142.8-meter S/Y A, the largest private sailing yacht in the world, built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, left Nobiskrug on February 5th. On her way to Spain, where she will undergo further sea trials as the internal fit-out continues, the yacht stopped at the Port of Gibraltar. S/Y A is scheduled to be handed over to her owner in late Spring 2017.
With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A had managed to reach a top speed of 20 knots without using her sails during her first sea trials. The yacht is projected to have a cruising speed of 16 knots powered by twin MTU engines of 4,827hp each which will give her a transatlantic range of 5,320 nautical miles.
The yacht also boasts a digital control system that has a touch sensitive sheet of black glass, allowing the crew to raise and lower sails and the anchor with a simple swipe according to the Daily Mail. Amongst the yacht's key features is also an underwater observation pod and a large swimming pool with a retractable roof located towards the bow of the yacht.
Philippe Starck, who had also worked on M/Y A, is responsible for the design, whilst the rig and keel were done by Dutch-based Dykstra Naval Architects, with the masts constructed by British firm Magma Structures and the sails by Doyle Sails in the United States. The yacht boasts eight decks and her keel incorporates one of the largest single pieces of curved glass ever made at 193 square feet and weighs a whopping 1.8 tons. S/Y A is expected to be operated by a crew of 54.
When the project for S/Y A was first announced in August 2015, she was first referred to as a sail-assisted motor yacht and can in fact reach up to 20 knots without using her sails as became known during her sea trials. Stretching across a beam of 24.8 meters at her widest point, she comes in at just 3,100GT less than Dilbar, the largest yacht in the world by interior volume.
M/Y A, which also belongs to Mr Melnichenko, has been recently spotted in Iceland, the South of France, the Netherlands ( Rotterdam and Amsterdam), Germany, Bordeaux, France and most recently Abu Dhabi. The former flagship is now up for sale.
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According to The Sunday Times, Palma voted the best place to live in the world and has become a top quality destination to visit. Not just a perfect weekend destination offering first class boutique hotels, it also has a thriving old town and hosts some of the best restaurants in Europe.The Palma Superyacht Show will return on April 27th 2018 in its sixth edition and will last till 1st of May. The Palma Superyacht Show provides the ideal platform to discover what yachting is all about. It enables you to charter a yacht for the first time and experience the freedom of sailing or if you are already convinced, you can buy the yacht of your choice to enjoy it that same summer. With 80 yachts on display of all different kinds and styles, it is easy to define your preferences and find out what type of yacht could work for you. Get expert advice from professional charter and brokerage companies and inform yourself on the latest developments in technology and refit & repair.The Palma Superyacht Show runs concurrently with the well established Boat Show Palma and is an exclusive brokerage and charter show for yachts over 24m. Organised by the industry, for the industry, the Palma Superyacht Show has a unique personality and its relaxed and social atmosphere provides the perfect marketing platform for yachting companies. The 6th edition of the Palma Superyacht Show got off to a flying start this year. Professional brokerage and charter companies will be on hand for expert advice, and information will be available on the latest developments and technology in the industry. In total, there will be 85 international exhibitors providing services to the industry in attendance.From mega motor yachts to regatta-winning potential: year after year, the Palma Superyacht Show prides itself on an impressive selection of superyachts. In fact, the show’s offering of "something for everyone". No less than thirty international yacht brokers have confirmed their participation this year, each bringing some extraordinary yachts to the show. A good range of 40m + superyachts will also be vying for visitors’ attention.To kick off the event in a suitably celebratory manner Port Tarraco will be hosting a Happy Hour on Friday the 27th. Port Tarraco, a superyacht marina located in Tarragona, prides itself on offering 64 berths for yachts up to 160 meters. Happy Hour will take place between 18.30 - 20.00 and will provide the perfect setting for visitors and exhibitors to catch up with friends and acquaintances and make exciting new business connections.A vibrant and cosmopolitan city where you can experience a wide range of cultural, gastronomic and sporting activities all within a short distance, it is also considered to be the centre of yachting in the mediterranean and has a thriving yachting industry. The upcoming edition will feature some exciting infrastructural changes, such as the construction of a temporary floating bridge, which will enhance visitors' flow and viewing experience. Back for a second year, meanwhile, will be the refit and repair area, which reflects Palma’s booming big-boat maintenance business and how Mallorca has become a hub in the Mediterranean for yacht servicing. The event is renowned for combining high-profile yachting with a relaxed atmosphere and a vibrant social programme always forms part of its appeal. Expect an official opening ceremony, cocktail hours, live music and other entertainment.Top yachts attending the Palma Superyacht Show 2018 :1. Shenandoah of Sark (54m, 1902, Townsend & Downey, refit in 2009)Available for charter starting from €105,000 per week.2. Tommy (52m, 1995, Benetti, refit in 2014)Available for sale with the asking price of €9,000,000.Available for charter starting from €140,000 per week.3. Zalmon (40m, 2000, Alloy Yachts, refit in 2016)Available for sale with the asking price of €7,300,000.4. Rainbow (39m, 2012, Holland Jachtbouw, refit in 2016)Available for sale with the asking price of €10,500,000.5. Moonbird (37m, 2003, Fitzroy, refit in 2013)Other superyachts attending the Palma Superyacht Show 2018 are : Shogun, Fruition II, Baiurdo VI, Seljm, Emmaline, Ornella, Crossbow, Chica I and many others.
April 25, 2018
The 34.14 metre Mitan delivered by Johnson Yachts and now its largest model to date by the yard. The yacht was sold to American client in May 2017 by Gilman Yachts and then launched in November at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.Dixon Yacht Design is responsible for the exterior design of the Mitan, which is built from a GRP hull and superstructure, with in-house naval architecture. Accommodation is for up to 14 guests in 6 staterooms, with a main deck master suite, a double cabin and 4 convertible twin rooms, with pullman berths in two of them. The crew quarters is up to 4 people in 2 cabins.The yacht boasts tender storage with davit crane and place for 2 Wave Runners, as well as RIB. Mitan is also suitable for sportfishing. Powered with twin 1,925hp Caterpillar engines with a top speed of 23 knots as well as zero-speed ABT stabilizers, which dramatically improve ride comfort in any sea-state or wave angle.
April 25, 2018
Ironman is a 42-metre yacht from Fast 140 series, being the sixth model launched by Italian yard Benetti Yachts at their facilities in Viareggio. The yacht is built to RINA standards from GRP and carbon fibre, boasts exterior design by Stefano Righini and interior design by British studio RWD, with the naval architecture developed by the Azimut Benetti Research and Development centre and features a D2P - Displacement to Planing hull with wave piercer, designed by Pierluigi Ausonio.Large glass windows in the main deck saloon makes natural light flood in and makes interior bright, also providing great sea views. Main deck area is divided into zone for relaxing and for dining, with room for 12 guests around central table.On board, she accommodates up to 12 guests across a 6 cabins, including a master suite on the main deck, 2 VIP cabins and 2 twin cabins on the lower deck, as well as an additional VIP suite accessible via one of the twin cabins. Crew quarters is up to 7 people.Ironman is fitted with twin 3,650HP MTU diesel engines, reaching a top speed of 23 knots and cruising speed of 18 knots, and when switched back to economical speed of 12 knots, Ironman will have a range of 1,800 nautical miles, thanks to her fuel tanks of 35,000 litres.Earlier this month, Benetti Yachts launched two Fast 125 yachts My Way and Charade.
April 24, 2018
The MYBA Charter Show is an event for those who are in industry, which started on April 23 at the OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona and will last four days till April 26, allowing to view yachts, providing competitions between crews and glamorous social events. This trade only show has become one of the most important international events dedicated strictly to charter professionals and superyachts. Top industry professionals from yacht charter companies from around the globe will be able to view the freshest superyachts coming onto the charter market, as well as meeting captains and crew, just before the start of the Mediterranean summer season. A numerous yachts that were refitted and upgraded will also be on display and available for views. The show is the perfect occasion for charter brokers to gather first hand recommendations to pass on to current and future clients. The MYBA Charter Show is attended by the world's top charter agencies and presents an impressive showcase of luxury charter yachts as well as services for the yachting industry.The event also allows charter brokers to experience the world-class hospitality of the crew, so they will obtain knowledge for potential charter guests. The highly popular competitions for chefs and crew will once again take place, showcasing diverse culinary and design talents of the teams. Seminars and parties will also be well attended as they continue to be heavily subscribed by industry professionals from far and wide.The current exhibition is only the second one to take place in Barcelona after the event took place in Italy for 27 years, and the show began at 10am in the Catalonian capital with the 55 superyachts in attendance welcoming aboard show-goers for exclusive yacht viewings. Just four years old, Barcelona’s superyacht Marina OneOcean Port Vell boasts 68 berths ranging from 22-metres to 190-metres. The city itself has become a prominent yachting destination, welcoming superyachts to experience the accessible city while on Spanish charters. The increase in numbers is partly due to easing of legislation on Spanish charters, as well as the unrivalled marina facilities and infrastructure that the marina is now able provide large superyachts.Top yachts attending the MYBA Charter Show 2018 :1. Alfa Nero (81m, 2007, Oceanco, refit in 2017)Available for charter starting from €750,000 per week. 2. Titania (73m, 2006, Lurssen, refit in 2018)Available for charter starting from $490,000 per week.3. Joy (70m, 2016, Feadship)Available for charter starting from €700,000 per week.4. Andiamo (59m, 2009, Benetti, refit in 2017)Available for charter starting from $395,000 per week.5. The Wellesley (56m, 1993, Oceanco, refit in 2016)Available for charter starting from €220,000 per week.6. Lazy Z (51m, 1997, Oceanco, refit 2015)Available for charter starting from $224,000.7. Elixir (55m, 2016, Amels)Available for charter starting from $275,000 per week.The full list of yachts attending the show is here.
April 24, 2018
The 49-metre superyacht Flying Dagger was launched in Viareggio on April 21 by Rossinavi. Previously known as Project FR036, Flying Dagger was sold in May 2016. This aluminium motor yacht boasts interior and exterior design by Enrico Gobbi at Team For Design. The design focuses on minimizing noise emissions to give greater comfort during crusing and wide windows and skylights to allow natural light to flood into the interior and offer guests superb panoramic views.<iframe width="632" height="356" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hq64kID18Uk" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe>Guest accommodation is divided on two decks, with the full beam owner’s suite on the main deck forward, and 4 double suites located on the lower deck. As Flying Dagger was built for speed, she will reach a maximum speed of 27 knots, fitted with three 2,600hp MTU engines and three KaMeWa waterjets. With a cruising speed of 23 knots and her range will be 3,300 nautical miles at 12 knots. The aft tender garage is complemented by a foredeck Jet Ski locker.
April 23, 2018