August 21, 2017

Project: Sunseeker 76 Yacht

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

August 20, 2017

Web: Astondoa New Web Site

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

August 19, 2017

New Model: Ferretti 920

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

August 18, 2017

Project: Wider 130

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

August 17, 2017

New Model: Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht

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

August 16, 2017

Engine: Volvo D13 1000hp

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

August 15, 2017

Project: I.C. Yacht 18 Brave

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

August 13, 2017

New Model: Heesen 50m YN 17850

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

August 11, 2017

Project: Viking 44 Convertible

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

August 9, 2017

New Model: Cranchi 60 HT

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

August 7, 2017

Project: Beneteau 35 Swift Trawler

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

August 5, 2017

New Model: Ocean King 130

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

August 3, 2017

Project: Alen 70

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

August 1, 2017

blogger - Summer of Events

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