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December 2006
The OCEA Commuter 108 Abely Wheeler completed her first round the world navigation. She arrived in Les Sables d’Olonne, two and a half years after leaving for an Atlantic crossing towards the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.

After an efficient 18 months construction programme, the 45 metre Transocean Explorer Yacht Marco Polo was launched in November and carried out initial trials during the last week of December.

Commissioned by Hong Kong based company MCC, Marco Polo was the first of their Transocean Explorer series to be launched from the Cheoy Lee Shipyard to designs by Ron Holland Design, with interior decoration by London based KCA International.

January 2007

Following two years of development, major investment in new shipyard facilities and establishing a highly specialised workforce, the Yacht Division of Sunseeker International officially launched its 37 metre tri-deck at the London Boat Show.

With a second 37metre well underway, a third hull being moulded and further orders already taken Sunseeker said it was confident that this new model would spearhead the development of a new range of exotic yachts bearing the Sunseeker brand name.

Pershing, the Ferretti Group brand and famous Italian shipyard specialising in the production of luxury yachts, was in Shanghai to receive the prestigious Performance Luxury Yacht 2007 prize. This award, based on the Chinese market, was the result of the “Best of the Best” opinion poll conducted by the important Chinese finance and lifestyle magazine, “The Hurun Report”.

 

4Yacht Inc. was made exclusive Central Agent for two new Gigayacht projects, a 200 metre and a 165 metre designed by Donald Starkey. The 200 metre yacht, appropriately named Everest, is Donald Starkey’s idea to design a yacht that would surpass all others, by taking a gigantic leap forward to above 200 metres. It is possible that this could be the largest private yacht for some time to come.

Trinity Yachts delivered the 161 ft tri-deck motoryacht Imagine. After successfully completing her sea trials, the yacht left for Fort Lauderdale and then on to the Bahamas. After a short shake down cruise, Imagine proceeded onto the Caribbean for some private sailing with the new owners.

Royal Denship celebrated the launch, in Aarhus, Denmark, of the first example of its 85’ Flybridge, which is the latest addition to its ‘New Range’ of semi-custom luxury motor yachts. The occasion was marked by a lavish party.

2007 started with a bang for Jongert, with the signing contracts for three new projects in the first week of the new year: a 2400 sailing yacht, a 36 metre motor yacht and another power boat with a length of around 40 metre.

French builder Couach unveiled the silhouette and interior views of its latest model, the 3000 Fly. The first vessel will be launched in spring 2007 and the second one at the beginning of summer. The yacht boasts a slender, resolutely modern profile and looks certain to make a mark on the strength of its performance.

February 2007

The Azzura Classic 100, Cambria II, was shortlisted as one of six finalists for the prestigious World Superyacht Award in the semi-displacement Yachts of 30m to 40m LOA category. Cambria II is a traditional styled motor yacht that has captured the eye of many designers, boat owners and members of the general public.

Azimut announced that the world premiere for the new Azimut 103S will take place at the Dubai Boat Show in March. The Middle East is one of Azimut’s prime markets and ART Marine of Dubai, the winner of the Best Overseas Dealer at the last Azimut Dealers’ Meeting, will act as host for the launch in Dubai.

OCEA Shipyard, located in Les Sables d’Olonne on the French Atlantic Coast and builder of the OCEA Commuter Yacht Series, signed a contract for the first OCEA 85 to be delivered for the summer 2008. The OCEA 85 has been designed, by Joubert-Nivel, to cruise extensively and to the most secluded places.

GOLDEN OLDIE

Iduna was launched, in 1939, by De Vries, for the 77 year old Dutch shipping magnate Philippus van Ommereb III. The 100 foot yacht remained the largest Feadship built until 1960.

After a three year rebuild, carried out in the Classic Yacht Darsena yard, in Italy, Iduna now combines classic splendour with 21st century standards of comfort. Inside and out, she exudes the golden age of yachting, but now combines mahogany, teak, brass, crystal and fine fittings of the epoque, with modern conveniences such as air conditioning, audiovisual entertainment and computers.

Iduna is a classified yacht d’époque and can be chartered for classic regattas. though, as a true motor sailer she is unlikely to lead the pack.