Sunseeker to Unveil 115' at London Boat Show by admin

Hey, we will not be there (unless someone from across the pond wants to pick up our travel expenses), but the Sunseeker display at the London Boat Show sounds like it would be worth checking out.  (HT: Diane Byrne)

Further underscoring its commitment to the megayacht market, Sunseeker will officially unveil the Predator 115 at the London International Boat Show next month.

While Sunseeker is still considered by some buyers to be a production builder of harbor hoppers, it began designing yachts exceeding 100 feet LOA about a dozen years ago. In fact, its Predator range of performance yachts already includes a 108 and a 130; on the smaller end of the superyacht scale, it further features an 84 and a 92. As for the 115, the hull was completed in April, and the superstructure a few weeks after that.

The Predator 115 will carry on the model’s tradition of emphasizing speed and luxury. Top end is expected to be 30 knots, depending on the MTU engine option selected. That should ensure anyone reclining on the flying bridge’s sunpad cools off on a particularly hot day. Other features on the flying bridge include a hot tub and a bar, and buyers can opt for a hardtop for shade. A nice touch on that optional hardtop is down lighting, to make the flying bridge a great gathering spot at night.

How well this megayacht will do in todays highly competitive market is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure, Sunseeker has sure come a long way from their first boat shows and their  the 17'-23' boats.

Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show Set Up - Photo of the Day #FLIBS by admin

Things are in full swing at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!  Above the M/Y Incentive is moved into its show position.  It was really impressive watching the coordination of multiple push/pull boats, captain, and various crew during docking.  On one side there is a yacht inches away, and on the other side is a vendor display tent.

Megayacht Octopus Attempting Northwest Passage by admin

Remember those stunning photos Trevor and Adam got of Octopus?

Turns out, that very same vessel which was enjoying Southern Florida is headed off to check out the Northwest Passage!

Megayachts are known to cruise the Bahamas, even Bermuda. But Baffin Island?

If you’ve never heard of the island, you’re probably not alone. Located in the Arctic Ocean in northern Canada, it’s pretty remote, not exactly on everyone’s must-cruise list. Be that as it may, Octopus was anchored there for a handful of days nearly two weeks ago. Why? The 414-foot Lürssen is preparing to transit the Northwest Passage.

The Northwest Passage is at once famous and infamous. Explorers dating as far back as the late 1400s had hoped to find a maritime route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the northern region of the world. The main goal was to find a shorter method of reaching the Orient. Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian who explored both the North and South Poles, became the first to cross it in the early 1900s. The waterway is notorious, however, because of the challenging-at-best conditions of its location: 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, and about 1,200 miles from the North Pole. Even though the ice pack has receded in recent years, allowing more vessels to traverse it, the Northwest Passage is comprised of tricky channels and shoals.