In June 2015 it was announced that yet another superyacht with a name inspired by a James Bond movie would be built, the 66-meter Spectre. Commissioned by American businessman, John Staluppi, the superyacht is set to become his 7th yacht.
Active in the automobile industry since the 1950s, Staluppi is best known for building the fastest yacht on Earth, the 40-meter The World is Not Enough along with the rest of his Bond fleet that keeps growing in length.
Moving up from an 18-meter Viking boat, Staluppi commissioned the 36-meter For Your Eyes Only from Denison as his first yacht. The semi-displacement yacht was eventually launched in 1985 and became the first motor yacht to have a combination of MTU engines with water-jets in the US, which allowed it to reach a top speed of 30 knots.
In the late eighties, For Your Eyes Only hit a sandbar which led to her taking in water from a crack in the engine room. The yacht was eventually salvaged, refitted and renamed with some speculating that the following alleged legal actions, combined with the sinking of two other Denisons within a short amount of time, led to the bankruptcy of the US shipyard.
In 1988, Octopussy was launched as Staluppi's second yacht in a successful attempt to build the fastest yacht in the world. A defining moment for Heesen Yachts, Octopussy had to reach 50 knots in order for Staluppi to take ownership of the boat, which it ultimately did, reaching a top speed of 53 knots. Staluppi eventually sold the 44-meter yacht after having used her for close to a year in and a half, which allowed him to start working on his next project, Moonraker.
A fast cruising trideck, Octopussy now features an interior by Art Line. Fully refitted by her current owners in 2015, the 44-meter now has a sundeck with a Jacuzzi and raised sun pads. On the upper deck, she features a sky lounge and her sporty bridge along with two dinning tables to her aft.
Down on her main deck is the yacht's main lounge with a myriad of seating areas, tall windows, a bar area and a TV screen that slides out amidst ship. Towards the yacht's aft is a dinning table for 12 guests that can be either opened up in good weather or closed down with glass panels. Forward of the deck is the main cabin with four additional guest cabins on the lower deck. The yacht's current owner's are selling it at $4,995,000.
By the time Octopussy was sold, HH the Aga Khan, was building a yacht to overtake the crown of the world's fastest yacht. Staluppi therefore set out to build an even faster one and the 36-meter Moonraker was eventually delivered in 1992 by Norship with a design done by Dutch-based Mulder.
In 1998, Staluppi set up his own business in yachting, Millenium Superyachts that was to handle his project in the superyacht industry. In 2004, the newly created label delivered The World Is Not Enough, a 40-meter yacht with 20,600hp that could reach a top speed of 70 knots but couldn't steer past 66 knots according to the owner.
In October 2007, Staluppi acquired a project in-build from Henry Luken, co-owner of Christensen Shipyards. In 2008, the 49.6-meter Casino Royale which can cruise at a more regular speed of 12 knots, was delivered to her new owner. Built out of composite, the full displacement yacht came in at just under 500GT. It was later listed for sale in December 2008 and sold in April 2009 to Californian businessman, David McDonald.
Built with a more traditional, American audience in mind, Casino Royale features a straightforward layout with a full-beam master cabin forward of the main deck, 2 guest, 2 twin and one VIP cabin on the lower deck. With two tenders and three jet skis carried onboard, Casino Royale features a lounge on the main deck and a sky lounge as well.
In July 2009, Staluppi acquired Midlandia, a 52-meter Benetti with an asking price of €19,950,000, which he renamed to Quantum of Solace and extensively refitted. In August 2009, he listed the boat for sale again at an asking price of $24,995,000 and eventually sold it, two years later, in July 2011.
Designed with Italian roots at its heart, Quantum of Solace has a layout more typical of yachts found in the Mediterranean. Its main tender is brought into a tender garage aft of the lower deck, with a foldable platform for swimming. This clears out the sundeck for lounging, sunbathing, casual dinning and leaves enough space up there for a Jacuzzi.
In a configuration that has proven popular for charters, Quantum of Solace's main deck features a main salon and dinning room with an outdoor lounging area towards the aft. Up on the second deck is a large sky lounge with a playing table, bar area, lounging area and large outdoor dinning table.
In November 2011, Diamonds are Forever was launched for Staluppi who had acquired the yacht whilst in-built, 18 months prior to its delivery. Throughout the construction project, Staluppi made several substantial improvements including the addition of an extra top deck.
Originally intended to be chartered out by its owners, Diamonds are Forever was listed for sale in August 2012, asking $63 million. In October 2012, her asking price was reduced to $59.5 million and she was eventually sold in December 2013.
With a number of features mirroring the Quantum of Solace, such as the large bar area in the sky lounge, Diamonds are Forever became a refined version of Staluppi's previous builds. The main attribute that set the yacht apart from other Benetti's of her size is the addition of a fifth deck to act as a sunbathing area, creating a second master cabin on the upper deck and pushing the bridge up to the third deck.
Born in Brooklyn in 1947, Staluppi started as a mechanic at 16 years old with a life long passion for cars during the golden era of automobiles. His first business became a Sunoco station, which he established thanks to a loan that his father took on.
After establishing a chain of gas stations, Staluppi risked bringing on an unknown car manufacturer at the time to the American market, which is now known as Honda. After 10 years, Staluppi established 20 dealerships of Honda cars in the United States. After Honda, Staluppi established a network of dealerships of Hyundai cars.
An avid collector of cars, Staluppi had established a museum around cars from all eras and an extensive personal collection. In 2012, these cars were put up for auction by RM Sotheby's in Palm Beach and generated over $11,5 million in sales revenue.
"John Staluppi is larger than life and well known in the collector-car hobby. His collection reflects a very precise collecting philosophy, focused on securing only the very best." said Donnie Gould of RM Auctions at the time of the auction.
Commissioned in July 2015, Spectre will become Staluppi's seventh superyacht named after a James Bond film and will also be designed by Mulder.
Rebel 50 G is the newest model in the Rebel line, a vessel that epitomizes the brand's ethos of dynamism, versatility, safety, and comfort. Breaking away from conventions without flamboyance, this model, with its unique Stingray color palette, pays homage to the brand's elegant and iridescent legacy.Designed by Christian Grande, the Rebel 50 G exhibits a distinctive profile characterized by balance, continuity, and an unconventional design. Positioned between classic ribs and open boats, its tapered foam profiles ensure safe mooring while adding a touch of sportiness.The standout feature of the 50 G is its large window, seamlessly integrated to create an impression of floating. The glass, forming a closed and protected space, sets it apart from other models. The G, with its powerful and collected shape, offers the flexibility to create a closed space in total continuity with the external environment. The addition of a sliding rear window allows for an open boat experience with the advantages of a cruiser, ensuring comfort on the water and protection during adverse weather conditions.The main deck is a luminous expanse, flooded with natural light, offering a breathtaking panoramic view. This expansive living space integrates the wheelhouse, an extractable television, a refrigerator, and a kitchen cabinet with an ice maker. The area seamlessly connects with the stern, forming a unified environment. An extendible electric roller blind and carbon poles provide options for shading and shelter.The external spaces of the Rebel 50 G cater to experienced boat owners, offering expansive mooring surfaces at the stern and bow. The walkaround configuration ensures safety, while the large stern and bow sun decks enhance the overall experience. The bow, with a corner chaise lounge, is deemed the most romantic area, inviting enthusiasts to view motoring as a relaxed flight over water. The optional roof extends its suitability to various climates beyond the Mediterranean.The sporty stern features an up&down platform for hauling a 2.50-meter tender. Configurable in four ways – Garage Sunpad, Forward Lounge, Stern Lounge, and Free Standing – it provides diverse options for relaxation, dining, and a versatile on-water experience.The interiors, adorned with Ceppo di Gre' marble, offer an unostentatious elegance. Below deck, two layouts provide ample storage, voluminous areas, and privacy. The rooms, exceeding two meters in height, ensure maximum comfort, with bathrooms featuring dimensions typically found on larger boats. Four variants – Tonic White, Daikiri Touch, Spicy Honey, and Velvet Mist – add a personalized touch.Powered by a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 950 HP engines, the Rebel 50 G achieves a maximum speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of 28, setting a new standard in innovation, elegance, and performance in the world of superyachts.Sacs Tecnorib Spa was established in 2021 from the union between TecnoRib srl and Sacs srl. Credits: Sacs Tecnorib Spa
November 28, 2023
ISA Yachts has shared the latest developments on Project Future, the ISA GT 80M. Currently being crafted at the Palumbo Superyachts shipyard in Ancona, the steel hull is rapidly nearing completion. Having been sold in July this year, the project is on track for delivery in 2027.Envisioned by Enrico Gobbi of Team for Design, the exterior lines of ISA GT 80M exemplify a sporty coupé with fluid contours, erasing the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. The interior design, a testament to Gobbi's creative prowess, and naval architecture handled by Palumbo Superyachts' in-house team promise a seamless and sophisticated yacht experience.The hull, adorned in steel gray with charcoal details, juxtaposed with minimal windows, imparts a slender and modern appearance. The skylounge, housing the wheelhouse, cleverly integrates with the dynamic ISA arch, emphasizing continuity across all decks.The main deck forward features an infinity pool seamlessly connected to the owner's cabin through an illuminated path, offering a visually stunning experience. The owner's cabin, a transparent haven with floor-to-ceiling windows, boasts unobtrusive uprights and exquisite outdoor furnishings marked by organic shapes and modern curves, accentuated with warm wood.The upper deck hosts a well-equipped gym, complementing the wheelhouse and captain's cabin. On the main deck, ISA GT 80 features five double cabins, including a VIP with a lounge. The upper deck forward accommodates the owner's cabin, complete with two bathrooms, a vanity area, two wardrobes, and an office. An additional VIP cabin with twin beds is situated on the lower deck.The lower deck encompasses a crew area with ten cabins, providing accommodation for up to 18 crew members. ISA GT 80M promises a harmonious blend of elegance, functionality, and cutting-edge design, setting new standards in the world of superyachts.Palumbo Superyachts began to take root in 2008, when the Columbus Yachts brand was established, and in 2011 launched its first 54 meter 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, Extra Yachts, Columbus Yachts, Mondomarine and Palumbo SY Refit.Credits: ISA Yachts
November 28, 2023
Yesterday marked a significant moment as the inaugural Amels 80 superyacht arrived in the Netherlands for the commencement of its outfitting phase at Damen Yachting's primary shipyard in Vlissingen. Expected to be completed in 2025, this 80-meter vessel is the first among the latest designs emerging from the Amels Limited Editions collection. True to the Amels legacy, the external design, a contemporary masterpiece, was crafted by the renowned designer Espen Oeino.Romke van der Linde, Project Manager at Damen Yachting, emphasized the shipyard's enduring commitment to innovation: “This yacht is at the forefront of shipbuilding. We are a 100+ year old shipyard that continues to innovate, and the hybrid Amels 80 is a true testament to this. The feedback from the several Amels 60 yachts that already feature our hybrid system has been more than positive.”Opting for a fully custom interior, the owner enlisted the expertise of Dutch design studio Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design. Jan van Hogerwou, Commercial Executive North America at Damen Yachting, highlighted the allure of Amels Limited Editions' personalized interior design: “A key selling point of our Amels Limited Editions superyachts is the ability to create a fully personalized interior design. And judging by the interior renderings, this is set to be a spectacular rendition of the Amels 80 that we are all excited to see delivered in 2025.”Distinguished by a unique color palette and a selection of natural materials, the interior promises a dedicated owner’s deck and an expansive 200-square-meter sun deck. With a voluminous 2,175 GT, the yacht boasts ample space for an array of toys, a waterside beach club opening on three sides, a wellness and spa area, and a helicopter landing area.The hull and superstructure of the first Amels 80 were launched from the build facility in Galati, Romania, on September 27, 2023, and then towed to the Netherlands for the final stages of completion. Burgess, involved as the owner’s representative since the yacht was sold a year ago, expressed pride in the collaborative effort to push the boundaries of the Limited Editions series. Sean Bianchi, Partner – Head of New Construction, Naval Architect at Burgess, stated, “This is a great testament to the project team who are working collaboratively together to complete a yacht that pushes the boundaries of the Limited Editions series to the maximum. We are extremely proud to have been part of this unique project and look forward to her delivery in 2025.”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: Damen Yachting
November 28, 2023
Enzo Manca's latest superyacht concept, named Juno, masterfully blends the essence of classic 1980s yachts with cutting-edge technology. Juno, a sleek aluminum vessel stretching 109 meters in length, draws inspiration from the iconic yachts of the 1980s while integrating the latest advancements in marine design. Crafted by Italian designer Enzo Manca, the yacht boasts sharp, futuristic lines and an extended, slender bow that pays homage to the elegance of renowned yachts from past decades.Spanning six expansive decks, Juno provides abundant space for both relaxation and entertainment. The living areas harmonize contemporary materials and furnishings with retro elements reminiscent of the charming decor of the '80s. The main saloon stands as a "luxury oasis," featuring generous plush sofas, an upscale bar, and expansive panoramic windows. The capacious cabins comfortably accommodate 16 guests, with additional room for a crew of 36.The standout among the accommodations is undeniably the owner's suite. Situated on the fourth deck, this multifunctional space serves as both a sleeping area and a private lounge, complete with a piano for those musically inclined.The aft beach club is divided into two levels, with the upper tier housing a swimming pool and an expansive sundeck for 15 guests. The lower section is equipped with a beach club and a bar. As expected with modern yachts, fold-out terraces adorn the stern, providing direct access to the sea. Adding to its features, Juno boasts a helipad at the bow, facilitating convenient arrivals and departures by air.While details about the propulsion system remain undisclosed, Manca has revealed that the yacht will feature an innovative electronic anchoring system. This system not only ensures the protection of the seabed but also promises secure and reliable mooring, regardless of water depth.This isn't Manca's first venture into extraordinary superyacht concepts. In a previous unveiling, he introduced UAE One, a 139-meter megayacht designed to be the official flagship of the United Arab Emirates. Credits: Enzo Manca Design
November 27, 2023
Camper & Nicholsons announces the addition of Zoo to its sales fleet, with sales brokers Elle Curro and Sebastien Bernard representing the yacht.Built by Cantieri di Pisa, the 31.1m motor yacht Zoo graced the waters in 2008. Continuous refits and upgrades have meticulously maintained the yacht, ensuring it meets exceptional standards.Featuring timeless exterior lines and impressive interior volume, Zoo boasts a flybridge design that enhances its overall allure. As a semi-custom construction, it belongs to Cantieri di Pisa's Ahkir 105 models, offering a spacious cockpit area, an expansive flybridge, and accommodation for up to nine guests.The cabin arrangement includes a full-beam master suite, two VIP cabins, and one guest cabin. Interior spaces comprise a saloon lounge and dining area on the main deck, along with a dedicated TV room/office.Navigational stability is a highlight of Zoo, complemented by at-anchor stabilizers that contribute to enhanced onboard comfort. Additionally, the yacht comes with a tender garage at the stern and is available for sale, inclusive of its 3.35m ZAR ZF1 tender.The yacht’s asking price is EUR3,900,000.Cantieri di Pisa shipyard was founded in 1945 on the river Arno, the Tuscan shipyard became famous for its planing motoryachts, such as the Akhir and Kitalpha series designed by Pierluigi Spadolini. Since 2021 Enrico Gennasio is the new owner of Cantieri di Pisa.Credits: Cantieri di Pisa
November 27, 2023