Few things in life are better than coming home from a long day and relaxing with a good movie. Doing so under the night sky on a yacht is probably one of them.
Complementing the remote locations, accessible only by boat, with the power of cinema really creates a unique combination.
Solemar has been recently sold by Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov with the last recorded asking price set at €27,500,000. Measuring 61.5m, the vessel was built by Dutch shipyard Amels in 2003 and refitted in 2011. Michael Leach Design was responsible for her exterior and interior style. Solemar has been doused with luxury components and high end gadgetry including the 7 staterooms apart from the master suite, which can accommodate 12 guests and 16 crew members. One of the most interesting feature onboard is the three-metre custom outdoor cinema screen with HD projector. Enjoy a movie under the stars!
2. Maltese Falcon
Launched in 2006 by Perini Navi and making use of their sail control system, Maltese Falcon has unrivalled performance combined with unmatched safety and maneuverability. The yacht is able to accommodate twelve guests in five lower deck staterooms and one upper deck passage cabin with a private cockpit. The interior of the Maltese Falcon is incomparable and peaks in the atrium where the three decks are united by a circular stairway surrounding the main mast which creates a delicate spiraling effect that is enhanced by the natural light which floods the area through transparent floors, starting at the top deck and cascading down to the decks below. Maltese Falcon features the largest outdoor movie screen on the water due to the films projected on her sails.
Steel-hulled with an aluminum superstructure, 55m Turquoise was built in 2011 by Proteksan Turquoise and last refitted in 2014. The refit plan followed an interior design concept that improved the use of rooms and deck space, creating a more glamorous, yet thoroughly accommodating atmosphere. For instance, an outdoor cinema was installed, with sheer curtains pulled across to create privacy. Sit on the comfy couch in front of the big screen and enjoy this amazing experience.
Built by Amels with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, her interior design was created by Laura Sessa in conjunction with the owner. 52m April offers generous spaces for outdoor entertainment on 3 deck levels. The alfresco areas have been emphasized on the request of the owner, featuring a larger than usual spa pool, which is protected by a windscreen. Amongst many personal touches to the yacht, there is also a massive projection screen on the sundeck, where guests may enjoy a wide range of movies from the Kaleidoscope server, while sipping a cocktail from the full wet bar.
Tiara is the 54.27m sailing yacht, custom built in 2004 by Alloy Yachts and last refitted in 2013. She is the largest luxury sailing yacht that Dubois has designed so far, and she is the largest yacht ever built in New Zealand. The interior utilizes clever and subtle use of leather, lacquer, and tasteful sculptures. Tiara’s decks are large, well flowing and spacious, and there are several areas for guests to sunbathe, relax and enjoy the cruising experience. The flybridge area accommodates a large dining table and is fully protected from the sun by an awning. The aft deck (which is large enough for helicopter landing) leads down, with a palatial stairway, to a fold out beach area. Tiara also features Arabian night theme outdoor move theatre under an open-air Bedouin tent. Make yourself comfortable on the cushions and try not to fall asleep surrounded by the sounds of the ocean.
6. Polar Star
63.4m Polar Star was built by Lurssen in 2005 to a design by the highly acclaimed Espen Oeino, who incorporated the traditional style of an explorer vessel into the strong, sleek lines of a modern yacht. Her expansive interior features a wide selection of living areas and facilities for all requirements to provide total comfort when spending long periods of time at sea. An on board elevator offers access to all decks, allowing guests to enjoy a gym, sauna, spa and movie theatre with ease while relaxing in the classic, sophisticated design and Hamptons beach-house feel. Her outdoor spaces play host to multiple relaxation, sun lounging and al fresco dining areas in addition to a large Jacuzzi, bar, barbeque and open-air cinema, which is perfect for entertaining family and friends.
The 54.1m custom motor yacht Starfire was built in 1998 by Benetti and last refitted in 2012. The superyacht is an exceptional combination of the Italian shipyard build, Stefano Natucci design and Zuretti interiors. A hub for entertainment and relaxation aboard, the fully-equipped sundeck plays host to a central al fresco dining table, a large Jacuzzi, full bar and a luxurious self-contained sauna and massage room. This is all topped off with an ample seating and sunpad area that doubles as an outdoor cinema. Watching movies under the stars from Starfire’s sumptuous sundeck cinema is the perfect way to relax with friends and family after an active day at sea. Don’t forget to take your favorite snacks!
8. Lady Britt
Lady Britt is the 63m motor yacht, custom built in 2011 by Feadship. The vessel's interior has been styled by Redman Whiteley Dixon and her exterior designed by De Voogt. Lady Britt's sundeck demonstrates what a versatile yacht this truly is. The bar is inside a walk-through area that can be left open or closed off in inclement weather. The gym up here has personalized and programmable Technogym Visio equipment with an iPod dock and TV. Clever use of deck space means that sun loungers are stowed flat when not in use and are fully adjustable to catch the best of the sun. The area can also be used as a disco or party venue and even for live concerts. Lady Britt also features indoor and outdoor cinemas, where you and your guests can relax on comfortable cushions while watching your favorite movie.
The 57m former cable laying vessel is ready to be transformed into an expedition superyacht. The yacht was launched in Holland in 1968 by the E.J. Smit & Zoon shipyard. After over 30 years of successful commercial sailing, she has been stripped to her bare steel framework and is now prepared for a large scale conversion project. Following the transformation, she will sail as a luxurious superyacht, whilst preserving her excellent seakeeping abilities that once made her a successful cable laying ship.The project will be undertaken by Turkish shipyard ICT Yachts. The team will be full of superyacht experts such as Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects and the naval architecture has been penned by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.Project Phoenix can accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms, private owner deck is included. The yacht will be able to reach a top speed of 13.5 knots and will have a range of 11,000 nautical miles. Project Phoenix is now for sale with Ocean Independence. Her asking price is 29 500 000 euro. Credits: Ocean Independence
May 15, 2021
Florida based Norwegian designer Kurt Strand has revealed a number of interesting superyacht concepts. We picked up three of them. Miami 133m Miami is the explorer yacht with six decks. She has a 20m beam. She’s made for the ultimate yachting experience and has everything for an active-lifestyle – a large selection of water toys, including two tenders, two helicopter pads, two Mercedes G 6X6 off road trucks. She also features a 360 degree all-round view sky bar, a cinema and a night club. Miami can accommodate 20 guests in ten cabins. She has a top speed of 20 knots. Aurora Borealis 122m Aurora Borealis is a 122m explorer inspired by Norwegian nature. The yacht is 6-storeys high, has a length of 122m and a massive 20m beam. A large helicopter pod is located on the aft deck. In front of the landing pod is a swimming pool with a retractable glass floor, to move the helicopter inside the hangar, large enough to park two helicopters. Accommodation is for 20 guests and 48 crew and has a huge selection of tenders and toys. In the aft is a drive-in bay area for a submarine and a 45 feet tender. The owners will enjoy a 180 degree view from the 400 sq m suite with outdoor hot tub, gym, spa, office, library, wine cellar. She can reach a top speed of 20 knots. Florida 160m Florida is the 160m sailing superyacht concept. It has a space age technology wing masts made from carbon fiber. Three 80m tall wing sails are electro-hydraulic telescopic retractable. If that alone isn’t beyond spectacular, the wing sails are even covered with the latest state of art solar panels. In case of no wind this superyacht can transform into "solar sail" mode. The control system will automatically adjust the sails into an optimal angel against the sun rays. When it's windy, the yacht gets into sail mode and can also produce electric power from solar panels. To always keep the sun absorbing surface high glossy, a built-in system will wash and polish the wing mast every time it retracts. The “solar sails” can even be raised when the yacht is laying in a harbour. It will turn the sails automatically away if wind comes up. Power will be stored in the battery bank and can be used for the onboard Hydrogen production as well.At the bottom of the yacht are fitted hydro generators, which also produce electric power while the yacht is moving under sail. All electric power produced will be stored in a 5MW battery bank and can be used to create Hydrogen directly on board of the yacht . In case of no wind or sunshine the yacht can be run on hydrogen fuel power cells. The yacht also has a backup genset system, running on fossil fuel. However fossil fuel will be rarely used, depending on where in the world the yacht is situated.Sail yacht Florida provides an ultimate, luxury water travel experience. She will accommodate up to 24 guests in 12 luxury suites and 40 crew members.Credits: Kurt Strand
May 14, 2021
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Yacht Code (the “Code”) has been updated. Here is the 2021 updates: • new requirements for modern design elements such as underwater glazing for observation lounges and glazed bulwarks; • helicopter landing areas (Annex 2 of the Code) revised throughout with alternative standards for firefighting; • shipyards now have the possibility to apply for a Helicopter Landing Area Technical Certificate (HLATC) issued by an Aviation Inspection Body (AIB); • a more practical approach for submersible launching; • a practical approach to structural fire protection for Category 2 yachts; • modified rescue boat requirements to provide a practical alternative standard for yachts < 500 gross tons; • updated radio equipment requirements; • modified firefighting appliances to provide alternative standards when taking the typical size of the yacht into consideration; and • safe working practices for working over the side and man-riding cranes were clarified and addressed to meet national requirements. International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), who provide administrative and technical support to the RMI Maritime and Corporate Registries, organized an RMI Yacht Technical Working Group (YTWG) to make recommended amendments to the Code. Marc Verburg, IRI’s Fleet Operations Manager, Yachts, led the YTWG whose members consisted of representatives from the RMI Registry, Classification Societies, yacht managers, naval architects, surveyors, maritime safety consultants, and aviation experts. The Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) was also instrumental in the review of the amendments to the Code. “It was a privilege to work with such a global team of experts. The Registry truly appreciates their assistance with the amendments to the Code which now further reflects the recent changes in the market, from a practical approach to helicopter landing areas and facilities to the use of glass without compromising safety,” said Marc Verburg. “The 2021 version of the Code allows builders and designers to create innovative and safe superyachts to a practical standard,” he continued. In 2020 SYBAss members were responsible for the construction of almost 60% of 40 meter or more yachts delivered worldwide. “We are an innovative industry which embraces new technologies and materials, so we’re pleased to see this reflected in this forward-looking update of the Code. It takes a practical approach to the requirements of the superyacht industry and is fully aligned with the mission of the International Maritime Organization,” said Lorenzo Pollicardo, Technical and Environmental Director, SYBAss. “The RMI offers many options for yacht owners in terms of registration and operation through the various chapters of the Code,” said Patrick Bachofner, IRI’s Director, Geneva Office and Worldwide Director, Yachts. “The practical amendments brought forward in this revision to the Code once again set the RMI yacht registry apart from others,” he concluded.Credits: Wikipedia; Kurt Cotoaga/Unsplash
May 14, 2021
Cadamà, the world’s only wooden Maxi for the physically impaired, races with a mixed crew of wheelchair-bound and able-bodied sailors. She was built 50 years ago in mahogany and iroko by the Beconcini Yard in La Spezia. Designed by Laurent Giles, she was launched in 1951 for the then president of A.C. Milan, Albino Buticchi. Since 2014, Cadamà belongs to Andrea Brigatti. Despite being confined to a wheelchair after an accident, Brigatti continues to go to sea and teach the sport of sailing. Andrea BrigattiMaking his dreams come true, beginning this June “Altura Senza Barriere” will be the first offshore sailing school for the disabled aboard a classic wooden Maxi.She has an overall length of 22 meters and a beam of just over 5 meters. Rigged as a ketch, Cadamà has 300 square meters of sail area, with a 30 meter tall mainmast and a 17 meter mizzen. This year’s program will include participating in the “Vele d’Epoca nel Golfo”, the third edition of the rally for classic and vintage yachts organized by the Italian Classic Yachting Association (AIVE) in Le Grazie (near Porto Venere) from June 4th to the 6th. Since she was launched in 1971, Cadamà is qualified to race in the Classic division (for yachts from 1950 and 1975) in all the yachting events of the season, and the “Vele d’Epoca nel Golfo” will feature a celebration on her 50th anniversary. On the following weekend, June 11-13th, together with the association “Timonieri Sbandati”, Cadamà is organising “Altura Senza Barriere” (No Barriers to Offshore), the first offshore sailing course for disabled sailors. The crew of Cadamà and two Italian National Sailing Association (FIV) instructors will accompany the participants as they sail offshore, taking turns at the helm and the sheets. The start on the 11th will be from Viareggio, the night of the 12th will spent in port in Le Grazie, with the finish on the 13th back in Viareggio. Participants will receive an official certificate upon their return. The organising team’s intention is that this will be the first of many further editions!Cadamà is available for charter. Her three permanent crew members are well versed in the needs of up to a maximum of seven guests, with a spacious triple-berth cabin with its own head aft and two twin-berth cabins with a shared head forward. Credits: Paolo Maccione
May 13, 2021
We’ve all heard about the marvellous trips we can take on charter yachts, but what can families do together on a yacht holiday? Here’s a small guide for some excellent charter choices based on Burgess' expertise. Trying out new watersports or taking in the magnificence of the natural world, both above and below the surface, is always a great idea! SnorkellingSnorkelling is a popular pastime with guests on many charter yachts because it can be enjoyed by the whole family, with relatively little skill required. Especially when on Attitude. She’s a great base for a snorkel safari, as she has a relatively shallow draft that can take you close to the best snorkelling spots, where you can dive straight off the swim platform to explore a nearby reef.WaterslidesInflatable waterslides are a really popular feature of many charter yachts today, as they offer a thrilling activity straight from the top deck of your yacht that children love. Waterslides are child friendly, safe and fun – and make fantastic shots for social media. Titania has a 13m waterslide and is always a favourite that guests come back to time and again for entertainment. KayakingKayaking provides a relaxing watersports experience in a peaceful, motor-free environment. Whether you’re heading out for a short solo paddle or bringing everyone along for a half-day’s guided expedition, kayaking is a great workout, as well as a chance to get closer to nature.Latitude can visit remote areas and provide the most breathtaking kayaking experiences. In the right surroundings, kayaking can feel like you are stepping into your own private National Geographic documentary.Scuba divingThere’s no feeling on earth like the harmony of scuba diving in pristine waters teeming with sea life, and with a charter yacht you can gain access to the kinds of dive sites that are rarely visited by others. Whether you base your entire family vacation around scuba diving, or see it as an added bonus, there is a wealth of choice available when it comes to luxury yacht charters.The spacious and luxurious Hemisphere catamaran has two diving instructors in its crew and is certified as a PADI dive training centre. AquaparkExcellence has an aquapark on board, so why not challenge the whole family to a race on board a giant, floating aquapark to see who earns the title ‘champion of the seas’? The crew will be sure to keep things fun, as well as safe by providing life jackets for everyone. TrampolineAs an extension of your Aquapark or as a standalone feature, a trampoline is a safe and fun activity that will keep guests of all generations entertained for hours on end. Not only is it fun, but it’s a great workout, too. Practice your aerial skills by flipping and leaping to your heart’s content while burning off a particularly indulgent lunch on board. The elegant Dream can be a super-fun superyacht to charter. Included in her large array of watertoys is a water trampoline as well as a giant inflatable slide, an anti-jellyfish pool, surfboards and even a windsurfer, meaning you can go home with a new skill as well as all the amazing memories of your trip.Credits: Burgess
May 13, 2021