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Friday, September 24th, 2010
Danish Yachts, the builder behind the super-fast 116-footer designed by Espen Oeino, is making a concerted effort to attract more conservative-minded clients. Whether they prefer lower fuel consumption, or simply want more space within a medium-size yacht, the yard expects they’ll be interested in one of two new carbon-fiber concept projects. Both were unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show this week.
The first is the Danish Yachts AeroCruiser 38F III. Like the 116, she’s styled by Oeino, but with a variety of fuel-efficient engine packages. The watermakers and air conditioning system will also emphasize wiser energy usage. Danish Yachts hasn’t provided specifics on these, but it does state that it’s investigating further eco-oriented systems to save energy (and therefore the owner’s wallet).
Design-wise, the 38-meter (125-foot) AeroCruiser 38F III employs far more glass than most yachts. In fact, sole-to-overhead panels will line each side, for a brighter interior. Note, too, the slide-open panel on the side deck and the all-glass hatch forward in the illustration above. They’ll make it easier to enjoy the view and the foredeck pool. The hatch further doubles as a sunshade when needed.
The second project that Danish Yachts is promoting is the QuadraDeck Series, designed by Cor D Rover. Instead of being a “green” concept, the superyacht series is intended to maximize usable space. An extra, enclosed upper deck certainly does the trick, adding a fourth deck (hence the series name) to the typical three-level layout. Danish Yachts says that aboard the 38-meter QuadraDeck (125-footer), the owners and guests will get the space of a typical 42-meter (138-footer). A 46-meter (151-foot) QuadraDeck is also available.
But that fourth deck doesn’t just sit still. The Sky Terrace, as it’s called, can expand at the touch of a button. Both sides fold down to become teak-laid balconies.
The rest of the layout, plus the engine package, are open to owners’ wishes.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
THE Monaco Yacht Show started today and there are plenty of representatives there from Isle of Man based companies involved in the industry.
“You have to go to Monaco every year if you are in this industry,” Bransom Bean, director of Moore Stephens Crew Benefits said, prior to setting off for the show.
“Some estimates have said there are going to be 100 people from the Isle of Man there – the Island has become a centre of expertise for yachts.”
It is the first year Moore Stephens Crew Benefits itself will be attending – though Moore Stephens has had a presence at the show for many years. ”No-one offers the full spectrum of products that we have,” Bransom said.
The target market for Moore Stephens Crew Benefits is the yacht crew, rather than the owners, their advisors or managers.
Yacht crew are different than commercial crew in that the latter have an almost cradle to grave support from their employers who usually have large fleets of ships. Yacht crew do not.
MSCB – which is sponsoring the Captain’s Hideout venue at Monaco - source a broad spectrum of financial opportunities for them including international offshore bank accounts, international flexiplan for savings and retirement, global medical insurance and personal accident and income protection insurance.
The Captain’s Hideout has been a feature of the Monaco Yacht Show for some years and is also a feature of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
It provides an area for captains and crew to network and relax away from the show and they are provided with free meals.
The show is hard work for the crew – the yachts are there either because they are chartering, for sale or on display by builders.
Bransom said: “The yacht business is global and this is the one time when everyone seems to gather so you try to touch base with as many people as you can, often starting with two breakfast meetings.”
Yachting is big business and one that contributes to the Manx economy and employs a lot of people in the Island as part of the highly successful shipping industry.
“The Isle of Man has succeeded because they understand what the yacht people need and deliver it,” Bransom said.
There are different boat shows around the globe and the recent Southampton Boat Show is a far cry from Monaco - at the former you can buy foul weather gear, boat shoes and charts.
At Monaco the boat show has fabrics, exotic woods and special bathroom fittings for super yachts.
And for those thinking the luxurious nature of Monaco must be a bit of fun for those working there, Bransom has a different view point.
“If I want to go on a jolly I will go to the Southampton Boat Show – this is work.”
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Gucci, and Riva, in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design, the design company which created the original Aquariva in 2000, are proud to unveil the exclusive made to order “Aquariva by Gucci”, a model customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. This initiative will be one of the activities marking Gucci’s 90th anniversary year in 2011.
This unique collaboration between two of Italy’s most renowned design houses celebrates the era of La Dolce Vita, when a joie de vivre, glamour and elegance defined an attitude and a lifestyle. In their respective sectors, Gucci and Riva have similar stories, each with a tradition of excellence in design and craftsmanship that has led to international notoriety.
Founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, Gucci won ever greater attention and acclaim for the exquisite craftsmanship and eternal appeal of its products. Now, 90 years on, under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, the House continues to infuse its remarkable heritage with a contemporary fashion vision providing a unique combination of past and present.
Likewise, for Riva the values behind its almost 170-year success story were established at its birth in 1842 on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. Tradition and innovation combine to create authentic maritime gems that are an expression of pure Italian elegance and allure thanks to artisan workmanship and attention to detail, employing only the finest materials. For more than twenty years Riva’s design has been entrusted to the creative inspiration of Officina Italiana Design, which under the direction of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, focuses exclusively on the definition of the Riva style.
Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director, said, “Over the decades the iconic Riva boat has become without doubt one of the most evocative images of Italian style, sophistication and elegance. It is a symbol of a glamorous lifestyle that sparks fond memories of La Dolce Vita – a golden age when both Gucci and Riva attracted an enthusiastic following among the international jet set. It is therefore especially meaningful in Gucci’s 90th anniversary year to be able to recognise and celebrate the great traditions and values of both Gucci and Riva through the Aquariva by Gucci.”
Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of the Ferretti Group which Riva is part of, commented, “The Aquariva bears outstanding witness to Riva’s natural evolution from past to present in the sphere of boat styling, through an elegance and delicacy of line that in a span of 33 feet holds the same attention to detail and love of tradition inspiring the Forever Now spirit of Gucci. I can’t wait to see this Aquariva by Gucci in the water, a project that perfectly represents the balance between tradition and modernity, destined to become a symbol of Italian style and craftsmanship.”
Mauro Micheli, Chief Designer of Officina Italiana Design, added, “We had to absorb Riva history to create Aquariva, but also forget it in a certain sense, in order to propose a contemporary product which would go beyond the legendary Aquarama, the best-known nautical icon in the world. In Aquariva, cutting-edge technologies have respected and maintained the charm, softness and clean lines of the shapes which are typical to Riva. If Aquarama has always been an icon, Aquariva is perhaps, becoming one, and Frida Giannini’s enthusiasm for this model confirms this.”
Respecting the DNA of the original project created by Officina Italiana Design was paramount to Gucci’s design for Aquariva. Defining the Aquariva by Gucci is a fiberglass hull and detailing painted in Gucci’s own hue of glossy white, while Riva’s signature use of mahogany with classic varnish finish – twenty coats in all, ten by brushing, ten by spraying – is also the signature material for the cockpit and walking decks and awning cover hatch. The waterproof fabric covering the seats and sundeck features the emblematic Guccissima print, while the bed upholstery is defined by the beauty of Gucci white cotton. The iconic touch is provided by Gucci’s green-red-green web detailing which edges the floating line, perfectly complementing the unique green crystal windshield. Completing the Gucci customization is a series of exclusive Riva by Gucci accessories.
The innovative two-speed electronic gear reveals all the power of the two 380-horsepower Yanmar engines, ensuring an exceptional performance, with a maximum speed of 41 knots and a 150-mile range at cruising speed.
The Aquariva by Gucci was unveiled at the International Cannes Boat Show on September 7th, 2010 followed by a special presentation on September 22nd 2010, the opening day of Milan Fashion Week. A show boat will then travel the world visiting some of the world’s most prestigious boat shows and international destinations throughout 2011. The Aquariva by Gucci will be exclusively available on a made-to-order basis through Riva’s dealer network.
Gucci, founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands. With a renowned reputation for quality and Italian craftsmanship, Gucci designs, manufactures and distributes highly desirable products such as leather goods (handbags, small leather goods, and luggage), shoes, ready-to-wear, silks, timepieces and fine jewellery. Eyewear and fragrances are manufactured and distributed under license by global industry leaders in these two sectors. Gucci products are sold exclusively through a network of directly operated boutiques (295 as of June 2010) and a small number of selected department and specialty stores.
Riva, the iconic Italian boat-maker established in 1842 in Sarnico, is one of the oldest and most celebrated boat-yard in the world. In the 1950s, Carlo Riva created a celebrity persona for the brand based on the famous mahogany range of boats which became iconic. Riva’s Aquariva is the natural evolution of the Aquarama, a modern day icon which reinforced Riva’s reputation as the epitome of style and luxury. Since 2000, Riva has been part of the Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the design, construction and sale of luxury yachts with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive, prestigious brands in the nautical world.
Officina Italiana Design
Founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, Officina Italiana Design is the renowned boat design studio that for over 20 years has been officially appointed as Riva’s exclusive designers. Officina Italiana Design has given shape and perfection in every detail to the current Riva range, writing a piece of history of the international yachting design. Officina Italiana Design has won a number of international prizes and signed many important projects in the real estate and industrial design sectors, distinguishing from others by the aesthetic high impact of their works.
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Last week Oceanco successfully launched the 86m steel hulled Y706. Although not yet confirmed by the shipyard, we believe the yacht will be christened Seven Seas.
The launch marks another milestone for Oceanco as the yard once again distinguishes itself as being at the forefront of the international superyacht sector. With this spectacular new launch Oceanco continues to prove its capability of achieving the highest engineering and production standards in terms of performance, styling and quality.
At 86m, Y706 boasts the powerful exterior and interior design work of Nuvolari & Lenard, which includes a trademark Oceanco swimming pool on her aft deck that can be conveniently transformed into a helipad. Y706 is a perfect balance between discretion and distinction. Her size, quality and style will ensure that she is recognized as a true Oceanco, whether cruising the oceans or at anchor.
Naval architects of this magnificent 2010 motor yacht Y706 are Oceanco and Azure. Her interior design together with the exterior design is a creation of Nuvolari & Lenard designers.
Oceanco Yachts is a company that works with world class designers in continuing to improve the yachts they build. Each one is quantifiably better than the last. This sometimes comes with almost radical leaps in design and technology, as seen with ALFA NERO, whilst in addition there are perpetual small improvements which combine to produce superior yachts in almost all areas.
Y706 yacht’s spectacularly shaped and thoroughly tested steel hull with bulbous bow is capable of worldwide ocean going voyages and extensive cruising on high seas.
The welded steel hull of the Y706 motor yacht is currently under construction and will house a large aluminium superstructure.
For a86 metre motor yacht, the Oceanco Y706 is the perfect balance. Meaning she is both discreet and distinctive. Her size, shape and style will ensure that she is one of the most impressive yachts in the world, easily recognized in any company, whether cruising the oceans or at anchor in the Caribbean, Costa Esmeralda or the Mediterranean.
One interesting thing about the new Oceanco Y706 superyacht is her performance. Large yachts with long waterlines are capable of high speeds and yacht Y706 has an impressive top speed projection of 18.50 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Although not super fast it should be remembered that this is a typically volumous Oceanco motor yacht with good height and with a beam of 13.80 metres providing a capacious interior and exterior deck space. Her official after launch sea trial and testing will confirm her true speed capabilities.
Also interesting about the Y706 yacht is the powerful exterior design work as produced by the now famous Nuvolari & Lenard. In keeping with the Oceanco tendency, the megayacht has a swimming pool on her aft deck which can conveniently be transformed into a full helipad.
The Y706 Oceanco yacht has accommodation for 12 guests, including a now usual large separate master suite with study and private deck area.
The 86.47 metre (280.43ft) Oceanco Yacht is fitted with two 4,680hp / 3,492 kW MTU engines. As mentioned before, she is able to reach the maximum speed of 18,5 knots and the top cruising speed of approximately 14 knots.
Technical Specifications for the motor yacht Y706
Type Steel Hull and aluminum superstructure
Length overall 86m / 282.15ft
Beam overall 14.20 / 46.59ft
Engine 2 x 4,680hp / 3,492kW MTU 16V 595 TE 70
Maximum speed Approximately 20 knots
Classification 100 A1 SSC Yacht (P) MONO G6 LMC UMS
MCA Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY2)
Owner Master suite, study, owners’ lounge, lobby and private exterior deck area with whirlpool
Guests 6 VIP suites
Naval architect Oceanco / Azure
Exterior designer Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior designer Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior Decorator Molly Isaksen Interiors
Photography Pamela Jones
Owner’s repr. Wright Maritime Group
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Its tough being a luxury yacht owner in need of cash these days. Some high net worth individuals have been forced to accept discounts of up to 25% when selling their 24m-plus boats…but there is a silver lining.
Last month the Palma-based broker selling 32m motor yacht Trilogy, reduced its asking price by a quarter from €1.2m to €895,000.
Brokers of the 36m superyacht Necklace II reduced its price by a further €600,000 on top of a previous price reduction of €550,000, taking the price down 12% from €8.75m to an asking price of €8.15m.
In May, 82m motor yacht Alfa Nero had its price cut by €10.75m. In March the 67m superyacht Apoise was sold to a UK bidder for $46m at an unreserved auction, going for almost half of its estimated worth before refit. When delivered in 2006, Apoise was estimated to be worth $90m.
But the superyacht seascape has brightened considerably, according to luxury and lifestyle publication Superyachts.com. Sales this year have hit 15 compared with four in 2009 and six megayachts, those over 70m long, have changed hands compared with last year’s four.
Ben Roberts at Superyachts.com said: “As the economic downturn of the last 18 months took hold, the brokerage industry faced decline. Prices of second-hand yachts became more accessible, leaving the new build market to stagnate. However, as more unclaimed yachts head for the brokerage sector, the case for striking a good deal now has never been stronger.”
He said: “Some of the world’s largest yachts have been sold this year and with a fleet of highly anticipated superyachts currently in construction, the market for high-end superyachts is not only growing, but producing a market where bigger is better.”
Here Financial News takes a look at some of the most successful sales of 2010, according to Superyachts.com. Although brokers provided the asking price, unsurprisingly they were more coy on the sale price.
1. Superyacht Moonlight II
Asking Price: €85m
Sold in early June by joint central agents Edmiston & Company and Burgess and Peter Insull Yacht Marketing , Moonlight II was constructed in 2005 by Greek shipyard Neorion Shipyards Syros with styling from Alpha Marine and Lally Poulias.
Available for charter with Edmiston & Company, Moonlight II is the second largest sale of the year – ranked at number 52 in the Top 100 World’s Largest Superyachts.
2. Superyacht Lauren L
Asking Price: €65m
This unique sea-faring giant was built in 2002 by Cassens-Werft and has been heralded as the sale of the year so far. Lauren L was originally launched as a 100-passenger cruise vessel which then underwent a refit in 2008 to what is now a remarkable luxury yacht.
The sale was conducted in July by brokerage agents Edmiston & Company. Edmiston Broker Rory Trahair said: “Lauren L is the latest in a long line of Edmiston sales this year which includes the 85m Alysia and 72m Utopia and takes our sales to date this year to well over 1km in total length.”
Ranked at number 34 in Superyachts.com’s Top 100 World’s Largest Superyachts roster, Lauren L can accommodate 40 guests and is available for Charter through Edmiston & Company.
3. Superyacht Natita
Asking Price: €59.9m
Designed by Alberto Pinto, Natita was built to a large volume specification and offers a generous amount of luxuriously decorated space on board. She was sold two months ago.
The vessel was built was built by Kusch Yachts in Germany, outfitted with a sophisticated aluminium superstructure by Oceanco and launched in 2005. Sold by Burgess a few weeks ago, who introduced both the buyer and the seller.
4. Superyacht Clarena II
Asking Price: €58m
Sold by Engel & Volkers in April, Clarena II was designed by Nuvolari Lenard and built to Lloyds and MCA specifications in 2009. Clarena II measures 72m above the water and is the largest superyacht built by the CRN Shipyard.
She accommodates 12 guests across one master suite and five double staterooms.
5. Superyacht Utopia
Asking Price: €52.5m
Utopia is a custom built Feadship launched by the De Vries Shipyard in 2004. The vessel was sold in late February by Edmiston & Company and features a luxurious master bedroom located on the deck, with a giant bed and oversized windows offering a 180 degree view of the water.
Utopia is currently available for charter with Edmiston & Company.
Source[ Financial News]