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Azimut Yachts Three New Apps
After the overwhelming success of the Magellano 50 preview - with thousands of downloads in just a few months - the Azimut Yacht virtual showroom adds three flagship models for the 2012 boating season: Azimut 45, Azimut 60 and Azimut 62S Italia. Taking full advantage of Apple technology, boat owners, enthusiasts, and curious individuals can tour the new yachts introduced at the most recent boat shows. They can find out about the boats’ most important features and technical specifications and compare the different layout options. Most of all, they can appreciate all the design, comfort, and technological benefits which have always characterised Azimut Yachts over the years, and which here find their ultimate expression. All you have to do is enter this new dimension to discover the secrets of the world’s most fascinating yachts, the epitome of style and Made in Italy quality.
Azimut and Atlantis Open Weekend at Varazze
Azimut Group presents an open Weekend in the Marina di Varazze on the 14th and 15th April, 2012. On that occasion Azimut Group clients will have the chance to see and try both the Azimut and the Atlantis Yachts. Sea trial reservations or visits have to be booked in advanced by sending your request directly to the dealer of your area.
Azimut Reinforces European Leadership
A well-crafted sales and service exclusive agreement with Marina Estrella, the leading distributor in Spain. Azimut Yachts has recently entered into an important partnership with Marina Estrella, the Spain’s leading boat distributor. The agreement underscores the strategic importance of the Iberian market, one which has for years welcomed boat owners from all over Europe. With 20 sales and service centres and more than 30 years experience in marketing the world’s major boating brands, Marina Estrella is Spain’s largest pleasure-boat distributor.The agreement further confirms Azimut Yachts’ lead role as a worldwide ambassador of Made in Italy quality and design. Azimut Yachts and the Spanish dealer Marina Estrella - founded in 1972 by Jose Estrella – both share the passion and commitment of an entire family, who believes in the power of human resourcefulness. Through its Azimut yacht sales and service activities, Marina Estrella joins the ranks of existing dealers Hermanos Berga and Marina Marbella, already well-established resources for Azimut Yachts customers in Spain. In this way, with already over 25 sales and service centres throughout the Iberian region, the capacity to service the Azimut brand continues to grow.
Baglietto Shipyard Under New Management
Baglietto, historical shipyard based in La Spezia, announces a new management that run the yard towards the recovery plan which will lead the famous “Seagull” brand again into the yachting hall of fame. Since 1st February 2012 Diego Michele Deprati established himself as the new Mananging Director of Baglietto shipyard; close to him as Production Director, Angelo Giaccone. They will be in charge of the tough and challenging goal to restore the glorious past of the iconic Italian brand Baglietto. Diego Michele Deprati can boast a notable curriculum vitae: born in 1963, a phd in engineering, after covering power roles in the Italian Navy he worked for more than 20 years in the Mondo group covering many different important roles and in 2001 he was appointed as Managing Director (directly looking after the sales as well) of Mondo Marine shipyard. Together with him, since the very beginning of this adventure, Angelo Giaccone, 49 years old, a background in the world industry and more than 20 years of experience as Production Director. A new challenge that both of them took over with enthusiasm and passion. After so many years spent together and so many experience shared, this well-established team bases itself on three major words: firmness, seriousness and capacity.
Belize Makes World Debut
The new Australian owned-and-designed luxury marque, Belize Motoryachts will make its world boat show debut at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with the world release of the new Belize 52 Hardtop. Belize Motoryachts co-founder and Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the new Belize 52 would be on show at the Riviera display located on F Arm. The limited-edition, semi-custom Belize 52 is an elegant 52’10” (16.10 metre) cruiser, engineered with perfection for the boating aficionado who not only appreciates tradition and timeless style (the Belize draws its aesthetic inspiration from the classic European timber-based boats of the Art Deco era), but also the quality assurance that comes inherently with the bespoke craftsmanship process and the latest technology. Created in two variations (single-level, sports yacht-style Hardtop, and split-level Day Bridge), the svelte and stately Belize 52 has a limited production output of just nine boats in the next twelve months growing to a maximum output of 30 per year by 2015. The luxury-positioned Belize, named after the inspiring Caribbean boating destination, is expected to appeal to a different segment of the luxury boating market – enthusiasts that have owned various other boats from production to traditional. Even sailboat owners that now want to move into power boating for all of its convenience, but want something different and bespoke to reflect their individual tastes, as well as the latest modern technology have expressed an interest.
Bertram Hatteras Shoot Out 2012
The Bertram-Hatteras Shootout, the heralded 32-year running fishing tournament managed by Bertram Yacht, Hatteras Yacht, Allied Marine and Marine Max, has been collectively reorganized to be held in 2013 as a biannual fishing tournament by the sponsoring Shootout committee. The deep heritage of the invitational Bertram-Hatteras Shootout will remain embedded in the core of the tournament and like most quality events, relished in tradition and history, the Bertram- Hatteras Shootout will be held once every other year and become a more diversified tournament.
Ferretti Group 2012 Convergance
The 2012 edition of “Convergence” ended on 16th March. “Convergence” is the training and refresher Master Course that the Ferretti Group - a world leader in the construction of luxury motor yachts with a unique portfolio of the most prestigious and exclusive brands in the nautical world - devotes every year to the Captains and Chief Engineers of its boats and vessels. The eighth edition of this meeting was held in the beautiful setting of Lake Garda, and included a far-reaching programme extending over four days and focusing in particular on onboard safety and the management of emergencies, as well as on the importance of having a thorough knowledge of the craft and its technologies. The technical sessions, organised in cooperation with the Ferretti Group’s leading Technology Partners, dealt with a wide range of subjects and were eagerly followed by over 120 participants. The lectures held by MTU, ZF, Onan, Rina, Condaria, Flir, Gianneschi, Idromar and Naviop were particularly appreciated by the attendees; their main goal was to illustrate the state-of-the-art in the technologically innovative systems installed on the Ferretti Group's yachts, as well as to explain how a close cooperation between the Partners and the Group from the very early stages of product development can result both in top-quality products and in easier management and maintenance by onboard personnel. Besides theoretical sessions, technical-training demonstrations were also held in the various dedicated corners set up by the Partners Fluiten, OceanLed and Rolla, while during the dinner on Wednesday night Flir made an unusual night demonstration of their thermal imaging cameras. On the same occasion, all participants could taste and enjoy the wines of Consorzio Tutela del Bardolino, Jack Daniel's spirits and Davidoff's cigars.The training was further enriched by the visits to some historical nautical companies located on Lake Iseo, particularly the legendary Cantieri Riva and Cantieri RAM, in Sarnico, as well as a visit to Besenzoni and to the boatyard and showroom of Nautica Casarola in Peschiera del Garda, where - on the last day of the Convergence meeting - the certificates of attendance were handed over to all participants. Two themes that are closely related to the recent events that occurred in Italy, the management of onboard emergencies and safety, were at the core of the opening lecture held by the RINA, devoted to life-saving appliances and ship abandonment procedures. The Captains and Chief Engineers also took part in a team building video-shooting activity which inspired some in-depth reflection and a very interesting debate during the round table chaired by Eng. Roberto Martinoli, one of the leading experts in this field, the Italian delegate of the European Cruise Council and the Managing Director of Grandi Navi Veloci. “Convergence” is thus confirming, year after year, it is an unmissable training opportunity and one of the most enthralling activities for the entire Ferretti Group, which constantly aims to strengthen a sense of belonging and closeness as well as to ensure that “its” sea professionals are always in the lead in terms of training and skills.
Ferretti Custom Line for Chinese Client
Ferretti Custom Line, Ferretti Group brand operating within the production of fibreglass maxi-yachts measuring 26 to 38 metres, announces the launching of the Custom Line 112’ Next, a 34 metre vessel in the planing category and the twenty-eighth model of the 112 inch models. The launching ceremony, strictly organized in private, was held at the shipyard of the Group in Ancona with a traditional baptism during which a bottle of champagne was shattered on the keel: 21st March, a special day for the launching of the maxi yacht, marks the official opening of the 2012 boating season. Present at the launching, together with the senior management, amongst whom was Lamberto Tacoli, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of the Ferretti Group, were the ship owners of the new 112’Next: the Chinese society of the real estate Xanadu South China Sea. In fact, the 112’ NEXT will have a specific use, it will be one of the attractions at the avail of the guests of the luxurious real estate and tourist complex of Xanadu South China Sea, which is being built on the island of Hainan, and it will also be one of the biggest maxi yachts, manufactured in a European shipyard,to sail in Chinese waters. The boat will therefore have a leading role in guaranteeing added value to a structure that will be one of the most important resorts of the South of China, consisting of a 5 star hotel, many beautiful villas, a spa, a conference centre, a helicopter landing pad and a private yacht marina. The island of Hainan, with its lush unpolluted nature, is considered to be the best tourist destination for the new elite of the land of the rising sun.
Fipa Group Respect the Enviroment
Fipa Group shipyards are using these times of uncertainty to their advantage by investing in technological progress and innovation thereby openly declaring their continuous dedication to a modern society which is in constant evolution. The respect for the environment (the company is certified UNI EN ISO 14001:2004) and reduction in energy consumption are necessities which are felt even more strongly in the current key period and they have encouraged the Group to look for innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of its constructions. At first, attention was turned towards interior outfitting: natural materials were introduced for furnishings and upholstery and their use was then further extended to insulation purposes. Furthermore, innovative solutions were also sought for the propulsion with the objective of reducing consumptions in respect of the environment while considerably increasing efficiency and comfort on board. In light of that, the Group has been studying and developing models with hybrid propulsion, a new line for the venerable MAIORA brand which will revolutionize life on sea with propulsion packages making use of the very latest and most advanced technologies. Care for the environment - reduction in consumption of up to 20% - reduction of the environmental impact - are absolute imperatives of our modern society in which Fipa Group remains firmly rooted.
Gulf Craft Celebrates Thirtieth Anniversary
Thirty Years of Dedication. Dedication to our customers’ satisfaction, to the marine industry, to the development of our wide product range, to the creation of a sustainable and scalable business model. It’s about passion, passion for yachting, and for making this business a global success. Thirty Years in the creation of a legacy. A story against all odds, of creating luxury superyachts on the edge of the desert, located between East and West, about perseverance and care for detail, about an unrelenting resolve to be counted among the best in our business worldwide. Gulf Craft. 30 years young. There is a lot more to come
Jarrett Bay Authorized Dealer for Volvo
Jarrett Bay Boatworks, one of the mid-Atlantic's largest full-service marine facilities, has expanded their offerings with the recently signed Volvo Penta Authorized Dealer agreement. Vessels of all classes transiting the waters between Wanchese & Wilmington, North Carolina may now look to one of boating's most respected operations for sales and service of Volvo Penta's state-of-the-art power systems.
Mulder New 2012 Brochures
A range of new brochures has just been published showcasing the various Mulder Shipyard models available. You can download them as a .pdf file on the Mulder web site in the following languages; Dutch, English, and Russian of your choice. Four seperate brochures have been made for each of the Mulder series style of yachts and cruisers; Convertible, Favorite, Flybridge, and Wheelhouse.
Mulder New Yard Construction well Underway
Construction of our new yard in Zoeterwoude Rijndijk is well underway. All the deep foundations have been embedded into the ground and the contractor has started laying the concrete floors of the dry dock. The yard will be ready for use by the end of this year. This state-of-the-art facility will cover an area of 7000 square metres and be focused on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts between 18 and 40 metres. Our current yard in Voorschoten will be used for maintenance activities and the construction of smaller boats. This state-of-the-art facility will cover an area of 7000 square metres and be focused on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts between 18 and 40 metres. Our current yard in Voorschoten will be used for maintenance activities and the construction of smaller boats.
Mulder Refit Services
In the new yard Mulder Shipyard will also offer you even more refit options. At Mulder we see every refit as a matter of teamwork. Our designers, engineers and craftsmen will partner with you to ensure that your yacht entirely reflects your personal style and needs. Whether it involves a new paint job, upgraded technical systems, a new propulsion system, the latest navigation equipment or new interior woodwork, a first-class finish and result is assured using the very latest techniques and finest materials. The wide range of yachts built and refitted by Mulder over the decades are a testimony to our adaptability and inventiveness. The two new dry docks will offer everything required for yachts of up to 45 metres. Contact us to discuss the options for creating something very special together. You can also visit us in our refit stand at the METS exhibition later this year.
Nordhavn Miami Roundup
Nordhavn enjoyed one of its busiest shows in years at last month’s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. Nordhavn 64 Sweetwater provided an excellent example of Nordhavn quality and craftsmanship. On February 17th, the company hosted its annual Miami show Nordhavn Owners gathering. About 50 current owners, some past owners and even some prospective owners assembled at the Nordhavn display for some beverages, conversation and camaraderie. Topics trending within the crowd were discussions of possible owner-organized rendezvous: one, a summer gathering in Nova Scotia; the other, a 2013 winter/spring get-together in the Bahamas. Typical Nordhavn fare!
Overmarine Launch Mangusta 165 Number Seven
Overmarine Group launched this morning the latest Mangusta165 hull number 7. The event has taken place at the Overmarine Dock in Viareggio in a private way and hosted by the Owner and his friends, the management and the people that accurately worked at building up this MegaYacht. Mangusta 165 is the fastest MaxiOpen Yacht in the world and a real success for Overmarine Group. The Yacht will be soon delivered to his Owner and she will cruise in the Mediterranean sea. In September she will be shipped to United States in time to be displayed at the next Fort LauderdaleBoat Show. When Ovemarine Group started the production of Mangusta Yachts they already knew they were going to face a challenge, the one building Maxi Open. The challenge has been won with Mangusta 165 and now there is 7 Yachts of them all around the seas. This 50 meter Yacht that performs at 40 knots is the perfect boat in terms of spaces layout,state-of-the-art technologies, peak performances, care to details but above allcomfort on board. Overmarine controls directly the full production process from lamination to the finished product. The name of the 165 number seven is still confidential. 2012 is the 5th anniversary of this model and there is no better way to celebrate this event with the launch of its 7th hull
Overmarine New Premises Nearly Ready
Overmaine new facility which represents a fundamental step in the growth of Group has almost been completed. Located in the area of the Darsena Pisana (Pisa wet dock) on a total surface area of 22,000m², it counts four buildings making a total internal surface area of 9,000m² which are 20 metres in height. Huge spaces, suited to building and fitting out yachts measuring 60 metres and over, are perfectly equipped with bridge cranes, aerial work platforms, suction systems and well-equipped metal carpentry and joinery departments. Split into different work areas, this is the ideal environment for a cutting-edge structure. All the Overmarine Group needed was premises that were spacious enough to enable it to launch itself on the mega-yacht market. The know-how and professionalism that have always characterised the Group will immediately be put to good use at the shipyard, giving shape to the new icon of the Group and luxury pleasure boating: the innovative Mangusta 205. This will be followed by the construction of other custom-built aluminium and steel mega-yachts, new Mega-Open yachts to complete the Maxi Open range (from 72’ to 165’), and the displacement yacht Flying Bridge Mangusta Oceano 148. Inauguration of the facility has been planned for June 2012.
Princess Yachts South East Asia
Princess Yachts International plc is delighted to announce the creation of ‘Princess Yachts South East Asia’, incorporating a new partnership led by Princess Yachts Thailand, part of the Phuket Boat Lagoon Group of companies. Princess Yachts South East Asia will amalgamate Boat Lagoon Yachting with offices in Malaysia led by Ms Shi Lin Oh and Mr Oh Kean Shen; operations in Singapore with Mr Alan Pickering; and sales and service facilities in Indonesia with Mr Kris Pramono.
Ranger Tugs New Chesapeake Dealer
Fluid Motion has announced a transition in the representation of its Ranger Tugs dealership in the Chesapeake region which will provide many benefits to the area's trailerable yacht enthusiasts. Mark and Tony Schulstad, owners of Mass Enterprises and Cutwater Marine Sales have acquired Chesapeake Ranger Tugs formerly owned by Chuck Wistar. Cutwater Marine Sales is part of a yacht dealership based in Grasonville, MD, and Mark will retain the Chesapeake Ranger Tugs office in Annapolis, MD. Both locations will give customers access to Ranger Tug and Cutwater Yacht models. In addition to keeping the Annapolis office operational, Chuck Wistar will remain part of the organization in a sales, marketing and strategic planning role. His years as a Ranger Tug dealer in the Chesapeake region have resulted in a rapid expansion of owners in the Bay area and he will continue to serve Ranger Tug owners and prospects as well as Cutwater customers. The existing Cutwater Marine Sales team includes two dedicated sales associates as well as a service team headed by Tony Schulstad and is responsible for servicing, warranty work, electronics installations and maintenance and outfitting. The management of both companies under Mass Enterprises, LLC provides owners access to all these services out of the Grasonville location. As a joint business, Cutwater Marine Sales and Chesapeake Ranger Tugs will be responsible for sales and service for owners in the entire Chesapeake Bay region including the Baltimore/Washington, DC Metro area, Annapolis and the Delmarva peninsula.
Riva at Saks Man Weekend
Ferretti Group’s Iconic Riva brand was present during the prestigious Saks Men’s Authentic Luxury Weekend on March 23 till 25, 2012. The weekend highlighted artisans from all the top men’s vendors around the world including Riva to showcase the elegance and craftsmanship’s of their brands. Riva had an exquisite booth tailored specifically for this event showcasing the elegance and craftsmanship of this iconic and timeless brand along with a private showcase of Riva’s newest yacht creations in the Saks Men VIP lounge on the 6th floor. Riva product Manager for North America Giuseppe Meneghetti was also available for questions.
Riviera Officially Exits Receivership
Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder officially announced this afternoon to the company’s staff and contractors that a sale transaction had been completed earlier in the day. This sale will allow Riviera to officially exit receivership and move positively forward under private ownership. Longhurst Marine Holdings Pty Ltd, a Queensland based investment company has purchased the Riviera assets, work in progress and associated companies for an undisclosed amount. Longhurst Marine Holdings has offered employment to the majority of Riviera staff and contractors and has also entered into a long-term lease for Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of the-art Coomera manufacturing facility. Rodney Longhurst, the Managing Director of Longhurst Marine Holdings is well known in Queensland business circles having developed an investment portfolio in tourism and property. Mr Longhurst already has a significant investment in the boating industry in the 9.2-hectare marine service facility “The Boat Works” located on the Coomera River within the Gold Coast Marine Precinct. Mr Longhurst said the inherent strength of Riviera in the face of recent global market forces was the key factor that drew his interest in acquiring the business. Free of Receivership constraints, Riviera will now move through a restructure and recapitalisation process to prepare the company for future growth opportunities. Part of this process will be the creation of a new senior management team to drive the business forward. Wes Moxey, the former CEO of Riviera and a veteran of 26 years with the company has been asked to return immediately as CEO. After taking a 12-month sabbatical from the boating industry, Mr Moxey has spent the past 18 months immersed in the development of a new line of limited edition Motoryachts called Belize. The Belize Motoryacht line will shortly be offered through the Riviera global dealer network of 46 dealers’ spaning 66 countries. Stephen Milne has been Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications for the past nine years. Prior to his full time employment in 2004, Mr Milne was a contractor in marketing services for many years to Riviera. Mr Milne has been appointed as Director of Brand and Sales. Chris Gilfoyle who has enjoyed a 20-year career with Riviera on the production side of the business has been appointed as Head of Manufacturing.
Riviera Six Months Sales Record
Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has recorded its best sales results in six months both domestically and internationally with the contracting of 12 new boat sales totalling AUD$13.9 million for the month of February. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said this was a tremendous result and proof the luxury boat market was gaining confidence and momentum in both Australia and the United Sates. Riviera’s brand strength and superior design and build quality continues to defy industry sales trends. The boats sold in February are destined for owners in Australia, the US and Latin America. The models sold in February were two 4400 Sport Yacht Series IIs, one 47 Enclosed Flybridge, one 43 Open Flybridge, five 5000 Sport Yachts, two 63 Enclosed Flybridges and two 53 Enclosed Flybridges. Riviera is now preparing for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the inaugural Riviera Festival from May 24 to 27 to be held at the company’s Coomera manufacturing facility. The new 75 Enclosed Flybridge will make her world debut at the Riviera Festival where a full line-up of 16 individual models valued at AUD$23 million will also be on display. The Festival will also include a Premium Brokerage Showcase featuring a wide range of selected pre-loved Riviera models.
Riviera at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder will showcase its most popular models at the 24th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which will be held from May 24-27. Included in the Riviera line up at this year’s show will be the stunning 5800 Sport Yacht which has sold 23 boats to date, the 5000 Sport Yacht which has sold 46 boats and the 43 Open Flybridge which has sold 35 boats since its world release at the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. As one of the shows founding exhibitors, Riviera enjoys a 24 year history at Sanctuary Cove and will be in their familiar location at the beginning of F Marina. Riviera’s director of brand and sales Stephen Milne said the multi-award winning company was anticipating another successful boat show following the encouraging results in Miami, USA. The Riviera display will also feature some of the latest marine navigation and desalination equipment from R Electronics. Managing director Errol Cain has supervised the installation of marine electronic systems into thousands of luxury cruisers in his 24 years experience and looks forward to the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. R Electronics will have an experienced technician at the display to assist with all electronics and systems enquiries. The Riviera Syndication team will be on board their Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht which has limited shares remaining in boats located in Sydney, Sanctuary Cove and Hamilton Island. Riviera Syndication managing director John Russell said the 5800 Sport Yacht had been their most successful model in the past two years.
Sunreef Shortlisted for International Yacht and Aviation Award
Two Sunreef luxury catamarans have been shortlisted for the 2012 edition of the International Yacht and Aviation Awards organized by the UK-based design magazine, Design et al. The popular 70 Sunreef Power has been nominated in the Best Power Yacht up to 40 meters category, and the famous superyacht Sunreef 114 CHE has been selected for the Best Yacht Interior Design category. The online voting process is open now.
Sunseeker Celebrate New Poole Era
Around 2,000 spectators gathered to watch the grand opening ceremony of the Twin Sails Bridge, on Friday the 9th of March 2012. A flotilla of stunning boats passed through the bridge, including a Sunseeker Predator 84, to commemorate the official opening of the new bridge. Evening entertainment was provided for the crowds, including a musical accompaniment from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood band. Live music and street entertainment commenced later in the evening on the quayside, culminating in a grand finale fireworks display, which brought the celebrations to an end well into the night. The ceremony took place to mark the conclusion of a 40-year dream for a second Poole Harbour crossing.
Sunseeker Congratulate Rallye Success
It was victorious day for Mark Donnelly and Dai Roberts.The Northern Irishman raced through the forests of Dorset and Hampshire with co-driver Dai Roberts to take the title on his Renault Clio R3 in a time of 1:07:06.0. Rallye Sunseeker, the largest Motorsport event in the south of England's sporting calendar, took place over the 24th and 25th of February 2012. Organised by Southern Car Club Ltd, Sunseeker was the official title sponsor for the 14th year running. The Rallye kicked off in the presence of the Mayor of Poole at Poole Quay on Friday the 24th of February, home to Sunseeker's headquarters and is said to have attracted over 8,000 spectators. Somerley Park, which was home to the Vale Motors Somerley Experience and Motorfair was blessed with sunshine on the race day which was held on the Saturday. Cars reached more than 100mph on fast stretches, and spectators were given the chance to get close to the action. Around 2,000 fans gathered by Bournemouth Pier to witness winners Mark Donnelly and Dai Roberts, who beat runners-up Desi Henry and Niall Burns in a Citroen DS3 by almost 2 minutes, take part in the traditional Champagne spray on the podium, attended by the Mayor of Bournemouth.
Wider at Palm Beach 2012
Wider is a yachting company founded in 2010 by Tilli Antonelli. After its very well received debut at the Fort Lauderdale and Miami International Boat Shows, the company together with its North American distributor, Wider Yachts USA continuies its voyage through the States with the Palm Beach International Boat Show attendance on 22nd to 25th March, 2012.