June 30, 2017

Monthly News - June 2017

-pic of the month- Azimut Tenth Yachting Gala

Azimut Benetti Tenth Yachting Gala

For the tenth edition of the exclusive Yachting Gala, organised by Azimut|Benetti Group to bring owners together from all over the world, the Group has chosen the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the gorgeous setting of Porto Cervo in Sardinia. From America to China and from Brazil to Australia, over 700 owners arrived in Porto Cervo for the weekend of June 24-25, where they had the chance to admire world previews of the new gems in the Azimut collection: the Azimut Grande 27 Metri and the Azimut Grande 35 Metri, which will be making its official debut next September at the Cannes Boat Show. Selected owners were also able to put the remarkable propulsion system developed exclusively by Rolls Royce to the test on the Benetti Fast 125’. Azimut|Benetti Group also showcased the other models in the Azimut and Benetti ranges, with a total of 25 yachts.  At the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which is one of the most famous yacht clubs in the world and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, an “Azimut Benetti Village” was set up for guests to admire and test drive the yachts in the fleet, as well as enjoying the entertainment laid on exclusively for them. They also had a chance to discover Costa Smeralda, with guided tours of the local area, excursions to the most beautiful bays, fine food and wine experiences featuring the local cuisine and Sardinian vermouths, plus the finest local craft products. An ambassador for Made in Italy, Azimut|Benetti Group united the world’s top Italian lifestyle trend-setters in Porto Cervo.  Sipping glasses of Ferrari Trento, guests were treated to a trunk show organised byErmenegildo Zegna with Creative Director Alessandro Sartori, while a yacht provided the venue for the ladies to admire precious jewellery creations by Bulgari, accompanied by Creative Director Lucia Silvestri. Frette, which curated the decor of the boats on display and created the special one-off colour used for the table linen at the gala dinner, offered guests an exclusive bespoke service, while the designers from Rubelli provided private interior design advice in a lounge with a spectacular sea view.  After the gala dinner held on the Yacht Club terrace, electronic music, digital effects and firework displays provided the backdrop for an evocative night yacht parade to celebrate the present and welcome in the future under the banner of cutting edge technology and Italian style. The virtuoso musical entertainment was provided by pianist Matthew Lee and his eccentric performances.  Presiding over the event was the host Paolo Vitelli, Founder and Chairman of the Group, joined by the new generation of Group managers: Azimut|Benetti Group Vice PresidentGiovanna Vitelli, Azimut Yachts Business Unit General Manager Marco Valle, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio and Benetti Megayachts Business Unit General Manager Christos Ramnialis. A message of continuity for Azimut|Benetti Group, the world’s leading builder of mega yachts, which looks to the future with enthusiasm, while continuing to assert and extend its leadership in the promising giga yacht segment too.


Azimut Benetti 17th Yachtmaster Edition

The final event in this year’s A|B Yachtmaster 17, held at the Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami, USA, early in May, was attended by over 90 guests, including about 30 captains and professionals. The packed two-day programme offered attendees conferences, workshops, meetings with sponsor companies, opportunities for exchanging views and networking, team-building activities and, of course, some well-deserved relaxation and fun.  Three workshops were organised on crew management (one of the most pressing topics for attending captains), media management and privacy protection. The conference sessions also tackled practical and topical issues, with Clive MacCarteny, Peter Selivanoff and Izabela Manka from Fraser Yachts on stage to talk about crew documentation. At the US event too, one of the biggest successes was the live interview session with highly experienced captains attending the event, during which Steve Davis, director of the magazine Dockwalk, interviewed Anthony Nicholls, captain of the M/Y Andiamo.  An entire day was dedicated to teams of stewards/stewardesses, organised jointly with the PYA (Professional Yachting Association), during which crews took part in workshops designed specifically to provide more comprehensive training on service standards, presentation, care and maintenance services, leadership and team building.  Paola Caccavallo, Coordinator of the Yachtmaster program, had these comments to make on this last leg of the event: “This is the third Yachtmaster held in the USA and we are extremely satisfied both with the high turnout of professionals and the active participation of captains and sponsors during the various working sessions and entertainment activities. Yachtmaster has a mission to create a solid community of Key Influences who interact both with the Benetti shipyard and our partners, and the consolidation of their sense of team spirit was clear to see during this US event”. Finally, referring to the program as a whole, she stressed that: “In just two years since the new program was launched, we have achieved and exceeded all our goals and the mission we set ourselves. We are very proud of the work performed so far and all the positive feedback we continue to receive. As this year’s event draws to a close, we are already working on the preparations for the 18th edition and in the coming months we will be presenting the new 2017-2018 program”.


Back Cove New National Sales Manager

Jamie Bloomquist has joined Back Cove Yachts as our new National Sales Manager. Jamie is well known in the marine industry, and we're excited to have him on the Back Cove Team.  Jamie has over 25 years of experience working in sales, marketing, and business development. He has worked as a professional photographer, founded two technology companies, and was the co-creator and President of USHarbors, delivering tide charts and marine weather for over 1,200 harbors nationwide.  Jamie grew up boating on Chautauqua Lake, in New York State but has spent the last 15 years living in Camden, Maine boating on Lake Megunticook and Penobscot Bay with his wife and two children.


Beneteau Revisits Boutique

Beneteau’s new boutique provides a selection of elegant products that are ideal for sailing, with Longchamp bags, the Elle Decoration Yacht Case for Bénéteau, casual clothes by Marcy all in an online store based on the latest designs in e-commerce. Each item is discreetly signed with Beneteau’s iconic seahorse and unites the manufacturing know-how of the brands and Beneteau’s identity

Beneteau Seayo Control

The new Seayo Control is making a debut on leisure craft. Equipping the recent Gran Turismo 50, this technology operates many of the boat’s functions and is intuitive and easy to use. Inspired by the onboard computers of the car industry, this innovation confirms Beneteau’s commitment to simplifying sailing and opening it up to everyone.


Horizon Yachts Thirtieth Anniversary

Over the past thirty years, Horizon Yachts has undergone an exciting journey as a premier luxury yacht builder, transforming from a simple shipyard to one of the top-five ranked manufacturers in the industry. The water has been rough at times, yet despite the challenges we have made countless achievements over the past three decades. Today, Horizon Yachts is the largest luxury yacht manufacturer in Asia, employing a staff of 1,000 across four company-owned facilities that provide sales, new build, and service support to our clients.  A brief history of Horizon Yachts: the company was founded in 1987 to meet the rising demand for luxury yachts overseas. We were only a year into the business when we hit our first rogue wave: Taiwan’s currency received a boost and as a result, wages and the expense of raw materials increased tremendously. To adapt, Horizon changed its business strategy, expanding into new markets and becoming a competing force in the luxury yacht market. Two decades later, when the global financial crisis hit, Horizon once again proved itself strong by surviving the storm and also upping its commitment to the market, investing in research and development to create new models. In hindsight, these challenges proved Horizon’s capacity to tackle difficulties in various circumstances and cemented our place as a leader in the global yacht market.  Our success could not have been achieved without the help and commitment of every Horizon employee and craftsman, our suppliers, and our partners. Most importantly, we are grateful for the support from our employees’ families and the trust given to us by all Horizon yacht owners around the world. Without you, none of this would have been possible; because of you, we have never lost sight of our horizon.


Jarrett Bay Sponsors 59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Jarrett Bay Boatworks is proud to have taken on Major Sponsor duties for the 59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and look forward to ensuring everyone has the best Big Rock yet!  Jarret will be present with its design team and to show its boat construction up close at the Sunday Pig Pickin' or stop by our facility just off Hwy 101. If you have any unplanned service issues, just hail Randy Ramsey on the radio and he'll get you connected to be back on the water ASAP! And, don't forget to visit our Jarrett Bay two storefronts in Beaufort and merchandise tent at the weigh-in at Big Rock Landing

Jarrett Bay Kickin Off Tournament Season

Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Tournament; Inspiration took 1st place overall.  Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament; Reel Quick won 3rd place overall, Sensation won 1st place dolphin.  Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament; Weldor's Ark won 3rd place overall with a 484.9 lb blue Marlin, Fever took 3rd place in the release division, Doc Fees won 1st place Wahoo with a 97.7 lb fish.  Carolina Billfish Classic; Micabe was awarded 2nd place overall.  Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament; Fender Bender won 3rd place with 141.6 points.  


Nordhavn Powering Across the Pacific

There’s been a lot of attention given to the five Nordhavns traveling across the Atlantic right now as part of the Nordhavn Atlantic Passage group. But there’s also a faction of Nordhavns that have been quietly crossing the Pacific Ocean.  Over the last several weeks, a handful of yachts have crossed – or will soon be crossing – the Pacific, the most recent one being Nordhavn 46 Starlet. Jennifer and Mark Ullman recently completed a 20 ½-day trip from the Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. The couple have completed half of their circumnavigation which took them across the Atlantic about two years ago and into the Med and up to Egypt. Then retraced their steps across, journeyed down through the Caribbean and back to Florida. “The second half of our circumnavigation will go much slower,” said Jennifer last weekend after arriving in Nuku Hiva. “We will be in French Polynesia for one year.”  Meanwhile, Ron and Nancy Goldberg are also cruising French Polynesia, having arrived in Tahiti about two weeks ago. The couple left Los Cabos, Mexico in early spring and traveled 2,700 nm prior to making landfall in the Marquesas. “The voyage has been fun, hard work, but an incredible experience,” said Nancy from on board their Nordhavn 50 Duet. The couple initially had plans to continue on to New Zealand, but have decided to stay in French Polynesia until June 2018, Nancy said. “The cruising here is just spectacular.” Making the 18-day trek that much nicer for the Goldbergs was getting to cross the Pacific alongside N60 Daybreak. Both Duet and Daybreak participated in the Pacific Puddle Jump, a loosely organized rally of boats crossing from points West to the South Pacific. Of the 135 boats registered to make the crossing, only 3 were powerboats: Duet, Daybreak, and Starlet. Like the other two boats, Daybreak is enjoying exploring French Polynesia, but will continue on to New Zealand in September.  And next week, a Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer will depart Puerto Vallarta, also bound for New Zealand. The new owner of 56, Harry Price, will be on board with his captain and a friend and plan to pick up guests in various ports they will visit including the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands and possibly Tonga and Fiji. “We are flexible [with our itinerary]!” said captain Nigel Clarke.  Nigel will be keeping a daily blog and provide tracking of the boat’s progress, which will be covered on Nordhavn Live. The plan is to reach New Zealand by November.

Princess Announces New Americas Regional Office

After establishing its first regional office for Asia Pacific (in Hong Kong), Princess is proud to announce a second regional office that will support its distributor network in the Americas.  "The office will be located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and we are delighted to confirm the appointment of Paul Burgess, an experienced marine industry professional, who will head the operation. Paul is originally from the UK and brings over 24 years of experience to the team in worldwide marine sales, marketing, technical client support and management." says Princess' Executive Chairman, Antony Sheriff.  The regional team will include marketing and customer service personnel in recognition of a commitment to the Americas as an important market that has grown steadily over the past 20 years. With a world-beating product range stretching from 40 feet to 40 metres and an aggressive product development strategy, Princess is determined to support its distributors and dealers in maximizing market share across all product lines, whilst delivering best-in-class service to its many customers across the Atlantic.


Riva and Abarth

For the 175th anniversary of Riva, the legendary shipyard in Sarnico sees the debut of the Riva 56’ Rivale and Abarth 695 Rivale: elegance, sportiness, performance and enthusiasm join forces to conquer the sea and the road.  Working everyday on one's history to shape the future, taking inspiration from the priceless heritage to create an even more extraordinary tomorrow.  This is the vision that has always inspired both Riva and Abarth, two legends of Italian engineering, which have conquered enthusiasts the world over and which are coming together today.  Rivale is the name of this modern success story which is materialising in the new 56’ Rivale, the most recent addition to the Riva fleet, and the Abarth 695 Rivale limited edition sedan and cabrio.  This meeting of excellences, presented to the world press in the Riva shipyard in Sarnico, celebrates the remarkable capability of Riva and Abarth to enhance their respective peculiarities in an exquisite blend of engineering skilfulness, stylistic awareness and design ability, which together with their respective legendary histories have led to the creation of two products which are iconic and innovative at the same time.  Rivale, one of the most famous names of the recent Riva production, is a new open yacht at the top of its class in terms of technology, sporting spirit and performance, which exalts the unique values and the typical style elements of the brand once again. Rivale is also the name of the Abarth 695 Special and Limited Edition, the new car from the brand with the scorpion badge dedicated to the 175 years of history of the world's most famous shipyard.  “The celebrations for the 175th anniversary of Riva are being complemented by the unique partnership with an evoking brand such as Abarth” declared Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. “Presenting the 56’ Rivale, an iconic name in the history of Riva which today identifies the new open - a charming, technological and powerful boat - means paying homage to our past while looking firmly into the future. Abarth was inspired by the extraordinary new Riva boat in designing its new special and limited edition model: the magnificent 695 'Rivale'. The partnership springs from common shared values, passion for excellence and research for performance, expressed as always with an unmistakably unique style."  Symbols of the most authentic Italian know-how, the 56’ Rivale and the Abarth 695 Rivale are the perfect blend of craftsmanship and engineering, search for performance and enthusiasm for beauty, with the addition of the laudable ambition of turning dreams into reality.  As a result of this new synergy, the timeless elegance of Riva yachts is reflected in a car made by Abarth. The latter, in turn, adds a bold and sporty touch to the most recent open yacht model made by the world's most famous shipyard.  The new 56’ Rivale combines superb craftsmanship and grandiose attention to detail. With an all-new hull, it stands out for its streamline looks which inherit and develop the lines which characterise the most recent open and coupé yacht models. Another exclusive factor are the high-quality materials: polished mahogany interiors, natural teak exteriors, varnished and stainless steel details, mirrors, crystals and leather.  Abarth is celebrating the Riva anniversary with an ultra-limited production of the 695 Rivale, the 175 Anniversary: 175 sedans and 175 cabriolets. It is an edition to pay homage to Italian know-how, with hand crafted details like the two-colour blue and black hand-stitched leather seats with a celebratory logo stitched onto the headrest, the carbon dashboard silk screen printed with the special logo, the special numbered plate inside and the celebratory badge on the outside of the pillar. The design of the 17” alloy rims is also special. The 695 Rivale 175 Anniversary exceeds the traditional values of Abarth and embraces the coolness of Riva to satisfy the need for exciting performance combined with a higher level of sophistication and elegance. All this charm is backed up by performance: 180 HP, 250 Nm of torque and the weight-to-power ratio of a genuine supercar (5.8 kg/HP with a mass of 1045 kg) to accelerate from 0 to 100 in 6.7”, 225 km/h of top speed.  The 56’ Rivale and the Abarth 695 Rivale are the protagonists of this contemporary legend in which the inspiration and enthusiasm of brilliant men and women are reflected in the perfect beauty of extraordinary boats and cars.


Riviera R Marine Winter Weekend

South-east Queensland's Moreton Bay beckoned for 74 excited members of the Riviera family on the R Marine Jones Winter Weekend Experience in late April.  The event attracted 25 Rivieras for the cruise from the Gold Coast Broadwater to the expanse of Moreton Bay to the north.  Connie and Tony Borgia purchased their Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, Aqua Bella, just two weeks before the Winter Weekend.  The fleet assembled off the Sovereign Islands on the Broadwater at the mouth of the Coomera River on the Friday morning of the long weekend and cruised sedately north. Their first port of call was at the Canaipa Passage that separates Russell Island from the large sand island of North Stradbroke at the southern tip of Moreton Bay.  Waking to a sparkling morning on Saturday, the fleet cruised north again, headed for Blakeslys Anchorage on North Stradbroke Island with its pleasant beach, ideal for bringing tenders ashore.  Here, tables and a shelter were set up for the Second Annual Cheese/Antipasto Platter and the Wine Presentation competitions.  The Cheese/Antipasto competition was hotly contested as Keith and Kathy Hornman offered a plate of lollies while a raft-up team from Velocita, a 5400 Sport Yacht, and Shelly 2, a Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge, presented two platters of sausage rolls. Despite their valiant efforts, Vicki and Mark Baigent from Riviera 525 SUV Off the Hook won over the judges - everyone - with a carefully sourced antipasto platter.   The Wine Presentation competition was divided into two divisions: under and over $20. Chris Haack aboard Riviera 5000 Sport Yacht Impetuous took out the "under $20" prize while Ted Edwards took the "over $20" section with a stunning Australian-produced bubbly, aptly name Riviera Royal with its specially-printed wine label.  For those still spritely enough for more competition, beach cricket and soccer filled in the afternoon, although many chose simply to spend the time with nibbles and wine, making new friends and catching up with old friends. Glassy waters and and a stunning sunset completed the day.  Sunday began with a casual fleet cruise north to Myora where all the boats anchored.   The R Marine Jones team brought everyone ashore for lunch at the Little Ship Club restaurant on North Stradbroke Island. The ferries were R Marine Jones’ Riviera 51 Flybridge Riv 1, a 5400 Sport Yacht Fansea and a 6.5 metre RIB provided by Rib Force Inflatables.  According to Dale and Kathy Cash from Riviera 47 Flybridge Low Range, being out on the water with like-minded companions was the highlight of the weekend. They shared the Experience with neighbours and spent much of the time simply relaxing on deck.  On Monday, the fleet dispersed, some returning to the Gold Coast at their own pace while others chose to remain and explore more of Moreton Bay. 


Sanlorenzo Turnover +42%

Sanlorenzo’s astounding financial figures, with a 2016 turnover that reached 314 Million euro, + 42% compared to the 220 Million Euro in 2015; 25,4 Million Euro EBIDTA ( + 21% than 2015), achieved thanks to a steady production growth of 28 yachts and 5 superyachts sold in 2016.  Sanlorenzo is the first shipyard overtaking the 2008 pre-crisis turnover, a unique achievement in the entire nautical sector, that drove the company to invest sixty Million Euro to increase the production capacity in the next 2 years: 20 Million Euro in 8 new products, 40 Million Euro in the expansion of two production facilities in Ameglia and La Spezia.  Plus 42% turnover equals plus 40% Productivity Bonus to workforce.  Sanlorenzo and its patron Massimo Perotti (recently appointed Knight of the Order of Merit for Labour by the Italian Reppublic President Sergio Mattarella) confirmed great sensibility towards the company’s workforce and employees not only avoiding employment cuts and the use of social safety nets during the bad economy years, but the Sanlorenzo workers reached an increased productivity bonus of + 40% this year, in line with the 2016 turnover growth of + 42%.


Sea Ray Dealers Honored in Customer Satisfaction

Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for excellence in customer satisfaction, earning a total of 101 awards and kicking off the CSI Dealer Award Program’s inaugural year. The winning Sea Ray dealerships were individually acknowledged on June 2 by a representative from the NMMA.  “We would like to congratulate all of the dealers who achieved this honor, and extend our gratitude for their hard work and dedication,” said Brad Anderson, Sea Ray president and general manager of Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “The satisfaction of our customers is our highest priority, and Sea Ray’s dealers are our primary ambassadors in the field.”  Dealers were eligible to win the award in both the Sales and Service areas of their dealership. Recipients achieved an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher, with the required return percentages, over the past program year. Data was collected as part of a survey among customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. For this reporting period, the program surveyed more than 122,000 customers.  “Sea Ray’s dealers are committed to providing our boaters with the highest level of service, day in and day out,” said Scott Ward, Sea Ray president and general manager of Sport Yachts and Yachts. “We applaud their continued efforts and commend them for earning this recognition.”


Tiara Dealers Awarded 2016 CSI Award

Tiara Yachts is proud to announce several authorized Tiara Yachts Dealers have been recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) through their expanded Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction (CSI) program. This program identifies marine dealers that excel in customer satisfaction and who rate 90 percent or above in overall customer satisfaction in sales and service categories. Dealers are recognized based on individual brands they carry, but also on an aggregate score of all brands they carry who are measured in the current CSI program. Seven of the Sales Winners were awarded 2016 Top Tiara Dealer honors; all of the Service Winners were awarded 2016 Top Tiara Dealer honors.


Wider New Owners

Exa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong Limited completed the acquisition of Wider in April of this year. This latest acquisition complements an existing portfolio of yachting investments which include Grand Banks, Palm Beach Yachts and the Lloyd Werft shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. Exa Limited also has an interest in the cutting-edge Dutch submersible builder, U-Boat Worx.  "We recognize the hard work that was put in to the Wider brand to achieve the level of recognition they now enjoy around the globe. We believe that in collaboration with our shipyards in Germany, particularly on managing production, we can increase efficiency while maintaining the high quality and ensure that we are able to deliver yachts on time and on budget" said Michael Hackman, Executive Vice President of Marine Operations with Genting Hong Kong and interim Chairman of Wider.

Wider Winner of Robb Report Best of the Best

A further prestigious award for the Wider 150, now called M/Y ‘Bartali’, as she is recognized by the Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2017, within the category ‘Wings & Water’.  Packed with unique features, the Wider 150, with exterior styling by Fulvio De Simoni and a contemporary interior by La Spezia based designers, IdeaeItalia, was chosen by the judges at the glamorous American luxury lifestyle magazine because she “pushes technology while enhancing onboard livability”.  The diesel electric propulsion system used on board the Wider 150, common place on commercial and military boats, is the first yacht of this size to take advantage of this technology to offer clients the benefits of the system; these include: Increased flexibility of layout in the design, Reduced noise and vibration, Fuel Efficiency (up to 20% better) and thus extended cruising range, Ability to run solely on battery power for a full night or whilst using the beach club no noise or smoke or smell, just the sound of the waves lapping up against the side of the hull.  Robb Report’s Best of the Best are awarded annually and judged by the international editors of this prestigious title to recognize the leading yachts launched in the previous year across a variety of categories. This year, the Wider 150 was chosen among the editors’ favorite seven yachts launched in 2016.  “We are honored to receive the Best of the Best award from Robb Report” aid Michael Hackman, Executive Vice President - Marine Operations with Genting Hong Kong and interim Chairman of Wider – “This is another very prestigious award and adds to our growing collection. We are now focused on the Wider 165, due for delivery early next year, and are confident that she will be even better.”


Viking Operation Resolute

Several special operations soldiers enjoyed a great day of Gulf Stream fishing aboard the Viking 76 Accordingly IV, owned by Johnny and Susan Stevenson out of Morehead City, North Carolina, over Memorial Day weekend.  The trip was organized by Operation Resolute, a ministry for special operations soldiers and their families. The team had a pretty catch of dolphin that they later shared on the grill at the home of Captain Peter and Evelyn Du Bose. "It is truly an honor to give back to these brave men that sacrifice so much to keep our country safe," said Captain Peter.

Viking Advanced Classes

The Viking Yacht Company recently hosted an intensive one-day, hands-on training class for Atlantic Marine Electronics as well other local marine electronics companies. The National Marine Electronics Association taught a sophisticated class, "Advanced NMEA 2000," to the electricians.
This new complex course focuses on installations, setup and troubleshooting of intricate and multifaceted NMEA 2000 networks. The day included a classroom presentation as well as hands-on stations equipped with cutting-edge NMEA 2000 equipment. The purpose of the hands-on portion is to provide the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the ability to design, build, configure, evaluate, backup network files and troubleshoot using techniques taught by the NMEA instructor. 

Viking at Fifth Annual Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament

Miss Victoria, a Viking 76, took 2nd Place at the recent Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Tournament which is the third and final leg of the Abaco Diamond Series. Dave Berard, Kyle Francis and Heath Brown each released a blue marlin and Austin Genord added a white to the log. Brian Speedy claimed 2nd Place Captain. This finish follows up Miss Victoria's win from the second leg of the series.  Jeremiah Nachtigal weighed in the Top Tuna at 16.5-pounds. Jeremiah fished the Viking 66 Game Changer along with 3rd Place Angler Robert Boyce Jr., who released two blue marlin. Mike Molinini fishing on the Viking 70 Manna Ray had the Top Wahoo at 59.1-pounds.

Viking at 59th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

One second after 2pm on the final fishing day a Big Rock official confirmed over the radio that no boats were hooked up. Cheers abounded on the Viking 48 Rehab that boated a 506-pound blue marlin as that confirmed the team's 2nd Place among the field of 177 boats. Captain Nathan Shepard put angler Ryan Howard on the fish during the team's final day of fishing. After a fight of an hour and a half, Rehab made it to the scales in under two hours running at 40 knots. Captain Nathan said, "A lot of people think it's all about the guy running the boat. To me the most important thing is the people in the 'pit. They never question my decision and give it 100% every day. That's what a winning team is about."

Viking at Second Annual Gamefish Grande Tournament

The first of the two-leg Gamefish Grande Tournament took place at the Marina Gaviota in Varadero, Cuba. After three days of fishing off the coast, the Viking 52 Hog Wild won 2nd Place. Angler Wayne Carmignani released a blue marlin to putHog Wild on the board. The team also released the largest dolphin of the tournament weighing in at 32.4 pounds.  The teams traveled to Marina Hemingway in Havana, Cuba, to fish the second half of the series. Hog Wild released five blue marlin, one white and three sailfish to win the leg.

Viking at 21st Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

A record fleet of 120 boats battled it out in the recent Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Fishing was tight but the top blue marlin was caught by Jeff Friedman, aboard the Viking 76 Aires with a fish tipping the scales at 668.77 pounds.  The 3rd Place Blue Marlin was caught by Dana Foster on the Viking 72 Born2Run with a 563.92-pound fish. Greg Cooper fishing A Work of Art, a Viking 92, weighed in the 3rd Heaviest Wahoo with a 60.82-pound 'hoo. The Viking 61 Ellie B claimed the 3rd spot in the Swordfish Release category.

Viking at 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Tropical Storm Cindy tried her best, but she couldn't deter the perseverance of the 36-boat fleet competing in the 2017 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Sandestin, Florida, last weekend. When the scale finally settled after two wild days of fishing the final outcome was decided by only two pounds. Those two extra pounds ultimately named Jason Benton's Viking 56 Don't Blink the 2017 tournament champion. Angler Mike Hickey, Captain Skip McAllister, mates Sid Little, Wayne Riles and the crew boated a 553-pound blue marlin to claim the 1st Place title. Don't Blink angler Bill Horn weighed in the Top Wahoo at 67.5 pounds.  Sixteen-year-old Alex Krake and his veteran crew aboard the Viking 76 Team Supreme made a late challenge only to come up 32 ounces short. Captain Chase Lake ran a 551-pound blue to the scales to take 2nd Place Marlin honors.  Captain Joe Fish Hebert, running the Viking 58 Geaux Deep, won the Top Crew and Top Release Team. Geaux Deep's JD Hebert was named the Top Release Angler with all five of the boat's fish. The Viking 72 Born2Run with Captain Myles Colley at the helm claimed 2nd Place Release Team with four fish. Owner/angler Dana Foster scored the largest tuna of the week with a 169-pound yellowfin.  Chad Postle, fishing aboard Matt McDonald's Breathe Easy, a Viking 68 run by Captain Patrick Ivie, scored a double-header with the Third Place Tuna (a 142.3-pound bigeye) and the Top Dolphin, a bull that tipped the scales at 27.9 pounds.

June 29, 2017

Doug Peterson 1945 - 2017

Doug Peterson, noted fast sailing yacht designer, passed away on June 26, 2017 in San Diego, California after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 71.  Douglas Blair Peterson born July 25, 1945 was an American yacht designer specialized in fast racing sailing hulls. Beginning with the One Tonner Ganbare in 1973, Peterson's designs have pioneered many innovations in racing and cruising yachts.  In the mid-1970s, Peterson's designs dominated offshore racing events, with a string of winning high-profile IOR boats such as Ganbare, Gumboots, Kindred Spirit, Vendetta, Racy, Great Pumpkin, High Noon, Anabelle Lee, High Roler, Country Girl, Louisiana Crude, Stinger, Checkmate, Eclipse, Yena, Rubin, Ragamuffin', and Moonshine. He also designed several other stock racers such as the Contessa 35, the NY 40, Baltic DP Series, Serendipity 43 production runs from the Louisiana Crude lines, and the Australian built Seaway 25 quarter ton trailer yacht. Doug Peterson was not implicated in the scandal involving the Seymour Sinnett/Dennis Connor expulsion from yachting during the SORC in the early eighties, where one of Sinnett's Williwaw yachts, designed by Peterson, was found to have been measured out of trim, in violation of the IOR Rule and the IYRU rule for fair sailing and sportsmanship.  Designed for Jack Kelly Yachts, the Peterson 44 debuted in 1976. This boat was a pioneer in performance cruising yacht design and one can still see many of the over 200 built in ports around the world. The design was followed by the Kelly Peterson 46 of which 30 were built, hull number 30, the last one built, is currently circumnavigating the globe. Also the Liberty 458 and the Delta 46 were based on this design.  The Formosa 46 is an enlarged copy of the Kelly Peterson 44, and is referred to as a Cheaterson by the yachting community because Doug Peterson did not get any royalties for the design.  In the early 1980s Hans Christian Yachts commissioned him to design their 48 and 52 Christina models.  Doug Peterson also designed boats for European builders, most notably the top selling Comet 375 in 1987, Grand Soleil 50 in 1992, models for Jeanneau, Jonger 21S in 1981, and also started up the Bavaria match series with three models in 2003. Peterson later entered the America's Cup circle as a key design member of the winning 1992 America3 and 1995 NZL 32 Black Magic Team New Zealand design teams. In 2000, Peterson designed the winning Louis Vuitton Cup boat for the Luna Rossa Prada Challenge.

New Model: Riva 56 Rivale

In a unique ceremony held in Sarnico on 10 June Riva unveiled its new 56 Rivale model.  Direct heir to the 52 Rivale which had a production run which lasted twelve years from 2004 till 2016, the 56 Rivale was code named as Open in project as unveiled in the end of 2016.  Important to note that the new 56 Rivale features a newly designed hull, meaning that this is not an extended 52.  The new 56 Rivale is similar to its replacement in lines and looks with the addition of a large glazed window and a more pronounced central mast radar arch making the noticeable differences.  But the 56 Rivale also sports a big difference existing in the cabin arrangement, offering a two large cabins layout and owners suite at midships versus the three doubles of the 52.  The cabin area also offers a day head to port side, plus a single berth crew cabin to port side with a separate entrance from the main deck.  The Riva 56 Rivale is powered by twin Man engines; standard of 1000hp or optional 1200hp units with speeds going up to 38 knots with the large option.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.27 m (56.7ft)
Hull Length - 17.1 m
Waterline Length - 13.9 m
Beam - 4.74 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 27000 kg unloaded, 31000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2700 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1000hp, V8 1200hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max 31 knots cruise with Man 1000hp, 38 knots max 34 knots cruse with Man 1200hp
Range - 260 nm at cruise
Project - Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta Officina Italiana Design exterior and lines, soft furnishings by Ivano Redaelli and Van Besouw for hull one
Certification - CE

June 28, 2017

35th Americas Cup - Emirates Team New Zealand Win

Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand have won the 35th America’s Cup.
Another dominant race win for Peter Burling and Emirates Team New Zealand in race nine of the America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton, gave the Kiwi team victory on the Great Sound in Bermuda, sparking wild celebrations on board their America’s Cup Class (ACC) boat, and the team’s support boats on the Great Sound. Burling now adds the 35th America’s Cup to the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup trophy he won in San Francisco, 2013.
The Kiwi team dominated the final stage of the 35th America’s Cup, winning eight races to Oracle Team USA’s one race win, giving the New Zealanders a final winning scoreline of 7-1.
The America’s Cup was last won by a team representing New Zealand in 2000 and they are now the Defenders of the America’s Cup for the 36th installment of the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport.
In the final press conference of the 35th America’s Cup, Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand, also announced that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has accepted the challenge of Circolo della Vela Sicilia, who will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and will be represented by Luna Rossa.

June 27, 2017

Project: Cranchi XT36

After the announcement in 2016, the evolution of Cranchi and designer Christian Grande, is fully underlined by the new model that will debut in the 2017 season, the project of the XT36.  This new Cranchi stands out for its concept, an innovative design that the Italian boat builder says it deserves its own category. The XT36 combines the rationality of a trawler and the thrill of a sports-cruiser. A boat with lively performance and a comfortable experience that will amaze, considering a length of under ten meters.  On the main deck, the large area under the hard top is totally sheltered by a windscreen that offers comfort and protection, without any barriers to natural light and visibility. A sliding glass door closes this area making it pleasant to stay on board at any latitude, in hot and humid climates or in the colder winter months. Even with the door closed, there is a sense of continuity with the outdoor area; this sensation is emphasized when the doors are opened, creating a single spacious living area. The cockpit area, both inside and outside, develops on one level without any steps: everything with the XT36 confirms the idea of an immediate, easy and direct relationship with the sea.  The design of the exterior prefers prominent lines, both forward and aft, to extend the living spaces and give more dynamism and momentum.  In the cockpit there is a comfortable seat and along with a grill and a sink set into a furniture unit. Access to the swimming platform, generous in size, is very easy, as it is to safely move around, with a free obstacle passageway that runs around the entire perimeter of the boat. In the forward section there is the main sunbathing area, plus another one on the hard top, which can be used when the boat is moored. The covered cockpit area houses, in addition to the pilothouse, a lounge with a convertible sofa, and a kitchen.  On the lower deck, all the space is dedicated to the sleeping area, with truly astonishing solutions for a boat of this size. The XT36 will be available in two alternative layouts: with two cabins and two bathrooms, or three cabins and one bathroom.  This last option remarkable for a cruiser measuring just ten meters in length.

June 26, 2017

Engine: FNM 20 HPE 175hp

FNM 20HPE is a four cylinder engine based on the platform Family B GM, which equips a large number of small and medium cars in Europe. The engine uses a common-rail injection system electronically controlled by a proprietary control unit, configured specifically for this engine. The engine is compact and powerful, and its widespread use is a symbol of reliability and availability of spare parts.  Whether it is rated for recreational use, where the engine reaches up to 175hp, or to one of the rating for commercial use, where this engine is capable of performing up to 3000 hours per year, this unit provides performance in every operating condition.  The electronic control unit (ECU) is the result of a development lasted ten years by the electronic department of CMD and is expressly designed for marine application of HPE engines. The control unit controls the components of the Bosch common rail system. The ECU also includes unique control strategies, such as flame failure in gear engagement situations for high inertia installations or rapid gear changes, and in any case ensures high performance in emission limits.

June 25, 2017

Project: Azimut Grande 27 Metri

Azimut present the project for its smallest Grande to date with the 27 Metri. A two deck and half semi wide body pocket size super yacht, the 27 Metri is again a design to Righini exterior and lines, while interior architecture is by Achille Salvagni.  The Grande 27 Metri offers a four or five cabin interior layout choice, subject to a large full beam VIP suite or two in the midships position of the lower deck.  Hull shape is for a full planning hull with twin Man 1900hp engines allowing for top speeds up to 27 knots.

June 24, 2017

New Model: Feadship 34.65m

Behind every Feadship is a great story and the recently launched all-aluminium 34.65 meter named M/Y CID is no exception. This plumb-bowed super yacht has been created for a gentleman who enjoys spending time on the water with his friends, many of whom also own motor yachts. The challenge was that their South American playground includes smaller bays and marinas that are out of bounds to larger Feadships, so the best solution was to have one built in a 35-metre size. It’s been a great experience for him and everyone involved in the build.  This new Feadship 34.65 meter was launched in the presence of the client, one of the many times he visited the yard in Aalsmeer. The launch party included a maiden tour of the local Dutch canals, and the client even took part in two days of sea trials in the North Sea and around the Wadden islands. This new Feadship will now spend a month in the Med before being transported to Acapulco where she’ll reconnect on Mexico’s west coast and the Baja California Peninsula. Her excellent sea keeping and top speed of 20 knots will allow swift movement between the various new adventures.  This cool and contemporary Feadship is a true marriage of function and form. Take the giant windows, as you can see, these huge slabs of glass look spectacular in the profile but they also mean that all on board get to view their surroundings in the best possible way. Because the client loves driving his boat, Feadship also placed a fixed bimini on the flybridge to give shade to the helm there.  The top deck is also the largest in length ratio seen on a Feadship and with its giant table, sun lounger areas and large pop-out TV will be the social hub.  The interior of the Feadship 35.65 meter is geared to a practical social use within a sophisticated jacket. Wooden floors are fitted throughout the main deck, there’s a giant TV and big screen projector in the main lounge so guests can watch two sports events simultaneously, and all the crockery is made from melamine for extra resilience. Fully custom build Feadship 34.65 meters was made for fun and social events. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.65 m (113.8ft)
Beam - 7.9 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 25400 l
Water Capacity - 5800 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M93 1796hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 20 knots max 12 knots cruise
Construction - aluminium
Project - Feadship De Voogt naval architects, Bannenberg and Roswell interior

June 23, 2017

Project: Princess 55

Princess present the project for a 55, new addition for in its popular and long standing flybridge line, planned to launch in mid Summer 2017 with official presentation following in September at the Southampton boat show. The design ethos of the Princess Flybridge range flows seamlessly on the exterior of the 55 with contrasting textures and materials incorporated throughout with smart paneling, direction ally laid teak veneers, inlaid polished stainless steel and contemporary paint finishes.  The sociable flybridge includes a U-shaped aft seating area with folding teak dining table, a wet-bar with optional electric barbecue and twin helm seats are accompanied by L-shaped companion seating that converts to a sun-pad. The main deck features a spacious dining area in the cockpit and an aft galley which perfectly lends itself to dining al-fresco. When the sun has set, move into the saloon with its U-shaped sofa and hand-made coffee table that converts into a dining table, with sofa opposite or catch some TV on the screen that raises up from the sideboard. Twin helm seats have been re-imagined with fore and aft adjustment for helmsman. Fantastic open space to relax can be found forward with the seating area and generous sun-pad. Elegant shaped surfaces and precision layered geometry define the interior to form a truly tranquil environment with meticulous attention to detail. The emphasis on comfort and expansive living areas is visible throughout the deck saloon which features the new internal console area incorporating clean, streamline surfaces and finishes. The contemporary sofas, beautifully crafted furniture and floating side board is highlighted with subtle accent lighting and finishes in soft suede, tinted mirror, hand stitched detailing and Japanese wallpapers to create perfect harmony. Below, expansive hull windows create a sense of constant forward motion while generously flooding the interior with light. Lower accommodation consists of a master stateroom at midships with dressing table, breakfast area and ensuite bathroom, a forward double guest cabin and a starboard twin cabin with the option of a double bed conversion. There is also an optional single aft cabin with ensuite and storage, ideal for crew. The Princess 55 will be powered by twin Volvo 800hp or optional Man 800hp, with this latest set up allowing for maximum speeds up to 33 knots.

June 22, 2017

New Model: Baglietto MV19

Baglietto launched the MV19 named M/Y Ridoc on Saturday June tenth in a ceremony attended by the owner and his friends. Fully custom build MV19 is one of the most original sport yacht designs not only from the Italian Baglietto and Francesco Paszkowski but in the World of yachting.  At 19.50 meters in length MV19 represents the natural evolution of the MV13 both in terms of the exterior lines and the interiors. The Baglietto technical office is responsible for the hull, plant and propulsion designs. The MV series draws its inspiration from the First and Second World War MAS, torpedo armed boats, which Baglietto built in that period as commissioned by the Italian government of the time and is part of the history of the Liguria-based brand.  So in simple words who better to reinterpret the peculiar MAS features and shapes in a modern style, matching them with architectural elements adapted to an open sport yacht, then someone who build them himself in that period. MV19 hull one features a metallic dark grey color which enhances the aggressive lines of the boat giving her a look of strength and power. The interior design, created in cooperation with architect Margherita Casprini, focuses on exploration of materials and finishes to combine a retro allure with contemporary comfort demands. Also, the most up-dated audio-visual systems with satellite TV are included on board: a feature which is unusual in boat of this size. The upholstery is in Canaletto nut together with white lacquered walls while all the floors are in dark oak. The result is a beautifully accessorized boat that still has a powerfully decisive character consistent with the sporty look of the exterior. The layout of the first MV19 presents the master cabin forward and two guests cabins with ensuite bathroom amidships. In between is a spacious open dinette with comfortable sofas and a fully equipped galley. According to following the owner wishes, a crew cabin for the captain with direct access from the exterior has been included. Outside the Baglietto MV19 offers a helm station to starboard, with behind it is a comfortable dinette with wet bar, while aft and on the fore deck are two large sun pad areas. The deep V-shaped keel along with aluminium construction allow the MV19 high performances and superb sea keeping as well as perfect maneuverability, which to be fair are typical trademarks of Baglietto. Powered by twin Man 1800hp engines Baglietto MV19 reaches a maximum speed of forty knots. After the summer cruising Baglietto MV19 will be presented worldwide at the upcoming 2017 Cannes boat show in early mid September.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.5 m (63.9ft)
Beam - 5.1 m
Draft - 1.6 m half load and including props
Displacement - 32 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 830 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Range - 300 nm at 30 knots
Hull Type - planning deep Vee
Construction - aluminium
Project - Francesco Paszkowsku interior and exterior, Margherita Casprini interior of hull one
Certification - CE B

June 21, 2017

Sam Newington 1935 - 2017

Sam Newington the man who made Fairline become one of Britain's most iconic boat builders died peacefully at home, on 20th June 2017, at the age of 82 surrounded by his family. Sam was a husband, a father, a grandfather, an entrepreneur, a fighter pilot, an intrepid navigator, a keen amateur historian, a wonderful present giver and unfailingly generous to family and friends.  Sam Newington managed Fairline, the company his father Jack Newington founded in 1963, from 1971 till 1996. Since taking over Fairline, Sam took the Oundle based firm to new heights first by working with naval architect John Bennett who will design its most over sold models, the 23 Holiday and 32 Phantom, both selling 600 plus units in a twelve and thirteen year production run respectively.  In the eighties San Newington gave Fairline the next step by handing over design to Bernard Olesinski, first model being the 36 Turbo.  Another Sam Newington clever intuition and one which came from influence with holidays on the French Riviera aboard the 26 Sun Fury, was the Targa series creation in 1984, with the 33 Targa which will sell 350 plus units in a seven year production run till 1991. This will be followed by that of the Squadron series launched in 1990 with the then flagship 62 model.  Both Targa and Squadron series are today an important back bone of the Fairline name.  Sam Newington had a very hands on approach on managing Fairline having owned eighteen of his vessels, and always getting very deeply involved in the design practicality aspect of each model, and also by testing and cruising many hull number one himself in the South of France and the Mediterranean sea.  Under Sam Newington Fairline will win Queen's Award for Enterprise and International Trade in 1986.  After 26 years Sam Newington will sell Fairline in 1996 to South African businessman Graham Beck who at the time also owned Princess yachts.

June 20, 2017

Project: Raffaelli 50 Compass Rose Evo

Raffaelli updates one of its most successful models of the past 2000 to 2010 decade, the 50 Compass Rose presenting the project for a new Evo version currently under construction in Pesaro, on the Adriatic coast of Italy.  The project for the 50 Compass Rose Evo is designed by Antonello Lucio Pontevolpe from Classyacht Design Studio, already a designer of three other successful Raffaelli models the Shamal, Calima, and Meltemi, and the 25 meter Thaitan which so far has never been released.  Antonello the Italian designer and company boss Giampiero Raffaelli decided to make soft make up touches keeping the line simple to that of a modern Italian yacht without going into useless design excesses.  Therefore if you are someone looking for endless window surfaces this is not the yacht for you.  The 50 Compass Rose Evo will also feature a technical change as it can be powered by Volvo IPS pod drives propulsion, or a shaft system.  Hull one of the Raffaelli 50 Compass Rose Evo will be powered by twin Volvo 550hp units with IPS700 pod drives, which should see interesting performance gains considering the previous larger engine shaft set up was that of twin Cats 510hp.

June 19, 2017

New Model: Petecraft 27 Sports

Sometimes one looks to far afield and forgets that at home in a small island at the center of the Mediterranean we have always been building boats.  Petecraft is one of Malta's traditional builders founded in 1958 and switching to fiberglass in the eighties.  In the last years Petecraft has seen the quality of its craft increase, and this new 27 Sports, flagship for its pleasure craft Sports Boat range shows the recent resolve of the Maltese builder.  The Petecraft 27 Sports is an interesting eight meter sports cruiser offering interesting spaces outside and inside.  Interior accommodation is a standard form for an eight meter size sport cruiser; convertible U-shaped dinette which converts to a double berth forward, double berth at midships, galley, and shower head to starboard.  Other interesting details for the Peter Craft 27 Sports are its open spaced exterior deck, and easy use side decks.  The Petecraft 27 Sports offers a versatile power set up from single 300 to 350hp up to twin 150 and 250hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.2 m (26.9ft)
Beam - 3 m
Displacement - 2800 kg excluding engines
Fuel Capacity - 330 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - two plus two berths
Engines - 1 x 300-350hp, 2 x 150-250hp
Propulsion - single or twin stern drives

June 18, 2017

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 25M Explorer

Designed by Guido de Groot, the Wim Van der Valk 25M Explorer is a 25 meter all-aluminium pocket size super yacht offering an exceptional amount of volume for her size. Like all Wim Van der Valk the 25M Explorer is a semi custom project able to be shape to owners preferences and style including the floors, ceilings, upholstery. The interior of the 25m Explorer offers a refined and practical comfortable accommodations for eight people in four suites.  Crew accommodation is four persons in two cabins aft.  The 25M Explorer offers a full-displacement round-bilge hull and with a power combination of twin Cat 705hp delivers a top speed of twelve knots and a cruise of eleven knots. 

June 16, 2017

New Model: Dominator D28 Ilumen

Dominator have launched its most waited model with the innovative D28 Ilumen finally going into the water at the end of May.  That is three years after the project of Ilumen was released in the second half of 2014.  Designed by Alberto Mancini the Dominator D28 Ilumen was build with an epoxy resin and carbon fiber mix, and features an unedited semi displacement with bulb hull shape called High Performance Hull by the Italian boat builder. This hull shape aims to maximize efficiency at semi planning speeds while still allowing for speeds in the mid to high twenties.  As usual to Dominator the D28 Ilumen is a semi custom build and here the company presents itself with two different lower deck layout options for three or four guest cabins on paper.  Hull one featured a five cabins layout, owners stateroom on the main deck and four suites below.  Power options start from twin Man 1200hp as featured on hull one and allowing a max speed of 21 knots, and go up to MTU 2400hp units.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.5 m (86.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.72 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 69 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l + 3000 l long range
Water Capacity - 1900 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, or eight guests berths in three cabins, three/ four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp, up to MTU 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 29 knots max 24 knots fast cruise 14 knots slow displacement cruise with MTU 2400hp
Range - 1700 nm at 10 knots, 1950 nm at 10 knots with extra long range fuel, 3000 nm at 8 knots
Hull Shape - High Performance semi planning
Construction - Epoxy resins with Carbon reinforcement
Project - Alberto Mancini, Dominator and Navalhead for engineering
Certification - MCA

June 15, 2017

Project: Mulder 2200 Favorite

Based on the successful Mulder Favorite-range, the Dutch shipyard and Guido de Groot design teamed up once again to develop larger concepts for the series.  Enters the new Mulder Favorite 2200 developed to be operated by an experienced yachting couple who enjoy travelling the Mediterranean. Guido de Groot and Mulder presented a down-East lobster traditional yacht inspired design with an interior which offers a full beam master cabin with ensuite bathroom, two guest cabins and an optional a one-person crew cabin. The non traditional aft deck is inspired by the iconic and successful Mulder Favorite 1500 and features a wet-bar with an eight-person table. The inside tender bay can store ribs up to 4.5 meters in size.  The new Mulder Favorite 2200 is the first new concept in this size range and will be followed by a concept for a 24-metre Favorite with flybridge, which will be soon revealed.

June 13, 2017

Improve-It = Sarnico 43 Spider

During the first Viareggio Versilia 2017 boat show Sarnico showed a new unedited version of its popular Brunello Acampora Victory designed 43 Spider model. This just launched 43 Spider featured a mono anthracite dark grey shaded color. This improvement of the Spider also interested other particulars for wood, chrome and textile choices, all custom made for its owner.  This Sarncio Spider has been unchanged in the propulsion setting being powered with the most popular twin Volvo 435hp IPS600 pod drives set up.

June 12, 2017

Project: Kadey-Krogen 50 Open

Kadey-Krogen reveals the latest model on their drawing board, the 50 Open.  A true departure from any previous Kadey-Krogen model the 50 Open breaks the mold with an open and continuous saloon/galley/pilothouse main deck.  Entering the Kadey-Krogen 50 Open happens through one of five, full walk-through boarding doors for easy access, no matter if high fixed piers, low fixed piers or floating docks are present. Upon entering the saloon of the Krogen 50 Open from the cockpit, it is obvious this is not a typical raised pilothouse offshore trawler. An L-shaped settee to port with storage below and additional seating starboard, enhanced by four large picture windows, make up the spacious saloon. Moving forward is the galley is outfitted with all latest applicances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, ample pantry and cabinet storage, and pullout trash and recycle bins. Exclusive to the Kadey-Krogen 50 Open, the pilothouse, elevated by a single step, is situated on the main deck, immediately forward of the saloon and galley. A retractable partition wall, designed to separate the galley from the pilothouse, can be raised for night running or privacy.  Below, the master stateroom and guest accommodations are available in either a midship master with VIP cabin forward, or a master-forward, three-cabin arrangement. Either layout can be customized to meet an owner’s desires, and both options have a master suite that entails a maximum-comfort queen island berth with drawer storage below, a private head and roomy his/her closets. Each design is also appointed with a guest head and luxurious washer and dryer closet. Also below, the stand-up engine room with an incredible six and a half feet of head room, houses either single or twin engines and the industry’s finest systems and equipment.  Out of doors, the Krogen 50’ Open is designed with a Portuguese bridge, port and starboard wing stations, and an uncluttered foredeck with waist-high bow railings. Additionally, she has an unprecedented flybridge modeled after the 58 EB entertaining area and large boat deck. The flybridge is available with an optional hardtop and summer kitchen.

June 11, 2017

Web: Tiara New Web Site

Tiara Yachts from the US of America presents a new global web showroom. Tiara yachts is the motor boat division of S2 which was founded in 1974 by Leon Slickers who came from a previous boat building experience which started in 1946 as a joinery maker with Chris Craft. This continued in 1950 first building 14 foot runabouts in his garage after work, and later on registering the Slickcraft name in 1954. This move made Slickers a year later to abandon his successful career with Chris Craft, sell his house and open a factory in Michigan. In the same year Slickers started experimenting with fiberglass and within three years Slickcraft had already produced a few boats with a switch to total production with the new material in 1963. In 1969 Leon sold to AMF, and was left to head three other AMF companies including Slickcraft. But after four years Slickers noticed that corporation business was not his way, and left the company. In 1974 Leon Slickers founded S2 Yachts first building sailboats, which in ten years time will become one of the top five builders in the US. A few years later to the founding of S2 a new motorboat series called Tiara is added. This will be joined by a second factory in 1977 at Florida building the Pursuit brand, and six years later to this Slickers purchases back again his Slickcraft from AMF. Today Tiara is a quality renowned cruiser and yacht builder with an offer which consists of thirteen models from 31 to 53 feet divided into a five range series; Q, Tiara, Convertible, Flybridge, and Coupe series. The line up starts with the 31, and goes up to the C53 Coupe flagship, with latest model being the F53 Flybridge.  Currently Tiara has also a project for a 36 LS which marks the return to an outboard powered model from Tiara. Tiara new website is available in nearly all languages and takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, Tiara Soul, Tiara World, Find a Dealer, Tiara Collection, Tiara Events, and Connect. Tiara is also on social media with a link to its Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, and Vimeo pages located at the bottom of the page.  

June 10, 2017

New Model: Azimut Grande 35 Metri

During the first edition of the Versilia Viareggio boat show held in May 2017 Azimut launched and presented the new Grande 35 Metri model.  The Grande 35 Metri is designed as all the Azimut's since the early nineties by Stefano Righini with interiors by Achille Salvagni.  For the 35 Metri Righini followed the recent trend for a semi wide body design, this being done to increase interior space on the forward part of the main deck. The new Azimut Grande 35 Metri also follows the Italian recent technological scores as abundant use of carbon fiber for the super structure, and the D2P hull design as introduced in the Benetti Class F Range and designed in collaboration with Pierluigi Ausonio.  The Azimut Grande 35 Metri also breaks some records as having the largest extending terrace for a yacht of this size, two beach clubs, and side garage for the tenders. 
Technical Data:
LOA -  35.17 m (115.3ft)
Waterline Length - 18.5 m 
Beam - 7.5 m
Draft - 1.91 m incl props
Displacement - 154 t full load approx
Fuel Capacity - 18000 l
Water Capacity - 3000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M93 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max 21 knots cruise
Range - 1500 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - planning F2P hull with wave piercer
Project - Stegano Righini exterior, Achille Salvagni interior, Pierluigi Ausonio hull shape 
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fiber reinforcements for super structure
Certification - Rina for pleasure yachts C Hull, Mach Y, UNI ISO 8666 for data

June 9, 2017

Project: ISA Yachts 120 Sport

Since being bought out by Palumbo Group in the early part of 2016 a lot is happening at ISA Yachts, with the Ancona super yacht builder keen in showing its activity for today and the future.  This ISA Yachts 120 Sport project is a new model replacement for its most popular build, delivered in ten units from 2005 till 2009.  The new ISA Yachts 120 Sport comes from the hands of Enrico Gobbi and his Team for Design company, who replaces Chistian Gatto as designer of the previous version.  

June 8, 2017

New Model: Frauscher 1414 Demon

Considering that Frauscher has been around for ninety years it is interesting to note that its maximum size for a sport boat slash cruiser is of just over thirteen meters reached with this new 1414 Demon flagship. This in my opinion shows the focus this Austrian boat builder has had in building small size but luxury outfitted sport boats. This new Frauscher 1414 Demon follows the minimal styling which this builder has been following the past years.  Looking very aggressive outside the 1414 Demon offers interesting accommodation outside and interestingly inside. Outside offers a large aft sun-pad, C-shaped dinette, and a central console, and inside; spacious midships owners cabins, rather spacious galley, shower head, and a U-shaped dinette which can become an additional double berth.  The Frauscher 1414 Demon is standard powered by twin Volvo diesel 400hp with stern drive propulsion, with a higher performing 520hp fuel gas option being available.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.9 m (45.6ft)
Beam - 3.9 m
Draft - 1.1 m
Displacement - 10000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 107 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 40 knots max with Volvo 400hp
Hull Shape - deep Vee

June 6, 2017

Project: Tecnorib Pirelli 1900

Tecnorib has unveiled project details for a new Pirelli 1900, the flagship that completes the range of rigid inflatable boats.  Guests attending the most prestigious Formula One Grand Prix event in Montecarlo on Sunday May 28th, had the opportunity to view for the very first time a scale model in the exclusive Pirelli Suite at the Monaco Yacht Club. The audience of high-profile visitors attending were able to admire a scale model of the Tecnorib Pirelli 1900 for the first time showing the design features of much bigger yacht to the characteristic sportiness expressed by the range.  Tecnorib one of the leading companies in this sector and the licensee for Pirelli branded Ribs which was signed in 2005 has recently renewed the agreement, and will present the 1900 flagship at the next Cannes boat show. This new rib yacht draws on the legacy of previous models and benefits from the expertise, know-how and technology developed, but for the first time adds the live ability of a big yacht to their exquisitely sporty DNA.  The new Pirelli 1900 flagship completes Tecnorib’s now consolidated range of the branded ribs, which starting this year will have a unique and immediately recognizable design feature, with the tread pattern of the Pirelli wet tyre used by the brand in top track races appearing on the inflatable tubes, in a celebration of Pirelli’s expertise in the production of extremely wet conditions.  So far Tecnorib is being very quiet on technical and accommodation details for the Pirelli 1900 project, but expect fast performances coupled with a minimal accommodation layout.

June 5, 2017

New Model: F & S Boatworks 40 Hull 25

F and S of Jim Floyd has build a solid reputation in building custom sportfish cruisers and yachts. For hull number 25 the Delaware builder has delivered a fully custom forty feet express sport fish cruiser.  This build is F and S second smallest to date, with only the outboard powered 36 feet hull number 21 being smaller.  F and S new hull 25 was completed in the second half of 2016 and features a center console type pilot station covered by a hard top and a tower on top.  F and S Hull 25 is powered by twin Cummins 715hp coupled to ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pod drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.19 m (40ft)
Beam - 4.11 m
Draft - 1.21 m
Displacement -
Fuel Capacity 2271 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking pod drives
Speed - 38 knots max 32 knots cruise
Hull Shape - variable deadrise Vee shaped
Construction - cold molded wood covered with fiberglass and Awlcraft 2000 paint

June 3, 2017

Project: Sanlorezo SX88

Sanlorenzo outdone itself for the project launch of the SX88, with a social media marketing campaign giving hints of this new line starting in March 2017, confirmed by a press conference in Milan on 25 May. Sanlorenzo SX88 is a new cross-over type Super yacht design merging explorer and motor yacht styles coming from the hands of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Berretta of Officina Italiana design.  SX indeed means sport explorer.  Interiors for the SX88 are from Piero Lissoni and three different layouts will be available without moving any structural elements for this pocket size super yacht. Not much details are so far available on the interior, what we know is that the SX88 is available without an internal wheelhouse, and owners stateroom can be located on the main deck or at midships. The SX88 is to be launched in coming mid Summer and a further SX72 in 2018 and an SX104 in 2019 models will follow.  The Sanlorenzo SX88 had a test tanking done in Holland, with its hull reaching speeds up to 23 knots.  Engine and propulsion details are not advised by Sanlorenzo but the Viareggio Spezia builder said that this will be done in cooperation with Volvo.

June 2, 2017

New Model: Outer Reef 610 Classic Motoryacht

The Outer Reef Team is excited to present the first hull for the new 610 Classic Motoryacht. Standing in between the 580 and 630 models the new Outer Reef 610 Motoryacht has been deemed the ‘perfect-sized’ yacht for owner-operators who are looking for ease of maneuverability, fuel efficiency, storage capacity, and incredible interior volume. Interior accommodation space  allowing for a full beam master cabin with a central king berth, large L-shaped walk-in closet and abundant cabinetry and storage.  The open main deck layout provides nearly unlimited sight lines from her pilothouse, an adjoining galley with full size appliances and large pantries, and a comfortable salon with covered aft deck for alfresco dining. The added length of the hull under the extended swim platform will increase hull speed, raising efficiency and top-end speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.6 m (61.2ft)
Beam - 5.23 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 42 t
Fuel Capacity - 3785 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x John Deere 6090 500hp
Propulsion - line shafts with Zf transmission
Construction - hand laid with PVC core sandwich above waterline and Vinilester resin barrier coat
Certification - CE

June 1, 2017

blogger - Not a Boat Show

Some boat show organizers and or stands seem to have a total wrong idea what a boating exhibition is about, making it not friendly for visitors to visit boats on show, or the show itself.  The question comes automatic, should this elitism in a boating exhibition open for everyone exist?
Case in point one is for the new Italian boat show Versilia in the Super Yacht capital of the Mediterranean Viareggio.  This was a very interesting first event, attended by some of Italy's most popular names as Azimut-Benetti, Ferretti Group, the Gavio Group and his Baglietto, Cerri and Bertram brands, Apreamare, and the British Princess.  The location was spot on and since the late eighties I have always asked why the Viareggio boat show project was abandoned.  But on social media the event was clouded by a bad publicity of elitism and for a 22 EURO ticket which did not allow a re-entry once you left the interesting but so far small boat show.
Point case two, Fairline and its impossible to view boats on show.  Now this has been going on for years and even after ownership and management changes at the British builder it does not know how to stop. It seems that unless you have some connection with any of the Fairline staff visiting one of there boats on a show is very hard.  I do not know the reason for this but at this stage the legit question is why Fairline bothers with boat shows.