Tuesday, April 15, 2014

McMullen & Wing Sign New 50m

New Zealand megayacht builder McMullen & Wing have announced a new contract to complete the 50m (164ft) steel/aluminium luxury expedition motor yacht with yard number 1016. The name of the vessel remains under wraps for now.

The new megayacht, which will be delivered in early 2016, will have a strong focus on live aboard and outdoor living with an extended cruising range. She will feature a spacious cockpit for waterside lounging and activities and natural gardens on the bridge deck as well as large hot tubs on both the sun deck and foredeck.

She builds on the tremendously successful world cruising and charter record of 45m BIG FISH (McMullen & Wing, 2010). The excellent collaboration of Gregory C Marshal Naval Architects and McMullen & Wing's extensive in-house design team will again team up to work on the new 50m.

The contemporary interior designed by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, will accommodate up to 12 guests in 5 cabins. She will have light and airy interior spaces that flow seamlessly onto extensive  outdoor decks on all levels. The breathtaking owners suite on the bridge deck aft, opens onto its own private aft garden deck just like on her younger sister BIG FISH.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Perini Navi Debuts in Singapore with 50m "Exuma"

The Perini Navi Group will be present for the first time at the Singapore Yacht Show with their 50m (164ft) M/Y Exuma, the first Picchiotti megayacht from their Vitruvius series. The Yacht Show, which is in its fourth year will be held from April 10th to 13th at the ONE 15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove in Singapore.

Exuma, was created through a collaboration between the Perini Navi Group, Vitruvius Ltd and French naval architect Philippe Briand. She was designed for maximum efficiency and for navigating in the globe to uncover the earths best kept secrets. Her sleek aluminium hull allows for a GT of 497 tons and a full load displacement of 400 tons. Her draft is just 2.3m so that she can enter shallow waters and her range is 6,500nm at 12kts.

Since her delivery in 2010, Exuma has embarked on a round the world tour leaving her Mediterranean home port, crossing the Atlantic and touring the Caribbean and from there off to the Pacific Ocean where to date she has navigated for approximately 44,444 nautical miles.

She is widely recognised as one of the best megayachts of her time and has won a variety of international awards such as motor yacht of the Year and Best Displacement motor yacht below 500 GT. She has also been awarded the Rina Green plus Platinum certification, considered to be the highest recognition for respect of the environment. The list goes on as she also won most innovative yacht of the Year at the 2010 World Yacht Trophy and "Asia-based Charter Yacht of the Year 2012" at the Asia Pacific Awards 2012. Now that is a world class resume!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hull & Superstructure Join at Heesen

Heesen Yachts have announced that on February 28 2014 the hull and superstructure of their first ever 55m (180ft) steel Fast Displacement megayacht were joined together at the Heesen facility in Oss. YN 17255 was sold in February 2013 thanks to a collaboration with a commercial family office "Bilderlings Wealth" which represents the client and manages the project.

Her revolutionary Fast Displacement hull was developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects in collaboration with Heesen Yachts in house naval architects. When underway she will be able to reach the remarkable top speed of 16.5kts, with a range of 4,500nm at a cruising speed of 13kts.

Perry van Oossanen comments: "This 55m marks the 10th Heesen for which Van Oossanen Naval Architects have provided the naval architecture package, and the 4th based on the successful Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). At Van Oossanen Naval Architects we believe the 55m will set a benchmark in terms of efficiency: propelling around 600 tonnes of steel and aluminum at 15 knots with only half of the power installed (1300kW) is quite remarkable!"

Frank Laupman from Omega Architects created her exterior lines. She has extensive outdoor spaces with a 110sqm sun deck and a 70sqm private owner's terrace. The tenders and toys are stored in the garage located at the front (seen in the below image) and launched from the two gull wing doors on each side. The lazarette can now be dedicated to a wide beach club and gym with a generous swim platform that allows the owners and their guests to swim and relax right at the sea's edge.

Dutch designer Sinot has been appointed to design the interior where twelve guests are accommodated in six cabins: the master suite traditionally located on the main deck forward featuring a recessed balcony, a full beam VIP lies on the lower deck alongside two twins and two doubles.

She is due to be delivered to her owners in the summer of 2015 after intensive sea trials in the North Sea.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rossinavi Launch, M/Y Polaris

Rossinavi have just launched the second megayacht in their Prince Shark series at their facilities in Viareggio. Shes been christened Polaris and measures 49m (160ft) in length. Her launch comes after the 2013 success of their first Prince Shark megayacht Param Jamuna IV, Polaris is sure to follow her older sister and become a great success for the yard.

Not much information has been released about her interior design but we can tell you that she can accommodate 10 guests in one full beam owners suite forward on the main deck and three doubles and a twin cabin on the lower deck. She has a light aluminum semi planing hull and superstructure and twin MTU 12V4000 M93L engines that bring her to a speed of 23kts.

She is planned to be delivered to her new owner during the first half of May.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Erdevicki Superyacht Design's New Explorer

Erdevicki superyacht design have presented their newest creation, the modernisation of a 38m (125ft) trawler. The brief was to minimise any structural changes to the hull and accommodation while updating the exterior look of the trawler into a modern day explorer. The design needed to incorporate modern exterior lines and curves to soften the harsh rugged appearance of the trawler.

The original portholes in the hull were retained with the six mid-hull ones enlarged to allow more light to the lower deck. The large windows on the main deck are integrated together to give a stunning panoramic appearance which will let in more natural light and give great outside views.

The superstructure has been redesigned with rounded curves for a softer look and the fly bridge remains the same original size but with a larger wrap around windshield. The upper deck will be able to carry two tenders, a dinghy and two jet skis which are all handled by a hydraulic crane that's stowed neatly on the deck.

She will have accommodation for 10 – 11 guests in one master suit and four double guest cabins, one with an additional pullman berth. The crew of 6 or 7 is accommodated in four cabins that include the captains plus three doubles. She will have a range of 4000nm at a cruising speed of 12kts.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta - Final Day

For the final day of racing the race committee chose to set a custom course, sending the fleet to a windward laid mark and a spreader before setting them on a downwind run towards the Dog Islands. Leaving the Dogs to starboard, the course continued toward a laid mark near Ginger Island, with the return to the finish leaving the Dogs to starboard once again.

Right from the start there was a split in the fleet, with the first two superyachts to cross the line, the 29m Altair and the 60m Seahawk opting to head right up the beat, while Tempus Fugit and Moonbird went left. By the first mark, it was Tempus Fugit that had stolen the early lead, rounding 50 seconds ahead of Seahawk, with Moonbird sneaking up the inside just three seconds later. With the fleet choosing to split left or right, there was some close action at the first mark that demonstrated just how close superyachts can race.

As the superyachts hoisted their kites at the spreader mark, once again the fleet split between gybes. Moonbird began to haul in Tempus Fugit and before long had taken the lead on the water, which she then stretched all the way round the course.

By the final leg, Marie had stormed through to second on the water, followed by Sarafin, Twizzle, Tempus Fugit and Nilaya, and meaning that many of the final standings in the three Classes were still wide open. By the time the fleet had finished the last leg to the finish, tension was high, but when the corrected times were calculated it was the J Class Rainbow with Pier Luigi Loro Piana at the helm that had come through to take the win in Class A ahead of Nilaya and the 50m Fitzroy Ohana.

In Class B, another solid race by the Swan Freya gave her another bullet, ahead of the 57m Twizzle putting in another strong performance followed by the 55m ketch Marie. The Class C win went to Moonbird, who had pulled out enough of a lead on the water to hold off a strong challenge by Sarafin, with Tempus Fugit coming home third.

After such a dramatic finish to the event, Bernard Lambilliotte of Moonbird was all smiles with the win. "My first reaction," he said after racing, "is to thank everyone for organising such a beautiful regatta and for getting together such an exceptional gathering of superyachts. I was here two years ago, the first event was a pretty exciting one to start with. What you see today is nearly a repeat of what we have in Sardinia in the summer, even better given the setting. We had very friendly and super professional racing so I really enjoyed it, it was really fantastic."

The final regatta standings gave the Class A win to Nilaya after a fantastic performance, with Rainbow taking second on count back over Ohana in third. It was a similar story in Class B, the dominant performance of Freya gave her overall victory, but a tight battle between Twizzle and Marie ended with Twizzle taking second on count back and Marie landing third. In Class C, Moonbird's solid race today secured her Class win over Sarafin, with Tempus Fugit taking a creditable third.

A fantastic event was had by all and everyone here at Megayacht Global are looking forward to next years action. For more information and videos visit Boat International Media.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta - Day 2

Day 2 on Friday began as the fleet of 20 superyachts spanning from 24.4m (80ft) to 66m (216ft) in length and totaling 779.4m (2,557ft) of sailing technology and design headed out to the start line just west of Necker Island. The race committee announced a course that would take the fleet anticlockwise round Virgin Gorda in a reverse of race one. This also meant an exciting downwind start for the superyachts, with plenty of challenges and high pressure for the tacticians and crews.

There were alterations to the ratings of six yachts overnight as the panel of experts that included pro Peter Craig, International Super Yacht Rule creator Jim Teeters, and a selection of independent and well respected yachting pros such as Cam Appleton and Jens Christensen assessed the data from the first day of racing.

Even with the rating changes the start order remained the same beginning with the slowest rated superyacht Altair, then superyachts starting at two minute intervals after. Many chose to hoist their kites on the line, with several yachts hitting the pin end at pace and timing it to the second.

As the yachts approached the Dog Islands and doused spinnakers for the fetch south, the faster yachts starting later in the order had already made good ground on the slower superyachts. The 37m Fitzroy Moonbird had clocked up a healthy two minute lead over the next superyacht, the 60m Perini Navi Seahawk as they reached Round Rock, their turning mark for the beat north up the east coast of Virgin Gorda.

The faster superyachts in Classes A and B had a longer leg and were sent west of Ginger Island before heading back round Virgin Gorda. There was a battle of the giants at the front with the 57m ketch Twizzle holding off the 55m ketch Marie for the lead on the water. A flurry of superyachts followed including Selene, yesterday's Class A winner Nilaya, Aiyana, the new Fitzroy built Ohana, Hetairos and Inoui all battling for passing lanes and clean air.

In the end Moonbird took line honors again, and they had built up enough of a lead on the water after a great day's racing to take first place in Class C on corrected time, ahead of Sarafin and Seahawk. In Class A, the Baltic built Nilaya scored a second victory ahead of 37m Ohana who put in an impressive performance today and in third the massive ketch Hetairos. Class B went to Twizzle, with race one winner Freya in second and Marie in third. It was shaping up for a great final day of racing.

Keep your eyes here on Megayacht Global for the Final Day and for further information follow the link to Boat International Media.