Yachts

Damen Yachting targets yacht upgrades

Damen Yachting targets yacht upgrades

Until the early 2000s refits were a secondary offering at Vlissingen-based Damen Yachting. While the company always reserved space in the shipyard for returning yachts, it wasn’t until the building boom of the mid-2000s that it truly began to invest in the refit side of the business. That investment has led to a sustained upturn […]

Solar expeditions with the ZEN50 catamaran

Solar expeditions with the ZEN50 catamaran

With 17kW of peak solar power at its disposal, and a wingsail designed for optimal wind capture, the new ZEN50 catamaran series is set to bypass the need for the ‘obligatory’ backup diesel genset The forecast’s for sunshine for builder ZEN Yachts, which has confirmed the pre-sale of the first four units in its solar-powered, […]

Dutch companies develop UV-C biofouling solution

Dutch companies develop UV-C biofouling solution

Damen Shipyards has teamed up with coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel and electronics specialist Philips to further develop a fouling control solution for hulls that uses UV-C light technology. The proposed solution integrates UV-C light-emifting diodes (LEDs) into a coating scheme that emits enough light to prevent biofouling accumulation on the protected area. AkzoNobel and Philips have […]

Sunseeker launches Skills Academy

Sunseeker launches Skills Academy

Yachtbuilder Sunseeker International has launched an intensive boatbuilding course with the aim of attracting fresh talent into the industry to counter the UK’s current “national skills shortage”, the company says. The course is the first offering of the newly created Sunseeker Skills Academy, which was developed in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College. Alex Bowman, […]

Hopping spree

Hopping spree

HopYacht 30 offers stylish sailing and money-saving tricks Designed to be as family-friendly as it is eco-friendly, the all-electric HopYacht 30 isn’t just for experienced sailors. In fact, the 9.35m catamaran yacht “is designed to be sailed very easily as a couple or a family with young children not yet able to lend a hand”, […]

Wally unveils new compact class

Wally unveils new compact class

Monaco-based luxury yacht brand Wally has unveiled the first renderings of its wallywhy150 class, a 24m/150gt model. The newcomer has been described as a ‘little sister’ to the group’s 27m/200gt wallywhy200, launched in September 2021. The wallywhy150 was developed by Wally-Ferretti Group Engineering, with Studio A. Vallicelli & C producing its interior design. Luca Bassani, […]

Streak of inspiration

Streak of inspiration

Naval architecture firm Vripack and boatbuilder Van der Valk Shipyard have devised a conceptual design for the fast weekender market, monikered the Meteor. The first example of this concept has already been snapped up by an anonymous client. Yoeri Bijker, head of sales and marketing at Van der Valk, says: “There is an ongoing trend for […]

Planting the seed

Planting the seed

Consider modern superyacht and megayacht interiors, replete with chrome-plated brass fittings and plexiglass partitions. They look stylish and clean, for sure…but they’re not exactly what you’d call ‘unique’.   “Most yachts essentially look like hotels,” Björn Asmussen, director and executive architect at design studio 3Deluxe (3DLX), tells Ship & Boat International. “They’re very posh, but […]

Royal ambassador

Royal ambassador

Gulf Craft is on a mission to promote the UAE as a capable rival to the Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and the US when it comes to producing high-quality superyachts and megayachts. Set to celebrate its 40th anniversary next year, the builder specialises in boats sized roughly 9-54m in length, and estimates that it is has […]

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