One of the world's most appealing industries in the world from a PR and marketing standpoint, yachting often appears as a relatively untouched field to the automotive industry. Yet, over the years, several players from that market tried to venture into yachting.
Ferrari and family
Brands: Ferretti Group (13.2%)
The Italian sports car manufacturer's history in yachting stretches all the way back to 1990 with the delivery of the Riva Ferrari 32. In total, 30 hulls of this speedboat line styled by Ferrari were built. In 2016, a barely used model was auctioned off by Sotheby's in Monaco at a starting price of €180,000.
Ferrari's most significant step into yachting seems to however have come in 2016, when Piero Ferrari, the son of Ferrari founder, Enzo Ferrari, bought 13.2% of Ferretti Group, the company behind brands such as Riva, CRN and Pershing. Controlled by Chinese conglomerate, Weichai, Ferretti Group posted earnings before tax of €11 million in the first quarter of 2016.
Porsche and family
Brands: Royal Falcon Fleet, Fearless, Kormaran
Through its majority-owned subsidiary, Porsche Design Group, the German company first tried entering yachting with the Fearless 28, an 8.5-meter luxury speedboat reaching top speeds of up to 78 knots, four of which were built.
The German's sports car manufacturer's second attempt to enter yachting came in 2009 with the introduction of a concept for a 41-meter catamaran in combination with Royal Falcon Fleet, a now Swedish-based company that had developed the project for a fractional ownership program with a break down of about 10 owners per RFF135.
The delivery of the first RF135 was however postponed first from Q4 2010 to 2012 and then later seemed to disappear from the map. Part-built, the catamaran is currently still lying in Oregrund, Sweden where Royal Falcon Fleet offices are now located.
In 2012, Peter Daniell Porsche, great-grandson of Porsche founder, Ferdinand Porsche became a partner in Kormaran, a company trying to bring to market a transforming watercraft capable of cruising in six different positions, including a monohull and a trimaran, which is set to retail for near to €1 million.
Model: Arrow 460 Granturismo
Partners: Baltic Yachts
In 2016, Mercedes-Benz, the famed German car manufacturer, introduced their first yacht designed by Mercedes-Benz Style, a 14-meter luxury speed boat nicknamed, Silver Arrow of the Seas. Powered by twin Yanmar engines of 480hp each, the yacht can reach speeds of up to 30 knots. With a price tag of near €2,5 million, only 10 of these boats will be manufactured at Baltic Yachts for this first edition.
Model: Aston Martin AM37
Partners: Quintessence Yachts
In partnership with Quintessence Yachts, a boat builder based in the Netherlands, Aston Martin have introduced their first 37-foot luxury speedboat at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. Having spent two years in research and development, the A37 will come in two options with top speeds of either 50 or 45 knots.
Models: Niniette Series
Partners: Palmer Johnson
The result of a partnership between French car manufacturer, Bugatti and former US shipyard, Palmer Johnson, the Niniette series features several models between 50 and 88 feet. Amongst the project's key amenities are a large sunbathing area on the main deck as well as a spacious living room and a large master cabin on the lower deck.
Model: Lexus Sport Yacht
Partners: Marquis-Carver Yacht Group
Lexus, a division of Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota, had recently launched a concept for a 12.7-meter luxury speedboat built by Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in Wisconsin. The proof of concept could reach a top speed of 43 knots powered by twin 440hp Lexus engines but is not set to go into mass production.
Baglietto's 40m yacht DOM 133 by Stefano Vafiadis and Baglietto is on track to be delivered in April 2022. The 39.95-metre yacht is in the outfitting shed with a completed hull and superstructure. The DOM line has two models – DOM 123 and DOM 133. The first DOM 123 Run Away was launched this summer and is expected to be delivered to the owner in the near future.The DOM 133 will travel with hybrid propulsion system that contains traditional diesel engines, e-motors and batteries. The yacht’s range when cruising in diesel-electric mode can reach up 7,500 nm and offer up to 10 additional hours on anchor powered batteries. She will be able to reach up to 17 knots thanks to twin CAT C32 engines.Guests can stay connected to all decks thanks to the inbuilt elevator. Making the most of the 8.7-metre beam is the detailed interior layout that includes a 70-square-metre sun deck with hot tub and wet bar, a two-level beach club with swimming pool and a main saloon completed by full-height windows. In the shipyard own words: “Respect for and vicinity to the sea are the core principles of the shipyard’s design philosophy, which has led to the creation of the E-Prop line, the line of hybrid yachts. These yachts are conceived and designed to be able to cruise freely or remain at anchor at zero emissions, to protect nature and enjoy it at its fullest.""Being the intelligence partner for the top shipyards and yacht brokers in the world, we have learned to analyse and track the market in great detail. Each year our leading market report is used by investors, CEOs, owners and other key decision makers to inform themselves on the state of the market and future developments. Find all the information you need on the market, fleet, construction book, ownership nationalities and much more in our report," continues the shipyard.Credits: Baglietto
December 2, 2020
After 24 months of engineering and construction, the very first 41-metre Dynamiq GTT 135 Stefania is ready for launch at the company’s shipyard in Massa, Tuscany, and looking every inch a superstar! The full-aluminium superyacht features a Fast Displacement hull by leading Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen and exterior design by Monaco-based studio Dobroserdov Design. The sophisticated exterior design is modern and elegant and based on an exclusive colour palette of metallic gold and dark brown. “We are very proud of this achievement, especially in these tough COVID-19 times” says Dynamiq founder and CEO Sergei Dobroserdov. “This beautiful 41-metre superyacht looks impressive and fresh and expresses the innovative and chic soul of Dynamiq yachts. Just as importantly, she also performs at the top of her class with the latest technology on board such as the Hull Vane aft foil and a unique torque compensation system by Rubber Design, to name just a few. We’re sure she'll be a source of exclusivity and pride for her owners, a family that didn’t follow the mainstream path and selected the Dynamiq GTT 135 because it's the best vessel in her size range, together with her reverse bow, long waterline and master cabin located in the most comfortable place amidships on the lower deck.” Stefania’s efficient hull has a round-bilge shape with lower fuel consumption even at higher speeds. She is equipped with twin MAN V12 1650 engines for a maximum speed of 20 knots with an ocean-going range of 3,500 miles at cruising speed, which means owners have the opportunity to enjoy two seasons during the year (Med and Caribbean) and greater freedom when navigating remote locations with no bunkering infrastructure. The yacht also has a shallow draft of 1.8 metres for cruising the remote cays and shoal waters of the Bahamas.The oversized sundeck of 120m2 divided into two different zones includes a jacuzzi forward and two 75-inch TV screens and a bar unit for enjoying the panoramic views in style. The oversized main deck aft pool has a capacity of 4,500 litres and together with the open-air beach club area with a second bar allows owners and guests to enjoy the en plein air lifestyle close to the sea. Another important luxury feature is the 2.2-metre ceiling heights throughout the interior. The spacious 5-cabin layout on the lower deck ensures motion comfort on board for all the guests. Among other stand-out design features is the real fireplace in the main salon, a centrepiece that adds a cosy touch when cruising early or later in the season when the evenings can be a bit chilly. Dynamiq also joined forces with German VIP car outfitter Klassen to develop the special “Wheelhouse by Klassen", which comes with the same quality and style of Klassen VIP shuttle vans with sporty trim and high-end finishes.Stefania is safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly in accordance with the strictest RINA Commercial Class standards, prestigious Comfort and Green Star Plus notations, and regulatory compliance and manning standards. The yacht has started an intensive programme of pre-launch tests and will touch the water for the first time early in January.
December 2, 2020
A new 51m fast-displacement yacht concept, Sinderella, has been released by the drawing boards of DFD Design and Cantu Design. The concept is decorated with exterior reflective glass that helps create dynamic pattern across the yacht.John Cantu, who founded his studio in 2015 explains: "I wanted to create something that combines the best of American and European design philosophies.” Designers decided to make their concept keeping in mind all future technologies as well as incorporate a hybrid propulsion package for two hours of electric power and zero emissions.This yacht can accommodate up to 10 guests across five en-suite rooms with a full-beam master’s suite on the upper deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck. The 51m fast-displacement yacht has a “Solemare” room at the bottom of the yacht design that allows the owner and the visitors to see the views of marine life below the waterline as well as a spot to relax at the end of the day. The concept’s skylounge has dining and lounging capacities, and an area for alfredo dining to its aft.Sinderella’s reflective glass creates a dynamic pattern across the yacht. She hosts a range of notable features like Jacuzzi, a touch-and-go helipad, as well as a glass overhang.She also also has an extensive beach club with fold-down sections with direct access to the “Solemare” room and storage for all water toys adjacent.Sinderella definitely has a very beautiful look and magical lighting. John Cantu, founder of Cantu Design says: "It is the grand and magical ball that is still there when you wake up the next morning.”
December 1, 2020
The 80-metre Bilgin Yachts Tatiana is the first 80-metre Bilgin 263 superyachts that will be built by the Turkish yard with delivery expected to take place in 2021. Let's take a first look on board the 1,670 GT vessel which springs from the drawing boards of Unique Yacht Design.Tatiana was built in accordance with the latest IMO Tier III standards and comes fitted with a special exhaust system for “100% clean air emissions," according to her builder."Bilgin 263 is truly one-of-a-kind with her design and comfort elements," "We created a very attractive yacht with a sleek and sexy profile while avoiding a high dosage of design clichés. The increase in living areas normally results in bulky designs. The Bilgin 263 has a design attitude that will dominate the yachting sector around the world. This will clearly make her a trendsetter among steel-aluminium superyachts of today", comments Emrecan Özgün from Unique Yacht Design."The owner of 80-metre Tatiana is in love with sportive and contemporary lines. From the very first meeting, we focused on creating a sport superyacht with elegant living areas. In fact, it was a challenge for us to design a yacht which was both sportive and masculine. We spent so many others working on the details in order to combine different features and make the owner feel at home.", comments Emrecan Özgün from Unique Yacht Design.Tatiana's layout contains generous living areas, with a beach club and a huge spa. Accommodation is offered for up to 12 guests across eight staterooms, including an owner's cabin on its own dedicated deck, four additional guest staterooms located on the main deck and one guest stateroom on the lower deck. "If we speak about Tatiana, the theme of the interior is based on a light but rich palette while the design is definitely crisp and contemporary in feel." : Jonny Horsfield from H2 Yacht Design explains the concept."The design can be described as layers of luxury modern. We wanted to achieve an open, airy feel for a clean, sleek look. So the best option was to use light and textured luxury materials. With her sharp, crisp interior lines giving that feel of modernity, we made extensive use of a contrasting combination of rich Macassar veneer and a light eucalyptus, while a book match pattern and gloss finish give a luxurious feel", he continues."This is combined with plenty of marble and touches of detail such as backlight marble, 3D carved stone, and strong textures."One standout area on board Tatiana can be found in her aft deck beach club. The centre of the yacht it is directly connected to the main saloon via a staircase and comes complete with a 9-metre swimming pool as well as a wealth of amenities, including a bar, sunbeds, hammam and a massage room.In terms of performance, Tatiana's well-balanced and optimized superstructure enables her to reach a top speed of 19 knots with zero dynamic trim.
December 1, 2020
1) Alva Yachts announces Eco Cruiser 50: it is the first monohull electric Yacht Alva Yachts Eco Cruiser 50 is a brand-new motor yacht, powered by electric motors, with solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells for a totally clean navigation. Unprecedented space and silent cruising guarantee the maximum comfort.Alva Yachts, the German shipyard of electrical floating solutions, took another step forward and launches its first monohull electric yacht, named Eco Cruiser 50. It is a 15.20-meter motor yacht, specifically designed for electric propulsion, with a peculiar layout made to maximize space, and customized solutions with plenty of possibilities for the interiors. It has been designed by Henndesign to perfectly suit customers who like to cruise and explore while yachting. At 50 feet, it will be the smallest model in the Alva Yachts range, meant to reach new markets and especially a wider range of boaters.2) Merveille and Feadship Yachting Revealed 77.1 Metre Eco Explorer ConceptDutch yard Feadship with the French studio Marveille Yachting presented plans for a 77.11 metre Eco Explorer concept. The concept encompasses the most of motor and sailing yachts and features a much lighter hull shape, one of the features that helps further reduces fuel consumption.Cantenot revealed that work began on the project a year ago. One key feature is a mast system with wings “that can be propelled at twice the strength as a traditional rig,” Vollet said, meaning that fuel consumption is vastly reduced on board. 3) Lürssen successfully redelivers 110m KAOS ex JUBILEE following an extensive refitThe 110-metre Kaos has left the Lürssen Blohm+Voss facilities in Hamburg and has been redelivered to her delighted owners. She marks Lürssen’s biggest refit to date which commenced at the end of March 2019 resulting in modifications to both her interior and the exterior. Stay tuned for our other upcoming articles.
December 1, 2020