Interesting new outboard engines Rotax, the end of the epic with Jeff Bezos and the bridge in Rotterdam, as well as the sale of the arrested superyacht - the latest news from the world of yachting.
New Rotax outboard engine
“Innovative design featuring refined ergonomics that redesigns functionality and stern layout to provide more usable space in the boat,” is how the manufacturer describes its new Rotax outboard.
The Rotax will initially be offered in 115 hp models. and 150 hp The engine boasts a low profile design that allows it to be installed even under swim platforms. In this case, there is no need to install any part of the engine in the body. Thanks to this, the boat will have much more space both on the transom and in the saloon.
“The new engine has all the same benefits as a traditional outboard motor. Price, performance, manageability, ease of maintenance. In addition, it offers three other cool features,” says James Heinz. James is Director of Manufacturing Strategy for BRP Marine Group and Sea-Doo. "It doesn't take up much space, makes little noise, and has good performance characteristics."
Heinz added that the new engine is the most environmentally friendly in its class. This is due to exceptional fuel efficiency and extremely low emissions. The price has not yet been disclosed.
The end of Jeff Bezos' superyacht epic
The long-running dispute about dismantling the old bridge to transport the yacht of Amazon owner - multibillionaire Jeff Bezos - seems to have come to an end. The bridge is not planned to be dismantled.
The Koningshavenbrug Bridge, known as "De Hef", was opened in 1927. It is the first drawbridge of its kind in Europe. The railway line above the bridge was dismantled in 1993. The bridge was updated in 2017. The bridge, by the way, is a monument of national heritage.
A request earlier this year to remove and then rebuild the bridge to allow the 417-foot yacht, codenamed Y721, to leave the Oceanco shipyard sparked a backlash, with activists urging people to throw eggs at the yacht as it passed by.
After that, Rotterdam authorities said that the request was canceled, although it was initially unclear how the three-masted mega-yacht would be transported. According to German magazine Der Spiegel, in the early hours of Tuesday, August 2, 2022, a $485 million sailing yacht was quietly towed from a Dutch shipyard.
Sale of the superyacht of the Russian oligarch
The $75 million Axioma yacht was owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Pumpyansky. She became one of the first yachts confiscated under the new sanctions policy.
The $75 million superyacht was launched in 2013. The boat belonged to Russian gas and metallurgy billionaire Dmitry Pumpyansky. The Admiralty Court of Gibraltar set a date and determined that the boat would be sold without reserve in a one-day auction. The start of trading is scheduled for August 23.
The fact that the vessel will be sold without a reserve further reinforces previous reports that it is likely to fall into the hands of third parties well below its current value. The yacht is currently valued at $75 million. The auction will be held on an "as is" basis.
By the way, Axioma is one of the few superyachts that is offered for charter when not in use by the owner. Designed for 12 guests and a crew of 20, the 72m (236ft) yacht features amenities such as a sundeck jacuzzi, swimming pool, owner's suite with a private deck, 3D cinema, garage with plenty of water toys and multiple areas recreation, both indoors and outdoors.
Axioma was built by Dunya Shipyard. The boat was named Red Square. In 2020, the yacht was refurbished and received a hull color update.
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