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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Waterfront Costa Smeralda reopens its doors to the international yacht owners: from 29 June to 4 September, the Molo Porto Vecchio in the village of Porto Cervo will come alive with exclusive events and luxury ateliers hosting the world's most exclusive brands.Sanlorenzo returns for the fifth consecutive year to the renowned luxury temporary store, the exclusive seafront lounge immersed in the verdant Costa Smeralda, with its own pop-up space. A minimal and elegant lounge with clean lines was designed by Art Director Piero Lissoni. Inside the boutique the chrome reproductions of the fleet’s distinctive yachts can be found. The Sanlorenzo atelier is dedicated to nautical enthusiasts and admirers of the shipyard, a place that encapsulates the brand's core values and allows those who wish to create their own custom-made yacht to draw closer to the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that have always distinguished the company's philosophy.The Waterfront Costa Smeralda is one of the most exclusive summer venues, a destination for art, automobiles and luxury yachts, a summer ‘passeggiata’ among pop-up stores, exhibition spaces, lounge areas and the most prestigious yachts in the Mediterranean. An exceptional showcase in which to spend a few moments of relaxation, enjoying a unique view of the sunset well into the night.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: Sanlorenzo
June 27, 2022
The newest 83m concept Dust was revealed by Spainished-based designer Jay Aberdoni. To create the vessel with the smooth and sleek silhouette Aberdoni was inspired by the stardust left behind by a comet. He also applied sports car aesthetics to create that notable exterior. For example, the wheelhouse features an inclined windscreen. Dust low bulwarks and large glass windows provide uninterrupted sea views. The outstanding 310 sq.m beach club with direct access to the sea, also has a fire pit, a bar, social area and place for relaxation under the sun. For active guests Dust is equipped with a garage suitable for one limousine tender, jet skis and an 8-meter tender. A glass-bottomed swimming pool aft located below the beach club. Dust can accommodate up to 16 guests across seven cabins on the main deck and owner suite on the upper deck. The interior features a neutral palette and minimalist furnishings. A spiral staircase with a curved LED screen, that connects the main deck, saloon, beach club and terrace, is located at the center of the living area. The forward-looking saloon is surrounded by sliding glass doors and provides guests direct access to the outdoor space.Credits: Jay Aberdoni
June 27, 2022
The new construction sale has been announced by FGI Yacht Group – the Oasis 34M Benetti was sold by vice president and sales broker Frank Grzeszczak, Jr. The yacht became the second new construction of 10 total Benettis sold by Frank Grzeszczak, Jr. over the past three years. The new unit of Benetti Oasis 34m series is scheduled for delivery in 2024. Benetti’s new Oasis 34M fiberglass superyacht, the younger sister of successful Oasis 40M, brings the Oasis Deck® solution in a length of just 34 meters. The yacht features opening wings extending the deck close to the water but safe from the waves; a magnificent pool close to the sea and within the social area; an obstructed 270-degree view off the stern; a mixture of sun and shade to let guests enjoy the deck at every time of the day; and a design that weaves the entire deck into a vast convivial oasis from the main saloon to the sea. 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. She can accommodate 10 guests across five cabins and seven crew members. 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. Thanks to two MTU engines the yacht can cruise at 14.5 knots and reach a top speed of 16 knots. 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
June 27, 2022
The design of MAKO with its silver colour and fluid exterior lines has been inspired by the Mako species of shark. Mako will be powered by a propulsion system that combines hydrogen, fuel cells and electric engines to be able to operate with a zero-carbon footprint. You will also be able to find battery storage system and solar panels which contribute to the yacht’s sustainable design.A key feature of Mako is a wide beach club platform for sports and activities with an aft garage door nearby for tender storage and manoeuvres. The wraparound aft deck also features a large seating area conceived as a soft “island” sunken into the teak aft deck that offers 270-degree views.Another main interior area is the "pavilion". Situated above the top deck, this space is intended to be used as an observatory, panoramic lounge, fitness studio or yoga space. Further inside the yacht is the "studio", where a double-height ceiling and large windows provide uninterrupted views and a greater connection to the sun, sea and sky and not only.State of Craft is now branching out into the superyacht industry with MAKO being its first nautical design.Credits: State of Craft
June 24, 2022
Sailors from HMS Duncan battled rough conditions to save a yacht drifting out of control into the middle of the English Channel.The Portsmouth-based destroyer responded to a plea for help from the coastguard after the yacht, with one person aboard, was reported heading out to off Weymouth with no working engine, power or communications – and in worsening seas.The Type 45 was anchored in Weymouth Bay around 5.30pm on Saturday amid trials and training following an extensive maintenance period.Despite sustained wind speeds of 30-35 knots, worsening sea conditions and reducing visibility, the ship launched one of her Pacific 24 sea boats with a crew of seaman specialists, an engineer and a medic aboard.The motor yacht in distress was drifting rapidly offshore in the wind and tide around Portland Bill and had no flares or working radio equipment onboard.The sea boat crew were about to abandon the search as conditions grew worse, until Leading Engineering Technician Jack Davies spotted the yacht’s mast in the worsening gloom.He boarded the vessel, reassured and supported the sole sailor aboard and repaired the engine in difficult conditions.‘The conditions were challenging but the team and I had the right kit, in the right place at the right time to answer the call from the Coastguard,’ said seaman specialist Petty Officer Adam Drozdowski, the sea boat’s coxswain.Medical assistant Petty Officer Tom Austin added: ‘It took real skill to put us alongside in the heavy sea without hitting the other vessel, with waves crashing over the front of the boat.‘The individual onboard was in the later stages of shock and clearly in a dire condition. I’m glad that we were able to make a difference.’After restoring power to the vessel, the team handed the situation over to the RNLI Weymouth lifeboat team, before returning safely back to HMS Duncan.‘It was really good to put everything I’ve learned into practice under some really testing conditions,’ said Jack.HMS Duncan has now resumed her trials.Credits: Royal Navy
June 24, 2022