSM Roaming system, which can use the GSM line outside the terrestrial coverage via satellite communication,  were inbuilt in the system on an Altobridge platform.

Beyond the bridge, outside towards the bow area, there are two sun beds and a sofa.

The spaces dedicated to guests, the captain’s cabin, the crew mess and the first engineer’s cabin are all equipped with an on-demand audio video system based on the Kaleidescape system which can be controlled from the AMX touch panel (graphic pages and software are custom made) provided by Videoworks.

In addition, the guest halls, the guest cabin on the upper deck and the master suite are equipped with the domotics system to control curtains, lights and air conditioning.

Every guest area is equipped with a staff call system to call the crew and it is managed by calls addressed to the crew’s personal iPods and the fixed panels in the pantry and the crew dinette areas.

In the ship owner’s study and the hall upstairs, it is possible to have a videoconference with the Polycom system.

The outdoor open space at the stern of the sun deck is large: the American bar is enriched by the high stools by Fendi Club House. Aft is a large relaxation area furnished with eight sundecks and small tables, all made by the Spanish company Vondom. The sofas in this area have sharp angles that characterize the outdoor furniture, to contrast the sinuous and curved style of the interior.

The predominant colour is white providing further depth.

The lobby of the sun deck has a small reading room with a panoramic view towards the bow. Outside, on the bow, there is a circular raised platform with a Spa Pool pool and surrounding cushions. Everything is made from soft coloured outdoor Perennials Plushy fabrics, white and beige.

M/Y DARLINGS DANAMA Spa Pool

M/Y DARLINGS DANAMA Spa Pool

The large garage behind the lounge area, holds 2 tender Castoldi of 7.5 m with electro-hydraulic lateral openings. Right behind that, towards the bow, is the engine room combined with the control room. Charter yacht Darlings Danama is powered by 2 Caterpillar 3512B engines that allow it to reach a cruising speed of 14 knots and a maximum speed of 15. The boat is classified as top-class in the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and is complaint to the MCA regulations.

The CRN Shipyard, a Ferretti Group brand specializes in the construction of fully custom steel and aluminium mega yachts ranging from 44 to 90 metres and 43 metres full displacement yacht (CRN Navetta 43).

D-Marin Marinas Group to participate at Monaco Yacht Show

September 18, 2012

D-Marin Marinas Group is pleased to announce its presence at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 (MYS). This Doğuş Group company was established 9 years ago to set a new benchmark in design as well as operations of marina destinations.

Mandalina Marina - a luxury superyacht marina situated in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Croatia

Mandalina Marina - a luxury superyacht marina situated in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Croatia

The luxury marinas group, with six marinas in Turkey and Croatia, and with a growing global portfolio, will this year sponsor The Superyacht Owners’ Lounge (TSOL) at MYS. This exclusive venue for owners, VIPs and elite partners of TSOL’s hosts, will provide a strong platform to communicate the major strides taken by D-Marin in 2012.

Foremost of these is the Group’s recent acquisition of two marinas, Marina Dalmacija and Marina Borik, Croatia. D-Marin Dalmacija is the highest capacity marina in the Eastern Mediterranean basin with 1,200 berths in which 40 cater for superyachts up to 60m. D-Marin Borik, a charming, boutique marina has 177 berths with a maximum capacity for yachts up to 40m.

D-Marin will be unveiling plans to upgrade these strategically located marinas in line with D-Marin’s exceptional standards of luxury, technical facilities and emphasis on hospitality. D-Marin has pledged considerable injection of capital to achieve this. A phenomenal €17 million has been projected for D-Marin Dalmacija alone.

The second major announcement for Monaco is the appointment of Matthew Bate, CEO of D-Marin. Bate, brings extensive knowledge and experience in the development and global operations of marina and luxury waterfront destinations.

Looking ahead to Monaco, he said, “I am excited to be representing D-Marin at Monaco Yacht Show in such a significant period of the company’s growth.”

“Our goal for D-Marin is to provide all sectors of the industry with unique and world-class facilities that combined create an international network of marina destinations under the luxury D-Marin brand. With nearly 5,000 wet and dry berths within our portfolio we are well on our way to achieving this. I’m looking forward to sharing D-Marin’s vision to industry leaders at Monaco in preparation for our major splash on the international stage.”

Last year at Monaco, D-Marin gave a preview of a major marina expansion at D-Marin Mandalina, Croatia. Since then, this expansion which saw 79 new berths added for superyachts up to 140m has been up and running successfully since spring and D-Marin will be pleased to report a tremendous first six months of operation. More on this will be unveiled at the show.

Berth tariffs at Limassol Marina to be released at the MYS 2012

September 18, 2012

By the end of 2012, the fabulous Limassol Marina will be prepared to host its first yachts as well as residents. This superyacht marina will be presenting its berthing tariffs and details of launch packages at the next Monaco Yacht Show, on stand QS49 in the Darse Sud tent.

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina

Setting new standards for living and sailing in the Mediterranean, Limassol Marina will be able to accommodate up to 650 yachts from 8m to 115m, and will boast its very own shopping and dining area, cultural centre, spa and Yacht Club. Located in the heart of Cyprus’ most vibrant and cosmopolitan city, the exclusive waterfront development has been designed to blend seamlessly with the town’s historic centre, the old harbour and medieval castle.

Marina Manager, Paul Sorrell, is confident that the newly released tariffs and launch packages will entice yachts on an international scale, and said: “Limassol Marina is set to be one of the world’s finest full service marinas located on a beautiful island with a strong nautical history.”

An official Port-of-Entry, Limassol Marina will provide facilities and services of the highest standard. Operated and managed by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas in partnership with Francoudi & Stephanou Marinas, it combines the internationally renowned Camper & Nicholsons’ excellence in services and facilities with the best of local expertise.

Every berth will have access to fresh water, electricity, fibre optic network providing high speed broadband, high-speed wireless internet and telephone, fuel and waste removal. There will also be haul-out and shore-side technical facilities, a dry dock and workshop for light repairs and maintenance. All of this will be offered year-round, with 24-hour security, concierge services and a team of experienced marina professionals to ensure the smooth running of all facilities.

A new scheme launched by the Cyprus VAT Service, covering the lease of pleasure boats in Cyprus, now makes the island one of the most tax-efficient places in Europe for superyacht owners. As a result of this scheme, VAT rates can be reduced to as little as 3.4% of the initial value of the yacht – less than the equivalent in other favoured jurisdictions.

Limassol Marina is firmly placing Cyprus on the nautical yachting map and offers an exceptional place for living and sailing. The €350 million waterfront development also includes luxury apartments and villas, with their own private berths or direct access to a sandy beach.

As noted by Kurt Fraser, Sales & Marketing Director of C&N, “Limassol Marina is the only new development in the Mediterranean that provides marina berths directly in front of private villas, within a luxury master plan development. It is a rare offering and we are very pleased by the significant number of residential sales achieved to date.”

IPM Group to introduce itself at Monaco Yacht Show

September 18, 2012

IPM Group will be introducing itself for the first time at the 22nd edition of the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, which will run from 19 to 22 September. The company is an international leader in the construction as well as management of recreational sailing facilities.

IPM Management

IPM Management

On an attractive stand, QD7 in the Darse Nord (North Dock) Tent, will be represented all the companies in the group: IPM Management, CKIPM Marine Group, Marina Port de Mallorca, Marina Palma Cuarentena, Marina Ibiza, STP Shipyard, Varadero Valencia (Valencia Boatyard), Varadero Ibiza (Ibiza Boatyard) and Monzó Yacht Painting.

STP Shipyard

STP Shipyard

Sponsoring the Acrew@Zest Terrace
IPM Group is sponsoring the Acrew@Zest Terrace, which will open today at 18:00 hours to launch the exclusive advantages that IPM Group is providing through its principal companies, Marina Ibiza and STP Shipyard, to holders of the Acrew loyalty card.

Acrew is a new social network for people with an interest in recreational sailing. The Acrew@Zest Terrace will be a hotspot of the Monaco Yacht Show from 18 to 22 September, with happy hours, live music by Sinead from Barcelona and interesting panel discussions between well-known captains.

Marina Ibiza

Marina Ibiza

IPM Group: A leading holding company in the Mediterranean
IPM Group, based in Palma de Mallorca, is a holding company with the most complete and advanced recreational sailing facilities in the Mediterranean and a team of advisors and professionals specializing in recreational sailing project management.

IPM Group’s wide experience in building and managing marinas, boatyards and shipyards, along with its know-how, its attention to safety and environmental care and its highly skilled staff, has made it a trend-setting, go-to group in the international recreational sailing sector.

IPM Group’s services encompass management, marinas, technical specialisms and shipyards, interacting seamlessly for clients’ benefit – an example of which is the Group’s discounts and value-added benefits programme, which provides clients with exclusive advantages at its marina moorings and in the boat repair, cleaning and refitting services offered by its boatyards.

A unique pairing of superyacht berths at one attractive price by Camper & Nicholsons Marinas

September 17, 2012

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is now providing a unique pairing of superyacht berths at one convenient price. The berth package comprises berths from 30m to 100m at Grand Harbour Marina in Malta as well as Port Louis Marina in Grenada. For the first time, the yacht owners are offered the possibility to own sister-berths in two key central Mediterranean and southern Caribbean homeports.

Grand Harbour Marina in Malta

Grand Harbour Marina in Malta

Camper & Nicholsons’ luxury marinas are the destinations of choice for the discerning yacht owner, operator and captain, and ever increasing in popularity and occupancy. Both marinas are regarded as highly strategic locations and beyond the benefits of each location, Robert Inwards of Inwards Marine highlights, “Our clients have real confidence and trust in Camper & Nicholsons Marinas as an operator, which is a significant motivating factor in their decision to buy a berth. This new berth package is excellent value for money compared to any single berth alternative on the market today and I am sure, will be very appealing to yacht owners.”

Grand Harbour Marina in Malta is the premier superyacht destination in the central Mediterranean. A world-class luxury marina set against the glorious scenic backdrop of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ideally placed in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta provides yacht owners with a host of financial and operational benefits, while providing crew with an affordable, high quality of life.

Grand Harbour Marina key facts:
- Europe’s most yacht-friendly and stable jurisdiction
- Within 3 days cruising throughout the Mediterranean
- Direct flights throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East
- Superior onshore facilities and support for yachts and crew
- ISPS certified with amenities and services of the highest standard.

Port Louis Marina in Grenada

Port Louis Marina in Grenada

Port Louis Marina in Grenada is fast becoming the new yachting capital of the southern Caribbean. Grenada is one of the most unspoilt cruising destinations in the Caribbean, with secluded coves, scintillating beaches, nature reserves and a host of sporting activities ashore and afloat. At Port Louis Marina, yacht owners and crew will experience one of the best-appointed, full-service marinas in the region, with crew enjoying a lifestyle that is quintessentially Grenadian.

Port Louis Marina key facts:
- Safely situated below the hurricane belt at 12oN
- Perfect for exploring the fabulous cruising grounds of the Grenadines
- Direct flights from Miami, New York, Toronto and London
- Access to world-class amenities in an authentic Caribbean atmosphere
- Marina facilities, amenities and services of the highest standard.

PRICING
Malta berth Grenada berth Inclusive price
30 x 9m            30 x 8m           € 839,214
35 x 10m          35 x 9m            € 1,092,500
60 x 15m          60 x 14m          € 3,025,000
70 x 17m           70 x 15m          € 3,927,500
75 x 20m          75 x 20m          € 4,848,214
100 x 25m        90 x 20m         € 7,767,857

Prices exclude VAT and stamp duty, and annual berth service charges apply in Malta at €39/m2 and Grenada at €32/m2. This promotional offer is subject to availability and applies for a limited time only.

Photos of 60m luxury yacht LYANA near Panarea – Aeolian Islands of Sicily

September 14, 2012

The impressive 60-metre luxury yacht Lyana was photographed this summer cruising the beautiful Mediterranean destination of the Aeolian Islands of Sicily. The photos show Lyana superyacht near one of the seven islands and a popular yacht charter destination, Panarea.

Lyana superyacht at the Aeolian Islands - Sicily - Italy

Lyana superyacht at the Aeolian Islands - Sicily - Italy

Motor yacht Lyana, previously known as Sofia, was launched in 2011 by the well known and prestigious luxury yacht builder Benetti Yachts, under the project name FB248.  Measuring 60 metres in length, this spectacular vessel offers her guests beautiful and elegant interior, designed by Francois Zuretti Design. Her exterior lines, on the other hand, are a result of outstanding work by Stefano Natucci.

Luxury Yacht LYANA

Luxury Yacht LYANA

Stylish accommodation aboard Lyana yacht is provided in six staterooms to a maximum number of 12 guests, including four double cabins, two twin and one convertible cabin.

60m Benetti Yacht Lyana

60m Benetti Yacht Lyana

Some of the most important features of motor yacht LYANA include the zero-speed stabilisers for comfortable stay on board. Furthermore her guests can relax in an eight-person hot tub on her sundeck, a gymnasium with a rowing machine and a treadmill,  unwind thanks to an onboard masseuse, a beach club off the stern; and when the sun goes down, there is the professional-quality discotheque setup on the top deck. Other features are the high-speed satellite communication system and the big-screen projector on the aft deck.

Luxury Yacht Lyana in distance near Panarea - Aeolian Islands - Italy

Luxury Yacht Lyana in distance near Panarea - Aeolian Islands - Italy

Luxury yacht charters in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Luxury yacht charters in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands are a great way to experience this spectacular part of the world and its beauty. Sicily is one of the preferred charter destinations in Italy and in the Mediterranean in general, providing yacht charterers spectacular scenery, pristine waters washing over tranquil secluded beaches, as well as rich history, culture and excellent food. There is a large selection of crewed charter yachts, motor yachts, sailing yachts and superyachts available in Sicily, with some of them running excellent charter specials this time of the year.

View from Lipari

View from Lipari

Aeolian Islands belong to Sicily and represent volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. The seven islands of this group include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and the largest, the island of Lipari. Lipari is also the most visited of the islands, boasting beautiful vistas, great restaurants and is also good for shopping.

Visitors from all around the world come to see the island of Stromboli and its volcano, which still shows volcanic activity.

Lipari

Lipari - Aeolian Islands of Sicily in the Mediterranean

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Pendennis Palma superyacht refit facility enjoys a very successful first year

September 13, 2012

Following its official launch in July 2011, Pendennis Palma, a new Pendennis facility situated at STP in Palma de Mallorca, has enjoyed a busy year. This successful refit facility has already worked on more than 10 refits, comprising the Pendennis built charter yacht Nostromo, as well as the 38m Jongert sailing yacht Gloria and the Perini Navi charter yacht Andromeda La Dea.

Pendennis charter yacht Nostromo under refit at Pendennis Palma

Pendennis charter yacht Nostromo under refit at Pendennis Palma

Her Captain, Mac Auwer, expressed the value of this convenient refit base for their Mediterranean season “Following the early 2011 refit at the Falmouth facility the new Palma base provided continuity of quality craftsmanship and professionalism that we have come to expect from Pendennis.”

The Pendennis Palma facility offers the same level of service and quality expected from the Falmouth shipyard. With this level of international support the Palma facility is able to offer continuity in customer support and quality that has become synonymous with the Pendennis brand.

This reputation has ensured that Pendennis Palma has a busy order book confirmed for the 2012/13 winter season. The 1928 classic motor yacht Fair Lady will be based at Pendennis Palma from October. The vessel is a familiar visitor to the Pendennis Falmouth facility, having had refit work completed there in 1996, 2000 and 2006. This autumn she will undergo a five-month schedule of works with the main focus being on a the MCA LY1 five year survey, involving a large quantity of engineering projects running alongside a full paint job and a general maintenance program.

Pendennis Palma offices

Pendennis Palma offices

Other upcoming projects include the Pendennis built catamaran yacht Hemisphere who will visit Palma as part of her routine maintenance schedule, with lxuury yacht Andromeda La Dea and superyacht Altair also confirmed. Although sailing yacht Adela had minor maintenance work completed at this facility in 2011 this winter she will see her first Palma haul out. Pendennis Palma is also delighted to welcome luxury yacht Va Bene as a follow up to the major refit that she underwent in the Falmouth yard in 2008.

This invaluable refit resource in Palma is headed by experienced project managers and supported by a core crew of technical experts that have the backing of Pendennis’ experience of 200+ refits and over 30 new builds. The busy order book is testament to the value of a Mediterranean base in enhancing Pendennis’ long term support network throughout Europe.

Pendennis Palma Facilities:
- 5 travelifts, max lift greater than 750Tm Disp
- 55,000m2 hard standing 60m LOA max
- In excess of 50 berths 90m LOA max
- 6 Keel pits for sailing vessels max 60m LOA
- 24 hour security
- Water
- Electric supply up to 400A 3 Phase
- Compressed air main
- Car parking
- Fuel Dock
- Pressure sea-water main for larger vessels ashore
- Water pressure cleaning

New Head of Sales and Marketing appointed by Mourjan Marinas IGY at Port Tarraco Superyacht Marina

September 13, 2012

Margarete Kalinowski has been selected by Mourjan Marinas IGY as Head of Sales and Marketing at Port Tarraco, one of Europe’s most prestigious superyacht marinas. Over the past year, Port Tarraco has benefitted from a new luxury marina management, from the joint efforts of Marina Barcelona 92 (MB’92), who manage the marina and has a five percent ownership stake, as well as Mourjan Marinas IGY, whose task is to manage the sales and marketing of the marina internationally.

Margarete Kalinowski has been appointed by Mourjan Marinas IGY as Head of Sales and Marketing at Port Tarraco

Margarete Kalinowski has been appointed by Mourjan Marinas IGY as Head of Sales and Marketing at Port Tarraco

Margarete joins Mourjan Marinas IGY bringing with her a wealth of relevant experience including 13 years in international business and strategy, sales and marketing, as well as professional qualifications including three Masters degrees from international business schools.  In addition, she is about to complete her PhD in International Business and Strategy at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Margarete has excellent knowledge and understanding of the superyacht market. She is passionate about sailing, and has her YachtMaster qualifications. With experience gained working in Europe, China, Middle East and India, Margarete is fluent in six languages.

Margarete’s role at Port Tarraco encompasses all aspects of international sales and marketing. She will be responsible for developing the strategies for marina berth sales and the marina’s related property, maximising the marina’s growth and development, and maintaining and building Port Tarraco’s position as a world-leading destination and superyacht marina. Margarete will also oversee all internal and external communications, develop and manage promotional campaigns, and create and manage all marketing materials to establish and build a clear, consistent and identifiable image for this growing and popular destination.

The deep water superyacht marina Port Tarraco located on the doorstep of the beautiful and historic city of Tarragona on Spain’s ‘Golden Coast’

The deep water superyacht marina Port Tarraco located on the doorstep of the beautiful and historic city of Tarragona on Spain’s ‘Golden Coast’

Now resident in Spain, Margarete’s previous experience includes working for RMZ Corp, one of India’s largest real estate developers as a General Manager in Investments and Alliances. In this role she was responsible for the development and management of an international portfolio of five star and luxury boutique hotels, high-end retail malls and commercial spaces, as well as luxury residential development projects. Her responsibilities included developing the interests of investors, as well as managing the sales and leasing of the company’s assets.

Wayne Shepherd, General Manager Marina Operations of Mourjan Marinas IGY, said, “We are delighted to have Margarete join us in this key role at Port Tarraco. She has an incredible amount of highly relevant experience both in developing the strategies for the sales and development of high end, luxury and commercial retail and residential real estate, and in the delivery of those strategies. Her profound tacit knowledge of a myriad of countries’ cultural, economic and political backgrounds, combined with her high-energy approach and passion for yachting makes her the perfect candidate for this key post.”

Port Tarraco provides a total of 64 berths for yachts ranging in length from 30 to 160 metres. The marina is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean, located on the doorstep of the beautiful and historic city of Tarragona, on Spain’s ‘Golden Coast’. From a chance to explore the rich local Catalonian culture, to the area’s many beaches, mountains for hiking or skiing, and the nearby cities of Barcelona and Madrid, the area is an attractive year-round destination for superyacht owners, captains and crew.

Port Tarraco team will be located in Darse Nord, Stand QD30 at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.

30% off high season rate on Mediterranean luxury Yacht ARIETE PRIMO

September 11, 2012

The elegant luxury charter yacht ARIETE PRIMO is currently available for charter with a 30% discount on her high season rate, with her normal rate of €120,000 per week plus expenses reduced to an excellent charter rate of €84,000 per week, no delivery fees within 200 nautical miles from Genoa and no VAT. Superyacht ARIETE PRIMO charters in the Mediterranean, including Italy, France, Greece, Croatia and Turkey.

Ariete Primo Main

Ariete Primo Main

Originally launched in 1967, Ariete Primo was completely refitted in 2006 and transformed in to an elegant and exclusive charter yacht, yet featuring all the charm and originality of her background as a tug boat that has travelled across the world’s seas. Warm feeling has been created thanks to precious woodwork and furnishings in the interior, with every single detail designed in total comfort and relaxation in mind.

Ariete Primo Upper Deck

Ariete Primo Upper Deck

Main deck of the luxury yacht Ariete Primo boasts two separate saloons, one of which is featuring a dining table for eight charter guests and the other has one dining table for four. Furthermore, the same level has a mosaic-tiled spa, featuring chromotherapy and aromatherapy. For those wishing to workout there is a gym, with a hammam and a whirlpool bath to pamper the body and mind afterwards.

Ariete Primo El Fresco Dinning

Ariete Primo El Fresco Dinning

The upped deck provides her guests with a small saloon and a DJ station, as well as a plasma TV and a study with internet access. Moving outside from the upper saloon, there is a vast area for al-fresco dining for twelve guests, a sun area with long chairs and ample seating. For further sun protection an extendable tent is available. The sun deck above has a Spa Pool.

Ariete Primo Jaccuzzi

Ariete Primo Jaccuzzi

Motor Yacht Ariete Primo is a stylish and practical charter vessel with an outstanding layout for entertainment and provides LCD TVs throughout, which are supported by renown Bose sound systems.

Ariete Primo Dining

Ariete Primo Dining

Accommodation is provided in six luxurious cabins to a maximum number of twelve guests. The cabins include one master suite, four double and one twin cabin. The owner cabin can be found of the upper deck and features a king-size bed, Spa Pool, shower and bidet. A massage chair at the entrance and a spacious dresser with sliding doors can be found here as well. The four double cabins have queen beds, and two of them are located on the main deck with the rest of them on the deck below. Three of the queen staterooms have a bidet. The twin cabin is situated on the main deck and as rest of the cabins it has an en-suite bathroom, dresser, plasma screen TV, DVD, music and SKY.

Ariete Saloon Upper Saloon + Dj Station

Ariete Saloon Upper Saloon + Dj Station

Ariete Primo superyacht boasts a great range of tenders and toys, including a 6.9 m Marlin tender housed on the sun deck, a Yamaha jet ski, a Yamaha wave runner, diving equipment and water skis. Charter guests aboard Ariete Primo Yacht are well taken care of by a professional crew of nine Italians, who look forward to welcoming you onboard for an unforgettable charter experience. For more information contact our charter brokers here.

Ariete Primo Master Stateroom

Ariete Primo Master Stateroom

Italian Riviera Yacht Charters

One of the most sought after locations when it comes to luxury yacht vacations is the Italian Riviera with its charming appeal, history, glamour as well as beaches. The region of Liguria offers unforgettable escapes no matter where you plan to sail. From the historical cost of Cinque Terre to the beautiful Island of Elba, Italy charters offer an array of spectacular destinations and spots to explore. In addition Italy is renowned for its fantastic food, people and colourful culture.

Corniglia-Cinque Terre - Photo Raffaele Tolomeo

Corniglia-Cinque Terre - Photo Raffaele Tolomeo

Cinque Terre is popular yachting destination situated on the northern Mediterranean coast of Italy, standing for ‘Five Lands’. These five little picturesque villages, Monterosso Al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, make up the spectacular Cinque Terre National Park.

One other picturesque place to visit is Portofino, a small historic fishing village visited by many luxury yacht charterers for it’s charming appeal.

Italian Riviera - Liguria

Italian Riviera - Liguria

If you have been captured by the unparalleled charm of the Mediterranean and would like to discover this favoured cruising destination, contact our charter brokers who will be able to provide you with the best suitable motor or sailing yacht.

Portoferraio in Elba, Italy

Portoferraio in Elba, Italy