September 30, 2014

Monthly News - September 2014

-pic of the month- Nordhavn Owner Receives 50,000 Miles Pennant


Azimut-Benetti Group Triumphs at the World Yacht Trophies

The new nautical season 2014-2015 inaugurated, as every year, by the Cannes Boat Show, opens for the Azimut|Benetti with two prestigious awards assigned to yachts of the Azimut Yachts brand. Organized by the French publishing group LuxMediaGroup, the World Yacht Trophy is one of the most important awards in the nautical sector: a panel of experts made up of highly qualified members belonging to the steering committee of the publishing network is entrusted with the task of selecting and evaluating the boats and the winners for each category. The awards’ ceremony was held on Saturday, September 14th in the elegant framework of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. Azimut Grande 95RPH, a beautiful 29 meters with a Raised Pilot House, was awarded the title of “Most Achieved Trophy" in the category of yachts from 24 to 36 meters. Azimut 77S, brand new jewel of the sporty collection, with its sleek lines and low consumption was awarded the prize for the “Best Exterior Design” in the category of yachts from 15 to 24 meters. At the 2014 edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival the Italian Group participated with 22 models including 4 world premieres.

Azimut-Benetti Group New Appointments

On 1st September 2014, Fabio Ermetto will take on the role of Chief Commercial Officer of Benetti, the Azimut|Benetti Group’s flagship megayachts division, specialising in the production and worldwide sale of megayachts. The 42-years-old manager has worked in the yachting industry for over 15 years, specialising in the world of mega- and gigayachts. In his new role, Mr Ermetto will be responsible for further enhancing the prestige and commercial development of Benetti, particularly in markets with a high growth rate. Fabio Ermetto will be handing over the Executive Chairmanship of Fraser Yachts, having redefined its set-up and organisational structure, to Roberto Giorgi. Mr Giorgi has held a seat on the Group’s Board of Directors, and has served as Honorary President of V. Ships, in which he gained a unique experience in the naval and nautical world, launching and managing the Leisure and Ship Management divisions. In his new role, Mr Giorgi will execute Fraser Yachts’ growth strategies and coordinate its top managers. His objectives also include developing internal talent and identifying the next CEO. These appointments form part of the company’s current strategic development plan. 


Bavaria Optimize Further Management Structure

Since 2010 Daniel Kohl has been the product manager at Bavaria Yachtbau responsible for the development of sailing yachts, with immediate effect he has now been appointed as Chief Product Officer (CPO) for the shipyard. He is thus responsible for the entire product range and marketing of the company. In addition, he will be supporting Nautitech CEO Bruno Voisard in the coming years to help build this new Bavaria division. Sebastian Jürgens, the graduate in engineering manufacturing technology who came from SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres and joined Bavaria in the spring this year as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Bavaria has also taken over the management of product development department and design in August. Former Bavaria consultant Christian Hollstein is appointed as Chief Finanacial Officer (CFO) to 15th of September and will report along with Daniel Kohl and Sebastian Jürgens direct to Constantin von Bülow, CEO of Bavaria Yachtbau.


Benetti Reveals Sales For Two 100 Meters Plus Super Yachts

Benetti, the worlds largest producer of yachts over 24 meters in length for 14 consecutive years, with a production oriented towards ever longer vessels, bursts into the over 90 meter mega-yacht sector revealing the advanced state of production of a 90 meter yacht and the double sale of two megayachts over 100 meters in length. This exceptional result once again underlines Benetti's unique quality of having both a high number of yachts under construction coupled with numerous contracts. This is the result of a consolidated financial effort that the whole Azimut Benetti group has managed to develop though the years by earning the trust on one hand of institutional lenders and on the other of clients from all market sectors around the globe. The attention and care that Benetti pays to their clients during the delicate pre-contractual phase, together with their World-wide reputation for quality products, has allowed them to reach ever higher objectives. The two new ships will be built at their Leghorn facilities, well known for their size, technology, and available construction slots (14 over 50 meter long yachts are currently under construction there). Benetti will be keep constantly updated all media regarding work in progress of those yachts over the next months.


CRN Wins World Yacht Trophy 2014

CRN, a Ferretti Group Company specializes in the construction of mega yacht completely custom-made in steel and aluminum, opens the new season with a major award won by M/Y Chopi Chopi 80 meters at the 2014 World Yacht Trophy. The event, organized as usual by the international group Lux Media Group, rewards the best megayacht built by shipyards in the world; the flagship of Ancona shipyard was awarded the prestigious award of "Most Achieved Trophy" in the category of mega yachts from 54 to 82 meters. The experts of the jury agreed that in the international yachting industry Chopi Chopi stands out for quality, the craftsmen’s commitment to work on the finish and interiors, for its spectacular volumes and open spaces, and its constant and direct contact with the sea. Not forgetting art, design and attention to the wellness onboard. This new award enriches the numerous prizes that CRN’s flagship has reached throughout 2014, like: ‘Best Interior Design Award’ at the Showboats Design Awards 2014 category, among megayachts above 60 metres in length, the Judges Commendation at The World Superyachts Awards 2014, and the ‘Boat of the Year 2013’.


Ferretti Wins Most Innovative Award

Ferretti Yachts, the iconic brand of the Ferretti Group representing the excellence of Made in Italy boating industry, has been awarded with an important international prize, celebrating one of its most recent jewels. The flagship Ferretti Yachts 960 has been awarded as the “Most Innovative” yacht during the Gala organized on the occasion of the “World Yachts Trophies” Award, assigned by the French publisher Luxmedia Group at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014. At the awarding ceremony, which took place on 13th September at the enchanting plage of the Intercontinental Carlton hotel in Cannes, the flagship Ferretti Yachts 960 has been awarded with the Innovation prize in the category including the best models presented in 2013 and 2014 between 80 and 120 feet. The panel decided to assign this important award to Ferretti Yachts 960 specifically for the introduction of the aft floodable garage, which allows launching the tender in an extremely easy and safe way. Thanks to this system, which does not require the use of a davit, allows the guests to enjoy wider spaces and makes the operations of the crew easier. This much-appreciated innovation has contributed to the positive sales trend of this model. 8 hulls have been sold in just one year, therefore leading the Group to install this solution on the latest models presented in Cannes. For example, on the brand new Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 28, further enriched by the Dual Mode Transom, the double movement door, which is an exclusive patent by Ferretti Group. The award obtained at the “World Yachts Trophies” by Ferretti Yachts 960 joins the Motor Boat Awards 2014 in the “Custom Yachts” category, the award received in January on the occasion of the London Boat Show. This success confirms the international appreciation for this yacht, resulting from the collaboration between Studio Zuccon International Project, AYT&D - Advanced Yacht Technology, the R&D department of the Group, and Centro Stile, which perfectly matches elegance, sportiness and remarkable performance with an innovative distribution of spaces and a cutting edge design.


Heesen Awarded at World Yacht Trophies

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that on September 13, 2014 Galactica Star won her eighth international award: Best interior design at the World Yacht Trophies in Cannes. London based Bannenberg & Rowell Design firm designed the award-winning interior of the 65m Galactica Star.


ISA Yachts New Sales Manager

ISA Yachts is pleased to announce the appointment of a new manager to their Sales and Marketing team, Jeroen Minnema. Dutch born Jeroen boasts an extensive background in the yachting industry being a yacht broker for over ten years. In his most recent role as a Sales Broker at Ocean Independence, Jeroen has sold new built projects and brokerage yachts alike. In his new role he will be looking to boost sales and give worldwide support to both clients, brokers or owner’s representatives and whilst doing so contribute to further developing the ISA Yachts brand by reflecting the company’s values and the real sense of ‘custom-built’ luxury. 


Majesty Yacht Fashion Shoot

Luxury brands such Harvey Nichols, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Saint Laurent Paris just to name a few, were brought recently on board a Majesty 105 for a photo shoot at the Majesty Yachts shipyard in Umm Al Quwain for the August 2014 issue of the Haya Magazine, a weekly high-end fashion and beauty magazine. Haya magazine is a weekly high-end fashion and beauty magazine with a focus on women, published in cooperation with leading Arab broadcaster MBC Group and distributed in the Middle East, and North Africa. It brings inspirational interviews, in-depth profiles and biographies of Arab and international stars, as well as behind-the-scenes information about the latest hit series and programs that are the talk of the town. It also explores current social and cultural trends through dedicated reports that invite readers to transcend regional boundaries. The magazine also boasts an extensive glamour section the ultimate fashion and beauty guide for female readers in the region.


Maritimo Offshore Team Looking at World Championship

Maritimo is competing in two boats in the Australian National Superboat Championship races and is using the series as a warm-up for the World Championships in Europe next year. At this stage Maritimo Australia is running second and our Maritimo Newcastle race boat is running third. With the finals not too far away we will be cheering on the boys at Harvey Bay in November.


Maritimo Partnership Proving Succesful

The 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boatshow saw the launch of this very exciting partnership which provides high quality sound and visual packages for our new owners. Bang and Olufsen's general manager, Julian Kipping, said the company was thrilled to be partnering with Maritimo.


Nordhavn Owner Receives 50,000 Mile Pennant at Southampton

Luxury trawler yacht specialists, Nordhavn Europe, were delighted to present a 50,000 mile distance pennant to Richard and Lorna Maybin, owners of the Spirit of Ulysses, at this week’s Southampton Boat Show. Richard and Lorna’s forward pilothouse Nordhavn 76, the largest Nordhavn model ever to be exhibited at a European show, was on display at Southampton all week. She has cruised over 51,000 nautical miles in the last seven years, based mainly in the Pacific and having cruised the West Coast of the States including Alaska, New Zealand, Australia and many of the Pacific Islands as well as a non-stop transatlantic crossing from Bermuda to Hamble, UK. Members of the press were welcomed on board the Spirit of Ulysses on Friday to witness a special presentation to the owners in recognition of their landmark achievement, with Dan Streech, President of Pacific Asian Enterprises, on hand to deliver the award. Nordhavn’s popular Distance Pennant Programme was created to recognise the accomplishments of the many Nordhavn owners who travel the world’s oceans enjoying the adventures of a lifetime. Somewhat impressively, the average miles travelled by members of the programme is a little under half of a circumnavigation for each registered owner.


Princess Yachts Spectacular VIP Show

On Friday 12th September Princess hosted a VIP event on their stand at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, with iconic lifestyle brand Purobeach who provided live music and signature cocktails. Set against the spectacular backdrop of nine Princess models, including the new S72 and mighty 88 Motor Yacht, guests enjoyed a Moët & Chandon champagne reception late into the evening. As the sun set over Cannes' Vieux Port, guests sipped cocktails and danced the night away to music provided by one of Purobeach's renowned DJs, accompanied by world famous saxophonist, Florencio Cruz.


Riva New Custom Steel Range is Born

“Building in fiberglass is undoubtedly easier than building in wood. Building well, though, is difficult.” Paraphrasing this statement made by Carlo Riva in the late 1960s by replacing the word fiberglass with the word steel would be enough to summarize the inextinguishable drive that has always pushed the iconic brand of worldwide yachting towards the future and innovation, heading for perfection. Because this is Riva's DNA: it was in the past as much as it is in the present. Today, the brand has chosen one of its most beloved locations, Montecarlo, and particularly the charming Aquarama Lounge, on the terrace of the Yacht Club de Monaco, to announce that it is ready to seduce the world once more, making its debut in a market segment to which its reputation has naturally led it and to which it has ideally always belonged. Riva is announcing the creation of its new full custom line in steel, which, starting off with a first 50-meter long project, followed by a second 68-meter yacht, will develop further over the next few years to include a range of crafts up to 100 meters in length. Between the 1960s and the 1970s, Eng. Carlo Riva, through his Yacht Division, had started to 'think big' - first by cooperating with Northern European shipyards and building the famous “Caravelle” and “Atlantic” M/Y series; then establishing a historic partnership with CRN, thanks to which six motor yachts exceeding 20 meters in length in the “Marco Polo” series and two 90-foot and 100-foot “Vespucci” crafts were built between1970 and 1978. Today, his project turns into reality. And the baton, in this relay, has ideally been taken by 'his' Riva company, now a member of the Ferretti Group.


Riviera Searching for Master Craftsmen

A growing world-wide demand for Riviera’s luxury boats has encouraged Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder to go in search of more master craftsmen. Riviera’s general manager Scott Cumming said that right now the company was looking for highly skilled and experienced boat builders and cabinet makers to fulfil 14 positions.


Viking On The Go

The Viking Yacht Company was abuzz this week as the annual Dealer Meeting coincided with the 50th Anniversary Gala at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Monday kicked off the busy week with a welcome dinner for Viking Yacht dealer principals hosted by Bill and Patrick Healey. Tuesday morning brought a packed house to the business portion of the meeting with Viking's dealer network absorbing a wealth of information and new technology during the session. When the group broke, they bee lined to the docks and jumped on the spectacular fleet of Vikings that was waiting to greet them. Gray skies and gusty winds couldn't hold back the dedicated dealer network as they climbed aboard the boats and spent the day on sporty seas off Atlantic City. Skies were questionable when guests moved in for the cocktail and yacht viewing party but when the first model cruised down the dock, the sun and smiles broke out. The yachts strutted down the runway and concluded with the eagerly awaited Viking flagship, the 92 Enclosed Bridge. Over 300 people attended the gala dinner and everyone reveled in the telling of Viking history through colorful tales of the early days which were interrupted only by roars of laughter. Rudy Dalinger, Production Engineer, was recognized as Viking's longest tenured employee, hitting the 50 year mark this past September 2nd. A celebratory cake was brought out and Viking founding fathers Bill and Bob Healey,Sr., surrounded by their families, sliced the dessert for their customers, boat builders and friends in attendance. The night ended on a high note with the Viking Yacht Company lighting up the Atlantic City skyline. t didn't end there! The week continued with a steady stream of customers and sales professionals touring the Viking manufacturing campus. The tour's highlight was a trip to the sleek yet luxurious 75 Motor Yacht floating at the docks. Atlantic City also stayed busy with over 60 Viking sea trials completed during the week.

Viking Gives Vote

Former chair of the Coast Guard Committee, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, visited the Viking Yacht Company this week. After touring the New Gretna facility and taking time to talk with Viking employees, Congressman LoBiondo spoke about his staff's efforts for the recreational fishing and boating industry. Representative LoBiondo is working to ensure that we have pragmatic reform of the Magnuson Stevens Act, our nation's primary fisheries law. He also has introduced legislation (HR4005) to support a continued exemption for recreational vessels on incidental discharge of water.

Viking Progress Report

The ongoing project to enclose and enjoin Viking's manufacturing building is continuing on schedule. Plenty of behind the scenes detail work is completed like the underground utilities installation. Siding, trim and gutters are in place and the windows will be next. With the cool weather just around the corner, the crew is preparing to pour the first layers of concrete.

Viking Another 50th Anniversary

The Viking Yacht Company has been in a festive mood this past year as we observe our 50th anniversary...but we aren't the only one that hit the golden milestone! This month Rudy Dalinger, Production Engineer, celebrated 50 years with the Viking Yacht Company proudly making him the longest tenured employee. 

Viking On The Board

A trio of Viking Yachts landed on the leaderboard at the 47th Annual Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Labor Day Tournament. Daniel Haeuser, fishing on the Viking 61 Conundrum, landed a 146 pound tuna to claim Second Place in that division. Fellow Conundrum angler Rick Sinclair took a 47 pound 'hoo to the scales for Third Place Wahoo. On the Viking 66 Controlled Chaos, Nino Bright boated a blue just shy of 440 pounds to claim Third Place Blue Marlin. Jon Gonsoulin's Viking 70 Done Deal sealed the deal in the Catch & Release Division with a Third Place finish.

New Model: Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht

The new 6000 Sport Yacht from Riviera takes the mantle as the most European looking of all the models from the down under boat builder, making a huge statement on the type of clients it wants to attract.  Taking the flagship role and replacing the 5800 of the Sport Yacht range, the 6000 is a fully enclosed hard top express, which makes the main deck the living part of life on-board. Latest design trends and more abound on the 6000 Sport Yacht. For example its aft deck rewrites the plan in a very original layout, with two settees; an L-shape dinette to port and chaise lounge to starboard located in a mezzanine looking outwards style. Originally the stern bulk head is reserved as a spacious barbecue wet bar area.  Inside we have an astern galley, C-shape dinette to port with sofa opposite, and a helm-station to starboard. Below deck space abounds on the 6000 Sport Yacht and presents a three double cabins three shower heads standard plan, or a four double cabin three heads optional layout. The fourth double bunk cabin located to port side takes space from a C-shape settee as featured in the standard plan. Very interesting is also the working room located in between the midships full beam owners cabin, and the engine room of which it features direct access. The Rivera 6000 Sport Yacht is twin Volvo 725hp powered, with IPS pod propulsion. Max speeds are 31 knots, with a 28 cruise, this giving a range of 268 nautical miles.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.3 m (63.4ft)
Hull Length - 17.6 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.36 m
Displacement - 25750 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2650 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS950 forward looking pod propulsion
Speed - 31 knots max, 28 knots cruise, 18 knots economic cruise
Range - 268 nm at 28 knots, 291 at 18 knots

September 29, 2014

Project: Storm S-65

Storm Yachts from the Netherlands continues to fill its line up with interesting distinctive models. The S-65 is the third in a line-up which starts and with the just launched X-53 and expands up to one hundred feet. The X-65 model which is currently in construction in Holland features a fast displacement hull and is to be available in two different versions; wheelhouse and fly-bridge option.  The flybridge version adds an extra open air lounge up top plus a second helm station. Interior wise the S-65 will have a three double cabins with one of the largest owners midships stateroom in this size. She will be built of aluminum and features the patented FDFH hull. Top speeds will be a max of 22 knots and standard engines are twin Cats 715hp engines with ZF pod drive propulsion.

New Model: Elan 30 Power

Following the style of its predecessors 35, 42 and 48, once again Tony Castro manage to design a hard top family sports cruiser of recognizable sports lines, the Elan 30 Power. With just under ten meters in length and a generous beam, Elan Power 30 offers a large cockpit with galley, equipped with a variety of options: gas or electric cooker, and or grill plus an eighty liters fridge. A comfortable settee of a modern design accommodates up to six adults. With a fold-able table and an extra cushion the settee is convertible into a huge sunbed. One of the most prominent features of the deck design is a navigatorium, positioned on the starboard side of the helmsman, offering abundant space for charts. The hull of the Elan Power 30 is balanced to provide both excellent seaworthiness and enough volume to host interior spaces. Among a variety of engine options, Volvo twin 220hp configuration tested on the prototype gave the max speed of 37 knots. Thanks to the technology of laminating joints, predominantly between elements positioned within the hull, as well as the joint of hull and deck, this boat is compact enough to endure extreme weather conditions. Below deck, Elan Power 30 features standing headroom throughout. Interior of Elan Power 30 is not only equipped with modern furniture finished in oak wood, but is also very practical. The galley is divided into two working surfaces. The effect of comfort and spaciousness is intensified by two saloon ceiling openings, allowing a lot of natural daylight to enter the saloon. Two very spacious cabins, both with double berths, can accommodate four persons. Wardrobes and hanging cabinets of the front cabin are suitable for storage of personal belongings. Another luxury feature is certainly the head approachable from both master cabin and the saloon. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.9 m
Hull Length - 9.6 m
Beam - 3.47 m
Displacement - 4500 kg dry 
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Water Capacity - 180 l
Accommodation - 4 + 1 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - petrol gas 2 x Volvo 5.7 GiE 300hp, diesel 1 x Volvo D6 400hp, 2 x Volvo D3 200hp, 2 x Volvo D3 220hp
Propulsion - single or twin Volvo stern drive with dual propeller propulsion  
Speed - 37 knots max with twin Volvo 220hp
Project - Tony Castro

September 28, 2014

Project: Princess 30M

Princess Yachts have unveiled details of their latest M Class yacht, the 30M. This one hundred feet raised pilot house yacht will mark the entry point to the M Class fleet and the high level of design and luxury that comes with it.  An incredibly spacious super yacht, featuring the bold, contemporary lines that are now synonymous with Princess M Class design, the 30M will offer up to five double en suite cabins including a main deck master suite.  Princess composite build technology and progressive design lie behind the 30M, delivering class leading interior volume, optimum cruising efficiency and the respective weight-saving advantages to enable anticipated speeds approaching 30 knots.  Both on deck and interior design are truly exceptional. The aft cockpit features a relaxed and spacious seating area complimented with a wet-bar and shaded beneath the flybridge overhang. Twin transom gates lead to the hydraulic bathing platform and stern garage which can accommodate a four meter tender. The flybridge on the 30M is one of its many standout features with a flexible, modular seating system set beneath a hardtop with integrated sunroof and serviced by a full wet-bar. To the aft of the flybridge a spa bath can be accommodated in addition to free standing deck furniture.  On the main deck, the saloon can be configured to suit a clients cruising style with various seating and dining options available as well the choice to incorporate wide sliding doors which open to a balcony on the starboard side. The Master Suite is located forward and is complimented with a choice of three or four beautifully appointed en suite guest cabins on the lower deck.  The 30M is designed to allow the crew to operate discretely, with independent access away from guest areas a design philosophy shared with both the 35M and tri-deck 40M.  As with all M Class vessels the interior finish is dictated by owner's specific tastes and requirements. The Princess Design Studio is responsible for all M Class interiors and offers a very personal level of service and attention, with a dedicated consultant working with each owner to realize their perfect yacht. Engineering levels are also of the highest standard, including two 40kw generators, a comprehensive control and monitoring system and a full hydraulic system to power thrusters, stabilisers and the 30M's twin anchor winches.  Currently under development at Princess' South Yard Superyacht facility in Devonport, Plymouth, this exciting addition will join the M Class range in 2015.

September 27, 2014

Web: Bavaria New Web Site

Bavaria presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Bavaria today being the World's largest single brand production boat builder was founded in 1978 at a place called Giebelstadt. It's first model was the Bavaria 807 sailing boat, and in 2003 the company produced its first motor boat. It is interesting that today motor boats account for forty per cent of Bavaria's production. Bavaria had an ownership change as of 2009, following the complete buyout by BAIN Capital in 2007. Bavaria offers two style of boats Sailing Yachts, and Motor Boats with size which start from the 23 feet sailing boat B-One, and go up to the 56 Cruiser . The Motor Boats line starts with the 29 Sport, and goes up to the 450 Sport currently in project stages. The new Bavaria Internet showroom is available in English, German and French language, and takes you around with the following buttons: Sailing Yachts, Motor Boats, Dealer Search, Made In Germany, The Shipyard, News, Contact, and Catalogues.  Bavaria also features its social media fan pages; Facebook and Youtube with direct links located in the middle of the page at the far right.

Project: Overmarine Mangusta 215

Its one of the most talked projects since the current 165 Mangusta flagship has launched. The new Overmarine flagship, make the Viareggio builder push the sport yacht size even further to fifty meters. The answer with this project is a simple yes. The Mangusta 215 is a two and half deck with extremely fluid lines, and five cabins plus owners stateroom on the main deck layout plan inside. Tender spaces will also be important with four PWC craft finding space; from a garage opening at midships having space for three, and a hangar on the main deck for one. The aft part of the 215 is reserved for a dedicated beach area.  As usual to Overmarine Mangusta exterior entertainment areas abound all around the place from the fore-deck, to the aft cockpit, and the fly-deck. Power and performance numbers are not advised by Overmarine, but the rendering do show the 215 to feature jet propulsion as the other big over one hundreed feet Mangustas. 

September 26, 2014

New Model: Cruisers 390 Express Coupe

North American boat builder Cruisers Yachts presents an innovative model, with the fresh and innovative new 390 Express Coupe.  This new Cruisers mixes day boat facilities into an elegant hard top covered sport cruiser which makes its cockpit deck its prime entertainment area. The two L-shaped settee aft are prime example of flexibility thanks to the side movement which can unite them into one large C-shape settee.  Another nice feature outside will be the fully equipped wet bar to starboard behind the helm station. Down below the 390 Express Coupe offers an owners cabin with double berth at midships while the fore area features a V-shape settee which converts into a double berth, galley to port, and head with separate shower stall opposite. Eight power choices are available for the 390 Express Coupe; three petrol gas from 380 up 430hp, and five diesels from 300 up to 370hp.  Propulsion choices are Volvo and Mercruiser dual propeller stern drives, or Volvo IPS forward looking pods.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.9 m (39ft)
Beam - 3.9 m
Draft - 1.1 m with IPS pod drives, .99 m with stern drivces
Displacement - 10569 kg
Fuel Capacity - 871 l
Water Capacity - 265 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 8.2 Mag 380hp, 8.2 Mag HO 430hp, Volvo V8 380hp petrol gas
Volkwagen 4.2L TDI 335hp, 4.2L TDI 370hp, Volvo D4 300hp, D6 330hp, D6 370hp diesels
Propulsion - Mercruiser or Volvo dual propeller stern drives, Volvo forward looking IPS pods
Hull - modified Vee with 16 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - balsa cored hull and super structure, Vinilester resin skin coat

Project: Ferretti 550

About a decade ago this was a very important size for Ferretti, with its models between the fifteen and eighteen meter bracket always selling over fifty units. Its still current best seller the 53 and 530 produced from 1997 till 2007 came indeed in this size. The 550 is a project designed by the usual Ferretti team of Zuccon together with there Advanced Yacht Technology studios of engineers, and by the looks of things sets important goals.  Offering important latest features; fore settee, up down bathing platform, astern galley plus the usual Ferretti traits of feeling bigger the 550 is definitely on top of its game in this size. Its lower deck accommodation will be offered in two options; three cabins three head plan, or a two head with the forward VIP cabin taking the room from the second head. A crew cabin with one berth is to be located aft. Power will be twin Cat engines of 715hp with top speed estimates of 30 knots, and fast cruise of 26 knots. Range is 300 nautical miles at fast cruise.  

September 25, 2014

Boat Show - Genoa 2014 Preview

It's challenging times yet again in Genoa, with the latest editions in the last five years being one harder then the previous. Nothing has changed this in the 54th edition, with some important names deciding to skip the show, and others making the return move.  All this shows the fragility of the current Italian market, and the need to rescue the international prime status of Italy's largest boat show. It's hard when the majority of the boutique style custom and semi-custom boat builders are closed. The 2014 will be six days long and adds one day to the reduced calendar of the 2013 edition and will be held from Wednesday one till Monday sixth October. Genoa will be bring some nice novelties from the following companies; Austin Parker 54 Fly S, Dellapasqua DC13 Elite, Rio 38 Parana, Rose Island 53 Lobster, and Saver 300 Deluxe and 22 Pilothouse. 

Project: Kadey-Krogen 66

Kadey-Krogen has recently presented a new important project of four explorer yachts which sets the sights of the American manged company into a bigger size series of models. All designed by Dave Glasco and the in-house design team, this new Kadey-Krogen line of projects is a very important one as it presents four distinctive models; 64 Expedition, 66, 68 Expedition, and 70. An 80 is currently is advanced project stages. The 66 will offer three different lower deck options; with the main difference coming from a plan which replaces the third cabin into a storage room. The main deck is also offered in three different configurations. Twin engine powered the Kadey-Krogen will feature a sea-worthy long range full displacement hull shape and long range fuel tank capacity of over 10977 liters.

September 24, 2014

New Model: Horizon V72

The new Horizon V72 motor yacht embodies the style of things to come: clean, fluid lines that offer unparalleled interior volume and expansive exterior entertaining areas. Interior spaces on the V72 are uninterrupted, with a flush deck salon-to-galley transition, an open main deck level, and streamlined lower deck windows that maximize natural light and enhance exterior styling. With an open deck and aft area and a fore-deck settee, the V series is designed to suit various cruising lifestyles whether it is laid back and relaxed or adventurous and outgoing. Standard accommodation plans offer three double cabins for guest forward this including a large full beam midships owners room, and two crew cabin plus galley aft. Power is twin Cat engines 1150hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.85 m (74.9ft)
Waterline Length - 19.1 m
Beam - 6.25 m
Draft - 1.55 m 
Displacement - 51 t
Fuel Capacity - 5299 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew beds in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft

Project: Sealine S330

It is the renaissance model from Sealine and a statement by its since a year owners Hanse Group, this is the project of the S330.  This new Sealine model brings an important message to the brand fans, in a size always very important for the x-British brand. The S330 will be a six berth sport cruiser of high interest thanks to what looks on paper a spacious arrangement both above and below decks. Below the S330 will have a traditional four plus two layout; double Vee berth forward offered in closed cabin or open version, double berth cabin at midships, and an L-shaped settee to port side. A galley and a head are located to starboard. Outside the S330 has its strongest point thanks to a flash deck and a C-shaped settee and double forward looking settee to port side, with a helm and wet-bar opposite.  Power options will be all diesel; single 330hp, or twin 170 or 220hp Volvo powered, stern drive propulsion choices.  

September 23, 2014

New Model: Ocean Yachts 64 Makaira

Its been a long time coming for this new Ocean Yachts 64 Makaira, to be exact six years from the start of the concept down in New Jersey. Now Ocean has finally launched its first Makaira, what is to be at 64 feet the second size in the current Ocean Yachts line up between the 73 and 58 Super Sport models. Ocean Yachts 64 Makaira brings a breed of fresh air to the Sportfishing yacht sector thanks to a very aggressive super structure design as outlined by renowned custom sportfish designer Steve French from Applied Concepts Unleashed. It is indeed a whole different looks both inside and outside where modernity and curves are shown as never they have been on a sportfish boat. The 64 Makaira also surprises for its layout in this size offering three double guest cabins which include an owners stateroom at midships. The other two rooms will be a VIP to fore, and the third L-shaped bunk twin berth to port side. A two crew cabin with seperate entrance is also located at midships in between the cabins and engine room. The 64 Makaira will also have the option to be offered with in an enclosed bridge option. Performance wise back in construction stages Ocean Yachts and Applied Concepts made a lot of study for saving weight and give the 64 Makaira an edge in performance, and the result is a dry weight of just over 34 tons. Power is twin Cat engines of 1925hp.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.5 m (64ft)
Beam - 5.68 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 34473 kg
Fuel Capacity - 6813 l
Water Capacity - 1022 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cat C32A 1925hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Construction - vacuum infusion with Corecell, and 3M Nidacore core
Project - Steve French Applied Concepts Unleashed

September 22, 2014

Project: English Harbour EH 27

English Harbour Yachts is a brand which present it largest product to date and presents an interesting innovative yet easy to run EH 27 project, a model which presents itself as good coastal, inland and offshore cruiser.  This English Harbour project presents a unique combination of space, practicality and efficiency with design coming by renowned firms; Adam Greenwood for looks and hull form by Andrew Wolstenholme. Inside the EH 27 has four full size berths in two separate cabins both of which can be converted into double berths. The spacious saloon offers dining for six in comfort and ample storage for living aboard. The bathroom has a separate shower compartment, unique for a boat of this size. Not only does the English Harbour 27 have modern, elegant lines, but she is also exceptionally seaworthy thanks to her semi-displacement hull and full length keel enable her to tackle all conditions with confidence. Other interesting features are the extra wide walk-around side-decks, a deep, safe cockpit and practical detailing make her the ideal boat for extended cruising for all the family. The English Harbour EH 27 can be powered from 30 up to 75hp with an electric drive option 11 kw.  Top speed is a max of 15 knots with the large 75hp engine available from three different marques; Yanmar, Nanni, and Volvo.

New Model: Abati 60 Keyport

Its the return model from Abati who subject change of ownership started with the launch of this project, who currently sits as the flagship of the brand.  The 60 Keyport is a modern lobster boat with a classical heart: summing up the Abati virtues, and is designed to give the owner a timeless yacht, safe at sea, attractive to look at and with original, unique stylistic features. A traditional looking yacht with modern featues the 60 Keyport surpries for its spaces in all areas. An excellent above-deck layout, a large sundeck to fore, a spacious saloon and cockpit. Three cabins all with their own bathrooms, an independent crew cabin, and an outstanding below-deck galley in a separate room. The hard top has a large sliding roof to make cruising more enjoyable in fine weather and give light and air to the immense lounge, ideal to relax. A watertight side door provides external access beside the helm console. The perfectly outfitted cockpit offers large, comfortable aft sun-pad: and the stern is opened by a hydraulic system for access to the garage for launching the tender. Powered by two 800hp Man engines, the 60 Keyport has a cruising speed of 26 knots, with top speeds of 31 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.1 m (59.3ft)
Beam - 5.32 m
Displacement - 50,525 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3112 l
Water Capacity - 647 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew cabin berths
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Man RS 800hp
Propulsion - Vee drive line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Certification - CE A

September 21, 2014

Project: Cheoy Lee 111

With exceptional interior and exterior volume, the Choey Lee 111 yacht has crossover appeal for both the Express and traditional motor yacht customer. Increased fuel capacity, length and luxurious amenities will lend a motor yacht feel, complemented by a modern two deck and a half looks. The 111 adds a new dimension to the Cheoy Lee line up of yachts and super yachts and wants to tick customers who come from its Alpha range or similar European looking competing brands.  Powered by twin 1900hp Cat engines the 111 has some impressive cruise numbers at 10 knots economic speeds which give a two thousand nautical miles range. Non the less the 111 can be pushed to a max speed of 24 knots, and 21 fast cruise.   

September 20, 2014

New Model: Dreamline 26 Long Range

Launched past Summer the Dreamline 26 has been one of the most talked emerging brands due to its modern looks, another different hull shape which merges planning characteristics with displacement ones, and an important feat of customization. The Dreamline 26 comes from the able hands of two important designers, the well known Arrabito for the hybrid planning displacement Blade hull, and Enrico Gobbi for the looks both inside and outside. Hull one of the Deamline 26 features an interior with a main deck foreship located owners stateroom, with three guest cabins at midships below. The forward of the main deck is dedicated to two crew cabins plus a small galley. Another galley in an L-shape design for the guest is featured on the main deck to port side. The Dreamline 26 which is the first of a range which features six models up to 49 meters also features the latest must have for a yacht of this size; two jacuzzi's on the flybridge and fore deck, tender garage, and an integrated hard top.  The Dreamline 26 can be powered with MAN or Cat engines of 1200hp what the builder calls the more slow Navetta choice, or more powerful 1800hp from the same engine makers. In both choices the Dreamline 26 can be additionally powered by an addition electric twin Siemens 135 kw hybrid propulsion.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 26 m (85.3ft)
Beam - 6.65 m
Draft - 1.9 m
Displacement - 75 t light
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l + 3000 l optional long range tank
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 8 guests in 4 cabins, 3 crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Man 1200hp, Cat C18 1200hp, Cat C32 1800hp. MAN 1800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 1600 nm at 10 knots with 1200hp engines, 1400 nm at 10 knots with 1800hp 
Hull Shape - Arrabite Blade hull
Project - Arrabito Naval Architects hull, T4 Design Enrico Gobbi exterior and interior

September 19, 2014

Project: Sunseeker 65 Manhattan

Sunseeker presents the project for a new 65 Manhattan model, with those of you being around at the currently held Southampton 2014 boat show able to see and touch hull number one. The Sunseeker 65 Manhattan continues the recent call of the British Poole based builder to cover nearly everything which is not structural with windows. That means a lot of light inside, even when you do not want it! She will be a four double cabins three heads arrangement below motor yacht. The fourth cabin gets the small size for being a twin bunk berth.  In the main deck Sunseeker presents a two step split level saloon, with an enclosed galley located behind the helm as standard. A more US style open version is also available. Interestingly Sunseeker who is usually the first of the Brits to adapt Mediterranean design trends  has so far not gone into the astern galley concept on any of its yachts.  Worth of note in the 65 Manhattan will also be an incredibly spacious flybridge. Power will be four engine choices with the most note worthy being the twin Volvo 900hp on IPS1200 forward looking pod drives.  The 65 Manhattan is so far the largest Sunseeker on pod drives. Other engine options on shaft drives start from MAN 1000hp, Cat 1150hp, and MTU 1200hp.  

September 18, 2014

New Model: Dale 35 Classic

Dale presents the new 35 Classic, which truly perfectly illustrates the way of approaching a truly bespoke build as desired by its owner.  The 35 Classic is a boat that started from a meeting between the British builder, owner and a blank sheet of paper! Everything from the keel up has been designed to suit his brief of a top performing day boat with accommodation for a tall family who wish to overnight occasionally.  Finally completed hull one of the Dale 35 Classic shows the real meaning of the word semi-custom as every material, color, detail has been carefully matched to the owner’s requirements, whilst the very finest standards of hull construction, fit out and finish will of course left up to the Dale heritage.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.5 m (35ft)
Beam - 3.38 m
Draft - 1.3 m (drive down)
Displacement - 5.2 t dry, 6 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 580 l
Water Capacity - 165 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engine - 1 x Volvo D6 400hp, 2 x Volvo D4 260hp
Propulsion - stern drive
Speed - 33 knots max with Volvo 400hp
Project - TT Designs
Hull Shape - planning Vee
Certification - CE B, C 

Project: Sciallino SC30 Trenta

The Sciallino SC30 Trenta is the middle project to be presented in the new course of this North West, Liguria located Italian builder.  Sciallino has build a fame for building solid and seaworthy craft for the fisherman cruiser with lines following the classic Italian Gozzo fishing craft.  As the upcoming 27 and 36 models the SC30 is to be designed by Baumarine, and offers a mix of modernity and classic lines. The SC30 as its other sisters will feature a planning hull with a medium seventeen degrees Vee deadrise aft, and can be powered by both single and twin engine sets up in shaft drive propulsion. Accommodation wise the SC30 features a two separate cabin plan below, fore and midships with a shower head in between. The galley plus and L-shape settee is to be located on the main deck. 

September 17, 2014

New Model: Bavaria 400 Sport Coupe

Bavaria has been on a roll in recent months updating its motor boat range with new models, all coming from the able hands of Italian from Rome designer Marco Casali. The man behind the praised Virtess. Versatility is key in the new models offered in the fall of 2014, the 360 and 400. One of the first models to launch is the 400 Sport Coupe, a patio door fully enclosed hard top sport cruiser.  The 400 just as much as the 360 will be offered in three other versions; Open, Hard Top, and Soft Top. The 400 Sport Coupe main feature is the one that updated the main deck to a second inside or outside living area thanks to a fully protected environment.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.29 m (43.6ft) with bathing platfrom
Length - 12.21 m
Waterline Length - 11.65 m
Beam - 3.99 m
Draft - 1.05 m drives down
Displacement - 9129 kg
Fuel Capacity - 750 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 + 1 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - Petrol gas 2 x Mercury Mag377 DTS 320hp, Volvo V8 350hp, V8 430hp,  
Diesel 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, D6 400hp, Mercury 4.2l 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo or Mercury dual propeller stern drive
Project - Too Design Marco Casali, 
Certification - CE B

September 16, 2014

Engine: Cat C175-16 3467hp

Caterpillar Marine unveiled new power ratings for the Cat C175 propulsion engine for commercial vessels at the 2014 SMM Exhibition, held September 9-12 in Hamburg, Germany. Designed specifically as a high speed power solution for commercial applications including ocean going and harbor tugs, the C175-16 propulsion engine is now available with ratings up to 3467hp at 1800 rpm. The new ratings extend Caterpillar Marine's high-speed engine power range beyond the company's already industry-leading 3516C HD engine. Cat C175 engine platforms with the new ratings are available to order now from the global Cat dealer network. Ideal for large, high speed commercial vessels, the C175 engine utilizes proven ACERT™ technology to optimize turbocharging and aftercooling. Efficient combustion reduces engine wear and maximizes fuel, driving the C175-16 to pull the maximum amount of energy from each injection event. The engine also features the Cat common rail fuel system enabling low emissions at all levels and requires no aftertreatment to comply with regulations. In addition to an 1,000-hour oil change interval, thermo-laminated heat shields save time and money during service. With a bore of 175 mm and a stroke of 220 mm, the C175-16 is highly efficient while providing increased propulsion output in a high speed engine platform. Additional features include: Turbocharged and aftercooled aspiration, MCS approved monitoring, alarm, and protection system, Cross-flow head design, and Simplified electrical system.
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Project: Broom 30 Coupe HT

Broom design and expertise has led to the creation of the 30 Coupe HT, a cruiser built to explore the Inland waterways of Europe in comfort and style. The Broom 30 Coupe HT offers comprehensive access of Europe's waterways which can sometimes be restricted by low bridges and height restrictions.  New for 2014, the 30 HT for hard-top version advances its design versus the Coupe to offers extra protection against the elements. It features a fully retractable, sliding canvas roof and bonded windscreen with opening inserts. The contemporary interior is light and airy, offering all on one level living. Below the 30 Coupe HT sleeps four in a separate cabin to fore, and convertible L-shaped saloon settee.  

September 15, 2014

New Model: Absolute 58 Navetta

It's definitely exciting times again at Absolute, as the North Italian boat builder headed by Gobbi and Maggi presented at the end of August its new 58 Navetta.  A new model which represents a challenge and a fresh chapter into the Absolute story, and its entry into the medium-long range explorer yacht sector. For those following Absolute in recent years they definitely know this is nothing new for the Italian boat builder, who still goes on the record books as having its full line of fifteen models all powered with the Volvo IPS pod drive system.  A huge believe in Volvo's forward looking pod drives system which has characterized the boat builder since 2006, and the launch of the Absolute 56 STC. The Absolute 58 Navetta is an explorer which puts the Mediterranean style of layout and function. Saying it simple you would not find anything missing from your planning boat into the 58, in reality you will find more, as the 58 Navetta has a feeling of being a much larger yacht then it actually is. The interior layout offers a split level saloon with galley to starboard in the raised part behind the helm station. Below is three double cabins all served with a private head, and includes a full beam owners cabin which is one of the largest for a seventeen meter yacht. To aft is also a crew cabin sleeping two and served with its private shower head. The 58 Navetta features an IPS dedicated semi displacement hull and can be powered by engine choices of twin Volvo 435hp or the large 625hp units.  Hull one was equipped with the large Volvo's and gave interesting max speed of 25 knots at light load and a cruise of 18 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17 m (55.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.95 m
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 1.34 m 
Displacement - 26.6 t light, 32.1 t loaded
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew beds in 1 cabin
Fuel Capacity - 2400 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D11 625hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed -  25 knots max 18 knots cruise with with Volvo 625hp, 16 knots cruise with 435hp
Hull - semi displacement
Construction - Absolute ISS (Integrated Structural System)
Project - Absolute Research Lab
Certification - CE B

September 14, 2014

Project: Dominator D26 M Ilumen

Since Wolfgang Pernsteiner took over Dominator, the company has been making important forward movements to become the elite yacht builder. Now in recent days Dominator has been showing this innovative D26 M Ilumen project on the background of its website. Designed by Alessandro Mancini the D26 M Ilumen seems a break through innovative project from Domintor not only in the looks, layout, but also in the technical side. Dominator will be giving full details of this project during the Cannes show, but as an appetizer I can tell you that the D26 M Ilumen will feature an innovative power system with four modes, a master cabin forward on the main deck with 270 degrees views, and one of the largest flybridge in its size. At this stage we can only say to Dominator to bring the D26M Ilumen on, that is from project to reality. 

September 13, 2014

Web: Abati New Web Site

Italian builder, Abati Yachts presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Founded in 2004 by Alessandro Patrizi, Abati started as a story of the past. Looking for his own boat, Patrizi chooses a lobster looking Traditional Cruiser from Austin Parker, and its top of the range 42 model. Hearing in a later stage that the Tuscany Austin Parker was in financial trouble decides to take over the building premises, but to leave the brand name to the owners mostly because of his idea in constructing bigger boats. In 2013 the Abati firm was purchased by a major business group. Abati will go on and build traditional inspired down East lobster cruisers and yachts with the 55 Portland being its first to launch model. The 55 looking very classic outside had important innovations mostly to what concerns its layout, which had an all separate entrance three cabins, which is still a unique feature in its size today. The second Abati was the 46 Newport took a more modern approach.  Today Abati builds four models; 46 Newport, 55 Portland, 58 Eastport, and its flagship the 60 Keyport. The new Abati Yacht virtual showroom is available in English and Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons; Shipyard, Press Room, News and Events, Dealers Networks, Catalogues, and Contacts. 

September 12, 2014

New Model: Canados Oceanic 90 STS

Its exciting times in Rome in Italy, and at Cantieri Navali di Ostia who launch hull one of its new explorer Oceanic Yachts line. To be exact Canados launch the Oceanic 90 STS, which sold in January of this year. Among the amenities offered by this first yacht is an upper deck owner’s stateroom with private terrace, while a VIP plus two guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The interior decoration is a result of a study undertaken by the in-house design studio in conjunction with the owner. The primary timbers used throughout will consist of limed Grey Oak, Macassar Ebony, Wengé, lacquered wood and wood floors. The convertible aft deck, with over-sized modular sofas, will stow a 6.50m diesel powered SACS tender while two three seat personal water-crafts, two Seabobs and one JetLev will be stored in the transom garage. An additional stand-up JetSki will be installed on the deck, right under the 1.5 ton capacity Opacmare crane. The engine room will be buffered from the lower deck amenities by a spectacular sound insulation system engineered like on a fifty meter yacht and the by the vast crew quarters and custom made galley. As the Canados Oceanic Yachts production 90 hull number one maintains the brand-new philosophy whose main features are: extended outdoor and indoor living volumes, ability to carry large toys and tenders, high performance and ability to navigate at economic speed with low fuel consumption, resulting in reduced overall operating costs.  The  Canados Oceanic 90 STS has also the option to be offered in the DiElec version, which stands for Diesel-Electric propulsion. It is a true innovation of the Oceanic range. In this version, the 90' can run either on its two Caterpillar 1925hp engines for speeds up to 27 knots, or alternately, on its two electric motors fed by the two generators. Under Electric power, the 90 STS can run at 8 knots with a consumption in the region of 40 liters per hour.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.8 m (91.2ft)
Waterline Length - 22.7 m
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 78 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 11200 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew cabins sleeping four
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1925hp, optional edition of two electic Auxilia 40kw engines
Propulsion - line shafts, pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max, 24 cruise
Range - 450 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - Displanning design
Construction - vacuum infusions, with Nomex core, and Kevlar mats

September 11, 2014

Project: Steeler NG50 CS

The CS is the latest version of the Steeler NG50. This CS letter mean center sleeper, and this model has been developed for owners prefering a central midships stateroom to a master room forward. The result is a yacht with three double cabins all served with heads. Two en-suite for the owners and VIP cabins, and a guest day head shower located to starboard. Interesting is that the guest day head and shower features two separates doors. The pilothouse in the CS is also longer than in the NG50, which creates a spacious lounge with an integrated galley. It goes without saying that the client has the freedom to choose the layout, and it is possible to opt for a kitchen and dinette in the fore section. The clearance of the Steeler NG50 CS is just 3.35m, so the French canals remain easily accessible.

Improve-it = Princess V39

Princess show again why their success have soured in recent years, by presenting a new cockpit version for the successful V39 which earlier this year has delivered in over one hundred plus of units, in a production run over two years. The new Princess V39 will now have an option for its exterior deck, with the choice to order it with an aft sun-pad. The well sized sun pad has been made to enter into the current layout and takes a small portion from the C-shaped settee to port side, with the aft end taking overhang space, about two feet into the bathing platform.  This new option from Princess on the V39 shows the Plymouth British boat builder attention to warmer climate regions as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

September 10, 2014

Project: Elandra 5

The Elandra 5 is the new project and boat brand to come from down under Australia. While being a totally new brand the founders of Elandra have long been in the business of boat building, and come to the market with an interesting sport yacht, which makes semi-customization, sea keeping, and a strong build quality its trade marks. Designed by Tom Barry-Cotter the Elandra 5 will follow what most new sport cruisers are offering in recent years; a lower deck dedicated to the cabins, and a main for living.  The lower cabin deck of the Elandra 5 offers three cabins, with an owners midships full beam room, and a VIP cabin forward which surprises for its space with the double berth looking to the starboard of the ship offering added leg room. The main deck of the Elandra 5 is a split level living area, which joins outside with inside.  A tender garage with a space for a jet rib and an easy launch system is featured aft.

Boat Show - Southampton 2014 Preview

This year's Southampton boat show will be held from Friday 12 September up until Sunday 21. Regarded since many years as the premier United Kingdom boat show the Southampton 2014 edition will bring the usual mix of over five hundred exhibitors and thousands of boats and brands, what will be a festival of boating fun for everyone. The 2014 edition will have the usual line up of new models from the home brands and also interesting World first from companies outside the United Kingdom waters. Announced World firsts at Southampton 2014 will be the following; Dale 35 Classic, English Harbour EH27 Cabin, Haines 32 Offshore, Princess 68 Flybridge and V39 with new cockpit layout, Sealine S330, and Sunseeker 65 Manhattan.

September 9, 2014

New Model: Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Debuting at the London boat show past January finally we are able to bring you a photo of the new Sunseeker 75 Yacht. Hull one of the 75 Yacht was sold in Greek waters and this will be a very important model for one of the most known boating brands. This new Sunseeker model is third evolution of a hull which was born as the 70 became the 73 and by adding just over a foot in length and a ton of weight to bring more accommodation becomes now the 75 Yacht. The 75 Yacht is the second model to follow the much sought after 28 Metre Yacht flybridge design features which integrate a very beefy full radar arch or hard top seemingly in the top deck, and add a dark paint warping the lower windshield. The 75 Yacht features Sunseeker latest larger then large side windows. The interior is a four double room layout for guests. A crew cabin sleeping two is located aft. The 75 Yacht will be powered by twin MTU 1622hp which give a max speed of 34 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.98 m (75.5ft)
Beam - 5.73 m
Draft - 1.63 m
Displacement - 46,400 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU V10 2000 M94 1622hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 34 knots max, 25 knots cruise
Range - 325 nautical miles
Construction - hand laid fiberglass Vinilester resin, balsa cored hull topsides, foam core in deck and super structure
Certification - CE

September 8, 2014

Project: Jeanneau 36 Leader

Jeanneau presents the project for a new 36 Leader, which follows the exterior looks and much boasted hull shape of the larger 40.  Indeed like the 40 the new 36 Leader features a superb V-shaped hull designed by renowned American naval architect Micheal Peters, and a sporty design by the Garroni Designers. The exterior of the 36 Leader features a sofa, a double sundeck, a spacious saloon, while for the interior Jeanneau decided to innovate boasting a layout, with an  unexpected two-and-a-half volumes.  By day, the interior saloon is a spacious, entirely open living area with impressive sea views, while by night, the owner's cabin converts into a magnificent suite with bar and sofa.  In an effort to bring you a unique level of comfort at sea, Jeanneau has incorporated a separate shower stall, as well as three berths, in the aft cabin. These are just some of the clever features that make the 36 Leader unique in this size of sport cruiser. The 36 Leader will be powered by a three engine choice; two Volvo diesel 260 and 300hp, and petrol gas from Mercury of 300hp.

Class One - Vee One - Mediterranean Grand Prix Race Two

Victory and Chaudron produced the stand-out performances of the afternoon and dominated race 2 of the Mediterranean Grand Prix, cruising to emphatic victories in their respective classes in a dramatic race that was red flagged after Abu Dhabi crashed out at the first corner, both Faleh AL Mansoori and Rashed Al Tayer emerging unscathed from the upturned boat.
It was a bitter blow for Al Mansoori and Al Tayer on their debut Grand Prix outing in their new boat, and after going second quickest in qualifying earlier in the day were running in second spot behind Victory at the first turn when they hooked and went over.
The boats were led round under the yellow flag and from the restart Victory’s Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi dropped the hammer and simply disappeared off into the distance and were unchallenged throughout to take the win and complete a perfect weekend in Ibiza for the Dubai duo on their first outing together in Class 1 since 2011.
Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski produced another solid performance and despite breaking two gearboxes over the weekend picked up another podium finishing in second place, with Guido Cappellini and Mikhail Kitashev on their first outing together also picking up a second podium, with third.
It was a frustrating and disappointing day for Fendi Racing, with Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella failing to make the start after breaking their gearbox yesterday, and any hopes of team success faded early when Tarek Oktem and Miles Jennings limped back to the pits before the restart.
The honours in V1 went to Aaron Ciantar and Dominic Martini in Chaudron who, like Victory, left their rivals in their wake to win unchallenged over the 12 laps, taking the chequered flag with the chasing pack well in arrears, finishing on the same lap as the C1 boats ahead of them to take an early lead in the Championship standings.
Second home was Karelpiu, the team switching driver for race 2 with Federico Montanari teaming -up with Antonio Schiano. The duo held off a strong challenge from Aquasport on lap 3 as the two outfits thundered through the start-finish line side-by-side and then from a momentarily advancing Tommy One.
The drive off the afternoon belonged to Drew Langdon and Ian Blacker in Silverline who found good pace mid race, moving up from sixth spot on lap 2, passing Bernico-New Star and overhauling Aquasport and Tommy One on lap 7 to take the third step of the podium.

September 7, 2014

New Model: Overmarine Mangusta 165 E

The latest Overmarine Mangusta 165 hull no. 9 is the very latest example of evolution and the perfect combination of comfort and speed.  There are a number of important technological innovations on this yacht as well as improvements in performance, including a new propulsion system with quadruple MTU 2600hp engines, 4 Rolls Royce Kamewa NP waterjets and 4 Seakeeper stabilisers. This driving system has an excellent weight/power ratio, as the engines are lighter than the previous ones and so there is less weight in movement when the yacht is at sea. These last generation engines are also more efficient and have a modular functionality. The waterjets are also stronger as the design has been renewed in order to offer a better performance at lower consumption. The result is that this yacht can reach similar speeds as in the past but consumes less: 35% less at 20 and 30 knots.The optimised layout in the engine room has provided the space to install 4 stabilizers for improving stabilization when the yacht is both at anchor and under way: 50% less rolling with half metre waves. Efficiency has also been improved meaning sailing is very comfortable at low speeds, too. Each and every owner can really decide whether to sail at high speeds or 20/30 knots with good drive efficiency and greater efficiency of consumption, without however, ever having to renounce to being comfortable on-board. This yacht is proof of the shipyard’s continuous evolution, but also of its ability to understand the market and anticipate client demand. Greater opportunities for this successful model, which can now also be proposed in the E evolution version with a number of external aesthetic features, most meaningful and recognizable being the window profile design of the deck house.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.9 m (163.7ft)
Beam - 9.2 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 300 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 40000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - 10 guest berths in 5 cabins, 6 crew cabins sleeping up to 12
Engines - 4 x MTU 16V 2000 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - 2 x KaMeWa 71S3NP + 2 x KaMeWa 63B3NP (booster)
Speed - 33 knots max
Range - 800 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Stefano Righini  

September 6, 2014

Class One - Vee One - Mediterranean Grand Prix Race One

Thirteen boats lined up for the first race in over two decades with Class 1 catamarans and V1 mono-hulls running side-by-side, with Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi carrying on from where they left off and last raced together in 2011, cruising to an easy victory in race 1 of the Mediterranean Grand Prix to win by a massive 49 second margin.
The Victory duo who earlier in the day shared the pole position spoils with LFF10, led from the start and were never challenged, going on to complete the 13 laps in 35:41.85s.
Despite matching the winners in qualifying Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella could not match the sustained pace of the leader’s, but looked comfortable in second spot when they suddenly hit trouble on lap 9 and stopped.
From third place at the end of lap 1 Guido Cappellini and C1 rookie Mikhail Kitashev held off an initial challenge from Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski in Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar before opening out a comfortable advantage to move into and take second spot following the exit of LFF10.
The Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar crew in turn faced a race long challenge from Faleh Al Mansoori and Rashed Al Tayer in Team Abu Dhabi’s new MTI, who passed them on the final lap to take the chequered flag in third, only to be hit with a 25-second post-race penalty for destroying a turn buoy, handing the podium spot back to Isiklar and Zaborowski, the Abu Dhabi duo dropping to fifth behind LFF8-Polimersan.
The performance of the day came in V1 from the Tommy One crew of Maurizio Schepici and Stefano Bonanno who powered their way through the field from a long way back in fourth spot, first passing Bernico-New Star, then the early race leader’s Chaudron before setting their sights on and overhauling the pole sitters Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano in Karelpiu, to take the win in 36:33.39s.