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
The 180-foot (54.9-meter) Harbour Island may be the largest megayacht to date from Florida-based Newcastle Shipyards, but the volume and amenities she offers are the real story behind her. Harbour Island was commissioned by an experienced American owner who had enjoyed the 122-foot (37.3-meter) Bon Bon (now Shogun) for several years. He further made Bon
Newcastle Shipyards made a name for itself by building expedition megayachts, and it continues the tradition with Chuggaboom. At 117 feet (54 meters) LOA, Chuggaboom is also the largest project it has under construction at present. More than just rugged in appearance, Chuggaboom is actually a Research Vessel Yacht from the famed design studio Vripack.
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (a.k.a. FLIBS, for short) has long been known as the world’s largest in-water boat show, and the premiere megayacht show stateside. In fact, now in its 52nd year, the show, being held October 27 to 31, will mark the debut of a number of new megayachts. Here, we highlight
Florida-based Newcastle Shipyards splashed its newest and largest megayacht to date, Harbour Island, last week. Originally announced as hull number one of the Newcastle 5500 Series, Harbour Island measures 180 feet (55 meters, hence “5500” in her model name). Styling and naval architecture is by Murray & Associates. Harbour Island’s American owner is quite knowledgeable
Some builders tend to keep low profiles. Such is the case with Newcastle Shipyards, based in Florida. The 11-year-old yard made a splash with its 137-foot expedition yacht True North about three years ago and has been quietly pursuing other projects since that time. Among them is the Newcastle 5500, anticipated to hit the water