Large Sail Cat Set for Launch in New Zealand
New Zealand’s Yachting Developments is nearing completion on a 100-foot (30.48m) sailing catamaran scheduled for launch this month. The yacht, which has a 48-foot (14.63-meter) beam, is being built to stringent GL class survey requirements. Naval architecture and exterior styling is by Auckland-based Warwick Yacht Design. Construction is of high-strength, lightweight, post-cured epoxy, E-glass and carbon fiber incorporating foam-sandwich technology.
To increase efficiency during the build process and assist in future maintenance, the vessel’s structural design features large “soft patches” located on the inboard sides of both hulls that allow direct engine room access during construction and to facilitate long-term maintenance. Powered by two 455hp C7 Caterpillar engines, the yacht is expected to cruise between 12 and 14 knots under power. The generators are Kohler and the custom deck gear is by Yachting Developments. The winches and furlers are by Harken, and the captive winches are by Onboard Systems NZ. The thrusters and standing rigging are manufactured by OYS.
The carbon fiber mast is being built by Southern Spars NZ, while sails are by Doyle NZ. The yacht will carry water toys that include a Hobie sailing catamaran, a 23-foot (7-meter) outboard powered catamaran tender, water vehicles and kayaks. It has a spa pool on the foredeck.
The interior is designed by Redman Whitely Dixon with a brief to incorporate both modern and traditional furnishings with a light color palette. Accommodations consist of an owner’s cabin located on the main level with direct access to the foredeck and spa pool area. The lower deck has two double cabins and one twin cabin, along with a children’s den, which includes two storable berths.
The lower deck forward is home for the crew. The captain’s stateroom and guest cabins are on the lower deck. The main salon and bar are located on the main deck and the all-weather pilothouse is on the upper level.
Logos Extends Sportfisher Range
Turkey’s Logos Marine is advancing its large sportfisher range with a new project based on the builder’s 34.5-meter (114-foot), triple-screw Seya, which was delivered in 2008 to a Middle Eastern client. Built of cold molded wood/epoxy with two-layers of fiberglass cover, the new yacht’s naval architect is Ed Fry, who also designed Seya. Styling was a joint effort by Greg Marshall and Fry.
The new design has a layout similar to Seya featuring a partially enclosed flybridge, extra crew cabins opposite the galley and a tender crane on the foredeck. She offers full-beam master and VIP cabins on the lower deck, a salon combined with dining, a mezzanine deck, a large cockpit, a sky lounge and an upper helm. Clients are welcome to make modifications to the layout and specifications. A 105-foot version offers a similar arrangement, but with twin engines and one less crew cabin.
Vicem Sells First 46-meter (151-foot) Vulcan
Turkey’s Vicem Yachts has sold the first hull of its 46-meter Vulcan Series to European client. The fiberglass trideck motoryacht was designed by Frank Mulder with a snazzy contemporary interior by ArtLine. It was built to RINA-class specifications at Vicem’s megayacht shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, and will be MCA Certified (LY2). Composite materials, applied with resin vacuum-and-sandwich techniques to produce reusable molds for cored fiberglass construction, were chose to achieve the best strength-to-weight ratios, and produce a yacht that can reach speeds above 25 knots and still provide a transoceanic range of 3,500 nm at 13 knots cruising speed. The Vulcan 46m features a main deck master stateroom, full beam VIP stateroom, two queen bed staterooms, and two twin bed staterooms. Launched this month, the vulcan 46m is likely to make its public debut at the European fall shows.
2 Ladies Splashes
Italy’s Rossi Navi launched in late May the 46.3-meter (152-foot) motoryacht 2 Ladies. Designed by Frank Mulder, the yacht features two master suites and plenty of volume for 12 guests in her Spadolini-designed interior that is the epitome of contemporary minimalist Italian design. Her amenities include a gym, a sauna and a side-opening door for the tender to accommodate an aft beach club.
Perini Launches Xnoi
The Perini Navi Group has announced it has launched the 30.65-meter (100ft 7in) sloop Xnoi (pronounced per noi—“for us”). The yacht has a carbon fiber hull, superstructure, mast and boom. The launch ceremony was held on Saturday May 26 at the Picchiotti shipyard in La Spezia, Italy.
The yacht was designed by Nauta Yacht Design’s Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino. The builder says she demonstrates its ability to successfully undertake construction projects in carbon fiber. Xnoi will be available for charter in the Med this summer for up to 10 guests in four staterooms.
Chinese Client Orders Feadship
Feadship says it has become the first Western shipyard to sell a new-build 45-meter (146ft 6in) superyacht to an owner from the People’s Republic of China. Following a recent tour of the Far East by the award-winning Feadship Helix, a Chinese client requested a similar-size vessel that would also include a helicopter deck. Feadship immediately designed and engineered this option and presented it for approval in a timely manner. Construction is now commencing to ensure the delivery before the Chinese New Year in 2013.