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The 24-metre Acico motor yacht Ursus has completed her extension at the Balk Shipyard in Urk, the Netherlands. The refit saw the vessel extended by six-metres, converting her to a new length of 30.36-metres. Originally launched in 2016 as part of the Drettmann Bandido 80 series, Ursus features exterior design by Focus Yacht Design, while her interior and naval architecture were penned by Drettmann Yachts.  Ursus arrived at Balk Shipyard in 2022, with work including the addition of new bow and stern sections, to complete her six-metre extension. Balk Shipyard worked in cooperation with Mulder Design and the owner’s team on the rebuild, with the main objective of improving the vessel’s seakeeping performance and onboard living spaces.“Both the bow and the stern are completely new extensions,” commented Bas Mulder, Owner of Mulder Design. “Only the middle part of the yacht’s hull remained untouched. The superstructure has a one-metre extension to create a larger saloon and
Fri, 19 Jul 2024 | 09:15
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Ranging between 24-metres and 40-metres in length, pocket explorer yachts are known for their globe-trotting abilities, without the need for hosting helicopters or a large crew onboard. Ideal for accessing shallow reefs, remote coves, or picturesque coastlines, this “pocket-sized” subset of yachts allows adventurous owners to travel in comfort for weeks at a time. We take a look at some of the pocket explorer yachts that are currently up for grabs on the market this summer.   Vãyus | Ocean King | 36.2-metres | 2023 Delivered by Ocean King in 2023, Vãyus features interior and exterior design by VYD Studio, and naval architecture by InNave. She can accommodate up to 10 guests onboard across five staterooms, as well as seven crew members across four crew cabins. A key highlight of this pocket explorer yacht is her ability to house two swimming pools: a seawater pool in the expansive beach area aft and a heated freshwater pool on
Thu, 18 Jul 2024 | 16:00
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The 115-metre Lürssen superyacht Pelorus has completed her refit at the Peters Werft facility in Wewelsfleth, Germany. Spotted by photographer Jonas Thelen of Superyachtblog, Pelorus was seen departing the shipyard earlier today.Originally launched in 2003, Pelorus features exterior design by Tim Heywood Design, with naval architecture by her builder Lürssen. Known as Project Coral Island II during construction, she features interior design by Terence Disdale Design.Pelorus is characterised by a high sheer line, paired with Lürssen’s signature elongated bow, to create a powerful profile. Her exterior design incorporates the four lower decks within her hull, allowing for a full-beam floor layout. Her interior has an atmosphere of beach-chic at sea, using natural materials and exotic textures, with design features such as several terraces with doors that open out of the side of her hull for an indoor/outdoor experience.Pelorus has undergone several refits over the years. In 2008, she received a second helipad from Blohm+Voss,
Thu, 18 Jul 2024 | 17:30

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The 49.8-metre Heesen superyacht Orion, which began construction on speculation in 2022, is slated for delivery in Q1 2025. As a part of Heesen's innovative 50-metre Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) aluminium series, Orion shares design elements with her sister vessels, the highly charterable 49.8-metre Home, along with Amare II.Orion offers clients a unique opportunity. The availability of a superyacht for short delivery presents a distinct advantage for discerning buyers. Choosing a vessel nearing completion significantly reduces the lengthy wait periods typically associated with high-quality, high-performance superyachts, which can span several years. This aligns with the immediate gratification and flexibility many clients desire and offers potential for quicker returns on investment, particularly appealing for those interested in charter operations.Orion features an exterior design by Omega Architects and naval architecture by Heesen and Van Oossanen, the firm that pioneered the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form. Constructed from lightweight aluminium, Orion also boasts a shallow draught of
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When Ramazan Mengi established the foundations of Mengi Yayin Turkey in 1964, little did he know that his family venture would evolve into the cornerstone of Turkish boat building. Built upon the foundations of family, passion, and craftsmanship, the Turkish shipyard is celebrating its 60th year with notable developments, partnerships, and plans to future-proof its craft. The shipyard's journey, with over 200 new-build boats to its name, began with young, skilled carpenters crafting wooden sailing boats up to 30 metres and traditional Turkish gullets. Over the decades, the shipyard has evolved and grown exponentially, seamlessly transitioning to steel hull and aluminium superstructure construction. Today, located in the Nuh Industrial Zone of Tuzla, the shipyard specialises in the 300-500GT range. The impressive setup of three hangers, spanning 40,000 square metres, allows for the simultaneous construction of up to four vessels. While embracing modern approaches, it continues to stay true to its roots, such as Seleda, the
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Over the past decade, West Istanbul Marina has developed a strong reputation for successful refits, positioning itself as the premier destination for complex maritime projects in the region. Its strategic location on the western part of Istanbul along the Marmara Sea makes it ideal for both local and international visitors. West Istanbul Marina is a modern, comprehensive destination for yachting enthusiasts and visitors in Istanbul. It offers a blend of recreational facilities, vibrant social activities, and beautiful surroundings. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the marina caters to a diverse range of needs for yacht owners and visitors. Additionally, it provides world-class technical services specifically tailored for superyachts. These include: * Berthing: The marina accommodates a variety of yacht sizes, featuring numerous berths for vessels up to 90-metres in length. It has a berthing capacity of 600 vessels on the water and 300 on land. * Technical Services: West Istanbul Marina offers comprehensive
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As anticipation for two major events in 2024, the Paris Olympics (26 July – 11 August) and the America's Cup (22 August – 20 October), excitement resonates worldwide. Visitors to these prestigious events have likely already arranged their itineraries and explored the essential destinations in both Paris and Barcelona.Yet, an exceptional opportunity awaits to further elevate this European adventure. Imagine either starting or extending your Olympic experience by embarking on an unforgettable superyacht charter across the Mediterranean, or experiencing the thrill of the America’s Cup directly from the deck of a luxurious superyacht. Simpson Yacht Charter meticulously orchestrates every aspect of the journey, from arranging flights to providing a carefully curated selection of superyachts and itineraries. Moreover, the onboard chefs at Simpson Yacht Charter excel in crafting culinary masterpieces, precisely tailored to the preferences of each guest. Whether guests desire a wine tasting event featuring select wines sourced from local vineyards, or a customised menu,
Tue, 09 Jul 2024 | 11:30
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There are a few key things that all superyacht owners today demand of their yachts and quietness, comfort and sea-worthiness are all at the top of that list. Beyond all else, comfort at anchor and underway has become a major focus for builders and owners alike and as a result, stabilisation is a key topic. Founded in 2005 by Alessandro Cappiello, CMC Marine is one of the leading players in the sector, with more than 2,500 installations on luxury yachts from 24 to over 100 metres, and technical centres across the globe. As well as an impressive 68% market share of yachts built in Italy above 24-metres. At the end of last year CMC partnered with Gyro Marine, resulting in the inclusion of gyroscopes in the product range and further extending the brand’s offering. The partnership has helped to redefine the technical solutions offered in the stabilisation sector and has been a major step
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In October 2023, the 49.9-metre Feadship superyacht Adventure, previously known as Hanikon, entered Monaco Marine's La Ciotat facilities for a comprehensive exterior refit, which saw her length extended to 52.69-metres, alongside her 20-year class survey.This iconic superyacht has undergone an expert transformation, merging modernity with sophistication. This project involving Monaco Marine yard’s project team was a collaborative endeavour with Y.CO, representing the owner through their in-house Refit Team and Adventure's crew, whose combined efforts were pivotal to its success. The success of the refit hinged on a clearly defined set of initial requirements and comprehensive anticipation of all engineering needs. This meticulous preparation ensured that the project advanced smoothly, with each phase being thoughtfully anticipated and executed with expertise. Delivered in 2004, Adventure featured original exterior design by Terence Disdale Design, while her interior was penned also by Terence Disdale Design and over the years re-done by HB Interior, Mlinaric and Henry & Zervudachi, with
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The 49.8-metre Heesen superyacht Orion, which began construction on speculation in 2022, is slated for delivery in Q1 2025. As a part of Heesen's innovative 50-metre Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) aluminium series, Orion shares design elements with her sister vessels, the highly charterable 49.8-metre Home, along with Amare II.Orion offers clients a unique opportunity. The availability of a superyacht for short delivery presents a distinct advantage for discerning buyers. Choosing a vessel nearing completion significantly reduces the lengthy wait periods typically associated with high-quality, high-performance superyachts, which can span several years. This aligns with the immediate gratification and flexibility many clients desire and offers potential for quicker returns on investment, particularly appealing for those interested in charter operations.Orion features an exterior design by Omega Architects and naval architecture by Heesen and Van Oossanen, the firm that pioneered the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form. Constructed from lightweight aluminium, Orion also boasts a shallow draught of
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When Ramazan Mengi established the foundations of Mengi Yayin Turkey in 1964, little did he know that his family venture would evolve into the cornerstone of Turkish boat building. Built upon the foundations of family, passion, and craftsmanship, the Turkish shipyard is celebrating its 60th year with notable developments, partnerships, and plans to future-proof its craft. The shipyard's journey, with over 200 new-build boats to its name, began with young, skilled carpenters crafting wooden sailing boats up to 30 metres and traditional Turkish gullets. Over the decades, the shipyard has evolved and grown exponentially, seamlessly transitioning to steel hull and aluminium superstructure construction. Today, located in the Nuh Industrial Zone of Tuzla, the shipyard specialises in the 300-500GT range. The impressive setup of three hangers, spanning 40,000 square metres, allows for the simultaneous construction of up to four vessels. While embracing modern approaches, it continues to stay true to its roots, such as Seleda, the
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Over the past decade, West Istanbul Marina has developed a strong reputation for successful refits, positioning itself as the premier destination for complex maritime projects in the region. Its strategic location on the western part of Istanbul along the Marmara Sea makes it ideal for both local and international visitors. West Istanbul Marina is a modern, comprehensive destination for yachting enthusiasts and visitors in Istanbul. It offers a blend of recreational facilities, vibrant social activities, and beautiful surroundings. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the marina caters to a diverse range of needs for yacht owners and visitors. Additionally, it provides world-class technical services specifically tailored for superyachts. These include: * Berthing: The marina accommodates a variety of yacht sizes, featuring numerous berths for vessels up to 90-metres in length. It has a berthing capacity of 600 vessels on the water and 300 on land. * Technical Services: West Istanbul Marina offers comprehensive
Wed, 10 Jul 2024 | 15:15
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As anticipation for two major events in 2024, the Paris Olympics (26 July – 11 August) and the America's Cup (22 August – 20 October), excitement resonates worldwide. Visitors to these prestigious events have likely already arranged their itineraries and explored the essential destinations in both Paris and Barcelona.Yet, an exceptional opportunity awaits to further elevate this European adventure. Imagine either starting or extending your Olympic experience by embarking on an unforgettable superyacht charter across the Mediterranean, or experiencing the thrill of the America’s Cup directly from the deck of a luxurious superyacht. Simpson Yacht Charter meticulously orchestrates every aspect of the journey, from arranging flights to providing a carefully curated selection of superyachts and itineraries. Moreover, the onboard chefs at Simpson Yacht Charter excel in crafting culinary masterpieces, precisely tailored to the preferences of each guest. Whether guests desire a wine tasting event featuring select wines sourced from local vineyards, or a customised menu,
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There are a few key things that all superyacht owners today demand of their yachts and quietness, comfort and sea-worthiness are all at the top of that list. Beyond all else, comfort at anchor and underway has become a major focus for builders and owners alike and as a result, stabilisation is a key topic. Founded in 2005 by Alessandro Cappiello, CMC Marine is one of the leading players in the sector, with more than 2,500 installations on luxury yachts from 24 to over 100 metres, and technical centres across the globe. As well as an impressive 68% market share of yachts built in Italy above 24-metres. At the end of last year CMC partnered with Gyro Marine, resulting in the inclusion of gyroscopes in the product range and further extending the brand’s offering. The partnership has helped to redefine the technical solutions offered in the stabilisation sector and has been a major step
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In October 2023, the 49.9-metre Feadship superyacht Adventure, previously known as Hanikon, entered Monaco Marine's La Ciotat facilities for a comprehensive exterior refit, which saw her length extended to 52.69-metres, alongside her 20-year class survey.This iconic superyacht has undergone an expert transformation, merging modernity with sophistication. This project involving Monaco Marine yard’s project team was a collaborative endeavour with Y.CO, representing the owner through their in-house Refit Team and Adventure's crew, whose combined efforts were pivotal to its success. The success of the refit hinged on a clearly defined set of initial requirements and comprehensive anticipation of all engineering needs. This meticulous preparation ensured that the project advanced smoothly, with each phase being thoughtfully anticipated and executed with expertise. Delivered in 2004, Adventure featured original exterior design by Terence Disdale Design, while her interior was penned also by Terence Disdale Design and over the years re-done by HB Interior, Mlinaric and Henry & Zervudachi, with
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Spotted this week anchored in Formentera, one of the Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea, is the 90.02-metre superyacht Phoenix 2. Built by the German shipyard Lürssen in 2010, the motor yacht is renowned for her distinctive grey hull and the impressive phoenix figurehead on her bow. The iconic design of Phoenix 2 is attributed to the British studio Winch Design, responsible for both her exterior and interior. The yacht features a spacious sundeck with a swimming pool, an outdoor cinema, and a separate Jacuzzi. The Malta-flagged yacht can host up to 12 guests in six staterooms and achieves a top speed of 18 knots, powered by twin MTU diesel engines, each generating 2,719 horsepower. Discover more about the story of yacht figureheads here
Fri, 19 Jul 2024 | 08:00
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Spotted this week docked in Bergen, Norway, is the 77.4-metre explorer yacht Legend. Originally constructed by the Dutch shipyard IHC Verschure in 1974 as an icebreaking tug, Legend, formerly known as Giant I, underwent a remarkable transformation in 2003, emerging as the world’s first Class 1 icebreaker superyacht. She was rebuilt by Icon Yachts in 2016, boasting a sumptuous interior crafted by John Misiag and Shelley McNaughton, with elegant exterior lines from Diana Yacht Design. The extensive upgrade to convert Legend into an ice-breaking passenger yacht included significant modifications. Her stern was extended by 3.6-metres, the superstructure underwent a complete redesign, and her mast was entirely reconstructed.  Inside, Legend offers accommodation for up to 22 guests across 11 city-themed staterooms. Noteworthy features on board include a Balinese-style spa with a dedicated spa specialist, a 16-person heated Jacuzzi with a cascading waterfall on the main deck, and a 14-seat cinema room. For the ultimate expedition experience,
Thu, 18 Jul 2024 | 08:00
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Seen last week anchored here in Serifos, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is the 88-metre sailing superyacht Maltese Falcon. Delivered in 2006, Maltese Falcon remains one of the fastest sailing yachts in the world and is the largest project ever completed by the Italian shipyard Perini Navi. Her interiors, designed by Ken Freivokh, showcase a cinematic ambiance, crafted from a rich blend of carbon, aluminium, walnut, and Macassar ebony. A standout feature is her outdoor cinema, which projects onto the lowest sail of the foremast. Boasting three massive rotating masts, each supporting up to five sails, the 1,100 GT yacht can reach a maximum speed of 24 knots and cruises comfortably at 16 knots. Earlier this year, she underwent a comprehensive refit at the Lusben shipyard in Livorno. Discover more about her refit here
Wed, 17 Jul 2024 | 08:00
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Observed last week docked in Hydra, one of the Saronic Islands of Greece, is the 30.85-metre motor yacht Summer Fun. Built by Admiral in 2001, Summer Fun, previously known as Matuska, underwent significant refits in 2019 and 2022. With an exterior designed by the shipyard, the Greece-flagged yacht hosts up to 12 guest in six staterooms, and can accommodate seven crew members. Constructed entirely in aluminium, the 169 GT yacht is powered by twin MTU diesel engines, enabling her to reach a top speed of 31 knots. Summer Fun is currently available for charter in the Mediterranean region
Tue, 16 Jul 2024 | 08:00
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Sold last month, the 74-metre superyacht New Secret was recently spotted anchored in Lerins Islands, in the south of France. Delivered in 2017, New Secret is part of the Amels Limited Editions 242 series, featuring exterior design by Tim Heywood and interior by Winch Design, with Damen Yachting handling her naval architecture. With a volume of 1,790 GT, her contemporary Art Deco interior is light and calming, offering six staterooms for up to 14 guests. Guests can enjoy a sauna, beauty salon, and a sumptuous beach club among the yacht's amenities, while highlights include a lower deck infinity pool with sun loungers, a helipad on the upper deck and a Jacuzzi on the sundeck with chic decor. Powered by twin Caterpillar engines, New Secret reaches up to 16.5 knots, cruises at 12.5 knots, and has a range of 5,000 nautical miles
Mon, 15 Jul 2024 | 08:00
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Spotted arriving at the port of Ibiza, Spain, this Wednesday, is the 110-metre superyacht Radiant. Constructed by Lürssen Yachts in July 2009, Radiant is the third hull in a series of superyachts designed by Tim Heywood, alongside Pelorus and Al Raya (ex Dilbar). Having undergone a recent refit in Hamburg, the motor yacht showcases interior crafted by the collaboration between Yabu Pushelberg and Terence Disdale Design, which remains a well-kept secret. Powered by twin MTU 16V 1163 TB73L diesel engines, the 5,027 GT yacht can reach a top speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots
Fri, 12 Jul 2024 | 08:00