The 96.55-metre Feadship superyacht Faith has been recently spotted at anchor in the bay of Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Sardiania. The vessel is believed to belong to Lawrence Stroll, a Canadian billionaire with current net worth of $2.6 billion. According to Forbes, the owner's previous yacht was sold to a renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.Lawrence Stroll is known for masterminding the American fashion brand Michael Kors' hugely successful IPO in 2011 with a Hong Kong fashion tycoon Silas Cho being his business partner. Thus, the largest part of his fortune comes from selling his shares in Michael Kors; with the last stake sold in 2014. Moreover, Mr Stroll has been a part-owner of the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team Formula 1 team since 2018.First known under the name Vertigo, the superyacht was built by Dutch yard Feadship in 2016. Redman Whiteley Dixon was responsible for the exterior design of the vessel with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, while Chahan Interior developed the interiors and De Voogt Naval Architects worked on the naval architecture. With a gross tonnage of 2,999GT, Faith was built to Lloyds +100A1 class and flies the Cayman Islands flag.The elegant curves of Faith's streamlined profile feature proportion and harmony, with the same applied to the characteristically Feadship lines of her flared bow, which features a games deck and helicopter landing pad with a hangar for a Bell 429 WLG helicopter below. The sweeping hull line leads down and aft towards the main deck aft, home to an extraordinary swimming pool made of glass panels that also form the ceiling of the beach club below. Creating this 68-millimetre-thick construction involved laminating together five layers of clear glass interspersed with foil. To make matters even more complex, the deep end of the 42,000-litre pool has an S curved shape and descends to 2.5 metres. The vast sea-level beach club beneath the pool almost doubles in size when the transom and fold-down side terraces are open. Doors in the hull further forward allow launching Vertigo’s custom tenders, which are Feadship-certified in a partnership with Tenderworks.The yacht’s main deck is a home to a cinema and serves as a prime real estate location for the guest accommodation section, which includes six staterooms (two VIPs), a hairdressing saloon and a dedicated pantry.The vessel’s interiors feature large floor-to-ceiling windows maximising the natural light and ocean vistas. Set-piece elements include the double-sided fireplace in limestone & quartz and decorative glass screens that separate the main lounge from the dining area forward, as well as the floating staircase which combines stainless steel, multi- textured stone and blue leather with a wealth of lighting in an exceptionally detailed way.Overall, the superyacht accommodates up to 18 guests, as well as a crew of 34. The owner's cabin is located on its own private deck, highlighted by an imposing full-beam forward-facing stateroom with 180-degree views and a three-metre-high skylight ceiling above the bed. Powered by twin MTU engines of 3,004hp each, Faith reaches a maximum speed at 17 knots and cruises for 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.According to MarineTraffic, the vessel’s location has not changed yet. At different times, the vessel was also seen in Côte d'Azur, Monaco or Lelystad, the Netherlands.Photos by Riva Ariston via Dutch Yachting
August 15, 2019
US broker Allied Marine has filed a lawsuit in the Broward County, Florida, against a customer and Italian shipyard Baglietto regarding a yacht purchase deal. The broker claims, two parties have circumvented verbal agreements on paying a commission to the brokerage.At the same time, the customer, who appears to be Miki Naftali, CEO of New York-based real estate developer Naftali Group, has made a related filing. He has filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court against Scott Goldsworthy of Allied Marine.Naftrali states, Goldsworthy is not entitled to a commission for assistance in concluding a deal to buy his 39.5-metre Baglietto yacht worth $ 14.5 million, according to New York real estate media The Real Deal. Goldsworthy, in turn, in his counterclaim, accuses Naftali of fraud and seeks a $725,000 compensation.The Real Deal reports, Goldsworthy has been in brokerage for about 15 years. They collaborated with Naftali for the past six years, during which Goldsworthy invariably received commissions after transactions on yachts purchases and sales.The preparation of the most recent deal with Baglietto began in 2016. Goldsworthy stated that while regular personal meetings were held to discuss the design and characteristics of the future boat, Naftali, Goldsworthy and Baglietto CEO Michele Gavino had a mutual agreement, for the broker to receive a 5% commission of the total yacht’s price once the transaction is completed, which Baglietto CEO Michele Gavino agreed to, Goldsworthy’s suit says.Naftali finally decided to order the vessel from Italian shipyard. However, he decided to sign a contract with Baglietto directly, without Goldsworthy’s involvement. According to Goldsworthy's lawyer Joshua Alper, quoted by The Real Deal, Naftali was supposed to save on the final cost of construction, and the shipyard was able to gain a foothold in the market for customised boats in the United States.From the different angle, according to the lawyer of Naftali, the parties ceased cooperation in October 2016, and a written agreement that Goldsworthy should receive a commission never existed, nor did a written statement on Naftali's potential purchase interests. According to this view, Naftali told Gavino directly about his intention to buy a small private and inexpensive yacht for his family in June 2017, and Goldsworthy had nothing to do with it.Naftali’s suit also claims that Goldsworthy 'did not play any role in the negotiations' on the project and that Naftali 'never discussed the potential construction' of the boat with Goldsworthy.After the reports had been published, Baglietto also issued a written statement:Baglietto, by means of its CEO, Michele Gavino, wishes to point out that the company has not taken part in any illicit action taken by the subjects mentioned. <…> In particular, Baglietto wants to point out that they have always conducted themselves and will continue to do so in a professional and ethical manner towards both the Owner and the brokerage community. Thus, Baglietto reserves the right to defend its behaviour and reputation in any qualified office.In the meantime, Naftali Group currently works on several projects in New York City, including an assemblage from 1039-1045 Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side and a luxury condo project with Rockefeller Group at 200 East 83rd Street. The firm has also signed a contract to acquire 470 Kent Avenue on the Williamsburg waterfront in February for about $182 million.
August 13, 2019
An extreme storm struck the city of Auckland on Monday night, causing serious damage to Westhaven Marina, boats and property. According to the local media Newshub, up to 75 boats were damaged at the central marina. Repairing works will likely cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Mayor Phil Goff said.Auckland has experienced two consequent nights of storms with a wild mixture of lightning and heavy rain starting from Sunday, June 11, causing significant damage to buildings, wharfs and boats. Some citizens even shared pictures of 5-cm-large hailstones that fell on Monday.The second night of storms smashed Auckland's waterfront, overturning boats and throwing containers, pylons and cars into the harbour. One of the 75 damaged boats, was a flipped-over 13-tonne catamaran, along with several yachts torn from their moorings. NZHerald reports, vehicles were swept into the ocean and a yacht was struck by lightning.Photo: Hayden WoodwardDamage has been also done to some marina infrastructure which was being isolated and checked. ‘The large amount of flotsam and debris in and around the inner harbour remains a significant hazard to navigation and this will likely be the case until it is all recovered,’ coastguard duty officer Hemi Manaena said in a statement.Lion Foundation Rescue and Trillian Rescue Alpha, Coastguard Rescue Vessels from Mechanics Bay were tasked to respond and assist the police with securing vessels and debris adrift, and to undertake welfare checks with impacted vessels to ensure all personnel were accounted for. Luckily, reports so far indicate that no mariners were harmed during this event.Still, the witness, who was at Princess Wharf, said it looked like there were a lot of emergency vehicles at the scene, presuming there might have been people injured. Other sources say, a staff member at Wallace Investments was injured on Monday night when a shipping container blew onto their vehicle, but further discharged from the hospital.Photo: CHRIS MCKEEN/STUFF"Due to debris from the storm, services across the harbour Tuesday morning were operating at reduced speeds and keeping wakes down as advised by the harbourmaster," chief executive Mike Horne said.On Tuesday morning, Mayor Phil Goff visited a large event venue The Cloud located on Queen's Wharf, as it lost part of its roof in Sunday's storm, while Shed 10 that lost its roller doors. The mayor concluded, it would cost NZD hundreds of thousands dollars, to restore the objects.Westhaven Marina, Auckland. Photo source: istock.comMeanwhile, one of the most extreme storms causing damage to marinas took place in Italian Rappallo in November 2018 and in 2017, when a category 4 Hurricane Irma caused severe damage to the Caribbean and Florida region.
August 14, 2019
76.6-metre explorer superyacht Yersin has just joint charter market for the first time, with SuperYachtsMonaco appointed as her central agent. Built by French shipyard Pirou in 2015, the vessel is now available from €600,000 per week.Named after the legendary 19th-century scientist and explorer, Yersin strives to combine state-of-the-art technology with a range of 15,000 nautical miles for serious exploring.Boasting a full-displacement steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Yersin has Ice-Class classification for all-weather sailing, with her exterior profile was designed by Pierre Jacques Kubis. Conceived as eco-friendly world cruiser, Yersin has been awarded with Clean class notation for her potentially low impact on the environment. The yacht’s versatile layout includes accommodation for large groups plus ample space for pilots and local guides. Her key onboard features include a media centre, library, private cinema, onboard spa, observatory and a vast sundeck with a swimming pool. In addition, Yersin disposes of onboard dining options including two large formal dining rooms for 12, along with two bars.Yersin’s interior can accommodate up to 12 guests across a master suite, VIP stateroom, two doubles and four twin cabins. Finished in light oak with steel and leather accents, each cabin features a full ensuite bathroom plus IT and entertainment systems. The yacht also has accommodation for a 24-person crew with additional cabins for helicopter/seaplane pilots.Located on the upper deck, Yersin’s full-beam master suite features a chic modern design with oak flooring and Zebrano veneers. Opening onto a private deck area, the suite comes with a kitchenette, an office and an all-white bathroom finished in Corian quartz with a luminotherapy shower.Styled by the owner’s own design team, Yersin’s light interior has a fresh modern feel, finished in contrasting shades of oak and Zebrano, while overhead sky-lights highlight her collection of modern art, and a six-level elevator provides guests with easy access to each deck.On the lower deck, Yersin has a spa and gym area to meet onboard fitness and wellbeing requirements. The area is equipped with a hammam, hairdresser, massage room and spa pool.The vessel's top deck is dedicated to relaxation with a large swimming pool and built-in sunbeds and loungers for unwinding in the sunshine. A shaded outdoor lounge area is the perfect spot for after-dinner drinks as the sun goes down.Equipped to explore the most remote regions, Yersin carries a 7.3-metre aluminium barge, two 7.5-metre Zodiac Hurricanes and a side-by-side quad fitted with caterpillar tracks for ice. She also has a professional diving facility onboard plus space for jet skis, canoes, inflatable dinghies and bicycles for onshore adventures.Based in the South of France, Yersin can be deployed for destinations all around the globe. Her possible charter destinations for the upcoming season comprise Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Cape Verde Islands, British Columbia or Galapagos Islands. What is more, she is capable of a world tour.Photos via SuperYachtsMonaco
August 14, 2019
Being an undeniable attribute of well-of lifestyle, yachts and superyachts are often deployed by movie directors to act as a part of their stage set. Yacht Harbour lists some of the most memorable superyacht appearances in movies and TV series.#1. M3 (ex. Lady M)Builder: Intermarine (2002)LOA: 44.8 mMovie: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (2013)The superyacht was built by US yard Intermarine in 2002 with in-house exteriors and interiors designed by Daniella Speicht. With a beam of 8.53 metres and a draft of 2.4 metres, M3 can accommodate 10 guests across 5 cabins, including a master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 2 doubles and 1 twin.She is powered by Caterpillar engines of 2,250 hp each for a top speed of 18 knots and cruising speed of 15 knots.The vessel got a crucial role in one of the most successful movies of 2013, ’The Wolf of Wall Street’ by Martin Scorsese, where Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed a stockbroker Jordon Belfort.According to the plot, Jordan Belfort splashes out on the luxury yacht he names Naomi after his second wife, followed by a famous scene with raining ‘fun coupons’. What is more, later the film takes a disastrous shift when the superyacht sinks in a storm between Porto Cervo and Capri. The scene closely mirrored Belfort’s real-life yachting disaster in 1997.Meanwhile, the vessel is currently listed for sale asking $12,495,000. What is more, she is available for charter from €112,500 per week, all via Ocean Independence.#2. KismetBuilder: Lurssen (2014)LOA: 95.2mMovie: ‘Six Underground’ (2019)Kismet has been filmed in the forthcoming Michael Bay’s movie ‘Six Underground,’ which has already won the record of the biggest Netflix production, with the superyacht shot in Taranto (Italy). The streaming company invested USD 150 million on the realisation of the action film, that starred Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Laurent, Dave Franco, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona and Corey Hawkins.A party scene with around eighty guests and some other scenes were shot on-board. Meanwhile, the city has already been the protagonist of several action scenes and an explosion right next to the yacht.95-metre superyacht, Kismet was built in 2014 by Lurssen and is owned by Shadid Khan, Pakistani-American billionaire and business tycoon, who is also the owner of the Fulham FC and Jacksonville Jaguars. The yacht's interior has been designed by Reymond Langton Design and her exterior styling is by Espen Oeino. Kismet is stretching over five decks, designed with corporate entertainment and charter in mind, thus suitable for parties of up to 270 guests. As an innovative feature, Kismet boasts video walls, extending up to two decks high, able to show regular television but programmed to display high-definition moving artwork.Kismet is available for charter from € 1,200,000 per week via Moran Yacht & Ship.#3. SarastarBuilder: Mondomarine (2017)LOA: 60.2mMovie: ‘Murder Mystery’ (2019)Photo by Raphael Belly60-metre superyacht Sarastar came to small screens this year, as she has one of the leading roles in a movie, alongside with Hollywood superstars - Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Luke Evans. All together, they have appeared in a mystery-comedy for Netflix called ‘Murder Mystery’. The plot develops over a married couple who are caught up in a murder investigation on a billionaire's yacht.Built in 2017 by Italian yard Mondomarine and designed by Luca Dini inside out, Sarastar represents a sportive and elegant vessel capable of reaching a maximum speed of 19.5 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots.Photo by Raphael BellyOne of the main characteristics of the yacht is her completely closed forward area in which the garage is located. The tenders are hidden under a flush bridge that can be used as helipad, sunbathing area for guests or dance floor. Another key feature is represented by the stairs that lead one from the sundeck directly to the side of the wheelhouse. Sarastar can sleep up to 12 guests in a master suite and 5 double staterooms.The vessel is currently on sale asking € 50,000,000, and available for charter from € 327,600 per week via Burgess.#4. ThumperBuilder: Mondomarine (2017)LOA: 60.2mMovie: ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ (2016)The 40-metre Sunseeker superyacht made a star appearance in the ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,’ where Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are seen sipping Champagne on Thumper’ sundeck cruising the coast of Cannes.One of the largest Sunseeker deliveries, Thumper features exterior design by Sunseeker and bespoke interiors by HPM. With a single master cabin, two doubles and a twin, Thumper can house up to ten guests, with an attendant crew of 9.One of the key rooms on-board is the yacht’s main salon decorated with bespoke furniture and especially commissioned artwork, complemented by a bar. The yacht’s interiors are highlighted through the use of leather, pale timbers, and semi-precious stone.The vessel is currently on sale asking €11,970,000, and available for charter from €155,000 per week via Camper and Nicholsons.#5. Usher Builder: Delta Marine (2007)LOA: 46.94mMovie: ‘Entourage’ (2015)The 47-metre superyacht by US builder Delta Marine was featured in the opening scene of the movie ‘Entourage’, which was a continuation of the HBO TV series of the same name. In the scene, a movie star Vincent Chase, together with other leading characters appear surrounded by a crowd of models when a huge party on-board Usher finishes.Usher was built by Delta Marine in 2007. She is designed from the outside by Delta Design Group, who also worked on her engineering, complemented by Polynesian interior styling by Juan-Carlos Espinosa. Offering accommodation for 12 guests across 5 cabins, Usher is trademarked with a sundeck Jacuzzi and wet bar, underwater camera on the stern, a fishing cockpit and a beach platform with a hydraulically-operated swim ladder. With a beam of 8.94 metres and a draft of 2.29 metres, she has a GRP hull and superstructure. Her top speed makes 22 knots, with a cruising speed of 20 knots. Movie fans hoping to recreate the opening scene could charter Usher from $200,000 per week, as of 2015.#6. Helios 2Builder: Palmer Johnson (2002)LOA: 51.13mMovie: ‘Syriana' (2005)Helios 2, formerly known as Anson Bell, was built by a renowned US yard Palmer Johnson in 2002. The superyacht appeared in the Oscar-winning geopolitical thriller ‘Syriana’ with George Clooney and Matt Damon. This vessel was deployed for depiction of wealthy lifestyle of Middle Eastern Princes.Helios 2 features interior design by Ramsey Engler and exterior styling by Sparkman & Stephens. She has aluminium hull and superstructure, along with a state of the art stabilisation system. With a cruising speed of 12 knots, she reaches her maximum speed at 14.8 knots and boasts a range of 4,000 nautical miles.Extensively refitted in 2006, the superyacht can sleep up to 12 guests across a master suite, two double staterooms and two twins. Additional amenities include a wide assortment of water toys, exercise equipment, large tender, shade for alfresco dining, multiple areas for sunbathing and a Jacuzzi.Helios 2 is available for charter from $ 175,000.#7. S/Y Aria I (ex. Regina)Builder: Med Yachts (2011)LOA: 56mMovie: ‘Skyfall’ (2012)Naturally, no list of the best superyachts seen in films can be complete without mentioning Britain’s most famous spy, James Bond. The franchise has featured numerous yachts over the years, with priority given to UK builder Sunseeker, which yachts hold the record on number of their appearances in the series.Still, many viewers would definitely remember the impressive debut of the sailing superyacht Aria I in ‘Skyfall’ episode. In the movie, Aria I acted as a setting when James Bond was sailing to villian Raoul Silva's hideaway, Hashima Island, about 9 miles off the Japanese Coast in the East China Sea. The steel schooner features exterior design by Ayberk Apaydin and interiors by Aylin Ors. She is powered by MAN engines of 440 hp each for a top speed of 12 knots. Aria I can accommodate 12 guests across 6 cabins.The yacht is available for charter through IYC from €65,000, flying the Greek flag with full permits to cruise to the Greek islands from her home port in Piraeus.#8. White Knight Builder: Chediek (1985)LOA: 45.6mMovie: ‘The Bourne Identity’ (2002)The superyacht appeared in espionage thriller ‘The Bourne Identity’, the very first film of the Bourne trilogy. During a few flashbacks of Jason Bourne aboard White Knight, there are a few shots of her interiors to be witnessed, right before Bourne jumps off the yacht and floats away in the ocean after being shot.Built in 1985 by Astillero Jorge R Chediek and fully refitted in 2000, White Knight is a classic displacement yacht that can accommodate up to 12 guests. Her exteriors were developed by Jorge R. Chediek and Aldo Viani, complemented with interiors by Katia Corfini. The superyacht is featured with exceptionally spacious deck areas with al fresco dining, alongside a variety of water sports equipment, like the Taipan III.White Knight is powered by General Motors engines of 1325 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.#9. GaleocerdoBuilder: Wally (2003)LOA: 36mMovie: ‘The Island’ (2005)Very eye catching and one of the fastest vessels in the world, Galeocerdo made an appearance in American science fiction thriller ‘The Island’. Onboard the superyacht, the main characters Lincoln Six Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two Delta (Scarlett Johansson) sailing away in the sunset after finally being freed.The vessel was built by Wally in 2003. Her most impressive highlight is her capability of a maximum speed of 65 knots, along with cruising speed of 45 knots, thanks to by engines of 5600 hp and a composite hull and superstructure. At the same time, her maximum range is estimated at 1500 nautical miles.Galeocerdo offers accommodation for up to 6 guests across 3 cabins, with interiors by Lazzarini Pickering and exteriors by Wally in-house team.#10. Kingdom 5KR (ex. Sultan)Builder: Benetti (1980)LOA: 86mMovie: ‘Never say never again’ (1983)Last but definitely not the least, the 86-metre superyacht Kingdom 5KR starred in another James Bond movie, ‘Never say never again’. In the movie, the vessel was seen as Flying Saucer, the floating base of arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.Kingdom 5KR was launched by Benetti in 1980 and as the yard’s flagship and the world's 8th largest superyacht. She was designed by Luigi Sturchio and originally named Nabila, remaining Benetti’s largest vessel until the 2016 launch of the 90-metre Lionheart.Initially constructed for a Saudi billionaire who shortly ran into financial problems afterwards, the yacht is particularly famous for once being owned by the current President of the USA, Donald Trump. Back in 1987, the politician acquired the vessel for reported $29 million. Trump had Sultan renamed Trump Princess. In 1991, Trump Princess was sold to Prince Al-Waleed for $19 million who renamed the yacht to Kingdom 5KR.The superyacht features five decks, a disco, a cinema with seats for 12 and 2 double beds, 11 opulent suites, a helipad on top (its funnels are sloped outward to avoid interference with the helicopters), a pool with a water jet on top in front of the heliport, 2 Riva tenders, a crew of 48, a top speed of 20 knots, and cruising speed of 17.5 knots.
August 16, 2019