June 30, 2011

Monthly News - June 2011

-pic of the month- Absolute at Palma Boat Show


Absolute at Palma Boat Show


Absolute was present at Palma International Boat Show thanks to its cooperation with the dealer Amo Yachts. The event was especially appreciated by the foreign audience with a strong distinct from Germany and northern Europe that was large since the early days of the show. This is an important rate of a found interest, even if gradual, despite the difficult times for the nautical market. Amo Yachts has provided a strong support to all the old and new ship-owners loving the brand synonymous with quality and refinement in the nautical market. At the show, the just launched Absolute 64 Sport Yacht was exhibited in its beautiful white hull version. It has hit the mark on the public thanks to its style, inner sides and its build quality, giving great satisfaction to the shipyard. The Absolute Wave continues to bring news in the nautical market.


Azimut Benetti Group Rendez Vous in Venice

Paolo Vitelli has selected Venice, the most magical city in the Mediterranean, to present his two latest jewels of the sea, Azimut 45 and Atlantis 44, enriching the already extensive range of boats offered by the Group. Moored in front of the Hotel Excelsior Lido, the two yachts were the final surprise during an 18th century Venice themed evening: Masks, costumes, Venetian Republic Heralds and the Rondò Veneziano Chamber Orchestra provided the perfect atmosphere for the triumphant appearance of the new arrivals which are soon to become leaders in their class.


Beneteau Swift Trawler Gathering

Swift Trawlers met up at the port of Marseille on Thursday 2nd June to take part in this first gathering organized by Beneteau. All the models of the Swift Trawler range were there, since it was launched in 2003, with 3 Swift Trawler 34s, 2 Swift Trawler 42s, 2 Swift Trawler 52s and 2 Swift Trawler 44s, the latest in the range. More than 40 people cruised on board these splendid travelling boats. On the agenda, the fleet was to moor in the magnificent Calanques, and then to be welcomed to the wonderful Cassis harbour, with a return sail by the Islands of Frioul, on Saturday 4 June. This gathering was co-organized by the C.N.T.L, Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon (Lacydon Tourist and Sailing Society), located in the old port of Marseille.The very active support of the C.N.T.L made it possible to organize a safe friendly event, which strongly contributed to the success of this gathering. The undisputed success of this meeting between sea lovers and motorboat enthusiasts has already inspired us to prepare a second gathering in 2012!


Benetti Open Doors

To mark the national holiday celebrating the “Festa della Repubblica” (Republic Day), the Benetti shipyards at Livorno and Lusben (a division of the Azimut-Benetti group specialising in refit & repair work) are paying homage to the city, the Italian Republic and the Italian people by opening the doors of their production sites to all enthusiasts, curious passers-by and visitors who, for the very first time, will be able to visit the production area – measuring over 160 thousand square metres – owned by Benetti, which has been an ambassador of Italian nautical excellence and style for over 130 years. From the early hours of the morning on Thursday 2nd June, it will actually be possible to enter the historical shipyard and visit the production area by completing each leg of the carefully organised guided tour. The day’s schedule of events will begin at 09.00 with the official “door opening” and ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by various authorities and the local press. Welcome addresses will be given by Dr. Paolo Vitelli, Engineer Vincenzo Poerio, Dr. Paolo Casani and Dr. Gianni Cucco. In recognition of the strong and meaningful ties between Benetti and the city of Livorno, the sea and navigation, the ribbon will be cut by the truly exceptional Silvia Testa, a descendent of the Orlando family which used to own the homonymous shipyard (now the production area in which the modern Benetti shipyards are situated) and Daniela Benetti, a direct descendent of the Benetti family. The opening ceremony will also include the reading of a message from one of Livorno’s most illustrious citizens: President Ciampi, who, during his time in office as President of the Republic, was one of the leading supporters for the reconversion of the area into a first-class nautical centre. After the authorities and the shipyard have given their welcome addresses, visitors will be permitted to begin the six-leg tour inside the area. The tour begins with a fascinating route amongst the Benetti-produced yachts kept inside the Benetti Gallery – the most complete collection of Benetti and Orlando scale models – dating from the mid-nineteenth century up to today.  It then continues with a visit to the Morosini wharf, a historic dock area constructed in 1911, and then leads into the large assembly and furnishing sheds where the skills acquired in modern yacht construction are now applied: welding, sanding, priming, puttying, installing systems, furnishing and painting. Next, it is on to the service areas and the new Morosini wharf, where the equipment and systems for launching and hauling yachts are fitted. The image of a tri-colour wake in the open sea, chosen as the symbol of this event, will lead visitors, enthusiasts and curious passers-by into the heart of Benetti and Lusben. This is truly a unique event, something which has never been done before and which was particularly important to Azimut-Benetti in its quest to emphasise the mutual benefits of the link between Benetti and the city.


Cigarette Save Miami with Help from Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson, dynamic founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways, lives life on the cutting edge. It was no surprise then, that he would commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Virgin Atlantic Airways London-Miami route with a "splash" landing with Miami's own Cigarette Racing Team. After landing at Miami International Airport with an entourage of British media and guests, on Wednesday, June 15, the group was treated to a nostalgic South Florida experience on Thursday, June 16 a re-enactment of a Miami Vice scene. Branson, playing Sonny Crockett, overtook an adversary in a Cigarette, "arrested" him, but "he" turned out to be a gorgeous "her" -- Karolina Kurkova, supermodel and actress. The promotional event was held on the Biscayne Bay waterfront of the Mondrian Hotel on Miami's South Beach and was entertaining spectacle for all the guests who will watch from the hotel's sea wall. A press conference followed. Virgin Atlantic is celebrating the Anniversary with special Miami-London fares and will be hosting some invitation-only charity and social events while in South Florida. Virgin Atlantic currently flies to 32 destinations worldwide. The airline carried 6 millions passengers last year and has 39 long-haul aircraft in its fleet.

Ferretti Group Open Brazilian Facility

The Ferretti Group, a world leader in the sphere of designing, building and marketing motor-yachts that encompasses a unique portfolio of the most prestigious brands in the nautical world, has reinforced its leading position and strengthened its investment in the Brazilian market with the inauguration of the new Ferrettigroup Brasil production facility located on the outskirts of São Paulo. Established towards the end of 2010, the new facility is among the largest of its kind in Latin America and features a total surface area of around 145,000m², of which 45,000m² is enclosed. When producing at full capacity, the shipyard has the capability to build up to 120 yachts per year from the entire Ferretti Group range. It is dedicated to producing yachts that measure up to 83’ feet and are exclusively tailored to the demands of the Brazilian clientele. Currently, the plant can build 11 Ferretti Yachts models, 2 Pershing models and 1 Bertram yacht. The facility has over 600 employees dedicated to production, each of whom share an in-depth technical knowledge of the nautical sector with over 20 years of experience working with the prestigious Ferretti Group organization. A specialised team of artisans diligently work on every detail of the yachts, from laminating the hull to furniture design, assembly and layout. These skilled craftsmen help create each yacht into a true work of art for its owner to have an unforgettable experience onboard. Moreover, the entire line of production features an incredibly high level of efficiency and highly technologically advanced production process. Ferrettigroup Brasil was founded in April 2010, following a joint venture between Ferretti Group and partner Marcio Latorre Christiansen, who has a long-standing history with the Ferretti Group. Spanning a period of twenty years, the working relationship between the two has helped lead the Ferretti Group in becoming a major reference point for Brazil’s nautical market. Today, Ferrettigroup Brasil is the centre for building, marketing and providing after-sales assistance for all of the Group’s yachts in the Brazilian market and is the key contributing factor to the company’s expansion in Brazil. Today’s opening of the Ferrettigroup Brasil facility marks another step taken by the Group over the past few years to improve upon its current positive performance within the region. The exceptional response of the Brazilian clientele during the last boat show in Rio de Janeiro, which took place April 27th through May 3rd, 2011, is clearly demonstrated by registration of total sales of over 35 million Euros for boats produced in Brazil. Moreover, the Ferretti 720, Ferretti 620 and Aquariva vessels, all produced in Italy, were sold immediately after the boat show. Furthermore, negotiations are currently in progress for a significant number of notable yachts including a CRN 43m and three units of the new Custom Line 100’. Today’s event follows the opening of the new, prestigious ‘Tools & Toys’ showroom, which was launched in October 2010. This dedicated 1000m² retail space is located inside the exclusive ‘Shopping Center Cidade Jardim’ luxury mall in São Paulo and also serves to provide a rich programme of events organized throughout Brazil for the Group’s current and potential clients. Present at today’s ceremony was Giancarlo Galeone, Ferretti Group CEO, alongside Lamberto Tacoli, Ferretti Group Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Marcio Latorre Christiansen, Ferrettigroup Brasil CEO, and the local authorities including Marco Marsili, Consul General of Italy in São Paulo, Giovanni Sacchi, ICE Director in São Paulo, and Roberto Rocah, Mayor of Vargem Grande Paulista (São Paulo)who were on hand to help commemorate the highly anticipated event. All of whom took the opportunity to celebrate the first few months of the successful operation of the facility as well as pay reverence to the Group’s enhanced presence in the Brazilian market.

Ferretti Custom Line Success in Trieste

A weekend of festivities and an extraordinary nautical celebration featuring the best Italian-made nautical products in the world. Ferretti Custom Line displayed a wide range of its maxiyachts in the magnificent setting of Piazza Unità d’Italia, measuring 26 to 38 metres, amongst which three new models presented as world premières: Custom Line 124’, Custom Line 100’ and Navetta 33 Crescendo. A special and indeed unique event, if one considers that each Ferretti Custom Line yacht is custom-built for her owner, and that it is rare to be able to admire them together, in the same city, moored at the same wharf. The event had a special parterre too, with clients and dealers from all over the world.  The entire fleet was moored at the wharf in front of Piazza Unità d’Italia, a perfect scenario for testifying Italian nautical excellence throughout the world. The event featured a number of prestigious partners, too, such as Maybach-Mercedes, present with an exclusive Maybach 57 s and three models of the “star” (an S 63 AMG, an S 65 AMG and a CLS 63 AMG); Ruinart, official champagne for the cocktail; Baraka gifts; and lastly, the Fendi Casa and outdoor collections, for the furnishings both at the wharf and on board the yachts. At the end of the press conference, Ferretti Group Chairman and Founder, Norberto Ferretti was awarded the RINA plate by Ugo Salerno, CEO at RINA (the oldest classification and certification company organisation in Italy), testifying the certificate received for new yacht Navetta 33 Crescendo.


ISA Yachts Refits Division Marks Positive Season

ISA Refit Division was quite busy in the last months. Several works were already completed or are due to be delivered in the coming weeks. One important project is now in the final phase: the engine refit of M/Y SEA D. The port side engine of this 38 meter Proteksan yacht was put ashore through an opening cut into the hull and it was sent to MTU for a complete overhaul. Now the engine is back in place and the ISA refit team is working on the hull repair. Very soon the yacht will be back in the water with a new Flag Blue Awlgrip paint. ISA Refit Division manages also the new Ank's Marina, which is located just in front of the yard in Ancona, Italy. Now that the Summer season is approaching, the activity of the marina is picking up. Many yachts are coming to ISA's docks for a quick pit stop or for a longer stay. All the yachts coming to Ank's Marina can benefit of the assistance of JLT Yacht Agency which will provide a full range of dedicated concierge services.


Jarrett Bay 2011 Tournament Season in Full Swing

Last week, 15 Jarrett Bay-built boats fished the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and quite a few of those went straight to the Hatteras Marlin Club Invitational. Day 1 of HMC saw stormy conditions and much of the fleet opted to take a lay day. The 70' Jarrett Bay, Ravaganza is currently on the board there with two white marlin releases after day 3. There are also Jarrett Bay boats participating in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and Carolina Billfish Classic, both of which are starting right now and fishing into the weekend.

Jarrett Bay Mezzanine Refit

The 55' Jarrett Bay Builders Choice was in the yard last month for a complete mezzanine retrofit and other upgrades prior to tournament season. Mezzanine cockpit refits are becoming a popular project on sportfish boats that were built with a conventional standing room only cockpit layout. The basic process is to remove or cut-down old cabinetry and ice boxes for the addition of a mezzanine level and seating. This upgrade often provides just as much (or more) space for coolers or freezers below the sofas and steps, and in this case, even allowed for a larger engine room entrance. All without requiring any changes to the salon door placement. During this refit, the service department performed a number of other improvements.


Maritimo Launches Incentives

Australia’s premier luxury boat builder, Maritimo, has launched a “Platinum Select” prestige boat sales program. Maritimo Marketing Director Luke Durman said the company was offering a special incentive package for a number of dealer demonstration models throughout Australia. He said the demonstrators include C60 and C47 Sports Cabriolets, a 440 Offshore Convertible with Volvo Penta IPS propulsion and joystick control as well as 500 and 550 Offshore Convertibles. Buyers are urged to contact their local Maritimo Dealer for a detailed specification on the Platinum Select boats.

Maritimo Dealer Helps Owners to Share

Organised by Gold Coast Maritimo Dealer Ormonde Britton and his team, the dinner brought together about 50 owners for an informal chat about boating. Vince and Colomba Guifre who own a Maritimo M52 and have taken it to the northern tip of Australia as well as exploring the Gold Coast waterways. Vince and Colomba have already registered for the Maritimo Muster from the Gold Coast to the Whitsundays in September. For Kevin and Jan Evans, the dinner celebration was their first chance to meet and talk with other owners in a non-boating environment.


Outer Reef Yachts Sign Exclusive Agreement with Ken Freivokh

Outer Reef Yachts Europe Limited are delighted to announce that they have appointed Ken Freivokh as their exclusive European designer for layout and semi-custom interiors for their range of semi displacement trawler-style yachts. Outer Reef Yachts are enowned for their exceptional sea-keeping and all-weather cruising abilities. Outer Reef Yachts recognise since entering the EU market three years ago that many clients want to semi-customise the interior of their new-build Outer Reef with a more European style and finish. Ken Freivokh design was a natural choice for Outer Reef Yachts to appoint . Ken Freivokh is recognised as one of the most sought after yacht designers of our era with the design of interiors for yachts such as the “Maltese Falcon” to his name. Ken Freivokh has earned a reputation for impeccable design and innovative use of natural materials. A Ken Freivokh design is something rather special; offering a feeling of a super-yacht with timeless quality and style.


Overmarine Group Signs Agreement in Turkey

Overmarine Group new strategy continues to grow through a selection of exclusive partners in the main target markets. After last February agreement with the successful American boating player, Marine Max, with 60 different sales points and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Overmarine announced last week in Istanbul at the prestigious Hotel Les Ottomans on the Bosphorus, during a press conference with the Turkish economic and financial media, the new agreement with La Mar Aqua, company founded in Turkey for the promotion of the Mangusta brand. La Mar Aqua shares with Overmarine the same values and the same approach to the client offering a full service assistance, in the yacht selling, during the production process and after yacht delivery. Two locations: Istanbul and Bodrum for the offices of La Mar Aqua. The Bodrum premises will also be active in the assistance for all Mangusta owners, in the refitting as well as services like berths, marinas, etc. The agreement with La Mar Aqua represents the first step of Overmarine in the process of investing in Turkey that will amplified by events, boat shows and communication activities focused on the Turkish clientele.


Riviera at Gold Coast Marine Expo

Queensland Boating industry have joined forces to establish a unique, not-for-profit boating experience – The Gold Coast Marine Expo, Australia’s first working boat show.  The Expo will be held over three days at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct in Coomera where boating enthusiasts from all over Australia and overseas will have the chance to experience a boat show like no other. Many of Queensland’s finest and most reputable boating companies will showcase their craft, marine products or services alongside many international brands at the inaugural event. The Gold Coast Marine Expo has been dubbed Australia’s working boat show because not only will boating enthusiasts see the finished product on display, they will also have the chance to view the construction process through factory tours of some of the nation’s leading pleasure craft manufacturers. Gold Coast Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne said it was encouraging to see the marine industry coming together as one for this event. The family event will be held on November 4, 5 and 6. There will be hundreds of new and brokerage boats both power and sail of all different sizes from Kayaks to Super Yachts on display within the marine precinct both on land and on the marinas on the Coomera River. There will also be a wooden boat festival within the Expo, international food stalls with a range of cuisine and a VIP invitation only event on the Saturday night.

Riviera Port Lincoln Experience

A fleet of 12 Rivieras travelled in convoy some 156 nautical miles from Adelaide to Port Lincoln for R Marine South Australia’s annual Port Lincoln Experience. About 60 Riviera owners met for dinner and drinks at the Port Lincoln hotel on day one of the Experience, which gave everyone the chance to meet one another before setting out for Reevesby Island the following day. R Marine South Australia’s service manager Dee Bueti said travelling in convoy was a great way to give Riviera owners the opportunity to test their boats in the ocean. R Marine South Australia will host another cruising experience later in the year and will inform all South Australian Riviera owners of the details when they come to hand.

Riviera Continue Dealer Network Expansion

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has continued to expand its dealer network with the appointment of Riviera Brisbane in Cleveland, Queensland.  The family owned and operated business will officially open early next month. Riviera Brisbane’s joint dealer principals Rod and Ben Crawley have had more than 45 years combined sales and marketing experience and have had multiple Rivieras, having owned seven Rivieras since 1990 including two 34s, a 38, 48-01, 43, 47, 51 and a 56. Rod’s wife Julie and their son Ben have more than 42 years combined sales and marketing experience. Rod said Raby Bay Harbour in Cleveland was an ideal location for Riviera Brisbane because it was a large boating community and was only a 30 minute drive south of Brisbane CBD.


Sanlorenzo Launches Three Super Yachts in One Week

Sanlorenzo keeps on a galloping production thanks to its consolidated international clientele of owners that all along prefers strictly tailor made motor yachts. During just a week from the Viareggio boatyard of Sanlorenzo were launched three flagships that represent the highest expression of the Sanlorenzo range with the presence of their Russian owners: Rêve d’Or (46 meters), Scorpion (40 meters) e Santa Anna (38 meters). The first one that has been launched is Scorpion, sixth unit of the blessed series of Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy that received a bunch of international awards (ShowBoats Award 2008 – “Best New Series”, World Superyacht Award 2009 – “Best Motor Yacht” and “Best Exterior Styling”), designed by Francesco Paszkowski and ordered by a Russian owner. Second into the water Santa Anna, fourth unit of Sanlorenzo SD122, flagship of the semi displacement GRP fleet, winner of the World Superyacht Award 2010 – “Best semi displacement or planing motor yacht in the 30m to 39m size range”, also designed by Francesco Paszkowski and ordered by a Russian owner. Finally went into the water Rêve d’Or, third unit of Sanlorenzo 46 Steel, the flagship of all the Sanlorenzo fleet, also for a Russian owner. She is a semi displacement super yacht with a bulbous steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She features unique characteristics in her category, as the Beach Club obtained by folding the transom to water level or the under lower deck, a fifth deck that hosts many a technical device, very easy to inspect and maintain. Her gross tonnage is contained in 499 tons, to remain below the demanding Solas rules for an easier and simplified management.

Sanlorenzo Double Launch

Sanlorenzo, the prestigious Italian Shipyard focused on the production of motor yachts exclusively tailormade according to the requirements and style of every single owner, launched in the same day a SL104, of the Sanlorenzo fibreglass planning fleet projected and produced in the Ameglia Division (La Spezia), and a SD92, GRP navettas of 27 meters with semi displacement hull (SD line) projected and produced in the Viareggio Division. The SL104 – Triple Fun, with her 31.7 meters length and 7,10 meters beam, represents the fourth hull delivered by Sanlorenzo from the debut of this new model (September 2009) until today. The SD92 – Genie 2, with her 27 meters length and 7,15 meters beam, represents the fifteenth SD92 hull delivered by Sanlorenzo from the debut of this new model (September 2007) until today. An unmistakable style and a refined design place the Sanlorenzo yachts to the highest level of the international production, where the Italian Shipyard, in more than 50 years of history, became the synonymous of excellence in terms of quality and attention to details, typical features of the craftsmanship production.


Sealine Wins Health and Safety Award

Sealine is delighted to have achieved “Gold” in the prestigious RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Awards for 2011. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), a safety charity, launched its awards programme some 55 years ago. The awards scheme looks not only at accident records, but also at entrants' overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement. The RoSPA Gold Award reflects Sealine’s drive for safety excellence and follows on from the company’s recent certification to OHSAS18001 and ISO14001


Sunreef Power Discovering Scandinavian Paradise

After leaving the shipyard, Sunreef Yachts' latest launching, the 70 Sunreef Power Damrak II, sailed off for a cruise alongside the coast of Sweden and Norway before its' voyage to Spain, where it will be presented during a special Sunreef Yachts private event in prestigious Puerto Banus near Marbella. Here the latest Sunreef Power 70 discovered and explored the gem of the Nordic coast and its thousands of Islands.


Sunseeker Appoints New Italian Distributor

Sunseeker International is delighted to announce the appointment of SNO Yachts as our new Italian distributor. SNO Yachts, with headquarters in Sardinia, are now the exclusive distributor for Italy, fully supporting clients from nine offices throughout the region. Their detailed local knowledge coupled with fantastic service facilities and infrastructure ensures that the SNO team are perfectly placed to assist, advise and support all Sunseeker clients in the area. SNO also have the advantage of being the appointed service agents in Italy for MAN, CAT, VOLVO, Kohler, Twin Disc, Furuno and many other well known marine brands. A press conference introducing the new distributor agreement between Sunseeker International and SNO Yachts of Italy took place on the 16th June 2011, and was held at the Belvedere Hotel Regina Baglioni Via Veneto in Rome. Founder Robert Braithwaite, Commercial Director Jonathan Macklin and Sales Director Sean Robertson from Sunseeker International were all cordially welcomed by the President and the CEO of SNO YACHTS, respectively Andrea and Francesco Pirro. Robert Braithwaite commented that having seen SNO's facilities himself, he shared Jonathan Macklin's enthusiasm for this strong new partnership, and welcomed SNO to the Sunseeker family.

Sunseeker New Malta Campaign

Sunseeker Malta is gaining maximum publicity with their latest marketing campaign, which can be found at the Arrival Lounge within Malta International Airport. More than 3 million travellers arriving in Malta will now be introduced to the Sunseeker experience. The contract, which includes an array of advertising spaces throughout the arrival lounge, has been secured for a 7 year period. The advert covers various aspects of the business; including the new range, brokerage and charters. This investment guarantees Sunseeker Malta's exposure, aimed specifically towards their target audience. This move follows the recent investment that Sunseeker Malta undertook, with the relocation of their offices to the luxurious Portomaso Marina.


Tecnomar at Beirut Boat Show

Tecnomar attended the Beirut Boat Show 2011, which took place from May 18 to 22, with the MY Talal (Nadara 45-metre), the largest yacht on display at La Marina – Dbaye.  Founded in 1987, Tecnomar has launched over 270 yachts and established itself as one of the top Italian maxi-yacht builders. Since his arrival in January 2009, the new President Giovanni Costantino implemented and completed a massive reorganization and restructuring plan preserving however its history and founding values. Today, in its production plant located in Massa, Tuscany (Italy), the company produces custom made luxury yachts fully personalized according to the Owner’s tastes and requirements.

Project: Back Cove 34

Back Cove present the project of the 34, which should launch by this Summer.  The Back Cove 34 is an update to the 33 model, with the major changes happening inside in the cabin.  Here in fact the new 34 will have a full double berth versus the Vee as found on the 33.  Other changes are also to be found outside with a redesign of the aft cockpit settee, which now becomes of L-shape versus the previous straight version.  The Back Cove 34 continues single engine power and should offer as the 33 the same wide variety of producers; Volvo, Yanmar, and Cummins with six total choices which start at 380 up 480hp. 

June 29, 2011

New Model: Abacus 78

Abacus the yard of Gino Pagliano located in Italy on the island of Sicily, Messina continues to propose new interesting motor yachts, and after launching its entry level 54, and flagship 86 models now presents its second large 78.  This new Abacus designed as all the range by renowned marine designer Fulvio De Simoni represents an important size for the market which makes it practical for owner use, and also just short of what is often described a super yacht.  Similar lines to the 86 flagship with a hard top on the flybridge are the design hall marks of the new 78.  But interesting details are to be found in the 78 like the single floor main deck which leads from the relaxing saloon located astern to the, separate galley, dining area, and helm located to fore.  A spacious four cabin lower deck, with a full beam mid ship owners stateroom, and spacious VIP suite to fore.  Interestingly hull one also featured special designer elements and hardware from Cassini sofas designed by Pierre Lassini, Caprice chairs by Philipp Starck, Donati for unique upholsters, Gagenau for home appliances, Glass Design for crystal  door handles and bathroom taps, and Dedar for hand made leather roof panels. Power is from twin MAN 1550hp which give a 33 knots max, and 28 of cruise. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.77 m (77.9ft)
Hull Length - 22.1 m
Waterline Length - 18.6 m
Beam - 5.80 m
Draft - 1.75 m
Displacement - 50 t
Fuel Capacity - 5500 l
Water Capacity - 900 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 CR 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Project - Fulvio De Simoni Ital Design
Certification - CE A

Improve-it = Botnia Targa 35

Botnia Marin from Finland presents a new Comfort Fore Cabin for its Targa 35 model.  The new CFC offers a totally new level of comfort on board. This alternative layout of the fore deck and cabin features a raised area with secure railing and easy movement. Inside, the CFC adds to more space, storage and head room. In the Targe 35 this has produced two alternative bed layouts; a double drawn to starboard side, or a Vee-shaped berth. By adding the optional toilet in the fore cabin it clearly raises the privacy onboard and flexibility. Botnia decided to develop the Comfort Fore Cabin version after listening to feed back by customers who were seeking more comfort for the interior space and the accommodation. This option is also available in the 37, and 42/44 models which PowerYacht will show you in the coming weeks.

June 28, 2011

Project: Bavaria 31 Sport

Bavaria continue to expand its line with the presentation of a new 31 Sport project.  This new dynamic project continues the expansion of the Sport series, and will fit between the 28 and 34 models.  The new 31 Sport follows the tradition of the Bavaria Motor Boat 31 combining excellent space with dynamic design and power. A forward facing co-pilot seat together with the large seating area around the cockpit table allow six people to sit on deck. Typical for all Sport series models is the large bathing platform, spanning across the entire beam, and a spacious sunbathing area complete the comfort on board.  The 31 Sport also offers an excellently exhausted space concept below deck in the sleeping area, with an aft cabin featuring two single berths that can easily be converted into one double bed, and a double vee berth to fore, sleeping a total of four persons. A wide variety of engine choices both petrol or diesel, Mercruiser and Volvo from a single 370hp up to twin 320hp are to be available on the 31 Sport.

June 27, 2011

New Model: Azimut 45 Flybridge

By surprise Azimut hits in advance to the fall 2011 boat show season presenting its new 45 model during the Azimut Benetti Group rendez vous held in Venice.  The new 45 makes part of Azimut's best selling Flybridge range.  So far the very known boat builder has not said if this model will replace the 2004 launched 43, but all indication suggest it will be.  With various competitors presenting new models in the 40 to 45 feet size in the last couple years the new Azimut 45 designed by the usual combo of architects Righini exterior and Galeazzi interior surprises for its versatility in layout and optional choices, and puts some new challenges in this size.  The most distinct feature of the 45 is that the model can be offered in a two or three cabins layout.  In both choices the owners suite is to fore, with the three cabins version eating space from the large galley.  The interior are to be finished in oak and Jakarta leather.  Azimut also says that revolution of this model comes from the flybridge with a modular setting which can set as to one needs, and accommodate up to ten persons.  Major thought has been also made to the safety of the flybridge with railing height being a minimum of 76 cm. and a bimini set up which covers the whole area.  Other option will include an up and down bathing platform which can take up to a max of 350 kg of weight. Power for the new Azimut 45 is from twin Cummins 480hp engines in traditional line shafts, which is also to be available with easy to manoeuvre joystick controls.  Speed is a max of 32 knots with cruising at 27 knots.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.78 m (45.3ft)
Hull Length - 13.46 m
Waterline Length - 11.2 m
Beam - 4.38 m
Draft - 0.86 m excluding props
Displacement - 17 t loaded, 13.3 t empty
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins + 2, 6 berths in 3 cabins + 2
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 5.9 480hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Hull Shape - Variable dihedral Vee with 21 degrees deadrise at midship
Construction - Infused resin
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior, Azimut Yachts technical department
Certification - CE B

June 26, 2011

Project: Vicem 100 Cruiser

Vicem Yachts,  from Turkey is finishing the build of its latest project to be introduced end September 2011: the 100 Cruiser.  Latest Vicem the 100 Cruiser is part of the series of Classic, Flybridge and Cruiser motor yachts ranging from fifty to 100 feet: the Vintage Line. The new 100 Cruiser epitomizes the three hallmarks of every Vicem yacht: exuding classic timeless looks, exemplifying the Vicem ideals for unmatched craftsmanship with a commitment to total customization, and the cold molded method of construction. But this timeless classic design Vicem has undergone a sophisticated makeover with a number of new refinements, thanks to Vicem’s in-house design team.  A mighty and powerful looking yacht which shows a lot of unrivaled prestige coming from the smaller 78 Cruiser sister.  Vicem's strengths are again utilized in this boat: from the use if wood and stainless steel in construction to the engineering resources necessary for the development of its Vee type hard chine semi-displacement hull.  Last but not least this super yacht maintains the Yard's DNA in custom or semi-custom production with a quality to price ratio that can be found only in Turkey, which can include full RINA class certification; Y pleasure class, and Malta commercial code. The standard version comes with five cabins for ten guests, an “over sized” U-shape Gaggenau kitchen, king size bed in the full-beam master stateroom and in the VIP suite. Two further guest cabins propose a queen-size and a twin beds double solution. The crew area is another sign of distinctiveness: three cabins with private toilets, double access and laundry and private area.  The Vicem 100 Cruiser contemporary twists are complemented by an updated exterior, and shows all its cruising character: a very high bow with a large and low cockpit to face rough seas for a pleasant and comfortable cruise in any weather. All on-board detail has been handcrafted to the highest standard and expertise: mahogany toe-rail and chromed brass or stainless steel hardware are just an example. Power arrangements are twin CAT engines 1550HP which allow the 100 Cruiser to reach cruising and maximum speeds of 17 and 21 knots, respectively.

June 25, 2011

Web: Sunseeker New Web Site

Renowned British builder Sunseeker updates its world wide web showroom to a new 2011 platform named version 4.11. This new website has a very similar design to the previous 2009 updated version, but features a complete new style of navigational mechanics.  Sunseeker was founded in 1960 as Poole Powerboats Limited at first importing boats from the USA and Scandinavia, and later on in the early seventies building its own first breed of boats from 17 to 23 feet.  The company helped since its early days by British powerboat famed designer Don Shead has since then continued building larger cruisers and yachts reaching always bigger sizes.  An important mile stone for Sunseeker was reached in 1995 when the company launched its first Super Yacht with the 80 Predator model.  This opened a whole new era for Sunseeker which today is a big representative of the plus eighty super yacht size.  Sunseeker current line up features three model ranges; Performance Motor Yacht and Sport Cruisers, Flybridge Motor Yachts, and Yachts.  The current entry level model is the 48 Portofino, and the largest is the 40 Metre Yacht.  Projects for a smaller 38 Portofino, and 46 Metre Yacht are well underway and should be launched in 2012.   Sunseeker new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, The Range, News, News Stream, Spirit of Sunseeker, Craftsmanship, and Distributors.

June 24, 2011

New Model: Adagio 40 Sundeck LBC

Adagio Yachts from France but with the boats built in China presents the new 40 Sundeck LBC, what is a lower profile version of the standard 40 Sundeck.  LBC stands for Lower Bridge Configuration and this new version of the 40 Sundeck different features add in fact to a lower profile with no flybridge and fixed hard top for the aft deck.  This feature makes the Adagio suitable for inland waterways, river cruising and exploration.  Accommodation is for two large double cabins to fore for guests, and aft for the owner.  Two layout versions are available for the layout with a galley up and down choice, office and an interior helm option.  Standard power is from twin 135hp Perkins engines, but options from Volvo, Yanmar, and Cummins also being available. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.97 m (42.5ft)
Hull Length - 12.15 m
Beam - 3.87 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 10.9 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 795 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 310 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 6 persons
Engine - 2 x Perkins 135hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - Long keel
Construction - Hand laminated fiberglass with epoxy barrier, polyurethane core used on deck
Certification - CE B

June 23, 2011

Project: Absolute 40 STY

Absolute present the project of the 40 STY. A new sport cruiser which is based on the project, hull lines of the other upcoming fall 2011 novelty from the North Italian builder the 40 Fly.  The 40 STY will be the fifth Absolute to have a hard top patio door configuration following the success, the 2007 launched 52 which was the first model with this main deck design solution from the Italian builder. So far Absolute has not advised if the 40 STY will replace the current 40 model, which features a hard top but no patio door. The 40 STY with its twelve meters length and over four of beam is a project inspired to all year usage and follows a trend coming from larger sized sport models. The lower deck will feature a fully equipped galley with two cabins, and two shower heads.  Owners cabin is located to fore with a double berth guest with two singles to mid ship. The living saloon with a C-shaped settee is located on the main deck, with a six part patio door joining this area with the aft deck. Furniture of the 40 STY is in oak wood with Matt finishing and a choice is available between two shades of color, natural or dark brown, alternating with other precious materials.  Power will be from Volvo in stern drive or IPS choice.

June 22, 2011

New Model: Riviera 61 Enclosed Flybridge Series II

Riviera launched the new 61 Enclosed Flybridge Series II model a couple of weeks before the recent May Sanctuary Cove boat show, where the sportfish yacht made it's world debut.  The 61 Enclosed Flybridge Series II is a further development for the 2007 launched Series I model designed by Frank Mulder and regarded by many as the best sea handling Riviera.  The new Series II model is easily recognizable outside with new large windows supplying the mid ship cabin being located on the hull sides.  But a full raft of enhancements and engineering changes redefine the 61 Enclosed Flybridge Series II versus its predecessor.  The most recognizable change inside is the reposition of the galley now located astern by the patio door entrance of the saloon, which with Riviera trademark saloon tilting window joins this with the aft deck.  Another interesting feature for this size is the interior staircase for the enclosed flybridge.  Interior choices are for a three or four cabins plan layout.  The owners stateroom is located to mid ship in the four cabins plan, or to fore in the three rooms layout.  Both the third or fourth cabins are bunk berths in both plan choices.  Three heads are featured in both layout choices, two of which are ensuite to the midship and forward cabin.  Power choices are standard 1015hp Cats which give a max speed of 28 knots, with optional 1200hp MTU reaching up to 31 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.63 m (64.5ft) incl bathing platform
Hull Length - 18.60 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 30500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 6550 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 7 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 1015hp, MTU 8vM93 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max 27 knots cruise with MTU 1200hp, 28 knots max with Cats 1015hp
Range - 413 nm miles on cruise speed with MTU
Hull Shape - Vee with deep entry and medium 12.5 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - solid fiberglass hull
Project - Frank Mulder, Neil Mc Cabe

June 21, 2011

Project: Broom 370

Its nice to see Broom who was nearly closed in the fall of 2010 not only back in business, but challenging the market with a new and fresh project, the 370 set to launch at the fall of this year.  This latest Broom project continues the heritage of this over a century old British builder of an offshore capable cruiser, with inland waterways capability and design dedication.  From a low height and possible of lowering the radar arch, to the aft cabin design typical of the pure British motor cruiser. The 370 will sleep up to six guests in two cabins plus a convertible saloon.  As any aft cabin cruiser which do have an interior which actually spans the whole length of the boat, the two sleeping rooms of the 370; owners suite located to aft, and double Vee berth to fore will speak volumes in there sizes to vessels which are normally to a minimum five feet larger.  Andrew Wolstenholme responsible for the hull underwater shape of the 370 presented a medium Vee shape with a shallow skeg keel, and power choices of a single or twin engines.  For the speed lovers or more offshore orientated users the 370 can be powered with twin Volvo 330hp with in line shafts propulsion which should give a max speed of up to 30 knots. Other choices will include a Nanni hybrid which gives four hours of electrical only usage, and a single economic to run and maintain 370hp Volvo delivering a max of 20 knots of speed.

June 20, 2011

INBUILD ~ Galeon 780 Crystal Part 9 of 9

Here we are in the final part nine series of the construction pictures of the Galeon 780 Crystal.  The Strazyn Galeon new flagship, the 780 Crystal is nearly ready to launch and in the last picture of the Inbuild series we are seeing final details of finishing being completed.  Polishing, removal of protective taping on the windows and stainless steel fittings, and final installations being completed.  After this is done Galeon will start sea trialing the 780 Crystal with the captains, technical department, and engineers. After the sea trials are satisfactory all the final equipment of the first owner optional list will be fitted. The journey of the 780 Crystal was over two years in the making since the final project design by Tony Castro and the Galeon design team was agreed.  Now its up to show you the 780 Crystal in its completed status in the final New Model installment!

June 18, 2011

Projects: Benetti Sail Division 131 RS, Benetti Sail Division 115 RS, Benetti Sail Division 105 RS, Benetti Sail Division 98 RS, Benetti Sail Divison 82 RS

Benetti Sail Division presents the new Rounded Stern range.  This range represents a historical touch to Benetti Sail Division being this type of hull form among of its most successful designs.  The Rounded Stern line will offer a total of six models; starting from 82 up to 131 feet.  Pictured above is the 131 RS which will be a three deck super yacht.  Internal accommodation will offer a double five cabins plan with owner stateroom on the main deck and a two VIP suite located to aft, and mid ship.  Crew accommodation is for up to nine persons.  Power will be from twin 1319hp Cat engines which give a max speed of 14 knots.  
The Benetti Sail Division 115 RS is the second in size model of the Rounded Stern range.  Measuring over 35 meters this will also be a three deck plus flybridge super yacht.  Her hull shape is a full displacement.  Accommodation is for up to 12 guests in five double cabins with owners stateroom located on the main deck.  As in all the rounded stern the 115 will feature a lot of innovation in the form of side balconies which open up to make time at sea enjoyable to the most.  Power is from twin 1000hp MAN engines which give a 13 knots max speed.
The 105 RS is the middle in size model of the classic looking Rounded Stern range from Benetti Sail Divison.  Unlike the bigger 131 and 115 models, the 105 RS will have  more sporty lines thanks to its more low profile two and half deck.  Accommodation is similar to the bigger models sleeping up to twelve guests in five cabins, and an owners stateroom located on the main deck.  Power is from MAN 1000hp engines which give a 13 knots of max speed and 12 of cruise.  
The 98 RS is the second smallest model of Benetti Sail Division Rounded Stern range.  The line of the 98RS is very similar to the seven feet bigger 105 model having also a two and half deck layout.  Inside the 98 RS will sleep up to ten guests in four double cabins.  Owners suite is still located to the main deck, but the galley is to be located below taking space for an extra cabin.  Power is from twin 725hp Cat engines which give a top speed of 13 knots. 
The entry level model of Benetti Sail Division Rounded Stern range is the 82 RS.  This model is also the second in size of all the Benetti Sail Division range and is only two feet bigger to the 80 World Traveller.  As is expected the 82 RS is a pocket sized super yacht, and continues two and half deck looks. Accommodation will sleep up to ten guests with owners stateroom still located on the main deck.  Crew beds is for up to four persons located to bow and featuring a lobby with a saloon and galley.  Power is from twin 450hp MAN engines which give an 11 knots max and cruise speed.  An economic 10 knots can also give a range of up to 2600 nautical miles before needing a refuel.  

June 17, 2011

Project: Jet Tern 70 Artemis

Jet Tern continue to pursue its planning line expansion with the presentation of the 70 Artemis project.  The new 70 is again a design of architect Guide De Groot. There is still no details for this project on Jet Tern web site, although there is a mention of up coming 55 and 68 models.  The 70 Artemis should be the 68, and joins the now renamed 48 and recently launched 46 model.  Again modern European looks are part of the Artemis line and the 70 Artemis is no exception, but Jet Tern say that construction is to be of the same high standard as Selene ocean going trawlers.  Layout has not been advised yet but I accept a four cabin plus crew lower deck, and a split area saloon.  Interesting is the very sleek hard top and upper structure design.  Power options have not been advised yet but I again imagine sub thirty knots speed as the 48 Artemis. 

June 16, 2011

News: H4 Marine June 2011

POWERTRAIN EUROPE AS
H4 Marine will now be supplying products from Powertrain Europe AS to yards, engineers, builders and owners across the British isles.  Powertrain is the latest product in engine couplings and CV joints is the patented marine joint.  This innovative adaption of proven automotive technology uses a CV joint that is designed to take thrust loads, this means you can install an engine which can comfortably run at a few degrees off from the shaft line with the thrust still taken on the engine mounts. This means that engine to shaft alignment for vessels fitted with a marine joint is a thing of the past. Units are available to take up to 700hp currently.  H4 Marine will also the supply Hydradrive systems from Powertrain, this is an in house designed double CV coupling with thrust bearing. All the known benefits of isolating the drive forces from the engine movement from a Norwegian company that have been supplying and manufacturing drive train components and systems for the automotive, marine and industrial markets for over 20 years.
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EXHIBITING AT SEAWORK
H4 Marine will be exhibiting at the important Seawork show the coming 14 to 16 June in Southampton.  H4 Marine will be glad to discuss its expertise in all matters related to its unique line of propulsion set ups, marine dedicated bearings, and unique rope cutting prop protection solutions.  You can find them on stand Q8 for any friendly advise.
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MARITEX NEW SPECIFIED BEARING DESIGN
Maritex bearings have been specified on a new submarine design that is specified for operating temperatures from zero to fifty degrees Celsius.  For those technical in the matter this is quite a challenge for shaft, rudder and dive plane bearings. Maritex has developed a new grade to suit this application with thermal expansion to mimic the steel structure the bearings are fitted in.  Maritex have also supplied a similar material for arctic to tropical use in the latest POD drives units by OYS for Baltic Yachts.
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Improve-it = Sessa C68

Sessa presents a new choice to the engine propulsion of its C68 flagship.  This new engine propulsion package comes from Volvo twin 900hp engines, with the latest third generation IPS1200 propulsion.  The new option makes it the fifth Sessa to be powered by Volvo IPS pod propulsion.  The twin Volvo IPS1200 power propulsion reduces 460hp per engine to the previous MAN 1360hp set up.  According to Sessa the Volvo IPS1200 showed reduced consumption of 25% and noise levels of 40% with top speeds of 35 knots.  The engine change also marked a redefined engine room and crew cabin layout.  This now offers a more spacious engine room and a new access point onto the deck.  The crew cabin is also more spacious with a separate bathroom and extra seating that can be converted into an extra berth.  Sessa also introduced new interior fittings with a new Cocoa wood choice, Havana leather and Ivory fabrics.  A new layout without the bar is also available on the main deck.  These new choices show the flexibility of the Sessa C68 current flagship in all parts of its build from layout, engine, propulsion, and fitting choices. 

June 15, 2011

New Model: Windy 31 Zonda

Windy launches its much expected new 31 Zonda model.  The 31 Zonda should represent a replacement to the 32 Grand Tornado model, and  futures innovative design solutions see large window for the cabin in the hull, and high technology vacuum bagging infused resin construction as all newer Windy models.  The cabin is designed to offer luxury having a double single berth forward, shower head, and a galley.  The same concept of luxury is also offered in the all open fast style cockpit which features a very Mediterranean aft sun pad layout.  Single or twin, petrol or diesel engine options with stern drive will be available up to a total of 440hp for diesel or 640hp in petrol gas configuration.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.60 m (31.4ft)
Beam - 2.97 m
Displacement - 4200 kg
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 370hp, 2 x Volvo D3 220hp, Volvo 5.7 GXIE 320hp Petrol Gas 
Propulsion - single or twin Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 41 knots max with single Volvo 370hp
Hull - deep Vee with 24 degrees dead rise
Construction - vacuum mould with infused resin
Project - Hans Jorgen Johnson exterior, Eidsgaard interior
Certification - CE B in process

June 14, 2011

Project: Elan Power 53

Elan Power presents the project for its new 53 flagship, which come launching day which is scheduled for this year's fall will take the mantle as largest build of the Slovenian boat builder from the 2008 debuted 48.  The new Elan Power 53 is full of recent technological design novelties as featured in latest sport yachts from large view windows to a fully enclosed but open able main deck.  Pod propulsion from both Volvo or ZF are part of the new Elan Power flagship.  The 53 is designed by Unielle, which does represent a novelty for Elan, having all the other previous smaller models being an operation of British architect Tony Castro.  The Elan Power 53 will feature three different lower deck choices from of two or three cabins, and an office with saloon choice.  Power options will be a standard triple Volvo 435hp engines with IPS600, or optional twin Cummins 600hp with ZF Zeus 3800 pods.

June 13, 2011

Powerboat OGP - Malta Round Two

It was to be a war of attrition as the boats lined up for the second round of the UIM Malta Ocean Grand Prix. With teams battling sweltering heat and rough waters, the result was adrenline-fuelled racing from start to finish in both the Evo and SuperSport classes.
In SuperSport, the FPT-powered Jolly Drive boat of Federico Montanari, Alfredo Zanardo and Giambattista Gabriele took early command, gaining traction off the line and leading their rivals at the first turn. Despite a slow start, fellow Italian’s Karelpiu kept the pressure on, closing the gap to the lead boat. The lead then changed hands five times before Karelpiu forged ahead and the race win looked a formality at the halfway stage. However, this is endurance racing and with the chequered flag almost in sight, driver Giuseppe Schiano di Cola fainted at the wheel, overcome with heat exhaustion. With his Fountain boat at a standstill it opened the door to Jolly Drive to take the win although the Ocean Grand Prix crown was won by Karelpiu who secured victory in yesterday’s race. Di Cola recovered swiftly following attention from medics.
The close fought action continued in the Evo class with Furnibo, piloted by Pierre Colpin and Frank Hemelaar taking another scintillating win to take the Grand Prix victory. The Belgium team had fought hard with Swedish-American’s Lucas Oil throughout, both boats trading the lead on numerous occasions. The first four laps were nail-biting and a tight finish looked a certainty until Lucas Oils lost power in one engine and were forced to limp home with both pilots, Michael Silfverberg and Nigel Hook’s anxiously looking over their shoulder as the German Searex team closed in.
Despite the Searex-powered Hercules Sagemann boat being hampered by ignition problems before the race – causing the team to start from the back of the field – German’s Douglas Verbanck and Siegfried Greve kept a steady nerve to eventually finish the race in second.
The British boat, Silverline, of Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings was forced to retire on the first lap with a broken torque sensor, a disappointing end to their weekend’s racing.
Attention now turns to rounds 3 and 4 of the UIM Ocean Grand Prix World Endurance Championship, which takes place in Den Helder, Holland over the weekend of 5-7 August.
UIM Malta Ocean Grand Prix (Round 02) PROVISIONAL
Endurance Race Results – Evo Class
Pos. — No. — Boat Name — Nat. — Time — Pts.
1 — 33 — Furnibo — BEL — 00:39:43:80 — 20
2 — 66 — Hercules Sagemann — DEU — 00:41:20:28 — 16
3 — 77 — Lucas Oil — SWE — 00:51:26:42 — 12
4 — 47 — Silverline — GBR — DNF — 0
Endurance Race Results – SuperSport Class
1 — 06 — Jolly Drive — ITA — 00:46:41:45 — 20
2 — 81 — Karelpiu — ITA — 00:46:53:08 — 16
3 — 38 — SIF — ITA — DNS — 0
UIM Ocean Grand Prix World Endurance Championship
Malta Grand Prix Result – Evo Class
Pos. — No. — Boat Name — Nat. — Pts.
1 — 33 — Furnibo — BEL — 40
2 — 77 — Lucas Oil — SWE — 28
3 — 66 — Hercules Sagemann — DEU — 23
4 — 47 — Silverline — GBR — 12
Malta Grand Prix Result – SuperSport Class
1 — 81 — Karelpiu — ITA — 36
2 — 06 — Jolly Drive — ITA — 32
3 — 38 — SIF — ITA — 12

June 12, 2011

New Model: Benetti Class 145 Vision

Benetti launches the new Class 145 Vision what is the new line up from this very famous status symbol Super Yacht builder.  As usual to Benetti there was great enthusiasm during the Catholic blessing launch ceremony, which was simple but quite moving. The launch was done in the ancient manner, with the boat entering the water stern-first from the ways of Benetti’s original launching site. The event was attended by the owner and his family and by all the people involved in building this beautiful vessel, that stands out for its modern and innovative design penned by Stefano Righini.  The Benetti Class 145 Vision takes over from the 140 Vision and is recognizable from the older model with darker window profile in the upper structure, although the owners still choose smaller vertical style windows in the cabins of the lower deck which open up again the big glass surfaces as outlined in the renderings of the project. Unlike standard Benetti Class 145 Vision for the interiors of hull sixteenth the owner choice went with Molori Design in collaboration with the staff of the shipyard. In standard the interiors are designed by Francois Zuretti. The contemporary style of the interiors is reflected in every item of furniture, down to the smallest detail, and are based on the personal tastes of the owner.  Molori created an atmosphere of refined decor, with a balance mix of classic and modern elements underscored by the gentleness of the natural materials used for the panelling.  Standard power for the Benetti Class 145 Vision is twin Cats 1300hp which give a top speed of 15 knots, and a cruise of 14.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 43.6 m (143.1ft)
Beam - 9.26 m
Draft - 2.27 m
Displacement - 390 t
Fuel Capacity - 61000 l
Water Capacity - 10000 l
Accommodation - 10 guest berths in five cabins, 9 crew berths
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert C 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Benetti designed propellers
Speed - 15 knots max, 14 knots cruse, 12 knots economic long range
Range - 3900 nm at 12 knots
Construction - fiberglass, gross reinforced plastic
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Francois Zuretti interior (standard)
Certification - ABS A1 Yachting Service AMS, MCA Compliance

June 11, 2011

Powerboat OGP - Malta Round One

As the green flag flew and the boats, complete with rooster tails, blasted into the distance, a new dawn signalled for international endurance racing and a new day for the crews; the waiting was over and a world championship title was at stake.
By the end of the first ever race in the newly formed UIM-OGP World Endurance Championship, Furnibo from Belgium, piloted by Pierre Colpin and Frank Hemelaar had taken the spoils and set the standards for the campaign ahead.
It was the Germans, Douglas Verbanck and Sigi Greve, in Hercules Sagemann that showed the early pace, gaining traction off the start with Lucas Oil, the Swedish-American challenger tucking in behind. It wasn’t long though before oil pressure issues hampered the Searex boat allowing Lucus Oil and Furnibo to pass.
The two boats fought a hard battle with Lucas Oil showing the early pace and leading for four laps. It was an impressive performance by the Silverhook, a newly built craft that had not entered the water in anger until this weekend. The race remained in the balance until the closing stages.
The British contenders, Drew Langdon and Miles Jennings in Silverline were content to take third place in the Evo class, passing the German boat mid-race and consolidating the position.
This was the weekend’s shorter sprint race over a distance of 47-miles but high temperatures and heavy seas combined to make for an exhausting ride. With cockpit temperatures reaching 40 degrees centigrade, several pilots suffered. None more so than Frank Hemelaar who collapsed on reaching land, what should have been a victory celebration turning into a dramatic few minutes on the side of the pontoon. He recovered shortly afterwards and will be fit to race tomorrow.
In Supersport, Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano di Cola and Francesco Calo in Karelpiu won the race in commanding fashion. The Neapolitan team RG87, racing a Mercury-powered Fountain, had started from pole and dominated proceedings from the first lap. Even the guile of the experienced Renato Guidi, Stefano Acanfora and Vittorio Foglia Manzillo, piloting SIF could do nothing to reel in the lead boat. They finished in second with Jolly Drive a distant third.
Now the preparation starts in earnest for tomorrows 74-mile endurance race, the closing leg of the UIM Malta Ocean Grand Prix.
UIM Malta Ocean Grand Prix (Round 01) PROVISIONAL
Sprint Race Results – Evo Class
Pos. – No. — Boat Name – Nat. – Time – Pts.
1 – 33 – Furnibo – BEL – 00:44:45:50 – 20
2 – 77 – Lucas Oil – SWE – 00:47:36:05 – 16
3 – 47 – Silverline – GBR – 00:46:21:55 – 12
4 – 66 – Hercules Sagemann – DEU – 01:03:51:03 – 7
Sprint Race Results – SuperSport Class
1 – 81 – Karelpiu – ITA – 00:47:55:09 – 20
2 – 38 – SIF – ITA – 00:49:45:57 – 16
3 – 06 – Jolly Drive – ITA – 00:47:55:43 – 12

Web: Italian Yachts New Web Site

Italian Yachts with its Jaguar Yachts brand presents its new World wide web global showroom.  This new web site comes following the launch of the 92 Jaguar flagship model.  Located in the Nortth West sea City of Genoa in Italy, Italian Yachts was founded in 2005 by Abbas Ghafourian an architect of Persian origin.  Abbas has been a Genoa resident for over 35 years after stopping in the city for studying architecture.  The first Italian Yachts model is the now stopped in production 76, which was designed by Roberto Angel and Paolo Caliari the architects still responsible for the range.  The current Italian Yachts range features three sport yachts in production; 72 Jaguar, 80 Jaguar, and 92 Jaguar, while other models specifically the 54 and 108 Jaguar are currently in project stages.  Italian Jaguar Yachts new web site is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, Jaguar Style, Jaguar 54, Jaguar 72, Jaguar 80, Jaguar 92, Jaguar 108, News, Used, Reserved Area, Contact Us, and Legal Information.  Italian Jaguar Yachts can also be found on social networks as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.

June 10, 2011

Powerboat OGP - Malta Powerpole

The Belgian powerboat Furnibo, piloted by Frank Hemelaer and Pierre Colpin, secured Pole Position for tomorrow’s first leg of the UIM Malta Ocean Grand Prix, ahead of American challenger Lucas Oil by just 0.6 seconds.
With only four seconds separating the top three boats as they raced into Marsamxett Harbour, an exciting season beckons in the Evolution class.
In Supersport, the winner was Karelpui, the Italian craft of Giusseppe and Antonio Schiano di Cola and Francesco Calo. Fellow Italians, Federico Montanari, Alfredo Zanardo and Giambattista Gabriele, in the Yanmar-powered Jolly Drive were second.
Tomorrows first race of the 2011 UIM-OGP World Endurance Championship will start at 4pm local time and comprise 10 laps, 47 miles in total.
The Malta UIM Ocean Grand Prix Provisional Result
Pole Position Top 3 – Evolution Class
Pos. — No. — Boat Name — Nat. — Time
1 — 33 — Furnibo — BEL — 00:02:01:96
2 — 77 — Lucas Oil — SWE — 00:02:02:56
3 — 66 — Hercules Sagemann — DEU — 00:02:05:89
Pole Position Top 3 – SuperSport Class
Pos. — No. — Boat Name — Nat. — Time
1 — 81 — Karelpiu — ITA — 00:02:23:86
2 — 06 — Jolly Drive — ITA — 00:02:25:28
3 — 38 — SIF — ITA — 00:02:27:01

New Model: Bayliss 65 B12

Bayliss continues to deliver its custom Sportfish Yacht to its exclusive clients.  The 65 feet B12 is the latest of its launches, and has a hull which is derived from the one foot smaller B10.  As is custom to Bayliss the 65 B12 is a modern interpretation of the Carolina battle wagon designed by Robert Ulberg, and constructed in cold molded, wood and epoxy to a modern jig method.  The owners of the B12 opted for a luxurious three stateroom, three head interior, finished in teak veneers.  Power is from twin 1900hp Cat engines of which the top speeds has not so far been announced.  Bayliss has at the moment four models in production, with two yachts waiting order confirmation.
Technical Data:
Length - 19.81 m (65ft)
Beam - 5.63 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 33565 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 7570 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l 
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acerts 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - Cold molded, epoxy with wood, jig method.  Teak veneer finished interior.
Project - Robert Ulberg, Ulberg Yacht Designs 
Certification - ABYC

June 9, 2011

Project: Rio 34 Espera

Rio presents the project of the 34 Espera.  This medium sized sport cruiser innovates in its style joining sleek lines with solution as found on a walk around boat.  Those who know the Rio brand might say that the North Italian company has already the Blu line which offers such a similar concept, but the 34 Espera does move into a more sportier aggressive category.  The 34 Espera will offer a four berth accommodation below which comes from a convertible V-berth sofa to fore, and a separate double bed mid ship cabin.  A more to the usual spacious for this size shower head will be located to starboard.  The cockpit which is the main living area of the 34 Espera uses all the beam of the boat with an L-shaped settee located to aft, central helm console, and a galley.  Other options like a more open sport fish layout will also be available, as the choice of a central hard top above the console. Power comes from a standard twin Mercruiser 305hp petrol gas engines, to optional Volkswagen 265hp diesel in a stern drive propulsion.  A twin outboard version named 34 Espera TA and powered by twin Mercury Verado's should also be available.     

June 8, 2011

New Model: Adagio 58 Europa

Adagio launches its new flagship with the presentation of the 58 Europa.  This new model represents the next step for the Adagio line of boats which are built in China to the specification of the European French company.  The 58 Europa features very US trawler looks with the benefit of an aft deck as is common in Europe for stern to mooring.  Inside it can be specified with different options. two for the main deck, and two for the below cabin area.  The split level saloon can be specified with a to the side starboard located or central helm station, with this last choice giving a smaller galley and larger C-shaped saloon.  Down below the choice is more simple offering a three cabins sleeping five, or two doubles with owners stateroom moving to mid ship and being a more spacious full beam affair.  Power specification have not so far been advise by Adagio say the 58 Europa can be specified with a single or twin engine from Volvo, and Yanmar. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.76 m (58.3ft)
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 27.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 2000 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 475 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 3 cabins, or 4 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 8 to CE A standard
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - hand laminated fiber glass, with core sandwich for deck cabin, and epoxy barrier
Certification - CE A