Making Waves: McMullen & Wing’s Big Star
New Zealand builder McMullen & Wing recently released the renderings and layouts for the partially completed steel expedition yacht Big Star. The custom 164-foot (50-meter) yacht has strong lines reminiscent of her predecessor, Big Fish, but the yard drew on the experience of the first build to improve upon the concepts and design.
The Greatest Show on Earth
For the 54th year, Fort Lauderdale hosts the largest in-water boat show in the world. Running from October 31 to November 4, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show attracts hundreds of thousands of yachtsmen, fishermen and marine enthusiasts to its six locations that cover more than three million square feet.
FLIBS 2013: Horizon RP110 Andrea VI
The first hull of Horizon’s new raised-pilothouse model, the RP110, debuts this year. Andrea VI features styling by J.C. Espinosa, as well as two years of work on the double-chine hull by Donald Blount and Associates and the Horizon design team, plus interior design by Marty Lowe.
FLIBS 2013: Sanlorenzo SD122 Alchemist Too
The new flagship of Sanlorenzo’s semi-displacement range, Alchemist Too, is the latest hull of the SD122 series. The interior by Minotti features Canaletto flooring, furniture finished in whitened oak and white lacquer and marbles such as Crema Luna and Tobacco Brown.
FLIBS 2013: Westport 130
The Westport’s in-house design team offers high levels of personalization and builds each interior to clients’ specifications. The 130-foot (49.6-meter) trideck yacht (redesigned a few years ago) features five staterooms including a main-deck master suite and accommodations for seven crew.
Making Waves: Oceanco’s new Pantheon
From Team for Design’s Enrico Gobbi comes the latest design for Oceanco, the 285-foot (87-meter) Pantheon. Although it is common to have a private or semi-private owner’s area on one of the upper decks aboard a yacht this size, Pantheon includes a suite that stretches over two decks and includes a panoramic viewing area from the “glasshouse” on the top deck.
Making Waves: Sunrise Yachts signs order for Project Sunset
In summer 2014, Sunrise Yachts will deliver its newest 148-foot (45-meter) build: Project Sunrise. When a North American owner signed with the yard, the yacht was already under construction with only interior outfitting to be completed, which allowed a shorter-than-usual completion time.
Making Waves: Admiral Tecnomar’s Envy Series
Admiral Tecnomar has released plans for a new family of yachts developed with Vripack. The Tecnomar Envy series will begin with three dynamic designs, all featuring a beach club that opens on three sides, a central atrium and full-height windows.
Making Waves: Delta delivers Invictus
Delta’s latest delivery, Invictus, will be a striking addition to the charter market. Named after the spirit of a 19th-century poem by William Ernest Henley, this 217-foot (66-meter) yacht features numerous windows and an extra-wide beam—43 feet (13.1 meters).
Making Waves: Sanlorenzo launches 38-meter Therapy
Therapy, the eighth in Sanlorenzo’s SD122 series, was recently launched in Viareggio. Built for a Turkish entrepreneur, this four-deck, 122-foot (37.2-meter) yacht is meant to evoke the image of the 1930s trans-Atlantic liners.
America’s Cup Skipper: ‘There’s no turning back’
During a press conference, attendees acknowledged that the latest America’s Cup did much to enhance the sport of sailing and brought the event to a broad fan base. Lauding boss Larry Ellison, skipper James Spithill said the success of the event had “silenced the critics,” adding, “There’s no turning back.”
Ocean Reef’s Vintage Weekend
This year is Ocean Reef Club’s 19th annual Vintage Weekend, a four-day event showcasing classic automobiles, aircraft and yachts. From Thursday, December 5 through Sunday, December 8, members and guests will gather for a variety of activities such as a costume dinner and dance, a yacht hop, a road rally, a beachfront reception and an airshow.
A Fire Strikes Benetti
Benetti’s Livorno shipyard saw trouble last week when a 183-foot (56-meter) motoryacht in the final stages of construction caught fire. The yard believed that the problem started with a massive electrical storm in the area that night causing a strong electrical discharge or spark on board.
Making Waves: Mondo Marine’s 41-meter Nameless
Mondo Marine’s 134-foot (40.8-meter) Nameless splashed this past summer. The builder handled the naval architecture in-house, with exterior styling by Cor D. Rover and interior design by Luca Dini. Rover’s inspiration was the owner’s sports cars.
Making Waves: Southern Wind
South African builder Southern Wind is hard at work on the third hull of the SW102, a raised-salon version of this sailing-yacht line. This yacht will have a slightly longer hull (it is expected to finish at 104 feet/31.7 meters), in part to make room for a garage capable of holding a 13-foot (4-meter) tender.
Making Waves: International SeaKeeper Society’s Bal de la Mer
The International SeaKeeper Society (ISKS) will hold its annual Bal de la Mer gala event in San Francisco this year, the first in 15 years hosted outside of Monaco. In another first, the ISKS has chosen to honor a group instead of an individual. The Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA) will be recognized for its work preserving the oceans.
Making Waves: Newport Charter Yacht Show Culinary Competition
One watcher called it “Iron Chef on the water.” There’s no doubt competition was fierce during the Newport Charter Yacht Show’s Culinary Competition. Chefs were split into two classes—Grande, for yachts 100 feet and larger, and Premier, for yachts smaller than 100 feet. Participating yachts could also enter the show’s first tablescaping competition.
Making Waves: Sanlorenzo’s Starling Flies
Built in Sanlorenzo’s Massa Carrara shipyard, the 151-foot (46-meter) Starling launched this past summer. The fifth hull in the 46 Steel line, Starling is a five-deck steel displacement yacht with an aluminum superstructure and a 3,500-nautical-mile range.
Making Waves: Mulder Launches Its First 75 Wheelhouse
Penned by Guido de Groot Design and Ginton Naval Architects, the first hull of Mulder’s 75 Wheelhouse series has launched from the builder’s new shipyard in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk, the Netherlands. Featuring an interior by Kitty van der Kamp Design, this 76-footer (23.1-meter) can accommodate 10 guests in four staterooms and a 215-square-foot (20-square-meter) master suite.
Making Waves: Amels Christens Engelberg
More than 400 guests attended the May christening of Amels’ Limited Edition 180 at the shipyard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. The yacht, now known as Engelberg, has an exterior design by Tim Heywood, naval architecture by the in-house team at Amels and interior design by Enea Landscape Architecture.
Making Waves: Hakvoort’s 130-foot Apostrophe Delivered
Hakvoort’s latest launch will make an appearance in Monaco after her maiden voyage through Norway, according to the yard. Apostrophe is the product of Hakvoort and U.K.-based Reymond Langton Design Ltd., both outside and in.