It’s been almost 30 years since an America’s Cup race has taken place in Narragansett Bay, but for four days—June 28th to July lst, 2012—the community rolled out the red carpet and welcomed home its beloved Cup. In this internationally recognized sailing community, Newport will always be home for the America’s Cup.
The sophisticated integrated system onboard Papi du Papi was entrusted to Videoworks, a company specialized in integrated entertainment, networking and digital CCTV systems for mega yachts. They spoke to us about the process involved in creating such an intricate, custom-designed system.
Over the last six years or so, pod drive propulsion has become an exciting option for owners, builders and designers seeking more efficient ways to power their yachts. The benefits of pod drives—maneuverability, operational efficiency and design flexibility—have proven irresistible within the industry.
We recently paid a visit to Astondoa, a Spanish shipyard renowned for its extensive range of what we’d like to call “production/custom” yachts in the 40- to more than 120-foot range.
The Portuguese called it Formosa, or beautiful. Taiwan, with its miles of coastline and offshore islands born of ancient volcanic activity, may sound like an ideal place to keep and operate boats, but despite its enviable geography and long tradition of boatbuilding, Taiwan has yet to develop local yachting.
It is hard to believe when watching the energetic and trim CEO of Horizon emceeing on stage that the company he founded is 25 years old this year. John Lu, a naval architect who steered his company through a successful course of continued expansion and diversification, marked this milestone with a lively party showcasing the yard’s varied production at its Premier shipyard.
Kha Shing was founded in 1977 and remains a family-owned shipyard. Since inception, the builder has delivered more than 1,000 yachts. Its current order book lists 18 yachts, including nine vessels being built for Fort Lauderdale-based Hargrave Custom Yachts. Since 1985, Kha Shing has built its own yachts under the Monte Fino label.
It can be overlooked as merely utilitarian, but Aritex takes pride in all the stainless-steel hardware it has built for many of the world’s outstanding yachts since the business started in 1983 in a small rented space. Today the company has three locations and employs 300 people in tasks from design and engineering to steel polishing.
We took a side trip to visit President Yachts, which is located on Jiangjun Boat Harbor in Southern Taiwan. Founder Eddie Yeh, who was a pioneer in the Taiwanese boatbuilding industry when he opened his doors more than 40 years ago, built this facility seven years ago on a deep harbor.
One of Johnson Yachts’ latest offerings is a brand-new 65 equipped with pod drives (ZF 4000), which it launched on the Australian market in its enclosed bridge version. In the United States, Johnson Yachts has been successful with its line of Bill Dixon-designed semi-custom yachts, including the 87 and flagship 105 (an appealing 125-footer has been fully engineered and is awaiting a buyer).
Johnny Chueh, who has headed the Ocean Alexander group since 1999, is a creative thinker and a man with a head for numbers. He is building a multifaceted company in which yacht manufacturing represents only about a third of the group’s revenues. These days, Ocean Alexander has its own dealerships in its main export markets and owns waterfront real estate in key areas.
The Horizon PC58 made its world debut at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and proved to be a great success story with several orders following its first appearance. This surprising 58-footer, part of Horizon’s new power catamaran series, has the volume of a boat twice its length and is easily handled by a couple of experienced boaters.
We came back from a tour of the Dutch shipyards, organized by the Dutch yachting association (part of a larger association promoting the Dutch marine industry, known as HISWA), with some positive news. Most (if not all) the Dutch shipyards have a number of big yachts currently under construction and the future looks bright.
Ocean Alexander’s new 120, now in the final stages of construction at the Christensen yard in northwest Washington State, will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Ocean Alexander 120 will be the yard’s new flagship and marks a major step for the company.
The International SeaKeepers Society (ISKS), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the world’s oceans, was in Newport, R.I., in June. The organization held its summer gala at the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court to coincide with the America’s Cup 45 series.
Speed, money, politics, powerful people and engines—from its beginning at the turn of the century, powerboat racing has careened on a rollercoaster ride of international prominence. Today, the sport continues under the direction of the Union Internationale Motonautique. From its seat in Monaco, the governing body intends to play a significant role in racing’s future.
The 22nd annual Monaco Yacht Show, September 19 to 22, 2012, promises to be a special edition. Organizers expect 100 yachts from 82 feet to 295 feet in length (25 to 90 meters), with an average size of 150 feet (46 meters), to fill valuable dock space in Port Hercules.
New Zealand-based Yachting Developments has been rushing to complete Quintessential in time for the Monaco Yacht Show. She is one of the world’s largest composite sailing catamarans. The construction is high-strength lightweight Epoxy EGlass carbon fiber incorporating foam-core sandwich technology.
The newly launched Azimut Grande 100 makes its Monaco debut. It features sexy and sleek exterior styling by Stefano Righini and a custom interior by Carlo Galeazzi, featuring either a four- or five-cabin layout (the four-cabin layout yields the owner a spectacular two-story suite).
Newly launched in 2012 at the Southern Wind Shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa, Almagores II was commissioned by an Italian owner who is a passionate sailor. Exhibiting a clean and uncluttered exterior and interior by Nauta Design and naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design, Almagores II represents the first of the SW102 DS series.
HJB has launched the J-class yacht Rainbow, which is based upon the lines of the 1934 America’s Cup winner drawn by William Starling Burgess in the early 1930s. This spectacular 40-meter “J” features a high-end superyacht interior and a unique hybrid propulsion and power system inside a racing-boat hull, topped off by a grand prix racing deck and rig.