As you might know, The New York Times has recently named the owner of 134-meter Serene to be Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Serene's previous owner's involvement in the project is however not over yet.
Russian billionaire, Yuri Shefler, whose net worth is estimated at $2.1 billion by Forbes, had commissioned Serene from Italy-based Fincantieri back in 2006 according to Italian media. The yacht was eventually delivered in August 2011 as the 9th largest yacht in the world and became the first superyacht ever built by the Italian group that was primarily known for its commercial ships.
In 2014, Fincantieri launched its second megayacht, the 140-meter Ocean Victory which was commissioned by another Russian oligarch, Viktor Rashnikov, whose net worth is estimated at $4.8 billion. Prior to its launch in December 2014 however, Fincantieri was ordered to pay €20.9 million to Serena Equity Limited (the company controlled by Shefler that owned Serene) by London courts.
M/Y Ocean Victory
Shefler's main claim was that Fincantieri had used Serene, on which the billionaire says he holds intellectual property, to develop Ocean Victory which he says is a near sistership. In fact, both superyachts boast an exterior design by Espen Oeino and seem to have similar technical characteristics. As such, English courts have granted Shefler €13,2 million for the violation of his intellectual property and €7.7 million for late deliveries, which were to be paid by Fincantieri where the Italian government holds a 70% controlling stake.
Fincantieri however filed a motion in Trieste's Court of Appeals in 2015 to dismiss the fact that London's ruling applied. A procedure is also currently ongoing at the specialized courts in Venice to determine whether Shefler holds a right to the intellectual property over Serene. Since May 2016 another legal proceeding over this case is also being held in The Netherlands between Serena Equity Limited and Fincantieri Holdings BV.
New Zealand’s largest boat show, the Auckland Boat Show will be helded in 23-26 March 2023 and will run directly after Sail GP’s March regatta. The show had a break for two years because of the Covid pandemic. A large marina display will spread through Jellicoe Harbour, filling the space outside the former America’s Cup bases. On-land exhibits will complement the on-water component of the show, taking up a Hamer Street spot in central Auckland’s buzzing Wynyard Quarter.Staging the show on these dates – during daylight savings, and in the settled weather this time of year delivers – gives us the chance to promote boating, boats and equipment to their best advantage, says Stacey Cook, Auckland Boat Show organizer.Uniquely in this part of the world, sea trials are a crucial component of the event. With the Waitematā Harbour as the show’s neighbor, manufacturers and brokers are able to demonstrate vessels in their element to buyers, allowing them to bring performance, sea-kindliness and handling to the forefront.For 22 years the Auckland Boat Show has also provided an important stage for regional and international parts and services providers. With a large on-land component of the show, the event has become a launching point each year for annual releases of innovative products and new developments.The Auckland Boat Show is run by a small team from the NZ Marine Industry Association and is designed solely to promote and further the cause of New Zealand’s marine industry. Since 1998, it’s been helping show-goers discover the latest in innovative products and vessels and helping companies make quality connections with both customers and other members of the industry. New Zealand’s biggest boat show showcases more than 200 domestic and international marine businesses, including dozens of vessel manufacturers and boat brokers.Credits: Auckland Boat Show; @thantzinoo18/Unsplash
August 16, 2022
The 26m Princess superyacht Vista Me ran aground on Calvi Beach in Corsica as a result of a severe storm that hit Corsica on 12 August. Torrential rains and wind gusts up to 43 knots hit the Balagne region in the north of the island. Vista Me had her mooring line cut off. 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padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;><a href=https://www.instagram.com/reel/ChR6LWRM5E2/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading style= color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; target=_blank>A post shared by Salvage and wreck (@salvage_and_wreck)</a></p></div></blockquote> <script async src=//www.instagram.com/embed.js></script>Vista Me will require an inspection to assess the risk of further damage before she can be removed from the beach.<blockquote class=twitter-tweet><p lang=fr dir=ltr>EN IMAGES - Mauvais temps : la SNSM se multiplie à Calvi - <a href=https://t.co/DGzsBmLq2U>https://t.co/DGzsBmLq2U</a><br>Calvi et la Balagne n'ont pas été épargnés par les brèves, mais fortes précipitations qui ont affecté la Corse dans le courant de la nuit de vendredi à samedi. Parmi les nombreuses intervention... <a href=https://t.co/TS1ZsNvB6f>pic.twitter.com/TS1ZsNvB6f</a></p>— Robot De l'Info (@RDelinfo) <a href=https://twitter.com/RDelinfo/status/1558534750431854592?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw>August 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src=https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js charset=utf-8></script>Credits: @RDelinfo/Twitter; salvage_and_wreck/Instagram
August 16, 2022
The 32.92m motor yacht Cofina is now available for charter with Northrop & Johnson. The vessel will cruise the Bahamas in the summer and winter. Cofina exterior Cofina was launched by Ferretti Yachts in 2018 and boasts incredible volume for her size, promising guests a comfortable charter filled with entertainment and loads of space from bow to stern. Her beautiful Italian styling and design showcase clean, modern neutral furnishings accented with pops of color that pay homage to the turquoise waters of her cruising grounds.Main saloonThe yacht’s spacious main saloon is illuminated by natural light from the expansive windows. With plenty of seating, this area is perfect for a social gathering. A drop-down balcony is situated on the starboard side for guests to get closer to the water. Dinning area She has a formal dining table for 10 guests and a spacious alfresco dining set up with a custom-made fourteen-person table in the aft. Cofina’s sky lounge features a huge U-shaped sofa, perfect for casual movie nights onboard. Aft is another alfresco dining setup and conversational sofas for lounging and socializing surrounded by scenic landscapes.Main saloonCofina can accommodate 10 guests across five well-appointed staterooms. The king-size master suite on the main deck features large, water-level windows, a private office and a stunning en-suite bathroom with separate his-and-hers entrances. Master suite The charter yacht’s further accommodations include three queen staterooms and a twin cabin with a Pullman. The yacht’s well-appointed layout makes her suitable for charters with couples or children.Beach club Her sundeck is a social locale with a hot tub flanked by sunpads, a spacious bar with seating and dedicated sun loungers for sunbathing. Hot tubOn the foredeck sits a U-shaped conversation area with a table, optional shading and more sunpads to lay back and admire the unbeatable views. Cofina also has a nice collection of water toys in her large beach club.Cofina exterior Charters start at USD95,000 per week, plus expenses.Credits: Northrop & Johnson
August 16, 2022
There is still a month left until the end of summer, it's time to enjoy the sea vacation. The beach club today is the most important component of recreation on the water. We have selected three yachts with well-planned beach clubs worthy of your attention.Resilience65mISAThe ISA Classic 65 meter motor yacht Resilience spreads through six decks, her exterior and interior design was developed by Team for Design Enrico Gobbi while Palumbo Superyachts technical team were the naval architects. The steel and aluminum can accommodate 14 guests across six cabins with a seventh convertible, including a full-beam owner suite located on the forward main deck. At the lower deck she has the 4x4 meter transom, door aligns flush with the swimming platform when lowered, which combined with the two opened side doors, transforms the entire area into a beach club with an expanse of more than 180 sq. m. It consists of a lounge area, bar, showers, gym, sauna, massage room and a welcome area for boarding/disembarking guests from tenders. The beach club has three different accesses to the rest of the yacht: an external staircase from the aft deck, an internal staircase to the right of the massage area, and a scenic corridor running through a transparent glass enclosure which, crossing the engine room, directly connects the beach club with the lower deck lobby and the guest cabins. On-board equipment includes two jet skis, a 27ft guest tender and a 19ft crew tender. Al Waab55mAlia YachtsAl Waab, the longest steel and aluminum yacht below 500GT in the world, features the design and naval architecture by Vripack and GCC- based SF Yachts. She has an ergonomic layout which creates an open-plan, owner-centric general arrangement designed for easy, restful, family living. Other features include a drop-down bulwark in the dining area, which replaces the traditional formal dining room with an al fresco breakfast area just two meters above the water on the starboard main deck. Much of the onboard seating is designed to face outboard for a true connection with the sea. The yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests across six staterooms. The lavish split-level master suite is located on the upper deck and has a private four meter pool on the foredeck. A sprawling beach club in the stern is another highlight. Moreover, by placing the tender bay in a sunken deck in the bow the tenders are easily accessible yet hidden from view. The grated ‘tween deck arrangement provides storage for two tenders, a pair of jet skis and other water toys, but because it is not an enclosed space it is not included in the yacht's overall volume.Koju37m Benetti The elegant and modern composite displacement boat Motopanfilo 37M Koju features the design of the Benetti motoryachts of the 60s. Her external lines were designed by Francesco Struglia, in collaboration with Benetti. The profile, characterized by neat and clean cuts, has been elongated and refined with austere shapes. The Lazzarini and Pickering studio designed the interiors, also inspired by the nautical tradition of the 60s, with modern technical and stylistic solutions. Loro Piana Interiors completely covered the interiors and parts of the exteriors, which are characterized by timeless elegance and furnished with classic summer and sea materials, first of all linen, in shades of white, blue and malachite. Koju can accommodate 10 guests on board, including an owner’s suite at the bow of the main deck and a further four guest cabins on the lower deck. She features a spacious Hamptons-style beach club with a platform for easy access and a great selection of water toys. Credits: Yacht Harbour archive
August 15, 2022
The 31.3m motor yacht Hvalross has been listed for sale by Arcon Yachts. Hvalross (previously known as Galego) was launched in 2017 by Cantiere delle Marche. Part of the shipyard's Darwin 102 series, the vessel features an exterior design and naval architecture by Hydro Tec, while her interiors were drawn by Pierluigi Floris Architetto. With a beam of 8.23 m and a draft of 4.27 m, she has a steel hull and steel superstructure.Hvalross can accommodate eight guests across four cabins, and a crew of six to assist them. She features an office at the owner suite, large windows in the main saloon and explorer capabilities. She is powered by Caterpillar engines giving her a maximum speed of 13.6 knots and a cruising speed of 13.2 knots. Hvalross's maximum range is 5,900 nautical miles at 10 knots. The yacht’s asking price is EUR9,700,000. CdM's story begins in 2010. The facilities cover an overall surface of 16˙000 square meters, including 7˙000 sq. m of workshops and 1˙000 sq. m of docks. Since 2015, the shipyard has been the world’s leading builder of explorer yachts. Based in Ancona, Cantiere delle Marche builds yachts from 26m to 43m in length.Credits: CdM
August 15, 2022