October 19, 2019

Project: Majesty 120

Gulf Craft is pleased to reveal the tri-deck Majesty 120, a new 37-metre addition to the SuperYacht Collection and the head line brand brand of the United Arab Emirates boat builder. Announced during the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 onboard the Majesty 140 by Gulf Craft Executive Chairman, Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, the Emirates-yacht builder stated that the first hull is officially under construction with completion scheduled for March 2020.  Measuring 37 meters with a beam just over eight meters the Majesty 120 is constructed using advanced composites as carbon fiber, with Gulf Craft’s in-house design studio responsible for her naval architecture and exterior design, while the Italian studio of Cristiano Gatto undertook her interior design. Aggressive lines and a demanding profile define the Majesty 120, with the signature windows lining the hull. Extensive use of glass offers an unparalleled connection to the outdoors with low bulwarks allowing for an ornamental glass railing design. Onboard the Majesty 120 will accommodate up to ten guests across five spacious staterooms in an inventive asymmetric layout. A total of seven crew are also accommodated on-board. Among the standout features onboard the new Majesty 120 is a Jacuzzi on the sun deck as well as a hybrid beach club. Another example of innovative design and engineering, the beach club is convertible to a tender storage unit to ensure maximum fun on the water. Offering maximum flexibility to owners, the VIP stateroom entertainment area can be cleverly transformed into a spacious lounge quarter on the lower deck. Working to a design brief that called for a minimalistic boat to meet international tastes, designer Cristiano Gatto created a modern and contemporary interior design. The Majesty 120 represents a revolution not only for Gulf Craft but for the entire luxury yacht industry. She is the first-ever Majesty Yacht model to be completely electrically powered and, apart for the engines and generators, no hydraulic systems are used onboard. By doing so, Gulf Craft has created a noise-free environment as well as created a more efficient construction process that leads to a care-free maintenance lifespan for every owner.  The Majesty 120 will be powered by twin MTU 2600hp engines.

October 18, 2019

Out-News = Sparkes Marina Fire

On ninth October in the early morning a fire broke out at Sparkes Marina in Hayling Island in the British South coast, close to Portsmouth.  The fire which broke at 06:15 morning sank two boats and left two damaged.  Fire fighters where called immediately on the spot and spent two hours extinguishing the flames.  No person where injured during the incident.  The two sinking boats where a motor cruiser of over nine meters which I was told was an a Aquastar 30, and a sailing boat of six meters.  
Sparkes Marina is located in Hayling Island, Hampshire at the Southern tip of the famous Solent cruising grounds and very close to the Isle of Wight.  The Marina offers berthing capaicity for 160 boats.

New Model: Marlow Voyager 100V

Marlow has just launched its new Voyager 100V representing its largest build to date in the ascension of the American company Chinese build super yachts line above 24 meters. The Voyager 100V extends Marlow's size by a meter from the 2011 launched Explorer 97E model. Designed and engineered in Marlow's design center, the Voyager 100V specification exceeds that of many production yachts available.  From her in house CuproNickel piping throughout which replaces common budget hose products to the exquisite soft goods and decor nothing about 100V is left without thinking.  Build utilizing Marlow's own proprietary Full Stack Infusion; utilizing Carbon Fiber, Dupont Kevlar, Titanium, 316L Stainless, Honeycomb, and Corecell.  Engine and machinery spaces are also expansive; with the ability to walk unimpeded fully around all separated machinery and electrical rooms with eight feet of headroom in sparkling white and flawless finish reinforced by carbon fiber ring frames. Marlow Voyager 100V is a raised pilot house design with a large open galley and dinette forward of the split level main deck.  The lower deck is for overnight cabins with  five double cabins, including a full beam midships owners stateroom, and a fifth guest cabin located aft.  Marlow Voyager 100V is power by Baudouin 1600 HP commercial rated engines allowing for speeds up to 22 knots and a cruise of 19 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 31 m (102ft)
Hull Length - 29.5 m
Beam - 6.85 m
Displacement - 97 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 20819 l
Water Capacity - 2271 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines -2 x Baudauin 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Velocijet strut keels
Speed - 22 knots max light load 19 knots fast cruise 8 knots long range cruise
Range - 2900 nm at 9 knots , 4200 nm at 8 knots
Construction - vacuum infused with Corecell core, and carbon fiber and Dupont Kevlar used in critical areas

October 17, 2019

Project: Alen 56 HT

During the Cannes boat show 2019 Turkish builder Alen presented the project for a new 56 HT model.  The Alen 56 HT is based on the 55 model with the main difference that it has no walk around and geared as a full cabin sport yacht, including a fully enclosed three sided hard top, with open or closed do as you wish patio door.  With the fully enclosed hard top the living of the Alen 56 HT is fully moved on the main deck, allowing for a lower deck dedicated to the three double cabins, including a full beam master cabin. The living layout is also very modern with an astern galley layout, a dinette to port side with opposite settee, and a helm station to starboard.  The spacious hard-top makes good use of main deck space using 60% for accommodation purposes, excluding the fore deck and the sun-pad.  The Alen 56 HT is powered by Volvo 625hp or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod propulsion with the optional engine choice allowing for speeds up to 38 knots.   

October 16, 2019

New Model: Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge

Rivera presents its new 54 Enclosed Flybridge model, what is an update and replacement to the 52 which was also an evolution of the 50 launched in 2014.  The new Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge brings little differences outside to the 52, with the main important change coming in the layout of the lower deck which now offers a full beam midships master stateroom.  With this change the third stateroom is now smaller offering bunk twin berths to starboard, while the VIP suite looks of the same size.  The previous layout of the 2016 launched 52 offered a choice for an owners cabin to port side or forward in the optional layout.  The Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with IPS pod drives propulsion.  In all the new 54 we see latest technological equipment from the glass cockpit to CZone Digital switch system.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.60 m (57.9ft)
Hull Length - 16.1 m
Beam - 5.01 m
Draft - 1.40 m incl propellers
Displacement - 26322 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max 27 knots cruise, 22 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 437 nautical miles at 22 knots
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions

October 15, 2019

Project: Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker is proud to release details of all-new 65 Sport Yacht. Launching in the fall of 2020, the new yacht showcases a fresh design from Sunseeker’s next generation of models and underlines the brand’s commitment to bringing more exciting new products.  Sunseeker's Design and Technology Centre based in Poole, have been developing this new model for over a year. Embodying the latest design synonymous with Sunseeker, the 65 Sport Yacht will be fundamentally different from the current range in the segment due to its sculptured exterior design, innovative helm concept and stylish interior appointments. No single area has been left unchallenged in the search for perfection.  Her sleek exterior profile, with an almost invisible minimalist bridge deck, have been enhanced by the addition of rakish hull glazing, emphasizing her modern sporting prowess whilst increasing natural light into the lower deck spaces. The exterior is a cool blend of tinted glazing, teak, carbon fiber and polished stainless steel; perfectly balancing the traditional with hi-tech to enhance the emotional and performance traits of this dynamic new model.  Central to this yacht’s appeal, the modular sport bridge can be specified in two ways; a standard ‘Sky Lounge’ with comfortable chaise lounge and companion seating or a revolutionary and truly innovative ‘Sky Helm’. Featuring twin bolstered seats set very low either side of a central console, instrumentation is courtesy of a state-of-the-art glass bridge plotter complete with retro chrome dials. This design sets-off a very modern fully-carbon steering arm that can be raised to ease ingress into this racing-cockpit design or locked in a raised position for helming while standing. Cleverly, both helm seats can pivot aft for socializing while the windscreen can also tilt up and down depending on the driver’s preference and desire to be connected to the elements. Taken all together, the experience is one of pure adrenaline, akin to driving a high-performance convertible super-car and absolutely unique.  In line with this new model’s sporting credentials, access to the sport bridge is made from a lightweight feature staircase crafted from stainless steel, carbon and teak.  New ideas continue apace, not least within the vast modular cockpit which can be specified in a number of ways. Set to port is an over-sized J-shaped lounge seating running aft from the galley across the width of the cockpit matched to a large sun pad over the garage space. Alternatively, with centrally located lounge seating forward of the sun pad, the galley window can retract electrically to convert the area into a very sociable bar unit with matching stools. To starboard, the over-lapping entrance glazing slides effortlessly away allowing the cockpit to merge seamlessly with the generous and comfortable interior dominated by the superstructure’s expansive glazing. Here, the saloon has received numerous enhancements through both new designs to furniture and subtle but highly effective detailing of the sculpted upholstery and cabinetry incorporating polished stainless-steel highlights. The over-sized integrated skylight above the helm opens to more than two meters in width, flooding the living space forward with even more natural light. Accommodating up to six guests in a three-cabin layout, the spacious, full beam master stateroom includes a generous en-suite while the forward VIP cabin has been designed thoughtfully to give even more space. Each guest cabin is equipped with an en-suite and there is an additional day-head below. Optionally, an open-plan Owner’s Office linked to the master stateroom, an additional single-berth cabin or mini-galley can be specified below, delivering flexibility for any owner.  A clever new design sees the fully-appointed crew cabin situated forward of the garage and accessed via a dedicated raised hatch in the cockpit, all made possible by the IPS installation. This is important as an extra wide tender garage with fully-flush floor allows a 3.45 meter Jet RIB to be carried and launched via a new diagonal sliding hydraulic bathing platform, a first for any yacht in this sector. The additional garage space can be utilised for SeaBobs, inflatable paddleboards, diving equipment or racking.  Should an owner wish to carry the tender on the bathing platform, the vacated space can be specified as a dedicated and fully-featured ‘Beach Club’ with direct sea access via molded steps and more modular options for bar, fridge/ice maker units, BBQ and free-standing seating. In either scenario, the open garage door incorporates twin integrated rain-showers and speakers overhead; perfect for parties in or near the water. Molded steps featuring curved Flexiteek soles sweep up either side creating a fully symmetrical stern, enhancing her dynamic lines and inherent beauty.  The Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht cuts an equally important performance figure water with speeds of up to 38 knots courtesy of the Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives propulsion.

October 14, 2019

New Model: Cayman F520

Restarted in 2016 Cayman new generation prowess does not stop, and after the S450 in 2017, the F920 its largest build to date in 2018, present the F520 for 2019.  Designed by Ferragni the same studio responsible for the F920 flagship model launched in 2018, the F520 presents itself as a middle sized flybridge motor yacht with classic modern Italian exterior styling, and very spacious interior.  All the latest sought design and functional details are featured in the F520, as astern galley, full beam midships owners stateroom worth of that name, and fore deck forward looking settee.  This is a well thought clean designed motor yacht with a lot of comfort, offering a three double cabins interior with two bathrooms, and a crew cabin berth aft.  The Cayman F520 also scores points for well thought spaces in the aft deck and in the flybridge.  The Cayman F520 is powered by twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.93 m (52.2ft)
Hull Length - 14.18 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 18500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth aft
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max 21 knots cruise
Project - Ferragni 
Certification - CE B

October 13, 2019

Web: Moonen New Web Site

Moonen Yachts from the Netherlands presents its new virtual World wide web showroom.  Moonen was founded in 1963 at the Dutch town of Den Bosch first under the name of De Ruiter shipyard. In 1981 following new ownership entrance by Alhena, it is renamed to Moonen.  In 1985 Moonen builds is first super yacht above 24 meters with the launch of 26 meter Cassiopeia S, and in 1992 the company follows more into this by launching a semi-custom design platform of 24 meter in size.  The steel and aluminium semi-custom line is a success for Moonen, creating over the years quite a few recognizable designs in the 24 to 30 meter size.  Still the semi-custom platform does not stop Moonen from building fully custom larger boats and the launch of 37m White Heaven III in 1998 is a testament to this what will be its larger super yacht for quite some time, superseded by the 38 meter Snowhite in 2009, and then by 41 meters Sofia in 2014 its largest build to date.  Moonen has also in 2009 opened its second facility in Groot-Ammers some fifty kilometers away from the original home factory.  The new facility has increased Moonen building size capability up to 50 meters from 35, thanks to a new larger hall.  Moonen currently offers two lines; Semi-Custom, and Full-Custom.  The Semi-Custom range offers five models and starts with the 30M Matica, and expands up to the 50M Monito.  Currently Moonen has a 36M Martinque semi-custom in construction with delivery for mid 2020.  Moonen new website takes you around with the following buttons; Our Story, New Build, In Build, Fleet, Services, News, and Contact.  Moonen is also present in social media with bottom right buttons taking you to its; Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin pages. 

October 12, 2019

Project: Overmarine Mangusta Sport 104

Building on the legendary Maxi Open series, Overmarine today unveiled the Mangusta Sport 104, the first yacht designed by designer Igor Lobanov for the Viareggio Italian yacht builder, who takes over from Righini who till what I know always designed the models of the brand, from its founding in mid eighties as up till today with the exception of the Oceano and Gransport range.  This new Lobanov course in the Sport 104 embodies every important innovation from Mangusta’s thirty years of excellence in developing fast and comfortable Maxi Open yachts, which have become some of the most iconic models on the market. Most of which have sold beyond what anyone thought it was possible.  The Mangusta Sport 104 epitomizes the speed, comfort, and elegant aesthetics of the iconic Maxi Opens, keeping intact their family feeling. Yet the Mangusta Sport 104 is also a totally new boat that reinterprets key performance and lifestyle characteristics.  The most striking styling change comes in the bulwark design, where wide windows, smartly connected by the designer, let plenty of natural light come into the master and guest cabins. The frame design is truly a feat of engineering, as it ensures outstanding visibility through the large windows, while also allowing the yacht to be built to BV Class and to MCA code for commercial registration.  The boat’s rear can boast a brand-new design of the garage door, which emphasizes the yacht’s aggressive profile and allows it to fit a tender up to five meters in length and a three-seat jet ski. The other highlight of the rear section is the integrated sundeck, which wraps around the radar arch, giving this area a clean yet aggressive look.  Interiors have also been thoughtfully designed for long, comfortable, Med-crossing cruising and with features that flood all areas with natural light. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main salon create a sophisticated yet livable environment that can be arranged in many different layouts according to the owner’s desire.  Owners will love the uninterrupted dialogue between interiors and outdoors. The Mangusta Sport 104 offers an advanced infotainment system, ambient lighting, and an electro-chromic glass roof, all easily controlled by individual remote controllers.  The brand-new design of the dashboards, sundeck and main helm in main deck features a latest-generation navigation, monitoring and operating Interface.  The Mangusta Sport 104 is to be twin MTU 2600hp powered with Kamewa water jets propulsion, with speeds up to 35 knots being estimated.  The Sport 104 will also feature a new hull design, which sum the experiences gained of over three hundred units built with this set up by Overmarine.  

October 11, 2019

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche Accaio 123

On a rainy September morning, a very private yet cheerful ceremony celebrated the launching of the Acciaio 123. This is the second unit in the Acciaio series built by CdM, the first being the Acciaio 105 launched in 2018. Both yachts bring the signature of Sergio Cutolo from Hydro Tec who was entrusted also for the naval architecture and engineering. Impeccably contemporary in her exterior line that elegantly clothes a robust explorer vessel body, the Acciaio 123 blinks an eye to the past with high-end, timeless and sophisticated interiors developed by Cantiere delle Marche in-house design department in conjunction with the owners.  Leveraging on CdM's experience in the construction of explorer yachts renowned for their sea-keeping and long range, the Acciaio 123 boast generous and extremely comfortable interior spaces spread on three decks plus a large sun deck to host to the highest standards, up to twelve guests in five cabins and seven crew members. For all its characteristics, the Acciaio 123 is an explorer vessel for owners to enjoy the best of ocean exploring in full safety and comfort.  The Main deck layout, with a wide-body configuration, grants extra space to all environments from amidship to forward. This means that both the galley, located to port side, and the Owners stateroom which occupies the forward section of the deck, are extremely large with the latter enjoying an extremely high level of comfort and livability for a yacht of her size.  In an age where eco-friendly attitude is becoming more important also in the yachting industry, at 37.35 metres, with a beam of 7.80m and a displacement of 320t, the Acciaio 123 has two Caterpillar engines of just 533kW each which allow for a top speed of 13 knots and a range, at 10 knots, of 5,500 nautical miles. These remarkable figures are obtained thanks to Hydro Tec full-displacement hull design featuring a smooth distribution of the lines which provides significant reduction of resistance and excellent seaworthiness.  A proper explorer, the Acciaio 123 has large storage to navigate for thousands of miles without the need for any stop for provisioning. The technical spaces are as usual CdM’s feather in the cap for the machinery and equipment, piping and cabling, and their outstanding levels of spaciousness, brightness and meticulously designed layout that allows easy handling and maintenance. Top-end machinery and redundancy in equipment are not there to make Captain and engineer’s life easier, they are testament to the yard’s core mission to make navigation of its explorers in far and remote areas of the globe as safe as possible.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.35 m (122.5ft)
Beam - 7.80 m
Displacement - 320 t
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat 751hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 13 knots max ten knots cruise
Range - 5500 nautical miles at ten knots
Hull Shape - full displacement
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec, exterior design and naval engineering