December 14, 2018

New Model: Portofino 38 Fly

For 2018 Portofino Marine present the new 38 Fly an evolution of the popular and long standing since 2004 produced 37 Fly.  Considering the long production of the 37, the update is well deserved, and with these super structure design changes, the new 38 Fly takes nothing away from the traditional looking flybridge motor cruiser.  The new Portofino 38 Fly design changes actually add more to a fine mix of tradition and modernity, and I sincerely hope that the updates follow in the other Portofino models.  As all Portofino models the new 38 Fly still sticks to its roots with the solid wooden toe rail, and safe three inch deep bulwarks adding a feel not only of uniqueness and quality but that of a solid looking motor cruiser. The Portofino 38 Fly interior as usual is presented full of wood finish, and offers a layout of a two cabins lower deck; owners cabin forward and guest twin to starboard, and a saloon and galley main deck.  The Portofino 38 Fly is powered by four engines choices two from Volvo, Yanmar and FPT from 330hp up to 400hp.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 12 m (4)
Hull Length - 9.94 m
Beam - 3.90 m
Displacement - 10 t
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus twin convertible berth
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 330hp, Yanmar 8LV2 370hp, FPT 400hp
Propulsion - straight line shaft, and or Volvo IPS pod drives with D6 330hp only 
Speed - 33 knots max with FPT 400hp
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 20 degrees deadrise
Certification - CE B

December 13, 2018

Project: Canelli Innovatio 40

Canelli is looking to expand its range and after launching the different looking Revolution 39 Cocktail in the fall of 2017 presents the project for the Innovation 40.  Designed by Maurizio Marzocca the Innovation 40 while based on the same hull lines of the slightly smaller 39 sister and offering a similar center console package, comes  out as different due to the various options available for its exterior and interior.  Eight different solutions are offered for the Innovation 40; two for the fore-deck, four for the cockpit aft deck, and two for the interior.  The Canelli Innovation 40 can be powered by five available engine options; two petrol gas engines of 300 and 350hp, and three diesel engines from 300hp to 435hp.  Propulsion choice is also available of stern drives and or IPS pod drives.

December 12, 2018

New Model: Baltic M78

Baltic launch the M78 a fuly custom 23 meter semi-planing explorer yacht designed by German Mani Frers and conceived for offshore cruising, combining stunning interior and exterior styling with highly sophisticated hull design which should provide her owners with a comfortable ride at sea and a luxurious living platform at rest.  Mani Frers naval architecture, in the Baltic M78 makes the interesting observation that the speed achieved by large sailing yachts now matches those of motor yachts, much can be learned from the two disciplines to produce highly efficient hull forms.  Frers has also studied recent commercial ship research, which aims to make vessels as efficient as possible. This has led to the motion of the M78 less aggressive, which in turn has the unexpected effect of reducing motion sickness. M78 stability is further enhanced by two Seakeeper gyro stabilizers, all this, linked with the light, stiff hull and deck shell result in an outstanding yacht.  Baltic M78 narrow beam is fundamental to the yacht’s easily driven and sea-kindly hull. She’s powered by twin Volvo diesels 625hp driving through IPS dual propeller pod drives for further efficiency.  A lot has been worked into her accommodation including a stern garage for a tender and a well-equipped galley featuring a dumb waiter leading to the deck saloon. The yacht features striking photographic studies and specialist stucco paneling putting it in a class of her own.  Key features on M78 deck include a remarkable reflective glass deck superstructure housing the wheelhouse and deck saloon, deep bulwarks providing great protection and an all-round walkway and custom stainless steel work including unique 3D printed stainless steel push-pit and pulpit design which enhances the yacht’s contemporary look.  M78 is an advanced explorer yacht which will set the standard for further projects in this field from Baltic Yachts.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.90 m (78.5ft)
Waterline Length - 23.72 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Draft - 0.90 m exl props, 1.2 m with props
Displacement - 40 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 999 l
Accommodation - six guests in three cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS800 pod drives
Speed -25 knots max 17 knots cruise
Range - 700 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - semi planning
Project - German Mani Frers exterior and hull, Design Unlimited interior

December 11, 2018

Project: Gamefisherman 50 Express

Gamfisherman new management is starting to expand the company and now the Stuart, Florida custom sportfish boat builder is looking at many new options.  The Gamefisherman 50 Express project expands on what made the Florida boat builder famous, building traditional inspired sportfish express models.  The Gamefisherman 50 Express features a two cabin two head interior with dinette and galley in between the cabins.  Power for the 50 Express will come from twin 1000hp up to 1200hp engine choices.  

December 10, 2018

New Model: Tornado 50S

Tornado present the new 50S model, a sport yacht of classic features and looks reinvented by Francesco Guida and Pierluigi Mimmochi.  The Tornado 50S is a tribute to deep Vee fast open cruisers and yachts which inspired the 1980's and nineties, and is in itself a restyling of the 50 launched in 2010, and features differences to the windscreen design, bigger engines of twin Volvo 600hp from 435hp, and improvements of both the external and interior layouts. The hull one of the 50S featured a two cabin two head traditional cabin layout; forward main cabin, guest cabin at midship, guest head to starboard, dinette and galley in between the cabins, and a single berth crew cabin with private head to starboard.  The Tornado 50S new 600hp engines choice deliver power up to 40 knots of maximum speed, while a cruise of 25 knots gives a range of 430 nautical miles and a 4.8 miles per liter fuel consumption.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.30 m (50.1ft)
Beam - 4.36 m
Draft - 0.80 m exl props and drives
Displacement - 11250 kg dry 14000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2100 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Persons - ten persons
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 40 knots max 25 knots cruise
Range - 430 nm at 25 knots cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 21 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - resin infused Epoxy Vinilester resin, hull bottom in solid fiberglass with Airex core sides.  Superstructure in mixed core and solid glass elements. 
Project - Francesco Guida, Pierluigi Mimmochi, Tornado technical department
Certification - CE B

December 9, 2018

Project: Benetti Diamond 145

Benetti present the Diamond 145 project, a 44-meter displacement super yacht that draws on the core features of the Displacement Class line history.  Expert owners will be struck by a yacht that can be an integral part of their finest moments with unparalleled style, comfort and safety.  The elegant design suggests the proportions and details that convey a feeling of sturdiness and power. The discreet but tangible sense of refinement will strike a chord with owners who love to combine glamour with credible practicality.  The seamless design of the huge glazed surfaces accentuates the length of the yacht and its brightly-lit interiors. The exterior styling, which stands out for its remarkable continuity of lines and surfaces, is the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta.  The interior design by Achille Salvagni is based on roomy, welcoming settings, where the choice of light color shades underscores the wealth of natural light. Access to the main deck is by two wide stairways in the stern, which are also one of the yacht’s architectural highlights. The main cockpit welcomes guests in a wide and bright setting, and leads seamlessly to the immense, fully glazed main lounge. The full-beam master cabin in the bow has a roomy wardrobe, a full-beam bathroom and a study or office. The galley and service areas are laid out to make best use of the space available, in such a way as to provide high level service on board, without encroaching on guests’ privacy.  The upper deck features a big outdoor area in the stern with access to the lounge, which is dominated by extensive glazed surfaces that cover 80% of the perimeter. The extremely spacious piloting area is positioned next to the captain’s cabin for perfect visibility. The bow area covers seventy square meters and features a remarkable custom spa pool.  The sun deck, over 115 square meters of outdoor space and can be furnished according to the owner’s tastes. All life rafts and all functional features are hidden or integrated in the design to avoid contaminating the purity of the yacht’s contours.  The night area for guests is on the lower deck and is made up of four double cabins, with the option of a fifth on the upper deck. The crew quarters and laundry are fit in the bow area.  The beach area and beach club can be fully customised and can be enjoyed both at sea and at anchor. The two 1400hp Man engines will drive the Benetti Diamond 145 to a top speed of 15 knots and at a cruise of eleven knots the super yacht will have a range of 3,800 nautical miles.

December 8, 2018

New Model: Bugari F86

Founded in 1968 Bugari from Ancona has been pretty much quiet in recent years.  For those that don't know Bugari had build quite a name for itself in the 1980's and nineties for building one off custom super yachts most of them in alloy. But things seem to be getting interesting again for Bugari with ownership and management changes in 2014 presenting a new three model line up of semi-custom motor and super yachts from 77 to 100 feet designed by Filippo Salvetti, who looks to be the new Italian designer to watch of 2018 and beyond.  Bugari has started this new line up with the launch of the new F86, a two deck and half semi wide body super yacht with a modern profile, and an owners stateroom on the main deck.  The lower deck of the F86 will be offered in three options of three or four guest cabins. A crew lobby with two cabins sleeping four is located at midships in between the engine room and the guest cabin area.  The Bugari F86 competes with the the likes of the Azimut Grande 27 Metri for a sub 28 meter semi wide body super yacht with owners stateroom on the main cabin, and three or four cabins on the lower deck.  The Bugari F86 is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines which will allow speeds up to thirty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.51 m (86.5ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 25.5 m without extended bathing platform 
Beam - 6.40 m
Draft - 1.95 m
Displacement - 80 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or ten guests in 5 cabins, four crew in two cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 25 knots cruise with Man 1900hp
Range - 1500 nm at 11 knots
Hull Shape - FastEco planning hull
Project - Filippo Salvetti
Certification - RINA   

December 7, 2018

Improve-it = Rizzardi 48 In

Just about a year ago Rizzardi sent us a press release for improvements to its 48 In model for the 2018 model year, mostly concerning new engine choices up to 1000hp.  Come the fall of 2018 Rizzardi sent a new press release which aims to make the 48 In more accessible for 2019 and beyond with the addition of a smaller twin Cat 650hp engines and Top System surface drives choice, and new lower deck layouts.  This new smaller Cat engine propulsion will deliver better nautical mile per liter numbers and yet take nothing away from performance with speeds up to 42 knots and a cruise of 36.  The Rizzardi 48 In has also been added with new versions for the lower deck layout, with the addition of a VIP midships cabin and a single berth to starboard layout being available in addition to the standard double twin cabins at midships.  Another new layout for 48 In will also feature larger shower heads to port side, galley moved to starboard, and no lower deck saloon.  But the guest shower head in the standard version has also been improved in space now featuring a separate shower.  A total of five lower deck choices are available now for the Rizzardi 48 In, and these options are added with new different furnishing options featuring a softer trim.  With all these new options, three engine choice from 650hp to 1000hp, and five lower deck layouts the Rizzardi 48 In presents itself as a pure semi-custom sport cruiser in a size of just fourteen meters.  Launched in 2016 the Corrado Rizzardi designed 48 In continues to move forward in the future, a model which is an evolution of the 2004 launched 45 Incredible sold in over eighty units in a production run of eight years.

December 6, 2018

New Model: Princess F70

Princess present the F70, new flagship model for its F for Flybridge line which features six models and starts wit the F43.  The F70 features the very latest in Princess Flybridge design and the new Allure Collection, an optional style pack featuring an array of fixtures, fittings and finishes. The Princess F70 impresses for her generous 26 square meters flybridge which accommodates a large U-shaped dining area, served by a fully equipped wet-bar, aft sun-pad and forward seating area adjacent to the helm. The social main deck layout features an aft galley arrangement which opens fully to the cockpit and a walk-through fore-deck area with additional sunbathing and seating areas.  The lower deck of the F70 all dedicated to the cabins with the full beam master suite with private access stairway playing center stage of attractions.  The forward guest area features a VIP stateroom to fore which boasts a large double bed. Two further guest cabins and an optional two berth aft crew cabin feature single beds and the option to be converted to double.  The Princess F70 is powered by twin Man 1400hp which enable her to reach speeds up to 36 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.25 m (69.9ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 20.9 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 37500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 909 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 36 knots max
Project - Bernard Olesinski
Certification - CE, ABYC, NMMA 

December 5, 2018

Project: Sabre 58 Salon Express

The Sabre Yachts Team is thrilled to announce the Sabre 58 Salon Express project, a model which will fit nicely between the current 48 and 66 Dirigo models, and features a galley-up design with large windows for ample natural light, a main door that opens fully from port to starboard merging outdoors with indoors, and a full beam master suite. All of this is captured in a sure-to-please design that balances classic charm with contemporary innovation.  Located aft within the pilothouse, her fully-equipped galley boasts a U-shaped counter to port with cook-top, sink, and ample under-counter storage, balanced to starboard with another stretch of linear counter and storage. From there, a single step accesses the salon, and the helm deck, creating a graceful and practical social space.  Below deck, the Sabre 58 Salon Express houses three cabins each with ensuite head and shower, and including an expansive, full-beam master stateroom with a walk-around king berth, a generously proportioned head and shower unit, and abundant storage.  The Sabre 58 Salon Express will be standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS dual propeller pod propulsion.

December 4, 2018

New Model: Sunseeker 74 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker brand new 74 Sport Yacht with 38 knot capability, boasts the latest design cues and sporting prowess as the recently launched Predator 74. However, while maintaining her dynamic look, the in-house design team at Sunseeker has created the 74 Sport Yacht with an exceptional sport bridge, almost perceivable within her profile lines.  Designed to offer the ultimate experience, the yacht’s exterior enjoys oversize pillar-less windows down to the side deck and a helm sunroof which flood the interior with light and provide exceptional views from the saloon in all directions. The 74 Sport Yacht enjoys a versatile layout throughout and the sport bridge offers not only an additional helm station, but a perfect entertaining space with plentiful seating, dining and sunbathing options and a convenient drawer fridge as standard, along with optional bimini and wet bar upgrades.  Depending on the owner’s wishes, the 74 Sport Yacht can be transformed into an open in warmer regions or closed in cooler climates with the innovative cockpit door mechanism which lowers itself into the sole of the yacht to create an uninterrupted level floor from the helm to the rear of the aft deck.  Stepping on board, owners enjoy stylish interiors and luxurious living with a considerable saloon including a sumptuous lounge and dining area, plus an optional storage unit port side. Below deck there is a generous galley and three spacious en-suite cabins, comprising an aft master stateroom, starboard twin and forward VIP. The master cabin benefits from an optional walk-in wardrobe.  The below deck configuration offers complete flexibility for owners with an option to replace the lower dinette with a walk-in wardrobe for the forward VIP or an additional twin guest cabin which would allow the yacht to accommodate up to eight guests in a four cabin arrangement plus a dedicated twin crew cabin.  The exterior spaces also a enjoy a versatile fore-deck area with its superb sun-pad for soaking up the rays and spacious lounge seating with optional canopy and drawer fridges.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.82 m (74.9ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.87 m
Displacement - 46900 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 4800 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft with semi recessed tunnels and fixed pitch propellers
Speed - 38 knots max
Range - 380 nm at cruise

December 3, 2018

Project: Viking 38 Open

The Viking Yacht Company is proud to announce the addition of the 38 Open.  The 38 Open will share platform with the upcoming 38 Billfish, both of which are models based on the outgoing 37 Billfish.  The 38 Open presents itself as an owner operator sportfish cruiser and Viking's entry level model, offering simplicity and ease of maintenance, serving as ready-to-go fishing machine equipped for inshore and offshore missions as well as a versatile cruising boat with reliable inboard diesel power.  The 38 Open and Billfish apart sharing same hull, cockpit, and have a similar mechanical arrangement but differ in command deck and bridge configurations. The ten square meters cockpit is equipped with a laminated mounting plate in the deck for fighting chair, rocket launcher or table installations. Other features include in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a bait freezer with upper tray, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and raw-water wash downs. Both boats feature two-person seats flanking the center-line walk-through. There’s refrigerated drink storage, as well as ample general storage throughout.  The 38 Open’s command deck also has ample seating, with port and starboard L-shaped lounges and storage below. A raised centerline command station gives the driver excellent sight lines and is equipped with a fiberglass helm pod, power-assist hydraulic steering with stainless steel wheel and Palm Beach style controls. Viking’s Palm Beach Towers can outfit the 38 Open with a custom tuna tower with a second helm and a buggy top.  The 38 Open has a cabin layout geared more toward day boating, featuring a starboard-side sofa with storage. The galley and head with enclosed shower are positioned on the port side. The galley features Corian counter-tops, two-burner electric stoves, microwave/convection ovens, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with built-in ice makers.  The forward cabin has a lower double bunk and an upper single with a starboard-side hanging locker.  As construction goes Viking 38 series will be build with a modified vinylester resin used in the entire hull skin. End-grain balsa and closed-cell foam are used as coring materials in selected areas for optimized strength and stiffness while minimizing weight. The single integral fiberglass fuel tank, sealed to the hull with resin foam, is resin infused with balsa coring on all sides for stiffness. The hull-to-deck joint is mechanically fastened every three inches and fiber-glassed inside.  The Viking 38 Open will be powered with twin Cummins 550hp.  The Viking 38 Open will launch in January 2019, with a World wide preview at the February Miami boat show.

December 2, 2018

New Model: Feadship 93m Project #814

Feadship has on 22 October 2018 launched the 93 meter Project #814.  Representing one of the largest yachts ever built by Feadship, this 93-metre masterpiece was towed from construction hall of the Kaag yard. Further commissioning work will continue in the months ahead including the addition of balconies and wing stations. The yacht will remain covered over the winter, to be seen in all her splendid glory next spring.  With a generous beam of over fourteen meters, this groundbreaking Feadship will set a new standard in luxury. Working in hand with the experienced owners, Michael Leach Design has drawn an elegant and timeless exterior with breathtaking lines. Reymond Langton’s stunning interior is akin to a beautiful and contemporary jewelry box.  Five years in the making, the owners with the help of Burgess assembled a world class build team. Scouring the globe for the finest and rarest materials Project #814 promises to redefine the boundaries of luxury yacht construction. One of a kind features include a two-deck IMAX theatre, a fully certified helipad with Jet A fuel, four VIP suites each with 8k TVs, and facilities that cater to a wide range of sports including golf, basketball, volleyball and soccer among many others. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 93 m (305.1ft)
Beam - 14.10 m
Draft - 3.90 m
Accommodation - five cabin guests sleeping ten
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Micheal Leach exterior, Raymond Langton interior, Feadship De Voogt Naval Architecture

December 1, 2018

blogger - Competitively Expensive

At Cannes boat show 2018 Fairline launched its Targa 43 Open, a new entry level Sport Cruiser, replacing the 38 as the starting point of the British boat maker.  The quality of the Fairline Targa 43 Open was very much praised by visitors and the press, and with this new model the British boat builder made a statement of quality all over the board, from the two layout choices to a rich feeling of visible quality and fittings. The British builder though forgot one important aspect with its new entry model, and that was to be competitive in the price segment.  
First the Farline Targa 43 is a to close competitor in price and substance, same pod propulsion and engine type to the just two feet more in real length Targa 48 Open larger sister.  Second Fairline also out priced itself to compete with the best sellers in this size, as the Azimut Atlantis 43, and the Cranchi M44 HT.  
Fairline entry level, has two errors; it is a direct inside competitor to one of its recent best sellers and most interesting boats, and that it out priced itself from the competition.  In all this though Fairline has declared good sales after the Cannes and Southampton boat show for the Targa 43 Open, though whether the sales are real or dealer based is yet to be seen.