August 22, 2017

New Model: XL Marine 45

Founded in 2006, XL Marine has had a good success with its 43 and 51 models, with the South Rome Italian boat builder expanding on this by launching its 45.  As information goes only one 45 has been build launched in 2014.  So why we are presenting this now?  Because pictures have been very hard to come by.  The XL 45 is based on the 43 hull extended in length and with this coming out with a totally different internal layout and bigger engines.  It is as XL Marine always stated an evolution of the species in this case of the 43 model.  Indeed thanks to this extension XL Marine 45 offers a spacious lower deck with options for a three double cabins two bathrooms and a galley, two double cabins two bathrooms plus one crew cabin with private bath and a galley, and last a more traditional two double cabin two bathrooms plus C-shaped dinette and galley.  The XL Marine 45 is also offered with a hard top option with the looks of this similar to what is offered on the 51.  XL Marine 45 is powered by twin Cummins 550hp which give top speeds up to forty knots.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.8 m (45.2ft)
Beam - 4.01 m
Draft - 1 m ex props
Displacement - 14000 kg 
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, four berths in two plus one crew cabin, six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins 550hp
Propulsion - integrated V-drive with line shafts
Speed - 40 knots max 34 knots cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee shape

August 21, 2017

Project: Sunseeker 76 Yacht

Sunseeker present the project for a new 76 Yacht, a model which replaces the 75 and takes design cues from the successful 66 Manhattan as launched in early 2018.  The 76 Yacht seems to have been incredibly received by dealers and clients with eighteen units pre-sold on plan.  The 76 Yacht certainly hits the sweet spot in terms of size, space and a larger yacht feel whilst being extremely manageable for those looking to self-crew. Clever design maximizes social and entertaining spaces, whilst the innovative use of glass enhances natural light, making this a bright and airy boat in which to relax and unwind with family and friends.  The optional retractable glass skylight over the lower helm, creates an almost open boat feel to the helm and the adjacent companion seating area to port which is the ideal spot for guests to enjoy the view whilst underway. Natural light also flows into the main deck through extended window lines and unique full-height glazing on the port side.  The 76 Yacht exterior decks provide unprecedented levels of space and flexibility that can be can be adapted to suit any needs, whether relaxing, entertaining or both. Space is on the new 76 Yacht is about 25% more than the highly popular 75 predecessor it is going to replace. The cockpit for example can be adapted to provide additional lounge seating or a cocktail bar for afternoon drinks and the option of a ‘beach club’ complete with BBQ grill, fold-out seating and full height rain shower makes full use of the extensive bathing platform which is large enough to carry a four meter plus rib. The vast flybridge is another exceptional feature of the 76 Yacht, and the impressive layout can be further enhanced by the addition of an optional spa-tub and cocktail bar to further complement that larger yacht feel.  The light and space continues below deck, where there are four cabins and four bathrooms, including an impressive full beam master suite with ensuite and dressing area. The spacious crew cabin can accommodate up to three people in an open-plan layout or can be specified with an enclosed double berth cabin.  The Sunseeker 76 Yacht is powered by engines up to twin 1550hp engines, which should deliver a cruise of 25 knots and a range at this speed of about four hundred nautical miles. 

August 20, 2017

Web: Astondoa New Web Site

New website for renowned Spanish company Astondoa, builder of cruisers and yachts from 35 up to 197 feet. Astondoa was founded in 1916 by brothers Jesus and Jose Astondoa Marinez.  In 1944 second generation Jesus Astondoa Santamaria joins the business and soon after that takes over the shipyard.  But the real growth path for Astondoa starts in the 1980s when the Spanish builder starts to build in fiberglass, and after that in the nineties introduces the GLX range.  This step will eventually lead to bigger yachts being build and Astondoa going into super yacht sizes over 24 meters.  Astondoa currently produces 22 models in five different ranges; Coupe, Flybridge, Century, Steel, and Topdeck.  Astondoa current entry level model is the still in project 355 Coupe, and the flagship is the still in design stages waiting for an owner 197 Steel. Astondoa new website is available in Spanish, English, and French language and takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Company, Distributors, News, Select Range, and Contact. Astondoa new website also features links to its social media pages; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube, and Pinterest this located at the bottom of the entry page.

August 19, 2017

New Model: Ferretti 920

The sea awaited reverentially and eagerly as the new 92-footer by Ferretti Yachts entered the water with the calm might of a nautical giant. The launch of the first Ferretti 920 took place on 20 July at the brand’s private dock, which is just a few waves away from the shipyard in Cattolica. The Ferretti Yachts 920 is a flybridge yacht like no other. It stands out thanks to its monumental, dynamic forms, its innovative design features (such as the wide body concept of the owner’s suite on the main deck), its superb functional flexibility (including the option of switching from a four cabins to a five cabins version), and the vast spaces in its groundbreaking bow area, all of which can be used by guests. The interiors are just as breathtaking, with numerous spacious relaxation areas and sophisticated layouts steeped in original, unprecedented elegance. As always, the new yacht was produced in partnership by Zuccon International Project, the Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department and the Product Strategy Committee. This new Ferretti super yacht will make its official debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monte Carlo in September, before its international public premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival in the same month. In the shipyard, work has already begun on the next units, which will be launched in the coming months: the second Ferretti Yachts 920 will be transported to the United States, where it will be unveiled in style at Yachts Miami Beach in February 2018, while the third vessel which features the famous Tai He Ban layout designed by Ferretti Yachts for Far East markets and owners will also make its first appearance next year in Asia.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.49 m (93.8ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 22.3 m
Beam - 6.78 m
Draft - 2.2 m
Displacement - 85000 kg unloaded, 95000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1300 l
Max Persons - 20
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, or ten guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M96L 1948hp, 16V2000 M86 2217hp, 16V2000 M96 2485hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 26 knots cruise with MTU 2485hp
Range - 340 nm at 26 knots cruise
Project - Zuccon International, Ferretti Group Engineering

August 18, 2017

Project: Wider 130

Wider is delighted to announce the project for a new 130 model.  The 130 project in theory is a replacement of the 125 of which supposedly was sold in 2016 and is currently under construction. The aggressive styling of this full-displacement all aluminium super yacht is designed by the in-house Wider team offering exceptional range and generous living space without compromising the clean modern lines that the Italian builder is known for.  The sporty exterior styling of the Wider 130 allows for huge deck space totaling more than two hundred squared meters, split into three distinct luxury areas: the fore deck for sun worshipers, bridge deck aft for alfresco dining, and the generous beach club.  Wider 130 will offer six double guest cabins sleeping twelve guests.  Performance is a max speed up to fourteen knots while range can go up to 4200 nautical miles at 8 knots.

August 17, 2017

New Model: Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht

It's been a two year journey for this project to come into reality, and finally the Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht has arrived in all its glory.  It is an interesting and different offer from Riviera and yet the 68 Sports Motor Yacht embodies what the famous down under builder has been doing since about a decade when it launched the 3600 Sport Yacht, hybridizing various yacht styles into a practical design.  This new 68 Sports Motor Yacht takes hybridizing yacht styles to a new level, and yet it all seem to work so good both on the aesthetic point of view and the practical.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.68 m (75ft)
Hull Length - 21 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.75 m
Displacement - 45900 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 7000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight guests berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, V12 1800hp, V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Frank Mulder hull shape

August 16, 2017

Engine: Volvo D13 1000hp

Volvo Penta presents the new D13-1000 which sees the Swedish engine maker move into the 1000hp marine leisure engine market for the first time, and provides higher performance, greater durability and more comfort than ever before. The inboard engine and its equivalent from Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS) range, the D13-IPS1350 have been designed for the benefit of customers operating yachts of up to 120ft.  As a mark of its commitment to the marine leisure industry, Volvo Penta has carried out a major redesign of the 13-liter engine model and drive train in order to offer an outstanding new product. High-end yacht customers will be able to reap the benefits, as features such as new pistons, highly efficient injectors and improved cooling systems, combine to produce 11 per cent more power than on previous engines. The optimized power-to-weight ratio and excellent low-end torque of the D13-1000 provide incredible power on demand. With this new engine, Volvo Penta is giving premium boat owners the possibility to go further and faster than ever before.  Volvo Penta’s D13-IPS1350 is an integrated package that matches the new D13 engine with an upgraded IPS pod drive. It is named D13-IPS1350 as the 1000hp engine provides the equivalent power of a 1350hp engine when matched to the IPS drive. As a complete package, the new IPS has all the traditional benefits of the system in providing a seamless link from helm to propellers, with superior grip in the water. When compared to a traditional inboard shaft engine installation, Volvo Penta IPS provides a longer cruising range, higher top speed, reduced fuel consumption and emissions, reduced vibration, and lower onboard noise levels. The configuration also allows for more space on board.  Upgrades to the IPS pod drive have been made to match the new engine. The D13-IPS1350 package is available in twin, triple or quadruple installation; the latter of these provides power to the equivalent of 5400hp. Improved features on the new IPS drive can also be fitted on existing IPS units.  The D13-IPS1350 has been field tested in a 68ft yacht and its data compared to a 1360hp traditional inboard engine from a Volvo Penta competitor. Volvo Penta’s unit was lighter with better displacement, used 36 per cent less fuel, had faster acceleration and a higher top speed, and lower noise and vibration.

August 15, 2017

Project: I.C. Yacht 18 Brave

I.C.Yacht is proud to show the design of the 18 Brave model, first born of of a versatile and multi-functional sport yacht.  I.C. Yacht has build a name by delivering custom build tenders to super yachts, and now with the 18 Brave the Italian builder aims to enter into the multi purpose sport yacht segment.  I.C. Yacht 18 Brave will be build of infusion resin, to a full sandwich construction, with carbon fibers, and Kevlar reinforcements.  She is to be powered by twin Volvo 625hp or 725hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.  Hull one of 18 Brave is currently under construction and will be a full custom to order build.

August 13, 2017

New Model: Heesen 50m YN 17850

Heesen is proud to announce that on 1 July 2017, the world’s first Fast Displacement motor yacht equipped with hybrid propulsion was delivered to her Owner in international waters.  Name M/Y Home and formerly Project Nova, YN 17850 is a fifty meter all aluminium super yacht below 500 GT with shallow draft and it underwent intensive sea trials in the North Sea for five days in calm sea conditions, with waves of up to 0.5m and light breeze.  The results are impressive: not only has YN 17850 easily exceeded her contractual maximum speed of 16 knots in the traditional diesel engine mode, but also expectations in her hybrid ‘silent cruising mode’. Thanks to two 127kW water-cooled DC electric shaft motors, she exceeded the predicted speed of 9 knots with noise and vibration levels well below the specification levels.  Heesen YN 17850 is not only ultra-quiet, but she is also extremely fuel efficient. At 12 knots, she has a fuel consumption of 98 liters per hour excluding generators and at ten knots in hybrid mode this further reduces to a staggering 45 liters per hour, which for a 50m yacht, displacing 295 tons and with a Gross Tonnage of 499, is an outstanding achievement. Heesen is renowned for its meticulous attention to weight reduction and YN 17850 is an effortless embodiment of this; being lighter than predicted, she is the perfect demonstration of Heesen’s signature capabilities.  Heesen 50m YN 17850 will debut at the Monaco Yacht Show at the end of September.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.8 m (163.4ft)
Beam - 9.1 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 295 t
Fuel Capacity - 45000 l
Water Capacity - 16000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, ten crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12v2000 M61 804hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max, 12 knots cruise, 10 knots economic
Range - 4250 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - Fast Displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Omega Architects exterior, Christian Gatto interior
Certification - AMS

August 11, 2017

Project: Viking 44 Convertible

Viking present the project for a new 44 Convertible which will use the same proprietary running surface as the 44 Open, giving her the high performance of an express sport fish, and the stylish deck house, expansive salon and luxurious accommodations of a convertible. The Viking 44 Convertible is a comfortable, capable tournament contender with the largest flying bridge in her class, equally capable of running fast to the canyons on Northeastern weather days or blasting over to the Bahamas in the heat. Captains will appreciate the all around visibility of the 44 Convertible center console walk-around flybridge helm. Surrounded by comfortable seating, the helmsman can enjoy conversations with guests while operating the boat from an autonomous command center.  The Viking 44 Convertible will have eleven square meter of battleground in a cockpit that's armed with an arsenal of standard equipment such as flush rod holders, fresh and salt water wash down systems, a transom live well and a transom door with lift gate, tackle stowage, step-box cooler and an in-deck fish and a stowage well.  

August 9, 2017

New Model: Cranchi 60 HT

Cranchi 60 HT is the fully enclosed version of the 60 ST, and as the more open sister-vessel is developed on the 56 platform launched in 2010.  The 60 HT main difference is the patio door dividing and closing the main deck.  This makes Winter boating more easy and makes the upper saloon a more cozy private area.  For the remaining the 60 HT is the same as the ST version with three double cabin off which the owners suite is located to midships.  Power comes from Volvo 625hp or larger 725hp engines, with IPS pod propulsion system.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.52 m (60.8ft) 
Hull Length - 16.59 m 
Beam - 4.85 m 
Draft - 1.35 m 
Displacement - 23500kg 
Fuel Capacity - 2100 l 
Water Capacity - 540 l 
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth 
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp, D11 725hp 
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 or 950 forward looking dual propeller pod drives 
Speed - 36 knots max, 27 knots cruise with Volvo 725hp engines 
Range - 300 nm at cruise speed
Project - Aldo Cranchi, Centro Studi Ricerche Cranchi 
Certification - CE B 

August 7, 2017

Project: Beneteau 35 Swift Trawler

Following the success of the Swift Trawler 34, which dominated the small explorer cruiser long cruise segment for eight years, Beneteau announces the project for its successor, the Swift Trawler 35 set to launch this Summer and presented officially in September at the Southampton boat show. The Swift Trawler 35 is stylish and modern with valuable new spaces indoors and gives an incredible feeling of safety on board.  Built on a semi-planing flared hull, developed with Beneteau and Italian designer Andreani, the Swift Trawler 35 has a Cummins 425 hp engine. The flybridge of the Swift Trawler 35 emphasizes the explorer cruisers harmonious profile yet marks her distinctive long cruise temperament. Broad walkways, lots of hand rails and high push pits exceeding regulation standards reveal the importance attached to safety on board. With regard to visibility, the Swift Trawler 35’s wheelhouse has a full around view and is bathed with natural light. For optimum comfort whatever the weather, the Swift Trawler 35 has opted for a modular exterior. Continuing to the far end of the starboard gangway, the awning closing off the cockpit unfolds quickly and easily from the flybridge structure. The exterior blind of the side door overlooking the gangway shuts off this space, providing privacy. The emphasis on protection is repeated on the flybridge with the semi-hard Bimini or soft top with built-in LEDs. The soft top’s stainless steel arch features the elegant Beneteau signature mark and can be used to support antennas and flags.  The Swift Trawler 35 is designed to offer more space on board, so the flybridge easily seats six people.  With an optional fridge, a driving station with repeated navigation instruments, a rotating driver’s seat and a double sun-lounger at the stern, this fully flush living area offers a comfortable experience on the roof of the boat.  The Swift Trawler 35’s interior is as elegant as it is practical, with matching teak and easy to maintain upholstery. The owner cabin is reached through a gullwing door making it easy to move around. The second twin cabin with bunk beds has a spacious and fully fitted shower room with independent shower. The sofa bed in the saloon provides an extra berth at night and it can be shut off from the wheelhouse by a curtain.

August 5, 2017

New Model: Ocean King 130

The launch of the new Ocean King 130 has occurred last 24th April in Chioggia, Venice.  Ocean King 130 has been coordinated for the architectural project part and fitting by inNave, internally and externally designed by the well-known designer Andrea Vallicelli and built by Cantieri Navali Chioggia shipyards.  Ocean King 130 is over forty meters long, ten meters wide and has a 170.000 liter fuel capacity. Besides the broad internal spaces, Ocean King 130 has a very large external upper deck able to host two tenders and two lasers plus an ample sun deck and a dining area.  As the other explorer yachts from the Ocean King series, 130 has been designed and built to be able to sail worldwide, dealing with any weather conditions. Conceived and built as a real ship, taking inspiration by tug boats, Ocean King 130 offers an accommodation of twelve guests in six cabins plus seven crew members. Second to launch the Ocean King 130 follows the line of the other Chioggia explorer yachts, and is provided with professional technical equipment and not pleasure craft ones; therefore, it can boast a superior technical level of types of machinery, materials, and instruments, which guarantee a professional security and functionality.  Within less than a year from the previous launch of Ocean King 100, this new 130 takes advantage of the shipyards investments for the upgrade of the new warehouse in Chioggia. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 40.28 m (130ft)
Beam - 10.2 m
Draft - 3.6 m
Fuel Capacity - 170000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in six cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1300hp
Propulsion - Azimuth pod stern drives
Speed - 13 knots max, 8 knots economic long range
Range - 7500 nm at 8 knots long range cruise
Project - Andrea Vallicelli exterior and interior, inNave fitting out an decor 
Hull Shape - full displacement with bulb bow
Construction - 12mm steel
Certification - RINA

August 3, 2017

Project: Alen 70

Alen range continues to expand with the project for a 70 flagship model.  The Alen 70 is moving the concept forward with a three cabins six berths interior layout; VIP, Master and a Guest cabins, including a master head, a day-head with a full-size kitchen on the lower-deck, and an extra crew cabin available as optional.  Outside the Alen 70 will accommodate sixteen people on-board. Alen 70 concept follows the Turkish builder traditional and modern style design of the exterior completing the minimalist architectural approach within the interior where each single detail is considered for comfort.  The full beam master cabin of the Alen 70 provides spacious storage areas, a make-up table with a separate resting-area. Inner parts providing wide and open passages where the light colors are dominant. Comfortable sitting and sunbathing areas are the vigor on the main-deck provided with a T-style open type hard-top protecting guests on-board when outside with it’s unique design incorporating bulwarks. 

August 1, 2017

blogger - Summer of Events

Now in the peak of the Summer and the 2017 boating season, this year is showing that the major players of the industry are seeing positive results and finally are giving more to the customers, with interesting creative events as we have not seen in recent times.  This means that marketing departments budgets are increasing.
One of the most creative players in this regard seems to be Azimut who is organizing an interesting Mediterranean tour for the launch of its new S7 model.  We have to remember that in this regard the Azimut-Benetti Group never stopped doing its famous Yachting Gala event which has been ongoing non stop in the best and the not so good times since 2007.  Also to say is that this is not the first time Azimut does something similar, and the launch of the Magellano range with the 74 model had went into a tour in the fall of 2010 around the central West part of the Mediterranean sea.
Beneteau Group dealers have jumped on a total different strategy offering an interesting competitive priced internal charter program for its boat owners in France.  While Ferretti Group seems to encourage its dealers; with the American, Greek, and Slovenian dealership all active in organizing events in the most sought places of the area and region they represent.  
Surprisingly the trio of British builders seem to be quiet in this regard with the exception of Fairline who did a rendezvous in late Spring which also coincided with the fiftieth birthday of the boat builder. 

July 31, 2017

Monthly News - July 2017

Azimut Summer Wave

Launched in Porto Venere, the Azimut Summer Wave will touch on some of the Mediterranean’s most enchanting destinations before docking at Palma de Mallorca on August 5 for the world preview of the Azimut S7, the latest addition to the Azimut Yachts S Collection, reserved for a highly select group of owners who will enjoy the privilege of going on board ahead of the Cannes Boat Show. A rich programmed of events will enliven the beaches and marinas of Bodrum, Mykonos, Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera, with all the ingredients for a perfect, unforgettable summer and a single common denominator: a passion for the sea and the latest generation Made in Italy lifestyle La Dolce Vita 3.0.  With a backdrop of crystalline waters and cocktail parties rivaling the spectacle of summer sunsets, the Azimut fleet will ferry its guests around the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean.  The Azimut Summer Wave got underway in Porto Venere on July 7 with the Azimut Rendez-V Marine, an exclusive event organized by V Marine (official Azimut Yachts dealer), which drew over 200 guests and a fleet of 25 Azimut brand boats to the Ligurian resort. The inauguration of the Azimut Summer Wave featured some unique experiences, including a visit to the Comsubin naval base at Le Grazie (open to the public for the first time) and a gala dinner orchestrated by star chef Carlo Cracco. The harbor front was turned into an exclusive outdoor salon, with exquisite creations by Damiani Gioielli and Venini and tailored suits by Isaia and F.lli Tallia di Delfino ushering guests into an atmosphere of laid back luxury and Made in Italy beauty. Next stop Bodrum, where Italian style and Mediterranean flavors mingled in the light of turquoise waters: for the delight of Azimut guests and owners, there was an exclusive dinner at Assaggio, the Italian restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  The Azimut Summer Wave will reach the Greek coastline on the weekend of July 28, at Mykonos, where the legendary gourmet restaurant Remezzo will be organizing an exclusive dinner event. Music and cocktails will then open the new Azimut Lounge, which will be animating Kalo Livadi beach, one of the most beautiful on the island, for the whole summer. Centre stage, of course, will be Azimut’s boats, all on display and available for visits by appointment.  Next on the calendar, the Balearic Islands for the grand finale and world preview of the new Azimut S7, which will take the Summer Wave to Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza through the crystalline waters of Formentera. Select owners will be able to test drive the Azimut S7 and go on board the Azimut 77S and 55S. With music, cocktails and spectacular acrobatics by athlete Lindsay McQueen, Azimut will be animating the bays and evenings in the these pearls of the Mediterranean and sharing the Made in Italy lifestyle of a brand representing luxury, style and innovation: La Dolce Vita 3.0. Partnering Azimut are three icons of the international glamour: Audemars Piguet, Ferrari Trento and Technogym.

Azimut Rendez-V Marine

Held on the weekend of July 7, 8 and 9 in the magnificent setting provided by Porto Venere near La Spezia, this was the third event organised by V Marine, Azimut Yachts’ exclusive dealer for northern and central Italy. For Vincenzo Soria, Owner and Founder of V Marine with Valerio Tesei, Rendez-V represents an opportunity to share the pleasure of the sea with customers and enthusiasts. “Our intention,” he explains, “is no longer exclusively that of selling a specific product. What we want to do is offer our customers a new motoryacht-related entertainment experience. We are committed to welcoming them in an exclusive atmosphere with a unique family feeling, one that enthusiastically brings together the Customers and friends of the V Marine Owners Club. The people who contact V Marine join an exclusive club, one that unites lovers of yachting, sophisticated luxury and fun”. In an exclusive arrangement, guests were given the chance to visit the Comsubin Military Base, which is usually out of bounds for civilians, to learn about the points of excellence of one of the Italian Navy’s most storied Units. The day was brought to a close by an entertaining barbecue “captained” by Chef Carlo Cracco. At the event, joining the 25 sporty, sophisticated Azimut Yachts models, were the latest tenders in the Pirelli collection and all the thrill of the Seabob range. The nautical sector was also represented by stalwarts Volvo Penta and Raymarine.  Guests were welcomed in a series of elegant spaces, including the port promenade, which was transformed by the sophisticated, edgy furnishings provided by Talenti into a luxurious outdoor reception area, embellished with decorations by Fendi Casa, while Swiss International Air Lines fitted out an entire lounge to welcome guests.  Completing the experience were presentations of creations by Damiano Gioielli and Venini, with the elegant jewels by Rocca, in addition to Acqua dell’Elba fragrances, fabrics Made in Italy by APR, and carbon fiber masterpieces by Teknomonster. Finally, Isaia and F.lli Tallia di Delfino worked together to offer Rendez-V Marine guests exclusive made to measure suits.  V Marine also took advantage of the event to present the recent partnerships signed with Italian community catering leader Elior and with S.Pellegrino, which created a special bottle dedicated to the event exclusively for V Marine. This is a privilege so far reserved for brands and personalities of the calibre of Missoni, Vogue, Bulgari and Pavarotti.  Numerous entertainment opportunities were organised throughout the weekend, including dinner on Saturday evening prepared by Starchef Carlo Cracco, followed by a DJ set by “Nick the Nightfly” from Radio Montecarlo.  Finally, Collina dei Ciliegi and Pommery Champagne organised a tasting of their products for guests, to raise a toast together to the success of the third Rendez-V Marine.

Beneteau Boat Club

Beneteau and their dealers are always on the lookout for new ways to enjoy boating, so in spring 2017, they launched the Beneteau Boat Club, taking inspiration from clubs in the United States. The first single brand club in France, this new service means that, without owning them, boaters can now enjoy Beneteau’s latest motorboat models. This is a great step towards hassle-free “on demand” boating for anyone with a boat licence. Designed for anyone wishing to take the model of their choice out to sea, whenever they like, Beneteau Boat Club guarantees its members the unique expertise and friendly approach of Beneteau’s professional network. By offering a fleet of 60 motorboats across 15 bases in France and Spain, as of this year, the Beneteau Boat Club is now the biggest European boat club. This service may be extended the Italian and British coasts.  The aim is to offer a service that will enable anyone to find the boat to suit their sailing programme, with the same level of service wherever they go.  When you join the Beneteau Boat Club, you have unrestricted access to a fleet of outstanding quality!  To enjoy this new boating freedom, all you need to do is pay a membership fee of 1,000 euros.  Once a member, you will be able to enjoy à la carte boating on a credit system, by booking the boat you would like at the site you have chosen. Then all you need to do is be on site the day of the handover and enjoy the new freedom. This approach to boating is cheaper for its users than standard chartering.  In addition to unrestricted boating, Beneteau Boat Club is an ideal way to try out a new model with a view to a future buy and it is also a way of sharing your passion. All through the year, members are invited to exclusive events such as theme nights, the first showing of Beneteau’s new models, boat shows, and boating rendezvous.  “I really love your new Beneteau! You do? Which one? ” This type of interaction could become commonplace on the quays in the months to come. Whether you feel like racing or cruising, or whether you choose a day getaway or a week’s cruise, there is always a model to suit your project.  The fleet available offers recent boats (less than three years old) and is meticulously maintained. Before the keys are handed over, each boat is prepared by member of our professional network on the chosen site. This person will provide boaters with information and advice on the area of navigation and weather, as well as personalized assistance when handing over the chosen model.

Ferretti Group Navy Beach Rendez Vous

Ferretti Group America and Allied Marine’s annual Rendez-Vous was held on Saturday, July 15th, at Navy Beach Restaurant in Montauk, New York. The event attracted about 20 yachts from the Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Mochi Craft and Custom Line plus many Allied Marine clients. Upon arrival by the sea, all the guests were picked up by dedicated tenders and brought ashore where they were greeted with a selection of champagne and wines curated by Louis Roederer; The best in Hamptons style cuisine from Navy Beach Restaurant. Music from DJ Adam brought people to their feet as they mingled and shopped new designs offered by Sag Harbor’s own Stella Flame Jewelry. “As our family of owners across Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Mochi Craft and Custom Line continues to grow, it is truly amazing that so many joined us for this annual event. Lots of them say they are already planning to attend next year. And we’re looking forward to hosting them once again on board our upcoming Italian nautical jewels”, stated Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer.

Ferretti Group New Dealer in Benelux

The Ferretti Group is strengthening further its already important presence in continental Europe thanks to an exclusive partnership agreement with Yacht Consult B.V. for the markets of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.  The agreement provides for the exclusive sales and distribution rights for three years, until August 2020, for Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Pershing yacht brands.  The choice to partner with Yacht Consult B.V. is part of the ongoing sales plan development, which also includes significant investments, that Ferretti Group is implementing globally.  With this new dealership, the Group is expanding even further its network of selected distributors made up of over 60 dealers spread across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region, providing a service of absolute excellence in over 80 countries around the world.  By relying on a highly professional partner like Yacht Consult B.V., the Ferretti Group is boosting its distribution channel in one of the most economically important areas on the Continent, Benelux.  The decision aims to cater to the ever growing interest shown by a large number of yacht owners and  enthusiasts in the wide-ranging fleet of open, coupé and flybridge yachts made under the Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Pershing brands.  “The agreement with Yacht Consult B.V is a new, important partnership in major markets for our Group as well as being crucially important for our strategy of further growth in central and northern Europe,” stated Stefano de Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer of the Ferretti Group.  “We have chosen Yacht Consult B.V. as our partner for their considerable experience, know-how and reliability in the luxury goods sector. We are certain that this partnership will increase our market share in continental Europe, an area that has always been strongly attracted to the style, elegance and exclusive design of our brands, the standard bearers of Italian yachting.”  The A-Star Group holding is 50% owner of Yacht Consult and owned by Ben Van Loo. He is a successful entrepreneur who has been active in the Real Estate business and leisure industry. Yacht Consult has its headquarters in Mechelen and representative offices in Oostende and Loosdrecht (NL).  Yacht Consult will officially present the exclusive dealership agreement with Ferretti Group next October at the company Zoute Events, organizer of the Zoute Grand Prix which takes place in the wonderful city of Knokke (Le Zoute) on the Belgian seacoast. The meeting will be attended by Stefano de Vivo himself, as representative of the Ferretti Group, and Mr. Manu Deceuninck of Yacht Consult B.V.

Horizon Group Thirtieth Anniversary

On a beautiful and sunny day in June, Horizon Group celebrated its 30th anniversary alongside one the company’s major milestones: the Horizon City Marina. Featuring four main entertaining areas – Horizon Plaza, Horizon Wonderland, the Yacht Experience, and the Waterfront Party – the festivities provided a little bit of everything from a food court, amusement rides, and games to a live concert to end the night. Over 3,300 guests, including employees, their families and friends, and business partners, attended this unforgettable event to celebrate Horizon’s 30 years of success.  The opening ceremony took place at the Horizon Plaza, where guests counted down to zero with Horizon Group CEO John Lu; when zero was reached, the yachts in the marina blew their horns into the southern Taiwan sky and officially opened the celebration. Guests were then guided by a famous aerobic trainer to undertake the group effort of forming the number 30, and the image was recorded and projected onto the main stage screen by a drone so everyone could see the fun.  Strolling to the Horizon Wonderland, guests were treated to an amusement park experience for all ages to enjoy! Thirteen attractions, such as a merry-go-round, kid robots, a surfing machine and more provided plenty of fun and laughter. Additionally, a specialized pool allowed parents and children to experience popular water sports such as kayaking and SUP.  At Horizon City Marina, employees’ families and friends were offered the experience of touring five luxury yachts – the RP110, FD85, E62, E56 and E56XO – and getting a feel for the yachting lifestyle. This was a special event for the family and friends of Horizon employees, as it gave them the chance to see first-hand the finished product that comes from all the hard work of their loved ones!  As evening approached, music flowed from the Waterfront Party, hinting at the excitement to come. The lights went out and the screen played Horizon’s 30th anniversary video, which documents the company’s journey and history over the past three decades. After thanking all the employees for their dedication, Horizon CEO John Lu, the chairman, James Cheng, and the managers raised their glasses and asked all the guests to share in a toast to the past, present and future for Horizon.  The evening swiftly moved into the highly anticipated concert events, where artists and bands, including the highly popular Taiwanese band Wu-Bai & China Blue, took turns rocking the night. Many guests enjoyed the music from on board a yacht, while others took to the grass to dance to their favorite songs. As the concert came to end, the crowd yelled “encore” and even the yachts joined in, blowing their horns to encourage a final tune.  An unforgettable time spent in the company and friends, family and coworkers, the Horizon 30th anniversary was a true expression of joy, pride and gratitude - not only for everything the company has accomplished together but also what we will continue achieve. Here’s to the next 30 years!

Princess Yachts Track Back to Profit

After a year marked by intense investment, and buoyed by full order books, Princess Yachts Limited today reports a marked turnaround from previous years. 2015 saw an operating loss (before exceptional costs) of £18.1m on turnover of £201.2m, and now in 2016 the loss has more than halved to £7.0m on turnover of £216.7m, indicating a strong positive turnaround.  Having endured a challenging trading environment – in common with other luxury yacht makers – Princess began 2016 by developing an aggressive business strategy and initiating restructuring of its operations at its facilities in Plymouth. These important steps have both delivered business efficiencies and safeguarded employment for more than 2,350 people.  In parallel, the launch of 4 new highly successful models has set the stage for a three-year £55m investment programme which will significantly broaden and strengthen the Princess model range. Following record sales at the Cannes, Düsseldorf and Ft. Lauderdale boat shows, orders across the range now exceed an extraordinary £0.5 billion at retail prices. The current year will see a new model launched, on average, every two months, taking Princess into new markets and opportunities.  2016 was the first full year at the helm for the company's Executive Chairman, Antony Sheriff. Previously CEO of McLaren Automotive, Mr Sheriff came to Princess with a strong track record in leading profitable businesses with best-in-class luxury products.  Antony Sheriff said: "We are encouraged to see a positive and rapid turnaround. Over the course of 2016 our order book has increased by over 60% from already strong levels, driven by a 25% increase in retail sales rate which has outstripped production. In 2017, these indicators have continued to improve, which is the clearest signal of the strength of our brand and the enthusiasm with which our customers have embraced our new yachts.  "Moving forward, with strong shareholder support, we are convinced that our ambitious strategy to aggressively invest in both our new products and our workforce at our historic Plymouth facilities, has already brought significant benefits to the business, with more to come as 2017 is shaping up to be a year that drives us to the next level."

Pursuit New Business Development Manager

Pursuit Boats is pleased to announce that Les Ares has joined the Pursuit Boats sales team as Business Development Manager for South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Les joins Pursuit directly from Lumishore where he served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Les has eleven years of sales and marketing experience in the boat industry, a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Florida International University and an M.B.A. He has extensive experience in distribution management, training, strategic planning and the implementation of practical initiatives. Les grew up in Miami and is an avid boater with a USCG OUPV (6 pack) Captain’s license. He is also a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and has completed the Certified National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) installation program. Les will be relocating to the Treasure Coast with his wife and two children. In this new role, Les will be focused on the strategic growth of Pursuit dealers located within his markets of responsibility and the expansion of the Caribbean and Latin American countries. “We are pleased to welcome Les to the team and look forward to his contributions to our dynamic dealer network,” said Mark Taiclet, Director of Sales, Pursuit Boats. “He brings a wealth of sales and marketing knowledge as well as a passion for boating that will continue to foster our working relationship with some of our top ten domestic dealer partners and strengthen our presence in the Caribbean and Latin American markets.”

Riva Private Deck at Mykonos

Ekka Yachts, exclusive dealer for Ferretti Yachts, Riva Pershing, Itama, and Mochi Craft brands in Greece, celebrated together with Ferretti Group the opening of the Riva Private Deck, at the illustrious Nammos Mykonos, at Psarou Beach, in the heart of the Mediterranean.  In an unprecedented collaboration, Ekka Yachts and Ferretti Group have created an elite hub for yacht and superyacht Owners in the Aegean Sea. The Riva Private Deck, an exclusive destination space located within Nammos Beach’s newly-launched ‘’Cabana Concept’’ features an office space, a resident team, lounge and bar, all located just a stone’s throw from the Nammos dock, and perfectly sheltered from the Meltemi: undoubtedly one of the world yachting scene’s most desired destinations.  On Saturday, June 24th, Ekka Yachts and Ferretti Group hosted the official inauguration of the Riva Private Deck by welcoming over 200 invitees from all over the world to its new premises for a truly special evening. More than 20 yachts from all the Mediterranean representing the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva and Custom Line brands were moored in front of the beach, enhancing with their unique beauty the breath-taking sunset of Mykonos. With customised cocktails, exquisite canapés and a specially assembled oyster bar on the beach, guests had the chance to enjoy Nammos’ renowned culinary excellence and impeccable service whilst admiring the crystal waters and arriving yachts.  From the beginning of the 2017 summer season until the end of October, Ekka’s dedicated resident team at the Riva Private Deck is available to offer clients a wide variety of services, including sales of new and used yachts, official Riva Boutique accessories, jet tenders and water-toys, technical support, and proposals on its crewed charter motor-yachts.  Visitors of the Riva Private Deck will have the chance to enjoy the true Mykonos experience, either through the adjoining exclusive cabanas with private outdoor jacuzzi, or by dining at the world-renowned “Nammos Restaurant by the Sea”.

Sea Ray Joins the NMMA Celebrating Outdoors

On Tuesday, July 18, Sea Ray participated in the Made in America Outdoor Recreation Media Event, joining the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Members of Congress and members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) for a discussion of how public-private partnerships can improve visitor experiences on public lands and waters. NMMA President Thom Dammrich, an ORIR member, opened the meeting by introducing almost 30 opportunities for immediate private investment on public lands totaling more than $80 million, just the first wave of potentially thousands more opportunities that will emerge over the next few months if changes can be made to welcome more private investment to enhance recreational experiences on public lands. Sea Ray was one of only three marine manufacturers chosen to attend and have a boat on display. “We’re honored to have been invited to participate in this event,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager of Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “As a leading manufacturer of American-made boats, Sea Ray is committed to championing our country’s natural resources and enabling boaters to enjoy them to the fullest. Together with our dedicated dealer network, our fellow manufacturers and organizations like the NMMA, we’re proud to champion boating as one of the best ways to get outdoors.”  The outdoor recreation industry generates $887 billion in direct spending and supports 7.6 million jobs across all 50 states. In recreational boating alone, there are an estimated 38,400 manufacturing jobs that drive 472,000 marine industry jobs. Recreational boating produces $36 billion in expenditures each year through an estimated 35,000 small businesses.  The meeting was followed by a showcase of American-made outdoor recreation equipment, held at Simón Bolivar Park across from the Department of Interior as part of “Made in America Week” in D.C. Local dealership Prince William Marine Sales, a Certified Brunswick Platinum Master Dealer and Top 100 Marine Industry Hall of Fame Dealer, provided a Sea Ray SPX 210 for the display. The sport boat, one of several models in the popular and accessible SPX series, was manufactured at Sea Ray’s Tellico Plant in Vonore, Tennessee.  “Outdoor recreation is a vital contributor to the economic well-being of America and the healthful well-being of everyone who lives and plays here,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager of Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “Sea Ray is proud to produce boats, like the SPX 210, that empower enjoyment of the outdoors while creating jobs and opportunities for our community and our nation.”

Viking at Blue Marlin Grand Championship

It was a wild week in the Gulf. A fleet of 63 of sportfishing's top battlewagons headed out last Thursday from The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, all with their eye on the prize. The Viking 68 Breathe Easy, last year's Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champion, finished in 2nd Place Overall, without weighing a billfish. Captain Patrick Ivie, owner Matt McDonald and the team scored four blue marlin releases, along with a 143.4-pound yellowfin tuna, to earn a six-figure check. Another previous Triple Crown Champion, Done Deal (left), finished second in releases with three blues to its credit, thanks to the performance of the Top Lady Angler, Katie Gonsoulin, daughter of owner Jon Gonsoulin. Captain Jason Buck runs this Viking 70. Quick Time (right), a Viking 70 run by Captain Shelby Johnson, was the 3rd Place Release Team. Jason Benton, owner of Don't Blink, a Viking 56 run by Captain Skip McAllister, was the top rod in the tuna division with a 173.6-pound yellow fin. Other boats earning tuna payouts include the Viking 70 Aldente, Viking 58 Rising Sons and Viking 76 Team Supreme.

Viking at Offshore Showdown

Hosted by South Jersey Tournaments and South Jersey Yacht Sales at the beautiful Canyon Club Resort, the inaugural Offshore Showdown was a roaring success despite Mother Nature being a bit temperamental. The teams fished two days and made great use of the pool party barbecue lay day. The Viking 61 Reelin Feelin held center stage under the big top at the awards dinner. The boat claimed Most Points Overall, 2nd Place White Marlin Points and 3rd Place Tuna Points. Reelin Feelin angler Mike Hudson took Most Points White Marlin while Sean Singley weighed in the heaviest tuna with a 63-pound fish.  Most Points Tuna and 3rd Place Overall Points went to the Viking 70 Krazy Salt's. Polarizer, a Viking 55, finished 2nd Place Tuna Points.

July 30, 2017

Project: Columbus Berlinetta 33M

Columbus presents the new Berlinetta three model range of custom super yachts which starts from 33 and goes up to fifty meters.  Designed by Marco Casali, the Italian builder and designer offer voluminous interiors spread on three decks, and a robust sea keeping ability thanks to a full displacement hull shape.  The 33M Berlinetta is to be build of steel and an alloy super structure.  Interior layout offers an owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck, with four other guest cabins on the lower deck.  The 33M Berlinetta is offered with two stern layout options that for a tender garage or a gym platform.  Power will come from twin Man 740hp engines which are estimated to give top speeds up to 13 knots and a cruise of 12.

July 29, 2017

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche 102 Darwin

Cantiere delle Marche is on a spiral of success which has seen the Italian builder make a strong hold on the explorer style super yacht segment from 24 to forty meters in size. Prove of this success is the launch of hull number three of the 102 Darwin series.  The first unit of Darwin 102 was splashed in the end of 2016, with two other launches following it, and a fourth and fifth currently in construction.  The CdM 102 Darwin is a replacement to the 96 model of the same series and is a custom project fully build of steel.  For example in hull number three the Italian super yacht builder has increased headroom, while the sundeck has been split into a fitness and lounge area.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.1 m (102ft)
Waterline Length - 28 m
Beam - 7.43 m
Draft - 2.45 m
Displacement - 245 t
Fuel Capacity - 40000 l
Water Capacity - 6000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or ten berths in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 670hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearboxes
Speed - 13 knots max, 11 knots cruise, 9 knots long range
Range - 4700 nm at 9 knots
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydro-Tec, PFA and Partners design for interior

July 28, 2017

Project: Dalla Pieta 82 Fly

Dalla Pieta is currently active in presenting projects to clients and here is the design for a custom and sporty 82 Fly super yacht project based on the popular 80 HT series.  The Dalla Pieta 82 Fly project is to say the least versatile offer offering two flybridge design options which also change the exterior looks and the size of the fly deck from thirteen to fifteen square meters.  Another optional detail of the Dalla Pieta 82 Fly will be the choice of port lights from the traditional layout as pictured above, to the large opening more modern variations. The Dalla Pieta 82 Fly will offer a three or four guest cabins layout.  Some project details not shown in renderings are also being studied; as the option for a fore deck settee, and a redesign of the stern area with the bathing platform opening to a beach design.  Power will come from twin MTU 2200hp which will give max speeds up to 36 knots.

July 27, 2017

New Model: Kadey-Krogen 44 AE

Kadey-Krogen updates one of its popular models the 44 and now presents it into the new AE Advanced Ergonomics series.  The 44 AE updated the previous 44 in galley and flybridge layout. But in total the 44 AE offers offer fifty changes.  The 44 AE offers two options for the main deck this concerning the saloon area of the main deck, with an option of having two sofas or a bench style settee to port side. Below the standard layout offers a master foreship cabin, shower head to port side and office style room. 26 units where sold of the standard 44, and here Kadey-Krogen updated this model to add more successes.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.93 m (49ft)
Hull Length - 13.5 m
Waterline Length - 12.4 m
Beam - 4.97 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 19567 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3217 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation four berths in two cabins
Engine - 1 x Deere PowerTech 6068TFM 158hp 
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 9 knots max, 6 knots economic long range
Range - 1250 nm at 9 knots, 4450 nm at 6 knots
Hull Shape - Krogen Full Displacement
Project - Kadey-Krogen and Dave Glasco

July 26, 2017

Project: Horizon V67

Hull One of Horizon Yachts’ latest model, the new V67 motoryacht, will soon make its debut. Created in collaboration with world-renowned designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett, the Horizon V67 is the third model in the V series, which includes the V72 and V80 motor yachts.  The Horizon JQB team combined input from international yacht brokers and clients specifications to tailor the V67 to three specific objectives: safety, solid architecture, and customization to an owner’s lifestyle normally found with superyacht projects.  Immediately striking in appearance thanks to a plumb bow design and only the second Horizon model apart from the FD series to feature such, the V67 has been planned throughout with large open spaces, wide side decks and a voluminous interior that takes advantage of large windows in the main deck and cabins and a wide beam. Excellent visibility and sizable stainless steel handrails underscore the attention given to safety that is of particular importance to owner/operators. The adoption of the plumb bow was the critical element that formed the basis of the V67’s design, notes Christian Stimson of Stimson Yachts of New Zealand who is responsible for the hull design and naval architecture. The vertical bow allowed for a longer waterline, which in turn affords a generous beam and reduces drag at lower, displacement speeds. The larger hull beam not only makes for greater stability and increased interior spaces, but also allowed the team to increase headroom without affecting the yacht’s low profile.  This “solid architecture” is testament to what JQB calls “honesty in design,” meaning that there are no visual tricks employed to make the boat appear larger than it is. Instead, the V67 boasts copious large yacht features ingeniously fitted within a manageable owner/operator framework.  Unique to an entry-level motor yacht such as the V67 is the option for customization, and owners are given the choice of at least two major layout options for each deck. The V67 offers a three or four-cabin layout with a private and spacious master suite located midship with a walk-in closet and vanity. Optional quarters for crew are situated aft. JQB focused here on opening any narrow passages into foyers and making the stairs larger with less rise to optimize the flow throughout the vessel.  On the main deck, the design emphasizes unobstructed views to enhance the feeling of spaciousness with an open salon that flows into a large joined galley and country kitchen; the main deck can also be configured with a country kitchen or lower helm forward. The open flybridge, which is the standard configuration for this model, features a bar with dinette seating under the hard top while a spacious sunbathing and dining area is found further forward on the bow. The flybridge can be enclosed with a day-head added if desired, and removable seating with table and chairs can be added to the boat deck.  Advanced systems, safety in design, luxurious finishes and options for customization, qualities of a custom superyacht are the cornerstones of the V67 model. Ideal for first or second-time buyers, families and owner/operators, the V67 has a shallow draft less and offers extended cruising capabilities via twin Caterpillar 1136hp each. Hull One of the new V67, destined for U.S. inventory with Horizon Yacht USA, features the galley/country kitchen, three-stateroom, and open flybridge configuration suitable for the global market; she is expected to launch in February 2018.

July 25, 2017

New Model: Regal 42 Grande Coupe

Regal's all-new 42 series is proving an interesting offer in the twelve meter size.  The 42 Grande Coupe version follows the layout of the 42 Fly with the hard top opening replacing the flybridge and its extra entertainment area up top.  Just as the Fly the 42 Grande Coupe offers a lower deck dedicated to two spacious cabins, and an option for a second guest head or a small kitchenette below.  Living in the 42 Grande Coupe is all located on the main deck, with the cabin area offering a C-shaped dinette, galley and entertainment unit to starboard, and the helm station.  All this becomes a special single level entertainment area with the aft deck when patio doors are fully open.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.8 m (42ft)
Beam - 3.96 m
Draft - 1.1 m
Displacement - 12474 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 977 l
Water Capacity - 235 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 31 knots cruise with Volvo 435hp
Construction - infusion fiberglass
Certification - NMMA, ABYC, USCG, CE

July 24, 2017

Project: Galeon 640 Fly

Galeon presents the project for the 640 Fly, what the Polish builder says will be a game changer, once again offering solutions never before seen in this class and size of yacht. That means the Galeon will again pursue the transformer revolution as presented on the 500, and on this size will see an even more innovative approach to layout. The 640 Fly transformation adds volume and an interesting space distribution, especially in the area where the opening balconies open up in the entry part of the yachts interior.  The layout of the 640 Fly features an astern galley on the main deck, while below it offers three large suites, all offering full beam size. To aft is two person crew cabin. Power for the Galeon 640 Fly comes from twin Volvo 900hp and go up to Man's 1200hp engines. 

July 23, 2017

Web: F&S Boatworks New Web Site

Delaware's custom Sportfish Yacht builder F&S Boatworks presents a new virtual Internet showroom. Jim Floyd founded F&S around the late eighties, building hull number one a 58 foot Sportfish Yacht which today is called Triple-Net. But the founding pillars of F&S Boatworks are earlier to this, when Jim entered the woodwork trade in his early twenties, and later on founded his own construction company practicing as master carpenter and cabinet maker. United with an outdoor passion, Jim hunts and fishes most of the East Coast on a 23 foot Seacraft, which leads him to Carolina in the late seventies where the first custom builders shops start refining and pioneering the works for cold molded construction. Studying these builders and experimenting with resins and hull shapes Jim launches his first boat, which was built in the unlikely location of Middletown chicken house. The first F&S featured what have become trademark touches of the models coming from Delaware; having Carolina lines with bow flair and shear line included, and a variable deadrise hull. F&S are built in cold molding glass fibre with resin over wood in jig method, and feature a unique variable deadrise, longitudinal stepped Vee hull. This gives benefits as stability at roll, track ability in following waters, and soft head sea entry. F&S has so far delivered 26 boats from 1988 till today, although there was a twelve year break period till the second built went in the water. The smallest of the constructions has been a 36 feet Express with outboards hull 21 delivered in 2012, and the largest is the 2012 delivered hull 21 at 75 feet. Today F&S is managed by Jim Floyd, wife Maria, children Tim and Christina all in the business, with Joe Bonvetti and a select group of craftsman building each Sportfish Yacht to owner specifications. Currently F&S has three constructions in progress one of which is a new flagship of 78 feet hull number 27. F&S new website takes you around with the following buttons: Home, About, Our Models, Video, Client Login, and Contact.  F&S is also on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with links on the bottom of the page. 

July 22, 2017

New Model: Viking 93 MY

Viking is finalizing preparation for its largest build to date, and in early June 2017 launched the first unit of its 93 MY model.  Hull one of the Viking 93 MY is finished in walnut hardwoods and veneers.  The Viking 93 MY will offer a five double guest cabins layout with owners stateroom at midships also featuring a separate entrance.  Two crew cabins sleeping three or four persons including a small lobby is located at midships.  Power will come from twin MTU 1945hp engines or alternative similar Cat horsepower units.  Estimated top speed is a max of 27 knots with these engines.  World presentation for the 93 MY is on schedule for the Fort Lauderdale boat show 2017 in early November.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.47 m (93.5ft)
Beam - 7.41 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 97379 lg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 11659 l
Water Capacity - 1980 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, three/ four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M96L 1945hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max, 23 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 450 nm at 23 knots cruise, 730 nm at 12 knots

July 21, 2017

Project: Mondomarine M40 Explorer

Intended for a European shipowner, the Mondomarine M40 Explorer carries a wide range of interesting stylistic and functional elements representing an evolution in the Explorer yacht concept. Design by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro-Tec M40 Explorer presents smooth and intriguing lines to satisfy the most demanding eyes without compromising key features.  Mondomarine M40 Explorer still maintains the main characteristics of an exploration vessel must grant: a high bow, vertical bridge windows, generous living spaces on deck and generous storerooms to haul suitable auxiliary means to explore remote places. On top of these features M40’s structural strength ensures maximum safety even in very demanding conditions and its engines are appropriately sized to fit long range cruising. The construction of the M40 Explorer coincides with important milestones for both the companies involved: Mondomarine is celebrating one hundred years of unstopped activity in Savona whereas Hydro-Tec has just successfully achieved 20 years in this business. 

July 20, 2017

New Model: Sealine C530

The new Sealine C530 is a coupe fully enclosed hard top version of the F530 launched in early 2016.  The C530 was presented in Janaury 2017 at the Dusseldorf boat show, and gets all the features of the sister minus for the flybridge.  Here in the C530 you get two hard tops, one which opens for half the saloon, adding more natural light to the main deck which is among the most glazed offers in the category. Another opening hard top is featured on the extended part covering the aft deck area.  The C530 offers a three double cabins two head lower deck layout, with an owners cabin to midships.  Owners have a choice to have the third cabin ordered with twin single beds or a double french style berth.  To aft is a single berth crew cabin which can also be optioned as a free space room.  Power for the Sealine C530 comes from twin Volvo 435hp and go up to optional 550hp and 600hp engines.  Propulsion for all choices is for IPS pod drives.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.13 m (52.9ft)
Beam - 4.56 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 19.5 t approx
Fuel Capacity - 1560 l
Water Capacity - 766 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - D6 435hp. D8 5500hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 26 knots with 435hp, 30 knots with 550hp, 34 knots with 600hp
Project - Bill Dixon
Certification - CE B, dimensions ISO 8666 

July 19, 2017

Project: Cranchi 78 Magnifica

The Cranchi 78 Magnifica shows the Italian yard recent resolve in challenging again the bigger sizes of the yacht spectrum.   Cranchi saw with the Sixty 6 Flybridge produced from 2010 to 2015 its biggest build to date, this new 78 Magnifica outlines a believe in future success for the Italian builder and the need to push the range into bigger dimensions. As usual for Cranchi, the Italian company is prepared to make important steps ahead with significant investment in research, development and infrastructure.   Christian Grande design studio is presently at work on this project, collaborating with the Cranchi yard and it’s primary partners.  Not much information about Cranchi 78 Magnifica is available as yet, though from the above rendering one can deduct that it has a lot of the recent style amenities and seems to show a pod drive propulsion system.

July 18, 2017

New Model: Lynx YXT 20

A perfect blend of utility, seaworthiness and style with an interior designed by Franck Darnet, Lynx yachts XYT 20 was conceived to support super yachts and sailing yachts of any length. Like all Lynx yachts, she is first and foremost built to go to sea.  For the YXT 20 the major features and functions are: deck space for larger tenders and more toys, sail boats, waver runners and more, a large beach club, guest plus crew accommodation. and additional laundry dry and cold storage capacity.  Lynx YXT 20 is also designed to go close to shore in shallow water.  The first unit launched clearly reveals the line’s key features with a spacious 45 square meter deck gives plenty of room for tenders and toys. The davit at the stern means the beach club can also carry tenders and jet skis.  Setting the tone in true yachting style, the stairs and the first four metres of deck are teak.  As the most compact of the YXT the 20 offers accommodation for four in her crew quarters with two twin cabins with baths, galley, stowage and laundry rooms. An additional segregated stowage compartment is on the lower deck for extra refrigeration or wine storage, if necessary this area can be build to spec as a cabin with additional extra berths.  The guest area and lounge is finished in a rich natural wood veneer with parquet flooring. Furnishings expand on this theme. The same feeling of natural wood with furnishings in white laminate and wood trim provide a warm home away from home for her crew. Power for the Lynx YXT 20 is from twin Cummins 715hp Cummins diesels giving her a cruising speed of 14 knots and a range of 900 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.45 m (70.4ft)
Waterline Length - 20.6 m
Beam - 5.5 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 45 t dry, 67 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 13000 l
Water Capacity - 900 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM 11 715hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max, 14 knots cruise
Range - 900 nm at 14 knots
Construction - steel 
Project - Lynx Yachts exterior, Frank Darnet interior
Certification - CE A

July 17, 2017

Project: Estensi 380 America

Estensi present the project for a new 380 America model set to be World launched in the upcoming 2017 Cannes boat show.  The Estensi 380 America is based on the Mauro Zuccheri designed hull lines of the 360 Goldstar, with looks and upper structure inspired by East coast USA sport fisherman cruiser and designed by Marino Alfano.  Still to be fair to the genre, the Estensi is not a sport-fishing machine although the exterior looks are inspired to this, the features in the cockpit are not.  For example the cockpit deck of the 360 America will be a flat floor, with a bench settee to port side,  while to starboard we have a dinette with a mezzanine style settee looking aft. Interior wise the Estensi 380 America will be offered in two versions a more cabin layout with two cabins and one head ideal for a family cruise, and a more open layout set for short stays and or day trips.  The Estensi 380 America will be powered by standard twin Volvo 300hp and or optional 370hp.  An outboard version is also set to be available.       

July 16, 2017

Web: Dellapasqua New Web Site

Dellapasqua presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Starting up in 1956 Giancarlo Dellapasqua gets an apprenticeship with Lugaresi Naval Shipyard in Rimini where in three years he gets the title and licence of master craftsman with the ability to build boats up to 150 tons. Feeling confident of his title in 1959 Dellapasqua founds his boat building premises first in Savignano on Rubicone, and later on in 1970 moving to the today establishment of Marina di Ravenna. The first year of the Dellapasqua DC brand is successful with the deliveries of seventeen boats. The first boats of DC are flat bottomed hulls, but hearing of the success of the deep Vee Hunt shape, Dellapasqua decides to renew his designs with the new trend, put some personal modifications and use it from there onward for all his boats. This intuition puts Dellapasqua competing in important races in Italy of the time so that his name gets more established, and with the help of this creates the first DC4 and DC5 models. Following the operation of new premises in 1971 Dellapasqua produces its first fiberglass boat with the DC6. With this comes the fiberglass laboratory in Punta Marina of 35.000 squared meters, and a personal office in Lavagna. In 1990 Giancarlo Dellapasqua buys the other half of brand rights from Carnevali for the DC brand, this now means a full family operation. Giancarlo son Mirco graduates in the Nautical Institute of Trieste becoming responsible for fiberglass, Patrizia takes care of administration, and younger Serenella who joined in 1991 is handed over the technical department. Another important figure in the yard is Stefano Salvadori husband to Marinella who responds to the suppliers for the building of the Dellapasqua boats. Today at close to sixty years in operation Dellapasqua has delivered over 1300 boats most of which to order with a great input from the owner. The current Dellapasqua line up features fifteen models and starts with the DC7 Elite, up to the DC18 SL flagship. The new Dellapasqua website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Boat Yard, Fleet, Used, Charter, Service, Concept Design, and Contacts.