03 Jul 2010 22:43
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Yacht name: Force India (below)
Formerly: Salvaje (above) • Mangusta 165 #1
Length: 165 ft • 50 m
Builder: Mangusta - Overmarine
Engines: 3 x 3650 hp MTUs
Top speed: 40 knots
Vijay Mallya’s Force India, is the new name of for this Mangusta 165, prominent at the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix. She was moored beside the mothership, Indian Empress, on the T-jetty.
28 Sep 2009 08:04
Yacht name: Ocean Emerald • YachtPlus 1
Length: 135 ft • 41 m
Builder: Rodriquez • YachtPlus
Design: Norman Foster
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Yacht Show • September 2008 (model) & 2009
September 2009: Ocean Emerald looked superb up close as she entered Port Hercule today. A design classic !
July 2009: Our first views of Lord Norman Foster's Ocean Emerald cruising, when it visited Monaco last week. She seemed to move at a fair lick and looked very streamlined and stable in the water.
21 Jun 2009 17:25
Yacht name: Nero
Length: 295 ft • 90 m
Builder: Corsair Yachts • Yantai Raffles
Architect: IMT Marine
Design: Neil Taylor
Photos: monacoeye • Beaulieu • August 2008
Nero is now on sale for €75 mil - Burgess had an open day at the weekend.
The elegant Nero was launched in 2007 in Yantai, China. She shares some similarities with JP Morgan's famous Corsair IV, the largest US-built yacht (wrecked in 1949), in her length and general layout. A superbly executed retro design !
30 Nov 2008 12:44
Yacht name: A
Formerly: Project Sigma • SF99
Length: 390 ft • 119 m
Builder: Blohm & Voss • HDW • # 970
Architect: Martin Francis
Design: Philippe Starck
Photo Thomas • Valletta Grand Harbour, Malta • October 2008
Photo monacoeye • Beaulieu • September 2008
Photo Gerhard Merz • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo Andreu • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo Klaus Gaeth • near Kiel • 11 March 2008
Photo Armin Tank • Kiel • 10 March 2008
Photo Jörg Brekeller • Kiel • 20 February 2008
Photo Boschuda • Kiel • Dec 2007 - Jan 2008
Oct 2008: A nice shot of A in Malta from Thomas and an earlier one from when she visited Monaco. July 2008: A has arrived in Palma de Mallorca, more excellent Nokia N95 shots ! June 2008: The Final name of the yacht formerly known as Sigma and SF99 is the unGoogleable "A". A's owner is Andrei Melnichenko, (see comments below, January 2008)
First Sea Trials: Excellent photos from Klaus Gaeth in Kiel of SF99's first sea trials. And if you're wondering what makes Philippe Starck tick, here he is on the big design questions - life, the universe, and toilet brushes ….
March 2008: New photos from Boschuda ! Another veil is lifted from SF99 as the plastic protective covering is peeled from the windows on the lower deck and the scaffolding is removed from around the funnels, masts and Sea-Tel domes. The anchor enclosure also seems to have a new cover. Hydraulic hatches can be seen at the back. The name SF99 is clearly written on the stern - visible in Armin's shot from yesterday evening - possibly a temporary name…
February 2008: More new photos, taken by Armin, showing off the razor sharp bow … Great new photos of Project Sigma - taken by Jörg - of the extraordinary new Philippe Starck designed megayacht from ThyssenKrupp, conceived in 2003.
Once again, Philippe Starck has made a radical departure, literally turning yacht design on its head, with a superstructure reminiscent of an upturned keel. He has also borrowed heavily from modern warship lines. Like it or loathe it, this will most certainly be the yacht of 2008.
Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal has already dubbed this the ugliest yacht in the world ! Although many of his readers appear to disagree…
Pantsbloke's (!) comment below that the owner is Andrei Melnichenko has now been confirmed.
At 118 m, Sigma is the world's 9th largest yacht - 3rd largest if you don't count state-owned yachts and charter cruisers. Though she will drop a place when the yet unseen Project May from Peterswerft is launched later this year.
Design plans on Philippe Starck website here (under vehicles).
15 Jul 2008 11:38
Yacht name: Guilty
Length: 114 ft • 35 m
Exterior art: Jeff Koons
Design: Ivana Porfiri
Owner: Dakis Joannou
Photos, as always, exclusive to monacoeye !!
Photos: A • Rhodes • 1 July 2008
Photo: Aeolos • Faliro marina • 13 July 2008
The guest list for the christening of recently launched Guilty reads like a Who's Who of the contemporary art world. Nicholas Serota of the Tate, Jeffrey Deitch, Larry Gagosian, Marian Goodman, Maurizio Cattelan, Ashley Bickerton … the list goes on, and on.
Of course, Sarah Morris' text painting "Guilty" hangs on the wall of one bedroom - bought after the yacht was named. Owner and major art collector Dakis Joannou simply had to have it!
The exterior design was created by international art star Jeff Koons, famous for his basketball in perspex case, three-storey high "Puppy" made of flowers, and the "Made in Heaven" erotic series of photographs with Italian ex-wife and porn-star-member-of-parliament La Cicciolina.
Although the blown up print and poster colours will be familiar to art fans from Roy Liechtenstein's signature Ben-Day Dots style, Jeff Koons actually based this design on the Dazzle Painting, or Razzle Dazzle as the Americans called it, WW1 camouflage pattern invented by British marine artist and naval officer Norman Wilkinson - see comments below for more on this extraordinary style.
Ivana Porfiri created the unusual angular architecture. Guilty is likely to appear in next month's Italian Vogue.
Please leave your verdict in the comments below … !
14 Jul 2008 00:07
Yacht name: Predator
Length: 236 ft • 72 m
Builder: Feadship • De Vries • # 674
Architect: De Voogt
Engines: 4 x MTU 16V 595 TE90 diesel • 23,172 hp
Photo: monacoeye • Eze • July 2008
Photo: Andreu • Palma de Mallorca • July 2008
Photo: AW • June 2008 • Antibes
Photos: Arjan Schleeper • Amsterdam • 29 February 2008
July 2008: The Predator approaches Monaco …
June 2008: Predator has arrived on the Côte d'Azur - seen here from the air behind Amevi and Eos.
March 2008: Predator is in Amsterdam, captured here in this great set of photos by Arjan, against an overcast Coenhaven backdrop. As you can see the grey Awlgrip wrapping in the launch video below has now been removed - I think that's a trace of it still visible on the bow…
Jan 2008: The second reverse bow megayacht in as many weeks… The Feadship Predator was launched 5 Jan 2008 at Aalsmeer in the Netherlands.
06 Jul 2008 18:39
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27 Jun 2008 10:33
Yacht name: Riva Ariston + Super
Length: 20 ft • 6.25 m - 6.96 m
Model years: 1950 - 1976
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week 2007
Just over 1000 Aristons were built by Riva up to 1976.
26 Jun 2008 13:33
Yacht name: Riva Junior
Tender to Mitseaah
Model year: 1966 - 1972
Length: 19 ft • 5.7 m
Photo: monacoeye • 2007 Monaco Yacht Show
626 Riva Junior's were built in the late sixties and early seventies. This rather nice specimen is a tender to the sailing yacht Mitseaah. Riva will be launching its latest 92 ft model, the Duchessa, later in 2008.
22 Jun 2008 12:40
Yacht name: 118 Wallypower
Length: 118 ft • 36 m
Architect: Wally & Intermarine Italy
Design: Wally & Lazzarini Pickering
Speed: 70 knots
Engines: 3 x DDC TF50 gas turbines + 2 370hp diesels
Power: 3 x 5,600 hp
Photos: monacoeye • Monaco • 13 June 2008
Photo: monacoeye • 2005 Monaco Yacht Show
The June 2008 Jubilee issue of Boat International heralds Wally Yachts founder Luca Bassani as one of the 25 great names of the yachting world and the 118 Wallypower as one of the 25 most notable yachts.
The range of the gas turbines running at 60 knots is about 400 miles. The diesels are used for cruising at 10 knots and have a range of 1800 miles.
Trivia fans should know that this instant design classic appeared in the 2005 Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson sci-fi movie Island as "the Renovatio".
05 Jun 2008 10:27
Yacht name: Maìn
Length: 213 ft • 65 m
Builder: Codecasa • # C115
Photos: Marco Nava • 2 June 2008 • Viareggio
5 June 2008: Marco just sent in these photos of Armani's new yacht Maìn, outside the Codecasa Tre yard in Viareggio. I think the diagonal struts - which have not been universally appreciated by yachtspotters ! - work well with the venetian blinds to create a smart business-like exterior. Or does it look like a chic patrol boat? What do you think?
April 2008: Jos emailed us to report that Giorgio Armani has recently been delivered his new 65m Codecasa, called Maìn - "Maria" in the Piacentino dialect - named after his mother. Although hard to discern on the photos of the launch published a few days ago in Il Tirreno, the hull colour is a dark battle green. Armani, himself, designed the interior, in a light minimalist style with dark accents.
Giorgio Armani's former yacht Mariù, also named after his mother, has now been sold. As he is a frequent visitor to Monaco, we can hope that Mr Armani will have planned the short hop up the coast from Viareggio in the coming days to show off his new yacht ….
29 Nov 2007 11:07
Yacht name: Samar
Project name: Lana
Length: 252 ft 8 • 77 m
Builder: Devonport Yachts
Photo: Monaco • November 2007 • monacoeye
Photo: Stockholm • July 2006 • Anders Linden
Still waiting for a sign of Devonport Project 54, due for delivery in 2007, a burgundy-hulled, 82 m Andrew Winch design which looks like it could be a replacement for Sarafsa. Boat International have a feature on Samar in their November 2007 issue.
26 Sep 2007 14:14
Yacht name: Tribù
Length: 167 ft • 50 m
Builder: Mondomarine • C21/1
Design: Luca Dini
Interior: Studio Lissoni Associati
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Yacht Show • 23 September 2007
Mondomarine stepped over the 50m barrier at this year's MYS. Tribu was commissioned for Luciano Benetton. It is the first yacht to receive a Green Star for environmental efficiency.
26 Sep 2007 14:08
28 Aug 2007 11:24
Yacht name: Ice - Formerly: Project Rainbow • Air
Length: 295 ft • 90 m
Builder: Lürssen • # 13628
Architect: Lürssen & Tim Heywood
Engines: 8 x 1129 diesel electric • 2 ABB Azipods
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco • 20 July 2006 & 25 August 2007 • new photos
Suleiman Kerimov's Ice, bought from Ernesto Bertarelli, if the stub article on Wikipedia is to be trusted (!), visited Monaco a couple of days ago. Mr Kerimov is reported to be making steady progress from the serious burns he suffered when he crashed his Ferrari Enzo into a tree on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice last November.
06 Aug 2007 20:33
Yacht name: Antalis
Length: 157 ft • 48 m
Builder: Baglietto • # 10193
Design: Giugiaro • Della Role
Photo: monacoeye • Villefranche • 4 August 2007
Antalis, the new Baglietto, to be presented at the 2007 Monaco Yacht Show, seen here in Villefranche at the weekend - thanks to Chris for the ID.
16 Jul 2007 09:42
Yacht name: The Snapper
Model: Sunseeker 37m
Length: 121 ft • 37 m
Design: Don Shead
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco • July 2007
Photo: monacoeye.com • Monaco Grand Prix • May 2007
Sunseeker call this the "jewel in the crown". The Snapper, their new 37m trideck, is their biggest yet and has a top speed of about 25 knots.
05 Jul 2007 18:44
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10 Jun 2007 11:34
Yacht name: Wedge Too
Length: 213 ft • 65 m
Builder: Feadship • De Vries • #664
Design: De Voogt • Philippe Starck
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco • 23 May 2007
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Yacht Show • September 2005
Surely a contender for the most beautiful yacht ever designed… Despite the fact that Starck's original drawings gave her a canoe stern, which did not make it into the final build. Added photos from 2005.
07 Jun 2007 00:30
Yacht name: Moon Goddess
Length: 115 ft • 35 m
Builder: Danish Yacht
Design: Espen Øino
Engines 2 x 3750 hp
Top speed: 45 knots
From the colour scheme you'll immediately recognise this as the tender/companion to Mexican megayacht Princess Mariana. Although the colours on the mother ship are not to everyone's liking, I think they really work on Moon Goddess. Mr Øino has designed a real jewel in this custom build from Danish Yacht, which is constructed from Kevlar, carbon fibre and epoxy, and was delivered in October 2006.
26 May 2007 12:44
Yacht name: World is not Enough
Length: 139 ft • 42 m
Builder: Millenium Super Yachts
Architect & Stylist: Frank Mulder
Engines: 2 x 5400 hp Paxman diesels
2 x 4000 hp Textron Lycoming TF40 gas turbines
Top speed: 68 knots
Cruise: 50 knots
Photo: monacoeye • 22 May 2007 • Monaco Grand Prix
The fastest yacht of this size in the world returns to Monaco for the Grand Prix…
11 May 2007 09:45
Yacht name: Athena
Length: 295 ft • 90 m
Builder: Royal Huisman • # 378
Design: Beeldsnijder • Dijkstra
Photo: monacoeye • Antibes • December 2005
Jim Clark, the owner of this three-masted schooner, is a keen sailor, also owns Hyperion and was a founder of Netscape and Silicon Graphics.
Athena was the world's largest private sailing yacht until the launch of Eos in 2006. Read More...
06 May 2007 09:41
Yacht name: Maltese Falcon
Length: 285 ft • 87 m
Builder: Perini Navi, Turkey • # 2056
Naval Architect: Gerard Dijkstra
Styling and Interior: Ken Freivokh
Owner: Tom Perkins • US venture capitalist
Photos: monacoeye • Monaco • 13 August 2006 - September
The Falcon has landed! This 3-mast dynarig is certainly the yacht of 2006 in my book. The design of the masts is visually stunning and very fast. It's by far the biggest Perini Navi ever built. The sails are tucked up within the masts. Top shot from MYS.
28 Apr 2007 15:40
19 Apr 2007 01:08
Yacht name: Asean Lady
Length: 289 ft • 88 m
Beam : 70 ft • 21 m
Builder: Yantai Raffles
Architect: Ian Mitchell
Interior: Annie Chang
Photos: Mats Nelson • Saigon • 14 April 2007
If you can remember the opening credits to Hawaii-5-O, then Asean Lady should look a little familiar. That's because the outrigger design - which uses a stabiliser for rough weather - is borrowed from the traditional Pacific canoe - the proa.
At 88 m however Asean Lady is one of the largest yachts in the world and her 21 m beam is similar to that of world's longest yacht Dubai. She was built for Brian Chang, CEO of Chinese shipbuilder Yantai Raffles. These great photos were taken in Saigon and sent in by Mats Nelson. Book him Danno! Read More...
23 Mar 2007 23:19
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05 Sep 2006 23:18
Yacht name: Alcyone
Length: 101 ft 8 • 31 m
Designer: Captain Cousteau
Sails: 2 Turbovoiles (turbosails) • each has an elliptical cross-section of 1.35m x 2.05m
Photo date: 4 September 2006
This bizarre looking boat was designed by famous oceanographer Captain Cousteau, former director of the Monaco Oceanographic Museum. He invented the Turbovoile, designed to propel the boat at 10 to 13 knots.
30 Aug 2006 17:03
Yacht name: RC
Length: 133 ft 9 • 40.8 m
Owner: Roberto Cavalli • fashion designer
Builder: Baglietto • # 10185
Top speed: 35 knots
Photo: monacoeye & Tatiana Hughes • Monaco • May 2006
Paintwork matches Roberto Cavalli's cars and helicopter.
06 Aug 2006 19:40
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28 Jul 2006 08:03
Yacht name: Ilona
Length: 242 ft • 74 m
Builder: Amels • # 442
Owner: Frank Lowry
Architect: Amels and Redman Whitely Dixon
Photographer: Canary Wharf, London May 2006 Anthony Webb
Anthony Webb is the first of many guest photographers to show their work on this site. If you have a photo of a megayacht not yet featured on this site please email it to me with your details.
17 Nov 2005 16:45
Yacht name: Creole
Formerly: Vira • Magic Circle • Creole • Mistral
Length: 215 ft • 65 m
Builder: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK.
Naval architect: Charles Nicholson
Former owners: Stavros Niarchos then Maurizio Gucci (restoration)
Owner: Alessandra & Allegra Gucci
Yacht name: Avel
Length: 59 ft 9 • 18.25 m
Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Naval architect: Charles Nicholson
Owner: Gucci family
Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week • September 2005