Motor yacht Grace was built in England in 1928 for the Argentinean tycoon Santiago Soulas. In 1938 the yacht was named "Rion" when she was acquired by Sir George Tilley, the chairman of Prudential Insurance Co. Year later the British government enrolled the yacht in the army. In 1940, Rion was given the objective to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk beaches. She completed this objective two times, before the third time her starboard board was strucked by a bomb, which caused huge hull damage and death of 15 men. After being repaired, Rion captured a German E-boat that same year south of the Isle of Wight.
In 1951 the yacht was acquired by Aristotle Onassis and his ownership is notable that many famous people spent time on board, such as Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor. Nowadays, guests can experience the same level of hospitality, but with every modern convenience. In the indoor or outdoor dining room, guests enjoy meals such as Ecuadorian-style Jipjipapa red crab ceviche and grilled octopus with grated green plantains and coconut rice, along with glasses of Champagne or Argentinian Malbec from the yacht’s deep wine cellar. Guests sunbathe on custom-made sunbeds from Ecuador before taking a dip in the outdoor hot tub.
In the 1956 Aristotle Onassis has gifted the yacht as a wedding present to the royal couple consisting of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. The couple spent a honeymoon on the yacht, cruising waters near Corsica and Sardinia. In 1958 they decided to part with the vessel.
Now the vessel is cruising the Galapagos Islands, as she was obtained by the Quasar Expeditions, which is a cruising company that restored the yacht and named it Grace. A full refit included expanding of the sun deck, bar renovating and Grace Kelly suite designed by Adriana Hoyos. The 17 square meters cabin, which is the suite in which Kelly honeymooned, is customized with Seike wood furnishings, including a king-size bed with a leather headboard, as well as art deco–inspired mirrors and large rectangular windows on either side.
The motor yacht Grace’s two decks also allow guests to walk 360 degrees around the boat, maximizing the chances for spotting wildlife such as dolphins, whales, manta rays, sea lions and a host of rare birds including the Galapagos’ famed blue-footed boobies and short-eared owls. In addition to the Grace Kelly Suite, other luxurious onboard accommodations include staterooms with queen beds, wooden furnishings, and luxurious bathrooms that include walk-in showers and vanities.
The motor yacht Grace accomodates 18 people and has 2 destinations : one on beginning on Baltra and continues to remote and rarely-visited islands like Genovesa and the western side of Isabela and Fernandina, while another begins on San Cristobal and ends on Baltra. The private charter rate starts at $127,000 per week.
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The 48.77 meter yacht Mirgab VI has been sold by Fraser’s Antoine Larricq representing both seller and buyer. The vessel was launched in 2010 by Dutch yard Hakvoort and hasn’t changed the owner since then. She has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Her naval architecture was made by Diana Yacht Design. Mirgab VI’s exterior was made by Glade Johnson Design, while her art deco interior was created by Sinot Yacht Architecture and Design. She features an impressive amount of natural materials, such as sapele mahogany wood paneling and honey onyx inserts. The yacht has a lot of social areas, such as a grand sundeck and aft deck. Mirgab VI can accommodate up to 12 guests across eight staterooms, including a master suite on the sundeck with a private terrace. She also has two VIP suites on the bridge deck, and four guests on the lower deck. One guest stateroom on the main deck can be converted into a massage room.A crew of ten operates the vessel. She is powered by twin MTU 700kW, cruising 12.5 knots with 3,300Nm range. Mirgab VI is also equipped with zero-speed stabilizers, twin VSAT & TVRO antennas.The yacht has spent 328 days on the market. Her last known asking price was EUR25,000,000.Credits: Yacht Harbour archive
January 28, 2022
Custom Line has shared the news – the six hull of Navetta 30 was launched and called Wolfpack at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona on January 17. Wolfpack was sold to the US-based owner. Navetta 30 is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, with fundamental contributions also made by two exponents of ‘Made in Italy’ excellence: architect Filippo Salvetti, who styled the exteriors, and Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, the firm that designed the interior architecture on a joint basis with the Custom Line Atelier.The new Navetta 30 Wolfpack is the ultimate expression of Custom Line’s signature tailor-made style, combined with the superior refinement and quality of the interiors. Another distinctive element is the contemporary design, interpreted through highly distinctive stylistic features according to the tastes and desires of the owner.Wolfpack is powered by twin MAN engines that give her a top speed of 14 knots and cruise comfortably at 12 knots. Custom Line is a Ferretti Group brand. Ferretti Group has a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, CRN, Custom Line and Wally. Led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, the Ferretti Group owns and manages six shipyards located across Italy, which combine the efficiency of industrial production with typical world-class Italian craftsmanship, reaching customers in more than 70 countries across the world thanks to a direct presence in Europe, the United States of America and Asia and its network of approximately 60 dealers. Credits: Custom Line
January 28, 2022
The first Magellano 30 Metri was launched in Viareggio. The new Azimut flagship is designed for the experienced owner and connoisseur who plans to enjoy long-distance voyages, whatever the weather conditions and in a constant dialogue with the sea. The Magellano Collection is the Azimut Yachts line for yachtsmen who have a predilection for long cruises: Magellano is always smooth and safe at sea, with low fuel consumption and a wide range of speeds. Design was made by the same team as the previous mobel, Magellano 25 Metri. The exterior was styled by Ken Freivokh and the interior was made by Vincenzo De Cotiis. Freivokh has created refined and modern but in no way aggressive lines that catch the eye of expert yachtsmen, also from the world of sailing yachts. Unexpectedly striking, the teak louvres that close and complement the extensive glazed surfaces in the superstructure are a signature feature of the Magellano line. In keeping with its calling as a crossover, the new 30-meter yacht offers spacious, light-filled interiors that De Cotiis has successfully made intimate and inviting.The new Magellano spread across three decks. The design is inspired by the seamless contact with the sea, from the infinity terrace to the generous terrace on the upper deck for socializing and enjoying the pleasure of cruising in the open air. The huge windows – over 70 sq. m of glazed surfaces – also ensure uninterrupted visual continuity between the interior spaces and the surrounding natural environment. The second-generation Dual Mode hull was designed by naval architecture firm P.L.A.N.A. on a joint basis with the Azimut Yachts R&D center. It ensures an excellent level of stability, keeping fuel consumption. The Magellano 30 Metri is designed to be fitted with the Hotel Mode package, which includes 100kWh lithium batteries so that she can stay at anchor with zero emissions for up to four hours during the day and eight hours at night. In terms of performance the yacht can reach a top speed of 20 knots and cruise at 16 knots.Azimut Yachts, founded by Paolo Vitelli in 1969 and part of the Azimut|Benetti Group, offers owners around the world a wide range of motor yachts from 13 to 28 meters in length, organized in six lines (Verve, Atlantis, Magellano, Flybridge, S and Grande). Credits: Azimut Yachts
January 28, 2022
Benetti’s new Oasis 34M fiberglass superyacht brings the Oasis Deck® solution in a length of just 34 meters. Like her big sister, Oasis 40M, the yacht’s exterior styling is the work of UK firm RWD and the interiors are by Bonetti/Kozerski, the New York based architects specializing in residential and hôtellerie projects, chosen by the shipyard for their international and cosmopolitan approach to design that values the aesthetics of discrete luxury. The yacht has an elegant vertical bow and a sleek outline that slopes gently down to the water, broken only by the wheelhouse with its vertical windscreen and the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Oasis Deck® has five signature features: two wings that open out on either side; an incorporated infinity pool with a glass side wall, surrounded by a sunbathing and lounging area; a 270-degree view aft, uninterrupted by railings and sofas; seamless interconnection with the interior space for a mix of sun and shade, ensuring the entire main deck can be enjoyed at any time of day and, finally, a social design that frames the whole deck as one big oasis of social interaction. Oasis 34M spreads across three decks. She has a large sun deck with hard top, and multiple outdoor areas. For the interior Bonetti/Kozerski chose the neutral color palette and casual feeling. The interiors connect seamlessly with the stern terraces: two curved sliding doors open out onto the main living area and disappear out of view to create one big open space. The spacious full lounge living area is defined by sofas whose flowing contours give the decor a modern and informal personality, while the dining area is located in the skylounge on the upper deck.The owner’s suite with full-height windows occupies the entire forward section of the main deck and can be fitted with a terrace that opens out on the starboard side. The skylounge on the upper deck is home to the dining area. Served by a convenient pantry, it is linked by a dumb waiter to the galley on the main deck and opens out onto a stern terrace furnished with sofas and armchairs. Another outdoor dining area is located on the sundeck. The lower deck for guest accommodation has two VIP and two twin cabins. The wheelhouse is a high-tech helm station with vertical floor-to-ceiling glazing ensuring maximum visibility. The modern design of the console facilitates instrumentation use by the captain and conveys the beauty of cruising to guests and crew. Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. Benetti designs, builds and sells composite vessels from 29 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
January 27, 2022
Celebrating its 40-year anniversary in 2022, Gulf Craft opens the Experience Center, which will deliver a personalized luxury experience to its rapidly expanding international clientele. Clients will be able to touch and feel the luxurious finishings which go into every yacht such as high-quality marble, carpets, and wooden veneers, as well as place new orders and get professional advice on servicing and maintenance. Virtual reality is available for clients to explore the variety of yachts Gulf Craft has on offer.“As our global presence continues to expand at a significant pace we must adapt and change the way we do business with our international clients, which is why we are incredibly proud to be delivering a luxury experience through our new hub in Dubai’s Port Rashid. As we look to the future, we will continue to see Gulf Craft strengthen its reputation as a globally recognised manufacturer of the world’s finest vessels which can be found in marinas all over the world.” says Mohammed Hussein AlShaali, Gulf Craft’s Chairman.Today, 92 per cent of all vessels built at the company’s Umm Al Quwain shipyard are exported across the globe. The Gulf Craft Experience Center creates an additional touchpoint for existing and new clients alike, to further support the company’s rapid global expansion. The Center is designed to elevate and heighten the unique and exclusive experience of yacht customisation. A process usually reserved for later in the yacht purchasing cycle, Gulf Craft have developed a fully interactive experience that can be enjoyed by serious buyers and yacht enthusiasts alike.“We are witnessing the growth and demand of the industry, and in response to this we have made the strategic decision to expand our UAE operations to Port Rashid. The city is a hub to the world, and our new luxury Experience Centre connects the Gulf Craft brand to its international yachting community with a focus on becoming closer and delivering an exceptional experience,” says Talal Nasralla, Gulf Craft’s CEO.Since the company’s inception in 1982, Gulf Craft has grown to become one of the top seven shipyards in the world: once a builder of small fishing boats in its modest premises, which was a genuine passion for Gulf Craft, they then established their credentials as a leader of innovation and technology in the yachting industry. With five brands in their product portfolio ranging from 31 to 175 feet, Gulf Craft manufactures yachts and boats that appeal to a wide audience, such as touring passenger vessels, Silvercraft family day boats, Oryx Sport Cruisers, Nomad Explorer Yachts, and the flagship Majesty Yachts.Credits: Gulf Craft
January 27, 2022