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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Phi launched at Royal Huisman’s newbuild facility in Vollenhove, The Netherlands. Phi’s overall length is 58.5m developed and constructed below 500GT, she is by far the longest motoryacht in this category, based on current Classification rules. Phi’s general concept, exterior design and interior layout were made by Cor D. Rover, whereas Naval architecture was done by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Lawson Robb is the author of interior design.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Royal Huisman
July 23, 2021
The newest model in the Flybridge Collection is the Azimut 68. The shipyard is offering the new Azimut 68 with three possible main deck configurations, plus a multifunctional area, each with a particular lifestyle in mind.In the first layout called Lanterna, an elegant living area is located by the main deck entrance, with the galley tucked away behind an innovative surface of ribbed wood and plexiglass. For owners who are seeking a more convivial layout, the open galley version is the ideal solution. The galley is in a discreet location towards the bow, but opens directly into the dining area, which can also be converted into a second lounge zone.For a slightly less formal layout, the aft galley arrangement is situated to readily serve indoors and more often outdoors, while keeping the cook connected with the entire social area. The dining is found immediately across from the galley as you enter from the cockpit, creating a relaxed flow, which leads to the living area forward.Each main deck option has been tastefully integrated into the overall design to complete a stunning yacht. Exterior designer Alberto Mancini penned the Azimut 68 as a further renewal of his characteristic style, sculpting the surfaces to achieve a sporty and modern design, an approach more commonly seen in sports car design. The interiors are designed by Achille Salvagni. He also designed the exterior furniture.Below deck, four cabins and three bathrooms accommodate up to eight guests, with a separate area for one or two crew members.The propulsion package of twin Volvo IPS 1350 pods carries the Azimut 68 up to a brisk maximum speed of 32 knots. <iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/3gwy8QJ6htc title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>Azimut 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
July 23, 2021
Australian based Azurite Yacht Design presented the 26.8m electric powerboat Infinit-e 88 with an aluminum hull and superstructure. Her exterior design features metallic pearl hull colour with a matte black superstructure that supports glass roof and full height windows in port and starboard that promises a living area with lots of natural light. Full height starboard windows are also sliding doors with a 2 meters opening that provides an open layout with an additional entrance to the boat. On the front deck, there is a convertible dining area for six people with an additional sunbathing area on the very front of the boat. The most exclusive feature of the yacht is expanding aft swimming platform that can give an additional 2 meters of a platform area right next to the water. There are two garages at the aft deck that can fit surfboards, 2x Seabob, wetsuits, and diving equipment with easy access from the swimming platform.Credits: Azurite Yacht Design
July 23, 2021
Heesen has delivered YN 19550 MY Ela, formerly known as Project Altea. The yacht set sail from the Netherlands in July with her crew, and after meeting her owners in Gibraltar, will spend the summer cruising in the Mediterranean. Primarily intended for family use, Ela will also join the charter fleet of Zarpo Yachts to be available for selected clients.Ela has a lightweight, aluminium, fast-displacement hull, she is the second in Heesen's sub-500GT Nova Plus class. Ela was available with a very short delivery time when she caught the attention of her owners. With just three months between purchase and delivery they worked with interior designer Cristiano Gatto and the Heesen team to personalize the yacht to suit their family requirements. "Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria," said Cristiano. "But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time." Ela can accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, with the owners' suite on the main deck forward and the remaining five cabins – a full beam VIP, two doubles and two twins – on the lower deck."Ela is a magnificent addition to the Heesen fleet. We are very strong in this particular segment of the market – 50m all-aluminium yachts below 500 GT – and ours are recognized as the best in this market sector. Our delivery team worked seamlessly with Captain Antonio Gerini and Tony Lovec Management to deliver the yacht without fuss and on time for the summer season. On behalf of everyone at Heesen, I would like to wish the owners and their crew many happy days with family and friends wherever they may cruise!" says Friso Visser, Heesen CCO.Ela is powered by twin MTU 2000-series M72 V12s. She has a maximum speed of just under 20 knots, frugal fuel consumption, and a draft of just 2.15 meters, which makes her the most efficient yacht of her type built in the Netherlands.Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminium and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Heesen Yachts
July 23, 2021
Design studio Lazzarini shared the new Saturnia 100m superyacht concept made from dry carbon fiber. She is estimated to be 50% lighter than other yachts of similar sizes and will be able to reach a top speed of 30 knots.Her main feature is the middle entrance of the yacht, which allows tenders with a draft of up to 1.5 meters to moor inside the private port/garage.Saturnia can be configured to different layouts to obtain 10 or 20 suites for passengers and up to 20 crew members. Several pools and alfresco dining areas and a glass-bottom lounge will be also located on board.The five-deck concept is imagined to have a hybrid propulsion system, consisting of twin side diesel engines and a central electronic water jet device.Pagurus is one more nature-inspired concept by Lazzarini Design Studio. The futuristic swan-shaped Avanguardia is another. Credits: Lazzarini
July 22, 2021