Benetti's largest yacht to date, Lionheart, has been spotted in Cap Ferrat, France.
Construction on the yacht had started back in January 2012, the shipyard later confirmed it started building a 90m yacht for a repeat client in February 2012. Launched in February, 90m Lionheart was built for British business tycoon, Philip Green, who took delivery of a 63m Benetti yacht by the same name in 2006, now known as Lioness V.
Lionheart overtakes the 86m Kingdom 5KR, launched in 1980, as Benetti's new flagship. Though the project has been shrouded in secrecy, it is known that Stefano Natucci collaborated with the Italian shipyard on the exterior design and Green & Mingarelli Design is responsible for the interior design.
Although Lionheart remains Benetti's flagship for now, the shipyard is expected to deliver a 107-meter yacht in 2019 which is currently known as FB277.
Photos by Raphael Belly
Ocean Independence has announced the sale of the 68-meter Soaring. The yacht was sold by Peter Hürzeler and Daniel Küpfer in an in-house deal. The 68-meter yacht attended the Dubai International Show 2023. Built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2020 she was designed inside and out by Focus Yacht Design.She can accommodate 12 guests across six cabins. A master suite with a private terrace and a library located on the upper deck. Guests' staterooms are decorated according to a distinct theme, allowing owners to distribute staterooms according to their guests' preferences. On the lower deck Soaring has the wood-paneled beach club with a spa and wellness area complete with sauna, hammam and a well-equipped fitness room. The hot tub with a bar is located on the sundeck. In terms of performance, the twin MTU engines give her a top speed of 16 knots and allow her to cruise at 14 knots. Soaring’s last known asking price was EUR88,000,000.Abeking & Rasmussen was founded in October 1907. The German based shipyard is looking back to 114 years of ship and yacht building. A&R is now able to launch yachts of up to 125 meters length.Credits: Ocean Independence
March 22, 2023
Pearl Yachts will showcase the Pearl 62 and Pearl 95 at the upcoming Palm Beach International Boat Show with Atlantic Yacht and Ship Co, official Pearl dealer for the East coast. These two models represent the shipyard’s boutique approach, with alluring design by the exclusive duo of Bill Dixon for the exteriors and Kelly Hoppen CBE for the interiors.Pearl 95“Palm Beach ranks high among our favorite events, and we look forward to welcoming old friends and new ones, together with our partners at Atlantic Yacht & Ship Co,” says Iain Smallridge, Pearl Yachts Managing Director. Pearl 62The 18.6m Pearl 62 offers accommodation for eight guests across four cabins, including a full beam owner’s suite with a private entrance, plus the owner’s choice of a crew cabin or jet ski garage. Pearl 62Other highlights include an aft galley open to the cockpit, a vast flybridge, a foredeck lounge, and the benefits of Volvo IPS pod drive propulsion, including joystick control.Pearl 95The flagship Pearl 95 boasts a full beam owner’s cabin on the main deck, as well as an expansive beach club with fold-down buttresses. She has won the title of “Best Layout” at the World Yachts Trophies, and “Best Interior Design – Power Yachts” and “Best Main Saloon” at the International Yacht and Aviation Awards.Pearl 95Pearl Yachts was founded in 1998 and is now one of the UK’s most prominent shipyards. Every Pearl is designed and built to exceptionally high standards using quality materials and experienced craftsmen. Pearl’s fleet consists of the Pearl 62, the new Pearl 72, the Pearl 80 and the Pearl 95. All Pearl Yachts are covered by a five-year warranty program.Credits: Pearl Yachts
March 22, 2023
Turkish yacht builder VisionF Yachts has appointed Ali Tanir as General Manager. Founded just four years ago, the Istanbul-based shipyard specializes in producing composite and aluminum motor catamarans and is now poised to capitalize on Tanir's vast experience. Ali Tanir has almost 20 years of experience in the yachting sector. From 2012 to 2023, he held various executive positions at Numarine starting as Communication and Brand Manager, and then moving into the role of Sales and Marketing Manager and Head of International Sales.Ali TanirPrior to joining Numarine, Ali Tanir worked for a number of companies and institutions on the market, namely Istanbul Offshore Club, Vicem Yachts, Yuka Yacht and the UIM Class 1 Powerboating series."We strive to establish ourselves in the elite of the yachting world, and the new move will help us achieve this," said Coskun Bayraktar, Founder and Owner of VisionF Yachts. "I believe Ali Tanir is the perfect executive for the role of our new General Manager and with him leading the way we will be able to realize the most daring plans."VisionF Yachts in Turkey was set up by Coşkun Bayraktar in Istanbul in 2019, but despite the shipyard’s relative youth it is a brand that is going places in the power catamaran world. In November 2020, VisionF Yachts debuted its first vessel, the VisionF 80. Credits: VisionF Yachts
March 22, 2023
The first hull of the 37-meter AB120 Beach launched by Italian builder AB Yachts in Viareggio yard. The biggest model of the shipyard’s fleet, she has an innovative multifunctional area at the stern with retractable terraces which extend the lounge areas a few centimeters above sea level. She has an easily-managed space for tenders and numerous water toys. Her notable features also included an extensive use of glass, especially in the main saloon, an open-air cinema, which is located on the sundeck and a convertible gym room. The interior can be fully customized, but in this hull the owners have the furniture by Flexform. AB120 can accommodate ten guests in four spacious staterooms on the lower deck and a crew of five. Thanks to a draft of 1.35 meters the yacht can easily cruise at the Caribbean and Bahamas. The yacht has an impressive top speed of 45 knots and cruise at 40 knots. Italian shipyard AB Yachts was founded in 1992. In 2001, AB Yachts was acquired by the Fipa Group. Today Next Yacht Group is the owner of the historic Maiora, AB Yachts, and CBI Navi brands. AB Yachts range consists of semi-displacement yachts from 17.70 to 42 meters.Credits: AB Yachts
March 21, 2023
Following the launch of the SW96 Nyumba, Massimo Gino of Nauta Design shared the details of the tailored yacht. The expert owner wanted a fast and efficient cruising yacht to sail around the world with a short crew that could also take part in superyacht regattas. His preference was for a sleek, dynamic profile and uncluttered deck layout with the deck equipment ergonomically positioned for ease of use, as well as guest safety and comfort. This led to several aesthetic and practical innovations.“Although this is the fourth hull in the SW96 series, Nyumba is uniquely special,” says Massimo Gino, co-founder of Nauta Design in Milan and longtime design partner of Southern Wind. “Not only she is Southern Wind’s first yacht with hybrid electric propulsion engineered with BAE Systems to be compliant with IMO Tier III regulations. The sleek and simple lines of her GT deck configuration represent an important evolution of the GT deck concept we first introduced on the SW105 Taniwha.”The low-slung, carbon composite coachroof is key to the yacht’s racy lines and minimalist profile. Subtly integrated into the teak decking, the coamings protecting the guest cockpit are an elegant design feature that also serve as a covered conduit for the sheets from the winches as they pass forward – a stylish detail that also keeps the guest area clear of running rigging (the sheets re-emerge from the forepart of the coachroof). “The owner wanted shorter sunbeds to increase the size of the maneuvering area aft. We pushed the mainsheet traveler as far aft as we could to the end of the boom, also reducing loads to the minimum; it’s now aft of the crew companionway, which is styled to look like a mini version of the coachroof, while the twin helm positions have been brought further forward for better visibility. The consoles themselves are mounted on custom-designed supports that resemble the hub of a propeller or thruster – another of the client’s bespoke requests,” says Gino. For ease of handling when short-handed the three winches on each side are mounted on the teak coamings that also serve as convenient benches within easy reach of the helm positions (LED lighting under the coamings create a ‘floating’ effect after dark). Importantly for safe operations under sail, the aft deck is completely flush with just one step down into the guest cockpit for added protection. The transom folds down to create an 8.5-sqm swimming platform and reveal the garage that has room for a 4.5m tender. A smart design feature created by Southern Wind as all the transom concepts are that the platform is composed of two folding sections: the transom and part of the deck. The lower section can be angled upwards to protect the garage from slamming on the waves in rough water or if the tender comes off the plane nearby, but the upper section can still be positioned horizontally. “Nyumba is a Swahili word for “home” and the owners will be spending a lot of time aboard, so the interior had to be both comfortable and cozy,” says Gino. “The design is based on classic oiled teak veneers and specific pieces of fitted furniture, but the general styling was managed by the owners, choosing from the wide range of options in the Southern Wind palette of materials and colors.” The interior layout follows the tried-and-tested SW96 arrangement with the master stateroom and two ensuite guest cabins amidships. The crew quarters are in the stern. Deck hatches ensure the cabins and bathrooms are extremely light and airy. The main saloon amidships benefit from the sliding glass companionway hatch, large hull windows, and a wide skylight that runs the length of the coachroof.Southern Wind is a boutique bluewater sailing yacht shipyard founded in Cape Town in 1991. Since its foundation, SWS has specialized in the production of semi-custom high-performance superyachts. Nauta Design was founded by Massimo Gino and Mario Pedol in 1985. Their design included the yachts for Southern Wind, projects with Baltic Yachts, but were also asked to create motor yachts of all sizes (up to 180 m) such as the exterior profile of the Lürssen megayacht Azzam.Credits: Nauta Design
March 21, 2023