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Superyachts are fascinating creations destined to the world's highest net worth individuals, and for that reason alone the space has always drawn interest from the mainstream public. Yet, many surprising events in yachting are often overlooked even by most knowledgeable experts. Yacht Harbour looks at yacht trivia you should really know.#1 Donald Trump used to own AmelsBack before he became US President, Donald Trump was a prolific billionaire most known in yachting for his 86-meter Trump Princess, which he bought from Adnan Khashoggi in 1988 for $28 million."Khashoggi probably spent $200 million building this yacht, probably the best yacht ever built." Trump then commented in the media. "I purchased it for a business. I use it for my hotels. I use it for a lot of different charities."Following the purchase, Trump spent near $10 million at Amels to refit the yacht according to the LA Times. In June 1989, he announced he would build the world's largest yacht, 'something in excess of 400 feet long', for which he was accepting bids from shipyards. Amels, then owned by a group of 4 British investors, won that bid to build a 128-meter Trump Princess II.This project, in part, led to financial problems for Amels, a significantly smaller shipyard then. A year later, Trump then acquired Amels, shortly after canceling the construction of Trump Princess II, as was announced in 1990. In September of that year, he sold Amels to American businessman, Peter Kutell due to financial problems according to Dessert News. For nearly half a year, however, Trump essentially Amels.#2 Business Insider thought a $4.8 billion yacht was sold in AsiaIn the summer of 2011, Stuart Hughes, a UK-based designer, claimed he had been commissioned for the world's most expensive yacht, the 100ft History Supreme. Hughes claimed on his website that the yacht was bought by a Malaysian businessman for £3 billion. 100,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum were supposed to be used for this project in addition to railings and anchor made of precious metals.With such a reported price, the story spread like wildfire across national media based on Hughes' statement. Italy-based, Baia Yachts however later came forward with a statement saying that the story was fake and that Hughes had taken pictures from their website, which he then tried to pass off as his own concept.#3 A Broker Pretended He Sold A 222-meter yachtIn October 2014, the yachting community was baffled to read in mainstream media about 222m Triple Deuce, a project supposedly sold by 4Yacht. Not only was the length of the superyacht baffling but the wording of the press release was also off-putting. The project, for which the designers were never announced, was supposed to have an "agressive" delivery schedule and to supposedly be handed over to the client in 2018.With us now in 2019, it is clear no signs of such a project were never real, as Yacht Harbour first reported in 2016. CNN and many other mainstream media were, however, quick to publish that the world's largest yacht was now Triple Deuce.#4 An owner's captain asked for a €3 million commission to help broker a dealIn early 2004, the late Boris Berezovsky set out to build a 110-meter yacht at Lurssen to be called Darius, at a price of €148,540,000 plus interior fitting costs. As the economic crisis hit, he was unable to pay the seventh tranche in May 2008 and decided to put the yacht up for sale for €300 million as it was a few months away from delivery.Eventually, the listing agent, through a second broker found a pathway to a serious potential client via his captain. To bring the deal forward to his employer, the captain asked for a €3 million commission as was later shown in court fillings. Eventually a deal closed directly between the buyer and the seller for €240 million.#5 The world's largest yacht will be used to carry scientistsBrain child of Norwegian Billionaire Kjell Inge Rokke, the 182.9-meter REV will become the world's largest superyacht. Instead of being simply a luxurious vessel, however, its owner intends to let WWF operate it as a base for scientists to help research and protect the oceans. "The REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge." Rokke explained."There may not be any economic rationale for the private construction of such a ship, but the case is compelling from the ocean's point of view." Rokke detailed.When not used for research, REV will also engage in traditional charter activity for ultra high net worth individuals on a weekly basis, with the ability to carry up to 36 guests and a crew of 54 under that configuration.#6 All of the top yacht shows are owned by the same conglomerateInitially founded in the 1990s by Maurice Cohen, the Monaco Yacht Show used to be a much smaller event than it is today. In 1994, the rights to it were acquired by show management company IRR, which organised at the time the much larger Superyacht de Nice show. Ultimately, IRR itself was acquired by Informa, along with the MYS.With a market cap of near $5 billion, Informa now often highlights the Monaco Yacht Show as one of its most well known events. In 2017, it tightened its grasp on the yacht show market by acquiring the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, the Palm Beach Boat Show and 3 others in the US for $133 million. Now all major yachting shows are owned by Informa.#7 A Broker Pretended to have sold a 405ft yacht on Ebay4Yacht, the same brokerage company that claimed years later it had sold a 222-meter yacht, draws its publicity stunt roots much deeper. In 2005, as research by Yacht Harbour, found the company had already announced it had listed a 405ft yacht on Ebay, a novel approach at the time.A year later, however, the broker claimed the yacht was sold on eBay via the "Buy Now" button with the buyer paying a 50% deposit for $85 million, yielding a total sales price of $170 million. When Forbes looked into whether the sale was real, no information was found. More than a decade later, this yacht still doesn't exist.
March 18, 2019
“With the proven engineering of the Johnson 80 in place, we can work with the owners to create a yacht with the flexibility to accommodate their needs, whether they wish to entertain friends on board one day or depart for a month-long cruise the next,” said Andy Huang, president of Johnson Yachts. The Johnson 80 has just launched and it is making quite a splash in Taiwan. Johnson Yachts describes the new 24-meter hull as an entry-level superyacht, mainly because the Taiwan yard offers this model with the same high level of interior customization that has helped make the Johnson Yachts name over the last 30 years. Bill Dixon at Dixon Yacht Design designed her exterior, keeping her lines consistent with other Johnson builds. The 180-degree vertical windows on the front of the superstructure offer a panoramic view from the main-deck interior. With the usual Johnson extra living and storage space, she provides everything that is necessary for comfortable cruising on different ways such a weekend or long-distance trip. The Johnson 80 has a 6.30-meter beam that carries well forward, helping to create the interior volume. While Johnson Yachts has designs in place for multiple layouts, the owner of each hull is encouraged, to create their own one-of-a-kind yacht.Comfortable interior spaces created by Karen Lynn Interior Design let the owner welcome family and friends relax in large groups or more private parties. The Johnson 80 has a space in the main-deck saloon, a living area located aft with a roomy L-shaped sofa and a pair of armchairs. The aft opens wide with a sliding door, combine interior and aft deck spaces. The main deck is also a kitchen, where an open galley is set off with marble countertops with an island and breakfast bar. A table made from marble is surrounded by an expansive L-shaped dinette to take of the 180-degree views through the forward windows.She can accommodate up to eight guests in four staterooms. The full-beam master's cabin features an en-suite closet, and the forward VIP stateroom will include an island berth and dressing table. A pair of inside double guest staterooms round out the accommodations, and can each a double berth or a pair of twins, with the option of a Pullman berth to increase the compliment.Johnson Yachts has always paid close attention to engineering, as well as handling and cruising performance. The new Johnson 80 has completed a sea trial and the yacht had a cruising speed of 19 knots and a top speed of 27 knots. Power comes from a pair of MAN 1550 HP engines.The main idea of Johnson 80 is the customization – the key to the owner - with his choice of layout, finishes, style of the interior. Johnson 80 SpecificationsLength: 24.1mBeam: 6.30m Draft: 1.85mDisplacement of 65 tonsOne of the latest projects of Johnson Yachts was 34,14-meter yacht 'Mitan'@Photo by Johnson Yachts
March 19, 2019
British sailing yachts builder Spirit Yachts has introduced a new 13,4-metre sailing yacht concept Spirit 44E. She is conceived as a significant step towards building a 100-percent-sustainable yacht. The yacht is now under construction at the company’s Suffolk facility, due for launch in early 2020.In the terms of lines and forms, the concept with a beam of 3,3 metres resembles traditional Spirit Yachts products. She is marked by low free boards, flush decks, long overhangs and teak wooden finish. However, upon closer view she demonstrates hallmarks of a completely different type of yacht.The yacht’s aft deck will be fitted with two solar panels, coloured as general teak wood surface. The panels will charge OceanVolt 48VDC batteries that will power the yacht’s sail drive. In turn, the lightweight electric drive system is designed to regenerate the batteries while sailing.According to Spirit Yachts managing director Nigel Stuart, regeneration will depend on sailing speeds “but it is realistic to see 1,5 kW. The equivalent energy generated would be boiling a kettle, which is one of the highest power consuming appliances you would find on a yacht, or in your home for that matter.”He indicates, that in terms of design the company has borrowed a lot from their recent concept, a 34-metre model Spirit 111, fitted with electric drive system. This time Spirit Yachts is also cooperating with OneSails GBR (East) to develop a solar solution for the Spirit 44E sail wardrobe.“The lack of hydrocarbons and the addition of solar sails will allow us to take a step closer towards creating a completely sustainable yacht,” comments Stuart.Featured with a carbon mast and boom, the yacht’s rig will remain lightweight. As to other eco credentials, the yacht will boast reversible heating/air-conditioning pump, LED lighting and all the cooking done on a spirit stove, as there will be no hydrocarbons on-board.The yacht will accommodate four guests within owner’s suite and guest twin cabin, featured with a fold-down chart table. Central saloon will be furnished with a wooden dining table rounded by a u-shaped sofa. The yacht’s warm and natural interior styling will be attained through mahogany ringframes, yellow cedar planking and white bulkheads.The project was conceived and commissioned by the yard’s new customer, Vincent Argiro. He is a retired technology entrepreneur who lives and sails in British Columbia.This concept contributes to generally growing yacht builders’ concern with eco-friendly vessels. For instance, UAE builder Gulf Craft has recently presented three brand new solar-powered models from the company’s Nomad Yachts range.
March 19, 2019
North-American shipyard Palmer Johnson, originally located in Great Lakes region of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, once belonged amongst major US builders. The company started as wooden yachts builder, now boasting a 100-year-long history. They launched such famous vessels, as Fortuna for the King of Spain, unrivalled in the terms of speed for 10 consequent years, and explorer Turmoil, sailing around the globe three times. Yacht Harbour takes a closer look at the company’s long history and where they arrived at today.Palmer Johnson was founded by Hans Johnson and Herman Gmack in 1918, originally named Johnson and Gmack. During the 1920s, the boatyard made its specialty repairing rowing skiffs and commercial fishing vessels, with its first wooden yacht launched later in 1928.The company went through hard and prosperous periods through its history, under different owners. Sometimes its activity was affected by international events, as well. For instance, when the United States entered the WWII, most American industries rallied around the war effort. During the war years, Palmer Johnson built over forty 45-foot air-sea rescue boats and four 65-foot “T” class freighters. King Juan Carlos' FortunaIn 1956 the company was sold and renamed after the founder’s son, Palmer Johnson. Starting from the 1960s, Palmer Johnson becomes one of the pioneers in the field of aluminium yachts building, with the first unit Isanti built in 1962 for an American banker.Within five years, the company delivered the world’s largest aluminium sailing yacht of that time, a 25,6-metre ketch Firebird. Firebird was surpassed by Fortuna, a 30.5-metre yacht for King Juan Carlos of Spain, setting the record in 1979. She was capable of reaching an incredible speed of 46 knots, remaining the fastest yacht in the world for over a decade. During 1989-1992, the company was extending its facilities; inaugurating new 7,000-square-metre facility at Jefferson Street and First Avenue and expanding to the East Coast.La BaronessaIn 1998, the same year Palmer Johnson celebrated its 80th anniversary, the company launched the largest all-aluminum yacht built in the USA, La Baronessa (59,5-metre LOA).In 2003, following several unproductive years the company was sold to her current owner, English businessman Timur Mohamed, after he had purchased a 120-foot yacht christened Cover Drive.Under his direction, Palmer Johnson introduced its SportYacht series in 2004, featured with contemporary exterior styling and interior design by Nuvolari Lenard. Launched during a peak of prosperity for yachting in general, the series becomes one of the most popular in the midsize superyacht segment.In 2012, the shipyard announced its new carbon-fibre SuperSport performance superyacht series as a follow-up to its SportYacht series. Despite several deliveries, it couldn't quite replicate the initial success of the previous series partly due to a different economic climate.However, in 2015 it was announced that the Sturgeon Bay shipyard would be closed and sold after delivery of its last boat. Since 2017, production was moved to the Netherlands, although it is for now unclear under what form that currently exists.The company reported that the relocation had a strategic purpose to increase production of the new carbon SuperSport series. It was though rumoured that the move was inevitable as sales had diminished against escalating foreign competitive pressures. Some sources reported that the closures resulted in the loss of about 100 jobs.One of the most recent yacht launched by Palmer Johnson, was 2016 sport yacht Sanam with LOA of 52,4 metres, the last one built within US facility. Following this, Palmer Johnson announced collaborations with Bugatti on a 66ft day boat and a day boat called the PJ63 Sport, clients for the projects, however, remain to be found so far.Nonetheless, the company still announces ambitious projects. The largest one has been revealed recently, jointly with Korean designer Chulhun Park. The companies have presented new 229-meter superyacht concept Valkyrie. Time will tell if the concept is a sign of big things to come from an iconic brand.
March 20, 2019
BMT Nigel Gee and Yacht Island Design created a luxury masterpiece yacht concept that serves as a whole island when setting on the water. The Utopia Yacht is one hundred meters broad and long, it has eleven decks and affords 360 degrees panoramic view from the 13th-floor observatory.Yacht Island Design like to base their designs upon innovative floating platforms. It allows exploring daring ideas which challenge the accepted norms within the yachting industry. They aren't bound by the restrictions of conventional hull shape and like to ensure that a common theme runs throughout the yacht, from the overall exterior shape down to the smallest interior detail.Such a vision of a future concept breaks away from the current idea of what luxury at sea should be. “Visions of the future are often constrained by familiarity with the present or reflection on the past,” explains yacht design director at BMT Nigel Gee, James Roy. “Much is made in today’s design community of starting with a blank sheet of paper yet many, if not all yacht concepts revert back to the traditional form - the perception that a yacht should be a form of transport becomes an immediate constraint.”This concept breaks the mind. Designed as a floating island platform, the 11-deck, the four-legged vessel has about the same volume as a modern-day cruise liner. A 360-degree viewing platform is offered at 65 metres above sea level on the '13th floor’. Accommodation and service spaces are situated across all decks. Access to the structure is achieved through multiple helipads also she has a wet dock. Folding beach decks Utopia is able to adapt to various environments while maintaining guest comfort. Here are a lot of space to create a bewildering amount of interior design options, such as a retail district, theatre, culinary zone containing an eclectic mix of restaurants and an entertainment zone featuring bars, nightclubs and a casino.But as designers say “Utopia is not an object to travel in, it is a place to be, an island established for anyone who has the vision to create such a place".Yacht Island Design has two more extravagant concepts: 'Tropical Island Paradise' and 'The streets of Monaco'. The streets of Monaco was ‘ their first design proposal. The theme is based around the Mediterranean principality with the primary focus being the famous Grand Prix circuit. The brief for the Tropical Island concept was to create an idyllic, floating tropical island which follows a better idea of the open-face swimming pool peering out to sea, and the form of the foliage and waterfall against the superstructure.More interesting yacht concepts here.@Photos by Yacht Island Design
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