Riva Aquarama Lounge, in Monaco Yacht Club: PHOTOS

Riva Aquarama Lounge bar

The new Monaco Yacht Club has its own stylish tender—sort of. June 20 marked the official opening of the Riva Aquarama Lounge. The room was designed to resemble the very essence of a Riva Aquarama.

Occupying the top floor of the yacht club, the area leaves no doubt as to what brand is involved. The Riva Aquarama Lounge entry bears the distinctive logos of both the builder and its famed runabout. The floor and ceiling resemble long strips of teak decking. More decking inspiration comes in the form of the cocktail tables around the room. The Riva Aquarama Lounge further has a bar (above), shaped like an Aquarama’s transom.

The histories of the Monaco Yacht Club and Riva have been intertwined since the 1950s. The first Monaco Yacht Club was established by the late Prince Rainier in 1953. In that same decade, Carlo Riva took over his family’s famed company. Rivas were already popular boats, but they became even more coveted by celebrities, moguls, and dignitaries, including Prince Rainier. And, in 1959, the famed Riva Tunnel was created in Monaco. It’s literally a tunnel, dug out over the course of two years from the rocky cliff beneath Grimaldi Palace. It was, and still is, used to house the all-wood Rivas in winter.

In case you’re not familiar with the Aquarama’s history, it’s quite interesting. The first Riva Aquarama debuted in November 1962. The name came from the Cinerama widescreen-movie system. Pioneered in the 1950s, it dramatically changed movie production and movie-going. Simiarly, the Riva Aquarama arguably forever changed Riva, becoming a brand within a brand. Fun fact: The original price was 10.8 million liras, or about $7,550.

Below are more photos of the Riva Aquarama Lounge, from our Facebook page.


Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht Premiering at FLIBS

Ocean-Alexander-100-MYOcean Alexander is continuing to add models to its megayacht lineup. The latest is the Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht. She’s currently in build and set to debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).

Ocean Alexander created the 100 based on strong sales of the Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht and client feedback. Big-yacht buyers are increasingly emerging, for example. The LOA for the Ocean Alexander 100 is 100’2” (30.53 meters). Beam is 23 feet (7.01 meters). Other clients want the benefits of a large megayacht but within a package that suits their docking and cruising plans.

Like the 90, the Ocean Alexander 100 bears interior design by Evan K. Marshall. She’s available with either a skylounge or open-bridge configuration. With the skylounge, you gain an inside bar area and day head to complement the upper saloon. The open bridge can accommodate tenders, alfresco dining, and more. Either way, the full-beam master and three guest staterooms are below decks. Two of the guest staterooms have twins that can push together. The crew’s quarters have gained some more space fully aft.

The main-deck layout for the Ocean Alexander 100 follows a traditional configuration, with a combined saloon and dining area. A bar is also included in the saloon. Ocean Alexander clients still like big country kitchens, which explains why the master is below decks.

Anticipated performance data has not been released. However, the Ocean Alexander 100 will feature twin 1,925-hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines. Fuel capacity is 4,000 gallons (15,141 liters). The all-fiberglass megayacht maintains the shallow draft you’d expect of this LOA as well. At light load, the Ocean Alexander 100 should draw 5’6” (1.68 meters). At full load, the Ocean Alexander 100 should draw 6’5” (1.96 meters).

For more details on the Ocean Alexander 100, contact the builder or fill out our contact form.

Sailing Video July 2014: Claasen Shipyards’ Lionheart


It’s been four years since the long and lovely Lionheart was launched. Built by Claasen Shipyards, the 142-footer (43.4-meter) is one of the famed J Class yachts. Lionheart is actually a J Class design from the 1930s that was never built, until this century. There’s a fantastic and fascinating story behind how she came to be.

Back then, Harold Vanderbilt, owner of the America’s Cup winner Enterprise, wanted an even better competitor for a subsequent race. He commissioned eight hull designs, called models 77 A through F, from the famed Starling Burgess and Olin Stephens. All were tested, with just one going on to be built, as Ranger. Nearly 70 years later, in 2005, Andre Hoek of Hoek Design re-examined the remaining designs. The J Class revival was underway, and a yacht owner wanted a powerful performer. Modern-day computer calculations and tank tests showed that hull 77 F fit the bill. Thus, Lionheart was born. She proved her mettle in 2012 by winning the Kings Hundred Guineas Cup during the J Class Regatta in Cowes, England. This past May, she also took the Menorca Maxi Regatta with five straight wins.

Lionheart stateroom

Lionheart blends some of the best of the 20th century with 21st-century advancements. For example, she has a below-decks furler for the headsail. Lionheart also has carbon fiber spars. Her modern amenities aren’t reserved solely for racing, though. Since Lionheart cruises with charter guests, she has a private owner’s cockpit and separate guest cockpit. Inside spaces are lined with teak.

If you’ve never been aboard a J, you’re in for a treat. This video places you right on deck during the maiden voyage of Lionheart.

The Refit of Turquoise

Turquoise-anchoredBuilt in 2011 by Proteksan Turquoise, Turquoise is fresh from an exterior and interior redesign. Work took place at Amico & Co. in Genoa, with H2 Yacht Design tapped by the owners to imprint their style in the various spaces.

The big change outside for the 181’8” (55.4-meter) Turquoise was the reconfiguration of the sundeck. It gained shaded dining space, a TV, a bar, and a barbecue. Meanwhile, the hot tub and sunpads, perfectly positioned fully forward, remain in the same location.


The main aft deck was slightly remodeled, too. As the photo here shows, it can become an alfresco cinema. The TV drops down from the overhead when wanted. The crew (a total of 13) can arrange the modular furnishings for big or small gatherings. For the ultimate movie atmosphere at night, the side curtains are a nice touch.

The rest of the work entailed the interior spaces. H2 Yacht Design and the owners of Turquoise created an atmosphere rich in luxe touches. Silver, grey, cream, and white tones, accented with turquoise (naturally), are found throughout. They’re in a mixture of materials, like velvet, leather, silk, and mother of pearl. Deep ebony Makassar wood strikes a strong contrast.


Some of the stand-out rooms aboard Turquoise include the saloon (above). It’s equally adept at hosting afternoon tea as it is pre- or post-dinner cocktails. The open floor plan means the formal dining area is visible forward, yet feels like a distinct space due to furnishing arrangements. Celebrations or simple sing-alongs can take place in the sky lounge, due to a grand piano there. Another nice feature: a main-deck VIP (below). Of course, while the master suite, also on the main deck, has more floor space, Turquoise makes the guests granted the VIP feel like kings and queens. Four further guest staterooms, including a twin and a twin that converts to a double, are below decks.

Even with the elegant decor, Turquoise still welcomes the small set. Burgess, which holds her central listing for charter, reports that families have been booking her throughout the summer so far. The crew are clearly comfortable with kids. While the velvets, leathers, and other textures might be lost on the children, they’ll clamor for the watertoys. Turquoise totes two-person PWCs and a sea pool with a trampoline and waterslide, for example. There are further SeaBobs, sea kayaks, paddle boards, waterskis, and more from which to choose.


Turquoise is available for charter this summer for €294,000 during high season and €266,000 in low season. Come winter, she’ll relocate to the Caribbean. Her rates will change, too, as will the currency: $336,000 for high season and $294,000 for low season.

EXTRA PHOTOS: See our full photo gallery of Turquoise on the Megayacht News app (available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play).

Shipyard Spotlight: Nautor’s Swan

Two years shy of its 50th anniversary, Nautor’s Swan has come a long way since its first yacht launched in Finland. That project, the Swan 36, was quickly acclaimed, going on to see 90 hulls produced. Today, the builder has models up into the megayacht category. These include the Swan 115, hull number one of which will be ready next year. All along, however, Nautor’s Swan has not swayed from focusing on building high-performance sailing yachts.

This photo essay takes you through the build and outfitting process. (All photos are courtesy of Nautor’s Swan and Carlo Borlenghi.)


Nautor’s Swan construction takes place in Pietarsaari, Finland. It’s the same city where the company got its start in 1966. Back then, traditional Finnish sailing boats were made of wood. Pekka Koskenkyla, the founder, knew fiberglass would save weight and permit better volume for livability.


The hallways at the Pietarsaari shipyard are filled with photos of every Nautor’s Swan yacht. If ever anyone needed reminding that there’s a lot of history here, this will do the trick.


Even in the modern computer era, Nautor’s Swan naval architects still create hand drawings.


Here’s the hull of Swan 115-001, the first of the Swan 115 line. It’s upside down, of course, but the craftsperson in the background gives you a good sense of scale. The superstructure is being finished in a separate shed.


For a better sense of scale, check this out. The craftsman is sitting on the shop floor, inside the upside-down hull of Swan 115-001.


With a dedicated joinery shop in Kållby, Nautor’s Swan crafts all of its own interiors. It also handles decking.


This is what the builder calls its teak library. Every Swan yacht and megayacht ever built is represented here, by her teak sample.


All Swan buyers are automatically members of ClubSwan. Its goal is to organize events and stimulate the passion owners have for their yachts. Few Swan owners pass up the chance to visit the ClubSwan headquarters when also visiting the shipyard. ClubSwan’s home is the Segelsallkapet Yacht Club, also in Pietarsaari. Even though selling your Swan means you’re no longer a ClubSwan member, you can become a ClubSwan Guest.