January 31, 2014

Monthly News - January 2014

- pic of the month - Hodgdon Yachts Merge

Azimut Benetti Group New CEO of Yachts Buisness Line

Starting in the New Year, Ferruccio Luppi, CEO of Azimut|Benetti Group, will also serve as CEO of the "Yachts" Business line of Azimut|Benetti Group, taking over from Paolo Casani who is leaving the company to pursue other professional opportunities. Ferruccio Luppi will also continue to act as CEO of the Azimut|Benetti Group. 

Azimut Yachts Double Triumph

Azimut Yachts has a special reason to toast the New Year. The company based in Avigliana, Italy opens the year 2014 with two prizes at the 2014 Motor Boat Awards, a contest organised by authoritative British magazines Motor Boat and Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly. Azimut 80 won the award in the ‘Flybridge over 55 feet’ category, while Azimut Atlantis 34 won in the ‘Sportcruiser up to 45 feet’ category. The prestigious awards were officially presented on the occasion of the London Boat Show on January 6 by a panel of judges including the magazines’ editors and experienced boat testers on the basis of the results of tests conducted at sea with the vessels over the past twelve months and published in the magazines. The finalists in each of the nine categories were required to undergo rigorous, thorough testing procedures before the judges made their final decisions.


Bavaria Positive Trend

Fine days of exhibition at the boot in Düsseldorf and nine days with a very full program at the both the sailing and motor yachts stands from Bavaria. On this year's boot from the 18th to the 26th of January, Bavaria displays its whole range of products of sailing and motor yachts and the efforts have all been worthwhile. At every stage of the exhibition the visitors showed great interest in the Bavaria yachts between 29 and 56 feet. And even more pleasantly quite a number sales could be immediately achieved. A total of 20 Bavaria dealers from 12 different nations were in action at the boot, resulting a very international audience on both stands of the shipyard from Giebelstadt. Of one of the longest journeys from our dealerships was had by Paulo C. Pimentel Duarte, the Bavaria dealer from Sao Paulo who also met several Brazilian customers in Düsseldorf. All sailing yachts sold for delivery in Brazil have already completed a transatlantic passage to get to their destination. Were all motor and sailing yachts presented at the boot in Dusseldorf? No, not all. The latest new model, the Bavaria Easy 9.7 was conceived only shortly before the exhibition but can still be ordered by customers. Occasionally it became very tight for space on the Bavaria motorboats stands in hall 4 during the 45th boot in Düsseldorf. Particularly on both week-ends of exhibition the visitors had to take waiting periods if they wanted to visit the motor yachts of Bavaria. But it was for many prospective customers not only about seeing the motor yachts, they had also concrete questions to ask the Bavaria sales team. Topics such as the new joystick control system for berthing, to the economic efficiency of the Volvo Penta engines up to the details of the new Highline edition. For some of the 16 yachts which were presented in Düsseldorf the journey continues to Turkey where in Istanbul the next exhibition is awaiting them.


Canados Sell First Hull of Oceanic Line

Oceanic Yachts the exciting new line of yachts built by Cantiere Navale di Ostia – Canados has the pleasure to announce that hull #1 of Oceanic Yachts 90' has been sold. The first Oceanic 90 in its standard version has already been sold and is due to be delivered in June 2014. 


Fairline Success at the London Show

Fairline Boats has enjoyed a very successful 2014 London Boat Show, with strong forward sales across the range. The leading British luxury boat brand exhibited nine models at its stand, including Fairline’s striking new 48ft models, as well as an exciting all-new concept boat. Highlights of the show included the launch of the third model in Fairline’s 48ft range the Targa Gran Turismo, which was displayed alongside the Squadron 48 and the Targa 48 Open. Fairline also celebrated a major milestone at the show with the launch of its 100th Squadron 78 model, one of the brand’s most successful and iconic luxury motor yachts. A new feature of the stand, Fairline’s Concept Cinema, gave customers, show visitors and industry guests a glimpse of the future of motor boating with the Fairline Esprit concept boat. The concept incorporates sustainable materials in construction and design, without compromising Fairline’s class-leading styling and performance. The new-look Fairline stand also featured a hospitality area, where guests were invited to relax and enjoy a drink. 


Fairline Expands Dealer Network

Fairline Boats is pleased to announce the appointment of a new authorised dealer in Herzliya, Israel. Maoz.net, trading as Fairline Israel, will operate from its offices in Herzliya Marina on the Eastern Mediterranean coast. The announcement is part of the luxury boat brand’s continued commitment to building its worldwide dealer network in 2014. Ideally located, Herzliya Marina is a short cruising distance from the beautiful bays of Turkey and the picturesque Greek islands and is close to some of Israel’s most popular destinations such as Tel Aviv. Established in 1994 by Yehuda Maoz, Maoz.net originally specialised in operating worldwide business jet flights from Israel. A passionate sailor, as well as an experienced jet pilot, Yehuda expanded the business into the marine industry in 2007. 


Ferretti Group New Chief Financial Officer

Ferretti Group, one of the global leaders in the design, construction and sales of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of prestigious brands that are among the most exclusive in the world boating industry, today announces that Italo Valenti is to be the Group's new Chief Financial Officer. Valenti's appointment is part of a project to further grow and develop the Group on a worldwide level, by contributing to further reinforcement of the managerial structure. Italo Valenti, 49, graduated in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. His career path included roles of increasing responsibility in major multinationals such as ABB and Beretta, before taking on the role of Chief Financial Officer at Ferrari in 2009. Valenti will report directly to Ferruccio Rossi, Chief Executive Officer of the Ferretti Group.


Gulf Craft Breaks Into Top Ten Builders List

The United Arab Emirates has been named among the world’s Top 10 superyacht-building nations in the recently released 2014 Global Order Book, a report issued annually by the Boat International Group. The UAE claimed the 9th place with 18 yachts over 24m currently under construction in the country. Enabling the UAE to sail into this prestigious listing as the manufacturer of 15 of the country’s 18 superyachts currently on order, is UAE-based yacht builder Gulf Craft. Gulf Craft also clinched a top 10 ranking among the world’s superyacht-building shipyards, moving up to the 10th position from its previous ranking of 17th. Today Gulf Craft has a wider superyacht product offering than ever before in the company’s history with eight different models available between 24m and 50m. The company has made significant investments in recent years in the development of its facilities and know-how which has grown global appreciation of the high standards of quality and innovation evident in its superyachts. As a builder of made-to-order luxury vessels, it’s the personalized approach and flexibility brought to each individual build that has helped put Gulf Craft and the UAE on the superyacht building map, enabling it to far outperform its peers as well as grow its brand equity in mature international yachting markets such as Europe. According to the 2014 Global Order Book, this is the first time since the record year of 2009 (when 1,008 new orders were recorded), that the number of new build yacht projects globally has been higher than that of the previous year. This year’s Global Order Book reveals that 735 new yachts are under construction or on order, a 6.2 percent increase over the 692 projects in the 2013 Order Book. The publication termed the reversal of a decreasing trend of superyacht orders that lasted four years as “certainly good news” for the industry.

Gulf Craft Dusseldorf Mark

Gulf Craft, one of the world’s top 10 superyacht building shipyards, said the time is right to be in the superyacht business in Europe. The statement was made at the recently concluded Düsseldorf International Boat Show, which took place at Messeplatz, Dusseldorf, Germany. In the last few years the company has seen its presence in the superyacht sector grow considerably, especially in Europe. Gulf Craft has cemented its international superyacht credentials in the past year with the delivery of six yachts above 30mt, three of which have been above 35m and three delivered to Europe. The company’s European growth in recent years has largely been driven by superyacht orders. Boot Dusseldorf is one of the world's premier annual boat shows and has been running for 45 years. The show welcomed close to 80,000 visitors in its opening weekend of 2014 and attracted 1,650 exhibitors from 60 countries.


Hodgdon Yachts and Boothbay Region Boatyard Sign Letter of Intent to Merge

Boothbay Region Boatyard will continue to provide maintenance and repair service to vessels ranging from outboard motorboats to yachts up to 80 feet. After the combination of the two businesses and the addition of approximately thirty employees at Boothbay Region Boatyard, Hodgdon will employ about 150 people in the Boothbay region.


Horizon Yachts Ranked as One of the Top Super Yacht Builders

ShowBoats International Magazine recently released their 2014 Global Order Book, which provides an in-depth look at international yacht activity each year, and Horizon is pleased to announce that we are number 5 in the list of Top 20 Custom Builders. With a total of 1686 feet in length built this year, Horizon also ranked number 11 in the list of Top 20 Builders by length, and Taiwan came in at number six in the Top 10 Builder Nations, showing increased activity by 32.4% in our home country. The Global Order Book reflects the growth we have seen in the past few years since the economic crisis, with motor yacht orders taking up the largest sector and expedition yachts coming in second, and we are confident that this growth, for both the yachting industry and Horizon, will continue into 2014. 


Jarrett Bay Welcome Chad Voorhees

Chad recently joined Jarrett Bay as a Product Design Engineer. Working directly with Gary Davis, Chad helps design and document all aspects of the custom build process. Prior to joining our family, Chad spent over 20 years at Hatteras Yachts in product development, designing new boats and working with customers on their custom design dreams. He brings 18 years of CAD experience and expert hands-on knowledge of the boat building process. In addition to his boat building experiences, he earned a degree in Furniture Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, and ran his own furniture design business for over a dozen years. Chad lives in Morehead City with his wife Amy. He has three grown children and a growing family. He enjoys being on and near the water whether he is fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, or out on his boat.


Moonen Yachts Communication Manager Return

Following a period of maternity leave, Dorien Bilterijst has returned to her role as communication manager at Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands. Sabine Joppe, who has carried out all her duties with aplomb over recent months, has now moved onto a new challenge.


Outer Reef Wins Motorboat of the Year

Outer Reef 700 wins Motorboat of the Year. On handling the awatd to Ooter Reef Hugo Andreae editor of Motorboat and Yachting said that 700 does everything a World class trawler should and matches it with a build quality and high customisation. 


Sealine New Designer

Leading motor boat builders, Sealine International, are delighted to announce that they have appointed award winning international designer Bill Dixon to work with their in house design team in creating of a new range of innovative Sealine models. The first of these will be launched in the autumn of 2014. As a young naval architect working for Angus Primrose Design in the early 1980s, Bill Dixon faced a significant challenge to keep things going following Primrose's untimely death at sea. Some 30 years later Bill now heads a leading international studio with an impressive range of credits to its name including yachts for production boat builders such as Moody as well as major custom sail and motor yacht projects built at shipyards throughout the world. His studio is based at Swanwick near Southampton and Bill is still very much a hands-on designer.


Sea Ray Welcomes New Dealer

Sea Ray is pleased to announce its new partnership with American Boat Center as the Sea Ray dealer for the Knoxville area. Founded in 1987 by Steve and Susan Moore, American Boat Center is recognized for industry expertise and superior customer care. Housing one of the largest indoor show rooms in the southeast, American Boat Center is conveniently located in West Knoxville, just a short distance from both Sea Ray’s headquarters in downtown Knoxville and the Tellico Lake facility, where Sea Ray sport boats are built. In addition to its wide selection from the Sea Ray line-up, American Boat Center also features The Wake Shop, a comprehensive pro shop that carries a huge inventory of wakeboards, skis and other equipment and apparel—everything to ensure your time on the water is perfect.


Sunseeker Scoops Motor Boat of the Year Award

The impressive Sunseeker San Remo has won the ‘Best Sportscruiser over 45ft’ category in the prestigious Motor Boat Awards 2014. The highly respected Motor Boat Awards bring together marine business leaders to celebrate the best of the best from the motorboating world. Sunseeker beat off competition from all major boat manufacturers to claim the coveted Sportscruiser over 45ft award. Every detail of the San Remo has been planned to perfection, but its hidden treasure is the feeling of space and style throughout, from the exquisite owner’s stateroom right through to the galley and onto the upper deck. The generous main saloon area, consisting of stunning curved seating, is equipped with all the usual amenities you would expect from a cruiser of this size. But its light interior, combined with roof skylights and hull-side windows, transform the living space with floods of natural light.


Sunseeker Stars Raise the Roof

The team at Sunseeker are the finest boat builders and designers in the world, but they also have hidden talents! On the evening of Thursday 9th January 2014 at London Boat Show a select few of the most musically talented Sunseeker staff will take to the stage to entertain guests and visitors to raise money for breast cancer clinical trials. The ‘Sunseeker Renegades’ will make their world debut on the London stage and will be joined by the talented Jodie Elms, alongside Elle and the Pocket Belles, who officially opened the Sunseeker stand with James Corden on Saturday. The Sunseeker band first formed following company-wide auditions earlier in the year and have been practising relentlessly in preparation for their first gig at London Boat Show.The exclusive event is set to be the talk of the Boat Show for years to come.


Viking Wonder Woman

Angler extraordinaire, Martha Macnab, of Balboa Island, California, has been conferred by The Billfish Foundation with two prestigious awards for her accomplishments in 2013. Martha was recognized as the Top Overall Lady Tagging Angler and the Top Tagging Angler, Pacific Striped Marlin. Founded in 1986 to promote the world wide conservation of billfish, The Billfish Foundation's Tagging Program, which began in 1990, is the largest in the world. Congratulations Martha and the crew aboard your Viking 61, Retriever.

January 30, 2014

New Model: Rhea 36 Trawler

It's a challenging time for Rhea who with the success of its Trawler range continue to expand this line with a new entry level 36 model. With its elegant lines and classic appearance, the Rhea 36 Trawler offers all the necessary comforts for cruising. Inside the 36 Trawler offers two cabins; owners room to fore, and guest two bunk double to starboard amidships. While the main deck surprises for its modernity see astern galley. The 36 Trawler can also ground safely thanks to the shape of its hull and the protected propeller and rudder. In addition, its carefully designed hull offers limited drag and a sharp clean entrance whilst the tunnel propellers optimize consumption.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.3 m (37ft)
Hull Length - 10.8 m
Beam - 4.10 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 10600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x 260hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Project - Bertrand Danglade, Mortain-Mavrikios naval architecture
Certification - CE

January 29, 2014

Project: Fairline Esprit

Fairline was pretty upbeat at the just ended 2014 London boat show presenting an innovative concept the Esprit. This concept is a revolution for most of the known brands and shows sustainable bio-diversification construction in a new light. Bio-derived epoxy resins with needle punched flax fibres are used in construction and the interior features ecoyarn upholstery fabrics, specially treated with a waterproofing plasma process. Recycled synthetic teak is used for the eSprit’s decking and the concept incorporates a solar panelled T-top that folds away to cover bow seating when not in use. The concept also showcases an ergonomically optimized interior and includes a multi functional Steering Position with paddle throttles and integral LED control display. This allows chart plotter, radar and system information to be displayed in the optimum viewing position.  Power options for the Fairline eSprit consist of a 400hp diesel engine, capable of 30 knots in diesel mode, coupled to an electric motor. Silent running or sustained low speed cruising is possible at 5 knots in electric mode. But the Fairline Esprit was also a new departure for the British boat builder who for the first time presented a sport cruiser with a powerboat feel to its overall design. This is something totally new from Fairline and would be interesting to see the response from the public about the Esprit if it goes into production.  

January 28, 2014

New Model: Alaska 60 Yachtfisher

This new Alaska 60 Yachtfisher bases itself on the previous larger model coming from the down under builder the 57 Pilothouse, with the extra thinking coming for those who enjoy fishing or scuba diving, incorporating a fully molded fisherman style cockpit with additional storage, kill tanks, rope lockers and more. Like her 54ft smaller sister the hull of the 60 was computer scaled off the successful Alaska 46 series using the latest CAD design software. The Alaska 60 Yachtfisher offers classic and elegant looks combined with a generous sixteen foot plus of beam giving an unparalleled motor yacht with a myriad of live-able spaces on board. Some key design features of the 60 Yachtfisher are; walk-around decks, three cabin configuration with full beam master stateroom with king-size bed, dual en-suites, laundry, fiberglass hardtop over cockpit and side decks, and a tender storage deck aft on the flybridge. Like all Alaska the 60 Yachtfisher features a variable dead-rise hull design ensuring an economical cruising speed of 9 knots, or comfortably at 18 but if it’s a burst of speed you need she will sprint to over 22 knots. 
Technical Data
LOA - 17.98 m (59ft)
Hull Length - 17.37 m
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Dispalcement - 30,000 kg 
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM-11 670hp, Cummins 715hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed -  22 knots max, 18 knots cruise, 9 knots economic

January 27, 2014

Project: Viking 52 ST

After the 42 ST, US builder Viking is fast to capitulate on this new generation of three sided hard top express sport fisher with the project of a 52 already starting to being developed. This new Viking 52 ST should prove a success, and I think it want be long till we see the similar sized open express from the competition to be redesigned with a three sided hard top variant. The 52 ST should also replace the 52 Sport Yacht in production since 2006, although so far there is no official word about this. We also do not know much about this new Viking 52 ST. Will it use the hull of the new 52 Convertible, or the half foot slimmer of the older since 2006 produced Open and Sport Yacht models. The shorter fore deck in the rendering though makes you think this model is very much developed on the latest 52 Convertible launched in 2013.        

January 25, 2014

Project: Palmer Johnson 35 M Supersport

Its an impressive innovative project from Palmer Johnson breaking many new barriers in this new Supersport line. The 35 M Supersport has an unedited hull shape, which may look a trimaran from a certain point of view, but this is for the most part a slender bulb mono with a sharp entry piercing bow and two sponsons to aft aiding stability but giving help for extra performance. The sponsons also aid the aft deck space giving 64 squared meters of room. On the accommodation side the 35 M Supersport features five guest cabins with an owners stateroom amidships. Three crew cabins, a lobby with saloon and galley are located to fore. Power for the 35 M Supersport will come from triple Volvo 900hp engines with IPS pod propulsion with Palmer Johnson estimating top speeds of 30 knots.     

January 24, 2014

New Model: Astondoa 72 GLX

Astondoa follows in its footsteps by making its 72 a turn around model. The 72 GLX from Astondoa heralds a new departure in the looks of its Motoryacht line with an innovative design element going into its fore deck. The bow of the 72 GLX features a very full shape with a triangle point, this adding more space to the fore deck and below.  The 72 GLX also surprises for being among the few flybridge motor yachts with a tender garage space. Lower deck accommodation offers a four double cabins plan with the standard layout of full beam owners room amidships. A crew cabin with a single berth is located to port side aft.  The main deck with the saloon on entrance, a full opening patio door which joins the cockpit, and bulkhead separated galley make for a nice living area.  Power is standard MAN engines 1224hp or optional 1360.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.05 m (72.3ft)
Hull Length - 21.2 m
Beam - 5.72 m
Draft - 1.24 m
Displacement - 49000 kg loaded, 44000 kg unloaded  
Fuel Capacity - 4400 l
Water Capacity - 1300 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew cabin with 1 berth
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x Man 12v 1224hp, 12v 1360hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max 25 cruise with MAN 1224hp engines
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 16 degrees deadrise
Certification - Germanisher Lloyd, ISO 8666 for measurements

January 23, 2014

Project: Steeler 46 Panorama FlatFloor

This new project from Steeler and designed by known dutch firm Vripack the 46 Panorama FlatFloor is one of the most innovative to come around since some time.  To be build in steel and featuring a semi displacement hull the 46 Panorama FlatFloor shows innovative spirit first for its single floor interior and second for its immense use of window surfaces. Another innovation in the 46 Panorama is a Multifunctional tank which can be filled of air, diesel, and water. When filled of water the tank reduces the height of vessel by one feet making it possible to pass for most of the inland waterway bridges in France. If you fill it with diesel your range increases dramatically.  The standard layout of the 46 Panorama is a two cabins plan with owners room to fore, and guest cabin amidships.  All the cabins are located in the main deck flat floor area this also featuring saloon and galley.  Also various options exist for the guest cabin from a separate galley, to two single berths. Three different options also exist for the entrance saloon sofa area, from astern galley, two armchair choices, or two opposite sofa plans.  A semi raised pilot house area features the helm and a relaxing C-shaped settee.  The Panorama series is to be made in four models this 46 being the entry level model.   

January 22, 2014

Engine: Cat C3406C 376hp

Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the Cat 3406C propulsion engine has entered production and is available for global customers to order. The Caterpillar 3406C is one of the most successful marine engine platforms in the American engine maker history. The Cat 3406C marine propulsion engine provides customers in lesser regulated countries, including Asia, with an economical, dependable solution for their commercial marine vessels. The mechanically governed 3406C propulsion engine offers 376hp at 1800 rpm. The engine is ideal for small offshore, inland waterways and commercial fishing applications. The 3406C presents customers with numerous advantages as a propulsion solution for their vessels. The mechanical engine is easy to install, operate and maintain, featuring many shared components from the original engine design. The engine performs at optimal levels even in the harshest environments in the most rugged of engine rooms, backed by the Cat global dealer network in even the most remote locations. Additionally with the relaunch of the platform, the engine will be offered with either keel cooled or heat exchanger cooling systems.

January 21, 2014

Improve-it = Galeon 550 Fly

It comes to no surprise from Galeon to finish the yachts as customers desire.  It does so with its smaller entry brand models as the 325, so on the 550 Fly this surely come out as standard procedure. In the 2013 fall Galeon delivered a 550 Fly finished in high gloss polisander, giving the owner a unique interior especially compared to recent trends.  This is the third wood finish choice for the three double cabin flybridge motor yacht 550 Fly model, the other two being dark walnut, and wenge wood.  The polisander wood finish of this 550 Fly gives a more classic and luxurious interior feel compared to the currently more popular and modern wenge and dark walnut choices.

January 20, 2014

New Model: Absolute 56 STY

Absolute continues to fine tune its models in the 50 series.  The new 56 STY is a further evolution of what was born in 2009 as a 50 Fly, then developed into a 53, a 55, and now this latest model. The 55 presented in 2012 has an amazing layout for its size. Three spacious cabins below deck including full beam owners room, astern galley, aft deck with L-shaped settee sun-pad, and last a two saloon sofa one for dining opposite of the galley and a lounging to fore.  So what does the 56 improves in this? Absolute redesigned the astern galley now featuring a more open format, also increased moving space in the aft deck by adjoining the sun-pad with the convertible settee, and also changed the two single armchairs with table to one large sofa in the owners midships cabin.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.65 m (54.6ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l 
Water Capacity - 560 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D11 600hp, D11 700hp, 3 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS 600, IPS800, or IPS900 pod drives
Speed - 28 knots cruise with twin Volvo 700hp units
Project - Absolute Research Lab
Certification - CE B

January 19, 2014

Web: Camper and Nicholsons New Web Site

Camper and Nicholsons Yachting presents its new World wide web showroom.  Camper and Nicholsons commenced in 1782 building in its long history some legendary yachts as the Shamrock J-class series built for Sir Thomas Lipton to compete in the Americas cup.  Other notable builds are the Endeavour, and Velsheda, and lastly the super yacht Philante which at 1629 tons remains the largest pleasure craft ever build in Britain.  In 2001 Camper and Nicholsons Yachting arm was bought by Sergio Ferragamo also owner of Nautor Yachts.  He restarted production building a series of classic looking express boats.  At first the production from 2004 till 2005 was made in the legendary Gosport Britain facility but in December 2005 this was closed and building moved to the Nautor shipyard in Scandinavia, Finland.   Today Camper and Nicholsons Yachting offers a total of five models from the 42 Endeavour, to the still in project 42 Filante which will be built in Steel and Aluminium.  Camper and Nicholsons new website takes you around with the following buttons; Company, Commuters, All Seas, and Contacts.  

January 18, 2014

Project: Canados Oceanic 140 DiElec

In the fall of 2013 Canados made an interesting move by presenting its new tug boat inspired Oceanic range. This new Canados Oceanic range is a very interesting concept, offering some interesting elements as plenty of space for tender stowage, huge aft deck, and a hybrid displanning twin stepped hull shape.  The Oceanic 140 is the second project showcased by Canados in a range which will feature four models from 90 to 140 feet.  The Oceanic 140 is available in two versions Dielec and Support.  The DiElec is the diesel engine electronic motor hybrid, we are showing in this post.  The upper deck of the Canados Oceanic 140 will feature to full the owners area, with an apartment style cabin.  The main deck will feature the wheelhouse forward and saloon.  Power will be triple MTU 2600hp engines with two diesel electric motors.  Max speed is 27 knots, cruise of 23 and an electric only speed of 8 knots.  This last can give a range of up to 4900 nautical miles.  

January 17, 2014

Project: Storm S-78

Storm Yachts seem to be a new Dutch brand in the construction of custom motor yachts build of alloy in the Netherlands.  Still the company has ten years experience in repairing yachts and now heads into a branding in new construction.  The S-78 is the first of its new important project which will have a two range series S and X, and start from 53 up to 100 feet.  An important element sticks out in the Storm S-78 and this its patent fast displacement FDFH hull shape.  The S-78 will be a three double cabins motor yacht with modern looks of the hull see Axe bow, and a super structure which seems to take a lot from Nuvolari Lenard interpretation of the Monte Carlo Yachts series. Standard power is twin Cats 1145hp with max speeds up to 24 knots. Smaller engines choices from twin Cats 500hp units are available.  

January 16, 2014

Boat Show - Dusseldorf 2014 Preview

Its that important time of January when the Dusseldorf's boat show, what is the largest in its type of a full exhibition located inside sets the stage.  The 2014 edition of Dusseldorf starts on the 18 and will end on the 26 January what is nine days of boating paradise for an international community.  Many manufactures are looking at Europe's strongest economy in hoping to have a good 2014 year.  New models which will be presented in Germany for the first time are the; Absolute 64 Fly, Delphia Nano, Elan Power 30, Greenline 48, Jetten 50 Multi Purpose Cruiser, Nimbus 405 Coupe, Steeler 46 Panorama FlatFloor, and the Storm S-78. 

January 15, 2014

New Model: Alen 55

Alen is a pretty new brand in the yachting panorama which appeared in the scene with its fast large 42 tender model in 2009.  Now in the fall of 2013 the company presented its second model the 55, with a 68 currently in project stage.  The new Alen 55 is a walk around sport cruiser with its main customer being the large tender or day runabout market.  Still the Alen 55 prides itself for offering two lower deck layouts with two or four berths plan being available.  The first lower deck plan is pure tender day-boat, with a large V-shaped settee; two shower heads and a crew cabin.  The second layout which is more cruiser friendly offers a forward master cabin, a saloon with sofa, a cabin amidships with two berths, and a shower head.  Power is twin Volvo 800hp with max speed up to 35 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.8 m (55.1ft)
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 0.80 m
Displacement - 21 t
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 2 berths in 1 cabin, or 4 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Range - 280 nautical miles at cruise
Construction - full composite with Airex Core
Project- Alen Yacht
Certification - CE B

January 14, 2014

Project: Alaska 49 Aft Cabin Yachtfisher

Alaska are proud to announce its latest project, the 49 Aft Cabin Yachtfisher. The 49 is a modern take on a classic family layout. With the focus on space the Alaska 49 Aft Cabin Yachtfisher features a three cabin layout.  The main feature of this new 49 Alaska is the practical fishing cockpit features loads of smart-boater options like: access to the master stateroom, refrigeration, cockpit controls, tackle draws and even a sink. The molded stairs take you to the spacious undercover aft-deck area with molded L-shape, settee to port and cook top to starboard. There is also a wet bar area forward of the dining table / settee which is the ideal place to mix an afternoon cocktail. The owners stateroom located to aft features a king-Size berth and separate en-suite shower heads.  To forward is the other two cabins, a Queen-size island bed VIP suite with its own head, and to starboard amidships is the third room featuring bunk berths. All cabins feature a contemporary interior design with a beautiful mix of modern fabrics and timber joinery, clever use of space and generous headroom make the 49 a pleasure to be on-board no matter what your age. All cabins boast beautiful natural light and ventilation, LED TVs, IPod capable fusion audio systems, spacious storage and draws. The latest Cummins 480hp engines power the 49 Aft Cabin Yachtfisher with predicted max speeds being up to 21 knots.

January 13, 2014

New Model: Fairline 48 Targa GT

It's been an interesting year for Fairline which presented an important 48 model available in three different variants. The Fairline 48 is the second IPS model since the company presented the 44 Targa GT in 2007, and the first to be build with resin infusion method. Presented in the London show this January the new 48 Targa GT the enclosed hard top version is the last of these, and offers a similar plan to the Open version, with the main difference coming in the aft deck, and a longer more extended hard-top.  The aft deck of the 48 Targa Gran Turismo features no sun-pad but a spacious C-shaped settee replaces this. Unlike the Open the 48 Targa GT targets customers who want sport looks and a possibility to be on the water in rain or sun.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.38 m (50.5ft)
LOA - 14.73 m ex bathing platform
Hull Length - 14.35 m
Beam - 4.33 m
Displacement - 13.28 t
Fuel Capacity - 1350 l
Water Capacity - 440 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max
Construction - longitude and transverse moulded stringers, Polyurethane foam core for deck
Project - Fairline Design Team 

January 12, 2014

Web: Jaguar Catamarans New Web Site

Jaguar Catamarans International from Britain presents its new virtual showroom.  Jaguar is a new company and was founded in 2013.  But its founder Nigel Hoggett comes from an experience of managing the British dealership of what was till a year ago the largest power catamaran producer; the French company Lagoon. With the Lagoon stopping production of its Power Catamaran range, Nigel set out to find a replacement. None was found so the decision and a meeting with designer Bill Dixon started the range which today features four models from 47 to 56 feet in the Power and Trawler range.  The project will feature additional models with lengths starting from 41 up to 76 feet.  Jaguar new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, New Catamarans, Brokerage, Global Search, News and Events, About Us, and Contact. Jaguar also features its social media Facebook, and Twitter pages with a button to join at the bottom of the page.

January 11, 2014

Projest: Heesen 70m YN 17470

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that they have signed a contract to build a fully custom 70m Fast Displacement all aluminium motor yacht of 1200 Gross Tonnage. The keel of this project, YN 17470, was laid in October 2013 and the yacht is due for delivery in Spring 2016.  The Owner has chosen Espen Oeino International to design the exterior lines and Sinot Design for the interiors. Twelve guests will be accommodated in six staterooms. The large Owner’s suite, traditionally located forward on the main deck, will measure some 85 square metres and includes a generous dressing room, a spacious bathroom and a study. Four guest cabins will be located on the lower deck and a VIP cabin on the wheelhouse deck will boast stunning views.  Some notable features include: a gigantic infinity pool on the main deck aft; a beach club with a large swimming platform aft and a port-side platform; and a luxury elevator in steel and glass that connects the three decks. The tender garage with gull-wing doors is positioned forward below the foredeck and a touch-and-go helipad will be located forward of the bridge.  The sundeck offers flexible sunbathing and shaded areas – it will be partially covered and well protected with sliding doors forward and lateral retractable glass panels will offer shelter from the elements.  The propulsion package provides for three main engines driving two wing propellers and a central booster water-jet giving a trial speed expected to be over 30 knots.  YN 17470 will be fully LY3 compliant. Her crew of 16 will be accommodated in 8 cabins all with private shower rooms.

January 10, 2014

Guy Couach 1926 - 2014

Guy Couach, who founded the Couach shipyard in France in 1962 to manufacture boats in composite materials, died January 6, 2014. He was 88.  Couach was the grandson of Albert Couach, who founded Couach marine engines in 1897. Guy Couach joined the family business as a young man and was among the first people to consider the mass production of motorboats, with work he began in 1946. In 1962 he founded Guy Couach shipyard, which built boats in composite. One of his earliest developments was the Aramat, a yacht built in 1970 from a Kevlar-based material.  Several hundred high-performance yachts have followed in the decades since. Nepteam, a regional investment group, bought the Couach yard in 2011. The facility continues to turn out composite boats from 65 to 164 feet LOA, including patrol and rescue boats for navy and coast guard operations.

New Model: Aquador 35 ST

It's an interesting new model from Aquador and the flagship of its five model hard top range this is the 35 ST. Rich of interesting features the 35 ST surprises for its half a foot deep bulwarks, hard top which covers all the aft cockpit deck and a not so usual internal layout for a sport cruiser this size.  The 35 ST lower deck plan offers a U-shaped dinette to fore, galley, two double cabins amidships, and shower head to starboard. The 35 ST shares hull with the also 2013 launched eight centimeters longer 35 Cabin, and is powered by twin engines from 330 up to 600hp in total.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.6 m (34.7ft)
Beam - 3.45 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 5500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Water Capacity - 160 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - twin dual propeller stern drives
Certification - CE B

January 9, 2014

Project: Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Sunseeker presents the 75 Yacht project will make its world debut at the London Boat Show this January 2014.  The striking new yacht will be unveiled to the world at the 60th anniversary of the internationally renowned Boat Show. As the latest addition and new entry model to the Sunseeker Yacht range, the 75 is the embodiment of style that the Poole British brand is famous for.  The spacious nature of the yacht is continued in the interior thanks to its three double suites and twin bed guest arrangement. Accommodating up to eight guests, the 75 Yacht is ideal for entertaining and with each cabin featuring its own en-suite, guests have privacy guaranteed.  In addition, the main galley and dining area have been designed to maximize the spacious feel of the yacht. The main saloon area offers a sophisticated yet comfortable environment in which to relax and the careful design of the sofa encourages sociability among guests. However, the most notable feature in this area of the 75 Yacht is its Z shaped panoramic glazing and hull windows. This not only offers breathtaking views of the open waters, but also floods the main saloon with natural light and enhances the overall feeling of space. What’s more the main galley and dining area has been redesigned to provide additional space.  The interior design of the 75 Yacht has been completed to the highest standard to reflect the exclusive nature of the yacht. The attention to detail throughout features intricate details in the leather wrapped cabinetry. The outdoor entertaining areas of the 75 Yacht are just as impressive as those on the inside, as guests can take advantage of the impressive flybridge. Ideal for those who enjoy the thrill of the open air, this expansive outdoor area sports a new style wet bar area in addition to an inviting large seating area. Having increased engine room space made it possible for the 75 Yacht to feature larger Cat engines which makes it possible to to reaches top end speeds of 34 knots.

January 8, 2014

New Model: Rhea 47 Trawler

Boasting excellent autonomy and a comfortable passenger compartment, the new Rhéa 47 Trawler is an authentic long-range explorer cruiser. With outstanding performance in terms of consumption and autonomy, the 47 Trawler designed by Bertrand Danglade offers traditional looks with some nice design solution as the Portuguese bridge and the split level shear line which is an important part of the philosophy of this model. As regards the internal layout, the standard plan offers a fore owners cabins with en-suite shower head, and two guest cabins amidships which share a second shower head. The saloon is spacious with large windows that offer stunning views of the sea and features an adjoining functional galley.  An alternative layout is offered for both the lower and main deck.  The lower deck option can prove interesting for people planning long time aboard since this replaces the third cabin to port side with an utility room.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.8 m (48.5ft)
Length - 13 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Displacement - 14000 kg light 18000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins or 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x 350hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Bertrand Danglade
Certification - CE B

January 7, 2014

Project: Hunt 25 Harrier Sport

Hunt Yachts is proud to announce the project of the 25 Harrier Sport. Sharing the same hull and solid engineering as the highly regarded Harrier series, the new 25 Sport is pure, unadulterated, Hunt.  Designed for maximum enjoyment and entertaining on the water and minimum maintenance, the Hunt 25 Sport is engineered to be both easy to own and put away at the end of the day, and as always with Hunt, great to run and ride offshore. Its rough water bred hull promises to deliver boaters excellent sea keeping.  Its cuddy cabin includes a berth and a head for the over nighter on the go. As practical as it is sporty and elegant, the 25 Sport takes on any assignment. It’s the perfect tender, sportfishing, chase, ski and wake-boarding boat, day cruiser, and dive support platform.  It features a three by seven feet sunpad aft to relax on. The 25 Sport is designed to look futuristic yet retro-classic. Comfortable contoured wraparound cockpit seating blends stylishly with a sixties Porsche inspired windshield and upholstered dash where a stereo and Garmin chart plotter are standard. A cockpit entertainment system includes an entertainment console with sink, refrigerator/freezer and trash can.  Built to last with modest care, the Hunt 25 Sport will also run just as well a generation from now as it does today. All-composite construction and intelligent engineering create a high-integrity hull and deck structure of great strength at moderate weight. Volvo sterndrive power from 320 to 430 horsepower is available.
ww.huntyachts.com

January 6, 2014

New Model: Henriques 50 Flybridge

Henriques makes an important decision for its line that to update, uplift and reintroduce its flagship the 50 Flybridge model. The new Henriques 50 Flybridge features a total redesign with new flybridge looks and an updated interior layout.  The below decks now feature three double cabins with an owners room having ensuite shower heads located amidships to starboard.  A bunk berth to port, and a fore cabin with a double french bed and a bunk is located to fore.  The main deck offers a standard sportfish yacht layout with a galley, C-shaped dinette, and an L-shaped relaxing sofa.  Engine power of the 50 Flybridge is twin 1015hp which gives a top speed of 36 knots and a 30 cruise.  Lower compared to some of the over 40 knots of other builders but the Henqriues 50 Flybridge and its not so heavy dry weight of less to 24 tons should also be an economic to run ride.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.76 m (55ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 5.02 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 23586 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3785 l
Water Capacity - 567 l
Accommodation - 6/7 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 1015hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 36 knots max, 30 knots cruise

January 5, 2014

Web: Cantiere Delle Marche New Web Site

Cantiere delle Marche which translates in Inglish to the Yard of the Marche presents its new web showroom.  This yachting brand started its foundation in 2011 when it launched its first pleasure yacht the 86 Darwin, and is to be followed by other builds and more projects in the future. Owned by the Cecchini family, Cantiere Delle Marche is a new reality in the super yacht industry which comes from an experience of over ten years in ship construction in its various faces, from internal fittings, to the building of commercial vessels. Cantiere Delle Marche is an ambitions project and the yard offers eight models which start from 86, and go up to the still in project 130 Nauta Air. Cantiere Delle Marche new web site is available in Italian and English language, and takes you around with the following buttons; Cantiere Delle Marche, Darwin Class, Nauta Air, Read, and Home.

January 4, 2014

New Model: Canados 108

Launched in the middle of summer, with a World debut happening at Cannes show, is the new Canados 108.  An important new model from the nineteen fifties founded Italian Rome boat builder which fills a gap between the last 2012 year launched 120 flagship and the 86 of the flybridge line.  For the exterior line of the new 108, the Canados design team presented a two and half deck super yacht with natural evolution looks from the 2004 launched 110 which eventually became a 116 and a 120.  The new Canados 108 seems to emphasize view windows and access from the main deck to the exterior being easy. Two doors per side offer direct access to the side decks. Another interesting feature is also the bulbs which increase space on the fore deck.   Hull one of the 108 had an interior designed by Christian Gatto, who presented a plan with the owners stateroom on the main deck, and four double cabins below.  Gatto used oak, teak, bamboo woods, with a leather material match up.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 32.7 m (107.2ft)
Beam - 7.26 m
Draft - 2.10 m full load
Displacement - 140 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 15000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 10 berths in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 28 knots max, 24 knots cruise
Range - 480 nm at 24 knots cruise
Project - Canados, Christian Gatto for hull one

January 3, 2014

Project: Camper and Nicholsons 80 Gelyce

Seems the Italian ownership of this brand Leonardo Ferragamo is presenting some interesting projects with a full line of down East inspired sports cruisers and yachts, and now also an important super yacht offered in design.  The 80 Gelyce presented here is the largest of the down east line and stands at the entrance to be called a super yacht. The names Gelyce here respects the philosophy of a power-boat, since these where in actual fact fast commuters who served the J-class competing in the Americas Cup in the nineteen thirties. The 80 Gelyce is mostly a project looking towards outside spaces, with also an interesting concept for the flash fore deck featuring a nice louging area which does not disturb the lines.  Below is space for three double cabins, including a full beam owners stateroom.  To fore is the galley, a large C-shaped dinette, and two double crew cabins.  Power is a standard more long range package of twin MAN 1000hp which gives a 22 knots cruise.  A fast option of twin 1622hp Cat engines raises max speed to 33 knots.

January 2, 2014

New Model: Four Winns H290 Horizon

It seems to be an es-capable truth about boat building, that at some point you have to make it bigger.  We have seen it with all styles and now affects also bow riders who a few years ago seem to be stuck at under eight meters, I think we can bet you will see it in all. Four Winns H290 Horizon is a series of latest large bow riders which apart a full deck space use from fore to bow, also offer internal lower deck accommodation. It is not a lot, two berths in a french bed to starboard and a shower head to port. But still for an overnight stay if one feels the need to enjoy the sea to the full.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.17 m (30.1ft)
Beam - 2.97 m
Draft - 0.91 m drives down
Displacement - 3990 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 454 l
Water Capacity - 76 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 1 x Mercruiser 8.2 MPI 380hp, 2 x Mercruiser 350 MPI 300hp, 377 MIP 320hp, Volvo V8-EVC 300hp, V8-EVC 320hp, V8-EVC 380hp
Propulsion - single or twin dual propeler stern drives Mercruiser Bravo III or Volvo VP
Hull Shape - stable Vee with 21 degrees dead rise
Certification - CE

January 1, 2014

blogger - 2013 Not So Bad

After all the just finished 2013 was not a bad year for the boating industry, the improvements over 2012 could be seen and touched.  Another good news was the turn around from some countries who had in the previous couple of years shown a hard legislation towards boaters.
The top of the results for 2013 was surely the continued expansion of the large super yacht market over 24 meters which does not seem so far from its best of 2007 and 08, with some of the famous brands and most popular models having orders going into 2015.  Super yachts of smaller sizes from 24 to 30 meters have also become more custom in recent years, as opposed to the first decade of the first millennium.
Governments of Italy and Spain in 2013 started also to be less rigid on the tax side to the yachts. Italy has removed its boating tax for boats till 14 meters from 12 and divided by half that till 20 meters. Spain on the other hand has some more work to do considering the mess it did with it's charter tax legislation from 2009 till the mid of the just passed year.
On the bad side for 2014 we have Greece who seems to have come with a heavy tax imposed on yachts, this including even tourists on transit.  France also seems to have made a new berth tax.  As usual in these case the neighboring countries will be the ones rejoicing at these new taxes, with the bitter taste remaining on boaters who might in the end of it get fed up of these monopoly games and put there money elsewhere. Meaning selling there boat, or removing upgrade changing boat plans.