Shootin’ the Breeze
Motor yacht
Normandie | 26.01 m | 1965

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Sanlorenzo Makes Debut Appearance at British Motor Yacht Show
Sanlorenzo is set to grace the British Motor Yacht Show for the first time from May 16th to 19th, 2024. Attendees of the event, hosted at Swanwick Marina in Southampton, will have the exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Sanlorenzo. From its cutting-edge design to its unparalleled craftsmanship and extensive customization options, visitors can explore the elegance and sophistication synonymous with the brand.SL90ASanlorenzo Yachts UK will showcase the magnificent Sanlorenzo SL90A, a 28-meter vessel that will also be the largest yacht on display at the four-day show. Nick Hatfield, Sales Manager at Sanlorenzo Yachts UK, expressed excitement about the debut, stating, "We’re delighted to be bringing one of our stunning Sanlorenzo yachts to the British Motor Yacht Show for the first time. It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience the true meaning of customization and understand Sanlorenzo’s ethos of innovative design, tailored to the requirements and desires of each individual owner."Designed by Bernardo Zuccon, the SL90A boasts an elegant and modern interior, featuring a harmonious blend of different wood, marble, and fabric textures. The innovative Asymmetric design, highlighted by the A in SL90A, elevates the yacht's interior volume, enhancing the main deck saloon's connection with the sea through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows.BG42Accommodating up to eight guests in four well-appointed staterooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, the SL90A offers comfort and style ideal for family gatherings or entertaining friends.Crafted by Sanlorenzo Yacht at its Ameglia base in Italy, this class-leading yacht offers a timeless aesthetic while pushing the boundaries of conventional design.In addition to the SL90A, Sanlorenzo Yachts UK will also present the BG42 from Bluegame, a brand under the Sanlorenzo umbrella. Sanlorenzo was founded in 1958 in Viareggio by yacht builder Gionvanni Jannetti. In 2005, Massimo Perrotti became the majority shareholder in the shipyard. Sanlorenzo builds yachts ranging from 28.60 to 73 meters in length. Credits:; Yacht Harbour archive
55m Lady A Finds New Owner
Lady A, the distinguished 55.2-meter motor yacht crafted by Nishii Zosen-Sterling, has found a new owner after just a year on the market. Simon Goldsworthy of Edmiston facilitated the sale, representing both the seller and the buyer in this transaction.Originally christened Southern Cross III, Lady A boasts a timeless design conceived by the renowned Jon Bannenberg and was meticulously constructed by Japanese shipyard Nishii Zosen-Sterling in 1986. Undergoing a significant transformation in 2017, the vessel underwent extensive refurbishments valued at over €12 million, including a complete interior overhaul, an expansion of the upper deck, and the installation of state-of-the-art Quantum zero-speed stabilizers.Lady A's upper aft deck has been elegantly extended to serve as the primary sunbathing area, featuring plush sofas, inviting armchairs, and a spacious alfresco dining spot accommodating up to 14 guests. Awnings can be swiftly erected by the crew to provide shelter from the sun.The interior layout is equally captivating, with the main lounge situated on the upper level, offering a relaxed ambiance with sliding glass doors, a raised reading nook, and a well-appointed bar. The vessel's unique design includes a split-level observation lounge boasting breathtaking 180-degree vistas.Ample accommodation is provided for up to 12 guests across six cabins, including a lavish owner's suite with a private office, three double guest cabins, a VIP guest cabin, and a twin guest cabin. The interior, masterfully refurbished by Design Unlimited, showcases walnut cabinetry, solid timber floors, and a soothing palette accented with mauve hues.Lady A is propelled by two rebuilt 3516B Caterpillar diesel engines, boasting a cruising speed of 13 knots. Currently located in Italy, the yacht was last listed at €7,900,000 with VAT paid.Credits: Yacht Harbour archive
Unprecedented Rain Flooded a Dubai Marina
Severe flooding has gripped Dubai, following an unprecedented deluge that unleashed the equivalent of a year and a half's worth of rainfall in just a few hours. The UAE and neighbouring Oman have already recorded 20 fatalities due to the flooding.Dubai, known for its arid climate, found itself inundated as flash floods wreaked havoc on its roads and highways. Videos circulating on social media captured the extent of the damage, particularly in Dubai Marina, where parts of the precinct were submerged under water, marked off with caution tape.<iframe width=560 height=315 src= title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share referrerpolicy=strict-origin-when-cross-origin allowfullscreen></iframe>Efforts to assess the impact on Dubai Marina are underway, with MIN reaching out to the marina's operator for details on any damage incurred and its potential effects on yachts docked there. The full extent of infrastructure damage and the timeline for repairs remain uncertain.Dubai Airport, the world's busiest, was not spared from the flooding, prompting flight diversions and disruptions. Emirates, the flag carrier, halted passenger check-ins until midnight Thursday as runways became partially submerged, affecting airport operations.Authorities are grappling with the aftermath of what meteorologists have termed an "exceptional event." AP news agency reported a staggering 254mm of rainfall in a 24-hour period in one area, dwarfing the city's average annual rainfall of 95mm. Overall, Dubai recorded 142mm of rainfall on Tuesday, further underscoring the unprecedented nature of the downpour.Credits: The Times and The Sunday Times/YouTube
Maserati Introduces Tridente Electric Speedboat
Maserati electrified the automotive world with the highly anticipated Folgore Day, held in Rimini, the heart of the Motor Valley. Marking the brand's 110th anniversary, this event signifies a monumental shift towards the future as Maserati embraces electric mobility with its new Folgore range.At the core of this transformation are Maserati's groundbreaking electric models: GranTurismo Folgore, the Trident’s first all-electric car; Grecale Folgore, the first SUV powered by a full-electric powertrain; and now, GranCabrio Folgore, the elegant and refined open-top version of its award-winning grand tourer sister, to be launched at the event. On top of these, the MC20 Folgore super sports car, set to debut in 2025.The partnership between Maserati and Vita Power has given rise to Tridente an exquisite all-electric luxury motorboat, marking Maserati's foray into electrifying the waters as well as the roads. Vita Power shares Maserati's vision for the future of mobility and the commitment to crafting luxurious creations that excel in performance and elegance.Vita Power, a pioneer in marine technology, is dedicated to minimizing the environmental impact of marine travel by developing high-performance electric powertrains and full-electric yachts. Their integrated ecosystem is complemented by a marine fast charging infrastructure, ensuring seamless and sustainable navigation.Tridente, measuring 10.5 meters, is designed for leisurely cruises on lakes and coasts, offering accommodation for up to eight passengers. With a cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 40 knots, Tridente combines performance with eco-friendliness. Crafted from carbon fiber to exacting standards, Tridente epitomizes luxury and sophistication. Maserati entrusted the finishing touches to Hodgdon Yachts, a renowned boatbuilder from Maine with a legacy spanning over 200 years. Credits: Maserati
Silent-Yachts: Resilience and Renewal Under New Ownership
Under new ownership, Silent-Yachts has emerged from financial challenges with renewed vigor and determination. Led by new majority owner Michael Said, the company has embarked on a path of growth and innovation, buoyed by fresh funding and a solid management team.SY60 (credits: Alberto Cocchi)Michael Said, an American-German investor and a Silent-Yachts client himself, has acquired the assets of Silent-Yachts, including the intellectual property and the shipyard Silent Italia in Fano, through his acquisition vehicle Helios Yacht Investments GmbH. His timely intervention ensured that funding remained available, preserving 140 jobs and allowing progress on existing orders for the Silent 62.Michael SaidThe first of these newly launched Silent 62 3-Deck yachts marks a milestone in the company's journey under new ownership. With seven more scheduled for completion this year and plans for an 80-footer in 2025, Silent-Yachts is poised for significant expansion and development.Fabrizio IarreraLeading the charge is new CEO Fabrizio Iarrera, a seasoned figure in the Italian yachting sector. Under his leadership, the company has undergone restructuring and is now positioned for a bright future. "Silent-Yachts is known for its innovative technology in electric catamarans," says Iarrera, emphasizing the brand's commitment to pushing boundaries in the industry.Supported by a board of shareholders and vice chairman Steve Bell, Silent-Yachts aims to fulfill its current orders while also planning for future production slots. The focus remains on delivering exceptional yachts and providing top-notch service and support to clients worldwide.Steve BellLooking ahead, Iarrera expresses confidence in the team's ability to excel in the market and maintain Silent-Yachts' reputation as a pioneer in electric catamarans. With a streamlined operation and a dedicated workforce, the company is poised to navigate towards a bright and prosperous future.Silent-Yachts is producing the world’s first fully solar-sustainable oceangoing production catamaran yachts. They are powered exclusively by solar energy and capable of cruising up to 100 miles per day. In 2009, founders Heike and Michael Köhler, who have spent 6,000 days cruising more than 75,000 miles all around the world, launched the Solarwave 46, the first fully self-sufficient blue-water catamaran after years of testing solar-powered propulsion, and they have been building boats ever since. Credits: Silent-Yachts