1. 98m superyacht Aviva hits the water at Abeking and Rasmussen



German shipyard, Abeking & Rasmussen has launched the largest yacht in their history, the 98-meter Aviva for UK billionaire, Joe Lewis. Over the last weeks the shipyard prepared a special launching system for the new yacht. A large pontoon from Norway had been shipped in and moored in front of the new building shed. A special hydraulic platform trailer with 60 wheels combined with a winch moved the 98m yacht onto the pontoon. Reymond Langton Design were chosen to style the exterior, who, working with designer Toby Silverton on the exterior, developed a sleek and elegant profile. Inside they created a modern interior with a full sized padel tennis court, 20m x 10m x 6m high. 




Lurssen megayacht Dilbar has been recently spotted in Barcelona, Spain. She became Alisher Usmanov's, one of the Russian billionaires shaping the yachting industrythird yacht. 156m Dilbarlaunched at Lurssen facility in November 2015, has officially become the world's largest yacht by volume with a gross tonnage of 15,917 tons, toping Al Said's 15,850 tons and Azzam's 13,136 tons. With a beam of 23 meters and a deep draft of 6 meters, the yacht's exterior was designed by Espen Oeino. Cabling used on board stretches over 1,100km with guests and owner's spaces totaling a combined 3,800 square meters of living space.




Launched by Bravo in July 2013, Below Deck followed the lives of several yacht crew members during a charter season in no less than 53 episodes. For each season, producers chartered a different 50 meter yacht but however didn't always release the real names of these boats, which were altered for the show.




Australian yacht designer Scott Blee has introduced his latest creation, 85m highly efficient and modern superyacht, developed by Sabdes Design studio, in October 2016. Now the studio has shared the renderings of its new yacht design seen in the Pantone Color Institute "colour of the year 2017" called "Greenery" (Pantone 15-0343). 




The debate over what sailing yacht could claim the sough-after title of largest sailing yacht in the world has been a long and tedious one in yachting and with a few possible contenders in the running and more in build, it looks like the battle isn't over yet.Indeed, whereas it is clear that 180-meter Azzam is the longest yacht in the world and Dilbar is the most voluminous, both of these are motor yachts. With sailing yachts, the ranking is however much more opaque due largely to the measurement that is used.
Loaded waterline length, known as LWL, is the measurement of the length of a vessel from the points where it sits in the water. On the other hand length overall, abbreviated as LOA, is defined as the maximum length of a yacht's hull, which for sailing yacht also includes the bowsprit, a key factor when measuring a sailing yacht and part of the difficulty in this ranking.




Italian shipyard Rossinavi has sold their 70-meter motor yacht project, King Shark. Capable of navigating in conditions of extreme ice, she will have a range of 6,000 nautical miles and a top speed of 17 knots. While there have been other motor yachts introduced to the market with ice exploration capabilities, King Shark’s point of difference is that it has been developed with an emphasis on yachting lifestyle, able to move from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the sub-zero conditions of Antarctica.




The largest Amels superyacht to date emerged at its facility in Vlissingen at the end of June 2016. And now we've been informed that the vessel has left the Netherlands for international waters. HERE COMES THE SUN is powered by twin Caterpillar engines 3,150hp each, providing her with a maximum speed of 17 knots. The superyacht has a maximum cruising range of 5,500 nautical miles when cruising at 15 knots.




Last year M/Y A, which is reportedly for sale at $300 million, has been spotted in such cities as AmsterdamRotterdamKielBordeauxoff the Reykjavik coast in Iceland and cruising in the French Riviera. Now the most talked-about yacht on the seas has been seen in Emirates Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. 




Wally has announced the expansion of its range as the Monegasque brand sells the new cruiser-racer Wally 93, developed for an existing Wally owner who is a keen racing yachtsman. The yacht features the latest hull lines with the distinctive large stern and big interior volumes, resulting into the new generation cruiser-racer, superfast and very comfortable, and providing the ultimate experience in high performance sailing. The new Wally 93 is currently under construction using the most advanced composite technology, to provide for the super reduced displacement and increased rigidity.




Amer Yachts has announced that the first Amer 110 yacht is under construction at the Italian shipyard's facilities. Destined for a special client, who has already bought three Amer Yachts in five years: a 92’, an Amercento and now the Amer 110’, the vessel will be launched in Spring 2017. 

Latest News

Gulf Craft CEO departs in view of restructuring policy
The UAE-based builder Gulf Craft has announced that the company’s CEO Gregory Yeakle appointed in June 2018, will be stepping down.The Board of Directors has determined that chairman Mohammed Hussein Alshaali will assume the role of Executive Chairman of the company, As part of Gulf Craft’s growth and development plan and the ongoing restructuring. Gulf Craft will further proceed with restructurisation plan and several other announcements will be made in the months to come.Yeakle joined the shipyard following the departure of previous chief executive Erwin Bamps, who had held the position for four years.Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, newly appointed Executive Chairman of Gulf CraftGulf Craft’s Board of Directors along with its workforce passes its appreciation to Gregory Yeakle for the contribution he has put into the shipyard, wishing him the very best in his future endeavors.At the moment, the yard is busy working on the 54-metre speculation flagship Majesty 175, while the seventh Majesty 100 has been just delivered to a Russian owner.
55m aluminium superyacht concept Soana introduced by Rodriguez Design
Rodriguez Design Studio in collaboration with Spanish shipyard Atollvic has presented a new 55-metre aluminium superyacht concept named Project Saona.The exterior design of Project Saona has been described as sporty yet elegant, featuring a sharp and aggressive bow. The vessel is fitted with an oversized swim platform, beach club and foldable balconies for maximised access to the sea. Dedicated tender storage spacious enough to house a Williams Dieseljet 625 tender and jet skis sits forward of the beach club. The latter is also equipped with a day head and storage for diving equipment.Other features on-board comprise a private owner’s terrace on the upper deck, large sunpads on the main deck and a large saloon flooded with natural light. A Jacuzzi with a sunpad would sit on the foredeck, shaded by carbon fibre awnings.Project Saona would offer accommodation to up to 10 guests across five cabins, including a 60-square-metre master suite. Other cabins lay on the lower deck, with two full-beam VIPs and two doubles.Propelled by two MTU 20V 4000 M93L, the yacht will be capable of a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. The studio’s founder Josh Rodriguez believes, that with her draught of only 2.1 metres, Project Soana would come out as an ideal yacht for Bahamas.
First edition of the Venice Boat Show receives over 27,000 visitors
The first Venice Boat Show took place from June 18 to June 23, proving to be a reference for the world of recreational boating, strong of its dual commercial and cultural nature. The show reportedly received over 27,000 visitors.The objectives of the premises, summarised as “The Naval Art Back to Home”, were achieved. According to the organisers, the atmosphere amazed visitors, with multiple dedicated activities. During the Salone, 43 meetings were held to discuss all aspects of navigation: from the environment to sustainability and yacht design, accompanied by 8 exhibitions on the themes of boating, sea and transport.The Mayor of the city Luigi Brugnaro declared: Venice has returned as the queen of the seas in the widest cultural sense. <…> As a municipal administration, we have already financed the Salone for two more years. The goal we have set, is that the event becomes a fixed appointment and we have already started to collect registrations for the next edition. We want to have the whole supply chain, from small boats to big ones. During the show, the Ferretti Group deployed the Arsenal for the inaugural party of the 50-metre Riva flagship “Race” and for the world premiere of the motoryacht Custom Line 106.In future, the venue aims to respond to the needs of the shipyards that have their production units in the Adriatic and to those who sail along the tourist corridor that leads from Venice to Istanbul via Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece.
Wladimir Klitschko rescued from burning yacht near Mallorca
Legendary heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and his family were rescued by the coastguards after the superyacht they were on-board had caught fire. The incident took place in the early hours of Monday about 11km off the coast of Mallorca, Spain.The Ukrainian sportsmen who had retired in 2017, tweeted a video of the rescue operation. The video depicts firefighters aboard the yacht, covered with firefighting foam. Fortunately, no one got hurt, stated Klitchko.Klitschko could be heard saying in the video:It's 3 in the morning. We're in the sea getting rescued from the Mallorcan/Spanish fire department. The boat was on fire, we're hanging out outside."Be careful what you wish for: fate took my wish for “some #adrenalin” a bit too literally and our boat-trip Sunday night ended up in our boat #igniting and family & friends being evacuated by coast guard and fire rescue-team. No worries: we are all fine!" - he wrote.According to German media Spiegel, the damaged vessel could have been a 28.14-metre Sunseeker yacht UM7.Palma's Maritime Rescue spokesman Miguel Chicon told CNN, the yacht's crew asked for urgent assistance once the incident occured. A coastguard rescue boat was sent for help and, once the fire was gone, they towed the damaged vessel to Port Adriano. However, during the towing further smoke came out from the engine room, forcing the crew to evacuate the passengers.The Maritime Rescue Service confirmed they evacuated nine people following the fire in the boat's engine room. No medical assistance was needed for the yacht's occupants, Miguel Chicon said.Klitschko, aged 43, was the world's most dominant heavyweight for a decade, reeling off 20 straight title bout wins. He retained his heavyweight title for over nine years, winning 64 out of his 69 fights. His last match took place in April 2017, finished with a knockout defeat by his rival Anthony Joshua.
Cristiano Ronaldo spotted aboard €16.5 million Benetti superyacht
Cristiano Ronaldo, a living legend of the football world and one of the highest-paid athletes ever, has shared pictures of his family holidays aboard a 47-metre Benetti superyacht Africa in the French Riviera. The photos were posted on the social media accounts of an athlete, whose yearly earnings were estimated at $109 million (Forbes). Africa is Benetti's FB501 hull, launched in Italy in 2010 and christened Imagination by her original owner. Two years later, she was put on the market through Camper & Nicholsons asking € 22,000,000. After price reduction up to €16,500,000, the yacht was sold through Camper in 2014 and renamed Africa. In 2016, she was listed for sale once again, with the deal closed in January 2018 at the asking price of € 16,750,000. The ownership meanwhile has not been officially confirmed. With a beam of 8.5 metres and a draft of 2.8 metres, the yacht boasts interior volume of of 492 GT. Built to an aluminium hull and aluminium superstructure, Africa features exteriors by Stefano Natucci and interiors by Francois Zuretti.The motor yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests across 6 cabins, including a master suite, four doubles and a twin cabin. As to the amenities on-board, Africa is fitted with a spacious Jacuzzi on the sun deck and a fully-equipped gym.According to The Sun, the yacht comes equipped with multiple water toys including two Seadoo RXP-X RS 300 Waverunners jet skis, one Seadoo 260 HP Waverunner jet ski, two F5S Seabobs, paddle board, wake board, and snorkelling equipment.Two MTU engines propel the yacht to a maximum speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots. Africa's maximum range is estimated at 3,400 nautical miles.