Archivi del mese: luglio 2013

New design concept from DeBasto/Hodgdon

DeBasto Designs and Hodgdon Shipbuilding released an innovative design concept – the Onyx 41.


A beautiful, stylish design, Onyx is as easy to operate as it is to look at. From touch screen controls to remote monitoring, Onyx sets a new standard of technology applications in a yacht of this size. A host of innovative features such as a self-deploying integrated fender system, built-in dock line handling and user-friendly features including hybrid electric propulsion and joystick steering bring owner-operator convenience to a new level.


And if the sophistication of the features alone is not enough to impress, consider the level of luxury aboard. A generous open plan space below features a large berth, wrap around settee, galley and head with surprisingly creative dual opening skylights above.

On deck, the open-air concept, semi-enclosed deck lounge opens dramatically to the outside world with a multiple-panel, sliding skylight roof. Integrated monolithic furniture runs nearly the full length of the available space, offering ample stylish seating and lounging.


Both interior and exterior furnishings are client- tailored luxury weather and stain-resistant fabrics from the Interiors Division of Loro Piana. The concept of Onyx is not simply about style, it is also about execution. Execution with standards befitting the world of superyachts where the demand for quality is second to none. To achieve such a standard, Luiz turned to Hodgdon for the answer. With a nearly 200-year pedigree that includes some of the world’s finest superyachts and superyacht tenders, advanced composite expertise and the in-house engineering to transition design into production, Hodgdon rose to the top of the list easily. “Although not widely known, Hodgdon’s quality is amazing, truly first class, which is our vision for Onyx, a perfect fit“, says Luiz DeBasto of his choice of shipyard collaboration.


Onyx is expected to be built in very limited quantities for only the most discriminating of owners. 



Vicem Yachts launch Vulcan 35 Trideck

Vicem Yachts adds an important step to its strategic business expansion with the launch of the VULCAN 35m/118’ Trideck. Since 2012 Vicem has been enlarging its horizons beyond mahogany construction into high-tech composite construction with the delivery and the launch of two new sleek, fast yachts for its Vulcan Line: VULCAN 46m and VULCAN 32m/105’.


Vulcan 35m – Trideck comes from the Vicem Vulcan series. World class, fast and light the Vulcan Series yachts add long range capabilities for ocean voyages together with an outstanding and durable low maintenance exterior. The Vicem 35m is a fantastic design and is just as fast and beautiful like his older sister, the Vulcan 46m. The yacht design is again a build featuring the best materials and absolutely no compromises.

When designing the 35m Trideck, Vicem wanted to incorporate spaces and volumes found in much larger tri-deck motor yachts.  A Frank Mulder design, this Tri-deck provides excellent quality of life on board for up to 12 guests and is certified for RINA Short Range Charter Class (RINA C ✠Hull ● MACH Ych Charter Short Range, EFP (Rina No:88038) Turkish). The generous exterior spaces on the three decks are complemented by a beach-pad that drops-down from the stern garage, allowing guests to fully enjoy their rest and relaxation by the sea. With a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 1,600 Nm @ 12 knots and 950@ 16 knots (cruising speed) this Vicem creation is a very versatile player for the super yacht segment. In addition, Art Line design has been the choice for the interiors – repeating the great successful collaboration as on the Vulcan 46 metres. Vulcan 35m trideck is a five stateroom yacht (6 cabins layout is also available), including a full-beam master suite and two full-beam VIP staterooms. There is a captain’s cabin on the main deck and two double crew cabins with a lounge and galley in the crew area. Tenders are hidden in the foredeck (to achieve a sleek exterior look) and there is additional garage storage at the transom.


ART-LINE INTERIORSDesigners Frank Pieterse and Marilyn de Vaal – refers: “We enjoyed designing this yacht very much. This yacht reflects the essence of yachting; a great climate, the warm sea, gentle reflections from the water through the windows and specially designed open outdoor spaces to give a sense of relaxation and welcoming. In order to create 4 suites, 1 VIP stateroom and two identical owners suites, we established an organic flow between the levels of the indoor and outdoor living spaces, thus generating a sense of space that belies the size of the yacht. In the rest of the public spaces we created a very light, dramatic look, with a repeating signature running through the interior bringing the interior and exterior interaction into a continuous focus With details of the interior that were inspired by the woodworking and wooden boatbuilding heritage of Vicem Yachts, integrated with the contemporary art and architecture we are committed to, we  aspired to generate a sense of holiday fun with a hint of formality, beautifully crafted with the finest material. This yacht is a real family yacht, designed for the whole family to celebrate their holiday”.


With world class, fast and light yachts for charter or private use, the Vulcan Series adds long range capabilities for ocean voyages together with an outstanding and durable low maintenance exterior. Due to the latest design and construction techniques, interior volume has been increased when compared to many other yachts in the same size range. Interiors are tailored to client requests and can be fully integrated with exterior colors, styling and finishes due to Vicem’s “total customization” attitude and superior construction techniques which allow finishing in dark colors and/or metallic painting. The Vulcan Line yachts are built in a state-of-the-art facility in Antalya, Turkey. Composite materials, applied with resin and sandwich techniques, are chosen to achieve the best possible strength-to-weight ratios.

All Vicem plants are clean, pleasant factories without unhealthy vapors that exist in other yacht building factories that use cheaper polyester resins that are loaded with unhealthy styrene. Even the Vicem Classic and Cruiser lines utilize the more expensive and sophisticated epoxy resins in construction. Integral tank construction was also introduced with the new Vulcan series, which provides more internal room for accommodations and the ability to carry more fuel for oceangoing trips at lower speeds. Frank Mulder designed fast hulls for the Vicem Vulcan series with a fine entry for rough sea conditions yet still very fuel efficient at slow displacement speeds.

Mercedes-Benz Style signs-off for first Granturismo of the seas

 The Silver Arrows Marine Granturismo Concept – a unique luxury motor yacht – has cruised past a significant new milestone in its development with the signing-off of the final design.

The design encapsulates all the radical new thinking behind the project in a yacht of exceptional looks with an innovative layout and never-seen-before features. The debut Silver Arrow brings a new elegance and dynamism to motor yachts in the 14m class thanks to Silver Arrows Marine’s design partner, Mercedes-Benz Style.

“With Mercedes-Benz Style we really have made the first Granturismo of the seas, as one look at the finished design will confirm,” said Silver Arrows Marine Chairman Ron Gibbs.

“There will be nothing else like it on the water with such beauty and so many innovations. It will have everything that people expect of a luxury yacht bearing the Mercedes-Benz Style name.” The design freeze comes after 12 months of intensive work to test and validate every aspect of the yacht’s functionality and performance. From the start of the project, development has followed the same methodology used in the automotive industry, with clay models and rigorous testing of prototypes.

Ron Gibbs added: “This process has taken time but by following automotive prototyping practices we can be sure all crucial development has taken place before production begins, not after, as is often the case with motor yachts. We go into the next phase leading up to production confident of achieving our aims.”
The Silver Arrows Marine motor yacht realizes the dream of a team of marine industry specialists with backgrounds from superyachts to Formula One motor racing. All share a passion to build a “clean sheet” 14m motor yacht that relies on blending marine and automotive technologies to make “a small motor yacht built like a superyacht”.

The Silver Arrows Granturismo Concept has an open-plan cabin offering unprecedented space, light and flexibility for the boat’s size. Unique features include unhindered access to the water from a “terrace by the pool” and a unique rear seating arrangement, maximizing relaxing space. Inside and out, the design, detailing, materials and colourways are more familiar from a luxury car than a yacht.

“Our motor yacht is about comfort and functionality in every detail,” added Ron Gibbs. “In this we follow the lead of the most recent range of Mercedes-Benz models – some of the people who worked on these cars are also working with us on the new yacht, including Gorden Wagener, Head of Mercedes-Benz Design.”

Further details of the finalized design and the next update on the Granturismo Concept’s journey from dream to reality will be presented at the Monaco Yacht Show (25-28 September).

RMK MARINE announces the delivery of MY Keyla – NEW refit 2013

RMK Marine – part of the Koç Group Companies – is pleased to announce the delivery of MY Keyla (formerly: Chevy Toy; Stanley Z) after a major refit that lasted more than a year and a half.


Keyla is a 45.3 metres motor yacht built by Trinity Yachts, with an aluminium semidisplacement hull and superstructure, and two MTU/DDC 16V2000 engines, 3,600HP (2,685 kW). RMK Marine (Superyacht builder based in Turkey) and the Hot Lab – Yacht&Design studio in Milan (Italy) worked together to refit the yacht after a series of inputs from the Owner and his family, who are enthusiasts of photography, art and fossil collecting.


After devising various solutions, the Owner decided on a major refit. Revamping the interior for the new Owner’s lifestyle and needs meant that substantial stylistic changes has been introduced as well as several technical updates involving equipments.


A 6.5-foot hull extension (2 metres) added space to create larger swimming platform , without adversely affecting Keyla’s original lines. The electrical systems were comprehensively updated with the installation of new generators compatible with both the standard European 220 V and the American 110 V. Other systems like the hydraulics were completely replaced. The complete system upgrade has left the yacht more akin to a newly built vessel. The only untouched system after the refit was the air conditioning.


The Owner’s first request was to improve the crew and service area. Laundry area has been resized to fit additional cabins in the crew quarters. This enables MY Keyla to count on additional number of crew members. The Captain’s cabin – close to the bridge, brings the total number of berths for the crew to 8+1.


Hot Lab and RMK Marine re-designed the galley, main saloon, upper lounge, sundeck and the bridge. The galley was not altered in terms of layout, but important upgradings were made to equipment. The helm station was deeply modified, but no changes were made to the original systems or electronics.


The main deck – although unmodified in the general plans – has undergone “minor changes” in its layout: the dining area has been moved to the stern to combine the effects of “al-fresco” dining experience while the lounge area has been carried towards the bow, closer to the 60” TV screen.

The lower deck is the guest deck, with a total of 8 berths in four cabins, including two VIP cabins and two twin cabins with two further Pullman beds, all with en suite bathrooms and large walk-in wardrobes as requested by the Owner.


The upper deck has a new design as requested by the Owner’s family. It has been made into a secluded inside area, especially for children. An example of this new use should be the “toy box” area on the starboard side which has been extended, making it one of the most distinctive design features. There are also two large L- shaped sofas placed to the aft port and starboard corner and in front of a “served” open bar and 65” TV screen.

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Outside a new outstanding dining area has been created with a huge round 14-person table, plus two coffee tables that can be ingeniously transformed into dining tables for 4 people each. This means that 20 people or more can be seated for sociable dinners. To provide guests with full entertainment, a 50” TV screen was added to this social area. The boat has been designed with the well-being of the owner and his guests in mind.

RMK Marine and Hot Lab modified the layout of the Sun deck, creating new areas and offering a visually exciting journey on this deck. A day toilet and a small technical area have been added by using previously unused facilities. The bar faces the bow, while the stern area can be enjoyed in different ways: as a lounging and sunbathing area during the day and as a comfortable dining at night. The area is equipped with a table for eight people for informal lunches, with a bimini-top cover over the whole area from the lounge bar to the jacuzzi in the forward. This deck has also been modernised with all-teak flooring. The sunbathing area has been enlarged so that after the refit has a total area of 18 m2.

All the exteriors on all the decks have been refitted with contemporary furniture with rounded corners and varnished in ice white, with inserts in unfinished “open pore” teak that has been specially treated to make it highly resistant to liquids. Custom built tables have been added on all decks.

Special attention was paid to the lighting system, which now features indirect LED lights throughout the yacht. Having new LED technology was one of the Owner’s specific requests, even before any other material and surface elements were decided on. Blue rosewood with gold veins was chosen for the Owner’s cabin, while SilverWave was used to embellish the main deck, lobby area and upper deck – due its characteristic “fossil tree trunk” veins, choing one of the passions of the Owner’s family.


The new interior decoration features a refined “underwater” theme developed thanks to the collaboration with the leading company Foglizzo. Laser designed jellyfishes gently decorate nabuck leather surfaces on the main and upper deck. The owner, who was very pro-active in developing the interior design, expressly asked for simple shapes that would be safe for children – “minimal” (but not minimalist!) – with rounded corners and a contemporary twist.

The materials and colours of the interiors reflect the style of the exteriors with the extensive use of various shades of white and different types of wood: white-treated Tanganyika frisé and natural mirror-varnished Makassar (open pore only for the ceilings). The owner asked for six different kinds of white for the marbles, white smooth natural leather, kinds of mother-of-pearl for the bathroom decor and “natural silver leaf”.

Hot Lab and RMK Marine – as for audio/video system – worked completely to modernise the domotic controls, in each cabin. Keyla features state of the art Crestron Systems with remote Ipads control, throughout the boat. Ipads enables to control- in addition to the entertainment – also curtains, window blinds and lights.


Keyla’s hull color has been changed, and now she boasts an elegant Awlgrip Kingston Grey colour, which help recognize her at first glance.



World premiere – Launch of the AIR 77

Oxygène Yachts presents the first AIR 77 at the 2013 Cannes Boat Show, a power catamaran with a decisively innovative style and design

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Two minds for an exceptional project
As often in the case of ‘out of the box’ ideas, it was the encounter of two men that led to the birth of a unit that is not just a boat but a genuine creation.

 Frédéric Sarfati on design and Raphaël Krepser on production both wanted to create a catamaran that would blend in with its surroundings while also offering a surprisingly spacious living area: 280 square metres of living space; the quest for maximum fluidity of movement, helped by the possibility of going directly from stern to bow in a straight line via the saloon (65 m² surface area), going through a 10m² doorway at the front of the deckhouse. This door opens upwards using an electrically-operated hydraulic system. The view here is all-encompassing with an uninterrupted line of sight.

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The cockpits are located under the deckhouse and on the flybridge converted into a sun deck lounge.

An ambitious stance for a catamaran of this size: discretion
There is nothing tawdry or ostentatious about the AIR 77. The designer has chosen discretion as his leitmotif, in respect for the natural aesthetics of the sea. Harmony with its environment is demonstrated by the lines of the hull: ultra simple but also extremely efficient on rough seas, and by the boat’s low position on the water and its harmonious glass/carbon superstructure.

 This approach is also manifest in the choice of engine: just 2×260 HP, for an intentionally limited top speed of 20 knots. Fuel consumption is thus maintained at 42 l/h at 12 knots. Thanks to its two UltraJet / Masterjet turbines, combined with low weight and a modest draught, the AIR 77 remains easy to manœuvre and is capable of accessing the most secluded bays; a rare promise for a unit of this size.

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The first AIR 77 has been built as a 4 main double cabin and 2 double crew cabin version. Interior fittings and decoration are exclusively custom built, according to the wishes of the client.

The AIR 77 is set to be launched to the press and public at the Cannes Boat Show from 10th to 15th September 2013.

Avec son HORNET, COUACH réinvente le Go-fast boat

Le Hornet sera présenté à la presse et au public lors du Festival de Plaisance qui se déroulera du 10 au 15 Septembre 2013 à Cannes.

Couach se présentera au prochain salon nautique de Cannes là où on ne l’attendait pas : le chantier lancera un day-boat de 13 mètres ultra-rapide, haut en technicité et personnalité.

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On n’aurait pas forcément attendu Couach, constructeur de yachts à moteurs de 20 à 50 mètres, sur un tel segment. Et pourtant qui de plus légitime pour concevoir un day-boat ultra-performant, qu’un chantier qui équipe les douanes et marines du monde entier depuis des décennies ? Car Couach est aussi concepteur et constructeur d’une gamme de bateaux professionnels civils ou militaires connus pour leur haute technicité (sous le nom de Plascoa).

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L’idée est simple mais il fallait oser ! Les équipes du chantier et le designer Franck Reynaud se sont attelés à transformer le Plascoa 1300 FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft) en un bateau de plaisance agressif et technologique. Le résultat est surprenant et saura titiller la fibre masculine des amateurs de sensations fortes et de « jouets » extrêmes.

Vitesse, sensations extrêmes, sécurité maximale
Grâce à sa carène en « V » profond dont Couach a le secret, ainsi qu’à des hélices Rolla couplées à des arbres articulés Arneson, le Hornet présente un comportement marin hors du commun même à très hautes vitesses. Négociant parfaitement les courbes sans giter, il se propulse à plus de 50 noeuds sans taper sur la vague. Une certitude : le Hornet sera le seul day-boat du marché à proposer à bord exactement les mêmes équipements que l’on retrouve sur les bateaux militaires assurant ainsi une fiabilité, un niveau de technicité et une robustesse inégalées.

Descendant du 1300 FIC (Fast Interceptor Craft)
Pour preuve, le Hornet possède également la même coque en composites (fibre de verre, aramides et fibre de carbone) que celle du 1300 FIC calibrée pour répondre aux exigences de légèreté, performance et résistance aux chocs imposées par une utilisation effective intense 10 à 12h/jour et 365 jours/365. En effet, le 1300 FIC a pour vocation de protéger les côtes, de traquer la menace pirate ou les trafics en tous genres et ce, quelque soit la vitesse nécessaire ou les conditions de mer.

Un design puissant
D’un point de vue esthétique, l’équipe de design a poussé jusqu’au bout le concept de « military boat » avec un parti-pris résolument « techno » pour un bateau virile qui transpire la sécurité. La cabine en composites du 1300 FIC a été remplacée par un hard-top tubulaire en inox micro-billé qui lui donne un aspect parfaitement fini et un rendu très technologique. Ce style est renforcé par des détails tels que les soudures apparentes non polies qui renforcent la dimension « brut » et technique.
Autre effet de style, le bain de soleil arrière est monté sur un ensemble tubulaire inox, une vraie rupture esthétique par rapport aux habituels bains de soleil en composites. La sellerie est entièrement constituée d’une toile extérieure haut de gamme et recouvre également la partie supérieure du hard-top. Elle est harmonisée avec la peinture de coque, une peinture à dominante de bleu-gris, traitée en mode « camouflage ». Le même thème est développé sur la planche de bain arrière recouverte d’un revêtement antidérapant en synthétique liquide. Comme toujours chez Couach, peinture, sellerie et autres éléments de style sont entièrement personnalisables.

L’essentiel et rien que l’essentiel
Homologué pour 12 passagers, le Hornet est doté de 7 sièges bolster (sièges assisdebout utilisés en course offshore) et de tout ce qui permettra de passer une excellente journée en mer.
La cabine est dotée d’une couchette, d’un WC avec réservoir, d’une vasque avec arrivée d’eau, d’une bouilloire et d’une cafetière expresso 12V. Le meuble en «U» accolé à la console de pilotage contient, quant à lui, un réfrigérateur 90 litres ainsi qu’un point d’eau. Enfin, astuce intelligente, une glacière amovible de 40 litres est cachée sous les coussins du bain de soleil avant. Sur la console de pilotage, l’écran de navigation 12 pouces est entouré de l’électronique de motorisation et du système de commande de propulsion. On notera la présence de Mastertrim permettant un réglage automatique de l’équilibrage du bateau.

Sérieux, performant et avec la juste petite pointe d’arrogance qui lui donne toute sa personnalité, le Hornet promet de faire des vagues !


Amongst the abundance of events being organised along the Adriatic Coast this summer, some of the most interesting ones will be taking place in Porto Montenegro – one of the most attractive summer destinations in the Mediterranean. Offering a wide variety of entertainment for residents, visitors and marina guests, Porto Montenegro it’s an exciting place to be all summer long.

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Early July the Naval Heritage Collection invited guests to a drinks reception and open night to explore the restored submarine P-821Hero, part of the former Yugoslav war fleet. Those who explored its internal chambers got a glimpse of what life was like as a submariner and the unique opportunity to experience the innermost workings of this lethal and complex, amazing 50 meters long warship. 

 Throughout July an exhibition of world-renowned avant-garde artists will also take place at the NHC museum. With focus on futurism and pop-art, ‘From Futurism to the Contemporary Art’ organised by the MICRO galleries of Rome, combines the biggest names of these styles including Schifano, Festa, Angeli, Kounellis, Pascali, Rotella, Maselli and Andy Warhol (his iconic works Flowers, Red Lenin, Cospiracy and Dallas). An artistic installation of Dennis Oppenheim Gathering and work of Roy Lichtenstein are also a part of the display, who substantiality characterise the works of artists such as Danilo Bucchi, Cristiano Petrucci, Fabrizio Campanella, Michele Cossyra, Patricia Pre, Elio Varuna, Riccardo Fiore Pittari, Giuliano Giganti, Giampistone, Elia Li Gioi, Gabriels and Cant, founder of the artistic movement Najs. Contemporary Montenegrin reflection of the avant-garde is marked by sculptures of Adin Radoster, Zeljko Reljic and Vlatka Vujosevic.

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This year 24 hours of elegance has moved from Belgrade to the Montenegrin coast. During the programme on July 13th and 14th  Porto Montenegro will be hosting Luxury Saloon events, which will take place in the exclusive Regent apartments.  Visitors will be introduced to some of the most luxurious international brands, such as  Sciamat (hand sewn Italian suits), Ducal (masters of premium handcrafted shoes), Clive Christian (luxurious perfumes, with precious rare ingredients), TAG Heuer watches (latest Masterpiece Collection, which represents perfection of the watch creation art, and has won prestigious awards at this year’s fair in Geneva), Urban Sea (luxurious materials for interior and yachts), Lotusier (authentic, hand-crafted items for the house) and many others. After a day filled with luxury and elegance, guests can enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon on the terrace of the Regent.

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Another important event this summer will be the Mercedes-Benz Style Pavillon, in loco at Porto Montenegro from 27 July – 11 August after a 22 country tour. Amongst other Mercedes-Benz Style products, Silver Arrows Marine are giving visitors a sneak preview of their forthcoming all brand new 14metres Granturismo motor yacht, first launched at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2012, before it finally arrives in the marina in 2014. Free admission.

 Wrapping up the summer in style, Porto Montenegro will host its very own Food Festival from 26- 27 August when the marina’s five restaurants, wine bar, crew bar and ice cream parlour will offer promotional menus, tasting experiences and masterclasses on everything from the perfect pizza dough to mixing classic cocktails. This will also be a unique opportunity to sample some of the region’s local delicacies against the dramatic backdrop of the Boka Bay.

For more information on any of these events and others taking place at Porto Montenegro this summer visit or email for reservations.