The largest series composite yacht, the 53.34 metre Gulf Craft flagship Majesty 175 was launched at a ceremony attended by the owner in the UAE. The Majesty 175 has been in the making for four years and it was first announced at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. The 54-metre tri-deck yacht has a beam of 9.6 metres and a gross tonnage of 780.
Her naval architecture is the work of Yankee Delta Studio and her exterior and interior design comes from Cristiano Gatto.
The Majesty 175 offers accommodation inside 780GT interior for up to 14 guests in seven staterooms, including the owner's suite located forward of the upper deck. The owner's cabin also have direct access to the five metre swimming pool. The owner’s suite is situated on the upper deck forward allowing dual side access to a 5-metre-long pool with a unique swim-stream feature. Crew accommodation comprises six cabins and a private captain's cabin.
The Majesty 175’s composite structure allows her to cruise through shallow waters, only drawing a draft of 2.25 metres. She is equipped with an ethernet and Wi-Fi network that integrates as an automation system for controlling devices, lights, curtains and blinds.
The Majesty 175 is propelled by two fixed-pitch propellers which are powered by twin MTU engines, Majesty 175 is equipped with TRAC fin stabilisers. She can cruise a transoceanic 4,000 nm at 10 knots and her top speed will be closer to 16.5 knots.
Speaking about the launch, Gulf Craft’s chairman Mohammed Hussein Alshaali said: “This is a very special day in the history of Gulf Craft. I’m proud of everyone who contributed to this magnificent jewel and to launch it today as the largest composite production megayacht in the world. This project took 4 years of hard work and dedication from the entire team to manufacture. I believe that with building the Majesty 175, we have set a new trend in the market that many shipyards in the world will follow.”
The Feadship yard in Makkum has launched 95m Bliss. The exterior design made by Jan Schaffers of Studio De Voogt, the interior by Rémi Tessier. After years of fine-tuning, engineering, planning, and hard work by the many skilled craftspeople at Feadship in Makkum, the result is a magnificent pure custom yacht which fulfils the high expectations of quality and performance for an active family that likes to explore the world.The journey of learning, designing, and building has been thoroughly enjoyable for the owner and his team. “The experienced members of the project team at Feadship in Makkum led by project manager Albert Abma have always taken the extra steps needed to achieve an excellent result,” says Ron Kleverlaan, owner’s representative.“Feadship is renowned for offering a unique experience to owners who wish to become personally involved and, in this case, the client embraced every opportunity to play a role. He also thoroughly enjoyed meeting the craftspeople and learning about our processes at the yard. Bliss really is a Feadship built with as well as for her owner,” says Albert Abma.The yacht has state-of-the-art technology and engineering covering all onboard systems. Advanced security and life-safety systems have been discretely incorporated and De Voogt Naval Architects has been heavily involved in the design and engineering of the hybrid propulsion system to enable the yacht to sail in diesel-electric mode. Exceptionally flexible in terms of its ultra-efficient energy consumption and offering major fuel savings, this package helps to protect the environment and provides premium comfort for all who step aboard.The high ceilings onboard give the yacht a spacious feel with nine luxurious guest cabins, large lounges, and an extensive gym and wellness area. Combined with expansive exterior deck areas, a large pool, and a commercially certified helideck which converts into a full sports and games deck, Bliss is prepared for endless family fun.Leisure facilities aside, this is a Feadship built for serious exploration. She is fully equipped and certified to cruise Polar regions, anchor in deep water, or keep position with her dynamic positioning system. Bliss sails with a top speed of 17 knots and has a range of 6000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
May 18, 2021
The 98m Project Wave is the latest Nick Stark Design concept. The hull builds on twenty years' experience of designing large, high performance yachts. The yacht carries a thoughtful environmental footprint. The hybrid drive allows for low-speed silent cruising, while also providing the environmental and maintenance benefits of load shaving for the generators. The controllable pitch propulsion also maximises the yacht's efficiency across the speed range.The owner and guest accommodation decks are formed from geometries that provide unique vistas of the yacht's cruising grounds. The design of the decks is such that each lounge, cabin, lobby and corridor have differing perspectives of the view, enhancing the sense of sanctuary, privacy and comfort."The design is striking in a number of ways," said Stark. "The interplay of flowing lines draws you in, while the organic shapes of the superstructure volumes reward a closer look at the detail of the design"."One of the challenges of large-volume yacht design is to not simply create a monolith," Stark elaborated. "The superstructure is comprised of a collection of individual spaces, with volumes that both depart from and reinforce the overall lines of the vessel. The design thus provides intimate spaces amongst the enormous size of the yacht”.Project Wave also provides for intimate deck spaces. From the wellness centre aft with sweeping views across the glass-floored pool to the world beyond, to the privacy of the owners' deck with full-beam doors blurring the boundary between outside and in, to the midship garden which is a perfect space for taking in sunset drinks.Naturally the full complement of toys and tenders is ready for action in the huge aft garage, while the forward helideck unfolds to provide a fully compliant landing area.Spending nearly twenty years as Silver Yachts' senior naval architect, Nick Stark started at Silver Yachts (then called Hanseatic Marine) during the early design phase of hull number one. He worked to help take the Espen Oeino penned Silver, Silver Zwei, Smeralda, Silver Fast and Bold from concept to sea trials. Opening up a bespoke design studio has allowed Nick to focus on projects that had been waiting in the wings for when he’d have the time, energy, and patience to bring them to life.Credits: Nick Stark
May 18, 2021
Built on spec and designed for the Australian market, the FD87 Hull 18 features a five-stateroom layout with a beach garage and touch-and-go helipad among its many amenities. A limited-edition design from the Cor D. Rover Signature Series, the yacht not only features the Rover-designed FD Series exterior styling, but also a custom-designed interior penned at the hands of the Dutch designer.This new FD87 Skyline features an on-deck master with a full-beam his-and-her ensuite, crew quarters for three and a beach garage and Hi/Lo swim platform. A predominance of satin walnut maintains a classy, modern feel throughout, while a walnut sole perfectly complements the satin white oak accents and carrara marble surfaces in the main salon. A handmade designer chandelier serves as a focal point for the space and augments the yacht’s 23’ 3” beam. A dayhead is positioned aft to accommodate the main deck’s interior and exterior areas and a custom, convertible dining table with a stone top seats ten for formal dining.Four en suite guest staterooms are situated on the lower deck, and include mirrored queen-size VIPs amidships, a convertible twin to port and a fourth queen-size VIP in the bow. Furthest aft, the spacious beach garage offers a huge storage cupboard and a massive fridge-freezer storage for long haul cruising.This build features a semi-enclosed skylounge with a newly designed micro bridge, so as to accommodate a larger exterior boat deck with an indoor/outdoor entertaining area and tender storage aft. The lightweight hardtop doubles as a touch-and-go helipad and includes a hydraulic telescopic radar arch. The al fresco space is protected by sliding glass enclosures to either side and is fitted with a U-shaped dinette, a large bar area with stools and a BBQ grill. On the foredeck, a large U-shaped settee faces a hot tub and the large sunpads. This area can also be shaded with awnings and offers refrigeration for added convenience.The latest FD87 Skyline is powered by twin CAT C32A diesels of 1,600hp each and fitted with ZeroSpeed stabilization. She will make her Australian debut in late May 2021. Horizon Yacht, the subsidiary company of Horizon Group, was co-founded in 1987 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since then, Horizon has become the leading Asian yacht brand in the luxury yacht market.Credits: Horizon Yacht
May 18, 2021
Australian yachts can come to New Zealand but owners’ family and friends who either have an Australian passport or have been allowed into Australia can fly to New Zealand through the Australian/New Zealand trans-Tasman bubble and join their vessel.Key points for superyacht visitors. Destination New Zealand– 24-months temporary entry of vessels A cruising yacht is entitled to visit New Zealand for up to 24 months without the need for the yacht to be imported to New Zealand. A Temporary Import Entry (TIE) certificate will need to be applied for from New Zealand Customs prior to arrival.– Superyacht charter allowed Visiting superyachts complying with Maritime NZ requirements, are welcome to charter in New Zealand. This is best arranged through a local superyacht agent, who will process the necessary paperwork with Government departments.– Visiting vessels exempt Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 15%. A visiting yacht (entered on a ‘Temporary Import Entry’) may purchase goods (equipment) and services ‘zero rated’ of GST if the goods or services are to form part of the yacht and exported with the yacht. This also includes berthage costs, repairs or refit work completed while in New Zealand. The process is simple with the GST not charged at point of purchase on production of the TIE certificate.– Operational logistics for crew. Crew are not required to pay tax providing they are not present in New Zealand for more than 365 days in any two-year period and are not employed by a New Zealand resident/New Zealand-controlled company.– NZ Cruising Guide NZ Marine has published a comprehensive information guide and directory for visiting superyachts and smaller cruising craft, unlike anything else available in the world. Visiting the South PacificTahiti Current regulation allows yachts over 24m in length to stay 36 months. Yachts under 24m are allowed 24 months.Fiji Current regulation allows yachts under and over 24m to stay 18 months.Australia Australia has a 12 month TIE (temporary import entry) which can be extended twice up to 36 months. After this period the yacht needs to leave Australian waters for 12 months before re-entering.“We have been waiting over a year now and are very excited that yachts and their owners, leaving from Australia, can come to New Zealand. It presents the opportunity for cruising and superyachts to enjoy New Zealand’s cruising grounds, and superyacht regattas; the New Zealand Millennium Cup and the various regattas planned for 2022 by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron,” says CEO of the NZ Marine Industry Association, Peter Busfield.“Combining this with superyachts now being able to charter in both New Zealand and Australia, we see Australians and Kiwis able to get their overseas experience in style by chartering a superyacht in either country for a holiday of a lifetime,” he added. Credits: Yu Xuan Lee/Unsplash
May 17, 2021
Mollymawk, the hull #1 of the Circa Marine 24m series, has started extensive sea trials in a range of conditions to monitor and record her performance and handling. The preliminary data collected is looking very exciting, and the fuel burn numbers are really encouraging, says at the shipyard. The vessel has a volume of 80 GT. The exterior and naval architecture interior are made by LOMOcean Design, while the interior is made in-house. Mollymawk can reach a maximum speed of 13 knots with a range of 5000 at miles at cruising speed. Circa Marine is a long established family operated company with over 40 years proven history in building high quality aluminium vessels. The company is based in New Zealand. Credits: Circa Marine
May 17, 2021