Launch of New Adventure Vessel Range ROAM

ROAM is an exciting new brand focused on providing the superyacht industry with the most seaworthy and capable vessels in the industry. This enables owners to push the boundaries of what is possible, whilst being able to have the confidence that they have the best vessel for their needs. The ROAM range currently includes a series of smaller 4.5-6m fully inflatable outboard ribs, the ROAM Inflatable Landing Craft, a D rib range from 8-10m and the ultimate toy carrier – the 24m or 27m ROAM SHADOW.

ROAM Shadow is available as 24m or 27m and is conceived as the ultimate toy carrier. This is specifically designed to be a second yacht and prioritises functionality to support a main yacht with immense storage capacity, a high speed (up to 27 knots) and only crew accommodation. It is value driven and offers owners a very cost-effective way to not need to limit tenders, toys and submersibles to ones that can only be carried on their main yacht.

All are specifically designed and engineered for the superyacht market. The vessel has a vast open deck with crane plus a fully enclosed indoor hangar storage which can also convert into a gym, spa and wellness centre. This is the world’s first turnkey solution that provides the yacht, all equipment, tenders, chocks, cradles, fendering and more all under one package with a single manufacturer. This ensures cost savings for the owner combined with seamless control during the manufacturing process to ensure everything fits and works as it should without issues.

To aid adventure the ROAM Tenders all have storage and load carrying of yacht toys and equipment. This includes built in SeaBob racks with chargers, dive bottle racks, air compressor, load carrying raising and lowering roof rack for bikes, kayaks, surfboards and much more.

The boats have been designed to provide a safe, comfortable, dry and fast experience in the harshest of conditions, whilst also elegantly styled and finished to offer the perfect combination of luxury and performance. ROAM Tenders are available in GRP or aluminium and have D RIB tubes which gives a vast interior volume aiding crew duties, watersports and guest transfers.

Josh Richardson, CEO of ROAM reveals: “There is no comparable set of vessels designed for the adventurous owner who wishes to go off the beaten track and explore. Whatever the weather, wherever it is being used there is no better tender or yacht support vessel for delivering the adventure.”

ROAM has been developed in collaboration with a well-reputed team of Naval architects and designers to offer the utmost expedition and adventure vessels. Every boat is tailored to the individual client requirements making each one totally unique.

Richard Booth, Senior Project Manager adds. “At ROAM Tenders we have a passion for the water. We like nothing more than to immerse our clients in the world of water around them and what better way to do that then to break out the water toys! Whatever your adventure, the ROAM collection will take you there!”


Bilgin Yachts to Debut Tatiana at Monaco Yacht Show 2021

Bilgin Yachts will debut its flagship and first unit of the Bilgin 263 series, the 80m Tatiana, during the Monaco Yacht Show, which will take place on 22-25 September 2021.

Delivered to her owner this year, Tatiana is the latest Bilgin Yachts’ model and, followed by two sister-ships in line, her 80m length makes her the largest superyacht ever built in Turkey.

Aggressive and sleek are the right words to describe her exterior lines and naval architecture designed by Unique Yacht Design. Her interiors are the work of H2 Yacht Design. With accommodation for up to 16 guests in eight cabins, she reaches a top speed of 19 knots and has cruising speed of 12 knots, with the power of 2,560 kW twin engines and a generator. She is built incompliance with IMO Tier III certification and is considered to be the most environmentally friendly yacht in her class.

“Tatiana has a stunning interior complementing the modern exterior lines,” says Jonny Horsfield of H2 Yacht Design. “She is a result of a work with an emphasis on details, with special and unique materials. Textures used in the living areas attract people from the first moment.

“The yacht owner is an extremely family oriented man, he loves to socialise with his family and friends, and spends summer months on end on his yacht. The client has been involved in the industry for years and has had several yachts, so he knew exactly what he likes and what he doesn’t.

“He loves to entertain his family and friends to sit back and relax whilst cruising the Med. As a result of our work together, Tatiana appeared. This yacht is contemporary in layout with generous living areas, a huge spa and a beachclub on the aft deck.”

Having launched Tatiana in February 2020, Bilgin Yachts has currently built three units of the 80m Bilgin 263 series. The second hull – which is already sold – is planned to be launched in 2022 and following that, the third hull of the model will be delivered to her owner in 2023. The series emphasises eco-friendliness, featuring a special exhaust system that provides 100% clean air emissions.


Van der Valk Triple Debut at Cannes Yachting Festival

The most hotly-anticipated boat show in Europe is back after being forced to cancel last year due to the pandemic. Van der Valk will be joining a total of 470 international industry figures at the event, with an incredible 560 new boats ranging from 3-45 metres making an appearance this year, and 150 of those making their world premiere.

As usual, the show can be visited in two parts: Vieux Port is the place to be to see motorboats, and Port Canto will be home to the sailing vessels.

27.3m Raised Pilothouse MY Helga

This year, Van der Valk will be displaying the 27.3 metre fifth Raised Pilothouse motor yacht Helga. A true head-turner thanks to her eye-catching pastel blue hull, Helga has been created as a family-friendly superyacht for her owners and their adult children, with her layout and interior fully customised to the client’s requirements.

Designed inside and out by Dutch studio Guido de Groot, the all-aluminium Helga showcases a contemporary and sophisticated interior, distinctive for its spacious and comfortable main salon and large seating area in the wheelhouse, with the galley located forward. Accommodating up to eight guests on board across four staterooms, Helga can reach a top speed of 27 knots thanks to her twin 12-cylinder MTU engines.

28.5 Explorer MY Venera

In addition, the 28.50-metre Explorer motor yacht Venera – launched in 2020 and also from the drawing boards of Guido de Groot – will be available for visits during Cannes by appointment.

Waterdream California 52

Finally, the Waterdream California 52 will be presented during the show. This weekender was completed by Van der Valk craftspeople in less than five months, while taking all Covid-19 precautions into account. The yacht was delivered to her owner last August. Last year, the 14.62 metre motor yacht won the ‘Most Innovative Award’ at the World Yacht Trophies 2020 in the 45-64 foot category.

A bespoke weekender yacht built on behalf of Dutch company Waterdream, the full-custom all-aluminium California sports a radical and timeless design from the drawing boards of Vripack, and features a smart layout, smooth and elegant interior styling and twin Volvo Penta IPS 800 engines for an impressive top speed of 35 knots (IPS 950s may also be supplemented for a maximum speed of 40 knots). 

The second California 52 motor yacht was delivered this year, with hull numbers three and four currently under construction at our facility in Waalwijk.

New K-Yachts Line to Debut at Cannes Yachting Festival

Yachting Expertise is set to unveil its new line of motor yachts, K-Yachts, at the Cannes Yachting Festival this September with the official debut of the custom-built 36.6 metre explorer yacht K-584.
This new, innovative range of motor yachts is based on the same platform and design of K-584 and builds upon the Yachting Expertise of 30 years of yachting experience, with 50 yachts successfully delivered.

Making her world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year, K-584 was delivered to her owners in Ancona, Italy, on July 31, 2020. Featuring an exterior design by Andrea Vallicelli and Alessandro Nazareth, the project was developed, engineered and overseen by Yachting Expertise, who was closely involved with the project since its early development.

Despite the impact of the global pandemic COVID-19, Yachting Expertise delivered K-584 on contractual time, less than 25 months after the deal was signed due to accurate project planning. The success of the build and delivery of K-584 underlines Yachting Expertise proficiency in naval architecture, project management, technical innovation and design while highlighting its level of customisation and very reliable network of partners.

Creation of an entire line 

The project also inspired Yachting Expertise, headed by Gianluca Fenucci and Antonio Longobardi together with Andrea and Alessandro with whom they have worked with for over two decades, to create a new line of motor yachts, K-Yachts. “Our K-584 journey started in early January 2018 with a call from the owners who dreamed of travelling the world and enjoying their passion for the sea, diving, and life,” says Gianluca, co-founder of Yachting Expertise. “Working on the project was a pure pleasure, filled with positive energy exchange, constructive brainstorming and intense teamwork where everyone respected each other’s expertise and the project mission.”

Based on the design features and technical platform of K-584, the K-Yachts line will offer several sizes of motor yachts between 24-metres and 50-metres, all under 500GT, with a broad range of layout choices and technical set-ups. K-Yachts can be built to any class, including Ice-Class if requested, and are fully customisable.

K-584 features a completely original design that offers maximum comfort and efficiency, developed in response to her owners’ brief for a vessel to travel the world in a safe, beautiful and relaxing environment. Her striking exterior styling presents a masculine look, with a military flavour that is reflected in the vertical bow and not fared steel hull finished in grey. The new K-Yachts line will bear similar strong yet elegant lines.

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The Conception 

Architect Pierluigi Floris, who worked closely with the owners of K-584 throughout the build, created a modern, warm interior that can accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins. Minimalistic, luxuriously elegant and straightforward, her cosy interiors combine dark veneers with white lacquers and a few splashes of colour, creating a welcoming atmosphere onboard. New owners of a K-Yachts can select which materials, colour palette and style they wish to incorporate, as the interiors are completely bespoke.

Conceived for luxurious adventures, noise and vibrations on board of K-584 are kept at an incredibly low level, a technical aspect that will be featured on all K-Yachts models.

“To have exceeded the clients’ expectations and the contractual terms while fully respecting the delivery day during a global pandemic is an incredible result,” adds Fenucci. “Following our experience with K-584, the appreciation we received from the owners and market recognition, we decided to take things further. That is why we created the K-Yachts line. We aim to continue raising the bar in yacht design and technical performances, to exceed client’s expectations and make them happy.”

K-584 will attend the Cannes Yachting Festival from Tuesday, September 7th to Sunday, September 12th, positioned at stand SYE 245, yacht SYE 048 on the Superyacht extension.

Prior to the Monaco Yacht Show, she will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Club Marina between the 13th and 17th of September, conducting sea trials and private viewings for clients.


Columbus Yachts Adds Two New Models to its Atlantique Line

Columbus Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Superyachts, has added two new models to its Atlantique line – one 37m and one 55m model. These innovative projects embody Hot Lab’s ‘Architecture for Voyagers’ design philosophy that prompted the immediate sale of the line progenitor: Columbus Atlantique 43 metres.

The design is a combination of stylistic, planning and functional elements dedicated to cruising and enjoying every moment on board, with external lines that are clean and elegant with a touch of sportiness, reminiscent of the Italian GT cars appreciated all over the world.

The hull silhouette of the entire line recalls the sailing yachts of days gone by, while the stern area, with its large panoramic swimming pool, is just 50cm above water level.

Atlantique 37 is compact (under 300GT) and combines sporty lines with refined interiors. Below deck, the layout includes four double cabins with ensuite, while the owner’s cabin is on the main deck forward. There are two dining areas, one outdoor on the main deck and the other one on the upper deck to cater for up to 10 people. The peculiarity of the latter is the large rounded windows, which move up, down and horizontally, and can be closed or opened as needed to emphasise the constant connection with the sea.

The first garage for the 4.45m tender is located on the right side, while the forward hangar houses a second 3.25m tender and the rescue boat. Thanks to 2 MAN 1400hp engines, this superyacht can reach a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 13 knots.

The flagship of the line, Atlantique 55 represents the ultimate synthesis of all the innovations specific of this new concept. With steel hull and aluminum superstructure, she has a tonnage of 900 GT and a layout spread over four decks. The convivial area on the main deck aft has been designed to achieve maximum comfort thanks to the three levels sloping down to the sea. They comprise the large scenographic swimming pool, the living area with C-shaped sofa and coffee table, and finally the bar area near the entrance to the main hall.

Seven Stars Revives Leopard Yachts with Customised 36m Range

Leopard Yachts, an iconic Italian brand since the 1970s, has been re-launched by Seven Stars Marina & Shipyard near Pisa. Andre Bacigalupo, one of Leopard’s original naval architects, has designed the new range’s streamlined hull. The interior and additions on each individual 36m yacht are completely customisable. Contracts and construction will be overseen on an owner’s behalf by experienced Monaco brokers TWW Yachts.

In 1973, the Picchiotti family, based on Italy’s Tuscany coast, collaborated with naval architect Paolo Caliari to create the first Leopard Yacht. These sleek motor yachts were celebrated for their speed, reliability, comfort and elegance. From 2000, Leopard Yachts’ newest models were constructed at Tombolo Shipyard, located on the Canale dei Navicelli between Pisa and Livorno.

In 2019, Seven Stars Marina & Shipyard acquired Tombolo Shipyard. The company’s CEO Davide Mugnaini affirms his long-held fascination with Leopard Yachts. “Seven Stars specialises in creating tailor-made yachts for demanding owners,” Mugnaini explains. “But with Leopard, the importance in relaunching a renowned Italian brand made the challenge even more interesting.”

Mugnaini researched Leopard Yachts’ compelling backstory, with a view to reviving the legendary brand. He travelled to Genoa to meet Andre Bacigalupo, Caliari’s student and Leopard’s designer from 2000 onwards. To his delight, Mugnaini found that Bacigalupo had continued to perfect his Leopard Yacht designs and drawings as a private passion. “We had a mutual respect for Leopard’s history,” continues Mugnaini. “Combined with Seven Stars’ technical know-how, it has made our collaboration on the relaunch of Leopard Yachts an act of love.”

The newly-revived range of Leopard Yachts will be produced in the Tombolo shipyard by Seven Stars, where Leopards have historically been built. The first 36m will be ready to hit the water just 24 months after signing. Connoisseurs of the Italian brand’s history will recognise its racing lines and nuanced form. Yet this model boasts contemporary interiors and is more efficient than the original.

Carlo Pittis, brand manager of Leopard Yachts, explains the customisation process. “No Leopard constructed by Seven Stars Marina & Shipyard will be identical. Our approach is truly artisanal and tailor-made. Potential owners are afforded a blank canvas, whether they wish to install a jacuzzi or completely redesign the yacht’s interior spaces.”

WHY200: First Full-Wide-Body Superyacht Combining Design, Space and Speed

Yet again Wally has pushed forward the boundaries of possibility creating a yacht that has never been seen before in the history of yachting. The first unit of the new WHY range, which will be launched in the first half of July, is going to leave an indelible mark on the world of yacht design.

The innovative motor yacht combining the comfort and space of a larger displacement yacht with the speed and performance of a semi-displacement, was developed by Wally design team led by Luca Bassani, jointly with the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, working with Laurent Giles NA Ltd for naval architecture and Studio A. Vallicelli & C for interior design.

“We are very proud of WHY200, a yacht that was a bit of a gamble but that today rewards us with a result that exceeds our wildest expectations,” says Stefano de Vivo, Wally managing director. “With its widebody design, this 200 GT yacht offers far larger volumes compared to traditional motorboats, plus a living space and stability that are definitely greater than any competitor’s. It essentially provides all the advantages of a catamaran but has none of the limitations, namely the lack of volume linked to the main central hull and mooring problems. This innovative yacht in terms of performance and stability was born from the brilliant vision of Wally, from the considerable experience in building hulls of the Ferretti Group, which has been designing its hulls ‘in-house’ for over 20 years, and from the collaboration with Laurent Giles Naval Architects. WHY200 is a yacht that will stand out on the international scene both for the essential design that distinguishes Wally yachts, and for its innovative concept, which can offer a different sailing experience to the owner. It is the ideal yacht to freely and safely regain possession of one’s space with family and friends.”

“Like all Wallys, which for 25 years have been ahead of their time and the setters of new standards in yachting design, the new compact superyacht WHY200 carries the ‘Wow’ factor engraved in its DNA,” comments Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer. “The new WHY200 expresses all its innovative power through new architectural elements, which represent a break with the past and with the typical clichés of a motor yacht. Ferretti Group made it possible to realise a concept that had been close to my heart for some time, believing in the success of a bold design that will improve the owner’s experience on board and represent a turning point in the motor yacht market.”

Wow-bow: Wally’s stylistic masterpiece that reframes the design rules

In keeping with a design philosophy that aims, on the one hand, to combine form and function through distinctive and highly recognizable aesthetic and, on the other, to guarantee a new and immersive yachting experience with the element of water, WHY200 features a spectacular 4.7-metre-high glazed bow housing a stunning 37 m2 master suite overlooking the sea, with an uninterrupted 270-degree view of the horizon. This cabin stands out also for its exceptional noise levels thanks to the positioning of the engine room which is located at the opposite end of the boat.

The eye-catching upper deck has a futuristic glass and carbon dome, a distinctive Wally feature that is reminiscent of the clean, angular look of the legendary Wallypower. Also on the upper deck, the extended, structural top with no supporting pillars is a masterpiece of design and engineering for its exceptional stability and strength.

The essential elegance of the interior

The first unit, displaying an exclusive “Wally Silver” colour, will feature a four-cabin layout: the master cabin with two separate bathrooms on the main deck, a VIP and two guest cabins on the lower deck. An absolute novelty is the spectacular one-piece laminated carbon staircase which, as well as having a load-bearing function, is an extremely light element connecting the three decks and making the bulkheads superfluous in the huge 61 m2 open space living area, enhanced by a practical show-cooking kitchen. Open-pore teak was chosen for the furniture. The walkways of the two living halls and the lower deck corridor are also teak. The restful and natural colour palette of neutral and sandy tones creates a refined and timeless effect.

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On-demand infotainment at your fingertips

Thanks to the 5G wireless network connection with home automation control, guests will be able to comfortably manage all the audio/video systems via mobile devices, both outside and inside the yacht. Through Naviop’s integrated system, they will also be able to check navigation data, keeping the yacht’s progress and parameters constantly under control. The first unit will feature a state-of-the-art 55 inch TV in the upper living room and a 5.1 Premium sound system on the main and upper decks, while a sophisticated Sonance sound system will serve the outdoor areas.

Beach Club: a huge living room on the water

Experiencing the sea means also enjoying activities in direct contact with the water. The WHY200 is unsurpassed in this respect too: the folding beach club bulwarks, for example, not only allow access to the sea on three sides (according to a radically innovative concept), but also expand the living area to 32 m2, transforming it into a true terrace over the water, with size and features that make all competitors, even larger ones, pale in comparison. In addition, WHY200 boasts two garages with a storage capacity never seen before on yachts of this size, capable of accommodating a 4.05m jet tender, wave runner, SeaBob, paddleboard and all manner of water toys.

Speed rhymes with stability

Its trail-blazing and highly performing hull tested in naval tank and, as all Wally hulls, capable of cutting the waves without hitting and thus minimizing the pitching, in the first unit is powered by four Volvo Penta D-13 IPS 1350 engines 1000 hp each. Thanks to these groundbreaking features, WHY200 can cruise at any speed (23 knots top speed), maintaining a horizontal position without reducing the guests’ comfort on board, which is unique among fast semi-displacement yachts. Its width combined with the fin stabilisers – as a standard feature – that can be activated when at anchor or while cruising, and with two Seakeepers, ensures greater stability compared to conventional hulls.

Four stars on the Cannes red carpet

There is great anticipation for the official debut of WHY200 at Cannes Yachting Festival (7-12 September). The yacht is set to win the hearts of owners and earn a place of honour in its market segment, imposing itself for the disruptive strength of its lines and the modernity of its concept which, once again in the long history of Wally, will mark a turning point in yacht design.

Alongside WHY200, two of the best known and most recent Wally models will be in the water: the 43wallytender X and the 48wallytender X while and the 48wallytender will be on display at the main entrance to the boat show.

With their unmistakable style, the 3 models will not fail to make heads spin showing once again the uniqueness of the brand.

Falcon Tenders Reveals Raft of High Profile Superyacht Design Collaborations

Falcon Tenders specialises in building fully-custom superyacht tenders for the discerning yacht owner. The Southampton-based boatbuilder draws on co-founder Mark Pascoe’s 20+ years’ industry experience producing bespoke tenders for some of the most iconic superyachts ever launched.

Now, at the dawn of a new era in customisable yacht tenders, Pascoe and his skilled team of experienced craftsmen reveal a raft of collaborations with some of the biggest names in superyacht design to bring innovation, sustainability and beauty to the fore.

From inception, the brand has collaborated with international stylists. The pool of talent includes legendary and multi-award-winning designer Tim Heywood, visionary creatives Uros Pavasovic and David Weiss of Designova, and naval architect Patrick Banfield. The aim is to produce a range of designs exclusive to Falcon Tenders that deliver on all fronts.

At 10.5m, Falcon Tenders’ first limousine model penned by British studio Michael Leach Design is the ideal accompaniment to superyachts of all sizes. Pitched at the upper end of the large tender market, the Falcon Tenders limousine presents the perfect design for guests looking to comfortably transit from yacht to shore, particularly for 100m+ yachts that anchor further out at sea. Reclaimed teak adorns the exterior deck areas complemented by premium Scottish leather upholstery for a refined interior finish. A matching open tender is also in the pipeline.

“Some owners want absolute luxury with Bentley-inspired interiors and others are all about speed,” says Mark Smith, Director at Michael Leach Design, best known for designing 96m MY Palladium, 93m MY Lady S and 110m Feadship MY Anna – one of the largest yachts on the charter market. “But whether large or small, primarily the parameters of boat design remain the same, which are comfort, beauty and performance.”

“Having worked on 100m+ yachts, we understand the functionality and diversity that is required for their matching tenders,” he adds. “Interestingly, the Falcon Tenders limousine and open tender are the first boats that we have worked on without the confines of an owner’s brief. Having personally known Mark Pascoe since the 1980s and with the boatbuilding expertise that he and his team bring to the table, we at MLD are very excited to be partnering with Falcon Tenders on their debut models.”

E1 Series and PIF to Create World’s First Electric Powerboat Championship

Electric Sea Racing Limited (E1 Series) and PIF (the Public Investment Fund) have entered into a partnership that will see PIF support in creating the world’s first electric powerboat racing championship.

The news was revealed during a virtual launch event, where E1 Series organisers also unveiled the new design of the electric RaceBird powerboat.

The partnership represents a significant step forward in the long-term development of the championship, providing a strong foundation on which to build from and enabling the series to further accelerate preparations for the inaugural season, scheduled to take place in early 2023 – with Saudi Arabia to be one of the considered race locations.

As a major contributor to the global economy and partner of choice for innovative companies and investors, PIF’s investment in E1 is in line with its 2021-2025 strategy announced earlier this year, which focuses on 13 key strategic sectors, including sports and entertainment, and renewable energy. This includes major investments in renewable energy companies, such as ACWA Power and the Sudair Solar Energy project, as well as in the development of electric vehicles through its investment in Lucid Motors.

Series creators Alejandro Agag, Chairman of E1, and Rodi Basso, CEO of E1, were both joined live in the studio by the President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Raffaele Chiulli, as well as SeaBird Technologies Founder Sophi Horne, and Founder & CEO of Victory Marine Brunello Acampora to present the RaceBird powerboat.

The vessel is a completely new design and was co-created by Horne and Acampora following an extensive validation process. The RaceBird is inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology.

Using innovative hydrofoil technology, the electric RaceBird powerboats will rise high above the water’s surface, allowing for minimum drag and maximum energy efficiency. Being lifted above the waves will not only improve performance, but it will also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following an opponent.

The RaceBird is specially designed for foil-to-foil racing and is capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph), with pilots showcasing their skills using tight and technical circuits located close to shore in the heart of urban areas.

With the design now validated, the RaceBird has entered into the production phase with the expert engineers at Victory Marine concentrating their efforts and resource over the coming months on manufacturing a full fleet of race-ready electric powerboats.

Alejandro Agag, co-founder & chairman of E1, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome on board PIF as a new partner in this exciting venture. To get the backing of PIF at this early stage of development emphasises the importance of our mission to electrify marine mobility. With the new design of the RaceBird boat you see today, we hope to accelerate change in the marine industry and provide sustainable solutions for future leisure craft. The new powerboat that Sophi and Brunello designed looks like a spaceship. I’ve compared electric racing cars to podracers from Star Wars in the past, but the RaceBird looks even more futuristic. Working together with PIF, I look forward to ushering in a new era of electric powerboat racing.”

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Rodi Basso, co-founder & CEO of E1, said: “We’re thrilled to be working together with PIF to jointly shape the future direction of powerboating. Forming a strong partnership with a global investment powerhouse such as PIF provides a solid foundation on which to build a new sport. The RaceBird presents a unique challenge and one that the teams at SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine have delivered on. They’ve managed to develop an innovative powerboat with an eye-catching design and factored in practical solutions ready to go racing. Shortly we’ll also be announcing our powertrain and electronics partners; we’re on schedule to hit the water soon.”

Commenting on the announcement, HE Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Public Investment Fund, said: “This exciting investment in a new premier sport format aligns with our strategy to enable innovation globally and unlock new industries, as well as build strategic partnerships with real value add to Saudi Arabia. We believe our support for future sports will also contribute to the growth of various sectors globally.

“Our partnership with E1 will help drive the development of innovative sustainable technology, which in turn positions Saudi as an enabler in the industries of the future and the creation of new opportunities.”

Sophi Horne, founder of SeaBird Technologies, said: “It’s amazing to finally be able to share the new RaceBird design with the world. Obviously, I’ve seen it on a screen quite a lot in the past few months! But it’s great to show the new look of the boat that the pilots will race with. The bodywork and shape of the vessel is inspired by nature and birds flying above the water’s surface. What has been interesting is trying to find a balance between how you envisage the design and combining that with optimising both performance and efficiency. The solution we settled on fortunately doesn’t compromise on either the looks or performance capabilities.”

Brunello Acampora, founder & CEO of Victory Marine, said: “Today’s announcement is the result of many months of hard work, creating a completely new design and simulating it in a competitive racing environment. I’ve really enjoyed working together with Sophi to produce the vessel that will compete in the world’s first electric powerboat championship. Now that the design has been fully validated, we’ll begin engineering and manufacturing the boats in preparation for prototype testing and ready for the teams to receive their first delivery. For us at Victory Marine, the E1 Series is the greatest test bench for cutting-edge solutions that will change the future of navigation forever.”

Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, president of the UIM, said: “At the International Powerboat Federation, we’re delighted to be part of this groundbreaking development in the powerboating sport. The futuristic RaceBird design combined with the use of hydrofoil technology in the E1 Series reflects the pioneering spirit of this initiative and are an inspiring answer to today’s challenges facing marine mobility. It’s an exciting moment for our sport and I cannot wait to see the RaceBird on the water.”

Released ahead of World Oceans Day, the RaceBird acts as a symbol of the future ambitions of the E1 Series, to revolutionise marine mobility and reduce the pressures being placed on fragile underwater ecosystems across the world.

The next major milestone in the RaceBird development is in September when the covers come off the first full-scale model at the Monaco Yacht Show, before the start of prototype testing which is set to get underway later this year.

E1 were advised by Shoosmiths law firm and financial advisers PJT Partners.


First Silent 60 Solar Electric Catamaran with Kite Wing Launched

Silent Yachts has increased its fleet of innovative oceangoing solar electric catamarans with the new Silent 60 which has been launched recently at Silent Yachts production facility in Thailand, led by the Swiss entrepreneur Philippe Guénat. This is the first unit of the model, while eight more hulls are currently under construction and 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 metre 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,” says 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 metre than a conventional sail.

How does the kite wing system work? There is a dedicated box in the bow area of the Silent 60 which contains the kite (the sail is 13 sqm) including all its components (winches, mast, ropes etc). Here the entire system is also stored, when not in use.

To launch the kite, it’s only required to set up a small mast which is only two feet high with four stays (6 mm 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 the owner 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. The already 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. 

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A new high performance hull form

The Silent 60 also 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 Michael Köhler. “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 of less than 1 metre, which allows it to reach shallower bays that may 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 90cm 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 3.7m x 1.7m to 4m x 2.4m to carry a larger tender – up to 350 kg and 4m 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 onboard temperatures.

The new catamaran – thanks to its advanced 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.

Transoceanic range

The Silent 60 is designed to go everywhere as a true ocean-going cruising yacht. It can 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 sqm (standard version 9 sqm) and 150m line length

Kite features: autopilot incl. line sensor set high load and kite sensor