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Fifty Shades of…Sand?? Lürssen Yacht POLAR STAR Sports New Colors

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Don’t ask me to accurately describe the new exterior color scheme of super yacht POLAR STAR.  All I can tell you is, “I love it!”

 

THE PAST

 

POLAR STAR yacht with original dark blue hull

 

For the past 12 seasons, the 63 meter yacht has traveled around the Mediterranean each summer (and the Caribbean in the winter), instantly recognizable with her striking deep blue hull.  Now, after an extensive 6-month refit in Spain, including a 3 meter swim platform extension, the Lürssen private yacht charter vessel has turned her image on its head.

The blue color is no more…replaced with a shade of white…or is it grey…?

 

THE PRESENT

 

POLAR STAR yacht with white grey paint job

Immediately after the refit, Charl van Rooy, editor of Superyacht Times described the new exterior colors as, “…military light-grey.”  Fast-forward to this week, and van Rooy now says it’s a, “…light sand coloured paint scheme.”  In fairness to van Rooy, it’s not his fault – the colors are subtle and faint, and depending upon the sunlight, and refection of the water, it does appear to be different shades of off-white.

That, of course, is the point.  The owner was looking for something fresh – a new image for an iconic yacht that has visually dominated the Monaco yacht charter market for more than a decade.

If you’ll be in the South of France this summer, keep an eye open for Lürssen yacht POLAR STAR as she charts a new course and showcases her new colors!

 

COMING SOON – THE POLAR STAR YACHT REFIT STORY

We’ll revisit the yacht’s refit in another blog – coming soon.  Until then, if you are interested in your own Superyacht Experience in the Med on this or another Lürssen (or Benetti or Feadship or Abeking & Rasmussen or…) yacht charter vessel, visit our selection of Mediterranean yachts for charter at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/monaco-yacht-charters/ today!

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Gulp – Private Luxury Yacht Charter Builder Swallows In-Country Rival

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It appears topping their fatherland rival by building the world’s largest yacht wasn’t good enough for Lürssen Yachts. With that title in hand, the German superyacht builder commenced to gobble up their leading competitor, and take over their entire operation.

Bremen-based Lürssen Yachts has announced the acquisition of Hamburg’s superyacht builder, Blohm+Voss.

According to Peter Luerssen, Managing Partner, “With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss we are taking over a shipyard with a strategically advantageous location and versatile production facilities. We want to use these facilities to complement our existing refit and repair activities and also to offer our customers an ever better service.”

Lurssen shipyard with yacht Azzam in water

With the 2013 launch of the world’s largest yacht, the 180 meter motor yacht AZZAM, Lürssen wrestled the top spot away from the Roman Abramovich-owned motor yacht ECLIPSE, a 162.50 meter Blohm & Voss GmbH vessel launched in 2010.

Of the 10 largest yachts in service today, Lürssen has built 5 of them, including 3 of the top 5.

In the charter industry, many Lürssen Yacht charter vessels are among, the largest yachts offered for hire, including the 94 meter (308ft) Lürssen yacht Kismet II and the 70 meter (230ft) Lurssen motor yacht Martha Ann.

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London-based Exhibition Company Acquires Three US Luxury Yacht Charter And Sales Shows

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Aerial view of Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

 

THE HEADLINE

Informa’s British-based global exhibition division has acquired Yachting Promotions Inc.  (d/b/a Show Management), the producers of three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show.  Yachting Promotions Inc. is wholly owned by Active Interest Media, a magazine publishing company with co-headquarters in El Segundo, CA and Boulder, CO, USA

 

THE PLAYERS

ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA

  • Headquarters: El Segundo, CA
  • Number of employees: 400
  • Founded: 2003
  • Type of business: Private

 

INFORMA PLC

  • Headquarters: Zug, Switzerland
  • Number of employees: 6500
  • Founded: 1998
  • Type of business: Public

 

THE PRICE

Informa paid $133 million to secure Yachting Promotions Inc. (YPI) from Active Interest Media.

 

THE STORY

Founded in 1976, Show Management has produced the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center since inception. The company went on to become the producers of the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the Miami yacht and Brokerage Show, recently renamed Yachts Miami Beach, as well as the St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

In 2006, Active Interest Media (AIM) purchased Show Management (formally renamed Yachting Promotions, Inc.).

According to a prepared statement by Andrew Clurman, AIM’s president and CEO, the sale of Show Management to Informa is part of the company’s long-term strategic plan to accelerate our growth:

“AIM will reinvest the proceeds from this sale to grow our digital video, online education, marketing services, and events in our other verticals.”

 

For its part, Informa’s acquisition of Show Management is in line with the company’s plans to expand its global exhibitions business in the U.S.A.  Already the producers of the Monaco Yacht Show, the acquisition makes Informa Exhibitions the world’s leading yacht show organizer. It will be interesting to see the changes (if any) made to these yacht shows with the new purchase.  Will the yacht shows now have red carpets, a la the Dubai International Yacht Show (DIBS)?  Sheiks in white gowns (and 1 in a blue gown) walking red carpet between yachts at Dubai International Boat Show

 

 

THE YACHT CHARTER PERSPECTIVE

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters

Our company president, Jana Sheeder, recently attended the 2017 edition of Yachts Miami Beach, where she and our 1-800 Yacht Charter team inspected several private luxury yacht charter vessels, including Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, James Bond yacht  SKYFALL, and the brand new Benetti motor yacht 11.11.  We asked Jana to comment on the acquisition of Show Management by Informa:

“Informa operates over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions around the world annually.  With their global resources, I believe Informa is positioned to focus on the continued growth and success of the world’s finest boat shows.  In terms of exposure of charter yachts to prospective clients, this should be a good opportunity for cross promotion; for example, we should be able to promote a winter/spring Florida yacht charter vacation to a client while a particular yacht is here in Miami at Yachts Miami Beach – then bring that client to Monte Carlo in September and host them on the same yacht during the Monaco Yacht Show.   I’m excited by the chance to extend customer relationships across multi-show platforms and destinations.”

 

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Lurssen Motor Yacht Lady Kathryn V Set to Launch

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Lurssen motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V launch

The Lürssen shipyard is preparing to launch motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V, previously known as Project Coco. The fifth in a line of luxury Mediterranean yacht charter vessels of the same name, motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V is the successor of a 164′  Wesport.

The  first photos of the superyacht, taken this week by photographer Claus Schaefe for Boat International, show the vessel after leaving the shed – ready to launch at the shipbuilder’s Bardenfleth facility. Espen Oeino International is credited with her exterior lines, while Adam Lay Studio gets the nod for the interior.

 

Built in steel with an aluminium superstructure, Lürssen motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V is an evolution of the Linda Lou series begun in 2006. At 61 meters in overall length, she is slightly longer than her predecessors. Significant build evolutions are evident, such as her bridge deck.  There is no full-beam section to this deck, giving the yacht a sleeker, more classic appearance. Another noted difference is the addition of a crow’s nest above the sundeck, affording a panoramic view of the sea.

The Adam Lay interior features accommodations for 12 charter guests.  The master suite is situated on the main deck, with a VIP stateroom on the bridge deck, and four double cabins positioned on the lower deck.

Other yachts built by this esteemed builder and available for charter include motor yacht KISMET, motor yacht
SOLEMATES,  motor yacht TV, and motor yacht MARTHA ANN.

After he owner takes delivery this Summer, the Lürssen yacht charter vessel will be immediately available for hire in the Mediterranean,  followed by her first winter season in the sunny, tropical Caribbean.

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Newest Entries to the Top 100 World’s Largest Yachts, 2015

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2015 started out with a forecast of ten brand new superyachts scheduled for completion this year, all of which when launched would be ranked in the, “Top 100 of the World’s Largest Yachts.”

With the year quickly drawing to a close, it turns out 8 of the 10 were completed and launched on schedule – a testament to their builder’s ability to deliver a yacht on schedule (although only the builder and owner know for sure if the yacht was also delivered, “on budget”).

Here are the 8 newest entries to the list of the 2015 world’s largest yachts, along with their position in the top 100:

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Top 100               Name                                  Length                                 Builder

19                          GOLDEN ODYSSEY            123.20m (404’2”)           Lurssen

33                          ULYSSES                              107m (351’)                       Klevin

37                          SYMPHONY                        101.50m (333’)                 Feadship

49                          ROYAL ROMANCE            92.50m (303’5”)             Feadship

54                          ORCHID                              91m (298’6”)                     Lurssen

74                          AQUIJO                               85.90m (281’9”)               Oceanco

85                          SAVANNAH                        83.50m (273’11”)             Feadship

93                          ROMEA                               81.80m (268’4”)               Abeking & Rasmussen

 

Dutch über-builder Feadship leads the way with three top 100 megayachts, with Germany’s Lurssen Yachts delivering two, including the largest newest yacht launched in 2015 – the 123 meter motor yacht GOLDEN ODYSSEY.

yacht profile

Private yacht charter clients might be disappointed that only one of these new yachts is immediately slated to enter the yacht rental market – the Abeking & Rasmussen yacht ROMEA.  Based in the Med, The Monaco yacht charter vessel has set her 2015 inaugural season rental rate at Euro 875,000 per week [plus running expenses, of course!].

Yacht profile

Feadship and Lurssen enthusiasts don’t despair – these builders have plenty of behemoth yachts available for hire, including the 85.10 meter Lurssen yacht SOLANDGE, and the 81 meter Feadship yacht AIR.

Check back with us in late January, as we plan to release the list of the 2016 forecast of the newest yachts scheduled to join the top 100 world’s largest yachts!

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Currently, motor yacht AZZAM is the largest yacht in the world at 180 meters.  Can you tell us which fabled shipyard built superyacht AZZAM?

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Planning a Trinity Yacht Charter Has Never Been Easier

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While European luxury yacht charter customers tend to request superyachts built in Italy, Holland, and France, their counterparts in America have a strong preference for a Trinity yacht charter vessel.

The Trinity yacht charter fleet stands toe-to-toe with the Benetti yacht charter, Lurssen yacht charter, and Feadship yacht charter fleets in terms of luxury amenities and interiors.

Trinity Yachts has earned its place as one of the world’s elite builders of custom superyachts, with an emphasis on European quality, steel and aluminum constructions.  Their goal is to build a truly custom yacht that fulfills all of your unique cruising desires.

Trinity motoryacht MINE GAMES

In a world where most superyachts are constructed on a semi-production basis, this builder is renown for creating the largest yachts available for mega yacht charters, up to 400 feet (123 meters). They work with a number of the world’s most renowned naval architects and interior designers.

Now planning a Caribbean yacht charter or Mediterranean yacht charter holiday on one of these magnificent yachts has never been easier. Currently, there are 17 rent private yacht Trinity-built models available.

The newest and largest yachts include 54 meter KATHARINE, 50 meter MINE GAMES, and 49 meter yachts LOHENGRIN, ANJILIS, and MUSTANG SALLY.

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Top 3 Luxury Yacht Charter Amenities for 2018

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As the world’s largest yachts continue to grow larger and larger each year, so too do the ideas of superyacht owners as to what features and amenities will make their, “floating villas” stand out from the crowd.  This demand for over-the-top luxury pushes high-profile yacht designers to continually “reinvent” the ultimate onboard amenities.

 

No longer is an ondeck Jacuzzi style spa satisfactory. Now, the hot tub must double as a wave-generating swimming pool – with a backlit waterfall cascading over the edge of the spa into a smaller reflection pool. Along a similar innovation path, our company President, Jana Sheeder, recently toured a new build megayacht with designer Evan Marshall.  The Marshall-designed yacht features a sundeck with a sunken-floor lounge area that can be flooded with several inches of water, to create a faux beach atmosphere – with the legs of the chaise lounges in the cool water!

Company President, Jana Sheeder, and our charter team returned from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show where many manufacturers and designers displayed their latest innovations and concepts.  They took notes of the latest trends that are becoming more and more popular with superyacht owners and designers.  Here are the top three amenity design trends seen for 2018:

 

OVERSIZED WET BARS

 

Oversized wet bar on a yacht deck

In prior years, most sundeck bars were intentionally undersized, to make room for the storage of watertoys on deck.  With the advent of more yachts keeping the tenders and toys in garages, the ability to expand ondeck amenities has seen an increase in large outdoor wetbars, built with luxurious stones, polished finishes, and mood lighting.   The bars have become focal points ondeck – places where families and friends gather for extended periods to socialize and enjoy the fresh air and seaviews.

One of the most magnificent outdoor bars is located on the sundeck of Lurssen yacht SOLANDGE.  The large curved bar is positioned to the port side and boasts an opaque lighting design that creates a glamorous evening hang-out.   This 85 meter Lürssen superyacht was designed by Espen Øeino and has many other notable design features, including a spectacular superyacht fireplace.

 

LIFESTYLE ROOMS

yacht wellness room that looks out on the ocean - wooden floors and glass doors

Fun, unusable rooms are now popping up on the largest superyachts – from superyacht gyms and spas to cinemas and nightclubs, all designed around the owner’s passions and what they think will appeal to yacht charter guests.  Designer Tim Heywood reflects on the trend:

“Lifestyle-specific rooms — from casinos to underwater viewing rooms to other ideas such as snow rooms, meditation spaces, art galleries or anything designed to meet an owner’s particular needs — have all featured in my designs. In fact, our first cryotherapy room is in production, and it won’t be the last.”

Interior designers Redman Whiteley Dixon created an amazing wellness area onboard the 63 meter Feadship motor yacht LADY BRITT.  The standout room in this area is the Finnish sauna, which opens on to the ocean.  Namaste …  Charter guests can literally heat up, then take a plunge into the cool ocean. The wellness area features space for massage and hairdressing, and the gym’s panoramic sliding glass doors open to the large spa pool on the sundeck.

 

BEACH CLUBS

Spa pool in beach club of a luxury sailboat

With more designers relegating tenders and watertoys to side-opening garages on superyachts, prime aft areas that once housed these items are being redesigned with hydraulic balconies and decks to serve as open–air beach clubs.  First generation beach clubs were little more than extended swim platforms with tender garages emptied of their contents to make room for a lounge chair or two.  Newer designs offer bars, lounges, and spa access points.  The best of the new generation clubs serve as all-round waterfront entertaining venues.

 

Rarely do you find beach clubs on sailboats, yet sail yacht AQUIJO is anything but an ordinary sailboat.  The editors of Boat International magazine described her club area:  “As the world’s largest ketch, she has more than enough room to accommodate a spacious beach club, complete with a hammam [turkish steam bath], sauna and a spectacular spa pool that is illuminated by a large skylight. As if all that wasn’t impressive enough, the watertight aft doors mean that (sail yacht) Aquijo’s beach club can still be used when she’s sailing along at her brisk top speed of 20 knots.”  Amazing…

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Yacht Kismet II Announced As Lurssen Yacht Charter Kismet Sold

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Moran Yacht & Ship has announced the sale of the 68 meter motor yacht KISMET, a staple in the French yacht charter marketplace. Lürssen yacht Kismet was built in 2007, and features the charter-friendly layout of Espen Oeino International.

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The Mediterranean yacht charter superyacht boasts an Art Deco inspired interior by Reymond Langton Design, which includes black granite floors, mirrored ceilings, spiral staircase, and glass elevator. Talk about opulence. All baths feature Baccarat crystal and Sardinelli fixtures and fittings, and the sinks have gold leaf scrolling.
Accommodations are offered for 12 guests in 1 master stateroom, a VIP cabin, and 4 double guest cabins.
Motoryacht Kismet, will be replaced in the charter market by the new 94 meter (308ft) Lürssen yacht Kismet II, scheduled to be available in 2014.
Other Lürssen yachts available for hire include:
Motor yacht TV (ex motor yacht Mad Summer) 
Motor yacht LADY KATHRYN V
Motor yacht MARTHA ANN 
Motor yacht SOLEMATES
Motor yacht ACE
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