May 27, 2016

Project: Codecasa 50 mt

Codecasa presents a new 50 meter concept for a three deck super yacht. Similar in lines to the Codecasa 51, the new 50 meter will feature looks associated with the family owned and managed Viareggio boat builder, with a very muscular hull and high bow being recognizable signatures of the household name since the 1990's.  The rendering above shows other sporty signature as shown in the very well criticized 51 as the grey super structure and smoked windows.  The Codecasa 50 mt is to be built with a steel hull, and an alloy super structure and is a fully custom project.

May 26, 2016

New Model: Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge

I like to call some of the recent motor yachts coming from down under as World boats, due to them of being able to unite the sport-fishing American and European yachting style ways.  Riviera has led the way in this style in the last decade, and its new 52 and 57 Enclosed Flybridge continue to step up into this direction.  The 57 just as the smaller 52 offers a versatile accommodation plan; from a very living sport-fishing inspired aft deck, the Europe must have astern galley, and the enclosed bridge which is a must for long term cruising heavy sun or rain.  A three cabin lower deck has a lot of interesting amenities, including a spacious full beam midships owner room, a VIP fore cabin, and a bunk third cabin.  This last considering the dimensions might be a bit of a let down in this size for some.  Still Riviera does this due to the central position of the engines, with a lot of thought being made for centre of gravity at low planning speed, see near identical range at 31 or 16-21 knots.  The engine position indeed does not change much, whether you choose IPS pod drives or the classic reliability of the line shaft.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.5 m (60.8ft)
Hull Length - 17.2 m
Beam - 5.13 m
Draft - 1.58 m incl props
Displacement - 29360 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D13 900hp, Cats C12.9 1000hp
Propulsion - IPS pod drives with both Volvo engines or line shafts with the Cats
Speed - 35 knots max, 31 knots cruise with Volvo 900hp
Range - 440 nm at 31 knots
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions

May 25, 2016

Monthly News - May 2016

-pic of the month- Sanlorenzo Elite Days 2016

Azimut Benetti Yachting Gala 2016

Azimut|Benetti looks to the legend of Capri, the island that symbolizes luxury and quintessential Italian style, for the brand’s Yachting Gala, the exclusive event for owners and enthusiasts of the mega-yachts designed by the world’s leading builder of them. Sea trials, special events and tours to discover the excellence of Italian taste, culture and consummate quality.  On the weekend of May 21 and 22, more than 700 clients arrived on this legendary island from countries around the world, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, China, Singapore and many others, to celebrate the splendid yachts built by the Group in an atmosphere permeated by the charm of the Italian lifestyle.  The Marina Grande on the island played host to a fleet of no less than 22 yachts, representing the Group’s entire range. Guests had the chance to experience these remarkable yachts, packed with design, power and technology, at sea in the waters off the Faraglioni, the Arco Naturale, Marina Piccola bay and in many other enchanting locations. The Yachting Gala also provided an opportunity to celebrate the partnership with Rolls Royce and its futuristic Azipull Carbon 65 pod propulsion system, which has already been fitted to the Benetti Vivace 125’. So after Rio De Janeiro, Viareggio, Cannes, Monte Carlo and Portofino, our voyage through the world of glamour and unique yachts continues against the theatrical backdrop provided by Capri, where the culture, joie de vivre, passion, colors and scents of the Mediterranean blend together into a style that has been setting fashion trends the world over for decades. The Azimut|Benetti Yachting Gala is a sort of private boat show for the Group’s top clients, designed to give them the chance to admire all the latest novelties launched on international markets at the Cannes, Miami and Dubai boat shows: Azimut 66 Fly, the new icon in its category; the innovative Azimut 72 Fly, with a superstructure made entirely from carbon fibre; and Azimut Magellano 66, the latest model in the long range Italian style collection. Plus Azimut Grande 95RPH, which made its debut last season, and two Benetti yachts in the Fast Displacement line, Benetti Vivace 125 and Benetti Veloce 140. Ashore, our women guests in particular were the protagonists of an enthralling Capri Experience, with presentations and demonstrations by Carthusia, the celebrated perfume house, short trips to discover the hand craftsmanship of famous sandal designer Emanuela Caruso and guided tastings of the original ‘Limoncello from Capri’. Other Yachting Gala partners of excellence and paladins of Italian luxury and style were on hand to provide courtesy cars, organised spirited wine tastings and offer relaxing beauty sessions to the ladies present. Our guests also had the chance to spend precious hours in every sense with storied jewelers, who took them on a remarkable voyage of discovery to explore this fascinating world of precious gemstones. An exhibition of vintage clothes from round the world and a cocktail party also proved to be a great hit with guests. Tours were organised to discover the island’s natural and cultural attractions, taking visitors both inland to admire the medieval churches and wonderful views, as well as to Anacapri, to enjoy the spectacular gardens and breathtaking view from Monte Solaro, in addition to excursions to the Grotta Azzurra. The social high point was the gala event on Saturday night, staged at La Canzone del Mare with its spectacular seafront terrace looking out over the Faraglioni. The evening began with a warm and elegant welcome for guests offered by a tarantella folk dance group, followed by dinner and entertainment. The combination of delicacies from Capri, the exclusive setting, live entertainment and gourmet areas inspired by the famous atmosphere of the Amalfi coastline were a resounding success with guests. The traditional parade of Azimut and Benetti yachts, illuminated by a magical light show, was followed by fireworks which gave the signal to start the festivities at Anima e Core, the iconic Capri night club with a cult following where the dancing went on into the early hours of the morning. The event’s positioning and impact struck a chord with the entire island, arousing interest both from the local population and visitors. The general opinion was that this magical and stylish event will be remembered for a long time to come.  The Azimut|Benetti Yachting Gala represents a key opportunity for the Italian Group to showcase its entire fleet to a select audience of cosmopolitan international owners, in a setting permeated by values, experiences, atmospheres and emotions that reflect the culture of excellence which is an intangible feature of our Italian heritage. That ‘mark of origin’ which makes us unique and inimitable in the world.

Baglietto Appoints Sale Director

Baglietto, the historic boat builder based in La Spezia, announces the appointment of Mr Alessandro Diomedi as its new Sales Director. Born in 1967, Alessandro Diomedi is the new Sales Director starting today. After graduating at the Bocconi University in Milan, over the years Mr Diomedi has held several high-responsibility positions in international markets, especially in Asia Pacific. He was Area Manager Asia Pacific at SCM and at Cefla Asia in Singapore. In 2001 he joined Ferretti Group as Managing Director of Ferretti Group Luxury Yachts Asia Pacific with the responsibility of the Regional Office start up. In 2004 always for Ferretti Group he moved from Asia Pacific to China as Responsible for the Chinese Market development project and he opened the Ferretti Group China Representative Office in Shanghai where he remained until 2006. Back in Italy he was Sales Area Manager, Business Development of Pershing Spa. In 2010 he moved to Miami as Sales Manager of Ferretti Group of Americas in charge also of the North America market.

Bertram Appoints New CEO

Iconic American boat builder Bertram Yachts is delighted to announce that Peter Truslow has joined its team as Chief Executive Officer. Truslow comes to Bertram after spending more than two decades as president of EdgeWater Boats in New Smyrna, Fla., building its line of high-quality, multi-use offshore boats into a successful brand.  Truslow said that the historic 56-year-old Bertram brand already is well established in the hearts and minds of boaters and anglers everywhere.  “For me, Bertram presents a very exciting opportunity to help grow a classic American brand,” he said. “I have known this brand my entire life and believe in what it stands for—offshore performance, durability and American styling. I have spent time with [Bertram’s parent company] the Gavio Group and the Bertram team. Their passion and vision for the business matches mine. The designs for the new Bertram boat models are excellent. They have made all the right moves as they set the foundation and vision for the new Bertram. I look forward to executing this vision with this great and growing team.” “We’ve got a half-dozen of these Bertram 35s already sold and tons of interest in seeing the boat in person, not to mention all the interest in the new 58. Peter brings us the production leadership and love of the Bertram brand we need to build these boats and execute our plan for Bertram’s future,” said Tommy Thompson, Bertram product development manager.  Truslow lives on the water in Florida with Andrea, his wife of 25 years, and their three children. In addition to being actively involved with their local community in Volusia County, he is chairman of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Boat Manufacturing Division and a member of the NMMA executive committee. Truslow previously has served as a director of the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) buying group and the Volusia (Fla.) Manufacturer’s Association. Truslow added, “Now, it’s time for me to take my own path, which leads to Bertram, an unmatched brand offering new opportunities, new challenges, and one heck of a ride.”

Columbus Yachts Winner

Modern lines, bright and tranquil interior spaces and semi-displacement performance attracted the Boat International judges attention to this 40.1m all - aluminum Columbus Yachts M/Y Divine, and when combined with the optimized seakeeping and fuel economy derived from a diesel - electric propulsion package, this yacht proved to be a winner.  Among many design features admired by the judges were the fold - down bulwarks that form lovely side balconies - their glazed elements providing increased visibility from the interior when folded - these are positioned opposite floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in order to unite the saloon with the world outside. On a technical level, the yacht’s hybrid propulsion, which provides for excellent fuel economy, also allows the yacht to cruise extremely quietly at eight knots, running on fixed-RPM generators with low emissions. During navigation under the main engines the same electric motor is used as a generator, allowing the gen-sets to be turned off.  Naval architecture and exterior design by Palumbo Group and Hydrotec while interior design is Palumbo Group together with Hot Lab Studio.  This is the second recognition that follows the 2012 World Superyachts Awards received for 54m M/Y Prima, in addition to the three ShowBoats Design Awards received for interiors, exteriors and styling of 40m Sport Hybrid M/Y Eleonora III.

Fairline Secures Design Future

Fairline Yachts has today signed contracts with Alberto Mancini Yacht Design studio in an exciting strategic move by the company to secure its collaboration to design new and innovative yachts that will surprise, excite and delight Fairline customers throughout the world.  Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline Yachts said, “Following an exhaustive selection process we are delighted to announce this design partnership. Alberto clearly demonstrated his understanding of the Fairline brand and we’re very excited to see him applying his talent and design language to our future new models. The addition of Vripack and the excellence in naval engineering that they bring, will ensure each of our new models are at the leading edge of marine technology.”  Alberto Mancini, “I am looking forward to creating a new era of Fairline yachts with a new, fresh, sleek design of both interior and exterior.  My inspiration is taken from my experience in the mega yacht field, but also from the rich history of Fairline building timeless, classic, usable yachts for almost 50 years.  In a romantic way, this partnership reminds me of a time from the 1950’s and 60’s when famous British car makers and the Italian styling houses of Pininfarina, Touring Superleggera and Zagato created some of the most beautiful and classic designs.  No doubt the best way to create a successful yacht is to receive a blank sheet of paper and begin sketching, and that is exactly what I am right now doing for Fairline Yachts. With the expertise of Vripack I believe we have the perfect collaboration of British craftsmanship, Italian style and Dutch engineering.”  Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts said, “Introducing the creative flair and style of Alberto Mancini with the engineering excellence of Vripack to the exceptional quality and British craftsmanship we already have at Fairline makes an exciting combination. I look forward to showing our new product designs over the coming weeks and months.”

Gulf Craft CEO Advises Tommorow Buisness Leaders

Striking a balance between innovation and ongoing customer support for legacy products is crucial to realizing success in a dynamic business environment, according to CEO of Emirates-based yacht and boat builder Gulf Craft.  Speaking to a group of undergraduate business students at the American University of Sharjah, Bamps warned that brands which do not consider legacy product compatibility as part of their research and development efforts risk losing value as more players are able to enter the marketplace offering same quality products at competitive prices.  By staying committed to legacy products, manufactures do not risk isolating existing customers and enable them to mitigate costs associated with selling or trading-in their assets in the future, explained Bamps.  “If you look at our 30-plus year old boats, for example, you will see that they do not feel outdated, and that is because we provide customers the opportunity and technical capacity to continuously upgrade their craft,” he said.“This cultivates trust between us and our clients – they know that when they are making an investment, it will not go to waste.”  Innovation goes beyond product enhancement and includes recognizing diverse market needs, according to Bamps, adding that had Gulf Craft only focused on manufacturing yachts for private owners, it would not have been able to tap into the broad customer base it enjoys today.  “Yachting has only risen in popularity in the region and in South East Asia over the last two decades and is still in very much of a growing phase,” said Bamps. “That is why our range includes our Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers, Oryx sport cruisers, as well as a series of utility boats, each addressing a very different requirement and serving a unique customer segment.“  The pioneering yacht and boat builder continues to innovate. Gulf Craft’s recently launched Nomad Yachts series, for example, was created after the company identified a growing interest in the market for comfortable long-range sea travel.  “We made it our mission to fulfill that aspiration,” says Bamps. “And we continue to make it our mission to deliver on the cruising experiences people are looking for. Maintaining a sustainable business model is about having the foresight to tap into these aspirations and transform them into something real, while still showing appreciation for the legacy you have built as a companyand the products that have led to your success. If you are able to do both, then you will be ready to take on any obstacles that come your way.”

Gulf Craft CEO Says Luxury Sector Demonstrate Resiliance

The region’s luxury sector is continuing to demonstrate resilience in spite of economic challenges, driven byinvestor recognition of the many opportunities the current market landscape presents, UAE industry experts said yesterday.  Record-low oil prices have had a ripple effect on global economies, however with growing private wealth in the GCC, reaching a cumulative USD 2.2 trillion, according to the most recent statistics by Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) – the propensity to spend remains buoyant in the region asbuyers shift their focus from product to value.  “The market for luxury products is not dissolving, but evolving,” says Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft, one of the world’s leading superyacht shipyards. “So it is not a question of where the money is going, but rather how customers are choosing to spend it.”  “Today’s customers are more value-conscious, better educated, and more informed than ever. They do their research before coming to us. This means that their expectations are higher, but it also means we have an opportunity to achieve greater customer satisfaction because we have a clearer understanding of their requirements,” Bamps added.  According to the Luxury Goods Worldwide Market Study by Baine & Company, worldwide luxury spending surpassed EUR 1 trillion (more than AED 4 trillion) in 2015, with the Middle East listed among the top 10 big spenders at EUR 8.1 billion (AED 34 billion).  Similarly, Cluttons’ 2016 Middle East Private Capital Survey indicated that real estate continues to be a preferred investment route for the GCC’s high net worth individuals. About 63 per cent of HNWIs from the Arabian Gulf plan to invest in locations such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, according to the survey, which was conducted in partnership with YouGov.  “Yes, the world is facing economic challenges, but with every challenge comes an opportunity,” said Cesar Latrilla, CEO of Engel &Völkers Dubai, a service company specialized in the brokerage of high-end real estate and yachts.  “Ultra high net worth individuals understand that this could be the best time to make an investment because of the prospects presented by current market conditions – lower prices, greater value, and a higher return on investment in the long-term.”  Clients make the best ambassadors, agreed the industry leaders, adding that the most effective approach to generating sales leads is positive word-of-mouth.  “No one can better share their journey with you than a customer who has experienced it first-hand, and this is especially true for high-investment purchases,” says Bamps. “However, this all boils down to a company’s commitment to delivering exceptional service and quality products. If you have one happy client who then shares his or her experience with another potential client, there is a strong chance this could turn into a sale. But the opposite also holds true, and that is why a company’s capacity to meet and exceed customer aspirations will ultimately determine its destiny, regardless the economic situation.”

Marlow Cruising Club Hosts Annual Cruise Rendezvous

The Marlow Marine Cruising Club 20th Annual Spring Rendezvous was held on May 5th thru May 8th at the Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club in Marathon, Florida. A record number of members and guests arrived by boat, plane or car to attend this highly anticipated event. Those arriving by boat were treated to a full exterior washing by our select crew upon their arrival. In addition, we had our top technicians and preferred subcontractors/suppliers available to provide complimentary services to all customers. At registration check in, attendees were given a custom embroidered boat name goodie bag. The Cinco de Mayo theme was prevalent with the Margarita glasses and the custom Fiesta tin with multi colors throughout. A beautiful relaxed setting with warm summer breezes greeted our guests as they arrived for the Welcome Reception. A carefully selected menu provided the Fiesta flare with Mexican cuisine, passed hors d’ oeuvres and open bar. The true spirit of the event could readily be seen as members greeted old friends and met new members. The following two mornings, after breakfast, seminars were given to a filled room. Our seminars were purposely selected to be meaningful to our members. In addition to the seminar topics of engine maintenance, A/C and heads maintenance, Yacht Controller demo and product update, we had a very special presentation on Cuba Bound travels by boat. The seminars concluded with the ever popular Marlow Round Table discussions led by David Marlow and the Marlow Crew. Friday afternoon our guests selected either to tour the Turtle Rehab hospital or to take the private charter boat to nearby Pigeon Key to tour the grounds and learn the history of this beautiful area. Our traditional theme party held on Friday evening celebrated Cinco de Mayo. The Mariachi Band performed as the colorfully dressed guests, adorned with sombreros, ponchos, and Mexican dresses, arrived. As the buffet dinner was served, the live band played select Rock ‘n Roll tunes throughout the evening. We have always prided ourselves to say that member participation at our events are over the top, and this group did not disappoint. On Saturday, after a beautiful Marlow Margaritaville luncheon on the docks, we proceeded to christen six vessels. Afterwards, ten of the proud owners opened their boats to welcome all guests aboard.  Our awards dinner Saturday evening was a delight to all. It encompassed many different activities. We started with the Marlow Style ‘Run for the Roses’-Kentucky Derby. Each boat owner chose their favorite horses and the top 4 winners were awarded prizes. The sit down dinner featuring choices of lobster, steak, shrimp and chicken, were expertly served. After dinner, a custom floor show consisting of traditional and hi-energy Mexican dances were performed and ended with audience participation. Prizes were awarded for all sorts of accomplishments and participation during the events. After the Sunday breakfast, we wished everyone Bon Voyage and pondered the question, where will the 21st MMCC Rendezvous be in 2017? 

Palumbo Superyachts Opens in Teneriffe

Palumbo started in 1967 as a fairly small carpentry and metalwork yard to support the local ship repair industry. Actually, the company is a group with four different divisions and five different sites (and a branch office in Monaco) . It now represents a major maritime maintenance and refitting center with an ever-expanding infrastructure within the Med.  The group built its reputation enrolling 50 years of professional expertise with a clear mission: to support customers with a range of time-sensitive services including sales, after-sales assistance, with a network of facilities - Palumbo Superyachts - in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea (Napoli, Messina, Malta, Marseille). Actually PSY can boast of an impressive portfolio of clients and most relevant international players of the yachting industry.  In addition to those two divisions, Palumbo Group has an off-shore drilling vessels production and also operates in cranes rental.  Palumbo Group has recently announced the acquisition of the fifth shipyard in Tenerife (Canary Island, Spain) which will represent the growth of the company outside the Mediterranean, an important step to further strengthen the presence of Palumbo Superyachts service outside the Mediterranean basin. Palumbo Messina and Palumbo Napoli are operating mainly in repair, construction, modification, conversion and maintenance of every type of ship and cruise lines.  The companies have been certified ISO 9001 since 1998, ISO14000 since 2005 and conforms to the organizational and management model under the OHSAS 18001 standard. Since November 2014, the Maltese branch of the Italian Group of Shipyards, has been awarded by GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) the license for maintenance and repair work in Membrane type cargo tanks of LNG carrier. All activities are carried in compliance with existing laws and regulations concerning environmental protection.

Palumbo New Marketing Manager

As half Italian/half American, Daniela Spinelli started her career working directly for the Admiral of the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy. That is where her “strong commitment, dedication and loyal approach” to work comes from. Her Italian - Neapolitan half has blessed Daniela with a unique passion, strength and creativity.  “We invested 50 years of activity gaining an extraordinary experience while working on the largest commercial ships, ferries and yachts in the world. Our aim is to become the reference point in major maritime repair and refit, with an ever-expanding infrastructure within the Mediterranean. We will spend that know-how building our own superyachts under Columbus Yachts brand...and not only” . says Giuseppe Palumbo - Ceo of Palumbo Group S.p.A. - welcoming Daniela Spinelli.“  After an extended period in the yachting sector” - Daniela said - “I face what I believe will be a great and significant opportunity in my career. I was fortunate to build on my experience in the yachting sector working side-by-side with very talented people. I’m happy to contribute parts of all of those talents, hopefully the best of each, which I will try to blend together toward building Palumbo’s future success. I believe Palumbo has a very powerful potential. I see where the family has spent the last 50 years of activity. They have dedicated resources, finance, and efforts building up what naturally became their mission”.   Daniela was recruited for this role and appointed as Marketing and Communication Manager for the entire Group. She will be focused on building brand awareness, developing all the brands that fall under Palumbo’s Group reinforcing the strength of being part of such an important group with such a long heritage/ history - says Giuseppe Palumbo.  “Our team has very specific goals. We will try to stress Palumbo’s key services, enhance the after sales network, be obsessed by our time sensitive philosophy on all work and deliveries. We will promote our in-house expertise together with the considerable eco friendly approach in new construction and Superyacht Refit areas. We will remain client-oriented and our products will be more and more technology oriented. We have ambitious marketing goals for the future which require an empowered Marketing Division. Malta, Marseille and Monaco will have locally assigned resources to follow local activities. Palumbo Headquarters will remain in Naples.

Riva Wins Adriatic Boat of the Year Award 2016

Riva 76’ Perseo, the latest coupé launched last September, has been declared the Adriatic Boat of the Year during the 21st edition of “Internautica”, one of the main shows in Europe currently underway in the enchanting location of Portorož Marina in Slovenia, until Sunday 8th May.  The award ceremony took place on the opening day, Wednesday 4th.  The Riva 76’ Perseo, with its unmistakeable design and extremely sporty personality, was named as the winner of the Motor Yacht over 61 feet category.  The shortlist of nominees included the new Ferretti Yachts 700 too, proving the unanimous popularity of the models that Ferretti Group has presented in the recent months.  This success is a repeat performance of the Group’s 2015 win. Last year, it was Navetta 28, the maxi semi-planing yacht by Custom Line, that won the Adriatic Boat Show of the Year.  “We are proud to be among the winners for the second year in a row at this boat show, one of most important for the local market in Slovenia and for Europe as a whole - commented Stefano De Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer at Ferretti Group. “After its successful debut at Cannes last September, this new award is emphasising the 76’ Perseo’s status as a new icon in Riva’s coupé fleet, with a perfect mixture of the brand’s traditional styling and the latest design trends. We are also pleased with the very positive reception by our international clientele, in Europe as well as America and Japan, where the first 76’ Perseo was sold.”  Ferretti Group is attending “Internautica” with its exclusive dealer MennYacht, displaying for the first time in Slovenia the Ferretti Yachts 960, the brand’s flagship, as well as the Pershing 70 in addition to other popular yachts by the Group, including the Pershing 56, Pershing 64, Pershing 80 and the Rivarama Super.

Sanlorenzo Elite Days 2016

Sanlorenzo Elite Days 2016 the exclusive weekend gathering the international Sanlorenzo owners community in the Portofino Bay, have just come to an end. Celebrated as a great success by its many attendees during the last two editions, Elite Days is the annual event organized by Sanlorenzo to present its entire fleet and latest news to its cosmopolitan ship-owners community. Sanlorenzo introduced SL86 (shown at Cannes Yachting Festival) and 460Explorer, the expedition vessel shown at Monaco Yacht Show and presented in Rapallo during the Elite Days with U-Boat Worx submersible and amphibious seaplane with folding wings by SeaMax, on-board. In occasion of Elite Days, thanks to the cooperation with its exclusive partners, Sanlorenzo organized unique “made-to-measure” experiences well in tune with the DNA of the Italian shipyard. Over a period of a few years, the shipyard has climbed the prestigious Global Order Book ranking, which is annually listed by Showboats International. Today, Sanlorenzo ranks second among the top 20 builders of yachts over 24 metres for the third consecutive year.  Guests from all over the world together with Italian and international press were welcomed by Sanlorenzo to appreciate their entire yachts collection: the main quay of Rapallo, reserved for the occasion, hosted 14 yachts for tours and live tests in the surroundings of the amazing Portofino bay. With their unique features, Sanlorenzo yachts were the stars of this two-day event: customization process, tailor-made details and high quality materials exalted the company values and mission since 1958. Massimo Perotti, Sanlorenzo President and CEO, welcomed his guests during an elegant weekend and gala dinner, organized on 7th May in the scenic Portofino “piazzetta”, the perfect setting for 450 guests. During the 2016 edition, Sanlorenzo revealed the green side of yachting excellence with the SL106 Hybrid preview, the first boat of its class with an hybrid propulsion system. Since 1958 Sanlorenzo represents the best expression of technological research applied to nautical excellence; innovation drives the Shipyard to reveal the green side of nautical excellence with the sea test of the first yacht with hybrid propulsion in the Portofino bay. SL-Hybrid is the new hybrid propulsion system developed by Sanlorenzo with Diesel Center and MTU: the innovation reduces fuel consumption and Carbon footprint, noise and fluctuations, significantly improving on-board comfort both at sea and at anchor. It’s a real Eco Revolution, an attitude well highlighted during Elite Days thanks to the innovative electro mobility offered by BMW with the IPerformance cars (i3,i5 and i8), the new Series7 Hybrid Limousine, electric pedal-assisted bicycles and the electric Motorrad C Evolution scooters. Style, elegance and a tailor-made approach are the distinctive features of all the experiences Sanlorenzo offered to its 450 guests in the exclusive atmosphere between the Rapallo and Portofino bay. For two days, the port of Rapallo was transformed into a “made-to-measure boutique” thanks to original interpretations of excellence in several sectors.  The vintage car race is a must during Elite Days: two weeks for two people in an astonishing and private villas with personal butler in Mauritius island (by Anahita Resort) was the distinctive prize for the winner.  Recreational but technological, the Water Toys offered guests an exciting experience with a fly-test on board of the amphibious seaplane Ultralight Seamax, that folds its wings and can be installed on superyacht, or the U-boat Worxadvanced private submarine. Guests were also offered the exciting experience of Nimbus drone, thanks to the special glasses the ship-owners can patrol the bays before mooring.   The experiences also brought with them the unique touch of artisan craftsmanship thanks to the sartorial laboratory Pasquale Bonfilio to discover the shapes, colours and materials of its hats.  Petali e musica is the name of the experience signed by Rosalba Piccinni, the “florist-singer” who showed all the ladies how to create sophisticated flower arrangements; the eclectic illustrator Andrea Tarella exhibited his Artistic Live Performance creating real-time portraits and landscapes with his personal and charming style. Renato Ardovino, one of the most famous Italian cake designers, set up a candy bar to decorate cakes, macaron and cookies.  A fusion path between contemporary art and navigation was staged on the yacht SL126 Totok, courtesy of TornabuoniArte.  Like every other year, Rolls-Royce attended this edition of the Elite Days. In addition to the wonderful RR Ghost, available to guest as a “VIP shuttle”, the British car company famous worldwide for 100 years for its luxury, classy and exclusive cars, presented, exclusively to Sanlorenzo guests, its new Rolls-Royce Dawn, a convertible car to drive enjoying the open air.  The large top-down entirely coated in cashmere made this experience unique. Moreover the wooden rear reminds people of prestigious boats, a perfect match for Sanlorenzo yachts.

Wider Winner at World Superyacht Awards

Wider is extremely proud to announce that the new 150 “Genesi” was crowned winner of the prestigious Neptune award within the category “Displacement Motor Yacht under 500 GT, 42m to 46.9m” at the World Superyacht Awards held in Florence on Saturday 14th May.

May 24, 2016

Projects: Tecnomar Evo 55 HT, Tecnomar Evo 55 Open

Tecnomar looks back in returning to offering a 55 feet sport yacht.  While the Massa boat builder made the turn of the century making name above the eighty feet size, in the nineties its was much or more about the TB58 model.  Designed by architect Gian Marco Campanino the Tecnomar Evo 55 has the looks of a modern runabout, see axe bow and will be offered in HT for hardtop or Open versions.  The Evo 55 will also have three different interior options; which differ from a big lounge layout, to a single cabin, and the option of one crew cabin at midships with a separate dinette.  Power comes from Volvo 725hp, or 900hp units with IPS pods with speeds going up to 40 knots with the large engine option.

May 22, 2016

New Model: Baglietto 46 m Fast

On Saturday May 7 Baglietto lanched the 46 m, hull #10221, marking the birth of the La Spezia-based boat builder’s new Fast line. This super yacht is an evolution of previous models, but also ensuring great continuity with the brand’s tradition, the result of Baglietto’s cooperation with Francesco Paszkowski Design.  The launch ceremony took place at sunset at the Baglietto shipyard at the presence of the Baglietto top management and workforce as well as local authorities as the Major of La Spezia Massimo Federici, the President of Confindustria La Spezia Francesca Cozzani, the President of the Port Authority Lorenzo Forceri.  Following in the wake of the sleek aluminium planing yachts that have made the brand’s success all over the world, the new 46 m Fast stands out for its streamlined bow and rakish lines expressing a strong personality, but can also boasting an imposing stern, thereby maintaining the family feeling with previous Baglietto yachts. The trapeze-shaped windows in the hull alternate with rectangular ones arranged on two different levels, enhancing the slender shape of the hull and giving a more contemporary touch to the yacht’s highly charming outer profile. Another new element characterizing the exterior lines is the compact shape of the superstructure, which is not too high to enhance aerodynamic penetration.  When designing this new Fast, great care was also devoted to maximizing the outdoor areas, so as to allow passengers to be in closer contact with the sea when both cruising and at anchor, and to enjoy conviviality in the open air. The aft area of the upper deck is indeed like a huge open terrace overlooking the sea: featuring teak floors, it can be furnished with a large table and a spacious sunbathing area.  Fitting-out operations are now about to be completed in the interiors, which have once more been penciled by Design firm Paszkowski and architect Margherita Casprini and stand out for incredibly spacious volumes for a planing super yacht of this size.  The warm shades of rosewood alternate with the colder white lacquered ceiling and side panels, resulting in very refined, contemporary, stylish interiors. The traditional layout offers four en-suite guest cabins on the lower deck, and the master suite featuring an office, a dressing room, and the bathroom located on the main deck. The upper deck is large enough to host a comfortable salon with lounge area, the captain’s cabin, and the helm station, while the crew quarters, on the lower deck, include four twin cabins plus a single cabin and the dinette.  The yacht, entirely built in aluminium, will be pushed to a maximum speed of approximately 28 knots by twin MTU 4615hp engines. It is classified with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and compliant to MCA standards. During the evening guests could visit the 43m Pachamama and the latest launch of 54m M/Y Unicorn. The Baglietto 46m Fast will be a worldwide premier at the next Cannes and Monaco Boat Shows.
Technical Data:
LOA - 46.3 m (151.9ft)
Beam - 9.2 m
Draft - 2.5 m
Displacement - 280 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 50000 l
Water Capacity - 12000 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in 5 cabins, 9 crew berths in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000 M93L 4615hp, 12V4000 M93L 3460hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max with MTU 4615hp, 24 knots knots max with 3460hp
Hull Shape - planning hull with fin stabilizers
Construction - aluminium
Project - F. Paszkowski, Margherita Casprini interior
Certification - Lloyd's MCA standard

May 20, 2016

Project: Outer Reef 3000 Trident

Outer Reef has created a lot of interest in its new Trident series, and with the 550 launched earlier this year, the USA builder now focuses its attention on expanding the range further with projects coming for a 680, and a new 3000 flagship of the range.  Designed as the smaller 550 by Ward Setzer, the 3000 is also offered as a slightly longer 3200 model. The American designer who comes from the school of Jack Hargrave, for the 3000 Trident goes for a classic ship inspired Tri-deck design.  Standard accommodation plan for the 3000 Trident will offer four guest cabins below, and an owners room on the fore part of the main deck.  Power will come from Cats 1136hp as standard, giving 15 knots top speed, and optional Cats 1800hp delivering a max of 21 knots,  

May 18, 2016

New Model: Princess 49

The eagerly awaited addition to the Princess Flybridge range, the 49 has just launched in Plymouth and will be previewed at the British show in Swanwick this month, ahead of her international launch at Cannes in September. For the 49 the Princess design team have designed a complete new in-edited hull, aiming to make out the best performance with an economical cruise, fine sea handling and the ease of maneuverability associated with the latest IPS pod drive system. Indeed the Princess 49 will feature the new Volvo 550hp with IPS pod drives which will give her top speeds up to 35 knots and a cruise of 30 knots. As we know the 49 will be the first Princess to feature this new Volvo engine.  The new Princess 49 as latest creations by the British known marque features a spacious accommodation layout both above and below decks, offering three double cabins below including a spacious midships located full beam owners cabin.  Other interesting latest details is the astern galley, and well laid out fly-bridge arrangement. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.55 m (51ft) incl pulpit
LOA - 15.2 m
Hull Length - 14.1 m
Beam - 4.34 m
Draft - 1.25 m
Displacement - 19.2 t
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise

May 17, 2016

Project: Steeler NG75

Steeler from the Netherlands is a builder which has been making a lot of headlines in recent months due to its super innovative Panorama Flatfloor line, so far launched in 46 displacement and 48 planning units.  In view of this success Steeler has in recent months expanded its offer and with the NG75 presents a project for a new flagship.  The NG75 expands Steeler offer by ten feet, from the also still in project NG65.  The NG75 is a two deck plus raised pilot house type yacht.  Its straight classic ship bow suggests a displacement hull, but the Dutch builder which builds to order and to full customization has been known to offer semi-planning and planning versions with an alloy construction to its customers.  

May 15, 2016

New Model: Arcadia 85S

Arcadia the innovative eco-friendly Italian shipyard has the pleasure to announce the delivery of hull #1 of Arcadia 85S, an all-new "special" edition with sky-lounge, dedicated to American customers.  Arcadia 85S is designed to be a family yacht, which combines different exterior functions over two decks, giving guests more possibility to spend time together. While interiors profit by the advanced aesthetic sensation of open space and closer contact with nature thanks to the the full floor-to-ceiling windows. The layout and the functional living concepts of Arcadia 85S are the result of a construction evolution: the linear design of the superstructure and the vertical line of the bow allow a better use of every single available internal and external space. Living capacity is wider than other yachts of the same size. The uniqueness of Arcadia’s project is finding in the design solution to integrate solar panels into a yacht with navigation performance.  Arcadia 85S hull one has improved her soundproofing capacity index, replacing the PVC, for the fore part of the hull, with Balsa core sandwich structure. The advanced semi-planing hull which allows efficient performances together with the very light superstructure in aluminum significantly reduces weight and fuel consumption and related running costs of its low-power engines . The just 26 meter short Arcadia 85S has a full load displacement of 67 tons.  She is powered by twin MAN 730hp each, giving her the maximum speed of 18 knots and she can comfortably cruise at the speed of 16 knots, as well as 12.0 knots. Her range is approx 850 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.9 m (84.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 7.15 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 55 t light, 67 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l
Water Capacity - 1600 l
Engines - 2 x Man R6 730hp, 1000hp optional
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 18 knots max, 16 knots cruise, 12 knots economic long range
Range - 850 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - NPL series planning hull
Project - Guida engineering, 3F Technologies

May 13, 2016

Project: Galeon 510 HTC

Galeon does not stop expanding its new third generation and the attention continues on the acclaimed 500 series platform, which after the launch of the 500 Fly at the fall of 2015, and the World presentation of the 510 Skydeck present the project for this new 510 HTC.  A hard top sport yacht with a glass sunroof covering two thirds of the main deck.  Like the 500 Fly the 510 HTC offers all the goods which came with the much praised 500 Fly in a profile of a sport yacht, expanding aft deck by 30%, three double cabin interior, and symptous living main deck saloon.