Disastrous fires, utilitarian designs, interesting sales and insider access were the top draws for most Superyachttimes.com readers during August. Here we count down the five most-read stories during that eventful month.
The 68-metre explorer superyacht Ragnar was pictured in Valetta, Malta, in early August. The previous supply vessel (built in 2012) was rebuilt at Icon Yachts shipyard in the Netherlands into the grand vessel sailing today, with designers from RWD creating her utilitarian exterior lines.
The 33.5-metre Mangusta 108 motor yacht Neoprene (ex: Naisca V) was sold at the start of this month, with Ed Dickinson and David Seal from Northrop & Johnson acting on behalf of the seller, and Dimitris Kyriazakos from Ekka Yachts representing the buyer in the deal. Famed for her black exterior, designed by Italian studio Stefano Righini Design, Neoprene's last-known asking price was €1,995,000.
A fire that broke out on board the 1977 motor yacht Monaco caused severe damage to the classic 39-metre CRN. Taking place at the Tarsanas shipyard on the Green island of Syros, the vessel was undergoing refit work when the fire broke out. No injuries were reported, but a video of the blaze gave an idea of the seriousness of the incident.
One of the largest Benetti yachts ever built, the 107-metre charter yacht Lana was delivered to her owner in August by Imperial. Designed in-house by the Italian shipbuilder, guest spaces are spread across five decks, from the sundeck at the top to the beach club on the lower deck. An 8-metre heated swimming pool and wind-free area of 100 square metres are just two of the unique features on board.
On 25 August, the 47.5-metre superyacht Lady MM caught fire 50 miles from the Costa Smeralda while sailing from Capri to Porto Cervo. The 17 passengers on board (nine crew and eight guests) all abandoned ship via tender. On 27 August, the sinking of the severely damaged vessel was captured in a video by the coast guard.