Once again, the news digest has to start with the news of the cancellation of exhibitions: this time, the largest American exhibition of yachting equipment IBEX, which was to be held in Tampa (Florida) from September 29 to October 1, fell under the “knife” of the pandemic. IBEX turns 30 this year. The organizers decided not to give up and announced that the exhibition would be held in a virtual space. Considering that this is a B2B event, like Amsterdam’s METS (both exhibitions are owned by the same company), the online format could be a good alternative. In terms of the level of IT development, the Americans and the Dutch are very high, and if they can create a platform convenient for participants, the losses of all interested parties will not be so great.
Summer, cottage, LaDatcha! Oleg Tinkov’s 77-meter explorer has been launched and will receive its first charter guests in the Mediterranean in October. However, he will not stay there for long: closer to winter, the ship will leave for the Indian Ocean and gradually go around the world. In the meantime, the boat remains at the shipyard in Vlissingen, where from 17 to 19 September will be the main exhibit at the open day. It is a pity that due to the pandemic and the cancellation of MYS 2020, it will not be possible to watch LaDacha in Monaco, but we do not lose hope of being on board. If anyone hasn’t read our interview with LaDatcha owner, be sure to read it! 463 ft (almost 141 m), 9250 gross tonnage and the tenth largest superyacht in the world! This is the Opus, the new Lürssen boat, which has launched from a new floating boathouse in the Bremen suburb called Vegesak. The process of completing and equipping the Redwood project took about a year since the technical launch of the hull, and now you can clearly see how expressive the exterior design was created in the Nuvolari Lenard studio. The yacht is built according to Passenger Yacht Code standards, so up to 36 guests can be accommodated on board, for which 20 cabins are equipped. The characteristic Opus stem resembles aircraft carriers, and the wheelhouse with developed “wings” seems to have been borrowed from cruise ships. Along with the unusual color scheme, all this suggests that this yacht is also very non-trivial inside!
The bow deck of the “Opus” is completely given over to the helipad
The Norwegian shipyard Kleven, which specializes in offshore vessels but also builds cruise liners and superyachts-explorers, has filed for bankruptcy after a planned refinancing deal fell through. In the yachting world, Kleven is best known for the 107m Ulysses explorer, which she built for New Zealand billionaire Graham Hart.
Fairline Yachts announced that RIVERROCK EUROPEAN OPPORTUNITIES FUND II has acquired a controlling stake in the company. The previous owners will retain their stake in the company, but will focus on their core businesses, which have been hit by the effects of the pandemic.
Cantiere Delle Marche has unveiled a new semi-custom model EXP42, which, in the best shipyard tradition, combines the luxury familiar to superyacht owners with the ability to sail far and long (5,000 miles at 10 knots). The exterior design of the yacht was created by the studio Francesco Pashkovski, and for the interior design CdM invites customers to appoint their own designers in order to obtain a highly personalized boat. The project includes two layouts with a galley on the lower or main deck, suitable for families and charter. The displacement of the boat is 460 tons, the maximum speed is 14 knots. The exterior of the EXP42 speaks for itself, and if the ship is really as reliable as the shipyard promises, then it will be a pleasure to travel on it.
Cantiere Delle Marche EXP42
In the same size, Tankoa presented the most compact yacht in its range, the T450. Although it is not formally called an explorer, it is not much inferior to the EXP42 from CdM in terms of its main characteristics. The boat with a steel hull with an aluminum superstructure (displacement is 410 tons) has a slightly lower cruising range (4000 miles at 10 knots), but its top speed is higher by a knot, and the shipyard offers to equip it with a hybrid propulsion system. It is very difficult to imagine an Italian yacht without an Italian designer, and the T450 is no exception: Giorgio Cassetta brought beauty to the outside and inside, together with the shipyard, and they also left customers with ample opportunities for “tuning” the interior and layouts according to their own taste. And to sail on this yacht on the oceans or to be at anchor for months is a master’s business! The German shipyard YYachts has unveiled the flagship model Y9 with a length of 27.4 m, the first hull of which has already been sold and will be delivered to the customer next year. Bill Tripp designed and designed the sailboat’s exterior and interior, while the interiors were co-designed by Norm Architects and Design Unlimited. Like all YYachts boats, the Y9 will be built entirely out of carbon and the shipyard is confident that an experienced crew could very well win it in regattas such as the St Barths Bucket, Superyacht Cup or Maxi Rolex Cup. According to the founder of the company, Michael Schmidt, many customers were interested in the 100-foot boat, but this length already has to use many custom elements, so the cost of the boat increases dramatically. This is why YYachts stopped at 90 feet, but tried to make sure that in essence the Y9 is still a sailing superyacht.
Y9 becomes the flagship of the YYachts sailing line
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