Few superyachts have ever gained a level of recognition across mainstream audiences as has the A fleet in recent years. Designed by Starck, their lines have become the most polarizing in the yachting sector and brought unprecedented attention to the field in general.
Initially sketched by Starck in a matter of minutes according to the French designer, the project for Motor Yacht A started back in 2004 when Russian billionaire, Andrey Melnichenko contracted him for the project. Starck later said in interviews that the brief simply said the yacht had to have six cabins and approximately measure its current length, the rest was left up to the designer.
At that point, the Frenchman had completed two yachts already, a 24-meter sailing yacht named Virtuelle and the 65m Feadship, Wedge Too. The project was nonetheless ambitious, to create an original yacht that stood out and didn't mimick anything done before. Designed to have volume, whilst at the same time living in the light, Starck emphasized that the layout needed to be simple and human without too many corridors.
Starck is known for often pushing for his own style in his projects and designs, not necessarily folding to the requests of the owner. Instead, he says he tries to understand their needs and come up with a creative solution as he did with Motor Yacht A according to his interviews.
Delivered in 2008 by Blohm+Voss, a German shipyard since acquired by Lurssen, Motor Yacht A hit headlines in the worldwide press for her polarizing design and didn't leave anyone indifferent. Innovative amenities onboard included a large main salon that stretched as a single room throughout the main deck and encouraged socializing.
Another key element in her design was the creation of a spacious, lounging zone forward on the yacht's bow. Whereas such areas are typically found towards the aft, Starck believed that it allowed to be closer to the sea and better enjoy the yacht. The space combines both shaded and open spaces for entertainment and sunbathing. The bow also features a swimming pool with jets and a helipad.
Starck dedicated much space and attention to the tender garage on Motor Yacht A. Whereas in most superyachts, it is merely a technical space accessed, essentially only by crew, on the 119-meter it is a fully integrant part of the yacht's guest areas. Finished in wood and with a extremely high ceiling, the tender garage houses a plethora of options to get to shore as well as a lounging area.
Aft of the yacht is a platform that opens up directly onto the sea for swimming. Often found on yachts of a smaller scale, such a set up is particularly unusual for a megayacht of M/Y A's size. Instead of merely lying on top of the water, however, it actually lowers into the water at an angle comfortable for its guests to simply step into the water.
Following its delivery, M/Y A continued to make headlines as it cruised around the world. Just as some believed her newsworthiness would fade, images of project 787 started to emerge online in early 2015 as it left its shed at Nobiskrug to start sea trials. Even more polarizing and again designed by Starck, it wasn't long before it became clear the 142.8-meter yacht would become S/Y A.
Although her 142.8-meter length would give Melnichenko's new flagship the title of largest sailing yacht in the world, its technical classification as a sail-assisted motor yacht led to many viewing her more as a hybrid between the two types. As a result some argued, the 108-meter Black Pearl, designed by Ken Freivokh and built by Oceanco, should be considered the largest sailing yacht.
With masts taller than Big Ben at nearly 100 meters in height, S/Y A boasts over 12,600 GT of interior volume, just 3,100 less than Dilbar, the most voluminous yacht in the world. By this measurement, she's also 4.6 times larger than the largest sailing yacht in the world, the 108-meter Black Pearl. Stretching across a beam of 24.8 meters at her widest point, S/Y A could reach a top speed of 20 knots during her sea trials without using her sails.
Spanning across eight decks, S/Y A was designed by Starck, similarly to M/Y A. Her rig and keel were, however, done by Dykstra Naval Architects, a company famous for their work on the 88m Maltese Falcon as well as the Black Pearl. A more closed yacht than M/Y A, the 142.8-meter features a myriad of balconies throughout its hull.
S/Y A was built in Germany by Nobiskrug, a shipyard owned by the Safa brothers' Privinvest Group, which also includes CMN and ADMShipyards. The sailing yacht left Nobiskrug in February 2017, heading to Spain for further sea trials and some interior fittings.
Shrouded in secrecy throughout her build and following her delivery, very little details are known about the amenities onboard the sailing yacht. Spotter imagery has, however, shown that towards the bow of the yacht is a large swimming pool with sunpads around it that can be covered by a retractable roof. Other known elements include a beach club aft of the yacht with a folding platform. Two hot tubs can also be seen aft of the 142.8-meter's upper decks.
A year prior to the delivery of S/Y A, Melnichenko's motor yacht was put up for sale according to Forbes Russia. The 119-meter was, however, subsequently taken off the brokerage market according to several reports and is still owned by the Russian billionaire. In 2016, the yacht had travelled across a lot of large cities including Bordeaux, Amsterdam, London, Rotterdam and spent a significant amount of time in the Gulf. She is currently in the Indian Ocean.
Valued by Forbes at $13.2 billion, Andrey Melnichenko currently sits in their ranking as the 9th richest man in Russia. The 45-year-old started his entrepreneurial career as a 2nd year college student in the 1990s with a chain of currency-exchange booths, from which later emerged MDM Bank. In 1997, he co-founded a holding company that went on to create fertilizer producer, Eurochem, pipe exporter TMK and SUEK. According to Forbes Russia, the partners invested near $1 billion at the time to build out this holding between 2000 and 2002.
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Brokerage company Yachting Partners International has announced the sale of iconic 37.3-metre Vitters sailing superyacht Ghost. She was listed for sale asking EUR 7,950,000.Ghost has been described as one of the most significant yachts of recent years. She is a winner of a World Superyacht Award, Showboats Award and International Superyacht Society Award at the time of her launch.The vessel was built to a design by Luca Brenta & Co. Yacht Design, featuring a carbon fibre hull and superstructure for exceptional performance under all conditions. Lissoni Associati’s interior design solution invites 6 guests to find accommodation across 3 cabins, served by a crew of 6.Powered by 491HP CAT 3196 diesel engine, and with 110 tonnes of displacement, she demonstrated speeds of 28 knots in 38 knots of wind.Matt Albert, Senior Broker at YPI, who represented the Buyer in collaboration with Emmanuel Pertuisot of Windward Islands Yachting and Travel, commented: The sale of this iconic yacht continues a strong sales performance for YPI throughout 2019. We would like to thank the Owners and Captain for presenting the vessel in outstanding condition both today and throughout their 13 years of Ownership.
November 22, 2019
26-metre Ferretti yacht Gio 2 owned by Yorgen Fenech is currently listed for sale asking €4 million. Maltese businessman is currently under arrest in connection with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, reports Times Malta.Photo: ReutersMr Fenech is the son of late businessman George Fenech. His family runs Tumas Group, one of the most powerful business groups in Malta. The business comprises gaming, hospitality and leisure management and property development and runs the Hilton Malta, Portomaso Casino, Portomaso Business Tower, as well as the Dolmen Resort Hotel.After his father’s death, Mr Fenech headed the Tumas Group along with energy generating company Electrogas. However, he has recently resigned from both positions, according to documents made public on Wednesday. He is also believed to own of a Dubai-registered company 17 Black, involved in Panama Papers investigations.Yorgen Fenech was arrested on Wednesday morning aboard his yacht, after she was intercepted and searched, BBC reports. The arrest took place in connection with investigation on the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had been killed by a car bomb two years ago. Yorgen Fenech remained a «person of interest» in the case, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the local pressAs to the 26-metre Gio 2, she was designed by Zuccon International Project and launched in 2018. Built of GRP hull and superstructure, she features a beam 6.3 metres and a draft of 2 metres. She can sleep up to 8 guests taken care of by a crew of 3.She is powered by MAN engines of 1800 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots. Gio 2's maximum range is estimated at 330 nautical miles.
November 22, 2019
Part of the Ferretti Group, Italian sports yachts builder Pershing has announced the launch of its new TØ Project range of high-performance vessels.Along with the builder’s famous X range, the TØ project range and is aimed at the 25- to 40-metre market segment. The TØ project will be emerge from the collaboration between the Ferretti Group's Product Strategy Committee led by engineer Piero Ferrari, the group’s Engineering Department, and yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni. Noteworthy, the latter has been working with Pershing since the very first model.Pershing has been designing, producing and selling open, coupé and sport-fly luxury motor yachts for over 30 years. The yard promises to highlight the new range with very distinctive design, liveability and comfort of both indoor and outdoor spaces, navigation comfort, advanced technologies and high level of performance.The first yacht from the new TØ range will be officially presented at the Boot Düsseldorf 2020 show.
November 21, 2019
Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts has shared timelapse video of the 68.2-metre explorer superyacht Project Ragnar nearing completion in Harlingen. The vessel that had been initially built as an icebreaker called Sanaborg, entered Icon' shed in July 2017 for an extreme make-over.Built in 2012 with a steel hull, Sanaborgis is undergoing dramatic refit with interior and exterior styling by British design studio RWD. Final outfitting works are now underway on the vessel, with her delivery to take place later this year.The vessel’s owner is excited about her new style that was inspired by medieval war craftsmanship, combined with modern sleek lines and British heritage. She will be one of the few explorer superyachts with a certified ICE Class A1 super hull. Project Ragnar is LY3 classed with arctic explorer capabilities, full ice breaking functionality with its unique ICE class PC5 rated electric driven ice pods, giving the vessel its range of 6,000 nautical miles meaning she can go to the most remote areas of the planet.The yacht will offer accommodation for up to 16 guests across 8 cabins, including two owner’s suites. During the conversion, several tanks need to be removed and converted into superyacht spa area complete with massage room and snow room. Project Ragnar also has a ski storage for ski gear, a boot room, 1 swimming pool and a Jacuzzi. What is more, the 68-metre conversion project is set to be one of the best-equipped explorer superyachts on the water. At her aft toy storage areas, Ragnar will have options for a Luxury Ripsaw EV2, Eurocopter EC145 helicopter, two 8-metre tenders, a sea explorer submarine, two laser sailing boats on board and much more.Icon Yachts is particularly famous in the yachting world for their refit and conversion projects. Recently, the yard has converted a martime school vessel into a superyacht and relaunched the 1914 vintage yacht Tirrenia II and 60-metre CRN Ramble on Rose after refits.Photos via Icon Yachts
November 21, 2019
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November 21, 2019