August 21, 2018

Project: Botnia Targa 32 Tarfish

Botnia Targa 32 Tarfish project is the flagship model of sportfish range of the Finnish boat builder which features three models and starts at 25 feet.  The 32 Tarfish is an updated version of the 1040 and features the same door design from the pilothouse to the large aft deck and fish tank as the other Tarfish models.  As all Botnia Targa models safety is very important not only with its deep Vee sea worthy hull but also in the wide side-walks, high side rails, gunwales, and well placed grab-rails.  The interior offers a spacious pilothouse, roomy toilet in the fore cabin and three berths in the aft cabin.  The Botnia Targa 32 Tarfish can be powered with eight engine options in a single or twin stern drive propulsion, and start from a single Volvo 370hp and go up to twin 400hp engines. 

August 20, 2018

New Model: Princess V65

Princess present the new V65 which is based on the hull and layout of the S65 launched in 2016. Powerful and progressive, the V65 represents the latest present and future of the Princess V Class range, which has since 1995 represented the sportier cruiser and yachting side of the Plymouth World recognized name. This V65 is also the third generation series with the successful first series being launched in 2000 and then updated again in 2006.  If entertaining is your aim the new Princess V65 spacious cockpit inspires relaxation with a sunpad and well equipped dining area leading to the fully equipped aft galley. This flexible deck saloon model can be climate controlled or opened to the elements via triple sliding aft doors and a retractable sunroof. Below deck, eight guests enjoy four beautifully appointed cabins all bathed in natural light from elegant hull glazing.  The Princess V65 also features the option of a further single cabin aft for occasional guests or crew.  Power for the Princess V65 comes from twin Man 1400hp which give top speeds up to 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.32 m (66.9ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 20 m
Beam - 5.08 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 30500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 873 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed props
Speed - 38 knots max

August 19, 2018

Web: Austin Parker New Web Site

Austin Parker from Italy presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Founded in 1998, Austin Parker has been among the first in Italy to concentrate on building traditional down East lobster looking cruisers. This formula has been a success for the brand in its early years. Ten years after its founding and in 2008 Austin Parker gets purchased by a group of Italian businessman all with a long standing interest and experience in the pleasure boating sector.  This new venture takes Austin Parker to present a new more forward looking strategy focusing to a cross over style of a traditional down East lobster boat to that of the Italian Mediterranean cruiser and bringing onboard renowned Italian marine designer Fulvio De Simoni, who will design all the second generation models from 2009 onward. The first second generation Fulvio de Simoni designed Austin Parker was the 42 Open launched in 2009, and was followed by the 42 Sport, this mixing traditional lobster looks with those of a classic Mediterranean open cruiser.  Austin Parker currently offers a total of seven models which start with the 36 Open and go up to the 72 Fly, and has two further projects; the 74 Fly and that for the AP35 new outboard powered entry level of the range. The latest Austin Parker models launched in 2017 are the 44 Sedan and 48 Sportfly, with a new 48 Sundeck set to launch in 2018.  Austin Parker new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Yachts, Projects, Shipyard, Sales Network, Pre-Owned, News and Events, Press Room, and Contacts. A button for each of the seven models is also featured in the entrance page.  Austin Parker is also found on social media hubs; Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, Instagram, and Linkedin with button links located on the left button corner of each page.

August 18, 2018

New Model: Heesen 50m YN18350

In mid July Heesen launched YN 18350, a 50 meter super yacht build of steel and christened Omaha, delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favourable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.  Heesen YN 18350 exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots one knot more then calculated and proved to be extremely maneuverable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 1340hp engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. Her round bilge steel hull with bulbous bow provides great comfort for the guests, exceptional sea keeping and unparalleled performance. Heesen 50m YN 18350 will leave the Netherlands for her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean Sea where she will meet her owners.  This 50-metre Heesen steel yacht started on speculation under the project name ‘Maia’.  YN 18350 is the first in Heesen’s newly designed 50 metre Steel Class, whose exterior lines are by Clifford Denn and is a replacement to the 47 meter platform which was delivered in thirteen hulls. With a gross tonnage below the 500GT threshold, this 50m modern displacement yacht is the successor of the 47m Steel Class. Clifford Denn spliced the Heesen DNA with lines inspired by classic car design to create a true blue-water yacht with a bold presence on the water. UK based design studio Reymond Langton created a luxurious but welcoming interior with accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with the Owner’s stateroom located on the main deck forward and four large guest suites on the lower deck.  A sister ship, YN 18850 Project Triton, is currently under construction at the Heesen shipyard in Oss and is available for delivery in February 2020.
Technical Data:
LOA - 50 m (162ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.75 m
Displacement - 440 t
Fuel Capacity - 60000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, ten crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V4000 M63 1340hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 3800 nm at 12 knots
Construction - steel hull alloy super structure
Project - Clifford Denn exterior, Reymnd Langton interior
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht + LMC LY3, MCA

August 17, 2018

Project: Filippetti S55

Considering that in the last two decades Fausto Filippetti has concentrated most of his efforts in building flybridge super yachts above 24 meters, it is interesting to see him return back to his roots with the S55.  Why am I saying all this, because Fausto Filippetti was one of the three co-founders who back in 1985 founded the Pershing shipyard, who today is considered as one of the most important names in the fifteen to thirty meter sport yacht size nonetheless also the trend setter who has set the rules for others to follow since the nineties.  The Filippetti S55 looks a lot in the direction to Fausto previous creations and comes from a design of Davide Cipriani, and is a three cabin sport yacht inspired to very aggressive yet clean lines.  The interior will feature three double cabins including a full beam owners stateroom, VIP forward cabin, and a third twin bunk berths cabin to starboard.  A spacious L-shaped galley is located below, while the living including a C-shaped dinette, a wet bar and grill are all located on the main deck.   The Filippetti S55 which actually was born couple years back as an S53 concept is to be powered by three engine choices set ups starting from twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod propulsion, and going up to twin Cats 1000hp and or 1200hp with sufrace drives propulsion.  The standard engine pod set up has estimated top speeds of 34 knots, while the more performance orientated surface drives will deliver 43 and 50 knots high speeds.  

August 16, 2018

Web: Alfamarine New Web Site

Alfamarine from Fiumicino the West sea side of the Italian capital city Rome presents its new World wide web showroom.  An under rated boat builder nowadays, Alfamarine and Fazioli though make a great part of the Italian story of pleasure boating from the mid seventies onward with some record breaking models in the making.  Alfamarine started its course in 1955 when Marcello Fazioli enters boat racing not only as a racer but also by building outboard powered speed boats for himself and on commission.  But the story of Alfamarine as a boat builder starts in 1975 when the yard in Fiumicino is founded and Marcello Fazioli launches the 40 Bronte model designed by Renato Sonny Levi and Franco Harrauer, two of the most innovative naval architects of the time specialized in fast deep Vee bottoms, who the lessons they offered are still very much valid then as today.  Build of fiberglass the Alfamarine 40 Bronte is a huge success becoming the yard all time best seller with 146 units build over its production run, and offered with two propulsion choices; Levi's Step surface drive and the standard line shaft, and available in three versions S for the open, Motoryacht for the flybridge, and the Fisherman with a lowered stern.  Alfamarine moves forward and after the success of the first model launches the bigger Alfamarine 60 Delta, and then the 16,50 Motoryacht.  A 35 is presented in 1985 the fourth and smallest ever produced model by Alfamarine, what is a chopped smaller 40 Bronte sport cruiser designed again by Franco Harrauer.  In the eighties Alfamarine competes with neighboring central and South Italian builders for making fast seaworthy large yachts; and Harrauer again designs the company first super yacht, the 83 Cronos a deep 25 degrees Vee deadrise hulled with a wide body upper structure design which will sell in six units.  The Cronos will reach 32 knots speeds with standard twin 1400hp engines, and will also be offered as the 83 Super Cronos with triple engines totaling 5000hp and Arneson surface drives project who in theory should have arrived up to fifty knots but unfortunately no unit ever sold.  An Alfamarine 90 is later launched in 1993, what is an extended 83 Cronos with a totally re-invented more traditional not wide body upper structure.  After the 83 Cronos, Harrauer will design the Alfamarine 65 launched in 1991 and based on the 55 hull but with a triple Man 1000hp set up reaching speeds of sixty knots, 61.5 to be exact as recorded during its sea trials.  Always conservative and very precise in the technical details Alfamarine will launch other models over the years, the 55 in 1990 sees the yard go into a more conservative style and will sell in ten units.  The Alfamarine 50 still in production nowadays sees Fazioli go into modern styling, integrated sloop stern, and developing an integrated windshield radar arch design in mid nineties.  The Alftamarine 50 will also embrace the Italian aft cabin sport cruiser yacht which was so popular in the eighty and nineties.  The 50 is followed by the similar styled and smaller Alfamarine 43 designed by Fabio Buzzi and launched in 1994 and becoming the 47 in 1997 and also a model still offered in the production catalog.  The Alfamarine 60 is launched in 1998 what is followed in 2002 with the 58, a modern version of the 1990 launched 55.  In 2003 Alfamarine launched the custom full displacement, steel construction and its largest build to date 140 triple deck to a design of Andrea Bacigalupo, who is then again used in the much admired 78 launched in 2004 and its smaller 72 sister.   Alfarmaine has won various prizes over the years starting from the Golden Keel awarded in 1985 for the 83 Cronos, and what is followed in 2005 European Prize for the 78.  Today Alfamarine is managed by founder Marcello Fazioli and his son Andrea, and together apart offering a full refit service in Fiumicino offer seven build to order semi custom sport cruiser and yachts which start with the 47, and go up to the one off build 140.  Alfamarine latest model is the Bacigalupo designed 72 launched in 2007 and the updated 60 receiving a hard top treatment presented in 2009.  Alfamarine new website takes you around with the following buttons; Our Story, Building Site, Services, Achievements, and Contacts. Alfamarine is also on social media with button links to its Facebook and Youtube pages at the right top corner of the page.

August 15, 2018

Project: Viking 58 Convertible

The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the second generation of its 58 Convertible, the successor to the legendary 1990's model that helped build the New Jersey company into a sportfishing powerhouse.  From 1991 to 2000 luxury tax included Viking sold 110 of its first-generation 58 Convertibles.  Today eighteen years later Viking presents the 58 Convertible generation two poised to stake its claim as a tournament champion and the best high-performing family cruising yacht in its class. The 58 arrives as the culmination of nearly 55 years of convertible sportfishing design, engineering and manufacturing experience.  The Viking 58 Convertible comes on strong with our signature walk-around center console flybridge helm station with flanking lounges, fifteen square-meters cockpit and observation mezzanine. The private and comfortable three-stateroom, two-head layout maximizes the vessel's five meters plus of beam. A forward stateroom with a queen berth is standard, with an optional cross-over arrangement. Our design team has done a phenomenal job with the salon and galley arrangement, creating a highly functional open layout with a balanced mix of amenities for entertaining, relaxing or dining.  Viking 58 Convertible hull one which is nearly completed will be powered by a pair of MTU 1600hp engines which will give estimated speeds of forty knots maximum and a cruise of 35 knots.. The second generation 58 Convertible will make her debut at the annual Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event held in mid September and after that will be a World premiere at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale which opens at the end of October.

August 13, 2018

New Model: Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Australia's Riviera showcased the World Premiere of its new Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht at the Sydney International Boat Show on Thursday, 2 August 2018. The 39 Sports Motor Yacht includes multiple entertainer spaces, a light and spacious saloon, open cockpit and extended flybridge that are emblematic of Riviera Sports Motor Yachts. The Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht is based on the same platform as the April 2018 launched 395 SUV, with the addition of a flybridge up top, and is also the third model to come in one year since the first Sports Motor Yacht model the 68 was launched.  The Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht will offer a five berth accommodation plan with a forward owners double berth forward, and a three berth cabin at midships.  The saloon will feature a C-shaped sofa dinette and an L-shaped galley to starboard.  Power will be from twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod propulsion.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.27 m (43.6ft)
Hull Length - 12.06 m
Beam - 4.26 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 12990 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 390 l
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Certification - ISO8666 for data

August 11, 2018

Project: Azimut Grande 32 Metri

Avant-garde is the keyword that unlocks the meaning of the Grande 32 Metri project, which offers yet another demonstration of Azimut design creativity and will make its world debut at the Cannes boat show in early September 2018. The main aim of all avant-garde movements is to stand out from classical art. This same mission, interpreted as the desire to express an innovative vision that breaks away from the past, underpins the new Azimut Grande 32 Metri, with exteriors by Stefano Righini and interiors by Achille Salvagni. The Azimut Grande 32 Metri is forward thinking in every sense, not least because of the multiple unprecedented solutions that establish its right to a prominent position in the world of super yachts, or the advanced naval platform that is packed with technology and combines Carbon Tech with a D2P hull or, finally, the pure design excellence that characterizes Salvagni’s outstandingly distinctive work.  Stefano Righini has crafted powerful exterior lines, with stylistic features that sweep towards the stern and trick the eye in a way that hides the important interior volumes offered by the boat. The spacious stern beach club, the lateral garage that can house a five meter tender and a three meter jet ski, the huge full-height glazed surfaces on both sides of the full-beam owner’s suite, and the personality-building vertical bow are the distinctive features Righini has given to the Grande 32 Metri, making it absolutely unique in its category. Inside, the sense of sophisticated softness continues to permeate the constituent features, maintaining a family feeling with the other two Grande units designed by Salvagni the 27 and the 35 metri. His approach continues to eschew pure decoration and focuses instead on spatial composition: fluid surfaces detach from the walls to form an independent system, using spatial elements that flow seamlessly while nevertheless establishing distinct volumes. The settings are at one and the same time welcoming, simple and sophisticated, playing on the harmonious balance of detail and function. The walls embrace and expand, like a succession of negatives and positives that fix and extend space. Polished dark wood surfaces alternate with extensive areas and sections of ceiling featuring light-colored wood varieties: everything is in the contrast.  The night zone consists of five double cabins. The large owner’s cabin on the main deck is flooded with natural light, while the other four cabins are on the lower deck, two with twin beds and two with doubles.  The entire superstructure is built using Carbon Tech and epoxy resin: the combined effect of these materials and the Displacement2Planning hull with double-chine with a wave-piercing bow delivers maximum consumption efficiency levels at both slow cruising speed and higher speeds, extending the yacht’s range.  The Azimut Grande 32 Metri will be powered by twin 2200hp MTU units driving the yacht to a top speed of 26 knots.

August 9, 2018

New Model: Bertram 61

Since Bertram started the Gavio ownership in 2015 the company first two models have been about reinventing the classic icons of the flying eagle, which made it legendary over the years and decades which has passed since 1960.  The first model to launch from Gavio was the 35 which paid homage to the legendary 31 sold in over a thousand units and also the first Bertram model to be produced when it all started in 1960.  Fast forward to 2018 and Gavio's Bertram second new 61 model is again inspired to the second most important icon in the flying eagle portfolio of legends, the early eighties and till end nineties produced 54.  Designed as the new 2016 launched 35 by Micheal Peters the new Bertram 61 started life as a 58 project, then it became a 60, and ultimately a 61.  The 61 is not just a new badge inspired 54 though, we see Bertram and Micheal Peters bring new cruiser elements to the genre and something which might make the competition have a thought or two.  Hull one of the Bertram 61 features a full wrap around wind screen which give very nice views from the living saloon area, an element which entertainers will like but usually sport-fishermen are not to keen on due to the structural integrity this will give over time.  The Bertram 61 also challenges again the genre below deck, with three guest cabins three heads accommodation layout which includes a full beam midships located owners stateroom.  With the 61 Bertram have a winning model and I see it being very successful in the more entertainment less sport fishing market, for the hardcore sport-fisherman I think the road ahead is longer, but also possible thanks to the Micheal Peters designed hull shape which automatically rates it high in the performance department.  What the Bertram 61 brings is a new option to buyers and a breath of fresh design solutions in the eighteen meter flybridge sportfish yacht, see full wrap around windscreen, and full beam owners cabin.  The others do not have these, the Bertram 61 has.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.61 m (61.1ft)
Waterline Length - 16.3 m
Beam - 5.56 m
Draft - 1.11 m
Displacement - 41934 kg full load
Fuel Capacity - 6510 l
Water Capacity - 1059 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - infused glass-fiber with Vinilester resin, all solid glass bottom with Kevlar reinforcements in center-line,  strake and structural grid
Project - Micheal Peters