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Sorgiovanni Design Reveals 325ft Polar Ready “Frontier” Explorer Yacht

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Australian based superyacht design house Sorgiovanni Design reveals new Frontier explorer yacht concept capable of polar exploration.

With twenty-three years of yacht design under his belt and an induction into the Australian Superyacht Industry Hall of Fame, Sam Sorgiovanni is no newcomer to the superyacht game, so when his design firm announces its latest explorer yacht you know it has some serious design clout behind it.

Named Frontier, the latest concept has been designed to “discover new and unknown civilisations” and with the steel hull featuring a certified ice-breaker reverse bow capable of slicing through ice caps, it’s a safe bet to guess it’s destined for some of the most extreme climates found at either end of the Earth’s poles.

However unlike some explorer yacht designs that prioritize functionality over appearance, Sorgiovanni has still managed to maintain exceptionally sleek lines in the design of Frontier and a warm and casual aesthetic that will be appealing to owners who desire rugged exploration capabilities without having to sacrifice comfort and luxury finishings.

Frontier Exploration Yacht by Sorgiovanni Design - Side Profile
Frontier Exploration Yacht by Sorgiovanni Design. Credit: Sorgiovanni Design

Speaking on the design, Sam Sorgiovanni shared, “Australians have a casual lifestyle that focuses on the sea, sand and climate. This translates so well to life on a yacht – this yacht, in particular, perfectly depicts the wish of being close to the elements in a relaxed way, with a taste for discovering unknown lands.”

Not to be pigeon-holed, Frontier also ticks all the right boxes to be the perfect entertainer with the inclusion of an outdoor bar and jacuzzi on the observation deck, a nine-meter pool on the owner’s deck, a cinema for 20, games room on the main deck and a two-story beach club below with a massage room, sauna, steam room and direct access to the tender garage.

One of Frontier’s stand-out features is undoubtedly the unique retractable helicopter landing pad. Mounted on hydraulic jacks, the 15sqm platform forms part of the entertainment area of the pool when not in use, but when required can slide out fully to receive an incoming helicopter.

Frontier Exploration Yacht Sam Sorgiovanni with Helipad
Frontier Explorer Yacht by Sam Sorgiovanni with Helipad

For the interior spaces, Sorgiovanni has focused on using sustainable materials where possible and taken inspiration from his homeland of Australia, choosing to use bark, seeds, and timber from fast-growing woods, local stone, and even eggshells.

Built to accommodate 12 guests in 6 double staterooms with individual ensuites, Frontier’s guest staterooms are situated on the lower deck while the owner’s master suite and private office are found on the upper-deck and offer direct access to the main pool. Frontier also has accommodation for 34 crew in 17 double cabins.

Although still only in the initial concept phase, Frontier is designed to be powered by twin diesel engines with a top speed of 20 knots.

Sorgiovanni also envisions potential owners of Frontier will seek further eco-friendly features to make it the ultimate globetrotting explorer yacht.

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Princess Yachts “Superfly” X95 Officially Launched Online

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The new Princess Yachts Superfly X95 with its giant enclosed flybridge is an entirely new design for the UK based yacht builder and was created in collaboration with Italian Pininfarina design house and Olenski naval architects.
Princess Yachts X95 Side Front View
The new Princess Yachts “Superfly” X95. Credit: Princess Yachts

First unveiled as a concept in 2018, Princess Yachts have officially revealed the new Superfly X95 in a Facebook Live “round table” talk with various team members of Princess Yachts.

While usually held as a press conference at one of the major yacht shows, in light of current events, the Plymouth based company chose to instead hold the reveal at their South yard, aboard a 1:1 full-scale plywood mock-up of the X95.

The first model of the new Princess Yachts X Class, the long-range X95 is characterized by long-flowing lines extending from bow to stern and sees both the flybridge and main deck interior space extending almost the full length of the yacht.

It also features a fully enclosed and air-conditioned sky lounge, which together creates the “Super Flybridge” – the X Class’s defining characteristic and inspiration for the “Superfly” nickname. 

Princess Yachts X95 Side View
A sporty SUV of the sea with its defining Super Flybridge. Credit: Princess Yachts

Describing the new design, Princess Executive Chairman Antony Sheriff said, “The X95 breaks the mould of traditional yacht design. The unique open plan architecture is brought to life through our design partnership with the legendary styling house Pininfarina. The layout provides 10% more outdoor space and 40% more indoor space than a traditional motor yacht. This leap forward in space and versatility mirrors recent innovations from luxury automotive brands who have developed crossover models.”

Princess Yachts X95 Side Back View

Having joined Princess Yachts only 4.5 years ago, Antony Sheriff is a relative newcomer to the yachting industry (previously coming from McLaren Automotive where he oversaw the launch of models like the MP4-12C and P1). While he still wanted to maintain the brand’s heritage, he was also looking for the company to be brave and try new things, citing “to innovate is to do things that others are scared to do” and it was this thinking that ultimately led to the creation of the X95.

During the early days of his role as CEO, Antony was sitting aboard the helm of a 75ft Princess Yacht at the Singapore Yacht Show and began to wonder, “What does one do with all this space in the front (foredeck) and is there a better use for it? 

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Upper Deck Bow
The re-imagined flybridge extends almost the entire length of the yacht. Credit: Princess Yachts

He also asked himself, “Is there any way to get rid of the helm station on the main deck? Is it possible to create a massive space on the main deck and put the helm-deck somewhere up top? Why do we build a flybridge the way we do and is there a better or different way to build it?”

These musings led to the idea for a new yacht and further evolved into three questions that needed answering:  

  1. Does it work?
  2. Does it float?
  3. Does it look great?

It would take another 16 weeks of pre-concept discussions and calculations with the team to get the proportions right and establish if the concept for the new Superfly X95 could even work. and getting the proportions right with naval architect Olesinski and Italian design house Pininafarina joining the project. 

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Skylounge
The fully enclosed and air-conditioned sky-lounge offers extensive views in comfort. Credit: Princess Yachts

There were several main challenges in achieving the desired outcome of the X95, with Andy Lawrence, Director of Design at Princess Yachts mentioning the first of those was getting the main saloon and the air-conditioned sky lounge on the top of a boat of this proportions.

Secondly, the naval architect Olesinki wanted the design to be very airy and flow well from the interior to exterior areas, requiring an unprecedented amount of glass to do so.

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Saloon
The X95 creates more space on the main deck and greater opportunities to customize the layout. Credit: Princess Yachts
Princess Yachts X95 Interior Skylounge View
Extensive use of glass throughout the design required a hull re-design. Credit: Princess Yachts

This led to the third challenge of needing a hull design that could support the increased weight of the glass and required Princess Yachts to be innovative and something entirely new design to them.

Taking all of these considerations into account, the design team finally settled on the “Super Flybridge” concept with a vast, fully enclosed air-conditioned sky lounge.

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Upper Deck
More living spaces to enjoy on the Superfly X95. Credit: Princess Yachts

In addition to the new flybridge architectural design of the X95, Princess Yachts also worked on a new hull design, with a piercing bow that extends the waterline forward, improving efficiency up to 15% compared to traditional hull designs. This unique design was such a move away from previous models that they had to take the new hull design to the testing tank to ensure the design worked how it was supposed to.

Princess Yachts X95 Docked
The piercing bow of the X95 increases efficiency up to 15%. Credit: Princess Yachts

Powered by twin MAN V12 engines producing a total of 3800hp and in conjunction with the new hydro-dynamic efficiencies, the Superfly X95 can reach a maximum speed of 23 knots, which is impressive when compared to previous generations that required a combined horsepower of 5200hp to achieve the same speed. With a full tank (13,400 liters), the X95 also has a range of 2,000 miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots and is suitable for long-range journeys. 

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior Decks

Design-wise, the X95 also offers the greatest amount of living spaces in a Princess design of this length and an even higher level of pre-designed options from the factory designed layouts. Before the X95, approximately 10% of the Princess Yachts design team worked on “non-standard” options for clients, but with this new project, that has now increased to 25-30%.

In the presentation, Sarah Verey, Creative Design Consultant Princess Yachts shared, “She’s got 30% more internal volume than another other 95ft boat design we’ve designed. The temptation is always to fill the volume but actually we wanted to create a really architectural interior on this boat. So we deliberately didn’t want to fill the space. We wanted there to be a lot of design elements in there, but when you walk in it’s a sum of all the parts. It’s walking in and going “[wow] there’s something about this. I can’t put my finger on what it is but it just works.”

Princess Yachts X95 Interior Master Stateroom
Princess Yachts X95 Interior Master Stateroom Dressing Area

One of the benefits of choosing a model like this is that each client is able to work with a creative design consultant like Sarah Verey to personalize the design and end up with a bespoke result that will take just over a year to build from the time the client specifications are submitted.

Onboard, the standard Princess Yachts X95 deck design can accommodate up to eight guests on the lower deck in a full-beam master stateroom, two twin guest cabins, and a double VIP suite forward. 

Princess Yachts X95 Trio Decks
The X95 can be configured with multiple different layouts depending on owners requirements. Credit: Princess Yachts

However, as an example of the versatility afforded with the X95, the owner of the first build slot opted to configure the yacht with a five-cabin layout consisting of a full-beam main deck master suite, plus a non-standard lower deck layout featuring an aft VIP stateroom with an adjoining gym. 

With ten X95 models already sold to owners around the world, Princess Yachts have even had to push back the production schedule of the M Class to accommodate the demand for the new Superfly X95, proving that this design has struck a chord amongst fans of the brand.

And for owners who are looking for something a little smaller but still wanting similar functionality, rest assured, plans are well underway for a younger sister – the X80.

Princess Yachts: www.princessyachts.com

Princess Yachts X95 Exterior White
Princess Yachts X95 Cockpit

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The Latest Mazu 82 Yacht Has Bullet Proof Glass

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Mazu Yachts delivers its latest and largest yacht the Mazu 82 to its new owner.
Mazu 82 superyacht side profile
The Mazu Yachts flagship, Mazu 82. Credit: Mazu Yachts

Since 2011 Turkish Based Mazu Yachts has been designing and producing Open and Hard-Top Motor Yachts and Super Yacht Tenders at their state of the art 3000 sq.m indoor and 1000 sq.m outdoor facility.

The boatyard typically produces just 10 boats a year due to the fact each vessel is bespoke. Mazu Yachts say they spend a tremendous amount of time getting to know customers, their needs and lifestyles on each and every project commissioned.

No surprise then that Mazu is proud to deliver their latest 82ft flagship, the Mazu 82, to its discerning owner.

Powered by three Volvo Penta IPS units (1,000hp each) and built of a carbon composite in a lightweight sandwich construction for maximum rigidity and strength, the deep-V hull achieves a top speed of 40 knots at full load and a cruising speed of 35 knots.

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 under power side view
The Mazu 82 has a cruising speed of 35 knots. Credit: Mazu Yachts

“The hull lines of the new Mazu 82 were designed in-house to provide a perfect balance between top speed, seakeeping capability and fuel efficiency,” says Halit Yukay, lead designer and CEO of Mazu Yachts. “At cruising speed the yacht burns around 600 litres of fuel per hour for a range of just under 400 nautical miles or around 12 hours cruising.”

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 under power aft view
The Mazu 82 is powered by three 1000hp engines. Credit: Mazu Yachts

At 24.5 meters long the Mazu 82 offers a lot more volume than the yard’s previous 62-foot flagship. Logistically this was not an issue because the shipyard is able to build up to 30 metres and Yukay maintains that building smaller yachts is actually harder because of the lack of space onboard the vessel, slowing down production as fewer people can work at any one time. Another advantage with producing the lager yachts is that there is much more free-standing furniture on board, custom designed for the latest project by celebrated designer Tanju Özelgin, the first time Mazu has worked with an independent stylist.

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 interior master cabin
The Mazu 82 master cabin. Credit: Mazu Yachts
Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 interior media area
The Mazu 82 media area. Credit: Mazu Yachts
Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 interior saloon
The Mazu 82 saloon. Credit: Mazu Yachts

The exterior profile of the Mazu 82 is characterized by the flush main deck with no steps and the angular lines of the all-glass deckhouse. Wherever possible the shipyard used one-piece glass panes, which meant increasing their thickness.

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 superyacht fore deck and windscreen
The windscreen glass 22mm thick and bulletproof. Credit: Mazu Yachts

The tempered and laminated windshield is over 22mm thick and with a PVB interlayer is literally bulletproof. The glass is also extra clear to eliminate distortion and reflections. Three openable ‘portholes’ at the front of the superstructure provide natural ventilation while underway along with the sliding aluminium roof, custom-made by OPAC in Italy.

On special request of the owner, Mazu Yachts modified the aft deck design to include terraced steps leading down to the swim platform. These steps function as built-in furniture so guests can sit down and still converse with other people, and additionally wide enough to also lie down and sunbathe on.

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 superyacht aft view steps
The Mazu 82 steps allow socializing and sunbathing. Credit: Mazu Yachts

“Multifunctional design was very important for the owner,” says Yukay. “In fact, the open foredeck has three different uses: as a sunbathing area, a dining area for 12 people, and a screen can be set up to turn it into an open-air cinema.”

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 fore deck open air dining
The foredeck set up for open-air dining. Credit: Mazu Yachts
Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 fore deck open air cinema
The Mazu 82 open-air cinema. Credit: Mazu Yachts

The proud owner is said to be delighted with his new acquisition and is spending most of his time onboard. Given the current Covid crisis, he is also planning to use his yacht as a floating office well into the winter season.

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 aerial view
The main deck has no steps until arriving at the swim platform. Credit: Mazu Yachts
Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 GA layout floorplan
Floor plan of the Mazu 82. Credit: Mazu Yachts

Mazu 82 Yacht Specs:

  • Length overall: 24.50m
  • Beam: 5.90m
  • Draft (max): 1.60m
  • Displacement: 50 tonnes
  • Material: Epoxy Sandwich System Carbon Composite
  • Engines: 3 x Volvo Penta IPS 1350 (3 x 1000 HP)
  • Max speed: 40 Kts
  • Cruising speed: 35 Kts
  • Fuel capacity:y 4500L
  • Class: CE / A

Mazu Yachts: mazuyachts.com

Mazu Yachts Mazu 82 swim platform
The Mazu 82 set up with shade sails and an outdoor shower. Credit: Mazu Yachts

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Custom CRN 142 Megayacht Contract Signed

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CRN announces the sale of a new 52m megayacht.
Ferretti group's CRN has sold a 52m megayacht CRN 142
Ferretti group’s CRN has sold a 52m megayacht CRN 142

Ferretti Group’s shipyard subsidiary, CRN, has just announced the signing of a contract for a new custom 52-metre full-aluminium yacht, and will be the yard’s hull number 142.

Described as a low-profile vessel with flowing lines that glisten with sporty spirit, CRN 142 combines extensive outdoor areas and airy indoor spaces with large windows for constant direct contact with the sea.

The enormous sheltered upper deck is large enough to be split into 3 zones with a raised jacuzzi positioned aft, space for dining in the middle and an open lounge area towards the front. The bow of CRN 142 has been designed to carry tenders and toys while still permitting room for lounges or sunbeds. A large raised pool also features to the aft of the megayacht with steps on both sides of the pool leading down to the swim platform.

This new pleasure yacht project has been developed by the CRN Technical Office with design and architecture studio Omega Architects helmed by Frank Laupman, who created the concept, and interior design by Massari Design.

The new 52m beauty is the third successful collaboration with Omega Architects, following on from the iconic 73-metre Yalla (2014) and the fabulous 62-metre CRN M/Y 138, currently under construction.

CRN is now constructing four fully custom yachts: CRN M/Y 137 62m (ready for delivery), CRN M/Y 138 62m, CRN M/Y 139 72m and CRN M/Y 141 60m

The sale of CRN 142 was brokered by Eduardo Cury, President of Miami Yacht Access, and the client was represented by Antonello Vittorio Meloni, Director of the Luxury Assets Department of Finakey SA, multi-family office based in Geneva.

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