20% discount on Mediterranean charter with motor yacht IPANEMAS

End the Mediterranean summer season with a 20% discount aboard the 45m Tecnomar motor yacht IPANEMAS throughout October. Launched in 2012 and refitted in 2019, the vessel has 6 cabins, for up to 12 charter guests and a total crew of 9.

IPANEMAS superyacht in the beautiful charter destination of Italy

IPANEMAS superyacht in the beautiful charter destination of Italy

Featuring a light and airy interior décor, there are 2 lounges, comprising an open plan main deck salon and formal dining, and upper sky lounge, offering an additional comfortable seating arrangement, casual table and cocktail bar. Throughout the soft furnishings are neutral, while a combination of timeless woods complement the spaces.

Jacuzzi with plenty of sunbathing areas

Jacuzzi with plenty of sunbathing areas

The master stateroom is situated on the upper deck forward, while the lower deck has a VIP suite, 2 queen and 2 twin cabins. M/Y IPANEMAS has plenty of outdoor living laid over 3 levels.

Master suite

Master suite

Spacious saloon

Spacious saloon

Her shaded main deck is ideal for gathering, with a well-suited exterior lounge. The upper aft deck provides alfresco dining and a further sitting area. Head up to the sundeck and enjoy dining, sunning and relaxing in the jacuzzi.

Luxury yacht IPANEMAS

Luxury yacht IPANEMAS

Highlights

  • Timeless interior finish
  • On deck master cabin
  • 2 alfresco dining options
  • Array of water toys
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym gear
  • Zero speed stabilizers
  • Wifi

Refitted luxury yacht Katia accepting Mediterranean charters

The beautiful modern 40m/131.3ft luxury yacht KATIA (ex.K) has finished an extensive refit that has personalised her for her new owner, and she will be available for charter in the Mediterranean in 2021.

Motor yacht KATIA

Motor yacht KATIA

Built by Palumbo Yachts with an interior from renowned Italian design studio Hot Lab, she already has all the ingredients for successful parties in the Mediterranean sunshine, the eve before you take into account her marvellous foredeck Jacuzzi and sunbathing areas, along with lounges on the main deck aft and down in the beach club.

dining area

dining area

The light-suffused interiors have a pale earth-toned colour scheme that makes a warm and welcoming environment for charter guests of all ages. The main salon will likely be the first and last place where the whole group gathers together, planning the day over breakfast at the table before resting weary bodies on the sumptuous sofa, watching a film at the end of the day.

master suite

master suite

There is room for plenty of water toys on board, and the current selection includes a Yamaha jet ski, Seabob and two-person towable toy.

aft view

aft view

The versatile accommodation can sleep up to 11 guests in 5 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 full-beam VIP stateroom that converts into 2 doubles, and 2 twin cabins with one fitted with a Pullman berth.

Secure your dates aboard superyacht KATIA in time for a sensational summer season in the Mediterranean.

 

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36m motor yacht KOKORO hits water at Moonen

The Dutch shipyard Moonen has launched its latest build, the 36m luxury motor yacht KOKORO. KOKORO, meaning ‘heart’ in Japanese, is the perfect name for this vessel with naval architecture by Diana Yacht Design in collaboration with René van der Velden who also created her exterior styling. Studio Indigo created her bespoke interiors that accommodate up to 12 guests in 7 beautifully-appointed staterooms.

Luxury yacht KOKORO hits water at Moonen Yachts

Luxury yacht KOKORO hits water at Moonen Yachts

Some of the main features of this vessel include a fabulous sun deck with a wet bar to port and a shaded hardtop. In addition, there is a large curving sofa as well as sun loungers to completely relax. A number of dining options add to the complete comfort onboard, with alfresco dining being fabulous for morning coffee or sunset dinners.

KOKORO being lowered onto the water

KOKORO being lowered onto the water

The main deck hosts the spacious full-beam master suite with a private ensuite bathroom and a Jacuzzi hot tub. Additional guests suites are located on the lower deck and guest will be served by a professional and skilled crew of seven.

aft view - during launch at Moonen

aft view – during launch at Moonen

 

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Sanlorenzo luxury yacht Mon Chateau new to charter in Florida and Bahamas

Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo launched 26.82m/88ft luxury yacht MON CHATEAU earlier this year, and now she’s available for Florida and Bahamas charters over the winter season.

Charter Mon Chateau in Florida and the Bahamas

From the moment guests step inside the connection to the outside environment is apparent: The main deck salon boasts a massive floor-to-ceiling window on both sides of the room, flooding the interior with natural light that is further enhanced by the clean and crisp white colour scheme.

Going for a ride

Charter guests can start the day with a meal in the forward dining area before spending the morning and afternoon exploring the fantastic beaches and island trails of the Bahamas, snorkelling over colourful reefs with turtle, dolphin and ray encounters all possible. The swim platform and foredeck are both desirable places to spend a lazy afternoon lying back and taking in the surroundings, while the flybridge sets the ambiance for afternoon dining or an evening soiree. As the day draws to a close, families can wind down with a film in the salon before heading to bed.

Aft view

M/Y MON CHATEAU is designed for up to 12 guests while cruising, and the overnight accommodation sleeps up to 8 guests across 4 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 1 VIP stateroom and 2 twin cabins that are convertible to doubles. Guests will be taken care of by the professional crew of 3, who each have years of experience in the luxury yachting industry.

On deck

There is a great collection of water toys on board ideal for the clear shallow waters of destinations such as Long Island and the Abacos:

  • 1 x Yamaha Waverunner
  • 2 x inflatable kayaks
  • 2 x inflatable paddle boards
  • snorkelling equipment, and
  • inflatable and towable toys

See more images of luxury yacht MON CHATEAU and get inspiration for your own winter charter.

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Charter motor yacht Valere in the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands

The 25.6m/84ft luxury yacht VALERE (ex.BELLA STELLA) from Azimut is cruising the Virgin Islands and Leeward Islands charter grounds this winter, offering her guests impeccable style, plenty of space and an intimate environment for birthday celebrations, honeymoons and festivities into 2021.

motor yacht VALERE

motor yacht VALERE

M/Y VALERE has been kept in tip-top condition through regular maintenance, and one of her latest additions is a hot tub for guests to savour starry night skies in complete peace and comfort. From the flybridge to the swim platform there are plenty of spaces onboard to sunbathe or dine alfresco, allowing the group to split up for separate conversations or personal time for reading and hobbies.

flybridge

flybridge

Inside, the timeless environment combines striated wooden panelling with cream and white furnishings for a homely environment, and the bar connected to the galley has an excellent selection of spirits to complement a meal at the table or for drinks while watching the latest blockbusters or sports on the widescreen TV.

saloon

saloon

The accommodation provides for 8-9 guests over 4 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite and 3 double cabins. One of the double cabins can be converted to two twins and also comes with a Pullman berth suitable for a child.

master stateroom

master stateroom

There is a great selection of water toys for exploring the USVIs or the untouched beaches amongst Antigua and Barbudacontact CharterWorld for more information.

 

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Lantau Yacht Club, Hong Kong’s custom-built superyacht marina

Lantau Yacht Club is welcoming its first yachts as the newly named marina soft opened following a concentrated period of rebuilding and refurbishment since the start of 2019.

A Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479 is the first member’s boat at Lantau Yacht Club

A Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479 is the first member’s boat at Lantau Yacht Club

The first member vessel, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 479 sailing boat, was the first boat to berth in the marina and was followed by a visiting Ferretti Yachts 670 motor yacht, a model that recently made its Asian debut in Hong Kong.

All 148 berths are scheduled to be completed by October and will be followed by the opening of the new-look clubhouse, which is undergoing a major facelift as part of the overhaul of the former Discovery Bay Marina Club, founded in 1989.

A Ferretti Yachts 720 is the first visiting yacht at Lantau Yacht Club

A Ferretti Yachts 720 is the first visiting yacht at Lantau Yacht Club

With the end of construction in sight and operations beginning, Ivan Lee, the club’s Vice President, appears a relieved man, especially with the second year of work coinciding with the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We have been very blessed with the weather, so everything has gone to plan and is on schedule,” Lee says.

Lantau Yacht Club’s Ivan Lee, Vice President; Charlotte Ho, Director of Hospitality Marketing and Membership; and Rudy Puystjens, Marina Director

Lantau Yacht Club’s Ivan Lee, Vice President; Charlotte Ho, Director of Hospitality Marketing and Membership; and Rudy Puystjens, Marina Director

Located in Discovery Bay on the northeast of Lantau Island, the marina is owned by Hong Kong Resort Company (HKR), a principal subsidiary of HKR International Limited (HKRI) and the developer and owner of Discovery Bay, the 650-hectare residential complex accessed by road or a 25-minute ferry ride west of Central.

The first marina in Hong Kong designed to cater to the specific needs of superyachts, the Lantau Yacht Club features 38 berths for yachts from 30m to over 60m and can accommodate megayachts up to about 100m, with the longest berths located by the marina entrance and the seawall.

“Hong Kong is one of the main activity centres of superyachts in the region, but there has been a lack of mooring and facilities tailor-made for superyachts in Hong Kong in the past,” Lee says. “As Lantau Yacht Club will also attract superyachts from other parts of the world, a number of berths will be reserved for visiting yachts.”

The Marina Office at the Lantau Yacht Club has been operational since July

The Marina Office at the Lantau Yacht Club has been operational since July

The marina also includes 57 berths for yachts from 15-30m and 53 from 10-15m, all with finger pontoons. Furthermore, there’s hard stand space for 15 boats up to 17m and dry-stack storage with 30 slots up to 12m.

NEW AND IMPROVED
Lee says the marina has been reconfigured within the original breakwater not only to accommodate larger yachts but also for a general upgrade in hardware and software to reflect the changes in yachting and technology in recent decades.

HKR managed the project with support from specialists and consultants. Marina Projects advised on the masterplan design, berth mix and technical provisions, while Atkins was responsible for the structural design of the concrete pontoon system.

Artist’s impression of the 148-berth Lantau Yacht Club and the Discovery Bay residential complex, a 25-minute ferry ride west of Central

Artist’s impression of the 148-berth Lantau Yacht Club and the Discovery Bay residential complex, a 25-minute ferry ride west of Central

“The marina has been custom designed and rebuilt to cater to today’s standard and requirements, especially for the increasingly popular superyacht sector. After 29 years of non-stop operation, the marina and clubhouse needed to be renovated and upgraded to provide safe, high-quality berthing and services for members,” Lee says.

“For example, the old marina layout was based on yacht sizes that were common over three decades ago, while electricity and fire-safety requirements have changed over the years. First and foremost, Lantau Yacht Club is a typhoon-proof marina, offering the best-possible safety and protection for all berthed vessels.”

The main piers are 5m wide so buggies can safely cross each-other alongside pedestrians, although the installation of 5m-wide concrete pontoons up to 20m in length proved one of the challenges during construction, which followed a comprehensive technical feasibility and engineering assessment.

“The main pontoons are in concrete to give the same feeling as walking on land,” says Rudy Puystjens, Marina Director.

Rudy Puystjens, Marina Director, hosts a site visit for industry players

Rudy Puystjens, Marina Director, hosts a site visit for industry players

It may seem a small point, but ashtrays are installed in the marina and people won’t be allowed to flick cigarette butts into the water due to the club’s strong focus on sustainability and environmental friendliness. Fines for polluting and littering will be used for eco projects.

Other measures include mandatory use of biodegradable detergents, recycling and treatment of water used in the service yard, and progressive banning of single-use plastic, while coral planting is among co-initiatives being considered.

It’s not only the berth lengths and environmental focus that have increased. As an example of how services and software have been upgraded, the total electricity capacity is four times bigger than before. Superyachts are serviced by an individual pedestal providing up to 600 amp of three-phase shore-power electricity.

Lantau Yacht Club is the new name of the upgraded Discovery Bay Marina Club, founded in 1989

Lantau Yacht Club is the new name of the upgraded Discovery Bay Marina Club, founded in 1989

There’s up to 4G of broadband on pontoons, while the club plans to introduce a 5G mobile network.

“The marina’s electricity provision is best of its class and the club is equipped with the highest level of IT provisions,” Puystjens says. “We’re also equipped with a world-class marina management software for a seamless customer experience.”

GROWING CONNECTIONS
Lantau Yacht Club is a proprietary club and membership is offered by invitation only. “We welcome all interested parties who meet our selection criteria. One of the key criteria for membership selection is the appropriateness of the vessels owned by the interested parties,” says Charlotte Ho, Director of Hospitality Marketing and Membership.

Lantau Yacht Club’s members and visiting yacht owners can enjoy access to the 27-hole Discovery Bay Golf Club and its stunning views

Lantau Yacht Club’s members and visiting yacht owners can enjoy access to the 27-hole Discovery Bay Golf Club and its stunning views

“All potential members and their yachts will be considered with respect to, for instance, the club’s rules and regulations, and other regulations and requirements of the authorities.”

As well as transfers to and from Discovery Bay Marina and a concierge service, Lantau Yacht Club members can enjoy a series of special offers and exclusive access to facilities in Discovery Bay, all owned and operated by HKR.

These include the 27-hole Discovery Bay Golf Club, sports and leisure facilities at Discovery Bay Recreation Club, the infinity pool at Club Siena and the Spa, and delicacies at the Auberge Discovery Bay seaside resort hotel.

Located by the Discovery Bay ferry pier, the D’Deck alfresco dining area has a view of Tai Pak Beach and the bay

Located by the Discovery Bay ferry pier, the D’Deck alfresco dining area has a view of Tai Pak Beach and the bay

Apart from golf and swimming, Discovery Bay’s recreational offerings include fitness centres, tennis, squash, basketball, climbing, table tennis, snooker, 10-pin bowling, children’s play areas, dance, indoor jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms, mah-jong/card room and reading rooms. There’s even a horse-drawn carriage ride, while a new indoor ice rink will open soon.

“The new marina further enhances the image of Discovery Bay as an upscale resort-style community,” Lee says. “It will also benefit local businesses by attracting more visitors and crew.”

Overlooked by seaside residences, Tai Pak Beach is a short walk from the Discovery Bay ferry pier

Overlooked by seaside residences, Tai Pak Beach is a short walk from the Discovery Bay ferry pier

Hong Kong Disneyland is among nearby attractions, while south Lantau is lined with nice beaches. The north of the island is home to Hong Kong International Airport and the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a symbol of the city’s increased connectivity to mainland China.

Lee expects Lantau Yacht Club to lure visiting superyachts to Hong Kong, which he believes will become more popular as cruising regulations ease in mainland China.

Hong Kong Disneyland is among nearby attractions, while south Lantau is lined with nice beaches. The north of the island is home to Hong Kong International Airport and the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, a symbol of the city’s increased connectivity to mainland China.

Lee expects Lantau Yacht Club to lure visiting superyachts to Hong Kong, which he believes will become more popular as cruising regulations ease in mainland China.

Discovery Bay at night; Lantau Yacht Club members are provided access to many of the facilities in Discovery Bay, including sports clubs and a hotel

Discovery Bay at night; Lantau Yacht Club members are provided access to many of the facilities in Discovery Bay, including sports clubs and a hotel

“Lantau is a gateway to mainland China and one of the best transit locations for yachts cruising in Asia or en route to China for sightseeing or supplies. Yachting in Asia is benefiting from the growth of wealth in the region, particularly in mainland China, and Hong Kong’s proximity will help it attract more yachts,” Lee says.

“With our new marina and the professional boat repair and maintenance services, Hong Kong can further develop its maritime economy, which in turn will boost tourism and the local economy while maintaining the city’s place as a key yachting hub in Asia.”

www.lantauyachtclub.com

Lantau Yacht Club membership is by invitation only; interested parties can email: info@lantauyachtclub.com

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Yacht Style’s Vietnamese edition promotes boating in fast-emerging market

The first Vietnamese edition of Yacht Style

The first Vietnamese edition of Yacht Style

Luxuo Media Vietnam, owner of www.luxuo.vn, has launched the first issue of Yacht Style Vietnam, a publication dedicated to ‘The Leaders’ of the nascent yachting industry in a nation with a population of 96 million and a coastline of over 2,000 miles.

Doan Viet Dai Tu, founder of Tam Son Yachting

Doan Viet Dai Tu, founder of Tam Son Yachting

Local yachting leaders include Doan Viet Dai Tu, founder of Tam Son Yachting. The company is the distributor for Beneteau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts and Zodiac in Vietnam, and a developer and operator of marinas and yachting services.

Dang Bao Hieu, founder of Ana Marina

Dang Bao Hieu, founder of Ana Marina

Other leaders include Ana Marina creator Dang Bao Hieu and Nguyen Duc Thuan, founder of VietYacht (Jeanneau and Prestige) and LuxYacht (Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Riva). Nguyen brought 12 yachts to Vietnam in the belief that country will soon start to develop the boating potential along its vast coastline.

Nguyen Duc Thuan, founder of Vietyacht and Luxyacht

Nguyen Duc Thuan, founder of Vietyacht and Luxyacht

BELIEF IN THE FUTURE

Luxuo Media Vietnam is confident of the magazine’s future despite launching the title amid the backdrop of Covid-19.

Hai Yen Ho, Managing Editor of Yacht Style Vietnam, said: “We believe the yachting industry is still growing in Southeast Asia, in particular in Vietnam, where there’s a generation of entrepreneurs emerging in the yacht industry and marina development, and where yacht owners are increasing. We believe we are not alone in our optimism about the future of yachting here.

Yacht Style Vietnam includes marinas, resorts and destinations

Yacht Style Vietnam includes marinas, resorts and destinations

“The fact that a lot of Vietnamese are confused about the concept of yachting and cruising, and most boat regulations in Vietnam are for fishing boats or cargo ships, mean it’s more essential than ever to launch a publication to clarify the concept of yachting and explore what it offers.”

The issue includes a feature on catamarans

The issue includes a feature on catamarans

The magazine includes reviews of the Azimut 78, Lagoon Sixty 7, Sunseeker Predator 60 EVO and Prestige 420. There’s also a comparison of the Merry Fisher 1095 and N33 from Jeanneau, as well as features on catamarans and the Prestige shipyard in France.

The magazine includes luxury and lifestyle features

The magazine includes luxury and lifestyle features

“As the public begins to understand what yachts are and how they can contribute to the tourism economy, more and more Vietnamese people will begin to embrace this new culture,” Ho said. “Warm, calm waters, paradise-like bays and passionate industry leaders are already here.”

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First Sanlorenzo 44Alloy Sold to Asia Hits the Water in La Spezia

The first 44Alloy superyacht sold to Asia has been launched at the Sanlorenzo Superyacht Division in La Spezia and is the first of two hulls sold by Sanlorenzo Asia, a division of Simpson Marine.

Hull one of the Sanlorenzo 44Alloy; two units will arrive in Asia this year

Hull one of the Sanlorenzo 44Alloy; two units will arrive in Asia this year

The second hull sold to Asia is due to launch within the next month and both superyachts are due to be delivered by the end of the year.

The 44Alloys are among 12 Sanlorenzo yachts and superyachts scheduled to be delivered in Asia in 2020, marking a record year on the continent for the Italian shipyard.

Nick Stratton, Sanlorenzo Asia Sales Manager, said: “We are very proud to see this incredible yacht launched and it is exciting to follow the final stages of build and sea trials. The yacht is scheduled to arrive in Asia before the end of the year.

The saloon on hull one of the 44Alloy, which is scheduled to debut at the Genoa show in October

The saloon on the 44Alloy, which is scheduled to debut at the Genoa show in October

“The yacht has many unique features and I am certain that it will shake up the market here in Asia. The innovative spaces on board are simply incredible. This has been a record year for Sanlorenzo Asia.”

The first hull of the 470GT, 44.5m fast-displacement aluminium superyacht, which can reach 22 knots, is scheduled to premiere at the Genoa International Boat Show from October 1-6. Five hulls have already been sold, with the model succeeding the 40Alloy, which sold 10 units.

The Zuccon International Project studio led the 44Alloy’s exterior styling and interior design, having also worked on Sanlorenzo’s SX and relaunched SD line.

The 1,560sqft master suite on the Sanlorenzo 44Alloy spans three levels and has an outdoor lounge with pool

The 1,560sqft master suite spans three levels and has an outdoor lounge with pool

The yacht has sporty lines with cut-outs in the bulwarks to provide sea views from the main deck and sky lounge on the upper deck, while the spacious beach club opens on three sides, with a lateral tender garage featuring a 7m tender.

Sanlorenzo states that the 145sqm master suite offers “a solution of ultimate comfort never seen before on a yacht of this size”, with the owner’s area spanning three levels and having direct access to a private outdoor bow lounge area with pool.

www.sanlorenzoyacht.com

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Supertoys For Superyachts: Top 2020 Yachting Accessories

As superyachts become larger and more innovative, so do the toys that come with them. The once-standard 25-meter luxury cruisers decked out in the most sophisticated technology and design are now some of the smaller fish in the yachting industry.

Some of the most extravagant liners to be seen at the 2019 Monaco Yacht show boasted some intriguing new accessories that are quickly becoming standard. From underwater observatories to onboard full facility gymnasiums, the fast-paced lifestyles of yacht owners are dictating new ground in entertainment design options.

While you may insist on having a tender with Stryker T-Tops ready for your guests to wakeboard on the ocean, you may also be interested in some of the most popular yachting toys to emerge for the 2020 season. Yachting is all about relaxation and enjoyment. Live life to the fullest with these innovative toys on your next cruise.

Underwater Observation Room

Fincantieri Yachts has been recently tasked with adding an Underwater Observation room to the 140m My Ocean Victory. Since this unveiling, they have been overrun with additional design requests from yacht owners. An engineering project such as this needs to begin during the initial design project. Insulated and reinforced hull designs along with the best in luxury interior interfacing can create an underwater experience that won’t be forgotten.

Swimming Pools

For those that prefer to lounge poolside, even when they are on the ocean, an on-deck swimming pool is a perfect solution. These steel enforced additions to the hull need to be specifically designed to withstand the forces of the ocean. An innovative pump recycling system ensures that your pool water is carefully reused throughout the craft with minimal waste. The pool can be covered with carbon fiber panels to provide a stable surface when the pool is not in use.

Floating Platforms

Floating modular platforms give owners and their guests the opportunity to reconnect with the water around them. These platforms can be configured to your needs. They can act as a sunbathing platform or as a docking spot for jet skis, divers, or amphibious vehicles. Add an inflatable sea pool that allows you to enjoy the water in a safe enclosed environment.

Gym

In addition to adding a complex onboard gymnasium with all the latest equipment, you can now burn calories out on the water. With the inventive design of the Red Shark water bikes, you can explore the surface of the waves and get an intense workout. Made from durable yet lightweight carbon-fiber, these floating crafts can be enjoyed by everyone on board and easily stowed without taking up a lot of space.

Amphibious Vehicles

Choose from the Biski or the Quadski models of Gibbs’s latest amphibious vehicles for some high-speed adventures on or off the water. With enough power to go from the sand to the surf instantaneously, these stability boosted vehicles are easy for anyone to ride.

As the design of superyachts continues to evolve, so will the accompanying toys that make life on the water such an adventure. As innovative technology develops more artful designs of these unique watercraft, those that live a luxurious lifestyle on the open sea will have more to enjoy.

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Upgraded Lady Azul Offers Charter Adventure and Excitement Across Asia

Lady Azul seems to possess an adventurous spirit. After several charters from Phuket since emerging at the end of last year from an extensive refit, the 39.4m Heesen is emerging post Covid-19 with plans to cruise up and down the Andaman Sea this winter.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, St (15)

Built by Dutch superyacht yard Heesen, the 39.4m Lady Azul has enjoyed a strong start to her new charter life following an extensive refit in Langkawi

Malaysia-based Gerry Ross has been Captain of the four-deck, five-cabin superyacht since 2015 and overseen two major refits including last year in Langkawi, his home for the past decade.

The blue-hulled Lady Azul appears to inspire loyalty, not only among Captain and crew but also charter guests, who make the most of a yacht now fully equipped for diving and packed with new toys including a 15m inflatable netted lap pool.

Trips since the refit include a first charter into Myanmar after an active family – who had used the yacht a year previously – booked her again after confirming the Captain and key crew were still aboard.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, 28mm (187)

Fun is the name of the game on Lady Azul, which is geared up for isolation and exploration

“The Mergui Archipelago is stunning. The beaches and the islands are something else,” says the New Zealander, who first came to Asia on the 26m Azimut Verena V, the smallest yacht he has captained. “Another attraction is that you basically have the whole place to yourself.”

DIVING WITH ELEPHANTS AND TRAINS

As well as visiting Myanmar for the first time, the guests – including several keen scuba divers – also cruised in Thailand during the 10-day charter. Ross ensured they had some underwater experiences they’ll never forget as they made the most of the yacht’s new brand-new dive gear, including eight tanks and a dive compressor.

Off Koh Racha Yai, south of Phuket, Ross led the clients on 18-20m dives to see 3m-high concrete elephants and giant statues plus a huge network of concrete cubes, all placed on the seabed after the 2004 tsunami to attract divers. The charter guests also dived boat wrecks and even sat on a motorbike still standing upright on the seabed.

Charter guests on Lady Azul have dived with submerged trains, concrete elephants and a motorbike

Charter guests have dived with submerged trains, concrete elephants and a motorbike

That was just a taste of things to come, as further down the coast they visited Koh Waen, southeast of Koh Lanta Yai, where they swam through a series of open train carriages that had shifted off their train tracks!

“The guests loved it. In Asia, we’re in a place where it’s a lot more adventurous. There’s a lot more to do than if you were chartering in Europe, where sometimes guests are more interested in being seen in a marina,” Ross says. “I find that Lady Azul is the perfect size for Asia. We can get close enough to beaches so you can swim there or get near dive spots.”

DUTCH PEDIGREE

Lady Azul, originally commissioned for a Malaysian and launched by Heesen in 2001, has benefited from enormous investment from its new owner, who bought the yacht in April 2019 and used it for a couple of months before embarking on an extensive technical, interior and exterior refit in Langkawi.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, A7r111 (98)

Looking immaculate after the refit, the enormous saloon has comfortable sofas and chairs to port, great views, and leads forward to the dining area and guest cabins

The yacht feels immaculate when you’re on board, with the woodwork, flooring, ceilings, lighting, furniture and soft furnishings all looking as pristine as on a new build.

It also feels immensely comfortable inside and out. The main saloon is bright, with comfortable white sofas and lots of space on starboard side to walk past the centrepiece to the formal dining area, overlooked by a colourful painting of a phoenix.

The upper deck also has a saloon, with a large corner sofa, chairs, big TV, card table and a corner bar, which also serves the aft deck, where a long table comfortably seats 10 and offers great sea views. As the yacht’s most popular place for meals, it can be used for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has cosy lounging areas on both sides.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, A7r111 (90)

The formal dining area on the main deck can comfortably seat 10 for meals and offers great views through the large windows

The sun deck offers even more panoramic views and has several intimate seating, dining, lounging and socialising areas including a large aft-facing sunpad, a nice place to hang out for drinks before or after dinner.

As for who’s sleeping where, Lady Azul has a huge master suite forward on the main deck. Space has been given priority in a beautifully designed room with a forward-facing bed that enjoys light and 270-degree views, a forward TV, portside desk and an enormous marble bathroom with his and her sinks, shower and portside bathtub.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, DSC07705

The stunning master suite on the main deck has seating and a desk on both sides

The four lower-deck guest cabins are also hugely comfortable and light, with full-beam VIP cabins fore and aft of two surprisingly large twins, all with large windows, good natural light and elegant en-suites.

TOYS GALORE

However, this is a boat to be enjoyed outdoors and is packed with toys galore since the refit. As well as the diving equipment, new gear includes a 5.5m Williams Dieseljet Tender, two bright-orange Seabobs, two inflatable kayaks, two paddleboards and snorkelling gear.

However, the real party piece is the custom-made FunAir lap pool, which provides a safe, netted area to swim and play around in – no jellyfish here – as well as sitting and sunbathing areas around all four sides.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, 28mm (247)

Lady Azul is ideal for charter by families and groups, with a new 15m inflatable netted lap pool and plenty of water toys and activities

In fact, the far end of the 5m-beam pool is long and wide enough for two people to enjoy floating yoga while taking in views of the skies and sea.

The pool connects to the refurbished beach club, which is a hub of any active charter trip, providing a large area by the sea for sitting and relaxing, launching water activities or showering outdoors when you’ve finished.

The air-conditioned gym on Lady Azul has a great sea view

The air-conditioned gym has a great sea view

It also has an upgraded ‘garage’ behind sliding glass doors that now also houses an air-conditioned gym with four machines, weights and yoga mats, plus a TV and WiFi. Working out on an elliptical or rowing machine is a lot more fun when you’ve got a view of the sea that you can dive into after you’ve finished.

Matthew Gusman, the yacht’s representative, is delighted with the new-look Lady Azul, which had full exterior paint work and a huge range of technical upgrades including new air-conditioning, frequency converter, AV systems and navigational equipment.

Guests on Lady Azul can enjoy inflatables towed by the new 5.5m Williams tender

Guests can enjoy inflatables towed by the new 5.5m Williams tender

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, Tele (186)

“The owner has invested a lot to ensure the yacht is of the standard he expects. The upgraded navigation system is particularly important as the boat is now exploring less-documented places off the beaten track, which is exciting for charter clients,” says Gusman, who also reveals the owners’ concerns for the environment.

“They were shocked with the amount of plastic they saw on beaches and decided they weren’t going to contribute to that. They installed new water-makers and a water-filtration system, so now you can drink out of any tap on the boat.”

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

Crew play a key role in any charter holiday and Lady Azul benefits from an experienced, multicultural seven-strong team. Malaysians Farid Mohd Isa (First Officer), Izuan Bin Hasan (Deckhand) and Amira Binti Ahmad (Stewardess) have worked with Ross on Lady Azul for several years, while Pole Greg Biskup (Chief Engineer) and Filipina Irish Teves (Chief Stewardess) joined in the past year.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, 28mm (314)

The aft decks are the the most popular places for drinks and meals

And although Ross may be boss, the most important crew member for many guests is the one rarely seen – the chef. Born and raised in Phuket, Nobphadon ‘Ko’ Hiranchai has spent three decades in the catering and hotel industry, and joined Lady Azul after spending six years working on the 56m Lady D.

This master of the kitchen can cook practically any cuisine, essential considering the yacht’s international clientele, and specialises in vegan menus. He even bakes fresh bread every day, also hand-making his own bases when pizzas are the order of the day.

“I’ve been working in kitchens for three decades, so I can cook anything – Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, sushi, other Asian, Italian, European, Western, Mexican,” says Ko, who has worked at some of Phuket’s leading resorts and hotels.

Lady Azul is renowned for its cuisine thanks to an experienced superyacht chef

Lady Azul is renowned for its cuisine thanks to an experienced superyacht chef

“If guests want Thai food, I can cook different Thai dishes every day for a week. If they only want seafood or want a healthy menu, I can do it. Once I know what the guests like and need, I take care of everything.”

BRAVE NEW ERA

Considering the strong reputation of the crew and the yacht, Gusman is confident of Lady Azul’s charter appeal, both for clients based in and outside Asia.

Lady Azul has been blessed to have key members of the crew stay with the boat, starting with Captain Gerry. It’s good for the boat and the charter guests, and the whole team have had rave reviews from all our clients,” Gusman says.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, 28mm (285)

Double kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are ideal for guests to explore Southeast Asia’s stunning islands and beaches

“Many of our target clients are used to a certain level of service when chartering in the Med or Caribbean, and we now offer that level of service and comfort on a Dutch-pedigree yacht in Southeast Asia.”

Likely to operate between northern Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar from about November through March or April for the coming season, the plans for the rest of next year remain more flexible.

Singapore, Malaysia’s east coast and the Anambas Islands are among potential destinations, along with Sumatra, Komodo and Raja Ampat in Indonesia, the Philippines and even the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Lady Azul charter yacht in Yacht Style by Phil Clark/Helicam.asia, 28mm (162)

“People can now enjoy a high level of service and luxury in places they haven’t been before on a North European-built superyacht, such as the Mergui, Anambas, Raja Ampat, Bali, Komodo,” Gusman says. “The target is charters off the beaten track, for the adventurer in the family or the adventurous family.”

www.ladyazul.com

For Lady Azul charter enquiries, contact Matthew Gusman: matthew@ladyazul.com; +356 7925-2928

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