Top 10 superyacht news headlines in 2013
by Sean Conneely
From new superyacht flagships to yacht fires, we tracked the headlines of the top 10 news stories on boatinternational.com in 2013.
News of American superyacht builder Palmer Johnson launching its new flagship Lady M was the most-read story of 2013. The 65.5m yacht, known as project Stimulus during build, is the first PJ210 designed by Nuvolari-Lenard. The sporty tri-deck superyacht is entirely built in aluminium and has a gross tonnage of 750GT.
It's no surprise that news of the launching of the largest superyacht in the world, Lürssen's 180m superyacht Azzam, topped headlines in 2013.
Delta launched its 65m superyacht Project Invader, officially named Invictus, and Boat International was on the scene in Seattle for a first look. Her volume of 1,945GT allows for an innovative layout and nine feet of headroom.
The unfortunate fire breaking out aboard Benetti yacht FB261 when it was in its final stages of construction grabbed headlines summer 2013 on Boatinternational.com, but it was the story with the official statement from the yard that demanded the most attention.
News of 47.6m superyacht Vajoliroja being listed for sale with Burgess in Feburary 2013 was widely read. Perhaps her celebrity owner, Johnny Depp, had something to do with the popularity of the story.
Superyacht St Princess Olga completing her maiden voyage and arriving on the Côte d’Azur this February made the top 10 superyacht news stories of 2013. The 85.6m Oceanco yacht is designed by Igor Lobanov with naval architecture by Azure and the in-house Oceanco team.
In 2012, news of Proteksan-Turquoise superyacht Yogi sinking took top spot as most read news. This year, Yogi's sad demise came into the news again when the report on the accident and subsequent response from the yard was issued.
News of Feadship launching its largest yacht yet, 99m Madame Gu, was of great interest this year. The blue-hulled superyacht features interior and exterior design by Andrew Winch Designs.
At the 2012 World Superyacht Awards, held in Istanbul, Turkey, finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2012 were recognised. Motor Yacht of Year went to Alloy's 47m Loretta Anne, while Sailing Superyacht of the Year went to 37.33m Royal Huisman Pumula.
When new photos emerged of Dream Ship Victory's 63.5m sailing superyacht Mikhail S Vorontsov, under construction at Balk Shipyards in The Netherlands, interest was sparked. The classically styled yacht has launched this year, and stay tuned for a full feature on Boatinternational.com.