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Humphreys Yacht Design – A Wood Forever Pact Partner

November 11, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

September’s Monaco Yacht Show 2014 saw ten Superyacht Designers sign up to the Wood Forever Pact (WFP) by HSH Prince Albert II, including the prestigious UK luxury yacht design, Humphreys Yacht Design.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco with Wood Forever Pact Partners at MYS 2014 - Photo copyright Alberto Colman www yachtpublicity com

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco with Wood Forever Pact Partners at MYS 2014 - Photo copyright Alberto Colman/

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco met with designers from ten superyacht design firms that have signed up as Wood Forever Pact Partners – as well as two WFP Members, builders VSY and Burger – at the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation stand (QP 42) in the Monaco Yacht Show on 24 September.

Designers of Superyachts who care about deforestation have the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment by becoming Partners of Wood Forever Pact.

Wood Forever Pact is the flagship project of the ‘Monaco makes a commitment against deforestation’ initiative, led by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

The first superyacht design studios to sign up are:

•             Claydon Reeves

•             Michael Leach Design

•             Bannenberg + Rowell

•             Redman Whiteley Dixon

•             Adam Lay Studio

•             Reymond Langton Design

•             Humphreys Yacht Design

•             Ciarmoli Queda Studio (CQS)

•             Espen Oeino International

•             GL Watson & Co

Committed to specifying only certified woods, these designers have pledged to introduce clients – who they are designing (or have designed) superyachts for – to Wood Forever Pact (also proposing that superyacht owners become WFP Ambassadors) and raise awareness of the benefits of using woods sourced from well-managed forests.

Rob Humphreys, pictured second to the left of HSH Prince Albert II, commented: “We have designed a great number of wood/epoxy boats over the years and with the Tempus Class wood is extremely high on our agenda these days, so it’s great to support the valuable efforts of the Wood Forever Pact”.

Successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for Claydon Reeves

November 07, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s Monaco Yacht Show was a resounding success for Claydon Reeves. During the event, the prestigious UK design studio presented their motor yacht Project Chuan. Superyacht Chuan (means dynamic flow of water in Chinese) was designed in partnership with BMT Nigel Gee. The model of the studio’s 70m mega yacht Project Caspian was displayed at Benetti’s stand, positioned further along the quay.

Claydon Reeves Stand at 2014 MYS

Claydon Reeves Stand at 2014 MYS

The Claydon Reeves team attended several parties at the brand new Monaco Yacht Club which was wonderfully chic, light and spacious.  It is a truly fabulous location with breathtaking views over Port Hercules and across to the old town.

HSH Prince Albert II at 2014 MYS

HSH Prince Albert II at 2014 MYS

On day one of the show Mike Reeves met with HSH Prince Albert II for a photo opportunity with the other sponsors of the Wood Forever Pact.  He was also briefly interviewed by Riviera Radio.

Superyacht manufacturer Nobiskrug announces new global market positioning

November 07, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The world-renowned German superyacht manufacturer, Nobiskrug, has announced the launch of their world-wide new branding strategy as well as market positioning for the superyacht branch, which started with the Monaco Yacht Show, on September 24th, 2014.


Based on history and tradition, the large merger of three major shipyards in Northern Germany, with over 1,000 own employees including 200 in-house engineers, over 800 vessels built and multiple international achievement awards won, all these place Nobiskrug within the top range of superyacht builders in the world.

Nobiskrug sends out the message, that with their expertise, their ingenuity and engineering power and their high quality in detail they will build superyachts for the 22nd century – yachts that will last for generations. They see the new direction and position of the company based on classic maritime values primarily as future oriented, modern, sustainable and innovation-driven. The new market position will carry through every small aspect of the company and will redefine their approach of building superyachts entirely.

The initial ad campaign as well as the re-launch of a new complete website is supported by children and their visionary dreams and hopes. The viewer has the chance to join in the feeling of dreaming and realising visions together with the team of Nobiskrug and looking into the 22nd century, thinking two generations ahead.

Sea Tecnologies unveils new KITE 7.2 yacht tender concept

November 05, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sea Tecnologies is proud to introduce the all-new KITE 7.2 yacht tender concept, representing a compact version of the innovative KITEALIKE 30’ LIMO. One of the unique features of this luxury yacht tender is that it is both a luxury limo as well as fast runabout in one.

New KITE 7.2 yacht tender by Sea Tecnologies

New KITE 7.2 yacht tender by Sea Tecnologies

KITE 7.2 boasts contemporary classic design with avant guard finish in every detail. With its ultra lightweight fiberglass roof, KITE 7.2 superyacht tender is a comfortable limo to transfer guest’s or equally to cruise along a scenic coast, always securely protected from wind and water spray.

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender

The roof can be quickly and easily removed or lowered, as required.

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender from above

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender from above

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - upview

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - upview

Lounges aboard allow for comfortable seating for up to 8 guests plus the captain.

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 yacht tender - aft view

KITE 7.2 luxury yacht tender is powered by a Volvo190 hp (option 220 hp). It has a top speed of 35 knots.

Technical data of KITE 7.2 yacht tender

LOA: 7.20 m

BEAM: 2.50 m

WEIGHT: 2.000 kg

HEIGHT: 1.45 m

DRAFT: 0.65 m

PAX: 8+1

ENGINE: Volvo 190/220 hp sterndrive

SPEED cruise: 25 knots

SPEED top: 33/35 knots

FUEL: 150 l

WATER: 40 l

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender - Layout

KITE 7.2 superyacht tender - Layout

Philippe Briand presents 46m sailing yacht PS46 at the Monaco Yacht Show 2014

November 03, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Luxury sailing yacht PS46 was introduced at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show in September, representing the latest project out of the Philippe Briand design team, in partnership with Tony Hambrook and Alloy Yachts. The 46m (151’) superyacht PS46 is a striking performance sloop, developed as a fully engineered turnkey project, with a range of personalised options.

Luxury sailing yacht PS46 by Philippe Briand and Alloy Yachts

Luxury yacht PS46 is ready to commence build immediately and is offered with a reduced build time.  The design has been developed to cater to those owners looking for a high quality individual build, without the time and cost that a full custom boat usually demands.

With Philippe Briand and Alloy Yachts having many years expertise in sailboat design and construction the PS46 yachts is set to be a winning formula. The design represents many of the most popular features of their respective award winning fleets.

“I believe the 46 m should be a very attractive size for owners. At this length, our design offers a roomier interior, raised up saloon and a huge owner’s private space in all of the three versions of the layout. She is also the largest performing “PANAMAX” sloop we can design, her mast reaching the limit of 62.5 m above the water (performance version). Together with my team, we are very happy to bring all of our experience to the design of the PS46 and to collaborate, from inception, with such a highly skilled team such as Alloy yachts. We are confident that we will create together the best of the PS46’s,” said Philippe Briand, Naval Architect.

“Fully optimized, with all engineering design work complete, this exciting design offers our customers the quality and individuality of a custom build, at a fixed cost without the time investment that a custom build often requires,” said Tony Hambrook, Managing Director of Alloy Yachts.

Following the successful launch of the multiple award winning 67m mega yacht Vertigo, this partnership between Alloy and Briand was a natural fit.  Briand have designed more than 20 super sailing yachts and Alloy Yachts has built more than 40 of them.

The striking 46M super yacht PS46 is a fast performance sloop design. Speed on the water is an important requirement for many owners and Briand’s expertise in streamlined fast hulls lends itself perfectly to this project.

With the overall design and engineering set, the PS46 superyacht design can be personalised to her owner in several ways. The base sail package can be further optimised with an optional race upgrade that includes a PANAMAX rig, carbon rigging and extended sail plan. Owners can choose between three distinct interior design packages developed by the Alloy Interior Design Team for the ultimate luxury and comfort on board.

All together,  an attractive package and partnership.

Technical Specifications of super yacht PS46:

Project Name PS46

Designer/Naval Architect  Philippe Briand

Interior Designer Alloy Yachts

Classifications Compliance with the Large Commercial Yacht code LY3, Lloyds 100 A1 SSC YACHTMONO G6MCH

LOA   46.25m

LWL   42.30m

Beam (max) 9.20m

Draft  4m (keel raised) 6.5m (keel lowered)

Air Draft  PS46 – 60.59M / HPS46-62.45M

Lightship Weight  227 tonnes

Gross Tonnage  259

Ballast 43 tonnes approx.

Tansu Yachts announces new order for 43m motor yacht PROJECT CYCLONE

October 31, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Tansu Yachts is delighted to announce that they have signed a new order for the 43-metre motor yacht Project Cyclone. The contract for the all-new superyacht Project Cyclone was signed just a few weeks after the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show.

New 43m superyacht Project Cyclone by Tansu Yachts

New 43m superyacht Project Cyclone by Tansu Yachts

A very experienced client directly contacted Tansu on board 37,9m superyacht SoMar during the show, to discuss luxury yacht Project Cyclone and ended up signing the contract last Monday, October 27th.

Accommodation aboard the new super yacht Project Cyclone will include the Owner’s suite on the upper deck, as well as three guest cabins, all positioned on the lower deck. There will be plenty of exterior deck space as a well known Tansu feature.

Four luxury yachts designed by Guido de Groot showcased at three major international boat shows in September 2014

October 31, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Last month, four luxury yachts designed by Guido de Groot were displayed at three major international boat shows.  The first being HISWA in-water Boat Show in Amsterdam, where the Mulder Shipyard introduced two yachts: the Mulder 98’ Flybridge superyacht YN1391 as well as the Mulder Favorite 1500.

Mulder 98’ Fly bridge superyacht YN1391 and Mulder Favorite 1500 at the 2014 HISWA in-water Boat Show

Mulder 98’ Fly bridge superyacht YN1391 and Mulder Favorite 1500 at the 2014 HISWA in-water Boat Show

The semi-custom yacht “Helene” of the Mulder Favorite 1500 series, is the 7th Favorite series yacht built since this line’s re-introduction in 2010. Guido de Groot Design has collaborated with the Mulder Shipyard in designing several yachts for their Flybridge line.

One week later, the Dutch shipyard Wim van der Valk Yachts presented their 26 metre Motor Yacht “The Next Episode” at the renowned Cannes Yachting Festival. This yacht belongs to the shipyard’s Continental III series and Guido de Groot Design was responsible for both her interior and exterior.

26m superyacht The Next Episode by Wim van der Valk at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

26m superyacht The Next Episode by Wim van der Valk at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

At the end of September, Motor Yacht “Musa” from Italian shipyard AB Yachts, was exhibited at the famed Monaco Yacht Show. Guido de Groot has collaborated with AB Yachts in designing many of their fast motor yachts, including the interior and exterior styling of their latest 116’ model. Superyacht Musa was listed as a finalist at the World Superyacht Awards in 2010.

AB 116 superyacht MUSA at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

AB 116 superyacht MUSA at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts with design by Guido de Groot.

Video: Heesen Yachts at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 30, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The leading Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, has released an amazing video, showing the company’s presence at the last month’s Monaco Yacht Show 2014. During the event, Heesen unveiled their largest project to date – the impressive 70m motor yacht KOMETA. Luxury mega yacht KOMETA is already under construction and due for delivery in 2016.

Baccarat Trophy for the Best Interior Design for 73m Perini Navi motor yacht GRACE E

October 28, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Built by the Perini Navi Group and presented in world premiere at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show, the outstanding 73-metre Picchiotti branded motor yacht Grace E has received the Baccarat trophy for the Best Interior Design, a coveted recognition given to the best vessels displayed at the show in Monaco. The prize was given at a ceremony, which took place at the newly completed Yacht Club de Monaco.

Luxury motor yacht Grace E by Perini Navi

Luxury motor yacht Grace E by Perini Navi

This award recognizes the successful presentation of superyacht Grace E on the occasion of the show where visitors, yacht lovers, media and the industry at large have had the chance to admire the unique combination of her stunning interiors  – designed by Remi Tessier – with the distinctive lines –  born from Vitruvius Ltd and Philippe Briand – and the perfect execution of the details and the finishing of the construction by the Picchiotti craftsman under the direction of the Perini Navi Group.

Following on the success of her two predecessors, the 50m motor yacht Exuma and the 55m superyacht Galileo G, mega yacht Grace E features the same hull and superstructure design elements that characterize the Picchiotti Vitruvius® series and assure efficient and long range navigation, but with unique characteristics as far as the specified propulsion system.

Grace E superyacht features an advanced new generation diesel-electric propulsion system with two Azipod fixed pitch propellers, by ABB. The system allows for major achievements in fuel and power consumption, long range, efficiency and remarkable noise & vibration reduction relative to traditional propulsion units.

Grace E yacht is also equipped with a variety of four tenders  – and related toys and garage spaces – for the exploration of the surrounding environment.

Ideal for cruising on the high seas, super yacht Grace E has exterior spaces spread over five decks. The Wellness Deck, is entirely dedicated to personal wellbeing and features a gym, massage room with steam sauna and hydrotherapy equipment. The stunning interiors, designed by Remi Tessier, are an unmatched example of sophisticated and contemporary elegance and a masterpiece in design.

Below is a gallery for the beautiful charter yachts built by Perini Navi.

Teaser Video of New 48m Freeride Class Motor Yacht X-ALIEN Concept Design by PASTROVICH Studio

October 27, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Monaco-based design studio, Pastrovich, has proudly released a teaser video of their latest 48m motor yacht X-Alien concept design. Superyacht X-Alien concept design belongs to ‘Freeride Class’ – one of four New Unconventional Vessel Classes, each representing a kind of Owner’s personality.