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In The Water And On The Way

Builders all over the world have been busy in the last few months. Lurssen has launched Ace (ex-Project Rocky), RMK launched their 4500 and announced a new Sparkman & Stephens project, Palumbo has a new hybrid sport yacht under construction, Seaton and Burger team up for a new expedition yacht, Ferretti delivers Hull No. 28 of its Custom Line 112 NEXT to China, and Nobiskrug delivers top 100 contender Mogambo.

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid

Italy’s Palumbo shipyard has begun construction of a 131-foot (40m) motoryacht, the Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid. The Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid melds new lines and high technology with respect for the marine environment. The yacht’s most environmentally friendly feature is its hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system, which allows slow navigation with main engines turned off and just two generators running. The generators reduce the impact on the environment by running at fixed rpm thus reducing NOx and SOx emissions. The yacht will comply with the latest IMO MARPOL regulations and will be equipped with a bilge water separator as well. She will be built under RINA classification in compliance with MCA.


The yacht’s hull and superstructure are aluminum to reduce to reduce weight and fuel consumption. The hybrid system allows electrical navigation up to 7.5 knots and allows quiet running and maneuvering in harbors. She will have a cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles.

Her three decks create impressive internal volume. Three guest cabins, plus the owner’s suite, accommodate eight guests. She has three crew cabins and one captain’s stateroom.

The windows of the main salon are particularly large, allowing the owner and guests a close connection with the sea. Despite the relatively small size of the yacht, very large internal volumes (1,400 sqm/15,070 sq ft) along with features such as a beach club on the stern, will give the perception of being on board a larger yacht.

Hydro Tec Naval Architecture is responsible for the naval architecture of the yacht. Interior design is by Hot Lab and exhibits a combination of “warm” materials with soft colors to avoid strong contrasts. Marbles such as Breccia Sarda and Emperador Dark will be matched together with teak, Sicomoro wood and grey durmast. Leather, polished stainless steel and precious fabrics will complete the mood onboard. The yacht will also have several “convertible” areas that can be changed according the number of the guests on board.

Delivery is expected in September 2014.

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RMK Marine

A Technical Launch for the RMK 4500

In December, Turkey’s RMK Marine launched its new RMK 4500, the 148-foot (45m) Ron Holland-designed motor yacht that is nearing the end of its build at their yard. The yacht was launched using the yard’s special launch and recovery slipway that serves the build and refit facilities at the yard.


The RMK 4500 has been built within the critical MCA 500-gross-ton limit with a layout that allows 12 guests and 11 crew to sail comfortably and is suitable for either a private owner or the high-end charter market. At the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show, it was announced that the boat is for sale for €19m and will be ready for an owner for the 2012 season.

Over the next few months, dock testing of all the equipment, followed by comprehensive sea trials and the inspections required by Lloyd’s Register will be undertaken. The RMK 4500 has been designed to cross the oceans with efficiency and comfort, maximizing fuel range within the constraints of a Twin-screw, displacement motoryacht and the design’s natural stability is further enhanced with Naiad’s zero-speed stabilizers.

Twin Caterpillar C32’s allow the yacht to run at full displacement speed or to adopt an efficient fuel-saving cruise. A comprehensive electrical generator system includes two Kohler 125 kW (158hp) main generators and an emergency generator in a separate space. All this feeds the power management system sited in the engineer’s control room.

Sparkman & Stephens Projects

Following the significant interest generated from the success of Nazenin V, the 171-foot (52m) sailing ketch built at RMK Marine and designed by Sparkman & Stephens, RMK is now working on a 184-foot (56m) design based on Nazenin V. There are also extensive design developments on a 131-foot (40m) by client request.


Designed as a ketch intended for world cruising, the 171-foot design maintains the classic, timeless lines of the hull and superstructure constructed on Nazenin V, but there is slightly more rake in her transom and increased curvature in the bow profile to differentiate her above the waterline. Similar hull lines have also been maintained, but with a modern spade rudder. The increased hull dimensions and desire to carry more sail, coupled with maintaining a reasonable draft, have meant the utilization of a daggerboard, which will maintain upwind sailing performance.

Belowdecks, the layout makes room for eight guests in four staterooms, all with ensuite heads. There is also a fitness room, plus the owner’s suite aft. Located amidships is a two-tier engine room, which is flanked to starboard by a large fold-down door that can be used for loading the primary tender. To port, S&S has provided way to make life easier for the crew by placing a provisioning door adjacent to the cold stores.

The lower deck forward of the engine room has been dedicated to the crew of 11 with five twin cabins and a spacious captain’s cabin. A generous mess is located to starboard and the galley to port connects directly with a service pantry on the main deck for crew convenience.

The main deck forward is divided into a large dining room suitable for 12 and an elegant, fully appointed office for conducting business anywhere in the world. An area of the main deck has been allocated for vertical circulation. Bruce Johnson, president and chief designer at S&S commented, “By maintaining most of the deck-to-deck circulation areas in one location on the yacht, we are able to minimize disruption in the social areas.”

A large salon with 270-degree views occupies the aft portion of the enclosed main deck. Sliding double doors lead to an open-air bar and social cockpit.

The additional length of the 56m hull has allowed S&S to gracefully lengthen the superstructure overhangs, yielding enough space on the flybridge for a Jacuzzi tub, extensive sun pads and alfresco dining for the full complement of guests. Twin flybridge helm consoles provide excellent visibility on all points of sail, and a fully appointed wheelhouse can be utilized for operation in inclement weather.

Since Nazenin V’s launch, RMK has completed and launched Karia, the 45m (147ft 8in) motoryacht designed by Ron Holland, and Sarafin, the 100ft Oyster designed by Dubois, both of which have been nominated as finalists in the 2012 World Superyacht Awards.

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Lürssen Puts Ace Through Her Paces

Photo Credit Klaus Jordan

Photo Credit Klaus Jordan

In March, Lürssen Yachts completed sea trials on the 279-foot (85m) Ace (Project Rocky). Andrew Winch was responsible for the yacht’s unusual exterior styling, as well as her interior design. Among her unique features are large oval arches over side balconies where the yacht’s name is placed. She has a cream-colored hull and white superstructure.

The construction of Ace was supervised by Moran Yacht and Ship. Her delivery is scheduled for late spring.

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Seaton Yachts and Burger Boat Company To Build Expedition Model

Seaton Yachts of Newport, R.I., has announced plans to develop and market the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three with Wisconsin’s Burger Boat Company. The yacht will be built to Ice Class 1D standards at Burger’s shipyard in Manitowoc.


“This is an exceptional design and we are very excited to be the builder of choice. It is a natural fit for Burger and we look forward to building this extraordinary yacht,” Burger president Jim Ruffolo said in a statement.

John Clayman, President of Seaton Yachts said, “We are very excited about this project and look forward to working with Burger to build this yacht at America’s premier shipyard.”

The Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three is designed for unlimited ocean service with the range to cross any ocean at 10 to 12 knots. Commercially rated diesel engines provide redundancy and safety for extended cruising in remote areas. With twin engines, bow and stern thrusters and hydraulic mooring capstans, the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three will be an exceptionally seaworthy, long range yacht that is easy to maneuver, the companies said.

The Eighty-Three tri-deck configuration will be elegantly finished with generous living space. Although designed to be operated and maintained solely by the owner, the Seaton Expedition Eighty-Three offers self-contained quarters for owners who choose to employ crew.

The main deck will feature full walkaround side decks and high, solid bulwarks, providing on-deck protection and security in any sea conditions. Watertight exterior doors, heavy-duty windows, and big-ship features such as automatic tank vent closures are all part of a motor vessel designed for ocean travel. She is designed and built for extended life aboard at sea, at anchor or dockside.

The foredeck houses a large primary tender and a small flotilla of water toys, as well as shore-going necessities such as motorbikes. All can be launched from either side using a high-capacity hydraulic foredeck crane.

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Ferretti Custom Line Launches 112 NEXT Bound for China

Ferretti Custom Line, the Ferretti Group brand that builds yachts ranging from 26 to 38 meters, has launched the 28th hull of its 112-foot (34m) Custom Line 112 NEXT. The new yacht is being shipped to a client in China.


The 112 NEXT features spacious areas both belowdecks and outside and include a master suite on the main deck and four spacious guest cabins with large windows overlooking the sea. The 112 NEXT is also fitted with the latest-generation entertainment systems, as well as a state-of-the-art monitoring and control system. Twin MTU engines drive the yacht to a top speed of 26 knots. She is fitted out with Mitsubishi ARG (Anti Rolling Gyro) stabilizers.

This new 112 NEXT will have a specific use: She will be available to the guests of the luxury real estate and tourist complex of Xanadu South China Sea, which is being built on the island of Hainan. The resort consists of a 5-star hotel, villas, a spa, a conference center, a helicopter landing pad and a private yacht marina. She will be one of the largest yachts manufactured in a European shipyard to sail in Chinese waters.

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Nobiskrug Delivers Mogambo

Photo Credit Carl Groll

Photo Credit Carl Groll

Germany’s Nobiskrug recently delivered the 241-foot (73.55m) motoryacht Mogambo. The Reymond Langton-designed yacht accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms and carries 19 crew. Her main-deck master has a private terrace. She has a fully equipped gym and a luxurious beach club.

The yacht is available for charter through Hill Robinson.

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