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YachtInformer Weekly Yacht News – Week 32

YachtInformer Weekly Yacht News – Week 32


AvA Yachts announces new Kando130XL explorer yacht concept

One of the most uplifting news during a week that has been the team over at AvA Yachts announcing a new model for its Kando series of long-range contemporary explorer yachts.

Designed and engineered by AvA Yachts’s own in-house team, the Kando130XL is a 39m motoryacht built in steel and aluminium. With the distinctive signature styling of the Kando series, the XL in the name refers to the addition of a long aft deck designed as a multi-function area for toy and tender storage, entertainment, a large infinity pool, or a superbly equipped optional elongated beach club.

Atilla Küçükdiker, Chairman and Founder of Ava Yachts said “the Kando130XL is the culmination of many months of working very closely with a very good customer who knows exactly what he wants. We have accommodated all his wishes and requirements with the Kando130XL and are confident that she will be our next build after the much-awaited launch of Infinity Nine, hull No 2 of the Kando110 series”.

The Kando130XL is a strong and capable world explorer with a hull designed for both performance and efficiency offering a range of over 6000 miles at cruising speeds of 11-12 knots. 


29m Sanlorenzo yacht Reine d’Azur catches fire in France

Another headliner from this week, unfortunately, came on a sad note as The 29 metre Sanlorenzo superyacht Reine d’Azur had been left “almost completely destroyed” after a fire broke out on board.

The fire broke out just after 4.30am on August 11 west of Port-Cros, where the yacht was anchored. As soon as the alarm was raised at 4.40am, the Mediterranean Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center coordinated the emergency response.

Maritime rescue teams from the French Navy and national society of sea rescuers, as well as the chartered support and assistance vessel Jason, responded to the scene and evacuated all ten people, including four crew members and six guests.

In the end, the yacht was almost entirely destroyed, with only “about 10% of the hull remaining”, according to a statement from the Prefecture Maritime de la Méditerranée.

The hull of the vessel was removed from the area and has now been relocated to a sheltered location, while the owner is consulted about the next course of action. There was also a floating boom in place to contain any pollution caused by the fire. 

According to the statement, “all debris from the fire was recovered from the sea to prevent any impact on the environment.”

Currently, a fire investigation is underway, but the cause is yet unknown.


Construction continues on first ISA Continental 80 superyacht

And to finish off this week’s top stories on a brighter note, we’re excited about the first 80 metre ISA Continental 80 superyacht progressing on schedule. 

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The interior fitting out is scheduled to begin in January 2022, with delivery scheduled for 2024. The company started on-spec construction last month, a move it describes as “part of a new strategic plan of investment” to reduce delivery delays for customers.

ISA Continental 80 will be the brand’s flagship once it is completed, designed by Enrico Gobbi’s Team For Design. Moreover, the boat is the largest yacht being built on spec and under construction in Italy, according to the shipyard.

Among the yard’s Continental range, which includes a 65 metre model, the Continental 80 features “squared and rigorous windows” that allow for panoramic views from inside.

The yacht also includes a gym in the skylounge, an infinity pool at the stern, and a touch-and-go helipad at the bow with direct access to the owner’s quarters.

All in all, it’s an exciting build, and will be interesting to follow its construction! 

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