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Benetti Nataly


Striking new design takes to the sea

The 213-foot (65-meter) Nataly, a new custom yacht to roll out of the Benetti’s Livorno facility a few months ago, is the first Benetti to feature a plumb bow. Redman Whiteley Dixon (RWD) handled the exterior and interior design, emphasizing architectural features. Inside, the designers re-created the feel of a world-class hotel, employing a staggering level of detail. Full-length windows in the main salon and full-beam master suite shed a lot of natural light on a modern interior done in walnut, makassar ebony, zebrano and teak, as well as black and white marble and stonework. Rosewood, wengé and sandstone accent the central staircase, and custom-made hardware is used throughout. Nataly’s generous accommodations include six lower-deck staterooms, an owner’s suite plus generous accommodations for a crew of 16. Powered by two Caterpillar 3516B 2,260-bhp diesel engines, the steel-hulled Nataly will reach a top speed of 16 knots, a 15-knot cruising speed and will have a range of about 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

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Build them and they’ll come

Heesen’s triple spec projects

Aside from its contracted yachts, Dutch builder Heesen is currently building three yachts on spec, banking on their style and sophistication to secure buyers down the road. This strategy has worked for the company before. All three yachts have exterior styling by Omega Architects but three different interior designers brought their unique touch to each. Zentric, a 144-foot (44-meter) aluminum semi-displacement yacht, maximizes deck space with a 147-square-foot sun deck and numerous al fresco dining options. The yacht, with an interior by Omega, also features a spacious forward area where all 10 guests can eat or sunbathe in privacy, even when docked in port. The 154-foot (47-meter) displacement yacht California, with an interior by Bannenberg & Rowell, takes its cues from its name and will transport guests back to 1940s and 1950s, with wengé floorboards, white elm paneling, and stainless steel, leather and marble details, evocative of these iconic decades. In the four lower-deck staterooms, fabrics from Armani Casa and Amy Lau enhance the white elm and leather. The largest of the three, a 164-foot (50-meter) aluminum semi-displacement yacht with interiors by Francesco Paszkowski, employs a consistent, no-frills design featuring only ebony and whitened oak for what he characterizes as “linear geometric continuity.” The designer says pieces of art throughout will enhance the sophisticated interior. All three yachts are in various stages of completion. Look for more details in the coming months.

Austin Parker revisits the Lobster Boat

Italian shipyard draws inspiration from Maine fishing boats

Ranging from 42 to 72 feet, Italian Austin Parker’s newest line is a reinterpretation of classic Maine fishing boats. Featuring all the necessary hallmarks—high bow, sturdy hull and seaworthy design—all seven designs in this range are built for extended cruises. The Italian shipyard teamed with Italian designer Fulvio de Simoni for this project, and from the “entry-level” AP 42 to the AP 72 Fly, the yard’s flagship, the yachts are well balanced, with comfortable living spaces both inside and out. Curvaceous lines conceal roomy interiors and accommodations. Austin Parker’s AP 54 Fly debuts at the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show this year. If the name Austin Parker is not that familiar on this side of the Atlantic, it soon will be. Having revived the brand just a couple of years ago, the builder has an ambitious development program that includes representation on the American market.

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A new Sanlorenzo at the Genoa Boat Show

SL94 flybridge joins the composite family

Sanlorenzo recently announced the newest addition to its range. This 94-foot (28.6-meter) yacht will be on display for the first time at the Genoa Boat Show in October. Francesco Paszkowski and Sanlorenzo’s team designed the SL94 with a roomier-than-usual flybridge, which results in part from the availability of a tender garage. The interior of the first SL94, also designed by Paszkowski, is modern with dark hues and bleached oak. On the main deck, a central staircase separates the dining and living areas, creating more intimate spaces for guest use. The lower deck houses four staterooms and the crew quarters. Power can include two different engine packages: two 1,890-hp CAT C32 Acert engines to provide a top speed of 27 knots and a cruising speed of 25, or two 2,100-hp MTU 16V 2000 M92 engines for a top speed of 29 knots and cruising speed of 26 knots. This premiere comes close on the tail of the double launch of the SL104 Triple Fun and the SD92 Mia Rocca IX, the 15th delivered since the series premiered in 2007.

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An all-Italian design team recently celebrated the delivery of the 230-foot (70-meter) Numptia, a yacht on the cusp of qualifying for Top 100 status. We caught sight of the vessel in a marina close to the Viareggio-based shipyard, and her dark hull and white superstructure, by designer Tommaso Spadolini, were elegant and impressive. Interior designer Achille Salvagni found inspiration in nature and used natural fabrics and a variety of woods from ebony to subtly bleached teak. Glass, stone and metal finish the yacht to provide a unified whole and a unique environment. Coming up soon at Rossi Navi is a project known as FR025, a 152-foot (46-meter) yacht currently scheduled for a 2012 delivery. Although we do know that Rossi Navi joined forces with Mulder Design for naval architecture and exterior lines and Design Studio Spadolini for interior design, the shipyard has released few other details to date. Rossi Navi is a relatively young shipyard, which had a promising debut with its first yacht, South, featured in Yachts International’s November 2008 edition. More is to come, including a very appealing project, called Ketos by Team for Design, in the works for some time. For more information, visit

The Mondo 45 Explorer Yacht

Adventure without compromise

Mondo Marine recently released details about a new project the Italian builder developed with naval architect and designer Sergio Cutolo, the Mondo45 Explorer. Mondo Marine is no stranger to the expedition style. A few years ago, the Savona-based shipyard built for Italian business icon Luciano Benetton a one-of-a-kind go-anywhere expedition vessel, called Tribù. With its rough demeanor outside and stylish, spacious interior, plus RINA Green Star certification for environmental compliance, it struck a great balance. Likewise, this 148-foot (45-meter) explorer seems to have the best of all worlds. Combining elements of a working hull, a cruise ship, a research vessel and a superyacht, it offers safety and luxury to yachtsmen looking for a bit of adventure. The four-deck yacht is built to provide expansive views of the surroundings, with numerous full-length windows and a glass railing on the upper deck to provide a view from the salon straight to the horizon. Powered by two CAT C32 Acert engines, the Mondo45 will reach a top speed of 15 knots and will cruise at 14. With a huge fuel reserve (21,234 gallons), this steel-hulled explorer can make a circumnavigation with few stops.

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MarineMax celebrates new office

Newport location will be the US home of Azimut’s Magellano series

The newest MarineMax office opened on Bowen’s Wharf in Newport, RI, on July 16, bringing the retailer’s many brands to the yachting capital of the Northeast. MarineMax is the US dealer for Azimut-Benetti, and as such is pleased to add to its already impressive lineup the new and innovative Magellano 50, which Azimut introduced in Genoa in 2010. Magellanos (see Yachts International April 2010 for an article on the Magellano 74, the flagship of the Magellano line) are designed for all-weather navigation and boaters “who are not obsessed with the speed of the journey, but the true pleasure of being on the water,” says Andrew Schneider, US Brand Manager for Azimut Yachts at MarineMax. The Magellano 50 debuts in the United States at the Newport Boat Show in early September and will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 27 to 31. With its impressive range sizes and models, including the very new Magellano, Azimut-Benetti has been a big part of MarineMax—also dealers for brands such as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Cabo and Hatteras—for more than 11 years.

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SeaKeepers’ Bal de la Mer seizes the day

Trinity Yachts’ Carpe Diem welcomes the signature event

Again this year, the International SeaKeepers Society will bestow its coveted SeaKeeper Award on “an individual who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to marine conservation.” This year’s recipient is world champion and pro surfer extraordinaire Kelly Slater. Slater, featured in the IMAX movie Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D, is an active supporter of environmental causes as well as an inspiration in his field. The ceremony, which will be held on September 22 during the Monaco Yacht Show, will kick off with a bang. Guests will have the opportunity to view the new Carpe Diem during an exclusive cocktail party aboard the stunning new yacht in Trinity Yachts’ wide-beam series. The yacht and her great crew are no strangers to hosting events. The owners designed Carpe Diem, which is available for charter, to entertain in style. And the vessel, which has traveled extensively since March, has wowed guests with her elegance during various appearances in the Bahamas, New York and the Mediterranean. The evening will continue with a sit-down gala dinner in one of Monaco’s most intriguing venues. At the end of cocktail hour, guests will board stylish tenders provided by Riva Yachts to continue the evening on land. The goal of the International SeaKeepers Society is to provide researchers with timely, accurate information to help combat the decay of our marine ecosystems. Proceeds from this event and others like it help forward the society’s mission to “protect and restore.” Created in Monaco by a group of concerned yachtsmen, ISKS today works closely with a panel of distinguished scientists that provide guidance and counsel. The “Bal de la Mer” is one of the cornerstones of the organization’s fund-raising efforts. Yachts International, ISKS’ media partner, is co-sponsoring the event.

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The Best of the Best

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Megayacht Gala kick off

The Best of the Best Megayacht Gala takes places on October 15 at the Fisher Island marina in Miami. This invitation-only gala event is an opportunity to tour 14 exclusive yachts before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 27 to 31. The evening showcase and cocktail is the brainchild of Trilogy, a partnership between Yachts International Magazine, Show Management and Opulence Magazine. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.

Contemporary Burger

Raised pilothouse by Ivan Erdevicki

For more than a century, Burger has been one of the most well-known and highly respected names in boating in the United States. The company’s designs are known for not only its commitment to quality, but also its appreciation of classic elements. In the past few years, however, a different kind of Burger has begun to emerge, with the shipyard’s recent collaboration with Vancouver-based Ivan Erdevicki Naval Architecture & Yacht Design. The newest project on Burger’s drawing board is a 131-foot (40-meter) contemporary raised pilothouse design, which includes an impressive array of amenities for a yacht of its size, including a hidden garage for a 19-foot tender. A full-beam master suite—complete with his-and-hers bathrooms—shares the main deck with both formal and informal dining areas, an open salon and a shaded al fresco dining space. Powered by twin MTU 16V 2000 M94 main engines, this yacht is designed to cruise at 22 knots and has a range of 2,500 nautical miles at 11 knots.

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A little more than two years ago, Kingship partnered with Axis Group Yacht Design and Big Blue Consulting to ensure that its revolutionary project, the 144-foot Green Voyager, surpassed even RINA’s highest level of standards. In the spring, Kingship celebrated the keel laying, the first step in ship construction. Within two years time—delivery is expected in 2013—the Green Voyager will carry an eco-passport that will allow her to cruise some of the world’s most protected waters without her owners having to worry about damaging environmentally sensitive areas. How? The multi-prong approach includes a plumb bow to reduce resistance, a true hybrid propulsion system, solar panels, heat-recovery calorifiers, heat-reflective glass, high-efficiency insulation, a zero-sewage-water discharge system, and bio lubricants and fuels. And Kingship’s Green Voyager manages all of this without compromising the lifestyle guests would expect on a yacht of this caliber. The interior is spacious and filled with natural light, and the designers made full use of the available deck space to ensure that passengers enjoy the best of both worlds. Recently, Viareggio-based Axis Group, opened a representation office in Shangai.

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