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#1. Dilbar Known throughout its highly secretive build as Project Omar, the 156-meter yacht was launched at Lurssen facility in 2015. Upon her delivery to the Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov the following year, the boat was christened Dilbar after her owner’s mother. With her gross tonnage of 15.917 tons, she has officially become the world's largest yacht by volume. The mega-yacht boasts exterior design by Espen Oeino and interior styling by Andrew Winch. Dilbar features a combined 3.800 square meters of living space, being able to host up to 40 guests and a crew of 80.Photo courtesy of Julien Hubert. #2. Mayan Queen IV Owned by Mexican mining magnate, Alberto Bailleres, the 93-meter Mayan Queen IV was delivered by Blohm + Voss in 2008. The superyacht boasts a distinctive two-toned hull structure designed by Tim Heywood, though very little is known about her interior, except that it was designed by Terence Disdale. She has a touch-and-go helipad on the foredeck and two small craft garages, one forward and one on the aft, the latter being convertible into a beach club when the tender is launched. Bought at an estimated price between $140 and $150 million, the yacht costs approximately $15 million a year to operate, according to yachting publications, which apparently isn't a problem for her owner, who regularly cruises around the world. #3. Blues Built in GRP by South African yard Southern Wind. The saiboat was delivered in 2010, with Nauta Design responsible for the general concept, interior design and exterior styling. Her wardrobe of carbon fiber sails is from Quantum Sails in South Africa, while, under power, a 305hp diesel engine gives her a cruising speed of 10 knots. As for accommodation, guest quarters comprise a master suite, VIP suite and two twin cabins, all with en-suite shower facilities. This year Blues was put up for sale, asking €5,400,000. #4. Radiant Built by Lurssen in 2009 to Tim Heywood exterior design, Radiant has a length of 110 meters, a beam of 16.2 meters and a 4.6-meter draft. Commissioned by Boris Berezovsky, Russian billionaire, who died in London in 2013 after having lost a huge lawsuit against his former partner Roman Abramovich, this yacht was supposed to rival Abramovich's Pelorus. The mega-yacht was sold for € 240 million to Abdulla al Futtaim, owner of the Dubai-based conglomerate active in retail, automotive, technology and real estate. Edmiston claimed a sales commission on the purchase, which Berezovsky denied to pay. In 2011 a commission of € 6.0 million was finally rewarded to the brokerage firm by London court decision. #5. S/Y A The 142.8-meter S/Y A by Nobiskrug is the largest sail-assisted motor yacht in the world. She was built in 2017 for Andrey Melnichenko to the design by Philippe Starck, who was also responsible for the Russian billionaire's M/Y A exterior. With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A reaches a top speed of 20 knots without using her sails. She boasts a digital control system that has a touch-sensitive sheet of black glass, allowing the crew to raise and lower sails and the anchor with a simple swipe. Among the yacht's key features is also an underwater observation pod and a large swimming pool with a retractable roof located towards the bow of the boat. Photo by David Parody.
Oyster says, their new sailing yacht will be Aston Martin on water
Light and fast, the carbon fiber 33-meter S/Y Alpha promises to be the Aston Martin on the water, claims the British shipyard that has teamed up with the US-based Reichel-Pugh studio to deliver their latest project to a repeat owner. David Tydeman, Oyster Yachts CEO, explains the difference between the sporty sloop-rigged Alpha and the yard’s in-build flagship Oyster 118 that with its solid structure is meant to venture far offshore: “The choice is perhaps akin to a decision about whether to use the Range Rover [Oyster 118] or the Aston Martin [Alpha]. One is definitely fun for the blast to the golf club, but the other you’d choose for the longer drive up to the Scottish Highlands.” The sailboat is offered in two design versions: one with a wedge deck (left) and the other with a more traditional deck (right), the choice being left to the discretion of the customer. Alpha will be able to accommodate up to eight guests in her four en-suite staterooms, including a full-beam master-suite in the bow, and six members of crew. The flagship 36-meter Oyster 118, developed in partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design, is due for delivery in spring 2020.
Evolution of classics: Codecasa new 65-meter flagship takes shape
The Italian yard has released the first photos of the ongoing 65-meter project from Codecasa facility in Pisa. This is the fourth modification of the iconic model, ordered in 2008 by the fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Also known as Hull 74, it reviews and highlights the distinctive features of the three previous versions. The construction of the superyacht started in April this year, after the project was signed by the owner. Her steel hull already complete, the boat undergoes hot works on her superstructure. Codecasa engineers and the in-house design team in tandem with the designers appointed by the owner have also joined the project at this stage, so that the yacht can be delivered as scheduled in the summer of 2019. Although further technical specifications will follow later, Codecasa exterior stylist, Dominico Gozzani summarized the essence of the new model: “The new Codecasa 65 is a sober and elegant yacht that conveys a feeling of solidity without appearing too rigorous. Its intentionally “masculine” profile, balanced between classic and trendy lines, captivates thanks to a natural and thoughtful synthesis of the Codecasa nautical tradition with the classic lines evolution, achieving the new classic style by subtraction.” In comparison with the first 65-meter flagship, this enhanced version is set to meet the contemporary requirements, with its windows and portholes enlarged, and glazing on the upper deck covering all the surface, from floor to ceiling. As for the layout, it most notably features a dedicated owner’s area, occupying the entire upper deck. It comprises a salon, a larger owner’s suite with contiguous VIP cabins and a direct access to a private external living area forward. The guest quarters on the lower deck include four cabins, while the main deck is devoted to reception and hospitality thanks to a vast salon and dining room. The boat’s vital statistics, however, remained the same as those of her predecessors’. With a beam of 11.2 meters, the 65-meter superyacht will be able to reach a top speed of 17 knots.Among other projects under development at Codecasa Shipyards is the Hull C122 of the Vintage Series unveiled in 2011 with the 42-meter motor yacht Magari.
Hot Lab exclusively for YH: “Inspiration comes from automobiles”
Hot Lab is a yacht design studio created in 2004 by young partners, Antonio Romano, Michele Dragoni and Enrico Lumini, that since then has been engaged with such brands as Baglietto, Heesen, and Fincantieri. Left to right: Michele Dragoni, Antonio Romano and Enrico Lumini. This interview with Antonio was recorded in the middle of his trips between Milan, Istanbul, and Monaco. He talked to Yacht Harbour about his cultural roots, challenges of doing business in Italy, the studio’s current projects, plans to expand into other luxury products and… he disclosed what his favorite car is. Since you’ve just returned from Turkey, how is the business going there? Hot Lab has become increasingly popular in Turkey after we delivered the refit project for the 43-meter Keyla that belongs to a very important Turkish family. We have three in-build yachts in Istanbul commissioned by our private clients. Two of them are under construction at Yildiz Shipyard and the third one is both exterior and interior design for the 68-meter M/Y Day’s built at AES Yacht. Besides, we’ve just started the 55-meter project called Nacré, which is our fourth in-build project in Turkey and the first for Sarp Yachts. The business is good. Yachting culture has developed a lot among local owners and shipyards.Turkish yards are now able to produce top-level quality leisure vessels. M/Y Keyla interior by Hot Lab. In 2014 this collaboration between the Milanese studio and RMK Marine won the Best Rebuilt Yacht at World Superyacht Awards.The “made in Italy” trademark has become kind of a cliché nowadays, and yachting is not an exception. How do you benefit from your Italian roots and still manage to differentiate yourself from other Italian studios? From the Ancient Roma to Renaissance, beautiful cathedrals and palazzos surround us. So, art is in our blood. That is why the best part of furniture firms is located in Italy and the best part of supercar builders too. By the way, our partner Michele Dragoni has a background in car design and the other partner, Enrico Lumini is an architect. So, our private customers, as well as international shipyards appreciate the Italian way of doing design. However, Hot Lab is one of the few studios in this country having seven yachts in-build this year. We find ourselves so well positioned on the market because we put a stress on the technical part of our designs. We don’t claim to be artists. We are professional designers. And we believe that this combination of Italian style and world-class technical expertise is our formula of success.VSY 67m explorer project: exterior and interior design by Hot LabYou have various designs inspired by contemporary or vintage automobiles, such as the Baglietto V-Line concepts. Would you be ready to go even further and embark on a crossover project launched by a premium car brand? That would be lovely! As we work on our projects, the main inspiration comes from the automotive world, because it is at the forefront the in terms of research and design solutions. So, there is an idea to create something new. And we have already started something, but it is a little secret of mine at the moment. Then, what's your favorite car? Ferrari F40. It is a masterpiece of the 80s. Ferrari F40By the way, your our 50-meter Ipanema echoes the Ferrari lines and its signature red hue. This year the boat made it to the final of WSA. What were the main challenges for you in this project?Ipanema started four years ago as the project M50 for Mondomarine shipyard. Our client liked her early exterior design and didn’t request any major changes to it. However, he chose that particular red color. And the red is not so easy to apply to such a big yacht. As a result, the red and white colors of the hull and superstructure are intentionally kept apart. Perhaps, you cannot see it in the picture, but there is always a black line that separates the two colors. And in reality, it creates a very powerful effect. M/Y Ipanema What launches of yours should we expect in the coming year? The launch of the 30-meter project A100+, which was our first collaboration with Arcadia on the exterior and interior design, is due for May 2018. We’ll also have the 43-meter yacht for Yildiz, where we contributed to the interior design. However, of the seven boats under construction now, the most important one will be the 68-meter Day’s that will arrive between 2019 and 2020. M/Y Day's developed by Ice Yachts at AES Yacht facility in TurkeyLooking back, 2017 was a very important year for us. We developed four V-Line projects with Baglietto, ranging from 38 to 50 meters. We are also proud of our 67-meter explorer concept for VSY, as we consider this yard to be the best in Italy in terms of quality shipbuilding. We have also recently announced the 113-meter project Ganimede designed for Fincantieri. By the way, in December we are hosting in our hometown a private event called Hot Lab Rendez-Vous. On this occasion, we’ll update the market, but most importantly our clients, on what we have done and what we have in progress.What, in your opinion, will be the trends in yachting design in 2018? Yachting is a very traditional industry. New trends slowly make their way on the market. From what we can see in 2017, the client prefers to spend more time outdoors, but also to observe what is happening outside from the inside of the yacht. So, all that is related to panoramic glazing and glass sliding doors will surely prevail. The client also wants to have a closer relationship with the water. That’s why the beach club is no longer a single platform, but various platforms that may even be joined together. Hot Lab design for Fincantieri 113m concept GanimedeAnd what about the digital in yachting? Do you embrace the trend? Sure. Clients become more and more addicted to their mobile phones and, consequently, to touch-pad technology onboard. Now there is also a trend to bring IMAX private theaters onboard superyachts. So, we have projects that feature this technology as well. In fact, digital is a great help for designers, as it allows creating a virtual reality that can give the client a clear idea of the future exterior design. However, the main part of the design is in your brain. So, virtually any idea, from the profile of the yacht to the interior design inspiration, is first drawn in pencil.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rbf5I74BHd0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>
70-meter Sherakhan relaunched at Icon Yachts
Repainted, refitted and having her machinery upgraded at the Dutch shipyard in a matter of weeks, the legendary charter superyacht Sherakhan able to accommodate 24 guests in her 12 cabins is ready to set off for Antigua.The yacht arrived for a major refit at Icon Yachts on September 13. The most noticeable change was the 70-meter hull being repainted to a minimalistic white color from its original vintage blue hue. Along with cosmetic adjustments to the yacht’s interior areas and A/V upgrades, her main generators were replaced with low emission ones to reduce the impact on the environment. The following behind-the-scenes video gives an idea of the amount of work being accomplished in just a few weeks. Built by A. Vuijk & Zonen in 1965, the classic yacht started out as Princess Margaret. Its present owner, Dutch entrepreneur Jan Verkerk, managed to breath a new life into the boat in 2005, when it was rebuilt at his yard and renamed to Sherakhan. With a beam of 12 m and a draft of 4.05 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Twin Caterpillar engines of 1380 hp each give her a maximum speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 11 knots. Her technical characteristics allow her to cruise to the most remote areas of the planet, accommodating up to 24 guests within her 12 staterooms. Sherakhan will be available for charter starting from December in the Caribbean and then in Northern Europe in the summer of 2018. The boat is on the market asking €24,500,000 since 2016. This follows Verkerk's fleet expanding with a new flagship, the 77-meter Legend that he converted into a superyacht in 2016 at the Icon facility as well.