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Dreams coming true: 136m superyacht Flying Fox available for charter and other yacht news

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Dreams coming true: 136m superyacht Flying Fox available for charter

The 14th largest yacht in the world in terms of interior volume, 136-metre Lürssen Flying Fox has been listed for charter with Imperial. The yacht was delivered to her owner two months earlier, embarking on a maiden voyage from Bremen to Stavanger.

Stretching across a beam of 20.5-meters, the yacht with estimated 9,100 GT of interior volume ranks as the 14th largest yacht in the world. Her dove grey sleek hull lines were developed by Espen Oeino, representing one of his iconic exterior solutions. Meanwhile, her interiors by UK designer Mark Berryman, reportedly focuse on neutral tones and a calm appearance.

Dreams coming true- 136m superyacht Flying Fox available for charter
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Flying Fox boasts two helipads, large sea terraces, wide swim platforms for watersports, a panoramic exterior saloon on the roof deck and a generous 12-metre swimming pool crossways the main deck, the first one for a superyacht of that size.

The superyacht compliant with PYC can accommodate up to 22 guests across 11 staterooms, along with a crew of 54. The cabins include a master suite on the upper deck with a private Jacuzzi and 10 well-appointed VIPs, all with their own private terrace and en-suite bathrooms.

The vessel’s main interior area, the large two-floor saloon, lies on the bridge deck, fitted with wood fireplace, dining table for 22 guests and a cinema.

Dreams coming true- 136m superyacht Flying Fox available for charter
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Flying Fox is also trademarked with a unique in its size 400 square-metre two-floor spa, offering guests a hammam, sauna, massage area, gym and cryo sauna. On the lower deck, the spa area is connected to the sea lounge which comes with a large Jacuzzi, and access to the sea through the dive centre and sea platforms.

Naturally, Flying Fox comes with a vast range of tenders and toys. She can store nine tenders, including a custom 12.5-metre enclosed Limo, an 11-metre open Limo, a 9-metre beach landing craft and an 8.5-metre Super Air Nautique Coastal. The water toys on-board comprise jet skis, sea bobs, fly and hover boards.

Maltese Falcon heritage: 80m futuristic sailing yacht project Vela

Italian designer Gianmarco Cardia, the awarded Young Designer of The Year 2018, has introduced his new concept, 80-metre superyacht project Vela. The vessel features an impressive sail plan and cinema projectors for watching movies on sails.

With her name translated from Italian as ‘sail’, the vessel boasts a massive 1,875-square-metre sail plan, also complemented by a hybrid engine. The sails are mounted on two stately DynaRig masts, reminding of the 2006 Perini Navi Maltese Falcon, with their weight centred midships.

Maltese Falcon heritage- 80m futuristic sailing yacht project Vela
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With her steel hull with soft sleek lines and aluminium superstructure, Vila’s spacious outdoor areas will ensure all sorts of recreation and relaxation activities for her owners and guests.

Vila is trademarked with a water-level beach club with a bar and another bar with sunbeds on the main deck. The yacht’s entertaining package also comprises a gym and a spa zone, beauty salon, two pools and a wine cellar. Next to the latter, there is entrance to the spiral staircase and glass elevator, connecting the main-deck saloon with dining area and a private conference room.

Maltese Falcon heritage- 80m futuristic sailing yacht project Vela
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Still, one of the yacht’s peculiar design features is an outdoor cinema lounge on the sundeck, where guests can lounge on requisite sunbeds while watching movies projected on the sails of the front mast.

Meanwhile, an additional cinema lays in the upper-deck lounge along with a piano bar.

Vela would house up to 10 guests within four guest cabins and a master suite with fold-down balconies and its own hot tub on the main deck. The accommodation for up to 16 crew members will also be provided on the lower deck within eight cabins.

Maltese Falcon heritage- 80m futuristic sailing yacht project Vela
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The yacht’s entertaining package also comprises a gym and a spa zone, beauty salon, two pools and a wine cellar. Next to the latter, there is entrance to the spiral staircase and glass elevator, connecting the main-deck saloon with dining area and a private conference room.

47.5m Lilium: Bilgin Yachts launches its last yacht at Kucukcekmece facility

After the sale of the first hull of Bilgin 156 series, Starburst III (ex. Nerissa), in March 2019, Turkish builder Bilgin Yachts has launched the second hull out of the range at Kucukcekmece of Istanbul. The 47-metre Lilium will now undergo sea trials before heading to the South of France for her public debut at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show. Meanwhile, as the shipyard is currently buzzing with activities at its facility in the West Istanbul Marina, the launch was set to become the last one at the old marina.

Lilium features exterior design and naval architecture by Istanbul-based Unique Yacht Design, who has collaborated with Bilgin for Starburst III, and interior design by Bilgin Yachts in-house design team.

47.5m Lilium- Bilgin Yachts launches its last yacht at Kucukcekmece facility
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Lilium slightly differes from her sistership Starburst III. Besides having light colours in the living areas, Lilium’s main difference from her sistership is certainly her galley. The layout has been changed in order to make it easy for the crew to move around without coming accross with the guests. There is a pantry located between the galley and the living room.

The interior colour palette mostly includes white and golden touches. Brass helps to create the warm atmosphere as a material. The lighting also enhances the relaxing atmosphere in the interior. The staircase reflects the daylight from the above Jacuzzi, while the specially designed Caviar lights are the result of the inspiration from nature. The owner’s cabin as well as four guest cabins have special design features such as the headboards and lighting, while the marble in the bathroom of each cabin breaks the monochromatism and adds luxury feeling to the area.

55m Heesen Project Castor sold in the USA

Dutch shipyard Heesen has announced that the latest project in the 55-metre FDHF Steel class series has been sold. The vessel referred to as Project Castor is currently under construction at Oss facility.

Rupert Connor from Luxury Yacht Group introduced the client, working closely both with Thom Conboy from Heesen US office and with the team at the shipyard in Oss. According to the yard, the U.S. office based in the Fort Lauderdalehas overseen six of the last 10 yachts sale deals by Heesen.

55m Heesen Project Castor sold in the USA
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The client, one of the most experienced American superyacht owners, admires the large volume offered by the 55m FDHF Steel class. With her interior volume of 760GT, Project Castor is the most voluminous 55-metre currently offered by a Northern European shipyard.

Frank Laupman has given the exterior lines muscular overtones, though integrated into the traditional Heesen sleek look. The design is efficient and rational, with such iconic elements as the vertical floor-to-ceiling windows in the forward section of the main deck as well as full height windows in the main saloon and skylounge, open bulwarks, and the “shark tooth” on the overhang of the superstructure.

55m Heesen Project Castor sold in the USA
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Still, she features some innovations from her predecessors: a full-beam sky lounge, a larger master stateroom now measuring 73 square meters, and larger lower deck suites as the VIP has been moved to the bridge deck. Her contemporary Bannenberg & Rowell interior, which features signature woods and natural stones, draws on a subtle but warm colour palette which maximises the sense of airiness delivered by the generous interior spaces and the natural light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling windows

The vessel is due for delivery in May 2020, after extensive sea trials in the North Sea. Furthermore, a sister ship to the fleet is currently is in build at Heesen, available for delivery in autumn 2020.

Inveni: the first vessel launched by Sichterman Yachts

Dutch builder Sichterman Yachts that had just entered the yachting arena, launched its first yacht this weekend at the shipyard in Workum, Friesland. The aluminium 18-metre Inveni combines elements famous Dutch Lemsteraken sailing vessels and innovative modern motor yacht design.

Inveni- the first vessel launched by Sichterman Yachts
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The yacht was fully built at the wharf in Workum, as Workumer Yachts Service can boast over 35 years of experience in building sailing vessels and motor yachts. Inveni features design by Cor D. Rover, along with naval architecture by Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Designed for long-distance cruises, the yacht still features a classic appearance thanks to her vertical bow. The main distinctive feature of her naval design is the Hull Vane and the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), that have not been employed together to a vessel of this size range. The technology results in generating less waves and ensuring longer cruising range and lower fuel consumption. On top of this, the Seakeeper technology eliminates boat roll significantly.

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