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Superyacht DARTWO Launched By Abeking & Rasmussen

While secrecy is the nature of the game in regards to large yacht construction, what we do know is that after launching our predictions of the Top 100 Largest Yachts to launch across 2015 in January, three of these yachts have already hit the water - including the stunning work which can be seen on DARTWO’s exterior.

We’ll be looking to deliver more details as they emerge; however, we can confirm that the Abeking & Rasmussen DARTWO has entered into the Top 100 at 94th position. 

Karl Hartmann Joins Hill Robinson Board of Directors

Karl comments “I am excited to start a new challenge within the Hill Robinson Group. During my career I have managed a variety of significant complex new build projects and refits throughout Europe. This next step seems a natural move, as the company is growing and we’re in the process of developing a series of 100m+ projects.”

Karl, who is also a passionate sailor, got his degree in Naval Architecture in his home country the Netherlands. He started his yachting career at Koersvelt Yacht Projects B.V. As a Project Engineer he managed several new builds and developed an ISO certified quality control system. In 2007 he joined Hill Robinson to further develop his career as a Senior Project Manager/Owner’s Representative leading various teams of highly qualified Project Managers and Engineers.

Niall Robinson, says “Karl’s wealth of experience and Industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Hill Robinson Group. Nick and I welcome his input to help move the Company forward in 2015 and beyond. The increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our board of Directors, someone who stands for our philosophy of innovation and exceptional service. I’m confident that Karl fulfils this profile and will play a key role in implementing and providing high quality solutions for our clients.”

Hill Robinson provides a specialised multilingual management service, sharing the responsibility of all aspects of yacht ownership, development and operation, providing the essential support that makes the whole yachting experience a success.

Feadship 101.5m Superyacht Project Leaves Build Hall

The move outside will allow completion of the commissioning of the engine room systems and radio equipment, as well as final works on the upper deck and mast. This unprecedented new yacht will be completed in the spring, after heading out to sea through the newly enlarged Juliana Lock in Gouda.

This exceptional example of a pure custom creation is the first Feadship to be fully compliant with the new Passenger Yacht Code regulations, allowing more than the usual twelve passengers. It is also the first Feadship to cross the 100-metre mark. Her vast size has been used to great effect across six decks of sumptuous facilities and technical excellence, including a fully operational helicopter pad.

The sun deck is home to an observation lounge, bar and Jacuzzi, while the bridge deck includes a large terrace with outdoor cinema. A vast owner’s deck includes a beautiful full-beam stateroom with double bathrooms, dressing rooms and a sauna, a forward terrace with Jacuzzi, a private office and a study, a lounge and a spacious aft deck area for lounging with a dining table for twenty.

Among the many fine features found on the main deck is a 6-metre contraflow swimming pool complete with its own waterfall. The lower deck is home to an ultra-high definition cinema, a lounge area below the glass-bottom swimming pool, a beach club and a wellness centre. The yacht has been designed as the ideal place for its sixteen guests to enjoy themselves and entertain.

The facilities offered by the yacht’s audio-visual system are astonishing even by Feadship standards. For instance, the elevator shaft is faced with an interactive video wall throughout the five decks. The glass corridor through the engine room features an all-purpose interactive screen offering images from the underwater camera plus the latest information on the yacht’s location, propulsion and systems.

The yacht’s exterior was designed by Tim Heywood. Its comprehensive and unprecedented implementation of the new Passenger Yacht Code regulations has enabled Feadship to create a bespoke interior with veneers, leathers and other exotic materials that are all fully compliant with these new rules. The yacht is certified for chartering with helicopter operations.  

Editors Comments: Week Ending 30/01/2015

This week Feadship launched the largest hybrid superyacht ever built under the name of Savannah. Albeit there is some uncertainty behind the claim that Savannah is the world’s first ever hybrid yacht, it most certainly is the world’s first hybrid ‘superyacht’ and a milestone for an industry in the early stages of a green revolution.

The green aspect to yacht building is still very much in its infancy; however this shows that there is a market for owners looking to protect the waters and a sector more than willing to build custom yachts with an ecological edge.

However this was not the only new launch to reach the headlines this week. Heesen Yachts proudly announced the successful launch of Asya, a 47m motor yacht which combines the skilled craftsmanship of the prolific Dutch yacht builder, the design talent of the return collaborator Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and an interior styling by British design studio Bannenberg & Rowell.

It’s been nothing short of an exciting start to 2015, and if what we discovered during the Top 100 earlier this month is true, it’s going to get even better.

Ocean Paradise: Next World Cruising With Contemporary Style

Accommodating 12 guests in 6 cabins, the yacht was designed by Mauro Izzo, in close collaboration with the Owner. Ocean Paradise offers a unique, contemporary and fresh design that won first place in the Power Yacht over 50 metres category at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2014.

Ocean Paradise boasts a bright and spacious interior with light woods, glass walls and floor-to-ceiling windows in the main salon, providing unobstructed sea views and an abundance of natural light. Key onboard features include a master cabin with private balcony, Zen garden and a panoramic sundeck with waterfall Jacuzzi, indoor/outdoor gym and dance floor.

Her extensive panoramic sundeck is complete with Jacuzzi, indoor /outdoor gym, dance floor and exterior TV built in to the bar. Down at sea level guests will find a veritable armada of adrenaline inducing water toys at their disposal including Jet skis, Sea Bobs, wake boards, wake skate to paddle boards, kayaks, towables and a water slide from the upper deck.

The upper deck salon is every gamer’s heaven featuring a 55" TV to rip up some 21st Century gaming on the Play Station and X-Box, or head back in time on the Retro Arcade Games Table with 200 games; for the more traditional, have a flutter with the full range of card and board games.

Guests can enjoy the breathtaking vistas from the main salon’s floor to ceiling windows, or head up to the Stark-esque sky lounge for a drink at the bar. Finish up with movie night at the upper aft deck outdoor cinema or go for it and dance the night away on the dance floor under the stars.

This one-of-a-kind yacht fuses contemporary cool with relaxing interior and deck spaces. Ocean Paradise is for sale by Y.CO with an asking price of €29,950,000. Find out more by clicking here.

Moonen Reports Two New Refit Projects

The first refit project has been commissioned by an owner who is very aware of Moonen’s quality of construction and engineering, having had not one but two new Moonens delivered in 2003. He purchased the Moonen 84 Phoenix in 2014 via Maarten ten Holter of Fraser Yachts Monaco with the express intention of refitting her to his exact – and exacting – specifications. The yacht has now been renamed Impetuous.

“In addition to having detailed ideas of the radical refit he intended to do on this new acquisition, the owner of Impetuous was also sure where to have this work carried out,” comments Jan Tielemans, Service Manager at Moonen. “His excellent experiences with Moonen Shipyards in the past led him to instruct the captain to sail here before an agreement had been reached on specifications or price. It is the ultimate sign of client confidence that discussions about the details of the refit only got underway once the yacht was in our yard at ’s-Hertogenbosch.”

The negotiations were clearly fruitful as the project involves a considerable amount of work. The swimming platform is being lengthened by one metre and the yacht is being fitted with a zero speed stabilisation system, new teak decking and a long range tank. The seating area on the flybridge is being enlarged and rearranged.

Interior activities include replacing the existing owner’s suite and one of the guest cabins and installing two new guest cabins. The galley, currently part of the saloon, will be transformed into a separate area, while the audio/video facilities in both the guest and crew areas will be modified and renewed.

The refit also covers comprehensive maintenance of the technical installations and an upgrade to the latest thinking in noise attenuation. The existing shore transformer will be dismounted and a new 50 kVA converter installed in the engine room. In addition, all navigation and communication equipment is being reviewed. Last but not least, by the time Impetuous is relaunched in time for the new European sailing season she will have a new tender and look resplendent with her new exterior paintwork.

The second refit project at Moonen involves the 30-metre Amigo, originally built by Heesen in 2001 to a Peter Beeldsnijder design. Her owner is another familiar face at Moonen as he has commissioned the yard on two previous occasions for refit and maintenance work on the motoryacht. This time round the main activity involves a comprehensive repaint of the exterior. 

Porto Montenegro: THYA's Superyacht Marina of the year

For the 2nd year running, the awards were open to all Gold Anchor accredited marinas, of which Porto Montenegro holds ‘5 Gold Anchors’, the highest accolade for service and operational standards available in the industry. Boat owners and berth holders were invited to vote for their favourite marina within each category; UK Coastal Marina, UK Inland Marina, International Marina and Superyacht Marina.

Tony Browne comments, “The award is a fantastic start to a new year, which holds a lot of new and exciting things for the marina and Montenegro. Firstly I would like to thank everyone who voted for us, your support throughout our development has been, and continues to be, invaluable. Secondly, I must congratulate the Porto Montenegro team for not only delivering a hugely successful 2014, but their continual efforts to deliver the highest level of service year-on-year. This award is a reflection of the years of hard work and dedication that the team has put in since the marina opened in 2009.”

Porto Montenegro currently offers 420 superyacht berths, with an additional 50 under construction for the Summer 2015 season. The marina’s most recent extension completed in Autumn 2014 with an additional 150 berths designed specifically for megayachts up to 180m – the largest yacht size currently in circulation. Free 24hr yacht assistance, state-of-the-art facilities, a multi-lingual team and a tax and duty-free fuel station are just some of the features that make Porto Montenegro an outstanding choice for short and long-term berthing in the Mediterranean.

TYHA was established to develop the marine industry; supporting marina members of the BMF and helping boat users find quality marinas and marina businesses to improve their operations.
The Gold Anchor award scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is well known as a credible measure of the marina quality. Any rated marina will have been subject to a serious of rigorous tests and customer questionnaires.

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Heesen Yachts Launch Superyacht Asya in Oss

Asya’s exterior design combines beautiful traditional lines with a contemporary flair emphasised by the continuous glued glass windows and matching black paintwork on the main deck and upper decks all from the board of the highly talented Frank Laupman of Omega Architects.

Her sophisticated interior from the London-based and multi-award winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell has a distinctly Far Eastern, restful feel, inspired by the designs of Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd-Wright and Tadao Ando. Simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication is the guiding principle of Asya’s interior design.

It combines silver-grey oiled oak, mid-gloss lacquer, silk and bronze with contrasting dark Makassar ebony and polished stainless steel detailing and accents.
Thanks to her well-engineered steel hull with bulbous bow, Asya will ensure a smooth path through water, and will be the perfect home away from home in all sea conditions. Two MTU diesel engines 8V 4000 M63, will allow her to reach a maximum speed of 15 knots, and at 12 knots will allow her to have a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

After the launch, Asya will remain at the Oss harbour for final construction and for the commissioning of all her systems. Shortly after New Year she will undergo extensive sea trails in the North Sea, to be then delivered to her owners in February 2015.

Feadship Launches Savannah: The World's Flagship Hybrid

The James Bond-themed launch ceremony on Saturday evening saw a dramatic mix of singers, dancers and acrobats entertain the people involved in the construction of Savannah over the past three years and their families. The owner had flown in guests from round the world to join the party and hear him thank the Feadship designers, engineers, painters and craftsmen who put in over one million man-hours to create this masterpiece of pure custom creation.

The eco-friendly electro-mechanical propulsion is, of course, fantastically complex. In a nutshell, however, it features a pioneering blend of a single Wärtsilä main engine, three generators, some one million Watts of Li-ion batteries, a single central propeller shaft installation on the centreline and an in-line azimuting thruster. Combined with the yacht’s super streamlined hull shape, this means Savannah enjoys fuel economies of thirty per cent and incredible flexibility in operations and loading of the power plant.

The way one gigantic propeller is installed in front with another electrically powered prop in its slipstream has never been applied on a yacht. Another major innovation is the batteries, which provide extra speed at the top end, allow proper loading of the generators at any speed and facilitate super-quiet cruising at slow speeds without any engines turning. “The possibility to choose between diesel, diesel-electric or fully electric is truly exceptional,” says Savannah’s captain Ted McCumber. “Only Feadship engineering and the rich experience of this yard could have successfully concluded a project of such scope and vision.”

But there’s much more to Savannah than her awesome power system alone, as you can see for yourself in the picture. Check out her superstructure, where the glass and composite panels appear to float thanks to visual trickery involving polished stainless steel strips, aluminium supports and teak. Look at how the stainless steel doors form part of the yacht’s continuous line and also appear to be floating thanks to the remarkable work of CG Design and Feadship’s designers. Another unique aspect of the exterior is the way the aft owner and main deck areas are designed as a single open inside/outside space, enclosed by weathertight sliding doors. With the sides of the main lounge open, the entire zone from the swimming pool to the salon serves as an unprecedented al fresco experience. “The owner of Savannah loves to be at one with the water,” adds McCumber. “This phenomenal design will allow him to run from the main salon and dive straight into the sea.”

The incredible Sea Foam metallic green exterior colour scheme in was created by a human machine of several dozen craftsmen, who spent many weekends in a climate-controlled tent to create what is the world’s largest metallic-painted object. They used special mixing machines and electrically-charged spray guns to ensure all the metallic flakes were in perfect order and, not to mention, an additional ground-breaking achievement on a pure pedigree yacht.

Due to privacy agreements the interior remains a mystery; however Feadship has shared a few words on this equally amazing artifice. "Savannah has an ‘underwater lounge’ where guests can watch the fish outside or turn around and observe the fun and games in the nine-metre swimming pool. The room, which also converts into a cinema, is another first for a superyacht and features especially thick glass due to its position in the hull."

Henk de Vries, CEO of Feadship, was delighted to see the fruit of so much labour emerge from the construction hall today. “More than a thousand people have been involved with the creation of Savannah since the contract was signed at the end of 2011. This tremendous outcome once again shows how we at Feadship are never afraid to venture into uncharted waters.”

To watch an interview with Henk de Vries at the Top 100 discussing new launches across 2015, click here.

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  • Feadship Launches Savannah: The World's Flagship Hybrid
  • Feadship Launches Savannah: The World's Flagship Hybrid

Theo Hooning On The Superyacht Builders Association

Making the superyacht industry visible in order to protect it’s best interest against regulatory issues is no easy task; however, Theo Hooning fronts an organisation which has brought a tour de force of large yacht builders together to represent the needs of yacht builders, change regulation and carve a niche to set the industry apart from the commercial sector.

For more information on how SYBAss is working to protect the industry’s best interests, watch the above video.

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