British yard Fairline Yachts has announced its intention to begin building larger yachts after acquiring the Hythe coastal complex in Hampshire. The five-acre site was left vacant after its previous incumbents, Green Marine, went into liquidation in October 2017.
The complex, which covers an area of 20,000 square metres, is scheduled to open in mid-2018 and will be used to build models over 18.29 metres in length. The construction of models under 18 metres will continue at Fairline Yacht’s current base in Oundle, Northamptonshire.
A new marketing drive has been launched to attract superyachts to the west coast of Scotland, where the shoreline has been added to a European-funded project called Cool Route, which is developing a new yacht cruising route.
It includes the coasts of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. Part of the strategy aims to help remote businesses share in Scotland’s £3.7bn marine tourism industry.
When one thinks of superyacht hubs, perhaps Poland is not the first country that springs to mind? But Conrad Shipyard has said that its largest ever new build, the Conrad C133, is finally nearing completion at its yard in Gdańsk, Poland. At 40m LOA, the C133 is not only Conrad’s largest project, but also the largest motor yacht ever built in Poland.
With construction currently running on schedule, her build has taken almost three years to complete. Her launch is planned for December 2017.
Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide the propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice classified super yacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi.
The King Shark allows the owner the freedom to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean and the freezing conditions of Antarctica in luxury.The vessel is equipped with amenities such as a soundproof cinema room, fully equipped gym, spa and massage room and owner cabin with large private terrace and round pool. Designed inside and out by Team for Design, a yacht design and architecture firm based in Venice, Italy, the style is more elegant than the typical rugged profile of an Explorer Yacht. Naval architecture is by Arrabito Naval Architects and the yacht will be certified under Rina and Lloyd’s.
New figures, released in a report by Superyacht UK came as UK businesses headed to Monaco Yacht Show to showcase the best of British.
Despite continued uncertainty that followed the EU referendum and recent General Election, the UK’s superyacht sector remains buoyant, posting its fifth consecutive year of growth, contributing £450m in Gross Value Added to UK GDP, while generating an estimated £186m in taxes for the UK exchequer.