October 18, 2018

New Model: Sanlorenzo SX76

Sanloenzo continues to push its intelligent synthesis between the motor yacht and a modern explorer type ship, and expands its 2017 launched SX line with the second SX76 model.  Presented as the SX72 project in early 2018, the SX was during project stages expanded to become the 76 model.  Designed by Bernardo Zuccon the SX76 has sold eight hulls up until the Cannes 2018 boat show, showing a continued success from the SX88 which since its 2017 World preview has sold thirteen units, three of which delivered.  Hull one of the Sanlorenzo SX76 featured special interiors by Pierre Lissoni.  But do not be mistaken the Sanlorenzo SX76 which currently is the entry level smallest yacht on offer from the Viareggio La Spezia boat builder, has standard more conservative versions.  Indeed as any Sanlorenzo the SX76 is a fully semi-custom product and this is shown with the various layout choices offered; two for the flybridge deck, three for the main deck, two for the lower deck, and other couple of details for the owners midships master cabin and the dinette on the main deck.  The SX76 brings exciting times for a customer looking for a semi-displacement modern type explorer yacht, and competes with the likes of the Magellano 76, and Absolute 73 Navetta, with the offer from Sanlorenzo offering that extra step up for luxury, quality, and customer choice. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.35 m (76.6ft)
Beam - 6.60 m
Draft - 1.56 m at full load
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1300 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or six berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1050 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 22 knots max, 20 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Project - Zuccon International exterior and interior, Piere Lissoni interior
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - vacuum infusion for with carbon fiber super structure

October 17, 2018

Improve-it = Vanquish VQ54

The Vanquish VQ54 with its tender garage has been well received throughout the world. The convenience of an on board tender is immediately obvious when going to shore to pick up or drop off passengers or run an errand. Despite its length, this aluminium model is highly agile and has the power to accelerate very quickly. The double spray rail keeps the occupants dry even at very high speeds, and the hull guarantees incomparable cruising comfort. To meet the needs of those wishing to accommodate more guests overnight, a new layout has been designed with an additional extra comfortable cabin for two people partly with standing headroom bringing the total overnight capacity up to four. A second new option is to also add a third cabin for a crew member.  Together with the substantial amount of space on deck, which can accommodate up to twenty people, and the extensive bimini opportunities, this VQ54 with the new layout makes it a sport yacht more ideal for longer weekend trips.

October 16, 2018

New Model: Fairline Targa 43 Open

Alberto Mancini Fairline era continues to expand and after the launch of his first fully designed Targa 63 Open, here comes act two with the much awaited Targa 43 Open, new entry level sport cruiser of the British builder since the mid eighties started sport cruiser and yacht line.  A very spacious sport cruiser which goes one meter more in size to its declared 43 moniker, the  new entry level Targa Open impresses for a spacious full beam owners cabin, and detailed choice which can make life on-board more pleasant.  Choice revolve around choosing owners cabin forward or midships with the guest or day head moving forward or upon entry.  The Fairline Targa 43 Open also features a tender garage under the aft sun-pad able to accommodate up to a 2.80 meter size mini jet rib.  The Fairline Targa 43 Open is powered by twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion and top speeds estimates up to 32 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.2 m (46.6ft) inc pulpit
LOA - 13.9 m
Beam - 4.32 m
Draft - 1.17 m
Displacement - 12500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - four or five berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS600 pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max
Hull Shape - planning Vee
Construction - resin infused hull with polyurethane foam core
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior and interior, Fairline design team
Certification - CE B

October 15, 2018

Project: Evo R5

After the success of the Evo 43 and WA models, Evo Yachts is looking forward to expand its range not only on its now popular thirteen meter platform, but also for fully new and bigger models.  Enters the Evo Yachts R5, a project for a t-top style sport yacht which aims to take the footprint and features of the 43 model into a bigger fifteen meter plus size.  So far Blu Emme the company who owns and founded Evo Yachts in 2015 with the introduction of the 43 and the Rivellini design team is not giving much details about the R5.  What we can say is that like its smaller 43 sister the R5 is full of minimal modern design, and will have the technological innovation which made the small Evo Yacht famous.

October 14, 2018

New Model: Arcadia A105

Arcadia continue its pursuit of newer models and after presenting the project of the A105 in Cannes 2017, a year later to this the Italian shipyard showcases the new model in the flash to the clients, press, and brand lovers.  The Arcadia A105 is developed on the A100 model, with further space in every area from the aft deck; nearly double the space, and much more space on the fly-bridge deck.  The A105 has proved a success with three hulls sold on plan after the project presentation and the fall of 2017.  Currently Arcadia is working on hull number four with the lamination phase just completed.  The Arcadia A105 can be ordered with four cabins or five cabins.  The five cabin version puts the owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  Featuring a separate entrance from the galley on the main deck to port side are three crew cabins with three bathrooms, located forward and sleeping five persons.  Just as the A100 the Arcadia A105 is powered by twin Man 1000hp which give max speeds up to seventeen knots, and a cruise of 15.  Interesting is the number at twelve knots economic cruise consuming just eleven liters per miles.  As is standard in all Arcadia the A105 is full of green energy features with a standout number being the 36 squared meters of solar panels which deliver up to 4.2 kw of power.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.57 m (103ft)
Hull Length - 29.3 m
Waterline Length - 27.8 m
Beam - 7.76 m
Draft - 2.01 m
Displacement - 134 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 15600 l
Water Capacity - 3100 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, or ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots max, 15 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - fiberglass
Project - Hot Lad interior and exterior
Certification - RINA, C Cross of Malta for hull, and Mach Y

October 13, 2018

Web: Paul Mann New Web Site

Paul Mann a custom Carolina renowned Sportfish yacht builder, presents its new website coinciding with the thirtieth birthday of the North Carolina, Manns Harbor located boat builder.  Founded 1988 Paul Mann enjoys a huge respect for owners looking for a wood and glass, cold mold style build sportfish yacht.  Cold molded is a technique used and pioneered for the most part on the East Coast of the USA by Sportfish boat builders, which gives the lightness and tension resistance of wood with the reliability and less maintenance of a covered fiberglass hull. Paul Mann is also one of the few who today still builds also with the older method of frame and plank, versus the more modern use of jig frame built. Still Paul Mann has since 2009 also offered the jig frame built method. Other interesting features are the numbers of Paul Mann who never builds more then three yachts at a time, and always starts each new build with a clean sheet. Paul Mann is a family owned yard, premises and is debt free.  In 2009 Paul Mann Custom Boats was named as one of the top five custom sportfish yachts builder. Paul Mann has since 1988 build 33 custom sportfish yachts from the 52 feet of the first two hulls delivered in 1988 and 89 respectively, to the 81 feet of Georgia Girl splashed in 2011.  In 2018 Paul Mann has two hulls under construction, one is its second largest build to date with a 77, while another is a 63 feet. The new website of Paul Mann takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, Mann Fleet, News, Tournaments, Videos, and Contact Us.  Paul Mann is also on social media with right bottom page buttons taking you to its Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram pages.

October 12, 2018

New Model: Dreamline DL 35

The new Dreamline DL 35 made its World debut at the 2018 Cannes boat show, and offered another example if there ever was needed one of the Fano Super Yacht builder ability to combine exclusive Made in Italy excellence. Created by Team for Design’s Enrico Gobbi in partnership with the Dreamline Technical Department, with exceptional performance delivered by the hull developed by Giuseppe Arrabito of Arrabito Naval Architects. With full custom interiors, like all Dreamline Yacht projects, the distinctive features of this boat are the clean, flowing exterior styling and the elegant and spacious interiors, where the sophisticated use of mirrors gives the sensation of even more space.  Innovative technology and build quality are among the key characteristics of the new Dreamline 35, which as well as retaining the winning features of the range’s 26-meter entry level model, like the owner’s suite with panoramic views, stands out for all the innovative design details that provide unexpected levels of comfort for super yachts of this length. They include efforts to reduce noise and vibration to a minimum at any speed and everywhere on board. This provides the captain with a bridge wing for use in tight spaces, without sacrificing the full set of helm station controls. This choice was driven by the need expressed by captains to have bridge wings that extend further outwards, combined with the search for effective solutions that are both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  Peter Zuber, the founder of the company and the inspiration behind the entire Dreamline philosophy, has also devised solutions that offer a new take on various areas of the boat and make even more of the available space, like the full custom gangway that adapts to any quay height, or the balconies, or the foldaway components that increase the outdoor surface area still further.  The Dreamline DL35 is a full custom build, like all the units built by the shipyard, meaning that owners can not only choose the decorations and materials, but also alter certain parts of the superstructure to satisfy their desires, needs and habits, whatever they are.  The outdoor areas provide plenty of space for sunbathing and relaxation, as well as a dining area and a swimming pool, while the interior decoration is the result of a carefully selected combination of unique pieces and works of art. The chair and sofa upholstery and the curtains are silk velvet by Armani Casa. The bathroom decor makes extensive use of Portoro, a highly-prized dark-colored marble, while every setting features a sophisticated combination of refined color tones and materials, the most important being: white onyx used for visually striking tops, fine leather with visible stitching to clad walls and certain doors, and satin-finish steel.  Every detail of the boat is designed to guarantee aesthetic and functional standards at the very highest level; the real leather cladding on the doors of the two VIP cabins and surrounding wall ensures perfect soundproofing while conveying considerable aesthetic appeal. The owner’s cabin has an automatic door that is hidden inside the structure when open, so that it doesn’t block the side passageway. The big glass door separating the cockpit and lounge opens up to form one big space.  Every detail of the layout is designed to convey the sensation of being on board a big yacht with wide open spaces to enjoy. The extensive windows and multiple glazed surfaces establish close contact with the marine environment. The lobby amidships with dining area, the main lounge, the day bathroom with direct access from outside, or the port-side fly-out balcony are all features normally found only on ships over fifty meters in length. The full-beam owner’s suite on the Main Deck features two large rectangular glazed surfaces, plus two windows in the ceiling that flood the setting with unprecedented light.  The guest night area on the lower deck comprises four cabins with en-suite bathrooms, including two VIP cabins amidships. The crew quarters, which occupy the entire forward section of the hull and have been designed to ensure that guests have the utmost privacy, consist of the captain’s cabin with its own bathroom, plus four more beds in two cabins and another bathroom.  The propulsion system features a pair of MTU 1920hp engines as standard or, optionally, two different units from the same manufacturer but with a high rating of 2,600hp each. At a speed of ten knots, the Dreamline DL 35 has a remarkable range of 1,800 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.90 m (117.7ft)
Beam - 7.47 m
Draft - 1.90 m
Displacement - 136 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 14000 l + 3000 l optional long rage
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, 5 crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 1920hp, 16V2000 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 22 knots max 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 1800 nm at 10 knots 
Project - Enrico Gobbi Team 4 Design exterior and interior, Arrabito hull and naval architecture
Certification - CE A   

October 11, 2018

Improve-it = Sessa C54

Sessa continues to restyle its most popular models, and after C38 and C44 in 2017, and C68 here it continues with the C54.  Designed originally by Christian Grande, for the restyling of the C54 Sesssa was assisted by Centrostiledesign.  The focus for the C54 restlying was on the interiors, with the exteriors now having larger side windows and can enjoy more natural light. With the same aim, the electric roof in the hard-top has been redesigned in crystal glass. The decor is based on alternating light dark colors and polished mat materials, while the lower Deck brings together lacquered surfaces, nubuck leather and wood to conjure up a contemporary, intimate and welcoming mood.  For more demanding owners, Sessa has also developed various choice possibilities, ranging from the materials used for the exteriors, to the choice of eighteen different types of wood, leather and fabric in the cabins. The owner can also decide between two cockpit layouts: a classic arrangement with table, sun lounging area and garage, or one with twin living areas featuring a sofa that can be converted into a sun lounger and a dining table.  The Sessa C54 is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with IPS pod propulsion which allow for top speeds up to 36 knots.

October 10, 2018

New Model: Absolute 73 Navetta

With the birth of the Navetta 73, the engineering team of Absolute not only present a new flagship but also a unique explorer yacht in her range.  Offering space much as a yacht one meter larger, but with a budget of a 22 meter, the Navetta 73 offers functionalities, spaces and new technologies, together with the most refined elegance and the highest comfort. The fly astonishes for its dimensions: at 55 square meters floor area, with helm station forward, an elegant wet-bar opposite a dinette and sofas that characterize the style. On the main deck, sight has no obstacles extending easily from the helm, beyond the salon and right to the cockpit. Impressive windows of vertical size let the view be the main protagonist. Featuring precious natural materials like wood, crystal, leather, the Calacatta marble and the Murano glass, together with innovative solutions and high-quality design furniture, the four guests cabins are a celebration of Italian style, offering the allure of cozy interiors and the great sophistication of sober taste. The Master cabin at bow, with its unique sea-landscape, is a guarantee of relaxation and peace; while the double guest cabin and the two Vip Cabins, allow their eight guests to live in elegance and highest comfort.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.38 m (73.5ft)
Beam - 5.58 m
Draft - 1.63 m
Displacement - 52345 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1110 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1350 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 22 knots cruise
Construction - Absolute ISS Integrated Structural System
Project - Absolute Research Lab

October 9, 2018

Project: Ferretti 720

The Filippo Salvetti Ferretti Yachts era started with huge success in mid Summer 2018 celebrating the fiftieth birthday of the World known Italian motor yacht builder and the launch of his first 670 model.  Here we present the second totally new project to come from the new head designer at Forli, the 720.  While many might think this as an extended 700 model, details show it is not, since a lot of things change from the wider 17 centimeters beam, to the layout of the main and lower deck.  The second Fillippo Salvetti Ferretti 720 features aggressive sporty yet clean lines, with a spacious long and low fore-deck, making way for a broken shear-line which integrates with the super structure window profile design, and a forward radar arch up top which makes the optional hard-top look pleasant on the eye.  Inside Salvetti went for a four cabin three head layout, with impressive space given to the owners full beam stateroom.  The interior part of the main deck offers a traditional layout of a welcoming relaxing saloon, dining table for eight, and a galley further forward, with helm station to port side.  Outside is where the Ferretti 720 will shine versus other similar sized 22 meters flybridge motor yachts, with its long fore deck and aft cockpit looking to be the most spacious in its size.  The Ferretti 720 will be powered by twin Man 1200hp engines, with no estimated top speed numbers so far advised. 

October 8, 2018

New Model: Princess R35

Featuring one of the most innovative marketing campaign from any boat builder to date Princess finally launched the R35, the first of the all-new R Class range.  R for revolution in its hull shape from BAR Technologies or ultra modern exterior shape from Pininfarina, and also some might add for runabout.  Princess with the R35 also enter a new market segment which has never actually been present in, that of the fast runabout sport cruiser.  For this unique project Princess broke its usual pattern of partnering with Bernard Olesinski and partnered with BAR Technologies and Pininfarina to bring a whole new breed of advanced technology and naval architecture. The all-new R Class will feature the unique Princess Active Foil System and deliver the fastest and most efficient boating experience delivered from the Plymouth boat builder to date. The striking exterior from Pininfarina reflects one of the most compelling and innovative designs Princess have ever created so far and conceals a spacious cabin within. Featuring a well equipped galley and seating area, with the added flexibility to convert a forward V-berth dinette to a generous double berth, further complemented by an ensuite.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.89 m (35.9ft)
Beam - 3.27 m
Draft - 0.76 m
Displacement - 4.5 t light, 5.9 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 140 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo V8 430hp gas petrol
Propulsion - Volvo stern drive
Speed - 50 knots max
Hull Shape - planning Vee with Princess Active Foil System
Project - Pininfarina, BAR Technologies

October 7, 2018

Web: Gamefisherman New Website

Gamefisherman from Stuart Florida presents its new World Wide web showroom.  Founded in 1985 by Mike Matlack, Gamefisherman has since then build 58 custom boats from thirty to fifty feet.  In 2018 Gamefisherman was sold to Scott Dunnuck and Erwin Gerards.  Since the new owners Gamefisherman is updating itself for new challenges with a new line of semi custom fiberglass 43 Nex Gen model available in three variants, Express. Flybridge. and Walk-Around.  Currently Gamefisherman offers three lines of boats; Traditional, Nex Gen Composite, and Limited Production which produce a total of fourteen models from the 26 Bay to the 55 Flybridge.  Gamefisherman new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Boats, Apparel, and Contact.  Gamefisherman is also in social media with bottom page links taking you to its Facebook, and Instagram pages.

October 6, 2018

New Model: Johnson 112

Johnson Yachts is excited to share news of the recent launch of the 112. The latest launch from this Taiwan yard has key design features that were specified by her owners to make this a truly one-of-a-kind, six-stateroom super yacht. The Johnson 112 has a fiberglass hull and superstructure, built from a design using the yard’s in-house naval architecture and engineering. Bill Dixon at Dixon Yacht Design drew the yacht’s distinctive exterior lines, which feature the double bank of vertical windows forward that have become a Johnson hallmark.  Accommodations on the Johnson 112 start with the main-deck master, which makes the most of the lower bank of vertical windows. These windows provide excellent views in a wide panorama encompassing the bow of the superyacht. Below decks are five additional staterooms. Four of these staterooms feature twin berths that combine easily to form double berths. Two of the staterooms also have Pullman berths, bringing the count of the owner’s party to fourteen. Comfortable crew’s quarters accommodate six. As an early adopter of large-volume hull forms, Johnson Yachts understands the importance of space for comfort on board and the Johnson 112 is no exception, with a seven meters plus of beam that allows for exceptional space below decks, where hull side windows offer natural light and opening ports ensure ventilation. The shared spaces on board also accommodate large groups, with three distinct dining areas that can seat twelve together at one table: the main saloon dining area, the aft deck, and the flying bridge. The flying bridge is expansive and sturdily built, with a boat deck equipped with a davit and space for a RIB tender and two personal watercraft. A huge bow sun-pad and seating area further optimizes the outdoor space on board.  The design also incorporates a fishing cockpit, which allows guests to enjoy the water in comfort and safety. From the cockpit there is access to a complete dive room with a compressor and stowage for dive tanks and the necessary equipment for underwater adventures.  The Johnson 112 is powered by a pair of 1925hp Cats C32 ACERT diesels, giving her a top speed up to 23 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.14 m (112ft)
Beam - 7.20 m
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 100 t light
Fuel Capacity - 15141 l
Water Capacity - 2400 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 23 knots max speed
Project - Bill Dixon

October 5, 2018

Project: Hatteras GT65 Carolina

Hatteras Yachts just released details about an all-new Hatteras GT65 Carolina project. This project is the newest addition to its proven GT Series tournament-ready sportfishing boats, which includes the GT70, GT63, GT59, GT54 and GT45X. The GT65 Carolina will replace the GT63 and signals a new design direction, enhanced performance and custom features for clients seeking an alternative to either a custom builder or other competitors for off-the-shelf production sport fishing yachts. The new GT65 Carolina is scheduled to debut in Fall 2019. The first renderings of the GT65 Carolina reveal a sleek profile that refreshes the look of the GT Series while still maintaining the core Hatteras DNA. Its new flybridge arrangement features an ergonomically designed console that puts all the controls within easy reach. It also incorporates the latest and largest navigation and fish-finding electronics in a non-glare, flush-mounted, “glass cockpit” helm array. The GT65 Carolina’s added volume is evident in its class-leading eighteen square meters cockpit, which is designed for ultimate fish-ability. The mezzanine incorporates optional integrated seat back air conditioning for all-day comfort, and large stainless steel built-in storage boxes. Below deck GT65 Carolina will have a four-stateroom, three-head interior layout maximizing the boat’s additional volume in both living and storage space. The ensuite master stateroom is the largest in its class, but guests billeted in the forward VIP will not feel slighted in the least. Two big bunk rooms allow owners to bring along a big team of anglers and crew.  But the GT65 Carolina’s key advantage over the competition lies in its new hull and tunnel design. Utilizing high-tech Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis, Hatteras team of engineers optimized hull form to ensure superior performance, handling and seaworthiness. In addition, the hull and stringer system will be infused as a single part, an industry first, to reduce weight and increase strength. The GT65 Carolina incorporates an all-new layout of the engine room for ease of maintenance and serviceability. For owners seeking additional comfort, there is also an optional twin Seakeeper 9 installation, without compromising fuel capacity. Hatteras Yachts is building the first GT65 Carolina, due in Fall 2019, for tournament-winning sportfishing couple Chris and Laura Jessen, owners of Fish Tank Sportfishing. The Jessens have had tremendous success campaigning their Hatteras GT63 Fish Tank since 2012. Chris and Laura, along with Fish Tank’s award-winning captain, Ben Horning, are collaborating with Hatteras on the new Fish Tank, and the builder has given them the opportunity to customize it to meet their competitive needs. The result is the GT65 Carolina, a tournament-ready sportfishing boat that embodies the best boat building traditions of the brand and state that spawned it, along with features forged by the Jessens’ years of tournament-angling experience. Additional features available on the GT65 Carolina include: sealed cockpit and additional fuel in lieu of fish boxes, hull side vents with Delta -T system, premium finish throughout engine room, single-level controls with bow thrusters incorporated, tackle room in lieu of fourth stateroom. The first GT65 Carolina, Fish Tank owned by Chris and Laura Jessen, also will incorporate custom features such as: tower with carbon fiber hardtop and buggy top, tuna tubes, and a custom wood interior. Standard engines for the Hatteras GT65 Carolina will be twin Cats 1600hp, and or optional 1800hp units.

October 4, 2018

New Model: Tuccoli T370

Tuccoli continues to update itself and after the presentation of the T440 in 2017 presents a new very interesting T370 model, with a similar layout and space to the flagship model albeit in a smaller size.  As the 440 the new T370 continues Tuccoli sport fishing inspiration to what regards exterior looks, with a cruiser dedicated layout.  Still the T370 as all Tuccoli is a cruiser with easy fishing accessibility, but not a full turnkey ready to go sport fishing machine. As the T440 the T370 offers an interior with two cabins, and open single berth cabin.  The layout below deck features a forward owners cabin, twin berth guest cabin to starboard, an open single berth to port side midships, galley below, and two shower head to starboard one of which is ensuite for the owners cabin.  T370 Hull one which was designed with an enclosed door for the HT main deck featured a saloon which when desired converts to a dinette with an entertainment center opposite.  The Tuccoli T370 is powered by twin 350hp or 370hp engines running with traditional no complication shaft drives propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.20 m (36.7ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 3.70 m
Draft - 0.70 m exl props
Displacement - 8500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 880 l
Water Capacity - 270 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus one berth
Engines - 2 x 350hp, Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots, 32 knots and 25 knots cruise with Volvo D6 370hp
Certification - CE B

October 3, 2018

Project: Lynx 19m Commuter

Lynx Yachts from the Netherlands announce a collaboration with Zurn Yacht Design from the USA for a new 19m Commuter project.  Doug Zurn has defined a new style of big, fun, and fast traditional yacht that has links to the past but runs like tomorrow.  This fast, distinctive boat developed for the Dutch shipyard, Lynx Yachts has distinctive traditional looks and will be custom build, built of aluminum, and is designed as a versatile tender to a much larger yacht. Both Lynx and Zurn though advise that your version may perfectly serve a function once familiar, as a quick and traffic-free means to commute to work or pleasure. Many aspects of the design are quintessential Zurn, from the hard-chine medium Vee hull shape with seventeen degrees dead-rise aft, to the purposeful look of the superstructure which appears almost military. Of course the boldest element, although practical is the aggressive reverse sheer. Besides insuring second, and even third looks, this distribution of volume insures a commodious bow inside, with features to enhance seaworthiness and dryness too. The lowered aft cockpit eases entry, and subtly encourages more sybaritic pleasures like sunbathing, swimming, or just relaxing with a drink from the bar.  The first Lynx 19m Commuter is laid out to accommodate two crew forward. This cabin with twin V-shaped berths is isolated from the main entertainment salon by the unusually commodious galley.  The living room styled main cabin has a spacious en-suite head with private shower compartment. The furniture quickly and easily converts to a double bed, and so for practical purposes it’s entirely possible for two couples to cruise, their cabins very private from each other. On the other hand, Doug Zurn anticipated this yacht will host many a party, and so he calculated things like widened passages, airy drop-windows, clear Lexan stern doors, and many other little wizardry from the architectural world, so as to host up to eighteen guests.  At present it is anticipated that Lynx Yachts has planned to build the Lynx 19m Commuter in aluminum metal. The design has a look that complements its construction, and the extremely interesting shape doesn’t require varnished wood adornment, in fact too much of that would be gilding an already stylish traditional yacht. Coated head to toe in Awlgrip, which was designed from day one specifically to adorn aluminum, the Lynx 19m Commuter boat will be just as durable as it is dutiful.  The Lynx 19m Commuter is powered by twin Caterpillar 1900hp diesels residing beneath the sun lounges well aft, and silenced with vibration insulated boxes.  The 19m Commuter is expected to reach speeds up to 45 knots cruise at 38 and deliver a range up to five hundred nautical miles from a 6015 liters fuel capacity. 

October 2, 2018

New Model: Viking 58 Convertible

The new 58 Open Bridge Convertible headlined Viking's 2018 annual Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event.  Viking says this new three-stateroom, two-head blue runner will exceed all expectations as both a tournament machine and versatile family cruising yacht with all the quality, comfort and superior engineering you expect the USA New Jersey boat builder.  Viking signature center console walk-around helm provides excellent 360-degree sight-lines. The Viking subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics has custom designed and installed the 58 Convertible electronics, navigation, safety and audio-visual systems. Palm Beach Towers, another Viking Company, has outfitted the boat with a custom hardtop with drop-down electronics box and a full tuna tower. These sister companies play a major role in Viking ability to deliver turn-key-ready yachts.  The interior of the 58 Convertible  features a main deck with a salon, L-shaped lounge, galley which includes high-gloss teak-faced cabinetry, under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer units with deep pull-out drawers, and a four burner cook-top with a microwave/convection oven, and dinette to starboard.  Below the 58 Convertible featues a master stateroom at midships, forward VIP suite, and a third bunk cabin to starboard. The forward stateroom is offered with either a queen or crossover berth sleeping three arrangement.  Viking says the 58 features best aft deck in its class with a cockpit measuring fifteen square meters of space. Viking 58 Convertible hull number one is powered with a pair of the new MTU 1600hp each. With this power and standard fuel, the 58 Convertible exceeds 40 knots at the top end and delivers a comfortable cruise in the mid-30-knot range. Three different engine options from MAN are also available.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.96 m (58.9ft)
Beam - 5.41 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 36459 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5686 l
Water Capacity - 784 l
Accommodation - six, or seven berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 CRM 1400hp, V12 CRM 1550hp, V12 CRM 1900hp, MTU Series 2000 V10 M96L 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max 35 knots cruise with MTU 1600hp 

October 1, 2018

blogger - Cannes of Italy

For five days in September it looks like Cannes for its Festival boat show becomes an Italian province.  Today in 2018, but since five to six years the Italian boat builders have made Cannes there own international boat show, replacing it for the most part even with there own Genoa, helping no little to put the French boat show at the top spot of boat showing.  Novelties and future projects are presented in Cannes in more then any other boat show today.  
A decade ago Cannes was considered by Italians and other European boat builders and buyers the warm up to Genoa, today this script has changed.  Cannes is the boat show everyone waits for, and apart the boats and World presentations it has become a sort of meeting and party place for various industry entities.  The Cannes by night has become for example a huge success, with the simple idea that yachts do look cool in the night.  It has added a new dimension to boat showing previously unknown to outdoor boat shows.
It will be interesting what the other boat shows do invent, Cannes is no record breaker, for example Genoa still has by triple more visitors in its six days run.  But the quality of crowd in the French boat show is unique as is the end of Summer atmosphere.  Cannes has become the last Summer meet up for boaters, and with it we see the novelties to watch in a marina near you the following year.

September 30, 2018

Monthly News - September 2018

-pic of the month- Pearl Wins Best Layout at World Yacht Trophies 2018

Azimut-Benetti Shipyard of the Year

The Azimut|Benetti group closes in beauty the Cannes Yachting Festival, conquering the coveted title of “Shipyard of the Year” during the World Yacht Trophies night, that traditionally concludes the French kermesse. The recognition has been awarded to the Group, which will celebrate its 50 years of activity in 2019, for its consistency in its business management, based on long-term strategies, strength and ability to always research innovative pathways. The Group comprehensively achieved five trophies: next to the most prestigious recognition there are other four. Benetti conquered the best interior design title in the segment 38 to 50 meters with its Seven, of which the interior layout of exceptional livability has been highlighted, realized in collaboration with the Londoner studio Bannenberg and Rowell Design. Azimut achieved a trophy for innovation in the 14 to 18,50 meter segment with the S6, which had its international debut at the Cannes event, as well as the best interior design with Azimut 55 Fly in the segment 14 to 18,50 meters and also with Azimut Grande 32 Meters, in the segment 24 to 38 meters. Both models bear the signature of Achille Salvagni, who confirms his stylistic figure with the interior design of these two yachts, characterized by a refined and timeless elegance, giving life to sophisticated and harmonious environments. “These prizes underline how the success of the Group is strictly connected to the strength of our products, which have distinguished themselves in all the segments and for both brands” commented Giovanni Vitelli, Vice President of the Azimut|Benetti Group.  “The Shipyard of the year title arrives from the power of our products, from the solidity and consistency of our vision, as well as from the passion and energy of the people working with and for us, most of which have been beside us for many years. It is to them that I wish to dedicate this recognition”.

Azimut-Benetti Group Change in Top Management

The Management Board of Azimut-Benetti is thrilled to announce the internal reorganization of Benetti’s Top Management team in order to move forward along the path to growth and success with additional dynamism.  Engineer Franco Fusignani, already manager of the Benetti Business Operations Line, with an attentive management of new product development, to ensuring excellence in quality and the rationalizing and efficacy of the Livorno and Viareggio sites, has been invited to Azimut-Benetti’s Board, taking on the role of CEO of the Benetti Business Line. Mr. Fusignani combines expertise in processes and in organization, earned at the head of large international groups, with great knowledge of the sector, which he has proven during the last 12 months of intense work, completely dedicated to the reorganization of Operations. In the near future, particular attention will be given to strengthening the commercial organization.  Engineer Christos Ramnialis will be taking on the role of Vice President of Development of the Benetti Business Line, answering to the CEO, with the responsibility of continuing the work already in progress of opening new markets, stimulating the launch of new, innovative products, and in strengthening the Brand in order to give competition to our principal competitors in North Europe in the Mega and Giga yacht industry. His professional competency, his mid-European culture, and many years of close ties with these shipyards will be important for the development of the Benetti brand.  Engineer Vincenzo Poerio, after a brilliant career of 25 years at the head of Benetti, transforming it over time with determination into one of the largest companies worldwide in the sector, has decided to take on a new entrepreneurial challenge, and will be dedicating his energy and his passion to his family farm.  Mr. Poerio has always worked with generosity, and without ever putting aside the good of the company, of his own collaborators, and of the clients, and, under his guidance, Benetti has built and sent out many, stunningly beautiful ships.  Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli, the Management Board and colleagues all deeply thank Vincenzo for these many, beautiful years of intense and fruitful work, and hope that he will remain close to the company for a long time to come, not just personally but also professionally, to help the Benetti Business Line and to counsel it through the new challenges which await it.  The new team, which was, for the most part, grown from within, will guarantee, under the direction of Mr. Fusignani, a new cycle of development for Benetti which, already over the last nautical year, has already increased its revenue from 320 to 370 million Euros, growing an additional 16% and registering a new positive phase, as well as many large satisfactions.  

Azimut Summer Never Ends

From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and back, the Endless Summer Wave program is an initiative organised by Azimut Yachts to remind us that that the summer isn’t just a season, but also a state of mind. Essential ingredients are the sun, dream locations in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, a cool and sophisticated atmosphere and, naturally, yachts built by the Italian brand that are desired the world over. After Santo Domingo, Newport, Nantucket and Ocean Reef, to mention just a few of the numerous ports of call, in the second half of the year it was Azimut Yachts’ turn to be queen of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches and marinas. The most recent events in July were held in some of Europe’s most exclusive resorts: Elba, Senigallia, Bodrumand Cannes. In each of these fantastic locations, Azimut Yachts owners were offered some amazing experiences, with visits on board the brand’s latest models and gala evenings of unparalleled creativity and enjoyment, not least thanks to all the programme’s high profile international partners from the worlds of haute horlogerie, prestige jewellery, fine wines, champagne and scents.  The very last events before the Endless Summer Wave returns to the Caribbean are inIbiza in the Balearic Islands, Athens and Croatia, where the final party of the year will be held in Sibenik on October 10.

Bavaria Future Secured

A private equity fund advised by the Berlin-based investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will acquire the entire business of Bavaria Yachtbau and continue its operations. It will also acquire all shares in French subsidiary Bavaria Catamarans S.A.S. All 550 employees of Bavaria Yachtbau in Giebelstadt and all 250 employees of Bavaria Catamarans in Rochefort will transfer to the purchaser.  A corresponding purchase contract between the management of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH and CMP was concluded and notarized today. The creditors' committee gave its approval, as did the administrator of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, Dr. Hubert Ampferl. The purchase will be completed after merger control clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office, which is expected in a couple of weeks. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.  CMP Capital Management-Partners is a German investment company that has specialized in the acquisition of companies in distress in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since its foundation in 2000. CMP’s private equity funds are advised by Berlin-based CMP Capital Management-Partners. With the investment in a company, CMP employees assume operative management responsibilities on site. In the case of Bavaria, Dr. Ralph Kudla, restructuring expert and partner at CMP, will join the executive board.  Kai Brandes, Managing Director of CMP Capital Management-Partners explains: "We are convinced of Bavaria's global market potential and will sustainably develop the company. The restructuring measures will focus on regaining market share and improving production costs.”  Restructuring expert Dr. Tobias Brinkmann, Managing Director of Bavaria Yachtbau since insolvency proceedings began in April 2018 states: "Bavaria is an outstanding company with a strong brand, compelling products and a highly dedicated team. We are pleased to have found a well-known and experienced buyer in CMP who will lead Bavaria into the future. The entire management would like to thank our employees, yacht dealers, customers and suppliers. They have all supported Bavaria Yachtbau during the insolvency proceedings. The fact that Bavaria has been able to successfully build and deliver 220 yachts during the last five months shows how committed and reliable our staff is.”

Dunya Yachts New Sales and Marketing Director

Dunya Yachts, the eminent Turkish yacht builder responsible for the creation of the 73m Axioma (formerly Red Square), has announced the appointment of Jeremy Roche as Sales and Marketing Director. He joins the firm as Axioma makes her first appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show for four years.  Jeremy's career spans more than two decades in yachting and includes seven years working as crew aboard various yachts before joining Boat International in 2002, where he remained for 13 years. He is widely known to the superyacht community, has a remarkable knowledge of the industry and, most recently, worked in a similar position for an Italian yacht builder.  "I am delighted that Jeremy has joined our team," said Sedat Ergun, President of Dunya Yachts. He brings a wealth of experience, strong relationships across the industry and has a great reputation in the brokerage world. We have a number of ideas for the future growth of the shipyard and we believe Jeremys experience will be invaluable."  Jeremy added: The first time I visited Axioma I was blown away: she is a truly spectacular piece of craftsmanship and rightly acknowledged as the finest quality yacht ever built in Turkey. When Sedat explained his ideas for the future, and his commitment to producing yachts of the same quality, I had no hesitation. I am thrilled to have joined such a prestigious and established shipyard and look forward to releasing more information about our future plans in due course. With Axioma on display at the Monaco show for the first time since she was sold in 2014, I am hitting the ground running.  Dunya Yachts Axioma may be viewed by appointment only at berth C05 of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Ferretti Group Sweep Six Awards at World Yacht Trophies

Awards record for Ferretti Group in occasion of the World Yachts Trophies 2018, the expected appointment closing the Cannes Yachting Festival that, even this year, rewarded with 6 prizes the unique Made in Italy style and the many design and technology innovations offered on board. It is a triumphant moment for the Group that, after the success that the Festival's audience paid to its fleet of wonders, 25 models from 8 to 42 meters representing the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva and Custom Line brands, also receives the applause of the experts with some of the most coveted awards in the sector, in recognition of an aesthetics and innovation record that has now been proven. Here are the 6 Awards: - Ferretti Yachts 670: Best Layout Trophy, category 62 – 80 feet (18,50-24 metres); - Riva 66’ Ribelle: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 62 – 80 feet (18,50-24 metres); - Custom Line 120’: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 125 – 164 feet (38-50 metres) - Custom Line Navetta 42: Best Innovation Trophy, category 125 – 164 feet (38-50 metres) - Pershing 9X: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 80 – 125 feet (24-38 metres) - Riva 110’ Dolce Vita: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 80 – 125 feet (24-38 metres). “Winning is good for morals and for the method, because it repays the whole Group for the work done and tells us that we are doing things in the right way - commented the Group’s CEO Alberto Galassi. - When our boats are rewarded also by a great commercial success, as it is happening, our satisfaction is double. The challenge continues: with these awards we raise more and more the bar of beauty, style and performance that ourselves will be called to overcome with the next models. But this is the beauty of the challenge and of being Ferretti Group".

Ferretti Group Show Sting is the Protagonist

For the fourth year in a row Ferretti Group and Yacht Club de Monaco gave a unique show to the yacht owners invited to the "Private Preview", the annual appointment dedicated to the presentation in absolute preview of the entire fleet of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Itama, CRN and Custom Line, just a few days before the world premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival 2018.  This year, the exclusive performance of a music legend, Sting, made magic the evening event produced by the Group in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco. "Fields of Gold" is the title of the exclusive concert that the British singer-songwriter held for selected guests in the extraordinary setting of Monte-Carlo, surrounded by a fleet of over 30 vessels representing all the Group's brands.  The star enchanted the audience playing a lineup of incredible hits from his extraordinary solo career and from the repertoire of his historic band, the Police. The audience got excited about the seductive notes of "Roxanne", the melody of the timeless "Every breath you take", and of real cults like "If I ever lose my faith in you", "Message in a bottle", of the melancholic "Fragile" and of the famous "Fields of gold".

Gulf Craft Wins at World Yacht Trophies in Cannes

Gulf Craft's superyacht the Majesty 140 wins the prestigious award for 'Best Yacht Layout' at the 17th edition of the coveted World Yacht Trophies. Competing with superyachts from leading top European yacht manufacturers, the Majesty 140 made her global debut at Dubai International Boat Show this year.  One of the sought-after awards in the yachting sector, the famous World Yachts Trophies is held every year during the Cannes Yachting Festival. Organized by Yachts France, the entries were judged by a panel of experts made up of highly qualified members belonging to the steering committee of the publishing network. The panel was entrusted with the task of selecting and evaluating the boats and the winners for each category.  A masterpiece created by Gulf Craft’s very own Design Studio, the Majesty 140 sets new standards in on-board space and entertainment features. In a class of its own, the luxurious tri-deck superyacht boasts a Gross Tonnage of 360 tons and features 6 staterooms with the option to increase up to 7 staterooms. The elegant 140-foot superyacht's extensive glass side windows allow plenty of sunlight inside and give the guests stunning panoramic views of the seascape around.  Recently, the first hull renamed as C'est La Vie, which translates as "This is Life" was delivered to her owner. The Majesty 140 is the successor of the other award winning superyacht, Majesty 135.  Notis Meneloau, VP of Sales and Mahmoud Itani, Marketing and Communications Manager received the prestigious award during the glittering ceremony that took place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes.  The invitation-only night is a great bonding evening for yachting professionals, owners, shipyards and media to meet and reward the best innovations of the luxury nautical industry of last season. Over 300 guests attended this exclusive cocktail gala night comprising a prestige dinner, yacht parade, awards ceremony, fireworks and party.

Moonen New Public Relations Team

Dutch shipyard Moonen Yachts is proud to welcome three new experienced team members to their innovative new Marketing and Sales Department; Marianne Hendriks as Marketing Communications Manager, Maarten Hogeweg as Brand Ambassador, and Sytse de Vlas as Sales Manager. The Moonen team is excited to announce three new team members to the Moonen Yachts family. Each joining the company following varied roles in the maritime business, Marianne Hendriks joins as Marketing Communications Manager, Maarten Hogeweg joins as Brand Ambassador, and Sytse de Vlas joins as Sales Manager. The new appointments are in line with the new company strategy, which sees the premium Dutch yard focus on expanding the reach of Moonen worldwide.
Moonen’s CEO, Johan Dubbelman, is at the helm of the brand’s new strategy, taking the lead since his appointment in October 2017. Welcoming Marianne, Maarten and Sytse, Dubbelman says: “Our focus is on new opportunities. We’re reaching out to a new clientele that is looking for a quality yacht that fits their needs perfectly, created together with an experienced and knowledgeable team. That’s why we are proud to welcome three new team members that embody the passion, service-orientated philosophy of the Moonen brand. We just launched the 36.3-metre motor yacht Brigadoon and we have a fantastic sister-ship to that project currently underway. The future is bright for Moonen, and I’m excited to take the brand into the future together with all members of the team.”

Pearl Yachts Wins Best Layout at World Yacht Trophies 2018

Pearl Yachts is product to announce the new Pearl 95 won the “BEST LAYOUT” in the 80' to 125' range. Organised by French magazine Yachts France in the framework of the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival, the World Yachts Trophies are considered among the most prestigious awards in the industry. The award ceremony was held on Saturday, September 15, against the magnificent backdrop of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

Pursuit Honors Top Dealers

Pursuit Boats awarded top domestic, international dealers and salespeople during their annual dealer conference in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to the Awards Ceremony, Pursuit hosted a Casino for Charity night to raise money for a worthy cause, matching any of the monies raised during the evening. $10,000 was raised for The Florida Fishing Academy which aims to positively influence South Florida at-risk youth through fishing and recreation. “Celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of our valued dealer network is something we look forward to every year. We take the opportunity to strategize and strengthen our mutual business interests in person. This year, the event also gave us the opportunity to raise money for great charity,” Bruce Thompson, President. Top honors for the number one Pursuit dealer went to Walker Marine Group, located in Marco Island, Florida. Jim and Christine Walker, owners, were on hand to accept the honor.

Riviera New Dealer in Turkey

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has continued to grow its presence in the Mediterranean region with the appointment of Perfomax Marine to represent the Riviera and Belize marques in Turkey.  Perfomax Marine was founded in 2006 by experienced marine specialist Sertan Untut, initially to offer superyacht charter and brokerage services.  "Riviera and Belize motor yachts are perfectly suited to the needs of our clients who enjoy both cruising and fishing in the many seas and waterways around Turkey," said Mr Untut.  Turkey's coastlines include the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean and the Sea of Marmara.  Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the appointment of Perfomax Marine will be warmly welcomed by current owners of luxury Riviera and Belize motor yachts throughout Turkey.  “Turkey has a rich history of enjoying the luxury motor yacht lifestyle," said Mr Moxey. "Our world-renowned quality, luxury, innovation, blue-water sea-keeping abilities and superior owner support will be further enhanced in Turkey with the appointment of Mr Untut and his team."  Mr Moxey said Perfomax Marine will provide additional support, assistance and social events to the growing number of Riviera owners in the region and to those aspiring to explore idyllic destinations throughout the many waterways around Turkey.  Mr Untut said: "Riviera has a strong reputation and a significant number of owners in Turkey. Perfomax Marine will provide a powerful capability to welcome new Riviera and Belize owners."  Mr Untut said the relationship with Riviera began when a client asked for a specific style of motor yacht.  "My research led to Riviera," he said "I visited the facility on the Gold Coast, Australia twice over a seven month period. During both visits, I was deeply impressed both by the quality of motor yachts and the diverse designs that Riviera and Belize offer and immediately then began discussions about representing the company in Turkey.  "The Riviera 43 Open Flybridge was the perfect solution for our client. We have since committed to introducing a 52 Enclosed Flybridge and a 4800 Sport Yacht to our market."  Mr Untut said he was very impressed with the focus on quality demonstrated by the team in Coomera.  "I owned a shipyard in Turkey for many years," he said. "That experience has given me a strong insight into the demands of high quality boat-building.  "Perfomax Marine is also dedicated to customer service and we take great pride in our client relationships. We want our clients to return year after year, which is a core ideal of Riviera. So this is the foundation of our business and a powerful complement to Riviera's great focus on its yacht owners around the world."

Riviera Continues to Grow in the Mediterranean

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is proud to announce the continued growth of the company's international representation with the appointment of Yachting Spain based in Malaga on the Mediterranean coast.  Riviera's International Sales Director, Chris McCafferty, said Yachting Spain will add great strength and support to the company's presence in western Europe and throughout the Mediterranean region.  Yachting Spain Principal Dimitri Feytit De Haro said: "Since we launched the business in 1998 we have focused on the cruising and fishing markets. Riviera fulfils both of these interests perfectly.  "I am particularly impressed by the interior design and fit out of Riviera motor yachts," he said. "They reflect a quality European style that will certainly appeal to our boating enthusiasts.  "Yachting Spain's motto is 'Our passion is our business'. Our entire team loves boating so we fully understand our clients' passion and that of the Riviera Australia team.  "I have actively worked towards joining the Riviera European network for many years. In fact, I have personally owned a Riviera 47 Open Flybridge for the past four years and am just so impressed with the Riviera blue-water performance and outstanding build quality.  "We have a new 45 Open Flybridge in build now and already have strong interest in this new motor yacht from experienced boaters in our market looking for a premium luxury motor yacht with real offshore pedigree.  "I believe that working together with Riviera we both can continue to grow the profile of the motor yachts in this region."  Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the appointment of Yachting Spain will be warmly welcomed by current owners of luxury Riviera motor yachts throughout Spain.  “There are already many proud Riviera owners in Spain who just love their yachts. Our internationally-renowned quality, luxury, innovation, blue-water sea-keeping abilities and owner support will be further enhanced in Spain with the appointment of Mr Feytit De Haro and his experienced team."  Mr Feytit De Haro said Yachting Spain is looking forward to providing high level support, assistance and creating unique social events to the growing number of Riviera owners throughout the western Mediterranean.  Yachting Spain will represent Riviera at the Salon Nautico Barcelona International Boat Show in October.

Sanlorenzo Sponsors Celebrity Night Fight 2018

Sanlorenzo, among the world’s leading yacht and superyacht manufacturers, is honored to participate as a sponsor to the Celebrity Fight Night in Italy, one of the most important charity events in the world, created in the USA and brought to Italy by Andrea Bocelli Foundation, with the aim to raise money for the fight against Parkinson’s, which is took place from the fifth to the 9th of September.  An exclusive program of charity events organised between Florence, Porto Venere and Verona which will see the participation of international stars and renowned guests. The shipyard, absolute excellence in the sector, will provide 7 Sanlorenzo yachts to offer the guests a unique experience, accompanying them from Viareggio to Porto Venere. Among the most renowned in the world, Sanlorenzo yachts have always been characterised by refined luxury, timeless elegance, tailored approach and attention to design: tailor-made boats to satisfy every request of the owner, decorated with products representing the Italian design excellence. In Porto Venere the guests will have the chance to take part into an unforgettable evening animated by live performances by Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, with the choir Voices of Haiti and Excellence orchestra, in the picturesque setting of the square at the foot of the Church of Saint Peter.

Sunreef Wins at World Yacht Trophies 2018

The 40 Open Sunreef Power Diamond Limited Edition has been recognized as Best Power Driven Catamaran at the prestigious World Yachts Trophies gala. Rewarding the best and most innovative yachts worldwide, the ceremony has gathered top industry professionals on the Beach of the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on the 15th of September. The award was received on stage by company Founder and President Francis Lapp, Nicolas Lapp – Head of Sunreef Yachts Design Office, Paulina Zelobowska and Karolina Paszkiewicz from Sales and Marketing Departments.

Sunseeker Moves Into Alloy Building with Icon

In a truly momentous step, Sunseeker International has announced plans to move into the world of metal-built yachts as it looks to capitalize on its success in the superyacht market and the demand it sees from owners for even larger Sunseeker vessels. This exciting development will see the British brand partner with renowned Dutch builders, Icon Yachts, to produce a new 49-metre yacht, the first of which will launch in 2021.  This new venture moves the brand into a completely different method of build for the first time in its 50-year history, but the idea behind this move is certainly not a recent one as Sunseeker International Sales Director, Sean Robertson explains: “We have wanted to build larger vessels for some time; we know there is demand there for larger Sunseeker yachts as the 155 Yacht proved. The decision to stop building that model was a commercial one based on space and capacity and certainly not due to lack of demand, so we knew we needed to rethink our approach to this size of vessel and have spent considerable time looking at various opportunities.  “A move into metal also means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project. Finding experience and expertise in metal build was not the issue. Finding a yard that shared the same progressive, innovative spirit to create something truly special and, most importantly, one which will provide us with the flexibility to build a true Sunseeker was the challenge. We have certainly found all of that with Icon.”  Icon Yachts was founded in late 2005 by Ton Van Dam and a group of investors. The founders were then joined by business partners, including the company's current Chief Executive Officer, Jen Wartena. Rather than building unique, one-off custom superyachts that would require three or more years to design and construct, Icon Yachts developed a groundbreaking ‘blueprint’ hull which allows owners to fully customize their yachts from the waterline up. ICON has more than delivered on this concept, producing several superyachts to date within exceptionally short build times, and in the two-year range. In addition, Icon is dedicated to maintaining one of the greenest shipyards in the yachting industry, outfitting each yacht it builds with equipment to help reduce her environmental impact.  Jen Wartena, CEO of Icon Yachts, comments: “There is a great synergy between Icon and Sunseeker because we are combining both of our strengths; our capacity and metal yacht building capabilities with Sunseeker’s sales expertise and marketing power. I am confident about the partnership because for the past few years there has been a high demand for Dutch pedigree yachts in this size range. We believe the Sunseeker by Icon will revolutionize the industry in a positive way. It is an exciting period for Icon Yachts and this new partnership with Sunseeker is part of our ongoing growth strategy where we are investing heavily in facilities and people to improve our capability and capacity.”  The new yacht will be built in the Icon yard in the Netherlands using a proven fast displacement hull design, but the naval architecture, design and engineering will be unmistakably Sunseeker. Sean Robertson explains: “This will certainly not be a badge engineering exercise. We are an established superyacht brand in our own right and so we are merely combining the metal build expertise of Icon with our design DNA, technical expertise and market know-how. She will absolutely be a Sunseeker.”  Sunseeker’s first foray into the superyacht market came with the introduction of the now iconic 105 Yacht in 2001. Since then, Britain’s biggest boat builder has seen unprecedented growth in the sector, delivering more than 125 yachts over 100 feet and firmly placing the Poole-based builder in the top three superyacht builders in the world. This new partnership with Icon is the next stage in that remarkable growth story and will be marketed and sold by Sunseeker under the “Sunseeker by Icon” nomenclature.  The new 49m tri-deck yacht follows the iconic Sunseeker exterior lines and offers exceptional space and volume, with an interior that can be styled to each owner’s unique taste via Sunseeker’s unique ‘Bespoke’ service. The theme throughout is one of space and flexibility, maximizing volume and providing compelling features to enhance enjoyment on board. Many of these features are usually only associated with much larger craft including the plunge pool on the main deck and the exceptional beach club with drop down bulwarks and transom to create an incredible space for relaxing or entertaining close to the water. Standard guest configuration is for 10 guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending upon layout chosen and hull #1 is due for launch in Spring 2021.

Sunseeker New Blue Exhibition at Southampton Boat Show 2018

With marine conservation as the theme for this year’s 50th anniversary show, Sunseeker will be highlighting the topical issue with an immersive experience that will demonstrate the importance of protecting our seas and oceans for future generations.  For 2018, Sunseeker will have a new stand layout in Solent Park and as part of the new design, Sunseeker will include a compelling exhibition in conjunction with its long-term charity partner, The Blue Marine Foundation; a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves around the world and improving biodiversity.  The exhibition, that will be free to guests of the show, will highlight the facts and the problems we currently face globally, with increased pressure from unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution.  Britain’s biggest boat builder will be showcasing its commitment to tackling the issue with details on its partnership with Blue and its recently launched marine conservation programme on the Balearic Island of Menorca.  The newly launched ‘Project Menorca’ will establish a recognised model of conservation, supported by local partners on the island, including the Menorca Preservation Fund.  Project Menorca will support local fisheries in creating a model of sustainable fishing, establish a network of ‘eco-moorings’ to preserve seagrass beds, protect marine reserves by removing plastics and ‘ghost’ fishing nets, distribute recyclable bags across the island and recruit on-water rangers for various marine monitoring programs.  As part of the exhibition at Southampton Boat Show, the solutions that Sunseeker is implementing in Menorca will be highlighted as tangible ways to encourage everyone to think about how they can help protect our most valuable resource.  Sunseeker is extremely passionate about marine conservation, and its dedication to encouraging boat users to be even more responsible on the water is highlighted by its support for the BLUE Marine Yacht Club eight-point ‘Charter’.  Commenting on the exhibition space, Marketing Director at Sunseeker International, Simon Clare said: “We are delighted to include an exhibition space at this year’s show following our launch of ‘Project Menorca’ earlier this month. We will be welcoming show attendees to visit the exhibition and find out about the vital work that is carried out by BLUE and what we are doing on Menorca to preserve the seas for future generations.”

Tiara S2 Yachts New Director of Marketing

S2 Yachts, parent company of both Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport, is pleased to announce the promotion of Whitney Vishey to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications for the Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport brands.  Whitney has been with the company since 2014, and in her position as Marketing Manager, worked in partnership with Tiara dealers, salespersons, media and vendors.  She had an integral role in shaping the marketing efforts of both the Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport brands, overseeing website launches, video and photography content for new and current models as well as digital and print advertising campaigns.  “Our team and the S2 Yachts organization are very proud to make this announcement.  We look forward to having Whitney lead our marketing initiatives, continuing to build the momentum and excitement around the Tiara brands,” Dave O’Connell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  In her new role as the Director of Marketing and Communications, Whitney will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all the Tiara brand’s marketing strategies and communications.  “I am looking forward to this opportunity and honored to be selected for this responsibility,” Whitney Vishey, Director of Marketing and Communications. “I’m grateful for the support I’ve been given from those within the S2 Yachts organization as well as those outside of our company, and am very excited to continue to work in partnership with our internal and external teams, advancing the elegance and legacy of the Tiara brands.”

Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event 2018

It's been a busy mid September week for the Viking Yacht Company. with its team welcoming the world's best dealer network as well as customers and vendors to the annual Viking Dealer Meeting, Sea Trial Event and Gala Dinner based in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  After a friendly welcome dinner Monday night, Tuesday started early as Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey kicked off the meeting with his forecast of the upcoming year, which included new product introductions and design and engineering developments. A host of speakers, including Bob Healey, Jr., and Bob Healey, Sr., spoke to the packed room. After the classroom portion of the day, it was time to get hands-on knowledge with sea trials of the new 58 Convertible. The pea-soup-thick fog couldn't hold this baby back as accolades were heard up and down the dock. The weather didn't hamper the amazing cocktail party with well over 200 people taking part in wonderful company and a succulent seafood bar. The ballroom dinner was a festive event that topped off the day. Docks were busy both Wednesday and Thursday with sea trials for eager customers and industry media. Plenty of Viking management and staff, including Sean and Justin Healey, were on hand to field questions and discuss the various features of each model. By day's end it was unanimous that everyone's experience was completed with a satisfied smile. Bluewater Yacht Sales, Biking dealer in the southern Mid-Atlantic region, unfortunately canceled their trip to Atlantic City so they could help secure their homes, families and facilities as well as assist their customers in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Viking is thinking of Bluewater, their customers and all the builders family in the hurricane's path and stand ready to assist no matter the outcome.

Viking at Tuna Masters Teo

In Turkey, Bluefin a Viking 55 Convertible, claimed the biggest catch at the recent Tuna Masters Teos. The crew landed a whopper of a blue fin tuna that tipped the scales at 420 pounds. Congratulations to the team as well as Murat Iyriboz and his staff at Fortuna Yachting, Viking authorized Dealer in Turkey.

September 29, 2018

New Model: Sanlorenzo SL102

An innovative move by Sanlorenzo who with the SL102 presents what the builder calls the first asymmetrical yacht.  The SL102 is a design of Bernardo Zuccon, to a concept by famed car designer Chis Bangle, the head designer of BMW and the man behind such revolutions from the German automaker as the Five series, the Mini, and the recent Rolls-Royce.  With Chris Bangle intuition and Bernardo Zuccon ability the Sanlorenzo SL102 will have only side one deck located to starboard, and thus gaining ten extra square meters for the interior along with spectacular uninterrupted views from inside to outside on the port side.  The Sanlorenzo SL102 is from a certain point of view a revolution, though from another it is again an evolution of the wide body concept.  At this stage the market response to the Sanlorenzo SL102 will all be very interesting for them and for the others to see.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.10 m (102ft)
Beam - 7.10 m
Draft - 2 m full load
Displacement - 105 t 
Fuel Capacity - 12100 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v2000M86 2216hp, M96 2434hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed -  28 knots max 25 knots cruise with 2216hp, 29 knots max 26 knots cruise with 2434hp
Project - Bernardo Zuccon exterior lines and inteior, Chris Bangle concept

September 28, 2018

Engine: Man V12 2000hp

At the 2018 Cannes boat show, MAN Engines debuted the new V12-2000, which is the only twelve-cylinder V-engine with 2000hp to date, which generates enormous power from 24 litres of displacement.  The V12-2000 engine impresses with extremely high power densities of 61kw per litre of displacement. The minimal space requirement and low weight spell out a clear advantage in terms of ship design, when compared to similarly powerful engines with larger displacement and more cylinders. This is because the installation dimensions of the V12-1900 have been retained, as they were already compact. These dimensions are 2,159 x 1,153 x 1,272 mm and a dry weight of 2380kg has also remained the same; through a power increase of the engines, this also contributes to a noticeably lower power/weight ratio of 1.62 kg/kW.  Through a series of modifications, MAN engineers have managed a power increase of 100hp respectively, compared to the previously most powerful V12 engine from their range. The performance-oriented design is supported by an improved injection system and new turbo charger. This is aided by newly developed cylinder heads and an adjusted cooling system which noticeably provides thermal relief for the engine with its high performance. Additionally, a new crankcase which has been reinforced in significant areas, ensures high performance throughout the entirety of the engine’s long service life. Highly efficient combustion allows the V12-2000 to run quietly, as is typical for MAN Engines, and with low fuel consumption.  The V12-2000 offers customers the most powerful engine above the V12-1900, the previously most powerful engine, from the MAN engines range. The superior engine performance allows shipyards to access additional possibilities for equipping larger ship series of around 100 feet with MAN engines.

September 27, 2018

Project: Absolute 47 Fly

Absolute was very upbeat of it's recent successes, which included one new model in 2018 the 48 Navetta and an expansion of its production plant.  For 2019 the North Italian boat builder keeps looking forward and will launch three new models, one of which is to be this 47 Fly project showcased to dedicated clients at Cannes.  The Absolute 47 Fly will inspire itself to the latest addition of the Fly range the 58 launched in 2017, which added latest generation details as the very full bow and a high radar arch with hard-top.  Some details of the Absolute 47 Fly also look coming from the 48 Navetta, see raised shear-line and fore deck aimed to increase space for the cabin area inside, which also suggests for an owners stateroom located forward.  So far very sparse details are available for the 47 Fly, which as all Absolutes is to be powered with Volvo engines and IPS pod drives propulsion.