August 18, 2018

New Model: Heesen 50m YN18350

In mid July Heesen launched YN 18350, a 50 meter super yacht build of steel and christened Omaha, delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favourable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.  Heesen YN 18350 exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots one knot more then calculated and proved to be extremely maneuverable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 1340hp engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. Her round bilge steel hull with bulbous bow provides great comfort for the guests, exceptional sea keeping and unparalleled performance. Heesen 50m YN 18350 will leave the Netherlands for her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean Sea where she will meet her owners.  This 50-metre Heesen steel yacht started on speculation under the project name ‘Maia’.  YN 18350 is the first in Heesen’s newly designed 50 metre Steel Class, whose exterior lines are by Clifford Denn and is a replacement to the 47 meter platform which was delivered in thirteen hulls. With a gross tonnage below the 500GT threshold, this 50m modern displacement yacht is the successor of the 47m Steel Class. Clifford Denn spliced the Heesen DNA with lines inspired by classic car design to create a true blue-water yacht with a bold presence on the water. UK based design studio Reymond Langton created a luxurious but welcoming interior with accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with the Owner’s stateroom located on the main deck forward and four large guest suites on the lower deck.  A sister ship, YN 18850 Project Triton, is currently under construction at the Heesen shipyard in Oss and is available for delivery in February 2020.
Technical Data:
LOA - 50 m (162ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.75 m
Displacement - 440 t
Fuel Capacity - 60000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, ten crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V4000 M63 1340hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 3800 nm at 12 knots
Construction - steel hull alloy super structure
Project - Clifford Denn exterior, Reymnd Langton interior
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht + LMC LY3, MCA

August 17, 2018

Project: Filippetti S55

Considering that in the last two decades Fausto Filippetti has concentrated most of his efforts in building flybridge super yachts above 24 meters, it is interesting to see him return back to his roots with the S55.  Why am I saying all this, because Fausto Filippetti was one of the three co-founders who back in 1985 founded the Pershing shipyard, who today is considered as one of the most important names in the fifteen to thirty meter sport yacht size nonetheless also the trend setter who has set the rules for others to follow since the nineties.  The Filippetti S55 looks a lot in the direction to Fausto previous creations and comes from a design of Davide Cipriani, and is a three cabin sport yacht inspired to very aggressive yet clean lines.  The interior will feature three double cabins including a full beam owners stateroom, VIP forward cabin, and a third twin bunk berths cabin to starboard.  A spacious L-shaped galley is located below, while the living including a C-shaped dinette, a wet bar and grill are all located on the main deck.   The Filippetti S55 which actually was born couple years back as an S53 concept is to be powered by three engine choices set ups starting from twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod propulsion, and going up to twin Cats 1000hp and or 1200hp with sufrace drives propulsion.  The standard engine pod set up has estimated top speeds of 34 knots, while the more performance orientated surface drives will deliver 43 and 50 knots high speeds.  

August 16, 2018

Web: Alfamarine New Web Site

Alfamarine from Fiumicino the West sea side of the Italian capital city Rome presents its new World wide web showroom.  An under rated boat builder nowadays, Alfamarine and Fazioli though make a great part of the Italian story of pleasure boating from the mid seventies onward with some record breaking models in the making.  Alfamarine started its course in 1955 when Marcello Fazioli enters boat racing not only as a racer but also by building outboard powered speed boats for himself and on commission.  But the story of Alfamarine as a boat builder starts in 1975 when the yard in Fiumicino is founded and Marcello Fazioli launches the 40 Bronte model designed by Renato Sonny Levi and Franco Harrauer, two of the most innovative naval architects of the time specialized in fast deep Vee bottoms, who the lessons they offered are still very much valid then as today.  Build of fiberglass the Alfamarine 40 Bronte is a huge success becoming the yard all time best seller with 146 units build over its production run, and offered with two propulsion choices; Levi's Step surface drive and the standard line shaft, and available in three versions S for the open, Motoryacht for the flybridge, and the Fisherman with a lowered stern.  Alfamarine moves forward and after the success of the first model launches the bigger Alfamarine 60 Delta, and then the 16,50 Motoryacht.  A 35 is presented in 1985 the fourth and smallest ever produced model by Alfamarine, what is a chopped smaller 40 Bronte sport cruiser designed again by Franco Harrauer.  In the eighties Alfamarine competes with neighboring central and South Italian builders for making fast seaworthy large yachts; and Harrauer again designs the company first super yacht, the 83 Cronos a deep 25 degrees Vee deadrise hulled with a wide body upper structure design which will sell in six units.  The Cronos will reach 32 knots speeds with standard twin 1400hp engines, and will also be offered as the 83 Super Cronos with triple engines totaling 5000hp and Arneson surface drives project who in theory should have arrived up to fifty knots but unfortunately no unit ever sold.  An Alfamarine 90 is later launched in 1993, what is an extended 83 Cronos with a totally re-invented more traditional not wide body upper structure.  After the 83 Cronos, Harrauer will design the Alfamarine 65 launched in 1991 and based on the 55 hull but with a triple Man 1000hp set up reaching speeds of sixty knots, 61.5 to be exact as recorded during its sea trials.  Always conservative and very precise in the technical details Alfamarine will launch other models over the years, the 55 in 1990 sees the yard go into a more conservative style and will sell in ten units.  The Alfamarine 50 still in production nowadays sees Fazioli go into modern styling, integrated sloop stern, and developing an integrated windshield radar arch design in mid nineties.  The Alftamarine 50 will also embrace the Italian aft cabin sport cruiser yacht which was so popular in the eighty and nineties.  The 50 is followed by the similar styled and smaller Alfamarine 43 designed by Fabio Buzzi and launched in 1994 and becoming the 47 in 1997 and also a model still offered in the production catalog.  The Alfamarine 60 is launched in 1998 what is followed in 2002 with the 58, a modern version of the 1990 launched 55.  In 2003 Alfamarine launched the custom full displacement, steel construction and its largest build to date 140 triple deck to a design of Andrea Bacigalupo, who is then again used in the much admired 78 launched in 2004 and its smaller 72 sister.   Alfarmaine has won various prizes over the years starting from the Golden Keel awarded in 1985 for the 83 Cronos, and what is followed in 2005 European Prize for the 78.  Today Alfamarine is managed by founder Marcello Fazioli and his son Andrea, and together apart offering a full refit service in Fiumicino offer seven build to order semi custom sport cruiser and yachts which start with the 47, and go up to the one off build 140.  Alfamarine latest model is the Bacigalupo designed 72 launched in 2007 and the updated 60 receiving a hard top treatment presented in 2009.  Alfamarine new website takes you around with the following buttons; Our Story, Building Site, Services, Achievements, and Contacts. Alfamarine is also on social media with button links to its Facebook and Youtube pages at the right top corner of the page.

August 15, 2018

Project: Viking 58 Convertible

The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the second generation of its 58 Convertible, the successor to the legendary 1990's model that helped build the New Jersey company into a sportfishing powerhouse.  From 1991 to 2000 luxury tax included Viking sold 110 of its first-generation 58 Convertibles.  Today eighteen years later Viking presents the 58 Convertible generation two poised to stake its claim as a tournament champion and the best high-performing family cruising yacht in its class. The 58 arrives as the culmination of nearly 55 years of convertible sportfishing design, engineering and manufacturing experience.  The Viking 58 Convertible comes on strong with our signature walk-around center console flybridge helm station with flanking lounges, fifteen square-meters cockpit and observation mezzanine. The private and comfortable three-stateroom, two-head layout maximizes the vessel's five meters plus of beam. A forward stateroom with a queen berth is standard, with an optional cross-over arrangement. Our design team has done a phenomenal job with the salon and galley arrangement, creating a highly functional open layout with a balanced mix of amenities for entertaining, relaxing or dining.  Viking 58 Convertible hull one which is nearly completed will be powered by a pair of MTU 1600hp engines which will give estimated speeds of forty knots maximum and a cruise of 35 knots.. The second generation 58 Convertible will make her debut at the annual Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event held in mid September and after that will be a World premiere at the 2018 Fort Lauderdale which opens at the end of October.

August 13, 2018

New Model: Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Australia's Riviera showcased the World Premiere of its new Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht at the Sydney International Boat Show on Thursday, 2 August 2018. The 39 Sports Motor Yacht includes multiple entertainer spaces, a light and spacious saloon, open cockpit and extended flybridge that are emblematic of Riviera Sports Motor Yachts. The Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht is based on the same platform as the April 2018 launched 395 SUV, with the addition of a flybridge up top, and is also the third model to come in one year since the first Sports Motor Yacht model the 68 was launched.  The Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht will offer a five berth accommodation plan with a forward owners double berth forward, and a three berth cabin at midships.  The saloon will feature a C-shaped sofa dinette and an L-shaped galley to starboard.  Power will be from twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod propulsion.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.27 m (43.6ft)
Hull Length - 12.06 m
Beam - 4.26 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 12990 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 390 l
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Certification - ISO8666 for data

August 11, 2018

Project: Azimut Grande 32 Metri

Avant-garde is the keyword that unlocks the meaning of the Grande 32 Metri project, which offers yet another demonstration of Azimut design creativity and will make its world debut at the Cannes boat show in early September 2018. The main aim of all avant-garde movements is to stand out from classical art. This same mission, interpreted as the desire to express an innovative vision that breaks away from the past, underpins the new Azimut Grande 32 Metri, with exteriors by Stefano Righini and interiors by Achille Salvagni. The Azimut Grande 32 Metri is forward thinking in every sense, not least because of the multiple unprecedented solutions that establish its right to a prominent position in the world of super yachts, or the advanced naval platform that is packed with technology and combines Carbon Tech with a D2P hull or, finally, the pure design excellence that characterizes Salvagni’s outstandingly distinctive work.  Stefano Righini has crafted powerful exterior lines, with stylistic features that sweep towards the stern and trick the eye in a way that hides the important interior volumes offered by the boat. The spacious stern beach club, the lateral garage that can house a five meter tender and a three meter jet ski, the huge full-height glazed surfaces on both sides of the full-beam owner’s suite, and the personality-building vertical bow are the distinctive features Righini has given to the Grande 32 Metri, making it absolutely unique in its category. Inside, the sense of sophisticated softness continues to permeate the constituent features, maintaining a family feeling with the other two Grande units designed by Salvagni the 27 and the 35 metri. His approach continues to eschew pure decoration and focuses instead on spatial composition: fluid surfaces detach from the walls to form an independent system, using spatial elements that flow seamlessly while nevertheless establishing distinct volumes. The settings are at one and the same time welcoming, simple and sophisticated, playing on the harmonious balance of detail and function. The walls embrace and expand, like a succession of negatives and positives that fix and extend space. Polished dark wood surfaces alternate with extensive areas and sections of ceiling featuring light-colored wood varieties: everything is in the contrast.  The night zone consists of five double cabins. The large owner’s cabin on the main deck is flooded with natural light, while the other four cabins are on the lower deck, two with twin beds and two with doubles.  The entire superstructure is built using Carbon Tech and epoxy resin: the combined effect of these materials and the Displacement2Planning hull with double-chine with a wave-piercing bow delivers maximum consumption efficiency levels at both slow cruising speed and higher speeds, extending the yacht’s range.  The Azimut Grande 32 Metri will be powered by twin 2200hp MTU units driving the yacht to a top speed of 26 knots.

August 9, 2018

New Model: Bertram 61

Since Bertram started the Gavio ownership in 2015 the company first two models have been about reinventing the classic icons of the flying eagle, which made it legendary over the years and decades which has passed since 1960.  The first model to launch from Gavio was the 35 which paid homage to the legendary 31 sold in over a thousand units and also the first Bertram model to be produced when it all started in 1960.  Fast forward to 2018 and Gavio's Bertram second new 61 model is again inspired to the second most important icon in the flying eagle portfolio of legends, the early eighties and till end nineties produced 54.  Designed as the new 2016 launched 35 by Micheal Peters the new Bertram 61 started life as a 58 project, then it became a 60, and ultimately a 61.  The 61 is not just a new badge inspired 54 though, we see Bertram and Micheal Peters bring new cruiser elements to the genre and something which might make the competition have a thought or two.  Hull one of the Bertram 61 features a full wrap around wind screen which give very nice views from the living saloon area, an element which entertainers will like but usually sport-fishermen are not to keen on due to the structural integrity this will give over time.  The Bertram 61 also challenges again the genre below deck, with three guest cabins three heads accommodation layout which includes a full beam midships located owners stateroom.  With the 61 Bertram have a winning model and I see it being very successful in the more entertainment less sport fishing market, for the hardcore sport-fisherman I think the road ahead is longer, but also possible thanks to the Micheal Peters designed hull shape which automatically rates it high in the performance department.  What the Bertram 61 brings is a new option to buyers and a breath of fresh design solutions in the eighteen meter flybridge sportfish yacht, see full wrap around windscreen, and full beam owners cabin.  The others do not have these, the Bertram 61 has.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.61 m (61.1ft)
Waterline Length - 16.3 m
Beam - 5.56 m
Draft - 1.11 m
Displacement - 41934 kg full load
Fuel Capacity - 6510 l
Water Capacity - 1059 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - infused glass-fiber with Vinilester resin, all solid glass bottom with Kevlar reinforcements in center-line,  strake and structural grid
Project - Micheal Peters

August 7, 2018

Project: Cranchi E26 Classic

Getting closer to its 150th anniversary Cranchi present the project for the E26 Classic, a small cruiser roundabout designed by Christian Grande. The bow that characterizes the E26 Classic profile transmits from the first glance a sporty character of the boat. The lines of the boat and the helm position promise sportiness while the feeling on board is enhanced by the distinctive and unique style of this model. The references to tradition are very strong, such as the teak used on the bow deck which recalls the classic heritage of wooden boats and acts as a visual counterpoint to the aft deck also covered in teak. There is certainly no shortage of innovative and functional solutions. Comfort is assured starting from the large aft sundeck that covers the engine compartment in which the bimini can be placed which can guarantee shade to the cockpit if necessary. The center dinette is served by an L-shaped settee that gives continuity to the stern sundeck, and two pivoting seats that are directed forwards while navigating and can turn to stern when moored. The E26 Classic has a wraparound windscreen that offers protection to the pilot and co-pilot. At the center of the windshield there is an access to the fore-deck. Under the fore-deck there is a small cabin and a toilet compartment to assure a comfortable stay on board throughout the day and night. The Cranchi E26 Classic will be powered by three engine choices from a single Volvo 300hp diesel, to 280hp and or 350hp gasoline option. Cranchi will also offer an outboard bow rider version of the same model titled E26 Rider. Both models will be officially unveiled in September during the Cannes boat show. 

August 5, 2018

New Model: Moonen 36m Martinque

Dutch yard Moonen launches the second model of the Caribbean series line with the 36-metre Martinque titled M/Y Brigadoon.   Moonen 36m Martinque follows the first Caribbean model the 29m Matica launched in 2016 and heralds an exciting new course as it takes a fresh approach to the signature Dutch builder aesthetic while leveraging on the yard’s history in terms of comfort and performance. Martinque was designed by René van der Velden for the exterior, with interior by Italian firm Nauta and naval architecture by Dutch Diana. As is the custom at Moonen, the owners have made her very much their own as they get ready to explore the world on a super yacht that can go anywhere thanks to its sophisticated and well-developed hull design.  Powered by twin Cats 1925hp Moonen 36m Martinique has a top speed of sixteen knots, she reached an extra knot to this in her first sea trials and at ten knots delivers a long range of 3900 nautical miles. Moonen 36m Martinique also features a remarkable amount of luxury space for her length thanks to a wide-body superstructure with the same beam as the hull. A good example of the benefits this offers is found in the large owners’ suite where having the windows directly on the outer range of the boat looking forward provides superb panoramic views.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.3 m (119ft)
Waterline Length - 34 m
Beam - 8 m
Draft - 2.1 m
Displacement - 280 t
Fuel Capacity - 35000 l
Water Capacity - 8000 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, eight crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Reintjes transmission and five bladed propellers
Speed - 16 knots max 14 knots cruise, 10 knots long range
Range - 3900 nm at 10 knots 
Hull Shape - round bilge displacement
Construction - high tensile streel for hull, aluminium for super structure
Project - Ren Van der Helden exterior, Nauta interior, Diana naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds MCA LY3

August 3, 2018

Project: Arcadia 23.80 meters Sherpa XL

When the multiple award-winning Sherpa was launched in 2016, it immediately revolutionised the market. With Sherpa XL, the Italian Arcadia evolves the concept onto a larger scale, further enhancing some of the design elements typical of the range and introducing new ones at the same time. Arcdia Sherpa XL is a 78-foot yacht that can offer the comfort and space you would expect in larger yachts. Its engineering is now almost complete and the on spec construction of the first unit has already begun, ready for its international debut at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival.  Sherpa XL is 23.80 metres long, six metres longer than its entry-level cousin. With a beam wider than 6.9 metres - more than some 90-footers, this yacht offers an incredible 220 square metres of interior and exterior living space which equals 25% more than other yachts in the same class. More room and greater comfort give owners more opportunities to enjoy a full-immersion experience with friends and family. The innovative design of Sherpa XL was developed by the Milan-based Hot Lab design studio, with the aim of preserving the characteristic Arcadia DNA.   The large external areas, a distinguishing feature of the Arcadia fleet are expanded more than ever. The aft cockpit is directly connected to the control panel by a short scenic sequence of steps, which gracefully interlock between the narrow topsides and the low volume that supports the sundeck. Forward is a large living area with elegant sofas and even a table that can seat up to ten people.  The narrow bulwarks surrounding the entire cockpit have openings that allow guests to enjoy the view and the closeness of the sea. The entire area is made even more comfortable by the lack of any visible handling equipment for launching the tender, which is stored just forward of the engine room and is launched through a side hatch, without bothering the guests.  On the upper deck, the generous sun-lounge with bar and pantry facilities extends the open-air philosophy still further. Unlike traditional fly deck arrangements with an exterior helm station, this area is dedicated entirely to guests. Direct contact with the sea and the surrounding environment can also be found in the sky-lounge and the up and down windows allow guests to enjoy the sea breeze directly by simply touching a button.  The interior design is contemporary and essential. Owners can choose among many options in terms of materials and finishes. Arcadia also offers the option of choosing furniture designed by a careful selection of the best Made-in-Italy design brands.  Different Owners have different needs, so Sherpa XL was designed with a four or three cabin layout. In the former, the galley is positioned in the sky lounge on the bridge deck, whereas in the three-cabin version it is in the lower deck. In both cases, great attention has been given to ensuring an efficient yet discreet on board service, by separating crew service areas from the areas reserved for guests.  The master suite is over 22 square metres in size and extends into the bathroom, with no partitions or division, which provides the Owner with an almost home-like layout - large, open and full of light. The VIP cabin in the bow follows the same principle, successfully broadening spatial perception in an almost theatrical manner.  Sherpa XL also shines in terms of performance. Powered by twin Volvo 900hp main engines with IPS pod drives, the yacht can reach a top speed of approximately 22 knots. Preliminary studies also estimate that at a long range speed of 10-12 knots, the semi-displacement hull will be more than 30-35% more efficient than other yachts in its class. It has great autonomy at 12 knots, with a range of over one thousand nautical miles, which rise to over 1,500 if the speed is kept at 10 knots. To minimise environmental impact with renewable energy sources, the 23 meter Sherpa XL is equipped with Arcadia’s trademark solar panels, which provide up to 2kW of clean electricity (sufficient to power all the on board systems except for the air conditioning). Additionally, the yacht is fitted with low-consumption appliances and led lights.

August 1, 2018

blogger - I will do more

End July beginning August is about cruising and what is happening at the peak of the Mediterranean season.  But this time around it is about showing the prowess of one particular boat builder, Princess and its 2018 calendar year.
For 2018 Princess is really pushing its muscles to new heights, pushed by record sales and presenting a total of eleven new models in one single calendar year.  It is unprecedented from a single boat brand to present eleven new models in one year, of which two the R35 and the X95 are totally new concepts and range.
Obviously Princess is feeling that in recent years it gained a lot of market traction in its favor, and with the economy and yacht market better to previous years it is important to keep the attention going into its windmill.  What better way to have more attention and interest from new and old customers then new models.

July 31, 2018

Monthly News - July 2018

-pic of the month- Hatteras Crosses Atlantic on Own Bottom

Arcadia Increases Production Area

Arcadia is proud to announce it has acquired 21% of Marina di Torre Annunziata srl and, at the same time, an additional area for production and for hauling-out and launching near the shipyard itself. The new site is next to the current facility, which is the result of investments worth more than thirty million euro over the past ten years. Arcadia’s production capacity therefore rises by about 11,000 square metres (of which over 40% indoors), so the entire production area is now greater than 47,000 square metres. The surface has increased by 30% in relation to the current 36,000 square metre facility. The strategic choice is aimed at supporting an increase in the number of yachts under production and the after-sales services.  “To increase production capacity, to develop larger products without altering the Arcadia DNA and to continue having a solid and direct relationship with our customers are the reasons behind this operation,” commented Ugo Pellegrino, Sole Director of Arcadia Yachts. “The orders taken, the ongoing negotiations and the enthusiasm recorded for the most recent models encourage me and the other shareholders to take on our entrepreneurial responsibilities and seize all the opportunities that arise - obviously assessing the related risks.”  These positive feelings add to the importance that Arcadia Yachts has always associated with after-sales activities. Thanks to post-sales work (this year 40% of customers had the shipyard deal with the wintering and maintenance of their vessels), Arcadia has succeeded in establishing solid, continuous and direct relationships with captains and Owners, to the point that over 25% of customers have become Repeat Customers over the years.  “It was almost automatic for us to identify the acquisition of 21% of the Marina di Torre Annunziata as a fundamental option for the natural growth of our activities, in line with our principles and with what we have done so far,” said Mr Pellegrino.


Benetti Yacht Master 2018

Another gratification for Benetti after the positive feedback from sponsors, yachting professionals, captains and crews who attended the Benetti Yachtmaster 2018. During the five legs of this edition more and more contemporary topics in the yachting business have emerged, above all the increasingly importance of environmental protection. After the October 2017 Spanish event and the last February Italian leg, in May it was the time of Miami for the last event of this edition. The US leg was preceded in April by the Singapore and Monaco Roadshows.  Wonderful feedback for the eighteenth edition of the Benetti Yachtmaster, the event that gathers together captains and yachting professionals and brings them up to speed on all the novelties and at the same time offers a series of panel discussions and networking opportunities. In addition, the last US event (from May 2 to 4), which ended with a large party and the promise to return next year, confirmed the success of this event and affirmed its role as one of the most important gathering of industry professionals, organised by a private shipyard.  Important novelties have been introduced for this last leg. First and foremost was the change of location: Benetti has left the water and chosen to move to exclusive downtown Miami, the beating heart of this city with its spectacular ultra-modern skyline. Introduced by Roberto Corno, Worldwide Sales Director, the American event was attended by 34 professionals, many of them attending Yachtmaster for the first time.


Fraucher Shines on the Adriatic

The Frauscher shipyard now has a distributor in Croatia. The new sales partner “Master Yachting” celebrates its 40-year anniversary by entering into this exclusive partnership. Franz Schillinger of Master Yachting: “We are an extremely successful enterprise, and our collaboration with Frauscher is a logical step on our course of expansion. An exclusive brand like Frauscher is a real enrichment for the Croatian market, and I am looking forward to working together with them. After all, we are talking about a company that is probably the world’s best boat builder in the luxury segment.”  Stefan Frauscher of Frauscher Bootswerft: “The Frauscher motor yacht is a statement. We believe in innovation and quality, and especially the multi award winning design and impressive handling characteristics of our boats meet the stringent demands of their owners around the world. Our customers value luxury standards, and our job is to exceed these standards and open up new dimensions.”  For exclusive test drives the Frauscher 1017 GT will be available in Marina Kaštela (Croatia) starting 15 August 2018 and at the Yachting Festival in Cannes from 11-16 September 2018. The award winning top-line gentleman’s racer features an exquisite interior, plenty of elbow room, and a high standard of comfort. Its strengths are of course the high-performance and agile handling characteristics which are typical for Frauscher. The 1017 GT is designed for speed and driving pleasure, and was given an award in 2014 in the Performance Boat category.  Master Yachting was established in 1978 in Vienna with sales offices in Munich, Dresden, Düsseldorf and Zurich, as well as dealers in the Adriatic region, Greece and Turkey.

Fraucher Boat from Siku

In real life the Frauscher 747 Mirage is a luxurious and sporty day cruiser with power up to 430 HP. The race car-like design emphasises Frauscher’s roots in racing. Now children too can fulfil the dream of owning such a high-performance motor boat.  Because the Frauscher 747 Mirage is now available as a SIKU boat. The miniature version of the elegant motor yacht will delight both children and adult boat enthusiasts. It is designed to float and is therefore ideal for taking a spin in the bathtub or kiddie pool. The motor yacht is best transported on a specially designed 300 HP MAN truck.

Fraucher in New Ubisoft Game

The Frauscher 1414 Demon is the largest motor yacht manufactured by the Austrian shipyard and is considered the company’s ultimate masterpiece. With a length of almost 14 metres and two motors that deliver up to 520 HP on the water, this extraordinary offshore yacht takes the Frauscher feeling to the next level.  In the new video game “The Crew 2” one can now challenge the 1414 Demon.Ubisoft, one of the biggest developers of games with subsidiaries in more than 20 countries, has launched the thrilling video game for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Grand Banks Eastbay 2018 Rendezvous

In celebration of the Eastbay’s 25th anniversary, Grand Banks held an owners rendezvous at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Conn., June 9-10.  The owners of a dozen Eastbay yachts ranging from 38 to 55 feet convened for a weekend of camaraderie. Attendees were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mystic Seaport Museum, the nation’s leading maritime museum and a center for research and education, which included access to various collections and moments of nautical history. Owners toured one another’s Eastbay yachts, seeing how each has chosen to customize and decorate.


Gulf Craft Climbs to Seventh Position

Following the report that was released by The Superyacht Group recently related to the global ranking of international shipyards, we are proud to note that Gulf Craft has climbed to 7th position. This magnificent achievement is a manifestation of our investment in international markets but more importantly the trust that our clientele have vested in us. Bringing in markets like Australia and Europe to our forefront of attention have benefited us immensely. We will continue to invest in other markets and also penetrate new markets soon as the range we offer is second-to-none. Founded in the Emirates in 1982, Gulf Craft continues to redefine the on-water living experience with its wide variety of premium craft, ranging from 27 feet to 175 feet in length. Deploying advanced technology, powerful engineering, and timeless design, Gulf Craft builds each creation to meet the diverse requirements of its discerning clientele, transforming travel by sea into a journey worth indulging in. With an expanding portfolio that includes the enchanting Majesty Yachts, the oceangoing Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers, and Oryx sport yachts and cruisers, Gulf Craft has built an enduring legacy.


Hatteras Crosses Atlantic on Own Bottom

Hatteras Yachts, a world leader in the construction of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts from 45 to 105 feet, is proud to announce that the Hatteras GT63 Post Onesuccessfully completed a transatlantic crossing from Bermuda to Horta in the Azores. The 63'10" sportfishing yacht made the trip accompanied by her owner’s motor yacht, the 148-foot Cheoy Lee M/Y Dorothea III, which refueled her “fishing tender” en route.  Captain John Crupi, fleet captain for Dorothea III and Post One, reported that the 1,985-nautical mile, nine-day trip made history according to 30-year Horta resident and Port Agent Duncan Sweet: The Hatteras GT63 is the first production-built fiberglass sportfishing yacht to have made the transatlantic crossing on its own bottom. “I’ve called the ocean home for more than 20 years. Having traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, you sort of become used to things not going as planned, said Capt. Crupi. “When we first came up with the idea of both Dorothea III and Post One crossing the Atlantic together, my mind immediately switched to the ‘what ifs’ and contingency planning to deal with issues underway. While we had plans in place for these ‘what ifs’, they simply never happened. Between June 19th and July 21st, Post One traveled 4,085 nautical miles on her own bottom from Panama to Azores, Portugal. During this she also fished six days in Bermuda. That is a total of 27 days underway in a 33-day time span without a single issue. That is simply amazing. Post One performed flawlessly – a real tribute to the Hatteras brand and to the people who build these boats. Great Job, Hatteras!”  Capt. Josh Heater, who was at the GT63’s helm for the transatlantic crossing, said: “Team Hatteras isn’t a concept – it’s a reality. The attention to detail, advanced hull design, engineering, and fit and finish is what makes this boat and this brand a legend. As the saying goes, there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’ and that is a philosophy that is applied at its highest level from lamination through delivery. Thank you, Team Hatteras – you built us a great boat!”  “The ultimate test for any sportfishing yacht is seaworthiness and offshore capabilities,” said Hatteras Yachts President and CEO Kelly Grindle. “Only the Hatteras GT Series deliver speeds in excess of 40 knots with tournament-ready fishing features, and are built to be tough and reliable in a wide range of sea conditions.”  Post One and Dorothea III left Bermuda via Town Cut at 6:30 am on July 12th. Captain Josh Heater drove the Hatteras GT63, while Captain Crupi was at the helm of the Cheoy Lee. Thanks to savvy weather routing, the yachts enjoyed the benefits of a high-pressure system, including light winds and relatively calm seas, during the crossing. This greatly aided them in the tricky procedure of refueling Post One from the mother ship’s diesel fuel reserves, utilizing a specially adapted fuel fill on the sportfisherman. Three times during the crossing, the crew transferred close to 1,500 gallons of fuel between the two boats while under way.  The yachts arrived at Horta at 8:00 am local time on July 20th. “Captain Heater did an amazing job and all who know him are very proud of what he has accomplished,” said Capt. Crupi after the GT 63 made. “Except for a washdown and some interior cleaning, fishing preparations had all been done en route, and Post One will be fishing for blue marlin on Azores Bank tomorrow.”  Post One’s owner and crew are not only fishing for sport. They recently embarked on The Marlin Mission, a fundraising campaign that gives donors the opportunity to pledge a dollar amount for every blue marlin the Hatteras GT63 catches. The proceeds will be used to purchase much-needed school supplies for children in the Islands of Cape Verde and the remote communities of Brazil.

Hatteras Club Rendezvous Bahamas 2018

The Hatteras Club Rendezvous fleet left Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades Inlet on Friday, June 22, bound for Grand Bahama Island. The mix of motor and sportfishing yachts that participated in the 2018 Rendezvous included: • M90 Panacera Snowghost – Florida • M75 Panacera Quay II – Florida • M60 Getaway – Florida • 68 Convertible Showtime – Puerto Rico • GT45X Reel Energy – California • GT63 Hatterascal – New Bern, N.C. After three hours under way, the fleet, led by the brand new GT63 Hatterascal, arrived at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club. All the vessels received complimentary washdowns from the marina staff, which we enjoyed at each stop throughout the trip. That evening, everyone gathered for a welcome cocktail party poolside with traditional Bahamian fare, cocktails and live Junkanoo music and dancing. On Saturday, we arranged for a local catamaran to take the group snorkeling. Afterwards, we all headed to a pristine beach for Bahama Mamas and a BBQ lunch. Sunday saw the fleet move on to Chub Cay, a private island at the tip of the Berry Island chain that’s known for its outstanding fishing. That evening, everyone decked out their yachts for the Parrothead/Cheeseburger in Paradise-themed Yacht Hop on the docks, one of the highlights of the week. The contest for best décor, costume, signature cocktail, and tasting dish made for a very festive and fun evening. On Monday morning, the fleet took off for the five-hour run to Harbour Island, Eleuthera, in the Bahamas Out Islands. Once again, the voyage was ultra-smooth aboard well-built Hatteras Yachts. Romora Bay Marina, our home for the next three days, welcomed us with boat washdowns, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Rendezvous participants enjoyed plenty of free time to explore Harbour Island with its legendary pink sand beaches. But on Tuesday, everyone got together for the Amazing Race Golf Cart Tour, followed by a lunch at Romora Bay where we crowned the Amazing Race winners, shown at left. The next evening, Coral Sands Hotel hosted the group for cocktails on the terrace, followed by an elegant dinner accompanied by live entertainment. The Marina at Atlantis on Paradise Island was the final stop on the Hatteras Club Rendezvous itinerary. With the resort’s casino, water park (complete with shark-infested water slides) and shopping just steps away, there was plenty to entertain everyone, no matter their age or inclination! On Friday, the Hatterascal took the group to Rose Island, a spectacular private island about three miles from Atlantis. Complimentary parasailing and Jet-Skiing were accompanied by a delicious lunch on the beach. Saturday night’s awards dinner, held at Luciano’s of Chicago, a fine Italian restaurant on the waterfront in Nassau, gave the group an opportunity to get together, celebrate each other and share memories of the Rendezvous. The next day, the boats departed for the run back to Fort Lauderdale.


Horizon Mid Year Report 2018

After a successful 2017 year, Horizon Yachts continues to thrive with increased orders in the first two quarters in 2018 and a total of seven luxury yacht deliveries, three of which are over 80 feet in length. Additionally 18 luxury yachts are currently in build and will be delivered to their owners between the remainder of 2018 and the first half of 2019.  Three deliveries that took place in the first half year were for two FD87 Skyline and one FD85 motoryachts, showcasing the popularity of the designs. The FD series is known for its contemporary style lines, flexible cruising speeds, and spacious interior volume, which has attracted the attention of many seasoned owners and resulted in new build orders. By the second quarter of 2019, an additional four FD models; three FD87’s and one FD85, will be delivering to the American, Australian, and European markets. Moreover, another new model of FD series, FD77, is being built, and will make her debut in the first quarter of 2019. As for Horizon models under 80 feet, four yachts that completed the first half year include hull one of the new V68 motoryacht and PC52 and PC60 power catamaran models. The V68 with her “superyacht attitude” was extremely well received during her debut in the U.S. earlier this year, and Horizon received increased enquiries as a result. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Horizon’s V series, and the company will deliver a new V81 this summer to her owner – a fitting way to celebrate! In the next few months, four new PC series builds – including the newest PC65 model – will be delivered to her owners in the U.S. for blue-water cruising.  An exciting new build order for the CC115 superyacht will be finishing in the third quarter. This CC115 is a customized raised pilothouse that was designed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover (the designer of the FD series). These experienced owners loved the Horizon RP models but wanted something a little bit different; working with Horizon and Cor, the owners outfitted their superyacht with a Portuguese bridge around the bridge deck and innovative features aimed at the owners very specific use requirements with family and friends. This new CC115 is currently in dry dock testing stage, with completion scheduled in September. Last but certainly not least, two E series models will deliver in the third and fourth quarters – one E88 for the U.S. market in July and one E75 for the Australian market in November. Additionally in the spring of 2019, another E75 will be delivered to her Australian owners, and an E98 motoryacht will be completed in July of next year. Designed by John Lindblom, these models are established and popular with various global markets thanks to their sleek design, flexible layout options, and myriad of amenities. John Lu, CEO of Horizon Yachts, said, “This stable increase of new yacht builds represents the high level of trust each owner bestows to Horizon Yachts. We are not merely building yachts for our clients, we are building a dream. With on-going growth in the third quarter and optimistic signs for the fourth quarter, we look forward continued success for Horizon into the 2019 year.”


Maritimo Steps Up International Outreach with New Appointment

Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, has reinvigorated its sales and marketing initiatives in the Americas, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean as part of its international strategic expansion and brand awareness enhancement.  Maritimo has engaged one of the most successful and experienced boating sector operatives in the USA, Dave Northrop, to head up the new sales structure across all these territories.  For Northrop it is a return to the Maritimo fold having represented the company in the USA previously for 10 years.  Maritimo currently exports approximately 50 percent of its production capacity to the USA and Northrop's appointment to boost international marketing efforts comes at a time when the company is enjoying tremendous success with its recently released revolutionary sport yacht range, the X Series. The X 60, revealed at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, has already sold well into the US market and is tipped to enjoy broad appeal there when its exposure is ramped up as part of the new sales and marketing structure.  Corbitt said Maritimo is extremely confident Northrop is the right person with the right ability, knowledge and experience to see the company's goals come to fruition.  Dave Northrop, who will be dividing his time between Michigan and Fort Lauderdale, said he was excited to be back with Maritimo and operating in an expanded role.


Pearl Yachts New UK and France Dealer

Pearl Yachts is delighted to announce that it has joined forces with Berthon, appointing the company as its dealer for the UK and France. The collaboration demonstrates Pearl’s commitment to its growing dealer network in line with a strengthening foothold in the 60 to 100 foot flybridge sector. Berthon will join Atlantic Yacht & Ship in the USA, Baxter Marine in Spain and Aquamarine ltd in Turkey to offer clients the Pearl range on both sides of the Atlantic. The dealerships will focus on bringing the new generation of Pearl yachts to their clients as well as pre-owned Pearls. Berthon is a family business and has been trading continuously since 1877 employing 150 people with its HQ in Lymington UK where they operate a deep water marina for yachts up to 40m, a boatyard where all skills are in-house (including 30 apprentices) servicing, repairing, maintaining, refitting and building leisure & commercial craft; finally, their large international yacht sales & brokerage division has strategically placed additional offices in La Napoule, France & in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a total worldwide team of 18 yacht sales and support staff.


Riva Brand Experience in Sardinia

Riva temporary shop: the legendary international yachting shipyard in the extraordinary setting of Porto Cervo.  In a unique setting, elegance and style are fused and tell a legendary tale that continues to offer incomparable experiences and delights. This is the philosophy behind the Riva temporary shop selling Riva Brand Experience products, which will be open until 8 September. It is located at the new Waterfront Costa Smeralda luxury village, in one of the most exclusive parts of Italy.  Designed by the internationally renowned architect Gio Pagani on behalf of Smeralda Holding, the refined setting plays host to world famous brands, luxury fashion boutiques and unprecedented events, which are made even more magical by high-profile guests such as writers, entertainers, athletes and artists from Italy and across the globe.  The unique, inimitable items by Riva Brand Experience are the real stars of the Riva temporary boutique. The refined selection of accessories and furnishings is also available online, in the Riva Boutique.  In addition, a Riva Iseo is on display to add an extra special touch to the brand’s temporary home at Waterfront Costa Smeralda. Guests can get a close look at the 27-footer, which is one of the most popular masterpieces by the long-standing shipyard from Sarnico.  The Riva temporary boutique joins an assortment of one-of-a-kind Riva-branded locations in a range of forms: the Riva Lounge that takes center stage on the terrace of Gritti Palace in Venice (one of the most famous hotels in the world), the Riva Privé inside Milan’s Garage Italia, the Riva Private Deck set up by Mykonos’ Psarou Beach, and the Aquarama Lounge on the fourth floor of the Yacht Club de Monaco. The furnishings and accessories by Riva Brand Experience (starting with the Aquarama tables and chairs) are the key distinguishing features of all of these extremely stylish spaces, which are designed to entertain guests in surroundings with peerless atmospheres.  There has always been a strong, fertile bond between artists and the nautical art of Riva. It has produced ample fruits in the worlds of film, fashion and industrial design.  The close ties between artistic prowess and yachting ingenuity have been underlined thanks to the creative spark provided by the marvelous Salvador Dalí exhibition, which will take place in the Porto Cervo Conference Centre until 22 September. Visitors will get the chance to see 100 watercolor woodblock prints produced and signed by the master of surrealism. They are all illustrations of the Divine Comedy: the masterpiece by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. They will appear alongside two exhibitions dedicated to legendary Riva exploits.  The first is entitled “Riva Corsa” and it features pictures and photographs from the highly acclaimed book Riva Corsa. The Origin of the Myth. The publication depicts the world of boat racing, in which Serafino Riva (Carlo Riva’s father) claimed a stunning series of wins, awards and records from the 1930s onward. The remarkable sporting feats are noteworthy for a number of reasons, including the fact that they helped to shape the sublime skills of Carlo Riva, teaching him to design and build vessels that were not just attractive but also fast and capable of exceptional performances.  “Riva e le donne” (“Riva and Women”) is a photography exhibition that charts the long, never-ending love felt by women all over the world for one of the most popular names in Italian style. The pictures portraying the liaison contain not only Hollywood stars but also the women who worked behind the scenes to build the dream. Every single one of them felt the allure of the timeless lines of the runabouts, the prized types of wood, the sparkling chrome and the colors, including the famous “Riva aquamarine blue”.


Rosetti Unveils Remote Control Navigation

Rosetti is ahead of the curve. Thanks to the Rosetti Marino Group’s proven experience in the field of shipbuilding, technological innovation and cutting-edge navigation solutions, we are working with the Group’s R&D department to transfer avant-garde Remote Control technology from the commercial sector and adapt it for use in yachting. Rosetti Superyachts is at the forefront of a technological innovation that provides a competitive advantage that no other yacht builder in the world can offer. In the autonomous revolution that is underway, nearly every transportation vehicle will eventually be self-driving. For cars, it is likely to take years before we see them operating freely outside of test conditions on our roads. But some commercial unmanned vessels may be at sea before the end of the decade and the logical conclusion is that superyachts will follow.  The revolutionary Remote Control System is based on a M2M connection (machine-to-machine) system installed aboard Giano Tug guaranteed by two Internet encrypted tunnels that ensure Cyber Security with a direct connection between the ship and Remote Bridge, without needing to go through third party servers. It is thus possible to remotely manage Giano wherever it is, controlling the video system, the navigation, propulsion and engine room equipment.  The Giano Tug, a Lloyds Register-certified tugboat, was presented during the 2018 “ITS Tugnology” convention in Marseille from 25 to 29 June, when Captain Carsten Nygaard was able to control the tug from the stand using the remote console.  Using the same logic and remote console, which replicate the controls found on the bridge, a yacht could be manoeuvred without geographical limits by a senior officer located in a land-based office. The commands are relayed to dry land by the captain on board the vessel. A route can then be entered and the yacht ‘delivered’ to its final destination and progress is monitored via a video system and night-vision cameras, assuring double control during navigation to avoid collisions.  Much of the technology for autonomous vessels is already in place, but regulation needs to be properly updated. Autonomous ships are an area of special interest to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which sets the standards for national and international waters. Last year, the IMO launched a regulatory scoping exercise to analyse the impact of self-driving vessels.  The extent of regulatory change will depend on the level of autonomy permitted, and Lloyd’s Register, for example, has already published classification guidance for six autonomy levels. Maritime law is one of the oldest legal systems in the world that has successfully adapted from sail to steam and beyond – no doubt the same will hold true for autonomous remote-controlled vessels in the near future.


Sanlorenzo Record Sixtieth Birthday

A unique design approach, as well as a refined, timeless style, rooted in the company’s DNA, make Sanlorenzo one of the most valued brands worldwide in the yachting sector, with sales volumes that have increased over the last few years, especially in the European market. he latest data have been very impressive, with 41 fiberglass yachts sold in 2017, 15 of which were launched between March and July 2018, including: 2 motor yachts from the lines of planing boats SL78, SL96, SL106 and 3 units from the line SL86, showing off its timeless design and amazing seaworthiness whatever the conditions of the sea; 2 semi-displacement hulls of model SD126 and 1 hull SD112, which combine an external outline inspired by the great ocean liners of the 1930s with the possibility to fully experience sea life; 3 units of crossover yacht SX88, which belongs to the new fast displacement line SX, whose entry-level model SX76 will be presented in Cannes.9 more are expected to be launched next month. The yachts that have just been launched include SL86 E Motion, a model from the new hybrid propulsion and diesel/electric range launched in January 2018 which goes to show Sanlorenzo’s attention for the development of ecologically sustainable technologies. In fact these models are able to ensure greater efficiency, high comfort and safety, flexibility and a significant decrease in emissions.  Having just reached such a major milestone as its 60th year in the business, Sanlorenzo continues its activity as a producer of sartorial yachts capable of introducing new ways of living on board with a bold, groundbreaking approach, achieving maximum harmony between interior and exterior spaces, imposing itself as one of the main shipyards worldwide for the production of yachts and superyachts. Sanlorenzo yachts are produced in the Viareggio and Ameglia shipyards which will undergo an important enlargement and restoration process, as will the shipyard in La Spezia, which focuses on the production of superyachts, with a 60-million euro investment, 30 of which will be used to create new products and for research and development.  Thanks to the managing skills of Cavalier Massimo Perotti, Chairman and Ceo, Sanlorenzo continues to grow, as confirmed by the fact that its turnover went from 40 million euros in 2005 to 300 million euros in 2017, while still focusing on product customisation. As a matter of fact, for 60 years Sanlorenzo has created over 950 yachts, one different from all others, responding to customers’ specific requests.


Tiara Expand Dealer Network in Australia

The Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport Dealer network recently gained new representation in Australia with the addition of Matilda Bay Marine. As the authorized Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport Dealer for the countries of Australia and New Zealand, Matilda Bay Marine offers complete sales and service of both the Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport product lines. The Tiara Yachts product lineup includes models 39’ to 53’ in the Open, Coupe and Flybridge series. The Tiara Sport lineup includes the first outboard powered Tiara, the 38 LS, and the all-new 34 LS.


Viking at Gulf Coast Triple Crown

The third time is yet another charm for Jon Gonsoulin, his daughter Katie, Captain Jason Buck and the Viking 70 Done Deal team. With the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship lead heading into the final leg, the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, the crew captured the Triple Crown for the third time after a dominant performance. At the BMGC Done Deal was named Top Release Team with four blues and one white marlin. It also took the 2nd Place Tournament Award after landing a 640.8-pound blue. Petite Katie whipped that fish after an eight-hour battle in the chair. In the history of this event, Done Deal is the only team to repeat as Triple Crown Champions. The team accomplished the feat back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. The third crown in 2018 sets an incredible new standard for competitive marlin fishing in the Gulf. "We've been fishing hard since 2013 to win the Crown again," Jon Gonsoulin said. "Adding Katie to the team as our designated angler has made it more special. There are a lot of great crews in the Gulf. But there's only one Captain Jason Buck." Done Deal wrapped up the season with a 1st Place tournament record blue in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, 2nd Place Release in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, 2nd Place in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship and bonus participation points. And they are in good company as four other Vikings stood at the top of the Triple Crown podium. Reel Addiction, a 56 Viking owned by Rocky Jones and run by Captain Scooter Porto, finished second in the standings. Reel Addiction had the 2nd Place fish in the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, 1st Place in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and earned bonus points for competing in all five events. Third Place was Wynsong, Will Wilson's Viking 66 run by Captain Allen Staples. The team earned bonus points and a 1st Place win and 2nd Place Release honors in the Cajun Canyon tournament. Matt McDonald's Viking 68 Breathe Easy claimed 4th Place. Captain Patrick Ivie led his team to 2nd Place Blue in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic and 3rd Place in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.  Rounding out the top five on the impressive leaderboard is Allen Krake's Viking 76Team Supreme. Team Supreme, with Captain Stan Blakeman behind the wheel, claimed 3rd Place Release at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic and 2nd Place Blue Marlin at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic.  "Congratulations to Jon, Katie, Jason and the entire Done Deal team for another stellar season. The competition was intense, but they truly demonstrated their skill level and commitment to winning," said GCTC Director Scott Burt. "Done Deal has established a dynasty in Gulf sportfishing that is going to be really hard to top."  The late Sonny Middleton came up with the concept of the Triple Crown and Scott helped develop and nurture it over the last seven-plus years.  "Sonny always thought the Triple Crown was a way to bring all the teams together," Captain Jason explained. "Sonny was the godfather of sportfishing in the Gulf. I hope we're making him proud by claiming our third championship."  The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship consists of five sanctioned events in the central Gulf of Mexico. The affiliated tournaments include the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.  The Triple Crown is scored on a hybrid system that includes both weight and release points for the top three finishes in the blue marlin divisions only. Bonus points are also accrued for series participation, weighed marlin lengths and tournament marlin records.

Viking at Blue Marlin Grand Championship

Friday the 13th was a lucky one for Captain Marco Gaona at the helm of the Viking 64 Enclosed Bridge Shockwave during the 7th Annual Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Brien Blakeney's boat bested a fleet of 74 battlewagons to take Grand Champion. Brien's son Austin battled a big blue for almost five hours to weigh a 795.6-pounder. The fish took the early lead and eventual top honors at the event.  Perennial contender Done Deal, Jon Gonsoulin's Viking 70, brought a 640.8-pound blue marlin to the scales. Katie Gonsoulin spent eight hours in the fighting chair in order to whip the 117" billfish.  Katie also released two blue marlin and a white to take Top Lady Angler and Done Deal claimed 1st Place Release Team. Matt McDonald's, Breathe Easy, with Captain Patrick Ivie on the throttles, weighed a 598.2-pound blue guaranteeing angler Rick Olsen (above) and the team 3rd in the signature category. The Viking 56 Team Galati rounded out the Grand Champion category in 4th place with four blue marlin releases. Team Galati took 2nd Place Release Team as well. Top Junior Angler went to Kevin Courville for his blue marlin release on the Viking 92 A Work of Art. Lisa Krake released a blue on the Viking 76 Team Supreme, which was good for 2nd Place Lady Angler. Larry Wireman fishing the Viking 64 Carib set a new tournament record after boating a yellowfin that tipped the scales at 192.2 pounds. Angler Ashley Faulkner fishing for Team American on the Viking 65 El Gancho weighed a 158.6-pound fish to take 3rd Place Tuna. The Viking 61 Southern Miss took angler Billy Richardson to the winner's circle with the top wahoo weighing in a 56.6 pounds.

Viking Bermuda Billfish Blast

A fleet of 38 teams put on a fish-catching clinic at the 2018 Bermuda Billfish Blast. Three days of red-hot fishing produced a record 91 blue marlin releases during the event, with most blues ranging in the 200- to 400-pound class. After lines out on day three, Joe Rahman's Viking 80 Auspicious totaled six blue and two white marlin releases across three days of fishing to surpass the field and win the tournament. Joe also took Top Angler with all eight releases. Michael Farren's Viking 62 Just A Dog led Chase Farrens to five blue marlin releases to take 2nd Place Team and 2nd Place Angler.

Viking at Pensacola Tournament

Snotty weather didn't deter the 74-boat fleet fishing the 47th Annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament. The bite started off slow but there were plenty of releases and some big fish moved the scales at the weigh station. Captain Patrick Ivie at the helm of Matt McDonald's Viking 68 Breathe Easy (above) claimed 2nd Place Overall Boat. The team released two blue marlin and weighed a dolphin and wahoo. The blues were released by Katie Hurst and Rachel Ivie which earned them 2nd and 3rd Top Lady Angler, respectively. Madison Ivie weighed the dolphin which won that category with a 100.8-pound fish. Fresh off a victory at the recent Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Born2Run(above) was again in the winner's circle. Dana and Lisa Foster's Viking 72 won the swordfish category with angler Doug Franklin hauling in a 210.8-pound whopper. Lisa Foster was the Top Lady Angler with a blue marlin release and a pair of yellowfins weighing in at 178 and 94.2 pounds.

Viking Hunt of a Lifetime

Pat Healey and Bob Hixson invite you to join your Viking friends for a hunt of a lifetime at the world class La Bandera Ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Two three-day hunts are available September 30 through October 2, and October 3 through 5, 2018. The five-star resort offers plush accommodations with South Texas cuisine and the most abundant population of quail, dove, whitetail deer and ducks this side of the border. Expert guides and dog handlers with all-terrain vehicles are available to assist you. 

July 30, 2018

New Model: Princess F55

It's been a remarkable 2018 for Princess, one full of novelties and new models coming out as if there is no tomorrow, so much is this that this new F55 nearly came out unnoticed.  The Princess F55 replaces the 56 released from 2012 and produced till 2017, what has been a popular model for the Plymouth British boat builder.  Apart sleeker and more modern exterior looks the main difference between the new F55 and the outgoing 56 is the main deck, with the 55 having an astern galley layout versus the central format.  The main deck of the old and new model is nearly identical, three double cabins layout with a full beam owners stateroom taking center stage, while the optional crew cabin in the F55 seems to be a bit more spacious.  The Princess F55 is to be powered by twin Volvo 800hp engines which allow for a top speed up 32 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.6 m (57.9ft)
Hull Length - 17.2 m
Beam - 4.87 m
Draft - 1.46 m
Displacement - 24600 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 2750 l
Water Capacity - 608 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft with four bladed propellers 
Speed - 32 knots max
Project - Bernard Olesinski

July 29, 2018

Web: Buddy Davis New Web Site

Buddy Davis presents its new World wide web showroom.  Buddy Davis was officially founded in 1976, but Davis entered first yacht repair in 1973 with Davis Boat works and later on in the mid eighties also founded Davis Yachts.  Buddy Davis helped by renowned yacht designer Donald Blount was instrumental in mastering the Carolina boat look with the dramatic bow flare and sharp bow entries of his builds.  Buddy Davis was also a pioneer in introducing the cold molding building technique of wood and glass fiber.  Buddy Davis build 350 plus of custom cruiser and yachts and the company was sold to Dr.Troicki's Egg Harbor Group in 2003.  Today Buddy Davis builds three lines; Center Consoles, Express, and Sport Fish, which total nine models.  Buddy Davis boat offer starts with the 28 CC and goes up to the 70 Sport Fisherman.  Buddy Davis new web site takes you around with the following buttons; About, Center Consoles, Express, Sport Fish, News, 2018 Events, and Contact.  Buddy Davis is also on social media platform Facebook and Instagram with button links at the right bottom of the page.

July 28, 2018

New Model: Cerri 27m Freedom

On 13 July 2018 Cerri launched the 27 m “Freedom”, the fully-custom yacht purchased by fashion designer and icon Roberto Cavalli, who personally designed her in cooperation with his friend and designer Tommaso Spadolini.  Cerri 27m Freedom is a 27 meter fast super sport yacht with aluminium hull and superstructure capable of reaching a maximum speed of forty knots thanks to three water-jet engines. Both the exterior profile and the interior layout will reflect the strong personality of the owner, who asked for a yacht enhancing maximum contact with the sea while also ensuring the utmost privacy. To provide some more details, the master cabin located behind the helm station – will extend across the entire main deck. A central sky-light will let in plenty of natural light, while, aft, the large cockpit fitted with concealing curtains will allow to fully enjoy the sea in privacy. The lower deck will feature two guest cabins and comfortable crew quarters, and the fly will include a private area with pilot seat. The tender will is located forward.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28 m (91.8ft)
Hull Length - 23.95 m
Waterline Length - 21.5 m
Beam - 7.10 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 80 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 14000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 or 3 x Man D2862 LE476 1900hp
Propulsion - 2 or 3 x Kamewa A3 56 water jets
Speed - 40 knots max 34 knots cruise with 3 x Man 1900hp engines
Construction - alluminium
Project - Tommaso Spadolini
Certification - RINA CE A module B

July 27, 2018

Project: Heron 56 Open

Following the launch of the Heron 56, the Italian Fiumicino based yacht builder presents the project for a different Open version designed by SC Superyacht Design.  This new Heron will distinct itself for being an Open version, but Heron did not remove just the hard top in this version and also updated the exterior aft deck, which now looks larger and will feature two L-shaped dinettes which when required can be merged together to become one big dinette.  The Heron 56 is also receiving more tune and updates in its technical area with a relocation of the fuel tank and an increased fuel capacity of 300 liters which totals total 2500 liters.  The Heron 56 is available in various interior lower deck layout from three cabin three heads layouts, to three cabins two heads, and also a separate galley version.  The Heron 56 is also becoming more diverse for its power solutions with choice for a Volvo IPS propulsion, FPT with line shafts, or a high performance Top System surface drives set up.  Heron is also designing 38 and 45 models aimed at completing the range.

July 26, 2018

New Model: Okean 50

Okean Yachts is a boat builder from Brazil who born in 2015 present its first 50 model, launched in 2017.  An explorer yacht of the modern type, the Okean 50 competes with the likes of Azimut Magellano and Absolute Navetta range in this growing and interesting segment which the more time passes the more seems to become the future of yachting.  The Okean 50 is designed by Italian Paolo Ferragni, a new name for the many though he has fifteen years experience in the sector and was involved in the Baia B50 and Sevolution project which unfortunately never saw the light of day.  In the Okean 50 Ferragni presents a three cabins lower deck interior; owners at midships, three berth guest cabin to port side, and a VIP forward.  Living is all located on the main deck with a one step split level saloon, which gives way to an astern galley.  The Okean 50 also features opening side balconies like Galeon which can be used while at anchor, and when opened increase beam by 1.80 meter.  The Okean 50 can be powered by four Volvo engine choices which start from the IPS only 300hp and go up to V-drive shaft only 550hp units.  The Okean 50 is proving to a success with ten units delivered in its first year of production and with the Brazilian boat builder already planning for two larger 80 and 66 models.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.12 m (49.6ft)
Beam - 4.50 m
Draft - 1.12 m
Displacement - 17 t light
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - sever / six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x D4 300hp (IPS only), D6 330hp, D6 435hp, D8 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS400 or IPS600 dual propeller pod drives, or V-drive line shaft
Hull Shape - duo mode planning with fourteen degrees deadrise aft
Project - Paolo Ferragni
Certification - CE B

July 25, 2018

Project: Palm Beach GT50 Express

While developing its next model, Palm Beach identified a void in the refined high-performance marketplace and the new GT50 project was started. The design philosophy was to create a visually elegant traditional yacht which is still inspired to Down East lobster lines and capable of 40-plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid thirty knots range, and a yacht that was simple to operate and easy to own. The first Palm Beach GT50 Express is scheduled to make its debut in September at the Newport International Boat Show. Initial sea trials hit the company’s precise target top-speed projection of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots with a pair 600hp and Volvo IPS 800 forward looking pod drives. Moreover, at 35 knots cruise the fuel consumption will be about 150 liters per hour, with 25 knots projections for only 90 liters per hour. These impressive figures make the Palm Beach GT50 a very efficient yacht. 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. 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, 100% carbon fiber deck and superstructure. The deck and bulkheads are structurally bonded to the hull for increased strength and rigidity, forming a semi-monococque shell that produces a far stronger result. Palm Beach gave significant attention to the GT50’s 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 al-fresco dining or lounging while underway, with an L-shaped settee and a straight settee. The Palm Beach GT50 Express will feature a large opening sunroof and the 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.  After the Newport debut, the GT50 will attend the Norwalk, Annapolis and Fort. Lauderdale boat shows. The GT50 will not be a solo model but a full range for Palm Beach with the down under boat builder working on a GT60 with performance projections up to fifty knots and set to debut in September of 2019, and also a GT70. 

July 24, 2018

New Model: Azimut S6

During Azimut most expected event of the year the Yachting Gala, which for 2018 was held in the suggestive location of Monopoli in the South Italy region of Puglia, the famous yacht builder presented its new latest model the S6.  The Azimut S6 is based on the 55S, see identical beam but a longer hull by seventy centimeters, which allows for bigger triple Volvo 550hp engines versus the 435hp units of the 55, and a more spacious aft deck.  The Azimut 55S introduced in 2012 was the fore bearer of the second generation S series and one of the best sellers of the Italian boat builder in the last five years, with an impressive demand also in brokerage.  The S6 is recognizable thanks to a different window design featuring latest elements as introduced by Stefano Righini and the Italian boat builder newer models.  So far complete specifications and layout are not to be found so we cannot say if there is more difference then the details mentioned.  At this stage it seems that the Azimut S6 and the 55S will co-exist, which is understandable considering the success the later has enjoyed. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 18 m (59.1ft)
Beam - 4.75 m
Draft - 1.6 m including props
Fuel Capacity - 2600 l
Water Capacity - 590 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 3 x Volvo D8 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max
Construction - carbon fiber elements with resin infused fiberglass
Project - Stefan Righini exterior lines, Francesco Guida interior
Certification - UNI ISO8666 for data

July 23, 2018

Project: Jet Tern Selene 78 Ocean Explorer

From the international collaboration of Howard Chen and Guido de Groot’s drawing board comes the Jet Tern Selene 78 Ocean Explorer.  With this international collaboration Selene has developed a contemporary version for a long range yacht while capitalizing on the reputation for quality, experience, and innovation in the displacement yacht sector the Chinese builder enjoys.  The Jet Tern Selene 78 Ocean Explorer will offer an interior of four double guest cabins, and two crew cabins sleeping four aft.  The living main deck is a mix between a Mediterranean and an explorer yacht with a pilot house and its Portuguese bridge taking center stage forward, and dining saloon area joined by a separate galley.  The Selene 78 Ocean Explorer is to be powered by twin 850hp engines with top speeds predictions up to 12 knots from its full displacement hull shape.

July 22, 2018

New Model: Ferretti Custom Line 42 Navetta

The Ferretti Group and Custom Line Superyacht Yard in Ancona celebrates the launch of  the brand new 42 Navetta.  A super yacht just over 300 Gross Tonnage in size, the Ferretti Custom Line 42 Navetta is the result of a design process that has kept the Product Strategy Committee led by Piero Ferrari, the Group Engineering Department and Studio Zuccon International Project busy for more than two years.  The 42 Navetta projects a vision of the sea expressed by design in motion, sophisticated elegance and extraordinary performance.  Both the interiors and exteriors of the new Navetta 42 can be extensively customized, so that each owner can create their own dream boat. The layout optimizes the way the generous spaces are used, adopting an innovative and attentive approach to the organisation of the interiors and particularly the outdoor settings, which exploit the four decks to the full to offer the utmost privacy and comfort at sea. A huge suite on the main deck is reserved for the owner, while the layout on the lower deck features four VIP suites. The captain has a spacious living area forward on the upper deck, with a private cabin and direct access to the main helm station.  All the interiors of the first Navetta 42 unit have been customized according to both the owner’s desires and the perfectly tailor-made style embodied by Custom Line, which is expressed at its very highest bespoke level in the Navetta line.  Navetta 42 confirms once again that the launch of a Custom Line unit is a magical moment, one that in this particular case follows closely on the heels of the fifth Navetta 37 unit and the fourth Navetta 33. Three more Navetta 42 units are already under construction.  The backdrop for all these recent success stories is the Superyacht Yard in Ancona, the Ferretti Group shipyard that is now rightfully held up as a centre of European excellence.  Ferretti Customline 42 Navetta will be given its official debut in September at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
Technical Data:
LOA - 41.84 m (137.3ft)
Hull Length - 41.7 m
Waterline Length - 36.6 m
Draft - 2.29 m
Displacement - 190,000 kg unlaoded, 245,000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 38000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 MTU 12V2000 M72 1469hp, 12V2000 M86 1725hp, 12V2000 M96 1826hp, Baudouin M26.3 1650hp, Cats C32 Acert 1470hp, C32 Acert V12 1623hp, C32 Acert V12 1827hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max with 1469hp, 18 knots max with 1725hp 10 knots long range cruise
Range - 1550 nm at fast cruise, 3000 nm at 10 knots
Project - Zuccon International Project, Ferretti Engineering Department