Croatia

Image: Quark Expeditions

Steel Cut for Quark Polar Expedition Ship

Croatia's Brodosplit shipyard today cut steel for Quark Expeditions' first newbuild, a 200-passenger vessel scheduled for 2020 launch.The ceremony took place at the shipyard and museum of Brodosplit, and was attended by senior executives from both companies, including President of Quark Expeditions Andrew White, CEO of DIV Group Tomislav Debeljak and CEO of Brodosplit Zoran Kunkera.The new ship from Quark Expeditions is the first of its kind, combining leading-edge technology…

Photo: Porto Montenegro

RC44 Coming to Porto Montenegro

The Porto Montenegro Yacht Club has announced the RC44 Championship Tour which will kick-off the 2019 season in Montenegro, from April 10-14. This prestigious tour of one design boats began in 2007 and brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with some of the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations. The RC44 boats are a light weight construction, made entirely of carbon with a powerful sail plan to make exceptional downwind and upwind performances…

Aquila 44 (Photo: Aquila)

Aquila's New Models at the Biograd Boat Show

At the upcoming Biograd Boat Show, October 18-21, Master Yachting will feature the new Aquila 44, four-stateroom option.On the Aquila 44, you will enjoy the 360˚ view from the spacious salon and galley that features a large seating area, hidden TV stowage and plenty of storage to make a live-aboard or cruising easy and pleasant. Galley features include Corian countertops, electric fridge and freezer, stove, and stainless-steel microwave oven as well as a double stainless-steel sink. The large staterooms each feature ample headroom and large windows for excellent views.

An aerial view of the village fleet rafted up at Krilo Jesenice (Photo courtesy Mladin family)

Krilo Jesenice: Village of the Cruisers

Driving south on the coastal highway from the ancient city of Split in Croatia in late October, one is amazed to come on a forest of masts. These are not your usual sailboat masts lined in orderly rows in a marina, they are masts of all shapes and they are supported by a range of what at first appear to be spectacularly well maintained mega-yachts. A few are classic, bright finished wood but bold, white, steel-hulled ships with cruise ship style raked bows predominate. On the shore…

All Photos: Haig-Brown/Cummins

Yacht Class Working Boats

Croatian tourism has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. The great bulk of this is along the Adriatic coast where, as it has for centuries, life revolves around the sea. Tourists rent sail boats, take coastal cruises or travel to the many island that sit in the crystal Adriatic waters along the length of Croatia. A popular way of experiencing the coast and its islands, is to hire a speed boat and have a knowledgeable local skipper take you out for a day trip. There are…

Photo: MYBA

Pop-up Superyacht Show to Showcase the Booming Adriatic

As we enter the final weeks before the 3rd edition of the Porto Montenegro MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show registrations continue to flow in with 2017 now set to better the impressive attendance figures of previous years. The 450-berth marina village will again provide a unique platform for owners, agents and captains to showcase their superyachts and itineraries while brokers take full advantage of the many B2B networking opportunities. , located in the Boka Bay, a UNESCO protected heritage site.

Logos courtesy of International SeaKeepers Society

BWA Yachting Renews Pact with International SeaKeepers

BWA Yachting, a  provider of marine agency services to superyacht owners and their crews, has renewed its partnership with The International SeaKeepers Society. The aim of the partnership is to increase participation from yachts in assisting with ocean research, conservation and education. The partnership enters its second year with an emphasis on the DISCOVERY Yachts Program, which utilizes private vessels for marine research, educational outreach, and to deploy oceanographic instruments.

Photo: ICOMIA

ICOMIA Marinas Group Welcomes D-Marine as Member

Marina design and operations specialist, D-Marin, has joined the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) Marinas Group. D-Marin is a Doğuş Group company that was established to set a new benchmark in design and operations of marinas, a sector it believes has high development potential within the yachting industry. By managing 10 unique marinas in the Ionian, Aegean & Adriatic Seas, D-Marin has created one of the largest international chain of marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean…

Polar Expedition Vessel to be Built in Croatia

Bureau Veritas (BV) is to class a new concept luxury expedition cruise vessel to be built for Australia’s Scenic group. The 165m vessel will be built at Croatia’s Uljanik shipyard for delivery in summer 2018. It will have lower berth accommodation for 228 passengers and 172 crew and will meet the requirements of the newly adopted Polar Code allowing operation for a certain period of the year in Polar waters. Particular attention has been paid to safety, meeting the Safe Return to Port criteria, and to comfort for the whole accommodation, based on BV Comfort Class criteria.

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named, will be the biggest and most ambitious project to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 square meters of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque.

Marinevac Adds New Operator in Florida

Marinevac, specialists in the cleaning of vacuum toilet systems on board private and commercial vessels of all sizes ranging from yachts to cruise ships and naval vessels, announce new links with GC Marine Inc. and Pines Marine Consulting LLC, both established businesses in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Marinevac has been operating in the Mediterranean for several years from their base in Palma, Mallorca. As part of the company’s expansion plans, Marinevac USA LLC will now be offering the Marinevac unique method of removing scale build up from marine waste systems.

Image: NISI Yachts

NISI’s XPRESSO Series Introduced

The first model in NISI’s XPRESSO multihull series—NISI 50 XPRESSO—represents the culmination of decades of development and design in the power multihull market: a high speed multihull purposely designed and developed by people with a unique combination of knowledge and skills. Codenamed “X50,” this XPRESSO is introduced as the fifth NISI model in the company’s collection. The highly anticipated X50 is the first multi-hull to focus on the desires of traditional monohull owners.

GetMyBoat logo

GetMyBoat Report Startling International Charter Growth

GetMyBoat, leader of peer-to-peer boat rentals and charters, say they have steadily added over 200 boats a week worldwide, which will give them a year-end tally of over 11,500 boats in 1,100+ cities, 80 countries, and 49 US states. Seasoned sailors and new boaters alike have the opportunity to try any type of desired watercraft, from a kayak in California to a catamaran in Croatia. Every boat owner listed with GetMyBoat now can reach a global audience and marketplace with their watercraft.