Arcadia Yachts continues to look ahead and has decided to confirm their entry into the world of steel hulled vessels with their new FOR.TH gamma, where FOR.TH stands for Forward Thinking. This project closely follows the yard’s philosophy, and together with Hot Lab Studio, the collaboration that produced the successful A100+ continues.
The first model of the Gamma FOR.TH will be 47 meters long, with a maximum beam of 9 meters. Contact with the surrounding environment will be assured by the use of large glass surfaces and open transoms on both the main and upper decks. Arcadia Yachts’ typical linear design is contrasted by an almost completely glass prism, of clear architectural inspiration, providing the interiors with a great amount of natural illumination. This conceptually extreme contrast is emphasized by the sharp modeling of the superstructure, whose fragmented elements create an appearance of distance, just like glass prisms. A light frame, in chromatic contrast with the rest, ideally reunites the shapes in a play of solids and voids that permits daylight to inundate the interiors.
Usable space is concentrated just a bit forward of amidships to allow for ample sunlit and shaded areas on the after decks, but the play of solids and voids, that literally fragment the lines of the yacht, suggests of an upward movement towards the stern, restoring dynamism to the whole.
All exterior design solutions reflect the maximum in conviviality. Design philosophy for the proposed interiors is based on a refined and contemporary open floor plan, clearly citing modern real-estate design. Spacious salons closely interact with the open air, doubling our perception; the proposed layout links interior to exterior in a relationship without barriers. All this on a yacht with a displacement of just under 500 gt.
The 78 sqm. sundeck is surrounded by a discreet, low level structure that provides a base for the slender hardtop struts. The bodywork is painted completely black and merges with the glass prisms that delineate the bridge windscreen. The solar panels are lodged inside the prisms, a traditional Arcadia design distinction. Here the Italian yard proposes the possibility of a transparent jacuzzi surrounded by a spacious “C” shaped sunbathing area located on the forward half of the deck, with two linear settees and a central table tastefully set on the after part of the deck. The bar zone is found in the central part of the deck, facing aft to serve guests on barstools next to the pool.
There is another bar on the upper deck, shielded by a laminated structure that lets the sun filter through when desired. One of the many solutions for the upper deck that the yard has also developed includes two facing “L” shaped settees. This configuration creates the quintessential convivial area, covering an incredible 43 sqm. The convertible sky-lounge is another distinguishing feature of the Arcadia style; the full-height side windows slide forward until they completely disappear from sight, while the settees are placed to allow every seated guest to feel the sea breeze. Light inundates the area vertically from several skylights.
Of great interest is the proposal for a separate dining area, similar to the typical layout found on yachts over 70 meters long, connected to the kitchens below by means of a pantry that assures precise and discrete attendance by the crew, without disturbing the guests in any way. Taken all together, 68 sqm. of space is dedicated to the guests on this deck. The upper deck is completed by the Captain’s private quarters, with direct access to the wheelhouse.
The layout proposal for the main deck’s aft area (totaling 90 sqm.) also ensures the maximum in use of space. First, the dining table for eight, sheltered and shaded by the structure of the overhead deck. Then, after a large ”C” shaped settee, a spacious sun bathing area with removable backrests, providing further seating for guests, with a beach club/gym located below, separated from the stern by a large glass door aligned with the swimming platform. This solution lets a large amount of light through and eliminates any barrier to the view of the sea.
Also featured on the left and right of the 53 sqm. main interior salon are full-height glass doors that open onto the side decks, while access to the owner’s suite is through the owner’s office. This not only increases privacy but also assures considerable acoustic insulation. The suite offers 51 sqm. completely dedicated to the owner, and also features a private lateral terrace.
On the lower deck, guests have two 29 sqm. VIP cabins at their disposition, with private bathrooms and studios. The guest area is completed by two 16 sqm. twin-berth cabins with private bathrooms. An excellent feature is direct access to the crew area, permitting the crew to service the guest area without having to use the guest stairs.
Ken Freivokh Design, the UK studio behind the legendary Maltese Falcon and her “sequel”, Black Pearl, has just unveiled a new mega-yacht concept, measuring 140 meters.The large-scale project strikes with its sleek lines, glassy surfaces and a 3D feel that its complex multilevel structure conveys. The yacht’s signature element, the circular cut-out in the tip of the bow, turns out to be an observation platform for best sunset and sunrise views. The forward helipad allows for two helicopters on standby. Stepping down, you find yourself in a sunken lounge with a temperature-controlled pool. The side glass panels protect from winds, without constricting sea views. The boat’s layout insists on a clear separation between guest and crew quarters. The centerpiece of the interior social space is the full-sized IMAX cinema. The owner’s staterooms and luxury guest suites are spread over the seven decks, all connected with a glass elevator for major convenience onboard. The stern of the yacht features a floating dock for tenders, in addition to the full-beam garage able to house up to six limousine tenders and an array of watertoys, accessible from the starboard. Another Freivokh Design project of the same size, the 141-meter wooden sailing yacht Dream Symphony, is currently under construction at the Dream Ship Victory yard in Turkey.
November 24, 2017
The latest hull of the 26.3-meter 860 Deluxebridge series by the American-designed and Taiwanese-built shipyard is nearing completion. The all-composite yacht is due to be shipped to Outer Reef’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale in early 2018 for the fit-out. This project yacht was ordered by a repeat customer, owner of three other Outer Reef models. The 860 Deluxebridge series favorably differs from other ranges by a temperature-controlled helm station relocated to the upper deck, so that the main deck forward, traditionally reserved for the control center, is freed up to host a spacious country kitchen for cooking and dining. The latter novelty can be observed in the recently released photo of the completed hull and superstructure, showing off the scale of the project. The accommodation features 4 guests cabins and crew quarters with heads, lounge and galley. The walk-around skylounge provides additional private dining, entertainment and office areas. The yacht is also equipped with a built-in teak swim platform on the aft deck. On the technical side, the yacht boasts two 750hp John Deere 6135 engines, 3 aluminum fuel tanks with a total capacity of 11.356 liters, Trac Zero Speed stabilizers and a pair of 38KW Northern Lights generators, all these characteristics allowing for comfortable long-range ocean voyaging. Upon the delivery, the owner plans to cruise along both costs of North and South America to explore Nova Scotia, Alaska and Mexico.
November 24, 2017
The Wisconsin-based custom yacht builder handed over the 32-meter ocean-going yacht Northland to her owner. On her maiden voyage, the boat will be cruising past the east coast of the US onto the Atlantic. Northland was built at the historic shipyard Manitowoc, in Wisconsin, complying with ABS standards. She is Burger's first in over 50 years motor yacht with a steel hull. The hull pairs with light-weight aluminum superstructure, adding up to 270 GT volume. The yacht boasts a contemporary exterior and interior designed by Luiz de Basto in close collaboration with the boat's owner. The four-cabin layout comes complete with a full-fledged fishing station integrated into the cockpit. Performance wise Northland is powered by twin Caterpillar C18s, allowing for a 4,000-nautical-mile range at 9,5 knots. The yacht comfortably cruises at 12 knots and reaches a maximum speed of 12.4 knots.
November 23, 2017
The 39.5-meter all-carbon sportfisher named Hull 1015 was launched on the high tide by the New Zealand builder Yachting Developments on November 23.Yacht Harbour closely followed developments on this world’s largest carbon sportfish yacht project, from the moment the hull saw the light of day in December 2016, until now that the three-deck motor yacht left her build shed in Auckland. Hull 1015 was commissioned in 2105 by an international sportfisherman, who opted for Yachting Developments because of their expertise in yachts with carbon hull and superstructure, which are, in fact, considered to be the lightest and fastest of their kind. Moreover, the scale of the 267GT boat allowed for commercial-grade of 3.100hp MTU diesel engines and advanced VEEM gyro stabilizers. Whilst Michael Peters Yacht Design was in charge of the exterior of the yacht, her “contemporary classic” interior was created by Naylor Booth Associate in collaboration with the owner himself. The layout sleeps up to 10 guests in 4 lower deck staterooms, including the owner’s master suite, and up for 6 members of crew. The sportfisher is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2017.
November 23, 2017
The 24-meter custom YXT 24 project has arrived at the Dutch yard’s facility in Nijkerk, where it is expected to be completed in 2018 and then delivered to its American owners.Boasting a sporty exterior design by Diana Yacht and Bernd Weel studio, YXT 24 is an evolution of the previous version built upon the same steel platform, yet featuring additional accommodation, various wellness areas and 75 square meters of free beach deck space for watersports days at anchor, which makes this support vessel also a good live-aboard option. The interior layout by Frank Darnet Design features a double guest cabin with a Pullman berth and ensuite bathroom, as well as two double cabins for four members of crew. The main storage deck is meant to carry all sorts of toys and the owner’s Land Rover Defender. The boat’s power comes from two Caterpillar C12.9 engines, allowing for the top speed of 13 knots and a range of 1.400 nautical miles at an economical speed of 10 knots. YXT 24 was bought in May by an American couple and is due for delivery in the summer of 2018.Lynx Yachts was founded in 2011 by a Tunisian-born engineer and yachtsman Slim Bouricha, claiming to have a particular vision of how multifunctionality in yachts should be addressed. The yard's fully-customable YXT line includes a 20, 24 and 36-meter ranges.
November 23, 2017