Leaf Lorenzo Squadrito Yacht Design InMind

LEAF // INMIND DESIGN

LEAF - designed by Lorenzo Squadrito of InMind Design to follow a human's needs.

Alongside Project SNAKE, also LEAF is a shortlisted project by INMIND DESIGN at THE INTERNATIONAL YACHT AND AVIATION AWARDS.

Designer’s comment:

“People nowadays are always attempting for THE Progress in each single feature of their present ;
But could this be involve risks? Is it possible to assumpt that perhaps all of us are going to pass the ‘tipping point’ and in those moment we will wonder if it would have been better for us to get back to the woods-lifestyle? Just like in a Gaussian curve.
My yacht Leaf is a the iconic response to this thought. Because the design must follow the human’s needs.

The aim for this project was to create an innovative proposal that remained feasible on a practical level, both in terms of construction and commerciality. This refit project evolved from the decision to keep the superstructure of the yacht entirely unaltered while reinterpreting its lines with a fresh, modern twist and strong sense of personality, using as a guideline the express wishes and constraints of the owner.”

“Leaf presents numerous innovations which include; replacement of the classic tinted windows with clear glass thereby obtaining visual continuity between hull and deck; widening the ‘cover’ that forms the upper part of the bow which slims the line; environmental sustainability and nature as cardinal elements; the lounges on the main and upper decks to come to life along the sides while the central areas will appear free to as to create a perception of more ample space.

Here the desire is to return to use of space which is not purely rationalistic but rather designed for the exclusive contemplation and aesthetic appreciation. Another noteworthy element is the inclusion of areas dedicated to virtual reality, these can be used not just as a means of passing the time, but with greater advances in the field of technology, could one day permit to an alternative approach to working life.”


Snake Lorenzo Squadrito Yacht Design InMind

SNAKE // InMind Design

Lorenzo Squadrito of INMIND | DESIGN created project SNAKE that has been shortlisted by THE INTERNATIONAL YACHT & AVIATION AWARDS 2020.

The design of project SNAKE features smooth exterior lines and large glass surfaces to connect the outside feeling into the interior of the yacht.

Designers explanation:

“The brief for INMIND | DESIGN was to create a new kind of yacht design. The first aspect was considered through the owner’s cabin which is usually developed lengthwise, but for M/Y Snake this has been expanded upon across the entire upper deck with an igloo-like glass structure.
INMIND | DESIGN’s signature style is strong with this project. The wide glass panels allow the perfect mix between the interior and exterior and combine perfectly with the wider environment. The glazing creates the light and airy feeling throughout the interior and highlights the most important designer of the world – mother nature.

This kind of solution is perfect for an owner who doesn’t like staying in the same environment and would instead prefer to experience different environments when possible whilst sailing around. Each town, island, and sea become his walls and each sky becomes his ceiling. The inspiration behind this design was a goal to create a bond with the natural environment and thus encouraging the protection of it.”

“When a design is created, the environment around it is changed, since it is assumed that “architecture” must “impact” with the environment around it. INMIND | DESIGN think differently: every architectural element must not transform the environment but rather should try to enhance it or simply give it importance.

Architecture and environment are therefore two very different elements. But precisely because opposites must communicate to create a better landscape: design work cannot be closed in on itself, it cannot fail to ignore the relationship with its surroundings.

The real solution to the ecological problem will only be obtained by radically changing our vision of the project: aiming for quality and not quantity, applying new less invasive construction techniques, and developing new technologies that limit energy consumption.”

Another design contest entry by INMIND DESIGN is Project LEAF.

Interior Styling of Project SNAKE


Spirit 111 Sailing Yacht

Spirit 111 - Retro Classic Yacht with Incredible Interior

The Spirit 111 is an awesome retro classic sailing yacht with incredible interior design and state-of-the-art technology.

The Spirit 111 combines the grace of classic sailing yachts but with modern technologies like hybrid propulsion with a 100 kW electric engine by Torqeedo, supported by four 40 kWh BMW battery packs. The boat can run about 30 nautical miles with the electric drive. The electric motor also works as a hydrodynamic generator to regenerate the batteries while sailing. Furthermore, there are two 25 kW generators as a backup solution.

Nigel Stuart, Managing Director of Spirit Yachts comments:

“It is important to the owner that he can spend the majority of his time away from marinas enjoying sailing and anchoring in bays. Using electric propulsion to regenerate the batteries whilst sailing, the yacht will be able to operate for up to four days at anchor without having to plug into shore power or start the two onboard generators. When the yacht crosses the Atlantic, as long as there is adequate wind, she will not need to consume any fossil fuels.”

Sean McMillan – founder and head designer at Spirit Yachts, created the elegant exterior design of the sailing yacht.

A wave-styled interior design

This kind of interior design is far away from this world and has been penned by Rhoades Young and the shipyard’s in-house team.

Rhoades Young partner Jonathan Rhoades commented:

“It was a joy to work with a client with an absolute passion for design. The brief was a combination of his love for furniture and organic architecture. The client had recently visited Antelope Canyon in Arizona and this was the catalyst for the idea of the warm soft flowing walls creating unique focal points within the room. Whilst appearing simple these twisting forms are co-ordinated perfectly with the beautiful skylights above creating a calm and tranquil ambiance. These elegant forms not only twist and peel to create counters but uniquely create the intimate backdrops for the highly detailed ‘steam pieces’ which blur the line between furniture and sculpture. It has been an absolute privilege to work on this project with the client and the craftsmen and women who created it.”

The systems of the hotel functions are optimized for low energy consumption. The Webasto air conditioning and heating system have two eco modes (and a maximum as well). The system is efficient enough to run the air conditioning also in the tropical areas over the night. Hot water is stored in a high density insulated tank.

The freezer and the fridge are custom-made equipment and using high-efficient compressors and CryoGel to hold very low temperatures.

Main Specifications of the Spirit 111

Length over all:33.90 m
Length Waterline:24.00 m
Beam:6.40 m
Draft:4.05 m
Displacement (light):58.000 kg
Displacement (fully loaded):65.000 kg
Ballast Ratio:45 %
Sail Area:450 sqm
Rig Type:Fractional Bermudan Sloop

CRN 137 62m Yacht Nuvolari Lenard Design

VOICE // CRN 137 // Nuvolari Lenard Design

CRN delivered the 62m Nuvolari Lenard design motor yacht VOICE.

The upper deck of motor yacht VOICE is the owner’s area with a panoramic lounge forward and al fresco dining area at the aft. The vertical bow offers more space in the forward area where the tender garage is located.

The five-deck yacht has five VIP cabins to welcome up to 12 guests. The twin MTU engines give her a top speed of 16 knots.


OXO Catamaran VOM Yacht Design

OXO - 55m Catamaran // VOM Creations Yacht Design

VOM Creations developed the 55m explorer catamaran with naval architecture by Justin Yacht Design

OXO is a very stylish 55m catamaran motor yacht with a beam of almost 16 meters. The design studio VOM Creations teamed up with Justin Yacht Design, who is responsible for the naval architecture. The explorer catamaran features a semi-displacement steel hull, optimized by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). OXO is powered by diesel-electric propulsion with two ABB Azipod CO861. The range is 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 12 knots.

The helicopter platform aft transforms into a swimming pool by a push on a button.

The whole top deck is the private owner’s area with a forward-facing lounge, wardrobe, his and her bathroom, and the stateroom—furthermore, direct access to a terrace with Jacuzzi.

The Wheelhouse is on the upper deck and contains the captain’s cabin with office and the sky lounge. The four guest cabins are on the main deck forward, while formal dining and salon are behind the guest area.

The lower deck respectively, the two hulls is the home of the crew with six cabins and crew messes in each hull. The aft area of the starboard hull is the tender garage; the port hull features the beach club.

Main Specifications of OXO

Length over all:54.60 m
Length Waterline:51.90 m
Beam:15.70 m
Draft:3.40 m
Cruising Speed:12 knots
Top Speed:16 knots
Range:5.000 nm @ 12 knots
Main Engines:2 x ABB Azipod CO861 (1500 kW)
Auxiliary:4 x 800 kVA
Fresh Water:15 tons
Fuel:60 tons

Imera Yacht Sebastiano Canto

IMERA // Sebastiano Canto

Young yacht designer Sebastiano Canto created the stylish and futuristic 51m project IMERA.

When a global lockdown has positive impacts, then is it creations like this. Yacht designer Sebastiano Canto penned project IMERA – a very futuristic yacht design with flowing lines and a lot of outdoor space.

The large open aft deck welcomes two tenders with a length of up to 8.70 meters. Two cranes are integrated into the hull to move the boats into the water. When the tenders are out, the area has a free space of 140 square meters for the guests.

The interior of IMERA accommodates ten guests and a crew of eight people plus the captain. The guest and crew area is on the lower deck, while the full-beam owner’s suite is on the main deck forward and features a private fold-out balcony and an office.

The stern area has a pool and a fixed bathing platform with an Opacmare Transformer – a multifunctional platform to bring some flexibility. Furthermore, under the sunbathing platform is a sauna, hammam, gym, wet bar, and further storage for water toys.

The diesel-electric propulsion contains one fixed pod drive and two 360 degree rotatable pods to improve the maneuverability. Each pod drive has a power of 500 kW. They are powered by three ABB AMG 355 generators.

Main Specifications of IMERA

Length Overall

51.00

METERS


Beam

10.40

METERS


Draft

2.40

METERS


Displacement

400

TONS



Y9 Sailing Yacht Y Yachts Tripp Design

Y9 // Y Yachts

German shipyard Y Yachts unveiled the new Y9 - a 90 feet/27m sailing yacht

The new Y9 is based on proven partners like Tripp Design (exterior and naval architecture) and Norm Architects (interior). They created the awesome sailing yacht model Y7. There is also another interior design studio involved that worked with Y Yachts in projects like the Yx7 or the research vessel Eugen Seibold – The UK-based studio Design Unlimited.

As the other yacht models, also the Y9 is made of carbon-fiber to enjoy fast cruising or start with excellent opportunities to win some international regattas.

Y Yachts founder Michael Schmidt explains why to be under 100 feet:

“Actually, customers were interested in 100 feet in length. However, from this size upwards – in my experience – yachts become disproportionately expensive because many custom-built components have to be installed. With our expertise, we have therefore implemented the comfort of a 100-foot yacht on a length of 90 feet. With our new Y9, we are entering the superyacht segment.”

Interior design by Norm Architects and Design Unlimited

The owner’s cabin in the stern area is more an apartment that contains a private salon, a bathroom with a double sink, a dressing room, and a separate shower. The project stakeholders also have an eye on an extra-large crew area with storage and a crew lounge. Owners can choose between two different interior layouts that are based on this interior concept.

The design studios created a “soft-minimalism” Scandinavian style with oiled oak and grey fabrics.

Katrine Goldstein, Managing Director of Norm Architects comments:

“The Y9 already follows the award-winning Y7 in its design, but is much more complex and goes deeper. The Y9 will also be a luxurious retreat to get away from the constant stimulation that our everyday lives bring. Mark Tucker, founder of Design Unlimited adds: “Clients will appreciate the authenticity of our design and the sustainable materials we recommend. People are increasingly orienting themselves towards nature: taking from nature and giving back to nature. This principle is particularly pervasive in the luxury market.”

Technical Data of the Y9

Length over all:27.40 m
Draft (fixed keel):4.25 m
Draft (lifting keel):2.80 m - 4.40 m
Main Sail:242 sqm
Self-Tacking Jib:171 sqm
Code Zero:388 sqm
Gennaker:617 sqm
Fresh Water:1.500 l
Fuel:2.000 l

La Datcha Yacht Damen SeaXplorer

LA DATCHA // 77m Damen SeaXplorer

LA DATCHA is the name of a Damen SeaXplorer motor yacht in a 77m version.

Damen Yachting launched the new luxurious expedition yacht LA DATCHA in July 2020 at the facilities in Vlissingen in the south of The Netherlands. The delivery of the yacht is scheduled for September 2021 after the sea trials. New build and charter clients of Amels and Damen have the opportunity to visit the ship during a private showing from 17 – 19 September – by invitation only.

LA DATCHA is the second one of the SeaXplorer-series after the launch of a 62m unit.

The yacht has been customized to the owner’s requirements and will be a base for heliskiing in remote areas. A hangar hosts two helicopters. The operation area on the yacht is fully certified for helicopters up to 4,000 kg. Furthermore, LA DATCHA carries two snowmobiles, a submarine for three passengers, rescue tender/VIP tender, two expedition ribs, diving support tender, and wave runners. The yacht has an autonomy of 40 days.

“The Earth is so big and our life is so short, so we have to explore as much as we can,” commented the owner. “And the SeaXplorer project is just perfect. I fell in love with the shape, the design. Don’t forget that this is the one yacht with two helicopters, so you can really go further into the mainland. You can see the bears. You can see the animals. You can heliski. Any kind of activities, fishing and so on. With two helicopters you have absolute freedom to explore any remote territory as deep as you want.”

The yacht features an exterior design by Azure Naval Architects and interior design by Vasiliy Shprits, who is also involved in the owners’ residential projects.

Are you interested in testing this vessel? Oleg Tinkov – the owner of the yacht is also the founder of the holiday home company with the same name. The ship will join the “fleet” in 2020 with accommodation for up to twelve people in two master suites, two VIP suites, and two guest cabins with ensuites and walk-in garderobe. The weekly rate is EUR 690,000 + 30 % expenses (APA).

The yacht will start a one-year world tour from Greece, Seychelles, Madagascar, Thailand, South Kamchatka, Kuril Islands, North Kamchatka to Alaska, and the Galapagos Islands.

“I’ll be really excited to have this boat the first time in Kuril Islands and then Kamchatka in 2021,” the owner continued. “That’s a real excitement because I’ve explored Kamchatka quite well with the helicopter but it would be quite nice to explore it from the shore, more remote territories and see the far east of Russia and then continue on to Alaska. From there, we can go on and do so many things.”

Ice-Breaking Tank Test

A rare view – the traditional launch of a superyacht. Most yachts will be launched in a drydock, floating dock, cranes or with a lift at the mooring.

Main Specifications of

LA DATCHA

Length Overall

77.00

METERS


Beam

14.00

METERS


Draft

3.80

METERS


Speed

14.50

NAUTICAL MILES



Solaris 111 Sailing Yacht

Solaris 111

The Solaris 111 is a 34m luxurious and modern sailing yacht to enjoy comfortable cruises in style fast.

With the Solaris 111, the Italian luxury yacht builder Solaris Yachts breaks into the superyacht section. The new yacht features many requests of the shipyard’s clients. Monaco Yacht Temptation created the exterior and interior design, while Soto Acebal calculated the hull lines of the Solaris 111. The lightweight construction is made of prepreg carbon fiber.

A neat feature is the private aft area with sunbeds and direct access to the owner’s suite. Under the sunbeds is the tender garage for an Extender 490 with folding bow or a smaller Williams Jet Tender.

Earth-colored interior design by Monaco Yacht Temptation

The design studio used warm earth-colored tones in the interior of the Solaris 111. The owner can enjoy a 40 sqm suite including separate his and her bathrooms. Furthermore, seating with a table and a desk.

Main Specifications of the Solaris 111

Length over all:33.77 m
Length Waterline:32.16 m
Beam:7.90 m
Draft (keel up):3.90 m
Draft (keel down):6.05 m
Light Displacement:78.000 kg
Gross Tonnage:132.12 GT
Main Engines:Cummins QSB 6.7 (425 hp)
Guests:8
Crew:5

High-performance rig and sail plan in numbers

Main Sail:357.00 sqm
Jib:328.10 sqm
Gennaker A2:911.40 sqm
Code Zero:565.20 sqm
P:42.50 m
E:14.00 m
I:45.95 m
J:13.70 m

Profile and General Arrangement


Lamborghini 63 Yacht Tecnomar

Tecnomar and Lamborghini teamed up for 63 feet boat

Tecnomar and Italian car manufacturer teamed to develop the Lamborghini 63.

The Lamborghini 63 comes with the performance of a Lamborghini car and the style of exquisite Italian design.

“This motor yacht project, developed by The Italian Sea Group, started with several collaborative sessions with the contribution of Lamborghini’s Centro Stile and inspiration from the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: the hybrid super sports car incorporating benchmarking new supercapacitor and materials science technologies, that anticipates the future with an unmistakable design and completely customizable color and details.”

The 24-ton Lamborgini 63 is a carbon-fiber construction and reaches a maximum speed of 60 knots, powered by two MAN V12 engines with a power of 2000 hp each. Furthermore, the yacht is the fastest boat by Tecnomar to date.

The first unit is available at the beginning of 2021.


Benetti FB277 MY LANA Yacht

LANA // Benetti Yachts // 107m

Benetti Yachts delivered the 107m LANA - One of three 100m+ gigayacht projects realized recently the Italian shipyard.

LANA has a length of 107 meters and a beam of 15.2 meters. The yacht is a traditional construction with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure with a full load displacement of 3,300 tons. The entire design comes from Benetti’s in-house team. P.L.A.N.A. – Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture made the naval architecture.

LANA has diesel-electric propulsion with two engines (2,800 kW each) to reach a top speed of 18.5 knots. Furthermore, an operating range of 5,500 nautical miles at a rate of 12 knots.

The owner comments:

“I am absolutely satisfied with the work done by Benetti and Imperial together. ‘LANA’ represents a statement of building excellence, every technical feature, every aesthetic element, every single detail was executed to perfection. I am glad we all made this way to prove a new level of Italian shipbuilding industry.”

LANA has an unusually layout

The vessel accommodates up to 12 guests in eight cabins that include 7 VIP staterooms on the main deck. The full-beam master suite is on the bridge deck and has two balconies. A crew of 34 people serves guests and yacht.

The main features of LANA are a touch-and-go helipad, a large swimming pool on the sundeck, and a grand piano. Furthermore, a spa with a gym, hammam, and massage room.

Julia Stewart, Director of Imperial Yachts says:

“Being linked to the second 100m+ superyacht ever delivered in Italy by the private shipyard Benetti is a pride that we share with the builder. It was a pleasure to collaborate once again with their professional teams and their dynamic behavior in a proactive atmosphere. “LANA” is bold, unique, sleek and aggressive, boasting high ceilings up to 2.7m in height and mixing perfect experience at sea and unforgettable charter moments.

She is now entering our Charter Central Agency fleet, already with a large array of destinations in her bucket list that she will explore. “LANA” has an incredible appeal that will make her, for sure, the next decade superyacht charter yacht to experience in her range once in a lifetime. We would like to thank the Imperial team behind this impressive success, their hard work and extreme dedication to making the dream of our client come true.”


Amare II Yacht Heesen Yachts

AMARE II // Heesen Yachts

AMARE II (ex Project ELECTRA) is the second hybrid yacht by Heesen Yachts. The first one of the yacht model is M/Y HOME.

Omega Architects designed the exterior design, while Cristiano Gatto designed the magnificent interior of AMARE II. The full-aluminum motor yacht measures 50m in length and feature Van Oossanen’s well-proven Fast Displacement Hull Form.

The yacht features extensive use of glass with large windows in the owner’s cabin and the main salon.

AMARE II reached a top speed of 17.2 knots (0.9 knots more than guaranteed in the contract) with the diesel engines. In the silent mode, the vessel has a speed of 10.2 knots.

Photos by Dick Holthuis

  • Top Speed: 9 Knots
  • Noise Level: 46 db
  • Powered by two walter-cooled 127 kW engines

  • Speeds: 9 – 12 knots
  • Main engines on, generators off
  • Consumes 98 liters per hour at 12 knots

  • Speeds: 12 – 15 kots
  • Traditional diesel engines running
  • Generators running hotel functions

Traditional diesel engines running, electric motors give more power to the shaft propellors.

Interior Motor Yacht AMARE II

Cristiano Gatto designed a very bright interior with the Vitra Lounge Chair & Ottoman that fits perfectly. Sabrina Monte-Carlo styled the interior with items in soft pastel color by Italian brands like B&B Italia, Paola Lenti, Porta Romana, and Giorgetti.

AMARE II welcomes twelve guests in six cabins. The owner’s suite on the main deck forward includes an office, full-beam bedroom, vanity, and separate headroom. The lower deck contains a full-beam VIP suite, two twin cabins, and two double cabins. A crew of nine sleeps in five cabins. Moreover, the vessel has a gym and a sauna.

Electra Yacht Heesen

AMARE II on sea trials – Photo by Jeff Brown

Main Specifications of

AMARE II

Length Overall

49.80

METERS


Beam

9.10

METERS


Draft

2.15

METERS


Top Speed

17.20

KNOTS



Azimut Magellano 25 Metri Yacht

Azimut Magellano 25 Metri

The Azimut Magellano 25 Metri comes with exterior design by Ken Freivokh and interior design by Vincenzo De Cotiis.

The 25m Ken Freivokh designed motor yacht appears with a touch of heritage in a modern redesigned shape. The Azimut Magellano 25 Metri has a Dual Mode hull with a comfortable displacement mode and the opinion to drive with higher speeds.

Azimut uses the BCOOL air conditioning system – a NASA developed technology that exchanges and sanitates the air. It eliminates harmful microorganisms from the air shaft.

While at anchor, the hotel mode can be powered by lithium battery banks up to six hours during the day and eight hours at night before generators have to start.

Vincenzo De Cotiis' interior design of the Azimut Magellano 25 Metri

The development of the Magellano 25 Metri is the first collaboration between Azimut and Vincenzo De Cotiis. The designer used classic nautical materials like brass, wood in lacquered, and cannulae version. Furthermore, the table and some items of the loose furniture are coming from the De Cotiis collection.


Bering 145 Explorer Yacht

Bering 145 - Explorer Yacht a Range of 12,000 nm

New Bering 145 explorer yacht announced

This 44m motor yacht comes with a range of 12,000 nautical miles with a fuel capacity of 95,600 liters at a speed of 9 knots in the hybrid mode. In the diesel mode, the vessel has a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 8 knots. The Bering 145 has a top speed of 15 knots.

The full-displacement yacht is an in-house design by the naval architects and engineers of Bering Yachts and is currently under construction and for sale.

Interior styling of the Bering 145

The yacht has a dining area for up to 12 people on the main deck. An additional dining table is on the upper deck. The master suite is traditionally placed on the forward area of the main deck, while 5 guest cabins are on the lower deck. The crew area accommodates up to 12 people.


Sailing Yacht SEA EAGLE II

The massive 81m Sea Eagle II // Royal Huisman

Royal Huisman built the 81-meter three-masted sailing yacht SEA EAGLE II for a repeat client that is also known as Project 400.

SEA EAGLE II is the successor of the 43m SEA EAGLE (I), delivered in 2015. Dykstra Naval Architects is responsible for the naval architecture and the exterior design. Interior designer Mark Whitely is also involved in the exterior design. The 81m aluminum yacht has space for 11 guests, including the owner and a crew of 14 people.

Furthermore, the yacht is the largest to date by Royal Huisman by volume (Athena is the longest with 90m, including bowsprit – the hull has a length of “just” 79.25 m). This new one is also the largest full-aluminum sailing yacht in the world to date.

Photos by Tom van Oossanen

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects:

“At Dykstra Naval Architects we are extremely excited and proud to be part of the creative team for the new 81m, three-masted performance schooner. Using our experience and inventive minds to create an innovative contemporary schooner yacht for fast passage making is one to tick off our Bucket List.”

Mark Whiteley of Mark Whiteley Design:

“Building a project with Royal Huisman is a very special experience for a designer, jointly designing an 81m new build is an opportunity of a career lifetime so I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Dykstra Naval Architects and the shipyard on this fast contemporary schooner”

The interior design of SEA EAGLE II

The modern interior is based on Alpi Walnut and is for comfortable family cruising but also for business meetings. The superstructure has a private part for owner and guests.

Project 400 Sea Eagle II Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Interior

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects explains:

“The plumb bow, very long waterline, sleek hull, and large sail area will give the yacht the required high speed and good performance.”

To be entertained in anchor bays, SEA EAGLE II will provide a lot of space for guest tender with dive equipment, kayaks, SUP boards at the aft area.

3,500 sqm sail area and speeds over 21 knots!

Although it is a massive vessel, the yacht will have a Panamax height. The carbon-fiber rig with furling booms by Rondal – Royal Huisman’s subsidiary for masts, booms, and other yacht components next to the shipyard. In my opinion, the two companies forming a superyacht mall where owners can inspect the yacht and the parts with one visit. Moreover, Rondal delivered 34 winches to control the sail area of 3,500 square meters. The most massive winches have a pull load of 18.000 kg.

“An impressive feature is that each Rondal mast is built as one piece. This means that for 80% of the masts’ thickness, full length, uninterrupted carbon fiber laminates were applied, giving the mast unique properties with a perfectly even-strength distribution – resulting in a beautiful even bend, so no ‘hard spots’.”

SEA EAGLE II carbon-fiber rig Rondal

Photo by Rondal

Visit during the construction process

During the annual Dutch Superyacht Press Tour in 2018, organized by the Holland Yachting Group/HISWA, I had the chance to visit Royal Huisman, Rondal, and Project 400 / SEA EAGLE II. All the pictures and the videos where the yard shows the turning of the hull are awe-inspiring, but in real life, it is much more impressive. To stand on the hull felt like an oversized sailing dinghy; the second picture below is not another superyacht project – it is the flybridge, but with 38m, it has the measurement of a superyacht.

In 2019 – just one year later, I had the pleasure again to join the Superyacht Press Tour. I saw an almost-finished yacht, including the installed interior. Amazing to see how fast this complete custom project has been realized. The tenders are stored under big hatches and will be moved by hidden cranes.

The second visit showed the quickness of the shipyard with the Dutch quality of craftsmanship.

Main Specifications of SEA EAGLE II

Length over all:81.00 m
Exterior Design:Dykstra Naval Architects / Mark Whitely
Interior Design:Mark Whitely
Naval Architecture:Dykstra Naval Architects
Material:Aluminum
Guests:11
Crew:14
Classification:Lloyds MCA (LY-3)
Year of Delivery:2020
Mast & Booms:Rondal

Oceanco Yacht 109m Sinot Yacht Architecture

109m OCEANCO ready for Outfitting

Oceanco finished the hull of the 109m yacht, designed by Sinot Yacht Architecture (interior and exterior) and naval architecture by Lateral Naval Architects.

This 109m yacht project is the first hull built at the new Oceanco facility in Zwijndrecht. In the next step, the hull will be transported to the outfitting shipyard in Alblasserdam.

According to Oceanco, the main deck, bridge deck, and the upper deck are surrounded by an amount of glass.


UP40 Yacht Antonini Navi Modular Yacht

UP40 // Antonini Navi

The UP40 is a modular yacht concept that can be the base for a motor yacht, crossover yacht, or a sport explorer.

Italian yacht designer Fulvio de Simoni developed the design of the UP40 in close cooperation with the yard’s engineering team. The owner can choose the superstructure of the yacht. Design of a typical motor yacht, a crossover, or the design of a sports explorer yacht. The concept of the fixed platform benefits from faster deliveries and lower engineering costs but still with customization options.

The platform is designed to reach a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The operating range is over 5,000 nautical miles at the economical speed of 10 knots.

The shipyard Antonini Navi will start the construction of the first hull in September 2020.

“For Antonini Navi’s first project we decided to apply a construction method to steel superyachts previously used mainly for smaller fiberglass boats: we created a modular platform designed down to the tiniest detail, enabling us to start building the hull and choose the type and concept at a later stage, even half way through the construction process.

This means that owners can personalize their superyacht when construction is already underway, and not only the interiors but also, and most importantly, the functional type. The result? Maximum flexibility of choice but shorter delivery times, because the hull design and construction have already been completed,” said Antonini Navi partner and sales manager Aldo Manna, adding that “it’s a complex choice requiring proven capability on the part of the engineering department, total synergy with a designer of exceptional experience and huge talent and, lastly, major investments in research and design, all of which Gruppo Antonini has in abundance.”


Crowbridge Yacht Cantiere delle Marche

Crowbridge // Cantiere delle Marche

Cantiere delle Marche launched the 42m explorer yacht CROWBRIDGE.

Tommaso Spadolini designed the exterior and interior of CROWBRIDGE, while Hydrotec calculated the vessel. 2 x Caterpillar C32ACERT powers the yacht
970kW each @ 2100rpm that propel the ship up to 14 knots. At 10 knots, the operating range is 3,500 nautical miles with a fuel capacity of 60,000 liters. The engine room is well-sized for easy maintenance.

The owner’s full-beam suite is on the main deck forward. Accommodation of the guest and crew are on the lower deck.

Comments by designer and naval architect about CROWBRIDGE

Yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini comments:

“I worked with this client many times in the past and two of his most recent yachts bring my signature. He asked me for a clean and simple silhouette and generous interior/exterior areas to provide him and his family plenty of spaces to spend long holidays in total relax. These may seem very common requirements for a large yacht, yet he gave us precise indications about how private and social areas should be calibrated. He is an experienced yacht owner and he is aware of his family’s expectations and habits. The yacht has 7 guest suites, and 4 cabins for Captain and crew. All areas, both interior and exterior ones, both private and social, will pamper, delight and entertain all on board as they are on holiday.”

“The yacht has been designed to the standards set by a very experienced client who decided to switch from a planning yacht to a displacement one,” says Sergio Cutolo, founder and team leader at Hydro Tec. “Explorer 40.22 has been a totally new challenge for us,” Sergio maintains. “The beautiful design from Studio Spadolini required the highest degree of integration with the naval architecture and engineering to keep its unicity and perfect balance. Having already worked with Tommaso Spadolini, this was a successful and smooth process. The naval architectural aspects have been influenced by the peculiar weight distribution and from the bow profile that has been designed to the Owner’s Specific esthetic requirements. The hull is a typical round bilge displacement hull, with generous bulbous bow and flat sections aft. The beam/draught ratio has been taken to an optimal value and special provisions were taken to allow for high diameter/high efficiency propellers. Maximum speed will be higher compared to similar designs, and this was duly considered in designing the waterlines. From the structural point of view we minimized the impact of the structures on the hull and superstructures to maximize internal spaces. In the superstructure we managed to create the perfect match between the designed interior layout and windows positioning/size.”


Lady Lene Yacht 34m Explorer Guido de Groot

Lady Lene // 34m Explorer // Van der Valk

Dutch yacht builder Van der Valk announced the sale of the 34m explorer yacht LADY LENE for a repeat client.

The new all-aluminum motor yacht with a wave-piercing bow has a very experienced development team. Alongside the fine Dutch craftsmanship by Van der Valk, the exterior and interior design come from the Guido de Groot Design studio. Also, Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design are involved. Furthermore, LADY LENE gets a Hull Vane – a patented foil that has been proved by over 35 yachts and commercial vessels. The shipyard equipped Jangada 2 with the foil.

Guido de Groot comments the owner’s brief:

“We had to start our design by taking into account the very specific interior requirements with respect to height and accessibility. Only once these parameters had been established on the GA could we embark on the exterior design, and the owners also had detailed aesthetic wishes here, too, including a high robust bow combined with soft curved lines. There really was no comparable reference point for an elegant explorer like this, which made this a very enjoyable project.”

Interior spaces of LADY LENE

The experienced clients wanted a yacht for a life at sea in every stages of life. So, LADY LENE will have a wheelchair-friendly lift to connect the decks. The interior welcomes up to ten guests. The owner’s suite with an office is on the lower deck with two double guest cabins and a single cabin. The VIP suite on the bridge deck includes a balcony and an aft terrace. Dining and salon are on the main deck.

“Ceilings will be noticeably high here and in all luxury areas – a specific requirement from the owners – while the floors are all completely level with no protrusions or steps.”

Voices by the technical team

Hans-Maarten Bais, creative director at DIANA Yacht Design comments:

“Charged with the naval architecture brief, we have been working very closely with Guido and his team on major influencing factors such as the height. Together we’ve had considerable success in creating a construction that is sufficiently strong while reducing the distance between the ceiling and deck. As the experts at Ginton have taken care of the hull lines, the DIANA team has leveraged on our 50 years of experience to provide the engineering and construction drawings. We have also supported the plate cutters and hull builders at Van der Valk, who already have a wealth of technical knowledge.

Partnerships such as these save time and costs because we can tackle new challenges as and when they arise, such as the addition of a large tender on the foredeck with a heavy crane. Other puzzles already solved include ensuring that water cannot seep into the interior through the flush, sill-free connections on the decks, and reducing the weight of the beams and girders to meet the desire for a sufficiently light draught to access the Bahamas.”

Jaron Ginton says:

“It is unusual for an explorer-type vessel to have a Fast Displacement hull as the LWL is so important at these speeds, we ‘cut the hull horizontally’ at a level around the waterline and scaled it in the length, creating a wave-piercing – not bulbous – bow and a longer submerged hull. Extensive research also concluded that we could save over 12.5% on fuel consumption at 11 knots by installing a Hull Vane appendage as well as reduce wake and pitch in head seas.”

The launch of LADY LENE is scheduled for December 2021.


RP42 Sailing Yacht Design Reichel/Pugh

RP42 // Design Unlimited // Reichel/Pugh

Design Unlimited unveiled the fast sailing yacht concept RP42

Design Unlimited created the interior of the project, while Reichel/Pugh made the exterior design and naval architecture. The 42m sailing yacht RP42 has been developed for an owner who wants to sail around the world with the family.

The tender storage is under a hatch on the foredeck. When the bathing platform is folded out, the dinghy can be docked there for easy boarding. The area behind the double helm station contains lounge areas and sunbeds. Furthermore, there is a separate ladderway that leads to the master suite.

Extensive use of glass welcomes a lot of natural light in the deckhouse of the RP42

Thanks to the deckhouse with large windows and a glazed roof, the area is full of natural light. The generous deckhouse features the salon and a dining area. The fixed bimini over the cockpit is an extension of the deckhouse with seatings and coffee tables. Furthermore, there is an al-fresco dining table.

The lower deck accommodates eight guests in one owner’s cabin, two twin bed cabins, and one double cabin. The crew area has three double cabins plus the cabin of the captain and a crew mess.