Giorgio Armani, a living legend of the world of fashion, is famous for bringing softened, minimalist style into high-end menswear and building a successful corporation Giorgio Armani S.p.A valued at over $3.1 billion (Forbes). Meanwhile, his 65-metre superyacht Main represents a marine version of her owner’s restrained aesthetics.
Delivered in 2008 by Italian builder Codecasa, Main features angular lines and uncommon dark-green exterior colour. As to the colour choice, Armani explained that it was conceived to camouflage the yacht at sea, which hardly ever appears in genuine blue colour.
The owner supervised the construction process that lasted for 30 months. The yard had to find solutions for two significant requests by Armani. The first one was to make louvre blinds and the windows they serve smoothly line up along the boat, ensuring panoramic views from the inside. The second one was to install sliding saloon floor at the bridge deck, giving more space to the area connecting the upper saloon to below. That was done in order to generate the effect of a stretched living room.
Indeed, Main’s living area represents the core of the vessel. It covers nearly whole main deck, divided into a sitting room with fireplace and dining zone. The first one is furnished with two Armani Casa custom-made sofas, accompanied by stools and coffee tables. Another trademark of the room is a central table made of birchwood, coming with cushions instead of chairs. Meanwhile, the dining area is hosted at the stern terrace.
Despite her restrained outfit, Main naturally remains a project of luxury world. Her side bulwarks are made of stratified crystal glass, creating better visibility. Natural birchwood prevails within interior spaces, applied to the floors, indoor stairs, venetian blinds and bulkheads, while the bathrooms are decorated with marble. Electric fireplace in the main deck’s saloon and the galley is adorned with retro satine glass.
Not unexpectedly, the majority of furniture on-board was developed by Armani in-house interiors division. Furthermore, the colour palette chosen for the interiors apart from the woods, echoes with exterior through metal grey ceilings and dark green walls. Each guest cabin, however, carries individual colour scheme, reflected in fabrics on louvre blind devices.
The yacht’s neat style was inspired by military vessels, explained the designer. One of the main ideas was to hide all details and technical features, distracting from the vessel’s sleek appearance. Thus, tenders are hidden in a stern garage, reaching straight down to water. As to other entertainments on-board, Main features a cinema, spa pool, indoor gym and a large sundeck.
Main’s interior configuration enables comfortable accommodation for up to 12 guests within 7 cabins. The yacht also hosts 14 crew members, who are subjected to three daily uniform changes, according to rumours in media.
As to the yacht’s performance, powered by two Caterpillars, Main features a top speed of 17 knots and cruises comfortably at 14 knots. Furthermore, with her 160,000-litre fuel tanks, the yacht boasts a maximum range of 6,910 nautical miles. She is also fitted with 'zero speed stabilisers for on-board comfort once at stationary.
At the present time, Giorgio Armani remains CEO of luxury house Giorgio Armani S.p.A., marketing not only clothes but also perfume, jewellery, home decoration, cosmetics, watches etc. In 2017, estimated revenue of the company made around $2.7 billion, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Armani remains one of the richest people in Italy, with his net worth estimated at $9.3 billion as of April 2019 (Forbes).
Another noticeable project by Codecasa is 50-metre Regina d'Italia built for other famous designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
The sailing yacht Taniwha (SW105 GT), a smart custom yacht with a strong character, was christened in Cape Town.Her deck configuration and exterior and interior design were by Nauta Design.“This new deck design has an innovative and clean look that is driven by composite construction and racing yacht styling. We think that our GT design will be a successful new style because it rests on a solid base of concepts which are the expression of a pure design,” says Massimo Gino from Nauta Design.The naval architecture was made by Farr Yacht Design. SW105 GT has a full carbon hull with her foredeck and cockpit in Nomex and pre-preg. Lightweight and with a generous sail plan, the yacht has a mast and boom in high modulus carbon and EC6 standing rigging.The interiors feature Southern Wind’s most popular owner’s cabin forward. Aft of the saloon, she has two cabins, an en suite VIP cabin with a walk-around bed and a second en suite twin a guest cabin. “The interior design is 100% new. It’s the result of a well-planned mixture of materials and geometries that we have developed on our most recent yachts. It’s elegant and understated but never predictable,” adds Massimo Gino.Taniwha is now ready for sea trials before the yacht leaves Cape Town. Southern Wind is a boutique bluewater sailing yacht shipyard founded in Cape Town in 1991. Since its foundation, SWS has specialized in the production of semi-custom high-performance superyachts. Credits: Southern Wind
April 20, 2021
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April 20, 2021
The support vessel Time Off has been launched at the Damen yard in Antalya. She is the ninth hull of the popular 55m YS 5009 design. Like her predecessor Gene Chaser, Time Off has a large multipurpose main deck hangar which is technically ready for stern A-frame installation and allows for a flexible deck layout. Configurations can include submersible and dive operations, vehicle garage or workshop facilities, equipment stowage, space for social engagements or even transporting relief goods. <iframe src=https://player.vimeo.com/video/538999740?color=6e9ed7&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0 width=640 height=360 frameborder=0 allow=autoplay; fullscreen; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe><p><a href=https://vimeo.com/538999740>Yacht Support TIME OFF launched</a> from <a href=https://vimeo.com/damenyachting>Damen Yachting</a> on <a href=https://vimeo.com>Vimeo</a>.</p> Her Sea Axe hull form gives her unrivalled sea-keeping capabilities. “The fact that Time Off is the ninth Yacht Support to be launched from our YS 5009 design speaks volumes. The flexibility this design offers our clients to really make the vessel work to their own yachting needs and requirements is what continues to make it so popular. We are all very proud to see her hit the water in Antalya and look forward to seeing the finishing touches come together,” says Design Manager Yacht Support Wouter Kleijpoel. Time Off will be available for immediate delivery this summer. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with the growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels. Credits: Amels
April 20, 2021
On Friday the 16th, Feadship launched the 42.5m Project 709. This full-aluminium yacht was designed by Studio De Voogt; she was sold by Camper & Nicholsons in 2019.The interior design was made by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, and she can accommodate twelve guests in five staterooms. This tri-deck superyacht is set to be delivered in the summer of 2022.Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship Facebook
April 19, 2021
Heesen Yachts announced the delivery of Moskito, YN 19255, previously known as Project Pollux. At 55m, with a Gross Tonnage of 760 GT, she is the second yacht delivered by Heesen in 2021. Her muscular exterior lines were made by Omega Architects and are characterised by 'shark-tooth' superstructure overhangs and vertical windows. The design features the latest iteration of van Oossanen’s ultra-efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form. Powered by IMO III-compliant MTU 8V 4000 M63s, it offers frugal fuel consumption of just 150 litres per hour at 11 knots.Her interior design was made by London-based studio Bannenberg & Rowell. The décor combines bold solutions with casual appeal, as is seen for example in the main saloon’s dark eucalyptus and pale sycamore joinery and chevron parquet flooring. As Dickie Bannenberg describes it, "It works equally well whether you’re in shorts and a T-shirt or dressed for dinner". "We've really enjoyed the journey from conception to completion on Moskito, greatly helped by the new owner not only going with every aspect of our original design for Heesen, but also asking us to select artwork and books,” continues Bannenberg. “Not forgetting the yacht's identity and graphics. We don't always get to remain design control freaks like this! We want to thank Minotti, Holly Hunt, Armani Casa and Parkway Interiors, among others, for going above and beyond during these challenging times of Covid-19 and Brexit, to deliver the items we selected. We also owe a special thank you to those artists who drove their work to our shippers to make sure we got them on board," he added.Moskito’s well-appointed amenities are illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows and open bulwarks, whose sweeping sea-to-sky vistas immerse guests in the beauty of the environment.After delivery, Moskito will depart for her maiden voyage to Malta. Captain Phil Larkin and his crew of twelve will take her non-stop over 2,800 nautical miles via the 81 waypoints of the passage plan – a true shakedown cruise, ideal for testing their brand new yacht in all conditions.Moskito will be available for charter by selected guests via International Yacht Collection in the Mediterranean in summer and in the Caribbean in winter.Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminium and steel from 30 to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Heesen Yachts
April 19, 2021