Feadship has launched the 69-metre Samaya, the project completed less than three years after the signing of the first agreement, itself reached after only three days of meetings.
This is the clearest possible example of how Feadship can embark on a project guided solely by the inspiration of a client and our unrivaled experience. Confident of the stellar reputation of the Feadship yards, owners can rest assured that everything will go smoothly from that point on. We also have the flexibility to continue engaging with their ideas as a design develops: Samaya, for instance, grew by some five metres over the early months. This is the only way to ensure a truly bespoke motoryacht
Feadship director Bas Nederpelt
The owner of Samaya was hugely involved throughout the project, taking part in regular monthly meetings that lasted several days. This process ultimately led to a superyacht that is meticulously based on the client’s personality and the desires of the family. Their ultimate goal is to explore the underwater world in safety and comfort while contributing towards the conservation of the oceans and the wonderful but vulnerable species contained within.
Samaya’s intriguing colour palette was a major part of this creation. The primary coating is a subtle lunar white, which reveals hints of a warm pink hue during the sunset hours and will truly come alive in the different shades of light found around the world. This scheme is offset by a teal-coloured waterline based upon the colour of a rare blue-green fish the owner once spotted on a diving excursion.
The maritime theme continues with a giant backlit manta ray symbol on fashion plates which reflects the owner’s commitment to conserving this endangered species. The overall exterior profile is also inspired by the primary purpose of Samaya, Feadship De Voogt designer Jan Schaffers explains.
The owner shared stories about diving adventures as we studied shapes together to discover what it is that makes these underwater creatures so fascinating. Our conclusions were included in the design. A good example is the gentle yet powerful muscular shape of the side bulwarks, which echo the pronounced slender muscles seen on a bull shark
The owner will soon have many more diving tales to tell, most of which will begin in the dedicated dive room in the stern. Finished to the highest degree of sophistication (including a teal-coloured floor and metallic/wood ceiling), this space houses all conceivable facilities (including a nitrox-enriched air system) and is characterized by bespoke placement of everything from seats to equipment shelves.
While occasionally diving directly off the stern, the occupants will make lots of trips to outlying reefs using Samaya’s 8.8-metre and 7.2-metre tenders. Decked out in the same colours as the mothership and custom-designed for purpose, these large tenders are housed in a dedicated garage in the main deck and launched via convenient large doors.
Lots of thought has also been given to the divers’ return to the yacht. The main deck aft features a bespoke flat-bottomed plunge pool which will be filled with hot water to speed up post-dive recovery from the coldness of the depths. In a similar vein, all luxury areas on the yacht can be heated up to 30 °C rather than the normal 25 °C mark.
Brimming with attractive details, Samaya’s interior was designed in partnership with RWD and showcases the owner’s affection for a variety of international cultures. The guest suites have been designed for and by the owner’s children, with highly distinctive colour schemes and furnishing of their own. Another bespoke area is the ethnic lounge on the bridge deck where friends and family can spend time watching their newly recorded diving movies.
Samaya’s outdoor facilities are also impressive, ensuring that this Feadship will be enjoyed just as much while en route to the many places she visits as she will upon arrival. The sun deck, with a range of dining and relaxation areas, is a case in point. Large enough to become a true party deck, it also contains intimate features such as the two comfortable ‘top of the world’ resting beds nestled against the mast arch. Featuring their own ventilation system, these snugs can be closed off with a curtain to create a tranquil spot for watching the world go by or simply taking an afternoon nap.
As the European owner often resides in Asia this will be one of the many areas which Samaya will explore on her travels. Many will take her to isolated regions where little or no infrastructure is available on shore, which is why the yacht was designed for an incredible degree of autonomy and no limitations on cruising ability. The client made a sacred promise during the keel laying ceremony to cruise wherever it is possible to experience encounters with special and rare species – and to use Samaya as a platform that enables scientists and the media to produce material which will educate people and help protect the endangered species and damaged locations in the oceans.
The success of Azimut Yachts products on the US market, where dealer MarineMax operates process by teamwork with the company, is backed up by the numbers: in the brand’s leading market, Azimut Yachts reported 27% growth in the quarter from April to June 2021, with the delivery of 25 new units totalling 472.4 meters. This result represents a 27% rise compared with the same period last year. The average length of yachts has also increased and now stands at 19 meters, up 15% compared to last year.Trideck external viewThe two most popular collections are the top of the range Grande Collection, which with deliveries up 75% confirms the growing interest in larger models, also highlighted by the US debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October of the new Trideck, and the Verve Collection, which has reported spectacular results with the Verve 47, a product developed specifically for the US market that has sold 45 units in just a year and a half since the launch. The popularity of this model has exceeded all expectations and prompted the shipyard to create a smaller version, the Verve 42, which will be unveiled in world preview in Fort Lauderdale, but retail contracts have already been signed for ten units.Trideck external view“Americans love Azimut yachts more than ever,” says Federico Ferrante, Azimut-Benetti Americas President. “In recent months in particular, we have seen steadily increasing interest in all the products in the range, from the super sporty Verve models to our largest yachts, including the new Trideck flagship. The notoriously knowledgeable and demanding American public is particularly appreciative of our proven capacity for product innovation, of the fact that we offer technologically advanced models with a rich array of highly intelligent design solutions. As well as recognising the great reliability of our after-sales service.”Verve 47 RunningAzimut Yachts is an Azimut Benetti Group brand. With its Atlantis, Magellano Flybridge, S, Verve and Grande collections, it offers the widest range of 34- to 125-foot yachts.Credits: Azimut Yachts
August 2, 2021
A year after arriving at Amels and Damen Yachting shipyard in the Netherlands, the Amels refit Here Comes The Sun has been successfully launched after a large-scale rebuild. In a milestone moment for the largest Amels delivered to date, the now 89m yacht unveiled her new colour.Here Comes The Sun was originally delivered in 2017. The yacht returned to Amels and Damen Yachting in 2020 under new ownership for an extensive refit. The changes include the new colour, an extended sun deck aft with helicopter landing area, extended bridge deck aft accommodation with 2 VIP suites with exterior balconies and alterations to a number of deck and interior areas and layouts. The 6m extension to the main deck aft also provides a larger beach club, spa facilities and a large 7m swimming pool.For the refit design and naval architecture, the owner appointed the yard’s original partner for the naval architecture, Azure Yacht Design, to re-pen this Amels from 83 to 89 meters.“Welcoming any of the fleet back to the yard is always done with pride but for Here Comes The Sun, it runs even deeper. She represents the first step back towards full custom and bigger projects. Many of the same craftsmen and women who were meticulously involved in the original build have been working on her during this refit, remoulding and reshaping her into the new masterpiece she is set to become. Her launch is a very proud moment. Her additional length and brand new colour are stunning and we look forward to the final stages of the refit now coming together for delivery to her owner later this summer,” says Michel Coens, Damen Yachting Sales Manager.Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Amels
August 2, 2021
Benetti has launched the first unit of the Motopanfilo 37M. The ceremony was held in Viareggio. Motopanfilo 37M is a fiberglass and composite yacht designed by Lazzarini Pickering Architects for the interiors and Francesco Struglia in collaboration with Benetti for the exterior. Her elegant lines evoke were inspired by the Benetti “navette” from the ‘60s. On the main deck there is a modern-style saloon and the owner’s suite, which is located toward the bow.On the lower deck there are four comfortable guest cabins and three cabins for six crew members. From the lobby, a spiral staircase winds around the central mast that rises through two decks as it accompanies guests to the sky lounge on the upper deck.The aft part of the upper deck is designed for convivial moments in the open air, with areas for relaxation, conversation and sunbathing. The captain’s cabin is adjacent to the wheelhouse, and on the exterior towards the bow, guests are welcomed by a hot tub and sunbeds.The observation deck, once carved out around the main mast, is positioned above the hard top on the new Motopanfilo 37M. The deck provides a sheltered nook in the sky, absolutely intimate with a special view.The displacement hull, designed by P.L.A.N.A. (PierLuigi Ausonio Naval Architecture), ensures smooth navigation and maximum comfort while onboard. The engine room houses a pair of MAN V12s of 1029 kW (upgradeable to 1213 kW) each, which guarantee the yacht a maximum speed of 16 or 18 knots depending on the engines chosen, with a range of 3,800 nautical miles at the 10-knot cruising speed.She is planned for delivery this September after her debut at the Cannes Boat Show. Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. Benetti designs, builds and sells composite vessels from 29m to 44m and steel and aluminium boats from 37 to over 100m. The fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom to meet all the needs of the market. Benetti belongs to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
August 2, 2021
Dutch shipbuilder Feadship has shared photos of the 52m Gallant Lady, which has returned to the yard for refitting.“After she passed a meadow with cows, characteristic Dutch houses, various bridge structures and aqueducts, we welcomed the 52.46m Gallant Lady back to our shipyard for a refit,” according to the shipyard's Facebook page. 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
July 30, 2021
Extra Yachts, a brand of ISA Yachts, has launched the new X96 Triplex. Francesco Guida penned the exterior lines while Hot Lab studio designed the interior. Extra X96 Triplex can accommodate ten people in five cabins of which the full-beam owner cabin on the main deck, and the other four very spacious guest cabins (two VIP cabins with central bed and two cabins with single beds) below deck.X96 Triplex is a comfortable, spacious, elegant boat, designed with no boundaries for fashion and technical solutions, ultimately a mature and well-built boat.The X96 Triplex semi-displacement propulsion system can rely on three powerful Volvo Penta IPS engines of 1000 horsepower each capable of pushing it up to a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.The Extra Yachts range now offers three distinctive lines: Fast, Loft and Triplex. The world premiere of Extra X96 Triplex will take place at the Cannes Yachting Festival.Palumbo Superyachts began to take root in 2008, when the Columbus Yachts brand was established, and in 2011 launched its first 54 metre superyacht, emblematically christened “Prima” (“the First”). Currently, Palumbo Superyachts comprises a representative office in Monaco and a logistics network of five shipyards in the Mediterranean (Ancona, Malta, Marseille, Naples, and Savona), and also operates the following brands: ISA Yachts, Columbus Yachts, Mondomarine and Palumbo SY Refit.Credits: Extra Yachts
July 30, 2021