Belafonte Yacht Federico Fiorentino Yacht Design

THE BELAFONTE // Federico Fiorentino Yacht Design


The Italian yacht designer Federico Fiorentino from Milan presents a "The Belafonte" - a 50m "modern classic" concept.

The Belafonte concept provides a full aluminum motor yacht with a gross tonnage of under 500 GT. The yacht can reach a top speed of 18 – 24 knots depending on engine configuration.

Ten guests can be accommodated in five cabins, a full beam VIP suite alongside two twins and one double are located on the lower deck, while the owner’s full-beam suite is located forward on the main deck. The owner suite, with its 84 square meters, is one of the biggest in its category and features a separate studio with a folding balcony, two walk-in closets, and two communicating bathrooms.

The main deck of The Belafonte offers a spacious and formal saloon and dining area while the semi-enclosed upper deck is dedicated to more informal social areas with a spectacular sky lounge. Here, an alfresco dining table can accommodate all the yacht guests while on the other side we find a spacious shaded bar.

The Belafonte is characterized by a large amount of open deck space with a large pool on the main deck and a Jacuzzi on the upper deck, both surrounded by big sunbathing areas. For more privacy, we also find a very reserved lounge and sunbathing area located in the front of the upper deck.

But the most particular feature of this yacht is its remarkable exterior design. Striking lines and a unique stem design confer to The Belafonte a spontaneous sense of luxury.

The style of Federico Fiorentino is characterized by a distinctive use of traditional elements such as mahogany cap rails and polished steel particulars, mixed with modern lines concept, conveying past and present into modern yachts with a strong character. The outstanding bow shield featured on The Belafonte is a clear example of such an approach.

Route 66 ISA Yachts

Route 66 // ISA Yachts

The Ancona-based shipyard ISA Yachts presents the ROUTE 66 currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in spring 2017.

The project name ROUTE 66 is based on the famous highway route in the United States which was a 4.000 KM street from Chicago (Illinois) to Santa Monica (California).  The name embodied freedom, which is also the concept of this motor yacht concept without compromising the space and comfort that the owner would expect from a steel and aluminum displacement yacht. The overall beauty of yachts over the years has been lost to interior space, on the contrary ROUTE 66’s offers space for owners who love the sea and like to be outside.

Key Features:
Elegant lines with balanced proportions of the superstructure
Sleek hull increasing efficiency and motion comfort
Large outdoor spaces on all three decks – Very spacious beach club including
complete wellness center

ROUTE 66 is a motor yacht with lots of space in relation to the total volume and her lines are sleek and graceful. The design does not achieve extra deck space by stacking the decks, there is not the piled-up effect – one layer after the other, the philosophy of the whole concept is to guarantee the owners space and comfort they would expect.

Developed from the 65m Granturismo platform, this full displacement yacht is a 4-decks vessel with an aluminum superstructure and steel hull which architectural structure is based on a strong contrast between the harmonious and curvaceous lines of the decks and the rigorous and diamond-like geometry of the transom and of the sundeck. The hull shape and bow are optimized for both efficiency and comfort. Her 11-meter beam confers ROUTE 66 a sleek and elegant line.

The interior layout emphasizes the osmosis between indoor and outdoor areas.
The main deck saloon presents the idea of a lounge which opens to the cockpit with a unique perception of spaces. The dining room, situated forward of the salon, totally enjoys the light coming from the full height side bulkhead windows. The enormous beach area can be easily shaped as a real sensorial SPA, as the layout easily allows a sauna, an emotional shower, and hammam.

The interior layout is completed by the 5 guest cabins plus the master suite so that ROUTE 66 can accommodate 12 guests.
Forward the flush deck can easily enclose an helipad. Mooring area and tender garage for 8m-rescue tender and jet skies are underneath this area. The main tender garage is located starboard on the lower deck opposite to the gym.

Powered by 2 CAT engines, this 66M designed by Andrea Vallicelli, can reach 18 knots max and cruises at 16 knots. Thanks to a spectacular stern and an aggressive plum bow, this outstanding 66 meters is destined to become an icon yacht in its segment.

The naval architecture is developed in-house by ISA Yachts Technical Department.

Main Specifications of ROUTE 66

Length over all:66.40 m
Beam:11.00 m
Draft:2.90 m
Engines:2 x CAT3512C (2 x 1765 kW @ 1800 rpm)
Max. Speed18.5 knots
Range:5.000 nm @ 15 knots
Accommodation:12 guests in 6 cabins
Gross Tonnage:1.180 GT
Crew Accommodation:Captain’s cabin + Engineer’s cabin +2 single-berth staff cabins + 5 twin-berth crew cabins

Wisp Yacht Royal Huisman

WISP // Royal Huisman

WISP - a newbie with a classic yacht dress and a wisp of history feel.

Wisp pictures by Cory Silken and Carlo Baroncini

The Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman launched the beautiful Hoek design with interior styling by Rhoades Young earlier this year. Now Wisp is back from her maiden voyage in Norway with a pack of images and more information for the public.

Royal Huisman and Hoek Design accepted the challenge to develop a gentleman’s sailing yacht with much comfort for long voyages and enough speed to show her stern to other yachts.

Wisp Yacht Royal Huisman

Her cutter rig was built by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary Rondal in carbon composite. The cutter-rig sail-plan was designed for balance and simple handling while cruising and the possibility of using overlapping genoas for racing, with much thought going into the track positioning and winch sizes to handle the increased loads and speeds during regattas.

The result is an uncluttered expanse of teak decking fore and aft with few obstacles to disturb the sense of harmony. Indeed, throughout the yacht’s exterior woodwork has been rationalized by examining and simplifying every joint and detail to create calming guest areas with plenty of hidden storage and an efficient navigation cockpit. Instead of the more typical stranded wire, reliable stainless steel lifelines linking the deck- mounted stanchions provide non-sailors with an added sense of security and add an elegant, polished look.

Wisp features traditional waterfall margins between the teak decking and the superstructures – a detail requiring much thicker pieces of carefully selected timber to provide a consistent grain and perfect fit and finish.

The custom helm stations and steering wheels represent works of art in their own right. Various options were considered, from traditional all-wood to new wheels in carbon fiber. In the end, the graceful design was chosen with 20 polished stainless steel spokes, rimmed with delicate bead detail, which radiate from a central hub, itself clad with teak that has been lovingly milled and fitted by hand. Also, the detailing of daylight readable control panels and surrounding seating areas were designed to optimize space and present a visual impression of low volume.

Further deck space has been freed up by placing the Rondal winches for the main halyard, mainsheet and preventer below deck in a separate compartment adjoining the engine room, which can still be quickly accessed from the forward engine room entrance and monitored via CCTV cameras.

To ensure the 6.2m (20ft) owner’s tender blends in with the sweeping sheer of the hull, it is partially recessed into a pocket on the foredeck. Another notable deck feature is the crew cockpit just forward of the mainmast. With a convertible car-style retractable dodger, protective coamings, storage and direct access below deck to the dinette, it provides a secure assembly point within easy reach of the deck equipment while under sail and a relaxing social area when at anchor.

Interior of WISP

Wisp’s owner wanted a light, airy and calming interior. The owner calls it in one word: „jolly“. Rhoades Young selected a light oak that has stained a soft honey amber to match the owner’s personal taste.

 The owners have an own area in the aft of Wisp with an own deckhouse and own entry. But it is also accessible from the main deckhouse over the guest area which is between main deck house and owner’s area. The owner’s area has a full beam bedroom.

For guests is one cabin with two beds and two double bed cabins onboard. All cabins have an ensuite.

“From an architectural point of view, we created an unusual open-plan interior layout that is designed in layers to reveal itself gradually,” says Jonathan Rhoades. “Below deck, you are lead from space to space and at each destination, the rooms feel resolved and complete. It is only on exploring further that you realize they open onto other spaces until finally all the layers are peeled back to reveal salons and cabins with huge sightlines through the various deck levels linking the interior and exterior.”

Main Specifications of WISP

Length over all:47.65 m
Beam:9.50 m
Draft:4.45 m
Exterior Design:Hoek Design
Naval Architecture:Hoek Design
Interior Design:Rhoades Young
Engine:1x Caterpillar C18 Acert / 533 kW (715 HP) @2100 rpm
Hull Speed14 knots
Mainsail:577 m²
Yankee Sail527 m²
Blade Sail457 m²
Staysail236 m²
Multi Purpose Spinnaker1252 m²
Fuel Capacity:22.000 l (in 4 Tanks)
Tenders and Toys:1x Williams 565 Tender Diesel Jet
1x Bombard commando C3 sports boat 15HP

Profile, Sail Plan and Layouts

Taurus Esen Yacht

TAURUS // Esen Yacht

Taurus is a 50m composite motor yacht project by Turkish shipyard Esenyacht

With its lightweight construction and ultra-efficient hull form, this is a yacht ideal both for quick trips at speeds of 30 knots or more, and worldwide cruising for the more adventurous.

Most of all, however, this is a yacht for those who enjoy entertaining family, friends, and business associates. Mannerfelt Design Team, in partnership with Esenyacht, has created an internal layout that emphasizes large, flexible interior spaces that can be adapted both for large scale entertaining and changed for more private gatherings.

The largest space onboard of Taurus is the main saloon on the middle deck, which features enormous windows for stunning views across the surrounding area. This can be adapted for all types of social gatherings ranging from exclusive dinner parties to full nightclub mode. At the rear, it opens out onto an expansive rear deck with additional seating for those who wish to enjoy the open air.

Taurus‘ owner’s suite, conveniently also located on the middle deck but in the forward section of the yacht, leaves the noise and activity of the saloon far behind, making it ideal for more private occasions. The stateroom itself is exceptionally large for its class, being an impressive 98 square meters, and has an area with seating and a coffee table. This looks out over a partially enclosed and very private 25 square meter foredeck accessed directly and only from the owner’s suite.

With accommodation for ten guests and 12 crew, the owner can invite a sizeable party for cruising and be assured that he and his guests will be well looked after by the crew and ancillary staff.

Skyfall Yacht John Staluppi Sunrise Yachts

SKYFALL // Sunrise Yachts

John Staluppi has his new yacht SKYFALL under construction at Sunrise Yachts in Turkey.

The hull of the first unit of a series is almost finished. The yacht will be completed in March 2017

This project was designed by Vallicelli & Co., with an interior design by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Mulder Design and Ozgün Yacht Design, is a fast-displacement, steel hull and aluminum superstructure, transatlantic luxury motor yacht.

Main Specifications of SKYFALL

LOA:67.50 m
Beam:11.30 m
Draft:3.15 m
Gross Tonnage:1,300 t
Classification:Bureau Veritas / LY3
Max. Speed:23 knots
Exterior design:Vallicelli & Co.
Interior design:Focus Yacht Design
Max. speed:16 knots
Cruising speed:13 knots
Naval architecture:Mulder / OYD
Range:5000 nm

Quantum Blue Yacht Lürssen


The 104m QUANTUM BLUE was launched at the Lürssen Lemwerder facility.

Tim Heywood gave her elegant and graceful exterior lines and he comments:

Quantum Blue has emerged from the Lürssen shipyard and will take her place, confidently, amongst the most beautiful yachts afloat. My gratitude to the Owners for allowing Tim Heywood Designs to help create this wonderful floating work of art, which we are extremely proud of. Once again, I have had the great pleasure of working with the Lürssen team to create a truly wonderful yacht with many new and unique features. I am so pleased with the elegant proportions, the demanding details achieved by the yard and the superb finish to her hull and superstructure.”

Alberto Pinto was responsible for her interior design. The studio designed a unique mix of rare and striking materials to give her an exceptional look and a luxury feeling.

The delivery of QUANTUM BLUE is scheduled for the end of 2014.

Quantum Blue Yacht Lürssen

Photo taken by Marcus Meyer from Bremen

QUANTUM BLUE underway on the Weser river

Windquest Yacht 26m Catamaran


JFA Yachts from France delivered the first unit of the Long Island 85 sailing catamaran - the Windquest.

This fast cruising catamaran is the first of a semi-custom “Long Island” series. The hulls of the yacht are made of aluminum; the superstructure is made of composite.

WINDQUEST has a carbon rig and carries a sail area like a high-performance sailing yacht. The hydraulic winches installed on the flybridge are well-suited to maneuvering with a reduced crew

WINDQUEST has 2 x 380 hp engines and 2 x 27kW generators. At her economical speed, WINDQUEST motors at 8.6 knots with fuel consumption of 21 l/h and can reach 12.9 knots at top speed.
The 16’ tender stowed aft of the cockpit is launched using an ingenious system comprising a retractable pole in the main boom. This is again a method of optimizing the weight without using a crane.

Numerous deck lockers allow the stowing of fenders and mooring ropes as well as all the toys (inflatable SUP boards, snorkeling equipment, wakeboard…). On this boat, a large garage opening on the aft platform has been provided for stowing four bicycles.

Outside, there is a large aft cockpit with a seating area on starboard and another one on port with a dining table, sunbeds either side and a day head. On WINDQUEST, the cockpit can be enclosed using removable panels of a see-through canvas.

The flybridge is the home of the outside helm and control winches, leaving room for a seating area and sunbeds.

Again to keep the weight of the boat down, teak decking has been used only forward of the owners’ cabin and in the aft cockpit.

Interior on WINDQUEST

The cockpit is extended inside by a seating area with a bar on starboard and a dining-room on the port. The helm station is set up against the bulkhead between the two indoor areas. The glass door aft, the large side portholes, and the front windscreen create a very luminous space down below.

A few steps on port lead to the owners’ cabin. The “must-have” on the Long Island 85! Stretching across the full beam of the yacht, this exceptionally large suite offers a superb view on 180°, never before seen on a sailing or even on a motor yacht of this size. A few more steps give access to a door opening on a private deck just forward of the owners’ cabin.

The Long Island 85 is available in 3 versions: 3 guest cabins and an office (like WindQuest); 4 guest cabins and five guest cabins.

DMY 32 Drettmann Yachts

DMY 32 // Drettmann // Focus Yacht Design

The Drettmann Motor Yacht Line is available from 20 - 37m. I take a closer look at the DMY 32 (32.90m) concept.

The DMY 32 has a very modern style, uses also modern materials and was designed by a collaboration between Drettmann Yachts and Focus Yacht Design from Bremen, Germany and will have space for 10 guests.

The concept is up-to-date with a transformable stern into a beach club with direct access to the sea at anchor. There is also the storage for a Jet-Ski on the starboard side. The tender will be found in the foredeck garage.

The flybridge/sundeck is equipped with a jacuzzi and a foldable bimini top.

The interior is very modern but also looks warm in the renderings. The interior is flexibly mounted to dampen vibration and to reduce noise—plywood insulated panels covered with carpet with wooden borders all around. Marble floors are laid in a pattern. In the guest and owners’ bathrooms, a standard floor heating mat to be incorporated. A limited amount of parquet may be used.

Main Specifications DMY 32

Length over all:32.90 m
Beam:7.60 m
Draft:1.95 m
Classification:BV HULL MACH AUT-UMS Charter Yacht Motor C
Unrestricted Navigation limited to 60 nm and in compliance to MCA LY 2 / 3
Main Engines:2 x MTU 16V 2000 M94
Max. speed:28 knots
Range @ 22 knots:600 nm
Exterior Design:Drettmann Yachts / Focus Yacht Design
Interior Design:Claudia Drettmann
Naval Architecture:Drettmann Yachts
Construction:Aluminium hull & GRP epoxy superstructure

CNB-100-Chrisco Yacht


Let's take a look at the futuristic Chrisco launched in 2009 by the superyacht division of CNB in France, with exterior lines by Luca Brenta. The ultra-modern interior was designed by Wetzels Brown Partners.

Chrisco photos by Nicolas Claris

CNB built the extraordinary yacht Chrisco (aka CNB 100) for a European couple. The yacht is carbon fiber construction to save a lot of weight for more speed. Chrisco is 600 kg lighter than it was contracted. The deckhouse includes 75 glass panels for the right lumination inside. The spacious cockpit can be shaded by a bimini to enjoy an al-fresco style onboard.

Within six years, the yacht sailed 80,000 nautical miles.

Wetzels Brown Partners from Amsterdam developed the interior design of Chrisco. It is a very light and bright interior that reflects futuristic exterior design by the Luca Brenta design office that is also responsible for the naval architecture.

The yacht has four double cabins forward while the salon and dining area are amidships. A crew area is located in the aft area.

Chrisco is for sale with an price of 4.495.000 €.


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Making of CNB 100 CHRISCO

Main Specifications of CHRISCO

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Sail Area



Deck and Interior Layout

An Award-winning Sailing Yacht

2009 International Superyacht Design Award
– Best Sail 24m to 40m.

2009 Wetzels Brown Partners
– International Superyacht Design Award

2009 Best Interior
– Power and Sail Award.

2010 Wetzels Brown Partners
– ShowBoats Newcomer interior design Award.

Monaco Wolf Yacht Heesen Yachts

Monaco Wolf // Heesen Yachts

After the sea trials on the north sea, Heesen Yachts delivered the 50m Monaco Wolf to her owners.

Monaco Wolf‘s exterior lines are designed by Frank Laupman of Dutch design studio Omega Architects. The interior comes from Italian designer Francesco Paszkowski.

Owner’s Representative Howard Lowe from Royale Oceanic commented:

“During the first day of sea trials, we had the chance to test the vessel in moderate weather conditions with wind force 3 / 4 and waves around 1 meter. We met all requirements and the yacht performed well. M/Y Monaco Wolf is now ready to be extensively used and enjoyed during the summer season in the Med.”

Monaco Wolf Yacht Heesen Yachts

Photo by Jeff Brown

Monaco Wolf Heesen Yachts

Main Specifications MONACO WOLF

LOA:49.80 m
Beam:9.00 m
Draft:2.50 m
Max. Speed:23 knots
Exterior design:Omega Architects
Interior design:Francesco Paszkowski Design | Margherita Casprini
Building year:2014
Main engines:2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73L
Fuel capacity:68.000 liters
Range @ 11 knots:3100 nm

Kismet Yacht Lürssen

KISMET // Lürssen Yachts

Luxury yacht builder Lürssen from Northern Germany launched the 95m KISMET II in 2014 and is the successor 68m KISMET which is now called GLOBAL.

Espen Oeino made her beautiful elegant exterior design. KISMET features eight guest staterooms for twelve guests designed by Reymond Langton Design.  Furthermore, there is a winter garden, outdoor fireplaces. Additional amenities include a spa, sauna, swimming pool, helipad and a number of the typical tenders and toys.

Lürssen comments:

“We are happy that we have met the high-end expectations from the owner in terms of product quality and being able to stay within budget and on time. We are looking forward for Kismet to be delivered as scheduled and finding her place amongst her peers as being a remarkable statement in large yacht construction, based on an excellent design and excellent engineering skills.”

Espen Oeino said:

“The external living spaces are numerous and generous and have been laid out for both charter and private use in mind. The external deck facilities include an open fireplace, external lounging and eating areas on three different decks including one with a fully equipped BBQ, an oval-shaped swimming pool with integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck and a very private observation deck overlooking it all. The master stateroom also has its own private external deck fully equipped with Jacuzzi and TV.”

Interior designer Pascal Reymond explains what enhances Kismet’s luxurious style:

“The interior spaces distributions of Kismet are very original with some very dramatic features and fabulous perspectives with large voids between decks, perfect for large dining parties and also suitable for smaller private and more intimate uses thanks to sliding doors and panels which can separate elegantly each area. Kismet has everything any owner would inspire for. Elegant, spacious and well-equipped spa with a plunge pool, every guest suites and owners area have their own identity and superb handmade textile and artwork, exotic woods and marble. Looking closely at the joinery detail of Kismet, she is very intricate with very interesting organic shapes and textures, still keeping an elegant and coherent design as a whole.”

Kismet will be available for charter with an experienced crew of 28 people. The yacht has a top speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Selected clients can charter her at a weekly rate of € 1.2 million. Moreover, the yacht is for sale with price on request

Main Specifications of KISMET

Length over all:95.20 m
Beam:13.80 m
Exterior Design:Espen Oeino
Interior Design:Reymond Langton

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W 100 Classic Yacht W-Class Yachts Front Street Shipyard

W-100 // Front Street Shipyard

Front Street Shipyard, designer Bruce Johnson and Rockport Marine Yacht Design presenting a concept for a classic looking 100-foot W-Class Yacht (calling W-100).

The W-Class 100 was developed for comfortable cruising but also regattas like the Les Voiles de Saint Barth, Antigua Classic, and the Bucket Series

The interior and deck layouts have been optimized for crew efficiency, comfort, and accommodations.

Price: ca. US$ 9,900,000

M5 Yacht ex Mirabella V

M5 (ex Mirabella V) restyled by Pendennis Shipyard

M5's stern was remodeled at the Pendennis shipyard in Falmouth, UK and completed her sail trials successful.

M5 was originally built in 2004 as Mirabella V. Until she is still the largest sloop with over 75 meters (length of the hull) and an almost 90 meters long mast.

Designed and manufactured by Carbo-Link with OYS making the fittings, the 34 new carbon fiber stays, and titanium fittings with built-in dynamic fiber optics have decreased the weight of the rig by 18 tons. The sail trials not only established the M5‘s potential speed but tested the new system and balance of the yacht under sail for the first time. During several hours on the water with challenging sea conditions, the remodeled boat performed well, reaching 17.7 knots in 18-23 knots of wind.

The project, due to be completed over the next month, has seen a collaboration between Pendennis and the original designer Ron Holland, to achieve the Owners idea of extending the stern by 3m which has created a new sleeker profile providing an impressive aft deck area. During the refit, Pendennis has completed extensive engineering works and the interiors have been redesigned by UK company Redman Whiteley Dixon.

M5 Yacht ex Mirabella V

M5 carries now a water plane on aft deck

Stepping the huge mast

Close to the wind when she was MIRABELLA V

Main Specifications of Sailing Yacht M5

Original Builder:Vosper Thornycroft
Length over all:75.22 m (pre-remodel) / 77.6m (post-remodel)
Draft:10 m
Naval Architect:Ron Holland
Exterior Styling:Ron Holland
Interior Design:Redman Whitely Dixon
Construction:Composite - Eglass
Year of Build:2004

Meteor I Yacht

Meteor - The German Royal Yachts

Note: This article handles not the 52m schooner yacht by Royal Huisman from 2007.

Meteor were the names of five German royal racing sailing yachts owned by Wilhelm II, German Emperor.

Wilhelm II (in English: William II) governed the German Empire from 1888 to 1918 and was also the King of Prussia and belonged to the House of Hohenzollern. His grandmother was Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Not much known: Wilhelm II was an enthusiastic yachtsman. He owned several sailing yachts and enjoyed yacht races in Germany and United Kingdom. He owned not only sailing yachts. Two of his yachts were the H.M.S. Hohenzollern I (88 meters) and H.M.S. Hohenzollern II (120 meters).

Meteor I

The original name of the first Meteor was Thistle. This yacht was designed by George Lennox Watson launched in 1887 at D. and W. Henderson & Company at the Clyde river in Scotland and had a length of 33.05 meters. The order was given by some members of the Royal Clyde Yacht Club. Her Mission: Challenging the American defender yacht Volunteer at the 7. America’s Cup. Unfortunately, she lost 0-2 against Volunteer from the New York Yacht Club. However, she was very successful when she was back in her home waters. That’s why Wilhelm II bought the yacht because he was looking for a promising regatta yacht.

Meteor I Yacht

Meteor I (ex Thistle) in drydock before 1899

Meteor I Yacht ex Thistle

Meteor I (ex Thistle)

Main Specifications METEOR I

Type:Racing cutter
Length over all:33.05 m
Length water line:26.35 m
Beam:6.20 m
Draft:4.16 m
Sailing area:1.245 m²

Meteor II

Wilhelm II wanted a faster racing yacht. He charged the yacht designer George Lennox Watson to construct the new one. The yacht was also built by D. and W. Henderson, like her predecessor. She served until 1902. This yacht was similar to H.M.Y. Brittania

Main Specifications METEOR II

Type:New dashing racing-cutter of Britannia-type
Length over all:37.06 m
Length water line:27.02 m
Beam:7.27 m
Draft:5.50 m
Sailing area:1.045 m²

Meteor III

1902 – new yacht, new designer and new shipyard. Not British, not German – Wilhelm II decided to the American designer Cary Smith and the American shipyard Townsend & Downey Shipbuilding Co.

Alice Roosevelt – the daughter of the U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt – christened the yacht. That was the beginning of the German-American sailing friendship.

In 1909 Dr. Carl Dietrich Harries (the husband of Werner von Siemens‘ daughter – Hertha) bought the yacht and renamed her in Nordstern (North Star) and converted to cruise with her in German and Mediterranean seas.

Meteor III Yacht

The launch of Meteor III in New York, 25 February 1902

Main Specifications METEOR III

Length over all:
Length water line:
Sailing area:

Meteor IV

Meteor IV was a complete German yacht. She was designed by Max Oertz and was built by Germaniawerft in Kiel.

Meteor IV Yacht

Postcard of the Meteor IV by the Imperial German Post Office

Meteor IV Yacht

Wilhelm II on SMY Meteor IV

Meteor IV Yacht

Oil Painting of Yacht Meteor IV

Main Specifications METEOR IV

Length over all:47.14 m
Length water line:33.05 m
Beam:8.27 m
Draft:5.49 m
Sailing area:1.371 m²

Meteor V

She was the last and biggest sailing yacht belongs to Wilhelm II. Like Meteor IV also designed by Max Oertz and built in 1914 by Germaniawerft in Kiel.

Main Specifications METEOR V

Length over all:47.60 m
Length water line:32.13 m
Beam:7.68 m
Draft:5.48 m
Sailing area:1.410 m²

Contest 72CS PH3 Yacht


The Contest 72 CS "PH3" was launched in 2012 by Contest Yachts in The Netherlands. She is a very luxurious yacht for her 22 meters. The interior design comes from Wetzels Brown Partners.

The Contest 72CS is the new flagship for the ever-expanding Contest fleet. Contest Yachts recently launched the modern versions of its entire range of bluewater cruisers which are being introduced alongside the traditional designs that have served this family-run yard so well. Setting new standards in terms of performance and comfort, the go-anywhere Contest 72CS will benefit from the yard’s unrivaled experience with vacuum infusion and be fully Lloyd’s certified. Moreover, this blend of premium Dutch quality and superior looks continues below decks in an interior that sets the Contest 72CS apart from anything available in this size bracket.

Gillian Brown, the interior designer says:

“Excellent design has long defined the distinctive identity of a Contest. “The owner of the Contest 72CS requested a small superyacht rather than a large family yacht, and together with the yard, this is exactly what we have created. The overall result is a boat that synthesizes the Contest quality template with a contemporary new look that may well redefine the Contest of the future.”

The tone is set in the saloon, which features large sofas with a modern soft look and feel. The master suite has a desk, two long sofas, and a large bathroom. To enhance the onboard logistics, the large galley is positioned forward to connect with the captain’s cabin and the captain’s lounge. There is also separate access to the cabin forward.

Virtual Tour/Interior

“In addition to a sophisticated layout, a yacht of this stature also deserves a range of innovative design features,” adds Brown. “We have streamlined the joinery, removing visible ventilation grilles, adding recessed hand grips, and giving the doors a more modern shape. On this specific yacht, the material choice moves away from the more traditional teak look, with bright and light oak panels offset by dark oak floors. We have introduced carpet in the master suite to enhance the luxurious ambiance there and the bathrooms are detailed with wall mounted taps, new colors of Corian and large showers.

The sleek go-anywhere Contest 72CS sets new standards of performance and comfort. Like all Contest yachts, this bluewater cruiser is one of the very few semi-custom yachts in Europe to meet the stringent quality demands of Lloyd’s certification. To save weight and add strength, Contest Yachts has deployed its industry-leading vacuum infusion system to produce both the hull and deck. The emphasis on quality is further underlined by the sublime finish of the interior for which the yard is renowned.

Main Specifications Contest 72CS/PH3

Length over all:21.80 m
Length water line:18.99 m
Beam (moulded):5.70 m
Displacement:44,300 kg
Interior design:Wetzels Brown Partners
Mast height above waterline:31.20 m
Fuel tank:1,700 liters
Water tank:1,600 liters
Engine:Perkins 216 hp

Deck Layouts, Interior Layout & Sailplan

Steve Jobs Yacht Feadship Philippe Starck

The iYacht has been launched by Feadship (Venus)

Feadship (de Vries in Aalsmeer) launched the superyacht "Venus"...

…with seven iMacs (or they are dummies for a sleek design because of marine related monitors?) on the bridge. She is very minimalistic and clean. The brilliant Mr. Philippe Starck (“Wedge Too”, “A”) designed this superyacht.

Read and see more on (Dutch) or on The Verge (English)

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Venus Yacht Feadship
Steve Jobs Yacht Feadship Philippe Starck

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Jongert 500 LE Motor Yacht Design

Jongert 500 LE 3D-animation

3D-animation of the Jongert 500 LE Superyacht. This yacht has a telescopic anchor system and a diesel electric propulsion.

The Jongert 500 LE was developed in cooperation with Azure Naval Architects and Guido de Groot – the designers of M/Y LADY M.

10 ten to 12 guests and 10 crew members can find sleeping places on board of that yacht.

Jongert 500 LE Telescopic Anchor System

Telescopic Anchor System

Nataly Yacht Benetti Yachts

NATALY // Benetti Yachts

There’s always a first time: on April 4th, the Benetti shipyard in Livorno launched its 65-meter Nataly aka FB 252, a truly innovative style. New, near plumb bow, new deck house shape, and sides that appear hand-molded by an artist.

The new megayacht Nataly slipped into the water at 12.30 today. On hand for the traditional christening were the commander, for the occasion representing the owner, the London studio Redman Whiteley & Dixon that designed both the

interiors and the external lines — represented by Ann Brown, Toby Ecuyer and Justine Redman — and the entire Benetti team that had followed the boat’s construction over the years. This was an important occasion for the Livorno shipyard which, thanks to the ship lift at its historic Morosini quay, can launch mega yachts of significant size.


Nataly Yacht Benetti Yachts

The automobile world has often drawn inspiration from the shape of seaworthy boats, incorporating the work processes and the way smooth surfaces are interrupted to create not just structural and functional tensions but true and proper paths for the eye to follow. With this new mega yacht, Nataly, those forms have been reworked, both inside and out, by the London designers Redman Whiteley & Dixon and are now returning to the sea. With its 65-meter overall length, this boat shows what harmony of style can be achieved when a single party handles both interior and external design. The form draws the eye and the boat is immediately perceived as both new and seaworthy, safe and fast, anchored in reassuring traditions. The designers say “what we are very good at is perfecting each and every detail, giving life to the owners’ visions and desires, following an intimate path that starts with that spark — the idea — and continues through to the launch, and even beyond”.

The hull has been designed by Benetti engineering and the particular bow presents an unusual distribution of the volumes, without the bulb that is normally used on such boats to improve consumption and speed. The underbody, too, has been designed by Benetti engineering. To achieve the best seakeeping characteristics, tests were performed at the Marin (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) basin in Wageningen, one of the best-equipped facilities in the world, an international benchmark for naval and pleasure craft where keel performance can be evaluated even under extremely rough water conditions. This boat offers other firsts as well: five hatches and hidden anchors integrated into the side of the hull which are practically invisible when sailing. The boat is powered by twin Caterpillar 3516B 2292 mhp (1685 kW) V-16, 78 liters, 1600 r.p.m. engines with a power rating suitable for continuous industrial operation. With propellers designed in-house, the engines power the boat to a peak speed of 16 knots and, at 85% power, the cruise speed is 15 knots. At the slower, fuel-saving speed of 12 knots, the 160,000-litre tanks ensure a sailing range of 5,000 nautical miles, greater than the conventional oceanic range. Both when at anchor and when sailing, stability is ensured by a Quantum QC2200 Zero Speed stabilizer system. This yacht has an integrated wheelhouse and a Best entertainment system distributed to each cabin, now the standard for even the smallest Benetti yachts.


Nataly Yacht Benetti Yachts

Nataly‘s layout boasts four decks: from the top, these are the Sun deck, with a large outdoor living area and swimming pool, the Bridge deck, Main deck and Lower deck with guest and crew cabins. The main deck plays a starring role with its luxury dining room where the large square table is much more than the most important piece of furniture in the room, its shape is the dominating force in a room dedicated to social pleasures. Behind it, obviously, lies the large professional galley with chestnut and stainless steel walls and black granite finish. The boat has separate paths for the crew and guests to move about. The bow section of the deck is the owner’s domain with a large cabin, study, his&her bathroom and a changing room. The large aft cockpit provides access both to the swimming platform on the lower deck and, over a unique stainless steel staircase, to the upper deck. The outside stairways are made completely of stainless steel and even the cockpit is enhanced by an imposing stainless steel, oval handrail. In the center of the boat, the lower deck has six guest cabins: four double and two twin. The crew area covers the entire bow with galley, dinette, and eight cabins. Besides the engine room, the stern also hosts a garage with a jet ski, and everything needed for water sports. The area is served by two hatches: one aft, the other starboard. Below this deck, there is a fifth, lower deck. The tanks take up most of this deck but it also has an area where the crew can relax as well as the laundry and A/V room.

The deck is the other prime zone on this yacht, its well-lit living zone looking out over the sea has two large windows that can convert it into a single environment. The commander’s cabin is also on this deck, outfitted with every comfort and just as refined as the rest of the boat. At the extreme bow on the Main deck, there are two tenders, on the port and starboard sides, near the side hatches.


Nataly Yacht Benetti Yachts

Nataly‘s interior is decorated in a sober, modern style with prime quality wood and stone. The walls are chestnut with walnut frames and Macassar ebony inserts, while the furnishings are made of walnut, Macassar ebony, Zebrano and natural teak. The floors are oak. The bathrooms are furnished in cedar and wenge. The stones are opaque and glossy travertine, veined statue-grade marble, black Port St Laurent marble, slate and black granite used in combination to achieve truly subtle elegance.

The M/Y Nataly will be delivered to its owner in June for its inauguration cruise in the Mediterranean.

Main Specifications of NATALY

Builder:AZIMUT-BENETTI SPA – Benetti shipyard, Italy
Year of launch:2011
Hull number:FB 252
Construction material:Steel Hull and Aluminum Superstructure
Length over all:65 m
Maximum beam:11,75 m
Maximum draft:3,10 m
Full load displacement:1130 T
Fuel capacity:16.0000 litres
Fresh water capacity:40.000 litres
Main Engines: 2 Caterpillar engines 3516B 1685 kW @ 1600 rpm
Max Speed at half load:16 knots
Cruising Speed:15 knots
Range at 12 knots:5.000 nm
Generators:3 Caterpillar generators C9 - 200kW/50Hz, 1 Caterpillar emergency
generator C4.4 - 82.0R 82kW/59Hz
Bow thruster:NAIAD DYNAMICS - bow thruster VT200 (200 kw)
Propellers:Benetti Design
Air-conditioning system:Heinen & Hopman
Exterior Styling & Concept:Redman Whiteley Dixon
Interior Design:Redman Whiteley Dixon
Accommodation for Guests:6 guest cabins plus the Owner’s Suite
Accommodation for Crew:8 crew cabins plus the Captain’s Cabin
Classification:Lloyd’s Register of Shipping

Diesel-Electric Yacht Fifth Ocean Yachts

44m Diesel-Electric Yacht // Fifth Ocean Yachts

The future of motor yachting in an exquisite designee saturate with cutting edge technology - 44m diesel-electric yacht

The yacht was designed by Studio Starkel for Fifth Ocean Yachts.

Diesel-Electric Yacht Fifth Ocean Yachts

Vertigo Yacht Alloy Yachts

Vertigo // Alloy Yachts

Vertigo is a 67-meter sailing yacht built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand in 2011.

Responsible for her sleek exterior design is Phillipe Briand. The interior was created by Christian Liaigre. She has a sail area of 5330 m² and is equipped with rigs by Southern Spars and furlers by Reckmann.

“Vertigo has been an incredible project and one which all of us at Alloy Yachts are very proud of.”


Main Specifications of VERTIGO

Length over all:67.20 m
Beam:12.53 m
Draft:5.05 m
Main Engines:2 x Caterpillar C32 DI-TTA V12, 1400 BHP each @ 2300 RPM (1044 bkW)
Bow / Stern thrustersAlloy Yachts Vertical Hyd and American Bow Thrusters 200HP Trac 28
Generators:2 x Caterpillar C9 200kW
Fuel:64,000 litres
Fresh water:13,900 litres
Exterior design:Philippe Briand
Interior design:Christian Liaigre Interior Design
Classification:Lloyds Register