June 30, 2013

Monthly News - June 2013

-pic of the month- Beneteau Barracuda Tour
 

Azimut Yachts and Bulgari
Azimut Yachts and Bulgari: iconic brands that are a byword for luxury around the world. The recently-signed partnership between the two companies, who use their creativity and manufacturing talent to create inimitable objects, is one based on undisputed product and service excellence. From 20 to 22 June, top clients from all over the world came to Italy and were welcomed by ‘personal jewellers’ who showed them jewellery from the new collections and helped them make purchases. It was an exclusive event in the setting of Portofino, another of the Italian luxury lifestyle’s favourite names. For the entire duration of this magical experience Azimut yachts were made available for the exclusive use of guests, taking them on excursions exploring the breath-taking sights of the Cinque Terre and to transfer them to the gala dinner on 22 June. What better setting could there be for this targeted, high-level, private event to show guests Azimut’s jewels and let them try them for themselves, and to convey the pleasure of the Italian way of life.


Beneteau Barracuda Tour First Edition
The first Edition of the Barracuda Tour of Brittany 2013 ended on Saturday 18th May in Saint Malo. This tour of Brittany on board two 7 and 9 metres Barracudas, braving the harshest of sea conditions, is a real achievement for BENETEAU and its partners. 500 nautical miles – 8 days – 60 engine hours… the Barracuda Tour: more than an adventure – a real Tale of the sea! From 10 to 18th May 2013 tour of Brittany Saint Gilles to Malo in eight stages. Saturday 11th May saw the start of an 8 stages Tour of Brittany, leaving Saint Gilles Croix de Vie with a Barracuda 7 and a Barracuda 9 to eventually reach Saint Malo. Conditions out at sea would be fierce throughout the adventure; headwind, 3 metre swells… the Barracuda Tour soon turned into a real challenge! Would the Barracudas succeed to complete their Tour of Brittany in such conditions? Every stage raised the same question and none more so than the tricky crossing of the Raz de Sein. The adventurous, thrill-seeking clients and journalists and fishing experts on board would test the Barracudas in all conditions, both in the harshest navigation conditions as well as during regular stops in legendary fishing grounds.  The first day defined the adventure when the team crossed the path of a 6 metre long basking shark just off Port Joinville. This magical encounter lasted almost half an hour. The boats then followed the stages, from port to port, up the coast of Brittany, stopping at Beneteau dealers: Massif Marine in Saint Gilles, Marine Ouest Service in Pornic, Armorique Diffusion in Quiberon, Cornouaille Nautique in Port La Forêt, Audierne, Rolland Yachting in Brest and in Roscoff, Cras Nautique in Paimpol and finally Chantier Naval De La Ville Audrain in Saint Malo. The legendary 5th stage of the Raz de Sein, famous crossing for sea bass anglers fishing in very strong currents, proved quite challenging three metre swells, strong currents, large whirlpools… A real adrenaline boost for the crew who returned with tanks full of fish and heads full of the most amazing images. A “No Kill” policy was adopted throughout the Tour; each catch, primarily sea bass and pollock, being measured, photographed before being eventually returned to the sea. The Barracuda Tour was an event organised by Beneteau, its dealer network and its partners. Each partner had an important role to play in this adventure to allow this exciting project to get off the ground. Beneteau’s contribution was the Barracuda range of performance-hull boats. Thanks to the Honda Marine 200 HP engine for the Barracuda 7 and 2x150 HP engine for the Barracuda 9, they reached top speeds in excess of 30 knots. They rose to the event and completed the challenge despite very difficult conditions. Almost the entire distance was covered in 35 knots headwind and very strong currents such as those in the Raz de Sein crossing. During all fishing stages, the boats showed great sea-faring qualities and particularly perfect stability, suited to sport fishing. The Barracuda 7 and 9 optimal interior layout allowed a crew of 4 and 6 respectively on board the boats. Official partner MC Technologies fitted the electronics on board. Equipped with the latest Lowrance 12’’ and 7’’ HDS touch screens, HD transducers and structure scans, the Barracudas benefitted from the best chart material currently available on the market. And to ensure top quality fishing materials and equipment were on hand, Beneteau opted for Illex's Element Rider fishing rods, Daiwa reels, Fiiish baits and Henri Lloyd clothing. The very best coming together to take on the extreme challenge!


Bertram Heads to the West Coast
Bertram Yacht, the legendary American manufacturer of luxury sport-fishing yachts, is pleased to announce that San Diego-based Kusler Yachts, Inc. is the newest dealer in the Bertram family, servicing California and the peninsula of Baja California. The introduction of a California / Baja California dealer is the newest in the signing of sportfishing focused dealers representing Bertram in the United States. Bertram Yacht was also present at the Progressive Insurance San Diego International Boat Show from June 20th through June 23rd. Please stop by and visit Kusler Yachts in-water display.


Cheoy Lee Expresses Interest in Racing
How do yachting and racing mix? Ideally, when powerboat veteran Gene Weeks, his wife, Paula and yacht builder, Cheoy Lee Shipyards, join the Powerboat P1 Superstock Series. When the venerable Cheoy Lee Motoryachts took advantage of the market evolution from super-yachts to smaller, sleeker Express Yachts, they tapped the expertise of Gene Weeks who had helped build brands like Donzi and Statement and raced such boats to test their tenacity and speed. Weeks and his wife, Paula, a mechanical and motorsports-savvy woman, moved to Doumen, China for two years to help design and build Cheoy Lee's new Alpha Series. The 76' and 87' Express Yachts are part of a new genre of luxury performance boats, designed for power-seekers, who still enjoy the creature comforts of sumptuous salons, cabins, galleys and en suite state rooms. Cheoy Lee delivers that and more, with a range of power from twin 1200 MTU with pod drives to C32 1900 HP Caterpillars with ZF V-Drives, to boost its sleek styling to high speeds. Appealing to this market segment, Weeks looked to racing's Powerboat P1 Superstock series, which races identical racing/recreational vee-bottom boats, powered with single Evinrude 250HO ETEC engines; the "race on Saturday, play on Sunday" concept fueled the former APBA Factory Series to years of success. The CL-Alpha.com boat, with the Weeks husband-wife at the helm, raised awareness at the series' first race in Stuart, Florida, and the company decided to continue the sponsorship through 2013 to complement its Fort Lauderdale sales/marketing office.

 
CRN and Riva Yachting Art
CRN and Riva, two luxury yachting brands of the Ferretti Group, will be shown as part of a selection of works from Berlin-based artist Christian Jankowski at exhibition Heavyweight History at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. Curated by Ewa Gorzadek, ‘The Finest Art on Water’ will be part of the artist’s presentation of pieces created during 1992 - 2012. Jankowski aims to engage directly with the idea of sales and exchange and the value of luxury goods. The Finest Art on Water is not only a yacht but also an artwork; an exclusive, ready-made art piece that implicates, involves and engages the spectator. According to Jankowski, "The yacht is the perfect sculpture, a perfect self-contained vessel of information. When you see the yachts lined up at Venice it is an exhibition in itself." Visitors to the installation will play the part of prospective buyers, as they view the interior and listen to the description of the boat. Jankowski’s work encompasses film, video and performance in which, consciously or subconsciously, viewers become active participants. Jankowski collaborated with yacht builders CRN, featuring a 68m vessel, whose exteriors and interiors lines were designed by Officina Italiana Design, and have been produced by the shipyard in the contemporary artwork. The Aquariva Cento, a limited edition boat, also designed by Officina Italiana Design, that is available as a tender for CRN superyachts, will also be sculpturally displayed as part of the installation, simultaneously challenging an art audience and yacht lovers alike. “Following the success of Frieze in 2011, we are really excited to be showcasing our collaboration once again at Christian Jankowski’s exhibition and to have the opportunity to engage with people in this unique way. Our yachts combine cutting edge technology with stunning designs, premium materials and the finest craftsmanship. This project with Christian Jankowski allows us to work in an environment which transcends a yacht from an object to a piece of art,” comments Luca Boldrini, CRN Sales & marketing Director. CRN specialises in the construction of fully customised steel and aluminium displacement megayachts ranging from 40 to 90 metres, and a displacement line made of composite (43 metres long CRN Navetta 43). This is an important year for CRN, celebrating its 50th Anniversary and marking its resilience and success despite its position in a complex market, which has seen the loss of many established brands.


Gulf Craft Looks at Indonesia
Gulf Craft, a global manufacturer of luxury yachts and fiberglass boats, is continuing its strong push into the South East Asian market with a presence at the upcoming Indonesia Yachts Show, which takes place from June 8-9 in Jakarta. Indonesia, which is home to one of the world’s fastest-growing pools of private wealth, is expected to see a sea change in coming years as the number of HNWIs witnesses a significant increase. According to the “Wealth Report: Asia” released by prominent Swiss private banking group Julius Baer last year, the number of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) in Indonesia is set to increase to 104,000 in 2015, from a mere 33,000 in 2010. Bamps added that Indonesia has an avid appetite for consumer goods and that this extends into the luxury goods market. 


Horizon Unveils New Interior Design Center
A brand-new Interior Design Center, located at the Horizon shipyard, will expand the build experience for clients who wish to work directly with Horizon's in-house design team on customizing the interior of their new yacht. The center houses a variety of décor samples - from granite and marble to chrome shower heads - and offers the same luxury found on Horizon's yachts, with granite floors and countertops and hand-crafted wood furniture. Additionally the Interior Design Center is equipped with conference rooms and access to Horizon's extensive build database that houses full details on previous yacht builds starting from 2002. Horizon is very excited to offer this new level of customer service to our yacht owners and looks forward to working with owners in creating their dream yacht.


ISA Yachts New Partner with Nauteka
ISA recently entered an agreement with Nauteka Ship Yard Amador SA in Panama to be its new dealer in that territory for all ISA products including new builds and brokerage yachts. Being the southernmost country of Central America, situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, Panama is the second most competitive economy in Latin America and is a key geographic location, so Nauteka will be a premium channel to represent ISA’s Italian quality. The agreement with Nauteka represents a sales strengthening for ISA in the specified territory. With a highly skilled professional team, Nauteka is able to offer high quality service to the most demanding owners.


Jet Tern a Yard in Motion
Selene Trawler Yachts are built by Jet-Tern Marine Group, established in 1998 by Howard Chen of Taiwan, who remains the owner today. Jet-Tern Marine has production facilities in Zhuhai and Dongguan in China. The yard has built more than 400 robust trawler yachts for proud owners all over the world. In collaboration with Guido de Groot design, Jet-Tern Marine developed a new line of Ocean Explorers, namely the Selene 78, 92 and 128 Ocean Explorer. The Selene 78 and 92 are currently being developed and will be introduced in 2014. Despite the economic downturn, Jet-Tern Marine is thriving. The yard delivered 24 boats in sizes from 40 to 82 feet (12 to 25 metres) in 2012, and will deliver more in 2013. It also currently has an 82-foot (25-metre) Catamaran sailboat designed by Greg Young, a Selene 78, a Selene 92 and a Selene 128 (designed by Guido de Groot and Howard Chen) under construction and slated for delivery in 2013 or 2014.

 
Moonen Exploring
Moonen was delighted to recently welcome journalists from around the world to our yard as part of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group press tour. It’s been a rainy spring here in Holland but the weather was perfect on the day of this visit, which allowed us to offer the journalists a good mix of business and pleasure. After enjoying lunch in the centre of Den Bosch, the party went for a cruise onboard Moonen MD Emile Bilterijst’s lovingly restored tug Oude Waal III. Everybody was given a small set of binoculars with a hint that they would be doing some exploring of their own during the tour. As the tug sailed around a bend in the river, the journalists suddenly saw the Moonen 100 Explorer floating on a small lake. They were then welcomed aboard for a tour as the first members of the press to see this recently launched superyacht. Emile gave a presentation about the project and the shipyard, thereby ensuring that the assembled group would have plenty to write about upon their return home.

Moonen Completes Major Refit Project
Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has successfully completed the refit of the Moonen 84 Etoile d’Azur. The five-month project has included some complex upgrades to the stabilisation system plus a smart extension to the flybridge that offers both practical and aesthetic benefits. Launched in 2007, the 26.25-metre Etoile d’Azur is still in the hands of her original owner. He has thoroughly enjoyed his years of sailing onboard this sturdy displacement motoryacht from the boards of René van der Velden, which was the seventh of the eight Moonen 84s built. Etoile d’Azur has crossed the Atlantic twice on her own bottom and is one of the most used Moonens in the fleet with almost 5000 hours on her engines. The owner and his captain Tristan le Brun had spent the summer of 2012 exploring Spain and initially looked for a yard in the Mediterranean region to carry out the refit. After a Moonen engineer visited the yacht in Spain to make a proposal, the owner decided to change his plans for 2013 in order to incorporate a refit in Holland. The refit project included a comprehensive paint job and the installation of an electrical zero speed stabilisation system in place of the existing hydraulic system. The electrical system requires approximately half the power of its hydraulic zero-speed alternative. Moreover, as it does not require a larger generator, no synchronisation was required. This offers considerable cost savings. Another major part of the refit was to extend the flybridge to cover the main deck aft area, creating even more shading for alfresco dining. In addition, the enhanced flybridge deck space meets the owner’s wish to carry more watersport toys onboard, including scooters, in addition to the tenders and jetski already stored in this location while underway. Various cosmetic changes were also made to Etoile d’Azur‘s interior and systems, and the electrics were updated where required. The yacht is now on en route to Scandinavia where the owner will enjoy an extensive cruise of the Norwegian fjords and beyond.

 
Nordhavn Shipping its 500th Unit
It seems only fitting that hull 68#26, Thetis II, should be the 500th Nordhavn to be planned, constructed and shipped in the 24 years since Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., (P.A.E.) began producing the innovative line of passagemaking motoryachts. It’s because Thetis II embodies so much of what Nordhavn has come to represent a near quarter-century after Naval Architect Jeff Leishman drew the lines of the first 46.


Riviera Celebrates New R Marine
Long time Riviera owner Carl Segreto never in his wildest dreams imagined he would be opening his own Riviera dealership, but on May 11 he celebrated the official opening of R Marine Mandurah with more than 100 Riviera owners. It was a cocktail party to remember for those who joined the new team as they ran through the football style banner to mark the occasion before raising their glasses of Moet in a toast to Riviera’s newest dealership in Western Australia. Riviera 47 Enclosed Flybridge owner Clint Jakovich lead the team through the banner and said it was a real privilege to be part of such a momentous occasion. Carl said there was a real need for a Riviera presence in Mandurah, which is located 75 kilometres south of Perth, and he hoped to offer a new level of service and knowledge to his owners through a host of functions, events and owner experiences. Carl said it was a proud moment when long time Riviera owners Bill and Waverley Treby officially opened the R Marine Mandurah office. Bill said it was an honour to open the new R Marine Mandurah dealership. As a multiple Riviera owner, Carl understands what Riviera owners want and need and with the support of his team; Paul Cotton in sales, Kate Martin in reception, Amanda Collins in administration, Sharron Segreto in events, and Veronica Wools in marketing, Carl looks forward to hosting many more functions and events. A diesel mechanic by trade, Carl has spent 27 years in the transport industry. He bought his first truck upon completion of his apprenticeship and his fleet and transport business grew from there. In his 27 year career he has clocked up more than three million kilometres travelling the highway between Perth and Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, and Perth and Brisbane. When he is not on the highway, Carl enjoys spending time on board his Riviera 47 Open Flybridge with his wife Sharron and son Chevy. He enjoys cruising up and down the Western Australian coast clocking up about 120 to 140 hours a year on his boat. His favourite anchorages are Rottnest Island, Busselton, and Mangles Bay.


Sunreef Begins a Series of Luxury Events
On June 7th 2013 at the Hilton Hotel Gdańsk at its waterfront, Sunreef Yachts organized the first edition of the luxury event Pomorskie Rendez Vous. It was a unique opportunity to get to know the best of luxury goods present on the Polish market. The evening began with the Christening of the new Sunreef 70 Sail, Roleeno, which was definitely the center of attention throughout the whole night. The program also included the presentation of the Polish yacht shipyards: Sunreef Yachts with its luxury catamarans, Galeon with its range of sport and cruising power boats and Delphia Yachts with its range or sailing boats, luxury car brands like Ferrari and Mercedes Benz and a fashion show of the latest collection Autumn/Winter 2013-14 of the polish fashion house LA MANIA. Additional attractions were provided by the other event sponsors and partners presenting their best products such as luxury bags, champagne, cigars, helicopters and many more. This first edition was just the beginning of a series of Pomorskie Rendez Vous to be held in Gdańsk every year.


Viking 2013 Dealer Meeting
The 2013 Viking Yachts Dealer Meeting, just concluded at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, was an upbeat affair with a pair of new boat introductions for 2014, as well as updates on another pair slated for the 2015 model year. First up was the new Viking 52 Convertible with a custom Viking Lady Yellow hull, looking very smart indeed with its teak cockpit accents. With a top speed of 42 knots this ride is built for speed. Our domestic and international dealers were equally enthused with the style and performance of the new Viking 42 SC, after an afternoon of non-stop sea trials. The business portion of the meeting began with updates about the new Viking 75 Motor Yacht and the Viking 92 Convertible, which are slated to appear at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show next October. The rendering image of the 75 Motor Yacht's aft deck (left) brought out a lot of bright smiles, while back at the Viking plant in New Gretna later in the day, dealers saw the five-axis profiler shaping the plug for the 92 Convertible's mezzanine with its dual staircases.

Viking One Two Three
For the first three days of the Treasure Cay Championship, Cruiser Crews' Viking 61 Cowpoke waged a seesaw battle for first place with the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Champion Frank Rodriguez and his team on Fa La Me. When the Committee Boat called lines out on Day Three, both Cowpoke and the Fa La Me were tied. The final battle was on Day Four. The Viking 70 Fa La Me jumped into the lead when angler Steve Butcher released a blue marlin. Christy Crews on Cowpoke countered with a white and blue marlin release in the afternoon. Cowpoke added another tally mark when Tony Huerta released a white marlin to win the event. During the four-day tournament Cowpoke released three blue marlin, six white marlin and one sailfish. Team Fa La Me finished second with two blues, seven whites and one sailfish. Fa La Me edged out the third place finisher, the Viking 61 Blue Eagle, by a mere 100 points

Viking Five Minute Engine Swap
Well, not exactly. But a five minute conversation is all it took Kevin Lang and his family to realize there is no better place to take their 17 year old Viking 43 Convertible with a blown engine than back to the folks who built it in the first place. So last fall he reached out to Kenny Pontari general manager of the Viking Yachting Center, which is adjacent to the Viking factory on the Bass River. The Yachting Center is a full service family marina with all the amenities plus a team of Viking trained technicians, mechanics, and fiberglass and wood specialists who master any boat project from soda blasting a bottom to total structural renovations to pristine paint jobs. It is for this reason that the Viking Yachting Center is a favourite with insurance adjusters looking to best serve their clients with super storm Sandy issues, as well as accidental damage requiring professional repairs and restorations. In the case of the Alyssa, named after the Lang's daughter, the owner was so happy with the new Cummins engines installation, a new generator, a teak helm pod and a few other projects all completed in time for summer fun that he has already lined up for a top to bottom, bow to stern paint job this fall. In summing up his experience with the Viking Yachting Center.