Alas Libres
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Thackwray | 30 m | 1984
Aurastel
Sailing yacht
€ 980,000
Thackwray | 26.49 m | 1986

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The 11 largest yachts sold in 2017
A solid year in terms of global financial performance, 2017 has also been a strong year for superyacht sales with 369 yachts sold so far this year, already up nearly 5% from the previous year. Through its timeline platform, Yacht Harbour looks back at the largest yachts sold so far this year.#11 AndiamoLength: 59.3m (194 ft)Builder: Benetti (2009)Asking price: €35 millionOriginally known as Lady Lara, the 59-meter Benetti was delivered in the first quarter of 2009 by the Italian shipyard. Listed for sale in 2015 as her owner took delivery of the 91-meter Lurssen, Lady Lara, the yacht was ultimately renamed to Lady Luck and sold in January of this year. Her new owner changed her name to Andiamo.Following the transaction followed a complete redesign of the yacht that was previously all white, from its interior through to its exterior. Her hull now bears a dark blue colour together with her chase tender. Up on the sundeck is a large Jacuzzi and gym. Her master suite, one of the most spacious on a yacht of her size, is located forward of the main deck.#10 DynastyLength: 59.3m (194 ft)Builder: Benetti (2008)Asking price: $29,5 millionDelivered in 2008 as part of Benetti's highly popular 59-meter line of superyachts, Dynasty, as other yachts in the line, features lots of interior volume. First put up for sale in 2013 at a price of €36 million, the yacht was refitted in 2015 with a full repaint of the yacht and her hull.Sold in July 2017 at an asking price of $29,5 million, I Dynasty features a bespoke interior with intricate fabrics and lines throughout the yacht. Combining a mixture of dark wood and white furniture, the yacht can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins.#9 Lucky LadyLength: 62.6m (205 ft)Builder: Oceanco (2002)Asking price: $39,7 millionOriginally delivered in 2002 by Oceanco, the Dutch superyacht shipyard, as Lady Lola, the yacht was refitted in 2005 with the addition of a convertible helipad. In 2011, the yacht then changed ownership at an asking price of €36,8 million, which saw its interior being redesigned and its master cabin remodelled.In 2015, the yacht came back on the market asking just under €50 million. A series of price reductions then brought her down to $39,750,000 at which asking price she sold in January of this year. Following the acquisition, the yacht was renamed to Lucky Lady and put on the charter market under her new name.Amenities onboard include a hot tub on the sundeck with a waterfall feature, large windows in her full-beam sky lounge, a master cabin with a 180 degree view, forward on the bow. #8 TurmoilLength: 63.84m (209 ft)Builder: Royal Denship (2006)Asking price: $48,5 millionLaunched in 2006 as Royal Denship's hull 327, the 64-meter yacht was christened Turmoil. She was then listed for sale in 2012 at an asking price of $50 million. Earlier this year, the yacht was sold at an asking price of $48,500,000.Built for the owner of the 46-meter Palmer Johnson of the same name, his first expedition yacht, Turmoil featured a scientific climatology lab as well as research facilities intended to examine the effects of global warming on the world's oceans.Powered by twin CAT engines of 2,260hp each, Turmoil has a range of 6,500nm at 12 knots. With a cherry wood interior, it can welcome as many as 16 guests in 8 cabins. A master cabin is located on its own private deck. Following the transaction, the yacht was renamed Albula.#7 NatitaLength: 65.99m (216 ft)Builder: Oceanco (2005)Asking price: $39,9 millionDelivered in 2005 as Dilbar by Oceanco in the Netherlands, the 66-meter yacht became the first superyacht owned by Russian billionaire, Alisher Usmanov. Renamed to Ona in 2008 following the delivery of Usmanov's new 110-meter Lurssen, the yacht was put on the market and sold in 2010 at an asking price of €59,9 million to William Kallop.In 2014, Kallop borrowed $32 million from Goldman Sachs against Bad Girl and Natita according to court fillings. The bank then claims the owner then stopped servicing the loan in November 2016 with nearly $28 million still left. Three crew members, captain included, recently obtained $90,000 in back pay from the owner from a Florida court.Goldman eventually filled a suit with the Miami federal court to have the boat seized, which the US Marshals did at a West Palm Beach marina. The bank's first act as acting owners was to purchase $67,000 of fuel for the yacht to keep the generator running, fillings show. Eventually, the bank was able to sell the yacht for $39,9 million.#6 IconLength: 67.5m (221 ft)Builder: Icon (2010)Asking price: €48,5 millionThe first hull built by Dutch shipyard, Icon Yachts, on its 62.5-meter platform, Icon was sold in October of this year after spending over a year on the market in her fully refitted form. Originally listed for €62,5 million, the yacht underwent several price reductions until it was eventually sold.Designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Icon's most attractive features include a large glass-bottomed spa pool, an extensive beach club, a hamam and a sauna. Extended by 5 meters during her refit in 2014, the yacht now has a length of 67.5m.Icon is capable of accommodating 12 guests in 6 cabins and carries a crew of 17. From a technical standpoint, the yacht is powered by twin MTU engines of 2,480hp each giving her a maximum speed of 16 knots. The yacht is also now for charter.#5 Flying FoxLength: 74m (242 ft)Builder: Nobiskrug (2010)Asking price: UndisclosedDesigned by Reymond Langton Design studio with contemporary interior conceptualised and furnished by the renowned designer Mark Berryman, the 73,5-meter built in Germany by Nobiskrug was formerly known as Flying Fox.Among her features are a luxury beach club, gym on Sun deck, fully equipped private indoor cinema and its outdoor sister. The vessel offers accommodation for 12 guests (cruising and sleeping) in six cabins.Listed for sale in the summer of 2017, she was sold shortly after in November. Her asking price remained undisclosed. Her support vessel was the 67-meter Sea Axe, 6711, which is currently looking for a new owner.#4 ZeusLength: 74.5m (244 ft)Builder: Blom+Voss (1991)Asking price: €47,5 millionExtremely controversial when first launched in 1991, Eco was designed by Martin Francis at the request of the late Mexican media entrepreneur, Emilio Azcarraga, primarily known for owning the largest Spanish-language television network in the US and Mexico.Searching for an art deco look for Eco's interior, Azcarraga recruited Francois Zuretti, the designer then known for his work in the Mamounia hotel in Marrakesh, to design the interior of the yacht, as his first ever marine project. Zuretti was not the only yacht designer to get his start on Eco as both Espen Oeino and Dan Lenard worked on the Eco project at some point during its development.Five years later Ellison took delivery of the 138-meter Rising Sun (later sold to Dreamworks founder, David Geffen), which led to him selling Katana to British media entrepreneur, Aidan Barclay, owner of the Telegraph newspaper, who renamed the yacht to Enigma.In 1999, two years after the death of Azcarraga, Eco was sold to American billionaire and founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison who renamed the yacht to Katana. Ellison also refitted the yacht, adding a basketball court aft of the main deck. The yacht later served as a mothership to his America's Cup campaign in New Zealand.The yacht was then refitted in 2009 and then again in 2014 by the Barclay brothers. In August 2016, Barclay listed Enigma for sale at an asking price of €47,500,000 and her sale has now been confirmed without any price reductions announced. Following the sale, the yacht was renamed to Zeus.#3 Northern StarLength: 75m (246 ft)Builder: Lurssen (2009)Asking price: €83 millionBuilt in 2009 by Lurssen, the 75m Northern Star was the third largest yacht sold this year. The superyacht's interior has been designed by Pauline Nunns and exterior styled by Espen Oeino. Featuring a 'country house' style interior Northern Star can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms. She also has room for up to 22 crew so that your every need can be taken care of while on board. The yacht's astonishing amenities include a gym, helipad, tender garage, swimming platform and jacuzzi. First listed for sale in December 2012 by her owner at an asking price of €129 million, she went through a series of price reductions over her near five years on the market before ultimately selling in June 2017 asking €83 million.#2 SolandgeLength: 88.5m (290 ft)Builder: Lurssen (2013)Asking price: €155 millionDelivered in 2013 by Germany-based Lurssen, Solandge was built under the codename Project Niki and based on a similar engineering platform to renowned superyachts such as the 88m Quatroelle or 87m Ace.First listed for sale in August 2015 at an asking price of €179 million, the yacht later went through two price reduction and a central agency change. At the moment of sale the asking price for Solandge was €155,000,000.The superyacht can sleep up to 12 guests in 7 staterooms, including a panoramic master deck featuring 180 degree windows, private dressing room, his and hers bathrooms and a private deck with spa pool. Performance wise the yacht reaches a top speed 18 knots and comfortably cruises at 14 knots.#1 UlyssesLength: 107m (351 ft)Builder: Kleven (2016)Asking price: $195 millionBuilt in 2016, the 107-meter Ulysses has become the clearest yet definition of an explorer yacht, incorporating swimming pools, spas with a helipad and a myriad of tenders, the largest of which is 22-meters long. Sold just a few weeks before the end of the season by her original owner, Graeme Hart, she became the largest brokerage yacht sold so far in 2017 with an asking price of $195 million.Ulysses' story starts back in 2013 when Graeme Hart, whose net worth is valued at $10.2 billion by Forbes, commissioned the 107-meter yacht (351 ft) from Kleven, a shipyard in Norway that builds commercial ships. According to designers, Hart's choice was driven by quicker delivery times, a better price point than traditional yacht builders and high enough quality standards.The most unique feature amongst the whole boat may however be the 21-meter tender that Ulysses carries on its bow. The two-deck boat, which most would call a yacht in her own right, requires two custom built cranes to lift in an operation that takes just over an hour to execute.
M/Y A spotted in Gibraltar after repair works
The video shows the 119-meter Blohm + Voss M/Y A arriving at the port of Gibraltar yesterday after repair and maintenance works, taking place in Cartagena, in south-eastern Spain, between October and December this year. She was taken from the dry dock (see the image below) and departed on December 16. The mega-yacht called Gibraltar on December 17 in order to take on bunkers and provisions before leaving later the same day, heading to Port Said, in Egypt.With an upside-down hull and unique exterior styling by Philippe Starck, the superyacht boasts a whole range of distinctive features from her innovative engineering and to the 3 spa pools complete with current-generating technology. Known for his somewhat «risky» solutions, the French designer also added a secret «nookie room» hidden behind mirrored panels. On the whole, mirrored surfaces prevail throughout the interior, along with Baccarat crystal. Photos and video courtesy of Nicolas Canepa.
High-tech Arcana ready to disrupt explorer yacht market
Eric Hansen, owner of Hansen Marine Exploration tells the story behind the development of his eco-friendly and high-tech superyacht Arcana set to be delivered by JFA. Put up for sale through Yachting Partners International, the 38-meter explorer offers a whole range of unique features, from advanced propulsion adapted from commercial vessels, to a patented submarine launch system, for an ultimate long-range travel experience.“I was always interested in developing a boat that combines travel and exploration,” says Eric Hansen, owner of Marine Exploration as he explains his vision for the design of Arcana: “For me, it is a pity that these beautiful yachts just do a few rounds up and down the shore and don’t really travel: I wanted to develop an elegant yacht for exploration and travel with long range,” he claims. The starting point for this explorer project was the desire to create “something new”, a different boat capable of cruising to places not touched by civilization. At the Singapore Yacht Show in 2013, Eric met the naval architect Horacio Bozzo, who could immediately see how the initial concept could be brought to life. Designed to leave the least carbon print possible, the boat boasts diesel-electric propulsion, allowing for a remarkable 4.000 nautical miles range at a cruising speed of 10 to 12 knots. Her non-toxic hull antifouling coating with non-biocide-release is meant to prevent harm to marine life. Even the teak of her decking is renewable. Moreover, thanks to the smart dynamic positioning the yacht can access sensitive areas, without disturbing seabeds or dropping anchors on corals. As a result, Arcana exceeds all existent environment protection requirements, including IMO Tier 3 for nitrogen oxide emissions. As for her Azumuth Thrusters – marine propellers that rotate 360°around the vertical axis – they ensure improved stability and agility in comparison with conventional propulsion system. Being common with support vessels that have to maintain their position next to oil platforms, this technology onboard the superyacht enables her to stay on station in a specific location for hours, while dramatically reducing vibration and noise. Another innovative feature is a patented automated submarine launch system, purpose-designed for a 3-man piloted U-Boat Worx submarine. “When you go exploring, you can scuba to maybe 30 meters, a bit more if you’re qualified, but there are a lot of very interesting sub-sea or underwater things you cannot see if you don’t have a smart submarine,” Eric points out. The mechanism allows a controlled launch and recovery that feels safer that traditional launches by crane. Passengers can board the submarine directly from the yacht, launch gently to the water and come back the same way. Besides, the submarine launch doubles as a dive-board or slide base. With its submarine, shallow draft and advanced exploration technology, Arcana is an ideal yacht for discovering the remote islands of Asia, as Eric suggests: “You can go to a very small cove or a small remote fishing port at the far end of Indonesia or the Philippines, and just turn around very easily with dynamic positioning. Myanmar is opening to yachting, and it is a pristine world for diving with few yachts available there. Palau has shark sanctuaries ideal to explore on a submarine. Asia is a wonderful playground for yachting and exploration”. As far as the Arcana’s elegant profile is concerned, it embodies functionality and style, as the following video shows without any further ado. Sponsored by Yachting Partners InternationalE. brokerage@ypigroup.comT. +377 99 99 97 97
Heesen 50-meter project Maia sold
The Dutch shipyard has announced the sale of the 50-meter world cruiser project Maia to an American serial yacht owner. Maia’s design is a team work, performed by Clifford Denn and Reymond Langton. The first in the 50-meter Steel class, Maia is a blue water motor yacht with a traditional steel displacement hull by Heesen’s in-house naval architects and engineering experts, measuring just under 500 GT. This Clifford Denn-designed superyacht has a bold and masculine profile, which has been appreciated by the boat’s car enthusiast owner. Maia’s curvy flowing forms and sharp knuckle lines evoke some iconic car models, while certain fashion details, such as the “Fisker whiskers” grille of the aft plates and navigations lights, are directly borrowed from classic automobiles. To foster the effect, the functional wheelhouse with a large roof overhang is there to project “military style”. Reymond Langton, in turn, has created a warm and inviting ambience in light-bleached oak, contrasting with stained walnut and combining with pale taupe leather and soft fabrics to smoothen the interior look and feel. Indirect LED lighting will draw the eye to some sophisticated design features. The accommodation for up to ten guests is split between five suites, including the owner’s stateroom set forward on the main deck.Powered by double MTU 8V4000 M63, the yacht will reach a top speed of 15 knots, while having a range of 3.800 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 12 knots. Maia is set to be handed over to her owner in June 2018, once her intensive trials in the North Sea are completed. Looking back, 2017 has been a successful year for Heesen, with six superyachts being sold to date, those including Boreas, Alida, Antares, Ayla and Ruya renamed upon her delivery to Book Ends.
H.A.R.D. creates reinforced yacht concept for Arctic exploration
H.A.R.D., standing for “historic armor-reinforced design”, a U.S.-based “virtual shipyard”, has commissioned the Chinese HeySea shipbuilder to construct a particularly strong 30-meter superyacht HARD 97, being capable of exploring from the tropics to the arctic. Set to achieve a MARPOL Polar Ice Class “C” rating, the yacht will be fully equipped for cruising in extreme conditions. The naval architect Nick Boksa has developed a contemporary fiberglass version of the historic “Kochi” hull, which was common in the fleet of the Northern Russians in the XI century. While the hull’s shallow draft minimized the risk of grounding, the yacht’s seaworthiness is ensured by Kevlar reinforcement and stainless steel cladding around the high stress points. A solid laminate is applied below the waterline in combination with core composite above. As a result, the yacht will be able to not only cruise among the ice, but to be deliberately frozen into the ice without damage for years. The boat’s exterior and interior spaces have been styled by Juan Carlos Espinosa, a Florida-based designer with significant experience in the expedition yachts segment. Accommodation is for up to ten guests in five suites, including an upper-deck owner’s suite and the other four staterooms on the lower deck, as well as for four members of crew. Besides, the design allows for moving a wheel chair from the dock to the deck with neutral angle ramps. An internal elevator can travel three decks for major convenience of the whole family going to sea together. Powered by twin 1.000 hp Caterpillar C18 engines, giving a cruising speed of 12 knots, HARD 97 has a range of 3.000 nautical miles when trimmed back to 10 knots.