Kometa, by Heesen Yachts: October 2014 Motoryacht Video

Heesen-Kometa-renderIn build at Heesen YachtsKometa is the largest yacht signed to date by the Dutch builder. LOA is nearly 230 feet (70 meters), but she’s more than just a mega-size megayacht. What makes Kometa impressive is her anticipated top speed of 30 knots. Furthermore, Kometa also promises 20 percent better fuel efficiency than yachts of the same size with traditional displacement hulls. It’s thanks to the proven Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) that has already been employed by the yard on other builds and additionally used in the commercial sector.

Witha 39-foot (11.9-meter) beam, Kometa has familiar Heesen family styling enhanced by Espen Øino. Note the inclusion of skylights above the pool, for example. Inside, Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design is working with the owner on a serene, soothing ambiance. Leather walls, cool blues and greens, wenge wood, and marbles set the scene aboard Kometa. From the main-deck cinema to the upper-deck VIP stateroom, there’s plenty to explore. Four double guest staterooms are below decks, while the owner’s suite, naturally, is forward on Kometa’s main deck. Don’t overlook the alfresco cinema-like upper aft deck, complete with two large TV screens. The sundeck can be an outdoor cinema, too. Then there’s the beach club, featuring a lounge with a bar, a steam room, and views straight over the water’s surface.

Kometa is anticipated for completion in 2016.


RINA Environmental Footprint, Fire Survivability: New Class Notations

RINA logoThe classification society RINA has helped spotlight the importance of environmental sensitivity with its voluntary Green Plus status. It’s now expanding its sustainability focus with two additional class notations. Specifically, they are Environmental Footprint and Fire Survivability.

RINA Environmental Footprint encompasses a yacht’s lifespan, so to speak. It involves practices undertaken in her construction and operation, even in her “recycling,” as the class society terms disposal. (Just as there are ship-scrapping facilities, so, too, are there ones for yachts. However, we have yet to hear of a shipyard specializing in megayacht scrapping, or owners seeking this solution.) RINA assigns specific environmental impacts to each life milestone. Each of these impacts is quantifiable, RINA asserts. Furthermore, yachts striving to achieve RINA Environmental Footprint will have an impact on the shipyards and suppliers that built and/or refitted her. RINA says social factors regarding working conditions, especially eco-oriented ones, will be outlined. The classification society expects that motivated shipyards will continue to invest in employees’ situations.

The second new class notation, RINA Fire Survivability, is particularly applicable to megayachts. It augments existing requirements for fire protection. Points will be awarded for measures that improve the fire-fighting systems onboard, for example. They’ll also be given for reducing the fire load of protected spaces and installing fire divisions whose burn rates exceed minimum time requirements.

Both RINA Environmental Footprint and RINA Fire Survivability are being rolled out this year.

Golfito Marina Village & Resort to Open in 2015

Golfito Marina Resort & Village renderingCome next year, owners of megayachts to 350 feet (107 meters) will have a new place to dock. Golfito Marina Village & Resort in Costa Rica, which has been planned for some time, has started construction.

Golfito Marina Village & Resort is in the city of Golfito. It lies on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, near Panama. Surfers and sportfishing enthusiasts have been attracted to Golfito for years. Just northwest of Golfito is a nearly 34,600-acre national park, touted for bird watching. The developers of Golfito Marina Village & Resort have pledged to honor the natural appeal of the region. “Golfito and the surrounding areas are environmentally sacred places, which we will embrace through our design,” says Noam Schwartz, principal of Hacienda El Dorado, which is creating the marina and property.

Like many marinas and related communities, Golfito Marina Village & Resort is being created in phases. The first phase completes next year, seeing the marina open with 50 slips. They’re already available for purchase. When fully finished, Golfito Marina Village & Resort will have 132 slips. On-site customs and immigration, a yacht club, captain and crew accommodations, and a boatyard will complement the marina. There will further be a restaurant with a nightclub, pools, a gym, an open-air spa, and villas. Each villa will have views of Golfito Bay.

Besides the above-mentioned natural highlights, a few things should make Golfito Marina Village & Resort appealing. Golfito Bay is already used by some of the yacht-transport companies as a pick-up and drop-off point. The beaches in the area are considered some of the best in Costa Rica. And, tourism in Costa Rica has been increasing in recent years, particularly among Americans.

Live Tweeting #MonacoYachtShow

Monaco Yacht Show #MonacoYachtShow

PHOTO: Tom Vano

The annual Monaco Yacht Show is underway, with more than 110 megayachts in the water, its largest-ever display. Our editor, Diane M. Byrne, and some of our contributors have tours planned through the weekend for Heesen Yachts’ Monaco Wolf and Elena, ISA Yachts’ Silver Wind, Rossinavi’s Polaris, the Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28, and more. A number of press conferences are on our agenda as well. Royal Huisman, for example, is revealing its newest sailing project. And two businesses in the United States and Europe are planning a new cooperative venture they call OneOcean.

We’ll be using all of our social media tools to bring you the latest news from the docks and press conferences. You can follow us on Facebook and Google+, where we will be uploading photo galleries. We’ll also be posting videos to our Vine account. To help you better find our posts on any of those social media channels from your own page, just search for the hashtag #MonacoYachtShow.

Of course, we’re additionally posting photos and commentary on the Megayacht News Twitter account. We, along with a lot of other people attending the show, are using the hashtag #MonacoYachtShow there, too. In fact, you can see a live stream of posts with #MonacoYachtShow below. To keep it from being overwhelming (there are hundreds of exhibitors at the show using social media), the feed shows just the most recent five posts. If you want to read more, just click the Show Older button beneath the last post.

If you have a Twitter account, send us your questions about what we see and hear, using #MonacoYachtShow. We promise to reply as we make our way down the docks!


Oculus Technologies’ Odyss Puts Fun at Fingertips

Odyss-chromeInfotainment options abound aboard megayachts these days—so much so that owners and guests want more. Oculus Technologies, the company behind YachtEye and the super-cool Engine Room App, has added Odyss to the mix.

If you’re at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show, you can see a demo. At first glance, Odyss looks like a sophisticated time and date display. And in normal mode, it is. The design features current local time along with a world clock, plus sunrise and sunset information. Once you touch the screen, though, Odyss reveals that it’s actually an information-packed product.

Odyss can call up your yacht’s speed and heading, wind direction and speed, or even the sea and outside-air temperatures. Oculus Technologies will customize Odyss to include whatever data you wish. It can display a map, photos, videos, and CCTV feeds. It can further incorporate a stew-call feature, and display messages from the captain and crew about the day’s activities and menus. Of course, your yacht’s logo can be displayed as well.

Oculus Technologies says that Odyss operates silently, so it’s suitable for stateroom nightstands. It’s also suitable to add units elsewhere onboard, all linked to the same data to further integrate the infotainment experience.

Because Oculus Technologies customizes Odyss for each buyer, contact the company for pricing details.