With a network of sophisticated digital devices, the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race are among the world’s most connected boats. Volvo Penta’s D2-75 engine provides power for all onboard devices, enabling instant communication between the teams and the race’s headquarters – and thousands of avid fans following the action online – in the thrilling round-the-world competition.

From once-a-week radio calls in the 1970s, to current technological capabilities on the Volvo Ocean 65 yachts that provide the transfer of information in real time, the art of communication has come a long way since the original version of the Volvo Ocean Race. Just as improvements have been made over the years in the physical apparatus used by the teams, so too have great advancements been made in the digital sphere. Continue reading


Heesen is proud to announce the delivery of VanTom, the sixth yacht in the popular 50 metre semi-displacement class designed by Frank Laupman at Omega Architects. The delivery took place in international waters on February 14, 2018 after intensive tests in the rough winter waves of the North Sea. The sea trials took place on January 12 and 29 in Beaufort 4 and 6, with North westerly winds and waves up to one metre. Continue reading

Commercial success at Heesen: 60-metre full custom motoryacht is sold!
Heesen is proud to announce the sale of the first contract in 2018, a full custom 60-metre Fast Displacement steel hulled motoryacht for delivery in 2021.

At 60 metres, YN 19360 – Project Falcon – is the largest steel yacht built by Heesen to date. Her clean and chiselled exterior lines are by Omega Architects, who have introduced an innovative design feature to embellish the profile: the bird’s wing. This eye-catching multi-faceted shape visually integrates three decks (main, bridge and sundeck) without interfering with the uninterrupted horizontal lines of the glazed windows. The result is a strong and muscular 60-metre yacht with a Gross Tonnage of 1,060GT. Floor-to-ceiling windows and aft doors coupled with lowered bulwarks ensure panoramic views and plenty of natural light flooding the vast interior. Continue reading

Azimut Yachts is attending the Miami Yacht Show once again this year, where three yachts will be given their American premiere. Two are in the top-of-the-range Grande line: the Grande 27METRI, which was awarded the “Most Achieved Trophy” at the World Yachts Trophies in the 80’ to 125’ category, and the Grande 35METRI, the collection’s flagship and the winner of four prestigious international awards. The third yacht being premiered is Azimut 60, an 18-meter model with sleek, aggressively attractive lines.

The featured boats at the Azimut Yachts stands during the American boat show, held from February 15 to 19, will be the two jewels in the Grande collection that have been such a success and received so many international awards in recent months. Continue reading

Vanquish Yachts in the Netherlands has signed a partnership with leading Dutch investment company TransEquity Network. The agreement will enable Vanquish to take its growing success in the market for bespoke driver’s boats to the next level, increasing its financial, commercial and management capacity. Vanquish Yachts director Tom Steentjes remains firmly at the helm as the yard he founded in 2013 further expands its range and client base in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

This exciting new partnership comes on the heels of impressive growth in terms of sales and brand recognition for Vanquish Yachts. The yard has built
its all-aluminium speed machines for demanding individuals in many European sailing hotspots,
with the Balearic Islands being a particular favourite haunt of Vanquish owners. Since its successful debut at last year’s Fort Lauderdale show, Vanquish has taken a significant number of new orders from clients in the US appreciative of the unique combination of awesome agility, supreme comfort and pure Dutch quality on offer. Continue reading