October 31, 2016

Monthly News - October 2016

-pic of the month- Riviera Rendezvous in America

Austin Parker Global Future

The intensive media coverage which followed the production agreement with American firm Chris-Craft has projected the Austin Parker brand into the international spotlight in a way that has quickly brought concrete benefits. The Italian builder, based in Pisa and already represented in several European countries, Asia and the United States, is opening new sales agencies in Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. This marks a fitting end to 2016, a year of decisive importance for all Austin Parker's future growth strategies: engaged on a large-scale renewal program which began three years ago and is still ongoing, the firm is now focusing its attention on a new line of yachts which will keep faith with the "family line" that has brought it such success. This line, larger in size, will target a more select, prestige clientele. The first model to be presented, the 74 Fly S, scheduled for completion by the end of next year, will be followed by 84, 94 and 104 versions. This is all the product of the partnership with architect Fulvio De Simoni, who has styled every model in the range since the relaunch of the Austin Parker brand in 2008.


Bavaria Yachts Norway

Bavaria Motorbåt Norge AS is expanding its collaboration with Bavaria Yachts Germany and is now the exclusive importer of sailing boats in Norway. Bavaria Motorbåt Norge AS has successfully imported motorboats made by Bavaria into Norway for 15 years. The company name has been changed from Bavaria Motorbåt Norge AS to Bavaria Båt Norge AS.  The sales and service of Bavaria Yachts sailing yachts and motorboats are now provided from a single source. Lars-Erik Solvang and the Bavaria Båt Norge AS team now offer the whole product range of the second largest shipyard for series yachts. Lars-Erik Solvang has been associated with the Bavaria Yachts brand for over 15 years. He was initially a office manager for Lunde Båt AS the former dealer of sailing yachts made by Bavaria, and later founded his company Bavaria Motorbåt Norge AS and became an importer of cruisers made by Bavaria.  At the company’s headquarters in the Leangbukta Maritime Centre near Oslo, sailing yachts and motorboats can be viewed in the 800 sqm Bavaria Båt Norge AS exhibition hall. In Stavenger, customers are supported by the Flow Marine AS team. Indeed, service relating to Bavaria vessels is offered to customers at both sites.


Couach Heralds a New Era

Heralding the start of a new era for oldest French yacht builder Chantier Naval Couach, the company has announced a number of dynamic changes to its team, as well as a new range of yacht designs to represent a more contemporary look for the company. Couach is also working on a collaborative project with a world famous yacht designer, to be announced in the coming weeks. The new wave of talent joining Couach includes a CEO, Deputy General Manager, and Marketing and Communications Assistant. While respecting the original philosophy of bringing excellence to its clients instilled in Couach’s DNA, the appointments are expected to signal a new momentum in its commercial and creative development.Walter Ceglia takes up the post as CEO of Chantier Naval Couach, to drive the company’s new growth. A Harvard Business School alumnus who speaks six languages, Ceglia brings two decades of experience in the energy, automotive and electronics industries across four continents to Couach. A dynamic and motivating leader, he is expected to bring a new tempo to the yard’s activities, while continuing to work with his predecessor to continue the strengths for which the company is best known.  Walter is joined by new Deputy General Manager Michel Prezioso, who will also be managing the marketing and sales activities for Couach. An expert in luxury markets, Michel Prezioso combines this commercial experience with his career in the maritime services industry to perfectly suit his new role.  Regarding the attraction to his new role, Michel commented: “I joined Couach because I’m passionate about boats and navigation. I have known the Couach brand for many years and I firmly believe that the opportunities and potential for development will deliver incredible success to the shipyard. We are writing a new page in the history of Couach, and I am motivated to contribute to this.”  Michel’s commercial endeavours will be supported by new Marketing and Communications Assistant Camille Pinel. Having grown up in a maritime environment of sailors, shipbuilding engineers and yacht brokers, Pinel spent over a decade in Saudi Arabia and realized a part of her studies in the Moscow State University. She is well placed to lead Couach’s marketing efforts, and to explore the potential in emerging markets.  Guillaume Peuchant, recently appointed Vice-President Defense, is managing PLASCOA department defense and professional boats since now 5 years. Former Naval Architect and working in the maritime activity for 20 years. Guillaume travels all over the world to introduce Couach Plascoa experience in governmental administrations such as Coast Guards, Customs and Navies. “Couach is a company where everything becomes possible thanks to fully integrated shipyard with in-house naval architects, design office and R&D departments. Sky is the limit!” commented Guillaume.  From 1st September 2016, Virginie Piccolo becomes part of the new Commercial Department. She will be responsible for the Business Development and the Marketing of the Brand. With more than 15 years of experience in the world of luxury and based in the French Riviera, she will strenghten the shipyard’s image and she will also promote the renovation of the Couach brand.


Evo Yachts More Glamours

After the Cannes Yachting Festival, Evo 43 doubles up for its return to the French Riviera.  One of these famous Italian day cruisers was moored in the gulf of Saint-Tropez as “guest of honour” at the traditional Les Voiles regatta event, while another could be admired in the port of Monte Carlo: two of the most glamorous locations on the French Riviera and the perfect backdrops for a jewel of design and technology like the Evo 43. After the success of last year’s initiative, Rossinavi shipyard confirmed the role of Evo 43 as official 2016 Monaco Yacht Show tender, and from September 28 to October 1, the innovative motor yacht built by Evo Yachts carried some of the Viareggio-based shipyard’s top clients to Monte Carlo.  In the same period, but 80 nautical miles away, a second Evo 43 (with a white hull) made its way to another gorgeous location on the French Riviera: Saint-Tropez and the storied “Les Voiles de Saint Tropez” regatta. At this week-long event, held from September 24 to October 2, the world’s most beautiful classical and modern sailing yachts challenged each other in the spectacular regattas organised in the waters of the gulf. Throughout the event, the Evo 43 was moored nearby for visits on board, sea trials and a unique view of the regattas.  This isn’t the first time Evo Yachts has been a special guest at a world-class event, because the innovation, high-tech content and unique design bestowed on the Evo 43 give the boat an entirely out of the ordinary appeal that never fails to turn heads wherever it goes.


Horizon Marina Becomes Acredited by Gold Anchor Global System

Horizon City Marina, built by Horizon Group as the first private luxury yacht marina in Taiwan, was recently accredited by the Marina Industries Association within the Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation system, earning four Gold Anchor certifications for the marina’s customer service, value, and compliance with industry standards. MIA celebrated Horizon City Marina’s contributions to Taiwan’s yachting industry in a special certification event on Sept 20th witnessed by the Kaohsiung city government and attended by MIA President Mr. Andrew Chapman, who traveled from Australia to Kaohsiung for the event.  The Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation system was founded in 2013 by the and the Yacht Harbour Association, which both offered their own versions of the Gold Anchor schemes but teamed together to form this single global accreditation system. According to the organizations website, the Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation, “provides a template for customer friendly marina development. The Scheme also assists marinas to more effectively position and differentiate themselves in the market place.”  Similar to the hotel star rating certifications, the Gold Anchor Marina Accreditation system can issue a total of five gold anchors, based on the highest rating in a variety of categories, measurable items include ambiance; planning, policies and procedures; customer service; environmental; on water facilities and infrastructure; and on shore facilities and infrastructure. Areas such as software planning, educational training, environmental protection measures, and the surrounding environment are taken into consideration within these categories. To evaluate the marina, mystery visitors will make unscheduled visits as well as assess customer satisfaction.  As Taiwan’s only internationally classed marina, Horizon City Marina provides berths for 33 feet (10M) to 197 feet (60M) yachts at its central location in downtown Kaohsiung; logistics, repair and maintenance, provisioning, trip planning/tourism, and other professional marina services are offered for our visiting yacht owners.


Invictus Appoints New Dealers

Following the successful debut achieved during the latest edition of the Boot Dusseldorf 2016, to find a dealer for the German market as well as for the key countries of northern Europe become one of the main priorities for the young Italian shipyard. “Invictus is a brand with typological features particularly suited for sailing in lakes – states Christian Grande designer for Invictus Yacht - for this reason we firmly believe that our products will easily find a good position in these countries’ markets. Countries marked by a stable economy leading to better results in terms of sales if compared to other European countries where the crisis is still having a negative impact on the actual sales and on the overall market trend even now.”  “Dealers’ selection has been difficult and well balanced – stated Grande – After waiting more than one year before deciding to which partner we could reserve the exclusive distribution of our brand Invictus, today we have succeeded in identifying the most appropriate dealers, capable of describing to potential clients our products Invictus in detail. More generally, the dealers we selected are partners with equipped and appropriate facilities, able to provide the proper support to customers also in the after sale activities. This is fundamental for Invictus, which considers the service as important as the product: the owner who choses Invictus becomes a spokesman for the brand and his satisfaction becomes a key factor. For this reason, it’s important for the owner to be supported and helped also after having concluded the purchase.” According with the faster growth of the shipyard, Invictus Yacht is proud to announce that the new dealership agreements are the results of a big effort aim to improve its dealer network, thanks also to the importers help now divided as follow.


Princess Announce Operating Loss for 2015

After one of the most challenging years in its history, Princess Yachts International Plc today reports a loss before taxation of £20.25m on turnover of £201.23m for the year ending 31 December 2015 (2014: £239.63m).  Although disappointing, exceptional factors have played a significant part. The lingering effects of damage to stock, facilities and production scheduling caused by the hurricane-force storms in 2014, coupled with unfavourable sterling exchange rates and high-margin boat models reaching the end of their life-cycle combined to exert unprecedented pressure on PYI's operations throughout 2015.  In the meantime, PYI has strengthened its product line – adding six state-of-the-art models to its range in as many months – and appointed an Executive Chairman, Antony Sheriff.  Previously CEO of McLaren Automotive, and holder of a number of senior roles at Fiat, Mr Sheriff has a strong track record in leading profitable businesses with best-in-class luxury products.  Already, PYI is seeing tangible indications of a return to normative performance in 2016 with positive operating profits over the past three months. Orders are at their highest levels since 2007, with record sales at the Cannes Yacht Show in September, and trading conditions are increasingly favourable, as the company is deriving significant market advantage from the recent realignment of sterling-based exchange rates.  Significantly, Princess has embarked on an ambitious product development strategy and a new product renewal cycle as part of its long-term business plan and the company is now recruiting skilled professionals in key areas to realise its ambitions.  The board forecasts renewed buoyancy across the PYI business in 2016 and 2017. Already, £14m has been injected as the first stage of an ambitious three year £55m investment by PYI which will see further development of the product portfolio, as well as production improvements at the company's manufacturing facilities in Plymouth, which employ more than 2,000 people. 

Princess Announce New Product Development Director

Princess Yachts International has announced the appointment of Paul Mackenzie as Product Development Director. After nearly two decades at McLaren where he was responsible for spearheading the brand's Special Operations division, Paul follows Princess' Executive Chairman, Antony Sheriff, making the move from the renowned super sports car manufacturer to the Plymouth based yacht builder.  During his time at McLaren, Paul created a new business within the company, providing luxury customisation and building limited run vehicles, which became a significant profit centre for the company, while also directing the development and launch of the award-winning McLaren P1.  Having graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Composites Engineering at Plymouth University, Paul will return to the city as he takes up the new position at Princess Yachts. Overseeing the existing design team, Paul's role will see him drive forward the development of the company's product range, helping to maintain its strong position as one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry.  

Princess Embrace Collage of Art Philosophy

At the Cannes Yachting Festival, Princess Yachts revealed the incredible artistic installation created by two recently graduated students as part of an on-going partnership with Plymouth College of Art. Situated in the South West of England, within close proximity of each other, both Princess and the college are highly regarded globally, and both continue to push the boundaries of design and craft. The college, which was established in 1856, is renowned in art circles as one of the most important artistic establishments of all time, with a rich history, outstanding curriculum and a facility admired by professional institutes the world over.  The partnership has evolved as part of Princess Yacht's determination to show the beauty and craft behind every element of yacht manufacturing. After viewing the building facilities, Plymouth College of Art were captivated by the network of hidden wires that breathe life into every Princess Yacht and invited two of their most passionate, recently graduated students to create a piece of art that brought to life this often overlooked, yet fascinating process.  The two artists, Fern Robinson and Hannah Webb, graduated this year from the college. With a BA (Hons) first class degree in Contemporary Craft, Fern was looking primarily at tactile engagement, utilising cables that are ordinarily found in the nervous system of a Princess yacht to power everything from instrumentation on the bridge to generators, engines to air conditioning, lights to latrines, and even audio and visual equipment.  The artwork was revealed at the marine calendar's most prestigious event – Cannes Yachting Festival at the Princess Yachts stand, before it travelled to Southampton Boat Show last month. The creation marks the first stage of the partnership between the two South West organisations that will see Princess become part of the revered college's on-going curriculum. The collaboration is another way Princess is looking to support the local community, helping the area of Plymouth to thrive and grow, building on the brands existing established apprenticeship scheme.  Both Princess' Haslam and the college's Professor Brewerton agree that what most areas of industry needs is out of the box thinking and a live:work behaviour to take hold, as corporate life seems to all too easily lose an important aspect of tactility and personality, both of which are crucial for innovation and progression.


Riviera Largest Rendezvous in Americas

There’s nothing quite like cruising in company to idyllic destinations to remind you why the global Riviera Family of owners are so passionate about the rich and rewarding boating lifestyle.  These are the types of adventures that build the confidence and skills for people to use their yachts to their full potential, that create the very special memories that last a lifetime, and, importantly, are often the beginning of long-lasting friendships.  Indeed, the camaraderie on the Riviera Rendezvous in the San Juan Islands is clearly valued by the marque’s growing family of owners on the West Coast of the United States who, each year, gather together to celebrate Riviera and the very best of the boating life.  The 2016 Riviera Rendezvous was the largest and most fun-filled ever held in the Americas, with beautiful sunny weather, over 150 people and 40 Riviera yachts attending.  Guests came from the Pacific North West, Seattle and Canada to enjoy the events at Roche Harbor and Snug Harbor Resort, hosted by dedicated Riviera and Belize dealers Emerald Pacific Yachts and Van Isle Marina.  Riviera owners and enthusiasts celebrated with a potluck dinner that would make any foodie smile and a pirate-themed day of fun that included a gourmet feast included a pig roast, live music and games with terrific prizes.  Long-serving US Riviera dealer Rob Scott, from Emerald Pacific Yachts, said the high level of participation added to the fun among st a great group of people.  Swashbuckling Seattle Riviera owners Nelson and Kathy Goodsell – attending their 6th Riviera Rendezvous – took out the best-dressed prize with their pirate attire, and also organized prize-winning Riviera Ribs which were deliciously presented on a pirate ship plank for all to enjoy.  Michael Asmussen owner of the 34 Open Flybridge, Runaway said the friendships made throughout the event ensured great company for the entire cruising season.  Riviera’s US-based international sales director Chris McCafferty travelled from Florida for the Rendezvous, while Brand & Communications director Stephen Milne flew in from the Riviera factory in Australia to express the company’s appreciation for their continued loyalty, on behalf of the 500-strong team on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  Represented by an international dealer network spanning the globe, Australia’s largest and most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts continues to expand its international footprint, with support from the world-class factory on Australia’s Gold Coast.  Riviera has an American headquarters in Stuart, Florida, where a talented team of highly regarded owner care and service staff led by international sales director Chris McCafferty provides support for both dealers and owners in every market outside Australasia.  In Barcelona, Spain, Riviera has recently appointed European sales manager Jan Van Oostenryck to further strengthen its international presence and to further support both existing and prospective owners.  Riviera has an unparalleled commitment to customer care, which includes exclusive invitations to regular Experience trips cruising in company with fellow members of the global family of Riviera and Belize owners and also hosts regular educational and social events.  Each May, the Riviera Festival of Boating is held at the home of Riviera, the 14-hectare, world-class facility on Australia’s Gold Coast. This truly unique festival of fun and learning includes spectacular social events and, in 2016, over 110 free educational seminars and workshops were created to assist owners to harness the full power of knowledge of their yacht, its systems and also handling techniques from docking all the way through to extended offshore passage-making.  International buyers are also offered the opportunity to take delivery of their luxurious Rivieras in Australia, exploring the Queensland and NSW coastlines aboard their new motor yachts and taking in iconic attractions including Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.  Mr Longhurst said such consideration for Riviera’s global ‘family of yacht owners’ is creating decades of confident and enjoyable boating.  Riviera calls this: ‘the ultimate boating experience’.

Riviera Festival Awarded Queensland Best Corporate Event

The 2016 Riviera Festival of Boating has been formally acknowledged for excellence as Queensland’s Best Corporate Event. This year’s festival of fun and learning was the largest and most comprehensive ever staged at the home of Riviera on Australia’s Gold Coast, attracting over 1000 registrants from around Australia and the world. In accepting the 2016 Best Corporate Event accolade on behalf of the 500-strong Riviera team, Brand and Communications Director Stephen Milne said the 2016 Festival truly reflected the ethos of excellence that flows through every aspect of Riviera  Australia’s favourite and most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts.  The 2016 Festival’s hands-on workshops spanned all aspects of boating – from weather forecasting and routine maintenance to offshore seamanship and advanced navigation, and placed a special emphasis on safety. The Friday Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Parade was staged at the iconic Marina Mirage shopping and dining destination in Main Beach, while the spectacular Saturday evening red-carpet marina party, gala dinner and show – Viva Las Riviera – transformed part of the Riviera factory into a magnificent ballroom for almost 600 guests.  Judges of the 2016 Australian Event Awards praised Riviera for its genuine commitment to helping owners realise their full boating potential.  Mr Milne said work has now begun in earnest for the 2017 Festival of Boating from 25-28 May at Riviera’s world-class Coomera facility – the largest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere – and motor yacht enthusiasts can register now to receive the 2017 Festival of Boating event program in advance by visiting the Events section on the Riviera website

Riviera Apprentices Awarded for Excellence

Riviera’s strong commitment to the future of the Australian marine industry continues to be recognised and rewarded through the outstanding achievements of its high-performing apprentices. There are now some 50 apprentices learning their trades and honing their skills at the world-class Riviera facility on Australia’s Gold Coast – a mixture of fulltime, mature-aged and school-based apprentices.  School-based lamination apprentice Dominic Perry feels the deep sense of pride he has in his work stems from the hallmark ‘ethos of excellence’ that applies to everything that Riviera undertakes.  School-based boat-building apprentice Cameron Wilton from Helensvale State High School was awarded the Gold Coast region’s School Based Apprentice of Year.  The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements by students, staff and schools within the vocational education and training sector who strive for excellence, best-practice and innovation.  Shaun Austin, another Helensvale school-based apprentice boat-builder, was also a deserving finalist in the awards, a fact Riviera Quality, Safety & Training Manager Adam Houlahan says reflects his commitment to excellence on the factory floor, and in his studies.  Also in attendance at the recent awards night were families, schools and training partners celebrating the successes of students. Riviera also partners with Beenleigh State High School, Nerang State High School, Varsity College and Livingstone Christian College for the School Based Apprenticeship Program.


Viking New Jersey Run for the Fallen

In a reflection of remembrance, a team of military runners from across the United States came together to embark on a three day journey of over two hundred miles from the Cape May Lighthouse to the New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument in Holmdel, New Jersey to honor every New Jersey service member who has died in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and all those who have fallen under the American flag.  Each mile is dedicated to a fallen New Jersey Hero and their Gold Star Family. The team stops at each Hero Marker, one every mile, to present a flag and personalized card to waiting family members, friends and comrades. The Viking Yacht Company was honored to again be a part of the New Jersey Run For the Fallen. At mile marker 226, SPC Michael L. Gonzalez was honored at the Viking Yachting Center and John Kasinski and Andy Jackson from the Viking Yacht Company presented the Gonzalez family a check to a scholarship fund in remembrance of Michael as well as a check to New Jersey Run for the Fallen.

Viking Employee Appreciation

Mother Nature couldn't rain on our parade! Despite some stormy weather, the annual Viking Employee Appreciation Clam Bake created miles of smiles last weekend. Family and friends feasted on delectable Jersey clams, fire roasted pork, grilled burgers and hot dogs, then topped it off with sweet treats of cupcakes and clouds of cotton candy. The DJ kept the party going indoors and the kids found plenty to do outdoors while plant and boat tours continued throughout the day. Thanks to the staff volunteers who helped pitch in, and thank you to every Viking employee for making the Viking Yacht Company the #1 boat builder in the world.


Wider Prince Albert II of Monaco Visit

Among the many guests who visited Wider during the recent Monaco Yacht show, the visit of his Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was of particular significance.  Prince Albert II expressed great appreciation, and considerable insight, for the technology employed on-board the ground-breaking super yacht. However, his visit was not only to see first-hand a yacht that has been so widely publicized and talked about: the Prince, together with the CEO of RINA, Ugo Salerno, bestowed the vessel with the prestigious RINA Platinum Green Plus award.

New Model: Marex 373 Aft Cabin Cruiser

Marex presents the new 373 Aft Cabin Cruiser, a development of its 2009 launched 370 with the changes coming mostly in the window profile.  Indeed the new 373 revisits all windows with the top main deck window from the super structure removed, and large hull side windows added to both the fore and aft cabin areas.  For the remaining the Marex 373 Aft Cabin Cruiser keeps the unique formula of the 370 for an elegant looking hard top sport cruiser, with a unique highly efficient single engine installation. 
Technical Data: 
LOA - 11.3 m (37ft) 
Beam - 3.5 m 
Draft - 1.09 m 
Weight - 6500-7000 kg 
Fuel Capacity - 650 l 
Water Capacity - 300 l 
Max Persons - 10 
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins 
Engine - 1 x Volvo Penta D6 370hp, D6 435hp 
Propulsion - Seatorque straight shaft with mid positioned engine 
Speed - max 29 knots, cruising 25 knots estimated 
Hull Shape - planning with shaft propulsion 
Project - Marex Seaway, E.Aalrud, JJ Design and E.Thorup
Certification - CE B

October 30, 2016

Web: Wally New Web Site

One of the most innovative boat builders and brands Wally presents its new website. Wally was officially founded in 1994, but the roots of the company started to take shape in 1991 when the founder and owner Luca Bassani was looking for a particular sailing yacht which he could single handle, and this ended up in creating an innovative custom project for himself. In 2003 Wally challenged itself again by launching the first Power model, the much talked about 118, designed by Lazzarini and Pickering and able to reach 60 knots. The revolutionary 118 Power was launched in only one hull, and was soon followed by smaller Power models upwards of 45 feet. Wally currently offers a total of nine fossil fuel engine models; which start from the Tender Outboard, and go up to the still in project 42 Ace. Wally has also started its Custom project for super yachts above 45 meters.  As for the sailing yachts which is where Wally made its name onward from 1994, the Monte Carlo residing Italian brand has so far launched 44 custom builds sailing yachts from 55 feet up to 50 meters. Wally new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Wally Is, Wally Innovation, Wally Sail, WallyTender, WallyPower, WallyAce, WallyClass, News, Brokerage and Charter, Media, and Contact.   

October 29, 2016

Consult ~ 28-29 meter Raised Pilot House Super Yacht

INTRO
The new 28 to 29 meter Raised Pilot House Super Yacht was created by Sanlorenzo in 2011, when it replaced the long standing good selling SL88 with the SL94.  Just as the 88, the SL94 was also a raised pilot house yacht, but had an important different layout which the previous model did not offer, for a main deck with fore ship owners stateroom.  The SL94 had also the advantage which similar type and size yachts above 28 meter did not have in 2011, and that was a hull size of 23.9 meters.  Meaning it can be helm'd by owners or captains with a standard yacht master licence.  This gave the SL94 two features unheard in this size; owners room on the main deck which used to be found in yachts a couple meters bigger, and a hull size which legally classifies as a smaller yacht.      
PRESENT
The Sanlorenzo SL94 was an important change and other builders reacted to this.  In the fall of 2012 Ferretti presented the project for the 960, a new flagship for the Yachts range launching in the first half of 2013.  Amer came following in 2013 with the semi wide body Cento measuring just above 29 meters.  Azimut always very attentive followed with the new Grande 95RPH which launched in early 2014.  Seeing all this competition in 2014 Sanlorenzo tweaked its SL94, and developed it into the SL96 with some important modernization details, see large sized cabin windows below, and opening optional balconies on the main deck.  The last to join the pack is the British Sunseeker who in 2015 presented the project for its new raised pilot house 95 Yacht which the Poole based builder launched in the second quarter of 2016.
Upcoming is the Summer 2016 presented project by Canados with the 969 Coliseum, set to launch in the half of 2017.  The Canados will be an interesting challenge to all builders listed here, with Sanlorenzo being the traditional competitor, as both builders are a representation of hand build made in Italy custom yachts since the 1970's.  
FUTURE
It is a growing new class with some important super yacht builders creating an interesting choice to buyers looking for a raised pilot house pocket super yacht of 28 to 29 meters overall with a hull or load line length less to 23.9 meters and an owners stateroom on the main deck.  Who is next in this class is all speculative, but expect something to come from Montecarlo Yachts, Princess, and Fipa Maiora.  I would say the next new challenge in this size coming from Montecarlo Yachts who would not surprise me to have something ready for 2017 as the company has an empty spot between its large 105 and 86 models.
The Yachts
Specifications, speed and range data as supplied by boat builders. 
Prices are at factory, no Taxes or VAT, standard engines and equipment, dated 10/2016.   
Ferretti 960
LOA - 29.2 m (95.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 22.3 m
Beam - 6.7 m
Draft - 2.2 m
Displacement - 87 t unloaded, 99 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, five crew berths in three cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M84 2218hp, 16v2000 M93 2435hp, 15v2000 M94 2638hp
Propulsion - line shaft with V-drive
Speed - 27 knots max 24 cruise with MTU 2218hp, 31 knots max 27 cruise with MTU 2638hp
Range - 315 nm at 23 knots cruise with MTU 2218hp
Hull Shape - planning warped Vee with 12 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Zuccon International Project line and interior, Ferretti Group Engineering hull
Certification - modules B + F + Aa (Sound Emission) RINA
Price from 7,000,000 EUROS with standard MTU 2218hp
Amer 100 Cento
LOA - 29.6 m (97.1ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 2 m including props
Displacement - 85 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 11500 l or 10000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins,, four or six crew in four cabins
Engines - 4 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 900hp, 2 x Cat C18 Acert 1015hp, C32 Acert 1925hp, MTU 8V2000 M94 1085hp, 12V2000 M94 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF greabox, Fortjes pod drives, or quadruple Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 20 knots max 17 knots cruise with MTU 1085hp, 28 knots max 24 knots cruise with Cats 1925hp and Fortjes pods, or 4 x Volvo D13 800hp and IPS pod drives
Range - 584 nm at 24 knots with quad Volvo 800hp IPS pods version
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 12 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Massimo Verme
Price from 8.600.000 EUROS with Cats 1925hp
Azimut Grande 95RPH
LOA - 28.62 m (93.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 23.3 m
Beam - 6.94 m
Draft - 2.05 m full load
Displacement - 111 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 12000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M94 2200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max, 22 knots
Range - 350 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 7.6 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Studio Salvagni interior design concepts, Pierluigi Ausunio naval architecture
Certification - UNI ISO8666 for data
Price from 7.250.000 EUROS with MTU 2200hp
Sanlorenzo SL96
LOA - 29.1 m (95.4ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.75 m
Draft - 1.93 m full load
Displacement - 98 t unloaded, 105 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8150 l
Water Capacity - 1900 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or ten guest berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M94 1947hp, 16V2000 M84 2216hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 29 knots max 26 knots cruise with MTU 2216hp, 25 knots with MTU 1947hp
Range - 418 nm at 26 knots with MTU 2216hp
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 16 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Franceso Paszkowski
Certification - CE A
Price from 7.500.000 EUROS with standard MTU 1947hp
Sunseeker 95 Yacht
LOA - 28.06 m (92.1ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.55 m
Draft - 2.13 m
Displacement - 84700 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 12000 l
Water Capacity - 1750 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M96L 1950hp
Propulsion - line shaft in tunnels for propellers
Speed - 28 knots max, 24 knots cruise, 12 knots economic slow long range
Range - 487 nm at cruise, 1490 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 17.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - hand laid fiberglass, Vinilester resin skin coat and powder pound mat, balsa cored hull sides, PVC cored super structure
Price from £UK 5,995,000 with MTU 1950hp
Canados 969 Coliseum
LOA - 29.5 m (96.5ft)
Length - 28.3 m
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.62 m
Draft - 2.1 m
Displacement - 80 t dry , 95 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9750 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodaiton - ten berths in five cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, 3/4 crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C Acert C32 1925hp, Man 1900hp, or MTU 16V2000 M94L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearboxes
Speed - 28 knots max, 23 knots cruise, 16 knots low planning speed with Cats 1925hp
Range - 420 nm at cruise, 650 nm at low planning speed with Cats 1925hp
Hull Shape - planning Vee with optional active stabilizers
Project - Marco Casali
Certificaion - UNI ISO8666 for data
Price from 7,400,000 EUROS with standard 1925hp

October 28, 2016

Project: Codecasa 65 meters

Codecasa has launched four 65 meters super yacht all very different to the other.  Now the renowned fully custom super yacht builder presents a project for another distinctively classic new Codecasa 65 meters project designed in-house by the Viareggio shipyard. Since always a symbol of high quality products and refined nnot excessive aesthetic taste, the Codecasa brand reflects in all its production a style, which goes against the current trend of showing off at all costs some stylistic extravagances. It is a choice of simple elegance, appreciated by many people.  Today we reveal this new project of 65 meters, where the choice of the shiny metallic grey color for both the hull and the superstructure adds charm to the streamlined and simple lines of this super yacht.  The Codecasa 65 is distributed over four decks and it features large windows which brighten up the interiors. From a functional point of view, great attention was devoted to the exteriors with comfortable and spacious relaxation areas on all decks, in addition to a large swimming pool in the forward zone.  CodecasaYachts are always featured by an iconic exterior design combined with fully customizable interiors. This is what makes each Codecasa Yacht unique.  

New Model: Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider

Formula expands its Crossover Bowrider range with the introduction of the 330 model sitting alongside the well received 350.  Formula Crossover Bowrider range is aimed at the day boat user, with the bonus of an overnight twin berth cabin below deck.  The Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider continues the North American builder fame of building fast boats, with twin Mercruiser 380hp allowing top speeds up to 46 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.54 m (34.7ft)
Hull Length - 10 m
Beam - 3.12 m
Draft - 0.89 m
Displacement - 5556 kg
Fuel Capacity - 571 l
Water Capacity - 94 l
Accommodation - two berths 
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 8.2 ECT 380hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo 3 dual prop stern drives
Speed - 46 knots max, 36 knots cruise, 25 knots economic cruise
Hull Shape - Planning Vee with 21 degrees deadrise  
Certification - NMMA

October 27, 2016

Project: Absolute 73 Navetta

Absolute looks towards 2017 with an expansion plan and the launch of a couple new models. of which will be the project of the 73 Navetta.  A new Absolute flagship surpassing the currently largest 72 Fly by one foot, and third model of the Navetta explorer yacht range the 73 presents itself as a spacious offer in its size and beyond.  With a length of about 22 meters Absolute is saying the new 73 Navetta will offer spaces similar to yachts a couple meters longer.  For example even on rendering the flybridge of the 73 Navetta looks already abundantly spacious. The 73 Navetta is to be powered by twin Volvo 900hp engines and continues Absolute use of the IPS pod propulsion system.   

October 26, 2016

New Model: Back Cove 32

Always renovating its down East lobster cruisers, Back Cove launches the new 32 a model which currently stands in between the 30 and 34 models.  The Back Cove 32 continues the single engine philosophy of the Rockland Maine USA builder.  Accommodation offers a double owners cabin forward, separate shower and toilet room below, with galley and dinette on the main deck.  Power is a single Volvo 370hp with line shaft propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.28 m (37ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 3.61 m
Draft - 0.91 m incl prop
Displacement - 6.8 t light
Fuel Capacity - 700 l
Water Capacity - 302 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engine - Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft with four blade propeller
Construction - PVC foam core infused resin build, Vinilester exterior resin

Improve-it = Blue Ice 38 V

Blue Ice a brand of Sea Engineering group has released an improved version of the 38 V.  The 38 V represents one of the most successful models from Blue Ice: and the improved version, even if it maintains the basic features, introduces changes making life on board more comfortable, providing at the same time a touch of elegance to the exterior lines.  The Blue Ice 38 V has improved in various area, the most visible exterior change is the introduction of new port holes, which now have a vertical shape.  Space inside has has also been improved with increased headroom in the shower head compartment.  But the most important change for the improved Blue Ice 38 V will come to the cockpit deck, which is now on one level, and also features a dinette transformation for the aft sun-pad.

New Model: Viking 48 Open

The Viking 48 platform continues to expand and here the New Jersey USA builder launches the Open, second version of the series which is to be followed by the SC and ST models.  Most sporty of the Viking 48's the Open presents itself with large exterior areas offering a central helm, two companion way settee, and two J-shaped dinettes. The exterior cockpit is usually covered by a rigid hard top. The aft deck is a free space sport fishing tournament area, with double mezzanine settees. Below is accommodation for four with an owners room forward, twin bunk cabin to starboard, galley, saloon, and shower head.  Engine options come from Man 900hp and go to optional 1200hp units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15 m (49.1ft)
Beam - 5.2 m
Draft - 1.39 m incl props
Displacement - 28982 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4504 l
Water Capacity - 674 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 crm 900hp, 1000hp, 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft in tunnels
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise

October 25, 2016

Project: Tiara 44 Flybridge

Tiara presents the project for the 44 Flybridge, a new model which will share hull the with Coupe and Q44 models.  The 44 Flybridge will also have a revisited main deck when compared with Coupe with the standard layout offered without an interior helm station.  Access to the flybridge is from a staircase type ladder to port side on the aft deck.  The bridge is covered by an open type rigid hard top, and will have a U-shaped dinette, wet bar, L-shaped settee, and helm station to starboard.  Power choices are not yet advised but expect the Tiara 44 Flybridge to be powered as the Coupe with Volvo's 435hp with IPS pod drive, or Cummins 550hp and ZF Zeus pod drives.  

October 24, 2016

New Model: Jeanneau 46 Leader

Launched at the end of 2015 Jeanneau 46 Leader, flagship model of the sport cruiser range impresses for her sinuous profile. You can say that Italian design Garroni out did himself in the sweet lines of the Jeanneau Leader 46.  But the Leader 46 does not stop impressing with its exterior profile and goes even further by offering luxurious spaces and quality finish inside.  The main deck entirely on one level, offers a large U-shaped saloon to port side, a modular bench seat at the helm that converts into a sheltered sundeck, and a very attractive cockpit galley. Below the sleep accommodation of the  Leader 46 offers a choice of two or three double cabins layout, including a full beam midships owner’s suite.  Main guest cabin is located to forward and features a shared private head.  A third bunk guest cabin is available as option to port side, and replaces an L-shaped dinette.  Power starts with standard Volvo 370hp and stern drive propulsion, and goes up to 400hp units with stern drive or 435hp with IPS pod drives.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.3 m (46.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.6 m
Beam - 4.1 m
Draft - 1,1 m
Displacement - 10,600 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths, or 6 berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 400hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP duoprop stern drive, or IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Project- Garroni, Jand J
Certification - CE B-12, C-14

Project: Dalla Pieta DP 72 Fly

Dalla Pieta presents the project for the DP 72 Fly, which is based for the most part on the 72 HT with a flybridge deck up top.  Appearing very low profile the flybridge of the 72 Fly is to be covered by hard top for over half of its size, and offers a layout with a C-shaped dinette, central helm, and a free aft space.  Access to the flybridge comes from a staircase ladder to port side from the aft deck.  Accommodation will offer a three or four cabins layout.  Crew area including galley is located at midships in between the engine room and owners stateroom.  Power comes from twin 1675hp or optional 1826hp engines, with testing of Volvo 900hp units with IPS pod drives currently undergoing.
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October 23, 2016

New Model: Moonen 29.90 meter Caribbean Matica

The Moonen 29.90 meter Caribbean Matica is a raised pilot house twin-screw, two-and-a-half deck displacement super yacht. The owners stateroom is situated at main deck, together with the saloon, dining, bar, and galley. Three spacious guest cabins and the crew area for five crew in three cabins are situated at lower deck. To aft is a tender bay with a launching sledge. The round bilge of this fast displacement hull makes the 29.90 meter Caribbean Matica seaworthy and gives her a very economical fuel consumption and long range at lower speeds. Together with the low noise and vibration levels this well-equipped yacht gives great comfort and luxury. Moonen will build and fit out the yacht in accordance with their usual high quality standards and deliver it to the principal, after extensive sea trials, in a ready-to-operate condition. Matica is named after an island in the Caribbean, reflecting the fact that this beautiful yacht is likely to spend much of her time in warm and exotic climates. At just below the 200 Gross Tonnage mark with the maximum volume possible, Matica offers you a wide range of benefits.  Her hull is based on the well-proven Moonen 97 design, ensuring very comfortable sea-keeping behavior and low fuel consumption. Her steeper bow gives a narrower waterline entrance and a longer waterline, further increasing comfort at sea and fuel economy. The limited draft and well protected propellers make Matica ideal for shallow waters. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.9 m (98ft)
Waterline Length - 28.8 m
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 2.1 m
Dispalcement - 190 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 24000 l
Water Capacity - 5000 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 5 crew in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C8 599hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 13 knots max, 11 knots cruise, economic long range 9 knots
Range - 3300 nm at nine knots
Hull Shape - displacement round bilge
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Project - Rene Van der Velden exterior, Adam Lay interior, Diana Yacht naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds RS 100A1 Ssc Yacht mono, G3 LMC, MCA LY3 short range

October 22, 2016

Project: ISA Yachts 121 Super Sport

ISA Yachts having been acquired this Summer 2016 by the Palumbo Group starts to show its new course, and presents its new 121 Super Sport model.  Designed by Marco Casali, who has to be one of the most busy designers of recent times, the ISA 121 is a progression of the 120 Sport which was a project of Andrea Vallicelli and was delivered in eleven units.  To be build of fiberglass the ISA 121 Super Sport will feature a sport exterior with sport bridge very much integrated into the lines.  Accommodation and technical details are not yet announced although I expect both to be very much to owners choice.  A larger 141 Super Sport is also on the drawing board.  

October 21, 2016

New Model: Mondomarine M50 C22-04

Mondomarine presents the launch of project C22-04, a fifty meter semi displacement super yacht has delivery number 64 for the Savona based Italian shipyard. Mondomarine M50 C22-04 is a design from Milan based Hot Lab studio who designed the exterior, with the interior managed by Interforce Inc from Fort Lauderdale USA. With an overall length of 49 meters and a beam of nine, build with light alloy for both hull and superstructure, M50 features three decks and a spacious sundeck. The innovative look of this project follows Mondomarine’s traditional styling and heritage adding design solutions that gives to the yacht’s profile a flowing and appealing line enriched by the magnificent color combinations attributed by the owner. Her most eye-catching feature is the steep rake of the stern, which generates a forward visual thrust for the superstructure and creates a play of open and filled spaces, allowing natural light to bathe the main deck interiors. The full-height windows running most of the length of the main deck create exciting, light-filled interior spaces that allow a constant dialogue with the exterior. Access to the yacht is along the central walkway separating the two large sun-pads which leads to the aft cockpit, offering a large sun area and lounge with spacious sofas evoking the generous spaces typical of an open design. The fold-down beach area is uniquely large for a super yacht of this size and conceals the access stairway and forms a striking yet warmly welcoming area. This stylistic solution creates an extended visual sweep that acts as a conceptual reflection of the classic external lines. Automobile-style details that are a typical feature of Hot Lab’s work include the design of the aft fair-leads. The starboard garage hosts a large tender. Twelve guests will be accommodated in four guest cabins and one Owner’s stateroom. The style of the interiors is fully classical, which contains countless elements of the purest architectural tradition, columns, pilasters and carved lintels, friezes and bas-reliefs, from the Italian, English and French manufacturing tradition. Twelve different type of marbles are found on-board, onyx, mahogany, brier and a large quantity and variety of tissues: 37 different motifs decorate the 5 cabins, the two lounges and other public and private areas, creating a decorative richness of precious and rare color impact. As all Mondomarine‘s construction structural, hydrodynamic and technical design for M50 C22-06 was handled by the Savona builder engineering team, who for this vessel went for a semi displacement hull shape which offer max speeds of twenty knots from twin MTU 2185hp engines. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.2 m (161.5ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.3 m
Displacement - 499 t
Fuel Capacity - 80300 l
Water Capacity - 11800 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M84 2185hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 20 knots max 17 knots fast cruse, 12 knots econmomic long range
Range - 3500 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - semi dispalcement
Construciton - light alloy
Project - Hot Lad exterior, Interforce Inc interior, Mondo Marine for naval engineering
Ceritification - A1 Commercial Yachting Service, Cross of Malta construtcion, AMS (E)

Project: Overmarine Mangusta 54 GranSport

During the 2016 Monaco yacht show Overmarine announced the sale for its first Mangusta 54 GranSport.  Designed by Alessandro Mancini the Gran Sport series was presented as a fifty meter super sport yacht concept in 2015.  The first hull of the new alloy build Gran Sport sees the size expanded by four meters, and will feature a quadruple MTU 2600hp engines set up coupled with stabilizers. With this set up Overmarine is estimating performance numbers for a 30 knots max speed, while a range at the best economy cruise for 3800 nautical miles.  

New Model: Bertram 35

Today we live in times full of expectations created by marketing gurus who basically are able to make the hype of nothing.  Interestingly the new Bertram 35 and considering the history here, has had a low profile call it shy launch in one of the National US boat shows.  This new Bertram 35 marks two important returns; the relaunch of the iconic name inventor of the deep-V hull shape after a couple of difficult years, and a modern recreation of its first and most sold 31 model delivered in over 1700 units for a production run of twenty years. Saying all this, the Bertram name return has had the desired impact, with nine units sold on plan and prior to launch for the Micheal Peters and Marty A.Lowe designed 35 model.  It is still early days for Gavio's Group Bertram, owners of the US legend since the start of 2015 but this long term project looks all set up in the right direction. The challenge is now for all to see as the first 35 heads to various boat shows, and then after this in the hands of owners, who will be the ultimate real judges of Bertram's new chapter and whether it can reach or exceed the level bar which comes with the legendary name. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.69 m (35.1ft)
Waterline Length - 9.57 m
Beam - 3.78 m
Draft - 0.76 m ex props
Displacement - 9434 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 1135 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x 460hp 
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max
Construction - Infused vinilester with solid glass bottom, Kevlar reinforced centerline, strakes, and structure grid 
Project - Micheal Peters hull and exterior, Marty A.Lowe Inc interior

October 20, 2016

Project: Absolute 58 Fly

Absolute present the project for the 58 Fly which seems a follow up to the renovation phase as started in this 2016 year with the 50 Fly model.  The 58 Fly will be also a replacement to the 56 series.  The 58 Fly is an evolution of the Absolute design, taking cues from the larger 64 and 72 models and having the feel of a much bigger boat, see deeper walk around bulwarks and fore deck settee. Its main deck layout although similar to the 56 will offer also much more spaces see larger dinette, while the astern galley will be of a much open style.  Below deck the Absolute 58 Fly will also offer a three double cabins three head layout, with the option of a crew cabin aft.  Standard engine power will come from twin Volvo 600hp engines.  Launching is scheduled for the first half of 2017. 

October 19, 2016

New Model: Rancraft RC 28

Rancraft heads into the 2017 season with the new RC 28, an interesting sports cruiser which for its size offers quality interior and exterior spaces. Featuring an aggressive exterior profile and Rancraft's patented IGC stepped hull the RC 28 impresses for its exterior aft deck spaces which feature a C-shape dinette which can transform into a sun-pad, a chaise lounger and wet bar to port side, and helm station to starboard. Considering its exterior spaces the RC 28 will also offer an interior worthy of note with a V-shape dinette forward which converts to a double berth, separate shower head, and a small children double berth at midships. The RC28 also offers the option of a radar arch, and in the pipeline is also an outboard version. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.55 m (28ft)
Hull Length - 7.48 m
Beam - 2.55 m
Displacement - 2700 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 400 l
Water Capacity - 75 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - two plus two berths
Engines - 1 or 2 from 250hp up to 380hp
Propulsion - single or twin stern drives
Construction - fiberglass with sandwich, neopolitic gelcoat, with vinilester and isoftalic resins
Project - Giuseppe Ranieri 
Certification - CE C

Web: GTMM New Web Site

GTMM presents its new world wide Web show room. Founded in 2010 by Giovanni Theodoli the company has roots coming from the status symbol and highly respected Magnum Marine stable. Giovanni is indeed the son of the current since 1976 Magnum owner, and has worked in the legendary company since 1990 first in the electrical department, then doing sea trials, quality control, and last as customer relations. After many years building bigger Magnums his attention turned to the roots of the brand, which will be the aim of GTMM. Giovanni is helped by Scott V.Smith also a Magnum employer from 1999 till 2010, and prior to this working with Cigarette for fourteen years, and winning two offshore powerboats World Championships in 1982 and 1998. GTMM current range offers two performance models 27, and 39.  Interesting to note that Giovanni keeps the Magnum philosophy building his models to order and semi custom. The GTMM web site takes you around with the following buttons; Models, About Us, News Blog, Digital Media, and Contact Us.  GTMM is also on Social Media with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube pages links located in the Contact Us page. 

New Model: Blu Martin 13.90 Sea Top

Blu Martin headed into the important fall 2016 boat show season with a new edition of its popular 13.90 Sea Top.  Blu Martin's top selling model the 13.90 first series sold over one hundred units in a production span of less to ten years. The new generation for the 13.90 Sea Top wants to build on that and features a restyling by Valerio Rivellini, who for those that don't know is also the designer responsible for the highly acclaimed Evo 43.  Rivellini for this new generation of the 13.90 Sea Top kept the form and function of the 13.90 and has worked on creating a new hard top design; now more aggressive in looks, added natural light to the lower deck thanks to a large view window which spans all the accommodation area, and also updated the bathing platform design.  For the remaining the 13.90 Sea Top keeps the versatility of the first series, like the much appreciated three double cabins layout, or the choice for a two large bedrooms lower deck.  Power options are three Volvo engines from 370hp up to 435hp in stern drive or IPS propulsion choices.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.9 m (45.6ft)
Hull Length - 12.4 m
Beam - 3.98 m
Draft - 0.7 m exl drives and props
Displacement - 13 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 912 l
Water Capacity - 411 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 400hp, D6 435hp only with IPS
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive, or forward looking IPS pods
Speed - 38 knots max 29 knots cruise with Volvo 435hp and IPS pods option
Project - Valerio Rivellini exterior
Certification - CE B

October 18, 2016

Project: Sessa 21 Fly

It is always interesting to see how a boat builder will preform when a change happens for a long standing designer.  This is part of the story for the new Sessa 21 Fly which after an important time with Christian Grande taking care of design head into the new with Davide Cipriani Centrostile team.  A name which has expanded not little in recent years, Centrostiledesign have worked with some important Italian names as Carnevali, Sanlorenzo, and Riva here bringing the important open hard-top evolution on the 88 Florida model.  The Sessa 21 Fly seems based on the C68 for its hull lines with a completely new super structure with flybridge.  Interesting details seem also to be the rule on the 21 Fly which will feature an unedited opening system for the interior salon to the sides, and also an interesting very soft on the lines flybridge hard top.   

October 17, 2016

New Model: Tiara 39 Coupe

Since introducing its Coupe range with the 50 in 2013, Tiara has slowly since then expanded the range to include a 44 and now a 39.  The new Tiara 39 Coupe is an enclosed hard top cruiser with down East lobster boat inspired lines. Like its bigger sisters the 39 Coupe offers a twin double cabin accommodation plan, with an enclosed or open hard top covered main deck living area. Other interesting details of the Tiara 39 Coupe which also come from its bigger sisters is the grill wet bar on the bathing platform. Powered by twin Volvo 370hp with IPS pod drives the Tiara 39 Coupe to a 35 knots top speed, and a thirty knots cruise. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.45 m (40.9ft)
Beam - 4.04 m
Draft - 1.02 m loaded
Displacement - 11031 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1135 l
Water Capacity - 378 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, Cummins QSB 6.7L 425hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives, or line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots fast cruise, 26 knots cruise
Range - 272 nm at 26 knots
Hull Shape - planning Vee with spray rails and 13.8 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - fiberglass with solid glass bottom and balsa cored side and topside
Certification - USCG, NMMA, ABS, CE

Project: Sundeck 670

Starting with a project of the Sundeck 550 in 2015, this Italian boat builder is slowly expanding its range to a complete offer in the explorer cruiser yacht segment with the just launched 450 entry level to the project for a new eighty feet flagship.  This project of the 670 is the next natural step up for Sundeck following the success of the 550, and sees designer Maurizio Zuccheri expand a family feeling look and the small ship features of the smaller model into larger dimensions. Interestingly for an explorer yacht the Sundeck 670 surprises for its exterior spaces with a lot of thought going into making the fore deck a prime entertainment area.  The Sundeck 670 offers interesting performance numbers with the standard twin 850hp engines reaching max speeds of 27 knots, and a 17 knots cruise giving a four hundred nautical mile range.  Slow your speed further at nine knots and your range becomes 1500 nautical miles.      

New Model: Cruisers 60 Fly

For a hard sport yacht transformed into a full flybridge motor yacht, the Cruisers 60 Fly designed by Facheris is possibly one of the best I have seen.  Compliments to the Belgian born US residing designer Patrizio Facheris.  With entrance from a starboard step style ladder the flybridge of the Cruisers 60 Fly is also very spacious offering a U-shaped dinette to aft of the bride, central helming console, central settee, and two side chaise lounges or seating benches.  For the remaining the 60 Fly keeps the Cruisers 60 Cantius features of an interior with astern galley, a choice of two cabins with lower saloon or three double cabins without below deck, and Volvo IPS propulsion power.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.2 m (59.9ft)
Beam - 4.9 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 25,719 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2449 l
Water Capacity - 564 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, optional 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max
Project - Facheris Design Works, DeBasto interior

October 16, 2016

Improve-it = Viking 80 Enclosed Bridge Convertible

Viking has been a pioneer to the development of the enclosed bridge convertible and the 80 is another version that appeals to both tournament fishermen and long range cruising yachtsmen.  Viking has in recent years also developed it's innovative Sky Bridge, which adds an open flying bridge atop the climate controlled main helm station. The enclosed bridge arrangement is extremely versatile and is outfitted with a lounge, a cocktail table, and an entertainment system to serve as a virtual second salon abaft the center line helm.  

October 15, 2016

New Model: Amer 100 Cento

Amer presents its new Cento, a semi wide body super yacht designed by Massimo Verne.  With hull one launched in 2013, it took three years to launch the second for Amer Cento with a more official presentation in the fall boat shows of 2016.  Hull two and one have an important different propulsion feature, with the second hull powered by a quad Volvo IPS system which delivers important efficiency numbers. With this Amer follows the success it had with the 94. Still the Amer Cento is available in wide variety of engine and propulsion formats, from long range versions with twin engines just above 1000hp or faster variants as the quadruple Volvo 800hp with IPS, or twin 1900hp engines and Fortjes pod drives.  Interesting is also that the Amer Cento features a hull length just under 24 meters, as is the case for both the first two units delivered.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.6 m (97.1ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 2 m including props
Displacement - 85 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 11500 l or 10000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins,, four or six crew in four cabins
Engines - 4 x Volvo D11 800hp, 2 x Cat C18 Acert 1015hp, C32 Acert 1925hp, MTU 8V2000 M94 1085hp, 12V2000 M94 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF greabox, Fortjes pod drives, or quadruple Volvo IPS1200 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 20 knots max 17 knots cruise with MTU 1085hp, 28 knots max 24 knots cruise with Cats 1925hp and Fortjes pods or 4 x Volvo 800hp with IPS pod drives
Project - Massimo Verme