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Asia Boating Awards 2012 Winners with two awards for APSA members

May 14, 2012

A remarkable number of APSA members attended the Asia Boating Awards 2012 that was held in Hong Kong’s Grand Hyatt on 10 May, with two APSA founder members receiving important awards. YP Loke, on the management committee of the Association, was recognised with ´Personality of the Year´ award while Simpson Marine was awarded as the best Asia-based charter company.

Luxury motor yacht ADASTRA - Naval Architecture by John Shuttleworth

Best Yacht Design of the Year award for luxury motor yacht ADASTRA by McConaghy Boats

The awards honoured many Asian companies in categories recognising both Asian and international activities. Perhaps the most notable was McConaghy Yachts of Zuhai‘s radical trimaran new launch 43m superyacht Adastra which won the international category award for best yacht design of the year. The design was carried out by UK designer John Shuttleworth.

The Asia Boating Awards proved to be a celebration and recognition of the quality of Asian superyacht businesses and also of shipyards and designers from outside the region, serves to underscore the importance of those companies and others joining the Association to further raise their profile – outwith the region for the Asia companies – and within the region for those shipyards and suppliers from Europe and America.

IAG 100 superyacht Electra - Best Asian Built Yacht

IAG 100 superyacht Electra - Best Asian Built Yacht

The Winners of the 2012 Asia Boating Awards

Best Asian Yacht Builder (30m and up)
Kingship, Hong Kong

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 30m)
Horizon, Taiwan

Best Asian Built Yacht
IAG Yachts, luxury yacht Electra 100′, China

Best Custom Built Yacht
Feadship, motor yacht Musashi, The Netherlands

Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (30m and up)
Heesen Yachts, MY Satori, The Netherlands

Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)
Sunseeker, Sunseeker Yacht 28 Metre, UK

Best Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)
Riva, 75’ Venere Super, Italy

Best Production Sailing Yacht (15m to 30m)
Oyster Marine Ltd, Oyster 625 sailing yacht Blue Jeannie, UK

Best Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)
Beneteau, Oceanis 48, France

Asian Marina of the Year
ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

Asian Yacht Club of the Year
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

Asian Regatta of the Year
China Coast Regatta

Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year
Superyacht Exuma, Perini Navi, Italy

Personality of the Year
Y P Loke, Singapore

Print Ad of the Year
Lürssen

Best Yacht Design of the Year
McConaghy Boats, trimaran yacht Adastra, China

Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year
Axis Yacht Design Group, Italy

Best Asia-based Charter Company
Simpson Marine, Hong Kong

Best Brand Presence in Asia
Azimut-Benetti, Italy

The Asia Boating Awards, now in its eighth year, are organised by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boatingmagazine, which are published by Blu Inc Media. The Asia Boating Awards are the most acknowledged awards in the Asian marine industry.

Feadship´s Superyachts receive four major awards

May 10, 2012

One of the best luxury motoryacht builders in the world, the respected Dutch shipyard Feadship, has received four major awards in a week, demonstrating once again the Dutch brand’s ability to consistently set new standards in quality as well as comfort. At the World Superyacht Awards ceremony on 5 May, Feadship was the only yard to receive three prizes comprising the prominent Motor Yacht of the Year award, going to the spectacular 77.7m superyacht Tango. This amazing performance was followed up five days later with another prize at the Asia Boating Awards for the 87.78m megayacht Musashi.

77.7m Feadship luxury motor yacht Tango

77.7m Feadship luxury motor yacht Tango

“Although we have every confidence in our ability to deliver the best possible custom superyachts to our clients, it is always a great honour to receive such recognition from our industry and media peers,” says Feadship marketing manager Francis Vermeer. “Moreover, the fact that the awards have been given for yachts in the range from 88 to 45 metres in length is further testimony to the perfect craftsmanship that underpins every Feadship. They are also a tribute to our clients, who enjoy the entire building experience to such an extent that success is assured.”

At the World Superyacht Awards in Istanbul, the 77.7m luxury yacht Tango was honoured with the Motor Yacht of the Year distinction. “Tango has taken the styling of large superyachts a step forward, combining a new and elegant appearance with supreme engineering and construction,” reported the judging panel, which also praised the Feadship’s well-considered layout on both her exterior decks and distinguished interior. Tango also won the award for Displacement Motor Yacht of 1,300 to 2,999 GT. The judges for this prize were impressed by the yacht’s “bold new exterior style, superb quality of construction, and stylish yet highly comfortable interior spaces.”

Superyacht Helix - the 5th F45 Vantage motor yacht by Feadship

Superyacht Helix - the 5th F45 Vantage motor yacht by Feadship

The third prize for Feadship at the World Superyacht Awards was granted to the 45m superyacht Helix, which is currently on a ground-breaking tour of the Far East that includes Hong Kong, Hainan, Singapore and Jakarta. The judging panel for the Displacement Motor Yacht below 500 GT award wrote the following: “In a tightly contested class, Helix represents a particularly well-constructed vessel with a wide range of facilities and an interior that appeals to a wide range of tastes.”

Last but by no means least, the 87.78m Feadship megayacht Musashi won the Best Custom Built Yacht category at the Asia Boating Awards on 10 May. Feadship director Bas Nederpelt travelled to Hong Kong to gratefully accept this prestigious prize at a ceremony in Hong Kong that reinforced the growing importance of the Asian market for the superyacht industry. Musashi is named after a legendary samurai warrior and offers an inspirational synthesis of Japanese design and art deco-style elements. Creating a new benchmark for a five-deck superyacht, she is a superlative example of the complete flexibility clients enjoy when embarking on a purely custom project at Feadship.

Feadship luxury yacht Musashi

Feadship luxury yacht Musashi

Asia Boating Awards 2012 Nominees

May 03, 2012

The organisers of the Asia Boating Awards 2012 have unveiled the full list of nominees, with some new and unusual entries, as well as some industry stalwarts. Starting to be recognised all over the world, the Asian yacht builders have been growing in global market share.

IAG 100 superyacht Electra

IAG 100 superyacht Electra - one of the nominees for ABA 2012

In addition to reorganising the size categories, the awards this year feature a brand new category: Best Asian Built Yacht. This recognises the growing stature of Asian yacht builders in the global market.

The upcoming awards are sure to generate plenty of buzz, both in leisure marine media and in regional business media as well. The Asia Boating Awards, now in its eighth year, is the region’s most established and respected event of its kind.

This year sees awards in 19 categories, showcasing Asian builders and international brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. The pioneering Asia Boating Awards was the first event to recognise the efforts and successes of Asian yacht builders.

RP120 motor yacht MUSES by Horizon Yachts

RP120 motor yacht MUSES by Horizon Yachts - nominated in the ´Best Asian Built Yacht´ category

“Global interest in the Asian yacht market and in the yacht building scene means that the awards have naturally become a focal point for the yachting world. This year’s lists of nominees are all very well-known and have generated plenty of press over the past year. It will be a very interesting night indeed,” said Ryan Swift, editor of Asia-Pacific Boating magazine.

The Asia Boating Awards will take place on May 10, just one day prior to the start of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club.

The list of nominees comes from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating readers, with final winners being determined by a panel of judges that have been selected for their ability to make informed, impartial decisions. The awards ceremony is organised by Blu Inc Media, publisher of Asia-Pacific Boating and its Chinese-language sister publication, China Boating.

Heli shot of the McConaghy built yacht Adastra - Desgined by John Shuttleworth Design

Another ´Best Asian Built Yacht´ Nominee - the McConaghy built trimaran yacht Adastra

THE LIST OF ASIA BOATING AWARDS 2012 NOMINEES:

Best Asian Yacht Builder (30m and up)

Horizon, Taiwan

IAG Yachts, China

Kha Shing, Taiwan

Kingship, Hong Kong

Ocean Alexander, China

61m luxury motor yacht Diamonds are Forever by Benetti Yachts

A ´Best Custom Built Yacht´ Nominee - the 61m luxury motor yacht Diamonds are Forever by Benetti Yachts

Best Asian Yacht Builder (15m to 30m)

• Fleming Yachts, Taiwan

Grand Banks Yachts, Malaysia

• Horizon, Taiwan

• Kha Shing, Taiwan

Tricon Marine, China/ Bahamas

Superyacht Helix - the 5th F45 Vantage motor yacht by Feadship

Superyacht Helix - the 5th F45 Vantage motor yacht by Feadship for the ´Best Semi Custom Built Yacht over 30m´ category

Best Asian Built Yacht

Cheoy Lee Shipyards, Alpha 76, Hong Kong

• Horizon, RP120 motor yacht Muses, Taiwan

• IAG Yachts, 100´ luxury yacht Electra, China

• Kingship, 142’ superyacht STAR, Hong Kong

McConaghy Boats, trimaran yacht Adastra, China

60m superyacht Darlings Danama by CRN Yachts

60m superyacht Darlings Danama by CRN Yachts - a Nominee in the category ´Best Custom Built Yacht´

Best Custom Built Yacht

Amels, megayacht Imagine, The Netherlands

Benetti, 61m luxury yacht Diamonds are Forever, Italy

CRN Yachts, 60m motor yacht Darling Danama, Italy

Feadship, superyacht Musashi, The Netherlands

Lürssen, Hermitage superyacht, Germany

Motor yacht LIBERTY by ISA

Motor yacht LIBERTY by ISA nominated for the ´Best Semi Custom Built Yacht over 30m´

Best Semi Custom Built Yacht (30m and up)

• Feadship, motor yacht Helix, The Netherlands

Ferretti Group, CRN 43 luxury yacht Lady Trudy, Italy

Heesen Yachts, MY Satori, The Netherlands

ISA Yachts, superyacht LIBERTY, Italy

Oyster Marine Ltd, Oyster 100 (an example is sailing yacht Sarafin), UK

Sanlorenzo, 40 Alloy, Italy

Lurssen Motor yacht Hermitage - a ´Best Custom Built Yacht´ nominee

Lurssen Motor yacht Hermitage - a ´Best Custom Built Yacht´ nominee

Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)

Azimut, motor yacht 120SL, Italy

Fairline, 78 Custom (an example is charter yacht XKE), UK

• Ferretti Group, Ferretti 870, Italy

• IAG Yachts, Electra 100’, China

Princess Yachts, Princess 32M (an example is motor yacht Antheya II (ex Centurion), UK

Sunseeker, Sunseeker Yacht 28 Metre, UK

Amels Motor Yacht IMAGINE 212 Limited Edition

Nomination for ´Best Custom Built Yacht´- the Amels Motor Yacht IMAGINE 212 Limited Edition

Best Production Motor Yacht (15m to 24m)

Beneteau Group, Monte Carlo Yachts 65, France

• Fairline Boats Limited, Squadron 50, UK

• Ferretti Group, Ferretti 720, Italy

• Horizon, E54, Taiwan

Jeanneau, Prestige 500, France

Marquis Yachts, Marquis 630, USA

• Princess Yachts, Princess V57, UK

Riva, 75’ Venere Super, Italy

Sea Ray, 540 Sundancer (540DA), USA

Azimut 120SL Superyacht

A nominee for ´Best Production Motor Yacht´ - Azimut 120SL Superyacht

Best Production Sailing Yacht (15m to 30m)

• Beneteau, Sense 55, France

Fountaine Pajot, Sanya 57, France

• Jeanneau, Sun Odyssey 509, France

Lagoon, Lagoon 560, France

• Oyster Marine Ltd, Oyster 625 (an example is sailing yacht Blue Jeannie), UK

Nautor’s Swan, Swan 60, Finland

Oyster 100 SARAFIN Yacht - Image courtesy of Oyster Marine

A ´Best Semi Custom Built Yacht´ category - the Oyster 100 SARAFIN Yacht - Image courtesy of Oyster Marine

Best Production Sailing Yacht (up to 15m)

• Beneteau, Oceanis 48, France

• Lagoon, Lagoon 450, France

Leopard Catamarans, Leopard 44, South Africa

• McConaghy Boats, MC38, China

• Tartan Marine Group, Tartan 4000, USA

Sailing Yacht Oyster 625 - Image courtesy of Oyster Marine

A ´Best Production Sailing Yacht´ category - Superyacht Oyster 625 - Image courtesy of Oyster Marine

Asian Marina of the Year

ONE°15 Marina Club, Singapore

• Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club, Hong Kong

• Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Malaysia

• Sanya Serenity Coast, China

• Xiamen Marina (Wuyuan Bay), China

Superyacht Exuma -  photo courtesy of Perini Navi

An ´Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year´ nominee - Superyacht Exuma - photo courtesy of Perini Navi

Asian Yacht Club of the Year

• Aberdeen Boat Club, Hong Kong

• Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Hong Kong

• Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, Singapore

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong

• Royal Selangor Yacht Club, Malaysia

• Subic Bay Yacht Club, Philippines

Charter yacht NOBLE HOUSE

Charter yacht NOBLE HOUSE nominated for the ´Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year´

Asian Regatta of the Year

• China Coast Regatta

• Phuket King’s Cup Regatta

• Phuket Raceweek

• Top of the Gulf Regatta

• VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race

Sailing yacht MONTIGNE

Sailing yacht MONTIGNE for the ´Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year´ category

Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year

Motor yacht Exuma

Charter yacht Maverick II

Catamaran yacht Moecca

Sailing yacht Montigne

Charter yacht Noble House

Charter yacht Silolona, Phinisi Boat

Personality of the Year

• Cilian Budarlaigh, Indonesia

• Neil Pryde, Hong Kong

• Simon James, Thailand

• Thierry Barot, Hong Kong

• Y P Loke, Singapore

Luxury charter yacht E&E

Luxury charter yacht E&E for the ´Best Yacht Design of the Year´ category

Print Ad of the Year

• Amels

• Art of Kinetik

Blohm + Voss

• Fairline

• Ferretti Yachts

• Lürssen

Oceanco

Pershing

• Riva

2010 Benetti Motor Yacht Nataly (ex Amnesia IV)

A ´Best Yacht Design of the Year´ nominee - the 2010 Benetti Motor Yacht Nataly (ex Amnesia IV)

Best Yacht Design of the Year

• Art of Kinetik, Hedonist Open, Serbia

• Benetti, 65M motor yacht Nataly, Italy

Cizgi Yachts, charter yacht E&E (ex Jasmin II), Turkey

• CRN Yachts, 60m Darling Danama, Italy

• McConaghy Boats, Adastra, China

• Sunseeker, Sunseeker Yacht 28 Metre, UK

Best Yacht Designer in Asia of the Year

Axis Yacht Design Group, Italy

Evan K. Marshall, UK

• Harry Dunning, USA

• Ker Yacht Design, Spain

Vripack, The Netherlands

Best Asia-based Charter Company

• Asia Marine, Thailand

• Azurea Luxury Yacht Charter, Singapore

• Elite Yachting, Thailand

• Martello Yachting, China

• Simpson Marine, Hong Kong

• Sunsail, Thailand

Best Brand Presence in Asia

• Azimut Benetti, Italy

• Beneteau, China

• Ferretti, Italy

• Horizon, Taiwan

• Jeanneau, France

• Princess Yachts, UK

• Sunseeker, UK

Feadship at the 2012 Dubai International Boat Show

February 13, 2012

Feadship will be attending the Dubai International Boat Show 2012. The event, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, is expected to be bigger and better than ever, with thousands of visitors expected to come to the boat show between 13 and 17 March. Feadship will arrive at the Dubai show in good heart having signed eight orders for its superyachts during the recession.

2012 Dubai International Boat Show

2012 Dubai International Boat Show

Feadship has a long and distinguished history of serving clients in the Middle East that dates back to Persian royalty in the 1930s. Since then, the superyacht builder Feadship has built 25 yachts for Middle East owners, the majority being for presidential or royal families. Launched in 1978 for Saudi clients, the 64.64m motor yacht Al Riyadh was the largest Feadship in the fleet for almost a quarter of a century until the launch of the 65m superyacht Wedge Too – also for owners from the Middle East.

The fast pace of development in the world of superyachts is illustrated by the fact that Feadship’s current order book includes the first Feadship megayacht to break the 100-metre barrier, as well as various other projects ranging from 45 to 99 metres . This impressive 100m + superyacht project by Feadship will be the largest yacht built to date in the Netherlands and the first to comply with the recently published Passenger Yacht Code regulations (PYC13-36) for yachts of this size carrying up to 36 passengers.

Motor Yacht TANGO by Feadship - Image courtesy of Eidsgaard Design

Motor Yacht TANGO by Feadship - Image courtesy of Eidsgaard Design

At the Dubai show Feadship will showcase the latest Feadship Future Concept called Qi and display models of the 81m motor yacht Air and 77.70m yacht Tango . It will also be sharing news with visitors on the other Feadships launched over the past year including M/Y Fountainhead (87.78m), motor yacht Musashi (87.78m), yacht Air (81m), Lady Britt motor yacht (63m) and the Helix yacht (45m). Each sets a new standard of excellence in its own right.

“At Feadship, custom still carries its original, pure meaning,” says Francis Vermeer, head of marketing. “We are your first port of call for a personal superyacht that is truly tailored to your individual requirements. Our custom designs are created from scratch, and many Feadships have been inspired by clients from the Middle East region and there are no holds barred on their imagination.”

The team at Feadship would be pleased to make private appointments in advance, either at the show or elsewhere during the show dates.

Dutch Superyacht builder Feadship heads for Monaco Yacht Show and FLIBS with confidence

September 19, 2011

The superyacht builder Feadship is performing better than ever. This year to date the world’s number one luxury motoryacht brand Feadship has launched six superyachts with a total length of 450 metres (almost 1500 feet!). Four out of the thirteen new entries in the recently published Top 100 List by Yachts International magazine are Feadships: Superyacht Musashi and motor yacht Fountainhead each measuring 87.78 metres, Yacht Air which is 81 metres in length and the 77.70 m M/Y Tango.

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

With the current build portfolio, including the first Feadship gigayacht to break the 100-metre barrier, the brand continues to lead the way worldwide in having built the largest number of superyachts in the 60 to 100-metre size range.

The Feadship Motor Yacht Lady Britt Underway

The Feadship Motor Yacht Lady Britt Underway

Add in the other two launches by Feadship this year – the 63-metre superyacht Lady Britt and the new F45 Helix yacht – and no other yard has delivered such a combined length of superyachts in 2011. This record-breaking performance means that the Feadship directors and managers will be attending the Monaco and Fort Lauderdale boat shows in great spirits.

“The current trend at Feadship illustrates that our clients are very confident in ordering large yachts with us”, says Feadship’s marketing manager Francis Vermeer. “In addition to the 101-metre build, there are several ‘XL’ Feadships contracted, ranging in length from 78 to 99 metres. The Feadship order book remains very strong as we continue to set the benchmark of premium quality.”

The 5th F45 Feadship motor yacht HELIX to debut at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show

The 5th F45 Feadship motor yacht HELIX to debut at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show

In addition to extra-large fully-custom superyacht projects, Feadship also serves those looking for Feadship perfection in medium size. Two examples – 45m motor yacht Helix and 39m Yacht Go – will be on display at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show and Fort Lauderdale shows. Lady Britt superyacht will also be present in Monaco, available for viewing on an exclusive appointment-only basis. “The wide diversity of projects over the last year proves once again the broad interest in the Feadship portfolio,” adds Vermeer. “From medium custom-series yachts to giant fully custom Feadships, our range caters for all preferences.”

The Monaco Yacht Show will also feature the unveiling of the sixth Future Concept Feadship Qi, plus highly impressive models of Air and Tango.

Feadship Yacht Tango - Image by Eidgaard Design

Feadship Yacht Tango - Image by Eidgaard Design

Interested parties are invited to contact Feadship to arrange a meeting at stand QT3 on the central T-jetty.

Below is an image gallery of Feadship superyacht currently in charter


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Feadship XL 88 Motor yacht Musashi delivered by Feadship

June 29, 2011

The 88 m Feadship XL superyacht Musashi (known under the Feadship hull number 1002) has left Harlingen in the Netherlands en route to Gibraltar to be delivered, according to Boat International.  

Feadship XL motor yacht Musashi Image Courtesy from LeBlogLux

Feadship XL motor yacht Musashi Image Courtesy from LeBlogLux

The Feadship XL motor yacht Musashi had a preliminary / unofficial launch by Feadship Yachts at their De Vries Makkum shipyard in August 2010 and since then, Feadship has been tirelessly working on completing the yacht before her sea trials and being delivered to her owner.

The impressive flagship of Feadship, superyacht Musashi, measures in at 87.78 m (287.99ft), just a touch under 88 metres in length overall, making her the largest ever built by Feadship and a milestone for the Dutch yacht building giant.

The Musashi yacht is a full displacement steel hulled private luxury motor yacht with an aluminium superstructure. Her naval architecture and her exterior design and lines were both created by Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and Sinot Yacht Design was chosen by the yacht owner to design the yachts interior which may follow a Japanese theme along with the yachts name.

Feadship M/Y Musashi is able to accommodate up to 18 guests as well as a crew of 23. There are two master suites, one located forward on the upper deck, and second one located aft on the bridge deck. There are an additional seven double guest cabins located on the main deck.

The name of the superyacht is derived from Miyamoto Musashi who is a revered Japanese Samurai warrior. Indeed Musashi founded the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū (or Niten-ryū) style of swordsmanship. He also authored the ‘Book of Five Rings’ which is a book which still studied today relating to fighting tactics, strategy, and philosophy.

Motor yacht Musashi is propelled by 4 propellers and shafts as driven by quadruple MTU 16V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines which are rated at 3,650 hp or 2,721 kw – giving a combined power of 14,600 Horse power or 10,887 kilowatts.

Luxury yacht Musashi was launched the De Vries Makkum facility where the first custom Feadship XL motor yacht Ocean Victory was also launched. Motor yacht Musashi is the second hull of the 88m Feadship XL large custom yacht series, with yacht Ocean Victory being the first at 75m. M/Y Ocean Victory measures 75.75 meter (248′.6”), and was launched on the 18 October 2008. After superyacht Musashi’s delivery, Feadship is now working on three other XL projects

Motor Yacht Fountainhead launched by Feadship

May 02, 2011

The third Feadship XL superyacht Fountainhead has been reported launched by the prestigious Dutch shipyard, this morning. Motor Yacht Fountainhead is a 87.87 metre (288’29”) long vessel designed by De Voogt Naval Architects, whereas her interior design was created by Sinot Yacht Design.

Motor Yacht Fountainhead is run by four MTU 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines at 3,650 HP (2,722 KW) each. She has a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure.

Feadship Yachts is world renowned luxury yacht building company, known for a fine pedigree of good design and high quality of construction techniques. Their first  XL series mega yacht Ocean Victory was launched in 2008 by the Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Makkum shipyard. Their second XL, the superyacht Musashi, was on the other hand launched in August 2010.

Feadship Motor Yacht Ocean Victory - the first XL series Feadship superyacht

Both vessels, Musashi and the newly launched Fountainhead Yacht, are the largest yachts ever built by Feadship, to date. This however, is soon to be changed, as there are two larger yachts currently under construction at this respected shipyard. One of them is the 99-metre XL 1004 Yacht and the second being a 101.50 metre superyacht by Royal Van Lent.

There is a number of stunning luxury motor yachts available for charter by Feadship. You can have a look through the list of them here: Feadship Charter Yachts, or can simply contact our friendly team for further information.

Largest 10 motor yachts launched in 2010

December 29, 2010

2010 has been a great year for new superyacht launches, despite the economic climate. The largest 10 superyachts have certainly received much yachting news attention in yacht industry circles during 2010.  Included in the top ten motor yachts launched this year is the 134 metre motoryacht Serene, the largest yacht ever built in Italy, the 85.6m MegaYacht Cakewalk by Derecktor – The Largest in USA History, and 3 motor yachts by the superyacht builder in Lurssen including the 85.2m yacht PACIFIC, 87.2m motor yacht Phoenix 2 and 124.4m M/Y KATARA.

In total there were more than 200 yachts measuring over 24m launched by superyacht builders worldwide.

134 m Mega Yacht Serene by Fincantieri

Fincantieri announced the launch of its first mega yacht SERENE in September. After her delivery at the beginning of next year, the 134 metre motoryacht Serene, will become the largest yacht ever built in Italy, one of the ten largest yachts in the world and one of the finest in terms of sophistication and technology. The vessel is currently at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard, undergoing finishing touches before her delivery to a private foreign owner.

Fincantieri launched its first mega yacht SERENE

Fincantieri launched its first mega yacht SERENE

Designed in accordance with the maximum class of international safety regulations for passenger transport the mega yacht “Serene” has seven decks, a hangar and two helicopter landing pads. The vessel also features a large sea-water swimming pool which can accommodate service craft and a submarine with a diving depth of up to 100 metres. There are 4,500 square metres of interior space including 2,700 square metres of super-luxury designed by Pascale Reymond from Reymond Langton Design, one of the most famous designers in the industry.

Fincantieri Yachts team developed the Serene yacht project from the ground-breaking concept design of Espen Oeino, who created some of the world’s most famous yachts.

The launch of megayacht SERENE marks Fincantieri’s entrance into an exclusive market sector where the company has succeeded in demonstrating the expertise it has gained in the construction of sophisticated, highly innovative vessels combining cutting edge design and state of the art technology.

Fincantieri, which is devoting increasingly substantial resources to this market in order to offer customers even higher levels of quality, design and style, through Fincantieri Yachts has gained unique experience building the motoryacht  “Serene” and has developed specific know-how on which it will be possible to draw when designing the next yachts, starting with the new 140 metre vessel on which work has already commenced.

124.4m Superyacht KATARA by Lurssen

Superyacht Katara is a 124.4 (408’14”) metre motoryacht built by Lurssen and was launched in April 2010. She is one of the largest yachts in the world, with her beam measuring 18 metres.

Lurssen Super Yacht Katara in Gibraltar - Photo credit to Giovanni Romero

Lurssen Super Yacht Katara in Gibraltar - Photo credit to Giovanni Romero

KATARA motoryacht was built at the German shipyard Lurssen, who are the largest  high quality builder of large mega yachts, such as this formerly called project Crystal. Her spectacular naval architecture was designed by the Lurssen in-house naval architects, with the exterior design by the world renowned design team Espen Oeino International based in Monaco.

Katara mega yacht features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, and she is carrying the hull number 13656.  As her name suggests, the motor yacht Katara is flying a Qatar flag.

The picture taken of the Espen Oeino designed super yacht KATARA depicts her docked in Gibraltar on 21st September 2010 and was taken by Gibeye.

96m Motor yacht Palladium by Blohm & Voss

Luxury megayacht Palladium (ex Project Orca) is a 96 metre superyacht built by  Blohm + Voss Shipyards. The state-of-the-art vessel’s ground breaking exterior and contemporary interior was designed by the well known talented Michael Leach Design.

Superyacht Palladium in Gibraltar – Photo Credit Giovanni Romero

Superyacht Palladium in Gibraltar – Photo Credit Giovanni Romero

The 96m Blohm & Voss superyacht Palladium is captured here by photographer Giovanni Romero leaving Gibraltar after an overnight stay, en route to Valencia.

Built to the highest quality standards, superyacht Palladium was first launched in March 2010 and was delivered to her owners in September. She was built from steel, alloy and composite, featuring a sportive, innovative style. Motor yacht Palladium is powered by two diesel MTU engines to a maximum power of 19 knots and can cruise at the speed of 14 knots. This striking vessel can accommodate up to 16 guests in six guest cabins, one owner’s cabin and one nanny cabin.

88m Musashi Yacht by Feadship

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi yacht has was launched in August by Feadship Yachts at their De Vries Makkum shipyard in The Netherlands. The very impressive new flagship of Feadship, superyacht Musashi, measures in at just a touch under 88 metres in length overall, making her the largest ever and a milestone for the Dutch yacht building giant.

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Luxury yacht Musashi was launched the De Vries Makkum facility where the first custom Feadship XL motor yacht Ocean Victory was also launched. Motor yacht Musashi is the second hull of the 88m Feadship XL large custom yacht series, with yacht Ocean Victory being the first at 75m, making her the largest yacht so far built and launched by Feadship.

The Musashi superyacht is an 87.78 m (287.99ft) full displacement steel hulled private luxury motor yacht with an aluminium superstructure. Her naval architecture and her exterior design and lines were both created by Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and in addition Sinot Yacht Design have been chosen by the yacht owner to undertake the interior design of the vessel.

The hull of superyacht Musashi was actually built by Feadship’s dedicated hull-building facility in Papendrecht, Holland. After her hull was finished she was then moved to Makkum where she has been outfitted and is currently still undergoing completing and finishing.

Motor yacht Musashi is propelled by 4 propellers and shafts as driven by quadruple MTU 16V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines which are rated at 3,650 hp or 2,721 kw – giving a combined power of 14,600 Horse power or 10,887 kilowatts.

87m Lürssen motor yacht Phoenix 2

On the 8th April 2010 Lürssen launched luxury motor yacht Phoenix 2. SUPERYACHT Phoenix 2 was delivered to her owner in July, ahead of schedule. The original 60 metre superyacht Phoenix was launched at Lurssen in 2004. Due to her success it led to her owner developing a new project with the same team which includes Andrew Winch Designs, Moran Yacht & Ship and the Lürssen shipyard. The resulting yacht is the eagerly awaited and recently launched Phoenix II.

Phoenix 2 superyacht by Lurssen at her launch

Phoenix 2 superyacht by Lurssen at her launch

Superyacht Phoenix 2 is by no means a simple sequel to the first yacht. She has been carefully designed and constructed to ensure that the essence of the the original Phoenix has been kept; but as her new name appropriately suggests, she has been “squared” in both her complexity and size making her a much bigger and far more beautiful yacht.

The exterior of luxury yacht Phoenix 2 was designed by Andrew Winch Design and incorporates both elegant and streamlined lines that are complemented by more than 100 metres of polished stainless steel handrails uniquely shaped and installed. Her sundeck offers a generous swimming pool with separate Jacuzzi and an exterior cinema. The new Phoenix’s sky lounge opens out to an inside/outside dining area complete with glass screens creating the ultimate dining experience.

The imaginative use of furnishings, fabrics and furniture on the Lürssen yacht Phoenix II is influenced by the New York 1930′s era, is incorporated into her unique general arrangement which has been carefully designed to provide the clients with exactly the style and practicality of the yacht they require. A beautiful full beam Deco Duplex apartment for the owner’s suite offers unrivalled and undisturbed views out to sea. A private staircase joins the two floors together whilst a private foredeck complete with Jacuzzi offers exterior privacy to the client.

85.6 m MegaYacht Cakewalk by Derecktor – The Largest in USA History

The Tim Heywood designed superyacht Cakewalk at 85.6 meters (281 ft) was launched in August by Derecktor Shipyards in the USA – making her the largest private yacht launched to date in America.  Motor Yacht Cakewalk is an important luxury yacht launch in many ways being a milestone achievement for Derecktor and their new flagship M/Y Cakewalk received much yachting news attention in yacht industry circles during 2010.

The Derecktor Built and Tim Heywood Designed Superacht Cakewalk launched in 2010

The Derecktor Built and Tim Heywood Designed Superacht Cakewalk launched in 2010

From Derecktor Yachts about the Launch of Yacht CAKEWALK:
Remember the date; August 8th 2010 was not just another summer Sunday for the United States yachting industry. Instead, at 10:30 a.m. a genuinely momentous event took place. For that moment marked the launch by Derecktor Shipyards of the 85.6 meter (281 ft) motor yacht Cakewalk, the largest yacht (by volume) ever built in the United States.

When the stunning six deck, 2998 gross ton vessel floated off Derecktor’s new 4000 ton dry-dock into the waters of Bridgeport harbour, it was the culmination of an effort never before seen in American yacht building. Several years and many, many thousands of skilled labour hours, along with tireless work from the owners’ team and Derecktor’s project group were needed to make the original vision a remarkable reality.

“Needless to say, as with any project of this scale and sophistication, there were some growing pains along the way, but we think the result speaks for herself” said an obviously pleased Paul Derecktor, President of the Derecktor group of shipyards.” For the first time, an American yard has shown it can equal or better the work of the best European yards. My brother Tom and I, along with everyone at Derecktor are very proud and we thank all the people who made this possible, in particular of course, the Owner and his team.”

Superyacht Cakewalk was designed by Tim Heywood Designs with Naval Architecture by Azure Naval Architecture. Interior design was by Dalton Designs, Inc. Literally dozens of subcontractors from engineering firms to security specialists participated in the project. “We certainly could not have done it without them” commented Gavin Higgins, VP of Business Development at Derecktor. “Some of the world’s most experienced and skilled specialists put their expertise into this job. You cannot successfully build a yacht of this size and complexity with having that sort of talent available.” Reactions from those involved in the project are a mix of pride, satisfaction and in some cases awe at what has been accomplished.

“She is superb” said Designer Tim Heywood. “The workmanship throughout is absolutely first-class, as good as you will find on any yacht in the world. I could not be more pleased for the owner and all involved”. Bill Zinser, Build Captain on Cakewalk yacht and leader of the owners’ team, seemed as proud (and relieved) as a new parent, “She is what we knew she could be all along. It makes all the hard work, all the long days, worth it. We have great owners and we worked with a great group at Derecktor. We can’t wait to show her off to the world.” Notably, Cakewalk was christened for the owners by Carmen Golinski, the Interior Manager on board, indicative of the closeness of the owners and crew.

85.4m Superyacht Seven Seas by Oceanco

Oceanco Shipyard launched their Oceanco Y706 yacht called SEVEN SEAS on the 27th August 2010. The 85.47m superyacht Seven Seas then left the Oceanco yard, en route to Gibraltar.

Superyacht Seven Seas when launched from the Oceanco Shipyard in August

Superyacht Seven Seas when launched from the Oceanco Shipyard in August

The magnificent superyacht SEVEN SEAS has Naval Architecture by Oceanco and Azure and  interior / exterior design by Nuvolari & Lenard designers. A special feature of the superyacht is her trademark Oceanco infinity swimming pool on her aft deck that can be conveniently transformed into a helipad or an entertaining area.

The 2010 Oceanco Superyacht SEVEN SEAS is one of the most impressive megayachts in the world. She boasts spacious accommodation and extensive amenities for 12 charter guests in 7 cabins including a private owner’s deck with a large master stateroom, study and private deck area with pool. There are 4 large guest staterooms and a full width of the beam VIP stateroom on the main deck and an additional secluded VIP stateroom on the terrace deck. All of the cabins have been expertly fitted and feature the latest audio visual entertainments systems. Luxury 2010 M/Y SEVEN SEAS e has a contemporary interior featuring walnut, teak and rosewood interspersed with natural materials, fabrics and colors.

Other highlights of the charter yacht SEVEN SEAS include a fully equipped Gymnasium, a Spa and Massage room and Cinema seating in the main salon. Motor yacht SEVEN SEAS has an extensive list of amenities for charter guests to enjoy including a wide array of water sport toys and tenders such as her Custom enclosed 10.5m limo tender and custom 9.2m open sport boat.

85m Motor yacht PACIFIC by Lurssen in Germany

The 85m superyacht PACIFIC was launched in July by Lurssen Yachts of Germany in Vegesack. Yacht Pacific is a 85 metre (278 ft) motor yacht which had her wonderful and unique exterior designing created by German Frers. The luxury yacht’s interior design was created by the well known Bannenberg & Rowell.

The 85m Lurssen motor yacht PACIFIC - photo as taken by the German yacht and ship photographer Martin Groothuis

The 85m Lurssen motor yacht PACIFIC - photo as taken by the German yacht and ship photographer Martin Groothuis

The first image of the yacht seen here was taken by the German yacht and ship photographer Martin Groothuis from Bremen at the shipyard in Vegesack.

Yacht PACIFIC displays a unique styling in her exterior design. As can be seen here, her topsides have two openings on her starboard side which are likely tender and water toy garages which will also double as swimming platforms and landing areas.

German Frers which is perhaps more traditionally associated with sailing yacht design, is the experienced design office responsible for the Pacific yacht’s individual look. The Argentinean naval architect has managed a quite traditional look which is also modern and pleasing on the eye.  M/Y Pacific has a comparatively lower centre of gravity and a squarer and perhaps more expedition look than many other superyachts of her length.

Lurssen Yachts has also launched the 124.40 metre yacht Crystal, the 87.20 metre Phoenix 2 superyacht as well as the 60 metre Solemates in 2010.

78m Yacht TITAN 2010 by Abeking & Rasmussen in Germany

On May 21 2010 CharterWorld News brought you information about the exciting new 78m Abeking & Rasmussen motor yacht launch called yacht TITAN.  Motor yacht Titan was then delivered officially to her owner in October. Superyacht Titan is the third installment in Abeking & Rasmussen’s 78m yacht series with naval architecture by Abeking & Rasmussen.

Ship and yacht photographer Martin Groothuis of Bremen took this first image below of the brand new luxury yacht Titan in Germany.

Ship and yacht photographer Martin Groothuis of Bremen took this first image below of the brand new luxury yacht Titan in Germany.

The 2008 yacht Eminence was the first superyacht launched in the 78 metre series, complete with a unique beige hull and the 2009 motor yacht C2, with a blue hull, was the second in Abeking & Rasmussen 78 series. All three yachts, including M/Y TITAN had their exterior styling and interior designed by Reymond Langton.

Ship and yacht photographer Martin Groothuis of Bremen took this first image below of the brand new luxury yacht Titan in Germany.

Yacht Titan has a grey hull, built from steel, with a white superstructure which was constructed in aluminium. Unlike her sister-ships luxury yacht Titan has some minor customisation in the profile look of her sundeck and radar mast areas. Titan can also be distinguished with her large doors which have been positioned on the side part of the forward full beam area. These doors are likely to be for water toy and tender side garages.

Abeking are known for designing and building very large transom hatches on their modern motor yachts as they operate two well proven tender launching systems actually developed by A&R. This allows the yacht to employ smooth launching and recovering of the ship tender even whilst under way, or when approaching a anchorage or harbour.

The specifications for the yacht TITAN 78 m Abeking & Rasmussen yacht Series:

Summary: LOA – 257 ft (78,43 m); beam 40,7 ft. (12,40 m).

Naval Architect: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Reymond Langton Design
Year: 2010
Country Built: Germany
Yacht Class: Motor
Material: steel
LOA: 78.4 m (257.0′)
Draft: 3.2 m (10.5′)
Beam: 12 m (41′)
Cruise Speed: 3.2 knots
Max Speed: 16.5 knots
Engine: Caterpillar
Guests: 14
Crew: 19

73m Expedition Superyacht PEGASO by Freire Shipyard, Spain.

Luxury superyacht PEGASO is a 73.1m 2010 advanced private research expedition yacht launched in Spain last week with  naval architecture by BMT Nigel Gee and Associates, exterior Design by H2 Yacht Design (UK) and interior design work from Mark Berryman.

73.1m Expedition Superyacht PEGASO - The image of PEGASO is courtesy of Mr Miguel Tarrago.

73.1m Expedition Superyacht PEGASO - The image of PEGASO is courtesy of Mr Miguel Tarrago.

The oceanographic luxury yacht is an expedition or explorer style yacht equipped with a submarine, a huge 10,000 nautical mile range along with many unique Superyacht features.

The 73m luxury Superyacht PEGASO was recently launched by the Freire Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, at a private ceremony with 150 guests.

PEGASO’s massive 10,000 NM range would enable her to cruise from Spain the Australia and back without re fuelling. The modern new expedition and research vessel PEGASO being is an explorer yacht and as such will be fitted with equipment including a 9 m long submarine with the capacity for six people to dive up to 165m deep. The oceanographic research submarine was built custom at an Italian Shipyard in Trieste and is housed in a 150 m square hangar on the yacht. The sub is powered by electric propulsion and can reach a surface speed of 8kts and can submerge at a speed of 6kts.

Marine research motor yacht PEGASO has a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure and was built to comply to MCA and Lloyds Register standards. She can attain speeds of 14 knots cruising with a top speed of 18 knots. M/Y PEGASO offers accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 suites and in addition she can carry up to 27 crew onboard as well as oceanographic and marine biologist scientists.

The magnificent 73m expedition super yacht will have a private upper deck dedicated to the owners which covers 120 sq m. The huge 73 m vessel has a beam of 13.20m (43.31ft) and a 3.8m (12.47ft) draft providing her with a huge volume. The ships crew and scientists are accommodated in a 328 square meter area plus there are large areas designed as places dedicated for scientific equipment and a separate laboratory.

The owner of the luxury expedition vessel PEGASO is believed to be a well known Mexican Family who are extremely passionate about the sea understood to be behind ‘Grupo Pegaso’ which is a very a successful telecommunications business. The son of the yacht’s owner was also in attendance at the private launching ceremony.

This magnificent luxury Superyacht will easily stride straight into the world’s top 100 superyachts.

The image of PEGASO is courtesy of Mr Miguel Tarrago.

Contact the CharterWorld team for information regarding chartering a luxury expedition charter boat.

Musashi Yacht Feadship XL 88 is Launched

August 06, 2010

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi yacht has had a preliminary launch (as yet unofficial) by Feadship Yachts at their De Vries Makkum shipyard today in The Netherlands. The very impressive new flagship of Feadship, superyacht Musashi, measures in at just a touch under 88 metres in length overall, making her the largest ever and a milestone for the Dutch yacht building giant.

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Yacht Musashi by Feadship

Luxury yacht Musashi was launched the De Vries Makkum facility where the first custom Feadship XL motor yacht Ocean Victory was also launched. Motor yacht Musashi is the second hull of the 88m Feadship XL large custom yacht series, with yacht Ocean Victory being the first at 75m, making her the largest yacht so far built and launched by Feadship. M/Y Ocean Victory was the first Feadship XL and at 75.75 meter (248′.6”) an she was launched on the 18 October 2008, as witnessed by many excited invited guests following a spectacular laser show. Workers of the De Vries Makkum shipyard have since then been focused on the construction of the mega yacht Musashi new build.

The Feadhsip De Vries Makkum Shipyard where the new Yacht Musashi was launched

The Feadhsip De Vries Makkum Shipyard where the new Yacht Musashi was launched

The Musashi superyacht is an 87.78 m (287.99ft) full displacement steel hulled private luxury motor yacht with an aluminium superstructure. Her naval architecture and her exterior design and lines were both created by Feadship’s De Voogt Naval Architects and in addition Sinot Yacht Design have been chosen by the yacht owner to undertake the interior design of the vessel.

The hull of superyacht Musashi was actually built by Feadship’s dedicated hull-building facility in Papendrecht, Holland. After her hull was finished she was then moved to Makkum where she has been outfitted and is currently still undergoing completing and finishing.

The Musashi yacht was built by De Vries Makkum and here is the Feadship XL Motor Yacht Ocean Victory which is the  first hull in that line

The Feadship Musashi yacht was built by De Vries Makkum and here is the Feadship XL Motor Yacht Ocean Victory which is the first hull in that line

Motor yacht Musashi is propelled by 4 propellers and shafts as driven by quadruple MTU 16V 4000 M90 marine diesel engines which are rated at 3,650 hp or 2,721 kw – giving a combined power of 14,600 Horse power or 10,887 kilowatts.

Very little else is currently known about the new Feadship Musashi yacht, at this point, and certainly further work remains to be carried out before she will be ready for sea trials and before she has been finally finished and delivered to the yacht’s owner. Photos and images of the superyacht are pending, as is official word from Feadship. CharterWorld news will bring further information about the new Feadship flagship superyacht Musashi as it comes to light.

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi sisterhip superyacht Ocean Victory

The 88 m Feadship XL Musashi sisterhip superyacht Ocean Victory

More about Feadship, the builder of private motor yacht Musashi:

Over the years, since 1949, Feadship has launched more than 200 Feadship luxury yachts which are still in navigation today, yacht Musashi being the largest boat so far to add to that impressive list. Feadship Yachts is the combination of two Netherlands shipyards which came together in 1949, and  the De Vries and Royal Van Lent families founded Feadship. The name of Feadship stands for the First Export Association of Dutch Shipbuilders.

The yacht’s name:

The name of the superyacht is most likely derived from Miyamoto Musashi who is a revered Japanese Samurai warrior. Indeed Musashi founded the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū (or Niten-ryū) style of swordsmanship. he also authored the ‘Book of Five Rings’ (五輪書, Go Rin No Sho?) which is a book which still studied today relating to fighting tactics, strategy, and philosophy.

Some artwork of Samurai Musashi Miyamoto complete with two Bokken or wooden quarterstaves

Some artwork of Samurai Musashi Miyamoto complete with two Bokken or wooden quarterstaves

The name of the owner of the superyacht has not as yet been officially published. There has, however, been some speculation that the yacht owner of Musashi may be the same American owner that owns the famous motor yacht Rising Sun. There are many exterior design similarities between the two yachts, and that together with fact that ‘Musashi’ is a Japanese word (he was in fact a legendary Japanese Samurai), indicates that there may be something in this theory as the same owner has owned several yachts with a Japanese themed name.

Yacht Rising Sun

Yacht Rising Sun

A Video of Yacht Musashi just after Launch:

Some photographic images of the superyacht Musashi:

Superyacht Musashi by Feadship xl after her preliminary launch

Superyacht Musashi by Feadship xl after her preliminary launch

feadship XL Image Courtesy from LeBlogLux

Feadship XL Musashi Image Courtesy from LeBlogLux