With the sailboat Oceanis Yacht 62 the French shipyard of Bénéteau changes route proposing a large sailboat of 62 feet approximately 19 meters with the same comfort both on the interior and the deck offered only by the current luxury motor yachts. To do this, he asked for the collaboration of a well-known Italian motorboat designer to redesign comfort elements that were used only on motorboats until recently.
The approach used is the industrial one, to contain expenses and to offer a standard luxury boat accessible to an ever-larger market. The first effort that the company had to face was the choice of materials that allow superior finishes and exclusive fittings with a sober and elegant style but always looking for maximum comfort.
Precisely this boat comes from the collaboration between Racoupeau Yacht Design who designed the hull while the Italian architect Pierangelo Andreani designed the deck and the interior. Pierangelo Andreani from Pininfarina is known for having always developed and designed with excellent results, including in other sectors including cars and motorcycles. It is certainly a boat where the cruise aspect prevails over the competitive one of the regattas, even if the navigation characteristics are of the highest level.
New features have been introduced to make the boat more livable globally, not only for navigation but also to stay still. Great attention has been placed on the liveability of the external spaces which is unusual for a sailboat, where the greatest commitment is always to have a very clean deck. The purely sailing aspect tends to lose its main value, even if it remains a very important element in the purchase of this boat.
We are trying to involve passionate owners also of motor boats that find the use of sailing useful and ecologically important. The transfer of motor boat enthusiasts to sailboats is a very important topic for shipyards for the acquisition of new customers.
Oceanis Yacht 62 represents for Bénéteau a new way of living life on a sailboat so it does not resemble anyone, it is the first model of a series that the company intends to achieve. The elements introduced typical of a motor yacht are evident in the hull starting from the square stern designed to make room for a three meter tender garage.
A platform, which is activated by a remote control or directly at the helm, is lowered to dive into the water, discovering two side ladders that come directly from the cockpit to this “beach” that facilitates entry and return from the water both the guests and the tender possibly used to visit places inaccessible for large ships or for beach where it is not possible to moor.
On this system used Gianguido Girotti, product manager for the sail of Bénéteau declares:
“The 62 solves the access to the sea better than other boats thanks to the double staircase on the transom. Not only that, with a slope inclined 45 °, the transition is easy and safe. In the garage we can stow the tender and with the folding platform that inclines in the water over the horizontal plane, wing and launch the tender will be a breeze “.
At the stern a large bench serves to rest the helmsman and to cover an outdoor kitchen with a grill and sink a consolidated trend in motor yachts. The Oceanis Yacht 62 is a fairly agile and easily manoeuvrable boat, despite its size and weight, even by one person. The four winches (winches) are located right next to the double helm station.
Between the two control stations at the top of the cockpit there is an easily opening hatch that leads directly into the garage. If the tender arrives with some freshly caught fish or only the supermarket shopping, or something else, you are essentially in the boat.
The large cockpit has been divided so that the maneuvering area is distinct from that of the guests.
The peculiarity is the presence of two separate extendable and collapsible tables placed one in front of the other in the two sides of the large cockpit both served by two large side horseshoe sofas with a central passage always free to greatly facilitate the movements from bow to stern the disappearance of the tables creates two large sunbathing areas in addition to that already present on the deckhouse and on the bow.
Another element taken from motor boats is the possibility of installing awnings. With all the awnings mounted, the large cockpit, and the many spaces dedicated to relaxation are covered, there is the possibility of not installing them all so that a part of the cockpit remains sunny.
Another feature is the wide use of natural light to illuminate the interior through the side windows all around the hull partly disguised by a black stripe. Even the deckhouse, is completely surrounded by portholes with a black stripe that makes the eye slimmer. The high-performance hull designed by Racoupeau completes the external characteristics of the hull.
The basic sail plan has a total area of 182 square meters is essential and technologically advanced perfectly centered consisting of a mainsail and genoa, respectively main sail and the bow. All The sail system can easily with a weak wind condition make the boat reach almost the same speed of the wind. While with a strong wind, the helm guide remains soft and precise, making the Oceanis Yacht 62 a safe and balanced boat.
Navigation without sailing is assured with the presence of a single Yanmar 160 hp diesel engine with controls on the double stations so that the helmsman can move to the most convenient part for maneuvering and steering the boat.
With a speed set at 8.5 knots, it consumes about 3 gallons per hour at 2,000 rpm, while if the lower cruising speed is set at 6 knots at 1,400 rpm, consumption is reduced to just over a gallon. at now. Considering that the tank includes 264 gallons of fuel in three different tanks this boat even without sail can get far.
The decidedly urban interiors can have two configurations. The first includes 4 cabins and two bathrooms with three double beds in the bow and one aft with castle beds. The second, which is also the most sought after, has three double cabins and three bathrooms with separate showers. Both configurations provide a sailor cabin with separate bathroom at the bow.
Access to the undercover cabins is via a slightly inclined staircase with wide steps and with two handy and safe railings especially when the boat suffers from inevitable heels.
The peculiarity is that the internal area is set around a spacious square well illuminated by skylight and side windows where there is a living area with sofas and central table for ten people with a linear kitchen complete to starboard along the entire length of the wall of the square.
The kitchen includes a cell reserved for wines with temperatures a very comfortable fridge with opening in the cockpit and front, a sink, a plate, stove other spaces, food galley and more.
Inside this square there is also space for a desk that can be used as desired for the correspondence or you can reinstall all control and navigation control systems so you can manage the boat under deck or simply use it for plan the cruise or as a computer support with the hope of not using it for work.
The owner’s cabin is accessed through a side door so as to preserve a great intimacy designed in such a way that, even if the door remains open, the guests present in the square can not peek inside the cabin. The cabin has a great height and is complete with all furniture with cabinets of various sizes with bookcase sofa and more with huge spaces and views of the sea to look like a luxury room with a panoramic five-star hotel. In fact, on the double bed you climb from the side as at home or in a particular hotel room unusual for a sailboat and through the side windows lying on the bed you can see the sea while fresh air comes from the two opening portholes of the ceiling. On the left side of the cabin there is a bathroom equipped with a washing machine and a separate shower.
In front of the owner’s cabin, the guest cabin was identical to that of the owner with a single difference that access to the bathroom is shared by two doors, one of which is directly in the central or square hall previously described. Precisely it is immediately to the left of the staircase going down that connects the square to the cockpit on deck.
While further towards the stern there is the second cabin of the smaller guests, but which is still habitable with a double bed illuminated by natural light through three present and fresh portholes for an additional opening existing at the top behind the bed towards the stern. Also this cabin has a separate shower room.
Behind the ladder that is easily lifted is the engine room and another room, where there is a generator of 11.5 kW.
At the end of the works for the construction of this boat the designers have released the following declarations:
“The challenge was to get a high average speed for a guaranteed stability reserve in average times, I designed the Oceanis Yacht 62 thinking about performance, safety and impeccable maneuverability: maximum floatation length, perfectly adapted sail area, center of gravity as low as possible and all the maneuvers from the cockpit. After I thought of all that our experience of super-yacht could bring to this first Bénéteau yacht: get ready to leave the universe of the traditional sailboat to enter dimension of the pure art of living “.
“A strong personality and a beautiful soul, I followed the idea of a horizontal line that drew everything else in. I admit that Bénéteau’s project was complex … Very ambitious! To gather the attributes of a one-off on a series yacht Combine style, elegance and the art of living with total ease of navigation on a performing hull. The emotion contained in the first sketches remains intact. This first yacht will open, I’m sure, a new chapter in your life of owner. “.
The base price of Oceanis Yacht 62 ‘is about 650,000 euros excluding taxes then varies depending on the options requested. Price for which the owners will have, in addition to the boat, a series of services that the French shipyard makes available to guide in the choice and to allow you to customize in all your boat that they intend to buy, with access to the shipyard where they can talk directly with builders and also do sea trials.
In short, a flagship of exceptional luxury at a low price to use for holidays with friends or with the whole family for a day or a month there is no difference.
Length f.t. m 19.07; Hull length 18.12 m; Width m 5.33
Draft m 2.30 / 2.90; Displacement 24.170 kg
Water 1060 lt; Fuel 1,000 lt
Surface area 182 square meters; 198 sqm performance sailing surface
Sailing enthusiasts on the boats of the Wally brand are divided on the external aesthetics of the boats. In fact, many still prefer the exterior where the various areas are markedly divided with lots of deckhouse and with a single cockpit.
While in the Wally boats the classic cockpit has been replaced by more areas that are cleverly disengaged, usually all on the same level with slender, thin and not very intrusive yards.
Therefore the Wally boat deck is free and elegantly flat with all the hidden management organs. This extreme cleaning of the deck for many is the real news that has revolutionized the way of sailing.
However, there are still many enthusiasts who are not persuaded by the idea that a deck of a boat can be so smooth and compact, much like a dance hall track.
Fortunately, there are manufacturers in the sector that can satisfy the tastes of each owner. While those who love the style of boats Wally hardly then choose to build boats with different characteristics.
This is the case of Wally 110 Barong D, where a loving “wallysta” owner, has built this boat 110 feet long equal to about 33.50 meters after having already owned a Barong C and Barong B, respectively of 94 and 80 feet.
With this model Wally managed to transfer all the technical skills accumulated over the years and at the same time satisfy all the requests expressed by the experienced sailor owner.
The end result was the construction of a beautiful and performing luxury sailboat.
The exterior lines have been designed by Frers Naval Architecture while the interiors have been taken care of by Wally Yachts, always thinking about the performances not excluding elegance and comfort for cruises.
For the construction of the hull advanced composite materials in prepreg carbon fiber have been used to create a super-yacht cruiser fully equipped with just 65 tons about 35% less than a yacht of the same category: “two tons lighter than the expected “, explained the president and CEO of Wally, Luca Bassani also adds:
“We were able to offer a cruiser with exceptional performance that welcomes owners who spend several months of the year on board”.
Wally 110 Barong D totally incorporates all the features of the Wally brand. A fast, simple, elegant and technologically advanced boat was built.
The hull is blue with wide stern, two rudders, T-shaped bulb. The deck including the bow is very clean, and is completely covered with blond teak with a very slim deckhouse and large sunbathing areas. The mast is made of carbon together with the sailing rig with many titanium accessories. The Wally’s sail management system features a self-tacking jib and a regulation system using hydraulic jacks.
The habitability of the interiors designed by Wally were built piece by piece taking care of every detail minutely to get maximum comfort reducing weight.
Going towards the bow we find a living area and two guest cabins on both sides of the boat with private bathroom and a suite for the owner with two separate beds.
While at the stern was the crew and service area consisting of two double cabins, a kitchen and a machine room. The propulsion of the boat is also guaranteed by the presence of a single Cummins QSB6.7 diesel engine, which gives Barong D a top speed of 13 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots.
In short, once again a Wally sailboat has been created to be desired.
Main technical features of Wally sources
Year 2016 Total length 33.51 m Draft 4.80 m Displacement 67 t Sailing surface 538 m 2
It has been around for thirty years that luxury cruise holidays have become a massive vacation through the construction of mega larger cruise ships able to accommodate more and more passengers at once at increasingly crumbling prices to hold on to more and more intense competition in a sector that has been growing strongly since years.
An early return or if you want an alternative to mass cruise is offered by the ten luxury cruise sailboats that still lure the sea today ensuring a level of comfort and excellent service with the opportunity to take part in the wonderful corners of the world where a great cruise ship can never moor.
Also you will be able to share the common spaces of the ship such as pool bars and lounges with few people without crowding as usually happens in large ships. Among these ten sailing vessels is the Royal Clipper, the flagship of Star Clipper’s Swedish navigation company, where its design inspired the glorious Preussen to sail a magnificent 19th-century sailing ship, a five-seater yacht, nicknamed ” the Queens of the Queen’s Seas “.
Made on the shipyards of Gdańsk, it is 134 meters long, large 16 meters and 5 trees rising up to 58 meters with 42 large sails that can also exploit a light sea breeze, reaching this amazing 17-knot speed through only the big sailing system . With a gross tonnage of 5,000 tonnes it can accommodate up to 227 passengers in its 114 cabins with 106 crew members.
As her ancestor is the largest cruise ship sailing in the world and is also one of the most luxurious. It’s a sailboat not a cruise ship here you can experience an adventure. Leave everything behind to unplug and jump to a life of pleasure in full freedom like a century ago with the wind in the stern to try the traditions of sailing.
For the characteristics of this type of cruise immediately establishes a special relationship between the crew and the passengers and between the same tourists promoting a social exchange and new beautiful friendships. Obviously it is a free choice because in any case the ship has enough common spaces for those who, even for only a few days, love to avoid the company and experience this experience in perfect solitude or just with their own family.
Ideal for those who want to experience a cruise that can provide leisure moments in a very relaxed comfortable climate and want to be pampered and served by a well-organized facility on a cruise still tailor-made.
A peculiar and exciting feature is when the boat moorings to start a new cruise all passengers gather on the deck to experience the first unforgettable moments of sailing the sails seems to go back with time.
The Royal Clipper was launched in 2000, although some advanced and advanced navigation and communication systems are on board, some procedures are carried out as were the sailing vessels of the nineteenth century, such as the unloading and loading of goods that are carried out as at the time through a pulley system.
At every moment of navigation on the flanks of the ship, the most courageous passengers can choose to lie down on the suspended dolphin on the water and admire the sails while others can follow the navigational bridge all the navigation phases by observing the commander and maneuvering crew the ship does not exclude the possibility of actively contributing to the rise of sails.
Regarding the destinations, the Royal Clipper sail between the months of April and October in the Mediterranean Sea, while the other months of the year, winds the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, usually departing from Barbados .
Among the cruises in the Mediterranean is the one that departs from the port of Civitavecchia to finish in Venice after twelve days of sailing with a journey of about 2,200 km touching beautiful places that only a cruise ship can reach to enjoy the culture of the place without the the presence of thousands of tourists who land all sets as it happens in the big cruise liners.
Starting from Civitavecchia the first stop is at Ponza of the Pontine Islands and then continuing for Palmarola, tourists obviously have the chance to land at these places to visit the features. Then proceed to the south of the Mediterranean with a stop to Sorrento, where you can by ferry to visit both the beautiful island of Capri and the lovely Amalfi Coast. Continuing, you reach Sicily with a stop to Taormina crossing the Strait of Messina.
The ship in this case is also supported by the presence on board of two large diesel engines useful to ensure navigation in the absence of wind or “bonaccia” but above all to perform, if necessary, fast maneuvers such as dodging fishing boats and other boats as when crossing the close to Messina.
Arriving in Taormina, passengers have two options or explore Sicily or stay aboard and with the help of the crew to climb safely on top of a tree to enjoy the awkward panoramas of extraordinary beauty such as the Calabrian and Sicilian coasts at the same time and become stroking from the wind, listening to the noise of the sea, a truly unforgettable experience.
The cruise continues east to reach the island of Corfu in Greece, then continue up the Adriatic Sea with a pass to Montenegro’s Kotor , where the passengers have half a day to visit. Then climb again to the Adriatic to reach Rovinj (in Croatian Rovinj) Croatia and then continue for the penultimate stop at Piran in Slovenia (in Slovenian Piran), the cruise ends through the wonderful Grand Canal in Venice.
During the entire cruise the eyes will be filled with breathtaking views. At each stage you can visit the places you have reached, although for some just staying on the ship is already a time of arrival with all the entertainment, entertainment for the passengers. On the deck there are 3 small pools, an electro-hydraulic system opens the back of the ship by slipping a platform that allows you to dive directly into the water and make water sports and other dives. In addition, there is a body care spa and a piano bar for the evenings. There is also the possibility to relax in the bright interior spaces, determined by a three-story atrium where they filter light rays or bask in the sun on the outside areas.
The fine cuisine is served in an elegant dining room. The most refined menu with lobster and champagne served to celebrate the official dinner with the commander on board a memorable event that now as a solemn ritual is repeated two days after the end of each cruise.
The thrill of the sea is also offered by the sailors’ activities as sewing the sails sailed by the wind directly on board the deck outdoors, polishing the brass, climbing the master shaft for maintenance of the engine winches that explain the sails. Before the end of each cruise, the sail-handling and maintenance crew team in uniform on the bumper of the ship to photograph the passengers, showing their pride to work on a single sailing ship.
Obviously, this description refers to one of the cruises planned for Royal Clipper then there are others that vary in duration and destination throughout the year. The cost per person for the undercooked cabins ranges from $ 1,800 and reach $ 4,600 for a cabin with private staircase, master bedroom and whirlpool.
It seems that the true luxury vacation is just like a century ago in full freedom with a daring adventure spirit available to acquire new friendships.
When inside a company there is the owner who also the creator of so many innovative patents in the industry where the company is definitely working, it has a greater gear than the others. A patent in itself is not a guarantee of commercial success but it surely represents a tool that increases the ability of a company to benefit from its own inventions.
This is the case with Perini Navi, which thanks to the numerous patents invented by the owner of the Company, Ing. Fabio Perini has managed to become a Leader Company in the design and construction of automated sailing ships in a few years. Perini Navi has over time made an impressive fleet of large superyachts and is the only shipyard in the world that designs and develops and builds its own boats with unmistakable lines immediately recognizable including bridge lines with curved and long windows Flight bridges. This type of boat is the trademark of the company.
Among the great achievements of the company is surely the luxury Supermacht Baracuda Valletta a 50 meter sailing yacht launched in 2008 very beautiful where the outdoors were designed by Perini team in collaboration with renowned yacht designer Ron Holland while the interior from ‘ British architect John Pawson. The hull is made of aluminum, metallic gray with tapered golden conical and deep rudder with portholes with the unusual rectangular shape.
Baracuda Valletta can accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 rooms, including a master suite, two VIP rooms and two double cabins. It is also capable of carrying up to 8 crew members in 4 cabins, plus an additional cabin for the captain. Furnished to create elegant and comfortable environments, Baracuda Valletta could not miss the electric winding system, designed by the. Pearls, carbon fiber along with robust winches running a 1,418 square foot sail plan.
Other innovations on Baracuda are the aft platform with hydraulic drive that turns into a large submersible swimming platform of 20 cm below the water surface accessed by guests through a staircase on the deck, although we must say that at the time of the Taking this boat was an innovation while today this system is also found in other motor yachts. Another innovation is the keel that runs from 4 m (keel up) to 9.7 meters (keel down).
To complete the description of this luxury superyacht we can only report the designers of this wonderful boat. Ron Holland, speaking to Baracuda’s exteriors, says that “the development of the Baracuda project included a relatively long floating line; This incorporates hull lines with forward floating line angles to minimize sail strength in unlocked sailing conditions and intermediate ship sections. This hull form combined with a high-center center maximizes navigation stability. These features are not only designed to improve the speed and ability to wrap the sail under the sail, but also to create a comfortable yacht for everyone on board. “
According to John Pawson speaking of the interiors it says that “… the great challenge with Baracuda was to take a particular set of spatial principles and apply them to very different conditions … to create an environment that honored the priorities of light, space and proportion Which have characterized my work from the beginning. “
The main deck is conceived as an open, non-partitioned living space, with the aim of maintaining a much clearer and more burdened field of vision than conventional ships of this type. The wall was chosen not only for the subtle beauty of its color and structure, but also for the way it serves to dematerialize the volume of the central staircase. “
Manufacturer / designer: Ron Holland Yacht Design, Ron Holland, Perini Navi; Type / Year: Perini Navi / 2009;
Tom Perkins, an American billionaire, an electronic engineer, who died in 2016 in California at the age of 84, a computer enthusiast, formerly president of the Hewlett-Packard Digital Age promoter, will certainly be remembered for his professional and entrepreneurial successes and has commissioned At the Perini Navi by Ken Freivokh, the sailing super sailor Falcone Maltese is still today the most impressive nautical masterpiece in the world.
The 289-foot (88m) Maltese Falcon is certainly the largest private sailing boat in the world and one of the most complex and beautiful boats that now float the sea. It was launched in 2006 and over time has deserved many awards for its innovative design and shaft rotation technology, which follow the wind direction through a complex electric-hydraulic system and automatic winches.The system is controlled by a sophisticated on-board computer that instantly detects and automatically processes all navigation parameters and schedules maneuvers to be made, and it is also possible for a single person to handle the entire boat.The same system then lets sail the sails in minutes.
Determinant was the realization of this beauty floating the meeting of the American billionaire with the engineer Fabio Perini at that time known for his many original patents in the automation of paper-making machinery.
Experience that has since been transferred to the nautical sector by the true passion of the engineer who in 1983 founded Perini Navi a shipyard specialized in the design and construction of luxury sailing boats automated. Among the most original inventions created by engineer Fabio Perini, inspired by machines that envelop paper, is certainly the system of automatic winches, powered by electronically controlled electric motors, which allow large sailboats to be maneuvered by a crew Reduced Perini Navi has now become the world’s leading company in the field.
Of course, these technologies have been transferred to the Maltese Falcon, and more, such as the on-board computer software created for some instructions directly by the American computer enthusiast.
Computer comand of the the Falcone Maltese sailer
However, the Falcon Maltese beyond for its technology is unmistakable for its harmonious elegance in advancing on the sea is a show and a party both when it crosses off than when moored in some harbor.
The boat can accommodate up to 12 walkers is characterized by a steel hull and aluminum superstructures with its three 58-meter high carbon rotating shafts. A true novelty is the four-carbon carbon spiers that explain occupy an area of 2,400 square feet that have proved to be superior to those guaranteed by the now widespread triangular sails, thus opening a new era in the history of sailing. Navigation is also powered by two Deutz 1,800 hp diesel engines with a maximum speed of 20 knots. The three bridges are joined by a circular staircase surrounding the main shaft and creates a spiral effect. The interiors are essentially made up of a main salon with a large dining room ably disengaged from other spaces and illuminated by pedestrian skylights of the upper floors. To sleep there are five cabins on the lower deck and one on the upper one with a private bath area and direct access to the mega yacht’s wheelhouse.
For leisure, the Falcone Maltese carries two 32 foot tender (water skis), four sailboats and a 14-foot tender. In addition to diving gear, there is also a private submarine to explore the bottom of the sea. Even today, there is no reliable news on what this boat did, even though acclaimed voices say that the cost of the boat alone is around $ 150 million. In an interview to deny some news in that regard, the same computer businessman said that everything was worth over $ 150 million and under $ 300 million including board equipment including the submarine.
The most disturbing thing is that Tom Perkins in March 2008 just two years after the launch of Falcone Maltese sold it for $ 165 million. To find the buyer, the billionaire had to wait more than a year and settle for “just say” of the figure of just 120 million dollars.
On the other hand, just Perkins said immediately after the sale. “It took a long time, it is not the best time to sell it.” Still there is still a mystery alone on the real reason why the billionaire got rid of the boat so hurriedly. Apart from the role played by volubility, at the time it was said for its new interest in deep-sea submarines in particular it was very impressed by a submarine designed by an English engineer. Undersea who in any case also used to explore the backdrops from Falcone Maltese, which is said to be one of his favorite toys and not included in the sale of the boat.
Later, the billionaire confirmed this new passion through the following statement: “My pleasure comes from the technical and aesthetic challenges of new yacht projects as well as cruise on board the finished boat. I would now like to indulge my interest in “sporting” submarines and perhaps to build a specialized boat to be used as a carrier. “
The new owner of the boat since 2009 is the 50-year-old blond woman Elena Ambrosiadou with a personal fortune of £ 200 million, the hedge queen known for creating one of the most successful investment funds in the world A woman who owns a maxi-yacht of these proportions. It is difficult to know the reasons that led a powerful business woman to buy such a boat, but certainly attracted the attention of all sailing enthusiasts and not only, surely increasing popularity because Falcone Maltese is not a simple boat , But it’s a watershed between the new and the old way to handle a sailing boat.
Technical details the Falcone Maltese sailing ship