1. How Russian oligarchs shaped the yachting industry
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Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, some Russians were able to amass vast fortunes putting them amongst the richest men in the world. According to Forbes, Russia currently has 77 billionaires despite the country's current economic crisis. In the past two decades, these oligarchs have been instrumental to the development of the yachting industry, setting a new benchmark as to what could be considered to be a megayacht. Here are some of the most advanced and industry-leading yachts that were commissioned by Russian oligarchs over the past two decades.
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Pelorus is a luxury motor yacht, built by Lurssen in 2003 to a Tim Heywood exterior design and Terence Disdale interior style. Measuring 114.5m, the vessel was commissioned by a Saudi Arabian billionaire before Roman Abramovich bought it at launch. Pelorus' highlights include two swimming pools and the vast sea-level platform that is created by opening the transom, as well as two helicopter pads. Other features include a movie theatre, dance floor, gym, spa and Jacuzzi.
British yacht designer Andy Waugh presented the 45m concept named Revolution. As with the projects Expedition, Epiphany and Nouveau, the new concept pushes the boundaries of yacht styling. According to the designer, "it should appeal to the kind of client who is bored by traditional yachts and wants to stand out in the crowd and make a bold statement".
Eddie Jordan, the former owner of the Jordan Grand Prix Formula 1 team and current Top Gear co-presenter, has put his 47m yacht, Blush up for sale. Represented by Camper and Nicholsons International, Blush's asking price has been set at £19,500,000.
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Heesen Yachts has shared the new images of recently delivered superyacht Amore Mio. Official photoshoot of the 45m vessel took place in Gozo and Comino, Malta.
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The most innovative yacht from Feadship, 83.5m Savannah, has been spotted in the South of France. Launched in January 2015, she was built by the Dutch yard to a design of CG Design in collaboration with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects. The superyacht hosts a nine-metre swimming pool, an underwater lounge at port side, where guests can watch fish swim past, and a cinema. Moreover, Savannah boasts an exceptionally high-end tender bay finished in teak with a hatch that doubles as a mooring platform. After docking, guests can walk inside the garage and take the stairs straight up to the main deck.
Dennis Ingemansson is a Swedish superyacht designer, who is behind the 50m concept Follow the Sun, made in collaboration with the Turkish shipyard NedShip Group. The concept focuses on ecological solutions such as 160+ square meters solar cells area and hybrid solution with additional e-engines for propulsion during slow cruising.
Italian shipyard Overmarine is proud to announce the launch of 42m Mangusta Oceano. The yacht was presented at the launch ceremony on 4th June and was attended by her owner and the mayor of Pisa. Alberto Mancini designed the vessel and put an emphasis on creating an open experience with the glazed surfaces becoming a source of natural light. The yacht's key feature is a sunbathing area with a swimming pool hosting an infinity-style waterfall.
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Recently delivered Feadship vessel, 66.25m Vanish, has been spotted in Antibes after being seen in London last month. Styled by Eidsgaard Design, she is another superyacht which the Dutch yard has made in collaboration with the London-based studio following such projects as Tango and Halo. One of her highlights includes the large free-standing staircase that is flanked by a glass wall in the full-height atrium. Vanish also boasts two touch and go helipads and an outdoor cinema.
When one thinks of sports and physical activity onboard a superyacht, one's mind typically jumps to watersports or gym-based workouts. However, as owners' expectations grow with regards to the amenities that they require, new sports have made their way onto the water.
Elada Yachts, part of the Lazzara Yachts group, is set to launch its first superyacht.This is the most spacious Sky Lounge in this market segment.The spacious wheelhouse provides a full 180 degree view, and its straight position provides excellent lines of sight and optimal ease of navigation. Above the steering wheel feed is an elevated living room that looks over 4 large monitors. The latest generation of navigation equipment and alarm monitoring systems seamlessly integrates yacht systems.The aft flybridge include large table for eight people, the sofa and bar and also an additional Jacuzzi layout. An automatic canopy system provides adequate sun protection.The Bow Lounge has a spacious tanning bed, a large crescent-shaped seating area, and a sofa to enjoy magnificent views. On the lower deck there is a beach club with a convenient storage for runners and a fenced railing with a swimming platform.The yacht has a VIP cabin and double guest cabins and includes large windows, wardrobe, queen-size bed, desk and TV.Surfaces are made of exotic wood and stone. Each double room has a desk and two single beds.
February 25, 2020
The first 80-meter superyacht Bilgin 263 became the longest superyacht ever built in Turkey by Yachtley yard. The yacht will be ready to be shown and delivered this spring or summer.Bilgin Yachts is a boutique shipyard in the Istanbul area, which builds luxury superyachts ranging in length from 40 to 100 meters. The shipyard operates on facilities with an area of 59,500 m2 with a modern marine furniture factory, a universal mechanical workshop and a stainless steel workshop.Currently, Bilgin Yachts has built three units of the 80-meter series of Bilgin 263. The second building, which has already been sold, is scheduled to be launched in 2021, after which the third case of the model will be delivered to its owner in the same year. The series emphasizes environmental friendliness due to the special exhaust system. According to words of Emrecan Özgün, CEO and the Founder of Unique Yacht Design,"the Bilgin 263 is truly one-of-a-kind. We created a very attractive yacht with a sleek and sexy profile while avoiding high dosage design clichés. The increase in living areas normally results in bulky designs. The Bilgin 263 has a design attitude that will dominate the yachting sector around the world. This will clearly make her a trendsetter among steel-aluminum superyachts of today." The exterior and naval architecture of Tatiana was designed by Unique Yacht Design, the interior by H2 Yacht Design.Yacht can speed up to 20 knots, while the cruising speed 12 knots keeps her fuel consumption as 250 l/h. She is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification and is considered to be the most environmentally-friendly yacht in her class.
February 25, 2020
The Dutch shipyard Van der Valk has developed a new line of crossovers Pilot, which will be available in a range of lengths, starting with a 23-meter model and above. Designed by the Amsterdam-based studio Cor D Rover, the new Pilot series combines a rugged explorer inspired exterior with comfort and quality. There is lots of space particularly on the aft deck for sunbathing as well as the storage of tenders, Jet Skis and other toys.Owners can make a wide range of adaptations to the 23-meter model, including adding a gym at the stern and changing the size of tenders and toys on board. The saloon can even be extended aft to expand the socialising space here by creating a larger dining area.The main deck lounge on board the yacht will feature uninterrupted views of the outdoors thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a galley and a full-beam master stateroom.The rest of the guest accommodation is located on the lower deck, consisting of two double cabins with bathrooms and a VIP suite. At the same time, the crew room includes two double cabins and a separate crew area with a bathroom and mess, which is served by its own staircase.
February 21, 2020
After a growth period of 20-30 meters and megayachts, which is even closer to the recession, there was a short period for high demand for medium-sized superyachts.The market for 40-60 meter yachts, the last of which began to grow before the recession began, has also recently begun to gain momentum, as owners are looking for yachts in order to switch to them with growing disposable incomes. Indeed, if several years earlier it was expected that yachts in this range would be traded at 30-40% at the asking price, this gap narrowed to 25-30% in recent quarters.Shipyards, primarily known for their 20-30-meter yachts, are also expanding their ranges to 40-60 meters in order to keep customers who want to grow in size. For example, Sanlorenzo, which for decades focused on 20-30-meter yachts, put at the beginning of this year its newest flagship - the 64-meter Attila.Atilla is a 64.25m luxury yacht, built by Sanlorenzo and delivered in 2019. Her top speed is 18.0kn and her power comes from two 2375.0hp Caterpillar 3516-C diesel engines. She can accommodate up to 12 people with 18 crew members.Yacht was designed by Officina Italiana Design, and the interior design was created by Francesco Paszkowski.
February 21, 2020
The Magnum 60 Furia was launched in 2001, designed by Magnum Marine and Ceo Catherine Theodoli. They say that this is the most successful of the Magnum models.Back in 2001, the 120-kilometer 60 Furia Magnum was named the fastest yacht of this size in the world and after extensive repairs at the Perini Navi Hammer shipyard reached higher speeds.Changes include new air intakes in the engine compartment along with a customizable display on the control panel.The new Magnum 60 concept is attractive to the original design, but much more pleasing to the eye, with distinctive details throughout the American style of the 50s. The owner’s room has individual storage solutions on either side of the room to ensure clean space.Marnix Hoekstra from Vripak says that they kept the overall layout and tuning of the boat, but made improvements, for example, they expanded the companion from the saloon in the middle to the double and twin cabins.
February 20, 2020