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Stormbreaker Explorer Yacht Concept Released by Theodoros Fotiadis



An explorer yacht designed for people who enjoy going off the grid and experiencing something unique every time they are on board.
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker sailing by Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht concept ‘Stormbreaker’. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

With a title like ‘Stormbreaker’ it’s no surprise that this go anywhere explorer yacht concept has been designed with a powerful and muscular exterior and razor sharp lines. If breaking through storms to get to some of the most remote places in the world is what you do, then you would also want to give your owner a front row seat to the show and Berlin based designer, Theodoros Fotiadis from T Fotiadis Bespoke Design, has done just that by including a super cool glass chamber that sits in the heart of the yachts structure like a jewel secure inside hard rock. With glass covering a significant amount of the explorer yachts surface, panoramic views and natural light will not be in short supply, coupled with the Panoramic 360 degree imaging system to record and broadcast live footage, nothing on an adventure will be missed.

Designed for an owner who wants to “conquer the elements, explore the world, and experience the exhilaration and tranquillity of global yachting first hand”, Theodoros’ concept imagines a yacht that is not only off the grid but also fitted with the latest communication system that will provide high bandwidth internet connectivity from the most remote destinations on earth. This will allow passengers and crew to stay hyper-connected even when they’re a long way from civilisation. To supplement this, explorer yacht Stormbreaker would have an interactive infotainment system for real-time voyage updates and a high-tech audio-visual experience.

Powering her across the globe will be a hybrid diesel electric system to create efficient propulsion for long range capability.

Explorer yacht Stormbreaker lounge by Theodoros Fotiadis
Walking in from Stormbreaker’s aft deck. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

Walking inside through large glass doors from the aft deck sees a large sheltered semi circle lounge area that is hugged from the other side by a bookcase. A little further on, an impressive cylindrical glass elevator and spiral staircase centers the room, inviting you upwards and into Stormbreaker’s quarters and expansive observation deck with a forward facing lounge and hanging pod chairs.

Explorer yacht Stormbreaker lift and staircase by Theodoros Fotiadis
Stormbreaker’s glass lift and spiral staircase. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker pod chairs by Theodoros
Plenty of comfortable seating in the Observation Lounge. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker observation lounge by Theodoros Fotiadis
Lounge around with expansive panoramic views. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

Getting to the other side of the world wouldn’t be as much fun if there weren’t also some toys, so explorer yacht Stormbreaker will also include a large tender garage to shelter a submarine or smaller boats and will include a beach club, gym-spa complex, pool, library and cigar lounge.

Explorer yacht Stormbreaker pool by Theodoros Fotiadis
The pool located in front of Stormbreaker’s superstructure. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker with helicopter by Theodoros Fotiadis
Explorer yacht Stormbreaker will also accommodate a helicopter. Credit: Theodoros Fotiadis

Stormbreaker also has the ability to land and hanger a helicopter towards the aft of the vessel so no shore line reached will be a barrier.

For those interested, project Stormbreaker is reportedly for sale by the founder of SuperYachtsMonaco Jim Evans, and is ready to be built at either 90 metres or 115 metres in length.


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



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



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



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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