The iconic sailing yacht Maltese Falcon has been revitalized through an extensive refit. This 88-meter superyacht, commissioned by Tom Perkins and built in 2006 by renowned Perini Navi, with naval architecture by Gerard Dijkstra and interior design by Ken Freivokh, has undergone an impressive transformation at Lusben Shipyard. The meticulous refit, involving over 80 dedicated professionals collaborating seamlessly with the yacht's crew, spanned more than six months.
“It was a challenging project for all of us, not least because the sheer size of this sailing yacht required us to design and build a special system to accommodate the vessel in dry dock. We worked in synergy with the various teams involved in the refit work and with the customer, satisfying their wishes and at the same time suggesting improvements with a view to increasing efficiency and energy savings. It was an honor for all of us to be able to carry out this modernisation work on such an iconic boat, one that has made international yachting history,” said Gianni Paladino, Lusben Commercial Director.
Lusben successfully transformed the owner's vision into reality by orchestrating a range of aesthetic and functional enhancements. One of the most challenging tasks was the meticulous repainting of the entire hull, restoring the distinctive 'Perini Blue' color to its former glory.
Following the hull's transformation, Lusben's expert teams meticulously carried out maintenance work on the yacht's intricate onboard systems, including generators, main engines, and propellers. Notably, the mast handling system received careful attention and a delicate overhaul.
Embracing the growing significance of sustainability in the boating industry, Lusben prioritized eco-conscious upgrades during the refit process. The generators were replaced with superior-class units that boast enhanced efficiency and reduced fuel consumption. Additionally, the main engine mufflers were exchanged, resulting in considerable environmental benefits and reduced noise levels for the comfort of guests. The propellers were inspected, with the shafts, blades, and bearings disassembled and serviced to optimize fuel efficiency for years to come, reflecting the collaborative efforts between Lusben, the captain, and the crew.
The most vital and delicate system of the Maltese Falcon, its sail rig, underwent extensive work to ensure optimal performance. Developed by UK-based Insensys, the pioneering Dynarig system features three rotating carbon fiber masts capable of deploying an impressive 2,396 sqm of sail. This remarkable rig allows the yacht to reach top speeds of 25 knots with a displacement of 1,240 tonnes.
During the refit, the teak deck was replaced, and the interiors were refurbished, with a particular focus on the cabins and bathrooms to enhance comfort and provide a more welcoming night area. The galley was also fully appointed to meet the highest standards. Energy-efficient LED lighting was installed, resulting in substantial energy savings. Routine maintenance, including hull cleaning and valve overhauls, was also diligently executed as part of the commission.
The yacht now returns to its captain and crew as a testament to exceptional craftsmanship and a commitment to sustainability in the yachting industry.
“It was a challenging job and an effort that involved everyone, because of the high expectations around the project and the complexity of its planning and execution, but the result is more than satisfactory thanks to the support of the yard and Lusben’s team. The Maltese Falcon can now return to the sea in all her splendor, regaling her guests with new and unforgettable experiences,” said Pierfrancesco Cafaro, captain of Maltese Falcon.
Lusben was founded in 1958 in Viareggio. The shipyard has over 60 years of experience in the yacht refit sector.
Benetti presents the world premiere of two models of B.Now 50M, the family of steel mega yachts whose innovative and versatile DNA has been engineered for long cruises with an at-home feel: FantaSea and Alunya, the latter fitted with the revolutionary Oasis Deck® at the Monaco Yacht Show, from September 27 to 30, 2023. FantaseaM/Y Fantasea (B.Now 50m) beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its expansive 36 sq.m beach club, a main deck pool at the stern, and a forward sun deck hot tub. A notable addition, unlike its predecessors, is a luxurious steam room in the beach area for ultimate relaxation. All outdoor furnishings are custom-made to the owner's exact preferences, and the yacht's sizable glass doors create a seamless indoor-outdoor ambiance. Inside, the modern interiors, curated by Benetti's Interior Style Department, boast high-quality ceramic finishes. AlunyaAnother attention-grabber from Benetti at the Monaco Show is Alunya. This 50-meter yacht is the second in the B.Now family to showcase the Oasis Deck™, a groundbreaking solution that reimagines the conventional stern swim platform. It features hydraulically operated terraces that extend across the entire width of the deck, creating an expansive 110 sq. m beach club. The Oasis Deck™ provides an uninterrupted 270° view aft and includes a glass-walled infinity pool and multiple social areas.Founded in 1873, Benetti is the oldest Italian shipyard specializing in luxury yachts. They design, build and sell composite vessels from 29 to 44m and steel and aluminum boats from 37 to over 100m. Their fleet consists of five categories: Class, Oasis, B.Yond, B.Now and Custom, to meet all the needs of the market, and they belong to the Azimut|Benetti Group, the largest privately owned luxury yachting group in the world.Credits: Benetti
September 21, 2023
As the shipyard prepares for its 70th birthday, unit #3 of the Otam 70HT made its international debut at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival. The yacht was designed by Giuseppe Bagnardi of BG Design Firm with hull lines by Umberto Tagliavini Marine Design. On special request of the owner, Otam was able to further improve fuel efficiency at speeds in excess of 40 knots, thanks also to the lightweight yet rigid construction in Aramat, Kevlar and carbon fiber.Although the yacht shares some characteristics with its series counterparts, such as the absence of a tender garage and side-access to the aft cockpit, there are notable distinctions. The owner prioritized a spacious rigid sliding rooftop to maximize natural ventilation when at anchor or in motion. Furthermore, marble countertops were crafted from a single block of stone to maintain consistent veining throughout the yacht.The lower deck features three cabins, a galley, and crew quarters with separate access from the foredeck. On the main deck, a dinette and a secondary galley are situated.“Like every Otam, the Otam 70 HT is designed to exceed the expectations of our demanding owners,” says Matteo Belardinelli, Otam’s sales & communication manager. “Without exception they are looking for something unique and exclusive and that means we’re always pushing our own boundaries. This latest delivery is yet another example of our mission to build extraordinary, high-performance yachts that are tailored to every client’s personal requirements.”The shipyard’ history started in 1954 in Liguria. Its professionalism is what made it stand out, very quickly becoming the first authorized Riva yacht Service Center for the Med Sea. In the 80’s Otam fit around 25 yachts for an American builder before starting his own production of Otam 45’ and 55’, earning significant attention. Today Otam has produced around 90 yachts, becoming an Italian specialist, and, together with its custom range, offers a limitless choice between 45’ and 130’.Credits: сourtesy Alberto Cocchi & Alessandro Guerrieri/Otam
September 21, 2023
Today, 21st September, at 11.00 am, the 63rd edition of Genoa International Boat Show kicked off on the scenic Terrace of the Blue Pavilion overlooking the Waterfront di Levante.The traditional flag-hoisting ceremony was organized by Confindustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Industry Association). The inaugural conference, entitled 'The Yachting Industry, the history behind the future', was moderated by TV director and presenter Monica Maggione. This year's show boasts impressive statistics, with 1,043 brands on display, marking a 4.5% increase since 2022. Over 1,000 boats, ranging from 2 to 40 meters in length, will be showcased, and 143 additional berths have been added, thanks to the new canals in the Waterfront area. Additionally, 184 new products, a 9.5% increase from last year, will be unveiled at the event.SX100Sanlorenzo30.5mThe SX100 is a crossover yacht that seamlessly integrates spacious open areas close to the sea. Developed through extensive owner feedback and fitting perfectly within the SX range, the SX100 optimizes onboard features while maintaining the range's distinctive style. The Sanlorenzo SX100 offers flexible layout choices, including a three- or four-cabin lower-deck design. It features an innovative stern setup that can serve as a waterline saloon or a master suite, complete with foldable bulwarks for added natural light. The main deck includes a generous midship seating area, the option for a VIP or master cabin forward, or an open-plan dining area with panoramic views.Riva 82’ DivaRiva25,29m The Riva 82’ Diva joins the successful lineup alongside the Riva 90’ Argo, Riva 102’ Corsaro Super, Riva 110’ Dolcevita, and Riva 130’ Bellissima. It sets new standards in both aesthetics and functionality, not only for Riva's flybridge range but also for the entire category. Designed by Officina Italiana Design, it prioritizes outdoor living and offers a fresh approach to interiors. Notably, the flybridge boasts three distinct areas: a central lounge with a dinette and bar, a forward sunbathing area, and a lounge area. The main deck features an expansive beach club, a remarkable size for its category, with a generous sun pad at the stern.Ax824,46mAstondoa Astondoa describes the Ax8 as a "social cruiser" designed to accommodate 18 guests. With its innovative design, this 24,46-meter motoryacht boasts a remarkable 6.22-meter beam, offering spacious passageways between the cockpit and beach club. Two expansive sundecks are featured, one on the main deck and another on the flybridge. The aft cockpit includes a dining and social area with a view of the beach club, separated by a glass divider for protection in adverse weather. The Ax8 accommodates four cabins, including a full-beam master and two VIPs aft, all with en-suite facilities. Additionally, there's a guest cabin forward and two crew cabins. Twin Volvo Penta 1350 engines power the yacht.BGM7522.7mBluegameBluegame, a subsidiary of the Sanlorenzo Group, is set to redefine motor yachts with their pioneering BGM75. Introduced in 2020, it's their first twin-hull motor yacht, offering remarkable stability, generous space, and enhanced fuel efficiency. This debutant represents a new category, distinct from typical multihulls. With a sleek 22.7m beam, just over one-third of its total length, it avoids the traditional squared-off look of catamarans, akin to the renowned BGX70 and BG72 models. Essentially, the BGM75 is a visually stunning motor yacht with the added advantage of two hulls.Rebel 50 G17.30mSacs MarineThe national premiere of the Rebel 50 G is showcased at the boat show. With a size between 47 and 55 feet, it strikes a balance between comfort and maneuverability. This unconventional boat blends elements of classic ribs and day-cruisers. Designed by Christian Grande, it features tapered foam profiles for safe mooring and added sportiness without sacrificing its sleek side profile. The deck lounge is partially enclosed for extended cruising, while the walkaround layout and spacious sunbeds at the bow and stern enhance social spaces. Below deck, the forward master cabin and midship VIP cabin offer ample space and privacy.Dufour 4112.75mDufour YachtsThis new cruiser offers an expansive cockpit, distinguishing it from others in its class. Its interior is equally spacious, providing the choice of three or four staterooms, and two or three en suites. The three-stateroom version, showcased at the event, includes a generous main cabin and two roomy guest cabins, each equipped with its private en suite. Dufour highlights that the 41 is the sole sailboat in its category featuring two forward cabins, each with double beds, and well-implemented soundproofing to ensure privacy.GranTurismo 14.0 X13.70mLomacThe new GranTurismo 14.0 X, flagship of the brand’s boat family, boasts a redesigned layout for enhanced liveability. It features a spacious cockpit and side walkways optimizing onboard movement, ensuring exceptional comfort for a maxi-rib of its size. The cockpit includes a large foldable table for 8-10 people, and the stern offers an ample sun pad. Forward, there's another expansive sun pad with excellent protection. Below deck, a roomy cabin with wood detailing, a dinette, ample storage, and a bathroom with a separate full-height shower provide additional comfort. The exterior and interior design, as well as the hull geometry, are crafted by Federico Fiorentino. The hull design was perfected using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to maximize performance and efficiency at all speeds. Powering the boat are the new XTO Yamaha outboards, each delivering 450 hp.Credits: Astondoa, Bluegame, Dufour Yachts, Lomac, Riva, Sacs Marine, Sanlorenzo, Salone Nautico
September 21, 2023
At the Cannes Yachting Festival, Arcadia Yachts presented the A96. She received the “Innovation Trophy” for yachts from 80 to 98 feet at the famous World Yachts Trophies and, in parallel with the boat’s official presentation, sold two units.A96“This award is a source of pride for me and my family, but most importantly for all the skilled workers and professionals from our local area who are part of this adventure which we set out on fifteen years ago,” said Ugo Pellegrino, Arcadia Yachts owner. “For me, this World Yachts Trophy is a recognition of Neapolitan creativity, determination and skill.”Arcadia Yachts team at the World Yachts TrophyThe strengths of this original yacht, the forerunner of an innovative series, include Arcadia Yachts’ craftsmanship and construction expertise, and with the sliding glazed surfaces on the main and upper decks, the boat offers magnificent views, plenty of natural light and the pleasure of the sea breeze. Other plus points scored by the model are the water’s edge stern platform and the swing down gunwales on both sides.A96Both units sold will cruise in the Mediterranean.A96Arcadia Yachts is based in Naples, Italy. Since 2008, Arcadia Yachts has been building semi-custom luxury composite yachts and has succeeded in perfectly integrating artisanal craftsmanship, modern technologies, attention to detail and to the surrounding environment. The Arcadia Yachts fleet has included two ranges since September 2016. The shipyard’s first and most characterizing range is the A range, which includes four models (A85, A85s, A105 and A115). The Sherpa range has a new model, the 24m Sherpa XL, which was launched at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. The new model, A96, debuted at 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival.Credits: Arcadia Yachts
September 20, 2023
Azimut returns to the Genoa International Boat Show from September 21 to 26, 2023, with two Italian premieres: the Magellano 60, designed for extended cruises in close communion with nature, and the New Fly 72, boasting a sporty yet refined character.New Fly 72The Italian unveiling of the New Fly 72, featuring exterior design by Alberto Mancini and interiors by the debutant yacht designer Fabio Fantolino, marks a desire to infuse contemporary elegance into this model. The interior style blends the exclusive ambiance of yachting with contemporary design sophistication, incorporating wood, bronze, and high-gloss lacquer. The exterior, designed by Alberto Mancini, adds clean lines and sculptural tension to Azimut's sporty DNA.New Fly 72The Magellano 60, with exterior design by Ken Freivokh, embodies a crossover concept for avid cruisers. It offers spacious interiors without compromising on the yacht's elegance. The Main Deck seamlessly connects to the cockpit, creating an Infinity Terrace that immerses passengers in a harmonious seascape.Magellano 60Magellano 60's efficient Dual Mode semi-planing hull allows comfortable low-speed cruising and higher-speed handling while optimizing fuel consumption and emissions. Azimut's choice to power it with HVOlution, Eni Sustainable Mobility's biofuel produced from 100% renewable materials, significantly reduces CO2 emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels.Magellano 60 interiorIn addition to these premieres, Azimut will showcase other models from their Fly, Atlantis, and Magellano series at the Genoa International Boat Show.Azimut Yachts is an Azimut Benetti Group brand. With its Atlantis, Magellano Flybridge, S, Verve and Grande collections, Azimut offers the widest range of 10 to 40 meters.Credits: Azimut Yachts
September 20, 2023