The highly anticipated Rossinavi luxury yacht FLORENTIA has been delivered to her Owner six months after her launch ceremony and has now revealed her beautifully elegant and luxurious interiors.
Rome-based Studio Vafiadis produced the exterior styling for this 52m/170.7ft custom yacht, and the subtly futuristic interiors are by the architect Carlo Colombo and his studio A++.
M/Y FLORENTIA has a contemporary silhouette with a raked bow and strong lines sweeping from the bow to the stern. The main deck aft is a shaded social area providing curving sofas around an oval coffee table and another sofa in the sunshine along the stern. Guests can experience the cool sea breeze while dining with wet bar facilities on the upper deck, and the sundeck is the place to be to rest in the Jacuzzi and savour the moment.
The interiors are inspired by the changing curves of nature and the ocean waves, with the soft shades of the sea and sky colouring the social spaces. Metallic silver and gold are used to great effect in the lounges and accommodation, and the golden lights above the formal dining area add to the enchantment of a meal together after dark. The latest technology is integrated seamlessly into the surroundings for the utmost comfort and the best entertainment whether hosting a large celebration or winding down with a film at sunset – all within a cavernous ceiling height of 2.35m/7.7ft.
The accommodation sleeps up to 12 guests over 6 en-suite cabins, including a Master suite on the main deck, a VIP stateroom on the sundeck and the remaining guest cabins on the lower deck, with the crew accommodation for 11.
The Master Suite on the main deck forward has its own private balcony and two walk-in wardrobes, in addition to a king-sized bed, TV entertainment, private lounge and an en-suite bathroom. The high attention to detail includes a saddle-stitched headboard upholstered in leather, and a ring-shaped mirror above the bed further amplifies the light coming in through the windows. The VIP stateroom on the sundeck also has its own private forward balcony and quick access to the aft Jacuzzi along the stern.
In terms of technical specs, M/Y FLORENTIA has a volume of 810 GT and is fitted with twin Cat 3512E 1,901 kW diesel engines that give a top speed of 17 knots and an extensive cruising range of 6,500 nautical miles.
Notable features include four decks, of which there is an extensive upper deck aft for the storage of tenders, vehicles and water toys, plus a helipad and helicopter on the stern with a hangar below. The 14m/45.9ft beam provides ample room for both the vehicles and a workshop for spare parts and a rescue tender. The crew accommodation provides for the 18 crew running WAYFINDER and 14 additional staff or crew for expeditions.
The water and fuel storage onboard has a capacity for 22,000 litres and 200,000 litres respectively, and a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M73L diesel engines provide a top speed of 21 knots with a range to follow the mothership wherever she cruises.
To reduce the environmental impact on her destinations, M/Y WAYFINDER has two propulsion engines produce 2,832 kilowatts each that are designed to reduce the vessel’s nitrogen oxide emissions to two grams per kilowatt-hour. Wastewater is treated on board before being discharged into the ocean, and all solid waste generated is treated and stored onboard.
Construction and outfitting are still ongoing at the Burela dock before support yacht WAYFINDER commences her sea trials before being delivered to her Owner.
AvA Yachts has announced its latest construction update for luxury yacht INFINITY NINE, being built for NBA basketball star Tony Parker.
This is the second hull of the Kando model, and the hull and superstructure are now complete with the hull now undergoing its final coating. Outfitting has commenced and all major equipment has been delivered and installed.
Notable features on board include a full-beam master suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, a gym on the upper deck and an extended aft swim platform for enjoying the sea without dipping a toe into the water.
Mr. Parker has made several visits to the shipyard with his build advisory team and is excited to see his luxury yacht INFINITY NINE approaching launch in early 2021 with delivery before the end of March.
Holidaymakers the world over, head to the warm waters of the Aegean Sea for culture and adventure between the Greece and Turkey yacht charter grounds, where luxury gulets like 27m/88ft DEA DEL MARE add to the wonder of the experience. This family-sized vessel has everything to entertain without creating too many distractions from the brilliant blue sea and sky.
M/Y WELL DONE features an interior by Cor D. Rover Design, while the shipyard in-house team produced her naval architecture and exterior appearance, which looks seamless with a white hull and superstructure contrasted by large dark windows on the main and upper decks.
Within, the lounge and dining area are light and contemporary, making use of various types of wood and white furnishings to amplify the sense of space within the already roomy 7m/22ft beam. The Owners selected the enclosed sky lounge version of the FD80 model, where guests can have a casual meal and chat over drinks, and one last shared lounging area can be found in the beach club. Outside, the upper deck is a hub for outdoor dining and socialising, and has a bar, barbeque grill and Jacuzzi.
The accommodation sleeps a total of 8 guests in 4 en-suite cabins, of which there is a spacious Master Suite with a lounge area and a VIP stateroom in the bow.
The GRP materials give M/Y WELL DONE a lightweight draft for accessing the best-secluded spots of cruising grounds the world over, and the Owners intend on visiting the East Coast of the USA and the Bahamas. The twin MAN engines give a top speed of 17.4 knots and a range of 1,700 nautical miles at 10 knots for exploring along coasts and hopping between multiple island destinations.
Italian shipyard Admiral, part of The Italian Sea Group, is to construct a 73m/239.5ft luxury yacht currently known as ‘PROJECT VISIONARY’, with delivery scheduled before the end of 2024.
As expected, there is very little information available about Project Visionary, however, as he name suggests, we expect a truly innovative, ultra-luxurious superyacht with multiple vast deck areas, high-tech features and unprecedented design throughout her interior and exterior spaces.
The shipyard has also revealed plans to extend its dry dock facilities to increase its production capacity to meet future demand and ever more innovative projects.
The 38m M/Y STELLA MARIS is available between December 21st and January 4th, with a 25% discount. Delivered in 1988 and refitted in 2018, she was built by Italian shipyard Picchiotti and has interior styling the work of Alexandra Rivadeneira. A total of 7 cabins, accommodate 14 charter guests, attended by a crew of 10.
Her contemporary interior decor boasts light tones and custom furnishings, creating a lovely inviting atmosphere to entertain and relax. On the main deck is an open plan salon with formal dining, plus 2 double and a twin suite situated forward. Further accommodation includes a master on the tops deck and 3 double and a twin on the lower level, all of which have private ensuites
Motor yacht STELLA MARIS is ideal for entertaining on the vast exterior decks. On the main deck, there is shade, seating and easy access to the swim platform, offering up some fantastic water toys. Her upper aft deck is the outdoor gathering spot, featuring seating, alfresco dining and a full-service cocktail bar. One further deck up, charter guests will find a large sundeck, complete with chaise loungers and a soothing jacuzzi.
- One of a kind yacht available in the Galapagos
- Excellent accommodation layout
- Spacious both indoors and out
- Zero speed stabilizers
- Gym equipment
The 27m popular Amer-built yacht AMER-ICA is kicking off summer 2021 early, with a fantastic discount offered, for all weeks booked before the end of 2020. Launched in 2012 and refitted in 2019, she features 4 cabins, for a maximum of 8 charter guests, cruising the stunning Greek waters of the East Mediterranean.
An elegant open-plan salon has a neutral palette of light woods, stone grey floors and crisp white soft furnishings. The spacious lounge easily seats all 8 guests aft and offers the formal dining forward. A glass surrounded central staircase leads below decks to the master and VIP suites, while a separate area forward takes you to 2 twin suites.
M/Y AMER-ICA’s outdoor lifestyle is perfectly suited to luxury charters in Greece, with 2 levels and a large swim platform. Exit the salon and dine alfresco under the shade, or enjoy easy access to the water toys down a few steps. Escape to the bow to enjoy sunning on the double-sized sunbed. Upon the top deck, guests have a relaxing alfresco option, seating, sunning and a jacuzzi. Optional partial shade is available from a Bimini cover.
- Luxurious interior décor and open plan salon
- Full beam master and VIP staterooms
- 2019 extensive refit
- 2 alfresco dining options
- Large swim platform
- Water toys
- Jacuzzi on deck
- Zero speed stabilizers
Exclusive Interview: The Success of the Virtual Mediterranean Yacht Show with over 80 Greek Charter Yachts on Display
An exclusive interview with the President of the Greek Yachting Association, Michael Skoulikidis, about the challenges the year 2020 brought onto the GYA and about the currently running Virtual Boat Show displaying some of the worlds most beautiful Greek charter yachts; as well as the 2021 ‘live’ Mediterranean Yacht Show in Greece, we all look forward to in April 2021.
2020 is a very particular year and it has brought numerous challenges to all of us. One of the most important changes in the yachting industry that the various world-wide restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic brought on, was the inability to continue with live yacht shows that we are accustomed to. How did you come to the decision to create an online, virtual boat show?
2020 caused almost all live yacht shows to be cancelled or postponed but it didn’t completely halt the requests for yacht charters. Clients were quick to understand that a yacht charter was one of the safest ways to enjoy a vacation despite the unprecedented circumstances. It was still possible for them to spend quality time in an environment that they could control, to a large extent, as our industry was quick to respond to the challenge by setting its own, strict protocols in place (disinfections before and after each charter, extensive testing of the crew, avoidance of high traffic areas). When it was possible for clients to reach the embarkation point, many of them were happy to find their way back on board. This meant that there was a real need for CAs, brokers and clients to have access to up-to-date information about yachts that were either new to the market or existing ones that they may not have had the opportunity to inspect. So our decision was driven by a demand for details that could no longer be acquired first hand and by the need to create a bridge that could effectively connect 2019 with 2021.
How many yachts are currently listed/present at the show and what was the response from the owners/captain of the participating yachts when approached about the virtual show?
82 yachts are currently listed at the virtual show and the fact is that owners, captains and CAs all embraced this initiative when we approached them.
All yachts have a great presentation with photography and excellent videos for visitors to view. Were there any challenges that have you encountered during the organisation of the online show in getting all the visual material put together?
The greatest challenge was ensuring that the presentation of the yachts was homogeneous and that everyone involved was a “fair player”. Many yachts already possessed their own material in terms of videos and, understandably, some of it was of exceptional quality. However, using it would have created an unfair advantage for some as well as making side by side comparisons difficult. So, we decided to use one videographer for all yachts listed, and the duration of the videos was determined by the L.O.A.
What response have you had since the launch in September and how many registered visitors have viewed the show?
The response has been excellent. The virtual show, to which only professionals have access, was well received from day one and already counts visits from close to 1000 yacht brokers. It has fast become an important tool of the trade and feedback shows that, in some cases, it works even better than an in-person visit as it allows charter professionals to share valuable details with clients and make solid comparisons. The human factor such as crew chemistry and skills, which are always of great importance, may be missing but the knowledge and insights of an experienced broker are there to cover that gap.
Do you believe that virtual shows will continue even after the pandemic is over in some way or another? They do seem to be a great reference for brokers seeking and viewing charter yachts in Greece even outside the ‘boat show season’.
It wasn’t exactly in our plans to host a virtual show but, now that it has come to life, the general consensus is that the virtual show should continue to exist in parallel with the actual show. It has proved to be an amazing tool and we are extremely proud that we were the first to present a virtual charter show to an international audience. The MEDYS is the largest charter show in the world, in terms of the number of participating yachts and their cumulative length, and we are delighted to add another first to our tally with the virtual charter show.
The next ‘live’ show is planned for April 22-25, 2021. What is your projection for the future and is the organisation underway?
We have the know-how and the organizational structure that will allow us to proceed swiftly when we decide to press the “go” button but preparations are not underway at the moment. We are adopting a ‘watch and wait’ approach as we have concerns regarding the travel restrictions and regulations that may affect the plans of foreign brokers. In previous years, it was important for our international visitors to book flights well in advance but the current situation is much different. So we will wait, see how matters develop over the next few weeks and provide an update in good time. The approval of vaccines seems to be fast approaching and we are optimistic about being able to stage a safe and productive show.
How will the April show be different from those that were held pre-pandemic?
That really depends on the evolution of the pandemic which we are monitoring closely. Whatever that may be, we believe that social distancing and hygiene measures are here to stay and we are planning accordingly. The parameters for gatherings and parties will also be examined in the near future and our decisions will be made based, first and foremost, on the safety and well-being of all attendees.
What are you expecting from 2021 when it comes to Greek charter and the Mediterranean summer charter season?
The Mediterranean is always the place to be in summer and Greece, in particular, is the definition of yachting heaven. Favourable weather, safe seas, thousands of islands, long stretches of coastline, an abundance of historical sites and monuments, and mouth-watering cuisine, make it a destination like no other. If you factor in the growing awareness that a yacht charter is one of the safest ways to vacation and that air travel will most likely become easier, we expect and strongly believe that 2021 will be a much better year for Greek yachting.