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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Bigger IS Better…And Lots More Impressive!

What do you do if you own one of the world’s most spectacular superyachts? If you’re Russian Billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, you build another one even more over the top.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

When I first caught sight of Motor Yacht A, and being a fan of the more traditional design, i.e., a boat should look like a boat, I was a bit taken aback. But the more I looked; the more I dug into the design, technology, and collective engineering and artistic endeavors that went into her, the more I began to come around and see this daring and advanced presentation as a bold personal statement and perhaps, a vision of the future of yacht design.

Built by Bloom & Voss, Superyacht A is a technologically advanced yacht with a bold and daring design.

Built by Blohm + Voss at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany, Motor Yacht A is a technologically advanced yacht with a bold and daring design by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis.

Now, Mr. Melnichenko, the co-founder of MDM Bank, with holdings and properties around the world including the Siberian Coal Energy Company, Eurochem, and TMK, a pipe and metallurgic company among others, as well as being Motor Yacht A‘s owner, presents Sailing Yacht A, a truly amazing accomplishment and one sure to be the answer to what dreams are made of.

Built at the Nobiskrug, Germany yard, she will be the world’s largest sailing yacht coming in at 144 meters or 468 ft. Sailing Yacht A is designed by Philippe Starck.

Built at the Nobiskrug, Germany yard, and designed by Phillippe Starck, she is the world’s largest sailing yacht coming in at 144 meters/468 ft.

This impressive new steel-hulled yacht is certainly setting standards all over the world. She is 468ft/144m in length with a carbon fiber main mast almost 300 ft/91.4m high, has eight decks, is equipped with an underwater observation observation area, a helicopter pad, an on-deck swimming pool, and as you would expect, all the latest computerized control systems one could imagine. While under power, she has a pair of 3,600kw/4,827hp MTU diesel engines along with two 4,300kw electric motors.

Impressive from any angle, Sailing Yacht A is a triumph of both design and engineering.

Impressive from any angle, Sailing Yacht A is a triumph of both design and engineering.

While she undergoes her European sea trails, her interior, yet to be finished, will be as widely anticipated as her launch date.

We will be sure to keep a sharp weather eye out for this one and if you happen to get a glimpse of her underway, or visiting a port, let us know.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Yacht Spotting & New Launches

Yacht Spotting & New Launches

M/Y YALLA

This CRN beauty is in a class all by herself.

Stunningly beautiful with dramatic lines, CRN's YALLA is sure to be seen in all the ports of the world.

Stunningly beautiful with dramatic lines, CRN’s YALLA is sure to be seen in all the ports of the world.

CRN, the shipbuilder specializing in the construction of steel and aluminum pleasure vessels between 50 and 90 metres in length, is starting the nautical season celebrating the international award won by the 73-metre M/Y Yalla at the Invictus Yachts Trophies.

This contest, organized every year by Luxmedia Group, selects and awards the best yachts built by shipyards from all over the world. The prize-giving ceremony was held on Saturday night, at the end of the Cannes Yachting Festival.

The iconic 73-metre yacht built by CRN won in the ‘Best Exterior Design’ category among megayachts between 50 and 75 metres in length. This award goes to the yacht that has stood out for the design of her exteriors and hull lines.

YALLA impressed the highly-qualified jury for her slender and stylish lines that make her dramatic design one of a kind. She had four decks and was entirely designed and built at the Ancona shipyard in cooperation with Omega Architects, who designed her exterior lines, and with Droulers Architecture, who took care of interior design and décor. This vessel – the first ever built by CRN on a 13-metre long naval platform, is characterized by extremely sleek and sporty lines. All CRN onboard advanced solutions are aimed at enhancing conviviality and social life on board.

Lamberto Tacoli, CRN’s Chairman and CEO, commented on this important acknowledgement as follows: “We are very happy and proud to be starting the new nautical season celebrating such a prestigious award at the ‘Invictus Yachts Trophy’. The YALLA is a distinctive, unique product, thanks to the design by Omega Architects; Frank Laupman and his team, who have pencilled the yacht’s exterior lines, worked side by side with CRN, who was in charge of naval engineering, and with Droulers Architecture, who took care of interior décor and furnishing. We are deeply grateful to all of them and, obviously, to the owner, who gave us the opportunity to build this breathtaking vessel. This important award is spurring CRN to take part in the forthcoming international events with even greater enthusiasm and passion.”

The award won at the Invictus Yachts Trophies adds to CRN’s already stunning prize-record. Indeed, this year the shipbuilder has also been awarded the ‘Judges Commendation’ at the World Superyachts Awards in Amsterdam with the 61-metre M/Y Saramour.

For more information about YALLA, or any of the other fine yachts designed and built by CRN, visit the company Website at http://www.crn-yachts.com

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Superyacht Stuff


DSC_2125Beyond The Ultimate Toy

Triton’s lineup of yacht-based submersibles is much more than the latest acquisition for the world’s superyachts.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

It was almost 230 feet long, had a double hull, and could travel at a top speed of 50 knots. With the ability to extract sodium from seawater to energize its sodium/mercury batteries, it had unlimited access to the world’s oceans. Its crew was also able to farm all the necessary food they would need from the sea.

The adventures of Jules Verne’s Nautilus and Capt. Nemo, its enigmatic creator in his 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, was the stuff that dreams were made of and for me as a young boy, started a life long fascination with submarines and the undersea world.

From the images of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau’s diving saucer ‘flying’ underwater to the thrilling pages of Tom Clancy’s high-tech Red October and all the other films and books I have experienced throughout the years about these amazing machines, you can imagine my delight when I pulled up to the non-descript warehouse building off of I-95 in Vero Beach, Florida, and stopped in front of a door with TRITON SUBMARINES stenciled onto the glass.

Triton personal submarines can open up a whole new world for its owners.

Triton personal submarines can open up a whole new world for its owners. Photo courtesy of Triton.

“Our product line is much more than a very expensive addition to a big yacht’s complement of equipment,” said Marc Deppe, Triton’s VP of Sales and Marketing as he took me on a tour of the manufacturing facility.

With such a complex vessel having the ability to dive to depths of 1,000-, 3,300, or an astounding 5,500-feet with up to 12 hours of operation—longer dive durations are available—we began the discussion on the subject of safety.

“The most important features are the ones that prevent any trouble from happening. The all-around viewing capability is an important factor as is the way we have engineered all of the thrusters so that they are tucked in and reset to eliminate entanglement,” said Triton President Patrick Lahey as he joined us on the production floor. Lahey, the company’s co-founder, is a 30+ year veteran of the undersea world with extensive expertise in commercial diving, design and engineering of underwater vessels and systems, and is the on-site specialist for all things Triton at the Vero Beach facility.

Starting with some basic facts about the general wellbeing of the world’s civilian submarine fleet, in 27 years and numbering some 40 vessels with almost one million participating passengers, the industry has a perfect record without serious injury or fatality. “And we take our Triton vessels even further,” said Lahey.

Triton owner Patrick Lahey oversees all operations of his company's products. Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler

Triton owner Patrick Lahey oversees all operations of his company’s products. Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler

To that end, all Triton subs are classified ✠A1 Manned Submersible by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). “The paperwork for this is so arduous and comprehensive, the resulting report weighs almost as much as our 1000/3 model,” Deppe said. And while spoken in jest, as this particular Triton comes in at 14,300 pounds, his point was well taken. “Absolutely nothing is left to chance.”

For example, when Triton gets any of its certified parts, whether they are metal or not from the manufacturer, the company will then send a sample of the material out for further independent analysis, this to ensure only the most stringent and exacting specifications are met before assembly.

Rigorous and meticulous checks are done on the observation sphere before it is attached to the subs' body. The quality control continues even after launching.

Rigorous and meticulous checks are done on the pressure hull before it is attached to the subs’ body. The quality control continues even after launching. Photo Credit: Capt. Ken Kreisler

For the 6 ½” inch thick, 84” diameter pressure-tested, clear acrylic pressure hull, allowing the divers inside a 360º view of the undersea world, Triton went to the German-based Evonik and Heinz Fritz companies for their expertise. Evonik provides the raw materials and thermally forms the acrylic blocks into two rough hemispheres and Heinz Fritz machines, cuts the apertures, bonds, anneals, and polishes them. The result is the largest and thickest acrylic spheres made for a manned submersible.

“When you’re down there, the sphere seems to disappear and you feel as if you are just floating along,” said Deppe. Not only is the interior completely air-conditioned and temperature controlled but also, regardless of depth, the cabin remains at the same pressure as the surface. This will eliminate any chance of getting the bends or suffering from nitrogen narcosis. “We can descend and rise at any rate without concern.”

The ultimate toy for the ultimate toy, the Thunderbird2 by Brilliant Boats can either be a stand alone or a shadow vessel for a larger mega or superyacht.

The ultimate toy for the ultimate toy, the Thunderbird2 by Brilliant Boats can either be a stand alone or a shadow vessel for a larger mega or superyacht. Photo courtesy of Brilliant Boats.

Typically, diving and surfacing is a matter of changing the water level in the variable ballast tanks. “The Triton 3300/3’s tank contains 47gl/180lt of water and can be either pumped in or out to get lighter or heavier and regulate your position in the water column. It’s slow and controlled and the Triton can power up or down or vertically with thrusters,” Deppe explained.

Variable ballast tank pump and thruster operations are power dependent and driven by electronically controlled pumps. Non-powered dependent systems can also be put into play and will push air into the main ballast tanks, giving you several thousand pounds of buoyancy to get to the surface. In addition, the two battery pods, either one or both, can be jettisoned releasing an additional 1,000 pounds. The manipulator arm can also be released.

All of Triton’s vessels have atmospheric monitoring devices for the air conditioning system, humidity, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and hydrogen—during battery charging, this gas is vented—and sensors for water intrusion in the battery compartments. Carbon dioxide scrubbers can be utilized to supply an additional 96 hours of non-powered dependent life support. “Triton submersibles have the ability to be submerged about 108 hours with emergency water and food,” remarked Deppe.

Thunderbird2 shows how easily her Triton sub gets neatly  tucked into its own dedicated spot.

Thunderbird2 shows how easily her Triton sub gets neatly tucked into its own dedicated spot. Photo courtesy of Brilliant Boats.

The pilot uses a three-axis joystick control and touch screen monitoring and for those models with multiple passengers, a separate control is available for guest operation. The company provides extensive training and support in getting familiar and comfortable with the systems in its simulator for hands-on instruction and diving, as well as actual on-site, open water training.

“The learning curve is not steep and is quite intuitive,” said Lahey. And while all the vessels come packed with standard features, there are a few options including sonar, USBL two-way tracking system, full spectrum Chirp color sounder/GPS, a Doppler velocity log for vertical, horizontal headings, depth, altitude, temperature, and current speed and direction, a manipulator arm, deck-mounted remote operated vehicle, and a hydrophone for listening in on ambient ocean sounds. For specialized scientific work, there is an additional list for this type of equipment. And for the ultimate option, there is even a purpose-built 65-foot Triton tender catamaran complete with launch and recovery system.

Caught in Triton's headlamps on the historic Antarctica expedition, this jellyfish made a dramatic photo. -Special Thanks to Henry Cookson Adventures- Photo: Andrew Peacock -

Caught in Triton’s headlamps on the historic 2013 Antarctica expedition, this jellyfish made a dramatic photo. –Special Thanks to Henry Cookson Adventures- Photo: Andrew Peacock –

By far, the most enlightening part of my visit to Triton was left to the imagination and a sense of adventure. As both Deppe and Lahey described diving in the Antarctic, participating in the Solomon Islands deep water expedition that resulted in finding no less than 12 previously unknown species of sea life identified with the American Museum of Natural History, or with the Discovery Channel crew off the coast of Japan with noted scientists as they sought to study the elusive giant squid, my mind was filled with images of diving to depths where no light reaches but for that of the Triton’s powerful LED illumination. And then just being able to sit back and enjoy the show.

The ability of Triton Submarines to deliver far more than yet another highly identifiable piece of equipment to the superyacht sector is quite unique in the industry. This decidedly specialized vessel has the ability to provide safe and very rewarding, one-of-a-kind experiences for its owners and guests. If your adventurous spirit wants to go places where very few people can travel to, and you have the means to do so, you might very well want to consider giving Triton a call to set up a visit. If nothing else, you too will come away with visions of remarkable journeys.

The places you can experience with a Triton Submarine are only limited by your imagination. Photo courtesy of Triton Submarines.

The places you can experience with a Triton Submarine are limited only by your imagination. Photo courtesy of Triton Submarines.

For more information, please get in touch with Triton Submarines,
9015 17th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32966 USA. (772) 770-1995
http://www.TritonSubs.com

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Superyacht Stuff

 

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Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Yacht Spotting And New Launches

COUACH YACHTS 5000 FLY

The second hull from this noted builder is sure to create as much excitement in this sector of the industry as did her 2012 sistership.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

When the magnificent 164’/50m La Pellegrina by Couach Yachts was launched in 2012, she was the first hull in the prestigious builder’s 5000 Fly Series of megayachts noted for having cruising speeds of 25 knots, composite hulls reinforced with full Kevlar, GRP superstructures, and fully complied with MCA standards, Bureau Veritas Classification, and Maltese Commercial flag.

La Pelegrina was the first launch from Yachts Coauch in its 5000 Fly Series of performance megayachts.

La Pelegrina was the first launch from Couach Yachts in its 5000 Fly Series of performance megayachts.

And now, Hull #2 has been launched. While every Couach yacht is the result of the close association between owner and builder, each has its own distinct personality as per that relationship. On this particular project a special request was made to extend the upper deck so as to have additional space for a dining area accommodating 14 guests as well as extending the bridge canopy in order to create a 100 square meter private area on the flybridge. Couach engineers were successful in making the new arrangements without compromising the vessel concept nor affecting any of the complicated ships systems, balance, and performance. The interiors were created by Couach and Metrica Interiors.

Hull #2 shows off her outstanding profile as she awaits her finishing touches before being delivered to her proud new owners.

Hull #2 shows off her outstanding profile as she awaits her finishing touches before being delivered to her proud new owners.

Another area where Couach and the owner were also successful in achieving a satisfactory result was in the area of acoustic performance with a remarkable and significant reduction of noise and vibration levels. This is the result of advanced acoustic studies and researches developed specifically on this vessel by Couach, setting up higher specific data, relative to the boat speed and sea conditions, than those regularly on demand. Accomplishing these standard required a complete change in mounting methods and a review of some building processes. And the result? According to the company, extremely quiet living spaces.

Spectacular falls quite short in describing the interior space of the 5000 Fly Series.

Spectacular falls quite short in describing the interior space of the 5000 Fly Series.

Limited only by imagination, this is Just one example of a stateroom as interpreted by Couach aboard a 5000 Fly Series yacht.

Limited only by imagination, this is just one example of a stateroom as interpreted by Couach aboard a 5000 Fly Series yacht.

SPECIFICATIONS 

LOA: 49.9m/163+ feet
LWL: 43.5m/142+ feet
BEAM: 9.25m/30+ feet
DRAFT (Half load): 2.35m/7+ feet
DISPLACEMENT (Full load): 370 tons
GROSS TONNAGE: <500 GT
FUEL: 48,508L/12,814 gal
WATER: 10,000 L/2,641 gal
GENERATORS: 2×125 EFOZD
POWER: 2×5226 HP (3900@2100RPM) MTU
TRANSMISSION: ZF, D-Drive, ZF23560C I=3.577
WATER MAKER: HEM 30/2400 DUPEX 2x9m3/day
BOW THRUSTER: 150-HP
STABILIZERS: 4xgyroscopic SEAKEEPER 21000
TOP SPEED: 28 knots
RANGE SPEED @24 KN: 600 N.m
RANGE SPEED @12KN: 2,200 N.m
OWNER/GUEST: 6 cabins, 12 people
CREW: 5 cabins, 10 people
BUILDER: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH
NAVAL ARCHITECTURE: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH
EXTERIOR DESIGN: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH
INTERIOR DESIGNER: CHANTIER NAVAL COUACH et METRICA Interior

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 For more information on Couach Yachts 5000 Fly Series, or any of the other fine designs from this outstanding builder, visit the company Website at http://www.couach.com

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2014 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Yacht Spotting And New Launches

Yacht Spotting And New Launches

The famed Italian superyacht builder launches the third vessel in its Classic Supreme Series

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

In the world of luxury boat building, the name Benetti carries a certain cache with it that resounds with elegance born of a high level of expertise and pride of craftsmanship. And no wonder. The yard has been in continued service since its founding in 1873 by Lorenzo Benettii, making it one of the oldest builders in the world.

Elegance and strength are both defined by Benetti in this third launching of the Classic Supreme Series of megayachts.

Elegance and strength are both defined by Benetti in this third launching of the Classic Supreme Series of megayachts.

The third Benetti Classic Supreme 132 (Hull# BS003) was launched in February 2013 in a grand ceremony that included all those who were involved in her build and outfitting including the yard’s technicians, workers, and staff. Arcon Yachts also collaborated on the production of this 40-metre yacht, which will be delivered in April 2014. It is the third Benetti Classic Supreme 132 in less than two years; BS003 is part of the Benetti “Class Range”, line of composite displacement yachts from 93 to 145 feet.

The Classic Supreme 132 – BS003 picks up on all the line’s typical features and adds truly unique touches like its “classic-modern” interiors. Ensuring design continuity, the exteriors of this new jewel of Italian style and technology are by Stefano Righini, with interiors by François Zuretti.

Classic Supreme 132 is 131+ft/40.20m long and 26+ft/8.18m wide; it can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins, plus room for the crew. It is equipped with two MTU 12V2000 M72 (1080 kW)@2.250 rpm motors enabling it to reach maximum speeds of 15.5 knots.

01For more information about the Benetti Classic Supreme 132 Series, or any of the other fine offerings, please visit the company Website at http://www.benettiyachts.it

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Yacht Spotting And New Launches

 

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Dock News

Trinity Yachts: The Year in Review, The Year Ahead

In a global economic climate which might merely be described as awkwardly viable, Trinity Yachts continues to set a remarkable pace in custom superyachts launched and delivered in 2011 with great expectations for launches and deliveries in 2012.

Trinity's magnificent Carpe Diem was one of several spectacular 2011 launches.

In 2011, Trinity delivered the 191’ (58m) M/Y Carpe Diem and 164’ (50m) M/Y Falcon; and launched the 198’ (60m) M/Y Areti,  187’ (58m) M/Y Lady Linda, and the 242’ (73m) M/Y New Horizon. The latter three yachts will be delivered in 2012. In early January 2012, Trinity Yachts launched the 164’ (50m) M/Y Tsumat which also has an expected 2012 delivery.

Trinity Offshore—a leader in the design and construction of commercial tugs, offshore vessels and patrol craft in aluminum, steel and composite—experienced remarkable success in 2011 while 2012 prospects are promising. “In the first half 2012, Trinity will deliver a total of eight vessels,” says John Dane, Trinity’s President. “By having a mix of what one of our supplier friends calls ‘Guns ‘N Roses’—military and recreational vessels—we are able to sustain our workforce in an uncertain world economy.
Rendering of the 164-foot/50m Tsumat.

Reflecting just how global the yachting and maritime businesses are, only one of these eight vessels is for an American superyacht owner while the total fleet—including two tugs delivered in 2011 and a pair of 302’ LNG powered supply vessels for delivery in 2013— keeps our American employees hard at work,” he adds. www.trinityyachts.com

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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