Monday, September 1, 2014

Feadship Launch ROCK.IT

Feadship have launched the stunning 60m (197ft) superyacht "ROCK.IT". She was created for an experienced owner who has chartered Feadships in the past. She is fast from the outside, cosy on the inside and features the first time application on a superyacht of an innovative control and manoeuvring system developed for naval applications.

"Each Feadship is unique and no two Feadship owners are the same," comments Feadship director Henk de Vries to an audience of several hundred guests at the launching ceremony. "It is our privilege at Feadship to create the most amazing yachts on the oceans for the most fascinating people on the planet, and it has been an amazing and sometimes rollercoaster ride to partner with the owner of ROCK.IT. During his many visits to the yard, we had terrific fun with this unconventional and no-compromise client. His between-your-eyes honesty and tremendous respect for and appreciation of Feadship craftsmanship pushed us to new heights. This is the epitome of the Feadship experience, which encompasses the entire design and construction process. ROCK.IT is a true 21st-century Feadship: stunning aesthetic design nestled in a super- stable oceangoing package that will truly rock the waves."

It takes only takes a few glances at her to see the challenge faced by the yard, the designers and naval architects from Sinot Yacht Design and Feadship. They had to pull out all the stops to realise the owner's vision of a striking, innovative and sporty look. "ROCK.IT is very sleek and bold without being pretentious," explained exterior designer Sander Sinot. "A natural flow of lines and surfaces makes the yacht breathe speed and exude elegance."

The awesomeness continues inside, where she has dark precious woods and light stones are blended with a detailed classic modern interior. One of the most striking features is the skylight in the sun deck canopy, which dims automatically depending on the strength of the sunlight. This allows for an open feel while keeping the comfort levels.

She contains cutting edge technology, as in the installation of a unique control system that includes a semi DP autopilot system. This will allow her to keep her heading at anchor, hovering on the main engine and the thrusters. Optimal use of the various manoeuvring modes is made by the use of a three axis steering joystick with a rotational factor.

"I was willing to accept this new system because it comes from a proven military background," said ROCK.IT's captain. "I'm also glad we did this with Feadship as it requires a high degree of confidence in the hardware and the people. This manoeuvring system represents a real step towards the future. To make it happen at this point in time, took real vision and considerable skill."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Baltic Yachts Sign New 40m

Baltic Yachts announced the signing of a custom 40m (130ft) high performance cruising superyacht. To date Baltic Yachts have delivered nine fully custom yachts above 100ft built in carbon composite with the focus on comfortable cruising combined with high performance and low weight and this new 40m follows those guidelines exactly.

Nauta Design is responsible for overall exterior design, deck and interior design with the hull lines from the board of Reichel Pugh Yacht Design. She will have a full carbon sandwich construction and be equipped with a retractable propulsion system and lifting keel. Nigel Ingram from MCM will be the owner's representative on the project with the build start in September this year and delivery in summer 2016.

She will have a plumb bow and a wide stern combined with a flush deck to fulfil the owner's wishes as a passionate regatta sailor. Her internal layout will include an owner forward suite, a saloon, galley and an additional five cabins, two for guests and three for crew.

This year Baltic Yachts is delivering two new builds, a 108ft and 116ft, along with the launch of Nariida, the 105ft Wally that was in for a refit this past winter. In production Baltic Yachts have a 115ft and a 175ft project alongside this new 130ft and the Lifecycle Service department projects. It all sounds like busy times ahead for the Finnish yard.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lurssen's Ester III on Sea Trials

Ester III also known as "Project Green" has successfully finished her sea trials in the Baltic Sea under perfect weather conditions. Her final delivery is planned for the autumn of this year.

Espen Oeino gave Ester III a very noticable and masculine appearance, under clear directions from the owner. Her white and grey paint job and her vertical bow along with her angled lines give her that strong character. She has a length of 66m (216ft), a beam of 11.90m (39ft) and can accommodate all of the owner's requirements including a large pool on the main deck and a helicopter pad on the sun deck.

Her interior, which is still being installed, is designed by Reymond Langton.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Megayacht Holds Art Exhibition

Last week, August 3rd to August 7th the futuristic 41m (134ft) megayacht "Ocean Sapphire" was the home for some very expensive and famous Andy Warhol pieces of art, as she hosted an art exhibition. She was moored at the Forte Village Resort in Sardinia for an exclusive top client charter, introducing top art collectors to the superyacht lifestyle.

Floating Life Charter & Brokerage collaborated with Forte Village and Art Events Mazzoleni to host a selection of the 160 pieces of art which included 20 original Andy Warhol pieces, on board Ocean Sapphire. One of the pieces can be see in the below image.

For some guests the charter began with a cruise on board Ocean Sapphire from Cagliari to Forte Village. From August 4th to August 6th a tender was available for a maximum number of 16 clients each evening. Once aboard the Ocean Sapphire, the guests were able to tour the yacht and admire the art on display.

The event ended August 7th when the works of art were brought ashore and the Ocean Sapphire departed for a new destination in the Mediterranean.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ISA Yachts Deliver 66m "OKTO"

ISA yachts in Ancona Italy have just this week delivered their newest megayacht to her owners. OKTO measures 66m (216 ft) in length and has a smooth sexy black/silver exterior design by Andrea Vallicelli, while the interior design is by Alberto Pinto.

She can accommodate 12 guests in total and 17 crew. She is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512 C engines rated at 1765 KW at 1800. She can reach a top speed of 18.5 kts and at a cruising speed of 16.5 kts in maximum comfort.

ISA Yachts CEO, Luciano Bregola, says : "This gem of a yacht is the result of the perfect collaboration of a well concerted team of experts who designed, engineered, built and delivered a distinctive yacht which will set new standards in the industry. We are all extremely proud of OKTO - Bregola continues - and wish her Owners to enjoy extensive world travels aboard such a magnificent yacht".

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lurssen Launch 104m "Quantum Blue"

Lurssen announced last week the successful launching and unveiling of the beautiful project "Quantum Blue" on 25th July 2014 after she had been rolled out the day before. She measures 104m (336ft) and her delivery is planned for the end of this year.

Tim Heywood has given Quantum Blue elegant and graceful exterior lines and has ensured that despite her massive volume she maintains her graceful looks. He confirms: "Quantum Blue has emerged from the Lurssen shipyard and will take her place, confidently, amongst the most beautiful yachts afloat. My gratitude to the owners for allowing Tim Heywood Designs to help create this wonderful floating work of art, which we are extremely proud of. Once again, I have had the great pleasure of working with the Lurssen team to create a truly wonderful yacht with many new and unique features. I am so pleased with the elegant proportions, the demanding details achieved by the yard and the superb finish to her hull and superstructure."

Her interior design was created at the Alberto Pinto Design office and can be expected to be spectacular. A unique mix of rare and striking materials will give her an exceptional look and luxury feel.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Heesen Sell 47m Project Hé

Heesen Yachts in Holland announced earlier this week that the 47m (154ft) displacement, YN 16947 Project , was sold on June 13 2014. Mark Cavendish, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts comments: "This is the fourth contract we have signed in the first six months of 2014. We are delighted to see that the market is finally picking up!" This is a great order book for the yard in the first six months of the year.

She has a well engineered round bilge hull with a bulbous bow. She will be powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 that will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4,000nm at 12kts, while zero speed stabilizers will guarantee maximum comfort at anchor.

Her sophisticated interior is designed by London based and multi award winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell Design who are on their fifth successful collaboration with this Dutch megayacht builder. The fleet includes the 37m Aurelia, 47m Elandess (now Raasta), Lady Petra and My Secret, and the recently launched 65m Galactica Star.

Guru designer in Bannenberg & Rowell Design Dieter Rams’ motto to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage guided Bannenberg & Rowell in their approach to the interior design of Project Hé. The project name "Hé" in Chinese means "the simplest form of peace and harmony" and Bannenberg & Rowell chose it to unify in one ideogram the essence of their design theme: simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication.

Twelve guests will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere on board where light colors are combined with natural and discreet contrast finishes. She will be delivered to her owners in February 2015.