BBC News video of the 2015 Singapore Yacht Show

28th of April 2015

Oceanco’s 91.5m (300 ft) motoryacht Equanimity arriving in Fort Lauderdale

28th of April 2015

Equanimity now moored behind Oceanco’s Infinity

April 2015 video of large motoryachts in Antibes

23rd of April 2015

Other news:

Short video of Feadship’s 81m (265 ft) AIR hitting waves in the English Channel


Article in Dutch financial daily Financieele Dagblad about the consequences of the economic sanctions and

uncertainty caused by Putin’s invasion of Crimea and Ukraine: Russian customers are postponing or even cancelling

new orders.

Hakvoort had their two largest new build orders cancelled (80% of Hakvoort’s turnover came from Russia the past years)

Moonen have closed their Russia office.

AMELS/Damen estimate their loss of turnover to be at least tens of millions of euros

Heesen noticed less orders, but no complete withdrawal of Russian customers

In total the Dutch Yachting Industry has lost several hundred million euros in turnover.

Because of the favourable exchange rates Dutch yards are now paying even more attention to the North and South

American markets

New construction 80m+ (262 ft+) motoryacht order for ICON Yachts

20th of April 2015

ICON aerial photoICON 250 hull screenshot

Information from the  ICON’s press release:

Design: Tim Heywood (Second photo shows the 76m ICON 250 project currently under construction in Harlingen). As

most Heywood designs tend to look quite similar, I guess it will be a steel hull, aluminium superstructure and relatively

high volume boat with >2,000 GT

Specs of the yacht:

Helicopter pad on the foredeck

Central stern garage for large limousine tender

Beach-club with large bathing platform

Diesel electric hybrid propulsion

Top speed: 17 knots

“Experienced owner”

Eight meter (26 ft) glass bottom pool above the tender bay

Tender bay to double as a salt water pool

“She is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017″….

Which is rather quick. Unclear if ICON themselves will build the hull, or it will be (or already has been) subcontracted out.

Perhaps there’s an unfinished hull somewhere which will be towed to Holland soon?

Apart from the ICON 250, expedition yacht Legend is in the large Harlingen drydock

Edit 22/04/2015:

Dutch business monthly Quote reports that ICON Yachts was deliberately pushed into bankruptcy in early 2014 by then

owners Ton van Dam (Dutch) and Alex Shnaider (Canadian), partly because of the high debt load. Quote last year had

reported that ICON was bought by Russian Alexander Mazanov. This now appears more complicated as Ton van Dam

claims he still owns a part of ICON (And perhaps all or most of the real estate?)

According to van Dam ICON’s financial results over 2014 were neutral, and they expect a profit for 2015

Short video of AMELS’ 55m motoryacht “468” arriving back at the Vlissingen yard

20th of april 2015

Watertaxi Vlissingen

2015 Miami International Yacht & Brokerage Show video

18th of April 2015

AMELS’ LE180 hull 468 roll out / launched in Vlissingen today

17th of April 2015

Amels Madame Kate and roll out 468 Flushing 60pc Madame Kate and Amels 468 40pc Beachclub Madame Kate 40pc Amels 468 roll out side front 45pcAmels 468 launch roll out port side Vlissingen 50pcAmels hull 470 bow 25pcAmels hull 470 Vlissingen 25pc

Bottom two photos showing LE180 hull / casco NB 470, which Polish tug IKAR delivered yesterday. Limited Edition hull

number 468 arrived at the yard in Vlissingen / Flushing less than one year ago. So far AMELS’ entry level LE model has

proved a succes. Popular charter boats. Hull 470 is the 20th in this LE171/177/180 series.

With so many boats sold, “Unlimited Edition 180″ seems appropriate  ;-)

“468” is the third and final AMELS launch of 2015. Next year at least four launches:

2 x LE180

1 x LE242 Project Freefall (nb 7401)

1 x LE272 (nb 8301)


Limited Edition 180 details:

Length:  55m or 180 ft

Beam:  9.4m or 37 ft

Draft:  3.35m or 11 ft

Max speed:  15.5 knots

Range:  4,500 nm at 13 knots

Steel hull and aluminium superstructure

Exterior design:  Tim Heywood

Interior design:

Guests / crew:  12/12

Gross Tonnage:  672 or 707 (AMELS’ site mentions two numbers)

Price / cost:  39.5 million euros

Or you can buy a previously owned one, such as 2013 built Engelberg for the same amount. AMELS’ 2012 built Step One

is yours for 37 million euros

AMELS Yachts

New 21.8m Contest 72CS sailing yacht launched in Medemblik

16th of April 2015

It’s a pity Contest Yachts seems so reluctant to build larger yachts, sail but especially motoryachts. They are one of the

very few Dutch yacht builders that could achieve tremendous growth in number of ships built. If only they would offer 60, 70,

80, 90, 100 and 120 ft GRP motorboats….

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