We’ve once again arrived at the end of the week, and with the summer season in full swing here on the Mediterranean coast, the yachting industry has provided us with another few days full of news regarding new-builds, refits, yacht concepts, and much more.
So we’ve taken the time to filter down this past week’s top stories within the world of yachting for anyone out there still catching up on it, let’s dive in!
One of the stories headlining this week’s wrap-up is the relaunch of Amel’s 89m Here Comes The Sun.
Here Comes the Sun fully refitted
Following a change of ownership in 2020, Here Comes The Sun underwent a major rebuild and six-metre extension at Damen Yachting.
A full respray and hull colour change were included in the list of design modifications, as well as a six-metre extension to the aft sun deck that enabled the inclusion of a helipad.
There is also additional accommodation aft on the bridge deck, including two luxury suites with balconies. As a result of the six-metre extension to the main deck, the ship has a larger beach club, larger spa, and an expanded swimming pool of seven metres.
Sander Peeters, Damen Yachting’s project manager, described the launch of the yacht as a “wonderful moment.”.
“A rebuild of this scale and complexity has required a very dynamic approach and good, open communication has been key. The captain and owner’s team’s operational approach has been a big contributing factor to the progress of this time-critical project.”
After completion of the refit, Here Comes The Sun will be delivered to its owner later this summer.
Next up we got another Benetti launch seeing the light of day for the first time.
Another Benetti Launch, 37m Motopanfilo hits the water
In Viareggio, Italy, the first hull of Benetti’s new 37m Yacht the Motopanfilo has been launched.
She made her international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival and is due for delivery in September.
In December 2020, the Italian yard revealed the displacement yacht design for the first time which takes inspiration from the yachting tradition and lifestyle of the 1960s called Motopanfilo.
With Francesco Struglia as the designer, Benetti has innovated on the style and design of past Benetti yachts, creating a “design for today.”
There are “tapering forms” and a lot of exterior volume on the exterior described as “clean-cut”. She features a large bathing platform, a beach club, and a garage that is tucked away to one side.
Over the hardtop, there is a “fourth deck” for stargazing or looking out to the sea.
Floors and curved ceilings of the saloon are made up of warm, light wood while a light shade of blue and white are often employed. As with the hull, the walls of the cabin embrace the curved design of the yacht.
In addition to the owner’s suite and four guest cabins on the main deck, there is accommodation for 10 passengers in the lower deck. Optionally, saunas can also be installed here by the owners.
126m Octopus Yacht Sold
The renowned Octopus yacht sold earlier this week, an iconic Lürssen explorer yacht measuring 126.2 meters. Camper & Nicholsons recently added her to its charter fleet after she was listed by Fraser & Burgess.
She will be chartered for the first time since her launch in January 2022, following winter at the yard. Her owner will offer guests the chance to travel the world with her for two years.
According to the last known information, Octopus had an asking price of €235,000,000.
The German shipyard Lürssen built the superyacht Octopus in 2003. Having been designed by Espen Øino, she was hailed as the first superyacht of its kind, a true ocean explorer with a 12,500 nautical mile range when she was launched. Even today, she remains the world’s largest explorer superyacht.
As one might expect, Octopus has it all, including two helicopters, which have a dedicated hangar on deck, a float-in tender bag at her stern accomodating a 1.9-mile range ROV, and a Hinckley tender called Man of War II.
In addition, she carries a Pagoo submarine that can accommodate up to eight guests and two crew members for up to eight hours. Scuba diving enthusiasts can also use the hyperbaric chamber at Octopus’ dive center. In addition to the large pool, there is an endless number of dining, lounging, and sunbathing spots on the deck, a place to enjoy every aspect of life onboard.
Columbus Yachts’ Atlantique line now includes 37-metre and 55-metre yachts
The Atlantique Series of Columbus Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Superyachts, now includes two new models, a 37-metre and a 55-metre model. They are inspired by Hot Lab’s ‘Architecture for Voyagers’, which can be seen on the 43-metre Columbus Atlantique model.
Atlantique 37 and Atlantique 55 are both designed for comfort onboard, combining style and functionality. The exterior lines of the boat are clean and elegant, and a large panoramic swimming pool is located just 50 centimeters above the waterline.
The sporty Atlantique 37 GT sub-500 combines a clean interior with a compact design. Four double staterooms are found on her main deck, each with an en suite bathroom. Her owner’s suite is located forward on the main deck.
The Atlantique 37 will include two dining spaces: an alfresco dining space on the main deck, and a dining table for up to 10 guests on the deck above.
A four-deck, 900″ length vessel with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, the Atlantique 55 is the largest model in the Atlantique series.
In the main saloon, on the main deck aft, there is a large socializing area designed to maximize comfort, which includes a swimming pool next to a cocktail lounge, a lounge with C-shaped seating, and a bar area near the entrance.
There are two main deck layouts available for the superyacht, each features an owner’s cabin forward, though layout one contains a gym area, whereas layout two includes a fifth VIP stateroom and a private balcony as part of the owner’s suite.
There are four staterooms below deck with en suite bathrooms. Additionally, the yacht can sleep 13 crew members.
Located forward in her garage, Atlantique 57’s second pool is nestled among her sun deck and tenders & Jet Skis are aboard.
Numarine launches its first expedition yacht, the 37XP
A new hull has been launched by the Turkish yard Numarine in its new series of expedition yachts.
As of now, the first 37XP is on its way to the south of France where it will be presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. This announcement follows the sale of the third hull in the series, which is expected to debut in August 2022.
37XP was built with the help of Can Yalman and Umberto Tagliavini, while interior design was performed by Hot Lab. The 37XP yacht’s hull and superstructure are steel with a composite interior with a 344GT capacity and six guest cabins, including the master, four guest cabins, and a nanny cabin.
Furthermore, large windows allow natural light to flood the main deck saloon and accommodation areas. At a cruising speed of 10 knots, the 37XP is expected to have a range of 5,000 nautical miles.
Numarine will also showcase the latest and 12th unit of its 26XP series at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Complete with 44.5sqm of solar panels, the 26XP features accommodation for eight guests.
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