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Heesen Launches Second Hybrid Yacht, Aptly Named ‘Electra’

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After 2 years in build, superyacht Project Electra has been launched and will shortly undergo sea trials in the North Sea before delivery April this year.
Heesen Yachts Hybrid Electra completed and ready for sea trials
Heesen Yachts Hybrid Electra sits completed ready for sea trials. Credit: Heesen

For Dutch shipyard Heesen, M/Y Electra (a.k.a YN 19150) is the second hybrid superyacht launch in their 5000 aluminium Full Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) class, having previously launched and delivered the award-winning hybrid superyacht “Home” to its owner in 2017.

Like M/Y Home, M/Y Electra owes its distinctive profile with a near-vertical bow and long waterline to the mind of Frank Laupman of Omega Architects who designed the exterior of the superyacht. Utilising the extensive usage of structural glass, Italian designer Cristiano Gatto was then able to create a contemporary and calming interior that also provided a simple sense of connection with the outdoors.

Aside from Electra’s streamlined appearance and elegant design, the attractiveness of this model to potential owners leans gently upon its innovative and eco-friendly offerings.

Heesen Yachts Hybrid Electra Saloon Interior
The Saloon inside the hybrid superyacht Electra. Credit: Heesen Yachts
Heesen Yachts Hybrid Superyacht Electra Sky Lounge Interior
Heesen’s second hybrid yacht Electra features a Sky Lounge. Credit: Heesen Yachts
View from under Heesen Yachts Hybrid Superyacht Electra's Hull
View from under Electra’s Hull before water is let into the build hall. Credit: Heesen Yachts

Compared to a traditional diesel engine arrangement, the hybrid power and propulsion system chosen by Heesen is quieter (said to be the equivalent of soft rain when in hybrid mode) and more fuel-efficient.

It also offers considerable cost-saving benefits to captains with a choice of four different power cruising modes:

  • Hybrid Mode: up to 9 knots at noise levels of just 46dB. Two water-cooled DC electric shaft motors of 127kW each quietly power the yacht. The benefits are silent cruising and higher maneuverability in close quarters.
  • Economic Mode: Speeds of 9-12 knots with main engines on and generators off. Ideal for longer passages as this mode allows for reduced fuel consumption (at 12 knots the yacht burns only 98 litres per hour) and extended generator life.
  • Cruising / Conventional Mode: Speeds of 12-15 knots. This is the traditional mode, where the diesel engines drive the yacht’s propellers and the generators supply the hotel electrical demand.
  • Boost Mode: For top speed of 16.3 knots. Generator-powered shaft motors are brought into service alongside the main engines giving an extra kick of power to the gearbox.

Owners will be pleased to note up to 12 guests can be accommodated onboard in 6 staterooms, each with private en-suite bathrooms and an overall layout designed to provide multiple outdoor living areas for guests to enjoy at any given time.

Having been just been launched, Electra will now complete commissioning of her systems and will undergo intensive sea trials in the North Sea prior to her owner delivery in April 2020.

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The Customizable 690 GTO Giant Centre Console From RODRIGUEZDESIGN

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Yacht Designer and Naval Architect, Josh Rodriguez from RODRIGUEZDESIGN has released images of his latest design the 690 GTO making it one of the world’s biggest centre console boats.
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The 69.88 ft 690 GTO centre console boat designed by Rodriguezdesign.

It wasn’t that long ago, that if you had twin engines, you were big time. Today, quad, quintuplet and even sextuplet racks of massive horsepower outboards have leaped the performance bar. The same goes for size. Twenty five years ago few could conceive of a 40-foot centre console boat, but this is a different decade and demand has changed.

Enter the new 690 GTO by Josh Rodriguez’s studio, RODRIGUEZDESIGN. This 69.88 ft (21.3 m) giant is designed to push hard with 6 x V8 powered Mercury 450R’s or 6 x V8 powered Seven Marine 627 outboards with the option of an inboard engine configuration also available.

However, performance and size are not the only jewels in this King’s crown. RODRIGUEZDESIGN has put the ability of customization at the forefront of the 690 GTO’s exterior and interior layout creating options aplenty.

“We are extremely happy to finally be able to announce the next step in big centre consoles. She’s the biggest, meanest, baddest centre console out there.”

Josh Rodriguez, owner of RODRIGUEZDESIGN.
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console boat aerial view
The cruising version of the 690 GTO with al fresco area at the bow and multiple sun pad options.

On the exterior, you can choose from a different set of standard elements. The cruising version has an open aft deck with external hard top supports, an aft sun pad, workstation, covered U shaped seating and a 4 seat row for the dashboard. Moving forwards, the cruising option has a sun pad on top of the console, and another seating / al fresco dining area at the bow, which also acts as a large sun pad with the aid of an up-down table.

Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console cruising version side profile view
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO cruising version can sleep 6 among the two cabins and the saloon.

Stepping down inside the boat, the interior layout is also highly customizable. The cruising version has a two cabin layout, with the master cabin located forward and the VIP cabin located aft. This configuration has one head (bathroom) which is accessed directly from the master cabin and also from the saloon. The saloon accommodates 6 people around the large u-shaped seating arrangement, with an up-down table that allows it to turn into a double bed, sleeping a total of 6 guests. There is also a large galley, with an electric stove top, sink, microwave and dishwasher.

Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO fishing version without tuna tower / flybridge option
The fishing version of the 690 GTO without tuna tower / flybridge option.

On the other side of the spectrum, you can choose a full fishing spec boat with the 690 GTO.
This would see two large live bait tanks aft, inner hard top supports to give full walk around capabilities for fishing and the same configuration under the hard top (u-shaped seating, which can be turned into two rows of 4 seats and a 4 seat dashboard row).

The 690 GTO can also be equipped with a tuna tower / fly bridge. Moving forwards, the fishing spec keeps the sun pad on top of the console or alternatively this can be switched out for glass to create a large skylight on the lower deck and a full walk around at the bow by eliminating the front seating. Of course these are just two versions of the 690 GTO, but the boat can really be configured any number of ways in between to suit the owner’s needs.

Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console boat with push out balconies as standard
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console boat with push out balconies as standard.

All variations of the 690 GTO centre console come standard with push out balconies, which on the cruising version act as a connection to the sea, away from the engines and on the fishing version act as a tuna door, which helps hauling heavy fish from the sea directly onto a lower height.

The reach and appeal of the centre console boat has certainly broadened over time, and the customization options seen in the 690 GTO just gives this giant longer arms. RODRIGUEZDESIGN can certainly stand behind the 690 GTO as the biggest, baddest and meanest centre console boat out there.

690 GTO Specifications at a Glance

  • LENGTH: 21,3 m (69,88 ft)
  • BEAM: 4,96 m (16,27 ft)
  • DRAFT: 1,12 m (3,67 ft) (approx.)
  • ENGINES: 6 X Mercury 450R or 6 X Seven Marine 627. Inboard engine configuration is also possible.
  • SLEEPS: Up to 6 People

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Sporty Dynamiq GTT 160 Reimagines The 50 Metre Yacht Class

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Monaco based yacht builder Dynamiq adds new configurable GTT 160 superyacht to their lineup.
Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht side profile
Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht reimagines the 50m yacht class. Credit: Dynamiq

Founded in Monaco in 2014 by yacht broker and designer Sergei Dobroserdov, Dynamiq is the young yacht building company behind the sporty GTT 160 superyacht concept targeted at the next generation of yachting enthusiasts.

Aimed at active owners equally comfortable navigating the globe as they are enjoying lazy island-hopping holidays, the GTT 160 is capable of Transatlantic crossings and is a more manageable and economical sized yacht that still affords the same luxuries usually associated with much larger superyachts.

Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht bow profile
Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht bow profile. Credit: Dynamiq

Speaking of the latest addition to the Dynamiq lineup, CEO Sergei Dobroserdov recalled, “The idea was to create the most attractive proposal for a superyacht of just under 50 metres. There are so many 50-metre yachts below 500GT available, but they all look very similar with pretty much the same functionality. We asked ourselves ‘What can we bring to the market that makes more sense for our clients?’ The answer was to focus on modern owners priorities and leave the less important things aside. So we decided to design the GTT 160 with the accent on the key factors: well-being, efficiency and price.”

With a focus on well-being and in a first for a superyacht this size, the main deck aft has been designed around the large 120sqm beach club that includes a hot tub for 12 guests along with a sauna, hamman and gymnasium while on the upper deck, guests can enjoy the cinema lounge with a 75 inch movie screen or gather at the entertainers bar.

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Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht deck plans. Credit: Dynamiq

Designed to accommodate 12 guests comfortably, the GTT 160 features six luxuriously styled guest cabins and crew quarters for up to eight staff. Situated on the same deck as the beach club, the stately master stateroom is found at the main deck forward and includes two large private side balconies.

To complete its versatility, the GTT 160 has room for a 21-foot tender in the forward garage and comes with a touch-and-go helipad platform able to accommodate helicopters with a maxium take-off weight of 3,000kg.

A sample of the Minotti For Dynamiq package
A sample of the Minotti For Dynamiq package. Credit: Dynamiq
Dynamiq GTT 160 Meissen gold mesh porcelain set option
Dynamiq GTT 160 Meissen gold mesh porcelain set option. Credit: Dynamiq

Prices for the Dynamic GTT 160 begin at €19,900,000 with speed upgrades like the sports focused “S Version” available for an extra €850,000 (engines upgraded to a more powerful set of MAN V12-1800 engines to increase top speed to 23 knots).

As a highly configurable superyacht, Dynamic GTT 160 owners can use the online configurator to select extra packages including the limited “CARAT” edition (+ €1,000,000) offering the entire exterior being painted with Royal Gold metallic paint, a stabilization and silent package, Bentley Home interior furnishings, a Steinway Lyngdorf audio package, Serdanili gold bathroom accessories, Miele kitchen appliances, upgrade to marble throughout the superyacht and a host of other luxuries.

Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht seen in royal gold
The Royal Gold exterior option on the Dynamiq GTT 160 superyacht. Credit: Dynamiq
Dynamiq GTT 160 with speed blue metalic exterior
Dynamiq GTT 160 with speed blue metalic exterior. Credit: Dynamiq

Alternatively if you don’t want the entire CARAT package, owners can also select individual upgrades such as metallic paint option for an extra €125,000 or interior packages like the “Minotti for Dynamiq” package for €275,000, the “Sabrina for Dynamiq” package for €445,000 or the accessory package from Bottega Veneta including cashmere throws and decorative pillows for €58,000.

In an often overwhelming decision making process, Dynamiq’s easy online configurator allows the yacht design to be easily customized and pricing transparent right down to the last detail.

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What Does Eco Friendly Superyachting Look Like For The Yachting Industry?

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Between superyacht owners, designers, naval architects and superyacht charter companies, a serious and practical approach is underway to continue making the marine industry Eco friendly.

Across the globe there has been increasing talk amongst the yachting industry regarding sustainability, the responsibility of owners to adopt green technologies and measures shipbuilders can take to help protect the environment.

Already many superyacht builders like Icon Yachts, Feadship and Lürssen have been engaging innovative Eco friendly technologies including the use of hybrid propulsion systems which engage multiple energy sources to lower carbon emissions and reduce noise pollution to the marine wildlife.

Superyachts like the award-winning Oceanco built Black Pearl which currently holds the record for the world’s largest sailing yacht at 360ft, uses a combination of “wind power” to fill her giant sails along with a hybrid propulsion system when required and is said to be able to cross the Atlantic without fuel.

Meanwhile, Turkish shipyard Bilgin has just completed their largest superyacht to date, the 262ft Tatiana, which complies with the International Maritime Organization’s IMO Tier III certification requirements and features a special exhaust system that produces 100% clean air emissions.

Launch of Bilgin built superyacht Tatiana. Credit: Bilgin Yachts

Up and coming yacht designers are also keen to imagine a greener yachting future with creative concepts like French designer Julien Cadro’s ‘Ecoo’ superyacht, featuring an Avatar styled hull made out of bamboo fiber instead of steel, designed as part of the recent Rossinavi Design Challenge.

Raphael Suleau, CEO of superyacht charter and brokerage Fraser Yachts, has also noticed an increase in owners wishing to adhere to “green yachting” standards and clients asking for Eco-conscious superyacht charter options, including charters that offset emissions by “multi-tasking” and carrying out marine research activities while engaged as a charter yacht.

One such superyacht in Fraser’s charter fleet is the 251ft Yersin, a multi-purpose trans-ocean explorer yacht with ZERO emissions that can explore the globe without a trace and gain access to some of the most remote parts of the world thanks to its minimal impact on the environment.

Zero emission explorer yacht Yersin in the background. Credit: Fraser Yachts
M/Y Yersin. Credit: Fraser Yachts

Created for an owner whose inspiration stemmed from adventurers like Tintin and Commander Cousteau, M/Y Yersin has a research laboratory and hospital onboard and can be used for the scientific study of the unique marine life it encounters. Along with educational initiatives, guests and crew are also required to use chemical-free products and all garbage and waste required to be sorted and recycled accordingly.

In 2019 Fraser also acquired the new 183ft yacht M/Y Baba’s into its charter fleet which was built using engines that are fully compliant with the new International Maritime Organization directives on “clean exhaust”. These measures will be in force from 2021 onwards, so Baba’s is the first Pleasure Craft to embrace this technology more than two years ahead of the upcoming global standards.

M/Y Baba’s. Credit: Fraser Yachts

Guests onboard 109ft M/Y Robbie Bobby can take comfort that her owner see’s environmental issues as very important. He is trying to get rid of plastic water bottles, replace the water toys with electric ones in order to reduce consumption and pollution, and also change the tender and yacht’s engine to be more efficient.

Superyacht designers themselves are also actively looking to raise awareness in the industry, with superyacht designer Dan Lenard of renowned design house Nuvolari Lenard, embarking on a solo journey across the Atlantic Ocean in a 33ft sail boat made from abandoned performance yacht parts  in a bid to draw attention to the state of the oceans.

“While a public beach appears to be clean due to a meticulous daily cleaning of the appointed services, a yacht reaching for remote places is discovering easily the real sad state of beaches, coasts and also the water itself – plastic has now reached practically every part of the world’s seas”.

As a yacht designer for some of the most iconic superyacht builds to do date, Dan firmly believes it is the responsibility of each and every person to alter our actions and habits to ensure the preservation of our oceans.

As Dan Lenard says, “We can enjoy the sea or destroy the sea. It is a choice.”

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