June 14, 2021

Project: Viking 54 Sport Coupe


Viking presents the 54 Sport Coupe.  Part of the 54 series which now offers a total four different variants on the same hull, from the Open to the Converible. Accommodation is similar in the express sport yacht versions; Open, Sport Coupe, Sport Tower.  But it does differ from the convertible to optimize the design’s comfort and space.  The 54 Sport Coupe has the same three sided hard-top as the ST but without tower and any sportfishing amenities.  The Open, Sport Coupe and Sport Tower share cockpit and command deck layouts, providing an excellent use of space for fishing, diving, cruising and entertaining. The fourteen square meters cockpit boasts twin mezzanine seating with cooler storage below, easily converted into optional freezer space, along with drink coolers, in-deck fish and storage boxes, a transom live well and a transom door with lift gate. A single centreline lazarette hatch opens nearly 90 degrees for full viewability and access to the available gyro stabilization, as well as the steering, trim tabs and drain pumps. With its open aft bulkhead, the command deck gives you instant access to the cockpit. The centerline helm, with its pedestal seat on a raised platform, provides excellent visibility and is complemented by port double and starboard single companion seating. Three multi-function displays are flush mounted in a recessed black panel, contributing to the clean streamlined helm design. Aft of the helm, there is a convergence of practical and convenience features, including refrigeration and tackle and gear storage compartments. Plump cushions topping the port-side U-shape lounge, which surrounds a walnut table, will cradle your guests in comfort while providing ample height to take in the surroundings. To port, you’ll also find an L-shaped lounge with storage underneath.  Below, the important beam offers volumes of interior space including a choice of two or three cabins layouts. With either, the forward master stateroom is large and fitted with a queen-size bed, plenty of storage behind the horizontal grain walnut cabinetry and served with a private head. Additional staterooms are found on the port side, each with upper and lower berths. The head has private access in the two-stateroom layout, while guests share the head in the three-stateroom plan. Midship on the starboard side is a well-appointed galley with a full appliance package, walnut cabinetry, an engineered stone countertop and under-counter refrigeration/freezer units. Opposite the galley in the two-stateroom model is an L-shaped lounge and table. The three-stateroom version utilizes booth seating. The Viking 54 SC is standard powered by a pair of Man 1400hp, or optional 1550hp engines.

June 12, 2021

New Model: Overmarine Mangusta 104 Rev

The first hull of the Mangusta 104 Rev, the innovative model representing the new era of Mangusta Maxi Open Line of super sport yachts, was launched the morning of 28th May. This is a super sport yacht that made the news even before hitting the water; indeed, the 104 Rev was moved to the launch venue at night, driving through the narrow streets of Viareggio and stirring the curiosity of many locals, who thus had the privilege of getting a preview of the first hull in the new Open line.  The Mangusta 104 Rev is a revolutionary yacht, currently the entry level in the iconic Maxi Open range, in which Overmarine has been an undisputed leader for over 35 years, with more than three hundred yachts built in this timespan. Thanks to the joint work of the Group’s Engineering Department and designer Igor Lobanov, this vessel’s sporty and slender lines preserve the Mangusta DNA, but reinterpret it in a modern key.  Hull one has been sold to an American client, who was charmed by the new Maxi Open range; a success proving that the American market is increasingly thriving and keeps an eye on the innovations introduced in the Mangusta fleet. All Group lines including the latest models, are now represented overseas.  Other distinctive elements on this cruiser are the wide glass surfaces flawlessly integrated in her powerfully aggressive profile; a true engineering masterpiece. These see-through surfaces result in outstanding visibility while also allowing the vessel to be classified in the BV and MCA classes for commercial registration.  Light pervades all interiors, not only on the main deck; where the cosy, sophisticated salon is surrounded by ceiling-high windows but also on the lower deck, which can accommodate up to ten guests in four cabins; full-beam master stateroom, a VIP cabin, and two guest cabins.  As is the case on each and every Mangusta yacht, the exteriors and interiors form a smooth, harmonious continuum, maximising the concept of lifestyle meant as an unforgettable onboard life experience. The owners and their guests will be able to enjoy maximum relaxation and privacy in the many areas available onboard, including among others the comfortable sunbathing area, located forward, and the sundeck, which is seamlessly integrated in the profile and unravels around the radar arch, resulting in an essential, assertive look. The sundeck consists of a relaxation area furnished with a comfy U-shaped sofa and the second pilot station.  The aft cockpit door opens completely, connecting the salon to the exteriors to create a dining area where guests can indulge in pleasant convivial moments. Hidden behind the stylish aft door, the garage can fit a tender up to five metres and a 3-seat jet-ski.  The Mangusta 104 Rev comes with twin MTU with waterjet propulsion, pushing her to a maximum speed of 35 knots, noiselessly and without the slightest vibrations. At the cruising speed of 25 knots, the yacht can boast a range of 370 nautical miles. Seakeeper gyro stabilizers allow her to deliver impressive performances and comfort both when cruising, even in choppy seas, and at anchor.  Hull one is to be delivered to her owner by the end of July. The next, available for sale, is scheduled for delivery in summer 2022.
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.80 m (104.3ft)
Beam - 7.1 m
Draft - 1.6 m
Displacement - 110 t half load, 120 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 10500 l
Water Capacity - 1600 l
Accommodation - ten guests in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - KaMeWa Waterjests
Speed - 35 knots max 25 knots cruise
Range - 370 nm at 25 knots cruise
Construction - single skin hull, cored sandwich super structure
Project - Lobonavo interior and exterior, naval architecture Overmarine
Certification - BV, MCA

June 11, 2021

Out-News = Classic Flybridge Motor Cruiser Sinks in San Benedetto del Tronto

A thirteen meter wooden flybridge motor cruiser sank in the Tronto river just around half a nautical mile away from the coast of the Adriatic sea, on the morning of tenth April. The seventies build Italian motor cruiser was boarded by two persons who according to some reports purchased her a couple of days before and where taking delivery of the vessel.  Apparently the motor cruiser hit a tree trunk and suffered hull damage, which led to its sinking.  The two persons called an SoS and while a rescue was deployed by the coast guard, they where rescued by a pleasure vessel who was in the area at the time of the sinking.
The thirteen meter motor cruiser which sank in this accident is an Itama 145, built up until the end seventies.  The Itama 145 was the entry level model of Mario Amati wooden flybridge motor cruiser and yacht range, prior to him changing to the fiberglass open sport cruiser and yacht line in the eighties which proved to be a successful move.  The wooden custom range featured two other larger models, the 160 and 180, with the smaller 145 proving to be the most popular of the line up.  

June 10, 2021

Project: Cayman F580

Cayman continue to upgrade its line and the company which was reborn in 2017, has been a success story.  Here Cayman is showing the F580 project, and as most of the new projects which the company shows in recent times is currently under construction in Italy, and set for launch in Summer 2021.  The Cayman F580 is a flybridge motor yacht coming from a design of Ferragni, who presents a sweet looking seventeen meter motor yacht, which in the rendering strikes a balance of modernity without exaggerations.  The Cayman F580 will offer a main living on the main deck with astern galley layout, while the lower deck offers a three double cabins three heads layout.  Exterior entertainment areas are three; aft deck, flybridge, and foredeck.  The Cayman F580 will be powered by twin Man 800hp engines. 

June 9, 2021

Andrea Spreafico 1921 - 2018

On 15 January 2018 at 96 years of age Andrea Spreafico left for the better World.  Born on 4th December 1921 in Vimercate in the province of Milan, Andrea Spreafico known to his friends as Gino is said to have made his fortunes in investing in the city of Milan after World War II and owning by the fifties around one thousand apartments in the World Fashion Capital.  He is also known to be the first Italian to buy the first Ferrari car, this passion of sport cars something which he never abandoned.  In the sixties he founds the Cielo Terra Mare CTM luxury good store in Milan, focusing among other things in selling yachts and representing the Versilcraft brand, something which he will do till the nineties.  In the early eighties Andrea invests in the Eastern Ligurian coasts and acquires along with some partners the famous Castles of Sestri Levante luxury hotel which will sole own from 2002.  In 1988 Andrea Spreafico founds the Falcon Yachts; at first the idea is to offer a range of fifteen to 24 meters in size, but in 1992 with the purchase of another shed in Viareggio the brand becomes totally independent moving away over time from the Versilcraft association.  Falcon Yachts will become a success and one of the top sellers in the 24 to 35 meters super yacht segment in the late nineties and the first decades of the new millennium, with the 82, 86 and 100 models being popular. 

June 8, 2021

New Model: Nor-Tech 560 Sport

Nor-Tech present its new flagship, the 560 Sport, part of its Center Console line up. A semi custom offer the 560 Sport, is offered with various options open or closed bow, and larger or smaller cabin. An unusual feature in the Nor-Tech 560 Sport is the only 12-foot beam which allows for trailer travel without the hassle of escort vehicles.  But be sure to have a strong car for this as she still weighs sixteen tons.  The Nor-Tech 560 Sport is powered by quadruple 550hp Cummins which allows for top speed up to seventy knots and a cruise of fifty.  The Nor-Tech flagship is also available with outboards called the 550. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17 m (56ft)
Beam - 3.65 m
Draft - 0.91 m (exl props and drives)
Displacement - 15875 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2271 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 4 x Cummins 550hp
Propulsion - surface drives
Speed - 70 knots max. 50 knots cruise
Construction - fiberglass and kevlar
Certification - CE B

June 6, 2021

Project: Otam Custom Range 115

Following in the wake of the award-winning first unit in the Otam Custom Range the 35m Gipsy, designed by Tommaso Spadolini, , the Ligurian shipyard now present another fully engineered 115-foot proposal. However, the only thing the two projects have in common is their length overall, with this new design arriving as one of the fastest alloy super sport yachts on the water capable of reaching 44 knots.  The exterior lines by BG Design Firm, the same studio behind the new Otam 70 HT, are inspired by the aeronautical and automotive worlds to reflect the brand’s racy DNA. Design details include the chromed ventilation vents in the transom and the air inlet on top of the hardtop.  The deep-V hull has been developed by Umberto Tagliavini Marine Design to provide excellent seakeeping, comfortable entry into waves and high speeds. Extensive Finite Element Analysis nsures a rigid hull that is not prone to flexing or twisting, while Computional Fluid Dynamics serve to optimize performance and handling at sea.  Clients can choose between a 3-engine configuration with MTU 2600hp engines and a KaMeWa waterjet central booster for a top speed of 44 knots and a cruise of 32, or twin units of the same engines for a top speed of 35 knots, cruising at 28.  The four stateroom standard layout comprises an airy, open-plan salon and dining area behind the wheelhouse on the main deck where the extensive glazing is designed to provide panoramic sea views, even when seated. There are two ensuite guest staterooms on the lower deck, a large VIP stateroom and a full-beam master stateroom amidships, together with a gym or SPA or a big pantry for best service on board. Otam is to build what Clients desire and request with limitless solutions can be designed the reflect a Buyer’s preference in full.

June 4, 2021

New Model: Bering B77

The first Bering B77 explorer, was launched at the Bering Yachts facility in Turkey. This is the first of four launches in the Antalya Free Zone planned by Bering Yachts for 2021, including the launch of a Bering 70, Bering 92 and Bering 76 in the second half of the year. As a semi-custom project, the first B77 has been conceived as the perfect long-range voyager with enough power, supplies and entertainment for a family of intrepid travellers. Designed in-house by Bering, this steel-hulled yacht blends a classic exterior with the most up-to-date specifications. Inside, the three-decked Veronika is roomy enough to accommodate six guests and up to four crew, although she can also be sailed shorthanded. With a massive 170 GT of volume, she outperforms most other yacht brands below 24 metres. The launch of the heavy displacement B77 was facilitated by the brand new 560-tonne capacity travel lift provided by the Antalya Free Zone marina. The first Bering B77 will undergo sea trials before transferring to Australia to start high-latitude exploration cruising.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.50 m (77.2ft)
Waterline Length - 22 m
Beam - 7.30 m
Draft - 1.90 m full load
Displacement- 165 t
Fuel Capacity - 26500 l
Water Capacity - 4400 l
Accommodation - six guest berths in three cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade propellers
Speed - 11 knots max 8 knots cruise
Range - 4000 nm at eight knots
Construction - hull in Ah-36 marine grade steel 10mm bottom 5mm sides, super structure in 5083 aluminium 6mm

June 2, 2021

Project: Pershing 6X

Pershing present the 6X project.  A restyling of the successful 62 model which the company launched in 2013.  The 62 is one of the most successful Pershing's, and was also itself a development of a model which born in 2005 as 56 model, then developed as 58 in 2010, 62 and now in 2021 redefines itself as the 6X.  The 56 was also a hot seller selling seventy units in a production run of five years, making it the second best sold Pershing ever behind the 50/50.1 model.  The Pershing 6X  expresses the boldest and most daring side of the brand’s character, the side that always appeals to people who love excitement on the water. Compact but in no way incomplete, it packs all the best of the brand’s leading-edge technology into a compact form factor. As all Pershing since 1985 the 6X is again a design of Fulvio de Simoni, with the Ferretti Group engineering doing the naval architecture and the rest.   Pershing 6X has an eye-catchingly sleek and streamlined appearance, with exterior styling that shares the same family feeling as the other Generation X models. The new yacht turns heads with its highly aerodynamic profile and large glazed surfaces in the hull that flood the lower deck with natural light.  The main novelties include style features that clearly reflect Pershing’s approach to design in recent years, further improving functional and comfort-related design goals without affecting outstanding performance. They include the new styling of the big aft sun pad, the carbon and teak table in the cockpit dining area, and the chaise longue with reclining backrest positioned forward.  The 6X though is the most conservative of all X and the only one not featuring the wings which join the top of the hard-top with that of the shipside, a feature Pershing introduced with the 70 in 2014.  An important new feature on the main deck is the helm station, made up of a dashboard with two 19-inch monitors, carbon fibre control panels and an electro-hydraulic steering system. Also available is an innovative joystick coupled to the surface drive with various advanced operating modes, including ‘easy handling’ for ground-breaking manoeuvrability in ports and confined waters. A large sunroof opens over the dashboard to take cruising enjoyment to the next level.  The first Pershing 6X unit has a layout with three cabins - owner, forward VIP and starboard guest - and three bathrooms with separate shower. The guest bathroom, which can be entered both from the cabin and the lobby on the mezzanine, also acts as day toilet. On the left side of the hull is the galley, strategically positioned to benefit from various sources of natural light, including a ceiling window. The version for the American market has two cabins; owner and VIP with a living space replacing the guest cabin.  Both versions have a crew cabin entered from the cockpit, with a single bed and integrated bathroom.  Among the other novel features are new rectangular portholes that look even more like real windows.  The materials used for the interiors of the new 6X are in perfect Pershing style, with extensive use of plain and lacquered wood for the furniture, parquet floors, Mastrotto and Poltrona Frau leathers, and mirrored panels in the owner’s cabin. The lighting system features new horizontal LED bars in the ceiling that match the decor based on alternating smooth and undulated surfaces.  Pershing 6X confirms the outstanding performance standards set by the brand since the end nineties with a top speed of almost 48 knots and a cruising of about 42 knots, with a pair of twin Man 1550hp.

June 1, 2021

blogger - Becoming Too Exclusive

It is a pity to see in recent years Magnum Marine being mostly a service yard in Florida.  What used to be the most exclusive name in the Nautical World is now renowned mostly as a legend.  Yes Magnum still builds a boat a year, and the company has also launched the Sport 27 model a couple months ago.  But this is far away from the successes of the past, where with the 53 model the company sold over fifty units and till the end of the nineties was the most sold sport yacht above fifteen meters.

So what went wrong with Magnum in the last decade or shall we say two decades.  I think one of the biggest mistakes is that Magnum has become to difficult in selling boats and has outpriced itself out of the market.  Yes a high end boat like Magnum cannot be cheap, and it is fair for it to be priced at the top end of the price range.  It is also normal for it to be a very exclusive product for the few.  But sometimes in all these things one has to strike a balance.  

When you think in the rise of custom high end sports fisherman in the last two decades; Bayliss, Jarrett Bay, Spencer, to name a few all have nice order books of three to five boats a year for example and none are priced competitive.  But also the success of Italian builder Otam.  Otam strikes directly at Magnum as it is a direct competitive product, which has been doing very well. Consider that Otam has sold six of its 80 model, including the custom 85 GTS off shot from the same hull.  Magnum has sold only two, of its 80 with the first delivered in 2000 and the second in 2008.  I think the preparation of the Italian yard in actually serving the client for his custom yacht is one of the reason of the success.  Also Otam is not afraid to search in other market segments as for example they did with the SD35 in 2016.  Of the performance orientated yard only Alfamarine did something similar in 2003 when they delivered the fully custom 140.  

To be fair Magnum was not afraid to offer different products in the past and the 35, 38, and 40 used to be offered in flybridge and sportfish versions, and the 53 was also delivered in a couple custom flybridge units as well.  

Magnum is trying to relaunch itself in recent months, a dealer overhaul has just happened and the company has finally launched the long announced Sport 27 model.  A second unit with outboard power is reported under construction, and a plan for an electric power zero emissions version are in advanced stages.  The company has also showed plans for a fully outboard powered 44 Banzai model.  With the 27 Magnum seems to be more looking at its early Don Aronow past, rather the Theodoli one of high end offshore sport cruisers and yachts.  Question comes automatic if this is the direction Magnum should really take.