December 31, 2011

Monthly News - December 2011

-pic of the mon- Mulder New Yard

Apache Busy and Successful 2011


Big Chief, Splash & Fighter One are the newest additions to the Apache tribe. Splash, a dazzling 28' and Big Chief, a dominating '47 debuted at the Key West Poker Run in November. They proudly turned heads at the dock. Also arriving in Key West were: Hammer Head '41, Broken Arrow '47 & Spirit of Apache '47. Big Chief stole the show leading the pack from Boca Grande Island to Key West during the Saturday Poker Run event. Big Chief also won the people's choice award for "Most Outrageous Boat". Apache also congratulates Tony Toll and his team for winning the Needles Trophy in Ju


Azimut-Benetti Group New Corporate Services Head

On 1st December the Azimut-Benetti Group appointed Mauro Moscardi as Corporate Services Head with responsibility for the areas of Administration, Finance and Control, ICT, Human Resources, Legal, Research & Development and Marketing (in these last two areas, economic management only). Moscardi, who was born in 1963 and holds a degree in Economics and Business, gained significant international experience between 1990 and 2008 at Merloni. After operating in Europe, between 1995 and 1998 he worked in the Financial Administration of EJV Merloni-Haier in Qingdao (China) and subsequently, as Finance Director, he managed the Turkish firms in the Group. For over 7 years, as CFO of the local companies, he worked in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 2008 he became CFO of Technogym and then occupied the same position in De Cecco S.p.A. In Azimut-Benetti, Moscardi will use his wide-ranging experience to increase the functionality and efficiency of the central services, thus contributing to the consolidation of strategic activities for the company, including the process of internationalization.

Azimut-Benetti Group Restructuring Operations

The Azimut-Benetti Group has taken another step in the organisational restructuring of its commercial and manufacturing operations, as part of the plan launched one year ago with the creation of the three business lines, Yachts, Megayachts and Yachtique, with a new merging of activity. As of 1st of December, the Atlantis brand will be integrated more closely into the Yachts business line, relying fully on the sales structure and service network already in place. The Yachts business line, grouping together all planing boats up to 30 metres, will continue to be lead by Paolo Casani, who will thus take on direct responsibility for the Atlantis brand in addition to the role of CEO of Azimut Yachts. Mr Casani takes the place of Luca Sburlati, who has left Azimut Benetti Group after four years with the company as head of HR and a brief stint alongside him on the Atlantis brand.

Azimut Selected for ADI-Index 2011

Azimut 50 Magellano and Yachtique were officially selected for the ADI-Index 2011, respectively, for the category "Design for the Environment" and "Design services". The objects, products and services selected for the Index, automatically join the three-year selection "Golden Compass Award", the highest award for Italian design, created in 1954.


Broom Award Nomination

Broom Boats, based in Brundall, Norfolk, has been nominated for the prestigious IPC Marine Media Motor Boat of the Year Award. The nomination is for the new Broom 370, a luxury 38ft motor cruiser, which was launched at Southampton International Boat Show earlier this year. The new Broom 370 has received rave reviews from the marine press, including Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boats & Yachting and further marks the rejuvenation of the famous Broom marque. Seven Broom 370s have already been sold since the launch at Southampton, with boats being delivered to France, Holland and the UK. Further new boats are due to be launched by Broom in 2012.

Broom Extends International Boat Show Attendance

Broom Boats are delighted to announce its attendance at not one but two major International boat shows in January. Broom will be exhibiting a new 370 at the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show on stand L117. Broom will then be exhibiting a different 370 at Boot Dusseldorf the 43rd International Dusseldorf boat show in Hall 5 on stand 5D40. In the current climate exhibiting at these events needs to be carefully considered, however we are confident that the new products on offer coupled with the new marketing material enables the brand to achieve the targets set for 2012. Following the successful launch of the 370 at the PSP Southampton International Boat Show 2011 we are delighted to announce the order book is continuing to grow and we have increased our production staff to allow the 370 to be built on 2 production lines. We have received a large amount of interest in the brand and products from the European marketplace and this has enabled us to exhibit at the Dusseldorf boat show with confidence. The development of the 35 Coupe also continues and will be launched at the inaugural Broom Boat show on the 28th April 2012 at our yard in Brundall; further details of this will be released in the New Year.


Chris-Craft Classic Pennant Flag Debut

Even though the Chris-Craft pennant flag is certainly not new to Chris-Craft owners, the use of the pennant flag on Chris-Craft branded apparel & merchandise is just now making its debut. For almost 14 decades, Chris-Craft owners have had the pleasure of the familiar pennant flag cheerfully waving to them from the bow of their boats. This classic image is now available on a limited line of apparel on sale now, in the Chris-Craft Company web store. Also new are ¼ zip sweatshirts, t-shirts (both short and long sleeve) Tervis Tumblers, latte mugs, license plates, canvas tote bags, and key holders, just to name a few of the new items now available on sale.

Horizon Launches Second Super Yacht for China

Horizon is pleased to announce the new Horizon RP120 “Muses” – the second superyacht above 100ft that Horizon has sold to China this year, has recently launched following a successful sea trial in Kaohsiung Taiwan. Muses is the third Horizon RP120 masterpiece to grace the open waters and she makes her debut as the leader of brand-new superyachts in Mainland China. Muses is the first yacht for her new owner, who named the 120-foot Horizon to reflect the elegance found in her sleek exterior and stylish grey hull. With the outstanding quality, craftsmanship, advanced technology and reliable after-sales service, Horizon won the client’s trust.

Horizon Preferred US Partners

Horizon Yachts Inc announces the Marine Group, Galati Yacht Sales and EPIC Yachting as new Preferred Partners for Horizon's U.S. East Coast sales market. The Preferred Partnership program expands Horizon's presence in the U.S, providing extensive sales and service coverage from the Gulf Coast to the New England area. Points of contact include Bill Snyder for the Marine Group, Steve Sprigg for Galati Yacht Sales, and Mike Ladas for EPIC Yachting.


Jarrett Bay New Maryland Sales Staff

Jarrett Bay is pleased to announce the addition of lifetime boater, fisherman and enthusiast, Rich Tranchida to its Maryland staff. Rich is an extremely talented sales professional and Jarrett Bay is excited to have him onboard!


Moonen Designer Tour

The Moonen team were delighted to recently welcome the HISWA Yacht Valley Designers Tour to our yard in Groot Ammers. Eight leading designers enjoyed a comprehensive tour of our facilities and an informative presentation about Moonen from our MD Emile Bilterijst. The overall goal was to explain how Moonen has worked with various designers over the years, including a long-lasting and highly successful relationship with Rene van der Velden in particular. The yard remains open to the possibility of teaming up with other masters of the drawing board especially in the custom superyacht area (one of the four diverse segments in which we are active, along with our High Speed, Displacement and Explorer yachts). Emile stressed how new ideas and innovative thinking have always been at the forefront of the Moonen success story. After this presentation the visitors were taken onboard the 42-metre Sofia III, a fully custom motoryacht currently under construction in Groot Ammers. All the designers expressed how impressed they were by the quality as we sat down for a delicious high tea lunch.


Mulder New Yard Underway

Mulder Shipyard’s managing director Dick Mulder has laid the first foundations of a brand-new facility in the Netherlands, fifteen minutes south of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The special ceremony marked the end of several years of planning on a multi-million-euro investment situated ten kilometres from the current Mulder facility. This state-of-the-art yard will cover an area of 7000 square metres and be focused on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts between 18 and 40 metres. Due to open in 2012, the first new yacht of Mulder’s impressive order portfolio will be launched there in 2013. Our existing facilities in Voorschoten will also remain open and be dedicated to the maintenance of smaller yachts.

Mulder Recieves Two More Orders for Favorite

Mulder is delighted to recently receive new orders for two Favorites: A Mulder Favorite 1500 and a Mulder Favorite 1300 cabrio . Both yachts will be delivered during the course of 2012 and initlally be berthed in the Netherlands. There are numbers four and five respectively in the successful new generation of Mulder Favorites. If you are also potentially interested in taking ownership of a Mulder Favorite within the year, contact the yard for more information.


Nor-Tech Welcomes Alden Thornton and Expands Line-Up

Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats has set its sights on the offshore saltwater fishing boat market with an ambitious plan that includes new models, new dealers, and a key personnel acquisition, the Florida-based powerboat manufacturer announced today.  Known for many years as a builder of custom high performance vee-bottoms and catamarans, Nor-Tech has recently expanded its lineup to include a growing array of diverse new models, including an 80’ sport yacht, and 34’ and 39’ luxury/performance center consoles. Now, the company plans to target the saltwater fishing boat market with a full line of tournament-ready center console fishing boats. The company plans to make significant inroads into the offshore tournament fishing community by joining forces with one of its most recognized members, hiring industry veteran Alden Thornton to serve as national saltwater sales manager and fishing team manager. Thornton arrives at Nor-Tech with a lifetime of marine industry experience spanning sales, dealer development, product development, racing, and tournament fishing. For the past six years, Thornton served as regional sales manager and fishing team manager for Fountain Powerboats, where he was heavily involved in the design, testing, and sales of fishing boat product. Thornton began competing professionally on the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) tournament trail in 2002, and his wife Alison was named as the SKA’s Lady Angler of the year in 2010. In July, Thornton’s “A-Team” fishing team took top honors at the 2011 Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo, an event certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest fishing tournament. Prior to joining the SKA, Thornton raced boats in the American Power Boat Association (APBA), where he won two national championships, two North American championships, three high points championships, and has been twice inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions. Nor-Tech will introduce four new fishing models in 2012, ranging from 28’ to 43’. The fully redesigned fishing version of its current 39’ center console will debut at Miami International Boat Show in February, with the fishing version of its current 34’ center console following soon after. An entirely new 28’ will join the fleet in early summer, and tooling work has just commenced on a flagship 43’, which is slated for debut next fall. Nor-Tech also announced that a significant expansion of the company’s dealer network is underway, with the goal of including dealers specializing in the company’s outboard products. Joining established Nor-Tech dealers Scott Shogren of Shogren Performance Marine in Waukegan, Illinois and Carl Hansen of New Boats Direct in Key Largo, Florida; the company announced the following new dealers: Greg Bent and Jon Miller of Bent Marine in New Orleans, Louisiana; Kenneth and Mike Black of South Austin Marine in Austin, Texas; and Brian Forehand and Robbie Brown of Marker 17 Marine in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Riva Shows off in International Events in December

Riva, a brand of the Ferretti Group, has taken part in two important events in December: from the 8th till the 12th its new jewel, Riva Iseo, was presented at the Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam, while on the 9th December the exhibition "Lo Stile Italiano - arte e design” started in Monaco that will finish on the 2nd January, during which Riva is celebrated as an icon of Italian style and design through one of its best known models, Aquarama, on display. The exhibition organised by the Italian Embassy in the Principality of Monaco is to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, under the aegis of the President of the Italian Republic and of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II.

Riva to Luxury Verona Show

Riva, a Ferretti Group’s brand, took part in Luxury & Yacht, the greatest European luxury show in Verona (24th-27th November 2011), to present the latest model of the shipyard, Iseo, a 27-foot runabout that has already been widely appreciated by the public at the Festival International de la Plaisance in Cannes and at Genoa International Boat Show. On the occasion of this important event, Riva has worked in partnership with its historic dealer Nautica Casarola to show to the visitors the new gem of the brand within a dedicated area. Iseo is destined to become a must-have for those who love cruising on both lakes and sea and for design enthusiasts. She is also perfect for anyone wishing to enhance their yacht with an exclusive tender that will never go unnoticed. Result of the working relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the exclusive designer of the entire Riva range, AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology – the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferrettigroup, the new runabout has been devised so owners can ‘live’ her wherever they wish: for this reason the standard version of Iseo has her own custom-made car-trailer, allowing easy transportation wherever the owner wishes to go. Iseo also effectively responds to the increasing demand for onboard infotainment: she is indeed the first boat in her class to be equipped with an entertainment system and GPS charting based on the Apple iPAD platform. Many luxury products of the great international brands were on display in Verona, ranging from high performance cars to wellness, from entertainment to interior design. Iseo, a synonym for Italian luxury and excellence, could not miss such an important event.


Riviera Owners Share Christmas

There was plenty of Christmas cheer on board an armada of Rivieras as hundreds of families across the nation came together to celebrate the festive season, rekindle old friendships and make new ones. From the Gold Coast and Brisbane to Perth, Sydney to South Australia; Riviera’s nationwide dealer network popped the corks and shared a toast with the growing Riviera family. R Marine Queensland hosted a beach party at Jumpinpin just north of South Stradbroke Island for 126 Riviera owners. Dealer principal Randall Jones said there was plenty of Christmas cheer at ‘Millionaires Row’. Riviera Brisbane celebrated the festive season on the lawns of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadran at Canaipa, Russell Island with 50 Riviera enthusiasts. Dealer principals Rod, Julie and Ben Crawley said everyone enjoyed a delicious spit roast and fresh prawns for lunch. To Sydney and with the pop of a cork, the festivities began for 35 Riviera owners who joined R Marine Pittwater at Coasters Retreat otherwise known as The Basin for their annual Christmas Party which was held on December 2. R Marine Pittwater dealer principal Bruce Mitchell said it was great to see the Riviera family get together one last time before Christmas. R Marine Sydney hosted a spellbinding experience for 90 Riviera owners who enjoyed a magical day on the Hawkesbury River before enjoying a five-course lunch at exclusive waterfront restaurant Peats Bite. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said everyone relaxed over lunch and renewed old friendships. Across to Western Australia where about 33 Riviera enthusiasts set sail for the Swan River to celebrate Christmas. R Marine Perth dealer principal Brendon Grieve said this year the service team together with R Marine Perth staff and Riviera owners each hired a Foundation yacht for an afternoon of sailing. Presentations took place at the Royal Perth Yacht Club overlooking the lights of beautiful Perth city. A barbecue dinner and drinks followed. In Adelaide a fleet of 15 Rivieras with 65 on board braved the windy conditions as they entered the Port River for the inaugural R Marine South Australia Owners Club night. Club secretary Glenn Spear said everyone had a great time on the Port River which has recently been named a Dolphin Sanctuary. Riviera’s dealer networks look forward to welcoming the New Year and have an exciting line up of owner events planned for 2012 across Australia and around the world.

Sunreef Launches its First Yacht Sold to Polish Customer

As 2011 comes to a close, Sunreed is delighted to announce that it has just launched a very special yacht, the first one ever commissioned by a Polish client. Based in Gdańsk, Poland, until now the shipyard has been building yachts exclusively for export. Dreamliner is the third unit of the new yacht model, Sunreef 58, introduced to the market in 2011 (which means three launches in just six months!). The yacht will accommodate six guests and two crew in ultimate comfort.


Sunseeker Expands Online Community

Sunseeker International has joined the growing social media community, the 21st century has created an online world that allow us "tweet", "like" and "poke" each other. It has created an interactive platform that connects us in real time, allowing us to spread the word and share our thoughts to other like minded individuals around the world. Sign up to the official Sunseeker International page on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. Like us or tweet us to keep up to date with all the Sunseeker breaking news and events. Regular updates will come to you as "tweets" or "wall posts" from the people in the know. As part of our efforts to bring news from the Sunseeker World Headquarters to as many people as possible.

Sunseeker Raise Over 100,000 for MacMillan

The Connaught Hotel in Bournemouth hosted the 2011 Cheque Presentation Evening for Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride. Cyclists, volunteers, sponsors and supporters all attended to celebrate Macmillan 100 years and see the results of the Macmillan ride's 100+ campaign to raise £100,000 in Macmillan Centenary year. The annual event is sponsored by Sunseeker International and employee involvement is high. Before presenting the cheque for £100,623 Ride Organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls acknowledged the support of all those involved and gave special thanks to everyone who went the extra mile with their fund raising in Macmillan's Centenary year. Macmillan's General Manager David Crosbie spoke about the growing need to do more, as more people live longer cancer affects more people. Peter rounded off the evening by announcing plans for the future, with the aim to reach the £1 million mark next year, since the events founding. The 2012 Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride will take place on Sunday 1st July and distances will include, 10, 38, 48, 60 and 101 miles. Sunseeker International's Operations Director Wayne Moore, announced their support for 2012 and said how much they enjoyed being part for such a great event and supporting such a worth while cause. Record numbers of Sunseeker employees were now taking part.


Windy Short Listed for Second Major Award

Scandinavian boat builder Windy Boats AS has been shortlisted for ‘Best New Boat’ in the ‘Sportscruisers below 45ft’ category of the ‘2012 Motor Boat of the Year Awards’. The winner will be announced on 9 January at the 2012 London Boat Show (6-15 January). This is the second major award nomination for the 31 Zonda, described by a leading UK yachting title as having “the best hull we have ever tested.” The Zonda is also nominated for the 2012 ‘European Powerboat of the Year Awards’, to be announced at the 2012 Düsseldorf International Boat Show (21–29 January). Launched to rave reviews last spring, the 31 Zonda is a stunning fast weekender which combines the exhilarating and uncompromising performance of a sportsboat with the creature comforts of a larger cruiser.

Windy New Distributor for China and Honk Kong

Scandinavian boat builder Windy Boats AS has announced the appointment of Up Marine Ltd as its exclusive distributor in Greater China. With offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, Up Marine is headed by Anthony Cheung, whose sales team has imported over 100 yachts to the region in recent years. Windy and Up Marine believe that Windy’s larger models, including the stunning Windy Dubois SR 52 super-tender, will be of particular interest to Chinese customers looking to combine exceptional performance with unprecedented style, speed and comfort. Given mainland China’s vast lakes and inland waters, they are also confident that the new 26 Kharma sports cruiser, 31 Zonda fast weekender and upcoming 39 Zonda, designed in partnership with Dubois, will also be popular choices. Up Marine will be promoting its new Windy partnership at the upcoming Shanghai Boat Show in April 2012.

December 30, 2011

Project: Pershing 82

Pershing presents the project for a new 82 model, based on the 2008 launched 80, and following the pattern of the latest 74; meaning addition of a sun sport flybridge deck on top.  Access to the fly bridge will be from an automated hatch and a carbon steel staircase, a little mechanical masterpiece created by AYT in close collaboration with Besenzoni. The staircase is decentralized and drops automatically into the cockpit by electro-hydraulic control and automatically disappears upwards when closed, freeing the space in the cockpit. The flybridge layout will offer a simple functional form: next to the retractable helm, there are two comfortable lateral chaise lounge by the pilot’s seat, in which a practical minibar has been placed. Another modification from the 80 is also the bow sun-deck, now with sunbeds having separate and folding backrests; for safety purposes on the sun-deck there are two lateral handles and a pulpit which blend in completely with the aesthetics of the superstructure.  Another addition of the 82 will be for an extended bathing platform, and new larger view windows.  Accommodation will be for a four double cabins layout, with collaboration from Poltrona Frau continuing also for this new 82 model. Power is from twin MTU 2483hp with ZF Searex surface drives propulsion which give a top speed of 45 knots, and a cruise of 40 delivering a range of over three hundred nautical miles.  The Pershing 82 will also feature the new ZF Autotrim which increases comfort level at sea and better safety features.
www.pershing-yacht.com

December 29, 2011

New Model: Absolute 53 STY

An impressive 2011 fall from Absolute which including this new 53 STY presented five premier models in between the Cannes and Genoa shows from forty to 53 feet.  The 53 STY, acronym used for sport yacht shares hull and many design solutions with the 2010 launched 50 and 2011 53 Fly models.  Obviously the 53 STY is a hard top sport yacht with patio door dividing the cockpit.  Some might suspect the 53 STY should also replace the successful 52 launched in 2007, and the first Absolute to have the concept of upper saloon and patio doors dividing the area.  But so far the 52 is still in production and offered on the official web site.  Mirror difference with this new 53 STY to the 52 come instant and these are bigger engines options triple Volvo 435hp or twin 700 units, and more beam which offers more space everywhere.  Obviously the 53 STY is a complete new model versus the 52.  Below is also a choice for two layouts; three cabins sleeping six and owners room to fore, or two rooms which gives a spacious midships full beam master  room and VIP to fore.  In both the layouts the galley is below between the cabins, leaving main deck area all for entertainment.  IPS propulsion is again used in the 53 STY, which makes Absolute the most eager user of Volvo propulsion system available on thirteen from fourteen models.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.55 m (54.3ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l
Water Capacity - 560 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 4 berths in 2 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D11 700hp, 3 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - twin or triple Volvo forward looking IPS pods
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab 
Certification - CE B

December 28, 2011

Project: Mainship 389 Pilot

Mainship presents the project of the 389 Pilot which is a new model enhancing the success of the 34, and the 355 of the same line. The 389 is a further tweaking of the 355 with some minor modifications, but what was appreciated in this previous model, as the galley and living dining L-shaped saloon on the main deck, and all below decks are still to be found.  Main accommodation is all located below with two double cabins, a spacious head having a separate shower stall, and two lounging sofas in between.  Power is a from two engine choices from Yanmar single 380hp, or twin 220.  Propulsion is the century reliable tried and tested line shaft, with a Vee drive gear box used to add more rooms to the cabins.    

December 27, 2011

New Model: Azimut 62S Italia

Azimut presents the new 62S Italia.  This new sport yacht model which sits in the middle of the Azimut S Collection fleet modifies the 62S launched in 2005, with some important changes.  From the outside the Italia difference is very minimum, with Azimut choosing well to stick to the sleek Stefano Righini designed lines, extending about one feet to the bathing platform, new bigger full glass sunroof, and larger aft cockpit deck. Another change in the aft deck is that for a C-shaped settee, instead of the sun pad, and tender stowage garage now being removed, this increasing the space in the area above and below.  Inside, one of the most important changes of the 62S Italia is for a standard three double cabins layout with two in line berths.  A third head has also been added.  While the crew cabin, again taking advantage of the tender garage removal; is now a more spacious two berths layout.  Power is from twin Cats 1150hp, again the Italia having an increase 100 horses per engine.  This giving an increase in top speed of three nautical miles per hour, now the 62S Italia reaching 37 knots of max.  So far the ZF pods are not mentioned in the specification, although the 62 S was the test bench for the big propulsion units.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.26 m (63.2ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 18.41 m
Beam - 4.90 m
Draft - 1.53 m
Displacement - 30.7 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 2700 l
Water Capacity - 900 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 37 knots max, 32 knots cruise
Hull Type - Vee shape with 19.2 degrees dead rise aft
Project - Stefano Righini exterior
Certification - UNI ISO8666, CE rules

December 26, 2011

Web: Horizon New Web Site

Taiwan's Horizon Yachts updates its website to a new platform.  This update follows the one in 2009. Horizon was founded in 1987 by John Lu, a Naval Architecture graduate from National Taiwan Ocean University. Taking his degree John Lu returns to his coastal home town Kaoshiung, to gain hands on experience as a marine engineer, and in 1987 while working as Chief of Research and Development with another yard an opportunity comes to create his own company. The deal is struck and John Lu starts Horizon in his home town Kaoshiung with thirty employees. Since then Horizon has seen full on growth with the company overcoming the nineties Asian recession on full steam. Horizon made also important milestones in its history. In 1993 it decides to build its first eighty foot plus Super Yacht which it delivers in 1995.  1999 starts the use of the Scrimp resin vacuum infusion process. 2000 it founds Atech Composite dedicated to the build of hulls and superstructure.  In 2002 it forms a Research and Design program for alternative power resources, which leads to 2007 when it begins development for a solar power yacht which is launched two years later. In 2008 it launches the largest one shot Scrimp infused build with the 130 Premier, and in the same year it enters steel super yacht construction with the EP148. In 2009 Horizon launched the biggest yacht ever launched in Taiwan with P136. Today Horizon with founder John Lu still at the helm, employs one thousand plus of staff who build an eight series line up: P, EP, RP, E, V, T, PC, and SPC which total thirty models. The smallest of the range is the 2009 launched solar powered SC23, and the largest is the currently on construction EP148. Horizon new website is available in Taiwanese, Chinese and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Discover Horizon, Model Series, Located Dealers, News and Events, and Horizon Collections.

December 25, 2011

New Model: Paul Mann Eighty-One

The biggest model ever to come out of North Carolina's Paul Mann, the 81 feet named Georgia Girl.  Build in the more modern jig method of the cold molding technique, reminding here that Paul Mann is one of the few who also constructs if desired in the more traditional frame and plank.  The new Eighty-One is the proud new flagship of Paul Mann founded in 1988, and beats the not so long ago launched 76 Ann Warwick by five feet.  A first for this model will be the use of Naiad Stabilizers, which on test did little to affect performance.  Her interior will offer five double guest cabins layout all with private heads.  On the main deck is the usual sport fish layout with galley to fore, here ordered in greater size by the owner, and also a day head.  Interiors are finished in sliced cherry veneer which also gave her the price for Cabinetry Awards in Prestigious Design Competition. Power is from twin MTU 2400hp engines which give a top speed of 40 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.68 m (81ft)
Beam - 7.01 m
Draft - 1.82 m
Displacement - 58967 kg
Fuel Capacity - 11734 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l
Accommodation - five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU16v2000 M92CR 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Nibral Class S props
Speed - 40 knots max, 30 knots cruise, 26 knots economic
Construction - Cold molding jig construction with fiberglass, marine grade Okoume plywood, and Awl Grip finish
Project - Paul Mann

December 24, 2011

Project: Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

Sunseeker presents the project for the 28 Metre Yacht, a model which will be launched in 2012 and represents a design revolution for this well known British builder.  The 28 Metre Yacht offers surely the higher percentage of window surfaces more then any other Sunseeker in the range, but even though it is a full flybridge yacht her profile is distinctively sports, thanks to the flybridge and longer feel to the fore deck.  Sunseeker also says the 28 Metre Yacht will also have a very high free board, this being used to offer more space.  Inside a four guest cabins layout is show with two separate entrances.  The VIP and owner rooms are located to fore are, with the two guest cabins located to midships.  Crew quarters are aft with two cabins sleeping four on bunks, lobby with L-shaped saloon, small galley, and shower head.  A three part split level saloon offers the usual feature of a yacht this size, saloon and dining, galley, and pilot house to fore.  Power will be from engines up to a combined horsepower of 3900, which give 29 knots estimated max speeds.
www.sunseeker.com

December 23, 2011

New Model: Austin Parker AP54 Fly

Austin Parker presented the 54 Fly in the fall of this year.  This model of this Italian company continues the renovation as started in 2008 with the 42 Open and comes again as all the range from designer Fulvio De Simoni, who presents down East lobster boat looks with a hint of Italian in its looks.  See higher free board, semi extended flybridge, and more modern finished interiors.  None the less the 54 Fly what is the flybridge version of the 2010 presented Austin Parker 52 Open, is in my books very pleasant to the eye.  The flybidge is accessed from a  comfortable stainless steel stair case from the large aft deck, and features a helm station to port side, and a C-shaped settee with aft sun pad to starboard.  Below is the same layout as the 52 with three double cabins located below, with a galley in between in the lower accommodation deck.  A single person crew cabin is located to aft.  There is also a medium sized tender garage which with the bathing platform can carry two not so big personal water craft.  Power is from twin MAN 900hp engines which give a top speed of 33 knots, and a cruise of 28 delivering a range of three hundred nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.04 m (52.6ft)
Beam - 5.06 m
Displacement - 24.1 t unloaded, 28.7 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 D2848LE423 900hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 33 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise speed
Project - Fulvio De Simoni
Certification - CE A

December 22, 2011

Project: Blu Martin 48 Sea Top

Blu Martin presents the project for the 48 Sea Top, a model which will sit in between the 13,90 and 52 of the same range.  As the other Sea Top models the 48 will be a hard top sport cruiser, with a patio door separating the main deck in two areas when closed, or joining them together when open.  The lower deck all dedicated to the cabins will offer three double cabins, with two shower heads, one of which en-suite for the owners room located to midships port side.  The VIP cabin is to fore.  A single bed crew cabin or utility room is available to midships starboard side. Power is from twin engines, Volvo 435hp or Cummins 480.  Propulsion is shafts, or IPS pod drives with the Volvo choice. 

December 21, 2011

News: Nord West December 2011

POSITIVE FALL 2011
Nord West had a very positive sales period here at the yard since this summer. Our sales figures of both new and second hand boats are in line with the numbers from last year. Apart from keeping up the numbers Nord West has also acquired the Najad yard and the goal since the takeover in middle of October was to quickly introduce the brand at the boat shows, meet with the owners directly and potential clients. It started directly with participation of two important shows, the “Hanseboot” in Hamburg and the Stockholm Boat Show – with both Nord West motorboats and Najad sailboats. An overwhelming interest came in for both Nord West and Najad where the latter was met with an incredible relief to see it back on track. At the yard, incredible enough it started the production of the very first Najad boats sold after only six weeks that will be delivered in the spring as the first “in-house” built, to the very happy new owners.  Nord West and Najad now look forward towards the New Year and will start it off with many exciting boat shows where it hopes to meet with you and your family. If you would like to know more about the models or perhaps would like  to specify a boat after your wishes, please contact Nord West or Najad preferably even before the shows to enable your visit to be as rewarding as possible.
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DUSSELDORF BOOT
On the 21 to the 29th of January opens the Boot 2012 its gates!  Nord West Group will be there with two stands showing a Najad 440CC and Najad 440AC in hall 17, stand C55 and a Nord West 370 Flybridge and a Nord West 430 Sports Top in hall 5, stand D22 . Magnus Lundgren, Staffan Asp, Patricia Bornfleth, Johan Stübner, and Jessica Stenlund look forward in meeting with you on the stands!
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GOTHENBURG BOATSHOW
This incredibly well visited show is the start of the Swedish boating season, and it commences from the fouth to the 12th of February . A huge variety of over 100 000 people see this as a popular entertaining show and makes it an outing worthwhile for the whole family.  Nord West & Najad truly enjoy being at its most local show with a “home ground” advantage. The companies will participate with two Najad models 410, and 355 and three from Nord West; 370 Flybridge, 370 Coupe, and a 430 Sports Top. The whole sales team will be there and look forward in meeting all of the visitors!
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New Model: Carver 54 Voyager

Carver presents the 54 Voyager a flybridge motor yacht of American concept but having the European influence in the looks. The yacht's eye catching profile is configured as a true pilot house, incorporating a spacious fly bridge, lower helm choice, and highly functional split level salon which joins with the aft cockpit in a logical symmetry.  There is also an interior stair case from the saloon to the flybridge. Down below the Carver 54 Voyager sleeps six in three separate cabins; owners stateroom to midships, VIP to fore, and bunk twin guest room to port side.  The owners room is a full beam affair, with en-suite shower head.  A second guest shower head services the guests.   Power is from Volvo or Cat engines from 500 up 575hp, with traditional reliable line shaft propulsion.  A worth note is the considerable fuel capacity of 3000 liters, which with not so big engines should give a good range for a planning motor yacht of seventeen meters in size. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.1 m (56.3ft)
Hull Length - 16.3 m
Beam - 4.6 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 23360 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D9 EVC 500hp, D9 EVC 575hp, Cats C9 575hp
Propulsion - line shafts  
Construction - solid fiberglass hull bottom with Kyntex substrates and Vinilester barrier coat

December 20, 2011

Project: Palm Beach PB45 Express

Palm Beach Motor Yacht from down under Australia presents the project for a new entry level PB45 Express model.  This new project which should be launched in 2012, will feature the usual down East lobster boat lines this builder presents with a super structure having that extra more modern looks to it.  The PB45 Express will offer various options for its layout plans with a total five choices.  Single or twin cabin, astern or lower deck galley are few of the combinations available.  Engines will be twin Volvo with IPS pods propulsion, although power numbers are not yet announced on the official site.   

New Model: Storebro 435 Suntop

Storebro launched the Storebro 435 Suntop in late Spring 2011.  This model is based on the successful 435 Commander, but with a lower headroom, and a half sundeck, the rest sunroof and opening hatches replacing the flybridge area.  A fold away masts is also a part of the package, this being made to pass under bridges, and make inland waterways cruising easily.  Inside is finished with the well known Storebro Mahogany wood.  A spacious split level saloon which feels to that of a much bigger boat welcomes you inside.  Below is space for two double cabins with owners room to fore, and an innovative second guest cabin.  The layout of the guest cabin offers flexibility, basically this is a miniature suite of two comfortable berths, sofa and ensuite head. But if required the sofa can convert into a two meter berth, and the two single beds can also transform to another double sleeping four people comfortably.  Power is from twin Volvo 370hp giving max speeds of 30 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.2 m (43.2ft)
Beam - 3.9 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 9.5 tons dry ex water and fuel
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 500 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - 6 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed  - 30 knots max, canal cruise 7 knots
Certification - CE B

December 19, 2011

Project: Hinckley T34

Hinckley presents the project for a new T34. This models follows suit to other Hinckley's with down East lobster boat traditional looks.  Hinckley say that a difference is this model will also be a simpler level of detail as standard. The lines of the Hinckley T34 clearly carry on the family tradition established by the Picnic Boat. The signature curve from rooftop to cockpit coaming, the tumble home, and the half-round toe rail describing the sheer line are familiar hallmarks. Brand watchers will also recognize the patented Jetstick at the helm and the boat’s less to two feet of draft.  Below the T34 will offer a convertible Vee berth sleeping two, galley, and a separate shower head.  Standard power will be twin Yanmar 260hp or optional Volvo 300 with fan estimated max speed up to 35 knots.

New Model: Absolute 40 STY

Sharing hull with the Absolute 40 Fly is the 40 STY, also launched as the flybridge sister in the fall 2011 boat shows.  Designed by the Absolute Research and Development Lab, the 40 STY is a fully enclosed sport cruiser with patio door, and large window surfaces.  A very huge beam of over four meters allows for spacious interior accommodation, with two large cabins both served with en-suite head located below deck.  The owners room is located to fore, and in between the cabins is an L-shaped galley.  Two extra berths are also obtainable by transforming the C-shaped dinette located to port side on the main deck.  Huge view windows service all the cabins, and the interior areas.  Power is from twin Volvo 300 or 330hp engines, with more fuel saving stern drive or easier to handle IPS pods propulsion as choice. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.05 m (39.5ft)
Beam - 4.05 m
Draft - 1.21 m
Displacement -  
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 400 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 330hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH stern drive, forward looking dual propeller IPS400 pod drives
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B

December 17, 2011

Project: Wider 150

Following its first much acclaimed 42 model, Wider presents an important project that of a 150 model.  Designed again by Fulvio De Simoni this model will be a super yacht of important proportions, with styling taking bits from the beginning twentieth century vessel, but characterized by clean lines and taut, smooth surfaces. The size of the stern volumes are exclusive for a yacht of this size and contribute greatly to the pleasure of living in close contact with the sea that this model offers. Each and every detail of the yacht has been studied so those aboard feel they are really in touch with the great outdoors: the large glazed surfaces which open out onto every deck make the interiors light and airy; the position of the master suite on the upper deck means the owner can enjoy a beautiful private terrace as well as privileged access to the flying bridge; lastly, the sundeck, accessed by means of a convenient internal stairway, offers a panoramic, highly reserved area. But transformation is key in many areas especially in the stern.  Standard plan will offer a six double guest cabins, this including an owners apartment on the top deck. Tender space will be for three vessels including a big Wider 35 located aft, plus a car situated on the fore deck.  Power choices are varied, from diesel only to the edition of an electric hybrid set up.  A top speed of 20 knots is being estimated with the max horsepower choice.  

December 16, 2011

New Model: Apreamare 56 Maestro

 
A new second Maestro by Apreamare in less to a year, and the third model to be powered by IPS pods from the Italian, Naples boat builder.  This is in synthesis the headline of the new Apreamare 56 Maestro, designed as all the line by Zuccon with Umberto Tagliavini responsible for the hull.  Tagliavini was also responsible for the hull of the new 45 Smeraldo presented in September.  The new 56 Maestro follows the ship like distinctive appearance of this range, which thanks to this also offers a different layout in some important areas, as the spaces offered in the aft deck and flybridge.  The 56 Maestro will offer a three double cabin interior with a spacious full beam owners room located to midships.  A VIP suite, and second guest cabin with two in line berths complete the lower deck guest accommodation plan.  A one person crew cabin is located to midships.  The split level main deck saloon is offered in two options of a galley in the forward area, or a dining L-shaped table.  The second option moves the galley below to starboard side in a separate area.  Power is from twin Volvo 600 or 700hp with IPS pods propulsion, reaching 30 knots top speed with the larger choice. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.22 m (56.6ft)
Waterline Length - 14.07 m
Beam - 5.25 m
Draft - 1.46 m
Displacement - 29.6 t
Fuel Capacity - 3400 l 
Water Capacity - 520 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew berth cabin
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11A-D 600hp, D11A-C 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS 800 or 900 forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 30 knots max 25 knots cruise with Volvo 700hp, 28 knots wih Volvo 600hp, 12 knots economic
Project - Zuccon International lines and interior, Umberto Tagliavini Marine Design and Service hull shape
Certification - CE B

December 15, 2011

Improve-it = Cruisers 350

Cruisers Yachts presents a interior upgrades to the 350 model which focus on the navigational center, stylish fabrics and more natural light to enhance the on-board experience. Making its debut at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, the new interiors feature a more yacht feel in a mid-size sport cruiser model.  These improvements start at the helm, the completely redesigned navigational centers combine the latest technology with rich mocha-colored wood grain inlays. Interior fabrics, all produced at the company’s headquarters in Wisconsin, are available in three varieties: Oceania, featuring earthy and translucent tones; Azure, a twist on the traditional blue and white nautical theme; and Black Diamond, the more European feel with stark black and white colors. Boaters will also enjoy more square finishes and prominently silver-colored fixtures.

New Model: Azimut 60

Azimut 60 presented for the first time at the latest Genoa Boat show 2011, is the natural evolution of the 2007 launched 58.  Based on the same hull lines of the 58, Azimut presents a new model with the 60 which follows patterns as seen on the 64 launched in the fall of 2010.  That is similar flybridge profile windows, and design patterns.  The 60 also improves in many areas of its layout from the full beam owners stateroom now with breakfast dining table as first shown in the now stop produced 68S in 2003, to a two berth crew cabin located aft.  The 58 featured a single crew berth option.  A first in this size comes in the crew cabin, with a bathing platform entrance door being a unique feature in a motor yacht of just eighteen meters.  If the crew cabin is located aft this is usually found in a hatch of the aft deck.  Other improvements if you compare this model to the 58 come from the bathing platform new being 40% more spacious, as is the increased size of the flybridge C-shaped settee, and L-shaped wet bar galley.  For the rest this model holds the pressure of following the success of the 2000 launched 55 which in a nine year production run has been delivered to over four hundred units.  But may be to this, it had to be the revolution that represented the 55 in its times, which reinvented the layout in the seventeen meter motor yacht size.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.28 m (59.9ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 17.81 m
Beam - 4.95 m
Draft - 1.37 m full load and incl props
Displacement - 28.8 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 630 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man R6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots cruise, 28 knots max
Project - Stefano Righini
Certification - UNI ISP 8666, CE

December 14, 2011

Boat Review: Galeon 420 Fly

Presentation
Galeon 420 Fly is the latest model launched by the Polish builder in middle last Summer and presented to the audiences in the fall 2011 boat shows.  The Galeon 420 Fly sees the Strazyn boat builder with the help of designer and since 2004 collaborator Tony Castro concentrate again with a very solid release in the medium large size.  Before this Galeon was concentrating in its upper sizes see 780 Crystal also launched late Spring 2011, and under the forty feet as the 385 presented last year. Initially the project and prototype where being named 400 but with an over-all length over 43 feet Galeon named this model rightly the 420 Fly.  This flybridge motor cruiser has a lot an owner wants but its most desirable contents are the feeling of much bigger boat coming from the over four meters beam and thanks to a clever use of space which offers three double cabins, and living and galley on the main deck.  Choice as Galeon shows in other smaller and bigger models is also a virtue for the 420 Fly coming in seven engines, three propulsion, two wood finishing options.  
Accommodation
The Galeon 420 Fly is a winner when it comes to the accommodation offered, and where this is in doubt transformation give it again an advantage.  The 420 Fly welcomes you aboard with a must have optional hydraulic easy tender launching bathing platform which increases length by 1.30 meters.  A port side transom door takes inside the aft deck, having an L-shaped settee with central table.  To port side is a built in fiberglass stair case for the flybridge, and to both sides are moulded steps which take to the well spaced side decks.  A fully opening patio door which conceals by the stair case to port side, takes you to the interior saloon.  Here is a C-shaped settee, and helm to starboard, while to port is an entertainment desk having a hidden TV, and galley in the one step raised forward area.  A central curved stair case leads to the lower cabin deck.  Genius is the astern part of the C-shaped saloon sofa moving to become a bench which joins with the settee in the aft deck to makes this area become all one.
The lower deck cabin area presents three double cabins, with two shower heads one of which en-suite for the owner and large view windows to the sides in all areas.  The owners room is located to fore, and features a centre queen sized island berth, while to port is entrance to the spacious en-suite shower head.  This also having a glass door separating shower stall.  To midships are the guest cabins.  The port side has also the option of becoming a second VIP room thanks to its optional transformation to a second double berth. Guest shower head is located to starboard.
The flybridge reached via the stair case from the aft deck offers huge spaces, with an L-shaped settee with table to aft, two units one wet bar sink, and another with grill, and two settees for four passengers with the starboard side being the one for the helm.  There is also a small sun pad area in front of the passenger settee to port side.  The side decks of the 420 Fly are also spacious and to fore is also two medium sized sun pads to each sides.    
Performance
The Galeon 420 Fly performance will depend on the choice you make as this model offers seven engines to choose from; Volvo four options, Cummins two, and Volkswagen.  Smallest engine choice is the Volvo D4 260hp, and largest option is the Cummins QSB 5.9 at 420hp.  You have also three propulsion choices from traditional shaft drive available with all, to stern drives for the Volvo engines, and IPS pod 500 only with Volvo D6 370hp.  Sea trials where conducted with the Cummins 420hp, and these delivered 30.9 knots of top speed. although the props had 1.5 inch over pitching in this first test.  Fast cruise was over 28 knots at 2800 rpm, drinking 72.6 liters per hour to engine.  26 knots is possible with 2600 rpm, and at 2400 you get 23 knots and a total consumption of 110 litres per hour.  Another trial was conducted with the Volvo D6 370hp engines with IPS500 pods which also reached a top speed of 30 knots.  
Positive
Aft cockpit deck patio, and moving settee
Three cabins plan
Interior fit out choice
Propulsion and various engine choices
Negative
Optional extended bathing platform
Aft cleats
Competition
The Galeon 420 Fly is definitely one of the best three cabins models in this size category, and also the latest.  But if you are still undecided here is some other contenders you can look at.  Nord West 420 Flybridge started the IPS use on a flybridge and is still regarded as one of the best handlers as at today.  Other interesting choices are the Spanish Astondoa, and Rodman both launched in 2007, and the Absolute 43 Fly presented in 2010. 
Absolute 43 Fly -  IPS only, well sized 3 cabins, lower deck galley, modern, large view windows  
Alpa 42 Fly - traditional Italian design, third cabin is option and moves galley on the main deck   
Astondoa 44 Fly - shafts or IPS, three cabins only
Azimut 45 Flybridge - new 2011, cabin 3 is option and bunk, owners room is spacious 
Carnevali 130 - 2003 presented, third cabin is option and bunk
Dellapasqua DC12 SL - 2 saloon plan choices, traditional Italian looks, classic Deep Vee, shafts only
Nord West 420 Flybridge - nice three cabins, good IPS handling, also available with stern drive 
Rodman 44 Muse - Fulvio De Simoni design with IPS only, nice three cabins, good seller
Starfisher ST45 - flagship from this Portugal builder, IPS only, split level saloon with dining table 
Storebro 435 Commander - Scandinavian looks, three cabins, shafts power
WILD CARD: Sciallino S40 Fly - traditional Italian fishing Gozzo, 2 or 3 cabins, shafts only
Conclusion
Just presented to the World wide audience the Galeon 420 Fly shows the huge progress the Polish Strazyn builder has made in recent times, setting it as a top tier European builder and being helped in this by the inspiration which Tony Castro brought seven years ago in 2004.  The 420 Fly also fills a gap in the Galeon range between the 440 model and the soon to be replaced 390.  Importantly this gap is filled with a product of high technical and luxury content where it sets rules for the competition to follow.  Reality being that the 420 Fly is a complete flybridge motor cruiser, with a clever and spacious three cabin layout, and also offers choices to the buyer which are often unheard in this size.  Choices like the seven engines, or two wood styles for the internal, go to show the upmarket prowess of the Galeon brand offering a semi custom product in thirteen meters.
Technical Data
LOA. 13.25 metres (43.4ft) with optional bathing platform
LOA - 12.2 m without extended bathing platform
Hull Length. 11.79 m
Waterline length. 10.35 m 
Beam. 4.16 m
Draft. 0.80 m ex props, 1.13 m with shafts, 1.15 m with stern drives, 1.19 m with IPS pods
Displacement. 12000 kg light
Fuel Capacity. 2 x 600 l
Water Capacity. 450 l
Max Persons. 12
Accommodation. 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines. 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, D6 370hp, D6 400hp, Cummins QSD 4.2 350hp, QSB 5.9 420hp, Volkswagen TDI 265hp
Propulsion. line shaft, Volvo forward looking IPS500 dual prop pods Volvo DPH stern drive
Speed. 30 knots max with Cummins 420hp and shafts, 30 knots with Volvo 300hp stern drive, 30 knots with Volvo 370hp IPS500 
Range.  185 nautical miles at 23 knots cruise
Hull Shape. modified Vee with 16 degrees dead rise aft
Project. Tony Castro
Construction. Infusion technology for hull, deck and flybridge hand laid.  Orthoftalic DCPD resin.  
Certification. CE B
Picture Copyright Galeon. Data Galeon.

December 13, 2011

Project: Broom 300

After presenting two new models the past September at the Southampton show, this British builder since a year under new ownership presses more the accelerator and shows the project for a new 300 model.  The 300 is a sport cruiser design set to put entry level boaters into its range of cruisers. As far as I know Broom has never built a fully open sport cruiser as the 300, but I am not totally sure about this.  Whatever it was I cannot remember it, but I do know they build open speed boats during the sixties and seventies. This model although looking very Broom all the way will offer modern amenities as bonded side windows, and skylight serving all the lower deck.  The provisional plans show a spacious single level cockpit.  Inside in the lower deck will be an owners room to fore, shower head, galley, and L-shaped saloon.  Power or propulsion choices have not been yet advised but it does look to be a traditional line shafts by the layout of the interior especially since it does not feature a mid-ships berth. 

New Model: Viking 66 Convertible

Viking launched the new 66 Convertible at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale show.  This model is a replacement for the long standing 64 of the same range.  Designed in-house by the Viking team, the 66 follows latest design stints of the recently introduced 82 flagship later on followed with the 76, and 70.  The 66 Convertible will offer a four double cabins interior in standard layout, with an owners room located to midships, and two of the guest cabins being bunks. Three shower heads service the cabins below of which two en suite for owners and VIP rooms.  Living is on the main deck with a single level saloon offering an L-shaped relaxing sofa, C-shaped dining table, and a galley.  There will also be a day head by the entrance of the saloon, which is definitely unheard in this size for any type of yacht.  The center console flybridge and free aft cockpit with mezzanine are all for the fighting competitive fisherman.  The aft deck offers over sixteen square meters of size which features all neatly hidden all fisherman needs; refrigeration, freezer, tackle storage, bait and fish wells. Power is for six engine choices from twin MAN 1550 up to MTU 2030hp.  The last most powerful option gives max speeds up to 40 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.3 m (66.7ft)
Beam - 5.8 m
Draft - 1.7 m
Displacement - 46663 kg
Fuel Capacity - 7628 l
Water Capacity - 1287 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 CROM 1550hp, V12 CRM 1800hp, Cat C32A 1825hp, C32A 1925hp, MTU 2000 V12 M94 1920hp, 2000 V16 M91 2030hp
Propulsion - line shaft with S class propellers
Speed - 40 knots max with MTU 2030hp
Construction - vacuum bagged grain balsa core, knitted fiberglass

December 12, 2011

Project: Horizon E54

Horizon presents the project for the E54 a flybridge motor yacht which use the Volvo IPS propulsion, this giving more an eco-friendly design and a greater interior volume for a comfortable and efficient ride. Styling for this new entry level is by US designer JC Espinosa who created a streamlined profile, accentuated by large E-glass windows and an oversize windshield for enhanced natural light, increased visibility, and panoramic views. Inside the E54 will offer a three stateroom, two head layout comparable to a much larger yacht, with thoughtfully-designed accommodations that maximize space while retaining an open feel. The IPS drive’s aft location provides increased interior volume, allowing a full-beam master with a walk-in closet, master head and room to spare for either a desk or seating. A guest stateroom with twin bunks is forward and to starboard, with a shared head to port and the highly spacious VIP cabin completely forward. For entertaining with a view, the E54 flybridge features sun pads and alfresco dining for eight, and a newly designed helm station with dynamic positioning system made to make docking easier. The aft deck seating area contains dining for six, with the option for an aft galley location that provides easy access to the aft deck, and a hydraulic hi/lo swim platform and transom trunk storage proves ideal for a multitude of water sport activities.  Twin Volvo IPS900 with 700hp should give a top speed of 34 knots and a cruise of 28.

New Model: Innovazioni Progetti 72 Alena

It's been a long way coming for this North Adriatic sea based Italian builder, but the 72 Alena represents the flagship of its twelve model line up which starts at 34 feet.  The 72 Alena increases the Innovazioni Progetti size to the second in size model by twelve feet.  This model is a design of known architect Tommaso Spadolini who collaborated with in house designer Michele Carnevale responsible for other Innovazioni Progetti models.  As is with all the Innovazioni Progetti the 72 is a sport design, and as the smaller Alena's, it is a more coupe version of this theme.  That is fully opening patio door, sunroof and interior helm station.  The 72 Alena has so far been delivered in only one unit.  Hull one featured three double suites for guests  plus a cabin sleeping two for the crew located forward, with a living and galley on the main deck.  The owners cabin is located to midships and also features a separate stair case located in the middle of the saloon.  Another cool feature of the 72 Alena is a hidden private sun pad located on top of the hardtop.  Power is from twin MAN 1550hp engines with in line shafts.  No performance data is far provided. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.4 m (70.2ft)
Beam - 5.86 m
Displacement - 46000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 780 l
Accommodation - 8 guest in 4 cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Arch Tommaso Spadolini, Michele Carnevale
Certification - CE A

December 11, 2011

Class 1 - Dubai U.A.E. Grand Prix 2011

RACE 1
Arif Al Zafeen and Mohammed Al Marri produced a command performance to win race 1 of the Skydive Dubai and Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix and clinch the UIM Class 1 Middle East Championship.
The Victory 3 crew were simply in a class of their own and led the 12 lap, 56.20Nm race from start-to-finish to win by over a minute and put themselves right back into contention in the fight for the World title having wrapped up the Middle East title.
Ali Al Neama and Matteo Nicolini, who earlier in the day lifted the Edox Pole Position Championship, simply had no answer to the pace and performance of Victory 3 and could only watch as they disappeared into the distance, but today’s second place their fifth podium of the year has moved them into the lead in the overall standings.
Giorgio Manuzzi and Pal Virik Nilsen produced one of the best outings of the afternoon to finish on the podium in Victory 7, a boat they are competing in for the first time, and after qualifying in fifth place.
There was bitter disappointment and frustration for Sheikh Hassan and Steve Curtis who started the penultimate race of the year leading the World Championship by 12 points from their teammates, but an electrical problem on lap 7 ended their hopes of a podium finish, dropping them from third place with the Spirit of Qatar 96 pairing eventually limping across the finish line in tenth place to pick up a solitary point.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori marked their return to racing together with a solid fourth place to finish ahead of Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci in Poliform, who were unable to match their impressive fourth place in qualifying due to an electrical problem that temporarily shut down one engine.
An electrical problem also blighted Relekta’s race dropping Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski from fifth place to finish in eighth behind Welmax and Fendi Racing, with FA.RO ACCIAI finishing ninth.
Today’s result sets up a tantalising final race of the season for the coveted World title with just seven points separating the top three.
SKYDIVE DUBAI and DUBAI DUTY FREE GRAND PRIX, RACE 1 - results
1. 3 Victory - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) 00.35.06,43
2. 95 Spirit of Qatar - A Al Neama (QAT) / M Nicolini (ITA) + 01.27,78
3. 7 Victory - G Manuzzi (SMR) / P V Nilsen (NOR) + 01.56,77
4. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / M Al Mansoori (UAE) + 02.00,97
5. 74 Poliform - G Cappellini (MON) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 02.37,78
6. 90 Welmax (B) - B Jacobsen (NOR) / K Olsen (NOR) + 1 LAP
7. 10 Fendi Racing - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 1 LAP
8. 91 Relekta - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 3 LAPS
9. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - T Polli (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) + 3 LAPS
10. 96 Spirit of Qatar - H Al Thani (QAT) / S Curtis (ENG) + 3 LAPS
RACE 2
Arif Al Zafeen and Mohammed Al Marri produced another faultless display to win race 2 of the Skydive Dubai and Dubai Duty Free Grand Prix and clinch the 2011 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
In what has been a difficult week for the Dubai team the scratch pairing of Al Zafeen and Al Marri, racing together for the first time, responded in the best way possible to complete a hat-trick of wins in their home Grand Prix, their double race win clinching an eleventh World title for Victory Team.
Today’s result also gave Al Zafeen the clean sweep in the Middle East Championship taking maximum points, winning twice in Abu Dhabi with the now suspended Nadir Bin Hendi, and twice with Al Marri.
The turn of events of the last two days had thrown up an unexpected winner-takes-all title showdown between Victory and the twin attack of Spirit of Qatar, but the hoped for fight on the water for the title never happened.
An engine problem for Spirit of Qatar 95 as they left the wet pits before the race, ended Ali Al Neama and Matteo Nicolini’s title hopes, joining the race three laps down and coming home in eighth place. A recurrence of yesterday’s steering problem hampered Spirit of Qatar 96’s drive up from tenth to third, eventually finishing in fourth, to cap a disappointing and frustrating day for the Qatar Team.
In what was almost a repeat of yesterday’s extraordinary drive, the Victory 3 duo again made their intentions clear at the start and led from the flag, extending their lead lap-by-lap and going on to complete the 16-lap, 75.40Nm in 45m 31.71s and win by over 55 seconds.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori produced their best performance since teaming-up in Norway in July, and celebrated the return to racing of Al Tayer, after breaking his ankle in a Jet Ski competition, with an untroubled second place to give them the runners-up slot in the Middle East Championship and complete a very good day for the United Arab Emirates.
There were also celebrations in the Norwegian-Turkish camp with Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski producing an outstanding drive to take their first podium together.
Starting from the outside of the start line down in eighth place the Relketa crew adopted a smart long lap strategy and by lap seven were up to fifth place. They passed the ailing Spirit of Qatar 96 and yesterday’s podium finishers, Giorgio Manuzzi and Pal Virik Nilsen, in Victory 7 on lap 13 and held on to take a well-deserved third place, Zabo Racing’s first podium appearance since Abu Dhabi 2010.
Bjorge Jackobsen and Kurt Olsen gave another steady performance in Welmax, moving up from tenth place at the end of lap one to take their second top six finish of the weekend and finish ahead of Fendi Racing, in what has been a rather disappointing weekend for Italians Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella.
A dramatic moment for Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci, spinning out and all but turning over Poliform inside Palm Island, ended their race on lap three. FA.RO ACCIAI going out three laps later with technical problems.
SKYDIVE DUBAI and DUBAI DUTY FREE GRAND PRIX, RACE 2 - results
1. 3 Victory - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) 00.45.31,71
2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / M Al Mansoori (UAE) + 00.56,47
3. 91 Relekta - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 02.29,21
4. 96 Spirit of Qatar - H Al Thani (QAT) / S Curtis (ENG) + 02.35,69
5. 7 Victory - G Manuzzi (SMR) / P V Nilsen (NOR) + 1 LAP
6. 90 Welmax (B) - B Jacobsen (NOR) / K Olsen (NOR) + 1 LAP
7. 10 Fendi Racing - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 1 LAP
8. 95 Spirit of Qatar - A Al Neama (QAT) / M Nicolini (ITA) + 3 LAPS
9. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - T Polli (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) DNF
10. 74 Poliform - G Cappellini (MON) / G Montavoci (ITA) DNF
UIM CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP - after race 7
1. 3 Victory - 103pts
2. 96 Spirit of Qatar - 93pts
3. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 89pts
4. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 67pts
5. 74 Poliform - 56pts
6. 91 Relekta - 41pts
7. 10 Fendi Racing - 27pts
8. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - 24pts
9. 7 Victory - 19 pts
10. Welmax (B) - 17pts
11. 90 Welmax (A) - 14pts
12. 50 Parsonage Racing - 8pts
13. 69 ferskfisken.no - 5 pts
14. 18 MITI Tech Power - 4pts
MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - after race 4
1. 3 Victory - 80pts
2. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - 42pts
3. 96 Spirit of Qatar - 40pts
4. 95 Spirit of Qatar - 37pts
5.10 Fendi Racing - 27pts
6. 7 Victory - 19pts
7= 74 Poliform - 17pts
7= 91 Relekta - 17pts
9. 90 Welmax (B) - 10pts
10. 50 Parsonage Racing - 8pts
11. 18 GiorgiOffshore - 4pts
12. 90 Welmax (A) - 3pts
13. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - 2pts
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