December 31, 2019

Monthly News - December 2019

-pic of the month- Azimut Benetti Group Top Super Yacht Builder for 20th time

Azimut Benetti Group Top Super Yacht Builder for Twentieth Time

For the 20th time, leading luxury motor yacht builder Azimut|Benetti Group confirms its place on the top step of the Global Order Book 2020 podium, the official ranking drawn up each year by highly-reputed UK magazine Boat International to report on industry trends for yachts over 80 feet in length based on actual order data.  With its Azimut Yachts and Benetti brands, the Italian Group has outranked shipyards from around the world, with 101 yachts under construction totalling 3,535 meters in length, and celebrates the milestone of 50 years in business with this prestigious win.  But the happy surprises don’t end here: in the last few days the second Giga yacht over 100 meters long launched this year was handed over to the owner, crowning the first “Benetti Giga Season”. This endorses Benetti’s excellence in this segment as the only shipyard in the southern Mediterranean to compete in this niche market.  Finally, the last initiative to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary puts the spotlight on the company’s employees and their families, after the customer-oriented celebrations in Dubai, the exciting experience in Times Square and the magical evening in Cap d’Antibes.  Employees were given a copy of the book written by the Vitelli family about the history of the Italian yachting industry and the company’s place in it. It describes the founder’s entrepreneurial vision and tells the story of how Azimut|Benetti’s success is built on the consistency and continuity of management ensured by the family. There were some particularly touching moments during the evening, such as the award ceremony for long service employees (25, 30 and over 30 years) and the presentation to Paolo Vitelli of an unexpected plaque with which everyone in the company wanted to express their esteem for the Man and the entrepreneur. The Group President commented: “I created this company 50 years ago and for almost half our long history we have topped the world ranking, a record of which I am deeply proud. Our longstanding success stems from ongoing efforts to develop and improve our products and production processes, in which attention to design, innovation and technology, but also the quality of the work of our employees - our most valuable asset - are imprinted in the company’s DNA. This business culture combined with the financial solidity that is essential when yachts this size are involved and our managers’ expertise, have once again shown that they represent the value added by the Group. It is with great joy and equally great confidence in the future that I close this unrepeatable year: both Benetti and Azimut Yachts already have very healthy order books and will soon be launching some extraordinary product novelties”.

Benetti Wins Robb Report China Best of Best 2019

During a gala evening held on December 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing, Robb Report China named “Spectre” as the winner of the Best of the Best award in the “Yachts over 100 feet” category.  Benetti has once again won over Asian markets with the shipyard’s capabilities, know-how and craftsmen, confirming the brand’s place on the international scene as a leading builder of yachts that are both groundbreaking and proud heirs to a great tradition.  This new success for “Spectre” can be attributed to the sophisticated exterior design by Giorgio M. Cassetta, who has strived to reconcile the yacht’s sporty character with her sheer size, and also to the style of the interiors, which are given a very modern feel by steel detailing and sculpted glass, and are designed by Benetti’s Interior Style Department. The award also takes into consideration the yacht’s sporty performance, the cutting-edge hull technology designed by Mulder Design and the Total Ride Control® system from Naiad Dynamics1.  One of the many striking things about this exclusive yacht is the novel “High Speed Cruising Hull” created by famous Dutch firm Mulder Design to deliver incredible performance. As well as a range of 6,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots, “Spectre” has a top speed of 21.2 knots, or 30% faster than a traditional displacement hull. Also contributing to the stunning performance of “Spectre”, in addition to the hull, is the Total Ride Control® system by Naiad Dynamics1, which significantly improves cruising stability and onboard comfort using two roll stabilizing fins, two forward pitch control canards and three independently controlled stern interceptor blades.  Benetti is proud to receive this award that confirms the brand’s success and pays tribute to the work of everyone who contributes their long standing experience and an overriding passion for the sea and beauty to the process of building unique, cutting-edge yachts.

Benetti Sponsors Exhibition for Livorno Artist Amedeo Modigliani

For Benetti, a timeless icon of excellence with the skills to combine great tradition with refinement in an exclusive all-Italian product, its sponsorship of the exhibition “Modigliani e l’avventura di Montparnasse. Capolavori dalle collezioni Netter e Alexandre” is no coincidence. By celebrating the work of Livorno native Amedeo Modigliani, Benetti identifies and demonstrates the parallels existing between the artist’s profoundly Italian culture and the style of its yachts, which has always been influenced by the dictates of art.  The common thread tying Benetti to this event is the love of beauty represented by a master artist like Amedeo Modigliani, taken together with the powerfully international outlook of a man who brought Renaissance art to a worldwide audience, and a shipyard that is in the process of conquering all five continents with its yachts.  The exhibition, which is the city of Livorno’s way of paying tribute to one of the most famous artists of all time, marking the centenary of his death at only 36 on January 24, 1920, is organized by the municipality of Livorno together with the Restellini Institute, Paris, and with the participation of Fondazione Livorno. Furthermore, the exhibition is curated by Marc Restellini with the coordination of Sergio Risaliti and offers to the public the opportunity to admire 26 Modigliani’s works including paintings and drawings.  Entering the exhibition, visitors will be welcomed with a surprise by a 1:50 scale model of the Benetti 58-meter Sunday.


Ferretti Custom Line Record Breaking 2019

Custom Line’s tailor-made nautical art is winning over more and more owners and enthusiasts as demonstrated by the 14 launches with which the shipyard is celebrating the end of the year. Three new launches were held during the last three months at the Ferretti Group’s Superyacht Yard in Ancona: Custom Line 106’ was launched on 28 October, a Navetta 42 on 3 December, and a Navetta 28 took to the water on 12 December.  These latest débuts show once again the tremendous commercial success of 28-42 metre Custom Line vessels, the leaders in comfort, technology and design. As many as 14 Custom Line yachts were launched in 2019 at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard, crowned by the recent sale of two Navetta 33s in December alone.  These masterpieces offer the qualities of seaworthiness, comfort, safety and customization - part of the brand’s DNA and company philosophy - in products that are revolutionary in terms of their style, volume and attention to detail.  As with all Custom Line vessels, the interior layout of these yachts offers exclusive features. Every request from the customer was implemented by the architects at the shipyard, who work with a vast range of prized woods and furnishing materials on display at the showroom and come up with solutions that are both functional and aesthetically advanced.  These events were held at Ferretti Group’s Superyacht Yard in Ancona: a world-class ship-building facility that also builds the steel and aluminium mega-yachts for the CRN, Riva and Pershing brands, as well as the entire Custom Line fleet. The latter will be completed by the arrival of the new Custom Line 140’ for the planing line, the result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee, led by the engineer Piero Ferrari, the Group’s Engineering Department and the Francesco Paszkowski Design studio, and by the new Navetta 30 and Navetta 48, part of the semi-displacement line that are the result of the new collaboration with the architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel studio for the interiors.

Ferretti Group Convergance 2019

Mixing business with pleasure – in this sense Las Vegas is a guarantee – “Convergence 2019”, the event dedicated to professional training for captains and chief engineers of Ferretti Group yachts, left all the participants not only with a pleasant memory but also the feeling of having experienced an important time of discussion and sharing on technical topics examined clearly and in depth, using effective interactive methods. Following a presentation on the commercial and technological news and the new refitting services of Ferretti Group’s Customer Service, the first workshop, held on 23rd October, was dedicated to "Connectivity on board", with a focus on the Internet connection of the various equipment and the future potential regarding issues of privacy and cybersecurity. The panelists included representatives of Ferretti Group, MAN, MTU, Naviop-Simrad, RINA and Volvo Penta, who outlined the opportunities and possible future developments for the shipbuilding sector. This issue is very topical in an increasingly connected and “smart” world that inevitably also involves the complex on-board systems of luxury yachts.  On 25th October, the topic was "Preventing and managing extraordinary weather events". The participants were keenly interested in topics such as weather forecasting, yacht preparation, and the insurance perspective on these ever-increasing extreme weather events.  RINA and Side Power were the sponsors of this workshop, bringing to the attention of the participants the importance of preparing one’s yacht for these contingencies from the moment of its configuration in the shipyard and the importance of inspections and periodic renewals of the Class Certificates.  USCG Vice Admiral Brian Peterman and Rear Admiral Duncan Smith stimulated the discussion by presenting the case of the sinking of the container ship El Faro due to underestimation of the weather conditions and incorrect course choices made by the captain. Neil Maclaren, of International Bluewater Marine Services, marine surveyor and former Royal Navy officer, presented cases of vessels affected by lightning and the precautions that need to be taken.  To complete the discussion, Rob Carron and Andrea Gaudenzi of the company Willis Towers Watson informed the audience on the insurance issues related to these exceptional events.  Also in this panel discussion there were many questions and observations from the captains and chief engineers.  In both sessions, an interactive app made it possible to have feedback and questions from the audience in real time, also anonymously, proving to be very valuable in facilitating discussion and participation to the panel.  Of particular importance was the contribution of the technical sponsors: Asea Power System, Seakeeper, and Videoworks, who set up special corners where they provided information to the participants in dedicated meetings.  Equally appreciated was the offer of activities for socialising and fun, with guided explorations of Las Vegas and its most famous sites. Marked by magical emotions and gastronomic delight, the evening that featured the fantastic Cirque du Soleil performance of "O" at the Bellagio, in which water is the protagonist, was followed by a fabulous dinner at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace.  For the Convergence Night, the group ventured to the top of the Stratosphere, the highest tower in the state of Nevada, with unparalleled and breathtaking views of the Las Vegas skyline. The bravest participants also had the chance to experience the adrenaline-fuelled rides at the top of the tower.  In addition to the classroom days, the day of the 24th was dedicated to the always enjoyable and fruitful teambuilding activity, this time set on a ranch in the California desert, with exciting challenges and moments of socialisation that further strengthened the team spirit. Divided into teams, the participants challenged each other in various cowboy games, including lasso tossing, ax throwing, and “the bucking barrel”, a fun variation of the mechanical bull, a true Wild West adventure that left everyone tired but happy.  At the conclusion of the event, the prize was awarded to the winning team and the certificates of attendance, highly coveted amongst Ferretti Group yacht captains, were handed out.  “Convergence is proving more and more each year to be an essential opportunity for increasing the skills and experience of the captains and chief engineers of Ferretti Group yachts”, said Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti Group’s Chief Commercial Officer. “It is a unique opportunity for professionals and experts to exchange information and opinions, which also helps us improve our vessels by providing owners with an increasingly safe and satisfying sailing experience”.


Gulf Craft at Formula One Etihad Grand Prix

Yas Marina is alive in the first weekend of December with the biggest motorsports event in the region, the F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019. In similar fashion, the F1 in its tenth year, is attracting an A-list crowd of royalty, celebrities, and wealthy C-suite executives.  To add extra glitz to the event and event’s exclusivity Gulf Craft fleet of superyachts was present at the waterfront as the Grand Prix proves a major event for the global yachting community. For Gulf Craft, being an Emirati company, it is an exciting gathering especially that it is coupled with the long National Day celebration weekend.  With more choices than ever before, the company showed the Majesty 44, 48, 56, 77, 90, 101, 121, 122 and 125 along with the Nomad 75 to view and experience for international A-listers.


Hatteras Launch A Legacy of Innovation Video

Hatteras Yachts launch A Legacy of Innovation," a video honoring its 60th year. This short video spans the years from 1959, when Founder Willis Slane decided he wanted to build a boat that could go out when the wooden boats had to stay at the dock, to the new GT65 Carolina under construction in the factory today. Whether it’s a 1950s motor yacht or a contemporary, tournament-level sportfish, this video gives you a glimpse into the engineering and innovation behind each Hatteras.


Maritimo Finishes 2019 as World Champions

Leading Australian luxury motoryacht manufacturer Maritimo's international race team has beaten the world's best to be crowned UIM XCAT World Champions and XCAT Pole Position World Champions in Dubai at the weekend.  Maritimo Racing was the first team in XCAT history to win both titles and also the first non UAE team to win a world championship.  Maritimo was also the first Non Victory Team Hull/Boat to win a world championship.  Maritimo's lead designer and race team member Tom Barry-Cotter said the feeling of the win 'was unreal'.  He said the win came after a year of high and lows and was a long way from the serious accident that saw the team's boat destroyed in an accident in April 2018.  " We competed in a brand new boat designed and built by Maritimo on the Gold Coast and first raced in Italy in Round 1 where it secured pole position and second place in Race 1 in its first outing," said Barry-Cotter.  "We developed the boat all year, improving handling and speed.  "We took two wins in Shanghai last month to set up the championship showdown with Dubai Police#3 and Abu Dhabi#4.  "Conditions were challenging here in Dubai, but they suited the boat's design.  "We took Pole Position and secured the Pole Position Championship on Friday."  He said race one in Dubai was incredibly challenging with the team having a technical issue for the opening laps that saw it dropping back to fifth position. The technical issue cleared and Maritimo fought back to secure second place in an incredible race with many overtakes, thus setting up for the championship decider with one race to go.  "Who ever won the race out of top three championship boats would be crowned champion," said Barry-Cotter.  "We got a great start in race two and were fighting in second position from the opening lap.  "We felt we had the pace and were applying constant pressure to Abu Dhabi #4 in front . "That pressure became too much for #4 and they hooked the boat in a turn missing a turn mark, thus releasing us, into clean water with no boats in front.  "We continued to pull away from the field and boat got faster and faster.  "However, It didn’t all go our way, as we lost all comms in the boat and from boat to shore, so the race strategy was all done from hand signals in the cockpit and from shore.  "We are incredibly proud and excited to bring the championship back to Australia for the first time and share with our 300 staff at Maritimo."  Maritimo is the only production motor yacht manufacturer with a dedicated race team competing on the international stage and the learnings from such high pressure racing flow through to improvements and innovation in the production yacht range.


Pardo 2020 Power of the Year Nomination

The Pardo 38 has been nominated for the 2020 European Power Boat of The Year, the most important European award. Launched as a World Première at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival, the Pardo 38 achieved great success only days after her first public appearance. As every year, we'll discover the award winner during the official opening gala called "Flagship Night", on January 18th at Düsseldorf.


Pursuit Welcomes New Marketing Manager

Pursuit Boats, a luxury fishing and cruising boat manufacturer, is pleased to welcome Megan Foley Morris to the team in the role of Marketing Manager for the award-winning brand. Morris brings with her a wealth of experience in the fields of marketing, public relations, advertising, publishing and event planning across multiple platforms, including more than 10 years immersed directly in the marine industry. Morris will work closely with Pursuit’s Director of Marketing as the company expands not only its facilities, but its staff, brand and product line. “We are happy to welcome Megan Morris aboard as Marketing Manager,” said Amy Gobel who was promoted to Director of Marketing earlier this year. “Megan’s marketing acumen will be instrumental to our team as we work to further build the Pursuit brand through strategic marketing campaigns and explore innovative ways to communicate the Pursuit lifestyle and the distinctions that make our boats the best in the industry.” In her role as Marketing Manager, Morris will coordinate with the marketing and design teams to create advertising plans, both digital and print, plan and manage photo shoots and other events, such as boat shows, and work directly with the sales team and dealers. A south Florida native, Morris will also communicate with local media to build the Pursuit brand regionally. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Pursuit family,” said Morris. “It is a strong, established company that builds beautiful boats right here in south Florida. The lifestyle Pursuit brings to its boat owners is contagious and is evidenced in the positivity of the team. I thank all who have welcomed me as we work together to deliver the boats built here to the families who will enjoy the Pursuit experience behind the helm.”


Riviera Owner Says Thank You to Owners and Staff

Riviera Australia continues to create and innovate motor yachts of distinction. Yachts that are acclaimed internationally for their sea keeping qualities and high calibre of construction as much as they are for their fine and luxurious finishes.  At the company’s annual end of year celebrations, Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst addressed the 600-strong team and paid tribute to both the craftsmen and women who create Australia’s most popular motor yachts and the almost 5,600 loyal yacht owners that make up the global ‘Riviera family’.  “Why are Riviera yachts in such demand?” said Mr. Longhurst. “Why do boaters often comment that Riviera is among the finest motor yachts in the world?  “We have a special culture here that all of you have created, together. All of you work as a united team. You have a real commitment to excellence and you work with us to nurture future champions in our team and to create the finest motor yachts we can.  “This culture is what makes Riviera, Australia’s world-class motor yacht builder and allows our owners to have the time of their lives aboard our yachts. That’s a great reward for us all and in recognition of this, I thank each and every one of you here today for your part in our success as much as I thank our owners publicly for their trust in us all,” added Mr Longhurst.  Long-time staff members and long-term dealerships have been key to Riviera’s continued success in 2019. At the same time, Riviera continues to be humbled by the fierce loyalty shown by Riviera yacht owners from around the world, a great many of whom are repeat customers. These experienced boat owners have shown great confidence in their commitment to Riviera.  Rodney Longhurst showed both loyalty and trust by purchasing Riviera in 2012 and infusing its leadership with strength and long-term commitment. Seven years on, the company continues to grow and expand. Riviera is a truly global brand focused firmly on its people and impressive yacht range.  Having owned a number of Riviera motor yachts prior to purchasing the company Rodney Longhurst brought a unique insight to the company, from a boat owner’s perspective.  What he’s championed is a relentless pursuit of build quality and excellence, which is articulated from the senior levels of management right down to the factory floor.  Riviera is always striving to deliver the best possible boating experience. To create this opportunity, the skilled in-house design and new yacht development team in collaboration with international specialists, has been expanded in 2019 to over 50 people. At the same time, The company’s design engineers are always working with the world’s leading brands, to allow Riviera to often set trends where others tend to follow. Their mission is to remain nimble and respond to customer needs with fresh eyes and fresh approaches.  With the 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht, for example, Riviera saw an opportunity to create a new and unique class of yacht. They perceived a similar opportunity with the SUV range developing a niche slightly away from the mainstream.  These two series now bring to five the number of distinct model collections offered by Riviera in 2019 – Sport Yacht, SUV, Flybridge, Sports Motor Yacht and Belize – featuring 20 models in total, ranging from 39 to 72 feet with more exceptional models currently under development for release in 2020 and 2021.  This diversity of model design and size is a key point of difference for Riviera owners and dealers alike. It’s a formidable range, one that is continually evolving, all backed with substance and vision.

Riviera Assist Supports Owners

The Christmas holiday period will bring together more Riviera owners at Rottnest Island than any other time of year. Approximately 250 Riviera motor yachts will moor at Rottnest over the festive season, enjoying the pristine surrounds and sharing in the unique camaraderie that is the Riviera family.  Riviera’s representative in Perth, R Marine Perth will again operate its industry-leading 'Riviera Assist' program for the twelfth consecutive year, supporting WA Riviera owners with a technician and a ready supply of spare parts and consumer-able items. This exclusive service is just one of the many benefits of being part of the Riviera and R Marine family. The ‘mother-ship’ for the program this year is a Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge and R Marine Perth will moor the yacht at Thompson’s Bay in Rottnest Island.  There is no other service available in western Australia that compares to this program provided by R Marine Perth. Michael Pitman, the Dealer Principal at R Marine Perth is entirely focused on ensuring that every member of the Riviera family enjoying Rottnest Island this Christmas season is well supported and cared for.  "We will be based at Rottnest Island and working to ensure that all Riviera owners have a fantastic holiday, safe in the knowledge that we are there to help them should they require any assistance", Michael stated.  Arriving in Thompson’s Bay on Boxing Day and staying until Sunday evening, the 5th of January, the ‘Riviera Assist’ program will operate with a 'no call out' fee service during this peak period and parts and labour are not included in the service. Call out times will be very prompt given the immediacy of the location and the crew will be using the ‘mother ship’s’ high speed 6.5 metre rigid inflatable boat. Typical service issues range from generators, to batteries and sanitation systems.  Josh Hoffman, the senior technician from RMP Service, will oversee the ‘Riviera Assist’ program at Rottnest this year. Expecting around 150 calls and callouts over this busy holiday period, Josh and his team are fully prepared and focused on making sure that all WA Riviera owners fully enjoy Rottnest over the holiday period. Michael Pitman knows only too well how important the R Marine Perth ‘Riviera Assist’ program is to Riviera owners.  "Every year our exclusive ‘Riviera Assist’ program is incredibly well received and appreciated. It is all about ensuring peace of mind for our owners while they enjoy a well-deserved break at Rottnest. Too see so many Riviera boats in one place at one time is the most amazing spectacle you will see. Our unique owner care and support programs such as ‘Riviera Assist’; is just another reason why boaters choose to own a Riviera motor yacht", Michael commented.  Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst congratulated the R Marine Perth team for the exceptional owner care and service they provide.  “The ‘Riviera Assist’ program offered by R Marine Perth is a one-of-a-kind service. With such a large number of Riviera owners out on the water near Rottnest at this time of year, the service is a great benefit to our owners. We want all of our Riviera owners to enjoy a relaxing Christmas season on the water” Mr Longhurst added.

Riviera Lights Up Gold Coast

Australia’s premier luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has held one of its largest overnight Raft-Up’s on the Gold Coast, with a total of 37 yachts rafting together, to share in the spirit of the festive season and their love of Australia’s most popular luxury motor yachts. Following months of behind the scenes planning, R Marine Jones, the Riviera and Belize representatives based at Coomera, welcomed a procession of 37 yachts into the harbour at Calypso Bay on Saturday morning. Gliding in at their allotted time slots to form a striking arc, the yachts ranged from a 3000 Offshore to a 68 Sports Motor Yacht.  Riviera’s Raft-Ups, held around the country, are just one of over 100 exclusive events marked on the boating calendar for Riviera owners to celebrate and share their passion for their luxury motor yachts. These raft-up’s are an opportunity to enjoy some festive cheer and relish the unique camaraderie shared between Riviera owners.  The R Marine Jones team played Santa Claus, hopping from yacht to yacht, delivering gifts and costumes, spreading Christmas cheer. Arming the ‘Riv kids’ with handfuls of glow sticks, their grins stretched from ear to ear, a good indication that all were having a fantastic time.  As dusk arrived, the band kicked off with some standard favourites, as old and new friends enjoyed a chilled bottle of Tasmanian wine and some fresh king prawns provided for the occasion. The laser light show that followed had even the most time-honoured guests in awe as the colourful beams of light pierced the night sky.  Seasoned skipper, Regan Fleming and his family, arrived back to the Gold Coast aboard their Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht only weeks before the Raft-Up. Returning from an epic 7000 nautical mile cruise through the Pacific, they were keen to share and swap stories with their fellow Riviera adventurers.  “The R Marine Jones Raft up was fantastic. As always, a very well organised event by Randall and his experienced team. It was great to catch up with fellow Riviera owners over some fresh prawns, a few drinks and some great live music. It was also a good opportunity for us to share stories and videos of our Pacific trip this year with other Riviera owners as well,” Regan reminisced following the raft-up.  Tony Borgia purchased his Belize Daybridge from R Marine Jones only a matter of weeks prior and was thrilled to bring his "Aqua Bella" to the raft-up.  “The timing was perfect to show our friends our new boat, the beautiful Belize Daybridge”, stated Mr Borgia.  “The music and laser show were spectacular and what a way to celebrate Christmas and the end of 2019. We would thoroughly recommend the raft-up experience to all Riviera and Belize owners as a way to meet new friends and to see all the different boats that Riviera has to offer. Thank you to R Marine Jones for putting on a spectacular event, their planning and execution was first class”.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst enjoys the Riviera family bond. Exclusive events such as these raft-up’s, foster friendships and new connections among the growing Riviera boating community.  “The Riviera Raft-Up’s bring together our Riviera family of owners in a relaxed and unique atmosphere to share in the pleasure of Riviera ownership. These incredible events allow owners to share stories and inspire each other to new adventures on the water,” Rodney Longhurst added.  By Sunday lunchtime, old and new friends began to depart the raft-up and head home, thanks again to the well-orchestrated plan of the R Marine Jones team.

Riviera Owners Castaway in the Gold Coast

Riviera’s representatives on the Gold Coast, R Marine Crawley based at Runaway Bay, have hosted a very memorable weekend for their motor yachts owners and their families. Over 90 would be pirates all signed up with bells on following the invitation to be shipwrecked at the stunning Sunset Beach Bar at Couran Cove, Stradbroke Island. With the promise of pirates, Christmas cheer, festive fun, music and a barefoot beach barbeque, the Riviera owners and their families didn’t take much convincing to become castaways.  Ben Crawley the dealer principal of R Marine Crawley and RMC Service along with his dedicated team orchestrated the weekend to the finest of detail, promising their exclusive Riviera family, a weekend to remember. “It is always a great pleasure to organise these events for our family of owners. Seeing the excitement, laughter and enjoyment on owner’s faces of all ages makes the effort worthwhile. Having everyone come together and share stories in this forum is what sets R Marine Crawley and Riviera apart,” said Ben Crawley.  The entertainment kicked off at 6.30pm with the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow marooned with the guests. The uncanny impersonator was a crowd hit, showing off his magic tricks and delighting with his cheeky comedic wit.  The enjoyment continued when the musical duo SoulCutz took to the stage. With the vocal range of Barry White and dance moves to rival Michael Jackson, the castaways quickly took to the dance floor and grooved the night away.  Glenn and Mary purchased their treasured Riviera 5800 Sports Yacht two years ago, crowning her ‘True Blue’. Proud members of the R Marine Crawley family, Glenn and Mary eagerly await each of Riviera’s exclusive events, ensuring they’re in the diary nice and early, so they don’t miss out.  The annual Christmas get together, is a firm favourite. Berthing for two nights at Couran Cove, Glenn and Mary were thrilled to catch up with their Riviera family friends, sharing a cool drink on the back decks, dressed in their pirate attire.  “We reconnected with friends and forged new ones, all dressed up in our Pirate finery as there was the threat of walking the plank if not suitably attired - we didn’t want to test that threat! Mary laughed following the get together.  “Captain Jack Sparrow the entertainer amused and delighted the children and had them following him around, swords in hand, for ages. Father Christmas also made an appearance with his sack of goodies for the little ones”.  The night was also about the spirit of giving and this year the thoughtful team at R Marine Crawley chose the charity organisation, GIVIT, to support for Christmas. GIVIT is a foundation that supports the families affected by the recent serve bush fires in Queensland. Guests were asked to bring a present for a child and leave it under the tree. By the end of the evening the tree was jammed with gifts and the spirit of Christmas well alive.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst values the strong family bond among Riviera owners. These events foster friendships and new connections among the growing Riviera boating community.  "The raft ups which occur all over the country bring together Riviera owners in a unique setting to share stories, inspire each other and share in the joy that is ownership of a Riviera motor yacht.” Rodney added.
Glenn and Mary are the perfect example of the sheer joy that Riviera ownership brings.  “The Crawley team are exceptional in putting together events, both on the water and on land, creating an element of surprise and fun every time. Their genuine interest in making sure everyone is connected and confident in their boats is evident. This is the reason we love boating”, Mary beamed.  Owners, Dan and Judy Gatt also praised the event.  “Not being from the Gold Coast it was great to meet new people and learn about their experiences and find new places to visit that we can enjoy in the future with our Riviera.”  “It was lovely to catch up for a laugh with old friends and the fun team from Crawley’s.”

Riviera Celebrates in Perth

Riviera, Australia’s premier luxury motor yacht builder, has truly got into the spirit of Christmas with a series of Riviera raft-ups and exclusive events around Australia. Always one of the biggest events on the boating calendar, the Perth Western Australia raft-up was held under cloudless skies on November 29th.  Hundreds of Riviera and Belize owners, their families and friends have rafted-up around the country, enjoying festive cheer and relishing the unique camaraderie shared between Riviera owners.  At the Western Australia raft-up, organised by R Marine Perth, the Riviera family rafted together and enjoyed a day in the sun, sharing in their love of their motor yachts. Organising 45 boats ranging from an M290 all the way up to 60-foot Flybridge is no small feat with preparations starting around midday for an afternoon of memorable celebration. The boats were arranged around a central mother-ship, requiring precision close-quarters handling from each owner.  "It was fantastic to see so many of the western Australian Riviera family coming together and really getting into the Christmas spirit. Our owners love to be a part of this highly-enjoyable annual event.  “The raft-up days are an excellent opportunity for owners to get to know each other with everyone able to step from yacht to yacht, enjoying a chat and an ice-cold beverage. The Riviera Family certainly know how to celebrate and their passion for their yachts, is simply infectious.  "As we have many new owners joining the western Australian Riviera family in 2020, next year we will welcome more than 50-yachts to our raft-up to celebrate Riviera’s 40th anniversary, making this WA’s largest raft-up ever" said Michael Pitman, Dealer Principal of R Marine Perth.  “These exclusive invitation events are a superb example of the strong friendship and bond among Riviera owners across Australia and around the world. It’s what we call the ‘Riviera Family’ and we are excited to be a part of this amazing group who just love boating,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  Owners Neil and Sue Thoars of Ta-Keel-La, a 43 Flybridge had a wonderful day on the water.  “We have just attended our second R Marine Perth Riviera Christmas Raft Up, and once again it has exceeded expectations! To be able to catch up with and meet like-minded boaters on the raft-up was great fun, the band was fantastic. The day could not have gone any better. A big thank you to Michael, Gary and the whole R Marine Perth Team for all their hard work to pull this together, and we all look forward to next year.”  Hamish and Ngaire Beck, owners of a Riviera 58 Flybridge shared their sentiments.  “This is our third Riviera Raft-Up and each year the spectacle gets better and better. We take guests along for the day and they say this raft-up and the other unique owner events really sets Riviera apart.”  The boats were arranged around a mother-ship that became the stage and entertainment hub for the day, headlined by a local live band with their upbeat music creating a wonderful atmosphere. Most owners were dancing the afternoon away until 6pm, and then they moved away from the raft-up and anchored together to continue to enjoy the magical surrounds of the Swan River.  "The whole day was just brilliant. Creating our own community on the water for around six hours, and the way everyone so easily mingles and socialises with each other makes it a day to truly remember" Michael Pitman concluded.

Riviera Raft-Up in Port Philip Bay

Australia’s premier luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera has held their third annual Raft-Up in Port Phillip Bay – a real boating spectacle and hailed as a great success to mark the start of the festive and boating seasons.  Organised by the Victorian Riviera and Belize representatives from Sandringham R Marine Jacksons, sunny skies and calm conditions brought 22-Riviera owners with their family and friends together to raft-up. At Mornington Harbour, an impressive range of yachts formed an arc of luxury motor yachts ranging from a 3600 Sport Yacht to a 575 SUV, on the third Sunday of November.  It was the first of this summer’s Riviera Family Raft-Up celebrations around Australia’s coastline from the Gold Coast to Perth. These events are an exclusive opportunity for Riviera owners to come together for a special boating experience and friendship.  For Kevin Harris, proud Scottish skipper of Optus Primus, a Riviera 445 SUV, the raft-up has become a permanent fixture in his boating calendar.  “It’s a tradition now, I put it in my calendar and look forward to it every year – it’s the only event I’ll miss church for on a Sunday! It’s great to see different people all enjoying the same wonderful boating life we love so much with their family and at the same time, realising what we have here in Australia.  “This year it was a bit lumpy getting there but once we were in the harbour it was flat calm, and it turned out to be a lovely sunny day. The band was fantastic, and everyone loved the music, it was lively, and it really hit the spot.”  Tied off from the raft-up this year and holding centre stage was a Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge, its expansive cockpit providing the perfect platform for the four-piece band. The team from R Marine Jacksons, helped to carefully position the motor yachts in place and an anchor was dropped from every third yacht to keep the raft stationary.  “It’s a really smooth rafting-up process. R Marine Jacksons have a tender and a great team to help with the ropes and fenders. With Volvo Penta IPS, it’s just so easy to hold off the raft-up until it’s your turn and then to manoeuvre into position using the joystick control,” Mr Harris said.  Sergio Cinerari agrees the raft-up was a Sunday afternoon pleasure. It was also his third raft-up, and now his family are enjoying their third Riviera, a new 4800 Sport Yacht, Dory.  “The band was well set up and the afternoon was really social. You’re jumping around from boat to boat and talking to different people who you have this fantastic shared interest with. It’s a like-mindedness about a way of life and the brand of motor yachts that we all so enjoy, it’s just easy to strike up a conversation and then you just drift along with it.”  “My wife likes Riviera motor yachts so I like them! They’re well built, comfortable, well optioned and the level of service and back-up is really important to us, as are events like this,” said Mr Cinerai.  Seeing the yachts lined up like a brilliant string of pearls leaves no doubt of the capacity of their skippers and family to appreciate beauty and enjoy the lifestyle so inherent and unique to Riviera ownership.  Riviera owner, Rodney Longhurst, said it was fantastic to see the Riviera Family enjoying themselves in such an impressive way right around Australia.  “It is so rewarding for our incredible 600-strong team and myself to see our owners having the time of their lives aboard their fabulous Riviera motor yachts. The popularity of the third annual Port Phillip Bay raft-up, hosted by R Marine Jacksons showcases that when you own a Riviera you gain much more than a motor yacht, you join a family of fun-loving-people with whom you can share boating experiences and new adventures. It simply doesn’t get any better than that!”  Stephen Porter from R Marine Jacksons said the visual spectacle and the peals of laughter that rang out from the raft-up drew the attention of nearby beach goers and boaters.  “Even from a distance, you can see that our Riviera owners really know how to enjoy themselves, sharing laughs and having a few drinks. People paddled out from the beach on their SUPs to get a closer look and other boat owners cruised by to marvel at the sight.  “We host the raft-up around the same time each year to welcome-in the boating season in southern Victoria in style. It’s a great reason to get your boat ready for the season, bring family and friends along and meet other Riviera owners. It really was a wonderful day.”


Sunreef Helps Renovate a Polish Hospice

A holistic hospice and care center "eMOCja" is an exceptional initiative being developed in Gdansk, Poland. Focused on providing comprehensive psychological help to grieving families "eMOCja" will also be the new location for two hospices for terminally ill children. Before the new center can become operational, a major challenge awaits: a complete renovation of its future site. Sunreef Yachts proudly supports the initiative and encourages everyone to help.

Sunreef Conquers Art Based 2019

Miami is home to a vibrant art and design scene year-round, yet nothing quite compares to the multi-day fete that comprises the globally-renowned Miami Art Week. At this year's edition, Sunreef Yachts was excited to exhibit a colorful yacht installation in collaboration with artist Alexander Mijares and his work 'Pieces of Me' wrapped across the hull of 70 Sunreef Power Marquis. The 70 Sunreef Power Marquis also hosted an exclusive Haute Living cocktail party on board which continued with a VIP dinner with Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud at Boulud Sud. Another cocktail party was also held at the Alexander Mijares Gallery, where guests got to meet and greet with the artist.

Sunreef Main Partner of 2020 Africa Eco Race

Sunreef Yachts is the official main partner of the 2020 Africa Eco Race – a thrilling 6000km off-road race taking the participants from Monaco to the deserts of Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal for an epic adventure. An avid motorsports enthusiast, Francis Lapp, founder and president of Sunreef Yachts, has participated in many off-road events throughout his career, including two Paris-Dakar races. For the 12th edition of the Africa Eco Race he not only decided to introduce Sunreef Yachts as the main partner of the event, but will be taking part in the race onboard a custom-built rally car alongside experienced off-road racer Jacky Lechleiter.

Sunreef Lounge Concludes a Busy Season

Inaugurated this year, the Sunreef Yachts Lounge is the shipyard’s showroom and upscale bar in the heart of the emerging superyacht hub of Porto Montenegro. All the way through summer, the lounge has welcomed guests from across the globe and hosted a number of lifestyle events including the lavish Polo in the Port after party. A meeting point for all those who want to celebrate the yachting lifestyle, the lounge will be taking a break from January before it reopens in March for more exciting events in the wonderful setting of Porto Montenegro’s marina.


Yachting Developments Supports Movember

In November 2019 the Yachting Developments team took part in 'Movember,' growing mo's in aid of men's mental health. YD raised nearly $2500 towards this important cause. Brendon Driskel was the yard's top fundraiser with an impressive $430 of donations.

Yachting Developments Latest Graduates

Yachting Developments believes very strongly in the importance of passing along marine craftsmanship skills to the next generation and operates a large apprenticeship scheme throughout all our key divisions. A huge congratulations to our latest graduates who are now fully qualified.

Yachting Developments Sponsors Super Yacht Gathering 2020

Yachting Developments is returning as a sponsor of The Superyacht Gathering, with the next event held in Auckland from 25-27 March 2020. On day three, Bianca Cook will be profiling her Ocean Race campaign plans.

Yachting Developments Supports NZ Match Race Champs 2019

Yachting Developments was pleased to once again be the title sponsor of the New Zealand Match Racing Championship. This is a great way to support some of New Zealand’s best yachting talents, and the event did not disappoint with plenty of exciting sailing. Congratulations to Knots Racing, who took out first place.

Yachting Developments with Americas Cup 2021

Plans for the 36th America’s Cup are growing even more exciting, with the announcement of a new design concept ­– the AC9F – for a proposed Youth America’s Cup to take place in Auckland. Yachting Developments will play a crucial role in the event with the yard’s design team, led by Bob Graham, having developed the 9-metre foiling mono-hull concept, which was formally unveiled at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) on 12 December 2019. A prototype for the AC9F is currently in build at the Yachting Developments yard and will hit the water in February 2020.  The Youth America’s Cup has previously been a well-supported part of the America’s Cup in both San Francisco and Bermuda and with New Zealand having such a strong network of youth sailors, organisers of the 36th America’s Cup felt that it was right to try and continue the Youth America’s Cup in Auckland. The Youth America’s Cup will be hosted jointly by the RNZYS, Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and the China Sports Industry Group. The planned multi-leg format would see a fleet racing event held in China in November 2020 ahead of a match racing series in Auckland from 18-23 February 2020. Having developed the AC9F, Yachting Developments will also be responsible for undertaking the construction of a fleet of yachts for the event. Initially five boats will be built to allow simultaneous match racing. “This project has been an ideal fit for the Yachting Developments skillset, thanks to our extensive experience in building racing yachts of all sizes and our strong support of youth racing programmes,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. Yachting Developments has a longstanding apprentice scheme, and sponsors several initiatives that train and support youth sailors. “The Youth America’s Cup is an unmissable chance to bring young sailors from around the world to race in Auckland’s waters on an exciting design that will demand the best of all their skills.” The light displacement AC9F design will be built from carbon, with Yachting Developments a world-leading composite specialist. In recent years the yard has also invested heavily in its 3D printing division, and this technology has been heavily applied in the development of the AC9F concept and the construction of its prototype. The Youth America’s Cup is now seeking expressions of interest from parties in order to develop the event and establish expected numbers of teams, with 10 being the ideal number for a viable event. The proposed concept has been designed for a mixed gender crew of four sailors, aged between 19 and 24. Key differences from previous Youth America’s Cups include the allowance of multiple entries from countries, meaning that several different yacht clubs from the same country would be able to enter. “We are looking forward to the launch of the prototype AC9F in February 2020, which will hopefully be the precursor to a very exciting Youth America’s Cup event,” concludes Cook.


Zeelandaer Finalist at 2020 Motor Boats Award

Zeeland is happy to announce that the Z72 is a finalist in the upcoming Motor Boat Awards. Launched earlier this year, the Z72 was a star of the boat shows in Newport, Norwalk and Fort Lauderdale. Its S-shaped sheerline, wide stern and multiple curved surfaces won many admirers, not to mention its impressive top speed of over 40 knots and fantastic quietness while underway.

Zeeland New Service Hub in Norwalk
After a stellar year, thanks to the launch of the Z72 and the continued success of the Z55, Zeelander expands it's presence in North America with a new service hub in Norwalk, Connecticut. Operated in partnership with the Norwalk Cove Marina Inc who is also a Volvo-certified service center, alongside the comprehensive maintenance services on offer there will be a Z44 available for viewings.

December 30, 2019

New Model: Hunt Ocean 55 Mk.II

Hunt present the new Ocean 55 Mk.II defining a new generation of offshore cruising and opens up a world of adventure. Hunt Ocean 55 Mk.II comes with a choice of custom interior wood selections of cherry, teak or mahogany. The  Ocean 55 Mk.II update offers an expanded cockpit space and seating. Integrated side deck steps allows ease of movement when docking or handling lines. The Ocean 55 Mk.II provides versatile cabin layouts that can be personalized to the owner’s taste, with the standard version offering two cabins, forward VIP and owners midsiphs stateroom.  The new Hunt Ocean 55 Mk.II is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with forward looking IPS pod drives, which make her reach top speeds up to 32 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.41 m (60.5ft)
Waterline Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 4.77 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 24493 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2649 l
Water Capacity - 624 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max 27 knots cruiser
Certification - ABS

December 28, 2019

Project: Santamargherita Blade 85

Santamargherita is a returning historical name in the nautical scene, founded by Mario Spertini in 1960 who will also go on in 1975 to form the back base of the much admired and futuristic in its time Alalunga brand.  Santamargherita is back in the scene with three projects from 80 to 88 feet.  This unsual looking Blade 85 at 25 meters sits in the middle of the offer, and presents a hybrid sports look courtesy of designer Aldo Cichero.  Worth to note that Cichero also started his career with Santamargherita in 1971.  The Blade 85 will feature a four cabins lower deck layout, with crew space for two cabins and three berths located at midships in between the engine room and owners full beam midships stateroom.  The Santamargherita Blade 85 is to be powered by twin Man 1800hp engines which will allow for speeds up to 33 knots and and a cruise of 26 knots.

December 26, 2019

Improve-it = Maritimo M59

In 2019 Maritimo presented design improvement to the M59 a popular enclosed pilot house motor yacht centered in its M-series range.  In particular the Maritimo M59 received important design refinements, elegantly integrating into the hull topsides are new panoramic hull side windows amid some other purposeful styling elements which enhance both interior and exterior form.  In addition to the new features integrated into exterior, the Maritimo M59 also featured the latest design enhancements of interior spaces with updated material palettes, cabinetry design and lighting packages all on show.  The Maritimo M59 also included a new sport dashboard design veiling the extent of the helm.  The Maritimo M59 is a three double cabins motor yacht with full beam midships cabin, and is standard powered by twin Volvo 800hp with line shaft propulsion.

December 24, 2019

Project: Filippetti S65

Hot on the heals of the success from the Filippetti S55 launched in the fall of 2018, the Italian yacht builder follows it with a ten feet larger S65 project.  Like the S55 the S65 comes also from a design of Davide Cipriani, and similar to its smaller sister will be available with Volvo IPS pods or an Arneson surface drives set up.  The Filippetti S65 will feature a three double cabins layout, with a living on the main deck, and a separate galley located below decks.  The S65 will also feature a crew cabin.  The Filippetti S65 is to be standard powered with Volvo 900hp and IPS pod drives these giving top speeds up to 32 knots, while a performance surface drive version and twin MTU 1623hp engines will deliver an exhilarating 43 knots top speed.

December 22, 2019

New Model: Heesen 50m YN 18650 Project Boreas

Heesen has just launched hull number YN 18650 Project Boreas delivered on August 12, 2019, after rigorous sea trials in the North Sea in calm sea conditions with light winds and waves up to half a meter.  Named as M/Y Erica this new 50 meter full aluminium motor yacht sports an ultra-efficient Fast Displacement Hull Form  hull designed by Dutch hydro dynamics Van Oossanen and engineered by Heesen’s in-house naval architects. Project Boreas is powered by two MTU 1448hp each, and will offer the full suite of benefits the FDHF hull confers, including a fast but efficient cruising speed and a high degree of comfort.  Indeed, during the sea trials Project Boreas proved to be extremely quiet while also exceeding the contractual speed. She reached a top speed of 20 knots, and showed a range higher than the requirements laid out in her specifications. Thanks to large rudders and a powerful bow thruster, she is also very responsive when maneuvering in close quarters.  Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned the exterior lines of this Heesen YN 18650 50 meter super yacht and he has created a contemporary profile that retains timeless cues. A gently reversed stem carries the bow to the upper deck line, creating a powerful forward profile which is balanced by elegant profile curves and tapered ends to the decks. A lack of fashion plates creates the illusion of suspended upper decks and hardtop, adding a sense of lightness to the design. Mark Whiteley worked closely with the owner to create a warm contemporary interior design, which features bespoke loose furniture on all exterior living spaces. Among many standout details of the interior, the main staircase will certainly make a strong impression on guests when boarding the yacht. The combination of mesmerizing geometry and precious materials such as a nickel mesh wall covering by French artist Sophie Mallebranche allow guests to move from the lower deck to the bridge deck in style.  YN 18650 is a brilliant illustration of how a discerning client can personalize the pre-engineered design platform of a hull already in construction, considerably shortening the delivery time while benefiting from the highest levels of Dutch quality in build and finish.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.8 m (163.5ft)
Beam - 9.10 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 315 t
Fuel Capacity - 45000 l
Water Capacity - 12000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in six cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 2000M72 1448hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 20 knots maximum, 12 knots cruise
Range - 3750 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - Fast Displacement Hull Form
Construction - aluminium
Project - Van Oossanen hull shape, Frank Laupman Omega architects exterior, Mark Whiteley interior
Certification - ABS
www.heesenyachts.com

December 21, 2019

Project: Rosetti 65m Explorer Orca

Rosetti present a project for a 65 meter long Explorer with strong Supply Vessel characteristics.  Code name Orca, due to its looks inspired from the killer whale this Rosetti super yacht is designed by Meccano engineering and will span on four deck.  The standard 65 meter Orca will feature an open stern main deck to store for an owner to have maximum toy capacity.  But an alternative version exists to have a the aft deck featuring a large pool which looks the transom, and added with a raised helipad.  At lower deck level will also be a large garage which can store two large tenders but numerous water tots.  The Rosetti 65m Explorer Orca will features four guest accommodation, and an owners apartment.  Crew accommodation is to be located forward, while the captains cabin is also to be located on the bridge deck.  The Rosetti 65m Explorer Orca will be powered by twin 1874hp Cat engines which will give a cruise speed of eleven knots and a range of five thousand nautical miles.

December 20, 2019

New Model: Wally 48 Wallytender

During the 2019 Cannes boat show, Wally present the new 48 Wallytender.  The first new model of the Ferretti Group ownership era, which was announced in Cannes 2018.  The Wally 48 Wallytender continues the avant-garde design and thrilling performance that have made Wally performance cruisers, yachts and super yachts an instant classic in the hot spots of the pleasure yachting World.  This new 48 Wallytender also adds new innovative features, as the fold-down bulwark sections, large interior volume with a true cabin and a real shower cubicle, galley unit on deck, plenty of storage aft and forward, retractable passarelle doubling as a five step swim ladder, special anchoring system operated at the touch of a button from the helm station, and optional gyroscopic stabilizer in a sport cruiser measuring fourteen meters.  The Wally 48 Wallytender will be powered by the new Volvo 480hp engines with IPS650 pod propulsion which will make her reach top speeds up to 38 knots.
Techical Data:
LOA - 14.50 m (47.5ft)
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.20 m with drives and full load
Displacement - 11500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 240 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS650 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 38 knots maximum 32 knots cruise
Construction - advanced composites with gel-coat skin coat
Certification - CE B

December 19, 2019

Out-News = Benetti Super Yacht Burned and Capsized at Miami

A Benetti 120 feet super yacht has caught fire and later on capsized at Island Gardens Marina in Miami at around 7:30 PM local time on Wednesday 18th December.  The Benetti titled Andiamo is believed to be owned by singer Marc Anthony, who is reported to have not been on-board at the time of the fire.  Two crew members have been reported to have been on-board Andiamo but have been evacuated without any injury.  Thanks to the operation of the Miami fire fighting squad which involved over forty fire fighters the neighboring yachts have not been damaged.  Unfortunately Andiamo has also capsized during the fire and has been declared as a total loss.
Andiamo was a Benetti Classic 120, build in 2006 and designed by Stefano Righini with interior by Francois Zuretti.  The Benetti Classic 120 is a semi produced fiberglass super yacht with the owner having semi-custom options for the interior, and is powered by twin MTU 1500hp which allow her displacement hull to reach top speeds up to seventeen knots.  A cruise of ten knots allows for a range up to 3300 nautical miles. The Benetti Classic 120 accommodation layout is divided over three decks, and sleeps ten in five guest cabins including an owners cabin on the main deck.  Service requirements is handled by seven crew in four cabins.

Project: Sunseeker Manhattan 68

Sunseeker present the project for its latest flybridge model, the new Manhattan 68. Making its World Premiere at the Düsseldorf boat show in the third week of January, this flybridge motor yacht promises to be one of the most innovative and class-leading yachts at the show.  Building on the exceptional family of award-winning Manhattan models, this new addition to the range has been designed to offer exceptional levels of comfort and luxury with incredible detailing. With the feel of a much larger yacht, it delivers a unique contemporary space that maximizes on entertainment options. The Manhattan 68 will enjoy an expansive cockpit, main saloon area with sumptuous lounge seating and a fully-equipped aft galley. The innovative and meticulous design that has gone into the layout of the main deck makes this the perfect boat for welcoming guests; with a strong focus on ambient lighting and interior detailing. From the generous saloon and upper aft galley, through to elevated companion seating at the helm, this exceptional layout allows the owner and guests to move effortlessly between spaces. Interestingly, where a lower galley is specified, the space can be utilized as an additional saloon ‘snug’ or feature bar, seamlessly integrating with the main living space.  The interiors will boast exquisite attention to detail with a new palate of upholstery that provides a cool, crisp and contemporary look.  New stainless steel detailing contrasts perfectly with light fabrics, helping to create a floating, and seemingly unsupported backrest to the seating throughout this space. The saloon is drenched by light thanks to the panoramic glazing whilst the lighting design has been exceptionally well considered throughout and includes concealed lighting within ceiling panels and furniture. Owners can select from four lighting and entertainment scenes such as Movie, Party or Night modes; with a one-touch activation from a central Videoworks control app. The different scenes create a distinct ambiance depending on the time of day and mood. The combination of all these elements give the Manhattan 68 a truly restful setting suitable for family relaxation yet easily transformable for impressive entertaining.  To port in the saloon, the Manhattan 68 benefits from private access to the full-beam master stateroom, a real standout feature with full height headroom and optional chaise, sofa, storage or breakfast table. There is also beautiful use of wood in this area utilizing a sublime blend of finishes such as Wenge Satin, Silver Oak, Smoked Eucalyptus and Walnut. In the standard configuration with galley positioned on the main deck, there is ample space for four cabins below including two large twin cabins and a forward VIP suite. The flybridge has been designed with an integrated hard-top option in mind and features large forward sunbathing areas and a second helm. It also offers extensive seating with open space for freestanding furniture customized to the owner’s choice. The wet bar has been designed for multiple uses and now includes built-in storage, BBQ and refrigeration options to create the focus for yet another social and entertaining space.  This sociable layout continues through to the wide bathing platform which features Sunseeker’s innovative ‘Beach Club’ to bring guests closer to the water. The Beach Club’s hydraulic door opens to reveal an overhead rain-shower, lights and speakers, and provides storage for fenders, toys, scuba and sports equipment. The area is equipped with an optional fold-away bench seat, and Seabob storage lockers adjacent to the water, complete with built-in charging points. The substantial bathing platform is suitable for launching a jet tender up to four meters.  The twin berth crew cabin, with private access through the transom, enjoys a dedicated en-suite and ample stowage. The Manhattan can be powered by Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod propulsion, Man 1000hp or 1200hp with line shafts.  

December 18, 2019

New Model: Bayliss 75 B23

In April 2019 Bayliss launched a new 75 fully custom model.  Christened Blank Check this Bayliss 75 is hull number 23 of the fully custom series build and was launched three months ahead of schedule.  Blank Check features a four cabin interior with three heads on the lower deck and a day head on the main deck. Her exterior as is typical of all modern sportfish boats will feature a mezzanine layout aft deck, while the bridge is of a center console layout with two helm helm chairs.  Bayliss 75 is powered by twin 2600hp MTU which make her reach top speeds up to 44 knots, with a cruise of 37 knots.  The Bayliss custom series is build in the fully custom jig method, with epoxy, glassfiber and epoxy resin.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.86 m (75ft)
Beam - 6.29 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Fuel Capacity - 10031 l
Water Capacity - 1741 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 16V 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 44 knots max 37 knots cruise

December 17, 2019

Project: Aicon 66

Aicon yachts is back, having the brand recently been purchased by two American investors.  Aicon yachts was a success story which characterized the first decade of the second millennium 2001 to 2012, in particular for the 56 and 64 Fly models, and over four hundred boats delivered in a production stint which lasted about ten years, and featured ten models in sizes from 52 up to 85 feet. Aicon return comes from a new 66 designed by Sergio Cutolo, a motor yacht currently in advanced project stages. For Sergio this is not the first collaboration with Aicon having in the past collaborated with the Sicilian yacht builder.  The 66 project is inspired by the 64 which was by many revered as the best Aicon model in its time.  The hull shape of the Aicon 66 is indeed a direct derivation from the 64 with improvements going in the underwater sections to create a drier ride.  Another feature of the Aicon 66 will also be for flexible interior layout solutions.

December 16, 2019

Out-News = Feadship Super Yacht Collides With Bridge in Sint Maarteen

Feadship 86 meter super yacht Ecstasea collided with the bridge of Simpson Bay Lagoon, in Sint Maarteen on December 15 at around 1500 hours local time.  The Feadship 85 meter super yacht had one of its forward bow observation docks opened which hit and dismantled the bridge control station.  According to initial reports the accident came through a combination of currents and winds which made the super yacht veer right.  Fortunately no one was injured in the accident, and the 86 meter Feadship suffered mostly cosmetic damage to its starboard bow area.
Feadship 86 meter Ecstasea hull number 790 was delivered in 2004 and features many milestones of speed and size for the famous Dutch builder and the super yacht industry as a whole.  Designed by De Voogt with interiors by Terence Disdale, Feadship Ecstasea reaches an incredible top speed of thirty knots, thanks to a quadruple MTU 3111hp and LM 30843hp turbine propulsion combination.  Accommodation in the Feadship 86 meter is for twelve guests in seven cabins, with crew quarters accommodating 24 persons.

New Model: Rio Sport Coupe 56

For 2019 Rio launched the Sport Coupe 56 a replacement to the 56 Colorado model.  The new Sport Coupe 56 comes from a design of Marino Alfani, designer for most of the Bergamo boat builders recent creations.  Alfani and Rio in the Sport Coupe 56 perfect the connection between inside and outside and lower and upper deck.  The Rio 56 Sport Coupe is offered with two lower deck layouts, from the standard three cabin layout to a two cabin version, this replacing the third twin berth cabin to port side with an L-shaped saloon.  The Rio Sport Coupe 56 also offers a crew cabin berth aft, which can be replaced by a tender garage, this last option adding tender space for two units.  Powered by twin Man 800hp the Rio Sport Coupe 56 reaches top speeds up to 35 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.05 m (59.2ft)
Beam - 4.67 m
Displacement - 24300 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2900 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man i6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Project - Marino Alfani
Certification - CE B

December 15, 2019

Project: Nordhavn N148

During the Fort Lauderdale boat show 2019 Nordhavn presented details for a new N148 project.  A new flagship model, the N148 will usurp the N120 as the largest offer from the American imprinted but Chinese build boat builder, and comes from a design by Dutch firm Vripack.  The N148 is also the first Nordhavn to be build of metal, with a steel hull and aluminium upper structure and will also come with an Ice class go anywhere certification.  During the press conference the builder advised that it will take about two years to build the N148 and the 45 meter super yacht is to be build in Europe.  The Vripack design of the N148 takes mixed directions from a hull which looks typical medium sized under fifty meter Dutch super yacht with the upper structure as the pilot house and Portuguese bridge giving into traditional Nordhavn design cues.   

December 14, 2019

New Model: Sanlorenzo SD96

During the Cannes boat show 2019 Sanlorenzo debuted the SD96 model, a new entry level which has proved so much of a success of the famous Italian name since itt debuted the range with the SD92 back in 2007.  The SD96 sees Sanlorenzo continue the switch to Zuccon taking care of designing all the models, a collaboration which started with the SX76 a few years back. For the SD96 Zuccon brings a fresh design approach to the exterior, with a style taking cues from classic Italian super yachts of similar size, form and function.  The SD96 offers three deck with a semi wide body design which integrates seamlessly with the center upward shear line.  The semi-wide body adds space forward of the main deck where in the SD96 is a choice to have a master cabin or a larger more spacious saloon in the four cabins versions. The Sanloenzo SD96 is powered by Cat 1150hp engines or optional 1380hp units, these last engines allowing for speeds up to twenty knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.93 m (94.9ft)
Beam - 7.6 m
Draft - 1.98 m
Displacement - 113000 kg light, 125000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 15700 l
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or eight guests in four cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 1150hp, MTU 10V2000M86 1380hp 
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 12 knots cruise 17 knots max with 1150hp, 14 knots cruise 20 knots max with 1380hp
Project - Zuccon international project exterior, Pattricia Urquoila interior

December 13, 2019

Engine: Cat C12.9 1000hp

During the 2019 Fort Lauderdale boat show, Caterpillar unveiled the new C12.9 engine in 850hp and 1000hp version. The C12.9 marine propulsion engine is ideal for high performance marine applications including yachts, fishing vessels, military vessels, governmental vessels and various other commercial high performance marine applications. The C12.9 is designed to be integrated with both the Cat Three60 Precision Control shaft line maneuvering and engine control solution as well as other marine industry throttle controls. The electronically-controlled C12.9 offers 1000 mhp at 2300 rpm. Both ratings meet EPA Tier 3, IMO II, EU Recreational Craft Directive and EU Stage IIIA regulations. In addition to high power density, the C12.9 offers high torque at low engine speeds and fast acceleration throughout the entire engine speed range due to its air system design of integrated series turbochargers and a supercharger.

December 12, 2019

Project: Solaris Power Lobster 48 Fly

During the Dusseldorf 2020 boat show Solaris will present its third new model in less to year by launching the Lobster 48 Fly.  The Solaris Power Lobster 48 Fly will be the second version of the 48 presented, following the World wide presentation of the Open 48 launched in September 2019 during the Cannes boat show.  The Lobster 48 Fly presents itself as the more cruiser cabin version of the 48 series, and apart offering a lower cabin area sleeping five in three cabins, or four in two cabins offers the addition of a flybridge up top.  The flybridge is accessed through a stair case from starboard, and offers a typlical Italian style layout, with a sunpad aft, and helm station to port side.  The Lobster 48 Fly apart a sweet down East lobster line, features other nice features as a very sociable aft deck, and safe walk around deck movement.  The Solaris Lobster 48 Fly is to be powered by twin Volvo 435hp or optional 480hp engines with forward looking IPS pod propulsion.  

December 11, 2019

New Model: Viking 44 ST

Creating a model within a model has been a successful path for Viking as demonstrated by the 44 Convertible, Open, and Sport Cruiser variants, which share the same hull with uniquely different deck and interior arrangements. The popularity of these new models has encouraged Viking to expand more this theme with the new 44 Sport Tower.  Using Viking five-axis profiler, the new Jersey boat builder designed and built a plug and a female mold to create a rakish fiberglass deckhouse module, fully open to the cockpit while incorporating stylish convertible window lines and a roof overhang. Built into finely tool hardtop is a pair of easily accessed rod stowage compartments. Thanks to this the Viking 44 Sport Tower offers a sharp looking rig with its fitted Palm Beach Towers tuna tower. Add a pair of outriggers and this boat is an ideal ride for the sailfish circuit, cobia hunting and cruising throughout the Bahamas.  In the eleven square meter cockpit, 44 ST sports the must have starboard mezzanine seating arrangement of the Open version. Engine room access is provided with a convenient center-line hatch that’s integral with the mezzanine seating. The ST is also engineered for the installation of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, which brings great stability to the vessel to increase overall comfort.  The command deck includes Viking signature and tournament-proven center-line forward helm station on a raised platform for enhanced visibility. The console holds a bank of electronics displays, and has space for engine instrumentation and other accessories. Recessed compartments accommodate radios and additional equipment, plus accessory switches and controls. A sliding off center companionway door and a large set of stairs with a starboard-side vertical handrail lead to the climate-controlled salon. With its just short of five meters beam, the widest of any boat in this class, the salon is a spacious social area for relaxing and entertaining. The starboard-side galley, which sits opposite an L-shaped lounge with a dinette table, includes teak cabinetry with meticulous joinery and fit and finish, expansive Corian counter tops, an electric range, separate under-counter refrigerator and freezer units and a microwave/convection oven. Other notable amenities include a stereo system with a 24-inch flat screen HD TV.  In the forward master stateroom, the island queen bed with mattress has a lift-up top with gas pistons and maple-lined storage underneath. There's also a maple-lined hanging locker. Air conditioning, a 19-inch flat screen television and access to the head and shower round out the standard amenities.  The head has custom Amtico flooring, a one-piece molded Corian countertop with rounded edges and a sink with a satin nickel faucet. With its two-person berth, the aft guest stateroom can accommodate another couple and makes for a nice hideaway for the kids.  Twin Man 800hp engines standard power the 44ST. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.74 m (45.1ft)
Beam - 4.98 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 22679 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3093 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man I6 800hp
Speed - 34 knots max 30 knots cruise
Propulsion - line shaft

December 10, 2019

Project: Otam 70 HT

Otam announce the sale for a new 70 HT model, a new project coming from BG Design Firm from Tuscany.  The new project, reinforces Otam’s reputation for high-quality, one of a kind full custom construction aimed at discerning owners looking for unique and personalized solutions based on deeply engineered technical platforms and hull shapes for outstanding efficiency and rare high performances.  Based in Tuscany BG Design Fim is specialized in custom yacht design, from tenders to superyachts. The team of designers is also remarkably influenced from a long experience in the world of exclusive extremely customized hypercars, Interior design and architecture, reason why Otam has decided to create the new 70 with them. The aggressive profile and refined detailing of the new Otam 70 HT are strongly inspired by luxury automotive and aeronautical design, which combined with the instantly recognizable design DNA and slippery new hull lines by Umberto Tagliavini, the result is a high-performance output of engineering. The practicalities of onboard living have not been overlooked, however. With an overall length of 21 meters and a beam of over five meters, the Otam 70 HT offers limitless custom options. Unrivalled space and comfort for a fast cruiser of her size as well as a transom tender garage, the stabilization system and certainly the Otam’s business card for a large volume and functional engine room.  Already sold to a final client and under construction right now the Otam 70 HT will make her international debut at the 2021 Cannes boat show in September.

December 9, 2019

New Model: Seanfinity T4

During the Summer 2019 a new brand Seanfinity entered into the scene with the launch of its first T4 model.  Seanfinity is to a certain extent a new name but behind it are naval architects Gianluca Caputi and propulsion expert Vincenzo Tuccio.  Caputi for those in the know of the Italian scene, in particular that of the South of Rome, in a town called Gaeta, is a family which owned Italcraft from the mid nineties till 2006, and founded Cantieri Navali dell Golfo in 1982.  This last got more a name in building military patrolling and law enforcement craft then pleasure boats over the years, but its yacht legacy is also important especially with the Ipanema series designed by Galeazzi launched in the late eighties and produced till late nineties.  Vincenzo Tuccio founded the surface drive company Top System in 2005 and today this has established itself as one of the top suppliers in this propulsion system type set up.  The Seafinity T4 is a sport cruiser with a size of over fourteen meters catered mostly to be a tender for a villa in use as a day cruiser, or as a chase boat for a super yacht.  But the T4 as the first tests by Seanfinity have shown and the important 1500 liters capacity has a capability beyond that, having in the Summer made important tests up to the Balearic islands and back.  The Seanfinity T4 is first for this alone a modern sport cruiser with important day boat capability, and transformation technologies, from the must have up and down aft bathing platform, to the opening side bulk heads aft.  Below deck the Seanfinity T4 is offered with two layouts, a Limo version with a dinette which can convert to double berth, or the cabin version which offers a two plus two layout.  The Seafinity T4 is also varied in its engine choice from more economic to run twin Volvo 400hp stern drive version, to high performance twin diesel with surface drives, or triple and quadruple Mercury 400hp outboard set up.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.80 m (48.5ft)
Hull Length - 13.2 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Dispalcement - 6500 kg without engines
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - two plus two berths, or two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp, Mercury Cummins 550hp, FTP 575hp, outboard with triple or quadruple Mercury 400hp petrol gas 
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive with 400hp engines only, Top System surface drives, outboard triple or quad installation. 
Speed - 35 knots with Volvo 400hp, 60 knots with quadruple 400hp Mercury outboard 
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 23 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Gianluca Caputi naval architecture and design, Top System for propulsion set up 
Certification - CE B, ISO 8666 for data