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Echo Yachts launches new range of fully customizable 27m catamarans

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Echo Yachts launch new range of fully customizable 27m catamaran Motoryachts and Shadow Vessels ahead of the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).

Australian custom superyacht builder Echo Yachts are pleased to announce the addition of two new, fully customizable 27m catamaran Motoryacht and Shadow Vessel designs to their recently launched ‘Design Collection’.

Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design is responsible for the exterior styling and layout of the innovative, stable and high-volume catamarans which feature a progressive arrangement and chiselled modern styling aesthetic with extensive glass surfaces on the superstructure.

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Echo Yachts – 27m catamaran Motoryacht and Shadow Vessel designs. Credit: Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design

One of the primary design features is the 53m2 beach club and aft entertaining space. A unique central companionway provides cabins direct access to beach club. With the water toys cleared off the aft deck and central hydraulic platform lowered, the entire stern area becomes a beautiful waterfront retreat, out of the wind and with entertaining in mind. Space for multiple jet skis, sea bobs and tenders – all protected from the weather take just minutes to launch and retrieve.

Notably the layout focuses on utilization of the above deck areas for living and entertaining, with majority of cabins below deck. The sumptuous Master Cabin of over 50m2 includes an option of a private owner’s den in the port hull. Discrete crew cabins access, dumbwaiter to serve the formal areas upstairs.

A raised pilothouse with full walk-arounds provides excellent 360-degree views, including a full glass atrium effect for skylight views. Options for elevators and wide hallways support disabled access if required.

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Echo Yachts 27m catamaran motoryacht. Credit: Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design

The Shadow Vessel option provides support needs for motherships and stand-alone adventure cruising. With a fast transit and relocation speed of 25 knots these unique vessels provide the functionality usually only seen in much larger vessels offering helicopter operations, decompression chamber / dive room, gym, additional crew accommodation and luxurious guest cabins.

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Echo Yachts design collection – 27m shadow vessel with helicopter. Credit: Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design

Crewing requirements and operating expenses are minimized through simplicity of layout and design. Utilizing the proven benefits of the catamaran hull, including natural stability, shallow draft, high tunnel clearance, excellent efficiency and the redundancy of having twin engine rooms, each vessel type provides ultimate enjoyment whether it be optioned for private or charter operations.

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Top view of the Echo Yachts 27m catamaran motoryacht. Credit: Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design

The Echo Yachts team provides the benefit of decades of multi-hull and aluminium construction experience, combined with the capacity to complete new builds quickly and to high standards. A build time frame of 18 months is projected for these vessels.

Larger variants are currently under development. Echo Yachts’ total design flexibility ensures the concept can be adapted to a broad range of sizes, models and purpose, to fulfill any client or regionally specific requirements.

Echo Yachts will be attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show held 30th October – 3rd November and available for sales and trade inquiries.

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DAMEN launches first SeaXplorer expedition yacht

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On 31 October the first DAMEN SeaXplorer luxury expedition yacht emerged from her building hall in the Netherlands.

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first DAMEN 62m SeaXplorer expedition yacht launched. Credit: DAMEN

DAMEN’s first ever SeaXplorer has just been completed and it’s a 62-metre custom-designed yacht that will be handed over to her owners in early 2020, She will be the first delivery from the DAMEN SeaXplorer range offered by yacht builder AMELS and DAMEN.

The 62-metre SeaXplorer is a customised design with naval architecture completed by Damen’s in house design team and exterior lines by Azure Yacht Design. The owners selected Carlo Torre of Monaco Yacht Temptation to create the interior design and the Fraser technical team to supervise the build.

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The inaugural SeaXplorer will be handed over to the owners in early 2020. Credit: DAMEN

The Polar Class yacht has expedition facilities for 30 days of autonomy, a fully certified helideck and helicopter hangar, plus two large tender garages and a dive store. The power generation consists of a Siemens BlueDrive system with three variable speed generator sets and DC bus. In combination with electrical propulsion motors and a battery pack, the yacht has an economical and environmentally friendly configuration.

Outfitting of the DAMEN SeaXplorer yacht took place at the Vlissingen East yard, located just a few kilometers from the yacht builder’s Vlissingen City yard where AMELS yachts are completed. The DAMEN SeaXplorer range was introduced in 2015, a crossover innovation created by a top team of experts including the SeaXplorer design team, the Damen Research Laboratory, Azure Yacht Design and EYOS Expeditions, who provided hundreds of operational design features based on their real-world expedition experience.

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Leaving the shed in Vlissingen, Netherlands. Credit DAMEN

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Anti-drone technology for superyachts

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There’s no real need to go into the numbers. We all know someone with a drone, there’s millions and millions of them worldwide and the numbers are only going to grow as well as their abilities. They are cheap, easy to buy and can fulfill some incredible tasks.

Drone technology also outpaces the laws governing their use and this creates an uncomfortable scenario. As we have seen in the past, great, useful technology can at some point also be used for harm and undesirable purposes and superyacht owners are fully aware of the growing threat that drones pose to privacy, safety & security on board their yachts.

When you have what is essentially an impressive display of wealth sitting alone in the water, and the mass availability and low barrier to entry for drones, the temptation for others to pry or breach security is a real threat. Paparazzi intrusion using drones approaching superyachts is already a recognised and growing problem.

As Droneworks Studios shows in the video below, anti-drone technology is already being used on superyachts, with Droneworks detailing their experience flying a drone near billionaire Roman Abramovich’s superyacht, Eclipse. Skip to the 3:50 mark to get to the main part.

So what has been developed to date as a counter measure against possible drone incursions and how do they work?

Firstly – Anti drone systems need to detect them
Secondly – Identify them
Thirdly – Track them (and record if possible for later prosecution of offenders)
Fourth – Disable/Disrupt the drone from operating in the undesired area.

So how are drones and UAV’s disabled and disrupted once detected?

Consumer drones are usually controlled through the public part of the radio spectrum (either 2.4 or 5.8 GHz). Firing radio waves at those specific frequencies—jamming them—makes a drone deaf to its controller, which would cause the drone to return home or settle to the ground. A similar outcome would occur if you jammed the GPS frequency or what’s called the low-frequency L-band.

If a drone approaches within a certain distance of a prohibited zone, most of the below systems would jam its WI-Fi and sever its connection to its controller over the 2.4 or 5.8 GHz range. If the drone keeps coming that would mean it had been programmed to attack or infiltrate, and at that point the system would jam its GPS frequencies.

So what are some of the currently available systems?

Martek Marine – M.A.D.S systems

Martek Anti-Drone have developed the M.A.D.S™ (marine anti drone system). M.A.D.S™ is a modular system which is capable of detecting all drones within a 5km range while providing you with accurate GPS positioning of both drone and pilot and the option to defeat a drone should it be deemed a threat. M.A.D.S is a flexible marinised system with great benefits for the maritime market and can be used for any application related to water; yachts, ships, ports, sea platforms, coastguard vessels, navy vessels and much more

The system comprises of two radomes, one to detect, and one to defeat drones. “In the defeat dome, there are a lot of modules with antennas, and in the detection dome, there are omni- and directional-sensing modules with antennas,” says Erik van Wilsum, Martek’s head of counter-­unmanned aircraft ­systems. “We’re aiming for the best base solution with a single type of sensor,” and customers can add other ­sensors. “We don’t interfere with the yacht’s other communications, We evoke the drone to go home by creating a busy network. … It’s legal and CE-approved.”

The system can also be complimented with a portable drone disruptor.

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The M.A.D.S system comprises of two radomes. Credit: Martek Marine
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A portable hand held drone disruptor is also available. Credit: Martek Marine

M.A.D.S Key Features:

  • 5 km drone detection range
  • 5 km drone identification range
  • 1 km drone disruption (defeat) range
  • 2 x 70cm diameter radomes
  • Specially marinised IP66 Ingress protection rated
  • 30 kg and 27 kg radome weights
  • Extra handheld disruptor also available

OTHER SYSTEMS THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE ADAPTED FOR SUPERYACHTS:

BlackSage UASX-L7 Automatic Drone Disruptor

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Black Sage UASX L7 automatic drone detection and drone disruptor. Photo: Black Sage Tech

UASX-L7 Key Features:

  • 7 km drone detection range
  • 3 km automated drone identification range
  • 3 km drone disruption (defeat) range
  • Recording When a UAS operator is charged criminally, forensics data with instant replay showing flight paths, aircraft characteristics and timestamps will ensure successful prosecution.
  • Illuminators and lasers are also available to deny imagery capture of sensitive sites.

Black Sage TD1 Tactical Drone Disruptor.

The BlackSage TD1 handheld tactical disruptor is a lightweight, flexible and rapidly deployable platform for directional radio disruption. An AR15 training rifle base (non-ITAR) provides a familiar user interface requiring no learning curve to use. Pick up the rifle, select from multiple disruption frequencies and address the target with confidence. The TD1 can be deployed within seconds and requires minimal training. Compared to mounted and automated anti-drone systems the BS-500 is lightweight, compact, flexible and very affordable. 

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Black Sage TD1 handheld tactical drone disruptor. Photo: Black Sage Tech

TD1 Key Features:

  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Multiple customizable disruption frequencies

ELTA Systems ELI-4030 Drone Guard

ELTA’s Drone Guard is an operationally proven multi-sensor multi-layer C-UAS solution developed for the military and homeland security market. Military grade and rugged for all types of environments, the Drone Guard is a modular turn-key solution that covers all aspects of counter threatening UAS. Portable, light weight and with low power consumption, the Drone Guard is user friendly and intuitive making it an ideal option for a wide range of users and agencies. The modules were developed by ELTA specifically for Drone Guard hence creating a compact solution solely focused on drone detection and protection.

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ELTA Eli 4030 drone guard. Photo: ELTA Systems

4030 Drone Guard Key Features:

  • 4.5 km drone detection range
  • 4.5 km Tracking range
  • 2.5 km automated drone identification range
  • 2 km drone disruption (defeat) range

NON FREQUENCY JAMMING – DRONE DESTROYING OPTIONS:

Boeing HEL MD

Boeing thinks a great way to defeat a drone is not just to disrupt its motion, but hit it with a precision laser, burn a hole in it, and bring it down.

In August of 2015, Boeing showed off its Compact Laser Weapon System for media in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In the demo, Boeing used the laser to burn holes in a stationary, composite UAV shell, to show how fast it can compromise an aircraft. Two seconds at full power and the target was on fire. The 2 kilowatt infrared laser has no visible beam and does not create a Hollywood style explosion. Instead the surface of the drone is super-heated by the invisable laser until it melts or catches fire.

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Boeing HEL MD (high energy laser mobile demonstrator). Photo: Jordan Golson/wired

Boeing hasn’t specified its range, but acording to Wired, Boeing company representatives suggested that if you can see a target, even with binoculars, you can destroy it.

Depending on the target’s speed and distance, Boeing’s weapon can fire its laser within an inch or two of what it wants to hit. Because the laser moves at the speed of light, it’s easier to be precise—there’s no need to lead the target. The speed of the gimbal is the primary limitation on the targeting front.

Although current HEL MD prototypes are meant to be used from static positions, the anti drone system could be used on a moving vehicle or ship with minimal upgrades. “This represents a low-cost way to deal with the threat,” said David DeYoung, director of Boeing Laser & Electro-Optical Systems. Boeing hasn’t revealed a total price of the system, but does say it’s a one off purchase. Once you’ve got the system, the only cost is providing the power.

HEL MD Key Features:

  • Unspecified detection range
  • Unspecified destroying range
  • 2 kw infrared laser
  • 1-2 inch accuracy

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2019 Monaco Yacht Show Recap

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DAY 1

Monaco Yacht Show Aerial
Photos: monacoyachtshow_official (Instagram)

September 25th 2019 ushers in Day 1 of the 29th Monaco Yacht Show. On display is $4.29 billion dollars worth of ocean dwelling real estate in one of the most extravagant displays of superyachts ever assembled in one place. This year sees a new record as motor yacht TIS becomes the largest yacht to ever be displayed at the annual show.

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2019 MYS – Superyacht TIS by Lurssen Yachts is the Largest Yacht to be displayed in MYS history. Photo: Lurssen

DAY 1 NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

FINCANTIERI YACHTS
Fincantieri Yachts unveils their latest project ‘VIS’. Fincantieri states VIS is “born from our long-standing heritage in designing technologically advanced navy vessels and from Paszkowski design’s experience in designing luxury leisure yachts.”

Fincantieri Yachts unveils VIS at the 2019 MYS
Fincantieri Yachts unveils VIS at the 2019 MYS. Photos: Fincantieri Yachts

HEESEN YACHTS
Project Skyfall revealed
A 59m full aluminium, full custom yacht, set for delivery in 2023. Project Skyfall’s power will come in at 22,000 hp. This extraordinary power will feed four water jets that will driver her at 37 knots in light load conditions – an impressive feat, particularly when considering her significant 900GT volume. Project Skyfall is the most powerful project Heesen Yachts have created to date.

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Project Skyfall by Heesen Yachts. Credit: Heesen

Project Akira revealed
Project Akira was revealed as the first model of Heesen’s new 5700 Aluminium class. Project Akira is a 56.7 metre four deck yacht featuring exterior design by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects and interior design by Harrison Eidsgaard.

Motor yacht Akira by Heesen Yachts
Akira by Heesen. Credit: Heesen

PERINI NAVI
Perini Navi showcases its new 92m Falcon Rig Gallery and announces an LOI signed for one 92m already as well as a 74m motor yacht and a 47m sailing yacht. The yard has a total of 7 yachts under construction and an order book worth 160 million euro. The Falcon Rig range spans the following models 92m, 80m, 72m, 64 and 56m.

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New Perini Navi 92m Falcon Rig Gallery showcased at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show. Photos: Instagram

SUNSEEKER
Sunseeker anounced it had built 137 superyachts over 100ft

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Sunseeker 2019 MYS conference. Photo: yachtphoto (Instagram)

2019 MYS AWARD WINNERS

FINEST NEW SUPERYACHT AWARD
M/Y EXCELLENCE built by Abeking & Rasmussen
Exterior & Interior Design: Winch Design

Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen
Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen. Credit: Abeking Rasmussen

EXTERIOR DESIGN AWARD
M/Y EXCELLENCE built by Abeking & Rasmussen
Interior & Exterior Design: Winch Design

Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen aerial view
Motor yacht Excellence by Abeking Rasmussen aerial view. Credit: Abeking Rasmussen

INTERIOR DESIGN AWARD
M/Y TIS built by Lürssen Yachts
Interior & Exterior Design: Winch Design

111m superyacht TIS by Lurssen Yachts
111m superyacht TIS by Lürssen Yachts. Credit: Lürssen

RINA AWARD
M/Y ATTILA built by Sanlorenzo Yacht
Design: Paszkowski Design

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Sanlorenzo Attila. Credit: Sanlorenzo Yachts

DAY 2

2019 Monaco Yacht Show Day 2

Day 1 started with a flurry of news, announcements and unveilings and after some late night partying, day 2 of the show has a more relaxed feel with a lot of brands using the day to take viewers on tour through some of the shows quality offerings.

DAY 2 NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

GULFCRAFT
Gulf Craft Chairman, Mohammed Alshaali, confirms the sale of the first Majesty 140′ and promises a Majesty 170′ will launch in 2020.

Gulf Craft News from 2019 MYS

SALOMÉ YACHTS
Former Bugatti consultant, Etienne Salomé launches Salomé Yachts with Atlantic multihull performance tender, billing it the first ‘hyperboat’.

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Salome Yachts design with strong automotive inspiration. Photo: thesuperyachtgroup (Instagram)

2019 FRASER YACHTS CAPTAINS DINNER & AWARDS

CHARTER CAPTAIN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Fraser Yachts Charter Captain Of The Year Award went to Captain James Griffith & Captain Michael Droszcz from M/Y Here Comes The Sun.

THE BEST CHARTER CREW (YACHT OVER 50m) AWARD
Awarded to Captain Rob Shelnut and the crew of M/Y Lucky Lady.

THE BEST CHARTER CREW (YACHT UNDER 50m) AWARD
Awarded to Captain Ian Hawkins and his crew from M/Y Quasar.

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2019 MYS Fraser Yachts Captains Dinner. Photos: fraseryachts (Instagram)

ANNUAL AMELS & DAMEN MYS PARTY

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2019 MYS Amels and Damen annual party

YACHT TOURS & VIEWINGS

Many superyacht brands take the time to record and upload their interiors from some of the Monaco Yacht Show’s $4.29 billion dollars worth of ocean dwelling real estate.

AMELS HOLLAND – M/Y HERE COMES THE SUN – TOUR

Andrew Winch on Motor Yacht Here Comes The Sun
Andrew Winch of Winch Design – Designer of M/Y Here Comes The Sun
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Opening the hidden bar on M/Y Here Comes The Sun

COLUMBUS YACHTS – M/Y DRAGON – TOUR

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Columbus Yachts M/Y Dragon at the 2019 MYS

FEADSHIP – M/Y BROADWATER – TOUR

Feadship Motor Yacht Broadwate

EDMISTON – M/Y DOJO & PORT HERCULES HARBOUR TOUR

Edmiston Yachts 2019 MYS Tour

YCO – M/Y ELIXIR & M/Y RH 3 – TOUR

YCO Yacht motor Yacht Laura Sessa Tour

DAY 3

2019 MYS Day 3

Visitors on day three of the Monaco were greeted with rolling grey clouds over the harbour, but it didn’t dampen the mood in the slightest.

AMELS HOLLAND COFFEE WITH THE WOMEN IN YACHTING
Over at the Amels and Damen stand on T-Central (Appontement Jules Soccal), Managing Director Rose Damen and team hosted “Coffee with the Women In Yachting” providing an opportunity for plenty of lively discussion to be had and enjoyed alongside hot coffee and freshly baked Dutch stroopwafels

Amels Holland coffee with women in yachting event 2019 MYS

DAY 3 NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS CATCHUP

BILGIN YACHTS
Bilgin Yachts debuted the second of their Bilgin 156 line, the M/Y Lilium. Exterior design was completed by Unique Yacht Design, while H2 Yacht Design and Bilgin Yachts Design Team were responsible for the interior. CEO of Bilgin Yachts, İsmail Sengün stated “The Bilgin 156-II is named after the beautiful white flower Lilium as a sign of our promise to the yacht owners: A sunny and happy day on a deck.”

BENETTI
Benetti announced the creation of their new line of compact expedition yachts. The first hybrid yacht will be the 37m “B.YOND”, built to travel the wold and designed with distinctive spaces to enjoy the day, night, leisure and service areas.
Benetti also presented M/Y Metis, their custom 63m steel hull/aluminum superstructure superyacht that was delivered to its German owner earlier this year. Exterior design was completed by Giorgio M. Cassetta and Benetti, with the interior being a collaboration between Bannenberg & Rowell and Birgit Otte Interior Atelier.

FEADSHIP
Feadship’s newly built 77.25m/253.44ft M/Y “Syzygy 818″made its grand debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. It’s numerals “818” represent “prosperous” in Chinese numerology and also match the August 18 birthday of the owner. Exterior design was completed by Nordic designer Jarkko Jämsén, with Sinot Yacht Design completing the interior design.

Syzygy 818 by Feadship Credit: Feadship

ISA YACHTS
ISA Yachts announced a new collaboration with Enrico Gobbi Team for Design to produce a new line of yachts, known as the Continental range. The first two models to be produced will be an 80 metre and 65 metre yacht.

LUCA DINI DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE
Earlier this year Luca Dini Design & Architecture announced their rebranding as they combined their superyacht studio with their architectural studio and it looks like they’ve been busy, announcing four projects at the Monaco Yacht Show.

  • Designing Columbus Yachts 43m, 50m and 67m 50 Sports Line series (50m project already underway with expected delivery 2020)
  • Designing Mondomarine’s 40m, 50m, 57m and 75m Discover Series
  • Designing Mondomarine’s 43m, 50m and 63m Classic Series
  • Designing Rossinavi’s 50m FR038 superyacht project (project underway with expected delivery 2020)

SANLORENZO
Sanlorenzo’s largest yacht to date, their Flagship 64Steel “M/Y Attila” made its debut at the Monaco Yacht Show and even had a visit from HSH Prince Albert on Monaco II who came aboard. Attila’s exterior was designed by Officina Italiana Design and the Sanlorenzo style division, while her interior design was completed by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.

TANKOA YACHTS
Tankoa debuted their newest 50m hybrid superyacht, the S501 Hybrid “M/Y Bintador” and announced their new project the S702 NEXT 70, a 70 metre superyacht designed by Paszkowski Design.

Tankoa S501 Hybrid Credit: Tankoa

ULYSSE NARDIN
Ulysse Nardin unveiled their 2019 limited edition MARINE TORPILLEUR MONACO YACHT SHOW, celebrating the 11th year they have partnered with the Monaco Yacht Show. Only 100 pieces are available, priced at 9,500 swiss francs each.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Monaco Yacht Show 2019 Credit: Ulysse Nardin

WALLY YACHTS
Wally Yachts announced their new innovative concept, the 165 Wallypower which will be a 50 metre motor yacht designed in collaboration with founder Luca Bassini and superyacht designer Espen Øino and supported by the Ferretti Group.

165 Wallpower Credit: Wally Yachts

WIDER YACHTS
Wider Yachts revealed their new 55 meter Wider 180 supyeryacht, which features exterior design from Andrea Vallicelli & C Yacht Design. Work has already begun with a scheduled delivery date of 2022.

Wider 180 Superyacht Credit: Wider

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