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.
The 90-meter Oceanco superyacht, referred to as Project Y717 has now been launched by the Dutch shipyard according to the company. Her exterior lines were penned by Luiz DeBasto whilst her interior was drawn by Italian design studio, Nuvolari Lenard.Key features include a helipad, two elevators - one for guests and one for its crew of 31, a diving center, hammam and sauna. Stretching across a beam of 14.2 meters, Project Shark, as it is named in Oceanco's press release will now embark on sea trials.Another big project at Oceanco is the 109-metre Project Y718 (Project Bravo), a Nuvolari Lenard design that is planned to be delivered this year.
February 22, 2018
Rorqual is a 120-metre superyacht concept from Paris-based studio MUB Design. Designed in animalistic shapes, it is a “symbiosis between gigantism and slender curves”. Interior is a quintessence of classic and contemporary style; materials include walnut, marble, copper and brass and felted furniture. Key features include several Jacuzzis, a spa, gym, and a dance floor with DJ podium overlooking the beach club. Rorqual also has the ability to host a range of toys and tenders on board, including jet skis, a submarine and plenty of inflatables. She accommodates up to 14 guests on board as well as a crew of 30. Power comes from four 4,830hp MTU engines, providing her with a top speed of 21 knots.
February 22, 2018
Wind Motion 70T is a 70-metre trimaran concept by French-based yacht designer Mathis Ruhl. New rigs, developed by a designers are capturing and transforming wind energy into an efficient propulsive force.Named the RTW ², Ruhl explains: “We previously developed the MRTW rig as a wind propulsor suited for larger vessels. With the RTW ² rig, we took the concept even further, breeding it with the articulated two elements thick wing concept. A larger wing mast section and foldable articulated thick sail reduces the compression load in the mast, and unties the two spars in a central pivot. The result is higher aerodynamic efficiency, a lighter structure, and lower required deck space.”
February 20, 2018
Dutch yard Heesen has announced that 49.8 metre superyacht previously known under codename Project Ayla is launched and christened White at its Oss shipyard on 8th of February. White was originally built on speculation, but has been bought one year into construction in October, 2017.White is from Heesen's 5000 Aluminium series class, with a gross tonnage below 500GT - the limit which is currently continuing to influence yacht design, comes with exterior styling from repetitive Heesen Yachts collaborator Frank Laupman and his Omega Architects studio, and the yard describes the look as “an emblem of sporty elegance”. The superyacht sundeck is measuring 70 square metres and has been fitted out with decorative fabrics from Hermes. The other highlights on the upper deck are the spa pool, surrounded by sunpads, and the full-service bar area. The fast and comfortable hull was created by the yard’s in-house naval architects.Interior design comes from Italian designer Cristiano Gatto, who worked in deep contact with the owners to customise the yacht : interior in glossy ebony and Canaletto walnut was inspired by the work of New Deco designer Jean-Michel Frank and has been extensively fitted tothe owner's tastes. Key pieces include an ebony, leather and stainless steel coffee table with a hidden ice bucket beneath, and custom-designed Loro Piana upholstery with bookcases built into the armrests. The accommodation up to 12 guests in 6 cabins, including a main deck owner’s cabin, full-beam VIP below decks, 2 double staterooms and 2 twin cabins, all with their own private en-suite bathrooms.Power comes from twin MTU 16V4000 engines, reaching top speed of 23 knots and 11 knots economic speed with range of 3,200 nautical miles.White's sea trials procedure will be held at the North Sea. Delivery is scheduled on April, 2018.Another superyacht project at the Dutch yard is the recently sold 60 metre Project Falcon.
February 19, 2018
Chinese yard Pride Mega Yachts has announced a construction video of its superyacht Illusion Plus, which should be completed and launched this year. The project was announced in 2007, but was put on hold because of world economical crisis.British studio Rainsford Saunders Design is responsible for exterior, inspired by Rolls-Royce cars, while Dutch designers Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design.The yacht is built from a steel hull and aluminium superstructure to ABS class, will accommodate 12 guests and 25 crew members, in master suite, 2 VIPs, 2 doubles and 2 twins, with interior volume of 3,600GT.Powered by twin 3,000hp Rolls-Royce diesel-electric engines, with a top speed of 16 knots and cruising speed at 14 knots with 5,000nm range.
February 16, 2018