Mondo Marine M50 in Build for 2016

Mondo-Marine-M50-Hot-LabFrom concept to reality: The Mondo Marine M50, a proposal publicized initially in 2012 in conjunction with Hot Lab, is starting construction.

The 161-foot (49.2-meter) Mondo Marine M50 is an all-aluminum, four-deck megayacht. She incorporates a hull design from Mondo Marine’s in-house naval architects. It’s been proven on three previous deliveries. With twin MTUs, the Mondo Marine M50 should see a cruise speed of 17 knots. She should also enjoy a range of 3,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. Draft will be 7’5” (2.3 meters), complementary for a number of anchorages.

While the owner’s ideas for the interior have not been revealed, the hull color chosen hints at a distinct personality. Regardless of layout, the dimensions are in line with other megayachts accommodating a party of 12. The Mondo Marine M50 has a beam of 29’5” (9 meters), which is easy to imagine being put to good use in a full-beam master suite. It’s also easy to imagine the owner keeping the floor-to-ceiling main-deck windows from the initial concept. They’ll make the Mondo Marine M50 feel more airy.

Speaking of airy, if the owner preserved another suggestion from the initial idea, then the Mondo Marine M50 will have an indoor-outdoor main saloon and upper-deck saloon. The sliding doors were conceived to be fixed in an open position.

The Mondo Marine M50 is being built to ABS classification and a gross tonnage beneath 500. Delivery is set for early 2016. At that point, she’ll be one of about a dozen megayachts measuring more than 131 feet LOA (40 meters) delivered by the Italian brand within the past decade.

YachtEye Infotainment System: 2 New Features

Oculus-Technologies-YachtEyeIf there’s one thing we all love, it’s interactive gadgetry. We rely on our mobile devices for all sorts of information and entertainment. Naturally infotainment systems are aboard our yachts, too, like the YachtEye interactive platform. Created by Oculus Technologies, YachtEye has two new features that you can test in person at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show.

If you’re not familiar with YachtEye, it allows you, your guests, and crew to call up yacht-specific infotainment. This includes the current position, tender or helicopter location, and even upcoming shore-based activities. Everything is touchscreen operated and intuitive.

One of the new YachtEye features is actually several features: a variety of touchscreen sizes. You can even request custom sizes. Regardless, the glass YachtEye panel, which shows everything in 3D, is flush-faced. That allows for a few installation options, like a tabletop version shown above. The new YachtEye touchscreen also meets an International Protection Rating of 56. This means it can prevent intrusion from high-pressure water jets from any direction. Furthermore, at your request, the touchscreen can display not just YachtEye data but also games, photos, videos, and Web browsers.

The other new feature for YachtEye is an interface compatible with third-party control systems. This means that controls from companies like Crestron can “talk” to YachtEye. If you have multiple control units aboard, different people in different rooms can access the YachtEye infotainment offerings simultaneously. They can even see what their friends and family in other rooms are accessing. The latter would be particularly handy for those of you who like to play video games against one another. Of course, Oculus Technologies can also set up two or more YachtEye systems, each with dedicated controllers. That way guests have their own, you have your own, and/or your crew has their own.

The new YachtEye features complement the just-released YachtEye Engine Room App. This app provides a 3D model of your yacht’s machinery space, including engines, gensets, and watermakers. It even includes 3D models of each system’s moving parts, and everything is displayed in real time. The Engine Room App is equally suitable for inquisitive kids and adults.

You can check out the new YachtEye features, as well as its other benefits, at several exhibitors’ displays at the Monaco Yacht Show. They include Imtech/VBH, Crestron, Alewijnse Marine Systems, Tijssen Elektro, Ideaworks, and Icon Connect. Check the Monaco Yacht Show exhibitors list for their locations.

Annual Superyacht Finance Forum in Monaco This Month

Marine-Money-Finance-Forum-2013For the seventh consecutive year, Marine Money International is hosting the Superyacht Finance Forum just prior to the Monaco Yacht Show. It’s being held in Monaco’s Auditorium Rainier III on September 23.

Marine Money International publishes a finance magazine and hosts various financial forums around the world. Given ever-changing VAT regulations, lending practices, and more, the Superyacht Finance Forum has become increasingly of interest. Tax specialists, legal advisors, banking representatives, brokers, and more owner’s representatives are among the regular attendees.

This year’s Superyacht Finance Forum will once again shine a light on tax issues affecting cruising, berthing, and charter. Within the past year, regulators in Spain, Italy, and France have all revised their laws on at least one of these matters. Furthermore, some of the laws have raised more questions than they have answered. That’s why the Superyacht Finance Forum will feature a panel of consultants familiar with the new rules to present details.

Another topic at this year’s Superyacht Finance Forum: a presentation by Wealth-X on trends in ultra-high-net-worth consumer spending. Wealth-X compiles research on the world’s wealthiest individuals. It’s an often-cited source for media and luxury companies.

Sure to be of particular interest are two additional presentations. One will be from an owner’s perspective, while another will examine superyacht financing.

Yet a further presentation, on Barcelona’s dramatically expanded yachting-services sector, will examine how investments in infrastructure there may have a ripple effect elsewhere. is once again a media sponsor of the Superyacht Finance Forum.

To register for the Superyacht Finance Forum, visit the dedicated webpage.

Pier Sixty-Six Marina’s Megayacht Capacity Rises

PHOTO: Herb Neufeld

PHOTO: Herb Neufeld

The nearly 50-year-old Pier Sixty-Six Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is wrapping up a renovation that has added berths and a number of improvements.

Pier Sixty-Six Marina, located at the Hyatt hotel near Port Everglades, has been a favored tie-up spot for megayachts for many years. It’s also a vital part of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The combination convinced LX Luxury Marinas, which manages the property, to invest a reported $20 million into the first large-scale renovation since the marina first opened.

Among the notable changes is the ability to accommodate 16, versus six, megayachts to 150 feet (about 45.7 meters) in slips. Pier Sixty-Six Marina can actually handle yachts to 300 feet (91.4 meters) side-to. It gained new bulkheads and floating docks, too. In addition, Pier Sixty-Six Marina has an all-new electrical infrastructure and dock pedestals. This in turn means new and more powerful shore-power hook-ups. Visiting megayachts can expect 480-volt, 400- to 600-amp, three-phase power. Furthermore, the dockmaster’s office was renovated, and a new captain and crew lounge was added, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

With the first of two phases already done, Pier Sixty-Six Marina is set to be fully finished prior to the boat show next month. It will still have the amenities it has offered all along. These include 24-hour security, concierge services, on-site maintenance, pump-outs, and high-speed fueling. Pier Sixty-Six Marina also continues to provide free shuttle service to the local beaches, wifi, crew showers and laundry, plus niceties like tennis courts, pools, and a handful of restaurants, as well as room service directly to your yacht.

Moonen Building Matica Yacht in Caribbean Series

Moonen-Matica-illusTwo months after unveiling the Caribbean series, Moonen Shipyards is building the first of the Matica model.

Emile Bilterijst, Moonen’s managing director, says the buyers of the first Matica are experienced cruisers. They’ve explored the Med and are expanding their horizons to the Caribbean, befitting the series name, and elsewhere. Bilterijst adds that they signed the contract for the Matica within 10 weeks of initial contact.

Though the LOA is still being worked out, the first Matica will be less than 200 gross tons. That volume appealed to the buyers due to the associated simplified operations and costs. Furthermore, she’ll have a main-deck owners’ suite and a raised pilothouse. Adam Lay Studio will be designing the interior.


The Matica, like the rest of the Moonen Caribbean series, was penned by Rene van der Velden. (The full Caribbean series: Mariana, Montserrat, Matica, Mustique, Martinique, and Marquis.) Moonen and van der Velden conceived the series to emphasize good fuel consumption and range, plus good sound and vibration control. Overall, the Moonen Caribbean motoryachts are meant to attract international buyers. Moonen has had success with European buyers for some time. It is increasingly marketing to other regions, including the United States. (Moonen has at least one North American client thus far.) Buyers can personalize the builds in terms of interior, systems, and other features. This is in keeping with Moonen’s philosophy for all of its builds.

Speaking of those builds, Bilterijst says that more inquiries have come for the Caribbean series than any other offerings. That includes its popular Moonen 99, Moonen 97, Moonen 94, and Moonen 84 models, which have attracted buyers for more than a decade.

This first Matica will launch in 2016. She should be just a few weeks behind another Moonen Caribbean series motoryacht. The yard is building the first Martinique model as well.