Ocean Independence announced the sale of the 85 metre Annaliesse. Having been a very successful charter yacht since her launch in 2004, Annaliesse accommodates up to 36 guests in absolute opulence, with a one-on-one crew to guest ratio. The 110m2 master suite takes up the entire upper deck, while the VIP stateroom is located on the bridge deck, and the ten guest staterooms (six doubles and four twins) are housed at main deck level. Beyond this a further five guest cabins are situated elsewhere, one of which is connected to the master suite. Guests are certainly treated to every comfort, with an on-board health and beauty centre featuring a marble-faced Roman bath, saunas, steam rooms, cold plunge pools, Jacuzzis, a beauty salon with Cleopatra baths, Thalasso therapy beds and massage facilities. Her gymnasium is fully equipped with a treadmill, rowing machine, weights and a cycling machine. Other facilities include a cinema, library, business centre, crèche, a Jacuzzi on the Sun deck, four large tenders, two of which are capable of 30 knot speeds and a heli-pad.

For the second year running, demand for Pendennis’ refit services grew. With M/Y Avante and M/Y Le Reina Del Mar in residence in the inner dry dock, the company expanded its capacity with temperature controlled bubble tents, supplied by Spar Craft of Palma, Mallorca. M/Y Kiring, M/Y Alta , S/Y Naos and S/Y Zephyr have been tented on hard standing and a further tent is planned for up coming work on another 50m Motor Yacht. The tents are ideally suited to the climate in Falmouth, as this area of the UK rarely drops below freezing and benefits from the warm air of the Gulf Stream.

Sunseeker Charters is to offer a 37 metre in the USA. The yacht ‘M4’, is the second of this model to be built and will be available for charter following its debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show at the end of October 2007. The vessel will come with scuba dive compressor, a full complement of water toys and a crew of six, including skipper, engineer and chef. Stefan Wertans, director of Sunseeker Charters said “By the end of the year, we will have three beautiful new Sunseekers available for charter in Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico. We are thrilled to offer our clients an unrivalled selection of Sunseeker motoryachts to choose from for their holidays in the Americas.”

Marine Group Boat Works on San Diego Bay announced the completion of a nine-month, multi-million dollar construction project, including a custom-made 665-ton travel lift, the strongest one in the nation. Marine Group has already attracted the attention of some of the biggest and most expensive boat owners from around the world, including Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s Ronin.

Fincantieri has started work on Hull # 6154, a 130 + metre, 7 deck megayacht, designed by Espen Oeino, with an interior by Pascale Reymond of Reymond Langton Design. The order was placed last year, through Camper & Nicholsons International, for a Russian client, who has not been named.

The shipyard says that when Hull # 6154, which is scheduled for delivery in 2010, is completed it will be the most technically advanced and the most elegant megayacht built to date. Key features will include two helicopter landing platforms (one with a hangar), storage for a large submarine able to reach a depth of more than 100 metres, a huge internal sea water pool that can be also used for tender docking and 2,700 square metres of luxury interior space.


Koninklijke De Vries Makkum, part of the Feadship group, has successfully completed the refit of the 71.60-meter (234’ 9”) Utopia. Originally launched in 2004 and the second largest Feadship yet built, the yacht’s new owners had previously spent several months chartering Utopia. Delighted with her first class facilities and technologies, they bought her and decided to personalise the yacht to their onboard living style and further enhance the yacht’s outdoor relaxation options.

On the sun deck forward, a large cut out was made in the canopy to create a huge sunbed with giant fluffy sofas in a champagne colour. The windscreen was adapted to suit the new shape of the sunbathing area, new speakers were installed, and the lockers were adapted to create extra storage space. The owners’ foredeck, just forward of their stateroom, already had its own Jacuzzi. Now the seating in this area has been replaced with three large sofas and sunpads, making it an even more idyllic spot for private relaxation. Deck space was increased by removing one of two large circular foredeck hatches.