In the last six months of 2006, several impressive yachts were launched.



July 8 2006 was a banner day for CRN, Italy. A new launching saw all the children of Ancona take part in the festivities at the shipyard when “GiVi”, a splendid steel and aluminium megayacht measuring 60 metres, the latest addition to the CRN family, took to the water. The vessel, the largest to be launched from Ancona in the last 6 years, lifted CRN’s launch total to 120 steel and aluminium megayachts.


New Zealand’s Alloy Yachts launched yet another 50+ metre sailing megayacht in July. The 52m sloop Kokomo has a design displacement of 340 tonnes.

The design from Dubois Naval Architects was for a high performance aluminium sloop with spacious interiors and extensive accommodation.
Kokomo has a 63.4m (209ft) carbon fibre mast, with roller boom furling.

Dutch design office, Vripack, announced the August launch of the trawler yacht Caressa K, at the RMK Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, for a Turkish owner.

The full services office of Vripack was responsible for styling, naval architecture and engineering. At 37 metres, the Caressa K is the largest trawler yacht Vripack has designed to date.

The hull is built of steel, the superstructure is built partly of steel and partly of aluminum.


Trinity Yachts shipyard delivered the 47.9 metre tri-deck motor yacht, Lady Linda. After completing her sea trials, the stylish yacht, with her rich deep blue hull and white superstructure, left for the Bahamas for several weeks of cruising with her new owners, who also own the Lurssen, Linda Lou.

The design incorporated the owners’ ideas of style, elegance and performance.


On Saturday November 18, Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw launched the 51.21m (168’0”) Gallant Lady – the 8th Feadship for a repeat client.
Gallant Lady is a twin screw motor yacht, with aluminum hull and partly composite super structure.
Design and naval architecture was by De Voogt Naval Architects, with interior design by John Munford Design.
The interior decorator was Peter Rogers and the interior stylist was Richard W. Jorden.

Ocean Independence announced the November launch of MY Asfar in Antalya, Turkey. This 30m planing motor yacht was built, by Dragos Yachts, for the Chairman of the Bin Moosa Group and is set to be based in Abu Dhabi, UAE.



On Saturday December 16, the Royal Van Lent Shipyard launched the 61.20 metre M.Y. Secret, in an atmosphere made festive by Christmas decorations. M.Y. Secret is a twin screw motor yacht, with steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

The design and naval architecture is by De Voogt Naval Architects and the Interior is a Jim Harris design, based on a concept from Larvor.




The 30.1 metre, 1969 Feadship “Prosit” was designed by de Groot and built by Van Lent for US Lowenbrau beer magnate, Hans Holterbosch.

Howard Ruby, founder, chairman and CEO of Oakwood Worldwide, which is now a $multi-billion real estate company, bought the yacht, in 1979, and re-named her Belle Aire, after one of his California developments.

Since 1982, the Belle Aire has been successively owned by a Belgian, who eventually acquired another Feadship - Easy to Love IV; an Englishman, who had made his money in PVC pipes; then Maurice Levy, Chairman and CEO of French PR company Publicis, who still owns her.

Since our photo was taken - circa 1979 - the Belle Aire has acquired a bathing platform on the stern and the upper deck and aft cockpit have both been extended to the stern, to provide an al fresco dining area and an upper deck lounge, under a bimini top.

The Belle Aire has always been a high profile yacht and now does extensive charter work, from her base in San Remo, Italy.

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