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Bringing the Sky to SKYFALL: World Record Superyacht Wrap

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When one of the world’s most popular Charter Superyacht’s wanted to try out a new look for the season, starting with the Monaco Yacht Show, there were few, if any places in the world they could find to deliver a full colour change in under 7 days.

At $300,000 per week, each charter a superyacht loses through painting and polishing adds up to millions of dollars due to the extensive and extremely long process.

LuxWrap however, were able to complete the colour change on superyacht SKYFALL in an extraordinary 6.5 days by wrapping the yacht, meaning SKYFALL’s billionaire owner could capitalise on having her completed in just one week while it was charter free.

The sky blue colored wrap project was finished with an owner outlay of just 10% of the cost of a repainting project.

Superyacht SKYFALL wrap begining in water
The ability of LuxWrap to work off pontoons avoids expensive dry docking. Credit: LuxWrap
Using an elevated work platform to access Superyacht SKYFALL during wrap project
LuxWrap also use elevated work platforms for the higher areas. Credit: LuxWrap

The 58m superyacht was wrapped under the hands of just 5 team members, using 600 sq meters of wrap with a LuxWrap representative stating, “We had a 7 day hard-deadline. We had to arrive, start and finish and the boat took on guests on day 8. It was basically high pressure, we even had rain but made it happen with a couple of 14 hour days. High pressure but we delivered. I don’t believe any other company in the world is turning things around like we are, because nobody has the manpower or experience to manage the raft system and coordinate everything.”

LuxWrap working off pontoons to complete Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
600sqm of wrap used to complete the 58m Superyacht SKYFALL. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
The SKYFALL wrap equated to 10 percent of the cost of painting. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap project Superyacht SKYFALL transom detail
Superyacht SKYFALL transom detail. Credit: LuxWrap
Details of LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project
Details of LuxWrap Superyacht SKYFALL wrap project. Credit: LuxWrap
LuxWrap team admire their completed wrap of Superyacht SKYFALL
The LuxWrap team admire their completed wrap of Superyacht SKYFALL. Credit: LuxWrap

World record

LuxWrap would now arguably be the world leaders in superyacht wraps as the SKYFALL completion comes off the back of their previous project, a chrome gold wrap on the $20 Millon superyacht Bellami.com (ex Kinta).

At the time, the Bellami.com gold wrap was the largest wrap job completed on water, however at 58m long, superyacht SKYFALL is now the record holder for the largest yacht wrap completed on water.

aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
An aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL’s sky blue wrap. Credit: LuxWrap

LuxWrap

In an industry that demands not only competence, but excellence, accountability and the ability to mobilise quickly and often work to extremely tight deadlines, LuxWrap is delivering its service in a way not seen before, and it isn’t going un-noticed.

“We all know that painting Superyachts is expensive and time consuming and must be done at least every 10 years.” Said LuxWrap’s Founder, “It is our opinion that wrapping should not be considered as an alternative to paint, but rather as a compliment. Wrapping lasts several years and has an incredible range of colours/finishes unavailable in paint. It also protects paint from the elements and UV. When we combine this with our unique ‘in the water’ installation process, the cost can be as low as 1/10th the cost of paint at 50m, and even lower in percentage terms as the yacht size increases, both because we work quickly and efficiently, and also because we completely eliminate the need to slip/drydock.”

Superyacht SKYFALL wrap completed in water

By choosing LuxWrap, yacht owners are making a calculated value based decision to protect their paint, which is a capital asset, with their style, which is whatever look is desired that season.

The potential of wrapping has also already been shown to serve different purposes:

  • Try out a new colour before committing to an expensive paint job you may regret.
  • Wrap to protect your paint, in any colour or any finish, keeping your paint new.
  • As a medium term solution to postpone an expensive paint job for a few years.
  • Change colour each season, generating media buzz with each colour/style change.
  • Brand for a bold advertising campaign.

LuxWrap can be contacted here.

aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
Superyacht SKYFALL at port. Credit: LuxWrap
aerial view of Superyacht SKYFALL wrap complete
Superyacht SKYFALL after the sky blue wrap was completed. Credit: LuxWrap

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Monaco Yacht Show 2020 Is Still On and Will Run as a Not-for-Profit Event

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Organizers of the Monaco Yacht Show 2020 are pushing forward with plans to host the show at Port Hercule from 23 to 29 September this year, but under much different circumstances than previous years.
Monaco Yacht Show Port Hercule
Port Hercule ready to welcome superyachts and guests. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of yacht shows, the fate of Monaco Yacht Show 2020 was temporarily undetermined as event organizers Informa decided how to proceed amidst the COVID-19 environment.

In contrast to many other events that have now been canceled, Informa in conjunction with the Principality of Monaco, has chosen to proceed cautiously given the time-frame they have to work with and the expected gradual easing of lockdown restrictions both in Monaco, Europe and internationally.

Held at Port Hercule in Monaco, this year’s show will be more “intimate” than in previous years (also interpreted as much smaller) and will be produced as a not-for-profit event to support the recovery of the yachting industry, providing a platform for designers, brokers, shipyards and industry personnel to connect with customers and network in a safe environment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all industries, not least the international yachting community,” said Informa CEO Charlie McCurdy. “As we move to the other side of the pandemic, all parts of the industry need to work collaboratively to ensure a speedy return and recovery. We are playing our part by hosting a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in 2020, providing an opportunity for the community to come together, share ideas, meet with customers and start to rebuild positive momentum.”

Acknowledging the changed conditions under which the show will need to be held, Informa was quick to stress “the proposed event will employ the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness” and are committed to prioritizing the safety of participants and visitors.

Monaco Yacht Show Lounge
Guest lounge at the Monaco Yacht Show in previous years. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

In support of the in-person event Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy for Monaco shared, “In the aftermath of COVID-19, it is the responsibility of the Monaco Government to do everything we can to help businesses and industries recover quickly. In this spirit, we are working with Informa to finalise details of the Monaco Yacht Show 2020, which will prioritize the health and safety of all participants, whilst providing direct support to the international yachting community, ensuring it can connect with customers and accelerate the recovery of what is an increasingly important industry for the region.”

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Superyacht Builder Sanlorenzo in Talks to Buy a Majority Stake in Perini Navi

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Superyacht builder Sanlorenzo has confirmed interest in the possible acquisition of Perini Navi.
Perini Navi Italian Shipyard
Italian shipyard Perini Navi in talks with Sanlorenzo. Credit: Perini Navi

Sanlorenzo has confirmed they are in current talks regarding the acquisition of share capital of Perini Navi and has obtained an exclusivity period to carry out the necessary research and analysis required.

Founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini, Perini Navi has been a world-leading Italian shipyard that specializes in sailing boats over 40 meters, boasting iconic builds like that of the Maltese Falcon. It is currently owned by Fenix, the holding company of the Tabacchi family, Lamberto Tacoli, and Fabio Perini (indirectly).

Sailboat builder Perini Navi to be acquired by Sanlorenzo
Building sailing yachts since 1983. Credit: Perini Navi

Should the negotiations go ahead, Perini Navi will likely be majority-owned by Sanlorenzo with Italian newspaper Milano Finanza reporting a probable 70% controlling stake taken by Sanlorenzo and the remainder being held by the Tabacchi family.

“The transaction would be in line with the Sanlorenzo business model … and would enable Sanlorenzo to expand its business perimeter and further consolidate its presence in the superyacht sector,” Sanlorenzo said in a statement.

Perini Navi E-Volution sailing yacht design
Perini Navi’s sailing yacht concept “E-Volution”. Credit: Perini Navi

In a separate statement by Perini Navi, the company confirmed it was looking to restructure its debt under Italian bankruptcy law, in order to remain operational at this time stating the goal is to “overcome a moment of significant financial strain, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact over all markets.”

Perini Navi’s Board of Directors “intends to preserve the Company’s business and heritage, thus ensuring continuity to the important orders currently in build, as well as achieving the highest possible level of creditors’ satisfaction, in compliance with the process to be undertaken.”

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Heesen Yacht’s 55m Project Castor Launched Ahead of Sea Trials

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Heesen Yachts launches 55m Project Castor “YN 19055” ready for its sea trials ahead of August 2020 delivery to the owner.
Waiting for the dock to be flooded.
Waiting for the dock to be flooded. Credit: Heesen yachts

Launched this month at Heesen Yacht‘s Dutch facility in Oss ahead of its sea trials, the 55 meter (180ft) Project Castor “YN 19055” was initially built on speculation and sold to an experienced American superyacht owner last May.

Following Dutch health and safety guidelines, workers at the shipyard were able to continue with operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by halving the number of employees working at any one time and working in two shifts to ensure delivery of the yacht would still be on schedule.

Commenting on the shipyard’s operations, Owners Representative Rupert Connor of Luxury Yacht Group noted, “We have been beyond impressed with how the Heesen team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

At 760GT, Project Castor is the most voluminous 55m currently offered by a Northern European shipyard and the fast-displacement hull designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects is the fourth hull in Heesen’s 55m Steel Class series.

The formidable exterior of Project Castor designed by Omega Architects.
The formidable exterior of Project Castor designed by Omega Architects. Credit: Heesen Yachts

With a sporty exterior design courtesy of Omega Architects’ Frank Laupman, Project Castor has been built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms and in a first for this particular class, has been configured with four spacious guest cabins on the lower deck and the owner’s VIP suite located on the bridge deck.

Bannenberg & Rowell has once again been tasked with the interior design and have layered neutral tones combined with powerful accents of color to create an environment that has wide appeal. Smoked Oak Chevron parquet flooring, Calacatta, and Pietra Grey marbles have also been are utilized throughout along with other fine materials.

Project Castor YN 19055 ready for sea trials
Project Castor YN 19055 ready for sea trials. Credit: Heesen Yachts

Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel main engines, Project Castor will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots and is set to undergo sea trials in the North Sea shortly.

Project Castor is currently on schedule for delivery to the new owner later this year in August 2020.

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