Megayacht News Onboard: Newcastle Shipyards’ Safira

    ALL PHOTOS: Charles Datlen, Tom Thurston Expedition megayachts conjure images of hard-charging vessels capable of tackling tough conditions yet fully outfitted with luxury accoutrements. To that end, Safira, a 129-footer (39.3-meter) started at Newcastle Shipyards and finished by her owners’ team, fits the bill. Her rugged exterior is complemented by design and engineering Continue reading


Safira, First LEED-Certified Megayacht

When word first came of the construction of Safira at Newcastle Marine, the megayacht project made headlines for being intended for environmentally friendly expeditions. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens and Murray & Associates, and available for charter through the central agency of Burgess, Safira comes from the imagination of owners who wanted to leave as Continue reading


Designer’s Notebook: Sparkman & Stephens

With nearly 3,000 designs having been built since 1929, Sparkman & Stephens is one of the most highly respected naval-architecture and marine-engineering firms in the world. And, even with a wide variety of motoryachts, military craft, and commercial craft to its name, Sparkman & Stephens is often celebrated for its sailing yachts. Indeed, between its Continue reading