As we are continuing the series of the 16 winners of World Superyacht Awards , let's discuss boat number 14 - Spectre.
Spectre won an Award in the category of Displacement Motor Yachts between 500GT and 1,999GT.
Spectre is a 69 m / 226′5″ luxury motor yacht. She was built by Benetti in 2019. She has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is powered by engines giving her a maximum speed of 20 knots. The motor yacht can accommodate guests in cabins and an exterior design by Benetti, Giorgio Cassetta.
The name pays tribute once again to James Bond after “Quantum of Solace” and “Diamonds Are Forever”. It’s first owner John Staluppi fell in love with the leading character in the series of films inspired by the novels of Ian Fleming.
This original superyacht was developed around the latest marine technologies and combining different styles and philosophies of interior decoration. References to Art Nouveau in France mixed with modern details designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta. He said that he was very fond and proud of this project. As it was the perfect example of the ideas of the owner and the shipyard. John and Jeanette Staluppi, with their outstanding energy, pulled us together on to imagine and develop with everything that could be desired on a boat this size.
Mazu Yachts presents its latest yacht, the Mazu 132 DS. This addition to the Mazu Yachts Displacement Series embodies the essence of uncompromising craftsmanship. Red Yacht Design, responsible for both the exterior and interior, has crafted every facet of the Mazu 132 DS, ensuring the utmost comfort and sophistication on board. Profjord, renowned for their expertise in designing hulls that seamlessly blend performance and stability, takes the credit for the yacht's naval architecture.One of the standout features of this model is the serene owner’s terrace, where guests can bask in unobstructed sea views within an exclusive and tranquil setting. Additionally, the Mazu 132 DS boasts an expansive flybridge exterior area, surpassing other yachts in its class. This generous space offers the perfect setting for grand gatherings and alfresco dining while soaking up the sun.Building upon the success of their previous models, the 92 DS and 112 DS, Mazu Yachts has partnered with Volvo Penta to infuse innovative technology into their yachts. The Mazu 132 DS proudly incorporates Volvo Penta’s cutting-edge IPS 40 technology, ensuring a relaxed and eco-conscious cruising experience. This advanced propulsion system not only enhances fuel efficiency but also reduces emissions.The introduction of the flagship model at the Monaco Yacht Show marks a significant milestone for Mazu Yachts. Currently in the engineering development phase, construction of the Mazu 132 DS is scheduled to commence in mid-2024. Turkish Mazu Yachts has been designing and producing Open and Hard-Top Motor Yachts and Superyacht Tenders since 2011. The state of the art facility of 3000 sq. m indoor and 1000 sq. m outdoor space also accommodates carpentry shops and paint booths for creating an anti-dust environment.Credits: Mazu Yachts
September 29, 2023
Heesen Yachts has pulled back the curtain on their latest masterpiece, Project Grace, a 49.9-meter steel superyacht poised to redefine timeless elegance. Presented at the Monaco Yacht Show, this vessel boasts a captivating blend of simplicity and sophistication in its exterior profile.With its engineering phase successfully completed and the hull thoroughly tested, construction is slated to commence next summer. Project Grace, encompassing 449 gross tons, features a Fast Displacement steel hull, promising unparalleled comfort in various sea conditions. The project's naval architecture is credited to Van Oossanen Naval Architects, while the exterior and interior aesthetics spring from the creative minds at Harrison Eidsgaard.Inspired by elements from the natural world, Heesen Yachts has incorporated its hybrid technology for intelligent power management and silent cruising capability. Additionally, modern luxury products like Rolex watches, Range Rovers, Beats Headphones, and cutting-edge technology have influenced various aspects of Project Grace's design.Designed to accommodate up to 12 guests across six staterooms, this superyacht also offers spacious quarters for a crew of up to nine members in five cabins.This superyacht project epitomizes Heesen Yachts' commitment to refined craftsmanship and functional simplicity. It will be powered by twin MAN engines, providing an impressive range of 3,800 nautical miles. Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminum and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Heesen Yachts
September 29, 2023
Ares Shipyard is setting sail into the luxury yachting sector with the launch of its new brand, Ares Yachts, unveiled at the 2023 Monaco Yacht Show. Ares Shipyard is recognized for its commitment to quality, holding certifications to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001 standards, along with being the sole Turkish shipyard awarded the Zero Waste Blue Certificate.The newly launched Ares Yachts brand will benefit from the advanced facilities of its parent company, boasting carpentry, composite, metal, and electric workshops equipped with cutting-edge technology. This combination of state-of-the-art production sites and skilled craftsmanship positions the new yachting brand for success.SpitfireChairman Kerim Kalafatoğlu expressed the company's ambition: "We have already been recognized as being both Turkey’s fastest-growing company and its largest exporter of military and commercial vehicles. This makes it the perfect time for us to expand our offering and show the superyacht industry what we are capable of!"SimenaAres Yachts has already embarked on exciting projects, including the construction of the 61.61-meter steel-hulled cruising ketch Simena, designed by Taka Yacht Design and Design Unlimited. Simena, equipped with hybrid propulsion, is set for delivery in December 2024. The 50-meter motor yacht Spitfire, designed with Lateral Naval Architects and Bannenberg & Rowell Design, is another notable project. Ares Yachts also has Project Atlas, a 54-meter fast-displacement explorer motor yacht with Hot Lab, in the pipeline.In addition, Ares Yachts is developing a new range of vessels spanning 65 meters, 75 meters, and 85 meters, characterized by advanced diesel-electric systems integrated with pods. The brand is exploring alternative energy sources such as methanol during the engineering phase in collaboration with Lateral Naval Architects.SimenaAres Yachts is currently in the tender phase of selecting partners for exterior and interior designs for this innovative range. Going forward, the brand will focus on full custom projects above 500 GT and up to 90 meters in length. As Kalafatoğlu emphasizes, "Whether it’s a sleek and modern superyacht or a majestic ocean explorer, we aim to redefine what is possible on the big blue."Founded in 2006 by the Kalafatoğlu family, Ares Shipyard has established a stellar reputation for producing naval, utility, and support vessels, having delivered over 230 vessels to more than 15 countries. Their extensive facilities in Antalya, Turkey, include a 40,000 sq. m air-conditioned production area, four hangars, and a dedicated furniture factory, with the capability to construct vessels up to 90 meters in length.Credits: Ares Yachts
September 28, 2023
Camper & Nicholsons has introduced two strategic appointments aimed at propelling the company's growth and enhancing its client-centric approach.Callum Peden Joins as Group Marketing DirectorCamper & Nicholsons welcomes Callum Peden as the Group Marketing Director. Callum brings a wealth of experience from the product design and luxury marketing sectors. He embarked on his career in new product ideas and development at Dyson in the UK before making his mark in the yachting industry. Over 15 years, he played a pivotal role in building and leading the marketing team at Y.CO in Monaco.Callum PedenCallum's expertise lies in developing brand culture and designing exceptional client experiences, encompassing content-rich websites, digital platforms, and engaging marketing campaigns. His ability to translate brand values and translate them into real world experiences across a variety of different media will be instrumental to the development of the Camper & Nicholsons brand.“I am extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to work with a brand as rich in heritage as Camper & Nicholsons. I look forward to sharing a fresh perspective with the team as we work to develop and grow that brand in markets around the world,” says Callum Peden.Julie Bichon as Global Head of charter managementJulie Bichon assumed the role on 11 September 2023 and will be working out of the Camper & Nicholsons Monaco office.Julie spent 11 years as a charter manager with YachtZoo, followed by three years at Hill Robinson, leading her to the role of the head of charter management. Julie has an excellent record for marketing and managing complex charter fleets. These skills will help further strengthen and expand the Camper & Nicholsons fleet. She also excels at building and nurturing industry networks, to maximize the charter experience for clients.Julie Bichon“I am delighted to join a company with such a strong brand and heritage,” says Julie Bichon. “The team is incredibly strong and I look forward to fostering collaboration and generating new ideas to enhance the success of the company's charter fleet.”Credits: Camper & Nicholsons
September 28, 2023
During the Monaco Yacht Show Italian boutique shipyard Tankoa presented its latest project, the T560 Apache, a 56-meter full-custom superyacht. Designed by Alberto Mancini, this vessel draws inspiration from Mancini’s 76-meter T760 Apache design, seamlessly translating its features into a more compact package.Claudio Corvino, Sales and Business Development Manager at Tankoa, explained the challenge: "The task was to replicate a similar design with similar proportions to the 76-meter version, keeping the yacht sleek and elegant but still offering huge volumes inside with features that are more typically found on yachts larger than 1,000 Gross Tons."The T560 Apache combines incredible internal space with minimal compromises, creating a beach-style retreat with expansive external areas. It accommodates American clients' desires for spaciousness and an informal atmosphere.This project began at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2022, with Fraser Yachts USA actively participating in the sale and project development. J.D. Crawford from Fraser Yachts USA noted, "Tankoa's deep understanding led to the successful design of a vessel tailored precisely to the client's requirements."The upper deck stands out, featuring the owner's suite with a forward position that offers panoramic views, an expansive private terrace with a 5.5-meter pool, and an alfresco lounge area. Guest cabins are on the main deck, including a full-beam VIP suite and four twin/double cabins with exceptional sea views.The yacht offers generous crew quarters on the lower deck and midships wellness and gym areas for owner and guests. It also features a tender garage and a remarkable beach club with a 4-meter glass pool and drop-down side balconies.The T560 Apache impresses with its seamless interior-to-exterior flow, brilliantly disguising its impressive 840GT volume. Alberto Mancini, founder of AM Yacht Design, expressed pride in the design: "We are incredibly proud of the overall design of the yacht."The T560 Apache promises to be a marvel of design, offering boundless beauty and exceptional functionality for its owner.Tankoa was founded in 2007 and began production in 2008. A true “boutique shipyard”, focused on building semi-custom and custom constructions 45-meter and up.Credits: Tankoa
September 28, 2023