September 18, 2021

Project: Sanlorenzo SL90 Asymmetric

Sanlorenzo present the project for a new SL90 Asymmetric, designed by Zuccon, this is the smallest semi wide body produced by the famous super yacht builder so far.  It will be interesting to see if Sanlorenzo push for a smaller Asymmetric models in the future.  The SL90 Asymmetric stands out for its 27 meter length and five double guest cabins, including of which is an owners stateroom on the main deck. The Asymmetric layout of being full wide body to port side, increases space by 31 square meters in the interior living area of the main deck.  The Sanlorenzo SL90 Asymmetric will be powered by twin Man 2000hp for top speeds up to 29 knots and a cruise of 25.

September 17, 2021

New Model: Horizon FD90 Skyline

Horizon Yachts is pleased to announce the launch and delivery of a new FD90 Skyline to an Asian owner. Christened Tyee, the yacht is the twenteeth hull of the popular Fast Displacement series, and the first FD yacht delivered to Southeast Asia. Within her seven meter plus of beam, FD90 Skyline features a five-stateroom layout with an enclosed sky-lounge configuration. A spacious aft deck leads into the main salon with a dayhead and television aft to starboard and a lounging area highlighted by a corner glass cabinet, sumptuous L-shaped white leather sofa and coffee table with pouf ottoman to port. White oak and walnut feature as the main woods throughout the interior, and the elegant yet minimalist d├ęcor is further distinguished by floor-to-ceiling windows and white ash flooring. Forward, the formal dining area is flanked by sliding glass doors to port and starboard that allow for semi-al fresco meals. To starboard, walnut stairs with Led-lit treads lead to the sky-lounge one deck above, while the galley to starboard is separated from the main dining area and outfitted in Cambria Brittanicca quartz. Furthest forward, the full-beam master stateroom features spacious closets and a raised vanity/desk with a custom-made leather desk chair to starboard. The window to port features a built-in chaise longue with a leather cushion. Four additional guest staterooms are located on the lower deck, and comprise a VIP forward, a convertible twin with Pullman to port, and mirrored queen VIPs amidships. Accommodations for six crew members are situated aft of the engine room housing the twin Cat engines of 1,136hp each.  On the upper deck, the pilothouse can be closed off from the enclosed sky-lounge, which features a large U-shaped settee and a wenge games table. The spacious boat deck will house the tender with plenty of room for sunbathing and entertaining, while the foredeck features a sun-pad and U-shaped settee with sliding dinettes topped with Mt. Jade Meganite. This area features the same teak decking specified for all exterior areas and can be shaded with a sun awning. Delivered on schedule, FD90 Skyline is a further development of FD85 which first appeared in 2016, which then developed in the FD87 in 2018, and an FD92 custom being delivered on the same platform in 2020.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.45 m (90ft)
Waterline Length - 24.7 m
Beam - 7.11 m 
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 104 t
Fuel Capacity - 13170 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C18A 1136hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Cor D.Rover exterior

September 16, 2021

Out-News = Collision in Cannes Boat Show 2022

A collision between a new Ecoline Sport Cruiser of eight meters in length and a Van der Valk of sixteen meters happened at the Cannes boat show on the afternoon of seven September, thankfully with no consequences onboard to both the persons of the eight meter sport cruiser and the sixteen meter sport yacht.  Big shock onboard the smaller sport cruiser who had three persons onboard and got most of the damage, being hit astern. Apart cosmetic and structural damage, the Ecolux sport cruiser also damaged its hybrid module and had to cancel the boat show parade.  The Van der Valk had small cosmetic damage to its bow area.  
The boats in this accident are the new Ecoline Ecolux 850 and the Van der Valk California 52.  The first is a sport cruiser of eight meters in length available among other propulsion also with a patented diesel electric hybrid propulsion by FNM called BlueHybridSystem.  The second is the custom Van der Valk California 52, build on order of Dutch company Waterdream, to a design of Vripack.

Improve-it = Riva 56 Rivale

Riva present a 56 Rivale with a functional Hard-Top aims to satisfy the needs of owners by offering a spacious main deck shaded by awnings, the result is a functional design that is especially popular in markets where the average temperature is very high. It is no coincidence that the first unit is already on the other side of the Atlantic, sailing in American waters.  The 56 Rivale with hard-top follows on from the Dolceriva Hard Top and is part of the evolution of the Open range, consolidating a market segment that has been Riva’s main focus right from the outset, one that includes the brand’s most iconic models, such as Riva Iseo, Acquariva Super and Rivamare.  56’ Rivale with hard-top expresses all its dynamism, elegance and sportiness from the very first glance, drawing on the design elements that have given the Riva open range its unique status in the world, and is the result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, the creative flair of designer Mauro Micheli, the founder of Officina Italiana Design with Sergio Beretta, and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.  This extraordinary yacht combines meticulous attention to detail with the finest materials, distinctive features of the brand right from the outset, ranging from polished mahogany for the interiors to teak for the exteriors, and from lacquered surfaces to mirror-finish stainless steel and fine leather.  First unit is hull coloured entirely Riva Shark Grey with Bright Black detailing.

September 15, 2021

Out-News = Flybridge Cruiser Partially Sinks Near Venice

A flybridge cruiser of about fourteen meters in length was found partially sank in the morning of nine September in Coarle, Darsena dell' Orologio which translated to English means the Quay of the Watch.  The flybridge cruiser was floated again on the morning of September 11, and according to unconfirmed reports the boat sank for a failure to a raw water tube, which takes water to the engine sea-water pump. Darsena dell'Orologio is located further North East from Venice, and is a marina which offers just short of five hundred berths.
The flybridge motor cruiser in this accident is a Solcio Biondi 44 Fly which was released in 1989 and produced till about the mid nineties.  The 44 was designed by Dall' Abaco and was also offered in Open version.  Solcio was the Italian dealer of Norway's Fjord boats in the eighties and having success with the range of Norwegian cruisers up to 39 feet in length, decided to enter production in collaboration with the Biondi boat yard for cruisers above that size.  The Solcio Biondi 44 first released as Open and then as Fly, had a good success with about thirty units being built in both Open and Fly versions, with the later being more popular to the previous.    

New Model: Viking 54 ST

With the new 54 Open Series, Viking's largest-ever express-style yacht the New Jersey boat builder gives more of everything: speed, range, accommodations, creature comforts, storage, cockpit space, fishability. The fleet consists of three Vikings: the Open (O), Sport Coupe (SC) and 54 Sport Tower (ST). The trio joins and shares hull with the 54 Convertible to complete an unmatched offering of mid-size fish-and-cruise sixteen meter Viking sportfish yacht. Each model has its own unique style, aesthetic appeal and inherent cruising and fishing benefits. The 54 Sport Tower takes fishability to the highest levels with its Palm Beach Towers hardtop and tuna tower while giving the boat an unmistakably aggressive profile. Powered with optional Man 1550hp engines and boasting a sexy Shark Grey gelcoat, hull No. 1 is a fast forty plus knots) and ferocious offshore battlewagon with a tower and Rupp hydraulic outrigger system. Her color-coordinated exterior includes matching Shark Grey for the tower’s sunshade and standing platform as well as the radar and satellite antennas and thermal imaging camera.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.61 (54.4ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 31856 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5625 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accomodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - forty knots max with optional Man 1550hp

September 14, 2021

Project: Sunseeker Superhawk 55

Sunseeker went all guns blazing during the Cannes 2021 boat show, presenting four new models and three upcoming projects for 2022, and announcing the return of the Superhawk name since the demise of the 43 model around 2012 with this new 55 project.  With Andrea Frabetti at the helm great things are coming from the Poole based builder, and now his work is turning full circle.  The Superhawk 55 is a sixteen meter with a beam of just under five meters sport yacht, offering a spacious main deck layout with central sun-pad, and a nice central wet bar behind the centre console type helm station.  Of note is that half of the exterior is covered by an overhang, side opened hard-top, and another important detail is that the aft part from the radar arch to the stern makes also full use of the beam.  Down below the Superhawk 55 also offers nice spaces with a standard two cabins layout; owners room at midships, and guest forward, and an option for a third in replacement to the lower deck saloon to starboard.  A galley is also located below to port side in between the cabins.  Performance wise the Sunseeker Superhawk 55 will be powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives and speeds up to 38 knots.   The Superhawk 55 is an innovative project to come from Sunseeker, with some brilliant ideas on the main deck giving the feel of a large centre console and when launched should be one of the most good looking sport yachts in its size.  My only gripe is that with the near to five meter beam and performance numbers it is difficult to picture this model in the Hawk-Superhawk line-up, but more about this in an upcoming blogger. 

September 13, 2021

New Model: Fiart 39 Seawalker

Seeing growth in the centre console market Fiart present the second model in less to a year for the Seawalker range, and following the 43 launched in the fall of 2020, here comes the new 39 presented in a private ceremony at the builders factory in Baia, Naples in early July.  The 39 is soon to be followed by the new 35 replacing the 33 which launched the Seawalker range in 2011. The new Fiart 39 Seawalker follows where the 43 left and offers a sport cruiser mainly suited for Summer entertainment, with overnight accommodation for four persons, in a forward island double berth, and midships with two singles.  The Fiart 39 Seawalker is standard powered by twin Volvo 270hp with optional engines up to 440hp.  An outboard version is also available.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.61 m (41.5ft)
Beam - 3.86 m
Draft - 1.01 m
Displacement - 7930 kg
Fuel Capacity - 940 l
Water Capacity - 520 l
Accommodation - four guests
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 270hp, 320hp, D6 440hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPI duoprop stern drive
Speed - up to 42 knots max, 34 knots max 25 knots cruise with Volvo 270hp

September 12, 2021

Project: Baglietto 40m Panam

With this project Gavio Group seems to have an identity crisis, as this listed in both Cerri CCN and Baglietto website under construction, although to be fair the yacht more looks like the later then the former, with the stern and raised pilot house all shouting out to the winged brand.  Announced as a project in Cerri's website Panam was the fifth Fuoriserie super yacht, that is before it got rebranded as Baglietto.  Baglietto 40m Panam comes from a design by Francesco Paszkowski, who took care of both exteriors and interiors, the latter in cooperation with Margherita Casprini.  Sleek and aggressive, this Baglietto stands out for her impressive performances, ensured by the aluminium alloy hull and three 2600hp MTU engines and three KaMeWa water-jet engines, which push her up to a maximum speed of 31 knots and a pleasant cruising speed of 25. All technical components, the mast and the roll bar are in carbon fibre, so as to reduce overall weight.  The straight bow endows this yacht with a a modern, dynamic and powerful look, further enhanced by the large irregular-shape windows that let plenty of natural light into the interior saloon.  The layout features a large salon on the main deck, separate from the dining area thanks to a “green” wall. Forward, the full-beam master suite is fitted with a walk-in wardrobe and a bathroom with hammam. Two folding balconies open up on the sides.  Four guest cabins are located on the lower bridge, which also hosts the professional galley. On this same deck, forward, are the captain’s cabin, 2 double cabins, the laundry and the crew mess. Behind the engine room is the semi-float-in garage storing a 17’ tender, while a pleasant beach area can be enjoyed aft, open on three sides and fitted with a beach platform transformer granting very easy access to the sea.  The fly bridge features a large aft custom-made pool with counter current swimming system, while a sunbathing area can be found at the bow.

September 11, 2021

New Model: Benetti Motopanfilo 37M

On 29 July in Viareggio the ceremony for the launch of the first unit of the Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, whose elegant lines evoke memories of the finest nautical traditions with a contemporary twist to meet the needs of modern owners. Inspired by the Benetti “navette” from the ‘60s, the Motopanfilo 37M was conceived as a shell, reinterpreting those iconic, glamorous features and incorporating them into a timeless design across the yacht’s four decks. Lazzarini Pickering Architects designed the interiors and Francesco Struglia, in collaboration with Benetti, signed the elegant exterior lines.  Down by the sea, the transom nods to the iconic models of the Sixties in the form of a beach club allows easy access to the water. The central face of the transom, sharply inclined downwards, opens up to reveal a bathing platform surprisingly ample for a 37-meter. On the Main Deck, the tradition of wood and its enduring links with the sea have not been overlooked. In the saloon, modern-style glazed surfaces and gently curved ceilings amplify natural light thanks to the extensive use of warm wood and light colours for the floors. Towards the stern, the ceilings take on a double-curved effect, a testament to the shipyard’s excellence in craftsmanship. The owner’s suite is located toward the bow of the main deck, carrying the captivating design forward. On the Lower Deck, the respect for the innate character of each environment can be seen in the choice not to straighten the cabin walls, allowing them to follow the gentle, relaxed curve of the hull. The ubiquitous rib structure appears here with an inversion of colours and materials compared to the Main Deck. The four comfortable guest cabins amidships accommodate double beds and toward the bow, in a separate area, three cabins are dedicated to the six crew members. From the lobby, a spiral staircase winds around the central mast that rises through two decks as it accompanies guests to the sky lounge on the upper deck. The aft part of the Upper Deck is designed for convivial moments in the open air, with areas for relaxation, conversation and sunbathing. The captain’s cabin is adjacent to the wheelhouse, and on the exterior towards the bow, guests are welcomed by a Jacuzzi and sunbeds. The Observation Deck, once carved out around the main mast but on the new Motopanfilo 37M positioned above the hard top, provides a sheltered nook in the sky, absolutely intimate with a special view. The displacement hull, designed by P.L.A.N.A. PierLuigi Ausonio Naval Architecture, ensures smooth navigation and maximum comfort while onboard. The Motopanfilo 37M is powered by twin Man 1400hp  as standard or 1650hp optional units, giving maximum speeds of 16 or 18 knots respectively, with a range of 3,800 nautical miles at the 10-knot cruising speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.8 m (120.9ft)
Beam - 7.8 m
Draft - 1.9 m
Displacement - 230 t
Fuel Capacity - 35000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Project - Francesco Struglia exterior, Lazzarini Pickering interior, PierLuigi Ausonio hull naval architect
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp, 1650hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max with Man 1379hp, 18 knots with Man 1626hp, ten knots cruise
Range - 3800 nm at ten knots