September 22, 2018

Project: Benetti Oasis 135

What is an oasis if not a point of refreshment, a dream come true that appears unexpectedly on the horizon? A promise of freshness, relief and relaxation to enjoy in complete comfort: this is the intended message conveyed by Oasis 135, the new project in Benetti’s Class product line. Created to satisfy the needs of an active and sophisticated owner who wants to live his life at sea to the full and across the board, and who has a lifestyle focused on casual elegance, Oasis 135 is packed with solutions in which close contact with the water plays a foreground role, as is demonstrated by the spectacular beach area with infinity pool just steps from the sea. The high ceilings, the unusual layout of the on-board spaces, and the extensive use of natural light confirm and underscore the desire to enter into a symbiotic relationship with the outside world.  This ambitious project, on which Benetti has worked in partnership with UK-based firm RWD and New York design studio Bonetti-Kozerski that has designed the interiors, revolves around an on-board lifestyle in which sporting activities alternate with periods of total relaxation.  The interiors, designed by US-based firm Bonetti-Kozerski, are casual-chic in style and reveal a highly sophisticated use of materials, color combinations and forms of decoration, all underpinned by an elegant sense of understatement. The designers choice of materials for the decor includes light color leather and rosewood in light, bright color ways. Taken together, all these details define the setting and the overall effect is that of a spacious loft featuring seamless continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces, where the multi-purpose settings can be enjoyed at any time of day.  Sophisticated settings with a classical feel meet a dynamic lifestyle on board Oasis 135, a 41-meter displacement super yacht with a fibreglass hull and superstructure, and a layout extending across four decks.  The Master Suite on the main deck offers the owner a spacious apartment with an elegant marble bathroom. The galley is also situated on this deck, along with a huge day area that replaces the traditional saloon. Here, the windows around the entire perimeter can be opened to create a unique setting in close contact with the sea, with no barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces. This deck provides access to the beach terrace, which can be made even more spacious by opening the two side platforms. The yacht also has one generous balcony in the owner’s suite.  The pilot house has been designed for the first time as a living space dominated by extensive glazed surfaces, a lounge area with sofas and armchairs, and a carefully arranged workstation, in which the helm console, an area for relaxation and the chart table form a single setting from which to enjoy the cruise from start to finish. The captain’s cabin is located immediately aft of this, while the night area for guests is on the Lower Deck, with two VIP cabins and two cabins with twin beds. Further forward are the crew quarters, with accommodation for nine people.  The Benetti Oasis 135 will have a cruise speed stands at 14 knots, with a top speed of 15, and the yacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 11 knots.

September 21, 2018

New Model: Tankoa 72m S701

The second yacht built on Tankoa’s seventy to 72 meter technical platform was sold in September 2016 to an experienced European client, his second build with the Italian Sestri Ponente super yacht builder, has now been launched and final delivery to her owner is on track for mid November 2018.  Designed by Francesco Paszkowski, Tankoa S701 has been chistened M/Y Solo and will make her international debut at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show in end September.  According to Tankoa's CEO, Euro Contenti this is a true recognition of the shipyard core values and power that irrevocably consists in building yachts with clients, not for clients.  Although S701 is reminiscent of the 69 meter M/Y Suerte project S693, Solo is three meters longer and has a volume of approximately 1600 gross registered tons. Other key differences include catalytic underwater exhausts allowing for substantial gains of volume on all decks, smell free and smoke free outdoor decks; a larger winter garden; large aft deck with six meter transverse glass pool, cut-down glass bulwarks sections for unobstructed sea views and a wide body upper deck allowing for an over sized panoramic salon. The longer waterline also allows for an optimized top speed in excess of 17 knots and reduced fuel consumption.
Technical Data:
LOA - 71 m (232.9ft)
Beam - 11.6 m
Draft - 3.38 m full load
Displacement - 1250 t
Fuel Capacity - 162000 l
Water Capacity - 37000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3516B 2447hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade propellers
Speed - 17 knots max 15 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 3000 nm at 15 knots cruise, 6000 nm at 12 knots
Construction - hull in high resistance steel, super structure in light alloy 5083
Project - Francesco Paszkowski exterior, Marcherita Casprini interior, Ruggiero Srl engineering
Certification - Lloyds, RINA, MCA

September 20, 2018

Project: Med Yacht 42

Med Yachts from South of France continue to evolve its range and present this project for a new 42 designed by Enrico Gobbi of Team4Design outside, naval architecture by Sofia Antipolis of Rivoyre Engineering, and hull by Gilles Vaton.  As the other Med Yachts the 42 is to be build in Poland by Galeon.  The news here is that the French company has trusted exterior styling and design to Enrico Gobbi, who takes over from Gilles Vaton still trusted with hull shape and previously also a designer of the Med Yachts 48 and 52 models and the projects of the 38 and 60 which so far have never materialized.  The Med Yacht 42 is by my understanding an evolution of the 38 project.  As all Med Yachts the 42 will feature full deck space use from fore to the stern bathing platform all connected by a walk around which takes you to the aft dinette, galley and central console both covered from the t-style hard top, up to the fore-deck sun-pad.  Below is space for two cabins located forward and midships, with an L-shaped settee, and a well sized shower head to starboard.  The Med Yacht 42 will be powered by twin Volvo 400hp with stern drives, or 370hp, 435hp or 550hp engines with IPS pod drives.  

September 19, 2018

New Model: Prestige 590 Flybridge

Prestige continues to push forward and for 2018 the French builder launched three new models with the 590 Flybridge being its most important all new novelty.  Also new flagship of Prestige Flybridge line the 590 is again a design to Garroni, with naval architecture by JP Concepts and Prestige Engineering department.  The Italian Garroni who has been Prestige designer since the times it had Jeanneau as part of its name continued his recent theme for the French name, with the 590 sporting modern conservative lines dominated by a muscular hull with a never boring Italian straight shear line which dominates over the main deck and the low profile flybridge.  Measuring over eighteen meters in overall length the Prestige 590 Flybridge has two interesting features, both revolving around choice from the buyer.  The most important detail in this choice is the option to choose for a tender garage or a single berth crew cabin aft.  Another choice in the Prestige 590 Flybridge is that revolving around the guest accommodation deck to have a two or three bathroom arrangement.  In this case the third bathroom en-suiting the third cabin replaces the walk in closet for the VIP cabin located forward.  As all Prestige the 590 Flybridge continues the modest power theme of twin 600hp Cummins engines with ZF Zeus pods propulsion, which give a top speed of 29 knots and a cruise of 23.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.7 m (61.4ft)
Hull Length - 16.4 m 
Beam - 4.84 m 
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 19490 kg dry, 27535 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 760 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, choice of one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 29 knots max 23 knots cruise
Range - 260 nm at cruise
Project - Garroni exterior lines and interior, JP Concepts for naval architecture
Certification - CE B12, C14

September 18, 2018

Project: Marlow 70E Mk.2

Marlow Yachts is proud to announce an evolution of the species to one previous success with the 70E Mk2 project model, set to debut in the flesh and fiberglass at the Fort. Lauderdale Boat Show 2018. Since 2002 Marlow 70E has been a popular model, and now the US builder re-imagines the explorer yacht with newer technology, and more volume.  The Marlow 70E Mk.2 will impress a lot in the pilot house area, which will include a captains cabin, shower head, dinette desk, and an over sized central helm station looking forward. For 22 meters this is impressive and the interior volume continues in the split level main deck, which offers a spacious galley forward with full panoramic views of the surroundings.  The galley is joined by a dining lounge for eight located in the center part of the main deck.  Below is space for four guest cabins and three heads; midships full beam owners stateroom, a VIP suite forward, third twin berth cabin, and a twin bunk berth cabin to starboard.  Aft is space for one or two crew cabin to starboard, while to port we have a spare parts room.  Marlow 70 E Mk.2 also impresses with its full height engine room, and stand alone ship like engine layout.  The Marlow 70 E Mk.2 is to be powered by twin Man 1150hp engines, with line shaft propulsion and the Velocijet Strut Keels patented by the builder.

September 17, 2018

New Model: Blue Game BG62

Evolution of the BG60 launched in 2009, Blue Game presents the new BG62.  Three important novelties characterize the BG62 versus the 60, exterior and interior restyling by Zuccon design, larger extended bathing platform, and propulsion change from standard line shaft to Volvo IPS pod drives.  All new improvements have an impact.  Externally and visually Zuccon have done a great job and the BG62 now looks more aggressive and luxurious and less utilitarian then the 60.  The bathing platform extension adds a terrace by the water of important size.  The Volvo IPS pods keep the same performance values of the BG60 but in the process reduces 400hp in the power package, and yet still reach the same 35 knots top speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.80 m (61.6ft)
Hull Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.37 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 24 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS3 1200 pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 30 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 17 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Luca Santella concept, Zuccon exterior restyling and interior, Lou Codega hull
Certification - CE B

September 16, 2018

Project: Princess X95

It's been a long wait and Princess enters the always growing 28 to 29 meter with a less to 24 meter hull size raised pilot house super yacht class with the X95.  A project which creates new design ingenuity for the British boat builder helm'd by the long standing Bernard Olesinski design team and new entry Pininfarina, the Princess X95 brings the novelty in its semi wide body voluminous main deck, wave piecing planning hull shape, an unedited looking raised pilot house, and a fly deck which makes use of all the available length.  These fresh design solutions will give the Princess X95 40% more indoor volume, and ten per cent extra exterior space.  The X95 is offered with a standard four cabins, or optional five cabin arrangement. With the five cabin version the owners stateroom goes up on the forward part of the main deck, something much desirable today in both owner private used or charter commercial yachts of this size.  The Princess X95 is to be powered by twin Man 1900hp engines which will allow for a top speed up to 26 knots in light weight mode. 

September 15, 2018

Web: Jet Tern Selene New Web Site

Jet Tern Selene presents its new World wide web showroom.  Jet Tern was founded by Howard Chen in 1998, and its first Selene trawler was completed and delivered to the US in 1999.  Initially Jet Tern started operating from Taiwan with a shipyard in Dongguan, China.  The Dongguan located made a lot of sense to Selene since there is a lot of furniture makers in the area.  Jet Tern Chinese Dongguan shipyard continued to expand, and in 2008 it was added with the Zhuhai shipyard.  The Zhuhai shipyard features four cranes which can lift one hundred tons and can accommodate up to 36 molds or boats in build simultaneously.  Today Jet Tern offers five lines of boats; Selene Classic Explorer, Selene Voyager, Selene Ocean Explorer, Selene Ocean Clipper, and Artemis.  The current Jet Tern entry level model is the Selene 38 Voyager Aft Cabin with the largest being the still on plan 128 Ocean Explorer.  Jet Tern Selene Yachts new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, Company, News, Lifestyle, Adventures, Dealers, and Contact Us.   Jet Tern Selene is also on social media with links at the bottom of the page taking you to the Facebook, and Youtube pages. 

September 14, 2018

New Model: Cayman F920

Cayman Yachts continues its comeback and after the presentation of the S450 in the fall of 2017, it pushes harder for 2018 and presents a new flagship which enters the builder in super yacht territory, the new F920. A reminder here is that previous to this the largest Cayman ever build was the 75 HT launched in 2009.  Presented as a project in the fall of 2017 its been a non stop journey to go from concept to completion and the F920 making it in the water in August 2018.  Cayman and designer Ferragni unlike most offers in this 27 to 28 meter size presented what is a sporty looking flybridge super yacht with a raised pilot house that integrates very nice into the design.  Vertical minimal elements integrate into a straight shear-line which emphasizes an aggressive yet modern and in the same time light appearing upper structure.  In some aspects the F920 exterior profile reminds me of mid eighties Paolo Caliari, a nimble looking flybridge super yacht, that does not look to heavy up top.  Inside the Cayman F920 offers an interior with four cabins and an owners stateroom located at midships, very spacious VIP suite forward, and two guest cabins in between.  Cayman F920 will also be offered in a five cabin version, but currently the builder is not showing any plans for this. A crew lobby with two cabins is located at midships in between the engine room and the owners midships room.  The interior main deck is centered around a welcoming saloon, central dinette, day head to starboard, and a galley in the forward end part.  The pilot house is located three steps up centrally, and with this same stair case one can also access the spacious fly deck, which offers for the most part a free area on plan with helm and galley located to starboard, and a central dining table.  In the finishing the Cayman F920 has gone a long way to offer details from Studio Art for leather, lamps by Porta Romana, BandB and Minotti for sofas, and fabrics by Rubelli and Armani. The Cayman F920 hull one is powered by the large engine option of twin MTU 2600hp, but standard engine option is for Man twin 1900hp, and another optional being that of quadruple Volvo 1000hp units with IPS pod propulsion.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 27 m (88.5ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.60 m
Draft - 2.08 m
Displacement - 85000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 10000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or ten berths in five cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp, MTU 16v 2000 M96L 2600hp, 4 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or quadruple IPS pods installation
Construction - hand laid multi axial fiberglass with hull in Vinilester resin, ship sides in balsa core, PVC core in top sides and Isoftalic resin
Project - Ferragni
Certification - CE B

September 13, 2018

Improve-it = Sessa C68

Sessa continues its renovation, and after restyling the C38 and C44 in 2017, for 2018 its the turn for the C68.  Launched in 2009 as the new Sessa flagship to high acclaim and success with design by Christian Grande the C68 is beating the test of time admirably.  Still as today the flagship of Sessa and of the Yacht line the C68 gets improvement treatment by designer Davide Cipriani of Centrostiledesign who added new large hull side windows to the exterior.  Adding to the exterior stylistic improvements the C68 gets two aft deck choices from a classic arrangement of sun-pad with underneath tender garage, or having a second exterior dinette which can convert to a sun-pad.  The choices for the interior of the Sessa C68 has also increased with eighteen different choices of wood, leather, and fabric for the cabins.  In addition to this Sessa is also offered in five hull color choices two in gelcoat and three in paint.  Pictured above is in-fact the new silver metal paint option. The Sessa C68 is standard powered by twin Volvo 900hp engines with IPS pod drives who deliver top speeds up to 36 knots.  Additional engine options is the 2017 presented Volvo 1000hp again matched to Volvo IPS pod drives.

September 12, 2018

New Model: Austin Parker 44 Sedan

Austin Parker continues to present new fresh models and the 44 Sedan, represents the latest addition and a replacement of the successful AP40.  The Austin Parker 40 signaled the start of the new management and a hybrid lobster Italian style mix designed by Fulvio de Simoni in 2009.  The new Austin Parker 44 Sedan builds on those features and adds more comfort inside.  The interior of the Austin Parker 44 Sedan offers two spacious cabins below deck; owners cabin forward with an en-suite shower head to starboard, a guest twin cabin to port side at midships, and a guest shower head.  The fully enclosed cabin area of the main deck offers interesting comfort solutions as well, with the helm station to starboard making way for a C-shaped dinette to port side, a sofa couch opposite, and an astern galley serving both inside and outside thanks to a patio door and titling window which opens all to the aft deck.  The Austin Parker 44 Sedan is powered standard by twin Cummins 480hp with line shaft propulsion which give a top speed of 29 knots, and an optional of a Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives which should increase top speed by eight knots.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.46 m (44.1ft)
Hull Length - 12.4 m
Beam - 4.2 m
Displacement - 13.7 t dry, 16.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins 480hp, Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 37 knots max 28 knots cruise with Volvo 435hp and IPS pod drives, 29 knots max 24 knots cruise with Cummins 480hp
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE A

September 11, 2018

Project: Cabo 41

It was strange times in the fall of 2013 when the new Hatteras owners Versa Capital decided to drop the Cabo brand.  For some it was a shock to others it was an expected turn of events coming from the increased success and size of the outboard powered center console, which made traditional inboard offshore sportfish cruisers sub twelve meters mostly obsolete.  The truth might have been somewhere in between with Hatteras Cabo press e-mail for this project saying that the new owners back then in 2013 decided to concentrate first investment efforts on the relaunch of Hatteras.  Fast forward to 2018 and Hatteras announce that Cabo is back and present the project for the new 41 model.  The 41 is based for the most part on the 2003 launched 40 designed by Micheal Peters, one of Cabo's best selling models over the years and also referred by many as the King in the express twelve meter sportfish cruiser category.  The new Cabo 41 will feature a lower deck with an owners cabin forward, a living with an L-shaped settee dinette to starboard which converts to additional double berth, an L-shape galley to port side, and a shower head upon entrance to port side.  Power for the Cabo 41 will come from standard Volvo 626hp with optional 670hp and 725hp engines.  Popular available options for the Cabo 41 will be Seakeeper gyro stabilization, and full custom tower with outriggers.  Hull one of the Cabo 41 is nearly completed and sold and should make its World debut in the upcoming 2018 Fort Lauderdale boat show in early November.

September 10, 2018

New Model: Neptunus 650 Express

Neptunus from Canada but of Dutch origins was a builder hitting the news in Europe at around the early 2000's with a 56 Express and 41 taking a good number of sales happening in the old continent with these two models.  This escalation of these Euro inspired Neptunus models for a reason or another stopped and we hardly heard anything about the boat builder for a time.  Fast forward to 2017 and Neptunus launch this new 650 Express who is getting the news out of Canada in 2018.  The new Neptunus 650 Express is a twenty meter sport yacht designed by Gregory Marshall for exterior, Lex Parker for interior, and hull form by British Tony Castro. The trio presented a three double cabins sport yacht, with an owners stateroom at midships, and living, dining and galley located in the enclosed part of the main deck.  Browsing at technical details the Neptunus 650 looks rather light weight displacing at only 34 tons dry and powered by not so big Cats 1000hp engines which give a 31 knots top speed.  A bigger Cats 1138hp Cat option is available increasing both top and cruise speed by about one knot.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.21 m (66.4ft)
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 34926 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4163 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1000hp, 1138hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max 26 knots cruise
Hull Shape - medium Vee with 19.5 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Gregory C. Marshall exterior, Lex Parker interior, Tony Castro hull shape
Certificaion - CE A. ABYC, NMMA

September 9, 2018

Web: Heesen New Web Site

Heesen presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  The story of Heesen starts in 1978 when Frans Heesen buys a shipyard in Oss Harbor.  A year later to this in 1979 Heesen delivers its first super yacht the 28 meter M/Y Amigo sold to a Dutch businessman and able to accommodate ten guests and reach a speed of 26 knots.  With this first super yacht the Dutch Heesen focus is decided and that is to build custom super yachts.  The builds continue to come from Heesen over the years with some of them being rather outstanding, record breaking, and innovative! In 1988 Heesen launches M/Y Octopussy a 38 meter alloy super yacht which breaks the fifty knots top speed barrier, at the time the fastest super yacht in the World.  Eight years later to this in 1996 Heesen breaks another record and launches the largest sport fish of the time M/Y Obsessions a 38 meter Super Sport Fish yacht build of alloy.  As a custom super yacht builder Heesen has always been building larger yachts since its founding, in 1990 it launched M/Y L'Aquasition at 44 meter breaking the forty meter barrier for the Dutch builder.  This is followed in 1992 with M/Y Achiever which enters Heesen into fifty meters and steel hull construction.  Size barriers are broken again with the 65m Galactica Star in 2013 and then again in 2016 with Galactica Super Nova, this last being so far the largest Heesen ever build.  Heesen has over the years also created successful semi custom platforms and two of these series deserve an important mention as the ten hulls of the 37 meter class, and the nine hulls of the 47 meter class.  Heesen pursuit for innovation never stopped and in 2013 the at the time largest build for the builder M/Y Galactica Star featured the innovative Fast Displacement hull form which allow for maximum speeds up to 28 knots.  This is again followed in 2014 with M/Y Alive a 42 meter super yacht which harness kinetic energy thanks to the Vane hull.  Heesen has over the years also won 37 accolades; which started in 1991 44m M/Y Acquasition winning Superyacht of the Year by Superyacht Society, and the last one being awarded to M/Y Home for Best Ecological Design and Operation Innovation.  Heesen currently presents four line of super yachts; Steel, Aluminium, Hybrid and Custom with a total of eleven models currently on offer.  The offer starts with the 42m Steel or 4200 Aluminium and goes up to the 83M Custom.  Heesen new website takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, Models, Fleet, Customisation, Yacht Services, News and Events, and Contact.  Heesen is also present in social media Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, and Instagram pages with link at the bottom right of the page.

September 8, 2018

Project: Ocean King 88 Ducale

With two important launched in 2018 Ocean King continues to raise its stakes in the super yacht sector and presents the project for an 88 Ducale project designed by Paolo Dose of VYD studio from Venice.  The 88 Ducale will be the entry level of a range which so far features two other 108 and 118 project models, with designers Paolo Dose offering an interesting mix of a modern minimal working boat into those of a luxury yacht.  To be build of steel with an aluminium super structure 88 Ducale is a full displacement hull super yacht, and will offer a five double cabin interior including a main deck owners stateroom.  Power will be from twin Man 591hp engines which will give a top speed of eleven knots and a cruise of ten.

September 7, 2018

New Model: Horizon V81

During the 2018 Sydney boat show Horizon presented the newly designed V81, which comes from the well-known V series and features design changes to the V80 first launched in 2014, which in itself was also an extended V72 model. The V81 main differences is that the aft is a single deck unlike the V80 which featured an extended lower cockpit design, with the flybirdge now also further extended covering the extra length of the aft deck.  The V81 offers spacious interior volume and expansive exterior entertaining areas, highlighted with the flush galley-to-saloon transition, floor to ceiling windows on the main deck, and streamlined lower deck windows that maximize natural light as well as enhance exterior styling.  Below deck the Horizon V81 provides comfortable accommodations for up to six guests in three en-suite staterooms, which includes a master stateroom, Queen VIP stateroom, and a twin guest stateroom. Crew quarters and a work space can be found aft of the engines. Moreover, the pilothouse features a protected space to pilot the vessel as well as a day head and dinette for guests; there is also a full bar on the boat deck, with plenty of room to store a tender. Powered by twin Cats 1150hp, the V81 offers 
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.72 m (81.1ft)
Waterline Length - 20.9 m
Beam - 6.28 m
Draft - 1.75 m
Displacement - 64.8 t
Fuel Capacity - 7570 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Cats C18A 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft

September 6, 2018

Project: Palm Beach GT50 Open

Palm Beach new GT project is taking shape and after the Express version the down under boat builder presents the project for a GT50 Open, which changes the dynamic and offers a more direct seasonal Summer use of the sport yacht.  Sleek and dedicated to sun lovers the GT 50 Open will also alter parts of the exterior main deck, more dedicated to day use and having the two L-shaped settees aft replaced by two sun-pads. For the remaining the GT 50 Open is near identical to the Express with a raised by two steps piloting and living area, offering an L-shape dinette to port side, settee to starboard, and a helm station with dual seating to starboard.  Down below the layout of the GT50 Open offers just the Express version two cabins; owners forward and guests at midships, a galley to starboard, and a spacious shower head to starboard.  Palm Beach technical detailing in the GT50 is all for performance and good sea keeping and even though she is IPS powered we see the twin 600hp Volvo positioned centrally.  The Palm Beach GT50 Open is estimated to top speeds of 42 knots and a cruise of 35 knots.        

September 5, 2018

New Model: Jeanneau NC 37

Jeanneau continue to upgrade its NC line and present the new NC 37.  The new NC 37 benefits from the renowned expertise of hull designer Michael Peters, ensuring reliable and secure handling at sea. Outside and inside the NC 37 comes again from the hands of a designer Vittorio Garroni, who evolves the interior layout of the Jeanneau fully enclosed North Cruiser concept with an emphasis for a flash no step living main deck,  open to the exterior, faithful to the spirit of the line of a fully enclosed hard-top.  Two features stand out in the NC 37, first is the modular L-shaped aft cockpit which can be adapted into a sundeck, second is the sliding glass door which opens fully onto the aft cockpit. The layout has been redesigned so that the astern galley is also open to the exterior, with a central bar, a true connection between outside and inside.  The lower deck accommodation of the NC 37 offers two guest cabins, with two shower heads one of which en-suite serving the forward owners cabin.  The Jeanneau NC 37 is powered by standard twin Volvo 220hp engines or optional 260hp units with stern drive propulsion,
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.47 m (37.6ft)
Hull Length - 9.86 m
Beam - 3.59 m
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 6832 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins plus two berths in convertible saloon
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp, D4 260hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP dual propeller stern drive
Project - Vittorio Garroni exterior and interior, Micheal Peters hull
Certification - CE B8, C10

September 4, 2018

Project: Maritimo X50

After a successful launch for the first X60 model, Maritimo continues the sport yacht aft cabin philosophy and presents the project for a smaller X50 sibling.  The Maritimo X50 as the bigger X60 will have three options for the aft cabin, from a third cabin with two inline berths and ensuite bathroom, or a beach club area, or a tender garage.  The forward cabin area of the Maritimo X50 will offer two spacious cabins; VIP suite forward and owners room at midships.  The living of the X50 as most modern hard top sport yachts of this size is to be concentrated under the hard top.  The Maritimo X50 will be powered by standard twin Volvo 675hp or optional 725hp engines located centrally and with line shaft propulsion and should deliver top speeds up to around 36 knots. 

September 3, 2018

New Model: Casa 38 T-Top

Delivered in the last week of July 2018 Casa 38 T-Top build journey was fully followed by PowerYacht in the Inbuild series.  The 38 T-Top shows the custom, tailor made to owner prowess of Cantieri Casa from Gaeta Italy who responded to a client who wanted a T-Top sport cruiser of medium dimensions with a lot of space outside, and a comfortable interior.  The result was a collaboration with designer Pier Luigi Mimmocchi, who designed the new T-Top profile.  The Casa 38 was first born as a Hardtop sport cruiser and an Open project was later offered.  The 38 T-Top is the third version of this twelve meter sport cruiser platform from Casa. The Casa 38 offers an interior lower deck with two owner choices for a two cabins two heads, or a two cabin one head with a more spacious settee and living area layouts.  Power for the Casa 38 T-Top is from twin Volvo 300hp engines reaching top speeds up to 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.2 (40ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 3.66 m
Draft - 1.07 m incl drives 
Displacement - 7 tons medium load
Fuel Capacity - 888 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - four berths in two  cabins 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 38 knots, 33 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at best cruise consumption
Project - Pier Luigi Mimmocchi
Certification - CE B

September 2, 2018

Project: Princess Y85

Princess present the project for the new Y85 an elegant sweeping profile super yacht designed by Pininfarina and long standing since the eighties Plymouth builder designer Olesinski.  The Princess Y85 presents a fly-bridge with an irresistible invitation to Al-fresco entertainment with a large dining area opposite a well-equipped wet bar further complemented by a large aft sun-pad. The expansive single-level main deck provides ample entertaining space with a flexible galley arrangement. Three separate seating areas ensure the utmost privacy for guests with the crew able to move discretely around the yacht. Below deck the Y85 sleeps eight guests accommodated across four beautifully appointed en suite cabins. Amidships, the full beam master suite is a champion of spacial design, whilst the en suite VIP cabin, forward, boasts a large double bed and walk-in-wardrobe. Furthermore, one double and one twin cabin complete her spacious accommodation.  The Princess Y85 is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines propelling her to a top speed of 33 knots.

September 1, 2018

blogger - 5% of Share

Sometimes due to wise past business decisions and a reputation build over the years and decades a company ends up with the market share nearly all in its hands.  Yet when you are up top sometimes it is easy to forget that the customer is first, and a so hard build reputation can easily be tarnished.
This is what is happening to Volvo in the last seven to eight years; in sizes sub ten meters in Europe, and sub twelve meters in North America, with the Swedish engine and stern drive maker dominating the stern drive market since the end of the nineties and the start of the new century.  The competitor to Volvo here though is not another stern drive maker like Mercury or Yanmar, or some other name eating the market.  It's biggest competitor in reality has been the customer who having seen the cost of servicing and parts increase, and reliability of its modern stern drive line introduced in 2004 diminish has turned to other type of propulsion, the outboard motors who are dominating the smaller size market like never before.  The outboard engine has seen an unimaginable increase in the last decade thanks to the reliable, clean and modern four stroke engine, and very little to spend on propulsion system.  You just leave the outboard out of the water and the wear and tear in the engine is practically nearly non existing.
The result of all this is that the stern drive share sub ten meters in the most important pleasure boating North American continent is in its lowest level estimated at 5% in the USA for 2017, all given to the outboard which has seen an unstoppable increase in recent years.  The bad news for the stern drive is not finished with the outboard market share in Europe also increasing not by little in recent years.
The future is also showing the Diesel outboard trying to enter the market with so far very little success from the likes of new names OXE, and Cox, and known makers as Mercury and Yanmar also putting a foothold in this.  Meanwhile Volvo has also purchased a major share in the big engine maker Seven specialized in engines over 500hp.  All very interesting news even for those like me who have always seen the transit from outboard to inboard, as the step which leads from a small to a big boat even if sometimes the difference could have been only just one meter.