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DAR (Photo: Oceanco)

Oceanco's 90m DAR Wins Top Honors

Oceanco has been awarded top honors at the 2019 Boat International Design & Innovation Awards that took place on the January 27th, in Cortina. DAR with exterior design by DeBasto Design and interior by Nuvolari Lenard took home the Judges' Commendation Award for Best Exterior Styling for Motor Yachts 60m and Above.Criteria for the Exterior Design Award involves aesthetics and innovation. DAR's exterior is sporty, elegant, and high tech. The profile has a unique sense of contrast and homogeneity between the dark glass and the white balconies…

Hurtigruten has plans for cruises to a wide range of new destinations, including the Norway Fjords, Svalbard, Russia, South America and Antarctica. Photo: Hurtigruten

Cruise Shipping: 'Green Cruising' with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten orders third hybrid-powered expedition cruise shipGrowth in the global cruise sector continues, as Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, signed an MOU with shipbuilder Kleven Verft AS for the construction of a third hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship. Tom Mulligan, Maritime Reporter’s Science & Technology writer, reports from Norway.“We are thrilled to introduce yet another revolutionary hybrid-powered expedition ship,” enthused Hurtigruten’s CEO, Daniel Skjeldam.

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Moores Yachts Introduces the New M30

James P. Moores, founder and president of Moores Marine, a premier vintage yacht restoration yard, has announced the opening of his new company, Moores Yachts, and the inception of its first yacht, the new M30.From a man who spent 40 years of his career restoring and rebuilding antique wooden boats comes a 30-foot cold-molded boat that combines the elegance of designs from the golden age of yachting with today’s high-tech marine technology and performance.“The M30’s lines are a tribute to the great designers of the pre-war era,” said Jim Moores.

M/Y Namaste 2018 courtesy of Mangusta

Best Yachts, News from FLIBS

Nearly 2,000 megayacht captains blared their boat horns in unison for one full minute on Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m., a traditional symphony of ocean commotion signaling the official end of yet another FLIBS or Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The consensus is the 58th consecutive FLIBS was one of the best shows in many years. Propelled by a strong economy and two, active hurricane seasons prompting new vessel purchases, repairs and refits, the five day show from October 31 - November 4 was well attended.

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Warsash Superyacht Academy Partners with Porto Montenegro

Solent University’s Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA) is opening a brand new training facility with Porto Montenegro, in one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds.Porto Montenegro is home to the world’s largest superyacht berth at 250 meters, and the marina’s 450 additional berths all offer an unrivaled range of services and amenities. The fusion of world-class training at a world-class destination will make Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro a truly incredible…

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Dutch Superyacht Builders Propelled by Rising Economic Tide

With three lounges, three dining rooms, an open-air jacuzzi, a bar and six luxury cabins, the 50-meter "Aster" is one of Dutch shipyard Heesen's more modest superyachts.The Netherlands, which amassed huge wealth through the technical superiority of European shipbuilders during its 17th century Golden Age, is continuing its maritime tradition by carving out a prominent place in the luxury yacht industry."It's a big year for us," Johan Kaasjager of Heesen Yachts told Reuters at his shipyard in Oss. "We'll have delivery of three yachts this year and still a lot to come.

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Elegance, Testosterone Dominate M/Y Ironman’s interior

Specializing in one of a kind creations, architectural interior designer Alfred Karram Jr, has never replicated the same design in his 32 year career, although he retained the striking, cool color scheme for M/Y Ironman, his second superyacht for the same private owner.A semi-displacement tri-deck motoryacht manufactured by Benetti in fiberglass and carbon fi-ber, Ironman is 140-feet with a 28-foot beam. “We would never repeat a design on any project,” said Alfred Karram Jr. “Upon delivery of the 125’ Ironman…

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Ainslie in Hunt for Cash to Fulfil America's Cup Dream

When Ben Ainslie is not out sailing with his crew, he is busy inside Land Rover BAR's futuristic headquarters raising the money he needs to make his America's Cup dream a reality. Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor and a winner of the "Auld Mug" with Oracle Team USA in 2013, is racing to secure at least 100 million pounds ($141 million) needed to design, construct and race the latest version of America's Cup boat. "We are on that funding trail right now ... Land Rover have been fantastic as title partner and some of the other partners are coming back in…

Navico Acquires Naviop

Marine electronics manufacturer Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, announced it has finalized an agreement to acquire marine monitoring and control systems provider Naviop. Providing the integration framework to capture data from all boating systems, Naviop creates a digital ecosystem on boats outfitted with Simrad, Lowrance and B&G marine electronics, with the multifunction display serving as the hub for complete system control and information. “For years, auto manufacturers have provided consumers with a complete integration solution at their fingertips…

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With 80 Years Around the World

Never before has someone at the impressive age of 80 sailed around the world non-stop. New Zealand-born Dr Stanley Paris wants to be the first. What's more, the American now residing in St. Augustine, Florida is planning on breaking the course record from Bermuda to Bermuda. The extreme sportsman had an offshore yacht ideally suited to the task built at the Kiel-based Knierim shipyard in Germany, a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN – Superyachts Germany working group. The Finot-Conq FC3 53 is 17.33 metres long, 5.26 metres wide and is very racy.

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Cast Polyurethane for High Impact, High Wear Applications

Although ship and boat building design engineers have traditionally specified parts made of rubber, plastic or steel when durability is required, many are considering cast polyurethanes as a new alternative for demanding, high-wear, abrasion and impact applications. Cast polyurethanes, also broadly referred to as urethanes, are tough, elastic materials that combine many of the performance advantages of high-tech plastics, metals and ceramics along with the resiliency and flexibility of rubber parts and are ideal for ship/boat building components.

Whitehaven 6000 Sunbridge (Photo: Whitehaven Motor Yachts)

SCIBS Showcases Luxury Boating Brands

With just days to go, the upcoming 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) has announced its second wave of major brands set to wow crowds from May 19 to 22. Kicking off on Thursday, the premier annual marine industry event is set to showcase more than $150 million in luxury boats and accessories and will see major global, Australian and Queensland debuts by some of the world’s most renowned names in the boating industry. A mix of major brands have been confirmed in an additional wave of exhibitor announcements…

Weaving at DIMENSION-POLYANT

50 Years of DIMENSION-POLYANT Sailcloth

Press Release- The sailcloth manufacturer celebrates its anniversary: 50 years of. The company from the work group DEUTSCHE YACHTEN, headquartered in Kempen near the German-Dutch border, has become a symbol of innovative fabric and laminates over the past 50 years. The expertise of the manufacturers from the Lower Rhine region has won people over worldwide - with their rigid materials, the regatta cracks have become a thorough success for their speed and cruising longevity. The sailmaker’s logo is usually sewn onto the outside of the mainsail, foresail and spinnaker tacks.

BBY 65-Foot Sportfish (Photo: BBY)

BBY Debuts 65-foot Hunt-Designed Sportfish

Brooklin Boat Yard is introducing the design for a modern, cold-molded 65-foot sportfish motoryacht. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the new yacht features Hunt's high-performing and stable deep-vee hull. Using Brooklin Boat Yard's wood-composite construction techniques, the sportfish will have serious offshore capabilities. This new sportfish design expands the range of Brooklin Boat Yard's current offerings to larger motoryacht designs. The Brooklin Boat Yard 65-foot sportfish has been designed to be strong and robust, comfortable and dry.

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Aurora Delivers Comanche

Comanche, the sleek 100-foot super maxi owned by Netscape founder, Jim Clark and his Australian supermodel wife Kristy Hinze Clark, has arrived in Australia to once again take part in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Arriving in Sydney under the care of Peters & May UK, resident agents Aurora Global Logistics then take over to ensure a smooth discharge and delivery. “In conjunction with our network partners Peters & May, Aurora offer a range of reliable transport options for private yacht owners…

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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.

NewSwimming Pontoon at Lord Howe

Recently, the team at the island of Lord Howe, 600km off Port Macquarie NSW, sought to replace its swimming pontoon. Annual inspection during winter revealed the wear and tear had reached unsafe levels and the old pontoon was condemned. “The pontoon provides loads of fun for residents and visitors alike and is a great asset for the community,” said Kate Dignam, Assistant Manager, Technical Services at Lord Howe Island. “When sourcing a new pontoon, the Island Board wanted to capture the essence of fun and expand on it.

New Marine Toilet Incorporates Electronic Bidet

The new Tecma E-Breeze shower toilet from Thetford Marine blends high-tech design with elegant Italian styling. This turbine marine toilet includes the convenience of an electronic, multifunction bidet. The E-Breeze toilet's integrated bidet function commences at the touch of a button with a simple-to-use wireless remote control. It can be adjusted for posterior, feminine or children's cleansing. A five-setting variable warm-water spray delivers an Intensive Impulse Pulsation (IIP) massage. Wands are automatically cleaned after each use, while a deodorizing filter maintains constant freshness.

Echo Yachts Facility (Credit: Echo Yachts)

Echo Yachts to Build Largest Austrailian Superyacht

Echo Yachts, based in the Henderson Marine Precinct, said it is bringing together a “who’s who” in the Australian superyacht industry. The company is undertaking yacht building projects, including the construction of the largest ever super yacht built in Australia. The 84-meter aluminum yacht, also to be the largest tri-hulled super yacht built worldwide, will have a tri-hull configuration allowing for a 20 meter beam. This feature will accommodate a vast deck expanse and palatial interior spaces. Construction will take three years from start to finish.