October 31, 2009

Monthly News - October 2009

-pic of the month- Tiara Super Grouper

Azimut-Benetti Group Sign with Yacht Brasil

YachtBrasil, a Brazilian company specializing in yacht sales and distribution, has confirmed a partnership with Italian boatbuilding group Azimut-Benetti, which includes the Atlantis brand. YachtBrasil signed the agreement during the recent São Paulo Boat Show, allowing the company exclusive sales and after sales rights for the Italian boat brands throughout the country. Daniele Mitton, Azimut's general manager for the Americas, was impressed by the level of sales at the 2009 São Paulo Boat Show.YachtBrasil maintains that the new partnership with the Azimut-Benetti Group is a significant achievement. The agreement coincides with the ending, by mutual consent, of YachtBrasil's successful 14 year relationship with Intermarine. It operates 12 sales and service bases in Brazil and has also recently become Sea Ray's exclusive importer. Foreign boatbuilders are now retuning to the market despite import tariffs of up to 100 per cent on leisure boats. The rapid rise of the Real which has seen a 36 per cent appreciation against the US dollar since the start of the year combined with a stock market now higher than before the Lehman Brothers collapse are among several positive factors affecting the market. Intermarine, Brazil's leading yacht builder, will continue its partnership with Azimut Yachts, building boats specifically tailored for the Brazilian market.


Baia Makes the Switch to SP Epoxy

As an internationally renowned supplier of composite materials for leading boat builders the world over, SP, the marine business of Gurit, was an obvious choice for Italian boat builder Cantieri di Baia. A selection of SP materials, supplied by SP's Italian distributor Resintex Technology, was used on the new Baia 50 including the leading structural foam core Corecell, and SP's adhesive, laminating and epoxy systems. Cantieri di Baia chose to make the switch from polyester and vinylester to SP's epoxy for the build of the Baia 50 because epoxy resin systems are now being consistently adopted for high-performance structures requiring ultimate weight efficiency and durability. PRIME™ 20LV, SP's epoxy system designed for infusion technology, was used because of its very low viscosity which contributes to short infusion times and optimum fiber impregnation as well as providing very good stiffness properties and an excellent laminate quality. The switch was an effective solution for the new Baia 50, with Cantieri di Baia estimating a resulting weight reduction in the order of 25% out of 4.2 tones of structural weight for the hull.


Brunswick Names President Boat Group

Brunswick Corporation has announced that it has named Andrew E. Graves, 50, president to its Brunswick Boat Group. Graves most recently served as president to US Marine and Outboard Boats for Brunswick. Graves now will also have responsibility for the operations of Sea Ray and Meridian. He will continue to report to Dustan E. McCoy, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation. Most recently, Graves was president for US Marine and Outboard Boats, a position he assumed in 2008. Mr. Graves joined Brunswick in 2005, originally as President Freshwater Group. Before coming to Brunswick, Graves was President of the Dresser Flow Solutions business of Dresser, Inc., a leading maker of valves and control solutions for the oil and gas industry. From 2001 to 2003, he was president and chief operating officer for Federal Signal Corporation. Prior to 2001, Graves held positions of increasing responsibility with CNH Global, N.V., and FMC Corporation.


Cigarette Celebrates 40 Years at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Diversity is one of Cigarette Racing Team's strong suits--as well as its long-time reputation for building the most recognized, top-quality performance boats in the industry. Celebrating 40 years of its star-studded history, Cigarette comes to the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, displaying nearly every boat in its model line, which has grown significantly over the years. From the iconic 38 Top Gun to the 50' Marauder, Cigarette demonstrates responsiveness to its customers' desires and lifestyles-whether it is an entry-level top-notch powerboat or the biggest Cigarette in the marina. Each Cigarette shows the same commitment to quality construction, reliable operation and service--all with a painstaking eye for detail, from the inside to the outside, from rigging and instrumentation, to upholstery and paint.


CRN with the Luxury Network

The Luxury Network, the next generation of marketing for luxury brands, is launching into the Italian market. CRN Spa, the premium brand in the Ferretti Group portfolio, is the Main Partner while Condé Nast, prestigious editor of magazines and web sites, joined as the Media Partner. The three companies are already collaborating together to introduce the network within the luxury business community in Italy. The Luxury Network is today the most exclusive and proactive private marketing club for luxury brands and high end service providers. All members work together, at senior director decision making level and in a non competitive environment, for mutual business and client development through a joint prequalified high net worth target audience. The Luxury Network’s objective is simple: to create unique partnerships by facilitating co-operation and new business development activities between high end companies via affinity marketing, co branding, sponsorships, product placement, joint collaborations, lifestyle projects, B2B and B2C sales and networking events.


Formula Team on the Road to Doha Qatar

Formulaboats.com teams U-5 and U-7 are traveling to the final race of the ABRA season in Doha, Qatar. The second race of its kind to take place outside the United States of America, the event takes place on November 19-21, 2009, in Doha. Three titles - the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship, the Series Champion Team and the Series Champion Driver - will be up for grabs at what promises to be a thrilling race weekend in Qatar.

Formula on Twitter and Facebook

Start following Formula on Twitter and catch up on the US builder most recent happenings. On our Twitter site, Formula updates on current sales and promotions, upcoming boat shows and more. Newest "tweets" include online magazine covers, Boating World's 240 Sun Sport performance test happening this week and the BoatTest.com 400 Super Sport test. Formula also added a Facebook fan page. Formula recently updated the fan page with more pictures and videos. The Facebook page makes it easy to start chatting with other Formula Fans on the message boards. Topics range from favorite onboard snacks to favorite places to boat to helpful cleaning tips. Be on the lookout for photo contests–winners get in the Action and on the Formula website. Get in touch and stay in touch with Formula and Formula fans on the world renowned Facebook and Twitter networks.


Fountain to Keep Assets

Fountain Powerboat Industries has been allowed to reorganize and retain its assets. A US bankruptcy judge last Friday voided the sale of the company's assets to FB Investments LLC and instead allowed Fountain to reorganize. Liberty Investments will be its major shareholder, and Reggie Fountain Jr will continue to serve as its CEO and president. Liberty, the major shareholders of the Donzi and Pro-Line brands, will help the company pay off creditors. Oxford Investment Group, which owns FB Investments, will be Fountain's major creditor. Fountain owes Oxford US$19.6m after it purchased Fountain's bank note from Regions Bank for US$6.5m. The bankruptcy court ruled that Fountain would make monthly payments of about US$29,000 to pay off the debt. Fountain said the company will start taking new boat orders, but still has challenges in the off-season. Fountain told the court during testimony that the company has made about US$991m in sales since it started over 30 years ago, and has paid US$247m in salaries. Fountain said he hopes that Liberty will keep his former company, which includes the Fountain and Baja brands, in its current location.


Genmar to Sell Assets

In a letter to dealers, Genmar President and CEO Roger R. Cloutier said the company has concluded that a sale of Genmar’s assets will result in the most favorable outcome for the parties affected by its bankruptcy. Cloutier said the company is taking actions, including the filing of certain bankruptcy court motions, to ensure the asset sale process is affected in a timely and efficient manner to allow Genmar and its boat businesses to move forward. The process will move quickly over the next several weeks, according to Cloutier, and more updates are forthcoming.


ISA Zero Emissions

ISA Yachts present an environment friendly motor yacht, with the innovative 390 Zero. Developed in cooperation with Siemens SPA and Mar Quip BV specialized in diesel electric and exhausts gas respectively. The main target of ISA and its partners is to reduce the environmental impact of diesel engines and improve comfort on board in all operating conditions. Catalyst on all diesel engines propelling and generator are all connected in conjunction with a particle filter, assuring a total control of gas emissions and thus reducing drastically substances which injure the environment, soot particulate as well as diesel odor. The zero emission modes is part of this system and reflects ISA reply to clients expectations in order to make environment friendly super yachts.


Maritimo Receives ISO 9001 Certification

Maritimo has been awarded ISO 9001 certification for its quality management systems. CEO Bill Barry-Cotter said the company undertook the stringent ISO process to ensure consistent high quality boats for all customers. Maritimo Warranty manager Greg Swain said the company began the ISO certification four years ago as the company began to expand. Mr Barry-Cotter said that ISO 9001 certification is becoming increasingly important in overseas markets as well in Government contracts. Maritimo must now undergo an independent audit of its management systems every six months and re-apply for certification every three years.


Menorquin Presents New Communication Theme Slow Yachting

In the midst of preparing the upcoming Barcelona Boat Show, between 7 and 15 November, the Spanish boatyard Menorquin is working very hard to coordinate the presentation of its boats as well as designing the activities agenda for the show. In this year’s edition, the boatyard will present the business plan the company will take this season, including the initiative it will put in place in order to strengthen the genuine values that identify this brand: Enjoy the sea without being rushed, savoring every moment. To define this tendency, the boatyard has chosen a new claim, Slow Yachting; this expression reveals a new philosophy for sailing and understanding recreational boats.

Menorquin Presents Open Doors to the Sea

After the Barcelona Boat Show comes to an end, those who are interested in learning more about the peculiar style of sailing in Slow Yachting on board a Menorquin Yacht can sail the model of their choice in the sea. This will occur during the Open Door to the Sea Days that Menorquin have organized at Masnou for 20, 21 and 22 November. This Menorquin open days represent a relax way to view more in detail the product and at the same time being delivered a better knowledge of the cruiser and yachts by the Spanish Island yard staff.

Menorquin on Twitter

Seeking new ways to keep in touch with its clients and friends Spanish boat and yacht builder Menorquin has added a Twitter page. This comes along the Facebook fan page which the company launched in the end of summer. Facebook and Twitter are the latest way to keep in touch with friends, and clients. By adding these Menorquin shows that it wants to keep in contact with its client and the passionate people who like there product, more as friends more then just a customer to sell a boat.


Mustang Buys Warren Moulds

Australian Mustang Marine has revealed that it has recently purchased the moulds of Warren Yachts' 77ft and 87ft models or the S77 and S87 Sport Yachts. The moulds will allow Mustang to apply the European styling found in its existing range to larger vessels. Mustang is also planning to expand its range of smaller boats, with design work underway to release an entry-level cruising range in 2010. Based on Queensland's Gold Coast, Mustang Marine has more than 35 years' experience building sports cruiser, flybridge and coupé powerboats. The range is exported throughout the world. Warren Yachts builds luxury motor and high performance yachts from 23m-37m (77ft-120ft) in length.


Princess Yachts in Sunday Times Top Track 250

Princess Yachts is one of Britain’s top performing companies, according to the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 annual league table, which was released in a supplement with the Sunday Times on the 11th of October. The Company has been included for the first time with annual sales for 2008 of £206.6m, up from £195.6m on the previous year. Chris Gates, Managing Director said he is delighted that the company has been recognized nationally in The Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 league table.

Princess Support from Lloyds TSB

Following the news earlier this year that Princess Yachts is to begin building a new range of super tri deck yachts of over thirty metres, the UK boat builder today revealed that it is receiving "financial guidance and support" from Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets on various international trade issues. Princess is currently working on the design and manufacture of its new M Class series, the Princess 32m (105ft) and Princess 40m (130ft), at its newly acquired site at Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth. The two yachts will be Princess Yachts' first-ever, tri-deck models, and were designed to meet customer demands for increasingly larger, high-performance vessels. Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets provides financial banking and advisory services to businesses and organisations with a turnover of £15m and above.


Regal Hires New Marketing Manager

Regal Marine has hired Mark Kellum as its marketing manager, the company reported in a recent statement. Kellum’s responsibilities include assisting Regal's leadership team in developing and deploying marketing strategies and tactics, as well as providing design and development expertise for marketing collateral, ad campaigns, public relations and media relations, the company explained. Marks background includes five years as vice president of creative for Kenton Smith Advertising and Relations. He also owned and managed a boutique advertising and marketing company for over 10 years with national and international clients such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, AAA, GE Financial Services, Harvest Insurance Companies, Harcourt Brace and many others.


Riviera Star Performers

Going the extra mile is all in a day’s work for Cassandra Meyers and Sean Drysdale who were named Riviera’s Star Performers for the third quarter. The Star Performer awards have been running for more than 10 years and recognise outstanding employee contribution. Executive assistant Cassandra Meyers put her heart and soul into organising the Sanctuary Cove and Sydney International Boat Shows, the most significant events on Riviera’s domestic calendar; that even a broken ankle couldn’t hinder her commitment to seeing the job through. Director of brand and communications Stephen Milne commended Cassandra for her dedication, support and ‘can do’ attitude. The star performer award for occupational health and safety went to Sean Drysdale, cabinet-maker and joiner. Sean was nominated by joiner shop supervisor Des Davidson who described him as a role model. Outside of work, Sean enjoys building electric guitars and has made about 12 to date. He is also an avid triathlete. Cassandra and Sean will vie for the overall Star Performer of the Year award, selected by the Riviera senior management team, which will be announced in December.


SanLorenzo Announces 2009 Financial Results

Italian yacht builder Sanlorenzo says it has bucked the trend for two-figure drops in sales, limiting the contraction to six per cent in 2009. The boat builder estimates that its sales volume for 2009 will total €170m, with an EBITDA of €18m, a drop of 25 per cent. Sanlorenzo says that the drop in profitability can be attributed to the depreciation of used boats in 2009. In 2008 Sanlorenzo generated a turnover of €180m and an EBITDA of €24m. Sanlorenzo says is has 'maintained a good margin' on its yachts, dropping from 14 per cent in 2008 to 11 per cent in 2009. The boatbuilder says that it has not adopted a policy of aggressive discounts offered by some other boat brands. Sanlorenzo forecasts an increase in turnover of 18 per cent to €200m in 2010. The company's order portfolio represents 66 per cent of this estimated budget, while its brand representatives have no stock. In 2010 an extension project will begin at Sanlorenzo's Ameglia headquarters, expanding the working area to 100,000m2. The total investment for 2010 will amount to €20m. Sanlorenzo employs 250 people directly and 900 workers indirectly. The company produces yachts at Viareggio and Ameglia in Italy.


Sea Ray Adds Dealers in Important Markets

Sea Ray Boats is driving performance and improving its position as the leader in the recreational boating market by adding a highly distinguished and award-winning group of dealers to its world-renowned sales and service network. Not long after announcing the signing of six premier dealers in August, the company is now pleased to announce the signing of eight additional dealers in important markets ranging from California to the Mid-Atlantic States to Canada.

Sea Ray Give Promotion

Brunswick has today announced that it has named Robert J. Parmentier, 48, president Sea Ray Group, and Terry D. McNew, 47, executive vice president product development and engineering, manufacturing and quality, concentrating on the Sea Ray, Bayliner, and Meridian brands. Both actions are effective immediately, and both Parmentier and McNew will report to Graves. Parmentier most recently was executive vice president - Sea Ray, overseeing a wide range of responsibilities, including that of the Meridian yacht brand, which was integrated into Sea Ray in 2008. Parmentier will retain responsibility for the Meridian brand, as well as assuming P&L responsibility for Sea Ray. Parmentier joined Sea Ray in 1982, and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities over the years at both the plant and headquarters levels for Sea Ray. Prior to his most recent assignment, Parmentier had served as senior vice president - operations as well as senior vice president - general manager of Sea Ray. McNew most recently was senior vice president product development and engineering (PD&E). McNew has spent most of his more than 20 years in the recreational boating industry with Sea Ray, beginning his career at Brunswick's PD&E facility in Merritt Island, Fla. He then progressed steadily through several key manufacturing roles before ultimately assuming the position of Sea Ray vice president - manufacturing in 2001. He left the company in 2004, to become president and chief executive officer of Correct Craft Boats in Orlando. McNew returned to Brunswick in 2006. Along with these developments, Brunswick noted that Richard C. Stone, president Sea Ray Group, will be leaving the company. Stone has led Sea Ray since 2006, and had held a number of positions since joining Brunswick in 1985.


Sunseeker Employees Organize 24 Hours Kayak Challenge

Forty-two people took part in a 24-hour canoe kayak challenge around Brownsea Island in Poole, Dorset recently to raise more than £6000 for the family of Sunseeker International employee Kev Baker, who announced to colleagues last month that he is battling an incurable brain tumour. The round-the-clock fundraising event was organised by Sunseeker International employees Steve Godfrey and Darrin Gale, who are great friends of Kev and who have worked with him for many years in the shipyard 3 department at the Poole-based company. It is hoped that the money raised will help towards the laser treatment that Kev has now begun in an attempt to reduce the speed of the tumour's growth. The event took place on September 25th from 6pm, and those participating either canoed or kayaked the 7.98 kilometres from the starting point of North Haven Yacht Club, based in Sandbanks and then around Brownsea, a peaceful island of woodland, in Poole Harbour. All participants completed the route at least once and many completed several laps. Scott Rowland, a good friend of Kev Baker, managed a total of seven laps, covering a total of 55.86 kilometres. One lap of the island was expected to take anything from 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the experience and the size of group, but the best time achieved, by 2 groups, was 1 hour 20 minutes. Additional activities during the event, held to raise further funds, included the sale of refreshments and a competition to win a family ticket to a Christmas pantomime which was kindly donated by the Sunseeker Social Club. Entrants had to estimate the total distance covered by all participants during the event, and the prize was won by Sam Piesley who correctly guessed the distance of xx kilometres. Steve and Darrin are now considering plans for another fundraising event to be held next summer.

Sunseeker Supports National Lifeboat Service

Sunseeker International has supported the Royal National Lifeboat Service (RNLI) by supplying Sunseeker merchandise, including a number of jackets, caps and ski hats, polo shirts and fleeces, as an auction prize for its recent Mudeford Lifeboat charity Ball. The Sunseeker prize contributed towards the total monies raised during the fundraising event, which exceeded £21,500.00. The RNLI Mudeford Lifeboat Station operates from a boathouse on the picturesque Mudeford Quay in Christchurch, Dorset and carries out a variety of lifesaving rescues throughout the year.


Tiara Delight in Panama Fish Tournament and Super Grouper

Tiara Yachts owner Felix Fallabella, fishing his 3900 Convertible M/Y Revulu, was the only participant out of 65 boats to bring in a Blue Marlin at the recent Panama Fishing Tournament, II Torneo Internacional de Pesca Arq. Andres Lopez Pineiro. Weighing in at over 500 pounds, the big blue took 38 minutes for Felix to boat. In addition, the Revulu catch included a Spanish mackerel, Snapper, Amberjack, Dorado and Wahoo. Congratulations to Felix and his crewmates on a very successful Tournament, and best of luck in the future (Felix tries to fish at least 4 Tournaments a year). In another tournament Tiara customer Daniel Munyan, fishing aboard the Team Galati 4200 Open, recently landed a new IGFA World Record (130 lb. line class) Black Grouper. Hooked off Anna Maria Island, Florida, the heavyweight champion weighed in at 63.7 pounds, over 12 pounds more than the previous World Record. The champ fought for 15 minutes before being TKO'd. Congratulations to Dan Munyan and Team Galati!

New Model: Italcraft X90 SC

Italcraft launch the much expected X90 SC and continue to offer large Super Sport Yachts with a semi custom build attitude. Renowned for its hulls who come from the never ending testing in the military field, this Italian brand has always been among the first for technological achievements below the waterline. Now with the new 90 model, Italcraft challenges the future above, with architect Caputi taking a very modern design approach to the super structure. The X90 SC is the first Italcraft to offer also the latest fashion trend for sport yachts with a flybridge that does not disturb the sporty lines, and suited for a driving in the air experience. Hull number one for the 90 is slightly different to the design project renderings shown last year, with small changes visible in all areas but the main deck showing the most with the much expected circle shaped patio door which had to make half of this area become open missing and now replaced by a standard fiberglass structure with minimal side windows, a patio door and integrated stair case for the flybridge. The sunpads layout in the cockpit also differs now being of a standard central sunbed aft instead of the proposed three, and the same is on the flybridge, and on the fore deck. The rest of the project seems pretty close to the reality of what the design rendering showed with the forward windshield extended windows giving a sunroof which adds natural light to the lower helm and saloon, glassed parts in the side bulwarks, as well as the forward sunpad and settee on the fore deck. The lower deck also received some changes with the crew cabin located to aft and not to fore of the lower deck, and herewith including a lobby as well as the galley. The forward part of the lower deck now has the four en-suited cabins, with owner stateroom to midship, VIP to fore, and two double guest cabins in between. Still these changes might have been proposed by the owner and it would be no surprise to see hull two reflecting totally what was shown on the project renderings. Performance data has proved to be better then expected with the X90 SC reaching speeds of 45 knots, 5 knots more then anticipated with the twin MTU 2400hp and Top System surface drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.60 m (90.5ft)
Beam - 6.49 m
Draft - 2.05 m with propellers
Displacement - 72 t loaded, 61 t light
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew berths
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x MTU V162000M93 2400hp
Propulsion - Top System TS105 surface drives
Speed - 45 knots max, 36 knots cruise
Range - 350 nautical miles
Design - Gianluca Caputi
Certification - RINA CE A

October 30, 2009

Projects: Princess V52, Princess V56, Princess V72, Princess 72 Motor Yacht

Princess yachts comes from a successful period being one of the few boat builders who did the last financial year with an improvement. The British builder had a year where it presented three new models in 2009. In 2010 the Princess challenges the market with four new models: three V series, one Motor Yacht line, and not to forget the addition of the M Class line of Super Yachts above 100 feet. The first of these new models will be the V52, a Sport Yacht which will be the smallest Princess of the V series line available with an enclosed deck saloon, extending the boating season for full year use. Her accommodation will be a two or three cabin plan: with full beam mid ship owners cabin, VIP cabin to fore, and double bunk third guest cabin or L-shaped saloon. The living on deck offers a large C-shaped settee aft for entertainment Al fresco, and another settee under the hardtop. L-shaped galley is located in the lower deck. Power for the new V52 will be from twin Volvo D11 670hp, with speeds estimates of a max of 35 knots. The new Princess V56 is a further development of the V53, with the main difference being an extension of the length thanks to a hi low bathing platform aft, and now having also the option of a more powerful new Volvo D13 900hp engines. This new option increases the speed to a further two knots, now a max of 38 versus the D12 775hp engines, which is now the smallest option of the V56. For the rest this keeps the same lower deck of the V53, with a three cabin plan having the owners cabin to fore, two guest cabins to mid ship, a C-shaped saloon, and a spacious galley. A more modern oak veneer choice for the interior furniture should also be available for the new V56. Replacing the V70, the new V72 project enhances Princess reputation in modern Sport Yacht offers. Princess V series presented in the mid nineteen nineties have been a good balance of speed, modern looks and accommodation. This new big model in the range, third in size behind the recently launched V85 and V78 will boast an extensive outdoor entertainment space with high facilities on the main deck creating an outdoor indoor experience thanks to the hard top and patio door. Below there is the usual level of accommodation with a three double cabin layout, galley, and double crew cabin aft. Power for the Princess V72 will be twin Cats C32 Acert of 1622hp and 1723hp. Estimates of top speeds are for 39 knots with the bigger choice. The Princess 72 Motor Yacht, replaces the 21M and introduces standards of design, space and quality of execution that the British builder introduced in this 2007 added line. The accommodation is a spacious, light, and elegant offer with four double guest cabins with three heads. Aft is also an additional double crew cabin. Power is from twin MTU 10v 2000M93 1500hp, with top speeds estimates of 34 knots.

New Model: Rinker 310 Express Cruiser

Rinker present the new 310 Express Cruiser a design who wants to challenge US and European builder in the competitive 31 feet style sport cruiser market. This newly presented model is complete in many ways and was built and designed by the US builder with comfort, functionality and most importantly a competitive price tag all in mind. The Rinker 310 Express Cruiser has also a comprehensive standard equipment list that looks like coming from a bigger boat too, challenging similar sized models with more features in the optionals. Windlass anchor winch, 5 kw generator, electronics. The 310 Express Cruiser cockpit is another spacious affair too, with its pioneering self stowing, gas spring assisted slide out bench that transforms the area from wide open space to a huge sun lounger from a large high capacity L-shaped seating area, all with extreme ease. The 310 Express Cruiser lower deck offers five berths located to fore, astern, and in the saloon. Here comforts, aesthetics and the amenities of a home are felt with fold out couch, TV/DVD players, Air condition with heating, mid seating and the new Skylight guaranteeing natural light inside during day time. Power is from Mercruiser and Volvo, in diesel and petrol gas formats, and with a choice of six different engines starting from twin 190, up to 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.13 m (33.1ft)
Beam - 3.20 m
Draft - 0.91 m
Displacement - 5489 kg
Fuel Capacity - 567 l
Water Capacity - 124 l
Accommodation - 5 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 5.0L MPI 260hp, 350 Mag 300hp, Volvo 5.0GXi 270hp, 5.7 Gi 300hp, D3 190hp, D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo3, Volvo DP
Hull Shape - vee with eighteen degrees deadrise
Certification - CE

October 29, 2009

Project: Jersey Cape 40 Devil Flybridge

After presenting the 45 Devil earlier on this year Jersey Cape continue to expand its line, with the 40 Devil Flybridge adding the fifth model to its family of convertible Sportfish Cruisers. The 40 Devil Flybridge starts with a winning concept thanks to a proven hull from renowned designer's Buddy Davis and Donald Blount, which is followed by the New Jersey builder semi-custom approach for delivering boats to its customers giving them the fishing machine they desire. As with every Jersey Cape construction is of the highest standard too with hand-laid solid fiberglass bottom and cored sides. High quality gelcoat, heavy duty stainless hardware, full bonding system and high gloss teak cabinetry complete the superior construction standard. Lower deck options are for a twin stateroom, or single stateroom plan. Owners cabin is to fore for both options, with the guest cabin being a twin bunk located to port mid ships, which is replaced by C-shaped settee in the single stateroom plan. Available power come from twin Caterpillar or Cummins, from 600 up to 715hp.

New Model: Azimut 40S

Basing itself on one platform Azimut was wise and economic enough to create two different models on the exterior, and hitting with this to different client bases. This is the story for the 40S which has an identical hull to the 38 Flybridge launched a few weeks ago in Southampton. Azimut is not new to this concept having done the same with the 43 model in the recent past. The 40S steals the hull and interior plan of the flybridge sibling, but has a redesigned top side with the more lively and sporty super structure of the S range. The S range concept launched in 2003 is all about offering the living and comfort of a flybridge boat, but in a more aggressive looking and performing platform. It is worth to mention that this has been a huge success for Azimut from the start with the 68S the first model of the range receiving fifty orders in less then a year after its launch. Not bad for a sport yacht which at the time had a price tag of close to two million Euros. The 40S keeps the same 38 Flybridge well laid, luxury fitted twin cabin interior with huge view windows in all parts of this sport cruiser. Reflections and comparisons with the 38 do not stop on the design, but go on in the performance department too, with the 40S delivering a 4 nautical mile per hour faster 36 knots top speed, thanks to 125 extra horses per engine of the shaft propelled twin 480hp Cummins. An innovative feature which is not to miss are the two solar panels integrated in the hard top which charge the batteries during day time without the need of an external generator or shore power.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.02 m (39.4ft)
Hull Length - 11.58 m
Beam - 3.8 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 12.4 t
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 390 l
Accommodation - 4/5 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB5.9 480hp
Propulsion - direct inline shaft
Speed - 36 knots, 28 knots cruise
Design - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior
Hull Shape - vee with 17.9 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - GRP
Certification - UNI ISO 8666

Improve-it = Saver 330 Sport

Saver improves its flagship 330 Sport model, with a redesign of the interior accommodation plan. The new improvement to the 330 Sport was decided by the technical staff of Saver who wanted to enrich the interior accommodation. Of the changes the most noticeable is to the fore cabin, now added with a bulkhead and a door making it a fully private cabin. Apart from the forward cabin Saver also decided to change the saloon settee now similar to the 300 Sport model, which if desired can transform to an extra double berth. Changes have also been made to the galley now featuring a more ergonomic friendly design with Corian top, three burner hob, microwave oven, and a sixty litre fridge. The aft cabin and shower head remain unchanged. Outside for the cockpit deck there is no changes to the layout, but again Saver decided for some soft make up improvements, with a new layout to the wet bar, and back rests of the settees now having a more integrated elegant look.

October 28, 2009

New Model: Alfamarine 60 Hard Top

Basing itself on the long standing Alfamarine 60 hull lines which was presented in 1997, the Fazioli family Fiumicino builder launched the Hard Top version for the same model. Announced as a project in the beginning of this year, the new 60 Hard Top is designed by renowned marine architect Andrea Bacigalupo. Alframarine in its fifty year history has a list of whose who on the designers list for there boats starting with the first cooperation with Renato Sonny Levi, to Franco Harrauer, and going on to Fabio Buzzi. The Alfamarine 60 Hard Top does not only add a new Bacigalupo design integrated all weather enclosure to the upper structure of this Sport Yacht, but will also have a new cockpit layout which is now more spacious, as well as a redesigned interior plan. The interior keeps the 60 three cabins with three en-suite shower heads plan, with designer Michela Reverberi changing the furniture and colors now in modern minimal light colored fittings with dark wood accents. The aft mid double guest cabins have also been modified now offering two single berths each and to the length of the boat, instead of the previous which where to the beam. Tender garage aft has also been made more spacious with the ability to accommodate a jet powered tender. Speed always part of the heritage of Alfamarine is a max of 45 knots, with twin MAN 1360hp engines with surface drives propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.96 m (62.2ft)
Beam - 4.60 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 28 t
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins. 1 crew cabin
Engines - 2 x MAN 1360hp
Propulsion - surface drives
Speed - 45 knots max
Design - Andrea Bacigalupo exterior. Michela Reverberi interior

Project: Cigarette 49 Grand Sport II

Cigarette present the new 49 Grand Sport II offering the same roomy cockpit, cabin and large sun pad as the original Grand Sport, but now with a new deck and aerodynamic styling that makes it even more a Cigarette. The original Grand Sport was presented in 2007 to offer a bit of pampering to the Cigarette customer who wanted a little more room and luxury in a performance boat. Many Cigarette loyalists in the international markets had achieved a level to acquire what they wanted and the renowned US boat builder delivered at the time the 49 Grand Sport with an expanded ten feet beam, a full berth, separate shower head, and complete creature comforts of a private detailed cabin. The Grand Cigarette could accommodate more in everything from people, accessories, storage, to more powerful engine, and propulsion options. While maintaining the six feet head room in the cabin is a great attraction for taller customers the new 49 Grand Sport II deck has been raised for ease of movement in and out of the boat. The 49 Grand Sport II will also offer a new Cigarette windscreen offering excellent visibility and wind-protection. The boat's handling is also enhanced by its power options, with new Arneson Surface Drives propulsion fitted to twin Cummins Quantum Series Diesel 715hp. The Cummins come also with Mercury SmartCraft enabled. The extended transom of the Grand Sport II creates a large sunbathing pad, especially popular when relaxing or entertaining and also provides easy access to the boat from the dock. Various seating options can be customized for boating preferences, but comfort, top-quality upholstery, and room to move about the boat remain Cigarette staples of design. Newly added features include a Cigarette designed custom made muffler exhaust system, and a Cummin Onan 5kw generator. The paint scheme of the 49 Grand Sport II is also special being designed with official Ferrari paints featuring Nero Daytona Black metallic, accented with Grigio Ingrid gold metallic and highlights of Ferrari Fiorano Rosso metallic red in the logo. Designer David Hunter of Invisions opted for simplicity, allowing the lines of the boat to be the design as he extended the curves of the sleek, sweeping hull with the gleaming colors.

October 27, 2009

New Model: Clipper 60 Cordova

Aussie company Clipper present the new 60 Cordova. This latest addition to the Clipper Motor Yacht range is powered by twin 540hp Cummins engines. Some of the main features incorporated in the design of the 60 Cordova is a full walk around deck, three cabins plus crew quarters, large cockpit, fibre glass hard top, hand crafted teak interior, and internal stair case for the fly bridge. The dynamics for this explorer stlye yacht start from its semi displacement hull having the ability to cruise in comfort and style at 11 to 20 knots, with an economical fuel rate. This sixty feet Explorer Yacht brings long range voyage capabilities to the table but is able to make haste faster passages to find safe anchorage at 22 knots. Launched in the fall of 2008, the Clipper 60 Cordova made its first appearance in this year Sanctuary Cove in mid Spring. Hull number one was powered by twin Cummins 540hp engines which delivered a top speed of 22 knots during testing with 26 passengers on board, holding tanks pressed up to capacity, 4315 litres of fuel, and 1514 litres of water. Hull number two, fitted with a pair of 670hp Cummins managed speeds of 24 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.28 m (60ft)
Beam - 5.08 m
Fuel Capacity - 4300 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew
Engines - 2 x Cummins 540hp, 670hp
Speed - 24 knots max with 670hp Cummins
Construction - hand laid moulded fiberglass with solid keel

Boat Show - Fort Lauderdale 2009 Preview

Excitement is growing for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The fiftieth Anniversary edition of the world’s largest boat show is just a couple day's away now. The 2010 year show will take place from Thursday 29th October up till Monday second November at six locations in the Yachting Capital of the World: Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show will feature more than 3 billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics, engines and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide. The Boat Show encompasses more than three million square feet of space, both on land and in water, and is all connected by the Show’s Transportation Network of water taxis, riverboats and bus shuttles. Some builders are still showing caution to the market due to the World recession but others want still to challenge and test the market with new models. First world previews showing up are the new Viking 76 Convertible, Bertram 511, Mainship 35 Pilot / 35 Trawler, Cigarette 49 Grand Sport II, Magnum 51 Bestia, Jersey Cape 40 Devil Flybridge, Rinker 310 Express Cruiser, and Lazzara LSX78 Fly.

New Model: Sacs 13.10 m Lancia Di Lancia

The car Lancia meaning Launch in Italian, means a common value with the boating world, such as the pleasure of cruising in a special way. This new Rib Cruiser has been developed by four Italian companies, each of them renowned in its own field: Sacs, Fiat Powertrain Technologies, Martini and Lancia. Sacs has a twenty years experience in inflatable boats production of all sizes, and is among the leaders in the construction of luxury hi-tech ribs with high activity in design, and construction carried out thanks to tools and equipments that place the company at the top in its field for technological excellence. Designer for the Sacs Lancia Di Lancia is renowned Italian naval architect, Christian Grande. A long collaborator with Sacs. The hull has a length of 13.10 meters and a beam, of 3.83 meters, in order to gain a good relation between performance and comfort. The weight to power ratio is of 7.5 kg per hp making this Rib Cruiser very sporty. Powered by twin FPT N67 560hp with Italian Jolly surface drive the rib shows a good dynamic efficiency, not only to achieve high speeds, but also to reduce fuel consumption. The cruising ranges between 15 and 45 knots, while wide open throttle max speed is 55 knots. The hull and the color are in perfect Lancia Martini legendary style. The canopy fits the rib profile perfectly and is possible to remain standing even when the roof is closed. The front windshield has a vertical opening and allows the passage to the bow deck. The tubes permit to move easily in limited spaces without using fenders and above all makes the rib unsinkable. In the cockpit the passengers are protected by high topside giving a feeling of safety in demanding conditions. Outside in the living of the cockpit, there is also a retractable LCD TV, and a fully fitted galley. Modern materials state the character of the lower decked interior, where the living room becomes easily a double berth. The shower head continues the impeccable minimal function found in all the Sacs Lancia Di Lancia, with a shower that illuminates suggestively the water with colored Led lights.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.10 m (42.9ft)
Beam - 3.83 m
Draft - 0.80 m with props
Displacement - 8.5 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 120 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 11
Engines - 2 x FPT N67 560hp
Propulsion - Jolly Surface Drive
Speed - 55 knots max, 45 knots cruise
Design - Christian Grande
Certification - CE B

October 26, 2009

Project: Bertram 511

Bertram Yacht, a legendary force in the construction of Sportfish Yachts and Cruisers, is preparing to unveil its latest creation, the 511. This new Bertram is set to debut at the coming Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and will replace the 510 model. Italian designer Zuccon who took over the design work for Bertram from 1998 will likely awe traditional enthusiasts with new, cutting edge exterior styling combined with classic rough seas performance features. Since its inception Bertram has built a reputation for building tough sportfish boats, whether competing in prestigious tournaments or running in open water, the legendary ride has been tried and tested among competitive anglers and experienced captains alike. The new 511 captures the classic spirit of earlier Bertram models and exudes a new edge modern appeal from its previous predecessors, without compromising the traditional look of the US builder. It boasts a streamlined shear line and charming elegance in which creature comforts combine with high performance, to provide for a pleasant, adventurous fishing experience out at sea. Years ago, builders had to make concessions in their building practices due to the limitations in construction capabilities available at the time. Therefore, they changed forward windshields to solid fiberglass construction to avoid weaknesses in their building processes. Nowadays, due to the incredible advances in technology quality methods of construction that are available, builders as Bertram are returning to their roots and have brought back the forward windshield design that can withstand the elements. With access to top end cutting edge technology, Bertram applies these new techniques and successfully re-introduced a full forward wrap around window into its latest models, first with the 540 presented last year and now with this new 511. This unique feature also makes for an incredible full 360 degree view of the surroundings and is a great asset for capturing wide clear views of what lies ahead. Robust hull-side windows have also been incorporated to provide natural light to the staterooms below deck. These hull windows first introduced on the 700 in 2007 have now been tried and tested on other Bertram's and have proved to uphold in challenging conditions. Having windows in both the master and twin guest staterooms also opens up for a relaxing environment with natural light on board. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, these distinctive hull side windows are reinforced into the yacht’s fiberglass hull during the early stages of construction fortifying its already rock solid hull, thereby adding to its overall strength. The interiors have also a fresh new look, with a large and comfortable living area including an accommodated salon and open galley welcoming you inside. Stunning views of the surrounding ocean from each of the living areas makes the space feel larger too. The spacious galley which is larger to yachts of this size, features a built in coffee maker, refrigerator, and freezer system. An open L-shaped dinette faces the open galley and large salon, creating a welcoming environment for guests on board. Ample storage is accessible under the L-shaped sofa, with plenty of storage for rods, reels, tackle, etc. A lower helm station which takes the space from the second settee is also available as option. The cabins below continue the comfort and maximum visibility focus feature of the 511. The double berth master stateroom is highlighted by the hull side windows, which are not typical of other sport fishing vessels, but provide a pleasant experience and interesting perspective from the staterooms when underway. A fore VIP stateroom is surprisingly well lit and is outfitted with a queen size berth. The starboard cabin with twin single berths is well proportioned too. A full washer/dryer is discreetly incorporated into the hallway closet, and you also have two spacious heads designed with contemporary elegant accents as well as stand up showers for a modern day feel. Well equipped for all sport fishing conditions, this well integrated yacht offers a variety of amenities for the dedicated angler with a spacious cockpit, measuring approximately 170 square feet, providing space and ample storage on board, and you also get today's most wanted, must have mezzanine aft looking settee which makes an ideal spot to watch or prep your next catch. An optional prep center or added mezzanine seating is also available on the starboard side. The 511 embraces serious performance, with the hull being an evolution of the 510, which in turn came from the classic Bertram 50. This apart the shape retains the usual trademarks of a Bertram such as a solid fiberglass deep vee hull, and center fuel tank that optimizes trim at various speeds and conditions. Innovative rudders and struts minimize drag, and a five-bladed prop significantly reduces vibration and noise. Equipped with standard twin MAN V10CR 1100hp, or CAT C18 1050hp, and the big choice of MAN V12CR 1360hp, the 511 is built as a Bertram with a no holds approach to running in rough waters.

New Model: Scarani 25 Cruiser

Spanish boat builder Scarani continues to present entry level boats with modern exterior looks and interior accommodation that look like coming from a major size. The Scarani 25 Cruiser challenges also bigger sized boats thanks to superb planning with well laid spaces inside and outside. Considering the 25 feet you get everything and more in this size. Large bathing platform able to stow a tender, a well sized cockpit with wet bar, and a cabin with four sleeping berths in two different spaces. The Scarani 25 Cruiser incorporates all the comforts needed for life on board such as a separate bathroom, a fully equipped galley with fridge, and comfortable accommodation sleeping four. The cockpit is also well sized featuring a double helmsmen seat, and an L-shaped settee which can convert into a sunbathing space for two.
Technical Data:
LOA - 7.90 m (25.9ft)
Hull Length - 7.49 m
Beam - 2.69 m
Draft - 0.42 m
Displacement - 2150 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 200 l
Water Capacity - 80 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 7
Engines - Petrol 200 - 270hp, Diesel 160 - 240hp
Propulsion - stern drive
Certification - CE B

October 25, 2009

Improve-it = Canados 86

After six years of production the Canados 86 gets another improvement, aimed to keep it among the favorites in the pocket Super Yacht 26 metre size category. This latest improved 86 comes as a cooperation between Canados technical department, and the architects of Studio Salvagni. The changes feature a more spacious flybridge, renewed stern layout, and a modernized interior design. The Canados 86 keeps all the main elements of its sober modern exterior lines, along with the renowned reliability and performance of its hull. Canados also introduce other change with the stern now being more symmetrical, while the interiors as always sober and of excellent quality get renewed in the materials with the use of polished ebony and whitened oak wood combined with softly coloured fabrics. The most notable feature for this improved 86 which will delight the buyers is surely the free flybridge area aft, ideally suited for a set of chaise lounges.

New Model: Fipa Maiora 35 Jet

Thanks to its remarkable experience in Super Yacht building and to a deep knowledge of the nautical market, Fipa Group decided to throw itself into a new challenge in order to add to its current range of models of unique yachts. The new Fipa Maiora 35 Jet joins the club of water jet propelled yachts. This experiment which offers a three engine triple jets set up, has also never been carried out on a full flybridge two deck and a half Super Yacht of these dimensions, leading to the creation of a unique model that has no comparison. With the 35 Jet, Fipa Group who also owns the famed AB Yachts specialized in only jet propulsion Sport Yachts, its designers and architects create a unique Super Yachts satisfying owners desiring speeds of forty knots plus associated with aggressive looking sport type yachts, but want a traditional exterior of two full decks and a half. This resulted in the creation of the 35 Jet, following Fipa's concept of a fully customized unit a feature of all the Group's yachts with classic and harmonious lines, based on the Roberto del Re created lines as for the standard 35 model. The interior accommodation is also made unique thanks to the material of the hull, Kevlar and carbon, and to the water jet propulsion, that Fipa Group up to now had used only on the AB Yachts range. This creates a different layout to the standard with each room gaining a typical home atmosphere with plenty of luxurious abundances. Outside, the large flying bridge is full of comfortable sofas, smoking tables, and a living area with large table than can accommodate ten people. Coming down to the main deck, is the living area that connects the comfortable dining space to the relaxing zone furnished with comfortable sofas and technological comforts, like home theater and satellite TV system. The owner cabin on the main deck is rich of details and comfort: with wide wardrobes, large mirrors, elegant fittings and precious marbles for the bathrooms. Below deck we find the elegant VIP suites, guest cabins and the crew cabins. Aft is the heart of the 35 Jet the engine room with the triple MTU 16V2000M93 of 2400hp each, propelled by 550 MJP water jets, which allow a maximum speed of 46 knots, and a cruise of 38 knots which gives a range of 550 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.50 m (113.1ft)
Beam - 7.20 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 120 t
Fuel Capacity - 22000 l
Water Capacity - 3000 l
Max Persons - 15 guests + 5 crew
Engines - 3 x MTU 16v2000M93 2400hp
Propulsion - water jets 550 MJP
Speed - 46 knots max, 38 knots cruise
Range - 550 nautical miles at cruise
Design - Roberto Del Re, Fipa Italiana Yachts
Hull Shape - deep V
Construction Material - Kevlar, carbon
Certification - RINA Cross of Malta 100 A 1.1.

October 24, 2009

New Model: Horizon 135 Premier

Horizon and Drettmann with the new 135 launch the second model in the Premier super yacht range. This new model is so far also the biggest from the Taiwan builder Horizon, going 5 feet further to the previous Premier. The Horizon 135 Premier is a three deck super yacht plus flybridge designed by J.C. Espinosa. The owners cabin is located mid ship of the main deck featuring a private jacuzzi, balcony and also an office. Performance is equally good considering the not so big twin MTU 1550hp giving a 15 knots of top speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 41.15 m (135ft)
Beam - 7.98 m
Displacement - 265 t
Fuel Capacity - 44160 l
Water Capacity - 7750 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 8v4000M70 1555hp
Speed - 15.5 knots max
Design - J.C. Espinosa

October 23, 2009

Projects: XL Marine 65, XL Marine 58

XL Marine started up in 2006 first with the 43, and in 2008 follows its expansion with the launch of the 51. Now this Italian builder upgrades its range with two further bigger project models, the 65 and 58. The 65 above which will be XL Marine future flagship will continue this Rome builder philosophy of offering a variety of choices to its customers not only for the fittings of there Sport Yacht, but also for the layout plan. A concept which is part of XL Marine also for the smaller 43 and 51 models. Just to give an idea, the 65 will be offered with hard top or without, and will also offer three different interior plans one of which offers four double guest cabins, three heads, separate galley, and two person crew cabin aft. Performance is an estimated forty knots max, with twin MAN 1550hp, while standard MAN1360hp give 38 knots. Designer Gianfrano Di Mennato follows a keel shape with classic deep vee twenty two degrees dead rise aft, tradition again a symbol for XL Marine above and below the waterline. The XL Marine 58 pictured above is the other bigger model from this Italian builder which wants to compete with other historical yards in pure open type Sport Yachts. The 58 as all the other XL Marine follows the philosophy of the builder, saying that real luxury is choosing offering also here a variety of choices, like optional hard top, teak side decks and so on. The standard interior layout is offered with three double cabins, plus a crew cabin aft. XL Marine have so far presented a single plan but as the smaller models, and bigger 65 project expect more to come. Twin MAN 1150hp power the twenty two degrees Di Mennato designed deep vee to a top speed of 37 knots. The project of the 58 is also ready on preliminary format, and now waiting for a real customer to make the signs on the dots so to go from papers to a fiberglass reality.

New Model: Azimut 78

Number five novelty out of eight. This is the 78 of the Flybridge range by Azimut, which starts this last set of four new models presented in Genoa. The 78 is a further development of the 75 adding four vertical opening windows to both side of the owners cabin, a new horizontal window in the VIP cabin, and an up down hydraulic operated bathing platform aft. This taking the place of the tender stowage on the flybridge. Thanks to this the 78 also gets a new flybridge layout now featuring a jacuzzi tub to aft, a sunpad, and C-shaped settee with all this also featuring a more minimal styling. For the rest the 78 keeps the smart main deck of the 75, as well as the spacious accommodation plan with four double en-suited cabins. Crew accommodation is located to aft. Engines are twin MAN 1360hp giving wide open throttle of 30 knots, and a cruise of 26 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.7 m (77.7ft)
Hull Length - 22.59 m
Beam - 5.60 m
Draft - 1.79 m
Displacement - 55 t
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1150 l
Accommodation - 8 guest in 4 cabins, 2 crew cabin berths
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 Common Rail 1360hp
Speed - 30 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Design - Stefano Righini, Azimut
Hull Shape - medium vee 15.3 degrees aft
Construction - GRP with sandwich core construction
Certification - UNI ISO 8666
www.azimutyachts.com

October 22, 2009

Boat Review: Nord West 370 Sports Top

Presentation
Launched in January this year Nord West's 370 Sports Top was a welcome addition to the renowned Swedish builder range, offering its second sport cruiser ideally suited for use in sunny climates. Based on all but the hard top on the 370 Sport which was launched three months before, the Sports Top version is a more of an all weather boat minimising the headache use of opening and closing canopies when the weather gets ugly. Benny Martinsson who apart of being owner of Nord West is also the designer, created an exquisite looking hard top sports cruiser with the Sports Top, using the 370 hull presented first as Flybridge in 2008, and today having four versions all offering a total different way of going to the sea. The Sports Top just as its other sisters gives high quality not only in the abundant use of wood outside and inside, but also in the fittings of each compartment you open in this boat. It is also versatile regards its propulsion being available with easy to use less maintenance IPS pods or stern drive engines, this last giving better performance and economy. For the 370 Sports Top stern drive is the choice, for reasons you can read in the Performance paragraph, but if your marina manoeuvring is not so sure try the IPS before taking my word as this will be easier.
Accommodation
Welcoming you on board the 370 Sports Top is the spacious teak laid bathing platform aft. This is among the most spacious for this size of boat. The sides of the platform are also free, good for side to mooring typical of Northern Europe marinas. Going up one step you get into the entrance of the modern flush decked cockpit, which is for two thirds of it covered by the hardtop, making this area usable in most weather situations. Here is a C-shaped settee to port, highly finished wet bar with grill opposite being more of another galley on the outside, a two person lounge settee to port, and the fully equipped dual seated helm station to starboard. Fittings outside is full of rich highly finished wood, with teak used for all the stepping surfaces in the cockpit as well as the side decks, with polished wood finishing for the wet bar and the aft rail.
A central door followed by two steps takes you to the lower accommodation deck, which again is emphasized by the huge amount of luxurious mahogany wood being used. I would say the 370 Sports Top has about double to wood fittings to that of most competitors in this size boat. The below layout is conventional offering a spacious L-shaped galley to starboard just as you walk down the steps, opposite a C-shaped which transforms to an additional double berth, and shower head. Both cabins located forward for the owners, and aft for the guests offer a double berth. The aft cabin has also a settee upon entrance, ideally suited for your guests when they want to have some private chilling time.
Performance
Coming from a hull which was designed for an IPS flybridge boat, one gets pure bliss at the performance of the 370 Sports Top, which not only has high speed of forty knots with the bigger engine but is incredibly responsive in tight turns. Handling is lively, usual characteristic of Nordic boats, with a millimetre light and responsive steering, but the Nord West also feels heavy and stuck on the water giving an assurance in rough seas navigation. Engine options are all Volvo with three stern drive choices, starting from the smaller D4 260hp, D4 300hp and the bigger D6 370hp. The IPS option is the 400 unit with D4 300hp engines. Maximum speed is 40 knots with D6 370hp, 36 knots for D4 300hp, and 31 knots on IPS400. The stern drive version gives 5 knots more in speed to the same powered IPS400 in top speed figures. Cruising is 28 knots for stern drive propulsion, and 25 knots for IPS at both 3000 rpm. The range is the best at 309 nautical miles with the D4 300hp engines. IPS400 gives 68 miles less but at a higher rpm of 3200 and 29 knots speed. Most powerful D6 370hp option has a best cruise at 28 knots which gives 271 nautical miles of range. For the smaller D4 260hp data is still not available, but I would still expect a 30 knots plus speed. Best miles to litres come always at a 29 / 28 knots cruise whatever the engine propulsion choice, showing hull proficiency at these speeds.
Positive
luxury wood use
bathing platform
IPS or stern drive choice
Negative
tight cockpit to side deck steps
Competition
This size Sport Cruiser with hard top has really picked up in recent years, having here eleven other competing choices for the 370 Sports Top. Criteria is eleven to 12.00 metres in size, open hard top with no patio door, two cabin interior, and stern drive or IPS propulsion. The Windy 37 Grand Mistral is the oldest design, presented as an open 36 in 1994 and a hard top 37 in 2000. The Tiara, Prestige and Sessa are available only with a hard top. The Sessa is the most similar to the Nord West in layout, while the Rio has the most unique interior offering a full beam owners cabin and two shower heads. The other boat offering two heads is the Spanish Moa, the longest at an exact twelve meters. Just as the 370 Sports Top, the Rio, Sessa, and wild card Marex are all new 2009 models.
Arturo Stabile 37 Stama HT - sun pad cockpit, unusual crane passarelle aft
Bavaria 37 SportHT - spacious cockpit sun pad C-shaped settee, high free board
Elan Power 35 - tight spaces, good performing Tony Castro hull
Mano M35 - hard top optional, two cockpit layout choices
Moa 40 Platinum Hard Top - two heads, 38 knots speed with D6 310hp
Prestige 38 S - double C-shaped settees in cockpit, aft cabin with scissor berth
Rio 36 Air - minimal, full beam mid cabin, 2 heads, hard top extends aft
Sealine SC35 - extended hardtop, modern minimal style inside outside
Sessa C38 - modern design, double galley outside and inside
Tiara 3500 Sovran - open plan interior, IPS only, highly fitted out
Windy 37 Grand Mistral - optional hard top, good handling, 1994 design
WILD CARD: Marex 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser - single engine shaft drive, aft guest cabin
Conclusion
Nord West has become a big player in the Motor Cruiser, Yacht market in the Northern waters on the up side part of the European continent. Proving this in the last years is that the Swedish builder won four prices and received two further nominations. With the 370 Sports Top which was launched in January 2009 in Dusseldorf, the Swedish Nord West is stretching its sights to the competitive Mediterranean market by offering a Sport Cruiser for use in sunny weather, but without forgetting its Nordic heritage for safety and practical features. The hard top is a much desired accessory today, but apart this the 370 Sports Top scores high points against the competition for its fittings being of the highest standard, its IPS or stern drive choice, and its top forty knots performance considering that the 370 is also among the heaviest over built boat in its class.
Technical Data
LOA. 11.8 metres (38.7ft)
Beam. 3.50 metres
Draft. 1.20 metres
Displacement. 9 t
Fuel Capacity. 800 litres
Water Capacity. 435 litres
Accommodation. 5 berths in 2 cabins + 2 in convertible saloon
Engines. 2 x Volvo D4 EVC 260hp, 300hp, D6 370hp, IPS400
Propulsion. Volvo DP duoprop stern drive, IPS forward looking duo prop pods
Speed. 40 knots max, 32 knots cruise with D6 370
Range. 271 nm at 32 knots with D6 370hp, 309 nm with D4
Hull Shape. variable planning vee
Project. Benny Martinsson, JIB Design tooling development
Construction. Divinycell core with vinilester resins
Certification. CE B
Picture Copyright Nord West. Data Nord West.

October 21, 2009

New Model: Solemar 32 Night&Day EFB

Solemar presents a new 32 Night&Day EFB, entro fuori bordo Italian meaning for In-Outboard that is powered with twin stern drive engines. With this new format the 32 Night&Day EFB modifies and creates a new stern design enhancing the already external live ability of the outboard powered 32 Night&Day, with a cabin for cruising, and a deck typical of a pure open rib. The lodging of the stern drive engines is situated also in a real engine room allowing to develop a comfortable sunbathing area, separated from the spacious living zone of the stern couch. The wide stern platform also allows a quick recovery and stowage of a little tender, and makes access to the water easy. The cabin of the 32 Night&Day EFB features a vee berth which sleeps two, a separate shower head, and a head. Power for the 32 Night&Day EFB can feature twin engines up to a max of 250hp each.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.60 m (31.4ft)
Beam - 3.32 m
Displacement - 2850 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 250 l
Water Capacity - 170 l
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x 250hp
Certification - CE B

Improve-it = Fairline 44 Targa Gran Turismo

Following Fairline released plans earlier last month for a new 44 Targa Open, the renowned British builder does more and puts these improvements in the hard top version 44 Targa Gran Turismo, which was presented in 2007. These modifications are in the cockpit layout and drives as included in the new Open version set to be launched in the London show coming January. In fact the latest 44 Targa Gran Turismo will offer an even larger cockpit seating area then previously allowing for more sociable entertaining, reflecting Fairline's ongoing trend towards larger, open spaced cockpits. Here a telescopic table also converts this spacious settee to a large sun worshippers area for the owner and his guests to relax. Volvo stern drive engines versus previous IPS pod units also power the new improved version. The latest optional Sterndrive Joystick system will also be available for similar IPS manoeuvring functionality. Standard power now is from twin D4 300hp engines, with options of more powerful D6 370hp being available. Speeds are a max of 31 knots with the standard D4, and 34 knots with the larger D6 optional choice. The stern drive versus IPS give also better efficency with the DP D6 370hp achieving a similar top speed to the IPS600 435hp powered 44 Targa Gran Turismo.

New Model: Sessa C38

Sessa launched a welcome addition to its Cruiser Line with the new C38. Announced as a project last Spring the new flagship of the five model medium sized Sessa's Cruiser Line continues the move to a more elegant and innovative design element. Christian Grande has been again the designer to take care of this sleek looking 38 feet hard top Sport Cruiser. Sessa is expecting a lot from the C38 headlining it as its upcoming best selling model surpassing the success of the C35. Surely Sessa did a good home work and these claims may end up to be true in a couple years time. Grande in the C38 took the family looks of the latest bigger introduced C series models, putting all this in a smaller eleven metre package. Luxury is again a predominant feature of the C38 following this with elements which are a bit unheard in this size like the two galleys, one below and another in the cockpit. The day galley up on the main deck does feel like a kitchen and is not the usual found wet bar with grill. The main lower galley is finished by Bossi too and is among the most spacious for an eleven metre sport cruiser. Unusual for an Italian boat too which always suffer the galley syndrome. Accommodation lower deck of the C38 apart the galley gives also a twin double cabin interior: owners cabin to fore, guest located mid ship, and you also get an L-shaped settee plus a shower head. The cockpit which is flush decked, meaning it has one floor reuniting this area all in one place, has also an L-shaped settee, chaise lounge to port, helm station to starboard, and the famed day galley. Power is from twin D4 300hp Volvo which reach wide open throttle speeds of 35 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.70 m (38.3ft)
Length - 11.54 m
Beam - 3.80 m
Draft - 0.96 m
Displacement - 8000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 480 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP duo prop stern drive
Speed - 35 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Design - Christian Grande
Certification - CE B

October 20, 2009

Project: Galeon 340 Fly

Polish builder Galeon gives another exclusive project preview to PowerYachtBlog, this time concerning the 340 Fly project. The new 340 Fly will be based on the 330, Galeon's best selling model with two hundred plus deliveries. Similar below the water line and in dimensions the new 340 Fly gets a full revamp above the sea level, now looking like a mini version of the 640 Fly, flagship of the current Polish builder flybridge Motor Yacht range. With this design evolution Galeon create a complete modern looking boat outside, and more to come also inside. The heart of the boat the engine room is new too, with twin D4 engines 260hp as standard, optional D4 300hp, and possible if one wants also faster D6 370hp set ups. The successful interior layout, takes the good elements of the 330 repeating the unique for a ten metre Motor Cruiser three cabin five berth set up below. Living area stays on the main deck with an L-shaped settee seating six which converts to another double berth, galley, and the fully equipped interior helm station. The aft deck gets a big revamp here offering an expandable sun pad. As all Galeon's the furniture and fittings are of a high standard with modern oak wood veneers offered as standard. Presentation for the new Galeon 340 Fly is scheduled for January in Dusseldorf, and if you are looking for a pocket size flybridge cruiser I suggest to wait and have a look for yourself at this new offer coming from Poland. Watch PowerYacht to see more of the 340 Fly in the new coming up In=Build section.

October 19, 2009

New Model: Australia Yachts 46 Secret Harbour

Presented last Spring in the Sanctuary Cove show this Traditional Cruiser down east lobster boat looking Australia Yachts 46 Secret Harbour got me hooked while browsing around on the demand TV channel Youtube. How can one not be interested when reading that this boat has a 560 nautical mile range at 26 knots, and can take six feet chops with no pounding. Impressive for a fourteen metre! While many builders with some technical work can get a CE A versus a B rating, the boats who are really tested in a Force eight plus of water are really few if any. According to Australia Yachts which is a company founded only a year ago but with a back ground coming from 1996, the 46 Secret Harbour has been tested in these conditions and worse, like a three metre swell navigation at an 18 knots again declared without pounding, and further navigation in a Force nine full gale blowing in the Bass Strait with ten meters of wave height. Apart from all these adventures in its moderate vee seventeen degrees Mark Ellis designed hull form, the 46 Secret Harbour is also a luxurious affair outside and inside offering a three double cabin below, and a galley also located on the lower deck. The welcoming main deck takes you inside in the living saloon, with a C-shaped settee to port, and L-shaped entertainment unit to starboard. Outside it offers an aft benefiting from an open spaced deck which has a retractable opening bathing platform bringing this area in touch with the sea. Going up two stairs you get to the main cockpit with a C-shaped settee to port, and wet bar to starboard. Powered by twin Cummins QSD 480hp with ZF Zeus aft looking pods the 46 Secret Harbour can reach top speeds up to 34 knots in empty format, and 31 knots in full load. The difference here comes from the fact of a more larger fuel capacity to standard for its power which in turn allows the longer range. All time cruise speed is 26 knots for a 577 nautical miles range, while a slow 8 knots can give you up to 1300 NM.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.24 m (50ft)
Length - 14.2 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 18000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3100 l
Water Capacity - 630 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSD 480hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 34 knots max, 26 knots cruising
Range - 577 nm at 26 knots
Design - Mark Ellis
Hull Shape - medium vee with seventeen degrees deadrise aft
Certification - Lloyds SSC

Project: Patrone 27 Convertible

Patrone Moreno after launching the 27 Open last Summer presents the project of the 27 Convertible version. Based on the same traditional Gozzo hull of the 27 Open, the Convertible takes a cruiser attitude in looks and most important in comfort. The 27 Convertible therefore will offer better accommodation suited for family cruising and over night stays. Its interior divided between main, and lower deck, now offers an owners cabin to fore, separate shower head, a dining settee and galley. Exterior spaces while not large as the Open version are still good with a sun lounger on the fore deck, and the aft cockpit featuring a bench seat for four ideally suited for a variety of uses from dining to fishing. Power for the 27 Convertible is the same as the Open version with twin Diesel engines up to 225hp, propelled to traditional direct in line shafts.

New Model: Aquador 33 HT

Aquador launches the 33 HT, its new flagship in a 15 model range. The new large Aquador increases the size for one foot to the 32 C, the previous bigger boat in the Finnish builder range. The 33 HT follows both distinctive features of the Aquadors, blending together the attributes of a hardtop and walk around boat. Its interior accommodates a total of six berths in a four plus two setting, with an original plan having a vee shaped saloon which converts to a double berth forward, and two guest cabins mid ship. You get also a separate head, and a galley. The exterior covered for two thirds by the hard top also offers anther spacious environment, and features a C-shaped settee, a wet bar, exterior hob, and a fully equipped helm station. Power options are single or twin engines up to 600hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10 m (32.8ft)
Beam - 3.45 m
Draft - 1.13 m
Displacement - 5000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - from 330hp to 600hp
Certification - CE B

October 18, 2009

Project: Wally Hermes 58

The history of Wally have always been about breaking conventional design, first with its stylish fast sailing yachts, then with its power line, and recently also with its entry level traditional looking sail boat Nano. Now Luca Bassani Antivari and his Wally brand sets sight on his most exuberant project to date, with the Wally Hermes 58. An idea which the Wally owner sets together with Hermes artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas, design director Gabriele Pezzini, amd Naval Architect Mauro Sculli. The idea of the Wally Hermes is to provide a moving island for a unique setting unknown today in the yacht market. This 58 metre will be a three deck Super Yacht, having a wide more to a catamaran 38 metre beam. It's spaces are also unconventional for the unique setting of having its on board spaces upside to today standard designs with the level one deck dedicated for living, level two for the suites, and level three is solely dedicated to the owner. Performance is a 14 knots max speed, with a cruise of 12 knots which the builder says can do four Atlantic sea crossings on a tankful. Wally also declares a stability assurance without the need of stabilizers.

New Model: Amer 116

Head lined as a project in the last couple years the new Amer flagship 116 model is finally launched and presented. The 116 like the previously 2007 launched 92 was fully designed by Italian firm Verme Projects, who presented Amer with a three deck super yacht, including its fully closed raised pilot house. Verme's styling bring an upper deck looking more coming from a hard top Sport Yacht then a flybridge, and the same can be said to the sweeping stern lines. Inside the 116 as all Amer yachts offers a near to total customisation with hull number one being a very owner dedicated three double cabin plan. Still the 116 can have up to six double cabins for a more charter friendly use, showing with this total flexibility in the interior plans. Speeds with the standard big twin MTU 2637hp engines is a max of 28 knots, but on option is a more economic to run smaller Cats 1925hp which give speeds up to 21 knots. Range distance is up to 750 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35 m (114.8ft)
Hull Length - 33 m
Beam - 7.40 m
Draft - 2.20 m includes props
Displacement - 125 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 16000 l
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Accommodation - up to 12 berths in 6 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1925hp, MTU 16V 2000M94 2637hp
Speed - 28 knots max, 25 knots cruise with MTU 2637hp
Propulsion - in line shafts
Range - up to 750 nm
Design - Verme Projects