November 30, 2017

Monthly News - November 2017

-pic of the month- Itama Goes to Hollywood

Bavaria Two Nominations for Motorboat Award 2018

Bavaria Yachts has once again won an award for its innovative, pioneering role in yacht building and been nominated for its new motor yachts and catamarans.  Two nominations for the Motorboat Award 2018.  The Bavaria R40 Coupe and the E40 Fly were nominated by the British Motorboat and Yachting magazine for the Motorboat Award 2018. In the ‘Flybridges under 60ft’ category, the Bavaria E40 Fly will have to contend with some very stiff competition. This year, its sister the Bavaria E40 Sedan was selected as Powerboat of the Year 2017. The Bavaria R40 Coupe, which had its world premiere at the boot in Düsseldorf in January this year, will battle it out in the ‘Sportscruisers under 45ft’ category. The winners will be announced at the London Boat Show at the beginning of January.  

Bavaria Yachts Wins Boat Builder Awards

At the METS in Amsterdam, the world’s largest show for suppliers to the yacht building industry, Bavaria Yachts was awarded the international Boat Builder Award for its innovative Modutec production technology. The jury praised this modular design for yacht interiors as groundbreaking in the yacht building industry. Bavaria Yachts produces the interior for all new models, including all installations, completely from modules outside the hull. 


Cranchi and Volvo Penta Celebrate Fifty Years

Volvo Penta and Cranchi have established a supportive and gratifying relationship over half a century, thanks to the desire by both companies to pursue innovative ways of producing premium products to suit customers’ needs and wishes. Cranchi began working with Volvo Penta in 1967 and was one of the first companies to select the Inboard Performance System (IPS) as an ideal propulsion solution for its yachts, when Volvo Penta launched its revolutionary product in 2005. The yacht-builder’s Mediterranee 43 HT, launched two years later, was hailed as being ‘unique’, thanks to the combination of the beautiful styling and impressive IPS technology.  Another milestone in the relationship was reached when Cranchi selected Volvo Penta IPS for three of its stunning new Evoluzione flybridge models, in 2016. The Evoluzione series was designed to ‘push boundaries and transcend all limits’ of what could be achieved in the leisure market, by offering customers yachts that feature excellent performance and chic design. The E52 F flybridge and E52 S hard top yachts are both powered by twin Volvo Penta D8-IPS700s; while the E56 F flybridge yacht can be powered by either twin D11-IPS800s or D11-IPS900s. The E52 F model has been recognized as an extraordinary flybridge yacht in being named ‘Adriatic Boat of the Year’ at the Internautica International Boat Show in Slovenia, in 2017.  “We have established a great partnership with Volvo Penta over the past 50 years, and it is a collaboration that we very much appreciate,” says Aldo Cranchi, one of the owners of the yacht-building company. “Both of our companies have changed a lot over this time, but together we have shown that beautiful design and technological advancements work very well in harmony.”


Evo Yachts New France Dealer

Evo Yachts will be landing in the French capital to take part for the first time in the Paris Boat Show, from December 2 to 10 at the Paris Expo site. The event represents the market debut of Evo Yachts France, the company led by Jean Marc Bichot, appointed the new dealer for France.  With his team who all have twenty years experience in the yachting industry and two operating bases in Port Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël, Evo Yachts France consolidates the Naples-based yachtbuilder’s already vast and close-knit sales & service network, consisting exclusively of reliable partners and structured to deliver an impeccable level of assistance for owners before, during and after sale.


Ferretti Group and Allied Marine

Allied Marine announced today an enhanced relationship with its controlling company, Ferretti Group, by becoming the exclusive dealer for Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva and Mochi Craft along the East Coast of the United States, as well as an authorized dealer for CRN and Custom Line. As the global leader in the sale of pre-owned units of the Ferretti Group brands, Allied Marine strengthens its longstanding affiliation with the brands now as a dealer. Focused on yacht sales and charter within the 50 to 100-foot range, as well as a dedicated superyacht team focused on the 100+ foot market, the move will allow Allied Marine to further develop these core business areas and bring a superb portfolio of new models to its clientele.  “These brands encompass the most exquisite yachts and custom superyachts in the world today,” said Allied Marine Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Justin Blue. “With over 70 years of assisting our clients to make their dreams become reality, our team is highly experienced in the industry. Becoming a dealership gives us the breadth and ability to secure our lead position in the global market.”  “Our customers trust the integrity, passion and experience of Allied Marine for new yacht sales, brokerage and charter,” added Allied Marine President Jon Burkard. “These relationships, founded on our service, have allowed us to build a loyal customer base that fuels our evolution. An evolution that is fully reflected in the re-launch of our brand.”

Ferretti Group Office in Jakarta

Ferretti Group is further increasing its reach in Southeast Asia. Ferretti Group Asia Pacific, the Group’s Hong Kong-based subsidiary and Yacht Sourcing, its new exclusive dealer in Indonesia celebrated last Saturday, November 25th, the official opening of their new office in the capital of the latter country.  Just a few months after the signing of the agreement based on a three-year exclusive dealership for Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Pershing brands, the two companies organized a gala evening at the suggestive Jet Ski, Jakarta's exclusive seaside location.  Over 120 VIP guests and shipowners participated in the celebrations for the opening of Yacht Sourcing’s new office, located at Jalan Pantai Mutiara, in a dazzling area for the maritime activities of the Capital, near the Marina of Jakarta. "We wish to emphasize through this evening the great importance and value of a new partnership with a strategic partner such as Yacht Sourcing, in a market like Indonesia, the largest archipelago state in the world and of particularly significant role in our expansion in Asia", said Stefano de Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer of Ferretti Group. "This new office is the perfect location to welcome shipowners and customers and present the fabulous fleets of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Riva, brand ambassadors of the Italian yachting industry around the world." During the gala, Ferretti Group and Yacht Sourcing were accompanied by their several partners: Maserati, the Group's consolidated partner in all major events and yacht shows; the Champagne maison DuVal Leroy, and Dimatique together with Sunbrella, for wine tasting and the decoration of the Jet Ski, respectively.  Forbes and Tatler's Indonesian editions were the official media partners of the gala.

Ferretti Group Gianni Zuccon Receives AltaGamma Award

On November 22, Gianni Zuccon was welcomed onto the Altagamma Honorary Council as Ambassador for Italian Excellence in the world, joining a prestigious list of talented people who work in diverse areas of culture, art, design and politics, and contribute each in their own way to promoting the best global image for Italy. The ceremony was held in Rome, with Italian Minister Angelino Alfano in attendance, in the magnificent Villa Madama on the slopes of Monte Mario hill, which was designed based on an architectural idea by Raffaello. This exclusive and exquisitely beautiful venue is generally used by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs to host institutional events and only rarely is permission granted for its use by private individuals and organisations. The architect and founding partner of Zuccon International Project was chosen for his valuable and passionate design work, as well as for his celebrated innovations in the world of yachting. A fundamental and highly appreciated contribution made by Zuccon is the role he gave to light and close contact with the sea. By swapping the roles traditionally played by interiors and exteriors, he gave a boost to the outdoor areas, creating yacht designs in which settings literally flooded with light carry on a conversation with the sea, thanks in part to the massive use of spectacular glass surfaces.  The other personalities chosen this year to represent our country’s sense of beauty and excellence have backgrounds in various sectors but all share the same great devotion to their work: Carlo Cracco, Claudio Costamagna, Eleonora Abbagnato, Francesco Cerea, Fulvio Pierangelini, Piero Bassetti and Michele Mauri.

Ferretti Yachts Zuccon Project Named as Italy's Top 25 Architects

In the ranking of the Top 50 Italian architecture and design firms drawn up annually by Guamari and published in the Sole24Ore newspaper, Zuccon International Project is in twenty third place overall and the leading yacht designer by far.  This is a hectic period for Zuccon International Project and full of novelties. The desire to explore unknown directions has given the company a boost of energy and motivation, bringing about some major changes and innovations. They include partnerships with highly-reputed shipbuilders Sanlorenzo and Perini Navi, as well as two World Yachts Trophies awarded during the Cannes Boat Show. The firm will also soon be moving into big new offices, designed as a sort of “creative laboratory” with input and ideas from the worlds of architecture, design, sport and culture, in a decision confirming that its desire to grow and keep improving is still strong. This desire was recently rewarded with an important acknowledgement: Zuccon International Project is 23rd of the top 50 Italian architecture and design studios and top-ranking Italian yacht designer. The classification is drawn up annually, based on a survey conducted by Aldo Norsa at Guamari. Published in theSole24Ore newspaper, it covers Italy’s leading firms of designers and architects, working in the sectors that best represent the country’s economy, including yacht design of course. The other firms in the classification include internationally famous names like Renzo Piano. The ranking is based on a series of parameters used to assess the results reported in 2016, and the position won by the Rome-based firm is particularly important not only because it has beaten some world-famous design practices, but also because it confirms the progress made by Zuccon International Project, which ranked 41st last year. This big leap forward represents both an outstanding achievement after years of passionate dedication to this exciting and challenging business, as well as a point of departure on the path to new ideas and projects for a future that people will soon be talking about.


Frauscher Shipyard Expand

Frauscher are happy to announce that the first expansion of the new shipyard built in 2012 has been completed. The state-of-the-art Frauscher paint shop is online and features a cabin suitable for boats up to 55 foot. With a team of highly skilled painters Frauscher can offer clients a huge range of colors even in metallic and pearl hues. The first results of this will be shown at the 2018 boot Düsseldorf where a brown metallic Frauscher 1017 GT and a slate grey 1414 Demon painted in the new cabin will be displayed.  The cabin was supplied by Rowit Spuitkabines Kampen Holland B.V. and is fitted with a high-end filtration system to eliminate environmental pollution.


Gulf Craft and Fun Air New Partnership

FunAir and Gulf Craft during Metstrade 2017, the largest marine equipment trade show worldwide, that a partnership agreement has been made for Gulf Craft to be an official FunAir distributor in the Middle East territories. Gulf Craft, the world’s innovative builder of luxury yachts and leisure boats, has served the aspirations of passionate seafarers for more than three decades. The award-winning manufacturer is one of the world’s leading superyacht shipyards, a merit it has achieved through continuous investment in research and development. Sharing the same passion for continued development and improving the yachting experience, FunAir and Gulf Craft are a perfect fit. FunAir launch a new concept in inflatable yachting fun each year, with the latest redesigned Playground and Junior BigAir Blob showcased for the first time on the water at Monaco Yacht show in September. The two innovative companies took the opportunity during the show to finalise their agreement that has been under discussion over the summer months, and have officially announced the partnership today at the start of METS. FunAir inflatables will be offered as an option on all Gulf Craft new build projects, and superyacht enthusiasts can view the synergy between these leading brands at the Dubai International Boat Show in 2018 when they will exhibit together. John Courtney, Managing Director of Yachting at FunAir commented, “It has been a pleasure working on this partnership with Erwin Bamps and his team. When a company has the same values and attention to detail that we pride ourselves on at FunAir, then it makes sense to work together. Gulf Craft are an exceptional superyacht manufacturer and we look forward to inflating the Fun on board their yachts with the full FunAir portfolio.” Erwin Bamps, CEO Gulf Craft, added, “Superyacht lifestyle is all about the customer’s overall experience. Surrounding ourselves with reliable partners that assist in building a holistic yachting experience is crucial to us. We are very pleased with our FunAir partnership, and believe it helps both of our companies to redefine yachting every day.”


Hatteras Record Sales 

Hatteras Yachts a world leader in the construction of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts from 45 to 100 feet, has announced that it experienced record sales during the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Nov. 1-5. The company said sales were up 34 percent over FLIBS 2016, while the number of visitors to the Hatteras display increased by 15 percent. The company displayed seven Hatteras models in the water at its large stand, including the brand new M90 Panacera and GT45X Flybridge, both of which made their World Premieres at the show. Hatteras also introduced the new GT59 Convertible with a full-scale, walk-in mockup of the salon and galley in its display. An international press conference, an exclusive Hatteras Club party, and a christening also highlighted the boat show for Hatteras owners, customers and their families. “The new boat sales we made and the great customer interest in all our models we experienced at FLIBS have further contributed to our company’s growing momentum and strong sales position,” said Hatteras Yachts President and CEO Kelly Grindle. Attracting attention from the moment the boat show opened, the new GT45X Flybridge (shown at left) proved that adding an upper helm station to this nimble fishing boat was a very smart idea. With its high vantage point on the waters around the boat, added seating and storage space, it lets anglers fish in a style that traditional center consoles can’t match. “The GT45X has proved to be so popular with offshore fishermen that we decided that adding a flybridge option will provide tournament anglers yet another competitive edge,” said Grindle. Both the Hatteras GT45X Flybridge and M90 Panacera officially were launched with a champagne toast led by Grindle at a press conference held at the Hatteras Yachts display on the opening day of the show. 


Itama Goes to Hollywood

Hollywood too, when seeking emotion and beauty, chooses Itama. In the case in question, the fantastic Itama 62 stars in one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated films of this cinema season: “American Assassin”, a spectacular action thriller that will be in Italian theatres starting 23 November. The American movie, based on the novel by Vince Flynn, is a production of Lionsgate and CBS Films and is directed by Michael Cuesta. Distributed by 01 Distribution and exclusively in Italy by the Leone Film Group in cooperation with Rai Cinema, it features a top-tier cast including Oscar® nominee and Golden Globe® winner Michael Keaton and up-and-coming star Dylan O’ Brien, the idol of teenage girls worldwide. If someday they awarded an Oscar® for “the best motor yacht for breathtaking chase scenes”, the nomination would most certainly go to Itama 62, a model that more than any others interprets the timeless style that for almost 50 years has made the brand one of the icons of Italian yachtbuilding. It is pure spectacle, in fact, to see the 62 hurtle along with its sporty, streamlined forms in the final scene of the film, as the protagonist of an extraordinary chase between “good guy” and “villain”, played respectively by the good but vengeful Dylan O’Brien and by Taylor Kitsch in the role of the terrorist. Thanks to the engines – twin 1400 MHP MAN V12s – that power the yacht to 40 knots of top speed, Itama 62 ensured performance and emotions worthy of a big action movie. Incidentally, the scene was shot on the Lazio coast, which has always been a favourite spot for passionate Itama owners. Itama 62 expressed its power to the max in a crescendo of twists and turns. Suffice it to say, following the furious battle on the sea between the two protagonists, the scene culminates in the spectacular rescue of Mitch Rapp, the hero played by Dylan O’Brien, who gets picked up by a helicopter from onboard the Itama 62. Audiences have already given the film a very enthusiast reception; in fact, in the U.S., since its release on 15 September, “American Assassin” has grossed a whopping 36 million dollars. The performance, the speed, but also the excellent practicality of use, along with the traditional Mediterranean style that has made it a Made in Italy icon, increasingly situate Itama as a “leading actor” also across the ocean, ready to conquer, after Hollywood, other famous red carpets and illustrious stages.


Maritimo Booming USA Sales

The turn around in the USA economy with low job vacancy rates, a strong share market and a positive attitude permeating corporate America has resulted in an extremely successful Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for Australian cruiser manufacturer Maritimo. Just back from the USA, Maritimo’s International Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, said the company displayed its M51, M54 and M59 cruising motor yachts at Fort Lauderdale and made sales across the range with more deals being negotiated. “There is generally an air of optimism in the USA currently and we certainly felt the benefits at our on water display,” he said. “Our principal USA dealer, Galati Yacht Sales, did a great job co-ordinating the pre- show marketing and scheduling of inspections and there were very good numbers during the whole show.” “Maritimo’s West Coast representatives, Compass Point Yachts and Silver Seas Yachts, also attended and had great enquiry from people traveling from the West Coast of America all the way to Fort Lauderdale to view the display.” Haines said a number of USA boat dealers approached Maritimo at Fort Lauderdale seeking to forge relationships for them to represent the brand into the future and several deals were being formalised. The M54 flybridge cruiser was a stand out vessel for the USA market and Maritimo expected to sell many more of that model going forward. “It is the right size for a lot of cruising couples and families and has many of the bigger yachts features such as the full beam master suite and also the large cockpit and hydraulic swim platform providing plenty of marine real estate at the stern of the vessel,” he said. “The Galati team feel that this particular boat will continue to be very popular in that market place.” Haines said Maritimo was now looking forward to the Miami International Boat Show where it would have five vessels on display including the S51 for the first time. Maritimo is finishing the year on a high note with the company’s race team taking out its 15th national offshore powerboat title and in an Australian first, an S59 luxury sedan cruiser being displayed in the prestigious Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup. “We have been a social media sensation in recent weeks and with strong sales and strong interest in our new models such as the X60 sedan cruiser with the aft beach club the future is looking extremely bright.”

Maritimo Fast 100 Hour Tasman Crossiing

Gold Coast based professional captain Russell Fleming knows a thing or two about boats and he has just finished his 50th delivery trip between Australia and New Zealand in a vessel he says is one of the best. Captain Fleming made his momentous 50th crossing in Maritimo’s sleek, new S70 sedan motor yacht and he said the vessel performed well above all expectations. “We had 25 knots of wind on the bow and three and a half metres seas for about eight hours at one stage in the trip and she handled it beautifully,” said the veteran skipper. “We then had big following seas and she reveled in those conditions. Because she is single level the centre of gravity is quite low and she performs brilliantly in any conditions.” Captain Fleming, a New Zealander, was delivering the S70 to New Zealand for its owners Brian and Cath Carran who worked with Maritimo for a period of almost two years bringing the boat into fruition. Their decision to motor the boat from the Gold Coast to their home country was based purely on economics having cost approximately half what it would have cost to ship the vessel across The Ditch. Brian said they went with Captain Fleming because of his experience and his dogged attention to detail in preparing the boat for what can be a dangerous exercise. “Russell leaves absolutely nothing to chance and we had great confidence in him delivering our vessel on time and in good shape.” Captain Fleming said his 50th trip was quite a milestone in more ways than one – it was his fastest ever crossing taking just on 100 hours. He covered 1178 nautical miles and burned 8500 litres of diesel fuel. Average speed was 12.4 knots. The boat left the Gold Coast at 7am on a Saturday morning and arrived in The Bay of Islands four days later. Fleming prepared the vessel for the trip at Maritimo’s Hope Island marina and service centre, Boat Masters. Two fuel bladders carrying 1500 litres each were added to the port and starboard side of the vessel and the hydraulic swim platform was removed and put in a container to be shipped to NZ. He said his two crew on the trip Colin Fraser and Matthew Birdsil operated on a three hours on/ six hours off watch rotation system. “It was a great trip over and a really good test of the vessel,” he said. “She could not have handled better.” Maritimo’s Gold Coast CEO, Garth Corbitt, said the Carran’s completed a worldwide search for their perfect retirement boat before settling on the Maritimo. ” They didn’t want a flybridge vessel, but after sea trialling our M70 off the Gold Coast they were won over by its performance and threw us the challenge to build them a single level version,” he said. “The rest is history and after taking delivery of their vessel here on the Gold Coast, and then doing a six week Whitsunday’s cruise with friends and family, their pride and joy is now safely tied up in Auckland ready for them to have years of enjoyment.” “Brian and Cath were very hands on in the design process and they have customised their vessel to their own style and taste. “We knew it was a winner from the initial design stages and now that Russell has put her to the test over 100 hours and more than 1100 nautical miles our beliefs have been vindicated.” Brian and Cath Carran plan to use the boat around New Zealand and will then consider venturing further afield to locations such as Fiji and Nouméa. The vessel is powered by twin 900 horsepower Scania D16 engines.

Maritimo Notches Fifteenth National Title

Mritimo Racing has finished the 2017 season on a strong note taking out the Supercat Extreme Championship and its 15th AUS1 overall championship after a solid weekend of racing in the final round at Hervey Bay last weekend. Maritimo 12 crewed by Tom Barry-Cotter and Steve Jellick entered the final round of the Offshore Superboat Championships in Hervey Bay with a sizeable lead in the AUS 1 and Supercat Extreme Championships. The pair said they entered the weekend with a conservative strategy to preserve that lead of the championship, and not necessarily pushing for race wins. Maritimo 11, crewed by father and son team Ross and Andrew Willaton in the new Maritimo R36, in only its second event, was out of championship contention and had goals of attaining valuable testing time in the new boat. “They were plagued with power steering issues in the previous round, which saw modifications in between rounds from the standard Mercury VI Drive power steering system to an upgraded Maritimo Racing system like used in Maritimo 12,” said Barry-Cotter. He said in the first race of the weekend, Maritimo 12 lead the early laps after a great getaway from the start. However midway through the race the boat encountered a problem with its trim system, said Barry-Cotter. “We had to slow to a more cautious pace in the tricky conditions in order not to risk the overall championships,” he said. “Maritimo 12 finished race one in third, still maintaining a healthy margin in the overall points with one race left on the season. “In race two we got off to a great start again and lead the early laps, but as the conditions once again became tricky, we made the decision to hold a more cautious pace in order to finish in the points and secure the overall championships. This strategy proved successful with us crossing the line in third place, enough to secure the Supercat Extreme and overall AUS1 Overall Championships.” Maritimo 11 was not as fortunate and missed the start in race one after the boat tripped on a wave and sustained damage to its tunnel flap. In race two Maritimo 11 performed well, despite the rough and windy conditions and being the smallest boat in the class, recording a very respectable fourth place and gathering much valuable testing data to take into the off-season development program for 2018. “The team are extremely excited to have recorded a collective 15th AUS1 Title. Our goal all season was to do just that, and the entire team did a fantastic job in working towards that goal,” said Barry-Cotter. “There are many offseason projects that we will be busy with and will be announcing soon, so stay tuned.”

Maritimo The Talk of the Melbourne Cup 2017

Rekindling may have taken the 2017 Melbourne Cup but there’s no doubt that all the talk at Flemington, since Derby Day, has been about the sleek, Maritimo S59 cruising motor yacht which holds pride of place at the Maison Mumm Champagne marquee. Literally thousands of selfies and countless professional photographs were taken beside or on the yacht and its presence at the Melbourne Cup has been noted worldwide. Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt, who has hosted the company’s VIP guests in the Mumm Yacht Club themed marquee during the racing carnival, said the response to the yacht had been phenomenal. “I think this is probably the most spectacular display ever staged in The Birdcage and everyone has loved it,” he said. “We have had literally hundreds of people view the yacht and have their photographs taken on it or beside it.” Visitors who have graced the S59 have included the Federal Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, world championship sprinter Usain Bolt, swimming legend Ian Thorpe and dozens of VIP guests of Maison Mumm. Maritimo spent hundreds of man hours getting the vessel from Sydney to the racecourse at Flemington where a 250 tonne crane was used to put in into position so the Mumm facility could be built around it. Corbitt said the international exposure the yacht received will help support Maritimo’s global brand expansion strategy. “This is by far the most unusual promotion we have been involved with and sends a clear message that with Maritimo anything is possible and we think outside the square,” he said. “We are a proud Australia company taking on the world’s best so it was fitting that we were part of one of the most exciting sporting events in the world and a race that is so quintessentially Australian.”


Nautitech Nominated for Power Multihull of 2018 

Until 22 April 2018, the readers of the well known magazines Multicoques Mag and Multihulls World, and not a jury, can decide which catamarans they would like to crown Multihull of the year 2018. The new Nautitech 47 Power from Bavaria Catamarans, which will celebrate its world premiere at the beginning of 2018, has been nominated. The winners will receive their awards on the last day of the big boat show for multihulls in La Grand Motte on 23 April 2018. 


Numarine Sponsors Team Zabo-Isiklar

Team Zabo-Isiklar rides a boat named “Numarine Performance Motoryachts” at the 37th Annual World Championships in Key West, Florida, the ultimate event of the Superboat International, the world's biggest and fastest offshore racing series.  Numarine, the European high performance motor yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul with a range from 62 to 130', is happy to announce it has become the official sponsor of an offshore powerboat racing team. According to the agreement, team Zabo-Isiklar rode a boat named “Numarine Performance Motoryachts” at the 37th Annual World Championships in Key West, Florida, USA, held in November 5-12, 2017.


Princess Co-Founder Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

David King, Co-Founder of Princess Yachts, has been given the prestigious accolade of 'Lifetime Achievement', at the Boat Builder Awards 2017. The award, presented at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam last night, tops a successful year for the British yacht-maker. Princess reported order books reaching a record-breaking €0.73billion in retail value following the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. With production capacity 90% sold through for 2018, the figures represent an 85% year-on-year increase from 2016.  David King said, "I am delighted to have received such a prestigious honor. The award is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of each and every employee at Princess and I am honored to have been recognized among some of the most well-respected individuals in boat building."  David King, who was born in Dundee in 1942, founded the company in 1965 under the name of Marine Projects, and has been integral in the design and manufacture of all Princess' acclaimed yachts. Drawing on his engineering expertise and his impeccable eye for detail, David still makes a significant contribution to the design of Princess' exceptional craft and now joins a host of globally recognised winners for this prestigious award.


Riva Boutique Christmas Special

The official Riva online store is enriched with new accessories crafted with the style and quality that has made the boatyard into a global yachting legend, the perfect gift ideas for the festive season.  The thrill of an unexpected gift, created with the utmost attention to detail and prized materials, where elegance and style tell the story of a legendary brand. To make this an unforgettable Christmas, Riva Boutique, the official online store of the iconic yachting brand, features a new and richer range of refined accessories, with perfect gift ideas interpreting the unmistakable personality of the Riva brand.  The collection offers a wide range of unique and inimitable products expressing in all kinds of ways, including to the touch, the excellence and craftsmanship of a boatyard that is a symbol of Italian made goods and has been making nautical history every day for 175 years. Riva Boutique has a gift idea for everyone, from iconic garments inspired by the brand's distinctive colours and style to household furnishings and hi-tech accessories that perfectly embody the refined taste of those who love and live the Riva legend. A rich collection to surprise and delight family, friends and colleagues at Christmas time.  The guiding principle behind the “Riva Brand Experience” is encapsulated in the concept “Riva inside, inside Riva”, based on treasured and timeless values, such as the high quality of the materials and the meticulous attention to detail, which have always been the hallmarks of Riva boats and characterise today's entire Riva Boutique collection.

Riva Chief Designer Awarded of Honorary Membership of Altagamma

Mauro Micheli (Chief Designer and cofounder with Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana Design) has been made an Honorary Member of Altagamma in the atmospheric surrounds of the stunning Villa Madama, which is used for official receptions by the Italian Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. That honour was conferred on him by Altagamma president Andrea Illy during the opening evening of the Giornata Altagamma event, which was also attended by the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano. Honorary memberships were also awarded to yacht designer Giovanni Zuccon, dance star Eleonora Abbagnato, entrepreneur Piero Bassetti, CDP president Claudio Costamagna, Michelin-starred chefs Francesco Cerea, Carlo Cracco and Fulvio Pierangelini, and the MART and Gallerie degli Uffizi cultural institutions. The businesses that founded Altagamma (Alessi, Baratti&Milano, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, FontanaArte, Versace, Ermenegildo Zegna) were honoured in the course of the evening too. Since 1992, the Fondazione Altagamma has brought together high-end Italian cultural and creative companies to promote Italian excellence, uniqueness and life style internationally across a broad spectrum of sectors (fashion, design, jewellery, food, hospitality, wellness). The Altagamma Honorary Council was set up in 2013 to develop an international network of organisations and companies that had been longtime partners of the Altagamma Businesses on a global level. The Nautica Italiana marine industry representative association joined in 2014 and its entry into Altagamma allowed the Foundation to open up to the world of yachting, another sector of excellence. Altagamma Honorary Council members include such leading ambassadors for Italian excellence as Gillo Dorfles, Gualtiero Marchesi, Davide Oldani, Massimo Bottura, Alessandro Mendini, Ludovico Einaudi, Mario Bellini, Andrea Bocelli, Mario Pedol, Stefano Righini and Giorgetto Giugiaro, to name but a few. Mauro Micheli and the new Honorary Members have now joined this illustrious and prestigious list. “I am truly honoured to be awarded this title,” Mauro Micheli declared. “For over 30 years, I have been designing boats that are international standard-bearers for Italian style. However, I want to share this title with all the Officina Italiana Design team: we work together to create elegant, innovative, timeless objects in line with our philosophy. We do so very naturally and with passion by following an instinct that is part and parcel of the Italian culture and traditions so greatly admired all over the world.”


Riviera Owners Navigate Bass Strait

Bass Strait between the Australian mainland and the island state of Tasmania is notorious for heavy seas and high winds coming in from the Antarctic.  For a flotilla of seven Riviera’s recently, it provided a memorable adventure as Victorian Riviera and Belize dealer R Marine Jacksons hosted a weekend voyage to Refuge Cove, a small bay at Wilsons Promontory, 145 nautical miles east of the safety of Port Phillip Bay and the city of Melbourne.  "The Prom", as it is affectionately known, is the most southerly point of mainland Australia, and is named after Thomas Wilson, a little-known English merchant and friend of explorer Matthew Flinders.  Refuge Cove is well named, being often used as a stopover for boats travelling along the Victorian coast or waiting for a weather window to cross the Strait to Tasmania.  The Riviera flotilla left various home ports in Port Phillip Bay on a Friday and met at Queenscliff Harbour near the Bay's entry headlands. Everyone enjoyed a dinner at the local hotel before returning to their motor yachts to prepare for an eight o'clock start the next morning.  "Six owners had never taken their motor yachts outside the Bay before and were eager to explore the sights of the coast," said Ray Haddrell aboard his Riviera 565 SUV, Rayzaway V.  Ray has owned five Riviera’s and has voyaged along much of the Victorian coastline as well as travelling north to the Riviera yard in Queensland on a number of occasions.  "The Refuge Cove Experience organised by Stuart and his team has given all the owners the confidence to voyage further afield," he said.  Phil Cozens, aboard his Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, Cara Mia, said he felt comfortable travelling with the flotilla.  "The weekend has given me great confidence in our Sport Yacht. She handled the conditions perfectly," he said. "It was a great adventure."  After an uneventful five-hour voyage, the flotilla anchored at Refuge Cove.  A leisurely afternoon was spent taking in the sights of the Cove. It offers spectacular scenery, including huge granite mountains, rainforest, sweeping beaches and coastlines.  Stuart Jackson and his team set up a barbecue on the beach and the group enjoyed a hearty meal and great conversation, discussing the events of the day.  "It was great to spend time with like-minded motor yacht owners," said Phil Cozens. "We shared experiences and information. Stuart and his team were fantastic, imparting their knowledge of yachting and of the capabilities of our Riviera’s."  "The trip of a lifetime," was how Tom and Marianne Sonsini aboard their Riviera 3000 Series II Offshore Pescara summed up the weekend.  Jake Reed enjoyed learning more about the great range of Riviera models.  "Stuart's skipper, Dave, was priceless," he said. "He was able to answer every question I had.  "I learned why the other Riviera’s are all powered by diesel engines. We have large twin petrol engines powering my Riviera M430 Sports Cruiser. After the weekend, I decided to name her Thirsty.  "The weekend was a fantastic experience. I took a couple of friends on this voyage. Next time I want to bring my wife and young children along. They would have loved the beach."  Sunday was spent fishing, swimming and walking in the national park before the group came together in the evening aboard Ray Haddrell's Rayzaway V for drinks and food.  "We partied late into the night," said Ray.  Monday morning was an early start for everyone.  "We roused the skippers at around five o'clock to depart at 6.30am and head back to our home ports," said Stuart Jackson. "We were rewarded by a calm sea all the way home."


Sunseeker Celebrates Two Boat Builder Awards

Sunseeker International, Britain’s biggest boat builder, is celebrating winning two prestigious categories at this year’s Boat Builder Awards, which were announced last night during a ceremony at The National Maritime Museum, Amsterdam. Sunseeker won the awards for most Innovative On-Board Design Solution and Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme.  The Boat Builder Awards celebrate outstanding business achievement within the marine industry, organised jointly by IBI magazine and METSTRADE and recognize individual and team success across eight categories of business achievement globally.  The award for most Innovative On-Board Design Solution was presented to Sunseeker for its ‘Beach Club’ concept, a design feature first introduced on the new Manhattan 52 and subsequently rolled out across all new models in line with customer demand. This innovative solution utilises otherwise unused space for owners and their friends and family to relax close to the water. The remarkable design provides a seamless extension to the main deck and offers owners a plethora of options including the built-in barbeque, overhead ‘rain shower’ and fold down transom seating. The innovative concept demonstrates Sunseeker’s deep understanding of its customers and the way in which they use their boats.  The award win for Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme is recognition of Sunseeker’s dedication to the development of apprentices across the business. Sunseeker has recognised the benefits of this for over 35 years and currently supports over 116 apprentices with its apprenticeship programme. Working in partnership with Bournemouth & Poole College and its specialist Marine Technology Centre, Sunseeker is firmly committed to developing the high-level skills of young marine engineers and boat builders who will help to maintain its reputation as a world leader in luxury motor yachts.  Commenting on the awards, Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker International said: “The awards are testament to the skill and dedication of our 2,400 employees in Dorset where we have meticulously manufactured award-winning yachts for nearly half a century. To be honoured in these two categories is absolutely fantastic. Throughout the decades, Sunseeker has always strived to be more advanced, ambitious, innovative – and consequently more successful.  He continued, “The award win for our apprenticeship scheme clearly demonstrates our investment in and commitment to the future of the marine industry, enabling people in our local community to kick-start their career in this sector but is also thanks to the discretionary effort of our employees who help develop apprentices across the business. As a direct result of our healthy forward order book, we are continuing to recruit for skilled staff this year and our apprentices form part of a talent pipeline to support this.”  IBI Editor and chair of the Boat Builder Awards judges, Ed Slack, commented: “The Boat Builder Awards was conceived to champion the vision and dedication of the people that build boats today and the great efforts they are making to ensure the marine industry continues to provide the right products for its current and future customers. It is also vital that all sectors of the industry collaborate closely, to ensure the very best user experiences. Our winning and shortlisted companies this year provided brilliant examples, not only of individual excellence but also the great results that occur when teams and businesses work closely together.” Building on its 2,400 strong workforce, Sunseeker is recruiting across Dorset in a number of disciplines including GRP laminators and Finishers, Carpenters, Electricians and Engineers, as well as other manufacturing and construction related roles.


Tecnorib Pirelli Signs Up New Dealers

Two new dealers join the Tecnorib distribution network, confirming the company’s desire to expand into unexplored markets. The first, BG Yachting, will handle the sale of Pirelli rigid inflatable boats in Bulgaria, while SF Yachts, headquartered in Dubai, will cover the Middle Eastern region. The novelties at Tecnorib continue, with the signing of two strategic partnerships with a European distributor and an Arab company. After the recent success of the Pirelli 1900, born of renewed collaboration between Tecnorib and Pirelli and designed by Mannerfelt Design Team, the Lombardy-based company is now working to expand its sales network and promote awareness of its inflatables outside Western Europe too. The first agreement was signed with BG Yachting, a company based in the storied city of Nessebar on the Black Sea coast, in the district of Burgasin. The company, which was established in 2005 and is already the dealer for several prestige car marques, will distribute the Pirelli ribs in this area, where the industry is experiencing a period of expansion. SF Yachts, headquartered in Dubai, will handle the sale and promotion of Pirelli rigid inflatable boats in Middle Eastern Countries, where it has a consolidated presence and is already the dealer for many well-known international shipbuilders. The Chief Executive Officer of the company is Sardinian engineer Francesco Pitea, who has a long and varied background in the yachting sector, where he has worked for the last 15 years in various positions for diverse companies.


Viking Win 2017 Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore Tournament

A last-minute catch helped Thomas Powell and his team win the 2017 Bisbee Los Cabos Offshore Tournament. Fishing on the Viking 80 Hooray, Thomas hooked a monster blue marlin at the end of the last day of the tournament. His three-hour-plus fight continued after the sun went down with the whole crew cheering him on. When the fish was finally boated, Captain Francisco "Pancho" Bojorquez made a call to the weigh station to assure them they were on the way and then sped back to shore at 40 knots.  Team Hooray had the choice to fish either the Pacific Ocean or the Sea of Cortez. Their decision to cruise along the Gordo Banks, the gateway between the two bodies of water, paid off with top honors and a nice big check.

Viking Dust Em Off 

Congratulations to the Viking 62 Mdala for their second place finish at the recent Dust'em Off Sailfish Warm Up out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After having a blast fishing the Viking Key West Challenge last year, Steve and Sue Pfeifer along with their son Erich decided to fish Mdala on the sailfish circuit. Led by captain John Hagen and mate Cody Gunther, the team released eight sailfish to secure their spot on the leader-board.

Viking Sponsor 55th Annual Buccaneer Cup

The excitement is building for the 55th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament being held this January 25 through 27, 2018. Boats will compete for a bigger purse as the tournament cash payout will be doubled to $20,000. The tournament is open to everyone with a spread of Calcutta categories that leaves no one out of the hunt for the cash. The past two years saw the winning boats each take home well over $90,000 in total prize money. Online registration is open and early entry discounts are in place. Register and pay before December 1 to get a $500 discount. The Captain's Meeting Party is sponsored by Viking Yachts and HMY Yacht Sales at Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores on January 25, 2018. The awards dinner will be held at the Sailfish Club of Florida on Palm Beach Island and is sponsored by MTU and its east coast distributors, Florida Detroit Diesel Allison/Johnson & Towers.  The tournament committee has instituted several rules and procedural changes that will streamline the event and make compliance easier, like the move to video catch validation. New members of the tournament committee, including Mike Samuels from the Viking Yacht Service Center, are well versed in running the video validation process and are providing valuable help in executing the tournament.  While at the Buccaneer Cup check out the new Viking demo in action just prior to the Viking VIP Show, held at our Riviera Beach location, just across the Intracoastal from Sailfish Marina. A special Charity Fuel Up program will be in place leading up to the tournament sponsored by SSI Petroleum, which is donating five cents per gallon to the RFA.


Zeelander Family Expands

After having started boating with a smaller Italian runabout Marco decided it was time for a boat that offers more comfort and the possibility for overnight or weekend trips.  His boat of choice: a lovely Zeelander Z44, Marco loves the soft and timeless lines of the boat combined with the ease of operation and maintenance. “These were some of the main criteria for choosing a Zeelander”, Marco states.  Next summer he will be exploring the Dutch waterways including the “Wadden Sea”. This small but challenging sea with strong tides, sandbars and a string of Islands off the Northern coast of The Netherlands is listed on the UNESCO and offers beautiful views of unspoiled nature and great boating.

New Model: Gregorini Di Max 37 Open

Cantieri Navali Gregorini is presenting a wide variety of versions for its 37 model platform, and after starting with the Hard Top follows it with the more sporty less sport-fisherman Open version.  The Gregorini Di Max 37 Open differentiates itself for having the main deck designed with the traditional radar arch.  For the rest the Di Max 37 Open offers the same qualities of its Hard-Top sister with the same interior layout, sleeping four in a two plus two single cabin arrangement.  Power for the Gregorini Di Max comes from twin FPT 400hp engines which deliver a top speed up to 35 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.70 m (38.3ft)
Hull Length - 9.9 m
Beam - 3.80 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Displacement - 6500 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 240 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - two plus two berths in one cabins plus convertible dinette
Engines - 2 x FPT Nef 400hp, Yanmar 8LV 370hp, Cummins QSB6.7 380hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 35 knots max 27 knots cruise
Construction - hand laid 
Certification - CE B

November 29, 2017

Project: Bering 70 Tempest

Bering 70 Tempest is project which is part of the US company Coastal series featuring a more low profile design explorer yachts.  The 70 Tempest differentiates itself from the standard 70 also for being lighter build of aluminium instead of the steel of the Coastal.  This construction change reduces weight by 22 tons to 40 tons, with a speed increase of nine knots, up to 22 knots with standard twin Cummins 600hp engines.  The Bering 70 Tempest will offer two interior layout, one for two large guest cabins, or an option for a three cabin three head version.  A single berth crew cabin is offered in the three cabin arrangement.  Living, with galley and saloon is located on the main deck.

New Model: Mazu 38 Soft Top

All-new Mazu 38 Soft Top has been delivered to his owner in Saint Tropez this July 2017.  Designed by Halit Yukay, the yacht has been sold to a European client. The owner for the Mazu 38 Soft Top  desired to achieve a real military look able to combine latest luxury amenities and trendy elegance, and is also an Armani style enthusiast. The turkish yard Mazu so decided to use as many different textures of leathers and fabrics as possible, all from Foglizzo and a number of mirrors to give the maximum depth interiors perception, like in a loft condo.  Halit Yukay also designed a fantastic indoors lighting mood from the Italian supplier Cantalupi to enhance Mazu 38 dramatic feeling. New Mazu 38 Soft Top is so equipped with two Volvo Penta IPS 400 engines and the boat claim to reach a top speed of 34 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.9 m (39ft)
Waterline Length - 10.4 m
Beam - 3.7 m
Draft - 0.60 m without props and drives
Displacement - 9 t
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - two or four berths layout
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 34 knots max 30 knots cruise with Volvo 300hp engines, 45 knots max with 435hp
Construction - cold molded epoxy, wood and fiberglass with carbon reinforcement 
Project - Halit Yukay
Certification - Rina CE A/B

November 28, 2017

Engine: FPT N67 Evo 570hp

The new FPT N67 Evo 570hp is the latest product within the renowned NEF family and ensures top performance, low fuel consumption and reduced environmental impact. These advancements are due to FPT Industrial innovation, bringing together second generation Electronic Common Rail and Wastegate water-cooled turbocharging. Furthermore, it has 4 valves per cylinder, a ladder frame cylinder block and a rear gear train timing system. One of the great perks of this new engine is its lightness: it has the best power to weight ratio in its category, ensuring best boat performance for fast planing and top speed, with best-in-class power density and top torque density among competitors. Moreover, the innovative design and compact lay-out ensures easier installation with simpler engine servicing, assuring greater space available on board. As for the environment, the N67 Evo, with second generation Electronic Common Rail, guarantees greater efficiency, while reducing emissions, and is compliant with US-EPA Tier 3 and EU European Recreational Directive, the two current and most stringent certifications for marine pleasure engines. Moreover, it is compliant also with the IMO MARPOL II. This engine features high navigation comfort as noise and vibrations are reduced to minimum levels.

New Model: Prestige 520 Flybridge

Prestige new 520 Flybridge is a direct inheritor of its predecessor, and the model it replaces the 500 and thanks to a vast offer of multiple choices to the customer will seem as a big headache to most of the competition with one important Achilles-heel.  From a hard-top option covering the flybridge, to a choice of stern sun-pad layout or L-shaped settee in the aft deck, and a tender garage or crew cabin choice, choices is the word of the new Prestige 520 Flybridge.  A three cabin motor yacht, the Prestige 520 also offers one of the most impressive full beam owners stateroom in this size which also features it own independent entrance.  The living of the Prestige 520 all located on the main deck presents itself with an astern galley layout, and dinette converting saloon forward.  The Achilles-heel of the Prestige 520?  It is probably its speed of only 26 knots delivered from the only twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion set up available.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.1 m (52.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.5 m
Beam - 4.5 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 14100 kg unloaded, 19862 kg fully loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 640 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 26 knots max 22 knots cruise
Range - 212 nm at fast cruise
Project - Garroni design exterior, JP concepts naval engineering
Certification - CE B12

November 27, 2017

Project: Viking 68 Convertible

Viking continues its dominance of the sportfishing yacht industry with the introduction of the Viking 68 Convertible, a four-stateroom blue-water convertible with unmatched performance, bulletproof construction, luxury interior accommodations, advanced propulsion, and boat-control technologies.  The 68 Convertible is designed and engineered to function equally as well as a tournament-ready offshore runner and a cruising yacht with all the conveniences and technology that you’ve come to expect from Viking.  The optional Seakeeper gyro stabilizer heightens the level of comfort during both fishing and cruising activities. Anglers do battle in a 12 square meters cockpit, while guests can watch from an air-conditioned observation mezzanine.  Running on Viking’s proven hull shape with a 12.1-degree transom dead-rise, this beautiful battle wagon delivers a soft ride in rough seas, with a 35-knot cruising speed and a top end approaching 40 knots. An aggressively raked stem, gently sloping sheer, swept-back black-masked windshield and flying bridge brow present a powerful yet elegant picture.  Official launching date and presentation for the 68 Convertible is for early 2018 for the Miami boat show.

New Model: SuperOcean 58

Here is a new Rib Yacht which raised a few looks during its presentation for the European fall boat show season of 2017, the SuperOcean 58.  A new brand with important stable names behind it, that of Scanner ribs from Italy who are also responsible for the construction of this new different looking machine.  Designed by Donato Montemitro and Benoit Marcilhacy this new seventeen meter rib yacht surprises for its utilitarian do it all looks the designers provided.  For a seventeen meter Rib Yacht the SuperOcean 58 also surprises for its super spacious interior and exterior, a balance which makes it compete with Sport Yachts of similar size also thanks to an important plus five meter of beam.  Still the SuperOcean 58 offers a choice of two interior lower deck layouts with two or three cabins and three heads.  What is interesting in all this is that the three cabin layout does not steal space from the dinette or the galley but takes space from the second VIP room and its en-suite head, this becoming smaller in the three cabin layout.  In both layout choices there is a guest day head to port side on the arrival of the cabin lower deck.  A single berth crew cabin located to starboard at midships is provided in both layouts. The SuperOcean 58 is powered by standard twin Man 800hp, and or optional 1000hp or 1200hp units with Jolly drive surface drive propulsion set up.  Speed numbers are not yet announced.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.60 m (58ft)
Beam - 5.20 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 26 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Persons - 30
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man 800hp, 1000hp, V8 1000hp
Propulsion - Jolly Drive surface drives
Construction - inflatable rib with solid fiberglass hull
Project - Donato Montemitro and Benoit Marcilhacy exterior, Alfroid and Weiss studio interior
Certification - CE B

November 26, 2017

Web: Dominator New Web Site

Dominator Yachts launches its new virtual Internet showroom. Dominator was founded in 1999 by Giandonato Sigismondi, and in 2001 it launched its first model the 65 which later was renamed as 680 and produced till 2012. Sigismondi boat building career goes much previously to Dominator with him producing his first boat in 1981 the sailing craft Mizar 31, and later joining Mochi Craft, here seeing a great successful period for this marque who in the eighties thanks to the Paolo Caliari designed yachts became a symbol of the Italian yachting design renaissance.  Dominator was indeed a Mochi Craft model produced in various sizes and types in the seventies and eighties. Since the first half of 2010 Dominator has been taken over by an Austrian Investment Group. Dominator has so far delivered over one hundred yachts and super yachts from the 62 up to the 40M model. A great success considering the big competition today in motor and super yachts between the nineteen and forty meter size. Today Dominator is to concentrate on the Alberto Mancini designed Ilumen range which launched in Summer 2017 with the 28M.  Four other Ilumen Dominators are to follow; 24M, 32M, 36M, and the 38M Tri Deck currently under construction.  Alberto Mancini is Domintor third designer, following the first models designed by Nuovlari Lenard, and second generation series designed by Team for Design of Enrico Gobbi.  Dominator new website takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, Bespoke, Inside Dominator, News, Service, Press, and Contact.  Dominator is also present on social media with link buttons taking you to its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube pages.

November 25, 2017

Improve-it = Astondoa 80 Flybridge

For the Cannes boat show of 2017 Astondoa presented itself with an updated 80 Flybridge model. This new 80 Flybridge hull number five confirms the lines of the model launched in 2016, and adapts the successful unit to the shipyard’s updated designs, with inspiration from the modern shapes of the latest 110 and 100 Century and 66 Flybridge models. The success of this range now extends with new elements such as the side windows that offer extra light, the newly designed stern and the refined interior finishes.  Launched in 2016 the Astondoa 80 Flybridge has been a successful four cabin super yacht which opens the door to the large builds of over 24 meters of the Spanish boat builder.  The Astondoa 80 Flybridge is powered by twin Man 1550hp engines which give max speed up to 33 knots. 

November 24, 2017

Project: Riva 90

During the 2017 Fort Lauderdale boat show Riva showed a preview for a 90 project.  The 90 foot super yacht is the latest addition to the new-generation Riva flybridge range and complements the successful 100 Corsaro launched at the end of 2016, and the soon to launch 110 Dolce Vita, which is set to be launched in early 2018.  The 90 is the result of the since 1991 Riva designers Officina Italiana Design of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, and the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Committee, and the Group’s Engineering Department who own the Riva brand since 2000. The new Riva 90 is a pocket size super yacht combining and reinforcing the unique selling points of its predecessors, with particular emphasis on the exterior styling distinguished by sleek and dynamic profile and the generous use of glass for the hull-mounted windows, from the stern to the wide-body owner's suite on the main deck and on the raised pilothouse.  For the 90 designer Micheli and Berretta bring design intuitions as shown in the bigger 100 Corsaro and 110 Dolce Vita for a a semi wide body raised pilot house design, but importantly bring Riva to compete in the 28-29 meter sector of this class which has become very competitive thanks to a registered length under 24 meters and the option to have an owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  The stern area features the innovative Ferretti Group’s patented concealed stairway system, already installed on the new 56 Rivale. The garage can accommodate a Williams 395 tender and a personal watercraft, which can be launched independently.  A choice of three engine configurations is available for the Riva 90, with the standard being twin MTU 1948hp which should should deliver cruising speeds of 22 knots and a maximum of 26 knots. Alternatively owners can choose twin MTU 2218hp which increase speeds by two knots, or MTU 2435hp which manage to add speeds by four knots and allow for a maximum of thirty knots.  The Riva 90 will be equipped with underway and zero-speed stabilizing fins as standard, and upon request, can also include Seakeeper gyro stabilizers.

New Model: Rio 40 Spider

2017 has been a very productive year for Rio, launching a new flagship and two fresh models.  The Rio 40 Spider is the second of the new models, and is based on the hull of the 38 Parana uniting traditional open boat looks with modern amenities. Accommodation layout for the 40 Spider offers a spacious forward owners cabin, a guest two berth midships cabin, and a saloon and galley in between.  Exterior space is an open single level deck offering a large L-shaped settee which transforms in others formats as a large sunbathing area. Power for the Rio 40 Spider comes from twin Volvo 300hp able to reach a top speed of 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.05 m (42.8ft)
Beam - 3.70 m
Draft - 0.64 m exl props and drives
Displacement - 7500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 780 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two berths in convertible dinette
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 38 knots max 26 knots cruise
Project - Angelo Alfani
Certification - CE B

November 23, 2017

Project: Absolute 48 Navetta

Expansion never stops at Absolute a brand which has understood the market possibly better then everyone else in the past five years and since 2012 had a unique double digit growth.  Now Absolute coming from an important 2017 which saw the expansion of its production plant and the launch of a new 73 Navetta flagship, is looking at the year ahead with the presentation of the 48 Navetta project set to launch in 2018.  The new baby Navetta 48 will also be the fourth model of the explorer yacht range, and presents itself as a modern explorer cruiser similar to the successful bigger sisters both outside and inside.  Accommodation layout will offer a three double cabins layout with a spacious located to the side owners cabins forward, a VIP to port side, and guest twin berth cabin to starboard.  A single berth crew cabin is also available aft. Living will be located on the main deck with an astern galley serving easily and equally both inside and outside areas.  Other areas of note for the Absolute 48 Navetta will be the spacious flybridge, which the Italian maker saying will be the largest in the fourteen meter size.  

November 22, 2017

New Model: Austin Parker 48 Sundeck

Austin Parker and designer Fulvio de Simoni continue to evolve the traditional lobster boat inspired cruiser and yacht range which have received so much consensus since the launch of the 42 in 2009.  This latest model from Austin Parker the 48 Sundeck, called so for the sun-pad on top of the hardtop is the latest offer from the North Italian builder and presents itself as a traditional cruiser feeling bigger to what it actually is. In reality it is featuring an overall length of over fifty feet, and important less to five meters beam.  The Austin Parker impresses for its interior offering a three double cabins lower deck with a full beam owners stateroom, a Vip double berth cabin forward, and twin bunk berths cabin to port side.  The living is located on the main deck and features a C-shaped dinette, with a TV entertainment unit opposite.  A well sized galley is located below deck.  The aft deck is also interesting and offers a mezzanine style dinette located inside the area which can transform to a sunlounge.  Access to the sundeck on the fly is from a stairway which when not in use hides in the roof.  Power for the Austin Parker 48 Sundeck is from twin Cummins 550hp which give a top speed of 28 knots max and 24 knots cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.5 m (50.8ft)
Beam - 4.60 m
Draft - 1.27 m
Displacement - 20.75 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1900 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max, 24 knots cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni

Propulsion: ZF Project Disruption

ZF's global Marine and Special Driveline Technology business unit introduced the Project Disruption concept to the public on the opening day of the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new propulsion concept introduces contra-rotating technology to conventional inboard shaft line applications.  The Project Disruption concept allows shaft line boat builders to harness the benefits of contra-rotating propellers, including increased efficiency, acceleration and reverse authority. The concept changes all of the pre-established constraints of trying to optimize propeller diameter with gear ratio.  The concept, intended to interface with a standard ZF marine transmission, is comprised of a strut-housed underwater gearbox which transmits power to two contra-rotating propellers.  In addition to providing increased efficiency and acceleration, Project Disruption's contra-rotating propellers will allow boat builders to consider a wider range of transmission ratios than what is possible today given propeller sizing constraints for single propeller shaft-lines. This will allow naval architects the opportunity to better optimize the propeller to gear ratio relationship depending on vessel application and loads. The contra-rotating propellers will also offer improved reversing performance and low speed maneuvering by eliminating the propeller torque that currently affects single shaftline applications.  While initially sized for tow sports boats, the concept could be extended to larger propulsion packages, or hybrid systems for a multitude of vessel applications.

November 21, 2017

New Model: Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

Riviera has delivered the first unit of the 72 Sports Motor Yacht.  The 72 is the second model of what Riviera calls the Sports Motor Yacht range, and follows the launching of the 68 premiered during the Sydney boat show in August 2017.  The Sports Motor Yacht range follows the recent philosophy of the down under renowned boat builder uniting various boating typologies into one, with looks inspired to sport-fishing boats see sheer line and cockpit design, and accommodation of a motor yacht. The 72 is the second model of the range and is identical to the 68 in all but the extended aft deck giving extra space in this area and to the mezzanine, and is recognizable by a sweeping stern design versus that of a square shape for the smaller model.  The 72 Sports Motor Yacht is Rivera's current second in size model behind the 2014 launched and since then produced 77 Enclosed Bridge.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.68 m (78.3ft)
Hull Length - 22 m
Beam - 6.00 m
Draft - 1.86 m incl props
Displacement - 47000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, 1800hp, 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Certification - ISO 8666 for dimensions

November 20, 2017

Project: Fairline 33 F-Line

Fairline announces plans for a brand new ten meter express cruiser. This new model will be the first from Fairlines new F-Line series and will launch in early 2019, and reminds me of the Esprit project presented in 2014, which never made beyond project rendering stages. This is the fourth Fairline featuring the full Alberto Mancini treatment who was recently crowned Yacht Designer of the Year at the highly prestigious World Yacht Trophies held during the Cannes boat show with the 64 Targa GTO. The successful partnership between the Italian designer and British boatyard has created a very stylish take on what a comfortable day boat should look like, enters the Fairline 33 F-Line, which has already received over a dozen orders from the builders global dealer network, and has drawn on the strong heritage of producing fun and exciting day boats, but features luxurious styling cues synonymous with the Italian designer. The 33 F-Line will feature a single stern drive engine from Volvo with the option to upgrade to twin diesels.  Twin petrol’s will be available for those that seek high performance from their boating.  The Fairline 33 F-Line is to be a stylish day boat embracing outdoor living and will feature an expansive fore-deck sunbathing area, open plan forward cabin and innovative fold down transom. The wrap around windows offer a light and airy feel and hand-crafted details add luxury.

New Model: Beneteau 50 Gran Turismo

Beneteau present a new flagship for its Gran Turismo range with the launch of the 50 model.  The 50 Gran Turismo replaces the 49 model, and as the smaller 40 and 46 models is designed by Italian designers Nuvolari and Lenard for exterior lines.  The Italian Venice designers went for a Gran Turismo family feeling design with all models looking distinctively similar.  The interior of the 50 Gran Turismo is designed by long standing Beneteau designer Andreani who presented two or three cabins layouts, with full beam owners stateroom and lower galley.  If ordering the third cabin this comes as replacement to the lower L-shaped saloon and will offer spacious two inline berths.  The 50 Gran Turismo will be powered by twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion, no performance numbers have yet been given.  A Sport Fly version is to be presented towards the end of 2017.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.78 m (51.7ft)
Hull Length - 14.17 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 0.90 m with drives and props
Displacement - 13640 lg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 200 l
Max Persons - 12 persons
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Hull Shape - Air Step 
Construction - infusion sandwich Polyester and balsa core, and counter molding structure
Project - Nuvolair Lenard exterior, Andreani interior, Beneteau Power boats naval architect, Air Step design by R.L Jeantet, P.Tableau, M. Tronquez
Certification - CE B12

November 19, 2017

Web: Offshore CN New Web Site

Offshore Costruzioni Nautiche from Gaeta, Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 1987 by Roberto Buonomo a boat builder, engineer and designer Offshore CN rose to success with the Superclassic range of boats.  The first Superclassic was a sport boat cruiser of 33 feet with classic lines inspired to the Italian runabout of the mid twentieth century but featuring an advanced fast stepped hull design.  Offshore CN with Roberto Buonomo at the helm and the 40 model also competed in racing competitions entering the scene in 2001 up until 2003, and winning Italian, European and World Championship in its class twice.  In 2002 Offshore CN 40 also wins the legendary Cowes - Torquay - Cowes and taking home the British International Hamsworth Trophy.  Today Offshore CN builds three models; Superclassic Tender 25, Superclassic 40, and Superlcassic 60 flagship.  Offshore CN website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Identity, Products, Services, and Contacts.  Offshore CN is also on social media with links at the bottom of the page taking you to the Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram pages. 

November 18, 2017

New Model: Hartman 24 Livingstone

Having roots associated to shipping from 1775 the Dutch boat builder Hartman does a fast start, launching its first model the 24 Livingstone just a couple of weeks after presenting the project to the media in Summer 2017. Inspiring itself to the ships of early twentieth century, hence the name Livingstone a famous explorer of the mid nineteenth century, the Hartman 24 is an interesting pocket 24-30 meter size super yacht for those who want a traditional looking vessel with the latest technology.  Build of steel the Livingstone 24 offers a standard interior layout of four double cabins below deck with a forward owners stateroom, and a laundry room.  Power for the Livingstone 24 comes in two options.  Hull one featured a single Man 345hp with an available option being for a twin installation of the same engine.  
Technical Data:
Length - 23.99 m (78.8m)
Beam - 6.85 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement -  104.3 t 
Fuel Capacity - 10500 l
Water Capacity - 5000 l
Accommodation - eight / nine berths in four cabins
Engines - 1 x Man 345hp, or 2 x Man 345hp
Speed - 11 knots cruise
Range - 3000 nm at 10 knots cruise
Project - Niels van Oostenbrugge and Albert Abma of Sheerline Yachts
Certification - CE A

November 17, 2017

Project: Terranova T92

During the Cannes 2017 boat show Italian Terranova showcased two new projects set to expand the line of the explorer trawler boats of the builder.  After presenting the smaller leaner T74 here, now its time to  showcase the project for the T92.  The T92 will be the third super yacht for Terranova to go above the important over eighty feet size, and just as the bigger T115 and smaller T85 will feature a triple deck layout.  Terranova has not given much public information about the T92 but expect a similar layout to the T85 with more spaces.  As to speed for T92, the Terranova yachts feature semi displacement hulls, so we would imagine a 15 knots max, and cruise from 12 to 8 knots.

New Model: Van Den Hoven 1850 Executive

Dutch Van den Hoven present the new Executive 1850, an extension of its 1700 series. Both the exterior and interior have been designed by John van Leeuwen in cooperation with yacht designer Arnold de Ruyter. The curvaceous lines give the side view an even more stylish appearance. The 1850 is available both with and without a flybridge. The overall concept is carefully considered: elegant with lots of space, Van den Hoven are build of steel so that all client wishes can be realized. The Executive 1800 leverages on all the benefits and experience of its sister vessels in the Van den Hoven fleet and then goes a step further. A striking example is the capacity to close off the entire aft deck by means of a practical yet luxurious awning set-up so that it can still be used when the weather is less pleasant. The outside decks have a natural walking flow and the flybridge version adds a whole new dimension to the sailing experience. With a small outdoor kitchen, fridge, comfortable settees and an extra steering position, this area is the equivalent of a rooftop terrace. Protection from the sun can be provided by a stylish, practical bimini.  There is a great deal of space on this yacht, as is typical for Van den Hoven, with the engine compartment placed entirely aft. The Executive 1850 features three luxurious cabins, two large bathrooms with toilet and one separate day head, a large living area and a modern galley. The yacht is equipped with twin Volvo 300hp engines and stabilizers. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.70 m (61.3ft)
Beam - 5.35 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 46 t
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 11 knots maximum
Construction - steel
Project - John van Leeuwen exterior and interior, Arnold de Ryter naval architect
Certification - CE A