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FLOAT, a brand new startup that launched earlier today, aims to revolutionise the world of yachting by allowing its users to book luxury yacht charters by the seat with prices starting as low as €99 per person.Operating its own fleet, FLOAT runs its yachts on several pre-determined routes as shuttles, each cruise including time to lounge and swim from the yacht, lunch at some of the world's most prestigious beach restaurants and champagne on board.More than transportation, FLOAT wants to bring its users a true yachting experience at a price over 20 times lower than renting out a boat for a day charter. Driven by tech and data, FLOAT achieves these lower costs by letting users purchase individual tickets through its app or website as opposed to chartering the whole boat.Founded by Gualtiero Giori, CEO of 21st Luxury and former owner of Camper & Nicholsons, and Dimitri Semenikhin, CEO of Yacht Harbour, FLOAT will start the season by operating a series of routes around Monaco and St Tropez ahead of a planned expansion to Miami and the Bahamas this winter.The startup's first St Tropez - Pampelonne Beach route will be serviced by FLOAT Open class yachts, such as the $1 million Maori 50, whereas cruise out of Monaco will take place on FLOAT Fly class yachts, enhanced with a flybridge. FLOAT's star St Tropez - Pampelonne route is at the moment set at €499/person however the startup's management intends to introduce options as low €99/person as soon as next month.After working with billionaires and celebrities, amongst others, for their superyacht needs as owner of Camper & Nicholsons, I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy yachting, which meant making it more accessible and simpler to enjoy, hence the creation of FLOAT.Gualtiero Giori, Co-Founder, FLOATFLOAT brings a level of efficiency and innovation to yachting that the sector was previously lacking. In addition to exposing a whole new demographic to yachts, FLOAT's tech platform drastically reduces the complexity of chartering a yacht with its instant booking function and removes price as a barrier of entry.Dimitri Semenikhin, Co-Founder, FLOATJean-Jacques Boude, a former executive at Camper & Nicholsons International, was appointed by the shareholders of FLOAT to run its operations as CEO. With its first shuttles starting navigation as soon as this weekend, FLOAT plans to actively expand its number of routes and fleet over the next quarters. The startup is also looking to soon introduce, amongst other planned functionalities, a membership program where members would gain unlimited access to its for a yearly fee.FLOAT is now available on the App Store.
June 21, 2017
On Monday April 3rd Lürssen launched project Thunder at its facility in Bremen. She represents a 120m+ yacht, designed by Espen Oeino. Project Thunder launched from the floating dock 24 months after her keel was laid in 2015. Thunder, project name derived from Leigong, a mythical god in Asian culture, will be delivered towards the end of 2018 and is expected to cruise mostly in Asian waters. The traditionally styled interior will be installed in the coming months and the yacht will undergo extensive sea trials thereafter. Lurssen is currently working on a couple of megayachts over 100 meters in length, the largest of which is set to become Project Redwood at 139 meters in length. In March the German shipyard has delivered Amadea (Project Mistral), which has been spotted in Norway a week after. Photos by @drduu
June 20, 2017
On June 20, the hull of Feadship’s project 700 was launched by subsidiary Slob in Papendrecht. The 87m yacht will be moved to Feadship's Aalsmeer yard to complete her construction. Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design is responsible for both the exterior and interior of the twin-screw diesel motor yacht. Feadship has launched 73-metre Hasna for an Australian owner on Saturday, June 3, making it the first yacht ordered by an Australian customer in the Dutch shipyard's history. The superyacht left Feadship Kaag yard yesterday and was on her way to Rotterdam.Photos by Dutch Yachting
June 23, 2017
Recently delivered CRN Yachts vessel Cloud 9 has been spotted in Bonifacio after being seen in Portofino, Italy, a couple of days ago. Launched in January 2017, the 74-meter Cloud 9 becomes the shipyard's second largest yacht to date, outranked only by the 80-meter Chopi Chopi. Burgess acted as Owner’s Representatives throughout the project.With an exterior by Zuccon and an interior by Winch Design, Cloud 9 is able to accommodate up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) in a master suite, a VIP suite and 6 guest cabins catered to by a crew of 22. Focused on a free interior-exterior flow, Cloud 9 boasts over 1,000 square meters of liveable space. Amongst the yacht's key amenities are a private deck, complete with an intimate lounging area, forward of the master cabin, an extensive beach club with an extended platform. From a technical standpoint, the yacht is featured by twin Caterpillar 3516C engines of 2,680 hp each, giving Cloud 9 a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.The owner's previous Cloud 9 was a 60-meter CMN built in 2009 and sold in June 2015 at an asking price of €34,900,000. She has since been renamed to Ice Angel, a name previously held by a 50-meter Heesen, which is currently on the market asking €22,500,000.Photo by Julien Hubert
June 23, 2017
Yachting tends to be associated with its early Mediterranean roots, yet recent accelerating growth in the superyacht sector in Norway may indicate the beginning of a shift to new yachting hubs. From Espen Oeino's influence on yacht design to the largest yacht in the world to be built in Norway, the country's mark on yachting continues to strengthen as capacity in Northern Europe starts to lack.Monaco-based Espen Oeino has been designing yachts since 1986, penning the lines of many of the the world's leading shipyards' flagships including Lurssen's 156-meter Dilbar, Heesen's 70-meter Galactica Super Nova and Fincantieri's 140-meter Ocean Victory. The Norwegian designer's most ambitious projects may however be the 181.6-meter REV to be built by Vard for Norwegian billionaire, Kjell Inge Røkke valued by Forbes at $2,7 billion and primarily known in the business world as the majority stakeholder in Aker, a shipping and offshore drilling conglomerate.Scheduled for delivery in 2020, the 181.6-meter yacht, set to be the world's largest, will be built by Norwegian shipyard, Vard, topping Azzam's length by almost 2 meters. "The REV will be a platform for gathering knowledge", explained Kjell Inge Røkke, "I would like to welcome researchers, environmental groups, and other institutions on board to acquire new skills to evolve innovative solutions to address challenges and opportunities connected to the seas".Operated for scientific excursions in tandem with WWF Norway, the Research Expedition Vessel should also be made available for charters of up to 36 guests to help fund more scientific work. Vard was chosen for the build as Mr Røkke's first large trawler came from the shipyard, from which continued a 30-year long working relationship between the two.The REV won't however be the first significant megayacht coming out of Norway. Indeed in 2013, Graeme Hart, New Zealand's richest man, ordered a 107-meter explorer from Norway-based commercial shipyard, Kleven. In November 2014, as the first Ulysses was under build, Hart commissioned a second 116-meter explorer from the yard.Delivered in 2016, the 107-meter Ulysses was dubbed by many as the ultimate explorer due to her 22-meter tender on her bow, launched by two special cranes. Amongst her stand-out attributes are a 8,500nm range, an 11-meter swimming pool on the upper deck and a helicopter garage on the top deck."I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organization have worked together to bring this exciting project to life', commented Graeme Hart in November 2014 on Kleven's work on the first Ulysses.Soon after her delivery, the explorer designed by Norwegian firm, Marin Teknikk, was put on the market asking $195 million ahead of the delivery of the new 116-meter Ulysses scheduled later this year.Amidst growing development coming from the Norwegian superyacht ecosystem, a new player announced it was diversifying into the sector in November 2016. Ulstein Verft, a commercial shipyard based in Norway, then confirmed it was building a 88.5-meter yacht, designed by Espen Oeino, for one of the world's biggest ship owners.With the marine platform and hull line design being developed by Ulstein itself and the general arrangement and exterior being penned by Oeino's Monaco-based studio, the 88.5-meter is set to be delivered already in the first quarter of 2018, a significant advantage of Norwegian upstarts compared to established superyacht yards in Northern Europe where waiting lists typically extend for several years for builds of this size.Yacht construction and design is however not the only thriving part of the Norwegian superyacht ecosystem. In recent years, an increasingly important number of superyachts have started coming to visit Norway and its fjords amidst a thirst for new destinations. This uptick has become so significant that an association called Superyacht Norway was even established by local players to promote the destination.Although still in an embryonic stage compared to the Med or the Caribbean, the May through September charter season in Norway is attracting more and more yachts. Recently, these have included visitors such as the 33.5-meter Feadships Kamino and Moon Sand Too and the 73.69-meter Ilona.Popular destinations in Norway for superyacht cruises include Rosendal, a port at the foot of the Folgefonna glacier, near ski slopes, trek paths and waterfalls as well as Lofthus, a small privately-run port deep within a fjord with its own five-star hotel often visited by Norway's Queen and other high-profile visitors.Although still in its very early stages, Norway's superyacht scene could soon start to rival the more established yachting hubs in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, perhaps unlocking areas in Norway and Scandinavia as new yachting destinations.
June 22, 2017
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