August 31, 2014

Monthly News - August 2014

-pic of the month- Sun Reef reinforces position in the Middle East

Benetti Biggest Yacht in Cannes

Ocean Paradise is a 55 meters in aluminum and steel and it based on a consolidated and tested Benetti platform, yet rich with innovative contents, especially with regards to partitioning, interior design, decor and fitting out. With Ocean Paradise, Benetti gives further proof of their second to none capability in interpreting and adapting to Owner's requests. Many elements make this yacht an example of custom avant-garde solutions: from the furnishings to the highly elaborate illumination plan, with the use of novel architectural solutions and the combination of both transparent and opaque materials that emphasize the traditional relationship with the sea, or a more contemporary look and feel, as required. All this is coordinated and managed by BEST(Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology), the proven domotic system adopted by the yard aboard several vessels and very much appreciated by Owners and crew. The Benetti Ocean Paradise was also conceived to fulfill the specific need of the charter activities, but despite this is characterized by several notable one of a kind elements, such as the designer's research for solutions that guarantee communication between adjacent environments and especially with the sea, even while relaxing in the main saloon or lunch area. This was obtained by the intense study and development of the height of the opaque elements, and the adoption of Plexiglas and crystal materials, with the absence of bulwarks in the floor to ceiling windows in the salon. Minimalist, but never cold, and always connected with the sea: these were some of the guidelines given by the Owner for the development of this project. The Benetti team of interior and exterior designers interpreted the desires of the Owner, bringing it to an ideal fruition from both the technical and aesthetic/functional points of view.


Cheoy Lee Rockets to Cocoa Beach

The #33 Cheoy Lee Alpha race team joins seven other P1 SuperStock teams to rocket around the Florida Space Coast this weekend in the fourth round of the championship one-design race boat series. Paula and Gene Weeks enter the weekend At Cocoa Beach, FL, in fourth place, 11 points off the leaders, but just one point behind #07 GD Environmental and the hometown team of #13 Florida's Space Coast, who are tied in second place. The husband and wife team are hoping for a better showing than last month's race in Tampa Bay with just one race left in September to determine the title. The veteran offshore throttleman began racing with his wife last year in the P1 SuperStock series and have had a roller-coaster-like season in 2014.Last month in Tampa, the pair started strong winning the pole position in a drag-style qualifying round, only to be plagued by gremlins during racing. This is P1 SuperStock's second visit to Cocoa Beach, following a successful debut last year.


Fairline Strengthens Global Sales Team

Fairline Boats is continuing to strengthen its global sales team with a key new appointment. Douglas Culverwell joins Fairline as Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), following the recent expansion of Fairline’s approved dealer network in 2014. Douglas brings to the role a wealth of global boat industry knowledge and experience acquired over the last 17 years. He has worked for a number of leading distributors and manufacturers across the world, including as Regional Sales Manager at Viking Sport Cruisers Inc. in the US, Senior Sales Manager for the Asia Pacific region at Princess Yachts International Ltd, and most recently at Sealine International. Douglas worked as Sales Director for Sealine, both at the original company in the UK and also at its new home with Hanse Yachts AG in Germany. Douglas will be responsible for the strategic growth and development of Fairline’s dealer network throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joins Adam Waters (Asia Pacific), Steve Leeson (Americas) and James Powell (UK and Spain) in the sales team, which is led by James Robinson, Fairline's Sales Director. 


Ferretti Group Capital Increase

Ferretti S.p.A. ("Ferretti") announces that the Shareholders' Meeting of Ferretti International Holding S.p.A. ("FIH"), sole shareholder of Ferretti, resolved an €80 million share capital increase in cash to support the Group's new Industrial Plan. FIH is the holding company of Ferretti, in which the reference shareholder Weichai Group Holding Hong Kong Investment Co. Ltd., The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, SVP Special Situations LLC, through several investment funds and vehicles related to it, and other minority shareholders, hold interests. The FIH share capital increase approved by the shareholders considerably boosts the investment that the Ferretti shareholders, and in particular the majority shareholder Weichai Group Holding Hong Kong Investment Co. Ltd., made in Italy. The result is that the Ferretti Group's capital and finances are significantly strengthened thanks to financial instruments allowing the new relaunch and growth Industrial Plan to be implemented.


Horizon Welcomes New Dubai Sales Partner Team

Horizon Group is pleased to announce the Bush & Noble company as a Preferred Partner for sales and service in Middle East (UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait). Established in 2012 and headquartered in Dubai, Bush & Noble is a vibrant and experienced yacht company offering a fresh approach to the marine industry in the Middle East. The core aspects of Bush & Noble comprise a yacht consultancy service focused on providing yacht owners with management, advice and guidance on any aspect of buying, selling or owning a yacht; and a brokerage division to facilitate the purchase and sale of yachts worldwide. “Bush & Noble has an enviable place in the developing yacht market, and we are looking forward to working closely together to bring Horizon Yachts to the Middle East, an area that has previously been unavailable to us,” said John Lu, CEO of Horizon Group.


Outer Reef New Director of Marketing

As a result of international demand and company growth, the US luxury yacht builder, Outer Reef Yachts, has announced that Tracy Hess has been selected as director of marketing and communications. She will manage the company’s global image as it pertains to the brand, and evolve product lines as well as various owner services. Hess joins the team as part of Outer Reef Yachts’ continued commitment to product and service growth, including the latest launch of the new Outer Reef Trident series, a series that focuses on the design and construction of long-range motor yachts, with a unique synthesis of stylistic innovation, technology and functionality. Working with senior management and the company’s sales network, Hess will implement marketing strategies to meet the needs of current international clients and prospective buyers for this new series, while continuing to increase market awareness for the successful classic Outer Reef long-range motor yacht product line, ranging from 53ft to 115ft. Leveraging 15 years of marketing experience in her new position with Outer Reef Yachts, Tracy has held sales management and leadership positions within marine media and technology companies, including Power and Motoryacht magazine, and most recently Yachtworld, Boats.com and Boat Trader. Also, she contributes to the overall industry as an ember of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Young Professionals in Yachting and the Maine Industries Association of South Florida.


Overmarine Mangusta in Cote D'Azur

The official inauguration of the Overmarine Group branch office in the Côte d’Azur was held last 31st July. Many people and Mangusta lovers attended the event, celebrating together with the managers of the company the new important and exclusive location. The new office is strategically located in Port Rayon, Golf Juan, nearby Cannes. All guests had the opportunity to admire a yacht of the Mangusta 105 series that was docked in front of the office. Opening this new office in the Côte d'Azur is part of the work of strengthening the brand and strategic consolidation which is leading the Group to preside directly over strategic markets such as the United States and France. Historically, in fact, France is one of the reference markets for Mangusta, as is clear from the number of the yachts that can be seen in the most exclusive marinas of the Côte d'Azur. This is a market in which the company believes strongly, so much so it has actually opened an office there. As of today, the company’s reliability and its thirty year experience, the passion of those working here and the success of this brand are now even closer to clients and their demands in France.


Riviera Recognizes Marine Industry Excellence in 2014

Good things certainly do come in threes for the team at R Marine South Australia who not only won three esteemed awards at the annual Australia and New Zealand dealer awards, but also won the coveted Overall Dealership of the Year award for the third consecutive year in recognition of their exceptional customer service, innovative owner experience events and dedication to the Riviera and Belize brands. The 20th annual Australia and New Zealand Dealer Awards were held at a special ceremony at Cockle Bay in Sydney on the eve of the Sydney International Boat Show. The awards recognise outstanding achievement and marine industry excellence within Riviera’s R Marine dealer network – the largest luxury owner network in the region. Riviera’s dealer relationship manager Peter Welch said the awards were designed to bring together Riviera’s Australian and New Zealand R Marine dealer network to celebrate their success and recognise exceptional customer care. R Marine South Australia did exceptionally well this year winning the coveted Overall Dealership of the Year award, the Sales Excellence by a Dealership award (which they won jointly with R Marine Sydney), and dealer principal Paul Harrop won the Sales Excellence by an Individual award. For the first time in the award’s 20-year history, Riviera recognised two dealerships for Sales Excellence, R Marine South Australia and R Marine Sydney. Mr Welch said both dealerships achieved the highest sales results across the Australia/New Zealand dealer network and deserved to be equally recognised for this achievement. R Marine Sydney’s dealer principal Michael Joyce commended his team for their positive attitude and continued commitment to the Riviera and Belize brands. The Service Excellence by a Dealership award was presented to one of Riviera’s newest dealers, R Marine Mandurah, located about 72 kilometres south of Perth, who over the past 18 months established a reputation for high quality service within their local boating community. R Marine Mandurah dealer principal Carl Segreto congratulated his team on their dedication and commitment to servicing Mandurah’s Riviera owners. Riviera’s esteemed Dealer Awards have recognised excellence in sales, owner care and service innovation for the past 20 years and instils Riviera’s commitment to quality as championed by the entire Riviera factory team of over 400 people, the company’s CEO Wes Moxey and owner Rodney Longhurst. These awards encourage the dealer network team to consistently go above and beyond for their Riviera Family of owners.


Sea Ray New Director of Product Training

Well-known marine trainer JD Schmid has joined Sea Ray as Director of Product Training. Prior to joining Sea Ray, Schmid was a partner at the Sales Institute for Excellence. A longtime member of the recreational boating community, he has successfully started and operated a boat dealership before deepening his involvement with professional training. As a professional trainer, Schmid would often deliver up to 200 presentations a year with audiences as large as 2,000 people. He’s delivered marine-specific training to more than 1,000 marine sales professionals. One of the key focus areas for Schmid will be Sea Ray’s launch of the broadly affordable SPX series later this fall, comprised of 19 and 21 foot models in several power and option configurations. 


Sun Reef Reinforces Position in the Middle East

Reflecting the growing interest in Sunreef Yachts in the Middle East, the company has announced their expansion into Bahrain - as a subsequent phase of the company’s plans for GCC expansion. After the 3 month presence of 70 Sunreef Power DAMRAK II in the Middle East, the shipyard decided to open in 2013 the first office in Dubai (UAE) which was the key step in spreading the brand and product awareness in this area. At the beginning of 2014 the company presented the most outstanding luxurious catamaran models including 90 Sunreef Power and Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE at the Kuwait Yacht Show and Dubai International Boat Show. Furthermore in March 2014 Sunreef Yachts organized a series of exclusive events held in 4 locations in the Gulf region during which the futuristic trimaran concept 210 Power Trimaran was presented - with 64 m in length and almost 1000 m2 living space that makes it the biggest vessel of this type on the market. The hightened interest of the local customers was certainly a reason for the opening of the new local office in Bahrain. Surrounded by the crystalline waters of the Persian Gulf, with a rich industry and relaxed cultural rules, "The Kingdom of the two Seas" is a fertile environment for the sale of Sunreef catamarans. At the same time, the Bahrain office will be a portal in which Sunreef Yachts will be able to showcase itself on the broad Middle East yachting market. The company`s vision is to fulfill a gap in the GCC's leisure marine market with truly unique luxury catamarans, offering much more than typical monohulls - ideal stability, exquisite custom luxury design, incredible space on board, speed, long range and low fuel consumption. The Sunreef Yachts business in Bahrain will be headed by Anna Nowotarska who is with the shipyard more than 5 years now.


Viking Summer Chores

While many Viking employees are taking advantage of the August plant vacation week, work around the facility continues at a record pace. Among the major projects under way has been the removal and replacement of the concrete pad surrounding Buildings 2 and 2N. Of course in the Viking tradition of building a better boat every day, the company has taken the same approach with the improvements. Thus, we have added radiant heating beneath the new concrete to prevent the buildup of ice during the winter, which will make it more convenient for the Travelift, as well as enhance the safety for our people. A special thanks to Bayview Nurseries and Garden Center of Northfield, New Jersey, for graciously supplying us with beautiful foliage for Building 1.

Viking Win Texas Legends

Bandit for the win! Bert Steindorf's Viking 82 Bandit won it all at the recent Texas Legends Billfish Tournament. With Captain Kevin Scott at the helm, the team released a blue marlin, three white marlin and four sails to top the leaderboard. Third Place was awarded to Cliff Thomas' Viking 68 Mine Time with four whites and four sails. Mine Time also led the Billfish Release category. The largest blue marlin released was on George Gartner's Viking 56 Legacy.

Viking Tami Ann Puts Charlie in the Bag

More than 80 boats fished the northeast's premiere tournament, the Tri-State Canyon Shootout in Block Island, Rhode Island. Topping the board was Frank Mazza's brand new Viking 55Tami Ann. Tami Ann angler Wade Baker brought a big eye to the scales that topped out at a record 278.5 pounds to claim Largest Tuna and the biggest paycheck in the tournament's history. Third Place Tuna was awarded to Scott Rhein fishing on Pete Rhein's Viking 56 Sneaky Pete with a 201 pounder. The largest wahoo went to angler Roland Beamish with a 64 pound 'hoo fishing on the Viking 61 Jolly Mon. The Viking 61 Blue Eyes took the Tri-Fishecta and angler Jim Payliaro secured the top albacore spot with a 61.5 pounder. Third Place Billfish release points went to the Viking 45 Relentless thanks to angler Mike Tucci.

Viking On The Board

First event and a first place win! The Viking 62 Convertible showed up to her inaugural tournament with guns blazing for the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational. Captain Brian Komer and his crew wasted no time in heading straight to the winner's circle with nine white marlin and the title of Grand Champion and First Place White Marlin Points. Viking 62 angler Bob Shomo, Vice President of Johnson & Towers, brought two whites to the scales to claim the First and Second Place Heaviest White Marlin. Congratulations to the Viking 64 Oil Slick for kicking off marlin season on the right foot. Oil Slick added more hardware to the trophy case with a First Place finish at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Invitational Marlin Tournament. Captain Ryan Higgins, fishing on the Viking 70, led angler Lonni Rutt to a Second Place Angler award.

Viking Texas Blues

The Rockport, Texas, Bastante Tournament is not only in the books, it is in the Texas State Record Book! Captain Kevin Dearman found some fishy water and Viking 56 Legacy angler Richard Richardson, Jr., went to work. The crew thought they were fighting a shark but when the big beauty surfaced, they realized it was a blue marlin. Richard took about 20 minutes reeling her in while the crew spent more than double that to boat the fish. At the scales the number read 972 pounds, smashing the 26 year old Texas state blue marlin record. Congratulations to Legacy owner George and Donna Gartner for taking Top Boat, Legacy's Kevin Dearman on Top Captain and angler Richard Richardson, Jr., on a new state record.

August 30, 2014

New Model: Horizon V80

Horizon is pleased to announce the launch and delivery of the first V80 to a new owner in Taiwan at the end of July. The launch of V80 marks two milestones for Horizon, she is hull one of the new model but also the first over 24 meter private super yacht delivered to a Taiwan owner. The Horizon V80 is a cockpit style yacht and was re-imagined from the V72 model after listening to client feedback; increased interior volume and added a variety of amenities and features, such as the ability to accommodate three or four spacious ensuite staterooms and an internal stairwell from the salon to crew. On the exterior, Horizon incorporated a U-shaped settee for eight persons and dual sun-pads in the fore-deck, with the option for a Bimini top if desired, and the crew quarters also saw an increase in space. Horizon’s ability to customize a yacht is one of the main reasons the owner chose to build with the famous Taiwan builder, and he visited the shipyard and met with the in-house designers many times, both before signing the contract and during the build of the V80. Built for a first-time yacht owner, V80 first hull was titled “The One” and also features a number of custom items requested by the owner: a three stateroom layout below deck, with an oversize master; a mahjong area forward of the salon on the main deck; and the galley aft of the engines in lieu of a crew area. The owner liked the V80’s quality, design and performance, and the extra twenty feet plus beam also provided a functional space for his family, entertaining guests and business demands. Equipped with twin Man 1360hp engines the V80 cruises at 20 knots and tops out at 24 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.9 m (81.9ft)
Waterline Length - 20.9 m
Beam - 6.25 m
Draft - 1.75 m
Displacement - 62 t light
Fuel Capacity - 5299 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C19 Acert 1150hp, Mam V12 1360hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max, 20 knots cruise with Man 1360hp 

August 29, 2014

Web: Magnum New Web Site

It is always a pleasure to speak about Magnum Marine, and now the World famed very exclusive US builder presents a new virtual web showroom taking you into its unique universe. Magnum started up in 1966 Miami, Florida and was one of the half a dozen fast boat builders founded in the sixties and seventies by Don Aronow. For the record Donald Aronow was the creator of the famed Thunderboat Row in Miami where Magnum is still located, and his other founded companies are Formula in 1961, Donzi in 1964, Cigarette in 1970, and Aronow Powerboats in the eighties and all his companies revolved around the deep vee underwater shaped hull for the most part designed by Jim Wynne and Walt Walters. The Aronow Hull Jim Wynne design was similar in concept to the Ray Hunt 1958 deep-Vee, but was revolved towards more high performance. In 1968 Don sold to Apeco, and eight years later in 1976 Marchese Filippo Theodoli took over Magnum from the US firm to transform its legacy into a unique status symbol boat builder. Filippo Theodoli idea was to keep with the super fast sea worthy deep vee 24 degrees hull, but add to it a bullet proof construction, and the luxurious comfort associated of a yacht. The Italian vision was complete a year later presenting the first and largest open Sport Yacht over fifteen meter of the period the Magnum 53 Maltese in 1977, which subsequently was delivered in over fifty examples in a production run lasting twenty years. Following the 53, Magnum continued to present other cruisers; the 45 and 40 and in 1984 it continued to push the sport yacht size limit presenting the 63 Sports with lines by Pininfarina, in 1989 the 70 also by Pininfarina, and the 80 again at the hands of the Italian firm in 2000. Driven by Filippo Theodoli the 63 went on to do the impossible by winning the Miami Nassau Miami for three times in a row with a diesel powered sport yacht, reaching speeds over eighty mph, and beating smaller faster boats thanks to its consistent speed in rough waters. Filippo died in 1990, and today Magnum is managed by wife Katrin, and son Giovanni who produce a limited customized two boats a year of the current six models from 44 to 100 feet. The flagship of the range the 100 is currently in advanded planning stages, with the current largest Magnum still being the 80, which was delivered in two versions so far. The new Magnum web site takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Models, History, Brokerage, Technology, News, Store, and Contact Us.

New Model: Novamarine 220 Black Shiver Jet

It's always great to see a brand as Novamarine back at work. This Sardinia located company back in the eighties re-invented the rib and put a lot of innovation into this style of craft. Novamarine was also the first company to produce a jet tender back in the nineties with the RH350 jet, and was also an innovator to what regards rib sizes going above the fifteen meter size in the same period. The Novamarine 220 Black Shiver Jet is the biggest model ever built by the company, and is a rib yacht concentrated on a performance attitude of both looks and sea qualities. Innovation plays also a big part to all the Black Shiver line and the semi circle tubes who are produced in foam of closed expansion cell who do not puncture or deflate. As a craft the 220 Black Shiver has a capacity of thirty max persons on-board, with an over night accommodation space dedicated to one large owners cabins. A crew cabin with head is also featured. Power is twin 1850hp engines with jet propulsion, which deliver a max speed of fifty knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 22 m (72.1ft)
Beam - 5.6 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Persons - 30
Accommodation - 2 berths in 1 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x MTU 1850hp
Propulsion - Rolls Royce KaMeWa water ket
Speed - 50 knots max, 42 knots cruise
Range - 400 nm at cruise
Construction - fiberglass hull with Vinilester resin and Kevlar mats, tubes in foam expansion close cells
Certification - CE B

August 28, 2014

Projects: Bavaria 400 Sport Coupe, Bavaria 400 Sport HT, Bavaria 400 Sport Open, Bavaria 400 Sport ST

Bavaria presents the project for a new 400 Sport set to debut the coming fall. As the 360 presented a few months back we again see a model available in four different version; Open, Hard Top, Soft Top and Couple. The different styles have become more varied and show a Bavaria who with one model want to hit a varied customer base. The exterior and interior styling of the 400 Sport received a large number of detailed solutions from the design team at Bavaria and the international design partners; Italian firm Too Design of March Casali exterior, Insenval S.L hull shape, and Design Unlimited for the interior. A new designed seating area at the stern of the 400 Sport has been created which can be easily transformed into a sun pad. Another important note is also the multi-function of the seating areas in the cockpit creating spaces for enjoyable dinners at night or another couch area through one easy flip of the back supports to join up with the sun bench on the opposite side of the steering wheel. The most versatile all year use version of the new 400 Sport will the be the Coupe version, who with the opening of the electric sunroof and the generous glass sliding patio doors aft, make the upper saloon becomes a very spacious cockpit joining outside with inside. Below decks the new Bavaria 400 will offers an owner's cabin in the bow, saloon and the galley and VIP cabin amidships. Power options for the 400 will be a total of seven engines; three gas petrol and seven diesel stern drive choices. Standard power base is twin Mercury 320hp gas petrol.

August 27, 2014

New Model: Back Cove 41

It's been something of a surprise when the 41 was announced considering that a criteria for all of Back Cove line of Traditional down East inspired cruisers is for a single engine installation. But a year later to the project presentation Back Cove launched the 41, who even in design stages showed a high client interest with four orders coming from the renderings. As it stands hull one was launched in early 2014 just in time for the Miami boat show. The 41 is a spacious cruiser with a two double cabins twin head lower deck, and a main deck which serves as both living and entertainment areas joined together. Galley is to port side, with a C-shaped double duty dinette settee opposite. To fore starboard is the helm station, which also features a side door giving direct access to the side deck. Standard power is a single Cummins 600hp or optional Volvo 725hp engine.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.1 m (46.3ft)
Hull Length - 12.7 m
Beam - 4.2 m
Draft - 0.83 m
Displacement - 12.1 t (loaded)
Fuel Capacity - 1514 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engine - 1 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp, Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max 23 cruise with Cummins 600hp, 29 knots max 27 cruise with Volvo 725hp
Range - 322 nm at 27 knots, 419 nm at 18 knots with Volvo 725hp
Certification - CE B, ABYC, NMMA, USCG

Micheal Fiore 1970 - 2014

A boating accident Saturday during the Shootout competition has taken the life of Michael Fiore, 44, who died Tuesday evening at University Hospital in Columbia after developing complications from surgery. Fiore was the throttle-man in the 42-foot catamaran Outerlimits that flipped multiple times during a run down the mile-long course about 10:30 a.m. Saturday near Captain Ron’s. He was owner of the Bristol, R.I.-based Outerlimits Offshore Powerboat Company.  Fiore and Joel Begin, the boat’s driver, were extricated from the badly damaged boat by emergency crews. Fiore was airlifted to Columbia, and Begin was taken by Lake Regional Hospital and later released.  Initial reports listed Fiore as in critical but responsive condition after the accident.  A report from the Missouri Highway Patrol after the accident says the crash was caused when the boat lost control at high speeds due to wind interference.  Frank Sciacca, general counsel of Outerlimits, released a statement saying the entire Outerlimits family is devastated by the loss of its friend and leader of the company. Fiore founded Outerlimits in 1993.

Project: Sciallino Sc 27 Ventisette

This size has always been the bread and butter of Sciallino, and now continuing its new course presents an important entry level project. Designed as all the new line by Luca Maschera the Sc 27 Ventisette follows a similar line to its larger new other 30 and 36 sisters, with traditional Ligurian Gozzo Italian fishing boat lines coupled to a planning Vee shape hull. The Sc 27 is a two cabin cruiser which sleeps three in two cabins, forward and at midships. Its living area is on the main deck, with a galley behind the helm to starboard, and a relaxing sofa to port side. For a nine meter cruiser the Sc 27 will offer some important details some typical to the traditional inspired Gozzo cruisers, as safe side decks, others not so much as the fully enclosed patio door closed cabin house on the main deck. Three engine options are available for the Sc 27, single Mercury diesel 260hp or VM 350hp, or twin 170hp again from Mercury diesel.   

August 26, 2014

New Model: Storm X-53

It is that the Dutch boat builders are on the upswing of things in recent times. Storm Yachts a new brand founded in 2010 is a testimony to this.  The X-53 is its first launch but will soon be followed by two other models currently under construction.  The first X-53 was an F series a letter which stands for France, as this model features a lower profile versus the standard 53 making it easier for river use. The Storm X-53 features a semi displacement Storm Yacht patented hull shape name FDFH, which is suitable for both river and sea cruising.  Her standard interior is a two cabin layout, with a galley below, and a saloon on the main deck. The owners cabin is located forward. Power is twin Perkins 150hp or optional 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16 m (52.4ft)
Beam - 4.7 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 24 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Perkins M150C 150hp, M300C 300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots max with Perkins 300hp
Hull Shape - patented FDFH hull
Certification - CE A

August 25, 2014

Web: Mondomarine New Web Site

Mondo Marine from Savona presents its new World Wide wed virtual showroom. This web site represents an important ownership change at Mondo Marine which happened in 2013. Mondo Marine was founded in 1978 when Mondo Group aquired a yard in Alba to build yachts, and named this company Mondo Marine. In the mid nineties Mondo Marine transferred to a yard in Genoa in order to build bigger alloy and steel yachts over forty meters in length. After this Mondo Marine transferred again to an even larger facility in Savona. This facility in Savona was known as the Campanella shipyard, and was founded in 1915. In 2013 Mondo Marine was aquired by Alessandro Falciai and Roberto Zambrini. Currently Mondo Marine has a list of sixteen new custom yacht projects with four of these; SF40, M50, M54, and M60 S being under construction. Mondo Marine new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Yacht, Sales Network, Events and News, Press, Contacts, Repair and Refit, and Reserved Area.

August 24, 2014

New Model: Benetti 56mt FB260

The style of Italian yacht design masters, the Benetti boatyard's technological prowess, and the owner's magic touch of the East combine to create FB260 a 56-metre yacht whose class is matched only by its outstanding performance. A yacht build of a steel hull and aluminium super structure, the 56-meter super yacht is built on a time-tested naval architecture platform with proven dependability in previous yachts. For Lady Candy, this platform was partially modified with the re-positioning of the wheelhouse on the sun deck and the associated widening of the beam. “Lady Candy” combines interior spaces worthy of a 56-metre vessel with outstanding performance, including a maximum speed of nearly 17 knots, comfort which translates into stability, and almost zero associated vibrations and noise. With naval design from Benetti together with styling from Captain Paul Brackley's Central Yacht Design Studio, the exterior lines of “Lady Candy” have a clearly contemporary feel without diminishing the timeless elegance Benetti yachts are known for. The 962-tonne vessel is majestic yet streamlined, with the five decks highlighted by a harmonious movement stemming from the contrast of the long bands of tinted windows at the upper decks against the white hull. The expert owner is from Asia and is a great enthusiast of the sea and diving. He plans to enjoy Lady Candy together with his family and friends. The owner played an active role in the design of his yacht; he had a particularly strong impact on the interior layout which was custom-designed for him by Central Yacht. For example, the owner explicitly requested that the interiors be given priority over the exteriors, creating an enormous and exciting main saloon that covers 88 squared meters of the main deck; he also had his and his daughter's cabins moved to the upper deck to maximize privacy. The owner was also directly involved in the interior styling and furnishing, which was designed by Central Yacht and the USA interior architecture firm BAMO. The interiors are simple and welcoming. Briar root wood predominates and is combined with soft colours like lilac and jade, reflecting an "international" aesthetic that unites the East and West. For example, since the owner is a diving and underwater enthusiast, the opportunity could not be passed up to locate a fully equipped beach club, complete with bar, gymnasium, steam shower, bathroom and living area right next to the swimming platform, including separate entrances for guests and crew. In terms of performance, Benetti FB260 enables sustained speeds and optimal cruising comfort. Maximum speed is approximately 17 knots, while cruising speed is 16 knots. Fuel-economy speed is 12 knots, with a range of 5,000 nautical miles. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 56 m (183.7ft)
Waterline Length - 49 m
Beam - 10.6 m
Draft - 3.55 m
Displacement - 750 t half load, 800 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 130000 l
Water Capacity - 30000 l
Accommodation - 12 guest berths in 6 cabins, 14 crew in 7 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000 M53 1769hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots max, 16 knots cruise, 12 knots economic long range
Range - 5000 nm at 12 knots
Project - Central Yacht, BAMO interior, Azimut Benetti naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds, Yacht Code LY2

August 23, 2014

Project: Sunseeker 168 Sport Yacht

Since a couple of decades it seems the only way is larger for British known by everyone Sunseeker, who has announced its most ambitious project to date within custom Sport Yacht line, a 168, the largest ever build to date and is set to be delivered in 2017. The 168 Sport Yacht announcement follows the hugely successful launch of the 155 Yacht earlier this year, which has been met with critical acclaim from around the world. The new Sport Yacht will be triple deck super yacht, with huge interior volume, coupled with aggressive exterior styling the British brand is known. The 168 Sport Yacht as Sunseeker style brings together an exciting combination of performance, looks and space. Engine options will provide economical displacement cruising for more than four thousand nautical miles together with the option of hitting 25 knots.

August 22, 2014

New Model: Broom 430

Its always nice to see Broom pushing the design in the British aft cabin motor cruiser style. Since relaunched in 2011 Broom have been on the upswings of things presenting two totally new models sub eleven meters, an important size for the first time buyer, and now presents this new 430 representing its core market in both size and design. The 430 is pure Broom British aft cabin cruiser, and does not change the World in the looks of its type, but it is surely an important move forward which has been waiting a long time to arrive. There is the modernity in the two cabin interior, and some important options as the hard top in the exterior, which is sending an important message to buyers who want to have an all year round cruiser capable of navigating both inland waterways thanks to the low height, and offshore. Options will be also important inside in the 430 with three optional layouts; standard extended saloon, optional split galley, and dinette layout. This last reduces the size of the fore cabin replacing the double island berth with a V-shape double and adds an extra dinette below. Power options are a single 370hp, and twins from 225 up to 435hp.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.3 m (43.2ft)
Beam - 4.24 m
Draft - 1.06 m
Displacement - 10 t unloaded, 13 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 1260 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 370hp, or 2 x Volvo D4 225hp, D6 370hp,  D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Top Speed - 29 knots estimated with twin 435hp
Hull Shape - planning semi displacement
Project - Graham Warren, Broom boats
Certification - CE B

August 21, 2014

Project: Prestige 420 S

The combined experience of Prestige design office; Jernej Jakopin, JP Concepts, and Garroni helped to design the project of the new 420 S. As all Prestige the 420 S combines large internal volumes, and integrate IPS pod drives for offering easy low speed harbor maneuvering. The Prestige 420 S strikes for original plan details in this size but something the French builder has already shown in its bigger models as the 450 series. The astern galley, and the separate entrance for the two cabins to fore and midships, are unique interesting details in this size range. Prestige with the 420 S follows a winning formula with an open and bright living main deck, and a lower floor fully dedicated to the two cabins. Power will be standard Volvo 300hp or twin 370hp units with propulsion being the Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives. Max speeds estimates are 33 knots with the large engine option.

August 20, 2014

New Model: Horizon PC52

Horizon Group is pleased to announce the successful launch of the first PC52 luxury power catamaran; she is scheduled to make her U.S. debut at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in end October. Born out of the success of the Horizon PC60, the PC52 retains the signature modern lines, large interior volume, high-quality finish, and sea-keeping abilities of the PC series. She is specifically designed as a blue water cruiser, featuring a highly-refined hull design that was developed from extensive tank testing completed during the PC60’s development, with optimum hull slenderness ratio, waterline to beam, and a generous flybridge clearance. Power is twin Cummins 550hp engines as standard, which offer a slow cruise of 8 knots, cruise of 17 knots and top speed of 22 knots. The owners of the first PC52 worked closely together with Horizon during the build to ensure the power cat suited their cruising lifestyle and needs, a process that took less than a year and a half including tooling time.  PC52 features a wide short of seven meters beam that allows for an expansive main deck area, complete with a fully-equipped galley, salon, storage cabinetry, and bar seating. Three staterooms are found below deck: the master suite in the starboard hull, and the VIP stateroom and twin guest, with a jack-and-jill head, in the port hull. The PC52’s exterior areas are designed for entertaining, with a spacious aft deck and a large flybridge with a full bar plus seating, dinette, bench seat, and helm. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.71 m (51.6ft)
Waterline Length - 14 m
Beam - 6.75 m
Draft - 1.29 m
Displacement - 27.4 t light
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Water Capacity - 1022 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 22 knots max, 17 knots cruise, 8 knots slow long range

August 19, 2014

Project: Pearl 65 Flybridge

Pearl presents the project for a 65 Flybridge yacht which will be making its world debut alongside the award-winning 75 at the 2014 Cannes Boat Show.  Just as the Pearl flagship, the 65 follows again the footsteps of the ten feet larger model in a collaboration with award-winning naval architect Bill Dixon and celebrated interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE. Since making its debut towards the end of 2012, the flagship, Pearl 75 has been awarded the Best Motor Yacht under 25 meters at the International Yacht and Aviation awards, and received outstanding test reports thanks to its performance, styling and high levels of comfort. For the Pearl 65 Kelly Hoppen continues it's well known effortless, calm and elegant interior style, complete with four luxuriously appointed staterooms. Sleeping quarters for an additional two crew members are located at midships in between the aft located engine room, and the owners stateroom.  The main deck offers an open plan, inside outside saloon allowing for easy, every-day use and alfresco dining. For the 65, Pearl and Bill Dixon opted for a three different propulsion ZF Zeus pods, Volvo IPS, and line shafts. The Pearl 65 Flybridge can be powered by triple Cummins 600hp in ZF pods, Volvo 800hp with IPS forward looking pod drives, and or twin Volvo 900hp with traditional line shaft drives. Speed estimates are for a max of 32 knots, with a range of 350 nautical miles.

August 18, 2014

New Model: Pershing 70

Pershing and its always standing designer Fulvio De Simoni has always been a brand which makes subtle forward movements in its careful but yet future looking designs. Yet this just launched 70 seems to bring a novelty at Pershing, coming from the buttresses which integrate into the aft deck from the hard top. It's an interesting design elements which reminds me of the Pershing 88 and 76 models. Two things will be worth to note. Will this be copied as when Pershing introduced the rounded integrated wind screen back in the early nineties, and will we see this in other models. I think it all depends how much this model will sell. On the inside the Pershing 70 continues the evolution design of the brand with a main living on the main deck and three double cabins below in the standard deck plan. A two double cabin plan with only the forward VIP suite, and the owners midships stateroom is also available. In this layout the third cabin is replaced by an L-shaped saloon. The galley is located below, while a crew cabin is located at midships in between the engine room and the owners cabins. Power is twin 1623hp MTU engines with surface drives. Top speed estimates are wide open throttle of 44 knots and a cruise of 39, which give a range of 265 nautical miles.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.44 m (70.4ft)
Hull Length - 20.8 m
Waterline Length - 17.14 m
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 40,200 kg unloaded, 46,040 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 900 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins or 4 berths in 2 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MTU 10v 2000M94 1623hp
Propulsion - Top System 8sp surface drives
Speed - 44 knots max, 39 knots cruise 
Range - 265 nautical miles at 39 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee shape with spray rails and seventeen degrees dead rise aft
Construction - vacuum infusion Scrimp system
Project - Fulvio de Simoni, Ferretti Group AYT
Certification - CE 2003/44 A, modules B + F + Aa issued by RINA

August 17, 2014

Web: Blu Martin New Web Site

Blu Martin presents its new World wide web showroom, to be exact it's version three. Founded in 2001, by Francesco Mauri, at first one thinks it is a young builder. But in reality there is much experience in Blu Martin  with Mauri coming from over twenty years as building director with a renowned Como powerboat builder, and deciding to open his own shop. His work was made to fruit in 2003 with the launching of the first Blu Martin the 13.50 Sun Top model, generating a huge success in the Italian market for its three double cabins layout and its open hard top, so much that in 2005 the 1390 Sea Top is added to the range, following and surpassing the success of the first model. In 2013 Blu Martin was bought out by Sea Engineering S.r.l.  The company today features  four models in it's range; ST 13.90, ST 48, ST 52, and ST 58. The new Blu Martin website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Blu Martin, Fleet, Dealers and Services, and My Blu Martin.

August 16, 2014

New Model: Filippetti 30 Navetta

Filippetti makes an important launch that of its first 30 Navetta. Fully custom the triple deck 30 Navetta designed by Pietro Mingarelli wants to make the owner as sole protagonist. As it shows this is also much the case for hull number one which features a layout of six double guest cabins.  Five of the guest cabins will be located on the lower deck, while the owners stateroom is on the main deck.  Three double crew are found in the 30 Navetta with two located amidships with in between a small lobby, and a large captains room in behind the helm station on the second deck. Power for the 30 Navetta is twin MTU 1200hp engines, which give max speed of 16 knots, and a cruise of 13. Range is four thousand nautical miles at the economic speed of ten knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.4 m (99.7ft)
Hull Length - 28.5 m
Waterline Length - 26.7 m
Beam - 7.48 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 117 t unloaded, 155 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 27000 l
Water Capacity - 4500 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins, 6 crew in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 17 guests
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V2000M93 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max, 13 knots cruise, 10 knots economic long range
Range - 4000 nm at 10 knots
Project - Pietro Mingarelli
Hull Shape - displacement with bulb
Certification - RINA Cross hull, Mach Y, Unrestricted Navigation

August 14, 2014

Project: Raffaelli 9.99 mt Nashi Hard Top

Starting its course again, Raffaelli presents a project for a new ten meter sport cruiser with interesting living solutions, and a Hard Top clearly thought out for sun protection. This new model also presents very similar lines to a successful Raffaelli still in production model, the two meters larger 40 Shamal. Accommodation layout of the Nashi will be an open plan lower deck, with a U shaped dinette forward, galley to port side, second L-shaped saloon to starboard, and a separate shower head.  Power will be twin Volvo 330hp engines with IPS 450 forward looking pod drives propulsion. 

August 13, 2014

New Model: Baumarine 36 Spider

The new Baumarine 36 Spider is designed by Luca Maschera and shows the great versatility of this North Italian builder in customizing a craft to customers request. The 36 Spider makes custom its home something hard to find in an eleven meter cruisers. Below versatility is also key with the 36 Spider offered in two layout options of two or three cabins. Baurmine 36 Spider has four engine options from a single Volvo 435hp, and twin FNM Iveco 295hp, Volvo D4 300hp, and VM 350hp. Propulsion is a choice of traditional line shaft or IPS pod drives with the twin Volvo option.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.2 m (36.7ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 3.50 m
Displacement - 9 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 620 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in two cabins, 5 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 435hp, 2 x FNM IVeco 295hp, Volvo D4 300hp, VM 350hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS400 pod drives
Hull Type - planning modified Vee with 17 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Luca Maschera
Certification - CE B

August 12, 2014

Improve-It = Princess 60

The Princess 60 Flybridge has always been a powerful and elegant cruiser, delivering an incredible on-board experience. Now, the 60 receives an important 2014 update. The 60's exterior profile has been sharpened up and now includes an incredibly deep window line for a stunning panoramic view from the saloon. A new flybridge layout delivers more seating, while the already impressive master cabin gets a major luxury lift plus larger hull-side windows. 

August 11, 2014

New Model: Cranchi 27 Endurance

Cranchi has always been very attentive to the small size entry level segment under nine meters, a dimension which has been an important success for the Italian production boat builder. The 27 Endurance is an interesting hybrid day boat overnight cruiser which makes maximum use of exterior and interior spaces. The exterior of Cranchi's 27 Endurance follows a walk around plan and impresses and sometimes over-does it in its accommodating areas from bow to stern; two sun-pads fore and aft, C-shaped dinette, central helm console, and a fully equipped galley under the pilot seat. Below the accommodation again impresses with two sleeping areas fore and midships sleeping four, shower head to starboard, and a ward-robe plus unit to port side. Power is three Volvo engine choices; petrol gas of 225 or 270hp, and diesel 220hp option.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.5 m (27.9ft)
Hull Length - 7.2 m
Beam - 2.50 m
Displacement - 2400 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 270 l
Water Capacity - 70 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Passengers - 8
Engines - 1 x Volvo V6 4.3 GXi 225hp, V8 5.0 GXi 270hp, Diesel D3 220hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive

August 10, 2014

Web: Azimut Grande New Web Site

Azimut Grande which translates to large Azimut is a concept the World famous Italian brand launched in 2010, focusing on the over one hundred feet Super Yachts. Worth to note that while today competition is highly competitive over the one hundred feet size, Azimut has been in this segment since 1982 when it launched the 105 Failaka at the time the biggest fiberglass construction. Azimut-Benetti has been the top dog builder of Super Yachts over eighty feet for many consecutive years and up until this year on the Showboats International yearly order books list. The new Azimut Grande website shows the customizing of the yachts, and while the exterior does not change much, the owner can dictate and change most of the interior thanks to a Personal Design Equipe dedicated for each construction. Azimut Grande has currently five models from the Flybridge and SL ranges. Smallest model is the just launched 95 RPH, and the current bigger model is the 120SL.  The new Azimut Grande website is available in English and Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons: Your Personality, Out Attitude, A Unique Experience, and Grande Collection.  The new Azimut Grande website also connects the user to the Group's Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Youtube social media pages.

August 9, 2014

Project: Mondomarine M60 S

Mondomarine is currently building its largest yacht to date, and the past April it laid the keel for the M60 S. Designed by Luca Dini, M60 S is a triple deck super yacht with five double guest cabins on the lower deck, and an owners suite on the main deck.  The M60 S surprises for spaces dedicated to tender and private water craft stowage, with the garage which opens to the sea to starboard side and stowing two runabout fast boats standing out. A further space on the fore deck with stowage for a rib tender and two jet bikes exists. The stern of the M60 S is a fully dedicated beach area which opens itself to the water when the yacht is on anchor. The upper deck of the M60 S is a fully dedicated lounging area with large relaxing saloon offering nice unobstructed views. Power of the M60 S will be twin 3860hp MTU engines with top speed being estimated in the 19 knots region.

August 8, 2014

New Model: Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker latest Sport Yacht range continues to expand with this new 101 model launched past Spring. Sitting perfectly in the middle of a range which starts at 68 feet and ends with the big 130, the 101 is a perfect combination of luxury, accommodation, and sports aggressive lines. Down below the 101 offers four double rooms, with a big midships owners stateroom. A galley with an independent stair case from the main deck is located below at midships in between the engine room, and the owners stateroom. The galley is also joined by the crew quarters with two cabins sleeping three or four located further aft. The main deck of the 101 Sport Yacht is a no step single level area, with the helm station forward, dining table for eight in the middle, and large welcoming lounging saloon by the patio door on entrance. Outside the 101 Sport Yacht surprises for its three entertainment relaxing areas; fore, aft, and sport bridge. The sport bridge wants to be the party spot of many thanks to its L-shaped wet bar and two C-shaped settees. While the fore deck also available with a circle shaped Jacuzzi bath option would be the relaxing spot.  Power for the 101 Sport Yacht is twin MTU 2600hp engines which give a max speed of 30 knots, and a cruise of 26.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.8 m (97.9ft)
Beam - 6.89 m
Draft - 2.30 m
Displacement - 90,000 kg full load
Fuel Capacity - 13000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 3/4 crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shafts in semi tunnels
Speed - 30 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Range - 700 nautical miles
Construction - Vinylester skin coat with powder pound mat, balsa core hull sides, PVC cored super structure
Certification - RINA, CE  

August 7, 2014

Improve-it = Nordhavn N43

The next generation of Nordhavn 43 is here and going into completion for the fall 2014. Hull 41 is a cut above all other N43s that have gone before her, with a brand new interior layout and styling akin to her luxurious bigger sisters. This boat is currently being built to a prior specification with Stone colored Ultra-leather fabric on the cushions and a glorious grey-veined white granite counter top in the galley. A darker blue-black granite was chosen for the heads. The layout of this new 43 is sure to be a crowd pleaser with an enhanced walk-through accommodations area that flows from the saloon and down a few steps into a hallway. The new configuration allows for a bigger wheelhouse with enough space to add an additional fridge or freezer and chart table. 

August 6, 2014

New Model: Revolver 44GT

Revolver Boats has just launched a new product: the 44GT. High performance and all-Italian design result in an innovative sport cruiser-boat reminiscent of details from the high end automobile world. The core concept underlying the new 44GT is the idea of transferring the qualities of a grand touring car to the sea. The result is an elite, high performance cruiser with exciting lines, comfort and safety, and an optimal range for long crossings. The Revolver 44GT showcases a unique and revolutionary mix of power and cruise, under the banner of sophisticated design. The new Revolver 44GT is first and foremost a powerful, high performance boat. However, it is not a "normal" powerboat; it is an impressive display of raw power and speed, great range, functionality, and comfort. The GT has distinctive features throughout including the rear air vents with “shark” cut reminiscent of high-end cars from the 1960s and the bow with LED lights built into the protective and powerful fender rail that defines the profile.  The exteriors are by Alberto Mancini AM Yacht Design, a young but already acclaimed Italian designer who developed also the interiors and represent an evolution over the 42R designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design firm.  Mancini introduced new stylistic elements to ensure the 44GT is even more innovative and cutting edge, emphasizing that dynamic quality, referencing car design in the exterior lines as well as interior details. The interior layout focuses on the large central structure that houses the control panel and helm station. This has been significantly modified from the sporty 42R for a new sense of symmetry and sophisticated convenience. The separate captain and co-driver seats are custom designed with a sporty carbon look and are both comfortable and functional. The ergonomic central console between them houses the control panel, including large, latest-generation Garmin touch-screens instruments for easy and safe navigation. The helm station has an integrated dual monitoring system, for greater security, that also interfaces with the navigation screens. And of course, there is an iPad dock station that controls the multi-zone HI-FI system for the different areas of the vessel. Behind the helm station there are four passenger seats that pick up on the aesthetics of the captain and co-captain chairs.  Another key feature of the 44GT is air conditioning operated thanks a five Kilowatt generator, no minor detail for a boat whose distinctive elements include a spectacular glass roof as well as a rear glass door that opens up  and hides away in the engine room. This whole operation happens only in few seconds, by remote control in a practical, fast manner.  Below deck, in the bow area, there is a large sofa that can be converted into a double bed by folding down the table, as well as a kitchen and minibar. A surprising feature is the spacious bathroom with rain shower, and  an unusual high ceilings for this class of boat. The sporty look is perfectly mirrored by the high performance of the Revolver 44GT equipped with two diesel Cummins engines of 550hp each paired with Arneson Surface Drives. These ensure great agility and flexibility and exceed a maximum speed of fifty knots in total comfort and safety. A surprising feature is the long range spirit of the 44GT able to cruise at 40 knots with low consumption: averaging one hundred liters per hour.  The 44 GT sophisticated construction, imparts the utmost in structural rigidity while minimizing weight, is noteworthy. The hull, roof, and all the structural elements floor, struts, and bulkheads are vacuum molded. The resin is vinylester; with lamination in a sandwich of Corecell, E-glass bi-axial glass-fiber fabric. Stiffeners are placed along the major structural members with unidirectional and multi-axial carbon fabric. The hard top is structural carbon, with exposed bulkheads making a style raw statement.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.4 m (44ft)
Hull Length - 12.6 m
Beam - 3.57 m
Draft - 0.6 m at full load
Displacement - 8.4 t
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 140 l
Accommodation - 2 berths in convertible berth
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - Arnesons Surface Drives ASD08
Speed - 50 knots max, 40 knots cruise
Range - 400 nm
Hull Type - deep Vee with 22 degrees dead-rise aft
Construction - fiberglass sandwich with Corecell core, Vinilester resin, E-glass biaxial, and multi-axial carbon fabric in major areas  
Project - Alessandro Mancini exterior and interior, Michael Peters hull

August 5, 2014

Project: Outer Reef 530 Trident

Outer Reef Yachts announces the launch of an exciting new model range, the Trident Series. This new series boasts a notable departure from Outer Reef’s classic product lines that have come before her. Developed in cooperation with Setzer Yacht Architects, the Outer Reef Trident Series embodies a unique synthesis of stylistic innovation, technology and functionality. The attractive plumb bow hull design, chic styling elements, and new length options are introduced with the 530 model. The series also offers superior performance, heightened speeds, and enhanced fuel efficiency, representing only some of the many features that lend to her appeal. In addition, the Trident Series will maintain the valued benefits of safety and efficiency, and as the other Outer Reef will be built to CE Category A-Unlimited ocean category. With these valued attributes, and born from market demand, twelve Outer Reef Tridents have already been ordered from plan and rendering designs prior to her official launch. The first 530 will make her world debut at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Outer Reef Trident Series, as a production series, will uphold Outer Reef Yacht’s high quality manufacturing and customer service, while yielding two things: an attractive price point well below the competition, and an enhanced specification. Differing from the company’s previous semi-custom product lines, the series offers her owners the flexibility of three attractive interior palettes including modern, transitional, or traditional elements, in combination with three layout configurations. The innovative features of the new series continues to impress throughout the engine room, equipped with twin Cummins 550hp engines and pod drives as standard, which allows the 530 Trident to cruise economically, comfortably and safely at 10 knots, with a fast cruise speed of 18-20 knots and attain a top speed of 28 knots. Cruising speed and efficiency is greatly increased by a newly designed hull, that performs like a planing hull at a higher speed, yet is very stable and seaworthy at slower speeds with her patented Tri-brid semi-displacement design. Even with resin infused technology, which guarantees perfect resin to composite ratios for weight savings, the 530 Outer Reef Trident Series still weighs in at over 26 tons at half load. This is a robust displacement for a yacht of this size, hinting a solid construction a quality for which Outer Reef Yachts has garnered a fame for. The new 530 Trident will pave the way for additional length offerings including larger 650 and 750 models. 

August 4, 2014

New Model: Maritimo S58

Maritimo presents the new S58, flagship of its Sedan Motoryacht range. This Maritimo S58 impresses for it's space, fit out and bright open plan layout. Wide opening bi-fold saloon doors, easy cockpit/saloon access ensure a relaxed lifestyle on the water. When it comes to creature comforts the S58 offers a three cabins layout sleeping five, or six if one decides to fit out the third cabin with twin bunk berths. The full beam master stateroom features a king size double bed, en-suite shower head, chaise lounge and make up vanity-study. The main deck is a single level helm and saloon joined with the conveyance of an opening sunroof, side windows, three part folding patio door, and a well thought out L-shaped galley with central  island table. Standard power is twin Volvo 800hp engines with reliable line shaft propulsion. An interesting detail in the S58 is also the large five thousand liters fuel tank. For a sport yacht of this size, that is on average about forty per cent more, which in real terms should offer an interesting range distance capability.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.7 m (61.3ft)
Beam - 5.2 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 29000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 5, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Type - variable planning Vee

August 3, 2014

Web: Abacus New Web Site

Abacus Marine builder of motor yachts from sixteen to forty meters, presents its new World wide web showroom. Founded in 2003 in Messina, island of Sicily, in Italy, Abacus started with a 61 foot motor yacht, later in 2006 renamed as 62, the yard presented its second model the 70 All the models so far presented by the shipyard have been designed by World renowned Italian yacht architect Fulvio De Simoni. Apart creating a nice family feeling, the line distinct itself for a nice and modern lines. Today Abacus features seven models which start at 54 and end with a 40 Navetta this last being still in project stages. Abacus has two other models in project stages; a 72 and a 101. The new Abacus website is available in two languages, Italian and English, and takes you around with the following buttons; About, Service, Yachts, Team, Dealers, Press, News and Events, Used, and Contact. As is usual nowadays Abacus also features its social media pages as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and YouTube with links at the bottom of the page.

August 2, 2014

New Model: Baglietto 46m

The new Baglietto 46-metre displacement yacht was launched yesterday at the shipyard in La Spezia, the first unit of the new displacement yacht range, by the famed legendary Italian yacht builder. Baglietto 46m will be the protagonist at Cannes and Monaco yacht shows during September.The technical launch was performed at the presence of the workers, craftsmen and management of the shipyard who greeted the yacht with emotion, being it the very first among five vessels within 43 and 54 meter range, currently undergoing construction at the shipyard. The design of the new 46-meter displacement yacht is created by Francesco Paszkowski who conceived both the exterior profiles as well as the interiors. The interior design has been developed in co-operation with Margherita Casprini, architect. This sophisticated and outstanding yacht can be inserted within Baglietto new product range, yet maintaining the traditional features of Baglietto motor-yachts such as, for example the combination of slightly squared lines with lines being more winding and more gentle.A wide beach club of about 25 square meters characterizes the yacht stern while the bow area represents the location of a 5,50 meter tender as well as of a rescue boat. The interior spaces are outstanding, and are characterized by harmonious contradictions between features inspired by the purest minimalism and by Nature, in a mixture of dark and light colors, thus creating an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 46.3 m (151.9ft)
Beam - 9.5 m
Draft - 2.95 m
Displacement - 380 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 80000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - 10 - 12 guests in 5 cabins, 9 crew in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat 3512B DITA-SWAC 1977hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max speed
Project - Francesco Paszkowski exterior and interior
Hull Shape - full displacement 
Construction - steel hull, alloy super structure

August 1, 2014

blogger - At It Again

The Italian nautical industry is at again, with the new UCINA president, San Lorenzo boss Massimo Perotti, having a big challenge to what regards the project to make the Genoa boat show to what it was up until 2009. The main challenge this time around is coming from Azimut-Benetti Group who after advising that they where still thinking about participating in Genoa, confirmed that they will not take part in the 2014 edition. 
Azimut statement for this is fairly understandable, as it stands the Italian market is only 3% of its over six hundred million Euros of sales which regarded the 2013 year. Azimut declared that it will concentrate on the always and more international challenged Cannes show.
Surely the Genoa boat show, and UCINA have to think about there own ship, and the good news is that exhibitors numbers are up by 25% and Cranchi for example is returning to the show, after not participating in recent years. It will be an interesting view of Genoa without Azimut, but this show in my opinion have never been about one brand. In reality as a five time attendee to the show, it was mostly about the medium sized family run companies which help elevate the show and give it a unique identity.
Genoa is very different to the British or Southampton and London shows, where if a situation arises that one of Princess, Fairline or Sunseeker is missing, these shows gets classed to a category B. I think the real flavor of Genoa and the same story applies to the other big shows; Cannes, Dusseldorf, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami is about the international flavor of the show and the mixed variety one finds at it. May be Azimut-Benetti is missing an important note, and is impressive in my experience at boat shows how much that more expensive semi custom boat sometimes gives a hand to close a sale for the more celebrated better marketed brand.