January 31, 2008

Monthly News - January 2008

- pic of the month - Riviera Wins Gamefish Tournament
Alicante Doma 4 Acclaimed Barcelona Beauty

The prestigious British magazine “Motor Boat” has selected Doma as one of the most impressive new launches at the past International Barcelona Boat Show. Is in that way how the Doma 4 has been defined as the “Barcelona Beauty”. The new launch from Astilleros de Alicante clearly shows the international expansion strategy of Doma. As Motor Boat has pointed out, one of the evidences of the Boat Show is to confirm the evolution of Doma, the “Spanish growing marque”. According to this publication, the Barcelona Boat Show has unveiled the new and “thrilling” Spanish launches, which “much temp the British buyers”, among which the Doma 4 has shown to be one of the stars. This recognition from Motor Boat adds to the acclamation that Doma 4 has received since its world premier last November. And the passion for design that Doma represents has been again remarked by a prestigious publication.


Azimut Show 2000 Metres Above Sea Level

From the extraordinary beauty and elegance of the Azimut 43 S amid the islands of the Mediterranean to the glossy luster of its bordeaux color, characteristic of the “S” line to which it belong, against the snowy backdrop the French Alps. The Azimut 43 S is in these days the star and the symbol of this exclusive prestigious resort, an Olympic site during the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics and a holiday destination for French and Russian high society and Europe’s biggest tycoons. The Azimut 43 S is choreographically included in the Alpine context: the yacht’s wake has been made by snow artists and sculptors to create the fascination of a yacht plowing through the waves of the sea... amid splendid snow-covered peaks. In the sixteen days of the show the yacht is being visited by the exclusive guests of Courchevel 1850, who will be able to dream about their next summer vacation aboard one of Azimut’s prestigious yachts, symbols throughout the world of contemporary elegance, comfort and distinction.


Bertram Yacht New President

Legendary U.S. sport-fish manufacturer, Bertram Yacht, has appointed Mike Myers as its new President. Myers will report directly to Giovanni Vacchi, Executive Chairman and CEO of Bertram Yacht. We are very pleased to have Mike joining our team, stated Giovanni Vacchi, Executive Chairman and CEO of Bertram Yacht. He comes from an outstanding background, including 20 years in the marine industry, with extensive operations experience. He is a quality driven manager who will contribute significantly to Bertrams reinforcement as the worlds leading sport-fish manufacturer. Previously President of Boston Whaler and Brunswicks Saltwater Boat Group Division, he joined Bertram Yacht in its Miami headquarters on January 7th, 2008. Myers holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and has 28 years of managerial experience, including 8 years at General Electric and 20 years in the marine industry.

Bertram Winterfest 2007

The Bertram 630 Moppie cruised through Fort Lauderdale as part of the 36th annual WinterFest Boat Parade on December 16, 2007. Bertram Yacht teamed up with Kids in Distress, a community supported agency providing services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse in South Florida. Identifiable by the Kids in Distress’s signature rubber duck on the bow, the Moppie drew plenty of oohs and aahs from the thousands of people on shore along the parade route.


Fairline Present Apprentice Of The Year Award

At this year's Collins Stewart London Boat Show, Fairline Boats will present the 'The Apprentice of the Year' award to the apprentice that has shown the most promise during 2007. The award, which will be presented by Derek Carter, Fairline's CEO, took place on the Fairline stand on Thursday 17th January. Samuel Carver, who turns 20 on 12th January, has been selected as the Apprentice of the Year from over 25 apprentices that are studying towards NVQ's at Fairline. Samuel, from Market Harborough works on the Phantom 50 line and was nominated by both his mentor and foreman because of his excellent work ethic, time keeping, manners and attitude


Ferretti Wins Best of The Best Award

Ferretti Yachts has once again played a starring role in this year's prestigious "Best Of The Best Award", presented by the "Hurun Report" magazine. The prize is awarded on the basis of the results of interviews with 660 Chinese businessmen, who are invited to nominate the best product from a select range of luxury companies from all over the world. The survey was carried out between May and November 2007, reflecting the opinions of entrepreneurs and operators in this market, which currently has the largest growth rate among the world’s economies. During the ceremony, the "Hurun Report" magazine awarded Ferretti Yachts with the "Best Luxury Cruising Yacht Award 2008", recognizing for the second year running the yard's leading position in China.


Hatteras Moves Production To New Bern

Hatteras Yachts has announced that over the next several months it will gradually shift production from its Swansboro plant to its larger New Bern facility to take advantage of productivity gains there. Though Hatteras is forecasting a double-digit growth in sales for 2008 versus 2007, Hatteras management is confident that improvements in its manufacturing process at New Bern will allow consolidation of its boat building activities there to satisfy production commitments. Upon completion of manufacturing Hatteras product in June, the Swansboro facility will be available for manufacturing of other Brunswick boat brand yachts. Over the course of this production shift by Hatteras, 200 positions will eventually be eliminated at Swansboro. Those employees with necessary skill sets may be given an opportunity to possibly transfer to New Bern. For those employees who do not stay with the company, Hatteras will offer appropriate severance and other assistance.


Pershing Wins Bert Performance Yacht 2008 In China

On Thursday, January 10th at an award ceremony held in Shanghai, Pershing, the Ferretti Group brand and famous Italian shipyard specialized in the production of luxury yachts, was presented with the prestigious Best Performance Yacht 2008 award, on the basis of the statistics established in the “Best of the Best” survey. This demonstrates for the second year running that the Chinese market and its rapidly expanding class of entrepreneurs see the Marches-based company as one of the most prestigious “Made in Italy” brands.


Riva Hits St.Moritz Ski Runs

If the mountain will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet must go to the mountain. Following this principle, Riva celebrates the beginning of 2008 reaching his owners and lovers who, in winter, leave the sea for the ski runs in the most exclusive locations of Europe. In December the first Riva Corners were inaugurated, giving brand lovers the chance to admire miniatures of the famous yachts and photographic panels running through images of the Riva history. Two special corners can be admired at the renewed Carlton Hotel, former summer residence of tsar Nicholas II built in 1913 and facing the St. Moritz lake, and in the exclusive Corviglia restaurant, which, placed at 2500 m, is one of the highest Yacht Club in the world. This new project couldn’t miss to include also the Queen of the Dolomites. Cortina, the Italian ski resort par excellence, hosts in its famous Cristallo Palace Hotel & Spa a miniature of the Rivale and three panels of the Riva Historical Archive, telling the evolution of the shipyard from the origins in 1842 until today.


Riviera Scoops The Pool In Gamefish Tournament

Riviera scooped the pool at the Riviera Light Tackle Masters game fishing tournament held off the Gold Coast over the month of January. Rivieras took out both first and second team places. Overall Champion Boat went to Reel Deal, a Riviera 37 owned by Les Corby. Les took delivery of his boat on the Thursday before the event started, just in time to complete registration. Runner up boat went to the new Riviera 48 Offshore Express, Freelance, in its very first tournament. A fleet of 56 boats, from trailer boats of less than 20 feet up to an 85-foot cruiser, competed through the three-day tournament in often difficult sea conditions. A total of 15 marlin were tagged and released. According to Gold Coast Game Fish Club President Craig “Grinner” Newton, it was one of the most successful events ever run by the club.


Sarnico Group Logo

Four companies working in the nautic field are gathered under one sole logo: the starfish, the most charming among the marine creatures with its typical pentamerous symmetry which represents an advanced example of geometry in nature. A perfect symbol for those who design and build boats, right through the refinement of the shapes create a great “feeling” between man and sea. The five typical arms, that in some specimens may reach the number of fifty, symbolize activities of expansion and extension and depict notably the link among the different companies through the centre that sets the policy of progress and direction, as well as the starfish wraps its vital organs. Presently Sarnico group is composed by Cantieri di Sarnico, builders of prestigious yachts, Giacomo Colombo &C, producing speedboats and day cruisers of first class since 50 years, Sarnico II, a company located in Campania, dealing in moulding and assembling fiberglass manufactured products, Yacht Service Rapallo charged to give assistance and storage to the clients. The star, symbol of the sea and ideally the farthest point in the universe, represents the nautic identity of Sarnico group and points out the purposes of research and development beyond every aim.

January 29, 2008

New Model: Astondoa A76 GLX

The world renowned Spanish builder Astondoa, continues to update its range with Italian designer Christiano Gatto which presented a modern and spacious 23 metre 4 cabin motor yacht. The new A 76 GLX follows the trend shown by the latest presented models and aims to capture the success the A 72 GLX enjoys in a slightly smaller dimension size. It's exterior design follows a futuristic modern theme with huge windows and an aggressive look, all this without loosing a classic motor yacht feel thanks to deep side decks, allowing for a safe passage around the main deck but also the clean hull lines. Interior accommodation is a 4 cabins, 8 berths layout with a VIP cabin forward and full beam owners cabin located midship. Crew cabins are 2 for 3 members. The interior design follows a minimal approach with a huge research giving a spacious environment finished with oak and wenge woods. An optional hard top is available up top allowing for sun cover during the hot Summer months. Performance is an estimated top speed of 34 knots with a cruising speed of 27 knots powered by latest twin MAN 1550hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.50 m (77ft)
Length - 23 m
Beam - 6.00 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 55 T
Accommodation - 8/10 guest berths in 4 cabins, 3 crew berths in 2 cabins
Fuel Capacity - 5800 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Engines - 2 x MAN CRM V12 1550hp
Speed - 33 knots max, 28 knots cruising
Project - Christiano Gatto
Certification - CE B

January 25, 2008

New Model: Rodman 44 Muse

The new Rodman Muse 44 is the compact model in the Spanish builder luxurious range, which recently received Best Development Project award at the World Yacht Trophies in Cannes. With a twelve-metre long hull, the Muse 44 respects the attractive modern style the rest of the range enjoys, with the marked superstructure lines, the three lateral windows and a lively sports character for a flybridge cruiser. The 44 maximises the available volume, enabling a highly attractive, functional, and comfortably spacious three cabin interior that matches that found in bigger boats. The 44 Muse is also innovative in it's propulsion system featuring Volvo's IPS system giving the best in marina handling, superior speed manoeuvring and greater interior accommodation. While the use of the IPS system is very common today it is still very rare seeing the POD propulsion used on any flybridge cruisers and yachts, but the fact that Rodman was among the first using it on the 41 IPS can give a reassuring guarantee that this project is well developed in its roots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.60 m (44.6ft)
Hull Length - 11.99 m
Beam - 4.26 m
Displacement - 14 tons (loaded)
Fuel Capacity - 1330 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS500 forward looking duoprop pods
Certification - CE B

January 24, 2008

Projects: Fashion 141, Fashion 112, Fashion 88, Fashion 72 Classic, Fashion 55 Tender

Fashion Yachts located in the glamorous Tuscany region in Italy, presents some important projects for the future, starting with this big 44 metre Super Yacht. As yet the builder provided little information accept for this exterior design which shows a two and a half decked flybridge super yacht. Fashion estimates speed of 30 knots with 2 x 2500 hp MTU engines. While 141 feet might seem big the yard has also in project 2 other bigger yachts of 166 and 192 feet, a very ambitious future indeed for such a young builder, who has already gained a lot of reputation with the smaller 55, 68 and 116 models. Second project for the Fashion line is this flybridge super yacht of 35 metres with 2 and half decks and an estimated top speed of 32 knots. The new Fashion 88 project follows the lines of the 116 model but in a more aggressive design. With an aft located living zone under a carbon, crystallised hard top which gives a strong and light weight construction for the super structure giving a safe navigation to the guests in the difficult conditions. A top speed of 40 knots is being estimated with 2 x 2400 hp MTU engines propelled with Arneson Surface Drives. The Fashion 72 Classic project is something unexpected of what this yard has presented since its origin a few years back, that is fast sport hard top yachts. In fact this is a project of a semi displacement flybridge motor yacht with generous horsepower of only 2 x 700 hp engines giving maximum speeds of 21 knots and cruising of 18 knots. The interior will be available in 3 and 4 cabins layouts. Based on the lines of the successful Fashion 55, the 55 Tender is a fast runabout aimed at the client who has a big superyacht or a villa by the sea and wants a big comfortable daily runabout sport yacht. The interior is based with a layout offering 2 cabins, one double for owner and a single for crew. Standard propulsion is a classic shaft drive style. A hidden jet bike garage is located forward just behind the anchor winch.

January 21, 2008

New Model: Beneteau 37 Monte Carlo Hard Top

Following the success of the 37 Monte Carlo, the new Hard Top version presented in Autumn follows the bonus of this good looking sports cruiser but in an all weather coupe form, completing a full global offer to this model. Beneteau designer in charge P. Andreani added a nice looking hard top to an already great looking boat. The 37 Monte Carlo Hard Top retains all the other great qualities of the open version, like the spacious cockpit outside, the well planned interior, superior second guest cabin and Beneteau's exclusive Air Step technology giving greater speed and better sea capability.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.10 m (39.6ft)
Hull Length - 11.31 m
Beam - 3.77 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Weight - 7470 kg
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 2 cabins, 4/5 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260 hp, 300 hp
Certification - CE B

January 19, 2008

Projects: Ferretti Custom Line 33 Navetta, Ferretti Custom Line 112 Next

The project for the new Ferretti Custom Line 33 Navetta will be launched in the coming Spring. Biggest yacht in the Navetta series from she will replace the successful 30 Navetta and follows the long standing collaboration of Ferretti with Zuccon design for the exterior lines. The new big Navetta follows themes showed in the just presented 26 model but has also design elements reminding of the much appreciated 30. She is like her smaller sisters a three deck motor yacht and will be offered in two different interior layouts of 4 cabins named or 5 cabins. The 5 cabin layout features the master stateroom on the main deck. Her semi displacement type hull will give top speeds of 19 knots and cruising of 16 knots, which gives an estimated range of 780 nautical miles. Engine options are 2 options, both MAN with the biggest twin 1550hp giving the before mentioned speeds, but smaller 1360hp are also available. The upcoming Ferretti Custom Line 112 Next, as the title suggest is the next interpretation of the successful 112 model with some very apparent changes aimed at continuing the leadership in the coming years. The immediately noticeable changes are the hard top up on the flybridge and huge cabin windows on the hull sides, aimed at giving spectacular views to the owner and his guests. Other important change is the free lounging area in the upper deck, flybridge area offering what is a big party socialising area to the owner and his guests. Based on a fast planning hull design, the flagship of the Custom Line should give top speeds close to 30 knots with a pair of MTUs of 2400hp each. She is certified and classed, as are also her smaller sisters in the Custom Line fleet to rigorous RINA A-1.1Y standards, showing the high level of construction Ferretti uses in it's range of super yachts.

January 18, 2008

Boat Review: Intermare 36 Fly

Presentation
So after some critics from some friends that PowerYacht is too much of the bigger boats, although that is not the case as it is mostly the market which is pushing in that direction, I decided this month to have a better view of a medium sized flybridge cruiser the Intermare 36 Fly. Presented in the 2006 Genova boat show this new Intermare is an interesting entry medium level boat with an overall length of 38 feet. For interested parties Intermare also offers a hard top version named the 36 Cruise, obviously missing the flybridge and second helm station up top.
Accommodation
Medium sized family cruisers of 30 feet plus have been the building foundation of the Intermare brand in the last decade and the 36 Fly is all about being a comfortable family cruiser. It offers 2 cabins both with double berth, with the master stateroom located forward. A separate single shower head is located to port. The saloon located on the main deck features an L-shaped settee with a hidden counter top galley located opposite to the settee to port. The interior helm station with a single seat is situated forward of the L-shaped settee in the saloon area to starboard.
Being a Med based producer the exterior space is pretty good considering the small dimensions of the 36 Fly, offering a very spacious aft deck cockpit, a big bathing platform which can hold a tender and a comfortable fly bridge up top. The fly area is very smart offering a small c-shaped settee, sun pad and a single seated helm station.
Performance
Intermare is renowned for seaworthy boats, and the fact that this model uses tradition shaft driven engines confirms this. The Intermare is also very economical to run with the Yanmar engines which deliver among the best power to weight but also a very good power to consumption levels.
Positive
Aft deck cockpit space
Negative
Low safety railing in flybridge
Competition
As I said in my introduction this size of boat is very much pretty much abandoned by most of the builders, or to be precise by the companies who build a solid reputation around this size of craft in the eighties and nineties. Still if one looks closely at the market there is a handful of new comers but also some old builders who consider this size of utmost importance to there production. Here is what you have to look for:
DellaPasqua DC10S - classic squarish look, seaworthy, big inside with 2 heads
Jeanneau 36 Prestige - more space, similar in size and style
Portofino 37 Fly - gozzo evolution, bunk guest cabin, rich finish, deep around deck
Rodman 38 Yacht - big interior accommodation thanks to IPS propulsion
Sciallino S34 Flybridge - Gozzo modern function, interesting and spacious
Searay 36 Sedan Bridge - spacious, 2 huge cabins 1 head but owner walk in wardrobe
Sealine F37 - spacious, huge galley, 2 big cabins and also 2 heads
WILD CARD: Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht - hard top, patio door opens all, bunk 2nd cabin
Conclusion
The Intermare 36 Fly gives a lot of goods of form and function for an only 38 foot flybridge cruiser. Gone are the days when owning a boat this size was like having a ship, but I am sure that for people trading up this is still the case! Today there is less status symbolism in this dimension, so builders compete on the practical, trying to put a lot in the available size. Sure this was never easy and competition is always as heavy as it ever was. The 36 Fly wins the game if you want a sport looking flybridge boat that does not look heavy: extended fly, extended platform and spacious cockpit all say, I am made for the Med but this is not the only reason for having a look at this good looking flybridge cruiser.
Technical Data
LOA. 11.80 metres (38.7ft)
Hull Length. 10.48 metres
Beam. 3.65 metres
Draft. 0.80 metre
Displacement. 8 t
Fuel Capacity. 2 x 350 litres
Water Capacity. 400 litres
Person Capacity. 10 persons
Accommodation. 4 berths in 2 cabins, plus 2 berths in saloon, 1 head
Engines: 2 x Yanmar 353hp
Speed. 31 knots max, 26 knots cruising
www.cantiereintermare.com
Picture Copyright Intermare. Data Intermare.

January 17, 2008

New Model: Doma 4

The new Doma 4 represents the third model from this young but very interesting Spanish builder, offering a versatile modern range of medium sized sports cruisers. Designed by the Barracuda Yacht and the Anders Design firms, the new Doma 4 model sits in the middle between the smaller 3 and bigger 5 model, introduced so far by this builder. It offers an interesting exterior design with a very innovative minimal style approach giving something different to customers looking for a hard top sports cruiser. Interior accommodation is a comfortable 2 cabin 2 head layout, with a covered if you want patio door upper saloon lounging area up top and a separate spacious galley down. Power is a shaft driven MAN engine option of 450hp or 550hp as optional. Performance is an estimated 35 knots of maximum with continues cruising speeds at 29 knots with the bigger option. The 4 model continues the policy for a high range of customization available for the client who chooses the Spanish builder, with a high range of colors available to personalize your boat as one would wish.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.5 m (44.4ft)
Length - 11.95 m
Beam - 4.32 m
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 12.8 T
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 750 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 250 l
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x MAN D-0836 LE401 450hp, R6 COMMON RAIL 550hp
Performance - 35 knots top speed, 29 knots cruising
Range - 225 Nautical Miles
Hull Shape - monoedric vee with 17 degrees deadrise aft
Designer - Anders Design LLP, Barracuda Yacht Design
Certification - CE A

January 16, 2008

Project: Cranchi 36 Pelican

Based on the hull design and lines of the new 36 Zaffiro, the new Cranchi 36 Pelican aims to recapture the success the Pelican sport fishing line enjoyed during the 80s. The new 36 Pelican is a winner in many cases, offering good accommodation inside with a comfortable 2 seperate double cabins and a transformable c-shaped dinette as is the case for the Zaffiro. The new Pelican enjoys a special sport fisherman friendly cockpit with design enjoyed for making an anglers life as easy as it gets. Hull design is by Aldo Cranchi and the project is by Cranchi Research Development Department. It has two engine options from Volvo offering the D4 engine in 260 or the optional bigger 300 hp format. Propulsion will be an economic and efficient stern drive configuration. The new 36 Pelican is an interesting project capturing both worlds in one boat, that of a sport fisherman in the cockpit outside and of a comfortable cruiser inside with it's well laid out interior.

January 15, 2008

Boat Show - Dusseldorf 2008 Preview

Second boat show for the New Year, the Boot 2008 in Dusseldorf is regarded among the large shows in the recreational nautical sector and has the biggest inside display covering boats and motor yachts of all sizes. This years 39Th Edition as expected from this World heavy weight show will offer some important first previews, starting with the new displacement yacht line from Drettman, Bandido who present the new 75, following the success of the 90 model. Horizon yachts also distributed by Drettman will also present the 60 Elegance officially. Italian Cranchi shows a world premier with the 36 Pelican a mid size Sport Fisherman cruiser based on the lines of the also new 36 Zaffiro previewed by surprise in London, but also present as preview in Dusseldorf. German builder Bavaria continues it's updating of it's fast sport line with the introduction of the 30 SportHT, a hard top 30 feet sports cruiser. Slovenian builder Elan presents it's new flagship with the Power 48. Apart these World previews the show will feature displays by all the finest builders, with most of them presenting the new models which they launched during the other World renowned shows during the Autumn season.

January 14, 2008

Project: Casa 64 HT

Cantiere Navali Casa is a young Italian builder located at the South of Rome and producing hard top open yachts of high quality, comfortable accommodation and top rated performance. Casa presents this very important project of there new 64 Hard Top, which will be the largest model produced to date, trying to follow on the success enjoyed with the 54 and 46 models. Measuring an overall length of 20 metres, the new Casa will have a versatile interior offering 2 different layout options. The 64 optional layout will be quite unique in it's competing size range, offering 4 guest cabins, without sacrificing any heads as also this version features 3 head similar in size to the 3 cabin version. Galley and crew cabin in the new 64 are located in a separate area mid-ships making for the best in privacy an owner would desire. Performance is an estimated top speed of 53 knots with a steady cruising of 46 knots and a range of approx 300 nautical miles, all this powered by latest generation twin MAN 1550hp Common Rail engines propelled with Arneson Drives transmission. The project for the new Casa 64 HT is a very interesting new entry in this highly competitively sized fast sport yachts segment, but I am sure with its innovative spacious 4 cabin interior it will give a good run to all the other renowned players. For the first pictures just say tuned here.

January 13, 2008

Web: Mochi Craft New Web Site

This famous brand making part of the Ferretti Group and producing among the finest lobster boats available today in the market, presents it's new version website. Updated in a full flash version and showing the spirit the new management has created with this brand into the line of yachts and cruisers based on the classic lobster boat design but with modern ideas and a touch of futuristic and practical touches. The new virtual catalogue features 14 separate sections of which 6 of outermost importance showing the spirit behind the Mochi's lobster boat like: Culture, Privilege, Company, Collection, Motion and Style. It also gives importance to the News section from the shipyard also featured at the entrance of the site. The new Mochi Craft online catalogue is among the most modern Yacht Builder home page with loads of videos clips aimed at taking the visitor in the unique world of these unique lobster yachts.

January 12, 2008

Projects: Sanlorenzo 44 Steel, Sanlorenzo SD 112

The famous San Lorenzo shipyard after presenting it's first Alloy Super Yacht last year follows with the project of the 44 Steel. As the title suggest the new Super Yacht from the Viareggio shipyard will be built in Steel. Little information is as yet available about the new project accept for the fact that it will be a three deck. Whatever the case if it will be as innovative and catching as the latest 40 Alloy we are for another threat this renowned yacht builder.
Another new line for San Lorenzo which was introduced in 2007 with the SD 92. SD standing for a semi displacement type hull yacht, giving comfortable but also a more economic speed compared to the planning line this builder is renowned for. The SD 112 unlike it's smaller sister is a three deck motor yacht and will have a 5 cabin interior for 10 guests. Crew accommodation is for 7 members in 4 cabins. Performance is an estimated top speed of 18 knots with continues cruising at 15 knots, powered by Caterpillar C32 Acert engines of 1622hp each. The SD 112 confirms similar characteristics to the SD 92 introduced in 2007 but in bigger more important dimensions. It will be curious to see if San Lorenzo will try to take the concept of a Semi Displacement Yacht in lower size range under 24 metres in the future.

January 11, 2008

New Model: Astondoa AS 42 Fly

Presented during the 2007 Barcelona Boat Show the new Astondoa AS 42 Fly comes to the market with a few innovative well taught ideas. Designed by Italian Christian Gatto, this biggest and prestigious Spanish builder continues to offer extremely spacious and innovative forward looking boats. The interior is a spacious unusual three cabin offer, with all cabins of spacious and important size with no bunk or squeezed third cabin. Considering the dimension of a 12 metre flybridge motor cruiser this is a huge feat. The upper saloon area also enjoys a small dining area to port side of the interior helm station and that is something you also don't see much in boats of this size. The interior furnishing takes a minimal squarish approach with finishing in light colored oak woods with dark wood Wenge colors. From the engineering point, this new Astondoa flybridge will also be offered with an IPS engine option something not seen much on flybridge boats, but for the traditionalists the shaft powered version is the standard offer.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.60 m (41.4ft)
Length - 11.99 m
Beam - 4.16 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 11.20 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Persons Capacity - 10
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 EVC 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS500 forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 32 knots max, 25 knots cruising
Project - Christian Gatto
Certification - CE B

January 10, 2008

Project: Pershing 64

This project of the new Pershing 64 will be launched later on in 2008 and follows the success of the 72 model which was introduced the past year. Pershing continue the Moving Idea concept with many innovation characteristics introduced for the successful 72 and more to be found in this new model, as has been always the case with this very innovative yacht builder. The new 64 is a spacious 3 cabin hard top sports yacht, feeling much bigger then it's actual size suggest. It will feature a full beam owner's cabin that can even make a fly bridge yacht of the same dimensions a bit jealous, but also the galley offers spaces not usually found in yachts of this size and type. Top of the category performance has always been of prime importance from Pershing, and this new model does not disappoint with the builder estimating a top speed of 45 knots with a pair of 1550hp MAN engines with the latest Arneson Surface Drives units.

January 9, 2008

New Model: Riviera 48 Offshore Express

The new Riviera 48 Offshore Express launched at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in October 2007 continues the tradition of the very popular Riviera 4000 Offshore, a breed of purpose-built sport-fishing vessels to take on Australia and the World. The Riviera 48 Offshore Express has a rugged sophistication while maintaining the luxurious and functional interior typical of all Rivieras, featuring two cabins and two bathrooms. Based upon Riviera’s proven 47 Series II Flybridge hull, the hydrodynamics are exceptional, with running surface and chines optimised for a soft, dry ride. Further developed propeller tunnels and underwater exhaust outlets deliver more forward thrust and a quieter and cleaner performance. The 48 Offshore Express will be offered in three distinct configurations. An Open boat without a targa or coverings to the helm and deck area, suited to an after-market fishing tower. A second version with stylish, forward-raked targa and removable bimini creating an open boat feel for great entertaining under the Sun, with the addition of protection from the weather. Clears to the sides and rear storm curtain are included. A third version with a three-sided hardtop with a rear curtain to completely enclose the helm deck, to be released in February 2008. The Riviera 48 Offshore Express is powered by twin Cummins QSM 11 turbo diesel engines rated at 660hp, with the options of twin MTU Series 60 diesel engines 825hp including Twin Disc Quickshift gearboxes, or twin Caterpillar C12 diesels 715hp including Twin Disc Quickshift gearboxes.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.40 m (53.1ft)
Length - 15.19 m
Beam - 4.90 m
Draft - 1.41 m
Weight - 19500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 620 l
Sleeping Capacity - 4+2 persons
Engines - 2 x Cummins 660hp, Caterpillar 715hp, MTU 825hp

January 8, 2008

Project: Canados 76

This renowned Italian yacht builder presents an interesting new project which should be launched in the coming months. The new Canados 76 will be a model which have the job of replacing 2 models from Cantieri Navali di Ostia the 72 and the 80 model, both which where stopped in production in 2007 and 2006. The new 76 will be a spacious 4 cabin motor yacht with the option of having an open fly layout and tender stowage on the bathing platform. There is also a 2 saloon layout option. Performance matched with a timeless line, has always been the prerogative for this renowned builder and the 32 knots tops speed with a full time cruising of 28 knots is expected with the MTU 1550 HP engines. Range is for a 380 nautical miles at cruising speed.

January 7, 2008

Boat Show - London 2008 Preview

Happening in the beginning of the Year from 11 to the 20th January, in one of the World's most famous and glamorous cities is the London Boat Show. Very expected by the British Builders to present the new models in there range of craft, but also by the passionate people who will start dreaming of the nice summer season again, this years show as usual will present a host of important new models. World Famous British builder Sunseeker presents two new models of an important size and I am sure also of price, the new 34 M and 86 Yacht models. Princess will unveil three new models of which 2 of them also plus the 25 metre length, being the much expected flagship of the V series, the V85 and the second largest 85 MY in the new Mega Yacht range. Princess will also unveil a new version of the Princess 50 now in it's third generation shape, featuring the much requested full beam owner's cabin. Fairline will present a revisited 52 Targa Gran Turismo now modified in it's interior layout and the new 55 Squadron should also make it for the show, but as yet no confirmation is yet available about this. Sealine will present a more aggressive version of the SC 35 presented last September with the new 35 Sport model. French builder Jeanneau will use the London show to present the 38 Prestige S model an important World Premier showing the great importance of the show. Biggest boat of the show should be the Sunseeker 37 M following from her last year debut.

January 6, 2008

Project: Tecnomar 43 Nadara

The latest Tecnomar project is represented by a new flagship of 43 meters long and entirely made in fiberglass. Nadara 43 is ready to set sail next July 2008 and like any other Nadara model its outboard profile has been built to maintain cleanliness and tradition. Passageways are everywhere on its three decks and there is no full beam deck to ensure greater protection when passing through one area to another. The motoryacht is designed to accommodate 14 passengers and 6 crew members. The flying deck for relaxation and sunbathing is equipped with a spa bath and a spacious sun deck, comfortable sofas, sunbeds and armchairs. Almost entirely reserved for the shipowner, the second deck, which can be reached through a private staircase from the hall hosts a studio and a big shipowner's cabin with en-suite bathroom behind the wheelhouse. Spectacular lighting and large glass surfaces are the cutting edge design of the new flagship. All decks are connected by one imposing spiral staircase. The sleeping area has 4 master bedrooms and two twin-bedded cabins. Three twin cabins and a dinette with kitchenette have been reserved for the crew. Between the guest area and the engine room there's a buffer area for the crew with laundry and ironing room, which is directly connected to the engine room. The main deck reveals somewhat of a retro style; the prow features a very large kitchen connected to the crew area, handy and functional, with refrigerator cells and a huge galley. Behind the kitchen, the large dining room can seat 14 diners and can easily be divided into two smaller areas. The interior design is classical marine style with the predominance of warm colors, mahogany and pear wood. The furniture lines are smooth with blunted corners. Power is provided by two 3000 hp MTU engines with in-line propulsion and should give a maximum speed of around 28 knots, with a maximum cruising speed of 25.