February 16, 2019

New Model: Benetti 107 meter FB277

On December 18th 2018, in Livorno Benetti successfully launched FB277, a 107 meters motor yacht, the biggest ever built in Italy by a private shipyard. Powered by a diesel electric propulsion system, the yacht’s interiors and exterior have been designed entirely in house by Benetti and managed by Imperial, acting as Owner’s Representative, Build Supervisor and Yacht Manager of the vessel. The giga yacht has a hull constructed in steel and a superstructure of aluminium. She features a large swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a grand piano, a Spa, massage room and gym and a touch and go helipad. Her maximum beam is 15.2 meters and she has a full load displacement of 3,300t.  The giga yacht FB277 is a stunning creation of epic proportions. From the exterior, her elongated and linear profile, emphasized by balanced ribbons of glazing, speak to the admirer of contemporary and minimal design. Her strong plumb bow is businesslike and rooted in the practical need to tackle swelling seas with ease and comfort. Here also, a vast helicopter pad makes for uncomplicated landings. To the stern each gently staggered deck ends in graceful sweep downwards.  In terms of guest facilities FB277 covers all the bases, adding delights guests might not have even thought to indulge in during their seafaring adventures. On the wheelhouse deck the master cabin is a sumptuous full beam size, flanked by identical port and starboard balconies leading on to vast dressing rooms and an interconnected bathroom. The upper deck saloon, aft of this suite, is perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day, listening to the grand piano or watching a movie on the private sofa. On the main deck, seven huge VIP cabins, each with a large bathroom, are placed forward of the spacious main dining and saloon area. A mesmerizing spiral staircase with a full height inner atrium intersects each deck. Half of the lower deck and some space on the under lower deck has been set aside for generous amounts of crew accommodation.  A spacious beach club has access to the sea on both sides of the beam, as well as to stern, creating a huge connection with nature. The ship’s connecting spa area is equipped with a gym and a massage room. Large areas of deck satisfy the sun lovers: the top deck features seating and sun pads for those who favour a view, whilst the sun deck accommodates dining areas, more sun pads and a huge pool that can hold about 21,000 liters. More outdoor seating is found on the wheelhouse deck and aft on the main deck.  Finally delivery of the yacht is expected to take place in Summer 2019. Benetti’s Giga yacht construction program, which includes two other giga yachts in build and due to be launched in the next few months, has been the subject of major investment at the shipyard. An ambitious business plan has prompted financial input of more than fifteen million euros in infrastructure, organisation, safety and security, to overcome the challenges presented by building such giga yachts. The development by Benetti of the Giga yacht construction program has also required the creation of a special team of experts in this specific type of project. Expansion at the Livorno shipyard, in the form of two new generation steel structure sheds, have enabled Benetti to massively increase its productivity.
Technical Data:
LOA - 107 m (351ft)
Beam - 15.2 m
Draft - 4.2 m
Displacement - 3300 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 300000 l
Water Capacity - 69000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in eight cabins, 32 crew in eighteen cabins
Engines - 2 x Rolls Royce Electric Motors 2800 kw
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 18 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 5500 nm at 12 knots
Project - Pierluigi Ausonio naval architect, Benettei style department
Certification - Llyods LY3 

February 15, 2019

Project: Mazu 82

Mazu present the project for a new 82 flagship model to a design of Turkish designer Tanju Ozelgin.  The Mazu 82 is one of the largest pure open Super Sport Yachts currently available in the market, and the Turkish designer did actually a good job of presenting a traditional Mediterranean straight shear line, with minimal edges and design stints that propel the look to the future.  The Mazu 82 will be powered by triple Volvo 725hp engines, and or twin or triple 1000hp units.  Top speeds estimates are for forty knots with a cruise in the mid thirties.  The 82 interior will offer a three double cabins layout with a traditional owners cabin forward, and a saloon and a galley in between the cabins.  A two berth crew cabin is located forward.  The Mazu 82 will feature high end composite construction, with carbon reinforcements in certain areas, and epoxy resin blend.

February 14, 2019

New Model: Bayliss Gameboat 62

The Bayliss Gameboat series continues its success and after the launching of the 60, a 62 followed.  Bayliss started building the second Gameboat in May 2017 and was launched in December 2018 and christened Gamechanger.  Unlike the first Gameboat 60, is less spartan on the outside and also looks very similar to the fully custom Bayliss models. The Gameboat 62 is more luxurious inside to the 60 with full teak wood finishing inside, while outside we see the mask, and full tower.  The interiors of Gameboat 62 also feature a three stateroom two head layout.  Bayliss Gameboat 62 is powered by twin MTU 1920hp.  The semi-production Gameboat has been a success for Bayliss and the first 60 and 62 models, are currently followed by two other 62's currently in production.  That is a total of four Gameboats in just over a year since the series was announced.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.89 m (62ft)
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Fuel Capacity - 6533 l
Water Capacity - 946 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 12V 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - jig method cold molding with Okoume plywood and epoxy resin.  Super structure in Okoume plywood, Core-cell core and epoxy.

February 13, 2019

Improve-it = Sessa Key Largo 27 IB

Sessa improve the Christian Grande designed Key Largo 27 IB model presented in preview at the Cannes Boat Show. These improvements are demonstration of how Sessa continues to believe that the future needs the past, and that never like in these new versions, tradition meets innovation. A model that continuously evolves: a timeless design, with an even more aggressive look, characterized from the recognizable Key Largo lines. The improved Key Largo 27 features the addition of details, such as the large hull side window and the new windscreen, give a touch of modernity without disrespecting the previous versions. For the interiors and cushions the Key Largo 27 features a reinterpretation of the contemporary style. The Key Largo 27 IB offers a double cabin with Vee-shaped berth, and a head to starboard. The Key Largo 27 IB is powered by a single Volvo gas petrol 300hp engine which delivers top speeds up to 38 knots. These improvements are also present for the Sessa Key Largo 27 outboard version.

February 12, 2019

Project: Estensi 485 Maine

Estensi continues to renovate it's range and here we see the Italian builder update its 480 Maine model to the new 485.  Reinvented outside with new hull side windows, the entry level new 485 continues its standard for a reliable sea worthy explorer cruiser.  The Estensi 485 Maine features a three cabins two head interior, with lower deck galley located in between the cabins.  The Estensi 485 Maine is powered by twin 370hp Volvo engines.

February 11, 2019

New Model: Astondoa 377 Coupe

During the Cannes boat show 2018, Astondoa presented the new 377 Coupe.  The second model in the CoupĂ© range, which represents the evolution of the shipyard towards a more modern, sporty, original, and bold aesthetics. The 377 CoupĂ© is also Astondoa entry level boat for Spanish builder which spans in size up to a 197 feet project in its Steel range.  The 377 Coupe apart being a sport cruiser can also be labelled as a day-boat or a tender, thanks to its spacious cockpit.  Sporting a T-top and a full walk-around in its entire perimeter only with one step. it has three different areas: two sunbathing areas; at the bow and stern, and a third half-length area, which connects the galley and fridges space with the triple pilot seats in front of a modern center console helm station with harmonious and modern instruments and multi-function touch screens. The 377 Coupe also features a very useful store box under the stern sun-pad for water toys. Inside the 377 Coupe presents what Astondoa calls the lounge/cabin with its refrigerator and audio/TV system, completed with a spacious head with shower cabin, exceptional for its length, and a second cabin with two beds.  The Astondoa 377 Coupe is standard powered by twin Volvo 260hp diesel engines which allow for a top speed up to 36 knots.  Optional engines for the Astondoa 377 Coupe are twin larger 300hp diesel engines or twin petrol gas of 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.61 m (38ft)
Hull Length - 10.95 m
Beam - 3.56 m
Draft - 0.81 m
Displacement - 8300 kg
Fuel Capacity - 830 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, V8 300hp petrol gasoline
Propulsion - Volvo DPH or DPS dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 36 knots max 25 knots cruise with Volvo 260hp
Range - 200 nm at cruise
Certification - CE

February 10, 2019

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 32M Raised Pilothouse

Wim Van der Valk is in excellent progress with the 32M Raised Pilothouse motoryacht Jangada 2. Ordered by a repeat client, the innovative two deck and a half super yacht has a wide range of bespoke elements to match a very specific brief for the owner. Due for delivery in May 2019, Wim Van Der Valk 32 meter Raised Pilothouse is the fifth superyacht in the Raised Pilothouse custom-series and the largest to date. The Raised Pilothouse all come from design by Guido de Groot and previous to the 32M have seen  previous launches of 24.99-meter, and a two 26 meter series.  The Wim Van der Valk 32M Raised Pilothouse will be build of alloy and offer a four guest cabin interior.  Crew space is for six persons in three cabin.  The 32M Raised Pilothouse will displace an approximate of 127 tons, and will be powered by win 1920hp MTU, which give a cruise speed of 19 knots.
www.wimvandervalk.com

February 9, 2019

New Model: Pershing 8X

The Pershing X revolution continues, and after the 5X and 9X comes the 8X.  For the 8X Fulvio de Simoni continues the distinctive side wing design feature of all the X denominated models, a feature which started with the 70 in 2014.  The Pershing 8X is also an evolution of the 80 and 82 models.  The Pershing 82 launched in Summer 2012 has been a huge success for Pershing and possibly its best sold model above eighty feet in length, since the builder entered the segment with the 88 in the early 2000s.  The 8X is an evolutionary design approach and some stylistic elements as the ladder to the sport bridge integrated in the port side wing create artistic peaces alone.  The Pershing 8X is also flexible and will feature three or four double cabin interiors, and there is also an option for the main deck with the tradition central dining area replaced by a bar unit.  The galley in all the layouts is located in the crew area located at midships in between the engine room and midships master stateroom.  As extravagances go the Pershing 8X will also feature what is called Music-Hull, which makes it possible to listen music while under water.  As all new Pershing the 8X performs superlatively with the standard MTU 2435hp pushing her up to 45 knots max of top speed, and the optional MTU 2638hp giving a plus three knots to that.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.55 m (83.9ft)
Hull Length - 22.8 m
Waterline Length - 19.6 m
Beam - 5.86 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Displacement - 57 t dry, 67 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 6200 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or six berths in 3 cabins. 3/4 crew in two cabins
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x 16V2000 M96 2435hp, M96L 2638hp
Propulsion - Top System surface drives TS 95P for 2435hp, TS 100 for 2638hp
Performance - 45 knots 38 knots cruise with MTU 2435hp, 48 knots max 40 knots cruise with MTU 2638hp
Hull Shape - modified deep Vee with spray rails and 20 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - 2013/53/EU CE A, certification modules B + F + Aa sound emission

February 8, 2019

Project: Vicem 67 Cruiser

Vicem have started construction for its new 67 Cruiser model.  Designed by in-house designer Sinan Unal, the first 67 Cruiser is to complete construction by mid Summer 2019, and is to be build with cold molded hybrid method of wood and epoxy West system resins.   Sitting as entry level of Vicem explorer yacht Cruiser range the 67 will feature a three double cabin interior, with all living and dining on the main deck.  To aft the 67 Cruiser will feature a crew cabin sleeping two and also a second small galley.  The Vicem 67 Cruiser will be powered with standard Volvo 600hp engines which give a cruise speed of 18 knots and a max of 22 knots.  For those wanting more speed bigger other Volvo engine options of 725hp or 900hp units are available.

February 7, 2019

New Model: Monte Carlo MCY 70

Monte Carlo Yachts, the motor and super yacht brand of the Beneteau Group has started the wind of change of what it calls its second generation Vision series.  This is the first update since Monte Carlo Yacht was founded in 2010 and over the years a single model became a full range of seven motor and super yachts from twenty to 32 meters.  The first update will be for the 2012 launched MCY 70, who now is the first of the second generation series, which in 2019 will be followed by two further updated models, a second generation 76 and a new 66 replacing the 65 coming in Summer.  The new MCY 70 is a fully evolved version of the previous model, with design choices that highlight its strength and linearity. This evolution is demonstrated by the fact that the outside and inside spaces have been expanded. The design of the walls together with the streamlined, curved lines, studded with large windows and portholes that have been given a new look, fulfilling a two fold goal of giving the motor yacht a magnetically beautiful profile and the maximum amount of light whatever the environment.  The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is a four double cabin motor yacht, with a private entrance to to the owners full beam stateroom located at midships.  All the living experience in the MCY 70 is located on the main deck, with an open galley located forward to port side.  The MCY 70 is powered by twin Man 1200hp engines which allow for speeds up to thirty knots and a cruise of 24.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.08 m (69.2ft)
Beam - 5.45 m
Displacement - 41 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 24 knots cruise
Project - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - CE A