• Theme: Yachting

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    The Italian company Ice Yachts won this year’s Asian Marine & Boating Award with its new  Ice 52 RS for sailing yachts over 45 feet. Announced at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai, the prize recognizes design and innovation excellence. The yard builds entirely in-house, from glass fiber-carbon hull to...

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    The latest Thai-built Alibi custom performance cruiser shows great innovation. The French company founded by racer/designer Loïc Goepfert has been making these 54-foot catamarans near Bangkok for several years. Their latest boat debuted at La Grande Motte 2017. Goepfert’s goal of building innovative, yet beautiful...

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    The quiet arrival of the Solarwave 64 went unheralded at La Grande Motte 2017. But crowds soon gathered around this gray ghost ship powered entirely by the sun. The Solarwave glided out into the Mediterranean at 10 knots as the twin electric motors hummed quietly, consuming 64 kilowatts. Throttling back to a cruising...

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    France is one of the few countries with regulations governing the dismantling and recycling of recreational vessels. But with economic and psychological hurdles, and problems reusing fiberglass, the obstacles are numerous. We spoke to Benoît Ribeil, project officer at APER, the French network overseeing the...

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    Battery technology is one of the key elements in efficient yachts, especially lightweight racers or smart-thinking cruising boats. Lithium has been the most recent pioneering technology for stored power, but it is inherently volatile, especially if special charging procedures are not followed. The Dutch Super B...

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    The wind is free. Add two engines and you have a formula that makes sailing catamarans appealing by combining safety and comfort. That’s the new Catana 53, showcased at the International Multihull Boat Show, April 19-23 in La Grande Motte on the French Mediterranean.   Given the competitive market and the number of new...

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    With so many yachts made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) since the 1960’s, end-of-life disposal is far from plain sailing. In the Netherlands, Stichting Jacht Recycling was created two and a half years ago to find safe ways to dispose of old yachts.   Many vessel parts pose a risk to the environment when...

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    After more than three years of research and development, the US company Kymeta announced in early March that its flat-panel satellite antennas intended for superyachts are now available. The metamaterials-based mTenna ASM will appear on the first yachts in May and June of this year. Field testing will ensure that...

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    The naval shipbuilding company Privinvest, headquartered in Lebanon, recently announced the delivery of Sailing Yacht A—the “most advanced sail-assisted superyacht ever built.” The giant vessel measures 143 meters and weighs in at about 12,600 GT, making it one of the largest superyachts in the world. The Sailing...

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    Team Italia’s new integrated bridge allows captains and crew to easily monitor and operate machinery and systems.   As yachts become larger and larger, owners and captains spend more time working with shipyard technical departments, sub-contractors and interior designers to integrate all sorts of equipment. Thanks to...