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.

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