ISA Yachts has teamed up with Enrico Gobbi’s Team For Design for a new range of...
May 22, 2017 448
Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched Game Changer, its latest 70-metre yacht support vessel...
May 22, 2017 373
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Malaysia-based entertainment conglomerate, Genting Group has increased its ownership stake in...
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91m megayacht Lady Lara, owned by Kazakh billionaire Alexander Machkevitch, has been spotted in Rhodes, Greece. Launched in April and delivered in November 2015, she embarked her first sea trials in July. Built by Lurssen, the yacht features the exterior and interior design from Reymond Langton. Lady Lara's alluring amenities include VIP suites with fold down balconies, a large beach club, a gym, Jacuzzi, a swimming pool and a helipad. The vessel features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure and has previously been spotted in Seychelles, Dartmouth, in the Caribbean and in Cala di Volpe, Sardinia.Photo by Theo Xydias
May 19, 2017
Benetti has sold FB703, a new 47m custom superyacht with a displacement steel hull and superstructure in aluminium. FB703 will be part of Benetti’s Custom collection, the line dedicated to owners who want to be able to personalize their yacht completely, right down to the last detail, without sacrificing the shipyard's style. The exterior design and naval architecture of this superyacht will be designed by in-house team while the interiors will be by the Mexican designer Mauricio Gómez de Tuddo, who is collaborating with Benetti for the first time on this project.FB703 can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins including a full beam owner’s suite located fore on the main deck. This suite will have a centrally placed bathroom and separate his and hers closets.The owner is a previous Benetti client who asked the shipyard to create his dream yacht. Benetti’s CCO Fabio Ermetto comments: The fact that, yet again, previous Benetti owner has come back for another yacht is further confirmation that we have worked well in the past and can guarantee quality in the future. This sale is a sign of the commercial success that we are currently enjoying, a success that comes from our capacity to listen closely to our client’s needs and from the quality of workmanship that we can count on to make our owner’s dreams come trueFB703 is scheduled to be launched in February 2019 and delivered in June 2019. Benetti also has 63m Project Balance, known as FB276, and FB269 M/Y Spectre under construction at Livorno facilities.
May 19, 2017
Previously spotted entering Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and moored at the Port of Gibraltar, Eclipse, built by German shipyard Blohm & Voss in 2010, has been recently seen in Golfe Juan, France.Eclipse held the title of world's largest private yacht until 2013, when the 180 metre Azzam stole the crown. At her launch the 164m yacht's unprecedented size had ensured her construction had been shrouded in secrecy, and as such, subject to much rumour and speculation from both the international press and superyacht enthusiasts. Although not all the details of the luxury megayacht are unveiled, it is known that her interiors feature designs by the renowned London-based team at Terence Disdale Design. It is believed that Eclipse boasts a military-grade missile defense system, armor plating and bulletproof windows, while hosting three helipads, a private theater and a fitness center. Her highlight is a 16 metre swimming pool that can be converted into a dance floor. Eclipse can reportedly accommodate 36 guests in 18 cabins as well as a crew of 70. As for the performance, the megayacht is powered by 4 MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesels, reaching a top speed of 25 knots and comfortably cruising at 22 knots. Photos by Raphael Belly
May 16, 2017
Azimut Yachts has announced the sale of another unit of the Grande 35 Metri, the new flagship of the fleet, in February 2017. The yacht has been officially presented to the market during the recent Versilia Yachting Rendezvous. Azimut Grande 35 Metri will be the biggest boat in the Grande Collection, the high-end Collection of Azimut Yachts. She will offer two beach clubs (one in the stern and one in the bow), a side garage for the tender and a jet ski, the possibility of adding a third deck to provide a more secluded sunbathing area, and a solution that provides the owner’s suite with the biggest extending terrace available on the market. The design also features a carbon fiber superstructure, a wave piercer and noise & vibration containment. Exterior design is by Stefano Righini, whilst her interiors will be styled by the famous designer Achille Salvagni, included by AD Collector in its list of the world’s top 100 designers.The highpoint of the owner’s suite is its unique private balcony, which is unprecedented on a 35 meter yacht. Using a mechanism that is highly sophisticated but extremely straightforward, the section of the full-height window with a carbon fiber frame folds out, while the floor of the balcony extends from under the cabin, protected by automatic pop up stanchions. The result is the Instant Balcony, with no uprights or other obstacles to spoil the panoramic view from the owner’s suite. The Azimut Yachts division, which specializes in yachts in the 12 to 35-meter range and generates about 50% of the Azimut Benetti Group’s total turnover, grew twice as fast as the market average in the four months from September to December 2016.
May 17, 2017
Malaysia-based entertainment conglomerate, Genting Group has increased its ownership stake in Italian shipyard, Wider to a 100% through its cruise line arm, Genting Hong Kong, expanding its interests in the yachting space further.Established by Tilli Antonelli, former CEO of Pershing (acquired by Ferretti Group), Wider Yachts was established in 2010 with first a 13-meter model, the Wider 42, whose prime selling point became the extendable platform located amidst ship.Wider's plans to build larger yachts were however publicly introduced in 2011 when Antonelli announced the Wider 150. A year later the 47-meter was under construction, following a switch from composite to aluminium and other design changes.According to the Timeline index, the Wider 150 was sold in May 2013 with a last recorded asking price of near €22 million. In 2015, the newly named Genesi was made available for sale once again by the shipyard asking €26,5 million and ultimately sold to a Canadian buyer in December 2016, who renamed her to Bartali. Genting's involvement with Wider however began back in December 2012 when the conglomerate made an investment in the Italian shipyard via a capital increase that saw it gain a 50% stake in the company. "I decided to back Wider as I was impressed both with its course of development and its ability to establish itself on the international market." commented Genting's chairmain, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay at the time of the investment.The Malaysian conglomerate's involvement with Wider Yachts didn't however limit itself to it owning 50% of the company as the Genting Group also bankrolled the ongoing construction of Project Cecilia, the first Wider 165, as well as ordered 4 smaller Wider models from the shipyard, as a regulatory filling from December 2014 shows. Project Cecilia is currently for sale with a last recorded asking price of €30 million, however should a sale not occur prior to its Q1 2018 delivery, it is likely that the Genting Group will take delivery of the yacht. At the time of the sale of the Wider 150, the shipyard stated that Genesi was originally intended for the current owner of Project Cecilia, which is the Genting Group as fillings show.The Malaysian group's interests in yachting do not limit themselves to Wider Yachts as Genting Group owned a 24,85% stake in Grand Banks Yachts in December 2014 as well as a 15% stake in luxury submarine manufacturer U-Boat worx. Regulatory fillings in December 2014 valued the group's yachting interest, including its share in Wider, at just under $38 million.Genting's chairmain, Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, whose net worth is valued at $4,5 billion by Forbes, became involved in U-Boat worx through an investment he made back in December 2013. "This is an innovative product that offers the unique experience of deep-sea exploration and ocean diving without getting into scuba gear" commented Genting's chairman at the time of the investment.In 2015, Genting Hong Kong acquired a majority stake in Lloyd Werft, the German shipyard at which it had several cruise ships on order for its Crystal Cruises line, for €17,5 million. Mostly known for cruise ship construction, Lloyd Werft is also the shipyard behind the construction of 114-meter explorer, Luna for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich now owned by Farkhad Akhmedov.The Genting Group's expanding interest in the yachting business in recent years comes in a strong trend of large corporations from Asia entering yachting. Indeed, in January 2012, Chinese conglomerate, Weichai acquired a controlling stake in Ferretti Group, which recently posted profits for the first time since 2008. In 2013, Sunseeker was acquired by the China-based, Wanda Group. In 2016 Lai Sun Group acquired near half of Camper & Nicholsons International.
May 20, 2017
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