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Feadship Refit & Services Opens

Feadship has announced the formation of a globally operating company called Feadship Refit & Services, which will be responsible for implementing Feadship’s new customer support strategy referred to as: “My Feadship”.Combining all the services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards, the My Feadship program is arranged around three pillars: Feadship Rebuild (major refits in the Netherlands), the Feadship Services Network (a partnership with four yards in the Med and…

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Dutch Superyacht Builders Propelled by Rising Economic Tide

With three lounges, three dining rooms, an open-air jacuzzi, a bar and six luxury cabins, the 50-meter "Aster" is one of Dutch shipyard Heesen's more modest superyachts.The Netherlands, which amassed huge wealth through the technical superiority of European shipbuilders during its 17th century Golden Age, is continuing its maritime tradition by carving out a prominent place in the luxury yacht industry."It's a big year for us," Johan Kaasjager of Heesen Yachts told Reuters at his shipyard in Oss. "We'll have delivery of three yachts this year and still a lot to come.

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Van der Valk Deliver 26-Meter Nicostasia

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has delivered the fourth yacht in its Raised Pilothouse semi-custom range. The 26-meter Nicostasia was built for owners who had already enjoyed the experience of owning a Van der Valk motoryacht and now wanted to go larger and all-new. Featuring exterior and interior design from Guido de Groot and the highest standard of Dutch construction and engineering, Nicostasia is an impressive addition to the growing Van der Valk fleet.The cooperation…

Oceanco's Jubilee Honored

Oceanco’s 110 meter motoryacht Jubilee has won the 2018 International Yacht and Aviation Award for the Best Power Yacht Design in the over 80 meter category.With exterior styling by Lobanov Design and interior by Sorgiovanni Design, Jubilee is the largest yacht ever built by Oceanco, and was also the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands at the time of her launch. The awards ceremony took place on May 19th in Venice. Igor and Yulia Lobanov of Lobanov Design were on hand to receive the award along with Oceanco’s Group Marketing Manager Paris Baloumis.

Omaha (Photo: Heesen)

Heesen Delivers Omaha

Yacht builder Heesen announced the delivery of the first yacht in its new 50 meter Steel Class, Omaha.YN 18350, christened Omaha, has been delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favorable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.Omaha exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots, and proved to be extremely maneuverable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.

The Renk Advanced Electric Drive (AED). (Photo: Renk)

First RENK AED Drive Passes Sea Tests

Noted German gear-maker Renk reports that its new propulsion system Advanced Electric Drive (AED) was successful in its recent sea test onboard a 110-m megayacht built in the Netherlands. The megayacht was the first to feature the AED, a innovative propulsion system that is designed to be light, compact with a very low noise signature.The RENK AED was chosen when the owner eschewed traditional diesel units for the 3500-ton displacement vessel. Renk is long-experienced in the area of the electrification of propulsion systems…

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Team AkzoNobel Completes Volvo Ocean Race

Recently, team AkzoNobel completed its first Volvo Ocean Race, concluding the final leg in second place and finishing fourth overall. The team finished on the podium on six of the eleven legs.During the race, the team was supported by two Damen Workshop Containers. The two containers leapfrogged each other across the 11-legs and 83,000 km of the round-the-world race, ensuring that team AkzoNobel had onshore support every step of the way.The provision of workshop containers was a natural way for Damen to offer support to the team.

Joy (Photo: Van der Valk)

Van Der Valk Delivers Joy to Experienced Owner

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has delivered the 23-meter Joy to a client in the Mediterranean. As the latest motoryacht in the popular Flybridge range, Joy features timeless design and cutting-edge equipment. She also benefits from the experienced owner’s distinctive taste and considerable experience.First introduced in 2010 and regularly updated, Van der Valk’s Flybridge range remains very popular today. Its elegant appearance, outstanding quality and state-of-the-art technology have stood the test of time, and the yachts are renowned for their excellent value retention.

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Damen Lays Keel for 77-meter Expedition Yacht

On July 27 DAMEN SeaXplorer marked a milestone in the construction of the SeaXplorer 77 expedition yacht at a keel laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Galati on the banks of the Danube. The owner attended the ceremony and welded the traditional coin on the keel. Following the hull building phase, the 77-meter luxury expedition yacht (253 ft) will arrive at Damen’s Vlissingen East yard in the Netherlands for completion and on-schedule delivery in Q4 2020.The SeaXplorer 77 is a customized design from the DAMEN SeaXplorer range.

Nicostasia (Photo: Van der Valk Shipyard)

Van Der Valk Delivers 26m Nicostasia

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has delivered the fourth yacht in its Raised Pilothouse semi-custom range.The 26-meter Nicostasia was built for owners who had already enjoyed the experience of owning a Van der Valk motoryacht and now wanted to go larger and all-new. Featuring exterior and interior design from Guido de Groot and the highest standard of Dutch construction and engineering, Nicostasia is an impressive addition to the growing Van der Valk fleet.The cooperation…

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Two 24 m Explorer Type Motor Yachts Delivered

Recently the two Danish Owners Lars and Per Thrane have taken delivery of these two remarkable yachts designed by Knud E. Hansen and build by Holland Jachtbouw Zaandam, Netherlands.The yachts have been transferred to Denmark and are safely moored in a marina north of Copenhagen. The yachts are mainly going to operate in the Baltics, Denmark and Norway and will serve as private yachts for the Owners.The two yachts have been four years in the making and are equipped with the newest technology the super yacht industry can offer.

M/Y Namaste 2018 courtesy of Mangusta

Best Yachts, News from FLIBS

Nearly 2,000 megayacht captains blared their boat horns in unison for one full minute on Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m., a traditional symphony of ocean commotion signaling the official end of yet another FLIBS or Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The consensus is the 58th consecutive FLIBS was one of the best shows in many years. Propelled by a strong economy and two, active hurricane seasons prompting new vessel purchases, repairs and refits, the five day show from October 31 - November 4 was well attended.

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Amsterdam Becomes Destination for Superyachts

HISWA Holland Yachting Group and Port of Amsterdam are making real their ambition to establish Amsterdam more firmly as a major destination for superyachts. The diversity in berths located in the heart of the city centre, combined with excellent re-fit and maintenance facilities in the port area make Amsterdam a unique destination for superyachts. A quiet transformation has been underway in the superyacht world for some years now. Where the Mediterranean and the Caribbean used to reign supreme in terms of both facilities and interest…

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New Onboard Hull Cleaning Solution Launched

HullWiper Ltd’s eco-friendly hull cleaning technology is now available as a flexible onboard solution that allows all types of vessels to clean hull fouling on demand.The onboard version of the diver- and brush-free remotely operated vehicle (ROV) gives vessels on a tight schedule the means to perform a partial or full hull clean on a planned rotation, as and when needed. Cruise ships and super yachts can clean at every stop without interruption to their timetables or inconvenience to passengers.The onboard solution…

Superyacht Summer: Italian Yachts Lead

The summer season in most of Europe has been off to a sunny and warm start, which has many longingly wishing to spend time at sea. Those with access to the privileged world of Superyachts will be looking forward to getting underway and traveling the world. It’s a great time to be a yacht owner, but the follow-on is that due to the increased utilization, the number of willing sellers typically drops. This leads to a slowdown in the sale and purchase activity and can be a good time for yacht brokers to look at taking their own summer breaks.

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New Zealand Sailors Race for Triple Crown in Volvo Finale

New Zealand has a lot at stake in the final stages of the Volvo Ocean Race, with two of its best sailors vying for an elusive "Triple Crown" along with the America's Cup and Olympic gold.Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, Olympic partners in the 49er class and fellow America's Cup winners, will go head to head in the penultimate leg of the race which sets sail from Cardiff for Gothenburg, Sweden on Sunday.But only one of them can win the round-the-world race and achieve the treble no sailor has managed…

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H2O BoatCare Expands into the US

Netherlands-based H2O BoatCare has expanded into the United States market with its environmentally-friendly device that fights off algae and barnacles from yachts, resulting in fuel cost savings and reduced maintenance. H2O BoatCare’s equipment employs ultrasonic sound vibrations, which are 25,000 times stronger than previous technology, to keep yacht hulls free of algae, barnacles, mussels and oysters. H2O BoatCare is easy to use, eliminating the need for scrubbing, while also reducing the need for boat lifting and the use of antifouling paint.

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Hoek's New Design: 76ft Chase Boat

Presently under construction is a new concept by Hoek Design. This chase boat is unique and designed around several purposes the yacht needs to fulfil. At 76 feet overall length she is not a small yacht and meant to:transport guests from shore to mother shipserve as a diving platform that goes into small lagoons and shallow areas where people can comfortably go in and out of the water using a large swim platform in the stern that forms steps underwater when deployed.be able to hold extra stores onboard…

Yacht Tech Working Groups Meet in Barcelona

On April 24 and 25 ,2018, various working groups of the ISO TC8 SC12 sub-committee focusing on marine technology in large yachts over 24m, were held at the Marina Barcelona 92 (MB92) facility. The timing of these meetings coincided with the 30th MYBA Charter Show held at OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona.More than 25 industry experts from across the world, including mast manufacturers, surveyors and insurance brokers etc. as well as representatives from various industry bodies,…