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Motor Super Yacht Project SHU $146 million Floating Palace of Luxury

The launch of the brand-new Motor Super Yacht Project SHU will take place in 2018, and is a hotly anticipated event. The details of the superyacht are shrouded in mystery and surrounded by secrecy. What is known is that this superyacht will measure in at no less than 146 meters/479 feet long, and the cost is an impressive $146 million!

Undoubtedly, no expense is spared to provide the epitome of luxury in yachting. The sea craft has beautiful curves, elegant and futuristic design contribute to make this superyacht the pinnacle of yachting.

Project SHU is the largest yacht in production, to be launched in 2018. The superyacht is currently in an advanced stage of construction, and the anticipation within the yachting community is reaching fever pitch! There has never been anything like her before, and the hefty price tag promises unparalleled levels of luxury, the latest equipment, state of the art engines with the best fuel efficiency possible.

Project SHO is being constructed by Lurssen Yachts, based in Northern Germany. Lurssen Yachts has built some of the most luxurious yachts in the world, specialising in boats between 33 and 200 meters in length. The company claims to have been established as far back as 1886, so Lurssen Yachts has plenty of experience!

Lurssen Yachts enjoys a reputation as a high-quality, and reliable shipyard; this has ensured its continued success over the long years. It has built some of the most recognisable yachts including vessels such as; the Octopus, Carinthia VII, and Pelorus. There can be no doubt that the Project SHU Superyacht will be one of the most advanced and innovative yachts launched in 2018.

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54m Baglietto Project 10231 revealed

Italian luxury yard Baglietto released the first image of its forthcoming 54 metre superyacht Project 10231, which was sold in summer 2017. This displacement yacht will boast an aluminium hull and be constructed as a superstructure to Lloyd’s Registry standards and launched in 2020.

Project 10231 will be a tri-deck motor yacht with large expanses of glass and windows on all sides for a bright interior. Circular portholes towards the bow will add a certain classical allure, while the detail around the saloon most likely conceals a fold-out superyacht balcony.

A new hull form will have the naval architecture developed in-house. Her vital statistics include a 10.4 metre beam and a maximum draught of 2.6 metres. Owners will also be able to customize the interior in terms of comfort and style.

Michele Gavino, CEO of Baglietto highlighted the great efforts put in research and development of a new product range and this specific yacht. It is based on a new platform both in terms of engineering and styling, confirming the brand is following the right directions.

Baglietto is yet to confirm the engine installation of the new model, but the new displacement yacht will be capable of a maximum cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. More details will be provided when production time nears along with the total number of guest and crew cabins still undisclosed.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian luxury yard include a 43.65 metre addition to the Fast collection, a 48 metre sistership to the T-Line 48 yacht Andiamo, and a 55 metre steel and aluminium yacht known as Project 10225. Prices for all models are available on request.


Rolls-Royce Reveals a High-Tech Yacht Concept

Rolls-Royce has ventured into untapped waters with its futuristic 203-foot Crystal Blue – a combination of proven technologies and daring imagination. A steer from the luxury cars the brand is known for, the bold new concept marries a 12-guest, 203-foot superyacht to a state-of-the-art hybrid power system. The design team has also featured a 138-foot remote-controlled support vessel called Blue Shadow as yachting’s coolest dynamic duo.

Crystal Blue is a testament to how new technology can meet yachting’s increasing demand for higher performance, greater ranges, and increased levels of comfort. The concept employs the company’s hybrid LNG/Battery SAVe-CUBE system technology. The system uses twin 16V 4000 MTU diesel engines powered by liquid nitrogen gas (LNG). The LNG-powered generators are used to charge the yacht’s battery banks for overnight stays as well as power the yacht’s carbon-fiber thrusters.

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One of the emblematic technologies is Rolls-Royce’s intelligent dynamic positioning systems with the GPS-based system able to keep the yacht firmly in place for hours or days, without being anchored.

Crystal Blue will have a safe room for owners, guests, and crew to seek refuge during any unauthorized boarding. The crew can override controls from this room and operate Crystal Blue remotely.

The yacht’s tanks have a range of 3,000 nautical miles without refuelling and with Shadow’s additional fuel capacity, the range increases to 4,400 nautical miles, making transatlantic crossings and voyages to even remote yachting areas possible.

The new digital-based ship intelligence solutions add value to the luxury yacht market, bringing ‘green’ values and previously unheard of levels of comfort to a yacht owner. Another unique feature of Crystal Blue is the lack of bridge. Or rather, its repositioning to the upper deck into the bow of the vessel. An internal bridge frees up the traditional area of the bridge in the forward part of the structure to let owners and guests enjoy a panoramic vista traditionally only enjoyed by the crew only.


The Rosetti Explorer Yacht

Rosetti Superyachts’ new 279-foot expedition yacht combines luxury-yacht accommodations with a proven offshore-supply-vessel design and the results are spectacular. The Italian shipyard has built more than 100 offshore commercial vessels since 1925, and is well known for its bespoke designs. Working with renowned designer Tommaso Spadolini has produced a range of explorer and bespoke superyachts from 157 to 280 feet. These custom yachts have a distinctive Italian look as well as notable technical advantages that few other shipyards can’t offer. 

The first 279-foot concept is a powerful hybrid expedition/support vessel designed to carry a flotilla of boats and toys, as well as a month’s worth of fuel and supplies, turning it essentially into a home-on-water. Its yacht-caliber accommodations for the owners and guests make maritime adventures as comfortable as can be even in the worst of weather conditions. 

The new Rosetti will have a dedicated helicopter landing area for quicker access and fast getaways. It will be powered by MAN diesel engines fitted with an innovative Azipod propulsion system that was developed by Rolls-Royce. This results in a strong top speed and exceptional fuel performance. All of these specifications have been designed with the growing trend for explorer yachts fueled by adventurers in mind. With wealthy clients pushing the boundaries of exploration, the need for vessels that can live up to their cruising needs has created a new market niche.  From the fjords of Norway or Antarctica, remote waters are now just a sail away.

Rosetti has announced only about a dozen custom yachts to be built over the next five years, focusing on three different styles. Buyers will be able to choose between support vessels, explorer yachts, and traditional superyachts, each with a custom design. They will rely on the same types of propulsion, and general delivery times will be around 12 months.”

Owners will also have the choice of working with their own designers or using the Spadolini designs that are being developed. Prices will be available upon discussion of specifications and design requests for each individual vessel.

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Exclusive Look Inside the Azimut Grande 35 Metri

Achille Salvagni has taken the interior design aboard Azimut’s Grande 35 Metri yacht to a new level of sophistication. The result is a yin-yang ambiance, focused on using the yacht’s large volumes to maximize social spaces. In addition to the largest flybridge in its class the line of luxury yachts is known for, now a generous beach club and a 330-squarefoot gathering area are fitted on the foredeck. Righini also gave the 35 Metri an aggressive profile defined by angles and straight edges. It not only carries Azimut’s traditional DNA, but pushes the design forward to a new level.

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The Achille Salvagni interior is abundant in interior spaces, translating the very square, vertical look into a smoother, softer environment.
In addition to custom furniture, cabinets, and lamps, the walls, ceilings, and other décor have been completely reshaped. In the saloon, a circular sofa sits on a circular rug. The overhead lights are fitted into the ceilings, almost like natural appendages. Bronze elements and mahogany blend organically into the interior.

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The unorthodox design is a sharp swerve away from Azimut’s signature design, but has received warm welcome as the yacht’s new look. The new identity for this yacht has already sold a dozen models. It is soft and elegant in all the best unconventional ways. Natural light streams through the full-height windows in the saloon to its best effect, allowing it to highlight the few dark wood panels on the walls. Salvagni’s signature touch is also evident everywhere in his own signature chairs, lamps, and cabinets. His custom design has paid off handsomely for what is essentially a semi-custom yacht.

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That simple bespoke design carries across the interior to the owner’s suite and en-suite bathroom. The most striking feature on the Azimut 35 Metri is the curving, three-floor staircase with backlit onyx steps. A staircase on a yacht of this size is a rare sight.
The Azimut Grande 35 Metri will make its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

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The 400ft superyacht complete with a climate controlled garden and sea-level swimming pool

Eco-minded billionaires now have a new nautical toy to add to their collection in the face of nature-inspired 400ft superyacht unveiled at Monaco.

Netherlands-based Sinot Yacht Design designed a vessel that allows passengers to experience the natural world while sailing on the high seas. The new ‘Nature’ yacht concept has a crew capacity of 50 and a guest capacity of 18 and is the first vessel to come complete with a climate controlled garden with bedrooms looking into the leafy area.

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Other benefits include an impressive spiral staircase in the central area, a spa, a sea-level swimming pool, a sleek roof deck and a lounge boasting floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views.

The yacht comes equipped with dozens of adrenaline-pumping toys to play with including eight jet skis. A sea-level swimming pool includes night lights and an impressive waterfall installation. Multiple sun decks on all levels provide plenty of space for al fresco dining and parties.

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The interior is a combination of light warm caramel tones, glass and metal for a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. Mirrored surfaces also make the spaces seem even bigger. The dining area alone will boast two chandeliers for a flood of light. It connects to a spacious lounge area which is the perfect place to entertain a large party. The lounge has a balcony area, providing views over the ocean beyond.

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A private spa has relaxation rooms, where guests can enjoy soothing treatments. The bedrooms are spacious and imagined with dark wood furniture and contemporary art to give them a homely feel.

Price for the spectacular eco superyacht concept still hasn’t been announced but is expected to be revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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Porsche unveils its first ever mega yacht

After conquering the luxury car market, automobile giant Porsche has turned its attention towards the mega yacht segment catering to the ultra-rich. Its first endeavour in that direction has produced a 115-foot hybrid vessel called the GTT 115 Super Yacht.

Studio F. A. Porsche collaborated with Monaco-based ship builder Dynamiq to create this high-performance yacht for crossing the Atlantic in style. Inspired by the brand’s flagship GTT model, the spectacular vessel will set the buyer back $16 million.

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After years of research and design collaborations, Porsche presents a top notch boat with fluid lines, side contours, and balanced proportions that its makers say “recall the drop-shaped, overstretched surfaces of the Porsche 911.”

Inside and outside, the yacht is the epitome of luxury. There is a spacious ‘saloon’ and meeting area – perfect for entertaining guests with panoramic views of the surrounding ocean thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The interior styling has been entrusted to Italian fashion house Minotti and features wood flooring, marble countertops, carbon fibre detailing and leather furniture finishes.

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And if that’s not enough, a spa pool on the rear deck and al fresco dining area on the outside complete the spectacular selection of features. The yacht can be fitted with three or four cabins down below.

Porsche’s design company, Studio F.A. Porsche has launched its very own super-yacht which will set owners back £12million and come complete with a spa pool, al-fresco dining area and space for up to four guests below decks.

The stunning craft was launched at Viareggio, in Italy, and will make its appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

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Just seven yachts will be made, guaranteeing the owners a unique slice of boating history. It was designed for ‘car lovers and forward-thinking yacht owners who appreciate the advantages of speed, style and our philosophy of intelligent performance.’

Interior styling was taken care of by Italian design-house Minotti, and features carbon fibre detailing, marble counter-tops, and fine leather finishes. A pair of 1,650hp engines provides a top speed of 21 knots, while its hybrid engines give a range of 3,400 nautical miles.


Bentley Continental GT Convertible Inspired by a Princess Yacht

Bentley is a brand iconic on its own, but when it decides to combine its design talent and state-of-the-art expertise in automobile making with another signature company – the result is a limited-edition convertible with a luxurious, nautical feel.

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The new Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition is scheduled to make its public debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The limited-edition Galene is after the Greek Goddess of calm seas, owns its sleek design by Mulliner and Princess Yachts. The elegant white Bentley is a testament to the successful collaboration of two pinnacle brands share collective design talents.

Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division, worked with Princess Design Studio to create Galene. The convertible was inspired by Princess Yachts’ M-Series superyachts. The white exterior boasts a sequin-blue stripe on its brightwork to mimic a Princess hull’s glistening water line. The darkened front and rear lights resemble the tinted windows on its superyachts and the dark-blue hood completes its sporty, oceangoing look.

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The nautical design cues can also be seen throughout Galene’s interior. Mulliner went with an entirely new material finish, a pinstriped walnut veneer, to give the sense of being surrounded by teak decks. The carmaker has worked with famous artist Jaume Vilardell to illustrate the interior fascia panels with a bespoke drawing of a Princess yacht, along with the coordinates of its shipyard in Plymouth. There are hand-stitched seats and door panels, reaching the same quality found on the Princess M series to provide an elegant finish to the exterior.

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The collaboration between these two iconic British brands is quite fitting as both are interested in exploring new possibilities in their target segments. Princess and Bentley Motorsport announced a three-year sponsorship deal that brings the worlds of yachting and motor racing together at racing events where Bentley’s Continental GT3 will be competing.

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A New Yacht Model for Wider

The Wider 130 is an eye-catching addition to the 150 and 165 yacht models with its sleek, modern design. The innovative, fuel-efficient super yachts comes with lots of usable deck space – perfect for soaking up the sun during those long trips to the French Riviera and the Mediterranean.

Renowned yacht builder Wider launched the 150-foot Bartali several years ago, no one expected the Italian will be able to outdo itself. Now, the recently revealed 130 proves motor yachts can be designed around function, form and luxury. Building on its fuel-efficient predecessor, the new model boasts an unbelievable amount of usable deck space for owners and guests, and wide-open saloons and staterooms.

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Similar to its sisterships, the Wider 130 is a technological wonder with a 27-foot 7-inch beam that helped the designers create more than 2,300 square feet of deck space. Such square footage is typically reserved for larger yachts. The yacht is divided into three zones: a wide-open foredeck for sunning and privacy, an aft bridge deck for dining and social gatherings, and the transom beach club, which opens to the sea.

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Wider’s diesel-electric propulsion is positioned amidships, which is different than at the stern like most other yachts. The lack of engines in the back let the designers expand the beach club, essentially turning it into a serious relaxation space on the water.  The 130’s garage is forward-facing, rather than at the stern, able to accommodate a 16-foot tender and two jet skis. The diesel-electric engines demonstrate 20% more fuel efficiency than conventional diesels. Fuel consumption has been reduced to a mere 22 gallons per hour at 10 knots. At the same speed, the 130 has a range of 3,400 nautical miles. The Wider can also run on battery power for up to six hours. Owners won’t be bothered by any engine vibration or diesel fumes, emulating the feeling of being aboard a 19th-century sailing yacht, but with access to all modern conveniences.

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All cabins have gained extra space aft thanks to engine placement. The full-beam master suite forward is palatial for a 130-foot yacht, with an opening terrace that overlooks the surrounding scenery. Evert detail of the layout is the result of symbiosis between function, form and comfort.

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Heesen’s Hybrid Superyacht Home

Project Nova, the 163-foot Heesen hybrid yacht has just completed five days of extensive sea trials in the North Sea. Aptly named Hope, the yacht is on its way to owners in the Mediterranean.

Home is the first Heesen hybrid. It has a strong Omega-designed exterior, which boasts an almost hawk-like, vertical bow that serves as the entry for a long, lean profile. Other features worth mentioning include Home’s hybrid electric-diesel propulsion mated to Heesen’s advanced hull shape.

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Heesen has made a name for itself with its Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), which is designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. It was first used on the 213-foot Galactica Star as well as three other steel-hulled Heesens since.

Home is powered by twin 804 hp MTU 12V 2000 M61 engines. Although small for a yacht this size, they are able to produce impressive top end of 16.3 knots during its sea trials. Top speed increased to 18.5 knots when the MTUs were supplemented with the yacht’s two 170 hp DC electric engines.

At a cruising speed of 16 knots the yacht only consumes about 71 gallons per hour. At 12 knots, fuel consumption drops to 26 gph. When it only uses the electric motors Home achieves the respectable speed of 10 knots at 12 gph.

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The yacht is defined by its modern aesthetics, inside and out, which are as impressive as its technological breakthroughs. Its striking exterior was created by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Vertical bows and high bulwarks complement the open bow to the floor-to-ceiling windows amidships, and the fixed swim platform at the stern. The interior has a sophisticated linear design in a two-tone palette. Bright colours are combined with abundant natural light for a warm, relaxed feel across the cabin. Home will make its public debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.