Catching Cujo: How I accidentally bought Dodi Al Fayed’s old yacht at auction

This is the incredible story of Cujo, the 21m Baglietto once owned by Dodi Al-Fayed, who hosted Princess Diana on board during the fateful summer of 1997...Simon Kidston never intended to buy a boat. He had distant yet fond memories of travelling through the French canals on his father’s Fairey Swordsman in the 1970s and dreamed of keeping a Riva Aquarama on Lake Geneva, but despite this nagging desire it never came to fruition. So how did a man with a […] This article Catching Cujo: How I accidentally bought Dodi Al Fayed’s old yacht at auction appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Catching Cujo: How I accidentally bought Dodi Al Fayed’s old yacht at auction

This is the incredible story of Cujo, the 21m Baglietto once owned by Dodi Al-Fayed, who hosted Princess Diana on board during the fateful summer of 1997...

Simon Kidston never intended to buy a boat. He had distant yet fond memories of travelling through the French canals on his father’s Fairey Swordsman in the 1970s and dreamed of keeping a Riva Aquarama on Lake Geneva, but despite this nagging desire it never came to fruition.

So how did a man with a love of classic cars end up “accidentally” buying one of the most famous superyachts ever built for an absolute song?

To understand this you have to go back 15 years to a time when Simon left auctioneers Bonhams to start his own business buying, selling and restoring classic cars. Cars are all he has ever known career-wise but they are also a personal passion.

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That’s why he specialises in classic cars with a story behind them and a background that holds a particular allure: “We often help clients find family cars that they would like to buy back – generally rare and special ones,” he says.

“It’s like those people who save waif and stray dogs. I see a car that is neglected, forlorn and down at heel – a rough diamond – and I love bringing it back to life.”

He went on his own personal journey to find a family gem, a 1938 Bugatti built for his father that he tracked down and acquired 50 years after he had sold it.

He adds, “I believe that cars like this are there to be used and leaving them in a garage just to polish them is to not understand them fully.”

Read the full story of how Simon Kidston bought Cujo in the May issue of MBY, out April 1.

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Sunreef 80 Eco to Launch in Summer

Poland’s Sunreef Yachts is targeting a summer premiere for the first model from its Eco range, which features solar power, electric engines and a hydro-generation system. The post Sunreef 80 Eco to Launch in Summer appeared first on LUXUO.

Sunreef 80 Eco to Launch in Summer
While sailing, the Sunreef 80 Eco also generates power from rotation of the propellers

Sunreef Yachts is on course to premiere its new 80 Eco sailing catamaran this summer as it builds what it calls “the world’s most advanced sustainable luxury catamaran”.

The all-electric Sunreef 80 Eco is based on the Sunreef 80, the flagship of the Polish builder’s updated range of sailing yachts that also includes 50, 60 and 70 models. However, the Sunreef 80 Eco is an autonomous craft designed for long offshore cruises in total silence, built to generate renewable energy both above and below the waterline. 

The 80 Eco features ‘solar skin’ developed in-house by Sunreef

Sunreef has engineered and produced a solar skin system featuring “the world’s lightest solar cells”, according to the yard. The skin is fully integrated with the hull sides, superstructure, flybridge roof and carbon mast. The photovoltaic system will cover a total surface of 150sqm and deliver up to 34kWp.

The yacht’s wind-free propulsion will come from twin 180kW electric engines. Furthermore, while under sail, an advanced hydro-generation system will recover energy from the rotation of the two propellers, producing over 15kWh while sailing above seven knots. The energy obtained will be used to power both the propulsion and house appliances.

Sunreef’s solar skin wraps around the hull, superstructure, hardtop and even the carbon mast

Francis Lapp, President of Sunreef, which he founded in 2002, said: “The Sunreef 80 Eco is all about responsible sailing that relies on renewable energy. We are now pairing the industry’s most innovative solar-power system with hydro-generation. On top of that, the yacht will be able to save massive amounts of energy thanks to an air-conditioning system available exclusively on Sunreef Yachts catamarans.”

Sunreef’s Eco range also includes Power models, with the 80 Sunreef Power Eco set to launch later this year.
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In a Column for Issue 57, Nicolas Lapp explains why Sunreef Yachts is developing its own solar panels, batteries and green materials for its new range of Eco catamarans.

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