Michael Koppstein, a longtime captain and U.S. representative for European superyacht builders, most recently Lürssen, died over the weekend, of a heart attack. He was 65 years old. Born in December 1953 in Australia, Koppstein grew up sailing, enjoying the pastime on weekends. While he pursued a higher-education degree in engineering design and construction, he
PHOTO: Perini Navi/Giuliano Sargentini Perini Navi has come a long way since Fabio Perini first opened its doors in Italy in 1983. The yacht construction now includes launch number 62, the sailing superyacht Seven. At 197 feet (60 meters), she is part of the shipyard’s 60m series. Launch took place this past Saturday, with the
The old saying “the third time’s the charm” applies to Perini Navi’s newest contract. The yard has signed the third ketch in its 60m Series. The 60m Series so far includes Seahawk (pictured), a ketch delivered in 2013, and most recently Perseus^3, a sloop. An additional 60m Series ketch contract was announced in April 2014.
Yachting brands like Perini Navi and the clients loyal to them know full well the excitement—and potential additional contracts—generated by a new megayacht. That partly explains why Perseus^3 appeared at last fall’s Monaco Yacht Show, despite not yet delivered. The sloop-rigged sailing superyacht has now been delivered. Perseus^3 (pronounced “Perseus cubed,” and yes, that caret
UPDATE, AUGUST 13, 2014: Perini Navi has produced a terrific video of the mast-stepping process: Read on for the original article and photos. &bnsp; The 56th hull in Perini Navi’s sailing-superyacht fleet is looking more and more like the sloop she’ll be upon delivery. The 192’3” (58.6-meter) Perseus³ now has her mast in place, one
In 2016, a ketch-rigged sailing superyacht will join Seahawk and Perseus 3 in the Perini Navi 60m series. Hull number C. 2232 is to be all aluminum, with a carbon fiber rig. Her two Panamax masts will carry 22,873 square feet (2,275 square meters) of sail area. LOA is 192’3” (58.6 meters), with a beam