The first Oyster 118 moved from Oyster's moulding yard in HMS Daedalus, Lee on Solent to the Oyster shipyard in Southampton at the end of October. A major logistics challenge involving the 'Blade Runner' barge, a 100 tonne & a 750 tonne huge crane on the shingle beach and some holding of breath as the 26 tonne composite hull was swung 45 metres out into the Solent for its 15 mile sea voyage around to the shipyard.
The first job was to place the hull on to its 46 tonne cast lead keel before settling in for the next 15 months of fit-out. The largest Oyster ever built in the UK, this flagship is a successful follow up to the Oyster 100 & 125 built in Turkey between 2008 and 2013.
Following three years in development, build of the all new Oyster 118, drawn in partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design, began in earnest in spring 2015. Construction is at the Oyster Southampton base where new additional facilities are being created to enable overlapped building of two Oyster 118s at a time, bringing the potential to complete four yachts before summer 2020.
A new evolution of the Oyster/Humphreys plumb bowed, soft chined, twin rudder designs, 36 metre Oyster 118 has grown naturally from the initially planned Oyster 115, and the resulting profile is even sleeker with a modest freeboard gently sheered and dressed with the yard’s signature seascape hull windows and G5 teardrop glazing to the deck saloon.
The vessel provides an interior space for her 12 guests supported by six crew. The 118’s entertaining space alone is almost 11x7 metres including the 4.5 metres square guest cockpit.
There is much scope for personalization in arrangements above and below deck, right through to an alternative squared stern profile adding a further metre to deck length. There’s an enormous lazarette for dive compressor, toys and gear stowage, and the fold out transom has automatically erecting steps and handrails easing set up and enjoyment of the bathing and tender docking platform.
The first built, anticipated to launch in December 2017 and then sea trials in the Solent for a spring ’18 handover, will feature in the aft lower deck a five cabin/four head plan, and with an emphasis on cockpit dining there is a simply huge social area with potential for frontward observation seating. Interior design will feature mirrored trompe l’oeils opening space even further. On the forward lower deck there are options for a sixth suite and or a snug and TV room that will convert to kids’ bunk room.
Oyster 118 will be the 358th yacht from this world leading partnership, and will reflect the extensive superyacht experience within Oyster’s Southampton base.
Australian yacht builder SilverYachts has revealed a new line out of its aluminium superyachts portfolio at Singapore Yacht Show 2019. The 35.5-metre power catamaran SpaceCat was designed by long term SilverYachts collaborator Espen Øino.The vessel is conceived environmentally friendly thanks to her lightweight low-resistance aluminium hull. Within a 13.3-metre beam, the SpaceCat will feature spacious living areas, with 575-square-metre external space and 300 square metres of living areas inside.The yacht will offer accommodation to up to 12 guests within a master suite, two doubles and two twin cabins, one equipped with two Pullman beds. The crew of eight can be housed in a double captain’s cabin, two twins and one triple cabin.A swimming pool aft and vast deck storage space for tenders and toys are listed among the SpaceCat’s key exterior features. The yacht will be powered by four Volvo IPS 1050 engines to a top speed of 21 knots and cruising speed of 16 knots.Construction of the first SpaceCat unit is scheduled to begin in May 2019, at the yard’s new facility in the Guangdong Province, China. The latter has been operating since last summer and is set to be the main construction facility for the new series of vessels. According to SilverYachts, the new model is overseen as a production line, with two units built shortly and further extended to 10 vessels at the same time.Meanwhile, Espen Oeino, the creator of some of the world’s most iconic yachts, has been reported working on several projects at different stages of completion since the beginning of the year. Among others, the list comprises the world’s largest explorer superyacht REV, a 64-metre VSY superyacht Project 003 and 90-metre Oceanco DreAMBoat.
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#1. 135m gigayacht concept California by Kurt Strand.Kurt Strand, yacht designer from Southern California, has presented his latest ambitious project, a 135-metre mega yacht “California”. The contemporary design of the vessel with impressive interior volume of 8,000 GT will be trademarked with large glass walls, glass balconies, foldable glass doors and retractable sections at the living areas. Apart from maximum speed of 20 knots provided by 3 Azipods propels, the yacht can run at a reduced speed of 11 knots for up to 5 hours on the battery power of 60-tonne lithium-ion battery bank.#2. The Black Pearl code: 72m sailing yacht concept Osseo.Serbian designer Igor Jankovic has revealed a new 72-metre concept of a high-performance sailing yacht named Osseo. The concept is trademarked with a carbon fibre and graphene hull, ensuring high resistance against corrosion. The yacht’s exterior colour palette is combined of black and chameleon blue-purple colours. Osseo will feature a beach club under a semi-transparent roof and tinted glass, suitable for all-day use.#3. New details about Rosetti 52m Supply Vessel Yacht.The idea behind this 52-metre Supply Vessel, developed by the Rosetti Superyachts with the Italian designer Giovanni Griggio, Phi Design, Lab is to combine the functionality typical of a supply vessel with the design features and quality finish of a superyacht. The project is based on a biomimetic concept: it’s inspired by the vein structure of leaves, with stylistic features adopted both on the outer hull and in the interiors#4. Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly's classic Riva yacht to be auctioned in May 2019.RM Sotheby’s has introduced one of the lots of the forthcoming Villa Erba auction, including the 1950s Riva yacht, once part of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly’s fleet. Several years ago, the vessel was sent to a Dutch specialist for renovation. The refit works took several years, returning the yacht to her original specification, with her original engines restored. The yacht was refurbished, while her Chris-O-Matic transmission was also rebuilt.#5. TOP 5 photos of the week.Yacht Harbour looks at the best images from the social media world over the past week.#6. Big Game: 5 of the largest sportfish yachts ever built.Combining performance and practicality, sportfisher yachts are always built with game-fish in mind. They do not need to be large, and the key qualities such yachts should provide are comfort, high speed, stability, and reliability. In average, they measure 29.6 metres with interior volume of 160 GT. Still, some vessels stand out, exceeding general sizes. Yacht Harbour takes a look upon 5 of the largest fishing yachts built.#7. Princess X95: luxury SUV of the seas.British builder Princess Yachts has offered a more in-depth look at what it calls the "luxury SUV of the seas." X95 is the yard's joint project with Bernard Olesinski and Italian design house Pininfarina. A 30-metre yacht features increased interior volume, achieved with flybridge and the interior space of the main deck occupying almost the entire length of the yacht. Equipped with all necessary yacht X95 is designed for long journeys with a distance of up to 2000 nautical miles and has a speed of up to 26 knots.#8. Feadship largest superyacht 110m Anna prepares for summer season.The 110 metre Anna, a flagship of the Dutch shipyard Feadship, has returned to the brand’s Amsterdam facility for maintenance works ahead of summer season. As commissioned by her owners, the four-deck displacement yacht will undergo several “minor works”, one year after her launch.#9. Ferretti Group raises its net profit to € 31 million and closes Wally’s acquisition.The Ferretti Group has presented its financial results of 2018, indicating the company’s growth and financial solidity. The company's profits through PAT (Profit After Taxes) made € 31 million, increasing at 29% compared to 2017. The Group has also announced the closing of the acquisition of Wally, a Monegasque brand founded in 1994 by Luca Bassani. #10. 7 largest yachts built by Perini Navi.A pioneer in automation and furling systems on large sailing yachts, Italian shipyard Perini Navi was founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini. The builder has constructed 61 motor and sailing superyachts so far, with an average LOA of 49 metres. Meanwhile, the company’s legendary Maltese Falcon remained the world’s largest sailing yacht until 2017.
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Heesen' second largest yacht Galactica Star is being offered for sale in a sealed bid arrangement starting on April 4, 2019 with the close of bidding on May 19th. The sale process was proposed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and approved by U.S. federal court, as a part of ongoing corruption case against two Nigerian nationals, according to The Marine News.The sale follows a court-ordered seizure of the yacht's owner's assets due to possible connections to an ongoing Nigerian oil corruption scandal, triggered by the Panama Papers investigation.The superyacht was allegedly bought by Nigerian oil magnate Kolawole Aluko, who is one of four defendants accused of cheating Nigeria out of almost $1.8 billion in siphoned crude oil sales, reports The Marine News. The U.S. government also accused Aluko and another oil executive, Olajide Omokore, of laundering money in the United States and using it to acquire the yacht, among other assets.The US and Nigerian governments received Federal Court approval to sell the superyacht last month in Texas. According to Law360, a legal news source, U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison approved it due to high maintenance and dockage fees, estimating the combined cost at around $170,000 per month.The sealed bid will be managed by Fraser, with the MRP set at $42,000,000. Following the close of bidding, the winning bidder will have five days to deposit five percent of the accepted total into an escrow account.Custom motor yacht Galactica Star was built by Heesen in Netherlands at their Oss shipyard and delivered to her owner in 2013. She features exterior styling by Omega Architects, and engineering by Van Oossanen & Associates. Meanwhile, the yacht's interior has been designed by Bannenberg & Rowell. Galactica Star accommodates up to 12 guests overnight in 6 cabins, comprising a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, and 4 double cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 13 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. The most alluring feature about the vessel is what goes on below the waterline. Van Ossaanen Naval Architects successfully created a yacht that cruises 30% more efficiently than a conventional round-bilged motor yacht in this size range. Powered by 2 MTU 5,592 HP diesel engines and propelled by twin screw propellers, Galactica Star is capable of a top speed of 27 knots, and comfortably cruises at 24 knots. With her 90,000 fuel tanks she has a maximum range of 4,200 nautical miles at 14 knots. Her water tanks store around 30,000 litres of fresh water. The yacht used to be popular for charter among celebrities, for instance, once rented by American music industry power couple, Jay Z and Beyonce for a holiday cruise, according to WithinNigeria.
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Dutch builder Hakvoort has announced delivery of the 63.72-metre superyacht Scout, that departed from Amsterdam facility on April 16th. The vessel is trademarked with interiors and exteriors by H2 Yacht Design, representing the builder’s largest project so far seconded by 61-metre Just J's.Scout during her sea trials.Scout was launched at Hakvoort’s facilities in Monnickendam in December 2018 and then towed to Amsterdam for final completion. First known as Project Brio, the yacht started construction under a different ownership, changing owners early on and shifting the project to the steel and aluminium explorer that it is today. The owner’s brief called for a rugged explorer style yacht intended to look like a conversion from a commercial vessel,commented H2's Jonny Horsfield, who was responsible for the vessel’s naval architecture. We placed the tenders on the bow, leaving them exposed to add to the utilitarian aesthetic. There is a helideck and a forward observation lounge in addition to an expansive sun deck.Scout features four guest cabins each designed with a specific nautical theme on the main deck, in addition to the owner's deck. Furthermore, eleven staff cabins can be found on the lower deck. Exterior design details such as Scout’s high bow, exposed tenders in the bow with cut-down bulwarks and integrated forward-sloping windows embody the trawler-aesthetic of her design. Other Scout’s notable features include a helideck as well as an expansive sun deck complete with large Jacuzzi and unobstructed views fore and aft.Powered by twin CAT engines, Scout will cruise at 12.5 knots and reach a top speed of 14.8 knots. Her maximum range will be at 4,800 nautical miles once delivered, coupled with an ice-class hull.The yacht will now embark her maiden voyage to the USA. The delivery takes place in the time when explorer yachts are becoming a new trend of the yachting world, with the world’s largest 182.9 -metre explorer project REV under construction at the VARS shipyard.Photos via Hakvoort
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Italian builder Overmarine Group has presented a new model in its Mangusta Oceanco line, a 49.9-metre Mangusta Oceano 50 designed by Alberto Mancini.Mangusta Oceanco 50 features impressive exterior areas within her 500 GT interior volume, starting from the aft cockpit. There, sofas are built-in inside a teak shell, forming a square ring slightly lower than the side walkways, making an exclusive private area. Meanwhile, its floor lets through natural light, brightening the beach club below.The yacht is also trademarked with a spacious beach club, as the garage has been moved to the bow area. The transom door and the two side hatches open up to 180 degrees, creating a wide, fully-equipped platform on the sea, with the possibility to have a convenient walk-around passage.The bow area features a spacious cockpit, that can be furnished to th owner’s taste. The garage beneath can fit a tender of over 6 metres and two jet skis. As soon as a tender is launched, the inside basin can be filled with water, creating a counter-current swimming pool. Still, a Jacuzzi pool can be found on the sun deck that also features a dining table for 12 guests. The interiors have been designed to achieve flawless continuity with the exteriors. They will be filled with natural lights via ceiling-high windows in the main deck salon and on the upper deck, along with hidden illumination points highlighting the details.Alberto Mancini’s décor style proposal bases on a blend of soft light colours and fine materials, like linen and silk in the shades of light blue and turquoise, white marbles, and sand-colour oak wood parquet.The designer comments on the project:I balance the hard and soft sinews and then create a line to highlight the windows and extend them as a single section that unites the interior and exterior … and in my thoughts I can already admire the yacht as its reflections illuminate a beautiful bay in the Caribbean night.As to the yacht’s technical characteristics, she features a maximum speed of 16 knots, equipped with two MTU 12V 2000 M86 engines. Her cruising speed meanwhile makes 11 knots at a range of 4,000 nautical miles. The builders promise the yacht’s stability both at anchor and when cruising, and very limited noise and vibrations.Construction of the first unit has already begun, with completion planned for 2020. As to recent activities of the yard, it has launched Mangusta 110 and delivered the third Mangusta Oceano 43 since the beginning of the year.
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