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.

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”.

The 7 Largest Megayacht Deliveries Expected in 2017

There are seven seas, and seven continents. The number seven is considered lucky, too. In these spirits, with 2017 arriving this weekend, we’re looking ahead at the seven largest megayacht deliveries of the coming year. In order, from largest to smallest (if “smallest” makes any sense for 200- to 400-foot-plus yachts), they are:

1. Sailing Yacht A. This highly anticipated project is in build at Nobiskrug. At 468 feet LOA, with a beam of 81’6”, and standing eight decks high, Sailing Yacht A is nothing if not big. So, too, are her masts, the tallest freestanding ones in the world. Technically, though, she’s not a sailing yacht. She’s a sail-assisted motoryacht. This means that she can operate under sail, but will rely on engine propulsion (an MTU diesel-electric system) more often than not. Sailing Yacht A should therefore cruise at 16 knots. She gets her unusual styling from Philippe Starck, who also designed the unusual motoryacht known as Both belong to Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian industrialist. “A” signifies his first initial, plus his wife’s first initial.

2. Project Jupiter. This 403-footer touched the water a few days before Halloween at Lürssen. She gets her exterior looks from H2 Yacht Design. It’s characterized by prominent arches around amidships. The styling is similar to what the firm did for Maryah, built at a Greek yard a few years ago, plus a concept it created for Fincantieri. While Lürssen can’t reveal the owner’s identity, it does hint that Project Jupiter “will stun the Hollywood crowd.” The beam of 65’6” should stun them, too.

3. U116. U116 is a code name for a 381-footer. The numeral in her name is her length in meters. She’s also referred to as Kleven 370, since she’s in build at Kleven, a commercial shipyard in Norway. The expedition yacht arrived in Germany, as seen in the video above, in early December for final fit out. She’s the second such yacht from Kleven, following the 351-foot Ulysses that was delivered earlier this year. U116 is for the same owners as Ulysses, in fact, Graeme and Robyn Hart, New Zealanders who love cruising. Sixty-six people will be able to stay aboard U116 in a few short months.

4. Solar. The world got its first good glimpse at the code-named megayacht project Solar when she left her build shed at Oceanco this fall. The 348-foot sailing yacht features styling and interior design by Nuvolari-Lenard. Between her LOA and nearly 3,000 gross tonnage, she’s the world’s largest sailing yacht. Solar power reportedly plays a big role aboard, though details aren’t available.

5. Vertigo. Feadship launched Vertigo , coming in at 317 feet, in November. Redman Whiteley Dixon graced her with plentiful soft curves outside. A significant feature aboard Vertigo is a glass-bottomed and –sided pool that’s eight feet deep at one end. That same end is shaped like an S. Another big feature aboard: a two-sided fireplace, dividing the saloon and formal dining area.

6. Oceanco Y715. This 290-foot motoryacht has a rich blue hull and styling as well as interior design by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs. Details remain closely guarded secrets.

7. Here Comes the Sun. The first launch in the Amels 272 series (at top) conducted sea trials in September and October. She’s the builder’s biggest megayacht to date, and the owner’s second Amels. Here Comes the Sun was expected for delivery by the end of this year, but her AIS signal shows her still at the shipyard this week. The yacht’s name comes from a famous Beatles song.