Croatia has become one of the most popular yacht charter destinations in the world, as people visiting its Dalmatian coast are impressed with its stunning architecture of medieval cities, amazing sea views, fine food, glamorous beach clubs and rich history. There are thousands of islands in Croatia, which you can reach by chartering the yacht, with impressive waterfalls, hospitable towns, clean ports and warm, Mediterranean climate with the Adriatic’s blue-green seas and rocky coastline with secluded coves.Dalmatia is a narrow belt of the east shore of the Adriatic Sea, stretching from the island of Rab in the north to the Bay of Kotor in the south. The most beautiful hotspots to visit are cities of Dubrovnik and Split, as well as the islands of Hvar and Korcula. There are many other islands to visit in Croatia, such as Brac, Mljet, Vis. Dubrovnik is a well-known historical city, which will be recognized immediately by the Game of Thrones fans, with its unapproachable ramparts, amazing sea views and exotic gardens full of date palms and bougainvillea. You can dine atop the city walls, dive from them into a beautiful sea or even go to a nightclub, which is placed right in the 16th century fortress.If you are chartering a yacht on the Dalmatian Coast, you’re no doubt impatient to get out into the dreamy islands. Yet Dubrovnik’s charms are countless, and those with a love of history, fine food, architecture and dramatic views will certainly want to linger a little while.Alexander Coles, Charter Broker, Bespoke Yacht CharterMoving through the Dalmatian coast, there is an island of Korcula, which is also called "mini-Dubrovnik". The best preserved medieval architecture in the Adriatic is here on the island, a well developed wine culture. The yacht's anchor can be dropped in one of the island's beautiful coves, while enjoying the cities' Venetian architecture mixed with palm trees, or visiting the House of Marco Polo or St. Mark's Cathedral, built over 3 centuries ago. There are also some places for luxurious shopping, as well as fabulous restaurants with amazing dining views.The history of Korcula is the history of the Great European empires, surging and falling over two millennia, leaving behind the superb melange of culture, cuisine, and architecture that makes Korcula so special to visit. Alexander Coles, Charter Broker, Bespoke Yacht Charter On a yacht charter in the buzzing city of Split, which usually starts or ends here, being the second largest city in Croatia, there is something for everyone. You can dine or even have a party inside the ruins of the Roman palace, enjoy luxurious shopping in the best boutiques, and walk through living history, as there are many cathedrals and palaces or just have a promenade along the Riva boulevard.There is something for everyone in this ancient, bustling city, where every day of summer feels like a party just waiting to happen. And where else can you shop, drink and dine inside the walls of a Roman emperor’s palace? Split really is like nowhere else on earth, a place where the old world and the new collide in spectacular ways. Alexander Coles, Charter Broker, Bespoke Yacht CharterThe ideal way to experience the night life on your yacht charter in Croatia is to visit Hvar island. But there are also some romantic places on the island, with pretty coves, memorable restaraunts, lagoons and towering cliffs. The island boasts world-class wineries, as well as amazing sunset bars and rooftop pools. Some of the biggest Mediterranean parties take place here at the Carpe Diem Beach.The famously decadent island of Hvar, where hazy, blissful days of swimming off your charter yacht are followed by nights of champagne-spraying abandon on moonlit terraces by the sea.Alexander Coles, Charter Broker, Bespoke Yacht CharterSummer is already here. Why not spend some of it on a yacht charter in Croatia? To organise your Croatia yacht charter and tailor an itinerary to your tastes, contact a charter broker at Bespoke Yacht Charter:Sponsored by Bespoke Yacht CharterE. email@example.comT. +44 20 7368 3328
July 16, 2018
Kurt Strand, world renowned yacht designer, has released his latest superyacht concept, 122-meter Aurora Borealis. Kurt Strand's inspiration for this astonishing explorer yacht was the incredible nature, as well as the rough weather conditions in Northern Norway, where he was born and raised. The purpose of Aurora Borealis is to enjoy the planet's beautiful nature from the luxury inside living space. When the weather allows, the yacht can transform into an open outdoor experience. It's designed with retractable balconies and large gates, to have the perfect combination of luxury and adventure. This gigantic superyacht is meant to explore the most outpost destinations from the Arctics to the Tropics.The yacht is 6-storeys high, has a length of 122 meter and a massive beam of 20 meter. A large helicopter pod is located on the aft deck. In front of the landing pod is a swimming pool with a retractable glass floor, to move the helicopter inside the hangar, large enough to park 2 helicopters. The yacht's aviation club with bars and launch area is part of the hangar. In case of bad weather the large gate can be closed but there is still access to the deck/pool area via 2 pantographic doors integrated in the gate.In the hull side of the lower deck are 4 fold out gates for storage and launching a huge selection of tenders & toys. In the aft is a drive-in bay area for a submarine and a 45 feet tender. The owners will enjoy a 180 degree view from the 400m2 suite with full privacy, outdoor jacuzzi, sun lounge area, gym, spa, office, library, wine cellar. Eight 100 m2 VIP suites are available for 20 guests.The yacht is equipped with cinema, beauty salon with spa, gym and even an alpine ski slope track system. The lower deck has 48 private cabins with a living area for the crew. The Yacht is designed with the next generation environment friendly propulsion system. 3 electric azimuth pods are powered by hydrogen fuel cell generators. It also has a Diesel powered backup gensets. The hydrogen technology is mostly used in the car industry but Kurt Strand want's to bring it to the next level in the yacht industry because he believes it is beneficial for the whole planet.
July 16, 2018
Launched in April 2018, motor yacht Charade is a 38-meter superyacht from the Class product line, has been delivered on June 25 to the owner at the Benetti's Viareggio shipyard. This Fast 125 unit is built from composite and carbon fiber and boasts innovative D2P Displacement to Planning hull with wave piercer, designed by Pierluigi Ausonio with the Azimut|Benetti Research and Development center, as well as Azipull Carbon 65 propulsion system developed in collaboration with Rolls Royce. These innovations bring the high performance at top speed and reduced consumption when cruising. All Fast 125' models, as well as Charade can be described as the superyacht that has a perfect balance between speed and comfort. Powerful Azipull Carbon 65 thrusters (AZP 65) which are highly efficient and reliable propulsion system, super lightweight due to the the extensive use of composite materials. The innovative system brings best performance, with the top speed of 24 knots and great manoeuvrability. Also, vibrations and noise are significantly reduced, as the system is placed right at the stern, so the garage can be inserted between the engine room and guest rooms.Stefano Righini is responsible for the exterior design, while the interior design is the result of collaboration between design studio RWD from the UK and the owner's and shipyard's team. There are three possible configurations for Fast 125’ models has three configurations : Air, Land and Sea. Charade is configured with the Air option, with a simple lines with metal accents. Accommodation on board is for 10 guests in 5 cabins.Innovative light panels are integrated in decor of the interiors, while the outdoors lights, with underwater lights and yacht name lighting, which can be changed to any color and are perfectly synchronized.
July 16, 2018
A feast for the eyes and a pleasure for those who will be onboard at sea, Custom Line 120’ bursts onto the nautical scene with the explosive force of new innovations that are sure to leave their mark. The newest member of the brand’s planing line reimagines and combines stylistic elements from automotive design and residential architecture, with the addition of in-depth research aimed at enhancing the shapes and volumes. Produced in collaboration with the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee, headed by engineer Piero Ferrari, and the Engineering Department, it is the first Custom Line yacht to bear the signature of Francesco Paszkowski Design.An array of new key features were included, starting with the design of the hull, with its bottom lines characterized by the extension of the quickwork towards the bow. This choice is the result of careful analyses aimed at reducing resistance to guarantee exceptional performance and consumption, all considering the volumes and the displacement of the vessel.The hull design is inspired by technologies used for racing power yachts, with particular attention and care given to the production of the structures to ensure the maximum strength and lightness. In addition, expert use of carbon in the superstructure made it possible to achieve an elegant design of the part of the flybridge that extends toward the bow without the need for supporting props in the cockpit.EXTERIOR DESIGNThe design proposes an aesthetic standard based on perfectly clean lines and forms, which created a coherent unity between the exterior and interior design. The profile is sleek and powerful: taut lines run from stern to bow, creating a spectacular alternation of materials and colours in the light structural surfaces and dark tinted windows.The hull windows are large and generous, and floor-to-ceiling windows on the main deck offer direct contact with the sea, thanks to pulpits that take the place of the traditional gunwales. The side windows on the flybridge make it possible to have a well-sheltered panoramic sun deck.COCKPIT AND INTERIORS OF THE MAIN DECKThe cockpit features an innovative glass door that gives access to the lounge. It is inclined at a 45° angle and, in addition to the usual slide opening of the two glass panels, it has a tilting mechanism so that it can be raised completely up to insert into the ceiling. Developed in conjunction with Mecaer Aviation Group, a company that works in the aeronautical industry, the door makes it possible to join the cockpit area to the lounge to create a single environment of more than 80 sq m (861 sq ft) covered in teak, with curtains that can be utilized for separation. Another outstanding innovation is the elevation of the lounge floor, which uses a floating floor to provide an unparalleled view of the sea.The design is inspired by the tenets of luxury residential interior design and proposes, among other elements:- support columns that incorporate lighting, audio, and air-conditioning systems- the large central lounge, fitted with wide, tall side windows that create an effect of greater continuity with the sea.Beyond the formal dining zone, the lobby gives access onto the walkway through a large glass door, as well as belowdecks and to the master suite. From the opposite wall, there is access to the pantry – also reachable from the outside – and then the galley, from which the crew quarters below can be reached. The pantry also gives access to the navigation bridge. Here, the captain can use the LOOP integrated bridge system created in conjunction with Naviop-Simrad, which has touchscreens installed seamlessly into the dashboard, creating a single direct interface with the ship functions and enabling total control.The wide body owner’s suite of over 35 sq m is outfitted with a separate dressing room and full beam bathroom with dual facilities, vanity, and a central shower. On request, the owner can also have a panoramic terrace installed.LOWER DECKThere are 4 guest cabins on the lower deck. The 2 VIP cabins astern feature a special arrangement of the beds, which face the bulwark to make the most of the view from the large hull windows. The two forward cabins have single beds, to which a pullman bed can be added. All the cabins have an en-suite bathroom with separate shower. The crew quarters forward include a large dinette, captain’s cabin with desk and private bathroom, a hostess cabin, and two double cabins for the sailors, all with private bathroom and separate shower.EXTERNAL AREASThe comfort of a flybridge and the sportiness of a coupé also blend wonderfully on the sun deck, a panoramic space to enjoy in complete privacy. It features a relaxation area with whirlpool tub and free-standing furniture, and can be protected from the sun thanks to a retractable bimini top in the hard top equipped with a skylight. An innovative concept enables a direct connection from the flybridge to the forward zone by means of lateral corridors with additional access from the monkey bridge. This feature makes it possible to have a single large deck of 100 sq m. Two sun pads at the sides of the walkway lead to the foredeck, furnished with a large dinette.At the stern, the patented DMT - Dual Mode Transom system is implemented with the installation of two hatches that conceal the stairs to the cockpit when the ship is cruising, providing an exceptionally clean aesthetic. When the ship is stopped, the stairs pass through the garage door, allowing guests to climb aboard. From the garage, a tender of up to 5.65 meters and a three-person jet ski can be lowered into the water. Consistent with the Custom Line tradition, there is another garage forward, which can be used to store a 3.25 m tender or a jet ski.TECHNOLOGY AND PERFORMANCECustom Line 120’ installs a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines that generate 2,638 Mhp, allowing a cruising speed of 21 knots and top speed of 25 knots (preliminary data). An interesting option is the economical cruising speed of 11 knots, with a range of up to 1100 nautical miles (preliminary data).Comfort is also guaranteed when the ship is at anchor, thanks to the standard installation di electro-hydraulic stabilizing fins, offering both underway and zero speed modes.The utmost attention has also been given to acoustic comfort in order to reduce the impact of engines and generators during navigation and at roadstead: Custom Line 120’ features a floating floor and supplementary thermal insulation between the bulkheads and in the ceilings.
July 13, 2018
In March, 2018 YachtHarbour has reported that 95-metre Indian Empress was confiscated in Malta for unpaid wages. In June, 2018 95-metre billionaire's superyacht Indian Empress was sold in auction to pay off debts.Auction, ordered by the court has found the winner, which had payment deadline, but he failed to meet it. Iranian buyer needed to pay €43.5 million till the 5th of July and then asked the Maltese court for a 15 day prolongation, but the court rejected the request. What will happen next with the yacht is a new auction. The previous one started with the bids starting from €25 million, and just 3 bids were made during it. It's a real good opportunity to get the superyacht of this size for this price, but not so many people are ready to pay such amount of money in such a short period.The yacht was abandoned by her owner - Vijay Mallya, in September 2017. Much of Mallya’s assets in India and elsewhere have been either seized or frozen as he faces charges of money laundering and defrauding a consortium of Indian banks. Indian Empress was targeted by an arrest warrant issued in favour of Melita Power Diesel Limited for outstanding payment of €651,399. The current owner purchased Indian Empress in 2006 for $113 million. Originally built for a member of the royal Qatari family, the vessel has also been a very popular charter yacht. Indian Empress had a major €6.4 million refit in 2016, where the interior has swapped deep red and rich gold colours and ornate gilt-work and traditional carpets for contrasting woods, pale neutral colours and large impressive art. Vijay Mallya, a supposed owner of the Indian Empress denied being the owner of the yacht.
July 12, 2018