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YachtPlus – a Designer’s Yacht Jul 23

One of the most famous architects of our times, Norman Foster, decided to design an unusual yacht.

It is made for the wealthiest clients that expect luxury and novelties. Units designed by Lord Norman Foster are constructed for the fractional ownership super-yacht company YachtPlus and its most demanding customers.

YachtPlus 40 signature series docked Norman Foster architect

YachtPlus 40 signature series stairs Norman Foster architect

YachtPlus 40 signature series top view Norman Foster architect

YachtPlus 40 signature series top view Norman Foster architect

YachtPlus 40 signature series interior Norman Foster architect

The appearance of a luxury 41-meter yacht is the result of 15 months efforts. An entity called the 40 ”Signature Series” is to ensure larger areas of decks and much more comfort than any contemporary yacht of comparable size. In the process of design the most emphasis was placed on quality and quantity of space, outdoor terraces, light and views. For example, the path from the largest of the four decks inside the boat leads through translucent staircase, what increases the amount of natural light that reaches the cabins. Glazed interior finished with wood and best materials should ensure the passengers comfort and excellent conditions during their cruise.

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A Royal Yacht Gets the Royal Treatment Jul 20

A Royal Yacht Gets the Royal Treatment

If you’ve been interested in boating for awhile, you have probably heard of the Britannia (officially a yacht of the Royal Fleet, unofficially Scotland’s best visitor attraction).  And while it is the most famous floater in the fleet, known to house royal dignitaries from time to time, it is not the only boat that has been owned and loved by Britain’s elite aristocracy.  A lesser known (and smaller) yacht, the Bloodhound, was once a part of this illustrious cadre of boats, and while it was subsequently sold (again and again), eventually falling into disrepair and the annals of yachting history, the once great ship that won many a race has received a face-lift and a second chance at glory, thanks to one devoted couple.

The life of this yacht began in 1936 when it was built by Camper and Nicholson’s for an American lover-of-all-things-English, Ike Bell, who named the boat Bloodhound in honor of his post as Master of the Wiltshire Hounds.  The 63-foot long racing vessel served its owner well, allowing him to enjoy great success racing in both the south of England and Bermuda until 1962, when it was bought by Prince Phillip and added to the Royal Fleet.  In addition to winning several races with his 12-man crew (including the famous Cowes Week regatta), the Prince sailed it alongside the Britannia on the family’s yearly cruise to the Western Isles, subsequently using the old girl to teach Prince Charles and Princess Anne to sail.  The Bloodhound was not only used in the service of the crown, though.  Throughout its tenure in the Royal Fleet, it was also loaned out to yachting clubs with a 3-man crew to teach other youngsters how to sail (thousands, in fact), and spread the culture that the princes and princesses of the country adored.

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Five Must-Have Service Professionals for Every Yacht Jul 16

Now that you’ve got your dream cruiser, built to entertain like the floating pleasure palaces of ancient Rome, you’re ready to take your little boat out for a test run.  Or are you?  You’ve had it outfitted to your lengthy specifications.  From state-of-the-art guest rooms equipped with the latest technological gadgetry to a swanky 1920s-style art deco lounge to a luxurious deck lined with Adirondack chairs, you’ve thought of everything to host on the water with class and style.  Wet bar?  Check.  Top-shelf liquor?  Check.  Enough supplies to keep the party going until Armageddon (and the will to do so)?  Check and check!  There’s only one thing missing…who’s going to pour the drinks?  If you seem to have left service out of the equation when planning your party boat, never fear.  Here are a few service professionals that can benefit any yacht-owner.

Five Must Have Yachts Service Professionals for Every Yacht

  1. Maid.  If you’re going to be out to sea with guests for any length of time, you certainly don’t want to leave the state of their staterooms up to them.  So hire on a maid to do the laundry, make the beds, and keep you and your guests supplied with clean linens (you’re going to go through a lot of towels taking dips all day in the warm, blue waters of whatever tropical paradise you happen to be in at any given time).
  2. Chef.  Nothing will ruin your fun faster than a lack of edible entertainment.  Sure, you can serve Ramen noodles every night of the week, but if you want to cater to expectant guests, you’re going to need cuisine that’s heavier on the brie than the government cheese.  So order up a five-star chef (they can’t all have restaurants of their own) and staff to keep your guests ooh-ing and ah-ing over dessert instead of tossing it in the ocean.  And while a chef may be pressed into service as a waiter, you might want to consider a separate bartended if you plan to party quite a bit.
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The Tour De France Guide is going to sell like hotcakes Jul 16

If there is one thing that any sports fanatic loves is detailed description and commentary from experts, so that they can keep track of their favorite sport at all times. It is this kind of an audience that the Tour De France guide, which is a magazine that is being released for this year’s- Tour De France 2010, race.

As you might know already, the Tour De France race begins from July 3rd and will continue on till the 22nd of the same month, and something like the Tour De France Guide is going to be perfect for people to keep track of the race at all times. This guide is going to contain expert commentary and opinion as well as all the information that anyone might need on the race this year.

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