This year Hargrave Yachts took a leap by bringing to the market models designed to appeal to a new breed of owners. The Hargrave 125 with its contemporary design and all-American layout got our attention and, best of all, that of potential yacht owners.
Logos Marine has introduced a new 88-foot (27-meter) “Fast Passage” yacht designed in collaboration with Setzer Yacht Architects for an experienced owner.
Fort Lauderdale is usually an opportunity for some refit work, and the local marine industries have successfully made the case that improvements to infrastructure and waterway access are a priority. This summer, major work started on both public and private property to offer larger yachts access to local refit facilities.
In an innovative departure from the typical brokerage pitch, Steve Reoch of All Ocean Yachts is offering the 175-foot (53.3-meter) research/expedition vessel Proteus for sale with a conversion proposal conceived by noted designer Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec. The project, dubbed Proteus II, proposes to turn the research vessel into a long-range luxury explorer.
Over the past two years, Hakvoort Shipyard has made substantial improvements to its yachtbuilding facility in the Netherlands, increasing construction capacity to handle vessels up to 206 feet 8 inches (63 meters). Now, the family-run yard’s investment has paid off with the order of its largest project ever.
The new Vicem 46, the shipyard’s first 151-foot tri-deck motoryacht and the largest vessel in its Vulcan Line, seen here during sea trials, combines tradition and modern yachtbuilding techniques. The Turkish yard asked Art-Line Interiors to create a décor that would reflect its heritage and woodworking expertise.
Fort Lauderdale became a little quiet as far as big yachts are concerned this summer, so we got on the road and called on a few American shipyards. One of them was Trinity Yachts, which we found busy with new yachts deliveries plus significant commercial and military work.
Nautor’s Swan CEO Enrico Chieffi, a former competitive sailor who met Ferragamo sailing, and long-time designer Germán Frers Jr., who penned the new Swan, hosted a press conference in the glorious model room of the New York Yacht Club a few months ago, to introduce the Swan 105, a perfect opportunity to get some insight into this iconic brand.
There appears to be a general trend for sailing yacht builders to break out of a small circle of sailing fans to appeal with yachts that offer creatures comfort and are easier to handle. Without breaking with tradition, the new Nautor’s Swan 105 seems to embrace this trend.
On the occasion of our latest visit to Heesen’s facilities in Oss, we had the opportunity to get aboard the builder’s new flagship, the all-aluminum Heesen 65m. Construction started in December 2011 after a long design and planning process. The much-anticipated yacht, currently in the outfitting stages, is well on her way to an on-time delivery in 2013.