December 17, 2018

Project: Vanquish VQ58 Hardtop

The project of the all new Vanquish VQ58 series is being built for an owner who wishes to blend keynote elements from three of our driver’s boats. The starboard side garage arrangement of the VQ50 is combined with the successful features of the best-selling VQ54 in a hardtop version and the cool styling elements of the new VQ65 to create a stunning sport yacht that is sure to be an instant hit with Vanquish fans.  At the heart of the VQ58 concept is a flexible sport yacht that combines the best when it comes to speed, comfort and layout. The VQ58 can be offered in three different interior layouts; two large en-suite forward and midships cabins, dinette forward with two guest cabins at midships, or central tender garage and a dinette with forward double berth open plan layout.  There is also three layout for the main deck, with changes concentrated in the central part around the dinette and exterior galley wet-bar area. In developing the hardtop for the VQ58, Vanquish designed it in a way that would be equally suited for an open-top or T-top model in the future.  The Vanquish VQ58 Hardtop can be powered by standard Cummins 600hp with ZF Zeus pop propulsion, Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives, and Man 1200hp with surface drives.  Speeds are estimated to go up to fifty knots with the large engine option.

December 16, 2018

Web: Cayman New Web Site

Cayman presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Cayman Yachts was founded in 1990, first within the Mochi brand, with a 30 foot model, delivered in seventy examples in ten years of production. In 1996 company founder Luigi Prosperi went on his own, opening a yard in La Spezia, the Cantieri Navali del Tirreno and launching the 38 Walk Around model, which was the start of good things to come.  In 2016 Cayman was bought from Flag Marine and restarted production in 2017 with build to order models.  The philosophy of Cayman has been in the past for a fresh approach to exterior design, first with the particular deep walk around side decks and joint characteristic of an Italian Mediterranean style with those of an American Sport Fishing solutions. Today Cayman has abandoned these design solution and its new models looking typical Italian.  Cayman currently offers five models in its range, starting from the 2017 launched S450, and going up to the new 2018 launched F920 flagship, while its latest project is that for an open type 450 Spider sport cruiser.  The new Cayman Yachts website takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, Facebook, and Contact.  Cayman is also on the following social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin. 

December 15, 2018

Project: Heesen 80m Project Cosmos

Heesen announce the 80 meter Project Cosmos, a project which will feature exterior lines by Winch Design, and interiors appointed by the owners to Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design.  This is the third collaboration between Heesen and the award-winning Dutch studio Sinot. Previously, Sinot worked on the design of first in the 55m Fast Displacement Steel class, and the 70m FDHF multi-award-winning Galactica Super Nova, Heesen’s largest yacht launched to date.  At 80.07 meters, 1700 Gross Tons and with a top speed of 29 knots, Project Cosmos will be the world’s largest and fastest full-aluminium motor yacht with conventional propeller propulsion system.  The interior design for this exciting project is inspired by elements from nature. Natural mathematics, such as the Fibonacci sequence, form the basis for the interior architecture. Together with clear graphic lines the result is a clean architectural environment. Special, featured materials, such as back-lit onyx, straw marquetry and crystal glass panels are framed within the architectural lines to emphasize the beauty of these materials.  Custom design furniture elements constructed from glass, marble, metal, and various types of wood add the finishing touches to the interior decor.  Project Cosmos, with exterior lines penned by Winch Design, is due for delivery in April 2022.

December 14, 2018

New Model: Portofino 38 Fly

For 2018 Portofino Marine present the new 38 Fly an evolution of the popular and long standing since 2004 produced 37 Fly.  Considering the long production of the 37, the update is well deserved, and with these super structure design changes, the new 38 Fly takes nothing away from the traditional looking flybridge motor cruiser.  The new Portofino 38 Fly design changes actually add more to a fine mix of tradition and modernity, and I sincerely hope that the updates follow in the other Portofino models.  As all Portofino models the new 38 Fly still sticks to its roots with the solid wooden toe rail, and safe three inch deep bulwarks adding a feel not only of uniqueness and quality but that of a solid looking motor cruiser. The Portofino 38 Fly interior as usual is presented full of wood finish, and offers a layout of a two cabins lower deck; owners cabin forward and guest twin to starboard, and a saloon and galley main deck.  The Portofino 38 Fly is powered by four engines choices two from Volvo, Yanmar and FPT from 330hp up to 400hp.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 12 m (39.3ft)
Hull Length - 9.94 m
Beam - 3.90 m
Displacement - 10 t
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus twin convertible berth
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 330hp, Yanmar 8LV2 370hp, FPT 400hp
Propulsion - straight line shaft, and or Volvo IPS pod drives with D6 330hp only 
Speed - 33 knots max with FPT 400hp
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 20 degrees deadrise
Certification - CE B

December 13, 2018

Project: Canelli Innovatio 40

Canelli is looking to expand its range and after launching the different looking Revolution 39 Cocktail in the fall of 2017 presents the project for the Innovation 40.  Designed by Maurizio Marzocca the Innovation 40 while based on the same hull lines of the slightly smaller 39 sister and offering a similar center console package, comes  out as different due to the various options available for its exterior and interior.  Eight different solutions are offered for the Innovation 40; two for the fore-deck, four for the cockpit aft deck, and two for the interior.  The Canelli Innovation 40 can be powered by five available engine options; two petrol gas engines of 300 and 350hp, and three diesel engines from 300hp to 435hp.  Propulsion choice is also available of stern drives and or IPS pod drives.

December 12, 2018

New Model: Baltic M78

Baltic launch the M78 a fuly custom 23 meter semi-planing explorer yacht designed by German Mani Frers and conceived for offshore cruising, combining stunning interior and exterior styling with highly sophisticated hull design which should provide her owners with a comfortable ride at sea and a luxurious living platform at rest.  Mani Frers naval architecture, in the Baltic M78 makes the interesting observation that the speed achieved by large sailing yachts now matches those of motor yachts, much can be learned from the two disciplines to produce highly efficient hull forms.  Frers has also studied recent commercial ship research, which aims to make vessels as efficient as possible. This has led to the motion of the M78 less aggressive, which in turn has the unexpected effect of reducing motion sickness. M78 stability is further enhanced by two Seakeeper gyro stabilizers, all this, linked with the light, stiff hull and deck shell result in an outstanding yacht.  Baltic M78 narrow beam is fundamental to the yacht’s easily driven and sea-kindly hull. She’s powered by twin Volvo diesels 625hp driving through IPS dual propeller pod drives for further efficiency.  A lot has been worked into her accommodation including a stern garage for a tender and a well-equipped galley featuring a dumb waiter leading to the deck saloon. The yacht features striking photographic studies and specialist stucco paneling putting it in a class of her own.  Key features on M78 deck include a remarkable reflective glass deck superstructure housing the wheelhouse and deck saloon, deep bulwarks providing great protection and an all-round walkway and custom stainless steel work including unique 3D printed stainless steel push-pit and pulpit design which enhances the yacht’s contemporary look.  M78 is an advanced explorer yacht which will set the standard for further projects in this field from Baltic Yachts.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.90 m (78.5ft)
Waterline Length - 23.72 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Draft - 0.90 m exl props, 1.2 m with props
Displacement - 40 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 999 l
Accommodation - six guests in three cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS800 pod drives
Speed -25 knots max 17 knots cruise
Range - 700 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - semi planning
Project - German Mani Frers exterior and hull, Design Unlimited interior

December 11, 2018

Project: Gamefisherman 50 Express

Gamfisherman new management is starting to expand the company and now the Stuart, Florida custom sportfish boat builder is looking at many new options.  The Gamefisherman 50 Express project expands on what made the Florida boat builder famous, building traditional inspired sportfish express models.  The Gamefisherman 50 Express features a two cabin two head interior with dinette and galley in between the cabins.  Power for the 50 Express will come from twin 1000hp up to 1200hp engine choices.  

December 10, 2018

New Model: Tornado 50S

Tornado present the new 50S model, a sport yacht of classic features and looks reinvented by Francesco Guida and Pierluigi Mimmochi.  The Tornado 50S is a tribute to deep Vee fast open cruisers and yachts which inspired the 1980's and nineties, and is in itself a restyling of the 50 launched in 2010, and features differences to the windscreen design, bigger engines of twin Volvo 600hp from 435hp, and improvements of both the external and interior layouts. The hull one of the 50S featured a two cabin two head traditional cabin layout; forward main cabin, guest cabin at midship, guest head to starboard, dinette and galley in between the cabins, and a single berth crew cabin with private head to starboard.  The Tornado 50S new 600hp engines choice deliver power up to 40 knots of maximum speed, while a cruise of 25 knots gives a range of 430 nautical miles and a 4.8 miles per liter fuel consumption.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.30 m (50.1ft)
Beam - 4.36 m
Draft - 0.80 m exl props and drives
Displacement - 11250 kg dry 14000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2100 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Persons - ten persons
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 40 knots max 25 knots cruise
Range - 430 nm at 25 knots cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 21 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - resin infused Epoxy Vinilester resin, hull bottom in solid fiberglass with Airex core sides.  Superstructure in mixed core and solid glass elements. 
Project - Francesco Guida, Pierluigi Mimmochi, Tornado technical department
Certification - CE B

December 9, 2018

Project: Benetti Diamond 145

Benetti present the Diamond 145 project, a 44-meter displacement super yacht that draws on the core features of the Displacement Class line history.  Expert owners will be struck by a yacht that can be an integral part of their finest moments with unparalleled style, comfort and safety.  The elegant design suggests the proportions and details that convey a feeling of sturdiness and power. The discreet but tangible sense of refinement will strike a chord with owners who love to combine glamour with credible practicality.  The seamless design of the huge glazed surfaces accentuates the length of the yacht and its brightly-lit interiors. The exterior styling, which stands out for its remarkable continuity of lines and surfaces, is the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta.  The interior design by Achille Salvagni is based on roomy, welcoming settings, where the choice of light color shades underscores the wealth of natural light. Access to the main deck is by two wide stairways in the stern, which are also one of the yacht’s architectural highlights. The main cockpit welcomes guests in a wide and bright setting, and leads seamlessly to the immense, fully glazed main lounge. The full-beam master cabin in the bow has a roomy wardrobe, a full-beam bathroom and a study or office. The galley and service areas are laid out to make best use of the space available, in such a way as to provide high level service on board, without encroaching on guests’ privacy.  The upper deck features a big outdoor area in the stern with access to the lounge, which is dominated by extensive glazed surfaces that cover 80% of the perimeter. The extremely spacious piloting area is positioned next to the captain’s cabin for perfect visibility. The bow area covers seventy square meters and features a remarkable custom spa pool.  The sun deck, over 115 square meters of outdoor space and can be furnished according to the owner’s tastes. All life rafts and all functional features are hidden or integrated in the design to avoid contaminating the purity of the yacht’s contours.  The night area for guests is on the lower deck and is made up of four double cabins, with the option of a fifth on the upper deck. The crew quarters and laundry are fit in the bow area.  The beach area and beach club can be fully customised and can be enjoyed both at sea and at anchor. The two 1400hp Man engines will drive the Benetti Diamond 145 to a top speed of 15 knots and at a cruise of eleven knots the super yacht will have a range of 3,800 nautical miles.

December 8, 2018

New Model: Bugari F86

Founded in 1968 Bugari from Ancona has been pretty much quiet in recent years.  For those that don't know Bugari had build quite a name for itself in the 1980's and nineties for building one off custom super yachts most of them in alloy. But things seem to be getting interesting again for Bugari with ownership and management changes in 2014 presenting a new three model line up of semi-custom motor and super yachts from 77 to 100 feet designed by Filippo Salvetti, who looks to be the new Italian designer to watch of 2018 and beyond.  Bugari has started this new line up with the launch of the new F86, a two deck and half semi wide body super yacht with a modern profile, and an owners stateroom on the main deck.  The lower deck of the F86 will be offered in three options of three or four guest cabins. A crew lobby with two cabins sleeping four is located at midships in between the engine room and the guest cabin area.  The Bugari F86 competes with the the likes of the Azimut Grande 27 Metri for a sub 28 meter semi wide body super yacht with owners stateroom on the main cabin, and three or four cabins on the lower deck.  The Bugari F86 is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines which will allow speeds up to thirty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.51 m (86.5ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 25.5 m without extended bathing platform 
Beam - 6.40 m
Draft - 1.95 m
Displacement - 80 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or ten guests in 5 cabins, four crew in two cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 25 knots cruise with Man 1900hp
Range - 1500 nm at 11 knots
Hull Shape - FastEco planning hull
Project - Filippo Salvetti
Certification - RINA   

December 7, 2018

Improve-it = Rizzardi 48 In

Just about a year ago Rizzardi sent us a press release for improvements to its 48 In model for the 2018 model year, mostly concerning new engine choices up to 1000hp.  Come the fall of 2018 Rizzardi sent a new press release which aims to make the 48 In more accessible for 2019 and beyond with the addition of a smaller twin Cat 650hp engines and Top System surface drives choice, and new lower deck layouts.  This new smaller Cat engine propulsion will deliver better nautical mile per liter numbers and yet take nothing away from performance with speeds up to 42 knots and a cruise of 36.  The Rizzardi 48 In has also been added with new versions for the lower deck layout, with the addition of a VIP midships cabin and a single berth to starboard layout being available in addition to the standard double twin cabins at midships.  Another new layout for 48 In will also feature larger shower heads to port side, galley moved to starboard, and no lower deck saloon.  But the guest shower head in the standard version has also been improved in space now featuring a separate shower.  A total of five lower deck choices are available now for the Rizzardi 48 In, and these options are added with new different furnishing options featuring a softer trim.  With all these new options, three engine choice from 650hp to 1000hp, and five lower deck layouts the Rizzardi 48 In presents itself as a pure semi-custom sport cruiser in a size of just fourteen meters.  Launched in 2016 the Corrado Rizzardi designed 48 In continues to move forward in the future, a model which is an evolution of the 2004 launched 45 Incredible sold in over eighty units in a production run of eight years.

December 6, 2018

New Model: Princess F70

Princess present the F70, new flagship model for its F for Flybridge line which features six models and starts wit the F43.  The F70 features the very latest in Princess Flybridge design and the new Allure Collection, an optional style pack featuring an array of fixtures, fittings and finishes. The Princess F70 impresses for her generous 26 square meters flybridge which accommodates a large U-shaped dining area, served by a fully equipped wet-bar, aft sun-pad and forward seating area adjacent to the helm. The social main deck layout features an aft galley arrangement which opens fully to the cockpit and a walk-through fore-deck area with additional sunbathing and seating areas.  The lower deck of the F70 all dedicated to the cabins with the full beam master suite with private access stairway playing center stage of attractions.  The forward guest area features a VIP stateroom to fore which boasts a large double bed. Two further guest cabins and an optional two berth aft crew cabin feature single beds and the option to be converted to double.  The Princess F70 is powered by twin Man 1400hp which enable her to reach speeds up to 36 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.25 m (69.9ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 20.9 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 37500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 909 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 36 knots max
Project - Bernard Olesinski
Certification - CE, ABYC, NMMA 

December 5, 2018

Project: Sabre 58 Salon Express

The Sabre Yachts Team is thrilled to announce the Sabre 58 Salon Express project, a model which will fit nicely between the current 48 and 66 Dirigo models, and features a galley-up design with large windows for ample natural light, a main door that opens fully from port to starboard merging outdoors with indoors, and a full beam master suite. All of this is captured in a sure-to-please design that balances classic charm with contemporary innovation.  Located aft within the pilothouse, her fully-equipped galley boasts a U-shaped counter to port with cook-top, sink, and ample under-counter storage, balanced to starboard with another stretch of linear counter and storage. From there, a single step accesses the salon, and the helm deck, creating a graceful and practical social space.  Below deck, the Sabre 58 Salon Express houses three cabins each with ensuite head and shower, and including an expansive, full-beam master stateroom with a walk-around king berth, a generously proportioned head and shower unit, and abundant storage.  The Sabre 58 Salon Express will be standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS dual propeller pod propulsion.

December 4, 2018

New Model: Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker brand new 74 Sport Yacht with 38 knot capability, boasts the latest design cues and sporting prowess as the recently launched Predator 74. However, while maintaining her dynamic look, the in-house design team at Sunseeker has created the 74 Sport Yacht with an exceptional sport bridge, almost perceivable within her profile lines.  Designed to offer the ultimate experience, the yacht’s exterior enjoys oversize pillar-less windows down to the side deck and a helm sunroof which flood the interior with light and provide exceptional views from the saloon in all directions. The 74 Sport Yacht enjoys a versatile layout throughout and the sport bridge offers not only an additional helm station, but a perfect entertaining space with plentiful seating, dining and sunbathing options and a convenient drawer fridge as standard, along with optional bimini and wet bar upgrades.  Depending on the owner’s wishes, the 74 Sport Yacht can be transformed into an open in warmer regions or closed in cooler climates with the innovative cockpit door mechanism which lowers itself into the sole of the yacht to create an uninterrupted level floor from the helm to the rear of the aft deck.  Stepping on board, owners enjoy stylish interiors and luxurious living with a considerable saloon including a sumptuous lounge and dining area, plus an optional storage unit port side. Below deck there is a generous galley and three spacious en-suite cabins, comprising an aft master stateroom, starboard twin and forward VIP. The master cabin benefits from an optional walk-in wardrobe.  The below deck configuration offers complete flexibility for owners with an option to replace the lower dinette with a walk-in wardrobe for the forward VIP or an additional twin guest cabin which would allow the yacht to accommodate up to eight guests in a four cabin arrangement plus a dedicated twin crew cabin.  The exterior spaces also a enjoy a versatile fore-deck area with its superb sun-pad for soaking up the rays and spacious lounge seating with optional canopy and drawer fridges.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.82 m (74.9ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.87 m
Displacement - 46900 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 4800 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft with semi recessed tunnels and fixed pitch propellers
Speed - 38 knots max
Range - 380 nm at cruise

December 3, 2018

Project: Viking 38 Open

The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the addition of the 38 Open.  The 38 Open will share platform with the upcoming 38 Billfish, both of which are models based on the outgoing 37 Billfish.  The 38 Open presents itself as an owner operator sportfish cruiser and Viking's entry level model, offering simplicity and ease of maintenance, serving as ready-to-go fishing machine equipped for inshore and offshore missions as well as a versatile cruising boat with reliable inboard diesel power.  The 38 Open and Billfish apart sharing same hull, cockpit, and have a similar mechanical arrangement but differ in command deck and bridge configurations. The ten square meters cockpit is equipped with a laminated mounting plate in the deck for fighting chair, rocket launcher or table installations. Other features include in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a bait freezer with upper tray, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and raw-water wash downs. Both boats feature two-person seats flanking the center-line walk-through. There’s refrigerated drink storage, as well as ample general storage throughout.  The 38 Open’s command deck also has ample seating, with port and starboard L-shaped lounges and storage below. A raised centerline command station gives the driver excellent sight lines and is equipped with a fiberglass helm pod, power-assist hydraulic steering with stainless steel wheel and Palm Beach style controls. Viking’s Palm Beach Towers can outfit the 38 Open with a custom tuna tower with a second helm and a buggy top.  The 38 Open has a cabin layout geared more toward day boating, featuring a starboard-side sofa with storage. The galley and head with enclosed shower are positioned on the port side. The galley features Corian counter-tops, two-burner electric stoves, microwave/convection ovens, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with built-in ice makers.  The forward cabin has a lower double bunk and an upper single with a starboard-side hanging locker.  As construction goes Viking 38 series will be build with a modified vinylester resin used in the entire hull skin. End-grain balsa and closed-cell foam are used as coring materials in selected areas for optimized strength and stiffness while minimizing weight. The single integral fiberglass fuel tank, sealed to the hull with resin foam, is resin infused with balsa coring on all sides for stiffness. The hull-to-deck joint is mechanically fastened every three inches and fiber-glassed inside.  The Viking 38 Open will be powered with twin Cummins 550hp.  The Viking 38 Open will launch in January 2019, with a World wide preview at the February Miami boat show.

December 2, 2018

New Model: Feadship 93m Project #814

Feadship has on 22 October 2018 launched the 93 meter Project #814.  Representing one of the largest yachts ever built by Feadship, this 93-metre masterpiece was towed from construction hall of the Kaag yard. Further commissioning work will continue in the months ahead including the addition of balconies and wing stations. The yacht will remain covered over the winter, to be seen in all her splendid glory next spring.  With a generous beam of over fourteen meters, this groundbreaking Feadship will set a new standard in luxury. Working in hand with the experienced owners, Michael Leach Design has drawn an elegant and timeless exterior with breathtaking lines. Reymond Langton’s stunning interior is akin to a beautiful and contemporary jewelry box.  Five years in the making, the owners with the help of Burgess assembled a world class build team. Scouring the globe for the finest and rarest materials Project #814 promises to redefine the boundaries of luxury yacht construction. One of a kind features include a two-deck IMAX theatre, a fully certified helipad with Jet A fuel, four VIP suites each with 8k TVs, and facilities that cater to a wide range of sports including golf, basketball, volleyball and soccer among many others. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 93 m (305.1ft)
Beam - 14.10 m
Draft - 3.90 m
Accommodation - five cabin guests sleeping ten
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Micheal Leach exterior, Raymond Langton interior, Feadship De Voogt Naval Architecture

December 1, 2018

blogger - Competitively Expensive

At Cannes boat show 2018 Fairline launched its Targa 43 Open, a new entry level Sport Cruiser, replacing the 38 as the starting point of the British boat maker.  The quality of the Fairline Targa 43 Open was very much praised by visitors and the press, and with this new model the British boat builder made a statement of quality all over the board, from the two layout choices to a rich feeling of visible quality and fittings. The British builder though forgot one important aspect with its new entry model, and that was to be competitive in the price segment.  
First the Farline Targa 43 is a to close competitor in price and substance, same pod propulsion and engine type to the just two feet more in real length Targa 48 Open larger sister.  Second Fairline also out priced itself to compete with the best sellers in this size, as the Azimut Atlantis 43, and the Cranchi M44 HT.  
Fairline entry level, has two errors; it is a direct inside competitor to one of its recent best sellers and most interesting boats, and that it out priced itself from the competition.  In all this though Fairline has declared good sales after the Cannes and Southampton boat show for the Targa 43 Open, though whether the sales are real or dealer based is yet to be seen.

November 30, 2018

Monthly News - November 2018

-pic of the month- Beneteau Inaugurates Permanent Barcelona Base

Azimut Aims for Top Spot in USA

“Our objective is to become the top-ranking shipyard in the USA over the next two years,” commented Federico Ferrante. The President of Azimut|Benetti USA added: “The sale of 15 yachts worth about US $50 million at FLIBS 2018 is the best way to describe the outstanding success achieved by Azimut Yachts, the leading foreign shipyard in the United States. This success rewards our propositions, which increasingly feature sophisticated content in terms of design and technological innovation, and our ability to offer outstanding local reach and a five-star after sales assistance service. We’ve achieved this result, which makes America the brand’s main market, representing 38% of total value of production, thanks to the partnership with MarineMax, the most highly reputed dealership on this market”.  The good health of Azimut Yachts in America is also underscored by the rise in the number of visits to the stand - up 20% on last year - not only by people from the US, but also from Canadian and South America.  Florida continues to confirm its position as the area with the best sales figures, followed by the Northeast and Midwest, while the lines best loved by US owners are the Flybridge Collection, followed by the Grande Collection, of which a 27-meter model was sold at Fort Lauderdale, the big sister of the 25-meter yacht that made its American debut at FLIBS.  To continue to extend the brand’s occupation of the US market, Azimut Yachts and MarineMax intend to increase its presence at the country’s main boat shows and to implement a multi-faceted program of events to strengthen owners’ sense of belonging to the Azimut Yachts community and to win over new owners.

Beneteau Inaugurates a Permanent Base in Barcelona

After a lengthy study of where to locate and open a new permanent trials base, Beneteau set its sights on Port Ginesta in  Barcelona. The inauguration, attended by Annette Roux, Luca Brancaleon, general manager of Beneteau, Pere Padrosa, general manager of the marinas and airports of Catalonia, Rodolf Guasch, the brand’s Catalan dealer and 35 European journalists, took place in late October. The Port Ginesta base will allow customers, journalists and partners to try out new sailing yachts and motorboats all year round, in addition to big boats proposed by the Vendée boatyard. Among the four sites considered – Barcelona, Cannes, Palma and Nice – Port Ginesta was the clear choice for technical reasons and for its overall attractiveness. Yves Mandin, manager of the project and of the Premium Service, stressed that apart from the close proximity to an international airport, the city’s vitality and its cultural influence, “Barcelona has a mild climate and excellent sailing conditions. The Port Ginesta marina is well-sheltered and access to the sea is quick, with no channel as you enter the port. What’s more, we have succeeded in obtaining a dedicated building for 3 years and eight 15-metre moorings in the marina. It has also been agreed to extend this to cater to smaller boats.” The permanent nature of the Catalan base reflects the serious need for a top-quality service among future buyers of big boats business women and men, and company managers, who all lack availability. Up until now, Beneteau combined ten days of press trials and customer trials twice a year. This short-term solution meant that you had to wait several months before being able to try out the boat that interested you. By offering trials all year long in a dedicated base flying the brand’s colors, Beneteau is giving its customers and the press with a new experience centred on high availability of boats and teams with increasingly customized guidance and greater comfort. The approach was an instant success, since the week after the inauguration saw 50 European journalists succeed each other for 200 trials at the base in Port Ginesta, along with 70 customers from 12 different countries. 

Benetti Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

The new organisational structure of Benetti starts to take shape following the recent appointment of Franco Fusignani as CEO, with the arrival on the team of Sebastiano Fanizza as new Chief Commercial Officer and Nick Bischoff as Country Manager for Benetti Americas.  As part of the process to consolidate the presence of Azimut|Benetti Group on strategic foreign markets, Benetti announces the appointment of Sebastiano Fanizza as Chief Commercial Officer and Nick Bischoff as Country Manager for the Americas.  Fanizza, who began acting in his new capacity last October 22nd and reports directly to the CEO, has a mission to pursue the company’s commercial strategy development programme, as well as holding responsibility for brand positioning and development activities.  With a degree in mechanical engineering, he began his professional career as an engineer for Iveco. He then joined Azimut Yachts in the role of After Sales Manager, occupying management positions of growing responsibility at international level before finally becoming Sales and Service Director for the EMEA and APAC regions. After a parenthesis of about three years in Nautor’s Swan as Commercial and Business Development Director, Fanizza now returns to the Azimut|Benetti Group, with the goal of building up the Benetti management structure.  Roberto Corno, after closing numerous sales during his thirteen years at Benetti, including a giga yacht over 100 meters in length, has been appointed Vice President Benetti Sales CIS & East Europe in the new Benetti Sales structure. He will report to Fanizza and work to develop what is a very familiar market for him, having contributed over the years to strengthening the Company’s commercial penetration in this area. His mission is to consolidate Benetti’s market presence and seize further existing development potential. Another new arrival, also reporting to Fanizza, is Nick Bischoff who began work as Benetti Country Manager for the Americas since October 1st. He has been set the task of structuring the Sales area in North, Central and South America, of strengthening the Brand’s presence and of seizing the untapped development potential in this strategic market. With this new addition, the Benetti Sales team can rely on the yacht market expertise and networking experience gained by Bischoff during his many years in top commercial and management roles at leading international yachting businesses.

Benetti Shines During Livorno Half Marathon

More than 2,500 athletes took part in the Livorno Half Marathon on Sunday November 11. At the event, Livorno residents and a host of yachting enthusiasts had the chance to admire first hand the Benetti and Lusben shipyards, which opened their doors to sports lovers and visitors, including many families with children, to mark the occasion.  The festive spirit of Half Marathon Sunday proved to be a big win for the city of Livorno as a whole. Against the backdrop of high attendance, the Benetti shipyard threw open its doors to welcome numerous visitors in what is rapidly becoming a sporting tradition for the city.  For the second year running, the committee of employees who work at the Benetti and Lusben shipyards decided to contribute to the event by organising an open day at the Company’s Livorno production site. A guided itinerary wove its way through the industrial sheds and megayachts, offering visitors the chance to visit the areas where the mega and giga yachts that have made Livorno and Tuscany a center of yacht building excellence on the world stage are created and come to life. Highly successful novelties this year were the introduction of an area dedicated to entertaining the youngest visitors with their families and visits to the recently opened Benetti museum. “It has been thrilling, for me as well as Benetti’s and Lusben’s associates, seeing how much this event brought on visitors’ curiosity and interest, particularly for the youngest among them” said Franco Fusignani, Benetti CEO, who added “I’d like offer my warm thanks to the whole municipality and everyone who contributed their precious help to ensure the success of this great event”.  Benetti and Lusben would like to thank once more all the sponsors who contribute to the event organization: Ab Telematica, Abate, Arredomare Yachtline, Bertazzoni Servizi, BG Safe, Calistri, Carpensalda, Cargol Engineering Consultancy, Cosnav, Euro El, Falegnameria Gazzeri, Fiorillo, Gb Mec, Gestione Bacini, Gioiosa Arredi, Idroil, Isol-yacht, L.M.N., Labromare, Landi Lubrificanti, Leghorn Yachts, Legno Line, Madame Polè, Madonna Service, Manrico Francesconi, Martelli Termoidraulica, MSP di Perna, Navaltecnica, P.F.T., Pascri, Promat, Rangers, Samos, Sealine, S.C.M., SCM Marine Equipment, SGM – Valmec, Sirio, Sogese, Team Italia, Technorefit, Tecnel, Verme, Versilia Marine Service.

Feadship Refit and Services Opens for Buisness

Feadship has announced the formation of a globally operating company called Feadship Refit & Services, which will be responsible for implementing Feadship’s new customer support strategy referred to as: “My Feadship”.  Combining all the services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards, the My Feadship programme is arranged around three pillars: Feadship Rebuild (major refits in the Netherlands), the Feadship Services Network (a partnership with four leading yards in the Med and US) and the Feadship Authentication Certificate (quality standard for new builds and existing Feadships).  The new company has been established to protect the pedigree of the Feadship fleet and meet the growing demands for Feadship expertise among clients keen to protect the unique DNA of their Feadship. The refit, repair, service and after-sales activities have traditionally been in the hands of teams from the three Feadship yards in the Netherlands (Aalsmeer, Kaag and Makkum) and the refit design and engineering operations run by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship Refit & Services combines all these activities and will also incorporate the fourth Feadship yard in Amsterdam when it opens in May 2019.

Ferretti Group Conquers America

Ferretti Group once again conquers the American audience at the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, scheduled from October 31st to November 4th, with its magnificent fleet of 18 boats, including 2 premieres for the American market. The United States, which has always been an area of strategic importance for the Group, has been characterized in 2018 by extremely positive figures: with a growth of over 9% compared to 2017, the Americas now account for 36% of the Ferretti Group market. This extraordinary result is due above all to the great sales success in Florida and in the Northeastern United States, where Allied Marine operates, the historic American yacht marketing company and exclusive dealer of Ferretti Group, that has its own headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Ferretti Group Alongside Scuderia Ferrari in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018

If a Formula 1 of nautical excellence were ever launched, the Ferretti Group would unquestionably start in pole position. In the meantime, the ties between the Group and the exclusive club of the fastest cars in the world are increasingly close. Part of this is due to the official sponsorship deal that sees the Riva logo displayed on the helmets of the two Ferrari drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.  The Group’s yachts are becoming a more and more regular sight at Grands Prix in coastal locations. This was the case in Monte Carlo, where Riva looked out over everyone from the Riva Aquarama Lounge on the first floor of the Yacht Club de Monaco, and will be also true of the final race of the season, in Abu Dhabi.  The Ferretti Group yachts are ready to steal the show from the racing cars, once again shining the spotlight on quintessential Italian know-how and nautical prowess. For the entire race weekend from 23 to 25 November, the following will be available for visits and test sails: Custom Line 120’, Riva 100’ Corsaro, Pershing 82, Riva 76’ Perseo and Riva Aquariva Super.  The grand finale is expected with trepidation in the shape of the now customary and eagerly awaited final evening event for celebrities, guests and owners. Once again, this year, it will be held in the exclusive Cipriani Restaurant, which for the occasion will take on the alluring, legendary appearance of a temporary Riva Lounge. The evening is expected to be characterized by sublime dishes and highly-sophisticated musical entertainment, which will give the event a unique, almost indescribable atmosphere.

Ferretti Customline Honored at 2018 Builders Awards

The choice to invest in Research & Development has once again rewarded Ferretti Group and its commitment to innovation. Further evidence came last night, November 13th, at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, where Ferretti Group received a major recognition from the jury of the Boat Builder Awards, a prestigious event organised by METSTRADE and IBI magazine.  Specifically, the Boat Builder Award in the category “Collaborative Solution Between A Superyacht Builder and Its Supply Chain Partner” went to the innovative lounge door on Custom Line 120’, designed by the Ferretti Group Engineering Department in collaboration with Francesco Paszkowski Design studio and developed in conjunction with Mecaer Aviation Group, an important player in the aerospace industry.  The invention is an innovative glass door that breaks new ground in the nautical world, with undeniable benefits in terms of both practicality and aesthetic appeal.  The door, installed at a 45° angle, can either open traditionally with the two panels sliding sideways, or exploit a tilting mechanism to rotate upwards and disappear into the ceiling. Both operations are performed by electric motors, with the tilting rotation made possible by twin worm gears. The system also includes a non-reversible gear motor that ensures safe operation in the event of electrical failures. Through this high-tech mechanism, the tilting door creates a continuity between the cockpit and lounge areas, forming a single environment of over 80 square meters.  “Innovation is a door to the future, and in this case it is literally a door: the innovative glass door designed for the new Custom Line 120’. This accolade rewards our Group's significant investments in Research & Development, an area of the yacht-building industry which could be defined as the search for new levels of comfort and the development of solutions capable of improving the on-board experience” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “There isn’t a single investment in R&D that wasn’t rewarded in the form of customer satisfaction.”

Gulf Craft Chairman Honored with Award

Mohammed Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft wins another global recognition for his remarkable contributions to the world's leisure marine industry over the last thirty-six years. The International Superyacht Society recognizes him as the Business Person of the Year at the 28th ISS Design & Leadership Awards Gala event held on 31st October 2018 in Florida, USA.  A proud moment that opens a new chapter for Gulf Craft, the award highlights Mohammed Alshaali's pioneering work and relentless efforts to create sustainable growth for the maritime industry and its establishment as a key pillar of the manufacturing industry.  Over the decades, he has helped to enhance the footprint of Gulf Craft from being a regional boat manufacturer to a globally and highly respected shipyard that ranks in the top 10 superyacht builders of the world. Today, Gulf Crafts' boats, yachts and superyachts sail the oceans of the world and fulfil the needs of diverse customers around the world.  Mohammed Alshaali started his career as one of the UAE’s key diplomats holding positions such as UAE Ambassador to the USA, representative of the UAE at the European office of United Nations in Geneva and many more. Alshaali finally served as a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs before retiring and devoting his full time to Gulf Craft in 2008.  ISS was founded in 1989 to represent a growing yacht industry worldwide and to ensure sustainability and excellence by building global alliances. The society also aims to recognise achievement with annual peer-reviewed awards programme as well as provide educational opportunities and networking events.  The other ISS yacht design and leadership award categories that recognized outstanding people for excellence in their area of superyacht expertise included the Distinguished Crew Award, Leadership Award, Awards of Distinction, Excellence in Innovation and ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.

Jarrett Bay Tournament Dominance in 2018

Several Jarrett Bay teams placed on the leader board during the Bermuda Triple Crown Series, plus many more notable victories including: Builder’s Choice won first place at the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament with a massive 911 pound blue marlin.  Fender Bender won second place overall at The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with a 514 pound blue marlin.  Weldor’s Ark won first place and a record purse of $2.6 million at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City.  Mama Who won first place at the Casa de Campo Blue Marlin Classic.  Jaruco won third place on Leg III of the Los Suenos Triple Crown.

Maritimo Builds Future with New Plant

Leading Australian motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is close to completing a multi-million dollar expansion of its original Gold Coast plant which will 'future proof' the business and create Australia's most advanced and environmentally sensitive marine industry manufacturing facility.  The works which have been ongoing for more than a year will be completed early in 2019 and will virtually double the company's original manufacturing base.  Plans for the expansion started in late 2017 with the purchase of a 3.09 hectare commercial site adjoining Maritimo's factory in Waterways Drive at the Coomera Marine Precinct. The site in McPhail Road, backing onto the Maritimo factory, has been a hive of activity since then.  Company founder and marine industry doyen, Bill Barry-Cotter, said when completed the combined manufacturing plant would cover 4.664 hectares and would be one of the most advanced in the industry. The McPhail Road purchase increased Maritimo's land holding by 197 percent and its total building areas by 52 percent.  "We conducted a root and branch review of our entire manufacturing operation and this new facility has enabled us to streamline and refine how we design and manufacture boats and at the same time dramatically improve the working environment for our people," he said.  CEO Garth Corbitt said the completion of the new manufacturing facility would come as Maritimo's global expansion was stepped up and followed on from its most successful year ever in 2018 with record sales across the globe.  "Ongoing the company will continue to market approximately half of the vessels we produced internationally and our new improved base will enable us to do that efficiently and cost effectively ultimately resulting in a better product for our customers and a better environment for our people," he said.  "Our total manufacturing plant under roof is now 16,550 square metres excluding office space," he said. Prior to the McPhail Road acquisition and building works Maritimo's production facility covered 10,840 square metres including 1028 square metres for the race team headquarters. The acquisition will see a further 5710 square metres added.  Maritimo General Manager Operations, Phil Candler, said the expansion enabled Maritimo to grow and increase the size of its vessels as and when it sees fit without having to make any significant factory changes.  He said benefits were already flowing with the new product and design team being shifted from the company's Hope Harbour facility into the refurbished existing building on the acquired site. "We now have the new product and design team located with R and D and have virtually trebled their space in an area which enables better interaction with manufacturing and a more productive flow of ideas and information between design and production," he said.  Candler said the improvements and advances in-built into the new combined facility were substantial and significant and would also make for a work environment without peer in the marine sector in Australia. Even rainwater run off will be harvested and filtered before being returned to the environment and used to nurture gardens and landscaping. He said the new buildings enabled Maritimo to redistribute current resources at Waterways Drive which would enhance productivity and quality of workmanship.  "The new lamination shed has greater capacity and volume than before which creates better air flow through the building and mobile designated air extraction units can be deployed to anywhere in the building where there is a need in the work process flow," he said.  "Walls in the new sheds have been insulated to reduce heat, the volume of air in the facility has been increased to better the work environment, there are new lunchrooms, toilets and showers, 230 square metres of portable mezzanine areas have been purchased enabling us to tailor workplaces specifically to the needs of the day, we have greater storage for moulds, both inside and out, and have created more designated detailing and cutting bays with state of the art extraction."  Candler said the expansion has seen a doubling of Martimo's CNC router machinery with router one and 3D Design technology located together in McPhail Road building one to assist with new product development.  A new CNC router was moved into the existing wood shop at Waterway's Drive in one of the new buildings he said a streamlined manufacturing process would see vessels enter at one end and then make their way through the facility emerging at the other end virtually completed.  "We have the capacity to have four vessels engineered at one time as they progress through that facility," he said.  "This design and production process allows us to cater for a wide variety of different sized vessels and to increase the size of our models in the future if we wish to."  Candler said the blueprint for the new combined facility and its various different elements came about after extensive consultation with the different crews on the factory floor to get feedback on what worked the best.  "We have minimised waste in terms of time, manpower and materials, we have streamlined the process to provide an improved and higher quality product and we have created an environment for both manufacturing workers and the R and D and design department to excel," he said.  Candler said as part of its expansion Maritimo was increasing its apprentice intake and was continuing its training and development of current staff while undertaking a substantial manpower drive aimed at increasing the overall workforce by 30 percent.

Maritimo Extends Americas Reach with Third Appointment

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, has continued to expand its reach in the Americas with yet another appointment of a major marine brokerage business as a dealer partner, the third in recent weeks. Maritimo Americas' President, Dave Northrop, said he was delighted to have Chesapeake Yacht Center, Baltimore, join the Maritimo network saying the exclusive 'white glove concierge dealer' had raised the bar in terms of customer service, promoting a high quality boating lifestyle and going the extra yards for clients. Established in 2010 CYC is owned and operated by partners Josh White and Ryan Dobb and it is one of the largest dealerships in the mid-Atlantic and one of the most successful and respected in the USA. "Josh's links to boating go back to his great grandfather Bronza Parks who is a legend in the Chesapeake Bay area," said Northrop. "After decades on the water with his great grandfather and then his mother and father Josh has salt water flowing through his veins and when the opportunity arose in (insert year) he established CYC with Maryland local Ryan Dobb he jumped at it. "The firm has a solid reputation for exemplary customer service and professionalism and we are sure the Maritimo brand and awareness will be greatly enhanced as a result of their involvement." The appointment of CYC as a dealer partner is the latest move in Maritimo's establishment of a network of highly professional and experienced representatives of the brand in the Americas. Josh White said CYC was delighted to be joining forces with Maritimo to represent the brand in the Chesapeake Bay area. "Our business is based on doing things differently and providing a better boat ownership experience for our customers and this ethos fits perfectly with the Maritimo team," he said. "The opportunity to become involved with Maritimo is exciting and we are confident strong sales will result as more boaters became aware of the brand and its various models." Northrop said the climate controlled flybridge motor yachts will resonate well with boaters in the Chesapeake Bay area and the exciting new X range, which has changed the world of sport yachts internationally, should also prove extremely popular. Maritimo's CEO, Garth Corbitt, said the appointment of CYC added yet another layer to Maritimo's international outreach. "Our markets in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia are firing and we are committed to increasing our reach in the Americas and also in Europe," he said. "Forward orders now stretch out to 2020 and we have embarked on a major employment drive seeking to increase our current workforce by approximately 30 percent to help us meet the demand for our vessels. "Maritimo's reputation internationally is gaining momentum and the Americas is an exciting market for us to be active in." Northrop said Maritimo's build quality and sea worthiness, being designed to handle some of the most challenging ocean conditions in the world around Australia, resonated strongly with US boaters. "We are extremely excited about Maritimo's future here and the appointment of top flight operators such as CYC will add to our momentum," he said. "It is fair to say that the response from our customers to the revolutionary X60 sport yacht and the new generation of flybridge motor yachts has been over whelming and with professionals like Josh and Ryan and their team helping us increase the awareness of the brand globally the future looks extremely bright." The CYC appointment follows closely on the heels of the appointment of B & E Marine and Colony Marine by Maritimo. Caption: CYC owners Ryan Dobb (third from the left) and Josh White (second from the right) are the latest to join the Maritimo dealer network in the Americas.

Ocea Shipyard Turns Thirty

It was in February 1987 that Roland Joassard and Fabrice Epaud founded Ocea by taking over a shipyard in Les Sables-d'Olonne. In thirty years, the shipyard turned into a major industrial group that has since diversified into maritime safety and security, passenger transport, working boats and, of course, motor yachts. Business is spread across a wide range of geographic sectors and markets Ocea generates 95% of its turnover from exports which today ensures a sound financial position. In 2012, Ocea launched Orion  plan focusing on optimization and industrial reorganization for Ocea Naval in order to fully upgrade its production tool. A large part of this plan involved building the new production site in Les Sablesd'Olonne where the yachts are made. “It’s a smart building that has given us a competitive edge and allowed us to expand our range of vessels to larger boats”, says Roland Joassard. The site can now accommodate units up to 85 meters.  Ocea is currently building the world's largest aluminium patrol boat (84 metres) that will be launched in the coming months.

Overmarine Mangusta Awarded Best in Show

Upon its US debut, the Mangusta Oceano “Namastè”, the three deck in Overmarine Group’s line of Long Range vessels designed by Alberto Mancini, won the “Best of the Show” award.  The award was organized by NBC Sports on the occasion of the recently-held Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The jury - made up of designers, industrialists and other outstanding figures - selected the Mangusta Oceano from among all shortlisted boats as the one with “the most innovative design on display”.  After the several awards won in Europe by this model, this new one comes on a very important market like the American one, which is indeed showing great appreciation for Mangusta’s products and values.  The trophy, created by industrial designer Derek Jenkins, was handed out to Overmarine Group’s CEO Maurizio Balducci, who was accompanied by Stefano Arlunno, the Group’s Americas Area Manager. The Chairpersons of Marine Industries Association of South Florida and of Show Management, as well as NBC Sports team, were also present at the ceremony.  Mangusta is one of the few remaining family-owned brands in the yachting industry. The Balducci family has been building boats since the 1950s. The brand is driven by a strong focus on innovation and a pioneering approach to the use of cutting-edge technologies aimed at ensuring high speed performance, which go hand in hand with the utmost comfort. Over the years, the Overmarine Group has gained a solid reputation for its outstanding engineering, painstaking attention to details and finishes, the ability to interpret customer needs and requests, and outstanding reliability – before, during and after delivery.  Boasting more than 100 yachts over 30 meters delivered many of which over the last few years, which witnessed a considerable increase in the yachts’ average length Mangusta is a constant, strong presence in the large yachts industry, not only with Maxi Opens, which have become the market benchmark among fast and sporty yachts, but also in the segment of long-range displacement yachts, four hulls of which have already been launched in two years only. Mangusta’s range now grows further thanks to the Mangusta GranSport line, a combination of top performances and transoceanic range. The first model, a 54-meter ship, was delivered last Summer.

Sea Ray Fort Lauderdale Success

Sea Ray is celebrating a successful kickoff to boat show season following the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Sea Ray and its dealers realized significant increases in sales compared to the prior year.  Sea Ray attributes this achievement to a positive response to the company’s focus on sport boats and cruisers. The increased sales results were driven by the success of outboard models, larger dayboats, and recently released new models such as the SLX 400 Outboard, Sundancer 320, SDX 250 Outboard, and the continued popularity of the Sundancer 350 Coupe.  At the show, Sea Ray displayed several popular outboard models, including the SLX 400 Outboard, Flagship Model, Boating Magazine’s “Boat of the Year.”  “We could not have asked for a better kickoff to boat show season to affirm dealer and consumer confidence in Sea Ray,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager. “Attendees who came to the show had a good sense of what they wanted and were ready to buy. As a result, we saw an increase in high-quality prospects. The energy and excitement were contagious.”  At the show, Sea Ray introduced Sea Ray Connect, boating technology that brings your boat into the palm of your hand. Powered by NAUTIC-ON™ technology, Sea Ray Connect provides peace of mind by effortlessly conveying a boat’s location and reporting on vital systems to users via a smartphone app.  Sea Ray also hosted a Sea Ray Owners Club lounge, where owners connected and relaxed with Sea Ray team members and Sea Ray partners. Additionally, Sea Ray held an evening reception for its global network of dealers.

Sunseeker Appoints New CEO

Britain’s biggest boat builder, Sunseeker International has today announced that Christian Marti will join the business as Chief Executive Officer in November, replacing Phil Popham who left the business at the end of September to take up a new challenge.  Marti joins Sunseeker from Aston Martin Lagonda where he held the position of Chief Sales Officer and Vice-President. Having worked within the automotive industry for over 25 years he brings with him over 18 years of senior management experience across European and Asian markets with premium luxury brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive. During his time at Aston Martin, he was a significant part of the executive team that transformed the iconic British brand into the successful business it is today.  John Zeng, Dalian Wanda’s board representative for Sunseeker commented: “We are delighted to welcome Christian to Sunseeker International. He has an impressive and proven track record of growing the financial performance of major manufacturing businesses and a strong affinity for global luxury brands. Christian joins us at a crucial time for Sunseeker as we move into our next phase of growth and I have no doubt he will help us build upon the incredible work already undertaken by the team in achieving a remarkable business turnaround in record time.”  Commenting on his appointment, Christian said: “I am delighted to be joining Sunseeker at such an exciting time. The business has recently embarked on a five-year growth strategy and the company is sitting on its strongest ever order book with continued investment in new product and facilities at the heart of the business plan. I look forward to working with the Sunseeker team on the future opportunities to grow this already outstanding, world-famous luxury brand.”  It is indeed an exciting time for Sunseeker who are looking to strengthen its position at the forefront of the global superyacht market with the announcement of a new larger flagship model, to launch in 2021. The new 161 Yacht will also see the brand move into aluminium built vessels for the first time through a collaboration with renowned Dutch builder ICON Yachts.

Sunseeker Braithwaithe Brothers Receive Award

The pioneering brothers behind Sunseeker International were awarded the coveted Outstanding Achievement award at the 2018 Luxury Briefing Awards, held at The Savoy Hotel in London on Monday evening.  In recognition of a combined career spanning more than 100 years, Robert and John Braithwaite’s remarkable story is one of innovation, daring, perseverance and the unwavering desire to create the finest luxury performance motor yachts in the world.  Robert, who after leaving school at 15, dream of building a new kind of boat. He founded the early Sunseeker in 1969 and across more than four decades transformed the brand from a local boat distributor into a globally recognized brand and one of the largest superyacht builders in the world.  A true visionary of the luxury marine sector, Robert’s entrepreneurial strength drove the sales and marketing success globally, embracing a very public facing role.  When Robert’s younger brother John joined the business, he was immediately influential in the engineering and craftsmanship of the iconic Sunseeker designs. Together the pair started producing some of the world’s most innovative motor yachts, utilizing the latest technologies and cutting-edge design but most importantly, listening to what customers wanted.  With a flair for award-winning design, John pioneered a new world of boating and he was instrumental in the development of many revolutionary models, including the Superhawk, the Predator 108 and more recently, Sunseeker’s fastest-selling model of all time, the Manhattan 52.  Together they have been the inspiration and the vision behind the pioneering nature of the business that has seen the brand produce a remarkable number of industry ‘firsts’, revolutionizing the industry as a whole.  As Sunseeker has grown, so has the team surrounding Robert and John, now numbering more than 2,600 people. Contributing their many years of invaluable knowledge and experience, the founding brothers’ spirit of excellence has driven Sunseeker to its pre-eminent position in the leisure marine industry today.  Commenting on the award, Sunseeker Sales Director, Sean Robertson said: “This is a phenomenal award and one that both Robert and John richly deserve. They have contributed so much to the marine industry and what they have achieved is truly remarkable. Words alone frankly cannot describe their influence yet they are always the first to credit our employees and wider ‘family’. Sunseeker would not be the global brand it is today if it wasn’t for their never-ending passion and vision. This is core to the company’s DNA today, reflected in the global success of the brand, the incredible product range and our unwavering customer loyalty."

Wider Finalist at Boat International Design and Innovation Awards

Wider 165 has been shortlisted for the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards that will be held in Cortina (Italy) next January. M/Y Cecilia is competing not just in one but three categories, which are; the "Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 40m to 59m", "Best Interior Design Motor Yachts 300GT to 499GT" and "The Game Changer Award" for her cutting edge serial hybrid propulsion system.  This prestigious award represents one of the most important moments in the nautical year and a worldwide recognition.  Wider 165 has also recently won three awards by RINA, achieving the maximum scores either in the Comfort Class (100,100) and in the Green Plus (Platinum level).  Last but not least, Wider is already familiar with the BOAT International awards, in fact, in 2016 the Wider 150 won both the Design Awards and the World Superyacht Awards.

Wider Invited at Rina Accademy Seminar 2018

For the third year in a row, RINA has organized a yachting seminar at the Monaco Yacht Club, which took place yesterday morning. Main subject of the seminar was the "Digitalization in the shipping industry" and Wider have been invited to present the "Wider 165 M/Y Cecilia: the most luxury green solutions". This annual event gathers together yachting experts and industry stakeholders to meet and discuss important current topics, including awareness in Yacht Management, Risk Evaluation and the new RINA Cube in the yachting sector. In Wider we took on the challenge of being among the few companies that make sustainability an approach to the market, giving a big attention to the use of the new technologies to respect the environment and make a low impact in terms of pollution, not just through our serial hybrid propulsion system combined with a 544kWh Lithium polymer battery bank and Azimuthal pods – which guarantees hugely reduced fuel consumption and exceptionally low levels of noise and vibration – but also paying attention in every aspects (i.e. waste management, the choice of qualifies materials, best solution in terms of accidental pollution.  Wider 165 recently won three awards by RINA, achieving the maximum scores either in the Comfort Class (100,100) and in the Green Plus (Platinum level).

November 29, 2018

Improve-It = Sessa Key Largo 24 IB

Sessa improve the Christian Grande designed Key Largo 24 IB model presented in preview at the Genoa Boat Show.  These improvements are demonstration of how Sessa continues to believe that the future needs the past, and that never like in these new versions, tradition meets innovation.  A model that continuously evolves and challenge time: a timeless design, with an even more aggressive look, characterized from the recognizable Key Largo lines.  The improved Key Largo 24 features the addition of details, such as the large side window and the new windscreen, give a touch of modernity without disrespecting the previous versions. For the interiors and cushions the Key Largo 24 features a reinterpretation of the contemporary style.  The Key Largo 24 IB offers a double cabin with Vee-shaped berth, and a head to starboard.  The Key Largo 24 IB is powered by a single Volvo gas petrol 270hp engine which delivers top speeds up to 38 knots.  These improvements are also present for the Sessa Key Largo 24 outboard version.

November 28, 2018

New Model: Tuccoli T280 Easy Rider

Tuccoli is really producing some nice machines at the moment, and with the presentation of the T280 Easy Rider completes its circle of new models.  The Tuccoli T280 just as its bigger T370 and T440 sisters is an ideal mix of a sportfish and a sport cruiser, and present itself with a comfortable half hard-top covered twin level cockpit which when desired can transform itself to a fishing area.  Inside the Tuccoli T280 offers an interesting accommodation layout, with an L-shaped galley upon entering the cabin to port side, a bench to bench dinette opposite, a shower head, and a twin berth double berth cabin forward.  The Tuccoli is powered by twin Volvo 220hp with simple to maintain line shaft propulsion.  The Tuccoli T280 will feature choices for other different versions from a fully enclosed hard-top, to a fully open style variant.  In 2019 Tuccoli will also present a T280 outboard version. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.13 m (29.9ft)
Hull Length - 7.49 m
Beam - 3.04 m
Draft - 0.85 m
Displacement - 5400 kg
Fuel Capacity - 580 l
Water Capacity - 160 l
Accommodation - 2 plus 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max

November 27, 2018

Project: Johnson 70

Johnson presents the 70 project motor yacht designed from Bill Dixon, with choice for three or four double guest cabins layouts, and a sky-lounge as pictured above or open bridge flybridge.  Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design when designing the Johnson 70 project set to provide a super yacht experience in a 21 meter owner operator size.  The 70 shows the same level of customization as the rest of the Johnson line, encouraging owner input on the design of the accommodations, as well as the helm area, the saloon, dining area, and galley.  Yachtsmen can request a skylounge to preclude the need for a lower helm, and the result is a blank canvas for the interior  main deck area on which they can work with Johnson to create the spaces of their dreams.  The Johnson 70 is also available with a fishing cockpit aft increasing the yacht's flexibility as each build in the series is expected to be different to the other.  The Johnson  70 is standard powered by twin Cats 1015hp.

November 26, 2018

New Model: Palm Beach GT 50 Express

While developing its next model, Palm Beach identified a void in the refined high-performance marketplace and the stunning new GT50 was born. The design philosophy was to create a visually elegant traditional inspired cruiser capable of forty plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid thirties range, and all in a yacht that was simple to operate and easy to own.  The first Palm Beach GT50 Express made its debut at the Newport International Boat Show.  Initial sea trials of the GT 50 Express hit Palm Beach precise target top-speed projection of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots with a pair 600hp Volvo engines with IPS 800 pod drives. Moreover, at 35 knots the fuel consumption was only 151 liters per hour.  At 25 knots the GT50 sipped a measly 90 liters per hour. These impressive figures make the Palm Beach GT50 Express one of the most efficient yachts available today.  The GT Series incorporates Palm Beach’s unique hull design that results in less resistance to achieve plane while keeping the bow in the water. Each yacht slices through the water and avoids wasting energy to get up on top of the water.  A hyper-focus on lightweight, strong construction helps to ensure the GT50’s efficiency. The hull is a fully infused vinylester cored e-glass construction that is complemented by a fully infused, full carbon fiber deck and superstructure. The deck and bulkheads are structurally bonded to the hull for increased strength and rigidity, forming a semi-monolithic shell that produces a far stronger result.  Another specific goal of the GT50 is to embrace simplicity and ensure owners are spending more time on the water.  Palm Beach gave significant attention to the GT50 Express outdoor spaces in order to comfortably accommodate large groups of guests while underway. Two L-shaped settees in the cockpit flank a transom door to the large teak swim platform. The helm deck is ideally suited for fresco dining or lounging while underway, with an L-shaped settee and a straight settee. The Express model, features a large opening sunroof and Palm Beach’s customary side and aft opening windows provide an open-air atmosphere for an incredible on-the-water experience.  An additional refrigerator and an ice-maker in the cockpit complement the full-service galley below. Twin helm seats serve the carbon fiber helm station, and the single-piece windscreen creates an unobstructed line of sight that is more like a high-performance car than a yacht. Side decks are designed to seamlessly join the cockpit to allow for easy access forward. Below, the attention to detail continues with contemporary finishes blended into a timeless elegance. Timber options include wenge, teak or ash. Broad selections of designer double-stitched fabrics are wrapped around a spacious forward master stateroom, huge head with shower, large galley and a queen-sized berth aft. Engine access is below the cockpit. Palm Beach GT series is off to a flying start with the Open version of the GT 50 finalizing production and set to launch in January 2019 at the Dusseldorf boat show, while production is currently underway for the GT60 that will make its debut in September of 2019.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.4 m (54ft)
Hull Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 4.48 m
Draft - 0.93 m
Displacement - 13000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 42 knots max 35 knots cruise 25 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 347 nm at 35 knots cruise, 413 nm at 25 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin infused cored E-glass, carbon fiber deck and super structure

November 25, 2018

Web: Rinker New Web Site

Rinker from the USA presents its new World wide web showroom.  Rinker was founded in the 1930's by farmer Lossie L.E. Rinker in White River, Indiana who started building fishing and racing boats.  After the ending of the Korean War in 1953 Lossie's sons John and Jan joined him in the business, with Rinker moving business from the White River to Syracuse.  This move increased production capability for Rinker, and also its international name.  In the 1980's came the launching of its Sport Cruiser and high performance orientated Captiva line.  Today Rinker builds 28 models divided into four lines; Cuddy Models, Express Cruisers, Outboard Models, Stern Drive Models.  The entry level Rinker model is the 17 QX OB and the flagship is the 370 EX.  Rinker new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Abour, Build-A-Boat, Find a Dealer, and Resources.  Rinker is also present on social media with buttons on the bottom right of the page taking you to its Facebook, and Google Plus pages.

November 24, 2018

Project: CRN 45mt Explorer Alfarosso

CRN unveils the AlfaRosso concept, an innovative 45 meter explorer super yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski.  The Alfarosso will be available in two further lengths of  50 and 55 meters.  The CRN 45 mt Explorer Alfarosso will offer a gross tonnage of 499. Designed for an owner who loves long voyages of discovery to remote places, the CRN AlfaRosso concept is an explorer super yacht of unmistakable style. The rigor of her architectural geometries, her crisply defined hull profile, and sharp, clean lines pairing beautifully with the studied appeal of the open spaces and the exceptional indoor comfort. The stern, lower-deck, and main-deck areas also boast a singular design. Unlike typical explorer yachts, where these are normally technical areas, on AlfaRosso they are designed for guests to savor the sea to its fullest extent. The pool, the extensive terraces, and the glorious windows, some from floor to ceiling, offer a panoramic experience that is not found in similar super yachts.  The craftsmanship of the AlfaRosso will be  displayed both indoor and outdoor, with high elements of teak wood, which forms a bridge between tradition and innovation. In the sumptuous indoor spaces, the continuity between interior and exterior is exquisitely expressed in the understated elegance of the steel handrails, chosen in place of the classic gunwales, in the sophisticated minimalism of the open-step stairs linking the various decks, and in the sense of consummate relaxation exuded by the flush-deck pool on the main deck. These details bring guests into closer contact with the sea and the air, removing any barriers that might hinder the fullest enjoyment of the on-board experience. The tender and all the toys are stowed in the bow area to keep the aft area clear and clean while further emphasizing CRN AlfaRosso’s dynamic personality and its passion for exploration.