November 23, 2020

Out-News = Filipetti Motor Yachts Burns Down in Gulf of Corinth

A 23 meter Filipetti motor yacht titled Just Mine with Jersey flag burned down in flames in the Gulf of Corinth, one nautical mile away from Bouka, Aigio in the morning of Friday November 13.  The Filipetti  motor yacht was in route to her home berth in Italy,  in return from a refit job in Turkey.  The two crew on board Just Mine where rescued and evacuated.  The motor yacht eventually sank and is a total loss.
Just Mine is a Filipetti Flybridge 76 model from 2013.  She is possibly the first of the Flybridge 76 series which was an evolution of the Evo 23 model build in between 2006 up to 2009 and became popular for its clean sleek design but also for being the first motor yacht in this size to have a fore deck dinette. Both the Evo 23 and Flybridge 76 come from a design of Fulvio de Simoni, who present her with a four double cabins interior, and was powered by twin 1500-1650hp engines reaching top speeds up to 30 knots and a cruise of around 25 with the largest engine option.     

New Model: Sundeck 430 S

Italians has always been clever, to reinvent the Nautical World, and this new Sundeck 430 S gives another facet for a walkaround sport cruiser.  Built on a solid and seaworthy vacuum infused, CE A class hull, expressively developed for the project, the 430 S combines a sport fishing heritage with plenty of amenities normally reserved for luxury yachts. Its huge aft cockpit can be fitted accordingly to the owner’s wishes, either to convivially seat plenty of guests or equipped for the more avid sport fishermen. The 430 S, benefits from the Trawler family feeling, offering you an all-weather and all purpose Express Sports cruiser which features extra accommodation cruising comfort, thanks to the two lower deck cabins and two bathrooms. The unique designed helm station and cockpit lounge are conveniently protected by the carbon fibre built hard top and superstructure, which contains a fan coil unit for climate control. The foredeck provides a great space for sun bed and the walk around design and the recessed windlass, at bow, really enhance safety on board. The standard provided full strata-glass enclosure, converts the 430 S into a a full enclosed cruiser.  A complete summer galley, available at rear deck, will make preparing quick summer meals and aperitifs easy and great fun. The Sundeck 430 S is powered by twin FPT 570hp or Cummins 550hp, top speed estimated up to 38 knots.  Of important note is the superior fuel capacity of 2000 litres a rare find on a thirteen meter sport cruiser.  An outboard 440 S version is currently on the works, while also a bigger 530 S is also being tooled as we speak.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.20 m (43.3ft)
Beam - 4.24 m
Draft - 1 m
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x FPT N67 570hp, Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp, Mercury 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max with FPT 570hp, 36 with Cummins or Mercury, 30 knots cruise
Range - 650 nm at 30 knots, 1500 nm at 8 knots
Construction - vacuum infused with solid fiberglass hulls and cored bulkheads and topsides
Certification - CE A

November 22, 2020

Web: Itama New Web Site

Itama from Italy presents its new World wide web showroom. Itama was founded in 1969 by Mario Amati, with the name of the brand coming from the surname of the founder as reflected in the sea, in opposite reading. Itama first location was in Lungotevere Dante, changed in 1977 to a new bigger location on the left side of the Tiber river. This will be the Itama home for over two decades before the change of ownership to Ferretti Group at the end of 2004. Currently Itama are being build in two of the Ferretti Group factories in Forli and Mondolfo. Itama model history is also curious, at first the company started up by building custom wooden flybridge motor cruisers and yachts; the 145, 160, and 180 models, but it will be the year 1979 which brings the big change. Inspired by a famous US sport cruiser, Mario Amati decides to compete and creates one of the gems of Italian motor boating history, the Itama 38 an offshore style sport cruiser with a deep 22 degrees Vee shape hull. Its a turn around for Itama, which in this period makes also the total move to fiberglass production, and also for innovating. Sold in over 168 units in a production run lasting over 22 years the Itama 38 was also the first inboard powered motor boat to feature an underwater exhaust system, presented in 1980. Other Itama models with the same style will follow after this in the eighties from the 52 in 1983 then renamed and updated as 54 in 85, and the 45 launched in 1985. Mario Amati will sell most of his shares of Itama in 2001, with the company being controlled for the majority stake by Bulgari with this selling to Ferretti Group at the end of 2004.  The Ferretti Group era starts a new generation of models designed by Marco Casali and an internalization of the brand; Forty in 2004 and Fifty Five in 2005, are the first new models and are followed by the Seventy Five, Fifty and Sixty.  The most successful of the Ferretti Group era models has been the Forty which will sell in over 110 units in a production run lasting only six years, making it also the second most sold Itama of all time.  Currently Itama builds three models; 45S, 62S, and 75. Itama new web-site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Itama, Yachts Collection, Itama Open News, and Contacts. Itama new web site also features links to the Ferretti Group Social media pages; Youtube, and Instagram located at the bottom of the entrance page.

November 21, 2020

New Model: Amer F100

Amer has launched the F100, a further development of the 100 Cento which launched in 2018.  The new F100 which will carry hull numbers from the Cento is the sixth hull in this 29 meter semi-wide body super yacht.  Designed by Verme who continues his long standing collaboration with Amer which exists since the end nineties, the F100 versus the Cento features a complete redesign of the glazed surfaces now extended and much larger especially on the main deck.  The Amer F100 offers a five double cabins interior with a master stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  Crew accommodation is for five persons in two cabins.  Power for the Amer F100 comes from a quadruple Volvo 900hp set up, with IPS pod drives which allows top speed up 31-32 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.60 m (97.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 1.95 m
Displacement - 85 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8500 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation -  ten guests in five cabins, five crew in two cabins
Engines - 4 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward dual propeller IPS1200 pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max 25 knots cruise  
Project - Verme

November 20, 2020

Improve-It = Sunseeker Predator 74

Sunseeker has revealed its Predator 74 will now be available as an XPS limited edition. The yacht will feature dramatic new styling and numerous luxurious appointments which are only available together, as part of an optional package.  The XPS package on offer is available with the largest 1900 MAN engine option, giving each yacht the performance to complement the latest interior and exterior design enhancements.  The new design extends throughout the interior with the use of exquisite woods, luxurious contrasting fabrics and rich lacquers throughout, whilst innovative new indirect and dimmable lighting creates a sophisticated and striking ambience. The bold new options make use of carbon fibre trims, sharp accent designs, reflective surfaces and stainless-steel cabinet detailing that can be seen across the latest Predator and Sport Yacht models, redefining yet again, these definitive performance models.  The exterior socialising spaces have a cutting-edge feel with the XPS yacht featuring an electric lowering carbon fibre cockpit table and enhanced upholstery across all seating and sun-pads. Attention-to-detail borders on the obsessive, exampled in every area including sleek new LED navigation lights; a small feature but noteworthy in Sunseeker’s quest for perfection. If owners want the ultimate expression of the XPS models, their yacht can be specified with a stunning dark grey hull with silver superstructure. 

November 19, 2020

New Model: Invictus TT460

The Invictus TT460 was one of the most awaited novelties for the fall 2020, designed by Christian Grande the new flagship of the Italian builder did not defy expectations and by the end of Genoa boat show 2020 the company had already sold six units, with two already launched.  A walk around centre console full of unique characteristics the TT460 philosophy revolves around a cutting edge modern design.  So much all this is true that the model has already won its first prize for Design Innovation Award 2020.  Like any walk around sport cruiser the Invictus TT460 revolves around its outside area, with a central three seat centre console taking centre stage. Behind the helm one finds a galley, which is followed by a dinette with opposite seats and a central aft sun pad.  To both sides we have opening bulk heads which open to increase space and also offer two outlets to the water.  Inside the TT460 offers accommodation for four in an island double master bed forward, and twin berths at midships.  To starboard we have the shower head.  An alternative layout exists where instead of a double berth forward one trades this for a lounge area with sofa and entertainment area opposite.  The Invictus TT460 is powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives, giving estimated top speeds up to 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA: 14.27 m (46.8ft)
Beam - 4.43 m
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS650 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 28 knots cruise 38 knots max
Project - Christian Grande

November 18, 2020

Project: Alva Eco Cruise 50

Alva Yachts, the German shipyard of electrical floating solutions, takes another step forward and launches its first monohulled electric yacht, named Eco Cruise 50, a fifteen meter motor explorer yacht, specifically designed for electric propulsion, with a peculiar layout made to maximize space, and customized solutions with plenty of possibilities for the interiors. Alva Eco Cruise 50 has been designed by Henndesign to perfectly suit customers who like to cruise and explore while yachting. At 50 feet, it will be the smallest model in the Alva Yachts range, meant to reach new markets and especially a wider range of boaters.   The first key point of Eco Cruise 50 is of course the electric propulsion. Alva Yachts has already developed electric catamarans; Ocean Eco 60 and 90 are in construction, an electric-assisted sailing vessel Ocean Sail 82, and floating villas. The Eco Cruise 50 is a step further, as the electric powertrain is now taken onto a mono-hull yacht.  Once again and as for the other projects, Eco Cruise 50 is shaped around a solar and electric approach towards yachting: different to other yachts the technology is not an add-on but a central design feature. The most obvious characteristic that underlines this fact is the impressive roof line that creates a larger roof surface for solar panels. More solar panels are also housed in the overhang of the upper deck.  Eco Cruise 50f+ features 2 electric motors delivering 100 kw each, for a total output of 272hp. The power to supply the engines comes from a 50 kw generator and from solar glass tiles on the roof, and it is stored into a 140 or 240 kWh battery pack. The cleanest solution replaces the generator with a hydrogen fuel cell, and the normal fuel tank with hydrogen storage tanks. In this case the Eco Cruise 50 is 100% clean, as it can cruise without releasing any polluting emission and in total silence.  Alva Yachts has also considered seafarers who want more performance even from an electric yacht, and offers a Power Version of the Eco Cruise 50, named 50 HP, with two 230kW electric motors for a total of 625hp. In this case the maximum speed can reach 20 knots.  Alva Yachts and Henndesign have also given the Eco Cruise 50 a peculiar layout, made to maximize space and comfort.  A large beach club area, much more than a swim platform measuring 22 sqm, houses a sun pad but also holds the yacht's tender and a jet ski. From here, four steps down lead to the lower deck, while a starboard staircase take to the upper one.  The outside areas do not end in the ample beach club but continue upstairs with a raised and protected cockpit featuring a couch and two tables, and with two wide passageways that lead to the foredeck large sun pad.  The inner layout of Eco Cruise 50f+ can be chosen between different versions, with three or four cabins, for private use or for charter.  One solution features a wide and cozy galley, with dining table for 6 to 8 guests, on the lower deck. An aisle takes to the night accommodation, with two cabins and two bathrooms, while the bow houses the crew cabin with two bunks and a head. The crew quarters are accessible via a separate staircase from the helm station on the upper bridge; the helm station also has two side doors on the lateral decks. A fourth, large cabin is located on the upper deck just behind the pilothouse, and features a double bed, a large bathroom, and an office table / vanity corner. The raised position and the glazing on three sides offer a beautiful view on the horizon.  Another layout consists of just three cabins, all located on the lower deck, with three bathrooms, one is a day toilet as well. The master cabin is amidships, to port, and sports a bathroom with separate shower and WC, while the beautiful countertop with two sinks is in an open corner behind the bed, faced by a large closet and a sofa. Outside, to starboard, the large passageway hosts the main galley and a round table. In this case, the closed upper deck is a single, airy space: a lounge with wet bar, sofas and coffee table, and the helm station to fore with doors on the side passageways. Two staircases give access to the lower deck, one from the helm station and one from the beach area.  In any case, the interiors have been developed following a minimalist design and focusing on natural materials and lighting. 

November 17, 2020

New Model: Viking 54 Convertible

Following Viking's mantra to build a better boat every day, the New Jersey company has consistently brought exciting yachts for 56 years, with multiple generations in various size ranges, and level of expertise shine through with every new model. That proficiency is particularly strong in the 50-to-60-foot sportfish boat genre, where Viking has introduced 10 models in the past two decades. This legacy fleet consists of more than 600 Vikings and includes ground-breaking models such as the 60 and 55, two renditions of the 52 Convertible and the first-generation 54. Now, the New Jersey boatbuilder reaffirms its domination of the mid-size convertible with the new Viking 54. The three-stateroom, two-head open bridge yacht pushes the owner/operator convertible to the highest levels of engineering, performance, accommodations and sportfishing capabilities. The 54 presents an eye-pleasing profile that’s unmistakably Viking, with signature design traits such as a gently sloping unbroken S-shaped sheer, aggressively raked stem, double chines, hull-side vents and deftly placed exterior feature lines. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics software, the Viking Design and Engineering Department has optimized the 54’s running surface for maximum performance. The hull is built with an engineered composite of fiberglass fabrics and coring that’s vacuum-infused with vinylester resin.  The 54’s business end offers more space than any other boat in its class. The unobstructed cockpit comes to the fishing wars with the ammunition to put you in the winner’s circle, starting with moulded non-skid on the cockpit sole for grippy footing and large scuppers to drain water quickly.  A walk-through transom door with a lift gate takes the work out of boating a trophy catch, and when you’re release-fishing, a three-foot reach to the waterline means you can quickly turn a billfish loose. Anglers will appreciate Viking’s signature rounded cockpit coamings and toe-kick for those lengthy stand-up battles. Flush rod holders, recessed stainless-steel hawse pipes and cleats keep the cockpit clear. Multiple insulated fish-boxes of various capacities increase flexibility. The raised transom box can be used as a live well, fish-box or general storage. A full-length in-deck fishbox spans the starboard side, while the port side holds two storage compartments with the forward serving as an optional live well. A mounting plate laminated into the sole will anchor the mightiest of fighting chairs, and you can also opt for a rocket launcher or table. A single centerline lazarette hatch opens nearly 90 degrees for full viewability and access to the available Seakeeper as well as the steering, trim tabs and drain pumps.  Guests will be enamored with the raised observation mezzanine as pioneered by Viking, as they watch the action in comfort, shaded by the flybridge overhang. Smart storage solutions abound, with freezer and cooler space under the mezzanine for baits and drinks and a tackle cabinet on the starboard side. The inboard portion of the mezzanine provides access to the engine-room. An anodized aluminium ladder with nonslip treads and a handrail at the top provides secure egress to the flybridge.  A streamlined walk-around center console provides 360-degree sightlines. Touchscreen electronics displays and a row of Bocatech switches with power status LED rings are flush mounted in the helm dash. Their installation and positioning heighten viewability and ease of access. A stainless steel steering wheel and single-lever electronic controls are mounted on a raised teak helm pod. Optimus Electronic Power Steering delivers precise manoeuvrability and finger-tip control. The console itself is designed with toe-kick all around for better balance and increased walking area. The helm and companion chair supply ample comfort for those long rides to the canyons, and guests can take it easy in the port or starboard lounges or forward console seat.  The 54 can be outfitted with a custom designed and fabricated Palm Beach Towers tuna tower and equipped with navigation, communication and entertainment systems from Atlantic Marine Electronics. These two Viking subsidiaries play critical roles in making Viking yachts turnkey ready. Making full use of the five meter plus beam, the 54’s layout accentuates the impressive size of her interior. The key to the configuration is the uninterrupted companionway that stretches from the starboard-side salon door all the way to the forepeak. The lounge area and galley are to port, while the dinette is to starboard. High-gloss teak or walnut is offered for the 54’s interior, and a satin finish is optional. Premium wall-to-wall carpeting and furnishings can be found throughout the climate-controlled living area. Air conditioning flows quietly from valances for comfortable cooling and thorough distribution. A hi-lo mappa burl cocktail table joins the L-shaped lounge with storage below. A TV is nested on the forward starboard bulkhead above the dinette, which is appointed with a high-gloss mappa burl table and wraparound seating for four. The galley’s peninsula countertop features engineered stone with an overhang and two convenient bar stools. The galley is feature-packed with a pair of under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer units and storage under the peninsula counter. The opposite counter is home to a stainless steel sink with garbage disposal and an electric cooktop. The three-stateroom two-head layout includes a master suite to port with a walk-around queen berth sided by night stands and a credenza to port. There’s a large maple-lined storage area beneath the mattress, accessed via a gas piston-assisted lift-up top, and two drawers are integrated into the foot of the bed. A TV is mounted above a second credenza. A generously proportioned maple-lined hanging locker accommodates a sizeable wardrobe.  The forward stateroom comes standard with a queen berth, but also is available with a crossover berth arrangement. The starboard stateroom has upper and lower berths along with a hanging locker and storage under the lower berth. Each stateroom is fully carpeted, with dedicated temperature and stereo controls, speakers and overhead LED lighting.  The heads feature custom Amtico flooring, a lower vanity, a medicine cabinet with mirrored doors, exhaust fans, air conditioning and electric heads with holding tank and overboard discharge capabilities. Both also boast very large walk-in one-piece fiberglass showers with an expansive glass enclosure and door. Below the detachable shower head, you’ll find a convenient storage cabinet as well as an integrated fiberglass seat. The optional Man 1550hp  power hull No. 1. With this propulsion package, the Viking 54 Convertible will have an estimated cruise speed in the mid-30-knot range with a top end of 40-plus knots depending upon load, sea state and boat condition. A pair of Man 1400hp diesels are standard. All mechanicals and equipment are installed with great attention to detail in an immaculate engine-room painted with Snow White Awlgrip for visibility and ease of maintenance.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.61 m (54.6ft)
Length - 14.4 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 34032 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5311 l standard, 5811 l optional
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man CRM V12 1400hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots cruise 40 knots max with Man 1550hp
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 12 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - vacuum infused Cored with Vinilester resins

November 16, 2020

Giancarlo Ragnetti 1946 - 2020

Giancarlo Ragnetti former Perini Navi CEO and founder left to the better World on November 8 in Viareggio, Italy.  Born in the Marche region on the Adriatic East Coast of Italy in 1946 Giancarlo Ragnetti entered in the maritime industry, first working in 1960 with Cantiere Navale Mario Morini in Ancona which build commercial ships.  In seventies Giancarlo Ragnetti started to work with RINA, and in the mid seventies he returned to boat building, joining Ortona Navi.  While at RINA and Ortona Navi, Giancarlo met Fabio Perini in 1978, and from there on the two went on to open Perini Navi in 1983, with Ragnetti as managing director.  Perini Navi eventually grew without limits from there onwards, becoming possibly the most important sailing superyacht builder of the past three decades.  Along with various prizes for Perini Navi, Giancarlo Ragnetti won himself the Leadership Award in 2013 bestowed to him by the International Superyacht Society.  Other hallmarks for Giancarlo Ragnetti was him overseeing the launch of Picchiotti in 2007 which Perini acquired previously.  Retiring from Perini in 2014, but keeping his post as Director Giancarlo Ragnetti latest duty was as director for UCINA from 2011 to 2015.  Giancarlo Ragentti leaves behind his wife Raffaella, daughter Francesca and son Simone.    

Project: Austin Parker 38 Ibiza WA

Austin Parker present the project for the 38 Ibiza WA designed by Fulvio de Simoni. A sport cruiser of just over eleven meters in length, the 38 Ibiza WA, these letters standing for walk-around offers outside space usable from aft to fore, with the living area; sun-pad, dining table and galley located at the centre console helm station. This area is also available in a different version with short sun-pad. Accommodation below is for four berths with master double berth forward, separate twin berth cabin at midships and shower head to port side. The Austin Parker 38 Ibiza WA is powered by twin Volvo 300hp with stern drive propulsion, with top speeds up to 35 knots and a cruise of 28.