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Admiral Yachts working on construction of 45m motor yacht FLYING DRAGON (ex Capri)

March 27, 2014

Currently in build at Admiral Yachts in Italy, the 45-metre motor yacht Flying Dragon, previously known as ‘Capri’, is a striking Regale 45 WJ vessel, beautifully designed by Luca Dini. Superyacht Flying Dragon is expected to be delivered to her new Owner this summer and will be showcased at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Admiral Regale 45 WJ superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri)

Admiral Regale 45 WJ superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri) - Photo credit to Nakhimov

Admiral Regale 45 WJ luxury yacht Flying Dragon will comfortably sleep up to 10 guests in 5 elegant cabins. They will be looked after by a crew of around 8 members.

Luxury yacht Flying Dragon - Interior

Luxury yacht Flying Dragon - Interior - Photo credit to Nakhimov

The superb 45-metre Admiral superyacht Flying Dragon (ex Capri) will be run by MTU 16V 2400 M93 diesels, connected to KaMeWa waterjets. She is expected to reach a maximum speed of 28 knots.

Flying Dragon Yacht - Cabin

Flying Dragon Yacht - Cabin - Photo credit to Nakhimov

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Admiral.

New Overmarine Yacht Mangusta 165 E to be delivered soon

March 27, 2014

Representing the eighth unit of Maxi Open Mangusta fleet flagship and the first one of the new “E” series, the brand new motor yacht Mangusta 165 E hit the water at the Overmarine Group on February 6, 2014. Compared to her sisterships, superyacht Mangusta 165 E is even more unique, insomuch as she has been called 165 E, where ‘E’ stands for “Evolution”. She will shortly be handed over to her Owner during an official ceremony and will make her world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2014 in September.

Mangusta 165 R Yacht - Photo credit to Reply Story courtesy of the Owner

Mangusta 165 R Yacht at launch at Overmarine - Photo credit to Reply Story courtesy of the Owner

There are a number of new aesthetic-structural features, fruit of the Owner’s requests which the shipyard’s design department has interpreted perfectly and integrated into the yacht: a new side window, a large single panel of glass by the main salon, providing excellent visibility from the inside and letting in even more natural light. Moreover, alterations have been made to the flybridge, the superstructure of which has been redesigned in order to house a large U-shaped divan, where a grill gives this yacht more modern, aggressive lines. In addition, there is a ‘top’ performance, where the word “performance” not only describes their dynamism and stability, but is also quality, excellence and wellbeing onboard.

The Mangusta 165 E yacht is also unique because of the wealth and quantity of the materials used onboard: valuable materials, lacquering and chromaticism, more than 10 different kinds of woods, at least 7 different kinds of marble, lots of precious leathers, like ray leather, and much more, glass, mother of pearl, onyx,..

Technical launch of Riva 122′ motor yacht MYTHOS at CRN Ancona

March 17, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014, will remain a very special moment in the history of Riva, a brand that is the icon of Made in Italy excellence in the world, but also in the history of the Italian yachting industry as a whole, as Riva launched the brand-new 122′ motor yacht MYTHOS. Superyacht MYTHOS has been entirely conceived and constructed in Italy, with the heir of a centuries-old tradition.

Riva 122 superyacht Mythos at CRN Ancona

Riva 122 superyacht MYTHOS at CRN Ancona - Image credit to Maurizio Paradisi

This day is, above all, a first important achievement, after so many months of hard work, from  the various teams involved in the development of  this crowning jewel. The 122’ luxury yacht Mythos is bound to mark a turning point in the history of the brand and, at the same time, become a symbol of it with its fitting Mythos name. Because at Riva History blends with Myth.

Technical launch of motor yacht MYTHOS

Technical launch of motor yacht MYTHOS - Image credit to Maurizio Paradisi

The Riva 122’ yacht Mythos, the new flagship of the Ferretti Group brand, was officially launched Saturday morning at the CRN shipyard in Ancona, in the presence of the Group’s top management and of the engineers, architects and designers that have worked on this project for over a year. The ceremony was also attended by the many workers of the Marche-based shipyard – which specializes in the construction of fully-customized mega yachts in steel and aluminum ranging from 40 (132ft.) to 90 meters (300ft) in length – that over the last few months contributed to the creation of this jewel.

Luxury yacht MYTHOS at launch

Luxury yacht MYTHOS at launch - Image credit to Maurizio Paradisi

The 122’ Mythos superyacht really marks a turning point in Riva’s heralded history, a brand known all over the world for its legendary wooden motor yachts, the symbols of the Dolce Vita and the icons of a truly unforgettable time. The new yacht is indeed the largest yacht built in the 172-year history of the Italian brand, and the first entirely built in aluminum – a debut that Riva is sharing with CRN, since this is the first time the Ancona-based shipyard is using  light alloy only to build a yacht.

MYTHOS superyacht - front view

MYTHOS superyacht - front view - Image credit to Maurizio Paradisi

The 122’ Mythos yacht is also the symbol of the renewed cooperation between these two historical and iconic brands of the Italian boating industry, both belonging to the Ferretti Group. A cooperation that started over 40 years ago, in 1970, when Carlo Riva decided to establish a partnership with CRN. Between 1970 and 1978 the two brands jointly built as many as six 23.50-metre (78 ft.)-long motor yachts in the Marco Polo series and two Vespucci yachts, 90ft. and 100 ft. long, respectively.

Luxury motor yacht MYTHOS by Riva

Luxury motor yacht MYTHOS by Riva - Image credit to Maurizio Paradisi

The new flagship is the outcome of the cooperation between Yacht Designer Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design, the design firm that conceived the entire Riva range and AYT&D – Advanced Yacht Technology & Design,  in close cooperation with CRN’s Technical and Interior Design Department for the development of the naval project and the interiors. The 122’ luxury yacht Mythos  is an evolution of the 86’ superyacht Domino, from which it has inherited the main stylistic features.

MYTHOS Yacht on the water

MYTHOS Yacht on the water - Image credit to Maurizio Paradisi

The owner of the first hull has requested the 3-cabin optional version, while the standard version proposed by the shipyard has 4 cabins. An additional optional layout with 5 cabins is also available. The aluminum planning hull can reach a maximum speed of 27.5 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots thanks to two MTU 12 V 4000 M 93L, 3510 mhp engines (preliminary data). Following the technical launch, a few weeks will be devoted to the completion of onboard outfitting activities, particularly as regards décor solutions and interiors. Technical trials will then be performed. The yacht is expected to be officially delivered to the owner in early May. During the summer months  the 122’ superyacht Mythos is scheduled to cruise across the Mediterranean Sea and it will be officially presented to the public at the 2014 Festival International de la Plaisance in Cannes, in the fabulous French Riviera boat rental destination, Cannes.  The 122’ will also be presented in Monaco, simultaneous to the Monaco Yacht Show, and will then sail off to its final destination, Brazil, its owner’s country.

“It’s a very special day for Riva and for all of us at the Ferretti Group as it marks a new chapter in Riva’s prestigious 172 year history – commented Ferruccio Rossi, Ferretti Group’s CEO. “This is indeed for the Mythos the beginning of a path that we believe will be extremely successful. For Riva, in turn, it’s another exciting chapter of a book that we keep writing day after day, feeling great pride and responsibility in doing so. We are sure that the new flagship will be an extraordinary ambassador for Riva, for the Ferretti Group, and for the entire Italian boating industry, as a symbol of industrial know-how and unmistakable Italian beauty. We can’t wait to officially present it to all Riva enthusiasts all over the world,” added  Rossi.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Riva.

VSY receives UIM Special Mention for Innovation

March 11, 2014

Following the Environmental Benefit prize received last year, the Italian superyacht builder, VSY, has been recognized for the Innovation also this year, thanks to its ‘Computational Sustainability’ programme.

VSY receives UIM Special Mention for Innovation - Photo courtesy of UIM

Daniele Maccioni, VSY Innovation Development Manager, receives UIM Special Mention for Innovation - COURTESY OF UIM

The ‘UIM Environmental Awards 2013’ gala ceremony was held on Saturday 1st March in the beautiful setting of the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Club in Montecarlo and was as usual promoted by the Union Internationale Motonautique to recognize excellence in innovation, development and application of environmental-friendly technologies.

The award – received by Daniele Maccioni, VSY Innovation Development Manager – recognizes the commitment of the Italian shipyard which has distinguished itself right from its inception for the development of technologies with reduced environmental impact and is increasingly imposing itself in the implementation of structured programs of integrated sustainability applied to innovation in the yachting industry.

“VSY’s “Technologies and Innovations Worktable” – explained Vienna Eleuteri, Sustainability Manager of the shipyard, during the press conference – “is a Computational Sustainability model based program and has its focus on developing computational methods to be applied to our project and production processes. Computational Sustainability is an interdisciplinary field that aims to apply techniques from computer science, operations research, applied mathematics and statistics for balancing environmental, economic, and social needs for sustainable development. VSY are making a great effort to achieve this objective” – concluded Vienna Eleuteri – “and provide the yachting industry with this scientific support that could facilitate in a concrete way the access to sustainable-oriented policies to the entire sector, while respecting the fundamental cost-benefit ratio.”

Cristiana Longarini, VSY Managing Director, was also very pleased to send her special thanks to UIM for the important recognition and for the great opportunity to share the work of the shipyard with the business community and with all the people who love the sea and its values.

Wood Forever Pact encouraging Superyacht Owners to become Ambassadors

March 06, 2014

Wood Forever Pact is encouraging Superyachts Owners who care about deforestation and wish to make a real difference to the environment to become Ambassadors, as part of the flagship project of the ‘Monaco makes a commitment against deforestation’ initiative. This is led by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and is destined for owners of the yachts already built and of over 40 meters in length.

Philippe Mondielli, Scientific Director, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Philippe Mondielli, Scientific Director, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

A single donation, calculated according to the yacht’s displacement, which will be entirely directed towards one of the Foundation’s projects (the owner can opt for a particular one), will make the owner and boat Ambassadors.

As well as the knowledge that one has offset the damage already made to the environment due to the use of wood on the vessel (even though the builder may have used certified timbers), benefits to Ambassadors will include invitations to exclusive events, updates on Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Wood Forever Pact projects, the opportunity to network with likeminded owners and an emblem and flag for the yacht.

The one-off ‘offset’ contribution is calculated at 10 €uros / tonne displacement (ie a 500-tonne superyacht owner would donate 5000 €uros). It is acknowledged that higher displacement yacht construction usually involves the use of more wood and any margins of relative overpayment go towards real action (rather than costly, detailed on-board audits of timbers used).

Wood Forever Pact guarantees all contributions are 100% used for projects and communications without management overheads being deducted.

“We are happy with the enthusiasm from the industry about Wood Forever Pact but realise that it is superyacht owners who ultimately drive the use of woods from properly-managed forests and certified sustainable sources. This is why, alongside yacht builders, we are now also inviting owners to come on board as Wood Forever Pact Ambassadors. Many owners are already very environment-aware but some will have already bought yachts, perhaps built before becoming so aware, and now wish to make a tangible contribution and help to spread the word.” – Philippe Mondielli, Scientific Director, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

A very successful 5th UIM Awards Giving Gala

March 06, 2014

This year’s 5th edition of UIM Awards Giving Gala has been undoubtedly a huge success. Organized at the Salle des Etoiles in the Principality of Monaco, it was an amazing event, where a remarkable audience gathered to crown the last Powerboating season champions and the prominent UIM Awards winners. The event was opened by HSH Prince Albert II in front of 500 guests, which comprised VIPs, national authorities, celebrities, as well as the UIM World Champions and Awards winners.

Prince Albert II and UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli

Prince Albert II and UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli

Monaco gave again a warm welcome to all the Powerboating stakeholders and fans convened from all over the world. Over 60 UIM World Champions from 40 different countries attended the UIM yearly event receiving their well deserved honours. During the Ceremony, the 2013 UIM Environmental Award Winner (Columbus Yachts, 40S Hybrid yacht) and the three UIM Special Mentions (Azimut-Benetti Group, Vripack and VSY) received their recognitions.

This year the Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy has been awarded to Her Royal Highness Princess Ann, Royal Yachting Association President. The RYA is the driving force behind the dedicated training and racing section who constantly strive to reach the highest achievements. The UIM Safety Award in the name of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been given to the Bergamo Scuba Angels for their continuous efforts in performing and improving all the rescue operations in Powerboating races.

The group of Champions

The group of Champions

The UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli stated: “Let me thank HSH Prince Albert II that honoured us with his presence at the cocktail reception and the President of SportAccord Mr. Vizer and all the Presidents and authorities of International Sport Federations who were with us at the Night of our World Champions. We will continue to serve all our stakeholders and our sport’s growth and development through values such as loyalty, dedication and passion. Our World Champions are the best ambassadors for our sport and for our values. We are also proud to be a proactive member of our larger sport family, the ARISF, SportAccord and the overall Olympic Movement and that’s why to keep this large family united and successful we need team spirit among sports, among federations among nations and among our athletes who make our values and message tangible for millions of people worldwide. I do believe that we all, together, can build a bright future.”

Special mention for Azimut-Benetti Group at UIM Environmental Awards 2013

March 03, 2014

Saturday, March 1, at the Salle des Etoiles of Le Sporting Monte Carlo complex in Monaco, saw the UIM Environmental Awards 2013 ceremony. The Awards are sponsored by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), with the aim of promoting excellence in the innovation, development, as well as application of environmentally friendly technologies. During the evening, the Italian luxury yacht builder, Azimut|Benetti, was recognized for its commitment to promoting a culture of environmental safety in the workplace, and in particular for the ‘BS OHSAS 18001′ certification, obtained by the company in December 2013.

Ansalone, Guzzo and Bogetto

Ansalone, Guzzo and Bogetto from Azimut Benetti Group with the UIM Environmental Award 2013

The Group has always stood out for its innovative approach to safeguarding the environment and occupational safety. The UIM special mention for ‘Environmental Benefits’ is the crowning of the path that has led the Group to be the first and only shipyard in the world to have achieved the BS OHSAS 18001 certification for its six production sites: Avigliana, Savona, Varazze, Viareggio, Livorno and Fano.

Once again, the Azimut|Benetti Group stands out for the value and the aims of its investments, implemented in response to medium and long-term strategic plans to improve the company’s work processes and structures from every standpoint. These wide-ranging strategic plans take up a major challenge: to combine excellent craftsmanship with production techniques controlled by innovative and highly technological processes based on industrial models. All this translates into safe and reliable yachts that retain their value over time.

Massimo Guzzo, Safety and Environment Manager of the Azimut|Benetti Group, stated: “This acknowledgment is first of all an acknowledgment that goes to all workers and employees. In addition we are particularly proud because it is a practical demonstration of our commitment to issues concerning the safety of workers and of the environment. For our Group, quality and environmental certifications are the result of important strategic plans based on the belief that the qualities for which we stand out in the world stem from the excellence of our production processes, from our organisation based on industrial models, and from our ability to develop innovative solutions that minimise the possibility of human error. In the case in point, we strongly believe in the validity of these investments, aimed at creating and strengthening a corporate culture rooted in the principles of health and safety, based on the conviction that it is only through a culture of safety that one can build safe yachts designed to last and to hold their value over time.”

Time lapse video: Hauling out of 72m Feadship mega yacht PREDATOR at Monaco Marine

March 03, 2014

Measuring impressive 72,80 meters in length over all, the breath-taking reverse-bow mega yacht Predator is a striking vessel, originally launched by Feadship in 2008. Below is a time lapse video, made by Nicolas Raffi and shared by Monaco Marine on YouTube and their Facebook page, from hauling out of luxury motor yacht Predator at La Ciotat-based shipyard directly inside the paint shed.

Overmarine Group launch 8th motor yacht Mangusta 165 E

February 26, 2014

The all-new motor yacht Mangusta 165 E was launched from the Overmarine Group’s private wharf in Italy‘s Viareggio on Thursday, February 6. Representing the eighth unit of Maxi Open Mangusta fleet flagship, superyacht Mangusta 165 E will be shortly handed over to her new Owner during an official ceremony. She will make her world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2014 in September.

8th superyacht Mangusta 165 R by Overmarine Group

8th superyacht Mangusta 165 R by Overmarine Group - Photo credit to Reply Story courtesy of the Owner

Since 2007, when Mangusta 165 yacht was first presented, this model has lent herself to becoming an icon and reference point on the world panorama: 8 units already in the water, with a ninth shortly to follow in fewer than 6 years tell of just how extraordinary and unique this Maxi Open is. Indeed, she is the pride of a Group which has known how to look forward and invest well over the past few years.

Measuring 50 metres in length, superyacht Mangusta 165 is able to reach a speed of 40 knots making her the fastest composite Maxi Open Yacht ever to be built. She knows no rivals in terms of comfort, either: the volumes of the yacht can be compared to a three deck vessel of the same dimension, although this cannot be gleaned from the outside owing to her pure lines and sporty profile.

The extraordinary combination of linear stress and expression of line gives this model an elegant character which is simultaneously distinctive and powerful. She is a masterpiece of distinctive, elegant, timeless design, conveying balance and dynamism and offering at the same time extremely high levels of onboard comfort, safety and practicality. This particular yacht is, however, even more unique, insomuch as she has been called 165 E, where ‘E’ stands for “Evolution”.

There are a number of new aesthetic-structural features, fruit of the Owner’s requests which the shipyard’s design department has interpreted perfectly and integrated into the yacht: a new side window, a large single pane of glass by the main salon, providing excellent visibility from the inside and letting in even more natural light. Moreover, alterations have been made to the flybridge, the superstructure of which has been redesigned in order to house a large U-shaped divan, giving this yacht more modern, aggressive lines.

In addition, there is a ‘top’ performance, where the word “performance” not only describes their dynamism and stability, but is also extended to on-board comfort: process control, the type of composite structures used, soundproofing, vibration control, ergonomic layouts, everything has been studied in painstaking detail in order to guarantee quality, excellence and wellbeing onboard at high speeds.

However, the Mangusta 165 E yacht is also unique because of the wealth and quantity of the materials used onboard. Valuable materials, lacquering and chromaticism have been used between the main salon and guest area, and also externally: more than 10 different kinds of woods and lacquering, all of which unique and valuable, at least 7 different kinds of marble, including exquisite Blue Tiger Eye, lots of precious leathers, like ray leather, and much more, glass, mother of pearl, onyx,..

The biggest ever Monaco Yacht Show 2014 to feature 118 superyachts

February 25, 2014

This year’s 24th edition of the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, representing the world’s largest showcase of super and megayachts afloat, will be the biggest ever, thanks to its expanded exhibition area, as well as berthing for 118 superyachts. The event will run at Port Hercules from September 24 to 27, 2014.

Monaco Yacht Show - Photo credit to Tom Vano

Monaco Yacht Show - Photo credit to Tom Vano

“The demand for space at MYS has always been a challenge for more than ten years,” said Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Monaco Yacht Show, “The improving global economy and expanding demand in developing economies for exclusive products and services like what can offer the superyachting industry was full of meaning for us and for Monaco also. Jointly with the Monaco Governement, the MYS has achieved to extend the footprint in 2014, which will enable to welcome the jewel of international superyachting to Monaco, world capital of yachting”.

General layout - New exhibition

General layout - New exhibition

The MYS floating area has been extended to the port entrance in front of the new Monaco Yacht Club and Quai Rainier 1er Grand Amiral de France, opening space for 118 yachts up to 120 metres for an average length over 50 metres. The exhibition area is also wider, with around 400 additional square metres for stands.

This annual, one-of-a-kind event attracts industry leaders and billionaires from around the world to catch up on the latest trends in the superyacht industry and acquire these Jewels of the Seas in the glamorous setting of the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 – 24th edition
24-27 September 2014
Port Hercules – Principality of Monaco