MCY 86 to Make Stateside Debut at FLIBS

MCY-86Monte Carlo Yachts was established to focus on the 60-foot-plus (18.3-meter-plus) motoryacht market about four years ago. Its largest model, the MCY 86, has only been sold in Europe. Until now. The first MCY 86 owned by Americans will be showcased at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show next week.

The MCY 86 is built the way her smaller sisters are, with fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar. She’s engineered to be as swift as she looks, with styling courtesy of Nuvolari-Lenard. Twin MAN V12s promise top speeds up to 29 knots and a cruise of 24 knots.

Inside, owners are able to customize arrangements and, of course, decor. The American couple behind the MCY 86 at the show have reportedly embraced the idea with gusto. They selected soft goods from well-known brands like Armani, Hermès, and Poltrona Frau. They also requested hand-crafted Murano glass mosaics.

The MCY 86 can include three to five staterooms, hot tubs out on deck, and sliding sunroofs. Like to dine on the upper deck, rather than main deck? Put your table and chairs there; mega-size megayachts aren’t the only ones that can do this. Additional ideas for the MCY 86 include nearly a second full galley on the flying bridge and a full-beam master suite. Something surely no buyer will change: fold-out side balconies on both sides of the main deck.

The MCY 86 will be displayed by Denison Yacht Sales, Monte Carlo Yachts’ Florida and Michigan dealer. Monte Carlo Yachts’ smaller offerings will be shown, too.

The MCY 86 won’t be the largest Monte Carlo Yachts model for long. The MCY 105 is set to debut at next year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.

Feadship Heritage Fleet Holding USA Event

Feadship-Heritage-Fleet-Capri-NYCDo you own a classic Feadship? Then the Feadship Heritage Fleet wants you to join a special event being held in Fort Lauderdale on November 1.

The Feadship Heritage Fleet is a history- and camaraderie-focused group formed by three vintage Feadship owners in April 2013. The goal is to bring together owners with Feadship-built boats and yachts that are at least three decades old. Feadship says there are about 400 of its yachts still afloat that qualify. (The Feadship Heritage Fleet is independently owned, though the builder endorses its efforts. The builder also supplies owners with archival records, including drawings, upon request.) Currently there are 34 members in the group. Only one couple, however, is U.S.-based, so the Feadship Heritage Fleet is actively seeking to change that.

It makes sense, since more than 50 percent of Feadships over the years have been commissioned by Americans. Capri, pictured above, was one of the first. She debuted at the New York Boat Show in 1953. Some of those Americans were quite high-profile, like the late Malcolm Forbes, who owned The Highlander. The classic Blackhawk belonged to the Wirtz family of Chicago—the same name of the famed hockey team they owned.

Besides meeting with like-minded owners, Feadship Heritage Fleet members receive benefits. There are exclusive services and products, including insurance and financing. These also include events like the one being held November 1. The first Feadship Heritage Fleet event occurred during Monaco Classic Week in September 2013, for example. The Monaco Grand Prix this past May marked the second, with five members’ yachts lining the racetrack. In June, 18 vintage Feadships rendezvoused in The Netherlands. The latter marked the most Feadships ever together simultaneously.

If you need further convincing to join the Feadship Heritage Fleet, listen to Kristin and Chapman Ducote. They’re the owners of Anahita V, a 1952 Feadship, and the only stateside-based members so far. They call it a “genuine family-type club.” Their first fleet event was the Monaco Grand Prix back in May, where they enjoyed meeting fellow owners and seeing their yachts.

For more information on the Feadship Heritage Fleet event on November 1, email the Feadship Heritage Fleet secretariat or call (011) 31 15 251 40 37.

Icon 250, In Build for 2017 Delivery

Icon-250-renderThe yacht known for now as Icon 250 is officially underway at Icon Yachts. The hull arrived this week from Icon Yachts’ subcontractor.

The Icon 250 is styled by Tim Heywood and measures just shy of 250 feet, hence the name. LOA is 248’7”, or 75.8 meters. She’ll be quite voluminous, with a gross tonnage of 2,015. The megayacht may charter, since Icon Yachts says she’ll entertain 19 in the owner’s party when not operating commercially. Otherwise, 12 in the owner’s party will be accommodated.

Regardless of the total guest head count, the Icon 250 will have a number of creature comforts. There will be a waterfall-equipped pool on the main aft deck. As the rendering above shows, it’s surrounded by abundant teak-decked lounging space. Also note the lounging area on the fold-down terrace to starboard. The Icon 250 has this area immediately accessible from a gym and wellness area. They, in turn, are accessible from the five guest suites.

As for the master suite, it’s forward on the upper deck of the Icon 250. Naturally, there will be panoramic views. The views should be even better from the private alfresco area it will feature. The owner can trade in the natural views for cinematic ones in the movie theater, which will further seat up to 18 other people.

All together, there will be 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) devoted to relaxation. The Icon 250 will also boast a beam of 44’3” (13.5 meters). Studio Massari is handling interior design. No details are yet available on decor items, other than there being a glass elevator aboard. Toy-wise, two 33-foot (10-meter) custom tenders will be available. The 28-person crew will have its own tender, too. All will be stowed forward beneath side shell doors.

Icon Yachts anticipates a 16-knot top end and 14-knot cruise speed for the Icon 250. She’ll meet Lloyds and MCA requirements, and surely the Passenger Yacht Code as well. Delivery is set for 2017.

Yara 44, ISA Yachts’ 1st Fast Displacement Project

ISA-Yachts-Yara-44-2ISA Yachts has earned a reputation for building stylish, swift yachts, but it’s also expanded into displacement yachts. Thanks to the Fast Displacement Hull Form by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, its clients no longer have to choose efficiency over speed, or vice versa. ISA Yachts is offering a new design, the Yara 44, with the naval-architecture firm’s patented hull. There’s also a larger version, the Yara 48. The Yara 44 and 48 should further be of interest to buyers who want a real twist on indoor-outdoor living and particularly ones in the Americas, given Bahamas-friendly drafts.

The Yara 44 (“yara” is a water nymph in ancient Brazilian folklore) measures 145’7” (44.4 meters). The Yara 48 measures 156’8” (47.78 meters), sharing the same hull. As we’ve explained in previous articles, the Fast Displacement Hull Form is efficient throughout the full speed range, not solely toward top end. This can mean a 30-percent better fuel burn at cruise and 15- to 20-percent better burn at maximum speeds. The all-aluminum Yara 44 and 48 will each have a beam of 29 feet (8.85 meters) and promise equal performance figures. Van Oossanen Naval Architects anticipates a top end exceeding 24 knots with twin MTU 16V 2000 diesels. Optional 12V or 16V 4000s should permit 27- and 30-knot top ends, respectively. Transatlantic range is, of course, calculated into the equation as well. With the standard engines, the Yara 44 should achieve it at 13 to 14 knots.

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There is one slight variation in the two hulls: draft. The Yara 44 draws 6’7” (2.05 meters), while the Yara 48 draws 7’1” (2.16 meters). Regardless, both will allows owners to enjoy skinny-water cruising in the islands.

Besides these requirements, ISA Yachts wanted the Yara 44 and 48 to offer more versatility for indoor-outdoor living. Plenty of yachts have sliding aft-deck doors that can remain open, and/or sliding hardtops. But, the room remains walled in to both sides, even if there is full-height glass. The Yara yachts eliminate the walls by making them slide and fold. The concept is similar to what is aboard only a handful of yachts, like Smeralda. The design was created by Omega Architects, while still respecting ISA Yachts’ DNA.

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Take a close look at the sketches above. The top left image shows the Yara 44 with the glass walls in place, akin to a traditional saloon. Though, even with them this way, the yacht offers great views, thanks to lowered bulwarks (as best seen in the bottom-most profile image). Follow the arrow down to the next image: The outer glass walls slide aft, and the aft-deck glass doors fold outboard. Then, as the top right image shows, the Yara 44 gains a doubly long alfresco lounge area.

Speaking of that lounge area, ISA Yachts didn’t want the hot tub to interrupt the profile nor views from inside. Omega Architects therefore penned it to be essentially flush with the teak-lined deck. The waterfall emanating from the upper deck’s overhang is another nice touch, especially if lit at night (below).

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Other highlights of the Yara 44 and Yara 48 include four guest staterooms below decks and a main-deck owner’s suite. The latter benefits from bulwark cutouts running the length of the room. The beach club offers a choice of a sauna or a steam room, paired with a bar and day head. Because the main decks aboard the Yara 44 and 48 emphasize relaxation, the galleys go below, in the forward crew area. Toys go on the foredeck due to the beach club. More relaxation takes place aft of the wheelhouse and on the sundeck. To preserve openness up here, the masts for the Yara 44 and 48 have pedestal-like legs. Aboard the 44, a bar and pop-up TV is centered beneath the mast. On her bigger sister, there’s a hot tub and sunbeds. Otherwise, dining and seating areas are on both designs.

For more information directly from ISA Yachts about either the Yara 44 or Yara 48, fill out our contact form.

Kingship Enters Sailing-Yacht Arena With Barracuda Yacht Design

Barracuda_Kingship-120Kingship, which thus far has focused on power yachts and power catamarans, has a sailing-yacht client. The Asian yard commissioned Barracuda Yacht Design to pen this flybridge sailing yacht.

The nearly 120-foot (36.5-meter) yacht is for an experienced owner who prioritizes cruising versus racing. Barracuda Yacht Design proposed a lifting keel, for an extra performance edge when wanted. Just because the yacht won’t race doesn’t mean a sedated pace is planned. The lifting keel makes draft range from 12’5” to 21’3” (3.8 to 6.5 meters, respectively). Along the same performance philosophy, the design studio and Kingship further support the idea of a generous sail plan. Barracuda Yacht Design specified a 7,858-square-foot (730-square-meter) sail plan for the main and genoa. There’s also a self-tacking inner jib.

The owner also prioritizes elbow room inside, while eschewing flamboyance overall. In profile, the Kingship sailing yacht is quite simple, without being simplistic. On deck and inside, a variety of relaxation spaces are in keeping with the cruising concept. For example, the Kingship has nearly 33 feet (10 meters) devoted to the aft deck. It’s complete with a cockpit and separate space for loose lounges. Equally important, the side decks are wide enough for crew to come and go without difficulty, and to reach the work-focused foredeck. On the flying bridge, dining and sunbathing are similarly centered away from sailing controls.

With a beam of 27’2” (8.3 meters), the Kingship sailing yacht has accommodations for eight in the owner’s party aft of the engine room. Both the master suite and VIP are full beam. A central foyer yields access to them and the two additional guest cabins. The foyer is reached via both the aft cockpit and the main saloon and dining area. The latter is an open space that becomes even more open thanks to a sliding wall at the wheelhouse. The owner and guests can chat with the captain and crew (eight total) and learn more about the day’s travels with it open. Closed, it yields all parties more privacy.

The Kingship sailing yacht is apparently still in the proposal stage. No contract or delivery date has been announced.