Lamboo, Inc. continues its mission to develop innovative bamboo products for the maritime industry by introducing a high performance runabout to the international markets. The innovative and aesthetic design of the Lamboo Tender R1 combines the sleek modern intentions of Sigmund Yacht Designer Peter Symonds with the performance features of engineered bamboo components.

The durability and aesthetic integration of these materials makes this tender truly a cutting edge showcase for the nautical market highlighting innovation paired with sustainability. Lamboo is currently supplying premium products into the yacht and tender building industry and this gorgeous tender makes a statement much stronger than just ecofriendly.

Sigmund Yacht Design, a leading yacht and tender design firm has chosen Lamboo materials due to the strength and performance attributes of Lamboo’s structural engineered bamboo technologies. “This showcase is a key example of both companies’ commitment to integration of environmentally responsible methods matched with innovative engineering of performance materials into the nautical market” said Luke Schuette, Lamboo Founder/CEO.

The clean, functional, and modern design of an internationally leading designer, Peter Symonds will be equipped with the latest propulsion technology with its Steyr hybrid turbo diesel engine and state of the art navigation, electrical, and LED lighting systems.

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The Strato concept was born of the belief that the most rewarding yachting experiences provide uninterrupted interaction with the sea. Strato features breath-taking views from every space on board, a bespoke tender large enough to take you almost anywhere and the decks to make everything easily accessible. This unique vision of an "open" displacement yacht has been created by Monaco based Dobroserdov Design and is now under development by Feadship in Holland, and will be Feadship's first ever "Open" design yacht.

Addressed to a new generation of yacht owners, this 51 metre hybrid superyacht cruiser satisfies the requirements of modern yachting for a new exterior aesthetic combined with a truly eco and family-friendly on-board existence. Vast experience building, selling and chartering some of the most distinguished superyachts in the world has taught Dobroserdov that great interior spaces are important, but when seeking ultimate beauty, ease and peace on the sea, opportunity is best captured in the carefully sculpted outer spaces. Experience the seas from all her giant open decks- swim with family on the aft water level deck, relax in cosy ease in the open lounge deck aft of the salon, dine delectably on the upper deck and party in the sun or under the moon on the foredeck.

Strato is designed to be efficient, sea-keeping beautifully with a modern fast displacement hull. This superyacht is designed as a true hybrid, utilizing a conventional shaft system, driven by two MTU 16V4000M73's, each supplying 2560kW of power. Alternatively, two electric motors of 150kW motors will keep her gliding along at 10 knots for hours- a perfect, peaceful way to explore new harbours, or run relaxing breakfast crossings, using just light 110 liters per hour. Strato has a transatlantic range of over 4500 miles making her a true oceangoing vessel.

The flow of the design is shaped to function together as a constant, harmonized space, with a bright signature interior layout and style concocted by Dobroserdov and shaped by Rome's Michela Reverberi. The first decks guests are presented are Strato's aft decks, with vast expanses for socializing and entertaining. The design's flexibility becomes visible in these split aft decks- great sculpted areas of open space invite imagination toward all possibilities aboard. These aft decks' drama is punctuated by the presence of an immense, carefully designed infinity pool perched over its transom, balanced between levels. Whether acting as a free flowing, flexible beach club, a party vessel, or a perfect family escape, Strato's spaces significantly supersede the size of those found on yachts more than ten meters longer.

She also maintains a higher level of functionality and flexibility than any available even on much larger vessels, and allows everyone aboard to thrive, as the Strato adapts to every need. Wandering toward the foredeck, guests will enjoy huge windows defining the perimeter of the main deck interior, lit with custom Cool-Led lighting. Extra-large windows allow beautiful views from all five cabins and the rest of the interior. Lucky guests will be delighted to discover Strato's bespoke 7.5 meter tender, ensconced in discreet recesses below the foredeck. Access the tender and toys using custom stress-free launching system, and Strato's adventures can continue beyond her decks, to waterfront restaurants, secluded beaches, and other adventures, now quickly within reach. Returning to Strato after outward adventures, guests are welcomed back with unparalleled ease, as Strato's twin dual hydraulic swim platforms independently adjust out from the aft deck, so that guests may step directly from tender to the deck level.

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Since Curvelle announced their ground-breaking superyacht power catamaran 'quaranta' the news has been buzzing about this 'smart' superyacht with it’s re-configurable interior, super huge windows and a lot more. Also recently announced was the Curvelle syndicate ownership initiative which certainly caught the imagination of many yachtsmen who want superyacht benefits and luxury for the investment level of a new 55ft motor boat.

Clean sheet of paper

As with other announcements from Curvelle regarding the 'quaranta' yachts series we like to use the phrase 'a clean sheet of paper'. Why? because the whole project and development has not had to be compromised by old thinking or normal yacht design parameters or restrictions. The vision was to design and build a unique compact superyacht on a highly stable catamaran hull form.
The list of benefits is extensive, fast, fuel efficient and as much interior volume and deck space as a mono hull yacht nearly 10m longer.

The 34m twin hull with a 9m beam allows for a wide hydraulic aft platform between the hulls that can launch the tender, create a beach club or even accommodate a small submarine (even a 4x4 vehicle) and very specific to this news review, create the ideal platform for access when boarding guests with mobility restrictions from a tender.

Take the elevator to the sun deck or make a splash at the beach club

The Curvelle team took a detailed view on how to create the ideal custom yacht solution for owners or guests with reduced mobility beyond the benefits already incorporated in the original design. The whole process from the tender design, passerelle and movement to all decks was carefully considered then enhanced further with the addition of electric powered berths and the aft platform being able to submerge some 85cm to enable easy swimming.

Curvelle founder Luuk V. van Zanten takes up the story ''In her standard configura- tion the 'quaranta' makes an ideal yacht for anyone who requires wheelchair access, the tender platform can be used to facilitate wheelchair movements, the interior as standard has wide doors to all areas and the side decks at 92cm wide can also be easily accessed. Add to this an optional 'stair climber' apparatus which can get
a wheelchair up the staircases in less than one minute, the 'quaranta' is ideal for wheelchair users.

Our original research found that superyacht owners very often had older parents who need wheelchair assistance and found it frustrating that they could not be included in the cruising itinerary. That's why we addressed this factor right from the start. We obviously prioritised getting the project underway and starting the build of the first yacht, which incidentally is on schedule, before we completed the design scheme for a more specialised custom yacht where we added a glazed lift. We feel that adding this newsworthy additional custom option enhances the whole Curvelle 'family' which will deliver a world class compact superyacht series''.

Let us look at a typical scenario and how the mobility systems dovetail seamlessly together on the standard version. A crew member lowers the XL size passerelle onto the quay where the owner or guest can drive a powered wheelchair or mobility scooter onto the aft main deck and access any of the six guest cabins on this level. The cruising experience also includes powered articulated beds so when relaxing in the cabin the owner or guest can enjoy the panoramic views offered by the extra- large windows. The cabins are so different from most yachts of this size with window spaces of nearly 2.8 x 1m creating a cabin ambience of a small cruise liner.

If the owner or guest would like the 'spa' treatment a waterproof wheelchair can safely lower the person into the water down to a depth of 85cm, for seawater swim- ming with other guests. The lowered platform then rises to become the beach club, which can have a floating safety net to keep out unwanted marine life. Under the platform are air nozzles to complete the 'spa' experience. The outdoor ambience is further enhanced by two seawater waterfalls and as the sun goes down the under- water lighting turns the whole experience into a floor show.

On a custom version, forward on the main deck is a compact glazed elevator which accommodates the scooter. This then allows access to the upper deck and upwards to the sundeck. The glazed lift on the sun deck is cleverly incorporated at the front of the fixed bimini which has been extended forward to incorporate this feature.


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Thursday, 19 July 2012 12:49

Superyacht 2 Ladies Completes Sea Trials

Rossi Navi has announced the successful sea trials of their 46 meter motoryacht, 2 Ladies, designed by Mulder Design.

2 Ladies has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is a semi-displacement superyacht powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT engines with 1,300hp, enabling a top speed of 15.5 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 14.5 knots.

The yacht has room for 12 guests in ten cabins with the best of luxuries. Features include two Owners' cabins, a state-of-the-art 'Technogym', sauna and a Jacuzzi area located on the fly bridge.

Having now completed her sea trials, Rossi Navi and Mulder Design will undoubtedly be introducing a distinctive superyacht to the global fleet upon her delivery.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012 15:02

Moonen reveals two stunning new Designs

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has released details of two impressive new designs created for owners looking for a contemporary approach within the award-winning Moonen quality template. Rene van der Velden has drawn the modern lines of the 100-foot raised pilot house design while Nick Mezas is responsible for a new fast displacement concept that is being offered in three lengths between 18 and 24 metres.

Development Moonen 100 RPH

“Over the decades we have become renowned for producing timeless motoryachts,” explains Emile Bilterijst, managing director of Moonen shipyards. “These superyachts are built for a wide range of clients in four diverse formats - fully custom projects, displacement cruisers, explorers and fast displacement motoryachts. These new designs will help us serve an even more varied clientele looking for an unconventional approach. It is Moonen's direct response to changing market demands.”
The Moonen 100 raised pilot house by Rene van der Velden features an owners stateroom on the main deck, with extra space in the beam thanks to the narrow walkways forward, which are now only intended for crew members to use. Elsewhere the yacht has the most economic layout possible for a boat of the size. “The challenge with a raised pilothouse configuration is that it can take a lot of space away from the flybridge,” continues Bilterijst. “To counteract this we have placed the tenders in a stern garage from where they will be launched by slipway rather than an overhead crane. This yacht is an ideal option for an owner looking for a more modern aesthetic within a clearly identifiable Moonen style of gentlemen's yacht.”

Profile Moonen 100 RPH

The second new design is by Nick Mezas and is available in three sizes of 18, 20 and 24 metres. “Over the past 20 years, Moonen - like many yards - has seen the length of our boats pushed upwards by its clients,” says Bilterijst. “This has an inevitable impact on the organisation, product, quality levels and costs. We have had several enquiries from entry level owners, and it is vital that we do not price ourselves out of this area.”

24 metres Nick Mezas design

This new semi-series of smaller vessels will be built to CE regulations rather than class. Although there will be no change in terms of quality (“we can't build anything less than Moonen quality,” says Bilterijst), the designs benefit from a careful analysis of systems and equipment. The boats will, for example, feature only one anchor instead of two in a pocket as is usually the case with Moonen yachts, which in turn means just one anchor winch.

“A lower price and smaller yacht will attract a younger public,” expects Bilterijst. “This is also the thinking behind the more aggressive styling, while simultaneously retaining the essence of Moonen quality in terms of fuel savings, low noise and vibration levels, and the exceptional comfort of a round bilged hull. We anticipate that these clients will probably steer the boat themselves and travel with young children. The yachts will be fitted with Volvo IPS propulsion, so the engine room is placed far aft. They will fit seamlessly within our fast displacement philosophy and be capable of reaching 22 knots.”

The IPS configuration leaves lots of space free in the forward section for four cabins. This is in line with the idea that there is unlikely to be a full-time crew onboard. An open-plan layout in the saloon/wheelhouse area also reflects the social aspect of the owner and his friends/family at the helm.

“We look forward to welcoming a new generation of owners to the Moonen family,” concludes Bilterijst. “These exciting new designs show once again our commitment to serving the broadest possible clientele with the most diverse motoryachts.”


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Ron Holland Design is involved in a number of major refit design projects including the design for a refit of the largest sailing sloop in the world.

The world's largest sailing sloop, M5 (ex-Mirabella V) has arrived in the UK for a major refit program. The work will be carried out at the Pendennis Plus shipyard in Falmouth.

The full extent of the refit will involve exterior upgrade, new extended transom, new main deck seating arrangements, sky deck extension and redeveloped sky deck layout, also a hull side platform is being added to enhance the use of the yacht. The commission will also include replacing the main engines, generators, switchboards and sewage treatment plant along with an upgrade of the air conditioning system, electrics and entertainment systems. The mast,which is just under 90m, will be removed for an overhaul and new rigging upgrades. The sail handling systems are also receiving attention with speeding up equipment and new hardware.

The interior aspects of the refit will be carried out by Redman Whiteley Dixon and will see the main and lower decks undergo a complete restyle. Ron Holland Design are the original designers of the Mirabella V built in the UK in 2004 and are very familiar with the yacht and are perfectly positioned to enhance its appearance whilst remaining faithful to the original design.


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Thursday, 29 December 2011 10:34

New Horizon E54 Defines the Modern Sport Yacht

Horizon is pleased to introduce the latest model - Horizon E54 sport yacht, featuring innovative Volvo IPS drive technology, an eco-friendly design and immense interior volume for a comfortable and efficient ride.

Driven by environmental awareness in manufacturing and operation, the Horizon E54 is a lesson in modern yacht design. Dual Volvo 900 IPS engines work together with the E54 design for improved performance, with a projected maximum speed of 34 knots and cruise speed of 28 knots - all while reducing fuel consumption and minimizing emission output. This advanced drive system also provides an extended cruising range, which means more time spent enjoying at the E54 has to offer.

Exterior styling by JC Espinosa has created a streamlined profile, accentuated by large E-glass windows and an oversize windshield for enhanced natural light and increased visibility - not to mention unrivaled panoramic views. The three stateroom/two head layout is comparable to a much larger yacht with thoughtfully-designed accommodations that maximize space while retaining an open feel. The IPS drive's aft location provides increased interior volume, allowing a full-beam master with a walk-in closet master head and room to spare for either a desk or seating. A guest stateroom with twin bunks is forward and to starboard, with a shared head to port and the highly spacious VIP cabin completely forward.

For entertaining with a view the E54 flybridge features sun pads and alfresco dining for eight and a newly designed helm station with dynamic positioning system makes maneuvering and docking a breeze. The aft deck seating area contains dining for six, with the option for an aft galley location that provides easy access to the aft deck and a hydraulic hi/lo swim platform and transom trunk storage proves ideal for a multitude of water sport activities.

Combining progressive technology with smart design, the Horizon E54 is efficient yachting at its best. The first Horizon E54 was sold and will be launching in November 2011.


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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 15:26


Exploring the latest advances in glass technology, DP009 features a superstructure completely finished in reflective glass. This provides panoramic full height views from the interior, not only to the aft decks but to the sides as well, from the floor to the ceiling. The innovative design also separates the aft decks from the walk around used by the crew, offering total privacy on the top deck which is exclusively dedicated to the owner, with a Jacuzzi installed on a private verandah facing forward.

Designed by Luiz de Basto to be recognized as a true Oceanco by its architecture and perfect proportions, the aft deck offers a swimming pool that can be converted to a helicopter landing pad. Keeping with the use of glass on unexpected ways, the elevator and the main stairways are built in glass. The pilot house has a glass sun roof and the wing stations soles are also in glass. All this to assure lots of natural light and an unmatched feeling of openness and contact with nature, this concept blurs the dividing line between indoor and outdoor.

The new concept was specifically designed to maximize opportunities for outdoor living and direct contact with the marine environment: the outdoor areas are as enjoyable as the interior ones and the extensive sun deck with a shaded lounge area for alfresco dining on the Main Deck is one of the most noteworthy features.

A strong sense of individuality and inviting intimacy are the leitmotiv of the remarkable interior layout which divides the 4 Guest Staterooms located on the Main Deck, from the VIP Room on the Bridge Deck and the Owner’s Suite strategically placed on the Upper Deck with unobstructed views and privacy.
The Profile has a unique sense of flawless and homogeneity between the glass and the aluminum superstructure: a constant exchange in shape and lines between the 2 elements, gives an overall image of lightness and glossy aesthetic, hard to achieve on a 90 meters Megayacht.

One point that had top priority in developing this masterpiece has been the flexibility of the spaces by designing 2 boarding areas: from the swim platform and from 2 folding doors besides the garage on a Lower Deck, which can accommodate 2 x 10 meters tenders and up to 6-8 wave runners.

Unmistakable signature of the designer and his search for inspiration in Nature is the bold shape from the Top View, where the wing stations create a shape resembling a hammerhead shark in appearance, contrasting with the flowing rhythm of the decks below. Slim and sleek lines on the outside and generous inside spaces combined on a gracious balance is the impossible achievement offered by this Yacht, which at first sight looks more like a futuristic concept but it’s actually grounded in advanced technology by Oceanco engineering.


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