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.
The American actor and film producer Pierce Brosnan, 65 and his wife Keely Shaye Smith, 54 were spotted on the superyacht Carla D'or during the Cannes Film Festival. Carla D'or is a 20-metre motor yacht, built by Princess Yachts in 2003. The yacht was sold in 2016 for €305,000. Yacht charter price for Carla D'or is approximately €3,000/day.The German model, television personality Heidi Klum, 44 and Tokio Hotel guitarist and her new boyfriend Tom Kaulitz, 28 were spotted on the 21-metre yacht Black Star, which is from Prestige Yachts 680S series. While sailing in Cannes, they even got their pizza delivered on the Italian-built Lomac tender straight to the yacht. Charter price of Black Star yacht is starting from €4,500/day.
May 21, 2018
Abeking & Rasmussen’s superyacht Aviva is a winner at this year´s World Superyacht Awards which took place on May 19, in Florence. The judges dedicated the famous Neptune Statue in the form of a Judges´ Special Award for this very special yacht.“Aviva is the result of highest workmanship and best communication between the owner and his team during the short building period of less than three years. Together with Toby Silverton and Reymond Langton Design we are very proud to win this important award.” said Till von Krause – Sales Director Yacht.The extraordinary cooperation with Reymond Langton Design already created several award-winning superyachts.Aviva had already convinced also the judges of the Boat International Design & Innovation Award with her special lifestyle feature: a full-size padel tennis court (20m x 10m x 6.65m) inside, stretching over two decks. “It is not only a lifestyle change for the owner but also to crew as this is also the largest gym of any yacht. The crew is encouraged to play with the owner and guests, and when the court is not in use for padel the net can be removed and the crew plays football and use other exercise equipment in the space, it is after all a sports hall.” confirms Reymond Langton Design.With this giant sports ground Abeking & Rasmussen has managed to live up a new trend. More and more customers are attaching great importance on travel around the world while practicing their favorite sports. This yacht harmonizes all needs in a perfect way.
May 21, 2018
Celebrating the best names in film and showcasing award-wining superyachts, the 71st edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is set to be the pinnacle of glamour on the 2018 A-list calendar. Superyachts and the Cannes Film Festival go hand in glove. Entertain friends or clients on board your own luxury yacht, with your own venue and accommodation right at the 'front door' to this prestigious event. Cannes is ideal for meeting clients and a corporate charter at the event is not only the ultimate statement but also makes an ideal platform for experiencing the buzz of parties, fine dining and above all, the Cannes allure.It is one of the premier yachting events on the glamourous French Riviera and marks the start of the busy Mediterranean summer season. Previewing new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world, it is recognised as one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world. The invitation-only festival is held annually in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrés, where the movie industry's elite step from their motor yachts onto the red carpets that line the quays. The newest and largest yachts act as platforms to host parties with the world's best known entertainers.Top megayachts attended Cannes Film Festival 2018 :1. Eclipse - 162-metre yacht built by Blohm+Voss in 2010 and owned by a Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich with net worth of $11,6 bln.2. Dilbar - 156-metre yacht built by Lurssen in 2016 and owned by a Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov with net worth of $12,7 bln.4. Jubilee - 110-metre yacht built by Oceanco in 2017 and owned by a Qatar Royal Family.5. Quantum Blue - 104-metre yacht built by Lurssen in 2014 and owned by a Russian billionaire Sergey Galitsky with net worth of $3,8 bln.6. Madame Gu - 99-metre yacht built by Feadship in 2013 and owned by a Russian billionaire Andrei Skoch with net worth of $4,9 bln.7. Faith - 96-metre yacht built by Feadship in 2016 and owned by a Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll with net worth of $2,7 bln.Some models were also spotted on the superyacht Faith : 8. Tatoosh - 92-metre yacht built by Nobiskrug in 2001 and owned by an American billionaire Paul Allen with net worth of $19,9 bln. An enormous cruise ship is prepared to throw an opulent 'Casablanca-themed party' this year.
May 18, 2018
Solandge is a 85-metre yacht launched by Lurssen in June, 2013. She was premiered at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show and won the Monaco Yacht Show Award for Best Exterior Design. In 2014 the yacht was available for charter starting from $1,000,000. Then, in 2015 Solandge was listed for sale through Burgess for €175,000,000. Again, attending the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015 and represented by Burgess there, in 2016 the central agency changed to Moran Yacht & Ship with a €600,000 price reduction and the yacht attended the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. Solandge was sold in 2017 for €155,000,000 through Moran Yacht & Ship and became available for charter through the same broker agency, starting from €1,000,000. Photo by Francesco ViezzoliAll the data is an excerpt from the Timeline platform. Subscribe for €99/month now and get the latest information about carefully indexed 4700+ yachts in database.
May 18, 2018
On the waves and on the track, Riva continues to write the history of the nautical world, leaving a never-ending wake of emotions. The latest masterpiece is the magnificent new Riva 110’ Dolcevita, which debuted at the Yacht Club de Monaco on the occasion of the Grand Prix Historique.Riva 110’ Dolcevita immediately captivates the gaze, which sweeps along of the hull characterised by a combination of aesthetic rigour and sportiness, with a design enhanced by shaped glass windows and chrome inserts. Of particular impact is the expansive hull glazing with integrated portholes and, on the deck, the floor-to-ceiling windows that extend the entire length of the saloon, made of glass panes framed by a steel structure: a true crystal palace on the sea. This majestic flybridge, over 33.5 metres in length, is the result of a collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the studio founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta that exclusively designs the entire Riva fleet, the Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee, chaired by Piero Ferrari, and the Engineering Department. “‘Dolcevita’ indicates a period and a style that could only be associated with a yacht of unrivalled beauty, one whose appeal will resonate in the yachting world for decades to come,” commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO. “We chose Monte Carlo for its debut, because this is one of the most ‘Dolcevita’ locations in the world, and the Grand Prix Historique, which is an event where legends meet. ‘Dolcevita’ conjures up a dream world that the Riva 110’, in all its splendour, personifies to perfection. It pays tribute to a wonderfully carefree period of history, brought back to life in a magnificent vessel that is the perfect synthesis of the traditional and the modern.”From 11th to 13th May, yacht owners and vintage car enthusiasts, fascinated by the impressive combination of four-wheeled legends and the new masterpiece of the sea, had a chance to admire the new flagship of the Riva fleet presented in its world premiere – and already a big commercial success – at the Yacht Club de Monaco, featuring a number of extremely rare and gorgeous specimens of Ferrari Classic and a memorable event inspired by the “Dolce Vita” theme.
May 17, 2018