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Charter the Cote d’Azur: Monaco to Cannes

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:00
Charter the Cote d’Azur: Monaco to Cannes For those craving pool time, party beats and a boutique-paradise topped with endless Margaritas, the South of France beckons your call for charter. With the film world gathering at Cannes Film Festival, as well as automobile lovers heading to the Monaco Grand Prix in their herds, this sunny slice of the Mediterranean is at its prime this season, inviting you to explore it.

Monaco
Making up the real glitz of the region is Monaco. Besides simply earning its name as the yachting hub of the Mediterranean, it has long been associated with bygone luxury and follows suit with its glossy present day reputation. From its deliciously shaded piazzas, luxurious hotels such as The Hermitage, and its beach bathing gems like Nikki Beach, this undeniably petite yet glamorous principality nestled between the French and Italian Riviera is the epitome of a chic escape.

Its dynamic culinary scene is where its melting pot of influences come alive, making this member of the South of France uniquely interesting.

Yet, its remarkable push to remain greener than ever, proves the country is as much about sharing the with its visitors as well as preserving it. Outlined by the Prince of Monaco Albert II at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017, Monaco’s refreshing approach to sustainability transcends this the sun-soaked superyacht destination to an ocean-friendly escape.

Cannes
And for this year’s most highly awaited premiers on the other hand, there is Cannes. Attracting some of the largest superyachts in the world to its Film Festival, it becomes the party epicentre that never sleeps, offering a stunning gelato-coloured backdrop for red carpet entrances.

Although notorious for this festival, at its heart, it is a nature-lovers playground. While superyacht owner’s drop their anchor, book the finest of Michelin restaurants and exhaust the sands and seas, the quaint rural hideaways of the region are its winning point. While the La Croisette is the hotter-than-hot promenade for luxury outlets, reverting to the old-school elegance of Sucquet, features winding streets aching to be explored.

Its ancient allure plays host to characteristic eateries hidden in its labyrinth of side streets to rival the majestic luxury hotels dotted with terraces straight out of a postcard. Proving she is undeniably glamorous, the aesthetic of Cannes makes residing in the Med by superyacht a sun-drenched paradise, aching to be discovered.

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The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:00
The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht With a growing focus on Spain - be it through new events, luxury destinations or chartering new grounds this season - we honour the upcoming ‘Superyacht Show’ in Barcelona by taking a look at the key points of the region bringing yachts back to the waters time and time again.

Barcelona
Travelling from the Cote d’Azur to one of the most celebrated new cruising grounds on the charter and yacht experience maps today means a journey of world-class food, ancient history and breathtaking backdrops. With two choices of mooring via superyacht in either OneOcean Port Vell or Vilanova Grand Marina, starting your journey across the coast of Spain in Barcelona is the perfect break away from the usual haunts of the Mediterranean.

Activity of boats mooring in Barcelona has faced an incredible rise thanks to the best service based brands entering and growing the region’s yachting infrastructure (i.e. OneOcean Port Vell and Vilanova Grand Marina), offering unparalleled accommodation and direct access to the city.

The architecture of Barcelona itself is an amphitheatre to discovery, surrounding visitors with an artistic legacy with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Park Güell or the Sagrada Familia, both designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, are renowned examples while the Gothic Quarter - combined with the luxurious shopping and dining opportunities, this city will keep adventurers busy for days.

Palma de Mallorca
The largest island of the Balearics - located just a short stretch from Barcelona - Palma has been a luxury yachting hotspot synonymous with sailing and charter for decades. Marry this with countless michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive bars and elegant nightlife, and Palma becomes a slice of the St. Barths lifestyle in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Home to the Superyacht Cup regatta, the Palma Superyacht Show (which closes its doors today after a successful run) and numerous marinas built to accommodate everything from pleasure crafts to 150-metre yachts, Palma is a mainstay of the Spanish yachting boom.

Port Denia
The quintessentially Mediterranean landscape of Denia, and the easy 45-mile passage to Ibiza, makes this mainland luxury escape a growing choice for yacht charterers and owners looking for a lifestyle fuelled by freshly caught seafood, exemplary nightlife and exclusive hotspots.

Speaking with Albert Morell, General Manager of Port Denia, in a recent interview, we discussed some of the hotspots that make the region what it is: “Denia has become a destination in itself, famous for huge collection of restaurants and tapas bars. There are 4 marinas in Denia - 3 for smaller yachts and our 'Port Denia' for superyachts 30-138m with over 2000 berths overall, so it offers a yachting lifestyle with services to match.

Exploring Port Denia (along with the easily accessible michelin starred restaurant, five-star hotel and two golf courses), means the 2015 UNESCO City of Gastronomy becomes an idyllic stop to cruise the waters of mainland Spain before heading over to the island of Ibiza.

Ibiza
Ibiza and its sister island Formentera are harsh rocky isles teeming with abundant wildlife and a rich history; but, with a booming interest of yachts heading to the region and a new push in infrastructure, this exclusive hotspot is getting new attention from the global elite.

Thanks to developments such as Sovren Ibiza building a new epicentre to the island to harbour a new social scene on the docks of Ibiza, this island is stepping into a new era with a new image. The sophistication of Sovren Ibiza offers high-grade marina facilities, luxury residences and a private airport only 15 minutes away, yachts of up to 185-metres can now make the most of this brand-new luxury initiative.

The legendary entertainment scene on Ibiza extends throughout the day and night with wide range of fashionable nightclubs and beach clubs off which yachts can anchor; making this the idyllic place to end a week’s discovery tour of the Spanish coast.

The Superyacht Show begins this week, running from May 2 - 5 in the heart of Barcelona at OneOcean Port Vell. We look forward to bringing you more from the region as the show heats up and the superyachts tie the lines in a new Mediterranean icon.

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Charter Focus: The Power & Prowess of Alfa Nero

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: The Power & Prowess of Alfa Nero The yacht that broke the mould, Alfa Nero is an icon in the superyacht community and an 82-metre luxury masterpiece with global charter appeal. With Summer heating up, we take a look at the design values and lifestyle on board that makes Alfa Nero the ideal superyacht to bring the Mediterranean to heel this year.

Built for an experienced yachtsmen, Alfa Nero brought new style to the water in 2007 alongside a world of design solutions which changed the game entirely for the luxury yacht experience.

Her distinctive profile is not only a work of art, but a result of innovative breakthroughs; such as extending the giant beach club across the aft deck and placing an infinity pool on board (which also transforms into a helipad for stylish arrivals).

Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the first-impression of stepping on board was described by the Italian-based studio as stepping on to the grounds of a large property and having the space to respect the scale of what you’re experiencing. This is the joy of arriving on board Alfa Nero, and heading from beach club, across the open aft deck to stepping inside the ocean-going giant.

The modern exterior style, still ahead of the curve even today, is a major hint at what lies within; offering up to 12 guests on board ample space through a beam of 14.2-metres and a remarkable decor - filled with Brazilian lacewoods, abstract textured effects and beautifully crafted furniture to represent a high-line European nightclub - by Alberto Pinto and Nuvolari Lenard.

The Owner’s residence, a huge amount of space set aside on the Upper Deck, is built with two entrances, an office, dressing area, Jacuzzi, steam shower and easy access to the private patio and balcony, facing aft to enjoy a sanctuary of solitude while the water ebbs away behind the boat.

After a long day enjoying the sun by the pool on the many loungers, at the bar on the aft deck or enjoying life on the expansive Sun Deck, guests can retire to the numerous VIP cabins below; each with its own unique view of the water through flawless design.

The onboard experience is also enhanced by the highly-skilled staff of 26 crew on board, on hand to add an extra dimension to the charter lifestyle; available through global brokerage house Burgess.

Alfa Nero was introduced to the world by Oceanco, one of the world’s finest yacht builders in the 80m+ market today, and thanks to the expertise installed across the yacht - from design to completion - this is not just an option for charter in 2018, but the perfect way to make a lasting impression on the Mediterranean this Summer.

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Interior Insight: Accented Simplicity on Joy

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00
Interior Insight: Accented Simplicity on Joy When Feadship brought 70M Joy to the water, she came with high expectation. Living up to the yard’s standards in silhouette and style, her exterior lines commanded attention and the industry tilted their heads in awe. Slightly more understated but just as clever, Joy's interior story by Studio Indigo makes her one of the most charter-worthy yachts on the market today. We take a closer look.

At 70M, Joy has little limitation when it comes to her interior arrangement. Dramatic spaces make way for a basketball court, an al-fresco disco, enough wellness facilities to turn a week’s holiday into a retreat, and the air-conditioned winter gardens you didn’t even know you needed.  

Sleeping 12 guests and with room for 19 crew, her suites and cabins are spacious, yet are enhanced further through the designers’ clever use of colour, texture and pattern.

Unlike her carefully-carved exterior, Joy’s interior is subtle for an easy-on-the-eye effect following a day at sea. Her palette flushes with pastel hues in lilac and rose, while delicate whites form the basis for most of the guest accommodation.

Accents to the simplicity come from a considered use of soft furnishings. Plushy embroidered cushions line each and every relaxation area, inviting guests to indulge, while hints of mosaic can be found on harder surfaces to add a touch of flair. However, it’s elsewhere that Joy’s personality comes to life. Clearly crafted to entertain, the social spaces are vivid and vibrant; providing an antithesis to where guests sleep.

In the dining room, wooden carvings contour the walls into a formal space, while in the main saloon takes art-deco influence (dark woods, angular furniture and plenty of marble) and seamlessly blends it with a tribal-feel.

Earthy greys mix with regal metallics to create just the right amount of opulence without being flash. It’s tasteful yet comfortable, glamorous but inviting; the ultimate place to spend an evening sipping martinis feasting on canapés before retiring to the plush suites below.

Available to charter this season with Burgess, Joy has harmonized interior versus exterior making her the perfect match for this summer in the Med.

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Charter Focus: To the Mediterranean Sea on Soy Amor

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:42
Charter Focus: To the Mediterranean Sea on Soy Amor As the glittering shores of the Cote d’Azur come alive this spring, with events such as Festival de Cannes and Monaco Grand Prix to name a few; the charm of Benetti’s Soy Amor is ready and raring for charter and the blue water playground of the Med; an idyllic backdrop for a superyacht like her.

Now available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, the luxury of this 2014 builds turns heads at almost every location, with the crystalline waters of the Western Mediterranean just being one of them.

Part of the Crystal 140 range, from the lines of Stefano Righini, her exterior stylings stamp European credibility through balance, proportion and sophistication. 

With a layout that invites up to 10 guests across 5 staterooms, her timeless stylings call for restful resides in sublimity. Caramel coloured leathers paired with sweeping white features fuse to create a soft and sultry colour palette, while mirrored corners and lashings of silver offer a dash of glamour with a true design signature by Zuretti also responsible for Benetti interiors such as M/Y Nomadess.

Splashes of colour burst across its interior space through art installations that dot the walls, while flashes of sea-blue cushions make their way across the deck. 

But the comfort doesn’t stop with aesthetics alone. Beyond interior flairs, Benetti’s Soy Amor, built with a GRP hull and superstructure, features both underway and zero speed stabilisers enhancing onboard comfort both at anchor and while cruising.

With a cruising speed of 11 knots and a maximum speed of 15 knots, she is the perfect combination of stability and performance. Still available for charters at events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, Soy Amor is unrivalled in her ability to encapsulate guests, whether it be for relaxation or events and celebration. 

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Charter Focus: Imperial's New Legenda

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: Imperial's New Legenda With just a few short weeks until the well-rested Med becomes the summer home to a number of superyachts, Imperial has announced a new addition to their charter fleet. At 41m, Legenda is an Italian pedigree from Mondomarine, built in 2009 and refit in 2016. Entering the charter stakes for the first time, we take a look at what’s in store for those lucky enough to step on board…

Legenda, designed by Car D. Rova and refit by Luca Dini is a Made in Italy classic, almost built to cruise the salty shores of the continent.  Not only does her combination of build and design excellence gain her stripes across the Riviera, but her tasteful grey hull against the azure seas is pleasing on the eye.

Speaking with Imperial's director, Julia Stewart about their new listing acquisition, she described, “This is an interesting challenge to bring LEGENDA on the charter market because our extended experience with 40m+ superyacht taught us that yachts of this size are highly demanded, and we push to this market the perfect yacht for this purpose."

Packing numerous superyacht features into a sub 45m package, Legenda offers a crew of 7 to dote on up to 10 lucky guests in 5 staterooms laced with creamy soft-furnishings and delicate wood furniture. Forming a solace to Europe’s vibrant coastal towns, two large salons are accompanied by a cinema room and library covering every angle of relaxation.

For those more active afternoons, newly appointed Opacmare swim steps form a path directly from the deck into crystal waters, while the sun-deck Jacuzzi allows guests to make the most of the on the water lifestyle around the clock.

By nightfall, there’s plenty of al-fresco dining space on the upper deck where, following each sunset, a new Mediterranean landscape forms the backdrop to your evening. 

Neverthless, when it’s time to rest your head, Legenda assures you can do-so with every home comfort. A full beam master-suite one the main deck and four staterooms on the lower deck all boast en-suite bathrooms with the added touch of heated marble floors; a welcome warmth after a day at sea.

When asked to explain her stand out charter features that particularly matched the Med, Julia confirmed; "Her crew knows the region very well, and so the Mediterranean: their extensive knowledge on both private or charter yachts make them really efficient with all kind of guests and any situation, any location. We are proud to offer extraordinary moment at sea, and her Argentinian Chef has extraordinary talents that must be tasted.”

So, with all eyes turning to the summer season, this Mondomarine is made for the Med and open to charter guests with Imperial Yachts for the very first time. 

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Opening the Adriatic: Luštica Bay Making Waves

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:00
Opening the Adriatic: Luštica Bay Making Waves It’s no surprise to read about future developments along the dazzling coast of Montenegro. One of the future players in the top charter destinations stakes, this sleepy corner of the Adriatic is home to a number of new advances. Luštica Bay – which plans 2 marinas, 1500 properties and seven hotels – is the latest to open for business.

Founded back in 2008, as a joint venture between Orascom Development Ltd. (90%) and the Government of Montenegro (10%), Luštica Development AD set out to create a secluded spot, which would eventually develop into a 690-hectare town.

Blending in seamlessly to the country’s rich natural beauty, the development was to offer a cascading mountain backdrop, yet push the boundaries of modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure.

With more than a first glimpse of the progression so far, the above video shows the moving-toward-completion state of the 1.1 billion Euro investment (the biggest yet in Montenegro) and the birth of what appears to be a historic fishing village; with the main marina at it’s very heart. Popping up in this traditionally inspired village are restaurants, bars and a wide portfolio of properties all posing as part of a new and full-integrated community and within reach of three major airports.

With elements opening this summer, Luštica Bay is likely to see its first glimpse of Mediterranean life fill its cobbled streets and golden shores. The Chedi Luštica Bay Hotel (a 5-star hideout) will host the official opening this summer.

Offering 110 rooms, 60 of which will be hotel condominiums and part of The Chedi Residences, there will also be two restaurants, a bar, conference and business centre, a heated outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre featuring indoor heated pool and gymnasium and ancillary facilities.

Nevertheless, it’s 1 of 2 marinas opening this season that hope to bring both charterers and owners to this Adriatic gateway. It promises accommodation for 176 power and sail boats up to 35 meters in length, and a sizeable secondary mooring area for smaller vessels. In addition, a yacht club with crew facilities, 24-hour yacht assistance and a multitude of luxury marina facilities including a sports club and access to a swimming pool, hope to keep guests safe and harbored in a new Rivera-style.

Luštica Bay also offers commercial and private yacht owners a range of financial benefits as a non-EU country. Not subject to EU tax and import regulations and with no VAT to pay when purchasing a boat, not to mention tax and duty-free fuel and unlimited berthing, there’s a lot more to Luštica than just its charming village-feel.

So, whether it’s a new destination to cruise, place to invest or just a summer retreat, we’ll be watching the evolution of Luštica, and of course Montenegro, into the superyacht hot-spot we’ve been waiting for.

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A Stage of Paradise on Superyacht St. David

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00
A Stage of Paradise on Superyacht St. David Sporting the interior elegance and an exterior design by Andrew Winch, St.David is the perfect Benetti choice for family getaways and action-packed itineraries. With a refit and significant price drop, and available for sale and charter with West Nautical, she is aching to be discovered for her next globe-trotting adventure...

The custom made 60-metre Benetti, knows how to make an entrance. She offers a stunning exterior space, superb volume and a flexible interior where all cabins other than the master can be twin or double. Her complete refit in 2017, the cherry on her cake, has transformed her expansive social space living space, available to charter with West Nautical. 

Andrew Winch modelled his exterior design on the iconic Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati sports cars, using their inspiration to create sweeping lines with clean radii and balanced windows. Her charter history proves this, boasting a history of her ocean quarters transcending guests to each corner of the world in style and ease whether to a Caribbean island or a rustic Mediterranean coastal town.

Ultra-modern with a traditional flair, no moment of M/Y St. David is without Winch Design magic. It is therefore easy to see how St. David's interior was inspired by the prestigious hotels of the Italian Riviera, accommodation 12 guests into 6 cabins, her interiors offer a stylish step into decadence. A merging of warm honey coloured palette and mint trimmings deck her out, while her striking mosaic floors, sculptured tables that rise and fall, detailed marquetry (not to mention magnificent sweeping spiral staircase), her Baroque style architecture and European elegance shines through.

When guests are done marvelling her visual allure there are the perks of paradise to be discovered. Her massage room with on board masseuse means closing your adventure-packed afternoons with an early evening massage; just the treat before going alfresco at the mercy of a Mediterranean backdrop.

All areas are open, spacious and functional; from the sundeck pool and main deck bar to the bridge deck verandah. Take her Teppanyaki grill, portable karaoke system and full disco and bandstand, she greets the outdoors with all the plush additions made for being at one with nature. Her large pool, and huge entertainment area are winning moments, while her outdoor cinema makes starlit movie nights, as a world wonder awaits you at twilight.

St. David is available for sale and charter with West Nautical in the East and West Mediterranean for the Summer Season, and the Caribbean in the Winter Season. 

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The Sardinia Bucket List with M/Y Sascha

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 16:00
The Sardinia Bucket List with M/Y Sascha The island of Sardinia; Italy’s not-so-hidden-secret, is very much still on the charter map. A stage for the style studded circles of the Med, Sardinia fuses the glitzy cocktail spots and coastal glamour for a place where gelato coloured homes blush the horizon. We go-word-of-mouth with Luce Di Lella of Flying Charter to explore how to best enjoy the region on board 24m charter charmer: M/Y Sascha.

“Sardinia is one of the most charming places on earth” shares Luce Di Lella, Marketing Manager of Flying Charter. Idyllic for alternating between sparse coves and sandy stretches, the island cradles more than 25% of the Italian coastline, with a number of secret privés that offer the ultimate Mediterranean charter. “It is definitely considered one of the best places to be explored on a luxury yacht” continues Luce. “The following experiences should definitely be on your bucket list (...trust me,  I was lucky enough to test them all!”)

Inviting 8 guests to traverse the emerald waters of Italy in style, the bespoke Dominator 780 is perfectly crafted with you in mind.  Yet, even with the perfect charter vessel, when discovering the ancient allure of the region; cobbled streets, bustling piazzas and an eclectic food scene, the first hurdle is knowing where to start.

“Enchanting trekking trails, endless beaches, tiny rural villages and jet-set boutiques and clubs, these coexist here in perfect harmony” shares Luce. Giving us just the clue. “Snorkeling in La Maddalena archipelago is very famous for its stunning waters but this tiny group of islands and islets is truly out of this world”, and with the vessel kitted with snorkelling equipment, SUP’s and inflatable toys, there’s no better way to explore each shore a jewel in its own right.

The one of a kind “Spiaggia Rosa” is particularly worth discovering; a pink beach that explodes in technicolour. It seems there is no better first glance of the sun-bleached coasts of Sardinia than on board superyacht Sascha, inviting the lush island landscape in through her panoramic quarters.

Yet, beyond the feast of the eyes, Italy can be as much tasted as seen.  The region invites the palette to immerse into the gastronomical delights (and secret spots of the region) with local delicacies, bucket-list members in themselves. Luce shares; The local food and wine is the perfect excuse to overindulge in Cannonau (the traditional red wine), malloreddus, porceddu, culurgiones……” It is the delicacies of local farms like “La Sasima” that steal the spotlight, opening the doors of their kitchens, and their candlelit courtyard, for dining under a sky spilled with stars.

Truly Italian, the vessel Invites you also for a life lived best al fresco. Sasha’s aft deck space, idyllic for immersing into nature, marks the perfect spot for light lunches, or simply an aperitivo just before reaching the glitzy shopping shores of the island.  However, if you’re looking to trade the rustic allure of Sardinia’s eateries for the best seat in the house, opt for Sascha’s spacious flybridge. With a table for 8, no reservation needed, you and your guests can enjoy the fully-decked wet bar too, with almost every reason to stay on board to soak up the sun-stricken destination of Sardinia.

For that golden hour charter moment? “Phi Beach at sunset is definitely the place to be” shares Luce.  “Nestled among a tiny beach and the ruins of an ancient fort is Phi Beach, which has the most amazing view of the sun setting straight into a deep blue sea; and, best of the best, they have a dedicated tender service to pick you up straight from your yacht!”

In Sardinia the world feels entirely yours, with this glitzy slice of the Mediterranean-very much always having been on the charter scene-officially going nowhere.

The amazing M/Y Sascha is available for charter with Flying Charter for the Summer Season in Sardinia and Corsica.

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A Jewel of the Ocean with Bernard Galley

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:00
A Jewel of the Ocean with Bernard Galley Like a peek into the future, the effervescent Ocean Sapphire pushes the boundaries of innovation, splits opinion and indulges the more acquired taste in the mode of yacht design. The sketches of her 2010 build today is as cutting edge cool that embodies the ellipsism of designs to come, ahead of the curve 18 years later and ready and raring for charter.

A look beyond the horizon of any West Mediterranean landscape from the crushed-pastel allure of Capri to the turquoise technicolour of the Balearic Islands, Ocean Sapphire is well and truly in her charter element.

Her sharp silhouette, at 14 knots that feel every inch a galaxy away from nature’s backdrop, and thrusts the attention of onlookers as just a part of her charm. Inviting 12 inside to her contemporary living space, she continues the theme inside out, commanding gushing guests to revel in her retro 41-metre sector.

Step inside and the theme takes reign once more; modern musings by Norman Foster ensuring her interior furnishings settles you into both comfort and luxury. Bold colours play host as a punchy and plush palette inviting family and friends to frolik in style between alfresco sunset spots, and cosy indoor dining, where technology teams with her state of the art gymnasium, open air entertainment.

For when you have exhausted utopia, shopping the glitzy shorelines of the Cote d’azure or stumbling across the unassuming historical wonders of the world, there is Ocean Sapphire. A treasured sanctuary that awaits you with a futuristic twist, she catches the eye-and heart-of those who stay.

Ocean Sapphire is available for charter this Summer and Winter Season in the West and East Mediterranean, as well as for sale with Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokerage.

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Charter Focus: Sail into Surrealism with Maltese Falcon

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:00
Charter Focus: Sail into Surrealism with Maltese Falcon Delivered with true Italian sail expertise, the Perini Navi S/Y Maltese Falcon rewrites the rules of conventional and proves sailing be anything but ordinary. We explore how his masculine 88m stature, bold and imposing for a sail fleet member, waves the flag for an iconic charter with very little left to the imagination.

For so long the yachting world’s best kept secret; today’s Maltese Falcon, refurbished extensively in 2016, is the eccentrically recognisable vessel igniting new meaning to the word ‘futuristic’.  

Breaking all the conventions of a sailing yacht; the remarkable exterior marries animalistic ardour with a monstrous 88m structure to match. Owed to revolutionary DynaRig masts, it is no surprise the awards confettied by industry critics applaud the aggressive lines of Ken Freivokh. However on board, the designer tells an entirely different story.

Gentle and inviting and equally as world-renowned, her interior transcends charter guests into a fusion of contemporary elegance and cutting-edge innovation, welcoming martini clinking anecdotes from plush technicolour bars and cappuccino coloured living space.

Each dimension is a charter space owed to a purpose. For starlit premieres? The beachclub turn luxury outdoor cinema tips guests into the Caribbean coves by winter, and  the sun-drenched coasts of the Mediterranean by summer. In the case you had any doubts, he is indeed the very largest of cinema spaces, enjoyed best by deckchair or Jacuzzi.

Into the sumptuous living space, the owner’s own collection of contemporary artwork, vamps the traditional furnishings whether in the dedicated reading room or luxurious guest cabin. A canvas by Squeak Carnwath best exemplifies this,  awakening traditionalism with a welcomed dash of the contemporary, offering charter guests both an artistic experience as well as ocean voyage.

However, elsewhere, Maltese Falcon rips out the rulebook. The atrium boasts a galaxy of its own with sweeping silhouettes coupled with glam-glow lighting. A step into the saloon,  moody mocha tones and rich sultry textures couple with punchy purples and cherry reds, offering a vibrant aesthetic at play.

When not residing into his artisan realm, guests can waterski, flyboard or take advantage of the RYA training centre for personal watercrafting across lush island terrain. Alternatively, reside into serenity with an on-board massage as the sailing stallion makes its way through ocean passage and you relax awaiting your next destination.

With 12 guests across 6 luxurious cabins, this lifestyle-driven sail choice sets itself apart as a colossal sail contender for your forever after charter memories.

Maltese Falcon is available to charter with Burgess Yachts in the Mediterranean in the summer season, and the Caribbean in the winter season.

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Word from the Architect: A Sky’s Sanctuary on Ouranos

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:00
Word from the Architect: A Sky’s Sanctuary on Ouranos “She is the primal Greek god personifying the sky” shared the Group Art Director Gian Marco Campanino. Although inspired, in a veiled manner, by the mythological meaning of ‘Ouranos’, the architect shares how he utilized this 50-metre canvas, to explore this abstract notion through design.

“No naturalistic figures of the sky were represented anywhere” confirms the designer.  Instead, the ethereal concept of the sky tells a story of darkness and light, space and texture, and the artistic harmony of contrast. 

“Darkness and luminosity were re-interpreted by dark Macassar ebony wood” shares Gian Marco Campanino. “In opposition to huge floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, full of light.” 

Designed to invite the rumbling cliffs of the Eastern Med to meet you at breakfast, a charter escape on Ouranos ensures the rustic elegance of your destination is every bit a part of your interior space. 

Texture and shape however, play an entirely abstract role on board Ouranos. “Delicate bright suede covered wall and ceilings; stillness of clear skies were translated into clean lines, to emphasize the sense of purity” shares Gian Marco Campanino, translating the artistic emblem of nature into each and every silhouette. 

Paying homage to this idea further is her ‘less-is-more’ aesthetic. As a 2016 build her contemporary space is masterfully executed through a minimalist white-black contrast, as well as punchy artworks “wisely placed all around the main ambients of the yacht, as accents to the pure interiors.” To recreate, in the very accordance to her name, a “gleam of the stars.” 

And yet, even with her stripped back interior persona, she retains her exterior character almost anywhere in the world. Whether melting into the rustic allure of Montenegro or the white washed walls of Mykonos, the pencils parts of Uniellé Yacht Design come alive in a cutting-edge body that breaks ocean waves in style. 

To match her modern allure, is her Admiral build. As one of the most silent yachts, in noise and vibration levels on the market, she whisks up to 12 guests across 6 rooms into a motionless cotton cloud escape,  at sea level. 

M/Y Ouranos is available to charter with IYC in the East and West Mediterranean throughout both summer and winter seasons. 

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Discussing the Rise of the Support Yacht with Imperial

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 11:00
Discussing the Rise of the Support Yacht with Imperial The world is getting smaller, and as the notion of experience becomes a focal pursuit of today’s superyacht owner, the solutions to cruising the world in new and interesting ways are presenting fascinating design discussions across the industry. One of the original creations that prove the rule is the DAMEN Sea Axe range, a shadow vessel which offers exploration, discovery and space to enjoy the water like never before.

We go in search of how these remarkable vessels came to be with the experienced view of Julia Stewart (Managing Director of Imperial) who oversaw the creation and career of Fast Support Vessel 6711 - a leading example of the Sea Axe Range.

What were the market demands that sparked the rise of the support vessel?

"While all superyachts nowadays are including the best of technologies and comfort, Support Vessels are offering another scope of options in addition. While building 6711 together with DAMEN, we kept in mind the main skill of a yacht of this type: being multifunctional, whatever the conditions and the destinations. Being multifunctional means that a support vessel must be able to welcome supernumerary crew or guests, or even cover the Owner’s last minute requests. It also means being fitted for all water sports expectations: superior Dive Center, even a submarine!

Another demand we see more and more on new build superyachts remains the helipad, but what about having a helipad if you are dependent on somebody to fuel your aircraft? All luxury superyachts don’t have the relevant space for such extra assets and when you’re in the middle of nowhere and you want to explore new places, you must rely on your team. This is why 6711 was built for: thanks to her on-board fuelling station, distance is no longer a problem. And we bet this will be the new standards in the future support vessels."

What makes the Sea Axe range, and the support lifestyle, stand out?

"Imperial acted as Owner’s Representative, Build Supervisor and since the delivery of 6711, we are the Operational Manager of the vessel. Above all, we are proud to have been one of the very first companies of the superyacht industry to believe in the new options represented by the Sea Axe range at DAMEN, and more generally by the Support Vessel design.

They have everything, so they already stand out: from the 275 sqm space on the First deck able to carry any type of tenders or water toys (even a submarine), to such amenities like the professional Dive Center fully-equipped including a decompression chamber, the onboard hospital, the 14m D-Value Helipad with its fuelling station able to welcome most of the biggest aircrafts available, we are proud to have given life to one of the most incredible support vessel currently cruising the seas. We can also mention her 360° Bridge with Helicopter Monitoring System or the interiors outfitted by the famous designer Mark Berryman who took a special care about the life on board, but definitely: the Sea Axe range is the dream for all your next journeys!"

How is bringing a support vessel to life entirely different from a traditional yacht?

"Definitely on the safety side: crew training on board a support vessel is different than traditional superyachts. A Support Vessel is above all a working yacht, sometimes not comfortably fitted for guests and it must work smoothly and efficiently in any conditions with an optimal level of communication between all crew and a strong patience to manage all stressful conditions."

How does a support vessel offer up a different avenue of adventure?

"The Sea Axe range is built for adventures, being limitless is in its DNA. To understand the new trend around the Support Vessel, you must accept that the rules are evolving in the industry and more than ever the 21st century will be one of the new explorers, far away from the classic destinations like French Riviera or Central Caribbean.

New owners or charter guests want to explore new territories, face their own fears and push their boundaries far away, they no longer consider their journeys as only relaxing on the sunpads. Thanks to this support range, you can dive remote islands in Greece or South-East Asia, explore underwater wonders thanks to her submarine, fly from an island to another in a helicopter, and create unforgettable family memories that a sole superyacht could not offer. Support Vessel is not only a new trend, it’s a new lifestyle."

Speaking on behalf of DAMEN, Victor Caminada - Marketing Manager at AMELS - explained, “At DAMEN, we have delivered 10 purpose build Support vessels and are a recognised leader in the market. At the moment, two more DAMEN Yacht Support vessels are under construction.”

Delving deeper into the capabilities, Victor offered an insight into the purpose itself, highlighting the autonomy, ability to carry more toys, the guest accommodation for large parties to travel together and safe helicopter operations; proving that these superyacht support vessels, are more than just back up boats but rather a new wave of thinking for adventurous owners.

Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts Photo by Guillaume Plisson for Imperial Yachts

The Must-See Superyachts at the Miami Yacht Show

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 16:00
The Must-See Superyachts at the Miami Yacht Show From February 15th, the yachting community in Miami will return to Collins Avenue for the brand-new instalment of the Miami Yacht Show. With a wealth of yachts from 30 feet to 83-metres, this is our list of the must-see superyachts at the upcoming American exhibition.

Here Comes The Sun
The 83-metre Here Comes The Sun will be the largest contender across Collins Avenue, with stunning Tim Heywood exterior design and cavernous interior volumes offering not only space but a lasting impact following the striking first impression. The AMELS 272 is the result of an owner growing through the ranks and therefore has boundless expertise imbued into the project from every angle.

Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director, commented on the upcoming American debut, stating: “We’re very excited to introduce the flagship of our 55 to 83-metre AMELS Limited Editions range in Florida. Here Comes The Sun is a wonderful showcase of the absolute highest AMELS quality and finish.”

Grace E
Perini Navi’s breakthrough motor yacht with eco-credentials and global appeal, Grace E is one of the largest superyachts on display at the Miami Yacht Show and a standout example of true Italian style. This 73-metre powerhouse of technology is an award-winning masterclass in life on board, and with a launch date of 2013, is not only meticulously maintained, but a future classic given her timeless Philippe Briand design.

Available for charter with Burgess, Grace E runs on the theme of serenity, with a dedicated wellness deck with boundless amenities: such as a spa, jacuzzi, steam sauna, gym, hydrotherapy bath and treatment rooms to name a few. This notion of clean living reaches all the way to the engineering, from the ability to stay stationary without dropping anchor to minimising damage while cruising.

Mine Games
One of the finest Benetti yachts to grace Miami’s coast, Mine Games is a 62-metre motor yacht with undeniable style with a true sense of opulence running through the interiors. On display at the Miami Yacht Show with Galati Yacht Sales, this is the perfect platform to explore the American coast, the Caribbean and beyond.

Iron Man
One of the world’s most prolific superyacht builders, Benetti announced the launch of the Vivace 125’ ‘Iron Man’ in 2015; an advanced vessel befitting of the titular ‘genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist’ himself. The flowing lines, natural profile and three decks of Iron Man offer lifestyle par excellence and a sleek, modern aesthetic throughout the interiors.

Grey Matters
Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the sleek and low-profile lines of the sporty Grey Matters were brought to life by Palmer Johnson in 2007 and stand available for charter with Burgess today. On display at the Miami Yacht Show, this 45.72-metre superyacht is a distinctive vessel with a highly-skilled crew of 8 to make even the most discerning guests feel at home.

The Superyachts.com team were lucky enough to step on board Grey Matters in Antigua, to get a closer look at life on board, click here.

With 1.2 million square feet of showcase, the Miami Yacht Show is preparing to set a new pace for the American market in 2018; all the while offering an insight into inventory on the water in the American yachting capital.

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