WHEN DOES THE MEDITERRANEAN SUMMER SEASON BEGIN?
So as I sit in my local caffé enjoying the first signs of summer beginning here in the UK and for the first time wearing a short-sleeve shirt, looking over the yachting events coming up like the Palma Superyacht Show which begins next week. This show is traditionally seen as an indicator of when the Mediterranean summer starts. Unlike other yacht shows Palma showcases yachts that are longer than 24 metres, which means that the yachts featured are for those that want to make a statement.
Palma has hosted this event for the last six years and this year will be their seven-year, bringing together over eighty vessels from builders, brokers and owners from around the world. As it happens, The Keep Club's yachting partner Ocean Independence will be at the event bringing with them eight yachts that are either for sale or for charter.
Ocean Independence has one of the largest managed fleets in the industry and is my go-to agency in all things yachting related. So let me guide you through the various yachts that they will have at the show.
Formerly known as Nuberu Blau and previously as Kokomo of London, ZALMON was originally delivered in 2000 as the seventh Dubois design to be built by Alloy Yachts in New Zealand. Her luxurious interior was designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon, offering accommodation for up to eight guests in four staterooms.
Priced at EUR 6,300,000
A well-built high-volume tri-deck displacement motor yacht that was built for long range cruising in ultimate comfort.
Built by Delta Marine in composite, she has been designed and engineered to offer cruising in the upmost comfort. A long-range mini superyacht that offers all comforts for her guests to enjoy.
Priced at EUR 9,750,000
ILLA PUERTO PORTALS
A long history in building boats has led Astondoa yachts to produce one of the most sensible designs of all time built under the Owner's meticulous supervision.
Custom built by Astondoa in 2004 for her first and sole Owner and powered by two reliable MTU 2,000 hp diesel engines, ILLA is capable of a top speed of 30 knots, and comfortably cruises at 24 knots. She has a spacious interior with accommodation for eight guests in four very nicely designed guest staterooms, all en suite. The vast flybridge with a huge sunbathing area adds to the distinctive features of the yacht.
Priced at EUR 1,600,000
BLISS II is an unashamedly sleek and luxurious sloop - combining world-class performance and every essential cruising amenity.
Launched in 2014, BLISS II is a sportive 24m hi-tech cruiser. Built in carbon composite by Cyrus Yachts, previously part of the renowned Dutch shipyard Vitters, her construction was personally supervised by Jan Vitters. Penned by Beiderbeck Designs, she is a fast yet comfortable cruising yacht and boasts a clean finish in metallic white, black and gleaming stainless steel, giving her an attractively cool appearance.
Priced at EUR 3,300,000
ALIX is a versatile high performance yacht with racing pedigree that combines superior cruising capabilities with the inimitable style of a Nautor's Swan, designed for comfort.
Another successful collaboration between German Frers and Nautor, the Swan 90S 'ALIX' is the quintessential performance cruiser combining elegant and powerful lines with Finnish quality to achieve an aggressive beauty. The anthracite grey colour scheme and customized four-stateroom interior with Wenge and tinted oak give ALIX a modern edge while maintaining the classic and timeless appeal of a Swan yacht.
Priced at EUR 4,500,000
The best technologies of the past and future were combined to create 154-foot (47 meter) ASOLARE (ex Scheherazade).
Designed by Bruce King Yacht Design, she's a beautiful and highly powerful sailing yacht. Hand-crafted details were blended with state-of-the-art construction and technology; virtually all of the yacht's functions are controlled using touch screens and joysticks.
Built in 2015 at the renowned shipyard Pearl Yachts, SKY offers the perfect combination of style, elegance, flexibility and performance.
Interior designer Kelly Hoppen has created a stunning, airy interior with an open plan galley, making her stand out from similar yachts of the same length.
PH3 perfectly combines fast sailing, functionality and highly comfortable cruising. The blend of premium Dutch quality and superior exterior looks continues below decks.
The inviting, modern interior is decorated with every attention to detail. She features a full beam Master stateroom aft with en suite facilities and a large separate shower. 4 to 6 further guests can be accommodated in 2 additional staterooms, both equipped with double beds and an additional pullman berth and hammock-style berth respectively, ideal for 6 adults plus 2 small children.
Palma Superyacht Show - From 27th April to 1st May 2019