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Amadea, ex-Project Mistral, Handed Over by Lürssen

Striking a pretty profile along Germany’s Kiel Canal, Amadea set off for the first time in her owner’s hands this week. The Lürssen build has been the subject of intense interest since her project name, Mistral, came to light during construction. Part of that interest stems from her sheer size. While Lürssen hasn’t been permitted Continue reading

Heesen’s Project Alida Gains Owners, for Delivery in July

Another Fast Displacement motoryacht from Heesen now has a buyer. Project Alida will find herself in her experienced owners’ hands in time for the summer season. Similar to most Heesen builds, Project Alida began on spec. The 740-gross-ton megayacht employs Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ proven Fast Displacement Hull Form, which permits fuel-efficient cruising throughout the Continue reading

Benetti Building Megayacht for Tokyo Government Use

It’s not unusual to hear of a builder landing a contract for a government vessel. Several yacht builders have military ties, either directly or as part of larger companies. However, when a government wants a yacht, it’s a whole other story. Benetti is building a 115-footer (35-meter) for Tokyo city officials to use for conferences Continue reading