In June 2015 it was announced that yet another superyacht with a name inspired by a James Bond movie would be built, the 69-meter Spectre. The order for the vessel was placed by American businessman, John Staluppi as the owner's 7th yacht.
The yacht, currently under construction at Benetti, features an exterior style by the Italian yard in collaboration with Giorgio Cassetta Design, whilst Mulder Design is responsible for the naval architecture.
Featuring a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Spectre offers a 20 to 30% higher speed, without the use of excessive engine power or light-weight construction than a conventional displacement hull, thanks to the Mulder Design High Speed Cruising Hull. Performance wise she can provide a top speed of 21 knots and achieve a range in excess of 6500 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Project Spectre is scheduled to be delivered to the owner in mid 2018.
Italian design studio Lazzarini revealed a helium-powered flying superyacht. Called Air Yacht, the design has twin airships, which are connected by four bridges to a central hull and has helium as the main source of fuel.Made from carbon fiber, the Air Yacht has a length of 150m. According to the studio, helium could supply enough propulsion for journeys of up to 48 hours at speeds of 60 knots. And, while on the water, Air Yacht can cruise at a speed of 5 knots. The futuristic yacht design is attempting to offer a greener option to kerosene.Air Yacht’s twin airships contain 400,000 sq. m of compressed helium propelled by eight counter-rotating motors, each powered by ultralight batteries and solar panels.“The Air Yacht is not an airship intended for public transport or tourist purposes, it is designed for a private owner with a vision for the evolution of the mega yacht / aviation,” says Lazzarini Design Studio.The vessel will be packed with luxury amenities. A large dining area and living room will be located at the central hull, along with the master cabin with a panoramic view. Air Yacht also features a helipad and swimming pool on the roof.Credits: Lazzarini
January 14, 2022
DYT Superyacht Transport has delivered its purpose-built semi-submersible vessel, Yacht Servant. The official delivery took place on 4 January at Yantai CIMC Raffles Shipyard on China’s Shandong Peninsula. Three days later, the vessel embarked on her maiden voyage from Shanghai to Panama.Yacht Servant has a length of 213.70m, a 46m beam and a 4.6m draft. The vessel provides virtually double the capacity than her predecessors. The IMO Tier-III compliant vessel is also 32% more fuel efficient, while her 6,380 sq. m deck space – 30% larger than her sistership Yacht Express – facilitates the transport of more vessels per crossing, including deep draft sailing yachts.Whereas the current vessels in DYT’s semi-submersible fleet require operating water depths of around 14m, Yacht Servant only requires an operating water depth of 9m using a unique float-on, float-off system that is widely considered to be the safest and most efficient in the world. Yacht Servant’s new specialized deck located behind the bridge built to accommodate tenders, containers and small race boats also opens a new world of convenience and flexibility for owners.<iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/AU-y0hheTsI title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>“We’re all hugely excited about the addition of Yacht Servant to our semi-submersible fleet,” says Richard Klabbers, Managing Director of DYT Superyacht Transport. “Her sheer size and volume allow for so much more capacity, and we’re looking forward to discovering how the vessel’s additional capabilities – such as onboard cranes, reduced board draft and increased submerged draft – will further what we can deliver.”On completion of her 2022 maiden voyage, Yacht Servant will return to China to transport cargo to Colombia during the yachting off season, before arriving in the Caribbean in May to commence her sailing schedule between Florida, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.Credits: DYT Superyacht Transport
January 14, 2022
Bilgin Yachts has made a technical launch of the 73.6m Bilgin 243. The steel and aluminum yacht features exterior and naval architecture from Unique Yacht Design. As her bigger sister 80m Tatiana, she spreads across five decks and can accommodate 16 guests. Bilgin 243 has a spacious owner's suite and two VIP suites on the main deck. “We designed Bilgin 74m focusing on the large, spacious structures that characterize a boat of this size, trying to develop them to perfection, rather than trying to fit ‘a little bit of everything’. The result was a great balance between interior and exterior living spaces, pleasing, large and sporty, but not tiring,” says Emrecan Özgün, CEO and the founder of Unique Yacht Design. She also has a 50 sq. m beach club, gym and sauna. Bilgin 243 will have a top speed of 17 knots, and can reach 5,000 nautical mile range at 12 knots.The technical launch and design of Bilgin 243 proved a complete success for the whole Bilgin team. We are very happy and proud of starting the year with a big splash,” says Ismail Şengün, Bilgin Yachts' CEO.To finish outfitting Bilgin 243 will be transported to the West Istanbul Marina and will be delivered in 2024.Bilgin Yachts is a boutique shipyard on the European side of Istanbul, building 50 to 120m luxury superyachts. It has been a family-run business for five generations since the early 1900s.Credits: Bilgin Yachts
January 14, 2022
Cantiere delle Marche has sold the semi-custom explorer Acciaio 130 to her European owner. The naval architecture and exterior have been made by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec. The yacht spreads across three decks and features a generous sundeck sky lounge and a 30 sq. m gym on the upper deck. The owner requested a stern platform to be designed as a fishing cockpit and a storage for rods, tackle and bait. He also has requested two master suites: one on the main deck and the full-beam on the lower deck. The lower deck also will have two guest cabins. The Acciaio 130 has a top speed of 13.5 knots and a range of over 5,000 nautical miles when cruising at 10 knots.“We are delighted with the client’s strong interest in this design which brought to a high level of customization and interesting features,” says Vasco Buonpensiere, co-founder and Sales & Marketing Director of CdM. “Acciaio 130 will be a purposeful passagemaker tailored to the exacting requirements of her owner for long range cruising. The client has been introduced by Jonacor Marine and in the light of the high level of professionalism of all parts involved we are sure that the construction of this beautiful vessel will represent a great experience for us all.”The 39.42 meter explorer will join the Acciaio 105 Gatto and the Acciaio 123 Astrum. This is the nineth sale in the Italian shipyard order list. CdM's story begins in 2010. The facilities cover an overall surface of 16˙000 square meters, including 7˙000 sq m of workshops and 1˙000 sq m of docks. Since 2015, the shipyard has been the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Based in Ancona, Cantiere delle Marche builds yachts from 26m to 43m in length.Credits: CdM
January 13, 2022
The Scuderia 65 was built for an owner who loves offshore racing and she had a successful year. From her base in Chioggia in the Adriatic, she has undertaken numerous regattas, including the dramatic Aegean 600 endurance race that weaves around the Greek islands. The season culminated in October with Cinquanta and the Barcolana race. And she has also won a major design award.Penned by Harry Miesbauer, the Scuderia 65 was always optimized for form stability and blistering offshore performance. She is simple to sail short-handed, while a powerful rig and the option of a lifting keel give her thrilling pace in strong winds. “Together with the owner, I opted for a more powerful hull shape,” says Miesbauer. “We knew it would give us an edge when it is breezy, and in some conditions we are even faster than our VPP velocity predictions. When I was on board we did 21 knots on a broad reach in 20 knots of wind and the two-man delivery crew reported a top speed of 28.7 knots.”But performance is just one element of this yacht. The sleek hull lines and clean deck are allied with an elegant and minimal interior. At once practical for sail handling while racing and architectural in its styling, this is an interior that genuinely succeeds at combining form and function.No wonder, then, that the boat scooped a highly sought-after A’ Design Award this year from an international jury of design experts who recognised its aesthetic qualities and sailing abilities. In contrast to many fast IRC boats out there, the Scuderia 65 has been designed to provide a comfortable base for cruising as well. The enclosed U-shaped galley to port is well equipped and spacious, and there are three cabins. The master cabin forward is a double with a dedicated sofa area and ensuite shower room. Two flexible twin V-berths aft also have their own shower rooms, all in lightweight molded composite.Labor-saving appliances like washing machines and ice-makers are fitted in a modular fashion, so as to be easily removable for racing. “It all goes back to a first conversation I had with the skipper and the owner during the Middle Sea Race a few years back,” says Miesbauer. “Together, we came up with a concept for a larger boat, fast offshore and with sexy lines, but where there was still a place for family cruising.”Harry Miesbauer“I believe that we have got the balance exactly right, as this is a boat that you would happily cross the Atlantic in. And despite her performance, she is not a complicated yacht. She is simple to handle two-up, and wherever we had the choice between an elaborate technical solution and something more straightforward, we have kept it simple,” comments the designer.Credits: Dede De Luca OneSails, Max Ranchi, Andrea Muscatello, Rolan Duller
January 13, 2022