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New images of scale models of 80m mega yacht DART80 concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch

October 21, 2013

The respected Dutch builder, Royal Huisman, has released the new images of the scale models of its latest 80-metre mega yacht DART80 concept, in a sailing as well as motoryacht version. Developed in partership with the multi-award winning UK design studio Andrew Winch Designs, the impressive superyacht DART concept was revealed on the first day of the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. The concept represents a unique vessel that celebrates an intimate relationship with the surrounding ocean.

Scale model of the new 80m motor yacht DART concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch

Scale model of the new 80m motor yacht DART concept by Royal Huisman and Andrew Winch - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

DART80 Yacht Concept - upview

DART80 Yacht Concept - upview - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Motor yacht DART80 concept - front view

Motor yacht DART80 concept - front view - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

80m mega yacht DART concept - aft view

80m mega yacht DART concept - aft view - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Scale model of 80m sailing yacht DART concept

Scale model of 80m sailing yacht DART concept - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

DART80 Yacht Concept

DART80 Yacht Concept - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Superyacht DART80 concept - aft view

Superyacht DART80 concept - aft view - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

Sailing yacht DART80 concept - upview

Sailing yacht DART80 concept - upview - Photo credit to Thierry Ameller

A very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2013 for Marina Port Vell

October 17, 2013

Positioned in the beautiful Spanish yacht charter location – Barcelona, the Marina Port Vell (MPV), set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and, through its transformation, the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean, took this year’s Monaco Yacht Show by storm. Highlights comprised presenting its widely acclaimed bespoke magazine ‘Superyacht Barcelona’, gathering an unprecedented group of international lifestyle press, employing the Yacht Club de Monaco as its show HQ and by again holding its highly anticipated, high successful Annual Superyacht Soiree with Salamanca Group.

The Marina Port Vell and Salamanca Group Team

The Marina Port Vell and Salamanca Group Team

Superyacht Barcelona

Marina Port Vell is proud and delighted to have introduced its bespoke 72-page magazine, Superyacht Barcelona, at the Monaco Yacht Show. Its concept, tone, editorial content, marketing and advertiser’s list were created in-house with production and editorial services provided by The Superyacht Agency and Editor, Erik Brown. With content designed to capture the captivating culture of Catalonia and images that portray the colorful and rich palette of Barcelona, the magazine reflects the very essence of the region. Features include Barcelona profiles, fashion, food, destinations, real estate, art and, of course, yachting. The magazine is planned biennially.

To further celebrate the magazine, Marina Port Vell held an official launch party in Barcelona on 14 October 2013.

Marina Port Vell's Superyacht Barcelona Magazine

Marina Port Vell's Superyacht Barcelona Magazine

Marina Port Vell’s Annual Monaco Yacht Show Press Reception

Since 2011, Marina Port Vell has held its Annual Press Reception at the Monaco Yacht Show. It’s a particular way of acknowledging the tremendous support of the global yachting and lifestyle media, those who tell the story of the marina’s transformation to an international audience. With some 65 journalists attending, this year’s event—held at the Yacht Club de Monaco—was cited by many as being their predominantly favorite press outing. Marina Port Vell looks forward to welcoming media to Barcelona next year to experience in person what the team is so excited about. At the conclusion of formal remarks, guests remained for an hour or more for luncheon, enjoyed the opportunity to dine on fine cuisine, and to meet and greet each other and the Marina Port Vell and Salamanca Group team.

Marina Port Vell 2013 Press Reception

Marina Port Vell 2013 Press Reception

Marina Port Vell’s Yacht Club de Monaco Library Meetings

With the serious business of discussing home port berths at Marina Port Vell and introducing Superyacht Barcelona, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s private library seemed the most apt venue available at the Monaco Show. Alternating between closed door negotiations and open door hospitality, Marina Port Vell spent many hours enjoying the hospitality of the Yacht Club.

Marina Port Vell 2013 Press Reception

Marina Port Vell 2013 Press Reception

Monaco Superyacht Soiree

Marina Port Vell and Salamanca Group have established a firm date on the calendars of the many notable visitors and industry leadership who attend the Monaco Yacht Show. Friday night: The Superyacht Soiree! This year’s party took place aboard the magnificent 58.23m (191’) Trinity Yachtsmotor yacht CARPE DIEM and the 51.8m (170’) Feadship superyacht DREAM. Both Marina Port Vell and Salamanca Group appreciate the efforts of the captains and crews, and Trinity Yachts and International Yacht Collection (IYC) for making the yachts available. A marvelous time was had by all!

Marina Port Vell Salamanca Group Guests Aboard Superyacht DREAM

Marina Port Vell Salamanca Group Guests Aboard Superyacht DREAM

Maintenance works on 40m Hakvoort Yacht APOSTROPHE performed by Tankoa Yachts

October 15, 2013

September 21 saw the re-launch of motor yacht Apostrophe at Genoa-based yard Tankoa Yachts, following a successful completion of the maintenance works. The yard had performed some refitting works on the 40-metre superyacht Apostrophe, ahead of her participation in the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show.

40m Hakvoort superyacht Apostrophe at Tankoa Yachts

40m Hakvoort superyacht Apostrophe at Tankoa Yachts

Tankoa Yachts, by means of these works, lays the foundation for a possible future cooperation with the Dutch shipyard Hakvoort for some other warranty and refitting works in the nautical field of large dimension luxury yachts.

Luxury motor yacht Apostrophe hauled out by Tankoa Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Apostrophe hauled out by Tankoa Yachts

A very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2013 for Tankoa Yachts

October 15, 2013

For the fifth consecutive year, the Italian luxury yacht builder, Tankoa Yachts, attended the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show, boasting its own custom made stand for the 3rd time. The stand hosted the models of motor yacht S70 as well as superyacht S72. The model of luxury yacht S65 was also showcased during the event.

Stand of Tankoa Yachts at MYS 2013

Stand of Tankoa Yachts at MYS 2013

During a busy week of the 23rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, the Tankoa Yachts Representatives have had interesting meeting at their stand and many enquires have come from possible Clients or their Representatives.

The real proof of success, for this new and very high tech shipyard based in Genoa, will depend from the possible sale of one or both of the yachts presently under construction in the sheds, during the next two months. Fingers crossed for an exciting end of the year.

New version of Tankoa mega yacht C102 proposed as World Premiere at MYS

October 15, 2013

The Italian shipyard, Tankoa Yachts, attended the last month’s Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), with the new version of its mega yacht C102, proposed as World Premiere. Luxury motor yacht C102 has been extremely customized and powered on the specific request of a possible Buyer of Arabian Origin Country.

Tankoa S72 Yacht presented at MYS 2013

Tankoa S72 Yacht presented at MYS 2013

The Client, has found in the second building in progress at Tankoa Yachts Shipyard, the possibility to achieve all what He likes in a solution which passes from 70 to 72 meters in length without affecting the proportion and the beautiful profile of the C102 yacht project, together with an extra deck and the possibility to move the helideck forward in the bow area. This solution has been realized by the important activity of the project and engineering office of the Shipyard.

Tankoa superyacht S72 - aft view

Tankoa superyacht S72 - aft view

Luxury superyacht NIRVANA awarded Robb Report’s 2013 “Best of the Best” Award

October 14, 2013

Oceanco is pleased to announce that its recent launch, luxury superyacht NIRVANA was awarded the prestigious 2013 Robb Report Award for the “Best of the Best” in the Megayachts category. September 25th at the Monaco Yacht Show saw Robb Report’s Worldwide Marine Director, Jody Dunowitz, and Associate Editor, Bailey Barnard, present the award to Oceanco Chairman, Dr Mohammed Al Barwani, and CEO Marcel Onkenhout.

NIRVANA Wins 2013 Robb Report Best of the Best Award

NIRVANA Wins 2013 Robb Report Best of the Best Award

The coveted Robb Report Award is one that is judged by an experienced peer group of designers and professionals. Receipt of this accolade is proof of the continued excellence Oceanco has achieved in producing some of the most sophisticated and innovative luxury superyachts in the world. The award to superyacht NIRVANA underscores Oceanco’s commitment to designing and building acclaimed superyachts of exceptional craftsmanship, style and innovation.

Oceanco Yacht NIRVANA

Oceanco Yacht NIRVANA

Designed by Sam Sorgiovanni to be both modern and contemporary, she has a beam of 14.20m (46.59ft) and boasts extraordinary volumes. Motor Yacht NIRVANA features six decks including an impressive 150m² owner’s suite, five guest cabins, a 3D cinema, a fully-equipped gym, a 7.5m long oval pool and two additional whirlpools with panoramic views. Acting as a room divider among the salon, dining room and separate sitting room are two vivariums, alive and active with reptiles; a chameleon, water dragons, bearded lizards, turtles and exotic frogs. The timeless Sorgiovanni interior mixes various distinctive materials such as bamboo and textured leathers in imaginative and inspiring ways.

The garage hosts a large array of tenders and water sports equipment: two 11m tenders, one 8.5m ski boat, six jet skis and 4 wave runners. Adjacent to the garage is a complete water sports storage area, complete with a full array of professional diving gear and equipment, with immediate access to the sea.

NIRVANA yacht accommodates a crew of twenty-six in an exceptionally crew- and owner- friendly layout enabling efficient and discreet fulfilment of any and all her guests’ requirements. She is an idyllic, life enhancing yacht, worthy of the designation “Best of the Best”!

Sale of Tim Heywood-designed superyacht sculpture just days after its signing on Yachting Pages stand at MYS

October 14, 2013

Designed by world-renowned Tim Heywood, the first superyacht inspired sculpture has been sold just days after it was showcased and signed on the Yachting Pages stand at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show.

Superyacht sculpture with Tim Heywood after signing

Superyacht sculpture with Tim Heywood after signing on the stand of Yachting Pages at MYS 2013

Marek Landa, managing director of Crystal Caviar contacted Yachting Pages and the Superyacht Owners’ Guide announcing the sale. The luxury yacht chandelier and glass art company had several other premium sculptures from Crystal Caviar artists on display at MYS including sculptures from Mr Frydrych and Mrs Likeela, Mr Nebesky and Mr Beranek.

These were exhibited at 8 different stands around the show, along with sculptures, art panels and chandeliers which decorated the interiors of Eurocopter, mega yacht Quattroelle, motor yacht Oxyzen, superyacht Apostrophe and charter yacht Anastasia. Other pieces were also found on more than 10 other yachts in the port of Monaco during the show.

The signing took place on Friday 27th September using an electronic engraving tool and was witnessed by visitors to the show and industry press.

Sarrah Macey, marketing and events executive at Yachting Pages and the Superyacht Owners’ Guide added, “It was a great honour to host the sculpture and to receive Tim to our stand. I am so pleased that this has resulted in his beautiful sculpture going to a new home and that boat show visitors were able to see Tim’s design in all its glory.”

The sculpture called ‘Floating Crystal’ and was made by leading yacht chandelier and glass art company, Crystal Caviar. A second sculpture entitled ‘Floating Crystal Silver’ is also for sale and if you are interested please contact Sarrah Macey on +44(0)1173 160560 or

Alternatively you can contact Marek Landa via

Monaco Yacht Show 2013 marked by waves of optimism

October 14, 2013

This year’s 23rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show hosted the superyacht industry in the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monte Carlo from September 25 to 28. The 2013 event was marked by a tentative degree of optimism, with murmurings of a nascent recovery circling by the 33,730 participants.

Monaco Yacht Show

Monaco Yacht Show

And the 2013 edition of the industry’s largest gathering did not disappoint; Monaco is often touted as the industry barometer, and if that is the case, then this year it indicated that the pressure on the market is easing. Not only were the docks busy from the moment the doors opened on Wednesday morning, but this flurry of activity translated to the tents were busy with intra-industry enquiries from start to finish.

Both 2011 and 2012 offered little encouragement for an industry whose exponential growth had plateaued. In 2013 however, brokers, builders and suppliers alike have reported that they are confident a corner has been turned. And whilst it will take time for the metrics that indicate success to filter back from the boardrooms to these pages is evidence that business was being done as the show’s managing director, Gaëlle Tallarida explained: “Every MYS is the culmination of a year’s hard work to deliver the worldwide superyacht hub in Monaco. This year was also particularly intensive and when we met the exhibitors on their stands, my team and I received some positive feedbacks with lots of activity taking place during the four days. Whether it is to pay a first visit to a yacht or the final step before contracting your order, the MYS remains a decisive step when selling a yacht. Sales are concluded during the show and we believe the forthcoming weeks will see other deals contracted after hands shook in Monaco!”

Mauricio Weiszberger of Palmer Johnson believes one of the main trends in evidence this year has been an interest in distinctive yachts offering something different in their design. “I think there’s been a real take-off again,” he said. “And the big sizes from 50 metres onwards, the clients are still interested, depending on what you’re offering. We’re offering a new line and people are increasingly looking for different things nowadays.”

Victor Caminada, Marketing Director of Amels, declared it another good year for the Dutch shipyard. “Monaco yacht show is always the peak of shows,” he said. “This year we had ‘Event’ making her world premier, and that really was a very positive showcase for us. We’ve been busy non-stop, a lot of appointments every hour and a lot of positive feedback.”

Considering next year’s Monaco Yacht Show will deliver 15 additional berths for megayachts up to 120-metre long, no doubt the industry is already looking forward to 2014.

A new superyachting rendezvous

As part of it drive to extend its activities in the service of yachting, the Monaco Yacht Show held the first ever Monaco Yacht Summit on September 24. An auditorium full of industry experts at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum discussed on the theme of “New Yachting, New Thinking”.

At a time of great potential change for the superyacht industry, and with panels of experts covering three topics, guests were witness to what could be a new train of thought for the future of the industry. The first session laid out the lessons to be learnt from the crisis and the forthcoming challenges in super yachting. Then, the experts of the second session addressed the customer expectations through the spectrum of the latest trends in super yachting, technology and design. And finally, the Summit concluded with a debate at large about what would be the new opportunities in super yachting for the next decade.

“The idea was to gather together the most renowned specialists from the yachting world and high-end industries to debate issues that are important to the superyacht clientele from a wider perspective than only the superyachting angle” said Gaëlle Tallarida; “and for this inaugural edition, we offered a fantastic panel of experts from the yachting, luxury or design markets like Philippe Starckshe added.

110 events and a top clientele in four days

For most exhibitors and visitors alike, what made the MYS so special were the events every day. This year, 110 events were organised on board the yachts, in the stands, in the hotels of Monaco. A breaking record! Charity auctions, prize giving, lunches, gala dinners and cocktail parties were as many reasons to network and attract a new clientele in the glamorous atmosphere of Monaco. Indeed, the MYS team developed their public relations mission by notably hosting top Asian visitors or inviting high-end members of private clubs to the show.

For Sabrina Monteleone, CEO of Sabrina Monte Carlo, the MYS is always a great occasion to make business while sipping a glass of champagne with her clients sitting in her superyacht outdoor furniture in the Upper Deck Lounge: “Our participation was again a real success. We were delighted to showcase our products in the privileged zone of the Upper Deck Lounge. There were lots of visitors this year and they really seemed to enjoy the area for business and for relaxation. We also met new yacht owners, new architects, designers and crews for future projects.”

As in previous years, Informa and the MYS pledged a continuing support for Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, a locally based charity. The MYS Committee coorganised the 5th edition of the world renowned Only Watch charity auction at Hotel Hermitage. This year, 33 one-off Swiss luxury watches came under hammer with an outstanding result of EUR 5,066,000 that benefits research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In addition, the Show organizers gave a donation of EUR 53,500 to AMM this year.

EUR 44,000 was also given to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to support the Wood Forever Pact. The money will be used to better educate those involved in the yachting that only wood certified as originating from sustainably-managed forests should be used in construction, if deforestation is to be halted.

In association with Monaco Yacht Show, the RINA classification society presented the 2013 Green Plus Yacht certificate to the 2013 55m Benetti motor yacht Ocean Paradise; her construction meets with compliance of the strictest environmental regulations. Earlier, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco also attended the 2013 Prix du Design MYS/ Baccarat to award the 2013 65m Heesen mega yacht Galactica Star.

First Superyacht Industry Monaco Poker Run a Tremendous Success

October 11, 2013

The first, and definitely not the last, Monaco Poker Run was staged by AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip and International Paint businesses, as well as co-sponsor National Marine, on Sunday, September 29. Despite some ferocious storms on the eve of the ride, the inaugural charity event was a huge success.

12 brave riders on 9 motorbikes gambled on the unpredictable Monaco weather

12 brave riders on 9 motorbikes gambled on the unpredictable Monaco weather

The 12 brave riders on 9 motorbikes who gambled on the unpredictable Monaco weather were rewarded with spectacular views, challenging yet fun roads and, the biggest surprise, bright sunshine as they headed into the French mountains. Taking in 4 stops and two sections of the legendary Monte Carlo Rallye, the ride was a complete success, not only for those who had the pleasure of riding but also for The Calvert Trust, the event’s nominated charity. The current sum raised, with further donations coming in daily, is €1760 and counting.

As is customary in such events the charity wasn’t the only winner. Prizes were awarded for a variety of ‘achievements’. Albert McIlroy of Optimus Navi was the overall winner with the best Poker hand whilst Stephen Hilton took best bike prize with his wonderful Ducati Monster S2RS. At the other end of the scale was International Paint’s own Ken Hickling, who won worst rental bike whilst the unfortunate, but gracious, Beninga Spederior of Wrede Consulting took home the literal wooden spoon.

The Monaco Poker Run sponsors and organisers would like to thank all those that donated to the event and especially those that were able to take part in the momentous journey. Planning for the 2014 event has started, with a new and exciting course in the pipeline.

Video of Gulf Craft at the Monaco Yacht Show 2013

October 11, 2013

Below is a video released by the premier shipyard Gulf Craft, based in Middle East, where Erwin Bamps, Chief Operating Officer of Gulf Craft Inc talks about the recently held Monaco Yacht Show, where the luxury yacht builder revealed details about the exciting new interior design concept for its largest-ever Majesty 155 superyacht, currently under construction.

Below is a gallery of luxury superyachts by Gulf Craft available for charter