CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL 2021 NEW BOATS AND YACHTS
New Sirena 68 unveiled
The yacht for experienced cruisers
– The Sirena 68 incorporates the innovative German Frers hull design which deliversworld-class range by allowing displacement speeds for extended cruising
– Numerous accommodations layouts available and a wide array of customization options in terms of color palettes
– World debut at 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival
Sirena Yachts is proud to announce their all-new addition to the fleet, the Sirena 68 that will make her public debut at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.
The 68 is the direct result of Sirena’s response to its customers’requests:“The Sirena 68 brings together all the qualities that an experienced cruisers would seek in a new yacht—essentially an upgrade in comfort and confidence in all areas.” Says Sirena’s Chief Commercial Officer Ali Onger. “The vibe of the Sirena 68 starts with the details. When each person steps aboard, their eyes come to rest on a facet or a fabric, an accent or an angle, some hint that lets them know they’re welcome in a way that is somehow simultaneously familiar and new”.
The hull shape encapsulates a cavernous volume of space, allowing everyone onboard to spread out and get comfortable, but still be together.
The innovative German Frers hull design
Like all Sirena’s, the 68 incorporates the innovative German Frers hull design which delivers world-class range by allowing displacement speeds for extended cruising.
The saloon welcomes those entering from the aft deck where a dining area and open-concept galley awaits them. One will notice the play of light in this expansive space, as enormous panes of glass draw the eye to ever-changing views.
On the lower deck the amidship master stretches across the full beam, where a king-size berth welcomes the owner, a floating sensation is provided thanks to the uniqueinventive lighting design and to the large hullside windows admit natural light.
WINNING THE SPACE RACE WITH THE WHY200
Wally’s futuristic-looking 27-meter (88’ 9”) WHY200 is a cool new “space” ship in more ways than one. Providing a ground-breaking owner’s suite in the bow and delivering up to 50% more living space than traditional yachts of its length, it offers a solution you’ll want to get on board with.
What happens when you take the living space and lifestyle advantages of a 33-meter (110 feet) superyacht and fit them into a vessel that is 27 meters (88’9”)? The outcome is Wally’s exciting new WHY200, the latest motor yacht to come from the visionary team headed by chief designer Luca Bassani at the renowned Monegasque brand alongside Ferretti Group’s Engineering department, with naval architecture from Laurent Giles NA and interior design provided by A. Vallicelli& C Studio.
THE WORLD’S FIRST FULL-WIDE-BODYDESIGN SPEAKS VOLUMES
The numbers speak for themselves in showing why the WHY200 is so remarkable: more than 200 square meters (2,153 square feet) of indoor living space with three or four guests cabins and an open-plan salon that benefits from a structural central carbon fiber staircase linking the three decks and 144 square meters (1,550 square feet) of exterior decks.
Providing owners with an elevated experience has always been central to the mission at Wally that have had a longstanding vision to create a wrap-around main deck in glass that would provide so many lifestyle benefits. Now the technology has made this possible: unlocking game-changing extra interior volume, it has allowed to create a sensational and unprecedented owner’s suite at the bow, which takes the on board experience to a whole new level providing uninterrupted 200-degree viewsas if you are floating above the water.
THE FEELING OF BEING OUTSIDE MEETS THE PROTECTION OF INSIDE
On board WHY200 Wally has provided ample protection from the sun, wind and rain. An extended pillarless overhang above the main deck aft and flanking glass panels provide shelter to the alfresco dining and lounging area, which has unobstructed views on three sides and seamlessly flows into the open-space salon past sliding full-height doors.
The wheelhouse and sky lounge are stylishly encased in glass with a carbon superstructure that echoes the clean, angular aesthetic of the brand’s legendary Wallypower motor yachts.
THE LURE OF A BEACH CLUB LIFESTYLE
Fold-out wings expand the beach club area giving access to the sea on three sides and two concealed garages stownumerous watertoys and a big tender.
WHEN SPEED MEETS SPACE
The WHY200 is the first Wally Hybrid Yacht: it sits perfectly between the voluminous but slower full displacement yachts and the restricted but rapid planing yachts.
COMFORTABLE AND STABLE ACROSS THE BOARD
After exhaustive testing in towing tank, the yacht’s functionally-ledhullform has been optimized to deliver a comfortable experience at a wide range of speeds.
The WHY200 will debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco at the beginning of September 2021.
PALM BEACH MOTOR YACHTS GT60 ARRIVES IN EUROPE
TO DEBUT AT CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL 2021
Palm Beach GT60 is the new high-performance, high-tech flagship of the yard, ready to debut in Europe at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021 (7th-12th September 2021). This new creation from the mind of yacht designer and CEO Mark Richards displays all the power, unmatched efficiency and smooth-running capabilities for which all Palm Beach models are known, but the GT Series brings additional contemporary styling cues and no-holds-barred top-end performance.
“On the water the GT60 follows closely in the footsteps of the previously launched GT50. Both yachts prove that our build practices and engineering know-how results in a vessel that is at once stylish, luxurious, and has a performance curve that is unmatched in the industry,” says Richards. “No doubt the performance can be attributed directly to our weight-saving advanced construction techniques, including vacuum-infused carbon fiber in the deck and superstructure. This weight reduction and strength of our acclaimed performance-hull design sets the GT60 apart.”
In stateside sea trials last week near the company’s U.S. headquarters in Stuart, Florida, the new GT60 reached speeds exceeding 40 knots at wide open throttle on its twin Volvo IPS 1350 powerplants. Where the GT60 truly shines is in fuel efficiency that sees only 75 gallons per hour (combined, or roughly 37.5 per engine) operating at speeds of 35 knots. The calculated range would allow owners to travel from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, in just over 5 hours, burning less than 42% of the total fuel reserves.
“The GT60 is an absolute dream result, that our team worked tirelessly on perfecting over the past 12 months. To have such a beautiful boat wrapped around a twin engine system, that outperforms similar sized competing products that use 3 engines—or twice the horsepower—is a truly remarkable achievement.” said Richards. The GT60 debuting in Miami is running twin Volvo IPS 1350s, with a total output of 2,000 HP.
The material choices, and their placement in the GT60’s construction means that the boat has a naturally low center of gravity to aid performance, while the warped semi-displacement hull design takes cues from racing yachts to deliver a soft and stable ride at all speeds. Palm Beach then takes engineering several steps further to ensure perfect balance, running carbon fiber jackshafts from the pods to the mid-mounted engines, ensuring the bulk weight of the blocks are centered and low.
The GT60 features an enormous single-piece curved glass windshield, large electric side and aft windows in the salon, and full-beam entertaining spaces in both the salon and cockpit. The layouts are practical and modern, while still retaining the true nautical feel of a cruising yacht.
As with all Palm Beach Motor Yachts, customers can expect to enjoy the ability to customize the layouts and available options to ensure their high-performance GT60 is perfectly tailored to their individual needs and desires.
Rosetti Superyachts launches its first pleasure yacht:
the RSY 38m EXP
– The owners, who were deeply involved in the project and build, were delighted
– The partnership with Hydro Tec and BurdissoCapponi Yachts&Design was fundamental
– After delivery in July, the RSY 38m EXP will make its official debut at Cannes Yachting Festival
Monday 31st May 2021, the launch ceremony of the new RSY 38m EXP took place in the presence of the owners and their family, in full compliance with the COVID measures, which did not hinder the important operations of launching a new boat.
The RSY 38m EXP is 37.83 metres long, with an 8.85 metre beam, an impressive 410 Gross Tonnage and two MAN D2868 LE 425 (588kW) engines. These characteristics confer a true Explorer personality, designed for long-distance independent cruising in complete safety.
Since the sales contract was signed, Rosetti Superyachts has worked closely with the owners, actively involved in all phases of construction, interior design and selection of all the accessories. This journey commenced with the keel laying In May 2019 and now, two years later, the technical launch has taken place. This is a particularly relevant result given the difficulties faced due to the persisting pandemic emergency.
“This launch represents an important milestone both for Rosetti Superyachts and for Rosetti Marino Group, says Ermanno Bellettini, Chairman and CEO of Rosetti Superyachts. In fact it’s our first pleasure boat to touch water, a very ambitious goal, strongly desired by our ownership and achieved with firm determination by all those involved. Launching a 38 metre Explorer in the scheduled timeframe was possible thanks to outstanding team work, with contributions of distinct experiences, especially on complex projects typical of the Oil&Gas world we come from.”
“The precious collaboration of naval engineering studio Hydro Tec and interior designers BurdissoCapponi also allowed us to achieve this milestone. Their outstanding cooperation and professionalism in defining the project that the owners had in mind was essential to respect the given timing. The RSY 38m EXP represents our first tangible experience of a totally custom built ship and this demonstrates the strength and reliability of our shipyard in satisfying the requirements of all owners”, adds Andrea Giora, Sales & Marketing Director of Rosetti Superyachts.
Now, the next steps entail completion of the interiors, followed by an intense schedule of sea-trials, after which the boat will be ready for delivery in July. This will allow the owners to use their new boat straight away and Rosetti Superyachts will be well equipped to attend the prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival in September, which will be the first official public appearance of the RSY 38m EXP.
ONE-OFF OTAM 70HT READY FOR OUTFITTING
With the hull and deckhouse now finished, the all-new OTAM 70HT is 35% complete and ready for outfitting the interior and technical spaces.
The latest images of the deep-V hull with lines by Umberto Tagliavini Marine Design clearly reflect the yacht’s sporty, aggressive nature. The bespoke exterior styling by BG Design Firm will become more apparent as the project progresses, but the raked superstructure adds to the aerodynamic impression of speed and power.
The owner has also entrusted BG Design Firm with the interior design concept, which will seamlessly reflect the studio’s obsessive attention to detail and OTAM’s commitment to exceeding its clients’ expectations.
Interior details will be released at a later date, but a key feature will be the futuristic dashboard. Constructed from carbon fibre, its are inspired by aeronautical and automotive design and the design resembles the console of a jet fighter.
Another cool design feature is the up-and-down electric glass screen separating the interior lounge and exterior cockpit, specifically requested by the owner. The glazing completely retracts between the two C-shaped sofas and when lowered opens up the interior and cockpit to provide a single en pleinair space so owner and guests can interact whether they are inside or outside.
“The owner further decided not have a tender garage in order to maximise the beach club area and to optimise the weight for higher performance,” says Matteo Belardinelli, sales & communication manager for OTAM. “Moreover, the height-adjustable table in the cockpit can be lowered and covered with cushions to create a large sunpad. Among the countless options available, these are just two examples of how the yacht can be tailored to individual requests. In fact, no two Otams are ever the same.”
There are various options also available on the accommodation deck. The first hull has a 3-cabin layout with a full-beam owner’s suite forward, separate galley and a crew cabin for two in the bow with independent access, but clients are free to choose their own layout and interior solutions, limitless customization is Otam calling card.
Powered by twin 2000-hp MAN or MTU engines coupled to Arneson drives and custom Otam-Rolla propellers, the 70HT has blistering top speed of 50 knots. Seakeeper gyro stabilizers can be fitted for best comfort both under way and at anchor.
The first OTAM 70HT will make its international debut at the autumn boat shows in 2021.
New breed: first SILENT 60 solar electric catamaran
with kite wing launched
– First unit with new DNA and innovative design plus a kite wing
– Kite wing is easy to use and adds up to 5 knots to the boat’s speed
– New high-performance hull form: longer waterline, reverse bow and low draft
– 42 powerful solar panels ensure 17 kWp
– Clean environment, no vibrations or fumes
SILENT-YACHTS has increased its fleet of innovative oceangoing solarelectric catamarans introducing the new SILENT 60 that has been launched recently at Silent-Yachts production facility in Thailand, which is led by the Swiss entrepreneur Philippe Guénat. This is the first unit of the model whileeight more hullsare currentlyunder constructionand 17 are ordered in total. What makes it even greener is that it was built with a kite wing, a special system that in contrast to conventional sailing yachts, does not require a big mast and the kite sail generates much more power per square meter than a conventional sail. SILENT-YACHTS offers the optional available kite-sail system for all their models.
“The kite system sounds like the perfect match for windy days together with the electric propulsion system of SILENT-YACHTS,” said the German owner of the first SILENT 60.“I am an enthusiast of new technologies which help, little by little, to overcome the ecological challenges we are facing today.”
Greener than before
The SILENT 60 carries a light compact kite wing from Wingit, that does not require a big mast to hoist the kite and it´s also easy to use. A kite wing that operates in such heights, generates up to 10 times more power per square meter than a conventional sail.
So, how the kite wing system works? There is a dedicated box in the bowarea of the SILENT 60, which contains the kite (the sail is 13 sq. m) including all its components (winches, mast, ropes, etc). Here the entire system is also stored, when not in use.
To launchthe kite, it’s only required to set up a small mast, which is only two feet high, with four stays (6mm Kevlar “ropes”) that need to be fixed to four foldable pad-eyes (this takes a few seconds). After taking out the kite, it gets pumped up with an electric pump that is in the box as well (this takes only a few seconds), you switch on the winch, throw the kite overboard where it will drift away with the wind and then the kite can start from the water by pulling the ropes. When in the air, the automatic steering can take over – the pulling rope is released until the kite is more than 120 meters above the boat and it starts to paint a huge “8” in the sky.
Bringing it down is the reverse process. The automatic control moves the kite to a position right above the boat where it has the least pull on the rope, then theowner or a crew member winches the kite down electrically, pulls the right rope so that the kite collapses above the front deck. Now, the kite gets put back into the bag and stored in the box.
The advantages of the kite wing
There are three major advantages of the kite wing for the yacht. First, extra propulsion. The kite can pull the 30-ton SILENT 60 with about 4-5 knots and it reduces the consumption of the e-motors, thus extending the range. Thealready green solar electric catamaran gets greener and more eco-conscious this way. Second, emergency. If a floating fishing line gets entangled in the propellers, a kite can serve as a reserve propulsion that enables the boat to get to a protected place where the rope can be cut and the prop set free. Last but not least, fun and joy. It is great to see the kite high up in the air, pulling the boat with the power of the wind.
A new high performance hull form
The SILENT 60also has a new high-performance hull form that is optimized with CFD study, with longer waterline and reverse bow. Its exterior design’s signature details are long window stripes at the sidewall of the hull and more window surface overall.
“I want to congratulate our entire team with this successful project”, said MichaelKöhler. “The SILENT 60 is the first example of a new generation of solar electric catamarans that we produce and many more will follow. We are happy to provide sustainable, emission-free solutions for yachting enthusiasts that want to make the world a better place.”
The owner plans to use his SILENT 60 for a few weeks per year and will make it available for charter.
“I thought it would be a pity to leave the boat unused for the rest of the time, and I have decided to rent the boat on a daily or weekly basis to anybody who is interested in trying out this wonderful yacht for a day trip or for a longer holiday with flexible routings,” he said.
A flexible layout
The boat can be handled by two people with ease and offers plenty of space for families and crew. For adventurers, additional water toys, SUP´s, kayaks and e-bikes can be stored in the bridge deck.
The SILENT 60 offers a flexible layout. The first has four guest cabins on the lower deck, including a spacious master suite. There are many social areas on board, an airy main saloon, an aft cockpit, a cosy bow seating and a flybridge.The yacht has higher headroom everywhere (up to 230 cm in the saloon) and more powerful solar panels (42 pieces for 17 kWp against 30 for 10.8 kWp on the SILENT 55).
The new model has a draft ofless than 1 meter, which allows itto reach shallower bays, thatmay be crucial for areas like the Caribbean and South East Asia. The SILENT 60 has two swimming platforms in the aft which can optionally be extended by 90 cm upon owner’s request. In this case, the boat may carry a pair of electric jet skis. A liftable hydraulic platform, which is located between the two swimming platforms, can also be enlarged from the standard 3.7 x 1.7 m to 4 x 2.4 m to carry a larger tender – up to 350 kg and 4-meter long.
Next level technology
The SILENT 60 is equipped with the company’s aeration system, which provides cool and fresh air to all accommodations, heads, and in the saloon. The airflow in each space is individually adjustable and can be used when the weather conditions require the windows to be closed. In addition, a reverse-cycle heat-pump system heats the interior when necessary, ensuring all-season comfort. The insulated hull ensures efficient achievement of desired on-board temperatures.
The new catamaran – thanks to itsadvanced conveniences – offers a comfort level that sparks peace of mind. A water-maker powered by the solar-electric system, produces enough water to supply a full six-stateroom company with reasonable rate of consumption. All on board appliances operate on the 220/110-volt system. The galley has refrigerator and freezer space to sustain the crew and an efficient induction cooktop, precluding the need for carrying propane.
The SILENT 60 is designed to go everywhere as a true ocean-going cruising yacht. Itcan cruise efficiently for up to 100 miles a day for weeks. At the same time, the arrangement of the components enables the system to power all on board systems without the need of fuel to power a generator.The yacht’s cruising speed is 6-8 knots but it may be fast when needed reaching 20 knots maximum speed.
SILENT 60 BRIEF SPECIFICATION
Length overall: 17.99 m
Beam overall: 8.99 m
Draft: 0.93 m
Light displacement: 29 tons
Water: 1.000 L
Wastewater: 2 x 500 L
Fuel: 1.600 L
Motors (electric): up to 2 x 340 kW
Solar Panels: 42 / 17 kWp
Battery capacity: 286 kWh
Cruising Speed: 6-8 knots
Top Speed: 20 knots
CE Certification: A
Kite size: 13 sq. m (standard version 9 sq. m) and 150 m line length
Kite features: autopilot incl. line sensorset high load and kite sensor.
elegance and liveability in just six metres
– A 6.10-metre yacht epitomising the Invictus Yacht philosophy: an admirable synthesis of practicality and fun.
– The first model ofthe new Capoforte collection
– The off-centre consoleprovides a safe, practical connection between the bow and stern areas
– The outboard engine, with a maximum power of 150 hp, ensures easy handling and plenty of fun
It’s never been easier to join the world of Invictus Yacht. The Invictus CapoforteSX200 condenses in just six metresthe eleganceand practicality that have always distinguished the brand, born from the creative sensitivity of its designer Christian Grande and the construction skills of the Aschenez shipyard.
But there’s more: the new SX200 is the first in the Capoforte collection, that includes models from 19 to 28 feet (previously grouped under the letter X) distinguishedby elegant aesthetics and painstaking ergonomic study, making them particularly suitable for a multitude of uses, from relaxing with the family to sporty rides on the waves.
Now that the Invictus CapoforteSX200 is reality, it’s easy to see that it is an admirable synthesis of functionality and fun. Managing to recreate liveable, usable spaces in just six metres was a complex challenge but turned out to be a success. All without compromising the traditional elegance that has always distinguished Invictus Yacht.
Versatility is the top priority. The bow and stern areas can be used as sundecks or lounges, either separately or configured as a single large space. The layout with an off-centre consolepermits a convenient direct passage between bow and stern, leaving space for a grill. The storage, which ismuch larger than the average for this category, adds further practicality to a boat whose style, exclusive finishes and exuberant performance unequivocally convey a sporty vocation, expressed with rare elegance.
The sporty nature of the Invictus CapoforteSX200 is underlined by the 150 hp outboard enginewhich easily takes the boatto over 30 knots, while 20 knots is the best option for fuel-efficient cruising. This performance, combined with a marine hull ready to tackle any kind of sea, is the best guarantee of a safe, fast and comfortable boat.
The outfitting introduces the innovative colours and styles of the Capoforte collection: the cockpit confirms the traditional Invictus Yacht colours of ivory and cognac, with new fabrics featuring a woven leather effect, while the console is painted “Sunset Gold” (a matt rose gold) to match the cognac details. Four hull colours are available: Blue Whale, Personal White, Dark Shadow and Attack Grey.
A modelfor everyone
The practicality and the exciting performances of the outboard combined with the great versatility of the deck with its various outfitting options, make the Invictus CapoforteSX200 perfect for families, as well as younger users who want to approach boating without a hugefinancial investment but also want a boat that stands out and its plenty of fun.
Invictus TT460, style, performance
and customization for the new flagship
– The new Invictus flagship is equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS 650 engines
– The considerably large liveable space on the deck can be further increased by the two foldable side platforms
– There is ample opportunity to personalize the interiors
The taut, essential lines are typical of Invictus hulls, in which style and attention to performance are combined: the new TT460 is equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS 650 engines.
“The sea is not just a holiday destination or an enchanting background for a photograph – it is a way of life,” says Christian Grande, Invictus Yachts designer. “This yacht was born from the wish to give a shape to the energy and emotions of a day on board, when time seems to stop and you feel you could be as one with sun and waves. All this can be done without sacrificing style and that truly Italian elegance that adds value to any experience.”
The characterizing element of the new Invictus TT460 is the elegant style of the windscreen, from the bow to amidships, which blends seamlessly with the carbon hardtop and further enhances the impressive mass of this yacht.
The deck, which includes a comfortable walkway on its perimeter, has a large sundeck in the bow with a flush-seat at the edge. Amidships, the dinette tables can be folded back to make room for a second sundeck, shaded by the hardtop. In the same position, the topsides can be equipped with two foldable platforms, which increase the liveable space aboard.
Teak wood can be laid on the stern swim platform and on the whole deck. A hydraulic moving device can be added to help swimmers climb back aboard and to manage the tender, which is an unusual feature on this type of yacht.
Invictus Yachts has given owners plenty of opportunities to customize the interiors, ranging from an open-space solution with a transformable double bed in the stern and a lounge area in the bow, to the inclusion of partitions to divide areas and increase privacy.
“Personalization” is the keyword when focusing on finishes and details: there are plenty of colours and types of upholstery to choose from the Atelier Invictus, so owners can configure their boat to satisfy their needs and according to their personal taste.
The Atelier Invictus also offers its customers a network of specialized craftsmen and highly qualified suppliers. Customers are therefore followed from the early stages of purchase and guided through a true virtual laboratory, in which the yacht or boat is designed with individual material inserts and equipment. This allows to customize an industrially produced boat, so that it expresses the owner’s personality, style and tastes.
THE UNCOMPROMISING GRAND BANKS 54
A REVOLUTION IN FUEL-EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE CRUISING
- The new GB54 is a perfect example of the re-engineered Grand Banks hull, both safe and comfortable in all sea states
- The yacht burns just 216litres/57 gallons per hour, cruising at a speed of 25 knots
- GB54 features advanced composite construction techniques
For sixty years, Grand Banks has been the standard bearer for a lifestyle of luxury on the water. GB54, the latest addition to the range, honors every moment of that heritage but embraces modern design, materials and technology to deliver the best-in-class performance characteristics.With a semi-displacement hull that owes its inspiration to ocean racing yachts, the GB54 offers an unbeatable combination of speed, comfort and efficiency. In short the GB54 is truly the reinvention of an icon being an evolution in style and a revolution in performance.
PREMIUM ON PERFORMANCE AND VERSATILITY
Any discussion of the re-engineered Grand Banks must begin with its hull and performance characteristics. The new Grand Banks hull form provides a stable platform that is both safe and comfortable in all sea states, while still offering exceptional performance numbers at any speed.
Starting with the low-end of 10 knots running on a pair of 725-horsepower Volvo Penta D11s, expect a modest fuel burn of 7 gallons per hour and a range exceeding 1200 nautical miles. At the upper end, but well shy of wide-open throttle, the yacht burns just 57 gallons (216 litres) per hour cruising at 25 knots.
“The new Grand Banks 54 is an incredibly versatile platform, with quality and performance second to none. It encapsulates our commitment to building the ultimate yachts on the water today, and with our focus on fuel-efficiency and sustainability, I think it will come to define what is expected of yachting in the years to come,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks. “Driven in large part from my experience and involvement in high-end sail racing – from the America’s Cup to the Sydney To Hobart – and the tacit knowledge and passion of our team at the factory yards, we’ve worked really hard to ensure our build techniques, designs and material selection are cutting-edge.”
HIGH-TECH, HIGH STRENGTH
Like her big sister, the GB54 also features advanced composite construction techniques, including a fully infused fiberglass hull and infused carbon fiber decks and superstructure. The weight savings moves the yacht’s vertical center of gravity lower, providing the yacht increased stability and comfort at sea. For extra strength and hull rigidity, a fully cored structure is constructed using SAN Corecell PVC linear closed cell foam in select areas, sandwiched between skins of stitched multi-axial e-glass which is then bonded with vinylester epoxy resin. This is supported by infused composite panels in a robust grid system.
Discussing the more technical side of the GB54’s construction, Mark continued “We’ve moved to infused carbon fiber from the deck up, using the highest quality vinylester resin available to ensure the durability of our yachts. We start with our unique hull shape that we know performs, and then ensure that we balance the VCG and LCG throughout the vessel to keep the weight low and centered. You can’t argue with physics, but you can use it to your advantage.”
That sure-footed quality is formed from Richards’ accumulated design experience that boasts an acclaimed wave-slicing forefoot, a hull that stays in the water rather than pounds through it, which is complemented by the smart use of high-tech materials and weight-saving construction techniques. Even the Volvo Penta powerplant was specifically paired with the GB54 because it offers excellent low-end torque as well as low sound and vibration levels. All of these characteristics combine to achieve a quieter, more pleasant ride for short or long cruises.
BUILT FOR CRUISERS, INSIDE AND OUT
The first hull of the GB54 features a two-stateroom, galley-down layout in its standard configuration. Owners will have the option to bring the galley up to the salon which would add a third stateroom on the accommodations level. As with all newer Grand Banks, interior design is contemporary without trending modern, blending a warm color palette and fabrics that complement the company’s signature teak joinery.
“A yacht that can cruise efficiently for a thousand nautical miles should have an interior suited to the task as well,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks. “Just as the hull is built both for long passages and shorter jaunts, so the interior can welcome family and friends aboard in comfort, for the day, the weekend, or the month. There’s plenty of storage, and we’ve designed the layouts to be easy to get around – The cockpit and salon are a single step apart, and the accommodations level is just 3 steps down from the salon. Easy, comfortable, and enjoyable; that’s the name of the game.”
Both layouts benefit from a large salon seating area with an L-shaped settee to port, served by a versatile dining table. This settee can double as a watch berth during a night passage. Opposite is a pair of loveseats in a fore-and-aft arrangement, suitable for a pair of couples, served by a cocktail table between. From the salon, cockpit access is through a centerline door, where a transom settee welcomes alfresco dining. Stairs on the starboard side of the cockpit lead to the flybridge, where a boat deck aft supports a standard tender and davit. The upper helm station offers standard helm and companion seats while an L-shaped settee and table can comfortably seat 6 additional guests.
The two-stateroom layout has a galley down and features a starboard master stateroom amidships. The galley is just a few steps down the companionway from the main deck. Located to port, the galley has an atrium-like feel beneath the raked windshield, creating an airy space with natural light for the chef. The master has a private head with a walk-in shower and a dressing area with a hanging locker and enough stowage for extended cruising. A forward guest stateroom has use of a Jack-and-Jill head, located to port, which also serves as the boat’s day head.
The three-stateroom layout places the galley on the main deck on the port side, opposite the helm. The master is located in the bow, with a private head to port. A pair of double guest staterooms are amidships in a side-by-side configuration, separated by the centerline passageway. The starboard guest stateroom has private access to the second head, which is shared through passageway access with the second guest stateroom to port. This second head also serves as a day head in the three-stateroom configuration.
SAFETY & EQUIPMENT
Like all Grand Banks-built yachts, safety at sea is an essential design consideration. On the GB54, safety starts with high bulwarks that wrap around from midship to midship around the aft deck, and protection from the elements includes a covered cockpit with a flybridge overhang as well as covered side decks. The GB54’s design maximizes flexibility for owners and crew allowing owners the ability to handle the vessel as a couple or even single-handed when appropriate. Visibility from the helm, a starboard-side helm door, and uncluttered flow from the helm stations to the deck maximize ease of operation, whether at the dock, catching a mooring, or dropping anchor.
Adding to the ease of flow, the main deck is flush from the cockpit through to the stairs that connect the two levels, with the accommodations level only three steps down from the saloon.
Highlights of the standard equipment list include a 15-kW generator, reverse-cycle air conditioning, an entertainment center, a refrigerator and freezer, a 10-foot tender with 30-horsepower outboard and a davit installed on the boat deck. All canvas is fitted to the owner’s specifications prior to shipment. The most significant item left to owner’s discretion is a choice of compatible navigation electronics.
Zeelander fleet is growing.
New Z72 yacht has been launched
– New Z72 in Royal Nights Blue Metallic color
– Powerful triple Volvo IPS 1350 guarantee max speed of 40+ knots
– The groundbreaking 20-meter yacht is the shipyard’s flagship
– Panoramic saloon, 10 sq m beach club, tender garage among best features
Zeelander Yachts’ fleet is growing. The renowned Dutch shipyard has just launched a new unit of the flagship Z72 line. The yacht has many new exciting features compared to the hull number one delivered last year.
“The array of custom updates the client requested make this a very different Z72’,” commented Sietse Koopmans, Founder and Chairman of Zeelander Yachts. “These exciting new features belong to superyacht class. The quality, attention to detail, feeling of space and seagoing qualities are nothing short of excellent.”
The new Z72, indeed, received several updates and options that made her, arguably, the most technologically advanced Zeelander so far. The yacht is equipped with a forward-looking sonar, an underwater camera and camera system in the front and aft. The aft and side windows on the main deck have privacy glass and can be tinted with a simple click on a button. From the outside, she keeps this timeless with a wide stern and curvy exterior lines developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover.
The yacht has three suits on the lower deck, a spacious main deck saloon with huge windows and panoramic views, and a pair of alfresco social areas. A 10 square meter beach club is another strong highlight of this model.
“The client had some special requests,” explained Sietse Koopmans. “The main deck bar with a pair of bar stools, adjacent to the interior galley, is shortened. We designed an L-shaped sofa instead of the other two stools to the left like the other Z72 had.”
The yacht is also geared up for adventures and ready to explore. Four rod holders are installed in the stern between side boarding and swim platform. There are extra chargers and brackets for jet surf boards in the tender garage. Other extras include a diving plank on the bow, which is an amazing feature for everyone who likes some action. The Z72 tender garage is large enough to carry a 3.5-meter Williams tender.
The performance of the yacht is very sporty thanks to the triple 1,000-horsepower fuel efficient Volvo IPS 1350 engines. The Z72 reaches 40 knots and benefits from the Volvo Penta integrated joystick system for excellent manoeuvrability.
This is a very comfortable yacht. Advanced soundproofing and vibration control make her the apex of tranquillity. The layout is sophisticated as all areas are seamlessly connected and placed on the same level. The 20-meter Z72 is a low maintenance yacht and she offers the same easy operation as the other Zeelanders. The model is also available with a gyro stabilization system for optimal comfort.
ZEELANDER Z72 BRIEF SPECIFICATION
LOA (swim platform extended): 72.4 feet-22.07 m
LOA (swim platform closed): 66 feet-20.11 m
Beam : 19.7 feet-6 m
Draft: 4.7 feet-1.45 m
Weight: 99,000 lb.-44,906 kg
Engines: 3/725-hp Volvo Penta IPS 950
3/800-hp Volvo Penta IPS 1050
3/900-hp Volvo Penta IPS 1200
3/1,000-hp Volvo Penta IPS 1350
Top Speed: 28 to 40 knots, depending on power
Range: Up to 630 nautical miles @ 24 knots
Construction: GRP vacuum-infused with vinylester resin
Design Category: CE-A Ocean
Accommodations: 3 double staterooms, 1 crew