To anyone familiar with the yachting industry, the notion of a golden, 30-meter yacht valued at $4.8 billion will sound absurd. This has however not always been the case with mainstream media who have sometimes been fooled by ridiculous press releases.
In the summer of 2011, Stuart Hughes, a UK-based designer, claimed he had been commissioned for the world's most expensive yacht, the 100ft History Supreme. Hughes claimed on his website that the yacht was bought by a Malaysian businessman for £3 billion. 100,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum were supposed to be used for this project in addition to railings and anchor made of precious metals.
With such a reported price, the story spread like wildfire across national media based on Hughes' statement. Italy-based, Baia Yachts however later came forward with a statement saying that the story was fake and that Hughes had taken pictures from their website, which he then tried to pass off as his own concept.
The Streets of Monaco
Created by UK-based, Yacht Island Design, The 155-meter Streets of Monaco was clearly marked to be a concept, yet, somehow, many outlets have reported on this "superyacht" to actually be in construction. In fact, Rudders & Moorings Yacht Sales have even listed it for sale on YachtWorld to try and find a buyer for this concept which they claim will be built by Turkey-based Ned Ship by 2017, despite it being obviously impossible.
In October 2014, the yachting community was baffled to read in mainstream media about 222m Triple Deuce, a project supposedly sold by 4Yacht. Not only was the length of the superyacht baffling but the wording of the press release was also off-putting. The project, for which the designers were never announced, was supposed to have an "agressive" delivery schedule and to supposedly be handed over to the client in 2018.
With 2016 now well underway, Yacht Harbour conducted a study amongst leading figures in the superyacht industry. The study's findings were clear, the Triple Deuce project is 'a total fantasy' as one of the respondents put it. No shipyard is currently working on a project of this scale and all brokers agreed on the fact that Triple Deuce was a publicity stunt.
405ft Gigayacht sold on Ebay
Upon further research, Yacht Harbour's study has also found that the Triple Deuce PR was not the first shot 4Yacht took at marketing through such publicity stunts. In 2005, the company issued a statement that they had listed for sale a 405ft "Gigayacht" designed by Frank Mulder on eBay.
Later, in 2006, a new press release appeared stating the yacht had been sold on eBay via the "Buy Now" button at a price of $85,000,000 for a 50% deposit putting the total sales price at $170 million according to 4Yacht. When Forbes tried investing this information, it transpired the yacht had been re-listed on eBay. 10 years later, there is still no evidence of such a yacht being delivered.
The 34m Blue Jeans was launched in September 2022 delivered by Van der Valk at the end of last year. After the handover at a shipyard in the Netherlands, this all-custom superyacht has cruised through Belgium, France and the UK to London, where she has a memorable shot captured in front of Tower Bridge. Blue Jeans was built for clients who knew exactly what they wanted for their tailor-made raised pilothouse motoryacht. The yacht’s naval architecture was made by Diana Yacht Design, while her exterior and interior was drawn by Guido de Groot Design. The exterior style is closely aligned with the request for high ceilings in the interior, which rise to almost 2.5 meters in the lounge.The yacht’s sleek profile features lots of exterior glass, including for the bulwarks. Her blue hull paint was developed with Alexseal while designer Guido de Groot used colors, surfaces and lights to remove any hint of white. The overall layout entirely reflects the owner’s preferences for everyday use within a multifunctional, multigenerational concept. Blue Jeans is ideal for large groups on day trips and the kind of extended stays onboard involved in her maiden voyage. She can accommodate eight guests. The interior features an intricate fusion of Northern European and Asian styles. A wide variety of materials includes liquid metal walls, copper accents and reconstituted teak in small wooden trims on the walls and ceilings. The master stateroom features rare Lapis Lazuli Blue marble while other fine stones include Nero Marquina and Fior di Bosco in the dining area and White Carrara in the saloon.Blue Jeans carries a fully-custom bare aluminum tender placed sideways in her own large garage. This set-up generated space for a large engine room for the twin MTUs required to give a top speed of 28 knots.Van der Valk is a family-run company building comfortable, innovative and efficient (semi) custom motor yachts from 18m to 45m. From its humble roots in the 1960s, Van der Valk today has a global fleet of over 1000 motor yachts. Credits: Van der Valk
January 26, 2023
Camper & Nicholsons has joined Yacht Club de Monaco in its effort to consolidate the Principality’s position as a center of excellence for yachting. With the Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting initiative, Yacht Club de Monaco aims to foster innovation and spearhead a sustainable future for the yachting sector.The project brings together key stakeholders from across the yachting sector to drive growth in a sustainable and economically viable manner. Considering its influential status in the sector, Yacht Club de Monaco is taking responsibility for mobilizing these stakeholders and establishing a commitment to both the future survival of yachting and the environment.Paolo Casani, chief executive officer of Camper & Nicholsons, offering 'Camper & Nicholsons 240 anniversary book' to Bernard d'Alessandri, general secretary of Yacht Club de MonacoAs Claudia Batthyany, project manager of Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting, explains: “The initiative stands at the heart of Yacht Club de Monaco, of its history. We are deeply engaged to protect our ocean through projects and events like Monaco Classic Week, Energy Boat Challenge and SEA Index. We regroup ambassadors of active members with a progressive, responsible, economic, educational, and ecological future in mind.”With headquarters in Monaco and the same core values as Yacht Club de Monaco, Camper & Nicholsons was eager to support the initiative. “It is very important to promote Monaco as one of the leading destinations alongside such a major actor in the yachting industry as Camper & Nicholsons,” says Bernard d’Alessandri, general secretary of Yacht Club de Monaco.Credits: Camper & Nicholsons
January 26, 2023
Lobanov Design in collaboration with Oceanco has presented a new 88 meter sailing yacht concept named Double Luck or 八+八, which in Mandarin Chinese means "88" – a nod to the auspiciousness of eight in Chinese numerology.The exterior design is inspired by the automotive industry. The bow, with a slight curve, a smooth flank line and long curved lines with minimal sharp edges, became the focus of the exterior design. The yacht has two color schemes – black with copper details or white with yellow gold details. The interior is inspired by Asian Zen design, with its soft lines, organic materials and natural light. Double Luck’s key features include a spacious swimming pool on the aft deck, a beach club with the unfolding terraces, and an impressive winter garden on the main deck.The naval architecture is made by Oceanco and Dykstra Naval Architects. The sailing yacht features Oceanco's emission-cutting LIFE Design and a Dykstra DynaRig sailing system, which was previously installed on 107m Black Pearl.Oceanco was founded in 1987. Right now it is a world-class builder of custom superyachts up to the 140 meters range. Oceanco works with world-known designers such as Terence Disdale, Nuvolari-Lenard, Espen Oeino, Sam Sorgiovanni, Igor Lobanov, Tim Heywood and Andrew Winch to create some of the timeless and award-winning yachts afloat today.Credits: Oceanco
January 26, 2023
At boot Düsseldorf Ferretti Yachts presented the first model in the new range Infynito, which was announced in August 2022. The new range, which contains the brand’s initials (FY) in its name, introduces a style that gives shape to owners’ new needs: seamless contact with the surrounding environment, more sustainable materials and navigation, custom detailing, and a direct link with the sea and the sky. Ferretti Yachts Infynito is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. The exterior design and hulls are by Filippo Salvetti, while the interiors are the work of Ideaeitalia.The first model in the new range to debut in 2023 is Ferretti Yachts Infynito 90. With an overall length of 26.97 meters, but Lh under 24 meters and therefore classified as a recreational craft with CE certification, and a maximum beam of 7.33 meters, the yacht is designed to give cruising enthusiasts an incomparable new experience. The yacht has over 100 sq. m of open-air living spaces (almost 50% more than the segment average) and over 140 sq. m of interiors (over 25% more than the average), including a main deck and a skylounge featuring particularly impressive volumes. Owners can choose between different layouts for each deck, ranging from open-plan spaces to more formal settings reserved for day and night time privacy, offering an experience that can be fully customized according to personal needs.“The Ferretti Yachts Infynito range addresses a segment that needed new concepts. The chief aim of the interior design process was to heighten the perception of space by creating virtuous layouts in which harmony reigns between the sophisticated aesthetic impact and the management of spaces that are always functional and efficient. Ferretti Yachts Infynito is designed for owners who are increasingly seeing their yacht as a new place to live in, as an extension of their homes,” comments Ideaeitalia’s Davide Bernardini and Alessio Battistini.Ferretti Yachts Infynito 90 can be fitted with a pair of MAN V12 engines rated up to 1,800 mHP (in the optional version), driving the yacht to a top speed of 22 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots (preliminary data). The new range will also introduce F.S.E.A. technology (Ferretti Sustainable Enhanced Architecture) to the industry, a package of environmentally friendly cruising solutions. They include a solar roof that generates electricity and charges a lithium battery pack to power onboard services. The Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credits: Ferretti Group
January 25, 2023
The Damen Yachting has announced a milestone moment as the SeaXplorer 58 yacht was lowered into the water. Having emerged from the shed, the yacht will now undergo her final build phase in preparation for delivery to her owner in the coming months. “We are very excited at the successful accomplishment of this milestone of the project. Having seen the yacht in the water for the first time, it's clear to see that she will be a head turner,” said Tolga Karacadal, Operations Manager Yachting at the Antalya shipyard. A custom yacht, the SeaXplorer 58 has been developed with considerable input from her Owner. As a result, she is perfectly prepared to offer the combination of indoor-outdoor living in which the owner can enjoy adventures with friends and family around the world. The interior was developed with Design Unlimited. The SeaXplorer 58 features accommodation for a crew of fifteen as well as two expedition staff. Six spacious suites provide accommodation for up to twelve guests. To facilitate exploration, the yacht features a wide range of toys. In addition to two multi-role tenders, motorcycles, and vehicles for both road and off-road use, this includes a custom 11.4 meter sailboat. When not exploring, guests can unwind in comfort in the cabana-style bar and lounge, featuring an infinity-edged pool, located beneath the Seaxplorer’s certified helideck. On the bridge deck, in addition to the hot tub, the sky lounge and dining area provide connection to the world outside. The yacht also features the SeaXplorer signature bow point observation lounge, giving unrivaled views of some of the most beautiful and unspoiled locations on earth. “It was a breathtaking moment for all involved to see the yacht out of the shed for the first time. She looked spectacular in the winter sunshine, a clear testament to what the combined team in the Netherlands and Turkey, along with our subcontractors, can achieve together. We are looking forward now to putting the finishing touches to the yacht and handing her over to her owner in the spring. After this, we will be continuing our work, creating the first SeaXplorer 60, which is scheduled for delivery in spring 2024,” comments Enrique Tintore, SeaXplorer Design Manager at Damen Yachting. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Damen Yachting
January 25, 2023