Tankoa Yachts’ S533 Saetta Gets You There in a Flash

Tankoa Yachts’ S533 Saetta Gets You There in a Flash

Fresh out of Genoa, Italy, comes news of Tankoa Yachts’ most recent concept: The 174-foot S533 Saetta planing superyacht. Most superyachts of this size feature displacement or semi-displacement hulls, but the Tankoa yard and noted designer Francesco Paszkowski have penned one of the few fast planing yachts—featuring a planing hull that travels on top of the water instead of displacing it—in this size range. Perhaps this is why the team chose “Saetta,” which roughly translates from Italian to “thunderbolt,” “flash,” or “arrow”—whichever meaning you choose, this large yacht is quick.

Besides its planing hull, the S533 Saetta superyacht makes great use of an exceptional amount of glass to bring in the natural light and to provide incredible views. Moreover, its modern lines give the Saetta a decidedly contemporary edge. The concept features a 30-foot beam, giving the S533 Saetta the ability to accommodate 10 guests in four en-suite staterooms, plus a full-beam main-deck master suite. In addition, the yacht houses nine crew in five cabins.

Other features to look forward to include a large beach club, an aft dining and lounging area on the main deck, a large forward sunning and seating area, and a skydeck entertainment zone. The aft tender garage stows a 21-foot tender for on-the-water fun as well as trips to shore.

“The elements of the ocean penetrate every aspect of this revolutionary design, with glass walls transforming the boundless realms of the sea and sky into structural components of true luxury,” says a Tankoa representative.

The S533 Saetta’s 28-knot top speed is achieved thanks to three MTU 16V 2000 M94L waterjets powering its planing hull. At the yacht’s top cruising speed of 24 knots, it boasts a 600-mile range. At a more conservative 17 knots, the S533 Saetta sports a longer range of 1,200 miles.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/tankoa-yachts-s533-saetta-superyacht-2772859/

Barcelona Welcomes a New Superyacht Show This Spring

Barcelona Welcomes a New Superyacht Show This Spring

Barcelona’s private OneOcean Port Vell marina will play host to the yachting world’s newest superyacht show this May. Scheduled for May 2 to 5 along this Mediterranean quay, the Superyacht Show strives to create an event conducive to superyacht consumers and their representatives, whether buying or looking for the perfect yacht to charter.

Conceived by members of the Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA), organizers of the Superyacht Show hope to provide a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere for interested yacht-lovers to board and tour the superyachts on display without the usual hoopla of traditional boat shows that feature all facets of the marine industry.

Planned ticket categories include Superyacht Broker (or Buyer’s Representative), Superyacht Buyer (or Charterer), Superyacht Professional, and Press Pass. According to one organizer, “ticket prices have not officially been released, but they will be in the region of €150.” Tickets are scheduled to be released February 1 and will be available as either a multipass or a Saturday-only entrance.

“The idea of a client-focused show was put forward several years ago, and we’ve been working on the details for quite some time. … Everyone is welcome to visit the show since our ultimate aim is to benefit the clients, brokers, and the industry as a whole,” says Jonathan Beckett, LYBRA president.

The Superyacht Show OneOcean Port Vell marina Barcelona

OneOcean Port Vell marina, BarcelonaPhoto: Courtesy The Superyacht Show

“Over time, we plan to develop the show into the definitive, pre-summer buying opportunity in the Mediterranean. The LYBRA members have both the ability and desire to bring together a world-class display,” says Eric Blair, LYBRA’s secretary general.

Built for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, OneOcean Port Vell marina was recently revamped into a posh 148-berth facility that accommodates yachts up to 623 feet.

Members of LYBRA include Burgess, Camper & Nicholsons International, Edmiston, Fraser, IYC, Merle Wood, Northrop & Johnson, Ocean Independence, and Yachtzoo—all superyacht brokerage companies that have a fleet of yachts greater than 98 feet.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/superyacht-show-barcelona-2772199/

Vintage Motor Yacht Grace Cruises the Galápagos

Vintage Motor Yacht Grace Cruises the Galápagos

Presented in 1953 to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco by Aristotle Onassis as a wedding gift, this 147-foot yacht, which the royals christened Deo Juvente II, served as a honeymoon cocoon during the couple’s nuptial cruise along the coasts of Sardinia and Corsica. Yet this romantic voyage was but a short chapter in the vessel’s storied history.

Deo Juvente II was originally owned by Franco-Argentinean Jacques “Santiago” Soulas and launched in 1928 by Camper & Nicholsons. Soulas named the vessel Monica after his daughter. Four years later, the Soulas family sold the yacht, which then changed hands several times before being acquired by the British Royal Navy in 1939.

During its stint in the military, the yacht—then named Rion—was stripped of its finery, reinforced, and fitted with a 12-pound quick-firing gun on the forecastle, a couple of 40 mm Oerlikons next to the bridge, and a rack on the stern to hold eight 300-pound depth charges. After World War II, the vessel was decommissioned and returned to Camper & Nicholsons to be restored to its former opulence.

Quasar Expeditions Grace Yacht

Quasar Expeditions Grace Yacht  Photo: Courtesy Quasar Expeditions

Aristotle Onassis bought HMS Noir in 1951 and rechristened it Arion. The vessel remained in his charter fleet for a couple of years until he gave it to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, who enjoyed the gift until 1958.

The vessel changed hands several more times, traveling to the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States. In 2007, Quasar Expeditions (866.481.7790, quasarex.com) bought the boat to charter in the Galápagos and bestowed its current moniker, Grace. “Our company purchased the yacht because of its rich history, unique character, and classic style. We knew it was going to add a whole new element to a Galápagos cruising experience that no other ship on the islands could offer,” says Eduardo Diez Jr., commercial director for Quasar Expeditions. “It is probably now one of the most sought-after products in the archipelago.”

The yacht was relaunched in October and cruises two different itineraries in the Galápagos Islands. Pricing for the regular season starts at $127,000 for the entire vessel, which accommodates 18 guests in nine cabins plus crew for seven nights and eight days; $6,600 per person for a deluxe stateroom; and $8,900 per person for the newly renovated Grace Kelly Suite.

Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco

Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco  Photo: Courtesy

The Timeline


Launched as Monica in Southampton, England, by Camper & Nicholsons, the 147-foot craft was named after owner Jacques “Santiago” Soulas’s daughter.


The vessel is rechristened Rion by new owner Zarch Couyoumbian.


Prudential Insurance chairman George Tilley purchases the yacht.


The British Royal Navy requisitions the vessel for wartime use.


After some damage to the port engine, Rion becomes part of the Royal Navy Hospital.


The vessel is returned to prewar owner George Tilley after its restoration at Camper & Nicholsons.


The charter company of Aristotle Onassis acquires the yacht and names it Arion.


Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco receive the yacht as a wedding gift from Onassis and rename it Deo Juvente II. Winston Churchill is one of the couple’s many illustrious guests.


A Monegasque businessman buys the vessel, which he calls Daska.


The vessel is transported to the Bahamas by Crest Shipping and then to Montego Bay by Cove Shipping. Its new moniker is Angela.


The yacht’s name reverts to Daska, and it is seized by the Jamaican government.


SuperClubs chairman John Issa purchases the vessel, changes its name to Zein, and refits it in Tampa, Fla.


Quasar Expedition buys Zein and rechristens it Grace.


During Grace’s latest refurbishment, the apartment where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace honeymooned is remade into the Grace Kelly Suite.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/vintage-motor-yacht-grace-cruises-the-galapagos-2771133/

A Closer Look at Ngoni, One of the Largest Sailing Yachts in the World

A Closer Look at Ngoni, One of the Largest Sailing Yachts in the World

Delivered last summer and immediately put to good use in the Mediterranean, the 190-foot high-performance sloop Ngoni (originally known by its project name: The Beast) from Royal Huisman is a sailing sight to behold. Tasked by the owner to create a contemporary yacht with incredible performance, handling, and seakeeping paired with luxury amenities, Dubois Naval Architects settled on a minimalistic approach, creating a clean, clutter-free deck and low-profile superstructure, both of which made for an elegant and efficient yacht. Ngoni is also one of the largest sailing yachts in the world.

Dubois designed a slender aluminum hull with plumb bow and reverse sheer, which gave the hull structural stiffness. This is important, considering the large portholes, a fold-out side-boarding platform, water-level gym door, a couple of submarine anchors, and retractable thrusters, as well as a 100-ton lifting keel that adjusts from 26 to 17 feet. Maximum hull speed is 17 knots.

The yacht features a carbon mast and a 9,182 square-foot square-top mainsail with supporting diagonal batten that detaches automatically and furls into the styled boom. The diagonal batten attaches automatically when hoisting as well.

A Williams 565 Tender Diesel Jet boat is stored in a cut-out tender garage on the flush foredeck, and an inflatable Bombard commando C3 sport boat is stowed deflated in a storage locker for crew use. They are extracted from the yacht and placed into the water via a Nautical Structures crane.

The cockpit helm station features a sculptural carbon helm with a stainless-steel top. Besides a cozy and protected seating area, the cockpit also includes a popup TV for alfresco movies. Glass doors between the cockpit and the deckhouse expand the inside out and the outside in.

Rick Baker and his team created Ngoni’s sophisticated interior, which was meant to be anything but traditional. Instead, it is a curvy, masculine, and colorful scheme, and includes sculpted-metal surfaces, marble and onyx from Italy, and bespoke veneers.

The glass deckhouse includes a seating area, bar, and dining area. Belowdecks are the owner’s apartment and two en-suite guest staterooms, one a twin and the other a double. Both cabins feature large windows to pull in the sunshine, highlighting the interesting veneers, marbles, and resin finishes.

The aft full-beam owner’s suite comprises an en-suite bedroom, as well as an en-suite study and gym, plus an opening hull port for fresh air and natural light. The owner’s stateroom offers up direct access to an aft sunbathing and lounging area with carbon-fiber spa tub and­­ steps down to the sea-level beach deck, which features an Olympic-size diving board.

Ngoni houses accommodations for crew, too, including a captain’s cabin, two single, and three twin crew cabins.

When not under sail, Ngoni has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at its MTU 8V 2000 M72 engine’s cruise speed of 12 knots.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/a-closer-look-at-ngoni-one-of-the-largest-sailing-yachts-in-the-world-2771452/

W Aviation Lands in Aruba

W Aviation Lands in Aruba

W Aviation Aruba FBO Windsor Group Caribbean

W Aviation opened its doors yesterday to the latest addition to its international fixed-base operator network: the W Aviation Aruba at Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba. Comprising 10 acres of land and a 4,000-square-foot executive terminal and aircraft parking for all general-aviation traffic for the island, W Aviation will invest $1.8 million to upgrade the existing facilities. New amenities will include lobby and customer-service areas, a bistro bar, VIP passenger lounges, conference rooms, a pilot’s lounge, flight-planning room, and more. The FBO will offer up plane fueling, concierge, customs support, and ground handling, as well as other services.

“We are thrilled to announce our newest facility in Aruba and the continued expansion of our FBO network. This is a milestone for our company, as it not only gives us the opportunity to support our existing global charter fleet in the Caribbean but also allows us to handle all of the GA traffic on the island. Aruba is the only non-U.S. Caribbean island with U.S. pre-clearance customs, making it an ideal stop for aircraft traffic from South America and the Caribbean destined for the United States,” said Ignacio Martinez, CEO of W Aviation.

W Aviation Aruba FBO Windsor Group Caribbean

Reception area.  Photo: Courtesy W Aviation Aruba

As part of the Fort Lauderdale–based Windsor Group, the W Aviation Aruba FBO joins other fixed-base operations in Fort Lauderdale and Caracas. The company also offers charter services and aircraft management.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/aviation/w-aviation-fbo-in-aruba-2770989/

Our Four Favorite Charter-Yacht Stories of 2017

Our Four Favorite Charter-Yacht Stories of 2017

As you look ahead to 2018 and possible vacation options, consider chartering one of these superyachts for a week or two. They each provide high style, tons of water toys, a top-notch chef, maybe some gym equipment to work off the evidence of that top-notch chef, and the opportunity to vacation in a beautiful locale while lounging on one of the many decks. These are our favorite charter-yacht stories of 2017, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed putting them together.

1. Abeking & Rasmussen’s Cloudbreak Makes for an A-List Charter-Yacht Adventure

From heli-skiing in British Columbia to kayaking in Antarctica, Cloudbreak offers an expedition-yacht experience like no other.

Launched early last year by Abeking & Rasmussen, with project management by SuperYachtsMonaco, the 238-foot Cloudbreak adventure yacht was designed for an owner with a passion for extreme sports and an appreciation for simple, down-home comforts. The rugged expedition-yacht exterior by Espen Øino contrasts with a much softer and more elegant Christian Liaigre–designed interior that includes a winter garden, a “ski lodge,” and the largest water-toy collection in its class. Named after a famous surf spot in Fiji, Cloudbreak features an 8,750-mile range and has accommodations for 12 guests and a 22-member crew. The owner plans to explore the most remote parts of the world; so far, the yacht has cruised through the Caribbean, the Galápagos Islands, and Alaska.

2. Chartering Anka—a Gem of a Superyacht

A flotilla of water toys, a large beach club, and a sundeck with hot tub and outdoor bar are just a few of the amenities that make this superyacht a great choice for charter.

If you want to cruise inconspicuously in a charter yacht, Anka may not be your best choice. The hull of the 132-foot trideck from England’s Princess Yachts is painted a vibrant turquoise that is sure to draw attention wherever it travels. The color was selected by the yacht owners’ young daughter and dubbed Turquoise Island by the builder—maybe after the quirky, similarly colored landmark in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood. (It’s a combination flower shop and public restroom.)

3. This 230-foot Superyacht Is a Joy to Charter

The owner of this Feadship wanted a yacht unlike any other, and that’s what he got.

The owner of Joy is a first-time yacht owner who issued a simple but daunting order for the design of the 230-foot Feadship: Create something totally different from every other yacht. Thus the Bannenberg & Rowell exterior features unusually wide walkways, expansive aft decks, and three “winter gardens”—spacious climate-controlled glass enclosures that are located at the rear of the main-deck saloon, on the owner’s deck, and on the bridge deck. The London-based firm Studio Indigo, known for its work on urban residences, crafted an eclectic interior for Joy, its first super­yacht commission. The design features 250 different types of wood, stone, fabric, and other finishes.

4. Chartering Lürssen Coral Ocean

The secret of Coral Ocean is out, and this recently refit Lürssen promises to be one of the most sought-after charter yachts.

The Lürssen-built Coral Island recently underwent a refit that updated some of its technical systems to comply with current charter standards and regulations. It also had its name changed to Coral Ocean. Other than those alterations, the 238-foot, five-deck superyacht remains much the same as when it launched in 1994—and it’s as attractive and accommodating now as it was then. This a testament to the late Jon Bannenberg’s forward-thinking design, which includes several features that were innovations 23 years ago and have since become superyacht staples: an interior gym and spa area, a beach club at the stern, and a saloon with an open-air balcony.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/favorite-charter-yacht-stories-of-2770515/

Robb Report’s 10 Top Aircraft-Concept Stories of 2017

Robb Report’s 10 Top Aircraft-Concept Stories of 2017

Some of the most eye-catching stories on Robb Report are those that feature the futuristic designs of models still on the drawing board or in the testing stages. We pulled together the 10 most-read posts highlighting aircraft concepts, from helicopters to corporate jets, and flying cars to remote-controlled passenger drones. These are the stories that resonated with our readers in 2017.

1. Bell Helicopter’s Futuristic Helicopter Concept

Bell Helicopter’s Bell FCX-001 aims to make helicopters smarter, safer, more efficient, and easier to fly.

2. Order your $35 Million Citation Hemisphere Jet Now

Deliveries of the corporate jet are scheduled for 2020.

3. A Flying Car Is Taking off Near the Motor City

Detroit Flying Cars hopes to have its WD-1 in the air by next year.

4. Over-the-Top Bespoke Interiors for Your Private Jet

Five private-jet interior concepts that demonstrate air travel can be anything but boring.

5. NASA Nixes the Boom

NASA moves forward with low-boom supersonic passenger-jet design.

6. Airbus Reveals High-Speed Helicopter Project Racer

Airbus is developing a faster and more efficient helicopter that will be flying by 2020.

7. A Chat with the Inventor of the Samson Motors Switchblade Flying Sports Car

The flying sports car models include a $500,000 version with a bespoke interior and unique exterior features.

8. Lilium Raises $90 Million for Electric-Powered Jet

The Germany-based company continues to develop its VTOL craft and will hire new employees.

9. Climb Aboard This Drone for a Remote-Controlled Commute

Billed as the world’s most advanced autonomous manned aerial vehicle, the Passenger Drone might have you flying over rush hour traffic sooner than you think.

10. Airbus Is Serious About Unsnarling Your Commute

The global aviation company and its various partners are making flying cars and helicopter ride-sharing a reality.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/aviation/robb-reports-10-top-aircraft-concept-stories-of-2770300/

Robb Report’s 10 Top Concept-Yacht Stories of 2017

Robb Report’s 10 Top Concept-Yacht Stories of 2017

Nestled within the popular Robb Report marine category are the highly read posts that feature new yacht, superyacht, and gigayacht concepts. These concepts are often revealed by both top-end designers and yacht-design underdogs at boat shows such as the Cannes Yachting Festival, Monaco Yacht Show, and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Like our readers, we just cannot quench our thirst for these often-over-the-top concepts. Below are the top 10 stories that our readers could not get enough of—one was even posted almost three years ago.

1. When a Cruise Ship Collides with a Superyacht

Heesen’s 272-foot superyacht Project Maximus incorporates some of the best features of a passenger cruise ship, like a deck for owners that extends from the stern to the foredeck.

2. This Yacht with the Most Toys Wins

CRN’s 282-foot explorer yacht was designed around a very unusual concept—how many toys it can carry.

3. The ModCat Project L3 Concept Catamaran Yacht Maximizes Speed and Space

From 2015 comes this 278-foot yacht that features a full-size pool, an outdoor cinema, and enough stowage for a seaplane.

4. Benetti’s Se77antasette Concept Is a Superyacht That Takes Inspiration from Mexico’s International Airport

Designed by Fernando Romero, this superyacht concept features a massive glass observation dome and next-generation ventilation.

5. Tankoa’s Project Bolide Could be a Bat Out of Hell

Tankoa’s Project Bolide is one of the boldest interpretations of gigayacht design to emerge in years.

6. Superyacht Project Zephyr Is a Futuristic Piece of Technology with a Huge Personality

The new 180-foot yacht Zephyr, designed by Federico Fiorentino and to be built by Rossinavi, reaches 32 knots but its high-performance hull is designed to cross the Atlantic.

7. Dive into This New Gigayacht Design from Ken Freivokh

The mammoth 460-foot concept from designer Ken Freivokh has at least two of everything, including certified helipads and swimming pools.

8. The Super-Cool Superfly GT 42 Superboat to Debut in Cannes

The Superfly GT 42 is a designer’s dreamboat, all the way from the glass-in aft stateroom to the sci-fi helm station.

9. The Oceanco Lumen Is a Superyacht Literally Bedazzled in Diamonds

Oceanco’s 302-foot Lumen superyacht concept is luminescent.

10. This Rosetti Explorer Yacht Is for the True Adventurer

Rosetti Superyachts’ new 279-foot expedition yacht combines a proven offshore-supply-vessel design with luxury-yacht accommodations.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/robb-reports-10-top-concept-yacht-stories-of-2770080/

Robb Report’s 10 Most-Read Yachting Stories of 2017

Robb Report’s 10 Most-Read Yachting Stories of 2017

The marine category sees its fair share of traffic on Robb Report, and 2017 proved to be no exception. Readers visited our Best of the Best superyachts and sailing yachts stories again and again, and could not stay away from our Fort Lauderdale boat show picks either. Over-the-top concept yachts seems to grab your attention as well. Below are the top 10 stories that you, our readers, thought worth reading over the last 12 months.

1. Tour the Yachts of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Our number-one marine story highlights eight yachts to climb aboard during 2017’s Fort Lauderdale event.

2. Best of the Best: 8 Superyachts Making Waves

The number-two marine story comes from our 2017 Best of the Best superyacht roundup published in June.

3. When a Cruise Ship Collides with a Superyacht

Heesen’s 272-foot superyacht Project Maximus incorporates some of the best features of a passenger cruise ship, like a deck for owners that extends from the stern to the foredeck.

4. 8 Amazing Day Boats

Make the most of long summer days with these inviting boats.

5. Best of the Best: 6 Sailing Yachts That Blow Away the Competition

Robb Report’s favorite sailing yachts that launched last year.

6. Walk Through Superyacht Rossinavi Aurora

Robb Report shares video taken while touring at the Monaco Yacht Show.

7. This Yacht with the Most Toys Wins

CRN’s 282-foot explorer yacht was designed around a very unusual concept—how many toys it can carry.

8. First Look Inside Numarine’s 32XP Explorer Yacht

The 32XP, Numarine’s first explorer yacht, offers more than 3,550 square feet of gracious living.

9. Inside the Superyacht Designed by Porsche

Designed by Studio F.A. Porsche, the new Dynamiq GTT 115 takes elements from the iconic car brand, but the result is not showy. Instead, it’s a floating tour de force.

10. Absolute Reinvents the Navetta Yacht Style with Its 73

Absolute’s new Navetta 73 is a fresh take on the historic and utilitarian navetta yacht type.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/marine/robb-reports-10-most-read-yachting-stories-of-2770034/

Robb Report’s 10 Most-Read Aviation Stories of 2017

Robb Report’s 10 Most-Read Aviation Stories of 2017

The aviation category is usually a busy one here on Robb Report and 2017 was no exception. From a best-plane roundup published in 2015 to high-profile aircraft news, our readers returned again and again to this section. Here we highlight the top 10 stories that readers gravitated toward—from spacecraft aiming for the moon to craft that look like they belong on the moon, to a high-tech helicopter concept, updated models from Gulfstream, Bombardier, Boeing, and Pilatus, incredible cabin interiors, as well as what is going on with the pilot who is flying your plane. This is what you, our readers, thought interesting over the last year.

The World’s 23 Best Private Aircraft

Our number-one aviation story continues to be this one from September 2015.

Best of the Best: Top 10 Time-Tested Planes

The number-two story comes from our 2017 Best of the Best roundup published in June.

Stratolaunch Fires Up Its Engines

This Paul Allen–backed airplane project is on track to start operations by 2020.

Gulfstream Begins Test Flights with a Fully Outfitted G600

The large-cabin, long-range business jet is expected to enter service in 2018.

Pilatus PC-24 Deliveries to Start Soon

The Pilatus PC-24 twin-engine personal jet is designed to take off and land from very short and unpaved runways, making it easier to fly into smaller airports.

New Business Jets Get You Halfway Around the World

New ultralong-range and extralong-range business jets from Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream, and Bombardier fly farther than ever before.

SpaceX Will Fly Two to the Moon Next Year

SpaceX will transport passengers to the Moon via autonomous Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Bell Helicopter’s Futuristic Helicopter Concept

Bell Helicopter’s Bell FCX-001 aims to make helicopters smarter, safer, more efficient, and easier to fly.

The Pilot Shortage That’s Putting the Aviation Industry at Risk

Why private flyers should care that the demand for airline pilots is exceeding the supply.

This Boeing Business Jet Features a Custom Winch Design Interior

The latest Winch-designed BBJ-1 interior is a flying home for the owner and his family.

Source: http://robbreport.com/motors/aviation/robb-reports-10-most-read-aviation-stories-of-2769870/