November 30, 2012

Monthly News - November 2012

-pic of the month- Sanlorenzo New Boutique in Rapallo

Azimut and Atlantis Win Awards Again

The Atlantis 34 is 'Boat of the Year' 2012 in the motorboat category, Azimut Magellano 43 'Best passagemaker' to AIM Awards 2012. The success goes on with the two brands of Azimut/Benetti Group. The Azimut|Benetti Group’s first 10 metre yacht, the Atlantis 34, favourably received by the public at the international boat shows this fall, was named “Barca dell’Anno” (Boat of the Year) in the ‘powerboats under 10 metres’ category by the Italian magazine Vela e Motore on November 6. All the comfort of a people carrier, style and design, a focus on safety, liveable spaces and an outstanding price to quality ratio are the keys to the success of this open/cruiser with what the magazine calls ‘a Mediterranean vocation’. The yacht has met with a lot of success abroad too. At the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Azimut Yachts was presented with another important honour by the AIM Marine Group, publisher of some United States’ most authoritative and prestigious boating magazines and organiser of the “2012 Editor’s Choice Award”: the Azimut Magellano 43 was declared ‘Best passagemaker’ among boats of its size (40­50 feet). The awards were presented at a gala evening held at the splendid Hotel W Fort Lauderdale.
 

Bavaria Wins Nautical Design Award
 
The international Association for Industrial Design (ADI) has presented the Bavaria Virtess 420 motor yacht with the Nautical Design Award 2012. The Virtess 420, the first flybridge yacht ever produced by the Giebelstadt shipyard, was only launched this autumn and has already notched up its first design award. The Nautical Design Award is presented every year to the yacht with the most innovative and demanding design. The prestigious prize is awarded by an international panel of experts, which includes members of the Association for Industrial Design (ADI) as well as leading designers such as Giorgio Armani, Giorgio Orsoni, Lamberto Vallarino Gancia, Vittorio Missoni and Walter de Silva (chairman). The Virtess 420 was selected ahead the other nominated models: the Pershing 82, Austin Parker 64 Fly, Ocean King 88 and the Prestige 620.
 

Ferretti Triumphs in China
 
Ferretti Yachts, the icon of made-in-Italy yachts at a worldwide level and a historical brand of the Ferretti Group, has received another outstanding international acknowledgement during the opening ceremony of the Xiamen International Boat Show, the important Chinese boat show, which has reached its fifth edition this year. The prestigious Chinese Yachting Industry Award was indeed awarded to the Ferretti 570, which was recognised as the Best Motor Yacht in the category below 60 feet in length. Moreover, Speedo Marine - the local dealer with whom the Ferretti Group displayed an Altura 840 during the Xiamen Show - was selected as the best dealer on the Chinese market. The Chinese Yachting Industry Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the boating sector: the yachts are indeed assessed by a highly qualified jury that selects the new reference models for the Chinese market.
 
Ferretti Privilege Days in Sanya
 
Under the shadow of coconut trees, with the beauty of natural scenery, the 3-day event “Ferretti Yachts and Custom Line Privilege Days” took place in Sanya at the St.Regis Hotel and Yalong Bay Yacht Club successfully. This event is the first big brand experience activity held in Asia by the Ferretti Group. Over 120 Ferretti Group boat owners, prospects and journalists of media joined together, witnessing the largest Ferretti yacht in China Sea -- Custom Line 112 Next launching ceremony in Sanya. Furthermore, other four Ferretti Yachts of the Group for the first time showed up together in Sanya.
 

Grand Banks FLIBS Recap
 
Grand Banks came prepared for a busy FLIBS show this year, with the lineup including two brand new models. The 43 Heritage EU, 54 Heritage EU and 46 Eastbay SX were all on display and saw consistent traffic throughout the whole show. The 54 Heritage EU, which made its North American debut, received rave reviews for its well laid-out salon and galley which provide exceptional views. The spacious flybridge and engine room were also getting plenty of praise as well. The 43 Heritage EU, which made its worldwide debut, received many comments about its extensive and spacious cockpit and new additional second head. Paired with the Zeus pod drives, the 43EU is proving to be a perfect step up from the 41EU. Many visitors also mentioned how comfortable the 43EU's size is and how a cruising couple could manage a weekend getaway or month long excursion with just themselves. The 46 Eastbay SX rounded out the lineup, and like the 43EU it also features the Cummins Zeus propulsion system. With a variety of layout options - even crew quarters - this model was popular for visitors looking for the sleek styling of a down east cruiser, but the reliability and quality that Grand Banks offers with every model manufactured.
 
Grand Banks Editors Choice
 
Grand Banks Yachts is proud to announce we have received the Editor's Choice award for Best Down East Boat in the 55-65 foot category for the all-new 55 Eastbay FB. The AIM Marine Group presented the award to Grand Banks at their awards ceremony during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. A handful of Grand Banks employees were on hand to celebrate this accomplishment and receive the award
 

Heesen the Best of the Best
 
Heesen Yachts is thrilled to announce that the 44m semi-displacement yacht Lady L has been awarded the "Best of the Best" prize by luxury magazine Robb Report China in the category for yachts of 120 feet and above. The ceremony was held on Wednesday October 17 at the Waldorf Astoria, a luxurious venue with sweeping vistas across Shanghai's spectacular skyline.
 

Hunt Sweepes Top Awards
 
The Hunt 44 Express Sedan motoryacht was designated as the Best New Powerboat at mid-September’s 2012 Newport International Boat Show in the “Newport for New Products” judging. Her display was also accorded the Best In-Water Powerboat Display in the “Edson Star of the Show Awards.” No motoryacht has ever previously taken both awards. And, just a month later, the Hunt 44 was recognized at the world’s largest powerboat show as the Best “Down East” Cruiser 35-45 Feet. The Hunt 44 Express Sedan was designed and engineered by Hunt Yachts, working through their parent company, C. Raymond Hunt Associates a unique partnership in boatbuilding (no other builder is owned by a design firm); her construction exploits the meticulous craftsmanship available at Global Yacht Builders in Taiwan. Only Hunt can combine such depth of deep-V knowledge, experience and proven performance so richly evident in this series of powerboats which includes 52 and 68 foot models previously introduced and themselves winners of multiple awards. “Newport For New Products” spotlights each Fall, at the start of a new marine year, the new boats and equipment that make the most significant contributions to the recreational boating experience. Judging is done by an independent panel of boating experts assembled by Bonnier Marine Group under the auspices of Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting magazines. Awards are given based on innovation, value to consumers and aesthetics in several categories from which overall winners are chosen; the Hunt 44 was picked as Best Powerboat 30’ And Over, then best powerboat overall. Active Interest Media, whose Marine Group publishes Power & Motoryacht, Passagemaker and Yachts Magazines as well as Soundings, Trade Only, Sail and Show Management, recognized with its Editor Choice Awards the “marine industry’s best for 2012” selections during FLIBS in November. Once again, the Hunt 44 stood out as the Best Down East Style Motoryacht 35 to 45 Feet.
 

Maritimo Taking the World
 
The fastest boats on the water are preparing for the annual Key West Offshore Powerboat Championships in the USA in November this year and a local crew, Maritimo Offshore Racing Team, are confident they can better their runner-up position of last year. Originally launched by Maritimo’s founder Bill Barry-Cotter the Maritimo Offshore Racing Team has earned an international reputation and narrowly missed taking out the championships last year running second to a US team. Maritimo crew chief, Peter McGrath, said this year should be strong for the Australian team as a decision had been made to concentrate in the superboat category rather than competing in the open division.
 
Maritimo New US Dealer
 
Maritimo is about to ramp–up its presence in the USA with a new dealer appointed in the mid-Atlantic. President of Maritimo USA, Dave Northrop, said the relationship between the manufacturer and the newly appointed EPIC Yachting provided ‘an exceptional opportunity to elevate the Maritimo owner’s experience to a whole new level’.
 

Marlow AIM Award Winner
 
Marlow Yachts Ltd. was given the Active Interest Media Marine Group’s 2012 Editor's Choice Award in the 80- to 100-foot Passagemaker category for its Marlow Explorer 97E during an Oct. 26 gala at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The AIM Group is composed of BoatQuest.com, Passagemaker, Power and Motoryacht, Sail, Show Management, Soundings, Trade Only and Yachts International.
 

Moonen Achieves Exptional Noise and Vibration Results
 
After three days of extensive trials, the largest custom Moonen motoryacht to date has achieved some quite remarkable results in terms of noise and vibration levels. The 42-metre Sofia, which also features a three-man submarine, achieved Class 1 status within the Passenger and Crew Accommodation Comfort notation from the Lloyd's Register rules and regulations for Special Service Craft. This impressive technical achievement within the parameters of the SSC Rules was measured by the specialist noise and vibration testing company Intersona. The noise levels allowed for a superior stateroom on a superyacht are 50 dB. The tests recorded that Sofia's staterooms were as low as 40 dB in some places and the sound levels never exceeded 46 dB at 12 knot cruising speed. A similar achievement was noted in the lounge, where the measurements again showed that the sound levels were 4 to 5 dB lower then the figure required to reach Class 1 status. The noise levels were even lower in the wheelhouse, coming in at 45 dB in an area where 60 dB is still considered comfortable enough for Class 1. The vibration tests showed an even more remarkable performance. In the staterooms and lounges a maximum vibration level of 0.3 to 0.4 mm/sec. was recorded (compared to an acceptable Class 1 level of 1.8), while the public spaces of the superyacht were measured at 0.4 (compared to an acceptable Class 1 level of 2.5). The owner was also delighted with the interior, the first pictures of which are published here. An extraordinarily bright and open feeling is generated by the large windows and the styling by Art-Line Interiors, which features oak wood, Zabrano and Concetto marble. Executed with a custom piece of Concetto art made and supplied by Ceaser Stone in Israel, Sofia's atrium is spectacular. And the interior is a technical masterpiece too, with an integrated foil bridge and a full Kaleidoscope video server with multi-room control (including lighting, blinds and climate control) via i-Pad.  Inside and out, this highly sophisticated custom project captures the essence of why Moonen is one of the finest yachtbuilders in the world.

Moonen Other Major Refit
 
Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has received the order for a refit of the Moonen 84 Etoile d'Azur. Launched in 2007, this 26.25-metre motoryacht is still in the hands of her original owner, who had already taken her to the Caribbean on her own bottom and now plans an extensive cruise of the Norwegian fjords and beyond. First, however, Etoile d'Azur will return home to Moonen where she will be greeted by many of the craftsmen who originally created this successful global cruiser. Designed by René van der Velden, Etoile d'Azur is the seventh of eight Moonen 84 displacement motoryachts launched between 2002 and 2008. The project will include a comprehensive paint job and the installation of an electrical zero speed stabilisation system in place of the existing hydraulic system. This solution has already been successfully deployed on the Moonen 82 fast displacement motoryacht My Way, which was launched earlier this year. The electrical system requires approximately half the power of its hydraulic zero-speed alternative. Moreover, as it does not require a larger generator there will be no synchronisation required, which offers considerable cost savings. Another major part of the refit will be an extension of the flybridge aft. This will serve as a cover for the main deck aft area, creating even more shading for alfresco dining. In addition, the enhanced flybridge deck space will facilitate the owner's desire to carry more watersport toys onboard, including scooters, in addition to the tender and jetski currently stored in this location while underway. Last but not least, various cosmetic changes will be made to Etoile d'Azur‘s interior and systems while the electrics will be updated where required.

 
Mulder Refit Services
 
Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands is enjoying a very busy time with a number of fine yachts recently launched and several new ones slated for delivery in the near future. In addition, the yard’s extra new facility in Zoeterwoude Rijndijk will be ready in the next few weeks. This site will open a new era for Mulder Shipyard, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013. The existing yard in Voorschoten will stay open and be used for maintenance, refit and storage of yachts of up to 18 metres. In the coming period, Mulder Shipyard will devote considerable attention to showcasing its impressive options for refits. The two dry docks in the new facility are 55 m long and 12 m wide, and will be ideally suited for work on larger hulls. They are supported by a comprehensive range of services, covering everything from new paint jobs and technical systems upgrades to the installation of new propulsion drives, the latest navigation equipment and new interiors. A first-class finish and results are ensured thanks to the use of leading edge technologies and the finest quality materials. The current facility in Voorschoten will switch from yacht construction to the maintenance, service and storage of yachts up to 18 metres in length. Yacht owners will have several large and small operations at their disposal here, including engine servicing or electrical systems adjustments. Complete refits will also be possible. At Mulder, every refit, large or small, is seen as a matter of teamwork. The inhouse designers, engineers and craftsmen are ready to ensure that each yacht
fully satisfies her owners’ personal style and needs. The work always follows a plan set up in advance, and Mulder’s experienced project managers chart the possibilities based on a predefined budget.
 
Mulder Successful Exhibition Season
 
Mulder Shipyard can look back on a very successful exhibition season. At the HISWA Amsterdam in water Boat Show, we had an impressive stand situated right by the main entrance. The sale of the Mulder 82 Flybridge Lady Tes made the exhibition an even more successful event. Immediately after the HISWA Amsterdam in water Boat Show the sales team set sail for the Cannes Yacht Show, where it presented the Mulder 73 Wheelhouse Float to the public. A week later, representatives of the yard visited the yacht shows in Southampton and Monaco to meet with interested visitors.
 
 
Overmarine Partners with Fendi Casa
 
Overmarine Group, the Italian shipyard internationally renowned for its Maxi Open and luxury displacement yachts under the brand name Mangusta, and Luxury Living, exclusive retailer for FENDI Casa, offered visitors a total Italian atmosphere: Italian glamour, top quality and a sophisticated welcome. Created in 1989, FENDI Casa is the home collection for the international fashion brand, Fendi Casa offers pieces for the entire home with a complete collection ranging from contemporary, modern, and classic. Furnishings are characterized by the incredible manufactures and fashion details which include the iconic double ‘F’ logo and the Spy Bag fastener. All Italian made, FENDI Casa’s craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed, giving you the opportunity to choose furnishings that are as original as they are extraordinary. The Overmarine Group, stretching out over 10 production facilities in the areas of Viareggio, Massa and Pisa, Tuscany, was founded in 1985 by the Balducci family, still at the head of the company. With over 300 yachts sold to date, this deeply traditional company has pioneered the construction of state-of-the-art Maxi Opens which perfectly combine innovation and technology, high quality, luxury and artisan features, a top performance and safety, spacious areas and on board comfort, Italian style and made-to-measure interiors. The current Mangusta range features 9 Maxi Opens, from the 72 to the 205, and the Mangusta Oceano 148, the new 3-deck displacement yacht. For the entire duration of the show, the FENDI Casa lounge, which displayed outdoor products such as the Nikki beach, iconic crystal chairs, and Apta sofas, served as the backdrop to the wonderful Mangusta 165, a 50-m maxi open yacht at her American debut, and showed guests the exclusivity and luxury that awaited them on board the Mangusta yacht. This new partnership between Overmarine Group | Mangusta and Luxury Living – Fendi Casa is set to be the prelude to a longstanding collaboration that will add yet more value to the quality that bears the label “Made in Italy”. The next rendezvous will be at the Miami Boat Show.
 
 
Riviera Memory Lane for 5000th Launch
It was an emotional and moving ceremony for multiple Riviera owners Peter and Denise Haig, who had the honour of unveiling the signed 6 metre by 2 metre banner, which marked Riviera’s 5000th boat launch. Peter and Denise travelled from Sydney to join 180 Riviera owners as they became part of Australia’s maritime history at the special gala dinner celebration held at the company’s manufacturing facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast on November 2. Peter, who currently owns a 51 Enclosed Flybridge, said it was an honour to be invited to participate in the event. The 5000th Riviera boat to be launched was a 445 SUV. This whole new series of boats was released in August this year and already 6 of these new models have been sold to owners in the United States and Australia. The SUV concept draws its DNA from Riviera’s Flybridge, Sport Yacht and Offshore Express series and is a true bridge between them all. The Riviera 38 MKI’s Brisbane owners, Scott and Michele White, are new to the Riviera family having purchased their 38 only six weeks ago. Mr White said it was a very proud moment when their Riviera rolled down the driveway with spotlights shining on her hull, showing off her classic lines. Melbourne based Riviera owners, John and Fiona Zammit, said it was an event not to be missed. The couple own a 40 Flybridge, which is their second Riviera. Mr Zammit said it was a sensational achievement for Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder. Riviera CEO, Wes Moxey, said the launch of Riviera’s 5000th boat was a very memorable and momentous occasion. The 38 MKI was built in 1980 and as it rolled down the driveway I could see a few tears of pride on the faces of our loyal Riviera enthusiasts. This was followed by our 5000th boat, the new 445 SUV from Riviera’s newly released model series, and it was a great honour to celebrate this achievement. When you look back over 32 years of Riviera and the launching of 72 individual models, the most popular of which we built 288 boats, the launch of the 5000th Riviera is a major milestone in the Riviera history books.
Rivera Star in the X-Factor Final
Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, Buoy Toy, provided the perfect escape from the pressures of the Grand Final competition for TV talent show finalists, The Collective, in the lead up to the Grand Final of the X Factor, which went to air nationally in Australia on the 7 network on November 19, 2012. Australia’s top rating talent show, the X Factor, has attracted more than 1.5 million viewers who have tuned in every week in the search for Australia’s next singing sensation. The show won the ratings battle on Monday night with more than 1.6 million viewers tuning in to watch the Grand Final. The boy band relaxed and focused their minds and energy with mentor, judge and former boy band star, Ronan Keating; and what better way to calm the nerves than with a cruise around beautiful Sydney Harbour on a Spring day on board a stunning boat from Riviera’s popular Sport Yacht range. Riviera’s Director of brand and communications, Stephen Milne, said this was the third time Riviera had been invited to appear in Channel 7’s hit TV talent show.
Riviera Production Management Changes Hands
As a role model and mentor to many of Riviera’s current leaders, long serving shipwright and head of manufacturing Chris Gilfoyle has passed the baton today on to his prodigy Scott Cumming. After 47 years of boat building and 18 solid years with Riviera, Chris is easing his way into retirement, but his legacy will continue, as Riviera’s young leaders move forward and take up senior management roles. Born in New Zealand’s city of sails, Auckland, Chris left school at the age of 15 to pursue a boat building apprenticeship. He also had a passion for racing offshore power boats. In 1979, he moved to Australia where he worked for various boat builders before taking up a position at Riviera in 1994 building the Excalibur range for Wellcraft in the USA. This is where Chris first met Scott Cumming, a young boat builder who had just completed his apprenticeship. As a qualified tradesman, Scott was fortunate to be assigned to the Excalibur project where he worked under Chris’s guidance and leadership. Handing the baton over to Scott will be bittersweet for Chris, who feels sad to be leaving but is also looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 40 years, Pam, and his grandchildren in Bundaberg. Chris said one of the major highlights of his entire career was between 2005 and 2006 when Riviera built a record 420 boats with 1100 staff on-site at Coomera. Scott began his four-year apprenticeship with Riviera in 1990 and upon graduating worked in various roles within the organisation including, boat building, lamination, stainless steel, engineering, electrical, and new product development. In 1993, he was awarded Queensland apprentice of the year and after the Excalibur project, he went on to pursue his interest in the business side of the company, obtaining a Diploma of business in 1998. In 1999, Scott began his Masters in Business Administration. He graduated in 2001 and was contracted to set up a production facility for a new company selling wakeboard products, Tige Boats Australia. During this time, he remained in his strategic NPD role at Riviera and moved from the costing and finance side into a planning role where he held that position until 2009 when he was offered a position with Grand Banks in Malaysia. At the age of 35, Scott relocated to Malaysia where he oversaw the development and design of four new Grand Banks models. After three-and-a-half years in this role, Scott wanted to return to Australia, so the offer to return to Riviera as commercial manager in July of this year was one that he could not turn down.
Sanlorenzo New Boutique in Rapallo
 
Sanlorenzo has opened the new direct office Atelier Sanlorenzo, an authentic yacht boutique, located in the prestigious port Carlo Riva in Rapallo and it represents a new reference point for Northeast Italian ship owners. Many clients, friends and admirers celebrated the new opening of the Italian shipyard, third in the world ranking of the top 20 builders of over 24 meters yachts which has been building tailor-made yachts for more than 50 years according to the style and requirements of each owner. Atelier Sanlorenzo is going to be leaded by a team of high-skilled yacht experts: Nico Laude and Marco Fiorani (General Managers) and Gian Franco Crosta (Senior Sales Director). With Atelier Sanlorenzo, just a few months after the opening of Sanlorenzo Adriatico on the other Italian coast, the Sanlorenzo sales network keeps on growing also on the national territory thanks to the establishment of direct offices, a sort of embassies of the brand which has becoming more and more an icon of the made-to-measure yachting. This strategy, together with a limited production of only a few unique pieces per year, has allowed Sanlorenzo to maintain its turnover, its number of units and the overall lengths of its products even through the difficult years of recession.
 

Sea Ray Top 100 Dealers
 
Sea Ray, the world’s largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats, is pleased to announce that 26 of its dealers were recognized by Boating Industry magazine when it released the 2012 list of Top 100 Dealers in North America recently. Among the notable achievements by Sea Ray dealers this year: Boating Industry noted that Port Harbor Marine of South Portland, Maine, was chosen as the “Best Place to Work” and Sail & Ski Center of Austin, Texas, was honored for “Best Boat Show Strategy.” In addition, Sea Ray dealer Prince William Marine Sales of Woodbridge, Va., was named to the Top 100 Dealers Hall of Fame. Prince William had been named Boating Industry’s “Dealer of the Year” for the last two consecutive years. It joins MarineMax Inc., the first Sea Ray dealership to be inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2007. The Top 100 Dealers list is an annual ranking of dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, customer service, professionalism and all the characteristics that go along with them, according to Boating Industry, a leading marine trade publication.
 

Sunreef Supports 2012 Foundation
 
On November 17 2012, a special event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw. It was the fourth edition of the charity dinner, “Smaki Dobra”, organized by the Orimari foundation and the Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The highlight of the event were annual auctions of six delicious courses prepared by chefs from six five star hotels in Poland. The event was conducted in a unique way by Dorota Wellman and Piotr Gąsowski, and featured a great performance by the world-renowned team of three Polish accordionists Motion Trio. The total income from the event, was transferred to Children's Hospital in Lublin. Sunreef Yachts has had the honor of being a partner of the foundation during this unique event and hopes to participate in their up-coming schedule.
 

Sunseeker Awarded with Enviromental Credentials
 
Sunseeker International, the luxury yacht builder, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the ISO certification 14001:2004, highlighting its ongoing work to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. Given after a thorough review, the certificate confirms the company's efforts to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment and has been measured in a number of different areas, such as energy use, waste management, recycling, and sustainability. In order to gain the standard, Sunseeker carried out a thorough investigation into every aspect of its business, and quickly took action to make the necessary changes. Within six months of the review, waste had been reduced by 50% and is on target to continue to cut the amount further by the end of 2012. It has also invested in smart control systems, water saving devices and energy efficient lighting to reduce the impact on the environment. Sunseeker vessels are continually improved to reduce their impact on the environment, with reduced fuel consumption and noise pollution. New manufacturing techniques have also enabled the company to reduce its carbon footprint. The operations director at ISOQAR, Steve Stubley, has also offered his congratulations.
 
Sunseeker Apprentises Visits House of Comms
 
Three Sunseeker apprentices were invited to represent Sunseeker International Ltd at a British Marine Federation and RYA reception at the Houses Of Parliament. The event was held to celebrate the medals won on-water throughout the London 2012 Games, and to meet the rising stars of tomorrow in the marine industry. The audience was introduced to up-and-coming talent, acknowledging the important contribution young people can make. Sunseeker apprentices Alex Airey, James Sawdon and Callum Underwood got 'suited and booted' to meet MPs, Senior BMF and RYA staff, along with 2012 gold medalist Helena Lucas, 3x World Champion Annie Lush and the 470 European Champion Sophie Weguelin.
 

Tiara Reports Exciting Results from Fort Lauderdale 2012
 
S2 Yachts flagship brands Tiara and Pursuit experienced a 100% increase in retail sales when compared to last years numbers during the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. With the launch of their new 3900 flagship Coronet™, Tiara Yachts was able to draw in many prospects to view this exciting new dayboat series that includes the 3100 and 3600 Coronet models. S2 Yachts Pursuit brand is riding high from the introduction of the award winning Dual Console series in 2011, Sport Tender models in 2012 and their industry leading Offshore series of boats. Despite some effects from Hurricane Sandy off the coast on Thursday and Friday of the show, Tiara Yachts and Pursuit Boats still managed to increase sales over the previous year – in fact doubling the number of boats sold. Both luxury brands have capitalized on the development and introduction of exciting new models to the marketplace. Tiara Yachts is currently working on the completion of a 50 Coupe and Flybridge, while Pursuit Boats will debut a brand new Sport Yacht, the SC 365 during an exclusive worldwide event in Stuart, Florida on November 28, 2012.
 
 
Viking Angels
 
As Viking recovers from Hurricane Sandy, the hearts cry for 25 workers living in low lying areas whose homes were seriously damaged or destroyed due to flooding and high winds. Viking's Human Resources and Health Services Departments quickly spearheaded a drive to collect clothing, food, personal and sundry items from the Viking family for members in need. Overnight the third floor cafeteria resembled a department store, and as we work through this difficult time we offer hope and a ray of sunshine to those who need our love, help and support. Thanks to all who have contributed. Better days are ahead.
 
Viking Sunshine
 
Viking family member, Sonny Middleton recently was awarded the Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award for his billfish conservation efforts. Sonny is no stranger to hurricanes as his Dog River Marina in Mobile, Alabama, has borne its share of hurricane damage over the years. When he looks you in the eye and flashes his brilliant smile, you know immediately Sonny is the real deal. His handshake feels like a vice and his "can-do" personality flows like a mighty river. On learning about the misfortune of Viking workers, he sent along a check for $5,000 to help them during this difficult time. Thank you, Sonny. Thank you for always being there.
 
Viking Appears on Extreme Yacht TV
 
On November 18, 2012, the Travel Channel featured the building of a Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Convertible on its new show "Extreme Yachts." During the summer, the television crew was busy filming hull 82021 and the show highlighted various stages along the build process, along with the finished yacht.
 

Wider Winner of AIM 2012 Editor Choice
 
Wider received the “2012 Editor’s Choice Award” from AIM Marine Group, a division of the publishing powerhouse Active Interest Media which includes most of the leading American marine magazines. The award ceremony has taken place last October 26th, during a gala dinner on occasion of the 53rd edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where the Italian company exhibited the first version of its innovative day cruiser, the Wider 42’ Miami Edition. The event has been also the occasion to raise funds for the Nova Southeastern University’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research. The Editor’s Choice Award honored the marine industry’s best of 2012, giving prizes to different categories of boats from 20 to 120 feet. Wider won the Most Innovative New Design Award.

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