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 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: Petercraft 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.  Petercraft is one of Malta's traditional builders founded in 1958 and switching to fiberglass in the eighties.  In the last years Petercraft 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 Petercraft 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 Petercraft 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: Fraucher 1414 Demon

Considering that Fraucher 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 Fraucher 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 Fraucher 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 built 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.  Details are very short on this new model. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.19 m (40ft)
Hull Shape - variable deadrise Vee shaped
Construction - cold molded wood covered with fiberglass

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.