November 24, 2017

New Model: Rio 40 Spider

2017 has been a very productive year for Rio, launching a new flagship and two fresh models.  The Rio 40 Spider is the second of the new models, and is based on the hull of the 38 Parana uniting traditional open boat looks with modern amenities. Accommodation layout for the 40 Spider offers a spacious forward owners cabin, a guest two berth midships cabin, and a saloon and galley in between.  Exterior space is an open single level deck offering a large L-shaped settee which transforms in others formats as a large sunbathing area. Power for the Rio 40 Spider comes from twin Volvo 300hp able to reach a top speed of 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.05 m (42.8ft)
Beam - 3.70 m
Draft - 0.64 m exl props and drives
Displacement - 7500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 780 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two berths in convertible dinette
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 38 knots max 26 knots cruise
Project - Angelo Alfani
Certification - CE B

November 23, 2017

Project: Absolute 48 Navetta

Expansion never stops at Absolute a brand which has understood the market possibly better then everyone else in the past five years and since 2012 had a unique double digit growth.  Now Absolute coming from an important 2017 which saw the expansion of its production plant and the launch of a new 73 Navetta flagship, is looking at the year ahead with the presentation of the 48 Navetta project set to launch in 2018.  The new baby Navetta 48 will also be the fourth model of the explorer yacht range, and presents itself as a modern explorer cruiser similar to the successful bigger sisters both outside and inside.  Accommodation layout will offer a three double cabins layout with a spacious located to the side owners cabins forward, a VIP to port side, and guest twin berth cabin to starboard.  A single berth crew cabin is also available aft. Living will be located on the main deck with an astern galley serving easily and equally both inside and outside areas.  Other areas of note for the Absolute 48 Navetta will be the spacious flybridge, which the Italian maker saying will be the largest in the fourteen meter size.  

November 22, 2017

New Model: Austin Parker 48 Sundeck

Austin Parker and designer Fulvio de Simoni continue to evolve the traditional lobster boat inspired cruiser and yacht range which have received so much consensus since the launch of the 42 in 2009.  This latest model from Austin Parker the 48 Sundeck, called so for the sun-pad on top of the hardtop is the latest offer from the North Italian builder and presents itself as a traditional cruiser feeling bigger to what it actually is. In reality it is featuring an overall length of over fifty feet, and important less to five meters beam.  The Austin Parker impresses for its interior offering a three double cabins lower deck with a full beam owners stateroom, a Vip double berth cabin forward, and twin bunk berths cabin to port side.  The living is located on the main deck and features a C-shaped dinette, with a TV entertainment unit opposite.  A well sized galley is located below deck.  The aft deck is also interesting and offers a mezzanine style dinette located inside the area which can transform to a sunlounge.  Access to the sundeck on the fly is from a stairway which when not in use hides in the roof.  Power for the Austin Parker 48 Sundeck is from twin Cummins 550hp which give a top speed of 28 knots max and 24 knots cruise.
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 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max, 24 knots cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni

Propulsion: ZF Project Disruption

ZF's global Marine and Special Driveline Technology business unit introduced the Project Disruption concept to the public on the opening day of the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new propulsion concept introduces contra-rotating technology to conventional inboard shaft line applications.  The Project Disruption concept allows shaft line boat builders to harness the benefits of contra-rotating propellers, including increased efficiency, acceleration and reverse authority. The concept changes all of the pre-established constraints of trying to optimize propeller diameter with gear ratio.  The concept, intended to interface with a standard ZF marine transmission, is comprised of a strut-housed underwater gearbox which transmits power to two contra-rotating propellers.  In addition to providing increased efficiency and acceleration, Project Disruption's contra-rotating propellers will allow boat builders to consider a wider range of transmission ratios than what is possible today given propeller sizing constraints for single propeller shaft-lines. This will allow naval architects the opportunity to better optimize the propeller to gear ratio relationship depending on vessel application and loads. The contra-rotating propellers will also offer improved reversing performance and low speed maneuvering by eliminating the propeller torque that currently affects single shaftline applications.  While initially sized for tow sports boats, the concept could be extended to larger propulsion packages, or hybrid systems for a multitude of vessel applications.

November 21, 2017

New Model: Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

Riviera has delivered the first unit of the 72 Sports Motor Yacht.  The 72 is the second model of what Riviera calls the Sports Motor Yacht range, and follows the launching of the 68 premiered during the Sydney boat show in August 2017.  The Sports Motor Yacht range follows the recent philosophy of the down under renowned boat builder uniting various boating typologies into one, with looks inspired to sport-fishing boats see sheer line and cockpit design, and accommodation of a motor yacht. The 72 is the second model of the range and is identical to the 68 in all but the extended aft deck giving extra space in this area and to the mezzanine, and is recognizable by a sweeping stern design versus that of a square shape for the smaller model.  The 72 Sports Motor Yacht is Rivera's current second in size model behind the 2014 launched and since then produced 77 Enclosed Bridge.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.68 m (78.3ft)
Hull Length - 22 m
Beam - 6.00 m
Draft - 1.86 m incl props
Displacement - 47000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, 1800hp, 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Certification - ISO 8666 for dimensions

November 20, 2017

Project: Fairline 33 F-Line

Fairline announces plans for a brand new ten meter express cruiser. This new model will be the first from Fairlines new F-Line series and will launch in early 2019, and reminds me of the Esprit project presented in 2014, which never made beyond project rendering stages. This is the fourth Fairline featuring the full Alberto Mancini treatment who was recently crowned Yacht Designer of the Year at the highly prestigious World Yacht Trophies held during the Cannes boat show with the 64 Targa GTO. The successful partnership between the Italian designer and British boatyard has created a very stylish take on what a comfortable day boat should look like, enters the Fairline 33 F-Line, which has already received over a dozen orders from the builders global dealer network, and has drawn on the strong heritage of producing fun and exciting day boats, but features luxurious styling cues synonymous with the Italian designer. The 33 F-Line will feature a single stern drive engine from Volvo with the option to upgrade to twin diesels.  Twin petrol’s will be available for those that seek high performance from their boating.  The Fairline 33 F-Line is to be a stylish day boat embracing outdoor living and will feature an expansive fore-deck sunbathing area, open plan forward cabin and innovative fold down transom. The wrap around windows offer a light and airy feel and hand-crafted details add luxury.

New Model: Beneteau 50 Gran Turismo

Beneteau present a new flagship for its Gran Turismo range with the launch of the 50 model.  The 50 Gran Turismo replaces the 49 model, and as the smaller 40 and 46 models is designed by Italian designers Nuvolari and Lenard for exterior lines.  The Italian Venice designers went for a Gran Turismo family feeling design with all models looking distinctively similar.  The interior of the 50 Gran Turismo is designed by long standing Beneteau designer Andreani who presented two or three cabins layouts, with full beam owners stateroom and lower galley.  If ordering the third cabin this comes as replacement to the lower L-shaped saloon and will offer spacious two inline berths.  The 50 Gran Turismo will be powered by twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion, no performance numbers have yet been given.  A Sport Fly version is to be presented towards the end of 2017.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.78 m (51.7ft)
Hull Length - 14.17 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 0.90 m with drives and props
Displacement - 13640 lg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 200 l
Max Persons - 12 persons
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Hull Shape - Air Step 
Construction - infusion sandwich Polyester and balsa core, and counter molding structure
Project - Nuvolair Lenard exterior, Andreani interior, Beneteau Power boats naval architect, Air Step design by R.L Jeantet, P.Tableau, M. Tronquez
Certification - CE B12

November 19, 2017

Web: Offshore CN New Web Site

Offshore Costruzioni Nautiche from Gaeta, Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 1987 by Roberto Buonomo a boat builder, engineer and designer Offshore CN rose to success with the Superclassic range of boats.  The first Superclassic was a sport boat cruiser of 33 feet with classic lines inspired to the Italian runabout of the mid twentieth century but featuring an advanced fast stepped hull design.  Offshore CN with Roberto Buonomo at the helm and the 40 model also competed in racing competitions entering the scene in 2001 up until 2003, and winning Italian, European and World Championship in its class twice.  In 2002 Offshore CN 40 also wins the legendary Cowes - Torquay - Cowes and taking home the British International Hamsworth Trophy.  Today Offshore CN builds three models; Superclassic Tender 25, Superclassic 40, and Superlcassic 60 flagship.  Offshore CN website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Identity, Products, Services, and Contacts.  Offshore CN is also on social media with links at the bottom of the page taking you to the Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

November 18, 2017

New Model: Hartman 24 Livingstone

Having roots associated to shipping from 1775 the Dutch boat builder Hartman does a fast start, launching its first model the 24 Livingstone just a couple of weeks after presenting the project to the media in Summer 2017. Inspiring itself to the ships of early twentieth century, hence the name Livingstone a famous explorer of the mid nineteenth century, the Hartman 24 is an interesting pocket 24-30 meter size super yacht for those who want a traditional looking vessel with the latest technology.  Build of steel the Livingstone 24 offers a standard interior layout of four double cabins below deck with a forward owners stateroom, and a laundry room.  Power for the Livingstone 24 comes in two options.  Hull one featured a single Man 345hp with an available option being for a twin installation of the same engine.  
Technical Data:
Length - 23.99 m (78.8m)
Beam - 6.85 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement -  104.3 t 
Fuel Capacity - 10500 l
Water Capacity - 5000 l
Accommodation - eight / nine berths in four cabins
Engines - 1 x Man 345hp, or 2 x Man 345hp
Speed - 11 knots cruise
Range - 3000 nm at 10 knots cruise
Project - Niels van Oostenbrugge and Albert Abma of Sheerline Yachts
Certification - CE A

November 17, 2017

Project: Terranova T92

During the Cannes 2017 boat show Italian Terranova showcased two new projects set to expand the line of the explorer trawler boats of the builder.  After presenting the smaller leaner T74 here, now its time to  showcase the project for the T92.  The T92 will be the third super yacht for Terranova to go above the important over eighty feet size, and just as the bigger T115 and smaller T85 will feature a triple deck layout.  Terranova has not given much public information about the T92 but expect a similar layout to the T85 with more spaces.  As to speed for T92, the Terranova yachts feature semi displacement hulls, so we would imagine a 15 knots max, and cruise from 12 to 8 knots.