Saturday, July 19, 2014

Heesen Sell 47m Project Hé


Heesen Yachts in Holland announced earlier this week that the 47m (154ft) displacement, YN 16947 Project , was sold on June 13 2014. Mark Cavendish, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts comments: "This is the fourth contract we have signed in the first six months of 2014. We are delighted to see that the market is finally picking up!" This is a great order book for the yard in the first six months of the year.

She has a well engineered round bilge hull with a bulbous bow. She will be powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 that will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4,000nm at 12kts, while zero speed stabilizers will guarantee maximum comfort at anchor.

Her sophisticated interior is designed by London based and multi award winning studio Bannenberg & Rowell Design who are on their fifth successful collaboration with this Dutch megayacht builder. The fleet includes the 37m Aurelia, 47m Elandess (now Raasta), Lady Petra and My Secret, and the recently launched 65m Galactica Star.


Guru designer in Bannenberg & Rowell Design Dieter Rams’ motto to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage guided Bannenberg & Rowell in their approach to the interior design of Project Hé. The project name "Hé" in Chinese means "the simplest form of peace and harmony" and Bannenberg & Rowell chose it to unify in one ideogram the essence of their design theme: simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication.

Twelve guests will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere on board where light colors are combined with natural and discreet contrast finishes. She will be delivered to her owners in February 2015.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lurssen Launch New 95m "Kismet"


Lurssen has announced the successful launching and unveiling of the beautiful 95m (312ft) project Global, which will soon be named "Kismet". She is built for a repeat and very experienced client, who up graded from his former 68m (223ft) Lurssen megayacht which was sold and just left the Lurssen yard a few weeks previous after undertaking a refit.

At the launch ceremony the owner praised the excellent cooperation with the owner's team consisting of his captain Kyle Fultz and his loyal crew, the design teams of Espen Oeino and Reymond Langton Design and Moran Yacht & Sip, who supervised the project as well as the Lurssen project team who played an important role in bringing this project to fruition.

Robert Moran of Moran Yacht & Ships said: "Kismet represents the best of the best in the construction of top quality yachts. Built by one of the best shipyards in the world, Lurssen Yachts in Germany, the owner of this superb yacht had massive input and visited the shipyard constantly during her construction. His input and knowledge pushed all involved in this project to raise their standards to a level never seen before in the yachting industry. We at Moran Yacht and Ship are proud to have been involved in the construction of such a great project."

Lurssen confirms: "We are happy that we have met the high-end expectations from the owner in terms of product quality and being able to stay within budget and on time. We are looking forward for Kismet to be delivered as scheduled and finding her place amongst her peers as being a remarkable statement in large yacht construction, based on an excellent design and excellent engineering skills."


Espen Oeino has given Kismet very harmonious lines: "The external living spaces are numerous and generous and have been laid out for both charter and private use in mind. The external deck facilities include an open fire place, external lounging and eating areas on three different decks including one with a fully equipped BBQ, an oval shaped swimming pool with integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck and a very private observation deck overlooking it all. The master stateroom also has its own private external deck fully equipped with Jacuzzi and TV."

Interior designer Pascal Reymond explains what enhances Kismet's luxurious style: "The interior spaces distributions of Kismet are very original with some very dramatic features and fabulous perspectives with large voids between decks, perfect for large dining parties and also suitable for smaller private and more intimate uses thanks to sliding doors and panels which can separate elegantly each area. Kismet has everything any owner would inspire for. Elegant, spacious and well equipped spa with a plunge pool, every guest suites and owners area have their own identity and superb handmade textile and artwork, exotic woods and marble. Looking closely at the joinery detail of Kismet, she is very intricate with very interesting organic shapes and textures, still keeping an elegant and coherent design as a whole."

Kismet will be an exciting addition to the global charter fleet and is available through Moran Yacht & Ship to selective clients at a weekly rate of €1.2 million. With her experienced crew she will without doubt provide the ultimate experience to remember. She will be cruising her first season in the Caribbean.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ISA Yachts Launch 54m "Forever One"


On June 28th ISA Yachts launched their newest megayacht, a 54m (179ft) called "Forever One". She is a fully custom megayacht with a full displacement hull.

She has a reverse bow and vibrant red and white paintwork that will definitely turn heads wherever she goes. Her reverse bow was designed by Horacio Bozzo Design with her interior design conducted by Alessandro Massari of Studio Massari. ISA Yachts worked in cooperation with the naval architect, the sales broker Fernando Nicholson, the captain/owner's representative Colin Skinner and the interior designer to build a megayacht full of distinctive features which make it stand out in a crowd.

Her layout is quite unconventional and ISA had the challenge to fit several features that make her unique. The owner's deck features a private balcony only accessible from their stateroom and a large aft deck terrace. Foldable bulwarks on the main deck grant a spectacular view to the exterior. She has an amazing glass elevator that connects all decks, from the lower deck to the flybridge. She has a spectacular dining/relaxing salon located forward on the main deck where the owner's stateroom is usually located. Her main garage is located forward on main deck and will carry a 9m tender and a 5.5m crew tender.

She is powered by two Caterpillars 3512C engines that will propel her to a speed of 16.5kts with a trans pacific range. Her exterior color scheme combines of a snow white colour on hull and superstructure with red elements to add that final bling!

Her name "Forever One" as explained by the owner is dedicated to his wife: "she is the one, forever". She will undergo the final commissioning phase in the next coming weeks.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

M/Y Global (ex Kismet) Completes Refit


Lurssen has completed the refit of M/Y. Global, formerly known as Kismet. She left the shipyard at the end of June and is now cruising in the Mediterranean with her new owners for the summer season.

The hull has been given a beautiful new lease of life with a stunning light grey colour that Tim Morley describes as "a great credit to Lurssen’s refit team and the contractors who undertook the work". Her helicopter deck that incorporates lighting and hinged railings has been enhanced and is now significantly larger and safer for regular helicopter operations.

Espen Oeino was commissioned to draw the new hull lines, maintaining the DNA of the original design, and the owner is delighted with the result. Minor changes have also been made in the interior, in accordance with the new owner's taste and specifications. Kismet was originally delivered in 2007 and measures in at a length of 68m (223ft).

Morley Yachts is the owner's representative and Hill Robinson supervised the refit. She has already been spotted when she left the shipyard as well as a few days later when she arrived in Gibraltar, seen in the picture below.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Perini Navi Launch 2nd 60m Sloop "Perseus3"


The Perini Navi Group have launched "Perseus3" the second superyacht in their new generation 60m (197ft) series, at their Viareggio shipyard. This series has sleek innovative hull lines and on board technology.

Perseus3 is designed by Perini Navi naval architects in collaboration with legendary New Zealander Ron Holland. She has a Perini Navi sail control system and a lifting keel whose draft varies from 4.30m to 12.30m. Her 75m (246ft) mast and 23m boom are in carbon fibre as well as her standing rigging. She is also the first Perini Navi superyacht to have a carbon fibre bowsprit. The bowsprit was a request of the owner's that will allow for fast sail changes and a larger sail plan. The impressive sail set includes: 2 Gennakers, 1 Code 0, 1 Reacher, 1 Blade, 1 Spinnaker Stay Sail, 1 working Jib and an imposing Main Sail for a combined area of 10.000 sqm.

She has an innovative deck layout with six winches for fast tacking and easy handling of halyards and lines. The jib is manoeuvred using the newest generation of captive winches with a pulling load of 35t and a speed of 110m per minute. She also has two rudders for top performance and agile manoeuvring. It looks like she is set up for some serious racing on the superyacht circuit.

Her hull and superstructure are built in aluminium were constructed at the Perini Navi Yildiz shipyard in Turkey and give her less than 500 GT and a displacement of 570 tons. Her interiors were designed in house by Perini architects and can accommodate twelve guests in five cabins, one of which has sliding beds. The owner's suite is full beam and can be divided by a removable wall. Some of her other features include two 6.20m carbon fibre custom tenders, two opening beach platforms and an infinity pool on the fore deck.

The third superyacht in this series is scheduled to be delivered in 2015.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Heesen Yachts Sell - 45m Project Necto


Heesen Yachts have announced that their first 45m (148ft) fly bridge megayacht YN 17145 "Project Necto" has been sold to a yacht connoisseur with a true passion for speed and power.

She is a powerful sportster and the largest built by a Northern European shipyard to date. She will be capable of an impressive 30kts thanks to her well engineered all aluminium semi-displacement hull and twin MTU 16V 4000 M73L engines. Speed and power combined with the interior luxury and comfort are the characteristics of this semi-displacement megayacht that will have a range of 2.750nm at 12kts.

Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created her exterior lines. He has introduced a piece of innovation excellence by introducing the "knuckle", a design element that interrupts the line of the raked bow and gives her a much sharper and narrower bow that adds an aggressive look.


Her interior is by Italian designer Cristiano Gatto who is currently working on his third project with the Dutch shipyard. The owners chose a contemporary yet cosy design for the interior of their 45m sportster. Ten guests will be accommodated in five cabins, with the full beam master suite located on the main deck and the four guest cabins two twins and two doubles on the lower deck.

The owners dedicated special attention to the outdoor areas of their new megayacht, that includes an extremely spacious sundeck. The 84 sqm sundeck is completely free from fixed furniture to give the space for guests to carry out their morning exercise. It is an unusual and particularly remarkable design feature on a megayacht of this size.


She is due to be delivered to her owners after intensive sea trials in the North Sea in January 2016.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Burgess Yachts Have Excellent Week


Burgess Yachts are having an excellent week as they had four megayacht sales in the last week and have just announced that they have also just sold a 74m (243ft) new build project at the CRN Ancona Shipyard in Italy.

Burgess Technical Services (BTS) are going to be used by the owner of this new 74m CRN new build to manage the project through to her completion in 2016. She will have a long range cruising capability, with a gross tonnage of well over 1500 GRT. Andrew Winch Designs has been appointed to design the interior with exterior design by Studio Zuccon who is well known for many of the CRN exterior designs.

Her interesting features include a panoramic owner's saloon with full length picture windows, a large open plan sundeck with jacuzzi and a sizeable beach club.

This is the first collaboration between Andrew Winch Designs and CRN Ancona - and everyone is keen to "raise the bar" according to Burgess.