October 31, 2007

Monthly News - October 2007

- pic of the month - Baia 70 Italia Best in Show 2007 Genoa

Aicon reports revenue increase

The Board of Directors of Aicon, an Italian Group based in Messina active in the designing, building and selling of luxury motoryachts and megayachts, has approved the quarterly financial statements as of August 31, 2007. Consolidated net revenues for the fourth quarter of FY 2006/2007 amounted to €34.4 million, which is an increase of 56.4% compared to approximately 22.0 million in the fourth quarter of FY 2005/2006. The improvement, in line with budgeted results, is attributable to the entry into full operation of the production of models already introduced on the market, as well as to the valorization of work in progress related to boats introduced on the market during the current financial year, such as Aicon 75 Fly, or to be introduced on the market in the coming months, such as 82 Open and 110 Navetta. The net result was approximately 4.1 million, equal to 11.8% of revenues.

Aicon Presents Four year business plan

Aicon Group, an Italian Group based in Messina active in the designing, building and selling of luxury motoryachts and megayachts, today presented the group’s four-year business plan to stakeholders. The market forecasts for the four-year period 2007/2008 – 2010/2011 point to strong growth in the luxury yacht segment, driven above all by the major producers whose growth is ahead of the market average. The sector is highly fragmented and the industry is currently undergoing a process of concentration. In this scenario, Aicon aims to consolidate its position in both domestic and international markets, with the goal of becoming a leading global player in the industry within the next four years. The business plan envisages significant investment in order to extend the range of vessels under the Aicon and Morgan brands, in addition to launching two new projects with new brands for the production of “High Performance Yachts” and “Long Range Maxi Yachts”, offering customers an innovative yachting experience. In the four years covered by the plan the Aicon group expects to launch a total of 22 new models and to expand its production areas from the existing 120,000 to 300,000 square meters, including 140,000 square meters indoor area. Taking into account outsourced activities, the workforce is due to increase from approximately 1,250 in the current financial year to around 3,000 in the last year of the plan. The Aicon group’s margins are among the highest in the luxury market sector at international level. The return on average capital employed at the end of the plan is expected to be approximately 49%. Investment over the period as a whole is forecast to total around €198 million. The group expects to make limited recourse to financial leverage and therefore forecasts net debt of approximately €28 million at the end of the period covered by the plan, amounting to 17.5%. Investment will focus on increasing production capacity and boosting R&D, after-sales services and international marketing, with the opening of three branch offices in London, New York and Shanghai.


Azimut Yachts presents 24/7 Assistance at Sea and Extented Warranty Package

Azimut officially presents an extended warranty package and a round-the-clock assistance service valid anywhere in the world which the world leader in luxury yachting will now be offering its customers. First not just in luxury yacht production but also in after-sales service. When purchasing an Azimut yacht it is now possible to benefit from a warranty extension for a total of three years from the purchase. A service that only Azimut Yachts offers on the world yachting market that includes the possibility of having two additional service visits at authorized dealers anywhere in the world in the second and third year after delivery of the boat. In detail, these are two complete service visits, made up of 100 checks each in addition to renewal of the antifouling paint and the zinc anodes, that are added to the two service visits foreseen for the first year. Offering a warranty extended to three years points up the excellent quality of Azimut yachts, the result of the great attention to technical and production processes, to the selection of component suppliers and to the close collaboration right from the design phase with the best operators on the market. This “Master Peace package” includes the possibility of activating a 24/7 assistance service everywhere in the world, called Skippermate Assistance, a policy designed by 24 assistance that includes five-star services for Azimut Yachts owners in case of necessity: sending replacement parts and tracking down specialized technical personnel, an online interpreter, a replacement car of a superior category, hotel accommodation, information on medical and bureaucratic issues, storage expenses, return home or continuation of the journey, and even a courtesy captain in case of emergency


Azimut-Benetti Group with Sant-Anna of Pisa Superior School

The Azimut-Benetti Group signed an agreement for the year 2007-2008 with Research and Development centre and the Superior School Sant'Anna of Pisa, for excellence in the research and formation of the scientific and social sector. The collaboration between the two parties has been going on for 2 years and had 3 types of activities: industrial research supplied by the R&D, research on advanced technology and the eventful development in the nautical field and last formation intervention. The area of research in the last 2 years included the following: Fuzzy Logic a system to control the asset of the yacht in navigation and during mooring manures, Shape Memory Alloy to use for fire fighting systems using the shape and characteristics of the materials, Magnetereologic Electrologic Fluid for vibration reduction by engine and generators and Nano Structural Materials of which applications includes coating systems to reduce drag and reduce biofouling. The collaboration between Azimut’s R&D and Sant Anna school concentrate in the study for the application of new technologies which will then be put in a prototype laboratory yacht realized for the experiment in hand. The objective for the year 2007/08 is to continue with this course of the growing R&D department. Azimut-Benetti R&D will also use the Sant Anna School for the definition of a formation program to insert new researchers in new projects at the function of the new yachts.


Gruppo Baglietto is Founded

“Gruppo Baglietto” is the industrial shipbuilding centre for pleasure crafts of Camuzzi Spa, the multinational company founded in Milan in 1929. The nautical centre was established in 2004 through the acquisition by Camuzzi of the Baglietto shipyard (a long-established yachting company with operative headquarters in Varazze and La Spezia) and the Pisa shipyard in 2005. Camuzzi’s acquisition is significant for the industry, as witnessed by the strong relaunch of the two long-established and internationally renowned Italian shipbuilding brands. The decision to use the Baglietto name (Gruppo Baglietto) for the Camuzzi centre was taken to capitalize on the enormous reputation that the brand has built up over the course of its 150 years in business. Today the mission of the group is to optimize the two portfolio brands and develop them as leading players on the global market with the help of a vision that has long been supported by the values of Italian style. The two brands will however continue to clearly maintain their distinctive identities and their specific qualities. For the Baglietto brand this means technology, performance, sporty design and custom-made production, whilst the Pisa shipyards are known for their class, sophistication, quality, comfort and elegance. The “Gruppo Baglietto” also includes: the Gruppo Baglietto Montecarlo (specialized in chartering) and the Gruppo Baglietto Tunisia (that houses the two Tunisian production plants specializing in composite materials).


Baia win Best in Show 2007 in Genoa

Italia 70’, the latest model of Cantieri di Baia, obtained a big success within visitors and operators on the occasion of 47° Genoa International Boat Show. A lot of people visited our stand in order to know technological innovation that bring Italia 70’ to receive the award for “Best in Show 2007”. The award was assigned for the innovative design and the new technical solutions in development of the space between interior and exterior, projected by engineer Alberto Ascenzi and architect Carlo Galeazzi and built by “Cantieri di Baia”. All our models presented in Genoa received big attention too. In particular our restyles: One 43’ with total carbon rigid top and aft hydraulic gangway .Aqva 54’ and Flash 48’ presented with new essences in grey oak and solid wood in wengè, parquet in wengè with leather marquetry. Last but not least the metal livery and sofa covering in Sunbrella.


Burger Elects Ron Cleveringa as Vice President Sales and Marketing

Burger Boat Company announced today the appointment of Ron Cleveringa to the newly created position of Vice President Sales and Marketing. Joining Burger Boat Company in April 2000, as a Naval Architect, Ron was promoted to the Project Engineering Team in January 2007. Ron received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984. He also completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 1994. Having been actively engaged in the marine industry since graduating from the University of Michigan, Ron had been employed by other yacht building companies in the United States and internationally, before joining Burger more than seven years ago. A family man, Ron and his wife June have five children ranging in ages from 15 to 24. He will continue to reside and office in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Reporting directly to Jim Ruffolo, President of Burger Boat Company, Ron will begin in his new position immediately.


Canados Wins World Yacht Trophies Award

Thanks to the original design of its interiors, the Canados 110’ Mikimar, the largest yacht of the fly-bridge range of the yard, has outclassed its competitors, winning the sought after “World Yachts Trophies Award” as best yacht over 24 meters in the Interior Design category. The ceremony took place on the occasion of the usual gala evening organized by LuxMedia Group during the Festival de la Plaisance. The Canados Mikimar outperformed the numerous yachts in the competition, thanks to the sophisticated and harmonious design of its interiors, a project in collaboration with Salvagni Architetti of Rome, which is characterized by flexibility, continuity, and the skilful use of lighting.


Couach Creates Yacht Liner Company

As part of its service activity development, COUACH has decided to become involved in the transatlantic transport of yachts of all sizes, through the creation of the Yacht Liner Company. This new activity will be guaranteed by a special transporter, which will embark on its first trip from Europe to Fort Lauderdale at the beginning of January 2008.


Ferretti Group 2006/007 Results

With 50 yachts on show, of which 28 in the sea and 22 on land, Ferretti Group stands out as the undisputed world leader of the luxury yacht segment at the Genoa Boat Show. The Group stand is the largest and most impressive exhibiting space both at the entire show and in the Group’s history. A total surface area of over 7,000 square metres (4,000 m² on land and approx. 3,000 m² in the sea) hosts 50 yachts, of which 6 world previews and 8 Italian previews. A staff of almost 500 is on hand to attend to an estimated total of several tens of thousands of visitors, making it the perfect backdrop for Ferretti Group to announce its outstanding results for the nautical year running from 1st September 2006 to 31st August 2007. The Group’s Production Value reached 933 million Euros, marking a +21% rise compared with the 770 million registered last year. The Orders placed in 2006-2007 reached 1 billion Euros, and the Order Portfolio rose to cover approximately 70% of annual production. The EBITDA was approximately 158 million Euros, a rise of approximately +34% on last year’s 118 million. This brings the overall profit of Ferretti Group to over 17% on production value, up almost 1.5 percentage points on last year. The number of employees rose significantly too, from 2,700 in 2005-2006 to over 3,000 in 2006-2007, an increase of +11% year on year. Ferretti Group also continued its drive for innovation, with investments of over 50 million Euros made last season in technological innovation, new product development and increasing production capacity. Ferretti Group plans to launch over 50 new models over the next 3 years. The first few months of the 2007-2008 nautical year have made an excellent start, too, and will be able to count on the contribution of the 6 international previews presented by the 9 brands during the Genoa Boat Show. As far as export is concerned, Ferretti Group continues to implement the internationalisation strategy set up a few years ago. The incidence of the foreign sales of the Italian brands rose by almost 10 points, touching on 70% in 2006-2007, to which the foreign sales of the Group abroad are added. This increase is mainly due to greater sales on the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe markets, and to sales in Central America, Latin America and the Far East.

Alessandro Martorana Dresses Ferretti Yachts

Two great "Made in Italy" names expressing the highest standards of craft skills meet to create an unusual union between the worlds of high-quality tailoring and luxury yachting. The Alessandro Martorana studio has in fact made 150 men's and women's outfits, all tailor-made, to clothe top management and the whole Ferretti Yachts team in an unmistakeably refined, elegant style. Craft production of the new Ferretti "bird's eye" blue uniform involves 100% hand tailored bespoke methods, or made to measure techniques using sophisticated machinery. Both employ fabrics that are entirely woven, never sized, with an internal structure composed of five different layers, reflecting the very best Italian tailoring traditions. Individually cut out of high quality fabric selected from the most exclusive Vitale Barberis Canonico materials, the outfits feature sophisticated details typical of the most prestigious made to measure garments, like hand finished collars, lapels, hems, sleeves and pockets. The shirts embody the same design and tailoring skills. Made of the best Italian Canclini blue striped poplin, they feature a wealth of prestigious details - mother of pearl buttons, double hand sewing and a large number of stitches per centimetre. The hems on both sides are finished with a satin insert with the "Alessandro Martorana" logo and a label with the name of the seamstress and the date of production.

Ferretti Yachts website wins E-Content Award Italy 2007

The Ferretti Yachts website was awarded for the "Ebusiness" category at the annual edition of the "E-Content Award 2007", a project organized by the "Fondazione Politecnico di Milano", the European Commission MEDICI Framework with the patronage of the highest Italian institutions (Presidency of the Republic, Presidency of the Prime Minister Cabinet). Ferretti Yachts brought the nautical sector to the excellence of Italian websites that, receiving the Econtent Award, stand out for creativity, innovation and usability. As matter of fact, the www.ferretti-yachts.com website resulted as the best of its segment. A panel of experts assessed the websites that were selected for the contest on the basis of several criteria: global quality and content comprehensiveness, interactivity, design, quality of the process leading to the carrying out of the product, multilingual contents, economic sustainability of the project. The Ferretti Yachts website - produced by Studio Pleiadi agency that holds a long-lasting collaboration with the shipyard for the development of the web platform - was awarded for creating an innovative web experience telling the Ferretti world by uniting products, events, services and information. The website generates a privileged meeting point where it is possible to merge the love for the sea to passion, style and the most sophisticated technology. The website, wholly developed in Macromedia Flash, allows a detailed presentation for each yacht by extracting data and images from a functional database in order to unite browsing ease and contents richness.


InRizzardi Group 2006 Sales Results 

In 2006 sales for the InRizzardi Group, and its four brands: Rizzardi, Posillipo, Italcraft and Diano, was of 78 million Euros with a growing trend of 12% from the biannual of 2004/2005 and 25% from 2005/2006. For 2007 the forecast is for 95 million Euros and for 2008 the challenge is for 110 million Euros. In occasion of the 47th Genoa Boat Show Inrizzardi presented 3 new brands into its portfolio: Santa Yachts for the building of displacement style motor yachts from 25 up to 50 mts in length with construction in alloy and steel and building operations located in La Spezia, Parisi constructor of traditional Gozzo Boats up to 50 feet in length and last but not least the famous Bat inflatable boats. The sales network of the group has also been expanded in the following new markets in the last year with Russia, China and Venezuela adding to the already existent networks of Spain, France, East Europe and USA. The Group is also concluding dealings with other interesting countries with a growing economic trend like Mexico, Argentina and Costa Rica.


Itama Communications Strategy

Itama opens the nautical year with an exciting new communications strategy that has been both developed and restyled. This packed and carefully structured plan includes a series of important innovations for a brand that has always been an international benchmark for Italian style in the open yacht sector. Perfected together with the integrated communications agency AdmCom, this highly organised process of creative exploration and design has led to a number of decisive developments regarding, first and foremost, the Itama coordinated image. This has involved elegantly restyling the visual components, using the classic company colours, but emphasizing the white over the blue. This change continues the company’s insistence on the typically Itama qualities of elegance, sobriety and design purity, combined with a greater emphasis on the character of a product that offers a yachting experience that is direct, airy and highly intense.The leitmotiv in this new advertising campaign focuses on the universe of the senses and is based on the characteristic element of Itama’s history, philosophy and added values, i.e. its status as the perfect open yacht. “The more you feel, the more you live”, this is the claim that encapsulates the importance of the perceptions sought by those in search of an immediate, filter-free relationship with the sea, the waves, the sun and the wind.


Rodman Wins World Yacht Trophies Development Award

Spanish builder Rodman received in Cannes during the World Yacht Trophies 2007 an amazing recognition for the job they did in its new, spectacular range Rodman Muse. The Vigo based shipyard won one of two special awards granted by the Jury, the Development Award to the best project for its Rodman Muse range. The World Yacht Trophies reward the best 136 boats of over 50 feet long and manufactured between 30 July 2006 and 30 July 2007, 40 of which were selected as the best ones of the year after meticulous work of an international Jury. Three awards are granted in each of the twenty existing categories; yachts up to and over 24 metres, Open and Fly, in the fields Best Design, Best Innovation, Best Interior Design, and Funtionality, and Custom Yachts up to and over 40 metres, in the fields Best Design and Innovation. Additionally, the Jury grants two special prizes: one to Business Success and another one to the Best Development Project. In an unprecedented event for the boat industry in Spain, Rodman collected four prestigious awards, being the most special one that granted to the Best Development Project in recognition to the great work carried out on its new Rodman Muse range, which in the opinion of the Jury helped Rodman to introduce the Spanish brand into the highest international level of production of the most exclusive yachts. The jury also valued the successful development of the Rodman Muse range, already materialised in its first two models: Rodman Muse 54, which sold the whole 2007 production at launch in Barcelona, and the recently launched Rodman Muse 74. It also acknowledges the huge impact and image that such a young brand as Rodman Muse is acquiring in a highly competitive international context. Andrés Cárdenas, Rodman’s CEO, received the award from Michel Karsenti, and thanked all the human team in Rodman who, headed by President Manuel Rodríguez and Rodman Muse’s designer, Fulvio De Simoni, has devoted great efforts, full dedication and enthusiasm to this project, which is undoubtedly encouraging Rodman’s international recognition and prestige, helping the company to reach its goal of becoming a world-class brand. Crowning this success, the Rodman Muse 54 was chosen as a finalist in 3 out of the 4 categories in which it was nominated by the Jury: Best Design, Best Innovation and Best Interior Design. The Rodman Muse 54 was the most award-winning boat in this edition of the World Yacht Trophies 2007.

October 30, 2007

Projects: Princess 50, Princess V 85, Princess 85 MY

The new Princess 50, third generation for this successful motor yacht is a further example of design ingenuity, maximising the available space and giving the impression of a much larger vessel. A full width stateroom offers the owner a level of spaciousness and comfort never previously enjoyed on a yacht of this size while expansive windows allow natural light to fill the saloon and dining area providing a perfect environment to relax or entertain. Below, the full width owners stateroom with en-suite bathroom makes maximum use of the available space and its vertical portlights give the cabin a light and airy feel. Furthermore the forward stateroom, again with en-suite bathroom, along with a generous twin berth cabin provides comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. There is also the option to add a single berth aft cabin for crew or occasional guests. The Princess 50's flybridge with wetbar, wide side decks, teak laid cockpit and bathing platform with stowage for tender or wetbike, make living onboard a pleasure and long range cruising is made effortless by the deep V hull design resulting in unparalleled sea keeping and performance.
The Princess V85 stunning good looks disguise a very practical and spacious interior layout, as well as a number of new design features. Princess V Class sports yachts are renowned for high performance and the V85 is no exception, with a deep V hull and a choice of the latest diesel engines giving speeds close to 40 knots. Distinctively for a sports yacht, the new V85 will incorporate a sport flying bridge with full repeat controls and a large seating area with refrigerated cool box. The spacious cockpit features a seating/dining area for eight and as well as a bar area. The forward area of the large saloon incorporates a sliding roof which opens over the control position and the dining area. A sliding door to starboard gives access to the side deck. With a full beam owner's cabin and three additional guest cabins, all en-suite, the lower accommodation provides comfortable and luxurious accommodation for eight. The V85 also features a large galley which has the option of being fully enclosed or open plan. There are two crew cabins together with a galley and mess area accessible from the starboard side deck. Each cabin can be fitted with one or two berths giving provision for a maximum of four crew. The new Princess 85 Motor Yacht will offer high performance with truly spacious accommodation on all decks. Sharing the advanced deep V hull with the new V 85 it provides high speeds with superb seakeeping. Conventional drive shafts in propeller tunnels ensure straightforward handling at all speeds as well as fuel-efficient long range high speed cruising capability. The generous beam of the hull is very apparent throughout the saloon and accommodation areas as well as on the flybridge which boasts a vast amount of space with ample seating and dining areas. Also located here is a separate bar and barbecue, a sunbed aft, storage space for a tender or wet bike and the option of a hot tub spa. The cockpit provides a superb space for alfresco dining and the triple sliding doors open to combine the cockpit and saloon into one large entertaining area as required. Below deck there is a beautifully appointed, full beam owner's stateroom along with a luxurious VIP stateroom which shares many of the same features. A choice of layouts allows either two twin en-suite guest cabins or a third stateroom with a further twin berth cabin.

October 29, 2007

New Model: Intermare 50

Intermare 50 is the new flagship motor yacht from this Tuscanian company, builder of high quality detail motor yachts. Intermare flagship model offers a new generation flybridge motor yacht, dedicated to a young and sporty clientele and what is refereed to by Intermare as an open fly yacht. Open for exterior spaces, cockpit function and design. Fly for upper bridge, second helm station and interior comfort. The design for the new Intermare 50 is a low flybridge design with a low superstructure in order to give the navigation performance of an open boat but without giving up the comforts of a flybridge boat. Interior accommodation is for a 3 cabin 2 head interior and a crew cabin is available aft. The master cabin is a very spacious full beam space with an en-suite shower head and full view large side windows.
Tehcnical Data:
LOA - 15.60 m (51.1ft)
Beam - 4.50 m
Displacement - 21 t
Water Capacity - 600 l
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D9 575hp

October 28, 2007

Class 1 - Spirit of Norway win in Egypt

Spirit of Norway 20 produced it second impressive performance of the weekend to win the Egyptian Grand Prix and keep their world title hopes alive, with Qatar 96, second and the championship leader’s, Victory 77 in third. With the course shortened to 57.59Nm due to the extreme conditions, Spirit of Norway took full advantage of starting from pole position, hitting the front from the green flag and gradually building an impressive lead over their main rivals in the championship race, Qatar 96 and Victory77, and going on to take the chequered flag and win by 30 seconds. Qatar 96 produced another strong showing after qualifying second fastest on Friday, and second place achieved their main target of reducing the gap to the championship leader’s. Third place for Victory 77 was a gutsy performance, after throttleman Sanchez suffered a severe nose bleed at the start of the race and struggled throughout. After producing their best showing in qualifying, Negotiator brings home a fourth place, ahead of an excellent result for Giampaolo Montavoci, who switched into his second boat after crashing in qualifying, to partner Kolbjorn Selmer. Jotun 90 completed the top six, but will be disappointed with the result after running strongly in fourth and pushing Victory 77 for most the race, before technical problems dropped them down the field. There was also disappointment also for Qatar 95, who after starting from sixth position, moved up to fourth and was closing in on third place when a broken supercharger belt ended their race. After running in fifth place, Spirit of Norway 20’s race ended when a water hose broke with SeveneleveN and Victory 7 also failing to finish due to technical problems. The teams now head to Doha in two weeks time for the Qatar Grand Prix, and with 24 points separating the top three, the title race looks set to go down to the final two races in Dubai.
EGYPTIAN GRAND PRIX - RESULT
1. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB)
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) + 00.30,45
3. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) + 00.41,67
4. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) + 1 lap
5. Foresti & Suardi 8 – K Selmer (NOR)/G Montavoci (ITA) + 2 laps
6. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) + 3 laps
Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) dnf
Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) dnf
SeveneleveN 18 – G Manuzzi (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) dnf
Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – dnf
Fainplast 2 – M Pennesi (ITA)/M Esperto (ITA) – dns
WPPA CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP – after round 5 of 8
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 93pts
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 75pts
3. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 69pts
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) – 33pts
7. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 23pts
8. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 20pts
9. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 14pts
10. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 12pts
11. Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/M Esperto (ITA) – 5pts

October 27, 2007

New Model: Codecasa 43.mt construction F.68

This prestigious Italian owned yacht builder continues to build and offer to the market one-off super yachts off high quality and prestigious image, aimed at the owner searching for an Italian design but with high end seakeeping in mind. The Codecasa line of semi displacement continues to expand it's fleet on the world seas and this new 43 mt hull number F 68 is one of it's recent launches for this year. The accommodation for the new 43 metres boasts a 5 stateroom interior with a separate upper deck owner suite. Crew quarters has 5 cabins giving 8 total berths. Top speed is 17 knots at light load and cruising speed is 13 knots which gives a 3000 nautical mile range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 43.00 m (141ft)
Beam - 9.00 m
Draft - 2.50 m
Displacement - 390 t (full load)
Fuel Capacity - 60.000 l
Water Capacity - 10.000 l
Accommodation - owner’s suite, 2 double bed cabins, 2 twin bed cabins (with 1 extra bed)
Crew Accommodation - 1 captain’s cabin, 1 chief engineer’s cabin, 3 twin bed cabins
Engines - 2 Caterpillar 3512B 1950hp
Propellers - 2 props fixed blades “S” Class
Speed - 17 knots max (light), 13 knots cruising
Range - 3000 nm @ 13 knots
Construction - high tensile steel AH 36 Hull, aluminium 5083 H111/H321 Superstructure
Class - Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Maltese Cross 100 A1 SSC “Yacht” Mono G6 Maltese Cross

October 26, 2007

Project: Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht

Hatteras Yachts is pleased to announce the newest member of its fleet, the 56 Motor Yacht incorporating original design concepts, spacious interior and intuitive features that make this an ideal boat for the owner-operator. The new 56 Motor Yacht represents a new entry-level product for owners who appreciate the advanced design and robust construction that sets Hatteras apart. Like all Hatteras models, the 56 Motor Yacht features a solid-fiberglass hull bottom that includes beefy support for key areas such as the tunnels, shaft log and strut locations. Divinycell coring is infused into the hull sides, decks and superstructure to add stiffness and reduce weight, benefiting from advanced variable-deadrise design that utilizes large propeller tunnels to reduce draft and increase efficiency. Powered by a pair of 705hp Cummins QSM11s as standard equipment, installed in a V-drive configuration with the gearbox forward. This positions the engine room as far aft as possible and allows for more living space below. Combined with an 18 feet beam, this configuration gives the 56 MY as much interior volume as many yachts in the mid-60-foot range. Powered by its standard engines, the 56 Motor Yacht is expected to achieve a cruising speed of 18 knots and top end of 21 knots, providing a usable range of approximately 300 nautical miles. Optional 1000hp CAT C18s will push the 56 to a cruise of 26 knots and a top end of 29 knots. The 56MY features a three-stateroom, two-head arrangement that includes a 130-square-foot full-beam master stateroom amidships, a VIP stateroom forward, and guest bunks to port. An optional arrangement provides for a private crew quarters with discreet access, in lieu of the third guest stateroom.

October 25, 2007

Class 1 - Porto Marina Egypt Preview

Qatar 96 in Romania, second on the charts chase Victory 77 for 2007 title
The Class 1 fleet returns to competitive action this last October weekend, and will line up on the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean, as Porto Marina, one of the most fashionable resorts in the Middle East, hosts the Egyptian Grand Prix, round five of the WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and the first round of the WPPA Class 1 Middle East Championship.
The Egyptian Grand Prix is the start of an intensive period of racing for the teams, with four races in the Middle East in six weeks. And with 80 points on offer (excluding bonus points), the world title is still very much up for grabs, but the chasing pack must start taking points away from the championship leaders if they are to stay in the title race, and they must start doing it in Porto Marina.
The first half of the season has been dominated by the Middle East teams, who have kept their European rivals off the podium at all but one race, with Victory 77’ blazing a trail of supremacy and consistency, taking three wins out of four and a second place to clinch the European Championship and give themselves a healthy, but not unassailable 19 point lead in the overall title race. If they can maintain their imperious form, the title is enticingly within sight. Whilst the teammates in Victory 7, are currently lying in fourth place, and in a strong position to play a key supporting role if Victory are to regain the world crown. Qatar 96, with four podium finishes so far lead the chase, and is the only outfit who can grab the title without relying on Victory 77 to break or falter, assuming that is, that they win the next four races, a Herculean task. But Qatar 96 have the reliability and if they can find some extra pace, can pile pressure on the leaders. For the defending World Champions Spirit of Norway 10, the title appears to be slipping from their grasp. A frustrating season so far and with technical hitches restricting them to just one win, sees them 30 points off the lead. But Spirit of Norway has proved to be the fastest boat out there, but will have to hope the leaders break or drop considerable points and that they return to winning ways, if they are to successfully defend their title. Qatar 95, are the pick of the teams running V8 power-plants, and after a season of ongoing development with the Mercury and a podium last time out, appear to have hit form at a crucial time and look likely to be podium challengers from here on in. Spirit of Norway 20, the youngster of the Norwegian team also with the Mercury, will be looking to build on a solid first season together and try to find some extra pace to move them into a top six ranking. For Negotiator, bedding in Sterling V8s and Jotun, running the Mercury, a lack of reliability and some misfortune has dogged their seasons. But both teams can start to turn their fortunes around by realising their obvious pace and potential and produce strong showings in Porto Marina with a focus on grabbing some silverware in the Middle East Championship. SeveneleveN will be hoping to start the second half of the season, as they started the season, with a top six finish in Porto Marina, but with Tomaso Polli unavailable to race, Nicola Giorgi will be joined in the cockpit by Class 1 newcomer and fellow Italian, Giorgio Manuzzi. Veneta Marina-Duemme Brokers’s season has been dominated by driver changes, but Foresti & Suardi will be looking to improve on the solid performances that sees them lying in a very credible sixth place. Boat number 2, carrying the colours of new sponsor Fainplast, formerly VM Foresti & Suardi.
The race weekend starts officially on Friday 26 with the EDOX pole position, with a final practice session and the teams lining up for the 21 lap, 97.36Nm Egyptian Grand Prix in Porto Marina on Saturday, 27 October.

October 24, 2007

New Model: AB Yachts 140

The new AB Yachts 140 is the biggest yacht ever produced by the Viareggio builder and continues the call for Jet Power only produced Sport Yachts. This relatively young builder founded in 1992 started as water jet powered craft specialist and this pays up in hulls which are designed and built around this propulsion showing up unbeatable handling and seakeeping characteristics. The water jet power and high performance hull is the only untouchable issue when choosing an AB Yachts, the rest is for the owner to decide. The 140, new flagship for AB Yachts offers what the smaller high performance models do and more! When one thinks of 40 plus metres 130 plus Tons with a top speed of 53 knots thanks to the big triple water jet MTU power engine option it has a WOW factor to it. Interior space in hull one is a four cabin offer with a spectacular ultra spacious mid-ship full beam owners cabin. A separate crew area with galley and 6 berths and 3 shower head is located forward.
Technical Data:
LOA - 41.60 m (136.4ft)
Beam - 8.00 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Weight - 130 t (empty)
Fuel Capacity - 19.000 l
Water Capacity - 3.000 l
Max People - 20
Engines - 3 x MTU 16v2000 M93 CR 2400hp, MTU 16v4000 3700hp
Propulsion - 3 waterjets MJP650
Speed - 53 knots max, 46 knots cruising (3 x MTU 3700hp option)

October 23, 2007

Boat Show - Fort Lauderdale 2007 Preview

The 48Th edition of the world's largest boat show featuring more than 1.6 billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of accessories from every major marine manufacturer and builder worldwide. The show encompasses more than 3 million square feet of space, both on land and in water, at six sites, all connected by the Show Transportation Network. Happening from 25 till 29 October the show spans six locations: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club, Hyatt Pier 66 Hotel & Marina, Hall of Fame Marina and Las Olas Marina. Titled as the World biggest boat show it will feature boats from every major manufacturer worldwide including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts.

October 22, 2007

New Model: Rodman 74 Muse

Biggest Motor Yacht build by Rodman, the new Muse 74 continues the challenge for the Spanish builder to offer modern med style motor yachts, designed by World renowned Italian naval architect Fulvio De Simoni. The Italian designer continues the philosophy shown for the first Muse 54, offering a Motor Yacht with characteristics side windows and a sweeping flybridge design. Inside the new Rodman flagship offers a contemporary minimal design featuring light colored woods, with white and dark color contradictions. Accommodation layout for the 74 Muse offers four suite's with a spacious VIP cabin to fore. Crew accommodation is for two aft and one forward.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.14 m (75.9ft)
Length - 22.90 m
Beam - 5.70 m
Weight - 45.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 5500 l
Water Capacity - 1225 l
Engines - 2 x Man 1360hp, 1550hp

October 20, 2007

New Model: Uniesse 65 MY

The new Uniesse 65 MY continues the philosophy from the North Italian builder of offering top quality sea keeping vessels, with underwater hull design by renowned American Fred Hudson. This new offer in the now famous MY range, standing for Motor Yacht with an Italian Mediterranean modern interpretation of a flybridge and clean no frills design. The interior continues the external philosophy offering accommodation in 4 spacious cabins with 3 heads including the very spacious full beam owners cabin. Worth noting also unlike most yachts this size, is the spacious 2 berth crew cabin located aft. Performance is a very good 32 knots top speed with not so big 1015hp engines and 31 tons of net weight.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.35 m (66.9ft)
Length - 19.52 m
Beam - 5.35 m
Draft - 1.54 m
Weight - 31.000 kg empty, 37.000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4200 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x Cat 1015hp
Speed - 32 knots max
Catertification - CE A

October 19, 2007

Boat Review: Menorquin MY 160 Hardtop

Presentation
Founded in 1978, Menorquin offers a line of semi-displacement cruisers and yachts from 10 to 18 metres based on the traditional Spanish fishing boat available in the various open, hardtop and flybridge versions. PowerYacht presents you the second largest model off the range the MY 160 Hardtop, which is also available in flybridge and standard form which differs from the hardtop by not having a rigid extended cover for the cockpit.
Accommodation
Finished in classic all wooden style interior the Menorquin MY 160 unlike outside, is available in only one version with 3 cabins offering a 6 berth sleeping accommodation. A spacious master cabin with en-suite shower head is located forward. Two guest cabins of moderate dimensions are located to port mid ship of the lower deck and are a VIP cabin located aft of the accommodation deck and the third cabin with 2 single L-shaped guest berths. Guest head is located fore to starboard. A small L-shaped settee and a spacious L-shaped galley located to port of the accommodation deck entrance complete the sleeping area. An optional small crew cabin is available on request forward.
The enclosed upper deck divided by a sliding patio door from the cockpit offers a spacious L-shaped saloon settee to port with the pilot house to starboard. Outside is the other living part of any Menorquin model, showing its Mediterranean boating heritage by offering spacious all around deck. The 160 with its important dimensions continues this philosophy with high bulwark covered side decks and spacious cockpit. In this hardtop version the aft cockpit also enjoys a rigid cover offering good protection from the sun and bad weather.
Performance
The MY 160 Hardtop offers a very stable semi-displacement hull particularly studied to plane when cruising at 10 knots plus of speed. The high vertical bow shows sign of a solid seaboat and the impression is confirmed when navigating in the tough. The Menorquin also offers a fabulous 15 knot cruising speed which is just fast enough for comfortable crossings. Is this not the speed that one uses in many of the rough tough head seas!
Positive
deck cockpit area
comfortable semi-planning 15 knots cruising speed
spacious saloon
Negative moderate sized guest cabins
low bathing platfrom
Competition Typical as it is finding the right competition for the Menorquin is not easy business, it is either you like or you don't! The classic Spanish fishing boat lines have something special which are very difficult to understand. This is what to look for, but consider each of the mentioned alternative as a wild card selection if the Menorquin is to you tastes:
Apreamare 54 - fast 30 knot hull, fishing boat based but from Naples
Grandbanks 52 Heritage EU - US style trawler, flybridge, similar speed
Nordhavn 50 - full displacement, US trawler, flybridge, super 2800 NM range
Sciallino 15.95mt Gemy - low speed planning hull, Liguria fishing boat heritage
WILD CARD: Estensi 530 Maine - modern classic, super comfort, low speed planning
Conclusion
The Mernorquin MY 160 Fly has something particular thanks to the Spanish Gozzo design which has the affect "look at me I am different". But the Menorquin is not only about this and it offers a very impressive package like the comfortable slow fast 15 knots cruising speed, spacious interior accommodation and superb deck space confirming its Mediterranean heritage would all make for an interesting choice. The other bonus is the competitive price and its optimum navigation and reduced maintenance costs which is lower fuel bills for a boat of this size. The last thing which does hold a high important factor when one purchases a boat of this size and value is the presence, and the Menorquin MY 160 Hardtop has loads of it!
Technical Data
LOA. 15.95 metres (52.3 ft)
Length. 15.30 metres
Beam. 5.00 metres
Draft. 1.40 metre (half load)
Displacement. 25.60 T
Fuel Capacity. 2 x 475 + 1 x 975 litres
Water Capacity. 640 litres
Person Capacity. 16 persons
Berths. 6 + 2 and 1 crew in bow (optional)
Engines: 2 x 370HP Volvo D6-370 EVC, Yanmar 6 LYA-STP
Speed. 19 knots max, 15 knots cruising.
Construction. GRP
Certification. CE A
Picture Copyright Menorquin. Data Menorquin.

October 18, 2007

New Model: Overmarine Mangusta 165

Announced as a project in 2004, the new Overmarine Mangusta 165 has been very much a top secret construction, with everyone trying to imagine what a fifty metre Sports Super Yacht would look like. Overmarine did not disappoint the critics and presented a spectacular Sport Yacht with open like characteristics! Personally I find it difficult to call this an open, although one must admit especially looking at the 165 from distance away that the design and style all call for a big hard top, open sport yacht. Architect Righini designed a great looking Sporty fifty metre Super Yacht following the lines of the successful 130 and putting in good use the extra length with an invisible sport flybridge and aggressive breath taking lines as a Mangusta should be. The custom interior of the 165 can accommodate ten or twelve guests in five or six staterooms while crew accommodation is for seven members in three cabins. Still as all Overmarine Mangusta this is a custom project and can be transformed to the owners requests. As for the performance these are up to standard Mangusta fame, with Hull one fitted with twin MTU 4556hp each driving Kamewa Jets plus Booster giving 37 knots of top speed. Overmarine is predicting to build 2 165' a year.
Technical Data:
Length - 49.9 m (163.7ft)
Beam - 9.20 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Weight - 295 T (empty)
Fuel Capacity - 40,000 l
Water Capacity - 4,000 l
Accommodation - 10 or 12 in 5 or 6 staterooms (by order)
Crew Accommodation - 7 in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000 M93 4556hp
Propulsion - Water Jet 2 x Kamewa 80SII + 1 Booster 71B3
Speed - 37 knot max (half load)
Range - 600 nm at cruising speed
Construction - GRP
Project - Righini

October 17, 2007

Projects: Windy 48 Triton, Windy 44 Chinook

Stylish sports looking hardtops are becoming a must for 12 metres plus sports cruisers and famous Norwegian builder Windy continue to update it's range in this direction, offering aggressive looking rigid protection cockpit models. The new Windy 48 Triton is a spacious 3 cabin, 2 heads, 14 metre hard top sports cruiser project, designed as the recently presented Windy's by Hans Jergen Johnsen. This new Windy is constructed with Volvo IPS in mind but is also offered with a shaft driven alternative for traditional propulsion lovers. A 34 knots top and 28 knots cruising speed are being estimated with 2 x !PS 600 Volvo diesel engines. The new Windy 44 Chinook is a 13.5 metre, 3 cabin sports cruiser project. As Windy's tradition of building family orientated craft, this project shows all this offering a 6 berths with 2 head comfortable interior accommodation. Designed by Windy Boats own design team, this new model is a high contender for the top spot in this size style craft, especially when one thinks that most of the sports cruisers available in this size offer 2 spacious cabins. Developed with Volvo's IPS in mind but also offered with tradition shaft drives, the 44 Chinook has an estimated top speed of 38 knots.

October 16, 2007

New Model: Ferretti 510

The new Ferretti 510, defines the renewal of the entry segment of the Ferretti Yachts fleet. Designed with the ambitious objective of raising reference standards for the 50-60 foot category, offering on board spaces unprecedented in yachts of this class. In its 16 metre length and almost 5 metre beam contain three revolutionary innovations, the full-beam owners cabin with chaise-lounge and large open view windows, an open-space living area that creates an uninterrupted sweep of salon, cockpit, galley/bar and dining area, and a sky lounge without roll bar creating sporty yet formally elegant lines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.02 m (52.7 ft)
Length - 15.67 m
LWL - 13.51 m
Beam - 4.94 m
Displacement - 25.8 t (loaded), 21 t (unloaded)
Fuel Tank - 2040 l
Water Tank - 710 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Hull - warped hull with 14.5 deg deadrise and sprayrails
Engines - 2 x MAN R6 CR 730hp, 800hp
Speed - 32 knots max, 28 knots cruising woth 800hp
Range - 270 nm
Design - Zuccon International Project
Certification - CE A
www.ferretti-yachts.com

October 15, 2007

Projects: Astondoa AS 40 Fly, Astondoa AS 67 Open, Astondoa A 76 GLX, Astondoa A 90 GLX, Astondoa A 138 GLX

Astondoa presents a host of new projects showing its strong position in today's nautical offer. Continuing with the latest models offered by the Spanish builder the new AS 40 Fly is designed outside and inside by Christian Gatto, offering a modern and spacious interior flybridge cruiser. But innovation for this new model does not stop in its design as it is among the first flybridge cruiser engineered around Volvo's IPS drives and its interior accommodation shows all this, offering three spacious double cabins with none of them being a bunk. Spacious inside when one thinks of the 12 metres length. Astondoa continues also it's upgrade in it's open hard top sport yacht offer. The new AS 67 Open will be the new flagship for the open hardtop range of the manufacturer and as all recent new models is designed by Italian Christian Gatto. Inside the new Astondoa offers 3 separate cabins with a spacious mid-ship full beam owners suite and 2 crew cabins forward. This will be a hard contender in the ever increasing 20 - 21 metre hard top sport yacht competition. A successful market segment for the Spanish builder the new A 76 GLX follows the success of the classic yet timeless 72 of a modern yet functional motor yacht. This new mid-sized motor yacht follows the trend of huge view windows not only on the upper deck but also on the lower deck in the owner and VIP cabins. The brand new and latest Christian Gatto design for the Spanish builder, is the A 90 GLX following the trend shown by the soon to be launched 76. The extra 3 metres of length will give the extra for clients requesting a more spacious motor yacht which should also be available in a 5 cabin option. Flagship of the Spanish builder the new Astondoa A 138 GLX continues where the A 122.3 GLX left in presenting a real masterpiece of design and luxury spaces. The new Astondoa mega yacht will have a semi displacement hull giving top speeds of 21 knots and cruising of 18 with 2 x MTU 4000 V12 giving 2773 HP each.
www.astondoa.es

October 14, 2007

New Model: Mondomarine 41 MT Panther

Designed by Studio Vafiadis is the new 41 metre by Mondomarine. The yacht builder located in Savona, Italy presents an innovative low profile and aggressive looking semi displacement Super Yacht featuring the best in construction, materials and technology. The interiors as the exteriors are designed also by Studio Vafiadis and have been designed to offer the best accommodation for 12 guests in 6 spacious cabins for the owner and his guests. Crew accommodation is for 7 members in 3 double cabins and a separate captains cabin. Performance is a 21 knots top speed and an all time cruising of 19 knots with 2 x MTU's of 2285 HP engines. Range is for 3000 Nautical Miles with a cruising economical speed of 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 41.56 m (136.3 ft)
LWL - 33.30 m
Beam - 8.48 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 215 t half load, 240 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 48.500 l
Water Capacity - 8.500 l
Accommodation - 6 double guests cabins, 3 double crew cabin, 1 captain cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V396TE94 2285hp
Speed - 21 knots top, 19 knots cruising
Range - 3000 nm @ 12 knots
Construction - Alloy
Project - Mondomarine & SYDAC, Studio Vafiadis interior and exterior
Classification - RINA Cross of Malta Hull, Mach Yacht Short Cruise Navigation Charter

October 13, 2007

Project: Doma 3 Avante

Astilleros de Alicante presents its new motorboat the Doma 3 Avante. The new model enlarges the Doma 3 range, which now is made of two versions, the open version and the new Doma 3 Avante, characterized by its superb cockpit hard top cover providing this motorboat with an exclusive personality. The exterior is a combination of the most innovative sport spirit but with a retro touch. The new Doma sports cruiser offers the finest materials like noble wood and natural leather, but the customer can select his alternatives to tailor his Avante. Technology and quality is in constant evolution and this new Doma improves the construction as the internal bulkheads with isoftalic resins and vinilester with Airex core of double contour, provide an increase in the rigidity and stability of the structure but reducing the weight to about 10%. These are just a few examples of the technological improvements that Doma 3 Avante introduces.
www.astillerosdealicante.com

October 12, 2007

New Model: Fairline 64 Targa Gran Turismo

The new Fairline 64 Targa Gran Turismo challenges the high standards of her illustrious predecessors. Certainly it is fitting that such an advanced and eye catching model should be introduced to lead the impressive Targa range in Fairline’s fortieth Anniversary year. Building upon the success of the Targa 62, this brand new model incorporates yet more exciting developments, including an innovative patented design for the retractable roof. A particular highlight is the wide, atrium-style access to the lower saloon, creating an impressive entrance towards the opulent interior. Another is the magnificent, full-beam master stateroom amidships, with electro-chromatic partition to the en-suite shower room. This high-tech system changes the glass from opaque to transparent at the flick of a switch, allowing light to flood through the feature windows into the cabin. The sophisticated ‘Continental’ galley arrangement is designed to perfectly match your lifestyle when below decks, whilst the Al fresco galley in the cockpit offers an appealing blend of luxury and practicality. The new Targa 64 is one of Fairline larger yachts and clients can rely on the specialist advice, experience and exclusive services of the Yacht Division throughout the order and commissioning process.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.60 m (64.4ft) including gunnel
Length - 19.35 m
Beam - 4.75 m
Draft - 1.37 m unloaded
Weight - 25.68 tons
Fuel Capacity - 2966 l
Water Capacity - 553 l
Berths - 6-7
Engines - 2 x Caterpillar C18 1015hp, MAN CRM 1100hp
Speed - 35 knots top estimated

October 11, 2007

Project: Sarnico 65 Special

Flagship of the Sarnico range of sports cruiser and yachts, the 65 is proposed in a new updated “Special” version. The interiors of the boat have been completely redesigned in order to offer an even more comfortable and pleasant owner suite. The owner’s cabin now covers a wider surface, in correspondence to the centre of the hull, where the boat is more steady. The open space is made even larger by the new side window, that changes the look of the sides and allows a spectacular panoramic view. The furniture is built in order to increase the wardrobe volume. The suite is completed by a true bathroom, provided with a broad shower box. Of course the other characteristics and the whole quality remain unchanged. The guests may comfortably stay in the VIP bow cabin or in the stern one, with independent access from the cockpit and completely isolated from the saloon, for a better privacy. Both cabins have direct en-suite bathrooms, each one provided with shower box. The salon maintains enough space to host a living space with a table and a fully equipped galley. The crew cabin and a hallway with all household appliances complete the accommodation deck layout. Key elements of the success remain the sharp line and the hard top, whose frontal opening, starting from the upper side of the windshield, enables to air the cockpit and fully appreciate the speed sensation from the piloting position. Although sporty, the Sarnico 65 always shows a clear elegance which makes it standing out from the other boats of similar typology. Despite the dimensions and the displacement top speed is of 39 knots with two 1360hp engines.

October 10, 2007

New Model: Horizon 60 Elegance

The first new Horizon 60 Elegance, designed by architect Tommaso Spadolini, made its first debut on July, 2007. Following 64 and 48 Elegance sophisticated design and extraordinary quality, the new 60 has an integrated solid hull structure built with Scrimp technology and powered with MAN 1100hp engines. The interior arrangement is compact but still involved in plenty of innovative arrangements such as a passageway through upper deck galley to lower deck crew cabin and an engine room which gives the boat owner complete accessibility and still undisturbed privacy. Other than that, it is also equipped with a Tender garage, something not much found in a 60 feet flybridge motor yacht. As for the interior arrangement, the new 60 has three staterooms, and one study room featured with a convertible bunk and female owner's exclusive vanity table. Abundant and practical storage space throughout the accommodation area also provide boat owner great convenience.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.30 m (60ft)
Beam - 5.30 m
Accommodation - 3 + 1 Crew Cabins, 6 + berths
Engine - 2 x MAN 1100hp
Hull Shape - semi-displacement hull with planning characteristics
Designer - Tommasso Spadolini
Certification - CE A

October 9, 2007

Project: Apreamare 64

New flagship of the Apreamare Gozzo fleet, the 64 renews the collaboration with Victory design by the Sorrento boat builder. Evolution of the Gozzo design this new model is characterized with elegant, essential shapes and natural living areas. The new Apreamare continues where the 60 left with the much liked shoe shape divan forward but adds also new elements of innovation at the stern area with its peculiar classic shape and central sunbed area. Under deck the new 64 features 3 spacious double cabins, with a full beam middle cabin, master suite which includes a large walk in wardrobe. Standard interior furnishing are in shiny or matte mahogany woods. Power is by twin MAN 900hp common rail engines, with a more powerful 1100hp option available. A flybridge version should also be introduced which includes a seating area, sunpad and complete helm area up top.

October 8, 2007

New Model: Benetti 85 Legend

The new Benetti 85 Legend is the the new entry for the prestigious Viareggio builder fleet, enriching the wide selection offered by this famous constructor. This time, Benetti focuses on a mostly private use of the yacht, enabling ship owners who want to buy it to drive it personally, enjoying a special sense of privacy. Going on board the 85 Legend you will be surprised by the large and functional rooms, which are worthy of the standards of the big yachts of Benetti’s fleet, as the extensive use of wood, precious marble and steel testifies. It has been conceived for the owner and for his family, but its layout includes three cabins beside the one for the ship owner, which is located on the main deck, allowing the presence of up to eight guests on board: a full beam VIP cabin with two large windows which enable to enjoy the view from within the boat, and two stern cabins - each equipped with two beds, one of which is a large single bed - designed with two large windows. The real surprise is represented by the external environments, designed with a very wide sun deck which allows complete relaxation, offered also by the retractable sunshade with the double function of providing protection, thanks to its water tightness, as well during sudden rainfalls which characterize also the Mediterranean summer. If the owner decides for a crew managed motor yacht, it is also possible to host up to three people in two of the cabins, whose rooms, include a large dinette, have been designed on the stern not to interfere with the life of guests on board. Wood, marble and steel are widely used respecting the constructor long tradition.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.50 m (84ft)
Length - 23.97 m
Beam - 6.75 m
Draft - 1.75 m (half load)
Displacement - 117 t (full load) Fuel Capacity - 15,000 l
Water Capacity - 3,000 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 3 crew berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Caterpillar C15 850hp, C18 1000hp
Speed - 14.5 knots max 13.5 knots cruise with Caterpillar C18
Range - 1500 NM at 10 knots with 1 Generator working
Design - Stefano Righini exterior, Zuretti interior
Construction - GRP
Certification - CE RINA Class

October 7, 2007

Project: Portofino 11

The new 11 metre for the fabulous Portofino motor boats will be designed by architect Zagano and will be available in three different versions: Spider, Hardtop and Fly. Different to previous and other Portofino Marine models, it will use Volvo's IPS driving system instead of traditional in line shaft drives. Innovative in it's propulsion and contemporary classic modern lines the new Portofino will follow a classic Vee shape for the hull with an eighteen degrees deadrise aft. A 32 knots top speed is being estimated for the Portofino 11.

October 6, 2007

New Model: Bavaria 33 Sport

Replacing the Bavaria 32 Sport the new 33 Sport shows a number of general important modifications, with an entirely redesigned interior and cockpit layout. The new interior features a separate foreship cabin beside a spacious salon, a large head, and a complete galley with integrated microwave oven. The aft cabin provides plenty of storage space, two beds that may be converted into a large double, a comfortable settee and sufficient head clearance in the entrance area. Compared to the replacement Bavaria 32 Sport the new 33 Sport has an extended hull in length, wider beam and higher free board. Consequently, besides the extended interior volume, the cockpit is also more spacious and features a wetbar with sink and the optional refrigerator. The spacious, u-shaped settee offers enough sitting space for the entire crew and the backward sunpad is expendable by a backrest folding system. In the forward cockpit an additional seat besides the drivers seat is made available.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.40 m (34.1ft)
Length - 9.96 m
Beam - 3.45 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Weight - 5.800 kg
Fuel Tank - 560 l
Water Tank - 150 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 190hp

October 5, 2007

Boat Show - Genova 2007 Preview

One of my all time favorite International boat shows returns. Opening from tomorrow 6th to the 14th of October, the International Boat Exhibition of Genoa, is a world leader in the nautical field and is organised by Fiera di Genova SpA and UCINA, which is the association that represents the Italian Nautical industry. The 47th edition of the exhibition strengthens its leadership by focusing on the completeness of its merchandising into one spectacular show. This is in part thanks to the floating boat show with over one hundred thousand square metres of exhibition space and a variety of ground area able to demonstrate and show entire product ranges. The International Boat Show in Genoa is the only show on a worldwide level able to concentrate everything in a sole site: multilevel pavilions, ample outdoor exhibition space, and luxury slips offered by the tensile structure on the sea. Currently, there are over 8 kilometres of walkways on the sea offered to visitors including docks, embankments, walkways, and elevated boardwalks in addition to traditional floor plans. Motorboats, sailboats and pneumatics, motors, technical sportswear, fishing equipment, nautical tourism and services are all exhibited. This is completed by Pavilion C (28,000 sq. metres), which is entirely dedicated to accessories and components for pleasure craft. A true and unique “Show within a Show” highlighted by the business conference that provides preferential days for operators in the Tech Trade (Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of October), to satisfy the demand of professional customers who represented 23% of our target public in the 2006 edition. Nine days of business, meetings, novelties and sport including the participation of well-known experts, institutional representatives, opinion leaders and champions of yesterday and today. The conference promoted by UCINA will take an in-depth look on themes including Super yachts, the environment, tourism and Sailing. All of which are topics of great interest for the Association, that for the year 2006, estimated an increase in the value of boat production between 12-14% (2.5 billion Euros in 2005) with interesting prospects in exports which exceeded 50% of production values. The most important announced world premieres at this year show will be the new Azimut 58 and 95, Ferretti 592 and 551, Mochi 54 Dolphin, Apreamare 32 Open and 64, Raffaelli Calima, Atlantis Gobbi new hardtop version for the 47, Sarnico 65 Special, Portofino Marine 11, Ilver 42 Mirable HT and 50 Scuba S and much more.

October 4, 2007

New Model: Mondomarine 40 MT

Designed by Cor D.Rover is the new 40 metre by Mondomarine. The yacht builder located in Savona, Italy presents an innovative low profile and aggressive looking semi displacement Super Yacht featuring the best in Construction, Materials and Technology. The interiors are designed by Luca Dini and Frederic Mechiche, and have been designed to offer the best accommodation for ten guests in the spacious Master suite and four guest cabins. Crew accommodation is for eight members in four double cabins. Performance is a 21 knots top speed and an all time cruising of 19 knots with twin MTU's of 2285hp engines. Range is for 3000 Nautical Miles with a cruising economical speed of 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 40.20 m (131.8ft)
LWL - 33.83 m
Beam - 8.48 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 215 t half load, 240 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 48500 l
Water Capacity - 8500 l
Accommodation - 5 double guest cabins, 4 double crew cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V396TE94 2285hp
Speed - 21 knots top, 19 knots cruising
Range - 3000 nm @ 12 knots
Project - Mondomarine & SYDAC, Cor D. Rover, interior Frederic Mechiche and Luca Dini
Construction - alloy
Classification - RINA Cross of Malta Hull, Mach Yacht Short Cruise Navigation Charter

October 3, 2007

Project: Cranchi 36 Zaffiro

The new Cranchi 36 Zaffiro is the project for the renowned Italian boat builder and will be the top model in the Master Cruiser mid-size range replacing the successful 34. The philosophy of this new model follows the trend Cranchi showed in the latest 32 Zaffiro of a spacious exterior layout, integrated separated extended bathing platform and retro design touches outside and inside. Inside accommodation for this new model will feature 2 separate cabins, a saloon settee to starboard and a galley to port with a clean minimal design approach. The new Zaffiro model should be powered by the latest pair of Volvo Penta D4 diesel engines.

October 2, 2007

New Model: Sunseeker 70 Manhattan


PowerYacht is again proud to be among the first showing the new Sunseeker 70 Manhattan. This motoryacht has been among the most successful in the opening shows in September and production till middle 2009 seems to be sold out. The new 70 Manhattan continues the family feeling of this range but also takes Sunseeker aggressive styling into a more classic design feeling. She will boast interiors with four spacious cabins and a fabulous split level saloon living dining area. Performance is estimated for a top speed of 36 knots with the top MAN 1550hp V12 Common Rail Engines. A 300 nautical miles range is estimated.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.6 m (70.9ft)
Length - 21.39 m
LWL - 16.46 m
Beam - 5.65 m
Draft - 1.6 m
Displacement - 35,600 kg (half load)
Fuel Tank - 4650 l
Water Tank - 1200 l
Engines - 2 x MAN V10CRM 1100hp, V12CRM 1360hp, V12CRM 1550hp
Propulsion - twin FP Props in semi tunnels
Speed - max 36 knots, cruise 30 knots estimated with MAN 1550hp
Range - 300 nm estimated

October 1, 2007

Powerboat P1 - King of Shaves and Roscioli Hotels Roma win P1 World Championship

The Powerboat P1 2007 season wrote its final paragraph in the fabulous location of Portimao in Portugal. This was a year made of 6 Grand Prix in 6 different countries and there seaside locations offered a total of 12 races available of which 3 had been cancelled. The 2ND race in Malta and final 12Th race in Portugal where cancelled due to rough sea conditions. Race no.5 in Germany was cancelled due to the tragic incident between Italian Team Carpenter No.03 from SuperSport Class and Italian Metamarine Corse Fainplast No.64 in Evolution. This incident took the life of driver and team manager Sergio Carpentieri from Italy.
Evolution Class
King of Shaves won the Portugal Portimao Grand Prix to finally secure the 2007 title. Challenger and 2006 champion OSG finished second and other challenger Lucas Oil Outerlimits suffered a broken motor and had to retire from the race. This was still a great race and the Italian team SIP which presented itself as a wild card in this race, managed a surprising third podium finish. Our hope is to see more of this team next year as they seem to have good potential. The 2007 winner have showed a superior pace taking into consideration that this title win comes minus a Grand Prix in Malta, which King of Shaves missed. Well done to British team No.99 King of Shaves and there Ilmor powered USA built Fountain powerboat piloted by James Sheppard and Craig Wilson.
SuperSport Class This highly competitive production class started with some drama out of the race course in the last and final weekend of the Powerboat P1 championship in Portugal, as the P1 Management announced the British team of Extremeboat the removal of there important winning points in Belgium. This decision put Italian Roscioli Hotels Roma back to the lead of the championship and on track to win the 2007 season in this final race. Buzzi Bullet followed at second place with 80 points and Extremeboat found themselves in third place, minus 140 points. This chart previous to the Grand Prix was like a prediction of the future as the first three places in the Portugal race finished in this order. Still the race was far from easy and Roscioli Hotels managed the lead only after Extremeboat suffered a broken trim during the race. Buzzi Bullet did a final assault but was to no avail as Roscioli Hotels took over the race and the championship. Well done to Italian team no.44 Racing Project Roscioli Hotels Roma and there Mercruiser powered Malta built Chaudron powerboat piloted by Angelo Tedeschi, Fabio Magnani and Ugo Pellegrino. www.powerboatp1.com