A Take-Along Island
BMT Nigel in collaboration with Henry Ward (a recent design graduate who came up with the concept) has designed a 33-by-26-foot (10-by-8-meter) supplemental beach you can take anywhere. Not only does it float wherever you want it to (you can tow it with a tender), it folds into its own purpose-made crate, which fits in the garage.
ISA's New Models Appeal
A modern 216-foot (66-meter) yacht (the ISA 66 Granturismo) is the largest of four new models that ISA (International Shipyards Ancona) has sold recently. A full-displacement yacht in steel and aluminum, she has graceful lines courtesy of designer Andrea Vallicelli. Delivery is slated for 2014.
Heesen Finds Serenity
Among a flurry of activity, which includes several launches and a big step in the construction of its 213-foot (65-meter) so-called FDHF, Heesen Yachts has delivered its largest displacement vessel to date. At 180 feet, 5 inches (55 meters), Serenity represents another milestone for the Dutch shipyard, which in the past few years has built its reputation on all-aluminum fast semi-displacement yachts.
Fuel costs are on the rise again and while this may not be the biggest ticket item in a yacht’s operation, fuel efficiency still is a big deal for both private and charter yachts. In addition to economy, the yachting industry is also looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly and is experimenting with solutions like alternate fuels, hybrid engines and new types of propulsion.
Horizon's First Metal Yacht
Horizon has launched a 148-footer in its expedition series. The steel and aluminum yacht—designed in collaboration with Florida-based J.C. Espinosa, St. Petersburg-based Marine Technology Development for naval architecture and interior consultant Birgit Schannse—is being built to ice class.
Spanish Astondoa Has New US Dealer
Flagship Marine Group’s founder and president Rafael Barca, who has ample experience representing European shipyards on this side of the Atlantic, sees Astondoa’s diverse production as perfectly suited for the experienced American market. He was very impressed with Astondoa’s facilities, production capability and other virtues.
Benetti Sail Division
Italian shipyard Benetti Sail Division has developed a motoryacht line with a strong family look. Just recently, the shipyard launched the first BSD 98 in its Logica series. This new range breaks away from the shipyard’s more traditional models, including graceful canoe-stern yachts that had become their trademark.
Denison To Represent Austin Parker
Tuscany-based Austin Parker was among the first Italian shipyards to build a so-called “lobster boat,” a range of classical, elegant midsize boats based on the traditional Maine fishing boats, with high bow, sturdy hull and straightforward layout and accommodations.
After a busy 2011, Trinity is still on a roll. Tsumat, the first launch of 2012, is a custom 164-foot (49.9-meter) tri-deck aluminum yacht. Built for a repeat customer, the yacht includes six staterooms and a tender garage, which allows the oversized sun deck, equipped with fitness equipment, to be dedicated to fun and relaxation.
Leaving The Doc
Traveling far and wide is quite appealing, but what to do in case of a medical emergency? A number of superyachts have onboard hospitals and a full-time physician traveling with guests and crew. Realistically, most people do not have these kinds of resources available aboard their yachts.
Faux Leather, Real Beauty
You may have heard the name Majilite mentioned. While we toured the new Monte Carlo Yachts 76 with designer Dan Lenard, we heard it repeatedly. Lenard, as in Nuvolari-Lenard, the innovative Venice-based design firm responsible for the looks and styling of many memorable yachts, extolled the virtues of this amazing man-made material that looks and feels astonishingly like suede or leather.
Well known as a boat dealer and brokerage firm, MarineMax is taking a leap into the charter market with its MarineMax Vacations. With a fleet of custom-built power and sailing yachts and a base of operations in the heart of the British Virgin Islands, MarineMax invites charter guests to explore the deserted shores of the Caribbean from the comfort of a private yacht.
SeaKeepers Adds New Initiatives For Ocean's Sake
At the Yacht & Brokerage Show, the non-profit organization held its soiree in a private Miami Beach home. Hostess Norma Quintero graciously opened her doors to a few hundred guests that included new members and long-time supporters, many of whom donated wonderful prizes for a classic silent auction—everything from original works of art from Guy Harvey to golf and wine cruises, to a test drive in a brand-new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport.
Upping The Ante
Hatteras unveiled an alluring design for a 95-foot motoryacht, part of a custom series that combines Italian flair with North Carolina tradition. Hatteras’ in-house design department worked closely with Enrico Gobbi of Team 4 Design. The resulting 95 Raised Pilothouse is not a compromise of two distinctive styles, but a successful blend of influences, yielding a very attractive result in terms of styling.
Nantucket: The Far Away Land
Writer Herman Melville once called it “an elbow of sand” and the native Wampanoag Indians named it “the Faraway land” (or Nantucket). Both names fit this 14-mile-long and 3.5-mile-wide island 30 miles off the Massachusetts coast. A recent addition to the island’s genteel way of life is the family-friendly Westmoor Club and its flagship Belle.
Azimut Yachts: A World Of Options
Azimut Benetti Group started as Azimut srl, a sailing-boat charter company, in 1969. It wasn’t until the 1980s that it became a boatbuilding brand with its own production. From there, it experienced phenomenal growth. At all of the world’s major boat shows, the group has a large presence with island-style displays and multiple booths, presenting a vast array of boats and yachts, addressing just about any type of motorboat enthusiast’s needs or desires.