2 Refits Underway at Moonen Shipyards

Moonen-84-Impetuous-refitWintertime still means yachting time in The Netherlands, where Moonen Shipyards has two refits complementing two new-builds.

One of the refits is a Heesen yacht delivered in 2001. Amigo measures 98 feet (30 meters) and is actually a repeat visitor. The owner has taken Amigo to Moonen’s facility in ’s-Hertogenbosch (pronounced “sehr-toh-hen-bos,” also known as Den Bosch) two prior times for refit and maintenance tasks. Now, Amigo is receiving a new paint job.

The other refit is one of Moonen’s own builds. She’s a Moonen 84 from 2007 (then known as Gogar Lass) purchased last year. The owner is also quite familiar with the shipyard, having taken delivery of two Moonens in 2003. He acquired the 84, which he’s named Impetuous (above), because of her lineage and because he wanted to refit her thoroughly—at Moonen, too. In fact, the owner reportedly had his captain point her bow straight to Moonen before nailing down full details or pricing.

Clearly the conversations went well. Impetuous is remaining on site through the upcoming cruising season. The punchlist of work is extensive. Outside, Impetuous is getting a swim platform extension of three feet (one meter) and new teak decks. Her flying bridge seating is being reconfigured and expanded. Inside, the galley is getting its own space, since now it’s part of the saloon. The owner’s stateroom and a guest cabin are becoming two guest staterooms. Of course, entertainment-oriented systems are being replaced throughout. Zero-speed stabilizers and a long-range fuel tank are being installed. Sound-attenuation features are being added. Finally, all navigation and communication equipment is being evaluated for possible upgrades.

Meanwhile, Moonen is also making progress on two new-build megayachts. They’re from the recently introduced Caribbean series. One is a 121-foot (37-meter) Martinique model, while the other is a 105-foot (32-meter) Matica model.

Queen South Offering Spain Charters for 30+ Guests

Queen-South-easyboatsMost charter megayachts are limited to carrying 12 passengers, regardless of LOA, due to regulations. That may lead you to believe you have to compromise if you want to throw a big party: stay at the dock, book multiple boats, or pare down the guest list. Well, you’re not out of luck, at least in Spain. Queen South, a 100-foot (30.48-meter) megayacht, is permitted to welcome aboard 36 guests.

Queen South is now in the fleet of easyboats, which specializes in Balearics charters. Built in 1988 by Italy-based Versilcraft, Queen South is still classed as a yacht, bearing a special license for the extra capacity. That license is restricted to day charters, too, it’s important to note. For traditional weeklong charters where you’d stay aboard, Queen South still can only take a maximum of 12 passengers. However, if you’re considering a celebration for a few hours, or a similar-length corporate event, you can still go out on the water aboard.

Lorenzo Vila, director of easyboats, is delighted he can offer such flexibility. “Up until now, and that’s 25 years of trading, all we could suggest was a low-budget, mass-market catamaran or to charter multiple vessels at the same time,” he explains. “In order to enjoy comfort and luxury, the second option was really the only option.” Even with that, it wasn’t an ideal solution. Queen South allows all guests to remain together, plus avoids the cost of booking multiple yachts. Consider her day rate starts at €14,400 (about $16,666 at press time).Multi-yacht bookings easily run 10 times that amount.

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Queen South is based at Club de Mar in Palma de Mallorca. Last refitted in 2009, she has rich woodwork and four staterooms, all below decks, including the full-beam master. A VIP is also full beam, accompanied by a twin and a third guest stateroom with a mix of singles and a double bed. The latter would be well-suited to children, with or without a nanny. A crew of five are on hand, too.

If you’re interested in weeklong charters aboard Queen South, you’ll have snorkeling and waterskiing gear at your disposal, plus a handful PWCs. The weekly rate starts at €69,500 (about $80,437 at press time).

Savannah, by Feadship: Yard’s 1st Hybrid Yacht

Feadship-Savannah-launch2The metallic green paint job of Savannah, launched by Feadship over the weekend, isn’t the only thing different about her. The 274’9” (83.5-meter) megayacht has a hybrid propulsion system marking some notable firsts, an underwater lounge, and other fascinating features.

Built by the Royal de Vries shipyard of Feadship, Savannah sprang partly from the Feadship Future Concept called Breathe from 2010. The owner liked the emphasis on cleaner, more efficient operations. The propulsion system aboard Savannah is the first of its kind for a Feadship—and reportedly in the yachting sector. It’s The components: a single Wärtsilä powerplant, three gensets, batteries, a central variable-pitch propeller, and an azimuthing thruster just aft of that propeller. Furthermore, the prop is 40 percent larger than that of the equipment aboard similar-size yachts, yet has half the load thanks to the thruster. The thruster also, of course, aids in maneuverability.

To be clear, hybrid propulsion in and of itself is not new, to either commercial craft or yachts. It’s the application that stands out. “Feadship has leveraged all of the options available in the marine industry today to bring this hugely innovative system to completion,” says Capt. Ted McCumber, the project manager for Savannah. “The way in which one gigantic propeller has been installed in front, with another electrically powered prop in its slipstream, has also never been applied on a yacht,” explains Henk de Vries, a Feadship director. “A similar system has been used onboard passenger ships in Japan, but that is an ‘industrial’ solution, without the attention to comfort required on a Feadship. To achieve this on a superyacht entailed an exceptional degree of cooperation with Wärtsilä and all the other equipment manufacturers.” In combination with her streamlined hull, Savannah burns about 30 percent less fuel than other efficient Feadships so far, de Vries adds.

Feadship-Savannah-launch3What about the batteries? Those were the owner’s idea. As aboard other hybrid craft, they can lend extra knots of speed, assist proper genset loading throughout the speed range, and reduce sound levels by serving as sole propulsion. Feadship says the total wattage is 1 million.

The owner of Savannah certainly didn’t solely focus attention on the yacht’s efficiency. He requested some interesting design elements, too. One we fully expect other owners to copy: sliding glass doors around the saloon. This turns the stretch of deck from the pool to the saloon into an alfresco space. Put another way, it “allows him to run from the main saloon and dive straight into the sea,” McCumber comments.

Then there’s the underwater lounge, which the guest staying in the five staterooms (one with a balcony) can also enjoy. Adjacent to the pool, it also has a glass wall separating it from the swimming area. The lounge can double as a cinema, but with the show of fish outside Savannah’s port side, who’d be able to concentrate on the screen?

The owner tapped CG Design, which previously worked on one other yacht project, to infuse Savannah with more creativity. Lighting plays an important role, with nearly a dozen different colors and lenses. Details on the soft goods aren’t available, though different finishes are said to be used. Speaking of finishes, outside Savannah has the above-mentioned metallic paint, seafoam green. It highlights the styling by CG Design, and it even covers the overheads and fixed deck furnishings. The profile is further enhanced by abundant glass and polished stainless steel, meant to make the superstructure appear to float.

Sanlorenzo SL86: New 2015 Model

Sanlorenzo-SL86-render-1In a move meant to attract more international clientele, Sanlorenzo has added the SL86 to its all-fiberglass SL series. She replaces the SL82, which has been around for a number of years.

The Sanlorenzo SL86 is already in build, with five contracts signed so far. LOA: 86’8” (26.45 meters). Beam: 20’8” (6.35 meters). The Italian yard is making a concerted effort to promote her, and itself, more to buyers from both mature markets and emerging ones. The former category includes the United States and Europe. Meanwhile, Eastern European and Asian clients have arisen in recent years.

To infuse the Sanlorenzo SL86 with new elements holding broad appeal, the yard tapped Officina Italiana Design. It’s the studio behind all modern Rivas. This marks the first time the firms have collaborated. The family feel to other SL yachts remains, of course. But now you’ll find cut-outs outboard to let more light enter via the enlarged ports on the main deck. Those same ports permit guests to enjoy better views from the saloon.

The Sanlorenzo SL86 also comes with a lifting swim platform, for tender retrieval and launch. Furthermore, the Sanlorenzo SL86 can be ordered with an extended platform, five feet (1.6 meters) longer than the standard four-foot (1.2-meter) size. Either way, the garage just off the platform can hold a 12’6” (3.85-meter) tender. If you opt for the extended platform, you can stow up to a 14’6” (4.45-meter) tender on it, and/or PWCs inside the garage.

Another new element: a bow relaxation/dining area. You’ll find a table and settee arrangement, sunpads, and a folding sunshade. Sanlorenzo says this arrangement will also appear on all of the other SL models in the near future.

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Specific interior layouts are being promoted to different world regions. For the American market, the Sanlorenzo SL86 features a main-deck galley. Some European and Middle Eastern clients will prefer the below-decks positioning of the galley, adjacent to the crew’s quarters.

Remaining unchanged is customers’ ability to personalize the interior. You’ll further find plenty of sunning space and a dining area on the flying bridge. Add a hot tub, too, if you wish. Your captain will appreciate having a redesigned helm here, too. Speaking of the flying bridge, the stairs leading up here are still inside the saloon, though not closed off anymore the way they are on previous SL models. Now, in true Italian fashion, they’re more highly designed, with glass partitions to each side.

As you’d expect of Sanlorenzo’s SL planing series, the SL 86 promises getting to your destination at a good clip. Three MTU engine packages are available. Top speeds should range from 28 to 31 knots, and cruise speeds from 23 to 26 knots.

Expect to see hull number one of the Sanlorenzo SL86 at the Cannes Yachting Festival this fall.

In related news, Sanlorenzo is also replacing the SL72, the smallest SL model, with the SL76. Officina Italiana Design is also the design team of record.

NYC’s North Cove Marina to Be Managed by IGY Marinas

North-Cove-Marina-2012North Cove Marina, located on the Hudson River in downtown New York City, will now be operated by IGY Marinas.

IGY Marinas has been appointed by Brookfield Property Partners, a commercial and residential real-estate company. Brookfield owns Brookfield Place, an office and retail complex adjacent to the marina. Brookfield Place is the current name for the World Financial Center. Brookfield Property Partners’ subsidiary, BOP North Cove Marina, won the bid for a 10-year lease of North Cove Marina, but does not have experience in this sector. Melissa Coley, vice president of communications for Brookfield Property Partners, confirmed to MegayachtNews.com that IGY Marinas is its operating partner. (IGY Marinas did not respond to a request for confirmation by press time.)

The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), a New York State public benefit corporation overseeing a mix of commercial, residential, retail, and park space on Manhattan’s lower west side, announced BOP North Cove Marina as the successful bidder on January 22. The BPCA states that the company will offer community programs for various ages. A sailing school will teach interested parties, regardless of income, how to sail and even race. Summer camps, water-safety classes, and a corporate sailing league were also part of the proposal. In addition, BOP North Cove Marina may explore festivals, trade shows, seminars, and other programs.

The BPCA states that BOP North Cove Marina intends to spend approximately $450,000 in capital improvements. These include security expenditures plus upgrading the infrastructure and beautifying North Cove Marina. New signs, additional lighting, and public space enhancements like seating and waterfront accessibility are also pledged. In a press release, the BPCA states, “BOP North Cove Marina LLC was the only proposal to include specific resources dedicated to aesthetic improvements.” The BPCA adds that the 10-year license should see BOP North Cove Marina allocate two percent of gross revenue to community engagement and educational programming.

The granting of the bid is not without controversy. Requests for proposals were issued last October by the BPCA. Four bids were received by the November deadline. One was from North Cove Marina Management, the operator for the past decade, whose lease was expiring on December 31. In media interviews, Michael Fortenbaugh, owner of North Cove Marina Management, claimed the BPCA already had its mind made up. He also claimed a community sailing school he created would be kicked out, as would programs for low-income children, in favor of attracting more megayachts. However, the BPCA did inform bidders that community access such as a public sailing program would be a requirement. Meanwhile, a local community board called on the BPCA to halt the bidding process and open it up to more community input. Among its concerns: a company owned by Andrew Farkas, chairman of IGY Marinas’ parent company, had previously employed Andrew Cuomo, now governor of New York. Farkas had also donated to Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign. Five elected state and local officials supported the community board’s request.

According to the New York newspaper Downtown Express, at the announcement of the winning bid, Dennis Mehiel, chairman and CEO of the BPCA, stated that Fortenbaugh’s incumbency was indeed valued. Mehiel was also reported as saying that Fortenbaugh was invited to meet further with the BPCA, as were the other bidders, before it made its decision. In the press release, Mehiel says, “The North Cove Marina is a focal point of Battery Park City, and today we have selected a forward-looking operator who will expand its programs, its accessibility, and its vibrancy for residents, tourists, and all New Yorkers.”

Melissa Coley tells us, “Our vision is an active, attractive and sustainable hub for the community. We will look to our 25 years of experience at Battery Park City in programming free community activities and events. We will be working on a comprehensive plan over the coming months.”