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New Builds and Launches

More than one shipyard is getting ready for the busy summer season. Nautor's Swan recently launched three new yachts, Amels announced a new build, and Monte Carlo is preparing for their new flagship's debut in Cannes.

New Swan 53s set sail from Finland

Photo Credit Eva Stijna

Photo Credit Eva Stijna

Just this month, Nautor’s Swan released three new builds from its yard in Finland. The Swan 53s, which feature a Frers-designed hull, sailed away with their respective owners onboard. Since the model’s launch in 2005, 24 hulls have been built. The builder attributes the model’s popularity to its multi-functional design. Nautor’s Swan claims the yacht is equally at home cruising the high seas or hopping between islands in the quiet waters of the Caribbean. The 53 can accommodate a three- or four-cabin layout, but the salon is the heart of the design. Another draw to this model is that it is designed to be sailed by a minimal crew and is available with two rudder and keel configurations including a daggerboard for shallow passages.

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Sale of the second Amels 199

Amels announced that a second hull in the Tim Heywood-designed Limited Editions 199 series has sold. The South American owner has specified many advanced features onboard, but Amels is expecting to hold to its delivery schedule of two years.


The Amels Limited Editions designs now include five hulls from 180 to 272 feet (55 to 83 meters).

LOA: 60 meters

Beam: 10.3 meters

Gross Tonnage: 1,119

Owners & guests: 12 + 2 spare

Crew: 14 plus captain

Speed: 16.5 knots

Range 5,000 nm @ 13 knots

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A Debut from Monte Carlo

It may only be the middle of June, the Cannes boat show is drawing near. This year, Monte Carlo Yachts, a brand under the Groupe Bénéteau umbrella, will debut its MCY 86. The fourth model in the company’s collection, the MCY 86 has been designed to bring more space and technology on board, expanding what is already in place on the 65, 70 and 76. The yacht will carry the stamp of both Italian and French design and style with fabrics and materials from Hermès, Armani, Frau and Pierre Frey and exterior design by Nuvolari & Leonard. Monte Carlo is also offering a higher degree of customization to the interior layout of the yacht with three-, four- and five-cabin layouts available on the lower deck. Each lower deck layout would, naturally, shift the layouts of the main deck and the flybridge as well.


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