14 March 2018
Primarily targeted at the corporate and private events market, the $10 million Gulf Craft designed and manufactured 31.5 metre Oneworld – which is both stunning and imposing in presence – has been custom-designed for the Australian charter market with an enormous 120-person capacity for events and weddings.
Oneworld owner, former hotelier and race car driver, Rod Salmon, said the vessel supersedes the capacity of any superyacht currently available for charter in Australia and will proudly offer a six-star luxury Mediterranean style service.
“We’re aiming to deliver Oneworld as the ultimate travelling private resort and on-water events venue with second-to-none service including full concierge, strictest client confidentiality, tailored itineraries or events, full-scale event management capabilities, silver service dining and luxury guest benefits including hot towels, nightly turn-down service, welcome drinks, personalised letters and more,” Mr Salmon said.
“Oneworld has been a carefully planned project spanning several years involving extensive research of the Australian superyacht charter market to clearly understand what was needed along with visits to several international boat shows including Dubai, Florida and Monaco to ensure we purchased the pinnacle vessel for this market,” he said.
Manufacture was completed in February with modified design features to facilitate the larger capacity including enclosed fly bridge, wider staircases, generous and carefully thought out commercial catering facilities and increased carbon fibre to accommodate additional weight bearing.
Oneworld is scheduled to arrive in Newcastle on 22 March and take up berth at its new home at Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney before heading north and due to arrive on 18 April on Gold Coast for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous.
Available for charter from May onwards following the conclusion of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, Oneworld will be permanently based in Sydney and is expected to charter on Sydney Harbour between November and July and then the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef between August and October.
Oneworld is one of around four Gulf Craft superyachts in Australia. Gulf Craft is a United Arab Emirates founded company and pioneer builder of luxury superyachts, fine yachts and leisure boats.
Trenton Gay, CEO of Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard and organiser of the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous says it is exciting to have Australia’s newest and largest capacity superyacht launching at the event.
“Oneworld is the first new internationally designed and manufactured superyacht to enter Australia for approximately 18 months so this is an exciting coup for the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous to have it premiere at our event,” Mr Gay said.
“It’s also heralds an exciting time for Australia’s superyacht, events and travel markets to welcome a vessel of this calibre,” he said.
Oneworld features five onboard suites – each with their own ensuite bathroom – and can accommodate 12 guests on overnight charters. Drawing upon her many years of interior design of hotels and hospitality venues, Oneworld’s interiors were designed and styled by Rod’s wife, Kylie in conjunction with the Gulf Craft design team.
Headed up by captain, Matt Baily, Oneworld’s five full time crew all have extensive European charter market experience plus onboard chef for overnight charters while supplementary staff will be employed for larger charter events.
Oneworld charter rates start at $2800 per hour or $49,000 + Advanced Provisioning Allowance (APA) for opulent three-night escapes.
Superyachts attending this year’s Australian Superyacht Rendezvous include Antalex, Atlantic Princess, Aurora, Aus Pro, Corroboree, Crystal Blue, Deep Blue, La Bella Vita, Lady Pamela, Mary Rose, Masteka 2, Murcielago, Mystic Tide, Oneworld, Pacific Quest, Patriot 1, Relentless and Silentworld.
The 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will see four events, including an industry round table, superyacht industry networking event, an “open decks” showcase of superyachts and a high glamour VIP cocktail event celebrating the economic potential of Australia and the Asia Pacific as a superyacht hotspot.
Partners for 2018 – including an influx of international partners – include Aurora Yacht Logistics, Adagold Aviation, Aqualuma LED Lighting, Benetti, Burgess, City of Gold Coast, DT Yacht Transport, Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard, IGY Marinas, Hardy Brothers, Ocean Magazine, Riverside Marine Services, Seal Superyachts, Suez, Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Regional Council.
The host venue for the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous will once again be the landmark Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (GCCM) – the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere with a capacity for more than 50 superyachts at any one time. The internationally accredited 5 gold anchor marina and shipyard is home to over 70 on-site marine-related trades and currently employs well in excess of 600 marine contractors.