May 22, 2022

New Launch: Benetti 48m FB601

Benetti launched from Livorno MY “Hawa” construction number FB601, a 48-meter full custom super yacht designed in collaboration with the famous English studio RWD, who penned the exterior and interior design. Built with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, FB601 stands out for her original layout, the incredible brightness of the rooms and the refined interiors, furnished with matte painted eucalyptus woods and refined dark walnut details. Characterized by elegant external lines, FB601 stands out for the elegant “desert sand” hull color, chosen by the experienced Benetti loyal owner, and the original layout which prioritizes continuous contact with the environment. The use of refined furnishing elements and materials is striking, in particular the matte painted eucalyptus with dark walnut details and inlays of various leathers and marbles. The Main Deck enjoys incredible brightness, thanks to a lounge with five openings to the outside that allow continuous views of the sea. On the same deck, toward the bow, instead of the traditional galley, the owner asked to have a pantry and a large VIP cabin with shower with sauna that precedes the large master cabin, full beam and with drop down side windows. Here the space was designed with a private study for the owner, bed, two wardrobes on the port side and a lounge area with bathroom to the starboard. The Lower Deck houses three double cabins for guests, as well as the galley, equipped with a dumbwaiter that allows the crew to serve all decks, including the Sun Deck. The beach area has two side openings that deploy into platforms, overlooking the sea and adding to the considerable beach area. The interiors of the beach club are designed to maximize the enjoyment of relaxing moments, featuring a comfortable L-shaped sofa, a bathroom with shower and sauna, and an area dedicated to equipment for fishing and diving, two great passions of the owner. The aft part of the Upper Deck is designed for convivial moments in the open air, with areas for relaxation, conversation and sunbathing. Inside the bright sky lounge with two large opening side windows, there is a pantry, a complete gym, also with opening side windows, and the wheelhouse with full-height windows covering 180°. For the classic wheelhouse, the owner preferred a futuristic “light bridge console” developed by Benetti. The advanced level of software integration, derived from military technology, and the choice to have ceiling screens and an ergonomic Besenzoni commander’s chair, made it possible to have all the controls in two small “peninsulas”, oriented like extended armrests of the “Captain Chair”. Racks and navigational devices are housed within two compartments located by the entrance to the area. The Sun Deck is designed to make the most of every time of day. The stern and bow spaces are separated by a windproof structure with sliding doors that increases the feeling of privacy for the owner and guests. The stern area features a dining table for 12 people. The large sofa that frames a cinema area is accessible from the external staircase, while the bow area is equipped with bar counter, table for four and forward-facing sundeck sofa. The space can be accessed by the crew from a separate staircase. The hull, designed by the P.L.A.N.A. studio in collaboration with the Azimut Benetti Research and Development department, ensures high performance and excellent seaworthiness for safe and comfortable navigation. The engine room houses a pair of MTUs of 1,700hp each, which guarantee the yacht a maximum speed of fifteen knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles at the ten knot cruising speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 48 m (157.4ft)
Beam - 9.20 m
Draft - 2.4 m
Displacement - 465 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 60,000 l
Water Capacity - 12,000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 1700hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, ten knots cruise
Range - 4,000 nautical miles at ten knots
Construction - steel hull aluminum upper structure
Project - RWD exterior and interior, PLANA Pierluigi Ausunio naval architect
Certification - RINA

May 20, 2022

Project: Princess F65

The last fall might have been a quiet one to the usual standards from Princess, but for Spring 2022 the new model announcements by the British builder seems to be making up for it, with three still secretive projects plus an evolution of a current model being announced.  The most secretive of these three new project is the new F65, which is the next evolution of Princess bread and butter F for flybridge range.  So far little information if any is known of this nineteen meter motor yacht, which is to replace the F62 and fill the void left by the F70 which was replaced by the Y72 in 2021.  Design is trusted to Pininfarina for exterior looks with naval architecture to the since the eighties standing Olesinski.  The above rendering shows the Italian design firm using similar looks and curves as seen in the F45 and the Y72.  Lower deck layout is said to be a four double cabins, with a forward VIP, owners room at midships, and two twin berth cabins in between. 

May 19, 2022

New Model: Pardo GT52

Presented in a special preview in St.Tropez on the 22 April, the Pardo GT52 is the third act of this Italian builder rise to a prominent name in sport cruiser and yachts, and explorer yachts.  A rise which started in 2017 with the 43 and since then has been unstoppable, and in the last two years is going beyond the range of the center console models, first with the Endurance 60 flagship presented in mid 2021, and now with this new GT52.  Coming from a design by Nauta the GT52 has the same hull as the P50 but coming looking as a completely different model with its innovative and unusual forward looking hard-top which strikes the difference to the open model, but also make her a comfortable cruising machine.  With this the Pardo GT52 goes beyond its beautiful clean minimal design and offers substance, with a three cabin lower deck layout; master cabin forward and third single berth cabin, with a choice to have a galley up or down, which in both options is replaced by a settee sofa.  The Pardo GT52 is propelled by IPS pod and standard powered by the smallish for 25 tons Volvo 480hp, with optional 550hp and or 600hp and more important the 7.7 liter D8 block for the Swedish engine maker.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.58 m (54.3ft)
Waterline Length - 14.9 m
Beam - 4.96 m
Displacement - 25 t
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - five or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp, D8 550hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Project - Nauta exterior, Zuccheri naval architect
Certification - CE B

May 18, 2022

Out-News = Super Yacht Burns and Sinks Near Santa Maria di Leuca

A super yacht of 26 meter in length burned down and eventually sank on the early morning of Saturday thirteenth May in the South Adriatic sea.  The super yacht with three crew was leaving Santa Maria di Leuca in the early hours of the morning direction to Montenegro when a fire started out in the engine room five nautical miles in the trip and away from the coast.  The female captain immediately called the  MayDay and reported the fire to the Italian Coast Guard deploying two fire fighting boats one from Lecce, and another from Taranto to save the crew and control the fire.  With the three crew saved, the fire fighting crew tried to extinguish the fire, with no success and the yacht sinking at about 0400 hours in the South Adriatic sea. 
The super yacht in this fire is a Dominator 860 model called M/Y Naseem and build in 2009.  Designed by Nuvolari Lenard the 860 was at the time of launch in 2005 Dominator flagship model, replaced as the largest model by the 29m in 2008.  The Dominator 860 offered an interior with four double cabins, two crew cabins and was powered by twin Cat 1800hp which made her reach speeds up to 26 knots and a cruise of 22 knots.  The Dominator 860 was an evolution of the Mochi 25 Mega produced from 1996 up to 1999.
Dominator was born from the remains of Mochi Craft which founded in 1960 closed down to bankruptcy in 1999.  Dominator first model the 65 which will become the 68 launching in 2002, was in-fact going to be the latest new Mochi 20 meter model set to launch in year 2000 and to replace the Paolo Caliari designed 65 produced from 1990 till 1997 with the last two years updated and renamed as 21 Classic. 

May 17, 2022

Project: Ferretti 580

Ferretti present the project for a new 580 model.  A flybridge motor yacht with fluid lines designed by Filippo Salvetti, who with this latest addition is on his sixth Ferretti flybridge motor yacht design. With the 580 Salvetti brings similar lines to those shown in the 500 model launched in the fall of 2020, and in the same time presents an evolution of the 2015 presented 550, which has been a success for Ferretti.  The Ferretti 580 will be offered in two lower deck layout  choices, for a three cabins two heads, this offering the midships master stateroom with vanity, and or an optional three bathroom layout. In the optional three bathroom layout the vanity in the master is replaced by a third en-suite.  The main deck of the Ferretti 580 will offer a standard layout of an astern galley, while the flybridge motor yacht will offer two finishing choices called Classic offering warmer finishes, and Contemporary which offers a more modern minimalist style.  The Ferretti 580 is to be powered by twin Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp engines.  The first unit is set to launch in the fall of 2022 with World wide launched scheduled for the Dusseldorf boat show 2023.

May 15, 2022

Web: Codecasa New Web Site

Codecasa from Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Codecasa was founded in 1825 by master craftsman Giovanni Batista.  Since then five other Codecasa take the helm of the company; from Antonio,  Giovan Battista 1902, Ugo and Sandro 1946, and last Fulvio in 1976.  Today Codecasa operates three facilities in Viareggio, and one in Pisa all in the Tuscany area, with a production capacity which builds super yachts from 24 up to ninety meters in size. Codecasa Ugo and Tre have a capacity to build super yachts from forty to ninety meters in length, Codecasa Due can build yachts up to 35 meters, Codecasa DR11 can build alloy super yachts up to forty meters, and Navicelli which is the latest expansion located in Pisa. Currently Codecasa has four custom super yachts in construction; 24 m Gentleman's Yacht, F77 43m, C127 58m, and C124 43 m, and seven on spec projects on offer from 24 to 72 meters.  Codecasa new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Codecasa, Yachts, Media, Service, and Contacts.  As is standard today Codecasa is also on social media with lower page buttons taking you to its Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages.     

May 13, 2022

Project: Vanquish VQ115 Veloce

Ordered by and developed in tandem with a repeat client, the first VQ115 Veloce will roar along at a blistering fifty plus knots and break records in the process.  Having had huge fun on his current Vanquish, the client was fully aware of Vanquish  capacity for customization. He also loves sparring with Vanquish founder Tom Steentjes, who is famed for his no-nonsense, non-traditional approach.  This first hull for the VQ115 Veloce line is therefore the result of some serious brainstorming sessions about a super sport yacht  that will allow large groups of people to be entertained, enjoy extended stays onboard and tap into a wide range of watersports. While the initial discussions were based on design concepts for a VQ90, the talks soon evolved as the owner added an extra cabin, a dedicated dining area on the lower deck and two garages. The resulting 35-metre super sport yacht has more of everything that makes Vanquish unique in the market while staying totally in tune with the brand DNA.  That also means no compromises in terms of speed, with the installation of the largest engines possible, triple  MTU 2650hp, surface drives propulsion, which will power theVQ115 Veloce to an exceptional speed of fifty plus knots.  She will also quite possibly be the fastest aluminums yacht over thirty meters with normal diesel engines, i.e. non-turbine-driven–built to date.  While all VQs are famously fast, this combination of length and knots posed a challenge that the entire design trajectory revolved around this issue.  Studio Delta in the Netherlands was called in for the naval architecture of a hull that features deflectors in the bottom shell to direct the spray aft. The result is optimal comfort and performance levels and a significant efficiency increase at top speeds.  Exterior designer Guido de Groot and his team had a relatively narrow hull on which to base their design. The engines will be placed in a trapezium shape with the middle engine forward.  Two gyro stabilizers will enable the retention of another typical Vanquish characteristic, genuine comfort at all speeds on this smart synthesis of a race boat and luxury yacht. An impressive range of up to 600 nm will be possible when running on one or two engines, with an extra fuel tank available for cruising at lower speed.  Despite the phenomenal propulsion package, lots of space remains aft for a large tender bay that will house a VQ16. This mighty craft will be launched by a dedicated tender system, while a multifunctional hydraulic platform will ensure easy access to and from the water via a passerelle and swimming ladder. Another tender in the form of a VQ11 water scooter will be housed in a second garage on the starboard side. This area will double as a leisure playground with a live bait tank, paddleboards, sea bobs and other toys. A hydraulic ladder will make diving a breeze.  Outdoor entertainment is a major factor in all areas of the yacht; while this is the norm on every Vanquish, the theme is being literally and figuratively taken to new lengths on the VQ115. The expansive foredeck, for instance, has a large seating area for lounging and dining, plus the option to lift up the sun beds and create a salt water jacuzzi. There is a wealth of relaxation options on the aft deck too while the fly-sport-bridge has a dedicated sunbathing area as well as its own helm station.  The flybridge has been superbly integrated with in a distinctive exterior profile, part of a pure design with clean lines and that sexy, elegant, instantly recognizable Vanquish look. Those sharing space on the water with this powerhouse will certainly be glad of the advance visual notice as the negative bowheads their way.  The interior features a futuristic style to match the exterior design, with a casual groove, emblematic Vanquish details and 45-degree treatments. A smart layout makes optimum use of the enlargeds pace available. The main deck saloon will be fully tailored to the owner’s wishes with movable furniture to allow flexibility of occasion and time of day. Office space is included for when work calls, there is a neat pantry with its own cocktail bar, plus a day-head to keep the lower deck private. Stairs rise to the sport-flybridge above while the aft door opens fully to create a unified space with th eaft deck: matching floors will ensure continuity between the outdoor and indoor spaces.  The lower deck features a more extensive galley and a U-shaped seating/dining area in a country kitchen style. Accommodations include a full-beam master suite, a VIP and a guest cabin, all with their own bathrooms. A dedicated media room includes a large television, a high-end sound system plu stwo Pullmans that bring the potential sleeping capacity to eight. There are also berths for four crew members.  The Vanquish VQ115 Veloce is scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2022 direction the Hamptons.

May 11, 2022

New Model: Aicon 66 Vivere

Aicon is officially back and on the thirtieth April it launched the 66 Vivere, the first model of the new era from the North American ownership of Marc-Udo Broich and John Venners who took over the brand in 2019.  Designed by Sergio Cutolo the Aicon 66 Vivere, started the initial project as an evolution of the popular 2005-12 produced 64, with the model coming as one of its own and more distinctive due to the important changes made in every area, including but not limited to the hull shape.  The Aicon 66 Vivere is offered in three or four double cabins lower deck layout, with the fourth cabin taking space from a walk-in wardrobe beauty room located to port side serving the master stateroom in the standard three double cabins layout.  The Aicon 66 Vivere is standard powered by Man 1200hp or optional 1300hp engines.  Aicon was saying as having sold fourteen hulls of these on plan in the fall of 2021, with two 72 Vivere also reported being sold, and a 76 Vivere project being on the works.  The price of the Aicon 66 Vivere is just under three million US dollars, excluding taxes and delivery.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.74 m (71.4ft)
Beam - 5.33 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 48827 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1150 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eights berths in four cabins, one or two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1200hp, or 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 26 cruise with Man 1200hp, 31 knots max 27 cruise with Man 1300hp
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydrotec
Certification - CE A

May 10, 2022

Project: Patrone 100 Inboard

Patrone presents its new generation with this project 100 designed by Tommaso Spadolini.  Innovative, modern and yet classic, the Patrone 100 is a traditional Ligurian Gozzo inspired cruiser of ten meters in length. The Patrone 100 will come with choices as its main feature offering two lower deck layouts; Deluxe single cabin with a forward island double berth, and Family having two cabins with the forward becoming a smaller double Vee berth and second guest cabin with twin bunk berths to starboard. The main deck revolve around the central helm station and its T-top, behind this is a dinette with opposite settees, and two side benches. On the technical side the Patrone 100 will have a hull length just under ten meters,  to enter into small boat Italian legislation, and is to be powered by twin 246hp engines with line shafts propulsion which give her a top speed up to 31 knots and a cruise of 24. The Patrone 100 will also be offered in an Outboard version of which no technical or performance details is yet given beside the rendering showing two outboards at the stern.  Hull one to be powered by twin diesel engines with shafts and is set to launch in Summer 2022, with World wide presentation at the Cannes boat show in September.    

May 8, 2022

Out-News = Benetti Super Yacht Saved by US Coast Guard

A 44 meter Benetti super yacht was saved from sinking by the US Coast Guard while it was 45 nautical miles to the North West of Grays Harbor, Washington on the morning of seventh May.  The Benetti super yacht had problems in the closing of its transom door, leaving its garage beach club open and filling with sea water from rough seas, this resulting in the evacuation and safety of the seven persons onboard.  The super yacht was a day later on the eight May towed to safety by the 210 foot USCG Cutter Active further North to the entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  None of the persons onboard and of the safety operation team suffered any injuries.
This Benetti is a 145 Vision titled M/Y Domani was launched in 2004 to a design of Stefano Righini exterior, and Francois Zuretti doing the interior.  The Benetti 44 meter Vision semi-custom series was produced from 2002 till 2014 with seventeen units sold.  The Vision 145 was usually powered by twin Cat 1300hp engines which give her top speeds up to fifteen knots and cruise of fourteen, and a range of up to four thousand nautical miles.   The interior of the 145 Vision offered accommodation for ten guests in five suites, and crew accommodation for nine persons in five cabins.