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Chapman Freeborn and EYOS Expeditions Launch Arctic Cruise

Rose Bloomfield

To launch their newly formed partnership, the private-flight charter broker Chapman Freeborn and the superyacht excursion company EYOS Expeditions are offering an incredible private journey to the Arctic. Though all trips can be customized, this inaugural trip begins with private-jet transportation to Bodø, Norway. From there, aboard one of the EYOS yachts, which offer private berths and decks that afford 180-degree views, guests will embark on a 10-day, 500-mile journey north to the icy islands of Svalbard, Norway—a 60 percent glacial archipelago with scenic mountain vistas. Available activities in Svalbard include hiking through tundra, kayaking across peaceful fjords, and whale and walrus watching. At other stops during the trip, guests will have the opportunity to take kayak or Zodiac excursions to 1,000-year-old glaciers, visit floating icebergs, and view various Arctic species of animals including seals, puffins, kittiwakes, and polar bears.

Journeys are all tailored to meet scheduling needs and preferences, and are thus priced individually. Private-jet transport for the Arctic journey ranges from about $83,000 to $352,000, depending on the departure city and number of passengers; the 10-day EYOS expedition starts at about $300,000 for 12 people. Upcoming journeys include trips to Greenland, Iceland, and Antarctica, as well as potentially a crossing of the rarely traversed Northwest Passage. (www.chapman-freeborn.com)

Sunrise Yachts Announces Its Latest Build, Project Skyfall

John Lyon

The relatively young builder Sunrise Yachts, whose shipyard is in Turkey, has been commissioned by an American businessman to construct Skyfall, the next in his series of yachts named after James Bond movies. (Previous ones have included Casino Royale and Diamonds Are Forever, among 17 others.) At 223 feet, it will be the owner’s largest yacht to date. Designed by the Roman firm A. Vallicelli and Co., the yacht will feature a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure. To meet the owner’s speed goals, the yacht will be equipped with two MTU engines that produce a combined 9,230 hp, which will propel it to a top speed of 25 knots. The vessel’s impressive 5,000-nautical-mile range will allow transatlantic crossings, while its relatively shallow 10-foot draft will permit it to dock at marinas that are normally inaccessible to yachts of its size. Focus Yacht Design has been brought on to decorate the yacht’s contemporary interior, which will accommodate as many as 12 guests and 16 crewmembers across five decks. Though still in early development, Skyfall is shaping up to be a truly impressive offering from a shipyard that launched its first yacht just five years ago. The yacht is scheduled for delivery in 2017. (www.sunriseyachts.com)

Wider Yachts Reveals Its Latest Concept Developments

John Lyon

In the four years since its founding, Wider Yachts has made a name for itself by showcasing innovative concepts that push the envelope of technical boat and yacht design. Thus far, the only one of those concepts to actually hit water is the highly inventive Wider 42 weekend cruiser, which launched in 2011; but the company is steadily progressing on the construction of its first megayacht, the Wider 150, and it debuted two forthcoming models at the Miami International Boat Show earlier this year.

Under construction for the past year and a half, the first Wider 150 is approaching completion at the company’s new shipyard in Ancona, Italy. The yacht’s aluminum superstructure is nearing completion and its hull is already finished. Wider expects to deliver the 150 by next summer.

At the Miami show in February, the company unveiled the Wider 32, a new tender expected to launch in June that is specifically designed to pair with the 150, though it will serve any other megayacht equally well. The highly customizable 32 can be configured with an exterior dining area or sunbathing platform, and it is available in a wide variety of hull and deck colors. Below deck, a head, galley, and two sofas that can be converted into sleeping berths will facilitate expeditions beyond quick trips to shore.

The Miami show was also the venue for the unveiling of the Wider 165, the company’s latest megayacht project. Essentially an elongated version of the 150, the 165 was created to satisfy the buyer’s request that it be able to house a custom three-person submersible. Though larger, the 165 retains the lines and basic layout of the 150, including its enormous beach club and tender garage that can convert into an indoor saltwater swimming pool. Also like the 150, the new yacht is ultra fuel efficient thanks to its lightweight, all-aluminum hull and hybrid diesel-and-electric propulsion system. The 165 is still two years away from launching, so while the exterior design has been locked in, the interior remains under development. The new yacht will include spacious outdoor areas, large windows, and drop-down balconies—all features that embody Wider’s commitment to enhancing the connection between its yachts’ passengers and the water. (www.wider-yachts.com)

Benetti Unveils Its New Custom Superyacht Lady Candy

Rose Bloomfield

Though the yacht was launched last May, the stunning interiors of the 186-foot Benetti Lady Candy were only recently unveiled to the public. Designed by the Hong Kong–based design studio Central Yacht, the vessel’s interior is bright and open, with large panels of windows spanning most of the three upper decks and flooding the nearly 1,000-square-foot main saloon with natural light. The interior is outfitted with a variety of woods, leather, and marbles, in a color scheme that focuses on the use of gold and turquoise. The yacht has five total decks and sleeps as many as 12 passengers in six cabins: the master suite, VIP suite, and four lower-deck staterooms. (The ship also sleeps 12 crew.) Highlight amenities include a gym, a large swim platform at the stern, a glass-walled spa on the sundeck, and a seven-seat movie theater. Lady Candy cruises at 12 knots and is equipped with zero-speed stabilizers. (www.benettiyachts.it)

Cranchi’s Eco Trawler 53 Yacht Opens Up New Horizons

John Lyon

The new Eco Trawler 53 Long Distance from the 144-year-old Italian shipbuilder Cranchi is engineered to maximize its range for extended excursions at sea. The yacht is the brand’s first trawler—a term typically used for fishing boats that drag trawling nets—and is equipped with two ultra-fuel-efficient Volvo IPS 600 engines that produce a combined 870 hp. When cruising at 10 knots, the yacht has a range of 667 miles, but when its speed is reduced to 7.5 knots, its range more than doubles to 1,500 miles. Fuel efficiency is further enhanced by the hull design and optimized weight distribution, minimizing drag. Under full power, the yacht is able to achieve a speed of 22 knots.

The main deck of the 53 Long Distance consists of the cockpit, saloon, and galley; the lower deck houses a full-beam aft master suite, a VIP cabin, and a guest cabin with twin bunks. The yacht’s flybridge is equipped with a forward sun pad and a small seating area aft. The aft section of the main deck can be customized to the owner’s specifications—options range from additional lounge furniture to storage for a tender or other small watercraft—and the deck’s bow is dominated by a forward sun pad that conceals a large storage space that is useful for long stints at sea. (www.cranchi.it; available in the U.S. through Yacht Works, www.yachtworks.com)

Silversea Launches Its Silver Discoverer Expedition Ship

Regina Winkle-Bryan

The Monaco-based luxury cruise line Silversea launched its third expedition ship, Silver Discoverer, on April 2. The 338-foot, 120-guest ship is scheduled to sail all over the globe, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, East Asia, Russia, Southeast Asia, the Kimberley region of northwestern Australia, and subantarctic New Zealand.

For Silver Discoverer, Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s director of expedition planning, elected many ports of call that have never been visited by other cruise lines. The ship’s recently unveiled itineraries cater to travelers who seek an active experience of these destinations. As part of the 13-day cruise to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand (from $9,250 per person), which departs from Auckland, guests will have the opportunity to explore the Waitangi Wharf, share a hangi feast with Maori guides, and paddle out to Haruru Falls in a 50-foot Maori canoe.

Farther north and east, on the 12-day cruise to the Cook Islands (from $10,850 per person), which departs from Lautoka, Fiji, guests can visit Palmerston Island. They will meet its 60 residents, almost all of whom are descendants of William Marsters, who settled on the island in 1863. Other activities available on the Cook Islands cruise—such as swimming and snorkeling in Duke’s Pool (named for the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, after he visited Palmerson in the early 1970s) or taking a private tour of part of the island with Silversea’s marine biologist—will introduce visitors to the island’s reef fish, sea cucumbers, rays, and sea turtles. Silver Discoverer has more than 40 such adventurous itineraries scheduled through the end of 2015. (877.276.6816, www.silversea.com)

Riva Launches the 122-Foot Riva Mythos

Grace Trofa

Riva, the iconic Italian boat builder and a subsidiary of the Ferretti Group, launched its new flagship model, the Riva Mythos, in mid-March. In terms of design, the 122-foot yacht is a larger-scale continuation of Riva’s Domino 86 model, which debuted in 2009. The Mythos is only the brand’s second new model since the launch of the Riva Iseo in mid-2011. (The Riva 63 Virtus launched in 2012.) The new yacht, whose hull and superstructure are made entirely from aluminum, features a design from Mauro Micheli, the man behind all of the current models in the Riva range. Riva implemented a shaft-line propulsion system for the new yacht that was designed for efficiency and a stabilization system focused on comfort. The yacht’s planing hull helps it reach a top speed of 27 knots. The sleeping quarters, located on the lower deck, comprise an owner’s suite and three to five guest cabins, depending on the layout preference of the owner. The crew area is located at the bow. The yacht’s design highlights include large windows in the main-deck saloon and dinette, a wide galley, and spacious exteriors. The sundeck features a Jacuzzi surrounded by sun pads. Like the initial launch, subsequent examples of the Riva Mythos will be produced at the shipyard of its sister brand, CRN, in Ancona, Italy. (www.riva-yacht.com)

Construction Begins on the Debut Hybrid Oceanic 140 Yacht

John Lyon

Oceanic Yachts recently announced that, following the sale of the first hull from its Oceanic 140 line, construction of the yacht is underway, with delivery expected in early 2015. The 140 employs Oceanic’s Dielec (a portmanteau of diesel and electric) propulsion system, which, much like that in a hybrid car, uses both fuel-powered and electric motors. When propelled completely by its three 2,600 hp MTU diesel-powered engines, the yacht can reach a top speed of 27 knots. When these engines work in tandem with twin Auxilia 120 kW electric motors, the vessel consumes less than 13.2 gallons of diesel fuel per hour when cruising at 8.5 knots. The yacht has a range of 5,400 nautical miles, thanks partly to its superstructure, which is constructed entirely from Aramat. The material is a Kevlar-and-glass compound that is incredibly strong but also lightweight, further contributing to the vessel’s fuel efficiency.

The Rome-based designer Michela Reverberi conceived the yacht’s lavish interiors and dedicated the entire upper deck to the owner’s suite. This high position on the boat affords the suite panoramic views. The suite also features a nearly 270-square-foot bathroom equipped with a steam bath and a forward-facing terrace with a Jacuzzi. The yacht’s flybridge features a bar, sun pads, and chaise longues, and provides the ideal space to relax. (www.oceanicyachts-shipyard.com)

Hargrave Custom Yachts Delivers Sassy

Diane M. Byrne

The owners of the recently delivered yacht Sassy, from Hargrave Custom Yachts, were so satisfied with their three previous builds from the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., shipyard, that they went back a fourth time to commission this 101-foot raised-pilothouse design. The new yacht has the same overall length as the owners’ previous vessels, all of which were also named Sassy; the most recent was delivered in 2010. The new vessel, which features updated exterior styling, with a curved transom, swim platform, and aft-deck settee, is faster and sportier than the owners’ previous Hargrave builds, able to reach a top speed of approximately 23 knots. The new yacht’s accentuated curves give it a more contemporary look, which is likely to appeal to the younger buyers who are now becoming interested in the custom-yacht market. Inside the newly built Sassy, light-tone European cherry features striking inlaid designs of sapele wood, and the color palette in the saloon consists of gray, taupe, silver, black, and mineral blue. The interior feel, from the saloon to the four staterooms, is upbeat, with a sensibility reminiscent of a high-rise apartment. The design of the yacht’s master suite includes a double-door entryway, a feature rarely found even on much larger custom yachts. (www.hargravecustomyachts.com)

Princess Yachts Debuts Its S72 Sport-Bridge Model

Diane M. Byrne

The Princess Yachts S72 is the first model in a new series from the English builder. The S in the model name stands for “sport bridge,” but this vessel is defined by so much more than its flybridge. The 72-foot yacht features an upper deck that offers space for open-air relaxation, and its overall styling and interior design seem to target a younger, more cosmopolitan clientele than Princess’s typical customers. With a top speed of 37 knots and below-deck accommodations for as many as six passengers and two crew, the S72 is ideal for island-hopping in areas like the Bahamas or the Caribbean. Inside, owners have choices of woods including oak, walnut, and cherry, as well as options for leathers, fabrics, and other materials. Hull number one of the S72 is accented with rich Macassar ebony and polished steel, with silver, black, and white tones for fabrics and leathers. Other chic interior details include furnishings and cabinetry with rounded edges and contrasting stitching, underscoring the yacht’s hip and sporty appeal. (www.princessyachtsamerica.com)