Recent quarters have seen the concept of explorer yachts trickling down to a set of smaller yachts. Initially, however, explorers come from the megayacht world and the 115-meter Luna has become almost eponymous with what an explorer yacht should be.
Refreshened through a €50 million refit that came following a change in ownership, Luna was delivered in 2010. Currently the 3rd largest explorer in the world, her open aft deck and swimming pool have set a standard for the yachting industry.
Built for Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich, Luna was originally intended as a more sleek version of her owner's existing explorer, the 113-meter Le Grand Bleu. At the time of her launch, the swimming pool installed on Luna was the largest that anyone had ever seen onboard a superyacht.
Luna's current owner, which Forbes names as Farkhad Akhmedov, purchased the yacht from Abramovich in 2014. The man, valued at $1,3 billion by the magazine, later initiated a 14-month refit in Germany that gave the yacht a sleek exterior look and implemented several improvements on one of the world's most iconic yachts.
One of the largest jobs undertaken during the refit was the fairing of Luna's hull. Under Abramovich's ownership, the 115 meter had been left unfaired to reflect the strength and power of the yacht by making a show of her welds. Luna's new owner, however, faired the yacht in order to give it a sleeker look.
Nearly 80 painters and eight months were required to fill and fair the over 2,000 square meters of Luna's hull, whilst also applying a new finish to her superstructure. The result is a complete mirror finish, which perfectly reflects the sea as Luna sails on her world travels.
Luna's exterior refit was led by Newcruise, a German design studio that undertook the project as it's first major one with a motor yacht. Across all proposals that were reviewed during planning, the main idea was to create a very open deck. This led to the project team focusing on style rather than the toy storage one would find on other explorers.
In fact, the aft area of the main and lower deck was amongst the most affected by Luna's recent refit. One of the main attributes of the yacht, in addition to her main deck pool, is her extensive beach club area on the lower deck. Whilst two tender garages sit to port side, two foldable platforms open the beach club onto the sea on starboard.
The beach club is completed by a wave-shaped sauna, plunge pool, steam bath as well as a fully equipped gym. New equipment was installed during the refit including mirrored panels that let Luna's guests open the 12-meter foldable doors and getting a sea view without anyone seeing guests exercise from the outside.
A relatively rare feature onboard superyachts a decade ago, beach clubs have become a must have onboard new yachts of even a smaller scale. Popular options, both for charter guests and owners, include lounging areas, wet bars, saunas, hot tubs, plunge pools and gyms. All of which Luna was already built to accommodate.
Other improvements to the area during the refit include a new mosaic on the walls of the steam room, an updated audio visual system, a pantry area to facilitate service and a new arrangement of couches. Over 80 TVs are found onboard Luna, however, none of them were placed in the beach club for it to be a place to enjoy the sea.
Safe from the beach club, the remainder of Luna's lower deck is dedicated to crew and operations. In addition to the engine room and technical spaces, most crew accommodation can be found on the lower deck. Seven generators produce an output of 15,000hp that goes on to power electric motors. According to her manufacturers, it would be enough to power a town of up to 25,000 people.
Luna's original interior designer was Donald Starkey who joined the project when the yacht was already 70% built at Lloyd Werft. Modifications imposed by the designer included an increased headroom as well as a new dinning room, which wasn't on the initial layout. This was achieved by dividing the upper deck lounge into two by a fireplace that can be enjoyed from both sides of a newly installed wall.
Starkey's theme of light fabrics coupled with darker wood and light that filters from the 115 meter's large windows can be found throughout Luna. Modern oak was in fact used around the yacht and then aged to create the effect of 17th century antique beams.
One of Luna's highlights is, without a doubt, the private, forward-facing terrace that comes as part of the owner's private suite. With a glass panel located directly on top of the master bed, a private terrace in front lets Luna's owner explore the world with her.
Another newly improved area on the 115-meter explorer is Luna's observational lounge. Meant as an area where guests can socialise and take in the view, its panoramic view faces forward and is often found to be a guest favourite location when entering a new marina or anchorage spot.
Whereas the master suit benefits from one of yachting's best views, guests on Luna get to access one of its main locations much quicker from the main deck. Through a straight line corridor, guests can find their way to the pool in a matter of seconds without having to climb up flights of stairs.
Luna's swimming pool area also benefits from a new feature installed during her recent refit. A raised section, which can be covered by a massive tent or opened to the sun, was put in towards the aft of the deck. It features both a dinning table for casual, outdoor dinning, as well as coffee tables and a sofa.
From a technical standpoint, Luna is powered by a diesel electric set up that lets her be both more efficient and flexible when cruising. The explorer can in fact get up to a top speed of 21 knots and even nudge through shallow ice.
Photo by Ron Raffety
Located underneath Luna's master bedroom, her bridge sits forward of the explorer's upper deck. Allowing easy access to anchoring gear and crew areas, keeping all crew operations on the upper deck also frees up higher decks for the guests' relaxation.
One of the most well known figures in the yachting industry, Roman Abramovich currently sits as the world's 139th richest man according to Forbes, with a net worth of $10,3 billion. In the business community he's most well known as the owner of the Chelsea FC as well as for selling his stake in Sibneft to Gazprom.
In yachting, however, Abramovich is synonymous with his 162-meter Eclipse, formerly the largest yacht in the world. Whereas Eclipse was overshadowed by the 180-meter Azzam, the Russian billionaire's exploits in yachting remain on everyone's mind to this day.
Photo by Nicholas Canepa
Other than Eclipse and Luna, the 51 year-old has owned an unequaled fleet of yachts, which have included the 115-meter Pelorus, which he purchased in build from a Saudi businessman in 2003 before reselling it to Dreamworks co-founder, David Geffen in 2011.
Prior to Pelorus, Abramovich also had the 113-meter explorer/support yacht Le Grand Bleu. Carrying a plethora of toys, onboard Le Grand Bleu could be found a Dubois sailing yacht as well as a 21-meter Sunseeker. He later reportedly sold the yacht to Eugene Schvidler.
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1955, Farkhad Akhmedov is the 67th richest man in Russia according to Forbes. After moving to London in 1986 and starting out in fur trading, he started his own company in 1987 to supply equipment to Russian gas companies. In 2012, he sold his stake in Russian gas company, Nortgas to Novatek.
Photos by Guillaume Plisson
Launched in 2007 by Benetti at their Livorno facility, AE Cap d'Antibes is from the yard's 56m series and is presented in immaculate condition. She has been carefully maintained by her crew since launch. A full-displacement, Lloyd's & MCA compliant yacht, AE Cap d'Antibes boasts an exterior design with sleek lines from the Italian-based Stefano Natucci, and an elegant interior from Zuretti Interior Design.Accommodation on board is for 12 guests in 6 guest staterooms, including an on-deck master suite which provides amazing panoramic views and an outstanding VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, with asy access to decks for guests via elevator. Her generous guest areas are located over 879 GT of volume, which is very impressive for this size of yacht. A crew quarters accommodates up to 13 people on board. Her spacious deck spaces includes an al-fresco dining area, superyacht sundeck with enclosed gym and jacuzzi. AE Cap d'Antibes is a high-quality superyacht in perfect condition. Fitted with twin Caterpillar engines and zero-speed stabilizers, hitting a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots, with a superior comfort, the superyacht has an impressive range of 4,000 nautical miles at 15 knots and 5,000 nautical miles in economical mode.Listed for sale through YPI, she recently saw a price reduction of €4,000,000 and is now offered with the asking price of €15,900,000 - a perfect opportunity to own AE Cap d'Antibes in immaculate condition.AE Cap d'Antibes is currently located in Greece.Sponsored by Yachting Partners InternationalContact : Matt AlbertE. ma@YPIgroup.comT. +377 99 99 97 97
July 20, 2018
YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of disaster relief, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. The organization was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit which utilizes a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, yacht owners and donors who match with yacht owners and yacht crew to transport these lifesaving basic supplies in serious times of need. Since its launch, the YachtAid Global team has expanded its mission in order to be able to best utilize charitable resources to deliver maximum impact. The charity sits in a unique position where it's able to mobilise superyachts and aid vessels, and connect them with aid providers, volunteers and other NGOs for natural disaster relief and humanitarian work quickly and efficiently. With recovery still underway from last year’s Atlantic hurricane season in the Caribbean, YachtAid Global is encouraging yachts to be ready to respond as this year’s seasons across the Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific and Western North Pacific begin. Superyacht aid organization, YachtAid Global has compiled a number of tips for yachts seeking to be ready to assist should this year’s hurricane seasons prove as virulent as 2017’s. This year’s seasons officially began 1 June, and May 15 for the Eastern Pacific, and YachtAid Global is urging yachts planning to cruise affected regions to take small steps to be ready to respond in the aftermath of large hurricanes. Post-storm damage can include anything from lifted roofs, lack of potable water and food, to lack of crops, ongoing power sources and other facilities needed for islands to be self-sufficient. YachtAid Global is in sync with national and international governing bodies and able to relay accurate ground-truth information to yachts which wish to respond to a region. Once the yacht’s crew and management team have this data, they can be confident they’re carrying the aid and supplies which are most-essential to recovery. Means for yachts to assist in emergency response YachtAid Global works with Global Support and Development, an elite team of professionals, who go into disaster zones to protect first responders, carry out search and rescue operations, provide full medical teams and other crucial emergency responses. The organization has coordinated the GSD team to provide a three day first responder training course designed specifically for yacht crew. The course is free and covers logistics, yacht preparation, heli ops, seaplane ops, medical training, water safety and more to give crew the skills to provide meaningful assistance in an emergency response. Key outcomes of the course include educating crew on how to stay safe in a disaster zone and training them to be ready for GSD to run operations from the vessel. Much of the supplies yachts can be called on to deliver are food and water, however there are many other ways a yacht can help. Acting as an intel or communications base can be crucial, as well as a vessel for medevacs. One of the most important roles yachts play though, is that of bringing hope. In remote parts of a badly-struck region yachts can be the first vessels to arrive, reassuring locals affected that they are on the relief map. In regional yachting hubs YachtAid Global’s partners - for example Estela Shipping in Palma and Eco-Mer in Antibes - coordinate large and small donations as well as the loading and clearance of aid. Regional representatives then feed into YachtAid Global which is able to coordinate with the government or contact on the ground; acting as a single point of contact for the superyacht industry to ensure well-intentioned aid enquiries don’t swamp resources in affected areas. With widespread use of social media, images and information after a natural emergency are extensively shared, though they’re not always an accurate representation of events on the ground. To mitigate this, YachtAid Global’s team works with Humanity Road - a respected, reliable source of ground truth information - to provide a source of accurate, ongoing information for media. The organization is also adept at helping local media disseminate information from their perspective in the emergency zone.
July 20, 2018
For the last 28 years the Principality of Monaco has hosted the world’s most impressive international superyacht meeting in its emblematic Port Hercules.In September the Monaco Yacht Show will again welcome superyacht owners, future purchasers and charter clients who will be able to indulge themselves in the 120 superyachts on display.Among the 2018 collection of luxury yachts, 40 are brand-new designs that will be unveiled by leading shipyards to showcase their work, as is the case every year. While the final decision to exhibit a yacht always remains with the owners, their agents and representatives work closely with the organizers of the show to allow it to offer the finest showcase of superyachts available. “The Monaco Yacht Show has a worldwide reputation for the exceptional quality of the collection of superyachts on display each year that average close to 50m overall. About sixty of the yachts exhibited are less than two years old,” explains Gaëlle Tallarida, General Manager of the Show, before stressing that “We work in coordination with participating yacht brokers and shipyards in the interest, first and foremost, of the individual visitor, whether owner or future owner and to help new clients discover the world of luxury offered only by the superyacht industry. The MYS has a duty to offer these visitors the best possible experience, with the supreme quality of the yachts on display as one of the leading criteria.”A tailor-made program of visits to specific yachts is available for private superyacht clients invited by MYS exhibitors and organizers. The Sapphire Experience offers exclusive services enabling new guests to make the most of the show as they take their first steps in the confidential world of luxury yachting. In particular, the program includes participation in the 3rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Summit and an invitation to the Opening Ceremony of the 28th Monaco Yacht Show.OPTIMIZED SIGHTING OF EXHIBITION AREASThe MYS exhibition will extend once again over almost the whole of Port Hercules and will also benefit from the restructuring by the Principality of Monaco of the Quai des États-Unis, giving priority to the presence of naval architects, shipyards and brokers on the quays right next to their yachts on display in the water. Visitors will also find a new line of superyachts at right-angles to the Quai des États-Unis, replacing the former floating pontoon connected to the Central T.The reorganization of the display in the water is backed up by a new themed orientation of the various exhibition zones, as ever with the aim of making the experience of future yacht buyers even more enjoyable.Future owners accompanied by their captains or representatives are more and more closely involved in the building of their yachts and they can visit the exhibition tents to look for the latest in hi-tech equipment (Darse Sud) or the objects and furnishings presented by prestige luxury goods firms and craftsmen (Parvis Piscine). The Quai Jarlan will host part of the display of luxury tenders. Since the Tenders & Toys zone launched in 2017 it has been devoted to yacht tenders and nautical leisure accessories and will this year occupy more space on the Quai Antoine Ier. The Car Deck, an exhibition of prestige vehicles and the Starboard, a Lounge and exhibition area housing the Art Pavilion, a brand-new space in the Show devoted to art, complete the theme of the superyacht lifestyle on Quai Antoine Ier.The purchase or construction of a yacht displayed at the MYS will benefit the whole production chain and the specialized crafts involved. The 590 exhibitors present in Monaco cover the whole range of specialties required to build a yacht from A to Z.VISITING MADE EASIERCalculating the fastest route and the most efficient means of transport to get you to an exhibitor’s booth or a yacht, the official MYS app will be your best pocket guide during your visit. It will display a plan of the show, showing in particular the new floating pontoons that allow you to cross the whole of the port on foot, from the Quai des États-Unis (Designers’ Gallery) to the Quai Antoine Ier.Launch shuttles will continue to serve most quays while electric carts will take you from the Quai Antoine Ier to the exhibition tent on the Quai Albert Ier. The entrance to the Quai Antoine Ier will be more central. All participants will again be able to use the Monaco town buses free of charge during the four days of the show and courtesy cars will be available for VIP clients.THE SAPPHIRE EXPERIENCE: OFFICIAL VIP VISITS TO THE MONACO YACHT SHOWThe “Sapphire Experience” (and its premium version “Infinite”) are designed for visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show who are interested in a first charter experience or the purchase of a superyacht. This VIP pack comprises a program of tailor-made activities including entry to the Monaco Yacht Summit, an invitation to the MYS Gala evening, a tour of the bay of Monaco on board the MYS VIP boat, a courtesy car service, lunch in the Upper Deck Lounge or a personal concierge service to organize private visits to superyachts on display in the show, in direct coordination with the MYS yacht brokers and shipyards.The Sapphire Experience and the Sapphire Experience Infinite are the official VIP visit programs of the Monaco Yacht Show. Offers available in limited numbers subject to special conditions of purchase.THE ART PAVILION: A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE MONACO YACHT SHOWIn September visitors to the show will discover a brand-new space dedicated to art in the MYS. Adjacent to the Starboard exhibition lounge and the Car Deck on the Quai Antoine Ier, the Art Pavilion will present a collection of works of art and sculptures. Collectors and art fans can meet ten gallery owners and their artists who will be there to present their works. Art Pavilion - Quai Antoine IerFree access for all MYS participants on presentation of a valid badge.MONACO YACHT SUMMIT: SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2018The 3rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Summit will take place on September 25th, 2018, during the day at the Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel.The event will be attended by a delegation of pre-qualified participants interested in embarking on a yachting experience.In a format combining mini-lectures and private discussions, a panel of acknowledged experts in the yachting industry will examine the practical questions future yacht charterers or buyers should ask during negotiations.Organized by the Monaco Yacht Show on the eve of the show itself, the Monaco Yacht Summit is now part of the calendar of confidential yachting events that are appreciated by extremely wealthy clients or their representatives.
July 20, 2018
In March 2017 Heesen Heesen unveiled 50-metre Project Maia. Later, they shared more information on Project Maia. In December 2017 Project Maia was sold. In April, 2018 50-metre Project Maia launched by Heesen and named Omaha.Photo by Tom van OossanenNow, the Dutch shipbuilder Heesen announced that the first yacht in their new 50 metre Steel class is delivered. Hull 18350, christened Omaha, was delivered to her owners after her sea trials in the North Sea, with weather conditions ranging from calm to moderate.Photo by Tom van OossanenOmaha reached the speed of 16 knots, and showed extremely manoeuvrability in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. She is fitted with two 2,682hp MTU engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles while cruising at speed of 12 knots. Her round bilge steel hull with bulbous bow provides great comfort for the guests, exceptional sea keeping and unparalleled performance.Photo by Tom van OossanenThis 50-metre steel yacht's building started on speculation under the project name ‘Maia’ and was sold by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, who represented the interests of the owners during the construction, along with the owners’ representative Wayne Foulis.Photo by Tom van OossanenYN 18350 is the first in Heesen’s newly designed 50 metre Steel Class, with the exterior design by Clifford Denn. With a gross tonnage below the 500GT threshold, this displacement yacht is the successor of the 47m Steel Class. Clifford Denn spliced the Heesen DNA with lines inspired by classic car design to create a true blue-water yacht with a bold presence on the water. UK based design studio Reymond Langton created a luxurious but welcoming interior with accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with the Owner’s stateroom located on the main deck forward and four large guest suites on the lower deck.Photo by Dick HolthuisOmaha’s sister ship, YN 18850 Project Triton, is currently under construction at the Heesen shipyard in Oss with delivery in February 2020. Omaha will soon leave The Netherlands for her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean Sea where she will meet her owners.Photo by Dick Holthuis
July 19, 2018
Commissioned by the Ibiza-based boutique hotel brand Atzaro, Prana was expertly hand-crafted in Bira, Sulawesi over a 21 months period.The ancient boat-building traditions of the seafaring Bugis tribe inspired the design of Prana, Yacht Sourcing’s masterpiece of ironwood and teak. Constructed using time-honoured techniques, the two-masted phinisi yacht took 21 months to complete, from the laying of the keel, hull and bulkheads to finishing the superstructure, decks and soft furnishing.Launched earlier this month, Prana boasts nine spacious ensuite cabins over four decks, a yoga terrace, numerous indoor and outdoor living and dining spaces, a dedicated spa, a water sports platform and a cinema under the stars. Prana was on her maiden voyage from Bali to Labuan Bajo in Flores and is now available for sailing, diving or retreat charters through Indonesia’s exotic Eastern destinations, including Komodo National Park, the Banda Islands and Raja Ampat.In recent years, the Asian yachting scene has seen tremendous growth which offers promising opportunities in the luxury yachting industry. South East Asia especially Indonesia, is well on its way to become the Caribbean of the East with lush landscapes and out of this world cruising grounds dotted with thousands of islands, some undiscovered.Yacht Sourcing was established to take advantage of the immense opportunities arising from the growing yachting scene in Indonesia. With decades of international experience across all fields of yachting and marine departments, our dedicated team combined with our global network of partners will be able to assist any of your needs.
July 19, 2018