August 31, 2018

Monthly News - August 2018

-pic of the month- Riviera Exports Seven Multi Million US Dollars Boats to USA

Gulf Craft Signs Agreement with Bush and Noble

As part of Gulf Craft’s continued focus on international growth and recognition, the luxury yacht and leisure boat builder are pleased to announce the appointment of Bush and Noble Yacht Brokerage as the official broker for the shipyard’s select pre-owned yachts and boats. The appointment will provide a full marketing & distribution service to help expand and promote the trading of pre-owned Gulf Craft vessels to international prospects. Based in Dubai, Bush and Noble was established in 2012 by co-founders John Bush & Brett Noble. With over 30 years combined experience in the luxury motor yacht sector, the company is directed by two industry professionals and is recognized as the leading Yacht Brokerage in the Middle East with clients from all over the world. This wealth of experience and industry passion combined with Gulf Craft’s globally recognized standing of quality yachts and magnificent range provide its international clients with the highest levels of service. “We are proud to welcome Bush & Noble into the Gulf Craft network” says Gregory Yeakle, CEO of Gulf Craft. “It is the beginning of yet another exciting new voyage, as we foresee immense growth potential. The Majesty Yachts collection holds its value longer than comparable models and promises even next generation owners many more exciting years of service. Bush & Noble are renowned for their consultancy services along with their impartial guidance to the yacht owners and they are sure to enhance our global presence.” This exciting new business venture will be led by John Bush, Co-Founder and Director of Bush and Noble. “The global Yacht industry is projected to reach US$74.7 billion by 2022, driven by the rising interest in luxury cruising among high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals. This is a fantastic opportunity for Gulf Craft to identify new growth markets for their products. Our new appointment as used stock dealer will truly support the brand’s growth, and we are very excited about the opportunities ahead.”


Hatteras Cup Update

The first-ever Hatteras Cup fishing tournament, which kicked off on June 1st, already has 44 teams and more than 160 anglers registered just two months after getting under way. The Hatteras Cup gives Hatteras owners and teams the chance to try for a share of a $115,000 purse by competing in seven different categories; Blue Marlin, Catch and Release, Dolphin, Grouper, Snapper, Tuna and Wahoo. There’s still plenty of time to get in the game before the contest ends on January 31st. What’s more, if you register for The Hatteras Cup and catch an IGFA World Record-breaking Atlantic Blue Marlin on a Hatteras in a sanctioned tournament before the end of this year, you might just have a million dollars on the line.  So far, anglers have entered fifty catches in The Hatteras Cup competition.


Jarrett Bay Receives US Dot Marad Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $1 Million to Jarrett Bay to support the purchase of a 300-ton Marine Travelift. A first for a North Carolina shipyard, this grant funding is part of $20 million being presented to 29 U.S. maritime operations to support capital improvements, foster increased efficiency and economic growth.

Jarrett Bay Wins Pirate Cove Tournament

The Jarrett Bay 64, Builder's Choice weighed an incredible 911 lb Blue Marlin on Day 1 of the tournament which helped them hold on to their first place standing throughout the week. The crew aboard Hull 1, Sensation was also awarded Top Dolphin and Top Junior Angler at Pirate's Cove. It's hard to put into words how much the Builder's Choice win in Pirate's Cove means at Jarrett Bay. The Huddle family has been an integral part of the history and success, and Jack and Harris chased that winning fish for a long time! To Harris and Jack Huddle, Capt. Brent Gaskill, Alan Scibal, Anthony Floars and with Jack Huddle and Joy and Manley Gaskill looking down on it all congratulations.

Jarrett Bay Wins White Marlin Open

There's no contesting the claim of White Marlin Open to be the richest billfish tournament in the world. The Jarrett Bay 55, Weldor's Ark shook up the leader board with a non-gaffed 83-pound white marlin and took home an astounding $2.58 million in prize money!

Jarrett Bay at Lady Angler Tournament

Jarrett Bay Boat Works hull #1, Sensation wins second Place overall and the 64' Builder's Choice wins fifth Place overall in this one-day ladies only tournament. The Jarrett Bay 55, Fender Bender won Top Tuna as well.

Jarrett Bay Success in Bermuda

Lainey Jones from the Jarrett Bay Boat Works 77, Mama Who wins Top Lady Angler at the Bermuda Big Game Classic. Luke Fletcher on the Waste Knot wins Top Junior Angler and 2nd Largest Wahoo at the Bermuda Big Game Classic. Hull #23, Sea Striker takes 2nd Place Overall at the Bermuda Sea Horse Anglers Club Tournament.


Maritimo Racing to Debut New R30

After a harrowing, high speed accident in the season opening race of the 2018 Union International Motonautique XCAT world championship in Fujairah, UAE. Maritimo Racing is focused on a 2019 world championship revival and is well advanced in the development of a new R30 XCAT.  The April crash saw Maritimo's Ross Willaton knocked unconscious on impact, having to be rescued by the Bergamore Scuba Angels after spending several minutes submerged in the cockpit.  He subsequently spent five days in ICU being treated for fluid on the lungs. Whilst Tom Barry-Cotter escaped with minor internal bruising.  Maritimo said the impact virtually destroyed the boat, which will be later converted into a racing experience project.  The team is now well advanced on a new Maritimo R30 which is being closely guarded at the company's Gold Coast manufacturing plant.  The new Maritimo R30 has been designed by Tom Barry-Cotter and Maritimo's in-house design and engineering department.  Details of the new design are being kept confidential, but construction is underway in Maritimo Racing's Research and Development Department, and Barry-Cotter said the new design incorporated significant emphasis on the aerodynamic characteristics of the hull and deck.  "We are looking to maximize lift at the slower speed range, crucial for quick getaways at start chute speeds which has not be an area of strength for us in the past," he said.  "We recognise that our starts have been our weakness and many times we have qualified in the top two and had our position wasted because of our under performing acceleration away from the start."  "Our aim is to find another two or three seconds from where we currently are and improve the low range acceleration so we are in a position to better capitalize on our qualifying position," he said.  The Mercury Racing XCAT 400 ROS Powered R30 will be constructed of carbon fibre and E-glass composites using latest resin infusion practices.  "The boat is being constructed in a way that will maximise hull/deck strength and integrity which is imperative given the fierce nature of the XCAT World Championship which often results in boats sustaining damage at some stage throughout the season," he said.  "The boat's systems will be completely modular and contained in waterproof containers within the hull in order to reduce the time required to have the boat running in the scenario of being submerged.  "The R30 is designed to the latest UIM safety specifications and our desire is for our monocoque design to be the case study of structural integrity and protecting our drivers from impacts and inundation."  He said the design and construction of the new R30 was a unique scenario with both the driver and designer being one.  Maritimo is the only Australian motoryacht manufacturer to have its own race team and experiences on the international circuit are fed back into the design and construction of all the models in its range.  "The competitive culture of racing is inherent in everything we do and we are constantly striving to improve and refine our product offering using the data and feedback we receive first hand on the race circuit," he said.

Maritimo Muster in British Columbia

Boasting some of the most picturesque inland protected waterways on earth the USA's Pacific Northwest and West Coast of Canada is about to be the scene of a major marine event with direct links Down Under.  Maritimo Americas, Compass Point Yacht Sales and Silver Seas Yacht Sales are staging a boat owners' rendezvous called the Maritimo Muster at the Port Sidney Marina on Victoria Island, British Columbia in coming weeks with owners of the Australian made vessels set to be treated to three days of fun, good times and education.  The Muster will kick off on Thursday August 30 and run through until the following Sunday and at this stage there are seventeen Maritimo's registered to attend with about 50 people taking part.  Compass Point Yacht Sales, Bill and Michelle King, are co-ordinating the event.  "This is a destination event which means we have owners coming from Canada B.C and from the West Coast of Washington State and California USA," said Michelle King.  "We have timed the Maritimo Muster to be at the end of our boating season because many Maritimo's have been cruising the beautiful waters of the San Juan Islands off Washington State, or continuing up to the Gulf Islands of Canada in recent months.  Maritimo Americas President Dave Northrop said the Australian built vessels were perfectly suited for extended Northwest cruising with the enclosed, climate controlled fly bridges, state of the art engineering, exemplary sea keeping ability, reliability and economic running.  "The long range cruising capability of Maritimo motor yachts enables owners to use their vessels to their full potential in some of the most stunning protected waterways and landscapes on earth."  The Port Sidney event will start on the Thursday with an initial registration and meet and greet event. On Friday there will be a full day of owners' seminars and presentations including a presentation by Maritimo’s lead designer Tom Barry-Cotter, on the exciting design projects currently in development at the Australian manufacturing facility.  After lunch there will be a presentation from Quick, featuring their new stabilization gyro, Yacht-Controller and Garmin Electronics. On Saturday the program will see a continuation of the hands-on training seminars with presentations again from Garmin, Yacht-Controller and Quick with representatives spending time with owners educating them and answering questions about handling their vessels.  At the end of the day the participants will be transported by bus to the magnificent Butchart Gardens, celebrating more than 100 years of beauty. A gourmet picnic basket dinner while lounging on Maritimo picnic blankets listening to live jazz and watching the last fireworks show of the year will make for a magical evening.  "On Sunday morning we will have a fully catered breakfast for our Maritimo owners and their guests before bidding them farewell at various times during the day," said Michelle King.  "The Port Sidney Muster is about education, socialising, camaraderie and making sure our owners get the most out of the vessels and the boating lifestyle that exists in this part of the world."  Barry-Cotter said Compass Point Yacht Sales, Silver Seas Yacht Sales and Maritimo Americas, were important partners with Maritimo in promoting the brand through the Americas and Canada.


Riva Shows Support to Unicef

To mark the first UNICEF Summer Gala, Riva has donated a unique Fiat 500 Riva Cabriolet that has been sold at auction during yesterday evening's exclusive charity event, held in the splendid setting of Porto Cervo. Riva and Ferretti Group showed their support of UNICEF and the programmes developed by the United Nations to combat infant mortality and protect children. The vehicle is number 069/500 Fiat 500 Riva Cabriolet, a Limited Edition marking the legendary partnership of the two brands, and was donated by the shipyard to be sold at the charity auction that took place during a glamorous gala evening attended by international guests from the worlds of cinema and music. “The Smallest Yacht in the world”, as the Fiat 500 Riva has been called, is the result of the partnership linking these two icons in the world of motoring and yachting, and stands out for its unique aesthetic and luxurious materials selected by Riva. The dashboard is in real mahogany with maple wood inlays, the same woods chosen by Riva for its yachts, whereas the exclusive numbered limited edition plaque was assigned to the first 500 vehicles. The vehicle donated by Riva for the charity event also comes with a customized Owner Set made exclusively by Poltrona Frau and usually only available to yacht owners.

Riva Private Deck 2018

Ekka Yachts exclusive dealer for Ferretti Yachts, Riva Pershing, Itama, and Mochi Craft brands in Greece, celebrated new 2018 Riva models with an exclusive party at its summer office in Mykonos. The event – La Dolcevita Summer Party – was celebrated at its elite hub for yacht and superyacht owners in the Aegean Sea, known as the Riva Private Deck, located at the illustrious Nammos Mykonos, on Psarou Beach. Some 200 clients and partners celebrated the recent launch of Riva’s new flagship model, the new 110’ Dolcevita; while another 15 yachts from Riva and the Ferretti Group were on show. Entertainment was provided by Nientedimeno, a swing band from Napoli, while guests were served signature Riva cocktails and a special buffet provided by Nammos Restaurant by the Sea. The Riva Private Deck - owned by Ekka Yachts - is the only yacht service office located on a beach in Greece. It forms part of Nammos’ ‘cabanas concept’ which was launched in August 2016, and this is the deck’s third season of operation.Yachting services such as sales and purchase, technical support, crewed yacht charters, seabob sales, and Riva brand experience accessories are offered by Ekka Yachts and the bar is operated by Nammos.


Riviera Recognizes Excellence

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has celebrated the achievements of its R Marine Dealer network at an awards ceremony held during the Sydney International Boat Show.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst announced that for 2017-18, Riviera’s Dealership of the Year was awarded to R Marine South Australia, Service Excellence was awarded to R Marine Jacksons, Sales Excellence to R Marine Flagship and the Outstanding Individual award presented to Ben Croft.  “We are obsessive about the Riviera and Belize owner-care experience,” said Mr Longhurst.  “Our annual awards reflect our dealerships comprehensive owner commitment. From pre-purchase through to delivery, the handover process through to warranty and service performance are key contributors towards our awards. Equally, continual owner education on boat handling, technical systems operation as well as the conducting of our very popular cruise-in-company events all play a critical role in our awards.  “The team at R Marine South Australia has demonstrated excellence in every element of their activities centred on their owner experience.  “We care deeply about our owners’ investment in their Riviera or Belize luxury motor yacht and they’re complete boating experience. We greatly value their feedback as we strive to become an exceptional company that our owners revere and know that they can depend upon” said Mr Longhurst.  R Marine South Australia Dealer Principal Paul Harrop accepted the Dealer of the Year award on behalf of his team.  "I am immensely proud of the team I lead," said Mr Harrop. "They have all been with us for many years and are dedicated to providing the very best service possible to our clients. Put simply, we care. I believe that is why we have won this award for six of the past seven years."  R Marine Jacksons, based in Melbourne, won the award for Service Excellence by a Dealership and R Marine Flagship, based in Auckland, New Zealand, took the award for Sales Excellence by a Dealership.  R Marine Jacksons Principal Stuart Jackson said: "We have a long-term focus on our clients. To achieve great results for them, we invest in our people to ensure they have the highest level of skills in the industry. That means ongoing training to stay on top of technology change. And our clients know we are available at any time - because challenges don't arrive during normal working hours."  Accepting the Sales Excellence award on behalf of R Marine Flagship, Director Liam Power said they had invested strongly over the past year in facilities for motor yacht enthusiasts.  "Our people are highly skilled and totally focused on our clients," he said. "We now have a 19-berth marina showcase for our motor yachts and the Riviera name is synonymous with the highest level of quality. Our job is to match that quality with client service and we are achieving that."  Ben Croft from R Marine Jones won the award for Outstanding Individual.  "It was a fantastic surprise," said Ben. "Providing warranty and service at R Marine Jones, I always strive to do the very best I can and constantly to learn more about our extraordinary motor yachts. My goal in every interaction is to make our clients happy."  The R Marine network exclusively represents the Riviera and Belize marques throughout Australia and New Zealand and is the Asia Pacific’s most experienced luxury motor yacht dealer network.

Riviera Exports Seven Multi Million US Dollars Boats to USA

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will export more than $14 million of yachts tomorrow, Friday August 24th to the United States, its largest overseas shipment in over 10 years. The seven motor yachts range from the newly released $850,000 sporty and adventurous 395 SUV model through to the new long range and luxurious 72 Sports Motor Yacht valued at $4.5 million. Both models will have their Americas Premiere at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida in October.  The company will also showcase at Fort Lauderdale the World Premiere of its much anticipated and traditionally-inspired Belize 66 flagship, together with the Americas Premiere of the 39 Sports Motor Yacht which re-imagines motor yachting under 40-feet.  Riviera Owner Rodney Longhurst said that this shipment confirms the company’s stature as a premium quality motor yacht builder on the international stage with demand continuing to grow from all parts of the world.  “This is also a first for Riviera in more than a decade where such a significant international release of new models has been staged at the worlds largest boat show, Mr Longhurst said.  “The shipment represents a milestone and triumph for our 630-strong team based on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with a total of seven motor yachts exported in the one shipment. This is something that Riviera has not achieved in well over 10 years.  “The high level of luxury, leading technology and refinement reflected in all of our 19 individual motor yacht models today is sought after by boating aficionado’s around the world. Riviera is highly regarded internationally, and our premium calibre resonates with discerning buyers of superior craftsmanship.  “Logistically the exercise is a considerable undertaking for our team, with the loading a delicate operation, and the ship’s route has actually been diverted to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale to allow the timely arrival of these four yachts for the boat show and the remaining three yachts to be delivered to their enthusiastic new owners.”  The motor yachts will travel down the Brisbane River on Friday morning to the Port of Brisbane where they will be loaded on the 210-metre AS Patronia container ship in an operation that will take more than four hours to complete.  Riviera’s international reputation has been built on more than 5,300 motor yachts launched throughout the company’s rich 38-year heritage. Over 2,000 Riviera yachts have been exported over this period.


S2 Yachts Sells Pursuit Boats

Malibu Boats, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of recreational fiberglass boats, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with S2 Yachts, Inc. to acquire all assets of its Pursuit Boats brand for a total consideration of $100 million. Pursuit, located in Fort Pierce, Florida, is a leader in the saltwater outboard fishing boat market through its offering 15 models of offshore, dual console and center console boats. The saltwater outboard fishing market is one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the marine industry. Pursuit’s premium market position has been established over its 41-year history through a reputation for superior quality, performance and customer service. “As a leader in the saltwater outboard fishing segment, Pursuit is an incredible addition to the Malibu family. The Pursuit brand maintains a strong reputation for luxurious appointments, innovation, and premium quality, and this highly complementary business creates strong strategic opportunities to enhance product development across our portfolio of brands. Together, we have an opportunity to broaden our outboard offering, while leveraging the manufacturing and design expertise of the respective teams to continue to deliver the premium products customers expect,” commented Jack Springer, Chief Executive Officer of Malibu Boats. “Over the past 41 years, Pursuit Boats has established an unmatched premium brand through our incredible dealer network and longstanding commitment to our customers. As a trailblazer in its own right, Malibu is the perfect partner, as we maintain similar cultures with a shared passion for product and people, which has driven our collective long-term success. This transaction is as much about the right partner to steward Pursuit’s future as it is about the sale price. Malibu is that right partner. The Slikkers family will continue to own and operate Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport brands under the S2 Yachts umbrella and we are excited about that.” said Tom Slikkers, Chief Executive Officer of S2 Yachts. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions.


Sunseeker Launches Project Menorca

Sunseeker is delighted to launch an exciting marine conservation program on the Balearic Island of Menorca with its long-term charity partner, The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE).  With the future of healthy seas and oceans at risk, Britain’s biggest boat builder has set out to launch its first campaign titled ‘Project Menorca’ which will focus on the island’s marine environment.  Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993 however, the island still faces increased pressure from unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution, while the current marine protection scheme is proving ineffective.  Working closely with Blue, a UK-based charity dedicated to creating marine reserves, the new partnership will establish a recognized model of conservation, supported by local partners on the island including the Menorca Preservation Fund.  Project Menorca will support local fisheries in creating a model of sustainable fishing, establish a network of ‘eco-moorings’ to preserve sea grass beds, protect marine reserves by removing plastics and ‘ghost’ fishing nets, distribute recyclable bags across the island and recruit on-water rangers for various marine monitoring programs. This challenge presents an ideal opportunity to make a tangible difference in protecting Menorca’s marine environment and Sunseeker aims to widen the programme worldwide.  Sunseeker will also be supporting Blue’s virtual Blue Marine Yacht Club (BMYC). Launched in 2012 by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, the BYMC was formed to unite the global yachting community in a clear mission to protect our oceans.  Sunseeker fully endorses the BMYC and offers three levels of membership with all revenue raised going directly to supporting BLUE’s work in Menorca. Dependent on the membership level, donors will be given the unique opportunity of having a guided tour of the Menorca project first-hand or at the highest level, naming rights to this or other projects.  BMYC has also developed its own eight-point ‘Charter’ which makes simple observations about how to reduce the impact of boating with very little effort whilst supporting biodiversity and hence its sustainability. The code of conduct, which is promoted by Sunseeker, includes information on topics such as reducing damage from anchoring and mooring, stopping marine pollution, the recognition of protected areas, as well as diving and snorkeling best practice.  Commenting on the launch of Project Menorca, CEO of Sunseeker International, Phil Popham said: “We are passionate about the marine environment worldwide. Our luxury yachts have been crafted so that Sunseeker owners can enjoy them to their fullest potential, wherever they may be. We strive to be global leaders in all that we do and it’s important to us that we also do our part to help protect one of our most valuable resources, so that we - and future generations - can all continue to enjoy our precious time on the water. Our partnership with BLUE provides this focus and will lead to other projects worldwide.  He continues: “We recognize that there has been a real awakening in the leisure marine industry to be even more responsible and we have been at the forefront of this by encouraging everyone to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of our seas. By utilizing the generosity and very unique qualities of the entire leisure marine industry including yacht owners from all brands, our dealers, suppliers and employees, we will be able to help reverse this dramatic decline.”  Clare Brook, CEO of Blue Marine Foundation, added: “Sunseeker’s inspirational and generous support will enable BLUE to enhance existing marine protection and establish new marine reserves around Menorca. Menorca’s waters are home to rare grouper, sharks, dolphins, whales, octopus and lobster. Tuna migrate to the area to reproduce and coastal seagrass beds shelter juvenile fish. These marine meadows also trap 35x more carbon than terrestrial forests. We hope that, through this partnership, Sunseeker and its supporters – people who really love and understand the sea – will be able to enjoy its unspoiled beauty for centuries to come.”  With the launch of Project Menorca, Sunseeker is encouraging everyone to think about how they can help protect our most valuable resource. 

Sunseeker with Simon Le Bon for Southampton

Sunseeker is delighted to announce that lead singer of iconic British band Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, will be the special guest at this year’s 50th anniversary show starting on Friday September 14.  Simon, a long-serving ambassador of The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), will be officially opening the Sunseeker stand and BLUE exhibition space. Sunseeker will be showcasing its commitment to marine conservation at Southampton Boat Show with an immersive exhibition experience that will demonstrate the importance of protecting the marine environment for future generations.  The exhibition, which is located on the stand, will highlight the problems we currently face globally, with increased pressure from unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution.  Since 2017, Sunseeker has partnered with BLUE and has recently launched its first campaign titled ‘Project Menorca’, an exciting marine conservation programme that will focus on improving and protecting the island’s marine environment.  Simon, who will arrive at the show, on board a Sunseeker yacht, is extremely passionate about raising awareness of the damaging effects that overfishing and the destruction of biodiversity can have on the world’s oceans, and took part in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1985. Since becoming an ambassador for BLUE, Simon has launched fundraising initiatives, including a charity bike ride from London to Monaco, spoken on behalf of the charity at several events and carried out interviews highlighting the work of the charity.  Simon commented: “The sea is a beautiful thing. We all grew up thinking it was perfect, pristine, and it would always stay that way. However, now we’re starting to see the reality of humanity’s impact on the world’s waters. It is a disaster unfolding before our eyes.  “If we want to preserve the living seas, we have a lot of work to do and it heartens me to see brands like Sunseeker working really hard to raise awareness and implement projects that will help us in our endeavour.”


Viking Extra Activities

President of St. Joseph's University Dr. Marc Reed along with Executive Director of Mission Programs Father Dan Joyce and Vice President for Development and Alumni Martin Farrell spent a picture-perfect day at the Viking Yacht Company in New Gretna, New Jersey. Long-time SJU alumni and supporters, the Viking family hosted the trio to a tour of the manufacturing plant and Viking's world-class yachts and then a bite in the storied Viking lunchroom.  Viking's President and CEO Patrick Healey, Executive Co-Chair of the Viking Group Robert Healey, Jr. and Viking CFO John Kasinski are all legacies of St. Joe's, while Patrick's daughter Kaitlyn began her freshman year as a Hawk earlier this week and John's daughter Lauren is currently working on her graduate degree. Shown above left to right: Father Dan Joyce, Robert Healey, Jr., Dr. Marc Reed, Patrick Healey, Martin Farrell, John Kasinski, Sean Healey and Justin Healey.

Viking at Mid Atlantic

Sportfishing's "Main Event" came to an exciting close for 157 of the East Coast's most elite teams. Justin Branning's Viking 55 3's Enough tied for 2nd Heaviest White Marlin with a fish tipping the scales at 73 pounds at The MidAtlantic. South Jersey Yacht Sale's George Robinson was fishing on light tackle and hooked up 10 minutes before lines out. He fought the fish for a solid hour before Captain Walt Ogden sprinted back to Cape May with it. The Branning family purchased the boat just two weeks prior to the MidAtlantic and with the excitement of prepping for their very first marlin tournament, they didn't have a chance to update the name on the transom. So the above picture isn't a mistake.  Michael Chase aboard Fred Pizinski's Viking 50 Contrail claimed both 2nd and 3rd Place Wahoo with his pair of 'hoos weighing in at 49 and 46 pounds. Torta, a Viking 66 owned by Joe Posillico, also weighed a 46-pound wahoo for a 3rd Place tie.

Viking at White Marlin Open

Auspicious, a Viking 80 Enclosed Bridge, was the first to bring a blue marlin to the scales at this week's White Marlin Open. As of the writing of this email, it remains on top of the board at 881 pounds and 128 inches, the sixth-largest blue marlin in the tournament's 45-year history. Angler Joe Rahman said it took 50 minutes to land the monster about 90 miles offshore. "The bite was huge. I've never seen anything like it," Joe said. Fishing concludes today for the fleet of 382 boats.

Viking at Canyon Club

"It was epic!" said International Sales Manager Anthony Scola after the Viking 68's recent overnight trip. That theme resounded amongst the crew that fished out of the Canyon Club in Cape May, New Jersey, pounding out an impressive 20-plus hours of trolling with a few night owls dropping lines in as well. Early on, Viking's Sean Healey hooked up with a monster blue marlin estimated at over 900 pounds. The beast continuously hit the right teaser until it was 15 feet from the boat. Then it dramatically aired out and took the pitch bait. Keith Monahan, Viking's Sales Manager, said, "The fish and the bite were absolutely spectacular." Captain Scott Adams ran Viking's demo boat about 85 miles out in flat calm, perfect weather where the team went five for seven on white marlin. Matt Schad from Valhalla Boat Sales said, "It was a great trip and a really great crew." Additional anglers were South Jersey Yacht Sales' Greg Robinson and Mike Fitzpatrick. Mates were Mike Mahon and Keith Greenburg.

Viking at Mid Atlantic 2018

This year's fleet is bursting at the seams with 157 boats in the hunt at sportfishing's "Main Event." For the first time ever in MidAtlantic history, zero boats fished Day 3 due to the nasty offshore forecast. That means it's going to be a wild ride until the scales close at 9pm tonight! Will the Viking 61 Southern C's stay on top with blue marlin points or how about the Viking 55 3's Enough 2nd Place White Marlin? Plenty of Vikings are in the mix and on the board so it's anyone's game. Stay tuned as we update you when the dust settles at the scales.

Viking at White Marlin Open

This year's White Marlin Open had a record $5.45-million purse and 382 of the world's elite fishing teams were battling for a piece of it. The blue marlin category was safely held all week when Joe Rahman, fishing on his Viking 80 Auspicious with Captain Cookie Murray, brought a monster to the scales weighing in at 881 pounds on Day 1. The fish was never challenged as it was the only qualifying blue weighed all week. Joe also claimed 2nd Place Angler for weighing in both a blue and white marlin as well as releasing three whites. Auspicious picked up 6th Place Boat with its two weighed marlin and six white releases. The New-England-based Blinky IV, a Viking 50, claimed 2nd Place Tuna with a 73.5-pounder weighed by angler Charles Matattal. Leo Cantillo, on the Viking 62 The Right Place, claimed the 4th Heaviest Wahoo of the event with a 47-pound fish. While lots of excitement takes place at the scales, with million-dollar fish in front of massive cheering crowds, there is plenty of intense behind-the-scenes action on the Atlantic among skilled teams taking advantage of exceptional marlin fishing grounds.  This year the Viking 72 (above) topped the competition with 10 white marlin and a blue, driving Captain Ryan Higgins and his team to both 1st Place Boat and 1st Place Release Boat. Viking 72 angler Eric McDowell claimed 6th Place Angler with one blue and three white marlin releases.  Art Kontos' Viking 68 Let It Ride was the 9th Place Release Boat and 10th Place Top Boat. The crew released six white marlin, three sailfish and a spearfish.


Wider Get Visit from Genting Group

In April 2017 Exa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary company of Genting Hong Kong Limited, acquired 100% of Wider. Since then work on the Wider 165 superyacht "Cecilia" has forged ahead with particular attention dedicated to the quality of workmanship, and excellence of engineering.  Although their head office is in another continent, key personnel from Genting have never been far away. "Cecilia" has been a project very close to their hearts so it was no surprise that a delegation from the company, led by Chairman of the board Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, visited the shipyard this month to join in the celebrations following the superyacht's launch.

Yachting Developments Ian Cook Appointed as Commodore

Yachting Developments are proud that the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has appointed Ian Cook as its new Commodore, stepping up from his previous role as Vice Commodore. The RNZYS has a reputation as New Zealand's most prestigious yacht club and is the current home to the America's Cup. Ian has had a long-term involvement with the Squadron, and is honored to be stepping into the role of Commodore.

August 30, 2018

Project: Heron 56 T-Top

Following the launch of the Heron 56, and the project for a 56 Open the Italian Fiumicino based yacht builder presents another T-Top version designed by SC Superyacht Design. This new Heron will distinct itself for having a T-Top similar to what the original model offers but here the beams supporting the  hard top located further aft.  A T-Top is a good mix of having the advantage of hard top and yet not being fully enclosed.  As in the case of the Open, the Heron 56 T-Top will also have an updated exterior aft deck, which feels larger and features two L-shaped dinettes which when required can be merged together to become one big dinette. With three different versions for the outside; standard, Open and now the more aggressive T-Top, two interior layouts, and three propulsion choices available the Heron is 56 is showing to be one of the most versatile seventeen meter sport yachts in the market today.

August 29, 2018

New Model: Galeon 640 Fly

Galeon's new 640 Fly builds on the success of the 500 series and brings the innovations on a flybridge motor yacht with a size of twenty meters.  The 640 Fly adds a new innovation though to the opening side bulwarks, and adds a direct access door located in between the forward windscreen which from the forward part of the interior main deck takes you to the exterior fore-deck.  Below Galeon optimizes further space use with full beam use moving further forward and this allowing for a standard layout of three full beam cabins.  The most spacious owners staterooms in this layout is located forward and has a private entrance.  A four cabin version is also in the works.  A crew or surprise guests cabin is located aft, this offering two twin berths with a private shower head.  The Galeon 640 Fly is powered by various engine choices from Volvo 900hp standard or optional 1000hp, and Man 1000hp and 1200hp.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.80 m (68.2ft)
Hull Length - 18.4 m
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 0.95 m exl props
Displacement - 31000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1300 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, two crew berths one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp, Man V8 1000hp, V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max 23 knots cruise with Volvo 900hp
Certification - CE B

August 28, 2018

Project: Fjord 44 Coupe

Fjord present the project of the 44 Coupe.  Based on the lines of the 44 Open, the 44 Coupe offers more cabin orientated super structure with more interior space and a fully enclosed glass hardtop.  Designed as all the Fjord range by Allseas, the Fjord 44 Coupe will offer a living under the hard top, while below deck prospective buyers have a choice of a one or two cabins interior sleeping four.  Power for the Fjord 44 Coupe will come from twin Volvo 370hp standard optional 435hp units, these last managing top speeds up to 36 knots.

August 27, 2018

New Model: Grand Banks 60 Skylounge

The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge model features an enclosed bridge for added comfort, and additional living space for you and your guests. Completely climate-controlled, the Skylounge allows for easy access to the bridge no matter the sun, heat, or wind thanks to its internal staircase. Infused carbon fiber construction, a low center of gravity and bold stats; top speed of 36 knots; 110 liters per hours of fuel consumption at twenty knots; a range of more than 2,500 nautical miles at ten knots define the Grand Banks 60 Skylounge. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.9 m (65.5ft)
Waterline length - 18.3 m
Beam - 5.95 m
Draft - 1.4 m with shafts, 1.3 m with IPS pod drives
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 5800 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodaiton - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max 25 knots fast cruise, 20 knots economic cruise, ten knots long range
Construction - resin infused carbon fiber

August 26, 2018

Web: Blue Game New Web Site

Blue Game presents its new World wide web showroom. Founded officially in 2002, but building its first model in 2001, which was the renowned one off seventeen metre Sport Yacht Luja, the company was born with the intuition of Luca Santella, Architect and Olympic Sailor. Santella took Luja, mother of the Blue Game range at the 2002 Monaco Show, which captured the attention of Carlo Bonomi share holder of renowned high performance diesel engine company Seatek. The two made up a meeting, and after some talking they joined venture and founded Blue Game. Production started first in Cape Town South Africa, but in 2008 due to the expansion plans of the range relocation to Massa Carrara in Italy was moved, which in 2009 with entrance as part of the Sanlorenzo Group was moved to Ameglia and today relocated to Viareggio.  Blue Game range is designed by renowned architect Louis T.Codega for hull and naval architecture, and from 2018 onward sees also the involvement of Zuccon for exterior and interior styling.  Blue Game calls itself the SUB for Sports Utility Boat what is a cross over of styles of a large center console, sportfish yacht, and a big tender .  Customization is also a high priority to each new made to order Blue Game.  After Luja Blue Game first model was the BG47 launched in 2005, which was followed by the BG60 in 2009, and the 40 in 2011.  Blue Game had two projects which unfortunately where never produced the 77 and the 50.  Blue Game current range which is being reinvented in 2018 consists of two models, the BG42 and the BG62.  Blue Game new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, BG42, BG62, Company, and Contact.  Blue Game is also on social media with links to its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages located in the middle of the entry page.
www.bluegame.it

August 25, 2018

Project: ISA Yachts 126 Extra

ISA Yachts a brand of the Palumbo Group is pleased to announce the sale of a new Extra 126 to a European owner.  With exterior and interior design by Francesco Guida, the Extra range develops a brand new cruise concept: extremely large volumes compared to the size, maximum on board comfort, low consumption for a long-range navigation and outdoor spaces designed to enjoy close contact with the sea.  After the recent delivery of the Extra 76, this 126 feet will be the second project to be built for this new innovative line by ISA Yachts series which also includes 86t, 93, and 116 feet models.  With hull and superstructure built entirely in aluminum, Extra 126 will be powered by two MAN engines of 1379hp giving her a maximum speed of 17 knots, a cruising speed of 15 knots and a range of over 2500 nautical miles at twelve knots.  Extra 126 will accommodate up to twelve guests in five luxurious cabins and a crew of seven.  Isa Yachts 126 Extra will be delivered to her Owner in summer 2019.

August 24, 2018

New Model: Tuccoli T440 HT

The Tuccoli T440 HT is a further development of the T410 which the Tuscany boat builder launched over a decade ago in 2005.  When launched the T410 was a competitor to two successful Italian sport cruiser inspired to US sportfisherman looks; the Uniesse 42 and the Cayman  43 WA with the Tuccoli coming to the market as a more focused sport-fishing machine. The new Tuccoli T440 HT builds on the T410 attributes, very strong hull offering solid and dry sea-keeping and adding a further comfort element from the previous model.   This statement comes to fruit with the new interior layout now sleeping four in two cabins plus two additional L-shaped berths in an open cabin located to port side at midships.  In the cockpit the new Tuccoli T440 HT is also reinvented outside with a layout adding more creature comforts, with the addition of a mezzanine and a bench settee to aft which transforms to a medium size sun-pad.  The looks outside have also been tweaked with the addition of large view windows giving the T440 HT a more modern look.  The Tuccoli T440 HT is standard powered with twin FPT 480hp with line shaft propulsion which give a 32 knots top speed.  Other engine options are available including a slightly larger Cummins 480hp, Volvo 550hp or Cats 570hp.  The Tuccoli first hulls have been both in the HT model various, but Tuccoli has in design other versions including a Coupe and Open versions. The Open version can also be equipped with a Tuna tower which completes the full sport fishing vocation of the T440.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.65 m (44.7ft)
Beam - 4.10 m
Draft - 1 m
Displacement - 12500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1420 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins plus two berths in open cabin
Engines - 2 x FTP 480hp, Cummins 480hp, Volvo D8 550hp, Cat C7.1 570hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max with FPT 480hp
Project - Eros Bollani Industrial Design exterior and interior,  Skyron for naval architecture

August 23, 2018

Project: Greenline 45 Fly

Coming from the recent appointment of Luka Modrijan as head of product development, Greenline present the project of the 45 Fly a flybridge motor cruiser of interesting proportions and practical design solutions.  Designed outside and engineered as all Greenline models by JandJ studio from Slovenia the 45 Fly introduced the Italian Marco Casali who comes for his first duty for the Slovenian yacht builder.  The Greenline 45 Fly offers a standard two cabins set up, with a large full beam midships owners stateroom, and a VIP suite to fore.  For those wanting more sleeping accommodation the Greenline 45 Fly is also available with an extra third cabin with two bunk berths in replacement of the walk-in serving the wardrobe in the fore cabin.  The 45 Fly will also be offered with an open flybridge or a T-top with solar panels generating clean energy.  Greenline continues its pursuit in hybrid propulsion and the 45 Fly will be offered with an electric diesel set up which reaches top speed of 25 knots in combustible engine mode and six knots in electric.  Standard power set up of the Greenline 45 Fly is for twin 370hp Volvo engine with line shaft propulsion, but clients can choose the same engine or the large 435hp Volvo with IPS propulsion and a reachable top speed up thirty knots.  Launching of the Greenline 45 Fly is for early 2019 at the Dusseldorf boat show.

August 22, 2018

New Model: Evo 43 WA

Evo 43 WA is the second thirteen meter yacht built by Blu Emme Yachts designed by Valerio Rivellini.  The Evo 43 WA is based on the standard 43 with the main difference of the yacht that is has an all aroud deck which takes guest all around the boat with the added safety this brings.  For the remainin the Evo 43 WA has the same detials as the standard model from the opening sides aft which increase size by 40%, anchor which hides completely in the bow locker, and optional transformer bathing platform.  Inside the Evo 43 WA is identical to the standard 43 with four berth accommodation below, and separate shower head to starboard.  Power for the Evo 43 WA comes from Volvo 370hp or optional 435hp engines, with IPS pod propulsion.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.12m (43.1ft)
Hull Length - 13 m
Waterline Length - 11.3 m
Beam - 4.52 m 
Draft - 1.1 m
Displacement - 11500 kg unloaded, 12700 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 38 knots max 28 knots cruise
Range - 300 nm at cruise
Construction - fiberglass with infusion method
Project - Valerio Rivellini
Certificaion - CE A

August 21, 2018

Project: Botnia Targa 32 Tarfish

Botnia Targa 32 Tarfish project is the flagship model of sportfish range of the Finnish boat builder which features three models and starts at 25 feet.  The 32 Tarfish is an updated version of the 1040 and features the same door design from the pilothouse to the large aft deck and fish tank as the other Tarfish models.  As all Botnia Targa models safety is very important not only with its deep Vee sea worthy hull but also in the wide side-walks, high side rails, gunwales, and well placed grab-rails.  The interior offers a spacious pilothouse, roomy toilet in the fore cabin and three berths in the aft cabin.  The Botnia Targa 32 Tarfish can be powered with eight engine options in a single or twin stern drive propulsion, and start from a single Volvo 370hp and go up to twin 400hp engines. 

August 20, 2018

New Model: Princess V65

Princess present the new V65 which is based on the hull and layout of the S65 launched in 2016. Powerful and progressive, the V65 represents the latest present and future of the Princess V Class range, which has since 1995 represented the sportier cruiser and yachting side of the Plymouth World recognized name. This is also the third series V65 with the successful first launched in 2000 and then updated again in 2006 with the same hull and exterior looks and most important interior layout changes.  This new third series Princess V65 is much more sportier and aggressive looking then its predecessors. If entertaining is your aim the new Princess V65 spacious cockpit inspires relaxation with a sun-pad and well equipped dining area leading to the fully equipped aft galley. This flexible deck saloon model can be climate controlled or opened to the elements via triple sliding aft doors and a retractable sunroof. Below deck, eight guests enjoy four beautifully appointed cabins all bathed in natural light from elegant hull glazing.  The Princess V65 also features the option of a further single cabin aft for an occasional guest or crew.  Power for the Princess V65 comes from twin Man 1400hp which give top speeds up to 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.32 m (66.9ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 20 m
Beam - 5.08 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 30500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 873 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed props
Speed - 38 knots max

August 19, 2018

Web: Austin Parker New Web Site

Austin Parker from Italy presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Founded in 1998, Austin Parker has been among the first in Italy to concentrate on building traditional down East lobster looking cruisers. This formula has been a success for the brand in its early years. Ten years after its founding and in 2008 Austin Parker gets purchased by a group of Italian businessman all with a long standing interest and experience in the pleasure boating sector.  This new venture takes Austin Parker to present a new more forward looking strategy focusing to a cross over style of a traditional down East lobster boat to that of the Italian Mediterranean cruiser and bringing onboard renowned Italian marine designer Fulvio De Simoni, who will design all the second generation models from 2009 onward. The first second generation Fulvio de Simoni designed Austin Parker was the 42 Open launched in 2009, and was followed by the 42 Sport, this mixing traditional lobster looks with those of a classic Mediterranean open cruiser.  Austin Parker currently offers a total of seven models which start with the 36 Open and go up to the 72 Fly, and has two further projects; the 74 Fly and that for the AP35 new outboard powered entry level of the range. The latest Austin Parker models launched in 2017 are the 44 Sedan and 48 Sportfly, with a new 48 Sundeck set to launch in 2018.  Austin Parker new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Yachts, Projects, Shipyard, Sales Network, Pre-Owned, News and Events, Press Room, and Contacts. A button for each of the seven models is also featured in the entrance page.  Austin Parker is also found on social media hubs; Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, Instagram, and Linkedin with button links located on the left button corner of each page.

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 sold 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 precise and technical in the 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.  Launched first as the 47 in 1991 and in 1995 becoming the 50 this model sees Alfamarine go into more modern nineties styling featuring a sloop stern design and later 1995 and newer versions also featuring an integrated windshield radar arch design and extended bathing platform.  The Alftamarine 50 will also embrace the Italian aft cabin sport cruiser yacht which was so popular in the eighty and nineties by many sport cruiser and yacht biulders of the shoe shaped peninsula.  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, what is a model just as the 50 still offered in the production catalog.  The Alfamarine 60 is launched in 1998 and 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 in 2007.   Alfarmaine has won various prizes over the years with the most important being the Golden Keel awarded in 1985 for the 83 Cronos, and 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 the hard-top updated 60 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 RenĂ© 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.