February 15, 2019

Project: Mazu 82

Mazu present the project for a new 82 flagship model to a design of Turkish designer Tanju Ozelgin.  The Mazu 82 is one of the largest pure open Super Sport Yachts currently available in the market, and the Turkish designer did actually a good job of presenting a traditional Mediterranean straight shear line, with minimal edges and design stints that propel the look to the future.  The Mazu 82 will be powered by triple Volvo 725hp engines, and or twin or triple 1000hp units.  Top speeds estimates are for forty knots with a cruise in the mid thirties.  The 82 interior will offer a three double cabins layout with a traditional owners cabin forward, and a saloon and a galley in between the cabins.  A two berth crew cabin is located forward.  The Mazu 82 will feature high end composite construction, with carbon reinforcements in certain areas, and epoxy resin blend.

February 14, 2019

New Model: Bayliss Gameboat 62

The Bayliss Gameboat series continues its success and after the launching of the 60, a 62 followed.  Bayliss started building the second Gameboat in May 2017 and was launched in December 2018 and christened Gamechanger.  Unlike the first Gameboat 60, is less spartan on the outside and also looks very similar to the fully custom Bayliss models. The Gameboat 62 is more luxurious inside to the 60 with full teak wood finishing inside, while outside we see the mask, and full tower.  The interiors of Gameboat 62 also feature a three stateroom two head layout.  Bayliss Gameboat 62 is powered by twin MTU 1920hp.  The semi-production Gameboat has been a success for Bayliss and the first 60 and 62 models, are currently followed by two other 62's currently in production.  That is a total of four Gameboats in just over a year since the series was announced.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.89 m (62ft)
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Fuel Capacity - 6533 l
Water Capacity - 946 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 12V 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - jig method cold molding with Okoume plywood and epoxy resin.  Super structure in Okoume plywood, Core-cell core and epoxy.

February 13, 2019

Improve-it = Sessa Key Largo 27 IB

Sessa improve the Christian Grande designed Key Largo 27 IB model presented in preview at the Cannes Boat Show. These improvements are demonstration of how Sessa continues to believe that the future needs the past, and that never like in these new versions, tradition meets innovation. A model that continuously evolves: a timeless design, with an even more aggressive look, characterized from the recognizable Key Largo lines. The improved Key Largo 27 features the addition of details, such as the large hull side window and the new windscreen, give a touch of modernity without disrespecting the previous versions. For the interiors and cushions the Key Largo 27 features a reinterpretation of the contemporary style. The Key Largo 27 IB offers a double cabin with Vee-shaped berth, and a head to starboard. The Key Largo 27 IB is powered by a single Volvo gas petrol 300hp engine which delivers top speeds up to 38 knots. These improvements are also present for the Sessa Key Largo 27 outboard version.

February 12, 2019

Project: Estensi 485 Maine

Estensi continues to renovate it's range and here we see the Italian builder update its 480 Maine model to the new 485.  Reinvented outside with new hull side windows, the entry level new 485 continues its standard for a reliable sea worthy explorer cruiser.  The Estensi 485 Maine features a three cabins two head interior, with lower deck galley located in between the cabins.  The Estensi 485 Maine is powered by twin 370hp Volvo engines.

February 11, 2019

New Model: Astondoa 377 Coupe

During the Cannes boat show 2018, Astondoa presented the new 377 Coupe.  The second model in the CoupĂ© range, which represents the evolution of the shipyard towards a more modern, sporty, original, and bold aesthetics. The 377 CoupĂ© is also Astondoa entry level boat for Spanish builder which spans in size up to a 197 feet project in its Steel range.  The 377 Coupe apart being a sport cruiser can also be labelled as a day-boat or a tender, thanks to its spacious cockpit.  Sporting a T-top and a full walk-around in its entire perimeter only with one step. it has three different areas: two sunbathing areas; at the bow and stern, and a third half-length area, which connects the galley and fridges space with the triple pilot seats in front of a modern center console helm station with harmonious and modern instruments and multi-function touch screens. The 377 Coupe also features a very useful store box under the stern sun-pad for water toys. Inside the 377 Coupe presents what Astondoa calls the lounge/cabin with its refrigerator and audio/TV system, completed with a spacious head with shower cabin, exceptional for its length, and a second cabin with two beds.  The Astondoa 377 Coupe is standard powered by twin Volvo 260hp diesel engines which allow for a top speed up to 36 knots.  Optional engines for the Astondoa 377 Coupe are twin larger 300hp diesel engines or twin petrol gas of 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.61 m (38ft)
Hull Length - 10.95 m
Beam - 3.56 m
Draft - 0.81 m
Displacement - 8300 kg
Fuel Capacity - 830 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, V8 300hp petrol gasoline
Propulsion - Volvo DPH or DPS dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 36 knots max 25 knots cruise with Volvo 260hp
Range - 200 nm at cruise
Certification - CE

February 10, 2019

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 32M Raised Pilothouse

Wim Van der Valk is in excellent progress with the 32M Raised Pilothouse motoryacht Jangada 2. Ordered by a repeat client, the innovative two deck and a half super yacht has a wide range of bespoke elements to match a very specific brief for the owner. Due for delivery in May 2019, Wim Van Der Valk 32 meter Raised Pilothouse is the fifth superyacht in the Raised Pilothouse custom-series and the largest to date. The Raised Pilothouse all come from design by Guido de Groot and previous to the 32M have seen  previous launches of 24.99-meter, and a two 26 meter series.  The Wim Van der Valk 32M Raised Pilothouse will be build of alloy and offer a four guest cabin interior.  Crew space is for six persons in three cabin.  The 32M Raised Pilothouse will displace an approximate of 127 tons, and will be powered by win 1920hp MTU, which give a cruise speed of 19 knots.

February 9, 2019

New Model: Pershing 8X

The Pershing X revolution continues, and after the 5X and 9X comes the 8X.  For the 8X Fulvio de Simoni continues the distinctive side wing design feature of all the X denominated models, a feature which started with the 70 in 2014.  The Pershing 8X is also an evolution of the 80 and 82 models.  The Pershing 82 launched in Summer 2012 has been a huge success for Pershing and possibly its best sold model above eighty feet in length, since the builder entered the segment with the 88 in the early 2000s.  The 8X is an evolutionary design approach and some stylistic elements as the ladder to the sport bridge integrated in the port side wing create artistic peaces alone.  The Pershing 8X is also flexible and will feature three or four double cabin interiors, and there is also an option for the main deck with the tradition central dining area replaced by a bar unit.  The galley in all the layouts is located in the crew area located at midships in between the engine room and midships master stateroom.  As extravagances go the Pershing 8X will also feature what is called Music-Hull, which makes it possible to listen music while under water.  As all new Pershing the 8X performs superlatively with the standard MTU 2435hp pushing her up to 45 knots max of top speed, and the optional MTU 2638hp giving a plus three knots to that.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.55 m (83.9ft)
Hull Length - 22.8 m
Waterline Length - 19.6 m
Beam - 5.86 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Displacement - 57 t dry, 67 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 6200 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or six berths in 3 cabins. 3/4 crew in two cabins
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x 16V2000 M96 2435hp, M96L 2638hp
Propulsion - Top System surface drives TS 95P for 2435hp, TS 100 for 2638hp
Performance - 45 knots 38 knots cruise with MTU 2435hp, 48 knots max 40 knots cruise with MTU 2638hp
Hull Shape - modified deep Vee with spray rails and 20 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - 2013/53/EU CE A, certification modules B + F + Aa sound emission

February 8, 2019

Project: Vicem 67 Cruiser

Vicem have started construction for its new 67 Cruiser model.  Designed by in-house designer Sinan Unal, the first 67 Cruiser is to complete construction by mid Summer 2019, and is to be build with cold molded hybrid method of wood and epoxy West system resins.   Sitting as entry level of Vicem explorer yacht Cruiser range the 67 will feature a three double cabin interior, with all living and dining on the main deck.  To aft the 67 Cruiser will feature a crew cabin sleeping two and also a second small galley.  The Vicem 67 Cruiser will be powered with standard Volvo 600hp engines which give a cruise speed of 18 knots and a max of 22 knots.  For those wanting more speed bigger other Volvo engine options of 725hp or 900hp units are available.

February 7, 2019

New Model: Monte Carlo MCY 70

Monte Carlo Yachts, the motor and super yacht brand of the Beneteau Group has started the wind of change of what it calls its second generation Vision series.  This is the first update since Monte Carlo Yacht was founded in 2010 and over the years a single model became a full range of seven motor and super yachts from twenty to 32 meters.  The first update will be for the 2012 launched MCY 70, who now is the first of the second generation series, which in 2019 will be followed by two further updated models, a second generation 76 and a new 66 replacing the 65 coming in Summer.  The new MCY 70 is a fully evolved version of the previous model, with design choices that highlight its strength and linearity. This evolution is demonstrated by the fact that the outside and inside spaces have been expanded. The design of the walls together with the streamlined, curved lines, studded with large windows and portholes that have been given a new look, fulfilling a two fold goal of giving the motor yacht a magnetically beautiful profile and the maximum amount of light whatever the environment.  The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is a four double cabin motor yacht, with a private entrance to to the owners full beam stateroom located at midships.  All the living experience in the MCY 70 is located on the main deck, with an open galley located forward to port side.  The MCY 70 is powered by twin Man 1200hp engines which allow for speeds up to thirty knots and a cruise of 24.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.08 m (69.2ft)
Beam - 5.45 m
Displacement - 41 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 24 knots cruise
Project - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - CE A

February 6, 2019

Project: Jarrett Bay 75 Walk-Around Express

Never tiring of pressing the envelope, Jarrett Bay present a concept from its drafting board: the 75 Walk-Around Express. Envision Grander Hull #61 46 Walk-Around Express nearly doubled in size with an intensive use of carbon fiber and powerful engines that propel her to fifty plus knots of top speed. The generously sized cockpit with a multi-level mezzanine provides a view of the fishing action, while four staterooms with en-suite heads offer luxurious accommodations below.

February 5, 2019

New Model: Cabo 41

Cabo now is really back, with the 41 unveiled nationally in the USA at the Atlanta boat show in beginning January 2019.  A global launch will come now this month at the 2019 Miami boat show.  Cabo was born in early nineties to become a legend, and an industry standard in the express sportfish cruiser market in between the ten to thirteen meter size.  The Cabo 41 restarts the brand in one of its favorite sizes and platform.  The Cabo 41 will feature a single cabin interior with a forward owners cabin, L-shaped saloon, L-shaped galley and shower on entrance to the cabin.  The exterior is the usual sportfish split level layout, and will feature a central helm station with companionway chair to starboard, L-shaped dinette to port side, and a wet bar to starboard.  The lower level is a free sport-fishing zone with a central fighting chair and a mezzanine settee for four persons to port side.  The Cabo 41 will be powered by standard Volvo 625hp engines.
Techncial Data:
LOA - 13.05 m (42.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.24 m
Beam - 4.80 m 
Draft - 1.04 m
Displacement - 14061 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2081 l
Water Capacity - 359 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp
Propulsion - line shaft

February 4, 2019

Project: Cetera 60

Cetera Yachts is a new Italian brand which comes from the unification of four names; Salavatore Serio previously majority shareholder of Dufour, Paolo Francia who owns an industry famous molding company, Francesco Guida the designer and engineer for this project, and Fiart who will build the yachts.  Cetera 60 details where unveiled to the public in Dusseldorf 2019 and this is a very different yacht to anything you have seen before.  With an important beam of over five meters in length Cetera aims to reinvent yachting for its different use of space, having its cabins on the main deck and living on the top deck. Interestingly the Cetera 60 has no real lower deck and this is for the most part a technical area, with a two berth crew cabin located forward.  The main deck accommodation will feature three cabins and three heads, two en-suite, and one day or third guest head located conveniently upon entrance from the aft deck.  The living area will be located on the top deck, with an L-shaped galley and L-shape dinette, and helm station forward.  There is also a social lounging area on the Cetera 60 and this will be in the forward part of the main deck.  The Cetera 60 will be powered by twin Volvo engines and IPS pod propulsion with a top speed of 23 knots and a cruise of 20.

February 3, 2019

Web: Bugari New Web Site

Bugari from Fano on the Adriatic sea side of Italy presents its new website.  Founded in 1968 by Artemio Bugari, who at first started production of sailing yachts and fishing vessels from ten to twenty meters.  Over the years Bugari expanded his shipyard twice, first in 1972 and second in 1991.  This last move was very much important and in the early nineties Bugari started the production of custom motor and super yachts, most of which featured a semi-displacement hull form, and size varying from twenty to forty meters.  In 1999 Andrea and Arnaldo Bugari sons of Artemio took over the shipyard.  In 2014 an Austrian holding in partnership with Andrea and Arnaldo started a plan to relaunch Bugari. After this move in 2018 Bugari presented three models; F77, F86 and F100 of size from 23 to thirty meters. Bulgari new website takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, Home, Brand, Fusion Design, Individual, and Contact.  Bulgari is also on social media with a link on the right top of the page taking you to its Facebook page.

February 2, 2019

Project: Sunseeker 8X

Sunseeker is proud to release details of its exciting new project the 8X. Launching in autumn 2020 project 8X showcases a fresh design direction for Sunseeker’s next generation of larger models and underlines the brand’s commitment to bringing even more exciting new products to market. Exemplifying the latest in Sunseeker’s cutting-edge design and innovative build processes, project 8X will be fundamentally different from the current range. Exemplifying the feel of a true superyacht, 8X’s stand-out features will be its striking lines, incredible volume, a sophisticated open-plan interior and a new ‘Beach Club’ concept, offering four times the area of a traditional bathing platform design.  Heralding an entirely new design, the beach club’s inset transom and bathing platform has been developed into a highly specified entertainment area of its own. With extensive stowage for a plethora of toys including a four meter plus rib tender and Jet-ski, it features an integrated remote-controlled tender crane within the aft coming, SeaBob deck lockers, optional 3.2m x 2.5m hydraulic bathing platform, a ‘self-levelling’ step passarelle, built-in drawer BBQ, dedicated refrigeration and overhead rain shower; perfect for those blissful days on the water.  A key feature to be found throughout the yacht is the ample exterior space; designed with entertainment in mind, she offers plentiful seating, dining and sunbathing options across multiple spaces, all with new recessed ambient lighting central to their appeal.  Stepping up to the cockpit with glazed balustrade and powered mesh privacy blinds, the cockpit seating will be configurable to the owner’s wishes whilst a secondary wet bar complete with sink, fridge, ice-maker and preparation surfaces creates a self-sufficient aft entertaining space. The optional side access ladder with dedicated stowage provides easy access to port or starboard when moored alongside.  The spacious fore-deck offers the perfect place to relax and unwind, boasting ‘vantage-point’ seating to its aft and both side decks. Central is the large sunbathing area that comes complete with optional powered backrests and sail canopies across all seating areas. Remarkably, the fore-deck can also incorporate a 140 inch cinema screen, laser projector and surround sound, previously unheard of in this size range and great for evening entertainment under the stars.  The flybridge will provide for yet another dedicated entertainment space with an expansive wet bar with stools, BBQ, helm drawer fridges, companion helm seating and optional hot tub. The carbon fibre hardtop with full-width retractable canopy provides the shade for an exceptionally generous seating and dining area that can be configured or left open-plan depending on the owner’s exact requirements.  The Sunseeker 8X will feature a unique main deck, penthouse style saloon and luxurious staterooms offer a new found design direction and materials selection providing elegant interiors to enchant any owner. The interior finish combines traditional elegance with contemporary updates. The layering of textural elements and the mix of furnishings and fabrics feels timeless with a modern twist that oozes sleek simplicity and sophistication.  The considerable saloon measures a remarkable 8.8m in length by 5.6m width providing space for sumptuous modular lounge seating and chaise lounge to port; all made possible by the clever concealment of multiple service items such as the chiller units. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the living accommodation with natural daylight complimented by sliding doors to port if required. A dedicated dining area for eight can be positioned to port or starboard whilst a contemporary apartment-style galley forward, with partition screens if required, offers plentiful space and direct side deck access for crew.  The lower helm, with additional dedicated side deck access, can be specified with a 3.7m skylight to flood the area with light, accentuating the carbon fiber detail to the console and raised companion seating to port. Provision is also made for a day-head to port, rare on a yacht of this size.  The elegant furnishings and flawless design are replicated below deck. A spectacular wooden feature wall leads owners into the luxurious full beam master stateroom offering panoramic views via its 2.5m feature windows. Creating the feel of a penthouse, the furniture has been carefully designed keeping in mind the yacht’s elegant lines, with sweeping curved bulkheads, textured paneling, curved sofa, vanity desk and a super king slatted bed that offers additional stowage below. A full-width decorative bulkhead mirror houses the television, complementing yet again this yacht’s array of advanced technology. A key feature to the stateroom are ‘his and hers’ pivot-hinge wardrobes and drawer units adjoining feature lobby shelving sitting behind paneled full-height mirrors. The generous en-suite incorporates a floating vanity unit with twin porcelain sinks, back-lit framed mirrors, more drawer stowage and a freestanding Axor shower.  A further forward VIP cabin with dedicated access and two twin aft cabins which can be converted into doubles, provides a yacht that can comfortably sleep eight guests in the same modern, cosseting comfort afforded to the master.  For the charter market, an optional fifth cabin is even possible in lieu of the standard master stateroom whilst for certain markets, a lower galley with direct crew cabin access is also feasible. The crew cabin, with capacity for four or five, benefits from a kitchenette, crew mess, en suite and provision of 2 appliances.  Sunseeker project 8X is set to surprise and delight at every turn. Every single element has been carefully considered in meticulous detail, exuding a sophistication and detail hitherto only found in custom super-yachts.  Sunseeker is very tight lipped on the size and propulsion details for the new 8X what looks a fresh new design direction for the famous British name.  Will it have the substance? But to speculate we imagine the 8X to compete in around the 80 to 89 feet size, and possibly also feature a semi-planing hull, and extra range at medium cruise speeds.  The Sunseeker 8X does look a very direct competitor to the Sanlorenzo SX, which considering  the sales of the later why not. 

February 1, 2019

blogger - The X and the S

In recent years just as a famous auto maker boat builders have started using letters to symbolize the style of there models.  Before this it was mostly about two systems to differentiate boat models, and that was to say what type of boat it was, Flybridge or Sport, or to name for a famous locality usually from the Caribbean or Mediterranean; as Camargue, Martinica, Portofino, San Remo, and or St.Tropez.  Another popular model name, just as in sport cars is that for predator animals, like the Arno Leopard, Overmarine Mangusta, or the once Sunseeker flagship the 60 Renegade.
In my mind the first builder to use letters was Italcraft who in mid eighties split its range into two distinctive model series the C for Classic which meant traditional line shaft propulsion, and M for its fast surface drives aggressive deep Vee hull line.
Princess entered the letter trend when it renewed its Mediterranean sport cruiser and yacht range to more modern style in 1995, and from the Riviera created the new V series line first with a 39 and 52 model.  This was a game changer for Princess and since the end of the nineties the V series has become an important popular range, competing not little with the Fairline Targa, and the Sunseeker open series's.  Today Princess has renamed all its line with letters.      
Come 2003 and Azimut enters the letter trend, who wanted to differentiate its new innovative sport coupe models from its flybridge, and here enters the S.  In 2017 Azimut went a step further and removed the length of the yacht in question and started using a single digit meaning a length, in which case for example the S7 a model to compete in the around 70 feet segment.
Aussie boat builder Maritimo also entered the letter name designation in 2016, first with M for its motor yacht series, then an S, and recently the X for new innovative aft cabin sport yacht.
In 2016 Pershing also started using letters, with the new 5X.  Pershing had so far in all its story used only the length in its models and in two exceptions added Limited to models renewed in some features.
Come 2019 and Sunseeker also enter the letter naming list by present the new 8X project at the Dusseldorf boat show.   
So here comes the age of letters.  It is mostly about the X, S follows, and then it is about the M and the rest.