June 26, 2019

Project: Tornado T-Rib 48

Tornado who build a fame onward from the seventies in building performance orientated sport cruisers with deep-V hull ventures into new territory with this T-Rib 48 project, set to launch in the fall of this year.  The T-Rib 48 enters Tornado in the performance rib cruiser sector, a very competitive segment especially in Italy.  This is not the first time Tornado goes out of its comfortable performance cruiser zone reminding readers here that the Rome Fiumicino boat builder did also build a ffifty sportfish yacht designed by Tom Fexas back in the late nineties. The T-Rib 48 will feature a large open plan single cabin interior layout, while the exterior will feature a never ending bow to stern usable deck in three distinctive split level layouts.  The Tornado T-Rib 48 power will feature three power and propulsion options from twin 450hp diesel engines with surface drives, twin 350hp with stern drives and up to triple 300hp in the outboard version.

June 25, 2019

Engine: Volvo D4 320hp

Volvo expands its 3.7 liter D4 engine, re-engineered to deliver on the increasing demand for greater reliability and a more powerful engine. Available from 150 and now up to 320hp, an extra twenty horse power from the previously largest available D4 engine, which adds to the choice of propulsion from the IPS pod drives, stern drive, shaft and water-jet installations. The changes in the new D4 are more than a face-lift, with the majority of components having been re-engineered offering up to 10% more power across the range, and improved efficiency from between 1% to 7%.

June 24, 2019

New Model: Gulf Craft Nomad 75 Suv

During the Dubai 2019 boat show Gulf Craft introduced the new Nomad Suv series.  These new Suv series builds on the platform of the previews Nomad models and adds an enclosed bridge up top.  Gulf Craft Nomad series feature a semi displacement round bilge hull aimed at increasing efficiency at medium double digit speeds.  The Nomad 75 Suv is accessible from an internal staircase, and features a relaxing lounge and helm station up forward wrapped up with an all around Portuguese style deck.  In the first hull of the Nomad 75 Suv the owner decided to move the main cabin forward of the main deck.  Power for the Gulf Craft Nomad 75 Suv comes from twin Man 1550hp with line shaft propulsion.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.40 m (76.9ft)
Beam - 6.10 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 68 t
Fuel Capacity - 7880 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft

June 23, 2019

Web: Sea Ray New Web Site

The Worlds biggest motor boat producer Sea Ray updates its website to a new platform. Founded in 1959 by C.N. Ray this World known US builder was one of the first to start fiberglass boat production. In 1986 Sea Ray became part of the Brunswick Group, what is today known as the biggest pleasure boat holding. The current Sea Ray line up offers forty eight different models from nineteen to sixty five feet in length, and is divided into eight ranges: SPX, Sport, Sun Sport, SLX, SX, Sport Cruisers, Sport Yachts, and L-Class. The new Sea Ray website guides you with the following buttons; Why Sea Ray, Models, Build My Sea Ray, Find a Dealer, Get a Quote, Apparel and Accesories, and Owners Resources.

June 22, 2019

Project: Cantiere Delle Marche Darwin 106

Cantiere delle Marche announce its first sale in the USA with this Darwin 106 project.  Set to be delivered in 2021 the Darwin 106 is based on the platform of the 102 model, with an extension aft enabling this super explorer yacht to sport-fish.  This project is supported by Andrea Armas of Azure as technical consultant manager.  Other special requests from the American owner who ordered the first Darwin 106 was for a country style kitchen in the main saloon with a friendly atmosphere, and an owner stateroom in the upper deck instead of the sky-lounge as usually specified in the Darwin 102 model.

June 21, 2019

New Model: Otam 85 GTS

Otam is pleased to announce that the 85 GTS full custom version was launched ahead of schedule, having successfully achieved greater speeds than the ones established in the contract. The new Otam 85 GTS which is based on the 80 Record HT model hull but differs in everything else.  The Otam 85 GTS will have its official debut at the 2019 Cannes boat in September 2019.  The design and engineering of this custom fast open fast super yacht is powered by a pair of 2600hp MTU engines and Arneson transmission that can reach and exceed 45 knots maximum speed and 35 knot cruising speed, is the result of the collaborative efforts of CEO Gianfranco Zanoni, who is also Production director and tester as Otam mechanical engineer, and Umberto Tagliavini, from Marine Design and Services.  The Paris based Joseph Dirand Architecture firm, represented by Maxime Foster, dealt with all the details of the interior layout and design, according to the wishes of the owner. Max Riedl from the German company Cornelsen and Partner was the Technical Surveyor representing the owner, with Damien Sauvage from Sauvage powerboats acting as commissioning supervisor.  The external layout offers huge convivial and relaxation areas, translating the needs and requests of a customer who wanted to customize and build this unit as an Open Day Boat for his summer property. This 85 semi-open GTS is therefore able to cruise safely and without turbulence, ensuring the greatest comfort aboard even at top speeds above 45 knots.  The shape of the semi-open hard top is made with advanced composite materials that have been specifically modeled according to the customer’s specific style. It integrates the engines’ air inlets, protects the areas served by grills for outdoor lunches and dinners and perfectly conceals the mechanism for opening the top, which is also fully customized.  With the two large master-suites each with their own bathroom in the bow and at the center of the yacht with max beam, in addition to the practical galley and the living room/dinette opposite, and another third bathroom for the guests, the spaciousness of this yacht’s internal layout can be immediately perceived. The crew's quarters in the bow can be accessed independently from the VIP and Guest areas for high quality of life on board.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.85 m (84.8ft)
Waterline Length - 23.95 m
Beam - 6 m
Displacement - 67 t loaded 57 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - four guests in two cabins, six guests in three cabins, or eight guests in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 2600hp, 2 x Cats C32A 1925hp, 3 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Arneson ASD 15L surface drives, or triple Volvo IPS1350 with Volvo 1000hp engines
Speed - 45 knots max 40 knots cruise with MTU 2600hp and surface drives, 40 knots max 34 knots cruise with Cats 1925hp, 38 knots max 32 knots with triple Volvo 1000hp and IPS pod drives
Range - 350 nm at fast cruise
Project - Umberto Tagliavini for lines, Joseph Rirand for interior
Certification - RINA CE A

June 20, 2019

Project: Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht

Riviera continues to push on its Sports Motor Yacht range and presents the project for a new 64 model evolving the range to a four model range.  Introduced in 2017 with the 68 the Sports Motor Yacht has since then extended to become a three model range with the 39 and 72 models, and over twenty units so far delivered by Rivera.  The Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht with inspiration from its larger sister and some specialties of her own, this is an enclosed flybridge motor yacht with a modern attitude and sport-fishing inspiration in its lines and also possible usage, see free aft deck.  Some interesting details already shown in the project is the external lounging area before entrance in the saloon, and L-shaped dinette located on the top deck.  The Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht as most models from the down under boat builder will feature an astern galley layout on the main deck and will feature no lower helm station.  Accommodation plan are for a Classic three cabins layout with a small L-shaped settee, or a four cabins version plus crew, with a fourth bunk cabin.  The Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht will be powered by twin Man 1300hp engines.

June 19, 2019

New Model: Austin Parker 48 Sportfly

Austin Parker continues to evolve and here the Italian boat builder presents the flybridge version of its 48 model which was introduced in 2017 as the Sundeck model, and is now complete with the new Sportfly version.  The difference between the Sundeck and the new 48 Sportfly as the title says is all about the flybridge, with this new model having a second helm station up top located to port side, and a sun-pad plus settee with moving bolster to starboard.  For the remaining the Austin Parker 48 Sportfly is identical to the Sundeck with a three lower deck layout, having a full beam owners cabin, VIP cabin forward, and third bunk two berths cabin to port side.  The galley in the Austin Parker 48 Sportfly is located below.  The Austin Parker 48 has since launching the hull one of the series also released an engine upgrade now being powered by twin Cummins 600hp, an extra of 50hp and more important now featuring a bigger 8.3 liter versus the 6.7 block.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.5 m (50.8ft)
Beam - 4.60 m
Draft - 1.27 m
Displacement - 20.75 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1900 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max, 24 knots cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni

June 18, 2019

Project: Azimut 78 Flybridge

Announced as a 76 in early 2019, now Azimut renames this project set to launch in the coming Summer of 2019 as the 78 Flybridge.  Along with the news of change in model name Azimut provided more solid information for the first flybridge Azimut coming from the design studio of Alberto Mancini, and the first to be powered by IPS pod drives.  As all recent Azimut the 78 Flybridge has interiors by Achille Salvagni, who has brought an edge of unique detail in all the latest models featuring his unique trademark touch.  The 78 Flybridge also follows the carbon-tech concept embraced by Azimut in most of the recent models, with the super structure, hard top, flybridge and cockpit being made of this material, while the hull deck is of a hybrid fiberglass carbon-fiber matrix.  As for power the Azimut 78 Flybridge will feature a triple engine set up of Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp engines, which will allow for top speeds up to thirty knots.

June 17, 2019

New Model: Solaris Power Lobster 55

This new Solaris Power 55 may just be in the news for having a high end semi-production Italian sailing boat builder producing a motor boat, but the reality is much more to that, as the person behind Solaris entry into power boating is none the less then Norberto Ferretti.  Norberto Ferretti who apart founding the company with his name in 1967 and in 1997 embraces the road to become by the start of the new millennium one of the largest groups in the motor boating sector, and surely the most diverse in names, quality and styles on offer.  The story of Solaris Power in reality starts back in 2008, when Giuseppe Giulani founds a motor boat building facility.  For those that don't know Giuliani is founder of Grand Soleil who he started in 1974, and in 1999 buys Dufour selling all this package to an American investment company in 2006.  In 2011 Giuliani buys Solaris yachts and this has been another success story for the Italian entrepreneur multiplying sales and revenue by five as up to today.  One of the strengths of Norberto Ferretti has always been to create solid groups working on his projects, and in Soloris Power 55 what is a traditional inspired lobster boat motor yacht, we see this in full effect.  The Solaris Power 55 is designed by Brunello Acampora responsible for the hull design and the lines.  The Power 55 is a diverse project offering two main deck choices differing for galley up or not layout, and five lower deck options.  The lower deck options offer two cabins up to the four cabins layout choices with an owners suite always at midships.  Power choices for the Solaris Power 55 come from twin Volvo 600hp as standard or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod drives, which for the first time we see Norberto embrace.  Solaris Power is a solid project and in the press conference launch Norberto announced it will become a full range in a two year time frame, and will span from 48 up to 88 feet.  It is also worth to note that is not the first time that Norberto was involved in a traditional lobster boat inspired design, and this is was what he did with the Mochi brand back in 2001 when he brought the brand back in 2003 with the Dolphin line. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.15 m (56.2ft)
Hull Length - 16.7 m
Waterline Length - 15.4 m
Beam - 5.28 m
Draft - 0.74 m exl props and drives
Displacement - 23000 kg unloaded, 26000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, six berths in three cabins, eight berths in four cabins, one crew cabin 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp, D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 26 knots cruise with Volvo 725hp, 30 knots max 23 knots cruise with Volvo 600hp
Project - Brunello Acampora Victory design
Certification - CE A