June 18, 2018

INBUILD ~ Casa 38 T-Top Part 4 of 5

The building journey of the Casa 38 T-Top continues, with the build of this fully made to order and to a customers request unit now coming into its final details.  In the above picture we are seeing the finishing touches of the Casa 38 T-Top forward master cabin with the twelve volts cabling and air ducts being completed.  Unlike most modern center console interiors who are for the most part finished in fiberglass with a little bit woods added to cabins and cabinet doors, the owner of the Casa 38 T-Top decided to go for a conservative interior fully filled with the warmth of wood and light colored white leather details. 

June 17, 2018

Web: Sea Force IX New Web Site

Sea Force IX a custom sport fish yacht builder presents its new website.  Sea Force IX is founded and still managed by Ron Rookstool, who started his water boating life at fifteen years old, in the North East part of the Atlantic ocean.  After 25 years of experience and a rebuild of a Rybovich 37 Captain Ron 'Rook' Rookstool founds Sea Force IX.  Sea Force IX is currently located in Palmetto, Florida and offers seventeen custom build to order sportfish cruisers and yachts from 41 to 131 feet long divided into four ranges; Performance Sport Fishing Yachts, Luxury Performance Sport Yachts, Performance Sport Outboard, and Luxury Performance Skybridge Sport Yachts.  Sea Force IX new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, News, The Fleet, Commercial Division, Services, Galley, and Contact.  Sea Force IX is also on social media with a button on the right corner of the screen taking you to its Facebook page.

June 16, 2018

Project: Cerri 123 Dom

Cerri Cantieri Navali shipyard based in Avenza, presented at the Versilia Yachting Rendez Vous held in Viareggio from 10th to 13th May the latest project signed Stefano Vafiadis; the Dom 123. First of a new line of boats called Dom from latin Domus, which translates to home, this 37 meters, designed by Stefano Vafiadis is born to cruise both with comfort and style. The design was driven by the desires and needs of a modern and young yacht owner, thinking also about lifestyle. The Dom 123 is characterized by an aluminum semi-displacement hull and can reach a maximum speed of 21 knots and a cruising speed of 18 knots, thanks to two MTU engines of 2600hp each. The hull, tested at the Brodarsky Institute of Zagreb, presents a forward bulb designed to optimize the performance of navigability and efficiency at a 12 knots economical cruising speed, ensuring a range of 3000 nautical miles. In addition, the chosen beam of 8.70 m allows large internal volumes, providing at the same time high stability in all sea conditions. The layout of the super yacht can accommodate four or five cabins in the lower deck. In the latter case, the main deck is dedicated to the owner's cabin only, offering a ten or twelve guests option. The four cabins layout hosts two wide body VIP cabins on the aft side and the fore side of the compartment and two convertible twins (or doubles) amidship. The owner's cabin is on the main deck and has two wonderful side windows (floor to ceiling) that ensure spectacular sea views and plenty of light inside the accommodation. The interiors are very spacious as well. The two salons offer lot of space: the one on the main deck is more formal and hosts a dining room for ten people, twelve if requested, with a central living room arrangement. On the upper deck we find a sky lounge that can become a cinema room. Going outside through the sliding windows that can open completely, there is a spectacular and panoramic external dining area with a round table, always available for 10/12 guests. The service is ensured by full size pantries on the main and upper deck, plus a professional galley on the main deck. The captain’s cabin is on the upper deck while the rest of the crew is located on the lower deck, where there is also a crew mess and a laundry. The external spaces are vast and cozy, designed both for parties or relax. The aft peak on the main deck offers a nice seating area with table, ideal for informal dining. The external dining area is on the upper deck; here you can find a comfortable conversation area with a C-shaped sofa perfect to enjoy the view. The flybridge is very large and offers a modern squared jacuzzi with details and chromed railings, served by a central staircase. The tender garage is functional and separated from the beach club. The beach club has a very wide platform that covers the complete height of the stern when closed, offering while horizontal, a very large livable area and a great opening. Everything is perfectly equipped and studied to be on the water in full comfort, and to enjoy the most of the sea. The length of the tender is six meters and in the foredeck area we find further a jet ski with a crane and space for toys.

June 15, 2018

Vincenzo Catarsi 1932 - 2018

Vincenzo Catarsi died on 14 June at the hospital in Livorno in the palliative care department, assisted by his daughter Federica who worked to the last moment. All the citizens of Vada, Province of Livorno in Italy but also many other people who knew him mourn his death because Vincenzo was a well known character for the various entrepreneurial activities, for the talent and for the good nature and ironic character at the same time. From June 5 last year he fought against a disease that did not escape him.  Catarsi had gained great popularity especially for two events that marked his life. The first was dated in the fifties when he created and began to conduct the "La Barcaccina" dancing restaurant on the beach of Vada. Together with his father Romolo and his uncles, Autilio and Bruno, all expert fishermen, contributed to the great success of this place. The restaurant was booming. After 10 pm the environment was transformed into a ballroom. The famous "Les Optimistes" group from Livorno came up on the podium and there were frequent evenings where the best jazz musicians could be heard, as Chet Baker with his fantastic trumpet, the duo Gianni Basso (saxophone) and Oscar Valdambrini (trumpet), the pianist Romano Mussolini and the trumpet player Nini Rosso, known for his virtuosity. The performances of artists such as the singers Nicola Arigliano, Achille Togliani, Tony Renis, Joe Sentieri and the unsurpassed imitator Alighiero Noschese are also very applauded.  In those years "La Barcaccina" was able to compete even with the great clubs of the Versilia. Many customers who attended the meeting were really famous as Bice Valori and Paolo Panelli often accompanied by Flora Carabella and Marcello Mastroianni.  There was also a young Ermanno Olmi destined to become one of the greatest directors of Italian cinema. But since Vincenzo had not forgotten his family's maritime origins, the second major event of his life was linked to the creation, planning and construction of the "Calafuria" which was born in 1971. This seven meter long boat, presented at the Genoa Boat Show, conquered an important place in the difficult world of the national shipbuilding industry and beyond. In fact, the "Calafuria" became a historical mark in the rise of the important nautical names of the period. To this first hull followed many others different for the length and for the use to which they were destined. Some were "Calafuria" open, other cabins and even semi-cabins. Vincenzo, born in 1932, after the high school he enrolled at the faculty of engineering.  Catarsi had ceased his activity by retiring in 2010. Vincenzo Catarsi leaves his daughter Federica, and his wife Carla. 

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche 105 Acciaio

Cantiere delle Marche is proud to announce the successful launching of the Acciaio 105, christened M/Y Gatto on the 17th of May 2018. Her delivery is planned for later in the summer. Responsible for the exterior design as well as naval architecture is Hydro Tec who has given Acciaio 105 a bold yet contemporary exterior accompanied with traditional fresh interior style by Francesco Guida Design.  With this model Cantiere delle Marche proves, once more, its flexibility and knowledge of the market. Acciaio 105 is also a testimony to the excellent cooperation between all parts involved in her construction. Ultimately, CdM's team, excellent craftsmen included, proved the yard's capacity to meet an exacting brief on time.  Having experienced the behavior of the Darwin 107 Storm into a real storm wind blowing at 40 knots and more than 3-metre swells the owner was attracted by the benefits of a robust and reliable explorer hull, yet asked both yard and designers for softer and more contemporary lines. Thanks to her strong yet gentle lines, Acciaio 105 crosses indeed the ineffable border between sturdiness and robustness.  Acciaio 105's design combines beautiful lines with a contemporary flair. Private exterior decks create the perfect retreat for the guests while generous interior spaces host both social and private areas for ten guests pampered by a crew of six. The interiors designed by Francesco Guida are the result of a true collaboration among the designer, the owner and the yard as they negotiated around structural constraints to achieve the best possible result. By boldly mixing dark and bright colours and cleverly contrasting materials, Guida breathed life into M/Y Gatto's interiors.  With a transatlantic range of 4500 nm at the economic speed of 10 knots, top speed is 13 knots, which is particularly outstanding given that it is achieved with just two Caterpillar engines 670hp each relatively small engines for a yacht of her size and displacement.  Thanks to her well-engineered steel hull with bulbous bow, Acciaio 105 will ensure a smooth path through water, and will be the perfect home away from home in all sea conditions. Acciaio 105's Owner, who is extremely pleased with the outcome, is looking forward to enjoying his yacht on her maiden voyage.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32 m (104.9ft)
Waterleine Length - 28.9 m at full load
Beam - 7.55 m
Displacement - 257 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 45000 l
Water Capacity - 6400 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in there cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 670hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 13 knots max, 11 knots cruise, 10 knots economic
Range - 4500 nm at 10 knots
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hdyrotec naval architecture and exterior, Francesco Guida interior

June 14, 2018

Project: Nimbus W9

The new Nimbus Weekender 9 is a nine meter weekend boat for social activities with overnight accommodation for two three persons. The W9 is loaded with Nimbus DNA and design elements from historical models of the Swedish boat builder. The similarities with the iconic 26 DC are evident while there are many goodies from 21 DC, 32 DC, Max II, R series and the 305 Drophead.  Nimbus has chosen to meticulously improve design, functionality, safety and comfort for all on board. Weekender 9 can be fitted with inboard or outboard engine.  The inboard version shown above is to follow the outboard variants as presented in the fall of 2017, and is powered by single Volvo diesel up to 220hp and or petrol gas till 350hp.

June 13, 2018

New Model: Hampton 650

The new Hampton 650 has garnered the attention of those who have admired the company’s pilothouse cruiser series, but found the 700 and retired 680 with a bit more yacht than they needed and wanted a little more room that the 590 model. The Hampton 650 with all its great features such as the covered side and aft decks, the full beam owner’s suite and the spectacular open salon and pilothouse arrangement combine to make it a great destination place where family and friends can join together for some great cruising and relaxation.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.88 m (68.6ft)
Hull Length - 19.81 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.57 m
Displacement - 38555 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4542 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional crew cabin berth aft
Engnies - 2 x Cats C18 1136hp
Propulsion - line shaft with twin disc transmission 
Hull Shape - split chine planning hull shape with propeller tunnels
Construction - hand laid sold fiberglass with Cymax mats five layers of Vinilester resin, deck in Divinycell core

June 12, 2018

Project: Tornado 50S

During the Versilia Yachting Festival, Tornado yachts sold the first unit of the Tornado 50 S.  This Tornado project is the new edition and a further development of the original 50 as launched in 2010 and designed by Francesco Guida.  Similar in looks to the previous version the 50 S will feature some important differences most of which will be the higher position windscreen, teak inserts on the main deck with a protective side walk passageway.  Since the seventies Tornado has based its success on inspiring itself to the original American sport cruiser, with huge influence by the Magnum models of the period.

June 11, 2018

New Model: Riviera 395 SUV

Australia's most awarded luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has World Premiered the company’s first new under forty feet model in nearly a decade, the sporty and adventurous 395 SUV.  Unveiled at the opening of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, the 395 SUV displays a contemporary elegance, from her entirely new hull and deck design with feature hull windows to European-inspired fabrics and cabinetry throughout.  The new 395 SUV offers two generous staterooms and a large bathroom on the accommodation lower deck, a spacious saloon and an open cockpit perfectly designed for relaxing and entertaining or for a raft of water sports.  Riviera's 395 SUV comes powered with twin Volvo 370hp engines and forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drive units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.27 m (43.6ft)
Hull Length - 12.06 m
Beam - 4.26 m
Draft - 1.13 m
Displacement - 11300 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 31 knots max 26 knots cruise
Range - 305 nm at cruise

June 10, 2018

Project: Codecasa 55 C123

Codecasa are delighted to announce that they are building a new 55 meters, Hull C123, with delivery scheduled for Summer 2020.  Codecasa C123 will be a four decks fully custom and displacement Yacht with high technical and quality standards.  The yacht exteriors are featured by clean and elegant lines, according to the Codecasa tradition and the its renowned family feeling. The Interiors are comfortable and bright, thanks to the natural light coming from the big windows featured in each deck.  The technical project has been totally developed by the Codecasa in-house team, while the interiors will be designed by the owner’s interior designer in co-operation with the yard style department.  Codecasa 55 C123 is to be powered by twin Caterpillar 2365hp engines which will give a maximum speed of seventeen knots at light displacement.

June 9, 2018

New Model: Wider 165

Wider has just launched its largest build to date with the launching of the new and much awaited 165.  The new Wider 165 is a design of Fulvio de Simoni representing fine style, practicality and ingenuity.  The Wider165 is a no-compromise two deck and a half super yacht that features advanced multi-functional systems, user-friendly technology, diesel-electric propulsion, and an enhanced relationship with the sea thanks to the spacious beach club area, side platforms, balcony, and an interior seawater swimming pool.  Constructed entirely in aluminium, the elegant silhouette has been designed to enhance and significantly increase interior volumes compared to other fifty meter super yachts.  Wider 165 has been launched in May 2018 and is ready for delivery in summer.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.98 m (165ft)
Beam - 8.45 m
Draft - 2.30 m loaded
Displacement - 420 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 57000 l
Water Capacity - 13000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, or ten guests in five cabins, 11 crew in six cabins
Engines - 2 x 712hp electric motors
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 14 knots max, 13 knots cruise, 10 knots economic, 5 knots fully electric
Range - 3100 nm at 13 knots, 5400 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - displacement with bulbous bow
Construction - aluminium alloy 5803
Project - Fulvio de Simoni exterior, Ideaeitalia interior, Sydac naval engineering
Certification - RINA C hull, Mach Ych unrestricted navigation, EFP Comf Y, Aut-Ums Y, Compliacne LY3

June 8, 2018

Project: Sunreef 80 Power

Sunreef Yachts officially unveils the 80 Power the universal multihull yacht for long cruises in ultimate comfort. Taking luxury and seaworthiness to a new dimension, this dynamic and elegant craft enters the Sunreef Yachts range, redefining the authentic power catamaran design. With a bold, contemporary hull styling, the 80 Sunreef Power incorporates classic stainless steel port-lights, teak sole decks, high bulwarks and subtle ambiance lighting. A massive garage combined with an aft platform allows the 80 Sunreef Power to take a tender, plus numerous water toys and jet-ski anywhere she goes. Easily accessed from the saloon, the yacht’s full-beam bow terrace is a vast, soothing retreat with amazing amounts of space for sunning and lounging. The 80 Sunreef Power’s immense flybridge offers enough breadth to house a spa pool, a wet bar and generous seating all around. With unlimited options for customization, the shipyard’s new power catamaran is the perfect pick for the creative yachtsmen.  The Sunreef 80 Power is powered with twin engines from twin 575hp up to 1200hp engines.  Fuel capacity is also an option with choices of capacity from two by 5000 to 8000 liters fuel capacity.

June 7, 2018

New Model: Prestige 460 S

Boasting all the latest innovations of the brand, this sporty version of the 460 rightly named Prestige 460 S integrates the concept that is so dear to the French boat builder. With her remarkable sporty look coming from the hands of Italian designer Garroni the Prestige 460 S benefits from an incomparable design, open to the exterior.  Adaptable to suit your needs, the large opening sunroof and immense sliding glass door aft can be used to modulate the living space according to usage and weather. The Prestige 460 S allows one to enjoy an enhanced exterior space when fully opened and a more protected living space when closed.  It is worth noting the enhanced modular design, featuring the new L-shaped cockpit, which transforms into a very large sundeck.  The Prestige 460 S is powered by twin Volvo 370hp or optional 435hp engines with IPS pod drives delivering max speeds up to 33 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.29 m (46.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.54 m
Beam - 4.3 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 12284 kg unloaded, 17194 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1240 l
Water Capacity - 586 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - four plus two berths berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max 25 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 17 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Garroni, JP Concepts, Prestige Engineering
Certification - CE B10, C12

June 6, 2018

Project: Clipper 350 Hudson Bay

Down under Clipper Motor Yachts present the baby of the new generation of Hudson Bay pleasure cruisers, the 350 which is currently in-build at the company's yard in China and due to hit Australian shores before Christmas.  Clipper Motor Yachts General Manager, Brett Thurley, said the sleek down East lobster boat inspired sedan cruiser is superbly designed with a modern flair.  The first Hudson Bay 350 will be powered by a Volvo 260hp shaft drive diesel engine giving her a cruise speed of approximately 14 knots.  The Hudson Bay 350 will have a lower deck layout with an owner's cabin with a queen bed forward, hanging lockers and extra storage. A clever bathroom design allows for a separate stand up shower with fixed screen door and separate vanity cabin to starboard while a large electric toilet , sink and vanity cabin is to port. The main deck will feature the galley located on the starboard side of the saloon along with a highly functional double, forward facing cruising seat which is located at the front of the saloon opposite the helm. The galley features a square stainless steel sink, Corian counter top, and a two eye cooker, Webasto Inox refrigeration and freezer and microwave.  The enclosed saloon area is all on one level with the cockpit for ease of entertaining and wide opening saloon doors see the indoors and the outdoors seamlessly merged. An electric sunroof above the saloon and hatch above the owner's cabin provide ample ventilation. 

June 5, 2018

New Model: ISA Yachts 76 Extra

Extra as extraordinary, the first born of the range is an explorer yacht with unique modern features. Unusual lines, smaller dimensions, an innovative concept of use: ISA Yachts 76 Extra is designed to meet the needs of those who want to get closer to the world of yachting, enjoying full contact with nature and in a spirit of full conviviality with their guests or family.  Designed by Francesco Guida, the 24 meters yacht has been launched in Ancona and then delivered to her owner at the end of April.  Extra 76, with her maximum beam of 6,8 meters, sets a record in the yacht segment in terms of cockpit and saloon volumes, giving her guests the chance to live in close contact with nature and creating a direct feeling with the sea both in navigation and at anchor. The big Research and Development effort has been strongly dedicated to the environment as well.  Extra 76 has been designed to offer an unforgettable experience in terms of comfortable navigation, a feeling that is further enhanced in the interior spaces. On the main deck the galley is positioned to aft, with access to the dining area in the cockpit through the big central glass panel, which slides down vertically to unite the two areas. This layout is designed to encourage socializing, and also provides an alternative solution to dine indoors, in the contemporary and spacious saloon, furnished with large sofas and an extending table. Below deck, the full-beam owner’s cabin features a special entrance area for privacy sake and includes an en-suite bathroom with twin basins, a shower and a separate bath tub, as well as a convenient walk-in closet. The continuity between the bedroom and the basin area enhances the felling of comfort of the whole suite. The three guest cabins include two twins and a double VIP room forward, with the closets and shielding conveniently placed in order to perfectly insulate these spaces from the crew area.  The original look expresses the distinctive character and unique personality of Extra 76: the play of contrasts on the yacht’s sides between light-colored fiberglass and dark glazing recalls at first glance the lines of a traditional sport yacht seen from a contemporary perspective. The large glazed surfaces are combined like part of a crystal sphere, and offer plenty of natural light and unprecedented room to the elegant living areas.  The design of the layout grants top livability through all the areas: for instance, the exceptional cockpit/beach club of over 50 square meters, truly unique for even larger yachts, which allows guests to enjoy the contact with the sea in absolute comfort. The cockpit delivers unusual volumes, on three levels dropping down to the water.  The fly deck, whose shape perfectly complements the sinuous look of Extra 76, offers a second helm station, an area for socializing with wet bar and a C-shaped sofa, and a huge sun lounging pad. It's the best area to enjoy a long cruise or to dine together, from a privileged point of view.  The propulsion for ISA Yachts 76 Extra  relies on two efficient Volvo 800hp engines with IPS forward looking pod propulsion that take the boat to a maximum speed of 21 knots and provide a range of over 700 nautical miles at cruising speed.  Living the sea in harmony with nature also means respect for the environment. The meticulous design process focused on the development of a hull with minimum water resistance. This feature, and the big capacity of fuel tanks and generators mean that guests of Extra 76 can embark on long cruises with a view to maximum environmental sustainability.  The glazed surfaces in the saloon incorporate photo-voltaic cells to generate clean power. This is used to recharge the service batteries, so that equipment like lights and appliances can be used without turning on the generators at anchor and leave the soundtrack on nature.  The care taken over reducing environmental impact, low consumption and big, well-lit spaces available on board make Extra 76 an unparalleled choice for owners who want to enjoy a relaxing cruise to the full, in total harmony with the sea and attentive to 'green' solutions, in one word: eco-friendly.  ISA Yachts 76 Extra premiered at the Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous in May.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.1 m (79ft)
Hull Length - 22.5 m
Waterline Length - 20.8 m
Beam - 6.8 m
Draft - 1.44 m
Displacement - 58 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 5500 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 21 knots max 18 knots cruise 15 knots economic cruising
Range -  710 nm at 15 knots
Hull Shape - semi planning with spray rails
Project - Francesco Guida

June 4, 2018

Project: Sunseeker 74 Sports Yacht

Sunseeker is excited to announce the world premiere of its stunning 74 Sport Yacht at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, the leading European in-water show.  Sporty and sleek, the brand new Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht, with 38 knot capability, boasts the latest Sunseeker design cues and sporting prowess from the new Predator 74, which launched in January this year. However, while maintaining her dynamic look, the in-house design team at Sunseeker has created the 74 Sport Yacht with an exceptional flybridge almost unperceivable within her profile lines.  Designed to offer the ultimate leisure experience, the yacht’s exterior enjoys oversized pillar-less windows down to the side deck and a helm sunroof which floods the interior with light and provides exceptional views from the saloon in all directions. She enjoys a truly versatile layout throughout and the spacious flybridge makes her a true class-leader, not only offering an additional helm station, but a perfect entertaining space with plentiful seating, dining and sunbathing options and a convenient drawer fridge as standard, along with optional bimini and wet bar upgrades.  Depending on the owner’s wishes, the 74 Sport Yacht can be transformed into an ‘open’ yacht in warmer regions or a ‘closed’ yacht in cooler climates with an innovative cockpit door mechanism which lowers itself into the sole of the aft deck. Stepping on board owners enjoy stylish interiors and luxurious living with a considerable saloon including a sumptuous lounge and dining area plus an optional storage unit port side. Below deck there is a generous galley and three spacious en-suite cabins, comprising an aft master stateroom, starboard twin and forward VIP. The master cabin benefits from an optional walk-in wardrobe.  The below deck configuration offers complete flexibility for owners with an option to have a walk-in wardrobe for the forward VIP, an extended galley arrangement complete with lounge and breakfast bar seating or an additional twin guest cabin which would allow the yacht to accommodate up to eight guests in a four cabin arrangement.  The vast fore-deck with its superb sunpad for soaking up the rays and a spacious lounge seating caps off what promises to be another incredible success for Britain’s biggest boat builder.

June 3, 2018

Web: Tecnomar New Web Site

Tecnomar from Italy updates its virtual World wide web showroom to a new platform. Founded in 1988 by the Sarti family, Tecnomar located in the roots of Yacht building World capital Viareggio, started up by building high performance sport cruisers and yachts. Within years the company changed its philosophy and became a renowned name offering semi custom builds of bigger sizes to its always growing range of super sized boats over 24 metres. The yard expansion was started in the new millennium and by 2004, the company delivered its bigger boat under the old Sarti management what was the 35 Velvet for renowned football player and manager Mancini. In January 2009 Tecnomar changes hands with new Chairman and CEO Giovanni Costantino, and becoming part of the Italian Sea Group yacht offer and moving a bit further North to Massa Carrara. Tecnomar largest build to date was the 45m Nadara launched in 2010 and able to reach max speeds up to 30 knots.  Today Tecnomar offers nine different models divided in three different ranges; Evo, Nadara, and Velvet build in aluminium and composite.  The range offers starts from the semi custom 55 feet Evo and goes up to the 47 meter Nadara. The new Tecnomar web showroom is available in Italian and English language takes you around the with the following main buttons: Fleet, Brand, Service, Magazine, Press, Sales, and Contact.  Tecnomar is also on social media with bottom right links taking you to the brands Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube company pages.

June 2, 2018

Project: Sanlorenzo SL 102

Sanlorenzo present the project for the new SL 102.  Designed by Zuccon with  Chris Bangle of BMW car design fame as technical director the SL 102 is a significant new project model because of a distinctive semi wide body main deck design.  The SL 102 is also the first Sanlorenzo on which Zuccon studio has officially worked, and represents the reinterpretation to renew the shipyard’s storied planning super yacht range. The research of Chris Bangle provides the new SL 102, a super yacht that will have an innovative asymmetrical layout, where the spaces and flows of life on board will be re-defined from a different perspective. Asymmetrical in the sense that the SL 102 will feature a semi wide body design to one side, the port-side area of the main deck being fully wide body used to maximize interior space.  The SL 102 will also feature various different points of view, functional settings and opportunities to perceive the sea from new and dynamic perspectives, which change constantly as you move around on board.  The SL 102 will feature a couple of different layouts with the standard offering an owners stateroom on the main deck, and four guest cabins on the lower deck.  The Sanlorenzo SL 102 is to be powered by twin MTU 1700hp or 1900hp with speeds up to a max 29 knots with the large engines.  Sanlorenzo has plans to present other models in a similar theme with news for a 92 and a 112 in the works.

June 1, 2018

blogger - What About Those Two

In a conference held in Milan on the tenth April, the Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi was very proud of the financial results achieved in the last six years.  Today the Ferretti Group is looking very positive into its future, is debt free, has a 600 million EUROS plus of total order book, and a double digit growth from 2016 to 2017.
Galassi and his team are very satisfied of the work and the results achieved, remembering that in 2012 Ferretti Group was at the brink of bankruptcy.  It is been a long and difficult journey for Ferretti Group and now in the last year we are also seeing a wind of change in some of the brands with new designers replacing popular long standing names.  Pazkowski has taken over from Zuccon in the Ferretti Customline range and Filippo Salvetti has replaced Zuccon for the latest project of the Ferretti Yachts 670 model set to launch this Summer 2018.  Zuccon designed all Ferretti Yachts since 1990 and all Ferretti Customline since founded in 1996 till 2017 have been created by him. 
In the interviews Galassi spoke about all the positives about Ferretti Group but two brands who have been rather successful in the period 2004 till 2009, Itama and Mochi have not been mentioned.  Both Itama and Mochi, have an important history in the Italian nautical World; the first doing traditional open cruisers and yachts and the second was re-branded under Ferretti Group as a traditional down East lobster boat with Mediterranean amenities designed by Zuccon.  Previously to this and before Ferretti Group purchased Mochi, it was Ferretti biggest competitor in the eighties and nineties for the flybridge cruiser design in sizes from eleven to twenty meters.
Since 2013 both Itama and Machi have been left just as a name and we have seen not much novelties and investments being put into both brands since then.  Mochi has not even participated in recent years important boat shows, while Itama does participate here and there as it still sells a few boats a year. 
With Mochi the current problem is that the traditional modern lobster boat design is not in demand as it was in around 2005.  But Mochi had a genius idea in 2008 with the explorer yacht 23m Long Range model which was the way to go for the future.  It is a pity that with all the innovation and investment put into that model it seemed to stop there.  When the 23m was launched I was imagining a future with a complete line up of smaller Long Range models. 
Itama is on the other hand a different brand.  Amati has build the brand around simple innovation.  Itama's have been rather the same since the yard moved into the open sport cruiser range in 1979 when it launched the 38. which stayed in production till 2002.  Itama in itself does not need much changing and the current three model format was how the brand lived for the eighties till the late nineties period.  What Itama needs though is a tailor, which is what Amati was in his company.  Amati tailored each boat build as a suite which fitted perfectly to his clients demands.  
Do boat tailors as Mario Amati exist anymore?  May be that is a question for another blogger.