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Speed, safety, strength and silence: these four elements are at the core of the R/P-NAUTA 151’, a one-off, bluewater performance sloop with general concept by Nauta Design in build at the Royal Huisman shipyard.“Combining comfort and safety to explore the world in an extremely lightweight yacht that was competitive in superyacht regattas wasn’t an easy task,” says Mario Pedol, co-founder of Nauta Design in Milan. “The owner wanted a solid, autonomous and safe yacht that was also efficient and modern with a powerful sail plan.” The request came from a repeat client for whom Nauta had previously designed a 34m sailing yacht based on a broadly similar brief. The owner was ready to step up in size to 46 meters, but he wanted to retain the spirit of his former yacht, including the deckhouse design.“The deckhouse is essential, as it allows one to look outside and see the sea while seated in the main salon,” says Massimo Gino, Nauta Design co-founder and partner.Although carbon-fibre construction was considered early on in the project, the design team eventually opted for an aluminium project that could still provide high performance but combines robustness and acoustic comfort for extended bluewater sailing.“I started thinking that an aluminium hull weighs 60–70% more than a carbon boat, but the weight of the hull and deck is only about 15% of the total weight of a sailing yacht,” says Pedol. “Our early intuition was that an aluminium construction sailing yacht could be much lighter than the existing aluminium fleet. Royal Huisman supported this vision with enthusiasm and accepted the challenging target of building a light displacement yacht. Extensive research work and calculations confirmed our initial thought.” To ensure optimal performance, longstanding Nauta partners Reichel/Pugh were selected by the client for the naval architecture. Reichel/Pugh designed and managed a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study, bringing in America’s Cup CFD specialists Caponnetto Hueber and Giorgio Provinciali for the Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) performance analysis. This was a comprehensive hull design study to improve sea keeping and motion, both motoring and sailing at various speeds and heel angles in different wave conditions, while also improving real and ORCsy rated performance. Reichel/Pugh ultimately tested twelve models before developing the final hull shape. The VPP results indicate that, in 10 knots of breeze, the R/P-Nauta 151 will sail upwind under the mainsail and jib with a boat speed of almost 13 knots and nearly 18 knots when reaching a wind angle of 90° in a 15 knot breeze. The exterior profile is defined by an unobtrusive deckhouse that blends gracefully with the austere sheer line. Royal Huisman has embraced Nauta’s bid to make the yacht as light as possible by blending aluminium with carbon-composite construction. The deckhouse, guest cockpit and hardtop are all in carbon fibre by Rondal, Royal Huisman’s sister company, who are also building the Panamax carbon mast, boom and the yacht’s integrated sail-handling system. For easy handling, the sail operations are governed by weight-optimized Rondal captive winches for sheets and mainsail halyard. The running backstays are tensioned by Cariboni Magic Trims on both sides, and the synchronized retrievers have their own captive winches. This automatic system allows one to sail at all times, even in cruising mode, with the powerful square top mainsail up, to provide the owner with an unforgettable sailing experience.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Nauta Design
The team at Amels and Damen Yachting has confirmed the sale of the second Amels 200 following her launch at the Damen Yachting yard in the Netherlands – the second RoFlo launch of the year for the Dutch yacht builder. This 60m Amels Limited Editions, featuring exterior design by Tim Heywood and custom interiors by Luxury Projects, will now undergo the final stages of outfitting ahead of her delivery this summer. The owner of Amels 200-02 was represented in the sale by Damon Smallwood of Superyacht Sales and Charter.The Amels 200 design shares the same naval architecture, high volume and hybrid electrical power technology as its predecessor, the Amels 188, as well as the four-deck elevator and air-conditioned gym on the sun deck. However, the elongated Amels 200 features larger aft decks and swim platform and full-height windows in the owners suite, design features which Tim Heywood has previous described as ‘only increasing her elegance and sophisticated appearance, as well as elevating the functionality of her interior, which is illuminated by enlarged windows’.The custom interiors of Amels 200-02 are the work of the Ancona-based design studio Luxury Projects, who were commissioned for the concept interior design for the Amels 200. Italian designer Laura Pomponi, CEO and founder of the studio, comments on what it means to reach this milestone in the project’s journey and how it has been to work on an Amels Limited Editions. “It’s been 4 exciting years, and a true pleasure working with the Amels and Damen Yachting team, where the professionalism, the perfection, the dedication to the product is simply amazing. Up until the moment of sale, we have been working with Amels as if we have been working for a сlient without any difference. The cooperation to reach this point and to achieve the sale has been fantastic and it’s wonderful to see her launched and ready for the final phase before delivery to her new owner.”The delivery of the yacht is on schedule for this summer.Damen Yachting, a division within the Damen Shipyards Group, was created in 2019. The division combines the pedigree and heritage of Amels yachts with a growing portfolio of SeaXplorer yachts and Yacht Support vessels.Credits: Amels
April 2, 2021
Princess Yachts America showcased an eight-yacht line up representing all six classes of Princess yachts for the first time in history at an American boat show. The line up included the global boat show debut of the Superfly’ X95; the revolutionary R35 performance sports yacht; craft from the S Class – the S66 & the S62; and the Y78 and the Y85, a true triumph of contemporary design. X95Also on display was the debut of the F45, a yacht which delivers unparalleled space, quality and flexibility for the ultimate on-water experience, plus the V65, representing the V Class, with engines taking you up to 38 knots. S66British yacht builder Princess Yachts was founded in 1965, manufacturing fibreglass yachts ranging from 13 to 40 meters in length. Its parent company is the French luxury group LVMH. Credits: Princess Yachts
April 2, 2021
The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection decided to delay the Evrima's first voyage from July 24 in the Mediterranean to November 10 in the Caribbean. The decision was made because of travel regulations and restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The Ritz-Carlton Hotel first announced the itineraries and shore excursions for its Luxury Yacht Collection in 2018. Evrima is the first of three yachts in The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. She is 190-meters-long and her 149 suites can accommodate up to 298 passengers. ''While we remain excited by the promise of future travel, given the unpredictable environment created by existing restrictions and the inability to safely gather our ladies and gentlemen at this time, we have made the difficult decision to forgo our 2021 Mediterranean season,” said Douglas Prothero, CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. “We look forward to welcoming guests on board Evrima in the Caribbean this fall.”The customers may choose to reschedule to an available voyage in 2021, 2022, or 2023 or discuss reimbursement options through The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.Credits: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection
April 2, 2021
Piredda & Partners – the Superyacht Design Firm from Italy – has released the 110m design concept Now.Her beam is 15.56m and the draught is 4.10m. She can accommodate 18 people and 41 crew members to assist them. The owner has his own deck, and there’s a theatre and a helipad, which can be converted into a basketball court, as well as a huge swimming pool at the aft. Piredda & Partners was founded by Nicolò Piredda, who studied Interior Design, earning a Masters in Yacht Design, at Politecnico di Milano. He stepped into the industry at AM Yacht Design, signed a fixed-term contract with Oceanco Styling Department in Montecarlo, and honed his expertise at the Dutch design firm Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design. Nicolò was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards in 2018 for M/Y Galàna, a 60m explorer yacht designed for Oceanco. In late 2018, Piredda developed Project Next, a 62m displacement vessel for Lürssen Yachts released by Lürssen during the Monaco Yacht Show. Credits: Piredda & Partners
April 1, 2021
Gulf Craft has announced the delivery of its tri-deck Majesty 120. The nearly 37-m-long composite production superyacht with an 8.1-m beam is made of lightweight yet sturdy carbon fibre and vinyl ester. It was fully manufactured at Gulf Craft’s integrated in-house production facility in Umm Al Quwain. Announced at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019, the design and build of Majesty 120 was completed on schedule following all safety protocols despite the challenges of the pandemic.“Since we announced Majesty 120 two years ago, we have been focused on creating a true masterpiece in her class – both in her design and performance. Our commitment to innovation, led by a team of in-house professionals, reflects in Majesty 120, which not only embraces electrical systems but has incorporated unique and flexible design features,” says Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft. “Moving to electrically powered systems is aligned with our vision to be the leader in the industry and build revolutionary yachts that transform the future. We are confident that Majesty 120 will set trends as a superyacht suited for marine lifestyle enthusiasts across the world, ” he continues. Majesty 120’s design and naval architecture were by Gulf Craft’s in-house team. She has a spacious sundeck that is 30% larger than other yachts in her class and accommodates her guests in five large asymmetrical staterooms – marking another engineering landmark. The Cristiano Gatto Design Studio designed the interiors. She has a separate owner cabin and VIP cabin on the lower deck, as well as a kid-friendly lounge.Other amenities include a jacuzzi and hybrid beach club that converts into a storage unit for tenders.The superyacht has a draft of just over six feet (two metres), making her ideal for navigating even shallower beaches. Two powerful 2,500-hp engines give the vessel a speed that will delight marine enthusiasts for its top-notch performance, stability, and maneuverability. Purchased by a prominent Kazakhstani businessman, Majesty 120 will set sail for Turkey from the UAE in April before she continues to explore the Mediterranean waters the rest of the year.Since the company’s inception in 1982, Gulf Craft has grown to become one of the top seven shipyards in the world: once a builder of small fishing boats in its modest premises, which was a genuine passion for Gulf Craft, they then established their credentials as a leader of innovation and technology in the yachting industry. With five brands in their product portfolio ranging from 31 to 175 feet, Gulf Craft manufactures yachts and boats that appeal to a wide audience, such as touring passenger vessels, Silvercraft family day boats, Oryx Sport Cruisers, Nomad Explorer Yachts, and the flagship Majesty Yachts.Credits: Gulf Craft
April 1, 2021
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