May 31, 2007

Monthly News - May 2007

- Picture of the Month - Riva Sarnico Factory BMW visit

Airon Marine - New Material and Colors

Airon Marine Boat's change dress, thanks to the use of a new more Environment friendly Gelcoat material with a new more brilliant white color texture. Also more Gelcoat color options are being offered. Much appreciation for the red color but also on offer is a new black color being used first on a 345 model showing elegance and class.


Apremare Passion Moments

The 26 and 27 May Apreamare welcomed 200 clients, journalists and all it's dealers for 2 days of Passion Moments and sea trials. The whole Apreamqre fleet of Gozzos and Maestro Yachts was moored in Marina Piccola at the Sorrento Harbour making a superb scenery during the gala dinner that was organised on Saturday 26 May at Villa Pompeiana of Hotel Bellevue Syrene.


Ferretti , Mochi and Custom Line New Vice President of Sales & Distribution in US

Oscar Losada has been appointed Vice President of Sales & Distribution for Ferretti Yachts, Mochi Craft and Ferretti Custom Line, for North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Losada will take care of the sales and distribution networks, through a close relationship with the already existing local agents and brokers and the identification of the best commercial opportunities across the vast American continent, thus establishing the conditions for a better distribution of the assistance services. "The American market of luxury yachting provides Ferretti Yachts, Mochi Craft and Custom Line with excellent growth opportunities. Reliability, technology, attention to details and the unmistakable Italian style of ours yachts, allow us to be above any local competitor, especially when comparing the price/quality ratio says Losada We have two goals, strictly linked: the growth in sales and the constant improvement of the distribution of our technical and administrative assistance services, to the benefit of our dealer and distribution networks and, obviously, of our ship owners". For Custom Line, in particular, Losada will incorporate the dealer and distribution network as well as the larger well established brokerage houses , while guaranteeing on time deliveries, sharp assistance and general services. For Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft, Losada will take care of the handling of the continental distribution network, supervising any aspect related to the services offered to dealers, distributors, brokers and shipowners. Losada will also have the task to develop the commercial network in those countries of the continent where there are no distribution agreements in place. Cuban born, 39 years old, Oscar Losada previously worked for Allied Marine Group for almost 10 years, where he began as an Office Manager and became Vice President Sales & Development with duties that included developing the Central, South America & Caribbean territories.

Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft - Premium Care Project for Excellence of Service

Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft created PREMIUM CARE, an important project encompassing 360° assistance services, able to maintain the shipyards at the top end of luxury yachting. One of the most important services of the project is PLATINUM CRUISE, developed to guarantee to every owner the maximum coverage from any inconvenience while cruising aboard their yacht. The quality, style and reliability of Ferretti and Mochi Craft yachts are appreciated by the owners worldwide, who deserve assistance in line with their expectations. The new PLATINUM CRUISE service meets their expectations, guaranteeing the availability of a specific collection of essential spare parts linked to this winning line. The purchase of the PLATINUM CRUISE services package offers the following benefits: discounts on spare parts included in the package, a delivery guarantee to the shipping agent within 48 hours of order confirmation and no delivery charges. The service offers coverage for 3 years, which can be extended for another 2 years. The PREMIUM CARE project works in partnership with the Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft Service Department and Customer Care Department, offering its ship owners the best possible technical assistance and logistical services through a series of important supports such as scheduled check-ups, service points and a summer line. The series of Scheduled Inspections provides the ship owner and crew with continuous assistance for their yacht. In fact, during the two-year guarantee period, clients can ask the shipyard to check their yacht and ensure that it is in perfect working order free of charge. As in the past, Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft will also be offering owners effective support through a Summer Line, guaranteeing safe yachting and holidays in complete peace of mind. This leased line, available from 28th April to 30th September 2007, 7 days a week including holidays, will offer assistance and information following the purchase of a Ferretti motor yacht or a Mochi lobster boat. In a view to continuously improving their assistance services, Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft offer an education project named Service University through their Service Points. This annual appointment was developed to train and update professionals from all over the world who work in the field of after-sales. The meeting is held at shipyards in order to transfer the concept of excellence to its partners, guaranteeing total and immediate client satisfaction.

Ferretti Wins Croatia Boat Show Trophy

The 9th edition of the Croatia Boat Show, acclaimed the Ferretti 780 by winning the Croatia Boat Show Trophy 2007 in the Fly Bridge category over 70 feet. With it's innovative interior layout and solutions which are usually found on bigger yachts of over 80 feet, the 780 proved to be a master in on board elegance where one enjoys to sea to the full. The Croat Boat Show Trophy is awarded by Nautical Magazine Yachts Adriatic.

Ferretti Wins Best Brand Presence in Asia

Ferretti Yachts CEO Fulvio Dodich collected another important title to add to this top yachting brand in Asia, Bangkok, as the company was awarded BEST BRAND PRESENCE IN ASIA award by Christofle Asia Boating Awards 2007. The prize giving ceremony took place during the Boat Thai Exclusive Night at the Peninsula Hotel of Bangkok during the opening of the Boat Thai 2007.


Mochi Craft - Polo Gold Cup 2007

The brand turns its focus once again to the world of polo in the setting of Costa Smeralda, thus coming into direct contact with a privileged audience of people who love luxury and the pleasures of life. MOCHI CRAFT has shown the close link between the brand and polo. Both share the most elegant sporting spirit, harmonious movements and great power control. The game requires determination, speed, teamwork and a strong sense of competition. The elegant stance of riders and horses, and the rules introduced by the British in the late 19th century, have made it something fascinating and exclusive. In the same way, MOCHI CRAFT lobster boats from 44 to 74 feet are characterised by the same exceptional sports performances, an original, sometimes vintage design and by the use of prized leather and wood. These yachts update the lines of the lobster boats of New England with great Italian sensitivity and the technological innovation of the Ferretti Group Engineering Division. This unique alchemy makes them ideal for that restricted elite that follows the sport of polo with great passion.


Grand Banks Worldwide parts now available via the Factory

In order to provide ever improving customer service Grand Banks has ended its association with former Authorized Part distributor Atlantic Yacht Rigging and is now accepting parts inquiry's directly to the factory. Intermare Festival The Intermare event was held in Marina of Punta Ala (Gr) a scenery more then adequate to present the general public with the range and new technical innovations being offered by the boat builder. The Festival was held from Friday 11th up to Sunday 13th May along the harbour quay, where Intermare showed the complete fleet of motor cruisers, welcoming the public on the main pontoon. The local BMW Dealer Gori was involved in the event presenting the models of the German car maker for the event. 2 important firsts where announced during the event. The first was the launch of the new ROBOAT and of the mascot designed to help the user during the usage of the program: the software created by the technical department has the objective of helping the owner managing the boat even from distance. The second news was the presentation of the P.A.T. Service, the network of technical and efficient service to all clients in Italy. The next Festival will happen in September where Intermare will present its news before showing same in the most important boat shows.


Royal Denship A/S changes in top management

Managing Director Hans Schneider resigns from his position as Managing Director for Royal Denship in order to join the Board of Royal Denship. At the same time Lars Bonderup Bjørn will join the Board as Executive Chairman.Lars Bjørn will initially be in the office once a week until a successor for Hans Schneider has been found. This is expected to happen within the next weeks.Hans Schneider and Lars Bjørn will in the coming months ensure a smooth handing over of duties.


Rodman 54 Muse sold out until next year

Rodman have announced their new Muse 54 has enjoyed "unprecedented success" since her launch last autumn and 12 of the boats, the entire production run for 2007, have now been sold. It means orders are now being accepted for Spring 2008.The Muse 54 is the result of a collaboration between the Rodman Polyships shipbuilding team and the Ital Design studio of the Italian designer Fulvio de Simoni. The boat was launched at the Barcelona International Boat Show.It is the first model in the Rodman Muse flybridge range that will eventually stretch to 108 feet. The second model in the series will be the Rodman Muse 74, currently under final production in the Rodman shipyards on the Ría de Vigo estuary, with the first hull due for completion before the summer.


Riva - BMW Z8 Parade at Sarnico Shipyard

A true parade that of the Z8 that visited the Riva shipyard in Sarnico on Saturday 19th May. 68 examples of the special edition produced by the German car firm between 2000 and 2003, visited Italy in order to participate to the Millemiglia, the race for historical cars that has its start and arrival in Brescia. The lucky participants to the BMW meeting had the chance to visit the shipyard, usually not opened to public, admiring how and where the jewels of the sea are produced.

Riva - Leaning Promotion and Innovation

The second edition of the Scholarship entitled to “Franco Lombardini” at the Univeristà degli Studi of Modena and Reggio Emilia was held on Tuesday 16th May at 6.00 pm. During the event, promoted by the Rotary Club of Reggio Emilia, it was held a conference whose title was “Education, Innovation and Enterprises” by Ferruccio Rossi, Riva CEO. The shipyard, always caring about education and innovation, was chosen as the best example of synergies and knowledge.

Riva Aquariva Cento for Mr. President

An amazing hot and sunny day, with some waves on the lake created by a warm breeze. This was the frame within which it was delivered the Aquariva Cento of Mr. Ferretti, Chairman of Riva and the Ferretti Group, this boat being one of the ten units of the limited edition. The whole shipyard participated enthusiastically to the delivering ceremony, proud to receive the compliments by this new owner (although he’s not really that new, owning already three Riva historical models both in wood and in fibreglass). After having baptized the boat with a bottle of champagne, frightening a little the workers of the Aquariva production line who were already thinking about having to restore their jewel just carefully finished, President Ferretti also joked with the historical representatives of the shipyard, congratulating with everyone for the excellent results got in these last seven years. The building of 11 new models and the increasing of the production year after year are in fact the results of the passion and the dedication to work of all the employees, who renewed on this occasion their trust to the Group and his Chairman. People who are proud to be part of such an important reality that for more than 160 years has been playing the main role in the past, present and future history of pleasure boating industry.

May 30, 2007

New Model: Princess 95 MY

Princess has shipped the first of its stunning new 95ft flagship, the 95 MY. The Princess 95 Motor Yacht spearheads the expansion of Princess’ model range and illustrates the commitment for creating refined luxury motor yachts which appeal to discerning owners around the world. The new Princess 95 Motor Yacht offers uncompromising levels of comfort combined with thoroughbred performance making her the ultimate environment for gracious entertainment. The newly developed deep V hull design, a choice of engines up to 2400hp and the most advanced on-board systems deliver class leading handling and performance for effortless long range cruising. The expansive flybridge deck, generous staterooms and full width saloon and dining area can accommodate up to ten people in elegant style; taking the pleasures of extended life on-board to an entirely new level. There is also ample provision for crew with a three cabin layout positioned aft with separate access from the starboard side deck. An alternative two cabin layout benefits from a crew day area and additional entrance through the transom. The sophisticated blend of classic looks with a contemporary edge, beautiful fittings and class leading performance gives the Princess 95 Motor Yacht an undeniable presence befitting the new Princess flagship.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.98 m (95.1 ft)
LOA - 29.42 m incl pulpit
Beam - 7.06 m
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 94 t
Fuel Capacity - 11,000 l

May 28, 2007

Powerboat P1 - Italian Grand Prix of the Sea, Fountain King of Shaves and Racing Project Roscioli Hotels dominate

Weekend of Domination in both Evolution and Supersport in the 2Nd Grand Prix, held in Naples Italy of the Powerboat P1 World Championship involving Race 3 and 4 of the 2007 Season. Briton's James Sheppard and Craig Wilson showed a super pace for other's to follow in the prototype Evolution Class with a double win in Italy on the USA built Fountain powerboat King of Shaves. Meanwhile Italians Angelo Tedeschi and Fabio Magnani of Italian Team Racing Project Roscioli Hotels Roma with the Malta built 41 feet Chaudron followed the script in Supersport and secured more important points for the championship, after a good 2Nd place in Malta.
The Fountain King of Shaves winner of both races in Italy.
Also a double in Supersport for Racing Project Roscioli Hotels.
RACE 1
19 boats started the race providing a dramatic spectacle for the large crowds. King of Shaves, the Fountain-built boat of Briton's James Sheppard and Craig Wilson made a dream start to its life in Powerboat P1 with a debut win in the Evolution class of the Italian Grand Prix of the Sea. Taking the lead on the second lap from the Italian OSG boat of Giancarlo Cangiano and Giovanni Carpitella, the experienced pairing skimmed across the surface of the Bay of Naples, leaving the Italian boats Fainplast and OSG battling for the runners-up places with Austrian Wettpunkt and Lucas Oil - Outerlimits. By the halfway stage King of Shaves had built a commanding lead of over half a minute but that comfort zone was not to last as Wettpunkt.com of Hannes Bohinc, Miles Jennings and Ed Williams- Hawkes, found its rhythm after a relatively slow start. At the chequered flag the lead had been whittled down to less than ten seconds. The race was full of drama with overtaking, retirements - including the third placed Metamarine craft of Fainplast- and a flip! This happened on lap five as OSG, battling for position with Wettpunkt, 'hooked' 360 degrees before flipping onto its side. It was a heart-stopping moment followed by a huge act of sportsmanship as both Wettpunkt and the American Lucas Oil - Outerlimits team stopped to monitor the situation and respond to any emergency that might unfold. Thankfully, both pilots emerged unscathed and both Wettpunkt and Outerlimits were able to continue racing - Wettpunkt finishing second and Outerlimits third. In SuperSport, the highly competitive production class, once again proved to be intensely competitive and full of surprises. The dominant boat was Racing Project Roscoli Hotels Roma with Neapolitan Angelo Tedeschi using his local knowledge to good effect. The win has put Team Racing Project at the top of the World Championship standings. Behind them pre-event favourites ExtremeBoat suffered engine sensor problems and the FPT-powered Sunseeker had steering difficulties. It was a fast, tough race that took its toll on many of the boats although accomplished performances from Buzzi Bullet, Chaudron and the Hustler of Team VoomVoom saw them amass valuable championship points, finishing in second, third and fourth place respectively.
RACE 2
The domination of the Italian Grand Prix of the Sea continued outright with the winners in race 3 confirming there result. Still a hard fought contest challenge was always behind the Fountain King of Shaves from Wettpunkt.com and the-American Outerlimits Powerboats team. Always in contention, the Austrian Wettpunkt team, led by Hannes Bohinc, looked capable of spoiling the party but despite moving within ten seconds they did not appear to have quite enough horse power to bridge the gap. The diesel powered Kiton, led the field as the second-leg got underway, putting several boat lengths between themselves and the chasing pack. However, the early sign of pace was short-lived as the Ilmor-powered Fountain and the Isotta Fraschini's of Wettpunkt took command. As the two front-runners pulled away, holding station until the chequered flag, it was the nail-biting port-to-starboard battle between the Metamarine-built boats of Fainplast and Kiton that captivated the crowds. When, on lap three Kiton slowed, Fainplast moved into third with Outerlimits fourth. A mechanical problem later forced Fainplast to retire enabling the American's to take the final podium position. A third place was an exceptional performance from the American Lucas Oil- Outerlimits crew of Mike Fiore and Nigel Hook, who had been forced to add additional weight to the boat and then, as today's race began, suffered a drenching at the hands of Wettpunkt.com. The local favourites, OSG, made a miraculous 'last-minute' appearance after yesterday's spectacular sinking! Working throughout the night and morning to repair the boat, it eventually took the start one lap down. The courageous pair of Giancarlo Cangiano and Giovanni Carpitella provided the appreciative crowds with a true show but were unable to make their mark in a race dominated throughout the weekend by King of Shaves, Wettpunkt.com and Outerlimits. These three took first, second and third respectively in the Evolution class of the Powerboat P1 Italian Grand Prix of The Sea.
Important points for the SuperSport title for Italian team, Racing Project Roscioli Hotels Roma. Tedeschi, the teams Neapolitan owner and throttle man, now moves to the head of the championship, a strong endorsement to his pre-season decision to invest in a new boat. The 41ft Malta built Chaudron boat, powered by Mercruiser engines is clearly capable of mixing-it at the front of the field in this intensely competitive production class. In the Sunday 'Sprint', Roscioli Hotels Roma were pushed all the way by the British duo of Mike Shelton and Jackie Shelton in Extremeboat - the distance between the two boats from start to finish was never more than 5 seconds. Third place on the day went to Drew Langdon and Jan Falkowski in Buzzi Bullet, a superb result following yesterdays first-leg where the team finished second. In today's race, the fourth place battle between Casino Portamaso Chaudron and Chinese entry, Sun Lik Beer was a classic 'cat and mouse' encounter over a course distance of 52 nautical miles, with Sun Lik Beer eventually taking fourth place by just one second, having moved through the field from a start- lap position of eighth. A fourth place finish on the day for a team that has had a slow start to the season, after exceptional form in 2006, suggests that a win may not be too far way.
Chart Standings after Grand Prix of Italy

May 25, 2007

Powerboat P1 - Italian Grand Prix of the Sea preview

The stunning Bay of Naples, home to more than one million people, presents a natural amphitheatre for this weekend's Powerboat P1 World Championship as 20 boats and teams from around the world arrive for the action, excitement and glamour of the Powerboat P1 Italian Grand Prix of the Sea. This dramatic backdrop for one of Europe's top-tier motorsports is guaranteed to be matched by the drama on the water with both racing classes, Evolution and SuperSport, fielding ten boats each, all race-prepared and eager to win. For the high-powered prototypes racing in Evolution this is the first time in the history of P1 that boat numbers have reached double figures, promising the motoring-mad Neapolitans noise, speed and furious action as the sleek powerful muscle machines generate upto 2000hp and 100mph. Local hero and 2006 World Champion Giancarlo Cangiano, with team mate Giovanni Carpitella, will lead the Italian challenge, buoyed by a win in the first Grand Prix in Malta but wary of the challenge amassing within the ranks. This includes Outerlimits Powerboats, the all-American US Championship winning team from Rhode Island, who demonstrated in its debut European race that it has the speed, determination and quality to win events on both sides of the pond. The weekend's new kid on the block is the English US team, Fountain Worldwide, with British pilots Craig Wilson and Class 1 and ProVee star James Sheppard, racing a Fountain Lightning 42 powered by Ilmor engines. The team has arrived out of the box in Italy and, with such a formidable package, achieving podium honours should only be a matter of time. Italy's great nautical and motor racing heritages are well represented in P1 and the tens of thousands of Neapolitans expected to line the Bay will find plenty of local flavour to cheer; from the Neapolitan pilots Cangiano, Stefano Cola and Angelo Tedeschi to the all-Italian boats, Fainplast, Kiton and Carpenter, and of course, the royal connection, Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, racing with Max Ferrari for the Italian Skater Racing team. Definitely looking for a win in Naples is Wettpunkt.com, the Austrian team powered by Italian Isotta Fraschini engines and an Italian FB design hull. There will also be great interest in the performance of Team Sunseeker, one of the leading contenders for the SuperSport title, racing with FPT Fiat Power Train engines in what is the first Formula One-style engine deal in P1. The Powerboat P1 Italian Grand Prix of the Sea comprises an 'Endurance' race on Saturday 26th May and shorter 'Rally' sprint on Sunday 27th. Both World Championship rounds 'power-off' at 12:30pm and with sunshine forecast for the weekend, close-to-the-shore race action and a large grid of pilots eager to impress, a spectacular show is promised.

May 24, 2007

America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Cup Semi Finals End, Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand reach Final


The best of nine, first to five semifinals ended yesterday with Emirates Team New Zealand finally going into the Final of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the last stage for the Challenger selection of the 32ND America's Cup.
The semi finals went always according to plan and only one day Tuesday was cancelled, with the intelligence flag put ashore due to rough weather conditions and winds going from 20 up to 35 knots and waves from 2 to 3 metres in height. This cancellation effected only the NZL92 vs ESP97 match as the Luna Rossa vs Oracle Match concluded on Sunday.
The Luna Rossa Challenge vs Oracle was the biggest surprise of the semi finals with a staggering win of 5-1 from ITA94. No one would have predicted this result, especially after seeing the great performance of the Americans on USA98 during the Round Robin stages, more surprising and amazing it is when one sees that the Italian challenger was always ahead in every bow turn during the races. The point awarded to the USA Challenger during match 2 was in a certain way a mistake by the Italian team due to a big separation in the last down wind leg. Still as Oracle's Skipper Chris Dickson has said Luna Rossa showed good upwind speed and enough down wind speed to handle the situation. The other match between top challenger Emirates Team New Zealand and the locals home team of Desafio Espanol concluded with a 5-2 result. Still the Spanish seemed happy with this result as there main aim was to reach the semifinal and after that was to win or take some races from top rated challenger New Zealand, something they managed very well in doing in Race 3 and 6 of the semifinals. Still the Spanish has to be proud as they have showed a superior pace then in the Round Robins stages. Now it's up for the last two titans Luna Rossa Prada Challenge vs Emirates Team New Zealand on the Final Match which starts on the 1st June in a best of nine first to five duel. Winner will challenge defender Alinghi in the 32nd America's Cup Final.
Picture copyright Lunarossachallenge Cup Magazine

May 23, 2007

Web: Baia New Web Site

The front line shipyard of the city of Naples, Baia presented it's newly updated website. This is the 4Th version web presentation for the Neapolitan company. Cantieri di Baia Mericraft who is famous for rooster tailed surface driven high performance offshore sports cruisers and yachts with superb comfort and a high level of customization both outside and inside. The range is composed of five models, soon to become six from the recently launched 43 One up to the 78 Atlantica Flagship. A new sixth model the 70 Italia filling the gap between the 63 Azzurra and the 78 Atlantica is under construction and should be launched soon. Watch this space when this happens. The Neapolitan builder should also be given credit for being the first yard in Europe and among the first in the World to use the Surface Drives system by Arneson, first used on the Baia B33 in 1980 and also launching an innovative removable hard top system in 1998 with the 48 Flash.

May 22, 2007

Project: Aicon 75 Flybridge

New design for the Sicilian company with launch for the coming Summer. This new yacht will express key concepts of the Aicon style designed by Fulvio De Simoni and will fill the space between the 64 and the flagship 85 Flybridge models. The design of the new motor yacht focuses on flowing lines creating a harmonic unified shape and clever use of space both outside and inside. The interior space is focused on the living area with autonomy that are conversation, dinette and galley areas. Down below 4 cabins equipped with en-suite head all designed to provide privacy and comfort complete the spacious interior.

May 17, 2007

Boat Review: Rizzardi 63 Hard Top


Presentation
Hard Top version for the successful 63 Topline, the 63 Hard Top was presented during the Naples Nauticsud Boatshow of 2005, offering to customers and brand aficionados of the Rizzardi open the much requested and practical all weather hard top on the classic contemporary lines of the Topline range. This new version for the 63 also offered different cockpit and interior layouts with a more minimal approach to the previous design and a more spacious third cabin.
Accommodation
4 different interior layouts are available for the Rizzardi 63, showing a real semi custom approach for the buyer and not just a selection of materials and colors as is the case in many production boats of this size. 3 of these layouts are 3 cabin version with the small crew cabin forward but the range has also a 4 cabin option plus crew, something unusual in this size and type of boat but still a very interesting layout especially if one has an interest in the charter market or has a big family to cater for and really does not feel the need for a bigger boat. Standard 63 Hard Top layout is a 3 spacious double cabins affair.
The interior accommodation features a very spacious owner/ master cabin forward, second guest cabin to starboard of impressive size and VIP cabin aft with separate entrance from the cockpit. The aft VIP cabin feature is a really big bonus especially when inviting guests on board, as it really gives a real meaning to privacy both for guests and the owner alike. All cabins feature private en-suite heads with separate shower cubicle of good dimensions. Saloon has an adequate sized L-shaped settee. A medium sized fully equipped galley concludes the interior layout.
All Rizzardi 63 layouts. The no.4 blue colored layout is the standard hardtop interior version.
Performance
The Rizzardi 63 Hard Top has one of the driest rides in the category without having a high bow angle. Using the famous Technema derivation hull with it's huge winged spay rails are sure to keep water away in most conditions and provide also good lifting aid. Another good news are the central, perfectly positioned engines which should give easy planning to the 63 and huge stability especially with head seas. A small disadvantage for this solution will be less steering handling proficiency then V-dive or U-drive powered boats with aft positioned engines and tunnel propellers like most of the offers from the British builders. Think personally of what you prefer from a 19 metre power yacht? Making tight curves around the buoys with super handling steering ability or a more solid ride in rough weather. Top speed as declared by the manufacturer is 38 knots with the 2 x 1100hp MAN V10 at 2300 rpm. Cruising speed is 33 knots at 2100 rpm from the MAN engines. Full Range with cruising speed is 320 Nautical Miles.
Positive
Interior layout options
Standard spacious 3rd cabin in standard layout
Spacious x 3 heads (bathrooms)
Flush deck forward
Negative
Small Galley in standard interior layout
Optional High Safety Railing
Competition
Huge competition in the 18/19 metre Hard Top Sports Yachts with standard shaft driven propulsion. The 3 famous British Builders all have there different offer and so do other major Italian and USA builders. 4 cabin option makes the Rizzardi 63 Hard Top unique. Still the 3 cabin layout is one of the most spacious available in the range and in many of the competition the 3rd cabin or is small or in bunk beds layout. Here is the main competition:
Aicon 62 Open - patio door, 3 cabin interior, all round deck.
Azimut 62 S - patio door, optional third cabin
Dalla Pieta DP 58 HT - spacious crew or guest fourth cabin aft
Fairline 62 Targa Gran Turismo - patio door, cockpit saloon style layout, crew cabin
Ilver 58 Vista - crew cabin option, cabin area down with galley/saloon on main deck
Princess V65 - patio door, 2 social areas on cockpit, small 3rd cabin, crew cabin option
Riva 63 Vertigo - crew cabin option aft, L-shaped 3rd cabin, unique style
Sarnico 60 - crew cabin option, singles cabin aft with VIP and Master cabin forward
Searay 60 Sundancer - patio door, small third cabin option, well sized galley
Sunseeker 62 Predator - patio door, small bunk 3rd cabin
Tecnomar 20 Velvet - patio door, 2 zone saloon upper deck, semi custom
Conclusion
Classic timeless lines are the theme for the Rizzardi 63 Hard Top and are part of the unique character of this sports yacht. Details like the curved windscreen, forward leaning style hardtop and the unique flush deck all have vintage written all over them. Future design touches are the unique Technema hull lines, well designed stern layout with the extended platform and nice stairs on both sides. Practical solutions are the recess aft for the mooring winches and cleats and the visible air intakes on the side for the engines just under the deck. This last a design trademark of the Toplines since the first of the range, the successful 53 which was presented in 1992. If one likes a conservative yacht outside and engineering wise but with brilliant modern solutions and options inside choosing the 63 Hard Top will be easy, but if you are looking for a more modern looking sports yacht, then may be you should look somewhere else before viewing this one. Still I would suggest to try it for real.
Technical Data
L.O.A. 19.10 metres (62.6 ft)
Beam. 4.80 metres
Draft. 1.45 metres with props
Displacement. 30 t
Fuel Capacity. 2800 litres
Water Capacity. 700 litres
Berths. 6 + 1 crew, 8 + 1 crew
Engines. 2 x MAN D2840LE423 1100hp
Speed. max 38 knots. cruising 33 knots.
Range. 320 nautical miles
Design. Rizzardi
Certification. CE A
www.rizzardiyachts.com
Picture Copyright Rizzardi. Data Rizzardi.

May 13, 2007

America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Semi Finals

11:00 AM today during the semifinalist press conference, all remaining four teams for the semifinal stage of the The Louis Vuitton cup confirmed there latest constructed sail boat as used in the previous Round Robin stages. USA team BMW Oracle skipper Chris Dickson also gave a hint that USA98 will have a New Measurement Certificate. This is the third measurement certificate for USA98 since the regatta's started this year. A new certificate is also expected for Luna Rossa Challenge who have been rumored to have been trying different solutions this week, including a new mast which arrived to the base last Tuesday. Now let's hope for a good stable breeze and some real tight competitive racing.
Challenger's boat's for Semifinals:
Emirates Team New Zealand - NZL 92
BMW Oracle Racing - USA 98
Luna Rossa Challenge - ITA 94
Desafío Español 2007 - ESP 97

May 9, 2007

America's Cup - Louis Vuitton Round Robin Concludes

The 4 Semi Finalists for the Louis Vuitton Cup
After a difficult start for Round Robin 1 due to little wind, the Round Robin 2 concluded today. With only 1 day without racing, funnily enough for strong Ponente West winds. Round 2 offered stable conditions in Valencia and the promise of the much mentioned sea breeze from the East started making it's appearance more often, with temperatures over 25 degrees. The 4 semi finalists have been chosen with no surprise, as the top four challenger's as at the end of the ACT's where confirmed. Still surprises have not been less in the 2Nd Round and fierce competition for the Spanish Challenger of Desafio for the much wanted 4Th place by the Swede's of Victory challenge seemed never ending. Oracle and later followed by Luna Rossa where the first 2 team's to have a guaranteed place in the semifinal. Superb performance for Emirates Team New Zealand who won all there races in Round Robin 2 and managed to obtain the much important top spot, which gives them the opportunity to choose their opponent for the semi final, a big advantage.
The second Round Robin also showed the bigger potential of the 3 top teams with less mistakes happening and really no surprise, accept for the defeat of Oracle at the hands of China Team due to a damaged sail by the American Team during the race.
Comments end of Round Robin 1 & 2:
Emirates Team New Zealand make up for the 3 lost races in Round Robin 1 by beating everyone in the 2nd Round improving power
BMW Oracle Racing defeated by China due to damage sail and New Zealand in the last duel for 1st place the bonus point the bonus point
Luna Rossa Challenge show better composure in Round.2, defeated by 1st/2nd ranked challenger in Round.2 challenge
Desafio Espanol 2007 get the much wanted 4th semifinal place a day before the end as planned
Victory Challenge miss the 4th place by a day, but still gain a place in the ranking improve
Mascalzone Latino Capitalia Team started Round 1 well, went a complete downhill after that and fall to 6th disappointment
Team Shosholoza the wild card of the Rounds, gave a tight match to all teams competitive again
Areva Challenge better results in Round 2 but much work to do average
+39 Challenge when wind was over 10 knots they where looking better, nice win over Shosholoza better 2nd round
United Internet Team Germany a preperation for the next cup light improvement
China Team win top challenger BMW Oracle thanks to a sail damage during the race a win is a win
Round Robin 1 & 2 - Final Results and Ranking
www.americascup.com

May 6, 2007

Powerboat P1 - Malta Grand Prix of the Sea. High Rough Seas cancel Round 2

Malta Powerboat P1 Round One Saturday 5th May, Start for the 2007 Season
OSG Racing Donzi winner Grand Prix of Malta 07 & Evolution Class Champion 2006
OSG Donzi, the powerboat of Italian's Giancarlo Cangiano and Giovanni Carpitella, won the opening Grand Prix of the Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta in a race that will long be remembered for high seas and unforgiving race conditions. Normally contested over two legs, dangerous sea conditions forced the cancellation of the Sunday race and the Saturday first round results stand, with Wettpunkt.com in second and Kiton in third.
RACE 1
The Italian craft of Fainplast had crossed the line first in the Evolution Class but a protest was lodged and subsequently upheld that the Metamarine boat had missed a course buoy during the race. It resulted in disqualification.
The Italian Team of OSG helmed by Giancarlo Cangiano was awarded the opening Grand Prix of the Powerboat P1 World Championship with Wettpunkt.com in second and Kiton in third. In SuperSport, the result was much more decisive after an emphatic Round the Island performance by the British husband and wife team of Mike Shelton and Jackie Hunt, despite waves of over 5 metres high. For many of the highly experienced seafaring racers, these were the worst conditions ever experienced, making the clear-cut win in Extremeboat, powered by Mercury Engines, even more impressive. The home Malta Team and boat Chaudron Portomaso claimed 4th Place and the other new Chaudron boat of Italian team Racing Project Roscioli Hotel came in second place. A good result for the Maltese powerboat builder.
RACE 2 The Round Two day on Sunday was cancelled due to rough seas, with relief to the battered and bruised boats and bodies from the Saturday race. Malta loves its P1 and the crowds respond in their tens of thousands. However, any initial disappointment for the large crowds was short lived when the organisers, in close co-operation with the Maltese Armed Forces and Civil Protection, created a time trial event within the stunning 'Fortress of the Mediterranean' Grand Harbour, Valletta. This impromptu initiative, though not counting towards the Championship, was won by ExtremeBoat in SuperSport and in Evolution by the Outerlimits Powerboats team. The high speeds generated across the waters of the harbour by the all-American outfit will serve as a timely reminder, if one was needed, that Joe Sgro and Mike Fiore are not in Europe just to make up the numbers. The teams which competed in the time trial where awarded 10 points each as a bonus.
2007 Powerboat P1 World Championship Maltese Grand Prix of the Sea - Results
Evolution Class
Pos. - No. Boat Name, Nationality = Points
1. - 88 OSG Racing - Italian - 80
2. - 81 Wettpunkt.com - Austrian - 60
3. - 90 Kiton - Italian - 50
97 - Outerlimits - American - DNF
64 - Fainplast - Italian - DQF
SuperSport Class
Pos. - No. - Boat Name - Nationality - Points
1. - 55 Extremeboat - British - 100
2. - 44 Roscioli Hotels Roma - Italian - 80
3. - 47 Buzzi Bullet - British - 60
4. - 46 Chaudron - Maltese - 50
5. - 11 Team Sunseeker - British - 40
6. - 09 Marex - British - 30 (Wild Card)
03 - Carpenter - Italian - DNF
07 - VoomVoom.com - British - DNF
08 - Sun Lik Beer - Chinese - DNF

May 2, 2007

Powerboat P1 - The 2007 Season Starts

The coming weekend will mark the beginning of the U.I.M. Powerboat P1 Championship with 12 races scheduled in 6 different Venues in Europe. The start of this year championship as was in the previous 2 editions starts in the Southern tip of Europe, the Island of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. The most up North Grand Prix, should be the 4Th venue of Cowes in the United Kingdom, which is a classic and legendary spot for Powerboat racing. This is the third time Malta will host the Powerboat P1 Grand Prix. The Island now is becoming a classic in the P1 circuit and Powerboat racing alike, as the island also hosted 3 Grand Prix for the U.I.M. World Class 1 Championship from 1992 to 1994.
The 2 day racing in Malta will feature 2 different courses. Round One Circuit on Saturday will be a 6 laps circuit on the north part of Malta plus a circumnavigation of the Island for the Evolution Class. The Supersport Class will perform the same course minus 1 lap, which is 5 laps and a Circumnavigation. Round Two Circuit on Sunday will be a spectacular all crowd viewing Grand Prix, with the start to be held on Malta's most famous seafront promenade the Sliema Front. The Evolution Class will perform 10 laps for this Grand Prix and Supersport Class will perform 9 laps. This year competition will feature 20 teams, 10 in the Evolution Class and 10 for the Super Sport Class. Famous Motor and Super Yacht builder Sunseeker will compete officially for the first time in the Supersport category. Sunseeker have also signed a deal with Fiat Powertrain Technologies which will supply the power for the Fabio Buzzi designed Sunseeker Challenger with twin 5.9 litre 480 hp turbo diesel engines, for the season. It is worth mentioning that the Sunseeker Challenger is a racing evolution of the XS-2000 production model. The model also competed in the 2006 season but not in official Sunseeker colors. Fountain powerboats from USA will also compete officially but in the more ambitious Evolution Class. May be in the future we will see more renowned official powerboat and motor yacht builders competing in this class, which apart from the usual good promotion an event like this holds, it can also be a superb benchmark for testing materials and hulls to the limits. In the early mid nineties many renowned builders especially from Italy and USA used to compete in U.I.M. Offshore Class 1 Championship and renowned Italian builder Ferretti also managed to win 2 World Class 1 titles in 1994 and 1997 and 2ND runner up in 1995.
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