March 17, 2018

Project: Otam 85 GTS

Otam with more than sixty years of power boating experience is proud to present its new 85 GTS, the result of the Italian yard’s research after the success of its iconic 80 HT.  The project was developed with long-standing partner Umberto Tagliavini’s Marine Design and in collaboration with Niccolò Pasquini and Alessio Riccobaldi from R+P Architecture studio, the latter already working on further Otam Custom Range models. For the first time, the owner of an OTAM may choose between several configurations for the bow area, including the possibility of a lounge and coffee table or a spacious sunbathing area.  The result is a flexible Open that offers the maximum in comfort both while underway and at anchor.  The special supercar inspired gullwing hardtop, with a structure based on a central spine, while underway with the wings lowered give a sense of complete protection with very little turbulence, and when at anchor all you have to do is raise the two wings to feel in close contact with surrounding nature.  This sensation is amplified by the open transom that allows for easy and safe access to the water and by the bow area that provides another place to use as either a dining or sunbathing zone, always with the maximum level of comfort and privacy. Confirming the intention of Otam not to limit either the aesthetic or technical customization possibilities, the yard lets the owner choose all the details and customize in pure Otam DNA every part of the boat, from the interior layout to every single particular.  Comfort is linked to the sportive character inherent in Otam’s DNA with the two propulsion options: twin 2600hp MTU engines for a top speed of 45 knots and a 35 knot cruising speed, or twin 1925hp CAT engines for a top speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots. Both options use Arneson surface drive propulsion for the best in efficiency.

March 16, 2018

New Model: Innovazioni Progetti 35 Open

Innovazioni Progetti from Ravenna on North East side of Italy is back reinventing itself with new models and updating some of the successes it had in the first decade of 2000 millennium.  The Innovazioni Progetti 35 Open is part of the later being an update of the successful 34.  For this new version Innovazioni Progetti redesigned the interior and exterior, now looking more sleek and presenting the first unit without a radar arch, and an extended bathing platform. The exterior layout has also been reinvented.  The interior has been soft touched now becoming more modern and minimal.  Power for the new Innovazioni Progetti 35 Open is from twin Volvo 300hp engines with dual propeller stern drive propulsion which give top speeds up to 35 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.77 m (35.3ft)
Hull Length - 9.95 m
Beam - 3.65 m
Draft - 0.085 m
Displacement - 9000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 405 l
Water Capacity - 1 x 190 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 35 knots max 24 knots cruise
Certification - CE B

March 15, 2018

Project: Uniesse 60 MY

Uniesse continues to present future projects aimed to make it the name for your motor yacht to be build.  Here Uniesse is showing some preliminary details about its 60 Motor Yacht model, one of six models part of this flybridge range which will start at 55 and go up to 85 feet.  A flybridge motor yacht model, the 60 MY will challenge in the competitive eighteen meter segment.  The Uniesse 60 MY presents itself as a conservative exterior looking flybridge motor yacht with a spacious three double guest cabin three bathroom accommodation layout.  A crew cabin with twin bunk berths is to be located aft.  Another interesting design feature for the Uniesse 60 MY will be the single floor main deck area.  No power or performance details are advised for the Uniesse 60 MY, what we know so far from the technical plans is that it will be direct shaft propulsion.

March 14, 2018

New Model: Greenline 39

Greenline present the new 39 model.  Introduced first as a 36 project, the Greenline 39 is a design from JandJ from Slovenia, the designers of all the models from the Slovenian firm.  The Greenline 39 as all the models from the firm is a hybrid hull design with best efficiency delivered at the medium pace ten to fifteen knots speed.  Greenline as the name suggests continues its momentum on building a better hybrid yacht, with solar panels integrated into the hard-top and ten kw electric propulsion making way for environmentally clean boating.  Inside the Greenline is a modem cruiser having a living and galley with the favored astern layout all located on the main deck, and two cabins located below deck.  Power for the Greenline is from a standard single Volvo 220hp, and with optional 370hp unit available.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (39.4ft)
Beam - 3.75 m
Draft - 0.70 m (empty)
Displacement - 7000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 700 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engine - 1 x Volvo D3 220hp, Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 18 knots max with Volvo 220hp, 25 knots max with Volvo 370hp
Range - 1000 nm at 7 knots 
Hull Shape - super-displacement hull design with central skeg
Construction - vacuum infusion technology
Project - JandJ Design
Certification - CE B

March 13, 2018

Project: Galeon 680 Fly

Galeon 680 Fly will debut later on in 2018 extending the line of the third generation flybridge motor yachts models and introducing some exciting new features to the segment. With a powerful, yet elegant frame designed by long standing Galeon designer Tony Castro it is sure to turn heads in amazement. The Galeon 680 Fly will surprise for its amount of space on all decks, bright and welcoming interior and commendable performance.  The interior layout of the Galeon 680 Fly will offer a four double cabins lower deck accommodation, with a total separate entry full beam midships owner staterooms.  The main deck interior will be the living area which will feature an astern galley and one of the most spacious dinette seen on a 68 feet motor yacht.

March 12, 2018

Engine: Steyr SEC 4-Cylinder 175hp

With its new SEC 4-cylinder engine series, system solution specialist Steyr Motors a pioneer in the mono-block engine segment, drives engineering advances in the marine sector. The essential benefits, on the one hand, include the compact design, and power-to-weight ratio, but also the long service life and operational reliability of the mono-block engine. On the other, by ensuring greater efficiency, smooth and quiet operation, as well as lower emissions the common rail fuel injection technology with sustainable assert the SEC 4-cylinder engine's position in the market.  Notable improvements regarding the efficiency of the combustion process development work to meet future emission regulations, will drive investment in common rail technology while at the same time facilitating the current balancing act between power and emissions. On top of this, the new engine series impresses with service quality, ease of maintenance and advanced functionality.  Moreover, based on a variety of options and system solutions, the engine can be designed to suit Steyr Motors customers individual requirements. The company from Steyr, Austria, is initially launching four different basic models of the SEC 4-cylinder engine series from 80 to 175hp. In the future, IoT solutions, which the company is currently developing in the form of a new service tool, will also play a decisive role. Detailed information on the installed engine is provided, thus, preventing the drive system from serious damage thanks to condition monitoring, identifying maintenance requirements at an early stage, simplifying and shortening maintenance services, and optimizing engine development.

March 11, 2018

Project: Jarrett Bay 110

Fresh on the launching of their largest and most advanced custom build to date, Jarrett Bay never stops looking forward to what could be next. Even with a full lineup of five hulls under construction and at least one more on the immediate horizon, Jarrett Bay engineers and draftsmen have been busy dreaming up another monster build, for a 110 sportfish superyacht.  Super Sportfish Yachts are the latest trend to come and once the eight foot barrier breaking becomes a normal build for both production and custom builder the new barrier becomes the thirty meters plus of size.  Jarrett Bay new 110 design proposal strikes for its profile, perfect proportions, remarkable seaworthiness and performance the North Carolina custom boat builder is so well-known for. Fully custom build this fully custom build is both available as an enclosed bridge as picture or a more sporty open bridge.  Interesting though is that Jarrett Bay has yet to build a boat with an enclosed bridge, the yard admits it has witnessed an increased interest in them recently, especially at the larger sizes. The 110 would be the first hull by Jarrett Bay to include both an enclosed bridge and open “sky bridge.” While the 110 would feel right at home dominating the best billfish spots on the planet, she is equally equipped and designed for exploration. When exploring the far reaches of the globe, most superyacht owners and captains opt for an enclosed bridge for year-round comfort and safety in almost any climate. This yacht design has attempted to include every amenity and creature comfort an owner could ever think of. The common requests will be available, including Seakeeper Gyro stabilization, whole boat control systems, unmatched electronics, navigation and A/V systems plus seawater desalination systems. However, there are thoughtful extras including the breakfast bar and common area centrally located below with the guest cabins, plus a third generator that provides for an ultra-quiet sleep mode. At the heart of her design is Jarrett Bay’s tried and true cold-molded hull modernized with the latest techniques in advanced composites learned from the carbon fiber-rich construction of the Jarrett Bay 90. Although her proportions are staggering, weight is kept in check with the use of advanced materials and composites and her draft remains under the two meter mark thanks to the precise placement of fuel and water tanks, and vital equipment, including the powerful twin MTU 4600hp engines and the 22000 liters of fuel to feed them. There’s no question that the crew of a renowned sport-fishing team works their butts off day in and day out. And when it’s tournament time, the work doubles. The 110 is every bit a hardcore fishing machine like every Jarrett Bay built to date, but her design lends a hand to the hard-working crew. Preliminary designs for this theoretical yacht includes a tender and toy garage for storing PWC’s, SUP’s, Kayaks and even a flats boat and motorcycles for exploring remote islands, all tucked away out of the elements in the fore-deck, making for a more chamois-free maintenance program for the crew.  The first interior designs of this concept include a full professional galley with complete appliance suite, including a double wall oven and plenty of chilled and frozen storage. A huge pantry accommodates the massive range this boat can travel. There’s also a separate breakfast bar amidship in the lower layout, providing quick bites for the guests anytime. Crew quarters below the mezzanine provide berths, a galley and space for lounging. Of course, being fully-custom the owner can opt for any interior arrangement they desire.  

March 10, 2018

Web: Zeelander New Web Site

Zeelander from the Netherlands presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Zeelander was founded in 2002 by passionate yachtsman Sietse Koopmans in Zeeland, a province located in the South West of the Netherlands. In 2008 Zeelander launched its first model the Z44 designed by renowned Dutch designer Cor D.Rover. Zeelander first started to build its models at the S2 Tiara factory in Holland Michigan, United States of America, but in 2017 it has transferred to its own premises in Groot-Ammers on the river La Lek in Holland. Currently Zeelander has a line up of four models; Z44, Z55, Z55 Corniche, and Z66, the last two being projects who will launch in 2018. Zeelander new web showroom takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Yachts, News, Video's, Press, Brochure Request, Global Network, and Contact. Zeelander also features its social media pages; Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, YouTube, and Pinterest with a link located in the right bottom corner of the page. 

March 9, 2018

Project: Hatteras 105 Raised Pilothouse

During the Miami 2018 boat show Hatteras unveiled two future projects, one which is the new 105 Raised Pilothouse flagship.  This new Hatteras will replace the 100 Raised Pilothouse launched in 2013, as the current largest offer and will be the new flagship from the historical North Carolina boat builder. The 105 Raised Pilothouse will be offered with an option for the owners stateroom to be located in the forward part of the main deck.  The Hatteras 105 Raised Pilothouse is to be powered by twin 1900hp Cat engines, with fuel capacity of just a little over 17000 liters.

March 8, 2018

New Model: Nordhavn Lanzarote 76

Pacific Asian Enterprises known as the builders of the Nordhavn explorer cruisers and yachts line is proud to introduce the exquisite Lanzarote 76. This exciting yacht has been designed by Jeff Leishman in collaboration with famed designer Michael Peters who is well respected in the "go fast" world of yacht design.  Jeff's superb and versatile design talent together with PAE's renowned skills of producing a beautifully engineered yacht of impeccable quality have never been better demonstrated than with the Lanzarote 76.  You might think that with her sexy good looks, the Lanzarote 76 only purpose is to go fast and display her jaw dropping beauty at the yacht club. Not so. This magnificently designed yacht has the robust construction and carefully developed under body needed to make her a wonderful and comfortable sea boat. The twin Caterpillar 1136hp engines are coupled with ZF 4000 Pod Drives delivering top speeds in excess of 28 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 25 knots.  The fit and finish of the Lanzarote 76 must be seen to be believed and fully appreciated. Exotic hand rubbed hardwoods, leather and the finest in fittings, equipment, fixtures and appliances make it a striking and strong competitor to the finest yachts available in the market today.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.24 m (76.3ft)
Waterline Length - 19.9 m
Beam - 5.49 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 46 t light
Fuel Capacity - 4921 l
Water Capacity - 908 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C12 1136hp
Propulsion - ZF4000 aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 28 knots max 25 knots cruise
Construction - Isoftalic gel coat with Vinilester resin, Core-cell cored in hull sides and super structure
Project - Jeff Leishman design, and Michael Peters hull

March 7, 2018

Project: Riva 66 Ribelle

During the Miami boat show of February 2018, Riva presented the project for an upcoming 66 Ribelle sport yacht model.  The 66 Ribelle is a new project in the Riva fleet and will be making its debut in 2018, what is a replacement for the 68 Ego and its long ten years plus of commercial success. The Riva 66 Ribelle is a product of collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, Riva's designer since 1991 and the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee and Engineering Departments.  The Riva 66 Ribelle is to be build at the storied Sarnico shipyard.  Riva is saying this novelty will join the brand’s distinctive features in a boat whose very name, Ribelle translates to Rebel and demonstrating in this a desire to break the mold.

March 6, 2018

INBUILD ~ Casa 38 T-Top Part 1 of 5

In January 2018 Casa started the construction phase for another version of its popular 38 model, the T-Top variant.  Designed by Pier Luigi Mimmocchi the Casa 38 T-Top will also feature vs the Hard Top version renewed hull side lines, thanks to the addition of new extended windows.  In this new Casa 38 version the Gaeta boat builder shows its custom versatility, with the particulars of this build requested by a client.  Casa responded immediately to the request by putting its technical studio and designer Mimmocchi at work for the building of this made to measure build.  In this Inbuild part one picture story we are seeing the 38 Casa T-Top being removed from the mold and a continuation of the first construction phase, which involves the outer shell and interior structure of the build.

March 5, 2018

Project: Couach 1500 Mediterranean

Couach is celebrating the start of what promises to be a strong year with the sale of the first of its 1500 models. The fifteen meter sport yacht has a sporty, streamlined and tapered profile which is at once graceful and striking. Drawing inspiration from the Guy Couach 1600, it sits at the heart of the Mediterranean sport cruisers and yachts line-up from eleven to fifteen meters presented by Couach. The Couach 1500 features a large bow area for relaxation and sunbathing at anchor or for a thrilling ride when underway. The extensive sun pads that can be removed to allow natural light to flood into the master cabin below via the skylight. The walk-around decks lead to the generous aft deck, a relaxing and open space that transforms from sofa and coffee table with accompanying freestanding seating to a large dining table for up to eight guests. Double sets of stairs on port and starboard lead down to the large swimming platform, the perfect spot from which to enjoy water sports, and large enough to stow a tender or a jet bike. The 1500’s main deck interior features large windows to emphasize the sense of space, and a large L-shaped sofa facing a wall-mounted television. Amidships, a compact and practical galley to starboard sits alongside the steering console with double helm seats. Below deck, the luxuriously-finished accommodation is befitting of the renowned Couach name. The double master cabin features large windows on both sides of the hull as well as the aforementioned skylight. The large hull windows, which reinforce the yacht’s modern profile, continue amidships past the two shared bathrooms, one of which has ensuite access for the master cabin, and into the two twin cabins amidships, which can be specified with convertible double beds. In the lazarette, astern of the twin inboard engines, there is space for stowage for a RIB tender in a garage.  A proven seaworthy platform, the 15-metre deep-V hull form of the 1500 has been tried and tested on over fifty patrol boats currently in use on the Arabian Peninsula. The yacht is fitted with twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS600 pod drives as standard, delivering a top speed of 28 knots and a cruise of 22 knots totaling a range of about 350nm.

March 4, 2018

Web: Prestige New Web Site

A new website for French motor yacht and cruiser builder Prestige. The new websites continues what was started in 2009 with the re-branding of Prestige distinct from the Jeanneau name, but still a solid part of the Beneteau Group motor boating offer. Presented in 2001, as Jeanneau premier motor boat range with the help of designer Garroni, Prestige became rather fast in that time a market leader in medium sized boats, selling five hundred units plus of the 34 S model from the Express Line in 2008. This model stopped in production in 2009 is still Prestige best seller. Today Prestige continues its partnership with designer Garroni and builds a range of fifteen models in a three range offer; Coupe Line, Flybridge Line, and Yachts Division. The entry model is the 420 S of the Coupe Line, with the flagship being the 750 from Yacht Division launched in 2014. The new web site from Prestige is available in most international languages and takes you around with the following buttons; The Brand, Our Yachts, News, Services, and Contact.  Prestige is also on social media with bottom page links taking you to its Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Instagram pages.

March 3, 2018

Project: Cerri 31m Fuoriserie

Cerri celebrate the end of the Year with another important achievement, signing the third order in 2017, for a European owner. This 31 m displacement aluminium yacht will be part of the ‘Fuoriserie’ line, which features unique models, exclusively designed to the Owner’s requirements.  For this fourth fuoriserie Dutch designed Guido de Groot design firm has taken care of interior and exterior design, while the Ginton firm was in charge of naval architecture. The yacht is characterized by classical and sober outer lines and, especially, by highly sophisticated technological solutions, with a great focus on environmental sustainability and efficiency. Indeed, this super yacht will be fitted with twin Schottel twin propeller units controlled by a hybrid system, which will feature both traditional diesel engines and electrical engines energized by gensets or batteries, resulting in low consumption and a limited environmental impact. The yacht will also be equipped with Gyroscopes stabilizers in addition to fin stabilizers, so as to ensure the utmost comfort and safety both at anchor and during navigation. The two Cat 455hp engines will push the craft to a maximum speed of 12.5 knots, falling to 8 when the electrical mode is on. The layout includes a master cabin and two guest cabins on the lower deck, while the main deck hosts a large salon with a comfortable L shaped sofa, the dining area, and an open galley, all located behind the helm station. Outdoor, on the same deck, 2 pleasant lounge areas can be found forward and aft. A second helm station is located on the fly bridge, which is entirely devoted to life in the open air, and is fitted with sun loungers, a bar area, and a dining area. The aft swimming platform hosts 5.5 m tender. 

March 2, 2018

New Model: Sessa Fly 21 Gullwing

The new flagship of Sessa, the Fly 21 Gullwing launched in the end of Summer 2017 is a motor yacht with a strong personality and a unique, very sporty style for the 21 meters segment designed by Centrostile Design from Bologna Italy.  One of the main characteristic of the new Sessa Fly 21 Gullwing flagship  are certainly the two side gull-wing openings that not only allow comfortable side walkway but leave a natural light entry, giving brightness and especially air to the entire main deck, interior saloon area. This solution is inspired from the automotive sector, as the Mercedes Coupe of various generations and further strengthens the modern, technological design and aggressive temperament of the new Fly 21 Gullwing.  Interior the Sessa Fly 21 Gullwing features a very open main deck layout, while the night accommodation below deck features four guest cabins with a full beam owners suite.  Crew cabin is a separate located at midships in between the engine room and the owners stateroom.  The Sessa Fly 21 Gullwing is offered in various power options starting from twin Volvo 850hp, and going to optional Cats 1150hp and Man 1360hp.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.04 m (69ft)
Hull Length - 19.24 m
Beam - 5.07 m
Displacement - 30 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l 
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 850hp, Cat C18A 1150hp, Man V12 1360hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1200 pod drives, ZF aft looking pod  drives
Project - Davide Cipriani Centrostile Design
Certification - CE A

March 1, 2018

blogger - Broken Pattern

It really never stops.  Recent months have seen interesting developments to the long standing designer and builder relationship important brands usually present.  A trend which was born in the USA back in the sixties when production boat building started to form itself.  Do you remember Bertram with Ray Hunt and then from the seventies till mid nineties with Dave Napier, Hatteras with Jack Hargave, to continue on the old European continent this evolving into around the eighties into a style format; Mochi Craft with Poalo Caliari, Pershing with Fulvio de Simoni, Azimut from the nineties with Stefano Righini, Posillipo with Zuccon from 1978 till 1999, and Ferretti from 1990 with Zuccon, Fairline from mid eighties till 2012 and Princess with Bernard Olesinski, and Sunseeker with Don Shead who retired some years ago but apparently still does some consulting work for them.  
So it was a very interesting news when Ferretti showcased the project for the upcoming 670 model who is designed by Filippo Salvetti.  Ferretti yachts has been designed by Giovanni Zuccon since 1990 with his first project called at the time the 50, which evolved and launched into the 54 model in 1992 and then became the 175 Fly.  After that Zuccon designed all Ferretti models, and became exclusive for the brand and Group from 1999 onward and also designed the larger Ferretti Custom Line, Mochi, Aprea Maestro series, Bertram, and also some of the CRN models.  It was a solid relationship which lasted 27 years and created a path for Ferretti.  To be fair the writing for this separation might have been on the wall when the new Ferretti Custom Line 120 launched in the end of 2017 designed by Paszkowski rather then Zuccon.  A question I did ask when writing the project article for that model back in December 2016.
At this stage it will be interesting if Ferretti will be more adventurous with its designers from now on, taking a more open approach or if the Filippo Salvetti relationship will be a long one mirroring that of Zuccon.  Personally for a brand like Ferretti identity plays an important role, reflecting certain design continuity is a must not a choice.  Ferretti has always been labelled as the different flybridge motor yacht thanks to its sports profile, practical and some genius details in its design, yet in all this managing to look that conservative and classy.
I am really waiting for the next Ferretti project after the 670 to see what happens next.