1. Nobiskrug prepares to hand over S/Y A
142.8-meter S/Y A, the largest private sailing yacht in the world, built for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko left Nobiskrug and headed out to Spain where she will undergo further sea trials as the internal fit-out continues. The yacht is scheduled to be handed over to her owner in late Spring 2017.
Dutch shipyard Oceanco has launched Project Jubilee (Y714) on February 6. Measuring 110 metres, she is the largest vessel ever built in the Netherlands. Featuring six decks, the superyacht has 16.4m/54ft beam and just over 4,500 Gross Tons. Igor Lobanov has created a unique & architecturally challenging design which creates a visual effect of multi-level decks. She offers a fully certified helicopter operating deck forward with a concealed mooring deck below. Viewed from above, her curvaceous lines lead aft to a large pool deck with built in aquarium and substantial beach club below.
Madame Gu, reportedly built for Russian billionaire and Metalloinvest shareholder Andrei Skoch, has been recently spotted in Barcelona, Spain. Last summer we've also seen the 99m superyacht in Antibes, Monaco and St. Tropez.
As superyachts Aquarius and Solandge, 63m Bennetti 11-11 has been spotted in Fort Lauderdale. Delivered in 2015, she is able to accommodate 12 guests as well as a crew of 16. The main salon features custom-made U-shape sofa, 12-seater formal dining table and a grey colour palette, while the sky lounge on the upper deck offers a more informal lounge environment complete with cocktail bar and generous seating.
It seems like most of the major yachts the past week have been seen in the USA: Feadship Aquarius, Lurssen Solandge and Benetti 11-11 in Fort Lauderdale, 115m explorer yacht Luna in Miami. Now we have spotted the most innovative yacht from Feadship, 83.5m Savannah, in Fort Lauderdale as well.
Lurssen megayacht Dilbar has been recently spotted in the port of Gibraltar. She became Alisher Usmanov's, one of the Russian billionaires shaping the yachting industry, third yacht. 156m Dilbar, launched at Lurssen facility in November 2015, has officially become the world's largest yacht by volume with a gross tonnage of 15,917 tons, toping Al Said's 15,850 tons and Azzam's 13,136 tons.
Heesen Yachts has announced that the owner of Project Nova (YN 17850) has appointed Italian designer Cristiano Gatto as interior stylist. The client, a yacht connoisseur, was introduced to the Dutch shipyard by Thom Conboy of Heesen Yachts USA. Sold in June 2016, Project Nova is the world's first fast displacement with hybrid propulsion. In this case, ‘hybrid’ means that the yacht can draw on two sources of power for propulsion: diesel mechanical and diesel electrical. Either or both sources can be used at the same time to provide more flexible power management and better efficiency along with less noise and vibration. Up to speeds of 9 knots in electrical hybrid mode, the yacht will be as silent as when at anchor.
Lurssen, the Germany-based superyacht builder, world famous for delivering some of the largest and most iconic yachts in recent years, has floated out a new 130-meter+ superyacht according to footage that emerged on social media.One of Lurssen's most secretive projects, out of the large number that they currently have under construction, little is known about the yacht, which some have referred to under the project name SHU, which, however can differ from the name used internally at Lurssen, as previous projects have shown.First seen in November 2016 in a less completed state, the yacht is believed to be at least 130 meters in length. Her delivery should take place in 2018. Other projects in build at the shipyard include the 130m Thunder, 139m+ Redwood, 112m Palo Alto/TIS and others.Photos by DrDuu
December 15, 2017
Alvaro Aparicio de Leon has opened up about his new mega-yacht concept, the 114-meter Ines, with surprising proportions for a sleeker silhouette and multipurpose interior spaces. “Most of the yachts of similar size that I’ve seen seemed too large, more like transatlantic cruisers. I decided to find out if I could make a sleeker one,” the Mallorca-based designer explains the idea behind the key creative solution for Ines, which is her unusual length to volume ratio achieved by reducing the beam to 15 meters. For major seaworthiness, the full-displacement yacht features a vertical bow, thus, optimizing the usage of inner space. Among the boat’s characteristic elements is her series of classic round portholes, standing for the “timelessness” of the concept.“Now that everybody’s creating yachts as if they were Lamborghinis, I want to keep making something modern, but timeless,” Alvaro points out. The interior layout provides accommodation for up to 20 guests and 42 members of crew. However, a significant part of cabins can be converted into social spaces upon customer’s request, without compromising on comfort onboard. Owner’s quarters on the upper deck comprise a master suite, office, separate bathrooms and a dressing room. This deck can be shared with two spacious VIP staterooms or, otherwise, host a lounge, cinema and library. Further VIP-class guest accommodation is split between the main and the bridge decks. Being the centerpiece of the boat’s exterior, the superyacht beach club boasts a touch-and-go helipad and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool that as well acts as part of the tender launch system. This zone is lit from above with daylight filtering through the glass bottom pool on the main deck. The garage on the lower deck has enough room for two limo tenders of 10.8 and 8 meters, four jet-skis and a submarine U-Boat Worx Super Yacht Sub 3. In addition, a full-fledged helipad is located on the upper deck of Ines.Finalist of the 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards for a 50-meter expedition vessel MaBulle turned into a private yacht, Alvaro Aparicio de Leon is especially keen on projects above 50 meters, such as his 74-meter V+A and the 85-meter concept T.
December 15, 2017
First introduced at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the 24-meter Pearl 80 is completing her sea trials off the coast of Miami, as show the photos, released by Pearl Yachts on their Facebook page. This latest model of the UK-based shipyard stands out as a fast and agile yacht conceived with an attentive ear to customers’ feedback. Naval architect Bill Dixon and interior designer Kelly Hoppen teamed up to deliver Pearl 80, which aims to fill the breach between Pearl 65 and Pearl 95 models. The boat’s aerodynamic hull with a white gel coat finish is reminiscent of an arrow. The yacht is offered with three alternative interior themes: the bright and fresh “Studio” with stripes and rich browns, “Taupe” in calming earthy tones and “Luxury” with chick polished surfaces, nickel, and accents of black. Her optimized layout features three external dining areas: on the flybridge, at the bow and aft of the saloon on the cockpit, as the builder is aware that guests are more likely to eat on the deck than indoors. This allows for a full-beam saloon that would be entirely dedicated to a lounging area.Private areas comprise a spacious owner’s cabin flooded with natural light from panoramic portholes on each side, two twin guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms and, finally, a VIP cabin. Following requests for more discreet service, the laundry, crew accommodation and engine room have a separate access point on the starboard side. Sun worshipers have the entire flybridge at their disposal, whilst tenders and jet skis are supposed to be kept on the stern, that can be launched without effort and thus turned into a large hydraulically lowered bathing platform, getting guests close to the water. From her twin 1.800 hp MAN V12 engines, Pearl 80 is expected to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots. An estimated cruising range above 300 nautical miles will be possible at an economical speed of 25 knots.
December 15, 2017
Yachting Developments have released photos of their 39.5-meter sportfisher YD1015 performing sea trials off the coast of New Zealand. Launched on November 23, the world's largest all-carbon sportfish yacht belongs to an international sports fisherman, who opted for Yachting Developments because of their expertise in yachts with carbon hull and superstructure, which are, in fact, considered to be the lightest and fastest of their kind. Whilst Michael Peters Yacht Design was in charge of the exterior of the yacht, her “contemporary classic” interior was created by Naylor Booth Associate in collaboration with the owner himself. The layout sleeps 10 guests in four lower deck staterooms, including the owner’s master suite, and six members of the crew. The scale of the 267GT boat allowed for commercial-grade of 3.100hp MTU diesel engines, drawing on a fuel reserve of 40.000 liters, and advanced VEEM gyro stabilizers. Once completed, the sea trials will show, what speed the boat is actually capable of.
December 14, 2017
During yesterday’s conference in Milan, the Italian manufacturer announced its plans to extend the product range with two next-generation projects, a 42-meter S/Y E-Volution and a 25-meter Eco Tender, both combining a diesel engine with an electric motor.“We have taken on these two challenging projects with enthusiasm,” commented Lamberto Tacoli, CEO of Perini Navi, explaining that the new boats “further reinforce” the yard’s offering, while retaining its “core values of tradition, quality, and innovation”.The aluminum sloop E-Volution, now under development in collaboration with American designer Jim Pugh, will feature Perini Navi recognizable silhouette, a carbon fiber mast, and rigging. Meanwhile, inside it will be equipped with a hybrid propulsion system for a more silent and eco-friendly experience onboard, when cruising far offshore. The hybrid Eco Tender, in turn, may serve as a chase boat or a guest tender for E-Volution or another larger yacht. Both projects are set to enter production soon, the yard executives informed. On this occasion, Perini Navi also updated the market on the six new superyachts worth a total of €106 million, already nearing completion.
December 14, 2017