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First New Dominator Ilumen 28 metre is launched

After 10.000 hours of precision engineering and design, one of the most exciting moments in recent yacht development has arrived – the launch of the Dominator Ilumen 28 Metre.

A new era in luxury yachting is born

From its ground-breaking concept via innovative engineering solutions and the most advanced materials and technologies through to the exquisite bespoke dressing of each and every motor yacht, the Dominator Ilumen 28 Metre sets a new standard in power, agility, comfort, luxury and security. The result is a yachting experience like no other, giving you everything a mega yacht offers but in convenient 28-metre format.

“Design is more important than ever, and today owners want a yacht that offers the ultimate blend of performance, style, luxury amenities and comfort. In satisfying the demand for an elegant motor yacht that harmonises classic yachting tradition with modern technology and design, we designed the Dominator Ilumen to far exceed our clients’ expectations.”  Alberto Mancini, Designer


What is the Dominator Ilumen 28 Metre?

  • Ground-breaking concept, design and cutting-edge engineering combined with bespoke, personalised dressing means the Dominator Ilumen 28 Metre sets a new standard in luxury yachting
  • The Ilumen 28 Metre provides the ultimate balance between performance, comfort and style
  • In short, a unique yachting experience incomparable with anything in its class


Engineering Innovation

Dominator thought big from the outset, applying the technology, processes and quality materials usually reserved for mega yachts. The designers of Alberto Mancini Yacht Design and engineers of NavalHEAD followed the inspired lead provided by Dominator’s owners to arrive at a flowing architecture that harmonises functionality, form, comfort, amenities, power, safety and sea keeping agility like no other vessel in its class.

Every function and space on an Ilumen – from the engine room to the luxury living spaces – is designed for optimal distribution of weight, space, functionality and aesthetics. “Many yachts foresee zero speed fins; to avoid adding resistance due to appendages we went for a huge gyro stabiliser from Seakeeper capable of a reduction of 80 per cent of the uncontrolled roll angle up to 14 degrees,” says Federico Brumat of Dominator’s Technical Office.

To guarantee comfort on board when at speed the Ilumen 28 Metre relies on an advanced full motion damping system capable of roll and pitch motion reduction called Humphree Active Ride Control. It also enhances manoeuvrability, speed and reduces resistance and with it fuel consumption, while ensuring optimal stability in all conditions. The new compact main engine exhaust outlet with Gold Standard warranty was developed together with hydrodynamics specialists Profjord.

Mounted inside the flexible lightweight Dominator High Performance Hull of the yacht are MAN V8-1200 engines that propel the push/pull Counter Rotating Propellers with a combination of power and efficient safety. The Fischer Panda iSeries Generators employ variable speed technology to similarly offer top range effectiveness across in all kinds of conditions, while the approach also extends to comfort-related applications that ensure consistent climate control that avoids costly start-stop cycles.

Solar control interlayer film in the glassed areas lowers direct heat transmittance from the sun by 40 per cent to further aid energy efficiency, making the Dominator Ilumen 28 Metre more environmentally friendly and economical to run. Every Ilumen yacht can be prepared to meet the MGN 280 compliance certification that enables them to be operated commercially.

“How many motor yachts of this size consistently integrate mega yacht solutions the same the Ilumen does? None! From the high-tech construction in post-cured glass and carbon mixed with epoxy resin to the full use of epoxy filler cycle and the application of the Awlcraft painting cycle instead of common, cheap gel coats – every detail immediately tells you that Ilumen is something quite different.” Andrea Agusta, Head of Engineering.

Experience-led Design

The Ilumen series of yachts is different because it was conceived from a new perspective – not in the conventional way but from the desire to create something truly outstanding. Many of the best luxury products are design-led, but with the Ilumen range of motor yachts Dominator goes one step further to develop its offering from the basis of an experience-led philosophy.

It is product development that begins with the client, not the product, and works its way back from the idealised vessel through exhaustive R&D, innovative engineering, inspired design and the creation of industry-leading solutions and exquisite final dressing to emerge as a ground-breaking luxury yacht that defies the conventional limitations to become, quite simply, the best in its field.

“We set out to challenge limitations and provide the same sensation of space, elegance and luxury in a 28-metre format that you would expect in a mega yacht, “ says Chief Designer, Alberto Mancini. “When I first saw the hull, deck and superstructure I realised it was the beginning of a new era.” And indeed, the features such as the owner’s cabin, a beautifully curved glass frontage, the rotating beach platform and the impressive fly deck are unique, industry-leading features.

The Dominator Ilumen is characterised by unique touches and features, such as the handcrafted Purismo Aurelia, a bespoke lightweight carbon e-bike that like the Ilumen 28 Metre represents the pinnacle in its field and adds to the practicality and enjoyment of your yacht.

“To us Ilumen is more than just a yacht or a luxurious product. It symbolises the love of man-made beauty that is not only in harmony with nature but complements it and represents a desire to contribute to a better world. To own an Ilumen or strive for one is connected to the obligation to strive for a better world, support our fellow man and promote peace and beauty in the world.” Dr. August Pernsteiner, Visionary

Exquisite Luxury and Emotion

Each and every Ilumen 28 Metre is a thing of beauty, a bespoke synthesis of technology and design that offers a personal palate of options with which owners can create their own personalised haven of comfort, luxury and superlative style. Sleek and seductive, this 21st century motor yacht cannot help but stir emotions as she glides through the water.

Custom-made furniture and bulkheads finished in the most opulent materials such as backlit white onyx, ebony, white oak, silk, Zimmer and Rhode fabrics, suede ceilings and satin-like nubuck leather are just some of the possibilities, but as Head of the Dominator Bespoke Office, Giulia Sigismondi, says: “The interior dressing of each yacht is a highly personal affair, so we work with the owners to make it a bespoke design that fits them like a glove in terms of taste and preferences.”

The Dominator Ilumen Kalliente that was just officially unveiled at the Yacht Club in Monaco features amongst others a custom bar with slidable top, made of stainless steel, backlit onyx and Foglizzo leather or a bespoke champagne table made by Luxury Wood Italia who used lacquered ebony, Foglizzo leather, stainless steel, and inside partitions for champagne glasses.

The interior distribution is such that it creates a sense of being on a much larger ship, a sensation realised in part through tall ceilings and the use of glassed areas that allow natural light and seascapes to illuminate the luxurious cabin spaces. Nowhere is this approach more impressive than in the skylight and private deck of the master cabin, and it helps to create a truly privileged private space.

Integrated into the interior are ‘zero impact’ invisible speakers in VIP and guest cabins that transform any surface they are embedded into (be it concrete, fibreglass, wood, marble, stone or glass) into a high performance audio system. This state-of-the-art system, incorporating a sound masking system in the main salon and master cabin, provides an advanced audio-visual, communication and entertainment system that includes a private cinema projector on the Sun Deck.

“We loved the challenge of designing cutting edge Videoworks systems specifically for the MY Kaliente, and would like to thank Dominator for allowing us to develop its innovative audio/video, entertainment, IT and domotic onboard system.” Mauro Pellegrini, founder of Videoworks.

Though it varies from client to client, the interior of an Ilumen evokes a subtle harmony of contemporary style and timeless sophistication. To achieve this we have painstakingly selected the finest materials and most prestigious names, such as the Futuristic collection by Hèrmes, which we believe embodies the perfect blend of elements.

The words of Andrea Agrusta sum up the way we all feel about our beloved Ilumen 28 Metre: “I believe we have defied the rules and created a new milestone in the yacht industry.”

The launch of a new milestone

Angela Pernsteiner is an important part of the passionate, dynamic force behind this project that binds the many different expert professionals and craftsmen together. The very name ILUMEN stands for the illumination of ideas and engineering processes, and in the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci this is exactly what Angela and the team have achieved – producing in the process a modern work of art.

“The Dominator Ilumen yachts are bespoke through and through – from the choice of the hull between a semi-displacement and semi-planing version, to the individual comfort cruising speed, the propulsion system or the complete re-engineering of the internal spaces, to name only a few options,” says Angela.

What’s more, the tireless dedication of Dominator extends beyond the creation of an outstanding motor yacht and its bespoke appointment to also include a very personal and long-term service. “We consider our clients to be a family of Ilumen owners, so our commitment to them is both flexible in its nature and in its 24/7 availability. This is our bond to owners of an Ilumen yacht, wherever you are, whenever you need us.”

After many thousands of hours of hard work and determination, the long-awaited launch is now here, and the first Dominator Ilumen 28 Metre to take to the waters – the 28/03 Ilumen Kalliente – will be berthed in the south of France throughout the summer of 2017, starring at the Cannes Boat Show before being the centre of attention during private viewings and events along the Côte d’Azur. “We expect to turn many heads as we add to the glamour of the French Riviera.”

An international network of brand ambassadors will represent the Ilumen 28 Metre in a variety of key markets across the world, though the epicentre of this magnificent motor yacht is the Mediterranean – its ‘home ground’ so to speak. “The people who will be introducing the Ilumen 28 Metre to its clientele will work in the same bespoke manner as Dominator itself, so expect them to be every bit as passionate and knowledgeable as ourselves. This is especially true of those who have delivered yachts with us before, as they know exactly how we go the extra mile with and for clients.”

For more Information visit Dominator Ilumen 28 metre

Fairline celebrates its 50th anniversary in style with spectacular owners’ party

British luxury boat builder, Fairline Yachts, last night celebrated its 50th anniversary in style with a spectacular owners’ party held at Port de Sóller in Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, Spain. Port de Sóller is situated in one of Mallorca’s most beautiful horseshoe harbours on the west coast of the island. Surrounded by the Tramuntana Mountains, this picturesque marina has both magnificent mountain scenery and a superb sea view.

Family and friends of the British brand made up the largest gathering of Fairline boats ever seen, with a record number of 50 yachts from across the Fairline range providing a stunning backdrop to the celebrations – the line up even featured an original Fairline 19, which was the first boat produced by Fairline in 1967. With a live band, DJ, a spectacular Argentinean BBQ, cocktails, fine wines and over 300 guests, the night was one of Fairline’s significant Golden Moments from its anniversary year.

Managing Director of Fairline Yachts, Russell Currie, comments, “We wanted to honour Fairline’s 50th anniversary in a truly momentous way and we were so pleased to welcome over 50 Fairline boats – the most Fairlines there have ever been in one location – to the beautiful Port de Sóller to celebrate with us!”


Axopar Dealer Meeting in Poland

Håkan recently attended the first Axopar International Dealer Days meeting in Augustow, Poland. The meeting was a great opportunity to learn more about the Axopar brand and their way of working and meet fellow dealers from the worldwide Axopar family.

There was a tour of the all new production facility as also valuable information about what the future has in store for Axopar. The delegates also had the opportunity to inspect and test four Axopar models, the 24 T Top, 28 T Top, 37 cabin and 37 Sports cabin.

There was a fun side to the event in the form of the “Finnish games”. There were Finnish darts and the longest throw of a Nokia mobile phone. The winning throw was a respectable 55 meters which is amazingly half the world record of 110 metres set in 2014.

The event also marked the introduction of the Axopar Dealer Awards with five categories that recognised achievement within the Axopar brand. Derani Yachts were very honoured to be awarded 1st place in the category of “Best Product Engagement 2017

Derani Yachts at the Singapore Yacht Show

Derani Yachts exhibited at the recent Singapore Yacht Show with much interest in both our new yachts as well as our brokerage selection. Dominator, Fleming and Fairline yachts were all well received with multiple enquiries but by far the most popular brand was Axopar boats.

Currently the fastest growing shipyard in Europe it is easy to see the appeal of these innovative sports boats with their smart looks and very reasonable prices. With two recent sales into Singapore Derani Yachts now has this brand represented across the region.

The first Axopar 37 Sun Top has now been handed over to its delighted new owner with a 28 Aft Cabin model due to be delivered in mid May. We plan to hold an open weekend in June in a marina in Singapore to showcase these two models and talk about the other models in the Axopar range. Dates will be announced soon.

We have build slots available for each month from September through January and expect these boats to sell fast so contact us today for a no obligation quote and advice on options and let us help you to “build” your Axopar.

Fairline Squadron 53 US premiere

The Fairline Squadron 53 made its US premiere at Palm Beach International Boat Show at the end of March and was put through her paces on the water for the first time in front of the public. The third variant from Fairlines popular 53 foot range, the Squadron 53 is based on the same hull as the two Targa models, the Open and GT, but features a new design from the deck up courtesy of renowned superyacht designer Alberto Mancini, who has added his design expertise, showcasing the future direction of Fairline’s exterior styling.

Mancini’s design has resulted in a spacious main deck with a flat floor from the cockpit to the lower helm, which in turn ensures a flat ceiling in the master cabin offering a generous 6 foot 4 inch headroom at the foot of the large double bed, adding to the overall sense of space in this expansive 55 foot 6 inch, 16.92 metre long cruiser. The clever layout configurations provide owners with complete flexibility, including three or four cabins and multiple galley arrangements including the main deck, forward or aft locations or below deck, as well as the new addition of foredeck seating.

Hand crafted to order by Fairline’s highly experienced and dedicated craftsmen in Oundle, England, the new Squadron 53 offers luxury boaters total command and control thanks to its striking swept flybridge, whilst exuding style and offering great entertaining spaces onboard. Fairline’s approach, from superior engineering and multiple layout options, to small details that delight, makes the Squadron 53 the perfect choice for those who want their yacht their way.

Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline, says, “Owners will feel in total command and control on the fantastic flybridge of the new Fairline Squadron 53, a yacht that offers excellent sea-keeping in all conditions. At the same time, the space, style and sumptuousness of this luxury cruiser means that guests will also have the ride of their lives. The Squadron 53 is the first Fairline yacht to have touches of Italian design and features subtle Mancini influences, which have evolved Fairline’s time-proven design DNA to create a model that perfectly blends beauty, form and function. With the Squadron 53, owners receive unrivalled flexibility in layout and complete comfort and luxury in its construction and features.”

Read more about the Squadron 53.

Derani Yachts confirms its place in the Singapore Yacht Show

Derani Yachts have today confirmed their placement at the Singapore Yacht Show. We can be found in in the East Pavilion at stand K7. Håkan and Ian will be on hand to answer all your questions about the new yacht brands we represent as well as to discuss options in the brokerage section and services offered by Derani Yachts. The Singapore Yacht show runs from the 6th to the 9th of April 2017.

What a difference a year makes at Fairline Yachts

Fairline Squadron 53

It is just over a year since the all-new management team took over the British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts and what a year it has been. Under the leadership of a highly experienced marine industry management team, the company has employed 227 people, launched two new models, the Targa 53 OPEN at the Southampton Boat Show in September 2016 and the Squadron 53 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2017, updated the interior finishes across the 48 foot model range, added a hardtop option and new interior to the Squadron 65 and unveiled plans for two highly anticipated and completely new boats. These upcoming models are the Targa 63 GTO which will premier at the Cannes Yachting festival in September 2017 and the Targa 43 OPEN which will launch in the spring of 2018. Both boats have been designed from a blank sheet of paper by renowned Italian superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini, for Fairline Yachts. A further new model, the Squadron 63, is set to premier at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2018.

Fairline Targa 53 Open

Russell Currie comments, “This time last year I said that our focus will be on creating high quality luxury motor yachts that boaters want to own and dealers want to sell. In that time over 85 boats have been sold, including ten during the first hour of this year’s London Boat Show. Key to our success has been getting our partnerships right. Combining the creative flair and style of Alberto Mancini, the engineering excellence of Vripack and the exceptional quality and British craftsmanship we already had at Fairline makes for an exciting combination, which has secured a very positive future for the brand. We have also worked hard to strengthen our dealer network, appointing new dealers in key global yachting destinations including Hong Kong, the Middle East, Malta, Argentina, Benelux, Portugal and Denmark.

Fairline Targa 63GTO

“I am proud of all that has been achieved by Fairline over the past 12 months, but we aren’t resting on our laurels. We are committed to building on the success of 2016 with continued growth of the dealer network and through launching beautifully designed, handcrafted yachts with cutting edge innovations. The Fairline brand is celebrating its 50th year in 2017 and we are honouring the anniversary with a host of Golden Moments, including the launch of the highly anticipated Targa 63 GTO at Cannes Yachting Festival in September. There is plenty more to look forward to from Fairline!”

Fairline announces all-new Targa 43 Open

British luxury boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, announces plans for its brand new Targa 43 Open, which will launch in Spring 2018.

Fairline Targa 43 Open

The new Targa 43 Open is the latest boat designed from a blank sheet of paper by celebrated superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini, for Fairline Yachts. The hugely successful partnership between the Italian designer and British boatyard, which began with the Targa 63 GTO, has created an instantly recognisable sleek hull shape with effortless styling, showcasing the future direction for Fairline Yachts.

Fairline’s new Targa 43 Open, of which ten models were sold on the first day of London Boat Show 2017, will have the same innovative, versatile, light, bright and achingly stylish feel of the Targa 63 GTO. The luxurious sports cruiser will feature a choice of either twin Volvo Penta IPS 500 or IPS 600, which is expected to achieve a minimum fully-loaded speed of 34 knots.

Head of Design at Fairline Yachts, Andrew Pope, comments, “The Targa 43 was a phenomenally popular boat when originally launched in the late 1990s and we are confident this all-new model for the 21st century will be a worthy successor. The two cabin cruiser will feature an exciting new shape, a light and airy feel and luxurious hand-crafted details, whilst retaining Fairline’s core design DNA and, of course, the robust seakeeping we are known for. We can’t wait for you to meet her in Spring 2018.”

Derani Yachts at PIMEX 2017

Derani Yachts are pleased to invite you to join them at Asia’s favourite boat show, PIMEX, from the 5th to the 8th of January 2017. Derani can be found at the in water display area on berth numbers D3, 4 and 5 and C3 and 4.


On display on C dock will be two of the award winning Axopar boats, a 28 foot cabin and a 37 foot cabin.

axopar-28-cabin axopar-37-cabin

On D dock we will display a Fairline Squadron 42


Also on display from our brokerage selection will be a Horizon V72


The lineup is completed by another brokerage boat exclusively for sale with Derani Yachts, a Sunseeker Manhattan 73


Håkan and Ian will be on hand to answer any questions you have on all of the brands we represent. We look forward to seeing you there.

Fairline’s new golden chapter to be unveiled at London Boat Show

Luxury British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, announces the launch of a limited edition 50th anniversary commemorative book at London Boat Show 2017 alongside an immersive virtual reality experience bringing to life its highly anticipated Targa 63 GTO. Furthermore, Fairline’s ever-popular models including the Targa 48 OPEN, Squadron 48 and the recently launched Targa 53 OPEN, will also be on show. The show runs from the 6th to the 15th of January 2017.


The summer of 2017 will mark 50 years of Fairline, and this is set to be celebrated by the launch of a beautiful, hard-back commemorative book in the brand’s honour. The book will include anecdotes from notable Fairline owners, key Fairline personnel, heritage images of some of the first Fairlines ever made, key moments in the brand’s history and will tell the story of Fairline’s first 50 years.


The book launch marks the start of a year of ‘Golden Moments’ for the British boat builder, where customers and dealers will be given exclusive opportunities to create and celebrate a whole year of new Golden Moments throughout 2017, culminating in the second volume of the commemorative book due to be launched at the end of the year.


The 2017 London Boat Show will also see the premiere of a first-of-its-kind immersive virtual reality (VR) experience, available on the Fairline stand. The first fully Alberto Mancini-designed Fairline, the Targa 63 GTO, is not set to be unveiled until Cannes Yachting Festival 2017, but the VR experience will allow visitors to the Fairline stand to explore the beautifully designed yacht both inside and out, and to experience the new age of Fairline Yachts.


Fairline’s international network of dealers will be represented on the Fairline stand, together with key personnel from Fairline’s design and manufacturing teams to provide visitors with in-depth information about the company and its ranges going into the 2017 season.