March 31, 2010

Monthly News - March 2010

-pic of the month- Rose Island Party in Genoa

Aicon Group in Full Showdown at Nauta Show

Aicon will be present with the strength of its Group at the Mediterranean Boat Show, exposing both the Aicon Yachts and Morgan Yachts range. The XV edition of the Nauta Boat Show, to be held in Catania, 20th - 28th March 2010, will be the debut at a boat show of the Morgan 33 Dinghy, the first daily cruiser of the Group. The range will also be represented by the Morgan 44, the small jewel of the lobster boat range of the Group. Along with the Morgan models, in the harbor of Catania will be exposed the Aicon 52 Fly, a yacht below 60 ft which expresses the key concepts of the Aicon style, sixteen meters of style, elegance and refinement that make the boat extremely livable and comfortable; and the Aicon 62 Open, a concentrate of technology and design recognizable from the well-defined external lines and the classic round porthole. After the success obtained at the official presentation in the autumn of 2009 in Rome, the Morgan 33 Dinghy will debut for the first time in a boat show. Aicon has chosen the Nauta of Catania, one of the major exhibitions in Italy, to pay homage to its homeland with a model that is the extraordinary result of union between the quality and the technology that distinguish Morgan, and the culture and the style of the Made in Sicily. The Morgan 33 Dinghy is an open, almost 10 meters in length, which inaugurates a new range of yachts called Dinghies and will be present alongside the now well-known Morgan Lobster Boats and the Fast Commuters.


Apreamare Bought Back by Founding Aprea and Pollio Familes

The Ferretti Group, announces that it has signed an agreement to sell 100% of Apreamare S.p.A. to the Aprea and Pollio families, the founders of the historical Sorrento brand. The deal is set to be closed by the end of March 2010. The sale will include the nautical pole in Torre Annunziata (Naples), which boasts 125,000 m² of total floor space, including 53,000 m² of indoor space, and a private wet dock with about 100 mooring spaces. This deal will allow the Ferretti Group to continue to pursue the Strategic Plan implemented in recent months with the aim of focusing on its core business. The Apreamare shipyards have been operating since 1849 in the production and artisan building of the typical Gozzo Sorrentino, reinterpreted in a modern light. Part of the Ferretti Group since 2001, Apreamare’s current products range includes two lines of crafts: the classic line of Gozzo vessels ranging from 28 to 64 feet and the Maestro line of yachts featuring sophisticated, original designs and ranging from 51 to 82 feet.


Aquador Awarded in Norway

Aquador 23 DC was awarded as the "Exhibition Boat" of the year 2010 at Sjoen For Alle 2010 -boatshow in Lillestrøm, Norway. Top features of this speedy and well-appointed daycruiser were appreciated by the exhibition visitors, but also by the professional jury. Aquador 23 DC beat its competitors in size class of five to eight meter boats.


Azimut Presents Grande

Four new yachts of over 30 metres and a design philosophy entirely at the service of the megayacht owner. With a special equipe of designers who provide services directly at Customer's home, anywhere in the world. All this is Grande, or better, Azimut Grande. The new family encompasses the entire Azimut Yachts offer in the over 100 feet segment and gives a characteristically Italian name to the approach that Azimut has always taken to customer relations: an approach that has made it the favourite shipyard of Megayacht owners throughout the world since twelve years. Grande will have an exceptional portfolio of Megayachts, which by 2013 will have expanded to include four new models. Over the next few months, work on the Azimut 120 SL will be complete, while the 100ft Raised Pilot House, the 110ft Widebody, and last but not least the 126ft with two and a half decks will be launched in the next three years. Grande is the listening capacity of a shipyard which provides a Personal Design Equipe entirely at the service of its customers. This is one of the new elements of the new Azimut flagship project: a special team to transform dreams into fully operational designs. The Personal Design Equipe is happy to meet the owner anywhere in the world, to discuss his needs, discover his wishes and - in no time at all - present him with a proposal that will transform his dreams into reality. The direct relationship with the customer and the ability to customise a vessel to the maximum is one of the great strengths of Azimut's approach that have always made it stand out, as shown by the experiences of Philip Rinaldi, owner of “Vivere” an Azimut 116. Grande is a new adventure in entrepreneurial, design and cultural terms. A grand adventure in ideas and investments, that only Azimut could launch, strengthened by its position as international leader in Megayacht production.

Azimut New Managing Director

Paolo Vitelli, Chairman of the Azimut-Benetti Group, has appointed Gianni Cucco to run the Azimut Yachts Division in his capacity as CEO, at the same time assigning him supervision of the Atlantis Division, which continues to be headed by Alessandro Furfaro. Cucco replaces Federico Martini who, after four and a half years of collaboration, is leaving the company by mutual agreement. The ownership wishes to thank Federico Martini for his contribution to the company and wishes him all the best for his future career. Gianni Cucco, who had occupied a top position in Azimut Yachts between 1987 and 1997, returned to the company in 2008, after a period as General Manager and CEO with Corcos Industriale (Freudenberg Group). Due to his many years of experience in the Azimut-Benetti Group, Gianni Cucco can today boast an in-depth understanding of the sector, in addition to an insider's knowledge of the products and the people; above all, however, he shares the passion which over time has determined the success of the company. With these distinguishing characteristics, he will be able to make the most of the recovery opportunities offered by the market, with the objective of confirming the Group's international leadership.


Bertram New President

Bertram is pleased to announce that Alton Herndon will join the Bertram team as President of Bertram Yachts. Herndon is a leading marine industry executive with more than 35 years of executive management experience. His extensive background, valued reputation and strong team-building skills will surely lead the Bertram brand to continue on its path of building the highest quality luxury sport-fishing boats in the industry. Mike Myers announced recently that he has decided to leave the company to pursue a new professional career path. Herndon has quite an extensive background which has lead him to become a nationally recognized leader in the marine industry today. He was President of Hatteras Yachts from 1985 to 1996. Herndon also held various roles in executive management positions with top brands such as Palmer Johnson, Inc., Tiara Yachts, KCS International and most recently Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Southport Boat Works. He has also served on numerous boards and committees, including his position as Chairman of the National Association of Boat Manufacturers and past member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Herndon studied business at High Point College and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Executive Program. He served as Battery Commander in the Army National Guard's 113th Artillery Division.


Ferretti Group Sixth Convergence

The sixth “Convergence”, master course specially organised for captains of Ferretti Group yachts, came to a close on Friday 5th March. From 2nd to 5th March, the Grand Hotel in Rimini and CRN shipyard in Ancona welcomed 150 captains from all over the world who took part in classroom sessions, visits to shipyards, sea trials and team building activities. Opening the event, first held in 2004, were Salvatore Basile, and Lamberto Tacoli, Ferretti Group CEO and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. As in previous years, Convergence liaised with Sales Management, After Sales, Communications and the AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology), one of the most advanced naval research and design centres in the world, as well as the Ferretti Group’s Style Centre. After a speech by Rimini Harbour Master, Aniello Raiola, expert on the pleasure boating code, and a presentation by Rina, Ente Registro Italiano Navale (Italian naval registry organisation), the course continued with technical seminars held by speakers from the Group’s most important technological partners, amongst which MAN, MTU, ZF, Cat, Rolla, Idromar, NAVIOP and Besenzoni. These companies have always liaised with the AYT, working on the constant development of the innovations which characterise Ferretti Group yachts. Moreover, during these meetings, technicians and engineers both from the Group and technological partners made an in-depth study of the main topics pertaining to the daily management of motoryachts. A round table was held on Friday, 5th March, to study the technical problems which emerged during the lessons, and the topics linked to the most recent solutions and innovations in terms of interior design. Moreover, special areas were set up everyday which aroused great interest in both participants and partners. Individual meetings were organised in these areas, with technicians from top technological partners (MAN, MTU, ZF) and the After Sales Managers of each brand. One eagerly awaited, and indeed important day was Wednesday 3rd March, during which the 150 Captains visited the Ferretti Group brand CRN shipyard in Ancona. The Captains had the opportunity to visit some of the pleasure yachts currently being built, amongst which the 72 metre and 80 metre models, one of the largest megayachts ever to be built in Italy. Moreover, CRN megayachts, “Clarena 2” 72m, “Romance” 57m, and two Navette 43 measuring 43 metres were moored at the large CRN wharf for the occasion, flanking 5 other Ferretti Group brand yachts (Ferretti 560, Ferretti 631, Long Range 23 Mochi Craft, Custom Line Navetta 33, Pershing 80), chosen especially to reinforce what the captains had learnt during the classroom sessions with technical demonstrations and the practical sessions at sea. The simulations of systems and equipment on dry land were also a huge success

Ferretti Enhances Presence in China

Ferretti Yachts, a brand of Ferretti Group producing flybridge yachts ranging from 47 to 88 feet, enlarges its sales network with a new dealership signed with Speedo Marine for Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Hainan regions and adding a new area Guangdong to Kingsway Marine territory. Speedo Marine is a company specialized in yacht and boat industry with 10 years of solid experience in marine engines and boats market, with a professional sales and after sales team able to guarantee maintenance and maritime training. In order to reinforce the presence inside the territory of reference, Speedo Marine is opening three new Sales Offices by the end of the year in Hainan, Xiamen and Shanghai. Speedo Marine is already dealer of Itama, another brand of the Ferretti Group. Kingsway Marine, established in 1980, is the historical dealer of Ferretti Yachts and the most successful in the Asia territory. Responsible for Hong Kong and Macau regions, Kingsway will also take care of the Guangdong area. It recently opened a Sales office in Shenzhen. The new agreements will be officialised at the upcoming China International Boat Show in Shanghai, during the Ferretti Group press conference which will be held in the opening day of the show. Speedo Marine will also participate to Hainan Rendez Vous together with Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Itama brands of the Ferretti Group.


Formula Makes International News

Formula has recently been recognized on the covers of several international marine publications. Each issue goes into great detail about the featured Formulas and their unmatched craftsmanship. Formula has long been recognized internationally as the finest boat from the U.S.

Formula Demo Ride

Formula is excited to announce the 2010 demo season is underway in South Florida. The Formula models available for demo rides are the 45 Yacht, 40 PC and 37 PC. A Formula dealer will accompany qualified customers to the demo sight for their personal examination. This is a great opportunity for an up-close and personal look at the Formula Difference.


Itama Selected for ADI Design Index 2009

Associazione per il Disegno Industriale - a non-profit organization that supports the development of design culture – selected Itama SeventyFive so to be published on ADI Design Index 2009. The selection has been operated by a large and qualified network, formed by 140 specialists. ADI Design Index 2009 will be published on July 2010, representing the second step during the three years path preparing the next edition of ADI award Compasso D’Oro. This award – 2010 will be the 22nd edition - involves goods, services and systems and it is regarded as one of the most competent, concerning production standard and design projects. In this way, over the past fifty years, the biggest Historical Design Collection has been built. Further, starting from 2009, ADI Design Index is not only the necessary step to Compasso D’oro award, but also selection step to Premio dei Premi, where ADI participates together with Confindustria and Cnr. This important award will be assigned considering the innovation carried out by the project, chosen among the goods, services and systems described on ADI Design Index.


Jarrett Bay for Nascar Driver

Jarrett Bay is excited to publicly announce details of a new 46' Sportfisherman project quietly started in January 2010 for one of NASCAR's most notable and respected drivers, Jeff Burton. Plans are to deliver this landmark build to the Burton Family in under a year, and thanks to a media partnership with Marlin Magazine, families will be able to follow along with the construction through weekly photo updates, time lapse video pods, and even a blog about the custom build by Jeff himself. After 13 years supporting NASCAR, and the second season as the primary sponsor of Jeff's No. 31 Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, it was a natural choice for Burton - an avid sportfisherman - to power his boat with CAT engines.

Jarrett Bay New Salesmen

The Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales family of sales professionals continues to grow with the addition of Phil Stoegerer in Charleston, South Carolina and Doug Curtiss in Ocean City, Maryland. Both have over 20 years of sales experience, and a lifetime of avid boating experience to help provide our customers with the professionalism and knowledge our team's standout reputation is built on.


Maritimo Bolsters Sales Team

Maritimo Queensland dealer Ormonde Britton has strengthened his team with the appointment of sales support specialist Tony Jones. Tony (seen right, below with Ormonde Britton) has more than 15 years of experience in the marine industry and is a qualified Marine Engineer. He owned and operated a marine maintenance and service business on the Gold Coast for four years before working for two years as the European Service Manager for a large boat builder. Since returning to Australia in 2007, Tony has been working in sales on the Gold Coast. Ormonde and his team are based at the Maritimo factory in Hope Harbour. They work closely with Noel Leigh-Smith's sales organisation on the Gold Coast to provide complete coverage of Queensland for the company.

Maritimo Strengths Network with Industry Veteran

Maritimo has further strengthened the Dealer network with the appointment of one of Australia's best-known names in leisure marine, Noel Leigh-Smith, in Queensland. The move follows recent appointments in Sydney and in the US where super-dealer Galati Yacht Sales now represents Maritimo in the south-east. Noel Leigh-Smith and his team will be based at Runaway Bay and at Marina Mirage at the southern end of the Gold Coast Broadwater. He began working in the industry as an outboard engine mechanic in 1964 when he was still in his mid-teens. He began his sales career in 1972, selling early Mariner models for Bill Barry-Cotter.


Meridian Best Selling Flybridge Brand for Fouth Year

While 2009 brought a sea of change for much of the marine industry, Meridian Yachts’ position as the top builder of bridge boats in the U.S. remained unchanged. According to the latest results by Statistical Surveys Incorporated, using reported state vessel registration data, Meridian Yachts was the best-selling brand of bridge boats in the country for the fourth consecutive year in 2009. In fact, 2009 marked the highest market share ever for Meridian in the 35-60-foot bridge boat category, as the brand captured nearly 20 percent of the market. Brunswick Corporation’s other major brand in the segment, Sea Ray, had the second-highest bridge boat market share. In the category, sales of Meridian and Sea Ray together exceeded the U.S. sales of the next nine brands combined. The gap between Brunswick’s offerings and the competition also grew, as Meridian alone sold nearly three times as many boats in 2009 as the Number 3 competitor in the category.


Morgan Boat of the Year in Croatia

Morgan Yachts, the brand of Aicon Group specialized in the design, construction and marketing of yachts in the Dinghy, Lobster Boats and Fast Commuters segments, has won the “Croatian Boat of the Year 2010” with its model Morgan 44 Lobster Boat in the category Motor Boat 41-45 ft. The award, at its eighth edition, was organized by the online boating magazine NauCat and saw the participation of the leading worldwide boat builders represented in the Croatian area. The prize “Croatian Boat of the Year” is considered particularly renowned and trusted due to the fact that the boats nominated in the various categories are voted by the shipyards themselves. Morgan Yachts is represented in Croatia by the Ambassador Barke Bonom, authentic interpreter of the Morgan philosophy in the Northern Adriatic area and in Eastern Europe and part of the strong and exclusive network of partners all over the world, that are ambassadors of Morgan in their countries. The Morgan 44 Lobster Boat has won in its category, which included a total of five vessels, confirming the success obtained not only by ship owners and enthusiasts of the Morgan brand but also by the operators themselves of the marine industry. The Morgan 44, the first Morgan Lobster Boat, is a yacht which recaptures the design of the lobster boats which dominated the waters of New England during the 1950’s. The Besozzi-Selvetti Firm, which has been responsible for the design of the hull, combines the essence of the Maine lobster boats with the most modern technology in order to create a 44 footer of great effect. It is a boat whose valuable details, precious lively-colored fabrics and skilled use of solid wood create an unforgettable atmosphere on board. The exceptional style and attention to detail distinguishes this yacht, where passion for the sea is embodied in the irresistible appeal of a timeless boat.


Mustang Appoints Voluntary Administrators

The Directors of Mustang Marine announce that they have placed Mustang Marine Australia Services, the principal manufacturing entity of Mustang Marine group in Voluntary Administration effective Friday 19 March 2010. Cliff Sanderson and Alan Topp of Restructuring Works were appointed Voluntary Administrators. Over the last 2 years, the company has spent significant sums on redesigning production, new product development and restructuring sales and marketing. The proof of the success of this is in the reception from the media and public to the new models, and the resulting sales. However the after effects of the global economic events of the last 18 months have continued to weigh on sentiment and sales lead conversion has therefore been slower than expected. Business was further hampered by a fire at a critical supplier causing significant delays in new product releases. The principal lender to the business decided it was unable to support the next stage of growth in the business. Without the certainty of continued funding the Directors have taken the prudent course of entering Voluntary Administration whilst a new investor is found. By taking the Voluntary Administration route, the company has time to source new investment as well as restructure the business to be better equipped to meet the current market conditions. This process has been commenced by the Administrators. The Directors understand that the Administrators have terminated non essential staff on Friday 19 March 2010. The company Dealerships throughout the country and internationally are still operating. The Directors intend to formulate a Deed of Company Arrangement. It is the Directors’ intention that boats currently sold and in production will be completed and delivered. The company will be contacting owners to discuss specifics. It is also the Directors intention to continue the research and development plans for new models. The company will still offer a presence at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May 2010 by showcasing their current range of models.


Nimbus Expands in Stockholm

Nimbus Boats are expanding operations in Stockholm by entering a partnership with Nimbus Maxi Center, one of Nimbus’ biggest dealers. The new company, Nimbus Boats Stockholm AB, will include all personnel from Nimbus Maxi Center. The new company will be expanding operations by establishing a base at the Lidingö island yards, planned for the spring of 2010. The company will now offer interesting total solutions for customers through their future long-term plans for the Lidingö operation. The purpose of the partnership is to strengthen their market leading position in the region and increase accessibility and service quality for customers.


Nordhavn Takes Best of 2010 and Peoples Choice

Nordhavn gets recognized for its merits honored with two awards this past month: a “Best of 2010” award from Motorboating magazine and the “People’s Choice” prize at last week’s San Diego Trawler Fest. The prestigious “Best of” award was presented at the Miami International Boat Show February 10 in front of a huge crowd of marine industry movers and shakers. Motorboating editor-in-chief Peter Janssen said the company had been chosen because Nordhavn creates the culture and allows their owners to do whatever it is they want to do, and to go wherever they want to go. Meanwhile in San Diego, hundreds of trawler owners gathered for the annual southwest trawler “symposium” known as Trawler Fest, presented by Passagemaker magazine. Dozens of different trawler brands were on show, but the overwhelming favorite was the Nordhavn 64 Sweet Hope, which took the Peoples Choice award. Nordhavn stated that its customers have made them who they are. Without them, Nordhavn is just a company with a bunch of stellar boats. Nordhavm also said that the way the owners use and enjoy their vessels have made them favorites of the Explorer Yacht builders map.


Pershing Chairman Resignation

The Board of Directors of Ferretti S.p.A. announces it has refused the purchase offer received on 3rd February for its controlled company Pershing S.p.A.. This decision was made after considering the brand’s strategic importance, the significance of the Mondolfo production facility and the technical and human value of the people working there, in order to achieve the aims set down in the Industrial Plan for relaunching the Group. The Chairman of Pershing S.p.A., Attilio Antonelli, not in agreement with this choice, has decided to hand in his resignation. The Ferretti S.p.A. and Pershing S.p.A. Boards of Directors have regretfully accepted his decision.


Princess Reveals Plans for South Yard

Plymouth-based luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts International, today presented plans for the newly occupied South Yard site at a consultation with Devonport Regeneration Community partnership (DRC). The plans represent a significant contribution to the local economic regeneration and outline a £15m investment programme for the yard leading to the creation of 200 new jobs at the company. The 15 acre site, which is within the historic naval dock yard of Devonport, was acquired by the company last year for the purpose of building a new line of 100 feet+ vessels and the build of the first of these new M Class yachts has already begun at the yard. These new development plans are essential to ensure the correct infrastructure is in place for the long term manufacture and development of these and other future Princess models at the site. The redevelopment will consist of significant modifications and enhancements to the current yard including a new impressive production ‘hangar’, which will develop in size over three phases to produce a vast, world class manufacturing facility. The plans also include the covering and development of the existing ‘shallow dock’, structural changes to the existing number 3 slipway to make this more suitable for the craft it will ultimately launch, and many associated external works around the site. Princess Yachts is one of the largest employers in the region. The new South Yard facility is additional production capacity to the five existing sites the company already operates in the area. Production of the company’s other world leading and award winning craft will continue in the existing facilities. Following the DRC consultation, formal planning applications for adaptation of the site will be submitted.

Princess New Distributor for Finland

Princess Yachts has appointed Motor Yacht Finland Oy as the exclusive distributor of Princess yachts for Finland with immediate effect. Operating under the trading name of Princess Finland, this company will be run by owners Mikko Alanen, Managing Director and Mats Carlson, Technical Director, both of whom are current Princess owners and experienced yachtsmen with many years experience in the marine industry. Princess Finland will operate from their waterside offices in Helsinki with the support of their experienced Sales Manager Pancho Marjak and his team.


Riva Celebrates New China Dealership

Riva, the world’s oldest boat yard, has signed an exclusive Chinese territory dealership contract with the marine division of Jebsen & Co, furthering the iconic brand’s presence in Asia. Jebsen & Co, chosen to represent the historical brand famous for its unique style of yachts, was founded in 1895 and is one of the most important dealerships in Hong Kong. What started over a hundred years ago as a general trading company has now evolved into a focussed marketing and distribution organisation, deeply embedded in the industries and markets it serves. With a unique long established presence in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Korea, the Jebsen Group offers local market access with a high degree of specialisation and knowledge to companies from around the world. From a broad spectrum of consumer, industrial, beverage and luxury products, Jebsen is responsible for bringing unparalleled quality to the regional markets, adapting to the rapidly changing business landscape in East Asia. Outside the region, the Jebsen Group enjoys close ties with sister companies in Australia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Denmark, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and the United States. This luxury market experience combined with its deep knowledge of the local market, were the reasons why Riva formed the partnership (the collaboration between the two started in 2008 for the sole area of Hong Kong). With the assistance of Jebsen Marine, Riva aims to position the brand as an industry leader, emulating its already established reputation in Europe and USA. The appointment will be made official during the Asia Boat Show to be held from April 8th 2010 in Shanghai, where Riva will be present together with the other brands of the Ferretti Group. Thanks to the support of the dealer Jebsen Marine, Riva will participate in the inaugural luxury event Hainan Rendez-Vous, to be held on the island of Hainan, a soon-to-be famous tourism destination in the South of China. The event will take place from 2 – 4 April 2010 and will host yachts, private jets and helicopters produced by the world’s most famous brands; Riva will display SportRiva 56’, a symbol of Italian design and craftsmanship.


Riviera Success at Auckland Show

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder proudly showcased two of its latest models for the first time in New Zealand at the Auckland International Boat Show which finished last Sunday and attracted thousands of boating enthusiasts from around the pacific basin. The exciting new 5800 Sport Yacht with IPS and Riviera's new flagship model, the brilliant 70 Enclosed Flybridge made their New Zealand debut at this year’s show and was among nine boats displayed by R Marine New Zealand of the award-winning Riviera range. Boasting the single largest brand display at the show, Riviera showcased from the Flybridge collection; the 70 Enclosed, 51 Enclosed, 47 Enclosed, 45 Open, and 41 Open; from the Sport Yacht collection; the 5800 and 4400; and from the Offshore Express collection; the 43 and 48. R Marine New Zealand’s dealer principal Bruce McGill said there was a strong level of inquiry from the New Zealand market. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said Riviera was clearly the brand of choice for many New Zealanders with more than 350 Rivieras afloat in their beautiful waterways. R Marine New Zealand and Riviera hosted a cocktail party at the floating display on Friday, March 12 for more than 100 owners and once again the ‘I Luv Riv’ team where on hand to welcome show goers to Riviera’s display. Nearly 3000 ‘I Luv Riv’ stickers were requested by boating enthusiasts over the four days of the show.

Riviera Expands in Puerto Rico

Australia’s largest luxury pleasure boat manufacturer, Riviera, has continued to expand its dealer network with the appointment of Wally Castro Marine in Puerto Rico. Wally Castro Marine has taken over the Puerto Rican market from long-serving Viso Marine and has just confirmed an order for several of Riviera’s newest models. Riviera’s latest innovative design and technology will be brought to the Puerto Rican market this year with the exciting new 43 Open Flybridge, 45 Open Flybridge, 5800 Sport Yacht and 61 Enclosed Flybridge. Dealer Principal Wally Castro brings with him 12 years experience in luxury power boat and motor yacht sales. Mr Castro said he was honoured to represent the prestigious Riviera brand in Puerto Rico. Wally Castro Marine was founded in Puerto Rico and is proudly owned and operated by Wally Castro and Gabriel Coll. Wally Castro is the current president. The dealership has been dedicated to the boating industry with new boats, brokerage, warranty and maintenance services and the promotion and awareness of boating in the Puerto Rico and the Caribbean markets. Wally Castro Marine’s philosophy has always been a solid commitment to service. No matter where boat owners are located within Puerto Rico or the Caribbean, the dealership offers support by land, sea and air services. After more than 30 years in the boating community, Wally Castro Marine has built an excellent reputation providing the best after sales and service in the boating industry in Puerto Rico.

Riviera Welcomes New Salesman

Riviera’s R Marine Sydney will strengthen its brokerage operations following the appointment of new sales executive, Andrew Bettini. Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge to the company, coupled with more than 10 years experience working on Sydney Harbour, seven years as a boat broker and experience in running a successful marine detailing and management business. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said Andrew was an asset to the team and was appointed to strengthen R Marine’s brokerage operations through his extensive knowledge of the Riviera brand. Andrew said a life-long passion for boating and a decade of industry experience puts him in good stead to take on this challenging new role. R Marine Sydney is focused on providing the most professional advice and owner care for Riviera enthusiasts. The dealership has more than 100 combined years of Riviera knowledge and experience.

Riviera Merges Dealer Network

Riviera, builder has moved to consolidate its Queensland dealer network to operate under the R Marine Queensland banner offering Riviera owners more than 49 years of combined Riviera knowledge. R Marine Coomera and R Marine Runaway Bay dealerships have merged with R Marine Queensland to provide Riviera owners with one point of contact in Queensland for sales, service and the best Riviera owner care, 7 days a week. R Marine Queensland, which has been located at Riviera’s manufacturing facility at Coomera is a multiple recipient of the annual ‘Riviera Service’ award. The dealership offers the full Riviera line including Flybridges, Sport Yachts, Offshore Express and the new Motor Yacht Collection and also offers two mobile service and warranty vans providing fast and efficient back-up under the expertise of the team. Further north of the Gold Coast, Riviera offers the services of Casey Dent based at Airlie Beach providing owners with service and warranty coverage in the popular Whitsunday’s region, so no matter where your boating takes you in Australia, you are never far from Riviera’s industry leading support service through the R Marine network. R Marine Queensland will continue to handle sales from both dealerships. Service and warranty work will be coordinated from the Coomera dealership. R Marine Queensland’s Randall and Melinda Jones have been associated with the Riviera brand for the past 10 years and are supported by an impressive team. Randall welcomed the merger and looks forward to hosting a range of boating and other events in 2010 for new and existing members of the Riviera family. R Marine Queensland will host a range of exciting events for Riviera owners including the Kooringal Weekend in March, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, the much-anticipated Canaipa Passage Weekend in July, the Great Sandy Straits Experience in September, the Jacaranda Festival Experience in November and finally the R Marine Queensland Christmas Beach Party in December.


Rose Island Day in May

Ten years after its first model début, Rose Island wants to thank the owners and the friends involved in the success of the brand. In this occasion Rose Island will present hull one of the new 43 Lobster model, and will also show for the first time the project renderings of the upcoming 53 Lobster. Present in this occasion will also be all the range from Rose Island, ready for clients to visit and sea trial. Rosa Islands tenth birthday celebration will happen in the recently opened Marina Genova Aeroporto, a perfect decoration to tell the story of a success which started with a trademark deposit for the Lobster name. Rose Island today is the holder of this commonly used name, showing they truly believe in what they do with the traditional cruisers and yachts range which are far away from a fashionable product, and have looks with classic lines which last forever. When Fabio Rosa founded this company his aim was to build a yacht to distinct demanding owners and to keep them happy. In this birthday party at the Genoa Airport Marina will be also the car racing drives who wore the Rose Island ensign during important Global races like the Daytona 24 hours, Le Mans 24 hours, Spa 24 hours, and the 1000km Monza challenge.


Sea Ray Announces AquaPalozza 2010

Sea Ray Boats announced today that the date of its highly anticipated AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event has been changed to July 10, 2010. The move was made to accommodate the schedule of a major musical act, which will be announced in the near future. This year’s Signature Event will take place on Lake Travis, a short drive from both Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Lake Travis the gem among Texas lakes will host host the 2010 event, with approximately 19,000 acres of crystal clear water and 250 miles of shoreline with countless unspoiled coves and creeks to explore. The lake offers 15 marinas and 11 public boat ramps, as well as numerous powerboat, houseboat and PWC rental facilities. The Signature Event will be held at The Reserve at Lake Travis, a new waterfront resort between the Pace Bend and Point Venture areas of the lake. It will be a free event where your boat is your ticket having the location choosen no land access to the event. The Reserve encompasses one of the nicest and most pristine points of land on Lake Travis, which will be perfect for an on-water event of this magnitude. When completed, the Reserve’s facilities will include a world-class marina restaurant and equestrian center, making it one of the premier home and boating resort areas in the Southwest. For those who can’t make it to Lake Travis, Sea Ray dealerships around the world will transform more than 100 additional locations into official AquaPalooza event sites, making it easy for boaters to both get to, and to enjoy the family fun. Most of the events will take place during the last two weekends in July. In 2009, the fourth annual AquaPalooza attracted approximately 15,000 boats and 84,000 guests to 123 events from New York to California, and from Austria to Australia. Since its inception in 2006, the multi-location celebration has grown bigger each year.


Sunseeker Impressive Dubai Boat Show

Sunseeker Middle East had an impressive start to the Dubai International Boat Show (9th - 13th March) as the Sunseeker 38 Metre special edition was purchased by a buyer from the GCC on the first morning of the show. The company is delighted to have sold five craft in total throughout the show. Sunseeker Middle East LLC was one of the leaders at the show and displayed eight boats in total including the 82 Yacht, Manhattan 70, Manhattan 60, Manhattan 52, Predator 62, Portofino 47 and Superhawk 43.

Project: Hatteras 60GT

During the just passed Miami Yacht show, Hatteras announced a new sportfish yacht project slated for debut this years fall. The 60GT project is the latest in fifty years convertible design and propulsion development from Hatters, combined with the use of technological advances in materials and methods utilized in fiberglass construction by this legendary Carolina builder. The Hatteras 60GT takes its exterior design cues from the current 60 Convertible, but a newly redesigned cockpit and a touch of panache give the new 60GT a unique style of her own. The interior accommodations found in the 60GT are not only more spacious to the current Convertible, but are designed with a level of sophistication not often found in a Sportfish Yacht. Sleeping accommodation is for three stateroom all with independent shower heads. Larger window framing is also found on the main deck in the saloon allowing for better views, and combine with wall coverings and exotic woods to create a more open layout while continuing to provide a warm and luxurious environment. The 60GT also get its numbers following and surpassing the current 60 Convertible optional “GT Tournament Edition” package. This GT upgrade included larger engines and additional weight savings which created a forty plus knots boat. With its lightweight build combined with an aggressively efficient propulsion design, the new 60GT is designed to perform at an elevated level, providing increased efficiency whether cruising or tournament fishing. Power to the 60GT will be by twin Cat engines from 1600 up to 1800hp with line shaft propulsion in semi tunnels. Perhaps the biggest surprise of it all here is the missing option with ZF Zeus pods having a 60 Convertible named QuadZeus been a prototype tester for this type of propulsion in the last months.

March 30, 2010

Improve-it = Nimbus 27 Nova S

Nimbus presents the E-power version for the 27 Nova S developed in collaboration with Electroengine AB, a company that develops solutions for electrical power in different kinds of vehicle, including private cars. The E-power 27 Nova S is a standard production boat, neither deck nor hull have been specially prepared or lightened in any way. In other words, the electric-powered engine we have installed has been given a really tough job. The power unit and the battery cells come from Electroengine. The transmission is a DPH duoprop drive from Volvo. This boat has a cruising speed of approximately 23 knots and a top speed of 27 knots. At cruising speed the boat has a range of 20 nautical miles. Nimbus says it will be able to present versions with longer range when the boat is launched onto the market. The craft is charged from a standard 230V power point. Charging takes 28 hours. When using a standard 3-phase 400V power point, full charging takes approximately four hours. A battery gauge replaces the fuel one to monitor the battery level. But just in case the power does run out, we have fitted a small diesel generator to get you home. The diesel generator runs at optimum speed to reduce emissions. The 27 Nova S E-power version will be built at the yards in Mariestad, Sweden. Nimbus hopes to move the E-power technology in its other boat brands as Ryds and Paragon in the very near future.

New Model: Mainship 35 Trawler

Mainship presents its new 35 Trawler model a further development of the success that was the 34. Mainship new 35 feet Explorer Cruiser offers a two private cabins lower deck, sleeping six with a convertible dinette, roomy salon for living, and a flybridge that makes full use of the huge four metre beam. The 35 Trawler salon welcomes you with its cherry hardwood flooring and cabinets. Here you can choose from a seven foot sofa or two lounge chairs to starboard and a raised portside dinette for dining and viewing the water while underway. The galley is complete with glass top stove and convection microwave oven, two drawer refrigerator/freezer unit, sink and storage, all surrounded by large windows. A standard lower helm station with companionway door makes it easy to dock the boat single handed or with your mate. The lower is reserved for the cabins with a forward master stateroom, portside guest stateroom, and head with separate shower compartment. The master has a centerline queen berth with inner spring mattress and the guest has a double bed that is seven foot long. Mainship 35 Trawler is powered by a single Yanmar 380hp, or a twin optional Volvo 225hp choice.
Techical Data:
LOA - 12.01 m (39.5ft) with b/platform
Beam - 4.34 m
Draft - 0.99 m
Displacement - 9072 kg
Fuel Capacity - 946 l
Water Capacity - 265 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Yanmar 380hp, 2 x Volvo 225hp
Propulsion - line shaft

March 29, 2010

Project: Riviera 43 Open Flybridge

Riviera presents the project for a new 43 Open Flybridge, latest in design from this down under World famous boat builder set to launch in the Sanctuary Cove show in May. This new model incorporates function and style within a supremely comfortable, sea-kindly hull. The most striking aspect about Riviera’s latest creation is its design approach: a thoroughly modern methodology progressing the Sportfish Cruiser design into the next generation. Designed exclusively using Riviera’s Unigraphics three dimensional CAD software system, the result is a superbly considered boat with abundant light and space. The 43 Open Flybridge brings the outdoors in, creating an alfresco environment with a seamless transition between the expansive cockpit and the contemporary leather and varnished cherry interior. The main saloon is both beautiful and practical, with seating for seven in a U-shape lounge to starboard around a generous sized, timber folding table. To port is a two-seater leather lounge that can be brought forward to the saloon table as two separate dining chairs. When not required, the chairs are stowed neatly between the bar and open plan galley on the port side. Below decks there is sleeping accommodation for up to six in two large cabins. The forward master stateroom features a queen sized two metre long double bed, with a cedar-lined hanging robe, extensive storage and an ensuite bathroom. The aft, full beam cabin has large port lights with optional opening portholes either side for natural light and cross ventilation. A large skylight under the forward saloon windscreen provides additional light to this cabin creating a very bright and welcoming space. The flybridge, accessible from the cockpit via a new design stair ladder, offers 360 degree vision with minimal interruption, thanks to a new structural hard top canopy. Swivel companion and helm chairs allow finger tip console control while there is seating for four in an L-shape lounge in front of the helm around a weatherproof table. A wet bar with settee opposite on the port side completes the flybridge comforts. When it comes to propulsion, the proven Volvo IPS has allowed Riviera designers to create a fresh accommodation layout on the new 43 Open Flybridge. With all major engineering positioned well aft, enormous gains are made with beam-width space amidships. The pod installation allows Riviera’s New Product Design Manager, Alan Dowd to create a high performance running surface to the 43 Open Flybridge that is extremely fuel efficient cruising at 28 knots with a top speed of around 31 knots, and a range of 340 nautical miles from its 1800 litre tanks. The hull and deck construction is solid hand-laid fibreglass below the waterline and core materials in the hull topsides and superstructure. This composite laminate design makes good use of weight where it is needed delivering a solid soft ride offshore. Controlling all onboard electrics is the digital CZone system. A revolutionary solid state Controller Area Network (CAN) bus design, that allows for the ultimate in customisation and finger-touch control of all aspects of electrical operation, from entertainment lighting to navigation equipment. There are multiple custom settings for easy operation and the CZone system allows for the ability to drill down within each setting in order to control or change specific operations. CZone also talks the same data language as the Volvo IPS system, so all your engine parameters are metered through the same monitoring system.

Class 1 - Brazil Race 2 Fazza 3 Makes 2/2

Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi completed a hat-trick of wins, winning race 2 of the Brazilian Grand Prix to take a maximum 40 points from round one of the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship and make the perfect start to the defence of their World Championship title. Fazza 1 pushed their teammates all the way to claim another second place finish, with Duemme - Foresti & Suardi’s all-Italian pairing of Giampaolo Montavoci and Guido Cappellini claiming a first podium, in their first Grand Prix weekend together. The reigning world champions, led from start-to-finish, claiming a tenth race win in only their twelfth race together, a career fourteenth for both. Despite an electrical failure, Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi were able to hold off a determined challenge from their closest rivals and teammates to take the victory, completing the 71.32Nm course in 47mins 16.14secs. A close race saw Fazza 1 get within touching distance of their teammates while holding off a strong challenge from Duemme - Foresti & Suardi behind them. Two podiums from the weekend saw them consolidate second place in the championship on 30 points. An inspired performance by new-pairing Montavoci and Cappellini in Duemme - Foresti & Suardi saw them claim their first podium together. Moving up from fourth on the grid they briefly held second place as they traded long-laps with Fazza 1. The third place finish, Montavoci’s first podium since Portorose, Slovenia, in 2006, delighted the experienced Italian. A spin on lap six of the race prevented Team Abu Dhabi’s from pushing for the podium. Their fourth placed finish was well earned and the new pairing will take heart from a good performance by both boat and team, giving them something to build on for the next race. Fabio Magnani and Marco Pennesi in Foresti & Suardi - SCAM produced another solid performance taking fifth place in their second outing together, going two better than in race 1, to make it an eleven-point weekend. Welmax Alianza’s Giorgio Manuzzi and Marit Stromoy claimed their second consecutive sixth place in their first grand prix outing together, however, their was frustration for teammates Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer, in Welmax, who were unable to build on yesterday’s podium finish after stopping on the start lap before restarting, only to see their race hopes end a lap later with a broken compressor belt. The UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship now heads to Europe for round 2, on the dazzling fjords of Arendal, Norway, on 16-18 July, 2010.
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, RACE 2 - results
1. Fazza 3 - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) - 47.16,14
2. Fazza 1 - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) + 00.14,09
3. Duemme - Foresti and Suardi - G Cappellini (ITA) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 00.28,00
4. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 01.56,11
5. Foresti and Suardi - SCAM - F Magnani (ITA) / M Pennesi (ITA) + 02.29,87
6. Welmax Alianza - G Manuzzi (SMR) / M Stromoy (NOR) + 1 lap
Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) - DNF
CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP - after race 2 of 14
1. Fazza 3 - 40pts
2. Fazza 1 - 30pts
3. Duemme - Foresti and Suardi - 21pts
4. Team Abu Dhabi - 16pts
5. Welmax - 12pts
6. Foresti and Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
7. Welmax Alianza - 10pts

March 28, 2010

Project: Wally 24m Wallyshadow

One of the most forward looking boat builders in the planet, Wally presents the project of the 24m Wallyshadow which marks the Italian Monaco company entry into the displacement yachting world. The 24 metre Wallyshadow looks different, but most of all it is. Unusual planning here starts with the guest cabins all located from midship to aft, a central ship located to the beam tender garage, galley and crew quarters located in the forward part, and a sports pitch sized flybridge top deck all reserved for entertainment. The Shadow will also be available in a three or four cabin format below. In the third cabin format the owners cabin is large and is located to aft. Displaying 85 tons with a fiberglass construction the displacement Wally 24m Wallyshadow will be powered by small but very economic twin Cats 275hp engines. Performance should be for a 12 knots max, with a range of up to 3200 nautical miles possible at a 9 knots cruise. For best comfort and less rolling the 24m Wallyshadow is equipped with gyroscopic stabilizers as standard.

Class 1 - Brazil Race 1 for Fazza 3

A phenomenal performance by Fazza 3 saw them leave the field behind to dominate from start-to-finish to win race 1 of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the opening round of 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
The defending world champions were uncatchable and put on a master class, to lead home the field by over 45 seconds. Teammates Fazza 1 made the most of a fantastic start to complete a Victory Team one-two, with Welmax completing the podium, finishing in third place.
Fazza 3’s Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi followed up their Edox Pole Position win earlier in the day, with a performance of speed and skill that showcased to their rivals why they are world champions. The perfect start to the defence of their title was made by sealing victory over the 54.94Nm course in 35mins 44.56secs.
Mohammed Al Marri and Abdullah Al Mehairbi in Fazza 1, made a perfect start from third on the grid, passing Welmax to move into second place. From there they held off the challenge from the Norwegians and were rarely troubled as the pair claimed their first second place finish.
The all-Norwegian Welmax, piloted by Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer, were satisfied with the final podium place. A sluggish start saw them challenged early on by Team Abu Dhabi, who were a mere 0.16secs behind at the end of the start lap. However, after both outfits had run their long-laps, Welmax got ahead and streaked away to start closing in on Fazza 1, but despite their best efforts the Norwegians could not get close enough to make a move for second place, finishing 9.75secs behind.
Following disqualification from the Edox Pole Position, after setting the fourth fastest time, due to a weight-rule infringement, Duemme - Foresti & Suardi’s Giampaolo Montavoci and Guido Cappellini were forced to start from the back of the grid. A jump start then saw them penalised further with a long-lap penalty, after which they were running in fifth place. Another penalty long-lap, this time for Team Abu Dhabi for missing a turn buoy, allowed Montavoci and Cappellini to close the gap to just over five seconds. A fuel problem for Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Nicola Giorgi, which prevented them from accelerating out of the corners, then allowed the experienced Montavoci and new partner Cappellini to overtake at the end of lap 12 and move them up into fourth place.
Welmax Alianza’s new pairing of Giorgio Manuzzi and Marit Stromoy followed up a solid performance in their first outing together in qualifying and despite a high-speed spin on lap seven, finished in sixth place ahead of Fabio Magnani and Marco Pennesi in Foresti & Suardi - Scam. A Fazza one-two bodes well for the team that swept all before them in 2009 and the challenge is now on for their rivals to see if they can split the Dubai-based team’s raceboats in race 2 of the Brazilian Grand Prix, tomorrow.
BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX, RACE 1 - results
1. Fazza 3 - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) - 35.44,56
2. Fazza 1 - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) + 45,45
3. Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) + 55,20
4. Duemme - Foresti & Suardi - G Cappellini (ITA) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 1.40,37
5. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 1.51,76
6. Welmax Alianza - G Manuzzi (SMR) / M Stromoy (NOR) + 2.44,40
7. Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - F Magnani (ITA) / M Pennesi (ITA) + 1 lap

March 27, 2010

Boat Review: Cerri 102 Flying Sport

Presentation
Cerri's 102 Flying Sport follows on what this refined North Italian builder did with the 86 but in a bigger more important one hundred foot plus size. Launched in late Spring 2009 Cerri's 102 Flying Sport is the biggest yacht ever build by the Tuscany, Carrara builder which continues a story filled with cross over style design innovation as the main character. Obviously company owner Carlo Cerri follows the schemes seen on the 86, in the 102 featuring the much wanted invisible unnoticeable only know about once you are on it flybridge. Then again just like the smaller 86 the 102 is much more then just Flying Sport offering a semi custom interior, high performance surface drives propulsion giving forty knots top speeds, and a reliable sea worthy hull designed by military experienced engineer Gianfranco De Casa. If you liked what you have seen with the 86 be ready also for more on the big Cerri, as is the case with the top fly deck which is similarly large as to that of a standard flybridge Super Yacht.
Accommodation
Customization is a stamp for Cerri who made tailor making request a big part to his boats from the start. This is farther testified with the all different twelve units delivered of the 86. Hull number one of the 102 Flying Sport featured a not so common for this size Super Sport Yacht five cabin version. A four cabins version with a larger owners cabin is also available.
The 102 welcomes you on its aft deck with a sunpad, curved settee for five persons, central table and free chairs making this area excellent for Al fresco entertaining. Going to fore is very easy with deep side bulwarks all around. The central theme of the fore deck is for the central located circular table which is a second more private dining Al fresco area, and the large sunpads forward to this. Another third exterior socializing area is the flybridge reached from a stair case inside. If you think this is just a second sporty helm station you are wrong as here we have 28 squared metres of space just right to compete with a similar sized looking full flybridge yacht. The layouts on the flybridge are endless and owners can really use there imagination. You can have it like in the plans with a large C-shaped settee to aft, or as the case for hull one using free moving chaise lounges to suit your needs.
Entering inside of the 102 Flying Sport you are welcomed into the interior relaxing area saloon. Here you find a C-shaped settee with a sofa opposite. More to fore is the dining table for ten persons and to starboard we have the stairs which lead to the large flybridge. Upfront of the main deck and ahead to the dining table is the three seated central interior helm station which can be separated from the living area by a descending blind. The galley is located to mid ship below decks and is a C-shaped design. Here is also the space for a lobby and an extra crew berth. To fore reached from the outside deck is the other twin double bunk cabins with shower head.
Going to the guest cabins below is from a circle shaped stair case to starboard. The five cabins layout offers a VIP to fore, two double guest cabins in between, a second VIP to port side, and the central owners suite located centrally. Hull one also featured a small L-shaped settee with TV unit below. In the four cabins version you will loose the second VIP and get more room in the owners suite which benefits from a large walk in wardrobe. All cabins in the 102 Flying Sport are en-suited in both the plans so far on offer.
Toy storage plays also an important part in the 102 Flying Sport with the aft garage taking a large tender and jet bike, and a stowage for a small motorcycle on the main deck. One last note is that while the script above and plans below show actual layouts these are just examples for hull one and two, and if the 86 was any proof Cerri really make the possibilities endless to customize a build to owners wishes.
Performance
Just has been since 1997 when Cerri debuted its first 28 model, the 102 Flying Sport features a hull design by Engineer Gianfranco De Casa. While not much known outside the professional scene, De Casa is a very famous military and working hull designer and so far did all Cerri's previous five models underwater shapes. For the 102 Flying Sport, De Casa presented a medium vee warped shaped hull which ends with a sixteen degrees deadrise aft. Unusually angled for this size of yacht and what should make a formidable match to surface drives propulsion and high forty knots top speeds. Hull one for the 102 Flying Sport was fitted with twin MTU 2400hp engines, and Arneson surface drives. This package produces a fast 40 knots top speed, and an all time cruise of 33 knots giving a range of 450 nautical miles.
Positive
Flybridge Size
Performance
Customization
High Quality
Negative
Crew head for cabins to fore
Competition
The Cerri 102 Flying Sport gets to be a bit unique against its super sport yacht peers. What makes Cerri's flagship stand out is surely the big flybridge, high customization, and the five cabins layout. This seems to be not available from the competition bar the new bigger Pershing 108. Performance is also similar with some staying with a tradition line shaft system like the Azimut 103SL which is the slowest, others opting for jet propulsion like the Arno and the Overmarine, and some opting for a triple propulsion choice as the Pershing or as optional on the Baia One Hundred.
Arno Leopard 32M - flybridge, but looks sport overall
Azimut 103SL - you see the flybridge on the red SL, but it is sleek
Baia One Hundred - huge glassed surfaces, invisible fly, 50 knots with 3500hp MTU
Pershing 108 - launching soon, similar fly deck, 41 knots, five cabins optional
WILD CARD: Overmarine 105 Mangusta - raised saloon helm, similar performance
Conclusion
Carlo Cerri thirteen years of operation has given a lot to the boating world not only for cross over design innovation but also for a unique way to build its product. If you visit Cerri shipyard you will be surprised in that you will find adjacent to the boat building premises a gym with pool and spa, and music played while the workers are completing the boats. With this Cerri is passing on a strong message in a producing World where numbers seem the only thing important. It is true numbers are important but if you want someone to build your boat you want these people to have a passion for it, feel good in the premises, and to be part of a family. The 102 Flying Sport is a proof of how since 1997 the Cerri brand has flourished and follows its Constructors of Passion trademark. This new Cerri 102 Flying Sport flagship as is the smaller 86 and the other projects in store from the Italian Tuscany company like a bigger 120, and a smaller seventy foot model are just testimony to this.
Technical Data
LOA. 31.10 metres (102ft)
Waterline length. 24.47 metres
Beam. 7.20 metres
Draft. 1.40 metres
Displacement. 80 t
Fuel Capacity. 10000 litres
Water Capacity. 2000 litres
Max Persons. 21
Accommodation. 10 or 8 guest berths, 6 or 8 crew berths
Engines. 2 x MTU M93 16v 2400hp
Propulsion. Arneson ASD 16L surface drives
Speed. 40 knots max, 33 knots cruise
Range. 450 nm at 33 knots cruise
Hull Shape. vee shape with 16 degrees deadrise aft
Project. Cerri Cantieri Navali, Gianfranco De Casa hull
Construction. Vinilester resin followed by isophtalic with bi and quadrixial glass solid hull, core sandwich in sides. Super structure in aramid and vinilester resins.
Certification. RINA Cross of Malta MACH Y unrestricted.
Picture Copyright Cerri. Data Cerri.

March 26, 2010

Web: Arturo Stabile New Web Site

Boat builder Arturo Stabile known for the Stama range of Sport Cruisers and Yachts updates its website virtual showroom to a new design. The Stabile family started building and servicing boats long ago in the year 1875. Many years have passed since then and the Stabile's have kept many things in common since its founding, with the most important being the unchanged location in Trapani on the West side of the biggest Mediterranean Italian island of Sicily. Another not changed element of the Stabile business strategy and what formed is business long ago is the servicing and assisting to the commercial fisherman. But today the Stabile family has also made pleasure boating a big part of its business with the building of the Arturo Stabile sport cruisers and yachts range, coupled to the managing of the Marina Arturo Stabile in Trapani also forming important part of the company. Arturo Stabile current model line up features five models from the entry level 28 Stama to the most recently introduced 50 Stama flagship. Arturo Stabile new website is so far available only in Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons: Stabile Boat Yard, Models, Contacts, and Photo Gallery. The Arturo Stabile new website has also logo links to its two other companies which are the Marina Arturo Stabile, and the used boats page.

Project: C.Boat 23-82

After launching its first 27-82 Classic model C.Boat moves ahead by presenting new projects which aim to enrich is range of modern looking steel build motor and super yachts. The second project from C.Boat is the 23-82, which is four meters smaller to the 27 metres launched Super Yacht in 2009, and is also the entry level project of the range. C.Boat 23-82 is a 24 metre over all motor yacht designed by Mauro Corvesieri, and Salvo Parigi responsible for the interior. The concept for the 23-82 follows that of the larger C.Boat with an 8 mm thick steel construction, a Vee shaped full keel hull, and a very angular bow. This design is ideally suited for displacement speeds which allows for half the power of what the usual planning yachts of this size need. With twin 700hp engines, the C23-82 should give a top speed of 13 knots at light load. Interior the C23-82 has a standard three double cabins plus crew layout. An optional four cabin version which will make minus the tender garage aft is available.

March 25, 2010

New Model: Dellapasqua DC9 Elite

As has always been the tradition of this builder Dellapasqua show its roots to the past not only in the lines of its boats, hull shape, drive systems and construction method but also in the designation model 9 Elite name. In fact the nine metres for this model is a water line measurement as the most recent addition to the Dellapasqua family measures a full eleven metres overall. That is six feet more to what nine metres would be! Apart of this the Dellapasqua 9 Elite is a pure offshore Sport Cruiser coming from the past from its very Hunt influenced deep-V hull to the solid glass construction. The 9 Elite is in many areas not far away from what you would have seen in the seventies. The new medium sized Dellapasqua 9 Elite welcomes you on board in its large cockpit aft deck offering a sun pad to aft, L-shaped settee, wet bar, and helm station. Below the accommodation is a limited but well laid affair with a separate owners double berth cabin to fore, dining table to starboard which converts to an extra twin berth, and separate shower head. Space is important for the Dellapasqua family builders but comes always second behind perfect weight distribution, and the stability from a direct in line shaft propulsion. The new Dellapasqua DC9 Elite is powered by twin 400hp turbo diesel engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.02 m (36.1ft)
Hull Length - 10.42 m
Beam - 3.08 m
Displacement - 9.97 t
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x 400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - deep V
Construction - neopentilic gel coat hand laid fiberglass
Project - Dellapasqua
Certification - CE B

Improve-it = Cabo 40 Flybridge

During the recent Miami boat show Cabo has presented a redesigned interior for the 40 Flybridge model. Cabo’s designers have improved this most popular Sportfish Cruiser flybridge model with added interior comfort and design appeal. Cabo retained the beautifully finished teak used in the 40 Flybridge cabinet doors, then expanded its use and coverage to the cabinet frames, storage lockers, and bulkheads for a more inviting environment. Cabo also introduced several new decor packages for customers to choose from, adding wall coverings and padded panel options instead of bare gel coat in the living spaces. The two cabin two heads interior of the refreshed 40 Flybridge represent an evolutionary change for one of Cabo's best sellers, providing a new level of thoughtful attention. The interior design below deck in a Cabo equals the detail which has always gone into the cockpit, helm deck and wiring which is considered an industry standard. While the new 40 Flybridge interiors are definitely more luxurious, the fit and finish is designed to retain the low maintenance approach of the traditional utilitarian interiors they replace. Also a new option for the 40 Flybridge is the availability of ZF Zeus pod propulsion with twin 600hp Cummins option. This choice follows what was seen on the 40 Express, Cabo's first pod drive boat which shares the same Micheal Peter's hull with the 40 Flybridge. For those still in doubt of new technology Cabo still offers three engine choices with the traditional line shaft propulsion from 715hp Cats, up to 800hp MANs.

March 24, 2010

New Model: Outerlimits 44 SL

After a successful 2009 on the race track Outerlimits continued its triumph on the market with the launch of two new models. The first of these new models is the 44 SL. The SL letters standing for Super Leggera, which is testament to the innovative hull construction using the lightest and strongest materials. The 44 SL is built with epoxy resins and core sandwich vacuum bagged method joined by an innovative carbon X-frame. The Carbon Monoque X-frame from Outerlimits is also pending patent. Speed is testament to the 44 SL but a comfortable interior typical of a fast powerboat is found, with a forward V-shaped double berth, two settees, galley, and separate shower head.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.51 m (44.4ft)
Beam - 2.79 m
Displacement - 4762 kg
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Construction - epoxy resin foam cored vacuum bagged hull and deck

Class 1 - 2010 Season Preview

For the first time in the sport’s history, a leg of Class-1 Powerboat Championship takes place at a southern hemisphere country. Rio de Janeiro hosts the Class-1 Brazil Grand Prix 2010 season-opener. The races are scheduled on 26-28 March at Marina da Glória and it happens to be the first of a ten year agreement. It heralds the start of a long-term agreement among International Offshore Team Association – IOTA, Aktuell Communication Office and Event Promoter, Eike Batista, President of EBX Group. The organization counts also on the mayor city support. Class-1 Powerboat Championship Grandprix Brazil stages the 2010 season opener and is the first great international Sport event to happen in Rio de Janeiro since 2016 Olympic Games announcement. Over a million people are expected to closely watch all Powerboat training and official race laps from Aterro do Flamengo. The Marina da Glória provides the public all needed structure. Vip area, shops, bars and restaurants and a disco club are part of a complex that joins sports and entertainment. This year first round will feature five teams with seven boats competing. Dubai's Victory Team winners of last year tragic ending season will again be a firm favorite for the race as well to the title taking. Another possible contender will be the Norwegian Welmax Team, European Champions in 2008. Welmax will have a two boat entry this year, with one of the boats featuring Marit Stromoy, the first woman in Class One. Worth of note is Guido Capellini, the F1 Powerboat legend returning for a second time on a Class One powerboat with no.8 Duemme Yacht Forest & Sguardi composite built Tencara catamaran.

March 23, 2010

New Model: Rhea 43 Trawler

French builder Rhea presents the 43 Trawler, what is the first of a new range. The 43 Trawler is the smallest for this new range from Rhea which has a future program of five models with a maximum length of 67 feet. But today the 43 Trawler also stands as the flagship of this French boat builder. Rhea's 43 Trawler reflects the recent trend of Explorer Cruisers who offer a semi displacement hull with stable medium speeds and a longer range capability. Having the influence of the US trawler looks outside the 43 reflects generous seamanship influence with deep side bulwarks covered in teak, a very livable main deck saloon with galley inside, and a large dominant second helm station up top. Below accommodation is for a two cabin, two head layout. Rhea unlike other builders also selected traditional propulsion system with line shaft as its choice. Power is from twin 300hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.10 m (42.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.00 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 10500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths Engines - 2 x 300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Bertrand Danglade concept, Mortain - Mavrikios - Chabaud
Certification - CE B

Improve-it = Atlantis 54

Atlantis presented itself to the Miami boat show with a highly customized personalized 54 model with graphics by Romero Britto. The famous Miami based neo-pop artist Romero Britto decorated the exterior of the current Atlantis flagship for its presentation at the Miami boat show, making it stand out as a floating art gallery. Romero Britto works are renowned with other famous brands as the Mini by BMW, Apple, Absolut Vodka, and Pepsi Cola. Britto's aesthetics combine really well with the Atlantis we are open philosophy. The Atlantis 54 which was a special boat for the Miami was sold quickly at the opening. Atlantis presented this innovative 54 to show its clients an open minded philosophy which means not only for the sports nature of the range, but also for listening to clients requests and challenges. The Atlantis 54 was introduced in the fall of 2008 and is a three double cabin sport yacht, which offers a wide open spaced main deck. Power is from twin shaft driven Volvo 775hp engines.

March 22, 2010

New Model: Palm Beach 65 Sedan

Down under Palm Beach Motor Yachts adds another model to its range with the introduction of the 65 Sedan. New flagship to Palm Beach traditional looking cruiser and yachts, the 65 Sedan is a natural progression following the popularity of the 2008 launched 50 model. Like the 50, the new 65 Sedan expands a single living main deck experience, with discreet mezzanine levels accessing the cabins. Big large panoramic windows which are sort off a trade mark now for the Palm Beach lobster design surround the main saloon offering seamless views from the port and starboard lounges. Keeping in with its traditional down east lobster lines the aft cockpit is voluminous and protected by an automated awning providing welcome shade. A tender garage opens hydraulically aft at the press of a button and can house tenders up to 3.1 metres in size. The swimming platform gently eases itself into the water and the walk around decks provides effortless access to the sun bed located to the foredeck. The Palm Beach 65 Sedan has a hull design with a low centre of gravity, fine bow entry, hard chines, and a moderate draft hull. Power is from twin Yanmar 700hp which seem a bit small for a boat this size.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.34 m (70ft)
Beam - 5.85 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 18000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 8 berths
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 700hp
Propulsion - in line shaft
Construcion - vinylerter epoxy resins, E-glass, sticted to multi axial fabrics

Project: Mano 32 Gran Sport

Mano presents the project of the 32 Gran Sport. This latest Mano medium sized project reflects recent trends as shown by other Italian builders to present a Sport Cruiser design joined with that of a centre console open boat. So far the South Italian Mano has forwarded little details of this project, but with this rendering we can imagine that the 32 Gran Sport will be a full walk around for half of its length and having a full sun worshipper raised deck to fore. The port windows also suggest the use of over half of the length for accommodation below deck, which also is a big indication to tell us that the engines are located to aft with a high possibility of having stern drive engines, as is the normality in this size for European boat builders.

March 21, 2010

New Model: ISA Yachts 630

ISA Yachts is nearing completion its 630, its biggest project and build to date. The 630 which features a moon stone hull and stark white superstructure color, is the first of three Super Yachts over fifty metres due to be delivered from ISA this year. The striking Super Yacht, with displacement hull, blends technology with Italian craftsmanship and style. She boasts sleek and aggressive lines with a long, sloping stern. Her exterior styling is by Andrea Vallicelli responsible for most of the ISA Yachts line including the successful 120 Composite series, who worked in close collaboration with International Shipyard Ancona Technical Department. The yacht’s interiors have a Key West-style with finishes in bamboo and natural materials, designed by Patrick Knowles. The 630 yacht was commissioned in September 2007 and the two and a half year construction has involved no less than 310 direct and indirect staff members. The super yacht’s launch and delivery are scheduled for the beginning of April, giving her owners an early start to the summer season in the Mediterranean.
Technical Data:
LOA - 63 m (206.6ft)
Waterline Length - 56.38 m
Beam - 12.00 m
Draft - 3.30 m
Displacement - 1080 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 130000 l
Water Capacity - 35000 l
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512C 2388hp
Speed - 16 knots max, 14 knots cruise
Range - 2700 nm at 14 knots
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Design - Andrea Vallicelli, International Shipyard Ancona Technical Department
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht (P) Mono G6 LMC, UMS, MCA Code of Practice, LY2, unrestricted

March 20, 2010

Web: Nimbus New Web Site

Swedish Nimbus boats, which is part of the Nimbus Group present a new virtual showroom for the 2010 year. Nimbus Boats is the headlining brand of the Group which owns two other boat building companies. Born in 1969 the story of Nimbus started in a certain way with a coincidence and a help request from Volvo in the sixties, who at the time had difficulty to market its engines and penetrate the marine leisure market. Harald Wiklund Volvo Penta head of the period ordered a boat to design engineer Pelle Peterson. This 26 feet boat was named Nimbus by Peterson and launched on Lake Vanern on September 1969. A year later to this the Nimbus 26 wins boat of the year, and in 1977 brothers Hans and Lars Wiklund start the Nimbus Boats company officially. After forty years following its first model Nimbus is one of the biggest Northern European pleasure boat builders and today the Swedish builder offers fifteen models divided into four styles which are the Nova, R-Series, Coupe Cruisers, and Commander. Nimbus entry level model is the 230 R, and its current flagship is the 43 Nova. The new website takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Model Range, Store, News, Downloads, The Company, E-Power, Philosophy, Dealers, and Contact.

New Model: Ferretti 800

On Monday 22nd February, the new Ferretti 800 moved out of the Cattolica shipyard to reach the nearby dock for technical sea trials. The Ferretti 800 is just over 24 metres of length making it what is often referred to a pocket Super Yacht status. In its first sea trials according to Ferretti's technical department the 800 confirmed a perfect hydrostatic trim, with an excellent sea keeping, going beyond the performances and noisiness expectations when cruising. According to Ferretti the 800 is also extremely manageable when turning, with great satisfaction of AYT, responsible for the project which has been developed together with Zuccon International Project. The 800 as we stated in our project presentation a few weeks back features a different interior combination which sorts of goes back to the future with a lower deck having the crew quarters to fore, engines to aft, and thus allowing for more spaces for the owners and guests. Long standing designer Zuccon now with Ferretti for a twenty year period also presented clever looks which make you think of a raised pilot house, but in fact it is not. Although the lower helm station has a feeling of being separate and is up three steps from the lower part of the saloon. Power is from twin MAN 1800hp with so far not confirmed top speed estimates of 31 knots. Now the Ferretti 800 will be presented as a preview to clients and dealer network during an event which will be held in April, and after that it will be officially launched at the coming Cannes show in September.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.73 m (81.2ft)
Hull Length - 23.98 m
Waterline Length - 20.50 m
Beam - 6.28 m
Draft - 1.88 m full load
Displacement - 64.5 t unloaded, 74.8 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 6750 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Max Persons - 20
Accommodation - 8 guest berths, 3 crew berths
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 1800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots estimated
Hull - warped vee with spray rails and twelve degrees dead rise aft
Construction - multi axial fiberglass
Design - Zuccon International Project, Ferretti Advanced Yacht Technology
Certification - CE A ISO 8666