1. Project Solar starts sea trials in the Netherlands
Project Solar, the 105-meter headed for the title of the largest sailing yacht in the world upon her delivery, has embarked on sea trials at the end of January near Rotterdam before returning to the shipyard. Launched in September 2016, Project Solar, also known as hull Y712, was designed by Nuvolari Lenard with naval architecture by Dykstra who had previously worked on the 88-meter Maltese Falcon. With a three rotating mast structure, similar to the Maltese Falcon, Project Solar is expected to be delivered within the first quarter of this year.
New York based Gill Schmid Design in collaboration with Tim Dempers Studio from Cape Town, has recently presented 90m ice-class explorer. Named Taboo, she is designed for an adventure seeking owner. Taboo hosts an open double height tender bay with an A-frame lifting arrangement, and a helicopter landing pad with a retractable fully enclosed helicopter garage. Taboo's alluring amenities include two jacuzzis, the extensive guest gym & spa area, a cocktail lounge, expansive beach club and pool area, guest lounges and an aft summer house which can operate either as another exquisite lounge space, additional VIP guest quarters, or casino. Moreover, the yacht boasts a glass pool lined either side with exotic aquariums.
As Feadship superyacht Aquarius, the 2013-built Solandge has been spotted in Fort Lauderdale, the USA. 85m yacht was launched at Lurssen to world acclaim. She is based on a modern 80m hull and engineering platform similar to Phoenix2, Ace and Quattroelle. Solandge’s exterior design is the work of Espen Oeino, who has successfully created harmonious lines and balanced proportions that encase a vast selection of versatile outdoor living, dining and entertainments areas. Her panoramic top deck plays host to a beach club area with customized dance floor, Jacuzzi and bar while the bridge deck is ideal for relaxation and casual al fresco dining with a spacious seating area. On the bridge deck there is also a fully-equipped health spa featuring massage room, sauna and gymnasium leading out onto a glass-edged plunge pool.
As Feadship superyacht Aquarius and Lurssen's Solandge, explorer yacht Luna has also been spotted in the USA, but in Miami. Measuring 115m, Luna was launched as the world's largest expedition yacht in 2010 by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Nord Shipyards. She has an interior styled by Donald Starkey, whilst Newcruise Design is responsible for superyacht's exterior.
In recent years explorers have become a particularly popular class amongst new superyacht deliveries, reason being that they allow their owners to cruise to places that may be inaccessible otherwise, places where one would not expect to find yachts such as polar regions. Several yachts have however already been exploring those regions.
The Monaco Grand Prix is arguably the most publicized event of the Formula 1 season. Held this year between the 25-28th May, the Monaco GP will attract 200,000 visitors, the best way to watch the race is however of course from a yacht in Port Hercules. The track stretches through the Principality of Monaco and a large portion of the race actually takes place in the area surrounding the city's main marina, Port Hercules. Securing a good yacht with a trackside berth in Monaco during the event isn't easy, but it is possible to obtain a prestigious position along the Quai des Etats Unis.
Oceanco's highly confidential 88.5m superyacht, Y715, has been lowered into the water in Keppel Veroime 2 months ago. Since then we have received the photos of the superyacht undergoing her first sea trials and returning to the Dutch yard's facility in Alblasserdam afterwards. Launched at the end of October, she has a beam of 14.5m and a draft of 3.95m. Exterior styling and interior design are by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs.
Newly founded yacht builder HSY Yachts to build a 56m superyacht due for launch in summer 2019. Destined for an American client, the vessel will commence in Antalya’s Free Zone next month. The superyacht features the exterior styling from Unique Yacht Design, the studio behind the two 80m projects currently in build at Bilgin Yachts. As for accommodation, 12 guests can be carried in 6 cabins including a main-deck full-beam owner’s cabin, an upper deck VIP near the captain’s cabin and 4 guest cabins on the lower deck. A crew of 11 can be accommodated in 6 cabins located on the lower deck as well.
Launched at Icon Yachts in Harlingen in March 2016, 77,4m yacht Legend has been spotted in Antarctica. With naval architecture and exterior styling by Diana Yacht Design, interiors by Thom Beerens and Jan Verkerk, Legend represents an explorer yacht, which was extensively refitted and renovated. 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. Legend boasts a dark grey hull, which makes her stand out in the arctic regions.
Originally introduced during the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival as project 777 - this new yacht, which will be known as Canados 808 Maximus, is currently under construction and will be officially presented to the public in September 2017 during the autumn boat shows. The first unit has been sold and will be based in Palma de Mallorca.
During the Monaco Yacht Show Benetti presented an 85 meter concept Project Oro with the exterior and interior made by Giorgio M Cassetta and hybrid propulsion. The fully custom concept was developed to meet a range of design requests made by Benetti's clients. Project OroThe yacht spreads across five decks and offers an abundance of alfresco entertaining areas, a 400 sq. m sundeck and a large beach club with unfolding sea terraces on both sides and terraces. The main deck and the beach club are connected by two staircases. The transverse swimming pool is located in the aft. Project OroWith 85m LOA and an interior volume of around 2,500 GT Project Oro would be Benetti’s sixth largest custom vessel ever built by Benetti. During the 31st edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, Benetti also unveiled the new B.Now 50M M/Y Iryna and Custom 65M M/Y Triumph.IrynaM/Y Iryna FB602, the first unit of the B.Now 50M, combines modernity, innovation and functionality, inaugurating a range that includes, in addition to the 50-meter, three models of 60, 67 and 72 meters. The yacht was made by Benetti with the RWD design studio, responsible for the exteriors. The external lines, in a visual harmony of the decks from stern to bow, develop in constant contact with the sea.TriumphCustom 65M M/Y Triumph FB270 is one of the most recent megayachts launched by Benetti. Developed over 65 meters in length, it features 5 enclosed decks plus a sundeck extending in an extremely balanced ratio between volumes and length. The exterior lines are the work of Cassetta Yacht Designers, Benetti’s style office took care of the interiors and the Green & Mingarelli Design studio handled the decoration. Triumph offers high hull efficiency and ensures quiet sailing for long-range travel. Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. Benetti designs, builds and sells composite vessels from 29m to 44m and steel and aluminum boats from 37 to over 100m. The fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom to meet all the needs of the market. Benetti belongs to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
October 4, 2022
During Monaco Yacht Show Wally revealed renders of two models – wallywind130 and wallywind150. The models were developed by in-house design team headed by Luca Bassani with renowned naval architect firm judel+vrolijk & co and design studio Santa Maria Magnolfi.wallywind130Both models feature the values held dear by Wally – both have a huge speed potential, being entirely built in carbon fiber composite. Running aft from the plumb bow towards the open “Terrace-on-the-sea” transom, the sheerline only dips at the last moment. The foredeck is totally free of obstacles or features that could challenge the eye (or the toes) and the glass-set coachroof is so low profile that it barely troubles the lines of the yachts. wallywind150“The wallywind150 is the natural evolution of the Wally144 Kauris IV launched in 2020. It includes some Wally iconic features, such as the cockpit protected by the high bulwarks, the Terrace-on-the-sea and the raised saloon. On the other hand, it also introduces a few more revolutionary features such as the forward guest area which doubles as a tender garage when not in use, a truly private owner’s terrace aft as well as a new interior layout to enhance flexibility for the owner,” says Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer.wallywind130By contrast, the design of the bulwarks is such that the coachroof hides a huge and convivial raised salon that flows smoothly into the cockpit without a single change in levels. No fewer than three social zones occupy more than a third of the boat’s length to create an entertaining space that is unparalleled on yachts of this size. Among them is the famous ‘Terrace-on the sea” that Wally pioneered in 1998 with Tiketitan.wallywind150Twin helm stations are discreetly positioned just inside the raised bulwarks, allowing guests to be as involved in the sailing as they wish. Sail controls and navigation displays are set amidships, but there is barely a rope to be seen. Beneath the foredeck is hidden a tender well for storing a generously sized tender (4.50m – 14’ 9’’ – on the wallywind130; 5.00+m – 16’ 4’’ – in the wallywind150) completely out of sight. On the larger superyacht, this well doubles as a forward guest cockpit that can be converted into a cushion-lined dining area or lounge. In the transom, the hydraulic passerelle stows flush and can be angled up to the quayside or down for elegant access to the water.wallywind130The full carbon lay-up guarantees exceptional hull stiffness, rapid acceleration and great response on the helm. Full pre-preg vacuum lamination with careful post curing at 85°C ensures that lamination is flawless and weight is kept to an absolute minimum.A retractable keel system allows both yachts to switch from performance to shallow-waters cruising mode. The twin rudder setup similarly balances fingertip control under way with easy access. A variable pitch propeller provides optimum thrust under power while folding under sail to offer almost no drag. wallywind150Central to both boats’ design is Wally’s smart “double deck” layout, which puts the key social areas up under the spectacular coachroof. It features an almost dreamlike structure combining carbon ribs with vast curved panes of glass and delicately lit panels. The result is a panorama that takes in the whole horizon, plus the sails overhead. wallywind130Below decks, both the wallywind130 and the wallywind150 offer comfortable accommodation for guests – up to eight in the smaller yacht and 10 in the bigger one. The 130-footer gives the owner the choice of a cabin forward or right aft, where the broader beam allows facilities including a private TV lounge and a vast his ‘n hers bathroom. wallywind150On the wallywind150, the cabin is always aft to provide access to the owner’s private cockpit. With room for walk-in wardrobes, a private office and multiple seating areas, the breath-taking owner’s cabin is more akin to those found on larger 60m (200’) yachts. The TV or playroom forward can also be easily converted for kids or a nanny to create a fifth cabin.Wally is part of Ferretti Group. It was founded in 1994 in Monaco by Luca Bassani and is the only yachting brand to be a two-time winner of the ADI Compasso d’Oro, the world’s most important award for quality and design. Credits: Wally
October 4, 2022
New sporty 10.7 meter Technohull’s GTX is ready for its World debut. 25 units have already been ordered in anticipation of its premiere. The newest addition to the Technohull range follows the design concept that has been introduced with GT7. Clean design lines with dynamic and sporty edges along with a sharp bow are all geared for top-of-the-line performance under all circumstances and any weather profiles. GTX delivers staggering performance and top of the line handling. Her state-of-the-art DYNASTREAM hull design features a super deep V twin stepped hull, a wave piercing bow and variable deadrise distribution along its length and beam making sure that the owner enjoys speed, handling, and control.The helm’s overall fit and finish enhance the GTX’s already unique cruising experience. A choice between a double seat configuration with a comfortable back-to-back seat or a double row of seats, a wide fully equipped console, a carbon hardtop with full glass windscreen or a high windshield in the case of the open edition.Engine options include a twin configuration of Mercury 250, 300, or 450 as well as twin Yamaha 250 or 300 hp.Being a day boat with a strong emphasis on the essence of spending a day at sea, the GTX boasts ample and comfortable lounging areas both at bow and stern and thanks to her wide beam, her spacious deck offers freedom of movement. Greece company Technohull launched its first hull in 2004. The most popular Technohull models of today include: Omega 45, 38 Grand Sport, 909, Explorer 40 and SeaDNA999. Credits: Technohull
October 4, 2022
At this year’s Monaco Yacht Show Baglietto presented the Seagull brand’s new yacht T60, penciled by Francesco Paszkowski Design. It was unveiled at the press conference during the boat show. 60 meters long and weighing around 1,000 GT, the T60 is the natural evolution of the successful T52, for which the shipyard has already secured six orders without having even launched the first hull yet. On this vessel, the soft exterior lines of her predecessor have become even sleeker thanks to the lighter side buttresses that almost seem to be “hanging” on the water, blending in with the outer ceiling, while the black glass stripe incorporating the portholes – a leitmotiv on Baglietto’s most recent yachts – results in an even more streamlined profile.The layout is brand-new – there are no enclosed spaces on this yacht: the floor-to-ceiling windows of both the main saloon and the upper deck open up completely and, once fully concealed, create new, ever-changing environments that harmonize with the surrounding landscape. The same informal areas that during the day allow to spend time outdoors and enjoy the sea to the fullest are easily converted to take on a more formal and stately ambience in the evening, always maintaining a direct contact with the sea. The beach area, the main saloon and the dining area have been thought out as one single free-flowing space: a 60 sq. m beach lounge – featuring a swimming pool, a bar and a conversation area – welcomes guests on board and leads them to the completely opened main salon. The resulting space is an almost 100 sq. m space developing on two levels plus the dining room, also fitted with glazed surfaces that can be fully opened to create a living area on the water, where guests can relax both during the day and in the evening.On the upper deck are a lounge area and a dining area – also fully convertible thanks to windows that open up completely on three sides – as well as a hot tub and a sunbathing area. At the bow the designer placed a touch-and-go helipad. The sundeck extends over an unmatched 165 sq. m terrace offering a 360° sea view.The owner suite might be located on the main deck. This master cabin features an en-suite night area, a private lounge and a fixed balcony. The shipyard also proposes an alternative configuration, with the entire upper deck transformed into the owner's deck.Four guest cabins, two VIPs and two guests, are located on the lower deck. Forward on the same deck are also the crew quarters, sleeping 11 crew members in six cabins, while the captain’s cabin is on the upper deck, behind the wheelhouse.The garage, which can fit a 23″ tender, two jet skis and a rescue tender, has been arranged forward on the main deck, while a haute-cuisine kitchen can be found in the central part of the vessel.The T60 is equipped with two CAT C32 ACERT engines that will push her to a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots and is pre-fitted for hybrid propulsion, available upon request.The delivery of the new yacht is scheduled for the end of 2025.Baglietto Spa is an Italian boat builder based in La Spezia specializing in new aluminum light alloy yachts ranging between 35m and 50m in length and steel and light aluminum alloy displacement megayachts starting at 40m.Credits: Baglietto
October 3, 2022
During the Monaco Yacht Show 2022 Meyer Yachts, the superyacht division of the Meyer Werft shipyard, revealed its newest 210m concept. The TWO10 will feature sustainable propulsion solutions. The profile of the TWO10 is kept flat; however, a look at the decks illustrates the yacht's enormous size. Technically the TWO10 relies on green propulsion solutions, for example with fuel cells and battery systems. "Here we show once again what innovations Meyer Yachts is capable of. We design our concepts in such a way that we can also make them a reality in this form. This makes our yachts technology pioneers from which many other types of ships and people will also benefit," explains Jan Meyer, Managing Director. The entire design of the TWO10 focused on novel solutions. In perspective, drones can also be used for passenger transport on the helipad in the bow area and charged directly on board with the green electricity generated onboard. Thanks to the generous space available, there is also room for a complete tennis court, which is fenced in by a fine-mesh net during play. The TWO10's other features include a beach club that extends over two decks and has an infinity pool suspended virtually above the bar. Towards stern swimming guests look thereby by the largest disk, which was ever used also a yacht. The TWO10 concept is the second design after the 150 meter ONE50, which was revealed at last year's Monaco Yacht Show.Meyer Yachts is the superyacht division of the Meyer Werft shipyard. The company was founded in Papenburg in 1795, and our shipyard facilities are still located there to this day. The Meyer family has kept its shipbuilding company on course for 225 year. Meyer Werft is one of the largest and most modern shipyards in the world. Credits: Meyer Yachts
October 3, 2022