August 11, 2020

Improve-It = Zeelander Z55

Zeelander has delivered another luxurious 17-meter Z55 yacht with a special interior design by Dutch firm Sinot to a proud owner based on the US East Coast.  Effortless style, timeless design and high-end solutions are key features embodied in every boat built by Zeelander Yachts. The new unit of the Z55 model with the marine classic Flag Blue coloured hull from the Dutch shipyard is no exception.  Zeelander Yachts is far from your typical production builder; its yachts are limited and each one of them is treated to a super-yacht level. The new 17-meter Z55, in turn, has an exclusive interior design by the renowned Sinot Yacht Architecture and Design. Sinot has created interiors for several superyachts, from Feadship, Heesen, and Hakvoort among many other projects.  This Zeelander Z55 is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS1350 pod drives which allow her to reach top speeds up 42 knots, while a cruise of 25 knots gives a five hundred nautical mile range.

August 9, 2020

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche Explorer 40.22

Cantiere delle Marche is glad to announce that Explorer 40.22, titled by her owners Crowbridge, a 42-metre ocean-going super yacht designed by Tommaso Spadolini, has been successfully launched.  Explorer 40.22 is a full custom explorer super yacht, another example of CdM’s ingenious approach to yachting. Her clean and well-defined lines are undoubtedly those of a pure expedition vessel besides being cohesive to CdM’s tradition. She encompasses all qualities that define a top-class explorer yacht designed to handle all weather conditions thanks to a very efficient, sea-kindly and sea-worthy hull form. Safety and comfort of guests and crew are key points of her design. High-end equipment in a large and well laid out engine room designed for ease of service by crew is another important feature of Explorer 40.22.  Throughout the design and building process the owner availed himself of a team of technical consultants that usually work with him.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 42 m (137.7ft)
Waterline Length - 39 m
Beam - 8.50 m
Draft - 2.60 m
Displacement - 400 t
Fuel Capacity - 60000 l
Water Capacity - 8000 l
Accommodation - fourteen guest berths in seven cabins, seven crew in eight cabins 
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearboxes
Speed - 14 knots max 
Hull Shape - displacement hull with round bilge and bulb bow
Project - Tommaso Spadolini exterior, Sergio Cutolo Hydrotec for hull shape 

August 7, 2020

Project: AB Yachts AB 80

AB Yachts present the new AB 80 project, a 24 meter super sport yacht designed by Gruppo Fipa together with Acube Design from Tuscany, a rather new design firm founded by Alessio Benassini and Alessio Merciadri in 2014.  The AB 80 captures important stylistic theme of the Italian boat builder, see curved fins on top of the hard top, and sea water jets propulsion as all AB Yachts models from 50 up to 145 produced thus far.  The AB 80 will feature an accommodation layout of four double guest cabins, with space for two crew in a cabin.  As the choice of jet propulsion makes one understand, performance and power have been always very important themes to AB Yachts, and the AB 80 hull one which is under going final sea trials and delivery tests as this post is out, fits in line with the high standards the Viareggio sport yacht builder is known for. Powered by triple Man 2000hp with MJP water jets hull one of the AB 80 has reached top speeds up to 59 knots, which is five knots more then the estimated 55 knots from calculated simulations.  Impressive to say the least!

August 5, 2020

Out-News = Hurricane Isaias Damage in Southport, North Carolina

Isaias is the second hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic season and caused damage to the North East Coast of the USA, most of which in the Carolina's.  Reaching a Category One rating occasionally of winds around eighty knots, Isaias first appeared in July 28 and on August three it reached the East Coast of the USA.  While for a Hurricane Category one is the weaker rating, Isaias side affects as accompanying tornado's and the storm surge caused more damaged then expected in some areas. Isaias has killed five people, and caused the above damage to the Southport marina, in North Carolina on fourth August.  More similar damage was also caused to the East, at the nearby located Southarbour marina.  The damage is huge in both the marinas with a lots of boats being squeezed to each other, while a nineteen meter motor yacht is reported sinking.  Luckily no persons where injured in both these hurricanes caused boats mash up.  Isaias is now weakened to a Tropical storm and on the morning of fifth August was in the South East coast of Canada.  Hurricanes tend to lose power and transform to a tropical storm the more they go up North as the sea gets colder, with warm seas being a a huge catalyst to increase its power.    

New Model: Grand Banks GB54

Grand Banks continues its bold foray into redefining the future of efficient long-range cruising with the release of the GB54, the second addition to the new Grand Banks family series. This beautifully designed luxury yacht comes in both flybridge and enclosed skylounge configurations, with either upper or lower galley layout options that accommodate four to five people overnight. The GB54 has a highly efficient cruise speed of 25 knots, making her a true performer.  The focus of the Grand Banks 54 was to produce a yacht that is incredibly practical, and easily handled by owner/operators even if caught short-handed. Making full use her beam, the cockpit and salon areas are wide open, airy and perfect for both relaxing and entertaining. Signature large electric windows side and aft of the salon open the spaces further to fresh breezes and near 360 degree sight lines throughout the boat. We have designed the layouts of the yacht to offer flexibility without compromising practicality or usability. Available in your choice of two or three stateroom layouts, the accommodations are only a few steps down from the single-level entertaining spaces, making maneuvering around the vessel effortless. he Grand Banks 54’s versatile design is a culmination of lessons learned from designing and building the GB60 along with the rest of the range over decades of production.  The Grand Banks 54 is constructed using the latest methods of vacuum infusion to achieve strength and weight control, and carbon fiber for reduced weight and stiffness.  Pairing seamlessly with her advanced construction is the remarkable craftsmanship and attention to detail found throughout the entire yacht. The Grand Banks marque is known for the fine timber joinery, and this is carried through every facet of the boat from the bulkheads and fixed furniture that is fused and bonded to both the deck and hull, to the highly engineered and finished engine room. Beauty and quality is not just skin deep. The most impressive feature of the new Grand Banks 54 is her soft quiet ride quality. Through the fused nature of the bulkheads a semi-monocoque torsion box is achieved result a stiff underway and free from any rattles or creaking. The rest of the ride is largely thanks to the combination of an efficient and high-performance hull shape, and the careful balancing both longitudinally and vertically, of the large-mass components. The engines are mounted amidships along with our full-beam baffled fuel tank to keep the weight low and centered. The deck and superstructure are all infused carbon fiber to minimize weight aloft, resulting in a naturally low center of gravity. The new hull form is an advanced warped semi-displacement shape that is a designed inspired by ocean taming sail racing yachts, where efficiency and performance is paramount. Having more in common with a naval destroyer than a full-displacement heavy deep-v, the fine entry of the stem splits the waves, while the soft shoulder of the midsection rolls the water away and eliminates hull slapping. The hull presents some gorgeous tumble-home above, then continues to warp beneath the waterline into a relatively flat aft section with 8 degrees of deadrise. This provides incredible form stability at all speeds and rest, and results in an astonishingly subtle wake that further demonstrates the efficiency of the design. Careful attention was paid to the lines of the new Grand Banks range, ensuring proportions were maintained and equal weights were given to both form and function. One of the areas this can be appreciated most is in the bridge design, where the profile appears low, but the space is both voluminous and expansive. The bridge is accessed via a teak stairway from the cockpit, which houses the 10′ outboard-mounted tender on a custom cradle, with a davit for easy launching and retrieval. The bridge helm further improves navigational sight lines from the already well-appointed lower helm and is complimented by twin Stidd captains chairs to your spec, and can be outfitted with your chosen navigational equipment.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.1 m (59.5ft)
Hull Length - 16.4 m
Beam - 5.34 m
Draft - 1.22 m with shafts, 0.95 with IPS pod drives
Displacement - 21500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3400 l
Water Capacity 1100 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, five berths in three cabines
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D11 625hp *IPS pod drive
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 25 knots cruise, 10 knots long range cruise
Hull Shape - warped semi-displacement with flat Vee eight degrees deadrise aft
Construction - vacuum resin infusion with carbon fiber inserts and Vinilester Epoxy resins

August 4, 2020

Out-News = Mochi On the Rocks in Porto Rotondo

On the morning of third August a Mochi 44 Dolphin ended on the rocks in the Marinella gulf, to the South of Porto Rotondo, in the popular North East Costa Smeralda cruising area of Sardinia.  This accident seems a strange one as rumours are reporting that this particular Mochi traditional cruiser is resident at Porto Rotondo and native of the area. No one was reported injured in the accident and salvage operations as the photo shows where in operation on the same morning.
The Mochi 44 Dolphin started production in 2005 and is at today still available by the popular Italian boat builder, which since 2001 is part of the Ferretti Group.  Designed by Zuccon with hull by Brunello Acampora of Victory design, the 44 Dolphin is inspired with a Mediterranean twist to the traditional Down East lobster boats of the Maine area, famous for the seaworthy hulls, flared bows, and low standing stern profile.  The Mochi 44 Dolphin offers two cabins with five berths, and is powered by Volvo 575hp engines which give speeds up to about 32 knots.

August 3, 2020

Out-News = Aicon Yacht Sinks in Isola di Cavallo

An Aicon 72 SL sport yacht titled motor yacht Regis with Italian flag sank outside of Isola di Cavallo, an island on the South East coast of Corsica, the late morning of third August,  The sport yacht hit one of the submerged unmarked reefs in the area close to Cala Zerri, while running a charter with eleven people a captain and a crew onboard. The area between Cavallo and Levezzi is famous for unmarked semi submerged reefs.  Regis hit a reef outside of Cala Zerri with the propeller and P-bracket which pierced a hole in the aft part in the hull of the 22 meter Aicon Sport Yacht which started to take on water and sink.  The sport yacht sank in eighteen meters though it was still partly floating, with the stern touching the bottom of the sea and tip of the bow showing as of late afternoon of the same day.  The eleven passengers crew and captain onboard are all reported safe with no injuries.
The Aicon 72 S was produced from 2005 till 2012 and was part of the expansion of the Sicilian, Messina region located boat builder, which had great success in the early first decade of the second millennium, up until the 2009 global recession.  In 2001 Aicon presented itself with the Fulvio de Simoni designed 56, a model it delivered in over one hundred units up until 2009, and was a catalyst for more models, expansion and growth.  The Aicon 72 S had a fully enclosed hard-top, with living on the main deck and three cabins, or optional SL four guest cabins layout version.  Power came from standard twin Cats 1320hp or optional 1550hp engines with line shaft propulsion, and top speeds of  35 knots and 38 knots respectively.  After going bankrupt in 2012 Aicon has in 2018 been bought by an American investor and has started production for a new 66 model set to launch late in 2020.

Project: Cranchi Sessantasette

After launching the much awaited new Settantotto flagship Cranchi pushes its development for further designs, enters the new Sessantasette, set to debut in the second part of 2021 boat show season.  As with many builders a new flagship brings fresh ideas and styles, which enrich the range further down, and the Sessantasette takes a lot from the early 2020 debuted 23 meter flagship with Christian Grande taking design duties co-assisted with Cranchi research and design team.  I have followed Cranchi since mid eighties and each flagship they launched represented an evolution; from the balanced 40 Mediterranee of the end eighties, the 48 Atlantique of end nineties, the 50 Mediterranee, and the 64 HT of 2009.  The 67 family feeling with the Cranchi Settantotto is very strong. Having the same design team as the 78, the Sessantasette lines are emblematic and complement each other, they refer to the different elements of the profile. For example, between the curve of the stern hatch and the projecting part of the fly or between the cut of the windows and the break in the center of the wall.  With the knowledge of the Cranchi Settantotto, the new Sessantasette also derives its extraordinary technological equipment with the adoption of hi-tech materials as well as an innovative construction technique. The Sessantasette will thus offer the highest safety standards and the best solutions for stabilization, containment of consumption and emissions, noise reduction and home automation and entertainment systems.  Cranchi has not passed much details of the interior layout of Sessantasette but expect a similar solutions to those of the new flagship, as many motor yachts in twenty meters expect to have a four or three double cabins interior.  The Cranchi Sessantasette will be powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with forward IPS-1350 pod drives.

August 1, 2020

blogger - Unexpected Boom

With all that 2020 has been so far, one would have expected the boating market to be in the worse situation ever.  But with the opening of lock downs in around May, the opposite started to happen, and boating sales have been very strong since then.  In some countries it looks like we are back in 2004 with sales being very strong.  
Brokerage used boats have not been so strong since many years, and new boat sales and orders are strong with many high profile international names saying 2021 is sold out in most models.  Many marinas are also reporting that they have not been so busy in years, and the same goes for the fuel docks in the major Mediterranean areas.   
This is an unexpected turn of events, especially if you see that in the media many see 2020 as the year of a global economic depression.  So what has made boating whether the 2020 Covid year storm so far in the positive.
I think the reply is Social Distancing and how a boat gives the freedom and independence few other leisure activities can offer.  Let's be fair that when you are free from the mooring lines and start cruising, even if it is for a swim couple miles away, or for a cruise around some nice new localities hundred miles away the sense of freedom and own control a boat gives has no comparison to anything else.  
Boating and yachting has many attractions but possibly the strongest one is that of total liberty and control that no other activity can give.

July 31, 2020

Monthly News - July 2020

-pic of the month- Fairline Backed by RiverRock Fund

Fairline Backed by RiverRock Fund

Luxury British motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, announces the RiverRock European Opportunities Fund II has acquired a majority stake in the business.  Following a successful partnership over the past 11 months, RiverRock has demonstrated its ongoing support and confidence in Fairline by committing to a significant capital investment program that secures the boat builder’s financial future following the turbulence created by the global Corona Virus pandemic. Messrs Glyanenko and Volov welcome the investment from RiverRock and whilst maintaining a financial interest in Fairline, will be focusing on their core businesses which have been substantially impacted by both the Covid-19 pandemic and the oil price shock of recent months. Chief Operating Officer of Fairline Yachts, Peter McNulty, says, “By taking a majority stake in the business, RiverRock is demonstrating its continued support and confidence in Fairline. The investment secures our financial future and ensures we can continue the roll-out of our long-term strategic plan for the brand.  “As announced previously, the company has made some tough decisions to right-size the business as a result of the current extremely challenging market conditions. This has better positioned the company and aligns it more closely with our strategic plans both in terms of product and regional growth. The new investment from RiverRock provides us with the capital and execution ability we needed to fulfil these long-term growth plans.”  Peter continues, “The Corona Virus pandemic has put additional pressure on all businesses and RiverRock’s investment means we can continue our exciting and highly innovative new product development program, which is critical for the sustained growth of the business and to meet our discerning buyers’ requirements.”  Jason Carley, Senior Portfolio Manager at RiverRock, adds, “We are pleased to take the next step on our partnership journey with Fairline Yachts. We firmly believe in the team at the helm and the strength of the brand. We appreciate Alex and Igor’s significant investment over the last four years and our additional investment will now support Fairline to grow and will enable the company to keep doing what it does best – building exquisitely designed, hand crafted boats made in Great Britain.”  With this new investment, the future is clear for Fairline Yachts to strengthen its position in the global marketplace and retain its place as a leading British boat manufacturer.

Feadship Upgrade Youtube Channel

Visited the dedicated Feadship channel on YouTube recently? If not, prepare to be impressed at the revamped set-up, all designed to make browsing even easier. All the Inside Feadship vlogs are now in one place and the library of fleet films has been organised, history movies, interviews and news items into a logical order for instant identification along with playlists. There’s even a cool new selection of videos from Friends of Feadship.

Feadship Refit Better Then New

'Better Then New' this quote from the owner of the 57.60-metre W ex. Larisa captures his delight at the way our craftsmen and engineers renewed his pride and joy Feadship over a ten-month project. With major modifications to the interior layout, all key technical systems dialed back to zero, and a fabulous new exterior livery, W looks and feels better than new. 

Ferretti Custom Line Launches Eleven Super Yachts

Custom Line continues to win more and more yacht owners and admirers, as production continues in full swing. Testament to this are the 19 launches planned for 2020: 11 have already taken place, and the next 8 are scheduled before the end of the year at the Ancona shipyard.  The yachts launched since January are: Custom Line 106' #03 “Falcon CA”, Navetta 33 #11 “4Leon”, Navetta 33 #12 “Acqua”, Custom Line 106' #05, Navetta 37 #09 “Telli”, Custom Line 120' #04, Navetta 33 #14 “Penelope”, Navetta 42 #04 “Horizon”, Custom Line 120' #05 and Custom Line 106' #06.  With a total of 386 metres launched, these masterpieces of naval art further confirm the constant commitment, meticulous attention and masterly expertise that Custom Line puts into delivering its yachts to their owners on time. Custom Line customers can thus enjoy their sea voyages and family cruises in the utmost comfort and total privacy.  The Custom Line yard, with its 5 dedicated work sheds, is part of the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona, a world-class naval hub spanning 80,000+ sqm with a private marina that extends over 23,000 sqm of water. The yachts undergo their final fitting-out and completion work at the Custom Line docks, followed by testing and sea trials.  Each customer and their team receive personal attention throughout all phases of the project, from production and launch to delivery – and beyond, with ongoing after-sales support. The yard also provides dedicated offices and facilities at the disposal of captains and crew.  Custom Line currently has 21 yachts under construction – 13 in the sheds and 8 at the completion and dock testing stage prior to delivery to their owners.  In addition to constructing the entire Custom Line fleet, the Ancona shipyard also builds the steel and aluminium mega yachts for the CRN, Riva and Pershing brands.

Ferreti Group YourPrivateIsland Advertising Campaign

Spending the summer on a boat, in total privacy, experiencing maximum freedom while relaxing and socialising, inspired by an island of serenity and beauty. That’s the creative concept behind the Ferretti Group's campaign proposing a wonderful escape to the many limitations in place on dry land at present, with the ethos underpinned by a high-impact hashtag: “#YourPrivateIsland”. The digital advertising campaign, which will run throughout the summer on lifestyle and trade media channels, was created in collaboration with Ars Media of Turin, under the creative direction of Silvia Amici and her team, as well as the website project, later developed by Prose. In the text accompanying the campaign, the “WHAT IF” concept explores the possibility of doing something out of the ordinary, with fewer limitations and more freedom – as our new normal continues to change and evolve on a daily basis. The #YourPrivateIsland hashtag provides the perfect answer, positioning the Ferretti Group’s yachts as private islands – only better. The visuals feature evocative images and focus on enticing shots of nature, alluding to an immersive experience of relaxation and conviviality. Meanwhile, completing the campaign is a website which delves deeper into these values and looks at the unique experiences to be had on board. The stars of the “#YourPrivateIsland” campaign are the eight brands in the Group – Wally, Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line – and of course the stunning yachts, which provide a way to enjoy the summer exactly the way you want to, free from restrictions, on board your own “private island”. It promises to be a fruitful investment in personal well being and safety The key concepts of the campaign include intimacy and conviviality, unrestricted freedom on board inimitable icons of Italian design and the unique opportunity to explore breath-taking scenery. It serves as an invitation to imagine a dream lifestyle – one that can become a reality thanks to these masterpieces of yacht design. Each model featured in the campaign conveys the values and stunning creativity of the brands of the Ferretti Group, a world leader in the international yacht industry which works tirelessly to make dreams come true for shipowners and enthusiasts.

Ferretti Group Lights the Mediterranean Coast

Ferretti Group destinations are dream locations dedicated to the good life, adding extra magic to the summer of anyone passionate about navigating the Mediterranean Sea. Under the banner of the new #YourPrivateIsland campaign, recently launched as an invitation to enjoy a summer of privacy and well-being aboard the magnificent boats produced by the brands belonging to the Group, these spaces welcome shipowners and visitors in idyllic, convivial settings where the star of the show is quintessentially Italian nautical design. Take Waterfront Costa Smeralda, for example, where Ferretti Group has created a seafront VIP Lounge, perfect for relaxing for a few hours, and the Riva temporary store, a haven of high-end shopping. Shipowners can access exclusive benefits and bespoke experiences courtesy of some truly exceptional partners, such as You Marina gourmet sushi, the Phi Beach Club – which has an exclusive partnership with the Wally brand for the nautical sector – and the British automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, which offers a convenient test drive and courtesy car service, as well as the chance to enjoy a refined tasting experience at its Defender Privée. The Ferretti Group VIP Lounge and the Riva temporary store will be open until Sunday 6 September, every day from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am. Another unmissable destination is the Ibiza Pershing Yacht Terrace, a unique cocktail bar located in the heart of the luxurious, five-star 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza. Created by Pershing architects and designers in accordance with the style and values that make the range unique, the terrace is the perfect place to relax and sip on fabulous cocktails as you enjoy the views of the magical rocky island of Es Vedrà. The stunning Riva Lounge on the terrace of The Gritti Palace in Venice is a place renowned for its exceptional hospitality and breath-taking beauty. The use of Riva furniture creates a unique atmosphere, while the views of the Grand Canal and the beautiful Santa Maria della Salute Cathedral complete the experience. Guests have access to an Aquariva Super boat, “Il Doge”, which is moored outside the building, making the Riva Brand Experience in Venice all the more exclusive. The crystal-clear water of the Croatian coast provides the perfect backdrop for the Riva Lounge and Privée in Opatija, creating a sophisticated setting for relaxing or enjoying a drink while taking in the breath-taking views. The Ikador Hotel also offers an exclusive private boat service featuring a magnificent Aquariva Super model. For those mooring up in Formentera, there can be no better place to go than the Riva Privée at the “Molo 47” restaurant. It is a sophisticated and elegant space, where light becomes the star of the show thanks to the gorgeous shadows created by the curtains, while the interior design features unique nautical detailing: the use of aquamarine cushions, chrome, steel and lacquered mahogany evoke images of the iconic yachts and 1950s style synonymous with La Dolce Vita, instantly transporting guests into the magical world of Riva.

Fraucher Gets Three Figures

A big milestone for the Frauscher shipyard from Ohlsdorf, Austria: The hull number 100 of the 1017 GT left the modern shipyard at the lake Traunsee.  It’s in order to offer its buyer on Majorca in the future all that is needed for a day on the sea: Style, performance, clean and tidy layout combined with high-quality materials and functions. The 1017 GT enjoys great popularity among Frauscher customers. And rightly so: with a top speed up to 60 knots, a modern deep V hull with steps and plenty of sunpad and seating for tanning, the 1017 GT is the perfect boat for every occasion. Customers also enjoy the stylish and easy-to-use bimini top, the generous cooling facilities for drinks and snacks and the high-end audio system of the 1017 GT. The approximately 10 meter long Gentlemen's Racer is the heart of the Austrian shipyard and was first built in 2011 by Thomas Gerzer, the head of product development at Frauscher. Since then, it has been providing customers from all over the world with unlimited fun on the water with its classic design. Over the years this model has been continuously improved and optimized by the engineering team and remains today the best day cruiser in its class. Thomas Gerzer commented: "There are individual design elements that catch my eye somewhere. Other people often don't see these details at all, but they sense that it looks cool. Often it's all about little things or changing the proportions. It's a tedious process that starts with hundreds of sketches, which are then used to create the perfect model.“ This milestone makes the 1017 GT by far the most successful boat in its class. In addition to the sales success of the 1017 GT, Frauscher can also celebrate 200 unit sold for the 650 Alassio electric model. This makes the Frauscher 650 Alassio the best electric boat in their range.

Gulf Craft Announces Dual Majesty Deliveries

Emirates luxury yacht manufacturer, Gulf Craft, has announced the successful delivery of two Majesty 100s today. En route to Europe, these two superyachts will be handed over to their owner’s representatives in Italy where they will cruise the Mediterranean this summer season. Gulf Craft has taken every measure to ensure the safe delivery of both yachts through its smart management systems. Given the current travel restrictions, Gulf Craft introduced a virtual handover procedure that allowed the crew to efficiently review all the systems onboard together with shipyard experts and officials. Each of the two 31.7m Majesty 100 was designed and built to cater to their owner’s specific requests. Gulf Craft’s in-house design studio was responsible for the exterior and interior design of the superyachts. Following a project brief by each client, the team worked to echo their desires into each build and created a harmonious gem that merged seamlessly with the yacht’s timeless exterior design.

Heesen Biggest Assembly to Date

Light, long, fast and strong. Cosmos, the 80-metre, tri-decked yacht with four engines and more than 19,000 horsepower is a boat like no other. Her design combines the world’s most advanced naval architecture with Heesen’s unparalleled engineering know-how. She will be capable of reaching close to 30 knots once delivered and have an efficient cruising speed of 20+ knots.  A project of this scale is like a large and complex puzzle. Following the aluminium construction of our largest hull to date, we joined the hull and superstructure and installed the engines. The size of the project – 80 metres at 1,700GT – and the logistics involved are unprecedented. Thanks to the pristine Dutch organisation that characterizes all of Heesen’s works, not to mention the smart logistics management, the operations ran smoothly.  After 15 months of skilled welding, the 80-metre low-drag latest iteration of the Fast Displacement Hull Form, which sports Heesen’s patented “backbone” for longitudinal strength, left the aluminium workshop in shed six. After the weighing process, Cosmos’ hull was gently driven onto a barge by two remote-controlled multi-wheelers. This is a delicate process that once started cannot be stopped. To ensure perfect stability during this precise balancing act, the barge was carefully ballasted to ensure a seamless transition when transferring the weight of the hull.  The barge was then towed across the canal to a quay large enough to carry out the lifting operations. It took four of the Netherlands’ largest telescopic cranes to lift the hull from the barge and place it in the water.  During the same operation, we installed Cosmos’ unique propulsion system. Four engines and two gearboxes, which will interact with variable-pitch propellers and the ultra-innovative Promas rudders, were placed in the hull.  A build of such magnitude requires an epic collaboration with our trusted suppliers: long-lasting relationships built on many years of loyal teamwork and operating at the highest standards resulted in Cosmos, a project of cosmic proportions.  Cosmos’ sleek profile, penned by renowned British studio Winch Design, can, at last, be admired for the first time in its bare aluminium beauty. The yacht will now undergo the outfitting process in the run-up to the launch in 2021.

Horizon Announces Five New Power Catamaran Sales

Horizon continues to see strong sales in its PowerCat models, with three PC60 and two PC52 models currently in build for U.S. clients. Due to launch imminently, the PC60 Quintessence is the third Horizon Power Catamaran for her experienced owners, who previously owned another PC60 as well as a PC52. As they did in their previous PC60, the owners customised their layout and elected to eschew the standard on-deck master suite to create an entirely open floor plan on the main deck. The owners added a Hi/Lo swim platform, upgraded to two generators and incorporated the Lithium ion battery package to accommodate their extensive cruising. Quintessence is on schedule to be delivered in June 2020. Also scheduled to deliver in 2020 is the PC60 Homarus, which is the second Horizon yacht for the American owners, who are moving up from their PC52. The clients have added a head and shower to the flybridge as well as a Hi/Lo swim platform. A third PC60 is in build as a stock boat for U.S. owner.  The PC52 model remains one of the most popular Horizon PowerCat models, thanks to its efficient layout and entry-level appeal. Featuring a 22’ beam, the PC52 offers comfortable living spaces, a functional three-stateroom layout with a large galley and spacious salon, as well as all of the necessary amenities for extended cruising. The PC52 Magic is currently in build for two-time Horizon PowerCat owners, while yet another PC52 is in build for new Horizon owners. These owners made the switch to a Horizon PowerCat from their 60ft Hatteras mono-hull yacht. Upon taking delivery in early 2021, the owners plan to take their PowerCat to cruise the Great Lakes.

Jarrett Bay New Aloha Collection

Jarrett Bay present Aloha the new tropical trucker hats and hang loose where ever you may sport this performance snapback. Made from Tritech, this lightweight hat will help you look and stay cool on blazing hot days. For extra comfort, they also feature a performance mesh sweatband and dark under brim to reduce glare.

Maritimo Blog Live

Maritimo invites fans and boat enthusiasts to delve deeper into the world of Luxury Boating with its new blog. The Maritimo Blog will be covering topics from design and manufacturing, motor yacht engineering advancements, the motor yacht industry, to owners interviews and everything in between.

Monte Carlo Yachts 2020 Dealer Meeting

With the new season approaching, Monte Carlo Yachts has had the pleasure to hold online webinars with official dealers and partners from Asia, America, Europe and GCC area, which took place from July 21 to July 24. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 situation, the Company decided to prioritize the well-being of its guests, owners and partners by offering an alternative and unique tailor-made approach to reach the different markets. Monte Carlo Yachts has always been designing and crafting timeless luxury yachts distinguished by high levels of comfort and safety on board. Dan Lenard, who gave precious contributes to the webinar sessions, underlined the importance of MCY Collection’s elegant and sophisticated design - signed Nuvolari Lenard Design Studio - in delivering Future Classic yachts. The webinar days have been a concrete opportunity to present the brand strategy for the Nautical Season 2020-2021 to the stakeholders. Segio Loiacono, newly appointed as Monte Carlo Yachts’ Sales and Marketing Director, presented the new strategy and tools that will guide and support MCY’ international dealers’ network.

Princess Industry First

Princess Yachts are thrilled to announce a truly unique industry first, as they launched the eagerly anticipated slot 1 of the new X95 via a Facebook Live on 27 July.  As the first X95 reaches completion in the Plymouth based manufacturing facility, and unable to launch this flagship yacht through more traditional methods due to the current climate and associated restrictions, Princess have thought outside the box and taken the bold move to host a live event, open to everyone, through their Facebook page on the 27th July 2020.  The event ran for a couple of hours and will provide the viewers with a never before opportunity to experience an exclusive tour of this class defying yacht, both inside and out. In addition, there will be a panel of speakers, made up of Princess Yachts' executive board members, who will talk through the different areas of the yacht's development. From discussing the striking new design language, to the manufacturing and development, through to the X95's position in the market place, the panel presented just what sets this innovative new yacht apart from the pack.

Riviera Expands to Meet Demand

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is expanding its 14-hectare production facility to meet international and domestic demand and the company’s growing number of new motor yacht models.  The multimillion-dollar new development works currently under way include extension of the factory’s final fitout capability by increasing the facility’s volume by more than 20 per cent.  Once this stage of the expansion program is completed, the works will allow Riviera to bring the majority of its final fitout under one roof, further enhancing quality, lead times and annual volume.  Over the past year, the company produced more than 100 motor yachts from across the 20-model range, more than half of which have been exported. These latest works will expand capacity as further new additions to Riviera’s model range are released.  Forty years of evolution are expressed in Riviera’s growing range of Flybridge, SUV and Sport Yacht range, and more recently the addition of the larger Sports Motor Yacht collection.  Riviera’s flagship Sports Motor Yacht design was launched in 2018 and the company in June this year celebrated a milestone with the completion of the magnificent Alberlee, Hull 20 of the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht for a new owner in Western Australia.  The current facility expansion also includes a new location for Riviera’s New Model Development team of over 35 craftspeople and 13 designers, engineers, naval architects, draftsmen and master boatbuilders, bringing them together in a large and dedicated facility.  “These latest development works represent a substantial investment in meeting the needs of our yacht owners,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “Our current expansion program allows us to further enhance the design and luxury of today’s Riviera motor yachts and prepare for our future demand as exceptional new models are introduced to the Riviera model line-up.”

Riviera Celebrates 20th Sports Motor Yacht

The 72 and 68 Sports Motor yachts, the flagships of the luxurious Riviera collection, have reached a significant milestone in production with the completion of Hull 20 following the new designs being launched in 2018. Sports Motor Yachts have received accolades from owners and the marine industry by setting the standard that defines 40 years of evolution by Riviera.  Since their launch, Riviera 72 and 68 SMYs are now cruising the waters of Australia, New Zealand, The Caribbean, Vanuatu, Indonesia, The Mediterranean and Thailand, and further yachts are now being completed for the United States.  Alberlee, the 20th Sports Motor Yacht, is heading to Riviera dealer representative R Marine Perth for delivery to new owner Mike Albert, a Singapore-based director of Apple Inc’s customer care for the Asia Pacific region.

Riva Legend in Paris

The collection of Riva Destinations, the most sought-after locations by international yachting enthusiasts, among others, has been complemented by a new destination in Europe’s chicest capital: the inauguration of the first Riva Privée in Paris, in partnership with Splash Bistro at Port Van Gogh on the Seine. An absolute must for those looking for an exclusive experience. The Riva Privée offers Splash guests the opportunity to visit the French capital by cruising up the river comfortably aboard an Aquariva Super, and to discover glimpses of rare beauty in one of the most romantic cities in the world.  The Riva Privée at Splash Bistro, Port Van Gogh, is one of a kind: the bohemian charm typical of Île-de-France meets the class and heritage of Riva to give guests an unprecedented Riva Brand Experience. In line with the concept of all the Riva Destinations, the interior design reflects the style and the legendary details of the iconic yachts: from aquamarine cushions to chrome, steel details and lacquered mahogany tables, all customized with the Riva logo.  Outside is a stylish beach area, again customized with Riva furniture, offering maximum relaxation. The culinary offering is also first class, provided by Thomas Balland, resident chef at Splash.  The Riva Privée at Splash is part of the Riva Destinations project, created to offer yacht owners and others unique experiences and sophisticated locales, the so-called “places to be”, that are all about timeless class and elegance, with a relaxed and informal style that fosters conviviality. Riva Lounges, Privées and Decks are present in exclusive locations worldwide, including Venice, Monte Carlo, Formentera, Opatija, Mykonos, and Palm Beach.

Viking Takes Triple Crown

The newest Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish champ is Joe Rahman's Viking 80 Auspicious. Joe and his team fished nine days during three tournaments which include the Billfish Blast, Big Game Classic and Sea Horse Anglers Club tournaments. Auspicious started strong, placing second in the Billfish Blast with three blue marlin releases. They followed up by dominating the Big Game Classic with four blues to win the tournament and lead the Triple Crown.  The Sea Horse tournament was competitive with challengers eating into their lead. But Auspicious put five blue marlin on the board for a 2nd Place finish. This sealed the Triple Crown series win for the team.  Congratulations to Joe, Captain Edward "Cookie" Murray, mate Carl Copeland and teammates Kevin Stafford, Lynda Murray, Amy Laird and David Soares.

Viking Wins at 2020 Blue Marlin Grand Championship

After a three-hour battle the Viking 48 Pearl weighed in a 642.4-pound marlin to earn the top honours in the 2020 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. With the 1st Place finish the team captured the 2020 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. The boat is owned by Andy Yarborough and was run by Captain Bo Keough. Aaron Prosser hooked the fish using 120-class Shimano big-game tackle. Pearl started the season with the 1st Place Blue Marlin in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, a 603.2-pound entry. The team also earned participation points in the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. "It was a very special moment for Pearl to win the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship," Pearl owner Andy said. "I would like to extend sincere thanks, gratitude and love to all the people who've helped make this possible for our team this season." Dana and Lisa Foster's Viking 72, Born2Run, racked up points throughout the six-tournament Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship series to claim 2nd Place Overall. Other Viking finishes in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, the final tournament in the series, include 3rd Place Blue Marlin. Owner/angler Robert Burroughs weighed a 575.2-pound fish caught on his Viking 70, Quick Time. Nathan Neames weighed in the 2nd Place tuna at 146.6 pounds, aboard the Viking 76 Reel Fire. Briar Patch, a Viking 68, took 1st Place Dolphin with angler Jarret Johnson's 35.4-pound catch. The Viking 58 Rising Sons claimed the 3rd Place Dolphin.

Viking Takes Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament

With barely a chance to settle into her new slip, the Viking 80 Krazy Salt's won the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament. Having just taken delivery of the boat days earlier, the team on the Anderson family's boat released six white marlin for the win. Keith Greenberg, at the helm of Krazy Salt's, claimed the Walt Hendee Captain's Award. Third Place Boat went to the Viking 56 Insure with five white marlin.

Viking Breaks Two Records

Keith and Ginger Myers had a wild weekend fishing their Viking 72 Fleur de Lis with captain Scooter Porto and mates Zachary Taylor and Jake Glass. Competing in the Mongo Offshore Challenge, Ginger set not one but two records with a 851.9-pound blue marlin, which was weighed in front of a cheering crowd at the Orange Beach Marina in Alabama. Ginger now holds the Alabama Blue Marlin state record as well as the Gulf of Mexico's lady angler with the heaviest blue. Way to kill two birds with one stone Ginger! The tournament runs through October 15.  The current Alabama Blue Marlin state record is held by Chris Ferrera. Chris earned the title while fishing his Viking 60 Reel Fire at the 2013 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. His six-plus-hour fight resulted in a fish weighing 845 pounds.

Viking at 2020 Gulf Cup

Jon Gonsoulin's Viking 70 Done Deal did it again - winning the 2020 Gulf Cup, a single-day winner-take-all marlin tournament. Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, captain Jason Buck put Wilks Hammock on a 120" fish that weighed 667.2 pounds. That fish also earned the team the optional jackpot category, Big Blue Challenge, at the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship.  Done Deal won the Blue Marlin Cup back in 2017 with Wilks hooking a 600-pound fish. This is the only big-game tournament allowing teams to fish anywhere in the world for eight hours in their time zone with just one targeted species and one winner. 

Viking at Orange Beach Open

A fleet of 23 boats fired up for the Orange Beach Open, a trolling-only event with live baiting prohibited. Matt McDonald's Viking 72 Breathe Easy with Captain Pat Ivie at the helm, took top honors in the Release Division with three white marlin. Quick Time, a Viking 70, released a blue for 2nd Place Release team.  At the inaugural Orange Beach Open in 2019, the Viking 64 Team Galati was the only boat to record a Grand Slam by weighing in a tuna, dolphin, wahoo and releasing a white marlin. This year, Quick Time claimed 1st Place in the Grand Slam category and Breathe Easy (in under three hours of fishing) claimed 2nd.  With just one tournament remaining in the prestigious Gulf Coast Triple Crown, the standings are tight. Born2Run, Dana and Lisa Foster's Viking 72, is currently leading with another seven Vikings in the top ten. They include Restless, Breathe Easy, It Just Takes Time, Pearl, Crawgator, Fleur de Lis and Quick Time.

Zeelander Live DJ Performance

World's No. 1 DJ performs live on a Zeelander.  Martin Garrix, who has consistently been ranked as the World's number 1 DJ, recorded his latest set on a Zeelander Z44, live from Dutch waters.