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Evolution Yachts – Australia’s New Group Creating the 42m GCX40 Explorer Superyacht

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Australian yachting heavy weights join forces for a new explorer yacht building joint venture: Evolution Motor Yachts

Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

The demand for explorer yachts has certainly come of age and Australian based Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design are here for it with their 42 meter explorer superyacht design, the “GCX40 Explorer”. Inspired by ideals of diving, discovering warm waters and tropical reefs, it’s no wonder the GCX40 has already obtained many enquirers.

Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

Revealed earlier this year at the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, it was announced the GCX40 Explorer yacht will be produced under the brand “Evolution Motor Yachts” with a new joint venture between Australian leading industry figures, shipbuilders Evolution Motor Yachts, Misha Merzliakov Yacht Design (MMYD), Marine Engineering Consultants (MEC), Periscope Naval Architects (PNA) and the Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM).

Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

Overseeing project builds will be by Kevin Altera, founder of Evolution Yachts, an Australian yacht builder which has already launched multiple aluminium and FRP superyachts, including the Sam Sorgiovanni designed M/Y Benita Blue, and builder Murray Owen of Marine Engineering Consultants who have won multiple awards for excellence in aluminium yacht construction.

Evolution Yachts Joint Venture group photo
From left: Misha Merzliakov (MMYD), Trenton Gay (GCCM), Murray Owen (MEC), Kevin Altera (Evolution Yachts Founder) and Shaun Phelps (PNA)

In a recent statement, Kevin Altera stated, “The partners in this joint venture have been selected as they represent key and market-leading marine services.  It puts into motion the intent and capability to build world-class superyachts on the east coast of Australia”

Misha Merzliakov also explained “Gold Coast City Marina (GCCM) is the ideal shipyard with the Pacific Ocean cruising grounds on its door step. GCCM can offer the depth and breadth of quality Australian marine trades to work on the yacht’s construction. We can pull from 80 individual businesses and 700 individual tradespeople to deliver this project”.

Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyards
Part of the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyards Facility.

As a concept design, the GCX40 Explorer Yacht has taken inspiration from the Australian and South Pacific coast line and has been designed with an avid explorer or diver in mind. It can accommodate up to 12 guests (plus a crew of 10) and be customized by individual owners to include a beach club or more room for tenders and toys if desired.

Base price for the GCX40 starts at €15.7 EUR million including design.

GCX40 Specifications

  • LOA …………………     42.0 m
  • Beam………………..     9.3 m
  • Draft ………………..     2.5 m
  • GRT …………………    <500 tonnes
  • Speed ………………     16 knots
  • Range ………………   5500 nm
  • Material ………….       Aluminum
  • Exterior Design …      Misha Merzliakov
  • Interior design …   Misha Merzliakov
  • Naval architect … Periscope Naval Architects
  • Builder ………….. Evolution Motor Yachts JV
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht
Evolution Yachts GCX40 42m Explorer Superyacht. Credit: MMYD

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The New Super Sport “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” Yacht

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Lamborghini and The Italian Sea Group have collaborated on the design of the new limited edition “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” super sports motor yacht.
Inspired by the futuristic concept cars of Lamborghini. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
Inspired by the futuristic concept cars of Lamborghini. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar

Presented by The Italian Sea Group, the “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” has been inspired by the hybrid Lamborghini Siàn FKP 37 and references the year of Lamborghini’s beginnings – 1963.

As a new super sport motor yacht that blends the best of the nautical and sports car worlds, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63″ bears the same Lamborghini style steering wheel with its iconic fighter jet style “start” button, and a signature Lamborghini “racing style” seat for the captain.

The project initially started as a joint design analysis between Tecnomar and the Lamborghini Style Center, to interpret common traits and blend the DNA of the two brands into an ultra-luxury sports yacht.

Sports styled steering wheel and control panel. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Sports styled steering wheel and control panel. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

Sporting two MAN V12-2000HP engines for a total 4000CV, the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 motor yacht can reach 60 knots of speed and will be the fastest boat in the Tecnomar fleet of The Italian Sea Group. The unmistakable signature Lamborghini fighter pilot styled “start & stop” button will also be present on the yacht in two units, one per engine.

Design styling reminiscent of the exterior styling of modern Lamborghini's. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Design styling reminiscent of the exterior styling of modern Lamborghini’s. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 Sports Yacht Interior
Plenty of space at the helm of the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

The “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63” yacht is available in three main variants:

LOUNGE VERSION: The open space is the concept, functional and essential, with a fully equipped kitchen, headboard for guests and closet, a large open space with lounge sofas and wardrobe. Last but not least the owner’s private bathroom to always have your privacy.

1 CABIN VERSION: Maintaining the design and style of the lounge version, the kitchen is divided from the bow area, thus obtaining a king size bed from the sofa. The bow cabin is therefore equipped with large spaces and a dedicated owner bathroom.

Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63 sports yacht master bed in bedroom
Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63 master bedroom style concept 1. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63 sports yacht master bedroom
Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63 master bedroom style concept 2. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini
Bathroom in the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63 sports yacht
Bathroom design for the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

2 CABIN VERSION: The new ideal solution to optimize space and have the best of comfort, Two independent cabins. The owner cabin with its king size maintains comfort levels worthy of a super luxury hotel. The guest cabin was created to accommodate a couple of friends or two children thanks to the possibility of having two separate singles that can be joined together in a large king size. The shared bathroom has significant spaces with ample storage and a dream shower.

Second bedroom in the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63 sports yacht
Second bedroom design for the Tecnomar by Lamborghini 63. Credit: Tecnomar & Lamborghini

Sharing on the collaboration, Giovanni Constantino CEO of The Italian Sea Group said, “In May we announced that we had signed the agreement with Automobili Lamborghini and today we are presenting Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63, a motor yacht that I am sure will become a futuristic icon like the car that inspired it. Select owners around the world will own not only the fastest Tecnomar motor yacht in the fleet, but a unique Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63. I am proud to have (been) chosen to create this innovative and challenging project with Automobili Lamborghini that combines technology, excellence in design, quality and performance and that will give us great satisfaction “.

“This yacht best represents what it means for us to create a quality partnership,” said Katia Bassi, Marketing and Communication Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini. “The essence of all our collaborations consists in transferring our style and our experience in worlds that despite their diversity, have (something) in common with our traits so that they can be interpreted to add value. If I had had to imagine a Lamborghini on the water, this would have been my vision. I am therefore happy to celebrate this success today”.

The fastest Tecnomar performance yacht to date. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
The Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 can reach 60 knots. Credit: Lamborghini & Tecnomar
Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 Sports Yacht Side Interior

Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 is not merely an exercise in style and design, but represents the vanguard of luxury speed boats. Inspired by Lamborghini super sports cars’ performance, two of the most innovative elements are at the core of its design concept – speed and dynamic lightness.

Like their supercar siblings, the motor yachts will feature extensive use of carbon fiber, guaranteeing an ultralight boat classification with a maximum weight of 24 tons for 63 feet in length and is the fastest Tecnomar performance yacht to date. Looking inside the Tecnomar by Lamborghini will feature two bedrooms and a bathroom all of which are 100% customizable to an owner’s tastes through the Lamborghini Ad Personam program.

Customers who wish to use the Ad Personam Program can configure their yacht directly by contacting the commercial department of The Italian Sea Group at the following email address: sales@tecnomar63.com

With the support of their team of experts, it is possible to follow all the stages of the project starting from defining the colors, materials, to the production status of your super sports yacht.

Tecnomar is currently taking orders with deliveries set to begin from next year.

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Monaco Yacht Show 2020 Canceled Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

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The Monaco Yacht Show 2020 has been canceled due to ongoing covid-19 concerns, with the 30th anniversary now rescheduled for September 2021.
The 2020 Monaco Yacht Show has been canceled this year but will return in 2021. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show
The 2020 Monaco Yacht Show has been canceled this year but will return in 2021. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

While reported earlier this year that this year’s Monaco Yacht Show would still be going ahead in September, albeit, under much different circumstances, organizers of the event have since made the decision to cancel the 2020 Monaco Yacht Show.

Hoping that events would be viable in the later part of 2020, show organizer Informa had initially planned on holding a smaller not-for-profit event to aid the superyacht industry but has since been in talks with stakeholders and partners within the international superyacht industry regarding ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

Monaco Yacht Show Port Hercule
Port Hercule ready to welcome superyachts and guests. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

With many of the worlds superyachts currently located in the US and Caribbean for the forseeable future, and with global travel restrictions in place, it was decided that it was in the industry’s best interest to postpone the Monaco event until next year while focusing on the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which is still on schedule for October 2020.

“Like many other industries, the international super yachting community has experienced significant disruption in 2020”, Chief Executive of Informa Markets Charlie McCurdy shared. “As we move to the other side of COVID-19, we are remaining agile in how we are supporting our partners and customers, flexing our events calendar, adapting products and providing digital alternatives where beneficial to best meet the needs of international communities through this difficult period. To this end, we are focusing our efforts in the latter part of the year on delivering a strong platform to showcase the industry at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October, with the Monaco Yacht Show now set to return in style in September 2021, when it will celebrate its 30th anniversary.”

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is one of the largest international yachting events globally and is expected to host more than 900 boats, including 100 superyachts.

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Rossinavi Launches 52m Florentia Superyacht

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Italian based Rossinavi has launched the 52m Florentia superyacht, the second of three superyacht deliveries expected by the brand this year.
The Rossinavi built Florentia rolling out of it's build hall. Credit: Rossinavi/Michele Chiroli
The Rossinavi built Florentia rolling out of it’s build hall. Credit: Rossinavi/Michele Chiroli

Earlier this year, Viareggio-based Rossinavi announced they had a busy year ahead with three separate superyacht projects scheduled to be delivered and it would appear the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed them down one bit as Florentia’s launch marks second completed superyacht for the year.

All of Florentia's bow details are visible before she hits the water. Credit: Rossinavi/Michele Chiroli
All of Florentia’s bow details are visible before she hits the water. Credit: Rossinavi/Michele Chiroli

Launched at Rossinavi’s shipyard, the 52m/171ft Florentia hit the water for the first time in a private ceremony.

Getting ready to lower Florentia into the water. Credit: Rossinavi/Michele Chiroli
Getting ready to lower Florentia into the water. Credit: Rossinavi/Michele Chiroli

Described as a “timeless project with fluid and elegant exterior lines”, Florentia was sold in 2017 and was the project that first brought Rossinavi back to building a boat over 52 meters with more than 500GT.

Built as a full-displacement superyacht with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the exterior design was completed by Studio Vafiadis while the interior styling was courtesy of A++ Design Studio.

Ready to launch the Rossinavi built Florentia superyacht

Commenting on the exterior design of Florentia, Stefano Vafiadis of Studio Vafiadis shared, “Florentia is the most representative example of a fully bespoke superyacht made in Italy. This is a boat entirely designed and built around the owner and his needs. We’ve been challenged with the difficult brief to create a timeless gem where classic features and shapes meet modern details.”

Regarding the interior design of Florentia, Carlo Colombo of A++ Studio shared that the design had been “inspired by the shapes of nature and ocean waves combined with technology and continuous research of design functionality” and that “the soft lines of the boat’s architecture style pervade the space, complementing neutral colours and precious materials contributing to a unique and refined yacht for a peaceful and relaxing experience.”

ReadyLaunching the Rossinavi built Florentia superyacht

Rossinavi had also previously shared, “The aim of our design is to create a new milestone in the yachting industry, an elegant beauty that will never get old and satisfy all of her owner’s dreams.”

An earlier description of Florentia mentions a staircase, set to be the sculptural heart of the boat, and a mirrored ring placed in the center of the master suite to bring reflections of the sea inside the room.

The Rossinavi built Florentia superyacht is able to accommodate 12 guests, which a master suite on the main deck, a VIP suite on the fly deck and two double guest bedrooms on the lower deck alongside the crew quarters which includes a kitchen, living room, laundry and crew accommodation for 12.

Earlier render design of Florentia's steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Credit: Rossinavi
Earlier render design of Florentia’s steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Credit: Rossinavi

Other stand-out features include the large jacuzzi on the fly deck and two walk-in wardrobes for the master suite.

Rossinavi's Florentia designed by Studio Vafiadis, Carlo Colombo and A++ Design Studio. Credit: Rossinavi
Rossinavi’s Florentia designed by Studio Vafiadis, Carlo Colombo and A++ Design Studio. Credit: Rossinavi

Numbers and Stats

Florentia
BuilderRossinavi
Interior DesignCarlo Colombo and A++ Design Studio
Exterior DesignStudio Vafiadis
Naval ArchitectArrabito Naval Architects
Length – Overall52m – 170’7″
Breadth – Max at fender10.35m – 33’11”
Max Speed15 kn
Cruising Speed13.5 kn
Range5000 nm
Gross Tonnage800 GT

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