Punat Shipyard Celebrates 90 Years

Its evolution into one of the region's most renowned shipyards is most dramatically illustrated by the fact that, when it begin, it employed just twelve members of staff.

In 1964 Punat built on its success by developing Punat Marina, situated alongside the main shipyard. Boasting 830 berths for yachts of up to 25 metres, as well as a restaurant, a maintenance shop, a gas station and a nautical equipment store, it has grown to become the second largest marina in the Adriatic.

The shipyard itself, meanwhile, has also expanded in the scope and scale of its facilities. In its early days it was home to just two slipways, where it built primarily wooden powerdriven vessels. Today Punat is equipped for delivering superyachts and ferry yachts, overhauling, repairs, alterations and servicing for ships and yachts of up to 50-metres in length.

In addition to its rich boatbuilding heritage, Punat has also been a strong advocate of sourcing its workforce from the local community over the years. During the 1970s and 1980s the shipyard employed up to 180 workers, many of whom were young people from the island who had been schooled in the field of shipbuilding.

As Punat celebrates its 90th birthday, it can be both proud of its legacy and confident ot its future. Here's to the next 90.

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M/Y Shooting Star Undergoes Price Reduction

Since her launch last summer by boat builders Danish Yachts, the custom built vessel has become a global ambassador for Danish design and craftsmanship.

Boasting sophisticated exterior design and engineering by Espen Oeino, Shooting Star comes bearing the hallmarks of some of the world’s most highly-regarded craftsmen and designers.

Her interior design, formulated by Art-Line, offers those on board a light and airy living environment with a Scandinavian influence, featuring maple woods, leather and cream fabrics in a curved and well-lit concept.

The yacht features an epoxy composite hull and superstructure with a beam of 7.50m (24'7"ft) and a 1.45m (4'9"ft) draft.

It has a cruising speed of 40 knots, max speed of 48.00 knots and a range of 900 nm from her 20000-litre fuel tanks.

Shooting Star is also able to accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 suites comprising 1 owner cabin, 1 double cabin, 2 twin cabins and 1 pullman cabin, as well as 5 crew.

Shooting Star is available for sale through Y.CO.

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Vervece Launches as Luxury Yacht after Three-Year Refit

Launched by Palumbo Shipyard in Naples, Italy, the vessel has undergone a substantial restoration process, including having parts of her hull changed and a new superstructure built.

The yacht’s engine room was also rebuilt and new equipment installed including engines and an air-conditioning system, whilst the original single shaft propeller was replaced with twin props.

The restoration process was overseen by Naval Design & Consulting and undertaken by skilled local workers with vast experience restoring old ships into luxury vessels.

Powered by twin 746kW Cummins engines, Vervece is capable of a cruising speed of 12 knots and a range of 3,000 nautical miles at the same speed. She boasts a gross tonnage of 300 GRT.

Vervece was first launched in 1964 by the Benetti shipyard.

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  • Vervece Launches as Luxury Yacht after Three-Year Refit

M/Y Soraya 46 Nearing Completion

Resulting from a collaboration between Soraya Yachts and Slovenian studio Uniellé Yacht Design, the 46-metre vessel was designed to showcase innovative yacht building methods including energy-efficient LED technology.

Also among the vessel’s stand-out features are a retractable hydraulic helipad which also serves as an operational space for crew and storage room for mooring equipment at the bow.

Each guest cabin has been sound-proofed to maximize noise reduction and a special battery-powered “Night mode” works to create a silent and relaxing environment onboard.

The now almost standard zero speed stabilizers are also present, supporting her steel hull while motoring and when at anchor.

In total Soraya 46 has accommodations for 12 guests in six cabins as well as room for nine crew.

Soraya 46 will be available to buy through yacht brokerage company IYC.

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Cantiere delle Marche Delivers M/Y Percheron

The Explorer vessel is the second Darwin Class 86’ and will be unveiled at September’s Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes before making its way to the US to be showcased at the Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach boat shows.

Darwin Class yachts are distinctive for having features rarely seen in vessels of their size, including extra thick steel plates and heavy-duty engines.

Nevertheless, Percheron, which comes in steel and aluminium, boasts an entirely different layout from the original Darwin Class 86 yacht – the 36m “Vitadimare3” which launched in May 2011.

Vasco Buonpensiere, CdM Sales and Marketing Director, said: “The yacht’s interior design distinguish itself thanks to the linearity and lightness of the materials: elm and white lacquer, geometrical details of carpentry, vivid ethnic tissues designed by the Maison Hermès Paris, and a deep attention to the spaces for the children.”

“Everything has been thought considering the personality and the voyage plans of the owners”.

Percheron also features several eco-friendly elements, including Nauta Air vessels with Azipod electrid diesel engfine systems which are said to reduce emissions and increase petrol efficiency.

CdM say that Percheron’s owners’ first journey in their new vessel will be to the Galapagos Islands, via the South of France for an official unveiling, the Caribbean, and north and south America.

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Editors Comments: Week Ending 27/07/2012

Arguably the most eye-catching arrivals have been two new vessels from Heesen Yachts: the 35m all-aluminium “Galactica Plus” boasting elegant exterior lines and an interior by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, and the 47m steel-hulled, full-displacement vessel “My Secret”.

For Heesen, it represents a continuation of the company’s prolific activity in recent times, following six new superyacht launches in 2011 alone.

Other new launches this week include "Majesty 125" from Gulf Craft and "Project Y708" from Oceanco, plus the remarkable revamp of the 1960s Italian-made tug boat "Vervece" into an all-singing, all-dancing luxury yacht.

Elsewhere this week, there’s also news of some significant price reductions on world class boats as the market continues to vibrate ahead of September’s Monaco Yacht Show.

Enjoy our newsletter and have a great week.

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