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.

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