Polaris, by Rossinavi: VIDEO


Delivered this past spring, Polaris may bear the same styling as previous Rossinavi projects, but she does have a personality all her own. The 158’4” (48.29-meter) megayacht will showcase that personality at next month’s Monaco Yacht Show. However, you can get a sense of her style in this video.

Polaris is a sistership of Param Jamuna IV, which was delivered in 2013. The two feature strong, angular bows and a good deal of sharp, flowing lines throughout their superstructure. Nearly full-height windows in the saloon and master suite bring plenty of light inside. Team 4 Design, which also handled styling, worked with the owner of Polaris to fashion a super-luxe interior. In the video, you’ll note a eye-catching stone wall in the dining area, pin-dot lighting overhead flowing from the saloon forward, and a waterfall pool on the sundeck.

You’ll further see Polaris while she’s underway. Rossinavi says Polaris can cruise at 19 knots under half load, given twin 3,460-hp MTUs. Federico Rossi, the yard’s CEO, says she hit a top end of 24 knots during sea trials. These figures are improvements over the performance of her sistership. Polaris is also said to see a nearly 3,800-nautical-mile range at around 9 or 10 knots.

August 2014 Motoryacht Video: AB 116


To say that the AB 116 from AB Yachts, part of the Fipa Group, will put the wind in your hair is an understatement. The AB 116 is engineered for a blistering top speed, reportedly just shy of 53 knots. It’s in her genes: The AB 116 is part of a seven-model lineup of racy-looking and racy-performing, waterjet-equipped yachts. This particular model was introduced a few years ago and was the flagship until the AB 140 debuted last year.

The nearly 119-foot (36.2-meter) AB 116 is a maxi open meant for soaking up the sun. As a result, there’s sunning space galore, from the aft deck to the foredeck cockpit, and of course on the flying bridge.

Here’s a better look at an AB 116 christened Swift. If ever a yacht lived up to her name, this one does. And, as much as she is a real speedster on the water, Swift is a soothing respite from a busy daily life inside. The video also gives you a good overview of the customized interior. This AB 116 features light tones of wood and fabrics plus an open main-deck layout. They all accentuate the 24’6” (7.5-meter) beam. Note, too, the clever sliding partition and matching sliding doors that lend the captain and guests each a bit of privacy when needed. The real highlight, however, is the atrium-like setting that each AB 116 boasts a few steps down. Nearly 16 feet (4.8 meters) of headroom makes yet another TV-viewing and lounging area open and airy.

Echo Yachts, New Builder Down Under

Echo-YachtsAustralia has a new megayacht builder, Echo Yachts, which plans to build the country’s largest-ever project.

Located in Henderson in Western Australia, Echo Yachts was established by a Singaporean family. The family will own both a megayacht and a shadow boat, with the latter already under construction. Mark Stothard, Echo Yachts’ director, says the general arrangements are still being finalized. However, the LOAs and hull forms are set.

The megayacht will measure 275’6” (84 meters), making her the largest Australian-built pleasure vessel. Of particular note, she’ll be a trimaran, the largest of this kind anywhere. Given the triple hulls, the yacht will have a commodious 65’6” (20-meter) beam. The design team working with Echo Yachts on this project also has Australian ties. Styling and interior design are by Sam Sorgiovanni Designs. Monohull, catamaran, and trimaran specialists One2three Naval Architects is handling engineering.

Meanwhile, the Echo Yachts shadow boat will be 150’9” (46 meters) and a catamaran configuration. New Zealand-based LOMOcean Design is overseeing naval architecture. She’ll carry about a dozen tenders for different purposes. A 39-foot (12-meter) tender, for example, will have 3D sonar for finding sunken wrecks and searching seabeds.

Since the catamaran has already started construction, Echo Yachts says she’ll be ready by late next year. The trimaran will take three years to build.

On a related note, Echo Yachts is a little more than a mile (nearly 2 kilometers) from another Australian megayacht builder, Silver Yachts. Stothard says the two companies have already been sharing resources and will continue doing so. In addition, Stothard says, Echo Yachts expects to employ about 250 people directly by mid-2015.

In the photo above, you’ll note a sign for Evolution. Evolution Commercial is a boatbuilding and service company. It has constructed vessels for the oil and gas industry, for example, as well as dive companies. Stothard and Jurien Van Rongen, who is also a partner at Echo Yachts, are the owners of Evolution Commercial. Furthermore, Evolution Commercial’s production manager, Nick Gardiner, is involved in Echo Yachts.

International SeaKeepers Society to Fete Women in Yachting

International SeaKeepers Society AntarcticaEach year the International SeaKeepers Society hosts the Bal de la Mer. The event honors a person or organization making inroads into ocean and sea-life conservation. This year, the Bal de la Mer will fete Wendy Benchley, a longtime ocean advocate. The event will also include a special Women in Yachting Honorary Committee.

Benchley is a leading global presence and voice in both ocean and shark conservation. She is a 28-year member of the Environmental Defense Fund, for example. She has held multiple prominent positions with the organization. Benchley is also co-founder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. The awards are named for her late husband, who was best known as the author of Jaws. Peter Benchley often used the ocean as a backdrop in his novels. He became a dedicated environmentalist and advocate for sharks following the frenzy of Jaws on film. The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards honors ocean-conservation achievements among marine explorers, researchers, scientists, and policy makers.

The International SeaKeepers Society created the Women in Yachting Honorary Committee to call attention to “remarkable women…in ocean advocacy from around the globe.” MegayachtNews.com is pleased to announce that its founder and editor, Diane M. Byrne, is among the honorary committee members. Byrne says, “I’ve always been proud to help spread word about the goals and achievements of the International SeaKeepers Society. I’m grateful, and humbled, to be included among such luminaries.”

The rest of the Women in Yachting Honorary Committee includes:

  • Maria Damanaki: European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Patty Elkus: founding member and former board member of the International SeaKeepers Society; member of Director’s Cabinet of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography; board of directors for Mission Blue and the BLUE Ocean Film Festival
  • Capt. Alexia Barrier: founder of ocean-research program 4myplanet and solo global sailor
  • Jill Bobrow: editor-at-large for Yachts International
  • Gigi Brisson: founder and CEO of OceanElders
  • Joyce Clear: founder and president of Clear Group International and Clear Yacht Interiors; founder of Ports of Cause
  • Pamela W. Cole: private portfolio manager
  • Sylvia Earle: oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer
  • Jenifer Austin Foulkes: manager of Google Ocean
  • Amy Halsted: owner of The Halsted Agency; founding director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Rainforest Alliance, Earth Day Roanoke, and Earth Day Bethel
  • Nigella Hillgarth: president and CEO of the New England Aquarium
  • Shannon Joy: director of the Joy Foundation
  • Deborah Kinder: founder and CEO of BLUE Ocean Film Festival
  • Ann Luskey: founder of Charlotte’s Web
  • Shari Sant Plummer: president of Code Blue Foundation; trustee of Summit Foundation
  • Sharon Kwok Pong: founder of Aquameridian Limited
  • Claudia Potamkin: co-owner and founder of Global Oceans
  • Sally Dane Sperry: marine insurance specialist
  • Charlotte Vick: strategic partnership director of the Sylvia Earle Alliance Mission Blue; curator for Explore the Ocean in Google Earth
  • Sandra Whitehouse: marine biologist; senior advisor to Ocean Conservancy
  • Capt. Sandra Yawn: co-owner and founder of Global Oceans

The International SeaKeepers Society Bal de la Mer is being held September 26 at the Monaco Yacht Club. MegayachtNews.com has invitations available; email us to receive one.

Noosa Launch, Classic-Looking Yacht Tender

Imaginocean-Noosa-LaunchMegayacht owners looking for a tender with real personality should consider the Noosa Launch. Built by Tasmanian wooden-boat builder Denman Marine, the Noosa Launch is as smart as it is sweet.

The project came about when an Australian buyer approached Denman Marine. He wanted a dayboat ideal for canal and river cruising. Specifically, he wanted a style similar to what’s known as the Noosa putt putt. A classic 20th-century boat, Noosa putt putts were so-named for how they chugged up the waterways of the Noosa region of Queensland.

Denman Marine approached David Payne Yacht Design for the initial hand-drawn concept. (On a related side note, David Payne is the curator of historic vessels for the Australian National Maritime Museum.) Denman Marine stretched the design to 22’10” (7 meters). It then tapped Imaginocean Yacht Design to apply modern computer design, and to allow the Noosa Launch to be built via CNC cutting.

The Noosa Launch combines time-honored wooden boatbuilding with modern epoxy composites. It also is an electric-powered boat, quieter and cleaner than the craft inspiring it. A battery bank charges the 3.5-kW electric motor. Denman Marine outfitted the Noosa Launch with solar panels on the hardtop, too. Those panels, and alternately shore power, can juice up the batteries. The electric motor should allow about nine hours of cruising.

Of course, a tender needs creature comforts, too. To that end, the Noosa Launch has plentiful shaded seating. Drop-down side curtains provide extra protection from the elements. An aft table and benchseat can accommodate six people. The table also lowers to form a daybed. Additional seating is forward to each side. A head (in the bow) and refrigerator are wisely included for convenience.

Imaginocean Yacht Design believes megayacht owners will naturally gravitate toward the Noosa Launch for her distinctive styling and engineering. It’s promoting the project as a fully custom build. It’s also working on a more contemporary-looking Noosa Launch.