January 31, 2013

Monthly News - January 2013

-pic of the month- Mulder New Yard Update

Admiral Tecnomar Announces Acquisition
Admiral Tecnomar, Italian company leader in the project and construction of large luxury yachts, announces to have completed the acquisition of Nuovi Cantieri Apuania, company active in shipbuilding, from Invitalia, the Italian National Agency for attraction of investments and enterprise development of Ministry of Economy and Finance. As a result of this action rises The Italian Sea Group – one of the biggest conglomerate groups in Italian boating. Three different hubs belong to this group: Admiral Tecnomar - hub of luxury yachts and sail; NCA - hub of high-tech value shipbuilding industry; NCA Refit - active in refitting for large ships and yachts. Contextually to the acquisition, Admiral Tecnomar presented an industrial plan characterized by three development routes: The consolidation of core business of mega yachts in aluminum and steel. The development of activities in shipbuilding placing the attention on high-tech constructions. The development of the particularly promising business of refitting and service for large ships and yachts, in partnership with high-qualified international brokers, collaboration that Admiral Tecnomar has been conducting for a long time. In virtue of such an industrial plan, the actual occupational levels will be preserved thanks to the engagement in maintaining all 150 workers within the next two years. Furthermore, new investments in the NCA area are expected for about 8 million Euros. The company is today in expansion and has become in a few years a reference point within the luxury boating sector. dmiral Tecnomar is pleased to announce the sale of a new 35-metre displacement yacht of the “Classique” custom series. Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the “Classique 35” features 5 staterooms to accommodate 10 guests in extreme comfort and is due for delivery in summer 2014. The brand Admiral characterizes yachts from 35 to 80 meters of high-class and prestigious features whereas the brand Tecnomar yachts from 30 to 49 with features of sportivity and high-performance, combined to a highly refined design. Despite the economic results obtained from the former properties, in the last three years Admiral Tecnomar registered a stable sales volume, which today attests 25 million Euros and a significant improvement of indicators which mark the positive operative management. In detail, from a loss of 10 million Euros in 2008, the 2011 counts a profit of 1 million Euro; the net worth transformed from a negative situation of 8 million Euros in 2008 to a positive change of 5 million Euros in 2011; the EBITDA, which in 2008 was negative for 6,3 million Euros, in 2011 has reached the positive goal of 4,5 million Euros.


Bayliner Big Sales Event
Bayliner brings back the Big Deal Sales Event back for 2013, and with the discounts available on select models of the US builder range. Through February 28, Bayliner has slashed prices on nearly every model in the award-winning fleet, including best-selling runabouts and affordable Cruisers.


Brunswick Announces Plans to Exit Hatteras and Cabo
Brunswick Corporation has announced that its board of directors has authorized the Company to seek a buyer for its Hatteras and CABO brands of motoryachts and sportfishing convertibles. This action reflects decision to exit the sportfishing convertible category and to concentrate resources in the yacht segment on remaining brands, Sea Ray and Meridian Yachts. When completed, this action will also contribute to the goal of a break-even or better Boat Segment in 2013, even if the larger sterndrive/inboard fiberglass markets do not improve said Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy. The current plan assumes that the eventual purchaser will retain both the physical plant and the talented workforce of Hatteras/CABO. During the sale process, which we seek to complete in an expeditious manner, Hatteras and CABO will maintain ongoing operations, and we will keep our employees and dealer network informed of our progress. As a result of this decision, the Company expects to record charges in the range of $70 to 80 million, a majority of which will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2012. Brunswick purchased Hatteras Yachts in 2001 and CABO in 2006. Both are based in New Bern, N.C.


Cigarette Unveils Technology Project
You can count on Cigarette Racing Team always delivering something hot and new at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. This year, the manufacturer of the iconic luxury performance boats will make a revolutionary unveiling, expanding the latest news in technology and power, in conjunction with automotive performance giant, Mercedes AMG. The groundbreaking, technology-intensive joint design study will be unveiled at a press conference to be held on Thursday morning at 10:45 AM at the Miami Beach Convention Center. While the AMG-Cigarette Technology Project will be a focus of the weekend show, the newest in the 2013 Cigarette model lineup will also provide the  show attraction.

 
CRN Celebrate Launch with 3000 People
Great celebrations involving 3,000 people including institutional representatives, VIPs, the Shipyard’s employees, the entire Management of the Ferretti Group, and many citizens (to whom the Shipyard was exceptionally opened) were held this morning in Ancona for the launch of the new flagship CRN 129 “Chopi Chopi”, which - with its 80 metres of steel and aluminium - is the largest pleasure vessel ever built by CRN and one of the biggest ones ever produced in Italy. CRN is the Ferretti Group’s Shipyard specialising in the construction and sale of fully-custom and semi-custom megayachts in steel, aluminium and fibreglass ranging between 40 and 90 metres in length. The M/Y Chopi Chopi is a megayacht, entirely built at the Ancona Shipyard, whose value exceeds 80 million Euros. It is the 129th pleasure vessel built by CRN, which in 2013 will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and is thus celebrating a really historic moment: this yacht has indeed broken the previous record of 72 metres set by the “Azteca”, which was launched in 2009 and, until yesterday, was the largest yacht built so far by CRN. The building of Chopi Chopi required approximately 660 thousand working hours. A large number of local suppliers was resorted to for its construction. Both the architectural firm in charge of the yacht’s exterior lines and interior layout - Studio Zuccon International Project - and the one that took care of interior design and furnishings - Studio Laura Sessa - are Italian, confirming the value of this megayacht and its being a world-class, entirely made-in-Italy product, bound to represent Italy’s outstanding shipbuilding industry all over the world. The launching ceremony, open to the whole city of Ancona, was attended by CRN’s Chairman and CEO, Lamberto Tacoli, the Chairman of the Ferretti Group and the Weichai Group, Tan Xuguang, and the Ferretti Group’s CEO, Ferruccio Rossi, as well as by several public authorities including the Chinese Ambassador in Italy, Ding Wei, the President of the Marche Region Council, Gian Mario Spacca, Ancona’s Mayor, Fiorello Gramillano, and many leading Italian industrialists and entrepreneurs, headed by the President of Ucina-Confidustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Industry Association), Anton Francesco Albertoni. .


Grand Banks New Great Lakes Dealer
Grand Banks is proud to announce we have a new dealership to represent the brand in the Great Lakes region. Bay Marine will cover the western territory of the Great Lakes, while Galati Yacht Sales will represent Grand Banks on the eastern territory. Located in Sturgeon Bay, Bay Marine is currently building up their website, and we will update our website as soon as this information is available.


Horizon Ranks in Top Ten Shipyards
ShowBoats International recently released their December 2013 Global Order Book update, which reports on yachts 24m (80 feet) and above currently on order or under construction around the world, and Horizon is pleased to announced we ranked 10th in the top ten largest shipyards with 15 yachts under construction totaling 449 meters (1,473 feet) in length. Of the 15 Horizon yachts currently being built, seven yachts are 30-36.4 meters (100 -120 feet) and eight yachts are 24.9 -28.5 meters (81-94 feet) - the average length of yachts under construction among all shipyards in the Global Order Book is 40.63 meters (133.4 feet), but the 24-40 meter (80 - 132) size range occupies the largest segment of new orders. Taiwan also ranked number six in the top 10 yacht manufacturing countries, showing 41 yachts/1,255 meters (4,117.6 feet) under construction. Horizon has maintained a position in the 2013 Global Order Book top ten shipyards list for the past few years, a feat we are proud of in today's global economic conditions, and we fully expect 2013 to bring a wave of new orders for Horizon's luxury yacht collection.


Mulder New Yard Update
Work on our facilities in Zoeterwoude Rijndijk is nearing completion. The large overhead doors were installed a few weeks ago and the first dry dock is now in use. The outer façades and rest of the exterior of the new yard are completely finished and work is in process on the interior. This includes the installation of machinery and cranes, the finishing of the canteen and sanitary facilities, and the furnishing of the office. Moreover, the 100-tonne crane, which will later be used for launching yachts, was recently taken into use. The moving of the machinery from the old to the new site has also started. It is expected that the new yard will be fully operational on 1 February 2013. While the yard construction is still in its final phase, the first hulls have already arrived at the new facility. The hull of the Mulder 98 Flybridge was taken into the dry dock at the end of last year, and the hull of the new Mulder 75 Wheelhouse arrived last week. Both yachts will have an aluminium hull and superstructure, and will be the first to be completed at the new facilities. The hull of the special edition Mulder 94 Voyager will also arrive at the new site later this year.  

Mulder Maintenance Opportunities
In addition to new builds, the new facilities will also focus on the maintenance and refitting of yachts. The Mulder 59 Convertible MY Sunrise and Mulder 82 Flybridge Lady Tes arrived at the new yard for maintenance and refit work a few weeks ago. The Mulder 73 Wheelhouse MY Float, which is up for sale, is also moored at the yard. Mulder Shipyard sees every refit as a matter of teamwork. Our designers, engineers and craftsmen stand ready to ensure that every yacht is fully restored to the personal style and needs of the owner. Whether it is a fresh paint job, upgrading of technical systems, a new propulsion set-up, the latest navigation equipment or new joinery, you are assured of first class workmanship, the latest technology and the finest possible materials.


Nordhavn on the Small Screen
Nordhavn is coming to a television near you! Epic Yachts, a new series on the estination America Channel will feature the gorgeous Nordhavn 76 Tortuga. Spotlighting the beautiful features and enormous capability of this boat, Epic Yachts zeroes in on what makes Nordhavns amongst the most revered boats in the industry. From drawing board to maiden voyage, producers follow the evolution of Tortuga, focusing on the design and layout, construction and craftsmanship, as well as fit, finish and styling. The episode brings to light some of Tortuga’s more unique touches including her exotic materials and custom interior decor. The episode begins airing February 4th. The Destination America Channel is a subsidiary of the Discovery Channel.

Nordhavn on Big Screen
The documentary The Other Side of the Ice produced and directed by Nordhavn owner Sprague Theobald, will make its premier in New York next month. The film follows Theobald and his able-bodied crew (including son, stepson and stepdaughter) aboard his Nordhavn 57, Bagan, as they attempt to transit the Arctic's infamous Northwest Passage. The journey began as a cause-driven adventurer’s calling to not only fulfill the failed mission of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845, but also shed light on the environmental and political impacts a proposed industrialized invasion of the strait would have on the native people and endangered Polar Bears that inhabit the region. As the film plays out however, the drama shifts focus on to Theobald and his crew, who not only face the dangers of being trapped in large ice fields but also the perils of onboard unrest. Theobald has spent five years on his labor of love, from filming to painstaking editing of the film and is thrilled about its impending debut. The official opening of The Other Side of The Ice happens March 8 at The Quad Cinema in New York City where it will run for a week. Nordhavn president, Dan Streech, had the opportunity to screen an advance copy of the documentary earlier this week. Streech, along with other P.A.E. management, spent months prior to departure discussing the Arctic exploration with Theobald – with very real intentions of accompanying him. But circumstances thwarted those plans so he was forced to watch and follow the adventure online with awe, envy and often great concern. And when Bagan successfully and safely completed its mission, an overwhelming sense of relief and pride filled Streech, who identifies Theobald as a close friend.

Nordhavn Book Re-edited for Third Time
The book that served as inspiration to the owners of Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., a foundation to the concept of the Nordhavn 46, has been re-edited for a third time and is now available in hard copy form. The iconic Voyaging Under Power written by Capt. Robert Beebee introduced to the world that global passagemaking – once believed to be a luxury only enjoyed by sailors – was accessible and achievable in the right power boat. The book was first published in 1975 and it revolutionized the powerboating industry. It encapsulated the thinking of Jim Leishman, vice president of P.A.E., who applied his own similar philosophy to the creation of the Nordhavn brand of long-distance trawlers. In 1994, the publishers of Voyaging Under Power tapped Leishman to re-edit the book, after Beebee had revised it himself years prior. And now the fourth edition of the book – which is often referred to as the passagemaker’s bible has been published. This time revised by Dennis Ulmstod, a long-time boater who has spent decades cruising on long-range cruising power boats, including a successful crossing of the Atlantic on his Beebee Passagemaker called Teka III.


Ocean Alexander Celebrates 35 Years
Alexander Marine, the manufacturer of Ocean Alexander yachts, is celebrating 35 years of boat building. Alex Chueh established Alexander Marine in 1978. He started building boats before then, but formally created Alexander Marine upon meeting renowned naval architect, Ed Monk, Jr., and established a model line exclusively designed by Monk for Alexander Marine. This practice was a pioneer in the industry during this early stage of boat building in Taiwan. In the past 35 years, Alexander Marine evolved from building small trawlers in the 40’ range to building megayachts such as the Ocean Alexander120. Now, under the leadership of Alex’s son, John Chueh, Alexander Marine is continuing on the path of advancement; implementing design and material changes to stay competitive in the ever-changing boating industry. To celebrate this meaningful anniversary, Alexander Marine has created a generous sales promotion with complimentary upgrades for all models in 2013. The 35th Anniversary Sales Promotion runs from January 1 to December 31, 2013 and is applicable towards all new Ocean Alexander yachts ordered from the factory through an Ocean Alexander sales office.


Princess Successful Evening

Princess Yachts International enjoyed yet another successful evening at the annual IPC Marine Media’s Motor Boat of the Year Awards where the Princess V39, which has received high praise from the worlds boating media since her launch last year, picked up the coveted title of ‘Motor Boat of the Year’ for Sportscruisers up to 45ft. This latest award demonstrates how Princess are continuing to lead the way in the competitive performance motor yacht sector with the Princess V52, V62 and V45 V Class sports yacht having all claimed the title of best sportscruiser in previous years. Managing Director Chris Gates was delighted with the accolade. The V39’s award winning performance has been achieved by using the latest resin infusion technology to produce the hull and decks to reduce weight, increase torsional strength and improve efficiency. This coupled with a unique hull design and powerful Volvo D6-330 engines ensures the new V39 is both exhilarating and economical with quick transition to plane and highly efficient cruising speeds. Her interior is incredibly light and spacious and, as with every Princess, she is finished with the finest materials, craftsmanship and detailing throughout providing the feeling of a much larger craft. This is not the first award for the V39 either with the model claiming the title of Best Import Motoryacht 30-40ft at the AIM Media Marine Group Editor's Choice Award 2012.


Sunseeker Open Marine Technology Center
We are pleased to announce that the Marine Technology Centre based at the Bournemouth and Poole College was officially opened yesterday by Wayne Moore, Operations Director of Sunseeker International. As well as learning more about the Marine Apprenticeships and higher level qualifications, guests had the opportunity to view the students' work, look around the new centre and watch both the apprentices and lectures in action using the latest state of the art equipment.

Sunseeker Bike Ride Milestone

The London Boat Show was the venue chosen to announce the result of the 2012 Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride and launch the appeal for cyclists to take part in the 2013 event, which takes place on Sunday 7th July. Ride Organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls presented a cheque for £72,273 to Macmillan Cancer Support's Chief Executive Ciarán Devane. The amount raised in 2012 was significant as it brought the total raised by the event to £1 million since its founding. This year will be another significant year for the charity cycle ride as it celebrates 25 years. Cyclists will be encouraged to sign up for a special 25 mile ride taking them through Charborough Park. The usual other rides will be on offer including the 10, 38, 48, 60 and of course the Macmillan Dorset 100 mile challenge ride. Joining Peter at the presentation were Operations Director Wayne Moore and Group President of Sunseeker International Robert Braithwaite.

Sunseeker Recognized as Best Luxury Brand
Sunseeker International are delighted to have won the 'Best Luxury Yacht Brand' award during the 9th Hurun 'Best of the Best' Awards held in Shanghai earlier this year. The stunning Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht also received the "Best Motor Yacht under 30M" award for its revolutionary design and engineering performance. The 28 Metre Yacht is the first of an exciting new generation made distinct by the unprecedented wraparound glazing to main deck accommodation and a completely new hull form. With its remarkable outlook design, the Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht provides uninterrupted panoramic views and an exceptionally bright interior, bringing the outside in. Every Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht is unique and tailored to specific customer requirements, ensuring that striking exterior design continues throughout the interior. Hurun Report magazine was founded in 1999, with the "Hurun Rich List" now highlighted as the most lucrative rich list in China. Each year, Hurun Report conducts a survey amongst Chinese millionaires to gauge their opinion on the top luxury brands in the market. Sunseeker emerged top amongst some of the world's finest manufacturers to clinch both awards.

Sunseeker Issued ISM DOC Certificate
Sunseeker International is delighted to announce that it has been issued ISM (DOC) certification. A Document of Compliance (DOC) is issued to a company when the Safety Management System is found to fully comply with the requirements of the ISM Code. Following an MCA audit, the certificate confirms and highlights the company's efforts to meet the requirements of the International Safety Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention. Sunseeker is the only UK yacht manufacturer to receive this certification.

Sunseeker Scoops Best Custom Yacht
The award was announced at a gala evening hosted at London's Savoy on 14th January 2013 to celebrate the best boats in the world today. The stunning Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht beat off competition from some of the world's finest manufacturers from across the world, including Princess, Arcadia and Ferretti. The 28 Metre Yacht, which launched in January 2012, uses ultra-modern materials to reach new heights in design and engineering excellence. Its revolutionary use of space incorporates full height and wrap-around glazing to create a stunning effect both inside and out. The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht was nominated alongside the all-new Portofino 40 in the Best Sports Cruiser category. The Motor Boat of the Year Awards are judged by the world-renowned editorial team at Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat & Yachting magazines.

Sunseeker Raise The Roof
The roof was well and truly raised at London's Excel this morning (12th January) as world-renowned tenor, Alfie Boe, opened the Sunseeker International stand at the 2013 London Boat Show. With a fleet of the latest Sunseeker yachts at his back, Alfie captivated the hall as he delivered a show-stopping performance, including Bridge Over Troubled Water and If I Can Dream. The impressive stand at Excel hosted 11 yachts from the Sunseeker range led by the stunning new Predator 68 and San Remo which made their international premiere in London today. And joining the newest additions to the Sunseeker range is the largest and most expensive boat on show at London; the 115 Sport Yacht alongside the Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht, the Predator 80 and the Portofino 40.


Windy Shortlisted for Motorboat of the Year
Scandinavian boat builder Windy Boats has been shortlisted for the ‘2013 Motor Boat of the Year Awards’ for the Windy 26 Kharma, a stunning weekender which combines exceptional performance with luxurious and versatile on–board living. The 26 Karma has been selected for ‘Best New Boat’ in the ‘Performance & Superboat’ category. The winner was announced at the 2013 London International Boat Show. A successor to the much-lauded 25 Mirage, the 26 Kharma boasts the same superlative deep-vee hull, high performance, and razor sharp handling. However, thanks to new resin-infusion build techniques, the new model delivers more boat for the same weight than its predecessor.

Vicem Yachts New US North East Dealer
Vicem Yachts - Americas, announces the appointment of Boston Yacht Sales as the Northeast dealer for the U.S. representing Vicem in New England and New York. At the helm of the family owned business is Michael Myers, a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, Past President and Past Board Member of YBAA. Rhonda Corey-Myers, coordinates business development and events for the dealership. Together with a team of respected marine consultants in both locations, yard welcome them to the Vicem dealer network. Since 1953 Boston Yacht Sales has been recognized as New England’s sport-fishing and cruising center, representing premiere lines from 24 to 100 plus feet and featuring select pre-owned and brokerage yachts. Boston Yacht Sales has two locations offering complete service and marina facilities; at the 200-slip Tern Harbor Marina, 12 miles south of Boston and at MacDougalls' Cape Cod Marine in Falmouth, which serves as a gateway for Cape Cod and the Islands. In addition, they offer authorized service affiliates throughout the region - Manchester Marine, Brewer Yacht Yards, Kingman Yacht Center, Burr Brothers Boats and more; they offer service wherever you boat. This professional group actively participates in the Yacht Broker’s Association of America (YBAA), The Cape Cod Marine Trades Association (CCMTA), the International Yacht Council (IYC) and the Florida Yacht Broker’s Association.

January 30, 2013

New Model: Cabo 44 Express

Following on the success of the Cabo 44 Hardtop Express, the famous production sportfish is clever to present a full open version of this the 44 Express, which replaces the long standing 45 model.  With a hull designed by famous underwater lines specialist Michael Peters the main difference between its predecessor is the removal of the hardtop. But this little detail changes the whole concept of this sportfish cruiser, also making it become a more fisherman hardcore machine.  The elevated pod helm station comes standard with two seats with an option of third.  Inside is also the same ingenious interior with a single cabin and a fisherman utility room, or a two cabins choice in between the L-shaped settee and galley.  Power is for four engine choices from twin Cats 710 up to 1150hp, with MAN 800s in between.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.5 m (47.7ft)
Hull Length - 13.5 m
Beam - 5.02 m
Draft - 1.09 m
Displacement - 19595 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Water Capacity - 378 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp, MAN R6 800hp, Cats C18 1015hp, Cats C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shafts in semi tunnels
Hull - 16 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - moulded fiberglass, vinilester resin with solid bottom, core vacuum backed from chine to sheer
Project - Cabo Yachts, Michael Peters hull
www.caboyachts.com

January 29, 2013

Project: Steeler 60 Trawler

At the last of 2012 Steeler Yacht from Holland presented two new projects which aim at more blue cruisers long range customers.  PowerYacht showed the first of these with the 47 Explorer a few days ago, and now we show you the more tug boat looking 60 Trawler.  As the builder name suggests the 60 Trawler will be a steel build featuring a deck and a half, with a raised pilot house and very well protected deep ship standard side deck.  The 60 Trawler is designed by Martin Bekebrede who went for a full displacement hull able to tackle all the seven seas of planet earth.  We have very little details of the interior but the yacht mid three vertical windows suggest the choice of a full beam owners cabin.

January 28, 2013

New Model: Sarnico 46 Spider GTS

Presented in the fall of 2011, this is the Sarnico 46 Spider GTS.  This new 46 GTS is a further development of the original Spider presented in 2006 designed by such great signatures as Nuvolari and Lenard for the lines and layouts, and Victory Brunello Acampora for the superb underwater shape.  This new larger Spider is again a design of the same renowned designers. As the signature in the name suggests the 46 Spider GTS offers creature comforts and some interesting options to make it more become a cruiser.  These optional are the hardtop as hull one was in fact delivered, and a choice for the exterior cockpit to have it with two sunbeds, or large L-shaped settees.  Inside the 46 Spider GTS is no slough offering two cabins sleeping five, and a well sized shower head.  The midships cabin sleeps three persons having a french double, and single berth to starboard.  Power options are three Cummins engines from 480 up to 700hp with the Italian made innovative Flexidrive surface drive propulsion.  Flexidrive was used by Sarnico first time on its not so long ago presented flagship, and considering this is the new model following it we should see this more in use on future releases from this well respected Italian boat builder. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.65 m (48ft)
Hull Length - 13.44 m
Beam - 4.28 m
Draft - 1.10 m 
Displacement - 15 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 395 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Cummins 480hp, 600hp, 700hp
Propulsion - Flexidrive P2000 surface drives
Speed - 49 knots max 38 cruise with Cummins 700hp, 38 knots 30 knots cruise with 480hp
Range - 330 nautical miles
Project - Nuvolari Lenard lines and interior, Victory Design Brunello Acampora for hull 

January 27, 2013

Project: Sanlorenzo SL118

Sanlorenzo presents a new flagship project for its SL planning line which currently start with the builders entry level 62 model, and ends with the 108.  The SL line represents Sanlorenzo more in demand line with models as the 72 and 82 being around fifteen years in production and receiving the SL make over when ownership change happened in the middle of the past decade.  The SL 118 extends this line by ten feet and apart maintaining the usual exterior Sanlorenzo looks now renowned to any yacht connoisseur World wide it introduces the wide body in the forward part to this line.  Sanlorenzo have already used this to the much acclaimed multi prized 40 Alloy.  Semi custom as all Sanlorenzo in the SL line the 118 is offered in two interior deck layout with an accommodation guest plan situated more to midships, and crew cabin to fore or the other way round.  In both plans the owners cabins is located on the main deck, but in one plan this takes more the looks of an apartment with a saloon presented to starboard.  The SL 118 is to be powered by twin MTU 2600hp engines with traditional in line propulsion which give a max speed of 28 knots. 

January 26, 2013

Web: Sciallino New Web Site

Sciallino from Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 1961 by Mario Sciallino in the Ligurian riviera town of Ceriale, this company started by building working boats for the fisherman of the area.  This start gave Sciallino a growing knowledge of how to build safe boats able to tackle rough seas, and in the early eighties Mario also wins the title of Nautical Pioneer for his below the waterline extension known as Pattino, which increased stability and also allowed the use of bigger engines.  After this development in the Sciallino hulls the builder has evolved in building traditional looking cruisers and yachts characterized by looks echoing the Ligurian Gozzo.  Today Sciallino builds nine models starting from the Ino 3.80 mts this being its latest model, to the much appreciated and luxurious 15.95 mt Gemy flagship.  Sciallino new web site is available in English and Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, History, The Values, Models, Sciallino Amico, Dealer, Press Release, News, and Contact.

January 25, 2013

Project: Sunseeker 68 Predator

Sunseeker show up the project of the new 68 Predator which takes a lot of cues from the Southampton boat show 2012 presented 80 model of the same range.  As is usual with recent Sunseeker the new 68 Predator abounds with window glass surfaces in all interior areas both below and above, this allowing plenty of natural light inside.  A three double cabins accommodation plan is offered with the main deck hosting the main living relaxing activities in a well laid saloon settee, and a C-shaped dining table standing to port side of the helm station.  A galley is located in the lower deck.  Crew accommodation is for two persons.  Engine choices are standard twin Cats 1150 or optional MTU 1270hp on shaft drives.  Alternative surface drives propulsion plus MTU 1625hp choice is available, this pushing top speeds up to 42 knots.

January 24, 2013

New Model: Baja 30 Outlaw GT

The first model of Baja new GT series the 30 Outlaw which is to be followed by a 35 which is currently in project stages.  The new Baja GT series is a pimped up Outlaw model with more aggressive features all around.  It also features  a more impressive standard list from a Porta-Potti with dock side discharge, digital gauges, underwater lights, and powder coater railings. The 30 Outlaw GT offers a powerboat interior with a small Vee shaped berth to fore, V-shape dinette, small galley, and a shower head.  Power is from Mercruiser 320 till 565hp with racing stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.80 m (32.2ft)
Length - 9.16 m
Beam - 2.59 m
Draft - 0.88 m
Displacement - 3129 kg
Fuel Capacity - 532 l
Max Passengers - 8
Accommodation - 3 berths
Engines - 1 x Mercruiser 377 Mag 320hp, 8.2L Mag 380hp, 8.2L Mag HO 430hp, EFi 525hp, EFi 565hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo 1, ITS stern drives
Hull Type - deep Vee 24 degrees deadrise 

January 23, 2013

Project: Windy 29 Coho

With its handling, good looks, and versatile cockpit, Windy Boats new 29 Coho sportsboat looks to be one of the show stoppers in this size at the 2013 Düsseldorf Boat Show. The new 29 Coho reaffirms Windy’s new focus on core brand values, with a pared-down, classic profile, a rapier sharp deep-vee hull designed by Hans-Jørgen Johnsen, and a blistering top speed of over 45 knots with the large engine choice. Replacing the popular and long-serving 28 Ghibli in the shipyard’s model range, the new 29 Coho features an extended hull and lengthened bathing platform, with a new cockpit layout that emphasises outdoor living and relaxation. Large rhomboid windows in the topsides let in lots of light down below, where the upgraded accommodation centres on a large, luxuriously finished double berth forward, with a practical head and shower compartment, and a useful and well-equipped galley area by the companionway. Along with the new 26 Kharma and 31 Zonda, the 29 Coho features Windy’s ingenious new canopy design, which can be easily put up by one person in just a few minutes, and is completely hidden when stowed. Like many of its stablemates this new Windy model is named in honour of a wind in this case the cold airstream that blasts down the Columbia River valley in Oregon, which is in turn named after the legendary silver-sided Pacific salmon. The aptly-named Coho is available with single or twin, petrol or diesel sterndrive installations.  Single Volvo 400 or twin 220hp diesel engines, and single 380hp petrol gas are available.
www.windy.no 

January 22, 2013

New Model: Contest 52 MC

This is a very interesting new model, which comes from a builder Contest, who ventures into motor powered yachts going into its fiftieth anniversary.  The 52 MC is Contest first venture into engine based powered yachts.  Its looks are a bit a hybrid of modern and traditional with some parts of its looks giving a shout to the current interpretation of the down East lobster boat. The 52 MC is a design by Georg Nissen, engineered by Vripack, with interiors by Wetzel Brown Partners all in cooperation with the Contest team.  Her accommodation plan is offered in three different layouts; a three cabin versions A plan, and two twin cabins version, with C plan replacing cabin three to starboard with a galley below deck.  Standard engine power is twin 305hp Perkins, or Cummins 330 engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.93 m (52.2ft)
Waterline Length - 14.6 m
Beam - 4.6 m
Draft - 0.85 m
Displacement - 16600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Perkins 305hp. Cummins 330hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - sandwich Conyplex vacuum infused system, quadrax and bi-axial E-glass with Vinilester resins
Project - Georg Nissen, Vripack engineering, Wetzels Brown Partners interior, Contest Design team

January 21, 2013

Project: Paragon 25 Ranger

This project of Paragon 25 Ranger has been announced at the start of 2012, but then delayed to the trouble this Swedish yacht builder part of the Nimbus group has encountered in the middle of the same year.  Now the new Paragon model should be premiered at this moment at the Dusseldorf boat show.  The Ranger is an open version of the standard 25 Paragon presented in early 2012.   The 25 Ranger will still feature the two berth cuddy cabin but will miss the enclosed pilot house.  A huge all around rubber protection rubber fender also makes the Paragon 25 Ranger look like a Rib to the untrained eye.  Power is single Volvo Diesel engine from 225 till 300hp.  

January 19, 2013

Project: Castagnola 38 WJ

At the Italian Lavagna shipyard facilities of the Castagnola family work has been started the construction for the 38 WJ.  The new flagship for this known wood yacht builder, which will measure a length of over 38 meters and have a beam of eight plus.  The hull construction will be done by wood with the well proven triple planking method; also, the shipyard technical office is also evaluating the use of carbon fiber sheets to improve the strength and keep the boat lighter: 146 tons in full load displacement are expected. After completion, she will be one of the biggest planning super yachts ever built in wood, and to be water jets powered.  Designed by by Andrea Borzelli and Sara Berta architects for both the interior and exterior, the Castagnola 38 WJ will be a two deck and a half super yacht featuring what I call modern Italian sleek lines in vogue since the early eighties.  The 38 WJ will sleep a total of eleven guests, in four VIP suites below deck, with the  owners stateroom on the main deck.  Crew accommodation will be in three double cabins located at the midships of the hull.  The crew area will also feature a lobby with an L-shaped settee, and a galley.  A gym is to be located below to midships, and this also features a separate staircase access, plus another one from the crew area.   Castagnola 38 WJ also offers interesting power choice having triple MTU engines of 1948hp engines with Jet propulsion, who should push it up to a top speed of 31 knots.   
www.castagnola.biz

January 18, 2013

Engine: John Deere 4.5L 4045AFM85 225hp

John Deere is adding two new 4.5L models to its lineup of Tier 3 marine engines: the PowerTech 4045TFM85 generator-drive engine and the PowerTech 4045AFM85 propulsion and generator-drive engine. The PowerTech 4045TFM85 generator-drive engine will offer quiet and smooth operation for gen-set applications. Features will include a high-pressure common-rail fuel system, two valves per cylinder, and the choice of keel cooled or integrated heat exchanger options. The PowerTech 4045AFM85 will serve as a more powerful and compact choice in the power range that was previously covered for Tier 2 by the PowerTech 6.8L 6068TFM75 propulsion and PowerTech 6.8L 6068TFM76 generator-drive engines. The PowerTech 4045AFM85 engine will feature a high-pressure common-rail fuel system, four valves per cylinder, turbocharging and air-to-coolant aftercooling. It will be available with keel cooled or integrated heat exchanger options. PowerTech 4045AFM85 propulsion engine will be from 160 to 225hp.
www.johndeere.com

January 17, 2013

New Model: Sasga 54 Minorchino HT

Following the 42, the Sasga 54 Minorchino HT is the second model to be put in the water from this new company founded in 2010.   This new Sasga flagship puts an important statement on the Menorca located boat builder, who builds yachts with the looks of the traditional classic fishing boat of decades gone by.  The 54 Minorchino HT offers a three double cabins with two heads layout.  Owners stateroom is located to forward and features an en-suite shower head.  A large C-shaped galley is located below decks, with the saloon being all on the main deck.  Power is twin Yanmar 440hp engines which give a top speed of 23 knots and a cruise range from 19 to a more economic 12 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.5 m (54.1ft)
Hull Length - 15 m 
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 24 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 970 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 additional berths in conv saloon
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 440hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 23 knots max, 19 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Certification - CE A 

January 16, 2013

Boat Show - Dusseldorf 2013 Preview

Starting from next Friday 19 till Sunday 27, we have the 44th edition of the Dusseldorf boat show, coming in at Europes leading economy of the moment, Germany.  1600 plus of exhibitors will take part in this edition of the largest indoor boat show in the World, these offering a display of a global map.  In 2012 the Dusseldorf boat show had a stagering 246,700 visitors, an impressive number in which puts it as one of the most visited shows in current times.  The World premiers at Dusseldorf will be the following; Contest 52 MC, Linssen Grand Sturdy 45.9 AC, Beneteau Monte Carlo 5, Paragon 25 Ranger, and Jeanneau 42 Voyage.  

Project: Sealine F37

Its been awaited for very long and also partially announced during one of the past boat shows, this is the Sealine F37 which completes the new minimal change look to all the range under fifty feet of the American owned British boat builder.  With this new model Sealine fills a void it had in recent years, and one which has always been important in its sales.  That of an entry level sub forty feet flybridge motor cruiser.  The F37 features a two cabins with twin heads layout, and with the current dimensions online should share hull with the SC35 this being a design to renowned hull specialist Michael Peters.  The galley is to be located below, with the main deck offering a traditional layout of L-shaped dinette, and an opposite sofa settee.  Power will be from twin Volvo stern drive engine of 260 or 330hp, with top speeds estimates being at 33 knots with the larger optional choice.

January 15, 2013

New Model: Nord Star 28 Patrol Super Sports

At its Floating Show for International Press Nord Star introduced a new version of the ever so popular Nord Star 28 Patrol first present in 2004. This new version is named 28 Patrol Super Sports, due to the strong power and great performance. The Super Sports is equipped with twin Cummins Mercuiser 350hp diesel engines. The top speed of the Nord Star 28 Patrol Super Sports was measured at 48 knots. At 37 knots, which is the most economical fast cruise speed. The boat handled thrillingly well and the trip was smooth and silent. Although we used a fairly innovative coloring for this boat, the distinct features of the Nord Star model range are still very visible.  Accommodation is a four berth layout in two convertible dinettes; one below and another on the main deck behind the pilot station.  A complete shower head and galley are available below decks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.3 m (30.5ft)
Beam - 3.1 m
Displacement - 4300 kg
Fuel Capacity - 400 l
Water Capacity - 125 l
Accommodaiton - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engine - 2 x Cummins Mercruiser QSD4.2 350hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser dual propeller stern drive
Top Speed - 48 knots max, 37 knots cruise with twin Mercruiser 350hp
Hull Type - planning Vee shape with 18.3 degrees deadrise aft
Certification - IMCI CE-B Offshore

January 14, 2013

Project: Steeler 47 Explorer

After gaining quite a following with its new modern looking NG line, the Dutch firm Steeler changes direction and present the 47 Explorer.  As the title in the model designation this new project from Steeler is an explorer cruiser.  This new Steeler also represents a fresh new look outside taking more cues from working canal boats, then from trawler US fishing boats as is usually the case in these type of craft.  Steeler has not passed much information but we know that the 47 Explorer is an all steel build and should weight at about 24 tons.   

January 13, 2013

New Model: CRN 80mt Hull.129

Yesterday Saturday January 12th, the CRN 80 metre steel and aluminium mega yacht “Chopi Chopi” hull number 129 of the CRN Shipyard, was launched in Ancona: a big event which involved the city, the territory and the boating industry. This is a historical moment for CRN and the Ferretti Group.  The group shipyard in Ancona specializes in the construction and marketing of fully customized steel and aluminium displacement mega yachts and semi customized composite yachts, ranging from forty to ninety metres. Indeed “Chopi Chopi” will be the biggest yacht ever manufactured by CRN. The external shape and internal layout were designed by long time since the nineties Ferretti collaborator Studio Zuccon International Project, in close collaboration with CRN Technical Office which took care of the naval project, while the interior design was taken care of by Architect Laura Sessa Romboli and CRN Centro Stile, who interpreted the Owner’s request paying attention to the smallest details. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 80m (262.4ft)
Beam - 13.5 m
Draft - 3.4 m
Displacement - 1800 t
Fuel Capacity - 250000 l
Water Capacity - 40000 l
Accommodation - 12 guest in 5 double guest cabins 1 owners suite, 30 crew
Engines - 2 x Cats 3510B-C 2064hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max, 15 knots cruise, 12 knots long range
Range - 6000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Hull Type - Displacement
Project - Zuccon International exterior, Laura Sessa Romboli interior
Certification - Lloyds LR100 SSC-Y, Mono, G-6, LMC - MCA LY2 Compliance  

January 12, 2013

Web: Sanlorenzo New Web Site

Sanlorenzo one of the most famous and highly regarded by the connoisseurs Italian motor and super yacht builders updates its World wide web showroom. Sanlorenzo was founded 1958 by Giovanni Janetti in what has become since the eighties renowned as the Super Yacht building city Viareggio. From its founding till 1985 the company builds it's cruisers and yachts in wood. But in 1985 Sanlorenzo launches it 57 model produced up until 1993 which marks it's first fiberglass build, and a very successful one at that. Other models in the fiberglass soon follow from a hardtop 55, to the 70 launched in the end of the eighties, and the 80 in early ninties. The Sanlorenzo 80 will remain a flagship for a couple of years up until 1995 when the 100 is launched. In 1999 Sanlorenzo moves to a new yard further North of Viareggio located in Ameglia, at La Spezia. The new Ameglia yard is also ISO 14001 certified. 2005 marks a change of leadership at Sanlorenzo when the shipyard ownership is changed from Giovanni Janetti to Massimo Perotti. In the same year Sanlorenzo opens a new Viareggio production site which will be dedicated to the larger yachts. 2007 is an important year for Sanlorenzo with the launch of the new SD92 presenting the Semi Displacement line, and the 40 Alloy model. This last apart being the new Sanlorenzo flagship for the coming three years will receive three important awards from Showboats, and World Superyacht. In 2010 Sanlorenzo launches its new flagship the 46 Steel, which is also the first build in steel metal, and an alloy super structure. Today Sanlorenzo continues its custom approach and builds about twenty motor yachts a year. The current Sanlorenzo line up is divided in four lines SL, SD, Alloy, Exp, and Steel and offers fourteen models from 62 up to 150 feet of the 46 Steel, two of which are in project early building stage. The new Sanlorenzo website is available in five different languages from Italian, English, Spanish, Brazilian, and Chinese and takes you around with the following buttons; Sanlorenzo World, Market Trends, Boat Show and Events, Sanlorenzo in the World, Contacts, Media Area, Focus On, and Experienced Yachts.

January 11, 2013

New Model: Riviera 63 Open Flybridge Series II

Showcasing the project first of an Enclosed Bridge, Riviera was fast to capitulate on this model and launch the new 63 Open Flybridge Series II. This new Riviera which is the current flagship of the Open Flybridge lines is a further development of three previous models; the 56, 56/58, and the recent 61.  Still Riviera has refined this models in various elements taking a lot of cues from the new 75 flagship. and the thing which really stays the same is actually the beam of the hull.  Even its underwater sections have been tuned up by in house designer Alan Dowd who widened the forward planning sections in order to offer easier lift at slower speeds and reduce spray.  The 63 Open Flybridge Series II is offered in two internal layout plans with the standard being a four cabin seven berths three head version.  The option is a three double cabins which increases the space of the forward cabin and makes this become the owners stateroom.  One of the most likable layout details of the 63 Open Flybridge Series II is for sure the main deck plan; which thanks to the astern galley which combined with the mezzanine on the exterior cockpit, becomes a combination of entertainment areas each with own purpose on single level. Standard power is twin Cats 1015hp which give a top speed of 28 knots.  But larger engines are available increasing top speeds by 6 knots up to 34.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.63 m (64.4ft)
Hull Length - 18.6 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 30,500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 6550 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 7 berths in 4 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat 1015hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots with Cat 1015hp, 34 knots max with larger engines
Hull Type - modified Vee with 12 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - hand laminated with solid fiberglass bottom
Project - Alan Dowd, Riviera Design Team
Certification - ISO8666
 

January 10, 2013

Project: Windy 45 Chinook

Norwegian boat builder Windy is to unveil a new sport cruiser model at the 2013 Düsseldorf Boat Show taking part in January which combines the comfort and protection of hard top cruising with the exhilaration of an open sports boat.  Involving a renewal in design, tooling and customer research, the new 45 Chinook, is a further development of the 44, and boasts an enlarged hardtop that offers more shelter to the cockpit and main deck seating areas.  It also features a huge opening sunroof, transforming the boat at the touch of a button from a fully enclosed, hard-top cruiser into an open-cockpit sports machine. The new model is also one feet longer than its award-winning predecessor, thanks to an extended swimming platform.  The designers at Windy also took the opportunity to redesign and enlarge the topsides windows to match the right-angles of the look presented with the 40 Maestro by the Norwegian builder. Also in common with the Maestro, the 45 Chinook has a fresh new interior design by Peder Eidsgaard, which combines cool and understated modernity with the warmth and solidity of hardwood. Tactile detailing emphasise the built-in quality always synonym with Windy.  As is expected the new 45 still retains the Chinook’s excellent, family-friendly layout, with a lower saloon and galley, and three double cabins. Two Volvo engine choices, a standard 370 and optional 435hp with IPS pod drives and the much respected superb Hans-Jørgen Johnsen hull should take you to top speed up to 44 knots.

January 9, 2013

New Model: Nuova Jolly 35 Prince Sport Cabin Stern Drive

Nuova Jolly present the 35 Prince Sport Cabin Stern Drive.  This new Nuova Jolly 35 Prince is in fact a stern drive version to a model first released with Outboard, but now available with inboard engines who do not disturb the exterior lines, and leave an undisturbed bathing platform.  The 35 Prince Sport Cabin Stern Drive is a sport rib cruiser with looks which perceive a sport vocation.  The exterior cockpit features an aft sunpad, a C-shaped settee, and a two people seat helm station.  There is also a galley with two burner hob, and wash basin, plus fridge and a storage compartment under the helmsman settee.  Inside is double berth in a Vee shape form which sleeps two, and has a shower head to starboard. Engine choices are not announced but we do know from Nuova Jolly that the 35 Prince Sport Cabin Stern Drive can take up to 700hp of max power.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.98 m (32.7ft)
Beam - 3.69 m
Displacement - 4500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 330 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons 16
Engines - 2 x 350hp
Propulsion - stern drive
Certification - CE B

January 8, 2013

Project: Sunseeker 50 San Remo

For the upcoming 2013 London boat show, Sunseeker will present two new models one of which is the 50 San Remo.  This new Sunseeker sport yacht should replace the current 48 Portofino in production since mid 2010, with hull side windows profile taking a lot from the just launched entry level 40 model.   The 50 San Remo is a further development of the outgoing 48 model, and shares many similarities with it from the hull to the interior and exterior layout plan.  Inside the 50 San Remo features a full beam owners stateroom, and VIP double berth which can become two single berths via scissor movement.  The saloon can also be specified to offer a Pullman berth.  Outside unlike the 48 Portofino which had two options, the 50 San Remo will be offered with the sunpad with underneath a garage, C-shaped settee only choice.  Power specifications have not been mentioned but I do imagine similar Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives as the choice.   

January 7, 2013

New Model: Marex 320 Aft Cabin Cruiser

Following the success and the positive feedback the 370 Marex received, the Norwegian builder launched a smaller by five feet variant, the 320 Aft Cabin Cruiser.  Presented in project a couple of months after the launch of the current Marex 370 flagship model, this new 320 follows in concept many of the solution of the larger sister, as a single engine aft hard top sport cruiser.  The most notable feature in both the Marex is how the aft cabin does not disturb the sweet lines, in general if you look at the profile opposite it is undetectable.  The interior can sleep five inside with the aft cabin featuring a three berths layout; a french bed to port side and a single to starboard, and an owners double larger berth to fore. The shower head is located in the forward cabin.  Galley and dinette are located in the center area, all behind the single helm pilot station to starboard of the 320 and under the hard top.  Power is a total of  twelve engine choice from Volvo and Yanmar start at 150 up to 370hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.99 m (32.7ft)
Beam 3.30 m
Draft - 1.0 m
Displacement - 5200 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 490 l
Water Capacity - 320 + 40 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 8
Engine - 1 x Volvo D3 150hp, D3 170hp, D3 200hp, D3 220hp, D4 260hp, D4 300hp, Yanmar 4 BY 180hp, 6 BY 220hp, g BY 260hp, 6 LPA 295hp, 8 LB 320hp, 8 LV 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo duoprop stern drive with D4 260hp, or line shaft
Speed - 28 knots  
Project - Kristijan Nikl from Nikl Design, Marex
Certification - CE B

January 6, 2013

Web: Baja New Web Site

Baja Marine updates its World wide web showroom.. Founded in 1971 by four individuals who built the first Baja boat in an abandoned skater rink, they followed this in two years by producing a line from 16 to 20 feet speed boats, of which was the classic CT150 racing design. The seventies continued and in 1978 Baja introduced the 240 Carrera, with the Carrera SS Bowrider earning Boat of the Year by Powerboat Magazine. Shifting towards bigger and faster boats was the theme of Baja in the eighties, with the company creating milestone models as the 240 Sport and its biggest build to date the 420 Sport. The nineties and new millennium was an improvement of quality to its product. Currently Baja produces eight models from the in four ranges; Outlaw, Islander, Performance, and GT.  The line up starts with the 23 Outlaw, and goes up to the new 35 Outlaw.  The new Baja website takes you around with the following buttons; Home Models, Graphics, Find A Dealer, Available Inventory, and Elite Service.
www.bajamarine.com

January 4, 2013

Project: Sasga 54 Minorchino FB

Sasga yachts continues in its pursuit of new models and in the last part of this year show new project of Flybridge version of its larger models.  The Sasga 54 Minorchino which is the companies current flagship is now presented in a new FB fly deck version.  The Flybridge of the 54 Minorchino will be reached with a staircase to starboard, and the deck will offer a sun pad to aft, L-shaped settee to port side, and a helm to starboard.  The 54 Minorchino FB will keep in its main deck and below cabin area the same interesting elements of the standard version with a living up top, and galley and three large cabins below.  Engines are twin 440hp Yanmar which should give a top speed of 23 knots and a cruise from 16 to 19 knots.

January 2, 2013

New Model: Bavaria 420 Virtess

It was one of the most awaited models in the last part of 2012, this is the Bavaria 420 Virtess, designed by Marco Casali who undertook the latest Itama vision since 2004.  This was a challenge for both Casali the designer from Rome, and Bavaria the builder.  For Italian Marco Casali the Virtess is more a commercial project then the more niche status symbol looking Itama, and for Bavaria this represents its first full flybridge motor cruiser.  The Bavaria 420 Virtess is proving to be an interesting flybridge motor cruiser offering incredible well laid layout solution; from the double three cabins lower deck, to the single floor living main deck, and a very modular aft deck which can increase space substantially.  The 420 Virtess is offered with Volvo engine choices from 370 up to 435hp in sterndrive or IPS pods propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.6 m (44.6ft)
Hull Length - 12.39 m
Beam - 4.21 m
Draft - 1.11 m
Displacement - 11,400 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 410 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 400hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH dual prop stern drive, Volvo IPS forward looking pods
Project - Marco Casali from Too Design Italy
Certification - CE B

January 1, 2013

blogger - End of 2012

2012 has finally arrived to its end, and this has been another difficult year for many boat builders, something ongoing since 2009.  The difference in the last three years is that you have a market segment which does better then the other for a period of time.  For my knowledge this has been a year confirming the Super Yacht growth and demand started in 2011, with huge attention to builders from Holland, also happening in medium sizes.
Some builders mostly big renowned brands are managing to over ride these ongoing storms better to others, with the main reason being an international well laid portfolio of dealers, which makes selling a production of one hundred plus boats easier then to do this in one country or continent.  Internalization of a brand has been an important key in over riding the economic crisis of the last years better to other more regional firms.
A bit sad for this because sometimes the builders with a low sometimes even custom numbers offer a high quality product, and loosing this side of the business makes it very flat.  Something similar to the auto industry which is what boat building is not about.  Countries like US, Italy, Holland, UK, and Scandinavia have a line of small, medium sized builders which always deserve high attention from any buyer.       
PowerYacht wishes all the best for 2013 to its readers, friends, and all boat builders featured here.  May the New Year bring you peace and prosperity!