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Yachting Boating World: The New York based Gill Schmid Design has just unveiled its latest superyacht – the 110 metre Halycon. The vessel makes the most of floor to ceiling one-way glass.


Halycon exploits the possibilities of using glass in superyacht design, with floor to ceiling undulating glazing.

Renders from Gill Schmid Design show a use of white and reflective glass, which provides maximum privacy for the owner of the 110 metre superyacht and their guests.

The white, one-way glass is transparent from the inside and opaque looking from the outside.

The white glass panels on the observatory deck above the wheelhouse and on bridge deck above the VIP suits blend in seamlessly with the white superstructure, giving an overall monochromatic effect.

“The idea is to blend superstructure and glazing into one entity,” explained Gill Schmid Design.

Some of the key features of Halycon are the two glass bottomed swimming pools, one on the main deck and one staggered in sections on the upper deck.

They are connected with a waterfall flowing between the two levels, which is framed by a generous rectangular opening in the deck. This creates the effect of terraced aft deck spaces.

This space is further enhanced by the louvered ‘gill’ glass doors on the main deck, creating a deep inside/outside space around the main pool area.

Further features of this unique vessel, besides the expansive and unique outdoor deck spaces, are the large owner suite with his and hers saunas, six guest and two VIP suites.

There are also two hull infinity jacuzzis, a casino, front facing formal dining with panoramic views, a sky lounge and a cocktail bar with panoramic lounge spaces.

A retractable front facing glass facade on the observatory deck also highlights the unique use of glass on board.

The expansive beach club has open-able hull doors offering visual and physical access to the sea. There is also a gymnasium, sauna, plunge pool and massage areas.

The fully equipped tender garage has enough space for two 10 metre tenders, icon aircraft, submarine storage plus multiple toys.

Halycon comes with full helicopter landing on the observatory deck, plus an additional retractable touch and go helicopter landing on the main deck aft between the two jacuzzis.

The superyacht can accommodate 18 guests and 37 crew in generous quarters.

The unveiling of the Halycon project also marks the re-branding of the New York Design studio, which is run by Alistair Gill and Veronika Schmid.

Known previously as Impossible Productions Ink, Gill and Schmid have now combined their names to  create Gill Schmid Design.

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Yachting Boating World: Renders of the new 25 metre Seafire sports yacht have just been released by the UK-based Gilmour Design. It will have a top speed of 60 knots.


Many of us fantasise about the James Bond lifestyle – the adventures, the women and, of course, the stunning array of boats that 007 gets to experience.

Now, the design for a new luxury sports yacht has just been released that could make this fantasy a reality!

The new Seafire is inspired by the naval torpedo boat and the ever-growing demand for 1930 retro style design.

Fitted with the latest technology and safety features, the high speed Seafire is intended to bring fun and excitement back into the world of yachting. It will have a top speed of 60 knots.

According to Gilmour Design, the target audience for the avant garde high powered motor yacht are those who demand other retro style products “like expensive watches, classic cars and aircraft”.

In keeping with its military styling, the Seafire will be individually numbered on the bow.

Each owner will be able to tailor their vessel inside and out to their specific requirements and tastes.

Below deck, the living quarters can accommodate up to six guests and two crew members.

Design manager at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne based company, Ross Sedgley, said: “The ‘Seafire’ presents the opportunity for modern man to reclaim a lifestyle that has long pass of Hollywood glamour and stars such as Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Gary Grant.”

“The indulged passions for fast cars and planes is beginning to re-emerge after years of repression and those who pursue a James Bond image and lifestyle will be the envy of bystanders in any marina,” continued Sedgley.

Gilmour Design has completed the design and specification for the new Seafire, and it is currently tendering for the production of the first vessel.

The build period is expected to take 24 months. This commission will be the first of a production series.

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Yachting Boating World: The Suffolk-based luxury boat builder, Spirit Yachts, is expanding following an upturn in orders. YBW spoke to the firm’s managing director, Nigel Stuart about the company’s plans.


Next month, work begins on expanding the boat yard at Spirit Yachts.

The luxury boat builder, which created the stunning 54-foot 007 yacht, Spirit, which featured in the Bond film Casino Royale, is based at Ipswich Haven Marina in Suffolk.

The company currently employs 40 people, and will also be recruiting up to 15 new boat builders as part of its expansion plans.

Spirit’s managing director, Nigel Stuart, said it will be looking to employ new staff locally and via boat building colleges in the UK, as well as worldwide.

He doesn’t see Britain’s recent decision to leave the EU as a problem for recruitment: “We will continue to search for highly skilled boat builders through our usual channels,” he explained.

“We suspect it will have little influence on finding the right people to join the team, especially as the impact of Brexit is still unknown and probably won’t come into effect for a few years yet,” said Stuart.

This expansion comes as sales increase, especially for large yachts. Spirit Yachts has also just been shortlisted in the Special Yacht category in the European Yacht of the Year Award for its Spirit 47CR.

“Over the last year we have seen an increase in sales and prospective interest,” explained Stuart.

“We have recently secured orders for larger yachts, which require more build space. The new facility will have rolling doors large enough to bring yachts in and out with their keels on, which will also allow us to offer more maintenance work on modern classic yachts.”

Stuart said that although the Spirit customer base has largely remained the same, it has expanded its portfolio to meet demand.

“Our clients are all looking for a timeless yet high performance yacht that will not date. As demand has increased and our customers’ criteria varies more and more, we have developed our portfolio to offer a wider range of sailing and power boats,” he said.

“We now offer the Classic Spirit yachts, Deckhouse designs, a new cruising range and power boats from 35ft to 130ft,” added Stuart.

Work on the state-of-the-art yacht build facility at the yard will start mid-August.

The additional space will house production mezzanines and a mechanical testing area.

It will also allow Spirit to double the size of its existing lamination table, increasing the number of ringframes that can be built simultaneously.

With access via a 7.5m x 8m rolling door, the facility will allow Spirit to work on yachts up to 150 feet long with their keels on.

The vast entrance will also permit refit and repair work on existing modern classics with their keels on, meaning all projects will be protected from the elements.

The new yard will comprise LED lighting, modern heating systems, and efficient insulation and extraction. The additional floor space will also allow Spirit Yachts to increase capacity, efficiency and flexibility.

Stuart said Spirit Yachts will continue to strengthen its customer base worldwide through attending events and shows.

“The yard expansion will also allow us to develop the refits section of the business, which provides our existing owners with maintenance support and gives us the flexibility to take on other marine renovation work,” he added.

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Yachting Boating World: GetMyBoat now has 58,000 boats for rent in 169 countries. See the celebrity yachts it has on its books which are available for rent – you only have to worry about finding the cash!


GetMyBoat is now one of the largest boat rental and on-the-water-adventure marketplaces in the world.

Since it started in January 2013, the company has rented tens of thousands of boats for holidays and special occasions including photoshoots, birthdays and even burials at sea.

GetMyBoat aims to let owners of every type of boat, from kayaks to sailboats to motorboats, to post, free, their watercraft for rent or charter for free.

It also offers its own rental insurance programme to make sure owners and renters are covered. Check out the celebrity yachts on its books.

It’s undoubtable that AirBnB has changed the way people book accommodation when travelling, and the same concept has now been launched for yachts and boats.
The clever people at GetMyBoat, the biggest boat and yacht rental on the market, have come up with an ingenious idea.

Its new feature SleepAboard is a very similar concept to AirBnB, where owners can rent out their homes, or in this case their watercraft.
“Sleep Aboard is a boat-and-breakfast-type experience where travelers can stay aboard owners’ boats without leaving the dock.”, states the company’s press release.

GetMyBoat already has around 35,000 vessels in 143 countries on their books and Sleep Aboard has already proved popular in the US and Europe.

Prices for a one day stay range from $200 to $4,000, depending on the craft. Most owners don’t allow renters to take the boat out but some provide excursions at an additional coast.

“There are boating bed and breakfasts in Newport, Miami, and San Francisco; houseboats on landlocked lakes where people want to stop and enjoy some fresh air. In Amsterdam, houseboats are popular, while in the United Kingdom, canal boats are the norm.”, said GetMyBoat CIO Bryan Petro in a statement.

“We are committed to growing boating worldwide at GetMyBoat. Sleep Aboard is yet another way to reach new boaters and ensure the growth of an activity everybody should have the opportunity to experience. We’re happy to introduce the feature and excited to see its impact on how the world goes boating,” he said.

This is of course good news for boat owners too, who can lighten the coast of their upkeeping by renting out their beloved fleet.

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Yachting Boating World: The Mercy is the title of a new film by director James Marsh. It follows the story of Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the Golden Globe Race.


First look images of the new Donald Crowhurst film have been released, along with the feature’s name.

The Mercy stars the Oscar winning actors Colin Firth as amateur sailor, Donald Crowhurst and Rachel Weisz as his wife, Claire.

It is based on the true story of Crowhurst’s infamous attempt to win the first non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race, the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race.

Crowhurst had entered the race in hopes of winning the £5,000 cash prize to aid his failing business.

From the start, he experienced problems with his 40-foot trimaran, Teignmouth Electron, and left the Devon port on 31 October 1968 ill prepared for what lay ahead.

After encountering further problems, he secretly abandoned the race, remaining in the South Atlantic.

He reported false positions in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world. Log book entries found after his disappearance suggest that Crowhurst was driven to the edge of insanity.

His final entry, on 1 July 1969, was “It is finished. IT IS THE MERCY… I will resign the game.” The film title is a reference to this last entry.

Teignmouth Electron was found, unoccupied, by the Royal Mail vessel, Picardy on 10 July 1969. There is speculation that Crowhurst committed suicide by jumping overboard.

The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race was eventually run by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

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Yachting Boating World: The Russian designer, Max Zhivov came up with the MYBO modifiable yacht system while playing with his daughter. He talks to YBW about the concept.


The Max Zhivov designed MYBO is essentially six boats in one. Each can be modified to meet the needs of the owner, whether the vessel is for carrying cargo, for fishing or just to spend time with the family.

The inspiration for the project came to the Russian designer while he was playing with LEGO with his daughter.

“The main idea of this concept is that on the basis of one boat it is possible to make six variants of models for different functional needs,” explains Zhivov.

“Constructive elements of the boat can be changed or moved according customer request. Here you can see the main principle of LEGO where simple elements are (the) basis for imagination development,” he states.

The different modifications to the 15 metre boat are made possible due to a number of interesting design features.

These include an upper wheelhouse made of prefabricated segments which can be moved around the boat, depending on layout.

The two metre by four metre hull openings can also be modified with either Triplex glass and vents, windows or panels with doorways.

“The owner can create a unique design of the boat,” says Zhivov. “Also, if the boat is sold, the next owner will be able to rebuild it for his own needs according to the indicated options.”

The MYBO modifiable yacht system is the latest design from the Russian who focusses on economical and environmentally friendly concepts.

Your Yacht Your Home, known as YYYH-40 m, included special features, such as a pilothouse that can move inside the hull when the yacht is at anchor.

Meanwhile, the 47 metre Sky Ya is a semi-displacement hybrid motor yacht. It combines modern yacht design with the latest solar energy technology.

As well as solar panels, the vessel comes with a unique garden feature, where guests can make the most of a green space even in the middle of the ocean.

Sky Ya also has full height glass windows in the main salon, allowing for breathtaking sea views and plenty of natural light.

It can accommodate a crew of 10 and is projected to have a cruising speed of 18 knots.

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Yachting Boating World: A legal row over who should pay to repair the USS Sequoia, how much it will cost, and who will ultimately own the vessel is casting doubt on the future of the presidential yacht.


The USS Sequoia was used by five decades of American presidents, starting with President Herbert Hoover in 1933, and ending with President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

The John Trumpy-designed yacht was subsequently sold and up until 2014, it was being used as a historic charter vessel on the Potomac River. But a row over the USS Sequoia means its future is in doubt.

Since 2014, the yacht has been lain up in the Chesapeake Boat Works shipyard in Deltaville, Virginia while a contract dispute over a loan between the yacht’s owner, Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC and FE Partners LLC is played out.

The matter has now gone to the Chancery Court, where Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock must determine the price the lender, FE Partners, must pay to exercise an option to buy the yacht.

In 2012, the Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC entered into a $7.5 million loan agreement with FE Partners. Under default terms of the loan agreement, FE Partners can exercise an option to purchase the yacht for $7.8 million.

However, attorneys are arguing how much the option price must be reduced by because of needed repairs to the USS Sequoia and other liabilities.

Much of the case is centred around the actual worth of the yacht and who should pay for the repairs. Estimates to make the historic vessel seaworthy are put between $310,000 and $4 million.

Because of the disparity in cost, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock is now considering hiring his own independent marine surveyor to determine what repairs are needed.

The USS Sequoia is a designated National Historic Landmark.

Designed by John Trumpy, the 104-foot wooden yacht was built in 1925 at the Mathis Yacht Building Co. of Camden, New Jersey. It was used by the Department of Commerce as a decoy to catch criminals during the Prohibition era before being commissioned as the presidential yacht in 1933.

According to the official website of the USS Sequoia, President Herbert Hoover promoted his use of the yacht during the Depression in a “misguided effort to elevate the spirit of a starving public”.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the vessel to discuss and plan the D-Day invasion with the then-Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight Eisenhower. Once Eisenhower was elected president himself, he entertained Korean War veterans on board.

President John F Kennedy celebrated his 46th, and last, birthday on the USS Sequoia, while Harry Truman entertained visitors with his piano playing and poker games.

Lyndon B. Johnson lobbied for civil rights legislation, and planned Vietnam War strategy on the yacht’s deck. He is also reported to have enjoyed watching movies projected on to the ship’s white smokestack.

President Richard Nixon met with General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev on board to negotiate the first arms control treaty with the Soviet Union. The yacht was a frequent refuge for Nixon during the Watergate era. He even demanded that an electronic shield be built around the entire yacht to prevent bugging. This required that small pinholes be drilled six inches apart throughout the entire railing.

In 1974, Nixon was on the USS Sequoia when he announced to his family that he had decided to resign rather than face impeachment.

See article at Yachting Boating World



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Yachting Boating World: A former fisheries protection vessel has now found a new lease of life exploring the polar regions as the luxury expedition yacht, Enigma XK.


For more than a decade, the Enigma XK was used to protect the fishing grounds off Scotland. Originally called the Norna, the fisheries patrol vessel was built in 1987 by Richards Shipbuilders.

After years of service, the vessel was decommissioned in 2010 and has now been turned into a luxury expedition yacht available for charter.

With a study hull and a 5,000nm range, the Enigma XK offers luxury in some of the most inhospitable places in the world. It can be charted, through Eyos Expeditions, to far flung destinations such as the Northwest Passage and Antarctica.

The superyacht’s refit took around two-and-a-half years from the first preliminary design until completion.

The vessel’s exterior styling was done by Philippe Briand. It included the redesign of the profile with the addition of an owner’s suite forward, a helideck aft and a glass saloon in the middle.

Inside, the yacht’s luxurious interior has been designed by Vitruvius. Up to 12 guests can be accommodated in a master suite, four double cabins and one twin cabin.

The master suite is located just forward of the bridge, and boasts 180-degree views.

The Enigma XK also comes with a wellness room, a fitness room and a 360° glass main salon, allowing guests to view the scenery in comfort.

A small spa pool is located immediately aft of a protected alfresco dining area. Guests can be looked after by up to 19 crew onboard.

The yacht, which is equipped with fin stabilisers, has a cruising speed of 11 knots, a maximum speed of 18 knots.

It is available for charter for 275,000 Euros per week plus expenses.

Following the refit at the Atlantic Refit Center in La Rochelle in France, Enigma XK sailed down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town, before crossing the South Atlantic for a series of Antarctic expeditions.

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Yachting Boating World: Despite attempts to turn HMS Illustrious into a floating museum or attraction, the Ministry of Defence has now confirmed the warship will be sold “for recycling”.


13 May HMS Illustrious, which served in the Falklands War, Bosnia and the Gulf, has been put up for sale for scrap by the Ministry of Defence.

The Disposal Services Authority (DSA) is inviting expressions of interest for the sale of the warship “for recycling”. The vessel is currently moored in Portsmouth Harbour after 32 years of active service.

The announcement comes following several attempts to preserve the 22,000-tonne HMS Illustrious, which is affectionately known as ‘Lusty’.

The last – selling the warship to Gibraltar as a maritime attraction – fell through last month because of the “prohibitive” maintenance cost of the aircraft carrier.

The DSA said the sale could be discontinued should “a heritage option” become open.

Bids for the warship must be in by 23 May with viewings in June.

HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in August 2014 at a service at Portsmouth Naval Base. At the time, the ship was the last Invincible-class carrier left – both her sister ships, HMS Invincible and HMS Ark Royal had already been scrapped.

12 April The HMS Illustrious Association is warning that the warship is at risk of becoming a ‘national embarrassment’ if action isn’t taken to secure the vessel’s future.

The newspaper quotes a spokesman from the government, stating that it was giving “serious consideration” to plans to make the ship a maritime attraction in the British territory. However, the idea has been shelved because of the “prohibitive” maintenance cost of the aircraft carrier.

The President of the HMS Illustrious Association, Vice Admiral Bob Cooling told the newspaper that he would now rather see the ship scrapped if the Falklands warship could not be adequately preserved.

“Unless Lusty’s future is adequately funded to preserve her appearance and dignity as the UK’s longest-ever serving aircraft carrier then it would be better that she is scrapped rather than risk her becoming a national embarrassment,” he said.

The Vice Admiral believes ticket sales could have paid for the ship’s upkeep in Gibraltar.

“What better than such an iconic example of British naval heritage showcased in a vital overseas territory which itself reflects over 300 years of British maritime history?” stated Vice Admiral Cooling.

Responding to the concerns, an MOD spokesperson told YBW: “No decisions have yet been made on the future of the former HMS Illustrious and options for her sale are still under consideration by the Disposal Services Authority.”

HMS Illustrious was decommissioned in August 2014 at a service at Portsmouth Naval Base. At the time, the ship was the last Invincible-class carrier left – both her sister ships, HMS Invincible and HMS Ark Royal had already been scrapped.

‘Lusty’, as she is affectionately known, had been in active service for 32 years, including deployment in the Falklands War. The ship was replaced as the nation’s helicopter carrier by HMS Ocean.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The American yard has revealed images of its Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot after the new explorer yacht was completed and launched in China.


PAE has released pictures of its latest new model after the Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot hit the water for the first time. The new 58ft explorer yacht has an estimated top speed of 20 knots and after its preliminary sea trials, vice-president Jim Leishman was delighted with its performance.

“The boat is very quiet, has a good flat running angle, steers beautifully and we couldn’t be more pleased,” he said.

Designed in America and built in the Chinese port of Xiamen, the Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot will suit boaters who have lofty cruising ambitions.

Its Category A offshore rating, single 715hp Cummins QSM 11 engine and 4,000-litre fuel tank make this a certified ocean crossing machine, just like its esteemed Nordhavn brethren.

Key features include a 21.5kw Onan generator, Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning, and 11hp Side Power bow thruster. The layout includes a choice of two or three cabins, while the flybridge includes seating space for up to 12 people.

British buyers can import models through UK dealers Nordhavn Europe, who are based at Hamble Point.



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