Following a 40-month long refit process, December 2010 marked the launch of Attessa IV. At 100 meters in length she became Dennis Washington's newest flagship and the 9th yacht to be owned by the American billionaire.
Washington became acquainted with boating relatively late, according to one of his recent interviews, he stepped on a boat for the very first time in 1979, when he was 45 years old. His connection with the sea was however immediate, "I just loved the sound of being out on the water and being so relaxed" he told Forbes. Soon after, he purchased his first boat, the 25.9-meter Wanigan III for $150,000. What sets apart Washington from most yacht owners is his interest in refitting yachts up to his high standards. A year and a half after the purchase of the Wanigan III, he began to rebuild it and sold it a couple of years later.
In 1992 he purchased Chieftain, a 105ft tug built in Glasgow in 1929 that had escorted British WW2 ships and had remained under the British flag for nearly 60 years. Washington had the yacht shipped back to Vancouver by his port captain, Fred Larsson, and started a lengthy process to create the most tastefully decorated tug afloat. Washington in fact even announced that the newly named St. Eval would remain in the Washington family for perpetuity. St. Eval can now often be found moored in Washington's private marina in Vancouver.
Also docked in Vancouver is the 36.4-meter Abeking & Rasmussen, Impromptu, which Washington purchased from Boeing. Before serving as Boeing's corporate yacht as Daedalus, Impromptu was owned by beer magnate, August Busch. After learning that Boeing was looking to sell, he purchased and refitted the yacht, which he still owns to this day.
The first yacht to be named Attessa became yet another one of Washington's rebuild projects. After purchasing the 130ft Yecats built by Kong & Halvorsen in 1984, Washington lengthened the yacht to 142ft and renamed it to Attessa. The yacht later appeared in the movie "Indecent Proposal". It was then sold to George Argyros and renamed to Huntress before catching fire and sinking off the coast of Greece in 1998.
Washington's second Attessa became a Feadship launched in 1988 as Impromptu with a length of 43.4-meters. Following Washington buying the yacht in the 1990s, the yacht was extended by over 5 meters and renamed to Attessa II. The yacht was later reportedly sold to American billionaire, Wayne Huizenga who renamed her to Floridian. She then went through several changes of ownership until her current owners renamed the yacht to Mysorah and extensively refitted her once again.
Another vessel that is still part Washington's fleet to this day is Attessa III. Built by Feadship in 1998 as Lady Aviva for Joe Lewis, the 62-meter yacht caught fire in May 2000 in the Red Sea. With the owner and insurance company looking to get rid of it, Washington bought the superyacht and, after a 36-month long refit process at the Feadship De Vries shipyard, she reemerged as the fully rebuilt and extended 68m Attessa III. Completely transformed, Attessa III featured the largest composite extension in yachting history. Washington still owns the yacht to this day and keeps her on America's west coast.
Washington's most ambitious project however began just under two years later after Attessa III's launch. Having become aware that Taiwanese shipping billionaire, Chang Yung Fa was looking to sell his 91-meter Evergreen, Washington flew out to Taiwan to inspect the hull in 2007. "Chairman Chang built the boat like a warship, but it was not attractive structurally. I thought it would be a great project." he told Forbes. The American billionaire bought the yacht and sailed it to his Vancouver facility for a refit.
The refit process involved a new superstructure shape, interior layout, helipad and tender garage, which resulted in a completely new vessel. Lengthened by almost 10 meters, Attessa IV became the 24th largest in the world at the time of her relaunch in 2010. Amongst her standout features are a spa on the lower deck, a private cinema, a helipad and a multi-purpose room on the yacht's sundeck with a Chihuly chandelier under a glass dome.
Tankoa Yachts has launched 50m superyacht Vertige, known as S501, at its facility in Genoa. The project, sold in February 2015 to an experienced French client, is expected to be delivered in April. Francesco Paszkowski was responsible for the concept, exterior design, as well as for the interior design in collaboration with Margherita Casprini. Despite the impressive background and success track records of the entire Tankoa management, we are extremely proud that the client, his surveyor and broker, Daniel Bussani from Aquila Yachting, decided Tankoa was the most suitable shipyard to built his new yacht after investigating a number of European buildersTankoa's CEO, Euro ContentiS501 hull number one is a six cabin yacht including main deck full beam owner's suite and vip suite, 2 vip and 2 guest cabins on the lower deck, gym, home cinema, a 7 meter tender garage among other amenities as well as floor to ceiling windows and hydraulic balconies in the owner's suite and on the aft deck.The superyacht is entirely built in aluminium light alloy 5083. Performance wise S501 M/Y Vertige in its full displacement version is offering a range of 5,000 Nautical Miles at 12 knots and 16 knots top speed. Under 500 GRT mark Vertige offers such alluring amenities as a beach club/gym in the transom, upper deck TV saloon with bar, floor to ceiling windows in the main saloon with cut down bulwarks allowing to enjoy the view, upper outdoor deck with dining table for 16 guests and wrap-around sofa for up to 20 people with a foldable TV screen.In December 2016, Tankoa Yachts has joined forces with Francesco Paszkowski to create what would be its fastest yacht to date. 58m Open concept will reach a maximum speed of 30 knots.
February 22, 2017
Last week 95.2m superyacht Kismet has been seen in Miami. She was built in 2014 by Lurssen and is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, who is also the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars. The yacht's interior has been designed by Reymond Langton Design and her exterior styling is by Espen Oeino. Kismet is able to accommodate up to 12 guests in 8 staterooms, including a master suite. She is also capable of carrying up to 28 crew onboard. The superyacht's luxury amenities include a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi area, movie theatre, spa, an outdoor fireplace and winter garden deck space. As for the performance, Kismet is capable of reaching a top speed of 17 knots and cruising at 14 knots. She also features at anchor stabilizers which work at zero speed, increasing onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters. Kismet is available for charter through Moran Yacht & Ship for a €1.2 million p/w. In December 2016, Kismet has been spotted in Jacksonville, Florida. Marinetraffic.com data shows that now the superyacht is en route to Barcelona.Photos by Ron Raffety
February 22, 2017
Fincantieri and Ferretti Group announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement with the goal of developing commercial and industrial synergies between the two Italian companies. The partnership was announced during the IDEX-NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi, one of the global exhibitions dedicated to the defense and security sector. Both civil and military, international and national sectors will be part of the partnership.The agreement relates to the security and defense sector and to the recreational yachting industry. Fincantieri, the world’s largest shipbuilding group, and Ferretti Group, one of the most recognized yachting companies, share a particularly interconnected market view, especially after the foundation of FSD, Ferretti Group’s division dedicated to security and defense. We are very pleased to work together with Ferretti Group because Fincantieri, even though it is continuing – with great effort - its internationalization path, does not forget its Italian roots and is keen to network into a system with all the Italian companies that believe to be able to grow together and contribute to their international expansion . In fact, we strongly believe that this agreement – and its future activities - will have significant effects on Italy’s economy demonstrating, once again, that the entire “country system” must be the driver for Italy’s future growth Giuseppe Bono, CEO of FincantieriFerretti is a rapidly evolving and growing Group: the collaboration agreement with a global leader such as Fincantieri represents a recognition and confirmation of our strategy both in the recreational yachting industry and in the security and defense sector where Ferretti Group entered with its new division, FSD. We are certain that we will be able to develop important synergies that will bring benefits not only to both organizations, but especially to the customers, which are particularly keen on product innovation, reliability of supply and ever more demanding to receive outstanding service level. Three factors that have become the priority of our strategies and associate us with the vision of Fincantieri’s leadershipAlberto Galassi, Ferretti Group’s CEO
February 22, 2017
Feadship has shared the picture of its 66.25m superyacht Vanish during her photoshoot in the Virgin Islands.Photo by René MarkusStyled by Eidsgaard Design, she is another superyacht which the Dutch yard has made in collaboration with the London-based studio following such projects as Tango and Halo. One of her highlights includes the large free-standing staircase that is flanked by a glass wall in the full-height atrium. Vanish also boasts two touch and go helipads and an outdoor cinema. On the main deck, the full beam owner's suite includes his and her bathrooms, a separate lounge and a unique balcony, that extends out from under the starboard companionway to sit flush with the floor level. There is also a large VIP suite on the main deck, which can be converted into two separate cabins if required. Four additional guest suites can be found on the lower deck, while the crew area can accommodate 17 people.Performance wise, Vanish can reach a maximum speed of 17.5 knots and cruise at 12 knots.More photos coming soon.
February 22, 2017
The 142.8m S/Y A, largest private sailing yacht in the world, had been arrested in Gibraltar following a €15,3 million claim filled by Nobiskrug, the shipyard it was built at, late last week. According to our sources the judge approved the order to release the yacht and it will leave Gibraltar soon.This unfortunate incident concerning Sailing Yacht A is now resolved. The yacht will now be handed over to the owner’s project team and will leave Gibraltar shortlySpokesman for the ownerOn February 5th, the sailing yacht left Kiel to undergo further fit out works and sea trials in Spain, and arrived in Gibraltar a few days ago. The vessel is scheduled to be handed over to Mr Melnichenko in late Spring 2017.However, lawyers acting for Nobiskrug have filed a claim against the yacht for a breach of contract. The claim indicated that the final €9,8 million installment was not paid by Valla Yachts Limited, the company that owns S/Y A, despite its January 27th deadline stated in the shipbuilding contract according to their lawyers. This sum is however now in arbitration.A further €2,6 million and €2,9 million were being claimed and are currently disputed costs also under arbitration. Nobiskrug's total allegations therefore amounted to near €15,3 million plus interest. Two days ago S/Y A was moored in the Bay of Gibraltar under the custody of admiralty marshals.With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A had managed to provide 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.S/Y A 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.Photos by Nicolas Canepa
February 21, 2017