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AVA Yachts Launches Kando 110 In Antalya

Kando, the first of the Kando series of contemporary explorer yachts from AvA Yachts has been launched in the Antalya Free Zone on Friday July 19th 2019.Kando is constructed with a high-grade steel hull and aluminium superstructure and is characterized by class-beating volume of 320 GT and a range of well over 6,000 nautical miles.Designed, styled, and engineered by AvA Yachts’ in-house team, she features four decks with an accommodation layout offering five double guest cabins including a full beam…

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New Classic 108 Model from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia near Venice has announced a New Classic 108 model.The New Classic 108 is a sleek 350 gt explorer yacht built with a length overall of 34m and a heavy displacement double-bottomed Grade A steel hull with lightweight aluminium superstructure.Its huge 8.3m beam and 4 decks make for an enormous volume superyacht. With a fuel capacity of over 50,000 liters and powered by twin MAN 588kW, the New Classic 108 is capable of crossing the Atlantic and back on a single tank of fuel.This is a yacht inspiring total confidence built to RINA standards.

Geoffrey van Aller launched his own marine design firm, van Aller Yacht & Naval Design, in Ocean Springs, MS. Photo courtesy Geoff van Aller.

Whirlwind of change: Where’s Trinity Yachts' crew today?

Four key players of the disbanded Trinity Yachts, once the world’s sixth largest custom yacht builder, are working in new roles in yachting since the company’s break-up about four years ago.Billy Smith, Geoffrey van Aller, Jim Berulis and Phil Nuss rolled with the punches, just as they did when this author interviewed them at Trinity’s Cinco de Mayo crayfish boil celebrating their new Gulfport facility in Mississippi in May, 2006. In a region suffering after Hurricane Katrina toppled the Gulf Coast and sank New Orleans on August 29…

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NBA Star's Kando 110 #2 Keel-Laid

Construction of hull No 2 of AvA Yachts’ Kando series is now well underway.The keel was laid in early January 2019 and construction of the steel hull is advancing.The Chairman and Founder of AvA Yachts, Atilla Kucukdiker commented “We are all working hard and looking forward to producing a premium-quality product that will be proudly displayed at the 2020 Cannes Yachting Festival. Construction is well underway and Kando #2 will be testimony to the skilled workforce that AvA Yachts and Antalya has to offer.”Kando #2 is a full displacement steel and aluminium yacht with a bulbous bow.

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TOP 5 Yachts of 2018

While the task to name only five 'Top' yachts of the year, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' Lisa Overing gives it her best shot in the January 2019 edition.M/Y TIS: “Size Matters”The age-old question of whether or not size matters is typically directed at men. However, since a ship is called she, Maritime Reporter’s top spot for greatest yacht of 2018 is the class of 2018’s largest launch, M/Y TIS, a 111-meter, six-deck superyacht by Lürssen with exterior styling and interior design by Winch Design.In spite of her massive size…

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Superyacht ARTEFACT: A real “arte factum”

NOBISKRUG’s Project 790 is one of the first yachts built under the new strict IMO Tier III emissions regulations. The name and visionary design of the 80-meter hybrid superyacht was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018: MV ARTEFACT.Less than a year away from completion, Nobiskrug’s new superyacht MV ARTEFACT will be one of the first yachts built under the new IMO Tier III low emissions regulations with an array of first-of-their-kind technology features and engineering advances…

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New 88 Model for Ducale Series from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia near Venice has announced a new 88 model in its Ducale series of Ocean King Explorers.Developed by the VYD Studio of Venice, the Ducale 88 offers megayacht finishes and styling whilst offering a more practical at-sea solution derived from the commercial shipping field.Built with a full-displacement bulbous bow steel hull and aluminium superstructure construction the Ducale 88 offers style, volume, safety, and comfort at sea as key characteristics.With 36…

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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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Heesen Delivers Omaha

Yacht builder Heesen announced the delivery of the first yacht in its new 50 meter Steel Class, Omaha.YN 18350, christened Omaha, has been delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favorable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.Omaha exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots, and proved to be extremely maneuverable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.

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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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AvA Yachts' Kando to Debut in Cannes

AVA Yachts is premiering the superyacht Kando the first of its full displacement yacht series of the same name at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.Kando a 110 model is a 34m superyacht constructed with a high grade steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Kando features four decks and boats an interior volume of 340 gt.Equipped with Volvo-Penta commercial marine engines, a full set of Furuno navigation electronics, Sleipner bow and stern thrusters and fin stabilizers…

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New 118 Model for Ducale Series from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia near Venice has announced a new 118 model in its Ducale series of Ocean King Explorers.With model sizes of 88, 108, and now the 118 confirmed and a 148 under development, this series designed by the VYD Studio of Venice features sleek, ultra-contemporary lines and styling.On the development of the Ducale 118, Paolo Dose of VYD Studio says, “Since the very beginning of the project the guideline we have decided with the builder was to emphasize all the features of a true explorer yacht.

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Heesen Launches 50 Meter Steel Yacht

Heesen has launched the YN 18350 ‘Project Maia’ underwent a technical launch and was christened Omaha on April 20, 2018 at the shipyard in Oss.The project was sold in December 2017 by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, in close collaboration with Thom Conboy from Heesen USA.The 50 meter steel model is a brand new design pitched just below the 500GT threshold. This replaces the highly successful and award-winning 47 meter steel class, arguably the most successful steel yacht…

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World's Largest DynaRig Sailing Yacht Delivered

Oceanco Yacht delivered 106.7M (350 ft) Black Pearl— the largest Dynarig sailing yacht in the world. This three-masted sailing yacht Black Pearl is unlike any yacht the world has ever seen. This unique and complex vessel is the realization of a discerning owner’s vision. She is the result of an elaborate and successful collaboration on the part of an international group of designers, engineers, naval architects, builders and project managers. The designers Ken Freivokh Design, Nuvolari Lenard and Villate Design all played a significant role in Black Pearl’s design evolution.

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…

Newbuild ISA 50M Superyacht Sold

ISA Yachts announced the sale of a new 50-meter superyacht project to a repeat client, the third superyacht sold by the shipyard in the last two months. Featuring a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, this new 50 meter (164 ft) superyacht is going to be the 12th superyacht to be built by the shipyard on the well proven ISA 47-50 meter platform of 499 Gross Tons. Harmoniously combining elegance and sportiness, it will incorporate some of the classic ISA features including the grand arches connecting the aft deck cockpit to the superstructure, the builder said.

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Oceanco Delivers 110-meter Jubilee

The 110-meter motor yacht Jubilee delivered last week by Dutch builder Oceanco not only features a particularly striking exterior profile created by Lobanov Design and a distinguished interior by Sorgiovanni Designs, but also is the largest yacht ever built at Oceanco and has the distinction of being the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands. “Burgess introduced this project to Oceanco and we provided technical consultancy and project management as owner’s representative throughout the entire build process,” said Joe Cic, from Burgess.

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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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Largest Ever Dutch-built Yacht Launched

Oceanco’s newly built mega yacht Jubilee, with exterior styling by Lobanov Design, grand interior by Sorgiovanni Designs and owner’s representation by Burgess, is the largest yacht ever built in The Netherlands. At 110m length over all, 16.4m beam and just over 4,500 GT, the head-turning yacht has a sleek and original elongated profile that flows elegantly from bow to stern; with no fewer than six decks, her progressively longer horizontal lines make Jubilee distinctive. Igor Lobanov has created a unique and architecturally challenging design which creates a visual effect of multi-level decks.