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Long Range Expeditions for 2012

Scintillating, powerful, chic and lavish – these yachts will take your breath away! How about picking up one of these sea going beauites and sailing around to your heart’s content before the world (theoretically) ends?

The New Year rings in fresh styles, reworked trends and newer desires. As consumers typically explore fashion and its improvements and novelties, the same goes for yachts. Yachts launching in 2012 have better engineering and superior interiors to offer. Here are a few curtain raisers  which are my personal favourites and will define the cruising and yachting experience this year!

Aerospeed – The Supercar of the Seas
The 18 metres Aerospeed, scheduled to be delivered in August 2012, is truly the supercar of the seas with F1 technology and feather weight hull. It provides incredible performance with a maximum speed well over 55 knots (100 kms/hour), taking only five minutes or less to reach Alibaug from Gateway of India!

What makes it different from all the other ‘supercars’ of the seas is the interior space including three cabins, a galley with a day head  and an air-conditioned lounge for guests. Aerospeed is designed for flamboyant owners who want to cruise with style and panache. In addition, owners can specify any exterior paint scheme, providing the ultimate in customization.

She is fabricated entirely using hand-stitched leather, titanium trim and carbon fibre inlays that seamlessly merge with touch-screen audiovisual technology and user-centric details which are quite expected from a superboat now.

Maxi Dolphin MD65 Power
This semi-custom cruiser motor yacht, which will be delivered in November 2012, stands out with small yacht characteristics – unlike the Aerospeed. MD65 Power can be described as a teaser yacht and an upgrade for owners who currently have a speed boat. She can achieve a top speed of 40 knots approximately.

MD65 Power best offers three kinds of internal settings – Top (speed boat version), Fashion (will include sun bathing and convertible version of the windscreen) and Family (will be designed more for overnight stay onboard). These settings meet the desires and the tastes of the most careful ship owners. They grant extreme functionality and comfort of exclusive level during long navigations alone, or with family and friends. The contemporary design hits the eye with high elegance and careful details. The high quality materials used, from wood and marble to leather and enamels, make sure you are seated in the most regal atmosphere.

The deck area is characterized by an airy and panoramic sunbathing area shadowed for the daytime. A large and elegant cockpit is adorned with comfortable sofas. The windscreen, that can be opened, is a unique innovation in its genre, allowing a stylistic living continuum that makes you fully enjoy the sea even more.

Pershing 82’
Pershing 82’, to be first delivered in spring 2012, is best fitted for owners looking for a cruiser where class and sporting spirit come together to enhance the pleasure of yachting. Pilot house and leather finishing is exclusively crafted by Poltrona Frau which showcases brilliantly designed interior spaces and aggressive looks. Lifestyle options include three and four cabin versions; an exclusive hard top that extends and retracts completely; and a spacious and highly modular sundeck area in the bows. The sundeck, in fact, features a comfortable sunbathing area, with dinette and a table, to provide complete privacy while relaxing.

The Pershing 82’ is 24.97 metres long and provides four comfortable guest cabins (the master suite amidships, a VIP cabin forward and two twin cabins) in the standard layout, or three guest cabins in an optional version, with a lounge-cinema room starboard, and two crew cabins with three beds. Speed is not a problem with a maximum speed of 45 knots. And considering it’s a Pershing, there is no question on quality and mechanics!

Curvelle – Catamaran Quaranta
With construction solely based on in-house funding, the Quaranta motor yacht is currently in full production in Tuzla, Istanbul, with delivery set for November 2012.

The USP of this 33 metre Quaranta catamaran is that the beam is relatively bigger so the interior space is as voluminous as a 45 metre mono-hull yacht. She is designed for owners looking for a value for money Turkish built yacht at a highly competitive introductory price, staying well below 10 million Euros. With her transatlantic range, and a cruising speed of 22 knots, superyacht Quaranta is currently the largest carbon hybrid composite power catamaran in the world.

She can be totally custom-made with the right balance of interior and outdoor spaces depending on the owner’s requirement. Curvelle has teamed up with Beyondesign, India, to design the yacht with similar specifications for Indian market at a much more attractive price!

M/Y Cannes
This elegant performer with ‘go anywhere’ capabilities is another Turkish built semi custom yacht. Scheduled to be delivered in December 2012, it is priced at 10,950,000 Euros.

M/Y Cannes has a stylish, modern, raised pilothouse design with a sailboat look, low profile and a huge flying bridge. Doing away with an upper saloon gives her as much space as a 50 metres motor yacht. She is ideal for summer conditions in Europe. The interior finish equals the best work from European yards and the level of engineering is superior.

Designed by Dubois Naval Architects-Holland with interior design by Beyondesign, India, the 41m motor yacht is an accomplished, muscular performer at sea and a stylish head turner in any anchorage. The smooth exterior lines are enhanced by uninterrupted black glass windows sweeping along the main deck. Beautifully finished stainless steel louvres wrap around the aft side coamings (a raised rim to keep out water) and forward superstructure. The permanent composite bimini on the fly bridge adds a futuristic flourish, while the matching curved stairways from the aft boarding platform up to the main deck provides a dramatic entrance. The yacht provides a maximum speed of 18 knots.

Star Fish
The 50 metre Star Fish is projected to launch in April 2012. Pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules, Star Fish is the ultimate luxury expedition yacht.

This yacht is rugged, stylish and designed to thrill. It has the world’s first stone deck driven by innovation. One of the standout features of this yacht is best enjoyed in the tropics with a massive foldout deck that wraps around the stern, creating a ‘beach’ that provides passengers easy access to the water. Star Fish is exclusively for owners who desire to stay onboard, exploring all seasons sailing across the globe!

Instead of simply hopping from one idyllic Caribbean cove to another, or dropping in at Mediterranean’s most glamorous ports of call for cocktail hour, Star Fish gives birth to a new style of yachting. Built for traveling through icy waters, explorer vessel Star Fish (built by Aquos Yachts) can cruise comfortably from the Northeast Passage to Antarctica – thus ensuring a complete, continuous and enthralling journey.

At present, Ashish Gupta is India’s only promising yacht designer and is making waves in this sector. He started Beyondesign in 2001 and created India’s first superyacht, which propelled him into the global yachting world. He is currently working on designing yachts for HNIs globally and on projects with Feadship, Oceanco, Heesen & Royal Huisman Shipyard.