First look: inside the new 62m CRN M/Y 138, Elegance with contemporary design

Nearly two years after we first learned about CRN 138, a pretty secretive superyacht under contract, we are getting more details about the design. Better yet, we can finally see the exterior lines, as well as some looks at the interior the owner wants.


CRN announced the yacht in January 2018, a 203-footer (63-meter). At the time, it would only say that styling comes from Omega Architects, with whom it had collaborated previously. No full profile views were available, just a sketch—until now, as seen below. CRN 138 reflects an overall sporty look, with some features that Omega Architects has incorporated on prior designs. In particular, see the large openings aft along the main deck.


In addition, when the shipyard first revealed the CRN 138 project, it named Pulina DNA as the interior designer. Now, it says interior design is from Pulina Exclusive Interiors, a company with the same founder, Alessandro Pulina. He worked for a decade at Azimut-Benetti before striking out on his own.


Speaking of striking, the megayacht has an eye-catching interior design. The owner and the Pulina studio are striving for a sophisticated ambiance throughout the decks and guest areas. For example, the illustration at top gives you an idea of what the skylounge will look like. Subdued, natural colors appear in furnishings, artwork, and more, both here and in staterooms. Wood soles in areas like the main saloon and formal dining area (below) as well as the skylounge carry on with the natural tones, too. In addition, judging from these illustrations, lighting design plays a big role onboard.

CRN 138, featuring a main-deck owner’s suite and, of course, large panes of glass to bring sunlight into every deck, should see delivery in 2021.


Riva Reveals 14.6 Metre Open Cruiser Dolceriva

Riva has released full details about its new 14.6 metre open cruiser model, the Dolceriva.

First revealed at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year but kept closely under wraps, the new model features exterior design by Officina Italiana Design with the Ferretti Group’s in-house engineering department.


Wally moves fast forward

Hitting the headlines at the beginning of 2019 was the news of the Ferretti Group finalising the agreement to acquire Wally. Fast forward almost a year later and SuperYacht Times finds out what the new uplifted brand has to shout about.

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“The Ferretti Group proved with Riva that we can maintain and strengthen a brand,” says Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director of Wally and CCO of the Ferretti Group – the group which, after having taken over Wally, is pumping over €84 million into the brand as part of a three-year development strategy. The first €70 million is being invested in the first two years to help develop the brand, establish a new building facility and support the design and construction of new products and ranges – three of which have already been released: the day cruiser 48 Wallytender, the sailing yacht Wally 101 and the motor yacht 165 Wallypower.

Ferretti Group CCO Stefano De Vivo

Sporting the first Wally Magic Keel© system and new-generation hull shape, the 30.8-metre high-performance sloop Wally 101 is a nod to the original spirit of Wally. The new model aims to provide highly competitive results in terms of performance and cost thanks to the Wally Magic Keel© system and the semi-custom package. “We’ve innovated this project to be very customisable, but have retained the moulds and core of the design to lower the cost. This certainly doesn’t take away from the richness of the product, it just allows us to offer our clients more. One boat from one mould is always going to cost a lot more than if we can make two or three. The saving is going directly to the client and towards their choice of customisations,” explains De Vivo.

“The Wally 101 is a superyacht offering tremendous comfort inside and outside combined with swift performance, while still being simple and easy to sail,” comments Wally founder Luca Bassani. “Before we started designing, our research showed that the 100ft model was a great success. Clients also told us that this size really hits the sweet spot for both racing and for cruising,” De Vivo adds.

Wally 101 concept exterior design

Photo: WallyAnnounced by Wally during the Monaco Yacht Show was the collaborative effort of both Espen Øino and Luca Bassani: the 50-metre superyacht 165 Wallypower. Designed to be an alternative to the typical Mediterranean cruiser, the new superyacht is a contemporary concept featuring a 15-metre sundeck and enough power from diesel engines with waterjet propulsion to reach up to 30 knots.

Espen Oeino

Photo: Wideshut FotografieFerretti Group has been trying to work with Espen since I entered this business, and I truly believe that this new partnership can reach no limits,” commented Piero Ferrari, one of the Group’s shareholders and owner of the Riva50-metre Race. “Luca and I share the same vision and approach, rooted in a profound passion for the sea and sailing. With the 165 Wallypower, two like-minded and driven brands have now finally come together to create a new icon,” adds Øino.

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Now boasting the “widest and most innovative range of the entire Italian nautical industry” as a result of the acquisition, the Ferretti Group has gained a foothold in the large sailing yacht sector and access to a broader client base. In turn, Wally is reaping the rewards of the new investments and having the brand re-energised, as De Vivo explains: Wally needed economic strength and manpower. We have very good people but with more capital you can invest in more people, and then you can start bringing forward not just one project every two or three years, but two or three projects a year! All of which is then supported by our 50-strong after sales team.” 

To accommodate the growing Wally team and range, the Group has occupied the neighbouring land to the Ferretti Group headquarters in Forli, Italy. “We are going to be building the renewed Wally tender range at the new facility, which will also include a brand new painting shed, meaning that Wally will have fantastically finished products. Wally is now the only small brand that can offer such a service!” says De Vivo. With a sure-fire future laid out for Wally, its future and success may well lie in the ambition to reach the niche areas of the superyacht market not already covered by the widespread Ferretti Group.

Luca Bassani on board Wallypower 118

Photo: Carlo BorlenghiWith more revolutionary technology and innovation yet to come, the Wally brand is staying true to itself, just with a new lease of life. “Although Wally is almost like a start-up in Ferretti Group, it will be one of the main drivers of the Group for the next five years,” added De Vivo. “Let’s just say that we will be continuing push very hard going forward.” 



Custom Line 120’ also receives a prize in America

After receiving several recognitions, the Custom Line planing model also triumphed at the International Superyacht Society Awards for Design & Leadership in the “Best Power Yacht” 24- 40 metre category

The award was given at the 60th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show


31 October 2019 – Custom Line 120’, the first to be signed by Francesco Paszkowski Design, confirms its place as a masterpiece of Yacht Design also in America, winning a new recognition at the International Superyacht Society Design and Leadership Awards.

The Design and Leadership Awards, now in their 29th edition, are organized every year by the International Superyacht Society. The awards are assigned by the major players in global yachting to entrepreneurs, designers and builders who make the greatest contribution to elevating the sector’s standards.

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At the gala dinner, which was held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Custom Line 120’ received the prize for “Best Power Yacht” in the 24 to 40 metre category thanks to its score in seaworthiness, comfort, safety and customization, which have always been in the DNA of Custom Line.

Built in cooperation with the Product Strategy Committee chaired by engineer Piero Ferrari and Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department, it is the first Custom Line to be signed by Francesco Paszkowski Design. The project proposes an aesthetic canon inspired by utmost formal elegance in which the external design dovetails into the interior decoration. The profile is sleek and powerful: taut lines run from the stern to the forward area, generating a spectacular alternation of materials and colours in the light structural surfaces and dark tinted windows.

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Stefano de Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer of Ferretti Group, commented: “This award is a powerful symbol of the recognisability of the brand also in the American market. If there is a yacht that deserves this recognition, it is the Custom Line 120’, which for us represents having met a real challenge. In fact, during the design phase, we deliberately chose to focus on innovation and design, by partnering with the Francesco Paszkowski firm for the first time, re-elaborating the style and elements of automotive design and residential architecture. Special recognition goes to the enthusiasm and competence of the whole Custom Line team and workers, without whom we would never have achieved such fantastic results.”

Testifying to the popularity of the Ferretti Group yachts, Custom Line was among the finalists also with the Navetta 42 Four Flowers III in the “Best Power Yacht” 40 to 65 metre category; while the Riva 110’ Dolcevita was nominated in the category “Best Power Yacht” from 24 to 40 metres.

79m CRN MY 135


Delivered in August, the new 79-metre opus takes a bow with her world premiere at the boat show in the Principality.

Ancona, 18 September 2019CRN continues to go big and at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019, from 25 to 28 September, the brand will present the world premiere of the M/Y 135, its latest79-metre megayacht delivered in August. CRN M/Y 135 is entirely personalised and built throughout to the owner’s vision.  It has a striking character and seagoing spirit that shines through the sophisticated bespoke sartorial design.

79m CRN MY 135

This brand-new megayacht is the fruit of the masterly work of the yard’s accomplished technical team – almost 200 project managers, project architects, engineers, technical designers and specialist craftspeople, who have put their vast experience and total dedication into this endeavour. The overall design is by the CRN Technical Office in partnership with Zuccon International Project, who shaped the external lines, while the interiors and the external guest areas were styled by Laura Sessa.

CRN M/Y 135 is a unique creation with a magnificent harmony of form in her volumes and proportions. The exquisite comfort of her generous indoor spaces – characterized by refined settings -complements the dynamism and crispness of her external lines.

With five decks – one the owner’s exclusive domain – and at 79 metres in length and 13.50 in the beam, the Ancona yard’s latest arrival hosts up to 12 guests in supreme comfort. The comprehensive accommodation includes the owner’s suite and five guest cabins plus 15 cabins for the 29 crew and another five for members of staff, while the indoor and outdoor living areas bring out the pleasure of entertaining moments on board. The yacht has a top speed of 16 knots and cruises at 15 knots, courtesy of her twin CAT 3516C engines outputting 1640 kW at 1600 rpm.

Launched in March and delivered this summer, CRN M/Y 135 is a powerful witness of superb craftmanship, design and building expertise that have always been CRN’s defining hallmark, the emblem of its guiding principle “Made by you with our own hands.”


Ferretti Group swept the World Yachts Trophies 2019

Ferretti Group swept the World Yachts Trophies 2019 with 5 great awards, together with the prize conferred to Fulvio De Simoni, designer of Pershing.


The jury of the competition awarded Ferretti Yachts 720, Riva 90’ Argo, Pershing 140,
Riva 50 Metri, Crn M/Y 135 and honoured Fulvio De Simoni, who designed the rewarded Pershing 140 and the new Pershing 8X, with a prestigious prize for Designer of the Year.

Cannes, 15th of September 2019 – Ferretti Group triumphs once again this year at the World Yachts Trophies 2019, the eagerly awaited final event of the Cannes Yachting Festival, claiming 5 trophies thanks to the unmistakable Made in Italy style and the many design and technology innovations proposed aboard its vessels.

It is another big success for the Group that, following the enthusiasm of Festival visitors for its fleet of wonders (26 models and 6 premières), now receives the approval of the experts with the most coveted awards in the industry, confirming a supremacy in aesthetics and innovation that is widely acclaimed.

Here are the awards for the boats:

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To complete this incredible triumph, yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, creator of the entire Pershing range since the brand was established, was awarded the prize in the special category Designer of the Year.




Do what you love, love what you do.


It’s simple but true. I believe in creating a happier and healthier economy. Trust and integrity and always adding value is a big part of it. I have used this mindset working with and creating value for some of the worlds most valuable brands such as Carlsberg, Bentley, Mappin & Webb, Triumph Motorcycles and The Coca Cola Company globally.

A new adventure:

I have always said to myself, ‘if you want an interesting life, then do interesting things’, so I jumped at the chance to work with the Lee Marine team and their brands, The Ferretti Group, and Riviera, offering the highest quality and innovation. Offering such quality and helping yacht owners achieve their personal on the water lifestyle dreams is a most interesting journey and an adventure I would like to be close too.

Why I do it:

A yacht is an ultimate reward for the ultimate achievement. The creation of a luxury yacht encompasses; the technology and ingenuity of a jet, the luxuries of the world best hotels all perfectly designed to move at speed across the worlds most unpredictable terrain, this always amazes me.


What I focus on:

I don’t sell boats but I help people buy the right boats. Every yacht has a story as unique as the owner and helping one create, build or purchase the right boat for them will evolve their lifestyle and industries based around yachting for the better.

Pioneers in Paradise:

I am most excited to join Lee Marine, as their values and approach to helping clients and staff resonated with myself on a personal level. Being established since 1997 thus being the first yacht brokers and industry pioneers in Thailand; marry that with happy clients repeatedly coming back to Lee marine for over 20 years of quality service speaks volumes and made joining Lee Marine a no brainer.

Thank you:

I would very much like thank you as you are reading this for having me aboard and joining you as part of The Lee Marine Family.

Don’t be a stranger: I will be more than happy to hear from you all and answer any of your questions you may or may not have. I will be at this coming Cannes Yachting Festival if you are there come and say hi. If you would like to join me at the Cannes Yachting Festival, I will be more than happy to accommodate you.

Thanks again, everyone, for having me aboard, let us do something fun and interesting together!


Matthew Prosser
Yacht Sales Executive

M: +66 61 172 3172
T: +66 76 681 015




Cape Kudu Hotel Koh Yao Noi

Cape Kudu Hotel Koh Yao Noi is a savvy option for those seeking a decent place to relax and unwind close to the beach and the beautiful blue ocean.

Circled by sapphire seas, this Phang Nga Bay island escape is for modern-day castaways.


You have two choices for arriving at Cape Kudu Hotel on Koh Yao Noi. Either channel James Bond and arrive by speedboat, or take a leisurely long-tailed boat. There’s even a luxury lounge to linger in at the pier. However you get to this tiny tropical island, when you do it’ll be rest and relaxation from beginning to end.

The infinity pool and terrace are just above the Andaman, with Phang Nga Bay views – and Long Island Bar drinks – accompanying your dip. When the ocean calls, take kayaks, snorkels and paddleboards (or a luxury yacht) out. Or, when the sun’s high in the sky, slip into the cool Reading Room where books come with complimentary refreshments and fruit. Just leave room for dinner in the Hornbill Restaurant, and its canopy of bird-filled trees and starlight.


While taking it easy is simple here, there’s a lot you can do at Cape Kudu – from the restful to the romantic. Cycle or drive around the island, meeting fishermen and Batik artisans. Join the buzz of the night market. Get hearts thumping with rock climbing or Thai Boxing. Or wind down with Thai massage and Yoga. The hotel can also arrange beach BBQs and just-for-two dinners – even showing you how to catch seafood and cook local cuisine.



  • Coastal chic rooms and villas – plus one extra-special Robinson Crusoe suite
  • Organic garden supplying the Hornbill Restaurant and Café Kantary
  • Wide range of things to do, from Yoga and cooking classes to vintage car hire and movies by moonlight

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Akyra Beach Club – Laid Back Sunset Dining

Luxury Natai Beach Resort with Unlimited Wellness in Phang Nga, Phuket

Right by the pristine sands of Natai Beach just 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport, akyra Beach Club Phuket is an idyllic haven of tranquility for guests who want to restore their natural balance and inner calm.

With 58 stylish rooms, suites and villas complemented by lashings of in-room comforts, and appealing facilities including beachside massage salas and a fully equipped fitness centre, the beachfront member of the akyra family offers a holistic, 360-degree programme of physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing, including yoga, meditation, cycling, sporting activities, island escapes, or simply reclining on the beach and listening to the gentle lap of the waves.

The resort’s integrated Club akyra is where you’ll want to head for après-beach fixes served by cool poolsters and sand bunnies. The style setting waterfront spot hosts fabulous weddings and events, plus regular theme parties with DJ fuelled fun and a delectable Weekend Beach BBQ.

Whether you want to achieve tranquillity at the Ayurah Spa, spirituality on the beach, activity on the waves or discovery in Phang Nga’s stunning countryside, akyra Beach Club Phuket ensures that every guest can achieve their own sense of inner peace.

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Unique Experiences in Phang Nga & Phuket

akyra is all about experiences with attitude. We invite you to kick off your shoes, break down the boundaries, reach for new horizons, and dance like nobody’s watching.

To help you Discover the Passion, we offer an eclectic choice of experiences to weave into a memorable stay as you absorb the stunning surrounds.

Explore and engage with our inspiring selection of specially curated cameos and diversions as you immerse yourself in the akyra lifestyle,




Camping at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint in Phang Nga

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint: word has spread over the past year about this recently unknown viewpoint. The view from the top, overlooking Phang Nga Bay and its dozens of limestone karsts and islets, is unparalleled. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and as if it couldn’t get any better, the viewpoint itself is oriented towards the east, making it a picturesque location to catch the sunrise.

If you’re visiting Phuket, don’t miss the chance to visit and camp here. While there are fantastic views in Phuket, Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is without question the best view in the Phuket/Phang Nga region.

Below is a brief guide to help you plan a camping trip at Samet Nangshe Viewpoint.

Entrance fee: 30 baht per person

Upon arrival, you can either hike to the top or catch a ride in the back of a pickup truck.

Truck ride to the top: 90 baht per person ($2.70)

When we arrived in the late afternoon, a pickup truck full of people pulled up in front of us and said that the road was much too steep to walk up. But at 90 baht for a 5 minute ride to the top, I decided to walk anyway. If a car can climb it, so can I.

It took 20 minutes to reach the top, but that included a break at two different viewpoints on the way. The dirt road leading up is steep at parts, but the average person could reach the top in 10-15 minutes without stopping.

Before you hike up, there’s a small bamboo hut in the carpark which is where you pay the 30 baht entrance fee and reserve accommodation if you choose to do so (in our case, it was a tent since the bungalows were full).

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Hike down around 7:30 a.m. from the top of Samet Nangshe

Camping Information

Tent: 350 baht per night

The tents can fit two adults fairly comfortably (although I’m 6’/183cm and had to lie diagonally in order to not be touching the sides).

Tent rental includes:

  • a mat for the floor of the tent
  • two blankets and two pillows

I recommend bringing your own blanket and pillow/pillowcase though. It’s hard to say how often the staff actually wash the bedding provided.

Bungalow: 500 baht per night

Bungalow rental includes:

  • A full-size sleeping pad
  • Pillows and blankets
  • A mosquito net
  • A fan (so I’m told—I didn’t actually see one of these)

These are extremely basic bungalows though—think thatched roof on a wooden frame with a couple inch gap between the top edge of the walls and the roof. There are six bungalows available for sleeping, along with a few other huts for sitting.

Bathroom/Shower Facilities

There’s a small building located behind all the tents and bungalows at the top of Samet Nangshe with two toilet rooms and two shower rooms. By shower I mean a giant barrel full of cold water. A plastic scoop floats inside the barrel, which is used to pour the chilly water over yourself as you let out shivering gasps of horror/pleasure. The first few pours on your head and torso are shocking, but after that it feels quite nice.

The good

The actual view from Samet Nangshe Viewpiont is better than even the best picture. Sunrise was spectacular—one of the most memorable of my life.

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Magnificent sunrise

The not so good

If you’re looking to find a peaceful, serene campsite, you may want to rethink your visit here.

As stunning as the surrounding scenery is, it’s somewhat jaded by the campsite area and the free-for-all that goes on there.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no regulation by the staff at Samet Nangshe on how many people can camp, nor any rules regarding noise levels. Along with the six bungalows, I counted 17 tents total including ours. Given the limited flat ground available for tent camping, this means close quarters for all campers. With tents all around you and people arriving and setting up their tents as late as 10 p.m., it’s difficult to get early rest, yet alone sit back and enjoy the hum of nature.

Also, situated at the top of the camping area are three overhead spotlights that flood their fluorescent light down upon the walls of the tents, illuminating the inside somewhat and taking away from the ambiance of sleeping on top of a mountain under the stars. I understand that these overhead lights provide an element of safety, but by 10 p.m. or so, I thought the staff would turn them off or dim them at least. No luck—they were on all night.

Lastly, the pickup trucks used by the staff to transport people up and down seem to have no cut-off time for the evening. They were still roaring past our tent as late as 11:30 p.m.—a bit irritating considering everyone camping there is planning to wake up at dawn for sunrise.

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Tents and bungalows at the main clearing of the viewpoint

Our Solution

In a huff of frustration due to a large group of campers blasting god-awful dance-pop music behind us, a baby crying incessantly, and those damn floodlights, we hoisted our tent up and carried it down the side of the hill to a small grassy clearing with a bench. The view was literally the same as it was higher up where we were before, except now we had utter silence interrupted only by the welcome chatter of nearby crickets.

It completely transformed the night and eliminated the irritation we felt earlier. I definitely recommend doing the same if you find yourself in a similar situation there. Just move your tent.

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Away from all the noise and commotion


Call beforehand. If you really want a bungalow, either arrive early enough in the day or call before you go to find out about availability. I don’t know if they take reservations, but here are the phone numbers from my entrance ticket for you to try calling: 081-8941159, 084-7263575, 084-8469427, 087-9187895.

Choose wisely where you decide to sleep. The main clearing at the top is not the best place to tent camp. If you can choose a bungalow, pick one slightly downhill from the top area.

Bring earplugs. Never before have I been so desperate for the sweet silence that earplugs offer. While I was packing my bag before my trip, I picked up my earplugs and then put them back in my drawer thinking, ‘Why would I need earplugs for camping?‘ I was so mistaken.

Bring sleep gear. I’d recommend a blanket and a pillow, or at least a pillowcase if you can’t fit a pillow. The bedding provided isn’t gross, but it’s clearly used.

Bring food. Food isn’t available at the top. You have to bring it all yourself, and anything extra you may need such as a grill, ice, etc. costs extra.

Bring your own booze. Samet Nangshe viewpoint is a solid 30 minute drive off the main highway (the 402). The winding road that leads to the viewpoint goes through Muslim villages, which means you can’t buy alcohol anywhere. Not required, but a small cooler full of a few beers is a nice addition to any camping trip.

Bring a power bank. I did see outlets for charging electronics, but not many. If you have a power bank, it wouldn’t hurt to have it as a backup.

Consider the weather and season. I went during rainy season, but we had unnaturally nice weather that weekend. While there were still 60-80 people there for sunrise, I imagine there are 2-3 times that during high season.

Breathe deeply. The air is pristine out there in those rural parts of Phang Nga. Fill your lungs with it—often.

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