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from the left, Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of Palumbo Superyachts and Francesco Carbone, General Manager of Palumbo Superyachts by side ISA Classic 65 mockup at Louis Vuitton boutique (Photo: ISA Yachts)

Montenapoleone Yacht Club 2018

From May 14 to 20 Montenapoleone Yacht Club renewed its appointment, with a week of events dedicated to luxury and boating in the heart of the Milan Fashion District.For the fourth edition of the prestigious event, Louis Vuitton and Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques hosted respectively ISA Yachts and Columbus Yachts: a partnership made in the name of excellence and design creativity and destined to leave the mark.In the exclusive Milan space of Maison Louis Vuitton, iconic and exclusive…

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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.

M/Y Spectre. Photo: Benetti

Benetti Rolls-out Bond-inspired Superyacht Spectre

Spectre, the ninth James Bond-inspired yacht commissioned by John Staluppi, has been launched by Benetti in Italy.A company press release said that after “Quantum of Solace” and “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Spectre” is the third yacht launched by Benetti for talented New York businessman John Staluppi.M/Y “Spectre” is a 69-meter Full Custom Mega Yacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure on five decks. The name pays tribute once again to James Bond, while the hull by…

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New 88 from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia, Italy near Venice just announced a new 88 model in its Classic series of Ocean King Explorers."Creating superyacht impact from a small yacht that feels huge," is how the company describes the new Ocean King 88 Classic in its press release, a yacht to "inspire immediate confidence with its huge 7.5m beam, 4 decks, heavy displacement double-bottomed Grade A steel hull and aluminium superstructure.""This is a yacht derived from clever engineering, reliability…

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SeaKing Electrical Announces Superyacht Sector Growth

Maritime engineering company SeaKing Electrical announced its busiest year in a decade for superyacht work ahead of its attendance at the Monaco Boat Show.Liverpool City Region based SeaKing Electrical has sent teams to work on 18 superyacht repair and upgrade projects in the nine months until September beating its previous record of 17 jobs in all of 2017. The company has worked in the Mediterranean in Cadiz, Cartagena, Genoa, La Ciotat and Barcelona as well as Miami in the United…

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Overmarine Chooses Wave MiniBOSS for Luxury Yacht

Wave MiniBOSS chosen for the new Mangusta GranSport 45 by Overmarine Group.Overmarine Group in Italy have chosen the Wave MiniBOSS bilge water separator for their new Mangusta GranSport 45 luxury yacht, innovatively designed and fast, using all the latest technology and reducing its environmental impact with the aid of this latest IMO separator from Wave International.Wave MinIBOSS is based on twin Wavestream filters accepted globally for their high efficiency and oil holding capacity…

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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.

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Marimecs Introduces the Manta Series Yachts

Engineered and designed by Dutch Naval architecture firm Marimecs B.V. the Manta series of full-displacement semi-custom long range yachts built in steel and aluminium combine Dutch engineering and design with Italian flair and craftmanship. With a focus on transatlantic range and excellent sea-keeping qualities, quiet operation, low fuel consumption, no-nonsense reliable systems, stability, the Manta series combines Superyacht luxury with true ocean-going capability. Built on Italy's North Coast at the Eurocraft facility in Savona to Lloyds Classification…

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ISA Yachts Launches its First Yacht in Ancona

The launch of the 37m yacht Clorinda, hull #11 of the Sport 120 model, took place on July 5, 2017 in Ancona, Italy in the premises of ISA Yachts. In September 2017 she will debut at the International boat shows of Cannes and Montecarlo. Less than a year after the acquisition of ISA Yachts by the new property, Clorinda, whose construction began in October 2016, is the first yacht completed in the Ancona yard. ISA Yachts said the ISA Sport 120 is a model that strongly reflects the philosophy and aesthetic features of its production, representing an “icon” of the Italian brand.

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Reliant Yachts Bags New Build Order

Reliant Yachts of Newport, R.I. has announced a new build is under contract for a 40-foot limousine tender utilizing their X series platform. Jim Ewing, principal at Reliant Yachts states, “We want to create a tender that shares the beauty and functionality of the classic Venetian water taxi, but in a completely modern way. The contemporary megayacht tender has to be a proper yacht unto itself, able to deal with diverse sea conditions, so hull design and stability are key.” The 40-footer is slated for completion in early 2018…

Instant and accurate man overboard location is just one of many features that SCADA technology is offering to transform the safety and comfort of pleasure sailing. (Image: Products4Automation)

SCADA Makes Yachts Safer and Easier to Captain

Instant and accurate man overboard location is just one of many features that SCADA technology is offering to transform the safety and comfort of pleasure sailing. Products4Automation’s SCADA expert Paul Hurst examines the technology transfer from industrial process plant to luxury yacht. Fifty years ago, people were saying that automotive technology had reached maturity and could not be developed much further, but time has told a very different story. By embracing complementary new technologies and working on constant incremental improvements…

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New Build ISA 65 Meter Syperyacht Sold

ISA Yachts has announced the sale of a 65 meter (213 ft) custom new build motoryacht, with Simon Goldsworthy from the Edmiston office in London introducing the Buyer, an existing and very experienced large yacht owner from Europe. The ISA 65 meter platform that the yacht will be built on is a re-styled and substantially modified evolution of two multi-awarded 63 meter superyachts delivered by ISA Yachts in recent years, namely “Mary Jean II” and “Kolaha”. Enrico Gobbi of Team…

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Rolls-Royce to Power Ice Class Super Yacht

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide the propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice classified super yacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi. The King Shark allows the owner the freedom to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean and the freezing conditions of Antarctica in luxury.The vessel is equipped with amenities such as a soundproof cinema room, fully equipped gym, spa and massage room and owner cabin with large private terrace and round pool.

Hadewych Reintsema, Design and Proposal Manager Cruise, Damen Shipyards Group; Andrea Trevisan, Sales Director Cruise New Building, Damen Shipyards Group; and Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, Damen Shipyards Group (Photo: Damen)

Damen Hires Trevisan as Sales Director, Cruise Newbuilds

Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Andrea Trevisan as its new Sales Director Cruise New Building, as the company plans to further expand its standing in the flourishung expedition and small size cruise vessels market. Trevisan will oversee Damen’s global commercial and marketing activities with regard to new build cruise vessels. “I will be a sort of Damen brand ‘ambassador’ for the cruise industry, working in close coordination with our well established regional sales organization and with my colleagues Mr. Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, and Mrs.

Ferretti Yachts 920 (Photo: Ferretti Group)

Ferretti Group Debuts Three Yachts at the Miami Yacht Show

The Group to showcase 17 models, including three North American debuts: Custom Line Navetta 33, Riva 56’ Rivale and Ferretti Yachts 920. With a prestigious and impressive fleet punctuated by three North American debuts, Ferretti Group will participate in the 30th annual Miami Yacht Show, February 15th thru the 19th. Miami Beach, a paradise of glamour and luxury, will also set the sparkling stage for U.S. celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Ferretti Yachts, in the wake of recent celebrations at BOOT in Düsseldorf.

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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…

L-R Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, John Hogen, Chairman of the GMI, and Can Akaltan, General Manager at Cesme Marina (Photo: ICOMIA)

First Ever Female Certified Marina Professional Awarded

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Amsterdam (17-19 November 2016) provided the ideal backdrop for the presentation of the latest two Global Marina Institute (GMI) certificates. Michelle Hitchcock, Head of Business Development at MDL Marinas Ltd, was awarded the Certified Marina Professional (CMP) certificate. Hitchcock is the first woman in the world to be accredited as a CMP, since its inception in 2012. Designed to recognize the skills and experience of those working in the marina sector, but not directly managing marinas, Hitchcock  is the perfect candidate to receive this accolade.

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Benetti Launches Second Delfino 95'

Launched in Viareggio Delfino 95’ “Uriamir”. This second model in the Class product line has exteriors by Giorgio M. Cassetta. The second Delfino 95’ unit built, BD102, was successfully launched. “Uriamir” is a 28.95-meter displacement vessel in the Classic category, with a fiberglass hull and a carbon fiber superstructure. This model, which is permeated by the ‘Made in Italy’ ethos, offers exceptional comfort and unbelievably livable spaces. The exteriors are styled by Giorgio M. Cassetta.

Yacht Tech Working Groups Meet in Barcelona

On April 24 and 25 ,2018, various working groups of the ISO TC8 SC12 sub-committee focusing on marine technology in large yachts over 24m, were held at the Marina Barcelona 92 (MB92) facility. The timing of these meetings coincided with the 30th MYBA Charter Show held at OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona.More than 25 industry experts from across the world, including mast manufacturers, surveyors and insurance brokers etc. as well as representatives from various industry bodies,…