April 27, 2017

Project: Caison 60

Caison yachts from North Carolina present the project for a new 60 currently in build at its Hampstead, North Carolina facility.  The Caison 60 is a fully custom cold molded in jig method build.  It will feature a three double stateroom layout and is a Sportfish flybridge yacht that offers high-end finishes along with the beautiful flare and functionality of a North Carolina sportfish yacht. With twin Cats at 1700hp the Caison 60 is estimated to reach top speeds of 44 knots.  Build by Bobby Caison, the Caison 60 is the tenth build from the North Carolina builder which is now gaining prominence in this niche market having build nine previous units from 37 to 64 feet.

April 26, 2017

New Model: Duffield 58

Two years in conception and build time have produced a remarkable 58 foot explorer yacht, the Duffield 58. Designed by Doug Zurn of Zurn Yacht Design, based in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and built by Duffield Yachts of Newport Beach, California, the Duffield 58 is undergoing sea trials in preparation for her public debut at the Newport boat show scheduled for end April.  Marshall “Duffy” Duffield, who owns the Duffy Electric Boat Co., came to Zurn with a vision of improving on the iconic west coast-style of ocean-going explorer trawlers type yacht. A native of Newport Beach, Duffield has spent years cruising aboard his family’s trawler so took that base knowledge and incorporated his desire for a quieter and more energy efficient example of the type.  While electric propulsion was considered in the early stages but proved cost prohibitive the drive to keep the 58 as quite as possible was a key factor in the design process. The engine is soft-mounted aft, out from under the main saloon, which allowed the design and build team to keep decibel levels in the cabin areas comparable to those of today’s finest luxury automobiles. The interior is LED lit and centers around the open-plan galley and sitting area in the main saloon with 360-degree views. The center helm with more than enough room for instrumentation is incorporated into the forward portion of this space giving the helms-person unsurpassed site lines. Moving aft leads to a comfortable and sorted aft cockpit while the sleeping accommodations are forward. In the bow, the master stateroom’s island queen berth has easy access from both sides while the roomy en-suite head incorporates a separate shower. To port is a second cabin with queen-sized berth and en-suite head while to starboard is a flexible space that could be used for storage, a crew cabin, or a wonderful kids cabin.  The Duffield 58 is simplicity at its best while creating an exceptional environment for those on passage. With easy access for maintaining systems, high-end construction quality throughout, and efficiency born of lightweight, creative design and careful planning, the passages will be long and comfortable.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.16 m (59.7ft)
Hull Length - 16.5 m
Beam - 4.79 m
Draft - 0.94 m exl props and running gear
Displacement - 20692 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4546 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C8.7 650hp
Propulsion - line shaft with prop pockets and ZF gearbox
Construction - vacuum hand bagged with Corecell core and Vinilester resins
Project - Doug Zurn from Zurn Yacht Design
Certification - ABYC

April 25, 2017

Project: Evo 43 WA

After Evo 43 the day sport cruiser that has sealed the success of the Italian brand, the shipyard adds a new yacht to its collection to carry on the Open revolution: the 43 WA for walk around.  Designed by Studio Tecnico Rivellini, with interiors and exteriors by Valerio Rivellini, and built by Blu Emme Yachts, the brand new Walk Around springs from the same design concept that has always set Evo Yachts apart from the rest, right from the outset: clean lines and a minimalist design, accompanied by a series of original solutions to ensure that it can be enjoyed to its full potential, based on the concept of form and function. The standout feature of this second 13-meter model of the Evo fleet is the fact that you can move easily between the stern beach area and the bow by ‘walking around’ the helm station. This characteristic, which gives the yacht its name and is borrowed from the world of fishing boats, is masterfully integrated in the elegant and contemporary style that is a distinctive feature of the Evo Yachts collection.  Evo WA, like the previous model, is fitted with the original feature that has made this innovative Made in Italy cruiser so famous: the “XTension” stern sidewalls that can be opened hydraulically in less than thirty seconds by simply tapping a touchscreen. This increases the space in the beach area by 40%, turning it into a sea terrace covering over 25 square meters, something usually only offered by boats more than twice the size. It is in this area of the cockpit that the Evo WA’s most original solutions can be found, with a series of arrangements possible according to the owner’s needs and the time of day. The options include: up to three chaise lounges, a retractable table in the center or sun lounging cushions that can be converted into benches or used as comfortable floating mats. It can also be fitted with the stern Transformer, a convenient platform that rotates through about 270 degrees and acts as a gangway, a bathing ladder, a diving platform or a tender lift. The same area also contains a hideaway cooking area that can be fitted with an induction hob, a teppanyaki griddle or a BBQ, according to the owner’s wishes.  All operations on board are aided by latest generation home automation solutions that allow all the yacht’s navigation parameters and basic functions to be managed from an iPad. The carefully engineered solutions ensure that all operations are extremely intuitive and user-friendly. In fact, Evo WA is designed to be enjoyed even by owners with limited experience, particularly because the yacht is so easy and responsive to maneuvering when mooring with the easy use of IPS pod drives.  The Evo WA design process also focuses on performance: twin Volvo 435hp engines, combined with the 18° deadrise deep-V hull, give the yacht a top speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots.  The new Evo 43 WA will make its official debut at the next Cannes boat show in September 2017, where it will be on show with the successful 43 model.

April 24, 2017

New Model: Vicem 46 Classic IPS

Vicem is proud to announce the successful world premier of the 46 IPS, the very first model of a new IPS line by the Turkish boat builder.  Presented at the Palm Beach boat show the 46 IPS is the first Vicem built in fiberglass epoxy in this size. Light and sturdy the Vicem 46 IPS has sufficient interior volume to allow the owner to choose between spacious two or three cabin designs. This 46 IPS is designed by Vicem’s in-house design team and has a classic look and provides a quiet, smooth ride.  The primary aim when designing the 46 IPS was to create comfortable and luminous spaces. When coming aboard, you enter first into the bar zone with, a comfortable L-shaped settee. The lounge and cockpit are separated by a sliding door: when open there is no longer any separation and a single large living space is created.  The lounge area offers comfortable seating to fully enjoy the entertainment systems, while the large side windows and front windshield provide excellent visibility and lots of daylight. For maximum comfort when under way, the helmsman has an ergonomic chair and the station is complete with up-to-date electronic instruments.  The importance of a side door to the lounge shouldn’t be underestimated as it considerably eases movement around the vessel, especially when mooring. The interiors, all air conditioned, are quite spacious this is thanks to the Volvo IPS engines that allow for a smaller engine room with obvious advantages for livability.  The standard layout for the sleeping area foresees two spacious double berth cabins and a functional open space galley.  The owner’s cabin has a queen size bed, ample storage space, an entertainment system and a private bathroom complete with shower. Through-hull windows provide excellent natural lighting.  The guest cabin is equipped with two single berths that can be joined to make a single queen-size bed, while the guest bathroom can also be used as a day-head.  The galley is fully equipped for long cruising and comes with two electric burners, a microwave oven and ample storage space.  Powered by two Volvo 435hp the Vicem 46 IPS reached a top speed is close to 30 knots, with a cruising of 26 knots. During her first sea trails, what most impressed was the incredible silence on board: at 25 knots, only 62 decibels were recorded.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.02 m (46ft)
Beam - 4.49 m
Draft - 0.7 m exl props
Displacement - 18000 kg full load
Accommodation -  four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Project - Vicem in-house design team
Construction - fiberglass with Epoxy

April 22, 2017

Project: Picchiotti Heritage 45 M

Zuccon International Project and Picchiotti Yachts together for the first time. Picchiotti Yachts Heritage 45 M marks the start of a new collaboration which pays tribute to Gerhard Gilgenast, one of the most important architects to work with Picchiotti Yachts in the past. The new 45-meter motor yacht will translate some of the style features developed over the years by Gilgenast into a more contemporary design language.  The fruit of extensive research by Zuccon International Project, PY Heritage is an extremely innovative yacht, with several features that put it in an unconventional niche, both as a classic expedition yacht and a support vessel for Perini Navi superyachts. The layout leaves most of the main deck free to accommodate two tenders (a sailboat and a motor yacht, both of nine meters in length) and two jet skis. PY Heritage therefore, acts as a transportation platform, responding to growing demand for more toys on board. Another distinctive feature is the layout of the interior. The cross-section has been designed with a floor to ceiling height of three meters on the main deck and the extensive use of glass which further simplifies the relationship with the outside world and merges seamlessly into the interior space.  The yacht’s dual purpose defines its design language. The designer has worked to recall the classic and elegance of the lines for which Perini and Picchiotti  are renowned, while also incorporating an innovative approach to allocate outdoor areas for water toys. The outdoor areas become extremely livable and, when the tenders are in the water, the bow portion of the main deck becomes a large lounge area that blends in seamlessly with the interiors and the bow cockpit, creating a unique and completely unencumbered space dedicated entirely to entertaining guests.  The areas reserved for the owner and guests are all on the lower deck. Here the owner has a large suite with a private terrace in the stern area. As this area isn’t taken up entirely by the garage, it can be used as a stunning sea level terrace by the owner.

April 21, 2017

Improve-it = Pershing 82 VHP

Pershing 82 now coming with the title of VHP which means Very High Performance has been recently shown some important improvements and is now capable of breaking the fifty knot barrier with an astonishing cruise speed of 45 knots. This is all thanks to the new combination of twin MTU 2638hp together with Top System surface propellers.  In order to accommodate these changes, Pershing’s team of designers and engineers has altered the layout of the engine room, the heights of the stern garage and the positions of the air intakes. The interiors of the Pershing 82 VHP meet the exceptional standards set on the performance front. They are luxurious and feature a tasteful array of superlatively sophisticated, quintessentially Italian products and style.  Dark or pale streaked oak embellished with numerous dark grey lacquered details creates a refined atmosphere in the main lounge: a large, pleasant open space where guests can take it easy, surrounded by enchanting Poltrona Frau furnishings and leather. The items of furniture include a sizeable “Quadra” sofa and a “Laurana” wooden table with a glass top. Poltrona Frau is one of Pershing’s long-standing partners and has also upholstered the large helm station and the three ergonomic, sporty seats for the captain and the co-pilots.  The interior design scheme reaches its artistic and creative zenith below deck. At the bottom of the steps is an area providing access to the four cabins. The corridor is decorated with alternating mirrored bulkheads and full-length paneling with metallic patterned Ăˆlitis wallpaper.  A strip of LED lighting on the floor emphasizes the wall profile and boosts the sense of depth in the surroundings. The same stylistic effect appears in the master suite, on both the forward and stern bulkheads. Two burnished mirrors make the cabin feel even bigger.  In addition to the master and VIP suites, both equipped with en-suite bathrooms, the main area features two guest cabins with a shared bathroom. Taking pride of place in the heads are Bisazza mosaics, Pomd’or accessories and exquisite Antoniolupi basins. The outer doors of the cabins are covered with Poltrona Frau leather.  On request, the starboard guest cabin can be replaced by a media room that opens out on to the lobby. Aluminium LED profiles are used in the ceiling lighting system, which has also been overhauled in all of the rooms.

April 20, 2017

Project: Henriques 42 Express HTB

Henriques present the project for a 42 Express Hardtop Bridge model.  This express fisherman hard top bridge model is one of a kind featuring a flybridge helm console on top of a hard three part enclosure. The bridge accommodates the passionate fisherman as well as his family. A captain will be able to steer his boat comfortably from the bridge, while his family is relaxing down below in the air-conditioned heated hardtop cabin. Henriques also offer a canvas enclosure for the bridge, specifically for those chilly days out at sea.  This Henriques is another variant of the 42 which has been so popular for the Bayville New Jersey builder in Express and Hardtop variants.

April 19, 2017

Improve-it = Bayliss 64 B20

Bayliss continue to amaze with each new build and having recently splashed a ninety feet super flagship returns to the size which made it popular of around twenty meters length.  Bayliss has launched ten units around this sixty feet size. This just splashed B20 is a sister ship to B10 launched in 2008 for design.  But the similarities stop there since both of the units are fully custom build, no mold but in the jig method, of wood fiberglass and epoxy.  Both B10 and B20 feature a three stateroom interior.  A technical difference comes from the advance in engines.  B20 is powered by twin Man 1800hp versus the Cats 1650hp of B10, giving the newer unit a 42 knots top speed and a fast cruise up to 35 knots.    

April 17, 2017

Project: Sea Ray SLX 400

Sea Ray introduces the all new SLX 400 a new flagship of the series which features deluxe amenities including a game-changing new fold-down cockpit patio.  This new SLX 400  encourages owners and their guests to enjoy epic days on the water. The SLX 400 presents itself as the entertainer for large social scenes and an inviting oasis for all-day cruising. The SLX 400 conveniently can also comfortably sleeps four adults below deck.  Boaters will be hard pressed to find anything this boat can’t do or store. For those into stand-up paddle boarding, you’ll find enclosed storage for two full-sized boards. A storage compartment underneath the transom lounge holds deck chairs and additional items, while clever carry-on bags hold towels and belongings safely out of the fray.  For entertaining, the expansive cockpit is a party waiting to happen: a well-appointed wet bar with refrigerator, sink and available dual grills makes for happier happy hours, while the transom entertainment zone featuring a stereo, sprayer, and comfy aft-facing seating overlooking the integral extended swim platform allows passengers and swimmers to interact more naturally, and clean up more easily after climbing out of the water. An extendable sunshade deploys electronically to add sun protection.  But the most remarkable cockpit feature is the innovative new fold-down patio, a brilliantly designed wing of the hull that opens 90 degrees to expand the cockpit all the way to the water. A plush sun-pad extends the width of the transom and features a converting backrest that opens to face the side patio.  The bow is another social zone that accommodates a crowd with ease. A row of forward touring seats features arm rests and convenient cup holders, with additional forward benches that surround a stylish bow table, which also converts into a sun pad. A bow sunshade stretches over this zone too, providing additional shade. Innovations found throughout the SLX 400 include Axius joystick control, for effortless docking, and proprietary Quiet Ride technology, enhancing the boating experience by dramatically reducing noise, vibration and harshness for easier conversation, even at speed. Intuitive command comes courtesy of an advanced Digital Dash, featuring standard twin Raymarine glass displays while Dynamic Running Surface boosts precision and stability, automatically optimizing running attitude and trim.  

April 16, 2017

New Model: Majesty 100

Majesty continue to upgrade its Superyacht line and present the 100, a new entry level to this line which features seven models and goes up to the acclaimed 155.  The Majesty 100 is fully designed in-house and is a semi wide body two deck plus raised house super yacht.  Her interior offers a six double cabins arrangement, and this includes an owners stateroom on the main deck.  Crew accommodation is for four persons.  Hull one which was presented at the Dubai boat show in March was powered by twin 1900hp Man engines which give a top speed of 24 knots and a cruise of 20 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.7 m (103.9ft)
Beam - 7.1 m
Draft - 1.6 m
Displacement - 123 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 15750 l
Water Capacity - 3110 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max, 20 knots cruise
Certification - RINA