October 23, 2017

New Model: Jeanneau 33 Leader

Jeanneau new Leader 33 benefits from a contemporary, sporty look that is the signature of the sport cruiser line. This model is offered in two versions: an Open version with radar arch, or a Sport Top version with an electrically opening hard top as shown above.  The spacious cockpit allows guests to entertain in comfort and style. You will particularly appreciate the attractive exterior living area and clever layout of the cockpit saloon, where you can relax on the aft bench seat that transforms into a sundeck while sharing exceptional moments with friends and family around the table in the immense cockpit!  Below, you will be amazed by her interior volume and refined design. Long windows in the hull offer sea views and bathe the interior in natural light. The functional layout lends itself to spending enjoyable moments on board: the galley features storage solutions, and the head compartment offers a high level of comfort with a shower partition.  The modular saloon easily transforms into a beautiful private cabin with pocket door. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.56 m (34.7ft)
Hull Length - 8.82 m
Beam - 3.27 m
Draft - 0.96 m
Displacement - 4912 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 520 l
Water Capacity - 175 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x petrol gas Mercruiser 4.5L MPI 250hp, Mercruiser 6.2L MPI 300hp, diesel Volvo D3 220hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo Three or Volvo DP dual propeller stern drives
Speed -32 knots max 24 knots cruise with twin Volvo 220hp diesels
Certification - CE B8, C10

Project: Sea Ray 520 Fly

Making its official World debut at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale show, Sea Ray’s new Fly 520 leverages the power of light through design choices that maximize views and minimize obstruction. Evolutionary styling and contemporary materials feel bright and airy,  while wide-open, blended-purpose spaces with ample windows invite the outside in. Notably, the glass-enclosed bridge staircase and open risers allow light to flow through the steps even as this staircase ties the bridge cohesively into the rest of the yacht.  Superior attention to detail and craftsmanship can be found in everything from the precision-engineered hull, manufactured at Sea Ray’s Palm Coast facility, to the engines and mechanical compartments, which are easier than ever to access and service. Additionally, the detailing of the interior features new wood selections, expertly crafted and grain matched throughout to elevate the yacht’s overall appeal.  The entirety of the yacht is geared toward effortless entertaining and luxurious livability, with a well-equipped flybridge; a large hydraulic swim platform with steps descending into the water; three inviting staterooms; and all the comforts one has come to expect of a Sea Ray. In the cockpit, Sea Ray has devised an ingenious seating solution that allows for maximum versatility: the aft lounge seat with convertible backrest travels forward and aft to create multiple seating configurations, facing into the cockpit from the aft position or brought forward to overlook the swim platform. An optional Gourmet Center adds a grill and large storage drawer in the transom, further enhancing sociability.  The Sea Ray 520 Fly will feature Zeus pod propulsion offering superior performance, stability and handling, as well as the joystick control.

October 22, 2017

New Model: Jarrett Bay 90 Sportfisherman Hull#62

Jarrett Bay has completed its largest build to date will the launching of hull number 62, a 90 feet fully custom build to order Sportfisherman.  Hull number 62 titled M/Y Jaruco and code named Project Ireland during build features a five double cabins interior, with a crew cabin for two persons.  Jarrett Bay Hull 62 is powered by twin MTU 2600hp with a line shaft propulsion.  As all Jarrett Bay's the new 90 feet flagship is a cold molded construction with carbon and titanium reinforcements.  No speed numbers are yet given but the new Jarrett Bay 90 Sportfisherman will make an official debut in early November at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale boat show. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.04 m (91.9ft)
Hull Length - 27.4 m
Beam - 6.86 m
Draft - 1.73 m
Fuel Capacity - 17700 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with tunnels
Construction - cold molded, wood covered in epoxy resin with fiberglass, carbon, and titanium reinforcements 

October 21, 2017

Project: Hartman 24 Livingstone

Hartman a Dutch company which has roots into shipbuilding and maritime transport from 1775 and is today based on the island of Urk has decided to enter into the yachting sector, presenting itself with a host of projects and a two range offer.  The 24 Livingstone is the first of the projects presented and comes from a design of Niels van Oostenbrugge and Albert Abma of Sheerline.  The looks of the series is inspired to luxury liners of the early twentieth century, while the name is a tribute to Dr. David Livingstone famous for his travels around Africa and work against slave trade.  Dr. Livingstone also sailed the first steel boat ever build in 1858. The Hartman 24 Livingstone is to be build of steel.  Standard power for Livingstone 24 will come from twin Man 345hp with hull one being powered by a single Man unit of the same power which delivers a cruise speed of eleven knots.

New Model: Astondoa 100 Century

Astondoa launch the second model for its super yacht Century range with the 100 model going into the water in mid Summer 2017. The new 100 follows the 110 which was launched in mid 2016. Astondoa design department for the 100 Century follow the theme of this range to the letter creating a modern super yacht with a spacious interior and a futuristic looking exterior design. In the 100 Century, the attention is drawn to the unmistakable characteristic of the Century range which have its own signs of identity such as the external design of the raised wheelhouse, and the semi wide body which allows for a full beam owners cabin in the forward area of the main deck. These details are all similar in the five models of the Century range from 90 to the 130. But the Century has other signature details as the large window areas throughout the boat, and full side decks from the bow to the stern on the top level. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.5 m (100ft)
Beam - 6.8 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 98 t unloaded, 116 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 10900 l
Water Capacity - 2100 l
Accommodation - ten berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M86 2186hp, M96 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 26 knots max 22 knots cruise
Range - 600 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - planning modified V with 15 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - fiberglass
Project - Christian Gatto
Certification - RINA

October 20, 2017

Project: Grand Banks 52

Having renewed itself with the launch of the 60, Grand Banks continues its bold foray into the future of long-range cruising with the project of the 52, the second addition to the new Grand Banks family series. This beautifully designed luxury yacht comes in both flybridge and enclosed skylounge configurations, with two lower-level layout options for a three or two cabins choice. Scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2018, the 52 is a versatile design that is a culmination of what Grand Banks learned from designing and building the just launched GB60 and the rest of the range over decades of production. The GB52 is constructed using the latest methods of fully infused carbon fibre to achieve strength and reduced weight, and employing the benefits of modified epoxy vinylester resins that are the benchmark of durability, and impervious to osmosis and blistering.  The Grand Banks 52 will be powered by twin Volvo 600hp with standard IPS pod, or line shaft propulsion choice for the traditionalists.

New Model: Sabre 45 Saloon Express

For 2017, Sabre presents the 45 Salon Express.  True to form, Sabre Yachts has designed a boat with all the comfort and class of her traditional Down-East design, with modern precision control and advanced performance. A U-shaped settee transforms her cockpit into an elegant and livable space, equally suited to entertaining or enjoying some peace on the water. Her functional side decks, with handholds wherever they are needed, provide a previously unheard of level of security and comfort. The Sabre 45 Salon Express offers two staterooms with two full heads and a salon that flows down two gentle steps to a bright half-up galley. Her unique proposition is the utility space located between the engine room and the guest stateroom. This space is reserved for the installation of optional accessories like washer/dryer units, additional freezers, or wine chillers. By creating this working space all storage areas within the vessel have been preserved, and her cruising accommodations feel like those of a much larger craft.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.94 m (49ft)
Hull Length - 13.7 m
Beam - 4.47 m
Draft - 1.14 m
Displacement - 15739 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 1688 l
Water Capacity - 562 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propuslion - Volvo IPS10-600 dual propeller forward looking pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max, 37 knots cruise
Range - 323 nm at cruise
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, USCG, CE B

October 19, 2017

Project: Princess V65

Princess show details for a project of an all-new V65 representing with the upcoming V60 the exciting future of the Princess V Class range. The Princess V65 is designed for entertaining with a spacious cockpit inspiring relaxation thanks to an aft sunpad and well equipped dining area leading to the fully equipped aft galley. This flexible deck saloon model can be climate controlled or opened to the elements via triple sliding aft doors and a retractable sunroof. Below deck, eight guests enjoy four beautifully appointed cabins all bathed in natural light from elegant hull glazing, with the option of a further single cabin aft for occasional guests or crew.  The Princess V65 will be powered by twin Man 1400hp with top speed estimates up to 38 knots.

New Model: Solemar 35 Open

The Solemar 35 Open is the no hard top version of the Steel presented some weeks ago on PowerYachtBlog.   The Solemar 35 is for customers who like technical characteristics of the rib but also want the comfort and luxury of a cruiser.  This Solemar 35 Open is a product beyond expectation thanks to a compact profile, comfortable passage to reach the bow and the bright interior.  Inside there is a double stateroom forward, a second cabin with two beds aft and a dining area with leather sofa and television. The exterior deck has a comfortable and practical layout, designed to enhance the convivial spirit. The stern features a comfortable sofa, kitchen area and a large dining area with table that converts into a large sundeck. Under the seats you have storage areas for all the equipment on board. While the bow area accommodates a large and comfortable sundeck.  The helm station of the Solemar 35 is characterized by a wide console featured with an innovative design and a comfortable driving seat cushion, practical to drive from standing or sitting.  The new Solemar 35 Open is powered  by twin Volvo 300hp enabling it to reaching top speeds up to 38 knots and a cruise of 30.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.4 m (37.4ft)
Hull Length - 9.9 m
Beam - 3.75 m (3 m without tubes)
Displacement - 5800 kg dry and unloaded 
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 290 l
Water Capacity - 240 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins plus two berths
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp (max up to 700hp possible)
Propulsion - Volvo duo prop stern drives
Speed - 38 knots max 30 knots cruise with Volvo 300hp
Certification - CE B

October 18, 2017

Project: ISA Yachts 76 Extra

ISA Yachts debuts its new line designed by Francesco Guida with Extra 76, a 23 meters explorer yacht that develops a new concept, giving guests the chance to live in close contact with the nature, creating a direct feeling with the sea both in navigation and at anchor, using all the comfort given by the large outside and inside volumes.  Extra is a yacht with features that are significantly quite different from the other ISA models. Unusual lines, smaller dimensions, and an innovative concept of use.  The exterior look of Extra 76 expresses a distinctive character and a unique personality: a play of contrasts between light-colored fiberglass and dark glazing recalls the lines of  traditional Italian yachts. Looking at the winding, charming shape reveals the impressive, full-height volume that extends almost to the bow. The large vertical and horizontal glazed surfaces are combined like part of a crystal sphere, and offer plenty of natural light and unprecedented space for a yacht 23 meters long.  The open air life is guaranteed by generous outdoor spaces, the aft deck cockpit delivers unusual volumes, with a central section furnished with big sofas, a table, and a maxi sun lounging pad aft, and then to stern the swim platform. The fly deck appearing invisible from the outside offers a second helm station, a C-shaped sofa and a huge sun lounging pad. 

October 17, 2017

New Model: Hunt 72 Ocean Series

Hunt Ocean Series 72 flagship model maximizes comfort, space and efficiency while evoking the signature style and exceptional performance that defines the Hunt brand. Featuring the legendary performance of the authentic Hunt Vee hull shape, the ride is smooth, level and dry whether seas are calm or rough. Exceptional passage making ability delivers an easy 27 knot cruising speed. The luxurious layout features three spacious ensuite staterooms, expansive saloon, gourmet galley and an extended flybridge with dinghy storage and lift. As with any Hunt, the 72 offers many opportunities for customization from propulsion to arrangement plan to interior design and outfitting.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.39 m (76.9ft)
Hull Length - 21.7 m
Waterline Length - 19.3 m
Beam - 5.94 m
Draft - 1.65 m with props
Displacement - 61234 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 7760 l
Water Capacity - 8154 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, double crew berth cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Twin Disc gearbox
Speed - 31 knots 27 knots cruise 20 knots economic cruise
Range - 400 nm at 20 knots
Construction - vacuum bagged with PVC foam core, E-glass, Vinilester resin, and AwlCraft painted
Project - C.Raymond Hunt Associates 

Project: Fairline 64 Squadron

Fairline present the project for a new Squadron 64, the latest model designed for the British boat builder by celebrated designer Alberto Mancini. The hugely successful partnership between the Italian designer and British boatyard, which began with the Targa 63 GTO, and has created an instantly recognizable sleek hull shape with effortless styling and large interior spaces that flow seamlessly.  The Squadron 64 is third design for Fairline by Mancini following the 43 Targa Open presented at the start of 2017.  Taking inspiration from Mancini’s Targa 63 GTO, the Squadron 64 will be built on the same Vripack wide chine hull and will hold the same innovative, versatile, light, bright and achingly stylish feel of the Targa 63 GTO. The luxurious social cruiser will add another dimension to Fairline’s established Squadron range, designed in line with the brand’s ethos that nothing should get in the way of the perfect getaway.  As is tradition with the Fairlines the Squadron 64 offers various owner options for deck configurations; three layout choices for the flybridge, and two options for the lower deck with three or four cabin accommodations plans.  In both lower deck layouts a twin crew cabin is located aft.  Power choices have not been announced for the 64 Squadron but expect something on the lines of the just launched 63 Targa GTO on which the hull of this model is based on.

October 16, 2017

New Model: Mazu 42 Walk-Around

Mazu launch the new 42 Walk-Around, with the first unit delivered early August 2017, and shown at the Cannes and Monaco yacht show.  A center console type cruiser the new Mazu 42 main selling points are a modern T-top superstructure covering the helm, and the two spacious lateral walk-around. The Mazu 42 Walk-Around has a free-board that is high enough to allow safety movement on deck even while at sea.  The looks of the 42 Walk-Around evoke a combination of sportiness with military details.  On-deck comfort is assured by the ample aft sun bathing area, while forward the cockpit is complete with a V-shaped settee and a second settee forward of the console. The size of the aft platform has allowed the yard to create a true seaside terrace, ideal not only while at anchor but also when moored to the jetty, facilitating going aboard, and tender stowage. The presence of a mobile kitchen with Gaggenau appliances ensures leisurely and pleasurable times when at anchor.  Mazu 42 Walk-Around is powered by two 435hp Volvo engines with IPS pod drives with top speeds up to 47 knots and a cruise of 32.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (40ft)
Waterline Length - 10.4 m
Beam - 3.7 m
Draft - 0.9 m
Displacement - 8 t
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 
Accommodation four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 47 knots max, 32 knots cruise
Project - Halit Yukay
Certification - RINA CE A/B

October 15, 2017

New Model: Azimut Grande 27 Metri

Azimut did it again!  The motor yacht industry followers are actually surprised when the Italian builder does not deliver in innovating a segment or another in the yachting sector every couple years.  Can you reinvent the wheel?  The answer is no but you can evolve it to do better with new design philosophies.  This time around Azimut remolds the eighty feet entry level super yacht segment with this Grande 27 Metri.  With a length of 87 feet the Grande 27 Metri brings internal accommodation solutions found on latest generation yachts usually about three to five meters larger.  What is next?  A segment of 26 to 27 meters raised pilot house semi wide body super yachts.  Other famous or not boat builder names to follow!   
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.78 m (87.9ft) incl pulpit
Beam - 6.59 m
Draft - 1.9 m at full load and including props
Displacement - 89 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 9500 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in 4 cabins, or ten guest berths in 5 cabins, 3 crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max 24 knots cruise
Construtcion - carbon fiber and fiber glass
Project - Stefano Righini exterior and lines, Achille Salvagni interior
Certification - UNi ISO 8666 for data

October 14, 2017

Project: Lurssen 139-meter Project Redwood

Nuvolari-Lenard is releasing new design information about Project Redwood, a 139 meter super yacht, for which the Venice-based yacht design studio is working on the vessel’s concept, exterior and interior design.  Project Redwood will be Passenger Yacht Code compliant and is being built with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure.  Nuvolari-Lenard confirms that the super yacht will have the capability for landing two helicopters on the decks. It will carry a fleet of tenders for a range of purposes, including a number of very large tenders of 15 meters.  For activity enthusiasts, there will be a sports and diving center located on the lower decks, as well as a large swimming pool, partially protected from the elements. Once delivered, Project Redwood will have efficient, long-range cruising capabilities for independent global exploration.  The super yacht is currently under construction at Lürssen’s facilities in Bremen, and the design studio is collaborating with the same owner’s representatives and build team which it worked on 88-metre M/Y Quatroelle, delivered in 2013.  Project Redwood is expected to be delivered to its owner in 2019.

New Model: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 96

In a journey which started in 2010 with the MCY 76 Beneteau Group's Monte Carlo Yachts high end line up adds another chapter in its expanding story, the number seven and second largest to be exact and present the new MCY 96.  Launched as per tradition by the French-Italian boat builder in mid summer, the MCY 96 takes it to compete in the 28 to 29 meter over all and less to 24 meter length size raised pilot house category.  Designed as all the Monte Carlo Yachts line by Nuvolari Lenard the MCY 96 brings fresh thinking in its second largest model, this seen in the galley located below deck, in order to allow more space for the owners cabin on the forward part of the main deck.  The lower deck of the MCY 96 is offered in three versions; four guest cabins, or three cabins this last with the option of  a double second VIP suite or a twin cabin to starboard.  Power for the MCY 96 comes from standard Man 1900hp or optional MTU 2200hp engines, with maximum speeds up to 27 knots possible.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.26 m (96ft)
Beam - 6.94 m
Draft - 2.1 m
Displacement - 98 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l
Water Capacity - 1650 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, six crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp, MTU 16V2000 M86 2200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max, 24 knots cruise with MTU 2200hp
Construction - fiberglass with Kevlar and Carbon reinforcements
Project - Nuvolari Lenard exterior and interior lines, BG Monte Carlo Yachts naval engineering
Certification - CE A, MCA MGN 280 charter, RINA

October 13, 2017

Project: Cantiere Delle Marche 118 Acciaio

The success of explorer yachts in steel and aluminum designed by Cantiere delle Marche continues. The shipyard based in Ancona, Italy, announces the sale of an explorer yacht Acciaio 118 for one lucky owner. The sale was made in collaboration with Arcon Yachts, which introduced the customers to the shipyard and have followed every single step of the negotiation with great skill and ability. Arcon Yachts will also be the Build Representative: a natural choice since Richard Kaye performs the same activities for the first unit Acciaio 105 under construction. In fact, the new yacht comes after only six months from the sale of the first Acciaio 105: this model too is designed by Hydrotec, and will be the synthesis of the technical expertise and the design of the leader shipyard in manufacturing explorer yachts in steel and aluminum. Again Cantiere delle Marche proves to be perfectly able to accurately identify the market needs and consequently optimize its offer to meet those needs. Always keeping focused its foundation characteristics their DNA the Explorer Yachts builder is able to broaden the horizons of this category by offering their owners the opportunity to experience the sea 'beyond yachting limits'. The yacht, scheduled for delivery in early 2019, joins the other 6 units, all over 100 feet, already under construction at Cantiere delle Marche. Acciaio 118’ is blending all the various components that were found in CdM production until now: a strong and robust construction, using steel and aluminum, a round bilge, full displacement hull that in the last projects has evolved including a bulbous bow and shallow water capabilities, high volume, tender garage capable of holding a six meter tender, enhanced external areas with elegant and smooth lines. The 350 ton vessel is using a high performing full displacement hull, with a bulbous bow, full midships section and smooth, flat aft sections which allow for optimal propeller space and an almost horizontal shaft line. These hull design features form a yacht with incredibly low fuel consumption and a long range, when coupling this with advanced hull reinforcements this creates a true explorer yacht. The hull has not only proved to be extremely efficient but also offers sea-keeping capabilities encountered only on much larger vessels. The Acciaio 118 has significantly increased sound proofing making the yacht incredibly silent and with great stability in all conditions creating a truly extraordinary and tranquil cruising experience. The external lines are a combination of elegance and character, with the longitudinal volume distribution becoming more balanced using long flowing lines, the windows are wide and perfectly harmonized both with interior and exterior.As has become synonymous with CdM and the Darwin line, the Acciaio 118 offers a customizable interior layout with unrivalled volumes boasting on average 10 percent more space compared to its rivals. The standard layout holds potentially 6 guest cabins spread over 3 decks with 4 crew cabins. The main deck houses a generous lounge and dining with the full beam owner cabin situated forward. Located on the upper deck is a sky lounge/media room opening to a covered alfresco dining, forward of the helm is a further sun bathing area. Acciaio 118 offers a huge sun deck holding all the desired luxuries including custom Jacuzzi, bar, sun bathing and a naturally configured hardtop to allow a sheltered area for dining.

Improve-it = Hatteras M75 Panacera

Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht recently renamed as the M75 Panacera shows the Enclosed Bridge version launched in the first half of 2017. Built for a couple who have owned four previous Hatteras, the boat not only showcased the new Enclosed Bridge air-conditioned upper-deck wheelhouse sky-lounge with dining area, but it also featured custom interior styling created by Hatteras Yachts interior design department in collaboration with the owners.  Thanks to the expertise of Hatteras in-house design and engineering teams, this four-stateroom, three-head plus separate crew quarters, twenty two meter motor yacht makes you feel like you’re on a much larger vessel and by adding another level of living space, the new Enclosed Bridge version enhances that effect even more.

October 12, 2017

Project: Casa 38 T-Top

Casa shows its full custom attributes with the project of a new currently in construction 38 T-Top.  Third version of the 38, the T-Top is the most modern looker of the Casa entry level model which is also available in Open and HT versions.  A project of Pier Luigi Mimmocchi the 38 T-Top offers lower deck accommodation for two cabins and two heads, or a two cabins single head layout choice.  The single head version offers a more spacious galley and saloon.  The standard exterior deck of the Casa 38 T-Top offers the traditional Mediterranean layout for an aft sun-pad, C-shaped dinette, with helm station and wet-bar to starboard.  As is standard at Casa, other custom layouts are available for the exterior. Power for the Casa 38 T-Top comes from twin Volvo 300hp with stern drive propulsion which give max speeds up to 38 knots.   The T-Top, hull number three of the Casa 38 entry level sport cruiser is currently in construction at Gaeta, Italy with a planned delivery for Spring 2018.      

October 11, 2017

New Model: Dellapasqua DC10 SL

In the realm of boat builders Dellapasqua is that rare name who always takes the route of a conservative design evolution in the process of renewal of its models.  The new DC10 SL from Dellapasqua follows this theme to the letter and this new SL flybridge replaces the S model before it.  The difference is a soft one with the new SL having glued side profile windows and a design reminiscent of nineties Italian flybridge cruisers.  But do not be mistaken as the DC10 SL for its simplicity in a length of just eleven meters has a lot going for it, in an honest package offering two or three cabins choice layouts below deck.  But choice does not stop here, and DC10 SL can also feature one or two shower heads, and a larger galley option with this moving the helm station to port side.  Power options for the Dellapasqua is a client discretion based with a maximum possibility of twin 370hp diesel engines.  The Dellapasqua DC10 SL is an interesting flybridge cruiser for those who want a no frill simple design with a traditional deep Vee hull shape, with its only let down being the not so large 750 liters fuel capacity.        
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.9 m (39ft)
Hull Length - 11.3 m
Beam - 3.5 m
Displacement - 7.5 t light
Fuel Capacity - 750 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths in two cabins, or 5 + 2 berths
Engines - up to 2 x 370hp diesel engines 
Propulsion - line shaft  
Certification - CE B

Project: Greenline 65 OceanClass

After the success of the OceanClass 70, designers JandJ and Greenline lead to the project of an all new OceanClass 65 project. Combining luxury and quality the Greenline 65 OceanClass modern looks goes into a new twenty meter explorer yacht territory, thanks to a long-range ability, seaworthiness, and a low resistance hull shape. Indeed the new hybrid hull geometry provides fuel efficiency at a choice of speed between ten and 25 knots. Inside the Greenline 65 OceanClass offers three double guest cabins all with private en-suite shower heads, and a twin crew cabin aft.  Living area on the main deck is offered in two configurations that for a central or astern galley layout.  Interesting in the Oceanclass 65 is also the spaces for the aft deck, and flybridge.  Greenline 65 OceanClass is offered with standard twin Cats 715hp engines and optional 1000hp or 1150hp.  Estimated speeds are 22 knots with the standard engines and reach 28 knots with the large 1150hp optional set up. 

October 10, 2017

New Model: Canados 428 Gladiator

It's been a very long time since Canados offered something under fifteen meters, and sporty.  Yet the Canados 428 Gladiator comes ablaze with interesting day cruiser features, and various cool options to the customer.  Forget the thirteen meter size this is another Canados made to order product with interesting options from the fifteen custom Dupont color choices, to the propulsion offer of stern drive or faster surface drives set up.  The Canados 428 Gladiator is a day cruiser, but also tender and a lot of things that you can have in between these two categories.  Inside the Canados offers an open cabin layout with a large forward berth, spacious shower head, and a galley.  Power choices for the Gladiator 428 are standard twin Volvo 400hp with stern drives, and or optional Cummins 550hp with surface drive set up.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.94 m (42.9ft)
Hull Length - 11.9 m
Waterline Length - 10.3 m
Beam - 4.19 m
Draft - 1.05 m including props and drives
Displacement - 8500 kg light, 10850 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1050 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp, Cummins QSB6.7 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive, or Top System TS55 surface drives with Cummins
Speed - 41 knots max 36 knots cruise with Volvo 400hp, 50 knots max 40 knots cruise with Cummins 550hp and surface drives
Range - 350 nm at cruise
Construction - infusion process with transparent gel-coat Vinilester resin, E-glass and balsa cored.  Painted with two coats Dupont paint 
Project - Marco Casali
Certification - CE B12, C16

October 9, 2017

Project: Azimut Atlantis 51

Been about three years since Atlantis launched a totally new model, so the thinking was that Azimut-Benetti Group was re-valuating its entry level sport cruiser and yacht range, even though both the 43 and 50 models look to be good sellers.  Comes Cannes show 2017 and Azimut-Benetti Group present the Azimut Atlantis 51 project.  A new flagship of the Atlantis range, the 51 see the Neo Design team continue responsibility of the range as started in 2009.  The Azimut Atlantis 51 sees the designers offer a similar super structure to the 43 model, with the hull taking inspiration from the third generation Azimut S series looks, see ax-bow with grill.  Inside the Azimut Atlantis 51 will offer a traditional three double cabin six berths layout; owners room forward, a VIP double cabin to starboard, twin bunk to port side, and a saloon and galley in between.  This is a surprise considering Atlantis has been in the past a pioneer in offering full beam cabins in the smaller 425 SC and 47 models.  But the surprise is even bigger when you see that the 51 will feature IPS pod propulsion, therefore usually allowing for larger cabin space. Interesting to note Atlantis return to the use of IPS pod drives with the 51 being the second to offer the IPS pod propulsion after the 50x4 model presented in 2008 and lasting production a couple years.     

New Model: Ferretti 780

Ferretti present the new 780 model a flybridge motor yacht of 24 meters with a perfect blend of comfort, style, seaworthiness and safety. The Ferretti 780 is the result of the evolution of Giovanni Zuccon's style with inspiration to his mid eighties aerodynamic looks manifested in sleek lines and clean shapes, accentuated by the choice to resize the height of the hull's topsides, to the benefit of the yacht's overall sporty character accentuated by the streamlined upper structure.  The Ferretti 780 is available in few variants; exterior with or without hardtop, and an interior offering three main deck layouts, and two lower deck options.  Most of these options are studied to cater for other continent markets, for example the open galley layout on the main deck is studied for the American client, while a large saloon below deck in replacement to the owners stateroom and galley down is studied for the Asian customer.  The Ferretti 780 is powered by standard Man 1400hp or optional 1550hp engines these last giving a top speed of 31 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.01 m (78.9ft)
Hull Length - 22.7 m
Waterline Length - 19.5 m
Beam - 5.8 m
Draft - 1.94 m
Displacement - 56000 kg unloaded, 65000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 1050 l
Max Persons - 20
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins,  four crew in two cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 28 knots max 24 knots cruise with Man 1400hp, 31 knots max 28 knots cruise with Man 1550hp
Range - 300 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with spray rails and 13 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Zuccon exterior and interior
Certification - CE 2003/44 A, modules B + F + Aa RINA spa

October 8, 2017

Web: Botnia Targa New Web Site

Botnia Targa from Finland presents its new World wide web showroom.  Botnia Targa was founded 1976 by Johan and Britt-Marie Carpelan with boat production starting in 1977 with an employment of ten persons, and the Malax production site in South Vasa.  Production site will expand twice over the years with Botnia purchasing the Sunwind 4000 sqm yard in Nykarleby in 1997 and a facility expansion happening again in 2006.  Botnia employments have also risen over time reaching the one hundred mark in 2000, and two hundred plus in 2007. The first boat models that Botnia builds are an H-series sail boat and the 23 launch type, both stating production in 1977.  The 23 Launch will eventually sell 650 units in a fourteen years production run lasting till 1991, this beaten by the H-boat in 2003 when it builds the 1000 hull, and stopping at number 1005 of the same year. In 1984 Botnia does a big break through for its future when buying production rights of the Targa series and 25 model.  The second Targa model will come five years later with the 29  presented in 1989.  The Botnia Targa will continue to expand ever since with new models launching each other year and producing the 1000 Targa model in 2003.  During the nineties period Botnia Targa also wins important contracts over Europe and beyond; 1996 it supplies Police boats to both Norway and Finnish authorities, 1997 the London Metropolitan police and taxi sight seeing boats in Greenland.  Botnia Targa has also won numerous prices over the years; 1999 Targa 30 model wins Motorboat of the Show at the Helsinki boat show, 2003 Targa 27.1 wins Motorboat of the Show at the Stockholm Scandinavian boat show, 2005 Targa 42 Motorboat of the Show, 2007 Targa 31 Motorboat of the Year by Motorboat and Yachting and Motorboat Monthly in the Wheelhouse and Walkaround class, with the Targa 44 and Targa 32 again winning the same award in 2009 and 2012 respectively.  Today Botnia Targa offers a range of eight models which start with the 23.1 and go up to the 44 flagship model.  Botnia newest model is the 30.1 launched in the second half of 2016.  Botnia Targa new website takes you around with the following buttons; Boats, The Pioneer, Boatshows, News, Store, and Contact.  

October 7, 2017

Project: Sirena 85

Sirena present the project for an 85 model, what is an anticipated and future flagship of the new Turkish boat builder range which has in its first year already launched the 56 and 64 models.  The Sirena 85 project connects a family feeling with the smaller 56 and 64 models being designed for the exterior by German Frers.  While for the interior design duties have changed to dutch architect Cor D.Rover, taking over from Spadolini who designed the 56 and 64 layouts.  For the exterior German Frers went for a streamlined two and half deck raised pilot house modern design, with a semi wide body fore-ship.  In the interior Cor D.Rover offers two different layouts with five or four cabins and both having the owner stateroom forward of the main deck.  Worth a note here is the connection the owners cabin will have to the upper part of fore deck and a private access to the Jacuzzi located in this area.  The Sirena 85 has a projected top speed of 26 knots, and at a cruising speed of ten knots should cover an estimated range of two thousand nautical miles.

October 6, 2017

New Model: Grand Banks 60

The new Grand Banks 60 features a beautiful design with an innovative hull shape that puts one of the best in class rides available at this size on the water today. This completely new yacht pays homage to classic Grand Banks styling, with a special renewed focus on performance and fuel consumption, wide-open entertaining areas, and supremely comfortable furnishings. The 60 is Grand Banks first foray into a new standard of fully infused carbon fiber construction, resulting in a low center of gravity, inherent form stability at all speeds, and multiple advantages in strength, rigidity, weight and performance.  The Grand Banks 60 can reach speeds up to 36 knots, has a range of over two thousand nautical miles at nine knots, and uses an unbelievably efficient fuel consumption at twenty knots. With the new 60 Grand Banks has created a stable innovative mono-hull platform, which performs confidently in even the roughest seas, has speed, and long range.  The Grand Banks 60 also offers options to the discerning buyer for the main deck with four layout versions available with the most distinctive choice here being that for an astern or central galley arrangement. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.38 m (66.9ft)
Hull Length - 19.8 m
Beam - 5.85 m
Draft - 1.4 m with shafts, 1.2 m with IPS
Displacement - 29000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 5800 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max 24 knots cruise
Construction - resin infused carbon fiber

Propulsion: Volvo IPS30

Volvo Penta has augmented its Inboard Performance System IPS pod design, to match the class-leading performance of its latest and most powerful diesel engine the new D13-1000.  The remodeled IPS pod drive by Volvo Penta named IPS30 sees new and upgraded features to complement the company’s latest 13-liter 1000hp engine, to provide world-class performance. The redesigned pod is part of the company’s exciting breakthrough into a higher power category for its marine leisure segment, enabling yachts of up to 120ft to benefit from its excellent capabilities. The IPS30 pod has been updated to ensure it is a perfect match for the new design of the D13 engine. Overall, these enhancements make the pod cleaner, tougher, able to handle a wide speed range, while retaining the compact dimensions of existing IPS drives.  The IPS30 pod and its co-ordination with the 13-liter engine sees the production of the D13-IPS1350 integrated package; the 1350 refers to the equivalent amount of horsepower produced from the unit, when compared to a traditional inboard shaft engine installation. The package is a complete system from helm to prop, with a technologically advanced design that has twin counter-rotating forward-facing propellers that sit below the hull for enhanced grip. The unique design, with individually steerable pods that are linked to the on-board Joystick Docking function, creates precision maneuverability.  The IPS package provides up to 30 per cent lower fuel consumption compared to inboard shaft installations up to 15 per cent faster acceleration and 20 per cent higher top speed; noise and vibration levels are reduced by up to 50 per cent. An IPS package can be installed in twin, triple or quadruple configuration, and of the latter, the power produced is equivalent to 5400hp. 

October 5, 2017

Project: Terranova T74

Terranova Italian Yachts looks to the future with a postive attitude, and just one year later to the presentation of the T115 presents two new projects.  Here at PowerYacht we are presenting the smallest of these new projects the T74.  Not much details have been given yet of this new Terranova with the exception of the rendering above.  The T74 will feature a semi displacement round chine with keel hull, and is to be powered by reliable traditional line shaft propulsion.  Unlike the bigger T85 and 115 models the T74 will be a single deck plus flybridge explorer yacht, with a classic traditional line with a hint of modern times given by the sloop stern with extended bathing platform.

New Model: Grandezza 34 OC

Grandezza presents the new 34 OC a new sport cruiser based on the platform of the 2012 launched 33 OC.  The 34 OC replaces the 33 what was a popular model to the Finnish boat builder in a production run lasting four years. The visible changes in the new Grandezza 34 OC versus the 33 are the fixed sunbed in rear, a larger more generous swim platform, larger hull window and portholes with opening sections, and new interior colors.  In general Grandezza says that the 34 OC has been designed to improve and perfect a previous success.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.03 m (32.9ft)
Beam - 3.23 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 4800 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 490 l
Water Capacity - 120 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - four berths 
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 370hp, 2 x Volvo D3 170hp
Propulsion - single or twin dual propeller stern drive
Speed -  35 knots max, 28 knots cruse
Construction - sandwich build with Divinycell core
Certification - CE B

October 4, 2017

Project: Hunt 54 Ocean Series

Hunt is presenting a project for a new 54 model in what is calling now its Ocean series range of yachts above fifteen meters.  The Hunt 54 Ocean Series is a replacement to the success that was the  2009 launched 52 model, and like the previous two feet smaller sister will be build in Taiwan.  The Hunt 54 will have a planning Vee hull solely dedicated to Volvo IPS pods propulsion.

New Model: Solemar 35 Steel

Solemar continues to present rib cruisers with generous accommodation and the safety of the rib.  This new Solemar 35 Steel is the next chapter in what the rib calls the Oceanic line of cabin ribs which starts from 26 and go up to 44 feet.  This new Solemar 35 Steel distinguishes itself for a manual operated opening hardtop suited for hot climates thanks also to the not closed sides.  The main deck plan of the 33 Steel offers an L-shaped dinette, lounger to port side and helm station with wet bar behind it to starboard.  The interior accommodation two double, a shower head, and a convertible dinette.  Power for the Solemar 35 Steel is from twin Volvo 300hp diesel with stern drive propulsion which give a top speed of 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.4 m (37.4ft)
Hull Length - 9.9 m
Beam - 3.75 m (3 m without tubes)
Displacement - 5800 kg dry and unloaded 
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 290 l
Water Capacity - 240 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins plus two berths
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp (max up to 700hp possible)
Propulsion - Volvo duo prop stern drives
Speed - 38 knots max 30 knots cruise with Volvo 300hp
Certification - CE B

October 3, 2017

Project: Raffaelli 159 Babylon

Following the launch of the new 50 Compass Rose Evo in Summer 2017, Raffaelli continues to look forward and presents the project for a new 159 Babylon.  A project by long time Raffaelli collaborating designer Antonello Lucio Pontevolpe and his Classtudio Yacht Design firm, the 159 Babylon sees Raffaelli interest in entering the explorer yacht segment with what should be called the new Criador Line.  Giampiero Raffaelli boss of the company which gives his name to the boat building firm has given some information of this project. Interior accommodation will be of four double cabins all with private shower heads.  Fourth crew cabin is to be located at midships in between the owners cabin and the aft engine room. Power options are for engines from 400 to 550hp with line shaft or IPS pod propulsion.  For the 159 Babylon Raffaelli choice a semi displacement hull shape with a central protecting keel.  

October 2, 2017

New Model: Steeler NG 52 S Offshore

Steeler launches the new NG 52 S Offshore, an aluminum build down East lobster boat inspired traditional cruiser. The Steeler NG 52 S Offshore is thoughtfully designed for both inland river and open sea use.  Even tough it is a model of the Offshore line, Steeler was also thinking for its traditional core inland river market when it designed the NG 52 S, see keel extension to protect propellers, and a low vertical clearance of just 3.15 meters.  The Steeler NG 52 S Offshore offers an interior with two double cabins; forward large owners suite, twin double berth at midships, a guest shower head, galley below with a six person dinette opposite.  An L-shaped relaxing sofa is on the main deck behind the pilot station, while the aft deck offers another exterior J-shape dinette.  Standard power of the Steeler NG 52 S Offshore is from twin Cummins 480hp with line shaft propulsion, but Zeus and IPS pod drives engine options are also available.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.7 m (51.5ft)
Waterline Length - 14.9 m
Beam - 4.7 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodaiton - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 480hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or ZF Zeus aft looking dual prop pod drives, or IPS forward looking dual prop pod drives
Construction - aluminium
Certification - CE A

Project: Tuccoli T440 HT

Tuccoli is back and fortunately it restarts where it left, by building sport-fisherman with a cruising vocation.  Tuccoli first new steps are a redevelopment of the 2005 launched T410 in this new T440 HT.  The project for the T440 improves important elements of the 410, we see the must have for the sport-fisherman aft mezzanine settee, new stylish hull side windows, and a redesigned interior now offering a four plus one sleeping accommodation in two cabins and an open cabin.  Power for the T440 HT will come from standard 480 up to 670hp optional twin engines with an on line shaft propulsion.  As usual Tuccoli speaks a lot of the sea keeping qualities of its boats with a dry and seaworthy T440 HT being an important element of the project.  As this is out the Tuccoli T440 HT hull one is undergoing its first sea trials after presentation at the Genoa boat show.  We await the first official pictures.

October 1, 2017

blogger - History Lessons

I am pretty keen on historic data about some design firsts from yacht builders.  I came into this seeing some of the popular magazines changing and thwarting facts in order to aid the other name which possibly is paying a big chunk of there bills.  But during a recent brokerage visit I had to unlearn what I have learned.
The visit concerned a Versilcraft 15ml Mystere build in 1977 which to my surprise featured a full beam owners cabin in just fifteen meters of length.  For those that don't know the Versilcraft 15ml Mystere was a mid seventies build wooden motor yacht in the full renaissance of the Italian Viareggio boating era of the period. 
For its size the Versilcraft Mystere with an overall length of sixteen meters was an absolute pioneer, and was ahead of the Azimut that pioneered the same design in the nineties and the start of the new millennium in a similar size.
Now the obligatory question comes automatic how did this design future which has become a must for motor yachts of around the Versilcraft sixteen meter size fround around 2002 vanish from the seventies till about 1994. It seems by my research so far that no one offered this solution for the exception of the larger fiberglass build Canados 58 launched in 1987 and which measured an overall length of nineteen meters, and featured an option two layout with a full beam midships cabin.
It can be a lot of answers to my question.  But I think it comes to this. In the eighties the desire of speed increased not by little from new clients in Italy and the Med, who wanted to go above the magical thirties max and a cruise in the mid twenty knots.  This request was also followed by good sea keeping and a deep-Vee hull.  A performing deep-Vee hull is also followed by important weight distribution especially to what concerns the heavy engines of the time and shaft angle.  
So the answer is simply more then one; speed, sea-keeping, and a good weight distribution to allow easy planing in rough seas.

September 30, 2017

Monthly News - September 2017

-pic of the month- Priness Epic Film Production

Azimut Wins Four Awards at World Yacht Trophies

Organised by French magazine Yachts France in parallel with the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival, the World Yachts Trophies are some of the most important awards in the yachting industry. The award ceremony was held on Saturday September 16 against the sumptuous backdrop of the Carlton hotel in Cannes. The Cannes Yachting Festival, which kicks off the international 2017/18 yachting season, comes to an end with a veritable triumph for the Italian shipyard, testifying to unanimous appreciation of its models’ innovation and quality, after an extremely favourable reception by the market. In addition to the four awards, the organisers presented the shipyard with a special acknowledgement to mark the 40th anniversary of the Cannes boat show, for having attended the boat show right from the very outset and continuing to be one of its main exhibitors. The Azimut 60 was awarded the Best Layout Trophy in the 50’ to 80’ category. The result of a masterful design partnership between Stefano Righini for the exteriors and Achille Salvagni for the interiors, this unique yacht features totally innovative solutions.  The dinette offers unprecedented views of the sea, with cutaway gunwales and floor-to-ceiling windows, and in addition to dining, the space can also be used as a second lounge area by lowering the up/down table. Below deck, the Azimut 60 has a layout with three cabins and three bathrooms. Borrowing from home design, the full-beam owner’s cabin in the centre of the yacht stands out for the striking one-off suspended design pieces. Expressing a strong personality, they keep up the play on flowing lines in the other settings, while providing a remarkably high level of storage. The Azimut Grande 27 Metri wins the Most Achieved Trophy in the 80’ to 125’ category. Designed by the skilled hand of Stefano Righini, this unique concept wide body superyacht creates perfect harmony between flowing lines and unparalleled volumes for the segment. The vertical bow and big full-height windows, which rise from the hull and extend up into the superstructure, give the boat a sporty, edgy character and are its signature features. The Azimut Grande 27 Metri presents a unique widebody concept in this category, with the owner’s suite on the main deck and the possibility of five cabins, in what is an almost unique feature for a boat this size. The extensive use of carbon fiber, which Azimut has pioneered in all its collections, makes it possible to extend the space available without increasing the yacht’s weight, resulting in better performance in the water and unprecedented comfort onboard. The hard top, roll-bar, flydeck, superstructure and transom are pure carbon fiber, while the deck is hybrid carbon / glass fiber. The Azimut Grande 35 Metri triumphed with the Best Interior Design Trophy in the 80’ to 125’ category. Yet another recognition for the Shipyard’s flagship 35 Metri widebody, in which the shape of the interiors by Salvagni create sophisticated settings that express the new approach to well-being under the banner of calm and sophistication. The elements that make this a masterpiece of interior design include the owner’s suite on the main deck, conveying a sensation of openness and lightness in which the big central bed becomes the main feature around which the entire space revolves. The highpoint of the owner’s cabin is its unique private balcony, which is unprecedented on a 35-meter yacht. Using a highly sophisticated mechanism, the section of the full-height window with a carbon fiber frame folds out, while the floor of the balcony extends from under the cabin, protected by automatic stanchions. The result is the Instant Balcony, with no uprights or other obstacles to spoil the panoramic view from the owner’s suite. Finally the Azimut S7, the new arrival in the shipyard’s sports collection, won the Best Technology Evolution Trophy. Stefano Righini continues to innovate the S collection by Azimut, with increasingly sporty lines that celebrate both style and space. An innovative layout, sumptuous materials and unusual decor by Francesco Guida make this yacht a true novelty in the industry. Carbon fiber and three Volvo IPS engines deliver unprecedented size and performance, plus the best fuel efficiency on the market. The use of carbon fiber in the superstructure and pivoting platform mean that the Azimut S7 is the only boat in its segment to deliver so much space and 2-meter headroom on both the main and lower decks. This award is yet another recognition of the shipyard’s investments in technology and in R&D, including a post-curing oven for carbon fiber production at the Avigliana yard.

Azimut Announces New Dealer in Europe

In the run up to the Cannes Yachting Festival, where four new Azimut Yachts models will be making their world debut, the Avigliana-based shipyard has strengthened its presence in Europe with new dealership agreements in France and the UK and its entry into two new markets, Slovenia and Lithuania. These changes herald in a new era for Azimut Yachts in Europe, in line with the new brand strategy, La Dolce Vita 3.0, which celebrates next generation luxury, joie de vivre and the culture of ‘Made in Italy’. In France, one of the brand’s main markets in Europe, Azimut Yachts has signed a new exclusive dealership agreement. Starting in September, the brand’s products will be distributed on this market by the team at Azimut Yachts France, who will be presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Azimut Yachts would like to thank Philippe Blattes Yachting, the brand’s representative in France for 22 years, for their contribution to strengthening the brand and wish Philippe and his team all the best for the future. “The choice of a new dealer in France, which is a strategic market for us,” said Luca Cristino, Azimut Yachts Sales & Service Director Emea/Apac, “is in line with the new La Dolce Vita 3.0 brand strategy. I am sure the Azimut Yachts France team represents the best possible expression of these values and can convey both their energy and their professional approach to customers.” In the UK, the Azimut Yachts distributor is Azimut Yachts UK, which will be based in Southampton and led by General Manager Richard Cottrell. Azimut Yachts UK has a mission to transfer the Italian shipyard’s DNA to the Anglo-Saxon market and will be officially presented at the upcoming Southampton International Boat Show, where the brand will be exhibiting the 43 Atlantis, the 43 Magellano and the 50 Flybridge. The strengthening of the commercial network also includes strategic agreements in Slovenia and Lithuania, both potential growth markets, where Azimut Yachts will be distributed by two new partners, Azimut Yachts Slovenia and Azimut Yachts Lithuania.

Baglietto Announces New Partnerships

Historical Baglietto shipyard based in La Spezia, part of the Gavio Group, will be protagonist at the international boat shows with major partners sharing the same values of passion, excellence and Italian style. At the next Cannes Yachting Festival important partnerships with most relevant Italian brands will be announced, from haute couture to yacht decoration, from spirits to the famous wine tradition.  Baglietto has chosen Sartoria Latorre, since 1965 one of the bespoke Italian tailoring worldwide, to design the Baglietto style; as the perfect fit and made-to-measure elegance of the Sartoria Latorre garments are the same that have always differentiate the Baglietto yachts. The combination with the shirts by Bagutta, since 1975 synonymous with shirts bearing the sartorial tradition and the Made in Italy label, is perfect.  Speaking about Italian excellence, Acqua dell’Elba is the perfect example of best Made in Italy craftsmanship. Acqua dell’Elba will provide the Baglietto yachts with its new yachting line including courtesy pack, yacht accessories, beach towels and bath accessories.  From haute couture to the good drinking: the Apulian “Calafuria” rosé wine from the Marchesi Antinori’s Torremaresca winery and the Campari cocktails will be the protagonist of the glamorous evenings organized by Baglietto on the French Riviera.

Bavaria and Clipper Successful Ten Years

This year’s Southampton Boat Show is an important anniversary for Clipper Marine and Bavaria Yachts. The German shipyard’s sailing and motor yachts have been represented by Clipper Marine in Great Britain for ten years now. That means it is also the tenth Southampton Boat Show at which Bavaria Yachts is exhibited by the professional team of Matthew Attree and Richard Hewett.  It is a partnership which, since its formation ten years ago, has rapidly turned into a success story. From their headquarters in Swanwick Marina in Southampton, Matthew Attree and Richard Hewett quickly turned their company Clipper Marine into one of Bavaria Yachts’ most successful dealerships. In 2015, we were joint winners of the Motor Boat and Yachting’s Motor Boat Award and just one year later, Clipper Marine also became the official dealership for Bavaria Yachts in Spain. With a total of four offices in Great Britain and three in Spain, Clipper Marine has an extensive dealership and service network in Europe.  “As a shipyard, we have the greatest respect for what Clipper Marine has
achieved in the last ten years. Our customers are in the best of hands in Great Britain and in Spain, not just when it comes to sales, but for service as well. We wish Matthew Attree and Richard Hewett and the entire team at Clipper Marine continued success in line with the past few years and we offer our heartfelt congratulations”, said Stefan Klaassen, Head of Sales at Bavaria Yachts.

CRN New Advertising Campaign

Being involved in a creation as the sign of real wealth – this is the message of the new advertising campaign of CRN, the shipbuilder and historical Italian brand, part of the Ferretti Group, specializing in the construction of fully-custom steel and aluminium pleasure vessels between 40 and 100 metres in length. Owning an exclusive asset or using it to display one’s status is no longer enough. Today, real exclusiveness is having the opportunity to take part in its creation. The new campaign reflects the ongoing evolution in CRN’s communication. The concept of ‘bespoke product’ takes on a new meaning, opening up to an Owner that dreams, designs, and imagines, as happens in any truly creative process. Hence, the core theme and payoff of the campaign, ‘Made by you with our own hands’, which epitomises not only the idea of being the owner of an asset, but also the opportunity to customise it in every detail. CRN grants this expressive freedom, turning Owners from mere ‘possessors’ into real authors. The CRN shipyard’s design expertise blends with the Client’s talent and vision, to create a unique style, capable of reflecting the Owner’s personality to the fullest. In the new international campaign, developed by the agency Aldo Biasi Comunicazione, the elegance of the new 74-metre Cloud 9 becomes the undisputed protagonist, perfectly embodying the new communication concept. The latest masterpiece by the Italian brand, which will be presented as a world première at the Monaco Yacht Show, was entirely built around her Owner’s vision, skilfully harmonising the outstanding functionality of both exterior and interior areas and the sophisticated design of the interiors.  CRN’s new campaign ‘Made by you with our own hands’ will be displayed in selected international trade magazines starting in September 2017.

Estensi New Europe Distributor

The Cannes Boat Show will be the ideal setting for presenting a major novelty regarding Cantieri Estensi Yachts: the birth of Cantieri Estensi Europe, which will have the exclusive right to distribute Cantieri Estensi boats in the Eur-Med territories, namely Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Croatia, Spain and Germany. The company is run by a team of professionals with over 15 years of experience in the national and international nautical sector and has a global expertise in yachting: key figures that will assist the founders will be a General Manager, a commercial director for the foreign market and a commercial referent for the Italian market. Among the objectives of Cantieri Estensi Europe is, first of all, the creation of a completely new commercial network for both Italy and foreign countries. Four dealers/agents have been already selected so as to cover the North-West of Italy (Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta, Liguria, Tuscany and Lombardy), Lazio, Sicily and the Center-North Adriatic area, while the company is in the process of recruiting a few applicants for the remaining Italian areas. With regards to the foreign countries Cantieri Estensi Europe aims to serve, a selection of exclusive dealerships is being selected, focusing on candidates who have a wealth of commercial experience and appropriate facilities to support the brand on the territory, both from a commercial and from a technical assistance point of view, being these key factors of the project. For Cantieri Estensi Yachts this is new step in the relaunch of the company. Simone Giudici, the shipyard’s CEO, comments: "The four-year industrial plan conceived in 2015 is proceeding as programmed, in parallel with the renewal and growth path we have undertaken with the new corporate structure. In June, there was a remarkable increase in capital and we are now strengthening the international presence of the shipyard while reinforcing our business relations as well the links with strategic suppliers. In addition, we are now focusing more and more on the development of new products to be launched on the market. Regarding the production, we are also continuing expanding our products offer: up to now, we have a significant and important fleet of Maine yachts, which will be joint by the new Maine 645. Cantieri Estensi Yachts was the first shipyard to produce fast and luxury trawlers years ago in Italy, boats that had no market in our country until then. Today, we can see many builders that started to build trawlers following our example: a further demonstration for us of the success of our long-range strategy. The management of Cantieri Estensi Europe expressed great satisfaction and strong motivation for the agreement and upheld the importance of Cantieri Navali Estensi Srl’s business plan, which is geared towards a marked increase in the Italian market and towards an expansion of the international market. Cantieri Estensi Europe’ willing to find an experienced partner in the Italian and international yachting industry in order to create a strong synergy and a constant interaction between production and commercial network provided a further motivation to this new challenge. Cantieri Estensi Europe is working with passion to increase the prestige and the quality level of Cantieri Estensi Yachts respecting the tradition, with the certainty of becoming a symbol of the excellence of Made In Italy. The news regarding this booming shipyard do not end here. Starting from 2018 and for the next 5 years, Cantieri Estensi Yachts will launch 10 new models on the market.

Evo Yachts Official Tender for Rossinavi

For the third year, after the great success of the previous editions, Rossinavi confirms the iconic first model by Evo Yachts as its official tender for the Monaco Yacht Show 2017; from the 27th to the 30th September, the innovative Evo 43’ will accompany on the waters of the Principality the exclusive clientele of the shipyard. The choice to renew this partnership has been inspired by the strong affinity between the two Italian shipyards in their ideas of design and innovation. Evo 43’, thanks to its design and functionality, embodies the values of a way of conceiving the yachting that joins Rossinavi and Evo Yachts and that reflects the desires of the many millennials who are now entering the industry, but conquers – at the same time – those who already have many years of experience in this sector.

Ferretti Group Extraordinary Event

When Duran Duran appeared on a stage that seemed to skim the water’s surface and surrounded by magnificent boats, the Ferretti Group's guests must certainly have felt that they could identify with the sentiment expressed by the title of one of this legendary British band’s famous songs: All You Need Is Now. The spectacle and glamour of this memorable event were made tangible in the enchanting Monégasque night. A live performance full of hit songs and energy once again proved Duran Duran's boundless talent, as they switched between irresistible dance rhythms and the pop songs that have made music history for the last thirty years. The Ferretti Group and the Yacht Club De Monaco renewed a partnership that is unique worldwide and capable of producing an unforgettable event for the third year in a row. “Extraordinary World”, a name inspired by Ordinary World, one of the British band's most famous hits, was the name given to this private concert celebrating the Ferretti Group’s unique and extraordinary ability to design and build yachts that go far beyond the ordinary. “I have followed Duran Duran's career since they first started out, and I have always loved their songs as well as their ability to change and experiment without ever losing their identity or their inspiration”, commented the Ferretti Group's Chief Executive Officer, Alberto Galassi. “Duran Duran agreed to put on this one-time, one-of-a-kind concert for our yacht Owners and for the members of the Yacht Club de Monaco. They are an extraordinary band, which, like our yachts, has style, personality, and that ability to innovate and experiment which always puts you a step above the rest, in music as in shipbuilding. It’s no coincidence that they have come through diverse eras but always remained at the top. Thanks to their music and our guests, the Ferretti Group Private Preview 2017 has once again been an evening to remember.” The set list, which elicited an enthusiastic response from the over 500 guests, was a triumphant parade of hits ranging from Ordinary World to the songs that first made the band famous, like Wild Boys, Notorious, Hungry Like a Wolf, Girls on Film, A View to a Kill and the more recent Pressure Off and White Lines. The encore was marked by the legendary hits Save a Prayer and Rio. “We are happy that our renewed partnership with the Ferretti Group was able to produce this fabulous private concert”, declared Bernard d’Alessandri, Secretary General of the Yacht Club de Monaco. “And we were delighted to welcome Simon Le Bon, who is passionate about yachting. I also remember well his participation in the 1985/1986 Whitbread on Drum, a truly unique sailing adventure.” A fleet consisting of a full 25 vessels, moored in front of the Yacht Club and representing all of the Ferretti Group brands provided a luxurious backdrop for the concert, rendering even more extraordinary this event that opened the third edition of the yearly Private Preview. From their privileged positions in seats on the Quai Louis II and from the terraces of the Yacht Club, guests were able to admire 6 new yachts that are making their international première: the new flybridge boats Ferretti Yachts 780 and Ferretti Yachts 920, the Pershing 9X, the new Riva flybridge yacht 100’ Corsaro and the most recent addition to the open fleet, the 56’ Rivale, along with the Navetta 33, the second semi-displacement ship in the Custom Line fleet. 

Ferretti Group Takes Five World Yacht Trophies

The 40th Cannes Yachting Festival will be remembered by Ferretti Group as an event of new records and triumphs. The Group was indeed awarded ‘Shipyard of the Year’ and won another four awards at the World Yachts Trophies 2017. The Group can therefore celebrate five awards at this edition of the prestigious Trophies held by the nautical magazine “Yachts France”, which for 16 years have awarded the best new models presented at this unique and extraordinary ‘stage’ on the Cote d’Azur. This is undoubtedly a magic moment for the Group, which had already been a ‘record-setter’ at this year’s edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival by exhibiting the largest fleet of the show - as many as 24 models ranging from 8 to 37 metres in length - as well as the largest number of premières, 6, representing the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, and Custom Line brands. These five fabulous awards have further acknowledged the value of some of the new models recently presented to the market and of Ferretti Group as a whole, able to firmly regain the top of worldwide yachting in just 3 years. “Speaking in poker terms, we really had all it took to make this ‘Royal Flush’, and we are therefore extremely proud of these five incredible awards, which pay tribute to the beauty of our magnificent yachts, as well as to the great commitment that our Group, at all levels, has devoted to the business over the last few years. Our efforts have allowed us to successfully reverse the trend and go back to where Ferretti Group deserves to be: at the top of world yachting - commented the Group’s CEO Alberto Galassi. “The Best Shipyard of the Year award at the World Yachts Trophies 2017, together with the other 4 won by Ferretti Yachts, Riva, CRN, and Custom Line also recognise the success and soundness of our industrial plan: we were able to launch 24 new models in 3 years and to achieve outstanding results that will now allow us to take up the next challenges posed by the market with even stronger will and enthusiasm. We are working on 2018, when we will be presenting 8 new models and will celebrate important accomplishments and milestones, including the 50th anniversary of Ferretti Yachts. Today we are savouring our triumph, but tomorrow we will go back to working on the challenges ahead of us in this new nautical year. Our Group has ambitious objectives and clear strategies; we have human and financial resources to achieve them. We will keep growing”. Here are the 5 awards won by the Ferretti Group at the World Yachts Trophies 2017: - Ferretti Yachts 780: Best Interior Design Trophy, category from 50 to 80 feet (15-24 metres); - Riva 56’ Rivale: Most Achieved Trophy, category from 50 to 80 feet (15 – 24 metres); - Custom Line Navetta 33: Best Exterior Design Trophy – category from 80 to 125 feet (24-38 metres). The new Riva 100’ Corsaro had also been nominated in this category; - CRN 74 m “Cloud 9”: Best Layout Trophy, category from 164 to 270 feet (50-82 metres) - Ferretti Group: Special Trophy Best Shipyard of the Year.

Princess Sees Strong Start of Boat Show Season

Princess Yachts continues to sail ahead of the competition – and has emerged from the Cannes Yachting Festival with order books reaching a record €0.73billion (£0.64billion) at retail value. Representing an 85% like-for-like increase on 2016, the news heralds a formidable start to the boat show season for the UK's leading yachtbuilder, which employs 2,500 people at its Plymouth manufacturing facilities.  The manufacturer, which marked its 50th anniversary in 2015, has embarked on a £100m five-year investment programme to support its ambitious product launch and business development strategies.  The company's Executive Chairman, Antony Sheriff, said: "Our production capacity is now 100% sold for 2017, 90% sold for 2018, and 30% sold for 2019. The significant investments we are making will enable us to further expand our product range and offer unrivalled choice to our customers, as well as enhancing facilities and quality processes at our Plymouth home."  The Cannes Yachting Festival kick-started the boat show season in style for Princess, with the global launch of the Princess 62; within the same week, the Southampton Boat Show saw the global launch of the Princess 55.  The coming months will see a revitalised V Class portfolio – with the all-new V65 and V60 following the success of the award-winning V58 and the new-style V40 launched in London earlier in 2017. Meanwhile, the S Class range is strengthened with the all-new S78, adding to the S60 (launched at Dusseldorf in January) and the S65. Following these launches, there are plans for a further six new Princess model launches before the end of 2018.  At Cannes, Antony Sheriff also hinted at the forthcoming announcement of a radically different Princess product. Bringing an entirely new dynamic and aesthetic to the market, the initiative places the company firmly at the cutting edge of marine technology – made possible by its commitment to pioneering design, innovation and craftsmanship. Princess is also blazing a trail with innovation designed to enhance the yacht ownership experience.Princess Lifeline is a new 24/7 global SOS package offering comprehensive medical and security assistance, powered by MedAire. Every Princess yacht now comes with a 2-year Princess Lifelinecover as standard for the well-being of Princess customers and their guests whilst aboard.

Princess Launches Princess Lifeline

Luxury yacht manufacturer Princess Yachts has partnered with the world's premier global emergency response service MedAire to launch Princess Lifeline – a new 24/7 international SOS service that will give all new Princess yachts and their owners access to medical and security assistance, wherever they are in the world. Every Princess yacht now comes with a 2-year Princess Lifeline cover as standard for the well-being of Princess customers and their guests whilst aboard. It provides around the clock global access to medical and travel safety experts, real-time travel safety information and primary contact throughout your trip. For the luxury yacht market, it is an exceptional level of customer service that has never before been included as part of a yacht purchase. Ahead of embarking on a trip customers can contact Princess Lifeline for medical and safety recommendations as well as geographic-specific travel risk intelligence, or can call to receive immediate medical assistance while at sea or ashore. From advice on how to treat the ill and injured, how to utilize onboard medical resources, arranging transport and appointments at onshore medical facilities and even managing medical fees or advising required vaccinations before travelling - Princess Lifeline: powered by MedAire will make it easier to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all guests and crew.  Established in 1985 and with a team of over 200 global security experts and 80,000 accredited medical providers, MedAire, an International SOS Company, is recognised as the world's leading yachting-specific provider of travel safety solutions.  Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman for Princess Yachts said of the partnership: "At Princess Yachts we prides ourselves on providing the best service for our owners - from design through to delivery, and the well-being of our customers is paramount. The partnership with MedAire will not only ensure all our owners and crews have access to the best medical and security advice and support, but will help guarantee our customers have an exceptional experience onboard their yacht, wherever they are in the world."  Steven Bates, Managing Director of Europe for MedAire added: "On average we handle over 1,500 yachting specific health and safety incidents a year so a dedicated partnership with Princess makes perfect sense. We can now offer Princess customers a tailored service through Princess Lifeline to ensure both crew and guests have the best, and safest, experience possible."

Princess Epic Film Production

Princess Yachts takes visual production to a new level with the premiere of its stunning new film, starring real people and real crew. Ambitious story boarding meets continuous motion, complex rigging, and an exquisite backdrop, all underpinned by a stellar soundtrack and captured by iconic cameras and vintage anamorphic lenses. Designed to bring to life the exceptional experience of life aboard a Princess and to showcase the 35M as the ultimate family-oriented superyacht the luxury yacht brand tells the story of a real family enjoying quality time together aboard their boat in Mallorca. To create this cinema-standard, six-minute mini-movie, Craft Films chose to shoot on the Arri Alexa coupled with Panavision G series anamorphic lenses, to capture the yacht with a luscious tonality. The lenses had to be lightweight as the film crew were using a handheld gimbal, often rigged with a complex cable and pulley system to enable the camera to track across the exterior of the yacht while out at sea. Shooting on water in open conditions presented a number of other complications: keeping the light consistent, combating changing winds, positioning the superyacht in a current over an ever-shifting tide, limits on numbers aboard while out at sea, and dealing with moisture in high heat and humidity, to name but a few. The team met these challenges and produced a remarkable film with a soundtrack by Esperanza Spalding, and a striking animation sequence of the brand's conservation champion, Enid.

Riviera Recognizes Industry Excellence

Riviera has proudly announced the best of the best among its Australian and New Zealand R Marine dealer network. Announcing the R Marine Dealer of the Year awards, Riviera Chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the judges had a difficult task in selecting one Dealership.  "Every one of our R Marine Dealerships has performed magnificently over the past year, but in the end there has to be a winner," he said, revealing that R Marine Sydney has won Riviera's Dealership of the Year.  "The team at R Marine Sydney has demonstrated excellence in every aspect of their activities, from owner service to support and event management - all revolving around the owner experience," said Mr Longhurst.  R Marine Sydney Dealer Principal Michael Joyce accepted the award on behalf of his team.  "We are proud to be a part of the incredible R Marine network and I am personally very proud of the team I lead," said Mr Joyce. "We keep raising the bar in our commitment to our owners and this year opened a new service facility on Sydney Harbour. This will further enhance our support for all Riviera and Belize owners."  R Marine Sydney also took out the award for Sales Excellence by a Dealership.  Accepting the award for Service Excellence by a Dealership, New Zealand’s R Marine Flagship Director Dean Horgan said: "This award reflects the hard work our large service team has put into expanding their technical knowledge over the past few years.  "We have a constant drive to teach and to learn and to improve the skills and dedication of our entire team."  Mr Longhurst explained that the awards are judged over a wide range of criteria and span a full 12-month period. "The Dealer of the Year award is judged according to the Dealership's relationship with owners, how well they adhere to the Riviera, Belize and R Marine standards, how they conduct Experience and educational events for owners and overall sales performance.  "Relationship with owners is vital in our judging. The Dealerships and the individuals are judged according to the owner experience and feedback over an extended period.  "Ensuring our Riviera and Belize owners have 'the boating time of their lives' is the reason we exist, so powerful, positive feedback is paramount to us. "This applies whether we are judging overall excellence, service excellence or sales excellence." The R Marine network exclusively represents the Riviera and Belize brands throughout Australia and New Zealand and is the Asia Pacific’s most experienced luxury motor yacht dealer network.

Sabre Takes People's Choice Award

The new Sabre 45 Salon Express just won The People’s Choice Award at the Newport International Boat Show, meaning that more people who paid to go to the show liked this classic Down East two-stateroom, two-head, user-friendly cruiser than any other boat there. And it’s easy to see why.  From start to finish, this new built-in-Maine beauty is made for the way people cruise today. At 45 feet, with IPS joystick controls, it’s easy for a relatively new cruising couple, or a pair of old salts, to handle. They can live on it for a long time, cruising by themselves, if they want; they also can cruise with a pair of guests in a separate stateroom (friends, children, grandchildren, whatever), or they can go out for the day with a lot of friends who just want to relax in the bright, light-filled salon and sociable cockpit.

Sanlorenzo Takes Double Awards

Double award for Sanlorenzo at the World Yachts Trophies 2017 ceremony in Cannes, where also superyacht 52Steel Seven Sins succeeded, winning “best interior design” in the category of superyachts from 50 to 80 meters.  52Steel Seven Sins is the first 52-meter model in metal launched by the Sanlorenzo Superyacht Disivion, that has introduced on this vessel many innovative features, always respecting the refinement and design that identify Sanlorenzo, like the astonishing beach area astern: a large full-beam space in direct contact with the water, thanks to the lateral openable terraces, and bathed in natural light coming through the above swimming pool. This space easily converts into a floodable garage, hosting a tender up to 8-meter in length.  The new crossover yacht SX88 by Sanlorenzo was awarded “most avant-gard yacht” of the year.  

Sanlorenzo New Exclusive Dealer in France

Sanlorenzo is proud to announce the signing of a new dealership agreement with Mr Philippe Blattès  PB-Yachting, an important yacht company which has been active in France, UK and Principality of Monaco for more than 25 years.  In those regions, Philippe Blattès PB-Yachting will be the exclusive dealer for the Sanlorenzo’s fiberglass Yacht Division: SL line (planning hull models with flying bridge: SL78, SL86, SL96, SL106, SL118), SD line (semi displacement: SD92, SD112, SD126) and the new crossover SX line, which first model SX88 debuted at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017. Sanlorenzo France with office in Port Camille Rayon in Golfe Juan French Riviera, Sanlorenzo London in Mayfair and Sanlorenzo Montecarlo are the three new Sanlorenzo embassies where, the most demanding yacht owners and enthusiasts, can get in touch with the made-to-measure philosophy of the Italian shipyard.  

Sunseeker Continues Strong Sales Momentum

Sunseeker International is pleased to report a strong performance in 2017, with forecasted significant growth in revenue of 10% and 15% in volume vs the previous year and a substantial improvement in profit for the overall year vs 2016. The figures are the result of a significant restructuring and refocusing of the business, together with substantial investment across new product, improved facilities and its people. The market reaction to the company’s compelling new products and existing model refreshes has been particularly strong and has created a robust platform for future profitable growth. The results also cement Sunseeker’s position as Britain’s biggest boat builder and the world’s leading brand for luxury performance motor yachts.  Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker, commented: “Sunseeker is global leading luxury brand which is a profitable, stable business with excellent growth potential. We have a strong forward order book, with 90% of capacity sold for 2017 and 50% already sold for 2018. Our robust NPD process has helped us achieve this success; delivering exciting new models, such as the hugely successful Manhattan 52 – our fastest selling model ever – as well as the Predator 57 MK II, Manhattan 66 and the new 76 Yacht, which is already proving to be extremely popular.  “We are continuing to invest in our facilities and people, with the creation of 122 jobs this year and a further 124 by January 2018 in order to meet the increase in demand across the model range.”  Phil continues: “We have some bold new product plans that will see us move up into larger superyachts using different build methods and materials for the first time and we will also be reaffirming our sporting heritage with the introduction of new smaller performance models. 2017 has been another defining year for Sunseeker and we are extremely optimistic about the future.”  Sunseeker will be unveiling two new models at the Southampton Boat Show – the 76 Yacht and the Predator 57 MKII, which have been developed with current and future trends in mind. The exciting all-new 76 Yacht delivers an unprecedented level of luxury, sociability and entertaining space. Clever design maximises these traits, whilst an innovative use of glass enhances natural light, making this a bright and airy boat in which to relax and unwind. Furthermore, with 18 yachts already pre-sold, its desirability is evident.  The Predator 57 MKII is an evolution of the popular Predator 57, which has been leader in its segment since its introduction in January 2015 and now offers even more elegance and style.

Sunseeker Strengthens Teams with New COO

Sunseeker International, Britain’s biggest boat builder, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Straughan as Chief Operating Officer.  Michael joins Sunseeker from Bentley Motors Ltd, where he was Member of the Board for Manufacturing and brings with him a wealth of experience in premium luxury manufacture. Having lead the operations of some major production facilities both in the UK and abroad, Michael has provided key direction and substantial improvements for several major brands across multiple and complex product offerings and so will provide Sunseeker with further operational expertise and an uncompromising focus on quality.  Commenting on the appointment, Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker, said: “We are delighted to welcome Michael to the executive team, it is a testament to the strength of the Sunseeker business today that we are able to attract his calibre of professional with a proven track record of directing successful manufacturing operations within the premium luxury sector.  “Michael will provide us with some crucial operational expertise as we enter an exciting phase of growth and ensure we can increase our production capacity efficiently while maintaining and improving our exceptional product quality. I am really looking forward to working with him and the rest of the team to deliver some bold new product plans that will see us further strengthen Sunseeker’s position as one of the world’s leading yacht builders.”  Michael added: “Sunseeker is a fantastic brand with an incredible reputation around the world for exciting, high quality products and I am delighted to be joining them. The plans for the business will see this strengthen further still with significant investment planned across facilities and products, so this truly is an exciting time to be joining the business. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to be a part of the future growth of this iconic brand.”

Sunseeker Flypast Royal Air Force Red Arrows

Britain’s biggest boat builder, Sunseeker International, is delighted to support the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows’ overseas tour this autumn. The deployment will see the team visit destinations from mainland Europe to the Middle East including Cannes, Athens, Jeddah, Riyadh, Kuwait, Doha, Karachi, Bahrain and Muscat. Over 37 days, the world famous team will cover some 8,432 nautical miles, performing eight displays and carrying out three flypasts as part of its efforts to promote the UK across the globe. Sunseeker is delighted to have marked the Cannes Yachting Festival’s 40th anniversary with a dedicated flypast at 10am on Friday 15th September.  Launched in 2012 to capitalise on the excitement and interest generated by the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympics and Paralympics, the GREAT Britain campaign can now be seen in 144 countries worldwide. Sunseeker has been an active supporter of the GREAT Britain campaign since 2015, when it launched its GREAT edition of the San Remo yacht dressed with a vibrant Union Jack wrap at the Southampton Boat Show.  The Red Arrows are one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, showcasing the excellence of the Royal Air Force and representing the United Kingdom at home and overseas. Comprising 120 people, including skilled pilots, engineers and support staff, the team flies British-made Hawk fast-jets and has displayed more than 4,800 times in 57 countries since 1965.

Sunseeker Trio of Special Guests at Southampton 2017

Sunseeker International is delighted to announce that two time world hurdles champion Colin Jackson CBE, sports commentator Suzi Perry and X Factor winner Ben Haenow, where the brand’s special guests at this year’s Southampton Boat Show on Friday 15th September.  Colin, who is best known for his success and world records in the 110m and 60m hurdles, and more recently his coverage of the athletics across the BBC will be opening the stand with Sunseeker founder, Robert Braithwaite CBE DL and CEO Phil Popham.  Colin will also introduce Sunseeker’s new long-term partnership with Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), a charity dedicated to protecting the oceans for future generations to enjoy. The partnership with Sunseeker will increase awareness of ocean conservation by encouraging people to think about their impact on the oceans and how they can help save our most valuable resource.  Suzi Perry will also be at the opening and is a long-time friend to Sunseeker. Suzi is renowned for becoming the first permanent female presenter of Formula One racing on British TV.  Colin and Suzi will be joined by X Factor 2014 winner, Ben Haenow who will be singing for everyone’s enjoyment. His debut single reached number one in the UK singles chart becoming the 2014 Christmas number one. Ben has since released his debut studio album and will be going on tour this December.  The show saw Sunseeker launch two world premieres - the 76 Yacht and the Predator 57 MKII.

Viking Run for the Fallen

Viking Yacht Center was honored to be a stop on this year's Run For The Fallen. Blazing a tribute trail of over 6,000 miles across the nation, The Run recognizes nearly 20,000 fallen service members. Each mile of The Run is dedicated to one or more U.S. service members, and the runners stop every mile at a Hero Marker. At the stop they announce the hero's name out loud and present an American Flag and a personal biographical card to the waiting family members, friends and comrades.

Viking Continuing Education

Viking is proud that to have the strongest dealer network in the world, with its domestic and international dealerships all encompass solid leadership, established relationships and many offer multiple locations. One of the reasons Viking continue to lead the industry is because of the education and opportunities it  provides to its authorized network.  Throughout the year Viking dealer principals and sales representatives are invited to New Gretna, New Jersey, home of the Viking Yacht manufacturing facility, to spend a few days for interactive, hands-on training. Viking's Sales Department hosts this Master's Program and takes the teams through the build process, discusses new technology and demonstrates features unique to our product. It's also a great opportunity to receive feedback on Viking boats so it can continue to build a better boat every day.

Viking CEO Community Leader

Patrick Healey, President and CEO of the Viking Yacht Company, was honored last week by the Shore Medical Center's "A Cause to Celebrate" gala in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As a community leader and longtime supporter of Shore, Patrick was celebrated at the social event of the year in a ballroom filled to the gills. In addition to delicious food, a live band and dancing, there was a silent auction that raised over $500,000 benefiting Shore Cancer Center. 

Viking Going in Deep History

Larry Hesse's Viking 70 Goin' In Deep made history at last week's MidAtlantic fishing tournament. For the first time in the tournament's 26 years, a participant won two of the event's major categories. Larry and his son, Larry Jr., with captain Walter Harmstead at the helm, were the big winners at the event as they weighed the top blue marlin at 680 pounds and the Heaviest Tuna, a 184-pounder. After boating the blue early in the day, Goin' In Deep was trolling back to the scales when they got covered up and landed the massive tuna. These two feats allowed the Goin' In Deep crew to collect a seven-figure check. Art Kontos and his crew on the Viking 68 Let It Ride took 2nd Place Heaviest Billfish with a 677-pound blue marlin, just three pounds behind Goin' In Deep. Ken Hager's Viking 50 Taylor Jean claimed the 2nd Place Heaviest White Marlin at 72 pounds. Captain Brian Komer on the Viking 62 and the Viking 60 Caitlin tied for 2nd Place in the tuna division with each weighing a 72-pound fish. Bob Book's Viking 62 Book Ends won the wahoo category with 53-pound 'hoo. Of the 10 top spots on the MidAtlantic leader board, seven were filled by a Viking. The additional calcuttas and jackpots were also dominated by our proud fleet. 

Viking Health First

Always forward thinking, the Viking Yacht Company's proactive healthcare and wellness initiatives for employees started over 30 years ago and continues to grow. In addition to having an onsite Medical Department and Viking Wellness Center physical fitness facility, Viking has just added SphygmoCor XCEL to its list of employee benefit programs. This program gives access to leading technology for central blood pressure and arterial stiffness measurements, as well as brachial blood pressure, to better inform and individualize blood pressure management.  SphygmoCor provides valuable information about the heart and arteries, and can help providers manage blood pressure to goal, potentially reducing damage to the heart, brain and kidneys. The results are key in making more informed treatment decisions.  "We are proud of our employee wellness program. With the addition of SphygmoCor, we now have a more advanced tool to help our employees better understand their cardiovascular risk. They can also use this information to track results of lifestyle modifications and other interventions," said Robert Healey, Sr., Chairman and CEO of Viking Group. "Employee health is important for many reasons, for everything from personal health to corporate productivity."