October 19, 2019

Project: Majesty 120

Gulf Craft is pleased to reveal the tri-deck Majesty 120, a new 37-metre addition to the SuperYacht Collection and the head line brand brand of the United Arab Emirates boat builder. Announced during the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 onboard the Majesty 140 by Gulf Craft Executive Chairman, Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, the Emirates-yacht builder stated that the first hull is officially under construction with completion scheduled for March 2020.  Measuring 37 meters with a beam just over eight meters the Majesty 120 is constructed using advanced composites as carbon fiber, with Gulf Craft’s in-house design studio responsible for her naval architecture and exterior design, while the Italian studio of Cristiano Gatto undertook her interior design. Aggressive lines and a demanding profile define the Majesty 120, with the signature windows lining the hull. Extensive use of glass offers an unparalleled connection to the outdoors with low bulwarks allowing for an ornamental glass railing design. Onboard the Majesty 120 will accommodate up to ten guests across five spacious staterooms in an inventive asymmetric layout. A total of seven crew are also accommodated on-board. Among the standout features onboard the new Majesty 120 is a Jacuzzi on the sun deck as well as a hybrid beach club. Another example of innovative design and engineering, the beach club is convertible to a tender storage unit to ensure maximum fun on the water. Offering maximum flexibility to owners, the VIP stateroom entertainment area can be cleverly transformed into a spacious lounge quarter on the lower deck. Working to a design brief that called for a minimalistic boat to meet international tastes, designer Cristiano Gatto created a modern and contemporary interior design. The Majesty 120 represents a revolution not only for Gulf Craft but for the entire luxury yacht industry. She is the first-ever Majesty Yacht model to be completely electrically powered and, apart for the engines and generators, no hydraulic systems are used onboard. By doing so, Gulf Craft has created a noise-free environment as well as created a more efficient construction process that leads to a care-free maintenance lifespan for every owner.  The Majesty 120 will be powered by twin MTU 2600hp engines.

October 18, 2019

Out-News = Sparkes Marina Fire

On ninth October in the early morning a fire broke out at Sparkes Marina in Hayling Island in the British South coast, close to Portsmouth.  The fire which broke at 06:15 morning sank two boats and left two damaged.  Fire fighters where called immediately on the spot and spent two hours extinguishing the flames.  No person where injured during the incident.  The two sinking boats where a motor cruiser of over nine meters which I was told was an a Aquastar 30, and a sailing boat of six meters.  
Sparkes Marina is located in Hayling Island, Hampshire at the Southern tip of the famous Solent cruising grounds and very close to the Isle of Wight.  The Marina offers berthing capaicity for 160 boats.

New Model: Marlow Voyager 100V

Marlow has just launched its new Voyager 100V representing its largest build to date in the ascension of the American company Chinese build super yachts line above 24 meters. The Voyager 100V extends Marlow's size by a meter from the 2011 launched Explorer 97E model. Designed and engineered in Marlow's design center, the Voyager 100V specification exceeds that of many production yachts available.  From her in house CuproNickel piping throughout which replaces common budget hose products to the exquisite soft goods and decor nothing about 100V is left without thinking.  Build utilizing Marlow's own proprietary Full Stack Infusion; utilizing Carbon Fiber, Dupont Kevlar, Titanium, 316L Stainless, Honeycomb, and Corecell.  Engine and machinery spaces are also expansive; with the ability to walk unimpeded fully around all separated machinery and electrical rooms with eight feet of headroom in sparkling white and flawless finish reinforced by carbon fiber ring frames. Marlow Voyager 100V is a raised pilot house design with a large open galley and dinette forward of the split level main deck.  The lower deck is for overnight cabins with  five double cabins, including a full beam midships owners stateroom, and a fifth guest cabin located aft.  Marlow Voyager 100V is power by Baudouin 1600 HP commercial rated engines allowing for speeds up to 22 knots and a cruise of 19 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 31 m (102ft)
Hull Length - 29.5 m
Beam - 6.85 m
Displacement - 97 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 20819 l
Water Capacity - 2271 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines -2 x Baudauin 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Velocijet strut keels
Speed - 22 knots max light load 19 knots fast cruise 8 knots long range cruise
Range - 2900 nm at 9 knots , 4200 nm at 8 knots
Construction - vacuum infused with Corecell core, and carbon fiber and Dupont Kevlar used in critical areas

October 17, 2019

Project: Alen 56 HT

During the Cannes boat show 2019 Turkish builder Alen presented the project for a new 56 HT model.  The Alen 56 HT is based on the 55 model with the main difference that it has no walk around and geared as a full cabin sport yacht, including a fully enclosed three sided hard top, with open or closed do as you wish patio door.  With the fully enclosed hard top the living of the Alen 56 HT is fully moved on the main deck, allowing for a lower deck dedicated to the three double cabins, including a full beam master cabin. The living layout is also very modern with an astern galley layout, a dinette to port side with opposite settee, and a helm station to starboard.  The spacious hard-top makes good use of main deck space using 60% for accommodation purposes, excluding the fore deck and the sun-pad.  The Alen 56 HT is powered by Volvo 625hp or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod propulsion with the optional engine choice allowing for speeds up to 38 knots.   

October 16, 2019

New Model: Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge

Rivera presents its new 54 Enclosed Flybridge model, what is an update and replacement to the 52 which was also an evolution of the 50 launched in 2014.  The new Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge brings little differences outside to the 52, with the main important change coming in the layout of the lower deck which now offers a full beam midships master stateroom.  With this change the third stateroom is now smaller offering bunk twin berths to starboard, while the VIP suite looks of the same size.  The previous layout of the 2016 launched 52 offered a choice for an owners cabin to port side or forward in the optional layout.  The Riviera 54 Enclosed Flybridge is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with IPS pod drives propulsion.  In all the new 54 we see latest technological equipment from the glass cockpit to CZone Digital switch system.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.60 m (57.9ft)
Hull Length - 16.1 m
Beam - 5.01 m
Draft - 1.40 m incl propellers
Displacement - 26322 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max 27 knots cruise, 22 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 437 nautical miles at 22 knots
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions

October 15, 2019

Project: Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker is proud to release details of all-new 65 Sport Yacht. Launching in the fall of 2020, the new yacht showcases a fresh design from Sunseeker’s next generation of models and underlines the brand’s commitment to bringing more exciting new products.  Sunseeker's Design and Technology Centre based in Poole, have been developing this new model for over a year. Embodying the latest design synonymous with Sunseeker, the 65 Sport Yacht will be fundamentally different from the current range in the segment due to its sculptured exterior design, innovative helm concept and stylish interior appointments. No single area has been left unchallenged in the search for perfection.  Her sleek exterior profile, with an almost invisible minimalist bridge deck, have been enhanced by the addition of rakish hull glazing, emphasizing her modern sporting prowess whilst increasing natural light into the lower deck spaces. The exterior is a cool blend of tinted glazing, teak, carbon fiber and polished stainless steel; perfectly balancing the traditional with hi-tech to enhance the emotional and performance traits of this dynamic new model.  Central to this yacht’s appeal, the modular sport bridge can be specified in two ways; a standard ‘Sky Lounge’ with comfortable chaise lounge and companion seating or a revolutionary and truly innovative ‘Sky Helm’. Featuring twin bolstered seats set very low either side of a central console, instrumentation is courtesy of a state-of-the-art glass bridge plotter complete with retro chrome dials. This design sets-off a very modern fully-carbon steering arm that can be raised to ease ingress into this racing-cockpit design or locked in a raised position for helming while standing. Cleverly, both helm seats can pivot aft for socializing while the windscreen can also tilt up and down depending on the driver’s preference and desire to be connected to the elements. Taken all together, the experience is one of pure adrenaline, akin to driving a high-performance convertible super-car and absolutely unique.  In line with this new model’s sporting credentials, access to the sport bridge is made from a lightweight feature staircase crafted from stainless steel, carbon and teak.  New ideas continue apace, not least within the vast modular cockpit which can be specified in a number of ways. Set to port is an over-sized J-shaped lounge seating running aft from the galley across the width of the cockpit matched to a large sun pad over the garage space. Alternatively, with centrally located lounge seating forward of the sun pad, the galley window can retract electrically to convert the area into a very sociable bar unit with matching stools. To starboard, the over-lapping entrance glazing slides effortlessly away allowing the cockpit to merge seamlessly with the generous and comfortable interior dominated by the superstructure’s expansive glazing. Here, the saloon has received numerous enhancements through both new designs to furniture and subtle but highly effective detailing of the sculpted upholstery and cabinetry incorporating polished stainless-steel highlights. The over-sized integrated skylight above the helm opens to more than two meters in width, flooding the living space forward with even more natural light. Accommodating up to six guests in a three-cabin layout, the spacious, full beam master stateroom includes a generous en-suite while the forward VIP cabin has been designed thoughtfully to give even more space. Each guest cabin is equipped with an en-suite and there is an additional day-head below. Optionally, an open-plan Owner’s Office linked to the master stateroom, an additional single-berth cabin or mini-galley can be specified below, delivering flexibility for any owner.  A clever new design sees the fully-appointed crew cabin situated forward of the garage and accessed via a dedicated raised hatch in the cockpit, all made possible by the IPS installation. This is important as an extra wide tender garage with fully-flush floor allows a 3.45 meter Jet RIB to be carried and launched via a new diagonal sliding hydraulic bathing platform, a first for any yacht in this sector. The additional garage space can be utilised for SeaBobs, inflatable paddleboards, diving equipment or racking.  Should an owner wish to carry the tender on the bathing platform, the vacated space can be specified as a dedicated and fully-featured ‘Beach Club’ with direct sea access via molded steps and more modular options for bar, fridge/ice maker units, BBQ and free-standing seating. In either scenario, the open garage door incorporates twin integrated rain-showers and speakers overhead; perfect for parties in or near the water. Molded steps featuring curved Flexiteek soles sweep up either side creating a fully symmetrical stern, enhancing her dynamic lines and inherent beauty.  The Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht cuts an equally important performance figure water with speeds of up to 38 knots courtesy of the Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives propulsion.

October 14, 2019

New Model: Cayman F520

Restarted in 2016 Cayman new generation prowess does not stop, and after the S450 in 2017, the F920 its largest build to date in 2018, present the F520 for 2019.  Designed by Ferragni the same studio responsible for the F920 flagship model launched in 2018, the F520 presents itself as a middle sized flybridge motor yacht with classic modern Italian exterior styling, and very spacious interior.  All the latest sought design and functional details are featured in the F520, as astern galley, full beam midships owners stateroom worth of that name, and fore deck forward looking settee.  This is a well thought clean designed motor yacht with a lot of comfort, offering a three double cabins interior with two bathrooms, and a crew cabin berth aft.  The Cayman F520 also scores points for well thought spaces in the aft deck and in the flybridge.  The Cayman F520 is powered by twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.93 m (52.2ft)
Hull Length - 14.18 m
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 18500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth aft
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max 21 knots cruise
Project - Ferragni 
Certification - CE B

October 13, 2019

Web: Moonen New Web Site

Moonen Yachts from the Netherlands presents its new virtual World wide web showroom.  Moonen was founded in 1963 at the Dutch town of Den Bosch first under the name of De Ruiter shipyard. In 1981 following new ownership entrance by Alhena, it is renamed to Moonen.  In 1985 Moonen builds is first super yacht above 24 meters with the launch of 26 meter Cassiopeia S, and in 1992 the company follows more into this by launching a semi-custom design platform of 24 meter in size.  The steel and aluminium semi-custom line is a success for Moonen, creating over the years quite a few recognizable designs in the 24 to 30 meter size.  Still the semi-custom platform does not stop Moonen from building fully custom larger boats and the launch of 37m White Heaven III in 1998 is a testament to this what will be its larger super yacht for quite some time, superseded by the 38 meter Snowhite in 2009, and then by 41 meters Sofia in 2014 its largest build to date.  Moonen has also in 2009 opened its second facility in Groot-Ammers some fifty kilometers away from the original home factory.  The new facility has increased Moonen building size capability up to 50 meters from 35, thanks to a new larger hall.  Moonen currently offers two lines; Semi-Custom, and Full-Custom.  The Semi-Custom range offers five models and starts with the 30M Matica, and expands up to the 50M Monito.  Currently Moonen has a 36M Martinque semi-custom in construction with delivery for mid 2020.  Moonen new website takes you around with the following buttons; Our Story, New Build, In Build, Fleet, Services, News, and Contact.  Moonen is also present in social media with bottom right buttons taking you to its; Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin pages. 

October 12, 2019

Project: Overmarine Mangusta Sport 104

Building on the legendary Maxi Open series, Overmarine today unveiled the Mangusta Sport 104, the first yacht designed by designer Igor Lobanov for the Viareggio Italian yacht builder, who takes over from Righini who till what I know always designed the models of the brand, from its founding in mid eighties as up till today with the exception of the Oceano and Gransport range.  This new Lobanov course in the Sport 104 embodies every important innovation from Mangusta’s thirty years of excellence in developing fast and comfortable Maxi Open yachts, which have become some of the most iconic models on the market. Most of which have sold beyond what anyone thought it was possible.  The Mangusta Sport 104 epitomizes the speed, comfort, and elegant aesthetics of the iconic Maxi Opens, keeping intact their family feeling. Yet the Mangusta Sport 104 is also a totally new boat that reinterprets key performance and lifestyle characteristics.  The most striking styling change comes in the bulwark design, where wide windows, smartly connected by the designer, let plenty of natural light come into the master and guest cabins. The frame design is truly a feat of engineering, as it ensures outstanding visibility through the large windows, while also allowing the yacht to be built to BV Class and to MCA code for commercial registration.  The boat’s rear can boast a brand-new design of the garage door, which emphasizes the yacht’s aggressive profile and allows it to fit a tender up to five meters in length and a three-seat jet ski. The other highlight of the rear section is the integrated sundeck, which wraps around the radar arch, giving this area a clean yet aggressive look.  Interiors have also been thoughtfully designed for long, comfortable, Med-crossing cruising and with features that flood all areas with natural light. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main salon create a sophisticated yet livable environment that can be arranged in many different layouts according to the owner’s desire.  Owners will love the uninterrupted dialogue between interiors and outdoors. The Mangusta Sport 104 offers an advanced infotainment system, ambient lighting, and an electro-chromic glass roof, all easily controlled by individual remote controllers.  The brand-new design of the dashboards, sundeck and main helm in main deck features a latest-generation navigation, monitoring and operating Interface.  The Mangusta Sport 104 is to be twin MTU 2600hp powered with Kamewa water jets propulsion, with speeds up to 35 knots being estimated.  The Sport 104 will also feature a new hull design, which sum the experiences gained of over three hundred units built with this set up by Overmarine.  

October 11, 2019

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche Accaio 123

On a rainy September morning, a very private yet cheerful ceremony celebrated the launching of the Acciaio 123. This is the second unit in the Acciaio series built by CdM, the first being the Acciaio 105 launched in 2018. Both yachts bring the signature of Sergio Cutolo from Hydro Tec who was entrusted also for the naval architecture and engineering. Impeccably contemporary in her exterior line that elegantly clothes a robust explorer vessel body, the Acciaio 123 blinks an eye to the past with high-end, timeless and sophisticated interiors developed by Cantiere delle Marche in-house design department in conjunction with the owners.  Leveraging on CdM's experience in the construction of explorer yachts renowned for their sea-keeping and long range, the Acciaio 123 boast generous and extremely comfortable interior spaces spread on three decks plus a large sun deck to host to the highest standards, up to twelve guests in five cabins and seven crew members. For all its characteristics, the Acciaio 123 is an explorer vessel for owners to enjoy the best of ocean exploring in full safety and comfort.  The Main deck layout, with a wide-body configuration, grants extra space to all environments from amidship to forward. This means that both the galley, located to port side, and the Owners stateroom which occupies the forward section of the deck, are extremely large with the latter enjoying an extremely high level of comfort and livability for a yacht of her size.  In an age where eco-friendly attitude is becoming more important also in the yachting industry, at 37.35 metres, with a beam of 7.80m and a displacement of 320t, the Acciaio 123 has two Caterpillar engines of just 533kW each which allow for a top speed of 13 knots and a range, at 10 knots, of 5,500 nautical miles. These remarkable figures are obtained thanks to Hydro Tec full-displacement hull design featuring a smooth distribution of the lines which provides significant reduction of resistance and excellent seaworthiness.  A proper explorer, the Acciaio 123 has large storage to navigate for thousands of miles without the need for any stop for provisioning. The technical spaces are as usual CdM’s feather in the cap for the machinery and equipment, piping and cabling, and their outstanding levels of spaciousness, brightness and meticulously designed layout that allows easy handling and maintenance. Top-end machinery and redundancy in equipment are not there to make Captain and engineer’s life easier, they are testament to the yard’s core mission to make navigation of its explorers in far and remote areas of the globe as safe as possible.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.35 m (122.5ft)
Beam - 7.80 m
Displacement - 320 t
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat 751hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 13 knots max ten knots cruise
Range - 5500 nautical miles at ten knots
Hull Shape - full displacement
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec, exterior design and naval engineering

October 10, 2019

Project: Pearl 62

Pearl Yachts is excited to share that the first hull in the new 62 project is currently under construction. Officially unveiled during the Cannes 2019 boat show, this new project features exterior design by English yacht designers Bill Dixon, and interior design by multi-award winning designer Kelly Hoppen MBE.  Both designers are responsible for all new recent Pearl yachts.  The Pearl 62 is on schedule for an official launch in the upcoming 2020 Dusseldorf boat show.  The sleek modern motor yacht will measure just above eighteen meters and will offer a four double guest cabins layout including a full-beam master suite with its own dedicated entrance.  Designed around maximizing owners experience, highlights on-board include spacious flybridge, complete with a fully-equipped bar and BBQ area for memorable Al-fresco dining experiences with friends and family.  Equipped with a choice of twin Volvo engines with IPS pod drives, the Pearl 62 offers top speeds of up to 33 knots and a cruising range of 300 miles. A long-time collaborator with the Pearl Yachts team, Kelly Hoppen has created a chic new design interior theme for the 62.  Modern interior centers around sleek detailing created by contrasting materials and structured bespoke built-in furniture items.  Hoppen's trademark detailing can be found throughout the Pearl 62, from the ribbed walls to the luxurious suede bands on the cushions. All materials and furniture items blend to create a luxurious and modern interior. The 62 was designed to have the four cabins and privacy of her successful predecessor and most popular Pearl to date, the 60 model, but this time with Volvo IPS engines positioned right aft.

October 9, 2019

New Model: Solaris Power Open 48

Solaris continue its entry into the Power sector with the launch of its second model, the Open 48, presented in less to a year.  The Open 48 is the wild card in the range, as while the other models and projects are all inspired to a Traditional down East lobster boat, this entry level Solaris Power is a sport cruiser slash many other things.  The Open 48 can be whatever an owner wants; a day-boat, chase-boat, runabout, tender, this is a multi purpose sport cruiser.  Technically speaking the Open 48 can be used for all the above, but the whole usage for the main deck from bow to stern sets its primary function for outside entertainment.  But do not be mistaken as the Solaris Power Open 48 has still interesting lower deck accommodation offering a two cabins two bathrooms sleeping four plan, with a crew cabin.  An alternative plan B exists where the second cabin is replaced by an L-shaped dinette.  In both layouts there is no lower deck galley, with this being located in the middle of the outside area in behind the helm station and under the T-top.  The Solaris Power Open 48 is powered by twin Volvo 435hp or optional 480hp with IPS pod drives.   
Technical Data:
LOA -  14.35 m (47ft)
Hull Length - 14 m
Waterline Length - 13.40 m
Beam - 4.87 m
Draft - 0.75 m exluding drives and props
Displacement - 14000 kg dry 16700 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or two berths in one cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 35 knots 26 knots cruise with Volvo 480hp, 30 knots max 23 knots cruise with Volvo 435hp
Project - Brunello Acampora Victory design hull and exterior, Norberto Ferretti
Certification - CE A

October 8, 2019

Project: Princess S62

Princess present the project for a new S62 with a sleek exterior styling merged to a dynamic, agile stance. With an optimized hull form spearheading her efficiency, the Princess S62 will be powered by twin MAN 1200hp engines which let her reach speeds up to 38 knots. When at anchor her electro-hydraulic bathing platform creates a convenient launch system for the tender, a jet ski, or simply a secluded swimming platform. Her sociable galley aft arrangement features an open-plan dining area with sliding doors and a fully opening window leading out to the cockpit. Below deck, six guests are comfortably accommodated across an en suite full-beam owner’s stateroom and two further guest cabins with the option of an additional crew cabin aft.

October 7, 2019

New Model: Anvera 48

Anvera is a company founded in 2015 by Luca Ferrari, Giancarlo Galeone, and Gilberto Galassi and enters the maxi rib yacht in 2016 with the 55 model.  Fast forward to 2018 and Anvera present its second 48 model.  The Anvera 48 model is a high end rib cruiser with a two cabin interior.  The Anvera 48 is available in two versions in a standard stern drive power, and an S surface drive version.  The stern drive version is powered by twin 370hp engines, while the S surface drives has twin 550hp engines.  The Anvera 48 since its launch in 2018 has had an incredible success with ten units being reported sold in its first boat show appearance.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.50 m (47.6ft)
Hull Length - 12.9 m
Waterline Length - 11.85 m
Beam - 4.91 m  
Draft - 1.1 m standard stern drive version, 0.87 m S surface drives version
Displacement - dry 8 t and 9 t S version, loaded 10 t and 11 t S version
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four persons in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins 370hp, 550hp
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drive, S version with Top System TS 45 surface drives
Project - Aldo Drudi exterior, Andrea Frabetti hull
Certification - CE B

October 6, 2019

Web: Tuccoli New Web Site

Tuccoli presents its new World wide web showroom.  Tuccoli was founded in 1960 by Ivano Tuccoli, shipwright carpenter in Livorno, Italy.  Since then Tuccoli has seen an ongoing evolution from the repair and custom construction of wooden fishing cruiser to the production of fiberglass sportfish and sport cruisers.  In 1970 the yard sees the entrance of Ivano's son Marco Tuccoli who still manages the construction and boat building side of the yard as at today.  Tuccoli closes down in 2010 due to the recession which hit the global economy in 2008/9. The boat builder is then reborn in 2017 thanks to one proud owner of a Tuccoli for fifteen years Paolo Sanguettola, who restarts production in the same year.  Sanguettola starts a new plan and enlist Oris Martino D'Ubaldo as designer, who starts by redesigning the previous projects as designed by Eros Bollani.  Today Tuccoli offers four models from the just launched new 25 feet T250 to the thirteen meter T440 presented in 2017.  Tuccoli new website takes you around with the following buttons; The Company, T440, T370, T280, T250, News, and Contacts.  Tuccoli is also on social media with a button at the right corner of the page takes you to its Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram pages.

October 5, 2019

Project: Azimut Grande 38 m Trideck

During the 2019 Cannes boat show Azimut was in high spirits showing its new course by architect Alberto Mancini in three new models, and with this presenting the way forward for the World famous Italian name following the successes of seventeen years of the now retired Stefano Righini.  The next way for Mancini is that for an Azimut Grande Trideck to measure 38 meters in length.  This will be the largest Azimut ever build superseding the 120 SL as produced from 2012 till 2016.  Though to be fair the company did in the past had projects for a 125 and 140 models which eventually evolved into the Benetti Fast Line.  The Azimut Grande Trideck will feature three decks offering a five double guest cabins accommodation layout, with owners cabin on the forward part of the main deck.  Crew space will be for seven crew in four cabins, including a captain cabin in the top deck behind the pilothouse.  The Azimut Grande Trideck is offered with twin MTU 2400hp or 2600hp engines which with the larger engines deliver top speeds up to 24 knots.

October 4, 2019

New Model: Absolute 62 Fly

Absolute present the new 62 Fly model, it's latest evolution in its flybridge motor yacht series which has brought so much success to the North Italian builder in the last decade.  The Absolute 62 Fly is a three double cabins three bathroom motor yacht, with a two berth guest or crew cabin aft.  The Absolute in its size scores a couple of points against the competition and this is the forward VIP cabin which looks to starboard and give the space similar to some midships cabin, and the aft crew cabin.  The main deck of the Absolute 62 Fly features an astern galley layout which looks forward into the saloon, and features a dinette opposite.  Absolute 62 Fly is powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.65 m (61.2ft)
Beam - 5.07 m
Draft - 1.48 m including props
Displacement - 33.95 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2600 l
Water Capacity - 680 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS950 dual propeller forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max 25 knots cruise
Certification - CE B

October 3, 2019

Project: Beneteau Gran Turismo 36

Beneteau present the project for the Gran Turismo 36, one of the eagerly awaited sport cruiser models for the 2019 calendar year. The Gran Turismo 36 is American-made, and is designed to USA standards of quality and comfort, while benefiting from the design ingenuity and expertise specific to Beneteau. She is the first boat in her category to combine comfortable cruising with outstanding handling and sensations similar to those of a small outboard thanks also to the Zipwakes tabs for improved stability when turning and under way.  The Gran Turismo 36 deck plan is innovative, with specific living spaces for use throughout the day.  For example a large built-in sun mattress on the foredeck provides a safe and pleasant place to relax when the sport cruiser is underway, and protected by a bimini top, it will quickly be adopted by anyone addicted to afternoon naps.  With an aerodynamic hardtop at the stern, complete with sliding roof, the Gran Turismo 36 combine protection and the joy of the open air.  Two bench seats face the sea in the driving station, so four people can enjoy the thrills of navigation, and an electric glass sunroof fills the whole area in natural light. Behind this a spacious cockpit lounge area which has room for up to seven guests.  Cleverly interlinked, the aft bench seats fold back and serve as headrests for the extensive sunbathing area facing the sea.  A small gate between the galley and the sunbathing area opens onto the swim platform. An outdoor galley located to starboard, is protected from the sun but offers plenty of fresh air.  The forward peak has generous space for a real owner cabin with a double bed and storage. An aft guest cabin provides two extra berths that can be brought together or separated depending on the crew on board. Midships you find a cozy lounge, a galley fitted with high quality appliances and a shower space, with a cubicle and washroom separate from the head.  The Beneteau Grand Turismo 36 as the smaller 32 is powered in inboard stern-drive or outboard power.  With inboard her maximum power is twin Volvo 300hp diesel engines, while with outboard a further more 100hp in petrol gas is possible.  35 knots of top speed is estimated with the large engine option.

October 2, 2019

New Model: Ferretti 720

The new Ferretti Yachts 720, debuted at the Cannes 2019 boat show, raising the bar on the navigation experience thanks to incredible spaces, plentiful stowage areas and out-of-the-ordinary ceiling heights.  Created in tandem by Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Engineering Department, the 720 is the second model following the 670 launched in 2018 with exterior design by architect Filippo Salvetti, while the interior design was handled by the Group’s in-house architects and designers.  Coinciding with the other yachts in the range, Ferretti 720 comes with the same highly popular aerodynamic design revolving around taut, finely poised forms that help to make the deck house lines extremely clean.  With a length of 22 meters and a beam of near to six meters, the 720 offers a number of functional and styling solutions that are highly innovative for a motor yacht of its size, underscoring the constant evolution of the brand, which at the same time preserves its distinctive sporty low profile character that is recognizable on all the models.  The Ferretti 720 offers a four double cabins three bathrooms guest accommodation with a full beam midships owners stateroom.  A crew cabin for two is located aft.  The Ferretti 720 is powered by standard twin Man 1200hp, or optional 1400hp engines.  Top speed is 32 knots with the optional Man 1400hp, while the standard engine slows everything down to four knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.3 m (73.3ft)
Hull Length - 21 m
Waterline Length - 18.6 m
Beam - 5.6 m
Draft - 1,8 m under propellers and loaded
Displacement - 46 t unloaded, 54 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4600 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Max Persons - 18
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp, V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 32 knots max 28 knots cruise with Man 1400hp, 28 knots max with Man 1200hp
Hull Shape - warped modified Vee with 14 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Filippo Salvetti exterior, Ferretti Group engineering for naval architecture and interior
Certification - CE A, certification modules B+F+Aa, ISO 8666 for data

October 1, 2019

blogger - Open Sterns a Devolution in Evolution

Looking at new boats at the boat-shows in the sport cruiser segment and those who want to cater for chase boats to a super yacht and a villa, or as a fast day boat, the open stern layout especially from European boat builders is the vigor nowadays.  This feature not only interested one boat but many boats in this category.  
So my question is rather a simple one, who is certifying these boats nowadays, as the open stern used so much today while looking plush cool and nice in a boat show and when moored in a marina, many time is a very dangerous affair when a boat is moving.  
Some time ago, eighties and nineties up until the CE rule was introduced in 1997 Rina rules regulation stated a bathing platform to be thirty centimeters or more above the water for following sea safety, and cockpit water draining needed a time frame to get certified.  Nowadays it seems we are looking the opposite way in these open stern sport cruiser / chase boats with little thought on safety and what happens in the water.  So how did we go from stricter standards to this CE ruling which seems to have very regards to navigational safety with the exception of the helm station.
So lets say many of these boats are catered the Med.  Now in reality this 970,000 squared miles sea does know how to kick a punch as any of the big oceans.  I asked a question many times which was the worst sea you ever encountered to a ship captain and many times the reply might be that the most challenging sea they ever found was actually somewhere in the Mediterranean sea.