Van Der Valk starts building the second hull for 660- series Beachclub
The first hull of the Flybridge BeachClub 660 series, is nearing completion of construction at facilities in Waalwijk and is due to be delivered this summer, announced the Van der Valk shipyard.
The construction of the 20.5-meters second hull 660-series has begun, and it should be completed in spring 2020. The first BeachClub 660 Flybridge has already been sold and the shipyard is putting the finishing touches to BeachClub 600, which is available for sale.
The new BeachClub 660 is the quintessence of the BeachClub concept. The interior and exterior design of the renowned designer Cor D. Rover, naval architecture by Ginton, all-aluminum construction with a sleek modern profile, as well as a radical layout and engine layout, make these boats the most spacious and impressive in their size ranges.
The 660 Flybridge will have three main open spaces: a beach deck and a sun deck, aft deck with a choice of external steering and an extensive front deck with many options. The interiors consist of the main deck of the saloon/wheelhouse with broad perspectives, the saloon of the lower deck with a galley/dining area and spacious living rooms including a suite for owners, two double cabins for guests and an extra cabin for the crew. Large windows and sliding doors in both the lounges and suites of the owners offer a panoramic view of the world.
More space, in reality, has achieved by dispensing with the normal engine room and placing it in the swimming platform area, where the height is still 1.6 meters. This arrangement makes the most of an aft area of the vessel that is rarely used, freeing up a great deal of volume for interior and exterior facilities. As a result, the BeachClub line has the same amount of space that is usually found on far bigger yachts, reported the shipyard.
Rossinavi and Camper and Nicholsons presented new superyacht concept Infinity with architect Fulvio De Simoni
Rossinavi and Camper&Nicholsons are proud to debut their collaboration with a brand new concept in superyachts: Infinity, which was unveiled during the Palm Beach International Boat Show on March 29. For this collaboration, Camper&Nicholsons will market and exclusively distribute for the territory of the Americas.
The new line has been designed inside and out by Fulvio de Simoni and includes a range of sizes. Fast displacement hull, charming lines and wide outdoor areas on the upper deck are the signatures of this design. The idea for Infinity is to create a boat concept that starts from a simple sharp line that connects two windows; one looking out into the horizon and the other one pointing towards the bow into the beach club and owner’s entertaining area.
These range from the 42 meters to a 50 meter is “entry level” superyacht, a 59 meter and a 69 meter, the flagship of the series.
The hull allows reaching over 20 knots of speed with low internal noise levels. The versatility of Infinity is also going from its hulls thought both for transoceanic navigation as well as shallow waters as her draft is between 2 – 2.75 meters.
Sold for $126 million: superyacht Equanimity finally finds new owners
The Malaysian government has announced that the 91.5-metre Oceanco superyacht Equanimity would be sold to Genting Malaysia Bhd for $126,000,000. It was earlier revealed, that the vessel’s maintenance had cost the government over $3,500,000 since her reclaiming in August 2018.
Genting Group is a Malaysia-based investment holding and management company, engaging in the leisure and hospitality, oil palm plantations, property development, biotechnology, oil and gas businesses. The group’s market capital is estimated at $8.3 billion by Forbes as of June 2018.
The purchase price is to be paid to the Court by the end of April, and is little lower than the market evaluation done by Winterbothams at $130,000,000. The new price, however, halves the vessel’s original price estimated at $250,000,000.
Malaysia’s Attorney General, Tommy Thomas, revealed the information recently.
“The Government of Malaysia is pleased to announce that the superyacht Equanimity is to be sold to Genting Malaysia Bhd or its special purpose vehicle (SPV) company at the price of $126 million,” he confirmed.
He also explained that Genting Group made the purchase directly from the government, without a broker, meaning that no agency commission will be charged on the sale. That will save around $4.4 mln for the Malaysian government.
The Malaysian government seized Low Taek Jho’s superyacht in August 2018, shortly afterwards putting it on sale as a part of the effort to recover funds stolen by Low and his cohorts from the state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, according to The Independent. That resulted in a speculation on the topic, making the vessel notoriously recognisable.
“This will rank as the highest recovery to date for the government of Malaysia from its 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal, within a mere eight months from the commencement of this action,” concluded Tommy Thomas.
Nonetheless, Equanimity was famous across the yachting community, well before being pushed into the limelight by this case. The vessel was also the first superyacht designed and built to be fully Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) compliant.
The yacht is trademarked with extensive spa area on the lower deck, plunge pools and customised interior. At 2,998 gross tons of interior volume, Equanimity still belonges to the league of the world’s largest yachts. She offers accommodation to up to 22 guests within 11 staterooms including 4 VIPs and a crew of 31.
The 5-deck superyacht incorporates several pools, massage areas, saunas, experiential showers, hammams, jacuzzis and a gym all designed with the most precious of materials, it directly connects to a beach club from which guests can swim out into the ocean.
Equanimity also comes complete with two custom-designed, 10-meter Hodgdon tenders to ferry around her guests in style. The yacht can cruise for up to 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots, with her top speed reached at 18.5 knots.
Regina: Inside Dolce and Gabbana’s 50m yacht asking €18 million
Icons amongst the fashion industry, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have built the D&G empire that now sells over $1 billion every year in luxury clothing. Their activity in yachting has also been noticeable with their custom built 50-meter Regina D’Italia. The yacht is now on the market asking €18 million.
Built by Italian yard Codecasa in 2006, Regina d’Italia represents extraordinary balance between flamboyance and minimalism, applied to yacht design. Translated from Italian as ‘The Queen of Italy’, she stretches across a beam of 9.5 metres with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.
Regina d’Italia demonstrates clean metallic exteriors styled by Della Role Design. She is provided with a lot of space and alfresco zones across three deck areas. A sundeck with several lounging zones and 360 views is one of the yacht’s key trademarks. Another distinctive feature of the boat is her giant custom-built, inflatable water slide.
The yacht’s interiors echoing the owners’ style in fashion, were developed by Lazzarini Pickering Architetti. Conceived as the reflection of high-fashion living, the yacht’s strict minimalistic architecture blends into incomparable richness, both in terms of materials and effects.
Reflecting Dolce & Gabbana lavish fashion style, Regina d’Italia’s decoration boasts studded with rubies and sapphires taps, gold veined marble floors and animalistic prints prevailing as a texture. According to the broker’s information, all the precious materials on-board are genuine, whether gold, mink or crocodile skin.
Regina d’Italia offers accommodation to up to 12 guests on-board within a full-beam owner’s suite boasting a large dressing room and private gym, a VIP stateroom, two double staterooms and two twin cabins. Notably, each of the four guest bedrooms is named after exotic animals: giraffe, rhinoceros, elephant and crocodile. The guests can rely on an elevator to get from the lower deck up to the sundeck and back.
Zeelander Yachts launches the largest yacht to date
Zeelander Yachts has announced the launch of the Zeelander Z72, its largest yacht to date. Zeelander Yachts is a leading Dutch shipyard that creates high-end motor yachts with an elegant New York commuter-style profile and excellent performance. Zeelander Yachts is specialized in building small superyachts. Years of experience combined with the needs of today are behind the development of the newest and largest member in the Zeelander family. The Z72 is an exceptional flagship that combines superyacht design features and finish levels with Zeelander’s noteworthy profile.
Each new yacht from this builder impress with her exterior with S-shaped lines and the Z72 is no exception. The distinctively rounded stern unfolds invitingly to reveal a spacious swim platform. Three pairs of large side windows punctuate the elegant hull. The exterior design look of the Z72 has developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover. Rover also contributed to the design of the bestseller model so far for the yard – the Zeelander Z44.
The Z72 is even more silent than smaller Zeelander models – extra soundproofing and insulation upgraded her to mega yacht level.
As an example of superyacht-level transformation, the curving transom unfolds, and the backrest of the aft settee folds down to create a large sun pad, handy to the swim platform.
The 10 sq. m. platform serves at anchor and is equipped with a cabana to make the shadow on a sunny day. The first Z72 unit does not have a jacuzzi, but it is optional. It can be installed on the aft deck instead of the sunbed. The jacuzzi could then be closed to return to a sunbed.
The three-decks Z72 can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 double cabins. The master stateroom features a king-size bed with a large sunroof, hull side windows, curving bulkheads, and leather-trimmed accents. Additional accommodations consist of a pair of guest doubles located amidships, where angled entry doors optimize the use of space while highlighting the mirror design. Each cabin benefits from the same level of fit. The tender garage on the side completes the key features of the yacht.