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 115 m project Enzo was launched by Lürssen in June. In September this bespoke superyacht started her sea trials. She was built for a repeat client. The project was managed and supervised by Moran Yacht & Ship. Renowned Nuvolari Lenard was responsible for the exterior and interior design. The three deck project Enzo was made for a family cruising and healthy environment on board, which include an attention for sports and wellness. As with all Lürssens, the yacht is equipped with state-of-the art technology and engineering systems. A heat recovery system in the generators heats the water for the pool, leading to reduced electrical power and emissions, while Dynamic Positioning enables electronic anchoring in sensitive and remote areas, protecting the seabed and allowing for safe mooring regardless of water depth.The shipyard has shared the short video of project Enzo during her sea trials by Charl van Rooy at Lürssen’s YouTube channel. Project Enzo will be delivered to her owner in November. Lürssen is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Aumund. Founded in 1875, Lürssen is one of the world's leading builders of custom luxury superyachts and has launched many of the largest yachts in the global fleet, including Octopus, Rising Sun and Azzam.Credits: Lürssen/YouTube; Lürssen/Klaus Jordan
October 25, 2021
A fire on Thursday evening, October 21st destroyed a yacht Mama-G off Capo Comino, Sardinia. The boat then sank, but the Coast Guard and firefighters managed to rescue four crew members on board. The 24m yacht was delivered in August 2021 by Maori Yachts, her exterior and naval architecture was made by Marco Ciampa. She featured the interior by Winch Design.The alarm went to the Olbia Coast Guard's operations room, the rescue team left the port of La Caletta di Siniscola, reached the unit on fire by 19.40, providing for the transshipment of the crew, who in the meantime escaped on the raft. Then the healthy residents were sent to the port of La Caletta. Unfortunately, coast guards were unable to save the yacht and, despite the help of an additional fire engine from the port of Siniscola, the fire could not be extinguished. The yacht sank after midnight.Credits: Liguria Nautica; Maori Yacht
October 25, 2021
The CL Yachts’ first CLX96 Sea Activity Vessel (SAV) will be launched in the coming weeks. With painting on the pilothouse and flybridge now complete, the team is moving its attention to the main deck and hull paintwork before the yacht is launched and undergoes sea trials.Inside, CLX96 is nearing completion on several key areas. The master, VIP and two guest staterooms have been fitted out with a stylish yet discreet combination of fabrics, natural wood tones and Corian, while the main salon’s unique “bleached-teak deck” flooring is now installed, allowing the galley cabinetry to be put in situ. “It’s all coming together on CLX96 and it will be beautiful when the yacht is completed,” commented Martin Lo, CL Yachts Director. “The realization of the designer’s vision is on track, and we are extremely proud of what is being achieved with our very first SAV.”CLX96 was penned by Milan-based Jozeph Forakis with exacting attention to detail and smart, sophisticated design is central to the SAV’s DNA. Curved windows are pleasing to the eye yet challenging to manufacture and install. An innovative yet intuitive spatial arrangement effortlessly gives the home feeling, both inside and out. New technologies to enhance everyday life, such as the VIP suite’s virtual skylight, are found at every turn. And RINA’s certification adds to the complexity of the construction process but provides added reassurance to those onboard. Having already received recognition with a Good Design Award and a Bronze A’ Design Award, CLX96 recently added to its industry accolades by winning the prestigious prize for Concept Under 40 Meters at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021.With the pandemic impacting global supply chains, CL Yachts has been subject to the same logistical pressures as manufacturing companies the world over. “Throughout the significant challenges of the last 18 months, the team has rallied together and found a pathway to building our most complex and exciting yacht to date. We are reaching the final hurdles before CLX96 launches for the first time, and I am looking forward to showing the world the first of our remarkable crossover yachts from this design in the coming months,” added Lo.CL Yachts’ goal is to offer unparalleled experiences to the modern explorer. The luxury performance brand stands apart from its competitors thanks to its unique approach to design – driven by CL Yacht’s core value of innovation. Fusing progressive design with engineering prowess and state-of-the-art technology, every element of CL Yachts’ vessels are meticulously geared to steer luxury into uncharted territories.Credits: CL Yachts
October 25, 2021
This weekend the Sailing Yacht A owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko was captured off the Ayia Napa coast. Still number 10 in the Top 100 yacht rating, the 142.8m was launched in 2917 by Nobiskrug. Sailing Yacht A is a natural head turner. With three masts all taller than the Statue of Liberty and as long as one-and-a-half American football fields, the Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko’s boat looks set to make waves. Back in 2015 it was reported that 43-year-old Melnichenko funded $450 million in the building of Sailing Yacht A. The yacht features exterior and interior design by Philippe Starck, while her naval architecture was made by Nobiskrug and Dykstra Naval Architects. She can accommodate up to 51 crew members including the captain. She is powered by MTU engines of 4827 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. German shipyard Nobiskrug was founded in 1905. Recognised today as one of the world’s foremost builders of spectacular fully custom superyachts, the shipyard is famous for the 92m Tatoosh, the award-winning 68m Sycara V, the 74m Mogambo, the 143m industry-changing Sailing Yacht A, and the environmentally innovative 80m Artefact. Credits: Yacht Harbour
October 25, 2021
At the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Ocean Alexander will present three brand new models, ranging from 30-37 meters. The 30R and 35R are models in the popular Revolution series and the 37L is the new flagship of the Legend series. All three yachts were designed in collaboration with Evan K. Marshall has once again commanded the attention of the yachting world with their innovative design, compelling amenities, and luxurious finishes.30RThe 30m 30R has a vertical bow, a signature to the Revolution series. The main salon with the open concept layout features the floor to ceiling windows with near 360° views. Coupled with a stunning on-deck master stateroom and four more spacious staterooms on the lower deck, this yacht rivals a peer group that measures well over this size category. The upper bridge deck is an owner favorite place and can opt for the opulent enclosed skylounge or the openness of the New Generation Pilothouse. Both configurations provide a bar, TV, grill, comfortable sun beds, and an optional hot tub. The helm station fits with large touchscreen Garmin navigation and other top of the line equipment.35R The 35R represents the pinnacle of the Revolution series. The volume of the 35R interior is unrivalled and features a layout that can only be compared to much larger yachts. It also has expansive outdoor spaces for clients to enjoy. The beach club has beyond the sea level entertaining space complete with television and wet bar, it is fit with a sauna and gym that is accessed either directly from the beach club with its fold down swim platform or from the interior via side deck stairs on the port side. Further, the space is also equipped with a day head and stall shower which connects directly to this highly active area.37L The 37L is the largest yacht in the Legend series. The main salon seamlessly flows into the dining area with enough seating for ten guests. The dining table is flanked on both sides by two massive sliding glass doors that open to the wrap around deck that leads to the bow and aft deck. The 37L is also fit with a beach club that is the ideal place to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the water.Ocean Alexander is a family business. Two generations of one family have guided the shipyard for almost four decades. With manufacturing in Taiwan, Ocean Alexander is consistently one of the top selling brands for large yachts in the U.S. and currently produces models ranging from 26 to 36 meters in length. Credits: Ocean Alexander
October 22, 2021