Five builders from around the world issued big news recently about upcoming designs, new launches and signed contracts. Here’s the scoop to keep you in the know:
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• Heesen Yachts in the Netherlands has launched Monaco Wolf, previously known as YN 16650. She’ll be powered by the latest-generation MTU engines (16V 4000 M73Ls), giving her a top speed of 23 knots and a range of more than 3,100 nm. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects was responsible for exterior design, while Francesco Paszkowski did the interiors. Monaco Wolf will accommodate 12 guests in six staterooms — along with canine companions, who will be safe on deck thanks to plate-glass screens in the yacht’s exterior railings. Delivery to the owners is expected in May. Details are at www.heesenyachts.nl.
• Tankoa Yachts in Italy announced the sale of Tankoa S693, the working name for a 227-foot superyacht already under construction and now purchased by an Eastern European client. The full-displacement build will have a maximum speed of 16.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots, with a range of more than 5,000 nm. Styling is by Francesco Paszkowski, who is also working with the owner’s family on interior design, which the yard describes as “modern zen.” Delivery is expected in July 2015. For more information, visit www.tankoa.it.
•** Sunreef Yachts** in Poland has launched the fifth unit of its 60 Sunreef Power Catamaran. The owner requested a unique interior layout that combines the open salon and lounge area instead of having an interior navigation station. Furniture and walls are done in white lacquer with oak detailing and white upholstery, and pops of indigo, noble blue and deep red are throughout. Accommodations are for eight adults and two children. Learn more at www.sunreef-yachts.com.
• Numarine in Turkey released plans for its 70HT, with design cues from the 78HT and naval architecture by Can Yalman and Tony Castro. A one-piece windshield and oversized salon windows add to what the builder calls a light-filled and “radically modern” interior. Two layouts are offered, with three or four guest cabins. Top speed is expected to be more than 34 knots, driven by a pair of MAN 1200 engines. Additional information is at www.numarine.com.
• McMullen & Wing in New Zealand has signed a contract to build a 164-foot steel and aluminum luxury expedition motoryacht. The project’s working title is Hull 1016, and she is meant to build on the success of the 147-foot Big Fish, which launched in 2010. Interesting details will include natural gardens on the bridge deck and large hot tubs on the sundeck and foredeck. Gregory C. Marshall will do the naval architecture as well as the contemporary interior, which will accommodate 12 guests in five staterooms. The owner’s suite on the bridge deck will include a private garden deck. Bartram & Brakenhoff and Burgess Yachts were instrumental in the sale. Follow the yacht’s build progress at www.mcmullenandwing.com.