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.

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.

The 6 Largest Megayacht Deliveries of 2016

Every megayacht delivery deserves attention, no matter how “big” or “small” she may be. But it’s human nature to gravitate toward the biggest of the big. Seeing several decks stacked atop each other is impressive. A number of impressive deliveries occurred this year, with some being high profile and owned by equally high-profile people. These, though, are the six largest megayacht deliveries, for the record books in several ways as you will see.

1. Fulk Al Salamah. Mariotti Yachts completed the largest megayacht of the year over the summer. Fulk Al Salamah measures 538 feet. Mariotti Yachts and other companies involved in the build kept a lid on details during construction. They continue to do so, too. But, it’s clear she’s the newest shadow vessel for Al Said, owned by Omani royalty. Al Said long had a shadow boat by the same name. Fulk Al Salamah has been in the Gulf of Oman since delivery. Her name translates to “Ship of Peace” from Arabic.

2. Dilbar. When shipyards are allowed to publicize significant-size projects, it’s exciting. Having Lürssen reveal details about Dilbar, then, was extra exciting. Measuring 512 feet LOA, she has more than 40,900 square feet of relaxation space. Those spaces include an indoor pool with more than 6,350 cubic feet of water. Lürssen claims it’s the largest enclosed pool aboard a yacht. The shipyard even shot video of Dilbar’s construction, editing 52 months of footage into a time-lapsed 40 seconds:

3. Ulysses. New Zealanders Graeme and Robyn Hart surprised yacht watchers by choosing a commercial shipyard, Kleven, to build their newest expedition yacht. But, they chose Kleven for its background with sturdy vessels. Ulysses, measuring 351 feet, can accommodate 60 guests, along with lots of traditional watertoys and offroading vehicles. The yacht is already for sale, due to an even bigger Ulysses coming next year, also from Kleven. The people in this video could be you, if you buy her.

4. Aquarius. Though Feadship hasn’t revealed the owner’s identity, it wasn’t too hard to figure out that Aquarius (below) belongs to casino mogul Steve Wynn. Wynn has openly discussed his enjoyment of yachting and yacht ownership, including previous boats named Aquarius. The new Aquarius measures 302 feet, and she carries some of Wynn’s renowned art collection. She’s spending her first cruising season in the Caribbean. The yacht’s name comes from the Zodiac sign.

5. Lionheart. At 295 feet, Lionheart is the biggest Benetti of the year. Sir Philip Green, a retail magnate from the UK and repeat customer, is the owner. Totaling four decks high, Lionheart became a target of the media and the public this summer. It’s due to an ongoing controversy involving pensions at BHS, a retailer he formerly owned. In September, a British comedian got close enough to the yacht in Monaco to hang a banner on her, reading “BHS Destroyer.”

Feadship Aquarius

6. Aquijo. At 279 feet, Aquijo (at top) is the year’s largest megayacht under sail. She’s also the world’s largest ketch. The owner commissioned her to travel on her own bottom around the world. She has some unusual features for a sailing yacht, including a big beach club. It additionally contains a hot tub. Aquijo is the result of cooperation between the builders Oceanco and Vitters. Vitters has the sailing expertise, and Oceanco has the super-size superyacht expertise for a project like this. Aquijo is available for charter for €400,000 per week, which is about $418,272 in today’s market.

So, what can we expect in 2017? Tune in tomorrow to find out. We’ll run down the seven largest megayacht deliveries set to happen.

Megayacht News Onboard: Ouranos, by The Italian Sea Group

If you got a second chance to do something, what would you do? If you’re like most yacht owners, you’d probably build a bigger yacht. You might even return to the same shipyard. The owner of Ouranos did both of those. He stepped up not just in size, however, but also in creature comforts, including peace and quiet while cruising and at anchor.

The first Ouranos from The Italian Sea Group was a 148-footer, delivered in 2012. (Back then, the builder went by the name Admiral Tecnomar Group.) At the time, she was the builder’s largest all-fiberglass trideck. In fact, she was part of the Nadara series, which emphasizes performance. That Ouranos hit a reported top speed of 30 knots. At 164 feet LOA and with a steel hull, the owner’s new megayacht marks two big changes right there. Yet another change is the full-displacement hull design. Since that emphasizes efficient cruising, she sees a reported maximum speed of 17 knots.

Ouranos

There’s yet another significant difference related to performance, in terms of quiet operations. The shipyard says Ouranos scored 96 on a scale of 100 in meeting RINA Comfort Class sound and vibration requirements. The mark is among the highest achieved by a traditionally powered motoryacht thus far. In brief, RINA Comfort Class meets, and in some respects exceeds, the IMO’s standards. In fact, it has stricter standards than the IMO for guest accommodations. And, for crew areas, it meets more restrictive regulations that are coming into effect in the near future. Both the owner’s guests and charter guests will appreciate the direct and indirect benefits of all of these measures.

Guests of both kinds will definitely appreciate the owner’s eye for detail. Throughout the interior of Ouranos, there’s carefully selected artwork. Two colorful figures engage in a dance in the foyer outside the skylounge (above), for example. A painting nearly the size of the forward bulkhead dominates the dining area, further visible from the saloon just aft. The entrance to the saloon shows off its own mini art gallery, too (below). Two glass-fronted display niches contain carefully lit sculptures.

Ouranos

With leather-wrapped walls, marble and steel accents, wood soles, and floor-to-ceiling windows, Ouranos sets a serene scene. Whether they’ve mostly admired the scenery inside or outside, guests have been enjoying life aboard this new yacht. The Italian Sea Group delivered Ouranos in time for the owner to spend the summer season in the Med. Charter guests had the megayacht booked up from June through September, too.

Take an armchair tour: