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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

Striking luxury yacht OCEAN EMERALD and superyacht OCEAN SAPPHIRE available for MONACO GRAND PRIX yacht charter

February 22, 2014

Two fantastic and striking charter yachts Ocean Emerald and Ocean Sapphire are available for 2014 Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter. To be held from 22nd to 25th May, the upcoming Formula 1 Grand Prix is one of Europe’s premiere social events, taking place in Monaco. Luxury yacht OCEAN EMERALD and superyacht OCEAN SAPPHIRE are two exceptional vessels, available for Cote D’Azure yacht charter, as well as other nearby locations around the Mediterranean.

Luxury yacht Ocean Pearl - sistership to Ocean Emerald and Ocean Sapphire

Luxury yacht Ocean Pearl - sistership to Ocean Emerald and Ocean Sapphire

41M OCEAN EMERALD superyacht

The 41m OCEAN EMERALD yacht is a modern vessel, built by Rodriguez Yachts and launched in 2009. Her radical and innovative interior was designed by Norman Foster and accommodates 12 charter guests in five stylish cabins with top-quality amenities.

Motor Yacht OCEAN EMERALD - bow

Motor Yacht OCEAN EMERALD - bow

Her spacious interior and exterior areas, make this yacht an excellent charter vessel, offering up to 30 percent increase in space in comparison to other yachts of her size. Unique features of Ocean Emerald include her floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for plenty of natural light and great connection between the interior, exterior and the yacht’s surroundings. The main deck boats a home cinema in the saloon, as well as amazing lighting system, capable of altering the moods from bright beach house to sultry lounge-bar feel.

Motor Yacht OCEAN EMERALD - dining

Motor Yacht OCEAN EMERALD - dining

The sun deck is equipped with sun-beds, a bar as well as gym gear. The upper deck saloon boats a cappuccino bar, a games station and an exterior deck, perfect for leisurely al-fresco dining or stylish entertaining. More information about luxury yacht OCEAN EMERALD …

41m Rodriguez Yacht

41m Rodriguez Yacht

41M OCEAN SAPPHIRE superyacht

The 41m OCEAN SAPPHIRE yacht is a sistership to Ocean Emerald and boasts similar, modern and stylish features, and is equipped to highest of standards. Her accommodation is also divided into three double cabins and two twin cabins, accommodating 12 charter guests in total. There is a crew of 7 in 4 crew cabins.

Ocean Sapphire -  Upper deck exterior

Ocean Sapphire - Upper deck exterior

Just like her sistership, she has spacious and light interior well suited for entertainment and socialising. Her communal areas benefit from abundant natural light, highlighting the pale coloured woods, light surfaces and the contemporary interior decor. Her natural teak decking extends from the aft deck to the saloon providing a continuous visual transition between the exterior and interior areas.  More information about motor yacht OCEAN SAPPHIRE …

Ocean Sapphire - Upper deck exterior 2

Ocean Sapphire - Upper deck exterior 2


One of the most stylish and comfortable ways to enjoy the renowned Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 race is on board a luxury vessel. Chartering a yacht for this exiting event gives you the flexibility to entertain and enjoy the race at the same time. It also allows for easy access to and from Monaco during this extremely busy period. You can combine your Grand Prix luxury superyacht charter with a fabulous holiday, exploring the rest of the Western Mediterranean in luxury and comfort. Southern France offers a beautiful coastline, oozing with energy and excitement, as well as glamour and luxury.

If you are interested in the above yachts, or other Monaco Grand Prix yacht rentals, contact our professional brokers.

Yacht ULYSSES – now Motor Yacht Grand Rusalina refitted by Monaco Marine

February 21, 2014

During a mere routine pre-sale boat lift, Monaco Marine‘s engineers noticed an extensive failure in the propulsion system of the 59m Trinity yacht Ulysses – now motor yacht Grand Rusalina. They immediately suggested a deeper diagnosis test and unmistakably found that the whole transmission system was damaged. In front of the efficiency and perspicacity of Monaco Marine’s engineers, the captain and the buyer’s representative asked for a quote, in order to perform the repair of superyacht Ulysses.

59m Trinity superyacht Grand Rusalina (ex Ulysses) at Monaco Marine

59m Trinity superyacht Grand Rusalina (ex Ulysses) at Monaco Marine

First technical and logistical feat, less than three days were necessary to make a complete diagnosis and thus be able to give a quote and a work schedule with a firm launch date, end of January 2014, thus only 60 days after luxury yacht Ulysses reached La Ciotat.

The whole Monaco Marine engineering team headed by Cyprien Milhe, in charge of this unexpected mission, worked very hard to offer a quick solution to meet the customer’s needs, the Lloyd’s regulatory requirements and a tough schedule with no possible delays! Each step of this repair was supervised and analysed in this view!

Here lies Monaco Marine’s second technical achievement, they were able to meet the deadline despite the complexity of works. The intervention consisted in a complete realignment of the propeller shafts and checking some bearings, axles and other parts at the hundredth of millimeter that they controlled, modified and even machined in their own precision engineering workshops. Many vibration tests were made during the whole process and because Monaco Marine’s engineers are approved by most major certification organizations for complex operations like applying the engine Chockfast process, they were able to rapidly achieve all these works in-house in keeping with Lloyd’s requirements.

Monaco Marine are proud that their teams, thanks to their expertise and total commitment to the client’s satisfaction, have won this challenge while meeting the deadline: in less than 60 days, Ulysses yacht is cruising again, ready for her future owner.

Technical Specifications of superyacht Grand Rusalina (ex Ulysses)

Length: 59 m/192’
Width: 10,97 m/36’
Draft: 2,83 m/9.3’
Constructor: Trinity USA
Construction/Refit: 2003/2007
Material: Steel/Alu
Accommodation: 14 guests/9 crew
Engine: 2 x 1 500 ch Caterpillar 3512B
Cruising speed: 12 nds
Autonomy: 8 000 milles
Certification: Lloyd’s Register, MCA

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with luxury yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich

February 21, 2014

Designing innovative luxury yachts from 1997, Stefano Pastrovich, with a background in architecture, started his career collaborating on the 57m charter yacht SenseS while working for Martin Francis studio.  This collaboration further led to a commission by Kusch Yachts, developing the imposing 113m superyacht Le Grand Bleu. In 2000, Pastrovich was appointed Chief Designer at the Wally style office, where he worked on the styling of Wallypower yachts. Since 2005, although continuing to work on the styling of Wally’s powerboats, Stefano Pastrovich operates his own design office, with a new studio located in Monaco.



Why have you chosen Monaco for your new office?

Monaco is the best place for a yacht designer to be, because of its relevance to the industry. I don’t mean to say that the previous location wasn’t good. The studio was located in a beautiful place, excellent for yachting, but Monaco provides more possibilities to further develop my business. I do travel a lot, as the shipyards I work with are located all around the world, but when the spring comes, so do my clients. I just cross the street from my office, take a tender and go on board my clients’ yachts. It simplifies everything for me, for the customer, and it’s better for business.

What are the services offered by Stefano Pastrovich Studio?

It is very simple, everything you see, we will do. Imagine having a blank page. The client choses a 70-metre vessel, tells us he would like to cruise around Antarctica, or perhaps around Sardinia or the French Riviera. He tells us his ideas on how he wants to use the boat and we design everything; exterior as well as the interior. I believe there is no other way to design a yacht. Interior and exterior are strongly interconnected. When we meet our clients, we tell them, that we will take care of everything they see. The lines and the shape of the vessel, exterior spaces, rails, decking, windows, on the interior choosing the fabrics, furniture, decorations and so on. The only part we don’t design is what you cannot see, what is behind the furniture and the walls; the plumbing, electricity or structural details. Of course there are the exceptions, like the Wally yachts. Creating these yachts, there is a large connection between the structure and the overall design. Here the structure has become the design of the vessel. The Wally 118 yacht was the first example.

I also like to challenge myself and the engineers; supporting innovative engineering. Although I am not an engineer, I do have a good eye as well as a real life experience in sailing as well as flying gliders and airplanes. This provides me with a good knowledge and inspiration to proceed in a right direction. In yachting you have to have a lot of sense of realism. There is plenty of space for innovation, in terms of design and engineering, and good common sense is a perfect guide to take you to the right solutions.



From designer’s point of view, what do you believe is needed to create that perfect superyacht?

There is no perfect yacht. I am a little bit out of the ordinary and I strongly reflect myself when I design something or ask my guys to design something. So if I were to design the perfect yacht, it would be a yacht that reflects myself and my beliefs.  The perfect yacht boasts good aesthetics and is very elegant, as I am obsessed with the elegance at the sea. I think some boats are too aggressive in their lines. The sea, being a wonderful part of the nature, is best coupled with an elegant and aesthetically pleasing vessel. At the same time, I like to be active when on water. I like surfing, diving, sailing and have a good time in the company of my friends. I like to enjoy the sea, so the best boat for me would be elegant with amenities allowing me to have fun on board.

Clients have now understood the way I work and the boats I design. I design yachts that offer endless possibilities to appreciate the different colours of the nature and the sea. The Owner of luxury yacht MYSTERE SHADOW for example. Although not a beautiful vessel, the main goal was to provide her with more toys, to allow her Owner to really enjoy the boat. He also owns super yacht LIFE SAGA, a very luxurious vessel. Although, LIFE SAGA is the more beautiful and more luxurious one, he almost never stays on board, but prefers to enjoy the many possibilities for water sports and amenities MYSTERE SHADOW has.

The perfect combination for me is a boat that is a luxury yacht and at the same time a shadow boat. One that has ten tenders, five jet-skis, kite surfs, motorcycle, a hammer; everything that you can imagine incorporated in her original concept. The idea is to have all equipment on board, and have the space created right from the birth of the yacht. Having a yacht and trying to accommodate for all the toys and equipment additionally is very difficult and inconvenient.

You mentioned the 42m motor yacht Life Saga. She is one of your more recent projects and you have been asked to refit her interior. What was the design brief behind this project?

The design-brief was completely different to what I did. This is typical of me. As I mentioned before, the client is also the owner of Mystere Shadow. He was very happy with the previous project, in fact we are building now a 72-metre yacht for him. The summer before I finished Mystere Shadow, and during the Monaco Yacht Show that year, he asked me to refresh the interior of Life Saga. To be honest with you, I am not good at just changing the fabrics and the colour palette of the interior. So, I said to him, that I need to destroy something and make more significant changes for it to work. I told him that we need to do three kinds of refits; a high-level refit where we will dismantle the part of the vessel where he will stay the most: the main deck, the main saloon and the main dining area. Then we will have a very low-level refit, which includes the guest cabins, changing the fabrics and the colour, without touching the wood. And last, we will apply a medium-level refit, in the sky lounge. Here we will retouch some of the volume, plus change the colours and some of the furniture. Although it ended up costing more than he had original budgeted, he loved it and he agreed. But this is the way I work. I am very brave and very honest.

The biggest change we applied was to the saloon. We have divided the main saloon from the main dining area with a sliding door and opened up the aft of the saloon, in order for it to directly communicate with the outdoor area. This way we have achieved a feeling that the exterior terrace is the continuation of the interior saloon. Instead of the original side-opening, we have created a central circular sliding glass door. To increase the feeling of space we created two semi-circles in the main dining and main saloon. The windows were repositioned in a very precise place in order  to create the sense of spaciousness and feeling of openness.

Motor Yacht 42m LIFE SAGA - Main Saloon - Credit Giovanni Malgarini

Motor Yacht 42m LIFE SAGA - Main Saloon - Credit Giovanni Malgarini

What are some of the specific challenges and difficulties when it comes to creating a new interior or exterior for a luxury yacht under refit?

There is no such thing as difficult. It is the same level of difficulty as creating  a brand-new boat. To re-design a boat is not just about looking at the vessel and coming up with an idea. There is a procedure. There is a set of rules to follow. The first step is to start cleaning, taking out the elements that are disturbing. ‘Is it the corridor, the material? What is killing the soul of this vessel?’ Once you reach the real soul of the yacht, then you start adding. Just like a relationship between a man and a woman. You have to get to know her, before you can really understand her and her needs. It is the same with a yacht, once you understand the boat, the boat itself will offer you the ideas of what to do.

What keeps you inspired?

Imagine that there is a vessel that doesn’t inspire you at all. First we need to see what the client would like to enjoy with his boat; the sea, the panorama. You start understanding how sleeping, walking on your boat would be, how to best appreciate the yacht, creating the right flow between the exterior and the interior. I design mainly with the exterior in mind. My main goal is to create yachts that allow you to fully appreciate the sea.

There are many Owners that like to keep their yachts private, however there are those that choose to offer their vessel for charter. What are the most important facts to take into consideration when designing a yacht that will be used for charter?

There is no real difference, in my opinion. It is similar to owning a house. Either you would like to keep it private for yourself, or you don’t mind sharing it with others. It might be convenient for the owner to charter the yacht, but for us designers, architect it does not make any difference.

What is the main difference when it comes to designing a sailing yacht as opposed to a motor yacht?

I sail a lot and my passion is sailing, however designing a sailing yacht is a lot more challenging. In sailing, the customers tend to be more conservative, so it is difficult to pursue your customer to follow any innovative ideas in terms of design. I would like to design more sailing boats, however there is a big partition between the two businesses. The customers have to trust you and there is an attitude that if you do motor yachts, you cannot do sailing yachts. Owners who follow regattas around the world and are passionate sailors, are completely different to those that have power boats. From the designer’s point of view, power boats give you a possibility to be more creative and come up with ideas that are more extravagant. Clients that own performance or racing sailing yachts might not care that much about the extravagant aesthetics of the yacht, concentrating more on the performance.

What, in your opinion, does the future of superyacht design and naval architecture hold?

I think the future will see more mono-volumed vessels. We have evolved a lot from a typical ‘wedding-cake’ layout. Shipyards started building with more hull volume and less superstructure. Feadship is perhaps one of the first shipyards which have started building yachts with less superstructure and more hull volume. One example is the 73m Feadship yacht Predator.

Another trend we will see is the continuous increase in yachts which are more eco-friendly. One of my projects is the 99m mega yacht XVINTAGE in cooperation with Fincantieri and Wartsila, designed to run on a liquefied natural gas (LNG). XVINTAGE features a very innovative dual engine, which can switch from diesel to LNG. Although, we see more eco-friendly alternatives to the traditional fuel, there are too many oil-interest in the world. I think the problems related to energy saving will continue for a long time. Maybe in 50 years we will see a major change, but not now.

MY69 Enterprise -credit STEFANO PASTROVICH

MY69 Enterprise -credit STEFANO PASTROVICH

Can you reveal any new projects that you are currently working on?

We are currently working on two 70-metre vessels that are under construction. We are using commercial shipyards, which are amongst the best in the world. The vessels boast a combination of elements typical of commercial vessels with the utmost in luxury found on superyachts. We are also working on a 72-metre superyacht concept, which should be finalised soon.. Unfortunately, no other details can be revealed at this stage.

If you were to name one project that is truly significant in some way to you, which project would it be?

All the projects are very different and equally important to me. They have been created during different stages of my life, in collaboration with different people and atmosphere that surrounded the design process. I was facing unique challenges with every single one of these vessels. The Wally Power yachts were very important, just like the 83-metre research vessel, which was a beautiful experience. I also have a client that has taken me on a ride in a submarine, so I could experience what science means to him, and design his yacht in a best way possible. Le Grand Bleu is a boat that I detest and love at the same time. It is a vessel that I designed early in my carrier, but it provided me with an important knowledge and great experience. All of my works are equally significant to me, but all of them in a different way.

2014 Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charter: Sunseeker yachts VEUVE and IN ALL FAIRNESS

February 13, 2014

A great way to experience the thrilling sensation of the Monaco Grand Prix is by chartering a luxury yacht and enjoying the race from the aft deck, in a company of good friends, colleagues or business partners. The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter boats include the popular Sunseeker 88 yacht VEUVE and the Sunseeker 28 IN ALL FAIRNESS yacht. This year’s race will be held from the 22nd to 25th of May, when Monaco’s streets will transform into the world’s best known racetrack in the Formula 1 Grand Prix Circuit.

Monaco Grand Prix - Photo by Jean-Marc Follete - credit to Automobile Club de Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix - Photo by Jean-Marc Follete - Credit to Automobile Club de Monaco

Chartering a yacht for this important and exciting event offers an excellent alternative to the more traditional hotel accommodation. A luxury super yacht is also well suited for a private cocktail reception or a sumptuous party on board, thanks to the vast deck space and all the technical expertise for on board entertainment these luxury vessels offer. Your stay can be organise to suite every single one of your needs, either in collaboration with the yacht’s on board crew and her Chef, or in conjunction with outside caterers, DJs and event organisers.

About the Monaco Grand Prix Formula One race

Since its beginning in 1929, Monaco Grand Prix has been considered as one of the most distinguished automobile races in the world, together wit the Indianapolis 500 and the 24-hour Le Mans; known as the Triple Crown of MotorSports. In addition to being a top sporting event, is is also one of Mediterranean’s premiere social highlights, with numerous celebrities and world’s top corporations visiting the Principality of Monaco to enjoy the glamour and the excitement the race is associated with.

Sunseeker 88 charter yacht VEUVE

Built by the renowned British builder Sunseeker and launched in 2010, motor yacht VEUVE accommodates eight charter guests in four luxurious and comfortable cabins, all with en-suite facilities. The accommodation is divided into one master stateroom, one VIP and two twin/double guest cabins. A crew of 4 highly professional members are there to cater for your needs, and make sure your experience on board exceeds all of your expectations.

Luxury motor yacht VEUVE

Luxury motor yacht VEUVE

Thanks to her vast decks and clever layout, VEUVE also provides a great platform for entertainment and social gatherings, as well as relaxation. On the inside, the saloon offers an open-plan dining and lounging area, which leads to the large cockpit aft; a fantastic area for an al-fresco meal or a small gathering with friends, family and colleagues. More about VEUVE yacht …

VEUVE yacht - Suite

VEUVE yacht - Suite

Sunseeker 28 charter yacht IN ALL FAIRNESS

Launched in 2012, IN ALL FAIRNESS yacht is another fantastic vessel by Sunseeker offering exceptional comfort at anchor as well as on rough waters, thanks to her zero-speed stabilisers. Accommodation is provided to eight charter guests in 4 well-appointed suites, incorporating one master cabin, on VIP cabin, a double cabin as well as a twin cabin. IN ALL FAIRNESS superyacht is serviced by an attentive and professional crew of 4.



One of the main features of motor yacht IN ALL FAIRNESS is her main deck glazing, which provides uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling views of her surroundings. Other outstanding features include a drop-down bulwark balcony and a great bow sun deck area. The foredeck and flybridge boast a novel sun pad and seating area; excellent for socialising or simply unwinding. More about IN ALL FAIRNESS yacht …

Sunseeker IN ALL FAIRNESS -  Main Salon

Sunseeker IN ALL FAIRNESS - Main Salon

What better way to enjoy such an important and prestigious event as the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix than aboard a luxury yacht, watching the race in the comfort of your boat, just a step away from the privacy of your own suite and great ease of commuting in and out of Monaco? If you would like to know more about chartering a yacht for the race or would like to have a list of additional yachts available, don’t hesitate to contact our professional and friendly team here.

Dunya motor yacht AXIOMA (ex Red Square) shortlisted for World Superyacht Award 2014

February 04, 2014

Dunya Yachts is delighted to announce that motor yacht Axioma (ex Red Square) has been shortlisted for the World Superyacht Award 2014 in the ‘Displacement Motoryacht 1,300 – 1,999GT’ category. Following her huge success at the Monaco Yacht Show 2013, the impressive 72,5m displacement superyacht Axioma joins the ranks of the finest luxury yachts handed over in 2013 to be considered for one of the prominent Neptune Awards.

72,5m mega yacht Axioma (ex Red Square) by Dunya Yachts

72,5m mega yacht Axioma (ex Red Square) by Dunya Yachts

Luxury yacht Axioma is the debut launch for Tuzla-based Dunya Yachts and the remarkable result of a truly global collaboration, with exterior styling from Sterling Scott and interior design from the late Alberto Pinto. Sedat Ergün, President of Dunya Yachts, highlights the perfectionist attitude to creating the first build from the yard, and the importance of working with the best suppliers and craftsmen in the business, as key to her appeal.

“We are thrilled with the impact that M/Y Axioma has made, and feel that she represents the quality and beauty that is expected from the best superyacht professionals in the world,” said Ergün. “We worked with some of the most experienced brains and craftsmen in the business to create a world-class vessel that will continue to be a showcase of what the Dunya Yachts brand can achieve. M/Y Axioma is the standard-bearer for our pedigree.”

When it came to mega yacht Axioma’s design, the team chose to spotlight bold style as well as practicality. The vessel’s exterior provides guests with a wide choice of both private and convivial spaces across four decks. Two generous pools, expansive lounging space and dining areas aft are complemented by secluded lounging and dining area on the bridge deck and a private terrace forward of the master cabin.

With a design brief of ‘beach house style’, the celebrated late designer Alberto Pinto chose a modern yet comfortable combination of natural woods and sumptuous soft furnishings. As his last superyacht project, Axioma yacht is testament to Pinto’s outstanding talents and will surely have a strong impact on the jury of World Superyacht Award judges.

Dunya Yachts’ daring debut, which was completed on spec by the yard and sold during the Monaco Yacht Show, features many revolutionary shifts for the general layout of a vessel of this size. These were made possible by the painstaking attention to detail from the yard’s management team and Ergün himself. Most striking is the main salon’s double-deck gallery, providing a sense of vast space and light usually reserved for large land-based residences.

For practical purposes, Dunya Yachts brought the gym, spa and steam room up from the lower decks to provide a more inviting environment for guests, and moved the movie theatre to the lower deck. All guest suites have been brought up to the main deck, with expansive windows to showcase the stunning views of the water. Superyacht Axioma  sleeps 12 guests in six suites, including a full beam master suite with panoramic
views forward.

The World Superyacht Awards finalists, chosen by the Boat International Media expert teams, will now be considered by a jury of 21 judges including 19 superyacht owners. The awards ceremony to announce the winners will take place at a spectacular gala on 3 May at Amsterdam’s Het Scheepvaartmuseum, the National Maritime Museum, in Holland. The event, now in its ninth year, is attended by superyacht owners and the leading names of the superyacht industry.

This award nomination announcement is not the first for Axioma superyacht. She has been named as a finalist for ShowBoats International’s Golden Neptune Awards, the winners of which will be announced at a gala hosted atthe Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria on 24 February.

“Considering the superb vessels launched by world renowned builders in 2013, we are honoured to be included as a finalist, particularly as M/Y Axioma is our first launch,” added Ergün. “Whatever the results in May, we are proud to have her representing us on the world’s oceans”.

New images and videos of 80m DART Yacht Concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch

January 24, 2014

The prestigious Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, has unveiled the new images and videos of the impressive 80-metre DART yacht concept, developed in partnership with the world-renowned UK design studio, Andrew Winch Designs. Mega yacht DART concept was officially presented at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show.

80m motor yacht DART concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch Designs

80m motor yacht DART concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch Designs

Inspired by the natural world, enhanced by the most advanced energy-efficient technologies, optimised for ultimate performance and lifestyle in sailing yacht or motor yacht interpretations, superyacht DART is an 80m/ 262ft vessel that totally connects with its ocean environment.

DART superyacht concept - Layout

DART superyacht concept from above

Luxury yacht DART like no other, is a yacht that celebrates an intimate relationship with the surrounding ocean. Where some yachts project an image that is alien to their marine environment, DART has sleek and sinuous lines in harmony with the surrounding. Where the amenity of some yachts feels akin to that of a prestige city hotel, DART offers the ambiance of the ultimate shore-side boutique hotel; she has a beach deck and pool that provide the perfect connection with the surrounding waters when at anchor or underway; a dramatically sculpted and glazed hard chine above the waterline, bringing in reflections of ocean light and a window on the marine world. The sea-level amenities are complemented by magnificent panoramic outlooks from top decks and flybridge.

80m superyacht DART

80m superyacht DART

Luxury motor yacht DART

Luxury motor yacht DART

80m sailing yacht DART

80m sailing yacht DART

With her remarkable styling, her close connection with the marine environment, her unsurpassed efficiency and performance, superyacht DART is a yacht for truly discerning individuals seeking a lifestyle that, only in the fullness of time, can be experienced let alone be appreciated.

Below is a video showing the new 80m motor yacht DART design:

Below is a video showing the new 80m sailing yacht DART design:

Fifth UIM World Champions Awards Giving Gala, March 1, 2014

January 17, 2014

The UIM will play a host to its fifth UIM World Champions Awards Giving Gala, set to take place at the prominent Salle des Etoiles in Monaco, on Saturday, March 1, 2014. During the event, the international governing body of Powerboating will reward the World’s best racers and celebrate the successes of the 2013 season. This special event will be hosting VIP guests, top representatives from National Authorities, International Sport Federations and Institutions, Boatyard Industry, as well as International Media.

Class 1 racing at the 2013 World Powerboat Championship - Photo by Simon Palfrader

Class 1 racing at the 2013 World Powerboat Championship - Photo by Simon Palfrader

Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, UIM President stated: “We are very proud to organize this prestigious event with all our Word Champions and key stakeholders also this year in the Principality of Monaco. This occasion, year after year, has developed into one of the main happenings for all our top athletes. I am looking forward to another extraordinary experience”.

The last racing season has been a very successful for the Powerboating movement. 47 World titles awarded to 75 individual racers. Over 100 International events hosted by the almost 60 UIM National Authorities. These figures show how the sport of Powerboating is global and successful.

Monaco landscape - Photo by Bahar Pierre

Monaco landscape - Photo by Bahar Pierre

Along with the UIM 2013 World Champions who will receive their awards on stage, the UIM will also present several other significant recognitions such as the “Stefano Casiraghi Memorial Trophy”, the Safety Award, the Sam Griffith Memorial Trophy, and moreover the 2013 UIM Environmental Award and the Special Mentions which recognize outstanding environmental leaders, whether individuals or organizations, that have exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and applications for the Environment.