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Benz-inspired Luxury Helicopter – Coming to a Superyacht Near You

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Charter yacht with Mercedes Benz-inspired helicopter on board

In the rarified air of multimillion dollar superyachts and gigayachts, helipads on luxury mega yacht charter vessels like motor yacht AIR and motor yacht MOONLIGHT II are commonplace, perhaps even de rigueur.While an ondeck helipad may no longer turn heads at the quay in Monaco, the type of helicopter adorning the pad can still garner the envious gaze of fellow yachties.

Just one year after unveiling the EC145 Benz concept airship at last year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Eurocopter has premiered the first finished aircraft at this month’s EBACE 2011.
Inspired by the German car builder’s new R-class high-end vehicles, the twin-engine Mercedes Benz-style helicopter features a versatile interior enabled by a modular approach that allows the aircraft to be tailored to suit a range of travel needs for the well-heeled – be it taking the family for a weekend getaway in the Alps, or ferrying celebrity clients to and from a St Barts yacht charter vessel in style.

Mercedez Benz-inspired helicopter for yacht charter motoryachts
The EC145 interior showcases Mercedes’ knowledge of luxury materials and lighting to offer both luxury ambiance and German practicality. It’s all the work of the newly formed Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy.
Cockpit and cabin upholstery is available in a range of the usual top-shelf Benz materials and colors, plus a choice of elegant woods to provide luxury underfoot and paneling on the ceiling. Ambient lighting is also available in various colors to complement the decor – a technique borrowed from the automaker’s E and S-Class cars.

The EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style aircraft is not just about luxury but the effective and flexible use of space. It is the only he-lo in its class that can seat up to eight passengers. For the cabin layout, all seats are mounted on rails and can be quickly and easily reconfigured/removed for additional room for luggage. There are also multi-function boxes with features such as a mini-frig, cup holder and table, and 15-inch TV monitor and DVD player.

EC145 Luxury Mercedes Benz-inspired Helicopter with configurable seating

The aft-cabin features a high-capacity luggage compartment with room for baggage, golf clubs, even bicycles.

Like the R-Class models that inspired it, the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style is the most versatile and spacious helicopter in its class.  Available from the fourth quarter of 2011, expect to see this model onboard Virgin Island yacht charter vessels in November and December.


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Sailing Superyacht Salperton IV Launches in New Zealand

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UPDATE!   Sailing yacht SALPERTON IV is now named PALMIRA.  She was fully refit in 2017.
Built by Fitzroy Yachts, the sailing superyacht Salperton IV has recently been launched.  At 45 meters in length sailing yacht Salperton IV is the latest superyacht to be built by Fitzroy Yachts of New Zealand, being one meter longer than Salperton III at 44 meters.

Salperton IV sailboat

Fingers are crossed that the Mediterranean yacht charter fleet will soon welcome yacht Salperton IV to the family.  Earlier incarnations of Salperton have spent years delivering mega yacht charter holidays to customers around the world.  Two of the earlier vessels are still available for sail boat charters under the current names of Northern Spirit (37 meters) and Drumbeat (53 meters).

Sail boat charters are extremely popular in the Caribbean, and all eyes are upon this latest incarnation. The superyacht cost an estimated $30 million.  She is 215 tons, took two years to build, and is the eighth megayacht that Fitzroy has built in the past 12 years.
Accommodations include four en suite state rooms and three crew cabins. For extra luxury, she also has a gym and a spa pool.
260,000 hours have gone into the construction of the (hopefully soon-to-be) luxury sailing charter vessel.  She is fully air-conditioned, has her own sewage treatment station, can make 15 tons of water per day, carries 30 tons of fuel, and has a 850-horsepower Cat engine, in case there is no wind.
It is the second yacht the company has built for British owner, Barry Houghton.  The earlier Salperton III was launched in 2007, the company’s 10th anniversary, and won two international awards the next year.  The design concept for number IV was for a yacht which sails and performs even better than number III.
As with number III, Adam Lay Studio came back to create the yacht’s interior design work.
It has been reported that the yacht departed New Zealand today, with her owner onboard, for a three month Pacific cruise. The sailing yacht will then cruise the Caribbean, before heading up in the Mediterranean in the summer of 2010.

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