Volpini 2 Yacht Amels 188

Amels 188 VOLPINI 2

Hat-trick at Amels: A repeat client ordered the first Amels 188, christened VOLPINI 2 that is also the first hybrid-powered yacht by the yard. Furthermore, it is the first Tier III yacht in the world.

The Amels 188 belongs to the successful semi-custom line Limited Editions. For the readers who don’t know, what that means: The hull and the exterior design is fully engineered and the client can bring his favorite interior designer. That saves time and costs (explained in a nutshell). The exterior design is a timeless creation by Tim Heywood. The interior of this unit has been designed by Reymond Langton.

The Amels 188 has a beam of 10.60 meters. Although the yacht is just five meters longer than her smaller sister Amels 180, the hull volume is much higher – 671 GT vs. 970 GT. Also, the beach club is much bigger. During the Superyacht Press Tour 2018, organized the Holland Superyacht Group, I had the chance to see both models at the quay and the difference was impressive.

VOLPINI 2 has a 130 sqm owners’ suite forward on the main deck with a twelve square meters fold-out balcony. The yacht has five guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP suite can be found on the bridge deck.

TIER III and Hybrid Propulsion

Amels 188 Volpini 2 Yacht

The Amels 188 meets the new TIER III regulation by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that is an agency of the United Nations to reduce the NOx by about 70 percent of all vessels over 500 GT with the keel laying after 1st of January 2016. Although the keel of VOLPINI 2 was laid in 2015, Amels reacted proactive and equipped the yacht with a propulsion that meets the TIER III requirements.

The propulsion is a hybrid system. Amels teamed up with MTU, Veth and Hug Engineering.

The yacht will be at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 but not for sale or charter. Appointments by Amels only.

Brigadoon Yacht Moonen Martinique

Moonen Martinique BRIGADOON (36m)

Moonen launched the first Martinique model of the Caribbean-series with the name BRIGADOON.

René van der Velden designed the exterior lines of the Monnen Martinique while the interior design comes from Nauta Design. The first Martinique was ordered by a shareholder of Moonen but sold to new clients. The yacht will be displayed in Cannes and Monaco.

The displacement hulled yacht has a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

Moonen Managing Director Emile Bilterijst explains:

“The advantage of using high tensile steel is that the construction can be made lighter and yet have the same strength of ‘normal’ steel. The Martinique will be a lightweight superyacht which, when paired with a smart slender hull design, will give a projected top speed of approx. 17 knots combined with a low fuel consumption at cruising speed.”

First launch pictures

Updated exterior renderings with bimini (April 30th, 2018)

Older renderings (April 3rd, 2018)

Emile Bilterijst continues:

“Leveraging on Moonen’s rich experience with fast displacement boats we have opted to add propeller tunnels to Martinique, who remains a naval architect in heart and soul. “One of the goals was to offer a limited draft – which will be a vital feature when exploring such wonderful places as the Bahamas  – combined with low fuel consumption at cruising speeds. This requires large propellers and CFD calculations have been used to optimize tunnel shape and positioning of appendages on the hull.

We are now shaping the hull and the tunnels in an optimum way within the set parameters in order to achieve the best possible propulsion outcome. With her exceptionally comfortable seakeeping performance, superior noise & vibration attenuation properties and low cost of ownership, I believe that the Martinique will change the way people view steel-hulled motor yachts.”

There are currently no interior pictures available but Emile Bilterijst describes the work with the designers:

“It is very inspiring to see specialists from different disciplines working together to find the perfect solution for each area of the yacht. The cooperation with Nauta Design has been very professional and the interior will feature a refined simplicity, clean lines and a significant use of natural light. There is still time for new owners to work closely together with the project team to define the interior atmosphere to their own preferences.”

Also from the Caribbean-line: The Matica model christened BIJOUX


NGONI (58m) by Royal Huisman and Dubois

Royal Huisman presents the 58m high-performance sloop Ngoni that wears correctly the byname "The Beast" - penned by the late Ed Dubois.

Pictures were taken by Breed Media

Ngoni is one of the most innovative designs that comes to the real life. I like those owners who bring courage into the superyacht industry to realize those progressive projects. The yacht was created for a highly experienced yachtsman and offshore racing sailor. The design brief said, that the owner wanted a luxurious cruising go-anywhere yacht with high-performance DNA. I haven’t been onboard but I think the project stakeholders delivered exactly that. The statement of requirements in a nutshell:

“Build me a beast. Don’t build me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This has to be an edgy and innovative weapon; fast and furious.”

Owner of the yacht

The impressive 71m carbon mast was built by Royal Huisman’s subsidiary RONDAL that features components by Carbo-Link. Even the style-to-order performance furling boom with a length of 24m could be a big boat by itself and reflects Ngoni‘s profile design.

The haute couture was tailored by North Sails with the 3 Di materials. The yacht wears a total sail area of 1,950 sqm (upwind) and 3,093 sqm (downwind).

The garderobe contains:

Main Sail




Code Zero






Ed Dubois (1952 – 2016) said:

“The bigger the model, the more accurate the results, because you can scale everything except the viscosity of water. Our aim is to reduce the wetted surface to minimize drag, while still retaining good stability. The hull lines will be finalized by November following the results of the tank tests.”

A Williams 565 jet tender is stored forward under the flush deck. A hidden crane moves the tender in or out of the water. Forward is also a pool and enough space set up a sunbathing area with sunshade. Guests can enter the tender via the beach deck with the fold-out swimming platform and an inviting staircase to the cockpit.


NGONI’s Interior design is a creation by Rick Baker and Paul Morgan with signature furniture pieces by Francis Sultana. The full-beam owners’ suite at the aft features a direct access to the beach deck, a gym and a study that can be transformed into further guest areas alongside the two permanent cabins.

Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London-based Rick Baker Ltd. Having been involved in some of the most high-profile projects on the planet, The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.

The deckhouse has two separated area. The front part is dedicated to the crew with navigation desk and direct access down to the crew area with the mess, galley, and six double crew cabins. The rear part is a socializing area with coffee table seating, dining, and a bar.

Comments on the project

Ed Dubois:

“Given their reputation for excellence, Royal Huisman was the owner’s choice of shipyard from the very start.This is a thought-provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style, and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for both designer and shipyard.”

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

Alice Huisman:

“A great client, a great design team, and a great project. Everything about this project has our name on it: Royal Huisman is the perfect fit for every aspect of the project and the requirements to build it.”

NGONI was launched in April 2017.

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

Main Specifications

Length over all:58.15 m
Beam:9.54 m
Draft:5.30 m - 8.10 m (Lifting Keel)
Exterior Design:Dubois Naval Architects
Naval ArchitectureDubois Naval Architects
Interior Design:Rick Baker / Paul Morgan
Interior accent pieces and exotic finishes:Francis Sultana
Light Design:The Light Corporation
Hull Speed (Basic Engines17 knots
Main Sail853 m²
Blade:687 m²
Code Sail:1097 m²
Stay Sail:289 m²
Mast Height / Air Draft:71.00 m / 75.00m
Displacement:353 t
Gross Tonnage:396 gt

Profile & General Arrangement


Deck Layout NGONI Sailing Yacht
Deck Layout

NGONI General Arrangement
General Arrangement

Last but not least: Interviews with the naval architect and interior designer of Ngoni

Naval Architect Ed Dubois

ED: The owner wanted me to take a fresh look at large yacht design. He wanted me to go back to my roots in the late 1970s and ‘80s when we were designing race boats, but he also knew we had designed a number of high-performance yachts that were nevertheless seaworthy and comfortable cruisers. So I had to reset my internal computer, if you like, and look hard at how we could save weight and add strength. That’s how the reverse sheer came about.     

Can you explain the concept behind the reverse sheer?

ED: Think of a sloop as a bow and arrow: the bow is the hull, the arrow is the mast and the string is the forestay and backstay. You can imagine that tension creates an awful lot of bending moment, which is fine if you can compensate with a strong, deep beam in the structural sense, but the Beast has a relatively low freeboard and shallow beam with no structural superstructure. Then you make the situation worse by making holes in the deck for tender bays, sail lockers, and hatches – metal that would usually resist the compression in the deck. You can overcome that by adding a substantial sheer strake and Ngoni has a top plate of solid 35mm aluminum that acts like a ring beam around the hull, but it’s still a struggle to come up with the required stiffness. So then I started thinking about a reverse sheer, which is much like the structure of a bridge where the road is convex to resist the compression created by the weight of the traffic. We ran it through our structural analysis program and suddenly we had a 12 percent increase in stiffness for the same weight. It’s something you sometimes see on high-performance boats like Samurai, but this is the first time I’ve designed a sailing yacht with a reverse sheer.

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

It also affects the exterior profile, of course. Was the owner happy with the look of the boat?

ED: He wanted a yacht that was fast and punchy without losing the concept of a world cruising boat, which allowed me to think outside the box and defy convention. I remember when he initially came to the office I sketched out a design and he said, “It’s OK, but a bit ordinary. What are you going to do now?” I went away and came up with the reverse sheer, but was worried he might not like it. The next time we met in London I showed him the design and he loved it – in fact, he gave me a big bear hug! Actually, Ngoni has a convex sheer at the maximum bending moment amidships that transforms into a concave sheer aft, which looks more attractive and provides better visibility from the cockpit.

To what extent were you involved in the interior layout and design?

ED: With all our designs – except Twizzle, because we joined the project later – we’ve developed the initial space planning. As naval architects, we know where the primary elements such as the mast, the keel box, and the engine room should be. The associated structures around these have a profound effect on the interior layout, especially on a sailing boat. I also very much enjoy dealing with the architecture – as opposed to the naval architecture – of a boat: the flow from one space to another and the lifestyle the owner enjoys (or endures!) on board. So we created the general arrangement and introduced some of the curved shapes into the interior, which provided the template for the interior designers Rick Baker and Paul Morgan.

Ngoni Yacht Royal Huisman

There is a fine distinction between speed and comfort; does that mean compromises had to be made?

ED: I prefer the word “balance” to “compromise”. To produce a balanced design you have to understand the true purpose of the boat from the owner’s perspective. That means you have to get to know him or her well enough to understand what they really want, which is not always easy as some owners have very clear ideas and others are not too sure. The owner of Ngoni is an experienced sailor who has raced in the Fastnet and Sydney-Hobart, and he knew I understood both the racing and cruising side. Like Frers and Briand, I started my career designing race boats and then transferred into large cruising yachts, so my job as a designer today is to get the right balance of speed, seaworthiness and long-range cruising ability based on the owner’s brief. I don’t think you can do that successfully unless you’ve sat for hours on the weather rail of a boat you’ve designed yourself and got cold and wet and possibly frightened or felt the excitement when you win and disappointment when you lose. You learn how a sailing boat behaves in all conditions on the race course – it is that experience that has given me the confidence to design a large sailing yacht and be pretty certain it’s going to work.

Given the need for speed, was a carbon fiber hull ever considered?

ED: It was, briefly, at the very beginning. The owner wanted to know about all the options and we presented him with comparisons in terms of weight, cost and build times. But there were other considerations at stake: sure, we could make a lighter and faster boat out of carbon, but would it be as comfortable and suitable for world cruising? Carbon hulls have a more aggressive motion at sea, which beyond the issue of seasickness is not very comfortable for long-range cruising. They also tend to be noisy, so some of the weight you’ve saved goes back on the boat as acoustic insulation. Again, it all came down to balance: understanding the true purpose of the yacht and coming up with the right formula, which is the delicious thing about being a designer. It’s like the satisfaction you get from solving a complicated mathematical equation. And people put their trust in you and pay you do it!

Interior Designer Rick Baker Ltd.

Please introduce yourselves

Rick Baker Limited is a bespoke cabinetmaking company which is very firmly art based. Both myself (Rick Baker) and co-director, Paul Morgan, have been through the art college system – I studied illustration and fine art, and Paul originally started off studying architecture before transferring to furniture design and manufacture.

In my twenties, I moved into furniture design and it did not take too long before we became involved with clients that were looking for originality of design and exemplary workmanship. As the company has grown, so has our reputation for producing quirky one-offs.

We employ twelve cabinetmakers and are fortunate to have never needed to advertise for work.

What brief were you given?

We have worked on many projects for these clients, and they asked if we could come up with a scheme for the interiors for the yacht. We were obviously delighted to be involved and had a series of meetings to determine the brief and direction for the yacht styling.

Yacht NGONI Interior Breedmedia

What was your initial reaction?

The design of the yacht is so unique, and it is obviously very exciting to be part of the team working on such a ‘one-off’. The curved shape of a yacht calls for a different approach – we have made a lot of curved furniture, but it was always to fit into square rooms!

Did the brief present any opportunities?

Yes, it was fantastic to meet the team involved in the building of the yacht. It has given us great insight at the highest level. It has also been very interesting to see how the boatyard approaches manufacture generally.

This project also presents us with an incredible opportunity to bring some new ideas to the more traditional styling of many current yachts.

Sailing Yacht NGONI Interior

Are there challenges to overcome?

The main challenge comes from the fact that, although we have designed and made freestanding pieces for motor yachts in the past, we have never been asked to design the complete interior of a sailing yacht.

But this also means we can challenge the status quo. We design with only half an eye on what supposedly can or can’t be done on a yacht, then, with the advice of Royal Huisman, we resolved most problems together.

What are the steps between brief and delivery?

We have a relatively simple design process which starts with a client meeting where we throw lots of ideas into the air – we land some of those ideas and we write copious notes. We then work on visuals and scale drawings to present to the clients and then rework those drawings with the design development that has come out of that meeting. We have been fortunate to work closely on several projects for these clients and have developed an understanding of their ideas, likes and dislikes.

Sailing Yacht NGONI Mess Galley

How do you collaborate with the project team?

We had initial design concept meetings with Ed Dubois and Royal Huisman to agree to a strategy. And, as I have already mentioned, we work with Royal Huisman to make sure our concepts are fit for purpose as part of a superyacht interior. Also, the experience and advice from Goddy (Project Manager) and Iain Cook (Build Captain) have been invaluable.

Is there an overall ‘theme’?

The yacht is a total one-off, with a unique design by Ed Dubois, and the interiors had to reflect the same state of the art design. So we have consciously avoided giving the yacht a theme but rather chose to make the different areas very individual. It was important to us to not let the craft feel like a hotel and to avoid repetition in the cabins etc.

NGONI Master Bathroom Breed Media

Are you using any unusual materials?

Innovative design still has to be practical and visually comfortable. The ‘standard’ response would be to mix high-sheen lacquer and hardwoods. Instead, we have selected some specialist finishes which would not normally be associated with a contemporary yacht. These include artisan resin panels and metalized spray and lacquered textured effects.

Have you learned anything?

Having been involved in such a wonderful project has given us a different way of seeing and designing, although of course not all of that can be applied to domestic interiors. It has encouraged us to consider new rhythms of furniture design.

Master Suite NGONI Sailing yacht

How do you think people will react?

I believe that other people will enjoy slowly observing the yacht and interiors when they first board – in the same way, that people attune themselves to understand abstract art. They will inspect carefully and hopefully understand and warm to their surroundings.

Can you sum up the project in a few words?

It has certainly been, quite literally, a learning curve. Our voyage on land with the team has been educational and we hope the journey continues and that the yacht proves itself to be something really special – ‘The Beast’ of speed and fun.

NGONI Guest Cabin Starboard

Update January 28th, 2018: NGONI won two awards at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018 in Kitzbühel: Best Naval Architecture & Best Exterior Styling Sailing Yachts.

Launch and Construction Impressions

Video by Cloudshots

Boreas Yacht Heesen

Heesen sold BOREAS (YN 18650)

Project BOREAS has been sold.

On November the 27th, Heesen Yachts announced that they sold a yacht with a similar exterior design to motor yacht HOME with the project name BOREAS and the yard number (YN 18650) based on the Nova Plus platform. The yacht will be delivered to an experienced sailing yacht owner in July 2019 who was impressed by the sea stability of the Fast Displacement Hull Form and influenced the pre-engineered yacht with his personal experience.

Like HOME, also BOREAS will wear the exterior signature of OMEGA Architects and swims on the FDHF by Van Oossanen through the waves. Mark Whiteley is responsible for the “contemporary, welcoming and inviting interior” design. Talking of the interior, that welcomes 12 guests in total, separated in five guest cabins on the lower deck and the master suite on the main deck. A crew of nine persons serves yacht and guests.

Boreas Yacht Heesen
Boreas Yacht Heesen
Boreas Yacht Heesen

The full-aluminum yacht will be powered by two MTU V12 engines (12V 2000 M72). The engines power her up to nearly 20 knots but can also sail with an economical fuel consumption of circa 98 liters per hour. At 12 knots, she has a range of 3,750 nautical miles.

It is the 5th contract in 2017 with a total yacht length of 257 meters!

Aquarius Yacht Royal Huisman

AQUARIUS (56m) by Royal Huisman

Renowned Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman starts construction of 56m classic ketch "Aquarius" designed by Dykstra Naval Architects with interior design by Mark Whitely Design.

Aquarius will be equipped with carbon spars and booms which have a Panamax height limitation. The hull design details feature oval portholes, a circular skylight around the mizzen mast to flood the owner’s suite with daylight.

Aquarius will carry a 6.2m jet drive tender behind the foremast. She gets a large 3m side boarding platform and the twin helm station will be a part of the main cockpit.

Thys Nikkels of Dykstra Naval Architects says:

“The owner’s brief for Aquarius has been for a stunning looking yacht for family enjoyment. We created a slender hull with long overhangs for an elegant and classic-looking yacht with favorable sea-keeping characteristics that are ideal for worldwide cruising. The generous sail area combined with her ketch rig and modern underwater body with fin keel and spade rudder will assure light air agility to her otherwise all round performance. We might see her in a Bucket regatta, but with below deck stowage planned for numerous toys such as a Laser, kayaks, windsurfers, and bicycles she will be as much at home in a secluded bay as on the race course or the high seas.”

AQUARIUS Royal Huisman Sailplan

Interior designer Mark Whiteley comments:

“The interior will compliment her elegant profile and traditional lines with beautiful raised and fielded white painted paneling trimmed with an elegant but simple profile of fine varnished timber. The brief called for a relaxed home afloat for the owner’s family and friends, and aside from a split-level master cabin featuring a private deckhouse and cockpit, the accommodation includes a large deck salon, three en-suite guest cabins, a media room and even a dedicated fully equipped gym. One cabin will serve as a bunk-room for the owner’s extended family with twin beds that can convert to a Queen double with a set of Pullman berths above. The gymnasium too will have an optional Pullman fitted.“

Delivery for Aquarius is scheduled for autumn 2017. Her maiden voyage will be in the Caribbean at the islands of the West Indies.

Laurentia Yacht Heesen

Laurentia by Heesen

Heesen delivered project HY 17755 aka Alida that is finally christened M/Y Laurentia.

Photos: Dick Holthuis

The exterior is a design by Omega Architects while the interior comes from the Miami-based studio RADYCA. The calculation with the Fast Displacement Hull Form was done by the Heesen in-house team and Van Oossanen.

Laurentia has a 102 m² sky lounge with a 180-degrees view and panorama windows. Her big sun deck has a space of 110 m². The owners master suite is located on the main deck. Guests can sleep in 5 cabins on the lower deck. There are a full beam VIP suite, 2 twin, and 2 double cabins.

At the stern is a beach club located, while the tenders are stored on the foredeck. She will be powered by two MTU diesel engines with a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots. With 12 knots she will reach impressive 5,400 nautical miles without a fuel stop.

Currently no interior pictures. Here the described interior by the yard:

“SIMPLICITY, WARMTH, and COMFORT through the use of select materials and a high level of craftsmanship, are the key ingredients in the creation of Alida’s refined interior. The overall design is for an owner who understands luxury, relaxation, and entertainment while yachting.

Contrast is achieved by the consistent use of neutral hues found in open-grain white oak and different tones of wengé, taupe and gray leathers, wool carpets, and light textured suedes. White Arabescato and Grecale brown marble slabs emphasize the purity of the design.”

Interior designer Ramon Alonso comments:

“The objective was to create a clean and simple, yet sophisticated, interior that evokes tranquility in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere”

Main Specifications

Length over all:55.00 m
Beam:9.60 m
Material:Steel hull with aluminum superstructure
Exterior Design:Omega Architects
Naval Architecture:Van Oossanen / Heesen
Interior Design:RADYCA
Main Engines:2× MTU 8V 4000 M63 (2 x 1,000 KW)
Top Speed:16 knots
Range:4,500 nm @ 13 knots / 5,400 nm @ 12 knots
Fuel Capacity:100,000 l

Marriage of hull and superstructure in September 2015

Anemeli Yacht Van der Valk

ANEMELI (28m) by Van der Valk

Van der Valk announced the official delivery the 28m motor yacht Anemeli.

ANEMELI belongs to the two-level flybridge motor yachts. I like these smooth exterior lines by Guido de Groot. In my eyes a great mix of traditional and dynamic lines like the Continental Three-series. Talking of dynamic, the naval architect Jaron Ginton gave her a maximum speed of 30,2 knots! Last but not least, there is the influence of the owner who has a boating experience of over 30 years.

Anemeli Yacht Van der Valk
Anemeli Yacht Van der Valk

The round-bilged fast displacement motor yacht features the multifunctional Opacmare Transformer platform at the stern that serves also as the tender storage.

The sun deck features a flybridge, sunbathing area, a shaded wet bar and U-shaped dining area. Additionally, there are also sun pads on the foredeck including sitting area.

Anemeli Yacht Interior

The classically styled interior (also a creation by Guido de Groot) is dominated by cherry wood and bright cushion. The full-beam owner cabin is located amidships on the lower deck. There are also the two guest cabins and the VIP cabin. One crew area with two beds and separate ladderway is located forward, another single bed crew cabin is at the lazarette. All cabins are equipped with ensuites.

Anemeli Yacht Interior

At the lazarette is also the storage for SEABOBs, diving gear and the place of the freezer, washing machine and dryer. The engine room is the home two MAN V12 with 1,900 hp each. The stable cruise is supported by a Veem VG120 gyro stabilizer. ANEMELI is the first European yacht with this model.

Anemeli Yacht Interior
Anemeli Yacht Interior

Main Specifications

Length over all:27.90 m
Length Waterline:25.30 m
Beam:6.72 m
Draft:1.80 m
Exterior Design:Guido de Groot
Interior Design::Guido de Groot
Naval Architecture:Ginton Naval Architects
Main Engines:2 x 1,900 HP MAN V12
Top Speed:30.2 knots
Cruising Speed:23 knots
Fuel:13,000 l
Material:Aluminum (hull and superstructure)

Profile & Layouts

Profile Anemeli Yacht

Sundeck Anemeli

Main Deck Anemeli
Main Deck

Lower Deck Yacht Anemeli
Lower Deck

Feadship Hull 696 SAMAYA

SAMAYA (69m) by Feadship

The 69m Feadship yacht with the project number 696 has been officially launched as M/Y SAMAYA.

Feadship describes the yacht as “The ultimate diving buddy” because the owner has a focus on diving adventures. SAMAYA features a tidy diving room for the equipment, a heating system that the yacht can be heated up 30° and a pool of hot water that divers can recover fast from their trips in the depths.

Currently not in pictures: The interior design by RWD (Redman Whitely Dixon).

Feadship Hull 696 SAMAYA
Feadship Hull 696
Samaya Yacht Feadship

“After joining us at the 2014 Monaco show, the client came straight to the Netherlands with Joshua Lee from Lee Marine to see our facilities on the Sunday after the event and discuss a high-speed motor yacht with a large open sun deck,” remembers Feadship director Bas Nederpelt. “They then spent Monday and Tuesday with the in-house design and naval architect team at Feadship De Voogt translating the client’s fascinating ideas into the initial design. After several design iterations, a Letter of Intent was signed on the Tuesday evening.

Samaya Yacht Feadship

Feadship De Voogt designer Jan Schaffers explains:

“The owner shared stories about diving adventures as we studied shapes together to discover what it is that makes these underwater creatures so fascinating. Our conclusions were included in the design. A good example is the gentle yet powerful muscular shape of the side bulwarks, which echo the pronounced slender muscles seen on a bull shark.”

Feadship Hull 696 SAMAYA

The yacht is equipped with two custom-designed tenders in the sizes of 8.8m and 7.2m with the same color as the mothership. The boats are stored forward on the main deck.

Samaya Yacht Feadship

“This is the clearest possible example of how Feadship can embark on a project guided solely by the inspiration of a client and our unrivaled experience. Confident of the stellar reputation of the Feadship yards, owners can rest assured that everything will go smoothly from that point on. We also have the flexibility to continue engaging with their ideas as a design develops: Samaya, for instance, grew by some five meters over the early months. This is the only way to ensure a truly bespoke motor yacht.”

Samaya Yacht Feadship

The yacht was designed to be autarky to sail in regions with no or limited infrastructure. During the keel laying ceremony, the owner promised that the yacht serves also as a platform for scientists and media to produce educational material of rare species.

Main Specifications

Length over all:69.00 m
Beam:11.40 m
Draft:3.40 m
Exterior Design:De Voogt
Interior Design::RWD
Naval Architecture:De Voogt
Top Speed:16.4 knots
Range:5,000 nautical miles
Main Engines:2 x CAT 3512 C

Livingstone Hartman Yachts

Gentleman Cruiser: LIVINGSTONE by Hartman Yachts

Hartman Yachts is the new player in the superyacht game - with the 24m LIVINGSTONE, they show also finished showcase project.

Hartman Yachts is the brand of Hartman Marine Group – a maritime transport and shipbuilding company from the Netherlands that enters now the superyacht industry.

Hartman comments:

“We know the ins and outs of the nautical trade as no other. Values and standards that have stood the test of time are at the core of our company and underpin all our activities.”

Now, let’s take a look at their first launched luxury yacht – the 24m gentleman cruiser LIVINGSTONE in the design of the 1930’s. The vessel was named after Scottish missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone. The yacht belongs to the Hartman Yachts classic line that is also available as a 34m version and a 42m vessel.

Hull number one features a single engine configuration with a 345 hp MAN diesel engine but an order with a twin-engine is also possible.

The interior style is different from the classic exterior lines. Hartman built a modern interior with an interesting style of fabrics.

The raised pilothouse offers a seating area in the corner and a navigation desk. Down to the saloon are an open galley, a dining table for up to six people, a seating with coffee table, a desk and a long sideboard. The owners’ cabin is on the lower deck together with three guest cabins (two single bed cabins and one double bed cabin) and the laundry.

Main Specifications

Length Overall:











Knots @ 1700 rpm


24m Livingstone Hartman Yachts

Delta One Mulder ThirtySix

Mulder ThirtySix DELTA ONE

The new Mulder ThirtySix completed sea trials and exceeded the expectations of the project parties.

The yacht reached a top speed of 16.8 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots on her sea trials with winds up to 6 Beaufort. The naval architecture work was done by Van Oossanen, the features the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF). Her exterior lines were created by Claydon Reeves, while the interior comes from Vickers Studio.

Delta One Mulder ThirtySix
Delta One Yacht Mulder
Delta One Mulder Thirty Six

The yacht has tender space for a Williams 625 Dieseljet, two Yamaha GP1800 jet ski’s, Seabobs and extensive windsurf-gear. Guests will find five staterooms to accommodate 10 guests. The owner has a full-beam suite.

The saloon and dining area are located on the main deck with floor to ceiling windows to enjoy a great panoramic view. There is also a fold out balcony.

Main Specifications

Length over all:36.00 m
Beam:8.00 m
Draft:2.05 m
Exterior Design:Claydon Reeves
Interior Design:Vickers Studio
Naval Architecture:Van Oossanen
Displacement (full):190 t
Top Speed:16.8 knots
Cruising Speed:15 knots
Main Engines:2 x Caterpillar C18 1.150HP
Fuel Capacity:32,000 l
Certification:MCA + LY3
Maximum Persons:16
Guests:10 in five staterooms
Crew:4 - 6

Hull Transport one year ago

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Breedendam MTB fourzero Wheelhouse

Breedendam MTB fourzero Wheelhouse

The MTB fourzero is the current flagship of Breedendam Yachts - now they delivered the first unit.

With a length of under 14m, one of the smaller yacht you can find on this blog. But I think these beautiful and classic lines by Guido de Groot should have a place here – just a floating artwork.

The yacht looks like a noble gentlemen cruiser but the naval architects of Flamme Yacht Design developed a top speed of 35 knots, powered by a twin Volvo IPS 600 engines configuration.

To meet the owner’s requirement to drive in northern Europe and the Caribbean, the interior features air condition and central heating. A draft of 1.05m is perfect to reach shallow waters in the Waddenzee or the North Sea and the air draft of 2.66m is great for river cruises.

Alongside the owner’s cabin in the fore ship, two another guests can sleep in the salon.

Main Specifications

Length over all:13.37 m
Length Waterline:12.22 m
Beam:4.00 m
Draft:1.05 m
Air Draft:2.66 m
Displacement:12.000 kg
Naval Architecture:Flamme Yacht Design
Exterior Design:Guido de Groot
Main Engines:2 x 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS 600
Top Speed:35 knots

Impressions of the construction

Kamalaya Yacht Wajer 38

The North: Awesome Movie of M/Y Kamalaya and her Wajer 38 Tender

Personally, I like videos of yachts in cold regions more than in the Med or in the Caribbean. Here comes M/Y Kamalaya and her tender - a Wajer 38.

The venue of the performance is Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago (a group of islands with Spitsbergen as the largest island) in the Arctic Ocean. The North has two considerable protagonists.

There is the 55m motor yacht KAMALAYA that belongs to the Amels 180-series – a semi-custom yacht line with exterior design by Tim Heywood and built by Dutch shipyard Amels. The owner can bring an own interior designer. Additionally, the Wajer 38 – a design by Vripack with a top speed of 45 knots (depending on engine configuration).

But now, switch to full-screen mode, turn up the volume of your speakers and lean back.

Creative Lines from New Zealand produced this video. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t miss another adventure in Svalbard: The 45m M/Y LATITUDE in the movie: The Highest Latitude