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.