Aquarius - Peter Glahn
92-meter Aquarius (Project Touchdown) was launched by Feadship in September 2016. The superyacht features a resolutely contemporary exterior design with a number of archetypal Feadship elements, such as a conventional bow and raked superstructure shape. The profile comes from the boards of the Dutch company Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design, which was also responsible for the interior design together with the owner's design team in close cooperation with Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects.
Here comes the sun - @Superyachts_gibraltar
Measuring 83m, Amels built Here Comes The Sun features an exterior design by Tim Heywood and interior style by Winch Design. As for the accommodation, there are 8 guest cabins on board and space for 27 crew. The six-decks yacht's key features include 5.5m swimming pool, 87 sqm beach club with a spa, 900 sqm of outside deck space and a garage capable of storing four jet skis and two 11m tenders. 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.
Solandge - Yvan Grubsky
The 2013-built superyacht Solandge was launched at Lurssen. Her exterior design is the work of Espen Oeino, whilst Rodriguez Interiors and Dolker&Voges were responsible for the interior. The 85m superyacht boasts a number of unique areas to accommodate all needs, ranging from a large indoor movie theatre, to a vast main salon with bar, games room and seating areas. Solandge can sleep up to 12 guests in 7 staterooms, including a panoramic master deck featuring 180 degree windows, private dressing room, his and hers bathrooms and a private deck with spa pool.
Kismet - Kristina Strobel via @Lurssenyachts
Allegedly owned by Shahid Khan, owner of the Fulham FC and of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Kismet project has reportedly been brokered by Moran Yacht & Ship with the Lurssen shipyard. Her top speed is set to be of 17 knots. Kismet is a 95.20m luxury motor yacht with a beam of 13.80m and a draft of 3.80m. She can accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins with an interior design by Reymond Langton and an exterior design by Espen Oeino.
Dilbar - Julien Hubert
Project Amels 24207, the seventh hull of the 74m Amels 242, yacht has been sold. The owner was represented by Imperial Yachts. It became the tenth collaboration between Imperial Yachts and Amels and Damen Yachting. The exterior was designed by Tim Heywood, and the custom interior will be made by Winch Design. The yacht can also carry two 9m luxury tenders, and there’s a helipad on the bridge deck aft.The yacht will be delivered in spring 2022. Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Damen Yachting
January 25, 2021
Bering has announced the keel laying of the semi-custom B107 superyacht. It’s the fourth yacht sold by Bering in 2020, meaning a total of 7 yachts are currently under construction at the brand’s dedicated facility in Antalya, Turkey. Bering 107 is the evolution of Bering’s long-range cruiser concept. The full-displacement, steel-hulled yacht is fitted out for exploration and cruising. The B107 interior was made by the yard’s in-house design team. Her living spaces are fully customised to suit the owner’s family-oriented needs. The master stateroom is located on the upper deck behind the pilothouse and features a private terrace and panoramic sea views. There is a second full-beam master suite on the main deck forward with direct access to the spa pool on the foredeck protected by a high, flared bow, which is unusual for a yacht of this size. There are three other guest suites on the lower deck. There are four dining areas on the yacht – one on the flybridge with a bar and another on the upper deck forward, as well as in the aft cockpit and the interior dining room. The lower deck includes a sauna. The range of the B107 is over 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 9 knots. She is scheduled for delivery in October 2022. Bering Yachts is located in Antalya, Turkey. Its shipyard designs and builds semi-custom steel expedition yachts and luxury steel trawler yachts ranging in size from 50 to 145 feet. Credits: Bering Yachts
January 25, 2021
The 71.50m Project 819 has left the yard at Kaag for final outfitting in advance of her sea trials.Feadship was formed as a group in 1949 as a marketing partnership between six Dutch shipyards, de Vries Lentch, Van de Stadt, Witsen & Vis, Akerboom, De Vries Scheepsbouw and Van Lent Shipyard, and De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship is well-known as one of Netherlands’ most elite yacht builders and delivers superyachts from 50–100+ meters in length.Credits: Feadship
January 24, 2021
World-renowned naval architect, designer and Vitruvius Yachts creative compass Philippe Briand has a lot of experience in the yachting industry. Under the Vitruvius banner, Briand has developed a recognisable aesthetic that is efficient, practical and beautiful, covering the full spectrum of motor yachts from conventional lifestyle cruisers to exceptionally adventurous expedition vessels. Philippe BriandBelow, Briand reflects on what he has learned from the past ten years of designing some of the world’s most adventurous motor yachts, and what the future holds for the market.On the needs of clients We have historically split the yachting market into an oversimplified, condensed range of categories for owners. In order to design the best yachts for our clients, we need to understand what they want to do with them, and appreciate that this might change throughout their ownership journey. Galileo G. Philippe Briand's sketches.In the luxury car industry, there are approximately ten different categories for buyers to choose from, ranging from sporty Ferraris to sumptuous Bentleys to robust 4x4 Range Rovers, with intermediate categories like SUVs in between. By subdividing the market into these niches, the car industry has been able to expand the market by identifying clients more precisely; this is something we need to do in yachting. Nautilus in New YorkAt Vitruvius Yachts, we believe that the motor yacht market fits onto a spectrum with three major categories: lifestyle yachts sit at one end, highly autonomous and specialized expedition yachts are at the other, and versatile explorer yachts sit somewhere in between the two, depending on their owners’ requirements for equipment. Naturally, all the yachts, whatever their category definition, need to be comfortable, seaworthy and efficient. On lifestyle yachtsTo be a gamechanger in the lifestyle yacht category, which is by far the most prolific, you need to find ways to improve efficiency and provide a lifestyle suited to young-minded owners. Lifestyle yachts make up around 90% of the market today. When it comes to designing these ‘Superyachts,’ like those we usually see cruising in the warm climates of the Mediterranean and Caribbean, in order to stand out you need to be able to tailor the offering to owners’ lifestyles and preferences, with the utmost level of comfort. Najiba. Photo: Tom van OossanenOur yachts 58m Najiba and 73m Nautilus (ex Grace E) are great examples of this. They provided their owners with wellness facilities, vast amounts of outdoor space, superb views throughout their interiors thanks to large amounts of glass, and all the desirable water sports toys and technologies to entertain the family. On explorer yachtsExploring the world brings you a richness in knowledge and culture. Explorer yachts – which are capable of visiting more remote waters – need to be even more seaworthy and practical than lifestyle yachts, with a wider range of autonomy. Exuma. Photo: Giuliano SargentiniIt is our job as a designer or naval architect to improve or refine these qualities, bringing our knowledge of hydrodynamics and engineering to create a yacht that complies with the owner’s intended cruising programmes. We also need to take into account additional stowage requirements within the hull for large, specialist equipment such as submersibles or land vehicles. This thinking led to the concepts of Vitruvius’s earliest projects,45m Exuma and 55m Galileo G.Galileo G. Photo: Giuliano SargentiniWhen Exuma was delivered in 2010, she was a completely unique offering. Everything that came before her was more like a trawler, a type of yacht that was a fixture in the market for a long time. Trawlers have a long range of autonomy but they are usually quite small – within the 20-30m range – and are not generally comfortable or modern enough by today’s yachting standards, particularly in regards to the space provided for accommodation. It is safe to say that the solution we came up with was an explorer yacht that positively encouraged a desire to cruise as much as possible. Since her delivery, Exuma has logged more than 100,000 nm, which is more than two complete circumnavigations and quite exceptional for a pleasure yacht; her owner counts his visits to remote islands in the Pacific Ocean as one of the best experiences he has ever had. Galileo G has also travelled extensively, including to the high latitudes, taking in Antarctica and the Northwest Passage.Exuma. Photo: Giuliano SargentiniThey say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we feel heartened that there has been a growing trend in the use of many design features and capabilities that first appeared on our explorer yacht Exuma, including the plumb line bow. Of course, before Exuma there were luxury yachts that travelled the world extensively, such as Octopus, but their scale needed to be much, much larger to achieve the kind of autonomy required for a global cruising programme with this degree of comfort and lifestyle onboard. On expedition yachtsAn expedition yacht is distinguished from an explorer yacht in that it needs to have very specific qualities and capabilities for a particular purpose or goal, with corresponding tools, tenders or equipment on deck. The purpose of the vessel is usually to take the owner to a particular spot or to carry out a specific activity – the destination being more important than the act of travelling itself – and, once the vessel is onsite, they can then execute the purpose. The entire design concept therefore revolves around these highly specialised owner requirements. It is not unlike the approach for creating a scientific research vessel – much like those adapted and used by Jean Cousteau in his time – except with a much higher level of comfort and detail. Vitruvius No. 8.For our Vitruvius No. 8 55m expedition yacht, which is currently being built at Feadship in the Netherlands, all our design work stemmed from the owner’s requirement to have a 6.3-t, three-person submersible onboard, launched and retrieved by a hefty 8-t Palfinger knuckle-boom crane. The yacht’s open aft deck needed to house the submersible and crane, as well as a Toyota Land Cruiser and two tenders, including a 5.6m multipurpose tender and an 8.0m limousine. All this had to fit on the rear exterior deck of a 55m yacht, while still providing ample luxury guest space inside to enjoy the degree of comfort you would expect on a superyacht, including a large owner’s suite and four further guest cabins alongside accommodation for a crew of fifteen. The owner wants to experience the kind of comfort we see on traditional superyachts, so we effectively needed to fit the interior real estate of what would be expected on a 55m luxury lifestyle vessel into half of the yacht. Vitruvius No. 8.We are in exciting new territory when it comes to offering truly ‘luxury’ level expedition yachts of this kind. There almost always has to be a trade-off in volume for luxury spaces when you want more functionality, more equipment like SUVs and submersibles, and more opportunity to explore the world. However, less volume does not have to mean that the yacht is less functional or comfortable, and it is down to the designer’s skill to optimize the yacht’s potential. As long as the client understands the realities of the trade-offs, they can gain so much more in terms of the experiences they have with their yacht. On adventurous yachts for a new generationThe profile of clients buying explorer and expedition yachts is evolving, which is thrilling as a designer. We can offer a modern luxury yachting solution that is not at odds with the values of a newly emerging generation of owners. In the past, clients for explorer and expedition yachts have tended to be more experienced, perhaps having owned several vessels and expressing more interest in specific design details and technical performance. But I believe that explorer and expedition yachts are becoming less niche, and more first-time buyers will be starting their ownership journeys with them in the near future. It has been reported that the explorer and expedition yacht market has experienced a two-digit growth since 2008, and that it currently represents around 10% of the entire superyacht market, which is not far off the proportion of sailing yachts at this size level. I believe it is not a stretch to suggest that clients who in the past would have bought sailing yachts are now transferring their interest to more of an explorer- or expedition-type yacht, because, just like a sailing yachts, they are ideal for longer journeys, and they can bring you closer to nature. Exuma in Fiji.These new clients also want to minimise the impact on the environment from their yachting activities by choosing vessels that offer higher efficiency and lower emissions. The greatest influence you can have on the sustainability of a yacht starts with your approach to its naval architecture, through the development of an efficient hull, supported by technologically advanced propulsion systems. Through collaborative efforts initiated by the Water Revolution Foundation, the yachting industry is making great advances in quantifying the relative sustainability of yachts through the creation of the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI, for short). This allows us to indicate and provide guidance on what constitutes an environmentally responsible yacht in a more precise way.Nautilus (ex Grace E). Philippe Briand's sketches.Although I maintain that the Mediterranean Sea is an exquisite option when it comes to cruising, our oceans have the potential to offer much more. Today’s yachts visit just 3% of the planet’s coastlines; there is still so much left to discover and experience. This can be a point of attraction for both experienced owners who have extensively cruised the typical waters in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, as well as newcomers to yachting who have a respect, curiosity and appreciation for the natural wonders of the world. With the technology and design tools at our disposal, we can deliver the experience that these new owners desire without the yacht’s operation being at odds with their environmental sensibilities.Najiba. Photo: Tom van OossanenPhilippe Briand is the founder and designer of Vitruvius Yachts Ltd. He made his name designing award-winning sailing yachts under his own brand name and building on that experience has led him to create a revolutionary range of motor yachts: Vitruvius Yachts with a range in size of over 100m in length.With over 12,000 boats built to date, Philippe Briand could reasonably be considered the most prolific yacht designer of our time. Credits: Vitruvius Yachts
January 23, 2021
The 94.6m motor yacht O’Pari was launched by a Greek superyacht builder at the facility of Golden Yachts Halkitis in Athens. O’Pari follows the successful 85m O'Ptasia launched in 2018. Her exterior and interior designs are signed by Studio Vafiadis.O'Pari has a top speed of 18 knots and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Here is a close look at this 95m charter-ready yacht. There are a lot of places for outdoor leisure such as a longitudinal swimming pool on the bridge deck aft and a jacuzzi, a bar and dining area and an open air movie theatre. The spacious beach club has a lot to offer, including a 5m swimming platform, a lounge area and a bar. A wellness centre with a sauna and massage room is also located nearby. The interior has a Mediterranean style and includes warm colours and natural materials – pearl, onyx and wood. Golden Yachts was founded in 1996. The company began its activities by consulting and supervising the construction of the 42m luxury M/Y O’Pari new building at Intermarine SpA. Golden Yachts entered a new era in the 2000’s with a team of enthusiastic and committed naval architects and engineers. Currently, Golden Yachts are constructing an 88m M/Y named Project X. Measuring approximately 3,000 GRT with a beam of 14.8m, it is expected to be delivered in spring 2022.Credits: Golden Yachts
January 23, 2021