Sunday, March 9, 2014
Moran Yacht & Ship have become the exclusive worldwide charter broker for the magnificent 94m (308ft) megayacht, Kismet II that's currently under construction by Lurssen Yachts in Germany. Like many of the Lurssen megayachts Kismet II is currently being overseen by Moran Yacht & Ship. She is the to become successor to the 68m (223ft) Kismet which was sold at the end of 2013, presumably to Shahid Khan.
She will be launch in September 2014 will mark yet another excellent collaboration between Espen Oeino, the multiple-award-winning Norwegian designer, and the renowned German shipyard. Reymond Langton has designed the interior which will defiantly become one of the most admired and talked about of any megayacht built to date.
Some of her unique features include a winter garden deck, a relaxing full service spa and an enormous swimming pool including a one of a kind retractable outdoor fireplace. We will bring you more news closer to her launch in September of this year.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Grace E, the new 73m (240ft) Picchiotti megayacht which is the third megayacht of the Vitruvius series sold by Perini Navi Group, has just completed her sea trials and has achieved excellent results in all of the tests: range, maximum speed, fuel and power consumption, Dynamic Positioning system. Her quietness and lack of vibration have especially pleased all the technicians that were aboard during the testing.
Grace E has a different diesel-electric propulsion system compared to her predecessors Exuma and Galileo G, an advanced system that runs on two Azipods, electronically activated propellers mounted on a guidable support. Yacht captain Eddie Cooney commented:
Tests on her Dynamic Positioning system have confirmed that the yacht can maintain her position on the water even in rough conditions. She is ideal for cruising on the high seas and her exterior spaces spread over a magnificent five decks. The upper deck, or wellness deck, is entirely dedicated to care of the person and wellness with a gym, sauna and hydrotherapy equipment. Her interiors that are elegant, strong and contemporary were designed by renowned designer Remi Tessier.
Two years after the introduction of their first 5000 Fly megayacht "La Pellegrina", Couach Yachts have just this week launched their second in the 50m (164ft) range. Her name is yet to be reviled but with her strong gray sharp hull a bold name would be the perfect match for her exterior styling.
Her owner had a huge impact on the design specification and requested an extension to the upper deck to have space for a table and seating for 14 guests and also wished to create a private area of 100 sqm on the fybridge by extending the bridge canopy. To accommodate his requests, with no compromises on the overall design, the engineers at Couach completely redesigned these areas, bringing a new meaning to semi custom yacht building. The interior design was carried out by Couach and Metrica Interior who are known for their yacht and home interiors.
She is due to be delivered to her new owner in May of this year after final touches are finished off and she completes her sea trials.
- Length: 50m (164ft)
- Gross Tonnage: <500GT
- Builder: Chantier Naval Couach
- Class Register: BV
- Flag: Cayman Islands
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Palumbo and Hot Labs have had an amazing 2014 Showboats Design Awards ceremony, where they were awarded not one but three of the prestigious Golden Neptune awards in the following categories:
- Interior Design Award - Semi Displacement Motor Yacht
- Holistic Design Award - Motor Yachts
- Environmental Protection Award
Monday, March 3, 2014
"Seahawk", the first superyacht in the Perini Navi 60m (197ft) series, won the holistic design award that was presented during the Showboats Design Awards 2014 ceremony hosted by Boat International at the elegant Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria last week.
The holistic design award is awarded yearly to the superyacht that represents "the finest example of a harmonious combination of interior and exterior design." The jury of experts saw that Seahawk had the perfect combination amongst spaces, functionality, practicality and innovation.
Seahawk has innovative hull lines to guarantee speed and performance while under sail. These are combined with even comfortable interior volumes that make this first superyacht in the new generation Perini Navi series really stand out. She has new and improved furlers designed by the Perini Navi Mast department and new winches that are faster to manoeuvre and more powerful than ever before on a Perini. The interiors, which are contemporary in style with maritime influence were designed by the French designer Christian Liaigre.
She is also a finalist in the Sailing Yacht 40m+ (131ft) size range category at the ninth edition of the Boat International World Superyacht Awards that will be held in Amsterdam on May 3rd. Another Perini "State of Grace", the first superyacht in the new Perini 40m Fast Cruising series is also a finalist, this time in the Sailing Yacht in 30m to 40m size range.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Heesen Yachts have announced that project Azuro (YN 16650) has been sold, in close collaboration with Burgess, who introduced the client.
Azuro's exterior lines were designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects to give her its iconic reverse sheer "pelican beak" bow. Continuous sheets of laminated triple glazing have been thermo-bonded to the superstructure creating a seamless wall of windows resulting in a fast sporty look.
Guests will enjoy on Azuro in four distinct deck areas that provide a perfect space for every occasion. The 70 sqm sun deck is probably the largest on a yacht of this size, and for privacy in port, there is a lounging area hidden away on the foredeck. The shaded dining area on the upper deck and the main deck terrace combines with the saloon to create 25 sqm of entertaining space.
Azuro has the largest volume of any yacht of her length. Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski created her interior design using just three materials for all interior surfaces: teak, limestone and leather.
Twelve guests will be accommodated in six cabins. The master suite is located traditionally forward on the main deck. Both the bedroom and bathroom are full beam with windows running along their entire length. The other guest cabins are found on the lower deck and include a full beam VIP, two double and two twin cabins.
She will be powered by the latest MTU engines 16V 4000 M73L, which will power her to a top speed of 23kts and a range of over 3,100nm. She will be launched in March and then make her way to the North Sea where she will go through her sea trials before being delivered to her owners at the end of May 2014.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The renowned Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman have just announced the launch of project no. 393, now know as "Wisp". She is a beautiful built (as are all of the Royal Huisman superyachts) classic sloop that measures 48m (156ft) in length and is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design.
The owner's brief was for a boat that would perform well without excessive heel, hence her relatively beamy hull and spoon bow for a more gentle ride. Her stained oak and wenge interior is by Rhoades Young of which takes full advantage of the beamy hull to create magnificently large salons, a spacious full beam master suite and accommodation for both guests and crew. Wisp fulfils all her owner's criteria for a comfortable cruising yacht that may also engage in a little "gentleman's racing".
"Wisp is a shining example of how a modern sailing yacht can still impart a sense of Corinthian spirit," says Alice Huisman. "Her quality design and construction provides ocean going capability, comfort and performance".
"It has been a challenge to meet the owner's high expectations, but the successful result is thanks to hard work by all concerned," says Nigel Ingram of MCM, acting as the owner's representative, of their first collaboration with Royal Huisman. "The working relationship with the yard has been enjoyable and the quality of the yacht speaks for itself. We look forward to further developing the relationship with Royal Huisman over future projects".
Wisp's sea trails and crew training will take place in the next couple of weeks prior to delivery to her owner later this spring.