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Builder Reincarnates Award-Winning Superyacht for 2012 Launch

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Aerial photo of concept motoryacht, Star Fish. She has a grey hull and white superstructure. She is facing the lower right corner of the photo. She is at anchor.

Star Fish superyacht

STAR FISH AND BIG FISH?

How do you top yourself if you’re the creator of a multi award-winning superyacht?  It is easy. Build the same yacht again…only bigger and better.

This yacht follows in the footsteps of the acclaimed 45 meter Aquos Yachts motor yacht BIG FISH.  Fifty meter motor yacht STAR FISH is under construction at McMullen & Wing. 

 

LAUNCH DATE AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Aquos motor yacht STAR FISH projects to launch in April of 2012.  She is based on the same hull form as M/Y BIG FISH.  She will have six staterooms, for 12 guests.  She accommodates 14 crew.  Her Owner’s deck has optional forward-facing cabin and both fore and aft decks.

 

 

UNIQUE DESIGN

STAR FISH has a unique arrangement by Greg C. Marshall Naval Architects. It allows the skylounge deck to be dedicated solely to owner’s use.  It can also be incorporated in the yacht’s public space scheme during luxury yacht charter outings. The captain’s cabin and wheelhouse are located above.  They are on a fourth deck with a dramatic flying bridge and observation pod above it.

Computerized concept drawing of 4 men with golf clubs and 1 man up on a golf green on the back of motoyacht, Star Fish.

Golf on yacht charter – concept of yacht Star Fish

Fore!  At the back of the yacht, builders create a golf green for golfing enthusiasts to practice their drives. Using biodegradable (fish food) golf balls helps the environment.

We first introduced our readers to McMullen & Wing yacht BIG FISH in January 2011, as the vessel set out on an around-the-world odyssey.  Along the way, the owner, designer, and builders continued to collect awards and platitudes  for the edgy, angular, and dramatic megayacht, specifically created for sea-going adventure.

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Charter Yachts Dominate Design Awards Nominations

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Logo for the A'Design Awards and Competition for yacht design. Logo has a solid red background with white writing.

Yacht Design Awards


AWARDS FINALISTS

The finalists for an international design awards program have been announced and several mega yacht charter vessels lead the pack. 

 

SUPERYACHT SOCIETY AWARD

The International Superyacht Society has released its lists of finalists for the 2011 International Design Awards.  Four of the five nominees in the Best Power category for yachts 40 to 60 meters in length are charter vessels:

 

NOMINEES

McMullen & Wing motor yacht BIG FISH 

Holland Jachtbouw motor yacht Ninkasi (ex-CALLIOPE)

Perini Navi motor yacht EXUMA 

Lürssen motor yacht HUNTRESS (x-SOLEMATES )

 

PEER REVIEW

Based solely on peer review, the International Superyacht Society Design (ISS) Awards celebrate the finest naval architecture, design, interiors, and engineering in the newest yachts in the large yacht industry.

 

AWARD GALA

Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at ISS’s annual International Design Awards Gala at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.

 

BOOK YOUR OWN YACHT CHARTER VACATION

Explore some of the newest yachts available for hire through SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants and 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now/ and book your yacht charter vacation TODAY

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Finest Yacht Charter Vessels Shine at Gala

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World Superyacht Awards logo

SIXTH ANNUAL WORLD SUPERYACHT AWARDS

Some of the newest and largest yachts for hire win awards.  They starred at the sixth annual World Superyacht Awards. This was in London, May 7, 2011.

 

MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR

Sixteen new yachts were honored.  Nine are available for hire.  These are in popular vacation destinations around the world.  The 50 meter EXUMA was co-winner of the prestigious,”Motor Yacht of the Year,” with yacht, Eclipse.

 

OSCARS OF YACHT INDUSTRY

The Neptune awards are considered the “Oscars of the yacht industry.”   The evening ceremony took place at London’s historic Guildhall.  The glittering gala was attended by a distinguished guest list.  For instance, over 500 yacht owners and naval architects.  Also included were designers, their families, and friends.  With this in mind, it was an amazing event.

 

NEPTUNE TROPHIES

Silver Neptune trophies went to owners of sail and motor yachts delivered in 2010.  For instance, Kokomo (sailboat) and Sycara V (motoryacht).

Photograph of Neptune trophies. There are 4 stairs, and one trophy per stair

COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS

Jana Sheeder, President of SailAway and 1-800 Yacht Charters beamed as the final award was announced. 

“We are so proud to represent for charter nine of the winning yachts,” said Sheeder.  “This is a great testament to the talents and keen eye of our charter department. Our team spends countless hours identifying potential yachts for hire.  We look at nearly one hundred vessels each year, hoping to discover 10 to 20 new yachts that exemplify elegant design and luxurious amenities. It is these yachts – the best of the best – that we present to our clients for their yachting vacations.”  


AWARD WINNERS

Here is the list of winners, with click-for-brochure charter yachts highlighted in yellow:

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 3,000 Gross Tons (GT) and Above
Winner: Eclipse
Judges’ Special Award: Palladium
BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 1,300 GT to 2,999 GT
Winner: SYCARA V

Judges’ Special Award: Lady Christine
Judges’ Commendation: Pacific
 

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 500 GT to 1,299 GT
Winner: MARY-JEAN II

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT under 500 GT
Winner: EXUMA
Judges’ Commendation: BIG FISH

THREE DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHT
Winner: CALLIOPE

 

TWO DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHT
Winner: Framura 2

 

MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR
Joint Winner: Eclipse
Joint Winner: EXUMA

BEST SAILING YACHT – 45 meters and up
Winner: Zefira
Judges’ Special Award: ATLANTIC
Judges’ Special Award: KOKOMO
Judges’ Commendation: TWIZZLE

 

BEST SAILING YACHT – 30 meters to 44.99 meters
Winner: IMAGINE

Judges’ Commendation: Lady B


SAILING YACHT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Zefira

 

HOW TO BOOK A YACHT CHARTER

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Head East – Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels To Be Feted in Istanbul

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Photograph of Istanbul, Turkey. Photo taken from the water. Shows a few yachts docked at a seawall.  Shows multiple large buildings with domes on top.

Istanbul, Turkey

The ancient city of Istanbul will play host to the seventh annual World Superyacht Awards
at the luxurious Ciragan Palace Kempinski on 5 May, 2012.

Photograph of Ç?ra?an Palace Kempinski, Istanbul

Ç?ra?an Palace Kempinski – Istanbul


Combining a glittering awards ceremony with a gala dinner/dance, the Awards , often dubbed the “Oscars” of the superyacht industry, will be attended by an elite guest list of megayacht owners from around the globe.

World Superyacht Awards logo

While the nominations include private yachts as well as charter vessels, it’s the newest and largest yachts for hire that seem to steal the show each year.  Some of the winners at the six annual installment in London, May 7, 2011 include:


Aerial photograph of motoryacht SYCARA V.

SYCARA V

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 1,300 GT to 2,999 GT
Winner: SYCARA V

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT – 500 GT to 1,299 GT
Winner: MARY-JEAN II

BEST DISPLACEMENT MOTOR YACHT under 500 GT
Winner: EXUMA 

Judges’ Commendation: BIG FISH  


THREE DECK SEMI-DISPLACEMENT OR PLANING MOTOR YACHT
Winner: CALLIOPE 

 

MOTOR YACHT OF THE YEAR
Joint Winners: Eclipse and EXUMA 


BEST SAILING YACHT – 45 meters and up
Winner: Zefira
Judges’ Special Award: ATLANTIC

Judges’ Special Award: KOKOMO

Judges’ Commendation: TWIZZLE 


BEST SAILING YACHT – 30 meters to 44.99 meters
Winner: IMAGINE 


Straddling the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe and Asia, Istanbul embodies the best of both cultures. The city has been the capital of three empires, each leaving a heritage of amazing architecture and monuments.

Once an Ottoman palace, the Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is located on the European shores of the Bosphorus with spectacular views over the strait. A 5-star resort, it is a registered member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Its 313 luxurious rooms include 20 suites in the hotel and 11 suites in the historical palace.

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Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels Lead Design Award Nominations

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Photograph of a row of golden neptune yacht charter design awards. The first one is clear, and the next one is blurred, as if far behind.

The final nominees for the 2011 ShowBoats Design Awards have been announced, and a group of mega yacht charter vessels lead the way.  

59 finalists were culled from a record 250 nominations for the second annual competition, sponsored by Boat International Media.   At stake, is a coveted  “Golden Neptune” to be presented at a gala awards evening in Palm Beach, Florida, on October 25, 2011.

Anyone planning to rent a private yacht for a luxury, sea-based vacation need look no further than the list of nominees
for this year’s program.  Leading the way are some of the newest
yachts available for hire.
 
Dubois Naval Architects, fresh from running away with a number of honors at the recent World Superyacht Awards is in the spotlight again.  Their yachts KOKOMO (finalist – naval architecture; interior layout; interior design) and TWIZZLE (finalist – naval architecture; exterior design and styling; interior design; recreational area for guest use) are early favorites to win again.
 
Other notable charter vessels nominated for awards are:
 
CALLIOPE (now NINKASI, interior design)
 
BARAKA (interior design)
 
EXUMA (interior design)
 
BATON ROUGE (interior design)
 
SYCARA V (interior design)
 
MARIE (interior design)
 
PANTHALASSA (interior design)
 
MI SUENO (exterior design)
 
BIG FISH (exterior design)
 
The finalists will be scrutinized by an independent panel of judges, including superyacht owners and renowned designers from outside the yachting industry.  
 
The award gala will take place at Mar a Lago Club, Donald Trump’s exclusive private club in Palm Beach.  Held on the final day of the Superyacht Design Symposium, the ceremony concludes two days of design-focused events in Florida prior to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).

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Purchase tickets to the ShowBoats Design Awards Gala before August 19, 2011,
and receive a special discount off the regular price:
 

Table of 12 – Early Bird Price: $5670 (savings of $630).
Table of 10 – Early Bird Price: $4725 (savings of $525).
Individual Ticket – Early Bird Price: $535 (savings of $60)

Contact our Special Events department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for ticket information.

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Motor yacht: Expect Big Time Fun on Luxury Motor Yacht Big Fish

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Photograph of motoryacht BIG FISH underway, heading left and down to corner of photo

BIG FISH motoryacht

IDIOM

There is an old idiom. “You can’t keep a good man down.”  This applies to a 45 meter superyacht with a penchant for adventure. Just 15 months after her launch, motor yacht BIG FISH is now on her second trans-Atlantic crossing and nearing 50,000 nautical miles on her own bottom. On her maiden voyage she crossed the Pacific Ocean, transited the Panama Canal twice, chartered inAntarctica, and cruised extensively inJapan,  Tahiti, the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, Sweden, Norway, and theCaribbean.

 

POPULAR CHARTERYACHT

In the process, mega yacht BIG FISH has booked more than $2,500,000 in luxury yacht charter revenue.

BIG FISH

This 45-meter ocean explorer was built in 2010 for an owner who wanted a yacht that could to travel to remote parts of the world, but which also had a contemporary, open style with floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Greg Marshall and built at the McMullen & Wing yard in Auckland, New Zealand, this modern-day explorer is loaded with enough aquasports gear to turn the head of any action adventurer.  

WATERTOYS

BIG FISH carries SCUBA and fishing gear. She also carries lots of water toys. For instance,
  1. 26 foot custom-built tender with a 200 mile range
  2. Sailing dinghies – 2
  3. 2 wake boards
  4. Ocean kayaks – 2
  5. 2 windsurfers
  6. kite board sets – 2
  7. 5 paddle boards (SUP’s…stand up paddleboards)
  8. Water skis

GYMNASIUM

For “drier” exercise options, she has a full onboard gymnasium.  For example, she offers a spin bike, free weights, rowing machine, yoga mats, and more.

 

RENT A YACHT

Currently en route to Tahiti, motoryacht BIG FISH is fully booked for March and all of July. Come enjoy a unique Easter holiday in the South Pacific.  Contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters charter desk at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/

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Seakeepers Yacht Owners Protect Oceans

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Logo for Seakeepers Ocean Protection Society

SEAKEEPERS AT WORK

SeaKeepers, a group of yacht owners, has an innovative option: a specially-designed sensing system for measuring sea changes.  The 70th annual Miami International Boat Show is set to take place this week. Many of the superyachts in Miami will offer plenty of luxury features, from hot tubs to helipads.


INNOVATION IN YACHTING

But a select few of the luxury yacht charter vessels in town for the show will boast an innovative option that allows owners do a little something good for the planet as their yachts cruise the playgrounds of the rich famous.

Many SeaKeepers yachts have sensing systems that automatically collect ocean and weather readings and stream them to worldwide scientists.


One of the SeaKeeper vessels, the $58 million motor yacht BIG FISH, owned by Hong Kong-based millionaire Richard Beattie, is in the midst of a polar circumnavigation, the first attempted by a private vessel.

Photograph of motoryacht BIG FISH underway, heading left and down to corner of photo

WHO OWNS LARGEST YACHTS?

Owners of some of the world’s largest yachts are members, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family, publisher Steve Forbes, and Miami Heat and Carnival Cruise Lines owner, Micky Arison.

WHERE DID SEAKEEPERS ORIGINATE?

In 1998, yacht owners in Monaco discussed climate change, then they formed the nonprofit.  They then created a system so yachts could do oceanic research.

The SeaKeeper 1000, monitoring system cost millions of dollars. It was donated by the group’s founding members, scientists, and engineers at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The system measures temperature, salinity, oxygen and acid in the ocean. It also gathers weather readings.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROTECT THE OCEAN?

The Seakeepers fight to protect the oceans, and as quoted by the Marine Conservation Institite,

“the ocean is the largest ecosystem on Earth. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impact.”

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Superyacht LADY KATHRYN V Deploys Ocean Data-Gathering Buoy In Azores

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Add another name to the growing list of private yacht charter vessels and their owners and crews stepping up to the plate to further the cause of protecting our oceans.

Earlier this summer, Lurssen yacht LADY KATHRYN V deployed an oceanographic instrument drifter in the Azores on behalf of The International SeaKeepers Society. The data collected by the drifter will be used for various marine preservation studies.

Motoryacht Lady Kathryn profile

The 61 meter superyacht was in between summer charters and the crew took the opportunity to assist to place the very first Seakeepers data-gathering floater in the Azores.

SeaKeepers works with institutions such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), to take and record ongoing oceanographic measurements. The collection of this data is used to analyze and study oil spills, marine debris accumulation, and hurricane prediction models.  The cumulative effect of this data leads to a better understanding of the marine environment.

Superyacht Big Fish aerial

Other charter vessels that are participating in the program include the 45 meter McMullen & Wing yacht BIG FISH, currently in the South Pacific, and the 54 meter Sensation Yachts yacht NOBEL HOUSE, based this summer in Cabo, Mexico.

Stern of motoryacht Noble House with smiling crewmembers standing there

Built in 2011, the 200 ft Lurssen LADY KATHRYN V yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms.  She is available this winter in the Bahamas and the Caribbean at a weekly rate of $450,000.  For further information, call 305-720-7245

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Every little bit helps – thank you for doing your part to protect our oceans!

 

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Yacht technology: New Hull Protection Breakthrough for Ice

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Photograph of live penguin on an ice floe. There is a red-hulled ship in the background. There are footprints in the snow near the penguin.

Penguin

When the British Antarctic survey ship, RSS Ernest Shackleton was drydocked recently in Denmark, the shipyard engineers and paint specialists there to check the condition of the hull paint were stunned. The ship had spent two seasons battering her way through ice up to 2.5 meters thick – ice packed with a high content of abrasive gravel and volcanic lava. To the amazement of the inspection team, the hull coating was virtually intact and undamaged.

This was in strong contrast to the Shackleton’s previous drydocking, when almost the entire hull, bearing a conventional ice-going underwater hull coating, was practically stripped to bare, unprotected steel.

The difference lay in the fact that when the Shackleton left drydock in 2009, the hull was newly coated with Ecospeed, a glass flake vinyl ester resin underwater hull coating proven to have extraordinary anti-corrosion strength and flexibility.

The success of the new underwater hull coating on the Shackleton heralds a breakthrough in icebreaker protection.  Some observers foresee this as an opportunity for the expansion of Arctic luxury yacht charter

Profile photo of superyacht motoring between ice floes.

BIG FISH – McMullen & Wing Superyacht


Leading the way for cold-water expedition yacht charters is motor yacht BIG FISH.  This 45-meter explorer was built in 2010 for an owner who wanted a yacht that could to travel to remote parts of the world, but which also had a contemporary, open style with floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Greg Marshall and built at the McMullen & Wing yard in Auckland, Big Fish visited Antarctica as part of her virgin circumnavigation of the globe.

Interest in expedition yacht charters has increased in recent years, according to industry maven Jana L. Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

“We see more expedition-style yachts enter the market each season,” says Sheeder.  “Exploration vessels like motor yacht BIG FISH are opening the door to a new world of charter possibilities.  The new Ecospeed hull coating technology could mean even more yachts will be able to safely visit remote cruising grounds in both the Arctic and Antarctic. I can’t think of a better way to learn about nature and our endangered wildlife.” 

Motor yacht BIG FISH will participate in the upcoming 2011 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.  To tour this yacht and other luxury yacht charter vessels during the show, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters booking department at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/ for further details.

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