September 30, 2007

Monthly News - September 2007

- pic of the month - Viking Yachts new building

Aicon Group takes over Morgan Boats

Aicon Group, the Italian company renowned for building high quality motor yachts situated in Messina, on the Island of Sicily listed in the Milan Stock exchange, has agreed in the purchase of the Morgan Lobster Boat brand. This English brand famous for the build of high quality lobster boats owned by Leopoldo Rodriguez is now part of the Aicon Group.

Azimut-Benetti Group Growing Strategy

Azimut-Benetti Group outlined plans for further development at the start of the Cannes International Boat Show. The company, whose brands include Azimut, Atlantis, Benetti and Fraser Yachts, says that it intends to launch another 25 new models over the next three years while continuing to expand its global geographic coverage.In order to support the growth, Azimut-Benetti will invest some €220 million on the expansion of its production facilities during 2008-2010. The money will also be used to support innovations in processes and products, as well as research & development, particularly in the field of fuel cell technology. Azimut will launch another 15 models in the next three years and has already opened a new facility in Savona, Italy, to accommodate the increase in production. Today, Azimut has a sales network that covers 130 locations in more than 60 countries worldwide. In 2007, the company entered emerging markets such as China, India, South Korea and South Africa, and the strategy has already paid off with a number of orders registered in the Far East. In the last month alone, two Azimut 103s have been sold in Mumbai and Hong Kong, two 116-footers were sold in Singapore and Hong Kong, and a 68-footer and 98-footer were sold in Shanghai and Dalien respectively. The Cannes conference ended with confirmation from Paolo Vitelli, president of The Azimut-Benetti Group, that current year closed with a production value in excess of €800 million. The group's order book has reached more than €1.5 billion, and orders for superyachts over 24m (79ft) represented a total length of some 11,800ft.


Fairline reveals strong order book

UK's Fairline Boats has announced that, for the first time in its 40-year history, the company has received advanced deposited orders of more than £100 million. It also boasts an order book that includes seven confirmed sales for its flagship 24.4m Squadron 78 in the last two months alone. Following the launch of the new Targa 44 and the Targa 64 Gran Turismo at the Cannes and Southampton boat shows last week, the company has since received 40 confirmed orders for the Targa 44 prior to its world debut and is seeing strong demand for its 11-boat range across the globe.


Ferretti Group Order Book

Ferretti Group announced during the Cannes Boat Show that its order book for the 2006-07 nautical year exceeded €1 billion, resulting in a 25 per cent increase over the previous year. Production value grew by double digits to almost €1 billion, and overall profitability also increased by two figures. Over the last three years, Ferretti also invested more than €130 million on developing new products and increasing its production capacity.


Itama never ending Legend

The decisive entry into the Ferretti Group in October 2004, company management taken over by Pershing, fundamental innovations in production processes, a unique design and broad-ranging marketing strategy. These, in a nutshell, are the main ingredients of the successful recipe concocted by Itama, which in the past few seasons has achieved a decisive stride forward in terms of reputation, sales and consolidated prestige, for one of the brands symbolizing Italian style and craftsmanship in the luxury yachting sector.An acceleration of such entity as to prompt an immediate, more than positive response from the market: over 50 craft sold between the Forty and FiftyFive models, the two standard bearers of the new range. As well as gratifying acknowledgements from the sector, as in the case of the Cannes Festival de la Plaisance, where the new Itama FiftyFive earned the prestigious World Yacht Trophy 2006 - awarded by Yachts Magazine - in the “50’-60’ Open” category.


Magnum Marine not sold

News which appeared on the Italian media was quickly denied by Ms.Katrin Theodoli. The news said that the Theodoli family sold 80% in the holding of Magnum Marine to an Italian business pool. The Theodori family denied these rumors and have declared that the company has not been sold and is totally independent which allows for no compromise and the best works in design and quality for it’s line of fast high performance sports cruiser and yachts.


Riva full steam ahead

An amazing success marked the beginning of the nautical year 2007/08 for Riva. The boat shows that opened the season, held in Cannes from 12th to 17th September and in Monaco from 19th to 22nd, confirmed the exponential growth trend of the last 5 years. In less than two weeks, in fact, the whole 2008 production and a good portion of the 2009’s have already been booked. Among these, there are also some units of the new model Riva is going to officially launch on the market only in August 2008 and of whom the first contracts referring to 2010 production have already been signed. An extraordinary success immediately achieved the brand new SportRiva 56. For the model previewed in Cannes there is already a waiting list until September 2009. The classics Aquariva, Rivarama and Rivale, together with the 75’ Venere, confirmed themselves as top sellers also for the next season, while there’s great attendance around the Super version of another successful model, the 68’ Ego that will be officially launched in May 2008. This positive trend, begun after the joining of the Ferretti Group in 2000, contributed to grant Riva a worldwide leadership position in the luxury yachts market.


Sealine with Axius Stern Drive System

Axius, an innovative stern drive control system developed by Mercury Marine, made its debut at the 2007 Southampton International Boat Show fitted to the award-winning Sealine SC29 sports cruiser. Axius provides unparalleled maneuverability and significantly improved performance for stern drive boats. The joystick system of Axius dramatically simplifies boat handling, including mooring, allowing a novice driver to operate and even moor a boat with virtually the same ease as an experienced boater. Axius was developed by the MerCruiser division of Mercury Marine and employs SmartCraft Joystick Docking technology. The Axius control system is based on technology originally developed by Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (a joint venture between Mercury MerCruiser and Cummins) for the Zeus pod propulsion system.


Sessa record growth

Sessa Marine close the year with a record growth, the turnover from September 1st to August 31st is around 55 million euro: 26% more than the previous year. The highest growth of last years and one of the highest in the nautical sector. Ambitious plans also for next season turnover, with a forecast of 75 million euro, 30% more increase compared to 2007 and doubling results of only three years ago. The performances too are better than last year; with more than 7 millions euro equal to 14% of the sales. Most of these results have been obtained thanks to the success of the flagship of the Cruiser line: C52 and C42, whilst for the future, Sessa Marine expects great performances from two boats presented during last spring: the Key Largo 36, the flagship of the Open line and the C46, born last May and in production from September 2007 and already sold out for next season.


Sunseeker reports record breaking results

New results from Sunseeker International have crowned another spectacular year for the company, the largest privately-owned motoryacht manufacturer in the world. Annual sales are up to a record-breaking £240 million – an uplift of 18.5% on last year’s figures of £202 million. At the same time, the company’s operating profit has risen to £12.5 million, an increase of £7.3 million. The company puts its success down to a simple philosophy – doing things differently. One example of this is their continual investment in the design of new models, particularly larger boats. The year saw the launch of the 37 Metre Yacht to huge acclaim. The first Yacht was built to specific international codes and has been granted an unrestricted classification, the highest for a production-built yacht. With eight orders secured, the company is extremely confident of the model’s long-term success. Investment has also been pumped into production sites. An 11.5 acre site was acquired in March at Osprey Quay in Portland, Dorset, while further expansion is underway at New Quay Road, Poole, with the building of two new shipyards. These facilities will increase the production capabilities to meet the growing demand for models over 100 feet. To support this activity, both sites will benefit from new giant 300 tonne travel hoists. As well as expanding its production capabilities, Sunseeker has increased its workforce to a record 2,000 employees while retaining existing skilled staff with excellent benefits packages and working conditions. There’s also the fact that Sunseeker exports 98% of its product worldwide, which mean the company can ride economic dips in any local markets. The outstanding export success was rewarded earlier in the year by a fifth Queen’s Award for Enterprise, recognition of the hard work and commitment of the company’s staff and global dealer network. With a full order book, the coming year looks just as promising. The forecast is in the region of £265 million, with an operating profit of £15.5 million. Sunseeker International goes from strength to strength.


Sunseeker staff rewarded

Staff at Sunseeker International will share a £1.8 million bonus scheme for helping the Dorset-based company achieve record sales of £240 million and an operating profit of £12.5 million. As staff levels at the privately-run company continue to rise, the payment is an additional bonus to the team at Sunseeker based on length of service. According to the company’s founder and managing director Robert Braithwaite, CBE, Sunseeker staff are highly valued and their benefit to the company’s extraordinary growth is being recognised. Sunseeker’s exceptionally high standards mean it is constantly investing in the business and looking after its employees. Highly-skilled craftsmen of the calibre it requires are much in demand and the company offers a great package of staff benefits. This includes long-term security, competitive salaries, private healthcare, pension and regular overtime.


Tecnomar appoints new Commercial Director

Maurizio Magri, buisness man and manager with great experience in the high end nautical field, has decided to enter and be a shareholder and follow the path Tecnomar has decided to take for the future. He will be the new commercial director for Yacht builder specialized in high performance open Velvet and flybridge Nadara motoryachts.


Viking New Building

Under a late summer deep blue sky and President Bill Healey’s watchful eyes, the final steel girder completing the framework for a new 120,000 square feet building was hoisted 55 feet in to the air and placed in position with a massive crane. An American flag attached to the girder waved smartly in the breeze as Viking employees applauded the milestone. The new addition, part of Viking Yachts’ ongoing expansion plans, will join two existing buildings which house the executive and administrative offices, the warehouse, the metal shop and the four production lines. Designed to enhance efficiencies in operation, the two production lines where the 74, 68, 64 and 60 Convertibles are built will move into the new addition known as Building 2N. A 50-foot tall mezzanine with elevator service will separate these two production lines from the remaining two lines where the 56, 54, 52, 48 and 45 models are built. The newly created space will afford a better working and less cluttered environment for boat building. Viking also plans to move its five-axis profiler into the new building. Capable of carving mold components up to 60-feet long by 20-feet wide by 10-feet tall, the new structure will create the ideal climate for the company to focus on upcoming models like the 82 Convertible. Viking will have the new building in operation by December 2007.


Viking Service Receives Clean Boatyard Certification

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) along with the Clean Boating Partnership has conferred its “Clean Boatyard” status to the Viking Yacht Company’s service facility in Riviera Beach, Florida. The Viking Yachts Service Center is the first boatyard to receive this recognition in Palm Beach County and is the 26th in the state to meet the requirements of the Clean Boatyard Program. Bill Richards, Clean Marina Coordinator of the Florida DEP presented a plaque and the green, blue and white Clean Boatyard flag to Viking’s President and CEO, Bill Healey at a presentation ceremony at the facility on Thursday September 20. According to Richards, it takes 18 months for an applicant to work through the requisites of the completely voluntary process to achieve this status. According to DEP Southeast Director, Jack Long, Viking qualified for this certification by developing emergency spill plans, employee training programs and chemical management procedures, which help prevent damage to the environment. The Service Center, which opened in February 2002, is located on the Intracoastal Waterway just minutes from the Palm Beach Inlet. Formerly a dilapidated marina, Viking tore down the existing structure, removed the rotting docks and built an entirely new facility with floating concrete docks, a 150-ton Travelift, a three-story office building and a second stand-alone building with 50 feet overhead clearance for tower boats. Designed to cater to its owners, Viking is the only U.S. manufacturer with a satellite facility devoted exclusively for their convenience. Family owned and operated since the company was founded in 1964, Viking is no stranger to environmental commitment. At its manufacturing headquarters on the Bass River in New Gretna, New Jersey, about 30 minutes north of Atlantic City, the company is busy with plant expansions and renovations which include its own on-site waste-water treatment plant and has erected a 165 feet tall test tower in anticipation of installing a wind turbine to supply the company’s electrical needs. Many of the components in its boats are now produced with a resin infusion process to eliminate emissions. Since 1988, Viking has converted its wood scraps into briquettes, which are fed into a dual-fuel (oil or wood) furnace on demand. The furnace burns the wood at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, a combustion level that produces clean burning methane gas. The water heated by the process is then circulated through the radiant heat system embedded in the plant’s concrete floors and through-wall radiators to warm the plant during winter months.

September 29, 2007

Projects: Ferretti 592, Ferretti 551

The new Ferretti 592 is an 18 metre flybridge motor yacht and replaces the 591 model, offering a window area extended to 360 degrees, flooding the interior spaces with natural light on the upper deck saloon area. The full-beam owners suite is also added with two open view windows as is with the Ferretti bigger models or the new 510. The galley situated in the aft area to the saloon and in line with the patio door increase optimisation of both layout and comfort. Engine options are for twin MAN V10 1100hp or MAN V8 of 900hp. Performance estimates is a 33 knots top speed with comfortable cruising at 30 with the bigger engine option. The Ferretti 551 is a restyling of the 550 and is now even more inviting thanks to the extraordinary view of the sea offered by larger windows, which provide more natural light to caress the leathers and wood filled interiors of this motor yacht.

September 28, 2007

Powerboat P1 - Portugal Grand Prix of the Sea Preview

The Powerboat P1 Portuguese Grand Prix of the Sea will take place this weekend what is the final round of this still undecided highly competitive 2007 championship.
For top Evolution Class this will be a do or loose situation for OSG, who will need a full point double win in order to take the leadership from British Team King of Shaves and win the 2007 P1 World Championship. OSG is used to these kind of situations and won the 2006 P1 World Championship in the last race.
In the Supersport Class Roscioli Hotels will need to follow a similar script to Italian mates in Evolution and need to take there best of chances, with the only option available of winning the Grand Prix and taking the maximum available points i.e. winning both races.
Weather forecast in Portugal is a West South West wind with a moderate visibility for both days and a prediction of a stronger wind on Sunday. The Saturday Endurance race, Round 11 of the 2007 season will be a 9 laps race for Evolution with a total of 81.33 NM and 8 laps for Supersport and a total of 73.197 NM. Sunday Rally race will be a shorter course with less laps. Evolution will have an 8 laps race and a total of 54.504 NM, Supersport class boats will have 7 laps and a total of 48.448 Laps.

September 27, 2007

Project: Mochi 54 Dolphin

The Mochi Craft fleet adds the Dolphin 54, the new traditional lobster yacht of sixteen metres ready to tempt lovers of the sea who are seeking a more direct, harmonious contact with nature. Inspired by a collaboration between Norberto Ferretti and the Victory Design Studio, the new Mochi lobster boat retains all the sophisticated vintage style that’s such a typical feature of the range, blending it with cutting edge technology to guarantee the highest levels of comfort and safety. Inside 3 spacious cabins with 7 berths and 2 heads offer a spacious interior accommodation. There is also a crew cabin with entrance from the lower positioned galley mid ship. Twin MAN 800hp latest generation common rail engines, call for performance estimates of a 32 knots top speed and 28 cruising, this last giving a range of about 300 miles

September 26, 2007

New Model: Sealine SC35

PowerYacht is proud again to show one of the first online pictures for the new Sealine SC35. Announced as a project last Spring and replacing the successful S34, this new model continues the updating of the Sealine Sports line in a modern hard top sports cruiser design which started with the SC38. The new SC 35 has an innovative full length translucent roof system which is something not found much in this size. Hull design was trusted to Ocke Mannerfelt. Important features for the new Sealine are: skylights in all cabins (saloon, forward and aft cabins) for the best in natural light, double doors open forward cabin for an open plan feel, full height shower, separate day head, three separate single beds in aft cabin, large L-shaped galley, calm natural color palette and deep sofa with chaise lounge in the saloon.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.00 m (35.6ft)
LWL - 8.90 m
Beam - 3.70 m
Draft - 0.95 m
Displacement - 7500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 750 l
Water Capacity - 210 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 225hp, 260hp, 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP stern drive
Speed - max 36 knots, cruising 33 knots estimated with D4 300hp

September 25, 2007

Boat Review: Magnum 70 Sport

Presentation
Stretched version of the Magnum 63, the Magnum 70 is the evolution in size but also in comfort for the prestigious American brand. Advised by many experts as one of the best powerboats and poweryachts ever built, Magnum was founded in 1966 by Don Aronow and immediately became a status symbol of American Boat construction and reliability when the 27 and 35 both became World Offshore champions in Open Class Racing. As the recent models of the line the Magnum 70 was designed by Pininfarina and is available in 3 different versions: Sport, Hardtop and Flybridge. Obviously our attention goes to the successful Sport version which is all about Magnum heritage from head to tow.
Accommodation
Standard interior layout for the 70 is a spacious 3 double cabin offer. A spacious Master cabin is situated forward and all cabins feature en-suite heads. The saloon is located mid-ship and features a spacious C-shaped settee to port with a stylish cabinet unit opposite. A galley is located separately to starboard. A separate 2 berth crew cabin with shower head is located forward with entrance from a hatch on deck. Still this layout can be taken as it is, as Magnum offers a custom approach to all it's new builds where clients desires are placed first, so one can modify inside as he wishes.
The Cockpit of the Magnum is open as you can get with a huge central sunbed aft, c-shaped settee to starboard, wetbar to port and the fully equipped racing style helm to starboard. Magnum has on standard layout a mentality of spacious spaces rather then plenty of beds or cabinets in it's boats, something which is to like if you use it a lot and is very different to recent trend in most similar sized sport yachts.
Performance
Deep V hull with 25 degrees aft, superb ride with surface drives giving 52 knots of top speed. Magnum are renowned as the best in the class for there performance and sea handling and this fame is not build in a day but in nearly 40 years of successful seaworthy and strong boats constructed. The 70 hull shape is a further extension from the successful 63, a winning powerboat two times winner of the Miami Nassau Miami. The 63 reached speeds of 80 mph in these runs, beating smaller but also much faster boats. The Magnum 70 at 21 metres feels easy to drive and most of all gives a sense of speed and safety very few boats manage to achieve. Try it to believe it.
Positive
cockpit settee sunbed
interior saloon
spacious environment
Negative
small third cabin in standard layout
Competition
If you are looking for a 21 metres sport yacht with an open cockpit no enclosed hardtop and surface drives there is very little to look nowadays. Future competition might come from the Itama 70 Seventy which might offer the right competition mix to this now abandoned market sector cause of the more requested integrated hardtop. Here is what you can look for:
Baia 70 Italia - new, hardtop opens all, Baia custom approach, Arneson drives
Bruno Abbate Primatist 70 G Aerotop Pininfarina - hardtop design, Trimax Buzzi drives
Italcraft 70 Drago - not fully enclosed ht available, top surface drive seaworthy
Pershing 72 - new 2007, enclosed but hydraulics open as you wish, Arneson drives
WILD CARD: WallyPower 73 - modern, alternative, jet powered, glass hardtop
Conclusion
People choose Magnum most of all for its superb ride in the tough and for one of the best handling with the Arneson surface drives. Magnum where among the first to use the Arneson Drives back in the 80s and I am sure there experience in this type of transmission was made to good use. Pininfarina Design continued the heritage of the classic lines for this brand, but added softer lines like the windshield and aggressive touches like the air intakes on deck and in the sides which have USA classic written over them. The Magnum 70 feels and is comfortable and still offers the best of the best, giving very good accommodation inside and outside which would be a bit unbelievable when seeing the lines of this yacht.
Technical Data
L.O.A. 21 metres (68.8ft)
Beam. 5.18 metres
Draft. 1.80 metre
Displacement. 32.000 kg (dry)
Fuel Capacity. 4.550 litres
Water Capacity. 950 litres
Person Capacity. 10 persons
Berths. 6/8 guest and 1/2 crew
Engines: 2 x DDA/MTU 16v 2000 1800hp
Propulsion - Arneson Surface Drives
Speed. max 52 knots
Construction. kevlar, carbon fiber, GRP
Project. Pininfarina
Picture Copyright Magnum. Data Magnum.

September 24, 2007

New Model: Jeanneau 42 Prestige S

The new Jeanneau 42 Pestige S is the latest new model for the fast power line of the famous French boat builder. The new 42 Prestige S is a modern design hard top sports curiser powered with the new Volvo IPS propulsion. Exterior styling and design was in the hands of Garroni, Michael Peters supplied the hull forms and Jeanneau Design oversaw engineering and project management. The true strength of this model is the synthesising of these world-renown talents around a new project featuring the latest modern solutions like integrated hardtop design and IPS propulsion drive. Interior accommodation is for 2 cabins with a full beam mid-ship master cabin, VIP guest cabin forward and extra 2 berth convertible dinette in the saloon. Tender stowage is in the garage situated under the sunpad aft.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.36 m (43.9ft)
Length - 11.98 m
Beam - 4.16 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 9350kg
Fuel Capacity - 920 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - Volvo 2 x IPS500 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking duoprop pods
Project - Garroni exterio, Michael Peters hull
Certification - CE B
www.jeanneau.com

September 22, 2007

Project: Atlantis Gobbi 47 HT

Atlantis present a hard top version of the Atlantis 47, which makes this model even more enjoyable and even better looking. The designers have created a hard top that adds extra elegance to the boat’s sporty profile, plus the bonus of having a boat suited to not so good climates.

September 21, 2007

New Model: Bavaria 37 Sport

Replacing the Bavaria 35 Sport and 38 Sport is the new Bavaria 37 Sport. Among the important new features is a redesigned cockpit layout now with generous u-shaped settee offering plenty of space and a backward sunpad inviting you to relax, under which is plenty of storage space. In the forward cockpit there is an additional seat besides the drivers seat. The interior features a separate foreship cabin, a very spacious salon with a complete galley and integrated microwave, as well as a large head with separate shower. The aft cabin offers two beds that may be converted into a large single bed. Plenty of storage space, sufficient head clearance in the entrance area and a comfortable settee provides a very generous cabin. The new 37 Sport sees various important enhancements on it's replacements: wider side decks, improved helm, higher free board, larger foreship cabin, more spacious head and added deck hatches with more ventilation.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.95 m (39.2ft)
Lenght - 11.77 m
Beam - 3.99 m
Draft - 0.95 m
Displacement - 8500kg unloaded
Fuel Tank - 720 l
Water Tank - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x VolvoPenta D4 EVC 260hp, D4 300hp

September 20, 2007

Project: Azimut 95

The new Azimut 95, is the latest new model from the Viareggio yacht builder and will stand in between the 85 and the 105 flybridge super yacht models. Designer Stefano Righini continues his development of huge double shark fin windows for the topsides, to make best use of natural light, but also big cabin windows for the owner's suite and VIP stateroom forward. Interior accommodation is for 8 guests in 4 cabins, with space offered rated as one of the most spacious for the size. The full beam mid ship positioned owner's suite has the privilege of having 2 baths a shower and a jacuzzi. Power is from twin 1825hp Caterpillar engines, giving speeds estimates for 26 knots max and 23 cruising.

September 19, 2007

New Model: Windy 53 Balios

Based on the 52 Xanthos, Windy's 53 Balios is the sunny climate more Mediterranean version for the 16 metre sports yacht from Norway. Achieving a perfect balance of luxurious fit & finish and sporty performance. The hull is the same, fast and safe, and below decks it features the same comfortable 3 cabin 2 head design with the superb craftsmanship associated with the famous Norwegian brand. The main difference from the Xanthos is in the aft section, where the Balios has a practical dinghy garage covered by a sunbed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.35 m (53ft)
LWL - 14.95 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Weight - 17.200 kg
Fuel Tank - 2000 l
Water Tank - 470 l
Engines - Volvo Penta D9 2 x 575hp, D12 715hp
Speed - max 40 knots, 32 knots cruise with D12
Range - 270 nm at cruise
Project - Hans J.Johnsen

September 17, 2007

Project: Di Donna 30 Serapo

The new 30 Serapo is the new entry level model for the fast planning, traditional sport Gozzo line from South of Rome, Lazio region builder Di Donna. The 30 Serapo is an innovative design for this type of craft, featuring a modern slanting stern, central transom door and an integrated extended bathing platform. Di Donna have projected a classic Gozzo design filled with very important modern solutions which should be interesting to reach a bigger unknown audience for this type of craft. The interior is planned around a big J-shaped saloon dinette which can be transformed to a double berth. A separate shower head is situated to starboard. Outside is the heart of any Gozzo and the 30 Serapo does not disappoint, with its deep all round deck which give a high safety factor and the feeling of a much bigger boat. A top speed of 32 knots is estimated with power from 2 shaft driven VM 150hp Diesel engines. Founded in 1960 the Di Donna family company shows high level construction standards but also a modern innovative design coupled to the traditional Italian Gozzo for fishing boat lines.

September 16, 2007

New Model: WallyPower 73

The first unit for the new version for this already innovative sports yacht has been launched in Fano in the end of August. As it was already announced this is a further development for the 70 feet launch boat which was launched in 2005 and will guarantee growing success in a highly competitive market sector. The 73 main improved design modifications are the following: pivoting anchor replaces the drop off anchor providing for a bow without the extension for the "drop off" deployment with a slight increase of the forward cabin volumes, glass superstructure is lower and sleeker, forward deck social cockpit is integrated in the glass superstructure leaving the area clear to walk to the bow, superstructure aft door opens up vertically to leave the entrance completely clear and a second stair in the main salon area gives direct access to the crew quarter down below.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.90 m (72 ft)
LWL - 19.60 m
Beam - 5.48 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 40 t (full load)
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 3 cabins 6 guests + 2 crew
Engines - MTU 10v 2000 M93 2 x 1520 HP
Propulsion - Rolls Royce KaMeWa A45 steerable waterjets
Performance - 40 knots (top speed)
Designer - Wally Allseas (exterior), Wally Gillian Brown (interior)
Certification - CE A

September 15, 2007

Projects: Sunseeker 52 Predator, Sunseeker 52 Manhattan, Sunseeker 70 Manhattan

The elegant new Sunseeker 52 Predator offers a dynamic profile, hallmark curves, sweeping guard rails and top speed of 31 knots. The new hard top model has been designed to combine outstanding performance and handling with cruising comfort. Enhancements include a new hydraulic stern lifting platform and a distinctive, protective sliding hard top. Designed for enjoyment, it offers plenty of al fresco fun with a wetbar and sunbathers on the foredeck complemented by more sunbathing space and seating in the roomy aft cockpit. In addition, the hydraulic bathing platform makes swimming from the boat or launching a jet-ski easy. A spacious cockpit with contoured seating, dining table and wet bar leads through patio-style doors to a large covered main saloon area. Semi circular shaped seating around an adjustable dining table, flatscreen TV with DVD/CD hi-fi surround sound offers a comfortable and relaxed environment. The full width automatic glazed sunroof slides back over a three seat helm station with steps down to the accommodation deck. The new 52 Manhattan replaces the company’s entry level flybridge model and making the all-weather comfort of dual helm position accessible to a much wider audience featuring many of the characteristics of the larger boats, with a spacious main saloon deck, fully equipped galley and very impressive accommodation facilities. Powerful, yet reassuringly quiet, twin diesel engines and tunnel props deliver a highly impressive top speed and cruising range. Thanks to Computational Fluid Dynamics trails, this is underpinned by Sunseeker’s legendary hull formation that provides responsive, robust handling in any conditions. Her expansive flybridge has also been designed to balance utility with comfort, ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the company of others. The practical simplicity of the aft cockpit is complemented by generous comfortable seating and a sunbathing area, whilst the new integral stern lifting platform offers extended storage space for a multipurpose tender. The Sunseeker 70 Manhattan is designed for high-level entertainment and an effortless blend of luxury and practicality, with it's broad beam, elegant contours and extensive cruising capabilities. Incorporating a forward sunbather, wetbar and surrounded by comfortable seating, the ample flybridge area enables guests to interact with the skipper whilst socialising and relaxing in the fresh air. Four en-suite cabins with individual entertainment systems include a spacious forward VIP stateroom, master stateroom, a starboard twin cabin and versatile port Pullman. In addition, self-contained aft crew quarters include a double berth. The main deck is designed to be a sociable space with a free-flowing layout and big windows that flood the interior with light. The dining area is opposite the open galley which is fully equipped and finished in a choice of wood and granite. The saloon area has plenty of comfortable settees and chairs, making it a welcoming place to spend time. Stairs lead down to the accommodation deck including the forward VIP stateroom which offers a seating area, wardrobe and sizeable en suite. With a choice of engine options from twin MTU or MAN depending on the customer’s selection, the Manhattan 70 is capable of a speed of up to 36 knots and a cruising range of around 300 nautical miles.

September 14, 2007

Boat Show - Southampton 2007 Preview

The 39Th edition of the Southampton Boat Show opens from the 14th and goes on till 23rd September for 10 days of boating activities. The British South Coast show is recognized by many as one of the biggest Northern European in water shows with most of the fleet presented in it's natural element the sea. This years edition will play also an important sports launching for Team Origin, the British Team who will challenge in the 33rd Edition of the Americas Cup. This will be an important turning point for the new team of Sir Keith Mills, which announced it's official participation for the Cup in January this year. This time around it will present it's newly branded GBR75, born of the successful SUI75 sister boat of Cup Winner SUI64, American Cup Class winner in 2005 and placing second in 2006. As usual the show will be the spot for the British builders to present there new models. Fairline presents a world first with it's newly updated 78 Squadron but also a UK first for the 64 Targa Gran Turismo and the much awaited 44 Targa GT. Sunseeker does also a world first with the 52 Predator hard top model and 52 Manhattan flybridge version with the same hull and a UK debut for the new 70 Manhattan. UK presentation for Sealine with the new hard top SC 35 model. Italian builders Absolute also do a fresh presentation, only 3 days behind Cannes for the new 47 a Volvo IPS powered hardtop coupe sports cruiser. French Jeanneau do the same as there Italian cousins with the new 42 Prestige S. Biggest boat of the show is hull number two for Sunseeker 37 M super yacht which was presented officially last January in the London Show.

September 12, 2007

New Model: Mochi 64 Dolphin Fly

The new Mochi Craft 64 Dolphin Fly is a new flybridge version for the 64 Dolphin, and unlike the standard Dolphin it offers a second helm station, C-shaped settee and a sun pad on the upper deck. Down below the theme continues as its hard top sister, with a spacious saloon featuring an L-shaped settee to port, a galley bar and a dining table for 6/8 people. The lower accommodation deck has 3 cabins for owner and guest, with a very spacious mid-ship master stateroom. Power for the 64 feet traditional lobster yacht comes from twin MAN 1100hp or 1224hp optional engines. As all Ferretti Group it is possible to instal the innovative Mitsubishi ARG Anti Rolling Gyro System, an exclusive which allows for over 50% the reduction of the rolling caused by wave motion both in navigation and when moored.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.55 m (64.1 ft)
Length - 19.40 m
LWL - 17.98 m
Beam - 6.13 m
Fuel Capacity - 3,600 l
Water Capacity - 990 l
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MAN V10 CR 1100hp, V12 CR 1224hp
Speed - max 32 knots, cruising 28 knots with MAN 1224hp
Project - Brunello Acampora Victory Design

September 11, 2007

Boat Show - Cannes 2007 Preview

Opening the doors from the 12 up till the 17 September, is the Festival de la Plaisance or the Cannes Boat show that starts the new show season in one of the most sought after yachting areas. This is one of the most important boat shows, where many of the most important new boats and yachts will be unveiled. This years show is the 30Th edition, and confirms that since 1977, the foremost builders of pleasure boats and luxury yachts choose to present the most magnificent units and new models in this suggestive city on the famous Cote D'Azur. As usual to Cannes it is the show with the most expected world premiers and this list is just some of the world previews you will see on show: Aicon 75 Flybridge, Apremare 32 Open, Bandido 75 and 90, Benetti 85 Legend, DC 16 Elite, Fairline 64 Targa, Ferretti 510, Intermare 50, Overmarine Mangusta 165 Open, Beneteau 32 Monte Carlo, Numarine 54 Hardtop and Fly, Rodman 74 Muse, Salpa 50.5, Sealine SC 35, Sunseeker 70 Manhattan, Uniesse 65 Motor Yacht and 75 Hardtop, WallyPower 70 and Windy 53 Balios.

September 10, 2007

New Model: Riva 56 SportRiva

Launched on the 9th of August during the Riva Gala in Porto Cervo, the new Riva 56 SportRiva is one of the most expected models to feature in the coming Autumn shows, due to it's innovative exterior design of a sport flybridge yacht. While sport flybridge boats are increasing in the last period, especially over the 25 metres plus dimension on the open sports yacht style, in the 17 metre size this is a new concept and the SportRiva captures this spirit and invents a design philosophy. With this model I remember of past models from the glorious yacht builder, like the 42 Caribe or the 34 Portofino. Again the Sarnico Riva reinvents motor yachting.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.57 m (57.8 ft)
Length - 16.96 m
LWL - 14.19 m
Beam - 4.64 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Weight - 24.90 t (unloaded), 28.68 t (loaded)
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 CRM 900hp
Speed - 34 knots Max, 30 knots Cruising
Hull Shape - warped vee with spray rails 15 degrees deadrise aft
Certification - CE A

September 9, 2007

Powerboat P1 - Belgium Grand Prix of the Sea, Kings of Shaves & Extremeboat extend lead

1 Grand Prix 2 races -110 points for Roscioli Hotels Roma to try and win Supersport 2007 title
Same Script for OSG 2006 Evolution Class winner but - 130 points
The P1 weekend in Belgium was an action packed competitive offer in both classes and unusual to previous races in the 2007 season, we finally had a different winner in the same venue, as Lucas Oil Outerlimits won Race 2 in Evolution Class. Extremeboat continue to extend there championship lead in the production Supersport Class as they won both races as they did in Britain 2 weeks ago. It was a weekend for the title challengers to gain important points in there respective classes, but the leaders ended the Belgium Grand Prix with more confidence as ever, extending there lead with more points as both came out as winners in this fifth penultimate round.
Race 1
Conditions contributed to a high attrition rate and only two boats completed the course with OSG second despite suffering a broken hull. The Way to Happiness finished third, the first points finish of the season for this Italian team. Points and a podium must surely be the way to happiness! The main protagonists in Evolution, King of Shaves, OSG and Lucas Oil Outerlimits made a storming start with all three reaching the first buoy together. OSG, the reigning world champions, knew that to improve their title challenge they would need to finish ahead of championship leaders, King of Shaves. The same could be said of Lucas Oil and both boats set the early pace, OSG taking the lead. Behind them, King of Shaves was settling into an early rhythm and by the end of the first lap the Ilmor-powered Fountain was leading with Lucas Oil Outerlimits closely following. It was 'nip and tuck' all the way and once the Italian OSG boat backed off a two-boat battle ensued. It was a fascinating race between these two arch rivals in which the lead changed hands four times before the half way point when Lucas Oil Outerlimits started to take control. Then drama! As the American boat entered the home straight for the final lap it suddenly slowed as the fuel ran out, King of Shaves re-took the lead with OSG in pursuit. For the Belgian entry, Limmi Offshore, it was not the dream home race as technical problems forced the team to retire on lap 3.
A racing masterclass on ExtremeBoat, secured the husband and wife team its third consecutive SuperSport win in the first leg of the Powerboat P1 Belgian Grand Prix of the Sea. The Mercury-powered Dragon boat was clearly on a mission from the moment the start flag dropped, taking the lead at the first buoy and forging ahead of the field to increase its championship lead. Only Roscioli Hotels Roma, the Italian title challenger was able to stay within striking distance and its well deserved second place finish. VoomVoom.com, deservedly took third place, the first diesel powered boat to cross the chequered flag, with the FPT-powered Sunseeker crossing the line in fourth. The distinctive Rigid Inflatable of 'wild card' entry Flanders Offshore Racing, provided great entertainment for the enthusiastic home crowd crossing the finish in fifth place.
Race 2
Fountain Worldwide took the Powerboat P1 Belgian Grand Prix of the Sea, following up on Race One victory with a fifth place on the second leg. The pair's early pace and front-line battle with the American Lucas Oil-Outerlimits would however end by lap three when the boat lost power in one engine and with it any chance of a race win. The drama continued as they crossed the finishing line, losing power in the second. Lucas Oil Outerlimits, completed an impressive days racing, securing victory in today's second leg and with it third in the Grand Prix. The win from German team Searex and Italians OSG was a major boost for the team but its title ambitions are no more following yesterday's disappointment when, with a commanding lead, the boat ran out of fuel just one lap from the chequered flag. OSG, the defending champions from Naples, Italy demonstrated once again why they are so highly respected as racers and sportsmen. as on Race One, the boat was badly broken in the choppy seas and effectively ended the team's championship challenge. But true champions do not know defeat and if the maths stack-up OSG, will continue to fight for points. The team worked all night to patch up the damage and whilst not at peak performance they managed to bring the boat home in third to secure second place in the Grand Prix and keep their championship hopes alive. King of Shaves now has a lead over OSG of 150 points in the fight for the world championship with only the Portuguese Grand Prix to contest. Having failed to start yesterday, the German entry of Searex showed the performance of their 42ft Fountain powered by Mercury engines by taking an early lead and later re-taking it when Lucas Oil appeared to be about to forge ahead. It was a brilliant racing performance, surprising many of the championship front runners and proving that their pre-race testing on the Baltic's choppy waters would pay dividends in today's rough conditions. SIF, the Italian wild card entry demonstrated the competitiveness of their diesel powered wild card entry, always in contention with the leaders and finishing a creditable fourth on the day. ExtremeBoat, the British Dragon boat won the Powerboat P1 Belgian Grand Prix of the Sea, its double win moves the team into a commanding position in the SuperSport World Championship with just the Portuguese Grand Prix remaining. The lead changed hands no fewer than four times in today's shorter race. The diesel-powered Voom Voom, where very close to have the first win of the season and only a last lap navigational blip prevented this to happen. The choppy seas and blustery conditions had forced a late change to the course layout and a 30 minute delay. Boosted by their performances in yesterday's first leg, VoomVoom and ExtremeBoat made the early pace, followed closely by Roscioli Hotels Roma, Buzzi Bullet and Sun Lik Beer. These five are the championship's leading boats and a 'ding dong' battle was always on the cards as the season builds to its climax. It was a day for the diesels, all of whom featured strongly. In Belgium first leg, Roscioli Hotels Roma, suffered propeller damage and this clearly affected their attempts to overhaul the leading boats. In the circumstances a third place today and runners-up spot in the two-legged Grand Prix was an excellent effort. VoomVoom took third spot overall and have now appeared on the podium at the last two events. The focus now switches to the final event of the season in Portimao, Portugal over the weekend of the 29/30 September where the championship will be decided. For the third consecutive season the titles will be claimed in the final weekend of the season, a reflection on the competitiveness of Powerboat P1. In Evolution Class OSG have shown that they can still challenge a title till the last race even if this was not there best of seasons. In Supersport, ExtremeBoat has established a strong lead, its main contenders, Italian team Roscioli Hotels Roma and the British Buzzi Bullet are still within striking distance.

September 8, 2007

New Model: Aicon 75 Flybridge

Another exclusive first on PowerYacht, this time it's the new Aicon 75 Flybridge. So before you see it in the coming events and shows, remember that it was here first. The Aicon 75 Flybridge is a smart motor yacht with a modern design approach, showing minimal touches in some details like the forward pilothouse window and the radar arch, which for the pictured hull number one was equipped with a hard top. From my view I can also say that it has one of the most spacious flybridge of the category as it looks really big for a 23 mtr motor yacht, which would testify what is said on the Aicon website as being the focal point of the yacht. This brand new Aicon features 4 spacious cabins all with en-suite heads and 2 crew cabins for 3 members sharing 1 bathroom. The main deck has an innovative design especially in the sociable living area with 2 saloon settees on either side, looking forward you find the dining area with an 8 person dining table. The galley is in the middle being an innovative feature as this is usually on the side and creates a separation between the two areas, living and working creating superior comfort for the guests and people onboard.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.22 m (76.1 ft)
Length - 22.61 m
Beam - 5.88 m
Displacement - 51 T
Fuel Capacity - 5170 l
Water Capacity - 930 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 3 crew berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x CAT C32 1572 HP
Hull Shape - vee with fifteen degrees deadrise aft
Certification - CE A

September 7, 2007

Powerboat P1 - Belgium Grand Prix of the Sea Preview

Pen-ultimate round of the 2007 season, the Zeebrugge Belgium Grand Prix seem to be held at the pinnacle of this highly competitive P1 championship, where winning is going to be very important. The races at Cowes changed the championship charts with some additional surprises to add to the already high competitiveness of this season.
In Evolution Class, King of Shaves are still ahead but with OSG following nothing is sure. OSG had a very difficult season, winning only one race on the table in Malta. They had also a trouble race in Naples when there boat was sinking. Other important close contenders for the Evolution are Wettpunkt.com and Lucas Oil Outerlimits winner of the last British Grand Prix. Italian Kiton and Fainplast had a disappointing season, with speed and good weather being the main concern for the 2 highly expected sister boats.
Supersport Class or should we call it highly competitive production class. Roscioli Hotels Roma after dominating for half of the season found themselves in 3rd place, 50 points behind leaders and UK Grand Prix winners Extremeboat and only 10 points behind Buzzi Bullet, standing at second. On fourth place we find Chinese entry Sun Lik Beer who also seem to have upped there game and speed in this closely fought final part of the season. Disappointment so far for Sunseeker Challenger, who don't seem to have found the right set up.

September 6, 2007

Projects: Beneteau 52 Swift Trawler, Beneteau 37 Monte Carlo Hard Top, Beneteau 32 Monte Carlo

The Beneteau 52 Swift Trawler will be the flagship for the power motor boat range of the famous French builder. This classic live aboard style motor yacht is a nice cross over offering the comfort of power and joy of sailing lovers alike, as Beneteau has come up with the right link from both worlds. Superior interior volumes and maximum use of space, spacious saloon with galley, 3 cabin 2 heads interior, full beam owners cabin, crew cabin aft, well sized flybridge, tender stowage on fly, walk around deck and separate forward deck. Exterior design are for a classic trawler looks as compared to the already introduced 42 in the range. Engine power is for 2 x 575 HP, which estimates similar cruising speeds to the younger Swift Trawler of 18 knots. The 37 Monte Carlo Hard Top is the semi covered cockpit version for this successful sports cruiser model. Italian designer Pierangelo Andreani designed a stylish hard top on the lines of this model creating an alternative offer of what is becoming the rule for open Mediterranean motor boats. The weight increase for this design feature is 400 kg bringing the total weight for 7470 kg. Power comes from Volvo Stern drive D4 2 x 260 HP or the optional 2 x 300 HP. New addition to Beneteau range of Mediterranean style Monte Carlo sports cruiser is the new 32. Designed as the bigger 37 by Pierangelo Andreani, he follows the trend shown for the bigger sister and uses design themes like integrated wind shield, low profile radar arch, classic round side port holes and the red hull color. Cockpit space is very generous for a boat this size and the interior offers 4 berth accommodation with a separate cabin mid ship, separate shower head and a galley. Standard power are 2 x Volvo 270 HP DPS D5.7 Petrol, optional for a more cruiser friendly Diesel 2 x Volvo's D3 190 HP is available.

September 5, 2007

New Model: Uniesse 70 Sport

During my recent trip in Sicily I encountered the exclusive preview of the Uniesse 70 Sport, a model which has yet to be unveiled to the general public. Presented as a project about 2 years ago, finally we can see this hard top sports yacht, flagship of the Sport range from Uniesse in its' real form. The design is the usuall from the Italian builder and what I call a modern classic European style sports yacht. This builder has a fame for building solid sea going motor yachts and cruisers thanks to the help of American hull designer Fred Hudson. Uniesse strong construction is also recognized by the toughest classification rules for category and size of boats produced. Power is provided by twin 1360hp MAN engines which are estimating to push this sports yacht at around 38 knots of top speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.16 m (72.7 ft)
Length - 19.96 m
Beam - 5.35 m
Draft - 1.55 m
Weight - 32.000 kg empty, 38.000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4.200 l
Water Capacity - 1.220 l
Max People - 18
Engines - 2 x MAN CR 1360hp
Speed - 38 knots max estimated

September 4, 2007

Projects: Dominator 92, Dominator 105, Dominator 115

The new Domintor 92 will be the new flagship for the Italian boat builder founded in 1999. Expected to be unveiled the fall of this year, this new model continues the revolution in form function design and has huge panoramic windows views for the cabins. T4 Team designed a sleek and aggressive profile. Interior layout is a spacious four double cabins for guests and a separate crew accommodation for 3. Length over all is 29.1 metres which extends to 30 once the private beach style bathing platform is lowered. Power comes from MTU V16s 2 x 2.210 hp or the optional 2 x 2.434 HP.
Expected to be launched next year the Dominator 105, continues the philosophy of the Fano shipyard to launch aggressive styled motoryachts with plenty of innovations. The rendering design is already teasing on innovative features like the skyroom on the flybridge, the forward dining area and the side opening bathing platform which will be a first for yacht of this size. I think at this stage we just have to wait for the launch of this project. The Dominator 115 is the future flagship for the shipyard and is an evolution of the 105 model with the extra 10 feet of length. Construction is expected for 2008. As the is the case for the 105, little information is available for this project, accept for the rendering design which shows innovative futures as mentioned for it's smaller sister.

September 3, 2007

Class 1 - Victory 77 wins Romanian Grand Prix and 2007 European Title

Victory 77 turns the first corner of the season by taking European title
Victory 77 took the third win of the season in an incident filled Romanian Grand Prix, round four of the WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, to clinch the 2007 WPPA Class 1 European Championship. Second place went to Qatar 96, with sister boat Qatar 95 completing the podium in third.
Following a chaotic start, with two boats appearing to go early, and despite starting from second place on the start line, Victory 77 was lying in third place at the end of lap 1, behind Negotiator, with Victory 7, out in front. They overhauled Negotiator a lap later and fought back to grab the lead on lap 6. For the next three laps, Victory 77 fought off a strong challenge from rivals Qatar 96, who had moved up through the field from fifth place on the first lap, to be challenging for the lead. On lap 10, Victory 77 took their first long-lap, but as they came off the lap, had to swerve violently to avoid Qatar 96, coming out of the turn. For the next 10 laps, Victory 77 kept a narrow advantage over Qatar 96, going on to take the win and extend their world championship lead to 19 points.
Second place for Qatar 96, the fourth consecutive podium of the season, was not enough for the duo to regain the European crown they won in 2005, but keeps them in the hunt for the overall title. Qatar 95’s first podium of the season was well deserved and hard fought for, with Al-Sulaiti and Luca Nicolini, moving from fifth place into third on lap 9.
Fourth place for Spirit of Norway was not the result they were looking for in a race that went wrong for them at the start, finding themselves down in eighth place at the end of lap 1 after starting from pole position. Having clawed their way back into fourth place, Gjelsten and Curtis then spun out on lap 7 while trying to pass Victory 7, dropping them back down the running order to sixth. And a penalty long-lap incurred several laps later for hitting a turn-buoy ended their hopes of a podium, and despite moving into third place in the title race, are now 30 points off the lead. But both Gjelsten and Curtis were clearly unimpressed and angered by the tactics used by some of their rivals. After a frustrating season so far and a difficult weekend, Negotiator produced easily it's best showing, bringing home a fifth place. Forseti & Sguardi 8, won their on-going battle with Spirit of Norway 20, finishing in sixth ahead of the Norwegian duo, with Jotun salvaging three points in eighth after breaking a propeller, with SeveneleveN and VM Foresti & Suardi picking up points in ninth and tenth. Victory 7 was the only retirement of the race, after breaking a propeller and damaging the boat.
ROMANIAN GRAND PRIX
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR)
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) + 00.12,12
3. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) + 01.33,87
4. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) + 02.10,83
5. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) + 02.34,11
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) + 2 laps
7. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) + 2 laps
8. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) + 4 laps
9. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) +4 laps
10. VM Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli (ESP)/K Selmer (NOR) + 4 laps
Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) - dnf
WPPA CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP – after round 4 of 8
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 79pts
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 60pts
3. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 49pts
4. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – 44pts
5. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 36pts
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 22pts
7. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 20pts
8. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 12pts
9. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 10pts
10. VM Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli (ESP)/K Selmer (NOR) – 5pts
11. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 3pts
WPPA CLASS 1 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP – after round 4 of 4
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 75pts
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 54pts
3. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 41pts
4. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – 36pts
5. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 28pts
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 18pts
7. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 16pts
8= SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 7pts
8= Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 7pts
10. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 3pts
11. VM Foresti & Suardi 2 – D Cirilli (ESP)/K Olsen (NOR) – 1pt
(world championship points include bonus points allocated to teams running engines for two consecutive races - one point, per engine, per race)

September 2, 2007

New Model: Ferretti 881 RPH

The new 881 RPH was presented as a project in January and launched during the Ferretti Privilege Days in the end of March and maintains the building excellence of the original yacht, to whom it has been added an upper deck or as the title says a Raised Pilot House dominating the sea. Apart for the better view and more comfortable position to the pilot, this adds additional space to the yacht as the main deck is used as part of the saloon, dining area and galley which is now moved forward instead of the lower helm for the standard 881. Ferretti offers the usual striking wide spacious interior with light colored fabrics and furniture in matt elm and fabrics which gives is a very natural luminous area. The living room area which is where the gains are to the standard 881, has a symmetrical layout, with a double sofa on opposite sides in the saloon. A separate dining room area forward is featured with a centre positioned wide table apt to accommodate 8 people. In the lower deck, two large open-view windows on both sides turn the master cabin into an incomparable suite in terms of space and luminosity. Two twin beds cabins with private bathrooms and a very wide VIP bow cabin complete the night accommodation for the owner and his guests. Concerning performance, the Ferretti 881 RPH renews the engines in comparison to the original version with two 2211hp MTU engines, pushing the yacht to a 29 knots top speed, and a 26 knots cruise speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.03 m (88.6 ft)
Length - 26.94 m
Length Waterline - 22.15 m
Beam - 6.72 m
Displacement - 93600kg loaded, 81000kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 9.000 l
Water Capacity - 1.320 l
Max People - 20
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M92 2211hp
Speed - 30 knots max, 26 knots cruising
Range - 325 nm at cruising
Project - Zuccon

September 1, 2007

Project: Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht

Latest of its European-style Sport Yacht series, the project for the soon to come Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht takes the renowned luxury boat builder to new levels with its light weight yet robust hull construction and revolutionary Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) propulsion that includes a joystick docking system, making this boat very simple to control and manoeuvre. The 4400 Sport Yacht continues the indoor-outdoor character and sense of light and space introduced on the first award-winning Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht and carried on with the 4700 SY. Exterior lines have been further refined to create even more visual appeal. Bonded glass windows each side of the boat are a striking feature that, together with an opening porthole each side, add natural light and ventilation into the aft cabin of the boat. The interior is a two cabin two bathroom cruiser packed with all the modern conveniences. Power is provided by twin Volvo IPS 500 diesel engines rated at 370hp each. Twin Volvo IPS 600 rated at 435hp each are optional. The Volvo IPS system is an integrated system of marine diesel engines, steerable drive units mounted under the hull with twin counter rotating, forward facing, propellers. This system offers easy handling and manoeuvring even in tight situations and a joystick for easy docking. Volvo IPS also offers up to 30 percent better fuel consumption than traditional shaft drive systems. Cutting-edge technology, contemporary design principals and the quality, value and reliability for which Riviera is famous promising of what should be an outstanding vessel as is the fame of the Australian builder.