Under the name Project Fast Track, Florida-based Moran Yacht & Ship has concluded the sale of a 64m (210ft) motoryacht to be built by Dutch builder Hakvoort with delivery set for 2019.

Moran’s construction team negotiated the build contract with Hakvoort on behalf of the buyer. The team will also oversee the complete construction of the vessel through its delivery, and compiled her technical specifications.

Project Fast Track will be able to accommodate 14 guests across seven cabins. Due to confidentiality, no further details are available.

Heesen’s second new project is Project Maximus. This is an 83m (273ft) concept from France-based designer Clifford Denn. Project Maximus is a long, low, sleek and narrow vessel ideally-suited for Heesen’s new shed, which can house up to 83m LOA.

Project Maximus was inspired by Denn’s experience designing commercial passenger vessels for Cunard (QM2), P&O and Viking Ocean Cruise vessels, where the wheelhouse is located forward and under the passenger decks, this striking yacht puts the owner experience at the fore. Central to the design is the full use of the private exterior deck for both owner and guest. The exterior deck stretches across an unprecedented full length of the boat.

An almost vertical bow provides an extended waterline length, allowing the crash bulkhead to move forward and gaining interior space and volume. This opens up further exterior space at the stern of the vessel for a large pool area, waterfall features and a large bathing platform. Wide stairs link all external decks, and a covered external lounge and dining area is located just forward of the pool on the main deck.

“When compared with other boats of its size it has an enormous pool, huge external deck areas, and all with the same internal volumes as a normal 83m,” says Denn. “It’s large boat thinking that puts the owner’s needs first.”

Moonen Yachts, another Dutch yacht builder, has announced their new 'èm (154ft) superyacht concept at the Monaco Yacht Show. Called the Navarino, the project has been developed in cooperation with Dutch designer René van der Velden, and named after an island gateway to the Antarctic. Navarino combines the capabilities of an ‘explorer-type’ motoryacht with an elegant, feminine design.

Through Navarino, Moonen say they have taken a new pioneering approach to the perception of ‘explorer’ yachts. Managing director Emile Bilterijst commented: In developing the Navarino we have moved away from the stereotypical image of explorer-type yachts as ‘toys for the boys'.”

Bilterijst continues: “There is no golden rule which says world traveller superyachts need to have a masculine design. With her sleek looks and sophisticated main deck layout, the Moonen Navarino will change people’s perceptions of how an explorer should look or who might prefer to be on board. And this is why we prefer to call her a ‘go-anywhere’ superyacht.” 

With an owner’s suite on the main deck and four guest cabins below, Navarino offers accommodation for up to 10 people on board. In her innovative layout, the aft deck lazarette of the 47m superyacht is raised so that it is on the same level as the beach club. Dispensing with the normal split-level arrangement in this part of the yacht generates a considerable amount of space for enjoying the alfresco life and nature close to the water.

Navarino’s monocoque structure (where the hull and main deck are a single entity) offers major benefits in terms of strength, stiffness and weight, and means that the main deck does not have any side decks. This structure results in an increase in volume and a full-beam interior across the entire main deck. With her optimum use of interior space, Navarino is one of the largest 500 GT superyachts available on the market. 

While Moonen says this is a pioneering move, they see themselves staying with their classic roots for yachts.

The Dutch sailing superyacht builder Vitters also announced at the Monaco Yacht Show that they have signed a new order for a 50m (164ft) classic performance ketch.

The new ketch includes naval architecture by Dutch design housev Hoek Design and interiors by Rhoades Young Design from the UK. The new vessel has been commissioned by an experienced owner mainly for cruising.

To be custom-built to Lloyd’s special service craft rules, construction will start by the end of October, with delivery scheduled for late 2019. The yacht will have an aluminium hull, built in Alustar, with a centreboard keel and a carbon rig with in-boom furling.

The 50m vessel has a twin deckhouse configuration, including an owner’s deckhouse aft and a central deckhouse complete with saloon. On deck are three cockpits: one for the owner aft, a crew cockpit forward of the mast and the main cockpit amidships. In addition, a large tender will be stored on a recessed tender-well on the foredeck. The interior of the 50m ketch will be both contemporary and traditional.

MCM, based in the US and represented by Nigel Ingram, is serving as the owner’s representative.