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Ocean Independence Appoint New President Of Americas

Ocean is expanding its presence in the Americas where Conboy will oversee the operation and all new business development. Joining Ocean’s highly reputable and respected charter organization, headed by Daphne d'Offay in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Conboy and his sales team bring a focus on brokerage and new construction sales; further bolstering the services offered by Ocean in the Americas.

Conboy's yachting experience spans over 30 years. He is an avid sailor and has held positions as captain, project manager, yacht builder, shipyard owner and super yacht broker. Throughout his career, Conboy has been involved with the construction, sale and repair of yachts ranging in size from 50'/15m to 315'/96m in six different countries, including the United States, Holland, Germany, Turkey, Canada and Italy. The transition to Ocean Independence allows him to provide clients with even greater global exposure, the ultimate in charter service and full management offerings.

Ocean is proud to be one of the largest yacht brokerage firms in the world. As a full-service company, Ocean covers all aspects of owning, chartering, buying, selling, building and managing private and charter yachts. It manages the largest charter fleet in the world with 115 yachts from 80'/24.38m to 300'/91.44m. Ocean recognizes Conboy as an industry leader and is confident in his ability to represent Ocean in the Americas.

Missing Link Spotted At Christensen Yachts

Christensen’s latest Custom Series vessel combines flawless American craftsmanship with the latest technologies to produce a yacht of unequaled quality. The 143’ M/Y Missing Link boasts a massive 480 GRT for maximum interior space for the size, including five staterooms, full beam sky lounge, elevator through all decks including sundeck, and helicopter touch and go, supported by a crew of 8.Her sophisticated, modern exterior and exquisite luxury interior come together to make one of the finest yachts built by Christensen.

“We are excited to see Missing Link sitting in the water perfectly on its lines as designed. The hull is flawless in its finish and really strikes the attention of anyone who sees it. We are appreciative of the owners who chose Christensen to build with.” states Joe Foggia, CEO Christensen.

The interior, designed by Carol Williamson and Associates, offers an exquisite palate of contemporary décor. Satin finished raised panel Walnut cabinetry accented by dark high gloss furniture, and inlay stone floors grace the interior punctuating the high level of quality and detail Christensen has become renowned for.

Missing Link was brokered and owner managed by Tom George of Tom George Yacht Group. Mr. George’s experience and professionalism was an integral part of the design and construction of this vessel.

Fully classified & certified to ABS Commercial Yachting Services classification & MCA-LY2 Large Commercial Yacht Code Compliant, Missing Link will complete trials and commissioning and deliver in February. For a closer look at the Christensen code of construction, click here for an in-depth video highlighting what goes on at the Vancouver yard.

Editors Comments: Week Ending 06/02/2015

Shortly after announcing the recent launch of Savannah, the world’s largest hybrid motor yacht, Feadship reported that the final phases of construction has begun on the 101.50m motor yacht - the largest yacht built to Feadship to date - after being moved out of the yard.

Abeking & Rasmussen also joined the fold by launching the long-awaited DARTWO, an 81.8m motor yacht which left the yard in Germany and entered into 94th position within the Top 100.

Oceanco’s Y710 underwent her delivery this week and was christened Infinity. After taking a trip to the yard in Alblasserdam late last year, we witnessed this stunning vessel sat outside the Oceanco offices and look forward to learning more about her career on the water in the coming months.

Heesen joined the fold after announcing the launch of the 50m superyacht Sibelle this week. The launch may have taken place at the very close of 2014, however this yacht is a fantastic addition to the week in news.

The Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show will be taking place next week and we look forward to bringing you the latest interviews and updates emerging stateside. 

Superyacht Infinity Undergoes Delivery In The Netherlands

Named Infinity, the Y710 superyacht is a magnificent example of supreme quality yacht building, and having seen her first hand at her birthplace of Alblasserdam, this is a stunning addition to the global superyacht fleet as well as the Top 100 Largest Yachts in the World.

With an exterior design by Espen Oeino and naval architecture by Oceanco and Azure, this steel and aluminium superstructure combination provides ample space with a 14.20m beam and an overall speed of 18.50 knots. We’ll be delivering more information on this superyacht as it emerges.

The Master Class Series: Green & Mingarelli Design

How did the Green & Mingarelli Design brand come to be?
“I met Pietro 12 years ago when I was designing a 37 meter yacht at ISA. Pietro was the architect brought in by ISA to assist me on the build We clicked immediately and have worked together ever since. Having worked together for so long three years ago Pietro and I decided to set up our own company, Green and Mingarelli, in Monaco."

At which point did you begin to create everything from exterior styling to manufacturing furniture on board?
"Pietro’s background was working for shipyards, styling both interiors and exteriors. He learnt from many things his peers including the manufacturing of furniture and over the years came in contact with many artisans in yacht making. When I met up with him Pietro was designing interiors of yachts and homes. Partnering together we were able to combine our skills and knowledge and started to use some of the best yacht cabinetry makers that Pietro knew to create our own furniture. Today we have the unique Lalique Maison line of which there are 375 pieces of soft and hard furnishings, which are created with Lalique crystal from France and made in Italy. On our last yacht Illusion V most of the loose furniture was designed and made by ourselves under the name G&M."

What is the draw of all-encompassing design for owners?
"As I have had vast experience, as I am fortunate to live on a yacht 6 months of the year. I understand how they need to function. In that respect I have an edge! Pietro and I love creating beautiful yachts. They are luxurious and homely with a good layout throughout offering easy and practical living." 

What can you tell us about your portfolio?
“We’ve done 15 yachts together. The smallest was a Mangusta and we are currently working on a 90-meter yacht. We are also working on a Boutique Lalique Hotel. Over the past 12 years we have built and designed houses, refurbished flats, developments and offices! Our portfolio also includes the interior design of 3 Gulfstreams and helicopters. If our client wishes we are able to provide the full package comprising of all the furnishings down to sheets ,towels and teaspoons both for yachts and homes too."

What can you tell us about the Illusion V project with Benetti?
“This is the fifth yacht for this client and he trusts us implicitly. Our brief was ‘a warm comfy, family boat with 2 master cabins’ as this client also likes to charter his yacht, however he also wanted it to have a sense of luxury at the same time. He loves Lalique so our theme was set when on presentation of the Lalique crystal rose, finishes of Goat parchment and shagreen he turned around and said ‘get on with it!’.

We knew what the family wanted and subsequently only saw the client five times during the whole build process. They left us to it. We always come up with our own bespoke exterior furniture and this time we went to Bali. We created a coconut and mother of pearl lacquered range of exterior furniture from sun loungers to arm chairs, dining chairs and so on. The tables were all inlaid with mother of pearl in the shape of the rose. Exterior cushions took months to create as they were beautifully embroidered with the rose.

The sun deck is awesome as it is all on one level! There is a wonderful plunge pool, barbecue, large bar, exterior dining, indoor dining if you wish on is able to close the area under the mast and experience indoor outdoor dining in the comfort of air-conditioning and a beautiful 75 inch hidden TV. We designed magnificent floor to ceiling windows for the interior, which now offers wonderful light into the main salon of the yacht. Our client didn’t want a formal dining space so we created a dining table of 8 in the entrance of the salon, sumptuous seating and a high coffee table in the middle with a great bar at the back of the room, all made in walnut, shagreen and goat parchment. The staircase is breathtaking with embossed walls and sprays of 3 dimensional roses. There are six cabins and a small cozy cinema room. The upper deck salon provides a great family area."

How do you approach new projects, be it on land, sea or air?
"We listen to what the client would like and build around that. The brief is very important."

Do you have any words of wisdom for designers looking to enter into the world of design?
“I think you have to have a good eye to enter into this business. Believe in yourself. Don’t offer your client too many options; you’ll only confuse them. Stick to your style and what you are good at."

Do you have anything on the drawing board at the moment you can tell us about?
"We are currently working on a 90-meter new build yacht interior and exterior. We’re also designing and making the furniture for the Boutique Lalique Hotel, which was Monsieur Rene Lalique’s old home near to his crystal factory and museum in Wingen, near Strasbourg. It is a complete renovation with a very modern new build addition of a 3-star Michelin gastronomique restaurant. We are recreating something with a lot of history and creating something really exciting."

Y.CO Set To Showcase Lady Lara At 2015 Miami Yacht Show

Built by Benetti and launched in 2009, the yacht features a standout Fendi interior including walls covered with 24k gold. Her exterior spaces include a spacious swim platform with built-in sauna and a spacious sun deck with air-conditioned gym.

The standout interior feature is an elevator connecting all decks, built within the spiral staircase. The master suite offers 270-degree views and has a separate relaxation room.

Lady Lara will be on display at Island Gardens, Watson Island, throughout the show. There are a limited number of viewings appointments for media available on board. Please contact the PR team.

Y.CO will have a stand in the heart of the show on Collins Avenue, at Stand 406, Ramp 14. We will be showcasing an exciting new concept model from Oceanco.

The Master Class Series: Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli

How did the Green & Mingarelli Design brand come to be?
“I met Pietro 12 years ago when I was designing a 37 meter yacht at ISA. Pietro was the architect brought in by ISA to assist me on the build We clicked immediately and have worked together ever since. Having worked together for so long three years ago Pietro and I decided to set up our own company, Green and Mingarelli, in Monaco."

At which point did you begin to create everything from exterior styling to manufacturing furniture on board?
"Pietro’s background was working for shipyards, styling both interiors and exteriors. He learnt from many things his peers including the manufacturing of furniture and over the years came in contact with many artisans in yacht making. When I met up with him Pietro was designing interiors of yachts and homes. Partnering together we were able to combine our skills and knowledge and started to use some of the best yacht cabinetry makers that Pietro knew to create our own furniture. Today we have the unique Lalique Maison line of which there are 375 pieces of soft and hard furnishings, which are created with Lalique crystal from France and made in Italy. On our last yacht Illusion V most of the loose furniture was designed and made by ourselves under the name G&M."

What is the draw of all-encompassing design for owners?
"As I have had vast experience, as I am fortunate to live on a yacht 6 months of the year. I understand how they need to function. In that respect I have an edge! Pietro and I love creating beautiful yachts. They are luxurious and homely with a good layout throughout offering easy and practical living." 

What can you tell us about your portfolio?
“We’ve done 15 yachts together. The smallest was a Mangusta and we are currently working on a 90-meter yacht. We are also working on a Boutique Lalique Hotel. Over the past 12 years we have built and designed houses, refurbished flats, developments and offices! Our portfolio also includes the interior design of 3 Gulfstreams and helicopters. If our client wishes we are able to provide the full package comprising of all the furnishings down to sheets ,towels and teaspoons both for yachts and homes too."

What can you tell us about the Illusion V project with Benetti?
“This is the fifth yacht for this client and he trusts us implicitly. Our brief was ‘a warm comfy, family boat with 2 master cabins’ as this client also likes to charter his yacht, however he also wanted it to have a sense of luxury at the same time. He loves Lalique so our theme was set when on presentation of the Lalique crystal rose, finishes of Goat parchment and shagreen he turned around and said ‘get on with it!’.

We knew what the family wanted and subsequently only saw the client five times during the whole build process. They left us to it. We always come up with our own bespoke exterior furniture and this time we went to Bali. We created a coconut and mother of pearl lacquered range of exterior furniture from sun loungers to arm chairs, dining chairs and so on. The tables were all inlaid with mother of pearl in the shape of the rose. Exterior cushions took months to create as they were beautifully embroidered with the rose.

The sun deck is awesome as it is all on one level! There is a wonderful plunge pool, barbecue, large bar, exterior dining, indoor dining if you wish on is able to close the area under the mast and experience indoor outdoor dining in the comfort of air-conditioning and a beautiful 75 inch hidden TV. We designed magnificent floor to ceiling windows for the interior, which now offers wonderful light into the main salon of the yacht. Our client didn’t want a formal dining space so we created a dining table of 8 in the entrance of the salon, sumptuous seating and a high coffee table in the middle with a great bar at the back of the room, all made in walnut, shagreen and goat parchment. The staircase is breathtaking with embossed walls and sprays of 3 dimensional roses. There are six cabins and a small cozy cinema room. The upper deck salon provides a great family area."

How do you approach new projects, be it on land, sea or air?
"We listen to what the client would like and build around that. The brief is very important."

Do you have any words of wisdom for designers looking to enter into the world of design?
“I think you have to have a good eye to enter into this business. Believe in yourself. Don’t offer your client too many options; you’ll only confuse them. Stick to your style and what you are good at."

Do you have anything on the drawing board at the moment you can tell us about?
"We are currently working on a 90-meter new build yacht interior and exterior. We’re also designing and making the furniture for the Boutique Lalique Hotel, which was Monsieur Rene Lalique’s old home near to his crystal factory and museum in Wingen, near Strasbourg. It is a complete renovation with a very modern new build addition of a 3-star Michelin gastronomique restaurant. We are recreating something with a lot of history and creating something really exciting."

Monaco Yacht Show Announces 2015 Layout Changes

The new setting of the 2015 MYS results from the decision of the Monaco Government to start the renewal works of Port Hercules for the construction of new underground car parks and the repositioning of the Museum of the private collection of antique cars of HSH Prince Rainier III. As a consequence, the historical exhibition area of the Darse Nord will move on Quai Antoine 1er.

Quai Antoine 1er will therefore be able to deliver an aggregate of 2,825sqm of surface area - divided into two air-conditioned exhibition tents (Antoine 1er A-400sqm and Antoine 1er B-2,425sqm) to relocate most of the exhibitors of the former Darse Nord tent.

The float exhibition up to the Quai Rainier III will also be extended to offer three berths alongside the Quai Rainier III to welcome very big units over 100 metres long. This will take the afloat exhibition capacity to 121 superyachts.

As a matter of fact, this new setting on the southern side of Port Hercules will require the reorganisation of a coherent and homogenous traffic flow between all the existing and new exhibition areas.

Heesen Yachts Launch Superyacht Sibelle

Sibelle is a 50-metre fully custom motor yacht, below 500GT with an aluminium hull and superstructure. Large enough to offer her Owner and his guests everything they need without compromise, whilst being small enough to allow plenty of freedom to anchor in bays with crystal clear water.

The experienced Owner, and the Captain and his team, were deeply involved in the conception of this unique vessel. Thanks to their personal collaboration with the experts at Heesen shipyards the achieved results exceeding expectations.

While attracted by the benefits of the Fast Displacement Hull Form, the Owner requested a plumb bow; this radical and dramatic design feature implemented not only a styling tour de force, but also a dedicated study to ensure the best possible course-keeping – especially in high wave conditions – and to allow greater comfort on board.

Tank testing at the Wolfson Unit MTIA - with a free running self-propelled model in extreme wave conditions - proved the exceptional ability of the hull design; both in comfort and course-keeping, and confirmed the extraordinary high-performance figures that are inherent to the FDHF.

Sibelle will be able to reach a maximum speed of 18.5 knots with only two 1.000kW MTUs installed. Hence an ocean-crossing range is achieved with minimal fuel capacity; only 45.000 litres are required to comfortably transit the Atlantic, leaving plenty in reserve.

The naval architect, Perry van Oossanen comments: “the modest propeller tunnel design allows for 1.5 m diameter propellers. The hull is fitted with Quantum XT zero-speed fins, and bilge keels, offering a maximum reduction in roll angle at anchor. The design of the hull, the appendages and the propulsion arrangement have been focused on obtaining the best fuel efficiency possible, without sacrificing performance and comfort when running in waves.”

The Owner appointed Frank Laupman from Omega architects and Mikhail Labazov and Andrei Savin from Architectural Bureau A-B Studio to create the exterior design, the general arrangement and the interior décor of Sibelle.

The clean and elegant exterior lines are emphasized by contrasting bands of wraparound glass. To describe the design of Sibelle the team of architects chose the oxymoron Complex simplicity: the lines look like they are running parallel, but in reality they are not! It is all about small adjustments that give an impression of parallelism to the eye.

Simplicity as the ultimate form of luxury is the design philosophy behind the cosy and inviting interior décor where the design of bleached teak wood panels creates continuous horizontal lines.

Ten guests can be accommodated in five cabins. 61 square metres are dedicated to the master suite; traditionally located forward on the main deck, she boasts two separate dressing rooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom. The four guest cabins (two VIP, one twin and one double) all have ensuite bathrooms and are positioned on the lower deck. Different light settings will reveal the genius loci of every cabin.

Beyond their cabins, guests can enjoy 237 square metres of outdoor living space. The main and rescue tenders are placed on the fore deck under way. When they are in the water, this vast area with opening bulwarks, transforms into a perfect party space adjacent to the sea. This configuration allows the aft lower deck to be used as a large (21.5 square metre) beach club / wellness area equipped with sauna - accessible directly from the main saloon aft through an internal staircase.

The design of Sibelle proves that high speed cruising can be achieved without sacrificing either luxury or efficiency. Sibelle will be tested in the North Sea and delivered to her Owner by the end of February 2015.

Moran Yacht & Ship Sells Explorer Beluga

Built in 2006, this 34.7m (114ft) go-anywhere explorer vessel features a 8.1m (26.5ft) beam which gives her an unusually large volume for her length.

With an extensive list of refits in 2011, 2012 and 2013, Beluga is in like-new condition. She accommodates 10 guests in 5 staterooms and has accommodations for 6 crew.

Listed at an asking price of €9,500,000, Beluga was sold by Moran Yacht & Ship with the aid of broker YachtZoo.


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