December 31, 2016

Monthly News - December 2016



-pic of the month- Evo at Miami Art Basel Spa Ricci Grand Opening


Azimut-Benetti Leading Super Yacht Manufacturer Again

The Italian company is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end yachts according to the Global Order Book 2017, the ranking of top boat builders across the globe recently published by the prestigious American magazine ShowBoats International.  Azimut Benetti Group reported a record-breaking 2,594 meters (8,511 ft) of yachts measuring over 24 meters under construction at the Group’s six production plants.  The strength of Azimut Benetti Group, which closed fiscal 2015-2016 reporting value of production of €700 million, lies in its ongoing investments in product development combined with the role it plays as a standard-bearer for Italian quality and yacht building excellence worldwide.  

Azimut-Benetti 17th Yachtmaster Edition

On November 22nd and 23rd, Azimut|Benetti Yachtmaster 17 took place in Hong Kong. A broader-than-ever offer of entertainment and professional content, together with record attendance confirm the success of this second Asian edition, which is the opening event of round-the-world annual gathering offered by Azimut Benetti to Captains and professionals in the Yachting industry. Organised annually by Azimut|Benetti, Yachtmaster is based on a unique format developed by the shipyard as a way to offer its owners an even more exclusive level of service, providing ongoing, up-to-date and ever better training opportunities for captains and crew. But Yachtmaster isn’t only a training and learning event. It also offers the chance to meet and network, with conferences, dedicated workshops and team building activities.  The tradition of organizing a three-event series in three different geographical areas (Europe, Asia and the United States) was established last year. And seeing how enthusiastically the new format was received, the shipyard decided to replicate it.  During this YM17 Asian edition, guests met at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club, where the program of seminars was organised. A total of 66 guests included captains and crew (engineers, officials and stewardesses), as well as surveyors and owners’ representatives. The event was also attended by selected representatives from the media, partners and sponsors


Bavaria New Dealer for US West Coast

Bavaria is pleased to announce JK3 Nautical Enterprises as the new dealer of Bavaria Motorboats for the Western U.S.; with San Diego as their main headquarters, JK3 Nautical Enterprises will take care of sales and service for Bavaria Motorboats.  Credibility and quality is the key to the success of JK3 Nautical Enterprises. With offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Newport Beach, San Diego and Houston, the JK3 team is well known for their exemplary service for clients in the U.S. Bavaria Motorboats is happy to announce JK3 as the new dealer for the Western U.S. The first motorboats of the Virtess, S-Line, E-Line and R-Line will arrive soon at JK3.  Bavaria Yachts remains one of the most modern shipyards in the marine industry, and boasts the highest growth potential. Under the brand Bavaria Yachts, 24 different models of catamarans, sailing yachts, and motorboats are produced at the headquarters in Giebelstadt and the production site for multihulls is in Rochefort, France.  The newest models from Bavaria Motorboats are the semi displacement E40 and the flybridge R40. 


Evo Yachts At Miami Art Basel Spa Ricci Grand Opening

Evo Yachts 13-meter is guest of honour at the opening party for the new cathedral of wellness, surrounded by glamour, celebrities and contemporary art.  A matter of weeks after its transatlantic debut, Evo 43 and its breathtaking design have already won over the hearts and minds of leading personalities from the world of glamour and high society in the United States.  After its launch at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, EVO 43’ visited Miami in Florida last Saturday, November 27, for the official opening of Ricci, a new spa and wellness center created by Sofia Joelsson, one of Miami’s trendiest designers and socialites, who set her eye on EVO 43’ as the evening’s official tender, to welcome and surprise more than one hundred carefully selected guests at the event.

Evo Awarded Alta Gamma Young Business Award

The shipyard wins the prize awarded by the Altagamma Foundation to emerging brands that have excelled in their expression of Italian culture and lifestyle.  During the gala evening held on November 22 at Villa Madama in Rome, where the Italian Prime Minister officially entertains international guests, Evo Yachts was awarded the Altagamma Foundation Young Business award in the Engines and Speed category.  Now in its second year, the award is presented to emerging Italian companies that stand out for the design, quality and innovative content of their products. These are characteristics recognized by the award panel (Chairman Andrea Illy and the entire Board of the Altagamma Foundation) in the revolutionary EVO 43 day cruiser built by Naples-based shipyard Evo Yachts.


Ferretti Group End 2016 with Production Record

The Ferretti Group is confirmed as a leader in the international yachting industry and as one of the strongest groups in the industry, ending the year 2016 with outstanding results.  By 31st December, the number of yachts built under the Group's seven brands will reach a remarkable 148, up by 25% compared to the 117 yachts built in 2015, in itself a record year with an increase of over 20% from 2014. The expected turnover for the current year will be almost 500 million euros.  These figures, which are well above the industry's global performance levels, confirm the strength of the Group's industrial and commercial strategy, which included the launch of some 24 new models over three years, with an investment by the shareholders, the Weichai Group and the Ferrari family, of over 50 million euros on product research and development.  As in previous years, the new Global Order Book for 2017 - the definitive ranking list of the 20 top builders of yachts over 24 metres just published by the authoritative American magazine “ShowBoats International” confirms yet again the growth of the Group, which has risen to the top of this special ranking too. Notably, the Group was ranked first for number of projects sold or under construction, with as many as 71 under the brands Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Custom Line and CRN, and was ranked second overall with over 2,300 metres (7,546 feet) of super and mega yachts under construction


Gulf Craft Sheikh Visit

Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan payed a visit, to Gulf Craft’s Shipyards in Umm Al Quwain. Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft, welcomed Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed to the manufacturing facilities of the company, known to be the number one superyacht builder in the GCC.  Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed toured the shipyard and viewed the latest and brightest in the country’s yacht building industry. He praised Gulf Craft’s efforts to create a credible brand for UAE-made products in various regional and international forums, which will eventually enhancethe company’s contribution to the GDP.  Al Shaali commended the visit and applauded the UAE’s leadership eagerness and support to the national industries.


Nordhavn Live Relaunched

If you haven’t been to Nordhavn website lately, you’re missing out on one of the site’s coolest features, which was recently re-launched in November. Nordhavn Live allows you to get real-time access to things going on with Nordhavn at any given time on a given day. From boat launches, sea trials, owner trips, and new hull shipments, the site is a day-to-day glimpse of 24 hours in the life at Nordhavn.  Introduced this past summer, Nordhavn Live became a portal into the happenings of the Alaska rendezvous, the history-making northern latitude trek by Nordhavn 68 Migration, and the equally history-making solo Atlantic Crossing of the Nordhavn 56 motorsailer.  


Outer Reef Expands US Pacific Southwest Representation

Hallmark Yachts will manage new boat sales and services for Outer Reef, a welcomed addition to their current sales and service operation, due to increasing regional demand for quality long range motoryachts. Established in 2000, Hallmark Yachts has evolved into the major player within California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Hawaii, in the sale of used power and sail boats, as well as pre- and after-sales service. Standing behind their business mantra, “Service Beyond The Sale”, owner Michael Hallmark oversees a 10+ person team dedicated to delivering exceptional service, which is also the crux of the Outer Reef Yachts brand.


Riva Blue Wonderful Sold at Auction

Ferretti Group has its own contribution to the territories of central Italy affected by the recent, terrible earthquakes. It does so with an extraordinary solidarity initiative, which stars the Riva brand, by auctioning a single, unique Aquariva Super, especially made in the exclusive "Blue Wonderful" color, chosen by Sir Elton John personally.  The charity auction was announced by the artist and Alberto Galassi, CEO of the Group, during the Ferretti Group Private Preview last September 2nd in Monte Carlo. "The center Italy was hit by a terrible earthquake that caused devastation to local communities, that are in serious trouble now - Sir Elton John stated. “As a friend of Ferretti Group and Riva owner, I am happy to support the Group's commitment in helping the populations of those regions acting solidarity.  Ferretti Group decided to create and auction a special edition of the Aquariva Super called 'Blue Wonderful', to which I give my personal contribution. Our hearts go out to those who are still suffering and we are confident that the auction proceeds will contribute to comfort and help to those who need it most."  The charity auction ended last night at the Yacht Club de Monaco during the Christmas cocktail organized by Monaco Boat Service, the exclusive Riva dealer for the Principality of Monaco and France.  The Aquariva Super "Blue Wonderful", the only one with the color and interior elements selected with the contribution of the legendary British pop star and Officina Italiana Design - the studio that exclusively creates the design of the brand Riva -, went to a generous owner who asked to remain anonymous.  The final and winning bid was an amount of 430,000 Euro plus tax. The proceeds will be donated to the Italian Civil Protection for immediate interventions to support communities of central Italy hit by the earthquake.


Riviera Toasts a Successful 2016

Australia’s Riviera is celebrating a year of major milestones and special memories as the renowned luxury motor yacht builder prepares to enter an exciting new era of boating excellence and enjoyment in 2017.  The outstanding highlight for the now 500-strong team at Riviera, once again, is the continued strengthening of the global Riviera Family of discerning luxury motor yacht owners.  Mr Longhurst said that Riviera will continue to provide first-class customer care through its active program of boating education and social events worldwide in 2017, both at major boat shows around the globe, and also in partnership with the international network of dedicated Riviera and Belize dealers.  On the US West Coast, the Riviera Family gathered for the largest Americas Riviera Rendezvous ever. In South Australia, Riviera owners gathered for the largest Port Lincoln Experience ever, and in Western Australia, the Riviera Family has just this month rafted up in world record numbers.  The year 2016 also marked the World Premieres of three impressive new Riviera models: 5400 Sport Yacht - World Premiere at Yachts Miami Beach in February, 575 SUV - World Premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating in May, 4800 Sport Yacht - World Premiere at Sydney International Boat Show in August.  A further milestone for 2016 was the commencement of construction of the new 68 Sports Motor Yacht that will make her World Premiere mid-2017 and this very significant design has been created in-house by Riviera’s world-leading designers.  Another award in which the 500-strong Riviera team can take great pride is Queensland’s Best Corporate Event at the Australian Event Awards in September, reflecting the learning and fun of the 2016 Festival of Boating and the amazing entertainment at the Viva Las Riviera gala evening.  The 2016 Festival of fun and learning was the largest in the event’s six years and registrations are now open for the 2017 Festival, to be held at Riviera’s world-class facility from 17-19 March.

Riviera Raft Up World Record in Western Australia

Riviera luxury motor yacht owners have rafted-up in record numbers during an enjoyable afternoon of fun and friendship on the Swan River in picturesque Perth, Western Australia.  The raft-up, hosted by the experienced team from Riviera and Belize dealer R Marine Perth, saw over 200 people aboard 43 luxury Riviera motor yachts cruise in to Matilda Bay for the successful record attempt.  Basil Lenzo who owns the 5800 Sport Yacht Intrepid with his cousin (also) Basil Lenzo and their friend Wolfgang Jovanovic said it was his first time at a Riviera Family event.  Passionate Riviera owner Scott Menogue who owns the 47 Open Flybridge Isle with his wife Jenny and children Eleyah and Ari said the boats were arranged beautifully, providing the Riviera Family with a front-row seat for the afternoon’s entertainment.  Ben Hames who owns the 5000 Sport Yacht Leblon Lady with his father William – also paid credit to organisers.  Riviera is renowned internationally for enhancing the fun and fulfillment of its global Riviera Family of luxury motor yacht owners, with a regular program of social and boating education events as well as cruising-in-company adventures to idyllic destinations.  R Marine Perth dealer principal Michael Pitman thanked West Australian Riviera owners for their support to set the new Riviera Raft Up Record.

Riviera Announces New Educational Workshop for 2017

Registrations are now open for the Riviera Festival of Boating, which has been moved forward to March 2017 to coincide with the first major event on the Australian boat show calendar: the new Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo.  The new dates from 17-19 March 2017 reflect Riviera’s genuine desire to provide the global Riviera Family with a truly unique, engaging and fulfilling boat show experience.  In 2017, the three-day Festival of fun and learning will reach new levels, with an action-packed educational program including many new workshops and a series of fully refreshed workshops to further enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of luxury motor yacht owners.


Sanlorenzo in 2016

Sanlorenzo’s 2016 ends with the launch of the 30th motoryacht, celebrated with the debut of “I”, the 11th SD112 model a 34.10-meter, fiberglass navetta with semi-displacement hull, custom-built according to the requests and style of her owner, like every Sanlorenzo since 1958. The launch took place at the Sanlorenzo shipyard in Viareggio at the presence of her owner, who came for the occasion with his family and friends from Belgium to celebrate this important moment along with the whole shipyard.  Sanlorenzo finalized a profitable year that, besides the delivery of thirty motoryachts, sees a 2016 forecast turnover of more than 300 million Euros, a further and significant step forward compared to 220 million Euro recorded in 2015. The 2016 EBITDA reaches the amount of 24 million Euro and a profit of more than 10 million Euro for the shipyard. 2016 also saw the shipyard’s expansion thanks to the acquisition of the new imposing production site in La Spezia, where the Sanlorenzo Superyacht is now based, for the design and construction of Sanlorenzo superyachts in metal, from 40 to 80 meters. Today Sanlorenzo is based in 3 different production sites (Ameglia, Viareggio and La Spezia) and offers 4 ranges of models: SL, SD, SX (that will debut at Cannes Yachting Festival 2017) and SY (Sanlorenzo Superyacht). 

Sanlorenzo Art Basel Miami Week 2016

Great success for the floating art installation by Sanlorenzo and Tornabuoni Art: collectors, yacht-owners, designers and art enthusiasts from all over the world celebrated the Italian brilliance: “1958, the birth of two legends: Italian monochrome and Sanlorenzo shipyard”.  Tornabuoni Art curated the exhibition onboard the Sanlorenzo SD112 (34 meters), moored at the splendid “Casa Clara” villa on the Venetian Islands, an art installation dedicated to the Italian monochrome, one of the essential pictorial theme in the 1900s, that developed in the same years as the Cantieri Navali Sanlorenzo foundation.  This union between yachting and art gave life to an exhibition of inestimable value, highlighting Sanlorenzo’s always deeper involvement in the artistic world.


Viking No Shave November

Viking's group in the Engineering and Design Department recently concluded their No Shave November contest. Headed up by Engineering's Sharon Attenbrunn, 20 gentlemen raised money for Viking's annual Holiday Drive by giving their razors a rest and seeing what matured on their mug. To add some fun to the feats of the face, prizes were awarded for various categories. Rogaine was awarded to the Best Summer Beard (some hair here, some hair there) and another challenger received Just for Men facial hair dye for earning the Grayest Beard of the group. But all joking aside, this generous gang contributed $500 to the Viking Holiday Drive to help less fortune Viking families provide a holiday with full bellies and plenty of presents. 

Viking Does It with Last Dance

Captain Robert Collins led his team on the Viking 52 Last Dance to a second place finish at the 53rd Annual Islamorada Sailfish Tournament last weekend. Going 14 for 14 on sails, Matt McLean picked up the Top Angler award for releasing eight of those. Twenty one teams and 96 anglers released 172 sails over the three day tournament. Nice work to Last Dance Mates Brandon Hopper and Robert Helms.

Viking Sets New Record

Crushing records and setting new ones best describes the amazing success realized by the Blue Bird fishing team aboard this new Viking 72 Convertible based in Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic. Blue Bird owner Don Jesus Montano, Captain Miguel Tirado, first mate Oscar Benito Farias and crew members Hector Luis de los Santos and Christian Mota released 99 billfish including 83 blue marlin during 10 days of incredible fishing. On their first trip working the waters on the north side of Punta Cana, Captain Tirado and the Blue Bird team christened the boat with eight blue marlin, and then released 13 more blues the following day. During the San Juan ILTTA (International Light Tackle Tournament Association), Blue Bird released eight sailfish, and one white marlin to take the Best Boat Award during this four-day prestigious event.  On its seventh day fishing the productive grounds some 25 miles from the Cap Cana Marina docks, Captain Tirado trolled up five blue marlin, three white marlin and two scrappy sailfish scoring a double Grand Slam. On December 9th, Blue Bird went 16 for 24 on blue marlin setting a new Cap Cana Marina record, which was previously set at 14. A sailfish and a white marlin also joined in for two more billfish releases. This fresh record did not last long, however, because the following day, Blue Bird established a second new Cap Cana Marina record raising 25 blues with 18 of them caught and turned loose. But on December 11th before the ink even dried in the record book, Blue Bird was busy raising 35 blues and racking up an incredible score of 23 blue marlin releases. This feat not only surpassed their previous new record, but also smashed a world record set in 1997, when the Hooker fishing in the Cape Verdes had a banner day releasing 20 Atlantic blue marlin. Reporting on Blue Bird, the first Viking yacht he has run, Captain Tirado said, "I am impressed. This Viking 72 handles the rough conditions we fish in Cap Cana. The MTU engine response is great and I can always get the right speed I need to troll the baits and this means a lot when we are working in the six to eight foot seas and the 20 to 25 knot winds we have to fish in. The flying bridge layout is great and comfortable. I like this boat a lot. It raises fish!" The Viking Yacht Company congratulates the Blue Bird team for their outstanding success soaring to the top in the Atlantic blue marlin record book!

Viking at 55th Annual Montego Bay Marlin Tournament

With the distinction of being the oldest established billfish tournament in the Caribbean while also offering authentic Jamaican hospitality, the Montego Bay Marlin Tournament recently maintained its reputation as an amazing event. The international fleet was made up of 38 boats that fished in slick, calm seas under brilliant blue skies. Dozens of marlin were caught, but only one boat was victorious, the Viking Trading Time, making the ocean run from Grand Cayman to claim top honors. All anglers and guests enjoyed the massive raft up party after the event, which is as much of a tradition as the fishing.


Zeelander New Official Representative

Zeelander’s collaboration with the experts at Northrop and Johnson doesn’t stop at the Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous! The appointment of Northrop and Johnson as the official Zeelander representative in Asia. With several offices ideally located all over the region, Northrop and Johnson provides services that are customized to meet even the most demanding of client needs.  A demo Zeelander Z44 Zeelander is now available with Northrop and Johnson for viewings and sea trials in the region.

Zeelander Proud Participant of Kata Rocks Superyacht

Opening the Charter Season in Southeast Asia is the inaugural edition of Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2016. Hosted on the unspoiled Andaman Sea in Thailand from 10th to 12th December, this relaxed social event has been designed to offer superyacht owners the opportunity to socialize and network with like-minded individuals in one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world.  Zeelander is proud to be joining forces with Northrop & Johnson as participating partners at this all-star cast and yachting icons event, which will also host the regional Charter Season Opening party.

December 30, 2016

Project: Fipa Maiora 36

Fipa Maiora has always been a conservative name when launching new projects, and here we see the Viareggio builder come with a 36 model which presents a change. It is a change of evolution but since a very long time Fipa Maiora enroll a new designer and move on from the long standing Roberto del Re to Quartostile from Torino, Italy.  The new designers trusted by Fipa Maiora have come with interesting evolutionary developments for the new 36.  For example on the new 36 we see a similar semi wide body design as presented on the 2016 launched 33 FB.  The Maiora 36 hull one is currently in build and is to be powered by twin MTU 2600hp engines.    

December 28, 2016

New Model: Adler 23 Suprema

Adler is a new builder coming from the North Adriatic side of Italy who present its first 23 Suprema model.  Launched as World wide premier during the 2016 Cannes show the Adler 23 Suprema is a modern motor yacht designed by industry veterans Nuvolari Lenard and Adragna studio for naval architecture.  The Adler 23 Suprema presents itself as an advanced build motor yacht fully constructed of carbon and coming with a hybrid propulsion of twin AET 100kw motors which allows for a maximum range up to 3500 nautical miles.  If this number is correct we are looking at one of the most economic to run motor yachts of this size, but the Adler website only gives the data in a write up without any technical evidence to prove it.  The layout of hull one featured three large guest cabins below deck; owners stateroom at midships, and two VIP suites, one aft and another forward. Adler advised that each 23 Suprema is custom build to owner wishes, and that a four cabin version is available.  Power for the Adler 23 Suprema comes from twin Cats 1136hp engines which allow for top speeds of 30 knots and a cruise of 22 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.11 m (75.8ft)
Beam - 6.04 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 49 t
Fuel Capacity - 5200 l
Water Capacity - 880 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, eight berths in four cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 1136hp plus 2 x AET Unit 100kw
Propulsion - line shafts with five bladed propellers
Speed - 30 knots max, 22 knots cruise
Construction - full carbon
Project - Nuvolari Lenard exterior and interior, Adragna studio naval architecture
Certification - CE A, modules RINA B+C

December 26, 2016

Improve-it = Itama 62

Itama, the Italian open yacht par excellence, the epitome of power and style, is writing an important new page in its fascinating history that will captivate its fans.  Following in the wake of the Ferretti Group’s innovative energy at the Cannes 2016 boat show, Itama has unveiled a new version of a timeless classic.  The Itama 62 was shown at the Cannes boat show with a hull in white color and a deck made entirely from teak.  With this unprecedented solution, Ferretti Group is showing future Itama yacht owners how they can customize both the interior decor and personalize their own open yacht by choosing the color of the hull and the layout of the fore deck to best reflect their needs and taste. The Itama style remains unique and inimitable: these exquisite yachts designed by Marco Casali by the sea, renowned around the world for their simple Italian design, unmistakable Mediterranean spirit, sleek and sporty lines, and incredible rough seas handling thanks to a pure deep Vee hull.

December 24, 2016

New Model: Couach 4400 Fast Fly

French shipyard Couach Yachts has launched the latest super yacht the 4400 Fast Fly.  The Arcachon based yacht builder has released a number of images showing the completion of this fast planing, composite yacht. The 4400 Fast Fly has been rethought around the 5000 Fly delivered in two for year 2012 and 2014 respectively. Like the 5000 Fly, the new 4400 Fast Fly is fully customized and a unique project in itself. There has been particular attention to the interior details and craftsmanship of the 4400 Fast Fly with the yacht’s interior featuring a combination of exceptional materials including bronze, oak, treated leathers, engraved glass, engraved marble, Dacryl with copper inlay, and metallic resin. Many decorative elements were created specifically for the yacht, hand in hand with the client and the captain.  The owner of the yacht has a longstanding relationship with Couach Yachts. Worth to note that including this 4400 Fast Fly, that three-quarters of super yachts over forty meters that were delivered in France in the last five years have emerged from the Couach shipyard. The completion of the 4400 Fast Fly cements Couach Yachts’ position as the foremost French super yacht builder, in a country renowned for its proud maritime history.
Technical Data:
LOA - 44.8 m (146.9ft)
Beam - 9.25 m
Draft - 2.37 m
Fuel Capacity - 35000 l
Water Capacity - 8000 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000M93 4185hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max, 17 knots cruise
Range - 608 nm at cruise
Project - Cano Lanzo exterior
Certification - Bureau Veritas, MCA

December 22, 2016

Project: Palmer Johnson 63 Sport

When a builder associated with super yachts as Palmer Johnson presents a 63 Sport model, designed for the main purpose as a fast island hopper, you can say it is interesting times if you are in the market to buy a large open yacht.  If we go back to some years ago the choice in this where only a handful Italiam builders and a couple from the US.  Today's buyers choice has doubled with the Dutch offer increasing a lot in this segment.  The Palmer Johnson 63 Sport is designed in house and will offer a twin large cabin interior, of which is the owners room located full beam at midships.  Her exterior spaces will offer two sun-pads, two dinettes, and a central passageway.  The galley and a relaxing C-shaped couch are located below deck in between the cabins.  Power will come from triple Volvo 435hp units with IPS pod propulsion, while construction will be of carbon composite.

December 21, 2016

New Model: Ocean Alexander 70E Motoryacht

Ocean Alexander presents its new 70E for evolution series designed by renowned yacht architect Evan K.Marshall.  The 70E brings a new design direction for Ocean Alexander looking modern outside with its curvaceous exterior, and also bringing new technology below with Volvo's forward looking IPS pod drives.  The Ocean Alexander will also feature Side Power Vector fin stabilizers, aimed to reduce rolling and pitch.  Fins are becoming a common ticked option from experienced owners for motor yachts above twenty meters, due to the stability advantage they give at slow speed or anchor.  The 70E Motoryacht will offer a lower deck with four double cabins, with owners stateroom at midships, VIP suite forward, and two double cabins in between, of which the fourth is a bunk double.  A single berth crew cabin with shower is located aft to port side.  The living area located all on the main deck of the 70E is different to most offers in this size, with the incredible large galley taking almost a third of the space available in this area.  Outside the 70E is full of the latest amenities couple to traditional safety features as the deep side decks.  Its flybridge is incredibly spacious, and the 70E also features the must have fore-deck dinette area. Ocean Alexander 70E Motoryacht is powered by twin Volvo 900hp engines which give a max speed of 26 knots, and a fast cruise of 24 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.49 m (70.6ft)
Waterline Length - 18.1 m
Beam - 5.49 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 35,380 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 3975 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 26 knots max, 24 knots fast cruise, 18 knots economic cruise
Range - 290 nm at fast cruise, 557 nm at 10 knots
Project - Evan K.Marshall

December 20, 2016

Project: Princess V40

Princess present the project for a new V40, an evolution for its good selling V39 launched in 2012.  To say it short the Princess V40 is a modernized make up on the V39.  Instantly recognizable changes for the new V40 come for outside looks with full hull window glazing covering the entire lower deck cabin area.  Other subtle difference in the V40 will be the use of richer furnishings some of which tailored by Ralph Lauren.  Princess is promising a higher quality furnished boat in the new V40.  Other less noticeable difference but not yet confirmed should also a more extended bathing platform adding a feet of length.  The Princess V40 will be presented at the Dusseldorf boat show in January.  

December 19, 2016

New Model: Galeon 460 Fly

The Galeon 500 Fly revolutionized the middle size motor yacht segment by introducing solutions previously seen only on high-end and larger 24 meters plus super yacht units. The transformable bow, rotating cockpit area, and most notably, the drop down sides were the highlights noticed by customers and industry professionals alike. Named the European Powerboat of the Year 2016 and recipient of IBI’s Boat Builders award for 2015, Galeon's 500 Fly proved it was something unseen in around its size motor yacht.  Now, the highly anticipated 460 Fly brings back all the ground breaking innovations of its bigger 500 sister in a more compact frame. Designed by Tony Castro, the Galeon 460 Fly is in short a smaller 500 in all aspects from function to looks, and layout.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.35 m (47.1ft)
Hull Length - 12.9 m
Beam - 4.37 m
Draft - 0.9 m exl props
Displacement - 16700 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 750 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

December 18, 2016

Web: Roscioli Donzi New Web Site

Roscioli Donzi presents its new World wide web showroom.  Roscioli Donzi was founded by Bob Roscioli who in 1962 started his career as a marine apprentice.  In a year from that start Bob was already an expert in boat painting, a career which will lead to the founding of Donzi by Roscioli International boat building enterprise in 1986 and the Roscioli Yachting Center. The first Donzi Roscioli model was the Z-65, a model which Donzi without Roscioli involved build four units in between 1982 till about 1986, a boat which at the time was one of the largest sportfishing yachts build.  Currently Roscioli Donzi offers three lines of yachts; Convertible, Sport Cruise and Express and start from the 58 Express, and go up to the still in project 92 Convertible, building a total of twelve custom all built to order models. Roscioli Donzi new web site takes you around with the following buttons; About, Models, News, Video, For Sale, and Contact Us.  Donzi Roscioli is also on social media with links at the bottom of the entry page taking you to the companies Facebook, Tweeter, and Instagram pages.  

December 17, 2016

New Model: Viking 92 Convertible

Here I can write the usual post on how the Viking 92 Convertible is different to the other ten hulls currently sold of the 92 Enclosed Bridge.  But why? One can look at the picture above and see that important aesthetic all alone reason.  The Viking 92 Convertible is an incredible looking machine, this does not mean the Enclosed Bridge is not, but the open bridge really shows how a super sport-fisherman is meant to look.  It is a fact with the units so far sold, that practical reasons win and that is why 90% of the hulls delivered have been Enclosed Bridge versions with the benefits of comfort this gives. But looking at the 92 Convertible from the outside, some of the Enclosed Bridge owners might have a small regret.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.45 m (93.4ft)
Beam - 7.03 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Displacement - 92986 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 15141 l
Water Capacity - 1703 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in five cabins, 1 or 2 crew cabins sleeping 2 to 4 members
Engines - 2 x Cat C32A 1900hp, MTU 16V2000 M96L 2635hp
Propulsion - line shafts

December 16, 2016

Project: Vanquish VQ60

Vanquish VQ60 project has the distinguishable clearly defined profile that characteristics of the entire VQ line. The hull design is also fully maintained, thus ensuring the exceptional Vanquish characteristics and high level of comfort under way for the VQ60.  The Vanquish VQ60 will be build of aluminium allowing flexibility to clients to fully customize on order. A hard top will be available as an option.  For the VQ60 Vanquish is offering two lower deck layout plans; with two cabins and a two crew bunk berth cabin with seperate entrance, and or a single cabin large dinette forward option.  The main deck also has two layouts which dinstinct themselves for the chosen version if it is hard top or open.  Power will come from twin Man 1550hp units with speeds of over forty knots being estimated with these engines.

December 15, 2016

New Model: Sabre 48 Flybridge

In March of 2016 Sabre launched the first of the 48 Flybridge model. The range of Sabre traditional lobster boat flybridge models now spans uninterrupted from 42 to 66 feet. The flybridge boat demand which retracted during the early days of the new millennium, has returned to take it’s place among the top choices selected by boat buyers today. Offering a space for dining and entertainment the Sabre 48 Flybridge has a staircase access from starboard, with the layout offering a C-shaped dinette, and two helsman and compionway passsenger settees.  For the remaining the Sabre 48 Flybridge is a mirror in the layout of the 48 Salon Express offering two spacious cabins below both with private en-suite heads, a living on the main deck, with a galley situated at the lower deck.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.93 m (52.3ft)
Hull Length - 14.4 m
Beam - 4.67 m
Draft - 1.24 m
Displacement - 17917 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 606 l
Accommodation - fourberths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus 3800 aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 27 knots cruise, 33 knots max
Hull Shape - modified medium V planning with 23 degrees at midships and 14 degrees deadrise
Construction - Resin infused E-glass with ISO Npg gelcoat and Vinilester back up resin
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, USCG, CE category B

December 14, 2016

Project: Sunreef Supreme 48 Power

After a World premiere in 2016 and the growing popularity of the Sunreef Supreme 68 model, the Polish shipyard is taking another step forward and introducing a consistent continuation of the philosophy enters the entry level 48. An ultramodern Sunreef Supreme yacht combining all the advantages of the range and opening new possibilities to compact luxury catamarans. She is the industry’s first boat of this size to offer truly extreme living spaces equaling 160 squared meters and a spacious aft garage being implemented for the very first time on a catamaran of fifteen meters in length.  The Sunreef Supreme 48 boasts a massive main room surrounded with floor to ceiling glass, a smooth, seamless space opening wide onto the cockpit and giving direct access to the deck through folding doors on both sides of the yacht. The bow of the deck house features a large galley. Amidships is the central lounging space with a big sofa and a dining table.  The design of the hulls offers the possibility to install a generous master suite and up to three guest cabins. With an infinite choice of materials for the decor, each Supreme 48 reflects style and personality.  The Supreme 48 Power aft garage offers voluminous space allowing to conveniently store a tender and a jet-ski, while leaving extra room for fridges and diving gear. The garage door, when lowered, creates an aft platform that is ideal for water sports.  The innovative concept of the Sunreef Supreme 48 features an immense flybridge topped with an elegant bimini. This scenic area can be fitted with a bar and sofas to obtain a vast dining and lounging space. The yacht’s front terrace is the place to relax on the generous sun pads or to enjoy a lengthy bath in the Jacuzzi.  The Sunreef Supreme 48 Power offers numerous engine options from twin 150hp up to 425hp choices for an optimized cruising performance. Subject to engine the 48 Supreme can also be equipped with IPS propulsion to facilitate her maneuverability.
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December 13, 2016

New Model: Sacs 47 Rebel

Sacs and designer Christian Grande challenge again the larger side of the rib market with the new intriguing and good looking 47 Rebel.  This new Sacs is an interesting mix of performance cruiser and rib functionalities, with innovation also playing the important role with the 47 Rebel having a a different type of D-tubes made of a mold able rigid Neoprene Hypalon material.  This different type of construction allows the Sacs 47 Rebel to have the rib functionality while at the same time loosing less space inside, allowing for better accommodation.  The 47 Rebel also surprises for the choices available from three type propulsion; outboard, stern drives, or big Cummins diesels with surface drives, and two deck layout options; Mediterranean and the Protected hard top version.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.1 m (46.2ft)
Length - 12.7 m
Beam - 4.48 m
Draft - 0.7 m exl props or drives
Displacement - 9 t dry and without engines, 10.5 t dry with standard engines
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 750 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Mercury 8.2 HO MPi DTS 430hp gas petrol, Diesel Volvo D6 400hp, Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - stern drive, or surface drives, or outboard
Construction - D-shape solid tubes sheeted in Neoprene Hypalon
Project - Christian Grand
Certification - CE B  

December 12, 2016

Project: Northwest 58

Northwest continue to show projects for its fully revamped line.  This time is the turn for a 58 a very roomy three cabin, three head explorer yacht having more room aboard than most similar yachts in this size and class. An unusual detail of the Northwest 58 will be a sleeping berth by the pilot house, and two more available on an optional sleep sofa.  With these Northwest 58 will have a total accommodation of nine berths. The Northwest 58 will also have full standing headroom down the center of the engine compartment.  Twin John Deere 500hp power will give cruise speeds at 12 knots with wide open throttle estimates going into the mid to upper teens.

December 11, 2016

New Model: Mondomarine M60 C27-01

Mondomarine is delighted to announce the launch of the largest yacht in its fleet to date, the 60m C27-01 constructed in aluminum with a semi-displacement type hull made by Mondomarine engineering and exterior design by Luca Dini.  Now named Sarastar the Mondomarine M60 C27-01, for which Luca Dini designed a three deck semi wide body looks.  The interiors will offer six guest cabins, with an owners stateroom located on the forward part of the main deck.  Power comes from twin MTU 3860hp which deliver a max speed of 19 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 60 m (196.8ft)
Beam - 10.5 m
Draft - 2.9 m
Displacement - 820 gross tonnage
Fuel Capacity - 100,000 l
Water Capacity - 20,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, 11/12 crew in six cabins 
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73L 3860hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 19 knots, 18 knots fast cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 4100 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - aluminum
Project - Luca Dini, Mondo Marine engineering for naval architecture
Certification - C Hull Mach Yacht Unrestricted Navigation, Compliance LY3 

December 10, 2016

Project: Ferretti Custom Line 120

Ferretti Custom Line present the project for a 120, a new tri-deck super yacht with semi wide body planning hull.  The Custom Line 120 also marks twenty years, born 1996 as a Ferretti super yacht brand which also laid the first stepping stones for the formation of the Ferretti Group, which formed officially two years later in 1998 with the entrance of Pershing into the holding. This new Ferretti Custom Line 120 is also a first for the brand with design coming from famous Italian Milan residing Francesco Paszkowski.  This an interesting turn of events since for a first time in twenty years we are seeing a Ferretti Custom Line outside the design influence of Giovani Zuccon.  Some questions automatically come. Will the Ferretti Custom Line mark the first of a new more free designer role, or is it a one off concept by Paszkowski?  Will the Milan designer, also known for his long work for Baglietto and Sanlorenzo for a decade or more take design responsibility for Custom Line?  Only time will answer the first question, with the second possibly being replied on the sale success the Ferretti Custom Line 120 will bring.

December 9, 2016

New Model: Outer Reef 620 Trident

The new 620 Trident is one of Outer Reef most waited models, presenting a new range of modern looking explorer yachts from the North American company targeting European customers.  Launching in mid 2016 and designed by Setzer from Stuart, Florida the Outer Reef 620 Trident is a modern explorer type yacht with comfortable accommodation solutions in all areas.  It is clear that with the 620 Trident Outer Reef is looking to expand its European client base.  Interesting to know that the Outer Reef 620 Trident was born as a 53 feet project in 2014, expanding in length to the current over eighteen meters to achieve customers requests for a large owners midships stateroom. The Outer Reef 620 Trident will be powered by Cummins 550hp with ZF Zeus pods type propulsion which deliver a top speed of 23 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.8 m (61.8ft)
Beam - 4.93 m
Draft - 1.22 m incl props and half load
Displacement - 23.13 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Water Capacity - 890 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew berth cabin
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 5.7 550hp 
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 23 knots max, 8 knots economic long range
Construction - Vinilester resin infused with PVC core sandwich
Project - Setzer yacht architects
Certification - CE Unlimited Ocean Category A

December 8, 2016

Project: Canados 777

The Canados 777 is the natural evolution of two recent successful models from the Rome Fiumicino long standing yacht builder, the 72 and 76 of which 25 have been produced and delivered. The 777 offers outstanding performances and will be capable of 26 knots cruising and over 31 knots top in comfort and quietness with reasonable twin 1550hp Man or Cat engines.  She offers all the amenities found on a larger yacht in a relatively small package including a full width midships owner stateroom, a VIP suite forward, and two guests cabins.  The entire saloon is surrounded by high windows and trimmed down bulwarks so you can enjoy the view of the ocean and the coast from anywhere you seat.

December 7, 2016

New Model: Galeon 305 Open

Galeon has been expanding in all sizes under eighty feet in this last decade, and here the Polish boat builder presents the new 305 Open.  A full outside environment enjoying version of the 305 HTS, the Open is a sport cruiser suited to seasonal Summer boat users, for customers who want to enjoy sun and wind in the air.  Designed by Italian Roberto Curto the 305 Open offers comfortable accommodation solutions both outside and inside.  The interior offers a two plus two berths layout, with a door separated midships cabin, and convertible U-shape dinette forward.  Outside the theme of comfort continues with a sunpad aft, C-shaped dinette, wet-bar, and a chaise lounge to port side. The Galeon 305 Open can be powered by both single and twin engine installations with stern drive propulsion.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.4 (34.1ft) with optional extended bathing platform
LOA - 9.6 m without extended bathing platform
Hull Length - 8.99 m
Beam - 2.99 m
Draft - 0.72 m exl drives and props
Displacement - 5870 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 415 l (single engine), 600 l (twin engines)
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - 9
Accommodation - 4 berths 
Engines - 1 x Volvo D4 260hp, D6 400hp, 2 x Volvo D4 260hp
Propulsion - single or twin dual propeller stern drives
Project - Roberto Curto
Certification - CE B

December 6, 2016

Project: Rio 68 Sport Bridge

Having a success with the current Rio 54 and 56 Colorado, and a 58 GTA currently in construction stages, the North Italian boat builder is setting sight on ever more bigger models.  Enters the project for a Rio 68 Sport Bridge, which is again a design to Marino Alfani.  As the title says the Rio 68 Sport Bridge, will feature a sport flybridge up top, visible but still something which merges with the sleek lines.  The interior layout of the 68 Sport Bridge will offer a living on the main deck with astern galley, dining and dinette, while below will be all dedicated to four double cabins including a full beam owners stateroom.  The Rio 68 Sport Bridge will also offer three exterior areas; aft deck, fly-bridge and fore-ship.  Standard power will come from twin Cats 1150hp with line shaft propulsion. 

December 5, 2016

New Model: Invictus 370GT

After the success of the 280GT Invictus launch the second GT model, the new 370GT.  An evolution of the species, the Invictus 370GT continues the design philosophy of Christian Grande offering a spacious open sport cruiser with full deck exterior spaces.  Still the Invictus 370GT offers interesting interior accommodation with a standard four berth accommodation layout offering a double berth forward and a separate double berth at midships. To starboard is also a shower head.  Invictus also offers a choice of four others layouts; replacing the double berth forward with an L-shaped lounge settee, and an option for three berths in the midships cabin.  The Invictus 370GT is powered by standard Volvo 300hp units or optional Mercruiser 370hp engines with stern drive propulsion.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.4 m (37.4ft)
Beam - 3.4 m
Displacement - 6900 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - five, four, three, or two berths in one cabin 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, Mercruiser 4.2 V8 370hp
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 43 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Designer - Christian Grande

December 4, 2016

Web: Jeanneau New Web Site

Jeanneau the French builder part of the Beneteau Group since 1995 presents its new World Wide web showroom. Founded independently in 1959 by Henri Jeanneau, who followed his passion for airplanes, and automobiles with that of boats. Henri showed this with racing when in 1957 he won the Paris six hours race with a custom wooden built boat in Les Herbiers. 1961 sees the debut of the Jeanneau powerboat, the Calanque which had frigate lines and a wooden construction. This was followed with the first fiberglass build in the same year; and the introduction of a line of models sold over one thousand units as the; Squale, Lion de Mer, and Caraibe. Bigger sizes of motor boats also followed with Jeanneau launching the 900 Imperator in 1966. Jeanneau entered the sail boat market in 1964, and this was followed with the launching in 1970 of its most ever sold boat the Sangria delivered in over 2700 units. Today Jeanneau builds 46 different models in Sailboat, Inboard, Outboard lines which total thirteen ranges which start from the 4.7 Cap Camarat Center Console, and end with 64 Yacht. The Powerboat Inboard range features three lines; Leader, NC, and Velasco. Jeanneau new website takes you around with the following buttons; Jeanneau, Sailboat, Inboard, Outboard, News, Dealerships, and Services.  Jeanneau has also the following social media pages; Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, and Linkedin with a link at the bottom right of the page. 

December 3, 2016

Project: Tecnomar Evo 115

Having launched and delivered the first Evo 55 Open during the past Summer to a North American client, Tecnomar gets another positive result with the recently concluded sale for an Evo 115, a semi wide body two deck super yacht.  Designed by architect Gian Marco Campanino, the Evo is a 35 meters fully custom build sold to an Asian client. Tecnomar Evo 115 is to be build of aluminum, and will feature an interior of five double guest cabins, which includes an owners stateroom on the main deck. Power will come from twin MTU 2000hp engines with line shaft propulsion giving max speeds of 25 knots and fast cruise speeds of 22 knots. 

December 2, 2016

New Model: Sunseeker 68 Predator

Seeing the success of the 57 Predator, Sunseeker decided to go for a full revamp of its 68 Predator model.  The new Sunseeker 68 Predator was presented during the Southampton boat show as the new Mk.II, and considering it looks completely different to the previous 68 the title is spot on. The Sunseeker 68 Predator also introduces technical details as seen on the 57 as the disappearing patio door on the main deck.  The Sunseeker 68 Predator offers a spacious three double cabins arrangement with an owners stateroom at midships. The main deck is reserved for entertainment, with a galley located below deck in between the cabins.  Power comes from twin Man 1550hp with line shaft propulsion or surface drives option.  This last delivering maximum speeds up to 42 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.7 m (71.2ft)
Beam 5.09 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 37300 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnels, or Arneson surface drives
Speeds - 42 knots max with surface drives version
Range - 300 nm at fast cruise
Construction - hand laid GRP with Vinilester resin and powder bound mat, balsa core on hull sides, PVC foam core top sides

December 1, 2016

blogger - Lost Difference

In recent years motor yachts are starting to look more or less all the same to what regards interior layouts, with similar lookalike concepts being applied.  From more price catcher names to those status symbol brands the distinction only comes in the quality of fittings.  
For example astern galleys are nowadays standard on all boats sub twenty meters, from Italian to French, British, American, and down under Australia.  The only brand not using the astern galley is Azimut which as at today still likes its central main deck location.  
The other loss is how all builders have abandoned internal stairs for flybridge yachts sub twenty meters.  This is interesting since many owners who own or have owned yachts with internal stairs all see the benefits of this.  Speak to any of them and see how they cannot understand why these have been stopped and today disappeared under seventy feet.  Meanwhile on sportfish yachts internal stairs are becoming increasingly popular on yachts above sixty feet.
Both the above do show a problem that not much research and design is applied in the yachting industry. Sometimes I think the system working like this; look Ferretti launched a new nineteen meter with astern galley and its selling good, while our nineteen meter is not selling much. Okay go on-board take the designer look how it is and we do a similar version to this.