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X-Yachts announces new high performance cruiser

New High performance X-Yacht

X YachtsThis is the second model in the new X series from this premium Danish boat builder, following the sixty-foot X6, the prototype of which is due for launch in the next few weeks. The range is designed to fit between the company’s Xp range of performance cruiser-racers and the Xc line up of optimised long-distance cruisers.
The X4 is an attractive 41-footer, that’s designed to offer as much interior and deck space as possible, without compromising the sailing qualities for which X-Yachts is renowned. Granted, it won’t be as quick as the equivalent model in the Xp range, though you can still expect more speed and better handling than the majority of the competition.

The entire hallmark X-Yacht features are incorporated in this design, including All X-Yachts normal features including an encapsulated lead keel, hydraulic backstay adjuster, discontinuous rod rigging and Spectre halyards as standard. Six generously sized winches handle the halyards and sheets.


The deck design and layout would be perfect for sailing in the Mediterranean (or indeed the Baltic in summer), while also offering the potential for longer ocean voyaging, including trans-Atlantic passages. However, the boat is not as optimised for the latter purpose as the Xc range.
Accommodation options include either two or three cabins and one or two heads.

In all cases generous beam in the forward sections gives a larger than average owner’s cabin. Joinery is of a high standard, and much effort has been made to incorporate useable lockers, bookshelves and other stowage, while maintaining a stylish appearance. In this respect much has been transferred from the X6 model, which itself sought to create a distinctive high quality interior style inspired by those of larger custom-built yachts. Eleven fixed hull and deck port lights, along with a dozen opening deck hatches helps ensure maximum interior ventilation and light.


A choice of three keels is offered, with the standard model having a torpedo bulb keel and draught of 2.2m. Shoal draught, deep draught and L-shape bulb keels are also offered. The prototype X4 is currently in production and will be launched in the summer of 2016.
Hull length 12.50m
LWL 11.31m
Beam 3.95m
Standard draft 2.20m
Shoal draft (L-keel) 1.85m
Deep draft (L-keel) 2.50m
Displacement (light) 8,850kg
Ballast (standard) 3,800kg
Engine diesel 45hp
Fuel tank 200 litres
Water tank 340 litres
Mainsail (aluminium mast) 54.0sq m
Genoa (106%) 43.0sq m
Spinnaker 150sq m
Spinnaker (asymmetric) 101sq m






A new explorer yacht in construction: Kilkea

Kilkea: explorer yacht for all oceans

Kilkea is the latest project from Shackleton Superyachts & International Shipbuilders, and is set for launch later this year. An explorer yacht Designed for 30 days of autonomous cruising, this is a true explorer yacht with startling Bannenberg & Rowell exterior styling. Sleeping 36 guests and sporting a distinctive bow shape, the yacht will clearly take you to whichever challenging part of the ocean you choose to cruise to. She has also been certified for environmentally friendly operation, so will be equally adept at taking you to more tropical locations. A further focus of the yacht is on low fuel consumption.


A huge open deck space amidships includes a pool (there’s another inside), while the interior has been fashioned as an open-plan space that includes a golf range, a tennis court, an indoor garden, and a private Imax cinema. Other features include a submarine dock, a five-a-side football pitch, an underwater observation room, and a helideck with hangar. The details of the interior can be customized by her new owner.

The asking price is $62 millions via Edmiston.


Kilkea_3by Nicolas Saugnac

Damen Heads for the Ice

Amels’ Damen proposes a range of heavy-duty offerings for extreme cruising.

Shipbuilder Damen, parent company of yachtbuilder Amels, has released designs for a range of purpose-built expedition vessels the company says will provide “luxury where you want it; capability where you need it.”

The new range, called SeaXplorer, draws hull lines from Damen’s Sea Axe yacht support vessels, but was reimagined from the keel up to accommodate expedition-style cruising in extreme climates beyond easy distance of services. Three sizes—213, 295 and 328 feet (65, 90 and 100 meters)—are intended to provide superyacht-grade luxury with serious toy-carrying capability.

The SeaXplorer 65 is designed to carry 12 guests, a helicopter, a rescue boat, a dive support boat, two Zodiacs, a submersible and four WaveRunners. The SOLAS-compliant SeaXplorer 100 is designed to carry up to 30 guests, two helicopters, four Zodiacs, an expedition RIB, two submersibles, a luxury tender and many other toys. It can stay out 40 days without a port call.

Damen SeaXplorer

All three models are designed to meet the requirements of the IMO Polar Code. Each has ice-breaking capability, although that duty is accomplished in a novel way: not by crashing through the ice bow-on, but by backing down to move through it. The axe bow is intended to provide strong seakeeping in rough weather.

SeaXplorer was developed in partnership with EYOS Expeditions, which has extensive experience coordinating remote itineraries using the world’s existing superyacht fleet. With the new range, the company hopes to omit the compromises associated with planning and executing trips using converted or refit commercial vessels or luxury yachts. The hull lines were drawn by Azure Yacht Design & Naval Architecture with a nod to maximizing guest interaction with the environment. Owners will choose their own interior designers.

Damen SeaXplorer in ice

On board data network, ready for the future?

Operating on seas and oceans means influences of sea water and salt crystals on electronic and digital components. The amount of data on ship networks is increasing because our need for information is growing. Traditionally ships and yachts are cabled with copper cabling and connectors for electricity supply and data transport. Bright Optical Connectivity BV believes in the advantages the maritime industry will gain when adopting optic fiber technology.

With more and more smart devices there is an urge for broadband networks with higher
speeds. With our optic fiber technology and hybrid network architecture we bring your
connectivity to a higher level. The one network for everything solution. A network
for audio, video and data access needs a stable connection. Our broadband network is a modular concept based on polymer optical fiber (POF).

1Gbps POF Switch WLAN Access Point 1Gbps Duplex Plastic Optic Fiber Cable

According to your requirements, different devices like SMART TV’s, PC’s, or digital recorders, can be integrated as well as different transmission standards (e.g. USB, WLAN, Ethernet, 1394, etc.). This will offer you always a state of the art network technology. The active modules for different transmission standards can be plugged into the optical wall socket according to your technical requirements.

The complete broadband network system enables you to implement wireless modules, Ethernet, 1394 or USB interfaces simply into your private- or office network. Advantages of this broadband network are the easy installation, 100% secure lines, stable signal transmission and no electromagnetic interference possible.

First unmanned Anti-Submarine vessel debuts

Unmanned Anti-Submarine Vessel

On Monday, Elbit Systems of Haifa, Israel, showed media a prototype of what it described as the world’s first ever unmanned, autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform, called Seagull.

Ofer Ben-Dov, vice president of the firm’s Naval Systems Business Line, said that “we are witnessing the proliferation of submarines, both conventional and nuclear, and sea mines. The cost and risk of dealing with these threats is high,” he said.

“Until now dealing with submarines was carried out by heavy craft such as missile boats and fighter aircraft and helicopters at operative costs of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Elbit systems executive vice president Elad Aharonson told media. “The USV lowers costs for these missions by many tens of times. It can seek out enemy submarines, pursue them over large distances and turn them into prey.”

The Seagull was developed independently by Elbit, with guidance from Israeli defense officials, in a self-funded effort. The 40-foot autonomous launch can be fitted with mission modules for ASW, mine countermeasures, and force protection / patrol, including a stabilized, remotely operated .50-caliber machine gun and wire-guided torpedoes for stand-off destruction of mines.

The Seagull can also deploy additional sensor packages into the water for ASW and mine-hunting purposes.

Elbit adds that the boat’s safe sailing electronic navigation suite allows it to operate autonomously, transiting its assigned route while avoiding objects and vessels, in adherence to the navigational Rules of the Road.

A single shipboard mission control system can control two of the craft remotely, and they can operate without refueling for up to four days.

The firm has considerable previous experience in unmanned surface vessel systems, including the 30-foot Silver Marlin and the 10-foot Stingray USV platforms, plus a 30-year track record with unmanned aerial vehicles.

A long-running American effort to develop a 130-foot autonomous, oceangoing submarine tracking vessel is expected to begin testing of a prototype ship early this year.

Source: The Maritime Executive