Heesen superyacht YN 20555 ‘PROJECT SERENA’ presented at Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS)

Dutch shipyard Heesen has presented luxury yacht PROJECT SERENA at the Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS), where the combination of sturdy construction and high attention to detail in both the engineering, decor and amenities onboard have made this 55m Steel class model an exceptional choice for the show’s local and international clientele.

Superyacht project Serena

Motor yacht PROJECT SERENA has an outward appearance that blends the best of classic elements with dynamic modern lines. She features exterior styling from Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, while the interiors are by Luca Dini Design and Architecture.

Project Serena superyacht

The accommodation layout is designed for up to 12 guests across six en-suite staterooms, however, the 760 GT interior leaves room for plenty of customisations for a future Owner, including the possibility of a staff cabin, or a gym within the beach club.

Luxury yacht project Serena

Twin MTU 8V 4000 M63 (IMO Tier III) engines will ensure that she can cruise far and wide with a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots, with a top speed of 15.5 knots using her Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF).

Aft view of SERENA

Aerial view of Serena

PROJECT SERENA is currently being constructed under speculation at the Heesen shipyard and will be ready for delivery in November 2024.

Southern Wind launches SW105 luxury sailing yacht SØRVIND

South African shipyard Southern Wind has announced the launch of its fifth SW105 hull, luxury sailing yacht SØRVIND, from its facilities in Cape Town.

Created in collaboration between Southern Wind, Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design, sailing yacht SØRVIND

The blue water sailing yacht is a collaboration between the shipyard, Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design to produce a high-performance vessel capable of competing in regattas.

The Owner’s brief was to design a vessel that proved a pleasure to sail, capable and reliable without compromising on comfort. The result is an optimised version of the SW105 model that will have appeal when she enters the luxury yacht charter market with her sporty exterior appearance provided by a modified coachroof and angular geometry.

The carbon hull, Flexiteek deck and bulkheads are designed to save on weight, creating a 69,500 kg vessel capable of sailing in light wind conditions to reduce the dependency on engine power. The raised saloon configuration is shared with previous sisterships WOLFHOUND and KIBOKO TRES, and all have a light-filled interior as a result.

The tender garage can hold amongst her large collection of water toys a 4.3m/14ft tender, sea kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and wind foils in addition to a pair of road bikes.

The guest accommodation sleeps up to 8 guests in 4 en-suite cabins: 1 forward Master suite and 3 further guest cabins, situated amidships. The aft crew cabins can accommodate up to six people over three cabins.

The interiors will be styled with ‘Nordic cool’ in mind by Nauta design, winner of Best Sailing yacht Interior 2018 for sailing yacht SEATIUS. Jeroen Machielsen from the Dutch Studio Hermanides will assist with the decor.

S/Y SØRVIND will now undergo sea trials ahead of her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean before she becomes available for charter.

Successful close to spectacular Dubai International Boat Show 2022

Following a 2-year absence due to the global pandemic, the Dubai International Boat Show was a welcome return to the city, where the latest luxury yachts, gadgets and fashions were on display for the five-day event.

Ferretti Group Turns Heads at Dubai International Boat Show With Superyachts

The 28th edition of the event was organised by Dubai World Trading Centre and took place for the first time at the brand new marina at Dubai Harbour, now the largest marina in the Middle East with over 700 berths – some able to host mega yachts up to 160m/525ft in length. The luxury yachts at ‘Superyacht Avenue’ took centre stage, 

Amongst the world-renowned names showcasing their craft was the Ferretti Group displaying the Riva 100 model by Riva, the Navetta 30m from Custom Line and the 8X and 9X from Pershing.

San Lorenzo SX88 at 28th Dubai International Boat Show

Sanlorenzo put in a spectacular appearance debuting the compact 26.7m/87.7ft-long SX88 model in the region, and Oceanco displayed its latest 90m/295ft concept superyacht KAIROS.

Local shipbuilder Gulf Craft delivered luxury charter yacht ISLA – a Majesty 100 model – only earlier this year and had on display its Majesty 120 model.

San Lorenzo SX88 at 28th Dubai International Boat Show

Other highly regarded brands included Lürssen, Benetti SPA, Azimut, Sunreef and Princess Yachts, offering the choicest selection of luxury yachts and shipbuilders in the region.

DIBS 2022 ran from the 9th to the 13th of March, and future editions are sure to make use of the Dubai Harbour to host ever bigger and more spectacular events.

Secure brand-new 62m charter superyacht RIO for summer in France, Italy or Croatia

The impressive 62m/203ft luxury yacht RIO delivered in 2022 is now available for Mediterranean yacht charters in favourite destinations such as the French Riviera, Italy or Croatia.

Luxury superyacht RIO available for charter

The interiors by Pulina-DNA are bright and filled with light, using contemporary colours and natural textures to make a harmonious and minimalist environment. The main salon is a social hub, offering a wet bar and dining options as well as a sumptuous seating area to take the weight off your feet after a day walking around Marseilles or the island of Capri.

Rendering of the modern saloon

The Owner’s deck has another spacious salon/sky lounge separated into a forward cinema section and asymmetrical setting behind where plush sofa lines both walls. Bespoke artwork enhances every room, and the windows are almost floor-to-ceiling in height for great views of the anchorage.

rendering of the exterior areas

The outdoor areas ensure that there are plenty of opportunities to relax to the backdrop of sprawling cities or scenic coastal hideaways: The sheltered main deck aft is furnished as a lounge, while the upper deck aft has alfresco dining areas, plenty of seating along the stern and a large sunbathing area forward complete with a Jacuzzi.

A second Jacuzzi can be found on the bridge deck aft, accompanied by a bar and casual seating to converse and admire the Amalfi Coast.

The variety of water toys on offer is superb, and the collection includes:

1 x e-surf
2 x e-foils (1 x adult and 1 x child sizes)
2 x Seadoo Spark jet skis
4 x Seabobs
1 x wakeboard
a water slide
water skis
snorkelling equipment, and
inflatable and towable toys

There are also two electric scooters and two GO electric bicycles to get around town with ease.

Rendering of the master stateroom

The accommodation sleeps a total of 12 guests over 6 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP staterooms, 2 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. Throughout the cruise, all guests will be taken care of by the professional crew of 15.

Rendering of the twin guest cabin

View more of luxury yacht RIO and don’t delay with your summer Western Mediterranean charter.

ISA Yachts commences construction on Nuvolari Lenard 80-metre luxury yacht PROJECT AMARCORD

ISA Yachts, part of Palumbo Superyachts, has announced that the new 80m/262ft luxury yacht PROJECT AMARCORD designed by Nuvolari Lenard is now in-build on speculation.

ISA 80m yacht project AMARCORD

Nuvolari Lenard will create the exterior styling for the project drawing on the strength and beauty of previous hulls from the Italian brand to create another strong and unique character that still fits in perfectly with the rest of the ISA Yachts ‘family’.

Superyacht PROJECT AMARCORD will make use of half a century’s expertise gained by Palumbo to create an innovative vessel of substance as well as style. With construction already underway, M/Y PROJECT AMARCORD is guaranteed for delivery in 2025.

109m Oceanco mega yacht project 720 hits water

The 109m Oceanco mega yacht project 720 hit water! The exciting news comes from Oceanco’s facility in Alblasserdam where she was outfitted, following her initial building stages at the adjunct facility in Zwijndrecht. The yacht boasts imposing exterior looks and bespoke interior design by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design, in collaboration with the Owner and Owner’s design consultant, Molly Isaksen Interiors.

Oceanco 109m mega yacht Project 720 ready to hit water

Some of the main characteristics include the vast use of glass, especially on the main, bridge and upper decks, which are completely surrounded by huge glass windows.

In addition to the beautiful design, she has been engineered with the latest in technology and advanced environmental systems that not only meet but also exceed the existing regulations. Her naval architecture was done by Lateral Naval Architects. With her impressive length of 109m or 357feet, she has a large beam of 16m or 52 feet. Her cruising speed is at 20 knots.

Charter 48m luxury yacht ASLEC 4 available for Western Mediterranean summer 2022

Rossinavi superyacht ASLEC 4 will be available in the Western Mediterranean luxury yacht charter grounds this summer, and her dedicated crew is ready to turn a special occasion or intimate family gathering into a cherished lifetime memory.

Luxury motor yacht ASLEC 4

The bright interiors are surrounded by warm cream panelling complemented by matching furnishings and bright white lighting concealed in the ceiling and within the steps of the stairway, creating an atmospheric environment that becomes even more alluring after sundown. The inviting main salon and sky lounge both have bars for a variety of spirits and soft drinks while entertaining or winding down with a film from the exhaustive Kaleidescape library. 

Jacuzzi on deck for a relaxed charter

Savour every moment of the summer sunshine when you live life outdoors: There are lounges and alfresco dining areas across the decks, including a Teppanyaki bar. Lie on the spacious swim platform beside turquoise waters in the Calanques National Park, and watch the sunset from the sundeck Jacuzzi or the sunbeds on the Portuguese deck.

Alfresco dining and seating area

The selection of water toys is varied, and while visiting the gorgeous coves of Corsica and Sardinia or the pristine marine parks around the Balearic Islands, guests have use of:

2 x jet skis
2 x Seabobs
1 x jet surf
4 x kayaks
water skis
fishing gear and
snorkelling equipment

The accommodation sleeps up to 11 guests in 5 en-suite cabins: 1 Master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins, one of which has a Pullman berth. Throughout the cruise, all guests will be taken care of by the professional crew of 9.

View more of superyacht ASLEC 4 from Rossinavi.

PCR tests dropped for luxury yachts entering Maldives charter grounds

A negative PCR test is no longer required to enter the Maldives by flight or luxury charter yacht. Instead, visitors must have received at least two doses of an approved vaccine, administered at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Maldives discovered aboard motor yacht SAFIRA

The vaccines must meet the approval of the Maldives Food & Drug Authority or the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL).

Booster doses are not required to meet eligibility for this exemption.

Children above one year of age who are not eligible for vaccination, and adults who have not received two approved doses are still required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in the Maldives, and the test cannot be taken more than 96 hours prior to departure from the first port of embarkation.

Maldives – Rhihveli Baby Island (Bird Island)

The Maldives will be celebrating 50 years of tourism in 2022: Since starting off as a one-resort destination, the region has expanded to almost 200 resorts across 24 natural atolls.

For adventure without limits, a luxury yacht charter aboard shallow drafted vessels such as motor yacht SAFIRA is still the best way to go: A professional chef will see to all meals while you sunbathe or try out the selection of cocktails while soaking in the Jacuzzi. 

Swaying Palm Trees

SAFIRA has accommodation for up to 30 guests and specialises in Scuba diving and fishing in the region’s famous locations and best kept secrets.

There are smaller luxury catamarans available which are perfect for family groups to spend quality time together visiting white-sand beaches, colourful reefs and the unique history and culture of the Maldives.

Freshly caught for a lunch on yacht charter in the Maldives

Learn more about the Maldives charter grounds and view more Maldives luxury charter yachts.

Contract signed for 77m Nobiskrug luxury yacht BLACK SHARK

Nobiskrug has announced the contract signing for 77m/252.7ft luxury yacht BLACK SHARK, known as PROJECT 793 while under construction.

Nobiskrug New Build superyacht Project BLACK SHARK or Project 793

M/Y BLACK SHARK has one of the most striking appearances for a superyacht in recent times, living up to her namesake with muscular proportions, strong lines, a fin-like communications mast and an inverse bow created by Winch Design.

She is currently awaiting completion at the Nobiskrug shipyard’s 160m/525ft-long covered and air-conditioned dry dock, where her interior and exterior outfitting will be completed. The hull will be filled and faired, after which the matt black paint will be applied over several applications to achieve the desired flawless finish, then the windows and doors will be installed.

The interiors still need to undergo the pulling of cables, pipe works, installation of air conditioning and ventilation systems as well as insulation. Once all of this is completed the electrical components, including lighting and entertainment systems, will be done and then the luxury interiors from Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design will be finished.

Once completed, on board amenities will include a large spa area and a whirlpool, and there is room for storing two tenders on board. The systems are being built to IMO Tier III compliance as well as the Red Ensign Group Yacht Code Part A for reduced environmental impact to make her a vessel prepared for whatever the future may bring.

Delivery for superyacht BLACK SHARK is expected in summer 2023.

In pictures: Resplendent refit for 56-metre Perini Navi luxury sailing yacht CAOZ 14

The 56m Perini Navi luxury sailing yacht CAOZ 14 (ex.SELENE, PARSIFAL IV) has completed a stunning refit, giving this 2007-built vessel a refreshing new appearance to make her a welcoming contemporary home on the water.

sailing yacht CAOZ 14 – Credits Giuliano Sargentini

The Owner chose Nauta Design, who won the Best Refit category at the World Superyacht Awards 2019 for the Vitters sailing yacht G2, to give the family yacht a sense of ‘harmony, peace and light’ while opening up the space longitudinally and turning the main salon into a full-beam space that offers extensive views of the seascape on both sides.

Main saloon with large TV and plenty of comfortable seating – Photo credit Giuliano Sargentini

One of the first tasks was to strip out the dark tones and remove the walls between the separate spaces to create a more bright and welcoming open-plan environment. A crew corridor to port alongside the main salon reduced the amount of light entering the interior, while bulkheads on either side of the stairway created a cramped atmosphere.

Welcoming and elegant saloon

Now, the crew corridor has been removed entirely and the stairway has floating treads around a central spine, and transparent surroundings so that light can flow unimpeded. The forward section of the main salon was redesigned to offer a children’s playroom/TV lounge with an extendable table for casual meals or large lunches. The natural light and views are enhanced further by the addition of a Smart Glass panel inserted into the bulkhead between the wheelhouse and the TV lounge section of the salon: The glass can be made opaque for privacy, whereas the transparent setting extends sightlines to the bow and adds another way for the sunshine to penetrate the interior.

attention to detail and lovely artwork complete the interior design – Credits Giuliano Sargentini

One of the simplest ways to increase the sense of light and space onboard was to implement a much paler colour scheme: Light oak, white lacquer and paler flooring are used throughout, and Nauta Design worked with the Owner’s wife for the loose furnishings, such as the carpets by Kashtall and the Eames lounge chair.

Open and closed storage spaces created plenty of nooks for personal items such as art and books, and the versatile layout has furnishings that convert for space or better comfort. One example is the adjustable height table which can be expanded for hobbies and seating larger groups.

Beautifully crafted interiors – Credits Giuliano Sargentini

To control the interior lighting, the opening and closing of windows blinds and much more, a new domotic system was installed. Nauta design collaborated with Cantalupi to create the lighting system that could be adjusted as desired to be bright and functional or low and ambient: Rope lights follow along with the shelving and kickers, ceiling spotlights are abundant and lighting fixtures from design houses Fontana Arte, Oluce and Artemide further enhance the homely atmosphere within.

Outside, the loose furnishings were removed from the aft cockpit and replaced by high-quality teak sofas and coffee tables, and the new teak ceiling over the dining and lounging area created a much more welcoming space.

Aft deck exterior relaxation area – Credits Giuliano Sargentini

The crew areas also received the same level of attention, with the pantry and wheelhouse sporting the new colour scheme. The pantry was made brighter and more functional, and the wheelhouse has a new sofa so that guests and crew can enjoy the changing scenery along the journey.

Although there were Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the refitting, all work was completed to the highest standards in just six months by MMC Allestimenti in Genoa.

Sailing yacht CAOZ 14 is ready for new adventures with loved ones in a brighter, more comfortable environment so that her Owner and his family will never want the journey to end.

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