1. Lurssen unveils new 130m+ yacht


Four days after launching 123m Project Jupiter, Lurssen has revealed another spectacular superyacht. Measuring approximately 135m, the vessel was seen being moved into the German shipyard’s facility near Bremen. 




In June 2015 it was announced that yet another superyacht with a name inspired by a James Bond movie would be built, the 66-meter Spectre. The order for the vessel was placed by American businessman, John Staluppi as the owner's 7th yacht.




Dutch Yachting has shared the photos from Oceanco's facility in Alblasserdam, with the two new yachts moored together. Y712 sailing yacht hit the water for the first time at the Keppel Verolme shipyard in Rotterdam in September. Nuvolari Lenard Design is responsible for both the exterior and interior design and Oceanco & Dykstra Naval Architects for the naval architecture. As for the Y715, she measures 88.5m and has her exterior designed by Sam Sorgiovanni. With a beam of 14.2m and a draft of 3.9m, the superyacht has a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. 




The number of yachts over 80 meters has sharply increased over the past few decades and, with Lurssen launching 3 megayachts over 100 meters in under a week, it seems we have now entered into the golden age of megayachts. In the past week, Germany-based Lurssen has launched the 123-meter Project Jupiter, the 111-meter Project TIS and an unknown 130m+ superyacht.  Dutch-based, Oceanco have recently launched a new 88.5-meter superyacht and have completed a 106-meter sailing yacht which are now moored together at their Alblasserdam facility. The shipyard is also working on the 110-meter Project Jubilee, which is scheduled to become the largest yacht built in the Netherlands upon its delivery. Turquoise Yachts is also working on a megayacht of its own with a 77-meter as well as a 66-meter already in construction. Turkey-based, Dunya Yachts are also building 100m Project Blade for the owner of Axioma.




Istanbul-based shipyard Bilgin has secured the build of its second 80m Bilgin 263 superyacht. Destined for a repeat client, she is the biggest boat to be built in Turkey. The superyacht will be powered with two MTU 16V 4000 M63R engines, which are scheduled to be delivered this month. The Bilgin 263 series was designed and engineered by Unique Yacht Design whilst the interior was once again entrusted to the talent of H2 Yacht Design studio. 




Arguably the main yachting event in the United States and a suitable finish line for what the superyacht industry refers to as boat show season, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to start today for 4 days of yacht-hopping and cocktail parties. Here's what you should look out for this year.  TV, the 78-meter Lurssen built in 2008 as Madsummer, will be the largest superyacht to attend the show this year, boasting a price tag of €92,000,000 following her €38 million price reduction back in July. The 63-meter Lady Lola and the 62.5-meter Party Girl will also be amongst the largest yachts at the FLIBS show.



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Nzherald.co.nz reports that superyacht Senses, owned by Google co-founder Larry Page, is back in Auckland, New Zealand. Measuring 59m, the vessel is believed to be undergoing more work following a major refit in the city last summer. 




The Italian Sea Group has announced the sale of a Tecnomar EVO 115 to a customer in Far East Asia. This project is the first destined for the region, which makes it even more significant. The 35m yacht will be built at the shipyard’s facility in Marina di Carrara, Italy. The first EVO 115 will feature interiors and exteriors specially conceived for the Asian and Chinese market.




It's been a busy week for the German shipyard: a few days after launching 123m Project Jupiter, unveiling new 130m+ superyacht and having the Blohm+Voss yard purchase approved, Lürssen reveals another superyacht - 111m Project TIS. Although the details about the project remain scarce, it is confirmed that British studio Winch Design is responsible for her exterior and interior spaces. TIS has 6 decks and a beam of 16.8m. Lürssen reported that the technical launch of this secretive project took place on October 19th, 2016, coming 11 months after the keel was laid.




Our colleagues from Dutch Yachting report that the transport of Y715 from Oceanco’s shipyard in Alblasserdam to Keppel Verolme in the Botlek took place on October 30th. The newly launched 88.5m yacht, which was transported on a barge and assisted by tugs Broedertrouw II and XIV of Koninklijke Van der Wees Transport Groep, is expected to be lowered into the water tomorrow to return at the shipyard soon afterwards for her final fitting out. 

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Dynamiq Yachts launches first GT115 designed by Porsche
Startup brand, Dynamiq Yachts has confirmed the launch of their second yacht, the GTT 115 designed in conjunction with Porsche. Asking €13,950,000 the GTT 115 is set to make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in just under a week.The second largest model in the company's Gran Turismo Transatlantic range, after their 39m GTT 130, the launched 35m yacht has a beam of 7,1 meters and a shallow draft of just 1,45 meters letting the yacht access sheltered bays.Built out of aluminium, the GT 115 can boasts 3 or 4 cabins for a total of 6 or 8 guests and carries a crew of 6. With a gross tonnage of 198 tons, she can reach a top speed if 21 knots and cruise for up to 3,400 nautical miles at 10 knots. At 9 knots, she consumes just 52 l/h.According to the shipyard, production of the GT 115 will be limited to 7 units to make the yacht a collector's item, with prices starting at €12,500,000, going up depending on customisation. Moored in front of the Monaco Yacht Club during the yacht show, the GT 115 will be joined by the yacht builder's flagship 39m Jetsetter at anchor in front of Monaco.
The 11 largest yachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017
The Monaco Yacht Show remains to this day the main event in the superyacht industry despite rising competition from other venues. A position that Informa, the parent company of the MYS, recently consolidated by acquiring FLIBS and other US-based shows. Ahead of the show's start on September 27, we've created a list of the largest yachts attending the event.#1 JubileeLength: 110mBuilder: Oceanco (2017)The largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands, Jubilee was delivered earlier this year by Oceanco to an exterior design by Igor Lobanov. The yacht can carry a total of 31 guests in 16 cabins catered to by a crew of 45. Key amenities onboard include a swimming pool with a built-in aquarium, a helipad and a large beach club.#2 AquariusLength: 92mBuilder: Feadship (2016)92-meter Aquarius (Project Touchdown) was launched by Feadship in September 2016. The superyacht features a resolutely contemporary exterior design with a number of archetypal Feadship elements, such as a conventional bow and raked superstructure shape. The profile comes from the boards of the Dutch company Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, which was also responsible for the interior design together with the owner's design team in close cooperation with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects.#3 AretiLength: 85mBuilder: Lurssen (2017)Designed throughout by Winch Design, Lurssen's Areti features a large master suite with 8 additional guest suites. Amongst her amenities are an extensive spa area featuring a sauna, a hammam, a jacuzzi and a plunge pool located near to Areti's beach club.#4 LegendLength: 77mBuilder: IHC Holland / Icon Yachts (1974/2016)Launched in Harlingen in March 2016, 77,4m yacht Legend features naval architecture and exterior styling by Diana Yacht Design, interiors by Thom Beerens and Jan Verkerk. Originally constructed in 1974 by the IHC Holland shipyard, the tranformation into an icebreaking passenger ship with a 1B-Swedish / Finish classification took place at Icon Yachts. Moreover, the vessel was lengthened in the stern by 3,6m, whilst her superstructure was completely redesigned and her mast rebuilt.One of the most alluring features is Legend's swim platform and a large swimming pool/Jacuzzi. In addition, she has a luxurious submarine for underwater exploration. Other amenities include a fitness room, movie theatre, medical suite, bar and BBQ areas. Performance wise the superyacht is powered by Smit-Bolnes engines, providing her with a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots. #5 Silver Fast Length: 77mBuilder: Silver Yachts (2015)The 77m superyacht Silver Fast was launched by Silver Yachts in 2015. The exterior was designed by Espen Oeino, representing the most advanced, eco-fuel efficient vessel in the revolutionary silver series. Silver Fast is the fastest long range cruising yacht-4,500 nautical miles at 18 knots and 6,000 nautical miles at 14 knots with an already proven capability to effortlessly complete long passages in every sea state. Moreover, this superyacht represents the world's largest and fastest aluminium motor yacht with conventional propulsion in terms of length to speed ratio. Silver Fast is capable of crossing the Atlantic at approximately 22 knots cruising speed. #6 Cloud 9Length: 74mBuilder: CRN (2017)Delivered by Italian shipyard CRN, part of Ferretti Group, Cloud 9 became a replacement for her owner's previous 61-meter CMN of the same name. With an exterior by Zuccon and an interior by Winch Design, Cloud 9 is able to accommodate up to 16 guests (12 when chartering) in a master suite, a VIP suite and 6 guest cabins catered to by a crew of 22. #7 Project 783Length: 74mBuilder: Nobiskrug (2010)Designed by Reymond Langton Design studio with contemporary interior conceptualised and furnished by the renowned designer Mark Berryman, the 73,5-meter built in Germany by Nobiskrug was formerly known as Flying Fox.Among her features are a luxury beach club, gym on Sun deck, fully equipped private indoor cinema and its outdoor sister. The vessel offers accommodation for 12 guests (cruising and sleeping) in six cabins.#8 Martha AnnLength: 70mBuilder: Lurssen (2008)70.2m Martha Ann was built for Warren E Halle and is the latest of three yachts commissioned by the American entrepreneur from Lurssen. Refitted in 2014, the yacht is classified by Lloyds and MCA compliant. Her 6 cabin-layout can accommodate 12 guests in a full beam master cabin, a VIP on the upper deck and four double cabins on the lower deck. From a technical standpoint, Martha Ann is powered by twin Caterpillar engines of 2,010 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 13 knots. For maximum comfort, this yacht for sale is fitted with zero speed stabilizers.#9 Game Changer Length: 69mBuilder: Damen (2017)Built by Dutch shipyard Damen the 70-metre Game Changer was launched in March 2017. The support vessel features a fully certified helideck so owners can take larger helicopters on long range flights to their mother yachts and land safely in a wider weather window. Lowering the helicopter into the hangar protects it from the elements so it is refuelled and available for take-off without causing hassle, disruption and noise on the mother yacht.#10 SeasenseLength: 67mBuilder: Benetti (2017)Benetti has launched 67m superyacht Seasense, previously known as FB268, for an experienced owner who has chosen the Italian brand for the first time. The exterior lines of Seasense are by the Dutch designer Cor D. Rover, while the naval architecture was developed by the shipyard’s technical office. The contemporary styling of the interiors, on the other hand, is the result of collaboration between the Benetti’s architects team and the design studio AREA from Los Angeles, making its debut in the world of superyachts. The layout includes six suites that can accommodate up to 12 guests.#11 Infinite ShadesLength: 65,7mBuilder: Amels (2011)65.7m Infinite Shades is one of the largest yachts ever delivered by Amels. Her Andrew Winch designed interior allows for seven spacious cabins and upper deck spaces. Features include a touch-and-go helipad, wet bar and swimming pool, self-contained tender garage, beach club and a glass elevator serving four of the five decks.
123m Al Lusail and 124m Katara spotted in Capri
Al Lusail, the 123-meter superyacht formerly known as Project Jupiter, was recently spotted in Capri, Italy together with the 124-meter Katara. Both built by Lurssen, these two yachts have been linked by media to Qatar.Christened as Al Lusail in October 2016, the 123-meter yacht was known throughout her build as Project Jupiter. Her exterior was by H2 Yacht Design whereas March&White was responsible for her interior design.Lusail is the newest planned city in Qatar, located on the coast, 23km north of the city centre of Doha. Construction is still ongoing but it is planned to have marinas, residential areas, island resorts, luxury shopping and leisure facilities.Also built by Lurssen, Katara was known throughout her build as Project Crystal and delivered in 2010 to her owners, which French media have claimed to be the Emir of Qatar.According to Marianne, design studio Alberto Pinto received a fee of €4,3 million for the interior design of Katara that the French news publication says was billed at €312 million by the German builder.A common theme across the two superyachts is the large interior volume found onboard compared to the smaller amount of open exterior space.
47m Rola is now on the market
The 47-metre Rola is now on the market, represented by Behnemar Yachting. Launched by ISA in 2006 as part of the Italian builder's popular series, she may be the perfect combination of performance and elegance now asking €10,750,000.Refitted as recently as 2015, Rola is in pristine condition with the upgrades in both technical and interior areas. Designed by Cristiano Gatto, she was equipped throughout with beautiful furnishing, exotic woods, and other fine materials. Rola was also enhanced with a new hull and superstructure paint job. Accommodating up to 11 guests in 5 cabins, Rola carries a crew of 9. With her owner's cabin located forward of the main deck, one VIP, two twin and one guest cabin are located on the lower deck. Amongst Rola’s key features are large sun deck with jacuzzi, bar and a new state-of-the-art AV system making her perfectly suitable for entertaining or relaxing in the sun.Powered by twin MTU engines of 2350 hp, Rola can reach a top speed of 16 knots and cruise at 14. For increased stability, she features zero-speed stabilizers that prevent rolling at anchor and increase comfort for her guests. Another element which sets Rola apart from the crowd is her vast array of watersports and large swimming platform, ideal for enjoying a day out on the sea.Currently lying in Mediterranean, Rola is up for sale asking €10,750,000 through Behnemar Yachting.Sponsored by Behnemar YachtingE. monaco@behnemar.com p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.6px Helvetica; color: #337ab7; -webkit-text-stroke: #337ab7; background-color: #111111} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} T. +33 6 03 26 99 82 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #222222; -webkit-text-stroke: #222222; background-color: #ffffff} span.s1 {font-kerning: none}
17m yacht beached in Cannes
Yesterday evening footage of a Sundeck 550 yacht beached in Cannes in front of Baoli Beach surfaced on social media during the Cannes Yachting Festival, which is currently underway. No injuries or pollution were reported.Despite the incident occurring right next to the Cannes Yachting Festival, the 17,35m Lancelot was not presented at the yacht show but was used by her owner to come and visit the festival. According to sources with a knowledge of the matter, the yacht was then left without any crew anchored in the sea and as the wind picked up, it was washed ashore without any people onboard due to strong winds.Rocked by the sea whilst sitting on the beach for 6 hours, the Sundeck 550 was still however able to not withstand any damage until it was eventually tugged to the nearest harbour.Powered by twin engines of 570 hp each, the Sundeck 550 named Lancelot has a reach of 2000 nautical miles and a cruising speed of 17 knots as well as a maximum speed of 26 knots. With a beam of 5 meters, she is the smallest of 3 versions developed by the Italian shipyard as part of their trawler series.Stretching over 5 days, the Cannes Yachting Festival took place between the 12th and 17th September.Photo via Instagram by @isabellechevrier, @thom.cvr