The CL Yachts’ first CLX96 Sea Activity Vessel (SAV) will be launched in the coming weeks. With painting on the pilothouse and flybridge now complete, the team is moving its attention to the main deck and hull paintwork before the yacht is launched and undergoes sea trials.
Inside, CLX96 is nearing completion on several key areas. The master, VIP and two guest staterooms have been fitted out with a stylish yet discreet combination of fabrics, natural wood tones and Corian, while the main salon’s unique “bleached-teak deck” flooring is now installed, allowing the galley cabinetry to be put in situ.
“It’s all coming together on CLX96 and it will be beautiful when the yacht is
completed,” commented Martin Lo, CL Yachts Director. “The realization of the designer’s vision is on track, and we are extremely proud of what is being achieved with our very first SAV.”
CLX96 was penned by Milan-based Jozeph Forakis with exacting attention to detail and smart, sophisticated design is central to the SAV’s DNA. Curved windows are pleasing to the eye yet challenging to manufacture and install. An innovative yet intuitive spatial arrangement effortlessly gives the home feeling, both inside and out. New technologies to enhance everyday life, such as the VIP suite’s virtual skylight, are found at every turn. And RINA’s certification adds to the complexity of the construction process but provides added reassurance to those onboard.
Having already received recognition with a Good Design Award and a Bronze
A’ Design Award, CLX96 recently added to its industry accolades by winning the prestigious prize for Concept Under 40 Meters at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021.
With the pandemic impacting global supply chains, CL Yachts has been subject to the same logistical pressures as manufacturing companies the world over. “Throughout the significant challenges of the last 18 months, the team has rallied together and found a pathway to building our most complex and exciting yacht to date. We are reaching the final hurdles before CLX96 launches for the first time, and I am looking forward to showing the world the first of our remarkable crossover yachts from this design in the coming months,” added Lo.
CL Yachts’ goal is to offer unparalleled experiences to the modern explorer. The luxury performance brand stands apart from its competitors thanks to its unique approach to design – driven by CL Yacht’s core value of innovation. Fusing progressive design with engineering prowess and state-of-the-art technology, every element of CL Yachts’ vessels are meticulously geared to steer luxury into uncharted territories.
Credits: CL Yachts
Italian shipbuilder Rossinavi has launched the 66m superyacht Alchemy. The yacht is a result of collaboration between the shipyard and Philippe Briand, Founder of Vitruvius Yachts, who is responsible for the exterior design of the vessel. The naval architecture was developed in-house. Alchemy is spread across three decks and commissioned by a private client who has very much been involved in every aspect of the design project. The owner also commissioned this with a brief to focus on the design of the outdoor areas and wellness aspects of the yacht. “I was very lucky to meet this owner, who guided and empowered the entire team involved in the creation of his superyacht. A real Alchemy, as the name evokes, a combination of elements, which leads to an original and refined result: a streamlined and elegant three deck vessel, 66m long, that fits perfectly with what Vitruvius Yachts represents”, says Philippe Briand. The interior was made by Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design. A striking feature of the interior design is the suspended staircase which takes center stage in the main saloon, connecting the bridge to the upper deck. This unique design element creates a connection with its suspended glass steps that are supported by two partitions of white Carrara marble. The staircase serves as both a functional and artistic element, adding to the overall elegance and sophistication of the yacht's interior.<iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/i-PaStJ3k9M title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share allowfullscreen></iframe>The other highlights are large alfresco areas, especially asked by the owner. The yacht has a hot tub and garage for two tenders. The 66-meter vessel will be delivered later this year.Rossinavi is an Italian manufacturer of custom steel and aluminium superyachts 28m in size and larger. The Rossi shipyard was founded in the 1970s and is located in Viareggio.Credits: Rossinavi
March 29, 2023
Sanlorenzo announces the acquisition of a stake in Sea Energy, a company active in the design, production and installation of electronics and electrical systems for the yachting sector. Sanlorenzo acquired 49% of the share capital of Sea Energy, for a total amount of almost €2.7 million.With this transaction Sanlorenzo continues in the path of verticalization of its key suppliers. In addition, the expertise and experience of Sea Energy will enable Sanlorenzo to benefit from an excellent and highly specialized know-how, aimed at developing projects in line with the sustainability of Sanlorenzo.Sanlorenzo was supported in the legal due diligence and contractual negotiations of its recent acquisition of a 49% stake in Sea Energy by the Law Firm Musumeci, Altara, Desana and Associates. Andersen Italia provided assistance to Sanlorenzo for the accounting and fiscal due diligence. Lawyer Luca Polidori and Mr. Gabriele Dini, on the other hand, offered support to Sea Energy.Massimo Perotti“I am glad to announce the investment of Sanlorenzo in Sea Energy, a strategic partner, which allows us to reach a further step in strengthening the supply chain. Sea Energy has made innovation technology the key of its success, now representing an excellence of the territory. Sea Energy, in the last few years, has also developed a significant experience in the field of electric and hybrid propulsion; this know-how is fully consistent with our “Road to 2030” vision to develop innovative and sustainable technologies able to revolutionize yachting. I am sure that the contribution of Sea Energy will be valuable in this path”, comments Massimo Perotti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sanlorenzo. Sanlorenzo was founded in 1985 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.60 to 62 meters in length. Credits: Daniele Barraco, Sanlorenzo
March 29, 2023
Turquoise Yachts has launched the 75-meter Infinite Jest. The yacht’s exterior design was made by Vallicelli Yacht Design, who aimed to achieve a balance between a "powerful dynamic look" and curved lines that create a "harmonious contrast between soft and rigid elements". With a 1,680-gross-tonne volume, the low-angle descent towards the transom and extended forward overhang emphasize the yacht's length. The interior of the yacht was handled by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, marking the first collaboration between the Dutch studio and Turquoise Yachts. With accommodation for 14 guests, the owner's suite occupies a private deck with an office space, alongside a VIP cabin and five additional guest cabins. The full-beam beach club measuring 14.2 meters, equipped with shell doors on either side, offers greater access to the water. In addition, the central tender garage can house a 10.2-meter limousine tender, two additional tenders, and multiple jet skis. Powered by twin Caterpillar 2,575 BHP diesel engines, the Infinite Jest is expected to reach a top speed of 17 knots during sea trials.Infinite Jest, formerly known as Project NB69, is scheduled for delivery later this year. Turquoise was established in 1997 by two leaders of the Turkish boat building industry: Proteksan Yachts Inc. and Turquoise Yacht Construction. After launching the 50m M/Y Turquoise (now called Double Trouble), 20 other megayachts ranging from 40m to 77m in length have since been delivered to an international roster of clients from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Russia. Credits: Turquoise Yachts
March 29, 2023
The Sunreef 80 Eco Marie-Joseph has been recognized as the best in the Technology and Innovation category at the 2023 YCM Explorer Awards La Belle Classe Superyachts. The award ceremony, chaired by His Highness Prince Albert II, honors the most innovative owners and environmentally friendly yachts in the industry. Marie-JosephFour prizes, awarded by a professional jury, were presented to men and women who, as true innovators, have perpetuated the philosophy of "Art de Vivre la Mer". The Sunreef 80 Eco Marie-Joseph impressed the jury with its many eco-friendly features, including "solar skin" solar panels, a hydro-generation system, and high-efficiency batteries. The award was received by Sunreef Yachts founder and president Francis Lapp. His Highness Prince Albert II and Francis LappAs a company deeply invested in the research and development of sustainable yachting solutions, Sunreef Yachts offers a full range of electric yachts and luxury exploration catamarans. The YCM Explorer Award further solidifies the brand's commitment to creating innovative and eco-friendly yachts for a sustainable future.Ultima rangeA while ago Sunreef Yachts introduced a new line of high-tech hybrid catamarans called Ultima. It's a line of fully customizable boats that combine comfort, performance and lifestyle. The first models, Sunreef 45 and 55 Ultima, were presented at the Miami and Fort Lauderdale yacht shows. The first ten yachts are already in production at Sunreef Yachts, with two more large models to follow shortly.Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland. Since then, the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
March 28, 2023
Royal Huisman announced the hull turning of project 408, Aquarius II, which happened on March 27 in Vollenhove. The new 65m yacht was ordered by experienced husband and wife owners of the world cruising ketch Aquarius (56m, Royal Huisman, 2018). Her naval architecture exterior styling is made by Dykstra Naval Architects while the interior design is penned by Mark Whiteley Design. With the delivery scheduled for 2024, Royal Huisman decided to share the opinion of Godfrey Cray, the owner’s project manager. Aquarius II became his third Royal Huisman build after 58m Ngoni (2014–2017), and 56m Aquarius (2015–2018). According to Godfrey Cray, ‘the objectives for Aquarius II (AQII) were centered on maintaining sailing performance that matched the length increase from AQI. The yacht was designed to have increased cabins and living spaces for owner and guests, along with increased crew accommodation and service areas. The focus was on taking advantage of fully tested innovations and system upgrades, and continuing to prioritize quality and reliability.Considerations for AQII's design were made in light of the owners' satisfaction with the current yacht's modern classic exterior look, balance, and sailing performance. The team drew upon the experience and knowledge of the captain, engineers, and crew from AQI to enhance the design, systems, and fitout for the new project.The size increase from 56m to 65m led to a fourth guest cabin, a larger gym and social areas, and increased exterior cockpits and social spaces. The owners also committed to providing a good living and work environment for the crew, resulting in a larger galley, crew mess and laundry, along with an extra crew cabin. The engine room and technical spaces were also enlarged.56m AquariusSailing performance was a priority, and AQII was designed with a well-balanced, easily driven, and powerful sailing yacht. The inclusion of an efficient lifting fin keel with 7.6m of draft and the use of top sail designers and consultants contributed to the vessel's performance. AQII's sail handling and sailing systems were developed with Rondal, Doyle, and Royal Huisman, with a focus on being able to push the yacht hard in racing conditions with a crew of 30 while also safely cruising and delivering the yacht with minimal numbers of permanent crew. The team's experience from AQI's winning racing results was added to the development of AQII’.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Carlo Baroncini; Tom van Oossanen/all courtesy of Royal Huisman
March 28, 2023