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Hakvoort Shipyard launches 63m flagship superyacht SCOUT/Hakvoort yard number 249
April 12, 2018

Hakvoort Shipyard launches 63m flagship superyacht SCOUT/Hakvoort yard number 249

Hakvoort Shipyard is pleased to announce the successful launch of its 63.72-metre motor yacht YN249. Known as Project Brio during the build, the highly-anticipated project will cruise as SCOUT upon delivery to her experienced owners in Spring 2019.
Measuring 63.72-metres with a beam of 11.6 metres and a draft of 3.25 metres, SCOUT emerged from the Hakvoort shed in Monnickendam in North Holland on 1st December before being towed to Amsterdam for final completion. Amongst the works that will be completed in the Dutch capital is the installation of her mast, crow’s nest, radars, stabilizers and propellers.
Though construction of YN249 originally started under a different name, a change of ownership early on in the build process saw a complete change in direction for the steel and aluminum explorer yacht.  Hakvoort can now reveal that SCOUT features both interior and exterior design by Jonny Horsfield and his talented team at H2 Yacht Design, who worked closely with the owner to ensure the realization of a Dutch-quality new-build project that perfectly fits her owner’s taste and requirements. Diana Yacht Design is responsible for her naval architecture.
Speaking of some of the standout features on board, Jonny Horsfield says: “SCOUT has been an exciting project for the H2 Yacht Design and Hakvoort teams. The owner’s brief called for a rugged explorer style yacht intended to look like a conversion from a commercial vessel. We gave her crisp, distinctive lines and integrated forward sloping windows. We placed the tenders on the bow, leaving them exposed to add to the utilitarian aesthetic.
“There is a helideck and a forward observation lounge in addition to an expansive sun deck,” Horsfield continues. “It allows unobstructed views fore and aft which will be one of the focal points of living onboard. The whole design process was centered around a romantic idea of original ocean exploration and SCOUT’s design - inside and out - really reflects that. She’s a fantastically unique vessel.”
Powered by twin CATERPILLAR 3512C diesel engines, SCOUT is designed to cruise at 12.5 knots and will be able to reach a top speed of 14.8 knots. Combined with easy technical accessibility and minimum maintenance requirements, an autonomous range of 4,800 nm at 12 knots ensures that she will live up to her ocean-going credentials. Her Lloyds ice classed hull adds to her serious exploration attributes as a go anywhere world cruising yacht.
On board, she accommodates eight guests across four generous staterooms on the main deck, in addition to an impressive owner’s suite that is located on the dedicated owner’s deck above.  The lower deck features the crew accommodations consisting two staff cabins and nine crew cabins. Her captain's cabin is situated on the bridge deck.
Hakvoort Shipyard was introduced to the owners by Stuart Larsen and Josh Gulbranson of FRASER YACHTS who also organized the owners project team.
The successful launch of SCOUT marks a significant milestone for Hakvoort Shipyard. SCOUT will be the largest vessel in Hakvoort’s fleet upon delivery in a few months’ time, taking the title from the 61-metre motor yacht JUST J’S delivered in 2016.
Further details regarding YN249’s interior design will be revealed at a later date. 
SYCARA V en route to Antigua
November 29, 2018

SYCARA V en route to Antigua

Having successfully completed the 2018 Mediterranean charter season, Sycara V is currently headed to Antigua, ETA December 10. She will spend the winter in the Bahamas, Caribbean and the US.

Sycara V is one of the most exceptional yachts on the market today. Beautifully built, impeccably maintained with outstanding technical performance, Sycara V was created by her experienced Owner in tandem with the German-based Nobiskrug shipyard.
Nobiskrug combined world class expertise and precision with innovative ideas and advanced technology. The construction is extremely detailed - from the sporty yet elegant exterior design to the aluminium and die-cast fiberglass super-structure, to the custom-made Jacuzzi and machinery replacement logistics. Ease of operations and maintenance are key to Sycara V’s success, underpinning her durability over time and her present impeccable condition.
In 2011 she won the prestigious World Superyacht Award for Best Displacement Motor Yacht in the 60m-84m range.

Sycara V has an extremely versatile, well-thought through layout which includes different sun-bathing and relaxation options, a number of al fresco dining options, and stateroom configurations. An elevator serves every deck level from Lower Deck to Sun Deck. She accommodates up to 20 guests in 7 staterooms plus two staff cabins.

Sycara V is asking € 59,500,000. Please note she is not for sale to US residents while in US waters.

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February 10, 2018


For the original article in French, pls check out the link. 

The owner of Planet Nine had toyed with the idea of building a global exploration yacht for over ten years. A knowledgeable yachtsman, he anticipated the current interest in adventure and off-the beaten track cruising well ahead of the market. Launched in May 2018, Planet Nine has appeared just at the right time and with inimitable style.

Indeed, to call her an exploration yacht is slightly misleading. Planet Nine isn’t a conversion or a work-boat. Her streamlined profile, from the pen of the talented Tim Heywood, is reminiscent of a beefy military vessel with the same air of capability, solidity and power.

The owner, who was very much involved in the design and construction, focused as much on long-term voyages in extreme conditions as on traditional summer cruising. Serious, go-anywhere sea keeping characteristics were essential.  Planet Nine can deal with sea ice up to 15 centimetres thick thanks to her thick-plated and densely ribbed hull.  The hull and superstructure were built by the commercial shipyard Cantieri San Marco in La Spezia. She was then towed down the coast to The Italian Sea Group’s yard in Marina di Carrara for completion to luxury yacht standards. Planet Nine is the largest yacht the yard has built. “The result is excellent,” says The Italian Sea Group’s vice-president Giuseppe Taranto: “the specification was very tough and the client demanding but we are confident Planet Nine will be a benchmark for future projects”.

Planet Nine took over 30 months to finish and incorporates some very unique features. Ice classed 1D by Lloyd’s, her seawater intakes are protected from ice and low temperatures. She is equipped with dynamic positioning, essential for global cruising in sensitive areas, and zero speed stabilizers for comfort at anchor.
She has a commercially approved helideck designed with a lifting platform and an enclosed below-deck hangar suitable for an Augusta Grand or similarly dimensioned helicopter up to 8 tons in weight. The heli hangar includes a refuelling facility with storage for 9000 liters of fuel.
This means Planet Nine can handle two aircraft at the same time. One on deck and another stowed in the hangar which enables the yacht to operate a heliport and handle incoming flights even when the owner is on board.
“She is unusually versatile and can handle even the most complex logistic operations,” says Stuart Larsen from Fraser Yachts who represents Planet Nine for sale. “The layout has been well-thought out and is functional both in hot and cold weather conditions”.
The interior layout is as purposeful as the exterior. Although the superstructure is relatively small relative to her 2100 gross tons and 13m beam, the layout makes use of every inch of space.

Five of the eight guest staterooms are located on the Lower Deck, under the helideck. The engine room and the technical areas have been moved below the waterline to the what is usually known as the Tank Deck. Noise levels have also benefited from this arrangement.  
The interior was designed by Tino Zervudachi of the London-based studio Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi. The design and decoration are as much a response to the context as to the way the owner wishes to live life on board. Particular emphasis was placed on the use of colour and comfort. The yacht is elegant with stylistic flair yet has a cosy quality and does not feel over-designed.

Since she was built for extreme, long-distance cruising – she can cruise for 6,000 miles at 14 knots and a staggering 10,000 miles at 10 knots – business requirements have not been overlooked. A large meeting room/library with adjoining lounge is located on the Main Deck and there is a smaller private study on the Upper Deck.
The Upper Deck houses the main indoor living area. There is a stunning Inside-Outside salon, an Observation Lounge forward and a super-surround cinema with lounge beds.

Guest accommodation is spacious (sleeping 16 max) and well lit. In addition to the five guest staterooms on the Lower Deck with direct access to the Beach Club, two staterooms are located on the Main Deck, the full-beam Owner’s suite and a VIP, while another VIP, with a private outside area, is on the Bridge Deck. An elevator serves all decks from the Lower to the Sun Deck. There is also a dedicated crew elevator. Planet Nine can carry 20 crew.
September 13, 2018


Areti, the 85m (280’) 2,850 GT motor yacht, was built by Lurssen in 2017. Passenger Yacht Compliant (PYC) and built to Germanischer Lloyds, she is the only large new PYC certified yacht available for immediate delivery. 
"Elegant with a streamlined design, Areti has a welcoming, warm feel. Winch Design, responsible for her exterior and interior design, successfully balanced spaces that could seat 18 for dining yet with areas where one or two people could relax privately". Winch also found creative solutions to conform to the stringent Passenger Yacht Code rules and keep the luxury yacht feel. 

Planet Nine, the new 73m (240') Exploration Yacht, was designed by Tim Heywood and delivered in May 2018. Planet Nine is ice classed with massive volume measuring in at 2,100 GT. Her elegant and spacious interiors were designed by Tino Zervudachi and built by the German company Fitz.  Capabilities include helicopter landing and hangar facilities for an Agusta Grande or similar helicopter and a large beach club with water access for all tenders and toys. 

Saint Nicolas is a 70m full displacement custom yacht build in 2007 by Lurssen. In perfect condition she has only had one owner since delivery and the same Captain for eight years. She has never been offered for charter. 

Sycara V was built in Germany by Nobiskrug and delivered in 2010. The sturdy construction and a sophisticated insulation system ensure she runs extremely silently. With a cruising speed of 12.5 knots, a maximum speed of 16 knots and a range of 7,000nm she is the perfect combination of performance and luxury. Amenities include an elevator, beach club, gym and massage room on the sun deck, tender garages and both large or private sun spaces on every deck. 

August 27, 2018


Stuart is pleased to announce his appointment as Joint Central Listing for Areti, the 85m (280’) 2,850 GT motor yacht, built by Lurssen in 2017. Passenger Yacht Compliant (PYC) and built to Germanischer Lloyds, she is the only large new PYC certified yacht available for immediate delivery.  She represents as a unique opportunity for a superyacht buyer to avoid a long wait to build.

Elegant with a streamlined design, Areti has a welcoming, warm feel. Winch Design, responsible for her exterior and interior design, successfully balanced spaces that can seat 18 dinner guests with areas where one or two people can relax privately.  The fresh American-classic interior is decorated in soft creams and taupes with accents of colour and includes recognisable Winch styling touches like the impressive staircase in the lobby.

Winch found creative solutions to conform to the stringent Passenger Yacht Code rules and keep the luxury yacht feel.  Areti can accommodate 18 to 22 guests, even in commercial charter mode. The eight guest suites plus the full-beam forward-facing master suite are located over three decks. With two VIP cabins for family, the owner’s deck can be entirely private. The master suite, with his and her bathrooms and separate dressing rooms, is surrounded by windows that face a partially covered outdoor lounge with a sofa, dining area and a spa pool.

All 8 guest suites can be set up as either kings or twins and two on deck guest suites as well as the two VIP cabins on the owner’s deck have an additional sofa bed for children. There is an additional double staff cabin on the main deck and a hospital below.

Aft, a spa with a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi pool and full depth plunge pool on the lower deck includes a light and open aft beach club. A full gym, including a 12-person spa pool outside is located on the bridge deck. All decks are accessible by elevator.

Forward Areti has a helipad for day or night-time use. The tender garages are located under the helideck and house two 9-metre Yachtwerf Meyer tenders in addition to a number of other tenders and toys.

Areti will be at anchor during the Monaco Yacht Show (26-29 September 2018) and can be viewed by appointment only. For information contact Areti is asking Euro 175 million.

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Not for sale to US residents while in US waters. 
The International University of Monaco Yachting Track 2018
February 14, 2018

The International University of Monaco Yachting Track 2018

Yachting is a difficult industry to break into without experience. Being a niche industry it has been overlooked by mainstream academia. While training for jobs at sea is available, there is a scarcity of professional training for jobs on-land.
The Monaco based International University, IUM, is set to change this with the support of the Cluster Yachting Monaco. For the second year running, as part of the MSc Luxury Management Program the university organized a yachting familiarization course. Students wishing to gain further insight can sign up to the elective course in the second Semester.
While not career specific to a particular area of business, the program explores key areas from charter and sales, to fiscal, regulatory and contractual issues and client management.  

The program is built around a new construction project with specific client requirements in mind. Each module explores a key link in the new construction “value chain” as well as the players, the knowledge and skills required. The students are tasked with presenting a report highlighting the milestones and criticalities in the new construction process including criteria for selecting a broker, a yard, registration, and the contractual, legal and fiscal issues integral to yacht ownership.

Stuart Larsen discussed the role of a broker in a new construction process starting from the initial concept and budget, to the delivery and warranty works. His presentation highlighted the key steps and critical issues that are part of the process and, bearing on his extensive experience, how he handled them during past projects.

July 20, 2017


Stuart is pleased to announce his appointment as Central Agent for the sale of 73m (240’) ANTARCTICA. ANTARCTICA is under construction at Admiral Yachts and is scheduled for launching in October 2017 with delivery in early 2018.

ANTARCTICA’s exterior is by the multi award-winning designer Tim Heywood who has produced some of the finest and largest yachts on the water. Her interior is designed  by the London based Tino Zervudachi, of Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi.  Great effort has been taken to create natural-looking spaces with stylistic flair that do not feel over-designed and are both elegant and intimate, ideal for all kinds of cruising venues and climates. The interior is built by the German contractor Fitz to highly detailed specifications.

At 2,100 GT and with a 6,000nm range, ANTARCTICA complies with Lloyd’s ice-class regulations and is equipped with a commercially approved helicopter landing deck and garage for an Augusta Grande or similar large helicopter. Large tenders and toys along with dynamic positioning and zero speed stabilizers complement her world-wide capabilities. With excellent deck space and a spacious interior, she has eight staterooms with two master staterooms on the Owner’s Deck.

A yacht for all seasons, ANTARCTICA features an enclosed observation lounge on the upper deck and a cinema on the Owner’s deck with independent access as well as a water level spa area. The formal dining area has floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides which slides back in warm weather for an intimate inside or outside arrangement.

ANTARCTICA is asking €85 million. 

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