Miami’s One Island Park Joins IGY Marinas Fold

The newly developed megayacht-only marina One Island Park, in Miami Beach, has new management. It’s now in the portfolio of IGY Marinas. This makes it the company’s first location in Florida.

Situated on Terminal Island, the marina boasts views of the downtown Miami skyline. It’s on private property, too, plus adjacent to a Coast Guard station. These lend a level of security for the owners that One Island Park is meant to attract. IGY Marinas says the side-to dockage can handle the world’s largest megayachts, upwards of 700 feet. Another attractive item is that the marina is exempt from Captain of the Port zone regulations. In brief, these regulations govern the movement of all vessels in a particular port. The exemptions means megayachts can arrive and depart at their leisure.

The name One Island Park may be familiar. If so, it’s because back in October, the marine-services agency BWA Yachting announced it was developing dockage there. BWA Yachting was managing the marina, too. BWA Yachting further established an office on site, to offer services like customs and immigration clearance, plus provisioning. Even with the change of management, the marine-services agency is remaining at the marina. In fact, BWA Yachting is serving as the exclusive agency providing concierge services and other support for yachts visiting One Island Park.

Both sailing superyachts and motoryachts can dock at the marina, which IGY Marinas is branding One Island Park – Miami Beach. The minimum water depth is about 40 feet. Despite the rendering above (which BWA Yachting provided last fall), the marina is fully operational and has been welcoming yachts. In the coming months, it will host special events, some related to Miami happenings. Notably, Art Basel Miami is in the area. In addition, IGY Marinas will have One Island Park participate in its community-outreach program Inspire Giving Through You.

2nd Oyster 118 Signed, 40th Sailing Superyacht for Builder

Springtime 2020 seems a long way off. But, the wait will be well worth it to one particular yacht buyer. That’s when the second Oyster 118 gets delivered.

Oyster Yachts says “months of discussion” led to the final contract, just today. The flagship of the British builder’s sailing yachts, the Oyster 118 is its largest offering resulting from its longtime partnership with Humphreys Yacht Design. Hull number one of the series started construction in spring 2015. She’s set for launch this December.

This second hull starts construction in a few months. Hull construction takes place in one facility, near Portsmouth, with final fit out in another yard. That second yard, in Southampton, has been the focus of expansion plans for a while. Oyster Yachts wants the capacity to build four Oyster 118s. The goal is to have hulls number three and four of the Oyster 118 start while numbers one and two are finishing up. For perspective, the fourth yacht will be ready for a 2021 delivery. It would therefore be a significant accomplishment.

Regardless, hull number two of the Oyster 118 is already a significant accomplishment. She is the 40th sailing yacht exceeding 80 feet in Oyster Yachts’ 43-year history.  Features include a plumb bow, enclosable hardtop, and abundant entertaining space. In fact, she has about 849 square feet of interior space for 12 guests. The shipyard says that represents 10 times the offering of the Oyster 475. Furthermore, the Oyster 118 has a 48-square-foot guest cockpit. Beam is 27’5”, too.

Oyster Yachts hasn’t said how the client is arranging the yacht. The series is semi-custom, so plenty of choices exist. For example, five staterooms characterize hull number one below decks. The Oyster 118 has an optional sixth stateroom forward, which can also be a TV room or kids’ cabin. Furthermore, the sail plan is open to buyer’s choice. What is certain, though, is that air draft is about 171 feet. And, the Oyster 118 is a bluewater cruiser. She’s built to DNV classification and LY3 requirements.

Our 10 Favorite Superyacht Cinemas

This weekend marks the annual Golden Globes Awards, which honors stars of cinema and television. All of the voters are accustomed to seeing the nominees year after year on screens in movie theaters or at home. If only they stepped aboard a yacht to watch instead; what a difference it would make in the entertainment experience. For their consideration—and yours—we’ve selected a mix of alfresco and indoor superyacht cinemas that really stand out. In alphabetical order by yacht name, they are:

1. Aquila. The 281-foot yacht, launched as Cakewalk, gained a cinema in her main saloon (below) following a refit last year. Judging by the decor, it’s a sumptuous space to sink into a settee with a big bowl of popcorn.

2. Big Fish. It doesn’t fit the traditional definition of superyacht cinemas, and that’s what we like the best about the atrium aboard the 147-foot Big Fish. Twenty video panels form a three-deck-high video wall, which is further about 10 feet wide. It shows home videos of dive trips, or whatever else the guests want to watch.

Aquila superyacht cinemas

3. Galactica Super Nova. The biggest boat built by Heesen has a huge foredeck, where quite the crowd can watch movies under the stars. It got a good first test run, in fact, at this 230-footer’s launch party last year.

4. Jems. Y.CO counts Jems among its charter customers’ favorite choices when it comes to superyacht cinemas, and for good reason. One look at the outdoor cinema on the sundeck (above), and it’s hard to resist. The 144-foot motoryacht rivals larger craft in this arrangement.

5. Lady Christine. Hollywood heavyweights like Sophia Loren, Humphrey Bogart, and even Mickey Mouse are part of a mural lining the back wall of her cinema (below). It’s worth noting that the 223-foot Lady Christine was built in 2010, before onboard cinemas became such a craze.

Lady Christine superyacht cinemas

6. Maltese Falcon. Any time you see this 289-foot sailing yacht on the horizon, you’re seeing her outdoor cinema. Though, you may not even realize it. The “screen” is actually a sail on her mizzen mast. There isn’t a bad seat in the house as a result—or the harbor she’s in, at that rate.

7. Serenity. Two things make Serenity worthy of inclusion on our list. First of all, the owner of this 139-footer chose brightly colored furnishings for the cinema, which does double duty as the skylounge. Second, and even more fun, the blackout curtains for the room feature black and white images of Harry Potter, Dirty Harry, Lawrence of Arabia, and other famous cinematic characters.

8. Tiara. Another terrific sailing yacht with another terrific outdoor cinema. What makes it really special is how the crew sets it up. They hang billowy white curtains around a 13-foot by 13-foot space, dotted by big, inviting deck cushions and pillows. The screen sits center stage, too. You feel as if you’re no longer aboard a 178-footer and instead in a Bedouin tent.

9. Turquoise. Billowy curtains characterize Turquoise’s on-deck cinema as well. However, they are a bit different. They slide on tracks to each side of the screen. The screen, meanwhile, emerges from the overhead just outside the saloon. Therefore, a rather cozy atmosphere comes together for cinematic experiences.

10. Solemar. Measuring 202 feet, Solemar is impressive enough. But her nearly 10-foot-wide movie screen, which nestles between the supports for her navigation equipment arch over the sundeck, displays movies in HD.

Feadship Lagoon Cruisers 4 and 5 Emerge

The last two launches in a series of “small” cruisers from Feadship are the yard’s first two launches of the year. They’re the fourth and fifth Lagoon Cruisers, as they’re nicknamed, measuring 109’9”.

The first of the five launched nearly a year ago, in February, followed by the next two within a few short weeks. All now in their owners’ hands, the three are (in alphabetical order) Avatar, Kamino, and Moon Sand Too.

The series started with an inquiry by one owner, about four years ago. He wanted something smaller than the builder normally delivered. (Feadship focuses on the 131-foot and up size range.) He wanted a smaller size, along with a relatively shallow draft, to enjoy cruising grounds without many marinas. For the project to make economic sense for both him and Feadship, Feadship determined at least three megayachts bearing the same design parameters would be necessary. So, if the owner could find two more buyers (who could tailor the interiors, as usual), it was a go. He didn’t just find two more clients—he got four.

Each of the Lagoon Cruisers looks like the photo above, taken when hull number one splashed. All bear naval architecture and styling by De Voogt Naval Architects. The most striking features are the significant uses of glass. Despite other Feadships, like Venus, having a lot of glass, the shipyard says the Lagoon Cruisers have the most as a proportion of their profiles among any projects it’s delivered to date.

Another noteworthy feature of the Lagoon Cruisers is the feeling of space inside. It’s due to overhead heights on the main deck of eight feet. This is much more than you would expect of 110-footers for sure, and even of megayachts much longer. The effect in the saloon and dining area, in combination with the glass walls, should be quite welcoming.

Feadship has not yet revealed the interior designer for the last two Lagoon Cruisers. However, Bannenberg & Rowell designed the interiors of the first two, Avatar and Moon Sand Too.

Sea trials should confirm an anticipated 19-knot cruising speed for the all-aluminum megayachts. Draft is 5’9”.

SeaKeepers Giving Owners Underwater Video Cameras

If you’ve seen recent marine documentaries, you may have marveled at underwater video footage of significant-size species like sharks and rays. Imagine, then, capturing similar footage yourself, from your very own yacht. The International SeaKeepers Society will make it happen. In fact, the organization will give you a free underwater video camera, to help it capture much-needed shark and ray population data.

SeaKeepers is handing out BRUVS, or baited remote underwater video stations. Created by a division of the Australian government, BRUVS are used by researchers worldwide to survey fish. The cameras sit stationary on the sea floor and use bait to attract all sorts of species. Notably, they’re especially helpful in deep water, plus on coral reefs and in inter-reef areas. Furthermore, they help film big species like sharks and rays, which tend to avoid scuba divers or cameras under tow. Besides capturing images of fish, the underwater video stations take footage of their habitats.

Both species data and habitat data is important to SeaKeepers for this project. It’s providing BRUVS with the assistance of Florida International University. Together, they’re collecting data for Global FinPrint, reportedly the world’s largest reef shark and ray survey. (On a related side note, Global FinPrint is an initiative of Paul Allen, the owner of Octopus. He’s also a longtime SeaKeepers supporter.) According to the FinPrint website, “The research will improve our understanding of how elasmobranchs influence the coral reef ecosystem and how humans impact these species and their habitats. Ultimately, the consolidation of this collaborative global research into one single analysis will aid management and conservation efforts for life on the reef.”

Here’s how to participate. Contact Julienne Beblo, SeaKeepers’ associate director of programs. Following your conversation, within about a month, you’ll receive a free BRUV. SeaKeepers will train you and/or your crew on how to use the underwater video. Alternately, the organization will send a scientist to deploy it. Either way, you’ll start augmenting much-needed scientific data. Your BRUV will help researchers compare reefs from region to region. They’re examining factors like water temperature in affecting the number, types, and sizes of sharks and rays on these reefs.