March 28, 2020

New Model: Heysea Atlantic 115

Chinese yard Heysea Yachts has launched the first hull of its Atlantic 115. The first of a new Atlantic series, construction officially began in March 2018 after the keel was laid in September 2017.  Built to MCA and RINA standards, this raised pilothouse super yacht was developed in collaboration with Jure Bukavec of Uniellè Yacht Design. The interior has been developed by H2 Yacht Design, features accommodation for up to twelve guests split across five staterooms and a convertible Cabana-style beach club. The main-deck master cabin is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch as it benefits from 270-degree panoramic views out to sea. Other key features include an Opacmare Transformer swim platform, a spacious sundeck and crew accommodation for a staff of up to five people. The Heysea Atlantic 115 is powered by twin 1925hp Caterpillar engines for a top speed of 24 knots and a cruising range of 2000 nautical miles at ten knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.2 m (115.4ft)
Beam - 8.38 m
Draft - 1.72 m
Fuel Capacity - 20596 l
Water Capacity - 4497 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 2000 nm at 10 knots
Project - Jure Bukavec of Unielle Yacht Design exterior, H2 interior
Certification - MCA, Rina C hull Mach Y short range

March 27, 2020

Out-News = Super Yacht Capsizes in Perama Greece

Super Yacht Nourah of Riyad of seventy meters capsized in Perama, Athens Greece as it was doing lifting out operations on Monday morning sixteenth March.  The Yachtley Turkish build super yacht partially sank during the incident.  No injuries and marine pollution have been reported during the incident.
Measuring seventy meters in length Nourah of Riyad was build by Yachtley in Kocaeli, Turkey to a design of Donald Starkey in 2008.  Nourah can accommodate 22 guests in eleven cabins, with a crew of eighteen and is powered by twin Cats 3150hp, allowing her to reach top speeds up to nineteen knots, and a cruise of twelve knots giving a range of just over five thousand nautical miles.

Project: Prestige X70

In 2020, Prestige is launching a new product line which will start with the X70 as the first model of the range.  This Prestige X-line is designed by its long standing designer Garroni, with the concept coming from Valentina Militerno de Romedis and here the French brand part of the Beneteau Group aims to reinvent spaces and ease of movement on board. Created in a spirit of a larger yacht, the X70 offers infinite possibilities, blurring the line between the exterior and the interior. Based on volume, circulation and light, this concept for a luxury crossover enables you to benefit from the full beam of the yacht used to its maximum resource, reinventing space on board thanks to the wide body design.  The X70 is set apart by a radically different use of space. A traditional Flybridge uses 70% of the beam of the yacht for circulation via the sidedecks. The X70 breaks with these codes, although in pure honesty it not the first motor yacht which is doing this.  Fair to say that the wide body was first introduced in the USA starting in the eighties, on some of the fifteen meter plus motor yacht models, and in Europe Conam first with the 48 Chorum did introduce this design solution in lower sub fifteen meters models as what looks a distance year 1988.  The Chorum line did eventually introduce a 54 in 1993, which became a 60 in around 2004, and then also the 75 model flagship in 2005.  Obviously yacht design has evolved since then and in the Prestige X70 we will see latest design evolution.  Some details I like is the flash deck fore deck, while the aft deck offers a huge amount of space for this size of motor yacht.  No details are plans given yet for the interior but Prestige says the X70 is offered in three or four cabins layout sleeping six or eight persons.  Crew accommodation is for two persons.  The Prestige X70 is to be powered by standard Volvo 900hp engines, with optional for twin 1000hp units.  Top speed is estimated up to 29 knots.

March 26, 2020

New Model: Wim Van Der Valk Beachclub 660

The Van der Valk BeachClub line provides an unrivaled amount of exterior and interior space by locating the engine room in the further aft area under the swimming platform. After the first BeachClub 600 model, which launched in Summer 2019, the Dutch builder followed it with the larger 660.  A new way of thinking, the Beachclub series designed by Dutch designer Cor D.Rover is an innovative range of motor yachts and will pioneer the incredible degree of space on offer.  Three outdoor zones optimize the al fresco lifestyle. An enormous fore-deck area offers various layout options, including a Jacuzzi, the cockpit deck is an impressive location with an outside steering position, and a beach club aft features a smart swimming platform and a sun lounge area.  The Wim Van Der Valk Beachclub 660 offers two lounges, while next to the interior pilot house on the main deck, and another on the lower deck aft area. Accommodation is for three double cabins, with an owners suite forward.  A crew cabin with private head is located to starboard side in behind the large aft lounging area.  The Beachclub 660 is powered by twin Volvo 800hp which allow it to reach speeds up to 25 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.50 m (67.2ft)
Waterline Length - 18.8 m
Beam - 5.80 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 38 t
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS3 pod drives
Speed - 25 knots max 20 knots cruise
Hull Shape - moderate Vee with hard chine
Construction - aluminium h321 for hull, h111 for super structure
Project - Cor D.Rover exterior and interior, Ginton naval arhitecture
Certification - CE A 

March 25, 2020

Out-News = Majesty Super Yacht Fire in Puerto Portals

Super Yacht Minerva a Majesty 101 caught fire on March 15 at six o'clock morning time in Mallorca, at Calvia's Marina Puerto Portals.  Fire fighters from Calvia with a sergeant and two technicians controlled the fire.  Motor Yacht Minerva was deemed total loss and a wreck after the incident and no persons have suffered injuries in the event.
The Gulf Craft Majesty 101 is a thirty meter length over all two deck and a half super yacht, offering an accommodation layout of five guest cabins, with three crew cabins, and powered by twin Cat 1900hp, delivering top speeds up to 26 knots and a cruise of nineteen.  The Majesty 101 was a successful model for the Dubai based yacht builder part of the Gulf Craft group, with over ten units sold in a production run of nine years, produced from 2007 till 2016.  The Majesty 101 was replaced by the 100 model in 2017. 

Project: Solaris Power 58 Open

The Solaris Power range continues to expand, and presents the project of the 58 Open.  This new Solaris Power project is based on the hull of the 55 Lobster launched in Spring 2019, and follows on the success of the 48 Open launched in Cannes September 2019.  The Solaris Power 58 Open why sharing hull with the 55/57 Lobster will offer a full open main deck, with a full walk around deck from forward to aft, and central T-top covering helm station, exterior galley and dinette. To aft will be a large central sun-pad.   Down below she should be similar to the 57 Lobster which currently is offered in three versions of two and three cabins and a choice of a large interior galley, and an L-shaped settee replacing the third cabin.   The Solaris Power 58 Open will be powered by Volvo 600hp as standard, and or optional 725hp engines, both choices offered only with forward looking IPS pod drives.

March 24, 2020

Improve-it = Absolute Navetta 52

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show, Absolute presented the new 2020 version of the Navetta 52.  Launched in 2016 the Navetta 52 has been a success for Absolute, now four years later to the launch of hull one the Italian Piacenza builder decided its time for an update.  Most of the update in the new 2020 version comes from outside, with new large and different shape hull side windows, and a radar arch which looks back from the previous forward looking version, and this adding also a larger hard-top.  These details will make it easy for people to recognize the new Navetta 52, 2020 and beyond version.  But the changes do not stop there and for 2020 thanks to Volvo, the Navetta 52 will also feature the option of large Volvo 480hp engines.  The standard options are still the same for Volvo's 435hp with IPS pod drives, while the interior layout is mostly unchanged with a three cabins two head layout below deck, and astern galley main deck.   

March 23, 2020

Project: Cayman S580

Cayman continues with its expansion plans, and presents the S580 project which come again from Italian designer Ferragni, the same person responsible for all latest models; F920, F520, and S520 this last currently under construction and set to launch in Summer 2020.  The Cayman S580 will present itself as a fully enclosed hard top sport yacht, with a three double cabins lower deck layout, all served with private shower heads, and including a full beam owners stateroom.  A one person crew cabin is located aft.  The dining, galley and living are all located on the main deck, and the first layout of the project also see a traditional central main deck located galley.  The Cayman S580 is to be powered by twin Man 800hp with line shaft propulsion.

March 22, 2020

Web: Aicon New Web Site

Aicon Yachts presents its new World wide web showroom.  Starting up in 1993 as a turnkey interior design solution for yachts, the company moved to Sicily in the Messina area in 1996, and in 1999 it showed its aim to become a boat builder. In 2001 Aicon launched its 56 model, designed by Fulvio de Simoni.  The first Aicon was an important success, which sold over one hundred units in an eight year production run and also received the 2002 Cannes World Yachts Trophy in its size. In 2007 Aicon acquires the down East lobster boat Morgan brand.  In 2012 Aicon closes its doors due to the 2008 financial and the 2012 Italian crises which hits the boating sector hard.  In 2018 American investors Marc-Udo Broich and John Venner buy the Aicon name and set out to prepare a plan for relaunch.  Currently Aicon is offering three models, a new Sergio Cutolo designed 66 set to be launched in the end of 2020, the 72, and the 85.  The new Aicon website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, Aicon Yachts History, News and Events, Press Area, Contacts, and Login.  Aicon is also on social media with button links at the bottom of the page taking you into its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. 

March 21, 2020

New Model: Yachting Developments 33m Hull1017

2020 is off to a busy start for Yachting Developments, with the Auckland-based yard’s latest superyacht, the 33 metre Al Duhail Hull 1017 launching on 22 January 2020. Hull 1017 safely entered the water in Hobsonville before travelling to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour where she will undergo final finishing work ahead of sea trials. Al Duhail is an all-carbon sportfish super yacht, featuring naval architecture and design work by Warwick Yacht Design. Her interior was developed by Yachting Developments specialist interior team in conjunction with the owner. The owner’s interior brief was for a simple, elegant style. Key materials used include oak wood with a light decor, including white panelling and cream carpets, offset by pops of colour in the soft furnishings. Accommodation is for 10 guests, including the master suite and four guest cabins, plus two crew cabins. Powered by twin MTU 2000hp engines, her estimated cruising speed is twenty knots, with top speeds up to thirty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 33 m (109ft)
Waterline Length - 27.5 m
Beam - 7.5 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Accommodation - ten berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 20 knots cruise
Construction - carbon fiber
Project - Warwick Design

March 20, 2020

Project: Rossinavi 49.70 m Lel

Rossinavi project Lel, is a 49 meter two deck and half super yacht, designed by Luca Dini with naval architecture by Arrabito.   The project of the Lel is focused on two important social areas, the beach club and the aft deck crystal covered veranda.  Lel is set to be delivered in 2020 and is to be powered by twin MTU 3459hp which will allow top speeds of 23 knots and a cruise of 19.  A cruise of 11 knots will give a four thousand nautical miles range. 

March 19, 2020

New Model: Galeon 680 Fly

Galeon's new 680 Fly joined the latest fourth generation models and introduced some exciting new features to the segment. With a lightweight construction taking advantage of carbon fiber technologies its powerful, yet elegant frame will offer commendable performance and great handling. Outside, the guest will be able to find respite in several leisure areas on the top deck, bow and in the cockpit. Up front, the sundeck feature can be transformed into a seating area with a touch of a button, so it can be used even during light cruising. The vast flybridge is sure to impress and accommodate even a dozen guests, all protected by the carbon bimini top. On board the Galeon 680 Fly, passengers will find incredible volume, a bright and welcoming interior and a highly custom, luxurious finish. A large saloon with a designated entertainment area and two separate stairways leading down below to four guest cabins were designed to ensure comfort and privacy.  The Galeon 680 Fly is standard powered by twin 1000hp Volvo engines, with 1200hp Man available as option.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.20 m (72.9ft)
Hull Length - 20.9 m
Beam - 5.25 m
Draft - 1.56 m
Displacement - 37250 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 1 x 1600 and 1 x 1750 l (total 3350l)
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one or two crew berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp, Man 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

March 18, 2020

Project: Wajer 55 HT

Same theme different user.  Wajer present the third version of the 55, and this time is the HT for hard top variant.  The Wajer 55 HT gets a three sided hard-top with opening sunroof up top.  Designed by Sinot with naval architecture by Vripack, the Wajer 55 sleeps four in two cabins below deck.  The exterior deck is available in two layout choices, with aft sun pad and L-shaped lounges on the sides, or a large U-shaped settee with lounge pad aft.  The Wajer 55 HT is to be powered by triple Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives, this allowing for top speed up to forty knots and a cruise of 28.

March 17, 2020

New Model: Windy 37 Shamal

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show Windy presented its new 37 Shamal model.  Designed by Espen Oino, this is the Norwegian style DNA projected in the future.  The Windy 37 Shamal is an interesting day sport cruiser, with a full on sporty DNA but with interesting accommodation especially outside. Its external aft deck exterior cockpit while offering the traditional layout of aft sunpad, C-shaped dinette, and wet bar to port side has very interesting spaces which one would associate with sports cruisers a couple meters bigger.  Down below the 37 Shamal offers a forward double Vee-berth, and another double midships berth, with a shower/head and galley in between.  There is not a lot of news on power choices but hull one was powered by twin Volvo 400hp with stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.25 m (36.9ft)
Hull Length - 10.64 m
Beam - 3.33 m
Displacement - 7500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Project - Espen Oino interior and exterior,  Meyer Norshau naval architect 
Certification - CE B

March 16, 2020

Project: Beneteau Project E 73

The second model for the Project E present at Dusseldorf 2020 was the 22 metres long 73 designed for an eight guests and four crew accommodation plan. Beneteau is saying the Project E 73 will have similar accommodation inside to that of a 26 meter super yacht.  Careful attention has been paid to the flow of movement on board, to make crew circulation easier. A raised pilothouse is located midships, cleverly positioned between the main deck and the flybridge and accessed by a dedicated stairway.

March 15, 2020

Web: Raffaelli New Web Site

A renowned and long standing Italian yacht builder, Raffaelli presents its new website. Founded in 1962 as a service yard and starting boat production in 1972 by Renato Raffaelli who before forming his company with his signature surname, was also part of the Mochi Craft foundation which started in 1960 under the leadership of Luciano Mochi Zamperoli.  With Mochi, Renato also won the Bastia-Viareggio-Bastia with the production build Mochi Thaitayn in Offshore Class Two category. This win will give to Renato Raffaelli the prize of Golden Nautical Rose in Italy. Raffaelli first model was the wood built 9.30 meter Compass Rose launched in end 1972, and followed in 1974 by the 35 Regal flybridge and Day version built in fiberglass.  Since 2015 the son of Renato, Giampiero Raffaelli has taken the helm of the company, which has always been known for building quality cruisers and yachts known for exemplary Italian looks, and offering good sea keeping qualities. An important detail in this is that for example all Raffaelli have a CE A category certification versus the B most boats of similar size feature. Currently Raffaelli is producing seven models in two ranges, Fly and Open, and start from the 40 Shamal Evo to the 70 Ontera. Raffaelli latest model is the end 2018 launched Compass Rose 50 Evo.  Raffaelli new web site is available in Italian, and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Yachts, Club and Concierge, International, Sponsoring, News, and Contact Us. Raffaelli is also on social media with link buttons for its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube pages located at the bottom of the page.

March 14, 2020

Project: Heesen 67m YN 20067 Project Sparta

First presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 as Project Avanti, this new design captured the attention of a client who fell in love with its dynamic architecture. Set for delivery in 2023, this is the third sale by Heesen in 2019. With no less than thirteen yachts currently under construction, Heesen confirms its leading role in the superyacht industry.  The elegant sheer line of Project Sparta connects a strong bow to an inviting transom, characterized by a stepped aft deck area with a five meter infinity pool. Indoor and outdoor spaces connect harmoniously and create the perfect haven for family life and relaxation. By incorporating a raised pilothouse, Winch Design has conceived a new-look sporty profile and paved the way for the next generation of Heesen yachts.  With a top speed of sixteen knots and an innovative FDHF hull devised by Van Oossanen, Project Sparta is not only beautiful but extremely efficient, too. The Owner, an experienced charterer and yacht connoisseur, has appointed Arcon Yachts as project manager.  An outstanding interior volume maximizes every corner of the 1200 GT space. The layout of Heesen Project Sparta is characterized by a full-beam salon on the main deck. This feature, unique on a vessel of this size. The indoor dining area seamlessly connects to the aft deck terrace, which is protected on both sides for optimal comfort, and allows for a smooth transition, both at anchor and when underway. Four guest suites are located forward on the main deck. Thanks to a sliding partition, the two forward cabins transform into a luxurious full beam VIP.  An off-center spiral staircase with glass elevator services all three decks. The lower deck houses a luxurious walk-in wellness area with oval Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium, as well as the crew quarters and galley.  The Owner has reserved the entire bridge deck for himself. Two suites are located one forward with its private outdoor lounge area located fore, and the other facing aft with access to the private terrace with outdoor dining and lounging.  The focal attention on the sundeck is the Jacuzzi surrounded by a bar and large sun pads.  Fifteen crew and a nanny will discreetly service the guests thanks to a carefully designed flow of movement. Provisioning is made simple thanks to a shell door located on port side, and tenders and toys are conveniently stored in the forward garage with gull wing doors.

March 13, 2020

New Model: Benetti Diamond 145

On the morning of Saturday January 25, the first Diamond 145 unit was launched by the Viareggio’s Benetti slipway. The 44-meter-long Class category flagship was given its baptism in the sea at an impressive ceremony in front of hundreds of spectators. There was an emotional atmosphere for the slipway launch of the first Diamond 145 unit, the 44-meter fiberglass flagship in the Class category, which touched the water for the first time with the entire city looking on. Welcoming the Authorities, the public, suppliers and all the company’s workers and office staff, Azimut|Benetti Group President Paolo Vitelli spoke of a spectacular launch. Diamond 145, sold thanks to the brokers Domeyachts and The Doc Yacht Services, is a powerful yet elegant yacht with a fiberglass hull, a gross tonnage of 456 tonnes, and a range of 3600 nautical miles at a cruising speed of eleven knots. The design of the exteriors, taken together with the contribution from Benetti’s Interior Style Department, underscores the details and celebrates harmonious, balanced proportions. The yacht, of which two units have already been sold, is the only fiberglass yacht of this size available today on the market. The design of the big seamless glazed surfaces on the main decks flows along the entire length of the yacht, allowing natural light to flood into interiors accommodating ten guests in five cabins, while the captain has a private cabin on the Upper Deck, near the helm station. In the stern, sliding glass doors open out onto a spacious beach area.
Technical Data:
LOA - 44.06 m (144.7ft)
Beam - 9.05 m
Draft - 2.28 m
Displacement - 362 t loaded
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, seven crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, eleven knots economic cruise
Range - 3800 nautical miles at eleven knots
Construction - fiberglass
Project - Giorgio M.Cassetta exterior, Beneteri interior

March 12, 2020

Project: Absolute Navetta 64

During the Dusseldorf boat show 2020, Absolute presented the project for a new Navetta 64, which will sit in between the 2019 Navetta 68 novelty, and the just redesigned 58 models.  The Absolute Navetta 64 sees Absolute think out of the box for the lower deck layout, with an important option also revolving around the stern area, with an option for a Beach Club version.  The Beach Club version will feature two fixed up glass water tight doors, which open to a cabin that can transform to a fourth cabin with sofa which transforms to a double berth VIP cabin with private en-suite shower head to port side.  The lower deck layout of the Navetta 64 will feature as the other two bigger and smaller Navetta's a forward owner stateroom, with a midships VIP cabin to port side, and a third cabin to starboard.  A crew cabin is located to starboard with a private entrance from the aft deck.  The main deck with an astern galley will all be flush deck, with the exception for three steps leading up to the central twin seat pilot station.  A lot of thinking also went in the Navetta 64 to increase the glazed surfaces area on the main deck and as the above rendering shows the side bulwarks are left open in order to increase the view from the interior and saloon dinette areas to the outside.  The Navetta 64 will be powered by the large Volvo 900hp as standard and or optional 1000hp engines.

March 11, 2020

New Model: Comitti Breva 35

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show Italian Lake Como boat builder Comitti presented its new 35 Breva model.  This new Breva 35 apart being the new largest flagship model from Comitti follows the success on the 2019 launched Breva 29.  With the Breva 35 model Comitti gives tribute to traditional Italian runabouts of the past, with an important look to the future.  Needless to say the Breva 35 is an impressive looking machine, but apart looking great this new sport day cruiser offers interesting accommodation spaces both inside and outside.  The most interesting spaces comes in the central part of the exterior cockpit with L-shaped settee and wet-bar being the fulcrum of day activities.  While inside accommodation is also very interesting thanks to a forward convertible V-berth and central midships cabin, with a galley and shower head in between.  The Breva 35 is offered with thirteen engine choices from twin Mercruiser Gasoline 250hp up to 480hp engines, with everything including twin diesels in between. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.71 m (35.1ft)
Hull Length - 9.92 m
Beam - 2.99 m
Draft - 0.99 m
Displacement - 4900 kg dry and with smallest engines
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 170 l
Accommodation - two plus two berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 4.5L V6 250hp, 6.2L V8 300hp, 350hp, 8.2 Mag 375hp, Volvo V6 260hp, V8 300hp, 350hp, 380hp, 430hp, 480hp Gasoline, Mercruise MD3.0 DTS 230hp, 270hp, Volvo D3 220hp Diesel
Propulsion - Mercruise Bravo Three or Volvo DP dual propeller stern drive

March 10, 2020

Project: Steeler Bronson 50

Steeler present the project Bronson 50, designed by Vripack this is an open type Mediterranean open sport yacht with a unique connection between the interior areas and outdoor spaces. This connection is provided thanks to a huge glass surface under the windshield which integrates the cockpit to the cabin area. The Bronson 50 will welcome guests aft in a wind-protected bench complete with side tables. Moving forward, a central expansive sun bed with back rest which if desired slides aft or forward so you can choose which way to lie and in which direction. Under the lounge bed is another large storage area, with room for a tender. Approaching amidships are two comfy L-shaped lounge benches to port and starboard, each with a table. At least eight people can enjoy lunch or cocktails here in outstanding comfort and sheltered from the wind.  The helm station offers four professional seats looking forward. Down below is a kitchenette while still maintaining direct contact with the people who are at the helm or chilling on the bow rider seating. The split-level lounge is another nice place to relax on the sofa while still feeling very much in the thick of the action. This whole area can be closed off at the push of a button with a glass hatch roof and glass sides should the weather becomes inclement.  The lower deck also includes two cabins; a full-beam cabin below and a standing-room-height master suite forward with a shower room. The lounge settee also converts into a bed, so the Bronson 50 can sleep up to six guests.  The Steeler Bronson 50 will be powered by twin Volvo 600hp standard, and or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod drives.  Standard power is estimated to give top speeds up to 35 knots, while optional units will increase top end by five up to forty knots.

March 9, 2020

New Model: Sirena 58 Coupe

During the 2020 Miami boat show Sirena presented the new 58 Coupe.  Designed by German Frers and launched as Sirena 56 in 2017, the Sirena 58 Coupe is in all the standard 58 with flybridge model, with a hard-top replacing the fly deck, and this in term reducing air draft.  This model should open a new market for Sirena possibly for customers who like to cruise more inland waterways, as the Northern part of Europe.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.68 m (61ft)
Hull Length - 17.1 m
Waterline Length - 17 m
Beam - 5.36 m
Draft - 1.24 m
Displacement - 36 t loaded and with Cats 850hp
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats C8.7 650hp, C12.9 850hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max with Cats 850hp (27 with 650hp) 16 knots cruise, 10 knots long range
Range - 850 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - Vinilester resin with sandwich construction, carbon fiber added to super structure
Project - German Frers exterior and engineering, Spadolini interior
Certification - CE A

March 8, 2020

Project: Ferretti 1000

During the Dusseldorf boat show 2020 Ferretti presented the project for a new flagship the 1000 model.  This model replaces the 960 as the largest Ferretti Yacht ever built, that is excluding the separate but connected Custom Line brand.  The 1000 continues exterior design duties entrusted to Filippo Salvetti, while the interior is to be designed by IdeaeItalia.  As the above rendering shows the 1000 is a raised pilot house type super yacht, and Ferretti Group emphasized two things for this model; volume citing it as the most spacious super yacht in its size and type, and the use for a lot of carbon fiber to reduce weight. According to Ferretti the 1000 will also have a revolutionary stern area.  

March 7, 2020

New Model: Majesty 120

Gulf Craft is proud to announce the official launch of its brand-new super yacht, the 37-meter tri-deck Majesty 120. The stunning addition to the Majesty Yachts, Superyacht Collection took to the waters of the Emirates for the first time on 18th February. Launched on schedule, advancement of the technologically engineered and exquisitely designed super yacht represents a major milestone for the Emirates based yacht builder. The launch of the Majesty 120 represents the latest chapter in the story of a project that was first announced during the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 by Mohammed H. Alshaali, Executive Chairman. Constructed using advanced composites such as GRP and carbon fibre, the Majesty 120 is one of the company’s most highly anticipated projects to date. Since its announcement, the team has received multiple interests in this super yacht. In a series of engineering breakthroughs for Gulf Craft, the super yacht is the first-ever Majesty Yacht model to have its onboard equipment fully electrically powered, with no hydraulic systems being used. The result is a noise-free environment and a less demanding maintenance lifespan. Only the engines and generators remain powered by conventional diesel methods. The super yacht’s dynamic exterior profile features angular lines and contemporary styling. The shipyard’s in-house design team followed the new DNA of Majesty Yachts – Superyacht Collection as featured on the award-winning Majesty 140. One of the key features onboard is the vast sun deck space, which is 30 per cent larger than yachts in its class. The Italian studio of Cristiano Gatto Design Team undertook the interior design, following their collaboration with Gulf Craft in the design of the Majesty 175 and the interior of the Majesty 140. The team worked to a brief that called for a minimalist yacht to meet international tastes, resulting in a modern and contemporary interior design. Onboard, the Majesty 120 accommodates up to 11 guests across five spacious staterooms in a first of its kind asymmetric layout. A total of seven crew are also accommodated onboard. The launch of the Majesty 120 follows a series of construction updates in recent months. The hull was first released from the mold in the first quarter of 2019 in an example of Gulf Craft’s efficient production methods. Then in December, Gulf Craft announced that the superyacht’s main deck and sun deck had been successfully joined to the hull. This sandwich-construction and smart module thinking ensured the build schedule would be shorter, thereby ensuring that the completion deadline of March 2020 was met. The Majesty 120 has a confirmed Gross Tonnage of 290 GT and is powered by twin MTU 2600hp each.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37 m (121.8ft)
Beam - 8.10 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 200 t
Fuel Capacity - 24340 l
Water Capacity - 4069 l
Accommodation - eleven guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Gulf Craft naval architecture and exterior, Christian Gatto interior

March 6, 2020

Project: Windy SLR60

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show Windy announced a new flagship and its biggest build to date with the SLR60 project designed by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design  The first of these powerful sixty feet sport yacht chase boats has been commissioned by an experienced super yacht owner.  Apart the first order Windy has confirmed that it has put the SLR60 into production as the company’s flagship, that means this will not be a one off custom build but a plan to deliver more units.  Little details are available so far about the SLR60, but Windy and McKeon are saying that a lot of attention is going into it having a very dry ride from the bow flare to important chine testing.  The first unit of the SLR60 will also feature extra fuel tanks which will enable an impressive range of 850 nautical miles at 25 knots.

March 5, 2020

New Model: Mag Bay 42

Mag Bay presents its new 42 model.  This the second model in the Mag Bay line following a 33 outboard center console which by end 2019 had arrived at hull number 35.  Designed by Micheal Peters the Mag Bay 42 is a fine looking express sportfish cruiser, in a market which contrary to a decade ago or before, and due to the success of the outboard center consoles is really flat at the moment.  The Mag Bay 42 is powered by twin 1000hp Volvo with line shaft propulsion.  No speed data has so far been announced.  The first hull from design to tooling took just over six hundred days to complete, showing the amount of technical detailing that Mag Bay has went before it launched its new big second model.  Founded in 2016 Mag Bay comes from the same family which founded Cabo in 1991,  who are renowned for getting production and details close to perfection.  With this model the Mag Bay founders return to a style of an inboard powered sportfish cruiser, which with the previous brand they dominated in the sub forty feet size, especially in between late nineties and up until 2007.  History might repeat itself again, I guess time will tell, the product does seem to have all the credentials to do it. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.87 m (42.3ft)
Beam - 4.80 m
Displacement - 19050 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2649 l
Accommodation - two plus two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 18 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Michael Peters

March 4, 2020

Improve-it = Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

When launched to an admiring market, the 5400 Sport Yacht won immediate acclaim as an exciting single-level entertainer with intelligent and progressive design wedded to keel-to-wheel integration of Volvo Inboard Propulsion System pod drives.  Sleek lines, raked entry and a super yacht-like radar arch infuse the vessel with a sport pedigree, attesting to a level of driving pleasure and refinement befitting its moniker.  Standard power for the Platinum Edition is a pair of Volvo 725hp diesels that deliver silky mid-range acceleration and an impressive top speed up 35 knots.  The 5400 Sport Yacht is a turn-key luxury sports package with everything needed for on-water relaxation, starting with aft facing seating under the awning that is the al fresco dining and socializing hub.  The new edition 5400 offers a new Riviera Platinum Silver wet bar including bench top, refrigerator, ice-maker, sink and two-plate electric barbecue.  Accommodation in the Rivera 5400 Sport Yacht comprises either a three-cabin and two-bathroom layout or an optional two-cabin layout with lower lounge area. Owners enjoy a full-beam master stateroom, with exceptional headroom and airiness surrounding a king-size bed. Hull windows and opening port lights add to the sense of connectivity with the outdoor elements.

March 3, 2020

Project: Numarine 22 XP

Numarine, the European high performance motor-yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul, offering a range of yachts from 19 to 45 meters, to unveil an entry-level model for the highly successful XP Series. The new 22 XP yacht is a response to the clients’ demand for compact explorers.  The company’s long-standing partners designed the boat inside and out. Can Yalman is responsible for exterior and interior, while Umberto Tagliavini took care of the efficient naval architecture. The new yacht has gigantic angular windows like the 26 XP and 32 XP, large social areas, spacious flybridge. Every detail shows she’s part of the XP Series’ pioneering DNA.  The layout of the 22XP offers four spacious cabins, including a full-beam master suite. All of them are on the lower deck, filled with natural light. There are also a vast main deck saloon, open cockpit and a grand flybridge, one of the features that made the XP Series so popular among yacht owners.  Numarine plans to start building the first unit of the 22XP later in 2020 on spec. The world debut is scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021. 

March 2, 2020

New Model: Sunseeker Predator 55 Evo

Sunseeker has just launched the new Predator 55 Evo. The Predator 55 Evo is Sunseeker’s latest technology-led, cutting-edge model, and she promises to be an exceptionally popular model, purposefully engineered to make the heart race.  The evolutionary design is emphasized in the Predator 55 Evo’s superstructure and interior. The notable Sunseeker Predator lines are framed by stainless steel detailing with flashes both in the hull band, carbon fiber cowlings and to interior appointments.  The sporty interior exudes luxe minimalism with a new Predator range of fabrics and textures throughout. Clean lines and curves contrast perfectly to ensure comfort and style.  New, independent helm seats allow owners to enjoy its performance to the full whilst underway, offering supreme support whilst piercing through the waves. Aft of the helm is well-appointed upholstered seating for up-to-six to socialize around a fixed coffee table, set opposite new push-to-touch storage cabinets. This all sits beneath an expansive carbon fiber opening roof with multiple glazed panels to maximize light throughout. Framing the whole saloon is new headlining with concealed lighting that has been carefully devised following an extensive photo metric study, creating the perfect ambiance for guests.  The superb use of technology does not stop there, as the Predator 55 Evo also benefits from a state-of-the-art AV system with zoning capabilities, allowing for different music in the cockpit and saloon to suit the taste and mood of all on board. This really is the perfect blend of design, technology and craftsmanship.  There is also an additional ‘snug’ with table opposite the galley which is fitted with high-end Miele appliances.  On the lower deck, the clean palette and sporty detailing of the Predator 55 Evo’s interior continues. The aft master stateroom and en-suite has ample stowage, a stylish new headboard and the same ambient lighting as the main deck. To starboard, a sofa with breakfast tray provides the perfect spot to enjoy the early morning views out to sea. Forward is the VIP stateroom with scissor berths and en-suite and whilst a dinette opposite the lower galley is fitted as standard, there is the option for extended storage or a third Pullman guest cabin. A hinged door and fold-up window opens from the saloon into the cockpit aft to create a social expanse ideal for alfresco dining and entertaining, complimented by an optional wet bar with grill, fridge and dedicated storage. The over sized cockpit allows for even more outdoor space for those onboard to enjoy whilst an enhanced bathing platform design brings guests closer to the water and offers easy launching from the garage of a Williams 345 Jet Tender.  The Sunseeker Predator Evo is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with shaft propulsion, reaching an exhilarating 34 knots whilst yet another technological innovation is the boat’s ‘Hydro-Pack’ which utilises a fly-by-wire steering system for exceptional agility.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.05 m (55.9ft)
Beam - 4.48 m
Draft - 1.33 m at full load
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max
Range - 325 nautical miles at cruise

March 1, 2020

blogger - Coronavirus Impact

Early 2020 Coronavirus is taking the World into an unexpected storm, and this is having its implications in the World, which every year sort of becomes smaller due to our ever faster and always easy to use transport system.  This outbreak which started in Wuhan, Hubei province in China late December 2019, has quickly spread World wide, and as I am writing this we have two curfew towns in Italy in the Lombardy and Veneto region.  
The economic implications of Coronavirus are also being directly felt in the yachting World, and so far we had the Singapore boat show schedule in early March postponed for October.  The Miami and Dusseldorf  boat shows, two of the most important shows in a calendar year went out as planned.  The Venice boat show, which started in 2019 and received a lot of positive feedback seems to be going as planned.
The above are the direct implications, as at today yacht production in China is fairly small, although  the parts catalog might do a lot of bits and peaces more then one thinks.  Yacht production is fairly cottage production, and a successful boat usually sells over one hundred units, and is also a fairly labor intensive and custom process, even if some boats might end up looking the same. 
Off course beside all the above then there is the third party economic implication, how much will the Coronavirus economic crunch cost. 2020 was already forecast to be a slow year in economic growth terms, some also calling it the beginning of a recession especially for the European economy.  Coronavirus might prove the bears right after all.