February 28, 2009

Monthly News - February 2009

-pic of the month- Pershing Best of Best China

Baglietto La Spezia Fire

Baglietto regrets to announce that on Saturday 31st January, hull number C.10202 - the third vessel in this yard's 53m series was seriously damaged following a fire on board the yacht while it was in the company's La Spezia shipyard. The cause of the fire is, as yet, unknown. Happily, no one sustained any injuries. Thanks to the yard's own security measures, and the swift intervention of the Fire Brigade, the Port Captain, the Harbour Authorities and the Police, the damage has been contained within a single shed and there was no damage to surrounding buildings or the environment. No other yacht has been damaged and yacht building activities will continue as normal.


Benetti Yachts Finalist at Superyacht Awards

Benetti will have three yachts among the finalist of the 2009 World Superyacht Award, one of the most prestigious award of the industry, hosted by Boat International in London on May 16 2009. FB239, 60 m, Xanadu, launched in summer 2008, will compete as best displacement Motor Yacht of 500GT to 1,299 GT; FB238, Platinum 50m, will compete as Best displacement Motor Yacht of below 500 GT; Salu, Benetti Tradition 100ft, will compete as best semi-displacement Motor Yacht in the 100 to 130ft size range.


Cobalt Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction for 8th Year

For the eighth consecutive year, large runabouts (20 to 29 feet) built by Cobalt Boats have ranked “highest in customer satisfaction” in the J.D. Power and Associates Boat Competitive Information Study. The 2009 study investigated owners’ satisfaction with their runabouts throughout the sales, service, and product experiences. Again this year Cobalt owners gave their boats especially high marks in design and styling, ride and handling - the traditional strengths of Cobalt design and manufacture. Owners were also especially pleased with the boats’ performance in water sports, a trend certain to continue with this year model with Cobalt’s recent introduction of the Water Sports Series, two boats configured precisely for wake boarding and skiing.


Ferretti Group Press Release

Ferretti S.p.A. announces that it is in advanced negotiations for the restructuring of the group's indebtedness. Once the proposal is agreed, it will be circulated to all the lenderswith a view to being approved as soon as possible. Once accepted by the lenders, the proposal would provide for an injection of new equity by some key managers of the Ferretti group - led by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Norberto Ferretti - and a primary financial investor, as well as the provision of new credit lines in favour of the Group. Overall, the Group's debt burden would be reduced. On the terms proposed, Candover and Permira will not participate in the restructuring of Ferretti S.p.A. and will not be part of the shareholding structure of the Group going forward. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Norberto Ferretti and the key managers expressed their full satisfaction with the negotiations to date and confirmed their commitment to work towards finalising the proposal and then its successful and prompt implementation.


Majesty Yachts Delivers Three 121s

Majesty Yachts delivered its third 121 yacht from its UAE shipyard. The model was officially launched at the 2008 Dubai International Boat Show less than 12 months ago. Gulf Craft will once again be the largest exhibitor at the Dubai International Boat Show taking place March 3-7 2009.


Mulder to Expand New Facility

Mulder Shipyard recently bought a 6000 m² terrain for the construction of a second facility. The new yard will be developed less than ten kilometres away from the current location and will feature three dry docks with room for yachts of up to 45 metres. The new location will be dedicated to the maintenance, refitting and new construction of larger yachts. It is expected to be finished in 2010, at which point the current facility will focus solely on the construction of yachts up to 18 metres in length.


Nordhavn Gather the Kiwis

More than 70 guests gathered at the New Zealand Maritime Museum to greet world travelers – and Nordhavn explorers – Scott and Mary Flanders last Saturday, January 17. The party was not only an opportunity to congratulate the Flanders on completing the final leg of their two-year journey on board their Nordhavn 46, Egret, that started out September ’06 in Gibraltar, it was the chance for Kiwis to extend a warm welcome to the couple whose adventures they have been tracking each week, and actually pick their brains in person about cruising and Nordhavns. Hosted by Nordhavn’s Australian affiliate office, the day brought together cruising enthusiasts and boating media alike – all who wanted to get an up-close and personal viewpoint of what it is like to pick up everything and just go.


Numarine New Sales & Marketing Director

Turkish motoryacht producer Numarine has appointed Fehmi Hakan Oral as its new director of sales and marketing. Oral, an experienced marine engineer and commercial diver, will be responsible for developing markets around the world, finding and managing new dealerships and improving all marketing and after sales activities within the group. Prior to joining the company, he spent a year as an after sales consultant for the Ferrari Group in Turkey. Before that, he spent six years as general manager of MG Rover and five years at Mazda as general manager responsible for the aftermarket.


Pershing Best of Best China’s Favorite Italian Shipyard

The immense popularity of the Pershing brand on the Chinese market has been reconfirmed for 2009, too. An awards ceremony was held recently in the elegant setting of the Hotel Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai, during which Pershing, a Ferretti S.p.A. brand and famous Italian shipyard specialising in the production of luxury yachts, was presented with the important “Best Luxury Performance Yacht 2009” award, following data issued by the “Best of the Best” survey. The “Best of the Best” is the most authoritative survey which the Editorial Office of “The Hurun Report”, an important Chinese magazine devoted to the financial world and luxury, has drawn up every year for the past five in order to make an in-depth investigation of the lifestyles and spending habits of the most prominent figures in the Chinese economy. The interviews, carried out between, April and November 2008, involved a list of 500 leading figures on the Chinese market, earning an annual income of over one million Euro. The survey analysed the spending habits of Chinese entrepreneurs, determining what they purchase and how the representatives of a market which is increasingly more important at an international level spend their money. It awarded the Italian shipyard, which has been manufacturing products featuring a high level of innovative content for many years, and is able to create yachts which skilfully combine an innovative design with a markedly sporty performance. This year too, Pershing was acknowledged with an ability to epitomise the most demanding, advanced expression of the concept of innovation, anticipating the new rules of yachting and passing another important test-bed: meeting with new demands and new markets. During the course of the gala evening, the unmistakable Pershing style, an elegant mix of technology and design, rightfully paraded alongside the most prestigious brands of international luxury, ranging from Luis Vuitton to Chanel, Rolex to Hilton, reconfirming itself as a symbol of the very best of Italian-made goods, even abroad. A new, important commercial agreement was recently signed with Noble Brand in order to support the growing penetration of the Pershing brand on the Asian market. Part of the WO KEE HONG holding, this trading company is already involved in different areas of a luxury lifestyle which counts prestigious clients, such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Agusta and a number of retail fashion brands like John Richmond and Sweet Years. The agreement was made public to coincide with delivery of the first Pershing 50’, the last of the Pershing yachts to arrive in Hong Kong.

Pershing from Fano to Rio De Janero Trip

The latest unit of the Pershing 115’ will leave shortly the moorings of the Marina dei Cesari in Fano for Brazil, last stop Rio de Janeiro. It will take the yacht about a week to sail round Italy, after which she will be loaded onto a large transport ship which will plough through the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil where her owner is eagerly waiting for her. Pershing 115’ is the finest expression of the company’s distinctive values, a style revolution created to surprise. Developed by means of a design challenge which has kept Pershing staff, De Simoni Designer and Ferretti S.p.A.’s AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology) busy, this model is characterised by the highly original external lines, both sinuous and resolute at once, as well as the extraordinary performance of which she is capable while still maintaining a high level of comfort.


Riviera Success at Melbourne Boat Show

Australia’s leading luxury boat builder, Riviera, has reported a healthy start to the Boat Show season following the Melbourne International Boating and Lifestyle Show during the weekend. Confirming the sale of a Riviera 33 Open Flybridge as well as a number of strong sales opportunities over the next few weeks, Stuart Jackson Dealer Principal said he was delighted with the result. Riviera Syndication also reported success at the show. Mr Russell said that Melbourne members were very excited about Riviera Syndication’s plans for a 5800 Sport Yacht in the Whitsundays. Riviera dominated the Show with 12 boats on display covering about 17 per cent of the entire show area. According to Riviera Global Sales and Marketing Director Tim Sayer, the Melbourne show was a valuable indicator for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May. Mr Jackson said that Riviera and R Marine partnered with Melbourne’s largest Land Rover, Volvo and Jaguar dealer to host an owners’ party on the Saturday night.


San Lorenzo Finalist for Boat International Superyacht Awards

Onyx, the 38.50 metre yacht built by the Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo and designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design is one of the 8 Finalists for Boat International’s World Superyacht Awards within the section “Best semi-displacement or planing Motoryacht in the 30m to 39 m size range”. Francesco Paszkowski Design was in charge of exterior design and interior layout. After a two-day selection meeting the 99 yachts nominated for an award were reduced to 59 Finalists who were then divided in nine sections. Finalists will be placed before the 15 Judges - all superyacht owners except for two industry professionals – who will actually decide the winners. The winners’ names will not be disclosed until they are presented with their ‘Neptune Awards’ during a sumptuous Gala Evening on Saturday the 16th May in the magnificent setting of London’s Guildhall, one of the most splendid and historic buildings in the City of London. The selection as a Finalist for the prestigious award is an important acknowledgement for San Lorenzo and the creativity and career of Francesco Paszkowski Design, one of the leading yacht designers on the international scene.


Sea Ray Recipients of J.D. Power and Associates Award

Sea Ray Boats announced today that it is the recipient of the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates award in two categories as measured by the 2009 Boat Competitive Information Study(SM) released today at the Miami International Boat Show. Sea Ray was recognized for "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Express Cruisers in a Tie." Sea Ray also received the award in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. Sea Ray also achieved the "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Award with Small Runabouts" for the first time after several years of finishing near the top in that highly competitive segment. Now in its eighth year, the J.D. Power and Associates study examines the sales, service and product experience of new-boat owners. Owner satisfaction with new boats is measured in seven segments: ski/wakeboard; fiberglass bass boats; small runabouts (16 to 19 feet); large runabouts (20 to 29 feet); coastal fishing (17 to 30 feet); pontoons; and express cruisers (24 to 33 feet). Overall customer satisfaction index scores are based on performance in eight factors: cabin; engine; ride and handling; helm and instrument panel; design and styling; sound system; water sports; and fishing. Its boat competitive information study measures the on-the-water experiences that owners have with their new boats. Survey respondents measured boats that were produced for the 2007 and 2008 model years. Stone credits Sea Ray's response to previous J.D. Power and Associates findings as reasons behind the brand's continued improving performance in the annual study. For the purpose of this study, Express Cruisers were defined as cruising style boats 24 to 33 feet with a galley and an enclosed head. The Small Runabout category included boats from 16 to 19 feet in length. J.D. Power and Associates received feedback from thousands of new boat owners, allowing the study to provide detailed evaluations of customer satisfaction with the vessel's interior and exterior, features and controls, ride and handling, comfort, convenience, and engine performance and maintenance.


Sunseeker Bigger Lift

A new 320 tonnes travel lift, believed to be one of the largest hoists of its type in the UK, has been installed at Sunseeker International's Osprey Quay Shipyard on Portland in Dorset. The new hoist, supplied by Wise Handling Limited, has a height of 13.5 metres, an overall width of 15 metres and weighs 108,000 kg. The new travel hoist, which has been built to launch or retrieve boats up to 320,000 kilograms, has been acquired to operate with a brand new lifting dock. The dock, similar to that at the company's Poole Shipyards, has been specifically built to meet the demand for boats over 30 metres (100 feet). With a successful range of larger craft already in production - including the 37 Metre, 34 Metre and 30 Metre Yachts, along with the Predator 108 - the travel lift will also have the ability to elevate and move even larger vessels such as the Sunseeker 46 Metre Yacht currently in development and the Predator 130, which is due to be launched later this year. In addition, the hoist will have full remote control facility with double speed winching - enabling greater flexibility in moving boats. Sunseeker recently announced its intention to build superyachts over 50 metres and the 11 acre site at Osprey Quay, along with the facilities now available, will be an important part in the company's future development.


Viking WBS Cup Winner

Viking was honored with the WBS President’s Cup for the fifth year in recognition as the top boat manufacturer based on winning performances in more than 70 bill fishing tournaments conducted around the world

February 27, 2009

New Model: Jersey Cape 45 Devil Express

The new Jersey Cape 45 Devil Express, is the latest addition to this US, Carolina builder custom sportfish range, which starts from the 31 Little Devil and goes up to the 48 Sport Yacht, soon to be replaced as bigger model by a 66. Following the steps of the three smaller devils, the 45 fulfills itself as a luxury fishing battle machine with impressive finishing and luxury inside. As any battle wagon Sportfish, the 45 Devil Express has a free aft deck of vast proportions, made to make your fighting moments as easy as they can be. Move more forward and 2 steps up and you come to the raised area with a central helm station, and an l-shaped settee to port. Down below you have a single cabin, a spacious galley and 2 settees. One for dining with two opposite settees to starboard, and a vertical settee to port which transforms itself to a twin bunk berth. Forward is reserved for a seperate cabin available with a queen island berth, or a 3 berth vee arrangement with a double and a single. Standard power is from twin Cats C12 at 710hp, with bigger optional MAN of 800 or 900hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.53 m (44.5ft)
Beam - 4.66 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 15875 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Engines - 2 x Cats C12 710hp, MAN 800hp, MAN 900hp
Hull Shape - Carolina flared bow with vee hull shape 10 degrees deadrise aft

February 26, 2009

Project: Baia B50

Renowned performance yacht builder Baia resurfaces one of its myths, and a boat which propelled the Naples, Italian builder in the legends who's who list in the eighties, the B50. Updating a classic is never easy and the Baia B50 first presented in 1983 with a Don Aronow designed hull became a myth, being the Italian reply to another US builder legend. The original B50 also won the Venice Monte Carlo race in 1990 with an average speed of 58.5 knots and a peak of 75 knots. With the new B50 Baia keeps a big eye on the old design, remodelling it in certain features to the current age. In all this it increases the beam from 4.20 to 4.60 metres and instead of a side fitted alloy radar arch, this time it has a central aileron mast. Interior is also more luxurious now too, proposing a comfortable 2 double cabin 2 head layout, separate crew berth, 6 person dinette and galley opposite. For the outside deck the concept is for an open plan as seen on the 43 One. A hard top option has not so far been mentioned, but I would not be surprised to see this. Power wise the new B50 will offer various engine options from 1600 to 2700hp all propelled with Arneson Surface Drives, giving estimated top speeds from 46 to 54 knots plus. The hull shape is based on the original deep vee with a round stem aft in order to generate easy lift at the stern. Construction will be light and strong with infusion built method, using glass fiber in epoxy matrix.

New Model: Mulder 54 Open

Mulder Shipyard presents its new 54 Open a new shorter version based on the lines and concept of the 59 Open. This all-aluminium semi-planing yacht is equipped with the latest technologies and the finest materials. A first-rate performance is assured thanks an extensive technical package. Her length of 16.50 metres and beam of 4.80 metres make the new Mulder 54 Open a very substantial performance yacht. Two Volvo D9 engines with 575 hp each, combined with a total weight of just 28 tons, allow the yacht to reach a top speed of 26 knots. The Mulder 54 Open also features a bow and stern thruster, ensuring excellent manoeuvrability. The interior consists of whitewashed oak wood with wengé details and a sturdy floor with walnut rims. The fore ship contains the owner’s cabin, which includes its own bathroom, while the aft ship accommodates two guest cabins for two or three people each. Galley is finished with a stainless steel worktop and features a wide range of equipment. A state-of-the-art air conditioning system provides for efficient cooling of the fully insulated yacht on hot summer days. There is also a large tender storage in the aft ship, which opens by means of an advanced hydraulic system. A unique colouring scheme also sets the Mulder 54 Open apart. The superstructure is off white, while the anthracite hull is finished in metallic lacquer. Stainless steel rubbing strakes line the hull, while high-gloss teak cap rails add an air of luxury to the whole.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.5 m (52.4ft)
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 27 t
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D9 575hp
Speed - 24 knots max, 18 knots cruising with D6 435hp, 26 knots with D9
Range - 420 nautical miles at 20 knots, 730 nm @ 10 knots Hull - semi planning round bilge
Construction - aluminium
Project - Ginton N.A., Guido de Groot, Mulder / Interior Kitty van der Kamp
Certification - CE B

February 25, 2009

Project: Tarquin Trader 75 Superyacht

Following the successful launch of the Trader 70 Superyacht in 2007, Emsworth, UK based Tarquin Boat Company reveals her new larger sister and flagship model, the 75 Superyacht, set to be unveiled this spring. Featuring many new design innovations to allow both crew and guests to live comfortably on board, the 75 Superyacht will be the largest Trader on the water and has been designed to provide the ultimate in luxury. Designers have worked cleverly on the layout of the new 75 Superyacht to ensure that guests and crew can be accommodated separately, offering eight berths in four en-suite cabins. Crew berths for two to three members are contained in a crew suite with direct access to the galley, exterior decks and engine room allowing complete movement separation. The exterior of the 75 Superyacht exudes all the characteristics of a bigger boat feel with spacious areas with a flybridge offering Al fresco galley complimented by seating for ten, a dining area on the sheltered aft deck, and covered side decks allowing movement in all weathers. Inside, it is light and airy having been fitted throughout with Anigre, a light tan heartwood and a range of luxurious contemporary furnishings and fabrics. The main deck of the interior is a full 44ft from aft deck doors to windscreen and includes a full beam saloon, galley and dining area as well as a separate day head, wheelhouse with viewing seats and internal stairs to the flybridge. Designed to offer the Trader Generation II comfort, the 75 Superyacht is equipped with the latest in domestic appliances, as well as a full complement of entertainment services and flat panel TVs throughout the accommodation. As with all Tarquin Trader, below decks owners and guests have their own stairwells for greater privacy. The owners’ suite is aft, and is a spacious 28ft featuring also the signature transom window offering magnificent views. For the 75 Superyacht every detail of construction has been considered in terms of comfort on board like double bulkheads and isolated floors, matched with a comprehensive insulation package to reduce noise and vibration. The drive train includes also custom turbine shaped 5-bladed propellers and the POSEIDON coupling system isolates the engine from the yacht’s structure. Designed with comfortable and independent passage making in mind, the systems required for this type of cruising are supplied as standard.

New Model: Arturo Stabile 50 Stama

Arturo Stabile presents the new 50 Stama, much waited flagship debut from the Italian, Sicilian builder expanding its range from the 37 Stama Hard Top sport cruiser into and over the magic fifty feet entering yacht territory. This is an important step for this family owned company, presenting with this bigger model an innovative fully enclosed all weather hard top boat following the latest trends with patio door entrance and an electronic hard top, which can all open up for the good weather. The 50 Stama also follows the galley up solution, a convenient layout, offering an upper saloon with c-shaped settee for dining and further forward an l-shaped passenger seat for guests entertainment during cruising. Lower deck is reserved for the three double cabins, 2 heads and an other relaxing l-shaped settee. The layout here is traditional offering midship full beam owners cabin, VIP cabin to fore, and an l-shaped double berth in between. Power option for the 50 Stama are from Volvo IPS 600 Pod drives, or more traditional shaft lines with Volvo 575hp up to 715hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.22 m (53.2ft)
Length - 15 m
Beam - 4.50 m Draft - 1.25 m
Displacement - 18.000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS600 435hp, D9 575hp, D12 715hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS pod drives, traditional shaft line
Project - Tommaso Spadolini
Certification - CE B

February 24, 2009

Engine: MAN V8 1200hp

MAN Engines & Components presents the new V8-1200 for yachts and pleasure craft in the 50 to 60 foot class. At the 40th boot in Düsseldorf the 1200hp diesel engine (882 kW) made its first public appearance. The appearance of the V8-1200 marks a logical addition to the selection of V-engines from the Engines & Components division of MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG. With its 1200hp (882 kW) the 8-cylinder offers superb acceleration for yachts and pleasure craft in the 50 to 60 foot class. Maximum torque of 4000 Nm at as low as 1200 rpm sends a yacht into the planing phase fast, achieving high speeds in next to no time. Optimal design of the dynamic V8 engine enables it to maintain 1200 hp (882 kW) performance from 2100 through 2350 rpm. Here MAN engineers have demonstrated in unequalled fashion that a powerful engine can be both lightweight and compact. At 1.56 kilograms per horsepower, the new V8-1200 is even lighter in relation to power than existing MAN V-engines for virtually unaltered dimensions. Engines come with an SAE1 flywheel case to save space and weight. Cooling is by a plate heat exchanger, which allows flexible configuration of the cooling system. An advantage in engine installation by a boat builder is the modified exhaust system with a central gas outlet. All parts needing maintenance such as fuel and oil filters are arranged for ease of access. The water pump is driven by a gear instead of a belt.

New Model: Back Cove 37

A waited presentation from Back Cove this US Maine builder, presenting with the new 37 its biggest build so far. As all the small Back Cove the new 37 continues the single engine concept for top economy and low maintenance, which have built the popularity of this brand. Other news for Back Cove coinciding with the launch of its new bigger boat is the building method in infusion molding technique. The accommodation offers a lower deck, forward we have the master stateroom with an island berth, to starboard aft of the master is a full guest cabin with double berth, and opposite to port is a head unit with separate stall shower. Between the lower and salon sole levels, there is the mid-galley filled with natural light from the above windows, and fully equipped with a two drawer refrigerator, a freezer, microwave and deep stainless steel sink. In the main deck salon you have the helm station to starboard equipped with twin Stidd seats for him and the crew, aft of the helm seat an L-shaped settee, and to port a shorter settee. Large windows provide ample light and air while overhead a large sliding pilot hatch allows air to flow through this space. Another nice bonus is the cockpit saloon connectivity, with large swing doors completely opening up the salon to the cockpit. Power for new Back Cove 37 will come from single Cummins of 480hp up to 600hp, with a Yanmar 530hp choice also available. The big Cummins gives speeds of 27 knots max and about 24 knots cruising.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.5 m (38ft)
Beam - 3.96 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 9.97 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 1136 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 5 berths
Engines - 1 x Cummins QSB5.9 480hp, QSC 8.3 600hp, Yanmar 6XC 530hp
Speed - 27 knots max, 24 knots cruising with Cummins 600hp
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, USCG, CE B

February 23, 2009

New Model: Viking 46 Open

Launced during the recent Miami Show, the Viking 46 Open shows the full range of high performance sportfish boats, this US builder is delivering. Designed for both fishing and cruising, the 46 Open is bursting with blue-water capabilities and yacht club panache. Tournament as well as casual fishermen will appreciate the attention to detail in the 121 square foot cockpit garnered from the thousands of hours Viking puts into competitive fishing every year, here nothing is left to chance so the cockpit is well appointed with amenities such as flush rod holders, recessed hardware, fresh and raw-water washdown systems, tackle stowage, rounded coamings and more. The observation mezzanine in the upper cockpit is accented with inviting Sunbrella cushions, and houses a bait freezer, stowage compartment and engineroom access. A step leading to the bridge deck doubles as an insulated drink box. The airy command bridge deck is framed front and sides with a wraparound windshield, equipped with wipers, washers and an integrated enclosure track. Three Murray Product adjustable helm seats afford ideal sight lines and the centerline helm is equipped with power assisted hydraulic steering and electronic engine controls. Abaft the command area, there is an L-shaped lounge to port with rod stowage below and a molded console to starboard with stowage and a refrigerator/icemaker. A sliding contoured door leads below to the salon, galley and overnight accommodations. A choice of one or two staterooms creates great flexibility. The master stateroom is forward in both plans and provides a double island berth with stowage below, a maple-lined hanging locker, air conditioning, reading lights and a 20-inch flat screen television. The galley features a three-burner electric cooktop, microwave/convection oven, large capacity drawer style refrigeration, Corian counters and sink with built-in garbage disposal, and Amtico vinyl flooring. A choice of high gloss or satin teak finishes is offered. Opposite the galley, the salon is fully air conditioned and has an L-shaped lounge with rod stowage underneath. Teak cabinetry, a 20-inch flat screen television, a stereo, carpeting and a teak high-low cocktail table are among the standard items. In the alternate layout, the salon is slightly shortened to allow for the second stateroom with upper and lower berths. Both layouts include a single head, which is nicely appointed with Amtico flooring, a fiberglass shower stall, a one-piece molded Corian counter with a built-in sink, electric MSD, linen locker, and air conditioning. In the engineroom, Viking’s engineering benchmarks are industry famous. Engine choices include the standard 900hp V8 MANs or 1100hp V10 MANs. The common rail diesels are mounted to powder-coated structural steel web frame beds that are secured to intermediate vacuum bagged composite bulkheads, which ensure drive train alignment for silky smooth trolling and minimal vibration. The engineroom is painted in bright white Awlgrip for easier maintenance and all daily engine fluid checks are inboard for accessibility. A variety of options, including a tuna tower, outriggers, and a fiberglass swim platform allows infinite customization possibilities.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.3 m (46.9ft)
Beam - 5.03 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 23,891 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3293 l
Water Capacity - 568 l
Accommodation - 2 berths in 1 cabin, 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 900hp, V10 1100hp

February 22, 2009

Projects: Benetti 52m Sensation, Benetti 47m Imagination

There are two new ranges of yachts in the plan for the near future at Benetti shipyard: 47m Imagination and 52m Sensation, both with a family feeling and both generated by the creativity of Stefano Natucci. The interior designs, based on the Zuretti concept, will be fully custom. Inspired by the successful line Golden Bay, the steel 52m Sensation is a semi displacement yacht, direct evolution of the Golden Bay line with a glance at the future. Sensation, in schedule to be launched in 2012, and is a 52m x 9.6m yacht. Maximum speed is 18.5 knots. with a range of 3.400 nautical miles at 12 knots (economic speed). She is part of the steel - aluminium range. The 47m alloy Imagination is a fast alloy semi displacement yacht, being a reinterpretation of both the legendary line and the FB246 43m Diane. Imagination, in schedule to be launched in 2010, is a 47m x 8.8m. She can easily reach 24.6 knots as maximum speed with a range of 3.400 nautical miles at 12 knots (economic speed). Hull and superstructure are in Aluminium Alloy.

February 21, 2009

Boat Review: Falcon 86


Presentation
Falcon Yachts 86 presented in 1999 had a tough job to follow, repeat or beat the yards success with the 82S. Look ten years back and this entry level super yacht from the Viareggio builder is still in production and going strong. Designed by Architect Stefano Righini, renowned globally for his Azimut designs, he rarely gets mentioned for the Falcon Yachts designs which where among his first and still are his duty as at today. For Falcon, Righini takes a more traditional interpretation to the classic Italian yacht outside and inside. Another wise move for Falcon was to stretch the rules achieving in all this an overall of 86 feet but a measured length of under 80 feet, allowing the owner operator with competency to helm his boat with minimum crew.
Accommodation
Falcon 86 is a traditional two deck and flybridge yacht. Regarded by many as still one of the most spacious in its size offering, the 86 really gives space everywhere. The main deck welcomes you in a big environment offering a two level split area. Upon entrance you have the relaxing dining zone finding the big l-shaped saloon settee, followed by an eight person dining area, up a step you find the internal stairs to the flybridge, to port side you also have the separate galley room, more to fore you find the main deck day head, and forward you have the centrally located helm station joined to port by an l-shaped dinette for passage viewing.
Below is the accommodation deck, reserved for a spacious four double cabins en-suite layout. Here again spaciousness is the word, offering a traditional layout. Owners cabin at midships, VIP cabin to fore, and two double guests cabin in between. Worth to note is the big changing room in the owners room, but also that each guest bathroom comes with a bidet. Two crew cabins are located at the forward end serving also as a sound insulation for the VIP room, with entrance from the outside deck. Crew space is also more then what one gets here with a twin head and three or four bunk berths.
Performance
Not the highest performer in its size, the Falcon 86 is all about cruising in comfort and feeling safe. It is a solid boat although dry is not the word in head seas, but I am sure guests will feel safe in most rough seas with the Falcon 86, due also in part to its heavy displacement for its size and type. Steering is also on the heavy side especially when compared with yachts equipped with tunnel pockets. Hull is a planning Vee with warped design, deeper forward sections and medium closing aft. Performance is a top speed of 26 knots and cruising at 22 knots with the standard 1520hp MTU. If you want an extra two knots in cruising and max, bigger 1826hp MTUs are available.
Positive
Day head on main deck
Dual staircase
Cabin spaces
Negative
Crew cabin berths
Competition
It is incredible how the offer in this size have expanded over the years. When the 86 was presented there where only a couple of competitors. Nowadays in 2009 there is too much competition, which is not bad for the buyer really! Think of it this way, so much is found that this list includes only yachts in the 26 metres LOA if you go one metre less or above you have triple choices to this.
Abacus 86 - big aft deck, crew area with l-shaped settee to fore, 33 knots
Aicon 85 - modern, unusual crew quarters with lobby, hard top on fly
Azimut 85 - modern classic reinterpretation of spaces, crew aft, big owner cabin
Canados 86 Fly - tender garage aft, 33 knots performance
Horizon Elegance 87 - Taiwan build Italian design, 2 PWC garage, small crew cabin
Majesty 88 - sport sleek, 2 galleys small on main, bigger in crew lobby aft
Amer 86 - sleek, semi custom interior, 32 knots with only 1625hp engines
Riva 85 Opera Super - legendary builder, crew aft, 33 knot make it top performer
Sanlorenzo SL88 - timeless beautiful lines, raised pilot house spacious main deck
Sunseeker 86 Yacht - super yacht with sleek aggressive style, crew aft
Versilcraft 87 - raised pilot house, garage for tender
WILD CARD: Gianetti 85 Navetta Sport - modern semi displacement, raised pilot house
Conclusion
When Falcon presented the 86, they found a clever way to offer a pocket super yacht to its limits, with the right dimensions for the owner who likes to helm. This created a new segment which at 86 became like a new window to an entry level super yacht but still staying in the rules as a smaller boat. Falcon at the time also used this to there advantage, and created unknown spaces which still today set a benchmark in its size. All this made the semi custom 86 a huge success in the market which looking ten years back today in 2009 has paid off, still going strong in sales, and one of the most suggested captains yacht in the med.
Technical Data
LOA. 26.10 metres (85.6 ft)
Beam. 6.40 metres
Draft. 1.95 metres includes props @ medium load
Displacement. 65t med load
Fuel Capacity. 8500 litres
Water Capacity. 1600 litres
Accommodation. 8 berths in 4 cabins + 3/4 crew berths aft
Engines. 2 x MTU 12v2000M91 1520hp, MTU 16v2000M90 1826hp
Propulsion. v-Drive with shafts
Speed. max 26 knots, cruising 22 knots with MTU 1520hp
Hull Shape. vee shape planning
Project. Stefano Righini exterior
Picture Copyright Falcon Yachts. Data Falcon Yachts.

February 20, 2009

New Model: Mastercraft 300

A much waited unveiling during the Miami Show for a company Mastercraft usually associated, with fast runabout and ski running boats. The new 300 opens the quest for a cruiser from the US builder, may be come into case with the change of ownership happening a few dates back. The most intriguing factor of the new Mastercraft 300 is obviously the three pointed full bow. Normal questions arising here from the traditionalists, I am sure are if this opens up waves as a traditional pointed one. What is sure is thanks to this design element you have a forward double berth of much bigger proportions inside. The fullish bow also give a more spacious deck up top. Another different style element is the movable hard top with alloy frame and tinted glass to reduce the affect of sunlight. For a 30 feet boat the Mastercraft 300 offers more of a different concept to a more spacious one! The cockpit revolves around its central passageway with double sun lounges, l-shaped settees, and dual seats for the helm to starboard and passenger to port. Inside you have innovation capturing a layout as seen on fast boats but adding to it more space and luxury. Below in fact you have separate head upon entrance, galley, c-shaped settee, and a spacious double berth forward which can be separated by a blind. Performance figures have not been announced, as the same for engine choices what so far is communicated is that it takes twin engines, petrol or diesel totaling a max of 800hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.3 m (33.9ft)
Length - 9.25 m
Beam - 3.35 m
Draft - 0.86 m
Displacement - 5670 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 757 l
Water Capacity - 114 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2
Engines - twin up to 800hp Petrol or Diesel
Hull - vee shape with 20 degrees midship, 16 degree aft

February 19, 2009

Web: Rio New Web Site

A new websites for North Italian builder Rio, and thanks for that as the old one was really a pain to visit with little updates occurring. Coming from an interesting past, Rio was founded in the glorious sixties, to be exact in 1961 by Dr. Luigi Scarani first as Avionautica Rio building wooden runabouts powered by Rolls Royce and Chris Craft engines. The success continues and in the seventies Rio in collaboration with Italian company Eni launches its first plastic ABS material boat, the 310 sold in 50,000 examples. In the eighties Rio opens further production establishments in Spain and France, and also launches its working boats line selling 200 units to the Italian police departments. The new website wants to put Rio on the quality builders map, having started to upgrade its line in the new millennium with the interesting and nice Art models. Venturing in the new Rio virtual showroom the new site welcomes you with the News & Events, a small brief paragraph of the history further down, and the latest new Rio 36 model which takes to this model page. The tabs are: Company, Model, Patrol Boats, Dealer Network, News & Events, Press Clippings and Preowned. There is further assistance tabs below for Home Page, Site Map, and Contacts.

New Model: American Tug 49

The success of the American Tug 41 is a tough act to follow with the owners and the press raving about the spaciousness, sea handling and the economical cruising speed from the semi-displacement hull of this successful model. Newly launched American Tug 49 goes a step further adding a spacious helm, salon and dinette areas to this successful formula for a passage making pleasure boat. You immediately notice the difference when you enter the 49 from the dock to the swim step and through the transom door into the new larger cockpit. The additional room in the cockpit is perfect for fishing or relaxing in a chair and enjoying the sunset across an anchorage. One step through the stout cabin door and you see a big difference with a large salon for relaxation and a new dinette booth that will comfortably hold four. The new galley layout adds feeling of open spaciousness with large, light-filled and secure windows all around. Three steps up to the helm, and you can see the added space there, comparable to the working helm of a much larger yacht with plenty of space to stretch out while underway. The 49 includes as standard a new hydraulic system for powering the bow thruster, stern thruster and the windlass allowing continuous use without the worry of overheating electrical systems. This is a feature rarely seen in boats in this class of yacht. It will simplify docking while single-handed or for the cruising couple. Mechanical features include the genset, oil change system and hydraulic crane for the dinghy are all standard. The American Tug 49 continues a pattern of setting a high standard for passage making cruising yachts in its class with beautiful Sapele wood joinery throughout, a Sapele and Maple sole in the galley, two staterooms both with en-suite heads and full sized showers, and the roomy salon and helm areas offer more interior volume than competitive boats. The standard diesel furnace or air conditioning/heating system, washer/dryer, watermaker add to the comfort and convenience of the captain and crew. Anchor systems, fenders and mooring lines, are all included to complete the boat.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.2 m (53.2ft)
Length - 14.83 m
Length Waterline - 13.97 m
Beam - 4.82 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 16329 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Water Capacity - 794 l
Engine - 1 x Volvo D-9 575hp
Speed - 19 knots max, 8 knots best economic cruising

February 18, 2009

Project: Prestige 60

A new flybridge motor yacht project from Prestige, representing a lot of important news from the French builder part of the Beneteau Group and as last year branded as Jeanneau. In fact one of the news coming with this new 60 model feet flagship, is now that Prestige is a separate independent brand, including the 10 models of the current range from the small 30S up to the 50 from the flybridge line. The new Prestige 60 represents also the introduction of a new Yacht division from this builder, announcing with it more upcoming bigger models up to 85 feet in the future. 60 Prestige offers also important novelties, starting from the interior which seems not to miss a beat having a three guest cabins all with personal heads head lower deck including in it a very spacious full beam owners cabin.  A double crew berth cabin with head is also located aft. The main deck continues the innovation versus the competition shown with the astern galley aft of the saloon, an internal and exterior stair case to the flybridge, this without missing a nice seven person dining table, and a C-shaped sofa opposite. Propulsion wise the 60 Prestige challenges the competition again, offering Volvo pod drives, with twin IPS850 670hp power, giving estimated top speeds of 31 knots and a cruising of 25. This will be among the first IPS propelled boats for an over 50ft flyrbidge motor yachts, but if that speed data is confirmed may be the real advantage here will be easy joystick manoeuvring, knowing of similar sized yachts with shaft propulsion and a similar displacement, size and power which have more or less the same speed.

New Model: Horizon 52 Tournament

Horizon 52 Tournament is a first Sportfish model for the Taiwan company, renowned for building motor and super yachts up to 130 ft. The new 52 Tournament is also the smallest build in the current Horizon line up. A new market for Horizon, the Sportfish Yacht where it will want to satisfy demands of both the offshore angler and crew, giving in all this fishing joy with performance and comfort. A full array of refined fishing amenities along with a roomy well-appointed salon, galley and comfortable cabins make the 52 Tournament new competition to the US builders. The interior offers a main deck with 2 settees, one l-shaped for entertainment, and the c-shaped for dining. Lower deck offers 3 cabins 2 heads, with a double cabin to port side, 2 double berths forward and a settee berth which accommodates another berth. Aft deck of the 52 Tournament also features the much requested mezzanine seating, and customers can also order a full height optional tuna tower depending on their needs. Horizon 52 Tournament first Sportfish Yacht is an interesting offer, for a market dominated by US builders although it does take much to what regards its lines from the Carolina models.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.88 m (52.1ft)
Length Waterline - 13.89 m
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 28t
Fuel Capacity - 3975 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 3 cabins

February 17, 2009

Project: Ovation 55 Sport Yacht

Making its debut this month, is the Ovation 55 Sport Yacht second in a series of new breed modern yachts part of the Silverton Marine Corporation. This new 55 Ovation is a hybrid design trying to look sporty sleek but also offering a lounging flybridge up top. For example you have an extended shaded overhang in the aft main deck, but once you open the three piece patio door, you feel at the inside of a flybridge yacht. Finished in cherry wood the main deck features double portside sofas, a starboard side curved upholstered lounge, a raised dinette area, and the central navigation center entertaining area offering guests a full panoramic view through the yacht’s full-width windshield. Below decks the theme is for a luxurious 2 cabin layout with extra space! Here you find a galley with plenty of storage and a large open area above contributes to an open, airy, naturally feel. Sleep accommodation is for 2 spacious owners and VIP cabin. Forward you find the VIP stateroom with a queen sized berth featuring port starboard wardrobes and a split-head arrangement, the portside being the shower and starboard the vanity with access also from the passageway for use as a day head. Owner cabin located midship for full-beam convenience has a walk around queen-sized berth, two wardrobes, and a private head. Power will be a triple Volvo IPS600 configuration rated at 435hp each, fitted with standard joystick for easy manoeuvring.

New Model: Princess V78

The above picture represents one of the first sea trails for the new Princess V78, a much expected new model from Princess V Class Sport Yacht and Cruiser line. Second largest model in the V-Class range, the new V78 represents also an important novelty from this builder, being it the first to be built with resin infusion moulding. An important first for the second in size and capacity British motor boat builder which according to its data, saved as much as 3 tons versus a conventional building method. Interior wise the new Princess, has a 4 cabin 3 head lower deck, with a full beam owners cabin. A double crew cabin with head is located separately aft. Main deck is reserved for entertainment, offering a spacious c-shaped lounging sofa upon entering, and an 8 person dining table further forward to port side. Engine choice is a three option from Caterpillar and MTU, starting from 1500hp to a max of 1825hp. Hull number one was equipped with the smaller of options, with the builder claim of touching the 35 knots estimated project top speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.83 m (78.2ft)
Beam - 5.66 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 47.5 t with Cat C32
Fuel Capacity - 5486 l
Water Capacity - 1112 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 1500hp, C32A 1825hp, MTU 12v2000M93 1800hp
Speed - top speed 37 knots with C32A estimated

February 16, 2009

Propulsion: Twin Disc Arneson ASD18

Always the ultimate in speed, maneuverability, efficiency and dependability Twin Disc Arneson Surface Drives presents the new bigger unit of its line the ASD18, for bigger boats and more powerful 3000hp plus engines. Arneson Drives is all about surface-piercing propellers reducing underwater drag to 50% compared to a submerged propeller system. In fact on an Arneson Surface Drive the only surface to contact the water is the propeller and the protective fin. This results in higher speeds, quicker acceleration and a better payload to power ratio, in all this improving fuel economy and lowering operating costs. The new ASD18 increases the torque limit by nearly double versus the previous bigger ASD16, with a max torque of 51528nwm. It features an overall length of 2892mm, and a thrust socket diameter and size of 762mm. The materials used for the new big ASD18 are Bronze, Almac, Stainless Steel, and Acquamet 17 for the propeller shaft. Turning angle is a total of 36 degrees, and vertical trim is 15 degrees.

New Model: Nimbus 335 Coupe

The new Nimbus 335 Coupe presents itself with modern, clean lines focusing on innovative design solutions combined with an easy-running hull providing excellent performance from a single engine. Premiered in Dusseldorf a few weeks back the 335 is a follow up to the 365 Coupé introduced in 2008, and related to the entirely new generation of Coupé Nimbus that all include the successful “sidewalk” concept along with the new design, laminated windows with a large bay front window, opening flush-fitted sliding doors to starboard, and twin roof hatches providing better visibility and comfort to all those onboard. The 335 Coupe offers a large aft deck level, with a generously proportioned bathing platform. Saloon is roomy and cosy, with a modern ambiance filled with light and air, owing to the tasteful combination of upholstery, cushions and high quality joinery. Helm station and the instruments is functional and modern, incorporating surface finishes that reduce light reflection adding with the effective ergonomics. Nimbus developed the 335 Coupé with a policy of solid, functional comfort in modern design with environmentally conscious production engineering resulting in clean vacuum injection system used for the fibreglass construction, this being a closed manufacturing process which reduces emissions to a minimum. By means of this method the boat is built with higher, more even quality, and is lighter and more rigid too, advantages that give the boat a useful cruising speed with only one engine. Down below the 335 Coupé continues its innovative solutions with a generous stowage space and a layout that provide plenty of room. The large fore cabin contains a double berth featuring storage space in the pull-out drawers beneath the berth, a wardrobe and several thoughtfully planned stowage lockers. Guest cabin to port contains a double berth, seating room and a large wardrobe. There is a head adjacent to the guest and fore cabins, fitted with a separate shower stall. Apart from the two cabins, an extra double berth can be made up on the convertible c-shaped sofa in the saloon. Here the main deck saloon includes the galley with large worktop, plenty of storage space, a cooker with sink concealed beneath an elegant Corian panel folding up, and a stainless steel fridge underneath. The new Numbus 335 Coupé is a modern, solid and functional boat that makes a minimum of impact on our environment and providing easy and enjoyable life at sea.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.27 m (33.6ft)
Beam - 3.20 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Weight - 4500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 480 l
Water Capacity - 190 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engine - 1 x Volvo Penta D4 225hp, 260hp, 300hp
Certification - CE B

February 15, 2009

Web: Doral New Web Site

Doral International Inc. launches the new 2009 website. Founded in 1972 in Quebec, Canada Doral has become one of the most acknowledged boat builders in the globe especially in medium sized Sport Cruisers. Today it has three ranges starting from the 235 Bow Rider of the Elite Series, to the flagship model in the Sport Yachts the 51 Alegria. The new Doral online experience has a clean design and is available in French or English language. Main tabs buttons featured in the middle of the page with three tabs represent the three Doral range of boats: entry level Elite Series, medium sized Express Cruisers, and the bigger Sport Yachts. There is further tab menus up top: Models, About Us, Build Your Doral, News & Events, Dealers, Owners. There is two further picture tabs which are Build A Doral and Request A Brochure. Interesting for the buyer is the Build A Doral concept, an easy online way to fit your future boat without the pressure of a salesman on your neck.

February 14, 2009

Projects: Sunseeker 64 Predator, Sunseeker 46 Metre Yacht

The new Sunseeker 64 Predator replaces the 62 of the same range after 3 years of production. This new model as typical Sunseeker offers various accommodation options, furnishings and layout features to suit the style of many owners. As the Sunseeker Predator range has represented recently, here the 64 continues the all weather Sport Yacht concept offering high speed exhilaration in fully enclosed air condition protection, or in full open air environment by sliding the sun roof in the saloon, and opening the aft patio doors. Inside various options are available from a crew cabin aft, to a 3 cabin or 2 cabin suite version. In the 2 cabin version an l-shaped sofa replaces the bunked l-shaped double third cabin and the third head. Max speed is 35 knots, with twin engine installation totaling 2200hp.
Positioning Sunseeker further in the Super Yacht world, will be this project for a new flagship 46 Metre Yacht set to premiere in 2012. An up-scaling of 9 metres for the status symbol builder, following the success the 37 Meter Yacht obtained. This 46 Metre Yacht can be built to MCA and RINA credentials for class and according to flag requirements, once again brings almost twice the volume of previous accommodation limits. Yet still the Sunseeker spirit of speed is here, with predicted peaks up to 20 knots with secure sea keeping, thanks to an intricate design testing process. The plan is a contemporary triple deck Super Yacht, following the lines of the 37 but in a larger form, giving a more aggressive profile. Standard accommodation plan is for a 5 guest cabins, with owners cabin on the main deck. Crew accommodation is for 10 members, with the captains cabin located on the third deck.

New Model: Peri 37

Turkish builder Peri Yachts presents its second model the 37, continuing to epitomise power and style, with the use of the latest materials and design to enhance gains in performance and space. Following the success of the first Peri 29, the new 37 is the second model of a 5 super yacht range going from 29 to a 41 metre triple deck flagship. The new 37 follows the first small Peri, with a reflection in the family feeling shape thanks to Turkish company Scaro Design who did all the range, offering also here a sporty streamlined looking modern yacht. Peri 37 is a 2 decks and a half super yacht, with the half deck being a raised pilot house. Standard accommodation layout is 5 cabin all with en-suites, with owners cabin on the main deck. Although this is a custom build which can accommodate various choices from 4 to 6 cabins. On the power side the 37 is offered with two MTU engine options starting from 2250hp up to the bigger choice of 2400hp. This later option gives a wide open throttle of 26knots and cruising of 22knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.93 m (121.1ft)
Waterline Length - 29.8 m
Beam - 8.10 m
Draft - 1.57 m
Displacement - 160t 1/3 load
Fuel Capacity - 35000 l
Water Capacity - 5000 l
Accommodation - 8 guests in 4 cabins, 7 crew in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M93 2250hp, 2400hp
Speed - 26 knots max, 22 knots cruising with 2 x 2400hp
Range - 1250 nm
Hull Shape - v planning
Project - Scaro Design, Dixon Yacht Design
Construction - glass reinforced epoxy sandwich
Certification - RINA, MCA Compliant

February 13, 2009

Project: Aqualum 38

Argentinan builder Aqualum presents the new 38 project. A new model set to fill the gap between the successful 35 and 43-45 models. As all Aqualum's in the range the new 38 follows the flybridge motor cruiser concept, with a Mediterranean Italian design influence. Its interior accommodation is a twin cabin single head layout, with an owners cabin with queen size berth located to fore, and a double guest cabin to port. Main deck features a split level area, with a lounging l-shaped settee upon entering and further forward offering the galley to port and helm station to starboard. The galley is unusual in this position for this size, take it as a steal from bigger boats but this works better to one situated on the lower deck. Having this layout up top I am still surprised not seeing 2 heads and a 3 cabin version! Propulsion and engines are so far not announced, although the plans show rear positioned engines with u-drive unit, and classic straight shaft propulsion.

New Model: F&S Boatworks 70 Hull 11

This is the first new model review from a US Custom Sportfish yacht builder. While the word custom in Europe is usually associated with 24 metres plus yachts, in the US this goes from sizes around 10 metres and up to whatever you like really, with over a handful of companies offering mostly high performing sportfish boats under the super 80 feet size. Most of these builds are built with the cold molding technique, that is framing in composite wood and then covering all with fiberglass resin. This gives a lighter boat, but also a superior strength construction. F&S Boatworks is one of the over a dozen builders, mostly of which are family run businesses, and its first hull no.1 was launched in 1988 what was a 58 feet Sportfish Yacht. This hull no.11 represents its latest, launched in 2008 and is the first enclosed bridge from the Delaware builder and the biggest build too, although hull. no.12 in construction has a say for this being 2 feet longer and a bit wider. F&S Boatworks is also innovative in its hull design offering a convex variable deep hull shape, that is of a deeper vee in the centre and flatter sections on the side. Not really a new hull shape but not much used! The interior of the 70ft Hull 11 has 10 berths, 4 head accommodation, with a galley on the main deck, and features a luxury appointed enclosed bridge with internal stair case. F&S Boatworks also managed a nice Enclosed Bridge design, what is always a hard take for any builder. Power is from the latest ultra light performing twin MTU 2400hp each, which give a 43 knots top speed and a cruising of 38 knots.
Technical Data:
Length - 21.33 m (70ft)
Beam - 5.94 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Weight - 38636 kg
Fuel Capacity - 10599 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l
Accommodation - 10 berths
Engines - 2 x MTU M-93 2400hp
Speed - 43 knots max, 38 knots cruising

February 12, 2009

Project: Mastercraft 300

The MasterCraft 300 is unveiled today at the Miami International Boat Show, with a lot of buzzing going strong for this move from the renowned ski boat builder. Mastercraft is happily thrilled with the interest people are showing in what is calling the world's first twin-tip day yacht. Mastercraft has not passed much detailed information, but gave a clue for a 4 berth interior. Hull details show a vee shaped hull with a 2o degrees mid and 16 aft. Fuel capacity is a 757 litres fuel tank, that is a lot considering the 33 feet over all length of the new big Mastercraft 300. Engines have not been announced. Should be interesting to see how this compares with other builders especially American ones, and what new solutions have been used apart the squarish bow and radical exterior shape. May be someone have seen it today and can comment more about this.

New Model: Maritimo C55 Sports Cabriolet

Maritimo’s C55 Sports Cabriolet is the new addition to this Sport Yacht range introduced in 2008. As is now well known, Maritimo took a dramatic course change last year when it introduced the fabulous C60 Sports Cabriolet. Unveiled for the first time last May at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and again a star attraction at the Sydney International Boat Show a few weeks later, the C60 as it’s known, has received ‘rave reviews’ in Australian and international boating media. Now, as the company expands its range to meet market demands, the C55, an equally stylish craft that is simply a more compact example of the C60 is released. Despite being more than a metre shorter and two tonnes lighter, the C55 offers the same beam and accommodations and with fuel efficient Cummins QSM 11 diesels delivering 670hp each, will give the C60 a run for its money too. The C55 will cruise effortlessly along at a cruise speed of 25 knots and is capable of hitting close to 30 knots at wide open throttle. Her main saloon, obviously smaller than that of the C60, remains luxurious and efficiently planned, with a well equipped galley and easy access aft and to the accommodations forward. The master suite is again cantered amidships with a VIP cabin forward and supporting cabins port and starboard featuring bunk berths. It takes also a really keen eye to discern the difference between the C55 and C60, although buyers will notice the difference at the cash register.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.3 m (56.9ft)
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Weight - 25 t
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 670hp
Speed - 30 knots max, 25 knots cruising

February 11, 2009

New Model: Integrity 55 Flybridge

Dubai builder Integrity Yachts presents its 55 Flybridge launched in the fall of 2008. An interesting motor yacht which competes in a highly battled market segment size. The Integrity 55 Flybridge comes where luxury growth was at a massive rate in recent years, so seeing builders with a good product from the Middle East is just the result of an always increasing boating population. The Integrity 55 is a nice design offering the recent conventional layout for boats this size, that of a main deck reserved for the saloon, dining, galley and a lower deck for the accommodation. Lower deck surprises, offering in its 16 metre plus length a 3 double cabin 3 head layout, of which two en suites for the owner and VIP cabin, with the third being a mix between a day head and third cabin usage. Should be among the smaller yachts in this size to offer a three cabin and head layout, without loosing the much requested full beam owners cabin and the big view windows. Performance wise the 55 Flybridge has a top speed of 31 knots and a cruising of 28 knots with the big twin Volvo D12-800 option. None the less this an interesting offer from a Dubai builder, showing that they are not just letting the renowned brands take over there market, but already to compete on an international level with a high quality product.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.92 m (55.5ft)
Waterline Length - 14.06 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.00 m ex props
Displacement - 24.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 3040 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 3 heads, 1 crew cabin with head aft
Engines - 2 x Volvo D12-800 775hp
Speed - 31 knots max, 28 knots cruising

February 10, 2009

Boat Show - Miami 2009 Preview

Starting Thursday 12Th and going till Monday 16Th February is the Miami International Boat Show produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, principal US trade association of the recreational marine industry. NMMA members, over 1,700 companies, producing approximately 80 percent of the marine products used by recreational boaters and anglers in the United States. North American pleasure boat market represents fully half of the global demand for these products and services. Retail sales of boats, related products and services amount to an estimated $39.5 billion annually in the United States. This years three site Miami show at the Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina Yachting Center and Bayside Miamarina want to take the negative economics out of the passionate boater with a lot of new models in show. Viking have 4 new boats to display from the 57 Convertible, flagship 82 Convertible, and last the twin entry level 46 Convertible or Open. Power Yacht builder Magnum is also for a stunner thanks to the new 70 with hard top designed by Italian firm Lazzarini and Pickering a first for this legend. Jersey Cape will present its 45 Devil Express. Sabre will launch its new 40 Express, a pod ZF Zeus first for the down east lobster style builder. Back Cove presents its 37. Cruisers will launch new 470 Sports Coupe, only Volvo IPS cruiser. Last but not least Tiara will show the waited second model in the flybridge battle machines, the 4800 Convertible.

New Model: Innovazioni Progetti 46 Alena

Italian builder Innovazioni Progetti present there new 46 Alena, replacement of the 44 and introduction model to the enclosed hard top Alena range. As followed since the introduction of the 56 Alena flagship, all the models from this new smaller 46 to its bigger sisters follow a distinct similar style in the exterior and interiors. The hard top coupe concept has been a successful virtue of the bigger Alena's, and this new 46 follows forth here too with easy patio doors closing the upper deck, but also the much appreciated galley up solution leaving the lower deck for accommodation purposes. Accommodation is for 2 spacious cabins both with en-suite head, and the owner cabin being a full beam mid-ship affair. Power and propulsion is Volvo twin IPS600 forward facing pod drives with twin 435hp each.
Technical Data:
Length - 13.40 m (43.9ft)
Beam - 4.54 m
Displacement - 15000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 550 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo Penta IPS600 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pods
Certification - CE

February 9, 2009

Engine: Yanmar 6CX530 530hp

The new six-cylinder 6CX530 is a further addition to Yanmar Marine’s range of electronic control diesel engines. At 837 kilograms dry weight it is the lightest in its power class, well over 200 kilos less than some comparable-size units. It is the only 7.4 litre diesel available for the pleasure boat market. The common rail injection system used has been designed specifically for the 6CX530 by Yanmar’s engineering team and the package is completed with a Yanmar-manufactured gearbox. Power output is 530hp (390kW) at 2,900rpm. The power-to-weight ratio is 0.63mhp per kilo. It has the same dimensions as its predecessor, with height of 933mm, length without gear 1,340mm and width 886mm. The latest EPA and RCD emissions regulations are met in full.

New Model: Marex 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser

Norwegian builder Marex presents a fabulous new boat with the 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser, filled with innovative unheard features that really set her apart in her size, and much deserved takes also the price of European Powerboat of the Year during its World debut in Dusseldorf show few weeks ago. The 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser is a boat which hits you with its beauty too! It is a Sport Cruiser that makes you feel on a bigger boat with solutions unseen in this size and not only: like the aft cabin layout, its hard top which is so well proportioned, and last the deep all round side decks. Yes you can start saying for 11 metres it has it all and much more. Accommodation layout works well too anywhere and anyplace. The forward lower deck is reserved for the master cabin with island double berth, and two separate rooms for the head and shower for maximum privacy and flexibility. On the other end you have the fabulous aft cabin offering a double and a single berth with a nice expandable table in between too. The aft cabin also overwhelms you with natural light thanks a moulded window up top. Main living of the boat takes center stage under the hardtop with a c-shaped settee dinette and galley opposite. C-shaped settee has also a transformable forward part which thanks to simple movement of the back rest becomes a nice view forward lounging seat in navigation. The area above the aft cabin which is part of the living has also a nice spacious sunbed. Power and propulsion is where Marex gambles the most taking the economical choice of a single engine installation, a Volvo Penta D6 of 370 or 435hp. While this may seem unusual for an 11 metre I remind that a double engine installation looses 30% of its power! Add that number in fuel consumption costs and double it for maintenance and this choice will seem an easy one too. For the propulsion Marex uses a traditional reliable straight shaft, but also here the Norwegian builder breaks the rules being the first European production builder to use the famed Seatorque shaft which give reduced noise, vibration and an 8% in performance efficiency versus a conventional system.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.37 m (37.3ft)
Beam - 3.50 m
Draft - 1.09 m
Weight - 6500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Engine - 1 x Volvo Penta D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Seatorque straight shaft with mid positioned engine
Speed - max 29 knots, cruising 25 knots estimated
Hull Shape - planning with shaft propulsion
Project - Marex Seaway, E.Aalrud, JJ Design and E.Thorup

February 8, 2009

Project: Bertram 800

A new chapter in Bertram history, as this legendary US builder introduces the 800, soon to be new flagship of the fleet and its largest built to date. After years of advanced research and development, Bertram has decided to take luxury to the next level and build a sport fishing yacht of remarkable proportions, leading its range into the future of sport fishing. The 800 will deliver extreme power performance of a sport fishing vessel while exuding ultimate luxury, adhering to customer requests from all the world for various uses that are preferred in a broad range of countries across the globe. Bertram 800 will feature new technology, like advanced forward and hull window design that is constructed with multiple layers of tempered glass. The forward window design actually brightens the interior of the salon while the hull windows are reinforced directly into the fiberglass hull for optimal hull strength. This state of the art window technology was exclusively designed and tested by Advanced Yacht Technology to resist the roughest fishing conditions across the oceans. At high speeds, the rapid formation and collapse of vapor pockets from the water can cause cavitation, a common cause of structural damage to propellers for any boat manufacturer. AYT has successfully identified how to modify the struts in order to dissipate cavitation's, thereby minimizing maintenance issues, gaining better fuel economy and enhancing engine performance. The 800 will also feature the exclusive ARG Anti-rolling Gyro technology, suppressing rolling motion and reduces rolling angle by up to 50 percent, enabling guests to enjoy smoother and more pleasant rides. In order to maximize all space on board and create more comfortable living space in both the interior and exterior of the yacht, the 800 has been designed with a generous, extended cockpit that provides ample space for many activities or entertainment on board. The cockpit is configured for an L-shaped mezzanine lounge seating with a fixed cockpit table, becoming an essential entertainment and relaxation area. A supplementary day head will also be integrated into the main salon level for easier use from guests in the cockpit. This yacht will be endowed with beautiful white oak wood as a standard and optional exotic African mahogany for the interiors. The ultra luxurious full beam master will offer sweeping views with its large porthole windows, which surround the master suite. The 800 will feature a four cabin layout and will offer multiple optional plans for the master staterooms than can be customized upon request. Layouts offer multiple crew cabin quarters that can also be modified. The first, an aft crew cabin for two, can be accessed from the cockpit with additional entry to the engine room. Second optional crew cabin is located forward of the galley, which is perfect to accommodate a hostess, or personal chef. For those who would rather opt for extra storage space, this optional crew cabin can also be converted into a large walk-in pantry. This Super Sportfish vessel will be built for supreme sport fishing and Bertram is known to make fishing a comfortable experience, providing a fully equipped yacht for all needs. Longitudinal fish boxes will be placed next to the fighting chair to easily store any catch of the day and larger rod locker storage on the port side will be incorporated under the spiral staircase for access from the cockpit mezzanine area. Breaking into the future of sport fishing, the Bertram 800 will undoubtedly set a new precedent for the sport fishing industry.

February 7, 2009

Web: Lazzara New Web Site

Famed US builder Lazzara, updates its showroom website to a new latest version. Lazzara Yachts founded in 1990, has in reality much more age then this, being the Lazzara family in its third generation of boat builders. The family Lazzara boat building experience starts in 1955, when Vince Lazzara construct the biggest GRP boat of the time, a 40 feet sailing yacht for himself. After this in 1960 he starts Columbia Yachts which in 1967 sells, and a few years later moving to Florida in the early seventies creates Gulfstar Yachts. Eventually the Lazzara brothers Dick and Brad sold there stakes in Gulfstar in 1989, next step being to start building motor yachts with there surname Lazzara brand launching the first 76 model in 1992. The rest as they say is history! The new Lazzara Yachts wed site takes you in a modern Internet showroom, with a high focus on the 4 models of the range: LSX 75, LSX 92, LMY 84 and LMY 116. Each model has 6 pages going from: Features, Tech Specs, Floorplans, Exterior, Interior, Videos and Downloads. The general website continues underneath with the following sections: Design, Manufacturing, Heritage, Downloads, News + Events, Lazzara Sales, Pre-Owned Yachts, Lazzara Yacht Club, Customer Support, Lazzara Blog, and About Us. Further down there is the sub sections: Contact Us, Employment and Site Map. Three picture tabs also take you to a visual tour of the following: LSX92 Running Video, Behind the Scenes of the LSX92, and 2009 Miami Boat Show. Worth to note and visit is the Lazzara Blog of Vice President Rick Lazzara well updated, giving a personal glimpse and insight from a third generation boat builder.

February 6, 2009

New Model: Outer Reef 63

Outer Reef launched the new 63 model in the fall of 2008, what is an interesting addition to this US builder feel big medium range explorer yachts line, presenting here a comfortable live aboard interior offering an upper deck of spacious proportions, and a lower accommodation area with 3 cabins and 2 heads. The inside of the 63 welcomes you in the lounging saloon with an l-shaped settee to port with opposite 2 movable chairs, up 2 steps you find a well sized open plan galley to port, and further to fore you come to the interior small ship like helm station with a central single seat with lounging 6 people l-shaped settee behind it for guest views during the navigation. In this fore part of the main deck you also have the two stairways for the cabins and the flybridge. Standard lower accommodation deck features a mid-ship full beam en-suite owners stateroom, a VIP cabin to fore, guest head and a third bunk cabin. Saying all this it is worth to note that all this is semi custom, so what you read above can all be changed really to suit your needs. An interesting feature of the 63 is also the low to the water fish fighting deck aft, surely more appreciated by US buyers then European ones, who like fishing normally as much as they love boating. Power for the 63, is by twin Caterpillar C9Acert 503hp, which give a 20 knots top speed and max all time cruising of 17 knots. While the Outer Reef 63 can be driven at lower economical displacements speeds, the above surely is not bad at all especially when your barometer starts heading down and you want to take your beloved ones in harbour. The 63 is Outer Reef current smaller model, but a 58 and 60 are in building schedule and if the feel big properties like wide side decks and comfortable aft and forward decks are your thing this builder surely deserves a top look. Thanks to Trevor White from Nautical UK who is sole Europe distributor of Outer Reef Yachts, for his assistance in this article which from here PowerYacht wishes the best of luck in this new venture.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.37 m (63.1ft)
Waterline Length - 15.98 m
Beam - 5.11 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 35681 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3785 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Engines - 2 x Cat C9Acert 503hp
Speed - 20 knots max, 17 knots cruising
Construction - hand laid FRP hull, with foam PVC sandwich above waterline
Certification - CE A