December 2, 2020

Project: Maritimo S55

Maritimo present the project for the new S55, an advanced evolution of technology and design with the iconic features of the S-Series range. Australian built, the S55 sharpened exterior design, extensive entertainment areas and high performance reset the standard for long-range cruising sedan sportr yachts. Maritimo S55 will be a three double motor yacht with a full beam owners room at midships.  Living is all located on the main deck with an astern galley layout, while the aft deck offers a central C-shaped dinette and an L-shaped settee looking backwards.  There will also be a secondary exterior entertainment galley on the bathing platform.  The Maritimo S55 will be standard powered by twin Volvo 670hp engines with line shaft propulsion.  Debut is scheduled for the first half of 2021.

December 1, 2020

blogger - Healthy Competition is Finally Here

MTU took the Yachting and Super Yachting World by storm when in 2006 it launched its series 2000 16V M96 2400hp light weight high performance diesel engine, which was later on in 2009 upgraded to 2600hp. This engine has since then dominated the planning motor yacht market from 24 up to 35 meters in length. 

A 35.7 litre engine the MTU 16V became a benchmark for those seeking a light weight and high performance diesel unit.  Since introduced the stakes in the top tier high performance powerful but light marine diesel engine has been dominated by MTU.  Someone thought that the single maker dominion of GM Detroit in the seventies and eighties era, was never to be repeated.  While the MTU dominion is segmented in the bigger sizes, it is still an impressive one, and also it was also a bit disappointing to see none of the other two big diesel engines makers; Caterpillar and Man enter into the fold.

Now after fifteen years of MTU dominion in this segment we are seeing a competitor, with Caterpillar entering this segment with the new Cat C32B, a 32 litre high performance diesel engine which in its first variant is offering 2025hp, with 2200hp and 2400hp variants being in advanced stages to start production.  This will bring some healthy competition to the two plus horse power segment.  

While we are at it this another diesel engine manufacturer Man is also reported of being in advanced development to prepare something in the segment.  Man was rumoured to being in an advanced of development to enter into a competition to the MTU 2600hp in 2010/12 but apparently the project which was rumoured to be a 2300/2400hp engine was slowed down, due to the economic crises of the period.   

November 30, 2020

Monthly News - November 2020

- pic of the month - Heesen Cosmic Lego 

Azimut Scores Another Big Success at FLIBS 2020

Florida saw the conclusion a few days ago of the 2020 FLIBS, one of the key boat shows for Azimut Yachts on the American market, which despite the complexities of this historical moment, has reported positive results this year too, with an interesting number of visitors and 14 yachts contracted. The 61st FLIBS once again confirmed Azimut Yachts’ market leadership in America. Despite the complicated circumstances connected to the international sanitary emergency, the brand reported more than satisfactory visitor attendance at the boat show (it was actually up on last year during the opening days) and new contracts underwayfor a full 14 units. The shipyard took 10 models representing five Collections to the show, including the new Magellano 25 Metri, making its debut on the American market.  Federico Ferrante, president of Azimut|Benetti America, commented: “We were sure that the organisers would manage participants’ safety in the best way possible and we’re aware of the huge impact that this show has on the boat industry and everyone who depends on this sector, which is why we were determined to take part in this year’s FLIBS despite the huge uncertainties caused by the current situation. It could have been risky, but now we’re proud that we followed our instincts, which have proved to be right!”  The numbers are incredibly positive, with attendance figures for the first two days, typically the most productive at the boat show, up 12% on 2019. Overall, across the five-day event, all the models on show attracted great interest and Azimut Yachts entered into contracts for a full 14 units, 12 in the US market and 2 in Latin America market.  As can be seen, the Americas confirm once again that they are a key market for the brand, which is the top foreign shipyard by total sales and number of years on the US market.  Another big success was the evening event organised by Azimut Yachts at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, with special guests museum director Franklin Sirmans and Italian General Consul in Miami Cristiano Musillo, during which Open Your Eyes was projected, the short film in which director Gabriele Muccino pays tribute to Italian beauty and art, produced in partnership with Azimut Yachts for the worldwide launch of the new Magellano 25 Metri. The event was included within the Italian Design Day 2020 “Designing the future. Development, innovation, sustainability, beauty”, an annual thematic review promoted by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration and with the support of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and for Tourism, as a support to promot and increase the international awareness of Italian design and the internationalization of the Made in Italy system as a whole.


Benetti Wins at Super Yacht Award 2020

In the unprecedented setting of an online ceremony, held on November 13, Benetti’s mega yacht “Metis” won the prestigious World Superyacht Award in the “Displacement yachts between 1,000 and 1,499 GT” category. Such success replicates the award that Benetti received at the 2019 event for M/Y Spectre, once again held by the highly reputed yachting magazine Boat International.  The experienced yacht owners forming the World Superyacht Awards jury recognised in “Metis” the Italian elegance and excellent quality that are the core values of the Benetti brand. The judges particularly appreciated how Metis’ layout was designed to suit the needs of her owner, while extending the modern design trends, including interiors with such good visibility that they are at one with the surrounding seascapes. The beach club, opening directly to the sea through three huge shell doors, was another feature that caught their attention.  The success of Metis is furthermore impressive considering that the build was started on speculation by Benetti. The project’s team was challenged to design an extraordinary yacht that would need to interpret with no compromises the requirements of modern yachtsmen, both in functionality and style.  M/Y “Metis” is a distinctively contemporary 63-meter custom yacht with impressive volumes clad in flowing lines and innovative details. The steel hull and aluminium superstructure offer six decks and a maximum beam of 11 meters. The touch-and-go helipad, the 160 square meters master apartment, with an exclusive outdoor terrace, and the extensive deck areas are just a few of the yacht’s outstanding features. The 20 sqm Fly Deck gym is the cherry-on-the-pie that Kurt Lehman, from Yacht Moments, is particularly proud of, since it was his idea, and is one of the features that truly impressed the judges.  For the interiors, London-based firm Bannenberg & Rowell has introduced a new design approach that embraces an unusual layout, with the beach club, the main saloon on the Main Deck, and the lounge area on the Upper Deck turned 30 degrees compared to traditional configurations, revealing new perspectives from which to enjoy the view of the sea. The architecture developed by the English studio features the extensive use of bleached oak with leather inserts and materials including carbon fibre and polished stainless steel.  Giovanna Vitelli, Azimut|Benetti Group vice president, commented: “I share this award with everyone who has been part of creating this project, which represents the excellence of Benetti’s production and construction capabilities, a statement of ‘Made in Italy’ best industrial and manufacturing capabilities. Proof of the excellent result is this prestigious award as well as the sale of four yachts based on Metis’ design that were sold to owners from four different continents”.  Dickie Bannenberg remarked on the collaboration with Benetti: “Perhaps Benetti simply appreciate that aesthetics and engineering are part of the same process, and not separate disciplines. To use a fashion analogy, the most beautiful cloth will still fail on a poorly tailored suit. I think the Italians just have this in their blood. They gave us pretty free rein when we laid out the yacht and by conceiving spaces in an asymmetric way we were able to create less formal layouts (while keeping an edgy modern style), improve sight lines, absorb bars and equipment in corners, and generally create a new dynamic to both furniture and architecture.”  Giorgio M. Cassetta, responsible for the exterior design and layout, commented on the style: “Our goal for Metis was to create a set of essential lines that would give the yacht a subtle sensuality and a recognizable character. She is unmistakably a Benetti yacht, with an added boldness and exquisite balance of proportions. Her refined volumes were precisely crafted to highlight three-dimensionality with precision surface contouring, while offering uncompromised lay-out functionality. In this she is a perfect expression of our company’s ethos, and we are grateful to the yard and the project’s team for a fantastic work together.” 


Fairline Launch Spotify Channel

To connect with its audience on a new level, luxury British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, launches “F//Line 33 Presents” its new channel on Spotify, with a series of curated atmospheric playlists providing the perfect soundtrack both on and off the water.  The first collection, F//Line 33 Presents Volume One, which is powered by Fusion Entertainment, features five distinctive playlists. Whether it’s a lazy afternoon, an intimate evening or a party vibe, there is something for all F//Line fans around the globe, including specially curated Miami and Balearics playlists reflecting the spirit of these stunning yachting destinations.  The playlists have each been carefully crafted to set the right mood, whatever your plans. Curated by Dusseldorf based DJ Thomas Ullrich, the collections range from chilled background sounds to after dark beats to really get the party started. Each playlist is inspired by the personality of Fairline’s award-winning dayboat, the F//Line 33.  Miles Moorhouse, Head of Marketing at Fairline Yachts, comments, “Music connects people universally and can remind us of the best days of our lives. We wanted our new Spotify channel to invoke the lifestyle of our stunning dayboat and share the unique personality of the F//Line 33 through our carefully curated playlists. We hope they are enjoyed as the backdrop to many adventures, both on and off the water.”

Fairline Taking Configurator to New Heights

Following the launch of Fairline Yachts’ highly innovative F/Line 33 configurator site, the brand has unveiled phase two of the platform, where users receive a fully bespoke, personalised video of their configured boat in action. Feedback on the website has been overwhelmingly positive, with it driving both customer enquiries and sales orders to the brand. As a result of its initial success, Fairline has further enhanced the offering by developing the technology to send users a personalised summary of their fully configured boat, with a bespoke computer-generated video enabling them to watch their perfect F//Line 33 on the water. Featuring the materials, colours and optional extras they have configured, with detailed views of each bespoke element, starting with an overview of their new boat anchored peacefully at sea. Users can also share their design on their own social media pages. Spearheading the design and vision for the site, Miles Moorhouse, Head of Marketing at Fairline Yachts, comments, “It is imperative that our digital portfolio meets the needs and demands of the modern consumer, and configuring a boat online is the next step. When we said we wanted to give our customers full control to design their perfect F//Line 33, we meant it. Our platform enables the user to fully visualise their new boat and helps customers make informed decisions about their new F//Line, all from their handheld or desktop device.” The luxury British motor yacht manufacturer launched the highly innovative platform in August 2020, in response to the challenges presented by the global Covid-19 pandemic. It gives customers full control to specify of every aspect of their boat and offers complete customisation over the elements that really matter, as well as total transparency on pricing. Inspired by the leading automotive online configurators, the website offers new levels of sophistication and user control, never seen before in the boating industry.

Fairline Revives Riviera of the Orient

With the gradual easing of restrictions in Hong Kong, Simpson Marine – the exclusive dealer for Hong Kong, North and South East Asia for the luxury British motor yacht manufacturer – have welcomed local VIPs to celebrate the arrival of the Fairline Squadron 50 in style. Combining the best of British with the spirit of stylish Riviera adventures, Simpson Marine celebrated the arrival of their new Fairline Squadron 50 with a British afternoon tea from event partners The Peninsula Hotel and Veuve Clicquot, enjoyed on the yacht’s expansive flybridge surrounded by the timeless elegance of Hong Kong’s breath-taking skyline. Welcomed, via video, by celebrated yacht designer Alberto Mancini, guests were treated to a relaxed cruise from the majestic Victoria Harbour to the iconic Repulse Bay.  Contemporary and stylish, the Squadron 50 blends luxurious details synonymous with Fairline, coupled with a sporty streak – upholding elegance, comfort and performance.  Richard Allen, Group General Manager at Simpson Marine, says, “Fairline is one of the most prestigious motor yacht brands in the world with its quality British heritage, exquisite craftsmanship and magnificent interiors. We wanted to launch the first Squadron 50 landing in Hong Kong by reviving the glamour of the Riviera of the Orient.”


Feadship Clean Sweep at Superyacht Awards

Feadship enjoyed an excellent evening at this year’s World Superyacht Awards, making a clean sweep of all the Neptune trophies for which it was nominated. The virtual presentation event on Friday 13 November saw Pi, Najiba and Lady S each triumph in their respective categories, with Pi taking home the ultimate accolade by winning the Motoryacht of the Year award. The pandemic may have put paid to the usual gala gathering of the superyacht world to honour the winners of these annual awards but it did not stop the panel of judges, composed entirely of superyacht owners, from carefully assessing the nominees over recent weeks. Hosted from London, the online ceremony was attended by hundreds of invited guests from around the world, with the prizes being unveiled live on screen.


Ferretti Custom Line Triumphs at World Super Yacht Awards 2020

It has been a year of successes for the Custom Line brand, which builds its entire range at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona and has scored another important win with Custom Line 106’ IV Dream. This superyacht in the Custom Line planing line was awarded the top prize in the category “Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts Below 500GT 30m to 34.9m” at the World Superyacht Awards 2020. The event is organised by international publishing group Boat International and the prizes are awarded to recently designed yachts that stand out for their technical features, style and functional innovative technology and design solutions. The award ceremony took place online last November 13.  A product of collaboration between Francesco Paszkowski Design and Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee and Engineering Department, the yacht won over the panel of judges with the contemporary design of her sleek hull lines, giving the yacht a streamlined and powerful look. The wide open exterior spaces were greatly admired, featuring pared down sophistication and the utmost in comfort for the owner and his family, with 220 square meters of interconnected walkable surfaces, from the flybridge to the bow. The interiors tailormade to reflect the owner’s tastes were also a big hit with the jury of super and mega yacht owners and are flooded with natural light through the extensive full-height glazing on the main deck, amplifying the feeling of seamless continuity with the water.  Other winning features in the jury’s opinion are the beach club, which also acts as the garage for the tender thanks to a unique system patented by the Shipyard, and the high-quality interior design of both the four guest cabins and the crew quarters.  The yacht’s performance was also judged to be outstanding, as were the excellent standards of safety and comfort on board. The two MTY diesel engines, each rated 1,939 kW, drive the superyacht to a top speed of 26 knots, while at the cruising speed of 22 knots, her range is 400 nautical miles and fuel consumption 780 litres per hour.  The prize awarded to Custom Line 106’ IV Dream, demonstrates the brand’s excellence in design innovation and construction quality of the entire fleet from 30 to 42 meters. This important acknowledgement achieved with the precious contribution of Francesco Paszkowski Design and the staff of the shipyard, adds to the satisfaction at 15 launches in 2020, made possible with production continuing seamlessly throughout the year and the constant dedication of the entire Custom Line team.


Formula New Gear Collection

Formula offers a fantastic new line of Gear clothing to celebrate its 65th Anniversary as well as several new accessories, such as Formula masks to stay safe and healthy during the holiday season, all-new Formula Yeti tumblers and the oh so soft Formula blanket! Formula also have select items on sale while supplies last! 


Heesen Cosmic Lego

At Heesen they love challenges. While we are busy building one of the world’s largest and fastest full-aluminium motor yachts, 80-metre Project Cosmos we wondered if it would be possible to recreate her using Lego bricks.  Since our engineers and craftsmen are more used to dealing with lightweight aluminium, we instead challenged the two finalist teams from the Dutch-Belgian television show Lego Masters.  Recreating our flagship yacht using only Lego® bricks proved to be almost as challenging and spectacular as building the real thing. To be able to include actual Lego Minifigures (commonly referred to as minifigs) on board, the scale needs to be 1:42, which means the models measure nearly two metres.  Whether you are a Lego fan, a Heesen aficionado, a smart engineer or all of these together, don’t miss the opportunity to discover these amazing creations. Vote for your favourite Lego yacht and win an Exclusive Heesen Lego Fan Package!


Horizon Wins Fifth Taiwan Excellence Award

For the 11th consecutive year, Horizon Yachts has received a prestigious Taiwan Excellence Award. Presented at the 2021 Taiwan Excellence Awards ceremony on 25 November, the new Horizon FD102, the latest and largest yacht in the highly acclaimed FD Series, was also recognized with the Taiwan Excellence Gold Award. The FD102 is the twelfth Horizon yacht model to be honored with a Taiwan Excellence Award and the fifth to receive a Gold Award. Established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1993, the Taiwan Excellence Awards recognize innovation and excellence across a variety of industries. Held annually, the awards are presented to nominees who surpass a rigorous selection process that analyses four major areas including R&D, Design, Quality and Marketing. The qualifying product must also offer Innovative Value while satisfying the key criterion of being Made in Taiwan. Gold Awards are presented to the best in class of each Taiwan Excellence Award category. 


Invictus People is Born

Invictus People is the name of the Italian brand’s new communication project, which gives Owners the starring role. This idea of community developed spontaneously from people who live a truly emotional experience and are linked by a shared passion. The Invictus Yacht brand has simply gathered them together, listening to them and providing all the people who want to use social media to highlight how they identify with the brand’s values and lifestyle with a way of expressing this.  Relaxation, entertainment, refined style: they are all ideal ingredients for enjoying the sun, the sea and a day on a yacht. To become protagonists of Invictus People, yachting fans just need a photo to tell about their most exclusive moments onboard an Invictus yacht


Mimi New Dealer in Lake Maggiore

Since few weeks the skiffs by Gozzi Mimì will be available for sale in the Lake Maggiore area, thanks to the agreement signed between Domenico Senese, owner of the Neapolitan shipyard, and Massimo Levorato, from Piccaluga shipyard, located in the North of Italy.  The first unit sold as a result of the partnership has been a Libeccio 8.5 Cabin – a successful day cruiser with a solid mahogany sun deck and fiberglass hull, equipped with a spacious double cabin and external dinette –, while a second unit will be delivered within days.  This past October, at the Genoa Boat Show, Gozzi Mimì launched its new models designed by Valerio Rivellini. The same boats were then on display in Bologna and these two boat shows has been the starting point for the new partnership.  Domenico Senese, in fact, said that: “During the Genoa Boat Show we received a number of visits and an overall response that exceeded our expectations. Some of the negotiations we initiated in Genoa were then signed at the Bologna Motor Show. The dealership agreement with Piccaluga is an example. We are particularly satisfied with this new collaboration because Lake Maggiore, as well as all the internal basins of Northern Italy, represent a market so far almost unexplored, although potentially very interesting and certainly suitable for our boats “.  Cantiere Nautico F.lli Piccaluga is a well-known reality in the area, where it has been operating since 1964, and over the years it has become an important reference point for the many foreign boatowners who frequently visit the lake. The collaboration between this Company and Gozzi Mimì confirms that this renewed attraction towards skiffs is a growing trend. It is not a coincidence that the Neapolitan shipyard this year only recorded a 30% increase in turnover.


Nordhavn Owners Sign for Panama Posse

“Sail on your own schedule!” reads one of the rallying cries on the website of the Panama Posse, a giant, multi-routed rally that allows boaters to pick their own timeline and departure and arrival points. Looking to get from Mexico to Panama? Or Panama to Mexico? Florida to California and vice-versa or maybe the Caribbean to points north? Virtually, if any route you desire takes you through the Panama Canal, you are ripe for the Panama Posse. With loads of up-to-date information, major berthing and excursion discounts, and opportunity for meeting new cruising buddies, it’s no surprise that in just four years, the number of participating boats has grown to nearly triple what it was at the inaugural sailing. Even less of a surprise is that for a Rally comprised mainly of sailboats, Nordhavn outnumbers all manufacturers, except Beneteau with 9 yachts signed up to participate.  A Nordhavn tour de force is something that makes the energy-to-spare founder and organizer of the event, Dietmar Petutschnig, very happy indeed. Petutschnig, who has witnessed the Panama Posse grow from 87 boats in its first year, sees infinite possibilities for the Rally, the strength of which relies on participant word-of-mouth. “Nordhavn owners are more comfortable with long range cruising than any other brand, and they like to talk amongst themselves,” said Petutschnig, who guesses the more Nordhavn owners find out about it, the more they will use it as a gateway to their own ambitious itineraries that extend beyond the Posse’s multiple-routes. While primarily a sailor’s rally, the Panama Posse is open to anyone whose boat has a cruising range of at least 500 nm. Petutschnig expects one day to see the ratio of powerboaters grow to beyond one-third of all participating vessels.  Besides the laid-back, schedule-free nature of the Rally, what draws most boaters to participate is the Panama Posse’s treasure trove of updated cruising information. Each week at designated times, participants from each of the six different routes or “pods” discuss on a secured chatroom any pertinent information they learned on their route from that week such as verified anchorages and fuel sources; they also address the weather for the days ahead. “The information is constantly being refreshed so no matter where you are in the route, you are receiving the absolute most current information,” said Petutschnig. This is extremely beneficial to boaters since guide books for these areas are often lacking in detail.


Overmarine Mangusta Awarded at World SuperYacht Awarded 2020

The Mangusta Gransport 45 triumphed at the World Superyacht Awards 2020 in the category “Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts below 500GT – 35M and Above”.  The World Superyacht Awards, organised by the international publishing group Boat International, are among the most prestigious awards in the boating sector, and are bestowed to recently-designed yachts that have distinguished themselves because of their technical features, their style, and their innovative solutions in technology and design.  The Mangusta GranSport 45 is a yacht entirely built in aluminium and featuring stylish and yet very sporty lines. Her fast displacement hull, her propulsion system with three 2600 HP engines, and her transmission - 2 shaft lines with two propellers and 1 waterjet - allow her to deliver outstanding flexibility. Indeed, this propulsion system makes the yacht incredibly versatile, allowing her Owner to cruise fast across the Mediterranean sea during the day and at low speed during the night, as well as to enjoy long crossings, including transoceanic ones, always in the utmost comfort. 
The Jury, composed of owners, highly experienced captains, and renowned yacht designers, was conquered by this innovative craft, where style and impressive interior brightness and volumes go hand in hand with cutting-edge technological solutions that embody the purest Mediterranean spirit and lifestyle while delivering unmatched onboard wellbeing and comfort for all guests.  Here is the Jury’s motivation: “The 45.3-metre yacht provides excellent seagoing comfort and an extremely long range of 4,200 nautical miles. The yacht’s extensive deck areas were admired for the good use made of every square meter, while the beach club stern, with its three openings to the sea, was seen as most desirable. Large windows in the main saloon, some opening to the side decks, made for another light and airy space, with good connectivity to the surrounding seascape. The yacht satisfied all the features that an owner with a “need for speed” might demand”.  The Mangusta GranSport 45 has been designed by the Shipyard’s technical department in cooperation with engineer Pierluigi Ausonio and designer Alberto Mancini. The Mangusta Gransport line also includes two 33 m and 54 m-long vessels.  This prestigious award is a precious acknowledgement of the outstanding work of Overmarine Group who was able to build a one-of-a-kind vessel. This is the third international award won by the Mangusta GranSport 45 since she made her debut on the market.


Princess Ocean Photographer of the Year Announced

Earlier this year, Princess Yachts, the UK's largest yacht manufacturer, announced their involvement with a prestigious new awards event dedicated to ocean photography – The Ocean Photography Awards 2020. Joining forces with Oceanographic Magazine and the non-profit organisation SeaLegacy – a collective of photographers, filmmakers, writers and strategists have worked together with the aim of engaging one billion people in ocean conservation. The innovative collaboration has seen Princess Yachts become an official supporter of these first awards which focus exclusively on celebrating the best amateur and professional photography of our oceans across the globe. The virtual awards took place last night (19t h November), where six photographers won prizes across seven awards, whittled down from more than 3,000 initial competition submissions. We are delighted to announce that Canadian photographer, Nadia Aly, was named Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020. All the winners and highly commended images can be seen at www.oceanphotographyawards.com - the photography is truly outstanding across all of the categories. THE WINNERS: Matt Sharp - Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year Ben Cranke - Ocean Exploration Photographer of the Year Jason Gulley - Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year Cruz Erdmann - Young Ocean Photographer of the Year Tobias Baumgaertner - The Community Choice Award Nadia Aly - The Collective Portfolio Award Nadia Aly - The Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020 The standout judging panel consisted of seven members of SeaLegacy’s world-renowned Collective, including acclaimed Canadian wildlife photographer and documentary maker Paul Nicklen; marine biologist and award-winning photographer Cristina Mittermeier; and Emmy Award-winning marine cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs. Will Harrison, editor of Oceanographic Magazine, said: “We’re delighted to finally be sharing the competition winner – the Ocean Photographer of the Year. Nadia Aly’s winning photograph mesmerised all seven of our judges, and it’s easy to see why – it’s a beautiful image that captures the awesomeness and vibrancy of life in the ocean. Sacha Specker’s and Magnus Lundborg’s images in second and third place, of a surfer and a rare white southern right whale respectively, epitomise what these Awards are about: the ocean at large, whether seen through the lens of a scuba diving conservationist, an adventurous surfer or a freediving explorer.” “At Princess we really believe that the Ocean Photography Awards will grow to be recognised not only as a fixture for photographers the world over, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to keep the preservation of our oceans and aquatic life front of mind. The ocean is indeed our playground, and the collective efforts to maintain its health and well-being can be galvanised by these awards and the images captured, as well as via the readership of publications such as Oceanographic Magazine. Congratulations to everyone who entered and to our winners. This feels like the start of something really beautiful.” Kiran Haslam, Chief Marketing Officer, Princess Yachts.

Princess Success at Fort Lauderdale

Princess Yachts America was thrilled to participate in this years’ Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Despite challenging circumstances, the show went ahead with attendance figures for the first two days, typically the most productive at the boat show, up 12% on 2019 visitor figures. Princess Yachts showcased a five-yacht line up, including the Princess V78, Princess V65, Princess V60, Princess F50 and the revolutionary Princess R35.  “Despite a mountain of challenges, the outstanding team from Informa overcame countless obstacles to not only make the show happen, but happen safely,” said James Nobel, Vice President & Marketing Director of Princess Yachts America. He added “There is no doubt that the 2020 edition of one of the world’s largest boat show will be remembered, but we will choose to remember it for the outstanding example that was set for how to bring a much needed sense of normalcy to a very abnormal time in our history.”


Riva Brand Experience Christmas Gifts 2020

To help us feel and remember the sea at Christmas too, wherever we are, the Riva Brand Experience collection of accessories and design items offers new gift ideas of rare beauty, characterised by excellence, craftsmanship and exquisite detailing.  In line with the inspiring “Riva inside, inside Riva” philosophy, certain stylistic features of the maritime tradition, such as steel and mahogany and the colour aquamarine, are employed in the design of home decor and collectors’ items and in the mood of timelessly elegant garments and accessories.  To surprise family and friends with items already iconic in the eyes of collectors and fans.


Riviera Celebrates Another One Hundred Hull

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has achieved a further milestone with its popular Sport Yacht Platinum Edition collection following the delivery of number 100 of the 5400 Sport Yacht to a new owner in New Zealand.  2020 has been another year of achievement for the company as it celebrates 40 years of evolution.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst describes this latest milestone as a very proud moment for the entire Riviera team.  “While the launching of this yacht honours the continued refinements made by our team, to have built 100 of the 5400 and more than 100 of the 6000 Sport Yacht models affirms their global popularity and our dedication to creating world-class luxury motor yachts,” said Mr Longhurst.  “Riviera Sport Yachts are enjoyed by owners the world over for their sports pedigree, performance, pure luxury, their flowing indoor-outdoor spaces and features such as tender garages, wide side decks and covered cockpits.”  Number 100 of the Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition has been delivered to a new owner in New Zealand by dealer representative R Marine Flagship in Auckland. The 5400 is the new owner’s second Riviera after moving from a Riviera 4000 Offshore which he had owned for 14 years. While he appreciates the milestone of the 100th 5400 for Riviera, he says the sentimentality of the hull number was not nearly as significant compared to what the motor yacht has to offer.

Riviera International Dealer Awards 2020

Sun Country Marine Group in California, USA, has been named International Dealership of the Year for 2020 by Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera. Three awards this year were presented to Sun Country Marine which was also recognised for Service Excellence by a Dealership and Sales Excellence by an Individual, presented to JR Wills, Sun Country’s Vice President, Yachts Division. Additional awards honoured North American Riviera representatives at Grande Yachts International and Wally Castro Marine. Ned Dozier, of Grande Yachts International in Stevensville, Maryland, was awarded for Sales Excellence by an Individual; and Javier A. Perello Borras, of Wally Castro Marine in Puerto Rico, was awarded Service Excellence by an Individual. Sun Country is the largest marine dealer on the west coast of the United States with six locations, at Newport Beach, San Diego, Dana Point, Irvine and Ontario in California, and Lake Havasu in Arizona. Established in 1990 by Mike Basso Sr, the family-owned company has been led over the past decade by a new generation that combines the industry experience of Mike Basso Jr, as CEO and President, and Greg Glogow as Executive Vice President. Mr Glogow began working for Sun Country as a 16-year-old in 1999, starting in the parts department and rising to senior management positions and then partner. 


Rosetti Superyacht Extends Its Facility

Rosetti Super Yacht RSY has filed and obtained planning approval from local authorities for an improvement to its current facility in Ravenna, Italy, which will include a new construction hangar and accompanying offices for building superyachts over 100m in length.  The project includes the construction of a new shed (120 x 32m x 30m) equipped for large yachts and an adjacent building dedicated to the various stages of outfitting with an area for carpentry on the 1st floor, a showroom where mock-ups will be displayed on the 2nd floor, and offices reserved for the owner’s team on the 3rd floor overlooking the production yard.  Since RSY was established in 2017 it has focused on the market for expedition yachts and supply-style vessels. The plant and buildings will complement the existing production facilities where the 38m Explorer designed by Hydro Tec is currently under construction and due for delivery in 2021. The overall area of ​​the San Vitale shipyard on Italy’s Adriatic coast covers 70,000 square meters and is equipped with a dry dock that is 180m long and 27m wide.  “Rosetti Superyachts is about to make a further important investment that will reinforce the brand as a reference point in the construction of explorer-style yachts in steel and aluminum starting from 35 metres,” says Ermanno Bellettini, CEO of RSY.“In order to expand we need another construction shed that allows us to build larger yachts than the one we already have. The investment is testament to the strategic vision of the entire Rosetti Marino Group and our commitment to increase the size range of our product offering.” 


Silent Yachts Ten Catamarans Under Construction

Silent-Yachts is maintaining an outstanding pace as its production keeps growing. The innovative Austrian producer reported more solar electric catamarans sales over the last couple of months and next launches are almost around the corner. 1 x Silent 55, 5 x Silent 60 and 4 x Silent 80 currently under construction. Over 15 yachts to be delivered in 2021.  31 solar electric catamarans from 55 to 80 feet sold to date.  Silent-Yachts ordered 500 lithium battery packs equal to 2.5 megawatt.


Sirena Celebrates Sixtieth Yacht Sold

After presenting the very first Sirena 64 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in 2017, the Turkish shipyard has sold its 60th yacht.  “I don’t know of another young shipyard that has sold 60 yachts in just three years!” exclaims Ali Onger, COO of Sirena Marine.“The yacht in question is our 6th Sirena 88, which will be delivered towards the end of next year. Like the second unit, the owner is from the US and the Americas is our most important market accounting for around 60% of sales, followed by 40% in Europe and the rest in Turkey. We have sold all the slots for the Sirena 88 until early 2022.”  Sirena recently launched the second 88, while the third hull will splash early in the New Year and hulls 4 and 5 will launch before the 2021 summer season. Moreover, a combined total of 18 units of the Sirena 58 and 64 are in production, of which 10 are pre-sold for delivery in 2021.


Sunreef Joins Rosberg Xtreme Racing Team

Sunreef Yachts proudly joins the Rosberg Xtreme Racing Team as partner. Recently inaugurated by sustainability entrepreneur and former Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg, the team will compete in the inaugural season of the Extreme E racing series. The Extreme E teams are going to take part in a unique race putting state-of-the art electric SUV’s to the test in remote environments across the globe to draw attention to climate change and environmental damage. Sunreef Yachts enters the race together with the Rosberg Xtreme Racing Team (RXR) on top of the company’s partnership with Nico Rosberg. As Sunreef Yachts Eco line ambassador, Nico Rosberg currently supports the shipyard in the field of sustainable yachting.


Viking Private VIP Show 2021

For this year only, the annual Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks event will be expanded to three days, showcasing the Viking and Valhalla fleets and featuring the world premiere of the Valhalla 46 as well as the new award-winning Viking 54. “Without the Miami show this year, we decided to give people more opportunity to come to our VIP and see a tremendous line-up of yachts in a friendly, safe setting,” says Viking Yachts President and CEO Pat Healey. “With the extra day, our attendance will be spread out over a longer period, which will help with social distancing.”  Held at the Viking Yacht Service Centre in Riviera Beach, Florida, this special RSVP boat show will run Thursday, January 28, through Saturday, January 30, 2021. To maintain the highest safety and health protocols, sea trials will be limited to customers under contract and must be arranged through Viking or Valhalla dealers. Special measures will be taken to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for all. More details about the RSVP protocol will follow in the coming weeks.

Viking Strong Success at Fort Lauderdale 2020

Viking and Valhalla Boatworks saw very strong sales activity and solid attendance at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, with boats selling from 33 to 92 feet and the new Viking 54 Convertible capturing the Best of Show Award.  President and CEO Pat Healey and his sons, Sean and Justin, accepted the trophy. The “Best of Show” award ceremony was filmed by NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) at the show and was included in the one-hour special that aired on November 1 on NBCSN. The NBCSN show special will be broadcast again on November 17 at 4 p.m. But you don't have to wait. Click above to see the presentation. The one-hour special included an in-depth walk through of the 54 with NBC broadcaster Leigh Diffey. Click above.  Eleven Vikings – including two 92s – and nine boats from the Valhalla Boatworks high-performance center console lineup were sold, and many deals were in the works after the five-day event wrapped up on Sunday. “Our sales were actually a little better than last year,” said Pat. In addition to the 92s (both sky bridge models), Viking sold three of the new 54 Convertibles, a 72, a 68 and a pair of the in-production Valhalla 46s. The V-46 will make its world premiere at the Viking & Valhalla Boatworks VIP Preview at the end of January. Show-goers were excited to be able to get aboard the finest sportfishing boats, motor yachts and center consoles in the world. Informa, the show organizer, and Viking staff made sure safe practices were followed. “There was never any question that Viking would be part of FLIBS,” added Pat. “It’s an extremely important part of the industry, and we support this industry 100 percent.” “It was a huge success, exceeding all of our expectations,” said Pat. “What a great show, especially considering the challenging circumstances. Seeing all the people coming out to FLIBS proves just how much people love and value boating and fishing.”

Viking Instagram Eclipses 150000 Followers

That’s right. Viking Instagram has eclipsed the 150K mark. Subscribers love the consistent feed of interesting and diverse pictures and videos of everything Viking on its Instagram account.

November 29, 2020

Web: Cantieri di Pisa New Web Site

Cantieri di Pisa presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded by Gino Bini and Antonio Sostegni unofficially in 1945, and officially in 1956 Cantieri di Pisa started life in the commercial harbour of Pisa, and will move in 1959 on the limits of the Arno river, a place which as at today is still home.  The first yachts are wooden sailing yachts the 20mt Tyrsa in 1945 and the 30mt Kerilos follow in 1950.  In 1955 the first motor boat the 10 mt Polaris is launched.  Polaris starts the motor series named to the Eridanus constellation and other popular planets; Saturno, Jupiter, Pegasus, Kitalpha, Akhir, and last the Kaitos models of sport yachts launched in 2002.  Cantieri di Pisa had various owners onwards from 2001 when German fund investor Dresdner Kleiwort Capital takes 51% of ownership, with Bini and Sostegni keeping the remaining.  In 2004 Camuzzi Group takes 91% of ownership and follows a year later with a total buyout.  Onward from 2010 Cantieri di Pisa enters in crisis with various owners being rumoured of buying out the company every season, eventually Alessandro Falcai buys the yard in 2015.  This ownership will last two years being bought again by current owners Sea Finance in 2018.  Cantieri di Pisa has build a total of over 600 yachts, all in semi-custom or custom made to order builds, at first its construction was strictly in wood, but in the nineties the yacht builder made a switch to fiberglass, first as a choice and then totally switching all the series in this material.  The Akhir series which launched with the wooden 16 motor yacht in 1973 proved a successful line which expanded over the years in always bigger sizes and updating styling with the S update on the 25 in 1989 proving a popular and successful one.  Another timeless looking classic Cantieri di Pisa is the seventies introduced Kitaplha 15 which still gets admiring views whenever one gets to see a well conditioned unit.  Cantieri di Pisa largest ever build is the Carlo Galeazzi designed Akhir 153 which launched in 2012 so far built in only one unit.  Currently Cantieri di Pisa is offering two models the Akhir 108 and 118.  Cantieri di Pisa new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Company, History, Yachts, Services, Eyes on the Future, Opportunities, Journal, and Contact.  Cantieri di Pisa is also on social media with top page links taking you to its Facebook and Instagram pages.         

November 28, 2020

New Model: Feadship 49.65 m Project 706

Feadship launch project 706 a sport profiled super yacht of 49 meters designed by De Voogt with two deck and a raised pilot house.  An extreme and modern Feadship, Project 706 is build in aluminium with a semi wide body to the main deck, and offers an accommodation of ten guests in five cabins.  Project 706 also returns Feadship to the realm of fast yachts which triple 2400hp MTU and jet propulsion allowing for speeds up to 28 knots.  If I am standing correct this would make her the second fastest Feadship behind the 1998 Terrence Disdale designed Sussurro which reached maximum speeds over 36 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA -  49.65 m (162.9ft)
Beam - 8.20 m
Draft - 1.85 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacaity - 32000 l
Water Capacity - 10000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, ten crew in five cabins
Engines - 3 x MTU 16V2000M96 2400hp
Propulsion - water jets
Propulsion - 28 knots max 10 knots cruise
Range - 1600 nm at 10 knots cruise
Construction - aluminium
Project - Studio De Voogt exterior, Sinot interior, Feadship De Voogt naval architecture

November 27, 2020

Project: Cheoy Lee CLX96

Like most ideas, the journey of creating the CLX96 project began with a clear vision emboldened by passion: to embody Cheoy Lee CL Yachts innate love of adventure, a connection with modern explorers, and an inherent desire to push luxury into uncharted waters. Designed by Jozeph Forakis The result is a departure from the traditional super yacht design with fresh thinking and smart solutions.  The Cheoy Lee is four double cabins super yacht with the master owners cabin located to fore of the lower deck.  The main deck is a full on living area with an open plan galley and a central positioned dining area with two fully opening side patios to both sides.   The flybridge is semi enclosed bridge.  The CLX 96 also rotates around four exterior areas; Beach Club located aft and expanding in size thanks to the transformer bathing platform, Sky Deck the aft area of the flybridge, Terrazza Portogheses which translates to Portuguese bridge terrace located on the forward part of the flybridge, and Piazza del Sole which is located to fore deck and features a large circled settee with three mini dinettes.  Currently in build with a delivery date slated for 2021 the Cheoy Lee CLX 96 will be powered by twin Cat engines which allow top speeds up to 27 knots. 

November 26, 2020

New Model: Airon Amx 25

Airon Marine from Lake Como has in recent years returned to the roots of how it started, building medium size sport cruiser cuddy cabins, launching in the process the Amx range of cuddy cabin sport cruisers from seven to ten meters which with this new entry now offers three models.  Following the Amx 34 and 28 presented in the last two three years, for 2020 Airon presents its new entry level model the Amx 25, a two berth single engine cuddy cabin sport cruiser of just over seven meters in length.  The Airon Marine Amx 25 is boating in its purest and simplest form, offering a thrilling ride from its pure deep Vee hull coupled with sunbathing areas, settee, and a cuddy cabin for that unexpected overnight stay.  Many boaters can look at there past and see that in reality that's how it all started.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 7.59 m (24.9ft)
Beam - 2.50 m
Displacement - 2300 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 250 l
Water Capacity - 59 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - single petrol gas from 240 up 380hp, diesel 200 up to 220hp 
Propulsion - stern drive
Certification - CE C

November 25, 2020

Engine: Cat C32B 2025hp

Caterpillar introduces the new Cat C32B of 2025hp.  The Cat C32B diesel rated at 2025hp at 2300 rpm, metric rating,  expands the power capability of the C32 high performance product line, delivering a 5% power increase over existing C32 engines, with only a 2% weight increase.  The C32B engine is a 12-cylinder, vee-configuration engine with a bore and stroke of 145 x 162mm and a displacement of 32.1 litres. Turbocharged and seawater aftercooled, the engine incorporates the latest version of Cat’s Adem 6 electronic engine control module as well as an advanced unit injection fuel system that delivers multiple injections per injection event and provides a 25% noise reduction at low speed conditions. The engine also utilizes Simplex fuel and oil filters, with oil change intervals as high as 500 hours.  Dry weight of the engine is 3075kg., with physical dimensions of 2.1 m. long, 1.48 m wide and 1.44 m. high, which is the same footprint as the current C32 engine, while maintaining most of the same connection points.  The engine will be available with the same emissions certifications as the current C32 high performance ratings, including EPA Tier 3 Recreational and IMO II standards. The engine comes with unlimited-hour protection for the first two years, with Cat’s Extended Service Coverage available for the next three years.

November 24, 2020

Project: Burger 63 Sportfishing Motor Yacht

Burger present the 63 Sportfishing Motor Yacht, a concept that combines sportfish capability with a luxury yacht appointment the builder is known for, on a hull designed by renowned Dutch naval architects at Vripack. The flybridge-equipped 63 Sportfishing Motor Yacht will utilize Vripack’s Slide Hull, first patented by the Dutch yacht design house in 2016 that reportedly increases comfort in all sea conditions, improves speed, handling, and fuel efficiency.  The hull and superstructure are slated to be built of marine-grade aluminium. The concept calls for three staterooms, all en suite with retractable glass panels in the saloon and galley area. As an all-custom build, clients would have a wealth of choices for interior and exterior finishes and details. Exact specs on interior layout is also determined by client and the Burger design team.  Also unlike many Sportfish yacht of this size the Burger is standard presented with a lower helm station.  The Burger 63 Sportfishing Motor Yacht is powered by a triple Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod propulsion, which will give her estimated top speeds up to 35 knots.

November 23, 2020

New Model: Sundeck 430 S

Italians has always been clever, to reinvent the Nautical World, and this new Sundeck 430 S gives another facet for a walkaround sport cruiser.  Built on a solid and seaworthy vacuum infused, CE A class hull, expressively developed for the project, the 430 S combines a sport fishing heritage with plenty of amenities normally reserved for luxury yachts. Its huge aft cockpit can be fitted accordingly to the owner’s wishes, either to convivially seat plenty of guests or equipped for the more avid sport fishermen. The 430 S, benefits from the Trawler family feeling, offering you an all-weather and all purpose Express Sports cruiser which features extra accommodation cruising comfort, thanks to the two lower deck cabins and two bathrooms. The unique designed helm station and cockpit lounge are conveniently protected by the carbon fibre built hard top and superstructure, which contains a fan coil unit for climate control. The foredeck provides a great space for sun bed and the walk around design and the recessed windlass, at bow, really enhance safety on board. The standard provided full strata-glass enclosure, converts the 430 S into a a full enclosed cruiser.  A complete summer galley, available at rear deck, will make preparing quick summer meals and aperitifs easy and great fun. The Sundeck 430 S is powered by twin FPT 570hp or Cummins 550hp, top speed estimated up to 38 knots.  Of important note is the superior fuel capacity of 2000 litres a rare find on a thirteen meter sport cruiser.  An outboard 440 S version is currently on the works, while also a bigger 530 S is also being tooled as we speak.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.20 m (43.3ft)
Beam - 4.24 m
Draft - 1 m
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x FPT N67 570hp, Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp, Mercury 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max with FPT 570hp, 36 with Cummins or Mercury, 30 knots cruise
Range - 650 nm at 30 knots, 1500 nm at 8 knots
Construction - vacuum infused with solid fiberglass hulls and cored bulkheads and topsides
Certification - CE A

November 22, 2020

Web: Itama New Web Site

Itama from Italy presents its new World wide web showroom. Itama was founded in 1969 by Mario Amati, with the name of the brand coming from the surname of the founder as reflected in the sea, in opposite reading. Itama first location was in Lungotevere Dante, changed in 1977 to a new bigger location on the left side of the Tiber river. This will be the Itama home for over two decades up until the change of ownership to Ferretti Group at the end of 2004. Currently Itama are being build in Forli. Itama model history is also curious, at first the company started up by building custom wooden flybridge motor cruisers and yachts typical of of the Italian production of the period; the 145, 160, and 180 models, but it will be the year 1979 which brings the big change. Inspired by a famous US sport cruiser, Mario Amati decides to compete and creates a gems to the Italian motor boating history, the Itama 38 an offshore style sport cruiser with a deep 22 degrees Vee shape hull. Its a turn around for Itama, which in this period makes also the total move to fiberglass production, and also for innovating. Sold in over 168 units in a production run lasting over 22 years the Itama 38 was also the first inboard powered motor boat to feature an underwater exhaust system, presented in 1980. Other Itama models with the same style will follow the 38 in the eighties, from the 52 in 1983 then renamed and updated as 54 in 85, and the 45 launched in 1985. Mario Amati will sell most of his shares of Itama in 2001, with the company being controlled for the majority stake by Bulgari, with a total buyout coming by Ferretti Group at the end of 2004.  The Ferretti Group era starts a new generation of models designed by Marco Casali and an internalization of the brand; Forty is launched in Genoa on October 2004, the Fifty Five follows a year later in 2005.  These are the first new models and are followed by the Seventy Five, Fifty and Sixty.  The most successful of the Ferretti Group era models has been the Forty which will sell in over 110 units in a production run lasting only six years, making it also the second most sold Itama of all time.  Currently Itama builds three models; 45S, 62S, and 75. Itama new web-site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Itama, Yachts Collection, Itama Open News, and Contacts. Itama new web site also features links to the Ferretti Group Social media pages; Youtube, and Instagram located at the bottom of the entrance page.

November 21, 2020

New Model: Amer F100

Amer has launched the F100, a further development of the 100 Cento which launched in 2018.  The new F100 which will carry hull numbers from the Cento is the sixth hull in this 29 meter semi-wide body super yacht.  Designed by Verme who continues his long standing collaboration with Amer which exists since the end nineties, the F100 versus the Cento features a complete redesign of the glazed surfaces now extended and much larger especially on the main deck.  The Amer F100 offers a five double cabins interior with a master stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  Crew accommodation is for five persons in two cabins.  Power for the Amer F100 comes from a quadruple Volvo 900hp set up, with IPS pod drives which allows top speed up 31-32 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.60 m (97.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 1.95 m
Displacement - 85 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8500 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation -  ten guests in five cabins, five crew in two cabins
Engines - 4 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward dual propeller IPS1200 pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max 25 knots cruise  
Project - Verme

November 20, 2020

Improve-It = Sunseeker Predator 74

Sunseeker has revealed its Predator 74 will now be available as an XPS limited edition. The yacht will feature dramatic new styling and numerous luxurious appointments which are only available together, as part of an optional package.  The XPS package on offer is available with the largest 1900 MAN engine option, giving each yacht the performance to complement the latest interior and exterior design enhancements.  The new design extends throughout the interior with the use of exquisite woods, luxurious contrasting fabrics and rich lacquers throughout, whilst innovative new indirect and dimmable lighting creates a sophisticated and striking ambience. The bold new options make use of carbon fibre trims, sharp accent designs, reflective surfaces and stainless-steel cabinet detailing that can be seen across the latest Predator and Sport Yacht models, redefining yet again, these definitive performance models.  The exterior socialising spaces have a cutting-edge feel with the XPS yacht featuring an electric lowering carbon fibre cockpit table and enhanced upholstery across all seating and sun-pads. Attention-to-detail borders on the obsessive, exampled in every area including sleek new LED navigation lights; a small feature but noteworthy in Sunseeker’s quest for perfection. If owners want the ultimate expression of the XPS models, their yacht can be specified with a stunning dark grey hull with silver superstructure. 

November 19, 2020

New Model: Invictus TT460

The Invictus TT460 was one of the most awaited novelties for the fall 2020, designed by Christian Grande the new flagship of the Italian builder did not defy expectations and by the end of Genoa boat show 2020 the company had already sold six units, with two already launched.  A walk around centre console full of unique characteristics the TT460 philosophy revolves around a cutting edge modern design.  So much all this is true that the model has already won its first prize for Design Innovation Award 2020.  Like any walk around sport cruiser the Invictus TT460 revolves around its outside area, with a central three seat centre console taking centre stage. Behind the helm one finds a galley, which is followed by a dinette with opposite seats and a central aft sun pad.  To both sides we have opening bulk heads which open to increase space and also offer two outlets to the water.  Inside the TT460 offers accommodation for four in an island double master bed forward, and twin berths at midships.  To starboard we have the shower head.  An alternative layout exists where instead of a double berth forward one trades this for a lounge area with sofa and entertainment area opposite.  The Invictus TT460 is powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives, giving estimated top speeds up to 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA: 14.27 m (46.8ft)
Beam - 4.43 m
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS650 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 28 knots cruise 38 knots max
Project - Christian Grande

November 18, 2020

Project: Alva Eco Cruise 50

Alva Yachts, the German shipyard of electrical floating solutions, takes another step forward and launches its first monohulled electric yacht, named Eco Cruise 50, a fifteen meter motor explorer yacht, specifically designed for electric propulsion, with a peculiar layout made to maximize space, and customized solutions with plenty of possibilities for the interiors. Alva Eco Cruise 50 has been designed by Henndesign to perfectly suit customers who like to cruise and explore while yachting. At 50 feet, it will be the smallest model in the Alva Yachts range, meant to reach new markets and especially a wider range of boaters.   The first key point of Eco Cruise 50 is of course the electric propulsion. Alva Yachts has already developed electric catamarans; Ocean Eco 60 and 90 are in construction, an electric-assisted sailing vessel Ocean Sail 82, and floating villas. The Eco Cruise 50 is a step further, as the electric powertrain is now taken onto a mono-hull yacht.  Once again and as for the other projects, Eco Cruise 50 is shaped around a solar and electric approach towards yachting: different to other yachts the technology is not an add-on but a central design feature. The most obvious characteristic that underlines this fact is the impressive roof line that creates a larger roof surface for solar panels. More solar panels are also housed in the overhang of the upper deck.  Eco Cruise 50f+ features 2 electric motors delivering 100 kw each, for a total output of 272hp. The power to supply the engines comes from a 50 kw generator and from solar glass tiles on the roof, and it is stored into a 140 or 240 kWh battery pack. The cleanest solution replaces the generator with a hydrogen fuel cell, and the normal fuel tank with hydrogen storage tanks. In this case the Eco Cruise 50 is 100% clean, as it can cruise without releasing any polluting emission and in total silence.  Alva Yachts has also considered seafarers who want more performance even from an electric yacht, and offers a Power Version of the Eco Cruise 50, named 50 HP, with two 230kW electric motors for a total of 625hp. In this case the maximum speed can reach 20 knots.  Alva Yachts and Henndesign have also given the Eco Cruise 50 a peculiar layout, made to maximize space and comfort.  A large beach club area, much more than a swim platform measuring 22 sqm, houses a sun pad but also holds the yacht's tender and a jet ski. From here, four steps down lead to the lower deck, while a starboard staircase take to the upper one.  The outside areas do not end in the ample beach club but continue upstairs with a raised and protected cockpit featuring a couch and two tables, and with two wide passageways that lead to the foredeck large sun pad.  The inner layout of Eco Cruise 50f+ can be chosen between different versions, with three or four cabins, for private use or for charter.  One solution features a wide and cozy galley, with dining table for 6 to 8 guests, on the lower deck. An aisle takes to the night accommodation, with two cabins and two bathrooms, while the bow houses the crew cabin with two bunks and a head. The crew quarters are accessible via a separate staircase from the helm station on the upper bridge; the helm station also has two side doors on the lateral decks. A fourth, large cabin is located on the upper deck just behind the pilothouse, and features a double bed, a large bathroom, and an office table / vanity corner. The raised position and the glazing on three sides offer a beautiful view on the horizon.  Another layout consists of just three cabins, all located on the lower deck, with three bathrooms, one is a day toilet as well. The master cabin is amidships, to port, and sports a bathroom with separate shower and WC, while the beautiful countertop with two sinks is in an open corner behind the bed, faced by a large closet and a sofa. Outside, to starboard, the large passageway hosts the main galley and a round table. In this case, the closed upper deck is a single, airy space: a lounge with wet bar, sofas and coffee table, and the helm station to fore with doors on the side passageways. Two staircases give access to the lower deck, one from the helm station and one from the beach area.  In any case, the interiors have been developed following a minimalist design and focusing on natural materials and lighting. 

November 17, 2020

New Model: Viking 54 Convertible

Following Viking's mantra to build a better boat every day, the New Jersey company has consistently brought exciting yachts for 56 years, with multiple generations in various size ranges, and level of expertise shine through with every new model. That proficiency is particularly strong in the 50-to-60-foot sportfish boat genre, where Viking has introduced 10 models in the past two decades. This legacy fleet consists of more than 600 Vikings and includes ground-breaking models such as the 60 and 55, two renditions of the 52 Convertible and the first-generation 54. Now, the New Jersey boatbuilder reaffirms its domination of the mid-size convertible with the new Viking 54. The three-stateroom, two-head open bridge yacht pushes the owner/operator convertible to the highest levels of engineering, performance, accommodations and sportfishing capabilities. The 54 presents an eye-pleasing profile that’s unmistakably Viking, with signature design traits such as a gently sloping unbroken S-shaped sheer, aggressively raked stem, double chines, hull-side vents and deftly placed exterior feature lines. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics software, the Viking Design and Engineering Department has optimized the 54’s running surface for maximum performance. The hull is built with an engineered composite of fiberglass fabrics and coring that’s vacuum-infused with vinylester resin.  The 54’s business end offers more space than any other boat in its class. The unobstructed cockpit comes to the fishing wars with the ammunition to put you in the winner’s circle, starting with moulded non-skid on the cockpit sole for grippy footing and large scuppers to drain water quickly.  A walk-through transom door with a lift gate takes the work out of boating a trophy catch, and when you’re release-fishing, a three-foot reach to the waterline means you can quickly turn a billfish loose. Anglers will appreciate Viking’s signature rounded cockpit coamings and toe-kick for those lengthy stand-up battles. Flush rod holders, recessed stainless-steel hawse pipes and cleats keep the cockpit clear. Multiple insulated fish-boxes of various capacities increase flexibility. The raised transom box can be used as a live well, fish-box or general storage. A full-length in-deck fishbox spans the starboard side, while the port side holds two storage compartments with the forward serving as an optional live well. A mounting plate laminated into the sole will anchor the mightiest of fighting chairs, and you can also opt for a rocket launcher or table. A single centerline lazarette hatch opens nearly 90 degrees for full viewability and access to the available Seakeeper as well as the steering, trim tabs and drain pumps.  Guests will be enamored with the raised observation mezzanine as pioneered by Viking, as they watch the action in comfort, shaded by the flybridge overhang. Smart storage solutions abound, with freezer and cooler space under the mezzanine for baits and drinks and a tackle cabinet on the starboard side. The inboard portion of the mezzanine provides access to the engine-room. An anodized aluminium ladder with nonslip treads and a handrail at the top provides secure egress to the flybridge.  A streamlined walk-around center console provides 360-degree sightlines. Touchscreen electronics displays and a row of Bocatech switches with power status LED rings are flush mounted in the helm dash. Their installation and positioning heighten viewability and ease of access. A stainless steel steering wheel and single-lever electronic controls are mounted on a raised teak helm pod. Optimus Electronic Power Steering delivers precise manoeuvrability and finger-tip control. The console itself is designed with toe-kick all around for better balance and increased walking area. The helm and companion chair supply ample comfort for those long rides to the canyons, and guests can take it easy in the port or starboard lounges or forward console seat.  The 54 can be outfitted with a custom designed and fabricated Palm Beach Towers tuna tower and equipped with navigation, communication and entertainment systems from Atlantic Marine Electronics. These two Viking subsidiaries play critical roles in making Viking yachts turnkey ready. Making full use of the five meter plus beam, the 54’s layout accentuates the impressive size of her interior. The key to the configuration is the uninterrupted companionway that stretches from the starboard-side salon door all the way to the forepeak. The lounge area and galley are to port, while the dinette is to starboard. High-gloss teak or walnut is offered for the 54’s interior, and a satin finish is optional. Premium wall-to-wall carpeting and furnishings can be found throughout the climate-controlled living area. Air conditioning flows quietly from valances for comfortable cooling and thorough distribution. A hi-lo mappa burl cocktail table joins the L-shaped lounge with storage below. A TV is nested on the forward starboard bulkhead above the dinette, which is appointed with a high-gloss mappa burl table and wraparound seating for four. The galley’s peninsula countertop features engineered stone with an overhang and two convenient bar stools. The galley is feature-packed with a pair of under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer units and storage under the peninsula counter. The opposite counter is home to a stainless steel sink with garbage disposal and an electric cooktop. The three-stateroom two-head layout includes a master suite to port with a walk-around queen berth sided by night stands and a credenza to port. There’s a large maple-lined storage area beneath the mattress, accessed via a gas piston-assisted lift-up top, and two drawers are integrated into the foot of the bed. A TV is mounted above a second credenza. A generously proportioned maple-lined hanging locker accommodates a sizeable wardrobe.  The forward stateroom comes standard with a queen berth, but also is available with a crossover berth arrangement. The starboard stateroom has upper and lower berths along with a hanging locker and storage under the lower berth. Each stateroom is fully carpeted, with dedicated temperature and stereo controls, speakers and overhead LED lighting.  The heads feature custom Amtico flooring, a lower vanity, a medicine cabinet with mirrored doors, exhaust fans, air conditioning and electric heads with holding tank and overboard discharge capabilities. Both also boast very large walk-in one-piece fiberglass showers with an expansive glass enclosure and door. Below the detachable shower head, you’ll find a convenient storage cabinet as well as an integrated fiberglass seat. The optional Man 1550hp  power hull No. 1. With this propulsion package, the Viking 54 Convertible will have an estimated cruise speed in the mid-30-knot range with a top end of 40-plus knots depending upon load, sea state and boat condition. A pair of Man 1400hp diesels are standard. All mechanicals and equipment are installed with great attention to detail in an immaculate engine-room painted with Snow White Awlgrip for visibility and ease of maintenance.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.61 m (54.6ft)
Length - 14.4 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 34032 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5311 l standard, 5811 l optional
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man CRM V12 1400hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots cruise 40 knots max with Man 1550hp
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 12 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - vacuum infused Cored with Vinilester resins

November 16, 2020

Giancarlo Ragnetti 1946 - 2020

Giancarlo Ragnetti former Perini Navi CEO and founder left to the better World on November 8 in Viareggio, Italy.  Born in the Marche region on the Adriatic East Coast of Italy in 1946 Giancarlo Ragnetti entered in the maritime industry, first working in 1960 with Cantiere Navale Mario Morini in Ancona which build commercial ships.  In seventies Giancarlo Ragnetti started to work with RINA, and in the mid seventies he returned to boat building, joining Ortona Navi.  While at RINA and Ortona Navi, Giancarlo met Fabio Perini in 1978, and from there on the two went on to open Perini Navi in 1983, with Ragnetti as managing director.  Perini Navi eventually grew without limits from there onwards, becoming possibly the most important sailing superyacht builder of the past three decades.  Along with various prizes for Perini Navi, Giancarlo Ragnetti won himself the Leadership Award in 2013 bestowed to him by the International Superyacht Society.  Other hallmarks for Giancarlo Ragnetti was him overseeing the launch of Picchiotti in 2007 which Perini acquired previously.  Retiring from Perini in 2014, but keeping his post as Director Giancarlo Ragnetti latest duty was as director for UCINA from 2011 to 2015.  Giancarlo Ragentti leaves behind his wife Raffaella, daughter Francesca and son Simone.    
 

Project: Austin Parker 38 Ibiza WA

Austin Parker present the project for the 38 Ibiza WA designed by Fulvio de Simoni. A sport cruiser of just over eleven meters in length, the 38 Ibiza WA, these letters standing for walk-around offers outside space usable from aft to fore, with the living area; sun-pad, dining table and galley located at the centre console helm station. This area is also available in a different version with short sun-pad. Accommodation below is for four berths with master double berth forward, separate twin berth cabin at midships and shower head to port side. The Austin Parker 38 Ibiza WA is powered by twin Volvo 300hp with stern drive propulsion, with top speeds up to 35 knots and a cruise of 28.

November 15, 2020

New Model: Cheoy Lee CLB88

Choey Lee CL Yachts introduces the CLB88, created in collaboration with Milan based designer Jozeph Forakis.  For the CLB88 Forakis went for a traditional styled pocket size super yacht, with a four double cabins interior layout.  The main deck offers a living dining area divided by one step from the open galley and pilot house.  Featuring a planning hull the CLB88 is powered by twin Cats 1600hp with line shaft propulsion offering a top speed of 25 knots.  CL Yachts which is how Cheoy Lee has rebranded its fully production fiberglass line, which the Chinese boat builder has introduced in the last decade starting the sporty72 series.  
Technical Data:
Length - 27.10 m (88.9ft)
Beam - 6.86 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 79000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 11356 l
Water Capacity - 1741 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three crew berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max 22 knots cruise
Hull Shape - planning
Project - Jozeph Forakis
Certification - RINA

November 14, 2020

Project: Moonen 110

The latest design from Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts has been revealed. Having carefully listened to the market, coupled with the trends and desires of both current and prospective owners, Moonen have developed and designed the 110 in collaboration with exterior designer René van der Velden, and naval architects Diana Yacht Design. Moonen 110 takes into consideration the success of the 84 and 97 builds, both of which continued to be sold successfully between 2000 and 2011. At the time of initial development, the design of these classic superyachts was spot on and to this day continues to be admired and loved by many. With successful incorporation of exceptional performance at sea, comfort, style and the appeal of a true superyacht, Moonen 84 and 97 proved themselves to be the perfect starting point for the creation of the superyacht builder’s newest endeavour. Moonen have set out to build on this success by delivering a yacht that meets the needs and requirements of those who both love and enjoy the superyacht lifestyle, whilst maintaining the style and quality of yacht that the Moonen Yachts brand has become well known for. A Gentleman’s Yacht, Moonen 110 will be unrivalled in performance and comfort. Spread over three decks; lower deck, main deck and a combined bridge and sun deck, she has a contemporary design whilst reflecting the elegant and timeless lines of her predecessors. Notable features will include; a full beam master stateroom, floor to ceiling windows in the dining area, ample outdoor living, and an optional jacuzzi. Next to the luxurious master stateroom and two twin guest cabins, a spacious VIP stateroom has been designed to pamper your guests. All staterooms and cabins feature en-suite bathrooms. As demand calls for superyachts of a certain size, Moonen 110 will measure approximately 33 metres and will have a shallow draft, making her ideal for destinations including the Bahamas, Caribbean and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Moonen 110 is to be powered by twin Cat 1000hp which will give a top speed of thirteen knots and a cruise of 10.

November 13, 2020

Out-News = Filipetti Motor Yachts Burns Down in Gulf of Corinth

A 23 meter Filipetti motor yacht titled Just Mine with Jersey flag burned down in flames in the Gulf of Corinth, one nautical mile away from Bouka, Aigio in the morning of Friday November 13.  The Filipetti  motor yacht was in route to her home berth in Italy,  in return from a refit job in Turkey.  The two crew on board Just Mine where rescued and evacuated.  The motor yacht eventually sank and is a total loss.
Just Mine is a Filipetti Flybridge 76 model from 2013.  She is possibly the first of the Flybridge 76 series which was an evolution of the Evo 23 model build in between 2006 up to 2009 and became popular for its clean sleek design but also for being the first motor yacht in this size to have a fore deck dinette. Both the Evo 23 and Flybridge 76 come from a design of Fulvio de Simoni, who presented her with a four double cabins interior, and was powered by twin 1500-1650hp engines reaching top speeds up to 30 knots and a cruise of around 25 with the largest engine option.