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New Zealand establishes ‘travel bubble’ with Australia

New Zealand establishes ‘travel bubble’ with Australia

An air travel bubble has been implemented between New Zealand and Australia in addition to the existing sea border exemption for vessels, allowing owners to sail their yachts in New Zealand’s waters for the first time in over a year.

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Baltic Yachts to build custom sloop, third contract in 2021

Baltic Yachts to build custom sloop, third contract in 2021

Baltic Yachts is to build a 110ft (33m) sloop, its third superyacht to feature electric propulsion following the launch of Baltic 142 Canova and the imminent launch of the 117 Custom. The news also comes in the wake of two

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First hybrid-electric Swan 88 sold

First hybrid-electric Swan 88 sold

Finnish sailing yacht builder, Nautor’s Swan has sold the first 26.5m Swan 88, which is the yard’s debut yacht with hybrid electric-propulsion. The 88 was launched last December as Nautor’s Swan chief executive, Giovanni Pomati announced the company was venturing

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GYG: ‘Exceptional trading year’ despite pandemic

GYG: ‘Exceptional trading year’ despite pandemic

Last year was an exceptional year of trading considering the operational challenges presented by the onset of a global pandemic said Remy Millott, chief executive of GYG. Commenting on GYG’s recently published 2020 results, he said: “I am proud of

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Navier introduces ‘Tesla-like’ approach to yachting

Navier introduces ‘Tesla-like’ approach to yachting

Navier, a Silicon Valley boating startup, has launched its Pioneer Program, which allows the company to form a direct-to-consumer connection similar, it says, to Tesla’s business approach. Its first product, Navier 27 (N27), is a 27-foot (8.2m) foiling vessel that’s

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Lürssen sells first fuel cell powered superyacht

Lürssen sells first fuel cell powered superyacht

Lürssen Yachts has sold and is currently building its first superyacht powered by fuel cell technology. The German yard’s managing partner Peter Lürssen announced the sale earlier this week on the Lürssen Live talk show which focused on future propulsion

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Solaris has undergone trials in North Sea

Solaris has undergone trials in North Sea

The 140m superyacht Solaris, one of the largest private yachts launched in recent years, has been spotted undertaking sea trials in the North Sea. The yacht was photographed as she underwent trials last weekend. The sighting comes after the superyacht

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Ferretti Yachts 1000 launched: The largest ever built by the shipyard

Ferretti Yachts 1000 launched: The largest ever built by the shipyard

The first Ferretti Yachts 1000, the shipyard’s first 100% wide-body vessel, has been launched from the builder’s Cattolica-based facility in Italy. While only just unveiled, Ferretti Yachts said the 1000 looks “set to be a huge success”, with the first

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Pagarus the amphibious catamaran concept

Pagarus the amphibious catamaran concept

Pagarus is the 25m, solar-powered, amphibious catamaran concept launched by Lazzarini Design Studio. The idea began life as a military vehicle, the name Pagarus originates from the Latin word for crab hence its shape.  To reinforce the main body and stiffen the ride, a bridge steel

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French 70% VAT rule exemption for 2020

French 70% VAT rule exemption for 2020

Commercial operations, both charter and transport contracts, have been given an exemption from meeting the 70% VAT rule for the past year, by the French tax authorities. In light of the global pandemic and limited opportunity for charter in 2020,

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