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Lurssen megayacht Dilbar has been recently spotted in Barcelona, Spain. She became Alisher Usmanov's, one of the Russian billionaires shaping the yachting industry, third yacht.Photo by @oneoceanportvell156m Dilbar, launched at Lurssen facility in November 2015, has officially become the world's largest yacht by volume with a gross tonnage of 15,917 tons, toping Al Said's 15,850 tons and Azzam's 13,136 tons. With a beam of 23 meters and a deep draft of 6 meters, the yacht's exterior was designed by Espen Oeino. Cabling used on board stretches over 1,100km with guests and owner's spaces totaling a combined 3,800 square meters of living space.Photo by @didiervdvThe displacement yacht has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, her interior was styled by Andrew Winch Design.
January 16, 2017
Launched by Bravo in July 2013, Below Deck followed the lives of several yacht crew members during a charter season in no less than 53 episodes. For each season, producers chartered a different 50 meter yacht but however didn't always release the real names of these boats, which were altered for the show.Below Deck: HonorReality: Lumiere (ex. Cuor di Leone)Charter rate: $170,000 per week The first superyacht rented for the show was Cuor di Leone, or Honor, as it became known in Below Deck. Built in 1999 by Italian shipyard, Benetti as part of their popular 50-meter line designed by Stefano Natucci, Cuor di Leone chartered at just under $200,000 per week when the first season aired in 2013. Below Deck's first season had however been taped much earlier, during a 6-week charter from September to October 2011 in the Caribbean. Producers even replaced the original crew with a special cast for the season. Following the show's early success with 1.75 million viewers tuning into its final episode, the show was renewed for a second season.Cuor di Leone was first listed for sale in 2009 asking €14,5 million and then sold later that year following a €2 million price reduction. She then went through a $4 million refit and was listed for sale again in 2011 asking just under $20 million. After a series of price reductions, she was ultimately sold in 2013 asking $15,995m and renamed to Lumiere.Below Deck: OhanaReality: Rhino (ex. Ohana, Roxana)Charter rate: $140,000 per weekWith part of the cast from the first season returning for another run, the second season of Below Deck took place on a 47-meter US-built yacht now known as Rhino. Built in 1998 as Admiral Marine's 9th hull she was formerly known as Roxana. The yacht was however then sold in January 2011 for under $10 million and renamed to Ohana.Refitted in 2011, the second season of Below Deck was filmed on the newly named Ohana, just a few weeks prior to her subsequent sale at an asking price of $10,9 million in May 2014. Amongst the yacht's key features are a Jacuzzi with a surrounding lounging area, two dining areas aft of the upper deck and a full-beam master cabin.Following the show, the yacht was extensively refitted with a new modern, light interior but also a rebuild of her main engines. Renamed to Rhino, the yacht is now available for charter from $140,000 per week in the Caribbean.Below Deck: ErosReality: Mustang Sally (ex. Destination Fox Harbr' Too)Charter rate: $175,000 per weekDelivered to Canadian entrepreneur and founder of the Tim Hortons Cafe chain, Ron Joyce in 2008 by US shipyard, Trinity Yachts, she was first known as Destination Fox Harb'r Too. Amongst the 49-meter yacht's key amenities are a large Jacuzzi located on the sun deck but also her large array of toys with two jetskis and several seabobs.Sold at an asking price of $17,9 million prior to shooting the third season of Below Deck, the yacht was renamed to Mustang Sally and then again to Eros for the reality show. This time following the adventures of 9 crew members in the Bahamas and worked so well for the Bravo network that they decided to launch a spin-off of Below Deck taking place in the Mediterranean.Below Deck: ValorReality: BG (ex. Charade)Charter rate: $140,000 per weekDelivered by the Dutch shipyard, Feadship in 1990 the 46.9-meter motor yacht was originally named Charade. She was then however listed for sale in October 2012 asking $13,9 million and sold in August 2014 at the same asking price. Following the sale, she received a new 'Hampton Beach House' - style interior in a refit that cost a combined $6 million.After the extensive refit, the yacht was renamed to BG in 2015. Featuring a brand-new interior, she was listed for sale again in 2016 and was ultimately last seen on the brokerage market at an asking price of $11,9 million in the end of 2016. Capable of reaching a top speed of 14.5 knots, BG can cruise for 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.Below Deck: Ionian PrincessReality: Ionian PrincessCharter rate: €145,000 per weekStarted by US shipyard, Christensen, the yacht was later moved to Palmer Johnson's facility for completion and was ultimately finished in 2005. Amongst the yacht's main attractions are an extensive sun deck, a flexible six cabin layout and spacious dining area for 12 guests with marble tilling, a gentle reminder of the Greek origin of her name.Powered by MTU engines and fitted with zero speed Quantum stabilisers for maximum comfort, Ionian Princess became the scene for the first season of Below Deck Mediterranean, which first aired in 2016 and followed the adventures of another crew in Greece. The spin off was apparently successful enough to commander a second season, which is currently being made. As for Ionian Princess, she is currently on the brokerage market asking $16,750,000.
January 14, 2017
Australian yacht designer Scott Blee has introduced his latest creation, 85m highly efficient and modern superyacht, developed by Sabdes Design studio, in October 2016. Now the studio has shared the renderings of its new yacht design seen in the Pantone Color Institute "colour of the year 2017" called "Greenery" (Pantone 15-0343). This is a symbolic color of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitudeSabdes DesignThe design of this vessel can be fully customized or it can be developed around yacht builders' 80-90 metre engineered platforms. Sabdes has held discussions with some of the best Northern European shipyards to further their version of the design on clients demand. This concept has been tailored around Icon Yachts' 85 metre engineered platform.Two design options for the superstructure and for the hull form allow owners to tailor the external look to suit their preferences. The hull form can be an axebow or have a conventional bow, and the superstructure can have overhanging aft balconies or the balconies can be integrated into the superstructure.Propulsion is based on the system developed for the builders engineered platform, or in the case of a full custom design, Sabdes' preference is for a hybrid propulsion system. On a recent stay in the Netherlands I conceived ideas for a new design. Spending some time visiting and discussing with yards and brokers gave me a clearer sense of what elements to include; Efficient hullform and propulsion, long and strong lines, minimal detailing, simplicity of build, large glass surfaces, interconnected indoor / outdoor spaces, and subtle styling features, all merging together seamlessly. The decision was made to offer options for her superstructure styling and hullform to show how easily the design can mix up elements changing the look anywhere from classic to more state of the art. Whichever options for her hull and styling are chosen by owners, these yachts will be unique to their builderScott Blee
January 17, 2017
The debate over what sailing yacht could claim the sough-after title of largest sailing yacht in the world has been a long and tedious one in yachting and with a few possible contenders in the running and more in build, it looks like the battle isn't over yet.Indeed, whereas it is clear that 180-meter Azzam is the longest yacht in the world and Dilbar is the most voluminous, both of these are motor yachts. With sailing yachts, the ranking is however much more opaque due largely to the measurement that is used.Loaded waterline length, known as LWL, is the measurement of the length of a vessel from the points where it sits in the water. On the other hand length overall, abbreviated as LOA, is defined as the maximum length of a yacht's hull, which for sailing yacht also includes the bowsprit, a key factor when measuring a sailing yacht and part of the difficulty in this ranking.Maltese FalconLength overall: 88m (289 ft)Length at waterline: 78.21m (256 ft)Owner: Elena AmbrosiadouThe Maltese Falcon, built by Italian shipyard, Perini Navi in Turkey for the late venture capitalist, Tom Perkins is often referred to as the largest sailing yacht in the world. Reason being, the schooner with her three rotating masts has an overall length of 88 meters and a length at waterline of 78.21 meters. At the time of her sale in 2009 to Elena Ambrosiadou at an asking price of €70 million, the Maltese Falcon was indeed hailed by many news organisations as the largest sailing yacht in the world. The Maltese Falcon's claim to the title mainly rests on her LOA and the fact that she does not have a bowsprit to offset calculations. The sailing yacht is currently available for charter from $400,000 per week.Athena Length overall: 90m (295 ft)Length at waterline: 78.25m (260 ft)Owner: Jim ClarkReferred to as the largest sailing yacht in the world available for charter by many adverts, Athena was built in 2004 by Royal Huisman in the Netherlands for Netscape founder, Jim Clark. Designed by Gerrard Dijkstra and Pieter Beeldsnijder, the yacht is able to reach 19 knots under sail whilst still providing plenty of space across her three decks.Currently on the brokerage market asking $69,9 million, Athena could only claim the title of world's largest sailing yacht available for charter thanks to her overall length. At 90 meters, the yacht therefore surpasses the Maltese Falcon in LOA but supporters of the Falcon always argue that their pick doesn't have such a bowsprit to account for.EOSLength overall: 92.93m (305 ft)Length at waterline: 82.6m (260 ft)Owner: Barry DillerIf one was however to go by the measures that Athena advertisers have used, she would still not be the world's largest sailing yacht even if she would outrank the Maltese Falcon in LOA. Indeed, EOS, built by Lurssen in 2006 and refitted at Royal Huisman in 2011 would take the first spot both in LWL and in LOA.Her claim to be the largest sailing yacht in the world is however still contested by some as they claim that since Maltese Falcon doesn't have a bowsprit, her LOA should be consider, which would then allow it to top EOS' LWL. A fight in which therefore both sides present solid arguments.The landscape will however significantly change in 2017 with the upcoming delivery of Oceanco's Project Solar. At 106 meters in LOA, the Dutch shipyard's hull Y712 is expected to become the largest sailing yacht in the world upon its handover to her owner. A claim that will likely be contested once again by Melnichenko's 142-meter S/Y A, which some consider to actually be closer to a motor yacht by design. The battle for the title of the largest sailing yacht therefore continues.
January 14, 2017
Last year M/Y A, which is reportedly for sale at $300 million, has been spotted in such cities as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Kiel, Bordeaux, off the Reykjavik coast in Iceland and cruising in the French Riviera. Now the most talked-about yacht on the seas has been seen in Emirates Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. @bungeyekesryM/Y A was built by Blohm+Voss in 2008. Designed by Philippe Starck, she is capable of accommodating 14 guests in 7 luxurious cabins, as well as a crew of 42. @ingridhowlandWith a meticulous attention to detail, A's interior uses wood furniture with natural light to create a unique style. Amongst her many impressive features are the 3 spa pools, complete with current-generating technology, positioned on various decks for the guests' entertainment. One of the yacht's highlights is perhaps the glass roof under one of the spa pools that allows a mixture of natural light with water. @rbkuaePerformance wise she is powered by twin MAN engines of 6,035hp each and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 23 knots and a cruising speed of 19 knots.@leonbaum79Andrey Melnichenko, one of the Russian billionaires shaping the yachting industry nowadays, reportedly spent around $380 million on the vessel. His second yacht, the 142.8m Nobiskrug S/Y A, has come back from the sea trials in October 2016 and since then has been seen under sail for the first time.
January 19, 2017
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