February 27, 2020

Project: Evo Velar 70

Valerio Rivellini, the well-known naval engineer and yacht designer who made his mark with the creation of the innovative Evo Yachts models, presents a groundbreaking concept standing out for originality and appeal. Velar 70 is a 21 meters  original design explorer yacht with refined, minimalist interiors, designed for sea lovers who want to enjoy comfort in cruising keeping a careful eye on consumption. This new appealing project is the perfect match between creativity and ease of construction, combining strong points of a motorboat and a sailboat. Rivellini is the designer of a series of internationally appreciated projects, such as Evo R4, the latest Evo R6, recently awarded at Cannes Yachts Trophy 2019 for the best exterior design, and Evo T2, a best-of-breed tender built with remarkable attention to detail. He is also involved in successful projects as Gozzo, a double-ended traditional Italian fishing boat designed and built by Mimi. Creativity-driven design, focus on innovation and form and function solutions are the highlights of his work. Velar 70 stands out for its comfort and generous exteriors, combined with refined, minimalist interior design. The big ship’s wheels give the owner the feeling of helming a sailboat, while the yacht can also be handled from the more protected and comfortable helm station in the deckhouse. A joystick can replace the wheel in case of complicated maneuvering or rough sea. The boat’s design is minimal and functional but fully appointed with accessories that ensure a high level of comfort without being visible, such as the tender crane and the multi function sea ladders. The glazed surfaces in the deck-house can be fully retracted turning the boat into a pure open with T-top. Another important feature of Rivellini’s work is his close attention to the evolution of the different tendencies in yacht design. The trend that inspired this project is the return to a traditional way of living the sea, enjoying the time on board and the surrounding landscape, looking for calm, comfort and conviviality rather than performance in navigation.  The result is a type of product both for families and singles, appealing to a broad segment of the international market. The interior layout offers four cabins for eight guests: a VIP cabin forward, an owner’s suite with a living room overlooking the sea and two double guest cabins. All the settings are roomy and comfortable for long stays on board. The yacht is powered by a pair of Volvo 480hp engines, with IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives.  Cruising speed of around sixteen knots are anticipated.

February 26, 2020

Engine: Yanmar 6LT 640hp

Yanmar introduced its new 6LT series of marine diesel engines at Boot Düsseldorf.  The launch of the advanced three model powerboat line-up extends Yanmar’s portfolio of trusted common rail marine diesel engines to encompass an output range from 40 mhp to 640 mhp, the most comprehensive offering available from any marine engine manufacturer.  Enabling Yanamr to supply compact, high performance solutions for new markets and a wider customer base, the 6LT engines are ideal for leisure boats as well as light duty commercial applications. The series, consists of the 2530rpm 6LT500, 6LT580 and 6LT640 engines, feature Yanmar’s next generation VC20 vessel control system for enhanced on-board comfort and an easier overall boating experience. The global emission-certified diesel engines also offer leading fuel economy and are compatible with a wide range of fuel types.  Available as a complete Yanmar package including engine, ZF transmission and VC20 vessel control system, the 6LT are supplied with a full range of options, and are the be available onwards from the third quarter 2020.

February 25, 2020

New Model: Tecnorib Pirelli 42

The German Dusseldorf boat show of 2020 proved to be the location for the world debut of the latest model from TecnoRib, the Pirelli 42. A walk around rib cruiser with aggressive styling and captivating details, the Mannerfelt designed Tecnorib Pirelli 42 is the latest model from the Milan-based shipyard, and had already won over many owners before the boat show and attracted acclaim and great curiosity at the official presentation. The new model is just over thirteen meters long, and can be fitted with inborard or outboard engines, diesel and petrol with a range of power ratings, up to a maximum speed of about 45 knots to meet the needs of a broad range of owners, including those looking for high speed performance.  Pirelli 42 is the first model in a new range targeted at owners in search of the perfect balance between elegance and adrenaline, and Tecnorib has already started work on a larger version too.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.1 m (42.9ft)
Beam - 5 m
Fuel Capacity - 950 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 320hp, D6 400hp, Mercruiser 4.2 TDI 370hp diesel, Volvo V8 320hp, V8 430hp, Mercruiser 6.2 DTS 350hp, 8.2 Mag Ho DTS 430hp petrol gas
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drive
Speed - up to 45 knots
Project - Mannerfelt

February 24, 2020

Project: Steeler 18M Electric

Steeler have started the construction of its first full electric motoryacht.  After an extensive design study with Vripack and its suppliers, the go ahead was given by the Norwegian client. The motoryacht will be named “North LatEtude” referring to the future cruising area and the electric propulsion. This eighteen meters sixty feet motor explorer yacht will be built in steel and features three decks, a novelty in this size, generating an amazing volume of living accommodation. The main deck and upperdeck have a well known Steeler signature, as they are single level from bow to stern. The lower deck is reserved for two guestrooms.  The electrical system has been designed by Hydrosta. The propulsion will be provided by a water cooled permanent magnet electrical engine powered by 184kw of Lithium Ion batteries. A 75kw variable speed generator is available for long distance cruises. The efficiency of the propulsion system is far superior to a diesel engine, not only when driving full electric but also when the generator kicks in. DNVGL approval is pending for this system, that represents state-of-the-art in green yachting.

February 23, 2020

Web: Sea Ray New Web Site

The Worlds biggest motor boat producer Sea Ray updates its website to a new platform. Founded in 1959 by C.N. Ray this World known US builder was one of the first to start fiberglass boat production. In 1986 Sea Ray became part of the Brunswick Group, what is today known as the biggest pleasure boat holding. The current Sea Ray line up offers thirty two different models from nineteen to forty feet in length, and is divided into five ranges: Sun Sport, Sundancer, SLX, SDX, and SPX. The new Sea Ray website guides you with the following buttons; Why Sea Ray, Our Boats, Dealer Locator, Owners, and Events. 

February 22, 2020

New Model: Feadship 75m Arrow

On 13 January Feadship launched the 75 meter Arrow, hull number 703 and build at the Koninklijke yard.  Arrow is a Feadship of firsts in various ways, not least the fact that this is the inaugural new-build superyacht commissioned by the owners. This striking 75 meter super yacht is also the first Feadship to be drawn by Jonny Horsfield and his team at the H2 Yacht Design studio in London, which is a mighty fine way to celebrate 25 years in the business.  The result is a striking Feadship with a complex exterior featuring elegant sculpted elements and shapes. The intricate outdoor spaces include elaborately detailed premium furniture normally associated with an interior with back lit marble and varnished teak. The low glass railing accentuates the sleek lines of the yacht as a whole. High deck heights and expansive gangways make for an outstandingly spacious feel as you walk between areas such as the sun deck with its bespoke mosaic-lined jacuzzi and the sensational beach club aft with a truly unique bar area.
Technical Data:
LOA - 75 m (246.1ft)
Beam - 12.9 m
Fuel Capacity - 185000 l
Water Capacity - 62000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, twelve crew
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000M53 2467hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots 14 knots cruise
Project - H2 London Jonny Horsfield interior and exterior, Feadship de Voogt Naval architects

February 21, 2020

Project: Beneteau Project E 62

During the Dusseldorf 2020 boat show, Beneteau presented its Project E.  A concept of modern Mediterranean explorer yacht Project E is the result of Beneteau's collaboration with Massimo Gino of Nauta Design and Amedeo Migali of Micad and capitalize on the highly successful Swift Trawler range of practical, spacious boats, with a considerable cruising range, and put Groupe Beneteau’s experience in producing luxury boats to good use.  These new explorer yachts will have a distinctive displacement hull, developed by Micad with the aim of improving their cruising range and efficiency, making it easier for owners to cast off on long-distance cruises. A satin wax finished wood, leather and elegant textiles make for a stylish interior and exterior, carefully designed by the experts at Nauta Design. Strikingly spacious inside, with volumes similar to much bigger yachts, and ingeniously designed, these large passage makers also have enough space to comfortably house a crew. The first model in the Project E presented here the is the eighteen meters long 62.  The Beneteau Project E 62 will a full beam of over five meters. Designed for six to eight people on board, the Project E 62 will have an impressive flybridge, one of the biggest in its class and size. The interior spaces are spacious and well-appointed. The galley can be completely enclosed. The VIP guest cabin in the bow, has a considerable amount of headroom, so that you feel like you are in a hotel suite. Comfortable and seaworthy, the Beneteau Project E will have a cruising range of up to nine hundred nautical miles.  Project E is to launch in Dusseldorf 2021 and so far we do not know if they will be a separate line or make part of the Swift Trawler range.

February 20, 2020

New Model: Pershing 7X

The predecessor to the X range, the Pershing 70, get a make over and becomes the 7X.  A project of all time Pershing designer Fulvio de Simoni, the 7X made its debut at the German Dusseldorf boat show January 2020. The 7X is full on Pershing style from top to bottom, with an aggressive fifty knots performance reached from twin Man 1800hp engines coupled to Top System surface drives.  The Pershing 7X offers a standard three double cabins lower deck, with master stateroom at mid ships, a VIP suite forward, and a twin berth guest cabin to starboard.  Saloon and living is on the main deck while an enclosed galley is located to port side as one arrives in the lower deck.  The Pershing 7X also features an alternative lower deck layout of two cabins, with large L-shaped sofa replacing the third cabin.  A crew cabin is located to port side in between the engine room and midships owners stateroom. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.11 m (69.3ft)
Hull Length - 20.2 m
Waterline Length - 16.1 m
Beam - 5.35 m 
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 35000 kg unloaded, 42000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1800hp
Propulsion - Top System P85X surface drives
Speed - 50 knots max 42 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni exterior and interior, Ferretti Group Engineering for naval architecture

February 19, 2020

Improve-it = Hatteras GT70

Hatteras give us a preview rendering of the Enclosed-Bridge GT70 Convertible presented at the 2020 Miami Yacht Show as this article is going online.  This is another take on the already legendary Hatteras GT70 with the enclosed bridge offering apart a protected central helm, an L-shaped dinette to starboard, wetbar to port, and a view mezzanine settee outside, and mini docking station. The GT70 offers a five stateroom four head lower deck arrangement.  Power comes from twin Cats 1825hp which offer a cruise range between mid thirties and up to forty knots of top end speed.  The Hatteras GT70 modified Vee hull shape offers stable speed that cuts through any wave.

February 18, 2020

Project: Windy 37 Shamal

With modern retro-styling the new Windy 37 Shamal is set to emulate the success of the legendary Khamsin.  Designed by the internationally acclaimed yacht designer Espen Øino and steeped in Windy’s core DNA, the Shamal celebrates ease of use boating in 21st century style and grand comfort. The focus of the Windy 37 Shamal is on a spacious cockpit, superb hull and excellent handling.  Inspired by the Windy models built in the Sixties and Seventies, Espen Øino and his team have developed a fantastic design language with high comfort and technology brought right up to date.  Conceived primarily as a dayboat, the Windy 37 Shamal has a spacious two cabin arrangement. There is a large forward cabin with a double bed and a roomy center cabin with twin beds. The 37 Shamal’s deep, safe cockpit is both social and versatile. It has a large aft sun pad with a movable backrest and it can be easily protected by her canopy system or bimini top.  As such, the 37 Shamal will appeal to discerning boat enthusiasts in all markets, from the short but sweet summers of Scandinavia, to the cool lakes of Switzerland and the hot spots of the Mediterranean.  The Windy 37 Shamal is powered 

February 17, 2020

New Model: Bertram 50 Hardtop

It is magic when a new Bertram model is out, and here is hull one of the first 50 making its first sea trial before being presented at the 2020 Miami boat show.  Hull one of the Bertram 50 was fitted as a cruiser version, meaning no tower and outriggers.  The 50 is a sleek machine which pays a lot of respect to the history of Bertram, see broken shear line, and important fore deck.  But the new Bertram also looks at the future with a variety of options and apart the sportfish or cruiser fittings, the 50 will also be available in an Open variant, while the Hardtop version can also be specified with a fully enclosed patio door.  The Bertram 50 features a lower deck layout with galley, saloon dinette, two cabins, and two heads; owners cabin forward with en-suite bath to starboard, guest cabin with twin bunk berths to port and private shower head.  The Bertram 50 is powered by twin Cats 1150hp and at testing hull one has peaked at a whooping 43 knots.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 16 m (51.6ft)
Waterline Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.27 m
Displacement - 28.7 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 4679 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 19 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Micheal Peters

February 16, 2020

Project: Dynamiq G 300

Italian super yacht builder Dynamiq present the project of the G 300, where in this case the letter G means for Global.  The Dynamiq Global 300 is created for families looking for a modern and fast explorer yacht that allows them to go everywhere and visit as many places as possible. Although engineered to cross Atlantic, the G 300 can enter any bay thanks to her compact size and shallow draft of under two meters. With a length just over thirty meters and four crew, the G 300 is economical to operate but has a generous volume of 200 Gross Tonnage. The  Dynamiq G 300 offers a four spacious staterooms layout, including an owner’s suite located at midships. The Dynamiq G 300 has the amenities of larger explorers, including the biggest sundeck in her class and a transformable sundeck salon with a fireplace to enjoy on cooler evenings. Built on Dynamiq's Epiq platform with a fast-displacement round bilge hull, the G 300 is the epitome of a gentlemen’s explorer yacht in a user-friendly package.  The Dynamiq G 300 is powered by twin Man 1200hp which will allow her to reach top speeds up to nineteen knots, cruise at 16, and have a long range of three thousand nautical miles at ten knots.

February 15, 2020

New Model: Horizon FD102

Hull One of the brand new Horizon FD102 was presented to her owners during a surprise christening ceremony on New Year’s Eve. The owners and friends traveled from France to Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the ceremony. While the guests were enjoying a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Horizon City Marina, the yacht quietly approached the dock and was a sight to behold for the new owners. The owners and their guests were welcomed aboard with champagne for the christening ceremony and the celebration continued aboard the yacht, as the party cruised south for the drone light show at the Dream Mall and New Year countdown. Completed within an impressive twelve month build period and classed to Bureau Veritas, the FD102 Hull One boasts an overall length of just over 33 meters and accommodates a voluminous interior within seven meter plus beam. Fitted with innovative amenities throughout, the Horizon FD102 is configured with double salons, an on-deck master stateroom and a spacious four-stateroom layout on the lower deck. Powered by twin MTUs of 1600hp each, the FD102 achieves a maximum speed of sixteen knots with a range of 2490nm at a  ten knot cruise. Since the model was first announced, three FD102 yachts have been sold, with Hull Two scheduled to deliver to her American owners this summer followed by Hull Three in the early fall.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32.75 m (107.5ft)
Waterline Length - 21.1 m
Beam - 7.57 m
Draft - 1.79 m
Displacement - 122 t
Fuel Capacity - 17030 l
Water Capacity - 2270 l
Max Persons - 18
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, three/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 Acert 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 10 knot cruise
Range - 2490 nm at cruise

February 14, 2020

Project: Westport 117 Raised Pilothouse

Westport present the project for the 117 Raised Pilothouse super yacht.  At 35 meter the Westport 117 offers eloquent proof of the USA super yacht builder leadership in the design and construction of exceptional yachts.  Crisp, contemporary styling balanced with timeless traditional appeal keynotes a super yacht of extraordinary performance, built to uncompromising standards of structural integrity and quality.  Developed using leading-edge three-dimensional modeling and structural software used in the aviation industry, the Westport 117 has met every objective from speed, ride, maneuverability, integrity, quality and classing capability. The interior arrangement of the Westport 117 offers five guest cabins, including an owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  While the crew area offers three double cabins for six persons.  The Westport 117's wide seven meters plus of beam creates a dramatically open and spacious salon, further enhanced by expanses of view windows. An elegant dining area allows formal meal service for eight.  An advanced hull design delivers exhilarating cruise speed and a moderate draft for access to any yachting destination.  The Westport 117 Raised Pilothouse is to be powered by twin Cat 1900hp engines which will deliver top speeds up to 24 knots and a cruise of 20 knots.

February 13, 2020

New Model: Cranchi Settantotto

During the Dusseldorf 2020 boat show Cranchi launched its awaited Settantotto flagship.  Coming from a design of Christian Grande this new Cranchi flagship expands the Italian boat builder size to 78 feet with its largest ever build before this being the stopped in production 66 launched in 2010.  The Settantotto sees Cranchi knock to the super yacht territory size, with a modern flybridge motor yacht featuring all the latest amenities and design features, with fore deck dinette and stylish integrated hard top on the flybridge included.  The lower deck of the Cranchi Settantotto is of a traditional full beam owners midships stateroom, VIP suite forward, and two guest cabins in between layout.  The main deck is of a traditional Italian layout with a welcoming sofa lounge on entrance, dining table for eight, an enclosed galley to starboard, a day head to port and pilot station forward.  The Cranchi Settantotto is powered by triple Volvo 1000hp engines, with forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives.  Cranchi is the first major boat builder to follow the Azimut triple engine set up which it launched with the 55S in 2012 and today powers three models in the S range, and the 78 flybridge launched in the fall of 2019.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.15 m (82.6ft)
Hull Length - 23.2 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Displacement - 57000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 5920 l
Water Capacity - 1250 l
Max Persons - eighteen
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, two/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS-3 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Project - Christian Grande exterior, Aldo Cranchi hull, Centro Studi Ricerche Cranchi naval architecture
Certification - CE A

February 12, 2020

Project: Pardo Endurance 60

Following the worldwide success of the open walk-around cruiser and yacht range, with more than one hundred Pardo 38, 43 and 50 sold in just two years.  Pardo are ready to launch a new challenge on the market: Endurance 60, the first model of a new range which already encapsulates its concept in the name Endurance and proposes the “trawler” philosophy under a new light of style and elegance. The name Endurance was chosen because this new boat has long-range navigation in its DNA. It brings to mind resistance over time, performance connected with good safe navigation for many miles with low consumption. The concept of Endurance is also connected to a use of the boat for the longest possible time in maximum comfort, so that the owner can enjoy time in the best possible way. This new 60-footer has required maximum effort in terms of research, study and design for the Technical Department of Cantiere del Pardo, which availed of the collaboration of Davide Leone for the naval architecture and hull lines and Nauta Design for the interior design.  The Pardo 60 Endurance will offer a three double cabins layout, with full beam midships owners stateroom, VIP suite forward cabin, third guest cabin with en-suite head to port side.  A two berth crew cabin with shower head is located aft.  All living entertainment will be located on the main deck and Pardo Endurance 60 will come equipped with an astern galley layout.  The model will also feature opening side bulk-heads aft to both side, increase the outside area spaces when at anchor.  The Endurance 60 although very secluded from view features a flybridge with helm station to starboard and a lot of sun-pads.  The Pardo Endurance 60 is powered by Volvo 550hp or 700hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.  Top speeds are estimated up to 25 knots.

February 11, 2020

New Model: Grandezza 37 CA

Grandezza present its new 37 CA an eye catching sport cruiser with elegant lines and all weather comfort inside. With a fully enclosed hard top design with patio door the Grandezza 37 CA is a main deck living dining layout offering a saloon and aft cockpit with generous entertaining area. The lower deck is all dedicated for the two cabins, with a forward central bed owners cabin, twin berth cabin to port side, and a shower to starboard.  The Grandezza 37 CA is standard powered by twin Volvo 260hp diesel, with 300hp optional units and stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.55 m (37.8ft)
Beam - 3.50 m
Draft - 1.20 m drives down
Displacement - 7500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 260 l
Max Persons - ten
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, two berths in convertible saloon
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 36 knots max 30 knots cruise with Volvo 300hp
Certification - CE B

February 10, 2020

Project: Sunseeker Manhattan 55

Following the phenomenal success of the Manhattan 52, having delivered a staggering 131 yachts since its introduction in autumn 2016, Sunseeker has today unveiled details of its latest flybridge model, the stunning, new Manhattan 55. Exemplifying the latest in Sunseeker’s exceptional design capabilities, the Manhattan 55 has been meticulously designed to enhance comfort and cruising whilst providing owners with a vast array of social spaces usually only seen in larger yachts.  Building on the highly successful Manhattan series, this beautifully proportioned, new addition to the range has been designed to offer exceptional levels of comfort and luxury throughout.  The exterior styling incorporates unparalleled amounts of curved glass and stainless-steel detailing to emphasize its prowess, whilst exclusive images reveal the innovative design and attention to detail that has gone into this new flybridge model.  The layout of the main deck makes this the perfect boat for entertaining and socializing in style; with a strong focus on ambient lighting and interior detailing. From the generous saloon and aft galley, through to the social seating at the helm, this exceptional layout allows the owner and guests to move effortlessly between entertaining spaces.  A key feature that truly sets the Manhattan 55 apart from its peers is the innovative powered glass cockpit/galley window that can be lowered at the touch of a button and which, alongside the open cockpit door, creates a truly exceptional inside/outside environment. The fully-equipped aft galley has been designed as a raised breakfast island with optional stools or a lowered worktop with wine cooler. Comfortable seating for six in the saloon has been enhanced by a modular ottoman which is stowed beneath the helm, ideal for creating additional seating, when needed.  The interiors boast exquisite attention to detail with a new palate of upholstery that provides a cool and contemporary look, undeniably a Manhattan. There is also beautiful use of wood throughout utilizing a sublime blend of finishes such as satin Wenge, silver Oak, smoked Eucalyptus and Walnut. The saloon is drenched by light thanks to the extensive glazing and clever use of materials. The lighting design has been exceptionally well considered throughout and includes concealed lighting within ceiling panels and furniture. Owners can select from two lighting schemes with one-touch activation from a central ‘MySunseeker’ app. The different scenes create a distinct ambiance depending on the time of day and mood.  The flybridge features a large forward sunbathing area, a wet bar and an area aft with fixed u-shaped seating that can be specified with a large dining table, all below an integrated hard-top option. The bar has been designed for multiple uses and includes built-in storage, grill and refrigeration options. New Manhattan exterior upholstery options are available for customers to provide an additional level of tailoring for this beautiful outside social space.  Thanks to the galley being situated on the main deck, there is space for three large cabins below. The en-suite master cabin is a real standout feature for a boat of this size, with full height headroom all the way around the curved king-size bed demonstrating yet again the attention Sunseeker has given to creating exceptional living spaces. To starboard, owners can choose from a chaise sofa, breakfast table or a second sideboard with storage. The master en-suite has been carefully created with new fittings, recessed lighting and stowage. Interior fabric and décor selections unique to the Manhattan range remain peerless, delivering a quality that is unprecedented.  The Manhattan 55 enables its owner to enjoy the sumptuous space the open layout provides, showcasing the wonderfully well-equipped bathing platform and Beach Club. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the optional built-in barbeque, overhead shower and fold down transom seating.  Powered by Volvo 800hp engines, the Manhattan 55 can cruise comfortably at 25 knots with a range of 250 nautical miles or achieve in excess of 30 knots at full throttle.

February 9, 2020

Web: Evo Yachts New Web Site

Evo Yachts from Italy presents its new World Wide web showroom. Evo Yachts was founded in 2014, from a fortunate meeting between Blu Emme Yachts and yacht designer Valerio Rivellini. When launching its first model, the Evo 43 at the Cannes show in 2015, the Italian company took the boating World by surprise for the innovation this transforming modular day sport cruiser featured on its aft deck. Today Evo offers four models; the new R6 flagship launched in 2019, R4 the evolution of the original first 43 model, R4 WA, and R4 CC concept. Evo Yachts new web site is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Who, Where, News, and Press while a side buttons takes you to the three models of the R-Line, and that for the new concept. Evo Yachts is also present in social media with bottom page link buttons to its Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube pages. 

February 8, 2020

Project: Baglietto 40 meter Abaco

This idea of living and fully enjoying the sea is also the main inspiration of Abaco, a new Baglietto project signed by Santa Maria Magnolfi.  Ideal for sailing in shallow waters, Baglietto 40 meter Abaco is a super yacht to enjoy the warm crystal waters of the Bahamas, from which she takes her name. The Abaco project is a tribute the Italian shipyard and designers wanted to make to the people of one of the islands most affected by Hurricane Dorian.  Baglietto, as part of a humanitarian initiative, will give a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the first project to the reconstruction of the Abaco island.  Innovative, modern, and robust lines, open spaces, and the proximity to the sea, as well as generous volumes for the interior, are some of the main features of this yacht.  The main deck can boast over 120 square meters of outdoor spaces, harmoniously stretched towards the stern where the cockpit and the beach club join in a single space in direct contact with the sea. In this ample space, there is an infinity pool and a comfortable sunbathing area. Behind it, a conversation area can become, if necessary, a dining area for 16 guests. Going forward, there is a real “winter garden” occupied by a bar and living space, which can be fully opened if required thanks to floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. The connection between the interior and exterior continues in the main saloon, which was designed with the same logic of opening both aft and in the large side windows. This extreme modularity makes it possible to get 150 square meters of outdoor spaces on a single bridge.  The owner’s suite has an office and a his and her bathrooms. The accommodation area is located in the lower deck, occupied by four large cabins. On the same deck, at the bow, the crew mess and crew area are found.  The upper deck, sundeck, and bow area add 170 square meters of open space, offering different areas for long conversations, gratifying lunch, or relaxation in the sun, satisfying every guest’s needs. The interior design was created as a continuity of the exterior, using natural materials and bright tones such as teak, straw, raffia, linen, and tropical woods, which give an exotic touch, freshness, and elegance.  The 40 meter Abaco is equipped with a garage capable of accommodating a tender of six meters in length, and a forward garage that can fit a rescue tender or yacht toys.  The motorization comes two Cat 1800hp engines capable of bringing the boat to a maximum speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots, but a hybrid solution is also envisioned.

February 7, 2020

New Model: Azimut Grande S10

When announced as a project in early 2018, the Azimut S10 signaled the entrance of Alberto Mancini in the famous Italian yacht builder stable.  Since then Mancini has already designed two other models for Azimut, the slightly smaller S8, and the 78 Flybridge.  The Grande S10 is the new flagship of Azimut S for sport yacht series which since presented in 2003 with the S68 has revolutionized these type of yachts.  Offering a four double cabins layout with two VIP staterooms, one forward and one to starboard, the Azimut Grande S10, presents itself as a super sport yacht with an edge in comfort.  The living dining on the S10 is all located on the main deck, while the galley and crew quarters and lobby are at midships in between the engine room and the midships owners stateroom.  The standard version of crew accommodation offers two cabins sleeping three including a double berth for the cabin, but here you have an option to add a fourth cabin to starboard side.  The Grande S10 also features a sport bridge with a central ladder entrance, the layout of the bridge is very socializing and offers three area points, a C-shaped lounge with two coffee cocktail tables to starboard, a forward sunpad, an L-shaped settee, and helm station to port side.  The Azimut Grande S10 is also full of latest tech from heavy carbon use in all super structure and bathing platform, glass cockpit helm station, intelligent LED lightning trough out, Electroglass Chromis skylight hard-top, and Humphree active trim control.  The Azimut Grande S10 is powered by twin MTU 2600hp which allow for top speeds up to 35 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.72 m (94.3ft)
Beam - 6.34 m
Draft - 2.03 m incl propellers
Displacement - 97 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 9500 l
Water Capacity - 1750 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three or four crew in two or three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max 28 knots cruise
Construction - resin infused fiber glass with carbon fiber for super structure and bathing platform
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Francesco Guida interior
Certification - UNI ISO 8666 for data

February 6, 2020

Project: Galeon 400 Fly

Galeon 400 Fly is one of the smallest models to offer a stern beach mode and has been designed to offer the highest tier of maneuverability and stability while on the waves. The yacht’s dynamic shape is a clear extension of Galeon’s characteristic design, with large windows merging with the hull form under acute angles.  The interior comes in a few possible modern variants, with additional options available upon request.  Below deck, the guests will find two full-sized cabins, one of which, the owner’s cabin, is situated in the aft. Two separate bathrooms offer extra comfort to the guests. All the cabins allow the guests full standing height and additional storage space, ideal for longer cruises.  The yacht’s dynamic shape is a clear extension of Galeon’s fourth gerneation characteristic design, with large windows merging with the hull form under acute angles. The upper deck is accessible by a comfortable staircase. The flybridge, the yacht’s entertainment centre, puts a minibar and a helm at the disposal of the guests and crew. It also comes with a table and sofa that can be easily converted into a sunbathing area.  The aft cockpit provides functional and well-planned space, with the sofa and table convertible into a sundeck. The front cockpit is a recreation space, with a large suntanning mattress. The Galeon 400 Fly is powered by twin Volvo 225hp, with optional engines going up to 440hp units.

February 5, 2020

New Model: Hatteras GT65 Carolina

With the new GT65 Carolina, Hatteras signals a new design direction, enhanced performance, and custom features for clients seeking an alternative to either a custom builder or other competitors ordinary off-the-shelf boats. The GT65's sleek profile refreshes the look of the GT Series while still maintaining its core Hatteras DNA. Its new flybridge arrangement features an ergonomically-designed console that puts all the controls within easy reach.  The GT65 Carolina’s added volume is evident in its large cockpit, which is designed for ultimate fish-ability. The mezzanine incorporates optional integrated seat back air conditioning for all-day comfort and large stainless steel built-in storage boxes.  The Hatteras GT65 Carolina offers a four-stateroom, three-head interior layout maximizing the boat’s additional volume in both living and storage space. The ensuite master stateroom is the largest in its class, but guests billeted in the forward VIP will not feel slighted in the least. Two big bunk rooms allow owners to bring along a big team of anglers and crew.  But the GT65 Carolina’s key advantage over the competition lies in its new hull and tunnel design. Utilizing high-tech Computational Fluid Dynamics analysis, Hatteras’ team of engineers optimized hull form to ensure superior performance, handling and seaworthiness. In addition, the hull and stringer system are infused as a single part, an industry first, to reduce weight and increase strength. The GT65 Carolina incorporates an all-new layout of the engine room for ease of maintenance and serviceability. For owners seeking additional comfort, there is also an optional twin Seakeeper 9 installation, without compromising fuel capacity.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.77 m (68.2ft) with bow bulpit
Hull Length - 19.8 m
Waterline Length - 17.5 m
Beam - 6.10 m
Draft - 1.53 m
Displacement - 46270 kg
Fuel Capacity - 7192 l
Water Capacity - 1022 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32-A 1622hp
Propulsion - line shaft with propeller tunnels

February 4, 2020

Project: Ferretti 500

The new Ferretti Yachts philosophy is here, and it has so much to offer to anyone looking for an unparalleled thrill. The traditional Italian luxury yacht brand, a global nautical leader, is indeed announcing a complete style revolution.  This challenge will be taken on by the Ferretti 500 project, based on the “Just Like Home” philosophy, expressing a life at sea that is the perfect combination between style and comfort. The revolution begins from the strategic fifteen meters segment, but it will sweep through the entire range, including the fleet’s new flagship.  With a completely updated design, both projects are the result of the partnership between the Strategic Product Committee, the Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department, architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and the design studio Ideaeitalia for the new interior concept.  It is precisely in the interiors that the souls of the new Ferretti Yachts models will be represented by two different moods. A classic line with warmer, more enveloping tones and another more contemporary one, with intense tones, both designed to suit the tastes of international customers.  The Ferretti 500 project stands out due to the spaces designed to offer an enveloping sense of well-being, through carefully selected, high-quality furnishings with an Italian flair. Owners will be able to choose from two different layouts on the lower deck. The first features a spacious master cabin and a VIP cabin, both with their own bathrooms, in addition to a small laundry area. The other layout includes a master cabin, a VIP cabin and a double with two single beds, and two bathrooms with a separate shower.   A yacht inspired by an advanced vision of sailing, in which nautical adventure and the domestic realm fuse together in the comfort of volumes and features generally found on larger yachts, within a familial environment that makes guests feel right at home.  The new Ferretti 500 will make its official debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2020.

February 3, 2020

New Model: Windy SR44 Blackhawk

Following the success of the Windy SR52 Blackbird, the Norwegian boat builder is now introducing the new just a bit smaller SR44 Blackhawk.  Designed by Dubois as her larger sister the new Windy SR44 follows similar solutions, what is a twin cabin sport cruiser with full on day boat characteristics from bow to stern outside.  The SR44 Blackhawk is also part of Windy custom program and is offered in a variety of options.  The lower deck interior of the SR44 sleeps four persons in two cabins, two single berths cabin at midships, V-shaped double berth cabin forward.  A shower head to starboard and a bar unit to port side are located in between the two cabins.  The Windy SR44 is powered by twin Volvo 400hp or optional 440hp engines, IPS pod propulsion or stern drives. An outboard version with two or three engines is currently in the works and should launch this 2020 year.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.03 m (46ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 13.3 m
Beam - 4.96 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 10 t
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp, D6 440hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pods, or Volvo DPI dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 45 knots max, 34 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin with infusion method
Project - Dubois exterior, Windy Desig Team, Hans Jorgen Johnsen naval architect
Certification - CE B

February 2, 2020

Project: Wider 135

During the fall of 2019, Wider announced two new projects.  We spoke about the Wider 180 some time ago, now we speak for the 135, the second project unveiled by the Italian team, a 41 meter superyacht entirely constructed in aluminum, and an evolution of the 125 announced in 2015 which evolved into the 130 project in 2017 and at some point was even announced to have been sold and to have started production but as at today seems to have never been completed.  The Wider 135 remolds the 130/125 in the stern area with a beach club that completely unfolds creating a ninety squared meters multi-use platform at water level, and also an option to fit an infinity pool. Wider style department, headed by Michele Lubrano Lobianco designed modern and dynamic lines, always maintaining the focus on the direct contact with the sea, even in an large three deck super yacht.  The Wider 135 will offer accommodation spaces for up to ten guest berths in five staterooms including an owners room in the forward part of the main deck.  The Wider 135 as all models of the Italian builder will be powered with a hybrid propulsion set up of electric diesel power and can reach speeds up sixteen knots, cruise at twelve, and be used electric only at six knots.

February 1, 2020

blogger - Regulation Storm Ahead

There is a huge storm ahead for super yachts with load line length above 24 meters, with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier III NOx regulation, which is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2021, requiring the installation of heavy, bulky and potentially dangerous Selective Catalytic Reduction systems in the engine rooms of yachts.
What is interesting that so far Viking seems to be the only yacht builder concerned about this, as they have been opposing and trying ways to solve this new regulation.  Viking 92 Convertible and 93 Motor Yacht models will be the models affected with this regulation in the New Jersey yacht builder portfolio.  The first has sold twenty units in a production run of about five years and a price tag of plus ten million US$.  
What remains strange is that other production super yacht builders as Azimut-Benetti, Ferretti Group, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker, and Princess who have models in this size, do not seem concerned or anything at all.  
This new systems will increase the price of any new yacht in these sizes, add weight, operating costs, and hinder serviceability in the engine room, and also reduce space in the accommodation area.  2021 is less then a year ahead so action really needs to be taken, and in this case I suggest boat builders unite to solve this very delicate issue.