Montenegro’s Dukley Marina Joins 1782 Club

Dukley Marina MontenegroThe 1782 Club of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas has a new member. It’s Dukley Marina, in Budva, Montenegro.

The 1782 Club was formed a few months ago. It groups together marinas primarily in the Mediterranean and Caribbean under a cross-promotional umbrella. (Additional marinas in emerging markets are in discussion.) The properties further benefit from Camper & Nicholsons’ Marinas operational and managerial expertise, which extends to developing marinas as well.

Dukley Marina will benefit from the latter. Camper & Nicholsons Marinas and the Dukley Marina team are finalizing a redevelopment project. Among the plans: increasing berths by 60 percent, and adding a “substantial” breakwater. Currently, the marina has 330 slips and moorings. Furthermore, Dukley Marina will gain shops, restaurants, service facilities, public areas, and even residences.

The goal is, of course, to bring more traffic to Dukley Marina. It already benefits from healthy small-boat traffic and some superyachts. Surely, that’s largely due to it being the first marina upon entering the Adriatic Sea from the Ionian Sea. The staff is also accustomed to dealing with the largest megayachts. Pilotage service is provided for private yachts of more than 1,000 gross tons, for example. It’s also provided for commercial (a.k.a. charter) yachts exceeding 500 gross tons. The largest LOA accommodated so far is about 230 feet (70 meters).

Other benefits of Dukley Marina include its location in Budva. Budva is the center of Montenegro’s tourism, with beaches, vibrant nightlife, shopping, and more. There’s also Stari Grad, which translates to Old Town. Dukley Marina is adjacent to the Old Town, in fact, which is popular with tourists and Budva residents alike. Theatrical and musical performances are often held there in summertime, adding another attractive element to the marina.

Dukley Marina shares ownership with Dukley Gardens, a high-end residential development a stone’s throw away. Tender service connects the two and will continue to be offered.

Megayacht Marinas Directory Now on Megayacht News App is pleased to announce that the Megayacht News app continues to extend the media brand’s focus on all-original content. The latest addition to the app is the Marinas Directory.

Because hundreds of marinas worldwide can accommodate megayachts, the Marinas Directory on the Megayacht News app includes regional categories. Currently the app features The Americas, comprising North, Central, and South America. Next month, The Bahamas and Caribbean region will go live. These will be joined by the regional categories of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle East by the end of the year.

The Marinas Directory complements three other indexes on the Megayacht News app. These are the Builder Directory, the Designer Directory, and the Charter Yacht Brokers Directory. They’re among the most-often-used tools by app users.

Part handy research tool, and part entertainment platform, the Megayacht News app is designed to provide users with an experience they cannot get elsewhere. That’s because many yachting media apps replicate all or nearly all of the content these companies have on their websites or in print.

Of course, the Megayacht News app continues to combine the most engaging digital experiences with these helpful research tools. It includes features such as:

  • photo galleries, where dozens of images of the world’s newest yachts are showcased
  • videos, totaling more than 30
  • an invitation for users to send their own photos for a special Reader’s Choice Gallery
  • calendar of events, alerting users to the major yacht shows and regattas around the world
  • “share with a friend” functions

The Megayacht News app is available for free on Google Play and the App Store.

Monaco Yacht Show Megayacht Premieres

Flying-Dragon-Admiral-Regale-45The Monaco Yacht Show’s in-water displays attract a number of new megayachts each year. Despite construction having waned during the recession, next month’s edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will still have a healthy number of debuts. If you’ll be attending the event, from September 24 to 27, here are some of the projects premiering:

  • Flying Dragon, from The Italian Sea Group (formerly known as Admiral Tecnomar); pictured above, she’s one of four yachts the builder will have in the water
  • Anastasia K and Illusion I, both from Benetti; both yachts were delivered in the past few months, with Anastasia K standing out, literally, thanks to a glittering paint finish
  • Saramour from CRN: the first CRN devoting an entire deck solely to the owners
  • Como from Feadship: decidedly modern in style, commissioned by a knowledgeable owner who had a hand in every detail
  • WallyKokoNut from Wally: the second Wally Ace model, with abundant alfresco space for a megayacht of “just” 85 feet

Picchiotti Grace E 9

  • Monaco Wolf and Elena, both from Heesen Yachts: Monaco Wolf belongs to a yachtsman who cruises with a canine companion, while Elena is a home away from home for her owners
  • Silver Wind from ISA Yachts: an all-fiberglass yacht with hybrid propulsion
  • Perseus³ and Grace E from Perini Navi Group: the former is a sailing yacht, while the latter, pictured above, is a Vitruvius Series motoryacht
  • Riva 122 Mythos from Riva: pictured below, the largest Riva to date

Riva 122 Mythos launch 2

  • Polaris from Rossinavi: modern-looking outside, lush and luxurious inside, with a stone wall as one eye-catcher
  • Wisp from Royal Huisman: a classic-looking sloop penned by Hoek Design
  • two unnamed yachts from Amels
  • Sunseeker 155 Yacht from Sunseeker: the British builder’s biggest model
  • Solandge from Lurssen (an October 2013 delivery, with the rest of the yachts listed here all delivered this year)

In total, 125 vessels—megayachts and tenders alike—will be in the water at the Monaco Yacht Show. To see the full list, visit the Superyachts page on the Monaco Yacht Show website.

Of course, there will be plenty of on-land exhibits as well. Various yacht builders, designers, and gear companies from the same countries often exhibit alongside one another in specially designated areas. The Monaco Yacht Show features New Zealand Street, for example. The Dutch come together in the HISWA Holland Yachting Group area. And, Superyacht UK unites British yachting companies. While the yacht builders in the Superyacht Builders Association (a.k.a. SYBASS) are all from different countries, they, too, exhibit in a group at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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.