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The Sophisticated Swan 98 Sailing Yacht: Unimaginable Beautiful

The exclusive yacht builders from icy Finland, Nautor recently launched the high-performance, Swan 98 super sailing yacht. The Swan 98 is an honoured member of Nautor’s Maxi Swan line and can be customised as desired.

The Swan 98 is the newest Maxi Swan preceding the launch of larger Swan yachts. The yacht comes with a choice of two interior layouts and includes four staterooms with en-suite bathrooms. The overall length of 98 feet (30 metres) qualifies the Swan 98 to take its place with the Maxi Swan yachts, which are all over 85 feet long.

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The buyer can opt for a layout which includes a forward or full-beam aft location housing the owner’s master-suite. The other three additional cabins, all with en suites, are for guests as well as a two crew quarters which provide ample room for the whole entourage. The lounge and dining areas nestle right in the middle of the yacht and the coach roof directly above provides all the natural light one could wish for.

The marvellous multipurpose deck is an exciting hangout area offering stunning vistas and a bird’s eye view. It is also the heart of the sailing boat, an area with an open foredeck for sail handling. There is a spacious cockpit tucked right beyond the coachroof, which has a padded lounge and chill-out space. In addition to all that, a fully retractable sprayhood shelter protects the guests from the harsh elements, and the area can transform into an ‘al fresco’ dining area with the ultimate sea view. Moving further aft, the transom can be folded down turning into a teak-decked swimming platform with direct access to the tender garage.

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The Swan 98 by Nautor is a sporty-looking sea craft that glides silently through the water. There is even the option of a telescoping keel that can determine whether or not to drop anchor in a shallow cove in the Mediterranean. With its distinctive flared stern, clean foredeck, sweeping looks and low-profile coachroof, Nautor’s Swan 98 is one of the most desirable sailing yachts on the market in 2018.

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Lover’s Deep, St. Lucia Submarine Hotel at $292,000 a night per couple

Lover’s Deep is an incredibly romantic, luxury 5-star accommodation beneath the waves. Essentially a submarine hotel that takes its adventurous travellers on an exciting and unforgettable underwater journey. Couples can take full advantage of the isolated environment to be closer together in a romantic and unique setting. A trip aboard the Lover’s Deep submarine would cost in the region of $292,000 per couple every night. The idea is almost identical to the renowned Poseidon Undersea Resort, which is a luxury 5-star hotel with exquisitely decorated hotel suites beneath the surface of the Pacific.

Lover’s Deep, on the other hand, dives deep into the beautiful Caribbean, taking in visits to the islands of Barbados, Montserrat, Martinique, St. Lucia and a couple of others. Three people pamper guests and care for their needs, a chef, a personal butler, and the captain of the vessel. Their sleeping quarters are at the other end of the vessel, affording guests more privacy.

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The food is really out of this world! There is a specially created aphrodisiac menu including gourmet dishes and fresh ingredients which are delivered before each voyage. Guests can choose from oysters, Russian caviar and delicious chocolate fondant. Guests on their honeymoon are treated to the exquisite food on a complimentary basis, as it forms part of the special honeymoon package.

The Lover’s Deep submarine is fully equipped with the ultimate in luxury, right down to the tiniest details. Quality wood finishes, the most delicate leather armchairs and sofas, a comfortable living room area, a mini-bar in each suite, an en-suite bathroom, and unimaginably beautiful underwater views of the Caribbean Ocean and colourful sea-life. The voyage can be modified to guests’ preferences. Maybe a visit to the legendary locations of the real Pirates of the Caribbean to take in a shipwreck or two? If you are interested in something out of the ordinary and unusual, Lover’s Deep provides just that, and it is sure to provide an experience you will never forget.

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Princess Yachts Advance Orders Exceed $1 Billion for Record-Breaking Year

Princess Yachts advance orders have superseded the one billion mark in 2017, breaking all existing records. Sales are up by 20% on the previous year, with demand particularly strong in Asia where Princess Yachts has been active for the last 25 years.

A recent global report issued in 2017 by Global Industry Analysts Inc, on the yachting industry predicted that global yacht sales would reach the astronomical figure of US$74.7 billion by 2022! With increasing interest from Asia, the Pacific region along with the Middle East the future bodes well for Princess Yachts. The USA accounts for just under half the global demand, with Asia and especially China creating the other 52%.

Princess Yachts is a British yacht builder owned by L Catterton which has been operational in Malaysia for the last 25 years, gaining a solid reputation for quality and luxurious comfort. The company recently expanded operations by strengthening the distribution network in South China and Hong Kong, to be able to service the lucrative mainland Chinese market.

Princess Yachts recently took part in three global sales events at the  Cannes, Fort Lauderdale and Düsseldorf boat shows, which has fuelled further interest in Princess Yachts further feeding demand by an additional 20%!

2018 holds much promise with the hotly anticipated launch of new models including; the V50, V65 and S78 models, and an additional six launch events. Princess Yachts has intensified marketing promotion, as well as massive investment in production and quality at its Plymouth headquarters. In 2018, the launch of the newly developed, revolutionary carbon fibre R35 sports boat can be expected. It features the innovative Active Foil System, which creates impressive performance, fuel efficiency and improved stability.

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The Van der Valk BeachClub 600 yacht

Lots of windows and large social spaces make the new Van der Valk BeachClub 600 into a virtual glass home on water. Wealthy buyers can enjoy a new standard of comfort for on-board living in the small-yacht category.

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Van der Valk’s new BeachClub 600 yacht brings the exterior into the saloon, while creating a record amount of volume, inside and out. With the launch of the aluminium 60-footer, the Dutch builder essentially created a new category of mid-sized yachts. 

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The patent-pending engine room sits under the swim platform, allowed designer Cor D. Rover to designate an unusual percentage of volume, both inside and out, to social spaces. The foredeck boasts a total of 270 square feet for lounges, tables, and even a Jacuzzi. The 150-sqare-foot aft beach club is enormous for a yacht this size.

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But buyers should peek inside for a taste of the most striking innovations, where they’ll find the two-tiered saloons and a large master suite. The upper saloon area has lounges around the helm. The lower area includes a full galley and dining area with direct access to the swim platform via curved, sliding doors. Van der Valk’s generous use of glazing across the back half of the yacht makes it feel more like a glass house than a boat. The lower saloon boasts some of the best water views of any yacht in its class. The master suite also has longitudinal glass panels that stretch the full length of the hull to the bow, providing unmatched water view ever in a bow stateroom.

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The BeachClub 600 is powered by twin Volvo Penta 950 IPS drives for a top speed of 25 knots. The captain can also drive from the upper station, attached to an exterior deck with about 200 square feet of more social space. Van der Valk asserts the boat should be launched on schedule later this year.

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Yacht Concept Cosmos from Oceanco

High-end yacht builder Oceanco is known for some of the world’s most compelling superyachts. The Dutch shipyard recently partnered with leading designers for its newest concept that will take your breath away. The 295-foot Cosmos concept is the result of the collaboration of Luiz DeBasto and Oceanco. It sports a curved, almost sportboat-like superstructure, but its most dramatic feature is the skydeck. Designed to be enclosed in thousands of square feet of glass, the appearance of the yacht will resemble that of a starship. The glass dome will reveal unrivalled views in every direction, allowing for a full immersion with the surrounding environment.

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DeBasto and Oceanco are both famous for designing concepts that push the boundaries of luxury and comfort. Oceanco’s engineering department carefully studied Cosmos’s feasibility to realize it in a manner that is both functional and daring. Cosmos’s glass panels are enclosed in metal frames for extra support and the frame leans forward to enhance the structural integrity, and to improve the view. The yacht benefits from UV-protected glass, which can be dimmed or even coloured to match guests’ individual preference.

The enclosed skydeck has a flexible layout. Its long lounges in the centre and a piano bar make great use of the many feet of open space between the sole and dome above. An open observation deck with optional Jacuzzi is accessible via glass doors. There is also a large terrace – perfect for alfresco dining. The bow has a helipad for quick getaways, and an infinity pool.

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Cosmos’s superstructure is much more dynamic and flowing than most modern yachts, making it quite the contrast to the straight-edged, layered look of a traditional vessel. DeBasto has yet to announce an accommodations plan for Cosmos, or performance specs, but BMT Nigel Gee naval architects designed the hull for remote, bluewater voyaging. This means the yacht falls somewhere between a traditional cruising yacht and an explorer. Price is yet to be revealed.

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Dynamiq and Porsche reveal a spectacular Hybrid Yacht

Luxury carmaker Porsche has followed other supercar brands like Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin into the world of yachts. The brand’s first venture onto high seas is the spectacular GTT 115 Hybrid -developed in collaboration with Monaco-based boat builders Dynamiq.

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At 115-feet in length, the new vessel has plenty of room for several spacious cabins. Open to customizations, it can be finished with carbon fibre and marble detailing throughout.  Furnishings will be finished with the same material as the seats in the Porsche 911 R. Both the exterior and interior design has been done by Studio F.A. Porsche. As a result, the GTT 115 Hybrid shows off quite a few design cues usually found on Porsche’s road cars and is aggressive and elegant. The rear end of the yacht mimics the rear hatch of a 911 complete with the signature tail light. Its fast-displacement, lightweight aluminium hull will offer racing-inspired performance and comfortable, high-speed cruising.

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The Dynamiq GTT 115 Hybrid is powered by twin 1626bhp MAN diesel engines together with a hybrid power system with a set of 45kW Fischer Panda variable-speed generators. The top speed is 21 knots (38.89km/h) and its range – 6,296 kilometres.

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With only seven vessels scheduled for production, buyers will want to get in line early to book a slot for the £10-million yacht. However, Dynamiq is planning on rolling out smaller 100-foot and 85-foot versions of the Porsche-inspired yacht later. Interested parties will be able to catch a glimpse of first models of the GTT 115 models at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show in September.

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Eurocraft’s 151-Foot Explorer Yacht Project

A new “crossover” explorer-yacht design has been debuted for the 151-foot Eurocraft. It gives a powerful boost to the performance capabilities of the comfortable yacht, making it expedition-ready. The exterior is designed by Federico Fiorentino, who has many award-winning yacht designs in his resume. However, his latest work is in a class of its own. The vessel is powerful, with an almost militaristic profile, offset by long banks of windows and the open skybridge. Its strong, silent body gives it an aggressive vibe – far different than the typically conservative superyachts that populate the Mediterranean.

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Distinctive touches on the exterior give the yacht a unique look. These include high, protective bulwarks and a vertical bow with a large rub-rail around the front. The gray-blue hull, with its black and chrome accents, complements the spacious, bright interior. Five staterooms for 10 guests (including a master suite on the main deck and VIP on the deck below) provide plenty of space for sailing enthusiast and their friends. There is also a bright, open saloon, and a formal dining area in addition to the quarters for nine crew members.

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Buyers can choose an optional Ice Class compliance to upgrade the yacht and venture into remote areas like the Antarctic or even the Arctic. Eurocraft can also adapt the propulsion to a hybrid battery/electric system to cut down on running costs and emissions.

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Outside, the yacht doesn’t lack space either with an aft deck, where the helipad converts into a vast sunning area. The sundeck, has a bar, spa pool, and shaded seating areas. The yacht has an asking price of $25.4 million, and the anticipated build time is between 24 and 30 months – well worth the wait.

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Lexus’ New 42-Foot Sport Yacht

Lexus’ New 42-Foot Sport Yacht engineered by Toyota Marine Department, and built by Marquis Yachts of Pulaski, Wis. is the next big thing on the scene for sea enthusiasts. Wealthy buyers will now be able to enjoy the Lexus lifestyle with this unique yacht that stuns with its complexity. Twin V-8 gasoline engines produce a total of 950 hp for a top speed of 49 mph.

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The engine is based on the one that powers Lexus’ new LC 500 coupe. There is a “turbo-boost” option at the helm, which sends additional 1,000 rpm over the rev limiter for an adrenaline-inducing burst of speed.

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The Sport Yacht’s hull is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, making it lighter with about 2,200 pounds. A 7-inch-diagonal touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel gives the captain full control of the boat’s navigation and entertainment systems. All design elements were inspired by the brand’s LFA supercar. The large, aggressive-looking forefoot complements the way the exterior lines run seamlessly from stern to bow, without any sharp edges. The seamlessly flowing design concept accentuate the profile of the yacht.

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A panel at the forward end of the saloon and a set of steps lead to a hatch on the foredeck. It allows a deckhand to aid in anchoring and mooring the yacht. The seats line the sides of the cockpit and can accommodate up to eight passengers. Their form is functional, allowing guests to face each other. But when the boat is running, everyone can turn and face forward.

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The 164-Foot Stella Superyacht Concept

The 164-foot Stella superyacht concept envisioned by Red Yacht Design was created specifically for Turkish builder Mengi Yay Yachts. Equipped with a window-lined wheelhouse and a skylight, the ship will bathe guests in natural light. The open-air beach club, with a pool and lounge area, can be connected to the upper sundeck through sliding glass doors. A different layout is also available, where the upper deck area can be transformed into a master cabin and master deck.

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Belowdecks, there is an ample garage for personal watercraft, a superyacht tender, water toys, and other equipment that can keep voyagers entertained away at sea. The master cabin is fitted with an office, a dressing room, a bathroom, and a spa. Two outdoor balconies and a skylight make the space feel light and airy. There are four guest cabins belowdecks – all furnished to a high standard of style and luxury.

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Stella can reach a top speed of up to 24 knots, which makes for a comfortably fast voyage. Once commissioned, the yacht can be built in two years. Price is yet to be announced for the beautifully designed open-air sanctuary. The free-flowing exteriors include an alfresco dining deck with room for 16 guests, a hot tub surrounded and a wraparound sofa encircles a foldable television screen.

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The spacious decks allow guests to soak up the sunshine, and foldout terraces provide direct access to the surrounding ocean.

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Lexus Debuts a Stunning and Speedy 42-Foot Sport Yacht

The designers behind the Lexus brand debuted the new Lexus Sport Yacht, a 42-foot one-off concept, engineered by the Toyota Marine Department, and built by Marquis Yachts of Pulaski. Promoting the ‘Lexus lifestyle’, the new boat is in a class of its own when it comes to performance capabilities, dimensions and design.

With a twin V-8 gasoline engines capable of producing a total of 950 hp and for a top speed of 49 mp, the complexity of the yacht is truly staggering. A “turbo-boost” option is available at the helm and can add 1,000 rpm over the rev limiter for a boost of speed. The hull is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, which has managed to decrease its weight by about 2,200 pounds. A 7-inch-diagonal touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel gives the captain complete control of all navigation and entertainment systems.

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Inspired by the LFA supercar, the concept yacht boasts a similar aggressive forefoot and a sleek exterior. With no walkways from the stern to the bow, to keep the flowing profile –designers have opted instead for a panel at the forward end of the saloon and a set of steps that lead to a hatch on the foredeck. The hatch has sufficient space for a deckhand to aid in anchoring and mooring the yacht. The seats lining the sides of the cockpit can comfortably fit up to eight passengers. Their form is functional and shaped like waves, allowing guests to face each other or turn and face forward.

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The cabinetry, panelling, and upholstery were manufactured in Italy and shipped to Wisconsin, where the interior was assembled. The interior exhibits a strong lounge-feeling with hand-painted glass panels on the walls, a curvy-striped etched-glass floor, and a long, off-white-leather couch that can seat eight.