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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A full-custom 72-meter megayacht was successfully launched and christened in a private ceremony on 13th March at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona. The shipyard has shared the first images from the event.This fully custom steel and aluminum yacht has been designed and built by CRN, with exterior lines created by design and architecture studio Vallicelli Design and interiors handled by Nuvolari Lenard. She can be described as a yacht with a striking sense of style. The functionality here is combined with sophistication. The large full-height windows is one of her outstanding features. M/Y 139 spreads across six decks and can accommodate up to 12 guests and 19 crew.CRN is very busy at the moment with three full-custom yachts under construction at the moment at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard. The Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credits: Ferretti Group
March 20, 2023
The 67.40-meter Project 823 has been moved outside of the construction hall at the Kaag yard for final outfitting in advance of her sea trials later this year. The yacht has been fully designed in-house by Feadship. The hull engineering is by Azure Naval Architects, while the exterior and interior design are by Studio De Voogt.The exterior profile is bold with a muscular reverse sheer to the bow. Chiseled contours and dark horizontal strip windows lend the yacht a poise and grace.“The main theme of the yacht is strength,” says Jan Schaffers, senior designer at Studio De Voogt. “The radii throughout are larger than usual to emphasize this. At the same time we aimed to focus on the length of the yacht by creating uninterrupted lines, for instance in the widebody windows and the superstructure. Together this creates a very unique character.”Project 823 built for an experienced owner, that’s why the interior layout was tailored to his family’s specific needs. Her interiors are simple yet sophisticated and based on natural tones, light wood veneers and organic forms. She can accommodate 10 guests in three lower deck cabins, one VIP suite on the bridge deck, and a master stateroom on the main deck forward.The large sundeck is one of the highlights of the design. The central lounging / conversation zone is protected from the wind by a glass windbreak and from the sun by the hardtop, but wide side windows and nine skylights in the roof ensure uninterrupted views and en plein air appeal. The ventilation casings can be regarded as powerful legs, clad with grilles that repeat the horizontal lines to create a more elegant volume, but without losing its power. In order to free up space for a large wellness area and gym on the lower deck in the stern, the tenders are stowed behind the high bulwarks on the foredeck.Careful attention has been paid also to the crew quarters and service areas with additional fridge-freezer storage, a large laundry room and extra dry storage on the tank deck.Project 823 will be able to reach 15 knots and cruise at 12 knots with the range of 5,000 nautical miles. 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 the Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
March 20, 2023
Azimut will attend the ninth Palm Beach Boat Show, held in Florida from March 23 to 26. The Italian shipyard will bring the Grande Trideck, which is continuing its tour of the United States, to the S6 with the Fly family (60, 72 and 78), plus the Verve 42 and Verve 47 and finally the Grande 27M and Grande 32M, the brand promises American owners a model that’s the perfect fit for any cruising experience they desire.Grande TrideckGrande Trideck with its “three decks + One” design and revolutionary approach to delivering a cruising experience totally immersed in the seascape, is one of Azimut's best-loved models in the US. Grande Trideck is also the Avigliana-based yard’s response to the increasingly urgent issues of sustainability and environmental impact, forming part of Azimut’s family of Low Emission Yachts. Grande TrideckThis is a project to which the yard is devoting significant resources in order to offer owners models that guarantee reductions in consumption levels and emissions of between 20% and 30% compared to boats of the same weight and size with a traditional hard-chine hull and shaft line propulsion. The Grande 32M, Fly 78 and S6 are also part of this important family.Verve 42The Fly 78 will be the largest Flybridge family model on show in Florida. The Fly 78 maxi-yacht will be accompanied by the Fly 60 and 72, two models hugely appreciated not only for their super-sleek hull designs that ensure a smooth ride over the waves, but also for their unique styling and layouts.Azimut’s fleet at Palm Beach is completed by Verve 42 and Verve 47, open yachts developed specifically to bring a thrill to the US market. Azimut Yachts is an Azimut Benetti Group brand. With its Atlantis, Magellano Flybridge, S, Verve and Grande collections, Azimut offers the widest range of 10 to 40 meters.Credits: Azimut Yachts
March 17, 2023
Ferretti Yachts 1000 Skydeck is the new version of the brand’s successful flagship Ferretti 1000. The Skydeck edition features an upper deck redesigned to create an enclosed, sheltered space that can be enjoyed year-round and conveys the breathtaking feeling of being able to touch the sky.The yacht is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. Her sporty exterior styling was made by architect Filippo Salvetti and clean lines and sophisticated interior was penned by Ideaeitalia.Ferretti Yachts 1000 Skydeck’s stand-out feature is the fully glazed upper deck connected to the aft terrace by a full-height sliding glass door. The result is a second lounge for the owner and guests to enjoy in any weather and whatever the time of year or day. Perfectly coordinated with the interiors, the decor features the same types of wood in a play of contrasts between warm hues and paler, more delicate shades.The new Skydeck is a light-filled, sheltered and multifunctional space that can be enjoyed in unrivalled comfort, whatever the time of year or day. It can be fitted with air conditioning and the shutter slats in the hard top can be opened for natural ventilation. A stairway from the bridge provides indoor access to the deck, which can also be reached from outdoors using the stairway connecting it to the cockpit, while a side door leads to the bow area.The outdoor terrace is another inviting space designed for conviviality with a fiberglass bar unit and stools, while the stern area can be fitted out with free standing furniture chosen to reflect the owner’s tastes.The Skydeck version is versatile and suited to all markets, with interior design solutions that adapt to meet different needs.The first unit of the new model is planned for launch in June 2023, while the yacht’s official debut will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2023.The Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credits: Ferretti Group
March 17, 2023
Bering Yachts has joined the hull and superstructure of the second explorer yacht B145 at the brand’s facility in Antalya, Turkey. The yacht has been moved to her outfitting facility.The 44-meter explorer with a generous 9.7-meter beam was designed by Bering’s in-house team of naval architects and engineers. She spreads across three decks and has an ocean-going capability. She can accommodate 12 guests across six staterooms, including a full-beam master suite with private bar, lounge area and night area, as well as a fold-down balcony, located at the main deck.A sauna with a spa, situated at the transom beach club, are adjacent to a fully equipped diving room complete with its own fold-down door and decompression chamber. Spacious open upper deck aft allows to carry tenders of up to 8.5m and additional toys. Increased sound proofing will reduce noise and vibration to make the yacht as silent as possible, both at anchor and under way.With a full displacement steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the B145 is rated at 514 metric tons at full load and will have a hybrid propulsion drive for combination of electric motors for silent operations and a conventional diesel engine.B145 has a top speed of 15 knots with a range in excess of 4,000 nautical miles at 12-knot cruising speed.Bering 145 will be delivered in 2024. Confirming the company's growing dedication to building over-35-meters luxury explorer yachts, Bering also has in production hulls B125, B121, B117 with 2024 delivery.“Comfort, reliability, and capability – this is important in any exploration-type yacht, and it is exactly what we want to provide to our customers. Our growing construction capacity is following the demand of true enthusiasts and sea-lovers. We promote freedom and curiosity, all in a safe environment of Bering-built boats,” says Alexey Mikhailov, President of Bering Yachts.Bering Yachts is located in Antalya, Turkey. Its shipyard designs and builds semi-custom steel expedition yachts and luxury steel trawler yachts ranging in size from 50 to 145 feet. Credits: Bering Yachts
March 17, 2023