December 31, 2015

Monthly News - December 2015

-pic of the month- Storm Yachts Masters of LXRY


Azimut-Benetti Group World Leader of Super Yachts Again

The Azimut-Benetti Group has triumphed once again, taking first place in the Global Order Book 2016 which ranks the top 20 manufacturers of mega yachts - for the 16th year, and beating the most important industry players from Italy, Germany, Britain and America. Its 2,580 metres yachts under construction confirm the outstanding success of the Italian company's models, which meet the needs of boat owners around the world. The Azimut-Benetti Group offers the most comprehensive range of products, and has recently even expanded into the field of giga yachts, with vessels measuring over 100 meters now under construction at the Benetti shipyard in Livorno. Such a long-standing success can only come from the meticulous and constant development and improvement of its products and their production process, something that the President of Azimut Benetti, Paolo Vitelli, has always set as an essential cornerstone for the company's growth. First-rate projects, along with industrially and financially viable shipyards, are the key factors to achieving this result. The snapshot taken by the Global Order Book is a tribute to Italian excellence, as it portrays Italy as the world's leading manufacturer of mega yachts. This is a positive sign for the company, and for the Italian boating industry as a whole. The ranking, compiled annually by Show Boats International, the prestigious U.S. trade magazine, is the most reliable and authoritative point of reference for the boating industry. Every year, it provides an accurate performance report, publishing information on actual orders, for yachts measuring 80 feet up, confirmed by the 1st of September of the year in question.

Azimut Grows in China

Azimut Yachts continues to grow in the chinese market, confirming its positive trend more to ten % recorded during last year in China and a consistent gain in market share. Confirming such a growth, in Hainan Rendez Vouz, Azimut Yachts has hit one additional great achievement : the selling of a Leonardo 100 in the few days of the exhibition, thus positioning as the big protagonist of Hainan Rendez Vous itself. Such being the result of a capillary work at Azimut of empowerment of Dealrship Newtork in China with a strengthening of the presence in the Field. As key player at Hainan Rendez Vous, Azimut Yachts has also been present with an impactful five Boats display and brand new stand signed Studio Michele De Lucchi, the Italian Architect, driver of Italian design worldwide. The new Stand Image is part of a worldwide operation at Azimut Company of delivering a new Brand Image associated to Lifestyle and to Made in Italy excellence in the Luxury World, clearly visible at all levels of marketing actions. Time to celebrate at Azimut in Hainan Rendez Vous! This is the driving mood with each Azimut has arranged a big Party Event on 29th November in Hainan Rendez Vous Stand, Italian Style oriented, starring key celebrities like Marcello Lippi and involving key Partners: GoldStream , Stefano Ricci, the Italian Brand Illy and the Italian chocolate Brand Pernigotti 1860.


Baglietto Appoints New General Manager

Baglietto, the historic boat builder based in La Spezia, announces the appointment of Mr Michele Gavino as its new General Manager. 54-year old Michele Gavino was appointed as Baglietto’s General Manager on December, 14. After graduating in Aeronautical Engineering, over the years Mr Gavino has held several high-responsibility positions in the Operations field. He was Plant Manager at beer brewing company Birra Peroni, Quality Manager in AgustaWestland, and then General Manager and Industrial Development Director at Sea – Società Europea Autocaravan. From 2013 he was the COO of a leading company operating in the rubber and plastic industry.


Beneteau Volvo Partnership Honored

Through many years of close collaboration, Beneteau and Volvo Penta have produced a multitude of new technologies that have revolutionized the leisure boat and yacht market. To honor the companies’ long-standing and fruitful partnership, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in France (CCSF) has awarded Beneteau with the “French Partner of the Century” Special Prize of Excellency. Beneteau received the prize in a ceremony attended by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, as well as Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, The ceremony was part of the CCSF centenary gala celebrating Swedish-French friendship and a century of Swedish companies in France, which was held at Petit Palais on November 30. Founded in 1884, the family-owned Beneteau Group offers a wide range of sail- and engine-powered leisure boats, under its cruising sail boat brands —Beneteau, Jeanneau, CNB monohull and Lagoon catamaran—and powerboat brands, including Prestige, Monte Carlo Yachts and Lagoon power catamarans. Beneteau has built its success on a well-established foundation, including passion for innovation and investment into new production techniques. For more than a century, Volvo Penta has worked according to values similar to those of its partner Beneteau. With a strong tradition of innovation, Volvo Penta has revolutionized boating again and again, with products and solutions ranging from the diesel stern drive and Volvo Penta IPS to the duo prop and joystick docking and driving. The company has remained at the forefront of the marine market, consistently finding new ways to meet customer needs and exceed expectations. Through joint R&D ventures, the two companies have made industry-wide improvements in maneuverability and safety, allowing a new generation of boaters to enjoy the pleasure of leisure boating. Beneteau’s Air Step® hull and the Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) are just two examples of the successful innovations that have resulted from this partnership and have boosted the performance of boats across the marine industry. 


Elandra Expands Gold Coast Plant

Australia’s newest luxury motor yacht brand Elandra Yachts has expanded its Gold Coast operations on the back of rapid growth and increased interest from Australian and international buyers. The high-end marine vessel manufacturer has acquired a further 1,000 square metres of floor space at its Arundel base, in line with Elandra’s projected growth and entry into the crucial US market. Since its launch last year, Elandra Yachts has made waves in the domestic and overseas markets, with successful recent displays at the Sydney International Boat Show and burgeoning enquiries from potential buyers. With $3.5 million committed to research and development over the next two and a half years, the extra floor space will allow for focus on the production of new models, including the Elandra 49 (extended from the initial 47 model) and a 60-foot plus model. The company is on track to establishing a major presence in the American market, with its first US delivery of an Elandra 53 scheduled for late 2016. Elandra will build four boats in the 2016 financial year, including three 53s and one 49. Elandra Yachts is driven by its positioning statement: “Inshore Elegance. Offshore Attitude”, representing a mission to match the best of the British and European brands’ interior finishes, but with understated elegance. As a semi-custom builder, Elandra also accommodates regional requirements, such as optimised air-conditioning, additional watermakers, or heating, all on 110 V. All products are manufactured and shipped from the Gold Coast.


Ferretti Group Leader of Instagram

Ferretti Group has won another international award for its presence on social networks and online media in general. This time the Group was awarded the prestigious 'World Luxury Award - Gold Use of Media' 2015 in the 'Cars & Yachts' category because of the impressive results obtained by its official Instagram account ‘@ferrettigroup’, which totalled over 23,800 followers who viewed more than 470 pictures and videos posted from 9th March 2015 (when the account was set up) to date. This year, other winners among the world-class luxury brands together with the Ferretti Group at the annual Wolrd Luxury Award held in Monaco included Hermès, Cartier, Gucci, Dior, Valentino, Emirates, Mercedes, Jaguar, Audi, Lexus, Lamborghini, Martell, Vertu, and The Leading Hotels of the World. The World Luxury Award is a highly qualified independent Forum made up of luxury sector professionals and has two main objectives: constantly improve the standard of creative excellence in the advertising, design, and multimedia sectors and be a global think-tank capable of developing prognostic techniques in the luxury goods sector. More specifically, Ferretti Group’s Instagram account, managed in cooperation with agency Arachno (a partner of the Group’s in several online communication activities), was awarded as the best among all the international luxury brands present on social networks. The motivation for the award was about “being able to involve a large number of users, including yachting enthusiasts from all over the world, by constantly sharing pictures and videos”. The Group's posts featured a wide range of subjects to attract a very diverse public: from the new products launched over the last few months to the historic icons that have made Italy's style and design known all over the world, all the way to the unmatched innovations that characterize the Group’s yachts. Ferretti Group has thus been once more recognized as an international leader, in social communication in general: not only on Instagram, but also on Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter, and Youtube - all channels that allow to be directly in contact with customers and enthusiasts alike, and to always be up to date, through one’s followers, on market trends, tastes and needs.


Hatteras Makes Catching Marlins Look Easy

The 2008 Hatteras 60 Convertible T-Time took 1st Place in the 2015 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament this summer when its team tagged-and-released two blue marlin and one white marlin. This is especially impressive considering that T-Time’s Owner, Tony Simmons, captains the boat himself. Simmons is a member of the family that has owned and operated the McIlhenny Company, maker of Tabasco Sauce, on Avery Island since 1868. Today, he is the company’s president and CEO, but he has not always worked for the family business. Early in his career, he did a stint with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve that he credits with his formal training as a captain. An avid angler, Simmons purchased the Hatteras 53 Convertible Tia II with his brother Cameron in 2001.  He and Cameron are longtime members of the club, which hosts the New Orleans Invitational annually. In 2013, when he was ready to sell Tia II and move up to a larger boat, Tony Simmons called another tournament angler to let him know he was putting the Hatteras 53 on the market. The Hatteras 53 sold fast, now renamed Dagga Boy, is still raising fish. The new owner’s team took two blue marlin in this year’s New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament and would have come in 2nd Place behind T-Time if a problem with their fuel hadn’t forced them to withdraw. Simmons bought T-Time in early 2014 with the help of yacht broker Ken Reda of MarineMax Ocean Reef in Key Largo, Florida. The decision to stay with Hatteras Yachts was an easy one. The first trip that Simmons took in the Hatteras 60 was to the Bahamas Out Islands. 


Maritimo 2015 Year

This time of year brings festivities and family fun. It is a time for reminiscing and looking forward. 2015 has been Maritimo most successful year ever with strong sales around the globe and a forward order book that is filled through to September next year. Maritimo founder Bill Barry-Cotter's recognition to the industry with his Queen's Birthday Order of Australia Award, completing our 400th vessel, expanding our international dealer network and our Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show / Key West Offshore Superboats World Championship / Maritimo Muster tour have been just a few of the highlights.


Mulder Nominated for Showboats Award

Mulder Shipyard, Claydon Reeves and Van Oossanen Naval Architects are proud to announce the new 34-metre “Solis” has been shortlisted as a ShowBoats Design Awards 2016 finalist. Solis is a finalist in four categories: Exterior Design & Styling, Interior Design, Holistic Design and Naval Architecture. The winners of the Showboats Design Awards will be announced on February the 22nd, 2016 in Kitzbühel, Austria.


Outer Reef Giving Back

The best gift Outer Reef Yachts received this holiday season is the gift of giving back. Outer Reef raised money and bought gifts for homeless children younger than one, through 17 years of age - their joy and appreciation will warm hearts for years to come. Outer Reed was so grateful for the opportunity to meet them and their families, and thank the wonderful staff for helping facilitate this for us.


Princess New Representative in Egypt

Princess Yachts International has extended its brand representative network with the appointment of a sole Distributor for Egypt, Alkhalil Trading L.L.C. which will trade as 'Princess Yachts Egypt'. The company is based at Abu Tig Marina in the resort of El Gouna, which is located in the Hurghada region of the Red Sea, a popular destination for leisure marine pursuits. For the last 7 years Alkhalil Trading has been successfully servicing and distributing luxury yachts in Egypt and the addition of the Princess brand complements the current range of boats for customers who seek an outstanding first class yacht. 


Riviera Celebrates 2015 Milestones

Proud, passionate and positive; these three words perhaps best describe the vibrancy of the worldwide Riviera team as the renowned luxury motor yacht marque recaps a year of significant milestones and memories and prepares to enter 2016 with a number of superb new model releases. Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the outstanding 2015 highlight for Riviera has been welcoming 85 members to the global family of Riviera and Belize luxury motor yacht owners. In 2015, Riviera was honoured by being awarded the prestigious Australian Marine Industry Exporter of the Year for 2015, in addition to Large Exporter of the Year for 2015. Riviera was also named as a finalist in two categories of the international IBI-METS Boat Builder Awards – the Retail Marketing and the International Dealer Development categories. Notably, 2015 marked the World Premieres of four impressive new models: 77 Enclosed Bridge, 57 Enclosed Bridge, 52 Enclosed Bridge, and 525 SUV. Additionally in 2015 Riviera announced three projects; 5400 Sport Yacht, 575 SUV, and 67 Sport Motor Yacht which also represents a new collection. Additional 2015 highlights included: The Riviera Festival of Boating in May; the largest and most successful festival of fun and learning yet has us busily preparing to raise the bar from 19-22 May 2016, The Gold Coast International Marine Expo; Riviera is a proud founding partner of the Expo which was named the Australian Events Industry’s coveted 2015 Best Exhibition award. Expo 2016 once again coincides with the Riviera Festival of Boating from 19-22 May 2016. Reel Torque Yachts, Singapore joined the Riviera and Belize network Servicing Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. R Marine Port Stephens, Australia joined the Riviera and Belize network Servicing the NSW Central Coast. Riviera’s new Stuart office, Florida, USA commissioned and manned by a dedicated team of boating professionals servicing the Americas, European, Middle East and North African markets. Boating Partnerships syndication service launched for Australian Riviera and Belize owners with a passion for boating but who find their time to spend out on the water is limited. This is the only syndicated boat ownership program that carries Riviera’s endorsement. As 2015 draws to a close, Riviera is continuing its recruitment drive, through which the marque is building its talented team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen. Riviera today has 480 dedicated team members on-site at the Coomera manufacturing facility on Australia’s Gold Coast, including some 36 school-aged, workforce entrance-aged and mature-aged apprentices. This number will grow to over 50 in 2016.

Riviera Movember Challenge

The fun-loving team at R Marine Crawley are keeping a stiff upper lip this week after a month of sporting wonderful whiskers, although in some cases that’s most certainly a more-than-slight exaggeration. On Tuesday, the ‘haute handlebars’ finally got the chop, so to speak, and some would say it was certainly not before time. In fact, as the fundraising month of Movember came to a close, a few members of the team were found struggling to mark the milestone moment with anything resembling a meaningful moustache. Of course there was a serious side to the tongue-in-cheek trend – the R Marine Crawley team was helping to raise funds for a movement that has made a tangible difference for the health of men right around the world. Dealer Principal of the Riviera and Belize dealership based at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Ben Crawley, at one stage resembled what many might suggest was a ‘Mexican pool man’. Ben admits there was a real sense of purpose amongst the team to assisting the great Movember cause. The rest of the participants in the R Marine Crawley Movember challenge team; luxury boat brokers Ben Leigh-Smith and Jason Kowalski along with warranty manager Nick Westh, were spared the light-hearted digs from Ben, but it was a close shave. However, Mo-Sista Lauren Dayberg-Muir, the dealership’s creative and marketing manager, didn’t miss. Jokes aside, the R Marine Crawley team managed to raise an impressive $2738 for the Movember cause, including donating a percentage of profits from all boat purchases settled throughout the month of November.


Sanlorenzo Confirms Second Position

The American magazine Showboats International has just released the Global Order Book 2016, the annual world ranking of the top international superyacht builders above 80‐foot (24 meters). Despite an exclusive production of unique models, each one made to measure according to each owner’s requests, Sanlorenzo confirms its second position in the world ranking, right after the Azimut‐Benetti Group and still above the Ferretti Group, which Sanlorenzo overtook in 2014. The Global Order Book has been the leading guide of the superyacht industry since its launch in 1992. It is updated annually, giving the exact scope of construction activity within the superyacht industry, based on its comprehensive data of the vessels currently in build. The global map of luxury yacht builders (755 total units under construction) remains the same as in 2015 where Italy dominates all the other builder nations with 286 units (35.784 ft), the Netherlands are in second position with 68 units (12.657 ft) followed by Turkey with 71 units (10.909 ft). Surprisingly, Taiwan reaches the fourth position for the first time ever with 74 units under construction (7.375 ft), overtaking the USA with 57 units (6.689 ft) and the UK with 64 units (6.414 ft), respectively at fifth and sixth position in the ranking. Sanlorenzo has been maintaining a steady increase in construction for the past few years, switching from 37 units in 2011 (3.898 total feet) to 54 units in 2016, for a total length of 6.204 feet (1.891 meters). Italy confirms its absolute leadership in the superyacht business and Sanlorenzo has proven once again to be one of the most stable and well‐established manufacturers in the luxury marine sector.


Storm Yachts Masters of LXRY

The Masters of LXRY event took place in Amsterdam from 10 to 14 December and was very well received by visitors and exhibitors alike. The exhibition welcomed a record number of 46,000 visitors who came to see the latest trends in luxury. StormYachts also participated in this largest premium lifestyle exhibition in Europe. This reflected our conviction that, as a Dutch builder of luxury, top-quality yachts, we were a great fit for the event. This impression was certainly confirmed by the many positive reactions we received from both visitors and our fellow exhibitors. Especially for nautical exhibitors, the show featured a theme ‘island’ called ‘World of Yachts’. This section was beautifully designed and spoiled the guests with top-notch catering. All in all, Storm Yachts felt very much at home during the event, and we hope to participate again next year.


Sunseeker to Recruit New Staff

Sunseeker International has announced that it is looking to recruit over 100 new skilled staff to support the introduction of several new models planned for 2016. The new roles will be based at its manufacturing operations in Dorset, covering construction trades including Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical, plus Engineering trades including Mechanical Engineering, and Composites - GRP Laminating and GRP Finishing. 


Wider Financial Strength

As any businessman knows, there is far more to running a successful company than just having a great product. Robust financial management is essential for the success of any business and that has never been more true than in the yachting industry in recent years. Wider was founded with just such a sturdy financial management in place in the person of Paolo Favilla, Partner and Executive Director with responsibility for Financial and Corporate affairs. An experienced player in the complex world of shipyard finances his history with Tilli Antonelli goes back to 2009 when he was appointed as CEO of Pershing but even before then Paolo had forged valuable experience as CEO of a private investment bank, Banknord Corporate Finance, as member of the Board of Directors of Grimaldi Holding from 2004, and CEO of Grandi Navi Veloci, a shipping company leader in the Med ferries industry. This experience was put to good use in 2012 when agreeing the deal with Malaysian Billionaire Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay that allowed him to become a partner and shareholder in Wider. As Chief Executive of Genting Group, his business empire stretches from casinos to cruise liners, and from biotechnology to palm oil plantations. The association of Wider with Genting Group along with Paolo Favilla’s attentive and experienced financial supervision creates a synergy that gives potential buyer’s comfort and reassurance, knowing that they are buying a top quality product from a financially solid company with an exciting future ahead.


Viking Cream of the Crop

Captain Norm Welker led the Viking 66 Sandbob to a win at the recent Jeb Bush Florida Classic in Fort Lauderdale. The team on Bob Moss's Viking released eight sailfish to climb to the top of the leaderboard. Sandbob angler Ted Bohne was the top angler of the event with five releases. Six sails put the Viking Debaitable in third place.

December 30, 2015

Project: Hinckley T34R

Hinckley launches a new golden age runabout with a 34 footer that is fast and dry with a ride choreographed by its patented Jet-stick handling. The T34R, is based on the hull of the Talaria 34 but presents itself as a pure classic cuddy cabin runabout.  The 34R is all centered around its huge exterior shape, with a large sun-pad aft, and a C-shape dinette to midships taking center stage.  But do not be mistaken down below the 34R offers cabin space space with a shower head to fore peak, two bench settees, and two units upon entrance.  The T34R is powered by twin Yanmar 320hp propelled by jet power, and can reach max speeds up to 34 knots.  

December 29, 2015

Waltman M. Walters 1926 - 2015

Walt Walters died this December at the age of 89.  Born in Rochester, Minnesota, Waltman M. Walters studied aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, switched to mechanical engineering, and then got married and moved to Florida. His first job was as draftsman at Scottie Craft just as the company was shifting from wood to fiberglass construction. Next was Squall King, and then a partnership with Carl Moesly building the American Marc line for Arthur Vining Davis, head of Alcoa.  Following Dick Bertram’s historic victory in the 1960 Miami to Nassau Race, in a Ray Hunt designed deep-V named Moppie, Bertram formed Bertram Yachts and hired Walters as production engineer for the Bertram 31. Not long after, Walters and Jim Wynne teamed to design and race offshore powerboats. Their first, the 16 feet Wyn Mill, was sufficiently successful to draw the attention of Don Aronow, who commissioned Walters and Wynne to design the Formula 233, which was in continuous production for 19 years, until 1983, and is one of the most-copied hulls ever built. In the following years Walters designed for Donzi, Chris-Craft, Luhrs, Starcraft, Fino, Monza, Botved, Kiekhaefer, Aquasport a landmark 22/6.7m popularized the center-console open-fisherman type), the upmarket Magnum and many more. He even designed a few sailboats for Bill Soverel.

December 28, 2015

New Model: Viking 52 Open

When Viking started the revamp of the 52 express series, it started with the design of the 52 Open.  Interesting though due to the advantage of the hard top SC and ST sister models, the original 52 Open is the last one to launch, of  a four model series including the Convertible.  None the less the 52 Open, is the most classic looking of the 52's, presenting itself as a pure express with a lot of classic flair going into it.  That large wrap around windscreen, and fore flash deck all say timeless looks.  Like the other 52's express the Open version is more or less identical, down below it will offer a two or three cabins version choice, and the raised helm deck presents itself with a central console, an L-shaped dinette to starboard, and an L-shape wet-bar to port.  Power options start from twin Man 1000 up to 1400hp units.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.2 m (53.2ft)
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 30390 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4550 l
Water Capacity - 704 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN 8V CRM 1000hp, 1200hp, 12V CRM 1400hp
Propuslion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max, 35 knots cruise with MAN 1200hp
Construction - Vacuum bagged Aramid and E-glass hybrid, end grain balsa plus foam core, epoxy and polyester resin blend

December 26, 2015

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 27m Continental Two

Van der Valk Continental Yachts in the Netherlands has received an order for a new 27-metre Continental Two motoryacht. The naval architecture brief will be met by Jaron Ginton, while Guido de Groot is responsible for both the exterior and interior design. The involved broker and owners representative is Nautimar Marine. Construction of the hull will start in January and the yacht is slated for delivery in the spring of 2017.  The owner of the new 27m Continental Two is a very experienced yachtsman with some very clear requirements. Van der Valk was the natural choice to take on the project as a yard with a proven track record in accommodating such wide-ranging wishes.  The all-aluminium, round-bilge fast displacement hull will feature a bulb on the submerged section, extending the waterline. This will set the yacht apart from vessels with a traditional hull and improve performance. The seven metre short beam will be exceptionally wide and the yacht will have Lloyd’s approval for the construction and welding plan, as well as full MCA-MGN-280 Vessel operating Category 2 certification.

December 24, 2015

Web: Cruisers New Web Site

Cruisers Yachts located in Wisconsin, USA presents its new World wide web showroom.  Cruisers was officially founded in 1956 as the cabin brand of the Thompson brothers label.  Thompson entered the boating business in 1904, and sold Cruisers in 1971 to Mirro Aluminium Company in Wisconsin, with Roy Thompson still managing Cruisers as till the year of his retirement in 1979.  In 1980 Mirro sell Cruisers to T.J.Bogart its former president, and T.A.Lisle.  In 1990 K.C.Stock started negotiating Cruisers, which three years later resulted in KCS Corporation buying the company.  Today the legacy that Thompson brothers started building wood lapstrake boats is continued in four plants employing 450 persons, and building seventeen sport cruisers and yachts from 23 feet of the 238 Bow Rider, to the new flagship the 60 Cantius. Cruisers Yachts new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Models, Vision, Company, Merchandise, and Dealer Locator.  At the bottom of the new website is also a link to Cruisers social media pages; Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, Tweeter, and Instagram.  

December 22, 2015

Project: Galeon 510 Skydeck

Sharing the hull with the fall 2015 launched 500 Fly, the 510 Skydeck will offer amazing amount of space on all decks, a staple of all Galeon third generation yachts. With broad windows all around, and transformation bulkheads aft and to the sides, passengers will enjoy a unique atmosphere on the main deck.  What sets the 510 Skydeck model apart from the Fly is the ability to combine the advantages of having a top deck with the distinct, sporty look of a hardtop. Consider the 510 Skydeck as a hybrid sport motor yacht.  The Galeon 510 Skydeck will also feature a full-sized sunroof over the helm and an automatic soft roof to cover the deck when necessary.   

December 20, 2015

New Model: Princess 30M

Princess super yacht M class range has been growing stronger since the company launched the first of the series the 32M in 2011.  The 30M is an official replacement to the 32M, and decreases the start up size of the three model M class range from 99 feet.  Designed by since the mid nineteen eighties long time Princess designer Bernard Olesinski and the design team of the Plymouth boat builder, the 30M takes a lot of looks from the bigger 35 and 40M sisters.  Exterior wise the 30M features a raised pilot house two and half deck layouts, while inside the standard plan of the 30M offers a three double cabins below, and an owners stateroom on the main floor accommodation plan.  Crew quarters are served by three double cabins located to fore ship below deck, with private access from the galley on the main floor.  Power comes from three MTU choices starting with twin 1948hp, and going up to the big 2637hp good for peak top speed of 27 knots.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.45 m (99.9ft)
Beam - 7.05 m
Draft - 2.06 m
Displacement - 98 t
Fuel Capacity - 12200 l
Water Capacity - 1600 l
Accommodation - 8 guests in 4 cabins, 5 crew in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12v2000 M94 1948hp, 16v2000 M84 2217hp, 16v2000 M94 2637hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max with MTUs 2637hp
Project - Bernard Olesinski, Princess Design Studio

December 18, 2015

Project: Prestige 680 S

The 680 S project completes the line of Prestige motor yachts. A Sportfly version of the new 680, the S concept features a large, sliding glass sunroof that opens over the saloon, to transform the interior space in an instant.  The flybridge with access from the aft deck to port side with a stair case perfectly integrates into her sporty line. The fly will feature a full helm station as well as an inviting open-air saloon.  The interior lower offers two layout choices of three of four double cabins, plus a crew cabin sleeping two aft.  Prestige 680 S will be powered by twin Volvo 900hp with forward looking dual propeller IPS pod propulsion system.

December 16, 2015

Engine: MAN V12-1900hp

MAN engines showcase their most powerful high-speed four-stroke diesel engine to date with the twelve-cylinder V engine with 1900hp bearing the distinctive name V12-1900 and was specifically designed for use in luxury yachts of over 100 feet. The complete redesign of the injection, power train and cooling system has allowed MAN to achieve an increase in output of 100hp compared to the established V12-1800.  With installation dimensions of 2,139 mm x 1,153 mm x 1,265 mm; length x width x height, the V12-1900 comes in the MAN Engines customary compact size. At 2365kg dry weight and as a result of the increase in output to 1900hp, the most powerful series engine from MAN Truck & Bus has an outstanding power to weight ratio with a high power density and compact installation dimensions. This therefore gives architects and boat builders significant room in terms of design. A maximum torque of 6,220 Nm, at 1,200 to 2,100 rpm, makes the V12-1900 the most powerful engine to date in the MAN Engines portfolio, thus delivering ample output reserves for overtaking fun when piloting luxury yachts.  The high-performance unit generates its power from 24.2 litre displacement ensuring high power development even at the lower end and right across a broad speed range. The even and constant acceleration delivers a pleasant and comfortable ride right through to the upper end of the speed range. The special design ensures very smooth running and thus provides a relaxed ride, adding to the comfort on board. At its optimum, the specific fuel consumption of the V12-1900 is at the same low level of 190 g/kWh as its heavier sister model, the V12-1800. The V12-1900 is MAN's response to the issue of increased performance for both planning and displacement hulls. 

December 14, 2015

Project: Horizon E56 XO

Horizon announces the project for a new E56 XO sport yacht.  The E56 XO is based on the popular E56 motor yacht model and is designed primarily for the Australian market, although Horizon sees her potential for the global market. Hull one of the Horizon E56XO sport yacht is in the beginning stages of construction and scheduled to make her world debut in May 2016 at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia. The new Horizon E56 XO features sleek exterior styling, with reduced gunnel heights for a lower profile and large window lines, and her newly-designed outdoor areas focuses on the ultimate alfresco experience. A custom-designed aft deck transom cabinet transforms into a serving area, incorporating a BBQ, sink, storage, and bait-well.  A perfect spot to entertain or relax in while guests partake in water sports off of the hydraulic swim platform. For sunny days at anchor, the E56 XO’s forward deck offers a dinette seating and sun-pads, a popular design on Horizon’s larger motor-yachts now included in this model.  As the first Horizon E56 XO will debut in Australia, the main deck opens to a fully-equipped aft-galley and breakfast bar; extensive storage is located on the starboard side and includes a hydraulic Hi/Lo TV that is ideally located for viewing either in the galley or the forward salon. With a Hi/Lo table and U-shaped seating, the salon can be easily transformed into a dining area that accommodates six guests. The forward lower helm features twin helm chairs, complete Raymarine navigational equipment, and everything needed to safely and easily pilot the E56 XO sport yacht.  Below deck, the full-beam Master stateroom is laid out to maximize space, with the head forward of the Queen bed, a chaise to starboard for taking in the view, and a large expanse of storage cabinets plus a closet to port. The VIP stateroom is found forward in the bow and replicated from the E56 model, but the starboard twin stateroom includes two twin beds; a sizable shared head is located to starboard.  Powered by twin CAT 705hp engines, the new Horizon E56 XO is estimated to reach a top speed of 26 knots; with the optional Volvo 725hp but coupled to IPS pod drives, she will attain a top speed of 32 knots. Additionally, the hull has been designed to accommodate Seakeeper gyro stabilizers if desired, and the Yacht Controller wireless remote docking system included in hull one ensures stress-free maneuvering and docking.

December 12, 2015

New Model: Heesen 50m YN 17350

Heesen announces the delivery of 50m full custom super yacht Ann G hull number YN 17350.  This latest Hessen has been intensively tested in the North Sea and exceeded the contractual speed by 0.6 knots, reaching a top speed of 15.6 knots!  Arcon Yachts projected and managed the construction of this unique super yacht.  The owner appointed Clifford Denn to draw the exterior profile of his unique Heesen, a perfect example of a vessel that exudes the strong individuality of her owner while keeping the family feeling that characterizes all yachts delivered by Heesen.  Award-winning designers Raymond Langton and team created the bold interiors of Ann G.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.6 m (163ft)
Beam - 9 m
Accommodation - 10 guests in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V4000 M63 1341hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max, 12 knots cruise
Range - 4000 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Project - Clifford Denn exterior, Raymond Langton interior, Van Oossanen and Associates naval architect
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht LMC UMS

December 10, 2015

Project: Cranchi 60 ST Yacht Class

Cranchi have recently started a revamp of all its range, with a focus centered on its fifty plus feet Yacht Class range models. The 60 ST is an evolution of the 56 model of the same name, with the two letter initials say this is Cranchi's open cockpit soft top sport yacht model.  The 56 will indeed feature a large open main deck with all the bells and whistles as aft sun-pad with underneath tender garage, dinette, exterior galley, and a central helm station.  Below is an accommodation plan with three double cabins, two shower heads; one of which en-suite for the midships owners cabin, galley to port, and a C-shaped dinette to starboard.  Power options will come from twin Volvo 625 or optional 725hp engines with IPS pods propulsion.

December 8, 2015

New Model: Whitehaven 6000 Sunbridge

Whitehaven continues to expand its 6000 series with the introduction of a new Sunbridge offer. The 6000 Series has been engineered for smooth, dry performance in all conditions and with an interior layout and finish for those who appreciate quality.  The spacious fly-bridge layout provides owners with another area to entertain.  The generously-sized aft cockpit is the ideal platform for alfresco living, with easy one level access to the galley which boasts top of the range appliances, adjacent to the saloon. Handcrafted joinery and masterful glazing add to the feeling of space, offering unobstructed views and natural light in the saloon.  Besenzoni helm chairs and uncluttered dash set up, fitted with the latest generation electronics to the owner’s preference, complement the impeccable styling of the interiors.  Standard in the stock boat package is a three station Yacht Controller complete with remote, plus fore and aft Vetus thrusters, and Twin Disc Quick Shift gearboxes, which make maneuvering effortless.  Aft and forward galley options complement the saloon layout, with a spacious entertainer’s cockpit decked out with dining setting, refrigeration, Corian preparation area and stainless steel barbecue.  Wide stairs lead to the bridge where the dining area, fridge and day beds with bimini or optional hard top create the perfect outdoor leisure entertaining space. Below decks, the full-beam Master takes advantage of the wide five meters plus beam for optimum space. The Whitehaven 6000 Series features a large tender garage with room for a three meter plus tender or jet-ski, an attribute more commonly found on sport yachts of this size, then flybridge models.  The first model to launch of the 6000 Sunbridge is powered with twin Cats 1150hp engines, which should give a top speed of over 30 knots.  An interesting number in the Whitehaven 6000 is also its massive 5500 liters fuel capacity, what is about sixty percent more to other yachts of similar size.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.1 m (62.6ft)
Beam - 5.33 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 31 t
Fuel Capacity - 5500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max

December 6, 2015

Project: Baglietto 48m Displacement

Baglietto is going through very exciting times: after the launch of the 46m, MV13, and a 43m the Italian boat builder is now announcing a new work order for a 48m vessel to a Mexican Owner.  This latter project too, which is the evolution of the 46m displacement model, will be signed by Francesco Paszkowski Design and will draw inspiration from the traditional stylish features of Baglietto displacement yachts. It is expected to be delivered in 2017. This new build is indeed marking Baglietto’s entrance into the Central American market, which has already showed great interest for the La Spezia based brand. Besides the 43m model launched last July 25th, by the end of this year Baglietto will also launch a new Fast 46m vessel. The planing range will be completed by an entry-level model, 38 meters in length. Entirely designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design too, the displacement range will include, besides the 48m, a 54m to be launched by the end of this year, a new 43m and a 55m, whose construction was recently started, as well as the projects for a 58m and a 62m.  These two lines, which represent Baglietto's core business, are sharing the spotlight with the MV range; a modern reinterpretation of historical underwater assault vehicles with the introduction of the MV19, the larger sister of the MV13, whose first hull, the LAP-1, was recently delivered to its renowned owner, Lapo Elkann.

December 4, 2015

New Model: Ferretti 700

By surprise at the 2015 Cannes boat show, Ferretti presented a new 700 model.  An evolution and replacement of the 2012 launched 690, the 700 brings design details from the 550; see side hull windows, and wrap around main deck glass.  Another important change will be the galley location in the middle of the saloon. In the 690 the galley was located astern, a Ferretti innovative feature in this type of motor yacht when in 2005 the 630 model was presented with this layout and since then evolved in other smaller Ferretti's and copied my many other builders. Designed as usual by Zuccon the 700 is a Ferretti quintessential flybridge motor yacht, with a low profile main deck making it look less bulky to most of the offering from the competition.  Her layout will offer two lower deck options; three double cabins or a four cabins choice. In both layouts the owner stateroom stays at midships; with the three cabin version offering a second VIP room in between owners and forward cabin.  Power comes from MAN 1000hp or larger optional 1200hp units. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.59 m (70.9ft)
Hull Length - 20.6 m
Waterline Length - 17.6 m
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.7 m
Displacement - 42,300 kg unloaded, 49,300 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3700 l
Water Capacity - 990 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 8 berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew berth in 1 cabin
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 1000hp, V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max, 28 knots cruise with 1200hp
Range - 300 nm at 28 knots
Hull Shape - warped modified Vee with spray rails and 12 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Zuccon, Ferretti Group Engineering hull and propulsion
Certification - CE 2003/44 A, modules B + F + Aa (sound emissions)

December 2, 2015

Project: Bavaria DA10

Now after the announcement of Bavaria at the beginning of September to develop a revolutionary new motorboat concept the first drawings are done. This opens a new phase in the project DA10. The first prototype will set sail in spring 2016.  From customer surveys, market analyses in cooperation with the global dealer network of Bavaria and countless in-house workshops in cooperation with Vripack, one of the most known design offices for yachts from the Netherlands, Bavaria has compiled the design draft for DA10 what is a classic contemporary design, a clever space concept and efficiency were the central themes of the first development steps. Result: There will be a Sedan and Fly version of the DA10, alternatively in a two or three cabins version. The central place of the life on board of the DA10 is the main deck spacious salon. Both from the central helm stand, the big drawing room table and completely furnished galley with cooker, stove and a big fridge you can enjoy the perfect 360-degree view of the sea and of the nature.  Below the saloon are the engine and the technology of the DA10. With this revolutionary space concept it is possible to create more space for all cabins, but particularly for the aft cabin.  A proper suite is planned for the owner in the fore ship. A thought-out full light concept with windows and big hatches in the deck creates a bright ambiance in the owner´s cabin. Beside a king-size bed and storage spots in the wardrobes and storages, the future owner will also have an own bathroom with shower.  As a semi displacement motor yacht the DA10 of Bavaria is not designed for speed, but for economical cruising, safety, comfort and a travelling in harmony with nature. Volvo engines of between 75hp and 300hp give the necessary driving power. The body form, engine, gearing, and propellers of the DA10 have already been thoroughly tested, optimized, and tuned by computer simulations in large series of experiments to ensure a fuel consumption that is as low as possible.

December 1, 2015

blogger - This 2015

2015 comes closer to its end, and while a growth in the nautical industry versus 2014 continues, we are very far away from the golden years. To put it softly it is possible that in some national markets the golden years will take a lot of time returning.  
Motor boating in general has gone very upmarket in recent years.  We are seeing nowadays prices of twelve meters plus having a  fifty per cent increase to those of 2010.  Unfortunately it seems that motor boat builders and to some extent buyers as well, cannot take the competitive vision the sailing community has, with the luxury part being only a small percentage. On the other part the famous motor boating brands nowadays seem to have the price only a bit short of what a custom or more exclusive builder usually charges.  That is very different how it was in the start of the new millennium.  
Exceptions though exist, to name a few names French giant Beneteau, Bavaria motor boat section, and Cranchi.  All these are competitive in the price part offering; the term is surely more feet for less cash and they have been very successful sub fifty feet.  Over this size there is a certain brand building which they cannot over come as yet.  Luxury is part of the package and becomes important as much as the price.  But it will be interesting in the near years to see if this is the time, to do the that extra step.