November 13, 2019

Project: Hylas M58

Taiwan builder Hylas Yachts present the M58 project, a second and larger model in its power series following the M44 the builder launched in 2019.  Designed by Zurn the new Hylas M58 will feature down East lobster boat inspired looks, atypical from the American designer and those who follow his work will identify.  The lower deck will feature a three double cabin layout including a full beam owners stateroom.  While on the main deck Hylas decided to follow a modern astern galley layout.  The Hylas M58 will be standard powered with twin Volvo 725hp and IPS propulsion set up, good for top speeds of 27 knots and a cruise of 23.  Further larger engines options from Volvo will start from 800hp, and end up to the 1000hp, all IPS forward looking pod propulsion set up.  The larger engine set up will bump speed up to 35 knots and can cruise at 30 knot for 750 nautical miles.  

November 12, 2019

New Model: Arcadia 23.98m Sherpa XL

It has been ten years since Arcadia was born, and delivered at the time the first and daring A85 model, for sure one of the first green conscious super yachts, Arcadia quickly followed it with more models up in size till the 115, and then in 2017 it started looking downward by presenting the eighteen meter Sherpa.  Now thirty units later in the sea, Arcadia presents the new Sherpa XL, the second small size model in its range, two centimeters LOA shy under the 24 meter super yacht size.  The Sherpa XL designed by the Hot Lab studio is as any all other Arcadia different and daring, with an exterior design inspired to a working tug boat, with a split level shear line and a way forward located pilot house.  The exterior of the Sherpa XL takes over 60% in length, while the interior area located forward and upward features an L-shaped lounge sofa, and central helm station with two helm seats.  There is a further option here to have a galley located to port side, replacing the standard layout with a lower galley to port side, this replaced by a fourth cabin with en-suite head.  The lower deck offers a classic arrangement for the remaining three cabins, with a full beam owners cabin, forward VIP, and third guest cabin to starboard.  Crew quarters for two persons are located forward.  The Sherpa XL is standard powered by twin Volvo 800hp, with an optional choice for the large 1000hp units.  Propulsion is Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pods.  Tender stowage is unusual with the Sherpa XL stowing the tender in a garage at midships which opens at starboard side. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.98 m (78.09ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 21.1 m
Beam - 6.98 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 63 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 7320 l
Water Capacity - 1650 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or six berths in three cabins, two crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 23 knots max, 12 knots cruise, 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 1400 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - semi planning
Project - Hot Lab with Arcadia Yachts

November 11, 2019

Project: Prestige 420S

Prestige present the second generation 420S project.  S as Sport, as a Sports Coupe the new 420S is designed by the Garroni, Prestige designer for over a decade and features a distinguished, sporty look, offering an incredible layout and the latest innovations by the brand.  The new Prestige 420S offers an intelligent layout and refined design highlighted through the exceptional luminosity, afforded by the large opening hard-top roof, and the single-level flooring and spacious living areas in the main deck. The aft midships located master stateroom offers cozy atmosphere and high quality features: large central double bed and private bathroom, while a guest second VIP cabin with central double bed is located forward.  The Prestige 420S will be powered by twin Cummins 380hp, and or optional 420hp engines with line shaft propulsion.  

November 10, 2019

New Model: Damen 62 meter SeaXplorer

On 31 October the first Damen SeaXplorer luxury expedition yacht emerged from its building hall in the Netherlands. When the 62-metre custom-designed yacht is handed over to her owners in early 2020, she will be the first delivery from Damen SeaXplorer range.  The 62-metre SeaXplorer is a customised design with naval architecture completed by Damen’s inhouse design team and exterior lines by Azure Yacht Design. The owners selected Carlo Torre of Monaco Yacht Temptation to create the interior design and the Fraser technical team to supervise the build. The Polar Class yacht has expedition facilities for thirty days of autonomy, a fully certified helideck and helicopter hangar, plus two large tender garages and a dive store. The power generation consists of a Siemens BlueDrive system with three variable speed generator sets and DC bus. In combination with electrical propulsion motors and a battery pack, the yacht has an economical and environmentally friendly configuration.  Outfitting of the Damen SeaXplorer yacht took place at the Vlissingen East yard, located just a few kilometers from the Vlissingen City yard where Amels yachts are completed.  The Damen SeaXplorer range was introduced in 2015, a crossover innovation created by a top team of experts including the SeaXplorer design team, the Damen Research Laboratory, Azure Yacht Design and EYOS Expeditions, who provided hundreds of operational design features based on their real-world expedition experience.
Technical Data:
LOA - 62 m (203.5ft)
Beam - 14 m
Draft - 4 m
Displacement - 1886 t
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, twenty crew in ten cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 948hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - steel hull aluminum super structure
Project - Azure Yacht Design exterior, Carlo Torre interior, Damen design team for naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds

November 9, 2019

Project: Baglietto 65m V-Line

Baglietto during a press conference held at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monaco the latest design of its new 65-meter superyacht created by Francesco Paszkowski Design.  The past and present come to life in this 65-meter concept whose lines were shown in private during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  The subtle retro style of the roll-bar reminds us of one of the great Baglietto classics, Adler, from which the designer takes explicit inspiration. The vertical bow and an innovative stern add a modern and unique style. The profile has a chic combination of soft and powerful lines, along with large windows that are perfectly camouflaged in the structure thanks to a special darkening film.  The 65-meter T-Line superyacht is also inspired by the connection of light and water, which is found in many yachts aesthetic choices. The high windows in the main deck and the upper deck is a distinctive element of Baglietto yachts and created by Francesco Paszkowski Design. The pool on the upper deck has a transparent floor facing a large aquarium on the main deck. Natural light is a key added value on this design, including the large central lobby area where the light comes directly from the glass skylights of the flybridge.  Instead of stairs, the main deck is accessed via continuous side corridors. There is also a unique transition space between the exterior and interior which resembles a real winter garden. It has a transparent window and skylights placed on the ceiling, which allows guests to enjoy the natural light and converse even in the most adverse weather conditions.  Guest will also find an aquarium, a furnishing element, at the pool on the main deck. There are a large conversation area and dining area for twelve guests directly connected to the modern galley equipped for high-quality catering. In the bow, guests will find the owner’s suite and a VIP cabin with exclusive access to a private gym.  The accommodations include a six cabin layout. Four of the cabins are located on the lower deck, which could be accessed through an elevator or a convenient side door in the lobby. The bow area on this bridge is for the crew and includes the crew mess as well as space for their accommodations.  Aft, still on the lower deck, the floodable garage offers accommodation for a ten meter tender. A multi-purpose open space is also available, which is ideal for life on-board because it provides direct contact with the sea and natural light. The aft area, thanks to two side doors, can be transformed into a huge beach club with a gym or a pool area if the tender is launched. Behind the beach is a generous wellness area that includes a sauna, and dedicated services.  Going up on the upper deck, in line with the aquarium located on the main deck, guests will find the swimming pool with a sunbathing and dining area, including a wonderful bar. Inside, there’s a full-width cinema room and the wheelhouse with the captain’s cabin.  Finally, a second swimming pool is located on the sun deck with a large sunbathing area and a shaded conversation area near the roll bar.  A helipad for touch-and-go landings as well as a garage area for a 5.4-meter rescue tender and two jets are also available.  Various motorization options are being considered for this project. A hybrid solution is also envisaged.

November 8, 2019

New Model: Princess V78

With a bold exterior concealing a spacious interior, the new Princess V78 is the flagship of the Plymouth boat builder since 1995 going strong V Class range. Central access from the hydraulic bathing platform leads you between twin sunbeds to a configurable cockpit then onward to a well-equipped galley, dining area and saloon. The fore-deck features innovative seating with sun-pads which can be converted to create additional aft facing seats. Her cavernous main deck saloon opens up through an electric roof above, or seamlessly to the outside through full length side windows. Below deck, eight guests enjoy four large en suite cabins, all bathed in natural light from her contemporary hull windows and a further twin cabin aft for occasional guests or crew. Powered by twin Man 1900hp engines the new Princess V78 can reach speeds up to 39 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.48 m (80.4ft)
Hull Length - 24 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Draft - 1.62 m incl props
Displacement - 53605 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1350 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed propellers
Speed - 39 knots max
Project - Olesinski

November 7, 2019

Project: Solaris Power Lobster 78

Solaris entered the power segment in 2019 with a bang, presenting two models and an interesting plan ahead of a five model line up from fourteen up to 26 meters.  After the launch of the 55, and 48 Open models respectively, Solaris now is presenting details for its second large project, the Lobster 78.  The Solaris Power Lobster 78 is as the name says inspired to the Down East boat, but beside the sweeping sheer line, and flared bow, this is a flybridge motor yacht in essence and substance.  Offering a four cabin lower deck interior the Lobster 78 will feature an interesting living area with an opening balcony to port side.  A galley will be located in the central area of the main deck, with opposite the eight person dinette.  The Lobster 78 by the first layout designs will also feature an option for an internal stair case from the saloon to the flybridge.  Norberto Ferretti was always keen on this feature so often forgotten today, and in the past he actually offered this in nearly all his flybridge models even those sub fifteen meters.  The Solaris Power Lobster 78 in the renderings looks to be powered by a triple engine set up with what looks Volvo's IPS pod propulsion. 

November 6, 2019

New Model: Viking 46 Billfish

Just after the Billfish appeared in the scene in around 2007, a few years later everyone was asking the same question, to make a bigger one.  A turn of events from a global recession to the sale of the Ocean Yachts brand led to Viking taking the molds from Ocean Yachts and a new Billfish was born in 2017.  Fast forward to 2019, and finally a bigger Viking 46 Billfish has arrived in flesh and fiberglass.  The Viking 46 Billfish will excel as either an owner/operator or captained sportfish cruiser. Offering simplicity and ease of maintenance, she’s a ready-to-go fishing machine equipped for inshore and offshore missions as well as a versatile cruising boat with reliable inboard diesel power.  The thirteen square meters cockpit has room for the entire crew or family. The cockpit sole is built with a laminated in-deck mounting plate for fighting chair, rocket launcher or table installations. Standard equipment and features include a cockpit bait freezer with upper tray, in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard with overboard drainage, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and sea-water wash downs. Two-person, mezzanine-style seats flank the center-line walk through, and there’s refrigerated drink storage in the starboard mezzanine step, as well as ample general stowage throughout.  The 46 Billfish command deck can be completely enclosed and is climate-controlled. The command deck features a salon-like living area with a roomy U-shaped lounge and hi-lo table and a lounge that extends along the starboard side. Both seating areas hold rod storage underneath.  Like our legendary Viking convertibles, the 46 Billfish flybridge is designed with a tournament-style center console walk-around helm. The 46 Billfish has Palm Beach-style controls and power-assist hydraulic steering. Seating includes a single Release Marine teak chair, with a second helm chair available as optional, and lounges to port and starboard and a forward console seat. Rest up and recharge in the 46 Billfish’s air-conditioned cabin. Featuring high-gloss teak cabinetry and custom Amtico flooring, the fully appointed starboard-side galley has an L-shaped Corian counter-top, a two-burner electric stove, a microwave/convection oven, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with a built-in ice maker. The private head, which is conveniently located immediately to port of the companionway stairs, has a large walk-in shower with satin nickel fixtures, an attractive Corian-topped vanity with sink and storage and a medicine cabinet with mirrored doors. Easily accessible upper and lower bunks on the port side await weary anglers, and there’s a hanging locker only a few steps away. The first-class accommodations continue in the private forward stateroom, with its island queen bed, a hanging locker, upper storage cabinetry and a flat-screen TV with stereo, speakers and DVD player.  The engineroom, lazarette and forward bilges are painted with Snow White Awlgrip for increased visibility and ease of maintenance. A large center-line hatch gives you quick access to the engines.  The Viking 46 Billfish is standard powered bt twin Cummins 715hp, while twin Man 800hp are available as optional.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.97 m (45.6ft)
Beam - 4.67 m
Draft - 1.24 m incl propellers
Displacement - 19433 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2392 l
Water Capacity - 375 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp, Man I6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - Resin infused Vinilester, end grain balsa and closed cell core used in selected area
Project - Viking Design Team headed by David Wilson

November 5, 2019

Project: Silent 44

Silent Yachts present the project for a new 44 entry level to its unique range of solar powered catamaran yachts.  The smallest Silent catamaran is an oceangoing solar electric boat that meets the highest ship building standards, respects the environment and makes no compromises regarding luxury cruising at the same time.  In the standard power configuration of the two 30kw electric motors it achieves a maximum speed of 12 knots, but the propulsion can be upgraded to twin 80kw with this increasing speed up to 15 knots. The Silent 44 will offer interior layout with three or four double cabins including a central located owners cabin.  With the Silent 44 it is possible to cross the oceans with pure and clean solar energy, without giving up comfort from a conventionally powered yacht.

November 4, 2019

Out News = Super Yacht Trouble in North Liguria Sea

A 25 meter super yacht departing from Aregai Marina on fourth November had to make an emergency stop in San Remo at around 1100 hours, just after five nautical miles into its journey due to hull damage under way resulting in water entering inside and a risk of sinking.  The super yacht made an emergency mooring in San Remo yacht marina and was immediately provided with assistance from the local Fire Fighting Squad.  The operation resulted even more difficult with the area having an orange to yellow alarm for waves, and wind forecast reported to go over fifty knots in the morning in the Ligurian sea area from Ventimiglia down to La Spezia.  At around 1300 hours the 25 meter super yacht was reported safe, while a second pump was being called.  At 1400 hours after a hull inspection, the super yacht was found having two holes in the bottom, so it will be impossible for it to navigate to any repair facility, with a huge crane being called to lift up for a temporary fix and then taking her to a specialist yacht yard for repairs.
The 25 meters motor yacht Beatris involved in this accident is of an Italian design and build from the end seventies to mid eighties era.  The design suggests to be one of the Liguria North West Italy builds.  Still trying to find out what make and model this might be so if you got a guess feel free to leave a message.

New Model: Spirit P70

Spirit Yachts has launched its largest modern classic motor yacht, the Spirit P70, outside its waterside yard in Ipswich, Suffolk. The P70 was designed by Spirit Yachts for an experienced motor yacht customer who requested an owner-driven yacht capable of cruising one thousand nautical miles at an average of 18 knots across the North Sea without having to refuel. As with all Spirit yachts, the P70 has been completely customized to suit the owner’s itinerary and criteria. Constructed using Sapele ring frames to which Douglas fir longitudinal strips were bonded, the P70 build followed the same core processes of Spirit’s sailing yacht hulls. Once the initial structure was complete, diagonal layers of kaya wood planking were laid down, sanded and vacuum infused with a thin layer of epoxy resin. This lightweight method of construction means that at 24 tonnes the P70 is almost half the weight of a similar size fiberglass counterpart. Twin Man 800hp engines will generate a cruising speed of 18 knots and a maximum of 25 knots.  Layout the P70 offers a flybridge with two double Stidd helm seats and additional seating for six guests. The wheelhouse sits midships on the main deck and has double and single Stidd seats located in front of the navigational equipment and engine controls. An additional raised sofa is to port, with a chart table and stowage to starboard. A few steps down and forward of the wheelhouse is the main saloon, complete with a ‘rise and fall’ TV, a bar and panoramic views from the forward windows.  The lower deck houses the accommodation and living area. Stairs from the main saloon lead down to a forward ensuite owner’s cabin, complete with a bath, and an ensuite single cabin, which doubles up as an office.  A separate stair case down from the wheelhouse provides access to a single day head and the open plan dining saloon and galley. The saloon dining table has a U-shaped port side sofa, with additional seating to starboard, wine storage and a TV. The well-equipped galley includes an American style fridge-freezer with built in ice-maker, below floor chest fridge, dishwasher, twin sinks, four burner induction hob, a fan oven and a microwave. Aft of the dining area are two twin guest cabins, which share a head and shower.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.7 m (71.1ft)
Hull Length - 21 m
Waterline Length - 20.8 m
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 1.7 m loaded
Displacement - 24 t light 36 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 10000 l in four tanks
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - six/ seven berths in four cabins, 
Engines - 2 x Man I6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max 18 knots cruise
Range - 1000 nm at 18 knots
Construction - wood with epoxy 
Project - Sean McMillan

November 3, 2019

Project: Ocea Nautilus 45

French super yacht builder Ocea present the project for the Nautilus 45 designed by Philippe Briand.  To be build in alloy Nautilus 45 is a super yacht that embodies an adventure lifestyle, satisfying a desire to explore landscapes first-hand. The Nautilus 45 offers a six double guest cabins interior, from a full-width master suite on the main deck and five large guest cabins. Efficiency is achieved through the use of Ocea's favorite material, aluminium, which makes it possible to design a lighter, more economical, faster yacht that can go further without refuelling. The size of the tenders also plays a role in going further. With the Nautilus 45, the idea was to design a yacht that can go into areas where there is no port or dock. The large tenders offer a way to explore bays and coastlines where the yacht cannot venture, and this is achieved with space for two eight meter long tenders, stowed on the main deck, offering guests optimal comfort for a wide range of exciting day adventures. In the same spirit, an exclusive boarding system, called easy-boarding, was developed to facilitate access to the tenders. Easy-boarding provides the convenience and safety of a real dock, even near the most inhospitable shores.  No power details are so far given but the Nautilus 45 can reach speeds up to sixteen knots, and cruise at twelve, this giving a range of four thousand nautical miles.

November 2, 2019

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche K42 Audace

In January 14th 2019, Cantiere delle Marche launched its largest build to date with K42 Audace successfully touching the water. K42 Audace is a surprising, extra-ordinary super yacht, whose shape and features are surely out of the ordinary. Audace fulfills her Owner's long-held project to commission a pure custom explorer yacht. Her Italian Owner will live on board all year round hence the need to create environments and amenities that perfectly fit his lifestyle. The project stems from a fruitful collaboration of all parts involved in its development and all players are as expert, innovative and respected as might be expected of such a complex project. For Cantiere delle Marche K42 Audace is a first. It is indeed the first pure custom explorer vessel the Ancona-based shipyard has ever built and, when it was commissioned, it represented for CdM the first step into a new segment of the market. The project brings the signature of Andrea Pezzini from Floating Life who developed the K series in conjunction with Mauro Sculli entrusted for the naval architecture. The project has been engineered by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec. Project Manager for the yard is young and skilled Domenico Ranieri who worked in close collaboration with Andrea Pezzini from Floating Life who also acted as owner representative.  Spread on five deck, a large tank deck included, Audace has four guest cabins, two on the Lower deck with balconies, and two on the Main deck with direct access to the side passages. Nine berths for crew. The Owner apartment is on the highest level, above the Upper Deck. A professional galley allows two chefs to prepare meals for up to 250 guests. A Land Rover Defender, a BMW motorbike, water-ski, and a crew tender are stored on the forward deck while a large tender, hauled with a nine tons capacity crane, is on the Main deck aft. Two discotheques, one on the Lower deck and one on the Main deck, are fully equipped for dancing all night long.  Cantiere delle Marche is powered by twin Caterpillar 1450hp engines which allow for speeds up to 16 knots, and a cruise of ten which allows for a range up to 5400 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 42.80 m (140.4ft)
Beam - 9.40 m
Draft - 2.75 m
Displacement - 450 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 62000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, nine crew in ten cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert Swac 1450hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 10 knots cruise
Range - 5400 nm at 10 knots cruise
Project - Andrea Pezzini Floating Life exterior, Mauro Sculli naval architecture, Sergio Cutolo from Hydrotec engineering

November 1, 2019

blogger - Sophisticated Marketing

The new Azimut S10 product video, created some negative comments on social media.  The video of one minute 33 seconds long, sees a girl doing naked art dancing and in between we see short shots of the super sport yacht, and then ending with it launching in speed nicely.  This is not the first time that video criticism has arrived, and with Youtube it is very easy to do it.  In the past I do remember a video for a new Princess yacht which looked like a short novel, having a similar negative critique. 
The Youtube platform has expanded the possibilities of boat builders to promote product endlessly for free.  Now in recent years we have entered a stage of sophistication marketing from the popular famous brands who are doing videos which match in quality and style those of high end cars. 
But do boaters really want this?  
The comments following the Azimut S10 and other similar videos is always that the viewers want to see more of the boat and learn about it, then an actual marketing ploy.  Sometimes it seems that marketers do not realize that social media is different to TV, as these launch model videos, do actually look like to be created for the old medium.  
It is to understand, that YouTube and the new modern social media medium is different.  Look at channels as Aquaholic, SuperYachtCaptain, BoatTube, MBY, NonSoloMare on the less sophisticated front, TheBoatShow and BoatTest on the sophistication side of things and others that I have forgot.  What one notices especially in the first group above is that they have basic filming done with a GoPro or two and similar set up.  But they do bring the viewers what they want to see and have a huge success. Viewers of Youtube and similar social media videos want content not a one minute impact video suited for a premium time television advert!  The numbers actually support a basic filming and a natural approach, and some of the above do have views in the thousand just after a day or two. 
To be fair I think Azimut knows about this, and did make walk through videos of its models.  Result the walk through video of the Azimut 60 has 150000 views, while the product only 11000.  Interesting numbers!  But can really a popular famous brand do without a sophisticated new model launch video.  Possibly not, but toning it down a little, and showing more of the boat in navigation, something an owner rarely sees, and showing its features want do any harm.