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Towering Mast Fitted to Sailing Superyacht

Better Place Construction: Photo courtesy of Wally

Wally-built yacht 'Better Place' sails the Mediterranean with a Hall Spars 67.5 m (221.4 ft) high modulus carbon mast. Wally, a leading builder of innovative state-of-the-art sail and power yachts, has successfully launched the stunning Bugatti blue colored 50-meter sailing yacht Better Place, the world’s largest sloop in carbon fiber, developed on the lines of Tripp Design with the interiors by Wetzels Brown Partners, and mast and boom by Hall Spars. This Hall Spars Rig (mast and boom) weighs 42 tons.  The four spreader mast is a custom design by Hall’s in-house engineering team, tailored to meet Wally’s criteria for high performance combined with high style and built to handle "some pretty ridiculous loads."  The Hall designed mast collar with turning bocks is a signature on Wally masts.  The Hall Spars Oceanfurl boom is a premium carbon fiber in-boom furling system.   Better Place was launched in July 2012 and the owner has been cruising the Mediterranean for the summer, then the sloop is to be unveilled to the public at the Monaco Yacht Show.  

Event Yacht Christened at Amels Yard

Photo: Amels Holland

The first Amels 199, Event, has been christened at the Amels yard in Vlissingen, Holland. In a few weeks the 60-meter ship will set out on her maiden voyage to Norway to explore the fjords. Event’s delivery was part of a collaboration between Amels and Imperial. The christening was an emotional occasion, the owner sending his thanks to the Amels workforce who were there to enjoy the moment after many months of dedication and hard work

New DeepFlight Dragon Personal Sub

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The latest from Graham Hawkes is a Self-Pilot Personal Submarine DeepFlight introduced a new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show: DeepFlight Dragon, an all-electric, compact, lightweight personal submarine to explore down to 400 ft. (120m). At 3,968 pounds (1,800 kg) and under five feet (1.5 m) in height, the Dragon is less than half the weight of competing submarines and readily fits into existing yacht garages or deck areas

ShowBoats Int’l Award to Burger Boat’s Ingot

Burger Boat Company is announced the presentation of the 19th Annual ShowBoats International Award for Best Motor Yacht Under 50m to Ingot, a 153-ft Tri Deck Motor Yacht, on October 31, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This award recognizes a motor yacht that accomplishes the goals of her owner, builder and designer with undeniable style. Burger Boat Company’s Ingot premiered at the 2008 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and was extremely popular at the 2009 Monaco Yacht Show

Shipyard files Chapter 11, but Derecktor Maintains its Course to Grow

Derecktor Shipyards Conn., LLC last month filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company said the filing was the result of a single contract dispute, and that it is still busy and fully staffed, working on several newbuild projects, including a contract to build a massive 85.6-m motor yacht, a 45-m catamaran and a pair of tugboats for Boston Towing and Transport

Newport Beach Boat Show – Mikelson Yachts on Display

Sports Fisher M43: Photo credit Mikelson Yachts

Mikelson Yachts to showcase two yachts at Newport Beach's 39th annual boat show Mikelson Yachts will  display two models in the 39th Annual Newport Beach Boat Show during April 19-22 at Lido Marina Village. The show gives exposure to over 300 vessels of varying sizes. Featured in the show for the last 30 years, Mikelson Yachts will be back in attendance this year presenting the 43 Zeus Sportfisher and the 59 Nomad Cruising Sportfish

Self-Pilot Personal Submarine to Launch in Monaco

DeepFlight Dragon

DeepFlight announced it will introduce a new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. The company said its new product, the DeepFlight Dragon, is the most compact, lightweight personal submarine on the market, and is so intuitive to use that clients self-pilot the craft with minimal instruction. The all-electric (zero emissions) DeepFlight Dragon was designed specifically for easy use from yacht or shore to explore the twilight zone down to 400 feet (120 meters)

TY President John Dane lll Workboat Show 2012 Keynote Speaker

John Dane III, President and CEO of TY Offshore, LLC & Trinity Yachts, LLC delivers 'Shipyard Day' show keynote speach. The show's 'Shipyard Day' keynote address is from John Dane III, President and CEO of TY Offshore, LLC and Trinity Yachts, LLC, during the 2012 International Workboat Show in New Orleans, Louisiana. John Dane's TY Offshore, currently builds offshore supply vessels, patrol craft, tug boats, oil skimmers and inland oil tank barges

Burger Boat Tò-Kalòn & Ingot Award Finalists

Photo courtesy Burger Boat

Burger Boat Company announced that Tò-Kalòn, a 2008 101.5-ft Enclosed Bridge Motor Yacht  and INGOT, a 2008 153-ft Tri-Deck Motor Yacht have been selected by the International Superyacht Society membership as finalists for the 2009 International Superyacht Society Design Awards in their respective categories. Each year the International Superyacht Society recognizes yacht owners, builders, designers, interior designers

Derecktor’s Sala Moves On

After almost four years with Derecktor Shipyards, Enrico Sala is following his family in its move back to Europe. He will be working with the Italian Challenge for the next America’s Cup and we are certainly excited for him at the idea. As marketing manager Enrico handled all our image promotion, advertising, public relations with media, industry and clients relations as well as trade shows exhibits and attendance. He also coordinated all yacht bids and yacht sales and contracts

“Ottantacinque” Wins German Design Award

Render-Courtesy Fincantieri Yachts

“Ottantacinque”, the concept of the latest-generation luxury mega yacht developed in partnership between Fincantieri Yachts and Pininfarina, introduced last year at the Monaco Yacht Show, won the prestigious annual award of the German Design Council in the category

Mega Yacht Shipped from Lavrion to Dubai

(Photo: Rickmers-Linie)

In early October, cargo vessel MV Rickmers Dalian made a stop-over at the anchorage off Lavrion in Greece to load a mega yacht for shipment to Dubai, where she was discharged on October 19.   The shipment of the 50-meter-long, 340-metric-ton yacht was coordinated and booked by

Post-Brexit, Lawmakers Call for Royal Yacht's Return

(Photo: The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust)

As Britain sets sail in uncharted waters on the lookout for post-Brexit trade deals, lawmakers and a former diplomat have earmarked two key weapons: the Duchess of Cambridge and a new royal yacht.   Following the vote in June for Britain to leave the European Union

Manslaughter Charges Sought in Yacht Tragedy

Following the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s more than two-year-long investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal loss of the yacht Cheeki Rafiki in May 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided to bring charges against Douglas Innes and Stormforce Coaching

Feadship Unveils New Future Concept

Photo: Feadship

Feadship has marked the 10th anniversary of the Feadship Future Concept with a new "blueprint for inspiration."   Unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show using a yacht model and an augmented reality experience, the 2016 FFC Choice offers a wealth of opportunities for autonomous living

ALMACO to Build Cabins, Galleys for Rhine Class Ships

Image: ALMACO Group

German shipyard MV WERFTEN has awarded ALMACO Group a contract to build the luxury suites and galley areas for Crystal River Cruises’ four Rhine Class luxury river yachts, which will be delivered in 2017 and 2018 from Wismar.   

Shipbuilding Consolidation: Luerssen Acquires Blohm+Voss GmbH

PHOTO: Betriebsteil Lemwerder©Wolfgang Kundel (terra-air service)

Family owned and Bremen based shipyard, Luerssen acquired storied shipyard Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the company announced on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.   With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss, Luerssen said it is entering into a long-term relationship to strengthen its portfolio in the

Newport International Boat Show Announces Edson Awards


Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show,announced today the results of this year’s Edson Awards for Excellence in Portraying Company Image. Presented by Will Keene, chairman of Edson International

Sparkman & Stephens under New Ownership

Photo courtesy of Sparkman & Stephens

Sparkman & Stephens (S&S), the naval architecture and brokerage firm founded by Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman in 1929, announced that it was acquired by a group of private investors led by Brooke S. Parish and John B. Reuter. The transaction enables S&S to implement expansion

Hammond New International Sales Manager, Fairline Yachts

Robert Hammond

British luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, announces Robert Hammond as its new International Sales Manager. Robert will be responsible for Fairline's global sales operations and managing its worldwide dealer network.   A former military pilot, Robert

Lucas Marine, Harbor Breeze Cruises Partner to Cut Fuel Costs

Photo courtesy of Harbor Breeze Cruises

Lucas Marine is partnering with Harbor Breeze Corporation to help reduce the yacht charter and cruise company's fuel costs, maintenance and environmental impact in Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors.   Harbor Breeze is one of the largest yacht charter and cruise companies operating within

Gulf Coast Shipyard Delivers MY Imagine

M.Y. Imagine (Photo: GCSG)

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) has delivered the Motor Yacht Imagine.  The M.Y. Imagine, a Trinity built yacht, is a 193’x 32’x 14’6” custom designed semi-displacement aluminum hull and superstructure vessel that was constructed in GCSG’s yard located in New

Yacht Computer Service Expands its IT Service

Photo: Yacht Computer Service

 Any maritime business equals to demanding clients. And not to forget the crew – from any position upwards. As long as everything works, life on board is great.    TV or entertainment systems on any vessel are an absolute must, working at 100%. Most of the time they do

Damen Upshifts in Turkey

Photo: Damen

Damen Shipyards Antalya has secured ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification, an achievement that coincides with a period of rapid expansion that has seen the addition of three new production halls within the space of two years.  

First Damen SeaExplorer Sold

SeaXplorer at Antartica Photo Courtesy Damen

AMELS and DAMEN have sold the first DAMEN SeaXplorer expedition yacht. The world premiere of this range of 65, 90 and 100-meter ‘true explorer’ designs took place last September at the Monaco Yacht Show. The SeaXplorer 65 is a crossover between professional technology and superyacht

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