Arguably the main yachting event in the United States and a suitable finish line for what the superyacht industry refers to as boat show season, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to start today for 4 days of yacht-hopping and cocktail parties. Here's what you should look out for this year.
TV, the 78-meter Lurssen built in 2008 as Madsummer, will be the largest superyacht to attend the show this year, boasting a price tag of €92,000,000 following her €38 million price reduction back in July. The 63-meter Lady Lola and the 62.5-meter Party Girl will also be amongst the largest yachts at the FLIBS show.
If you're in the market for a slightly more affordable superyacht, you're in luck as many yachts are looking for a new owner at this year's show, such as, the 51-meter Aldabra asking €25,000,000 since 2015, the 46-meter Allegria asking just $19,950,000 or the 42.7-meter Cheers 46 asking merely $15,950,000.
While you're at the show, you should also take a look at some iconic yachts such as the Octopussy, built in 1988 for American businessman, John Staluppi as the fastest yacht in the world, capable of reaching 53 knots. If you have some free time, you might also want to take a look at the 50-meter Silver Lining and 50-meter Chasseur whose launch have marked the return of Canada-based, Christensen to the superyacht industry.
UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce unveils the 62-meter Crystal Blue concept yacht that boasts many innovative digital solutions, such as remote navigation or a smart dynamic positioning system that could only be seen on commercial vessels before.“Crystal Blue has been designed specifically to show how new technology can meet the yacht sector’s increased demand for higher performance, greater operating ranges and increased levels of guest comfort, without impacting the environment,” says Oscar Levander, vice president of Innovation at Rolls-Royce. One of the key novel features is the use of an intelligent dynamic positioning system, which automatically controls two so-called azimuth thrusters – marine propellers that rotate 360° around the vertical axis for a better maneuverability than a fixed propeller and a rudder system can provide – and a TT1100 bow thruster. This technology is common with support vessels that have to maintain their position next to oil platforms. In turn, when installed on the yacht, they allow her to remain in the right spot on the water without an anchor or “follow the sun”, so that guests can make the most of it while lounging on the deck. Crystal Blue also has the control center relocated below the bow. Equipped with display screens, sophisticated sensors and cameras, the internal bridge enables the crew to operate the boat with no need of front windows. This innovation frees up the forward part of the superstructure to let guests enjoy the panoramic view that is traditionally reserved for the captain. What’s more, Rolls-Royce has incorporated a “safe room” where guests and crew members can seek refuge in the event of attack. Once inside, the crew can override the controls and navigate the yacht remotely or authorize a shore-based center to pilot the vessel. Apart from ship intelligence, Crystal Blue notably features a hybrid propulsion system based on LNG fuel and battery power. Rolls-Royce claims that burning LNG has clear advantages over diesel oil for the yacht sector, as it is cleaner and helps pass stringent emission standards for navigating in ecologically sensitive areas. Nevertheless, only commercial vessels have enough space to carry LNG bunkering infrastructure. To this purpose, Crystal Blue is escorted by Blue Shadow support vessel that acts as the LNG bunkering barge. The additional fuel capacity increases the mothership cruising range to the remarkable 4.400 nautical miles.
November 17, 2017
Swiss yard’s 25-meter flagship Suprema XL is set to introduce a series of carbon fiber yachts that would combine automotive, aviation and marine technology on one single boat.This first model boasts exterior and interior design by Nuvolari Lenard studio. Due for delivery in 2019, Adler Suprema XL embodies Italian style and German and Austrian technological expertise. One of the yacht’s key features is her HMS hybrid power system that combines twin Caterpillar diesel engines, each with 1,150 hp, and two ATE 100 kW electric units for emission and vibration free propulsion at 11 knots and a top speed of up to 30 knots.The yard’s engineering team claims that the hybrid package saves 50% on fuel over a conventional system. Such efficiency results in a transatlantic range of 3.500 nautical miles. Furthermore, various systems, including air-conditioning, heating, light and curtains, can be supervised either via six large LCD touchscreens from Boeing or through iPad. The latter option allows managing control settings even when not onboard.The yacht’s many distinctive amenities - like floor heating all over the lower deck, full-screen home cinema with an Internet connection and satellite reception, or privacy glass in the saloon, providing one-touch transformation of windows into opaque glass panels - work on batteries with enough capacity to ensure full day comfort without starting a generator. Apart from “eco-friendliness”, the benefit of this is that guests can enjoy the complete silence while at anchor in a bay.Accommodation onboard Suprema XL sleeps up to 8 guests and is split between 4 en-suite cabins on the lower deck, including the full-beam owner’s cabin, while the crew quarters allow for a staff of 2 members. The interior space can be personalized according to owner’s preferences regarding the choice of materials or illumination devices. The exterior boasts a large swimming platform and a bar on the sundeck protected by carbon fiber bimini. All decks are barrier-free, that is, with no stairs to climb, which makes it safer to travel with children. Adler is a young yacht brand of Swiss origin, operating in Italy at Cantieri Alto Adriatico yard located in Monfalcone, near Trieste. The production facility covers 20.000 square meters space, including 2 hangars able to host boats up to 9 meters height and a 3.000 square meter dry dock. On the whole, the premises have available space for over 100 vessels ranging from 4 to 27 meters.
November 17, 2017
Following the success of the 35-meter Gipsy, the Italian yard has embarked on a new project that in many ways contradicts the award-winning flagship in the Otam custom range launched last year. Although both models feature a 35-meters long all-aluminum hull, the new Project 115 designed by R+P Architecture studio stands out by a sleeker hull, modern exterior lines, a traditional layout of the main deck and a focus placed on the extended owner's private area. The layout is subject to meticulous negotiation, as long as Otam's policy is to follow the customer's guidelines in order to deliver a highly personalized product. However, the original proposal features an over 50-meter sun deck completely reserved for the owner, comprising a spa zone with Jacuzzi located at the bow, a spacious lounge, a dining area sheltered by a hard top and two sunbathing areas. Although the lower deck is shared by guests and the crew, both zones have separate access for a more discreet service onboard. Guest quarters boast two fully equipped VIP cabins spread across the 70-square meter surface. Looking aft, the beach club area can be customized to include a diving area, children's playroom or a gym, according to the owner's preferences. The lower deck also has room either for a classic garage or for the one with a lateral opening to host a larger tender. The forward part of the deck is where the engine room is located, apart from two storage compartments. Finally, the upper deck is dedicated to a semiclosed dining area surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, a salon and an entertainment area, thought the latter space can be alternatively used for a 7-meter long tender. Otam makes it clear that it was the yacht's potential owner's request to differentiate Project 115 from Gipsy that since its launch in 2016 has enjoyed considerable media coverage as the winner of the «Showboat Design Award» and the «World Superyacht Award».
November 16, 2017
Italian shipyard has joint efforts with the Milan-based studio Hot Lab on the new 113-meter project inspired in a Greek myth, Ganimede, which, if completed, would make one of the world’s largest yachts ever built. Zeus turned into an eagle to capture the most beautiful of mortals, Ganimede, and transport him to Olympus. The namesake yacht features streaming lines that evoke the profile of an eagle, most notably the in the shape of the bow reminiscent of a curved eagle's beak and the construction of the decks that seem to cascade down from the upper to the lower one like bird’s plumage. In terms of styling, the boat’s exterior has various Art Deco elements, such as the central spiral staircase, connecting the beach club with the main deck. The 20-meter long beach club boasts a spa pool that is fed by a waterfall, which is a typical feature of Italian gardens. The owner’s private area on the upper deck comprises a master-suite and a lounge situated between two prism-shaped pools. The helipad can be furnished and turned into another outdoor recreational area reserved for the owner. The interior layout wouldn’t be complete without six guest cabins on the main deck and crew accommodation on the lower deck. The yacht will have plenty of storage space for four Jet Skis and three tenders. The 90-meter Linea developed by the British design studio Claydon Reeves and the 120-meter Private Bay by Horacio Bozzo are among other ongoing projects at Fincantieri yard.
November 16, 2017
Kleven, the Norwegian commercial shipyard behind the Ulysses superyachts, is set to build a 100-meter explorer in partnership with German superyacht behemoth, Lurssen. This follows Lurssen getting an equity stake in Kleven earlier this year.The shipyard behind the 107-meter Ulysses, which her original owner, New Zealand's richest man, Graeme Hart, sold a few weeks ago, Kleven is also the shipyard that built Hart's new 116-meter flagship, also named Ulysses.Similarly to the way it worked with the Ulysses fleet, the new 100-meter explorer will see its hull being built by Kleven in Norway with Lurssen completing its interior outfitting at the Blom+Voss facility it acquired in Germany.I am very pleased with the quality of the work that has been done by Kleven, and how our organizations have worked together to bring this exciting project to life.Graeme Hart in November 2014One of the driving forces behind Norway's rise a yachting superpower, Kleven sold 40% of its equity earlier this year to a group of companies that included Lurssen for just over €30 million. No details have been released on the identity of Kleven's newest client.Photo by Martin Hauge-Nilsen and Kleven
November 15, 2017