Enigma XK Adventuring With EYOS Expeditions

Enigma XK renderingIn a few months, the 233-foot (71-meter) megayacht Enigma XK will be in Antarctica. She’ll be cruising with two special guests aboard: staff from EYOS Expeditions. The owner is particularly keen on charter guests getting a truly adventurous—and safe—experience. And, the relationship doesn’t end in Antarctica. Enigma XK will continue to work with EYOS Expeditions on future explorations elsewhere.

Enigma XK was built in 1988 as Norna, for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency. She served in the North Atlantic under sometimes punishing conditions. The yachtsman who acquired her in 2011 was attracted to her powerful looks and sturdy construction. He wanted her profile and capable hull preserved, but obviously the interior redesigned for luxury. The two-year-plus conversion took place at Atlantic Refit Center in La Rochelle, France. Still fitted with her original Ruston diesel engines, Enigma XK can reportedly maintain 18 knots in sea states that would have many purpose-built luxury yachts pulling back on the throttles. Her captain, Iltud Orio, says Enigma XK “can safely punch through pack ice. She is a well-equipped, go-anywhere yacht that will be just as comfortable navigating the Northwest Passage as calling at coastal villages in Papua New Guinea.”

He adds, “Our working with EYOS is about much more than just having their expedition team onboard. It represents a shared philosophy—a complete commitment from top to bottom to provide the very best expedition experience possible to the highest standards of safety and environmental protection.” Enigma XK has a 21-person crew, who have earned high praise from Capt. Ben Lyons, CEO of EYOS Expeditions. “There are very few yachts in the world that are designed and built as true expedition yachts,” he comments. “Even fewer have a professional, fully staffed crew that understands the demands of an expedition and can embrace the spirit of flexibility needed to make it a success. Enigma XK is one of those few, and we look forward to leading world-class, bespoke expeditions to remote, wild, and culturally rich locations aboard this incredible yacht.”


The idea of safety is underscored time and again by EYOS Expeditions. Heading to Antarctica—or the Northwest Passage, or other areas—is not a simple task. The yacht needs special reinforcement, and typical yacht tenders are no match for ice. Furthermore, the crew need special assistance. The Med and the Caribbean are nothing like remote locations. Likewise, the crew, owners, and guests need to understand that shifting ice and other effects of Mother Nature often dictate last-minute itinerary changes.  EYOS Expeditions’ team not only knows the vagaries of Antarctica, but it will also acquire permits, arrange helicopters or private planes, and more for Enigma XK.

One of the benefits of having two expedition leaders from EYOS Expeditions aboard Enigma XK: two possible land excursions for guests. “Some clients may want to go kayaking in Neko Harbor, Antarctica, while others would prefer a hike up to a spectacular view over a glacier,” Lyons explains. “Whatever their interest is, we can supply an experienced guide to enrich their expedition.” That includes photography, ornithology, and history.

When they’re not enriching their minds, charter guests aboard Enigma XK can indulge in creature comforts. There’s a massage room, a hair salon, and a gym. They can soak in a hot tub, hop aboard a variety of watertoys, and be a passenger in a 4×4 vehicle. Staterooms are comfortably appointed, with the master (above) enjoying panoramic views.

Project Solar Hull Arrives at Oceanco: VIDEO

Here’s a peek at the largest sailing superyacht in build in The Netherlands. Well, part of the largest sailing superyacht. It’s the hull of project Solar, developed by Oceanco with Dykstra Naval Architects and Nuvolari-Lenard.

The 348-foot (106-meter) project Solar was announced in 2012. Only a handful of details have been revealed. Much of the focus is on project Solar being a “green” yacht. As her code name states, she’ll have the ability to run chiefly on solar power. A variety of other systems should make project Solar more environmentally friendly, too. However, no specifics are permitted for publicity, at least at this point.

The video shows the hull of Project Solar leaving Zwijnenburg, a Dutch shipyard specializing in superyachts. Zwijnenburg fulfills a variety of needs for other Dutch yacht builders, including Oceanco. For example, it manufactures components such as bows and stairways, full hull forms, and more. The hull departed the yard for Oceanco last week. Skip to about the 1:20 mark in the video to see the transport really get underway.

project Solar Oceanco

Project Solar had her superstructure installed at Oceanco after the hull arrived. She’ll continue to undergo development at Oceanco, until it’s time for her mast stepping. (Oceanco motoryachts can depart the yard for sea trials and delivery with no obstructions. However, the height of the masts for this yacht will mean they’ll have to be fitted elsewhere.) Project Solar will have a DynaRig, as seen in the rendering above. You may recall that the famed yacht Maltese Falcon also has a DynaRig. It’s a version of a square rigger. When the sails are deployed, there are no gaps between them and the yards. This gives the impression that they’re all one piece, mounted on each mast. The DynaRig concept dates to the 1960s and has proven to be more aerodynamically efficient.

No information is yet available about the decor for project Solar. Nuvolari-Lenard is both the yacht’s stylist and interior designer. We do know she’ll accommodate an owner’s party of 12. Imagine the elbowroom, given project Solar’s 45-foot (15-meter) beam.

Perseus³ Mast Stepping, in Pictures

Perini-Navi-Perseus³ -mast-step-1The 56th hull in Perini Navi’s sailing-superyacht fleet is looking more and more like the sloop she’ll be upon delivery. The 192’3” (58.6-meter) Perseus³ now has her mast in place, one of the tallest in the world. It rises 248’7” (75.8 meters) high.

The mast was manufactured of carbon fiber by Future Fibres. The same firm made the 76’8” (23.4-meter) boom. It’s interesting to note that Future Fibres says no filler was used for the mast. That can apparently add three percent to the mast’s weight. Clearly, weight control is key for any project. It’s key for Perseus³ particularly due to her owner’s aggressive racing plans. Future Fibres says it drew upon its experience with dedicated racing yachts to customize the rig. The Perini Navi features a new mandrel furling and locking system, for example. Tim Meldrum, chief designer at Future Fibres for Perseus³, adds that top-down furling will take care of the “enormous” code 0, and that the cable “is the longest and most powerful furling cable we have ever produced.”

Perini-Navi-Perseus³ -mast-step-2So, just how “enormous” is the code 0—and the rest of the sails? In total, more than 107,639 square feet (10,000 square meters) of fabric is being supplied by by Doyle Sailmakers. The code 0 is 19,418 square feet (1,804 square meters). That, and the asymmetricals, are among the largest of their kind worldwide. To put it into further perspective, the A2 alone is nearly 28,008 square feet (2,602 square meters).

It was no simple task to source these sails for Perseus³ . Robbie Doyle, founder of Doyle Sailmakers, says that there was no fabric simultaneously light enough for the crew to manage and strong enough to handle the loads. His company therefore worked with fabric specialists to develop the proper materials. He adds that from design to completion, it’s taken more than 60,000 hours of work. “The P3 sail wardrobe is one of the most unique and challenging ever created,” he sums up.

His company’s tasks didn’t end there. “Another challenge was to properly balance the loadings on the three headstays plus the code 0 torque rope and still have acceptable headstay sag for each sail,” he says. “Doyle worked with the engineers at Perini, Future Fibres, and Germanisher-Lloyd to come up with the proper balance of loads on the stays and sails.” Of course, a monitoring system will keep tabs on the full rig stress when Perseus³ is cruising or racing. She should be quite a sight to see. Perini Navi developed jib winches that have a maximum load of 30 tons and maximum line speed of 131 feet (40 meters) per minute. That’s the fastest we’ve heard of in the superyacht sector. Perini Navi further says its full variable-speed motors and furlers package should allow tacking and jibing 75 percent faster than yachts with its previous-generation systems.

Perseus³, with a beam of 37’4” (11.4 meters) and with naval architecture by the builder and Ron Holland Design, will be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

BONUS PHOTOS: Visit the Megayacht News Facebook page to see more images of the mast stepping of Perseus³.

Queen Grace Returns Home for Refit

Horizon-Queen-Grace-bowA two-month stay at Horizon, where she was built, refreshed the overall look of the nearly six-year-old Queen Grace.

The 105-footer (32-meter) was already due for a haul-out and maintenance works. The owner of Queen Grace, a restaurateur, is passionate about his yacht and his leisure time. He therefore decided the yacht, built in 2008, was also due for design changes.

Some of those changes took place outside. Queen Grace has a new, teak-lined swim platform. She also has a diving board. The windows for the pilothouse were modified, too. That in turn led to some aesthetic alterations to the superstructure.


Inside, Queen Grace gained a reconfigured dining area. It’s U-shaped, making for a convivial atmosphere. The day head was also redone, as were the entire crew’s quarters. Since some of the work aboard Queen Grace involved full room modifications, paneling needed replacing. But, understandably, the owner would not have wanted a stark contrast between the nearly six-year-old woodwork in some areas and the new woodwork in others. Horizon’s team was able to match the veneer.

On the technical side, Queen Grace got a thorough check of all systems and reconditioned props. And, a fresh coat of paint made her ready to roll.

Queen Grace is one of several Horizon deliveries in recent years that returned to the shipyard for maintenance and/or refits. Generally speaking, this “returning home” concept seems to be growing in popularity among some owners.

Update on Peters & May USA-Australia Route

Peters-&-MayFollowing the initial announcement in June, the new route to Australia for Peters & May’s yacht-transport operations will depart the United States in October.

The sailing will be to the east coast of Australia, resulting from a marked increase in inquiries over the past year. Departure points are Newport, Rhode Island and then Fort Lauderdale. Of course, yachts and megayachts heading back stateside can board with Peters & May starting in mid-January. Peters & May is coordinating the transports with Aurora Global Logistics, its Australia-based agent. The newly opened Peters & May Fort Lauderdale office and UK headquarters are remaining involved in the details as well.

Peters & May is additionally creating Europe-to-Australia routes. This will allow yachts and megayachts summering in the Med to enjoy the same season Down Under. One loading will start in late August, first in Southampton, England. The same Peters & May carrier will stop in Antwerp before continuing on to Australia. Peters & May estimates the journey will take 35 to 45 days. Offloading will occur in Sydney and Brisbane. Additional, separate loadings will start in mid-September in Palma de Mallorca and Genoa.

Peters & May states that overall, it transports more than 6,000 boats and yachts each year. It operates in more than 150 ports worldwide. It is contracted by private owners, racing teams, boatbuilders, and brokerage houses. The latter two categories include Sunseeker, Princess, and Burgess. Generally, the megayachts that it transports are between 131 and 213 feet (40 and 65 meters, respectively). Pictured above is the 166’10″ (50.9-meter) Reem 1 when she was being delivered last autumn from the United States to her owner by Trinity Yachts. Peters & May employs custom-made slings to load and offload yachts.