February 28, 2017

Monthly News - February 2017

-pic of the month- Wider Picks Two More Prizes

Bavaria New Sales Record

Bavaria announces a new sales record at the beginning of the new exhibition season. Including the after show business, more than 160 yachts were sold at the boot Düsseldorf in January 2017.  At the boot Bavaria Yachts presented not only their complete range of catamarans, sailing and motor yachts at the Bavaria World, but a new sales record was also set. During the nine days of the international water sports show and the following two weeks, more than 160 orders for new yachts were placed, thus outperforming their own sales record at the boot 2016 of 133 sold. The analysis of these figures shows that half of those are sailing yachts and the other half motor yacht sales. As in the previous year, the number of catamarans sold also increased further.  Europe’s second largest shipyard presented a total of 24 catamarans, sailing and motor yachts on an area of over 4000 m² of exhibition space in hall 15 and 17. The Bavaria World in hall 17 was thus the largest single-site exhibition stand at the boot 2017 and once again underlined the leadership position of Bavaria Yachts in a very competitive market.  The four premieres at the start of the show were also very successful. The new flagship Bavaria C57 of the sailing yachts' fleet celebrated her world premiere as did the motor yacht Bavaria R40 Coupe. The motor yacht Bavaria E40 FLY and the catamaran were presented for the first time at a German show. And for an impression of the future models by Bavaria Yachts, it was possible to go on a virtual tour of the new E34. Visitors could also see first design studies of the new R55, which will be presented to the public this fall.  Bavaria is now looking forward to the shows in Istanbul, Miami, Fredericia and in Tulln.



Benetti Yacht Master Italy Reports Huge Success

Friday February 3rd, the second leg of Azimut|Benetti Yachtmaster 2016/2017 came to a close. Guests attending the event, set against the splendid backdrop of Montecatini Terme, were offered three days of entertainment, professional content, workshops and team building activities. Once again the European event was the most popular, with a record number of over 200 attendees, including captains, crew members, yachting world professionals and sponsors.  Earlier this month, from February 1 to 3, Montecatini Terme played host to the European edition of A|B Yachtmaster Europe, the second of the three events in A|B Yachtmaster 17, which for the last 17 years Benetti has been organising for its captains.  The programme featured various training initiatives – workshops, conferences and interviews, as well as moments dedicated to exchange views with sponsoring businesses, networking opportunities and team building activities.  More than 200 guests, from a remarkable 19 different Countries, met at the Grand Hotel la Pace in Montecatini Terme: captains and crew members (engineers, officers and stewardess), plus surveyors and owners’ representatives. They were joined by several selected representatives of the press, partners and sponsors.  There was a packed workshop and conference schedule, with speakers offering insights on a series of current issues with practical implications. The subjects discussed included information security, the role of communication in crisis management, optimum crew management and yacht chartering from legislative and tax perspectives. The novelty at this year’s event was the day-long session dedicated exclusively to internal crew, stewards/stewardesses, organised on a joint basis with PYA (Private Yachting Association): four workshop sessions dedicated to service standards, etiquette and communication, care and maintenance services, leadership and team building. The aim of the event, the only one of its kind today, is to provide Benetti crews with consistent service standards and procedures. This need is clearly a felt one, so much so that attendees expressed the desire to extend the session at next year’s 2018 event to more than one day.  There were also 3 ‘live’ interviews, an on stage comparison between three journalist and as many experienced captains (American the first, the second Lebanese and the third and last Italian), a moment that had a remarkable response. The respondents talked about their experiences as Benetti captains tackling issues linked to different countries, cultures and legal systems.  Workshops and conferences were, as usual, accompanied by opportunities to socialise and have fun, as well as team building activities.  Azimut|Benetti was extremely satisfied to see attendees’ loyalty continue to grow, so much so that this year Benetti decided to recognise its most loyal captains, establishing three new attendance categories: Commodore, for captains who have attended 17 events; Ambassador, for those with 13 Yachtmasters under their belt; and Champions, for captains who have attended at least 7 events.  


Ferretti Groups Wins Boat Builder Award 2016

The strong efforts in Research and Development allowed Ferretti Group to defeat its competitors once again, conquering a new prestigious prize to add to its important history.  The Group won the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in the Innovative On Board Design Solution category, one of the eight competing areas of the prestigious event organized by Metstrade and IBI (International Boating Industry) magazine. The ceremony took place in Amsterdam last Wednesday evening, during the Marine Equipment Trade Show.  The prize, sponsored by Fusion, a leading company in the production of stereo systems, speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers designed specifically for the marine use, recognized Ferretti Group for its new float-in garage and stern opening system developed in collaboration with H + B Technics. The Submersible Hatch can be found on the new Ferretti Yachts 850. It allows the stern garage door to open and tilt down onto the beach area, creating a larger beach club at water level. Once the door is over the platform, it automatically aligns and then lowers diagonally under the water together with the central part of the platform. In this way, the garage is flooded to launch the tender and jet-ski.The platform can then be submerged to various depths, allowing guests to prepare for sea activities or simply relax in the water. This successful solution not only enhances the owners’ enjoyment of their boats but presents outstanding engineering and design elements. It has been registered as a patent of the Ferretti Group and will be featured on future model, starting with the new Riva 100’Corsaro.  This approach made it possible to implement several other technologically advanced and patented solutions, such as the Convertible Top on Riva 88’ Florida and 76’ Bahamas and the Dual Mode Transom (DMT) system, installed on board all the latest Custom Line maxi yacht.


Ferretti Group and Fincantieri Announce Cooperation

Fincantieri and Ferretti Group announced that they have reached a cooperation agreement with the goal of developing commercial and industrial synergies between the two Italian companies, world leaders in their respective markets. The partnership was announced during the IDEX-NAVDEX in Abu Dhabi, one of the most important global exhibitions dedicated to the defence and security sector. The agreement relates to the security and defence sector and to the recreational yachting industry. In both areas, the two companies have complementary capabilities and expertise that can lead to significant synergies. The agreement has been signed a few days ago by the CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono and the CEO of Ferretti Group, Alberto Galassi. Fincantieri, the world’s largest shipbuilding group and number one by innovation and diversification, and Ferretti Group, one of the most globally recognized yachting companies, share a particularly interconnected market view, especially after the foundation of FSD, Ferretti Group’s division dedicated to security and defence. This is one of the factors that allowed the creation of the partnership between the two groups, strengthening its success. The top management of the two companies are committed to put the cooperation into work on specific themes and business opportunities as soon as possible. These projects will cover civil and military sectors at both national and international level. 


Hatteras New CEO

Hatteras and Cabo Yachts named Kelly Todd Grindle as the company’s new CEO, effective today.  Grindle served most recently as president of outdoor products at Vista Outdoor in Overland Park, Kansas. Vista Outdoor is a $2.3 billion designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the outdoor sports and recreation markets.  Former Hatteras CEO John Ward is now CEO of Everglades Boats, Hatteras spokesman Joe Cacopardo said. Everglades sales and marketing vice president Bryan Harris confirmed the move.   Grindle brings to Hatteras Yachts his experience in the recreational marine manufacturing sector.  Prior to Vista Outdoor, he spent 15 years as senior group vice president of marine electronics, watercraft and diving at Johnson Outdoors in Racine, Wis. During his tenure at Johnson Outdoors, Grindle was credited with restructuring and turning around the watercraft division, as well as quadrupling the size of the marine electronics group through strategic acquisitions and organic growth spurred by innovation.


Jarrett Bay Earns Refit Excellence Award

Held during the recent Refit International Exhibition and Conference, the Refit Excellence Awards ceremony was the site of Jarrett Bay’s most recent recognition - Best Power Yacht Refit between 50 and 100 feet. This was the second year in a row earning this honor after thorough review by an independent panel of judges. Jarrett Bay’s stand-out refit project this year was Reel Steel, an iconic 66′ Hines-Farley which received extensive updates from buggy top to props, anchor locker to underwater lighting and everything in between.

Jarrett Bay Team Up

Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Operation WetVet are excited to announce an opportunity offering combat veterans a day of offshore sport fishing aboard the 54' custom boat Starflite in South Florida this winter. Project: Therapy at Sea has been launched as Operation WetVet’s first program open to service connected veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The project’s mission is to gather together U.S. combat veterans suffering from PTSD to enjoy a fun day of fishing.


Nordhavn Deliveries

Nordhavn introduce a new website section called Deliveries. The Deliveries section is an evolution of the old New Launch, now with more features and insight about the boat and the owners. The inaugural edition featured the delivery of Nordhavn 60 hull number 70.


Otam Named Best Naval Architecture

M/Y Gipsy  first unit of the semi displacement aluminum Otam Custom Range has been named as “best naval architecture for semi-displacement yachts” at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2017 on Sunday the 6th of February at the award ceremony held in Kitzbühel, Austria.  This 2017 SBD Awards celebrates the creative talents behind the most innovative, elegant and inspiring new yacht designs from the boards of the world’s leading yacht design studios. The 2017 edition rewarded SD 35m M/Y Gipsy with the prize for the Best Naval Architecture (semi-displacement Motor Yachts category) which is intended to recognize naval architects whose design for a qualifying motor yacht combines efficient hydrodynamics with elegance in a hull that properly meets its intended purpose, particularly in respect of performance, seaworthiness, range and economy. The real “mantra” for Otam Yachts that built his production and reputation - of over 63 years of history - on yachts with exceptional seaworthiness, efficiency and powerboating based performances. The yard receives this award with immense pride as a recognition not just for the yacht itself, but for the great passion and efforts made since the beginning of 1954.


Princess Launch Limited Edition Jet Tender

Princess is delighted to announce a collaboration with Williams Jet Tenders to produce a 'Princess Edition' jet tender. Available across the Turbojet range, the distinctive colour scheme has been designed to compliment Princess Yachts' models and provide customers with a uniquely styled craft. The stylish Princess Williams Jet Tenders are made to order and available from Williams directly through Princess Distributors.  Williams are recognized as the world leaders in the manufacture of jet tenders and have been offering tender solutions to Princess clients for over a decade. The 'Princess Edition' tender encapsulates this relationship in an exciting and eye catching way.  Each tender is finished with a custom metallic grey helm, unique inflation tube design featuring the Princess forward line branding with a two tone look, and the Princess crown embroidered to the upholstery. Additionally an identification plaque marks the tender as a limited edition model.

Princess Supports Marine Conservation Society

One of the cornerstones of our partnership is sharing expertise and knowledge. Eddystone Reefs is a critical example of this in action, just offshore from Princess's home in Plymouth. It involves what has been described by a leading commentator as "the single most effective activity the Marine Conservation Society has ever undertaken in its entire history".  In 2012, using the latest academic research, MCS challenged the legislation which was intended to protect wildlife and habitats as it didn't regulate fishing activity. This left supposedly 'protected' sites open to harmful fishing operations. Acting together with environmental lawyers Client Earth, MCS won their challenge, meaning for the first time these sites, which cover 23% of English inshore waters, are actively protected against harmful fishing operations.  One newly protected site is Eddystone Reefs area, and thanks to a commitment from Princess Yachts, MCS has a much needed injection of funding to complete the research and prove that protecting our seas has a positive impact on biodiversity.  Since the local regulators stopped trawling and dredging following MCS' legal challenge, MCS Seasearch divers have been surveying the shallow rocks of the reef and further down to 45 meters. To monitor the really deep areas, around 50m, MCS needs to continue to survey using remote camera equipment, then analyze the data and publish findings to make the case for such important protection measures. It's vital that this work continues so we can finish the story we started in 2012 and share the outcome on an international stage to inspire others to act.


Sabre Two New Appointments

Aaron Crawford has been promoted to President, in addition to retaining his responsibilities as Chief Operations Officer. Aaron brings more than twenty years of manufacturing, design, and engineering experience to his new role, the last seven of which have been with Sabre Yachts. Aaron is an experienced boater and lives on the coast of Maine with his wife and two daughters. Glenn Campbell has taken over as Head of Engineering at Sabre. Glenn has been an integral member of our engineering team since 1997 and has contributed to more than fifteen new models in that time. Glenn received a BS in Industrial Technology from the University of Southern Maine and initially joined the Sabre engineering team as an intern while he was completing his degree. 


Sanlorenzo Celebrates 50000 Fans on Facebook

On tenth February 2017 Sanlorenzo was extremely pleased to celebrate the reaching of fifty thousand fans on Sanlorenzo Yacht’s official Facebook Page.  A great achievement for the Liguria Italy builder who offer a semi-custom and custom range from 78 up to 210 feet. 


Sea Ray Receives Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

Sea Ray was recognized by the marine industry’s independent trade organization for excellence in customer satisfaction, marking the 13th consecutive year the company received the honor. Sea Ray earned three 2016 Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), bringing the company’s total to an outstanding 67 CSI Awards. The NMMA formally announced the awards during the Industry Breakfast held at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show on Friday, February 17.  Sea Ray’s newest awards came in the following categories: Deck Boats, Fiberglass Outboard Boats, and Sterndrive Bowrider Boats. The CSI Awards are an independently administered measure of customer satisfaction, only recognizing boat and engine manufacturers that receive the highest marks.  The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. For this calendar year, award recipients achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction with at least 25 completed surveys or 15 completed surveys and a 50% response rate in a category/segment over the past 12 months, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Wider Picks Two More Prizes

The Wider 150 has been awarded two more prizes at the ShowBoats Design Awards held in Kitzbühel on Sunday 5th February. This brings the total number of awards for this exciting new yacht to eight, a remarkable achievement for a yard delivering their first superyacht. These latest awards were in the categories for “Best Exterior Design and Styling Motor Yacht below 48m” and “Most Innovative Motor Yacht”.   The event attended by more than 300 of superyacht’s senior figures, including most of the leading designers and heads of shipyards around the globe honors the most creative, innovative and inspiring sailing and motor yachts delivered in the last year.  Amongst the many noteworthy features that were highlighted by the judging panel, the wings on the upper deck of the Wider 150, allowing for full walk around whilst allowing a full beam sky lounge, put the Wider ahead of the other finalists in the “Best Exterior Design and Styling” category.  Within the “Most Innovative motor yacht” category, the judges considered the Wider 150 a clear winner and a real ‘shape-shifter’, declaring that “the corollary to the adage ‘form follows function’ is that when function changes, so must the form, and that is what Wider CEO Tilli Antonelli has arranged throughout the yacht, allowing it to live bigger than its actual LOA.”. The true innovation of the Wider 150 is her diesel electric propulsion system which allows her to offer a completely new layout below deck. This frees up space to be used at the midships which can be given to the owner allowing this 47m yacht to include a 90m2 beach club with 7m swimming pool which doubles as a garage for a 32’ tender, unique in this size range.

Wider New Partner

Adorning a superyacht with suitable accessories is no small task. Wider are delighted to partner with Boutsen Design Yachting to ensure that the job is carried out to the highest possible standard of excellence. With extensive experience in the arena of private aircraft and luxury homes, Boutsen Design opened their Yachting division in Monaco in January 2016, with Executive Vice President Maxime Castellini-Ninio at the helm.  Maxime has an impressive CV which includes being responsible for the outfitting of the new Monaco yacht club which opened in June 2014.  Boutsen Design Yachting offer a comprehensive selection of luxury items and shall continue to work with Wider to create bespoke interiors that are the perfect finishing touch to enhance the yacht's experience onboard.


Viking VIP Take a Ride

The Viking VIP saw enthusiastic crowds topping over 1,000 people during the two-day run of the block buster show. Held at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, the most beautiful fleet in the world was on full display and for the first time showcased the new Viking 37 Billfish. A parade of admirers kept the 37 busy and rave reviews came flooding in. The boats were put through their paces and 85 sea trials were completed on a pair of picture perfect days. On the other side of the docks, 50 of Viking's valued vendors set up shop and spent one-on-one time discussing and demonstrating products such as fishing tackle and gear, décor, electronics, towers, power options, insurance and many other amenities related to the Viking product line. If you missed the VIP Boat Show, make plans to visit us at Yachts Miami Beach on Collins Avenue next week beginning on Thursday, February 16, and concluding on Monday, February 20, 2017.

February 27, 2017

Web: Raffaelli New Web Site

A renowned and long standing Italian yacht builder, Raffaelli presents its new website. Founded in 1962 as a service yard and starting boat production in 1972 by Renato Raffaelli who before forming his company with his signature surname, was also part of the Mochi Craft foundation which started in 1960 under the leadership of Luciano Mochi Zamperoli.  With Mochi, Renato also won the Bastia-Viareggio-Bastia with the production Mochi Thaitayn in Offshore Class Two category. This win will give to Renato Raffaelli the prize of Golden Nautical Rose in Italy. Raffaelli first model was the wood built 9.30 meter Compass Rose launched in end 1972, and followed in 1974 by the 35 Regal flybridge and Day version built in fiberglass.  Since 2015 the son of Renato, Giampiero Raffaelli has taken the helm of the company, which has always been known for building quality cruisers and yachts known for exemplary Italian looks, and offering good sea keeping qualities. An important detail in this is that for example all Raffaelli have a CE A category certification versus the B most boats of similar size feature. Currently Raffaelli is producing seven models from the 40 Shamal Evo to the 70 Ontera. Raffaelli latest model is the end 2015 launched 42 Typhoon Sportage.  Raffaelli new web site is available in Italian, and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Company, Yachts, Pre-Owned, Catalog, and Contact Us. Raffaelli is also on social media with link buttons for its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube pages located on the top right corner .

February 26, 2017

Project: ISA Yachts 141 Super Sportivo

ISA Yachts since 2016 under the ownership of Palumbo continues to look forward and in a space of some months present the project for a new 141 Super Sportivo.  This project of the 141 follows that of the 121 Super Sportivo announced in September 2016, and is as the twenty foot smaller sister a design to Marco Casali.  The ISA 141 Super Sportivo will offer a standard layout of four double cabins with crew accommodation for five or six persons.  Power will come from twin MTU 4613hp which should give top speeds in the region of 32 knots and a cruise of 26.

February 23, 2017

Project: Bavaria R55 Fly

During the Dusseldorf 2017 boat show Bavaria presented the project of the R55 Fly, what will be a new flagship in its Motor Boats line up, which currently starts at 28 feet and ends up at 45 feet.  Set to launch in the last quarter of 2017 the R55 is Bavaria's attempt to enter the large fifty feet yacht category, with the German boat builder trusting design and engineering to JandJ.  The Slovenian designers choose a sporty profile for the R55 Fly with a flat and long fore-deck.  Power for the Bavaria R55 will come from twin Volvo 600hp or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod drive propulsion.

February 22, 2017

New Model: Numarine 62 Hardtop

Numarine continue to expand there line with the new 62 Hardtop, called as project 60 in design construction stage.  A different aggressive looking nineteen meter sport yacht, with the new 62 Hardtop designer Can Yalman brings the  looks he proposed with the Numarine 70 a few years back in a smaller size.  The stand out feature of Can Yalman Numarine design is the attacking like looks, but also the different fore-deck with two side sun-pads and the forward looking bench settee. Just as the 60/62 Flybridge launched in the first part of 2016, the 62 Hardtop offers a spacious three double cabins interior layout, with full beam owners stateroom and all served with a private en-suite shower head.  A twin crew cabin is located aft.  Living is all on the main deck with a central positioned galley being center to a traditional layout, which can join form and function with the aft cockpit deck dinette.  Power for the Numarine is for standard Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives with an optional choice for twin Volvo 900hp engines.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.16 m (62.8ft)
Beam - 5.1 m
Draft - 1.6 inc props
Displacement - 27.5 t light
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - six guest berths in three cabins, 2 crew beds in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives, or line shaft Volvo 900hp only
Speed - 35 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Range - 375 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Can Yalman
Certification - ISO9001:2000

February 21, 2017

Project: Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht Hull#63

Jarrett Bay goes for a nostalgic classic looking sport fish design for this new currently in build hull number 63, for a 67 Sport Yacht.  This Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht will feature a couple firsts for the Carolina custom sportfish boat builder from a traditional trunk cabin design, to an integrated built in part of the hull bathing platform.  Like all Jarrett Bay Hull#63 is to be constructed in the cold molded method of jig wood framing covered with fiberglass and epoxy.   Power will come from twin 1135hp Cat engines, 

February 20, 2017

New Model: Breedendam MTB Fourzero Wheelhouse

The new Breedendam MTB Fourzero Wheelhouse is a retro classic inspired cruiser built with the latest technologies and designed by famous Dutch Guido de Groot with naval architecture by Flamme. The comfortable wheelhouse is bright and spacious and features an electric hard-top roof and a sliding window between the salon and cockpit enhancing the alfresco ambiance. The combination of sturdiness thanks to the aluminium construction, sportiness and elegance makes the MTB Fourzero Wheelhouse a unique offer in today's market.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.37 m (43.8ft)
Length - 12.2 m
Beam - 4 m exl drives and props
Draft - 1 m
Displacement - 12.6 t
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max half load
Hull Type - planning V
Construction - aluminium
Project - Guido de Groot design, Flamme for naval architecture
Certification - CE B

February 19, 2017

Project: Weaver 97

Weaver present the project for a new 97 feet flagship enclosed bridge sportfish super yacht. The Weaver 97, called as the 95 DC in project stage is the 1998 founded Baltimore builder largest build to date, with the builder arriving at the 80 feet super yacht size with a launch in 2008. Build in the hybrid type construction of wood and glass with the jig method the Weaver 97 will offer a total of eight staterooms.  The Weaver 97 is to be powered by twin MTU 2600hp engines and have a generous 15,000 liter fuel capacity.

February 18, 2017

New Model: Sunseeker 131 Yacht

Sunseeker continue to enjoy success in its one hundred feet plus sizes, and the new 131 Yacht launched in early 2016 is for sure the protagonist of the current line.  Sunseeker have indeed as of end 2016 delivered three 131 units, showing a nice demand of this model already on plan early construction stages.  The 131 Yacht replaces the 40 Meter Yacht of which it is based on, and stands as Sunseeker second in size model behind the 155.  A three deck plus sun bridge up the 131 Yacht offers a layout of five guests suites with owners staterooms on the main deck.  Sunseeker also offers a six guest cabin version.  Crew accommodation is for nine with a captains cabin behind the pilot house.  Power comes from twin MTU 3181hp which give a max speed of 25 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 40.05 m (131.5ft)
Beam - 8.09 m
Draft - 2.7 m
Displacement - 191,156 kg
Fuel Capacity - 21650 l or 26700 l with optional long range fuel tank
Water Capacity - 4950 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins or twelve guests in six cabins, nine crew in five cabins 
Engines 2 x MTU 3181hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max, 14 knots cruise, 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 1500 nm at 10 knots

February 17, 2017

Project: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY96

Monte Carlo Yachts has announced the development of the new MCY 96, an almost thirty meter super yacht that both further develops the MCY design philosophy and technical specifications and boosts the company's collection through a unique vessel with a scope and defining traits.  The new MCY 96 has been designed according to the highest standards on the market and complies with RINA Pleasure or Charter Class certifications. Upon request, the new model can also be certified according to CE-A category standards to be utilized as a pleasure boat or according to MCA MGN 280. The possibility to choose the preferred type of certification represents a quite unique feature and a highly significant added value for the owner.  Following the success of the award-winning MCY 105, the MCY 96 enters the collection as the result of Monte Carlo Yachts prominent and continued investments in the superyacht category, and will be followed by new models in the next future. The design of the MCY 96 was once again entrusted to Nuvolari Lenard. The firm's development of the MCY collection award-winning design philosophy shines throughout every nuance and detail of Monte Carlo Yacht's and maximizes key concepts and contents to achieve unprecedented results in its category. The yacht stands out for its smooth lines, high bow and deceptively low profile that confer its external profile a timeless, contemporary allure that is the natural evolution of the iconic MCY lines while keeping a coherent consistency with the rest of the collection.  Monte Carlo Yachts will present the new MCY 96 at an exclusive, invitation-only event in July before showcasing it at the Cannes, Monaco and Genova yacht shows.  Three units have so far been sold of the Monte Carlo Yachts MCY96.

February 16, 2017

New Model: Carver C52 Command Bridge

The new Carver C52 Command Bridge offers three staterooms and two heads in one of the most spacious layouts of a motor yacht of this size. Owners and guest will enjoy its large, open-concept cockpit with fully opening glass patio doors. The flush threshold leading to the spacious salon with wide side decks offers easy access to the large fore-deck seating area. Unique design elements include, a full-beam master stateroom with private entrance and a master head with a large stall shower. Two additional staterooms, a second head with a stall shower, a large aft galley, and a host of well-thought-out amenities. The Carver C52 Command Bridge is powered by standard twin Cummins 480hp engines, with optional 600 and 715hp choices.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.19 m (51.9ft)
Beam - 4.78 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 19051 kg dry with standard engine
Fuel Capacity - 2082 l
Water Capacity - 568 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 480hp, QSC 8.3 600hp, QSM11 715hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - fiberglass hand laid and vacuum infusion with Vinilester coat
Certification - CE, NMMA, USCG

February 15, 2017

Project: Riva 56 Open

Riva continues to push forward, and at the first important World boat show of 2017 presents a new project for a 56 Open model.  Again a design to Officina Italiana of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, Riva designers since the early nineties the 56 Open presents itself as a huge day sport yacht with spacious exterior spaces, offering a central sun-pad, L-shaped dinette, L-shaped passenger settee, wet-bar galley area, and helm station.  The interior will offer two large owner and VIP cabins, midships and forward, with a separate crew cabin.  In between the cabins is an L-shaped saloon and galley.  Power for the 56 Open will come from Man 1000hp or optional 1200hp engines with estimated top speed being in the region of 39 knots with the large optional choice. Currently under construction the Riva 56 Open hull one should launch in late Spring, and will feature a shark grey color.   

February 14, 2017

New Model: Absolute 58 Fly

Absolute start 2017 in full throttle presenting its first novelty of the year with the new 58 Fly, a latest addition to its Flybridge range.  The Absolute 58 Fly will impress for its spaces in seventeen meters of length and a three cabins three heads layout.  Living is all on the main deck with an astern galley and dinette opposite layout.  The flybridge of the 58 Fly is also a spacious affair, with a central C-shaped dinette, L-shaped forward facing passenger settee, helm station to port side, wet bar, and a free stern space.  The Absolute 58 Fly as all new models presented from the Italian builder in the last decade will be propelled by IPS pod drives with twin 600hp Volvo engines.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.24 m (56.6ft)
Beam - 4.8 m
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B

February 13, 2017

Project: Estensi 485 Goldstar S

Estensi present the project for the 485 Goldstar S.  An evolution of the 48, the 485 Goldstar S evolves one of Estensi Goldstar series most popular models with the  addition of windows serving the cabins, and the change of shape to the side saloon windows.  For the remaining the 485 Goldstar S keeps the traditional interior layout formula of the 48 for an interior with three double cabins, midships crew cabin, and a split level saloon with C-shaped saloon, and dinette.  Power for the Estensi 485 Goldstar S comes from twin Volvo engines of 500hp or optional 575hp units with line shaft propulsion.

February 12, 2017

New Model: Sanlorenzo 52Steel

Sanlorenzo Superyacht division celebrates the launch of Seven Sins, this being the first model of the new 52Steel line, a 52 meter superyacht in metal. The vessel was sold by Sanlorenzo Spain, the company representative based in Palma de Mallorca.  The ceremony took place at the recently acquired imposing production site in La Spezia. This site is exclusively dedicated to the design and construction of superyachts in metal from 40 up to 80 meters in length.  This site houses other important projects which are currently under construction, such as the second and third units of the 52Steel models, three units of the 460Explorer and the first 64Steel, that will become the new Sanlorenzo flagship.  To celebrate this important event, besides the presence of a number of local dignitaries, the Belgian owner invited many family and friends. Also included in the celebration were the whole Sanlorenzo workforce who contributed to the building of the first 52Steel over the past two years.  The 52Steel is a five-deck superyacht with endless customization possibilities. The external lines, drawn in collaboration with Officina Italiana Design, are a natural evolution of the Sanlorenzo superyacht range and continues with refined features, elegance and technical innovation.  Some of the groundbreaking elements on the aft section, introduced by the Technical Department of Sanlorenzo Superyacht division, includes a large swimming pool on the main deck. Its transparent floor allows natural light to filter into the beach club below. This exclusive space features two folding terraces, one on each side of the yacht, serving as platforms with direct access to the sea.  The same area can be quickly transformed into a garage with a controlled flooding system for the storage of a tender up to 8 meters in length. This part of the boat also houses a fully equipped, customized gym for its owner.  The internal layout hosts a large owner apartment in the bow on the main deck. With 2 vip and 3 guest cabins on the lower deck it allows the owner to entertain friends and family. It also has two spacious salons, one on the main deck and one on the upper deck. The external living areas are featured on the on the main, upper and sun deck.  Sanlorenzo 52Steel world premiere will take place at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017 at the end of Semptember, this boat show is exclusively dedicated to the world largest superyachts.
Technical Data:
LOA - 52 m (170ft)
Beam - 9.25 m
Draft - 2.65 m
Displacement - 499 gross tonnage
Fuel Capacity - 55000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or twelve guests in six cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512C 2366hp, MTU 12V4000 M63 2012hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 17 knots max, 11 knots cruse
Construction Material - steel
Project - Officina Italiana Design

February 11, 2017

Project: Bering 130

Bering Yachts proudly announces the 130 project a new forty meters addition to its expedition series models and flagship of the fleet.  Striking with her bold and powerful lines, she has been developed in association with Sabdes Design to be a superb transoceanic yacht, ready to take on the heaviest of seas with grace and efficiency due to a tall bow profile that provides the requisite buoyancy to rise up and over approaching swells.  Her expeditionary-styled, tri-deck profile is influenced by the tall bow as well as the Portuguese bridge and pilothouse, features that contribute to her functionality as well as to her aesthetics. The Bering 130 is every bit as capable, and with 65000 liters of fuels can travel well over 6,000 nautical miles.  Bering 130 features an extremely functional layout thanks to a nine metrs plus of beam. The huge sun deck on the flybridge offers a prime location for entertaining, partially shaded by the hardtop and hosting a wet bar, large Jacuzzi, various lounging areas compromising of lots of fitted sun pads.  Stunning upper deck sky lounge reinforces the indoor/outdoor theme with large doors opening out to the aft. The library area, captain’s quarters and pilothouse are all well laid on the upper deck. Alfresco dining for up to ten and large sun-loungers are available on the aft side of this deck.  Exterior side of the main deck incorporates the lounge area with sun pads, seating and a generous coffee table. The vast main saloon and dining area (for 10 guests) have huge full-height windows on either side giving the guests a wonderful sea view. The galley, day head and extensive storage areas are also comprised on the main deck.  The forward located full beam master suite comprises a master stateroom with a king size bed, a spacious head and extensive storage areas. Being located on the main deck provides a real convenience over the more typical placement of the master suite in the lower deck, no stairs. In addition to being far more convenient, the master suite offers maximum privacy given the fact it is completely separated from the lower staterooms.  Four luxurious and spacious staterooms comprising large queen size beds and en suite heads make up the lower deck. Fully equipped, dedicated gym and massage therapy cabins, as well as the crew quarters are also located in the lower deck.

February 10, 2017

New Model: Vanquish VQ48

Vanquish new VQ48 is the current flagship for the open sports boat line from this Dutch builder, made famous for the capacity to keep passengers dry at all times: high and low speeds, quiet and rough seas, strong or light winds. The Guido de Groot design merges features from previous success stories like a smaller fore-deck version of the dinette from the VQ50 and the sun beds on the VQ43. Other highlights include two specially developed helm seats, a large lounge settee and an intelligent convertible top with a clever bimini solution.  The Vanquish VQ48 is powered by twin Cummins 600hp and or optional 715hp choice, with this latest option delivering speeds of over forty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.95 m (49ft)
Beam - 4.5 m
Draft - 0.85 m (exl drives)
Displacement - 14 t
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins 600hp, 715hp
Propulsion - ZF aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 40 knots max
Project - Guido de Groot

February 9, 2017

Project: Baltic Yachts M/Y78

Baltic Yachts, renowned for their leading edge carbon fiber building technology to produce fast, lightweight,competitive luxury yachts, is pleased to announce the signing of a new powerful motor yacht order. The Germán Mani Frers designed, semi-planing, go-anywhere motor yacht will benefit from Baltic Yachts precision composite engineering and construction techniques. The spectacular Baltic M/Y78 superstructure contains two separate saloons, one for dining and another for relaxing, both with direct, same level access to the extensive deck space fore and aft. Below decks there are two crew cabins aft, two amidships cabins and an owner’s suite forward. With interior design from Design Unlimited the M/Y 78 is a modern and contemporary yacht. The Baltic M/Y 78 will be an efficient motor yacht capable of very comfortable cruising, top speed of 25 knots. Delivery is scheduled in summer 2017. Baltic Yachts will work closely together with the project Manager Roberto Martinez of Martinez Consulting throughout all stages of this custom project integrating outstanding performance with state-of-the-art technology.

February 8, 2017

Improve-it = Azimut 50 Flybridge

Azimut starts 2017 with a bang presenting a surprise novelty at one of the most important World boat shows, happening in Germany at Dusseldorf.  As it has already happened for several years in a row, Azimut has chosen this occasion to present its first novelty for 2017, underlining once again the importance of the European market. Visitors at the Düsseldorf Boat Show will be the first ones to uncover the alternative layout of the Azimut 50 Flybridge. Clients can choose now one of the two different layouts for the 50 Flybridge: with the galley on the main or in the lower deck.

February 7, 2017

Project: Sealine C530

Based on the 2016 launched F530, Sealine present the project for the C530, a coupe fully enclosed hard top with patio door version designed by Bill Dixon.  Mirroring the F530 in every area minus the flybridge, the C530 will feature a double sunroof hard-top, and is Sealine largest ever made sport yacht.  The C530 offers a three double cabin interior, with an option existing for the third cabin to have in twin single berths or a french double berth.  Power options are for twin Volvo 550ho or 600hp with IPS pod drives, with the large engine option having an estimated top speed of 34 knots. 

February 6, 2017

New Model: Viking 48 ST

Viking continue to present more models in its 48 line launched in 2016 with the Convertible version. This time around it is next for another model in the express series with the Viking 48 ST for Sport Tower. The Viking 48 ST is in all similar to the Open model with the main difference being the three part hard top covering the helmsman and half of the cockpit deck. The hard top creates all weather protection and also a second entertainment area usable come rain and shine. The Viking 48 ST is powered by standard twin Man 900hp engines with optional choices available for 1000 and 1200hp units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15 m (49.1ft)
Beam - 5.2 m
Draft - 1.4 m incl props
Displacement - 30092 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4504 l
Water Capacity - 674 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 crm 900hp, 1000hp, 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft in tunnels
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise

February 5, 2017

Project: Fipa Maiora 26

It is apparent that Fipa Maiora is on a restyling phase which started with the project for the new 36 designed by Quartostile presented in the second part of 2016 and currently under construction for a 2017 launch.  Now after the 36, Fipa is presenting another new project for a raised pilot house super yacht Maiora 26 model.  As is usual with Maiora the 26 will feature traditional Italian yacht lines with futuristic design touches. This will be an interesting phase for Fipa Maiora, and again we will see something similar to when the 20 Maiora was launched in the early nineties, and its success making the builder evolve all the line inspired from this important for it motor yacht model.  

February 3, 2017

New Model: Sirena 64

Sirena Yachts the all new Turkish motor-yacht brand part of Kiraca Holdings launches the new 64 at the 2017 Dusseldorf boat show.  The Sirena 64 is to be followed by an eight feel smaller 56 model in just a couple of weeks launching at the coming Miami boat show.  With this interesting explorer type yacht range, Sirena takes competition to the Azimut Magellano range head on with a very similar concept of yacht.  The Sirena 64 is designed by Frers; hull and exterior lines, and Spadolini responsible for the interior.  Her accommodation layout will offer three double guest cabins, plus a crew cabin with a two berth sleeping capacity.  Standard power is from twin Cats 850hp engines which give a top speed up to 25 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.74 m (68ft)
Hull Length - 19.2 m
Waterline Length - 19 m full load
Beam - 5.86 m
Draft - 1.27 m full load
Displacement - 44 t full load, 36 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 5300 l
Water Capacity - 1450 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C12.9 850hp
Propulsion - line shaft in V-drive with ZF gearbox 
Speed - 25 knots max, 16 knots cruise, 10 knots economy
Range - 1000 nm at 10 knots
Hull - semi displacement
Construction - Sandwich with Vinilester resin and PVC type core.  Carbon applied for superstructure
Project - Frers Naval Architecture hull and exterior lines, Studio Spadolini interior
Certification - CE A, data to ISO8666

February 2, 2017

Project: Fairline 43 Targa Open

Fairline announce the project for the Targa 43 Open, a completely new design starting from a blank sheet of paper by Italian designer, Alberto Mancini. The partnership between the Italian designer and British boatyard, which began with the Targa 63 GTO, has created an instantly recognizable sleek hull shape with effortless styling, showcasing the direction of Fairline future.  The new Targa 43 Open, of which ten models were sold during the first day of the London Boat Show 2017, will have the same innovative, versatile, light, bright and stylish feel of the Targa 63 GTO. The luxurious sports cruiser will feature a choice of either twin Volvo Penta 370hp or 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion, which is expected to achieve max speeds around the mid thirty knots.

February 1, 2017

blogger - Year of Difference

What a difference can a year make for a brand and a important name?  By the look of things happening at Fairline a lot.  Since coming into new ownership and management a year ago Fairline is reestablishing itself slowly as an important name in production boat building.
But lets review a bit the recent story of Fairline.  This British boat builder has been slowly going in decline, for I would say more or less a decade.  Without going into much personal opinion about this, I would say the Fairline management in this term had let itself escape a big chunk of the market, with the main reason being of not sufficient investments for new models being done.  Most important Fairline was lacking renewal in its bread and butter sizes of between twelve to twenty meters, with its model offer in this size not being enough for clients.   
Interesting the new Fairline management team seems to have started head on to tackle this model issue with new models in these sizes coming in at interval of two for every year.  Result of this is that things are paying off and Fairline is meeting both its production and sales targets, with the project of a new Targa 43 Open selling ten units on plan during its presentation at the London boat show 2017.