V80 Cockpit Motoryacht Joins Horizon V Series


Two new models are joining the Horizon Yachts V Series. They’re the V80 cockpit motoryacht (pictured) and a smaller sister, the V72 motoryacht.

The Horizon V Series previously included the V68 and V74. Given the similarities in size to them, the V72 and V80 are replacing the models. Horizon says that while buyers liked the prior yachts, they wanted more volume. In keeping with the growing trend of increasing internal light, there are further larger ports. Another nice addition, also on both new models: a foredeck seating/dining/sunning spot.

The number of regular guests might dictate which model you’ll buy. Three staterooms are aboard the V72, with four on the V80. Each features a full-beam master. With the V80, you gain a forward VIP. Another good alteration, on both models, is the dedicated internal stairway from the saloon to crew’s quarters. Some American yacht buyers may decide to run the yachts by themselves. It’s not uncommon on the West Coast, for example. However, the crew cabin is handy to have. Some hands-on yacht buyers also find that their kids like using the aft crew cabin, since it’s separate from the grown-ups.

The first V72 is already in the water, in fact, commissioned by an owner from Singapore. She’ll be exhibited at the Taiwan International Boat Show in May, too. LOA is 72’6” (22.14 meters), while beam is 20’5” (6.25 meters).

As for the V80, the first hull is not yet complete. The megayacht will measure 81’3” (24.79 meters). Beam will be the same as that for the V72. The biggest difference in comparison to her smaller sister is the cockpit. Buyers who like to wet a line on occasion will appreciate it. But cockpit motoryachts also hold great appeal for their alfresco space and general style.

Expected performance figures have not been released by Horizon. However, based on previous models, we’d expect speeds in the low-20-knot range. Both the V72 and V80 feature twin 1,150-hp Caterpillars.

Feadship Como: Sleek Styling, Super Glass Superstructure

PHOTO: Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com

PHOTO: Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com

The Feadship Como was seen in Gibraltar a few days ago. While her metallic paint and highly stylized lines get your attention, it’s her use of glass that deserves equal attention.

Como launched from Feadship’s Aalsmeer facility in January. She’s the pride of Neville Crichton, a founder of Alloy Yachts in New Zealand, an avid yacht racer, and an equally avid megayacht buyer. Crichton has had a number of custom motoryachts over the years. The Feadship Como is his first with the Dutch builder and first project overall in Holland. He commissioned Dubois Naval Architects to give the megayacht a vertical bow and what’s called a whaleback sheer. The latter is often seen on sportfishing boats. Como also has quite the stylish arch, as the close-up photo here reveals. It’s in keeping with the overall streamlined, sporty styling. It’s further in keeping with Crichton’s background with racecars and sports cars.


PHOTO: Giovanni Romero/TheYachtPhoto.com

The Feadship Como close-up also shows her extensive use of glass. And we do mean extensive. There’s a growing trend in yachting to have floor-to-ceiling windows, but Como takes it to a higher technical level. With many megayachts, the glass is nestled within either the fiberglass or metal superstructure. Here, the glass is not set into the aluminum superstructure. Rather, it actually supports the deck atop it.

If it sounds crazy, it’s not. Land-based architects have been practicing similar methods for many years. In fact, that’s where the trend in yachting came from. Skyscrapers and homes alike feature floor-to-ceiling windows that bear structural loads. Feadship first experimented with the idea in 2006, with the Future Feadship Concept X-Stream. The concept project featured a superstructure made entirely of glass. The naval-architecture team had researched how glass could withstand certain loads. It continued to research glass’ strength principles. The first real-world use of large panes on a Feadship was Musashi in 2010. There’s even a large underwater viewing port aboard Hampshire II, delivered in 2012. And, of course, Venus, launched that same year, took floor-to-ceiling glass further. Feadship says some of her glass panels measure nearly 33 feet by eight feet (10 meters by 2.4 meters).

Aboard the Feadship Como, the main-deck glass particularly benefits the master suite. The panels essentially form a continuous pane. The ones in the hull are also quite large. They’re larger than what Lloyd’s classification standards usually allow. Feadship says it proved to the classification society that the glass would indeed hold.

What’s next for glass technology? Just the boundaries of imagination and science. In the meantime, look for our onboard feature about Como later this year.

Azimut Grande 95RPH Launched


April 15 may have been the dreaded Tax Day in the USA, but it was Launch Day in Italy, for the Azimut Grande 95RPH.

The Azimut Grande 95RPH measures 93’9” (28.62 meters) and has a beam of 23’2” (7.07 meters). She’s the smallest in the Grande Collection, which includes five models up to the 120SL. The shipyard designates them as “Grande” because all are 95 feet (29 meters) and larger. With the exception of Azimut’s Flybridge Collection, none of the other series offered by Azimut include megayacht models in that size range. The Grande Collection is further semi-custom.

In keeping with Azimut tradition, the Azimut Grande 95RPH bears styling by Stefano Righini. She has a raised pilothouse (hence “RPH”), overall sleek lines, and large below-decks ports, all of which we’ve come to expect of Azimut.

Five staterooms and a 646-square-foot (60-square-meter) are among the leisure spaces aboard the megayacht. Unusual for her LOA, the Azimut Grande 95RPH has a main-deck master, forward. It’s thanks to the raised pilothouse. Another nice feature: floor-to-ceiling windows in the saloon and dining area. Three crew cabins for four people total are also aboard. Studio Salvagni Architects was responsible for the general arrangement and decor.

The owner will surely seek out sunny shores when cruising, so the Azimut Grande 95RPH has a good turn of speed. Twin MTU 16V2000 M84s should allow a 26½-knot top end and 20-knot cruise (both at half load). The full-load draft of 6’7” (2.05 meters) means a variety of anchorages can also be accessed.

Azimut Yachts will have the Azimut Grande 95RPH on display at some of the fall boat shows. MegayachtNews.com will be at these shows and have a full onboard report.

For more photos of the launch, visit the Megayacht News Google+ page.

Mari Cha IV Becoming Samurai at Royal Huisman

PHOTO:  Hans Westerin

PHOTO: Hans Westerin

If you don’t recognize Samurai shown here, you probably do know what sailing yacht she used to be. Offshore racing aficionados no doubt do: She was Mari Cha IV, famed for a number of amazing accomplishments. She was designed to be the world’s fastest offshore racing monohull. In 2003, she blew away the competition, and the century-old record, in the West to East Transatlantic race. She also set a record for distance covered in 24 hours. Now in the hands of an experienced yachtsman who enjoys cruising equally as thrilling speeds, Samurai is being refitted at Royal Huisman’s Huisfit division.

The 138-foot (42-meter) Samurai is built entirely of carbon fiber and was quite high-tech for her day. She remains that way today, still capable of more than 40 knots. The owner is keen to have Huisfit preserve her powerful performance. He also understandably wants Samurai to embrace more yacht-like features. She’s gaining an updated suite of electronics and entertainment options, for example. She’s further gaining new high-speed hydraulic winches. They’ll be quite a change from the 21 winches that required two teams to work during races. Huisfit is further replacing the canting keel with a lifting keel. And, like any proper sailing superyacht, Samurai is getting a restyled deckhouse and two cockpits. Rhoades Young Design has penned the new exterior looks. As Mari Cha IV, she was designed by Philippe Briand and Greg Elliot.


PHOTO: Hans Westerin

Because Samurai was initially a racing yacht, she had hammocks versus a fully fitted-out interior. Clearly that’s changing, too. Rhoades Young Design is responsible for the general arrangement and decor as well. To preserve her performance, everything being added or amended must be weighed even more carefully than normal. Details aren’t yet available, nor are illustrations. However, the photo here gives you an idea of the blank canvas to be transformed.

Also being transformed: the paint scheme, and the decking, the latter being a faux teak.

It’s interesting to note that Samurai is one of two racing yachts being refitted by Huisfit. The second is a Royal Huisman build named Flyer. The 65-foot (20-meter) ketch won the 1977-78 Whitbread Round the World Race.

Motoryacht Philmi, 1st Granturismo, Launches at ISA Yachts

PHOTO: Paolo Zitti

PHOTO: Paolo Zitti

Here’s Philmi (pronounced “feel me”), the first ISA Yachts Graturismo model. The steel-hulled, 142-foot (43.25-meter) megayacht launched in late March and starts sea trials soon.

As a reminder, the Granturismo series is based on ISA Yachts’ ISA 120 and ISA 140 models. Specifically, the series echoes the emphasis on the outdoors as much as (if not more than) the indoors. The Granturismo series is also within ISA Yachts’ steel and aluminum range, versus its fiberglass yachts. The shipyard further wanted to preserve the metal megayachts’ transoceanic abilities and lower fuel consumption.

Performance-wise, Philmi should see a 2,800-nautical-mile range at a 14½-knot cruise. Fuel burn is expected to be about 74 gph (280 lph) at that speed. Power comes from twin Caterpillar C32s. At 12 knots, Philmi should burn 40.7 gph (154 lph) and enjoy a range of 4,200 nautical miles. Those are good figures for this 6’6”-draft (2-meter-draft) megayacht. The owners paid a good deal of attention to systems and related aspects.

With an estimated gross tonnage of 342, Philmi makes the most of her alfresco spaces. The owners were quite hands-on in the design of all areas onboard, too. A notable feature on the flying bridge is a bar with a column of faux ice that gets lit in colorful ways come nighttime. Philmi also, of course, has a hot tub and sunpads up here. Rather than having a traditional beach club, Philmi has a gym overlooking the swim platform.

Skylights spill natural light down into the interior, designed by Sandrine Melot of Melot+Trillo. Philmi is the second megayacht that Melot has designed for the husband half of the owners. Four guest staterooms, saloons, and more feature grey-stained wood, leather on the walls and overheads (even the master-suite sole), and tones of white and grey on furnishings. Each area also has individual thematic elements, ranging from paintings to sculptures. A bar, for example, has a Swarovski centerpiece designed by Melot. Philmi has a beam of 28 feet (8.6 meters).

If you’re wondering about the yacht’s name, the owners chose Philmi for a few reasons. First, it’s a combination of their first names. “Feel me” also reflects their mutual love, and their desire for the yacht to have an overall atmosphere of affection. They take delivery in June.