Venus, a 78 metre aluminum yacht, has been recently seen in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Engineered by De Voogt Naval Architects with styling by Philippe Starck, she was launched by Feadship in 2012 and last refitted in 2015.
The yacht's super-slick, minimalist design seemed a perfect fit for the Apple founder. Steve Jobs was aware he might not live to see the yacht launched, but continued to involve with her design.
Venus has interesting design amenities, from her highly innovative glass exterior to the reported high-tech features. The yacht is extremely secret with no interior images ever seen. Sadly, Steve Jobs passed away in 2011 before the yacht was launched and never got to enjoy his vessel. Venus is now owned by Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs.
The superyacht is now near Portofino, Italy, as the marinetraffic.com data suggests.
Photos by @alvaroaparicio
Established in 1873, Benetti went a long way from building wooden boats to posting a €1 billion turnover in 2008. Stronger than ever, the Italian group is now on its way to expanding its reach into the 100-meter plus market, tightening its grasp on yachting.Benetti's story starts with its foundation by Lorenzo Benetti in 1873 to manufacture local wooden boats. After WW2, the need for wooden boats had disappeared and the company started building steel, pleasure crafts. By the 1960s, it was creating some of the world's first superyachts.Its strongest push came with the acquisition of the yard by Azimut in 1985, resulting in the Azimut Benetti group, which still exists to this day. Propelled by commercial successes and a cooperation with then unknown designer Stefano Righini, the group went on a buying spree. Amongst its purchases, the Gobbi shipyard, which manufactures its Atlantis range today, Fraser Yachts, the brokerage house, as well as Marina di Varazze and the Royal Yacht Club in Moscow. By 2008, the group built its way to a €1 billion turnover.As the subprime crisis hit yachting, leaving many shipyards to shut down, the whole market, including Benetti, which was able to push through strongly nevertheless. Amongst yachts built in that period were Staluppi's 61-meter Diamonds are Forever and Nick Candy's 63-meter 11-11 amongst others.By 2016, Azimut-Benetti's turnover had risen again to near €700 million, marking 3 years of consecutive growth. Throughout this time, Benetti's most visible products, 30 to 60-meter yachts remained highly attractive to charter clients, some of which started buying them again as the market picked up.Whilst most visible through Benetti yachts in the mid-size range, the group's influence on yachting spread deeply throughout the market in different spaces. Azimut, a leader in the construction of yachts of up to 30 meters, has become a reference in the space, acting as a gateway drug to the group's yachts.Through its full ownership of Fraser Yachts since October 2017, the group controls Fraser Yachts, a brokerage firm also active in yacht management and crewing. By extension this provides the group with first-party data on client behaviour as well as deeper insights into yachting, knowing first hand how other competing shipyards perform."This recent acquisition is part of the strategic plan of our group to offer superyacht owners not only the most beautiful yachts, but also the utmost service" commented Azimut-Benetti's president, Paolo Vitelli, when the group bought out V.Ships' minority stake in Fraser in 2017. Skewing towards small to mid-size yachts of up to 60-meters, the Azimut-Benetti group had grown its position in the sector to the point of building the most meters out of any shipyards for 19 consecutive years. Its impact on the megayacht market, however, remained immaterial leaving Northern European shipyards like Lurssen, Feadship and Oceanco to dominate the space.Benetti's first attempt to enter the space came in the 1980s. At the time, the yard had secured the build of the 86-meter Nabila for Saudi businessman and arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi, the 8th largest yacht in the world. The yacht was later purchased for $29 million in 1987 by Donald Trump and renamed to Trump Princess.For decades after, Benetti stayed away from new builds of this size, leaving the market to other shipyards. Recently, however, yachting changed and the megayacht space entered into an upswing, leading to Benetti coming back into the size range. This first took the form of the 90-meter Lionheart, delivered to British businessman Philip Green in 2016.The yard's current flagship, however, is about to be eclipsed by a 107-meter yacht launched in December 2018. More significantly, this will be the first yacht out of 3 over 100 meters to be delivered by Benetti over the coming months. Amongst customers for one of these new hulls is Australian billionaire and serial yacht owner James Packer.Benetti's ambition to takeover one of the remaining parts of the market is not unfamiliar to other shipyards. Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts, backed by Russian billionaire Vagit Alekperov, has also built a new dry dock capable of building yachts of up to 85 meters back in 2016.Meanwhile yards known for megayachts such as LVMH's Feadship have started expanding their influence downward with projects such as Feadship's Lagoon Cruisers of 34 meters in length. Results of these strategies remain to be seen in coming quarters, however, even now over half of yacht gross tonnage is built by just 10 shipyards.
December 19, 2018
Italian firm Rosetti Superyachts has confirmed the sale of its first ever yacht. Sold to a European client, the 38-meter steel-hulled explorer yacht will be built to a concept designed by Hydro Tec, at the San Vitale shipyard in Ravenna, Italy.Scheduled to be delivered within 24 months of the start of the construction, Rosetti indicates that more information on the 38-meter yacht will be released in January. Based at the San Vitale shipyard, Rosetti says it has the capability to build yachts and supply vessels of up to 140 meters in length.Although Rosetti Superyachts was founded only in 2017 to try to compete in the superyacht space, the startup is part of the larger Rosetti Marino that was established in 1925, which primarily focuses on engineering and construction of off-shore plants and commercial ships such as ocean-going tugs and supply vessels. Its market cap now sits at €164 million on the Milan stock exchange.
December 18, 2018
Project Redwood, the 142-meter superyacht currently in-build at Lurssen, has now been moved to a floating dock as footage from social media shows. Due for delivery in 2020, the yacht is expected to become one of the 15 largest yachts in the world.Photo by @drDuuFirst announced in December 2015, Project Redwood was designed by Nuvolari Lenard. Features mentioned at the time include a sports and diving center on the lower deck, a number of tenders of up to 15 meters and two helipads. Expected to be built to PYC regulations, the yacht could have 20 staterooms for up to 36 guests.One of the largest projects known to be in development at the German shipyard, Project Redwood was the largest yacht ever sold by a brokerage firm according to Robert Moran, Moran Yacht & Ship's president. The design working on this project is the same that worked on building the 88-meter Quattroelle. Photo by @drDuuProject Redwood is also being referred to as Project Opus according to social media posts. The 142-meter is set to become one of a string of megayachts to be launched and delivered by Lurssen, which recently included the 135-meter Crescent, the 111-meter TIS and the 123-meter Al Lusail amongst others.
December 18, 2018
The first new build in Perini Navi's Voyager line is moving closer to completion as the new-build has now arrived to the yard's La Spezia facility. This follows from the yacht completing the first step of its construction at the yard's facility in Turkey.Perini Navi had announced the sale of this motor yacht to their client back in October 2017. Designed by Philippe Briand, similarly to the 73-meter Grace E built by the group, the tri-deck has 6 cabins spread across the main and lower deck with the owner's cabin located on the upper deck facing forward."The market is beginning to grow again and Perini Navi is and wants to continue to be among the key players worldwide." commented Lamberto Tacoli, chairman of Perini Navi. "The lines of the 56-meter Voyager are the result of an ongoing commitment to preserve the unmistakable Perini Navi style."Previously motor yachts delivered by the group were built under the Picchiotti Yachts brand, however, these two were consolidated under Perini Navi back in 2017. Earlier in May, Perini Navi Group announced the Tabacchi family acquiring 49.9% of the company in a deal that put the shipyard's valuation at over €54 million. The transaction saw the Tabacchi inject €27 million into the company for its expansion.
December 18, 2018
Footage on social media now shows that the 109-meter Oceanco, Project Bravo is ongoing sea trials. This follows the yacht being launched earlier last month. Designed by Nuvolari Lenard and Reymond Langton, the yacht is expected to be delivered by the end of this year."A bespoke project of such magnitude and splendor will always present interesting challenges and opportunities" says owner's representative, Burgess. "With Project Bravo we created a truly spectacular yacht whose excellence is a clear reflection of the commitment of a dynamic and professional project team".After the innovations introduced with "Alfa Nero", Oceanco Asked us to "raise the bar" and create another remarkable and revolutionary design, says Dan Lenard, senior partner at Nuvolari-Lenard. "Our approach with Bravo was to maintain a stunningly sleek profile without sacrificing any interior space. This new exterior style concept is bound to create a new design stream. It is important to us that we started this new stream together with Oceanco"
December 18, 2018