The charms of Nantucket are many — lovely cobblestoned streets, rich colonial heritage, fresh seafood, an abundance of hydrangea everywhere you look, and miles of pristine sandy coastline. A long favored summer seaside retreat where sophistication meets American nostalgia, it is the perfect New England yacht charter destination to get some R&R. Continue reading →
International charter brokers and industry professionals anticipate attending the 24th annual MYBA Charter Show, held from 30 April to 4 May 2012, in Genoa, Italy. This trade-only show is one of the most important industry events to launch the Mediterranean charter season. Participating superyachts include KINTA, LA MASCARADE, and MOSAFA, to mention just a few examples of this outstanding display of the world’s most exclusive luxury charter yachts available in destinations worldwide.
Sunreef 70 Power Cat ABUELO
Sunreef Charter Yachts will proudly display the extremely popular power 70 catamaran ABUELO, docked at the main marina. This high performance catamaran features chic European interiors, unparalleled stability and seaworthiness and impressive speed. Her very professional, talented and charming new crew will be on board to greet industry professionals, tour the yacht and discuss exciting plans for the upcoming Mediterranean season.
Feadship has launched the 78.50-metre custom megayacht HAMPSHIRE II for an experienced Feadship owner with a great love of action and sports. From the foredeck ball court to the 25-metre high crow’s mast, this latest scion of the Feadship fleet is a yacht full of adventure.
HAMPSHIRE IIis built for a sports enthusiast and designed around every conceivable sporting activity while also offering exceptional facilities for those who like to take things a little easier. In fact at the launch ceremony, various teams representing the owner’s guests and personnel from the yard played football on the foredeck of HAMPSHIRE II. The yacht’s helicopter landing platform, nicely finished in teak, can be transformed into a playing field for basketball, tennis, baseball, badminton and football. A giant net is placed around the deck to ensure continuity of the games.
This is one of many unusual features onboard this bespoke Feadship, the split-level design of which maximises the volume and outdoor space. On the sundeck, for instance, a crow’s nest placed atop the mast is reached by a two-person elevator and offers panoramic views high above the water. For the truly adventurous, a zip wire is connected to the mast to which one can tie a rope and slide at breathtaking speed from the crow’s nest down to the water.
HAMPSHIRE IIalso has a phenomenal beach club with two platforms that open up either side of the yacht in addition to the swim platform at the transom. A swimming ladder descends from the stern hydraulically while the beach club itself has been finished in a driftwood style. The whole area is very well incorporated with the deck above, which includes a skylight surrounded by seating.
The contemporary overall design by Redman Whiteley Dixon and Feadship incorporates balconies on either side: Seating terraces for the owners and wing stations adjacent to the wheelhouse. There is a wealth of fine detailing in the design, including the nameplate on the glass panel in the recessed part of the bridge deck fashion plates.
While the exterior profile is modern, HAMPSHIRE II’s interior is a classic affair. Highlights include a typical English style bar on the bridge deck in place of the traditional lounge.
The engine room has a passageway through the middle with full height glass walls. Only three colours are used in this area – Ferrari red, white and black which, combined with lots of stainless steel and the clever use of spotlights, make the engine room look fantastic. The same can be said of the wheelhouse with its glass-covered dashboard and touchscreen controls. Like everything else on this splendid vessel, state-of-the-art technologies have been combined with exceptional craftsmanship and an unprecedented eye for visual treats. And in doing so Feadship has set a new standard for owners who enjoy using their superyacht to the max.
The 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show is being hailed as a success and a sure sign of a general upswing in the economy. With increased traffic and positive sales results, it appears that people are poised to fully express their passions for yachting.
This year attendance was up at the show, which attracted more than 50,000 people. It covered more space than ever, thanks to the addition of 40 in-water slips at Palm Harbor Marina at the show’s north end.
Foyer, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
More than $350 million worth of marine merchandise was on display, and the number of yachts with an LOA greater than 100 feet was up 35 percent from last year, distinguishing this show as one of the top in the country. Sunreef Yachts Charter experts toured many of the most distinguished charter yachts, including DIAMOND GIRL, PRIVATE LIVES, BLIND DATE, took copious notes, interviewed Captains and crews and sampled gourmet cuisine on board.
Although it is difficult to estimate exactly how lucrative the show will ultimately prove to be, many sales brokers claim pending sales and the rumor mill is hinting about the sale of
Toys, PRIVATE LIVES
one megayacht considered to be a real gem. Serious charter inquiries from qualified clients, including well known celebrities spotted on the docks, indicate that the future of the marine industry looks very bright indeed.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Owner John Staluppi’s latest, most technologically advanced and extravagantly decorated megayacht, was the must-see build for everyone attending the 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show. DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is an outstanding collaboration between John Staluppi, Benetti Yachts, and Evan K. Marshall. Her elegant aesthetics are a stunning interpretation of the exclusivity of luxury yachting, defined by graceful shapes, dynamic lines and a powerful presence.
The in-house technical department of Azimut-Benetti, responsible for naval architecture and engineering, used high-resistance steel for the hull and light weight aluminum alloy for the superstructure. The displacement hull features a bulbous bow and a longitudinal skeg running from amidships to the stern, facilitating the 200-foot yacht’s ability to travel at a remarkable maximum speed of 16 knots, with an oceanic range of 4,800 nautical miles at 12 knots.
The concept design and exterior styling of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was entrusted to Benetti FB Line’s brilliant Stefano Natucci, who imbued the vessel with the instantly recognizable modern classicism that is a trademark of Benetti motor yachts. Innovative features of this quad-deck design include a VIP master stateroom and an Owners’ master stateroom. The unusual fly bridge, located above the sun deck, creates a spectacular panoramic private Owner’s deck that can accommodate helicopter landings and takeoffs, and can only be reached via controlled access from the main staircase and the central elevator.
The interior design and decoration of DIAMONDS
Designer Evan Marshall
ARE FOREVER are the work of the extraordinarily talented Evan K. Marshall of Usonia V, responsible for the interiors of previous Staluppi superyachts including THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH. Marshall designed sumptuous interiors, including all loose furniture, for comfort and visual impact. Furnishings throughout that epitomize luxury and refinement are embedded with thousands of Swarovski crystals that successfully mimic glittering, prismatic diamonds.
Shimmering foyers on each deck house the central spiral staircase that winds around the cylindrical glass elevator. Each foyer sparkles with reflective glass, thematic works of art, striking combinations of marble and onyx floor inlays, and burl wall panels framed by gold and silver leaf inlays.
The main deck layout includes living and dining areas and the VIP apartment. On this and all deck levels, social spaces incorporate elegant pieces of loose furniture and commissioned works of art with design motifs inspired by the ship’s name. The furniture appears to be freestanding, supported only by slender legs embedded with delicate Swarovski crystals set in polished chrome and gold-plate. The VIP master suite features a split-level layout with large panoramic forward facing windows, his and hers walk-in dressing rooms, an exercise room with adjoining sauna and a beauty salon with massage table. These spaces are self contained and can be separated from the stateroom for use by other guests.
The lower deck layout includes one twin stateroom and three king-size staterooms, two of which have walk-in wardrobes. The materials for the staterooms include elegant Madrona burl woods, gold and silver leaf inlays, rare marbles and onyx, and custom colored and embossed leathers. Notable features include lavish ensuite facilities, commissioned works of art representing Neoclassical, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, faux stingray skin walls and trim, and silent air conditioning cleverly ventilated through crown molding.
On the upper deck of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is the spectacular sky lounge, featuring a unique automated indoor-outdoor dining area. With the flick of a switch electric doors convert the indoor space by opening the area to the aft cockpit, instantly creating an outdoor dining area. The full beam living area boasts a welcoming low bar, plush seating arrangement, a grand piano, game table and four televisions, (we are told Staluppi is a serious Nascar fan) that are concealed by original paintings embedded with Swarovski crystals. In each of the niched corners are four original sculptures inspired by the famous Quattro Fontane in Rome, that reveal John Staluppi’s passion for the sculptures of the artist Erté, renowned as a great master of Art Nouveau and Art Déco. They are reputed to be a very limited edition from the artist’s America Series quartet entitled “Liberty”, “Fearless and Free”, “Peace” and “Justice”, and produced using a bronze alloy casting technique.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is superb luxury yacht that meets the most demanding charter requirements; palatial amounts of space, the very best materials and technology, the highest levels of service, and the utmost privacy and security. She will be available for charter through the Mediterranean this spring.
DESIGN ET AL: INTERNATIONAL YACHT & AVIATION AWARDS
Sunreef Yachts is proud to announce that two Sunreef luxury catamarans have been shortlisted as contenders for this year’s design awards organized by leading UK-based design magazine, Design et al. The dynamic and energy efficient Sunreef 70 Power is nominated for Best Power Yacht up to 40 meters, and the sophisticated charter sailing catamaran, Sunreef 114 CHE, has been selected for the Best Yacht Interior Design category.
The goal of Design et al in hosting this prestigious event is to commend design, recognize talent, create opportunities and offer inspiration to the many outstanding interior and exterior designers within the yachting and aviation industries and to allow clients and colleagues the opportunity of rewarding the best in designs from around the globe.
The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are not judged by a panel. Short listed entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as Design et al readers, clients and customers.
The glamorous black tie awards reception and ceremony will take place Friday 27 April, at the Splendido Hotel, Portofino, Italy. Set on a verdant hillside overlooking the picture-perfect harbor of Portofino, with elegant luxury yachts bobbing at anchor, Hotel Splendido is one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Design et al website.
Power Yacht over 60 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Power Yacht over 40 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Power Yacht over 25 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Power Yacht up to 25 meters (Interior / Exterior)
Yacht Concept Design up to 50 meters
Yacht Concept Design over 50 meters
Yacht Refit / Rebuild / Conversion
Yacht Interior Design
The online voting process is open to industry professionals as well as Design et al readers, clients and customers. Sunreef Yachts will be honored to receive votes from all of our friends and colleagues in support of the two superlative builds, Sunreef Power 70 and Sunreef 114 CHE. VOTE.
Our charter experts had the priceless opportunity of touring Owner John Staluppi’s newest Bond-themed megayacht, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. This Benetti 60-meter masterpiece is a dazzling tribute to the superb naval architecture and engineering synonymous with the brand, and the artistic genius of designer Evan Marshall.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER launched on Saturday 26th November 2011 at the state-of-the-art Benetti shipyard in Livorno, and made her US debut as the largest and most phenomenal yacht at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. The official name of the yacht bears the very personal signature of Mr. John Staluppi, the owner of many superyachts, each more spectacular than the previous, and each bearing the name and stunning design references to a James Bond film.
The elegant external line of the superyacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER is characterised by compact forms and dynamic slender lines. The balanced combination of traditional design elements and modern innovative stylistic and engineering solutions so characteristic of the shipyard gives a dynamic presence to DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER that is sure to turn heads in every port of call.
Interiors are literally brilliant. Thousands of Swarovski crystals embedded in furniture, fabrics and artwork, high gloss woodwork and polished marble floors, mirrored surfaces, reflective stainless, and prismatic etched glass, create an ambiance that is almost surreal.
On board, full customization includes the particular arrangement of the staterooms, the location of the wheelhouse on the flybridge, the remarkable interior design and decor, the engine room made entirely of stainless steel and the addition of the top deck above the flybridge, a private panoramic deck 12 meters above the sea that can be reached by the glass elevator that serves all the yacht decks.
Heesen Yachts announces the launch of YN 15944, formerly Project Zentric, from their facility in Oss, the Netherlands. The Owner has christened her MY Lady L. This vessel is the eighth in the successful 44 meter, all-aluminum, semi-custom class. YN 15944 was begun as an “on stock project” by the shipyard, which commenced the build prior to securing the signed contract in 2011.
Last November the deal was closed for YN 15944, which was delivered just two months later. Building in aluminum to enormously demanding tolerances, the Heesen hull-form is designed to optimize the way a yacht moves through the water. MY Lady L reaches the remarkable speed of 25 knots, making her one of the fastest yachts of her size on the market. Twin MTU 2.720kW engines combined weight reduction and an ultra-efficient hull make the speed possible.
Using the experience gained from constructing previous 44 meter aluminum yachts, Heesen has designed MY Lady L to fully maximize the amount of deck space available resulting in even greater levels of luxury. Guests will likely spend most of their time at sea on the expansive 45 square meter sun deck. They’ll also enjoy the main and upper aft decks as the perfect locations for alfresco dining or just lounging in the shade; while the seating area on the foredeck is ideal for catching the breeze when at anchor, or for privacy when docked stern-to in the harbor.
Frank Laupman from Omega Architects designed the timelessly refined interiors where pale woods and precious fabrics accentuate light and space. The sleek, classic Deco design keeps living areas elegant and clutter-free. The main saloon is split into three distinct spaces within the open-plan layout. In addition to the main sofas and dining areas, there is an intimate semicircular seating area adjacent to the huge curved sliding glass doors. The sky lounge has been designed to provide several different entertaining and relaxation spaces. Deep sofas line both sides of the room, while an aft circular arrangement of stools and table creates a laid-back atmosphere.
Ten guests can be accommodated in five cabins. The full-beam master suite is situated on the main deck and includes a study and full-beam his-and-hers marble bathroom. Two double and two twin cabins, all with ensuite marble bathrooms, are located on the lower deck.
Length over all: 44,77m / 146ft 10in
Beam over all: 9,00m / 29ft 6in
Draft: 2,81m / 9ft 3in
Displacement (50% load): 280 tons
Maximum speed (50%load): 25 knots
Range at 12 knots: 3.200Nm (Trans-Atlantic)
Fuel capacity: 69.000 litres / 18.250 US gallons
Fresh Water capacity: 16.000 litres / 4.250 US gallons
Dutch superyacht builder Heesen has a signed contract for YN 16050, now known as Project Ventura, which boasts a projected top speed of 23 knots making her one of the world’s fastest semi-displacement 50 meter yachts as well as one of the most efficient on the market. In consultation with Van Oossanen Associates, Heesen’s in-house naval architects created a sophisticated and highly efficient hard-chine hull. When combined with Heesen’s acknowledged weight reduction expertise and a pair of high power-to-weight ratio MTU 2.720kW engines, Project Ventura is able to deliver her excellent top speed as well as a very economical fuel burn and a particularly long range of 3.200Nm at 12 knots.
Streamlined exterior styling is by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects and acclaimed Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski and the Owner are responsible for the stunning interiors. Their contemporary vision is chic yet minimal, based on just two woods of contrasting color and texture: richly patterned polished ebony for parquet floors and furniture surfaces, and whitened oak for the paneling. A key feature of Project Ventura is the attention paid to integrating controlled ambient lighting. Every area of the yacht can easily be adapted to suit the mood and atmosphere of the moment.
Project Ventura sleeps twelve guests in six staterooms (with an additional cabin for the Owners’ private staff.) There are in fact two master staterooms: the first with a spectacular circular bedroom leading directly outside on the upper deck; the other full-beam on the main deck that features a private study. A full-beam VIP suite, two double and one twin guest cabins are situated on the lower deck together with the twin staff cabin. All staterooms are designed with stately ebony floorboards, white oak paneling, and exceptional amounts of space, considerable storage and large wardrobes concealed within the design scheme.
The delivery of YN 16050, Project Ventura, is scheduled for spring 2013 after intensive sea trials in the North Sea.
Fuel: 18,200 US Gal
Water: 4,300 US Gal
Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M90
Stabilizers: VT Naiad type 720 with 2 fins of 3,5 m2, zero speed