Turquoise 77M Sells, Set for 2018 Delivery

With a foundation based on that of Vicky, the Turquoise 77m superyacht started on spec will see completion come with European buyers. Come launch in springtime next year, she’ll be the largest Turquoise Yachts project on the water.

While the 253-footer draws inspiration from the 236-foot Vicky, she does differ in some ways. Obviously, she has more up-to-date systems, since Vicky was a 2012 delivery. In terms of styling, there are some family looks. But, H2 Yacht Design made the Turquoise 77m a bit sleeker. The studio also added more curves aft. They’re especially prominent where they flank the swim platform and beach club (above).

H2 Yacht Design’s interior concept should remain largely the same, too. The Turquoise 77m has accommodations for 16 friends and family forward on the main deck. Some of the adjacent staterooms here can become extra-large suites, too. The owners, meanwhile, get an apartment-like space on the upper deck. It includes a private alfresco area with a hot tub forward. An elevator lets everyone access these levels—on up to the sundeck, in fact—from the lower-deck tender garage.

Turquoise 77m

The Turquoise 77m offers a good amount of outdoor enjoyment. Two tenders stow in the just-mentioned tender garage. It’s centrally located, freeing up the full aft area aboard the yacht for a significant-size beach club. Side hatches fold down to make it much more open. All told, it measures 1,744 square feet. Fully up top, the Turquoise 77m has plenty of sunning space around a 16-foot-long pool. (On a related note, H2 Yacht Design penned this pool with a waterfall, flowing from the radar arch. Hopefully the owners will preserve it.)

The builder and design studio haven’t forgotten about crew. Twenty capable hands get accommodations forward below decks, with two lounges and even a gym.

Turquoise Yachts hasn’t released new details about performance. That leads up to believe the megayacht will still make 17 knots under traditional power, as originally planned.

Italy’s Marina D’Arechi Finally Finished

The newly completed Marina D’Arechi has been more than a decade in the making. Now fully done, it’s counting on a few advantages to attract boaters and yacht owners across the spectrum. It’s in proximity to the Amalfi Coast hotspots of Capri, Ischia, Positano, and more. It’s within a UNESCO World Heritage site. It offers homeporting and transient berths. And, it’s under Camper & Nicholsons Marinas management.

Marina D’Arechi is in the port of Salerno. Among its 1,000 berths are 80 for megayachts, both sail and power. Draft at its entrance is 26 feet, and the maximum LOA is 328 feet. With a basin exceeding 3.6 million square feet, it’s one of the largest marinas in the Med. Furthermore, Marina D’Arechi is an architectural attraction itself. Its breakwater, comprised of rocks, extends three-quarters of a mile, for example. The overall design is of an island connected to the shore by a bridge, too.

Even though it wasn’t completed until late last year, Marina D’Arechi has been welcoming megayachts for many months. Among the visitors last summer and autumn: the 230-foot Freedom, the 239-foot Yalla, and the 207-foot Irimari. Plans for the marina kicked off in 2000, with a decade-long delay before laying the first stone. The delay stemmed from legislative issues and the global economic crisis. However, by 2012 the first yachts were occupying berths.

Marina D’Arechi attracted Camper & Nicholsons Marinas’ attention in 2014. “When I visited the site back then, I could tell this project was something special,” says Dan Hughes, Camper’s business development director. The two companies kept in touch in the ensuing years. The marina’s developer then reached out when infrastructure completion occurred last year. Hughes terms the results “breathtaking” and adds that the staff is a significant benefit, too. “The service is friendly yet professional, which makes for a great atmosphere,” he explains. “All staff are fluent in Italian and English, with others speaking a third language. This is truly an international superyacht marina for the 21st century.”

With a restaurant, pastry shop, lounge, and more, the marina is additionally environmentally minded. Marina D’Arechi uses recycled wood for its pier decking, for example. The above-mentioned breakwater uses only real rocks. The facility also recycles water and waste.

One more benefit: Marina D’Arechi has a maintenance and repair facility. It includes a 220-ton-capacity yacht hoist.

Firestone Grand Prix: Superyacht Slips Available

Watching a famous auto race from the stands is one thing. Watching it from your own aft deck is quite another. This is the experience you can have at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March. More to the point, you can enjoy it from two yacht-friendly locales. One is Port St. Pete, a megayacht-only marina. The other is the Firestone Grand Prix Yacht Club, specially created along the racecourse.

The race, from March 10 to 12, attract attracts plenty of waterborne fans. Port St. Pete already has one megayacht booked, with several other inquiries for space along its 1,200-foot-long quay, according to Walter Miller, the marina and port manager. The quay accommodate megayachts from 100 to 500 feet. (In fact, the 197-foot Podium, owned by Roger Penske of racing fame, is a frequent Grand Prix guest.) With a depth of 23 feet, both power and sailing yachts can pull alongside here. The total number of yachts varies, however, according to how long each is. On average, though, side-to, six to 10 megayachts fit.

An ISPS-compliant marina, Port St. Pete has on-site customs and immigration clearance, 24-hour security, and concierge services, among other offerings. Dockside fueling and other conveniences are available, too. While it’s not on the Firestone Grand Prix racecourse, it’s walking distance away. Furthermore, the marina staff is arranging extra benefits for captains who book slips during the event. (Details were not yet available at press time.)

As for the Firestone Grand Prix Yacht Club, it’s a set of private floating docks at turns 10 and 11 of the racecourse. It accommodates boats from 30 to 150 feet. By booking a slip, you get to see more than the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in action. You can also see the Stadium Super Trucks, Pirelli World Challenge, and other races. To ensure you don’t miss a photo finish, slip holders get closed-circuit video feeds of all the track action. Furthermore, slip holders can use a complimentary water taxi, plus get paddock passes and pit passes. VIP parking is available, too.

Pricing and the number of passes varies according to the Firestone Grand Prix Yacht Club package purchased. Megayachts from 80 to 99 feet, with a maximum 20-foot beam, get one package. Megayachts from 100 to 150 feet, with a maximum 25-foot beam, get another. For the former, which includes 16 paddock passes and six pit passes, pricing is $9,750. The larger yachts receive 20 paddock passes and eight pit passes. Pricing is $9,500. Regardless of package, the Firestone Grand Prix Yacht Club provides electrical and freshwater connections. Furthermore, additional hospitality access and tickets are available upon request.

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.